Board Directive The philosophy of the Board is to establish and maintain middle schools which are structured to meet the unique needs of students in the transition years between elementary school and high school. The middle school program shall emphasize academics and provide opportunities for a wide variety of learning experiences. Programs shall be structured to enable students to develop social skills and learn to interact in a cooperative, supportive environment. Middle school extracurricular activities shall be designed solely with the needs of middle school-age students in mind and shall not mirror high school activities or events. Activities which give all students opportunities to participate shall be encouraged with little or no emphasis given to competition.
Administrative Policy This policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:
Student Officers and Elections
Each homeroom or teacher advisory class shall select representatives in accordance with the school constitution. There shall be no eligibility requirements for the homeroom or teacher advisory class representatives. These representatives shall comprise the Student Council.
Each grade may elect up to four officers. No other elections shall be allowed.
Students must have and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and an acceptable citizenship rating to be eligible for these elected offices.
Election procedures shall be determined by the local school. Campaigning shall be limited to one election speech and two campaign posters for each candidate.
Class officers may be elected to serve either one-year or one-semester terms according to school choice.
The elected ninth grade class officers shall preside over the Student Council.
Athletics and Intramurals
The middle school athletic program shall be a broad-based, intramural program. Emphasis shall be on participation and skill building rather than on competition.
Intramural activities may be offered in a variety of sports including basketball, volleyball, flag football, etc.
Interscholastic competitive sports programs shall not be sponsored by middle schools.
Choral and Instrumental Music
Middle school choruses and instrumental groups may be organized for students enrolled in regular choral and instrumental music classes.
Uniforms shall not be provided for middle school choruses and instrumental groups either by the school or parents.
Students performing in choruses and instrumental groups may be asked to dress in a certain color or general style provided no unnecessary expense is imposed on parents.
District music festivals shall be the only extracurricular, interscholastic event for middle school choruses and instrumental groups.
Middle school choruses and instrumental groups shall be allowed to perform at special events by invitation.
Middle school students may be encouraged to participate in high school marching bands. If interest warrants, middle schools may organize a marching band as a summer activity. Uniforms shall not be provided for marching bands.
The middle school curriculum shall comply with State Core Curriculum guidelines.
Seventh grade classes may be offered in two-period blocks with instruction in compatible subjects; i.e., English/social studies or English/reading. Team planning shall be emphasized and all curriculum coordinated whether the block is taught by a team of teachers or an individual teacher.
Programs which recognize students for achievement, attendance, etc., shall be encouraged. The emphasis shall be on participation and performance within the school. Outside events or activities shall be discouraged.
Supervised student enrichment activities which are open to all students shall be encouraged. No dues or uniforms shall be required for enrichment activities.
End of the Year Activities
Middle schools shall not hold promotional or graduation exercises.
Ninth grade students shall be offered a field day at Lagoon or another appropriate recreational activity to celebrate the end of the ninth grade year.
In-school recognition assemblies shall be allowed for all grade levels.
Yearbooks, such as those published in high schools, shall not be part of the middle school program.
PTA and PTSA organizations have the option of publishing a memory book on behalf of the school provided neither the school nor the staff assumes any responsibility for the publication, including liability for content, cost, and/or professional time.
PTA and PTSA organizations who choose to publish a memory book on behalf of the school shall comply with the Administrative Guidelines for Middle School Memory Books.
It is the belief of the Board of Education that every student should have access to a library media center that offers a variety of materials to support classroom instruction, provides opportunities for research, and meets differing educational and recreational needs and interests. Students shall be encouraged to use library media materials to expand their knowledge, understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the world in which they live.
TheFirst Amendment of the United States Constitution guides the Jordan School District library media centers in both selection of materials and review of challenged materials. The First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press...”
The Board delegates responsibility for developing and administering this policy to the District Administration.
The Library Media Selection and Review policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:
Selection of Materials The responsibility for selection rests with trained library personnel under the direction of the Jordan School District Board of Education, using the following criteria:
Overall purpose and education significance
Age and developmental appropriateness
Timeliness and/or permanence
Readability and accessibility for intended audience
Artistic quality and literary style
Reputation and significance of author, producer, and/or publisher
Variety of format with efforts to incorporate emerging technologies
Quality and value commensurate with cost and/or need
Responsibility for Selection
The professional library media specialist assigned to the school and the school principal, working in cooperation with staff members, shall be responsible for the selection of materials for school library media centers. This includes material acquired through grants, book fairs, and other donations. Each library media specialist holds either a master’s degree or an endorsement in library media science and is qualified to make selections in a responsible and professional manner.
The Instructional Support Services administrator, working in cooperation with library media specialists, teachers, and staff, shall be responsible for the selection of materials for the District Instructional Media Center.
Evaluating Materials, Self-selection and Internet Access
The library media specialist strives to review all incoming collection items. Because of the volume of materials that are purchased each year, they are also evaluated based on credible reviews from professional publications, professional recommendations, award recipients and other professional sources. When books that have been purchased are received, additional evaluation may be appropriate.
Library materials are available to students on a self-selection basis. The library media specialist, library media assistants, teachers or staff members may assist students in locating needed library media materials.
