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2020 Student Handbook

MILLER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HANDBOOK
2019 - 2020
Adopted September, 1992
Revised, May 2019

"Alma Mater"
Miller High, we'll e'er be faithful
To thy colors bright,
E'er be true and loyal lovers
Of the red and white.
Hail, O Hail our Alma Mater,
Dearest ever known,
Ever hail thee, never fail thee,
Our dear high school home.
Praise and glory, fame and honor.
May they grace thy throne,
In the realm of high school memories,
We'll claim thee our own.


ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS
MILLER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
996 PHILLIPSBURG ROAD
COLQUITT, GEORGIA 39837
The purpose of this handbook is to introduce you and your parents to Miller County High School. A careful study of this handbook will answer many of your questions concerning school policies and procedures, student activities, school safety, curriculum, and guidance and counseling services. Read all items carefully and take the time to discuss them with your parents. Remember that every student is expected to be familiar with the contents of this handbook!
Principal's Office
Mike Simmons (229) 758-4131

Guidance Counselor's Office
Vicki Simmons (229) 758-4132

Vocational Supervisor's Office
Allen Martin (229) 758-4131

MILLER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
Vision:
Pirates, reaching our potential in relentless pursuit of excellence.
Mission
Pirates exhibit integrity by upholding the highest ethical standards and moral values, make positive character driven choices, are responsible for creating accountable partnerships, and are empowered to respect and be respected, and believe that they can achieve excellence through confidence in themselves, their school and their community.
Core Value Words:
Integrity
Character
Respect
Confidence
Responsible
Site/District Coordinators:
Federal Programs Robert Green
Special Education, 504 and Gifted/
Testing Jodi Collins
Title IX: Allen Martin
Sports Equity Coordinator: Allen Martin
Attendance/Truancy: Allen Martin
School Safety: Cleve Roland

MILLER COUNTY EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
The Miller County Program for Exceptional Children offers special education and related services for eligible students ages three to twenty one. The procedures for identifying and determining eligibility for the program are governed by the Georgia Department of Education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The state of Georgia recognizes eligibility categories which include intellectual disabilities, hearing impairment including deafness, speech or language impairment, visual impairment including blindness, emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment, specific learning disability, or deaf/ blindness. Decisions regarding eligibility, least restrictive environment, and services are made by a committee of individuals including the parent. The committee collaborates to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to support students' individual needs.
IEP annual review meetings are held annually to determine progress and necessary specialized services. Meetings include parents, teachers, local education authorities, and related service providers.
Miller County offers the full continuum of services for students with identified disabilities and strives to serve each student to the greatest extent possible in the least restrictive environment. Related services are provided for eligible students as deemed necessary by IEP teams. Related services may include special transportation, occupational therapy, physical therapy, adapted physical education, speech/language therapy, psychological, and audiology services. Special education instruction is specially designed by qualified staff and provided at no cost to parents.

HOSPITAL HOMEBOUND
Georgia State Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.31 Hospital/Homebound (HHB) Services
Hospital/Homebound (HHB) services are designed to provide continuity of educational services between the classroom and home or hospital for students in
Georgia public schools, whose medical needs, either physical or psychiatric, do not allow them to attend school for a limited period of time. HHB instruction may be used to supplement the classroom program for students with health impairments whose conditions may interfere with regular school attendance (e.g., students receiving dialysis or radiation/chemotherapy or students with other serious health conditions).
Students must be enrolled in a public school in Georgia in order to receive HHB services.
HHB services are not intended to supplant regular school services and are by design temporary. The student must anticipate being absent from school for a minimum of ten consecutive (five days for student on block schedule) or intermittent school days due to a medical or psychiatric condition. The student's inability to attend school for medical or psychiatric reasons must be certified by a licensed physician or licensed psychiatrist who is currently treating the student for the diagnosis presented.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, commonly referred to as "Section 504," is a nondiscrimination statute enacted by the United States Congress. The purpose of Section 504 is to prohibit discrimination and to assure that disabled students have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to non-disabled students. For more information, please contact Jodi Collins.
The implementing regulations for Section 504 as set out in 34 CFR part 104 provide parents and/or students with the following rights:

Your child has the right to an appropriate education designed to meet his or her individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of non-disabled peers. Your child has the right to free and appropriate educational (FAPE) services except for those fees that are imposed on non-disabled students or their parents. Insurers and similar third parties who provide services not operated by or provided by the recipient are not relieved from an otherwise valid obligation to provide or pay for services provided to a disabled student.
Your child has a right to participate in an educational setting (academic and
nonacademic) with non-disabled students to the maximum extent appropriate to his or her needs.
Your child has a right to facilities, services, and activities that are comparable to those provided for non-disabled students.

Your child has a right to an evaluation prior to a Section 504 determination of eligibility. You have the right to not consent to the school systems' request to evaluate your child. You have the right to ensure that evaluation procedures, which may include testing, conform to the requirements of 34 CFR 104.35.
You have the right to ensure that the school system will consider information from a variety of sources as appropriate, which may include aptitude and achievement tests, grades, teacher recommendations and observations, physical conditions, social or cultural background, medical records, and parental recommendations.

You have the right to ensure that placement decisions are made by a group of persons, including persons knowledgeable about your child, the meaning of the evaluation data, the placement options, and the legal requirements for least restrictive environment and comparable facilities.
If your child is eligible under Section 504, your child has a right to periodic
reevaluations, including prior to any subsequent significant change of placement. You have the right to notice prior to any actions by the school system regarding the identification, evaluation, or placement of your child.
You have the right to examine your child's educational records.
You have the right to an impartial hearing with respect to the school system's actions regarding your child's identification, evaluation, or educational placement, with opportunity for parental participation in the hearing and representation by an attorney.


You have the right to receive a copy of this notice and a copy of the school system's impartial hearing procedures (Section 504 Procedural Safeguards) upon request. If you disagree with the decision of the impartial hearing officer (school board members and other district employees are not considered impartial hearing officers), you have a right to a review of that decision according to the school systems' impartial hearing procedure.
You have the right to, at any time; file a complaint with the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

The Miller County School System, including all staff and administrators have the responsibility of ensuring that all students with disabilities are identified, evaluated and provided with needed accommodations and services, resulting in a free appropriate public education (FAPE).

MEDIA CENTER POLICIES
Individual students may come to the media center with a signed pass. A teacher may send up to three students at a time to be supervised by media personnel. Students must have an assignment, which requires Media Center resources.

To use the Internet resources on MCHS computers, students must sign the Internet Acceptable Use Policy. All Internet use must be related to a school assignment; students who are not directly supervised by a teacher must have an assignment note from the teacher. "Surfing" for personal interests and chat rooms are specifically forbidden.

Students may check out two books at a time for two-week periods; reference books may be checked out overnight. Late fines are $.10 per day for regular checkouts and $.50 per day for reference materials. If books are not returned by the end of a semester, the student must pay for materials before he/she can receive a grade report.

Lamination is done for students at a cost of $.50 per foot. There is no cost for students to print from the computer workstations, but prior approval from Media personnel is required.
Students may come to the Media Center to use newspapers or magazines, but these periodicals may not be checked out.


SCHOOL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
To attend all classes daily and to be on time.
To come to class prepared with proper materials, such as textbooks, pencils, paper, etc.
To be aware of all rules and expectations or changes in these rules and regulations defining proper student behavior. Each student should conduct himself/herself accordingly.
To be willing to volunteer information in disciplinary cases should it be necessary.
To develop the best school record of which the student is capable.
To maintain a clean and pleasant atmosphere in the buildings and on the grounds.
To respect fellow student's rights, views, and their persons. School is both a right and a responsibility.
Chronically Disruptive Students/Chronic Offenders
Students who are chronically disruptive and/or identified as chronic offenders are referred for intervention and a progressive consequence process. Progressive consequences are a progression from low-level consequences for the initial disruptions to more serious consequences for continued disruptive behavior.
The principal of the school may deem it necessary to restrict certain clothing, etc. The principal or designee will determine if attire is disruptive or inappropriate.
Violations will be handled at the administrator's discretion and may include confiscation of inappropriate articles. Repeat offenders will be handled according to the individual student's discipline record with chronic offenses resulting in suspension. If the student is in doubt about an item's appropriateness, the best advice is to leave the item at home.

SCHOOL BUS INFORMATION
Student behavior, while riding a school bus, is expected to be the same on the bus as in the classroom. Students who ride the bus are expected to follow the rules set forth by the Miller County Transportation System and the Board of Education. Bus students will follow the directions of the driver. Student behavior and safety on a school bus requires the cooperation of students and parents working together with the bus driver and school administrator.

