Welcome to LuckHigh School! Preparing lifelong learners and responsible citizens is our philosophy and we will do our best to make LHS a great school. The information contained in this student handbook is an effort to provide students with the guidelines relating to school life. This handbook will be a great value in helping students adjust to our school and become an integral part of it.
The ultimate purpose of education is to help the student become an effective citizen in a democracy. The development and acceptance of the responsibilities and obligations of good citizenship will enable students to participate successfully in the world of tomorrow. We hope that all students will participate in our varied activities and thus find within our school the experiences that will prepare them to live a better life and finally take their place in this complex society. Welcome to the home of the Cardinals.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
LHS recognizes that it has the responsibility to assure students the legal rights that are theirs by virtue of guarantees in the federal and state statutes. Among these rights are the following:
1. The right to a free and full education in the public school.
2. The right to equal educational opportunity and freedom from discrimination.
3. The right to due process under the law.
4. The right to free inquiry and expression.
5. The right to express yourself as an individual without infringing upon the rights of others.
With rights come responsibilities. These include:
1. Regular school attendance.
2. Conscientious effort in class work.
3. Conforming to school rules and regulations.
The following behaviors are unacceptable and warrant consequences based on the severity of the offense.
1. Use or possession of a weapon on school grounds or at school functions.
2. Use or possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia on school grounds or at school functions.
3. Use or possession of tobacco products on school grounds or at school functions.
4. Use or possession of any type of alcohol on school grounds or at school functions.
5. Fighting, hitting, threatening others, or causing or attempting to cause physical harm to others.
6. Use or possession of pornographic materials on school grounds or at school functions.
7. Stealing, vandalism, or careless use of property.
8. Rude or insubordinate treatment of any staff member, including use of profanity directed toward a staff member.
9. Refusing to follow reasonable directives of staff members.
10. Sexual harassment.
11. Unexcused absences from school or class.
12. Leaving the building without permission from the principal.
13. In the hall without a hall pass.
14. In the building without supervision.
15. Tardiness to class.
16. Running, pushing, shoving others on school grounds.
17. Throwing, spitting, and shooting paper, water, food, or similar objects.
18. Teasing, name calling, or otherwise verbally abusing other students.
19. Excessive talking, shouting, laughing, noise making in classrooms or other supervised areas of the school.
20. Eating or consuming beverages other than in the cafeteria, school store area, or during an approved classroom activity.
21. Hugging, kissing, and showing affection for boyfriend/girlfriend.
22. Use of crude and/or profane language and/or gestures.
24. Careless actions which might cause harm to one’s own health or health and safety of others.
25. Use of cell phones in the building during school hours is prohibited. Camera phones in restrooms and locker rooms will require police intervention and possible expulsion.
Luck High School provides a complete program of worth while activities serving the interest of students and to broaden learning. Students are encouraged to participate in one or more activities.
Class Officers Baseball
School Newspaper Basketball
Student Council Cross Country
Drama Club Football
National Honor Society Wrestling
Student Council Tennis
ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND DRUGS
Use of Alcohol and Other Controlled Substances
Under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Luck School District students may not possess, sell, use, distribute or be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs while on school property or while involved in school-related activities. Students in violation of this policy and/or in possession of drug paraphernalia will be suspended until a parental conference is held. Local police authorities will be notified. Student will be referred for special counseling and evaluation.
Use of Tobacco
Students are not permitted to smoke, possess, chew tobacco or possess a "look like" at any time in the building or on school grounds and school vehicles. Violations of these regulations will be subject to disciplinary actions and local police authorities will be notified.
Periodic assembly programs will be held throughout the year. There is often significant investment in time and money in preparation for an assembly program. Student attendance is a requirement, not an option. Students are expected to treat all speakers with respect and listen attentive.
Regular attendance is essential for a student’s academic, emotional, and social growth. The state requires attendance for students ages 6 to 18 under Ss. 118.15(1) (a). In order for the absence to be excused, the absence must be for an approved cause, with a note provided to the principal or his/her designee following the absence noting the reason for the absence with a signature from the parent/guardian. The note must be provided within one school day of an absence or the absence will be unexcused.
