Mustang PS

Student Handbook

2022-2023



The MPS Student Handbook will be updated to reflect the latest policy revisions.

District Information

Physical Address | 909 S Mustang Rd., Mustang, Oklahoma 73064

Mailing Address | 12400 SW 15th Street Yukon, Oklahoma 73099

Telephone Number (405) 376-2461

Oklahoma School Security Institute Tipline | 405-425-4296 monitored 24/7

District Website

ADMINISTRATION

Charles Bradley | Superintendent

Stacy Edwards | Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education

Ryan McKinney | Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education

Dr. Jason Pittenger | Assistant Superintendent of Operations

Jeff Landes | Chief Financial Officer

Chris Tobler | Executive Director of Human Resources

Geromy Schrick | Executive Director of Instructional Technology

Dr. Karen Wilson | Executive Director of Student Services

Alan Green | Chief Operations Officer

Robert Foreman | Director of Athletics

Shanda Cummings | Director of Educational Technology

Kirk Wilson | Director of Communications

Jennifer Newell | Director of School Safety and Security

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Todd Lovelace | President

Chad Schroeder | Vice President

TBD | Deputy Board Clerk

Jeff Landrith | Board Clerk

Dr. Robert Rader | Member


This handbook has been prepared to help you and your parents become better acquainted with your school. It is our desire that you use this handbook to live up to the high ideals and standards of MPS.

This handbook will be used as a guideline for students and staff. It is the responsibility of the student and guardians to read carefully all information and policies included in this handbook.

The MPS Board of Education recognizes that parts of this policy are taken directly from the Oklahoma State Board of Education Regulations (OSBER). The Board further recognizes that OSBER is subject to change. Therefore, this Board directs the MPS System annually to review this policy and make changes as necessitated by OSBER. These changes will not require Board approval. The Mustang Board of Education must approve all other changes.

Mustang Public Schools is committed to diversity and equal opportunities for all. Mustang Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, height, weight, or physical or mental ability.


SITE INFORMATION

Mailing address for all sites is 12400 SW 15th Street, Yukon OK, 73064

Elementary Schools (PreK - 4th grade)

Centennial Elementary School

Jennifer Hodde, Principal

Lauren Sanders, Assistant Principal

405.256.6466

700 South Czech Hall Road

Mustang, OK 73064


Lakehoma Elementary School

Shawna Carter, Principal

Elizabeth Brown, Assistant Principal

405.376.2409

224 South Clear Springs Road

Mustang, OK 73064


Mustang Creek Elementary School

Leah Anderson, Principal

Kayleen Browning, Assistant Principal

405.324.4567

10821 Southwest 15th Street

Yukon, OK 73099


Mustang Elementary School

Andrea Peterson, Principal

Kaylee Kuykendall, Assistant Principal

405.376.2491

400 South Mustang Road

Mustang, OK 73064


Mustang Trails Elementary School

Christina Holland, Principal

Jami Hasty, Assistant Principal

405.324.0016

12025 Southwest 15th Street

Yukon, OK 73099

Mustang Valley Elementary School

Jennifer Young, Principal

Amy Armstrong, Assistant Principal

405.324.2541

3001 S Morgan Road

Oklahoma City, OK 73179

Prairie View Elementary

Jandra Honeman, Principal

Amanda Boucher, Assistant Principal

405.256.6989

9201 SW 59th Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73179

Riverwood Elementary

Jessika Hill, Principal

Michael Barrick, Assistant Principal

405.256.5200

1800 SW 44th Street

Mustang, OK 73064


Intermediate Schools (5th - 6th grade)

Canyon Ridge Intermediate Center

Kathy Blackwell, Principal

George Meiwes, Assistant Principal

405.256.6955

3600 S. Sara Road

Mustang, OK 73064

Meadow Brook Intermediate Center

Mark Lebsack, Principal

Jessica Giblet, Assistant Principal

405.256.5250

12500 SW 15th Street

Yukon, OK 73099

Mustang Horizon Intermediate Center

Deana Ellis, Principal

Eric Peterson, Assistant Principal

405.256.6282

430 W Forster Drive

Mustang, OK 73064


Middle Schools (7th - 8th grade)

Mustang Central Middle School

Toby Blair, Principal

Matt Mitchell, Assistant Principal

Lisa Stacey, Assistant Principal

405.256.5275

11820 SW 44th Street

Mustang, OK 73064

Mustang Middle School

Ramae Collins, Principal

Richard Mead, Assistant Principal

JC Wagnon, Assistant Principal

405.376.2448

1145 S. Heights Drive

Mustang, OK 73064

Mustang North Middle School

Christy Bradley, Principal

Kameron Hill, Assistant Principal

Katy Korstjens, Assistant Principal

405.324.2236

10901 SW 15th Street

Yukon, OK 73099

High School (9th - 12th grade)

Mustang High School

Dr. Kathy Knowles, Principal

Craig Chestnut, Assistant Principal (12th)

Danny Brown, Assistant Principal (11th)

Chad Harper, Assistant Principal (10th)

Kaitlin Hensley, Assistant Principal (9th)

Cody Little, Assistant Principal (9th)

Melanie Hix, Assistant Principal (Curriculum)

Renee Boatman, Assistant Principal (Student Assistance / Technology)

Keli Wilkie, Assistant Principal (9th & 10th Intervention)

405.376.2404

801 South Snyder Drive

Mustang, OK 73064

Mustang Education Center (PreK & 9-12)

Greg Frederick, Principal

405.376.7322

400 North Clear Springs Road

Mustang, OK 73064

General Information

CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS (PreK-6)

  • Principals and teachers, with the aid of evaluative criteria, will group students in the classes that will provide the best possible learning situation. It is recommended that once a student is assigned to a group that he/she continues with that group for the school year.

CLOSING OF SCHOOL

  • In the event school must be canceled for any reason, the announcement will be made on local news stations prior to 6:00 a.m. when possible. MPS will also post the information on the district web site at www.mustangps.org and social media.

EMERGENCY SIGNALS

  • Due to the differences in intercom systems throughout the district, each site administrator will be responsible for educating students, parents and staff of emergency signals for the school. Students should remember to conduct themselves in a safe and orderly manner when a drill is being conducted.

FFA SCHOOL FARM/BARN GENERAL RULES AND POLICIES Excerpt from Policy 5152

  • Only FFA members who are enrolled in Mustang Public Schools Ag Ed program may house animals in the barn. Pens will be made available to Mustang 4-H members by nomination dates at the discretion of the Ag Ed Instructor. In order to house animals in the barn, members must complete a barn contract and be in good standing with the Mustang FFA program. No animals will be housed in the barn until these requirements are met. Additional information will be provided from the Ag Ed instructors.

FIELD TRIPS

  • Field trips will be made only with the prior approval of the building principal, administrative designee and transportation director. Advance written consent of the student's parent or legal guardian is required for any off-campus field trip. Field Trips do not include interscholastic contests or extracurricular activities where students perform or compete.

  • The Mustang Board of Education recognizes educational field trips as part of the curriculum. The following criteria should be considered in deciding whether or not a field trip would be a beneficial experience for students: Would this field trip be a better experience for students than other activities which might be conducted within the school building? Would the students benefit more from the field trip than they would from a virtual learning experience, a guest speaker, experiment, project, etc.

  • Any out of state or overnight school-sponsored field trip must have board approval. Distance, educational value and expense to the district will be taken into consideration before approval is given for any field trip.

  • Field trips outside the State of Oklahoma are expressly prohibited unless prior board approval is obtained.Parents, guardians, and volunteers attending a field trip as a chaperone or sponsor will be subject to a background check. Parents are requested to refrain from bringing preschool children, younger children or siblings to class field trips, as their attention needs to be directed to assisting with supervision of students as a sponsor.

FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS

  • Any methods for raising money must be approved by the principal and the central administration office prior to the beginning of the activity.

PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCES

  • Four evenings are set aside for conferences, two in the fall and two in the spring. Consult the school calendar for specific dates.

PARTIES (Pre-K through 4th grade)

  • There will be two class parties per year which will be determined by each elementary site. Teachers will notify all parents of food allergies in their child’s classroom. Teachers will encourage parents to limit sugary items, and provide a variety of foods for students to choose from. Store-bought foods with nutritional information are encouraged.

  • Parents are requested to refrain from bringing preschool children, younger children or siblings to class parties, as their attention needs to be directed to assisting with the party's events for the students and assisting the teacher during this time. No audio or video recordings are allowed during the parties.

  • Birthday party invitations are never to be distributed at school and birthday parties are not hosted in classrooms. Birthday snacks may be provided by parents, but should be limited to no more than one day per month, as determined by the teacher, to protect instructional time.

  • Parents of students with allergies will be notified when treats will be provided so they will have the opportunity to provide alternate treats for their child if necessary.

  • All celebrations must be arranged through the classroom teacher.

PERSONAL ITEMS

  • Students are not to bring any toys, including toys that look like “fake” weapons, electronic games, cameras, etc. to school without permission from the teacher or an administrator.

  • THE SCHOOL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGED, LOST OR STOLEN PERSONAL ITEMS.

PETITIONS AND SURVEYS

  • Neither petitions nor surveys for any cause may be circulated in the school without the permission of the principal.

PLAYGROUND EXPECTATIONS

  • Students will follow all playground rules and procedures established by the individual teacher(s) and/or principal at each school site. Children should be dressed appropriately for outdoor activities. Outdoor activities such as recess will take place unless there is inclement weather; wind chill of 32 degrees or less, or heat index of 100 degrees or more. In order to ensure the safety of all students, visitors will not be allowed on the playground during scheduled recess times or during Bronco Club hours.

STUDENT IDENTIFICATION

  • All students in grades 9-12 should have their official school issued identification badges available upon request during the school day and school activities. The need for replacement due to lost, damaged or stolen IDs will be at the cost to the student at $10.00 each.

STUDENT INSURANCE

  • The only students who are insured are those students whose parents have obtained a Student Accident Insurance Policy made available at the beginning of each school term. This is only a limited accident policy; it does not cover illness. If additional insurance coverage is desired, parents should purchase trip insurance from a private carrier.

USE OF THE MEDIA CENTER

  • Our goal is to provide a welcoming atmosphere for student research, facilitate learning and personal growth and promote a love for reading.

  • The media center provides a wide selection of materials and equipment for student use – books, magazines, newspapers, and computers.

  • The following rules shall be observed when visiting the media center:

Elementary

  • No more than two (2) books may be checked out at one time.

  • Regular library materials may be checked out for two (2) weeks. After the (2) week period, the materials are allowed to be re-checked out by the same person.

  • The loss of any material will be paid for by the person having checked it out.

  • Every student will get the opportunity to visit the library on a regular basis.

  • No food, gum chewing or drink is allowed in the Media Center.

Intermediate & Middle School

  • No more than two (2) books may be checked out at one time.

  • Regular library materials may be checked out for two (2) weeks. After the (2) week period, the materials are allowed to be re-checked out by the same person.

  • Reference material may be checked out only overnight.

  • The loss of any material will be paid for by the person having checked it out (fines will be assessed for overdue materials).

  • Every student will get the opportunity to visit the library on a regular basis.

  • No food, gum chewing or drink is allowed in the Media Center.

  • Many activities are scheduled in the Media Center such as book reviews, book fairs, guest speakers, contests and virtual learning experiences.

High School

  • Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:05 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.; Friday, 8:05 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • The following rules shall be observed when visiting the media center:

  • No student has the right to interfere with the learning of another student or the purpose of an activity.

  • A student may have up to two (2) items checked out under his/her name at one time.

  • Students will check out books and other items at the circulation desk; regular books check out for a period of two (2) weeks and can be renewed for an additional two (2) weeks if necessary. Magazines can be checked out during the school day and are due at the end of 6th period. Reference items can be checked out overnight and can be renewed one (1) time.

  • The loss of any material will be paid for by the person having checked it out (fines will be assessed for overdue materials).

  • Students entering the media center must have a pass designating his/her purpose, signed and dated by his/her teacher. No passes are required for the lunch hour.

  • Any student possessing media center materials without having checked them out will be denied the privilege of using the media center for the remainder of the semester.

  • Items can be returned in a book drop or taken to the circulation desk for check in.

  • Any fine(s) or overdue book(s) must be remedied before a student can check out anything else in his/her name.

  • Students must place unwanted items in their proper place on the shelf or bring them to the circulation desk for re-shelving.

  • Books must be returned and fines paid before a student leaves the school either by withdrawing or graduating.

  • All media center records are final.

USE OF TELEPHONES

Students should use the telephone in the school office. Neither teachers nor students will be called to the telephone during a class period unless it is an emergency.

VISITORS

Parents are encouraged to visit the school. All guests are required to check in at the school office first and receive a visitor’s pass. Check in will require a valid photo ID. If a parent/guardian wishes to visit a classroom, the following guidelines must be followed.

Classroom Visitor Guidelines

  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) will need to submit a request to a building administrator with a 24 hour notice to request to observe a classroom. Upon approval of request, a building administrator or designated appointee will schedule the visitation. Classroom visits may not exceed one hour. ISI classrooms are not available for classroom visits due to student confidentiality.

  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) should not disrupt the learning environment in any way. If the visitor has concerns or questions regarding the curriculum, classroom, or teacher, a meeting can be arranged at a future date and time. Disrupting the classroom is not an option, the parent or guardian will be asked to leave the room immediately if disruption occurs.

  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) are not allowed to record any part of the school or classroom; including video, photo, or audio due to privacy of other students.

  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) can take notes while observing.

  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) should not engage in conversation with the teacher or any students, including their personal child while observing the classroom.

  • Convicted sex offenders will not be permitted.

  • Administration may determine at any time that classroom observations will not be allowed. His or her decision is not subject to review.

VOTING INFORMATION

All registered voters who live within the MPS attendance area are allowed to vote in bond elections and other school related issues. The privilege of voting is not dependent on residing within the twelve (12) square miles of the Mustang City limits, but on residing within the seventy (70) square miles comprising the District.

Attendance

STUDENT ATTENDANCE POLICY

Policy #5020

  • Educational programs are built on the foundation of continuity of instruction and participation in the classroom setting. Consistent classroom attendance can lead to the development of strong work habits, responsibility, and self-discipline. Because attendance also has a definite correlation to academic performance, the quality of a student’s education suffers when he/she is absent from class. Students are encouraged to maintain regular attendance and to schedule non-academic activities during times which will not conflict with classroom instruction.

  • Students will be recorded as “absent” when they are late to their assigned class or do not attend in accordance with each building’s administrative regulations. This will apply to both the regular schedule and to a modified schedule.

COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE

  • It shall be unlawful for a parent, guardian, or other person having custody of a child who is over the age of five (5) years, and under the age of eighteen (18) years, to neglect or refuse to cause or compel such child to attend and comply with the rules of some public, private or other school, unless he or she is exempted by one of the following conditions:

  1. Such child has been screened as required by Oklahoma School Law and has been determined not to be ready for kindergarten, or a parent, guardian, or other person having custody of the child, provides by certified mail prior to enrollment or at any time during that first year, notification of election to withhold the child from kindergarten until the next school year after the child is six (6) years of age, or unless other means of education are provided for the full term the schools of the district are in session. One-half (1/2) day of kindergarten shall be required of all children five (5) years of age or older as appropriately provided for by Oklahoma School Law.

  2. Such child has completed the 12th grade. It shall be unlawful for any child who is over the age of sixteen (16) years and under the age of eighteen (18) years, and who has not finished four (4) years of high school work, to neglect or refuse to attend and comply with the rules of some public, private or other school, or receive an education by other means for the full term the schools of the district are in session except as provided by Oklahoma School Law.

  3. Other conditions as stated in Article 10, Section 229 of the School Law of Oklahoma. Parents or guardians who fail to comply with the attendance law may be charged with a misdemeanor. (See student handbook for other attendance policies.)

CATEGORIES OF ABSENCES

Verified Absence:

A. An absence is classified as verified only when parent notification of one of the following conditions exists.

  1. The student is excused from attending school by reason of mental or physical disability as determined by the district upon receipt of written recommendation by a duly licensed and practicing physician.

  2. The student is excused from attendance at school during observance of a religious holiday.

  3. The student is excused from attendance at school if the absence is deemed by the principal and parent/ guardian to be an emergency.

  4. The student is excused with a Physician’s diagnosis accompanying documentation.

  5. The student is excused with a documented court appearance.

B. A student is excused from attendance if the parent/legal guardian has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting and may be granted excused absences at the discretion of the Superintendent or designee.

Unverified Absence:

A. When a student misses one or more classes during a school day with or without the knowledge or permission of a parent/guardian and school authorities provided the absence does not qualify as an excused absence.

B. Unverified absences are limited to ten per semester for each class.

Excessive Absences:

A. Students who exceed ten absences in a semester shall receive a “NCfor that class, unless they have failed the class and then they will receive an "F".

B. If a student exceeds ten unverified absences, a doctor’s statement that confirms the dates of the illness may be turned in to the attendance office upon the student’s return to school resulting in the absence(s) being changed to a verified absence(s). Doctors’ notes should be submitted to building secretaries upon return from absence(s). Original doctor’s notes or other documentation should be kept for your own records.

C.Students who fail based only on their attendance exceeding the ten-day limit may submit an appeal to a site committee within 5 days prior to the end of the current semester. The appeal form is located on the School website. Instructions for the process of submitting the form to the Appeal Committee is located on the form. The appeal committee consisting of an administrator, teacher and counselor will review the merits of the appeal and submit a final decision to the site administrator. The decision of the committee is final.

D. Students enrolled in the MEC P.A.S.S. Program shall not receive credit for a course in which he/she has in excess of two (2) absences in a morning class and/or four (4) absences in an afternoon class in any single Block of instruction during the yearlong Block Schedule. If a student exceeds the absence limit, a No Credit (NC) will be posted in place of a letter grade.

ATTENDANCE PROVISIONS

A. If a student is absent, a parent or guardian must notify the school office, give reason for the absence, and an approximate date of return.

B. Students who are unaccounted for and/or truant may receive additional disciplinary action in accordance with Board Policy #5080.

C. Students must be in attendance at least two of the first three hours or two of the last three hours to be recorded present one-half day, each for the morning and afternoon.

D. Students are encouraged to make up any work missed due to an absence. In order to receive credit, the student is responsible for obtaining, completing and returning to the teacher the assignments missed during the absence. In general, students will be granted one school day for each school day missed due to an absence. More time may be allowed at the discretion of the teacher, depending on the nature of the assignment(s) and length of the absence. Requests for homework assignments through the office can only be made when a student is absent for three (3) or more consecutive days. Requests for homework assignments should be made by 9:30 a.m. and will be available for pick up the following day.

E. If a child is absent without valid excuse four (4) or more days or parts of days within a four week period or is absent without valid excuse for ten (10) or more days or parts of days within a semester, the attendance officer shall notify the parent, guardian, or custodian of the child and immediately report such absences to the District Attorney in the county wherein the school is located for juvenile proceedings pursuant to Title 10 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

F. All students attending Mustang schools, unless they are legally emancipated or meet the requirements to qualify for “self-support,” shall be required to have absences excused by their parent/guardian. Students who are legally emancipated or meet the requirements of “self-support” may assume responsibility for all absences.

G. College visitations may be counted as a school activity and will not count as an absence provided the following criteria are met:

  1. limited to two per year, or four (4) days

  2. The student applies through the appropriate counselor

  3. documentation confirming the visit is provided by the college or university and turned in to the attendance office upon return to school.

ACTIVITIES ABSENCE:

The maximum number of absences for activities, whether sponsored by the school or outside agency/ organization, which removes any student from the classroom shall be ten (10) for any one class period of each academic school year. Any absences in excess of the ten (10) days will be reviewed by the appointed Internal Activities Review Committee. The criteria for earning the right to represent the school in any activity or contest must be submitted in writing by school sponsors and approved by the Internal Activities Review Committee. The criteria submitted to the MPS Internal Activities Review Committee should support a balanced education for each student through co-curricular and extra-curricular programs. The MPS Board of Education shall appoint the members of the Internal Activities Review Committee at the beginning of each school year. This committee shall be responsible for reviewing and recommending any deviation of the activities policy to the MPS Board of Education.

Excluded from this number are:

  • State and national levels of school sponsored contests (State and national contests are those for which a student must earn the right to compete.)

  • Recognition events by community organizations

  • Performances for local community organizations

  • Local service learning activities

  • State approved exemptions

TRUANCY

  • Truancy is defined as an absence without permission of parents or school: A student may not be permitted to make up work missed as a result of truancy, which may be recorded as a zero in the teacher’s grade book. All truancies are subject to other discipline such as detention, suspension or other consequences. Each teacher is asked to report all suspected truancy incidents to the principal. Any student or students participating in an unauthorized skip day or walk out will be subject to the regulation covering truancy and/or referred to the district attorney.

TARDINESS

  • Any student who arrives late to school must report to the office for admission. All other tardiness would be classified as an unexcused tardy. Any student who is detained by the office or a teacher should ask for a note to his/her next teacher so he/she will not be counted tardy. Teachers will mark all tardies in the student information system. An absence will be recorded for every three (3) tardies received in a class during a semester. Such absences are applied to the ten (10) day absence total. Students will be assigned detention after the third (3rd ) tardy, and every third (3rd) tardy thereafter, and/or ISI assigned at the discretion of an administrator. Any student missing more than fifteen (15) minutes will be counted absent.

CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM MEDICAL EXEMPTION

  • A student, parent, or legal guardian may request a medical exemption for a chronically absent student in the event of a significant medical condition, meaning a severe, chronic, or life-threatening physical or mental illness, infection, injury, disease, or emotional trauma that meets all of the following criteria:

  1. The condition affects the student so severely as to incapacitate the student from attending school for an identifiable time period or number of school days, or for which the student must receive regular medical care requiring absence from school;

  2. The student is unable to receive instruction through homebound education services for an identifiable time period or number of school days due to the medical condition or its treatment, or homebound education is not appropriate due to brief recurring absences for the purpose of receiving treatment.

  3. The school or school district has been provided with written documentation of the condition that is verified in writing by a physician licensed to practice in the State of Oklahoma, or by a physician licensed in another state if the student has received related treatment out of state. A copy of the documentation verifying the student's condition shall be filed in the student's educational record.

  • Should the student meet the above listed Criteria, the Medical Exemption form can be found online or in the school attendance office. It will need to be completed with all supporting documentation and submitted to the principal or designee 5 days prior to the end of the current semester. The same committee reviewing appeals will review the merits of the exemption request and submit a final decision to the site administrator. The decision of the committee is final.

