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Attendance Policy:

Students are not excused; if they are absent from school all or a significant part of the day without a valid excuse acceptable to the school employee designated by the Board of Education to have responsibility for the school attendance of the student. A significant part of a school day will be interpreted to mean one scheduled period. Excessive tardiness will be considered as a significant part of the school day.

When a student is absent from school, the parent or guardian should notify the school office by 8:30 A.M. the day of the absence. If the office has not been notified, the school will attempt to contact the parent. Upon returning to school, the student must report to the school secretary and present a written excuse from the parent stating the reason for the absence.

When a student has unexcused absences for three consecutive days or five or more days per semester, the student will be considered truant. After the fourth unexcused or the second consecutive unexcused absence, the principal will schedule a hearing with the student and parent. A truant shall be reported to the administrative judge of the local judicial district.
  • Excused Absence: Personal illness, extreme illness in the immediate family, a funeral, medical appointments, or by    pre-arrangement by the parent. A student whose absence is excused is permitted to make up work missed and receive credit for it.
  • Unexcused Absence: Being absent for any reason other than the reasons listed above. In the case of an unexcused absence the student will not be permitted to receive credit for the work missed, but will be expected to complete work as assigned. 
  • Leaving School During the Day: Leaving school during the day is discouraged. Sickness, injuries, medical and dental appointments, funerals and situations considered as being of an emergency, should be the only reason for leaving during the school day. When a student must leave, they will sign out at the Office. If they return the same day, they will sign in on the same sheet. 
Behavior
 
One of the most significant life skills to be learned by students is the ability to accept the responsibility for one's actions. Promoting learning and responsibility for one's behavior is part of effective teaching. Consistency and fairness are essential elements of an effective behavioral program. Students must learn that they, and they alone, have control over their decisions are ultimately accountable for their behavior.

All teachers at KMS will establish guidelines for their classrooms. The teachers will discuss the guidelines with the students to ensure that they are fully understood. It is essential to understand that classroom guidelines will be different for each teacher. Guidelines will be established according to each teacher's goals, objectives and teaching styles.

General Behavior Expectations
  • No fighting. 
  • Show respect to all authority and display appropriate manners at all times. 
  • No loud, obscene, abusive or inappropriate language. 
  • No weapons or facsimiles. 
  • No fireworks, explosives or dangerous chemicals at school or on buses. 
  • No gum in classrooms or in the school building. 
  • No hats in any school buildings. 
  • Appropriate attire. Represent yourself, your school and your community to the best of your ability. 
  • Observe all transportation rules and regulations. 
  • Inappropriate language, Intimidation or Harassment of peers will not be tolerated. 
Behavior Consequences
 
  • Consequences will be invoked for behavior contrary to the listed expectations in any class, school area or school activity or incidents which may have effects on school discipline or on the school general welfare. Penalties which may be invoked are as follows. These actions are necessary to ensure the safety and well being for all students and to encourage non-violent methods to resolve conflict. 
  • Reprimand by teacher, supervisor, administrator, or any other school personnel. 
  • Detention as assigned by a teacher, administrator, or any other school personnel. 
  • Notification to a parent of the infraction. 
  • Removal from class or activity for a certain period of time. 
  • Suspension from the activity, class or school. 
  • Expulsion from school in accordance with all K.S.A. rules and regulations.
  • As per state statute and Board of Education Policy, all school employee's of the district are required to report any behavior which constitutes the commission of a felony or misdemeanor to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
Suspension or Expulsion K.S.A. 72-8901
  1. Willful violation of any published regulation for student conduct adopted or approved by the Board of Education. 
  2. Conduct which substantially disrupts, impedes or interferes with the operation of any school. 
  3. Conduct which endangers the safety of others or substantially impinges upon or invades the rights of others at school, on school property, or at a school activity. 
  4. Conduct which, if the student is an adult, constitutes the commission of a felony or, if the student is a juvenile, would constitute the commission of a felony if committed by an adult. 
  5. Conduct at school, on school property, or at a school supervised activity which, if the student is an adult, constitutes the commission of a misdemeanor or, if the student is a juvenile, would constitute the commission of a misdemeanor if committed by an adult. 
  6. Disobedience of a teacher, peace officer, or other school authority when such disobedience can reasonably be anticipated to result in disorder, disruption or interference with the operation of any public school or substantial and material impingement upon or invasion of the rights of others. 
Harassment
Any unwelcome gestures or comments between student and student, staff and student, or student and staff, which are offensive or cause discomfort, should be reported to the principal.

Dress and Appearance
It is expected that students of KMS will use good judgment concerning personal appearance. Abbreviated shorts, halters and other brief or revealing attire, sagging, clothes with inappropriate messages, signs or emblems are not acceptable. No hats will be worn in any school buildings. School staff will require a student whose dress or appearance is considered improper to change to different attire.