5800 - STUDENTS - ACTIVITIES

Student activities shall be regarded as a vital part of the total educational program and shall be used as a means of developing wholesome attitudes, good human relations as well as knowledge and skills.

The principal shall be responsible for the organization of all student activities. He or she shall provide adequate supervision, administer student finances, and approve all student activities with the assistance of delegated members of his or her faculty.

A parent or guardian may request that a student from his or her family be excused from certain types of student activities for religious or physical reasons. The administration will consider the request in terms of the welfare of all students as well as the individual.

Residual funds from inactive student organizations shall revert to the general student body fund unless otherwise designated.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

The Board endorses a strong, well-organized program of extra curricular activities.

The Board also recognizes the out-of-school time and effort that is required of each student who participates in one or more of the various activities sponsored by the schools.

In an attempt to maintain a balance between the time a student is required to devote to his or her academic responsibilities and extra-curricular activities, the following rules governing participation and attendance shall apply.

  1. Students may be granted a maximum of two (2) activity excused absences per week.
  2. The principal may grant a maximum of three (3) activity excused absences per week in order for students to participate in special events, tournaments or regional and state culminating activities.
  3. The Board may grant additional activity excused days for extended trips and events they determine to be beneficial for students. A list of students will be submitted as a consent agenda item at the next regular Board meeting.
  4. The principal shall deny participation and travel privileges of any student with an unacceptable academic and or attendance record.

Students participating in extra-curricular activities offered by the school shall be charged, by activity, a participation fee. The receipts from this fee charge shall be used for the benefit of the programs as a whole.

FEE SCHEDULE

The following items and activities have fees attached. The amount of these fees may be increased by administrative directive as needed and will be approved yearly each April by the Board of Education.

Books and Materials 
Locker Fee 
Activity Card 
Yearbook 
Driver Education 
Course Re-Take 

Participation Fees 

Band 
Baseball (Boys) 
Basketball (Boys) 
Basketball (Girls)  
Cheerleading  
Chorus

Drama 
Drill Team 
Football 
Golf 
Jazz Band 
Softball (Girls) 
Sounds Grand

Speech/Debate 
Strings 
Tennis 
Track 
Volleyball (Girls) 
Wrestling

Business and Industrial Arts will pay per trip costs when involved in competition only.

Maximum per student cost for participation in the activities listed above per year will be $150.00.
Maximum per family cost for participation in the activities listed above per year will be $300.00.

Current High school Fee Info may be found by clicking   HERE 
 

Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised 12/18/02 
GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 
Moab, Utah 
  
 

5810 - STUDENTS - ACTIVITIES - ORGANIZATIONS

There shall be no secret organizations.

All clubs, organizations, or associations must be approved by the principal and the superintendent and must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must have a goal.
  2. Must have a faculty sponsor.
  3. Must have a constitution and bylaws.
  4. Should be contributive to the educational program.

All club monies must be deposited in the activity's fund and all expenditures approved by the principal.

While membership may be limited as to number, application for membership must be open to all eligible students. No application is to be denied because of race, creed, color or social or economic status.

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Adopted: 6/22/94 
GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 
Moab, Utah 
  
 

5820 STUDENTS - ACTIVITIES - FUND RAISER & MANAGEMENT OF FUNDS

The Board recognizes the need various school sponsored organizations and activities have at times to raise and expend funds in an effort to support special events, extended class activities and organizations for which budgeted revenues are not available.

The Board hereby authorizes approved fund raising activities and shall prescribe the needful rules and regulations for the supervision and administration of student body financial activities.

RULES

The following rules shall apply to fund raisers and management of student funds:

  1. An activity card will be made available to all secondary students. Prior to the opening of school each year the Board will approve the fee charged.
  2. The funds collected from the sale of this card are to be used for activities that benefit the student body as a whole. The superintendent must approve a budget for the expending of these fees.
  3. No student will be required to purchase this card, or in any way segregated or willfully embarrassed for reasons of non-purchase.
  4. All fund raising activities conducted by school sponsored organizations, classes or activities must have prior written approval of the building principal involved.
  5. Applications for fund raising activities must be completed on a form supplied by the principal.
  6. The principal shall review the application and determine if all conditions listed are in the best interests of the school, organization or activity before granting a written approval to conduct a fund raising activity:

    A.    Will the money being raised be expended to meet an expressed purpose or need of the school, organization or activity?

    B.    Will the purpose and expenditure add to the instructional program of the school?

    C.    Have proper arrangements been made for the collection, accounting and deposit of funds?

    D.    What are the responsibilities of individual students to participate (all student fund raising activities must be voluntary)?

    E.    Will the fund raising activity be conducted in such a manner as to offer minimum competition to local commercial and business concerns?
  7. The management of student funds generated by the sale of activity cards or fund raisers shall be in accordance with sound business practice, including accepted budgetary and accounting procedures as well as audit requirements established for all other district funds.
  8. The Board, in compliance with law, shall have the final authority to expend in a manner they approve all funds generated by the sale of student body activity cards, fund raisers or other methods which produce revenue deposited to any district, school, or organization account. 

     

Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised 12/18/02 
GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 
Moab, Utah 
  
 
 

5830 - STUDENTS - ACTIVITIES - FEE WAIVER

  1. The building principal is designated the administrator of fees and fee waivers on the school level.
  2. Fee waivers or other provisions in lieu of fee waivers are available to any student whose parent or guardian is determined as being unable to pay.
  3. Inability to pay is presumed for those who are in State custody or foster care, or receiving public assistance in the form of AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children), or SSI (Supplemental Security Income), or are eligible for free school lunch.
  4. Parents of students will be given notice of the fee waiver policy and on request can review alternatives to fee waivers. Such alternatives include a deferred payment schedule, a reduced payment schedule, or a provision for a work/service program.
  5. Case by case determinations are made for students who do not qualify under one of the foregoing standards but who are subject to exceptional financial burdens such as substantial reduction of income or extraordinary medical expenses.
  6. Names of parents or guardians and students in the process of applying for and receiving fee waivers or other alternatives in lieu of fee waivers are made available only on a need to know basis. Such students are not to be treated differently than other students. Fee waiver applications will be processed in a fair and timely manner to avoid stigma and unreasonable burdens on students and parents or guardians.
  7. Parents whose students have been denied a fee waiver may appeal to the Superintendent of Grand County School District.
  8. Any requirement that a given student pay a fee is suspended for the period during which the student's eligibility for fee waiver is being determined or is being appealed.
     

Adopted: 6/22/94 
GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 
Moab, Utah 
  
  
 

5840 - STUDENTS - ACTIVITIES - EXTRA-CURRICULAR

ELIGIBILITY TO REPRESENT THE SCHOOL

The Utah High School Activity Association (UHSAA) and the Grand County Board of Education supports the U.S. Supreme Court rulings regarding education. First, to prepare students to be good citizens and second, to teach them to be self-reliant and self-sufficient. Activities of the UHSAA and Grand County Schools contribute to both of these goals. Activities are a privilege earned by meeting the rules and standards set by the school.

The Grand County Board of Education places strong emphasis on student academic achievement and requires all students participating in extra-curricular and extended class activities to maintain the following academic standing in order to be eligible to represent their school in team sports competition, specialty groups, and extended class activities.

Eligibility Standards

  1. A participant must be a full time student or meet the Grand County Board of Education requirements under Utah Law 53A-11-102.5 and approval of the Superintendent.
  2. Participants must maintain a 2.000 GPA and have no failing grades at the three week grade checks or in the final grading periods at the end of each term. If, at the end of the final grading period a student fails to meet this requirement, the participant will be deemed ineligible for the upcoming sports season. Third trimester grades will determine eligibility for the fall sports season. Incoming freshmen and transfer students will also have to meet this standard.
  3. An eligibility report will be compiled every third week by the Activities Director to determine if each participant is eligible. If the student has a GPA that is lower than 2.000 and/or has one failing grade, he or she will be deemed ineligible. Eligibility will be checked with the SIS computer system. In order for a participant to restore lost eligibility a signed note from his/her teacher(s) must be presented to the Activities Director stating the new grade(s) and eligibility will be re-calculated. If no information is submitted by the teacher(s) to the Activities Director, then the participant will remain ineligible on a daily basis. The Activities Director will only do one SIS grade check per day.
  4. Students moving into the school, transfer students, and foreign exchange students will not be allowed to participate until the necessary paperwork has been completed and the administration deems that he/she is eligible. An ineligible student may practice with the team, but may not represent the team or school.
  5. Citizenship will also determine eligibility. A participant with two or more U’s (Unsatisfactory) will be ineligible. Ten hours of community service under the strict direction of the Activities Director will cancel one U for eligibility, but will not cancel the U from the report card.
  6. Attendance plays a vital role in a child's success as a student. If a participant is absent from any period of the school day, the student will not participate in any extra-curricular activities or practices that day. Any student that is marked L (more than 20 minutes late to class) on the attendance report will also not be allowed to participate. In addition, any student who participates in an interscholastic event is required to be in attendance at regular classes and the school day following the event. In the event a team returns to the school after 2:00 a.m., those participants need to be in school for the day at the beginning of second hour. If a team returns to school after 3:00 a.m., those participants need to be in school for third period. This rule only applies to those participants returning to Moab on school transportation. Failure to abide by this practice will result in the participant not playing/performing in the next regularly scheduled interscholastic event. Extenuating circumstances may be brought to the attention of the Principal, Assistant Principal or Activities Director for acceptance.
  7. Students shall only use Grand County School District transportation when traveling to a contest/performance site. Only the administration can grant travel in a private vehicle. Such requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance of team departure; accompanied with a signed note from the parent or legal guardian, or live contact between the administration and parent or legal guardian. After the completion of a contest or performance a participant may only be released to a parent or legal guardian for travel purposes. If the parent or legal guardian wishes to have their student travel with someone else arrangements must be made 24 hours in advance of departure from Moab in the same manner provided above.
  8. If the participant accrues more than three (3) days of suspension per sports season, the student will be dismissed from the team or group for the remainder of the sports season. Student participants suspended from school may not participate in practices, games, or performances during the suspension.
  9. The Grand County Board of Education supports the UHSAA and all State and Federal laws regarding the use or possession of alcohol, tobacco (or any tobacco containing product) or other illegal drugs. Every effort shall be made at the local, region and state levels of participation to eradicate the promotion, use or abuse of alcohol, drugs and tobacco with regard to participation in high school sports and activities. Students caught using or in possession of alcohol, tobacco or other illicit drugs will be subject to the following consequences:

    A. First Offense: Suspension from 20% of games, meets, matches, competitions or performances at the same level of play (and any intervening levels as well). Practice may be continued following a personal assessment of the student by a licensed substance abuse intervention or treatment program and/or participation in a qualified intervention program, with the cost being the participants responsibility.

    B. Second Offense: A six weeks suspension from games, meets, matches, competitions or performances. Student participation in an assessment by a licensed substance abuse intervention or treatment program with prescribed follow-up is required. Practice may continue only after the assessment has been completed and positive participation in the prescribed follow-up is occurring.

    C. Third Offense: An eighteen week suspension from games, meets, matches, competitions or performances and practices. Reinstatement of eligibility at the end of the eighteen week suspension is predicated upon successful completion of a formal assessment, intervention and treatment program. In all of the foregoing offenses, local school and/or district requirements which deal with discipline, suspension, corrective measures, parent/guardian involvement, rehabilitation, and so forth, must be met.

    Note: A participant’s violations will carry over from year to year and sport/activity to sport/activity during the participant’s career — there is no “fresh start” each year. Violations must occur and be discovered during a sport/activity season. Any penalties for violation (s) follow the student to any school to which he/she transfers. Any violation(s) beyond the third offense will carry the same penalty as the third offense.
  10. Participants classified ineligible by the above standard will not be excused from school or allowed to travel, participate, perform, stand or sit with the team, be in uniform, announced or recognized as a team member, or represent the school in any capacity. This rule includes activities and events normally considered extensions of regular classroom instruction, such as band, chorus, drama, speech or other classes that might apply. Students not meeting the eligibility standards will be allowed to participate or perform in extended class activities at the local level, as long as the activity is NOT sponsored by the UHSAA, part of a regular schedule and does not require the loss of regular class time.
  11. Extra curricular activities under the guidelines mentioned above include:

Baseball
Basketball 
Cross-Country 
Drill Team
Football 
Golf 
Soccer 
Softball
Tennis 
Track

Volleyball 
Wrestling
Choral 
Jazz 
Solo & Ensemble 
Cheer
Forensics & Debate
Drama 
Outdoor Ed 
Stage Crew

Responsibility to School

It is expected that coaches, advisors, and other responsible adults will ensure that students representing Grand County School District represent themselves and the District well while maintaining their eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities. Further, it is expected that coaches/sponsors are to be held responsible for their own actions should they obtain knowledge of training rules infractions. Only through consistent and fair application of the eligibility rules will respectability be maintained for our programs.

Adopted: 9/20/95; Revised: 9/17/97; Revised: 6/16/99; Revised 12/18/02; Revised 11-16-05 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah

5700 - STUDENTS - RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Students may exercise their constitutionally protected rights of free speech, expression, giving due consideration to the rights of others and the time, place, and manner of the expression.

Students have the right to fair, consistent, and respectful treatment by staff members and other students.

Students have the right to be informed about the rules of the school. When a student is referred for disciplinary action, the student has the opportunity to respond to the allegations.

Students 18 years of age or older, or under 16 years of age with parental consent, have the right to see their own personal files, cumulative folders, transcripts, and other school records during school hours. Students have the right to insert rebuttals to information and opinions in their files.

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

Students shall be free from unreasonable search and seizure by school officials. School officials may search a student or a student's property with reasonable cause, or with the student's consent.

SEARCHES OF PLACES

Students do not have an expectation of privacy or exclusive control of areas such as lockers, which are owned and jointly controlled by the District. These areas may be searched with or without reasonable cause.

LOCKERS

Principals of secondary schools will assign lockers to students for the storage of educational materials and supplies.

At the time of assignment, the principal will:

  1. Inform the student that he or she shares the locker with the school as a co-tenant and that the school has the right to search the locker as needed without prior notice.