1. Religious holiday with advanced notice.
2. Court appearance/legal procedures.
3. Medical appointments with advance notice.
4. Illness or injury.
5. Illness in the immediate family.
6. Death in the immediate family.
7. Transportation delay beyond the control of the student.
8. Family trip excused in advanced.
9. College day (2 for Sr., 1 for Jr.-spring semester) must be pre-approved.
10. Other absences are subject to the principal/s approval.
1. Absences for which parental approval was not provided.
2. Absences for reasons not listed above, like renting a tux for prom.
When a student’s absence is determined to be unexcused, the student will be assigned detention and/or suspension, or referred to the county for truancy.
Students must have permission to leave the school grounds during the school day. To leave school, students must present the office with a note from their parent/guardian indicating the reason they must leave and obtain a pass to leave the building. Students must check into the office when they return to school.
Truancy is the absence of all or part of one or more days during which the school has not been notified by the parent/guardian of the legal cause of the absence. Students must be present for all day in order to participate in or attend extracurricular games, meets, practices or events on that day. Students attending funerals, etc. will still be allowed to participate in extra-curricular events. A student who has an unexcused absence for any period may not attend extracurricular activities that day. Astudent suspended from school may not attend extracurricular activities while suspended.
If a student is marked absent from class, they will be required to resolve their absence with a form provided by the office. All absence inquiry forms must be signed by the teacher who marked the student absent. These forms must be resolved within three school days and they must be resolved prior to any school breaks. Unresolved Absence Inquire Forms will be considered truant.
Students of senior status must attend at least 158 days of the 178 in order to be eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony. Four periods equal 1/2 day, 8 periods equal a full day, 4 tardies would be counted as a full day. After this threshold has been crossed, a student's wish to participate in the graduation ceremony will require the principal's arranging a plan that will require time to be made up after school, off days and/or Saturdays. Unexcused absences will not be considered for this provision. The school Board can be petitioned to make the final decision by April of the graduation year.
Parents and pupils must realize that bus transportation is a privilege. Misbehavior, including profane language, may result in the suspension of this privilege, plus the possibility of an assigned seat. School routes are considered a continuation of the school day and all school rules apply.
Students who ride their bicycles to school should observe all laws governing their use. Bicycles are to be parked in the areas provided by the school. Bicycles are not to be ridden on school grounds, and are not to be used during school hours.
One of the goals of Cardinal Intelligence Agency program is to recognize the reward student achievement. Membership to C.I.A. is renewed each quarter and is dependent on the following criteria:
Gold Card Red Card
GPA-3.67 or above GPA-2.67-3.66
No suspensions No suspensions
1 or less detentions 2 or less detentions
4 or less days of unexcused absences 4 or less days of unexcused
Cardinal Card C.I.A. card
GPA-1.67-2.66 Improve GPA by 0.5 or better
2 or less detentions No suspensions
4 or less days of unexcused absences
Forty hours of community service must be completed in grades 9-12 and ten hours must be completed in grades 7-8. Any hours over the required ten in grades 7-8 cannot transfer to grades 9-12.
Detention is for those students who choose to violate school rules. Detention will be served after school. It will run from 3:25pm to 5:30pm on Tuesday through Thursday.
Student appearance has an important effect on attitude toward themselves, towards other students and the school. While it is recognized that choice of attire/grooming are matters of expression and subject to fashion or current trends; any form of dress that is determined to interfere with the educational process or could cause injury to one's self or others is prohibited.
As styles become shorter, lower and more revealing, we feel that we need to be clear about appropriate dress for students at school. Clothes should NOT be a distraction; and dress that interferes with the educational process will not be permitted.
TOPS that are worn must not be lower in the front than the tops of the armpits. If a student has a low cut top (this means tops that dip down in front to expose the chest) that they would like to wear, a tank top or tub top MUST be worn underneath it. If a student cannot keep their top above this area, they will be asked to change into an acceptable top. Bare midriffs or backs are NOT to be exposed. One of the new fashions is the low rise jeans, nevertheless, students need to wear tops that cover their skin. Tunic tops, long shirts, wearing a tube top around the waist, or button up shirts with the bottom buttoned are some things a student can do to fix this.
