2020-21 WMS Student Handbook Online Version
WESTFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK 2020-21
Board of School Trustees
School Board Meetings
The schedule of board meetings and summaries of proceedings can be found on our website: wws.k12.in.us
The Board of School Trustees approves and authorizes all items in school handbooks. As a result, the School Handbook represents the legal and formal policies that will guide activity in the Westfield Washington Schools.
Carey Ridge Elementary School
Mr. Andy Hilton, Principal
16231 Carey Road
Westfield, IN 46074
Attendance Line: 317-867-6201
Maple Glen Elementary School
Mrs. Mary Beth Riley, Principal
17171 Ditch Road
Westfield, IN 46074
Attendance Line: 317-896-4701
Monon Trail Elementary School
Mrs. Dana Dietz, Principal
19400 Tomlinson Road
Westfield, IN 46074
Attendance Line: 317-867-8601
Oak Trace Elementary School
Mrs. Robin Lynch, Principal
16504 Oak Ridge Road
Westfield, IN 46074
Attendance Line: 317-867-6401
Shamrock Springs Elementary
Mr. Robb Hedges, Principal
747 W. 161st Street
Westfield, IN 46074
Attendance Line: 317-867-7401
Washington Woods Elementary School
Mr. Tom Hakim, Principal
17950 Grassy Branch Road
Westfield, IN 46074
Attendance Line: 317-867-7901
Westfield Intermediate School
Mrs. Annette Patchett, Principal
326 W. Main Street
Westfield, IN 46074
Attendance Line: 317-867-6501
Westfield Middle School
Mr. Mike Hall, Principal
345 W. Hoover Street
Westfield, IN 46074
Attendance Line: 317-867-6601
Westfield High School
317-867-6800Bill Naas Interim Co-Principal
Alicia Denniston Interim Co-Principal
18250 N. Union Street
Westfield, IN 46074
Attendance Line: 317-867-6801
District Office, 1143 East 181st Street 317-867-8000
Dr. Sherry Grate, Superintendent 317-867-8010
Mr. Brian Tomamichel, Chief Financial Officer 317-867-8013
Mr. Chris Baldwin, Director of Human Resources and Safety 317-867-8012
Dr. Joe Montalone, Director of Operations 317-867-8045
Mrs. Carrie Alday, Dir. of Elem. Curriculum, Instruction, & Talent Development 317-867-8009
Ms. Brooke Watkins, Dir. of Sec. Curriculum, Instruction & Talent Development 317-867-8000
Dr. Chase Stinson, Director of Special Education and Student Services 317-867-8006
Mr. Kyle Miller, Coordinator of Social Emotional Learning 317-867-8038
Mrs. Teresa Layton, Riverview Health Network, Manager of School Nurses 317-867-6698
Mrs. Marci Derado, Director of Student Support Programs 317-867-8069
Mr. Larry Johnson, Director of Transportation 317-867-8041
Mr. Brian Kelly, Director of Maintenance & Grounds 317-867-8048
Mr. Joey Healy, SFE Food Services Director 317-867-8060
WELCOME FROM STAFF
The staff of Westfield Middle School would like to take this opportunity to express its desire that all students have a successful and rewarding middle school experience. The middle school years are a time when adolescents begin to come into their own and explore their independence. This handbook is to help aid your child in being accountable for their education and most importantly their success. We encourage you, the parent/guardian, to become active participants in this journey your child is undertaking. A strong, collaborative partnership between home and school is critical to the success your child will experience here at WMS and will help lay the groundwork for future social and academic endeavors. Our basic philosophy is grounded in living by our five Guiding Principles: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Hardworking, Be Compassionate, and Be Honest.
WESTFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY
The middle school provides the opportunity for students to explore and discover their interests, skills, needs, and capabilities.
The program at the middle school emphasizes the teaching of basic skills and provides opportunities to make those basic skills functional for every student. The middle school curriculum emphasizes the teaching of a combination of academics, executive functioning skills (instead of basic skills), and social emotional learning that will ultimately lead to a democratic way of life. In order to do so, WMS commits to:
- Provide a climate in which the student can demonstrate his/her ability to practice self-discipline;
- Provide opportunities for the student to make choices and assume responsibilities;
- Maintain an atmosphere that provides each student with a feeling of security and individual worth;
- Encourage the student to act toward others with intelligence and understanding;
- Help each student to develop personal and social values;
- Provide opportunities for creative expression;
- Provide opportunities for the student to participate and share in community life;
- Help each student discover his/her own particular aptitudes, interests, and needs;
- Encourage each student to think critically;
- Help each student master the academic and social skills necessary for success;
- Recognize and provide for individual differences;
- Build and foster a close trusting relationship with an adult in the building to serve as an advocate for the student; and
- Provide the tools necessary to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.
MISSION & VISION
Provide rigorous and engaging experiences to prepare all children—socially, emotionally, and academically—for their future.
To be an exemplary learning organization focused on collaboration, innovation, and continuous growth for all.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING
Westfield Washington Schools fosters the social and emotional development of students by providing a variety of opportunities for students to acquire and apply the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to navigate life challenges in an ethical and productive way. WWS cultivates five core student competencies: Self-Awareness, Social-Awareness, Self-Management, Responsible Decision Making, and Relationship Skills.
Social and emotional learning is an integral part of WWS mission and intentionally builds a caring, participatory, and equitable learning environment. By utilizing a variety of social and emotional learning practices, programs, and processes, WWS actively strives to develop the necessary skills students need to be successful academically and ultimately in life.
PURPOSE OF STUDENT HANDBOOK
This is your copy of the Westfield Middle School Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is designed to provide students and parents/guardians of Westfield Middle School with information regarding the operation of the school.
Student dress is the responsibility of both the student and the parent/guardian. Students are expected to dress themselves within the framework of individual pride, decency, cleanliness and safety. Clothing should be comfortable, loose enough, long enough, modest, in good taste and suitable for school.
