SOARING ABOVE ALL EXPECTATIONS
Dear Parents and Students:
I am indeed honored to welcome you to McCrorey-Liston School of Technology! Whether you are new to McCrorey-Liston School of Technology (MLST) or a returning family, we are happy that you joined us. You have made the right choice for your child’s education. Relationships, rigor and relevance are driving principles at MLST. Our students, staff and families work together to create an environment where children are intellectually challenged in ways appropriate to their individual strengths, needs, and experiences. Our goal is to create a learning community that is committed to engaging and challenging every student in every classroom every day.
At MLST we recognize and value the importance of collaboration in learning. As a Professional Learning Community, we strive to excel, learn and grow together with our students, parents, and community this year.
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This handbook will provide you with the information concerning our mission, beliefs, policies, procedures and other pertinent information. Please review this information carefully and sign the agreement at the end of the handbook in the space that pertains to you, and return it to your child’s teacher
I look forward to a wonderful partnership during the 2018-2019 school year. Again, welcome to McCrorey-Liston School of Technology where eagles “Soar Above all Expectations.”
Have a great year, and I look forward to working with you to support our students.
Dr. Chandra Bell
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The mission of McCrorey-Liston School of Technology in partnership with the community and its stakeholders is to provide all students with a strong curriculum enhanced through the use of technology.
We envision a school that fosters
pro-social behavior while inhibiting the occurrences of problem behavior.
We envision a school that strives to
have all students reading fluently on or
above grade level.
We envision a school that serves the
community by providing a comprehensive child development program.
We envision a school that ensures opportunities to train parents as partners in the education process.
7:00- Arrival of buses
7:25- Students report to class
8:00- School Begins
3:30- Faculty dismissed
Students are not to come to the school or be dropped off at school before 7:00 AM. Supervision cannot be provided for students before 7:00 AM.
Faculty and Staff
Dr. Chandra Bell, Principal
Curriculum Technology Specialist
Demitra Peoples - Power School Clerk
Mary Catherine Garner
Dr. Vera Harrison
Michael Lindsey-General Music and Chorus
Tykedrick Morgan-Physical Education
Vernon Huggins- Band
Vera Barnes (LD Resource)
Keitha Cammon-CD 3
Yvette Collins, CD 4
Vanessa Woodard- Kindergarten Assistant
Lucius Sampson, Supervisor
Sandra Jackson, Manager
For a student to be counted as present, the student must attend school for at least half a day. In other words, students may not leave before 11:00 or may not come to school after 11:00 to be counted as present for that day.
Students arriving at school late (after 8:00 A.M.) will need to stop by the office for a tardy slip before they will be admitted to class.
Students must have permission to leave school grounds during school hours.
A student leaving school during the school day must bring a note to his homeroom teacher stating the time and reason for leaving (doctor's appointment, dentist, etc.) The homeroom teacher will send the note to the office with the attendance card. The parent/guardian signs the student out in the office when picking up the student. If the student returns, the parent/guardian signs him/her in.
A student leaving school by car at the end of the day:
- Car riders should have a note on file in the office stating who is picking him/her up. If the student is picked up daily, one note is sufficient for the year. If plans change, it is the parent's responsibility to notify the office by sending a note the morning of the change. If a student is being picked up for one day, he/she should give the dismissal note to his homeroom teacher first thing in the morning. The teacher will send the note with the attendance card. (We will not accept a verbal change of transportation from the student, due to safety reasons.)
- Students without a note will ride the bus. We will not accept any phone calls for change in transportation.
- All car riders must be picked up no later than 20 minutes after dismissal. Parents who are habitually late may be reported to the Coordinator of Attendance.
- Car riders report to the Art room and sit quietly at tables. Students are dismissed when a teacher calls them. Students do not go outside until dismissed.
- Students will not be dismissed between 2:30 and 3:00
For students of divorced parents, the school must dismiss students to either parent unless restricted by custody papers. This is the law. If restrictions are given in custody papers, those papers must be on file at the school. It is the parent's responsibility to provide the school with a copy of the custody papers.
ALERT!!! ALERT!!! ALERT!!!
EFFECTIVE APRIL of 2003 AND HENCEFORTH, STUDENTS WILL ONLY BE RELEASED FROM SCHOOL WITH A WRITTEN SIGNED REQUEST FROM THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN. THE INDIVIDUAL PICKING THE STUDENT UP MUST COME INTO THE OFFICE AND SIGN THE STUDENT OUT. (NO EXCEPTIONS!!!) IF THE PERSON GETTING THE STUDENT IS NOT A PARENT OR GUARDIAN, PROPER IDENTIFICATION MUST BE PRESENTED BEFORE THE STUDENT IS ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE CAMPUS. THE PARENT MUST ALSO GIVE THE PERSON AND THE SCHOOL A SIGNED STATEMENT AUTHORIZING THE INDIVIDUAL TO PICK THE STUDENT UP. A PHONE CALL IS NOT SUFFICIENT FOR STUDENTS TO BE RELEASED FROM SCHOOL. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY BUS CHANGE OR PICK UP INFORMATION BY PHONE. THE ENTIRE STAFF IS TO FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS. THIS IS FOR THE PROTECTION OF OUR STUDENTS AND IT PROTECTS US FROM LIABILITY
ARRIVAL BY CAR
- Students arriving between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM should report directly to the 5th and 6th grade hall. Please be seated and be quiet until a faculty member dismisses you to breakfast.