  2. Conduct periodic searches as needed in order to insure that lockers do not impose a health or safety hazard to other students or the school.

If at all possible, the principal will inform the student that an inspection or search of the locker will take place and ask the student to be present during the search.

  1. Locker inspections or searches will not be conducted by out-of-school personnel or employees of the school without the permission of the principal, or in his or her absence, the superintendent.

SEARCHES OF STUDENTS

Searches of students' outer clothing and pockets may be conducted if reasonable cause exists. Highly intrusive invasions of a student's privacy, such as searches of the student's person, shall be conducted only if reasonable cause exists to believe that the student possesses contraband.

POLICE INVOLVEMENT

If law enforcement authorities are involved in the search, the search shall be conducted under criminal law standards rather than under the provisions of this policy.

STUDENT CONSENT

If the District does not have reasonable cause to search a student or his property, the District may search with the student's free and voluntary consent. However, consent obtained through threat of contacting the police authorities is not considered to be freely and voluntarily given.

Adopted: 6/22/94 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah 
 

5710 - STUDENTS - RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES - INTERVIEW PROCESSES

POLICE QUESTIONING & APPREHENSION

The principal will cooperate with all welfare, social service agencies and law enforcement agencies, while at the same time, taking every precaution to protect the welfare, civil and legal rights of the student.

  1. Individual students may not be interviewed or visited by any person except the parents or legal guardian, or employee of the school district without the approval of the principal. The principal will not grant such interviews unless he or she deems it to be in the best interest of the student's welfare or as may be required by a court order.

  2. Upon request of a police officer or law enforcement agency representative to question or interview a student, the principal will proceed as follows:

    A. Contact the parent or guardian of the individual student involved and request the parent or guardian be present at the interview or questioning.

    B. If the parent or guardian cannot be reached and the interview or questioning cannot be rescheduled, the principal shall act on behalf of the parent.

    C. The principal will inform the student of his or her right to have legal counsel present during the interview.

    D. The principal shall keep a written transcript of the interview and proceedings for his or her records.

Adopted: 6/22/94 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT *Moab, Utah 
 

5720 - STUDENTS - RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES - COMPLAINTS

PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to secure at the first possible level prompt and equitable resolution of student complaints, including those alleging discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, or handicap.

PRESENTATIONS & HEARINGS

In most circumstances, students shall be entitled to administrative conferences and informal presentations of the complaint to the Board.

REPRESENTATION

At any level of the complaint and adult may represent the student.

If the complaint involves a problem with a teacher, the student shall in most circumstances be expected to discuss the matter with the teacher before requesting a conference with the Principal at Level One.

Level One  

A student who has a complaint shall request a conference with the Principal within ten calendar days of the time the student knew, or should have known, of the event or series of events causing the complaint. The Principal shall schedule and hold a conference with the student within five days.

Level Two

If the outcome of the conference with the Principal is not to the student's satisfaction, the student has ten calendar days to request a conference with the Superintendent or designee who shall schedule and hold a conference. Prior to or at the conference, the student shall submit a written complaint that includes a statement of the complaint and any evidence in its support, the solution sought, the student's signature, and the date of the conference with the Principal.

Level Three

If the outcome of the conference with the Superintendent or designee is not to the student's satisfaction, the student may present the complaint to the Board at the next regular meeting.

The Board shall designate a portion of its regular monthly meeting to hear student complaints. The Board President may set reasonable time limits on complaint presentation. The Board shall listen to the complaint, but is not required to respond or take action on the matter unless the complaint is from an aggrieved party.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

If the complaint involves complaints or charges about an employee, the Board in executive session shall hear it unless the employee complained about requests it to be public.

Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised: 12/18/02 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah


5730 - STUDENTS - RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES - COURT INFORMATION 

DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION

(R277-714-3) Information received from the courts concerning juvenile offenders shall be forwarded by the Superintendent of Schools to the Principal of the school which the juvenile is currently attending. That information may be available to:

1. Principal of the school;

2. Vice Principal, where one is assigned

3. School Counselor on a need to know basis

4. District Special Education Director if the student is enrolled in the special education program and issues of service are affected.

5. Any staff member who might work with the student if there is an issue of imminent danger to persons or property.

Any dispute regarding the dissemination of information shall be decided in favor of the student’s right to privacy, except in the event of apparent imminent danger to persons or property.

Adopted: 11-16-05 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah

5740 - STUDENTS' RIGHTS - CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT PROHIBITED

In accordance with Utah Code 53A-11-801-4 and Utah State Board of Education R277-608, the Grand County Board of Education prohibits the use of corporal punishment in its schools. “Corporal punishment” is defined as the intentional infliction of physical pain upon the body of a minor child as a disciplinary measure.” A “minor child” means a person under the age of 18, or under the age of 23 if receiving educational services as an individual with a disability.

A school employee may not inflict or cause the infliction of corporal punishment upon a child who is receiving service from the school.

The use of reasonable and necessary physical restraint or force in self-defense may be appropriate in circumstances when it is necessary to:

1. Obtain possession of a weapon under the control of the child;

2. Protect the child or another person from physical injury;

3. Remove from a situation a child who is violent or disruptive; or

4. Protect property from being damaged.

An employee may not be subjected to any sanction for failure or refusal to commit an act prohibited by this policy

Reports made on violations of the policy are subject to requirements of confidentiality provided by Utah Code 62A-4-513.

Any school or individual who, in good faith, makes a report or cooperates in an investigation by a school or authorized public agency concerning a violation of this policy is immune from any civil or criminal liability that might otherwise result by reason of those actions.

SANCTIONS

Civil or criminal action may proceed against any employee without hindrance in the case of corporal punishment which would be considered unreasonable discipline.

The School District shall initiate an investigation upon receiving a complaint that an act of corporal punishment has occurred. The principal of the school where the complaint originates will investigate to determine whether there is cause for action.

Should there be evidence that corporal punishment has been administered to a student, the Superintendent will meet with the staff member in an informal conference to determine if further action is warranted. Based upon the findings of the meeting, the Superintendent may proceed with Employee Policy #4155B - Grounds for Dismissal, or 4566C - Grounds for Dismissal.

Approved: 11-15-06 GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, Moab, Utah

5400 - STUDENTS - SATISFACTORY COMPLETION - ELEMENTARY

 

GRADES K-6

The following guidelines and standards have been established to insure a meaningful elementary education for each student to help prepare them for advancement to the middle school.

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION

  1. A sequence of basic minimum competency skills shall be taught at each grade level to insure the successful completion of the elementary grades.
     
  2. In order for a student to be considered eligible for promotion to the next succeeding grade, except for those students officially classified as disabled and whose disability will have a direct bearing, the student shall have completed and mastered basic elemental skills in reading, writing, spelling and math.

REMEDIATION

The Board realizes that as students progress through the grades, the grade level spread in any given class or age group increases rather than decreases. Therefore, every attempt will be made to remediate specific skill deficits at each grade level in an attempt to insure that students will be no less than one and one-half years below the student's academic potential at the beginning of the next grade.

TESTING

Disclosure of test results and other progress reports will be made to parents or legal guardians and other legally appropriate persons. Parent/teacher conferences will be held once during each school term to provide in-depth information to the parties concerned.

  1. Each student will be evaluated on the basis of criterion-referenced tests in reading and math.
  2. Teacher constructed tests and teacher evaluation of progress will be used to evaluate individual success in all other areas.

  3. The reading tests will cover decoding skills and the ability to comprehend the material read.

  4. The math tests will evaluate computation skills and problem solving ability.

  5. Other areas in the communication skills to be evaluated will include spelling and writing.

OTHER EVALUATION

The student will show progress commensurate with his or her potential at each grade level in the ability to write and spell correctly, previously identified words from specific word lists, write sentences, paragraphs. The student will also be able to compose a story or report of several paragraphs using correct literary style on or before promotion to the middle school.

ATTENDANCE

  1. Students will maintain acceptable attendance during school years. Sufficient attendance shall be required to provide opportunity for students to receive the educational benefits of extensive class discussions and interaction with others.

  2. Teachers will report to the principal any student who is not maintaining an acceptable attendance standard.

  3. The principal will investigate the reason for excessive absenteeism and make every attempt to correct violations.

  4. If in the opinion of the principal the student's attendance record is so poor as to have hindered the student's educational program and progress, the principal may recommend retention at that grade level.

PROMOTION OR RETENTION

Promotion or retention should be made on the basis of the placement that promises to best serve the welfare of the individual student after consideration of all available information and factors.

Some factors that will be considered in placing a student are his or her academic achievement, chronological age and mental ability, social and emotional adjustments, physical characteristics and individual progress.

If after a complete and thorough evaluation the student is judged to have failed to make satisfactory progress and is in need of further remediation and the regular classroom teacher and principal agree that the student would benefit educationally, retention shall be recommended.

ELEMENTARY RETENTION

The principal is directed to examine all records and recommend promotion or retention as deemed best for the individual student. If retention is the placement selected, the principal will take the following steps:

  1. Request a written report from the regular classroom teacher(s). The report will contain all information to support the reasons retention is recommended.

  2. The principal will meet with the classroom teacher(s) with the purpose being to arrive at an agreement concerning the need for retention. A special education evaluation will be submitted for students with disabilities.

  3. The principal will arrange a conference with the parent or guardian of the student and provide the parent or guardian all information needed and make the recommendation that the student be retained.

  4. The parent or guardian will have the opportunity to examine all records, reports, and other information as requested.

  5. The principal will discuss the possible benefits and consequences of retention in a professional and cooperative manner.

  6. The parent or guardian of the student will be allowed to sign a waiver of retention if an agreement to retain a student cannot be reached. The principal will file one copy of the waiver in the student's permanent record and file one copy with the superintendent's office.

  7. If in the opinion of the principal the parent or guardian has been negligent or unreasonable regarding a student's placement, and the principal feels that promotion to the next level is not in the best interest of the student, the principal will accept a waiver. The waiver may be obtained by the parent or guardian attending a conference with the superintendent, at which time the superintendent will make the final decision regarding placement. 

ADVANCEMENT TO MIDDLE SCHOOL

  1. Students who have demonstrated competencies in basic skills shall be advanced to the middle school.
     
  2. Students who have mastered some but not all of the basic requirements will be advanced to the middle school upon recommendation of the principal after examination of the student's individual progress and determination that the advancement is in the best educational interest of the student.

Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised 12-18-02 *GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah 
 

5410 - STUDENTS - SATISFACTORY COMPLETION - MIDDLE SCHOOL

PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS 

Subject AreaTotal Units RequiredDescription

Language Arts2.0 Units7th Grade English 
8th Grade English

Mathematics2.0 UnitsGeneral Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra

History2.0 Units7th Grade Utah History 
8th Grade American History

Science2.0 Units7th Grade Earth/Life Science 
8th Grade Physical Science/Chemistry

T.L.C. 
(Technology, Life Skills & Careers)2.0 UnitsTechnology, Life Skills & Careers, Computer/Business Skills,  
Shop/Marketing Skills

Health & P.E.2.0 Units7th Grade Quest (Health), PE 
8th Grade Health, PE

Fine Arts / Electives3.0 Units1.5 units 8th Grade; 1.5 units 7th Grade

Total Units Required for Promotion = 15.0

MIDDLE SCHOOL CREDIT RETRIEVAL

Conditions, which apply to middle school credit retrieval, are as follows:

  1. To avoid student failure, teachers shall issue periodical progress reports to students and make themselves available to assist students after school within contract hours. In addition, parents shall be formally notified of student progress at mid-term through Parent-Teacher Conferences. At this time, parents shall be encouraged to work closely with the school to assist the student in passing the course(s) in jeopardy.
     
  2. No credit shall be given for failed courses. However, credit may be regained by completing any of the following requirements:

    A.   Enrollment in Credit Make-up Class  - Conducted by a licensed teacher after regular school hours, the class shall be convened for a one and one half-hour session, three days a week. Enrolled students shall be given a trimester-packet of work in the failed subject.  Upon satisfactory completion of the work, the student shall be issued credit for the course and given a grade. The cost for enrolling in the class is $25 to $50 per packet. This fee shall go directly toward paying for the services of the certified teacher beyond contracted time. If a student does not complete the packet in one trimester, no credit shall be given. Students may elect to pay the fee and enroll in a second trimester of credit make-up. Students with multiple failing grades can complete more than one packet per trimester and appropriate credit will be issued for the number of packets completed. 

    B.    Home-Tutored Supervision of Credit Make-up - Parents may elect to hire a tutor for home supervision of trimester packet work. The school shall issue packets to parents at a cost of $50 per packet. When the student completes a packet, the parent shall return the packet to school for evaluation. Upon successful completion of the work, the student shall be issued credit for the course and be given a grade. Fees shall go directly toward staff time and materials for packet preparation and evaluation of completed work by a certified staff member. 

    C.    Summer School - Based upon the condition that summer school is offered, a student having no more that four-trimester "F" grades (2.0 credits) may elect to enroll. The enrollment fee for summer school shall be set at the end of the school year. A student enrolling in summer school shall be offered 7th or 8th grade packets. Upon successful completion of the packet(s), the student shall be issued credit for the course and be given a grade to replace the failed courses. 

    D.    Retention - Based on current educational research, this option is the last supported by the School District. Should a student be unsuccessful in completing his/her credits by August of the new school year, he/she shall be re-enrolled as a full time student at the grade level in which the student lacks credit.
  3. Special Education students under the stipulation of an Individual Education Program (IEP), or students under the stipulation of a 504 Plan, shall be required to meet the stipulations of their plans to earn course credit. The IEP or 504 team shall determine advancement for these students. 
  4. Situations involving students, who experience extreme physical or mental duress during the school year, shall be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Division of Child and Family Service, Four Corners Mental Health, or a qualified physician may submit letters requesting advancement to the next grade level. The school's Child Study Team for a determination of the student's educational status shall review such requests.

Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised 12-16-98; Revised 12-18-02 *GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT *Moab, Utah 
 

5420 - STUDENTS - SATISFACTORY COMPLETION - HIGH SCHOOL

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 
 

Subject AreaTotal Units RequiredDescription

Language Arts4.0 Credits  

1.0 Unit English 9; 1.0 Unit English 10; 1.0 Unit English 11; 1.0 Unit English 12

Social Studies3.0 Credits  

9th Grade - World Geography; 10th Grade - World Civilization; 
11th Grade - U.S. History; 12th Grade - Government

Mathematics2.0 Credits
3.0 Credits - 2011

Algebra 1, Geometry
1 credit from approved list

Science2.0 Credits
3.0 Credits - 2011

2 units, 1 each from any two of the following areas: 
Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics 

Physical Education1.5 Credits

9th Grade - Skills & Technique; 10th Grade - Fitness for Life;  
11th Grade - Lifetime Activities, Weight Training or PE waiver

Health.5 Credit 

Fine Arts1.5 Credits 

Informational Technology.5 Credit

Computer

Financial Literacy.5 Credit 

Career & Technical Education1.0 Credits

Any vocational course except work-based learning may be selected to complete the requirements unless they are used to fulfill other requirements

Total Units of Required Courses Needed for Graduation = 16.5 (18.5 - 2011)

Total Units of Elective Courses Needed for Graduation = 9.5 (7.5 - 2011)

Total Units Required for Graduation = 26.0

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT CREDIT

Grand County School District students who meet the District's academic qualification may use approved classes taught by State of Utah higher education institutions as concurrent enrollment towards high school graduation requirements.

The School District will reimburse the institution for the cost of those classes up to the amount that the State of Utah reimburses Grand County School District. For example, classes taught during the regular school day on the high school campus by high school staff, college staff, or delivered over the EdNet. The School District will also allow other than regular school hours sessions of concurrent enrollment if there is compensation by the university.

If the graduation and SEOP needs of the student are being met by the School District, the student will pay for classes for which the State does not reimburse the School District. For example, courses delivered off the high school campus, usually at the Higher Education Center, may be included towards the student's graduation requirements when evidence of successful completion is presented to the school counselor.

Grand County School District will not reimburse to a higher education institution if a student fails a class, drops out or withdraws after withdrawal penalties are applied. Institutions will be responsible for seeking class costs.

Students will be responsible for associated school fees and books costs.

GUIDELINES FOR CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT

In order to support students who wish to be concurrently enrolled in both high school and a college or university the following guidelines are provided.

A high school junior or senior may take college or university courses with the appropriate pre-requisite courses and grades. Seniors must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Juniors must have a 3.5 grade point average, unless a higher grade point is required by an individual college or university. Students who do not have the required grade point may ask three other teachers to review their circumstance and make a recommendation to the school administrator regarding registration in college or university courses. Also, students in special situations may be allowed to attend the Higher Ed Center with the High School Counselor’s approval if the cause is determined to meet a need that cannot be met at the High School site, and compensation to the School District is available.

The student is responsible for matriculation fees. The District is responsible to pay only for successfully completed course(s) for which the State of Utah reimburses Grand County School District. The student will attend class in accordance with attendance policies of the high school. Should the student withdraw after the date for withdrawal has been announced, the student or his or her parents will be responsible for the cost of the course.

Courses generating 3 semester college credits will equal one year of high school credit.

All seniors taking English 101 will be required to take a semester of AP English. A student with a 3.5 grade point average, or one who has earned A's in Honors English the previous year, will be allowed to take English 101 from the college or university in lieu of the other semester of English 12. Students with a grade point average below 3.5 will be expected to take English 12 at GCHS. In special circumstances a student may petition to take English 101.

GRADING FOR CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT CLASSES

Grades in concurrent enrollment classes will be recorded on the high school transcript and figured in to the student's high school transcript and cumulative GPA.

GUIDELINES FOR REPEAT CLASSES

Should a student fail regular high school classes, the following conditions apply. The student who fails a class may repeat it at current cost per trimester. A student may make-up the credit by taking a correspondence course or through the Arches Education Center's high school completion course. The cost of the correspondence class(es) or Arches program will be borne by the student or his or her parents.

Should a student with a disability fail a regular high school class because of his or her disability, the charge for repeating the class will be waived.

For those students who retake a college class, when the new grade is earned, it will replace the old grade and alter their GPA.

AUTHORITY TO WAIVE SPECIFIC UNITS

Upon recommendation of the principal, and within the minimum twenty-six (26) units, the superintendent may waive specific requirements other than those legislated by state statutes when it is deemed necessary to meet the needs of individual students.

CREDITS & RECORDS TRANSFERS

The District shall accept all credits earned toward state graduation requirements by students in accredited Utah public schools and in accredited non-public schools, including credits earned in accredited summer school programs. Credits earned at non-accredited schools may be accepted at the accredited school's discretion. Accreditation shall be effective for purposes of this part if done by the Utah State Board of Education for non-public schools, or if done by the Utah State Board of Education or the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges for public schools.

PLACEMENT OF TRANSFERS

Records and transcripts of students from non-public schools or from out of state shall be evaluated, and students shall be placed promptly in appropriate classes and appropriate credit(s) awarded.

Students transferring in from another school prior to completing a quarter or semester may have credit transferred under the following guidelines:

  1. Credit may be given at the discretion of the high school principal by using withdrawal grades from the transferring school and awarding units of credit as determined by the time the student has spent earning credit in the prior school.
     
  2. Credit may be transferred as outlined above if the student has not missed ten or more days in making the transfer. 

COMPLETION OF ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

Grand County High School is a four (4) year high school including grades nine through twelve (9-12); therefore, students are expected to successfully complete and be in attendance for twelve (12) full trimesters. However, students may graduate after completion of eleventh grade after earning the appropriate number of credits as outlined for graduation from grade twelve. The required unit of 12th grade English may be replaced with another applicable course on approval of the building administrator. Students planning on early graduation must have their courses approved by the principal as early as possible, preferably at the beginning of grade nine.

All other attendance requirements adopted by the Grand County School Board of Education will remain in force.

The Board of Education may waive attendance requirements in special cases, not covered by the SEOP, upon recommendation of the superintendent and staff. 

CLASS REGISTRATION

  1. Grand County High School provides a five (5) period instructional day. Every student must enroll in five (5) periods per day. 
  2. The principal may schedule a release period at other times of the day, if appropriate, on an individual basis. 
  3. Release time for off campus religious instruction will be scheduled on an individual basis by the principal. 
  4. Students in grades 9-11 must be enrolled in at least three (3) basic subject areas (English, math, science, and social studies) during each year of attendance at Grand High School. Seniors may be enrolled in those classes needed for completion of graduation requirements.

NORMAL PROGRESS/CLASS STANDING

  1. Students will be registered as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors based on the number of credits earned at the close of each school year.

    A.    Eighth grade students completing the approved program of studies at the middle school shall be classified as freshmen (9th grade students) during the next school year. 

    B.    Students who have earned six (6) units of credit during their freshman year will be classified as sophomores during the next school year. 

    C.    Students who have earned at least twelve (12) units of credit during their freshman and sophomore years will be classified as juniors during the next school year. 

    D.    Students who have earned at least eighteen and one half (18.5) units of credit during their freshman, sophomore and junior years will be classified as seniors during the next school year. 

    E.    Students who have not earned eighteen and one half (18.5) units of credit during the three (3) previous years (freshman, sophomore, junior) will not be classified as seniors and will not be considered candidates for graduation.    

    F.    Extension courses, summer school credit, or other appropriate consideration used to satisfy credit deficiencies may be approved by the principal for reclassification, or normal progress toward high school completion and graduation.

TRACKING AND RECORD KEEPING

  1. A tracking and record keeping system for each student has been designed and developed and is kept on file. Records will be updated as needed.
  2. The tracking system begins at the first year of the middle school (7th grade) and continues until culmination of the senior high school program.
     
  3. Keeping records on the individual student is a function of advisors and the building principal.

REPORTING TO PARENTS

Test results and status of student progress will be available to parents or guardians and other legally appropriate persons.

TYPES OF DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES

Students who have met all of the requirements for graduation as approved by the Grand County Board of Education, will receive a diploma according to Utah State Administrative Rule R277-705.

GRADUATION/SEPARATION ACTIVITIES

Only those students receiving a regular High School Diploma or a Certificate of Progress or Completion per his or her IEP will be allowed to participate in the graduation or separation activities.  

Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised: 10/28/98; Revised: 12/16/98; Revised: 11/17/99; Revised 12-18-02; Revised 09-21-05; Revised 06-18-07 
GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah 
  
  
5430 - STUDENTS - SATISFACTORY COMPLETION - REPORTING TO PARENTS

PHILOSOPHY

The Board believes that good communication between parent and teacher is important in the educational process.

With this in mind, the Board believes that the reporting contacts between parent and teacher should be varied and frequent. All forms and methods of communications, such as parent/teacher conferences, mail, telephone, and school visitation by parents will be utilized.

The progress report should reflect the educational growth of the pupil in relationship to his ability and achievement.

The purposes of reports shall be:

1. to inform parents and the student of the achievement made by the student;

2. to help the student, parents, and teacher work cooperatively for the student's improvement through closer understanding or the work of the school; and

3. to improve the quality of instruction by realizing the student's needs.

REPORTING OF STUDENT PROGRESS

The school shall use three methods of reporting achievement and progress to parents and students.

ELECTRONIC REPORTS - SIS

Parent/Student Access to Grades and Progress Reports

1. Teachers in grades K-12 will provide secure access by parents and students to student grades and progress reports (Utah Code Section 63D-1-105-2). Access will be provided through use of the School District’s student information system (SIS 2000), copies of progress reports, and notices of “At-Risk of Failing”.

2. Teachers in grades K-6 will update their electronic grade book at a minimum, every other week.

3. Teachers in grades 7-12 will update their electronic grade book each week.

REPORT CARDS

Formal report cards will be issued at the end of each school term. This report is intended to designate the achievement of the student for each term with term averages.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE

Parent/teacher conferences will be held at least twice per school year and are intended to be an effective means of reporting on a student's efforts and progress. The conference should be constructive. It should be based on records, samples of work, and observation of the student's abilities and work habits.

Notice of Student At-Risk of Failing

Teachers in grades K-12 will provide notice to a parent/guardian when a student’s grade drops below 70% (at risk of failing). For grades 7-12, notices will be reported a minimum of three times during the term. Minimum reporting periods will be prior to midterm, at midterm, and two weeks before the end of the term (approximately every three weeks).

All teachers will document contacts with and notices sent to parents/guardians regarding the above.

EXAMINATIONS

Class examinations should be conducted on a regular schedule and to the extent deemed advisable in the evaluation of student progress and teaching methods. Examinations will be consistent with learning concepts and teaching objectives.

GRADING

The Board recognizes that many grading systems are used in schools throughout the state and nation. It is apparent that no single grading system provides the in-depth information needed or requested by parents or guardians and teachers to insure educational benefit or progress by individual students. Therefore, the administration is directed to use a grading system or systems that best reflect current educational practices and provides the most complete measurement of student progress in a given class or program.

MARKING KEYS MOST OFTEN USED

Elementary

A - Very good progress and achievement
B - Above average progress and achievement
C - Average progress and achievement
S - Satisfactory progress and achievement
U - Unsatisfactory progress and achievement

Principals shall provide the elementary staff with guidelines and required record keeping procedures in order to insure uniform grading among individual teachers and schools.

Secondary

A - Indicates outstanding achievement
B - Indicates higher than average achievement
C - Indicates average achievement
D - Indicates lower than average achievement
F - Indicates failure - results are not satisfactory. Secondary school credit is not given with the letter grade "F".
P - “Pass” is used in classes where regular letter grades are not given. Secondary school credit is given with the letter grade "P".

Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised 12-18-02; Revised 02-15-06 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah 
  
  
5440 - STUDENTS - SATISFACTORY COMPLETION - GRADUATION/SEPARATION

The Grand County Board of Education accepts the responsibility to provide direction and set educational standards for all schools in the District.

Standards have been established to insure a meaningful education that builds on the student's elementary, middle school and high school experiences and results in a diploma or individual performance certificate.

Graduation or separation activities are traditional ceremonies conducted under the direct authority of the Board of Education. Students are encouraged to attend these activities and be recognized for their achievement; however, students are not required to attend any of the ceremonies or activities. The Board may also determine alternate methods of awarding diplomas or individual program certificates and any other awards given for successful completion of approved program standards if deemed to be in the best interest of the District.  

Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised 12/18/02 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah 

5450 - STUDENTS - SATISFACTORY COMPLETION - AWARDS

The Board encourages the professional staff to maintain a set of criteria and procedures for presenting letters or other suitable awards to students for scholarship and distinguished service in any school activity. In all cases, the relationship between the award and the relevant goal or goals of the schools should be pointed out.

The professional staff is authorized to review and approve, or reject, proposed trophies, prizes, scholarships or other awards from non-school donors. Acceptance will require affirmative answer to at least the following questions:

  1. Can the proposed award be considered free from motives of personal or corporate gain and publicity?

  2. Are the criteria for making the award under the control of the professional staff, or acceptable to the staff?

  3. Are the purposes, either implied or explicit, of the proposed award consistent with our schools' goals?

Adopted: 6/22/94 *GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT *Moab, Utah

5300 - Student - Attendence

For updated and school specific attendance policy information please refer to the Student Discipline Guide
or each school's Student/Parent Handbook. This policy is under renewal and construction.
 
 

PHILOSOPHY

Few factors have greater influence upon student success than regular attendance. Daily participation in a demanding and meaningful education program is vital to success. The District believes that in order to benefit fully from the educational opportunities provided, students must be in school. Students, parents, guardians, teachers and the administration share responsibility for attendance. Parents and legal guardians have primary responsibility.

COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE

Resident students who are at least six years of age and not more than 18 years of age, shall attend school or have an excused absence for at least the State mandated minimum days and or hours of the regular school year, unless exempted as indicated below. Attendance shall be in District schools or in some other district to which the student may legally be transferred, or in a regularly established private school. Parents or any other person having control of a minor between six and 18 years of age are responsible for sending the minor to school.

