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OIS Student Handbook

 Osceola Intermediate School
Student / Parent Handbook 2016 - 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Welcome to Osceola Intermediate School! As we begin the 2016 – 2017 school year. It is my hope that you had a relaxing and enjoyable summer vacation with your child. Now, it is time to return to school and get back into a routine.

Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, the guidance counselor, school nurse, the school secretary, and/or me if you have concerns or need information throughout the year. I encourage you to participate in your child’s education as much as possible. Communicate on a regular basis with your child’s teacher to avoid problems and misunderstandings. Participate as a classroom volunteer. Join and support the Osceola PTA. Attend Parent/Teacher Conferences. Volunteer in your child’s classroom. Join your child for lunch. Offer your support.

As educators and parents, we have a joint responsibility to help children grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Ultimately, our goal is for children to become responsible and productive members of society. Together, we can achieve that goal.

Please read and keep this handbook as a reference guide to many important school related topics. 

Sincerely,
Jake Dodge,
Principal Osceola Intermediate School


OSCEOLA SCHOOL BOARD 
Mr. Timm Johnson 
Mr. Craig Brunclik 
Ms. Rosanne Anderson 
Mr. Pete Kammerud 
Ms. Keri Uzpen

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF 
Mr. Mark Luebker, District Administrator 
Ms. Jenifer Frank, Business Manager 
Ms. Lori Getschel, Administrative Assistant 
Ms. Angela Hughes, Accounts Payable 
Ms. Sharon Weise, Payroll Clerk 
Ms. Bernadette Strobach, CNS Director 
Mr. Bob Schmidt, Director of Buildings & Grounds 
Ms. Susan Mayer, Food Service Director 
Mr. Steve Leslie, Transportation Director 
Dr. Peggy Weber, Elementary School Principal 
Dr. Rebecca Styles, Middle School Principal 
Mr. Adam Spiegel, High School Principal 
Ms. Jane Maki, Curriculum Coordinator

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF 
Jake Dodge, Principal 
Mindy Havlish, Administrative Assistant 
Lori Maypark, Administrative Assistant


INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL TEACHERS

 Name  Position  E-mail*
 Anderson, Janet  4 th Grade   andersonj
 Bender, Julie  Physical Education  bender
 Busick, Shannon  5th Grade  busicks
 Dressel, Marcia  Librarian  dressel
 Dyer, Andy  Art  dyera
 Ellwanger, Stephanie  3rd Grade  ellwangers
 Fischer, Jana  Speech  fischerj
 Fogelberg, Stephanie  Title 1  fogelbergs
 Funk, Joleen  4th Grade  funkj
 Halverson, Clare  3rd Grade  halversonc
 Henningsgard, Shanin  Music  henningsgards
 Jasperson, Jo  5th Grade  jaspersonjo
 Kramer, Patricia  3rd Grade  kramerp
 Krenz, Laura  5th Grade  krenzl
 Krieser, Jake  5th Grade  krieserj
 Landahl, Nelisena  4th Grade  landahln
 Lundholm, Kent  4th Grade  lundholmk
 Nagel, Ashley  Special Education  nagela
 Newman, Kelli  Title 1  newmank
 Noak-Sauve,  Robin 4th Grade  noaksauver
 Olson, Tyler  5th Grade  olsont
 Ohman, Ranae  Guidance Counselor  ohmanr
 Rogers, Maureen  4th Grade  rogersm
 Solland, Amber  3rd Grade  sollanda
 Stephenson, Kelly  Special Education  stephensonk
 Strom, Clint  5th Grade  stromc
 Swiontek, Mark  Music  swiontekm
 Thompson, Darcy  3rd Grade  thompsond
 Wampfler, Rebecca  4th Grade  wampflerr
 Wiedenfeld, Jenna  3rd Grade  wiedenfeldj
 Wisniewski, Bridget  Special Education  wisniewskib
     
*All e-mail addresses end with @osceolak12.org


2016– 2017 OIS School Calendar
August 25 Open House 3:30-6:30 PM 
August 29 First day of school 
September 5 No School- Labor Day 
September 9 School Photos at OIS 
September 23 No school for students/ Staff in-service 
October 10 & 13 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:45-7:45 pm 
October 14 No school for students/ Staff in-service 
October 17 No School Fall Break 
November 11 No school for students/ Staff in-service 
November 22 End of first trimester 
November 23-25 No school (Thanksgiving Break) 
December 15 OIS Holiday Concert 9:30 and 1:30 OIS Gym 
Dec 23 – Jan 2 No school (Holiday Break) 
January 3 School resumes 
January 20 No school for students/ Staff in-service 
February 17 No school for students/ Staff in-service 
February 20 No school (President’s Day) 
March 2 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:45-7:45 
March 3 End of 2nd trimester 
March 17 No school for students/ Staff in-service 
April 13 No school for students/ Staff in-service 
April 14-17 No School (Easter Break) 
April 18 School resumes 
May 4 OIS Spring Concert 9:30 and 1:30 at OIS Gym 
May 29 No School (Memorial Day) 
June 1 Last day of School


TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL BUILDING POLICIES/INFORMATION

Attendance 7-8 
Attending School Events 8-9 
Building Entrance & Exit 9 
Bullying Consequences 9 
Cafeteria/Recess Expectations 9 
Calendar 4 
Class Placement 10 
Communications 10 
Dress Code 10 
District Policies Table of Contents 6 
Electronic Device Use 10-11 
Instructional Media Center 11 
Instrumental Music 11 
Kid’s Klub 11-12 
Insubordination/Disrespect 12 
Lockers 12 
Lunch Account 12 
Newsletter 12 
OIS Table of Contents 5 
Playground Rules 13 
Picture Day 13 
Problem Solving for Parents 13 
Soda 13 
Student Conduct 13-14 
Student Pick Up 14 
Student Planners 14 
Telephone Use 14


DISTRICT POLICIES

Accidents 14 
Activity Fee 14 
Annual Notice of Records Review 14-15 
Anti-Bullying/Harassment/Sexual Harassment Policy 15-16 
Attendance 16 
Behavior at School Events 16 
Bicycles 16 
Bus Discipline Policy 16-17 
Code of Classroom Conduct 17 
Communicable Diseases 17 
Defamation Policy 17-18 
Directory Information 18 
Drug Free Environment 18 
Electronic Device Use Policy 18-19 
Equal Employment and Nondiscrimination 19 
Equal Educational Opportunity 19 
Food Service Management 19 
Gum Chewing 19 
Illness at School 19-20 
Immunizations 20 
Lost and Found 20 
Medication 20 
Nondiscrimination Policy 20 
Nursing Services 21 
Open Enrollment 21 
Osceola PTA 21 
Other Policies 21 
Parent-Teacher Conferences 21 
Problem Solving for Parents 21
Public Records Access 21 
Records Retention Policy 22 
Responsible Use Policy (RUP) 22 
School Admissions 22 
School Closing Announcements 22 
Search and Seizure 22 
Skateboards/Rollerblades/Wheelies 22 
Special Services 22-23 
Student Insurance 23 
Surveillance Policy 23 
Testing/Assessment 24 
Tobacco Free School District of Osceola 24 
Truancy 24 
Videotaping and Photos 24 
Visitors/Visitors Student/Visitors Parent 24 
Weapons 24-25


INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL SPECIFIC POLICIES/INFORMATION

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSALS
Children are not to arrive at school before 7:45 am or be picked up after 3:15 pm. There is no supervision provided at this time. Kids Klub is available for those needing supervision outside of school hours.