Student self-selection of materials is often guided by reading lists provided by sources such as professional journals, student book clubs, public libraries and commercial companies. These lists are not formally approved by library media specialists, school administration or District personnel. Approval of selection lists used as part of a curriculum activity/assignment is addressed in Policy AA424 Literature Selection and Review.
Responsibility for the reading, listening and viewing of library media materials and accessing internet resources by children rests with parents/guardians, the library media specialist and school staff members. The parents/guardians are invited to consult with the library media specialist to find materials they feel are appropriate for their children. Parents may request a record of their student’s checkout history from library personnel.
Electronic databases and other web-based searches and content will be filtered through Jordan District’s state-required internet filter.
Library Materials Review Process
A library materials review request may only be made by:
A parent of a student that attends the school;
A student who attends the school: or
An employee of the school.
No more than two books per year may be submitted by the same individual for a school-level review at any school the student attends during the school year.
A library materials review may be based upon the concern that the material is a sensitive material as defined in Utah Code Section 53G-10-103, or upon concerns with age-appropriateness of content.
The identity of the requester will be protected and kept confidential from all individuals outside of the review process outlined in this policy, to the extent possible.
The requester must provide all information requested on the form including the requestor’s complaint or objection to the library material.
Parents may request a list of materials currently under review from library personnel.
Upon receipt of a request for review, the school administrator or designee will acknowledge the receipt of the request, create a case number for the review, and convene a Review Committee within a reasonable time according to the procedure outlined below.
The material will remain in the library system while the review process is being completed.
Members of the Committee will include:
A facilitator chosen by the school’s administration;
At least one administrator or designee;
A licensed teacher at the school who is currently teaching English language arts or a subject relevant to the challenged material; and
Parents of current students at the school, that number at least one more than the LEA employees on the Committee including parents reflective of the school community as required in Utah Code Subsection 53G-10-103(3).
The Review Committee will determine the amount of time needed for an adequate review of a material to make a thorough and thoughtful decision and inform the requester of the determined timeline with a preference for 30 school days where possible and no longer than 60 school days.
Members of the Review Committee will receive materials to complete the review process, including the following:
Access to the complete work that includes the material being challenged;
A copy of the Materials Review Request form;
A copy of this policy;
Relevant information about the title compiled and shared by the library staff, including the reason for initial approval of the material.
The Review Committee will determine dates and times for meetings, and maintain minutes of each meeting.
The notes from each meeting will be retained by the school conducting the review along with all relevant documentation and the final determination.
whether the material is age appropriate due to vulgarity or violence.
In deciding whether the material is age appropriate due to vulgarity, violence, or content, the Committee must consider the material taken as a whole and consider whether it has serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors, which may include the following objective criteria:
reliable, expert reviews of the material or other objective sources;
Committee members’ experience and background; and
In deciding whether the material taken as a whole has serious literary, artistic political, or scientific value as described in Subsection b., the Committee should consider that:
serious value does not mean any value; and
greater protections should exist concerning content for a library in an elementary or middle school setting.
The Review Committee will make a final determination of a reviewed material as follows:
Retained: The determination to maintain access in a school setting to the challenged material for all students.
Removed: The determination to prohibit access in a school setting to the challenged material for all students.
The decision of the Review Committee will be determined by majority vote.
A material may not be reviewed again for three school years following the Review Committee's determination.
The final determination of the Review Committee will be communicated to the requester and appropriate employees within five school days of the decision being made.
The original requester or another individual who was not on the Review Committee may appeal the determination of the Review Committee in writing to the school principal within 15 business days of receipt of the Review Committee's final determination using an Appeal Request Form. The form may be found at Appeal Request Form.
If an appeal is filed with the school principal, the principal will inform the Instructional Support Services Administrator, who will alert the Appeals Committee.
Members of the Appeals Committee will include:
A facilitator chosen by the Instructional Support Services Administrator;
At least one administrator or designee;
A licensed teacher who is currently teaching English language arts or a subject relevant to the challenged material; and
Parents with students in the District who number at least one more than the LEA employees on the Committee. The parents should be reflective of the school community as required in Utah Code Subsection 53G-10-103(3).
The Committee may add a parent or school administrator who did not participate in the initial Review Committee, only as necessary to have an odd number of members.
If there is not an appeal of the Appeals Committee’s recommendation, the Appeals Committee’s recommendation is the final determination for the challenged material.
The Appeals Committee will determine the amount of time needed for an adequate review, not longer than 60 school days and a preference for 30 school days, of a material required to make a thorough and thoughtful decision and inform the requester of the determined timeline.
Members of the Appeals Committee will receive materials to complete the review process, including the following:
A copy of the material;
A copy of the Materials Review Request Form;
All meeting minutes;
The Review Committee’s final recommendation and rationale for the decision;
Any other documents considered part of the administrative record related to the Review Committee's proceedings.
The Appeals Committee will schedule meetings as needed, and maintain minutes of each meeting.
The notes from each meeting will be retained by the Appeals Committee, along with all relevant documentation and the final determination by the Appeals Committee.
The Appeals Committee will review the criteria listed in Section D.15. that was used by the Review Committee and will apply it again to the challenged material.