Exemptions

Students who meet one or more of the following conditions to the satisfaction of the Board shall be exempt from compulsory attendance requirements and shall be given a certificate, issued by the Board, stating that the minor is excused from attendance during the time specified on the certificate:

  1. A student over age 16 may receive a partial release from school to enter employment if the student has completed the eighth grade, or if the minor's services are required for the support of a parent. Minors receiving this exemption must still attend school part-time as required by the Board. 
  2. On an annual basis, a minor between six and 18 years of age may receive a full release from attending a public, regularly established private or part-time school or class if one of the following is established to the Board's satisfaction:

    A.    The minor has already completed the work required for graduation from high school.

    B.    The minor is taught at home in the subjects prescribed by the State Board of Education in accordance with the law and for the same length of time as minors are required by law to be taught in the District. A minor receiving a partial release in order to enter employment under item 1 above may be excused from attending required part-time school if the minor is taught the required number of hours at home. 

    C.    The minor is in a physical or mental condition, certified by a competent physician, which renders attendance inexpedient and impracticable. 

    D.    There is no school or class taught for the required length of time within 2.5 miles of the minor's residence or place of employment, and free transportation is not provided to a school or class located beyond 2.5 miles. 

    E.    Proper influences and adequate opportunities for education are provided in connection with the minor's employment. 

    F.    The Superintendent determines that the minor, if over age 16, is unable to profit from attendance at school because of inability or a continuing negative attitude toward school regulations and discipline.

Non-Compliance - Secondary Students

If a student's non-attendance reaches six (6) days for the school year, the school will notify the parent or guardian by mail. If the student's non-attendance reaches ten (10) days for the school year, the school will mail a second notification. At this time the student and parent will be required to attend a conference with the principal or his or her designee. If a student's non-attendance reaches thirteen (13) days for the school year, a final notification will be sent to the parent via certified mail. If the student's non-attendance reaches sixteen (16) days for the school year, the student's name and attendance records will be reported in writing to the Juvenile Court for non-attendance.
  
Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised: 12/13/95; Revised: 01-17-01; Revised: 07-18-01; Revised: 12-18-02 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah 
  

5310 - STUDENTS - ATTENDANCE - ABSENCES & EXCUSES 

For updated and school specific attendance policy information please refer to the Student Discipline Guide
or each school's Student/Parent Handbook. This policy is under renewal and construction.
 

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

Every student is required to be in school and in each class. State law stipulates that every parent or guardian having control of any minor between ages 6 and 18 years of age shall assure that such minor shall attend school. Exceptions must meet requirements of the law. (Section 53A-11-101 Utah Code)

DEFINITIONS OF ABSENCES

Doctor or Agency-Excused Absences: Any written excuse for absence signed by a medical professional, judge, human services worker, or other agency officially excusing a student's non-attendance. Notes excusing students should include the date(s) and duration of time the student is excused from attending school. Note: these days do not count as part of the fifteen days of parent-excused absences.

Parent-Excused Absences: Fifteen (15) days wherein a parent or guardian has discretion to excuse his/her student for illness, family emergency or other reasons deemed necessary by the parent/guardian. Students who are more than one-half hour late for class are considered absent from class for that period (secondary) or half-day (elementary) and require a parent/guardian excuse.

Pre-Arranged Absences: (Please see In the Case of Extenuating Family Plans under Attendance Control Policies.)

School-Excused Absences: An absence from class wherein a student is participating in another school activity. Students who participate in school extra-curricular activities during the school day are required to gain school approval to miss class. Note: school-excused absences do not count toward a student's non-attendance because the student is present and participating in an activity provided by the school.

Tardy: (student is less than one-half hour late for class). During the school day, extenuating circumstances beyond the student's control may result in a student being tardy to class. To excuse the tardy the student may receive a pass or a written excuse signed by a staff member which should then be taken to the Attendance Office for an admit to the next class. A tardy of this nature will not be recorded on the student's records. Teachers are not required to provide make-up work for un-excused tardiness.

Truancy: Any absence wherein the parent/guardian or the school cannot account for the whereabouts of a student.

ATTENDANCE CONTROL POLICIES

To Excuse an Absence: The parent/guardian is asked to phone his/her student's school prior to 9:00 a.m. the day of the absence. To assure each student's safety, if the school does not receive a call by 9:00 a.m., the attendance clerk shall attempt to contact the parent to verify the student's absence. If the parent has no telephone access, the student is required to bring a note from the parent excusing the absence upon re-entry to school. Notes should be dated, signed, and a reason listed by the parent or guardian. Upon return to school, it is the student's responsibility (or the parent/guardian's responsibility for kindergarten through third grades) to request missing work and due dates from the teacher(s).

In the Case of Truancy: A student who is absent without a parent/guardian or school excuse is considered truant. Should a student be found truant, the student shall be issued a truancy citation. Utah State Code requires that school districts submit the student's name to Juvenile Court should a student receive more that two truancy citations.

In the Case of Tardiness: Tardiness is a form of non-attendance. Elementary students, grades K-6, are allowed twenty (20) tardies per year. Secondary students, grades 7-12, are allowed twenty (20) tardies per trimester. The school shall contact the parent/guardian should ten (10) tardies occur. Should a student exceed the total number of allowed tardies, the student's name shall be submitted to Juvenile Court as a non-attendance issue.

In the Case of Extenuating Family Plans: A parent/guardian may gain permission from the principal for a "pre-arranged absence" for his/her student. Pre-arranged absences may be approved for educational trips or extenuating family need. The parent/guardian may obtain a pre-arranged absence request form from the school office. Note: parent/guardian must gain this approval for pre-arranged absences from the building principal. Individual teachers do not have the authority to approve a pre-arranged absence. Up to 10 days is allowed for pre-arranged absence.

COURT-RELATED STUDENTS

Absences caused by required juvenile proceedings and child abuse or neglect investigations shall be excused. The reason for the absence must be stated in writing by the probation officer or caseworker.

SUSPENDED STUDENTS

If a student is suspended, the absence shall be considered an excused absence if the student satisfactorily completes the assignments for the period of suspension within a reasonable time determined by the District. The District may impose a grade adjustment on the work made up by a student who has been suspended.

COURT-RETURNED STUDENTS

The absence of a student who returns to school as a result of prosecution under the truancy law or by order of a court may be excused if the student:

  1. Returns to school and attends class regularly and to the satisfaction of the District.
  2. Satisfactorily completes assignments for the period of the absence within a reasonable time determined by the District.
  3. Passes an examination at the completion of the class.

ATTENDANCE FOR CREDIT

In accordance with the Utah Code, a student shall not be given credit for a class if the student has been absent, whether excused or unexcused, more than nine (9) days in a quarter. Extra-curricular activities such as sports, drama, music, debate, etc. are counted as school attendance. An attendance committee, appointed by the principal at the school site, can give credit based on extenuating circumstances for the absences. 
 
Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised: 9/20/95; Revised: 12/18/02 * Grand County School District * Moab, Utah 
  

5320 - STUDENTS - ATTENDANCE - TRUANCY 

For updated and school specific attendance policy information please refer to the Student Discipline Guide
or each school's Student/Parent Handbook. This policy is under renewal and construction.
 
 

If any parent or guardian of a child who is subject to the compulsory school attendance law and not lawfully exempted or properly excused from attendance, willfully fails to require the child to attend school, such case shall be reported in writing by the Board to the Juvenile Court and/or Department of Social Services.

The Board shall make earnest and persistent efforts to resolve a student's attendance problems. These efforts shall include the following, as deemed appropriate or feasible by the Board in individual cases:

  1. Counseling of the student by school authorities.
  2. Enlisting parental support for attendance by the student.
  3. Meeting with the student and the parents or guardian.
  4. Adjusting the curriculum and schedule if determined necessary to meet special needs of the student.
  5. Monitoring of attendance by parents and the school.
  6. Enlisting the assistance of community and law enforcement agencies as appropriate.
     

Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised: 12/18/02 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah 
   

5330 - STUDENTS - ATTENDANCE - SUSPENSION OR REMOVAL

The Board or its designee may suspend a student for a period not to exceed ten school days within a term or remove the student to an alternate educational setting. Suspension for a total of more than six school days within a term is an expulsion and shall occur only as provided in Board policy.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

If a student with disabilities' IEP contains disciplinary sanctions, including emergency removal, suspension, and removal to alternate educational programs, and those sanctions are not currently being challenged in a court or special education administrative appeal, the sanctions implemented in accordance with specifications in the IEP shall be followed without regard to the procedural requirements for emergency removal, suspension, or removal to alternative education programs.

Students with disabilities may be suspended for a period not to exceed ten cumulative school days each school year. Removal for more than ten cumulative school days requires Special Education Committee action, subject to the parents' right to appeal. When the total number of days a student with disabilities is removed or suspended under Board policy is ten school days in a school year, the Special Education Committee shall review the student's IEP, unless the discipline management portion of the IEP specifies otherwise. Students who are removed for more than ten cumulative days are eligible for homebound services from the special education department.

ALL STUDENTS

Before a student may be suspended or removed to an alternate educational program, the Board or its designee shall determine either:

  1. that the student's presence in the regular classroom program or at the home campus presents a danger of physical harm to the student or to others; or
  2. that the student has engaged in serious or persistent misbehavior that violates the District's previously communicated standards of student conduct.

Before suspending a student, the Board or its designee shall consider reasonable alternatives, including appropriate discipline management techniques that may include removal to an alternate educational program. If the Board or its designee determines that suspension is the most appropriate available alternative, the Board or its designee is not required to precede the suspension with another disciplinary action.

TERM OF REMOVAL

Removal to a supervised alternative education setting may not extend beyond the end of the semester during which the conduct that directly led to the removal occurred. If the conduct occurred during the final grade report period of a semester, the removal may extend beyond the end of that semester but may not extend beyond the end of the next semester.

If a student, his or her parent or guardian, the alternative program supervisor and the school principal agree that an additional period in the alternative program would best serve the student's education interest, the Board may permit the student to remain in the alternate program.

If an additional period would best serve a student's educational interest, the Board may permit the student to remain in the alternative program for a period agreed on by the student, his or her parent or guardian, the alternative program supervisor and the school principal. This provision does not apply to the placement of a student with disabilities in an alternate educational program in accordance with the decision of an admission, review, and dismissal committee.

NOTICE & APPEAL

If the decision to remove a student to an alternate educational setting is made by the Board's designee, that decision may be appealed to the Board. The student may be removed to the alternate educational program pending appeal to the Board. Any decision of the Board on a removal is final and may not be appealed.

A student's parent is entitled to notice as soon as reasonably possible of a suspension or removal of a student to an alternate educational program, and an opportunity to participate in a proceeding before the Board to appeal the removal. The notice shall indicate that it is the parent's responsibility to provide adequate supervision for the student during the period of suspension.

PARENT CONFERENCES

If the Board's designee suspends or removes a student to an alternate educational setting for three or more consecutive school days, or five or more cumulative school days within a term, the designee shall encourage the student's parent or guardian to attend a conference to discuss the action and/or the student's misbehavior.

CONTINUANCE OF EDUCATION

The Board or its designee shall provide for the continuance of education of a student removed to an alternate educational program that may include any or all of the following programs:

  1. in-school suspension. Students shall be instructed in the essential elements of the courses in which they are enrolled at the time of removal.
  2. home-based instruction provided that the combined days of suspension and assignment to home-based instruction shall not exceed six school days in a term.

Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised: 12/13/95; Revised: 12/18/02 * Grand County School District * Moab, Utah 
  

5340 - STUDENTS - SCHOOL ATTENDANCE - SCHOOL BOUNDARIES

The major factors considered in establishing school boundaries are:

  1. for effective teaching;
  2. special fields of instruction; and
  3. preparation and correction time.

It appears to be advisable to set up grade boundaries, it will be the responsibility of the principals in the various attendance units to consult with the superintendent to see if this is the most advantageous solution. The superintendent will make a recommendation to the Board reflecting the views of the site principals.

Individual school attendance district boundaries shall be established by the Board of education and may be changed as population conditions warrant, or capacities of buildings require adjustment of pupil loads.

School boundaries shall be established which will insure as much as possible, an equal distribution of pupils for the teachers of each grade level.

This may necessitate setting up grade boundaries in some cases where the load is particularly heavy, rather than school boundaries.

Pupils shall attend the school in the attendance district in which they reside, unless assigned to some other school by the Board of Education. Pupils changing residence during the second semester may complete the school year at the school that they have been attending. 
  
Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised 12/18/02 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah

5200 - Student - Records

5200 - STUDENTS - RECORDS

The Superintendent shall develop and maintain a comprehensive system of student records and reports dealing with all facets of the school program operation. These data and records shall be stored in a safe and secure manner and shall be conveniently retrievable for use by authorized school personnel.

DEFINITION

For the purposes of this policy, the term "education records" means those records, files, documents, and other materials that contain information directly related to a student and are maintained by an education agency or institution or by a person acting for such agency or institution.

The term "education records" does not include:

  1. Records that contain only information about a student after he or she is no longer a student in the District. 
  2. Records made by District personnel that are kept in the sole possession of the maker and are not accessible or revealed to any one other than a temporary substitute for the maker of the record.

CUMULATIVE RECORD

A cumulative record shall be maintained for each student from entrance into District schools until withdrawal or graduation from the District.

This record shall move with the student from school to school and be maintained at the school where currently enrolled until graduation or withdrawal. Records for non-enrolled students shall be retained for the period of time required by law. No permanent records may be destroyed without explicit permission from the Superintendent.

CUSTODIAN OF RECORDS

The Principal is custodian of all records for currently enrolled students at the assigned school. The Superintendent is the custodian of records for students who have withdrawn or graduated. The student handbook distributed annually to all students and parents shall contain a listing of the addresses of district schools, as well as the Superintendent's business address.

TYPES & LOCATIONS OF RECORDS

Each record custodian, at the location listed in the student handbook, shall be responsible for the education records of the District. These records may include:

  1. Admissions data, personal and family data, including certification of date of birth. 
  2. Standardized test data, including intelligence, aptitude, interest, personality, and social adjustment ratings. 
  3. All achievement records, as determined by tests, recorded grades, and teacher evaluation. 
  4. Health services record, including:
    A. The results of any tuberculin tests administered by the District.

    B. The findings of screening or health appraisal programs the District conducts or provides. 

    C. Information and follow-up to ensure that parents have been notified of identified problems and of how they can obtain needed services for the students.

