Student/Parent Handbook

Dohn Community High School

STUDENT  PARENT 

HANDBOOK

A  PLACE TO TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND

2015-2016

RULES & REGUATIONS: Program will begin August 27 and end May 24. School weeks fewer than four days will be excluded. OGT exam weeks are included. Exam weeks at the end of the first and second semester are excluded.  Program may be ended if financing is not available.

2015-2016  School Year

Dohn Community High School is a non-profit pubic charter school sponsored by  Kids Count of Dayton.

The school’s governing body is the

Board of Trustees, Michael Bauer, President.

 

Dohn Community High School

608 East McMillan Street

Cincinnati, Ohio 45206-1926

Phone: 513 281-6100       School Fax: 513 281-6103

Fax for Special Education Dept: 513 250-4369

 

Administrative & Office Personnel
Ramone Davenport, Superintendent
Nancy Byrd, Administrative Assistant

Building Administration
Ramone Davenport, Principal
Andrea Allen, Secretary/Registr
April Byrd, Atendance/Data Entry
Crystal Arnold, Victoria Ingram, Receptionists

 Faculty & Staff
Eileen Arnold, (Counselor for students at Main Campus
Gerry Gunning (Counselor at Melrose Campus)
Charles Woodward (Counselor at North Campus)

Intervention Specialists
Crystal Ball, Lawanda Kenny

Transition
Pieter Elmendorf, Sharon Lovell, Thomas Mack, Dave Theurer

Success Academy
Eric Keeton, David Pollard, Eric Wilson

22 + Program
Pamela Schreiner, David Pollard, Pam Votaw, Eric Wilson

Resource Program
Elaine Brandt, Jerome Johnson, Amanda Mirandilla, Valerie Torbert

Samantha Buschle, Nicole Steffan, English
Kendall Anderson, Garrett Peters, Life Skills
Amy Vonderhaar, Katrina Warfield, Math
Callie Kelley, James Lamping, Science
Christa Plummer, Amanda Mirandilla, Molly Schreiner, Social Studies
Andrea Slone, Art
Lowrie Turner, Court Liaison/Attendance
Pat Sullivan, Rosemary Moody, Reading/Writing Consultants
Joe Porter, Teacher Coach

Security at Main Campus
Donald Bush, Andre Gault, Maria Macklin

Security at Melrose Campus
Derek Reid

Security of North Campus
Gibran Arnold

Security in the Resource Program
Maurice Riep

 

Programs Available to Dohn Community High School Students

Traditional Academic Program: Most students attend the school’s Traditional Academic Program. The school day is from 7:45 to 2:08. Time is available during the school day for students to complete credit recovery. Instruction is text-book based with computers available for special projects. Students may also come in after school to work on deficient credit or receive additional help. 

Transition Program: Some junior and senior students may petition to attend school through the Transition Program - a half day program for students who cannot attend a six hour school day. Instruction is primarily on-line, but text-books are available to supplement the on-line curriculum.  Teachers skilled in the four core academic fields are available to assist students who need help. One session is available: 7:45-1:00. Students eligible for this program must be employed.  Employers must provide a letter stating the requested hours of employment, and the students must provide copies of their paycheck while enrolled in the program.  Other students may be eligible for the program with the permission of the principal.

Success Academy: A special program designed for older students between the ages of 18 and 21 who may need just a few credits or help with the OGT to earn a high school diploma. The program, accelerated, meets from 7:45-1:00.  Life experiences may be used to complete some graduation requirements.  Students in the Transition and Success programs eat breakfast from 7:30-7:45 and lunch from 12:30-1:00.

22+ Program Adult learners work with certified teachers to earn their high school diploma.  This program is free to Ohio residents over the age of 21 who wish to earn their high school diploma.

Resource Program For students who have been identified with an IEP and find it difficult to keep up with the rigor of the traditional education.  The resource room will be located in the Annex building on the main campus.  Students will receive English, math, science, social studies studies and Careers/Life Skills.  Students will be taught by experienced certified teachers.

 

Introduction

The Student Handbook provides students and their parents with an overview of the policies and procedures that govern a student’s academic achievement, behavior and attendance while attending Dohn Community High School. It is the responsibility of each student and parent to become familiar with the handbook’s content.

 

  Academic Program

All DCHS students are required to complete an academic program of study designed to prepare students for the Ohio Graduation Test and to either continue their education beyond high school, to successfully enter the world of work or to enter the military.