- Students arriving between 7:25 AM and 7:55 will report directly to their classrooms
- Students will be served breakfast in their classrooms from 7:25-7:50. Breakfast will stop being served after 7:50 a.m.
- Students should not arrive at school before 7:00 AM.
- Please unload students directly in front of the entrance.
- If you are coming in the building, please park in a parking space. We appreciate your concern for our student’s safety.
- Handicapped spaces are under the jurisdiction of the Winnsboro Police Department. Please make sure that you have a valid Handicapped Parking Pass if you park in the space.
State law prohibits the disruption of school by anyone when they enter the building. All visitors are required to report
to the main office when they enter the building. All visitors must receive and wear a visitor’s badge
When school must be cancelled due to severe weather or other emergency situations, announcement will be made on the local radio and TV stations.
Please follow the dress code and rules in the handbook so that valuable instruction time will not be lost calling parents or someone else to come and pick the student up.
Releasing Students to Adults Other Than Parents
Students will only be released to persons the parents have identified on the pupil emergency information sheet.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures
Drop-off time for elementary students is between 7:00-7:45 a.m. Administrators will be responsible for making sure someone is there to receive students. Students arriving by bus after 7:45 a.m. are considered tardy and the bus driver will be responsible for issuing a late bus pass.
Pick-up time for elementary students is between 3:00-3:15 p.m. In case of bus breakdowns or other emergencies, all schools will be notified by the Transportation Department.
Procedures for Student Bus Passes
(Transferring of Buses)
If your child is going to ride a different bus or get on or off at a different stop, please complete a Student Bus Pass form. These forms are available in the office. Parents must send a note requesting their child ride a different bus. NO PHONES CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Fairfield County Schools’ Bus Rules and Regulations
- The bus driver is in charge and shall be respected and obeyed at all times.
- Use of tobacco and any other products or substances prohibited by the Student Code of Conduct are prohibited.
- Possession or use of electronic communication devices (cellular phones, pagers, iPods, etc…) is forbidden.
- Possession or use of weapons or dangerous objects if forbidden.
- Students shall not be involved in disruptive behavior. Disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to:
- disturbing the bus driver
- yelling on the bus
- rude, discourteous or annoying behavior
- entering or leaving the bus improperly
- disturbing other students
- damaging or vandalizing the bus
- using profane language
- putting body parts out the window
- eating, drinking or littering on the bus
- being involved in disruptive behavior at bus stops
- boarding the bus with live animals
- tampering with emergency exits or other bus equipment
- Students should be ready to board the bus 10 minutes before the scheduled arrival time.
- Students are required to remain in their designated seating assigned by the driver. The driver will keep a roster of seat assignments on the bus at all times.
- School administrators shall assist drivers in requiring all students to participate in an emergency bus evacuation drill on the school campus during the months to be determined by the Transportation Department each school year. Proper documentation of the drill will be submitted to the Transportation Department immediately following the scheduled drill. All students should have instructions on safe riding practices immediately prior to the evacuation drill.
School bus drivers have a tremendous responsibility. They must deliver students to and from school safely. Out of control or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Basic policy is that on the first formal write up, parents will be contacted in writing and informed that further incidents will result in temporary suspension of the bus riding privileges. Further write-ups by the bus driver will result in an automatic suspension of bus riding privileges. In case of serious safety violations, the warnings will be omitted and the student will be suspended from the bus on the first write up.
Bus # 10 (507-1162) --- : (CD-6th Grade) Highway 215 South (6:00 a.m.), Eagle Trail Road (6:03 a.m.), Mickey Road (6:06 a.m.), State Highway 215 South (6:11-6:18 a.m.), Independence Drive (6:19 a.m.), Highway 215 South (6:20 a.m.), Straight Shot Road (6:21-6:22 a.m.), Prophet Lane (6:25 a.m.), State Highway 215 South (6:27 a.m.), Fireside Drive (6:29 a.m.), Lakeview Drive (6:30 a.m.), Candy Cane Lane (6:33 a.m.), Little Church Road (6:35 a.m.), State Highway 213 (6:36 a.m.), St. Barnabas Church Road (6:38-6:41 a.m.), State Highway 213 (6:48 a.m.), State Highway 215 (6:50 a.m.), Family Lane (6:52 a.m.), Keller Lane (6:55-6:56 a.m.), State Highway 215 South (6:58 a.m.), Free Creek Apt. B (7:04 a.m.) and Monticello Street (7:08 a.m.).