Students that arrive after the beginning of the day must be signed in by a parent in the office.

Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds except upon written request from the parents. Parents must sign students out in the office before they leave school.

ATTENDANCE
  • Excused Absences
    • According to Wisconsin Statute, 118.16(2), it is the responsibility of the school attendance officers, not the parent, to determine whether an absence is excused or unexcused. The Osceola Board of Education recognizes the following reasons for excused absences:
      • Pupil illness/injury
      • Death in the family
      • Medical/dental appointments
      • Family emergencies
      • Religious holidays
      • Pre-arranged absence
  • Unexcused Absences
    • All other absences are considered to be unexcused or instances of truancy. Examples of common unexcused absences are:  
      • Leaving the building without permission  
      • Skipping a class or classes  
      • Shopping trips, beauty appointments, haircuts, etc.  
      • Missing the bus  
      • Oversleeping  
      • False or forged notes
  • Pre-arranged and Advanced Absences
    • Students who know in advance that they will be absent from school for part of a day or days should see the secretary for a form to be signed by all of his /her teachers.
  • Return to School Following an Excused or Pre-arranged Absence
    • Before a student is admitted back into school, a written, dated, and signed excuse from the parent or guardian giving the exact reason for the absence shall be presented to a secretary. Students should make up all missed assignments or tests. Teachers will give students a reasonable amount of time to complete tests/assignments.
  • Return to School Following an Unexcused Absence
    • Students will receive the consequences for the missed time. The consequences are normally an inschool suspension and documentation for a possible notification to the Osceola Police Department and Polk County for truancy proceedings.
Truancy:
Wisconsin State Law on School Attendance. Because the school officials are charged with the duty of enforcing the compulsory school attendance law, it is included for your information.
  1. 118.15 COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
    1. Unless the child has a legal excuse or has graduated from high school, any person having under his control a child between the ages of 6 and 18 years of age who has not graduated shall cause such child to attend school regularly, during the full period and hours, religious holidays excepted, 8 that the public or private school in which such a child should be enrolled is in session until the end of the school term, quarter, or semester of the school year in which he becomes 18 years of age.
  2. 118.16 TRUANCY
    1. Truancy means any absence of one or more days from school during which a principal or teacher has not been notified of the legal cause of such absence by the parent or guardian of the absent pupil, and also means intermittent attendance carried on for the purpose of defeating the intent of S.118.15.
  3. 118.16(4) HABITUAL TRUANT
    1. “Habitual truant” means a pupil who is absent from school without an acceptable excuse:
      1. UNEXCUSED Absences for Part or All of 5 days in a Semester puts you in a position to be prosecuted for violation of County and State laws.
      2. A child may not be EXCUSED for more than 10 days in a school year
  4. PENALTY
    1. Whoever violates this section or files a false statement under S118.16 (1) may be fined or imprisoned not more than three months or both. In a prosecution under this subsection, if the defendant proves that he is unable to comply with the law because of the disobedience of the child in question, the action shall be dismissed and the child shall be proceeded against as delinquent under Ch.48. Penalties for truancy can be handled at both the Osceola Municipal Court or at the county level.
PERFECT ATTENDANCE FOR STUDENTS
A student who has not had an excused or unexcused absence, a tardy, or an early dismissal is considered to be eligible for perfect attendance. Field trips and/or school-sponsored activities do not count as an absence or early dismissal from school. 

ATTENDING SCHOOL EVENTS
Assemblies (Events during the school day)
There are many opportunities during the school year for students to attend school assemblies, school plays, or other school-wide events. During these times, it is imperative that their behavior be exceptional. The following are the expectations of all students when they are members of an audience of any type.
  • Students will follow directions on where they are to sit.
  • When the program begins, all students will be quiet and show respect for our visitors
  • Students will keep their bodies to themselves
  • Students will use clapping to show they enjoyed the performance
  • All students will remain seated until dismissed.
  • Some behaviors that are not appropriate during school events are booing, whistling, yelling out, stomping, talking to people sitting around you, insulting the performers, asking inappropriate questions, etc.
Attending all-school events is a privilege, not a right. Students who choose not to meet the above expectations will receive appropriate consequences. Students may not be allowed to attend school events if their behavior was unacceptable during school or at other school events.

After-School Events (At any school in the district)
Students are encouraged to be spectators at after-school events. The following are the expectations of all students when they attend after-school events.
  • After-school events are considered an extension of the school day. Therefore, all school rules are in effect.
  • Students must show respect for the people involved in the event, as well as the rest of the audience and others present (i.e. opposing team members, visiting fans, etc.).
  • Students should go directly to the area where the event takes place and sit down.
  • Students are not allowed to hang around inside/outside the school waiting for an event to begin.
  • Once at an event, students should remain in attendance, sitting in appropriate places, unless they plan on leaving school grounds (with the exception of built-in breaks).
  • Students should leave immediately after the event is completed.
Attending after-school events is a privilege, not a right. Any student who chooses not to meet the above expectations will receive appropriate consequences.

BUILDING ENTRANCE & EXIT
All students must enter and exit the building via the front doors. We know that this may not be the most convenient route, but it is essential in order to maintain building security.

BULLYING CONSEQUENCES
The following are general consequences. Consequences could be stricter depending on the severity of the incident.