 

DCHS Graduation Requirements

English: 9, 10, 11, 12 (4 credits)

Math: 4 credits (including1 unit of Algebra II)

Science:  4 credits (including 1 credit in Physical Science and 1 credit in Life Science and 1 unit of Advanced Science)

Social Studies: 4 credits (including US History, US Government, and Economics/Financial Literacy)

Life Skills: (1 credit)

Health: 1/2 credit

Physical Education: (1/2 credit for 9th and 10th grade)

Portfolio: 2 credits (capturing 4 years of study)

Community Service: 20 hours for 1/2 elective credit.  Students may acquire up to 1 elective credit (40 hours) for community service.

Total Graduation Requirements:  earn 21 credits in the above listed areas and pass all 5 parts of the OGT.  If a student does not pass all 5 parts of the OGT by the time of his/her designed graduation date, the student must take OGT prep classes for credit and earn a total of 22 credits to graduate and pass all 5 parts of the OGT.  Credit requirements for transfer students may be adjusted.
 

Transfer Credit and Official School Records: Credit  earned at another high school will be accepted by DCHS upon receipt of an official school transcript issued by the former school.  If an official high school transcript is not received from the student's previous school listing credits and grades earned, the student must make up all credits needed to earn graduation status.

Make-up Work: Students who fall behind due to absences must be caught up in all work by the end of each quarter and semester.  The grades of students who do not complete all assigned work will be lowered.  Incomplete grade will not be given if a student's absences are unexcused.

School Books & Educational Material: Students are not permitted to remove, from the school building, any school-owned textbook, manual or other reading material. Most textbooks are on-line.  Students who damage school-owned textbooks or other material will be charged the replacement cost of the book or manual.

Credit Recovery Program: Students who are deficient in credit can remediate those deficiencies in the school's credit recovery period, held during the school day. Students are required to attend summer school if credit is not made up during the school year.

After-school Teacher Help Sessions: Students who need extra help in any class may receive individual help in the afternoon every school day except Friday.  Students who want this help should contact their teacher or counselor.

Controversial Materials: Parents who object to the use of specific educational material should notify the principal. The principal will attempt to resolve the issue with the parent. If the matter remains unresolved, a committee made up of teachers and parents will be appointed to review the material and submit their findings and recommendations to the superintendent.  The superintendent's decision may be appealed to the Board of Trustees.

Community Service: Seniors are required to perform at least 20 hours of community service before graduation.  Students earn 1/2 credit for 20 hours of community service and may earn 1 credit for 40 hours of community service.  Students can acquire the forms from their Life Skills teachers.

Promotion Requirement: Students will be placed in the correct grade level based on their age and not on credit earned.  However, all credit requirements and testing requirements must be met for the student to earn graduation status.

Participation in the Commencement Program: The Commencement exercise will include only those students who have successfully completed the requirements for graduation listed on pages 4 and 5, as certified by the Superintendent, or those students who have been deemed eligible to participate in such exercises in accordance with the terms of their IEP.  Students who owe fees will not receive their diploma until all fees are paid.

Transcripts: Official transcripts will be processed upon request. 

Academic Calendar: Dohn Community High School operates on a four-quarter, two-semester schedule. While grades are issued at the end of each quarter and are used to determine the semester grades, only the semester grade is recorded on the student’s transcript. Semester grades determine the credit earned, class rank and grade point average.

The academic schedule for the 2015-2016 school year is:

  1st  Quarter: Aug 19 to Oct 16

  2nd Quarter & end of 1st Sem: Oct 19 to Dec 18

  3rd Quarter: January 4 to March 11

  4th Quarter & end of 2nd Sem: March 14 to May 26.

Interim reports are issues during the week of Sept 18, Nov 13, Feb 5 and April 22.

 

Class Work: Regular attendance in all classes is important if students are to earn passing grades. Students are expected to participate fully in all classroom and school activities. All assigned work must be completed to the best of the student’s ability and meet deadlines as established by the teacher and the school.


                                                Student Discipline

Dohn Community High School is a school of choice that students have elected to attend.  All students are expected to follow the Student Code of Conduct when at school, while attending school activities, or traveling to or from school.  Behavior that disrupts learning, or is disrespectful of others will not be tolerated.  No student has the right to prevent another student from learning  Student whose behavior is disruptive will be discipline and, in extreme cases, removed from the school.  The student Code of Conduct is posted in the bulletin board by the main lobby, and is reprinted in this handbook on pages 24-30.