Bus # 25 (503-7583) --- Justin Cockel: (CD-6th Grade) Road 99 (6:09 a.m.), Cool Branch Road (6:17 a.m.), Dave Jenkins Road (6:32-6:33 a.m.), Clowney Road (6:40 a.m.), Fort Wagner Road (6:48-6:51 a.m.), State Highway 215 North (6:56-7:02 a.m.), Harden Road (7:04 a.m.), Ashford Ferry Road (7:08-7:12 a.m.) and State Highway 215 North (7:14-7:16 a.m.).
Bus # 26 (509-0062) --- Eddie Cockel: (CD-6th Grade) Cole Trestle Road (6:00-6:03 a.m.), Dave Cole Road (6:08-6:22 a.m.), Pearson Road (6:35-6:44 a.m.) and Strothers Road (6:47 a.m.).
Bus # 45 (508-0121) --- Mary Williamson: (CD-6th Grade) Road 99 (6:00 a.m.), Bluefield Drive (6:02 a.m.), Road 99 (6:05 a.m.), Shelton Road (6:08 a.m.), Chinook Road (6:13 a.m.), Newberry Road (6:25-6:29 a.m.), Fox Run Lane (6:36 a.m.), Brooks Drive (6:41 a.m.), Twisted Lane (6:44-6:48 a.m.), Clark Bridge Road (6:50 a.m.) and Liston Road (6:55 a.m.). Mrs. Williamson will bring all magnet school students from McCrorey-Liston to and from Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science daily.
Over the counter medication cannot be dispensed at school. Students are not allowed to bring any medication to school for themselves. There is danger that other children may obtain the medicine without adult knowledge and take it inappropriately.
Illness or Injury
In case of illness or injury, a child will be cared for temporarily by the school nurse or a member of the school staff. School personnel will render first aid treatment only. If emergency medical treatment is necessary, the parent will be notified to pick the child up from school. If parents are not available, the child will be taken to the emergency room designated on the student information form.
Please contact the school if there is any change in your address, telephone number, baby sitter, or person to contact in case of an emergency. It is imperative that you can be reached at all times in case of emergency or early dismissal.
No Refunds for Field Trips or School Trips
No refunds will be given for any reason if a child is suspended, sick, or decides not to attend a field trip or school trip.
Parent Permission Forms for School Trips
All field trips correlate to our standards of learning. They are scheduled by various classroom teachers throughout the school year. These trips are designed to supplement different aspects of the classroom curriculum and to introduce students to the resources of the community. Prior to any student leaving campus on a school sponsored event, a student must present a signed Parent Consent, Insurance Information, and Medical Authorization form. The purpose is to make sure the parent is aware that the student is on a trip and to ensure that the student can be taken care of medically, if necessary. All rules and regulation that apply while in school, also apply when students are on a field trip. If parents would like to take their child home in their car from a field trip, they must have written approval from the principal prior to the date of the field trip.
Loss of Privileges for Attending School Trips
The school will not be responsible for any student who is suspended from a field trip and dropped off at the field trip location by an adult. The teacher or administrator will notify the local authorities of the adult’s actions and turn the student over to them.
No Electronic Devices
Please remind your child that CD players, MP3 players, electronic games, cell phones, etc. are not allowed to be brought to school. These items are expensive and the school will not be responsible for them. Any electronic devices found will be confiscated.
Selling of Merchandise
The sale of merchandise by students or faculty, as individuals, is prohibited.
McCrorey-Liston School of Technology is a uniform school. Research tells us that wearing uniforms cultivates an atmosphere of structure and order. It is a contributing factor to having a quality learning environment for all students. School uniforms are an inexpensive way to clothe children, make the morning routine much easier, and put the focus on learning and academic success.
The school administration may give permission for students to dress outside the parameters of the dress code guidelines on planned occasions, such as Spirit Day, Incentive Days, Club Day etc.
Dress Code Guidelines
Students attending the McCrorey-Liston School of Technology are required to wear a school uniform consisting of the following:
- Pants (boys and girls)---solid khaki
- Shorts (boys and girls)---solid khaki
- Skirts or skorts (girls only)---solid khaki
- Jumper dress (girls only)---solid khaki
- Oxford or polo style shirt (long sleeve or short sleeve)---orange
- Shoes---the predominant color of the shoe/sneaker must be white, black or brown
- Socks---solid white
- Girls’ tights---solid white
- Belt---solid black or brown
Students are also expected to adhere to the following dress code requirements:
- Pants are worn on the waist with no sagging or oversized styles. Pants have no more than two rear pockets, each no bigger than 7”x7” and located than 4” below the waistband.
- Shorts, skirts or skorts are no longer than where a student’s fingertips reach when arms are held at his or her side.
- Shirts have a collar.
- Sold white thermals (no logos) may be worn under shirts.
- Undershirts are white with no logos.
- Shoe laces are same solid color as the shoe.
- Shoes have closed toe and closed backs. Backless, boots, ¾ top, or flip-flops are not allowed.
- Socks cover the ankle.
- Belts and belt buckles are plain. Decorative designs on belts and oversized belt buckles are not allowed.