Incident one:
  • Warning
  • Conference with Principal
  • Perpetrator will complete the Accepting Responsibility Form
  • Written apology to victim 
Incident two:
  • Detention or in-school suspension (depending on severity)
  • Conference with Principal
  • Perpetrator will complete the Accepting Responsibility Form
  • Parent/guardian called
  • Written apology to victim
  • Written paper addressing the following: Definition of bullying/harassment/sexual harassment; The effects that bullying/harassment/sexual harassment can have on victims; consequences received by offenders; consequences to schools for not addressing bullying/harassment/sexual harassment reports; a detailed list of bullying/harassment/sexual harassment that you have witnessed personally; and suggestions on how you will avoid a third incident. This paper is due 2 days after it is assigned. If it is not completed, in-school-suspension will result until it is completed. 
Incident three
  • In or out of school suspension (depending on severity)
  • Conference with Principal
  • Perpetrator will complete the Accepting Responsibility Form
  • Parent conference
  • Written apology to victim
  • Incident may be reported to District Administrator

CAFETERIA/RECESS EXPECTATIONS
The following rules are necessary for providing a comfortable atmosphere during our lunch periods:
  1. Deposit all lunch litter in wastebaskets.
  2. Return trays and utensils to the dishwashing window. Please be careful not to drop the utensils into the trash.
  3. Leave your table and surrounding area neat and clean.
  4. No food or beverages may be taken from the cafeteria area. An exception to this rule may be by directive of the principal.
  5. Students are not allowed to eat food off another student’s tray. If the student has forgotten his/her lunch or lunch money, simply contact the principal or office personnel and they will see that a meal is provided.

CLASS PLACEMENT
The Osceola Intermediate staff works together to make class assignments. The goal is to provide each teacher with a well-balanced group of children which allows each learner to have an appropriate learning environment. If you have a request for your child that you feel would be helpful in determining your child’s placement (i.e. special learning needs), please request a form from the office and return it prior to March 10 th, 2017.

COMMUNICATION
Please call us if you have questions or concerns. We want to hear from you. We can be contacted via telephone, e-mail, the student planner or in person by appointment.

DRESS CODE
Osceola Intermediate School administration and teachers expect students to present themselves in a manner that will be respectful and appropriate. Students’ clothing should not offend others, cause embarrassment to themselves or others, present a health hazard, or create a disruption in classes. The following expectations will be enforced for both genders:
  1. Shoes must be worn at all times.
  2. Students are expected to maintain hygienically clean attire. 
  3. No caps, hats, bandanas, or other head covers are to be worn in the building.
  4. Book bags, duffel bags, backpacks, and any other large purse/bag or briefcase must be kept in lockers. 
  5. Any clothing that shows excessive skin is not to be worn at school. 
  6. Clothing that shows undergarments is not permitted (i.e., tops must cover shoulders). 
  7. Pants and shirts must meet at the waistline.
  8. Low-cut backs, low-cut fronts, halter tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, sleeveless shirts, tube tops, short shorts, and short skirts are unacceptable.  

ELECTRONIC DEVICE USE
Cell Phones: Cell phones may not be used during school. During the school day, they are to be OFF and in your locker.
Laptops/eReaders/Tablets/etc.: Permission to use an electronic device must be obtained in advance by administration and the Tech/CNS Director. The Student Electronic Request Form is available on the Technology page of the district website at www.osceola.k12.wi.us. Once approved, they may only be used in the classroom with individual teacher approval.
Music Devices: All music devices may be used before and after school. During the school day they are to be OFF and in your locker.
  1. The school is not responsible for lost/stolen/damaged devices.
  2. Connecting non-district equipment to the district network is not allowed at any time.
  3. The creation of a wireless hotspot or any method of creating an ad-hoc wireless or wired network allowing other users or devices to intentionally or unintentionally connect is not allowed at any time.
  4. All guidelines for appropriate use must be adhered to, including but not limited to the prohibition of games without express permission from the direct supervisor, videos, inappropriate content and/or activities.
  5. Any actions or activities that are disruptive in any way will result in immediate termination of the right to bring in electronic devices.
  6. Students who have a revocation of technology privileges are not allowed to bring in electronic devices
  7. The authority granted educators and schools under the Wisconsin State Statutes provides school authorities with the right to inspect students’ lockers, student owned or operated vehicles parked on school grounds, and/or articles carried on their person during the school day or at related school-sponsored activities.
  8. Unregistered electronic devices will be confiscated. The opportunity to use electronic devices is a 11 privilege, not a right.
1st offense: Electronic device will be confiscated by any school employee and given to the administration for the remainder of the day.
2nd offense: Electronic device will be confiscated by any school employee and given to the administration for 3 days and parent informed.
3rd offense: Parent/guardian must pick up device.

INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA CENTER
The IMC is available to all children. Each group is scheduled for a library period once a week to exchange library books. Individual students, groups, or entire classes may come during other times at the discretion of classroom teachers and IMC staff provided others are not scheduled to use the IMC. Students may also use the library before/after school and at recess periods.
Books will be checked out for one week as printed on book receipts but may be kept for a period of two weeks before fines begin to accumulate (at the rate of 1 cent per day per item.) Students are encouraged to find books at their individual reading level as well as other titles.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
Students are introduced to vocal music and rhythm instruments at all grade levels. The 4th grade students are introduced to band instruments in the spring of the year. Band lessons and full band is available for any interested 5th grade students.

KID'S KLUB
Kids’ Klub is a regulated before and after school child care service. It has been serving families since 1993. It is the intention of this service to provide children in grades PreK-8:
  • A safe, healthy, comfortable environment 
  • Caring supervision by qualified adults
  • Choices of a wide variety of wholesome activities 
  • A healthy, nutritious breakfast (paid through your school food service account) before school and a snack after school (no charge). The PreK children who are enrolled in the wrap around care have their meals and snacks included in their pre-payment.  
This program is housed at both the elementary school serving children in grades PreK – 2 and at the intermediate school for grades 3 - 8 operating under the direction of Community Education. Parents must sign their children in each morning and out each afternoon of attendance. Prompt payment for this service is required. Sorry, we can’t accommodate your child’s friend(s) who may be going to your house after Kids’ Klub unless they are properly enrolled in this program.

Fees are as follows:
  • An enrollment fee of $25 per family annually
  • An hourly fee of $2.75 per child during the school year and June.
  • Wrap Around care is a prepaid program ($30/day Monday through Thursday and $40/day for Fridays and in-service days). They can be dropped off and picked up or they can bus to and from school and attend their PreK class and then the wrap around session.
  • June (Summer School) Kids’ Klub is billed hourly just like the school year. Children must be in summer school to attend.
  • July and August Session is $30/day per child (the revised prepayment schedule comes out each April).
  • A late pickup fee of $10.00 for every 15 minutes after 6:00 p.m.  
The school year hours of service for K-8th: 6:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday) The program follows the school year calendar open only on days there is school. Kids’ Klub is open on full in-service days. The in-service days require pre-registration and pre-payment. If 12 school is closed due to inclement weather, Kids’ Klub will also be closed. On days that school is delayed two hours Kids’ Klub will open two hours late as well (8:00 - 10:15).

Pre-K Before and/or after hours: 6:00 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. and 3:25 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday

 Wrap Around Pre-K Care: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and on in-service days. It is set up on pre-register / prepayment basis. There are no credits/refunds for sick or absent children. Weekly Fee: 5 days $160 per week for full-time, 4 school days $120/week and 4 days $130/week (if one of the four days is a Friday or in-service).