SHORTS for both males and females must be appropriate. Short shorts are NOT permissible. Length of shorts is determined by placing hands to the side and the shorts must not be shorter than where the tip of the thumb does not touch the skin. Short skirts are NOT permissible. The length of skirts and dresses must be long enough so the tip of the longest finger does not touch the skin. Transparent, mesh and/or see through material shall not be worn without proper undergarments.
Undergarments should not be visible at any time. Males and females both must keep their undergarments under their clothes. It is not appropriate to have underwear strings, sides or tops of underwear hanging out. It is embarrassing for the student, staff, and other students. All pants must be appropriately worn with no skin or undergarments showing. NO SLEEPWEAR is to be worn at school. Leggings may be worn with shorts, skirts, or tops that are the length of your thumb when extended down your sides.
Apparel with alcohol, tobacco, ethnic or racial slurs, or reference to sex are NOT appropriate for school. Other examples are obscenities, questionable language, double meaning statements, disparaging or demeaning comments, ethnic statements, or statements advocating pain, death, or suicide.
Intentionally altering clothing, ripped, unbuttoned, or unzipped and ill fitting garments too tight or too loose that they are falling off are NOT acceptable. Bare feet and stocking feet are not allowed. For safety, shoes or proper foot apparel are required. Sunglasses, hats, hoods, excessively ripped, punctured or torn clothes may NOT be worn during the school day. Any student not suitably dressed or groomed may be removed from classes until the violation involved has been corrected after which the student may go back to class or school related activity.
A coach or advisor of an extra-curricular activity may regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in the activity. The school administrations shall have the right to appraise any current fashion or fad and determine whether it is appropriate for school wear. The school district will seek parental cooperation in meeting these guidelines. Non-compliance will result in notification of parents and disciplinary procedures. Temporary clothing may be available and continue violations will be treated as an offense subject to detention or suspension. No visible chains or spike collars are allowed.
This includes cell phones, CD players, I PODS, radios, digital cameras, recording devices, pagers, portable DVD players, game boys and other hand held games, and any other device that may impede or interrupt the learning environment in the classroom. Students that bring these devices to school run the risk of having them stolen, damaged, or misplaced. Thus it is recommended that if they need to be brought to school that they are secured in their coat locker with a school provided lock. These devices are not to be used in the building during regular school hours. If an employee hears or sees a device it will be confiscated and the student will be able to pick it up from the Principal's office after serving one hour of detention. A refusal to turn over the restricted item will have an additional one day out of school suspension. A second violation will require a parent or guardian to pick up the device at the Principal's convenience after three days (weekends and vacation days do not count). A third violation will require a parent's conference after a minimum of one calendar week in order for the family to regain possession. A fourth violation will result in the device being secured by the Principal for the rest of the school year and a five day out of school suspension. If this occurs after May 1st of the academic year the device can be retrieved after June 15th. A student who allows another student to use their device and that student is caught will be disciplined as if she/he was caught with the device.
Some violations such as text messaging harassing messages, cheating on tests, displaying inappropriate web sites on devices capable of receiving the Internet, taking pictures of students in locker rooms and rest rooms will cause immediate actions, such as forfeitures of grades, suspensions from school or extra-curriculars, police intervention, and possible expulsion. In reality it could range from a simple misdemeanor to a felony depending on the situation.
The purchase of senior photos, announcements, and cap and gown does not guarantee graduation privileges. All equipment and other school property signed out to the student must be accounted for. All detentions or suspensions must be served before graduation. Seniors who meet graduation requirements and have not met financial obligations and/or made up detention time will not participate in graduation exercises.
A 100-95 C 79-77
A- 94-92 C- 76-74
B+ 91-89 D+ 73-74
B 88-86 D 70-68
B- 85-83 D- 67-65
C+ 82-80 F 65-00
A graduating senior must successfully complete 26 credits including:
4 credits in English
4 credits in Social Studies
3 credits in Mathematics
2 ½ credits in Science
3 credits in Physical Education
½ credit of Computer Science
1 Humanities credits
2 Vocational credits
6 Elective credits
Forty hours of community service must be completed in grades 9-12 and ten hours must be completed in grades 7-8. Any hours over the required ten in grades 7-8 cannot transfer to grades 9-12. Students have opportunities through PLATO - online courseware for credit recovery or if schedules will not allow a student to take a course. Enrollment is by permission only.
