Welcome to Branchville High School
School District 4
Student Handbook 2016-2017
P.O. Box 68
Cope, South Carolina 29038
Telephone: (803) 534-8081
Dr. Tim Newman
Board of Trustees
Mr. R. Michael Ferris Mr. Aaron Rudd Chair
Dr. William 0'Quinn Mrs. Mary Brant
Mr. Joseph Garvin Mr. Randy Carrigg Vice Chair
Mrs. Peggy Tyler
Important Telephone Numbers
Branchville High School
Edisto High School
Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School
Cope Area Career Center
Star Center for Learning
Carver-Edisto Middle School
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PARENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
There are many ways to volunteer at the school level- booster clubs, PTSA/PTSO, School Improvement Council and the Volunteer Program. We encourage parents of students to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer on a regular basis or have your name added to the "on call" list, you can contact the main office of each individual school.
For information on how to become a member of any clubs, contact the individual school.
Band Booster.. TBD Athletic Booster .. TBD FFA..Mr. Dukes EuroJackets….Mrs. Ott FBLA/Yearbook..Ms. Morancie FCA..Justin Cook
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL
The School Improvement Council is a committee made up of parents, students, teachers and administrators who are charged with the responsibility to develop an annual school improvement plan. The improvement plan will be reviewed annually and will have a five- school year focus. All major decisions affecting students will be discussed, voted on and recommended to the administration via this committee. The School Improvement Council meets monthly and all parents are eligible and encouraged to attend any and all meetings. The ultimate goal is to improve student achievement.
PTSO Parent Teacher Student Association Organization
The PTSA/PTSO was organized to create better communication between the school, the home and the community. Announcements will be sent home by the students several days prior to the meeting dates. Parents are urged to attend the meetings so that better parent/teacher communication can be established.
Parent-teacher conferences should be arranged through the guidance department. Teachers should be given 24 hours notice if possible in order to prepare for the conference and to make scheduling adjustments. Parents are encouraged to set up conferences with teachers if their child is having academic and/or behavior problems.
The school policy is to accept only those visitors who have legitimate business at the school. Students are not allowed to have visitors at school. Parents are always welcomed, but they must check in at the main office. Visitors are expected to leave promptly when their business is completed. Any visitor must obtain a pass and register in the office. Visitors cannot come to school for "social" visitation unless given special permission by the principal.
Those who wish to represent their university, college or military organization may make a request to the principal. Any exceptions must have permission/approval from the principal. Visitors on campus who do not check in at the main office will be considered as trespassing. The administration is empowered to take appropriate action against any individuals who invade the building, grounds or other school property. Such action will include the right to call in the police authorities and search out warrants.
Pursuant to the law, persons entering school property are deemed to have consented to a search of their persons and/or property.
The primary objective of Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 is to promote the teaching-learning process. You deserve the best education that our schools are capable of providing.
Before this objective can be adequately achieved, three conditions must be present:
1. You must be present at school and prepared for the day's work;
2. Teachers must be able to carry out their plans; and
3. The classroom atmosphere must be such that learning can take place.
STUDENT BEHAVIOR CODE
This handbook contains important rules, regulations and consequences pertaining to each school. You and your parents should carefully read and study this information. Familiarize yourself with the contents and keep this handbook for easy reference during the school year. Ignorance of the rule is not an acceptable excuse for violating school policy. The following rules, regulations and due process procedures are designed to protect all members of the educational community in the exercising of their rights and responsibilities. These rules are effective during the following times and in the following places:
1. On the school grounds during and immediately before or immediately after school hours.
2. On the school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by a school group.
3. Off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event.
4. En route to or from school in a school bus or other school vehicle.
RESPECT FOR THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS
Every right you have has an obligation attached to it. Your rights must be balanced against the rights of others and their rights must be balanced against yours. Also, the purpose of the school and the requirements of the educational process must be weighed deciding who has a right to do what and what behavior needs to be punished. Protecting your rights is the reason our society has laws and why a school has rules.
If you are a student who wants to take full advantage of your rights and opportunities at school, while at the same time respecting the rights of others, your school personnel will support and help you.
This handbook presents general information related to school regulations. No attempt is made to include every situation which may arise during the school year. Administrators will deal with all occurrences through a fair, common sense approach.
In addition to the material printed in these pages, students are responsible for information given during student orientation which takes place early in the school year. Attention should be paid to the announcements. All students should listen attentively to announcements or intercom messages that are being made.
STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
The administration, faculty and staff assume that secondary students are mature and responsible for their own proper behavior at school and that discipline matters can be handled in a calm and reasonable manner. The discipline plan allows teachers to handle inappropriate and disruptive behavior when necessary. Students, parents and teachers need to be aware that referrals to the office for repeated minor infractions and any referral from class for uncooperative disruptive behavior may result in suspension from school. Teachers will make an effort to deal with a student's misbehavior (minor) before referring to an administrator for disciplinary action. The teachers and parents should communicate by parent conference or by phone if problems arise in the classroom in an attempt to correct the inappropriate behavior before it is necessary to refer to an administrator for disciplinary action. The teacher also has the authority to require a student to report to "teacher-held detention" for disruptive or uncooperative behavior in class. Failure to report to teacher-held detention will result in after-school detention or suspension being assigned by an administrator. Of course, serious violations will result in removal from class and immediate referral to an administrator.
The administrators, faculty and staff take pride in creating and maintaining a safe, orderly school environment, which contributes to academic and social growth. In order to accomplish this, it is necessary for every student to know and follow the rules and policies regarding discipline and supervision. Those who choose to violate rules and policies will be subject to disciplinary action.
As responsible young adults, all students are expected to behave in a manner which is acceptable to everyone. This includes other students, teachers, administrators, staff members, visitors and citizens of the community.