CD/DVD Players/Electronic Devices:  CD and DVD's, iPods, MP3 players, hand-held video games, radios, pagers, and other electronic equipment or devices are prohibited in the school and on school grounds. Students who violate this policy will be disciplined. Prohibited items will be confiscated and returned to students at the end of the day.  The school assumes no liability for lost or stolen items.

Cell Phones:  Cell phones may not be used by students during the school day.  If a cell phone is visible, it will be confiscated and given to the principal.  The cell phone will be returned to the student by the principal after school  In an emergency situation, parents should call the school to get a message to the student. 

Smoke-Free Environment: DCHS is a smoke-free school.  Smoking is prohibited in the school building and on school grounds at all times.  Students who violate this policy will be suspended.  Repeated violations will result in additional suspension or expulsion.

Student Searches:  The school has a legal right to search students, their school lockers and their personal property to ensure a safe and orderly learning environment.  A search will be conducted whenever there is a reasonable cause to believe that s student is in possession of items prohibited by the school's Code of Conduct.  Refusal by a student to submit to a search may result in the police being called and additional action, including suspension and expulsion.
 

Disciplinary Consequences
: Discipline is viewed as an instructional process to help students develop self-discipline, appropriate school work habits and social skills. It is recognized that violations of the student code of conduct requires consistent consequences to ensure a safe and orderly learning environment. Students must assume responsibility for their actions and respect the rights of others. All students have a right to learn, but no student has the right to disrupt the learning of others.

The school uses a broad range of disciplinary options designed to ensure appropriate student conduct. A student’s failure to follow the Student Code of Conduct will result in teacher or administrator intervention that may include, but not limited to, the following:

Reminder or warning

Teacher and/or administrator/student conference

Parent contact

Teacher and/or administrator/parent conference

Teacher and/or administrator assigned detention

Removal from class

Parent shadowing

Removal from school pending parent conference

Suspension

Expulsion

Withdrawal from school

Detentions: A detention may be assigned by a teacher or administrator for inappropriate school or class behavior. Detentions may be assigned to be served before or after school. Breakfast or lunch periods cannot be used for detentions. The student will be given one-days notice of the detention. If a student fails to serve the detention, consequences will be assigned, and may include additional detentions, Saturday school, suspension, or in the case of repeated violations, expulsion.

Removal from Class: A teacher may recommend the temporarily removal of a student from class by notifying the principal of the  inappropriate behavior. Possible consequences include any of the interventions listed above.

Parent Shadowing: The administration may provide a parent with the option of shadowing his/her child to school for one to ten school days in place of a suspension. The decision to offer this option rests with the school.

Emergency Removal Pending Parent Conference: The administration may temporarily remove a student from school for inappropriate school or class behavior that is so chronic or severe that it threatens to disrupt the education of other students, or threatens the health, safety or well-being of the student, other students, or staff. The student may be removed for up to 72 hours or until a meeting with the student’s parent/guardian is held.

During the removal, a parent conference will be scheduled to determine what disciplinary action, if any, may be taken and whether the student may return to school and if so, under what conditions.

School Suspensions: The administration may suspend a student from school for up to ten school days for inappropriate school or class behavior, for any serious violation of the Student Code of Conduct or repeated violations of the Code of Conduct. Suspended students will be assigned to the Alternative Program, where students will do their school work and not be behind when they return to their regular classes. Students who fail to participate in this program will be given an out-of-school suspension. Students will not be allowed to do school work in an out-of-school suspension.

Expulsion: The administration may suspend a student for ten school days and recommend expulsion to the superintendent. Expulsion will be considered for major and/or repeated violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

A recommendation for expulsion is required for the following offenses:

False bomb threats or false fire, tornado, or disaster alarm; or tampering with the fire alarm system.

Arson or starting a fire

Gang activity, included, but not limited to graffiti, signs or signals, tattoos, and clothing or accessories

Possession or use of dangerous weapons or objects, including replicas or facsimiles

Hazing and/or harassment

Possession, use, sale, purchase, transmission, and/or trafficking in alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or any banned, controlled, or illegal substance, including look-alikes, placebos, or substitutes.

Sexual assault

Defacement, damage or destruction of school property

 

Certain violations of the student code of conduct may result in a student being expelled for one year. These include:

bringing a firearm or knife to school or school event

possessing a firearm or knife on school property or school event

committing an act that is a criminal offense when committed by an adult that results in serious physical harm to a person or damage to property

making a bomb threat to a school building or any building at which a school activity is occurring.

