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  • Effective: 10/6/1970
  • Revision: 8/23/2022

  1. Board Directive
    It is the policy of the Board of Education that the principal shall work with his/her faculty and student officers to develop a wholesome environment with reference to school publications and all printed material published within the school or from any source that might be distributed in or about the school; also with reference to speech and manners of students, personnel, visitors or guests.
    The Board recognizes the educational value of proper and wholesome resources in the nature of individual personalities, business and institutional publications and the many materials of local, state, and national agencies.
  2. Administrative Policy
    1. The property, parking lots, sidewalks, facilities of Jordan School District and the publications of Jordan School District are a closed forum, to be managed in the best interests of the students and patrons as determined by the Jordan School District Administration and local school principals.
    2. School Publications and Printed Materials
      The Board places the responsibility for school publications and distribution of any materials with the local school administration. Therefore, printed material of any nature shall not be distributed on the school premises without the consent of the school principal.

      1. Flyers, handbills, or other printed materials which are not either approved by the principal or sponsored by the District are prohibited and may not be posted or distributed on school property or placed in mail boxes that are provided for school staff.
      2. All publications shall be free of any lewd, wanton, or lascivious writings or pictures and shall not promote illegal substance use. There shall be no publications of a nature that would ridicule, defame, belittle, or otherwise injure the character of any individual or group. Material that is reasonably anticipated to substantially interfere with the work of the school or impinge upon the rights of other students is unacceptable for general distribution.
      3. Jordan School District will not accept or publish public political advertising on ballot initiatives, constitutional amendments, and candidates for election. The Board may publicize its position on initiatives and other matters sponsored by the Board or having a direct bearing on the education of students in Jordan School District.
    3. Student Distribution Process
      1. Any student wishing to distribute non-school sponsored material outside of classes or club meetings must first submit for approval a copy of the material to the principal or principal’s designee at least six (6) working days in advance of desired distribution time, together with the date(s) and time(s) of day intended for distribution and the requested location for material to be distributed.
      2. Within three (3) working days, the principal or principal’s designee will review the request and render a decision. In the event that permission to distribute the material is denied or limited, the person submitting the request should be informed in writing of the reasons for the denial or limitation. The request can only be denied for reasons outlined in section II.B.2.
      3. If the principal does not approve the material for distribution, the student may submit a written request for appeal to the Superintendent or designee. A decision will be made within three (3) working days of submitting the appeal.
      4. Permission or denial of permission to distribute material does not imply approval or disapproval of its contents by either the school, the administration, the school board, or the individual reviewing the material submitted.
    4. Speech and Manners
      1. There shall be no display of manner or speech that would be, or tend to be, lewd, vulgar, wanton, lascivious, defamatory, promote illegal substance use, or otherwise be materially disruptive to the wholesome educational environment of the school or involve substantial disorder or invasion of the rights of others.
      2. The Board of Education herein adopts the full intent of Salt Lake County Ordinance, Chapter 10.32 relating to "Offenses In or About Schools, Colleges, or Universities," as it may apply to printed materials or speech and manners of all individuals that may be within or about the school premises.
      3. Infractions by other than students shall be reported to the proper authorities. Infractions by students may result in suspension from school.

  • Effective: 9/2/1969
  • Revision: 9/8/2009

    1. Board Directive
      Recognizing that extra-curricular activities bring to students breadth of experience, leadership training, and citizenship values not always provided in subject matter courses, the Board encourages the school administrators and faculties to determine, plan, and execute, with the approval of the Superintendent, those student activities which in their good judgment will implement, support, parallel and be consistent with the regular academic program.
      These activities shall be in harmony with Board policies and in the high schools with the by-laws and rules of the Utah High School Activities Association. They shall encourage students to develop and maintain high standards of personal conduct, academic powers, civic responsibility, loyal citizenship and wholesome school spirit.
    2. Administrative Policy
      Since all class and extra-class activities are a part of the local school curriculum, school administrators shall plan carefully to obtain quality and balance in their student activity program in acordance with the administrative policy provisions.