REDISTRICTING

  • Any student going into an exit grade at a school site affected by redistricting will be given the opportunity to continue attendance during the exit year. The parent/guardian must provide transportation during the initial redistricting year for student/students. Siblings of said student/students will be required to attend the school in the new residency area. Requests for intra-district transfer will be considered in accordance to the existing intra-district policy. (Policy 5005)

College Visits:

Students (9th – 12th) will be allowed two (2) college visits (4 days total) per year. These days will be counted as activity absences and will not be counted toward exemptions or attendance. The student must apply for college visits through the appropriate counselor and provide documentation of the visit upon return to school.

ARRIVAL TIMES

All classes will begin promptly at the times listed below. TO ENSURE SUPERVISION AND THE SAFETY OF YOUR CHILD, STUDENTS MAY NOT BE DROPPED OFF EARLIER THAN THE DESIGNATED TIMES.

K-12th Hours | Hours | Students May Arrive

  • Elementary Schools (K-4th only) | 7:40-2:35 | no earlier than 7:15

  • Intermediate Schools | 8:10-3:05 | no earlier than 7:35

  • Middle Schools | 8:40-3:35 | no earlier than 8:10

  • High School | 8:40-3:35 | no earlier than 8:00

  • MEC PASS | 8:00-2:10 | arrive at the HS campus by 7:45

PRE-K Hours

  • Full Day Pre-K Classes | 7:55-2:50 | unloading begins at 7:40

  • Half Day Pre-K (am classes) | 8:10-10:45 | unloading begins at 8:05

  • Half Day Pre-K (pm classes) | 12:30-3:05 | unloading begins at 12:15

LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS

All Mustang Public Schools have a closed campus. Students who become ill or are injured during the school day will be allowed to leave only after their parents have been notified and permission has been granted by the attendance office personnel.

No student will be checked out by telephone to leave campus for lunch. Students must be checked out by a parent, guardian or emergency contact, in person, only after showing proper identification. Students will not be allowed to be checked out within the last 30 minutes of school ending.

School Levels Student May Not Be Checked Out After

Elementary Students No later than 2:05pm

Intermediate Students No later than 2:35pm

Middle School & High School Students No later than 3:05pm

CURRICULUM / ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

GRADING POLICY

#5071

Purpose of Grades:

We believe the purpose of grades is to communicate, as concisely as possible, a student’s academic progress. Grades should reflect a valid and pure representation of what a student knows and is able to do based on a given set of concepts and skills specified by the standards. Grades are used to provide feedback, document progress, and guide instructional decisions.

Students with Special Needs:

We believe the philosophy behind grades is the same for all students. However students with special needs or special circumstances may need accommodations or modifications. As a legal document, any accommodation or modification as determined by the educational team and listed in the Individualized Educational Program (IEP) or 504, must be followed.


Number of Grades:

Grades should be taken frequently in a manner that allows for students, parents, and teachers to monitor progress. A grade should not be locked in for a period of time with no means for a student to improve his/her grade. For example, it would be inappropriate for a teacher to only take one cumulative grade on a large, lengthy assignment, weigh tests grades significantly more than other grades with several weeks between tests, or any other method that prohibits a student from the ability to continually improve.


Homework:

We believe homework compliments mastery of learning objectives. Homework is a school related assignment which requires time and effort outside the regular classroom. Homework shall be meaningful and have purpose aligned to the content standards.


Extra Credit:

We believe extra credit, if given, should be on a limited, but equal basis and should only be for the completion of standards based work. Extra credit that is not attached to a learning objective is not appropriate: ex. Bringing tissues, classroom supplies, attending extracurricular events.


Assessment:

We believe assessments should be used to gather more information about instruction and achievement and identify gaps in learning. Assessments can vary in formality from verbal responses, daily assignments, exit slips, observations, quizzes, end of unit/chapter tests, interim assessments, benchmarks, and semester tests to state assessments. Any assessment should have purpose beyond the single purpose of assigning a grade. Assessments should guide instruction, provide feedback, and determine where remediation is needed. According to Doug Reeves, “Effective feedback not only tells students how they performed, but how to improve the next time they engage in the task.” Effective feedback is also conclusively supported by many researchers such as Marzano, Wiggins, & Reeves as the single most effective teaching behavior for academic growth.


Common Grading Practices:

We believe grading practices for courses with the same title should apply consistent expectations and practices: ex. weighting of grades, late work, missing work, number of tests or assignments. Clear grading criteria from grade levels or departments shall be explicitly communicated to students and parents at the beginning of the course.


Parent Expectations:

We believe that parents are partners in the education of their child and essential to the academic success of students. We recognize parents as the first and most important lifelong teachers of their children.

We believe parents should ensure their child attends school and is ready to learn. Parents should monitor and guide their child’s academic progress to ensure success: ex. check parent portal regularly, review homework and help study for tests.

Communication between parents, teachers and other education professionals is vital to student achievement.


Grading Procedures

Grades PK – 4

Students' proficiency will be measured relative to specific learning standards.

Grades 5-12

Letter Grade Percentage Grade Point*

A 90-100 4.0

B 80-89 3.0

C 70-79 2.0

D 60-69 1.0

F Below 6 0.0

P Proficie 0.0

U Failing 0.0

NC No Credit 0.0


Grades will be rounded to the nearest whole number.

Semester grades are continuous and do not start over at the end of the quarter.


Grades PK-4

Report cards will be sent home at the end of each nine-week period. Attendance including absences and tardies, will be reported on the report card. Progress reports will be available after approximately five weeks of instruction.


Grades 5-8

Report cards will be available in Parent Portal at the end of each nine-week period. Attendance including absences and tardies, will be reported on the online report card. Progress reports will be available in Parent Portal after approximately five (5) weeks of instruction.


Grades 9-12

Report cards will be available in Parent Portal at the close of each semester grading period. Attendance, including absences and tardies, will be reported on the report card. Progress reports will be available in Parent Portal after approximately every five (5) weeks of instruction.


Grades 3-12

Student Grades may be accessed anytime by using Parent Portal.


Time Enrolled

Grades 3-8

A student must be enrolled a minimum of twenty (20) days in a quarter in order to receive a grade from Mustang Public Schools.

If a student transfers into MPS from an accredited school, the sending school’s grades will be weighted according to the time left in the quarter and/or semester.



Grades 9-12

A student must be enrolled 90% of the semester in a class in order to receive credit for that class.


If a student transfers into MPS from an accredited school, the sending school’s grades will be weighted according to the time left in the semester.


If a student transfers in without grades, that student must be enrolled for 90% of the semester to obtain credit.


Any student not receiving credit for time enrolled, may apply for an appeal with the appeal committee. The appeal committee’s decision is final.


Grade Appeal Process

In the instance that a student’s assigned grade is appealed, the following steps are to govern the process.

  • Student, parent and/or guardian contesting a semester/course grade, must provide to the teacher a written statement that includes reason(s) for the appeal and relief sought by the complainant, within twenty (20) days of the last day of the term for which the grade was assigned. The teacher’s decision is to be communicated in writing within ten (10) days of receipt of the statement of appeal.

  • If the complainant is dissatisfied with the decision of the teacher, a written appeal can be made to the school site principal. The appeal must include a written statement with the reason(s) for the appeal and relief sought by the complainant. It must be requested within ten (10) days of receipt of the teacher’s decision. If the written appeal is not provided to the principal within ten (10) days of the complainant’s receipt of the teacher’s decision, the decision of the teacher will be final.


It will be the responsibility of the school principal to investigate the complaint. After consulting with District Administration, the principal will issue a written ruling in the matter within ten (10) days of the receipt of the statement of appeal. The principal’s decision is final. In the absence of the site principal, the superintendent or his/her designee will act in the place of the site principal.


Graduation information is posted in the Graduation section.


PARENT PORTAL

Parent Portal is a web-based home-to-school program that links parents and schools via the Internet. Data is transferred from the student information program and the teacher’s electronic grade book to a read-only web interface.


The following information can be displayed in Parent Portal:

  • Attendance

  • Assignments and Current Grades

  • Report Cards

  • Course History –High School only

  • Transcripts –High School only

  • Student Personal Information – address, phone number, etc.

  • Emergency Contacts

  • Student Photo – if available

  • School Announcements

  • School Address

  • School Phone Number

  • Staff Contact Information


Parents can also complete a screen to receive an email notification when there is a change in grades, attendance, etc. The information displayed is in “real time.”


Parent Portal does not provide information on lunch accounts or transportation information.


Parent Portal accounts are created for parents during the new student enrollment process. Legal custodial guardians of existing students may request a Parent Portal account by emailing psppsupport@mustangps.org Guardians should be prepared to show picture identification and legal custody documents if applicable.


All records and grades are accessed online for grades 5 - 12 through the Parent Portal. Progress reports will not be printed and distributed unless parent/guardian/student requests one from the front office.

INCOMPLETES (Grades 5-12)

A student will receive an incomplete grade for any progress report if that student has been on homebound education or excessively absent due to illness. The appropriate grade will be given for completed work at the time of the semester grades and no assignments will be accepted after the semester without administrative approval.


INTERNET BASED INSTRUCTION

Policy # 5056

Internet-based programs offered for instructional purposes and/or high school credit shall be approved by and under the supervision of the Mustang Public Schools Board of Education. The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for implementing Internet-based instruction for secondary students, but not limited to:

  • Credit for courses not offered by the District

  • Curriculum for long-term suspended students

  • Credit recovery

  • Fulfill graduation requirements

  • Virtual school

  • Advancement

  • Enrichment

  • Remediation

  • Homebound

  • Home-based

This policy complies with 70 O.S Section 1-111, which states:

“Students absent from school in which they are regularly enrolled may be considered as being in attendance if the reason for such absence is to participate in scheduled school activities under the direction and supervision of a regular member of the faculty or to participate in an online course approved by the district board of education. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to provide for the implementation of supplemental online courses. Each district board of education shall adopt policies and procedures that conform to rules for online courses as adopted by the State Board.”


Definitions:

Alternative Method Delivery System: the delivery of instruction through Web-based or video-based technologies.


Asynchronous instruction: the primary format of instruction does not depend on real-time interaction of the participants. Asynchronous instruction allows the student to engage in learning activities anywhere at any time.


Supplemental online course: is an online program that allows students who are enrolled in a public school to supplement their education by enrolling part time in online courses that are educationally appropriate for the student, which are equal to classroom instruction time required by student attendance and participation in the district.


Educationally appropriate: means an instructional delivery method best suited for an individual student to advance the student’s academic standing toward meeting the learning expectations of the district and State graduation requirements for the student. The determination of educationally appropriate will be made at the local school district level.


Hybrid Learning: a delivery method that combines online lessons for theory and periodic class meetings on campus to complete lab exercises and/or assessments.


Blended, Enhanced or Component Learning—a delivery method in which students attend face-to-face classes full-time while utilizing the Internet to access various instructional components for additional learning opportunities.


Online Course: a delivery method in which students completes the entire course online with minimal visits to the campus.


Synchronous instruction: occurs when the instructor and student’s primary interactions are in real-time. Regular classroom instruction is synchronous instruction, as well as two-way interactive video. Web-based instruction that requires real-time interaction between student(s) and instructor as the primary format of instruction is synchronous instruction.


Two-way interactive video instruction: provides for real-time (synchronous) interaction between student(s) and instructor by means of an electronic medium that provides audio (sound) and video (sight) signal. Students and instructors participating in two-way interactive video instruction may see and hear each other in an approximation of real-time.


Web-based instruction: uses the World Wide Web as the primary medium of instruction, with a computer serving as the primary tool of instruction. Web-based instruction may be synchronous or asynchronous.


Guidelines

Prior to offering an online instructional course, the Board of Education shall comply with the following guidelines recommended by the State Department of Education:

A. The Board of Education will grant students credit for completion of courses offered by means of Internet based instruction. School district policies governing grading scales and credits earned shall be applied to Oklahoma Supplemental Online Course Program courses under the same criteria as courses offered by the school district. A grade assigned for course credit that was completed through the supplemental online program shall be treated the same as any other course offered by the district.

B. Only students who are enrolled in MPS District will be granted access to supplemental online courses.

C. Internet-based instruction shall be viewed as a method by which the school district can expand the course offerings and can access instructional resources. These technologies should not be viewed solely as substitutes for direct, face-to-face student and teacher interactions, but as a means of expanding the ability of the district to bring the world of knowledge to the students.

D. Requests for enrollment in supplemental online courses shall be as follows:

  • Interested students shall be required to fill out a request for enrollment in supplemental online course(s) form.

  • The principal or designee shall evaluate the application and determine whether the supplemental online course is educationally appropriate for the student. Upon completion of the course, the credit earned by students shall be placed on the student’s high school transcript or for grades 6-8 the student cumulative record.

  • If the online course is not deemed to be educationally appropriate, notification shall be provided to the student in writing as to the reasons in support of the principal’s recommendation and the student shall be afforded the opportunity to appeal the principal’s decision to the local school board or designee. The decision of the local school board or designee with regard to whether a course is educationally appropriate is final and non-appealable.

E. If enrollment in the online course is allowed, the site principal shall appoint a certified staff member to serve as the building level contact person to assist students enrolling in Internet-based instruction to serve as a liaison to the online teachers and provider(s). Students shall have a grace period for withdrawal from a online course of fifteen (15) calendar days from the first day of a online course enrollment without academic penalty. A written request for withdrawal should be provided to the principal from the student prior to the expiration of the fifteen (15) day period.

F. Students earning credit by means of Internet-based instruction shall participate in required state-level academic assessments in the same manner as other regularly enrolled students within the district. No student shall be allowed to participate in these assessments at a place other than a MPS site.

G. Courses offered for credit by means of Internet-based instruction shall be aligned with the Oklahoma Academic Standards.

H. Contractual agreements shall be established between the school district and parent(s) or legal guardian of students participating in alternative instructional delivery system courses prior to the beginning of instruction. These contracts may address such issues as grading criteria, time allotted for course completion, student attendance, the responsibility for course costs (if applicable), equipment and other issues deemed necessary by the district. Contracts and applications for Internet based instruction are available at each secondary site’s counseling office.

I. Instructors of Internet-based instruction shall be: (a) certified in Oklahoma or another state to teach in the content areas of the course offered or (b) a faculty member at an accredited institution of higher education that possess the specific content expertise necessary to teach the course.

J. Each teacher for Internet-based instruction will be provided in-service training pertaining to the methodology of instructional delivery and the technical aspects of Internet-based instruction.

K. The security of individual student data and records shall be maintained and receive the same protection afforded students under state and federal laws. No individual student data obtained through participation in Internet-based instruction courses shall be used for any purposes other than those that support the instruction on the individual student.

L. District level aggregated data obtained through participation in online instruction courses shall be utilized for education purposes only and shall not be provided to commercial entities.

M. All federal and state statutes pertaining to student privacy, the posting of images on the World Wide Web, copyright of materials, Federal Communications Commission rules pertaining to the public broadcasting of audio and video, and other such issues shall be adhered to by the district.

N. Student progress shall be monitored on a weekly basis by the supplemental online course provider. Attendance/participation in a supplemental online course shall be monitored in accordance with local district policy and determined by documented student/teacher/course interaction that may include, but is not limited to, online chats, emails, postings/submission of lessons. The student may be counted “present” or “in attendance” when the supplemental online course provider provides evidence of student/teacher/course interaction that demonstrates student progress toward learning objectives and demonstrates regular student engagement in course activity. Supplemental online course providers shall make available to student, parents, and the school district reports that reflect daily attendance/participation, progress reports, and grades. Such attendance/participation reports, progress reports, and grades shall be provided on a regular weekly basis to parents and the school district via electronic format. The district will review progress reports and grades twice per month.

O. Students at remote sites who participate in the online courses offered by Mustang Public Schools will be responsible for providing their own equipment and Internet access.

P. Any student who receives their entire class schedule through an online environment cannot participate in any extracurricular activities. A student must be enrolled and in physical attendance at a secondary school site for at least three (3) periods of the school day to participate in any extracurricular activities.


DISTRICT HONOR ROLLS

Grades 5-8

Students will be recognized at the Academic Awards Assembly at the end of the school year when named to the Superintendent’s or Principal’s Honor Roll. The Superintendent’s Honor Roll shall consist of those students who have no grade less than an “A” in every subject for each quarter of the current school year. The Principal’s Honor Roll shall consist of those students who have no grade below “B” for each quarter of the current school year. For the purpose of computing Honor Roll during the second semester students’ third nine-week grade and the six-week grade of the fourth nine-week period will be averaged.

The State Honor Society is a statewide organization recognizing those students who have made “A’s” each nine-weeks of the second semester of the previous school year and each nine-weeks of the first semester of the current school year.

Transfer students are eligible for the State Honor Society and for the Principal’s and Superintendent’s Honor Roll.

Several additional honors such as academic, citizenship, outstanding boy/girl and 8th grade prestige awards are presented at the annual academic awards assembly. Student disciplinary records will be reviewed when students are considered for awards and honors. Frequent or serious referral for behavior will reflect negatively upon honors selections.


Grades 9-12

The Superintendent’s Semester Honor Roll shall consist of those students who have no grade less than “A” for the indicated period. The Principal’s Honor Roll shall consist of those students who have a grade average of “B” or 3.0 on a four point system who have no grade less than a “B.”



RENAISSANCE - (Secondary level only)

The purpose of the Renaissance program is to recognize students who are achieving academic excellence with incentives, rewards and recognition.

Seniors that have received all A’s and B’s throughout their four (4) years of high school shall be eligible for Renaissance graduation cords.


STATE HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP

The member of the State Honor Society shall be designated as the top 10% of each class based on the cumulative grade point average at the end of the first semester. These students will be notified in late spring.


NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Students in the sophomore, junior and senior classes who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale are academically eligible to apply for membership in the Mustang High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. (Freshmen are not eligible.)

Students who are accepted for membership by the Faculty Advisory Committee must comply with the guidelines set forth in the National Honor Society Constitution and High School Chapter By-laws.


A National Honor Society member who transfers to another school and brings a letter from the former principal or chapter adviser to the new school adviser shall be accepted automatically as a member in the new school’s chapter. Transfer members must meet the new chapter’s standards within one (1) semester in order to retain membership.


OKLAHOMA ACADEMIC SCHOLAR

Graduating seniors who meet all of the requirements listed below shall be recognized by the local school district and the State Board of Education as an Oklahoma Academic Scholar in compliance with State law, which became effective in 1986.

  • Accumulate a minimum grade point average of a 3.7 on a 4.0 scale, in grades 9, 10, 11 and the first semester of grade 12, or be in the unweighted top ten (10) percent of their graduating class.

  • Complete (or will complete) the curricular requirements for a standard diploma.

  • Achieve a composite score of 27 on the ACT or 1,220 combined score on the SAT I. The ACT or SAT I must have been taken on a national test date before the date of graduation.


ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Mustang High School will issue an Academic Achievement Diploma to all graduating seniors who have fulfilled the following scholastic requirements:

  • Minimum of 3.60 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale

  • Minimum score of 25 on the ACT Test or a minimum score of 1050 on the SAT

  • Minimum of 26 credits earned in the following courses:

    • English 4 credits

    • Science 3 credits – starting with Biology I

    • Math 3 credits – starting with Algebra I

    • Social Studies 3 credits

    • Foreign Languages or Approved 2 credits – 1st and 2nd year courses

Computer Technology

    • Electives 11 credits


CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION

A Certificate of Distinction will be awarded to students who have met or exceeded the following criteria by the end of their senior year in high school with at least a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.00 scale:

  • Earned four (4) units each in English, mathematics (excluding Math of Finance), social studies and science

  • Earned two (2) additional units in the area of technology, the humanities or the arts (Art I, II, III, IV; Instrumental Music I, II, III, IV; Drama I, II, III, IV; Debate I, II, III, IV; Crafts I, II; Digital Art Media, All vocal music choirs)

  • Earned two (2) units in the same foreign language and



ACTIVITY ELIGIBILITY and REGULATIONS

A student must be maintaining a “passing grade” in all classes in order to participate in an activity. Effective January 1, 1989 scholastic eligibility will be determined by the regulations listed at the end of this section. These regulations conform to Rules of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA). A student must be present in all classes the day an activity is scheduled; or if the activity is scheduled on a weekend or holiday, or is an all-day activity, a student must have been present the preceding school day. Any exception to this policy must be approved by the administration.

The maximum number of absences for activities, whether sponsored by the school or outside agency/organization, which removes any student from the classroom shall be ten (10) for any one (1) class period of each school year. Excluded from this number are state and national levels of school-sponsored contests. State and national contests are those for which a student must earn the right to compete. The criteria for earning the right to represent the school in any activity or contest must be submitted in writing by local school sponsors and approved by the local board of education.


Each local board of education shall appoint, at the beginning of the school year, an Internal Activities Review Committee. This committee shall be responsible for reviewing and recommending any deviation of the activities policy to the local board of education. Any deviation from the ten (10) days absence rule shall not exceed five (5) days.


A student must be maintaining a “passing grade” in classes to be missed while participating in an activity during the school day. A weekly eligibility list of students will be made available at the end of each week through the activities director’s office.


*REGULATIONS OF OSSAA RULE 3 – SCHOLASTIC ELIGIBILITY

Section 1 – Semester Grades

  • A student must have received a passing grade in any five (5) subjects counted for graduation in which he/she was enrolled during the last semester he/she attended fifteen (15) or more days.

  • If a student does not meet the minimum scholastic standard, he/she will not be eligible to participate during the first six (6) weeks of the next semester he/she attends.

  • A student who does not meet the above minimum scholastic standard may regain his/her eligibility by achieving passing grades in all subjects in which he/she is enrolled at the end of a six (6) week period.


Section 2 – Student Eligibility During a Semester

  • Scholastic eligibility for students will be checked at the end of the third week (during the fourth week) of a semester and each succeeding week thereafter.

  • A student must be passing in all subjects in which he/she is enrolled during a semester. If a student is not passing all subjects in whom he/she is enrolled at the end of the week, he/she will be placed on probation for the next one (1) week period. If a student is still failing one or more classes at the end of his/her probationary one (1) week period, he/she will be ineligible to participate during the next one (1) week period. The ineligibility periods will begin on Monday and end on Sunday.

  • A student who has lost eligibility under this provision must regain passing grades in all of his/her classes in order to regain eligibility. A student regains eligibility under Rule 3 with the first class of the new one (1) week period (Monday through Sunday).


Section 3 – Special Provisions

  • A 12th grade student may maintain eligibility if he/she is passing the classes required for graduation. A 12th grade student who is concurrently enrolled in high school and college may use the college courses to meet the minimum number of subjects needed to maintain eligibility. These may be a combination of high school subjects equivalent to high school units, which are accepted by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. (Physical education and athletics cannot be included in the requirements.)