ACCESSORY
Students found guilty of being an accessory (such as assisting, planning, participating, inciting, or encouraging) to any violation of school rules are subject to the same penalties as students who are actively involved in committing such offenses.
ACTS OF PHYSICAL HARM AGAINST SCHOOL STAFF
State law provides that a student found to have committed an act of physical violence against a school administrator/official, teacher, school bus driver, or any other school employee resulting in physical harm shall be expelled from school for the remainder of the student's eligibility to attend public school (OCGA 20-2-751.6).

 

BULLYING
State law prohibits bullying. State law mandates a discipline hearing after the third incident of bullying with a referral to an alternative school setting upon a finding of guilt (OCGA 20-2-145). Miller County High School will not tolerate bullying and other forms of harassment. Please note: Any form of electronic bullying using school computers/equipment, school networks, e-mail systems at school is strictly prohibited.

DRUGS - FELONY
State law makes it unlawful for any person to manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess with the intent to distribute any controlled substance or marijuana in, on, or within 1,000 feet of any real property owned by or leased to any public or private school or school board. Any person who violates or conspires to violate any section of this law shall be guilty of a felony (OCGA 16-13-32.4).

SEARCHES
Miller County High School is dedicated to providing a weapon-free, violence-free, and drug-free school. Consequently, the school may at any time conduct searches of lockers, desks, tables, other school furniture or equipment, any vehicles students bring on campus, and, under individualized reasonable suspicion circumstances, students and their possessions. Searches may include the use of electronic devices and K-9 Units. Periodic inspections may be conducted by school personnel for any reason, at any time, without notice and without student or parent consent.
Note: In-School and Out-of-School Suspensions and Expulsions
Students may be assigned to the In-School Suspension program for up to 30 days according to the offense. Students spend the entire day in ISS. Tardiness will result in a day being added to the ISS assignment. Students cannot participate in any extracurricular activity or practice on the days they are assigned to ISS. Students are responsible for getting their class assignments prior to attending ISS; the work is supervised by the ISS teacher. Students are responsible for completing and returning all assignments to their teachers. All assigned work must be completed before the student is released from ISS. ISS rules and regulations are explained to the student when ISS is assigned. Breaking any ISS rule results in additional ISS time served or changing the ISS assignment to out of school suspension. Severe and/or chronic misbehavior may result in out of school suspensions of up to ten days per offense.
Out-of-School suspensions are reserved for serious and/or repeated offenses and can be from one to ten days at the administrator's discretion. Suspensions can be longer than ten days pending proper notification and Board of Education approval. Out-of-school suspension days are unexcused absences.


Isolation - Students may be isolated in the ISS room for the balance of a class period or the balance of the school day as determined by an administrator. Students returning to class after ISS isolation must present the teacher(s) a completed ISS Isolation pass in order to be eligible to make up any work missed during the isolation.

The following are disciplinary guidelines to be administered upon Administrator's discretion
DISOBEY/INSUBORDINATE
INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE
DRESS CODE
UNAUTHORIZED AREA
TOBACCO
NO SHOW FOR TEACHER DETENTION
DISRESPECT/PEERS
DISRESPECT/ADULTS
CHEATING
10. INAPPROPRIATE USE OF CELL PHONE

FIGHTING
Fighting between students will not be tolerated. Students who have a problem should
alert an administrator, teacher, or school resource officer of the conflict. In the event of a
fight, both students will be treated in the same manner unless the administration can
determine that a student tried to avoid the fight or was acting in self-defense.
Name-calling is no justification for fighting.
(Depending on degree of involvement)
1st offense - possible arrest and 5 days OSS followed by student contract
2nd offense - possible arrest and 10 days OSS followed by Alt School Placement
1. Referral/disciplinary tribunal
The principal is the designated leader of the school and, in concert with the staff, is responsible for the orderly operation of the school. In cases of disruptive, disorderly or dangerous conduct not covered in this Code, the principal may undertake corrective measures which he or she believes to be in the best interest of the student and the school provided any such action does not violate school board policy or procedures.

Cell Phones
To avoid disruption of instruction, the use of electronic devices, including, but not limited to cellular telephones, and other portable communication devices (PCDs), is allowed with the restrictions outlined below. Use of electronic communication devices and other electronic media during the regular school day must be in support of, and consistent with the vision, mission and goals established by the Miller County Board of Education and for the purpose of instructional support. All users of Miller County technology resources and facilities must agree to and sign the terms of an acceptable use agreement. When approved by the principal or designee, students may be permitted to use their own computer or computing devices, including handheld devices, to connect to the Miller County network.
No student shall photograph, videotape, record., or reproduce, via any audio or video means, another student or staff member while on school system premises without the expressed prior permission of the student or staff member.
Students riding the school bus to and/or from school must have all electronic devices and cell phones turned off and out of sight so that they do not interfere with the operation of the school bus, (O.C.G.A 20-2-751.5).
Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the security of their cellular telephones and other PCDs. The Miller County Board of Education shall not assume responsibility or liability for the theft, loss, or damage to a cellular telephone or other PCD, nor does it assume responsibility for the unauthorized use of any device.
Using the electronic services via the Internet is a privilege, not a right and all students and parents must sign the Miller County School System Electronic Network
Use Rules.
Using the electronic services via the Internet is a privilege, not a right. The privilege may be revoked at any time for unacceptable conduct. Unacceptable conduct includes, but is not limited to the following.
Using the Internet for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other contracts.
Using the Internet for financial or commercial gain.
Degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance.
Vandalizing the data of other users.
Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities.
Invading the privacy of individuals.
Using an account owned by another without authorization.
Posting personal communications without the author's consent.
Posting anonymous messages.
Placing of unlawful information on a system.
Using abusive or otherwise objectionable language in either public or private messages.
Sending of messages that are likely to result in the loss of recipient's work or disrupting systems; or example a computer virus.
Sending "Chain Letters" or "Broadcast" messages to lists or individuals, or other types of communication, which would cause congestion of the networks.


14. Using the Internet to send/receive messages and images, which are inconsistent with the district's curriculum, and conduct guidelines. These include, but are not limited to, racist, sexist, pornographic, dangerous, and obscene messages and images.
Medicine
In accordance with Board policy, medicine will not be administered at school except by the parent's or legal guardian's written request. All medicines must be kept in the nurse's office until needed by student.
Parking Permits/Driving Privileges
Students who drive to school are required to purchase a parking permit, park in a
designated location and to register their car with the office.
Parking permits are $10.00.
The school is not responsible for theft or vandalism of vehicles parked on campus. The administration will use all reasonable means to prevent theft or vandalism and to apprehend anyone responsible for such but cannot guarantee that vandalism will not occasionally occur.
Students are to lock their vehicles when they arrive on campus and promptly exit the vehicle and parking area.
Students are not allowed to sit in cars prior to or during the school day.
Students are not to return to cars or parking areas during the school day without approval from an administrator or SPO, unless checking out through the Attendance Office.
Students are not allowed to ride in the bed of pickup trucks while on campus.
To ensure safe and orderly entry and exit onto the BHS campus, drivers should follow established traffic flow patterns.
Students are not allowed to give his/her parking permit to another student.
Students may be denied the privilege of parking on school property if they fail to:
Abide by parking regulations
Abide by the posted speed limit
Observe all state and city laws
Driving/parking privileges may also be suspended as part of disciplinary consequences for other campus misbehavior or unsatisfactory attendance. Parking and driving violations are also subject to the fines listed below and/or to disciplinary consequences including ISS.
Progress Reports
Progress reports are given to students at the mid-nine weeks of each semester. All
students should receive progress report.


Severe Weather Causing School to be Cancelled
In the event a school must be closed due to severe weather conditions, hazardous conditions at the school or another event requiring closure, the Superintendent will issue a statement to the school(s) to be closed. If the school is closed prior to normal school hour operation, staff should listen to local radio and television broadcasts. Notifications will be made via a phone tree to notify all staff that the school has been closed.
Student Searches
When reasonable cause exists, students and/or their belongings, lockers, automobiles, or other property may be searched by the principal, assistant principals, and/or school resource officers.
Telephone
The school's telephones are for school business. According to Board policy, students are not to be sent to the office to use the phone unless absolutely necessary. If a student must use the phone, he must have a pass from the teacher and report to the Office.

TELEPHONE In Classroom
Students are NOT allowed to use the classroom telephones. Those are for teacher use only. Students may not use school phones for personal calls except in the case of an emergency. To use a school phone, you must have permission from an administrator, use the phone in the reception area, and log your call with the receptionist in the front office

LOCKS AND LOCKERS ·
One person per locker (DO NOT SHARE) · Do not leave lock so locker can readily be opened. School is not responsible for items taken from lockers. Book lockers are available for students. It is the student's responsibility to see that the locker is kept locked at all times. Any problems regarding lockers should be reported to the Principal immediately to ensure the security of the locker. Security is sacrificed any time a combination is given to another student. The school reserves the right to open and inspect any of the school lockers at any time. Students are encouraged to use their locker. Locker fee is 10.00.

FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES The principal and/or the Board of Education must approve all fundraising activities on campus.

FOOD OR DRINKS
No student shall have food or drinks in the classrooms without permission.
Clear, plastic water bottles with a twist-on top may be allowed in classrooms if approved by the teacher.
No fast foods or unsealed beverages are allowed on campus without administrative approval.
No food taken out of the lunchroom.


Styrofoam cups with beverages are not allowed out of the commons area.
No YETI-type cups will be allowed on campus during regular school hours.

DANCES, PROM, AND SCHOOL FUNCTIONS
No student not attending MCHS will be permitted to attend high school dances, banquets, the prom or other high school social functions without the approval of the Principal. All school policies (dress and behavior code) are in effect at dances and other school sponsored functions. Students who cannot abide by the code of conduct will be asked to leave the school function without any possibility of refunds.

ACCIDENTS
If a student is injured on the campus during the school day, the following procedures
should be followed:
Report all accidents to the teacher or coach if the injury occurs in the classroom or athletic program.
Fill out an incident report and file in the Nurse and/or Assistant Principal's office the day the accident occurs. If medical attention is required, parents will be immediately notified, and the correct procedure for the injury will be followed

MILITARY OPT OUT PERMISSION Under current federal law, all schools must, if requested, provide the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of high school students to U. S. military recruiters. Under current federal laws, you do not have to allow your child's information to be shared if you choose to opt out of parking privileges. A student must maintain a 70, greater average in five out of seven classes per semester, or they will lose their parking privilege. The cost of a parking permit is $10.00. The student must sign a parking agreement before a permit will be issued.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES
ATHLETICS
Students are encouraged to participate in the MCHS athletic program with its many sports offerings. The experiences and values gained through participation in athletics will reward you for life. Miller County athletes are expected to exhibit good sportsmanship and to conduct themselves in a manner that brings honor to themselves, the school, and the community, whether they are on or off the field. Please refer to the school's athletic handbook.


ATHLETIC OFFERINGS
Football Baseball Tennis
Softball Golf Weightlifting
Basketball Track Cheerleading
***Students must have a physical and the parental consent form on file with the school before they will be allowed to tryout or practice. Students must have personal insurance coverage or purchase accidental coverage offered through the school. Please see athletic handbook.
Eligibility for Athletics
The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) sets the minimum eligibility requirements for participation in athletics in Georgia. Miller County High School adheres to GHSA standards. Certification of eligibility is updated at the end of each semester. It is our belief at MCHS that academic success must accompany athletic success; therefore, we encourage each student athlete to "study hard" so that each of the athletes will be able to "play hard."
Code: IDE (1) 160-5-1-18 COMPETITIVE INTERSCHOLASTIC ACTIVITIES GRADES 9-12: NO PASS/NO PARTICIPATE
(1) Purpose: The state board supports the offering of competitive interscholastic activities subject to reasonable rules and regulations that prevent any participation from interfering with the academic achievement of students.
(2) Requirements:
Each local board of education shall adopt a policy regulating competitive interscholastic activities.
The school principal shall regulate competitive interscholastic activities in his or her school and shall ensure that all staff members adhere to requirements.
A student wishing to participate in interscholastic competitive activities shall be enrolled full time in a public school.
(3) EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIP:
(a) The State Board of Education supports a cooperative relationship with the Georgia High School (GHSA) in establishing statewide regulations for high school interscholastic competitive activities. A local board of education may allow schools within its jurisdiction to join GHSA; however, nothing in this rule shall be deemed to authorize the use of state or local tax dollars for membership in GHSA.(b) The State Superintendent of Schools or designee serves as a member of the State Executive Committee of the GHSA. Reports shall be made to the State Board of any changes in the Georgia High School Association Constitution and Bylaws.

Authority O.C.G.A. 20-2-240
Adopted November 13, 1997 Effective: December 29, 1997
Students may also be removed from participation in athletics for disciplinary reasons as outlined in the MCHS Athletic Code of Conduct.

CLUBS/CLUB OFFERINGS
MCHS offers many opportunities for students to become involved in clubs and their various activities. Club participation promotes character and the development of skills in academics, leadership, citizenship, cooperation, and service. The specific criteria for club membership may be obtained from the club sponsors.
Future Farmers of America (FFA) MCMS & MCHS Junior Beta Club
Senior Beta Club Student Council
Quiz Bowl Literary
Drama
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
AWARDING CREDIT
Students will be awarded credit for work successfully completed at the end of each semester. Incomplete grades (I) will be awarded only in extenuating circumstances and must be cleared within six (4) weeks of being assigned. Students who fail a course that is a prerequisite for a succeeding course will be rescheduled. Students who are in violation of the Miller County Attendance Policy could possibly lose credit for classes if the Credit Review Committee deems appropriate.
GRADE REPORTS
Report cards will be issued every nine (9) weeks. Progress reports will be sent home at the midpoint of every grading period. Parents are encouraged to schedule conferences to discuss grade reports.

GRADING SCALE CONDUCT SCALE
A (90-100) - Superior Achievement S-Satisfactory
B (80-89) - Above Average Achievement N-Needs Improvement

C (70-79) - Average Achievement U-Unsatisfactory

F (0-69) - Failure
I - Incomplete

ACADEMIC FOCUS-RTI Services
I. Rising 9th graders already on RTI list from 8th grade RTI list
Monitor grades/achievement
Remain on RTI as needed for EOC classes
Remove from RTI as students achieve academic self-sustainability in EOC classes
AF placement as needed for EOC
II. Academic Focus 9-12 (RTI watch list)
A. Students placed in AF for EOC classes
Teacher recommendations
Academic Needs- EOC classes
EOC: not passing score
Students receive remediation from EOC teacher
B. AF placement changed as needed for remediation in EOC classes
Credit Repair is a program that is offered to Miller County High School students. This program is designed to allow students to repair a failing grade of a course they have completed in either the fall or spring semesters. In order to qualify for this program a student must have a final grade of a 65-69 for the course grade. This program is for core classes ONLY. The student must also get the failing teachers permission to participate in the credit repair program. A student may repair up to two core classes that they have failed in the previous semester.
If the student qualifies for credit repair, they will be assigned course material online. Upon successful completion of the credit repair content, the student's final grade will be changed to a 70.
Credit Recovery will also be offered for students who have a grade lower than a 65. These students will repeat the entire course. The student will have 18 weeks to make up this credit and will be changed to a 70. Credit Recovery will also be offered online.
Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation
Cumulative Numeric Grade Average (NGA): MCS calculates cumulative numeric grade averages for students by adding up all grades in all classes and dividing by the total number of classes taken. The numeric average is on a 100 point scale; i.e., 87.963 out of 100. Failing grades, online grades, and summer program grades are included the calculation. All courses listed official transcripts are averaged together. The Cumulative Numeric Grade Average is indicated on official transcripts.


Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA): MCS calculates cumulative grade point averages for students by converting the numerical grades in all classes to a 4.0 scale where A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, and F = 0. Converted grades are added up and then divided by the total number of grades. Failing grades, online grades, and summer program grades are included in the calculation. All courses listed on official transcripts are averaged together. Points are not added to converted grades. Cumulative Grade Point Average is not a weighted average. Cumulative Grade Point Average is indicated on all official transcripts.
Academic Numeric Grade Average: MCS calculates the academic numeric grade averages for students only when it is needed to determine Junior Marshals, Honor Graduates, Valedictorian, Salutatorian, or similar academic positions. The academic numeric grade average is calculated in the same method as the cumulative numeric grade average but only includes academic courses. The following academic courses are included in the academic numeric grade average:
English courses with numbers beginning with class code 23.
Mathematics courses with numbers beginning with course code 27
Science courses beginning with class code 26 or 40 with all other courses included in the fourth science course requirement effective SY 2011-2012
Social studies courses beginning with course code 45
Foreign language courses beginning with course code 60-64
Other specific courses and course numbers
The Academic Numeric Grade Average is not indicated on transcripts
HOPE Scholarship GPA: All Georgia high schools must send student transcripts with complete course history to the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) for calculation of the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship GPA. Graduates must have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
The GPA is calculated in the same way as the cumulative grade point average but only includes academic courses. The academic courses used to calculate GPA are the same as those used to calculate the academic numeric grade average (see #3 above). The weighting of grades is uniform. GSFC adds a weight of 0.5 quality points to the student's grade (up to a maximum of 4.0 quality points) for AP and IB courses and dual enrollment coursework taken at an eligible postsecondary institution. Grades from high school courses taken in middle school are not calculated. The final GPA is not rounded up. Zell Miller eligibility consideration is 3.7. A GPA of 2.99 does not qualify for either scholarship. All GPA calculations are conducted by GSFC.
Academic Rigor Requirements for HOPE Scholarship
HOPE Scholars, at the time of high school graduation, must earn a minimum of four full credits from the academic rigor course categories listed below prior to graduating from high school
Advanced math, such as advanced algebra and trigonometry, taken at the high school, or an equivalent or higher course taken for degree level credit at an Eligible Postsecondary Institution


Advanced science, such as chemistry, physics, taken at the high school, or an equivalent or higher course taken for degree level credit at an Eligible Postsecondary Institution
Foreign language courses taken at the high school, or taken for degree level credit at an Eligible Postsecondary Institution; or
Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Dual Credit Enrollment courses in Core subjects

HONOR ROLL
Students who achieve a grade of 95 or better in each subject will have their names placed on the "Principal's List" for outstanding achievement. Students who achieve a grade of 90 or better in each subject will have their names placed on the "A" Honor Roll. Students who achieve a grade of 80 or better in each subject will have their names placed on the "A-B" Honor Roll. Honor rolls for each nine weeks will be sent to the Miller County Liberal for publication.