Freedom of expression may not be used to present material or actions, which tend to be obscene or slanderous, or to defame character, or to advocate violation of federal, state and local laws, or official school policies, rules, and regulations.
We want to recognize that the majority of our students have exercised good taste and parents are to be commended for their child’s appearance.
Clothing that is deemed to draw undue attention from students or school personnel is not acceptable school attire. The following guidelines will assist you (the student) in making the proper choices and decisions regarding school attire:
- Clothing with double-meanings and/or insinuations with regard to drugs, sex or vulgar connotations is not acceptable as proper school attire.
- Any clothing, jewelry, tattoo, or body painting depicting and/or advertising tobacco, drugs, alcohol, obscenities, illegal activity or that which is otherwise inappropriate or disruptive, is not to be worn or displayed at school or to any school sponsored function.
- Dress that could cause damage to school property is prohibited. (Ex: black soled shoes that mark floors, cleats, metal plates, heavy boots or large metal rivets or buckles.) Do not wear anything which might prove hazardous to one’s health and/or safety such as spikes on clothing, metal studs on belts or jewelry and chains (including wallets with chains on them).
- Backless halters, tube tops, or slippers are not permitted. Sleeveless blouses and tank tops may be worn as long as they meet the three finger wide rule on the shoulder. In general, if the length of the shorts, skirts, or dresses are shorter than the length of the arm and fingers fully extended to the side, or if indecent exposure is a problem with the attire, the attire may not be worn to school.
- No Headwear with bills that impede the view of a student’s face or are a distraction to the learning environment are allowed (including sunglasses). Hooded sweatshirts are allowed; however hoods must not cover any part of the head during the school day. Handkerchiefs are not permitted to be worn in school.
- Clothing that is ripped to the point of immodesty or reveals a student’s undergarments are prohibited.
- Body piercing (except for the ears and nose stud) will not be permitted. Earrings that are deemed inappropriate or disruptive will be confiscated.
- Sagging pants, shorts, or skirts lower than 2 inches below the hips or naval is not permitted.
- Backpacks and coats need to be kept in your locker during the school day.
- Gloves are to be kept in your locker during the school day.
- Shoes with rollers or wheels are not permitted on school property.
Should a student report to school in attire that is not appropriate, the administrator may call the parent/guardian for either the student to be picked-up or to bring appropriate attire for the student to wear for the day. The school may provide alternative clothing for the student. The building principal, or designee, will determine whether the attire creates a disruption to the learning environment. Dress code violations will be handled per discipline code (refer to school discipline procedure.) The student will take an absence for each period he/she waits for a change of clothes to be delivered or for each period he/she is without acceptable attire. Refusal to comply will be treated as insubordination. The judgment and decision of the school administration is final in all dress code matters.
The school day for students begins at 8:45 a.m. Commons area doors open at 8:25 a.m. to the cafeteria. With the exception of the Wednesday Schedule which the school day begins at 9:15 a.m. and the Commons area doors open at 8:55 a.m. to the cafeteria. Students then proceed to seven academic periods of instruction with announcements during SRT. Passing periods are five minutes in length and there are four lunch periods. Students are dismissed at 3:35 p.m.
The North Main Entrance Doors and the South Main Entrance doors will open for student drop off at 8:25 a.m. except on Wednesday, which the drop off will be at 8:55 a.m. The North Main Entrance is located off Hoover Street. The South Main Entrance is located off Shamrock Drive. When waiting to enter the school, students will not stand, sit, or play on the sidewalks next to the drop off zones or parking lot. Students who do not ride a bus, should not plan to arrive before 8:25 a.m. except on Wednesday when students should not plan on arriving before 8:55 a.m. Students are to be seated and ready for class to begin at 8:45 a.m. with the exception of the Wednesday Schedule when the school day begins at 9:15 a.m. Students arriving after 8:45 a.m. and on Wednesdays after 9:15 a.m.must be dropped off at the North Main Entrance and report to the Main Office for a classroom admittance slip.
In The Classroom
Learning occurs best in an atmosphere of respect and order. Horseplay of any kind, such as, but not limited to, annoying or pestering other students and making unnecessary noises or throwing projectiles is not acceptable behavior. Students must give respectful attention to classroom activities and show courtesy to students and teachers at all times.
Following dismissal from class by the teacher, students will proceed to their lockers or next class in an orderly manner. Horseplay of any kind, such as, but not limited to, running, annoying or pestering other students, PDA (Public Display of Affection), making unnecessary noise, or throwing projectiles, jumping and slapping walls above doorways, pushing up ceiling tiles, and hitting any hanging items such as clocks and hallway signs are not acceptable behavior. Students are asked to stay to the right side of the halls as much as possible. Students are expected to be on time to class as tardiness decreases the available amount of student learning time and interferes with teacher instruction.
Student Resource Time (SRT) is a twenty-five minute period that takes place each day. This time will be used for character education/advisory activities, academic support/remediation/enrichment, and general academic assistance purposes including study skills, organizational skills, and test taking skills. Weekly activities/lessons will take place which focus on developing non-cognitive skills which support the WWS Guiding Principles-compassion, hard-work, respect, honesty, and responsibility.
Students, including those who walk home from school, are to go directly to their lockers at the 3:35 p.m. dismissal. Students will then report directly to the buses or to other designated areas. No student may remain in the building after school unless participating in an activity supervised by a teacher or coach. No student is to go to the high school, intermediate school, or an elementary school without permission from the office unless participating in an extracurricular activity.
Parents/guardians who plan to pick-up their children at the conclusion of the day should park along the circle drive at either the North Main Entrance or the South Main Entrance. Any parent/guardian who wishes to enter the school building must park in the north side parking lot, enter through the North Main Entrance, and immediately report to the Main Office to sign in with photo identification. Parents/Guardians are not permitted to enter the school through the South Main Entrance during the school day or during drop- off/pick- up times.