      1. Student Events Sponsored by the Schools
        1. All student parties or social activities conducted under the name of a school shall have the approval of the school administration. The administration shall be responsible for seeing that such activities are supervised by licensed personnel.
        2. All student activities shall terminate at a time designated by the school administration.
      2. Programs, Parties, Picnics, Carnivals, etc.
        1. The number of activities approved shall be determined by the school administration
        2. Middle schools and elementary schools are encouraged to schedule student activities during regular school time with the exception of activities that involve the parents of the students.
      3. Safety Precautions
        No activities shall be scheduled that in any way violate the established safety precautions.
      4. Activities After Athletic Contests
        There shall be no dances or other activities held immediately after an interschool athletic contest.
      5. Student Involvement in Planning
        Students, under proper supervision, shall share in the process of designing, developing, and guiding activities.
      6. Selecting Activities
        Selection of activities shall be determined on the basis of student need, interest, and ability. It is advisable to limit the number of activities in which a given student may participate, in order to maintain the proper balance of the student's in-class and extra-class activity.
      7. Where to Hold Activities
        Whenever possible, the school campus shall be the meeting place for all activities.
      8. Budgets
        Under the direction of the principal and faculty members, students shall be involved in preparing activity budgets. The activity budgets shall be accounted for through the office of the principal. Provisions shall be made for a regular checking and auditing procedure and for informing the principal of the financial status of such budgets.
      9. Secret Organizations
        Secret organizations or societies shall not be permitted among the students of the schools.
      10. Records
        Where appropriate, schools are encouraged to have for each activity a written constitution or code of rules outlining the method of operation.

  • Effective: 8/27/1969
  • Revision: 1/24/2017
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2013

  1. Board Directive
    The Board endorses the concept of purposeful homework in recognition of the need for students to develop proper work and study habits, and in recognition of the fact that public education is a cooperative enterprise involving school and home.  Responsibility for the development of homework objectives, policy, and procedures is delegated to the District Administration.
  2. Administrative Policy
    Learning is an ongoing process.  Homework, properly planned, gives the student a feeling of continuous learning and shifts the emphasis from "receiving an education" to learning that is self-initiated.

    1. Homework may be required in all grades, augmenting the learning experiences initiated at school.  Assignments of homework shall be made judiciously at the discretion of the teacher after taking into consideration the individual needs of the pupil.  The development of good study habits should be an outgrowth of homework assignments.
    2. The frequency, amount, and quality of homework may vary according to the nature of the subject, the teacher's plan of instruction, and the amount of study time allowed at school.  These will be weighed against the student's age and his/her ability to respond and benefit from homework.
    3. Where appropriate, long-range assignments may be given.  Enough time should be allowed so students may give their other lessons fair and adequate consideration.  .  Assigned homework during the summer, holidays, and year-round track changes is encouraged to only take place on a limited basis.
    4. Because each year's work becomes progressively more difficult, it is assumed that students in the upper grades will devote more of their outside time to independent study.
    5. The objectives of homework assignments are:
      1. To encourage students to do independent study and research.
      2. To provide an environment of continuous learning that moves beyond what is being learned in the classroom.
      3. To gain additional practice in the processes relating to classroom instruction.
      4. To encourage students to study subject matter in depth.
      5. To prepare students for career and college readiness.
    6. To unify the District's approach to homework assignments, the following guidelines shall be utilized uniformly by all educators within the District:
      1. Homework should be application of previously introduced concepts.  Homework should develop skills, creative abilities, critical thinking, problem-solving techniques, the discovery method, and individual initiative.
      2. In giving homework, individual differences among students should be considered.
      3. The majority of classroom assignments should be completed within the classroom; however, if the work is not completed at school, it should be completed at home and will become homework.
    7. A logical relationship should exist between the homework and the reason for which it is given.  Homework as punishment shall not be assigned.
    8. Home study situations should be discussed during parent-teacher conferences, or as the need arises, with emphasis being placed on ways parents may help pupils learn.
    9. It is the responsibility of the principal to discuss reasonable homework assignments with all teachers.
    10. If a parent/guardian has a concern regarding homework that is assigned, the following procedure should be followed:
      1. The parent/guardian should contact the teacher who assigned the homework to discuss the concern.
      2. If a satisfactory solution is not reached between the parent/guardian and the teacher, the parent/guardian should contact the school principal.
      3. If a satisfactory solution is not reached between the parent/guardian and the school principal, the parent/guardian should contact the Administrator of Schools who has supervisory responsibilities of the school.
    11. Homework assignments which place an inordinate burden upon parents shall not be made.
    12. The relationship of homework to the awarding of grades and credits in the middle and high schools will be handled through individual teacher disclosure statements (i.e., weighing late homework, make-up work, etc.).

  • Effective: 8/27/1969
  • Revision: 11/29/2022
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2013

  1. Board Directive
    Given the diversity of the community it represents, the Board feels that defining which subjects are controversial and which ones are not is unproductive and perhaps even impossible. Therefore, the Board feels it is better to impose standards on ALL discussion rather than hold certain discussions to a separate standard. Consequently, the applicable contents of this policy have been moved to policy D200 Philosophy of Instruction, which governs all discussions held every day within the entire school district.