HONOR GRADUATES
The senior with the highest GPA will be named the class valedictorian, and the
senior with the second highest GPA will be named the class salutatorian. * Must
have completed Hope Rigor Courses
Honor Graduates of MCHS must have completed HOPE Rigor curriculum when offered and maintained an overall GPA of 90.00 or higher.
Must be Hope eligible by completion of 4 rigor courses
a. Earn a GPA of 90.00 or higher in the following core areas:
English
4
Mathematics
4
Science
4
Social Studies
4
Foreign Language
2

PROMOTION AND RETENTION
2019 - 2020
The following criteria outline the promotion requirements:
Number of Required Carnegie Units by Grade
6 units to pass to 10th grade (5/6)
12 units to pass to 11th grade (11/12)
18 units to pass to 12th grade (17/18)
To graduate: 24 total units


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Graduation requirements are determined by the year a student enrolls in the 9th
grade. Students will be advised and parents will be notified concerning a
student's individual graduation requirements.
Graduation requirements are on file in the counselor's office. Parents and students may schedule an appointment with the counselor to discuss individual graduation requirements and progress toward graduation.
The Miller County Board of Education's Policy requires one semester of work completed at MCHS to earn a MCHS diploma.
A student must be in compliance with all existing requirements of the Georgia Department of Education.

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING SERVICES
A full-time counselor is available to assist students with guidance and counseling needs. Such needs include (but are not limited to) scheduling for courses, providing information to help with career choices, advisement for meeting graduation requirements,
assistance with personal problems, crisis counseling, assistance with application/admission/financial aid processes for college or other post-high school education, sending records and transcripts, parent conferences, and coordinating testing programs for students.
Any student who has a problem should feel free to consult the counselor. All students will be seen on a walk-in basis if possible; however, an appointment will allow better use of student and counselor time as well as prevent interruptions. Appointments can be made in the guidance office. All problems discussed with the counselor are confidential and will remain between student and counselor. The counselor will follow ethical and confidentiality requirements when counseling with a student.

CAREER GUIDANCE CENTER
Information is housed in the guidance office to assist students with making career and educational choices. Examples are college catalogs from most of the state and area schools, applications, financial aid information, and forms for scholarships for most colleges and technical schools, pamphlets and brochures on specific occupations, study aids for college entrance tests, and information on decision-making strategies.
Students are welcome to make an appointment with the counselor to discuss future plans and to browse through information of interest or value to them. Teachers are
invited to check out information that may be useful to their classes for special projects on careers.
Out of County Students
It is the policy of the Miller County Board of Education to accept out of county students if they meet the criteria. There are standards students must meet and maintain while they attend Miller County Schools both academically and behaviorally. Any out of county students who fail to pass 5 of the 7 classes in high school or qualify to be retained while attending the Miller County School System may be asked to return to the school that services their county. Students who are referred to the office more than 4 times in a year, fight or cause disruptions in the daily flow of school will also be required to return to their service area school. Due to attendance problems, students who reach 14 excused or unexcused absences during the full year or accumulate seven tardies to school in a semester will be withdrawn. The principal has the authority to require the student to return to their service area school at any time they become a discipline problem. No out of county students will be accepted if there are problems with discipline, attendance or any academic issues.

TESTING PROGRAMS
PSAT/NMSQT - given to 10th and 11th graders in the fall. College-bound students
are encouraged to take it. The test provides valuable information to students, parents, and counselors as students begin to lay groundwork for college planning. The counselor can provide registration information. To make allowances for reporting requirements, the testing service fee must be paid by the student.
SAT and ACT - given several times through the year in testing centers in our geographic area. These tests must be taken for college admission. Registration booklets can be obtained from the guidance office. The student must pay testing fees, and register online.
EOC - given to all students enrolled in an EOC course. Courses with an EOC are:
Algebra I
Geometry
Ninth Grade Literature/Composition
American Literature/Composition
Biology
Physical Science
U.S. History
Economics
As mandated by Georgia law, scores received on the EOC will count as 20% of students' second semester average.

NINE WEEKS EXAMS
Nine weeks exams will be administered in all classes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd nine weeks grading periods and will count as 20% of the student's final average. Courses with an EOC or SLO at the end of the year are not required to give a nine weeks exam for the 4th nine weeks. Courses that do not have an EOC or SLO at the end of the year are required to give a nine weeks exam for the 4th grading period. The 4th nine weeks exam will also count 20% of the student's 4th nine weeks average.
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SUGGESTED DEADLINES FOR THE COLLEGE PROCESS
FALL of 10th GRADE YEAR - Take PSAT and use results to begin to make plans for the future. Take the SAT after completion of Geometry
FALL of 11th GRADE YEAR - Take PSAT in order to become familiar with college entrance testing program used by most Georgia colleges.
SPRING of 11th GRADE YEAR - Talk to counselor about preliminary plans, collect information about schools, and plan to take college entrance test in May or June, especially if you plan to go to a school where a minimum test score is required. If you do not do as well as you hoped, you still have several more tries to improve you scores.
FALL of 12th GRADE YEAR - Take SAT or ACT in November and/or December. Inquire in guidance office about scholarships that might be available at your chosen school or in your chosen field. Make application to the college(s) of your choice including any additional information required by the college, such as letters of recommendation, and/or immunization records, etc.
FEBRUARY of 12th GRADE YEAR - Fill out financial aid forms and submit. Follow through on any additional forms needed by the college. Establish housing arrangements if needed. Talk to a financial aid officer at the college about loans and scholarships.
MAY of 12th GRADE YEAR - Request that a final transcript be sent after your final grade point average has been calculated and a graduation date is recorded.
Helpful Hints:
Every day starting in 9th grade - Keep your grade point average as high as possible
Work on being a good "test taker"
Be a dependable participant in extracurricular activities so that people can honestly write many nice things about you in written recommendations
Work on developing and practicing good study habits
Check with the counselor regularly if you need information or help with your plans for the future

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
There are a variety of scholarship opportunities available for seniors. Many of them require a high GPA & SAT score. Most, also want to see evidence of extra-curricular activities, leadership ability (Club officer, etc.), and many community and volunteer
services as requirements for scholarship consideration. You may want to begin keeping a portfolio of your awards, achievements, honors, offices held, etc. so that as you prepare your application, you do not exclude an important item.