TERMS AND DEFINITIONS RELATING TO SCHOOL AND DISTRICT DISCIPLINE POLICIES
METHODS OF DISCIPLINE
See OCSD4 Student Code of Conduct handbook
See OCSD4 Student Code of Conduct handbook
EXPULSION / PROBATION / STAR / LAW ENFORCEMENT
See OCSD4 Student Code of Conduct handbook
District Level Probation
Students are allowed to attend school under special conditions recommended by administrators and/or special conditions set by the superintendent/school board. All students returning from expulsion will be placed on probation for a minimum of one semester. The student will be referred back to the school board with a recommendation for expulsion for violations of level two or three offenses as stated in the handbook. If the board denies a request to return to school, the student may submit another request for the following year.
STAR Center for Learning
The Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 STAR Center for Learning is an alternative school designed to serve at-risk students. It is designed to reduce school dropouts by providing a coordinated delivery of health, social, education and other support services at the school for the benefit of at-risk youth and their families. Those who are referred must have the desire to meet requirements to graduate. If a student is accepted to the STAR Center for Learning, he/she must attend.
Your school administrators have the right to call law enforcement officers to handle any student misconduct which is in violation of state or federal law. Students who are in violation will be subject to arrest and/or prosecution. Law enforcement officers may also assist school officials in exercising their legal authority to maintain order in the schools.
SPECIAL CONDUCT NOTICE: SAFE SCHOOLS
Safe schools are of great concern in our state as well as in our community. A "Safe Schools Act" was recently put into law by our state government. The staff members intend to provide your child the safest educational environment possible by not tolerating fights, intimidation, threats, vandalism, trespassing, weapons or drugs at any time on our campuses. Suspension, expulsion or referral to law enforcement will be initiated against any violator.
The following is a brief listing of South Carolina laws that address school safety and will be reported to the school resource officer:
Disturbing Schools (Section 16-17-420): It is unlawful to interfere or disturb any student or teacher. Fighting, trespassing and use of offensive language to staff members are included within this provision.
Carrying Weapons (Section 16-23-430): It is unlawful to possess a knife, blackjack, metal pipe, firearm or weapon which may be used to inflict injury.
Threatening Life or Bodily Harm (Section 16-3-1040): It is unlawful for any person to deliver or convey to a teacher or principal any communication that contains a threat to take the life or inflict bodily harm.
Drug Offenses (Section 44-53-445): It is unlawful to distribute, sell, purchase or possess a controlled substance within one half mile radius of the school.
Stink Bombs (Section 16-7-160): It is unlawful to place or throw a stink bomb, tear-gas bomb or similar device which contains foul or offensive odors.
Fire Alarms: It is unlawful for any person to intentionally set off alarms falsely.
POSSESSION OF DANGEROUS WEAPONS
See OCSD4 Student Code of Conduct handbook
BREACHES OF CONDUCT
See OCSD4 Student Code of Conduct handbook
The following list of offenses and required actions is not intended as an all-inclusive list. The list provides some consistency in handling breaches of conduct throughout the district:
MISBEHAVIOR / CONSEQUENCES
LEVEL I: DISORDERLY CONDUCT – Behavior which affects a student’s educational progress. Level I offenses which related to problems in the classroom should be dealt with by the teacher until they reach chronic level (a minimum of 3 offenses) then violations may be moved to Level II.
LEVEL II: DISORDERLY CONDUCT – Disruptive conduct is defined as those activities engaged in by student(s) which are directed against persons or property, and/or the consequences of which tend to endanger the health or safety of oneself or others in school. Some instances of disruptive conduct may overlap some criminal offenses, justifying both administrative sanctions and court proceedings. Disorderly conduct (Level I) may be reclassified as disruptive conduct (Level II) if it occurs 3 or more times. Six Level I offenses, 2 infractions, or 10 total suspension days shall result in distant learning.
LEVEL III: CRIMINAL CONDUCT – Criminal conduct is defined as those activities engaged in by student(s) which result in violence to oneself or to another’s person or property, or which pose a direct and serious threat to the safety of oneself or others in the school. These activities require administrative actions usually which result in the removal of the student from the school, the intervention of law enforcement authorities, and/or action by the Board. Whenever a student is engaging or has engaged in activities including, but not limited to, one of the acts specified below while on school property or at school sanctioned or sponsored activity, and which an administrator or his/her designee has reason to believe may result or has resulted in injury or serious threat of injury to a person or to property, the administrator or his/her designee is required to notify law enforcement officials.
Extenuating, mitigating or aggravating circumstances
The Board confers upon the administration the authority to consider extenuating, mitigating or aggravating circumstances that may exist in a particular case of misconduct. The administrator should consider such circumstances in determining the most appropriate sanction.
GENERAL PROCEDURES / RULES
1. Students may be required to pay all debts before they are allowed to receive report cards or receive textbooks for their classes. All debts need to be paid in order to be assured of receiving a schedule of classes.
2. Students who are not involved in after school (supervised) activities must leave the campus when school is dismissed.
3. Teachers are not to permit students to leave the classroom without an agenda/pass stating the student's name, date, time, destination and proper staff signature(s). Any student without a valid pass will be subject to disciplinary action.
4. No eating, drinking or open containers are allowed in the halls or classrooms.
5. No gum is allowed in school. Those who violate this policy will be assigned a minimum of 1 day in detention.
6. Any student suspended will not be allowed to attend or participate in any school activities until cleared by an administrator during a required conference.
7. Students who violate school rules regarding behavior or charged with a crime may be denied privileges to participate in extracurricular activities such as field trips, athletics, all programs, class trips, etc.