The Appeals Committee will make a final determination of a reviewed material as follows:
Retained: The determination to maintain access in the original school setting to the challenged material for all students.
Removed: The determination to prohibit access in the original school setting to the challenged material for all students.
The decision of the Appeals Committee will be determined by majority vote.
A material may not be reviewed again for three school years if the Appeals Committee votes to uphold a Review Committee's determination.
The final determination of the Appeals Committee will be communicated to the requester and appropriate employees within 10 days of the determination.
The District will maintain a list of the determinations by the Appeals Committee.
Final Procedure Review The original requester may petition the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) for a procedural review of the Appeals Committee’s decision.
The USBE will review the petition and determine if a procedural review is warranted, to determine whether the LEA correctly followed its library materials review policy referred to in USBE Rule R277-123.
That determination may include the USBE’s decision to have the appeal considered initially by a USBE committee or a panel of USBE members.
If the USBE determines in their procedural review that the LEA did not correctly follow its materials review policy, it will return the appeal to the LEA with direction to repeat its review process in compliance with its library materials review policy referred to in Rule R277-628.
The USBE will make a final written appeal decision no more than 60 school days after their determination that the appeal satisfies the criteria for USBE review.
This USBE review decision is final.
Jordan School District will maintain an easily accessible public website where the following information can be located:
If made aware of material that may be considered sensitive material as defined in Section 53G-10-103, the District will inform relevant parties regarding appropriate actions to take pursuant to this policy.
Board Policy The Board recognizes that it is in the best interest of the school system to minimize outside disruptions which detract from the learning environment, encroach upon contract time, or reduce staff productivity. Further, publicly funded school and district services should not be used for private enterprise pursuits. Therefore, the Board delegates to the District Administration responsibility for developing a policy which limits selling in schools and offices and frees employees from sales pressure in the work place.
Administration Policy Board policy shall be administered according to the following guidelines: Guidelines:
Sales directly related to education
Sales representatives who wish to communicate with school staff members about education-related items or services shall:
Obtain written authorization from an Administrator of Schools of Schools or designee.
Contact the school principal to arrange an appointment at a time which does not interfere with educational programs or staff responsibilities.
Sales representatives who wish to communicate with District administrators about education-related items or services shall make appointments in advance. Administrators reserve the right to determine when and how sales representatives are received.
Sales indirectly related to education
Sales associated with fund raising projects authorized through the Jordan Education Foundation, PTA, School Community Councils, or other official student or school organizations shall be allowed in accordance with the provisions outlined in policy AA417—Fund Raising.
Sales associated with student instructional programs, student activities, school clubs, or school and student organizations shall be allowed subject to authorization by the principal.
Sales of student pictures, articles designed to boost school spirit, school graduation memorabilia, etc., shall be allowed subject to authorization by the principal.
The District shall cooperate with dissemination of materials related to U.S. Savings Bonds, United Way, and other civic efforts as authorized by the Board of Education.
Vending machines for school supplies, soft drinks and snack foods shall be allowed for the convenience of students and employees.
Sales which are not an integral part of the regular school program or directly or indirectly related to education, as described in items A and B, are prohibited in all school buildings and District offices.
Board Directive The Board recognizes that under Utah Code 53G-6-202, a minor between the age of six (6) and eighteen (18) years of age is generally required to attend either a regularly established private or public school. The Board also recognizes that there are exceptions to this provision under the law and delegates to the District Administration responsibility for developing policy to handle exceptions to these Compulsory Education requirements.
Administrative Policy Exceptions to the compulsory attendance requirement shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:
A partial release from school to enter employment may be given to students who are over age sixteen (16) and who have completed the eighth grade. Minors excluded under this provision are required to attend part-time schooling or home schooling as prescribed by the Board.
Students may be excluded from the compulsory attendance requirement in the following circumstances:
The minor has completed the work required for graduation from high school.
The minor is in a physical or mental condition which renders school attendance inexpedient and impractical. The student's condition must be certified by a licensed physician.
The minor's employment provides proper influences and adequate opportunities for his/her education.
The Administration has determined that a minor over the age of sixteen (16) is unable to profit from attendance at school because of inability or a continuing negative attitude toward school regulations and discipline.
On an annual basis, resident school-aged students shall be excused from compulsory attendance by the Board, as defined by Utah Code 53G-6-204, when:
A school-age student’s parent or legal guardian files a signed and notarized affidavit with the District affirming that:
The school-age student will attend a home school; and
The parent assumes sole responsibility for the education of the school-age student, except to the extent that the student is dual enrolled in a public school as defined in Utah Code 53G-6-702.
A certificate excusing the school-age student from attendance shall be issued by the District:
Within 30 days after a signed and notarized affidavit is filed by the school-age student’s parent as provided in B.1 above.
On or before August 1 each year thereafter unless the school-age student (Utah Code 53G-6-402):
Enrolls in a school within the school district; or
Board Directive The Board of Education encourages both parental involvement in the operation of the school district and parental participation in the educational process. Therefore, the Board authorizes the District Administration to develop procedures to build effective communication between parents, teachers, and administrators; to provide parents with opportunities to be actively involved in their children's education; and to establish School Community Councils for receiving community input on local school issues.