- Only uniform outwear (black colored sweaters, vests, jackets, coats, etc.) may be worn inside the building. Other outwear may be worn to school, but it must be removed when entering the building.
- Head coverings and scarves are not worn in the building, unless required for safety in specific programs or bonafide religious or medical reasons.
Parents, help us to teach our students to follow the rules by ensuring that students wear the appropriate uniform to school each day.
Technology will be integrated throughout the curriculum and in all fine arts programs. Each student will have daily access to an iPod (1:1 initiative). Students will not be able to take home the handheld technology. However, parents and students will have access to handheld technology before school, during, and afterschool.
Technology classes will be offered for parents to learn how to use the latest technology.
Student Use of Phone
The school phone is for business purposes. Students will be allowed to use the phone in cases of emergencies only (illness, injury, etc). Please make arrangements for transportation of your child before he/she comes to school. Students will not be allowed to use the phone unnecessarily.
Supervision of students will be maintained between the hours of 7:30 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. Please pick up your child on time. We cannot be responsible for students before 7:30 A.M. or after 3:00 P.M. without special permission from the principal.
Textbooks and Library Books
Records are kept for books assigned to each student. Periodic checks are made to ensure that each student has his/her assigned books and that they have been maintained in good condition. Fines will be levied for lost or damaged books. The administration reserves the right to determine if a book is damaged. Books may not be issued to students who have lost books until the lost books are paid for in full.
All students served in Fairfield County School district will receive free breakfast and lunch.
Grading Criteria for 2014-2015
A = 100-93 D = 76-70
B = 92-85 F = 69 and below
C = 84-77
Students in grades K- 6 participate daily in academic support in the areas of reading and math. Teacher use a protected forty-five minute block of time to provide small group instruction to students. Teacher use the data from PASS, MAP and common assessments to tailor their students’ lessons to meet their individual needs.
McCrorey Liston School of Technology will schedule an Award’s Day each nine weeks. All ceremonies will take place during the school day
End of Year Awards
Students receive special recognition at the school through a variety of awards programs. These awards are intended to promote and recognize academic skills, good citizenship, or improvement in progress. Teachers and parents are expected to promote these awards as an encouragement and incentive towards special effort and achievement by the students. The teachers will use the first three nine weeks and the interim grades for the fourth nine weeks to determine end of year academic awards.
Every week, your child will be getting some form of communication from the school. Please ask your child about them and let them know you are expecting the following:
- Access to weekly grades and attendance available (Power School)
- Interim report cards will go out every four and one half weeks.
- Report cards will go out every nine weeks.
- The monthly calendar and newsletters will be sent out the first of the month.
- The Eagles’ Writers of the Month (publication will come out monthly) except for the months of August, December, and May.
- The marquee has weekly information posted.
- An awards program will be held four times a year at the conclusion of each nine weeks.
- School Web Address: www.mle.fairfield.k12.sc.us/home.aspx
Physical Education is an integral part of the
Curriculum Students are required to participate unless there is a medical excuse excluding participation.
Bi-Weekly Progress Reports
Bi-weekly progress report will be sent home to the parent or guardian. Parents are strongly encouraged to request a conference with teachers to discuss ways to remedy poor grades. No progress reports will be issued the week of Interims or Report Cards
Guidance services are available for every student. These services include help with home, school, and/or social concerns, educational planning, or any questions you would like to discuss with a counselor. If you want to visit a counselor, contact your homeroom teacher to arrange for an appointment. Parents may request the services by contacting their child’s teacher or a school administrator. Student, parent, teacher, or administrator referrals may be made to the guidance counselor.
Volunteers are greatly needed in our school. Please consider volunteering at school. There is a special form that has to be approved the Office of Human Resources before you are able to volunteer.
Parent Resource Room
Parents are welcome to visit our parenting room for resources. Please feel free to contact our parent liaison for additional information.
Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)
The PTA is open to all parents and teachers. Meetings are held to learn more about our school and its programs and to provide assistance and advice to the principal.
Sherry Meeks, President
Sheree Jackson, Vice-President
Sharon King-Harris, Secretary
Chandra Bell, Ex-Officio
School Improvement Council
The School Improvement Council (SIC) is a required council initiated by the Education Finance Act. Its purpose is to work with and advise the administration of ways to improve the school and school-community relationships.
Dr. C. Bell - ex officio
FAIRFIELD COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICIES
- Student must present to the school a written excuse from a parent, guardian or health practitioner for all absences other than those approved by the principal for school-sponsored activities.
- Students will be allowed no more than ten (10) absences unless those days in excess of ten are:
- excused by a written excuse from a licensed/certified health practitioner;
- excused by the school principal for the student’s participation in approved school related activities;
- excused for recognized religious holidays;
- death in the immediate family.
- Students will be allowed no more than three (3) tardies without an excuse. Students with three or more tardies will be reported and a parent conference will be required.