Summer school (month of June) hours: 6:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. and 11:45 - 6:00 p.m. Kids’ Klub is available during the month of June for those students who attend summer school. It follows the same rates as the school year

Kids’ Klub has a six week summer session the months of July and August. 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. This six week session requires a pre-registration and pre-payment. The deadline to register is the end of April. Register early as space is limited and fills up fast! Information can be found on the school district website under community education. 

Kids’ Klub provides a variety of activities: outdoor play (weather permitting), rest or quiet time as a child may need, reading and story time, board games, hikes and field trips, swimming, seasonal and holiday art & craft projects, and special programs in the summer session.

This is a regulated child care service. Parents who are eligible to receive financial support, in whole, or in part from the Department of Social Services, Private Industry Council, Vocational Rehabilitation, etc. are encouraged to speak with their case manager or Kids Klub Director, Michelle Mcmanamy at (715) 294- 3457 ext. 1420 regarding their childcare needs.

Information, forms, and monthly calendars are also available on-line at www.osceola.k12.wi.us, then go to Community Education, then the Kids’ Klub link. To pick-up an enrollment packet, stop by the District Office or the main offices of the elementary and intermediate schools. To receive one by mail, call the District Office at 715-294-4140.
 
INSUBORDINATION/DISRESPECT
Blatant disrespect or refusal to follow directions of school personnel, including appointed monitors, will be regarded as defiance of authority and insubordination. Students will be disciplined according to the severity of insubordination ranging from noon detention, to suspension from school, to police department referral. Wisconsin Statutes 947.01.

LOCKERS
Your school locker is on loan to you. It belongs to the school but it is there for you to store books, supplies, coats, and other personal items. Please keep your locker clean and orderly. Contents of the locker or anything displayed must be appropriate for Osceola Intermediate School. The school is not liable for stolen/missing items. Keep your valuables at home.

LUNCH ACCOUNTS
Please be sure your child carries a positive breakfast/lunch account balance. It is not necessary to send separate payment for each child. All children are under the same account if they live in the same house.

NEWSLETTER
An OIS newsletter is published and sent home with students each month, which includes the lunch menu and information on upcoming events. Please review it carefully to keep informed.

PLAYGROUND RULES
  • Stay within the designated playground areas.
  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
  • Share the equipment; take turns.
  • Keep the swing area clear and safe
  • Do not touch anyone that is using the equipment.
  • Go down the slides feet first, do not go up the slide
  • Use balls away from the building, do not throw them against the walls.
  • Anyone misusing the playground equipment may lose the privilege of using the equipment.
  • Parents and Visitors are not allowed on the playground during the school day. 

PICTURE DAY AT OIS
Student pictures will be taken by Cahill Studios on Friday, Sept. 9 th, 2016. 

PROBLEM-SOLVING FOR PARENTS
The following is suggested for that occasion when a problem arises and you, as a parent, are unsure of what procedure to follow:
It is best first to contact the teacher or person directly involved and discuss the problem. Most problems are resolved through contact and discussion.
For that occasion when there is no resolution and you wish to pursue the problem further, you are urged to contact the building principal. Knowing the building and district rules and regulations and curriculum, the principal is knowledgeable and helpful.
However, if the problem is still unresolved at this level, you are urged to contact the Superintendent of Schools.
The final resource, if there is still no resolution to the problem, is the Board of Education. Information on the membership of the Board is mentioned in the beginning of this book. 

SODA
Soda/energy drinks are not to be brought in to the building during school hours. Soda/energy drinks may NOT be drank during the lunch periods.

STUDENT CONDUCT
Osceola is proud of the positive behavior that is maintained by our students. Students at OIS are asked to always remember two basic rules:
  1. Always act in ways that protect your safety and the safety of others.
  2. Always act in ways that protect your rights and the rights of others.
These basic ideas and the following guidelines are discussed in every classroom.
General Guidelines:
  • Students are expected to respect everyone’s rights to be safe and happy.  
  • Students will use good manners and courtesy with students, staff, and visitors.
  • Students will solve problems calmly and peacefully with respect to other students or adults involved.
  • Students will be encouraged to be helpful when someone needs assistance.
  • Students will be expected to play safely on the playground and school equipment. They will show good sportsmanship and be a team player in all playground and classroom activities.
  • Clothing, makeup, and general appearance should not be disruptive to the learning environment. 
General Rules:
  • Students need to stay in designated areas under the supervision of staff at all times
    • Students are not to be in the hallways, labs, library, or classrooms unless supervised by a staff member.
    • Students should stay in the defined playground area during recess.
    • Bathrooms are to be used appropriately and are not for play.
    • Students should not congregate in the foyer areas between the doors.
  • Skateboards, skate shoes & rollerblades, are not allowed on school property.
  • Bicycles may be ridden to school and locked in the provided bike rack. It should be assumed that students are responsible for their bikes while at school.
  • Toys of any kind, including electronic equipment, should not be brought to school.
  • Threatening, fighting, rough play, or throwing things are dangerous and not allowed. 
  • Students need to use language and tone that are appropriate for the learning environment. 
    • Foul language and swearing are not acceptable.
    • Students need to be respectful when speaking to others. Teasing, name calling, yelling in anger, or referring to someone’s race, sex, or religion is not acceptable.
  • Behavior that is considered to be harassment will result in serious consequences. 
  • Gum is not allowed in school.
  • Hats, caps, or bandanas are not to be worn in school.
The classroom teacher or playground supervisors handle most student conduct problems. When there is a need for student discipline, expected behaviors and the consequences for not meeting standards would be explained. Parents will be notified of serious behavior incidents. Staff members cannot resolve some students conduct problems. These students are referred to the principal.

STUDENT PICK-UPS
Each year on our emergency form we ask for names of 2-3 people who are authorized to pick your child up from school. Please inform the office in writing regarding information on any limitations on who may pick your child up.

STUDENT PLANNERS
Every student will be provided a student planner or folder for his/her use during the school year. Space is provided in the planner for homework assignments, things to remember, and parent/teacher messages. We encourage our students to use their planner and take it home every day to help organize their schoolwork.

TELEPHONE USE
The telephone in the office area is for the use of school personnel for school business.

DISTRICT POLICIES

ACCIDENTS
It is the hope of the school district that the school environment is a safe and healthy place to be. If an accident does occur, it must be reported to the person in charge and/or to the school office. This includes any accident in the school building, on the school grounds, during practice sessions, or any other athletic event sponsored by the school. The staff person in charge will assist with the reporting of an accident by filling out an accident report form.
ACTIVITY FEE
The elementary, intermediate, middle, and high schools each have an activity fee, which is reviewed each summer. Students should bring their enrollment fee to their designated staff during the first week of school. 