Administrative Policy This policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:
Parent Involvement at the District Level
Parents shall be represented on District committees and advisory groups, as appropriate.
Parent members of the District consolidated student achievement plan committee shall participate in an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving the academic quality of school and make recommendations for policy revisions based upon evaluation findings.
Parents may address the Board at school board meetings, public hearings, and other appropriate occasions.
Parent Involvement at Local Schools
The District will provide technical assistance and other support necessary to assist schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement plans to improve student academic achievement and performance.
Schools are encouraged to draw upon the talents of parents for special presentations, enrichment activities, and other events or circumstances where parent participation may enhance the curriculum.
Parent Involvement in Student Education
Parents shall regularly receive information about their student's academic performance; i.e., report cards, progress reports, etc.
Parents shall have opportunities to discuss their child's educational program and progress with teachers at parent/teacher conferences or other meetings as appropriate.
Informal parent/teacher conferences may be initiated and scheduled by either the parent or teacher whenever it seems in the student's best interest.
Parents shall be notified of student disciplinary problems and provided opportunities to be involved in the solution. (See policy AS67 NEG—Discipline of Students.)
Parent Involvement in School Community Councils
Each school shall organize a School Community Council. Each School Community Council shall consist of parents or guardians of students who are attending the school, school employees and the school principal.
Each school community in the organizational year, half of the terms shall be for one year and half for two years. In subsequent years, all terms shall be for two years. Each school, in consultation with the Administration, shall set the beginning date of the term of office for School Community Council members. (53G-7-1202)
A parent or guardian qualifies to be a candidate for election if at any time during the term of office, the parent or guardian’s student will be enrolled at the school. The parent or guardian shall be elected by secret ballot by a majority vote of those voting in the election and serve a two-year term.
Each employee member, except the principal, shall be elected by secret ballot by a majority vote of the employees and serve a two-year term. The principal shall serve as an ex-officio member with full voting privileges.
A school community council may determine the size of the school community council by a majority vote of a quorum of the school community council provided that:
the membership includes two or more parent or guardian members than the number of school employee members; and
there are at least two school employee members on the school community council. (53G-7-1202(4)(c)(ii)
Educators in the District can serve as parent representatives on the School Community Council at their children’s school as long as they are not employed at their children’s school (53G-7-1202.1.e.).
The number of parent or guardian members of a school community council who are not educators employed by the school district shall exceed the number of parent or guardian members who are educators employed by the school district.
The principal of the school, or the principal’s designee, shall provide notice of the available Community Council positions to school employees, parents, and guardians at least 10 days before the date that voting commences. The notice shall include the date and time of the election, a list of council positions that are up for election, and instructions for becoming a candidate for a Community Council position. Ballots cast in the election shall be deposited in a secure ballot box (a closed container). Results of the election are to be made available to the public if requested, and should be maintained at the school for three (3) years.
Under certain circumstances, the School Community Council may establish policies for voting via mailed ballots and/or secure electronic systems, consistent with Utah State Board of Education Rule on School Community Councils.
An election for the parent or guardian members of a School Community Council shall be held near the beginning of the school year or held in the spring and completed before the last week of school. At year-round schools, the first day of school will be interpreted as the start of D- track.
Should a parent or guardian position on a School Community Council remain unfilled after an election, the other parent or guardian members of the council shall appoint a parent or guardian who meets the qualifications of the position. Should an employee position remain unfilled following an election, the other employee members on the council shall appoint an employee to fill the position. Such appointees shall serve a two-year term. The chair of the Community Council is to notify the Administration of each appointment made.
Council members may serve up to three successive terms.
The School Community Council shall elect: (1) two co-chairs from its parent or guardian members or one co-chair from its parent or guardian members and one co-chair from its elected employees members; or (2) a chair and a vice chair from its parent or guardian members. The principal shall serve as facilitator to the Council.
Principals and all School Community Council members are encouraged to participate in annual training provided under the Board’s direction to build schools’ capacity for developing and implementing effective parental involvement plans.
School Community Councils may form subcommittees or task forces to advise or make recommendation to the Council, e.g., to help with the school improvement plan. The subcommittee or task force members may be appointed and do not necessarily need to be members of the Council.
Meetings shall be scheduled according to the needs of the school with a minimum of four meetings per school year.
School Community Council meetings are open to the public.
School Community Councils are not accountable to Open Meetings Law, but they must post their agendas and minutes one week prior to each meeting.
Meetings shall be held at times which are convenient for a majority of the members.
School Community Councils must adopt their own rules of order and procedure. These rules should be followed in conducting meetings, be posted on the school website, and be available at each meeting.
Meeting agendas shall be prepared by the chairperson and the principal and posted on the school website at least one week in advance.
All School Community Council minutes shall include:
the date, time, location, names of members present and absent
substance of all matters proposed and/or discussed and the decisions made
a record of votes
name of each person who is not a member of the School Community Council and who is recognized by the chair to speak in the meeting, and substance of what was said
Minutes are marked as a draft until approved.