Drivers of all public and private vehicles are to turn off the engine if the vehicle is to be stopped for more than five (5) minutes in locations where vehicle exhaust may be drawn into the building or while on school grounds.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DELAY/CANCELLATION/DISMISSAL
The cancellation or late beginning of school will be broadcast via the best method available. Parents will also be contacted through Blackboard, our emergency contact system. Parents are encouraged to keep phone contacts updated in PowerSchool. Please do not call the superintendent’s office or school office to ask about the closing of school.
Certain situations may require releasing students from school before the end of the day or relocating them from one school building to another. If students are released early or relocated, the school district will notify parents by providing information via Blackboard. Information will also be available on the school corporation website and through social media channels.
If there is an emergency school closing during school hours, it is imperative that your child knows exactly what he/she is supposed to do.
Example 1: If your child is to go home he/she would always have a key or know where one is kept.
Example 2: If your child is not to go home he/she must know where he/she is supposed to go.
If you transport your child to and from school, please make arrangements with someone who will always be able to pick him/her up.
Please keep emergency information up to date during the school year in PowerSchool.
If a bus driver or other school person believes a child may be harmed by releasing him or her from a bus or school, and the parent or guardian is not present, alternative arrangements may be made. The parent or guardian will pay any cost for these services.
A SafeVisitor background check will be required for anyone who visits our schools, including family members of our students. Examples of activities in the schools where visitors will need a completed SafeVisitor background check are listed below:
Classroom Volunteers/Helpers/Room Parents
Field Trip Chaperones
Examples of activities that will not require a formal background check are listed below (these visitors will still follow normal school check-in procedures):
Classroom Guest Speakers
Parent/Teacher Conferences/Case Conferences
Special Events (Grandparent’s Day/Famous Hoosiers/etc.)
Visiting school office area or dropping off items at the school
Background checks are good for three years at any school in the district. These background checks will cost $12.95 and can be acquired via the link below.
Please note - this process could take 3 to 6 business days. Once approved, please be on the lookout for a badge notification email from “[email protected]” Your badge will be attached as a PDF. You can either print it, save it on your phone, or download the SafeVisitor app. A photo will be required and added upon your first visit to the school.
Web address for SafeVisitor process:
You can find more information at www.wws.k12.in.us/Page/1474
Accident Insurance for School-Aged Children
Student accident insurance is an inexpensive type of insurance that should be considered as a supplement to your regular insurance plan since it is very limited in scope. This insurance is made available as a courtesy to you and is not sponsored by the school.
The school carries no coverage on your child and can make no payments to cover medical costs. The insurance plan offered covers accidents which require medical attention that happen at school and on the bus. An application can be completed on the district website under Parents/Parent Resources.
Assemblies and Convocations
Students are expected to behave in a proper manner and to be attentive during the program. Horseplay of any kind, such as, but not limited to, annoying or pestering other students, making unnecessary noises, or throwing projectiles is not acceptable behavior. Students who cannot conduct themselves properly will lose their privilege to attend any assemblies or convocations and will be assigned a study room during those times with the same guidelines as in-school suspension.
Bicycles ridden to school should be placed in the racks provided and not removed until dismissal from school. A lock should be placed on the bicycle for protection against theft. All students who ride bicycles to school should be extremely careful to observe traffic laws and safety rules. Riding “double” is a violation of traffic laws. The parking lot and streets around school are no place to perform “tricks” because of the congestion and traffic. Bicycles are not to be ridden on the sidewalks. Bicycles will not be allowed in the building. Skateboards are not allowed on school grounds at any time.
Blackboard is the WWS electronic parent/guardian notification system. Voice, text, email messages and documents are sent to parents/guardians regarding emergency notifications, weather delays, closings, general school and district information, and student documentation to the phone numbers and email addresses provided. Email is generally used for non-emergency situations, as an example, weekly elementary newsletters. For an emergency or immediate activity, the system calls the parents/guardians’ listed number and sends a text to the cell phone number provided. Please be sure to keep email addresses and phone numbers updated in PowerSchool. Parents/guardians can update their email and phone number by notifying the front desk of their child’s school.
Book Bags—Gym Bags
Students who bring book bags or gym bags (which include rope bags) to school must keep them in their assigned locker throughout the school day. Because of safety reasons, students are not permitted to bring book bags or gym bags to class. Students are encouraged to purchase bags that will fit into a locker.
Cell Phone Guidelines
Westfield Middle School will continue to strictly enforce its policy of not allowing cell phones to be used during the school day, including in the hallways and during lunch unless approved for use by the classroom teacher for instructional purposes. Students are expected to turn off their phones during the school day. If any student is in violation, he/she may have their phone confiscated and taken to the office.
- 1st offense: Warning and phone will need to be put away
- 2nd offense: Phone will be sent to the office, student lunch detention. Student may pick up the phone at the end of the school day.
- 3rd offense: Phone will be sent to the office, student lunch detention. Parents/guardians will need to pick up the student phone from the office.
WMS seeks to provide a safe and productive learning environment. Electronic devices such as electronic listening devices and cell phones may disrupt this environment. Therefore, the use of these devices is restricted in classrooms. If a parent(s)/guardian(s) needs to get in immediate contact with their child, please call the main office at (317) 867-6602 and our office staff will deliver the message as quickly as possible. All devices must be clearly labeled with the student’s name. It is highly recommended that the serial number of all devices be recorded and kept in a safe and secure place.
It is the responsibility of the student to explain to his/her parents/guardians why his/her cell phone was taken away. Parents/guardians may or may not receive a call from the school. Cell phones can be picked up in the main office by the parent/guardian between the hours of 8:15am – 4:00pm.
More assertive disciplinary action may ensue for repeated violations of this policy including, but not limited to, after school/lunch detentions, Thursday School, in-school suspensions, and out of school suspensions.
Your support is vital as we enforce this policy. If you need to get in contact with your child please call the front office at (317) 867-6602 to leave a message rather than contacting your child on their cell phone. All phone messages will be delivered to your child as soon as possible. We have high expectations for student learning and achievement. We greatly appreciate your help and support in this matter.