Miller County Schools Attendance Protocol
The Miller County Board of Education recognizes the value of regular attendance in enabling pupils to profit from the school program. Not only is each day's lesson important to the individual student, but his/her presence as class participant contributes to the education of others.
In accordance with state law, all children between the ages of 6 and 16 are expected to be in regular attendance in some bona fide school unless their mental and physical condition justifies their being excused. Children enrolled in the public schools prior to their sixth birthday are subject to this law and the rules of the State Board of Education governing compulsory attendance, even though they have not attained six years of age. The Truancy Officer shall verify the enrollment of students attending private schools and be informed by principals, using methods designated by the Superintendent, of those enrolled in the system's schools. The Truancy Officer shall also investigate all cases of failure to enroll or habitual absence by children of school age who are residents of Miller County, and shall recommend appropriate action in accordance with state laws and State Board policies governing attendance.
GEORGIA COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE LAW: State of Georgia: Georgia Code: 20-2-690.1.
(a)Mandatory attendance in a public school, private school, or home school program shall be required for children between their sixth and sixteenth birthdays. Such mandatory attendance shall not be required where the child has successfully completed all requirements for a high school diploma.
(b)Every parent, guardian, or other person residing within this state having control or charge of any child or children during the ages of mandatory attendance as required in subsection (a) of this Code section shall enroll and send such child or children to a public school, a private school, or a home study program that meets the requirements for a public school, a private school, or a home study program; and such child shall be responsible for enrolling in and attending a public school, a private school, or a home study program that meets the requirements for a public school, a private school, or a home study program under such penalty for noncompliance with this subsection as is provided in Chapter 11 of Title 15, unless the child's failure to enroll and attend is caused by the child's parent, guardian, or other person, in which case the parent, guardian, or other person alone shall be responsible; provided, however, that tests and physical exams for military service and the National Guard and such other approved absences shall be excused absences. The requirements of this subsection shall apply to a child during the ages of mandatory attendance as required in subsection (a) of this Code section who has been assigned by a local board of education or its delegate to attend an alternative public school program established by that local board of education, including an alternative public school program provided for in Code Section
20-2-154.1 , regardless of whether such child has been suspended or expelled from another public school program by that local board of education or its delegate, and to the parent, guardian, or other person residing in this state who has control or charge of such child. Nothing in this Code section shall be construed to require a local board of education or its delegate to assign a child to attend an alternative public school program rather than suspending or expelling the child.
(c) Any parent, guardian, or other person residing in this state who has control or charge of a child or children and who shall violate this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine not less than $25.00 and not greater than $100.00, imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, community service, or any combination of such penalties, at the discretion of the court having jurisdiction. Each day's absence from school in violation of this part after the child's school system notifies the parent, guardian, or other person who has control or charge of a child of five unexcused days of absence for a child shall constitute a separate offense. After two reasonable attempts to notify the parent, guardian, or other person who has control or charge of a child of five unexcused days of absence without response, the school system shall send a notice to such parent, guardian, or other person by certified mail, return receipt requested. Public schools shall provide to the parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of each child enrolled in public school a written summary of possible consequences and penalties for failing to comply with compulsory attendance under this Code section for children and their parents, guardians, or other persons having control or charge of children. The parent, guardian, or other person who has control or charge of a child or children shall sign a statement indicating receipt of such written statement of possible consequences and penalties; children who are age ten years or older by September 1 shall sign a statement indicating receipt of such written statement of possible consequences and penalties. After two reasonable attempts by the school to secure such signature or signatures, the school shall be considered to be in compliance with this subsection if it sends a copy of the statement, via certified mail, return receipt requested, to such parent, guardian, other person who has control or charge of a child, or children. Public schools shall retain signed copies of statements through the end of the school year.
(d)Local school superintendents in the case of private schools or home study programs and visiting teachers and attendance officers in the case of public schools shall have authority and it shall be their duty to file proceedings in court to enforce this subpart.
(e)An unemancipated minor who is older than the age of mandatory attendance as required in subsection (a) of this Code section who has not completed all requirements for a high school diploma who wishes to withdraw from school shall have the written
permission of his or her parent or legal guardian prior to withdrawing. Prior to accepting such permission, the school principal or designee shall convene a conference with the child and parent or legal guardian within two school days of receiving notice of the intent of the child to withdraw from school. The principal or designee shall make a reasonable attempt to share with the student and parent or guardian the educational options available, including the opportunity to pursue a general educational development (GED) diploma and the consequences of not having earned a high school diploma, including lower lifetime earnings, fewer jobs for which the student will be qualified, and the inability to avail oneself of higher educational opportunities. Every local board of education shall adopt a policy on the process of voluntary withdrawal of unemancipated minors who are older than the mandatory attendance age. The policy shall be filed with the Department of Education no later than January 1, 2007. The Department of Education shall provide annually to all local school superintendents model forms for the parent or guardian signature requirement contained in this subsection and updated information from reliable sources relating to the consequences of withdrawing from school without completing all requirements for a high school diploma. Such form shall include information relating to the opportunity to pursue a general educational development (GED) diploma and the consequences of not having earned a high school diploma, including lower lifetime earnings, fewer jobs for which the student will be qualified, and the inability to avail oneself of higher educational opportunities. Each local school superintendent shall provide such forms and information to all of its principals of schools serving grades six through twelve for the principals to use during the required conference with the child and parent or legal guardian

SKIPPING CLASS
Any unexcused tardy to class of more than 15 minutes or any unexcused absence from
class of more than 15 minutes.
1st offense - 1 day ISS, parent notification
2nd offense - 3 days ISS/OSS, parent conference
3rd offense - 5 days ISS/OSS, parent conference

LEAVING WITHOUT PERMISSION
1st offense - Parent notification and 1-3 days ISS
2nd offense - Parent notification and 3-5 days ISS/OSS
3rd offense - 5-10 days OSS

DISRUPTIVE
No student will engage in behavior that disrupts the learning environment for others. In
addition, students are expected to comply with teacher requests; uncooperative, defiant
behavior will not be tolerated.
(Administrator has the discretion to advance consequences depending upon severity)

TARDIES
1st offense - Warning
2nd offense - Teacher detention
3rd offense - Administrative detention
4th offense - 1 day ISS
5th offense - 3 days ISS/OSS
Tardy to School:
Any student arriving at school following the ringing bell, chime, or other audible signal established by the Principal and intended to indicate the start of the school day. Any student who is on school property but is not in his or her assigned classroom or other authorized area following the bell, chime, or other audible signal will be considered tardy to school.
Tardy to Class:
A student is "tardy to class" when he/she arrives to class following the ringing bell,
chime or other audible signal indicating the beginning of instructional time.
Early Checkout:
Leaving school prior to the end of instructional time and/or the end of the official school
day.
Excused:
Early checkouts for emergency, illness, or other reasons that the Principal deems necessary or reasonable. Documentation is required to excuse an early dismissal. Records will be kept at each school to document the number of days a student misses due to early checkouts. Excessive incidents of unexcused early checkout may result in disciplinary action or referral, as the Principal deems necessary.
Unexcused: Early checkouts for reasons other than those approved by the Principal. Excessive incidents of unexcused early checkout may result in disciplinary action or referral, as the Principal deems necessary.
Excused Absences: Local board of education shall adopt policies and procedures excusing students from school under the following circumstances, as a minimum:
Personal illness (Excessive or extended absences may require an excuse from medical doctor)
Circumstances where attendance in school endangers a student's health or the health of others
Serious illness in a student's immediate family
A court order or an order by a governmental agency, including pre-induction physical examinations for service in the armed forces, mandating absence from school
Observing religious holidays, necessitating absence from school
Conditions rendering attendance impossible or hazardous to student health or safety
Local boards of education may allow a period not to exceed one day for registering to vote or voting in a public election
Local boards of education shall count students present when they are serving as pages of the Georgia General Assembly

Grades and Absences:
Final student course grades shall not be penalized because of absences if the following conditions are met.
Absences are justified and validated for excusable reasons.
Make up work for excused absences were completed satisfactorily. Local boards of education are not required to provide make-up work for unexcused absences.
Consequences and Penalties for Violation of Compulsory Attendance

The Principal or Principal's designee may assign consequences and penalties for unexcused absences and/or early checkouts at any time if he/she deems necessary. Including students not receiving credits for courses.
Ages under 16
Five (5) absences
A letter will be mailed to the parent(s)/guardian (s) of all students who have 5 unexcused absences, requesting a meeting with the school level attendance committee or principal.
Parent (s)/guardian (s) and student may be asked to enter into an attendance contract or agreement with the school at this time.
Eight (8) absences (High School)
1. Students who accumulate more than 8 days absent in any one semester in any or all classes due to full day absences from school, checking out early or arriving late to school will be denied credit for the course. Any student, who has been denied credit, must continue to attend the class in order to qualify for an appeal to the School Level Attendance Committee. Courses in which credit was denied due to excessive absences will not be included on student transcripts or in GPA/HOPE calculations.
Ten (10) unexcused absences
1. Ten unexcused absences could be referred to either Juvenile Justice or State
Court if the parents have failed to comply with the requested meeting at the school level.


Absences and Consequence: Ages 16 and Over
Five (5) absences
A student could lose his/her on campus parking permit.