8. For the high schools, students are not allowed in the student parking lot during school hours without written permission from the office. Violators will be subject to consequences ranging from detention to suspension.
9. Students should not bring animals or insects to school without the prior approval of the principal.
ACCIDENT / INSURANCE
Every accident in the school building, on the school grounds, at practice sessions or at any athletic event sponsored by the school must be reported immediately to the person in charge and to the school office.
Students may take insurance through the school at a low cost. It is not compulsory and the school cannot be responsible in case payment of claim does not come to expectations of students and parents. Information can be obtained in the main office.
ARRIVAL ON CAMPUS
Upon arrival on campus in the morning, students eating breakfast will report to the cafeteria. The building will not open before 7:30 A.M. High school students arriving by car will be dropped off in the designated student drop-off area. Parents should not park directly in front of the building when dropping students off. This is not a parking area. If it is necessary for a parent to enter the building, visitor's parking is provided in the parking lot. Students driving to school will park in the assigned student parking area. All bus students will enter the building through the Bus Port.
ARTICLES PROHIBITED AT SCHOOL
Problems arise each year because students have articles that are hazardous to the safety of others, or that interfere, in some way, with the educational process. Items prohibited include:
pagers (beepers) skate boards toy/water guns/knives CD players curling irons
Firecrackers cigarette lighters playing cards
Laser lights e-cigarette
All prohibited items will be confiscated and appropriate disciplinary actions will be imposed. Parents may make arrangements to see an administrator to discuss the return of the confiscated contraband after 5 school days.
Paging devices (including beepers and cell phones) are forbidden by state law and the Safe School Act. A person who discovers a person in possession of a paging device will report the violation to the appropriate administrator who will confiscate the device. The item will be given to a parent only. Failure to turn the device over to a school official could result in suspension for a period of time not to exceed ten days and/or a recommendation to the school board.
Students are cautioned not to bring large amounts of money or valuable jewelry to school. Also, students who wear glasses or watches are encouraged to keep track of them at all times. Students, not the school, are responsible for their personal property.
CELL PHONES AND COMMUNICATIONS DEVICES
See OCSD4 Student Code of Conduct handbook
At all times the student's behavior should be refined and courteous. An indication of the cultural level of a school is the conduct of its students at an assembly. Whether guests are present or not, each student is personally responsible for the impression made by the school as a whole. Unacceptable conduct would include whistling, uncalled-for clapping, booing, boisterousness, and talking during the program. Students who do not follow these guidelines will be disciplined. We will not allow a few students to disrupt programs - this includes pep rallies.
Sports are an important part of our school life. All sports are outgrowths of the health and physical training programs of the school. The competitive phase is considered a needed experience of our young people. The element of good, hard, fair play and discipline is emphasized, but a continuous effort is made to emphasize the spirit of good sportsmanship. The rules of scholastic eligibility are followed as set forth by the South Carolina High School League.
To be eligible to participate in athletics, a student must have a passing average in at least four required subjects (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies) each semester of the school year. A valid birth certificate and a completed physical form must be submitted to the Coach or Athletic Director, and the athlete must adhere to the rules and regulations of each sport. Insurance (school or private) is required to participate in any sport. Athletes represent the school. They are not expected to be disciplinary problems. They are expected to excel in the classroom as well as on the court and field.
Students suspended from school are also suspended from the team and/or practice for the same length as the suspension. Three suspensions from school will disqualify a student from participating in sports for the remainder of the year.
Grades 7-8: In order for a student in grades 7 and 8 to play a sport, the student must be academically promoted according to district policy. This includes summer school promotion.
To be eligible for second semester sport, a student must pass four out of five basic subjects with an overall passing average for all subjects taken. Exploratory/Related Arts courses are added to averages and counted as one subject at the end of the first semester.
ATTENDANCE / TRUANCY
See OCSD 4 Student Code of Conduct handbook
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR PROMOTION AND/OR CREDIT
Students in grades K-8 may not be eligible for promotion if they have more than ten unlawful absences. Students in grades 9-12 may not be eligible for a Carnegie unit if they have more than five unlawful absences from a class and/or 120 seat hours in a 1 credit class. All absences will be documented.
Consistent with state regulations, parents/guardians have the right to appeal attendance violations decisions and/or question the school records regarding attendance. The appeal should be made in writing to the school principal. The decision of the principal may be appealed to the Assistant Superintendent. The decision of the Assistant Superintendent may be appealed to the Board by written request for appeal within ten (10) days of receipt of the decision of the Assistant Superintendent.
SCHOOL BUS CONDUCT
See OCSD4 Student Code of Conduct handbook
PUNISHMENT FOR STUDENTS MISBEHAVIOR ON BUSES
The driver shall be responsible for the conduct of passengers while riding on the school bus. Disciplinary problems that the driver is unable to control are reported to the principal/designee of the school that the student attends. Should a disciplinary problem, while the bus is en route to or from school be of such a nature that would affect the safe operation of the bus, the driver is instructed to park the bus in a safe location and call the transportation director. All disciplinary actions listed in this document are applicable to misconduct on the bus or while in sight of the driver at the bus stop. In addition, the privilege of riding a school bus may be withheld for student misbehavior on buses.
1. Inappropriate bus conduct may result in suspension from the bus and/or school.
2. Any student who rides a school bus while under bus suspension will be suspended from school for a minimum of 2 days with a parent conference.
Each student has a designated lunch period. They have the option of receiving a school hot lunch or bringing a cold lunch from home. Eating in the school cafeteria is a privilege. It is a vital part of the health program at the school. To encourage good nutrition a well-balanced lunch is offered at a reasonable price. The lunchroom management and your fellow students will appreciate your cooperation. Please, follow the guidelines stated below.