  • An ineligible student who changes schools during a semester will not be eligible at the new school for a minimum period of three (3) weeks. A student may regain his/her eligibility by achieving the scholastic standard in Rule 3, Section 2-b at the end of a three (3) week period.

  • Incomplete grades will be considered to be the same as failing grades in determining scholastic eligibility. School administrators are authorized to make an exception to this provision (Rule 3, Section 3-c) if the incomplete grade was caused by an unanticipated hardship. (Examples of such hardships would be illness, injury, death in family and natural disaster) OSSAA Board policy allows a maximum of two (2) weeks to apply for this exception.

  • One summer school credit earned in an Oklahoma State Department of Education accredited program may be used to meet the requirements of Rule 3, Section 1a for the end of the spring semester.

  • School may choose to run eligibility checks on any day of the week. The period of ineligibility will always begin the Monday following the day eligibility is checked.


Prohibition of Race and Sex Discrimination In Curriculum - Excerpt from Policy 1114

Mustang Public Schools (MPS) is committed to providing an exceptional educational experience for every student within our system. Our adopted curriculum and Oklahoma State Standards comply with state and federal law. All MPS teachers regularly participate in professional development programs and trainings that prepare them to sustain and enrich classroom teaching and learning experiences that attempt to reasonably incorporate a variety of perspectives reflective of the diverse population of our school district. The classroom materials we use are vetted by the Mustang Public Schools staff and / or Oklahoma State Department of Education and are on the approved textbook adoption list. MPS strives to maintain open, welcoming, and respectful educational environments for all students, teachers, and staff across the district.


The district hereby designates the Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction (Robbyn Glinsmann) as the employee responsible for receiving complaints. Complaints may be provided via telephone at 405-256-6982 and via email to HB1775@mustangps.org


DISCIPLINE

GENERAL STATEMENT ON STUDENT BEHAVIOR AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The State and Local Boards of Education vest in this administration the power to establish student behavior rules and regulations necessary to create and preserve conditions essential to orderly operation of the school.

The Boards require that all school personnel share in the supervision of the students’ development toward desired standards of conduct and support all personnel acting within the framework of established policy.

The Boards advocate that while education is a right of our youth, it is not an absolute right. It is qualified first by eligibility requirements and secondly by performance requirements. The school must be concerned with the individual and his/her welfare, but in working with the individual, must at all times be concerned with the welfare of all students. Too much time spent on a few, results in neglecting the majority. The following are responsibilities, which MPS students are expected to assume and follow at all times:

  1. To obey all rules and regulations pertaining to students of MPS while on the school campus, while using district transportation and when representing MPS in a school-sponsored activity.

  2. To apply themselves to the established course of study.

  • Be prompt and regular in attendance

  • Complete school assignments on time

  • Pay attention to teachers

  • Learn to criticize fairly and to accept criticism

  1. To respect the authority of the administration, faculty and staff of MPS.

  2. To respect school property. Remember: A modern, fully equipped school building designed for beauty and utility belongs to many generations and is not the sole property of any annual group of students. Thus, it is the privilege and obligation of any one-student body to appreciate fully, use carefully, preserve faithfully and pass to future generations, the building, its grounds and its equipment without blemish. NOTE: Anyone who damages or defaces any school property will be held liable and is expected to replace or pay for the property damaged in order that the citizenship record of the student will not be adversely affected.

  3. To refrain from expressions of non-conformity through demonstrations, violence and other forms of incitement.

GENERAL STATEMENT ON RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS

The ultimate responsibility of student behavior rests with the parents. The following are among their specific responsibilities:

  1. Support the school in requiring each student to observe all school rules and regulations, as well as accepting responsibility for any willful misbehavior on the part of the student.

  2. Send each student to school with proper cleanliness and neatness of dress.

  3. Maintain an active interest in the student’s daily work. Make it possible for him/her to complete assigned homework particularly by providing a quiet place with conditions conducive to study.

  4. Comply with the school’s requests. This includes reading carefully all communications and signing and returning them as requested.

  5. Cooperate with the school in attending conferences set up for exchanging information and for planning of the student’s continued progress.

It is the belief of the administration that the most effective discipline is self-discipline. Students in MPS are treated as young ladies and gentlemen, and are expected to prove to be such by their actions and by their response to the school society.

The office of the principal is charged with the responsibility of handling such discipline problems as may become serious enough to be referred to the office. However, every teacher is responsible for the discipline at all times in all parts of the building and on the grounds. Teachers have full authority and responsibility to correct student behavior whenever such correction is necessary.

In cases where a student has been unable to adjust to his/her school environment and where his/her behavior has become so objectionable that the problem cannot be resolved otherwise, he/she will be referred to the principal. Therefore, through conference, every effort will be made to assist the student in overcoming his/her difficulty.

Counselors and parents may be called in when it is felt that they can help the student become an acceptable member of the student body. If all these efforts fail to obtain the desired result, the principal will make a final disposition of the case in line with the best interests of the individual student and the school as a whole.

STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE

Policy # 5080

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

It is the belief of Mustang Public Schools that the primary function of the schools is to educate the students. It is further believed that students have the right to learn free of unnecessary distractions and to attend a school in which an atmosphere conducive to learning exists.

Education includes establishing norms of acceptable behavior and assisting students in understanding and attaining those norms. From time to time, it may be necessary for the benefit of the students and of the school, for the faculty and the administrators to enforce corrective actions for breaches in acceptable behavior. Each student will be treated in a fair and equitable manner, and the severity of the disciplinary action will be based on a careful assessment of the circumstances surrounding any infraction of the school regulations.

It is the policy of Mustang Public Schools that no student of the district shall participate in any form of hazing, harassment, intimidation and bullying. Threatening behavior by electronic communication is prohibited whether or not such communication originated at school or with school equipment, if the communication is specifically directed at students or school personnel and concerns harassment, intimidation or bullying at school. Furthermore, no student of the district shall participate in or be members of any secret fraternity or secret organization that is in any degree related to the school or to a school activity. (Refer to District Policy # 5110)

The administrator has the discretion to choose any disciplinary action in regard to unacceptable student behavior. The following examples of behavior are not acceptable in society generally and in the school environment particularly:

  1. Truancy

  2. Developing non-factual accounts for absence or behavior

  3. Cheating on school work

  4. Using profanity or expressing vulgarities

  5. Disrespectful conduct/language toward another student, teacher, substitute teacher or staff member in or out of the classroom

  6. Blatant disrespect toward faculty or staff

  7. Public display of affection

  8. Physical altercation/fighting while at school or at a school activity

  9. Assault and battery

  10. Insubordination or defiance

  11. Dress code violation

  12. Misuse of wireless communication device

  13. Other disruptive or insubordinate behavior

  14. Misuse of the internet and/or local area network computer

  15. Vandalism/arson

  16. Theft

  17. Forgery, fraud or embezzlement of legal tender

  18. Gambling

  19. Gang-related behavior, including gestures, language or dress

  20. Sexual, physical and verbal harassment, threats or threatening behavior, bullying, intimidation, hazing, racial slurs or stalking of students or employees

  21. Possessing or distribution of pornography

  22. Use or possession of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, vapes or vaping products or any other product packaged for smoking or the simulation of smoking on campus or school activity

  23. Possessing, sharing, selling, distributing or use of alcohol, illicit substances or paraphernalia including intoxicating and/or non-intoxicating substances

  24. Possessing, sharing, selling, distributing and/or use of prescription, non-prescription drugs in violation of school policy

  25. Possessing, sharing, selling, distributing and/or use of substances represented as intoxicating or non-intoxicating

  26. Possession, threat or actual use of dangerous or offensive weapons including “fake” weapon

  27. An act of violence

  28. Acts of licentious behavior, sexual misconduct, lewdness or indecent exposure

  29. Adjudication as a delinquent for an offense that is non-violent (Title 57-571 of the Oklahoma Statutes) committed on any school premise, while in transit under the authority of the school or while attending any function authorized or sponsored by the school

  30. Adjudication for an offense that is a violent act off campus

  31. Repeated minor offenses

  32. Failure to produce MPS identification badges (grades 9-12)

  33. Parking lot violations

  34. Failure to comply with the teacher or school administrator.

These examples are not intended to be exhaustive and the exclusion or omission of examples of unacceptable behavior is not an endorsement or acceptance of such behavior.

In considering the different forms of disciplinary action, the faculty and the administration of the school district will consider the following; however, the school is not limited to these various methods, nor does this list reflect any order of sequence of events to follow in disciplinary actions:

  1. Conference with student

  2. Conference with parent

  3. In-school Intervention

  4. Detention

  5. Referral to counselor

  6. Behavior contract

  7. Changing student's seat assignment or class assignment

  8. Requiring a student to make financial restitution for damaged property

  9. Requiring a student to clean or straighten items or facilities damaged by the student's behavior

  10. Restriction of privileges

  11. Involvement of local authorities

  12. Referring student to appropriate social agency or to a delinquency prevention and diversion program administrated by the office of Juvenile Affairs

  13. Suspension

  14. Performing Campus-site services for the school district

  15. Other appropriate disciplinary action as required and as indicated by circumstances which may include, but is not limited to, removal from eligibility to participate or attend extracurricular activities as well as removal from the privilege of attending or participating in the graduation ceremony, school dances, prom, prom activities, and/or class trips, change of placement which could include online instruction, education at Canadian County Juvenile Center, or other placement as administration sees appropriate.

ISI:

In-school Intervention is an alternative to home suspension when deemed advisable by the principal. In-school Intervention is assigned during part of or all of a student’s schedule, where the student spends time in a monitored, structured study environment. Students will have access to regular child nutrition programs during assigned restriction and access to equal education opportunities. The decision of the principal is final.

Student Privileges While Under ISI:

When a student’s behavior justifies ISI, the student forfeits the privilege of participating in social activities and will not be permitted to participate in or be in attendance at any extracurricular activities in which schools participate.

Procedures for Hazing/Harassment/Intimidation and Bullying:

The procedure for investigating reported incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying or threatening behavior, is as follows:

The matter should immediately be reported to the building principal or designee. If the bullying involved an electronic communication, a printed copy of the communication as well as any identifying information such as email address or web address shall be provided to the building principal or designee. As much detailed information as possible should be provided to the building principal or designee in written form to allow for a thorough investigation of the matter.

  1. Upon receipt of a written report, the building principal or designee shall contact the superintendent or designee and begin an investigation to determine the severity of the incident and the potential for future violence.

  2. If, during the course of the investigation, it appears that a crime may have been committed the building principal or designee and/or superintendent or designee shall notify local law enforcement and request that the alleged victim also contact law enforcement to report the matter for potential criminal investigation.

  3. If it is determined that the school district’s discipline code has been violated, the building principal or designee shall follow district policies regarding the discipline of the student. The building principal or designee shall make a determination as to whether the conduct is actually occurring.

  4. Upon completion of the investigation, the principal or designee or superintendent or designee may recommend that available community mental health care substance abuse or other counseling options be provided to the student, if appropriate. This may include information about the types of support services available to the student bully, victim, and any other students affected by the prohibited behavior. If such a recommendation is made, the administration shall request disclosure of any information that indicates an explicit threat to the safety of students or school personnel provided the disclosure of information does not violate the provisions or requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Section 2503 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Section 1376 of Title 59 of Oklahoma Statutes, or any other state or federal laws relating to the disclosure of confidential information.

  5. Upon completion of an investigation, timely notification shall be provided to the parents or guardians of a victim of documented and verified bullying. This information should be provided within 3 school days of the conclusion of the investigation.

  6. Upon completion of an investigation, timely notification shall be provided to the perpetrator of the documented and verified bullying. This information should be provided within 3 days of the conclusion of the investigation.

Personal Technology Device (PTD)

Mustang Public Schools recognizes the digital age that our students live in and embraces the possibilities that personal technology devices can bring to the student as well as enhance the classroom. MPS does allow for the use of PTDs at school under the direction of the administration and staff. The following is listed to help guide parents and students to understand appropriate use of PTDs and possible consequences for inappropriate use of PTDs.

Appropriate Use of PTDs - Under the teacher/staff direction:

  • Set reminders - calendar, electronic agenda, homework apps, etc.

  • Instruction - student response system, note taking, calculator, e-reader, QR code reader, etc.

  • Research - dictionary, teacher suggested website or search engine

  • Facilitation of communication - ex. Google Classroom, Remind, etc.

  • Collaboration - software that allows students to work together

Violations:

  • No student may use any PTD or other electronic, digital or computer device to make any electronic or digital communication which disrupts the education environment even if that communication is made outside of school or on the student’s own PTD or other electronic, digital or computer device. Types of electronic or digital communication which can disrupt the education environment include, but are not limited to:

  • Sexting

  • Taking pictures or recording when individuals have an expectation of privacy

  • Inappropriate, Harassing, intimidating, threatening, or bullying post, tweets, blogs, images, texts, etc.

  • Possessing and/or distributing pictures, recordings or information which is harmful or embarrassing, including, but not limited to filming fights

  • Students who engage in electronic or digital communications which disrupt the educational environment are subject to disciplinary actions, including suspension from school. Depending on the nature of the electronic or digital communication, students may also be subject to civil and criminal penalties.

  • Telephones are available for student use in the office. Messages may be left for students at the office during the school day.

  • At a minimum, the following punishment may be imposed for each offense:

    • First Offense: PTD will be confiscated and returned to the student at the end of the day

    • Repeated offenses: PTD will be confiscated and parent will be notified and required to pick up the PTD from the front office. Consequences may be assigned by the principal.

  • Depending on the facts of each case, punishment for a particular offense may include suspension from school and/or civil and criminal penalties. The use of PTDs and any exceptions to disciplinary action will be at the administrator’s discretion.

  • Mustang Public schools will not be responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen PTDs.

Dress Code Standards:

Mustang Public schools respect the students’ rights to express themselves appropriately in the way they dress. All students who attend Mustang Public Schools are also expected to respect the school community by dressing appropriately for a PreK - 12 educational environment. Student attire should facilitate participation in learning as well as the health and safety of students and personnel. This policy is intended to provide guidance for students, staff, and parents.


  1. Clothing must cover areas from one armpit across to the other armpit (in the front and back), extending down to cover the student’s buttocks when standing or bending.


2. Tops must have shoulder straps.


3. Clothing that is transparent, made of mesh, or has holes must cover skin and undergarments while meeting the expectations of #1.

4. Midriff should not be exposed.

5. Specialized courses may require specific attire, such as sports, uniforms, and/or safety gear.

Click here for a dress code example


Accessories

· Headgear including hats and hoodies are allowed as long as eyes and ears are not obstructed from the headgear.

· Sunglasses may not be worn to cover the student’s eyes while inside the school.

· Clothing and accessories that endanger student or staff safety may not be worn.

· Clothing that is considered pajamas or bedtime wear is prohibited.

Shoes

· All students are required to wear shoes.

· Cleats, shoes with wheels, house shoes or any shoe that limits physical activity or safety are not permitted.

Hair color/hairstyle

· Hair color/hairstyle, makeup or face paint that disrupts the learning environment is prohibited.

Gang Related

· Items will be identified and monitored by police and school officials. They are subject to change at the discretion of the administration as the need arises.

District Guidelines:

Offensive writing, suggestive slogans or logos which pertain to beer, liquor, drug or tobacco; electronic cigarettes/vapes or vaping products or any other product packaged for smoking or the simulation of smoking; vulgarity, sexual innuendos, obscenity or nudity or promotion of violence are not allowed. Clothing may not state, imply, or depict hate speech/imagery targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation.

School administration reserves the right to determine what constitutes appropriate dress. Clothing or accessories that create a disruption to the learning environment may not be allowed. Students who do not adhere to these guidelines will not be allowed to attend class. Parents will be called if appropriate clothing is not available or the student refuses dress-code appropriate clothing.

FOOD CONSUMPTION

Food/drinks must be consumed in cafeteria/commons. Outside food/drinks brought in by parents/guardians can only be consumed by their child and cannot be shared by other students unless directed by the school. ex. classroom parties.

TOBACCO USE

In accordance with Oklahoma law and the wishes of parents, educators and students, tobacco in any form, tobacco products or simulated tobacco products of any kind will not be possessed or used by students while on school premises. Tobacco will not be possessed or used by students attending any school-sponsored event outside school premises or while in transport to or from such an event in school authorized vehicles.

In accordance with School Laws of Oklahoma and the Mustang Public School District’s desire to provide a healthy smoke-free environment for students, employees and patrons, commencing the 16th day of March 2004, all facilities within the District will be smoke-free twenty-four (24) hours per day on a year round basis. This prohibits smoking, the use of snuff, chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes, vapes or vaping products or any other product packaged for smoking or the simulation of smoking, or any other form of tobacco product by all persons. This policy extends to all activities, vehicles and property.

ILLICIT DRUG DEFINITION, AS USED IN THIS HANDBOOK, IS DEFINED AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Any controlled dangerous substance as defined in the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Act

  2. Any intoxicating beverage as defined by Oklahoma law

  3. Any substance which is represented to be a prescription, non-prescription drug, facsimile of an illicit substance or synthetic drug

  4. Any inhalant

  5. Any other chemical or natural substance which is capable of producing injury and is misused by a student

USE OR POSSESSION OR SHARING/TRANSFERRING OF ILLICIT SUBSTANCES DURING THE SCHOOL DAY OR AT ANY SCHOOL SPONSORED ACTIVITY

Students using, in possession of, or after having used controlled illicit substances, facsimile of an illicit substance, intoxicating beverages, non-intoxicating beverages and/or intoxicating substances, paraphernalia or exhibiting observable behaviors during school, while attending a school sanctioned activity, while on any school premises, or when being transported, or sharing/transferring will be suspended.

First Offense: The following suspension will go into effect according to the grade level of the student on the day of the offense.

  • High School (9th -12th) = 90 days

  • Middle School (7th-8th) = 60 days

  • Intermediate School (5th-6th) = 30 days

  • Elementary School (PreK-4th) = will follow Intermediate structure OR a plan will be submitted and approved by the superintendent or designee

Reinstatement option:

The suspension may be reduced for the first offense if the student/parent/guardian agrees to complete a reinstatement option which will consist of a list of criteria that will be set by Mustang Public Schools. The criteria can include but is not limited to:

  • check and connect weekly with a site counselor or site administrator or site mentor

  • re-entry meeting with a site counselor or site administrator

  • meeting with the Director of Student Assistance Programs

  • counseling through an outside agency - The counseling will consist of a course in a school approved chemical dependency education program, or a comparable program approved by the administration, Counseling fees will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

  • community service

  • performing campus-site services for the school district

  • research and an assignment related to the offense

  • voluntary urinalysis - At administrative request, the urinalysis will begin after 30 days from the date of the suspension and will be required throughout the term of the suspension (a minimum of once per month after the original urinalysis). If a student receives an unacceptable specimen the reinstatement option will no longer be in effect. A parent/guardian may request an additional test of the same sample at an additional expense. Any additional expenses will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

The reinstatement option will reduce the suspension days as follows:

  • High School (9th -12th) = 90 days / reduced to

      1. possession / use = 10 days

      2. sharing / transfer = 20 days

  • Middle School (7th-8th) = 60 days / reduced to

      1. possession / use = 10 days

      2. sharing / transfer = 15 days suspended and 5 days ISI

  • Intermediate School (5th-6th) = 30 days

      1. possession / use = 10 days

      2. sharing / transfer = 10 days suspended and 5 days ISI

  • Elementary School (PreK-4th) = will follow Intermediate structure OR a plan will be submitted and approved by the superintendent or designee.

If a student fails to meet the terms of the reinstatement option the remaining days of the original suspension will be served, unless approved by the administration.

By choosing the reinstatement option, any right to an appeal of the full length of the suspension is voluntarily waived.

A reinstatement option will be available one time during grades 5th-8th and one time for grades 9th-12th, regardless if it was for use / possession / sharing / transferring or distribution for gain.

Second Offense: If a student has a second offense during grades 5th-8th or 9th-12th The following suspension will go into effect according to the grade level of the student on the day of the offense. The reinstatement option will not be available.

  • High School (9th -12th) = 90 days

  • Middle School (7th-8th) = 60 days

  • Intermediate School (5th-6th) = 30 days

  • Elementary School (PreK-4th) = will follow Intermediate structure OR a plan will be submitted and approved by the superintendent or designee

DISTRIBUTION FOR GAIN OF ILLICIT SUBSTANCES

Any student selling, or distributing illicit substances, prescription and/or non-prescription drugs, illegal drugs, wine, beer, intoxicating beverages, non-intoxicating beverages and/or intoxicating substances during the school day, or a school activity, on school premises or while being transported by school personnel, will be suspended for ninety (90) school days. A forty-five (45) school days reinstatement option may be available in some circumstances. A second offense will result in a at least ninety (90) school day suspension with no reinstatement option. In addition, law enforcement authorities will be notified. By choosing the forty-five (45) day reinstatement option, any right to an appeal of the full length of the suspension is voluntarily waived.

Teachers are required by state law to report any suspected drug or alcohol use to the principal. Violation of this policy will be reported to the law enforcement authorities. Any incident that occurs outside the school day or not at a school function will be reported to the police.

VANDALISM

Each student shall pay for all damages he/she may do to school property within one (1) week after demand, unless an arrangement for deferred payment has been made with the school administration. Failure to make such payment shall be cause for suspension. The pupil responsible shall pay for books belonging to the school that are lost, stolen or mutilated.

DANGEROUS WEAPONS

The use, display or possession of any kind of gun, ammunition, fireworks, weapon or device capable of discharging or throwing projectiles, whether loaded or unloaded, or the possession of any dagger, pocket knife, bowie knife, dirk knife, switchblade knife, spring-type knife, butterfly knife, sword cane, knife having a blade which opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, blackjack, loaded cane, billy, hand chain, metal knuckles or any chemical or biological device intended by its nature to cause property damage, harm or endanger the life, health or safety of others. Examples include but are not limited to, mace, or pepper spray or other offensive weapon, or facsimile of a weapon, on the campus, parking lots, premises or property of the Mustang Public Schools or during school sponsored activities, functions or events may result in the immediate suspension of all students involved for the current school semester and possibly the succeeding semester.

The term "gun or device capable of discharging or throwing projectiles" shall include, but not be limited to:

  • rifles, pistols or shotguns of any caliber

  • B-B guns, tasers or air pistols

  • potato throwers, dart guns or blow guns

  • any other device the purpose of which is to throw, discharge or fire objects, bullets or shells

For the purpose of this policy, any student who aids, knowingly accompanies, assists or participates with another student who uses, displays or possesses a gun, facsimile of a weapon, or device capable of discharging or throwing projectiles in violation of this policy may be suspended for the current school semester and possibly the succeeding semester.