1st offense: Parking Pass Suspended for 2 weeks
2nd offense: Parking Pass Suspended for 1 month
3rd offense: Parking Pass Suspended for the year
A reinstatement fee of $20.00 will be required for the parking permit to be
reissued once the permit has been revoked.
Continuing to park on the Miller County School Property once the permit is pulled
or after notice to purchase a permit has been given, will result in the following
consequences or failure to have a valid HS Parking permit will result in the
following:
1st Offense: $25.00 Ticket
2nd Offense: $35.00 Ticket
3rd Offense: Tire Boot Placement on Vehicle Parked Illegally
Meeting with Student
Parent called by School Administration
$50.00 to remove Tire Boot

Miller County School Resource Officer will only tire boot a vehicle two times during a school year. After the second time, the car will be towed at the owner's expense and parking privileges will be suspended for the remainder of that school year.
Five (5) absences
1. A letter will be mailed to the parent(s)/guardian (s) of all students who have 5 absences, requesting a meeting with the school level attendance committee or principal.
Eight (8) absences
Students who accumulate more than 8 days absent in any one semester in any or all classes due to full day absences from school, checking out early or arriving late to school will be denied credit for the course. Any student, who has been denied credit, must continue to attend the class in order to qualify for an appeal to the School Level Attendance Committee. The principal will then deem the manner in which days shall be made up to recover credit.
When 10 days of being absent has accumulated, the student will be deemed truant. The truancy officer will take action at this time.
Documentation for Absences
A student, on returning to school after an absence, must present a written and signed excuse to their homeroom from the parent or guardian / doctor stating the reason for the student's absence. No more than 5 parent excuses will be accepted for excused absences. Failure to furnish this excuse within three (3) days after returning to school will constitute an unexcused absence. These excuses will be field as documentation for absences should an appeal meeting become necessary. This policy will be strictly adhered to by the Attendance Appeals Committee.

DRESS CODE

The purpose of a dress code is not to inhibit any person's taste in attire, but rather to better facilitate the process of education through reasonable guidelines of instilling dignity and pride. We want students at MCHS to dress for success. Modesty and cleanliness are our goals. Due to the fact that some types of clothing do not encourage students to be aware of these goals, the following limitations are in effect. NOTE: Any class time missed due to inappropriate apparel will be unexcused (students missing more than 20 minutes will be counted as unexcused absences). Final approval of any questionable dress and enforcement of this dress code is left to the discretion of the school administration. A student who does not comply with this dress code is required to be referred by school employees to the school administration. A student violating this dress code will be required to change to appropriate clothing meeting the dress code guidelines and receive an unexcused absence. A student refusing to change to suitable clothing will be suspended for the day. A student who cannot be picked up to change clothes may be assigned to BLOCK ISS for the day.

STUDENT APPEARANCE Any student appearance that causes disruptions in daily school activities will not be permitted. Some examples of non-permissible appearances
include body piercing other than ears, unnatural hair colors (other than those special occasions like homecoming festivities), unruly hair, and other such appearances that disrupt normal classroom routines. Nose, facial, and/or tongue piercings will only allow small, post-type accessories. No septum, nasal septum, large accessories, etc. will be permitted. Violations of this policy will fall under the discretion of the staff and administration.
Miller County High and Miller County Middle School
2019 -2020 Dress Code


No Cut-off garments, clothing that is too tight, too bare, or so extreme as to be immodest. This includes P.E. Classes!
Girls: No off-the-shoulder shirts (cold-shoulder blouses) UNLESS it has 2-3" straps across the shoulders. No showing of personal under garments.
Shorts may be worn by all students. Shorts must pass the fingertip test to determine if they are too short.
Sleeveless outer garments may be worn as long as undergarments are not visible. Halter tops, backless blouses, spaghetti straps, T-shirts with sleeves/cut off or muscle shirts may not be worn. No tank tops are to be worn unless with a covering.
Leggings or jeggings may be worn with a top, or covering that comes below the fingertips.
Pants are defined as garments that have pockets, zippers, or buttons and belt loops.
Students are prohibited from wearing shirts or tops that expose their midriff. Midriff must be covered at all times including standing and sitting. RULE OF THUMB: If you can see your midriff when you raise your arms, the clothing is inappropriate.
Females are prohibited from wearing tops, dresses, or shirts that reveal cleavage. Dresses and skirts must be knee length. Slits in dress and skirts cannot be above the knee.
ALL pants and skirts must be worn above the hips. No "sagging" or undergarments showing. No pants or shorts with writing across the seat.
Sweatpants, wind suits, pajama pants, gym shorts and boxer style pants are not allowed.
Clothes may not have holes, tears, rips that expose skin or under garments. Tapes on holes is prohibited. No see through clothing will be allowed. Any ripped or distressed pants must not show any skin above the knee.
All headgear is prohibited in the building. The following items are prohibited from the campus of the Miller County School System: wave caps, hoods, do rags, bandanas, sweatbands, headbands, headsets, or any other head covering. Clothes bust be worn properly, not backwards or inside out.
Earrings: for males - studs are allowed but should be no larger than the lobe with NO hanging embellishments. All students: no nose hoops, lip, tongue, or eyebrow rings are allowed. Gauges are not allowed! Any other jewelry deemed inappropriate by the administration will not be allowed.
Any jewelry or accessory that may be used as a weapon will not be allowed to be worn at school. NO combs, with sharp metal ends, rakes or picks.
Clothing that displays words, symbols that advocated or depict violence, racism, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex or other illegal activity expressly or implied are prohibited. No student clothing should be disruptive to the smooth operation of the school.
Students will wear shoes at all times. No bedroom shoes, flip-flops, or backless sandals will be permitted.
Any attire that is deemed inappropriate by the faculty or Administrator will not be allowed.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASSES Students in Physical Education classes are expected to follow the Physical Education Dress Code while attending physical education class. Students in P. E. are expected to dress out during assigned classes. Their attire should be as follows: shorts or sweat pants with T-shirt. The shorts must be NO more than 2 inches above the knee. Shirt styles should conform to the standard dress code. When students come into the main building, they must be dressed appropriately!

THE ADMINISTRATION WILL MAKE THE FINAL DETERMINATION OF WHAT IS APPROPRIATE FOR SCHOOL WEAR.
AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION (ASD)
ASD is a step in the discipline procedure. It is a work program. Activities will be assigned to the detainee. If assigned to after school detention, the student must not be tardy to detention, or another day will be added to the assignment. ASD begins promptly at 3:20 p.m. and ends at 3:50 p.m. Tardiness to ASD, failure to serve ASD or to comply with the work assignments will result in ISS or OSS.
Miller County Code of Conduct

STUDENT COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES
This procedure is established in order to provide a formal method for the resolution of any grievances, concerning the treatment of students by district personnel, which is alleged to violate either district policy or student legal rights. These formal procedures should not be used unless informal conferences with the appropriate teacher(s) and principal do not resolve the matter to the satisfaction of the grievant.
Any student may bring a grievance, or the parents of such students, whose rights under any district policy or applicable law have allegedly been violated. However, when a minor student brings a grievance, the student's parents must be a party to the proceedings.

Grievances should be settled as close as possible to their point of origin. It is important that grievances be settled quickly. The number of days specified on each level should be considered a maximum, but may be extended by mutual agreement. All hearings should be as informal as possible, but must be conducted in accordance with due process. A grievant may be represented by counsel and shall be allowed to introduce all relevant evidence and to cross -examine adverse witnesses. If a grievant chooses to be represented by counsel, he/she must give sufficient advance notice to enable the school district to be likewise represented.
All decisions shall be in writing, shall be confined to matters brought forth in the hearing, and shall state the facts and reasons upon which they are based. If mutual agreement cannot be reached, the grievant shall be given reasonable notice of the time and place for the hearing. All such hearings shall be private except when said hearing is brought before the Board of Education. In this case, it shall be public unless the grievant declares the subject matter to be private and the Board chooses to go into executive session.
The district Title IX coordinator shall be consulted whenever sex discrimination is alleged in a formal grievance.

Level One
A grievant that cannot resolve a matter informally may submit a grievance in writing to the principal of the school in which the grievance arose. All grievances must be submitted within ten school days after the date of which the action in question occurred, and must clearly state the district policies and/or student legal rights alleged to have been violated.
A hearing may not be necessary at this level because the principal may have become aware of all pertinent information through previous informal conferences.
However, a hearing will be held at the request of either the principal or the grievant. A hearing shall be held within five days after the grievance has been submitted unless a later date is mutually agreeable.
The principal shall render a decision within three school days after submission of the grievance or holding of a hearing as appropriate.
If the grievant is not satisfied with the decision or if no decision is given within the allotted time, the grievance may be taken to level two provided that notice of appeal is made within five school days.

Level Two
Grievances may be initiated at this level by the filing of a timely notice of appeal with the superintendent within five school days. A notice must be in writing and accompanied by copies of the original grievance and the decision, if any, made at level one.
If the notice of appeal contains a request for a hearing or the superintendent believes one to be necessary, a hearing shall be held within ten school days of such notice unless a later date is agreeable to both parties.
The superintendent shall render a decision within five school days of the notice of appeal or hearing as appropriate.
If the grievant is not satisfied with the decision or if no decision is given within the allotted time, the grievance may be taken to level three provided that notice of appeal is made within ten school days.