    D. Immunization/vision screening records. 
  5. Attendance records. 
  6. Student questionnaires. 
  7. Records of teacher, counselors or administrative conferences with the student or pertaining to the student. 
  8. Verified reports of serious or recurrent behavior patterns. 
  9. Copies of correspondence with parents and others concerned with the student. 
  10. Records transferred from other districts the student has been enrolled in. 
  11. Records pertaining to participation in extracurricular activities. 
  12. Information relating to student participation in special programs.
  13. Records of fees assessed and paid. 
  14. Other records that may contribute to an understanding of the student.

CONFIDENTIALITY

The District shall protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information in collection, storage and disclosure of records. The superintendent shall assume responsibility for ensuring confidentiality of personally identifiable information. All persons collecting or using this information shall receive training or instruction concerning the legal requirements involved in handling these records. 

Adopted: 6/22/94 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah 
 

5210 - STUDENTS - RECORDS - ACCESS

Each school shall maintain a record, kept with the education record of each student that indicates all individuals, agencies, or organizations that have requested or obtained access to a student's education records. The records shall include at least the name of the person or agency that made the request and the legitimate interest the person or agency had in the information. The record will be maintained as long as the District maintains the student's education record. The record of access shall be available only to parents, school officials responsible for custody of the records, and state, local, and federal officials authorized to audit the operation of the system.

The record shall not include requests for access by, or access granted to, parents of the student or officials of the District, requests accompanied by prior written consent of the parent, or requests for directory information.

ACCESS BY SCHOOL OFFICIALS

For the purposes of this policy, "school officials" shall mean any employees, trustees, or agents of the District, of cooperatives of which the District is a member, or of facilities with which the District contracts for placement of handicapped students. The term also includes attorneys, consultants, and independent contractors who are retained by the District, by cooperatives of which the District is a member, or by facilities with which the District contracts for placement of handicapped students.

School officials have a "legitimate educational interest" in a student's records when they are working with the student, considering disciplinary or academic actions, or developing a handicapped student's individual education plan; compiling statistical data; or investigating or evaluating programs.

ACCESS BY PARENTS

Access to the education records of a student who is or has been in attendance at a school in the District shall be granted to the parent of the student who is a minor or who is a dependent for tax purposes. "Parent" includes a natural parent, a guardian, or an individual acting as a parent in the absence of a parent or guardian.

The District shall presume that a parent has authority to inspect and review the student's records unless it has been provided with evidence that there is a court order, state statute, or legally binding document that specifically revokes these rights. The custodian of records shall delete all references in educational records to the residence of the managing conservator (custodial parent) prior to their release to the possessory conservator (non-custodial parent).

If material in the education record of a student includes information on another student, only the portion of the material relating to the student whose records were requested may be inspected and reviewed.

REQUEST PROCEDURE

The cumulative record shall be made available to the parent. Records may be reviewed during regular school hours upon written request to the record custodian. The record custodian or designee shall be present to explain the record and to answer questions. The confidential nature of the student's records shall be maintained at all times, and the records shall be restricted to use only in the Superintendent's, Principal's, or counselor's office, or other restricted area designated by the record custodian. The original copy of the record or any document contained in the cumulative record shall not be removed from the school.

ACCESS BY STUDENT

Whenever a student has attained 18 years of age or is attending an institution of post-secondary education, the rights accorded to, and consent required of parents, transfer from the parents to the student.

ACCESS BY OTHER PERSONS

Personally identifiable information in education records shall not be released without the written consent of the student's parents, except to the following:

  1. School officials, including teachers, who have legitimate educational interests. An administrator or teacher is entitled to access to a student's medical records maintained by the District only if he or she has completed inservice training on HIV infection.
  2. Officials of other schools or school systems in which the student seeks or intends to enroll, provided that the District either: 

    A. includes in its policies a statement that notifies the parent or student that it forwards education records on request of the other school to such officials; or 

    B. makes a reasonable attempt to notify the parent (unless the transfer of records is initiated by the parent.) 
  3. In either case, the District shall furnish a copy of the transferred records to the parent if requested, and give the parent an opportunity for a hearing to challenge the content of the record. 
  4. Authorized representatives of the Comptroller General of the United States, the Secretary of Education, or state and local educational authorities who require access to student or other records necessary in connection with the audit and evaluation of federal or state-supported education programs; or in connection with the enforcement of or compliance with federal legal requirements that relate to such programs.
  5. Personnel involved with a student's application for, or receipt of, financial aid.
  6. State and local officials to whom such information is specifically required to be reported or disclosed by state statute.
  7. Organizations conducting studies for educational agencies or for the purpose of developing, validating, or administering predictive tests, administering student aid programs, and improving instruction. Such studies must be conducted so that personal identification of students and their parents will not be revealed to persons other than authorized personnel of the organizations conducting the studies. Such information must be destroyed when no longer needed for the original purposes of the studies..
  8. Accrediting organizations that require the information for purposes of accreditation. 
  9. Parents of a student who is a dependent for tax purposes. 
  10. Appropriate persons who, in an emergency, must have such information in order to protect the health or safety of the student or other person. 
  11. Any person requesting directory information, as defined in local policy, after the District has given public notice of that definition.

In order for personally identifiable information in education records to be released to any individual, agency, or organization other than to the student and those listed above, written consent must be obtained from the student's parent. Such consent shall specify records to be released, the reason for such release, and to whom the records are to be released. Such information may also be released in compliance with a judicial order or subpoena provided that the District makes a reasonable effort to notify the parent and student of the order or subpoena in advance of compliance.

TRANSFER NOT PERMITTED

Personal information from student education records shall be transferred to a third party only on the condition that such party will not permit any other party to have access to such information without the written consent of the student's parent.

DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Directory information shall include a student's name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, dates of attendance, and the most recent previous school attended by a student. The District may release information if it has given public notice of:

  1. The types of personally identifiable information that it has designated as directory information.
  2. The right of the parent to refuse to permit the District to designate any or all of that information about the student as directory information.
  3. The period of time within which the parent must notify the District in writing that he or she does not want any or all of those types of information about the student designated as directory information.

FEES FOR COPIES

No fee shall be charged to search for or to retrieve the education records of a student. A fee may be charged for copies of education records (except for IEP's) that are made for the parents or students under this policy provided that the fee does not effectively prevent them from exercising their right to inspect and review those records. Hardship cases shall be dealt with on an individual basis. When a fee is charged it will be a per copy cost, payable in advance, as specified in the annual notice to parents of their privacy rights (Policy #5240).

TRANSCRIPTS AND TRANSFERS OF RECORDS

The District may request transcripts from previously attended schools for students transferring into District schools; however, the ultimate responsibility for obtaining transcripts from sending schools rests with the parent or student, if 18 or older.

The District shall promptly forward education records upon request to officials of other schools or school systems in which the student intends to enroll.

Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised 12/18/02 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah

5220 - STUDENTS - RECORDS - RIGHT TO AMEND RECORDS

The parent of a student whose records are covered by this policy may ask the District to amend the student's record if the parent believes it contains information that is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student's right of privacy or other rights. If the District decides not to amend the education records requested, it shall inform the parent of its decision and his right to a hearing to challenge the content of the student's education records.

If the District decides to amend the records as a result of the hearing, it shall inform the parent in writing. If, as a result of the hearing, the District decides not to amend the records, it shall inform the parent of the right to place a statement in the records commenting on the contested information and/or stating why the parent disagrees with the decision of the District. Any explanation shall be maintained with the contested part of the record as long as the record is maintained and shall be disclosed whenever the contested portion of the record is disclosed.

PROCEDURE TO AMEND RECORDS

Within 15 school days of the record custodian's receipt of a request to amend records, the District shall notify the parents in writing of its decision on the request and, if the request is denied, of their right to a hearing. If a hearing is requested, it shall be held within ten school days after the request is received.

Parents shall be notified in advance of the date, time, and place of the hearing.

An administrator who is not responsible for the contested records and who does not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing shall conduct the hearing. The parents shall be given a full and fair opportunity to present evidence, and at their own expense, may be assisted or represented at the hearing.

The parents shall be notified of the decision in writing within ten school days of the hearing. The decision shall be based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing and shall include a summary of the evidence and reasons for the decision. If the decision is to deny the request, the parents shall be informed that they have 30 school days within which to exercise their right to place in the record a statement commenting on the contested information and/or stating any reason for disagreeing with the District's decision.

ANNUAL NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS

The District shall give parents of students in attendance and eligible students annual notification of their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and of the places where copies of this policy may be located including notice of the right to file complaints concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the provisions of the Act. 

Adopted: 6/22/94 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah 
 

5230 - STUDENTS - RECORDS - RECORDS OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

The District shall permit parents to inspect and review education records collected, maintained, or used for purposes of identifying, evaluating, placing, or educating students with disabilities.

ACCESS RIGHTS

In addition to policies applicable to all student records, the following guidelines shall apply when parents request to review or inspect District records relating to the education of their handicapped child:

  1. Parents may request that a representative inspect and review the records. 
  2. The District shall comply with a request without unnecessary delay and before any meeting regarding an individual education plan (IEP) or hearing relating to the identification, evaluation, or placement of the child. 
  3. The District shall keep a record of persons obtaining access to these student records (except access by parents and authorized employees) including name, date of access, and the purpose for which the person is authorized to use the records.

The date of access shall be included in the access record.

PARENTAL CONSENT

Parental consent must be obtained before personally identifiable information is used for any purpose other than meeting a requirement under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or disclosed to anyone other than officials of agencies collecting or using this information. The District may not release information from these records without parental consent except as provided in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

CONFIDENTIALITY

The District shall protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information in collection, storage, disclosure, and destruction of records. The Director of Special Education shall assume responsibility for ensuring confidentiality of personally identifiable information for records of students with disabilities. All persons collecting or using this information shall receive training or instruction concerning the legal requirements involved in handling these records.

DESTRUCTION OF INFORMATION

The District shall inform parents when personally identifiable information is no longer needed to provide educational services to a student with disabilities, typically at age 27. Such information may be given to parents via phone calls or through three (3) public announcements in the Salt Lake and Moab newspapers during the month prior to such proposed destruction. Files to be destroyed may be given to former students or their parents. Parents may also request that files be destroyed if they are no longer needed to provide educational services. A permanent record of the student's name, address, and phone number, grades, attendance record, classes attended, grade level completed, and year completed may be maintained without time limit. 
 
Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised: 12/13/95; Revised: 12-18-02 * Grand County School District * Moab, Utah 
  

5240 - STUDENTS - RECORDS - ANNUAL NOTIFICATION FORM

NOTICE OF PARENT AND STUDENT RIGHTS 
FAMILY EDUCATION RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT

The Grand County School District maintains general education records required by law. A student's school records are private and are protected from unauthorized inspection or use. A cumulative record is kept for each student from the time the student enters the District until the student withdraws or graduates. This record moves with the student from school to school.

By law, both parents, whether married, separated, or divorced, have access to the records of a student who is a minor or a dependent for tax purposes, as do students who are 18 years of age or older. A parent whose rights have been legally terminated will be denied access to the records if the school is given a copy of the court order terminating these rights.

The Principal is custodian of all records for currently enrolled students at the assigned school. The Superintendent is the custodian of all records for students who have withdrawn or graduated. Records may be reviewed during regular school hours. The record custodian or designee will respond to reasonable requests for explanation and interpretation of the records. The address of the Superintendent's office is 264 South 400 East Moab, Utah 84532.

The addresses of the principals' offices are:  

Sundwall Preschool 
190 E 100 N 
Moab  UT  84532

Red Rock Elementary 
685 Mill Creek Dr 
Moab  UT  84532

Helen M. Knight Intermediate 
168 W 400 N
Moab  UT  84532

Grand County
Middle School 
439 S 100 E 
Moab Utah 84532

Grand County
High School 
608 S 400 E 
Moab UT 84532

Parents of a minor or a student who is a dependent for tax purposes, the student (if 18 or older), and school officials with legitimate educational interests are the only persons who have general access to a student's records. "School officials with legitimate educational interests" include:

  1. school district employees, agents, board members; or
     
  2. cooperatives of which the District is a member; or 
     
  3. facilities that the District contracts with for placement of students with disabilities, as well as their attorneys and consultants, who are:

         A.    working with the student;

         B.    considering disciplinary or academic actions, the student's case, or the student's individual education plan (IEP);

         C.    compiling statistical data; or

         D.    investigating or evaluating programs.

Certain other officials from various governmental agencies may have limited access to the records. The District forwards a student's records on request to a school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll without the necessity of the parent's permission. Parental consent is required to release the records to anyone else. When the student reaches 18 years of age, the right to consent to release of records transfers to the student.

The parent's or student's right of access to, and copies of, student records does not extend to all records. Materials such as, but not limited to, teachers' personal notes on a student that are shared only with a substitute teacher and records on former students do not have to be made available to the parents or students.

Students over 18 and parents of minor students may inspect the student's records and request a correction if the records are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other rights. If the District refuses the request to amend the records, the requestor has the right to a hearing. If the records are not amended as a result of the hearing, the requestor has 30 school days to exercise the right to place a statement commenting on the information in the student's record. Although improperly recorded grades may be challenged, parents and students are not allowed to contest a student's grade in a course through this process. Parents or students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education if they feel that the District is not in compliance with the law regarding student records.

Copies of student records are available at a cost of 25¢ per page, payable in advance. Parents may be denied copies of student's records (1) after the student reaches age 18 and is no longer a dependent for tax purposes; (2) when the student is attending an institution of post-secondary education; or (3) if the parent fails to follow proper procedures and pay the copying charge. If the student qualifies for free or reduced-price lunches and the parents are unable to view the records during regular school hours, upon written request of the parent, one copy of the record will be provided at no charge.

Certain information about District students is considered directory information. Following proper request procedures, this information is usually released to recruiters and some colleges, unless the parent objects to the release of any or all directory information about his or her child. Any objection must be made in writing to the Principal within ten school days after the issuance of this notice. Directory information includes a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, dates of attendance, and most recent previous school attended.

The District's complete policy regarding student records is available from the Principal's or Superintendent's office. 

Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised: 12-18-02 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT Moab, Utah

5100 - Student Admission

5100 - STUDENTS - ADMISSION

All public schools organized within the Grand County School District shall be open to all children between the ages of 5 and 21 years:

  1. whose parents or guardians reside within the boundaries of the school district; or
  2. whose parents or legal guardians do not reside within the boundaries of the school district but the student is residing in the district under other arrangements. The Superintendent will determine if the arrangement provides acceptable and satisfactory adult supervision and responsibility for the student before he or she grants eligibility; or
  3. whose parents or legal guardians lives in another county with the student who attends school in Grand County.

GUARDIANSHIP FOR RESIDENCY PURPOSES

Any adult person who is willing and able to provide reasonably adequate food, clothing, shelter and supervision for a minor child may obtain guardianship of a minor child by:

  1. Statement of Intent to Become Permanent Resident: Submitting to the Superintendent a signed and notarized statement by the student's legal parent that it is their intent that the student become a permanent resident of the State and to reside with and be supervised by the named responsible adult;
  2. Accepts Responsiblities of Guardianship: Submitting to the Superintendent a signed and notarized statement by a responsible adult who states that he or she accepts the responsibilities of guardianship for the student.

TUITION

Any student who is not a resident of the State of Utah but has obtained written approval to attend school in this District may be required to pay tuition. The tuition is equal to the per capita expenditure for the program in which the student is enrolled, less any State per capita contribution to the program. Students in established exchange programs such as Youth for Understanding, Rotary, etc will not be charged tuition as they are "exchange" students.

KINDERGARTEN

Utah Code 53-19-1 establishes a uniform kindergarten entrance date for all children entering kindergarten in Utah schools. Children entering kindergarten in Utah must be five years old on or before September 2nd of the year in which admission is sought. This law will be strictly applied in the Grand County School District. Readiness tests will not be administered as a means to circumvent the intent or the law regarding the uniform kindergarten entrance requirements.

FIRST GRADE

Pupils whose sixth birth date falls on or before September 2nd of the year admission is sought may enter the first grade. Pupils who have completed one full year of an approved kindergarten program whose birth date falls after September 2nd may be admitted to the first grade following an evaluation by and recommendation of the building principal. 

Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised 12-18-02 GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah 
 

5110 - STUDENTS - ADMISSION - IMMUNIZATION

No person may be admitted to any school in the District unless he or she has presented to school officials a certificate of immunization from a licensed physician or authorized representative of the state or local health department. The document must state that the student has received immunization against communicable diseases as required by the Department of Health.

The Board shall comply with any modifications or deletions in the required immunizations that may be made by the Department of Health.

EXEMPTIONS

Immunization is not a prerequisite for admission to the District schools when the person applying for admission submits one of the following:

  1. Medical Reasons: a certificate signed by a physician who is registered and licensed to practice medicine within the United States stating that the physical condition of the student is such that one or more specified immunizations would endanger the student's life or health. 
  2. Religious Conflict: a statement signed by one of the following persons that the individual has a personal belief opposed to immunizations, or that the person is a bona fide member of a specified, recognized religious organization whose teachings are contrary to immunizations:
A. one of the student's parents. 
B. the student's guardian. 
C. a legal age brother or sister of a student who has no parent or guardian. 
D. the student, if of legal age.

CONDITIONAL ADMITTANCE

A person may be conditionally admitted to the District schools if he or she has received at least one dose of each of the required vaccinations prior to enrollment and continues to receive the necessary vaccinations as rapidly as is medically feasible. Theschool shall review the immunization status of conditionally enrolled students every 60 days to ensure continued compliance.

EXCLUSION OF STUDENTS NOT IN COMPLIANCE

Students enrolled conditionally shall be excluded from school if the parents or guardians do not provide to the school appropriate documentation of adequate immunization. Exclusion from school shall begin five (5) days after the conditional enrollment time period expires. Within those five days, the school shall mail to the last known address of the parent or guardian a final written notice of a pending exclusion and of the student's right for filing an exemption.

EXCLUSION OF EXEMPT AND CONDITIONALLY ENROLLED STUDENTS

Whenever there is good cause to believe that a student attending school under an exemption or conditional enrollment has:

    1. a vaccine-preventable disease;
    2. has been exposed to a vaccine-preventable disease; or
    3. will be exposed to a vaccine-preventable disease as a result of school attendance

the student may be excluded from the school by authority of the local health officer. The student may not attend school until the local health officer is satisfied that the student no longer risks contracting or transmitting the disease.

ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTS OF IMMUNIZATION 
  
School officials may accept any immunization record provided by a licensed physician, registered nurse, or public health official as a certificate of immunization if the type of immunization given and the dates given are specified. This information shall be transferred to an official Utah Certificate of Immunization form and verified by the District.

Each school in the District shall retain official certificates of immunization for every enrolled student. The certificate becomes a part of the individual student's permanent school record.

The records shall be open for inspection at all reasonable times by representatives of local health departments or the State Department of Health.

SUSPENSION

If the conditional enrollment period expires a written notice shall be mailed to the last-known address of a parent or guardian indicating suspension is pending completion or progress towards certification of immunization, and informing the recipient of the notice of the student's rights to an exemption.

Beginning five days after the notice is sent, the school principal shall prohibit further attendance by the conditionally enrolled student for failure to obtain the immunization required or otherwise established by rule of the State Department of Health. 
 
Adopted: 6-22-94; Revised 12/18/02 Grand County School District * Moab, Utah 
 

5120 - STUDENTS - ADMISSION - VISION SCREENING

A child under seven years of age entering school for the first time in this state must present one of the following to the school:

  1. A certificate signed by a licensed physician, optometrist, or other licensed health professional approved by the Division of Services for the Visually Handicapped, State Office of Education, stating that the child has received vision screening to determine the presence of amblyopic or other visual defects.
  2. A written statement signed by at least one parent or legal guardian of the child that the screening violates the personal beliefs of the parent or legal guardian.

The District shall conduct free vision screening clinics for children aged three and a half to seven, but may not use a licensed health professional, providing vision care to private patients, as part of the clinics.

District personnel shall cooperate with the Division of Services for the Visually Handicapped in following up on students who fail vision screening.

The District shall report to the Division of Services for the Visually Handicapped the screening results from the free visual screening clinics and shall include in the report any other information required by the Department of Health. 
  
Adopted: 6/22/94 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah 
  
 
5130 - STUDENTS - ADMISSION - PLACEMENT

In general, pupils will be placed at the grade level to which they are best adjusted academically, socially, and emotionally.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Out-of-state transfer students, transfer students from Utah non-public schools, and foreign exchange students shall complete all state graduation requirements to be eligible for a Utah diploma. Required units that are not completed prior to enrolling in the District may be satisfied by advanced placement examinations, credit by examination, correspondence courses, completing the course, or demonstrating achievement by meeting the standard requirements of the course.

Additional Local Requirements

The District may require additional local units for graduation under any of the high school programs. 
  
Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised: 12/13/95; Revised: 11/19/97 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah 
  

5140 - STUDENT - ADMISSION - IDENTIFICATION RECORDS

Upon enrollment of a student for the first time in a particular school, the person enrolling the student must, within 30 days, provide either a certified copy of the student’s birth certificate, or other reliable proof of the student’s identity and age, together with an affidavit explaining the inability to produce a copy of the birth certificate.

Upon failure of a person enrolling a student to comply the school shall:

  1. Notify that person in writing that unless he or she complies within 10 days the case shall be referred to the local law enforcement authority for investigation.
  2. If compliance is not obtained with that ten day period, the shall refer the case to local law enforcement authorities.

REPORTING INACCURATE OR SUSPICIOUS AFFIDAVITS

The school shall immediately report to local law enforcement authorities any affidavit received pursuant to this policy which appears inaccurate or suspicious.

IDENTIFICATION OF MISSING CHILDREN

Upon notification by the Criminal Investigations and Technical Services Division of the Department of Public Safety (hereinafter called “the division) of a missing child (in accordance with Section 53-10-203), a school in which that child is currently or was previously enrolled shall flag the record of that child in a manner that whenever a copy of or information regarding the record is requested, the school is alerted to the fact that the record is that of a missing child. The school shall immediately report any request concerning flagged records or knowledge as to the whereabouts of any missing child to the division.

Upon notification by the division that a missing child has been recovered, the school shall remove the flag from that child’s record.

SCHOOL RECORDS FOR TRANSFER OF STUDENT

Within 14 days after enrolling a transfer student, a school shall request, directly from the student’s previous school, a certified copy of his record.

The requesting school shall exercise due diligence in obtaining that record.

Any school requested to forward a copy of a transferring student’s record to the new school shall comply unless the record has been “flagged”, in which case the copy shall not be forwarded and the requested school shall notify the division of the request.

Approved: 12-18-02 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah


5150 - STUDENTS - ACCEPTANCE OF OUTSIDE CREDIT

ACCREDITED SCHOOLS

Grand County School District / GCHS, shall accept student credit at face value from public schools accredited by Northwest Association of Accredited Schools and by other regional or third party accrediting associations recognized by Northwest.

Grand County School District / GCHS shall accept student credit at face value from non-public schools if the school meets the following criteria:

  • the school was accredited by Northwest; or
  • the school was accredited by a regional, national organization, or third party accreditation association representing the appropriate category of the applicant school recognized by Northwest.

The credits designated for acceptance by Grand County School District shall include a description as explanation of the public or non-public school’s credits comparability to Utah Core Curriculum requirements.

Credits that do not compare to Utah Core Curriculum standards/requirements may be accepted as elective credit only.

NON ACCREDITED SCHOOLS

If a school is not accredited, Grand County School District has discretion in accepting the non-accredited school’s credit.

Grand County may choose to consider and accept non-accredited school credit based upon either:

  • examination of course work;
  • a test to verify knowledge in the area in questions;
  • a portfolio of work demonstrating the student’s knowledge;
  • other valid lines of proof;
  • or a combination of any or all of the above.

Reference R277-705-3 State Rules; 53A-13-108.5 Utah Code

Approved: 10-18-06 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah

Admission - 5100

5100 - STUDENTS - ADMISSION

All public schools organized within the Grand County School District shall be open to all children between the ages of 5 and 21 years:

  1. whose parents or guardians reside within the boundaries of the school district; or
  2. whose parents or legal guardians do not reside within the boundaries of the school district but the student is residing in the district under other arrangements. The Superintendent will determine if the arrangement provides acceptable and satisfactory adult supervision and responsibility for the student before he or she grants eligibility; or
  3. whose parents or legal guardians lives in another county with the student who attends school in Grand County.

GUARDIANSHIP FOR RESIDENCY PURPOSES

Any adult person who is willing and able to provide reasonably adequate food, clothing, shelter and supervision for a minor child may obtain guardianship of a minor child by:

  1. Statement of Intent to Become Permanent Resident: Submitting to the Superintendent a signed and notarized statement by the student's legal parent that it is their intent that the student become a permanent resident of the State and to reside with and be supervised by the named responsible adult;
  2. Accepts Responsiblities of Guardianship: Submitting to the Superintendent a signed and notarized statement by a responsible adult who states that he or she accepts the responsibilities of guardianship for the student.

TUITION

Any student who is not a resident of the State of Utah but has obtained written approval to attend school in this District may be required to pay tuition. The tuition is equal to the per capita expenditure for the program in which the student is enrolled, less any State per capita contribution to the program. Students in established exchange programs such as Youth for Understanding, Rotary, etc will not be charged tuition as they are "exchange" students.

KINDERGARTEN

Utah Code 53-19-1 establishes a uniform kindergarten entrance date for all children entering kindergarten in Utah schools. Children entering kindergarten in Utah must be five years old on or before September 2nd of the year in which admission is sought. This law will be strictly applied in the Grand County School District. Readiness tests will not be administered as a means to circumvent the intent or the law regarding the uniform kindergarten entrance requirements.

FIRST GRADE

Pupils whose sixth birth date falls on or before September 2nd of the year admission is sought may enter the first grade. Pupils who have completed one full year of an approved kindergarten program whose birth date falls after September 2nd may be admitted to the first grade following an evaluation by and recommendation of the building principal. 

Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised 12-18-02 GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah 
 

5110 - STUDENTS - ADMISSION - IMMUNIZATION

No person may be admitted to any school in the District unless he or she has presented to school officials a certificate of immunization from a licensed physician or authorized representative of the state or local health department. The document must state that the student has received immunization against communicable diseases as required by the Department of Health.

The Board shall comply with any modifications or deletions in the required immunizations that may be made by the Department of Health.

EXEMPTIONS

Immunization is not a prerequisite for admission to the District schools when the person applying for admission submits one of the following:

  1. Medical Reasons: a certificate signed by a physician who is registered and licensed to practice medicine within the United States stating that the physical condition of the student is such that one or more specified immunizations would endanger the student's life or health. 
  2. Religious Conflict: a statement signed by one of the following persons that the individual has a personal belief opposed to immunizations, or that the person is a bona fide member of a specified, recognized religious organization whose teachings are contrary to immunizations:
A. one of the student's parents. 
B. the student's guardian. 
C. a legal age brother or sister of a student who has no parent or guardian. 
D. the student, if of legal age.

CONDITIONAL ADMITTANCE

A person may be conditionally admitted to the District schools if he or she has received at least one dose of each of the required vaccinations prior to enrollment and continues to receive the necessary vaccinations as rapidly as is medically feasible. Theschool shall review the immunization status of conditionally enrolled students every 60 days to ensure continued compliance.

EXCLUSION OF STUDENTS NOT IN COMPLIANCE

Students enrolled conditionally shall be excluded from school if the parents or guardians do not provide to the school appropriate documentation of adequate immunization. Exclusion from school shall begin five (5) days after the conditional enrollment time period expires. Within those five days, the school shall mail to the last known address of the parent or guardian a final written notice of a pending exclusion and of the student's right for filing an exemption.

EXCLUSION OF EXEMPT AND CONDITIONALLY ENROLLED STUDENTS

Whenever there is good cause to believe that a student attending school under an exemption or conditional enrollment has:

    1. a vaccine-preventable disease;
    2. has been exposed to a vaccine-preventable disease; or
    3. will be exposed to a vaccine-preventable disease as a result of school attendance

the student may be excluded from the school by authority of the local health officer. The student may not attend school until the local health officer is satisfied that the student no longer risks contracting or transmitting the disease.

ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTS OF IMMUNIZATION 
  
School officials may accept any immunization record provided by a licensed physician, registered nurse, or public health official as a certificate of immunization if the type of immunization given and the dates given are specified. This information shall be transferred to an official Utah Certificate of Immunization form and verified by the District.

Each school in the District shall retain official certificates of immunization for every enrolled student. The certificate becomes a part of the individual student's permanent school record.

The records shall be open for inspection at all reasonable times by representatives of local health departments or the State Department of Health.

SUSPENSION

If the conditional enrollment period expires a written notice shall be mailed to the last-known address of a parent or guardian indicating suspension is pending completion or progress towards certification of immunization, and informing the recipient of the notice of the student's rights to an exemption.

Beginning five days after the notice is sent, the school principal shall prohibit further attendance by the conditionally enrolled student for failure to obtain the immunization required or otherwise established by rule of the State Department of Health. 
 
Adopted: 6-22-94; Revised 12/18/02 Grand County School District * Moab, Utah 
 

5120 - STUDENTS - ADMISSION - VISION SCREENING

A child under seven years of age entering school for the first time in this state must present one of the following to the school:

  1. A certificate signed by a licensed physician, optometrist, or other licensed health professional approved by the Division of Services for the Visually Handicapped, State Office of Education, stating that the child has received vision screening to determine the presence of amblyopic or other visual defects.
  2. A written statement signed by at least one parent or legal guardian of the child that the screening violates the personal beliefs of the parent or legal guardian.

The District shall conduct free vision screening clinics for children aged three and a half to seven, but may not use a licensed health professional, providing vision care to private patients, as part of the clinics.

District personnel shall cooperate with the Division of Services for the Visually Handicapped in following up on students who fail vision screening.

The District shall report to the Division of Services for the Visually Handicapped the screening results from the free visual screening clinics and shall include in the report any other information required by the Department of Health. 
  
Adopted: 6/22/94 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah 
  
 
5130 - STUDENTS - ADMISSION - PLACEMENT

In general, pupils will be placed at the grade level to which they are best adjusted academically, socially, and emotionally.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Out-of-state transfer students, transfer students from Utah non-public schools, and foreign exchange students shall complete all state graduation requirements to be eligible for a Utah diploma. Required units that are not completed prior to enrolling in the District may be satisfied by advanced placement examinations, credit by examination, correspondence courses, completing the course, or demonstrating achievement by meeting the standard requirements of the course.

Additional Local Requirements

The District may require additional local units for graduation under any of the high school programs. 
  
Adopted: 6/22/94; Revised: 12/13/95; Revised: 11/19/97 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah 
  

5140 - STUDENT - ADMISSION - IDENTIFICATION RECORDS

Upon enrollment of a student for the first time in a particular school, the person enrolling the student must, within 30 days, provide either a certified copy of the student’s birth certificate, or other reliable proof of the student’s identity and age, together with an affidavit explaining the inability to produce a copy of the birth certificate.

Upon failure of a person enrolling a student to comply the school shall:

  1. Notify that person in writing that unless he or she complies within 10 days the case shall be referred to the local law enforcement authority for investigation.
  2. If compliance is not obtained with that ten day period, the shall refer the case to local law enforcement authorities.

REPORTING INACCURATE OR SUSPICIOUS AFFIDAVITS

The school shall immediately report to local law enforcement authorities any affidavit received pursuant to this policy which appears inaccurate or suspicious.

IDENTIFICATION OF MISSING CHILDREN

Upon notification by the Criminal Investigations and Technical Services Division of the Department of Public Safety (hereinafter called “the division) of a missing child (in accordance with Section 53-10-203), a school in which that child is currently or was previously enrolled shall flag the record of that child in a manner that whenever a copy of or information regarding the record is requested, the school is alerted to the fact that the record is that of a missing child. The school shall immediately report any request concerning flagged records or knowledge as to the whereabouts of any missing child to the division.

Upon notification by the division that a missing child has been recovered, the school shall remove the flag from that child’s record.

SCHOOL RECORDS FOR TRANSFER OF STUDENT

Within 14 days after enrolling a transfer student, a school shall request, directly from the student’s previous school, a certified copy of his record.

The requesting school shall exercise due diligence in obtaining that record.

Any school requested to forward a copy of a transferring student’s record to the new school shall comply unless the record has been “flagged”, in which case the copy shall not be forwarded and the requested school shall notify the division of the request.

Approved: 12-18-02 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah


5150 - STUDENTS - ACCEPTANCE OF OUTSIDE CREDIT

ACCREDITED SCHOOLS

Grand County School District / GCHS, shall accept student credit at face value from public schools accredited by Northwest Association of Accredited Schools and by other regional or third party accrediting associations recognized by Northwest.

Grand County School District / GCHS shall accept student credit at face value from non-public schools if the school meets the following criteria:

  • the school was accredited by Northwest; or
  • the school was accredited by a regional, national organization, or third party accreditation association representing the appropriate category of the applicant school recognized by Northwest.

The credits designated for acceptance by Grand County School District shall include a description as explanation of the public or non-public school’s credits comparability to Utah Core Curriculum requirements.

Credits that do not compare to Utah Core Curriculum standards/requirements may be accepted as elective credit only.

NON ACCREDITED SCHOOLS

If a school is not accredited, Grand County School District has discretion in accepting the non-accredited school’s credit.

Grand County may choose to consider and accept non-accredited school credit based upon either:

  • examination of course work;
  • a test to verify knowledge in the area in questions;
  • a portfolio of work demonstrating the student’s knowledge;
  • other valid lines of proof;
  • or a combination of any or all of the above.

Reference R277-705-3 State Rules; 53A-13-108.5 Utah Code

Approved: 10-18-06 * GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT * Moab, Utah

Subject Matter - 6500

6600 - INSTRUCTION - SCHOOL CALENDAR

The basic term of employment for employees shall be determined by the Board and shall be incorporated in a school working calendar. This calendar shall designate the beginning and the ending of the school session and all other dates pertinent to the school operation. When adjustments in the calendar are necessary due to weather or other emergencies, appropriate notice shall be given to the employees.

A calendar specifying holidays and beginning and ending dates of employment for teachers and other educational employees will be adopted annually.

The annual calendar will specify the number of teaching days and the number of non-teaching days.

The calendar shall be adopted annually in March for the following school year. 

Adopted: 5-16-95; Revised: 12-18-02GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTMoab, Utah 
  
  
6610 - INSTRUCTION - SCHOOL CALENDAR - YEAR/DAY

TRIMESTER BASIS

The District shall operate on a trimester basis and shall adhere to the requirements of the appropriate curriculum prepared by the State Board.

BEGINNING DATE

Student attendance for the first trimester of the regular school term shall be established by the Board of Education pursuant to a calendar adopted annually.

LENGTH OF SCHOOL YEAR

The schools of the District shall be in operation the equivalent of a nine-month school term as established by the State Board of Education. However, the nine-month period may be completed on a year-round school basis as adopted by the Board of Education. The school year shall consist of at least 180 days during each school year.

Exceptions

The Board of Education may approve the operation of schools for less than the number of instructional and inservice hours specified above when disaster, flood, extreme weather conditions, fuel curtailments, or other calamities have caused the closing of schools.

EVENING SESSIONS

The Board shall provide late afternoon and evening sessions and determine which students shall be admitted or assigned to such school programs. Eligibility requirements, as defined by the policies of the State Board, shall be applicable to those students attending late afternoon and evening sessions.

SCHOOL DAY

Ordinarily, pupils are requested not to come to school until approximately ten minutes prior to the opening of school. However, for pupils wishing to use the library or other facilities, buildings will be open at least fifteen minutes before the first class and remain open at least fifteen minutes after the closing of classes.

Buildings will also be opened to accommodate students when earlier arrival is made necessary because of bus schedules.

No pupil shall be permitted to leave the school at recess or at any other time before the regular closing hour other than the lunch period, except, as follows:

  1. when a pass has been issued by the school office; or
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  3. when pursuing an approved schedule of school activities which require the pupil to leave the school (i.e., field trips).

Pupils shall be instructed to go home, or elsewhere as directed by the parent/guardian, immediately following the close of the school day unless attending a regularly organized program of instruction, recreation, or school activities which follow the dismissal of school.

No deviation from the child's regular routine for leaving school shall be authorized by school personnel without written permission of the parent/guardian.

Parents/guardians, or others authorized to care for a student, shall be notified before a student is sent home or elsewhere at other than the regular time of dismissal. No elementary student should be sent home alone. Every effort will be made to contact parents of secondary students before sending them home alone.

SCHOOL HOURS

Grade                                         Hours Per Day                         Hours Per Week

Kindergarten - First                   4½ hours minimum                     22½ hours minimum 
Second - Twelfth Grades          5½ hours minimum                     27½ hours minimum

DISMISSAL

No school or grade may be dismissed before the regular hour for dismissal, except, by the approval of the Superintendent or his/her designee. 

Adopted: 5-16-95; Revised: 12-18-02; Revised 07-06-05; GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTMoab, Utah 
  
  
6720 - INSTRUCTION - STUDENT ISSUES - TESTING

The Criterion-Reference Diagnostic Testing Program is based on the need for objective information concerning the students in the school system.

Teachers must familiarize themselves with the need and function of test scores. They should use the tests to insure a better educational experience for each individual by analyzing the tests for areas of weakness in particular skills or subject matter.

The District shall administer the state and federally mandated assessment tests as directed each school year.

Parent permission must be obtained on forms provided when any student is tested on an individual basis or is subject to an evaluation which is not administered to his/her entire class. 

Adopted: 5-16-95; Revised 03-19-03; GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTMoab, Utah 
  
  
6730 - INSTRUCTION - STUDENT ISSUES - RELEASED TIME

SPECIAL STUDENT INSTRUCTION

Students are to be excused from school for any major religious holidays or religious instruction upon written parent/guardian request. In the case of a religious holiday, a pupil's absence from school should be an excused absence with no penalty. He/she should not be deprived of an award, and should be given the right to make up tests.

The staff shall cooperate with parent/guardian of students who wish to make winter trips or unusual travel having educational value for their student(s). The parent/guardian may be asked to make arrangements well in advance with the principal.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Requests for released time for work experience will be considered, provided:

  1. the principal determines the work experience to be of educational benefit to the student sufficient to warrant this type of experience in place of regular school class;
  2. the employer agrees to an acceptable plan of supervision of the student and to report absences or lack of effort upon the part of the student or termination of the student to the principal;
  3. that upon termination, either voluntarily or by request, the released-time privilege will be cancelled and the student re-enrolled in a regular class during that time whether or not the student can receive a grade or credit; and
  4. all requirements of the State of Utah and the Federal labor laws and regulations are met.
  5. the student must be concurrently enrolled in a related ATE course at the high school.
  6. the work experience must be a paid experience where the student has withholding tax, FICA and workman's comp coverage.

Adopted: 5-16-95GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTMoab, Utah 
  
  
6740 - INSTRUCTION - STUDENT ISSUES - PUBLICATIONS

Student publications are important elements of the instructional program, and contribute directly to the accomplishment of the schools' goals. The Board wishes to support the development of student-produced school newspapers, annuals, and magazines.

The Board recognizes the students' constitutionally protected right to freedom of expression. Freedom of expression in our schools shall be interpreted as including, and not being contrary to:

  1. development of student responsibility in distinguishing between freedom and license.
  2. consideration by the faculty of the maturity levels of students and of appropriate standards of journalistic taste.
  3. care for the development of skills of written expression among students.

Student participation in journalistic competition, when approved by the Board, should be encouraged.

Instructors or administrators should not consider student publications as a media for purposes other than that of the students. 

Adopted: 5-16-95GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTMoab, Utah 
  
 

6750 - INSTRUCTION - STUDENT ISSUES - PRODUCTION OF SERVICES & MATERIALS

Students may produce services and materials in the schools only to the extent that such production furthers such students' educational development.

Costs of services and products produced in school shops and laboratories for non-school use or consumption shall be borne by the user or consumer to the extent that such costs are over and beyond normal instructional and material costs.

Priorities for availability of services and products for non school use (such as servicing automobiles in vocational shops) shall be as follows:

  1. pupils of the schools.
  2. adults other than school system employees.
  3. school system employees or members of the Board of Education (because of the possibility of charges of conflict of interest, this third category should be utilized with great care).

Teachers will not excuse students from study-hall or classes for the purpose of acting as monitors, paper graders, clerks, librarians, audio-visual operators, etc., without the consent of the principal.

Students will not be used to run personal errands for teachers on school time. 
 

Adopted: 5-16-95GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTMoab, Utah

Library media Centers - 6300

6310 - INSTRUCTION - LIBRARY MEDIA - COLLECTION & DEVELOPMENT

It is the mission of the Grand County School District Library Media Centers to provide students and teachers with the materials, reference services and facilities for the completion of curriculum-related projects and for the pursuit of personal interests, and to collaborate with classroom teachers in the instruction of the Library Media Core Curriculum.

The final authority for the determination of policy to guide selection and acquisition of library materials is vested in the Board of Education. The library media teacher will have full responsibility for the selection of materials with the general consent of the principal, Superintendent and Board.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

The first criterion for selection is educational suitability. This is determined, in large part, by the curriculum. Curriculum needs are in turn determined by teacher request, the State core curriculum, and the teachers' patterns of library use over the years.

Other criterion, are:

  1. Appropriateness for the age, interests, abilities, learning styles, social development, and maturity levels of the students.
  2. Potential to motivate students and staff to examine their own attitudes and behavior, to comprehend their duties, responsibilities, rights, and privileges as participating citizens in our society, and to make informed judgments in their daily lives.
  3. Representation of the diversity of religious, ethnic, political and cultural values held in a pluralistic society.
  4. Illustration of the contributions made by various groups to our national heritage and the world.
  5. Illustration of historical and contemporary forces in society to enable users to recognize and understand social, economic, personal and political problems.
  6. Provision of various points of view about issues, including those considered to be controversial.
  7. Representation of various theories about the physical environment and the universe.
  8. Technical quality and physical condition appropriate to format and intended use.