USE OR POSSESSION OF DANGEROUS OR OFFENSIVE WEAPONS

Any pupil found to be in possession of or using dangerous or offensive weapons or facsimile of a dangerous weapon on the school grounds or at any school-sponsored activity may be suspended by the superintendent or administrator for a period not to exceed the current school semester and possibly the succeeding semester (Refer to School Laws of Oklahoma, Article 24/Section 488.2).

SUSPENSION OF STUDENTS

The term suspension or suspended as used in this policy and Oklahoma Law means that the student has been removed from attendance at any school. Alternative in-school placement, in-school restriction, detention, and similar disciplinary measures are not considered to be out-of-school suspensions and are not subject to an appeal process. Any student suspended out of school is prohibited by the terms of said suspension from being on the school grounds before, during, or after school hours and from participating in or attending any school sponsored activity unless otherwise directed by the administration. All suspensions must have the approval of the superintendent or his/her designee. The authority to suspend a student from a school in the district is delegated to the respective building administrator. The administrator shall exercise his/her discretion as to the length of time of the suspension. When determining whether cause exists for suspension or determining the length of a suspension, the student’s prior history of disciplinary infractions during the current school year may be considered if similar infractions have occurred in the past and other forms of discipline have not deterred such behavior.

  1. Students may be suspended from school for engaging in any of the following while on school grounds, while on school vehicles and buses, or at school activities/events:

  • Violation of policy, rule, or regulation

  • Possession of an intoxicating beverage, low-point beer (37 O.S. 163.2)

  • Possession of missing or stolen property if the property is reasonably suspected to have been taken from a student, a school employee, or the school

  • Possession of a dangerous weapon or a controlled dangerous substance (Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Act)

  • Possession of a firearm (may result in out-of-school suspension of not less than one year)

  • Any act which disrupts the academic atmosphere of the school, endangers or threatens fellow students, teacher, or officials, or damages property

  • Students in grades six through twelve found to have assaulted, attempted to cause physical bodily injury, or acted in a manner that could reasonably cause bodily injury to a school employee or person volunteering for a school shall be suspended for the remainder of the current semester and the next consecutive semester. The term of the suspension may be modified by the school district superintendent on a case-by-case basis.

  1. A full suspension shall not extend beyond the present semester and the succeeding semester except for violations of the Gun-Free Schools Act which provides suspensions for up to one calendar year or longer.

  2. Except under circumstances that require the immediate removal of a student or students, the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) shall be informed before a student is released from school.

  3. Students who are suspended out-of–school who are on an individualized education plan pursuant to IDEA, P.L. No. 101-476, shall be provided the education and related services in accordance with the child’s IEP.

  4. Any student who has been suspended for a violent offense that is directed towards a classroom teacher shall not be allowed to return to that teacher’s classroom without the approval of that teacher.

No school board member, administrator, or teacher may be held civilly liable for any action, taken in good faith, which is authorized by law under the provisions of this policy.

SHORT-TERM SUSPENSION - ten (10) days or less

Short-term suspension is when a student is suspended from school for ten (10) days or less. Before a student is suspended out of school, the school administration shall consider and apply, if appropriate, alternative in-school placement options that are not to be considered suspension (such as placement in an alternative school setting, reassignment to another classroom, in-school intervention, etc.).

  • When a student is suspended, his/her parent(s) will be notified as soon as possible.

  • If the student is suspended for five (5) days or less the district may provide an educational plan.

  • If a student is suspended for more than five (5) days the district shall provide the student with an education plan designed for the eventual reintegration of the student into school which provides for the core units in which the student is enrolled.

  • The parent(s) will bear the responsibility of monitoring the student’s education progress until the student is readmitted to school.

  • Students suspended from school shall be ineligible to participate in or attend extracurricular activities.

  • Any student serving suspension during the time of graduation activities shall not be allowed to participate in or attend ceremonies or programs honoring graduates.

Appeal Process:

1. The first level of appeal for suspensions of ten (10) days or less will be to the building principal.

  • This step may be skipped if the building principal was part of the first conference.

  • A written request specifying the reason(s) for the appeal must be submitted to the building principal within three (3) days of the notice of the suspension.

  • A conference will be scheduled with the building principal.

  • The Principal may uphold, overrule or modify the suspension.

  • The student and the student’s parent(s) shall be notified in writing within five (5) days of the decision.

  • The student has the right to appeal the decision.

2. The second level of appeal for suspensions will be to the appeal committee.

  • In order to appeal the building principal's decision, a written request specifying the reason for the appeal must be submitted to the district hearing officer for short-term suspensions within three (3) days.

  • Upon receipt of the appeal, the district hearing officer shall schedule an appeal hearing within three (3) days from the date the notice of intent is filed.

  • The appeal committee will consist of one (1) central office administrator and two (2) building principals other than the suspending principal.

  • During the hearing with the appeal committee, the student or the student’s parent(s) shall have the right to provide evidence as to why the suspension, or the duration thereof, is inappropriate.

  • Upon full investigation of the matter, the committee shall determine the guilt or innocence of the student and the reasonableness for the term of the out of school suspension.

  • The appeal committee may uphold, overrule or modify the suspension. The student and the student’s parent(s) shall be notified in writing within five (5) days of the decision.

In a short term suspension (10 days or less) appeal, the student shall have the right for representation, however the parent(s)/guardian(s)/student will not be able to bring legal representation to a level one suspension appeal hearing. If legal counsel is to be present in the level two appeal hearing on a short term suspension, MPS requires a twenty-four (24) hour notice to exercise the option for legal counsel representation.

The decision of the appeal committee for short-term suspension will be final and may not be appealed to the district hearing officer or the board of education/board hearing officer.

LONG-TERM SUSPENSION - more than ten (10) days

A long-term suspension is when a student is suspended from school for more than ten (10) days. When a long-term suspension occurs, the student’s parent(s) will be notified as soon as possible, except under circumstances that require the immediate removal of the student.

  • Before a long-term suspension is imposed, an initial suspension will occur while an investigation is conducted.

  • A conference with a site administrator will be arranged to take place when the investigation is complete.

  • The parent(s) will be provided a copy of the education plan and will bear the responsibility of monitoring the student’s education progress until the student is readmitted to school.

  • A student, who is suspended from school for more than ten (10) days, may be eligible for an alternative placement to enroll in internet-based course work, but must abide by the contract guidelines given at time of enrollment.

  • Students suspended from school shall be ineligible to participate in or attend extracurricular activities.

  • Any student serving suspension during the time of graduation activities shall not be allowed to participate in or attend ceremonies or programs honoring graduates.

A student and/or his/her parent(s) may appeal the suspension.

Appeal Process:

1. The first level of appeal for suspensions will be to the building principal.

  • This step may be skipped if the building principal was part of the first conference.

  • A written request specifying the reason(s) for the appeal must be submitted to the building principal within three (3) days of the notice of the suspension.

  • A conference will be scheduled with the building principal.

  • The Principal may uphold, overrule or modify the suspension.

  • The student and the student’s parent(s) shall be notified in writing within five (5) days of the decision.

  • The student has the right to appeal the decision.

2. The second level of appeal for suspensions will be to the appeal committee.

  • In order to appeal the building principal's decision, a written request specifying the reason(s) for the appeal must be submitted to the district hearing officer for long-term suspensions within ten (10) days.

  • Upon receipt of the appeal, the district hearing officer shall schedule an appeal hearing with the appeal committee within ten (10) days from the date the notice of intent is filed.

  • The appeal committee will consist of one (1) central office administrator and two (2) building principals other than the suspending principal.

  • During the hearing with the appeal committee, the student or the student’s parent(s) shall have the right to provide evidence as to why the suspension, or the duration thereof, is inappropriate.

  • Upon full investigation of the matter, the committee shall determine the guilt or innocence of the student and the reasonableness for the term of the out of school suspension.

  • The appeal committee may uphold, overrule or modify the suspension. The student and the student’s parent(s) shall be notified in writing within five (5) days of the decision.

  • If the appeal committee does not withdraw the suspension, the student has the right to appeal the decision.

3. The third level of appeal for suspensions will be to the board of education/board hearing officer.

  • In order to appeal the appeal committee’s decision the student or the student’s parent(s) shall notify the superintendent in writing within ten (10) days following receipt of the decision of the appeal committee.

  • Upon receiving notice of a student’s intent to appeal, the superintendent shall advise the board of education/board hearing officer.

  • The board of education/board hearing officer will conduct the hearing within ten (10) days from the date the notice of intent is filed with the superintendent.

  • During the hearing of the appeal before the board of education/board hearing officer, the student or the student’s parent(s) shall have the right to provide evidence as to why the suspension, or the duration thereof, is inappropriate.

  • The Board of Education/board hearing officer shall determine the guilt or innocence of the student, and the reasonableness of the term of the suspension.

  • The Board of Education/board hearing officer may uphold, overrule or modify the suspension. The student and the student’s parent(s) shall be notified within five (5) days of the decision.

  • Decisions of the suspension appeal may not be appealed.

  • The decision of the board of education/board hearing officer suspension hearing with the hearing officer shall be final.

In a long term suspension (more than 10 days) appeal, the student shall have the right for representation, however the parent(s)/guardian(s)/student will not be able to bring legal representation to a level one or a level two suspension appeal hearing. If legal counsel is to be present in the level three appeal hearing on a long term suspension, MPS requires a twenty-four (24) hour notice to exercise the option for legal counsel representation.

NOTE: 70 O.S. § 24-101.3 (E) states that a student who has been suspended from a public or private school in the State of Oklahoma or another state for a violent act or an act showing deliberate or reckless regard for the health or safety of faculty or other students shall not be entitled to enroll in a public school of this state, and no 53 public school shall be required to enroll such student, until the terms of the suspension have been met or the time of suspension has expired.

OUT-OF-SCHOOL CONDUCT

The Board of Education recognizes that out-of-school conduct of students attending school within this district is not normally a concern of the Board. However, the Board believes that disciplinary action for conduct occurring off school property and not involving a school activity is proper if the conduct has an adverse effect upon the school.

Therefore, it is the policy of this Board that any student attending school within this district will be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, suspension from school for any conduct, which in the opinion of the school administrators, has an adverse impact upon the school.

Such activity includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Damaging school property, e.g. a school bus;

  2. Engaging in activity which causes physical or emotional harm to other students, teachers or other school personnel;

  3. Engaging in activity which directly impedes discipline at school or the general welfare of school activities.

PREVENTION OF BULLYING - REPEATED ACTS OR PATTERNS OF HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, THREATENING BEHAVIOR OR HAZING

Policy # 5110

Prevention of Bullying - Repeated acts or patterns of harassment, intimidation, threatening behavior or hazing.

It is the policy of this school district that bullying of students by other students, personnel, or the public will not be tolerated. Students are expected to be civil, polite, and fully engaged in the learning process. Students who act inappropriately are not fully engaged in the learning process. This policy is in effect while the students are on school grounds, in school vehicles, at designated bus stops, at school-sponsored activities, or at school-sanctioned events, and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management, and welfare of the school district. Bullying of students by electronic communication is prohibited whether or not such communication originated at school or with school equipment, if the communication is specifically directed at students or school personnel and concerns harassment, intimidation, or bullying at school. The school district is not required to provide educational services in the regular school setting to any student who has been removed from a public school or private school in Oklahoma or another state by administrative or judicial process for an act of using electronic communication with the intent to terrify, intimidate or harass, or threaten to inflict injury or physical harm to faculty or students.

As used in the School Safety and Bullying Prevention Act, "bullying" means any pattern of harassment, intimidation, threatening behavior, physical acts, verbal or electronic communication directed toward a student or group of students that results in or is reasonably perceived as being done with the intent to cause negative educational or physical results for the targeted individual or group and is communicated in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school's educational mission or the education of any student. Such behavior is specifically prohibited.

In administering discipline, consideration will be given to alternative methods of punishment to insure that the most effective discipline is administered in each case. In all disciplinary action, teachers and administrators will be mindful of the fact that they are dealing with individual personalities. The faculty may consider consultation with parents to determine the most effective disciplinary measure.

In considering alternatives of corrective actions, the faculty/administration of the school district will consider those listed below. However, the school is not limited to these alternative methods, nor does this list reflect an order or sequence of events to follow in disciplinary actions. The board of education will rely upon the judgment and discretion of the administrator to determine the appropriate remedial or corrective action in each instance.

1. Conference with student

2. Conference with parents

3. In-school intervention

4. Detention

5. Referral to counselor

6. Behavioral contract

7. Changing student's seat assignment or class assignment

8. Requiring a student to make financial restitution for damaged property

9. Requiring a student to clean or straighten items or facilities damaged by the student's behavior

10. Restriction of privileges

11. Involvement of local authorities

12. Referring student to appropriate social agency or to a delinquency prevention and Diversion program administrated by the office of Juvenile Affairs

13. Suspension

14. Performing Campus-site services for the school district.

15. Other appropriate disciplinary action as required and as indicated by the circumstances which may include, but is not limited to, removal from eligibility to participate or attend extracurricular activities as well as removal from the privilege of attending or participating in the graduation ceremony, school dances, prom, prom activities, and/or class trips, change of placement.

Harassment set forth above may include, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Verbal, physical, or written harassment or abuse;

2. Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature;

3. Implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, achievements, etc.;

4. Demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student;

5. Unwelcome physical contact.

The superintendent or designee shall develop procedures providing for:

  1. Prompt investigation of allegations of harassment;

  2. The expeditious correction of the conditions causing such harassment;

3. Establishment of adequate measures to provide confidentiality in the complaint process;

4. Initiation of appropriate corrective actions;

5. Identification and enactment of methods to prevent reoccurrence of the harassment; and

6. A process where the provisions of this policy are disseminated in writing annually to all staff and students.

REFERENCE: 21 O.S. §850.0 70 O.S. §24-100.2

PROHIBITING BULLYING (INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES)

The following procedures will be used by any person for the filing, processing, and resolution of a reported incident of harassment, intimidation, bullying, or threatening behavior. The procedures are to be followed by the administration of the school district in an effort to determine the severity of the incident and the potential to result in future violence.

Definitions

  1. “Bullying” means any pattern of harassment, intimidation, threatening behavior, physical acts, verbal or directed toward a student or group of students that results in or is reasonably perceived as being done with the intent to cause negative educational or physical results for the targeted individual or group and is communicated in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school's educational mission or the education of any student.

“Electronic communication” means the communication of any written, verbal, pictorial information or video content by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to, a telephone, a mobile or cellular telephone or other wireless communication device, or a computer.

“Threatening behavior” means any pattern of behavior or isolated action, whether or not it is directed at another person, that a reasonable person would believe indicates potential for future harm to students, school personnel, or school property.

Procedures

The procedure for investigating reported incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying or threatening behavior, is as follows:

  1. The matter should immediately be reported to the building principal or designee. If the bullying involved an electronic communication, a printed copy of the communication as well as any identifying information such as email address or web address shall be provided to the building principal or designee. As much detailed information as possible should be provided to the building principal or designee in written form to allow for a thorough investigation of the matter.

  2. Upon receipt of a written report, the building principal or designee shall contact the superintendent or designee and begin an investigation to determine the severity of the incident and the potential for future violence.

  3. If, during the course of the investigation, it appears that a crime may have been committed the building principal or designee and/or superintendent or designee shall notify local law enforcement and request that the alleged victim also contact law enforcement to report the matter for potential criminal investigation.

  4. If it is determined that the school district’s discipline code has been violated, the building principal or designee shall follow district policies regarding the discipline of the student. The building principal or designee shall make a determination as to whether the conduct is actually occurring.

  5. Upon completion of the investigation, the principal or designee or superintendent or designee may recommend that available community mental health care substance abuse or other counseling options be provided to the student, if appropriate. This may include information about the types of support services available to the student bully, victim, and any other students affected by the prohibited behavior. If such a recommendation is made, the administration shall request disclosure of any information that indicates an explicit threat to the safety of students or school personnel provided the disclosure of information does not violate the provisions or requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Section 2503 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Section 1376 of Title 59 of Oklahoma Statutes, or any other state or federal laws relating to the disclosure of confidential information.

  6. Upon completion of an investigation, timely notification shall be provided to the parents or guardians of a victim of documented and verified bullying. This information should be provided within 3 school days of the conclusion of the investigation.

  7. Upon completion of an investigation, timely notification shall be provided to the perpetrator of the documented and verified bullying. This information should be provided within 3 days of the conclusion of the investigation.

Reports may be made anonymously. However, no formal disciplinary action shall be taken solely on the basis of an anonymous report. Reports shall be made immediately to the building principal or designee by any school employee that has reliable information that would lead a reasonable person to suspect that a person is a target of bullying.

The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible for enforcing this. The building principal or designee should notify the superintendent within twenty-four (24) hours of any report of bullying. Upon completion of an investigation, the building principal or designee should notify the superintendent or designee of the findings of the investigation. Documentation should also be provided to the superintendent or designee to establish that timely notification was provided to the parents of the victim and the parents of the perpetrator.



ENROLLMENT

RESIDENCY POLICY

Policy # 5015


Legal Residency

The Mustang Public Schools will enroll students who are deemed to be legal residents of the district. In order to establish the legal residency of a child for school attendance, the student must be residing in the district with his/her parent(s), court appointed legal guardian or person having legal custody. The Mustang Public Schools will not accept affidavit forms or notarized affidavits obtained from the custodial parent giving care and custody to another individual. The student must be living with the parent(s), court appointed legal guardian or person having legal custody full time, as a permanent resident or with a legal guardian who can provide verifiable documentation that they are contributing to a “substantial degree” to the support of the child.

If a divorce has been granted, the decree will state which parent has legal custody. If the decree awards joint custody, and each parent contributes in “substantial degree” to the child’s support while they have custody, then the residence in which the child resides on a regular basis determines the legal residency of the child for school attendance.

In order to determine legal guardianship or legal custody, the parent or guardian will be asked to provide a copy of the divorce decree indicating which parent has custody or a copy of the court order granting legal guardianship. When the issue of whether a parent, legal guardian or custodial parent is contributing to a “substantial degree” to the support of the child, health insurance coverage forms and IRS end-of-year tax statements from the previous calendar year may be requested.

Students without visible means of support, who reside within the Mustang Public Schools, will be granted enrollment privileges as a Homeless Student.

Homeless students are defined in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvement Act of 2001.


Individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate night time residence. These include:

  • children and youths who are sharing the housing of another person due to the loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason

  • children living in motels, hotels and trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations

  • children living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement

  • children and youths who have primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings

  • children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings

  • migratory children

Any student meeting these criteria should be referred to the MPS Homeless Liaison at (405) 376-7335 to assist in completing immediate enrollment per the procedures in place with MPS.

In cases of dispute of enrollment as a homeless student or the assigned attendance school, the parent shall be afforded due process per the MPS District McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Complaint Guidelines. (AR5015.3)


Custodial and Non-Custodial Parental Rights

It is the policy of the Mustang Board of Education that a parent who is awarded legal custody of a child by court action shall file a copy of the court decree awarding such custody with the school. If the custodial parent does not wish the child to be released to the non-custodial parent, appropriate written instruction should also be filed with the school.

All staff are instructed to refer any questions to the appropriate building principal or the Assistant Superintendent.

Absent a court decree to the contrary, both natural parents have the right to view the student’s school records, to receive school progress reports, to visit the child briefly at school and to participate in parent/teacher conferences (not necessarily together in the same conference).


Residency Due Process

In cases of dispute of residency, the student/parent/legal guardian shall be afforded due process by the Mustang Board of Education. A student who has been denied enrollment by the Mustang Public Schools has the right to submit his/her written appeal to the Residency Dispute Officer of Mustang Public Schools within three (3) days of residency dispute.

Parent/Legal guardian must provide, with the request for review, additional pertinent information pertaining to the residency dispute.

The residency officer will render a decision and notify parent/legal guardian within three (3) days of the receipt of the request for review.

In the event that the parent/legal guardian disagrees with the decision, they must notify the residency officer in writing within three (3) days of the receipt of the decision. The residency officer will submit findings and documentation to the Mustang Board of Education.

The Board will review the dispute and render a decision at the next regularly scheduled board meeting. The Board’s decision shall be final.


New Student Enrollment – Proof of Residence

Students enrolling in Mustang Public Schools shall be required to provide two (2) verifiable proofs of residency. The parent/legal guardian shall be asked to provide current utility billings and/or lease agreement, contract on a home, (completion of the build and residency established within approximately 45 days of enrollment) warranty deed statement, ad valorem tax statement or mortgage statement. The school shall accept a current gas, electric or water and sewer billing. Telephone billing, television cable billing, personal checks or driver’s license will not be accepted. If utility billings are not available, the school shall accept a statement from the utility company that the services have been established. The letter must be on letterhead and signed by an appropriate official.


Residency Verification by Affidavit

Parent(s)/Legal guardian(s)/Students who cannot provide the necessary information to verify their address because they are residing with a friend or relative on a temporary or permanent basis shall be required to complete a “Residency Verification by Affidavit” form. Completing a Residency Verification by Affidavit requires both the homeowner/resident and the parent/legal guardian of the student must sign and each must provide a current valid driver’s license (not expired) or state issued I.D. card. The homeowner/resident shall provide the two (2) proofs of residency as required for all new students. The name on the affidavit must match the name on the proofs of residence. The Parent/Legal guardian shall provide two (2) proofs of residency, Mail (such as bank statement, medical bills, insurance papers, but not personal letters or junk mail), either addressed to the parent at the address claimed as the residence or forwarded by the United States Postal System to the address claimed as the residence, updated lease agreement showing parent/legal guardian and student’s name as occupants. A Residency Verification by Affidavit is valid for the current school year only and is to be renewed each year (during the summer).

Renewal of existing Residency Verification by Affidavit forms takes place over the summer for the upcoming school year. Completion of new Residency Verification by Affidavit forms for the upcoming school year may be completed at the time of enrollment or over the summer months.

The child shall not be enrolled until all necessary documentation has been provided and verified. If the homeowner/MPS resident /parent/legal guardian/student moves, the enrollment of the student is null and void and the student may be immediately withdrawn.

The MPS Administration reserves the right to make a home inspection. MPS may bill the legal MPS resident for the cost of educational services if falsification of the affidavit occurs. Oklahoma State Law specifies that any person who willfully makes a false statement in a “Residency Verification by Affidavit” form shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one (1) year, or a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), or both. The parent must agree to notify MPS immediately upon any change in residence.