The public schools will admit all students who live with parents, a legal guardian, or officially recognized foster parents. The school administration may require proof of residency or legal guardianship. Additionally, the district will admit:
- A student who presents a certificate from the county auditor verifying that he, in his own name, owns real estate in the district assessed at three hundred dollars ($300.00) or more.
- Any child of a district employee who has permission for such transfer from the board of trustees of his resident district, provided this transfer has the superintendent’s approval.
All non-resident students except those admitted under provision number one must provide a release form by the school district in which they reside.
In all cases of transfer, the district reserves the right to make the school assignment. When a student seeks to enroll in the district for the first time, the board may consider whether the student meets the district’s standards of conduct and behavior.
The district will not admit students who have been expelled from another district. If the board does not allow the student to enroll based on his or her record, the board will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian.
The district will not deny admission to any student on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, sex, national origin or handicapping condition.
For additional information, refer to Fairfield County Board of Education Policy JF.
Preschool-age children with disabilities: The district provides a free and appropriate education consistent with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for all three, four and five year old children with disabilities who reside in the district.
Child Development/Ages Three and Four: Students desiring entrance into the three and four year old program will be place according to academic needs based on results from the district-adopted test.
Kindergarten: Students may enroll in kindergarten….
- if they will reach the age of five on or before September 1 of the school year; or
- if they have already been attending a public school kindergarten program in another state which has a different attendance requirement.
First Grade: Students may enroll in the first grade…
- if they will reach the age of six on or before September 1 of the school year, or
- if they substantially began a first grade program in another state that has a different attendance age requirement, or
- if they have attended a public school kindergarten program for one full school year.
For additional information, refer to Fairfield County Board of Education Policy JEB.
Elementary guidance counselors work with families to enroll school age children. Parents must present the child’s birth certificate, social security number, and certificate of immunization as well as completed forms provided by the school. Children eligible to attend child development classes or kindergarten are asked to complete early registration in the spring prior to attending school. Registration dates for kindergarten and child development classes will be published in the local newspaper.
Compulsory Attendance Ages
State law requires all children between the ages of 5 and 17 to attend a public or private school or kindergarten. Parents or guardians may sign a waiver for kindergarten attendance. Waivers are available at each school and at the District Office, Department of Elementary Instruction.
A South Carolina Certificate of Immunization is required for all students in the three year old child development program through the 12th grade. All new students have 30 calendar days from their first day of school attendance in which to present this certificate to the school. These certificates and the immunizations may be obtained from the health department, military clinics, private physicians, etc. Those students who do not have a valid certificate will be suspended from school until one is obtained and may become subject to the provision of the compulsory attendance law. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide the school with a copy of a South Carolina Immunization Certificate.
Lost and Found
Many items are carelessly left in the building or on the playground. All unclaimed articles are placed in the lost/found area in the office. These things may be reclaimed upon proper identification. Please properly label any of your child’s possessions that might be misplaced at school. These items may include lunch boxes, coats and sweaters. All unclaimed items will be given to charity in December and in June.
In order to comply with any particular custody request you might have, we need to have a copy of any court documents.
These documents will be filed in your child’s permanent records to alleviate any issues that may occur. If at any time you feel that a problem may occur, we need to have knowledge of this in the school office. This is the only way we can be of any help in preventing additional problems from happening at school.
Care of Books
Students are responsible for all textbooks, literacy books, and library books issued to them during the school year. All lost or damaged books must be paid for. All money is recorded by the school bookkeeper and paid to the proper funds for replacement purposes. Students are responsible for the full price of a lost textbook, half the cost of a damaged book. If a lost book is found, money will be refunded.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
The district will accord all students privileges and rights without regard to race, religion, sex, creed, handicap or national origin.
- Students have certain rights that are their by virtue of guarantees offered all persons under the federal and state constitutions and statutes.
- Students have civil rights, including the right to equal educational opportunity and freedom from discrimination. They have the responsibility not to discriminate against others.
- Students have the right to attend free public schools. They have the responsibility to attend school as required by law and to observe school rules and regulations essential for permitting others to learn at school.
- Students have the right to due process of the law with respect to suspension, expulsion, unreasonable searches and seizure. They also have the privilege of appealing administrative decisions that they believe have deprived them of their rights.
- Students have the right to free inquiry and expression. They have the responsibility to observe and comply with reasonable rules, policies and procedures regarding these rights.
- Students have the right to privacy. This includes an implied right of a person to dress as he or she pleases within certain limits, and certain compliance with school policies and regulations.
- Students must be made aware of their legal rights and also of the legal authority of the board to make or delegate authority to its staff to make rules and regulations regarding the orderly operation of the schools.
- Students have the right to advocate change of any law, policy or regulation. Students may exercise their right to freedom of expression through speech, approved time for assembly, petition, and other lawful means. The exercise of this right may not interfere with the rights of others. Students may not use this freedom of expression to present material that is obscene or slanderous, or to defame character. They may not use this freedom to advocate violation of federal, state, and local laws, or school policies, rules and regulations.
- Students may present complaints to teachers or administration officials. The administration will provide adequate opportunities for students to exercise this right through proper channels established for considering such complaints and grievances.