    A. In books this would include illustrations, index, readable print, readability level, and clear, concise writing style.

    B. In audiovisual materials this would include factually accurate content, visual quality, audio quality, applicability of subject to format, appropriateness for grade level and space.
  9. Scope, arrangement, and organization, relevance of information, special features and overall value to the collection.
  10. Budget..

PROCEDURES FOR SELECTION OF RESOURCES

The librarian and teachers will evaluate available resources, assess curriculum needs, consider networking arrangements, and consult reputable, professionally prepared aids for selection. The District currently subscribes to booklists for this purpose. Whenever possible the actual item shall be previewed or examined and judged as a whole. To this end preview copies will be reviewed whenever possible and staff will be encouraged to attend such conferences as provided by the Utah Educational Library Media Association, and Utah Computers and Educational Technology.

Recommendations for purchase of materials and equipment may be made by administrators, teachers, students, district personnel, and community persons. Decisions to purchase shall be made by professional staff of the District.

Donated resources shall meet the criteria outlined in this policy.

Selection is an ongoing process that includes: reviewing new resources, the removals of resources no longer appropriate, and replacement of lost and/or worn resources of continuing educational value.

Inventory

Taking inventory of books, materials, equipment and furniture is important to provide records to the District, the Northwest Accreditation team, and the Board. It is also a valuable planning and budgeting tool for the librarian.

When the school site has an automated circulation system, the inventory will be ongoing. A physical inventory will also be performed annually.

Weeding

Weeding is an integral part of collection development. It is done to keep the collection current and attractive. The following criteria and guidelines will be used:

  1. the copyright date as a clue to examine the content closely;
  2. the content as judged by the same guidelines as new purchases;
  3. the physical condition of the book must be weighed against the budget and students' attitudes toward old materials;
  4. circulation patterns.

After the initial choices are made by the library media teacher, classroom teachers will be invited to examine the materials and review the librarian's decisions.

The materials still to be removed from the collection will be prepared for a discard, (clearly marked, pocket removed, spine label and bar code marked through) and offered for sale by competitive bid. Any materials not sold will then be disposed of.

Items discarded may or may not be replaced. Again, reference will be made to the Selection of Resources.


Adopted: 5-16-95; Revised: 12-18-02; Revised: 03-19-03; GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT; Moab, Utah.


6320 - INSTRUCTION - LIBRARY MEDIA - CONCERNS ABOUT RESOURCES

Recognizing that opinions about resources may differ, the Board has adopted the following procedures for the review of resources about which concerns have been raised. Any resident, employee, parent or guardian of a student in the Grand County School District may express concerns about resources in the library media center.

PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH CONCERNS

Resources shall remain in use during this procedure.

  1. The librarian or staff initially receiving the expression of concern at that site will listen to the concern, explain the school's selection policies, these procedures, and criteria used for the selection of a resource, and explain the intended educational use of the resource. 
  2. If this process does not alleviate the patron's concern he/she may make a statement in writing including signature, date and address, and file it with the site principal. The principal will inform the Superintendent of the concern, and will in turn bring the statement to the Board. After careful examination and discussion the final decision to retain, or discard of the item will rest with the Board. The Board may involve the librarian and/or anyone else in the discussion. Such requests will be addressed to the Superintendent and will be examined by the Board during their regularly scheduled meeting. In order to allow time for this process the request must be filed at least one week in advance of the meeting, otherwise it will be postponed to the next month's meeting. 
  3. The Board does recognize the right of an individual parent/guardian to request that his/her child not have to read a given book, provided a written request is made to the appropriate building principal.
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    Adopted: 5-16-95; Revised: 12-18-02; GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT;Moab, Utah 
      
      


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6330 - INSTRUCTION - LIBRARY MEDIA - STUDENT USE

Each teacher shall make a concerted effort to see that all students are well acquainted with the Library Media Center, the catalog system used, resource materials available, and basic research as it applies to the particular ability level of the student. 

Adopted: 5-16-95GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTMoab, Utah 
  
 
6400 - INSTRUCTION - METHODS

The schools are not committed to any single method of teaching. Teachers are expected to make their own contributions in a manner most effective for them. Successful teaching manifests itself in the growth and development of students. Such teaching safeguards the personal integrity and emotional development of the pupil.

The Board is dedicated to the idea that the ultimate in instruction is individualized. Individualized instruction is defined as teaching undertaken in a manner that provides for each individual within a classroom. Consideration is given to the individual differences of the pupil insofar as emotional, social, physical, mental and moral growth are concerned. 

Adopted: 5-16-95GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTMoab, Utah 
  
  
6410 - INSTRUCTION - METHODS - FIELD TRIPS

Field trips and excursions are encouraged in order to utilize effectively the many resources of the community and to give students first hand experience. Visits to such places of interest as the central administrative offices, industrial plants, banks, newspaper offices, etc., in the vicinity of Moab (an area closer to Moab than any other town) will contribute to the effectiveness of the work of a good teacher.

Arrangements must be made with the management of the site to be visited. Excursions or field trips must have the approval of the principal in advance, along with approval for any District transportation which may be needed. Parents or guardians must be informed concerning the means of transportation and any costs. A parent/guardian consent form must be secured in writing prior to any activities away from school grounds.

Transportation to sanctioned/approved activities will be supplied by an official District vehicle. In the event any carrier except school vehicles are used, the principal shall satisfy him/herself that the carrier is covered by at least standard limits of liability insurance. In such cases the driver(s) must submit a copy of their current driver's license in order to be covered as a volunteer under District insurance.

Students not attending a field trip activity will be allowed to continue educational endeavors via other placement, i.e. another classroom, library study hall, etc.

OVERNIGHT FIELD TRIPS/ACTIVITIES

The following guidelines for extended travel or overnight activity approval shall be followed:

  1. The trip or activity should provide opportunities which justify the students and teachers missing any scheduled days of school.
  2. The trip or activity should provide opportunities for competition or performance that are not available locally. Emphasis should be on the competition or performance, not the recreational value of the trip.
  3. Only those students competing, performing, or assisting should be excused for the trip or activity.
  4. Activities or trips which involve missing school should be scheduled so that as little class time as possible is missed.
  5. Students who anticipate missing a class for an activity or trip must notify the class teacher prior to the day of absence and make other arrangements for class work.
  6. The principal, or his or her designee, have the responsibility to deny participation in an activity or trip to any student whose class work is not satisfactory.
  7. The trip shall not constitute a heavy cost to the student, school, or District.
  8. All trips will be supervised by a reasonable number of responsible adults. Minimum adult supervision for secondary students is 1 adult per 10 students. Minimum adult supervision for elementary students is 1 adult per 5 students. The principal, in conjunction with the faculty sponsor, will determine what constitutes a reasonable number of adults. Mixed groups require male and female chaperons.
  9. Annual field trips which are normal extensions of classroom activity will be approved by the principal.

SPECIAL EXCURSIONS

Board approval is required if the excursion meets any of the following conditions:

  1. Requires extensive planning and fund-raising activities.
  2. Requires extended travel either in or out of state.
  3. Requires more than two (2) nights lodging expense.
  4. Requires more than two (2) days time out of class for students and teachers.
  5. Requires additional staff or parent chaperons.

Staff will not participate in promoting special excursions prior to Board approval.The special excursion must comply with the Overnight Field Trips/Activities portion of this policy. 
 

Adopted: 5-16-95; Revised: 9-17-97GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTMoab, Utah 
  
 

6420 - INSTRUCTION - METHODS - HOMEWORK

Homework is an extension of classroom learning and should be provided for students based upon student's age and abilities.

Homework assignments should be coordinated among teachers and should be within the limit of expected probability for accomplishment by the student. Homework is not to be used as a form of punishment under any circumstances.

Each school will establish and adopt homework policies appropriate to the age group of the students at that school site. 

Adopted: 5-16-95GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTMoab, Utah 
  
  
6430 - INSTRUCTION - METHODS - MAKE-UP WORK

The Board recognizes that at times it is necessary for students to be absent from school. The Board also recognizes the right of students who have been absent to make-up work they have missed during their absence. Principals and teachers should stress the educational benefits of regular attendance and encourage students who have been absent to make-up the educational assignments missed. Arrangements to do make-up work after an excused absence is the responsibility of the student.

Teachers are not required to provide make-up work for un-excused tardies. Make-up work credit for truancies is not allowed. 

Adopted: 5-16-95GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTMoab, Utah 
  
  
6510 - INSTRUCTION - SUBJECT MATTER - CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES

Sectarian instruction is prohibited in the schools by the law and law interpretation by the Supreme Court. It is the policy of the Board that these laws be strictly adhered to in all schools.

TEACHING CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES

Training for effective citizenship is accepted as one of the major goals of our public schools. Our instructional program developed to achieve this purpose properly places great emphasis upon teaching about our American heritage, the rights and privileges we enjoy as citizens and the citizenship responsibilities that must be assumed in maintaining our American way of life.

In training for effective citizenship, it is frequently necessary for pupils to study issues that are controversial. In considering such issues, it shall be the purpose of our schools to recognize the student's right and/or obligation:

  1. to study any controversial issue which has political, economic, or social significance and concerning which (at his/her level) he/she should begin to have an opinion;
  2. to have free access to all relevant information, including the materials that circulate freely in the community;
  3. to study under competent instruction in an atmosphere of freedom from bias and prejudice;
  4. to form and express his/her own opinions on controversial issues without thereby jeopardizing his/her relation with his/her teacher or the school;
  5. to recognize that reasonable compromise is often an important facet in decision making in our society; and
  6. to respect minority opinions.

To implement the Board's policy the following administrative and teaching regulations are to be observed:

Principals

  1. Assign only teachers of superior training and experience to teach subjects where the discussion of controversial topics occurs most often.
  2. Remind teachers that they do not teach controversial issues, but rather provide opportunities for their study.
  3. Parents who express in writing, their desire to not have their student present during discussions of controversial issues may request their student be allowed to study in the library or attend another class.

Teachers

  1. Deal with controversial topics as impartially and objectively as possible. Do not intrude your own biases.
  2. Handle all such topics in a manner suited to the range of knowledge, maturity, and competence of the students.
  3. Have teaching materials dealing with all possible aspects of the topics readily available.
  4. Don't manufacture an issue. Take up only those that are current and real. When you do, you will be able to find much teaching materials in the current press and periodical literature. Generally your best single sources of reliable information will come from those places, plus court decisions and legal opinions.
  5. Do not expect or require that the class reach an agreement.
  6. Whenever you are in doubt about the advisability of taking up a given "hot" topic, consult with your building principal.
  7. Remember that the policy of the Board is designed to protect you as well as your students from unfair or inconsiderate criticism whenever your students are studying a controversial subject.
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Adopted: 5-16-95GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTMoab, Utah

School Fees

6800 - INSTRUCTION - SCHOOL FEES

The Board recognizes, there are many expenses associated with the operation of the school which are beyond the ordinary costs of education. Added conveniences such as, but not limited to, lockers, yearbook, clubs, travel and tangible products are items of cost which may properly be borne by parents/guardians, and students. After school activities are outside the normal school program and should be supported in some percentage by participating students.

Students shall have equal access to all programs offered by the public school regardless of their parent/guardian's ability or willingness to pay school or participation fees.

SCHOOL FEES

The Board, in compliance with State law, authorizes the following rules regarding school fees, rentals, deposits, participation fees and waiver policy as required:

  1. Students in grades K-8 will be provided free of charge and without deposit, all rental fees, all educational supplies used in the instructional process, except the following items for which a charge may be made: 

    A.    Supplies and materials to construct personal items that are retained by the student. 

    B.    Fees may be charged in connection with any school-sponsored activity if participation is voluntary and does not affect students' grades or ability to participate fully in any program conducted during the regular day. 

    C.    A small fee may be assessed for special events such as class parties, etc., as long as no student is denied the right to participate based on the fee. Principals shall approve or deny all fees assessed for special events. 
  2. Schools may sell or otherwise provide at cost to students in grades 9-12, all student supplies.
  3. Students in grades 9-12 will be required to pay a flat fee rental charge for textbooks, use of equipment and payment for materials used in lab classes. 

    A.    Students who lose textbooks, equipment or materials during the assigned periods will be required to replace said items on a cost replacement basis. 
  4. Students enrolling in Drivers Education will be required to pay a fee. This fee is necessary to defray costs of extended day instructional driving time. See Driver Education Policy #6040. 
  5. Fees may be charged in connection with any school-sponsored activity if participation is voluntary and does not affect students' grades or ability to participate fully in any program conducted during the regular day. 
  6. Fees related to extra-curricular activities and participation for activities sponsored by the Utah High School Activities Association may be charged in accordance with District policy and may not exceed the limits established by the association. A list of those activities for which a fee is attached may be found in the Student Policy Section #5800. 
  7. No, school or school-employee may establish any student fee or cost not set or approved by the Board. 
  8. A fee waiver procedure to insure that students are not denied the opportunity to participate in school activities and educational programs because of the inability to pay deposits or charges, and an appeal process is established by rule of this policy and is included in the Student Section of the Policy Book, #5830. 

    A.    All school and participation fees may be waived upon approval of individual application to the building principal. The principal shall be available to discuss fee waivers as required. 

    B.    Qualification for fee-waiver shall be based on the same documented financial standards and guidelines required to qualify for free or reduced price meals as established by the Child Nutrition Program. 
  9. Any parent/guardian or student who has been denied a fee waiver may appeal to the Superintendent of Grand County School District. Persons who request an appeal should do so in writing.
  10. No student will be denied enrollment in any class during the regular school day, or receipt of transcripts for failure to pay school fees.
  11. The Board will annually review the school fee schedule during a regular meeting. Patrons and staff will be encouraged to attend this meeting to discuss the schedule and help determine needed changes. Written notice of school fees, rental fees, participation fees, waiver policies, and all other conditions regarding this issue shall be published and made available to patrons prior to the opening of school each year. 
      
    Adopted: 5-16-95; Revised: 12-18-02GRAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTMoab, Utah 
    Adopted: 06-19-01; Revised: 12-18-02Grand County School DistrictMoab, Utah