New Residence

The intent to build a home within the Mustang Public School District does not constitute legal residency. If a home is in the process of construction, and a copy of a construction contract with local address can be filed with the school system, a resident shall have approximately forty-five (45) school days from the date of initial enrollment to establish permanent residence in the home under construction. If residency is not established within the allotted time period, the student’s enrollment can be terminated.


HOME LANGUAGE SURVEY

The parent/guardian(s) of any student enrolling must complete the Home Language Survey for K-12 School Districts.

The Home Language Survey will apply to all years the student is enrolled with MPS. A new Home Language Survey must be completed in the event that a student withdraws from the district and returns at a later date.

In compliance with state and federal laws, if your child meets the state of Oklahoma's definition for "bilingual", your child will be given a language assessment placement test within 30 calendar days at the start of the school year within the first ten (10) days of enrollment. If your child qualifies for *ELL (English Language Learners) services, he/she will also participate in the post-testing procedures in the spring. Results of these tests will be provided for the parent's review and will be maintained in the student's cumulative folder and in other district files.

LEP (Limited English Proficient) and EL (English Learners) are interchangeable terms.


ACCEPTANCE OF ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES AND RECORDS - Excerpt from Policy 2222

Electronic or digital signatures can take many forms and can be created using many different types of technology. The authenticity and reliability of electronic signatures relating to transactions are dependent on the accompanying processes, supplemental records, and the overall context in which records are created, transferred, and signed. The Mustang School Board adopts the following policy with respect to the use of electronic records and signatures in connection with its communications with parents, guardians, or other persons having control over a child enrolled in this district.



Policy # 5035

Enrollment of Students

All children between the ages of five (5) years on or before September 1, and twenty-one (21) years on or before September 1, shall be entitled to attend school free of charge in the district in which they reside.

All children who are at least four (4) years of age but not more than five (5) years of age on or before September 1 and who have not attended a public school kindergarten shall be entitled to attend half-day or full-day early childhood programs at any public school in the state where such programs are offered; provided no child shall be required to attend any early childhood education program. The following paragraphs shall govern early childhood programs:

Children who are at least four (4) years of age but not more than five (5) years of age on or before September 1 shall be entitled to attend either half-day or full-day early childhood programs in their district of residence free of charge as long as the district has the physical facilities and teaching personnel to accommodate the child. For purposes of calculation of State Aid, children in an early childhood education program shall be included in the average daily membership of the district providing the program.

  • A child who has not reached the age of five (5) years on or before September 1 and who resides in a district that does not offer an early childhood program shall be eligible for transfer to a district where an early childhood program is offered if the district that offers the early childhood program agrees to the transfer. A district offering early childhood programs may refuse to accept a nonresident child if the district does not have the physical facilities or teaching personnel to accommodate the child in an early childhood education class. If the child requesting the transfer has not reached the age of four (4) on or before September 1, the district my refuse to accept the nonresident child if the district determines the child is not ready for an early childhood program. Children who are accepted in a program outside their district of residence as provided in this paragraph shall be included in the average daily membership of the district providing the program for State Aid funding subject to the State Aid formula weight limitations set forth in paragraph 1 of this subsection.

  • Children who have reached the age of four (4) years on or before September 1 may apply for admittance to Pre-Kindergarten in MPS. The program operates Monday through Friday with half-day sessions. The program is free and follows the MPS’s calendar. Transportation is not provided.

No child shall be enrolled in Kindergarten unless he or she will have reached the age of five year on or before September 1 of the school year. No child shall be enrolled in the first grade unless he/she will have reached the age of six (6) years on or before September 1 of the school year. The superintendent may waive the age requirement for students who wish to enroll in first grade upon parent request and based upon a review of the child’s circumstances.

No nonresident and non-transferred pupil shall be allowed to attend school in any school district unless a tuition fee equal to the per capita cost of education for a similar period in such district during the preceding year has been paid to the receiving district in advance yearly or by semester as determined by the district board of education of receiving district. If the State Board of Education discovers that such attendance has been allowed without prior payment of the tuition fee in advance as required, no further payment of any State Aid Funds shall be made to the district until such district has shown to the satisfaction of the State Board of Education that all such tuition fees have been paid or that such tuition pupil will no longer be allowed to attend school until the required tuition fee has been paid.

Any parent, guardian, person or institution having care and custody of a child who pays ad valorem tax on real property in any other school district other than that in which that person resides may, with the approval of the receiving board, enroll the child in any school district in which ad valorem tax is paid and receive a credit on the nonresident tuition fee equal to the amount of the ad valorem tax paid for school district purposes in the school district in which the child is enrolled. Provided, the credit shall not exceed the total amount required for the tuition payment (70-1-114)

Where tuition has been paid to permit underage child to attend kindergarten in a school district, child is not entitled to attend first grade free of charge in another district where he does not meet general minimum age for free first grade attendance required by this section, January 29, 1976 (AG Op. No. 76-132)

Mustang Public Schools does not accept tuition for underage children.


New Student Enrollment

Enrollment of new students can be completed online through the online enrollment system. Central Enrollment office staff will subsequently review and enroll students whose enrollment process is complete. Returning students will fill out online re-enrollment during each spring semester. State law and district policy requires that parents provide the following information at the time of enrollment:

  • State issued ID or Driver’s License (must be current, not expired).

  • official birth certificate for all new students enrolling in MPS

  • two (2) proofs of residence (see New Student Enrollment - Proof of Residency in Residency Policy # 5015)

  • immunization record that meets the immunization requirements for the State of Oklahoma. For a current guide please contact the Oklahoma State Department of Health Immunization Services at 1-800-234-6196 or their website at http://www.health.ok.gov.


STUDENTS MAY NOT ENROLL WITHOUT COMPLETE IMMUNIZATION RECORDS OR PROOF THAT THE STUDENT IS IN THE PROCESS OF RECEIVING REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. Exemptions to the immunization law may be granted in accordance with the state law and State Health Department requirements.


Notification of Changes in Enrollment Information

Please notify the Central Enrollment office with a change of address, custody changes, legal name changes, updated legal documents, phone number changes, emergency contact updates, etc.


Pre Re-Enrollment for Returning Students

Returning students will fill out online re-enrollment during each spring semester. District policy requires 1 (one) proof of residency at re-enrollment in the spring and 1 (one) in the fall.


Enrollment of Students From a School Not Accredited By the Oklahoma State Board of Education

Policy # 5016

A student enrolling in grades 1-8 in the Mustang Public Schools after having attended a school not accredited by the Oklahoma State Board of Education or another state for nine weeks or longer shall be required to be tested by the Mustang Public Schools to help determine grade level placement. A team consisting of the site principal, school counselor and a classroom teacher will evaluate the test scores along with other factors such as age, and social/emotional well-being to determine the best placement for the student.

Students requesting validation of credits from a school not accredited at the high school level (grades 9-12) by the Oklahoma State Board of Education or another state must submit documentation and/or an official transcript from the school to the Principal of Mustang High School. Before a core academic credit will be awarded by Mustang High School on an official school transcript, the student must demonstrate proficiency at a 60% level or above through credit by examination. Exams will only be given in the core academic courses from the non-accredited school that were completed with a passing grade of a D or higher. For the courses where credit by examination is awarded, credit will be documented on an official Mustang High School transcript and will reflect the score earned; i.e., 76% equals a C. Enrollment can then be finished based on courses still needed for graduation requirements.

In addition to the use of achievement testing for core academics, other consideration may be given by the principal or delegated authority to the type of program in which the student participated, the facilities and equipment, types of activities, number of hours per week, etc. for elective credits. Examination results will be kept in the student’s cumulative file.


TRANSFER POLICY

Policy # 5005

Previous Transfers (prior to January 1st, 2022)

Transfers previously granted by the school board will remain in effect unless the board of education takes action to deny a future year’s attendance based upon discipline, or attendance as addressed within this policy. Parents/Guardians will be notified by July 15th of the district’s decision to deny continuance. This discontinuance can be appealed to the school board according to this policy.


Transfer Application Overview & Timeline

The school district will not accept or deny a transfer based on ethnicity, national origin, gender, income level, disabling condition, proficiency in the English language, measure of achievement, aptitude or athletic ability. Parents/Guardians can request a transfer at any time. Receipt of applications will be documented by the district so that the district may review those applications in the order submitted for purposes of capacity limitations. The administration will notify parents/guardians of the decision to approve or deny within 30 calendar days of request receipt in writing by either hand-delivery, by U.S. Mail or electronic mail. If denied, the notification shall include an explanation including but not limited to any citation to the statute, regulation, or school district policy under which the denial was made; A copy or electronic link of the policy adopted by the district for determining the number of transfer students the school district has the capacity to accept; a copy or electronic link of 210:10-1-18.1 from the Administrative Code; and the date upon which the appeal will be due.


Upon notification of an approved transfer, the parents/guardian has 10 calendar days to initiate enrollment. Failure to do so may result in transfer revocation.


For existing transfers, the district will not require parents to resubmit a new transfer application each school year and will advance the previous application of an enrolled student amending only the grade placement of the student. A student shall be allowed to transfer to a district in which the parent or legal guardian of the student is employed as an employee per 70 O.S. § 8-113.

State law does limit the ability of a student to transfer no more than two (2) times per school year to one or more school districts in which the student does not reside. Exceptions to this limit will exist for students in foster care. Students are legally entitled to reenroll at any time in his or her school district of residence. Any brother or sister of a student who transfers may attend the school district to which their sibling transferred as long as the school district has capacity in the grade level and the sibling does not meet a basis for denial as listed below. A separate application must be filed for each student so that the district can timely consider requests in the order applications are received.

It is the policy of the board of education that any legally transferring student shall be accepted by the district under the following circumstances:

1. The district has the capacity to accept the student at the grade level at the school site;

2. The transferring student has not been disciplined for:

a. violation of a school regulation,

b. possession of an intoxicating beverage, low-point beer, as defined by Section 163.2 of Title 37 of the Oklahoma Statutes, or missing or stolen property if the property is reasonably suspected to have been taken from a student, a school employee, or the school during school activities, or

c. possession of a dangerous weapon or a controlled dangerous substance while on or within two thousand (2,000) feet of public school property, or at a school event, as defined in the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act.


3. The transferring student does not have a history of absences. “History of absences” means ten or more absences in one semester that are not excused for the reasons provided in 70 O.S. § 10-105 or due to illness.


By the first day of January, April, July and October, the board of education shall establish the number of transfer students the district has the capacity to accept in each grade level for each school site within the district. The number of transfer students for each grade level at each site that the district has the capacity to accept will be posted in a prominent place on the school district’s website. The district shall report to the State Department of Education the number of transfer students for each grade level for each school site which the district has the capacity to accept.


Capacity Determination

Capacity, determinations are specifically for the purpose of complying with Oklahoma state law (70 O.S. § 18-113.1) establishing guidelines to determine the capacity for Mustang Public Schools to accept transfer students as defined by law. Capacity is not intended to define district decisions related to staffing allocations or class size determinations for non-transfer students.

In making the decision to determine Capacity, the board of education shall review class size limits specified in 70 O.S. § 18-113.1 and multiply those limits times the number of specified classroom teachers employed by the school district at each grade level. If classroom space is not sufficient to accommodate that number of students due to a classroom being disproportionately sized, the district’s capacity numbers will reflect a lesser amount based upon that classroom size. Mustang Public Schools recognizes the need to provide additional support in schools designated as School wide Title I sites. Capacity limits are smaller for these sites as described below.

The following calculations will be used to determine Program Capacity for schools not designated as School wide Title I school sites.

● PK-4th Grades

By site, the number of core grade level teachers per grade level x 20 students = capacity for that grade level.

● 5th -6th Grades

By site, the number of English Language Arts sections per grade level x 20 students = capacity for that grade level.

● 7th-8th Grades

By site, the number of English Language Arts sections per grade level x 25 students = capacity for that grade level.

● 9th-12th Grades

By site, the number of English Language Arts sections per grade level x 28 students = capacity for that grade level.


The following calculations will be used to determine Program Capacity for schools designated as School wide Title I school sites.

● PK-4th Grades

By site, the number of core grade level teachers per grade level x 18 students = capacity for that grade level.

● 5th -6th Grades

By site, the number of English Language Arts sections per grade level x 18 students = capacity for that grade level.

● 7th-8th Grades

By site, the number of English Language Arts sections per grade level x 22 students = capacity for that grade level.

● 9th-12th Grades

By site, the number of English Language Arts sections per grade level x 25 students = capacity for that grade level.


As it relates to Capacity, “Student” is defined as any student currently enrolled in Mustang

Public Schools, regardless of instructional delivery format.

As it relates to Capacity, “English Language Arts” includes all levels of English Instruction for each specific grade level (e.g. English 3 and AP English Language). Self-contained special education courses and special education related teacher maximums are defined elsewhere.

As it relates to Capacity, the “sections” of English Language Arts are defined as one regular class taught by at least one teacher for a time of 1 period in the school day.


Transfer Capacity Review

The school district shall enroll transfer students in the order in which they submit their applications. If the number of student transfer applications exceeds the capacity of the district, the district shall select transfer students in the order in which the district received the application.


Uniformed Military Services - Dependent Children

Students who are the dependent children of a member of the active uniformed military services of the United States on full-time active-duty status and students who are the dependent children of the military reserve on active duty orders shall be eligible for admission to the school district regardless of capacity of the district. Students shall be eligible for military transfer if:

1. At least one parent of the student has a Department of Defense issued identification card; and

2. At least one parent can provide evidence that he or she will be on active-duty status or active-duty orders, meaning the parent will be temporarily transferred in compliance with official orders to another location in support of combat, contingency operation or a national disaster requiring the use of orders for more than thirty (30) consecutive days.


Transfer Acceptance

If accepted, a student transfer is granted for the existing school year and may continue to attend in future years. At the end of the school year, the district may deny continued transfer of the student due to disciplinary reasons or a history of absences. Parents will be responsible for transportation for accepted transfers.


Automatic Approvals

If a parent receives notification from the State Department of Education their transfer has been automatically approved due to military, foster care or a teacher employment status situation, Mustang Public Schools may immediately revoke the transfer upon failure to meet qualifying approval criteria outlined in law; teacher hired but never shows for work; military deployment orders are rescinded; etc.



Transfer Denial & Appeal

If a transfer request is denied by the administration, the parent or legal guardian of the student may appeal the denial within ten (10) calendar days of notification of denial to the board of education. The appeal period begins 3 days after notification sent by US mail or the day after a notification sent by email or hand delivered. The appeal to the board of education shall be submitted to the office of the superintendent. The appeal shall include the following: The name, address and telephone number of the parent of the student and the student for whom the appeal is being taken; the date the district gave notice denying the transfer request; the basis for appealing the decision of the school district; and the name, address and telephone number of the legal representative, if applicable. The board of education shall consider the appeal at its next regularly scheduled board meeting if notice is provided prior to the statutory deadline for posting the agenda for the meeting. During the appeal, the board will review the action of the administration to make sure that the district policy was followed with regard to the denial of the transfer. The board of education will meet in an executive session to review the educational records of the student. If the policy was not followed, the board of education shall vote to overturn the denial and the transfer will be granted. Any board vote on the appeal must be taken in open session. The student’s name should not be included in the agenda or in the motion. If the board of education votes to deny an appeal of a request to transfer, the board of education shall instruct the superintendent to provide notification of denial in writing to the parent of the student by either hand-delivery, by U.S. Mail, or by electronic mail. The notification shall include: An explanation, including the legal citation to the statute, regulation, or school district policy under which the denial was made; a copy of the policy adopted by the board of education for determining the number of transfer students the district has capacity to accept; a copy of the State Board of Education’s prescribed form for an appeal; and a copy of 210:10-1-18.1 which identifies the Accreditation standard for appealing the denial of a student transfer. If the board of education votes to uphold the denial of the transfer, the parent or legal guardian may appeal the denial within ten (10) calendar days of the notification of the appeal denial to the State Board of Education. The parent or legal guardian shall submit to the superintendent of the district, a notice of appeal on the form prescribed by the State Board of Education. The superintendent will immediately provide copies of the appeal to each member of the board of education. Upon receipt of notice of an appeal, but not later than five (5) calendar days prior to the date at which the State Board of Education is scheduled to consider the appeal, the board of education may submit a written response to the appeal. Responses should not exceed five (5) pages. If not submitted by the parent, the board of education shall provide a copy of the policy adopted to determine the number of transfer students the district has the capacity to accept in each grade level for each school site within the district. The parent and the school district will have an opportunity to appear in person or by authorized representative or by attorney to address the State Board at the meeting.


Athletics

A student who enrolls in a school district in which the student is not a resident shall not be eligible to participate in school-related extramural athletic competition governed by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association for a period of one (1) year from the first day of attendance at the receiving school unless the transfer is from a school district which does not offer the grade the student is entitled to pursue as per 70 O.S. § 8-103.2.


In-District Transfer

A request to transfer to another school in the Mustang district can be submitted any time after April 1 for the following school year. All In-District Transfer requests should be submitted electronically. A link to the online request form will be provided to parents individually upon request. Parents should contact the Mustang Education Resource Center for access to the online transfer request form. A transfer is approved for one (1) school year only. The transfer request process must be completed each year before a child can be considered for a transfer. An in-district transfer may be revoked at any time for disciplinary reasons.


Transfer of Special education Students

If a transfer application is received for a child with disabilities to a school district other than the district of residence of the child pursuant to the Education Open Transfer Act, the following provisions shall apply:


1. The school district shall establish availability of the appropriate program, staff, and services prior to approval of the transfer;


2. Prior to the approval of the transfer of a child on an individualized education program (IEP), a joint IEP conference shall be required between the district of residence and the receiving district; and


3. Upon approval of the transfer, the receiving district shall claim the child in the average daily membership for state and for federal funding purposes and shall assume all responsibility for education of the child.

For state funding purposes, the State Department of Education shall include the appropriate grade level weight and all category weights to which the pupil is assigned pursuant to the provisions of Section 18-201.1 of this title when calculating State Aid pursuant to the provisions of Section 18-200.1 of this title, regardless of whether the receiving district provides education to the student using traditional in-class means or via online instruction. When applicable, the receiving district may apply to the Oklahoma Special Education Assistance Fund for assistance in meeting any extraordinary costs incurred. REFERENCE: 70 O.S. §13-103.


FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS

Policy # 5025

Unless otherwise prohibited by federal law, Mustang Schools will:

  1. Accept exchange students on J-1 visas, issued pursuant to paragraph (a) (15) (J) of Section 1101 of Title 8 of the United States Code.

  2. Mustang Schools will not accept exchange students on M-1 visas, issued pursuant to paragraph (a) (15) (M) of Section 1101 of Title 8 of the United States Code, which are for vocational or non academic students or F-1 visas, issued pursuant to paragraph (a) (15) (f) of Section 1101 of Title 8 of the United States Code, therefore, MPS is not an I-20 issuing school.

  3. Use the governing regulations set by the United States Information Agency (USIA) for Exchange Visitor Programs as guidelines and standards for local schools.

  4. Have the right to accept or reject any exchange student or sponsoring organization not adhering to the USIA regulations and have the right to reject any exchange student if the student, legal custodian, or legal guardian is not a resident of the district.

  5. Foreign exchange students will be classified as juniors and will not participate in graduation exercises.


CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENTS (Grades 9-12)

The completion of five (5) credits is required for sophomore classification, twelve (12) credits for junior classification and eighteen (18) credits for senior classification.


Those students who fail a required course are strongly encouraged to repeat the course in summer school, night school or approved online course. In addition, at least two (2) credits of the last three (3) credits completed for graduation shall be completed in attendance in the accredited high school from which the individual expects his/her diploma. Any deviation must be approved by the administration.


Any student who has not obtained sufficient credits to advance to a higher grade level has two (2) options:

  • Reclassification – The student will be classified as being in the grade previously attempted. The student may be reclassified at the beginning of each school year with the exception of a reclassified junior who has the possibility of graduating. This student may graduate with his/her original class if all credits are made up in summer school, correspondence or approved online courses.

  • Retention – The student will repeat the grade previously attempted. Any student who is retained may be enrolled in required courses failed in previous years. Any retained student will be unable to graduate with his/her original class. A student will not be retained if sufficient credits to advance to a higher grade have been obtained. No student will be enrolled in more than one (1) required English course during the regular school day.


SCHEDULE CHANGES

Determining academic schedules should be for the growth of the student. Therefore, changes for such reasons as to have the student moved to a class generally below the intellectual capability of the student, a student’s failure due to incomplete assignments, “to be with a friend” or “that the teacher is too hard” will not be considered serious enough reason to cause a schedule change.


Schedule changes are permitted through the first five (5) days of the semester with the exception of AP courses. Schedule changes will be considered for legitimate reasons such as a schedule conflict, meeting graduation requirements or inappropriate placement as determined and recommended by a teacher or counselor with administrative approval. Any change after the first five (5) days of a semester requires administrative approval. See procedures for appeal process for a change of schedule after the deadline.


Schedules may be adjusted if any of the following criteria exist and space is available:

  • incomplete schedules or computer errors

  • duplication of courses

  • student who does not meet prerequisites or does not have teacher approval

  • student accepted to a special program (Career Tech, PASS, work experience, etc.)

  • enrolled in a course with a teacher under whom the student previously failed

  • taking a more challenging course (no reversal at a later date)


Appeal Process for a Schedule or Teacher Change After the Deadline

1. A conference with parent, student, teacher, and an administrator is required. During this conference, the problem/concern is discussed and a plan should be made by which the student and teacher can solve the problem/concern through mutual effort. The plan must be in effect for a minimum of six weeks.

2. If the parent feels the above plan has not been successful, he or she may write a letter to the principal, describing efforts the student has made to meet the specifications of the plan and why they have not solved the problem.

3. The principal will determine, based on the letter from the parent and an interview with the student and the teacher, as to whether a problem exists and a change is in the best interest of the student.


PROFICIENCY-BASED PROMOTION/CREDIT BY EXAMINATION

Policy # 5065

Upon the request of a student, parent or guardian, a student will be given the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in one or more areas of the core curriculum. Proficiency will be demonstrated by assessment or evaluation appropriate to the curriculum area. Elementary, middle and high school students who are legally enrolled in Mustang Public Schools and who have not previously received instruction in the requested course/grade level will qualify to request proficiency based promotion. Proficiency for advancing to the next level of study will be indicated by a 85 percent or comparable performance on an assessment or demonstration. The opportunity for proficiency assessment will be provided at least twice each school year. Application for testing must be made at least fourteen (14) days prior to the testing date. Students shall have the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in the following core areas as identified in 70 O.S.11-103.6:

Social Studies

Language Arts

The Arts

Languages

Mathematics

Science

Students demonstrating proficiency in a core curriculum area will be given credit for their learning and will be allowed to advance to the next grade/level of study. The school will confer with parents in making promotion/acceleration decisions. Students must progress through a curriculum area in a sequential manner. If proficiency is demonstrated, the notation to be placed on the student’s permanent record/transcript will be a letter grade of an “A.” The credit(s) shall count toward meeting the requirements for the high school diploma.