Cell Phones and Camera Devices
The use of cameras, devices, or cell phones (whether it has a built in camera or not), may not be used inside a locker room or restrooms. This means no texting, no calling, videotaping, and no pictures. No other exceptions are permitted. Should a student receive a call or text while in the locker room/restroom, the student should take their backpack, book bag, gym bag, etc., which contains the phone out to the hall before removing the phone. Cameras and cell phones may not be in use or out in view in the locker room/restrooms for any reason at any time.
Cheating and bullying by text messaging, video and still pictures meant to bully or embarrass which can be sent from phone to phone or posted on social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc.will not be tolerated due to their immeasurable impacts on students.
Bullying is prohibited by Westfield Washington Schools. Students who commit any acts of bullying are subject to discipline including but not limited to suspension, expulsion, arrest, and/or prosecution.
Curricular Materials and Student Fees
Parents will be invoiced for curricular materials and student fees associated with the individual courses their student has chosen. Full payment or a payment contract should be completed by the end of the first six weeks of school. If a student makes a schedule change, this may cause an adjustment in fees. The parent will either owe additional fees or may have a credit on the account. If a credit is on the account, a refund will be issued by the end of June.
Westfield Washington Schools' requires all unpaid fees, that are not on a payment plan, be sent to a collection agency by the end of October. Any account that is turned over to collections will have an additional $10.00 fee added to their outstanding balance.
If a student is withdrawn from school, the parent will receive a prorated refund on curricular materials that are returned to the school. However, many consumable materials used in classes lose all of their value once they have been used for any part of a class.
Every Student Succeeds Act
Westfield Washington Schools must comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act. Information regarding out-of-school suspensions and/or expulsions will remain part of each student’s permanent record that begins in kindergarten and concludes when a student graduates, transfers outside the district, or is expelled. Information about in-school suspensions or punishments by individual teachers, such as an after-school detention, is not part of the permanent record. These records will not appear on transcripts of grades which colleges receive. This information will be shared with other schools only when the student transfers. For more information, contact the Director of Student Services at 867-8006.
Each grade level plans field trips that relate directly to the curriculum being studied. A fee is assessed for admission and transportation costs. It is School Board policy that all children going on field trips have a signed permission slip. These forms must be signed by the parent and/or guardian and returned by the day of the trip unless otherwise designated by the teacher. When space allows, there may be opportunities for parents/guardians to chaperone field trips. All parents/guardians serving as chaperones must complete the Safe Visitor background check as described above in the “School Visitor” section. For safety and supervision reasons, younger siblings are not permitted to attend field trips.
It is the policy of the Board of School Trustees that each child going on a field trip has a signed permission slip. Children who have failed to return a signed permission slip will remain at the building and will be assigned alternative work. *A student without proof of proper immunizations is considered in violation of IC 20-34-4-5 students will not be allowed to attend field trips and/or extracurricular activities until immunization records are up to date and on file with the school nurse. Disciplinary action during the school year may result in restrictions for attendance on field trips.
All students are assigned a hall locker in which their books, materials, coats, etc.are to be placed during the school hours. Students are issued a combination for their lockers. It is the responsibility of the student to secure his/her lockers at all times. The care of the locker is the responsibility of the student. Lockers are the property of the school; therefore students cannot presume an expectation of privacy. Student lockers can be examined by the principal or his/her designee under appropriate circumstances. A gym locker will be assigned when you take P.E. Listed below are helpful tips in keeping your locker safe and secure:
- Each student should memorize his/her combination.
- No student is to disclose the combination to another student.
- Each student should keep the locker locked to ensure the security of their property. The school is not responsible for items that are lost or stolen.
- A student should not have access to another student’s locker.
- Under no circumstances can students share the same locker.
- Students are responsible for the contents in their assigned locker.
- No items should be attached to the locker door without school administrations prior approval.
- Students should not pre-set lockers to open or tamper with the locking mechanisms.
The Innovation Center is open from 8:45 a.m. to 3:35 p.m., except on Wednesdays when it opens at 9:15 a.m. Students need a pass to go to the Innovation Center during class time. Students may check out as many books as they desire as long as they do not have any overdue materials or outstanding debts with the Innovation Center. All general circulation books are checked out for two (2) weeks. Books may be renewed for an additional two (2) weeks.
Children are discouraged from bringing money to school unless there is a definite need for it. The school is not responsible for the loss of money.
Restrooms may be used during the school day. To be excused from class time, a student must have a pass from the classroom teacher. Restrooms should be used by students in the area closest to their classroom. Restroom privileges should not be abused. No picture taking or videotaping is permitted in restrooms. Every effort should be made to keep the restrooms clean. Students caught or found guilty of vandalizing or defacing restrooms will face appropriate disciplinary action.
Technology Guidelines (Policy 13000-03)
Any damage to, interference with, and/or unauthorized use of school computers, student chromebooks, the internet, software, technology, or any related equipment may result in suspension and/or expulsion. Students are required to follow the district’s Acceptable Use of Technology Policy 13000-03 when using any technology. Parents will agree to the Acceptable Use guidelines in the Power School Demographic Update under the Technology Use Tab.
Personal devices are the sole responsibility of the student owner. The school or district assumes no responsibility for personal devices if they are lost, loaned, damaged, or stolen, and only limited time and/or resources will be spent trying to locate stolen or lost items.
Textbook Assistance/School Meal Assistance
Financial assistance is available to parents who complete a Household Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals form and qualify for assistance. The forms are available during registration, online or at the administration building. The form completed must be for the current school year. If the parent wants textbook assistance, that question on the form will need to be answered and signed.
A child is eligible if the total household income and the amount and source of income received by each household member fall within federal guidelines for Free/Reduced Meals and/or Textbook Assistance.
Curricular materials fees are established each spring following state guidelines. Payment is collected at the district level. Payment can be made at the administration building with cash, check, credit card (Visa/Mastercard/Discover), or by completing a payment contract. Payment can also be made online through a PowerSchool interface.