Students are urged to make extensive use of the counselor and guidance services. The counselor is hired to help students plan their high school program, meet graduation requirements, develop career options, and individual counseling.
Students MUST have a hall pass to be in the hall during class time.
Each semester the top students of each class will be recognized and honored for their superior work within the classroom. The honor roll will include students with a grade point average between 3.25-4.00. The honorable mention honor roll includes students with a 3.00-3.24
Lockers are provided for all students. It is expected that students keep their personal belongings in their lockers, in neat order at all times. Each student must use a school lock on their lockers at all times, which will be provided for them. Locks are not to be brought from home. It is highly recommended that students do not share their lock combinations with any other students or leave money or other valuables in lockers. Money and valuables should be kept with the students. Lockers will be carefully inspected before being assigned and occupants will be held responsible for any damage that is caused by improper use or abuse. Lockers are the property of the school and may be inspected with or without a student's permission. Students should not store their books, school articles, or other belongings in another student's locker. There will be no changing of lockers by students without the consent of the office. The school IS NOT responsible and cannot replace or pay for anything stolen out of your locker.
The school provides a locker for convenience of the student to be used solely and exclusively for the storage of out garments, foot wear and school related materials. No student shall use the locker for any other purpose.
The locker assigned to a student is the property of the school district. At no time does the district relinquish its exclusive control of such lockers. A locker may be searched as determined necessary or appropriate without notice, without consent, and without a search warrant. The search may be conducted by the district administrator, a building principal, a police-school liaison officer or a school employee designated by the district administrator or building principal.
Any unauthorized item found in the locker may be removed. Items removed from the locker maybe held by the school for return to the parent(s)/guardian of the student or retained for disciplinary proceedings, or turned over to law enforcement officials.
Students are expected to have medication dispensed from the office if it is necessary to be taken at school. A form must be filled out and signed by the parent/guardian. Medication must be in a bottle with the student’s name, time and dosage of medication.
Bus transportation is provided for all students. Some students prefer to provide their own transportation to school. The ability to drive and park a motor vehicle on school property is a privilege, not a right. All students and school personnel who bring a motor vehicle onto school property during the school day must obey the following rules and regulations. These rules and regulations are put in place to provide security and safety to all who work or learn at Luck Schools.
1. Each driver or driver's parents must register his/her motor vehicle with the District office prior to parking in the school parking lot during the school day. All motor vehicles must be registered regardless of how often they are parked on school grounds.
2. A parking sticker is part of a student's $10 registration fee. Additional stickers may be purchased for $1.00 in case of more than one car or a change in vehicle.
3. Parking stickers are non-transferable and may be used only on the one vehicle registered with the school. Students are to place the sticker on the driver side back window.
4. All motor vehicles must be parked in the designated areas. Students and staff are encouraged not to park on the roadway and obstruct the traffic flow and safety of students. The north portion of the lot is for employees and the sound portion of the lot is for the students and visitors. Signs posted on the light poles designate these areas.
5. It is highly recommended that all vehicles be locked at all times. The school can not guarantee the safety of any personal or valuable items and is not responsible for any items stolen.
6. Students shall not be permitted access or use of personal motor vehicles at any time during school hours without advanced permission from the District office.
7. Speeding, careless, unsafe or inappropriate driving on school property is prohibited and may be reported to the local police for ticketing.
8. Speed limit of 5 mph with entrance from the North and exit from the South.
Non-compliance with these expectations may lead to:
1. Warning form/ticket being issued by the school.
2. $10.00 fine/ticket being issued by the school.
3. $20.00 fine/tickets for 2nd or 3rd offense.
4. Students are not allowed to park in the parking lot until their
fine has been paid.
5. Students in serious violation or who continually ignore
parking rules and regulations may have their cars towed away
at the owner's expense. Any penalties, surcharges, cost or fees
associated with the towing and/or storage of a motor vehicle
shall be solely that of the owner.