For additional information, refer to Fairfield County Board of Education Policy JCJI.
Parents/legal guardians have the right to review and contest material in a teacher’s permanent recorder folder. Anyone who wishes to inspect the records must take the request for inspection (or and explanation or interpretation) of a student’s record to the principal of the school in which the student is enrolled or where the record is housed. Principals or designated district office administrators will set a time and place for the inspection of such records within a reasonable period of time, but in no case more than 45 days after the request has been made. At the inspection, the principal will have appropriate personnel available to interpret information on the records.
If the parent(s), guardian(s), or eligible student believe that the information in the education record is inaccurate, misleading or violates the privacy or other rights of this student, he or she can request an amendment to the record. The school official receiving the request will either amend the record, if appropriate, or notify the parent(s), guardian(s), or eligible student within 15 working days in writing that the request is denied and that he or she has the right to request a hearing.
For additional information, refer to Fairfield County Board of Education Policy JRA.
Project Safety, Organization, Achievement, and Respect (SOAR) is designed to help create a climate of academic excellence at MLST. Project SOAR is based on seven guiding principles. We believe these principles will help create an optimal learning environment for the students at MLST. The guiding principles are as follows:
- clear expectations for student behavior.
- clear and consistent strategies for teaching appropriate behavior.
- clear and consistent strategies for encouraging appropriate behavior.
- clear and consistent consequences that discourage inappropriate behavior.
- a support system and individual behavioral program for students with unique or exceptional needs.
- clearly designed methods for evaluating and revising Project SOAR
- communication of the characteristics and philosophy of the behavior plan to all students and parents.
All students are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the Board of Education, the school administration, the teacher, and other adults. Students are required to follow the policies of the district, the school, and the rules of SOAR to contribute to an atmosphere of academic excellence.
Discipline is the primary responsibility of the parents. It is the parents’ obligation, by teaching and being examples, to develop in the student appropriate behavior habits and character traits as well as proper attitudes toward school. To ensure a student’s success, parents should visit the school and check with the administration and staff concerning their child’s progress.
It is the school’s responsibility to provide learning experiences free from distractions and inappropriate behavior. Administrators and staff at MLE will act as positive role models for the students.
McCrorey-Liston School of Technology Students
What do Eagles do?
How do we SOAR?
What does SOAR mean at MLST?
SAFETY – Follow direction.
ORGANIZATION – Be prepared.
ACHIEVEMENT – Give my best effort.
RESPECT – Respect myself, others, and property.
If my peers are NOT SOARING, then I will…
TALK -Use my positive words.
WALK-Be cool and walk away.
SQUAWK-Get adult assistance
Legend of the Eagle
The eagle is a winged symbol of the Lakota American Indians. It is the strongest and bravest of all birds. The eagle and its feathers have been chosen to symbolize all that is highest, bravest, strongest, and holiest. Its feathers are given to honor a person and are worn with dignity and pride.
This legend is taken from St. Joseph’s Indian School, Chamberlain, SD 57326, (605) 234-3300.
The school expectations are based on our mascot, the eagle. All expectations and rules are communicated on posters that are in our school colors, black and orange.
In all settings and situations, students should follow the directions of the staff and school. The expectations/rules have been put in place for the students’ safety. Following directions is imperative, especially in emergency situations.
Upon arriving at school in the morning, students should walk to their homerooms following the hallway rules, put their book bags in the assigned place, and begin their morning work. Students will be escorted to breakfast at set times by their homeroom teacher. If a student needs items from the school store, they must first receive permission from their teacher before leaving their homerooms.
Students should come to school prepared to learn. They should come to school with all materials. This includes textbooks, homework, pencils, paper, notebooks, folders, signed papers, etc. This does not include any item not directly related to school such as toys. Toys, CDs, hand held games, etc. must be left at home unless a teacher sends a written request for a certain item to be brought to school. Students must not come to school with food, gum, or drinks. Items such as those must be left a home at all times. The only exception to this will occur when a teacher sends a written request for a certain item to be brought to school for an instructional activity or a student brings his lunch in a lunchbox.
Students should always give their best effort. This includes completing class work during the assigned time period, completing tests, having their homework completed by the next day, and studying for tests. They should not copy other’s work at any time.
Students should respect themselves by coming to school neat, clean, and appropriately dressed. The school requests that students follow the student dress code as set forth in the handbook. The administration reserves the right to determine if a student is appropriately dressed.
Students should respect their fellow classmates and their school. They should be kind to others in their words, actions, and attitudes. Students should also respect their school. They should keep all areas of the school clean and neat. They should handle property carefully and use it appropriately. Textbooks should never be thrown, stepped on, used as “skates,” written/drawn in, torn, or stuffed into book bags. They should keep their materials neat whether in their desk or in their storage area.
Students should always follow the procedures for safety drills or emergency situations. Safety (fire, earthquake, intruder, nuclear, hurricane, tornado) drills are required by law and are important safety precautions. It is essential that when the first signal is given, students obey order promptly. The teacher in each classroom will give the students instructions. There will be no talking or running during safety drills or emergency situations.
