Policies & Handbook

BIS Student Handbook 2018-19

BCSC Anti-Harassment Policy

Attendance: (BIS Attendance is aligned with BCSC Policy 6.0-2-1) A good attendance record is important not only to the student, but also to the school. Students with a poor attendance record often lose interest in school, tend to feel left out, and are commonly school dropouts. Evidence indicates that grades and class records of prospective employees are of concern to business and industry.  These guidelines have been implemented in order to attain a dual purpose: (1) provide daily interaction in the classroom and (2) help the student achieve a high level of academic performance. A very high correlation exists between school attendance and productive learning.

There are absences that will not count toward the ten-day limit (unlimited days), listed in Part A below. There are no “free days” in this attendance policy as each absence is either excused or unexcused.

All absences that are not considered unlimited days will be classified as “limit days” toward the ten (10) day total.  Each student is allowed a maximum of ten (10) days of limited absences from school per year.  If the allowed ten (10) days per year is exceeded, then the disciplinary actions listed below will be enforced.

If an expulsion occurs during the first semester, the student may be readmitted for the second semester under restrictive attendance guidelines that will be determined by the School Corporation Attendance Officer.  When a student reaches five (5) absences and again at eight (8) absences for the year, a warning letter will be issued to the student and parents.  On the tenth absence, both the student and parent will be required to sign an attendance contract which notifies all parties of the consequences of any further absences from school.

Student/Parent Responsibilities

1. When a student is absent, the parent or guardian must call the school office (934-5701) by 9:00 a.m.

2. If a child has a doctor or dentist’s appointment during the school day, the parent must pick up the child at the office.  Parents or any other authorized adult must sign the student out at the office. No child will be allowed to wait for a parent outside the school building.

3. Students who return to school during the school day from an appointment or an absence must stop at the office and check in with the receptionist.

4. Students are required to make up all work missed.  Parents may request homework assignments if their child will be absent for a lengthy period of time.  Please call the school office by 9:00 a.m. if you are requesting homework and the teacher will send it to the office for a 3:00 p.m. pick up.

A. Excused absences not counted in the 10-day limit.

1. Personal illness requiring a physician’s statement. Statement must indicate the complete time / date(s) being excused by a physician.

2. Death and funerals of members of the household and/or immediate family: up to 5 non-counting days for any student absence due to the death of father, mother, guardian, brother, sister, or grandparent.

One day of absence will be allowed due to the death of any other blood relative.  Additional days of absence for out-of-state funerals will be considered on an individual basis by the administration.

3. Family trips (maximum of 5 days; one day may be used at a time). A family trip is defined as, at least one parent or legal guardian accompanying the student. These trips require administrative approval at least two school days prior to the absence. The student is expected to complete all work prior to the trip.

Students that do not make prior approval will be subject to after school help sessions to make up missed work. *NOTE: Parents/Students are to pick up needed approval paperwork from the school office to get parent, administrative, and teacher signatures a minimum of 2 school days prior to the absence.

4. School-sponsored/authorized activities

5. Religious Observation (required): Must be verified by a note from the parent.

6. Court Appearance: Court appearance verified by subpoena, summons, or written notice from an officer of the Court will be excused.

7. No regular school bus pick-up at residence due to inclement weather or bus breakdown.

8. Students that attend the State Legislature as a page or work at local election polls.  Properly signed authorization must be presented.  NOTE: Students are credited with days of attendance for these absences by State statute.  However, the school requires students to make up work missed.

9. School related injury (for the day missed only).

10. Any student who becomes incapacitated or suffers from a chronic illness must have a parent or legal guardian file with the school corporation the “Indiana Department of Education Certificate of Child’s Incapacity”.  After approval of this request, days absent from school will not count against the 10-day limit.

11. Administrative consideration may be given when an extenuating circumstance would indicate that it would be in the best interest of the student or school.

B. Excused absences that count toward the 10-day limit.

  1. Personal illness not under a physician’s care.
  2. Driver’s test.
  3. Funeral of a friend.
  4. Public or private secondary school visitation.
  5. If family trip is not prearranged with the school administration and/or the maximum number of 5 days is exceeded (one day may be used at a time), then the days count toward the 10-day limit.
  6. Weather: If school is in session and a bus runs by the student’s residence
  7. Administrative consideration may be given when an extenuating circumstance would indicate that it would be in the best interest of that student or the school.

C. Unexcused absences

Any absence that falls outside the guidelines of an excused absence previously listed will be considered unexcused and will count toward the 10-day limit.  All coursework/testing during an absence must be completed within one (1) school day for each day of absence.  Any work assigned by a teacher before an absence is due on the day the student returns to school, unless the teacher extends the due date.  Unexcused absences are all absences that do not include written or oral communication from the parent or guardian or fall outside the guidelines of an excused absence.

NOTE: For any absence deemed to be TRUANCY (missing any or all of a school day for reasons not approved by the parents and administration), no credit will be awarded for any academic work missed.

 D. Tardies: It is important for children to be punctual.

  1. Students are expected to be in their classroom ready to begin work at 7:55 a.m.
  2. A student will be counted tardy if he arrives in his classroom after 7:55 a.m. After 11:30 a.m. the student will be counted absent for one-half (1/2) day.
  3. In the afternoon if a child arrives any time after 11:30 a.m. and before 3:00 p.m. the child will be counted present for one half day.
  4. Students arriving on a late bus will not be counted tardy.
  5. Parents will be contacted if the child is late five (5) times in one semester.
  6. If the child is tardy ten (10) times in one semester, then the Division of Family and Children will be called.

Outstanding Attendance
Students will not be eligible for an outstanding attendance certificate if they are absent from school. These days are excluded from the attendance award:

  • Approved funerals
  • Religious reasons
  • Court subpoena
  • Bus service does not run due to inclement weather or bus breakdown

Early Checkout
Parents are urged to make dental, medical, and other appointments after school hours.  If it becomes necessary for a child to check out during the day, then parents must report to the office to sign the child out.  Office personnel will call students from class.  Students must have parent or guardian permission before early check out will be permitted.  No student will be allowed to check himself/herself out.

Nixle Text Alerts
The Batesville Community School Corporation (BCSC) has arranged for residents to keep abreast of school closings, delays and emergency-related information via text message and e-mail.  While radio and television will still be used to publicize such information, many residents may prefer this method of notification.

Nixle is a web-based service used by a variety of government entities, including law enforcement and schools, to disseminate time-sensitive information within their communities.  After registering on-line, individual users can choose the types and origins of notifications they wish to receive.

For an overview of the notification services available, log on to www.nixle.com. From the Nixle home page you can navigate the site by entering your city’s name or proceed directly to resident registration.  After completing and submitting the registration page you will be able to customize your account by choosing the locations and settings of your notifications.  The Settings tab is one of the most important, as it allows users to determine the agencies and organizations from which they will receive notifications.  It also permits users to choose the levels of the messages received (Alert, Advisory, Community, Traffic).  Please note that the Community option must be selected in order to receive text and e-mail notifications regarding BCSC closings and delays.

Users are responsible for maintaining the accuracy of their contact information and need to be aware that text message fees may apply for those individuals who do not have a text package as part of their cellular phone contract.


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