  • Effective: 8/27/1969
  • Revised: 3/26/2013

  1. Board Directive
    Recognizing the need to maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment in the schools and workplace, the Board directs the Administration to implement a policy to develop and maintain safety programs that comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety standards.
  2. Administrative Policy
    1. OSHA law 1910.133(a) requires that approved safety glasses (ANSI Z87) must be worn by all students, teachers and visitors while participating in or directly observing certain industrial education, physics, and chemistry laboratory activities and any other activity that could cause impairment.  The type of eye protection will be determined by the type of hazard that exist in the activity and will be job specific.
    2. OSHA Hazard Communication Standard:  In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers.  OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires the development and dissemination of such information.
    3. School principals, with the cooperation of classroom teachers, shall take all necessary precautions to avert eye damage or loss among students and teachers, and ensure that appropriate eye protection is available and used as required.  They will also be responsible for proper training and education as to any potential health and safety hazards.
    4. Persons exposed to an eye hazard from physical objects (i.e. impact hazard), chemical substances (splash or vapor hazard), harmful radiant energy, and nuisance dust, must wear eye protection.  Such hazards may include but are not limited to the following:
      1. Sparks, open flame and spatters
      2. Molten metals
      3. Research activities involving high energy, flying particles, and the possibility of explosion or implosion of vessels
      4. Toxic, poisonous, irritating, or corrosive chemicals
      5. Glass, wood or metal processing, particularly grinding, welding, chipping, sawing and sanding
      6. Heat treating, tempering or kiln firing of any industrial materials
      7. Injurious radiant energy, such as welding, ultraviolet light, lasers and brazing
      8. Bio-hazardous materials
    5. Every student teacher and visitor shall use appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors or potentially injurious light radiation.
      1. The building administrator shall ensure that each person uses eye protection that provides side protection when there is a hazard from flying objects.  Detachable side protectors (e.g.) clip–on or slide-on side shields) meeting the pertinent requirements of this section are acceptable.
      2. Each person who wears prescription lenses while engaged in operations that involve eye hazards shall wear eye protection that incorporate the prescription in it design, or wear eye protection that can be worn over the prescription lenses without disturbing the proper position of the prescription lenses or the protective lenses.
      3. Each person who uses equipment with filter lenses shall use a shade number appropriate for the work being performed for protection from injurious light radiation.  Reference Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 1910.133(a)(5).
    6. Everyone who works with or is potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals will receive initial training on the Hazard Communication Standard and the safe use of those hazardous chemicals, as outlined in the Jordan School District’s hazard communications program.

  • Effective: 8/27/1969
  • Revision: 9/8/2009
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2013

  1. Board Directive
    Recognizing that instructional programs for students and teacher development opportunities may be extended beyond the limits of the regular school year, the Board authorizes the District Administration to plan and to conduct summer school and intersession programs.  Summer school and intersession programs conducted in the District shall be established in accordance with the State guidelines, District policies, and budget provisions.
  2. Administrative Policy
    Working within the framework of the established State administrative standards and procedures for implementing summer school and intersession programs, the Administration shall develop and sponsor appropriate direct teaching-learning activities for students.  The Administrators of Schools with the assistance of the appropriate department personnel, shall coordinate the planning and conducting of summer school and intersession programs.

Direct teaching-learning activities for students will include regular courses, enrichment courses, make-up work, remedial and special education classes, advanced or accelerated classes, field trips, summer camps, and a variety of activities calculated to provide exploration and experimentation opportunities as well as depth and breadth in course work and special interest projects.

Summer School or Intersession Program

    1. Student Enrollment and Classes
      1. Schools shall utilize needs assessment procedures to determine the best program to meet the needs of the students being served.
      2. Make-up credit-bearing classes for students grades 9 through 12 will conform with requirements for credit at the alternative high school.
      3. All courses will be supported by student fees and enrollment.
    2. Fees
      1. The fee schedule will be set by the Administration and be approved by the Board.
      2. Elementary student(s) shall be charged a minimum registration fee.  An additional materials fee may be charged those students who enroll in special classes, such as art, crafts, photography, and other classes involving the use of expendable materials.
      3. All secondary students who enroll in academic classes at the alternative high school shall be charged a registration fee.  A materials fee for regular school students may be charged those students who enroll in special classes.
    3. Field Trips for Students
      All field trips shall be conducted according to established policies.
    4. Teachers' Salaries
      The payment of teachers' salaries shall be compatible with the District's current salary schedule.
    5. Reports
      A Summer School Attendance Record shall be submitted to the District at the close of the summer session.