Issues not listed on the agenda may arise in the meeting, be discussed and assignments made to help the School Community Council make a decision at a future date, but no final action should be taken on substantive issues not listed on the agenda.
A school or school district administrator shall not prohibit or discourage a School Community Council from discussing any issue or concern raised by any School Community Council member unless prohibited by law.
The School Community Council shall participate in the development of a Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) designed to improve student achievement.
The comprehensive school improvement plan is to include the following:
a) A review of testing data and other reliable data to determine the needs of students. (Note: Access to data that reveal the identity of students is not allowed.)
b) An identification of the school’s most critical academic needs.
c) A recommended course of action to meet the identified academic needs.
d) A specific listing of programs, practices, materials or equipment the school will need in order to implement an action plan that directly impacts the instruction of students and results in measurable, increased student performance.
e) A statement regarding how academic excellence at the school will be enhanced or improved, including how financial resources available to the school will be used to improve student achievement. Budget information and other data are to be provided to the School Community Council by the principal.
f) A reading achievement plan at each elementary school for grades K-3.
g) The School LAND Trust Plan, an academic subset of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.
h) An identification of expenditures related to the Technology Initiative and provide for education and awareness on safe technology utilization and digital citizenship. (53G-7-1202)
i) Partner with the school's principal and other administrators to ensure that adequate on and off campus Internet filtering is installed and consistently configured to prevent viewing of harmful content by students and school personnel, in accordance with Subsection 53B-1-115(3).
j) A parent involvement plan designed to increase parental involvement for the purpose of improving academic achievement and school performance, with particular attention directed toward identifying and eliminating barriers to greater participation of parents of at-risk students.
The School Community Council shall present its comprehensive school improvement plan to the Board of Education annually for approval. Multiyear plans may be developed, but annual approval by the Board is required.
The administrators, teachers, staff, and councils of each local school are to:
Implement the comprehensive school improvement plan as developed by the School Community Council and approved by the Board of Education.
Provide ongoing support for the Council’s plan.
Meet Board reporting requirements regarding performance and accountability.
Publicize the plan and how it is designed to enhance or improve academic excellence, as well as the results of these efforts.
Submit an annual report to the Board of Education at the end of the year.
The School Community Council shall advise and assist in the development and implementation of the professional staff development plan at each school.
The School Community Council of each elementary and middle school shall develop and submit a child access routing plan annually to the local school Traffic Safety Committee.
The School Community Council shall provide a forum for community discussion of school related concerns, encouraging citizens to express their views about educational issues and problems.
Issues which are outside the purview of the School Community Council shall include District policies, budgets (except as noted above), laws, and ethics, as well as issues which are the specific responsibility of another educational organization.
The School Community Council shall coordinate the fundraising activities of the local school. However, local school PTA organizations may conduct fund-raisers to support their activities and projects. (See Policy AA417—Fund Raising.)
Each School Community Council shall provide a meeting schedule and a list of School Community Council members with either email or phone contact information, or both, within the first six weeks of school. In addition, a report to parents on the implementation of last year’s School LAND Trust program must be distributed by November 15th of each year. The School Community Council shall provide this information by posting it on the school’s website and providing individual delivery to each household that has a student attending the school by one or more of the following methods: mailing the information, delivering a voice message describing the information and explaining where to obtain the full information, sending an e-mail message containing the information, providing the information in a packet that is to be delivered to the student’s parent or guardian, distributing the information during the school’s annual registration period, or with the student’s report card.
At least one week prior to a meeting, the School Community Council shall post the following information on the school’s website: notice of the meeting date, time, and place, an agenda for the meeting, and a summary of the previous meeting.
School websites shall fully communicate the opportunities provided to parents about serving on the School Community Council and how parents can directly influence the expenditure of the School LAND Trust funds. The website should include the dollar amount received each year through the program.
Parent Information and Training
Parents shall be informed of the workings of the school system through the District website and other school or District publications.
A variety of classes and programs shall be offered through the Jordan Family Education Center and Community School to help parents become effective partners in their child's education.
Parents may enroll in District-sponsored in-service classes to learn techniques for improving their children's academic success.
Board Directive The Board of Education allows secondary students to be released from school during the regular school day for the purpose of attending classes in religious instruction. The Board holds that this policy does not violate the Constitutional requirement for separation of church and state so long as the school system and the particular church providing the religious instruction during the released time remain separate and neither institution invades the domain of the other. Released time for religious instruction is not to be confined to any one religion. The Board delegates to the District Administration responsibility for implementing this policy in compliance with Utah law and in accordance with State and District policy.
Administrative Policy The Administration directs the Administrators of Schools to work with secondary school principals to implement a program which honors parental requests for student released time for religious instruction during the school day according to the following administrative policy provisions:
Students will be granted released time for religious instruction only upon the written request of their parents or legal guardian.
Released time is limited to one (1) class period per day.
Released time is not to be granted during times when it interferes with completion of the student's regular course of study or with classes required for graduation.
School credit will not be awarded for released time classes.
School personnel shall not monitor attendance, maintain records, or perform any other work related to released time classes.
Records of released time class attendance, released time grades, marks or other released time information are not to be included on the student's school report card or other school records.