All students will be expected to follow the rules outlined in the Fairfield County School District (FCSD) Code of Conduct Handbook. Consequences for any infractions will be issued according to FCSD Code of Conduct Handbook
Make-up Work for Suspended Students
When a student is suspended, the parent is required by the school district to come to the school at 3:00 P.M. each day of the child’s suspension to get the child’s homework and necessary materials to complete the assignments. Upon returning to school, the child must have all work completed, or he/she will receive a zero in the teacher’s grade book for every incomplete assignment.
Mr. Eagle Pageant
Loss of Privileges for Participation If a student has received two or more Level 1 Inappropriate Behavior Parent Communication Forms or one or more Level 3 Inappropriate Behavior Parent Communication Forms during that school year, the student is ineligible to participate in the pageant as a contestant, as a grade level representative, or as a participant.
Upon the crowning of Miss McCrorey-Liston and Mr. Eagle, these individuals will be expected to represent the school in a positive manner. If he or she fails to do so by receiving two or more Level 1 Inappropriate Behavior Parent Communication Forms or one or more Level 3 Inappropriate Behavior Parent Communication Forms at any time during the school year, his or her title will go to the 1st runner up. This individual will be expected to represent the school in a positive manner and will follow the same guidelines.
Only those students in the 6th grade who have met the aforementioned behavioral guidelines and are good students may participate as a contestant.
- General Access
Because technology is a vital part of the educational process and the curriculum of the District, students and staff will be provided access to technology resources. By providing this access, the District intends to promote educational excellence in schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, communication, and learning by allowing access to resources unavailable through traditional means. Through the network, Internet, and e-mail (staff only), students and staff will have access to the following:
- locally networked reference and research sources;
- global information and news;
- discussion groups on a vast range of topics;
- local, regional, public, state, and national library catalogs;
- worldwide web; and
- electronic mail services (staff only).
The availability of Internet access provides a unique educational opportunity for students and staff to contribute to the District's presence on the World Wide Web. This medium of communication provides an opportunity to share accurate information with the community, our nation, and the world about the District's curriculum and instruction, school-authorized activities, and other related information. The District provides this instructional resource as an educational tool for staff and students, and its use will be governed by this administrative rule. The failure to follow these policies or responsibilities may result in the loss of privileges or other disciplinary measures.
With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be of educational value in the context of the school setting. The District has taken precautions to restrict access to controversial or inappropriate materials; however, on a global network it is impossible to control access to all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. The District firmly believes that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material which is inconsistent with the educational goals of the District.
The smooth operation of the network, Internet, and e-mail services relies on the proper conduct of the end users who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided so that students and staff are aware of their responsibilities when using these technologies. In general, this requires efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of the network resources.
Because access to the network provides connections to other computer systems located all over the world, users (and parents of students who are users) must understand that neither the District nor any District employee controls the content of the information available on the systems. Every effort will be made by the District to monitor and restrict ready access to known objectionable sites; however, the District does not condone the use of controversial or offensive materials and cannot be held responsible for such use.
- Technology Protection Measures
A technology protection measure is a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access. The school or library must enforce the operation of the technology protection measure during the use of its computers with Internet access, although an administrator, supervisor, or other person authorized by the authority with responsibility for administration of the school or library may disable the technology protection measure during use by an adult to enable access for bona fide research or other lawful purpose
- Internet Safety Policy
CIPA requirements include the following:
Internet Safety Policy
Schools and libraries receiving universal service discounts are required to adopt and enforce an Internet safety policy that includes a technology protection measure that protects against access by adults and minors to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or — with respect to use of computers with Internet access by minors — harmful to minors.
The Internet safety policy must address all of the following issues:
- Access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web
- The safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications
- Unauthorized access including "hacking" and other unlawful activities by minors online
- Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors
- Measures designed to restrict minors' access to materials harmful to minors
For schools, the policy must also include monitoring the online activities of minors. Note: beginning July 1, 2012, when schools certify their compliance with CIPA, they will also be certifying that their Internet safety policies have been updated to provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, cyberbullying awareness, and response.
- Responsibilities for Compliance
Prior to accessing the network, Internet, or e-mail services (staff only), students and staff will receive instruction on the appropriate use of these services. Students and staff members must sign a form (Exhibits 1 and 2) acknowledging that they have read and understand this administrative rule, that they will comply with the guidelines set forth herein, and that they understand the consequences for violating these guidelines.
A Acceptable Use
The purpose of the District's educational network is to support research and education by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. All use of the network, Internet, and e-mail services must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the District. Use of other networks or computing resources must comply with the guidelines governing those networks. Transmission of any material in violation of any federal or state laws or regulations is prohibited; this includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. Access to computer systems and networks owned or operated by the District imposes certain responsibilities and obligations on users and is subject to District policies and local, state, and federal laws.