6. All people choosing to deliberately disregard the parking lot
rules and regulations shall have all parking privileges revoked
and be banned from parking any motor vehicle on school property.
The Luck School District may use their discretion when determining the severity of the offending drivers' punishment. Parking on school property is a privilege and may be withdrawn at any time; such a decision is solely the prerogative of the Luck School Administration. Refunds are not given if parking privileges are revoked or vehicles have been towed.
A parent notice is mailed to parents of students who are not working up to their ability or who are doing poor to failure work. Reasons for low achievement are checked and parents are asked to encourage the student to improve the areas noted on the report.
Two conferences are scheduled each year, one each semester. There is no formal schedule of times. Parents see the teachers as they become free. Check the school district calendar for details. Also, if at any time during the year you would like an opportunity to discuss your child's progress, we encourage you to make an appointment for before or after school with your child's teacher(s).
Valuable items should not be brought to school. A lost and found box is kept in the office. Lockers need to be locked at all times. Do not give your combination to anyone. Bicycles are to be parked and locked in the space provided by the school. They are not to be used until the end of the school day. The school is not responsible for damage or theft of bicycles while parked at school.
Students in grades 7-12 will receive a report card at the end of each quarter. First, second, and third quarter report cards will be given to the students and fourth quarter report cards will be mailed to parents.
School may be closed due to inclement weather or emergencies. Announcement of school closing will be made on WJMC, WCCO, and WXCE radio stations and all Twin Cities TV stations before 6:30am. On occasions, school may be closed early to ensure safe transportation. Please listen to the above radio stations when this occurs.
Student insurance is provided and is made available at the beginning of the school year. All injuries that occur at school or while participating in a school-sponsored event should be reported to the student’s teacher or coach immediately. This is a supplemental policy that will cover certain portions after the primary insurance of the parent has settled.
Each student is entitled to a well-equipped, well-maintained, clean and pleasing school environment. Each student is responsible to respect and help maintain the appearance and cleanliness of the building. Acts of vandalism, theft, and abuse of the school buildings and grounds are prohibited. Violators will be subject to appropriate restitution, suspension, referral to police or other steps. The degree of response will be determined by the severity of the event.
If a student reports late to school he/she must check in and get a late slip from the office. If a student has been detained in the office or by another teacher, he/she should get a pass signed by the person who detained him/her before going to their next class. Tardiness will result in a penalty. Teachers will assign detention to students who are tardy to any class period.
The office phone is for emergencies only. Messages of an emergency nature will be immediately delivered to the student. Students will not be called out of class for phone calls. All other messages will be delivered at the office staff’s convenience. Cell phones are allowed to be used during the school day only exception is during class.
All basic texts and workbooks that are required are loaned to students for their use during the school year. Students will be responsible for damaged or lost textbooks.
To limit the disruptions to the education program, students will not be permitted to have guests attend class or eat lunch with them. All visitors to the school are required to register in the high school office and wear a visitors badge in plain sight at all times while in the building or on school grounds.
No one may possess a dangerous weapon in school buildings, vehicles, or on the premises. According to state statute, anyone knowingly possessing a dangerous weapon on school premises is guilty of a misdemeanor or felony, depending upon the seriousness of the offense. A child who violates this statute is subject to provisions outlines in Chapter 48 of the state statues.
The board defines a weapon as a gun, knife, razor, karate stick, metal knuckle, throwing star, chain, club, or any other object which, by the manner in which it was used or intended to be used, or by its appearance as a dangerous weapon, is capable of inflicting bodily harm, or is capable of being used to threaten, frighten, or intimidate. Articles designed for other purposes, but are used or intended to be used to inflict bodily harm or intimidate may be considered dangerous weapons. Such articles include, but are not limited to, belts, combs, pencils, files, compasses, scissors, X-ACTO knives, and aerosol spray containers.
Disciplinary measures taken will be initiated by the building principal and will include referral to the board of education for expulsion.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
CASES NOT COVERED BY SPECIFIC REGULATION
It is understood that these regulations are not all-inclusive. The Board of Education and Administration shall take such action as necessary to insure the discipline and orderly conduct of the school.