1. Keep the noise level down.
2. Deposit all lunch litter in wastebaskets.
3. Return all trays to the dishwashing area.
4. Leave the table and the floor around your place in a clean condition for others.
5. Do not take trays outside of the cafeteria.
Please, make sure that you behave appropriately in the cafeteria. You can be denied your cafeteria privilege, assigned detention or suspended for such things as cutting line, leaving trays/trash on table or loud/disruptive behavior in the cafeteria. Students who intentionally leave food, trays and trash will be subject to disciplinary action (work detention, detention or suspension).
We utilize finger-imaging technology for accurate accounting in our lunch program.
Students are not allowed to loiter on campus unsupervised. If your schedule has a blank period, you must report to the guidance office to get a class or study hall assigned. Again, all students should be in an assigned class unless given special written permission from the Principal. Failure to go to the guidance office to correct a schedule error (no class scheduled) may result in disciplinary action.
NO student will be allowed to be on campus unsupervised. It is the student's responsibility to report to the guidance office to correct any schedule problem and report to assigned classes.
All schools operate under a closed campus policy. Students are not allowed to leave campus for any reason including lunch unless prescribed checkout procedures are followed. We solicit the cooperation of all students and parents in this matter.
DISCIPLINE REFERRAL PROCESS
Any student referred to an administrator for violating school policy and/or inappropriate behavior in class/school grounds will be dealt with in the following manner:
1. The teacher will discuss the problem with the student if possible and fill out the discipline referral form which is given to the student to report to the office. Any student who refuses to report to the office as directed by the teacher or staff member will result in disciplinary action. Students, parents and teachers must understand that if inappropriate behavior is serious enough for a teacher to send a student out of class, it would certainly be a likely situation for a disciplinary referral.
2. An administrator will make a decision concerning disciplinary action and put it in writing and sign/date the discipline referral form. The student is required to take the pink copy home to parent/guardian. The white copy is filed in the student's discipline folder.
3. The importance of the pink copy is to make sure that the student has seen an administrator and the discipline matter has been handled.
4. Any student who refuses to give his/her name to a teacher or staff member will be referred to the office for disciplinary action.
ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
See OCSD4 Student Code of Conduct handbook
FIGHTING / PHYSICAL OR VERBAL CONFRONTATION
The penalty for fighting (exchange of physical blows by hitting, slapping, pushing, shoving) and serious verbal confrontations (excessive/argumentative verbal exchange causing a disruption) will result in one to five days out of school as well as possible recommendation for expulsion. Remember: If the investigation by the administrator indicates that a fight or attack did take place and the student is of appropriate age, the student will be suspended for five days and transported to the Law Enforcement Complex by a deputy.
All fund raising projects must be approved by the Principal and the Superintendent. Projects which involve selling merchandise to residents of our community should be limited. Tickets or articles of any kind, other than those associated with school sponsored activities, are not to be sold on school property by students or outside organizations.
LIBRARY / LIBRARY PROCEDURES
The School Library serves as a vital part of the educational system of the school. The library is a learning lab where today's students are encouraged to utilize all available resources.
In order to utilize the library's resources, students are requested to follow certain suggestions. Library rules are intended to create a pleasant atmosphere for studying and working.
To enter the library, students must have a pass signed by their subject teacher and must sign in on the sign-in sheet in the library. Prior to leaving the library, students should have their pass signed by the librarian or another staff worker in the library. When students leave the library they may only go back to their class from which they came. They shall not ask for a pass to go anywhere else other than the class they came from.
Books must be properly checked out at the circulation desk before being taken from the library.
Reference and reserved books are not to be checked out of the library unless a special request is granted. If permission is granted, two books may be checked out for overnight use.
A fine of (5) cents per day will be imposed for all overdue books.
A fine of (5) cents per period will be imposed on all reference and reserved books that are overdue after the first period.
All lost library books and fines must be paid before report cards are received.
TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTERNET
See OCSD4 Student Code of Conduct handbook
Each student has the privilege of renting a locker for the storage of books and materials for a fee of $3.00. Each locker is designed to be used to store the materials of only one student. More than one student using a locker may cause damage to the locker. Students are encouraged to use their lockers before school, at lunch (if possible) and after school. Students will not share lockers.
Any student who chooses to rent a locker is officially assigned a locker and that student, not the school, is responsible for the contents of his/her locker. Students are to keep lockers clean as well as locked at all times. Do not give the combination to anyone else. Do not leave money or any articles of value in your locker. Lockers are not safes. To the extent possible, the school will provide security for locker areas; however, the school cannot accept responsibility for theft from lockers. Since lockers are a permanent part of the building, students are expected to keep them in good, usable condition. Lockers may be searched by school officials and may involve law enforcement at any time if there is reason to believe that there is contraband in the locker.
School personnel will not provide pupils with any medicine. If a student must take medication from home, he/she must take the medication to the school nurse with written instructions from the parent/guardian, and physician as to how it is to be administered.
A signed Consent for Medication and Medical Treatment form from the parent and an order from the student’s doctor must be obtained for each student prior to the administration of medications. Non-prescription medications must be in the drug manufacturer's original container and will be given as recommended on the manufacturer's original container or as indicated by the parent and physician. Students who need to self-monitor and/or self-medicate with the emergency/rescue medications (such as epi-pens, asthma inhalers) also need a doctor’s order and written parent permission.
The nurse will be available for emergency situations each day, unless otherwise indicated. Students who are in class and become ill must secure a pass from their teacher in order to report to the office. In emergency situations, when not in class, the students will report directly to the main office for assistance.