With permission from the school, students may earn credit for school work while suspended.

 

Due Process Rights: Whenever disciplinary action is required, students will be given their due process rights in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code 3313.66, 3313.661 and 3313.662.

 

Appeal Rights: Parents and/or students may appeal a teacher’s disciplinary decisions to the principal. Parents may appeal the principal’s disciplinary decisions to the superintendent. For disciplinary decisions up to and including suspensions, the superintendent’s decision is final. Expulsion decisions may be appealed to the Expulsion Appeals Committee of the Board of Trustees of Dohn Community High School.

 

Parents who wish to appeal the superintendent’s expulsion decision must submit a written request to the superintendent indicating the basis for the appeal. This request must be submitted within five working days of the superintendent’s decision. An appeal hearing with the Expulsion Appeals Committee will be scheduled within 10 days of receipt of the written appeal. The committee’s decision will be given by certified mail within 3 working days.

The initial disciplinary action remains in effect during the appeal process and the student, if suspended or expelled, may not attend school or any school function, nor may they be in the school building or on school grounds.

 

Dress Code Policy

Dohn Community High School students are expected to comply with the school’s dress code policy, to be neat and clean, and to take pride in their appearance. Students must wear the school uniform every day they are in school. Students who violate this rule will be disciplined.

 

The school’s dress code policy is as follows:

 

Shirt:

Students must wear the school’s official uniform shirt (polo shirt with school logo).

Undershirts may be worn under the uniform shirt. Undershirts must be appropriate, with any questions concerning appropriateness decided by the principal.

The shirt must be tucked in at all times.

Shirts of appropriate size must be purchased and worn   

 

Slacks/Skirt

Students must wear khaki slacks or skirts. Tights, leggings, pajama pants, jeans, shorts, and other colors are not permitted. Pants/slacks must be worn at waist level, and worn with a buckled belt (maximum width two inches). Boys must use a belt and wear their slacks waist high. Drooping is not permitted. Skirts must be at least mid-thigh in length. Slacks/skirts must be of appropriate size.

Additional Requirements

Shoes with heels in excess of two inches, sandals and flip-flops are not permitted

Jackets, coats, sweaters, and sweatshirts may not be worn over the uniform shirt in the building

Hats and other head wear may not be worn inside the building

Sunglasses may not be worn indoors

Gold teeth caps are prohibited

 

Field Trips: Students must follow the school dress code on all school-sponsored field trips. (School uniform shirt and slacks or skirt; jeans are not permitted.) Students not dressed appropriately will not be allowed to go on the field trip.

 

 

 

Off-Site Learning Activity dress code: Students participating in an off-site learning activity sponsored by the school must dress in a manner consistent with professional dress expectations for employees at the site. Students must following all school rules when participating in off-site learning activities.

 

Attendance

Students are expected to attend school and classes daily and to arrive on time. At a minimum, a 93% attendance rate and a 93% punctuality rate must be maintained by all students in all classes. Students whose absence or tardy rate exceeds the above minimum will be subject to disciplinary action, including detentions, court referral or participation in the school’s attendance recovery program. Both excused and unexcused absences count in determining a student’s absent percentage.

 

Excused Absences: The following reasons are valid reasons for being absent from school:

Student  illness

Death in the immediate family

Religious observance

Court appointment

Needed at home; specific reason must be provided

In order for an absence due to the above reasons to be considered excused, the parent must contact the school no later than 9:00 a.m. on the day of the absence and must send a written note to school with the student on the day of his/her return.

 

Student absences for any reason other than those listed above are considered unexcused unless prior approval by the principal has been secured by the parent.

 

It is the students’ responsibility to make up all missed school work due to the absence within time limits established by the school.

 

Excessive Absences: Students who are absent five days in a row, seven days during a month, or 12 days during a school year will be referred to court.  Students who are absent 105 consecutive hours osr 17 1/2 days of instruction will be withdrawn from school as required by Ohio law.

 

Early Dismissal: Students who need to be dismissed early from school must present a parent note to the school secretary prior to 8:45 a.m. The note must state the reason for the early dismissal and the time the student needs to leave school. The request must also include a phone number where the parent can be reached to confirm the request. If the request is approved, the student will be given an Early Dismissal Form. All students must sign out at the front office before leaving school and sign in if they return to school before school is dismissed. Bus tokens are not provided for early dismissals.