Level Three
The grievant may request a hearing before the Board by submitting a timely notice of appeal with the superintendent within ten school days. A copy of the original grievance and the decisions, if any, made at levels one and two, shall accompany such notice. In addition, such notice shall contain a statement of reasons why such decisions are unacceptable.
If the Board refuses to hear the appeal, the grievant will be so notified.
If the Board chooses to hear the appeal, the grievant will be given reasonable notice of the time and place of the hearing. The Board will render a written decision within a reasonable time after such hearing. LEGAL REF: O.C.G.A., 20-2-1160
Electronic Release of Student Images
The district reserves the right to publish images of students related to school activities on the district & school website, in newsletters, Facebook@millercountyschools or other applicable media. Images are pre-approved by Principal or media webmaster prior to publication. Parents and guardians reserve the right to opt-out of having their student's image released for publication by contacting the school and completing an opt-out form.

 


Miller County School System Student Internet

Acceptable Use Policy
Terms and Conditions

INTERNET
The Internet is often referred to as the "information superhighway." This superhighway consists of a vast network of computers connecting people and resources around the world. The Internet is accessible to anyone with a computer and a modem.
PROCEDURES FOR USAGE
1. Parent(s) will be invited to attend a Miller County School System Internet Policies Class.
Parent(s) must sign the Miller County School System Student Internet Acceptable Use Policy Agreement.
Students will be instructed on Internet policy and usage.
Student must sign Miller County School System Student Internet Acceptable Use Policy Agreement.
NETIQUETTE
Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as they are in a classroom or a school hallway. Communications on the Internet are often public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply (See Student Handbook). The Internet is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others related to instructional and academic needs. Access to Internet services will be provided to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Students are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of Internet etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:
Be polite. Do not get abusive in your messages to others.
Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.
Do not reveal anyone's personal address or phone number.
Note that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.
Do not use the Internet in such a way that you would disrupt its use by others.
All communications and information accessible through the Internet should be assumed to be private property.
Remember, the fact that a user CAN perform a particular action does not imply that they SHOULD take that action.
UNACCEPTABLE MATERIAL AND/OR USAGE
Just as certain print materials offend some people, certain materials available on the Internet may also offend. Some sites accessible through the Internet may contain material that is illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive to some people. However, the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with educational goals.
Examples of unacceptable use are (this list is not all-inclusive):
Using the Internet for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other contracts, use of pornographic and/or terrorist intent.
Using the Internet for financial or commercial gain
Degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance
Vandalizing the data of another user
Wastefully using time and resources
Gaining unauthorized access to Internet sites
Invading the privacy of individuals
Using an account owned by another user
Posting personal communications without the author's consent
Posting anonymous messages
Allowing someone else to use your Internet log in or using someone else's log in
Uploading/downloading from the Internet
Surfing the Internet
Using non-school owned diskettes
Any other use deemed inappropriate by administration
ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES
It is not acceptable to use this Internet access for any purposes, which violate the laws of the State of Georgia and the United States of America.
Users must adhere to all copyright laws.
PENALTIES AND REPERCUSSIONS
Unacceptable uses of the Internet will result in revoking of these privileges for 30 school days for the first offense. On the second offense, privileges will be revoked for the remainder of the semester, and the third offense privileges will be revoked for the remainder of the school year. In order for the student to regain Internet access, he/she must repeat the application process the following school year. Any violations will be documented in the student's permanent record. Repeated Internet policy violations may result in the Internet privileges being permanently revoked.

 

 


Miller County School System Student Internet
Acceptable Use Policy
PARENT - STUDENT AGREEMENT

STUDENT'S FULL NAME: (Please Print):

DATE:

HOMEROOM TEACHER:

SCHOOL:

GRADE:
Parent(s) or Guardian(s) Agreement: (If under 18 years of age.) Signature required for all student Internet Access Privileges
As the parent or guardian of this child, I have read the Miller County School System Student Internet Acceptable Use Policy Terms and Conditions. I understand that this access is designed for educational purposes and that the Miller County School System has taken available precautions to eliminate controversial materials. I will not hold the Miller County School System responsible for materials acquired on the Internet. I hereby give permission to issue Internet privileges for my child and certify that the information contained on this form is correct. I may withdraw my permission at any time and my child's access privileges will he canceled within twenty-four hours (working days only). I understand that the Miller County School System may cancel my child's access privileges at any time for Internet policy violation.
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Signature:
Date:

Student Agreement:
I understand and will abide by the Miller County School System Student Internet Acceptable Use Policy Terms and Conditions. I further understand that any violation of the regulations above is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. Should I commit any violation, my access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action may be taken and/or appropriate legal action may be initiated.
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ANTI-DISCRIMINATION NOTICE
Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin (Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964); sex (Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Title II of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act of 1984); or handicap (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) in
educational programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.
Employees, students and the general public are hereby notified that the Miller County Board of Education does not discriminate in any educational programs, activities or employment policies.
Inquiries concerning the application of:
Title II to the policies and practices of the system may be addressed to: Shane Miller, Miller County Board of Education, Colquitt, GA 39837; to the Regional Office for Civil Rights, Atlanta, GA 30302; or to the Director, Office for Civil Rights, Education Department, Washington, D.C. 20201.
Title VI B Rural to the policies and practices of the system may be
addressed to: Shane Miller, Miller County Board of Education, Colquitt, GA 39837; to the Regional Office for Civil Rights, Atlanta, GA 30302; or to the Director, Office for Civil Rights, Education Department, Washington, D.C. 20201.
Title VI B to the policies and practices of the system may be addressed to: Shane Miller, Miller County Board of Education, Colquitt, GA 39837; to the Regional Office for Civil Rights, Atlanta, GA 30302; or to the Director, Office for Civil Rights, Education Department, Washington, D.C. 20201.
504 to the policies and practices of the system may be addressed to:
Robert Green, Miller County Board of Education, Colquitt, GA 39837; to the Regional Office for Civil Rights, Atlanta, GA 30302; or to the Director, Office for Civil Rights, Education Department, Washington, D.C. 20201.
Title IX to the policies and practices of the system may be addressed to: Allen Martin, Miller County Board of Education, Colquitt, GA 39837; to the Regional Office for Civil Rights, Atlanta, GA 30302; or to the Director, Office for Civil Rights, Education Department, Washington, D.C. 20201.


CORPORAL PUNISHMENT
CORPORAL PUNISHMENT POLICY
The Miller County Board of Education has adopted a policy, which outlines the requirements of administering corporal punishment. A copy of this policy is given to all students at the beginning of every school year. If a parent/guardian DOES NOT wish for his/her child to be administered corporal punishment as a means of discipline, they must come by the school office and sign a form prohibiting corporal punishment. All forms are kept on file in the principal's office for one school year.
Reasonable discipline may include the administration of corporal punishment to a student, subject to the following requirements.
The corporal punishment shall not be excessive or unduly severe.
Corporal punishment shall never be used as a first line of punishment for misbehavior unless the pupil was informed beforehand that specific misbehavior could occasion its use; provided, however, that corporal punishment may be employed as a first line of punishment for those acts of misbehavior, which are so antisocial or disruptive in nature as to shock the conscience.
Corporal punishment must be administered in the presence of a principal, assistant principal, or teacher who must be informed beforehand in the presence of the pupil of the reason for the punishment.
The principal or teacher who administered the corporal punishment must provide the child's parent, upon request, a written explanation of the reasons for the punishment and the name of the witness who was present.
Corporal punishment shall not be administered to a child whose parents or legal guardian have upon the day of enrollment of the pupil filed with the principal of the school a statement from a medical doctor licensed in Georgia stating that it is detrimental to the child's mental or emotional stability.
Corporal punishment shall not be administered to a child whose parent or legal guardian have signed a form stating that the child shall not receive corporal punishment.
All certified personnel administering corporal punishment must be insured under professional liability insurance. Certified personnel enrolled as members of PAGE or GAE educational organizations will have this coverage.