PARKING AND DRIVING ON CAMPUS
The operation and parking of a motor vehicle on the high school campuses is a privilege extended to those students who meet the State of South Carolina criteria for licensure and registration. The policy and procedures must also be followed by any student who drives a vehicle on campus. Parking Passes are $10.00
Public affection is in poor taste, and students should refrain from kissing, embracing, and similar behavior on school property, including parking lots. Chronic violations will result in disciplinary action such as warning, detention, parent notification and/or suspension.
Students are not allowed to loiter in the restrooms and are asked to help the custodians keep them clean by using them in a mature manner. Students are encouraged to make their restroom visits between classes so as not to interfere with their class work.
RETURNED CHECK FEE
Checks returned because of insufficient funds will incur a $25.00 service charge.
In the event of severely inclement weather or mechanical breakdown, school may be closed or starting time delayed. The same conditions may also necessitate early dismissal. School closings, delayed starting times, or early dismissals will be announced over local radio and television stations. If no report is heard, it can be assumed that school will be in session.
WGFG WIGL WSPX WORG WPJK WTCB (B 106)
WWDM WWBD WSPX WCOS WSSB WQKI
WCSC-5 WLTX-19 WOLO-25 WJBF-6
SEXUAL HARASSMENT / HARASSMENT
See OCSD4 Student Code of Conduct handbook
SIGN IN / OUT PROCEDURE
Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds at any time during the school day without permission from the school office. If you must leave the building because of illness or any other emergency, an office staff member will assist you. A parent/guardian must be contacted by an office staff member by phone if a student is to leave school for any reason. The following information must be on the sign out sheet: 1. Staff member making call; 2. Number called; 3. Name of parent/guardian contacted. Parents must talk to a staff member in order for their child to leave school legally. Parents are encouraged to give permission to leave for doctor's appointments and emergency situations only. Students will not be called out of class during the period to leave for appointments.
The office staff may require them to sit in the office until time to properly sign out through the main office.
A note from a parent/guardian should be taken to the main office before first period begins. The required note must have a phone number to call for the purpose of verification by an office staff member. Remember: Students cannot leave without proper verification by an office staff member.
When a student returns to school from an approved early dismissal, he/she must sign in with the attendance office before reporting to class.
Failure to sign out properly without permission from an office staff member (student helpers cannot legally sign any student out) will be considered as leaving school without permission and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. The parent or guardian must bring the student in to see an administrator, and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.
SMOKING / USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS
The district does not allow students to use or possess tobacco products or tobacco paraphernalia or items such as e-cigarettes. This restriction applies while students are on school grounds, in the school buildings, on buses or during any other time they are under the direct administrative jurisdiction of the school whether on or off the school grounds. In the event this happens, the following sanctions will be applied:
1st offense Three days suspension with parent conference
2nd offense Three days suspension with parent conference with mandatory enrollment in a treatment facility. Failure to complete the program could result in additional suspension or the recommendation of expulsion to the school board.
3rd offense Suspension from school with a recommendation for expulsion to the school board.
STUDENT DRESS CODE
The basic responsibility for the appearance of the students rests with the parents and the students themselves. Judgment of questionable dress determined by the administration as unacceptable or disruptive to the educational process may be prohibited. Any student improperly dressed at school may be removed from classes and/or school and/or receive a disciplary referral until acceptable attire is worn.
See OCSD4 Student Code of Conduct handbook
Remember: Teachers will notify an administrator if there is a question whether the dress is inappropriate.
STUDENT PARKING LOT / STUDENT VEHICLE POLICY
Students who ride buses are not allowed in the student parking lot. Parking lots are off limits to all students during lunch unless legally signed out or driving/riding to Cope with proper permission. Students are encouraged to bring their belongings with them so they will not have the need to ask permission to go back to their car during the day. If it is necessary to return to a vehicle, students must have a pass to go to the student parking lot.
Security and safety are major concerns on our campus. It is very important for vehicles to be identified easily and quickly so that trespassers can be dealt with in an appropriate manner. It is also important to keep the fire lanes open so that emergency vehicles have immediate access to the buildings. Those who choose to block fire lanes or other vehicles will be fined and/or towed if deemed necessary by school officials.
Any student who chooses to drive a vehicle on campus must fill out a registration form and pick up a new parking permit from the office. The parent/guardian must sign the registration form in the appropriate area giving student permission to drive on campus and secure the appropriate parking permit. Any vehicle that is parked on the campus during the school day must have a valid parking permit displayed or be subject to parking/driving penalties ranging from twelve dollars and fifty cents to towing by a local wrecker service.
Students who drive/ride to Cope Area Career Center must have a permission form signed by a parent/guardian. Parent/ guardians must come to the high school in person to sign the forms. Copies of these forms shall be forwarded to Cope Area Career Center. The rules and procedures are on or attached to the permission form. Students should make themselves familiar with the rules and the consequences for failing to follow the guidelines. Per Cope regulations, students are not permitted to make any stops to or from Cope and their home school
Permission to drive must be on file in the office as well as the names of those transported in your vehicle. Bus transportation is also provided to Cope Area Career Center. Remember: Student driving is a convenience and privilege which benefits those who need/desire to drive to school. It remains, however, a privilege that can be revoked for failure to comply with the school's vehicle rules and regulations.
The guidelines listed below must be followed by all students. Failure to do so will result in appropriate action by the school.
1. Any student who wishes to drive a vehicle on campus must pick up a parent permission form from the office and pick up a parking permit when the permission form is given to the bookkeeper.
2. Students must display a valid parking permit on the front mirror. The permit must be displayed on all vehicles by August 26th and thereafter or be subject to a fine($10.00) towing at the owner's expense.
3. Drive safely and slowly on campus. Keep volume on radios/tape/CD players at a reasonable level.
4. Students will not be allowed to park in the road and/or block another vehicle. If you choose to block another vehicle or park improperly, you may be towed by a local wrecker service. The owner/driver will be responsible for the charges.