 

The School Day - from A to Z

 

Arrival: All classes start promptly at 8:45. All students must be in their classes, seated, quiet, and ready to learn before 8:45 in order to avoid being marked tardy. (Students who are excessively tardy will be required to make up lost time after school in a detention.).  The AM Transition program starts at 8:00 for the morning program and 12:00 for the afternoon program.

Students may enter the building as early as 7:30. When entering the building before school, all students must report to the cafeteria unless they have written permission to do otherwise from the principal. The cafeteria is located on the second floor and may be reached by the stairs located in the southeast corner of the building.

 

Dismissal: Students are dismissed at 3:15 p.m. Students are expected to leave the building and school grounds immediately unless they are participating in a teacher help session or some other activity sponsored by the school. Loitering on school grounds or in the vicinity of the school is prohibited. The morning transition program ends at 11:30 and classes are over at 3:30 for the afternoon program. Hours for the Success Academy are from 12:00-3:15.

 

After-school activities: Students remaining in the school building for an after-school activity must report to the activity immediately and must remain under the direct supervision of a staff member while in the building. When the activity is over, the student must leave the building immediately.

 

Closed Campus: Dohn Community High School operates as a closed campus. Students are not permitted to leave the building without permission from the time they enter the building in the morning until the dismissal time, or if participating in an after-school activity, until the activity is completed. Students should never trespass on private property while coming to school in the morning or leaving school in the afternoon.

 

School Fees: All students are required to pay a school fee of $80.00. The fee helps defray the cost of student computer licenses, uniform shirts, and materials required in many of our classes, especially English and Science. The fee is reduced for returning students who do not need any uniform shirts and to those students who attended DCHS summer school. A monthly payment plan is also available.  School records will not be released unless all fees are paid.

 

Breakfast and Lunch: All students eat free at Dohn Community High School. Because of Ohio’s participation in a federal nutrition program, breakfast and lunch will be available to all students at no charge. The free and reduced lunch form is still required and must be filled out by all parents/guardian. Students living independent and over 18 may complete the form. Parents who have questions concerning this program should call the school Nancy Byrd at 281-6100, ext. 1008.

 

Students are responsible to keep the cafeteria clean and neat. All waste products should be placed in the containers found in the cafeteria.

 

Food in the building: Consumption of food and drink is limited to the school’s cafeteria. Students may not chew gum, consume candy, food, drink or snacks in the classroom at any time. Commercially prepared food (commonly called junk food) may not be brought into and/or consumed in the building.

 

Transportation: Eligible students receive Metro Bus passes. The pass requires a $0.50 fare and is valid from 6:00 to 9:30 a.m. and from 1:00 to 4:45 p.m. Students who participate in school-sponsored after-school program and leave school after 4:30 will receive a special Late Dismissal Pass from the school. Students who do not behave properly on a bus are subject to disciplinary action. Replacement cards cost $10 and may be purchased at Metro’s Bus Stop Sales Center, 120 East 4th St, from 7 a.m to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10. Parents are responsible for bus fares until the replacement card is issued. Newly enrolled students will be given bus tokens until their bus pass is processed. Students who do not live in the Cincinnati Public School District who are not eligible to receive a bus pass are given two tokens per school day.

 

Student Parking: Due to limited parking students who drive are not permitted to park on school property unless permission is given by the school principal. Students must show their driver’s license and proof of insurance to receive an OK. Students failing to do so will be subject to disciplinary action which may include towing.

 

Lockers: Lockers are available to students to put their belongings in during the school days. Students will not be allowed to wear coats or jackets during the school day. All lockers being used by students must have a school combination lock. Students are urged not to tell anyone their locker combination. Students are responsible for the locks on their lockers. They will be charged $10 for locks removed from the locker. Since lockers are school property, the school reserves the right to search student lockers.  The school assumes no liability for loss of property stored in the student locker. The school reserves the right to inspect a student’s locker at any time.

 

Students can go to their locker before school, during breakfast or lunch, and after school.

 

Hall Passes: Students are expected to remain in their classrooms while class is in session. If the student has a legitimate reason to be out of class, the student must possess a hall pass. Only one student may be out of a class at any one time. Students who wish to see a counselor, intervention specialist, or another teacher or administrator must secure a pass from that person prior to the period the student wishes to be excused from class.

 

Restrooms: Students may use the restrooms before school, during class changes, during breakfast or lunch and after school. Students should do their part in keeping the restrooms clean.