Students who do not demonstrate proficiency will be allowed to request testing during the next assessment period. Failure to demonstrate proficiency will not be noted on the student’s transcript.

Application forms, testing dates and other information are available from the school counselor.

STUDENT PROMOTION/RETENTION

Policy #5070


In accordance with the Reading Sufficiency Act of the state of Oklahoma and the policy of the Mustang Board of Education, the following criteria for the selection of students to be promoted to the next grade level, retained in their current grade, or denied course credit, will be used in the Mustang School District.


Mustang Public Schools will comply with the laws and rules applicable to the Reading Sufficiency Act.


Students in grades K-4:

  • 1. Any first grade, second grade, or third grade student who demonstrates end-of-year proficiency in reading at the third-grade level through a screening instrument which meets the acquisition of reading skills criteria shall not be subject to retention. Upon demonstrating proficiency through screening, the district shall provide notification to the parent(s) and/or guardian(s) of the student that they have satisfied the requirements of the Reading Sufficiency Act and will not be subject to retention pursuant to this section.


  • 2. If a third-grade student is identified at any point of the academic year as having a significant reading deficiency, which shall be defined as not meeting grade level targets on a screening instrument which meets the acquisition of reading skills criteria, the district shall immediately begin a student reading portfolio and shall provide notice to the parent of the deficiency.


  • 3. If a student has not yet satisfied the proficiency requirements of this section prior to the completion of third grade and still has a significant reading deficiency, as identified based on assessments administered, and has not accumulated evidence of third-grade proficiency through a student portfolio or is not subject to a good-cause-exemption, then the student shall not be eligible for automatic promotion to fourth grade.


  • 4. The minimum criteria for grade-level performance of third grade students pursuant to the Reading Sufficiency Act shall be that students are able to read and comprehend grade-level text. To determine the promotion and retention of third-grade students, the State Board of Education shall use only the scores for the standards for reading foundation/processes and vocabulary portions of the statewide third-grade assessments.


  • 5. A student not eligible for automatic promotion and who does not meet the criteria established by the Commission for Educational Quality and Accountability on the reading portion of the statewide third-grade assessment may be evaluated for probationary promotion by a Student Reading Proficiency Team.


  • The student shall be promoted to the next grade if the team members unanimously recommend probationary promotion to the school principal and district superintendent for approval. If a student is allowed a probationary promotion, the team shall continue to review the reading performance of the student and repeat the requirements of this paragraph each academic year until the student demonstrates grade-level reading proficiency, as identified through a screening instrument which meets the acquisition of reading skills criteria, for the corresponding grade level in which the student is enrolled or transitions to a locally designed remediation plan after the fifth grade which shall have the goal of ensuring that the student is on track to be college and career ready.


  • 6. Students who do not meet the performance criteria established by the Commission for Educational Quality and Accountability on the reading portion of the statewide third-grade assessment and who are not subject to a good cause exemption shall be retained in the third grade and provided intensive instructional services and supports.


A third grade student may be promoted for “good cause” if the student meets one of the following statutory exemptions:

  • English language learners who have had less than two years of instruction in an English language learner program;

  • Students with disabilities whose individualized education plans, consistent with state law, indicates that the student is to be assessed with alternative achievement standards through the Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP);

  • Students who demonstrate an acceptable level of performance on an alternative standardized reading assessment approved by the State Board of Education;

  • Students who demonstrate through a student portfolio, that the student is reading on grade level as evidenced by demonstration of mastery of the state standards beyond the retention level;

  • Students with disabilities who participate in the statewide criterion-referenced tests and who have an individualized education plan that reflects that the student has received intensive remediation in reading and has made adequate progress in reading pursuant to the student’s individualized education program.

  • Students who have received intensive remediation in reading through a program of reading instruction for two (2) or more years but still demonstrate a deficiency in reading and who were previously retained in prekindergarten for academic reasons, or in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, or third grade.

  • Students who have been granted an exemption for medical emergencies by the State Department of Education.


For other students in grades K-4 who do not fall under the Reading Sufficiency Act guidelines:

  • A classroom teacher may recommend promotion or retention of a student.

  • A placement committee which may consist of a principal, counselor, and teacher(s) shall determine if a student is to be assigned to the next higher grade.

  • The committee shall consider grade level achievement, standardized test scores, attendance records and other criteria as needed. Penmanship, art, music and physical education grades are not included in the core subjects when considering retention.

  • A conference with parent(s) or guardian(s) will be held prior to the retention of any student.


Students in grades 5-8:

      • A conference with parent(s) or guardian(s) will be held prior to the retention of any student.

      • Considerations for retention will include: grade level achievement, standardized test scores, attendance records and other criteria as needed.

  • Students in grades 9-12:

  • Credit for a course of study will be transcripted if the student has achieved a grade average of 60% or above as determined by the teacher of record.

  • Promotion in grades 9-12 is based upon the number of earned credits.


Grade classification is as follows:

  • Students will be classified at the beginning of each school year, and additionally as needed for cohort (on-time) graduation.

  • The completion of five (5) credits is required for sophomore classification, twelve (12) credits for junior classification and eighteen (18) credits for senior classification.

  • Those students who fail a required course are strongly encouraged to repeat the course in summer school, correspondence or approved online course. In addition, at least two (2) credits of the last three (3) credits completed for graduation shall be completed in attendance in the accredited high school from which the individual expects his/her diploma.

  • Any deviation must be approved by the administration.

  • Without a credit recovery option, students may be re-enrolled in courses needed for graduation that were previously failed.

  • Upon reaching the number of required credits for grade level advancement, students may be reclassified.


Promotion/Retention Appeal Process

Whenever a school or placement committee recommends that a student be retained at the present grade level or promoted to the next grade level, the parent (s) or guardian, if dissatisfied with the recommendation, may appeal the decision by complying with the district’s appeal process. The decision of the Board of Education/Board Hearing Officer or designee shall be final. The parent(s) or guardian may prepare a written statement to be placed in and become a part of the permanent record of the student stating the parent(s)’s or guardian(s)’s reason(s) for disagreeing with the decision of Board of Education/Board Hearing Officer or designee.

Appeal Process:

1. In Order to appeal the school’s decision, a written request specifying the reason(s) for the

appeal must be submitted to the Board of Education/Board Hearing Officer or designees for

promotion / retention within three (3) days.

2. Upon receipt of the appeal, the Board of Education/Board Hearing Officer or designee shall schedule

an appeal conference.

3. During the appeal conference the Board of Education / Board Hearing Officer or designee reserves the right to include additional district administration.

4. During the appeal conference, the student’s parent(s) shall have the right to provide any new

information relating to the established criteria as to why the recommendation of the school is

inappropriate.

5. The student shall have the right for representation. If legal counsel is to be present in the

meeting, MPS requires a twenty-four (24) hour notice to exercise the option for legal counsel

representation.

6. Upon full review of the matter, the Board of Education/Board Hearing Officer or designee shall

determine if the placement of the student is appropriate.

7. The Board of Education/Board Hearing Officer or designee may uphold, or overrule the

placement. The student and the student’s parent(s) shall be notified in writing within five (5)

days of the decision.

8. The decision of the Board of Education/Board Hearing Officer or designee shall be final and

not subject to any further appeal.


Reference: 70 O.S. §24-114.1

70 O.S. §1210.508C

APPEAL OF ATTENDANCE RECORD

Appeal of Attendance Record: A written appeal concerning attendance must be made to the Appeal Committee within 10 days from the last day of the semester. The appeal form is located on the High School website. Instructions for the process of submitting the form to the Appeal Committee is located on the form. Doctors’ notes should be submitted to building secretaries throughout the semester. Original doctor’s notes or other documentation should be kept for your own records. An appeal committee consisting of an administrator, teacher and counselor will review the merits of the appeal and submit a final decision to the site administrator. The decision of the committee is final.

OFFICIAL WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL

If a student plans to request withdrawal from school, the parent/guardian of the student must notify the school. The student will then receive a withdrawal slip to present to each of his/her teachers and counselor. The teachers will record a withdrawal grade, which will be the grades earned during the current semester. If he/she has any state owned books, library or departmental books or supplies, he/she must return them to the counseling office. After he/she gets his/her teacher’s and counselor’s signatures on the slip, he/she must present it to the principal for approval.




Graduation

GRADUATION

Policy #5075

The Mustang Board of Education recognizes that a 12-year course of study in certain specific subject areas has proven to be beneficial in assisting students to become productive citizens and to prepare for advanced study. Therefore, it is the policy of the board of education that the required course units plus elective units must be equal to a minimum of 26 units for graduation.

A credit/unit represents the credit/unit given for successful completion of one (1) year of study in a solid subject. All students must be enrolled in a minimum of seven (7) classes per semester.

MHS GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

All classes taken to meet graduation requirements must be taken in grades 9-12.

According to the law, your student will automatically be enrolled in the college preparatory/work ready curriculum, and you do not need to do anything to enroll your student in this curriculum. However, if you choose the core curriculum, you must complete the “College Preparatory/Work Ready Parental Curriculum Choice Letter” and turn it in to your student’s school counselor. Please contact your counselor if you have questions or need additional information.

Overview of Graduation Requirements by Class

Specific courses can be found in the Mustang High School Course Guide or the Oklahoma State Department of Education website.

Mustang Public Schools requires students to successfully complete twenty-six total credits to graduate. However, under special circumstances due to organizational structure outside of the student’s control, Mustang Administration may recommend to the MPS School Board of Education to waive the twenty six minimum credit requirement and reduce the requirement while staying in the state guidelines.

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT

High school students taking college courses as concurrent enrollment will be granted high school elective credit, which will count toward graduation. Only concurrent English Comp I and Comp 2, and Government and math courses (non-remedial) will be counted as a core curriculum graduation requirement. All grades earned through concurrent enrollment will be placed on the transcript and will be computed into the cumulative GPA. The student has the responsibility of notifying the college and his/her high school counselor when he/she drops or stops attending the concurrent college course. These WP and WF grades will be computed and transcripted into the student’s transcript the same as NC (No Credit) which will compute as a failing grade (0.0). Students who drop any concurrent course within the first twenty (20) days of the semester may enroll in a Mustang High School course for full credit. Failing a concurrent class may affect graduation status.

In order for a student to take concurrent course(s) the following criteria must be met:

  • Must meet minimum High School Performance Standards as established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

  • Must be a Junior or Senior

  • Must have prior approval from his/her high school counselor

  • Must be a student in good standing

Before a student is accepted for concurrent credit, he or she must sign the concurrent enrollment contract which will be kept in the student cumulative file.

Once Graduation requirements have been met (all required course units plus enough elective units to equal 26) the student will be required to graduate at the end of that academic year.

ASSESSMENTS

Students graduating from Mustang High School, who start the ninth grade, must meet the following requirements regarding assessments:

  • Each student is required to take the assessments included in the statewide student assessment system (OSTP College and Career Ready Assessments ACT or SAT and Science Content in the 11th grade) as adopted by the State Board of Education in order to graduate from a public high school with a standard diploma. Each student will also be required to meet any other high school graduation requirements adopted by the State Board of Education. State law also requires students to be tested in U.S. History once during high school.

  • Students will be excused from meeting this graduation requirement if they transfer in after the testing window closes their junior year or transfer in during their senior year.



GRADUATION EXERCISES

Only those seniors in attendance at Mustang High School and qualified under the aforementioned requirements shall be considered for participation in the Mustang graduation ceremony.

A student must complete all graduation requirements to participate in graduation exercises. If a student is missing ½ a credit, an appeal can be made to the High School Principal. An Appeal Committee will review each case individually. The Appeal Committee’s decision is final.

A Mustang High School student who is not allowed to graduate and participate in commencement exercises because of lack of sufficient units of credit, but subsequently completes the required credits through correspondence, summer school or similar approved methods, will have two options:

  1. Upon completion of credit, the student may receive his/her diploma at that time.

  2. Upon completion of requirements, a student will be allowed to participate in the commencement exercises of the next graduating class and receive his/her diploma at that time. If the student desires to participate in the exercise, he/she must notify the school on or before April 1. The student understands that he/she must abide by all policies as stated in the Mustang High School Student Handbook for the current year.

A student will not be able to participate in graduation exercises if under school suspension or incarcerated.

Students will need to dress in appropriate attire for the graduation ceremony.

Procedure for Adding additional cords: High school organizations who are governed by a National Organization and are tied to a transcripted course can request cords to be worn at graduation. The organizations may submit a written request for consideration of additional cords to the High School Principal for approval. This request should include all important information including the requirements for earning the cord through the organization. Only cords approved by Mustang High School can be worn during the graduation ceremony.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Valedictorian and Salutatorian status will be based on student’s performance from their ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade year. All students with a GPA of 4.00, weighted or unweighted (no rounding of points) and above will be valedictorians and will have a class rank of number 1. All students with a 3.970 (no rounding of points) through 3.999, with no grade lower than a B, will be salutatorians. This is computed from a seven (7) semester transcript.

Students coming from out-of-state/out-of-country institutions with transfer grades that can only be transcripted as “P” may be eligible for valedictorian/salutatorian consideration only with administrative approval.

Students with weighted GPAs, which fall within the designated range for valedictorian/salutatorian, will be removed from consideration for the following:

  • one (1) or more grades lower than a “B”

  • one (1) or more grades of “NC”

  • one (1) or more semesters of grades of “P,” which may be transcripted from out-of-state/out-of country transfer grades, unless administration approval is granted

  • have attended high school more than 8 semesters

  • fewer than seven (7) semesters of grades, unless on an early graduation contract

Early Graduates

Traditional setting: Six (6) semester graduates must have twenty-two and one-half (22.5) credits completed by the end of the 5th semester; the weighted GPA of those twenty-two and one-half (22.5) credits is used for

valedictorian/salutatorian determination. It is the parent(s’) and student’s responsibility to notify the counselor if there is an intent to graduate early. The student will need to sign the early graduation contract.

Non-traditional pathway: (any student utilizing an alternative setting which includes, but is not limited to MEC/PASS, MTC, Virtual Academy, CCEC, etc.). Student and Parent/Guardian must declare intended graduation by April 15 in order to participate in graduation exercises for the current school year. In order to declare graduation, the student and parent/guardian must meet with the school counselor and sign off on a graduation contract. In this instance, the student must successfully complete all graduation requirements prior to the graduation date. If a student does not declare by April 15 or does not successfully complete all graduation requirements, then they will not be allowed to participate in graduation exercises during that year.

  • All early graduates must participate in CCRA.

All Students

Any student that fails to meet the requirements for graduation will be re-enrolled for the following school year in order to finish all outstanding requirements. Upon completion of those outstanding requirements, the student would be eligible to participate in the graduation exercises for that school year.

  • All students must participate in CCRA.

Grade Point Average

A “simple average” of the grade points from all classes for a student will be calculated (add grade points from each class and divide by the number of classes taken). If a student has not taken an advanced placement (AP) or advanced placement prep class, the process ends here.

Grade weighting

The following grade weight policy is:

  • advanced placement classes will be weighted on a 5-point scale in computing grade point averages

  • pre-advanced placement classes will be weighted on a 4.5-point scale

  • courses termed “honors” will be noted on the high school transcript as such, but will receive no additional grade weight.

NCAA CLEARINGHOUSE

To be certified by the clearinghouse, the student must:

  • Graduate from high school and have successfully complete sixteen (16) core courses and have a core-course grade-point average (based on a 4.00 scale) and a combined score on the SAT or a sum score on the ACT based on the new core GPA/test score index.

It is the responsibility of the student/parent to notify the appropriate counselor if they have registered with the NCAA Clearinghouse. Counselors will assist students tracking the necessary coursework for eligibility. However, the student is ultimately responsible for completing all of the requirements of the program. The NCAA requires that a student’s ACT score come directly from ACT. Students and parents need to be sure to use the ACT Code (9999) when registering for the ACT. It is recommended a student register by spring of the junior year. Go to www.ncaaclearinghouse.net to register.

Health

HEALTHY POLICY

Policy # 5145

MPS will comply with all mandates of local, state and federal laws to ensure proper nutrition, health and safety of its students, staff and patrons. For detailed information, refer to Board Policy # 5145 in the Policy and Procedures Handbook at www.mustangps.org.


HEALTH SERVICES

Policy # 5045

All employees of MPS have a crisis management plan that will be followed during an emergency or crisis. The first call will always be to 911.


A nurse is available at the schools on scheduled days of the week. If an emergency occurs, a nurse will be called to help with the situation. The nurses also act as resource persons and often work with the teachers on units of study concerning health issues. Our nurses act as liaisons between the public health department and the public schools. They inform school staff and patrons of current health problems, epidemics, etc. The nurse maintains student health records. Please inform the school of any chronic illness or conditions. Example: asthma, diabetes, heart condition, ulcer, etc.


Illness: Attendance at school is very important, however, students cannot be expected to perform well if they are ill. Please keep students home if they are running a temperature. Students must be free of fever, vomiting or diarrhea for twenty-four (24) hours without the aid of medication before returning to school. If your child becomes ill during the school day and/or has a temperature of 100 degrees or more, he/she will be sent home. Please make sure the office has current telephone numbers for parents, guardians and all emergency contacts.


Head lice: Per the authority of the Oklahoma School Law Section 815, any student with head lice will be prohibited from attending school and cannot re-enter without certification from a health professional or a representative of the State Department of Health that the child is no longer afflicted with head lice.

"Health professional" means for the purposes of this act any licensed physician, psychologist, dentist, osteopathic physician, podiatrist, chiropractor, registered or licensed practical nurse or physician's assistant.

Any teacher or district employee may check for lice and nits when deemed appropriate and, in addition there will be periodic and random organized checks for lice and nits. Any individualized checks shall be done outside the presence of other children, and any confirmation of the presence of lice or nits resulting from any check, shall be handled in a professional manner.

Any child excused or prohibited from attending school due to head lice or nits shall not be re-admitted or permitted to return to school until said child has been examined by a school nurse or health professional as defined above, and found to be free of lice and nits.

Any teacher or other employee who has contracted head lice is expected to take leave from work until the lice or nits have been eliminated.


Skin Diseases: Per the Oklahoma State department of Health, skin diseases can have many different causes including allergies, skin conditions, infestations and infections. Signs of infection include redness, tenderness, swelling, and in some cases drainage or fever. It is important to prevent the spread of skin infections by keeping the drainage away from other people or surfaces that people may touch.


Medication: It is the policy of the Mustang Board of Education that if a student is required to take medication during school hours and the parent or guardian cannot be at school to administer the medication an administrator, school nurse or a designated school employee may administer the medication when authorized in writing by the student’s parent or guardian(s) provided by law.

General Procedures for the Authorization of Medication-

If possible, parents are advised to try to give medication at home on a schedule other than during school hours. If, however, it is necessary that a medication be given during the school day, compliance with the following instructions is required:

  • A written authorization form must be on file in the clinic or office before the school nurse or designated school employee can administer any medication to a student. The parent(s) or the person having legal custody or the legal guardian of a minor may sign the authorization form

  • Each school in which any medication is given shall keep a record of the name of the student to whom the medication was administered; the date the medication was administered; the name of the person who administered the medication and the type or name of the medication, which was administered

  • Medication to be administered will be kept in the school clinic or office, properly stored and not readily accessible to persons other than the persons who will administer the medication

  • The parent, guardian, or person having legal custody of the student is responsible for informing the school of any change in the student’s health or change in medication

  • Requests from parents/guardians to change the dosage of any medication from that listed on the label will not be honored without written confirmation from the physician

  • No controlled substances will be given at school without a specific doctor’s order stating the medication must be given during school hours

  • Medication that needs to be halved MUST be done by the parent or pharmacy before bringing to school. Medication will not be cut in half by school personnel

  • A one-month supply of medication will be allowed in the school clinic

  • Parents/guardians must pick up any unused prescription/non-prescription by the last day of the school year or it will be appropriately disposed of. Medications are not stored at school during the summer

  • Students MAY NOT carry medicine with them to take during the school day unless it meets the guidelines listed under Procedure for self-administration of a medication

  • Any prescription or nonprescription medication is or can be considered dangerous if the above procedures are not followed

  • Students in possession or distributing personal medication to other students during school, at school events or on school premises WILL BE subject to disciplinary action


Non-Prescription/Over the Counter

If possible, parents are advised to try to give medication at home on a schedule other than during school hours. If, however, it is necessary that a medication be given during the school day, compliance with the following instructions is required:

  • It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian of the child to bring into the office any medication to be given at school

  • Medication is not allowed on the school bus and must be brought to school and picked up by the parent/guardian or appropriate designee

  • Written authorization and instructions from parent/guardian must be on file in the school clinic or office before school employees may administer any medication to the student. A new authorization form must be completed for each school year and any change in medication. Telephone permission will not be accepted

  • Non-prescription medicines must be brought to school in the original manufacturer’s container with the original label intact, which supplies the following information: ingredients, expiration date, dosage and frequency, route of administration, side effects and contraindications, and other directions as appropriate. The medicine must be age and dose appropriate and must not be past the expiration date

  • Non-prescription medication that needs to be given daily or longer than the manufacturer’s recommendation for use, must be accompanied by a physician’s written order

  • Non-prescription inhalers for asthma will not be given at school

  • No aspirin or aspirin-type products such as, Excedrin or Pepto-Bismol will be given at school without written authorization from a physician *As recommended by the National Reyes Syndrome Foundation, the U.S. Surgeon General, the F.D.A., and the Center for Disease Control.

  • Only FDA approved medication will be given at school

  • Herbal and homeopathic supplements will not be given at school

  • Requests from parents/guardians to increase the dosage of any medication beyond that listed on the label will not be honored without written confirmation from the physician

  • All medication to be given at school must be kept in the school clinic or office, regardless of the student’s age

  • For incidents of major concern or questions regarding the administration of any medication and in the absence of either the written authorization/instructions from the parent/guardian or medication in the properly labeled container, no medication will be administered. Every effort will be made to notify the parent/guardian. The nurse’s professional discretion will be used to determine if administration is in keeping with the health and well-being of the student and sound medical practice.


Prescription Medication

Must be brought to school by a parent/guardian in the original prescription container labeled with the following: (The pharmacist will supply an extra bottle with the following information if you ask.):

  • Date

  • Name of the prescriber

  • Name of the student

  • Name, strength and dosage of the medication

  • Directions for administration

  • Name and phone number of the pharmacy

Sample drugs must be accompanied by a physician’s written order, specifying the dosage, frequency, and directions for administration.