  • Effective: 8/27/1969
  • Revision: 3/26/2013
  1. Board Directive
    Recognizing the need for emergency preparedness planning, the Board authorizes District participation with community leaders and emergency management agencies. These programs shall be planned to accomplish the following:

    1. Extend the local community the greatest possible protection and assistance in times of emergency or disaster
    2. Provide protection and preservation of District properties
    3. Provide leadership assistance, as local and state authorities work to avoid panic or confusion in the event of an attack or disaster
    4. Comply with State Rule R277-400 School Emergency Response Plan.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The responsibility for coordinating emergency preparedness activities within the District shall be delegated to the Administrator of Auxiliary Services and/or designee.  Working with directors and school principals, the Administrator of Auxiliary Services shall direct the planning and conduct of emergency preparedness programs

    1. The Administrator of Auxiliary Services will obtain mutual agreements with local, county, state and federal agencies for the use of any Jordan School District facilities in the event of an emergency or disaster.
    2. Principals shall be responsible for conducting in-service training programs for teachers and appropriate orientation programs for students.
    3. Principals shall work closely with the PTA and other civic groups in correlating school and community emergency preparedness procedures.
    4. The District emergency preparedness program shall be planned and conducted in accordance with guidelines established by state, county and local agencies.

  • Effective: 8/27/1969
  • Revision: 9/8/2009
  • Reviewed: 5/9/2021

  1. Board Directive
    Recognizing the need for a high quality and well-balanced educational system, the Board endorses District participation in accreditation programs.  Jordan School District shall become involved in only those accreditation programs which are approved by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE).  Accreditation procedures are justified on the basis of the following:

    1. That they encourage the improvement of educational opportunities and services.
    2. That they involve the development of criteria of evaluation or standards of performance which stimulate continual improvement.
    3. That they promote cooperative relationships among colleges and high schools, between high schools and the Utah Board of Education, and among schools throughout the State.

    The Administration shall present an annual status report of school accreditations and related activities to the Board. The Board authorizes the Administration to participate in approved accreditation programs.

  2. Administrative Policy
    As directed by the Board, the District Administration shall assume the leadership role in encouraging schools to participate in accreditation programs.  However, direct responsibility for coordinating accreditation activities shall be delegated to the Administrators of Schools.

    1.  Instruction
      1. Senior high schools shall cooperate with the Northwest Accreditation Commission, a division of AdvancED, in conducting accreditation as defined in the handbook issued by the Northwest Accreditation Commission.
      2. Middle schools and elementary schools shall cooperate with the Utah State Board of Education. These schools shall utilize the standards and procedures of accreditation as outlined by the USBE.
    2. District Procedures
      1. Requests for participation in accreditation programs shall be prepared by the school principals and submitted to the Administrators of Schools for review and endorsement.
      2. The Administrators of Schools shall submit the requests to the proper accreditation offices.
      3. All accreditation activities shall be coordinated by the Administrators of Schools.
      4. Annual accreditation reports shall be submitted to the Administrators of Schools for District approval.

  • Effective: 8/27/1969
  • Revision: 9/8/2009
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2013

  1. Board Directive
    The Board encourages District participation in worthy school-community contests and special programs.  Programs promoted or sponsored by community agencies and organizations shall be evaluated carefully before student and teacher involvement is committed.  In the evaluation of cooperative activities, their relevance to established curricula and good learning experiences shall receive prime consideration.  Responsibility for the assessment and coordinating of school-community programs shall be delegated to the District Administration.
  2. Administrative Policy
    Since most school-community contests and special programs are planned to complement classroom instruction, responsibility for coordinating such programs is delegated to the Administrators of Schools.  The offices of the Administrators of Schools shall be the clearing house for all requests for participation.

    1. District participation in community contests and special programs shall be determined on the basis of appropriateness (relationship to regular classroom instruction), timeliness (relationship to on-going school activities) and benefits (relationship to educational, civic, social, and ethical development of students).
    2. Contests or programs designed to promote or advertise a specific product or a questionable ideology shall not be approved.
    3. Selected contests and programs shall not place undue burden upon teachers or schools.
    4. The lists of approved contests and activities as published by the NASSP and other state and national associations shall be considered as decisions regarding District participation are made.
    5. Participation by the District or school in local and/or state contests or activities shall be reviewed and approved by a committee consisting of the Administrators of Schools.  A published list of approved activities shall be maintained.
    6. The option to participate or not to participate in approved contests and programs shall remain with the individual school.