Smoking and tobacco use are prohibited in and on school grounds. Tobacco and nicotine-based products and look-a-like products such as electronic cigarettes are specifically prohibited by Indiana Statute and Westfield Washington Schools. Tobacco includes, but is not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, smoking tobacco, smokeless tobacco, nicotine, nicotine delivering devices, chemicals, or devices that produce the same flavor or physical effect of nicotine substances; and any other tobacco or nicotine innovations. Violations will result in serious consequences as outlined in the due process section of this handbook.
Volunteers are welcomed and always needed in our school. Those volunteers who work directly with students or supervise a group of students on a field trip must complete the SafeVisitor background check. Please see the section on School Visitors in this handbook.
The school cafeteria is maintained as a vital part of the health program of the school. A well-balanced lunch is offered at a reasonable price for all students. In addition, an a la carte lunch is available for students. Lunch accounts can be accessed using www.wws.k12.in.us Parents/Lunchtime. Parents will have access to viewing what purchases are made and the child's account balance all in real time.
The lunch/breakfast program is on the computer system that records when each child eats and keeps track of the money in his/her account. If your child packs their lunch and buys milk, the milk is charged to their account as an a la carte item. All charges will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian. Students will not be allowed to charge any a la carte items if their account is in the negative. Notification will be sent when negative balances occur. If account balances exceed $50.00, parents/guardians will be contacted by the Director of Operations. Any outstanding balance at the end of the school year will be turned over to collections. At that time a $10.00 collection fee will be added to the outstanding balance. At no time will a child be denied a full meal.
Students should enter the cafeteria serving lines in an orderly fashion. Reasonable talking is allowed during the lunch hour and students should remain seated during this time except for return of their lunch trays. At all times, students should follow the directions of the cafeteria supervisors. Drinks such as Monster Drinks, those containing energy boosters and any previously opened drinks are not permitted in the cafeteria.
Hot breakfast is served every day. Students who ride the bus should let the bus driver know that he/she would like to exit the bus to eat school breakfast.
Any parent/guardian who may need financial assistance to pay for lunch and/or breakfast may contact the Administration Office at 317-867-8019 or the Student Nutrition Office at 317-867-8062 to apply for Free/Reduced benefits.
Any questions or concerns may be directed to the Food Services Director at 317-867-8060.
Our Student Nutrition department makes every effort to provide nut free products that will be served from the cafeteria food line. However, you should be aware that manufacturer’s disclaimers on their products are constantly changing. We monitor these changes diligently for your child’s protection. Our goal is to build a safe environment for all of our students. Peanut/nut products will be allowed to be sent in a child’s lunch from home. Children with nut allergies will have a “nut free” table where they may choose to sit. The child with allergies may choose two friends to sit with them at the “nut free” table. All lunches must be nut free in order to sit at this table.
Gluten, seafood, soybean and dairy are the other most common allergies. Allergies can be tracked/checked by our app NutriSlice. Based on individual student’s needs schools may need to put additional precautions in place if needed.
If you are ever in question of a menued item, please do not hesitate to contact your Student Nutrition Department at 317-867-8062. Any questions or concerns may be directed to the Food Services Director at 317-867-8060.
- Students who forget to bring lunch money will be allowed to charge a regular lunch. A maximum credit limit of $10.00 is allowed.
- Students should remain in seats unless getting food or returning trays. Students are not permitted to leave the cafeteria without approval from an adult supervising the lunch period.
- Only reasonable talking is allowed.
- Do not throw any objects in the cafeteria. An in-school suspension will be the minimum consequence for any act resembling a food fight.
- Students are responsible for cleaning their tables and the area around their tables. Students will not be dismissed until this is done.
- Respect and consideration should be extended to all people in the cafeteria. This includes physical contact.
- Student behavior in the cafeteria should be based on courtesy and cleanliness.
- Running, pushing, or other boisterous behavior will not be tolerated.
- Drinks such as Monster Drinks, those containing energy boosters and any previously opened drinks are not permitted in the cafeteria.
The following are Westfield Middle School activities designed to cultivate the overall development of the student.
Academic Competition Team
N.J.H.S. (National Junior Honor Society)
After School Clubs
The health clinic is staffed by a Registered Nurse provided by Riverview Health Network and licensed to practice nursing by the State of Indiana. The health clinic is provided to take care of illnesses and injuries that occur during the school day. Please update your student’s medical information by logging onto Powerschool found under PARENTS on your school building website. Every school year you will need to verify, update and date the form online form. This form is used to provide care for your child, provide information to emergency services, if needed, and allow the school nurse permission to administer the listed school provided over the counter medications.
Health Conditions and/or Emergency Medical Needs & Procedures
If your child has a health condition (e.g. diabetes, asthma, severe food allergy, seizures) that requires the use of medication, emergency treatment, or a medical procedure during the school day, please contact the school nurse. An individual health care plan or emergency care plan for school and/or school sponsored events will need to be completed by the school nurse. All procedures including administration of prescription medication and emergency treatment plans must have a medical order that is completed annually or as needed to ensure up-to-date information.
Vision & Hearing
Vision and hearing screenings will be conducted for students in designated grades as mandated by the State of Indiana. If appropriate, parents/guardians will be notified if a student is in need of professional consultation following a screening. Hearing Screenings are performed by the district Speech and Language Pathologists. School nurses and local optometrist/ophthalmologist perform the vision screening tests.
Reports to Child Protective Services (Policy 7000-23)
As a school district, we are under duty by State Law to submit a report of any suspected child abuse or neglect to Child Protective Services of Hamilton County who handle all investigations. Such a report is made directly to Child Protective Services of Hamilton County and they handle the investigation.
Illness/Injuries at School
To help your student focus on their studies and classroom work we ask that all known illnesses or injuries be treated at home prior to arriving at school. If a student becomes ill or seriously injured at school and requires special medical attention, the following steps shall be taken:
- First aid will be given as appropriate.
- The principal, school nurse, or volunteer health aide will be notified and the student will be sent to the health clinic for medical attention. .