Acceptable use is always ethical, reflects honesty, and shows restraint in the consumption of shared resources. It demonstrates respect for intellectual property, ownership of information, system security mechanisms, and the individual's rights to privacy and freedom from intimidation, harassment, and unwarranted annoyance.
- Procedures for Use
- Administrators and teachers may access the Internet or e-mail for educational or work-related purposes at any time which is not disruptive and does not interfere with the performance of other responsibilities by the employee.
- The District will notify parents/guardians about the District network, related safety issues, and issues governing its Internet through a general letter to all parents.
- All computer, Internet usage and e-mail usage by District employees and students must be consistent with the Fairfield County School District mission and policies.
*All email communication using district owned devices is subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.
Users will immediately notify the IT staff if they have identified a possible security problem (students should notify a teacher and/or principal). Do not actively seek security problems but immediately report any potential issues that are found.
Users will not download or install any unauthorized software or install any unauthorized hardware.
Users will not knowingly use portable data storage devices which contain viruses or in any other way knowingly spread computer viruses.
Users will not knowingly vandalize or cause damage to District equipment or software.
Use of Appropriate Language
Restrictions against inappropriate language apply to public messages, private messages, and material posted on Web pages.
- Penalties for Improper Use
An employee who violates the terms of this administrative rule or otherwise misuses e-mail or the Internet to access or send inappropriate material will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge. In addition, the privilege of accessing the Internet and e-mail services also will be subject to cancellation. Students who violate the terms of this administrative rule or who otherwise misuse their access to e-mail or the Internet also will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the District Code of Conduct. Internet access privileges also may be cancelled. Violations of the laws of the United States or the State of South Carolina also may subject student or employee users to criminal prosecution. If a user incurs unauthorized costs, the user, as well as the user's parents if the user is a student, will be responsible for all such costs.
The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The District will not be responsible for any damages suffered by any user. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, misdirected deliveries, or service interruptions caused by the system's negligence, user errors, or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user's own risk. The District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.
Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If a student or employee believes s/he has identified a security problem on the network, s/he must notify the administrator for the school or the IT department. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Attempts to log on to any network as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be subject to severe restrictions, cancellation of privileges, or other disciplinary and/or legal action.
- User Privacy
E-mail messages sent or received via a District-issued e-mail account (including home accounts) and all other electronic files created using District resources or stored with District resources are property of the District. The District reserves the right to examine, restrict, or remove any material that is on or passes through its network, just as it does any other work or material generated or brought to school by staff or students. Access to electronic information related to any student or staff member will be governed by the same policies that would apply to that information if it were not in electronic form.
VII. School Board Policies
All documents on the District's server(s) must conform to Board policies and regulations. Some of the relevant issues and related Board policies include the following:
- Electronic transmission of materials is a form of copying. As specified in District policy, no unlawful copies of copyrighted materials may be knowingly produced or transmitted via the District’s equipment, including its web server(s).
- Documents created for the web and linked to District web pages must meet the criteria for use as an instructional resource.
- Any links to District web pages that are not specifically curriculum-related must be approved by the District’s Curriculum and Instruction department. Documents should be limited to information about other youth activities, agencies, or organizations which are known to be non-sectarian,
exclusively devoted to community interests or child welfare, non-profit, and non-discriminatory. Web page links may not include entities whose primary purpose is commercial or political advertising.
- All communications via District web pages will comply with this policy and the District Student Behavior Code. Offensive behavior that is expressly prohibited by this policy includes religious, racial, and sexual harassment and/or violence. Any student information communicated via District web pages must comply with District policies on data privacy and public use of school records.
Material on a web page reflects an individual's thoughts, interests, and activities. Such web pages do not, in any way, represent individual schools or the District, nor are they endorsed or sanctioned by any individual school or the District. Concern about the content of any page(s) created by students or staff should be directed to the building principal of that school.
Given the rapid change in technology, some of the technical standards outlined in this regulation may require change throughout the year. Such changes will be made with approval of the Superintendent. This regulation may be updated on an annual basis or more frequently if require
McCorerey-Liston School of Technology
1978 State Highway 215 South
Blair, SC 29015
PARENT OR GUARDIAN AGREEMENT FORM
As the parent or guardian of this student, I have read the “TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR USE OF TECHNOLOGY AND ON-LINE RESOURCES”. I understand that this access is designed for educational purposes. However, I also recognize that it is impossible for the District to restrict access to all controversial materials on the Internet and I will not hold the district, school or its employees responsible for materials acquired on the Internet. I give my permission for my child to be allowed access to all available technology resources and accept that Internet access will only be allowed under the supervision of the media specialist or classroom teacher. I certify that the information contained on this form is correct.
I have also read and reviewed with my child the contents of the Parent-Student handbook. I also understand the importance of school and district expectations.
PRINT NAME OF PARENT/GUARDIAN:
___________________________________ Date: _______________________________
SIGNATURE OF PARENT/ GUARDIAN:
___________________________________ Date: __________________________________
Parent/ Guardian may be contacted to verify signature.