 

Fire/Tornado Drills: The school will conduct a variety of drills throughout the school year designed to help students evacuate the building in a quick, quiet and orderly manner or seek shelter in the event of a tornado. Classroom teachers will give students instructions prior to the drill. While some drills will be announced, many will be unannounced.

 

Inclement Weather/School Closing: School closing due to inclement weather will be broadcast over local media outlets. DCHS will close when Cincinnati Public Schools are closed due to dangerous driving conditions. The school will not close if CPS is closed due to a heat emergency or for days they are closed due to teacher inservice programs.

 

Messages/Deliveries: Unless an emergency situation exists, the school will not delivery messages or packages to students during the school day.

 

Telephones: School telephones are restricted to school personnel for official school business only. Students are not permitted to use school telephones. If students need to contact a parent, they should notify the school staff member who will contact the parent on the student’s behalf if it is determined the contact is necessary.

 

Visitors: All visitors must report and sign in with the secretary in the front lobby. Visitors who wish to speak with a staff member should call in advance to make an appointment to make sure the staff member is available. Staff members are not available when they are teaching a class. Staff member may be contacted directly by telephone or e-mail. See the inside back cover for extension numbers and school e-mail addresses.

 

Searches: The school has the right to search persons, property, student lockers and packages whenever there is reasonable cause to conduct the search in order to ensure the safety of the staff or students or the security of the building.

 

Use of medication during the school day: The school is not responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of student illness. The administration of prescribed medicine during school hours will be permitted only when failure to do so will jeopardize the health of the student, or the student will not be able to attend school. The responsibility for administering any medicine shall rest with the parents and their child. Certain board approved policies must be following before any medicine can be administered to students.

 

Parents of students who may need to take medicine must contact the principal and secure a copy of (a) school policy dealing with taking medicine during the school day; and (b) secure copies of forms that must be completed by the student’s physician. Medicine cannot be given to students during the school day without the above forms completed and on file in the school.

 

This policy covers taking medicine and the use of an inhaler or any other medically-approved device.

 

Technology and Internet Acceptable Use

The use of technology and computer resources at the School is a revocable privilege.  Failure to abide by this policy may render you ineligible to use the School’s computer facilities and may bring additional disciplinary action.

All users are expected to use the technology available at the School in a manner appropriate to the School’s academic and moral goals.  Technology includes, but is not limited to, cellular telephones, beepers, pagers, radios, CD/MP3/DVD players, video recorders, video games, personal data devices, computers, other hardware, electronic devices, software, Internet, e-mail and all other similar networks and devices.  Users are expected to be responsible and use Technology  to which they have access appropriately.  Obscene, pornographic, threatening, or other inappropriate use of Technology, including but not limited to, e-mail, instant messaging, web pages, and the use of hardware and/or software which disrupts or interferes with the safety and welfare  of  the School community, is prohibited, even if such uses takes place after or off School property (i.e.home, business, private property, etc.)

Failure to adhere to this policy and the guidelines below will result in disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

Unacceptable uses of Technology/Internet include but are not limited to:

1. Violating the conditions of  federal and Ohio law dealing with students and employees’ rights to privacy. Trespassing in  others’ folders, work, or files, copying other people’s work or attempting to intrude onto other people’s files; using other user’ e-mail addresses and passwords.

2. Using profanity, obscenity or other language which may be offensive to another user; sending messages with derogatory or inflammatory remarks about an individual’s race, sex, age, disability, religion, national origin or physical attributes via the Internet or Technology; bullying, insulting, intimidating, or attacking others; transmitting any material in violation of federal or state law.

3.  Accessing profanity, obscenity, abusive, pornographic, and/ or impolite language or materials, accessing materials in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.  Do not view, send or access materials that you would not want your instructors and parents to see.  Should a student encounter any inappropriate materials by accident, he/she should report it to their instructors immediately.

4. Violating copyright laws by illegally downloading or installing music, any commercial software, shareware, or freeware.  You are required to strictly comply with all licensing agreements relating to any software.  All copyright laws must be respected.

5. Plagiarizing works through the Internet or other Technology.  Plagiarism is taking ideas of others and presenting them as if they were original to the user.

6.  Damaging Technology devices, computers, computer systems or computer networks (for example, by the creation, introduction or spreading of computer viruses, physically abusing hardware, altering source codes or software settings, etc.).