- If the student is not able to continue the school day due to a medical illness or injury, the parent/guardian will be contacted:
- If contact cannot be made with the parent or guardian at the first report of an illness or injury, the school may send the child home with the person whom the parent/guardian has indicated. Please remember to keep all emergency contact information current in PowerSchool by updating home, cell, and work phone numbers, as well as, the names and phone numbers of friends and/or relatives who can be reached if the parent/guardian is not available.
- If a parent/guardian has no means of getting the child home, the school may send the child home in accordance with the parent’s request.
- If a parent or guardian cannot be contacted and there is serious injury or illness, the school may secure the services of emergency medical services or any person previously designated in writing by the parent/guardian. The school assumes no responsibility for the emergency services or fees.
- All school personnel should be informed (on a need to know basis) of children who have special health problems that may require special attention when an injury or illness occurs (hemophilia, diabetes, epilepsy, allergies, etc.). It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to inform school personnel of any health problems and update information on a yearly basis or as needed.
- All personal injury accidents that require special medical attention occurring at school, on the way to or from school, or at related activities are to be reported in writing using the Incident Report Form.
- The Incident Report Form will be completed as soon as possible.
- One copy of the Incident Report Form will be retained in the health clinic and one filed within three (3) days of the incident at Westfield Washington Schools Central Office.
- Students who are ill may visit the clinic with a pass provided by the teacher. A daily log is kept of students’ reasons for visiting the clinic and the treatment provided.
Exclusion from School
A child with a contagious illness, disease or fever should not be sent to school. Please specify on the school attendance line if your child is absent due to a fever, contagious disease, or chronic illness.
District exclusion criteria states that students are to be excluded from school for one or more of the following medical conditions or at the school nurse’s discretion.
- Fever—documented temperature of 100° F or above. Your child must be fever free (less than 100° F) for at least 1 full school day after being sent home with a fever. After the full day they may return to school once they are fever free (<100˚F) without using fever reducing medication.
- Any rash and fever combined—the student should remain home until fever free for at least 1 full school day and until fever free (<100˚F) without using fever reducing medication.
- All red or pink eyes with pus or drainage present should be evaluated by a physician. The student may return to school 24 hours after the start of treatment or a physician’s note indicating that no treatment is necessary.
- Vomiting—the student should remain home until able to tolerate normal food/diet without vomiting.
- Diarrhea—the student should remain home until able to tolerate normal food/diet without diarrhea.
- Impetigo—the student should remain home until treatment has been given for at least 24 hours. Please notify the school nurse of this condition and provide a note from your physician.
- Scabies—the student should remain home until treatment has been given for at least 24 hours. Please notify the school nurse of this condition and provide a note from your physician.
- Ringworm—the student should remain home until treatment has been started; upon returning to school the area must remain covered at all times, if the area is too large or cannot be covered the student must remain home until the ringworm is gone.
- Chicken pox—the student should remain home until all vesicles (blisters) have scabbed over and no new ones are appearing or lesions are fading
- Strep Throat—the student should remain home until they have had at least a FULL 24 hours of antibiotic treatment and is fever free (<100˚F) without using fever reducing medication.
- Whooping Cough—if your child is suspected of having whooping cough, they must remain home until the test results have been confirmed. If the test is positive for whooping cough, the student must remain home for 5 FULL days on antibiotics, please notify the school nurse.
- Urinary or Bowel Incontinence—Due to risk of exposure to body fluids, if your child experiences repeated loss of bladder or bowel control at school and body fluids cannot be contained within your child’s clothing and is at risk of exposing others in the school environment to stool or urine, your child will be sent home and can return, once the child has been properly cleaned up and the child is able to wear clothing that will prevent stool/urine leakage and exposure to others in the school environment. If this is a result of a medical condition, please provide a medical note to your school nurse.
- ISDH Communicable Diseases Reference Guide—The guidelines set forth by IC 20-34-3-9 and Indiana State Department of Health Current Communicable Diseases Reference Guide for School Personnel is followed by the district in determining exclusions, restrictions, and control measures for students and their illnesses. Due to outbreaks of communicable diseases during the school year, revisions to the reference guide for school personnel may occur after publication and may not be included in this handbook.
School Required Immunizations
Per IC 20-34-4, schools shall require the parent/guardian of a student who is enrolled in the school to furnish a current copy of your students’ immunization record to the school nurse before the first day of school, unless a current copy is on file with the school. A student without proof of proper immunizations is considered in violation of IC 20-34-4-5 students will not be allowed to attend field trips and/or extracurricular activities until immunization records are up to date and on file with the school nurse.
Specific vaccine information can be found on the district website under Parents, Health Services or contact your school nurse.
Indiana State Law allows these exceptions: (IC 20-34-4-5). Information must be on file in the nurse’s office prior to the first day of school.
- “Religious Objection” statement must be submitted in writing by the parent/guardian that states the objection to immunization is based on religious grounds and must be filed with the school nurse every school year. The exemption must state to which vaccines the parents/guardians are objecting.
- “Exception for Child’s Health” or medical exemption statement submitted in writing by a physician must state that a particular immunization is contraindicated for a child because it is detrimental to the child’s health. A medical exemption must be filed every school year. Please contact the school nurse for the appropriate medical exemption form.
- Delay in immunization due to extreme circumstances: provide a written statement with the approved time schedule from the local health department or a physician that the child’s immunization schedule has been delayed due to extreme circumstances and that the required immunizations will not be complete by the first day of school.
Immunizations for the underinsured and uninsured are available through the Hamilton County Health Department, call (317) 776-8500 for additional information.
Administration of Medication at School
Administration of Medication at School (Policy 10000-30)—For your child’s safety, all medication needed during school hours or at school functions that are supervised by school staff, will be administered by the nurse, administrator, or trained designated staff in the health clinic. All medication permission forms are good for only the current school year and must be completed each year.
School Provided Medications
- In order to treat mild illnesses and injuries, the school health clinic provides a limited supply of medication. These are listed on the Medical Information page of the Demographic Update. This online form in Power School must be updated annually.
- These medications will only be given to students who have a current parent/guardian signed Medical Information page of the Demographic Update. This online form in Power School must be updated annually.