5. Parking is prohibited in driveways and the traffic circle.
6. Due to theft and vandalism in the parking lots, any student who returns to the parking areas without a pass will be subject to detention and/or suspension. Bus riders are not allowed to enter the student vehicle parking area.
7. No parking in areas designated for the handicapped.
8. Vehicles are to be locked and vacated immediately after parking on campus.
PARKING / DRIVING PENALTIES
• Warning (Verbal or Written)
• Denied privilege to drive on campus for a specific amount of time
• Prosecution by law enforcement
• Vehicle towed at owner's expense
• Any other punishment deemed necessary by school officials
Our schools are fortunate in having local people to help us whenever our regular teachers are ill or attending conferences. A substitute teacher is an important visitor whose impressions of our school will be carried into the community. Let us be certain that these are good impressions by being polite, helpful and considerate, as you would be to your regular teacher. Failure to display proper behavior will result in disciplinary action. Substitute teachers have the same authority as a regular classroom teacher.
Free textbooks are issued to students each year. Costs for replacement and repair increase yearly. It is very important that students take care of all books issued and account for each book upon completion of the course or leaving school for any reason. Remember, students who owe for lost and damaged books may not be allowed to receive report cards, receive textbooks for classes, take exams and/or participate in graduation activities.
Because of the expenses involved, a minimum of one dollar will be charged for any textbook damage. Those who continue to write on and rough handle their books will be charged a minimum of 25% of the contract price (if the book can still be used). Remember: Students must pay for lost and/or damaged textbooks before report cards or exams are given.
Pupils, parents or guardians are required to pay for textbooks they lose and they may be denied further benefits of the Free Textbook Program until they comply fully with this requirement. The following schedule shall be followed in determining amounts to be charged for lost textbooks. Schools are required to collect appropriate damage fees from any pupil, parent or guardian for abuse or improper care of textbooks. The pupil, and the parent or guardian may be denied further benefits of the Free Textbook Program until they fully comply with this requirement. The amount to be charged shall be determined by the agent in charge of books, teacher or principal and shall in no case exceed the amount of charge applicable had the book been lost, provided that the pupil, parent, guardian shall have the option of paying the damage fee or purchasing the book according to the LOST TEXTBOOKS section. Books on which only a damage fee is collected shall remain the property of the state and shall remain with the school for further use.
CONDITION OF TEXTBOOK AMOUNT OF CHARGE
New book put in use this year. 80% of contract price
Book used one year before this year. 65% of contract price
Book used 2 years before this year. 50% of contract price
Book used 3 years before this year. 35% of contract price
Book used 4 or more years before this year 25% of contract price
VANDALISM AND PROPERTY DAMAGE
Our school buildings and equipment costs the taxpayers to construct, purchase, and maintain. Students who destroy or vandalize school property will be required to pay for losses or damages. If students willfully destroy school property, suspension, restitution, and subsequent expulsion may be necessary. If you should happen to damage something by accident, you should report it to a teacher or the office immediately.
Students may purchase snacks from the vending machines in the break area(s) before school, and after school. Students use the vending machines at "their own risk". There will be no refunds given for money lost in the machines unless it is determined that there is a mechanical malfunction. Students should report any problems with machines to the main office so that office personnel can call a service representative.
See OCSD4 Student Code of Conduct handbook
ACADEMIC, NONACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR SERVICES & ACTIVITIES
(In reference to Students with Disabilities)
Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 ensures that each disabled child shall have available to him/her the variety of educational programs and services available to non-disabled children including, but not limited to: art, music, industrial arts, consumer education, homemaking education and occupational education. Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 shall take steps to provide nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities in such manner as necessary to afford disabled children an equal opportunity for participation in those services and activities. Nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities may include, but are not limited to: counseling services, athletics, transportation, health services, recreational activities, special interest clubs or groups sponsored by the district, referrals to agencies which provide assistance to disabled persons, and employment of students (including both employment by the district and assistance in making outside employment available).
In arranging or providing the nonacademic or extracurricular services described above, Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 shall ensure that each disabled child participates with non-disabled children in those services and activities to the maximum extent appropriate to meet the needs of that child.
The purpose of the guidance program is to help each individual student achieve his/her highest growth mentally, emotionally, and socially. We try to do this in several ways:
1. Helping the new student feel at home in school with new teachers and friends in a different setting.
2. Individual conferences whenever a student, a teacher or the counselor deems it necessary.
3. A testing program designed to help the student learn as much as possible about his/her capabilities.
4. The counselor welcomes the opportunity to talk things over with any student, parent, or teacher.
9th Grade: Must pass eighth grade
10th Grade: 6 units including 1 unit of English, 1 unit of Math and 1 unit of Science
11th Grade: 12 units including 2 units of English, 2 units of Math and 1 unit of Science
12th Grade: 17 units including 3 units of English, 3 units of Math, and 2 units of Science
WITHDRAWAL AND TRANSFER
1. Secure authorization or transfer form from the Guidance Office. Have parents/guardian come in to verify action of withdrawal.
2. Report to the Guidance Office at least one day before withdrawal and have the form signed by your teacher in each class so as not to interfere with instructional time.
3. Return all school books and property to individual teachers/coaches, and make sure that all fees are paid. This is to be done during your assigned class time. Do not interrupt a class to have the form signed.
4. Take completed forms to the office for final clearance.
5. It is not the responsibility of the textbook coordinator or the guidance office personnel to turn in books to teachers. It is the student's responsibility to turn books back in to the issuing teacher if they wish to receive credit for having turned them in. Those students who fail to return their books to their respective teachers or fail to clear up any other debts will not have records or transcripts sent to another school until the matter is resolved.