7. Using the Technology or the Internet for commercial purposes or activities, which is defined as offering or providing goods or services or purchasing goods or services for personal use, and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

a. any activity that requires an exchange of money and/or credit card numbers;

b. any activity that requires entry into an area of service for which the School will be charged a fee;

c. any purchase or sale of any kind; and

d. any use for product advertisement or political lobbying.

8. Neither the Internet nor any other Technology may be used for any purpose which is illegal or against the School’s policies or contrary to the School’s mission or best interests.

All users are expected to be responsible, courteous and thoughtful when using Technology and the Internet.  Common sense should prevail.  The use of the School computer network system should be in support of education and research, consistent with the educational mission or objectives of the School and in accordance with federal law, Ohio law and the Student Code of Conduct.

Students and Staff have no expectation of privacy with respect to the use of Technology, the Internet, intranet or e-mail.  The School monitors the online activities of students.  Maintenance and monitoring of the School network system may lead to the discovery that a user has or is violating School policy or the law.  Violations of School policy, the Student Code of Conduct or the law may result in severe penalties, up to and including expulsion.

The School makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, that the functions or the services provided by or through the School technology system will be error-free or without defect.  The School will not be responsible for any damage users may suffer, including but not limited to, loss of data, interruptions of service, or computer viruses.  The School is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or for financial obligations arising through the authorized use of the system.

In accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”), the School has placed a filer on its Internet access as one step to help protect its users from intentionally or unintentionally viewing inappropriate material.  The School blocks the categories that are determined to be potentially inappropriate.  However, families must be aware that some material accessible via the Internet contains illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive language and/or images.  While the goal of the School is to use internet resources to achieve educational goals, there is always a risk of students accessing other materials.  Parents should be aware of these risks.

The School will educate students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms.  The School will also educate students on cyberbullying awareness and response.

Student Code of Conduct

The student Code of Conduct is based on the idea that learning takes placed in a disciplined environment and that students have a responsibility to use the services and facilities of the Dohn Community High School for the purpose of education. Rules that regulate student behavior have been adopted by the Dohn Community High School Board of Trustees in order to operate the school in an efficient and orderly manner. Other acts not listed may exist in disciplinary action if the behavior is disruptive, hinders other students’ learning, violates the right of others or is considered to be inappropriate.

Any student who engages in the following types of conduct is subject to disciplinary measures ranging from verbal reprimand,

removal from school. Students found in violation of the weapons policy of the school are subject to a one-year expulsion from the school. 

School personnel will consider a variety of factors in deciding the discipline that should be administered to a student. Students who help other students violate the code of conduct will also be disciplined.

The Code of Conduct applies to any Dohn student in the custody or control of the school, in the school building or on school grounds, in the general proximity of the school building or school grounds, at a school-sponsored function or activity or on school sponsored buses. The Code also governs student conduct at any time, both on and off school grounds, when such conduct reasonably relates to the health, safety, or welfare of Dohn students, interrupts the educational process of Dohn Community High School or another school, or in the judgment of the school officials, is considered school related.

Listed are the steps to be followed by the administration when student misbehavior occurs:

Level 1: Under level 1 punishment, the misconduct will be addressed by the teacher, and the teacher may either: (a) verbally reprimand the student; (b) provide an oral or written notification to parents; (c) issue a classroom detention; (d) conduct a teacher conference with parents; (e) separate the student from peers; (f) issue a detention; and/or (g) deny the student classroom privileges. Repeated offenses may result in Saturday School, up to a 10 day suspension or possible expulsion, as deemed appropriate by the Superintendent or his designee.

Level 2: All the steps listed in Level 1, plus the following: Under level 2 punishment, if the same acts of misconduct continue or if serious acts of misconduct occur, a conference with the parent/guardian, teacher and/or principal is held in order to discuss the incident and develop an appropriate corrective incident and develop an appropriate corrective action plan and/or disciplinary action. Appropriate action may include suspension.

Level 3: All the steps in Levels 1 and 2, plus the following: The pupil may be suspended for up to 10 school days.

Level 4: All the steps in Levels 1, 2. and/or 3, plus the following: The pupil may be expelled for up to 80 days, unless one year is allowed or mandated by law.

Not all acts of misconduct can be itemized.  The following section is a list of some of the main areas of conduct which will lead to disciplinary action

If you wish to see the Student Code of Conduct, you may secure a copy by contacting the school at 281-6100, ext. 1010.