MCHS BELL SCHEDULE


1st Period 7:45 - 8:40
Breakfast 8:40 - 8:55
2nd Period 9:00 - 9:50
3rd Period 9:55 - 10:45
4th Period 10:50 - 11:40
5th Period 11:45 - 12:40
6th Period 12:45 - 2:05
7th Period 2:10 - 3:20


BOARD POLICY Description Code: JGCD
Medication


All medications other than the exceptions listed in this policy, whether prescription or over-the-counter, may be administered only in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the principal of each school. All medications must be taken by the student, parent or guardian to the school office (nurse's office) immediately upon arrival at school and must be in original pharmaceutical containers, clearly labeled as to the name of the student, the name of the medication, the appropriate dosage, and the times for dosage. Any student possessing prescription or over-the-counter medication not in accordance with these guidelines will be considered in violation of the School District's drug policy and shall be subject to the discipline set forth in the student code of conduct and/or the student/parent handbook.
A student for whom the school has on file supporting medical documentation may carry at all times with parental/guardian permission inhalers for asthma, auto-injectable epinephrine (epi pens) for allergic reactions and medical needs for diabetes. Students authorized to self-administer such medications shall be instructed not to permit any other student to handle, possess, or otherwise attempt to use his/her medication and shall be informed that violations of such instructions will be dealt with in accordance with the student code of conduct.
In order for the student to carry and self-administer such medications, or in order for the school to store and administer the medication for students who are unable to self-administer because of age or any other reason, parents must provide a written statement from a licensed physician confirming that the student is able to self-administer the medication, if applicable, and written permission from the parent for the nurse or designated employee to consult with the doctor regarding any questions that may arise concerning the medication. Such permission shall release the school district and its employee and agents from civil liability for administering such medication to students, or if the self-administering student suffers an adverse reaction as a result of self-administration of such medication. Parents are encouraged to provide to the schools duplicate medication and supplies in the event a student is unable to self-administer or fails to bring the medication or equipment to school. Nurses or other school employees are authorized to administer an epi pen, if available, to a student who is having an actual or perceived anaphylactic adverse (allergic) reaction, regardless of whether the student has a prescription for epinephrine. Any school employee who in good faith administers or chooses not to administer an epi pen to a student in such circumstances shall be immune from civil liability.
Safe Student Riding Instructions

Welcome to the 2019 - 2020 school year. We look forward to transporting your child this year. To insure that your child will have a safe riding experience this year, we ask that you review the safe riding instructions with your child now and periodically during the school year.
Statistics shows children riding a school bus are much safer than in their parent's personal vehicle or any other type of transportation on the roadways. The Miller County Board of Education believes the school bus is an extension of the class room; therefore the same rules of "Respect to Self" "Respect for Others" and "Respect for other's Property" will apply in route to the bus stop, departing from the bus stop and while on the bus.
Safe riding begins before your child ever leaves the house or arrives at the designated bus stop. In order to keep your child safe, your child needs to arrive at the bus stop five minutes before the scheduled pick up time, not before. These few minutes allow your child to arrive at the bus stop without the need to hurry. These five minutes will also limit your child's time near roadways and out in a variety of weather conditions for any longer than necessary.
SPECIAL NOTE: Students are subject to being recorded on video cameras at any time they are riding a school bus.
Rules for Riding the Bus:
Students shall take seats promptly after boarding the bus. No seats can be reserved.
Should the driver assign a student a seat, the student must comply.
Students will remain in their seats while the bus is in motion.
Students must keep arms and head inside the bus.
Students shall not use alcohol, drugs, or tobacco in any form.
Students shall not throw objects on the bus or out the windows.
Students shall not distract the driver.
Students shall not eat food or drink beverages.
Students shall not transport live animals.
Students shall not litter.
Students shall not transport items, which may endanger the health or safety of any other passengers.
Students shall not transport weapons or fireworks.
Students shall not use inappropriate language as follows: It is unacceptable to use language or gestures that are lewd, obscene, profane or in general offensive and objectionable as measured by the prudent and prevailing standard of the community and the Board of Education.
Students shall not be disobedient as follows: It is unacceptable to be defiant or refuse to obey and follow a legitimate request, rule, regulation, directive or order.
Students shall not be disrespectful as follows: It is unacceptable to be discourteous, impolite, rude, or insubordinate.
Students shall not be disruptive as follows: It is unacceptable to interrupt in any of its settings, the orderly course of transportation affairs by any means, way, form or fashion.
Students shall not be abusive or aggressive as follows: It is unacceptable to fight, mistreat, misuse, demean, insult, intimidate, extort, mock, ridicule, threaten or use excessive force.
Students shall follow school dress codes.
(1st Offense) - The driver will talk with a student, may reassign him/her to a new seat on
the bus and talk with the student's parents or guardians. The driver will document the
action and give copy to Principal or other designee.
(2nd Offense) - Disciplinary Action will be at the principal's discretion.
(3rd Offense) - Student will be suspended from riding the bus for three (3) days.
(4th Offense) - Student will be suspended from riding the bus for five (5) days.
(5th Offense) - Student will be suspended from riding the bus for ten (10) days.
(6th Offense) - Student will be suspended from riding the bus for the remainder of the
school year.
NOT E: Principals have the option to suspend students out of school and from riding the bus for more than (10) days and up to the remainder of the year, when deemed appropriate. When altercations occur between students of different schools,
Principal and/or designee of each school will collaborate in order to be consistent with disciplinary action.

STUDENT REPORTING OF ACTS OF SEXUAL ABUSE OR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
"20-2-751.7(a) The Professional Standards Commission shall establish a state mandated process for students to follow in reporting instances of alleged inappropriate behavior by a teacher, administrator, or other school employee toward a student which shall not prohibit the ability of a student to report the incident to law enforcement authorities. Each local school system shall be required to implement and follow such state mandated process and shall include the mandated process in the student handbooks and in employee handbooks or policies.
Student Reporting of Acts of Sexual Abuse or Sexual Misconduct
Any student (or parent or friend of a student) who has been the victim of an act of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct by a teacher, administrator or other school system employee is urged to make an oral report of the act to any teacher, counselor, or administrator at his/her school.
Any teacher, counselor or administrator receiving a report of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct of a student by a teacher, administrator or other school system employee is urged to make an oral report of the incident immediately by telephone or otherwise to the school principal or principal's designee, and shall submit a written report of the incident to the school principal or principal's designee, within 24 hours. If the principal is the person accused of the sexual abuse or sexual misconduct, the oral and written reports should be made to the superintendent or the superintendent's designee.
Any school principal or principal's designee receiving a report of sexual abuse as defined in O.C.G.A. 19-7-5 shall make an oral report immediately, but in no case later than 24 hours from the time there is reasonable cause to believe a child has been abused. The report should be made by telephone and followed by a written report in writing, if requested, to a child welfare agency providing protective services, as designed by the Department of Human Resources, or, in the absence of such agency, to an appropriate police authority or district attorney.
Reports of sexual misconduct against a student by a teacher, administrator or other employee not covered by O.C.G.A. 19-7-5 or 20-2-1184 shall be investigate immediately by school or system personnel. If the investigation of the allegation of sexual misconduct indicates a reasonable cause to believe that the report of sexual misconduct is valid, the school principal or principal's designee shall make an immediate written report to the superintendent and the Professional Standards Commission Ethics Division.
Listed below are DEFINITONS for "sexual abuse" and "sexual misconduct".
"Sexual Abuse" means a person's employing, using, persuading, inducing, enticing or coercing any minor who is not, that person's spouse to engage in any sexual act as defined in O.C.G.A. 19-7-5
"Sexual Misconduct" includes behavior by an educator that is directed at a student and intended to sexually arouse or titillate the educator or the child. Educator sexual misconduct by an educator may include, but is not limited to, the following behavior:
Made sexual comments, jokes or gestures.
Showed or displayed sexual pictures, photographs, illustrations, or messages.
Wrote sexual messages/graffiti on notes or the Internet.
Spread sexual rumors (i.e. said a student was a gay or lesbian)
Spied on students as they dressed, showered or used the restroom at school.
Flashed or "mooned" student.
Touched, excessively hugged or grabbed students in a sexual manner.
Forced a student to kiss him/her or do something else of a sexual nature.
Talked or asked about a student's developing body, sexuality, dating habits, etc.
Talked repeatedly about sexual activities or sexual fantasies.
Made fun of your body parts.
Called students sexual names.

 

MILLER COUNTY SCHOOLS TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

P.O. BOX 188
COLQUITT, GEORGIA 39837
PHONE 229-758-5592
FAX 229-758-3255
TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR
I have read and understand the contents of the Safe Student Riding Instructions handout. Please keep the Safe Riding Instructions found on pages 41-43 for your future reference to go over with your child during the course of the school year. Please sign and return this page.
Student Signature/Name Parent Signature
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VERIFICATION OF RECEIPT FORM
My child and I have received a copy of the Miller County Board of Education Attendance Policy and the Georgia Compulsory Attendance Law. This law addresses the consequences for non-attendance
Student Signature
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Parent Signature
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Agencies involved in writing new attendance policy
Office of District Attorney
Miller County DFCS
Miller County Health Department
Colquitt Police Department
Miller County Mental Health
Office of Solicitor-General of State of Georgia
Miller County Department of Juvenile Justice
Miller County Collaborative


I have received and reviewed a copy of the Miller County High School Student Handbook and understand what is presented in the handbook.

 

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You may contact the school at 758-4131 if you have questions concerning the policies contained in the MCHS Student Handbook.
THIS FORM MUST BE RETURNED WITH THE STUDENT AND PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGNATURES BY NO LATER THAN THE END OF THE FIRST FULL WEEK OF SCHOOL. THIS FORM SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE STUDENT'S HOMEROOM TEACHER.