Parent/Guardian Provided Medication Transportation of Medication
- By Indiana State Law-all medication, both prescription and non-prescription must be transported to and from the health clinic by a parent or guardian. This includes over the counter medications. All medications brought to the school by a student will be held in the health clinic until proper written permission has been obtained. No medication will be given without proper written permission.
- Students are not permitted to have any medication or drugs in their possession, exceptions see Emergency Medication information below.
Storage of Medication
- All medication, prescription and non-prescription, must be in the original container and stored in the health clinic.
- All prescription medication must be in a prescription bottle with a current label including the name of the student, name of the medication, correct dosage, and when to administer medication. All prescription medication requires a medical order from a physician to the school nurse with specific time to be given and dose at school.
- All non-prescription medication (over the counter) must be in the original container with the student’s name written on the label.
- Parents/guardians may provide the clinic medication inventory for up to a 30 school day supply of medication or if less than 30 days left in the school year the maximum number of remaining school days.
Parent/Guardian Permission to Give Medication at School
- If a non-prescription medication request is for a dose greater than that listed on the label, a signed physician’s medical order is required.
- Prescription medication must have a physician medical order indicating time and dose to be given during the school day to the nurse prior to administering any medication; this includes emergency medication, daily medications, and as needed medication.
- All medication that can be given prior to and after school should be given at home.
To Stop a Medication or Change Dose
- Parents/Guardians should notify the school nurse by phone or provide a written note to stop the medication if it is no longer needed at school.
- If a prescription dose is to be changed, it will require an updated medical order from your physician to the nurse.
- All medication must be picked up by the parent/guardian by the last day of school. Any medication left in the health clinic after the last day of school will be properly disposed of.
- All discontinued medication must be picked up from the health clinic within 1 week of notification.
Emergency Medication and Self-Administered Medications
- Students with a disease or medical condition may carry and self-administer medication for the chronic disease or medical condition when they have an authorization form on file with the school nurse. The authorization must be completed by the physician and state the following:
- the student has a disease or medical condition for which the medication is prescribed,
- the student has been instructed on how to self-administer the medication, and
- the disease or medical condition requires emergency administration of the medication.
- Contact the school nurse for a copy of the authorization form.
Homeopathic medication, over the counter herbs, minerals, essential oils, vitamins, and other non-FDA approved medications: Requests to administer these products by parent/guardian at school will not be honored, as there is no standardization, no FDA approval, and no guidelines regarding safety of these products.
Body Safety Programs
In July 2018, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation that expands the grade levels for body safety education in schools to grades Kindergarten through Grade 12. (Previously the law required education in grades 2-5). Each school corporation shall make available for inspection to a parent all of the instructional material used in connection with instruction on human sexuality. Prior to a school providing instruction on human sexuality, the school must provide a written request for consent of instruction from an emancipated student or a student’s parent(s). This allows the parent or emancipated student to opt out of the instruction.
Parents/Guardians have the prime responsibility of assisting in the prevention and management of head lice cases through regular checks of their child’s hair and starting immediate treatment when head lice are detected.
While head lice are a nuisance, they do not spread disease and are not a health issue. Should a case of head lice be brought to the school’s attention, the school nurse will maintain confidentiality at school, verify presence of an active infestation, and bring it to the child’s parent’s/guardian’s attention. Parents/Guardians, students, and school staff will be educated about head lice identification, treatment and prevention.
If at all possible, students should not be excluded from school for having head lice as the management of head lice should not disrupt the educational process of the child. The need to exclude students from school will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
The policy is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Nurses, and the Hamilton County Health Departmen
Westfield Middle School has three school counselors. Counselors work with students individually, in a group setting, and in the classroom. Counselors can be reached via the Guidance Office at (317) 867-6607 should parents have any questions or concerns. The following topics are a few reasons why counselors may be contacted:
- Academic Concerns
- Personal/Social Issues
- Scheduling Classes
- Special Education Testing
- Transition from 6th Grade
- Transition to High School
- Tutoring Information
All registration at Westfield Washington Schools is submitted online. The link for online registration can be found at www.wws.k12.in.us under Parents/Registration. The following documents can be uploaded during online registration, or the documents can be brought to your child’s school or the administration office within 10 days of completing the online process. If a parent/guardian does not have access to a computer, they may use computers at the district office at 1143 E 181st Street.
Please have the following documents available:
- Provide one of the following at the time of enrollment for proof of Washington Township residency.
- Current purchase, rental, or lease agreement
- Property tax statement
- Copy of filed IRS form
- Voter registration
- Recent utility bills in the name of the parent/guardian
- Indiana driver’s license
- Birth certificate (signed by county health official, hospital records cannot be accepted)
- Proof of custody (if applicable)
- Immunization records
- List of child’s medications (if applicable)
- Emergency contact information
- Transcript from previous school
- IEP (if applicable)
- Grades in progress (if applicable)
- Withdrawal papers from previous school (if applicable)
- Current psycho-educational evaluation (if applicable)
- ILEARN results
Westfield Washington Schools recognizes and complies with the McKinney-Vento Act.
Withdrawal of a student during the year may be arranged through the building secretary. Please call the school office to arrange for a withdrawal.
A parent/guardian may withdraw their child by making an appointment with the guidance office. The appropriate papers will need to be completed. All fees need to be paid in full, all books returned, and rental Chromebook with charger are to be turned in.
- Provide one of the following at the time of enrollment for proof of Washington Township residency.
eLearning days are held in place of cancellation days which would need to be made up later, often in June, by adding days onto the end of the school calendar. When these make-up days are at the end of the school year they do not reflect the learning that was needed at the time of the day off. WWS eLearning days allow students to continue to make educational progress. This is especially important when faced with high stakes tests (ILEARN, AP, IREAD-3, etc.) which have fixed testing dates regardless of the number of cancellation days.
- School cancellation days will be eLearning Days unless otherwise communicated.