ANNUAL NOTICE OF RECORD REVIEW
The School District of Osceola has established a policy on student records consistent with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, 1974. A copy of the policy is available at the school offices. After reviewing records, parents and adult students who have reason to believe that the School District of Osceola is not complying with the federal student records law may file a complaint with the district administrator.

Records are categorized as follows:
A. Behavioral records: These records may include psychological test, personality evaluation, conversation records, achievement tests, aptitude tests, IEP's, and other pupil records which are not progress records. All behavioral records are destroyed one year after students graduate or last attend school, except with written permission to retain them.

B. Progress records: Progress records include student's name, date and place of birth, home address and phone number, attendance date including date of entrance to school, days absent, date of graduation, transfer, withdrawal, and name of school to which student transferred. All progress records will be maintained a minimum of five years after the student graduates or last attends school.

The direct policy has provision to (1) make student records available to: (a) student, (b) staff, and (c) third parties with written permission in accordance with state and federal confidentiality procedures and (2) provide for the timely transfer of records to a receiving school district.

ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT/SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
Purpose of policy:
Every student who enters Osceola School District deserves the right to a free and appropriate education without being subjected to bully/harassment/sexual harassment. The Osceola School Board is committed to creating a safe, caring, respectful learning environment for all students, during the school day while on school grounds, and strictly enforces prohibition against bullying and any form of harassment.
Definitions:
Bullying/Harassment: To treat others in a disrespectful or intimidating manner. To irritate or torment persistently. 
Sexual Harassment: To disrespect, irritate or torment in a sexual way. To use unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s academic or personal performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive academic environment.
Victim: One who is harmed by or made to suffer. 
Perpetrator: One who harms or targets another.
Repeat Offender: One who harms or targets another more than once.  
Some examples of:
Bullying/harassment: teasing, name-calling, spreading rumors, excluding another on purpose, tripping/pushing/ bumping into on purpose, throwing things at a person, intimidating, laughing at, making comments, sending message(s) and or pictures in writing or electronically that are offensive, hurtful, annoying, etcetera.

Sexual harassment: teasing, name-calling, spreading rumors, unwelcome touch/rubbing, unwanted pulling on clothing, (i.e. bra strap snapping, “pantsing”, wedgies, etc) uninvited butt slapping, sexual jokes, comments about another’s body, questioning/commenting to another about their sexuality, electronic communication/notes/graffiti of a sexual nature, etcetera. 
Reporting:
If a student has been a victim of bullying/harassment/sexual harassment, during the school day while on school grounds, they should report it to an adult as soon as possible. The report should contain the following information (and be submitted in writing if possible): Names of all witnesses, perpetrators, location and time of incident, details of incident (be very specific), victim signature and date. This official report should be turned into the building principal.
Consequences:
The following are general consequences. Consequences could be stricter depending on the severity of the incident.

Incident one:
  • Warning 
  • Conference with Principal 
  • Perpetrator will complete the Accepting Responsibility Form 
  • Written apology to victim  
 
Incident two:
  • Detention or in-school suspension (depending on severity)
  • Conference with Principal
  • Perpetrator will complete the Accepting Responsibility Form
  • Parent/guardian called
  • Written apology to victim
  • Written paper addressing the following: Definition of 
  • bullying/harassment/sexual harassment; The effects that
  • bullying/harassment/sexual harassment can have on victims; consequences
  • received by offenders; consequences to schools for not addressing
  • bullying/harassment/sexual harassment reports; a detailed list of 
  • bullying/harassment/sexual harassment that you have witnessed personally; and suggestions on how you will avoid a third incident. This paper is due 2 days after it is assigned. If it is not completed, in-school-suspension will result until it is completed. 
Incident three:
  • In or out of school suspension (depending on severity)
  • Conference with Principal
  • Perpetrator will complete the Accepting Responsibility Form
  • Parent conference
  • Written apology to victim
  • Incident reported to District Administrator
Incident four:
  • Out of school suspension with probable expulsion
  • Conference with Principal
  • Perpetrator will complete the Accepting Responsibility Form
  • Parent conference
  • Written apology to victim
  • Meeting with District Administrator  

ATTENDANCE POLICY
We seek the full cooperation of parents in the area of attendance. School attendance is the responsibility of the students and parents/guardians (Wisconsin State Statutes, 118.15-Compulsory School Attendance). Parents/guardians are required to telephone school offices by 9:00 a.m. to notify us of an absence. If you prefer, you can leave a message on voice mail before or after school hours. Office staff will attempt to reach parents at home or at work when a student is absent from school and the parent/guardian has not called.

BEHAVIOR AT SCHOOL EVENTS
All students are encouraged to attend school events such as athletic contests, plays, concerts, etc. We do require that students watch the event or they will be asked to leave. Misconduct reflects upon parents, students and our school. All school-sponsored functions are considered to be extensions of the school day. Students are expected to follow all school regulations and behavior expectations.

BICYCLES
During appropriate weather, students older than Kindergarten may ride their bikes to school. Students that do ride bicycles to school are required to place them in the racks immediately upon their arrival and to leave them there until dismissal. It should be understood that students are assuming responsibility for the bikes while at school. 

BUS DISCIPLINE POLICY
The students are responsible for their behavior on the bus as their behavior could affect the safe operation of the bus. Misbehavior could result in the bus driver being distracted. Such distractions could endanger the lives of all students being transported. Therefore, behavior infractions must be reported and disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with these guidelines. Parents are requested to explain the importance of proper behavior on the bus. They are also expected to support disciplinary actions that are necessary to help their child change unacceptable behavior.

The primary responsibility of the driver is to safely transport the students to and from school. While transporting students, the driver also has the responsibility of maintaining discipline on the bus. Therefore, the driver will report behavior infractions to the proper authority on the forms provided. Serious infractions may result in bus riding privileges being suspended.

The following bus rules have been made for your protection and for the welfare of all persons in transport:
  • Be considerate of others on the bus
  • Follow instructions of the bus driver at all times
  • Board only the bus to which you are assigned
  • Bus riding is a privilege and will be assured only as long as your conduct remains good
  • Students riding to a stop other than their own stop must have a signed note from parent or guardian and have that note signed by someone from the school office before getting on the bus.