Released time class instructors are not members of the school faculty nor are they to be included as faculty members or considered faculty members in any school functions.
Public school teachers, administrators, or other officials may not request released time instructors to exercise functions or assume responsibilities for public school programs which commingle activities of the two institutions.
School publications shall not publish articles, pictures, reports, or records related to released time class functions or activities.
Board Directive The Board of Education holds the expectation that all interactions between employees and students are professional and appropriate. Therefore, the Board directs the District Administration to develop a scope of employment policy regarding interactions between students and staff members which stem from school relationships. In addition, the Board directs the Administration to designate that certain activities pertaining to dangerous weapons are outside the scope of an employee’s employment.
Administrative Policy The scope of employment policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions and applies to all employees, contract employees, and volunteers.
Instruction, counseling, and administrative tasks and all other planned school contact with students shall be accomplished at the school during regular school hours.
If special circumstances make it necessary for a District employee to meet with one or more students outside the regular school day or at a location other than the school, prior written approval from the principal is required.
When a student requires staff assistance outside the regular school day because of an emergency or unanticipated occurrence, the employee shall notify the principal of the occurrence as soon as possible.
All transportation of students in personal vehicles by District employees shall be avoided, unless the students are members of the employee’s immediate family or a student must be transported by an employee due to an emergency situation where the health, safety or welfare of the student is at immediate risk. If such travel cannot be avoided and the transportation of a student is not life threatening, written permission must be obtained in advance from the parent and principal.
After-hour activities involving students are to be held at the school whenever possible. If another location is necessary, prior written approval from the school principal is required.
Employees shall not charge a fee for any tutoring services provided to students at the school within school hours. Employees may charge a fee for tutoring services outside of contract hours, only in accordance with District Policy AA444.
District employees have the responsibility to communicate with students and their parents or guardians in a professional manner. Text messages to students must be of a professional, not personal nature. All communication using social media must be in compliance with District policies, including Jordan School District Policy DP371 Employee Information Network Acceptable Use and the Social Media Guidelines. The message content, context and frequency will be used to determine if disciplinary action is taken by the District.
Unless otherwise provided for by law, possession, or use of a firearm, weapon, or other dangerous materials (as defined in section G, below) by any employee in a District building, in or on District property, in conjunction with any District activity, or while traveling in District funded or dispatched vehicles, is in violation of Jordan School District Policy, and will be subject to disciplinary sanctions which may include termination. Possessing, using, selling, or attempting to possess, use or sell any such dangerous materials on District property or in District vehicles is prohibited regardless of intent. Exceptions to this prohibition are for employees that use tools or materials that are required as part of their job function (as defined in section H, below) and for current holders of a lawfully issued concealed firearm permit (as set forth in section I, below) applying only to firearms, not to any other prohibited weapon or other dangerous materials.
Dangerous materials include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following: firearms (including antique firearms), weapons, knives, swords, explosive/incendiary devices, dangerous chemicals, noxious or flammable materials, martial arts weapons or other instruments 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 when any object or substance is used as a weapon.
Authorized use or possession of dangerous materials and tools when used in connection with a District approved activity or job function must be in the possession or under the control or supervision of the person authorized and responsible for the activity (e.g.: cooking, consumer science, CTE, chemistry classes, custodial, maintenance and repair).
The law provides that a qualified person may receive a permit “to carry a concealed firearm for lawful self defense” UCA §§53-5-704(1),-705. A concealed dangerous weapon means “a dangerous weapon that is covered, hidden or secreted in a manner that the public would not be aware of its presence and is readily accessible for immediate use.” UCA §76-10-501(3)(a)(i). Therefore, any lawfully concealed firearm on District property or in District vehicles must remain concealed such that the public is not aware of its presence.
District property may not be used to hide, cover or secret a firearm. A lawfully concealed firearm must be within the employee’s immediate control at all times. Employees must recognize that students could gain access to a firearm that is not properly concealed, or controlled. Therefore, employees must use good judgment and strictly follow the law and this policy.
An employee of Jordan School District who obtains a concealed weapons permit does so in his or her own individual capacity. Any use of such weapons is outside the scope of employment, is contrary to the purposes of employment by the District and is done solely in the employee’s personal capacity, not as an employee of the District. Any and all liabilities, damages, demands, claims, actions or proceedings in law or equity, including attorney’s fees and costs to suit, relating to or arising out of an employee decision to carry, threaten use, or use a weapon will be the sole responsibility of that employee without recourse to, or liability protection from or through the District.
Board Directive Utah Annotated Code §53G-9-803 requires school districts to offer remedial classes for students in grades 7-12. The Board delegates to the District Administration responsibility for devising and implementing an adequate system of remediation so that students can meet competency levels in all required core subject areas.
Administrative Policy It will be the responsibility of the Administrators of Schools to work with principals to ensure that all students are given adequate instruction to meet competency levels in all subject areas.
Meeting competency in all required core class will be defined as receiving a "D-" grade or better in the class. Any student who receives an "F" in an English, mathematics, science, or social studies required core class has failed to meet the competency level.
Parents will be notified by letter if their student has not met competency in any class.