The school year is divided into two (2) semesters. A semester is 18 weeks, with two (2) reporting periods (nine weeks each). Reports will be issued to the students four times during the school year to take home to the parent or guardian.
93-100 = A SUPERIOR
85 –92 = B GOOD
77 - 84 =C FAIR
70 -76 = D POOR
69 AND BELOW = F FAILURE
I = INCOMPLETE, NEEDS ADDITIONAL WORK AND/OR OWES FEES
Any schedule change must be done in the guidance office and students should have written documentation (drop/add form from the guidance office) before going to any class that is different than that which is on the schedule. Teachers are not to admit any students to class without proper paperwork in regard to schedule changes.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Any change of address, telephone number, guardianship, etc. must be reported to the high school office and guidance office.
ON-LINE COURSE POLICY
See District Policy
REQUIREMENTS FOR A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
A student must have earned at least 24 units of credit in the following:
English/Language Art 4 units
Mathematics 4 units
Science 3 units
United States History 1 unit
Economics ½ unit
Government ½ unit
Social Studies Elective 1 unit
Physical Education 1 unit
Electives 7 units
Computer Science 1 unit
Foreign Language 1 unit
PROCEDURES FOR GRADUATION
• Graduation exercises will be limited to those students who have met the State Requirements for a High School Diploma or Certificate.
• All graduating seniors who expect to participate in the Commencement Exercises must follow the schedule given for rehearsal. REHEARSAL FOR THOSE STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN GRADUATION IS MANDATORY.
• Failure to follow the schedule for rehearsals, except for cases of extreme emergency, will exclude students from participating in graduation exercises.
The principal must be notified in the event of an emergency. The notice must be given early enough so that a decision can be made as to the acceptance or rejection of the reason for not being able to attend rehearsal prior to the time the rehearsal is to be held. Any student who misses practice must have a valid excuse approved by the principal.
END-OF-COURSE EXAMINATION PROGRAM (EOCEP) COURSES AND THE CREDIT RECOVERY OPTION
Students who are enrolled in courses requiring state end-of-course examinations must take the examinations and fulfill all requirements outlined in Regulation 43-22-4. Students will be allowed to take the examination only once, at the end of the regular course duration and not at the end of an extended period granted through the credit recovery option. Students who repeat the course must be treated as though they are taking the course for the first time, and all requirements will apply.
GRADING SCALE POLICY
The State Board of Education has adopted a uniform grading scale for the state of South Carolina for all students receiving Carnegie units.
Numerical breaks for letter grades, weightings for specified courses, and a conversion chart for computing grade point ratio are shown in the chart on page 33.
All report cards and transcripts will use numerical grades for courses carrying Carnegie units. Transcripts and report cards will show the course title and level/type of the course taken (i.e. English I College Prep, Algebra II Honors, AP English). The conversion scale should be printed on the report card. When transcripts are received from out-of-state (or in-state from other than public schools) and letter grades are recorded, the following process will be used to transfer the grades into the student's records:
Unless numerical averages are provided by the sending institution, the following conversion system will apply:
A=96; B=88; C=80; D=73; F=61
Grades lower than 70 received from another school, but which are indicated as a passing grade from the sending institution, will be converted to a 73 numerical grade on the new scale.
A grade of P (passing) received from another school would be converted to a numerical designation based on information secured from the sending institution as to the approximate numerical value of the "P". The receiving school will make the final determination regarding the conversion of a grade P into the uniform grading scale.
Two categories of weights are allowed: an additional .5 for Honors courses; and 1.0 for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate courses and dual credit courses.
1. Transcripts will reflect honors designation for any honors course taken. Dual credit courses, whether the courses are taken at the school site or off campus, are defined as those courses for which the student has received permission from his/her home school to receive both Carnegie units and credit at another institution.
2. The uniform grading scale and system for figuring GPR and class rank will apply to all courses carrying Carnegie units, including units earned at the middle/junior high school.
3. Grade point ratios will be figured uniformly in all schools using the following formula. The formula will yield each student's GPR, which can then be ranked from the highest to the lowest rank in class. Computations will not be rounded to a higher number.
All diploma candidates are included in the ranking.
HONORS / IB / DUAL CREDIT COURSES
Honors courses are intended for students exhibiting superior abilities in the course content area. The honors curriculum will place emphasis on critical and analytical thinking, rational decision-making, and deductive reasoning. Honors courses should not encourage a student to graduate early, but should extend course opportunities at the high school level.
School districts may designate honors courses and give the assigned weighting under the following conditions.
• An honors course must have a published syllabus that verifies rigor that is sufficiently beyond the college prep or tech prep requirements.
• Textbooks and/or other course materials must be differentiated and more rigorous than those used in college prep or tech prep courses.