CODE OF CLASSROOM CONDUCT
Beginning in the 1999-2000 school year, a teacher employed by the District may temporarily remove a pupil from the teacher’s class if the pupil violates the terms of the District’s “Code of Student Conduct”. In addition, long-term removal of a student will be possible if the building administrator upholds a teacher’s recommendation that a student be removed from the class for a longer period of time. Removal from class under this Code does not prohibit the District from pursuing or implementing other disciplinary measures, including but not limited to detention, suspension or expulsion, for the conduct for which the student was removed. Refer to code 443 for complete description.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
If your child should become ill with a communicable disease, please notify the school. The following list provides the incubation periods and rules regarding return to school for the more common childhood diseases. If your child develops a communicable disease at school, they will be sent home and should not return to school until the infectious stage is over. 
Disease                     Return to School
Chicken Pox              No fever, scabs dry
Lice                           After treatment and no lice remain
Strep Throat              After 24 hours on antibiotic
Impetigo                    After 24 hours on antibiotic
Ringworm                  After 24 hours on antibiotic*
Mononucleosis          At physician’s discretion

* Or at the physician’s discretion

DEFAMATION POLICY
The School District of Osceola prohibits defamation, libel and slander and/or the threat of defamation/libel/slander activities by a student and/or group of students against another student and/or school personnel. The District considers defamation/libel/slander to be, among other things, any willful act done by a student, whether individually or in concert with others, to another student(s) or school personnel (including impersonating another student(s) or school personnel) for the purpose of subjecting such student(s) or personnel to humiliation, intimidation, physical abuse, threats of abuse, social or other ostracism, shame, or disgrace. Students who violate this policy will be subject to discipline as administered by members of the administrative team. Serious or repeated violation of this policy could result in a disciplinary hearing before the Board of Education. Penalties for violation could include but are not limited to the following:
  •  Detention
  • In-school suspension and parent notification
  • Out-of-school suspension and parent notification, required parent conference
  • Forfeiture of the privilege of participating in any extra activities including but not limited to athletics, co-curricular, clubs, activities and school events. 
  • Serious or repeated violations could result in a recommendation for expulsion 
 
DIRECTORY INFORMATION
Wis Stats 115.125 requires handbooks to include "directory information" This is the language from our Policy 8830.

Each year the District Administrator shall provide public notice to students and their parents of the District's intent to make available, upon request, certain information known as "directory information." The Board designates as student "directory information": a student's name; address; telephone number; date and place of birth; major field of study; participation in officially-recognized activities and sports; height and weight, if a member of an athletic team; dates of attendance; date of graduation; or awards received. Parents and eligible students may refuse to allow the Board to disclose any or all of such "directory information" upon written notification to the Board within fourteen (14) days after receipt of the District Administrator's annual public notice

DRUG FREE ENVIRONMENT
Osceola School District is a drug-free environment. Student and parents are hereby notified that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession of or use of a controlled substance or the use of alcohol on school district property, including all district-owned vehicles, is prohibited at all times. These same provisions shall be in effect at all school-sponsored events or extracurricular activities while off school premises. No student or parent/guardian may appear at school or any school-sponsored function under the influence or in possession of alcohol, non-prescribed substances, chemicals, illegal substances, or look-a-likes. Failure to abide by this policy may result in referral to counseling and rehabilitation services and/or such disciplinary action up to, and including suspension or expulsion from school.

ELECTRONIC DEVICE USE POLICY
We strongly encourage students not to bring any electronic devices to school as they are/can be disruptive to the educational environment and may be lost or stolen. If they are brought to school the following guideline must be followed: Upon entering the building all electronic devices including but not limited to: cell phones, video cameras, film cameras/digital cameras, audio recorders, laptops, PDA’s, video gaming devices, MP3 players, CD players, and pagers must be turned off and stored in lockers (backpacks for elementary students) for the entire school day. **

1 st offense: 
Electronic device will be confiscated and keep in the office; student can retrieve the device at the end of the day.
2 nd offense:
Student will turn in their electronic device to the office each morning when they arrive for 2 consecutive days.
3 rd Offense:
Student will turn in their electronic device to the office each morning until there has been a parent meeting.

* Exceptions can be made with permission of administration.
** The school is not responsible for lost/stolen devices.  
 
EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
The School District is committed and dedicated to the task of providing the best education possible for every child in the district for as long as the student can benefit from attendance, and the student's conduct is compatible with the welfare of the entire student body. A copy of the complaint procedure can be found at the end of the handbook.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT AND NONDISCRIMINATION
The District is committed to provide equal employment opportunities for all District employees and to provide a learning and working environment free of discrimination. Federal and state law prohibits discrimination because of age, race, creed or religion, color, physical or mental disability, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest record, conviction record, citizenship status, use or non-use of lawful products off the employer’s premises during non-working hours, or past, present or future status in the uniformed services of the United States. Discrimination, as defined herein, is strictly prohibited.

Discrimination is defined as any action, policy or practice, including bias, stereotyping and harassment, which is detrimental to a person or group of persons and differentiates or distinguishes among persons, or limits or denies opportunities, privileges, employment, roles or rewards or perpetuates the effect of past discrimination, based on the protected class of the individual or group of individuals.

The District shall periodically examine all policies currently in practice to ensure that it does not discriminate and is not in violation of federal and/or state law. Reasonable accommodations shall be made for qualified individuals with a disability or handicap, unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship to the district.

The District expressly prohibits any form of discrimination. Individuals who feel these rights have been violated shall follow the Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure as outlined in Rule 512. No recipient or other person may intimidate, threaten, coerce, retaliate, or discriminate against any individual for making, filing, or assisting with a complaint. 

FOOD SERVICE MANAGEMENT
Students in the School District shall have an opportunity to participate in school breakfast, lunch, and milk programs. The District Administrator, or designee, in accordance with established guidelines, shall administer these programs

The Board shall establish food service prices annually. In accordance with federal guidelines, the district shall offer free and reduced price food services to students who qualify. Applications are available throughout the school year at all school offices.

GUM CHEWING
Gum chewing is not allowed within the Intermediate school.

ILLNESS AT SCHOOL
If your child should become ill at school (for example: vomiting, diarrhea or fever of 100 degrees F or over), we will attempt to reach you, or the designated emergency person to pick up your child. The school has a small health room for children who become sick in school and require a supervised quiet area until they can be picked up by their parents or another responsible adult that you have designated. It is imperative that we have current daytime phone numbers of all adults who are available to pick up your sick child, or to act on your behalf in case of an emergency. If your child should require emergency treatment, we will make every reasonable attempt to contact you. If no one is available, we will take measures to see that necessary treatment is provided.

Students are welcome to return once they have been fever free (without medication) for 24 hours and vomiting and diarrhea have resolved. 

IMMUNIZATIONS
All students must have current immunizations according to State Statute Section 140.5 (16). State law requires that all children entering a Wisconsin school be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella (chicken pox). These requirements can be waived only if a properly signed health, personal conviction, or religious exemption is filed with the school.

LOST AND FOUND
Students who find lost articles are asked to take them to the lost and found, where the owner can claim them. Please label your clothing or other school articles. Unclaimed items will be periodically recycled.