Students who do not meet competency levels in required core classes--English, mathematics, science and social studies--will be required to remediate the credit through an approved program.
Remediation classes may be offered in summer school, or through approved programs.
The remediation classes will be structured to enable students to receive .25 credit per quarter by successfully completing the remediation class.
Fees will be charged for remediation classes according to the current fee schedule adopted by the Board of Education.
Remediation may not constitute reason to retain a student in a grade level.
Students in grades 9 to 12 will be evaluated as often as necessary to determine their progress toward graduation.
Special education students will be exempted from remediation requirements if they are meeting IEP requirements.
Transportation to and from remediation classes is the responsibility of students and parents.
If a student does not pass a remediation class, the principal may waive the remediation requirement.
Board Directive The Board recognizes that is appropriate for families with students in public school to bear a portion of the direct cost of their child’s education and participation in extra-curricular activities. Pursuant to action taken by the 1986 State Legislature and subsequent rulings on that action by the State Board of Education, Jordan School District created (1) an official fee policy, and (2) a fee waiver guideline. The Board delegates to the District Administration the responsibility of administering this policy.
Administrative Policy The following definitions and standards shall serve as guidelines for local principals as they assess and collect fees at the local school level.
Fee: Any charge, deposit, rental, or other mandatory payment, however designated, whether in the form of money or goods. For purposes of this policy, charges related to the National School Lunch Program are not fees.
Provisions in Lieu of Fee Waiver: An alternative to fee payment and waiver of fee payment.Definitions
Student Supplies: Items which are the personal property of a student which, although used in the instructional process, are also commonly purchased and used by persons not enrolled in the class or activity in question and have a high probability of regular use in other than school-sponsored activities. The term includes pencils, papers, notebooks, crayons, scissors, basic clothing for healthy lifestyle classes, undergarments for athletics, and similar personal or consumable items over which a student retains ownership.
Optional Project: A project chosen and retained by a student in a vocational class or other class where projects are part of the curriculum, in lieu of a meaningful and productive project otherwise available to the student which would require only school-supplied materials.
Elementary Schools: Schools which contain grades K through 6.
Secondary Schools: Schools which contain grades 7 through 12.
Textbook: Book, workbook, and materials similar in function which are required for participation in any instructional course.
Waiver: Release from the requirement of payment of a fee and from any provision in lieu of fee payment. Students who have been granted waivers or provisions in lieu of fee waivers shall not be treated differently from other students or identified to persons who do not need such information.
Classes and Activities During the Regular School Day
No fee may be charged for any class or activity in kindergarten through sixth grade, including assemblies and field trips. (Elementary Schools)
Textbook, lab, and other course-related fees may only be charged in grades seven through twelve. (Secondary Schools)
Students must be able to enroll and participate in any class, and have the opportunity to acquire all skills and knowledge required for full credit and highest grades. They may do this without paying a fee or participating in a fund raising activity with the following exceptions:
Students of all grade levels may be required to provide materials for their optional projects.
Student supplies must be provided for elementary students. A student may, however, be required to replace supplies provided by the school which are lost, wasted, or damaged by the student due to careless or irresponsible behavior. An elementary school or elementary school teacher may provide a suggested list of supplies for use during the regular school day that may be furnished on a voluntary basis by the parent or legal guardian. The following language must be included at the beginning of the note: “Notice: the items on this list will be used during the regular school day. They may be brought from home on a voluntary basis; otherwise, they will be furnished by the school.”
Secondary students may be required to provide their own student supplies.
School Activities Outside of the Regular School Day
Fees may be charged in connection with any school-sponsored activity, regardless of the age or grade level of the student, if participation is voluntary and does not affect a student's grade or ability to participate fully in any course taught during the day.
Fees related to extracurricular activities sponsored by the Utah High School Activities Association may not exceed limits established by the Association. Activity fees for secondary schools are required and established annually. Student fees at the home school are discounted with activity pass. Family discount passes are available at the home school in accordance with rules set by Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) Region Policies.
No fee may be charged or assessed in connection with any class or school sponsored or supported activity, including extracurricular activities, unless the fee has been set and approved by the local board of education in accordance with this policy.
Fee schedules and policies for the entire district shall be adopted at least once each year by the local board of education in a regularly scheduled public meeting of the board. Provision shall be made for broad public notice and participation in the development of fee schedules and waiver policies.
The District shall adopt procedures to reasonably ensure that the parent or guardian of each student receives written notice of fee schedules and fee waiver policies before the fees are due. Procedures for fee waivers shall be written in language that is easily understood and included with student registration materials.
No present or former student may be denied receipt of transcripts or a diploma for failure to pay school fees other than a reasonable charge made to cover the cost of duplicating or mailing. No charge may be made for duplicating or mailing copies of school records to an elementary or secondary school in which the student is enrolled or intends to enroll.