Procedures for Self-Administration of a Medication

Students with severe asthma, anaphylaxis or a life threatening condition who need to carry and self-administer an emergency medication must adhere to the following guidelines. Anaphylaxis medication includes but is not limited to Epinephrine injectors, prescribed by a physician and having an individual label. A student who is permitted to self-administer anaphylaxis medication shall be permitted to possess and use the anaphylaxis medication at all times for the school year in which permission for self-administration is granted. (i.e. inhaler, an anaphylaxis medication used to treat anaphylaxis, insulin pump, glucagon injection, and EpiPen)

  • Submit a written statement from the physician treating the student indicating the child’s condition and that he/she is capable of and has been instructed in the proper method of self-administration of the medication.

  • The parent/guardian must fill out and sign the Authorization to Administer Medication form. This form gives parental consent for administration of the medication and acknowledges that the school district, employees and agents shall incur no liability as a result of any injury arising from the self-administration of the medication by the student.

  • It is the parents/guardians responsibility to provide the school with an emergency supply of the student’s medication to be administered as authorized by state law.

  • Permission for the self-administration of medication is effective for the school year for which it is granted and must be renewed each subsequent school year upon the fulfillment of the above requirements. School personnel shall not be responsible for any adverse reaction suffered by the student as a result of self-medication.


Field Trips/Medication

If a student takes scheduled and/or emergency medication at school and will need this medication during the time of a school-sponsored field trip, the parent will need to send a pharmacy labeled bottle with the amount of the pills the student will need during the field trip. Each medication must be in a separate, labeled bottle. It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the school if any of the student’s medication is to be taken on a field trip. Student’s medication will be carried and dispensed by a MPS employee. If a student is accompanied by his/her parent, that parent may carry and administer their child’s medication.


Telemedicine

Except as otherwise provided by law or a court order, no person, corporation, association, organization or state-supported institution, or any individual employed by any of these entities, may procure, solicit to perform, arrange for the performance of or perform an assessment for mental health therapy, perform surgical procedures, perform a physical examination, or prescribe any prescription drugs to/on a minor without first obtaining the written consent of a parent or a legal guardian of the minor child. Provided, however, that if written consent is provided to a school district for assessment or treatment, such consent shall be effective for the school year for which it is granted and shall be renewed each subsequent school year. If an assessment or treatment is performed through telemedicine at a school site and if consent has been provided by the parent and is currently effective, the health professional shall not be required to verify that the parent is at the site. However, a child shall not be seen without consent.



Nutrition

HOUSEHOLD APPLICATION FOR FREE/REDUCED MEALS

Participation in the school lunch program is very important and beneficial to our students. If you feel your family may qualify for free/reduced meals, beginning on August 1st and thereafter, you can apply for free and reduced meal benefits 24/7 by applying online at mustangps.schoollunchapp.com This will be the quickest way to ensure your application is processed before school starts. However, if you prefer, you can still pick up and complete a hard copy of the application and send it to school with your child to give to the cafeteria staff, or mail it to Mustang Public Schools, 12400 S.W. 15th St, Yukon, OK 73099, Attention: Tammy Bales, Child Nutrition Director. Additional applications are available at the school office,or the Mustang Educational Resource Center. Applications may be completed at any time throughout the year if you’ve had a change in income, household size, etc., that might qualify your family for free/reduced meals. **Requests for applications in different languages can be made by calling the Mustang Child Nutrition Office at (405) 376-7317 or by emailing your request to balest@mustangps.org.


A new application on the correct year’s form must be filled out every year in order to qualify for the program. One application is all that is necessary per household. Please do not complete more than one application when applying. If you were on the program last year, you will be carried over on the same status temporarily, but you must re-apply before October 1st of the current school year or you will be changed back to full-price status.

You will receive a letter of notification of the status of your application. Until you receive notification, money should be sent with student to cover the price of full-priced meals.

PAYING FOR LUNCHES

Mustang elementary schools and intermediate schools allow 6 meal charges. After the sixth charge, an alternate meal* may be provided until charges are paid. All charges must be paid before ala carte items or second trays can be purchased.

Approximately three weeks before school is out, through the end of the school year, no charging is allowed. This helps MPS collect what is owed. Therefore, during this time, if your child still has lunch charges, money will need to be put in his/her account to completely cover the charge, plus the meal for the day or bring a lunch from home. During this time, robo calls will be made two times per week to households who have a child with a negative balance as a reminder to send money.

Middle schools allow 3 meal charges. After the third charge, an alternate meal* may be provided until the charges are paid. All charges must be paid before ala carte items or second trays can be purchased.


Approximately three weeks before school is out, through the end of the school year, no charging is allowed. This helps MPS collect what is owed. Therefore, during this time, if your child still has lunch charges, money will need to be put in his/her account to completely cover the charge, plus the meal for the day or bring a lunch from home. During this time, robo calls will be made two times per week to households who have a child with a negative balance as a reminder to send money.


Mustang High School has a no charging policy. In extenuating circumstances, the Child Nutrition Department will allow three (3) charges of reimbursable meals to make sure anyone who needs food receives it. After the third charge, an alternate meal* may be provided until the charges are paid. All charges must be paid before ala carte items or second trays can be purchased.


Approximately three weeks before school is out, through the end of the school year, no charging is allowed. This helps MPS collect what is owed. Therefore, during this time, if your child still has lunch charges, money will need to be put in his/her account to completely cover the charge, plus the meal for the day or bring a lunch from home. During this time, robo calls will be made two times per week to households who have a child with a negative balance as a reminder to send money.

*Alternate meals may be made up of a PBJ sandwich, fruit & milk, an entrée, fruit & milk, or a cheese sandwich, fruit & milk.

**At all sites, Principal may work with Child Nutrition on extenuating circumstances.

Student ID numbers are used the entire time the student attends Mustang Public Schools. The I.D. numbers are also the student’s lunch account numbers. The student’s account is like a bank account. If paying by cash or check, it is suggested that deposits be made in the mornings before school starts in sufficient amounts to pay for two (2) weeks of lunches. Students are not allowed to use other students’ lunch accounts or make purchases for other students.

**Online payments can be made by going to MySchoolbucks.com. Create a user account (will need student I.D.#). Payment (and purchase history) will typically show up in the student account by the next school day, but occasionally external factors may affect the process and could delay when the funds are received by the school. (Electronic check payments can take up to one week to show up in student’s account.) There is a 4.5% + .40 per transaction fee effective 1/19/2022 per each deposit transaction. You can set up a “low balance” alert to notify you when you need to make another payment. By signing up for MySchoolbucks you are able to view your child’s purchase history at no charge, even if you decide not to use the online payment program.

Meal prices can be found on the district website.

A $25.00 fee will be charged for insufficient checks – No Exceptions. Further checks will not be accepted at any school until the insufficient check is cleared up. In order to ensure that funds sent in cover any insufficient checks, please send cash or a money order rather than make an online payment.

REFUNDS

Students’ lunch account balances will automatically move with them to the next grade/school as long as they remain in the district. If your student leaves the district, you can request a refund by calling the Child Nutrition Office at (405)376-7317. Graduating students’ lunch accounts can be transferred to siblings in Mustang, refunded, or donated to pay off other childrens’ lunch accounts at parents’ request.

Refunds to lunch accounts can be made upon parental request. No cash refunds will be made at any school site. All refunds will be issued by check from the Child Nutrition Office following the monthly meeting of the Mustang Board of Education. Parents of students leaving the district must provide a forwarding address with the cafeteria cashier. If the refund check is returned to the district undeliverable, the money will be considered an outstanding warrant. After two years, the outstanding warrant is estopped (void) by law.

Note: Due to the cost of issuance, no refund will be issued if the total is less than $5.00 unless at parent’s request.

STUDENTS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES

Parents of students with food allergies should submit a current doctor’s note to the cafeteria manager stating the food allergy and recommended substitute for that food item. This information will be put into our computer system and will alert our staff as to the allergy. It is recommended that parents of students with severe food allergies contact the Child nutrition Direct at (405) 376-7317 or th cafeteria manager of your child's school to discuss menus. In order to remove an allergy note from a child’s account, the Child Nutrition Office must receive a note, dated and signed by a doctor (if the allergy was severe) or parent, stating the child no longer has that allergy.


Forms can be found on the district website under the “Cafeteria” tab or upon request through the Child Nutrition Office at (405)376-7317.


Procedures

COMPLAINT AGAINST AN EMPLOYEE OF THE DISTRICT POLICY - Policy # 1095

The Mustang Board of Education believes that it is important to implement a policy which promotes a fair, conscientious and equitable investigation and/or resolution of complaints involving or affecting district personnel. This policy is intended to establish a procedure whereby complaints against employees of the district can be fully and effectively resolved at the proper administrative level.


PROCEDURES FOR RESOLVING COMPLAINTS REGARDING DISTRICT PERSONNEL

Policy # 1095.1

Step One

All complaints pertaining to an employee shall be initiated with the principal or other administrator who supervises such employee. The principal or administrator shall discuss the nature of the complaint with the person initiating the complaint. After becoming sufficiently informed as to the subject matter, the principal or administrator shall timely set up an informal meeting between the person initiating the complaint and the employee(s) who is (are) the subject of the complaint. It shall be the purpose of the meeting to attempt to resolve the complaint to the satisfaction of all parties. Such meetings shall occur during the regular school day and on school premises. At such meeting, the records kept will be a memorandum confirming that an informal meeting occurred, the date of the meeting, the subject of the complaint, persons present and whether or not the complaint was resolved.

If resolved, the complaint shall proceed no further.


Step Two

If not resolved, the complaining party shall be given a Formal Complaint Form by the principal or supervising administrator on which to formally submit the complaint. The person initiating the complaint shall sign and complete such form and return the form to the principal or other administrator that supervises the employee.

The complaint shall proceed no further until the building principal or supervising administrator received the fully executed and signed complaint form from the complaining party. The principal or supervising administrator will then review the complaint, review the complaint, investigate and within five (5) school days shall provide both parties his/her written response to the complaint stating the decision reached, and the reason(s).

In the event the person who initiated the Step Two complaint is not satisfied with the decision of the building principal or supervising administrator, the complaint may be appealed to the superintendent level by written request delivered to the building principal or supervising administrator within five (5) working days of complaints receipt of the level two decision. Upon receipt of a written request for Step Three Appeal, the building principal or supervising administrator shall, the same or subsequent working day, deliver to the Central Administration offices the Formal Complaint and written request for Level Three Appeal, together with copies of all other documents and decisions related to the complaint.


Step Three

Within ten (10) working days of receipt of the Formal Complaint and written request for Step Three Appeal, the superintendent, or an assistant superintendent designated by the superintendent, shall meet with the complainant and the building principal or supervising administrator to ascertain the relevant facts, review the documentation from all levels and render a decision stating the reasons therefore and the procedures to be used to appeal the decision to the board. If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision rendered, he/she within three (3) days after receipt of the decision may appeal the issue to the Mustang Board of Education by delivering a written request to the Clerk of the Board. No issue may be appealed to the Board, which was not clearly stated within the Formal Complaint initially filed.

The Board may consider the matter at the next regular board meeting if the appeal is received in sufficient time to comply with the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act. The Board may defer the matter to any subsequent meeting it deems appropriate, or decline to review the matter making the decision of the superintendent final. If the Board determines to review the matter, there shall be no public discussion or debate. The Board shall render their decision in open session.


School Safety

TRAFFIC SAFETY

The safety of our students on and around each school campus is top priority. Parents and students must obey all traffic and school zone laws as well as comply with school procedures for drop-off/pick-up lines, and parking areas. Please refrain from using cell phones while operating a vehicle on our near any school campus. Students who drive that are not obeying all traffic laws and/or established procedures may lose driving privileges on school grounds.


VISITORS / CHECK OUT PROCEDURES DURING SCHOOL HOURS

All visitors will need to check in at the front office. In order to have access to the building, beyond the front office, parents must present an approved photo ID (state issued driver’s license, or government issued ID Card). The ID will need to be scanned into the School Safe ID system. Only individuals listed in powerschool with a photo ID will be allowed to check out a student from the school.


SEX OFFENDERS ON DISTRICT PREMISES

Policy #2080

A safe learning environment promotes academic and social growth. The District desires to protect students at school from those who might expose students to inappropriate acts of a sexual nature. Those required to register with any State as sex offenders have committed acts totally incompatible with a safe learning environment. Accordingly, registered sex offenders are prohibited from being on any District property or attending District-sponsored activities at all times, and administrators are authorized to direct such offenders off District property and to notify law enforcement for noncompliance with that directive.


Limited Exception for Parent/Guardian: If the registered sex offender is the custodial parent or legal guardian of a child who is enrolled at the District, the registered sex offender may only enter District grounds to:

  1. enroll their child, after prior notice to the site principal and written permission from the site principal;

  2. attend meetings, etc. under special circumstances with prior Head Principal/District approval; these may be held at the administration building or at the building site, and may occur outside of regular business hours.

  3. deliver or retrieve their child during normal school hours; or

  4. deliver or retrieve their child from a District-sponsored extracurricular activity.

*While performing these delivery/retrieval functions, the registered sex offender may not exit his/her vehicle (unless prior approval has been granted by the site principal).


The registered sex offender, who is the parent or legal guardian of a child who is enrolled at the District, may not be on District property or at a District function at any other time. Registered sex offenders who are custodial parents or legal guardians of a child who is enrolled at the District will receive communications about their child by phone, letter or email instead of in-person communication with District personnel.


SAFETY DRILLS

Mustang Public Schools practices, evaluates, and makes adjustments to safety drills throughout the school year. Each school site will practice a minimum of 10 safety drills per year in compliance with state requirements. These drills will include two tornado, two fire, four security drills and two additional (other) drills.

SECURITY PERSONNEL

Mustang Public Schools partner with local law enforcement agencies to provide security for students and staff. Mustang Public Schools has full-time School Resource Officers. Our SROs are employed through Canadian County Sheriff’s Department and the Mustang Police Department. The role of the SRO is to provide law enforcement, mentor students, and to educate school staff, students, parents, and community on law, trends, security, etc. Mustang Public Schools also employs a 3rd party security company for additional security.


SEVERE WEATHER

We wanted to remind parents that once school is in session, we will not release buses early in the event of severe weather or slick/icy road conditions. There is too much danger in having young children at home with no adult present. If we need to hold buses to ensure the safety of our students, we will. As always, if you are uncomfortable with approaching weather, you can check out your child. Please be aware of the individual school’s policy on pickup if you are arriving close to the actual dismissal time. Should the outdoor warning sirens sound, children will be sheltered in the building and the front doors to the schools will be locked so our staff can get to shelter as well.


Should impending weather mean a cancellation of evening activities, the district will contact channels 4, 5, 9 and 25. The information will also be posted to the district website www.mustangps.org and the district’s social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter. For small events, individual coaches or sponsors may also communicate with their parents directly through other mediums (please make sure to have your contact information updated as necessary).


Mustang Public Schools stays in touch with the National Weather Service in Norman and receives regular briefings. School officials also monitor weather reports on local news stations.

Signs posted on the front doors of the school will read as follows:

In the event of severe weather, which poses the threat of imminent danger to our students and staff, these doors will be locked. Students can be checked out when the weather improves and conditions are considered safe.

This decision was made by Mustang Public Schools and based on the advice of FEMA and the National Weather Service.

If you feel that you need to pick your child up from school due to severe weather, please do so early rather than waiting until a storm is approaching. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter of safety for our students and staff.

THIS FACILITY IS NOT A PUBLIC STORM SHELTER

THESE DOORS HAVE BEEN LOCKED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER

STUDENTS CAN BE RELEASED AS SOON AS WEATHER CONDITIONS IMPROVE AND ARE CONSIDERED SAFE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION

Mustang Public Schools


REUNIFICATION

Mustang Public Schools has a reunification plan in place for all sites in the event a school must evacuate a campus due to a crisis/emergency or must do a controlled release of students at their school. The details of the reunification location would be released to the parents and community as soon as possible through emergency communication avenues from the district and site. Upon arriving at the reunification site parent/guardian/emergency contact (must be listed in powerschool) will need to line up according to their child’s last name, complete the reunification document and be prepared to present a photo ID.

See pages 66 and 67 of the Student Handbook for the MPS Reunification Information Form

MPS Reunification Information Form

sTUDENT SERVICES

EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT CHILD FIND

The MPS District is conducting a search and find effort for students ages three (3) through twenty-one (21) who are suspected of having a disability and are not currently being served in a free and appropriate public school program or a private school program. Students who are highly mobile, homeless or are considered an unaccompanied youth are included in this effort.

Disabilities include autism, deaf-blindness, deafness/hearing impairment, developmental delays, intellectually disabled, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, emotional disturbance, specific learning disability, speech/language impairment, traumatic brain injury and visual impairment.

If you are aware of any student who resides in the MPS District and is in need of specialized school services, please contact, Karen Wilson, Director of Student Services, at (405) 376-7335.

PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW

Every Student Succeeds Act gives you the right as a parent to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher(s) including, at a minimum, the following:

  • Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction,

  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria has been waived,

  • The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree, and

  • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

In addition, Every Student Succeeds Act requires the school to provide you information on the level of achievement of your child on the State academic assessments. This is something you have been given in previous years.

The law calls for you to be given timely notice that your child has been assigned or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not state certified. This legislation recognizes the importance of the school and family working together.


EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT OF 2015

Title III, Part A: Language Instruction for English Learners (EL) and Immigrant Students

The term “English Learners” means an individual

  • who is aged 3 through 21

  • who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary or secondary school

  • who is not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English

  • who is a Native American, Alaska Native or a native resident of the outlying areas; and

  • who comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the individual’s level of English language proficiency; or

  • who is migratory, whose native language is a language other than English, and who comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant; and

  • whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding English may be sufficient to deny the individual

      • the ability to meet the State’s proficient level of achievement on State assessments

      • the ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is English or

      • the opportunity to participate fully in society.

The term “immigrant” means individuals who—

        • are aged 3 through 21

        • were not born in any State; and

        • have not been attending one or more schools in any one or more States for more than three full academic years.

MPS will provide the following assurances for language instruction of all English Learners (EL) and immigrant students enrolled in the district following the guidelines of the No Child Left Behind ESSA, Title III, Part A.

  • Annual assessment of English proficiency of all EL students in listening, speaking, reading, writing and comprehension using the State and Federal mandated tests

  • Use of scientifically based research for language instruction programs for EL students

  • Evidence that EL programs will enable students to speak, read, write and comprehend the English language and meet challenging district and state academic achievement standards

  • No violation of any state law, including state constitutional law, regarding the education of EL students

  • Consultation with teachers, school administrators and parents in developing appropriate plans of study for the EL student

  • Certification that all teachers in any language instruction educational program that is funded under Title III are fluent in English with written and oral communication skills.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

It is the policy of MPS to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, qualified handicap or veteran in its educational programs and activities. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, educational services, financial aid and employment. Inquiries concerning application of this policy may be referred to the Compliance Coordinator for MPS.

NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER FAMILY EDUCATION RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

Policy # 2045

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:

  • The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day the Mustang Public Schools receives a written request for access.

  • Parents or eligible students should submit a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect to the school principal or other appropriate school official. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

  • Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the Mustang Public Schools to amend a record should write the school principal, or appropriate school official, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  • The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

The Mustang School District proposes to designate the following personally identifiable information contained in a student’s record as “directory information,” and it will disclose that information without prior written consent:

1. Student name

2. Date and Place of Birth

3. Participation of officially recognized activities and sports

4. Weights and height of members of athletic teams

5. Dates of attendance

6. Degrees and awards received

7. The most recent school attended by the student

8. Current grade level

One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.

The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202

See the list below of the disclosures that elementary and secondary schools may make without consent.

FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the parent or eligible student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in §99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the parent or eligible student, §99.32 of the FERPA regulations requires the school to record the disclosure. Parents and eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A school may disclose PII from the education records of a student without obtaining prior written consent of the parents or the eligible student –

  • To other school officials, including teachers, within the educational agency or institution whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in §99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) - (a)(1)(i)(B)(2) are met. (§99.31(a)(1))

  • To officials of another school, school system, or institution of postsecondary education where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of §99.34. (§99.31(a)(2))

  • To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U. S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as the State educational agency in the parent or eligible student’s State (SEA). Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf. (§§99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)

  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§99.31(a)(4))

  • To State and local officials or authorities to whom information is specifically allowed to be reported or disclosed by a State statute that concerns the juvenile justice system and the system’s ability to effectively serve, prior to adjudication, the student whose records were released, subject to §99.38. (§99.31(a)(5))

  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction. (§99.31(a)(6))

  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. (§99.31(a)(7))

  • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§99.31(a)(8))

  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§99.31(a)(9))

  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to §99.36. (§99.31(a)(10)

  • Information the school has designated as “directory information” under §99.37. (§99.31(a)(11))

NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER THE PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (PPRA)

Policy # 2047

PPRA affords parents and students who are eighteen (18) or emancipated minors (“eligible students”) certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to:

Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED)

  • political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent

  • mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family

  • sex behavior or attitudes

  • illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior

  • critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships

  • legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors or ministers

  • religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student or parents

  • income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility

Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of

  • any other protected information survey, regardless of funding

  • any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision or scoliosis screenings or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law and

  • activities involving collection, disclosure or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others

Inspect, upon request and before administration or use of

  • protected information surveys of students

  • instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales or other distribution purposes

  • instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum

MPS will develop and adopt policies, in consultation with parents, regarding these rights, as well as arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected surveys and the collection, disclosure or use of personal information for marketing, sales or other distribution purposes. MPS will directly notify parents and eligible students of these policies at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes. MPS will also directly notify parents and eligible students, such as through U.S. Mail or e-mail, at least annually at the start of each school year of the specific or approximate dates of the following activities and provide an opportunity to opt a student out of participating in:

  • collection, disclosure or use of personal information for marketing, sales or other distribution

  • administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education

  • any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as described above

Parents/eligible students who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

GUIDANCE and TESTING SERVICES

Guidance is considered an essential part of any good school program. Guidance and counseling services are available to all students of the Mustang Schools. Your school has a testing program designed to provide information to help the student know himself/herself better, his/her interests and capabilities and to help in planning his/her schoolwork and his/her life work. A well-rounded testing program has been developed that can be very valuable to each student if the information is properly interpreted and used. General test results are made available and explained to each student taking them. Any student or parent having questions about the tests or testing program is encouraged to ask for help from the school counselor.