MEDICATION
Absolutely no medications will be supplied by the school district. All medications must come from home, in the original container, with a note from home stating the date to start and stop at school along with the dosage. At the stop date, the medication will be sent home. This change includes all over-the-counter products such as Tylenol, Tums, Bacitracin, cough drops or Vaseline. All prescription medications or natural supplements need to be in the original containers with signed physician order and signed parent consent forms on file at school, before medication/treatment will be given.

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY
It is the policy of the Osceola School District that no person may be denied admission to any public school in this district or be denied participation, be denied the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any curricular, extracurricular, pupil services, recreational, or other program or activity because of the person's sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability as required by s. 118.13, Wisconsin Statutes. This policy also prohibits discrimination as defined by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (sex), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race and national origin), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Discrimination on basis of religion will also not be allowed.

The District encourages informal resolution of complaints under this policy. A formal complaint resolution procedure is available, however, to address allegations of violations of the policy in the Osceola School District.

Any questions concerning this policy should be directed to:
Mr. Mark Luebker, District Administrator
Osceola School District 
P. O. Box 128 
Osceola, Wisconsin 54020

Any questions concerning s.118.13, Wisconsin Statutes, or Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, should be directed to:
Mr. Mark Luebker, District Administrator 
Osceola School District 
P. O. Box 128 
Osceola, Wisconsin 54020

Inquiries related to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap, should be directed to:
Dawn Western Special Education Director 
P. O. Box 128 
Osceola, WI 54020

NURSING SERVICES
Nursing services are available to all students by a professional school nurse. This service is available to cover emergency situations plus student and parent consultation on illness, immunizations, home visits, vision and hearing screening, nutrition and other health related assistance. For additional information, please call the school office.

OPEN ENROLLMENT
Beginning in the 1998-99 school year, students in grades kindergarten to 12 may attend any public school in the state, if space is available and certain other limitations are met. Families interested in enrolling their children in a district where they are not residents should stop by school district offices to pick up an application, which must be picked up and completed beginning in early February. February applications are for the following fall.

OSCEOLA PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATIONS
We have an active parent/teacher organization in our school district and we hope you'll consider becoming a member and getting involved. To find out more, please call any of the school offices. One of the organizations is PTA (Parent Teacher Association) which in the past has coordinated our extensive volunteer program and sponsored many family events each year.

OTHER POLICIES
This handbook is not a comprehensive listing of all district policies. The Osceola School Board has other policies that are not included in this handbook but are available for all students/parents upon request. 

PARENT - TEACHER CONFERENCES
Parent-Teacher Conferences are offered fall and late winter each school year. Check the school district calendar for details. Also, if at anytime during the year you would like an opportunity to discuss your child's progress, we encourage you to make an appointment for before or after school with your child's teacher(s).

PROBLEM-SOLVING FOR PARENTS
The following is suggested for that occasion when a problem arises and you, as a parent, are unsure of what procedure to follow: It is best first to contact the teacher or person directly involved and discuss the problem. Most problems are resolved through contact and discussion. For that occasion when there is no resolution and you wish to pursue the problem further, you are urged to contact the building principal. 

PUBLIC RECORDS ACCESS
The School District of Osceola has designated the Superintendent of Schools as the legal custodian of the public records and property of School District of Osceola. The term “public records” as used here includes all records of the School Board, Board officers, the Superintendent, committees and the divisions and departments of the District. The public may obtain information and access to records, make requests for records, or obtain copies of records in the custody of the School District of Osceola at the following place and times at the local public offices: Administrative Offices of School District of Osceola at 331 Middle School Drive or Post Office Box 128, Osceola, Wisconsin 54020. The regular office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

District records are located in various offices in various locations in the District. Information concerning the location of particular records may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Superintendent. In applying the provisions of the public records law, the positions identified as local public offices within the School District of Osceola include: local public offices, Superintendent of Schools, building principals, and directors.

The District is authorized by law to impose a fee on the requester that does not exceed the actual, necessary and direct cost of reproducing, locating, transcribing, mailing or shipping the record, unless a fee is otherwise specifically established by law. Information concerning the specific fees charged by the District may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Superintendent. 

RECORDS RETENTION POLICY
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that necessary student records and documents are adequately protected and maintained and to ensure that records that are no longer needed or of no value are discarded 11 at the appropriate time. The policy applies to all records, regardless of format, whether they be paper, electronic, or microform (e.g., microfilm, microfiche, magnetic tapes, and CD-ROM), and other more traditional media. The Osceola School District encourages record retention in an electronic format whenever possible. 

RESPONSIBLE USE POLICY (RUP)
In order to use school computers, all district students and their parents are required to sign a Student Responsible Use and Internet Safety Policy each school year. 

SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
It shall be the responsibility of the parent or guardian of each child or a student of legal age entering the School District to complete official registration forms prior to assignment by the principal to a grade or schedule of classes. Students transferring from other school systems are required to provide a transcript of academic accomplishments at the previous school, or the address from which this data may be secured. Students entering the school district from a home-based private education program or private school shall be required to provide any available academic information and may be required to take appropriate academic tests to assist in making a placement.

Parents or guardians of students admitted to the district's schools shall present immunization records as required by law. In addition, students are encouraged to have a complete physical prior to entering school.

Any parent wishing to register their child as an early entrance to Kindergarten should contact the elementary school by March 1 in order to be invited to Kindergarten Round-Up. A team of educators reviews each case and makes determination of placement by the end of June. Parents are asked to notify the office throughout the school year of any changes in family status, address or telephone number, or new members to the household.

SCHOOL CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS
When school is to be closed for the day or early dismissal due to inclement weather, the announcement will be made over the following radio station: WCCO 830 AM. Information is provided to Twin Cities TV stations as well. We ask that you do not call the school during this time since this is often a very busy time and telephones are needed for our communication. We strongly encourage parents to make plans for back-up childcare on early dismissal days and to monitor stations for school closings. All parents are required to provide "Early Dismissal" information at the start of each school year, and are encouraged to keep all information current. The child/ school/office/teacher cannot call parents. Parents need a plan in place. 

SEARCH AND SEIZURE
The school principal and other administrators may conduct a search of a student if they believe the student has drugs, weapons, alcohol, or other materials in violation of school rules or state law. The search may include inspection of clothing, purses, wallets, knapsacks, and other personal property. The search may also include an inspection of school property, including student lockers, desks, vehicles, and other areas in which items may be kept.

SKATEBOARDS/ROLLERBLADES/WHEELIES
Skateboards/rollerblades/wheelies are not to be used on school property at any time.

SPECIAL SERVICES
The School District of Osceola realizes that the needs of all children are not always the same and these needs must sometimes be met in different ways. For this reason there are a variety of special services available to students.