A Board of Education shall provide, as part of any fee policy or schedule, for adequate waivers or other provisions to ensure that no student is denied the opportunity to participate in a class or school sponsored or supported activity because of an inability to pay a fee. The waiver policy shall include procedures to ensure that:
A person is designated in each school to administer the policy and grant waivers (school principal);
The process for obtaining waivers or pursuing alternatives is administered fairly, objectively, and without students and parents;
Fee waivers or other provisions in lieu of fee waivers are available to all students who are in state custody or receiving public assistance in the form of aid to dependent children, general relief,
supplemental security income, or foster care, and others whose parents or guardians are financially unable to pay;
Textbook fees are waived for all eligible students in accordance with §53G-7-603 of the Utah Code;
Parents are given the opportunity to review proposed alternatives to fee waivers;
An appeal process is available, including the opportunity to appeal to the board or its designee; and
The Board provides for balancing of financial inequities among district schools, if the granting of waivers and alternatives to waivers produces significant inequities through unequal impact on individual schools.
To preserve equal opportunity for all students and to limit diversion of money and school and staff resources from the basic school program, each district's fee policies shall be designed to limit student expenditures for school sponsored activities, including expenditures for activities, uniforms, clubs, clinics, travel, and subject area and vocational leadership organizations whether local, state or national.
Expenditures for uniforms, costumes, clothing, and accessories, if other than typical student dress, which are required for participants in choirs, pep clubs, drill teams, athletic teams, bands, orchestras, and other student groups, are fees requiring approval of the local Board of Education.
The requirements of fee waiver and availability of other provisions in lieu of fee waiver do not apply to charges assessed pursuant to a student's damaging or losing school property. Schools may pursue reasonable methods for obtaining payment for such charges, but may not exclude students from school or withhold transcripts or diplomas to obtain payment of those charges.
Charges for class rings, letter jackets, and similar articles not required for participation in a class or activity are not fees and are not subject to the waiver requirements of this policy.
The Board supports the concept that the students in the District are entitled to experience good dramatic productions. The Board recognizes that class and school drama productions are an extension of the state core curriculum as well as national standards, and enhance students’ understanding and interpretation of the world around them. To assure that age-appropriate material that reflects community standards is performed and/or produced in District schools, the Board authorizes the Administration to the establish a Drama Production Selection Committee for the District and for each local school.
Local school principals and the District Administration have the responsibility to ensure that the local and District Drama Production Selection Committees approve appropriate material to be produced by District schools. Parents share responsibility in the approval process of dramatic material to be produced in the schools. Parent and teacher recommendations and concerns are to be carefully considered by the appointed committee before approval is given.
District Drama Production Selection Committee: This committee will screen productions that will be presented within the school programs in Jordan District.
Membership shall include the following:
One parent from each high school feeder area. Each Administrator of Schools shall have the responsibility of appointing a parent to the District committee. Parent names will be selected from a pool provided by secondary principals per local School Community Council recommendations. There should be one more parent than school employees on the committee.
Administrator of Schools
Administrator of Teaching and Learning
Fine Arts Consultant (Chair)
Functions of the District Drama Production Selection Committee
To review and approve recommendations and address concerns from the Local School Drama Production Selection Committee. The principal and teacher will be invited by the committee to address local production concerns.
To review and revise District drama approved production lists.
To make parents, teacher, and students aware of the committee and its purpose (District website).
Local Drama Production Selection Committee: Established at the local school level, this committee will screen productions to be presented within the school program and recommend productions which are not on the District approved list to the District Drama Production Selection Committee.
Membership on the Local Drama Production Selection Committee shall include the following:
Local school drama teacher
Principal or other administrator as assigned by the principal
One additional teacher depending on presentation format (i.e., music teacher for musicals, English teacher for plays, etc.)
Four (4) parent representatives, one to be selected by the School Community Council. There should be one more parent than school employees on the committee.
Functions of the Local School Drama Production Selection Committee
Review and approve local recommended material for submission to District Drama Production Selection Committee for final approval.
Complete a District Drama Production Recommendation Form and submit it to the District Drama Production Committee.
Submit a copy of the script to the District Drama Production Selection Committee.
Drama teacher submitting script may be asked to make a five-minute presentation to the District committee.
Materials used in class by students for individual assignments shall be approved by the classroom teacher and reviewed by the local school principal or administrator assigned by the principal.
Materials involving school productions shall be approved by the Local School Drama Production Selection Committee for final approval.
If a production already appears on the District Approved List of Drama Productions, it does not need to be resubmitted; however, it still must be approved by the Local School Drama Production Selection Committee.
If a production appears on the District Approved List of Drama Productions, it is the responsibility of the local school to make certain the interpretation of the material is reasonable and within acceptable community standards. In addition, any cuts or script modifications must be in compliance with federal copyright law.
If a production does not appear on the District approved list of drama productions, it will need to be submitted to the District Drama Selection Committee for review and approved prior to production.
Complete the Drama Production form and send it to the Teaching and Learning Department at the District office two (2) months prior to the production.
If any simulated firearm is to be used in the play, the Simulated Firearm Form must be filled out and a copy submitted to the Teaching and Learning Department at the District Office two (2) months prior to the production.
Consent forms for students who wish to participate in drama productions should be signed by a parent prior to the production. This consent form should include information about play content and time requirements for the students and should be retained at the school.
It is the responsibility of the principal or designee to ensure that drama productions have both local and District committee approval prior to beginning rehearsals and performances.