REPORTING SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE AND/OR NEGLECT

Policy # 2050

In accordance with Oklahoma law, school employees are required to report suspected cases of physical abuse or neglect involving students to the statewide toll free hotline of the Department of Human Services. The statewide Department of Human Services hotline number is 1-800-522-3511. The MPS Board of Education fully supports that requirement and has established this policy to facilitate such reporting.

All employees of MPS shall report any suspected physical, mental or sexual abuse or neglect of any student to the Department of Human Services in the county The employee shall also inform the building principal who will advise the Superintendent that the report was made using Form AR2050.

The reporting obligations under this section are individual, and no employer, supervisor or administrator of a person required to provide information pursuant to this section shall discharge, or in any manner discriminate or retaliate against, any such person who in good faith provides such child abuse reports or information, testifies or is about to testify in any proceeding involving child abuse or neglect; provided, that such person did not perpetrate or inflict such abuse or neglect. Any such employer, supervisor or administrator who discharges, discriminates or retaliates against such person shall be liable for damages, costs and attorney fees. Any person who knowingly and willfully fails to promptly report any incident of child abuse may be reported by the Department of Human Services to local law enforcement for criminal investigation and, upon conviction thereof, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any person who knowingly and willfully makes a false report, or makes a report that the person knows lacks factual foundation may be reported by the Department of Human Services to local law enforcement for criminal investigation and, upon conviction thereof, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Any person participating in good faith and exercising due care in the making of a report or any person who, in good faith and exercising due care, allows access to a child by persons authorized to investigate a report concerning the child shall have immunity from any liability, civil or criminal, that might otherwise be incurred or imposed. Any such participant shall have the same immunity with respect to participation in any judicial proceeding resulting from such report.


Technology

INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE AND SAFETY POLICY

Policy #2130

The Mustang Public Schools (“District”) provides access to the district’s internet systems for its employees and students, collectively referred to as “users” for educational and business purposes, in conformance with applicable law. This Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (“policy”) governs all electronic activity of users using and accessing the district’s Internet systems, including district e-mail and district-provided access to the Internet, and applies to the use of the district internet systems both on and off district property.

“The District’s Internet Systems” means district-provided devices, Internet connections (including wireless connections) provided by the district, district-provided email accounts, intranet and any remote connection to District systems. A user is deemed to access and use the district’s internet systems through any electronic activity conducted on the district’s internet systems using any device (whether or not such device is a district-provided device) regardless of the user’s physical location.

“District-provided devices” means any electronic device provided by the district, including, but not limited to, desktop computers, laptops, and hand-held devices, such as personal digital assistants (PDAs), smartphones, iPads, tablets and e-readers.

Employee and Student use of the district’s internet systems is governed by this policy, district regulations, policies and guidelines.

By using the district’s internet systems, a user agrees to follow this policy and all applicable district regulations, policies and guidelines. All users must report any misuse of the network or Internet or receipt of any communication that violates this policy to a teacher, supervisor or other appropriate District personnel.


PRINCIPLES OF ACCEPTABLE AND SAFE INTERNET USE

General: Internet access and email provided by the District are intended for educational use, instruction, research and the facilitation of communication, collaboration, and other District related purposes. Users are subject to the same standards expected in a classroom and/or professional workplace.

Monitoring and Privacy: Users have no right to privacy while using the District’s Internet Systems. The District monitors users’ online activities and reserves the right to access, review, copy, store, or delete any electronic communications or files. This includes any items stored on District-provided devices, such as files, e-mails, cookies, and Internet history.

The District reserves the right to disclose any electronic activity, including electronic communications, to law enforcement officials or third parties, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law. The District will fully cooperate with local, state, or federal officials in any lawful investigation concerning or relating to any illegal activities conducted through the District’s Internet Systems.

Prohibited Uses of the District’s Internet Systems:

Users may not engage in any of the activities prohibited by this policy when using or accessing the District’s Internet Systems.

If a user is uncertain whether behavior is prohibited, he or she should contact a teacher, supervisor or other appropriate District personnel. The District reserves the right to take immediate action regarding activities that (1) create security and/or safety issues for the District, students, employees, schools, network or computer resources, or (2) expend District resources on content the District determines lacks legitimate educational or District content or purpose, or (3) the District determines are inappropriate.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of examples of prohibited behavior:

1. Causing harm to others, damage to their property or District property, such as:

  • Using, posting or distributing profane, lewd, vulgar, threatening, or abusive language in email messages, material posted on District web pages, or professional social media sites

  • Accessing, using, posting, or distributing information or materials that are pornographic or otherwise obscene, advocate illegal or dangerous acts, or advocate violence or discrimination. If users inadvertently access such information, they should immediately disclose the inadvertent access in a manner specified by their school or central division office

  • Accessing, posting or distributing harassing, discriminatory, inflammatory, or hateful material, or making damaging or false statements about others; cyberbullying is prohibited.

  • Sending, posting, or otherwise distributing chain letters or engaging in spamming

  • Damaging computer equipment, files, data or the District’s Internet System in any way, including spreading computer viruses, vandalizing data, software or equipment, damaging or disabling others’ electronic property, or engaging in conduct that could interfere or cause a danger of disruption to the District’s educational or business environment

  • Using the District’s Internet System in a manner that interferes with the education of the user or others or the job duties of the user or others

  • Downloading, posting, reproducing or distributing music, photographs, video or other works in violation of applicable copyright laws. Any music, photographs and/or video should only be downloaded for District, and not personal purposes. If a work specifies how that work may be used, the user should follow the expressed requirements. If users are unsure whether or not they can use a work, they should request permission from the copyright or trademark owner

  • Engaging in plagiarism. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were original to the user

2. Gaining or attempting to gain unauthorized access to the District’s Internet Systems, or to any third party’s computer system, such as:

  • Malicious tampering, phishing or hacking activities

  • Intentionally seeking information about passwords belonging to other users

  • Disclosing a user’s password to the District’s Internet Systems to other individuals (students may share their district password with their parents)

  • Modifying passwords belonging to other users

  • Attempting to log in through another person's account

  • Attempting to gain access to material that is blocked or filtered by the district

  • Accessing, copying, or modifying another user’s files without authorization;

  • Disguising a user’s identity

  • Using the password or identifier of an account that does not belong to the user

  • Engaging in uses that jeopardize access into others’ accounts or other computer networks

3. Using the district’s internet systems for commercial purposes, such as:

  • Using the district’s internet systems for personal financial gain

  • Conducting for-profit business activities, personal advertising, or other non-district business communications

  • Engaging in fundraising (except as set forth in the Chancellor’s Regulation A-610)

  • Using the district’s internet systems on behalf of any elected official, candidate, candidates, slate of candidates or a political organization or committee

4. Engaging in criminal or other unlawful activities.

Filtering:

In accordance to Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”), the District blocks or filters content over the Internet that the District considers inappropriate for minors. This includes pornography, obscene material, and other material that may be harmful to minors. The District may also block or filter other content deemed to be inappropriate, lacking educational or work-related content or that pose a threat to the network. The District may, in its discretion, disable such filtering for certain users for bona-fide research or other lawful educational or business purposes.

Users shall not use any website, application, or methods to bypass filtering of the network or perform any other unlawful activities.

See additional http://www.fcc.gov/guides/childrens-internet-protection-act

Protection of Personally Identifiable & Confidential Information:

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) prohibits District school officials from disclosing personally identifiable information (“PII”) from education records of District students and families to third parties without parental consent. However, several exceptions to this general rule may apply.

All users of the District’s Internet Systems must comply with FERPA. If you are unsure about whether the activity will comply with FERPA, please contact the District’s Technology and/or Special Services Department.

Users should ensure that emails that include or attach confidential information are only sent to the intended recipients.

Student Internet Safety

1. District Responsibilities:

  • The District will provide curriculum about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.

  • The District will work to protect the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications.

  • As appropriate, the District will provide students, staff and parents with guidelines and instructions for student safety while using the Internet.

2. Students Using the District’s Internet Systems:

  • Students must not reveal personal information about themselves or other persons on social networking sites, in chat rooms, in emails or other direct electronic communications, or any other forum over the Internet. For example, students must not reveal their home address, or telephone or cell phone number. Students must not display photographs of themselves, or the images of others.

  • Students should not meet in person anyone they have met only on the Internet.

  • Students must promptly disclose to their teacher or other school employee any message or other activity they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.

  • Students should not allow District computers to save their passwords.

3. Teachers using the District Internet Systems, including Social Media for class activities

  • Teachers should educate students about appropriate and safe online behavior, including interacting with individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.

  • Social Media

    • “Social media” means any form of online publication or presence that allows interactive communication, including, but not limited to, social networks, blogs, Internet websites, internet forums, and wikis. Examples of social media include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Flickr, Snapchat, Instagram etc.

    • Schools use a variety of online web-based interactive communication technologies to enhance students’ education and learning. Social media sites must be used only for educational and school related purposes, in connection with lessons and assignments and to facilitate communication with teachers and other students.

4. Parents:

  • Although students generally will be supervised when using the District’s Internet System on school property, it is not practical for the District to monitor and enforce a wide range of social values in student use of the Internet. Parents are primarily responsible for transmitting their particular set of family values to their children, and discussing with their children what material is and is not acceptable for their children to access through the District’s Internet Systems.

Violations of this Policy:

The District, including central offices and schools, reserves the right to terminate any user’s access to District Internet Systems - including access to District e-mail - at any time.

If a student violates this policy, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken consistent with the Discipline Code and applicable District Policies. If a student’s access to the District’s Internet System is revoked, the student may not be penalized academically, and the District will ensure that the student continues to have a meaningful opportunity to participate in the educational program.

Employee violations of this policy will be handled with appropriate discipline.

All users must promptly disclose to their teacher, supervisor, principal or manager any information they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.

Limitation of Liability:

The District makes no guarantees about the quality of the services provided and is not responsible for any claims, losses, damages, costs, or other obligations arising from use of the network or accounts. Any additional charges a user accrues due to the use of the District’s network are to be borne by the user. The district also denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through user access. Any statement, accessible on the computer network or the Internet, is understood to be the author's individual point of view and not that of the District, its affiliates, or employees.


PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY DEVICE (PTD) USE POLICY

Policy # 2140

Personal Device Use:

The district may provide the opportunity for students to access the District network for Internet access. This access is not required but rather may be provided to augment the teaching and learning experience. Use of personal devices in a school setting is at the sole discretion of the instructor and/or designated administrator.

Acceptable device types include but are not limited to the following:

Laptop

Computer

Tablet

Cellular Phone

Smart Phone

Kindles

Devices whose primary purpose is gaming are specifically prohibited.


PURPOSE: COMMUNICATION AND INSTRUCTION

The purpose of Personal Technology Device use is to provide an additional conduit in the pursuit of teaching and learning. It is not required as a component of curriculum but may exist as an instructional option.

Its integration into curriculum is the discretion of the instructor with approval of the designated administrator. The instructor will determine the specific instructional objective addressed and the manner in which the device will be used. Such use must not constitute a distraction or inhibit the instructional environment. The instructor and, or, administrator may terminate the student’s access at their discretion.

PTD use in one classroom does not constitute approval for use elsewhere in the District.

PTD is not provided for parents or patrons in accordance with Federal ERATE regulation.


PERSONAL COMPLIANCE

Use of personal devices at school is for instructional purposes. All other types of access are prohibited.


ACCEPTABLE USE/ CIPA COMPLIANCE

The District’s Internet and Other Computer Networks Acceptable Use, Internet Safety and CIPA Policies apply to the use of PTD while on campus. This includes CIPA compliant internet filtering. Students using PTD are prohibited from accessing inappropriate material on personal devices while on campus.

Students are prohibited from recording sounds or images in the classroom without the express consent of the instructor.

LIABILITY

The District assumes no liability for any personally owned device used to access the District’s Network. The District reserves the right to deny network access to any user or any specific device.


Transportation

TRANSPORTATION - USE OF BUSES

POLICY 5155

The Mustang School District recognizes that in Oklahoma pupil transportation is a service provided by the school. The school district wishes to assure its patrons that transportation services are provided in a manner that accomplishes three (3) goals:

  1. to ensure that all children of our school that are eligible to ride are transported in the safest manner possible

  2. to ensure that the transportation services provided are cost effective

  3. to ensure that all transportation services are rendered in an equitable manner

The school district will accomplish these goals through enforcement of its school transportation policies.


SCHOOL BUS ROUTE POLICIES

  • The Mustang School District will provide transportation for an eligible special education student when transportation has been identified as "related services" necessary to enable the student to receive the education services outlined in his/her IEP (SDE Regulations)

  • The Mustang School District will provide transportation for all district students who reside within one and one-half (1 ½) miles or more from the school attended by a commonly traveled road.

  • Students residing less than one and one-half (1 1/2) miles from the school the student attends will be transported if the student has no direct path of public access to his/her assigned school without traveling parallel to a designated state highway, any road having more than two (2) travel lanes, a section line road or any street deemed to be unsafe due to traffic conditions, congestion or physical hazard.

  • No school bus shall be permitted to operate on any private driveway.

  • All school bus stops shall be selected with the safety of the children at the bus stop the first consideration.

  • Whenever possible, a bus stop shall be located within one fourth (1/4) mile of the home of every child being transported.

  • No bus stop shall be established in which the student must cross a roadway having more than two (2) lanes.

  • No bus stop shall be permitted to operate on any privately constructed or maintained roadway without written waiver of liability executed by the controlling association or parties. It shall be the responsibility of the association or parties to obtain the liability waiver from the Mustang School District to complete the form and return it as directed.

  • No bus stop shall be established in which a school bus must back up in order to complete a regular route.

  • No school bus will be utilized for any activity trip prohibited by Oklahoma State Department Regulations.


SPECIAL BUS RIDING PRIVILEGES

It is the policy of the MPS to transport students from a point no more than one-fourth (1/4) mile of their home residence and return them to the pick-up point in the most secure and safe manner. Students shall be picked up and returned to the same bus stop location each day. Students will be allowed to exit their regular bus at a different location if they have written authority from a parent or guardian and it must be signed by a building administrator.


Students are not permitted to change buses (routes) to go to another location except as following:

  • Students will be permitted to change buses (routes) in the case of a family emergency. Notification must be made to the school prior to the scheduled boarding time.

  • Bus transfers for the purpose of babysitting arrangements will be made on an individual basis, if the following conditions are present:

    • "Special-Riding Privilege" form has been completed and returned to the building principal

    • the bus transfer will not cause a passenger overload on the receiving bus

    • no new stop will be established to accommodate the transfer

    • the transfer must have the student exiting the bus at the same location each day

    • Student must be already eligible to ride

    • No students will be delivered to a job site.

    • All students will exit the bus prior to the beginning of the next scheduled route.


PARENT COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

The MPS strive to provide the finest student transportation program possible. Our staff of drivers and support personnel has the safety of our children as the primary goal. When problems occur, they will be dealt with in a prompt and professional manner. The following guidelines have been established to insure that problems will be directed to the proper authorities:

  • Adults are prohibited from boarding a bus during a route to discuss a problem directly with a driver.

  • Complaints concerning bus drivers are to be directed to the Transportation Department at (405) 376-2630, or the Administration Office at (405) 376-2461.

  • The school building administration handles student behavior problems.


STUDENT CONDUCT ON BUSES

Riding a school bus is a privilege. Student safety is our main priority and rules that are enforced at school also apply on the bus.

The following rules and regulations shall govern the conduct of school bus passengers:

  • Students should be at their bus stop five (5) minutes prior to the time the bus is scheduled to arrive.

  • Bus drivers will have the same authority over pupils while riding buses as the teachers have while the pupils are in school. The bus is an extension of the classroom.

  • All students must be seated in their assigned seats.

  • The noise level on the bus must remain at a low quiet voice level to enable the driver to hear emergency and train signals. Therefore, passengers must not shout, sing or otherwise cause any disturbance that may distract the driver.

  • School bus windows must remain closed unless the driver permits them to be opened. When windows are open, students are not allowed to throw objects from the windows or extend any part of the body through a window.

  • The use of tobacco or electronic cigarettes or the consumption of food or beverage is not permitted on school buses.

  • No glass containers are allowed on the bus.

  • No balloons are allowed on the bus.

  • Any passenger who defaces or vandalizes a school bus in any way shall have the bus riding privilege suspended. No suspended student shall be permitted to resume the bus privilege until all damages for which the student was responsible are paid.

  • If a student is denied transportation for any reason, the parent(s) must be notified. The bus driver shall not put a child off the bus other than at the student's regular stop without written parental permission.

  • Horseplay is not allowed in or around the bus.

  • Students must keep all objects out of the aisle.

  • Students should never tamper with the emergency door or windows of the bus.

  • Be respectful and courteous to the bus driver at all times.

  • Proper conduct at the bus stop is expected. Parents should be aware of the children's activities and behavior at the bus stop.

  • No profanity will be allowed.

  • Technology center transportation will be provided for students to and from the technology center. Students who do not desire to ride the bus may provide their own transportation by completing a Parental Permission form. The form may be picked up in the Front Office of the Mustang High School. Permission may be granted when the completed form is turned in to the assistant principal.

Bus riding is a privilege and may be taken away. Be respectful and courteous to all other students at all times.


WRITTEN CONDUCT REPORT

A written report about a student's unsatisfactory conduct will be issued by the bus driver and delivered to the school principal. The principal will take the appropriate disciplinary action. This action may include short-term or permanent suspension from bus riding privileges and/or suspension from school. A copy of the written report will be sent home with the student. The parent is asked to sign the report, certifying that the parent has been made aware of the situation. The student must then present the signed copy to the bus driver to regain riding privilege within three (3) days.

Any meeting required with the parents relating to problems of bus conduct will be scheduled during normal school hours with the principal or assistant principal.


ACTIVITY/FIELD TRIPS

Policy # 3115 and Policy # 3130

ACTIVITY TRIPS

Activity trips will be made only with the prior approval of the building principal, administrative designee and the transportation director. Activity trips are trips related to travel in association with interscholastic contests or extracurricular activities where students perform or compete.

All school-sponsored activity trips must fall within the boundaries of the State of Oklahoma. Activity trips outside the State of Oklahoma are expressly prohibited unless board permission is obtained prior to the event.

Activities that maintain a regular schedule will provide a general permission slip to cover that schedule and must be signed and returned to the coach/sponsor of that activity prior to the student being transported or otherwise participating. All other activities not included in a regular schedule will require individual permission slips that must be signed and returned to the coach/sponsor of that activity prior to the student being transported or otherwise participating.

FIELD TRIPS

Field trips will be made only with the prior approval of the building principal, administrative designee and transportation director. Advance written consent of the student's parent or legal guardian is required for any off-campus field trip. Field Trips do not include interscholastic contests or extracurricular activities where students perform or compete.

The board of Education recognizes education field trips as part of the curriculum. The following criteria should be considered in deciding whether or not a field trip would be a beneficial experience for students:

  • Would this field trip be a better experience for students than other activities which might be conducted within the school building?

  • Would the students benefit more from the field trip than they would from a virtual learning experience, a guest speaker, experiment, project, etc.

Any out of state or overnight school-sponsored field trip must have board approval. Distance, educational value and expense to the district will be taken into consideration before approval is given for any field trip.

Field trips outside the State of Oklahoma are expressly prohibited unless prior board approval is obtained.

Parents, guardians, and volunteers attending a field trip as a chaperone or sponsor will be subject to a background check.

STUDENT INSURANCE

The only students who are insured are those students whose parents have obtained a Student Accident Insurance Policy made available at the beginning of each school term. This is only a limited accident policy; it does not cover illness. If additional insurance coverage is desired, parents may purchase trip insurance from a private carrier.

WALKERS

If your child walks to and from school, discuss safe and appropriate routes and encourage him/her to respect other people's property.

STUDENT PARKING

All students who drive an automobile or other vehicle on the school grounds must purchase a parking permit and display a current registration sticker. Parking permits are available through the Central Office of the high school. The main lot is the designated student parking area (and any additional parking areas selected by district). Students who occasionally drive a vehicle other than the one normally driven to school are to notify the office, giving the description of the vehicle and tag number to receive a temporary parking pass. Vehicles parked in a staff parking spot, handicapped parking, no parking zones, or those which are illegally parked may receive a parking fine of $10.00. Three parking infractions can result in the loss of parking privileges. Parking violations of any kind may result in the use of a wheel lock, which prevents the movement of the vehicle. Moving a vehicle with a wheel lock attached will cause damage to the vehicle. Mustang Public Schools, employees of Mustang Public Schools, Mustang Police Department, and employees of the Mustang Police Department are not liable for any damages sustained from a car being driven with the wheel lock still in place. Removal of the wheel lock by a site administrator or campus resource officer will cost a fee of $25.00. Vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense if vehicles are parked in staff parking lot, handicapped parking, no parking areas or illegally parked.

Students who drive a vehicle to school which does not have a parking permit and who do not notify the office, shall lose the privilege of bringing a vehicle on the school grounds.

Continued parking violations by a student shall cost him/her the privilege of bringing a vehicle on the school grounds for the remainder of the school year. All student vehicles must be parked in the student parking areas. Students with motorcycles must park them in the designated and assigned areas of the student parking areas.

Students are not to be in the parking lot at any time after arriving at school unless they have an authorized pass from an instructor or the office.


REGULATIONS

  1. Students who drive an automobile or other vehicle on the school grounds must purchase a parking permit and display a current registration sticker.

  2. Students may only park in areas designated for student parking.

  3. Students who drive a vehicle to school that does not have a parking permit and do not notify the office will lose the privilege of bringing a vehicle on school grounds, receive detention or the vehicle will be towed at the owner’s expense.

  4. A parking fee of $30.00 per year shall be charged to all students who desire to drive a motor vehicle to school and meet the requirements stated in this policy. Replacement stickers will cost $5.00.

*No sticker will be replaced unless the old sticker (with the number) or proof of windshield replacement is brought to the office.

  1. Placement of sticker is the responsibility of the student/driver. All motor vehicles must have a parking sticker permanently affixed to the front lower left window. The sticker must be placed on the inside of the window! (No exceptions!)

  2. Persons counterfeiting, altering, defacing or transferring a parking sticker to another vehicle or person, or providing false information will be subject to disciplinary action and will face loss of parking privileges.

  3. Vehicles shall be parked only in areas designated by the building principal for student parking. Motor vehicles that do not have a parking sticker or are improperly parked can be fined, have a wheel lock placed on the vehicle, or be towed away by a bonded commercial wrecker. It shall be the responsibility of the student and/or the vehicle owner to pay for any towing and storage charges.

MPS is not responsible for any damage, vandalism or theft of a vehicle.