Counseling – Counselors are available to students at all grade levels. Counselors meet with whole classes to discuss common needs and concerns and are also available to small groups and individual students who may have specific needs or concerns. Students may receive assistance through selfreferral, or by referral from a parent or teacher to our counselor.

Homebound Instruction - A student is eligible for homebound instruction when it is anticipated the absence will extend beyond thirty (30) days. When you feel your child is in need of homebound instruction, please contact the school to discuss your specific situation.

Cognitive/Emotional/Learning Disabilities - Programs are available for students identified as having a disability. If a parent or teacher suspects a child's difficulty in learning is caused by some disability, a referral should be made to the principal. Many factors can affect learning and not all difficulty is the result of a disability. Other factors such as health, attitude, emotional stability, or level of intelligence can also affect the degree of difficulty a child may have. It is important for you to call and discuss your concern with school personnel to help reach some conclusions.

Pre-school Handicapped - Osceola Elementary Early Childhood Program serves preschool children between three and six years of age with special needs. These children exhibit a variety of moderate to severe disabilities, including speech and language delay, visual impairment, hearing impairment, cognitive disability, learning disability, emotional disturbance, pervasive developmental delay, autism, and/or physical disability.

Psychologist - In order for a child to receive the benefit of special programs there are certain requirements that adequate assessment be done to identify the specific needs of a child. This is the role of the school psychologist. The psychologist along with the counselor is available to parents to discuss both home and school management of your child.

Speech and Language - Children who need assistance in improving their speech or language development work with our speech/language clinician. Each student must qualify for services by having moderate to severe speech/language delays. A formal evaluation is conducted prior to services.

Title I - Holistic Learning. - Osceola participates in a federally funded Title I program. Title I teachers serve eligible students in grades kindergarten through two supporting Reading/Language Arts and literacy development.

English Language Learning- Osceola School District has a protocol for serving students who English is their second language. For program specific contact Kaitlyn Carlson at 715-294-3457. (Policy 2260.22) 

STUDENT INSURANCE
The Board of Education provides a secondary student insurance coverage with Student Assurance Services, Inc. Coverage is for all children while they are involved in school day activities. For uninsured students, families can purchase 24 hour accident coverage. For more information visit Student Assurance Website @ www.sas-mn.com. All accidents need to be reported and claim forms completed in school office.

SURVEILLANCE POLICY
The School District of Osceola School Board has determined that in order to enhance the ability to protect the health, welfare and safety of the district’s students and staff, surveillance technology will be utilized. Surveillance technology is monitored intermittently.

TESTING/ASSESSMENT
Several forms of assessment are given to students throughout their education in the School District of Osceola. The district assessment program contains those tests required by state law as well as local assessments used to aid in the evaluation of curriculum, instruction, and student achievement. These tests fall into three categories, mandatory, district level, and classroom. Mandatory assessment includes those tests required under state law: WKCE (WAA –SWD) and ACCESS. District level assessment (at various grade levels) includes NWEA MAP, Literacy Profile data, WisCareers, PLAN, PALS, EXPLORE, and a technology assessment. Classroom assessment includes those teacher administered tests used to monitor student growth and assign grades.

Individual results from WKCE and NWEA MAP will be provided to families with interpretive information. Additional WKCE information is available on the WI DPI website. A current District Assessment Calendar is available and may be obtained through the Curriculum Coordinator or on the District website. 

TOBACCO FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF OSCEOLA
The School District of Osceola, in compliance with the state law, prohibits any use of tobacco on school property.

TRUANCY
Truancy (Wisconsin State Statutes, 118.16) is any absence of one or more days from school during which the principal or teacher has not been notified of the legal cause of such absence by the parents or guardian of the absent pupil, and also means intermittent attendance carried on for the purpose of defeating the intent of compulsory school attendance.

A pupil is an “habitual truant” when he/she is absent without an acceptable excuse:
  1. UNEXCUSED absences for part or all of 5 days in a semester puts you in a position to be prosecuted for violation of County and State laws.
  2. A child may not be EXCUSED for more than 10 days in a school year.
As students reach 10 absences, letters are sent from each school office indicating absences to date and possible consequences.

VIDEOTAPING AND PHOTOS
Our student productions are sometimes videotaped or photographed for the local papers or our Public Access TV Channel 23. Anyone with concerns should contact the school office.

VISITORS
All building visitors are required to register at the building office. All guests will be required to wear a visitor badge in plain sight at all times while in the building or on school grounds. The following are exceptions to the above:
  1. Persons who are in the building at the specific invitation of the district and are working with a district employee
  2. Parents or citizens who have been invited to visit the school as part of a scheduled open house or special day.
  3. Individuals who are attending a scheduled performance by a school class, team, or group.
The building principal shall have the authority to exclude from the building premises or limit the length of visits of any person or persons that he or she has reason to believe may disrupt the educational program of the school or classroom. Engaging in any action that interferes with the learning process shall result in the revocation of the visitor's pass.

VISITORS - STUDENT
Students who are not enrolled in Osceola Schools are not allowed to attend with friends and/or relatives.

VISITORS - PARENT
Parents are welcome to visit their child’s classes with prior approval by building principal. Please notify the office at least 2 days in advance so arrangements can be made. Visits are generally limited to one class period.

WEAPONS
No one shall possess, use, or store a weapon or look-alike weapon in school buildings, on school grounds, in school vehicles, or at school-sponsored activities, except as otherwise specifically provided. A dangerous weapon or look-alike weapon is defined by state statute to include, but not be limited to, guns, electric weapons, knives, metallic knuckles, martial arts equipment, or any other object which is capable of inflicting bodily harm, property damage, or which endangers the health and safety of students and staff. Ammunition and explosives are included within the weapons category.

Violation of this policy will be immediately reported to law enforcement or juvenile delinquency authorities as outlined in Chapter 48 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Dangerous weapons will be confiscated by school personnel and reported to the parents/guardians. Any student violating this policy shall be subject to penalties outlined in the state law and referred for suspension or expulsion in accordance with state and federal law.

The building principal may allow weapons in the building for the following purpose:
  1. Weapons under the control of law enforcement personnel or by an individual in accordance with a contract entered into between a school and the individual or an employee of the individual.
  2. Theatrical props used in appropriate settings or starter pistols used in appropriate sporting events. 
For purposes of demonstration, educational presentations, or safety classes. Approval must be in writing and granted prior to the weapon being brought to the school. The weapon shall be maintained in the possession of the principal or person(s) designated by the principal, except during the actual demonstration or presentation. Legal Reference: Wis. Stats. ss120.12 (1), 939.22(10), 948.60, 948.605 P.L. 103-382 (Gun Free Schools Act of 1994).