  • Effective: 8/27/1969
  • Revision: 11/29/2022
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2013

  1. Board Directive
    Recognizing the need for an orderly transition of students between school levels, the Board authorizes the District Administration to conduct appropriate advancement, promotion, and graduation activities.
  2. Administrative Policy
    1. Authorization
      The advancement, promotion, and graduation of students is authorized by the Board upon the recommendation of the Superintendent and the principal of the school involved.
    2. Definitions
      1. Advancement:  Movement of students within the three divisions or levels (elementary, middle, and high school) of instruction.
      2. Promotion:  Movement of students from one grade level to another, from elementary to middle school, and from middle school to high school.
      3. Graduation:  Completion of the high school program of studies specified by the State and local Boards of Education.
        NOTE:  The following definitions relate directly to the mandate for optional configurations of the high school program as specified by Utah Code §53A-15-101.
      4. Advanced Placement (AP):  The most rigorous credit courses in the high school curriculum in any discipline area.  Sponsored by and controlled by the College Entrance Examination Board, AP courses each have associated tests that also grant college level credit upon successful completion of the examination designated for that course.
      5. Accelerated Vocational Programs:  Vocational/technical education courses designed to provide college credit to students evidencing a high level of content master/skills in a specialized field.
      6. Early Graduation:  Optional program governed by the creation of a specialized Student Educational Plan for College and Career Readiness and approved by the principal at the least one quarter prior to the date for early graduation; designed for the purpose of allowing a student to graduate after completion of the eleventh grade or at the end of any quarter of the twelfth grade year.
      7. Concurrent Enrollment:  Optional program governed by the creation of a specialized Student Educational Plan for College and Career Readiness that allows a student to enroll in post secondary training/education while attending classes in the regular high school day.  Courses completed in the Concurrent Enrollment program may be used as credit toward high school graduation and/or may be applied to fulfillment of post secondary educational requirements.
      8. Early Admissions:  Optional program governed by the creation of a specialized Student Educational Plan for College and Career Readiness that allows a student to enter post secondary training/education in place of or as part of the normal senior year.  Early Admissions does not preclude the student returning to graduate from high school with his/her class.
      9. International Baccalaureate:  A rigorous program of studies emphasizing critical thinking while encouraging an international perspective.  Students may earn a certificate in a specific course of study and a diploma recognizing completion of the entire program.
    3. Promotion and Graduation Requirements
      Promotion from elementary school to middle school or from middle school to high school shall be authorized upon satisfactory fulfillment of the requirements specified by the State Board of Education and additional studies required by the Jordan School District Board of Education. Graduation from high school shall be authorized upon satisfactory completion of high school graduation requirements in the Utah educational code and stated in the Jordan School District Credit Guidelines for graduation from secondary schools. (State Board Rule R277-705-3)
    4. Responsibility
      The Administration delegates responsibility for the general coordination of advancement, promotion, and graduation activities to the Administrators of Schools.  Working cooperatively with the school principals, the Administrators of Schools shall make certain that Board and Administrative policies are understood and complied with in conducting school programs.
    5. Advancement
      Teachers and principals shall consider the continuous progress and educational growth of students a major concern as students are advanced from one level to another in the elementary and middle school.  Retentions and accelerations shall be considered on the basis of the best interest and welfare of the student based upon the professional determination of the local school educational team comprised of a school administrator, parent(s)/legal guardian(s), teacher(s) and guidance personnel.  (See Policy AS64 Student Retention and Acceleration)
    6. Promotion
      As students are promoted from one division or level to another, teachers and administrators shall stress the non-terminal nature of promotion and shall encourage students to continue their studies.
    7. Graduation Programs
      Graduation programs shall be conducted according to the following guidelines:

      1. Commencement exercises shall be held to honor those students graduating from high school.
      2. They shall reflect the dignity of youth, the community, and the schools of Jordan School District.
      3. They shall emphasize conservatism in money expenditures required of students, parents, and schools in order not to embarrass the indigent.
      4. No formal programs or exercises shall be held for pupils being advanced from one grade to the next or for pupils being promoted from elementary to middle school or from middle school to high school.
      5. Middle school students shall not purchase class rings, yearbooks, or pins to signify the promotion occasion.
    8. Scheduling
      The scheduling of graduation programs shall be coordinated by the Administrators of Schools.  Selected program dates shall be cleared through the Superintendent's office and placed on the Activity Calendar.
    9. Graduation Attire
      In order to maintain dignity and decorum at high school commencements, students participating in commencement exercises are subject to the graduation dress attire articulated in Policy AA419 Student Conduct and Dress, item D.