Policies & Handbook

BIS Student Handbook 2019 20

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.

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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