• Honors courses may be offered in English, Math, Science and Social Studies. Additionally honors courses may be designated in other content areas for courses where students are earning their 3rd or 4th Carnegie unit in the content area provided the standards listed above are met
South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale Conversions
Average Letter College Honors AP/IB/Duel
Grade Prep Credit
100 A 5.000 5.500 6.000
99 A 4.900 5.400 5.900
98 A 4.800 5.300 5.800
97 A 4.700 5.200 5.700
96 A 4.600 5.100 5.600
95 A 4.500 5.000 5.500
94 A 4.400 4.900 5.400
93 A 4.300 4.800 5.300
92 A 4.200 4.700 5.200
91 A 4.100 4.600 5.100
90 A 4.000 4.500 5.000
89 B 3.900 4.400 4.900
88 B 3.800 4.300 4.800
87 B 3.700 4.200 4.700
86 B 3.600 4.100 4.600
85 B 3.500 4.000 4.500
84 B 3.400 3.900 4.400
83 B 3.300 3.800 4.300
82 B 3.200 3.700 4.200
81 B 3.100 3.600 4.100
80 B 3.000 3.500 4.000
79 C 2.900 3.400 3.900
78 C 2.800 3.300 3.800
77 C 2.700 3.200 3.700
76 C 2.600 3.100 3.600
75 C 2.500 3.000 3.500
74 C 2.400 2.900 3.400
73 C 2.300 2.800 3.300
72 C 2.200 2.700 3.200
71 C 2.100 2.600 3.100
70 C 2.000 2.500 3.000
69 D 1.900 2.400 2.900
68 D 1.800 2.300 2.800
67 D 1.700 2.200 2.700
66 D 1.600 2.100 2.600
65 D 1.500 2.000 2.500
64 D 1.400 1.900 2.400
63 D 1.300 1.800 2.300
62 D 1.200 1.700 2.200
61 D 1.100 1.600 2.100
60 D 1.000 1.500 2.000
59 F 0.900 1.400 1.900
58 F 0.800 1.300 1.800
57 F 0.700 1.200 1.700
56 F 0.600 1.100 1.600
55 F 0.500 1.000 1.500
54 F 0.400 0.900 1.400
53 F 0.300 0.800 1.300
52 F 0.200 0.700 1.200
51 F 0.100 0.600 1.100
0-50 F 0.000 0.000 0.000
WF F 0.000 0.000 0.000
WP - 0.000 0.000 0.000
GPR= sum (quality points x units)
sum of units attempted
The criteria for determining honor graduates, to include valedictorian or salutatorian, is a local decision based on state standards. Life Scholarships are determined at the conclusion of the senior year; however, local boards may establish earlier cut-offs (i.e. 7th semester or 3rd nine weeks of the senior year) for determining a rank for any local purpose.
4. With the first day of enrollment as the baseline, students who withdraw from a course within 3 days in a 45-day course, 5 days in a 90-day course, or 10 days in a 180-day course will do so without penalty.
5. Students who withdraw from a course after a specified time of 3 days in a 45-day course, 5 days in a 90-day course, or 10 days in a 180day course shall be assigned a WF and the F will be calculated in the student's overall grade point average/ratio as a 59.
6. The 3-, 5-, and 10-day limitations for withdrawing from a course without penalty, do not apply to a course or course level changes initiated by the administration of a school.
7. Students make retake the same course at the same difficulty level under the following conditions:
• Only courses in which a grade of a D or F was earned may be retaken.
• The course in which a D or F was earned may only be retaken during the current academic year and no later than the next academic school year. Both the D or F earned and the grade earned in the retake will be figured into the overall grade point ratio.
Students taking courses for a Carnegie unit prior to their 9th grade year may retake any such course. In this case, only the 9th grade retake grade will be used in figuring the student's GPR and only the 9th grade attempt will show on the transcript. This rule will apply whether the grade earned is higher or lower than the pre-ninth grade attempt.
For a student to be on the honor roll he/she must have an overall average of 85 or above and have no D’s and/or F’s for the quarter.
Merit Cards will be awarded every quarter to students meeting all of the following criteria:
Honor roll or a five-point improvement in one subject while at least maintaining their grades in all other subjects (no F’s)
No discipline notices for the quarter.
No Unexcused tardies to school or class.
Students who transfer from schools accredited by a regional accrediting association (i.e., Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) may automatically transfer credit which has been awarded by the previous school attended. Students who transfer from non-accredited schools must have their credits or courses validated for credit at each high school.
TRANSFER OF CREDITS
Transfer of weighted credits is not automatic and must be reviewed by the Director of Guidance. A maximum of two accepted high school credits (English and Math) may be transferred from the eighth grade level.
August 8-12 Staff Development / Work Days
August 15 School Opens – Full day for Students
September 5 Labor Day Holiday
September 16 Interim Reports Issued
October 17 End of First Quarter
October 25 Report Cards Issue
November 4 Election Day (No School)
November 22 Interim Reports Issued
November 23-25 Thanksgiving Holidays
December 19-Dec 30 Winter Holidays
January 4 School Reopens for Students
January 11 End of Second Quarter
January 16 Martin Luther King Holiday
January 17 Staff Development / No school
January 20 Report Cards Issued
February 17 Interim Reports Issued
February 20 President’s Day Holiday
March 20 Staff Development
March 22 End of 3rd Quarter
March 30 Report Cards Issued
April 10-14 Spring Holidays-No School
April 28 Interim Reports Issued
May PASS Testing
May 29 Memorial Day Holiday
June 2 4th Nine Weeks Ends
June 2 Graduation/Last Day for Students
June 13 Reports Cards Issued
OCSD4 Mission Statement
The mission of the Orangeburg County Consolidated School District Four, through the combined efforts of the home, school, and community, is to provide quality educational opportunities appropriate for individual learners to help them reach their maximum potential and become successful, productive citizens.
SCHOOL WIDE EXPECTATIONS
BRANCHVILLE IS A PBIS SCHOOL
(POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION SUPPORT)
Hail to thee our
Branchville High School
We praise thy name
Ever watchful, ever faithful
Ever the same.
Mem'ries sweet of work and pleasure
Through the years, we'll always treasure.
So, to thee, our alma mater, proudly we sing.
While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this handbook, changes in policy may require adjustment in content. Students remain responsible for updates and changes in policy.
Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 affirms that the schools are in compliance with the requirement of Title IX which states: "No person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal Financial Assistance... " Further, Orangeburg Consolidated Four is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, handicap in emission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. Inquiries concerning application of Title IX or complaints alleging noncompliance should be directed to the Personnel Director, Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four, PO Box 68, Cope, South Carolina 29038.