- All classroom work will be posted by 10:00 AM on the day of the cancellation. K-4 students will find their work posted on Google Classroom and have a designated window to complete the work. 5-12 students will find their work on Canvas and have two school days to complete. For those students who do not have device or internet access, school lab hours will be posted. In addition, WWS partners with local business to provide students the opportunity to use WiFi during operating hours of the business.
- Teachers will have set office hours to provide students with instruction and technical support that will be communicated to students and parents. A tech hotline is also available to support students and parents as issues arise.
- Attendance will be determined by students logging in and engaging in their classwork over the duration of the eLearning period.
- Lists of Frequently Asked Questions, staff office hours, Westfield WiFi Partners, and other information can be found on each school's website under the Parents tab.
The above protocols are for eLearning days due to inclement weather or other short-term or emergency situations. Should we need to move to eLearning for an extended period of time, such as the situation with COVID-19, guidance specific to the situation will be communicated.
Grade Reporting to Parents/Guardians
PowerSchool will be used to report and communicate grades to students and parents/guardians. Parents should contact the Guidance Secretary or stop by the office to receive a User ID and Password.
Quarter final grade reports will be available online in PowerSchool. Exact dates for viewing Quarter final grades will be posted on the calendar on the WMS website.
Honor rolls are determined at the end of each quarter. Students earning “A’s” are recognized on the straight “A” Honor Roll. Students may also be recognized on the “A-B” Honor Roll.
The grading scale is as follows:
64% & below
Report cards are sent out via PowerSchool. Throughout the quarters, parents/guardians should check their child’s progress in PowerSchool and talk to their child about their social, emotional and academic progress. If you feel that a conference to discuss your child’s progress is needed, please contact your child’s teacher.
Westfield’s high ability services fall under a range of K-12 services in the RtI (Response to Instruction) process. Official identification occurs in late spring for grades K, 2, and 6, with additional qualifications in 8th grade for specific high ability courses at Westfield High School. Early services include flexible grouping, differentiation, and enrichment within the classroom and grade level. Middle and upper services include acceleration and honors/AP/ACP courses. Students may qualify in language arts and/or math. Grade level curriculum proficiencies are taught with special enrichment and broadening activities added. For more information, contact your child’s principal or the Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, & Talent Development, (317) 867-8034.
ILEARN Remediation & Preventive Remediation Opportunities/Title I
The Board considers it very important that parents/guardians be consulted and informed at the earliest possible date when student participation in ILEARN Remediation and Preventive Remediation classes/groups is recommended.
Students who are at risk of not meeting NWEA, or ILEARN standards in language arts/and or math may also participate in activities funded by Title I in those schools which receive federal funding.
Parent/Guardian Teacher Conferences
Parent/Guardian teacher conferences at the request of the parent/guardian or teacher. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to call the office and make an appointment to meet with teachers or the principal whenever necessary. Parents/Guardians are also invited to participate in a phone conference when time will not permit a personal visit. Each staff member has voicemail and email to make contact convenient for parents/guardians. Once school begins, contact information will be available.
Release of Directory and Student Records/Privacy Act Information (Policy 10000-02)
As referenced in Policy 10000-02 and in The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), sensitive information about students is kept confidential. FERPA defines "directory information" as information contained in the education records of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Typically, "directory information" includes information such as student’s name, address, parents’/guardians’ names, major field of study, sex, age, date of birth, grade level and school, school or activity photo, honors and awards, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, height and weight of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, and enrollment status. The law specifies, however, that certain non-sensitive “Directory Information” may be released for any purpose at the discretion of the school corporation, with general notification of such intent. Notification may consist of published policies such as this one.
The permission has been divided into two categories: Print and Electronic. Print publications include the yearbook or student newspaper, printed programs for extracurricular activities, news releases to the local media, district publications, and interviews with local news media. Electronic mediums (internet and broadcast)include the district website, district videos, podcasts, and interviews with local news media for broadcast such as TV or radio.
You have the right to request the withholding of any or all directory information. Please consider very carefully your decision to withhold any of the above information. This information is typically used in news stories about our students’ achievements and classroom activities, honor roll lists, the yearbook, and school directories and school/district newsletters. Should you deny permission for the release of information, any future requests for such information from news media and other individuals will be refused for the duration of the school year.
To request withholding of information, please notify your child’s school in writing within 14 days of the start of school or within 14 days of enrolling your students.
During a student’s career, the school system collects and records data concerning the student. The school system recognizes that the collection, maintenance, and limited dissemination of such data is essential in school operations, but also that preserving the rights of privacy of the student and parents/guardians, and the student’s or parent’s/guardian’s right to correct inaccurate data is equally essential.
In accordance with IC 20-33-7-3 (Senate Bill 204, 2001), a school corporation or other entity to which the education records privacy provisions of the federal Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act (20 U.S.C. 1232g) apply may disclose or report on the education records of a child, including personally identifiable information contained in the education records, without the consent of the child's parent, guardian, or custodian, under the following conditions:
- The disclosure or reporting of education records is to a state or local juvenile justice agency.
- The disclosure or reporting relates to the ability of the juvenile justice system to serve, before adjudication, the student whose records are being released.
- The juvenile justice agency receiving the information certifies, in writing, to the entity providing the information that the agency or individual receiving the information has agreed not to disclose it to a third party, other than another juvenile justice agency, without the consent of the child's parent, guardian, or custodian.
For purposes of subsection two (2), a disclosure or reporting of education records concerning a child who has been adjudicated as a delinquent child shall be treated as related to the ability of the juvenile justice system to serve the child before adjudication if the juvenile justice agency seeking the information provides sufficient information to enable the keeper of the education records to determine that the juvenile justice agency seeks the information in order to identify and intervene with the child as a juvenile at risk of delinquency rather than to obtain information solely related to supervision of the child as an adjudicated delinquent child.
As referenced in Policy 10000-02 and in The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), personally identifiable information about students is kept confidential. Parents and eligible students (a student who has reached 18 years of age) have the right to:
- inspect and review the student’s education records at reasonable times within 45 days of the day a school receives a request to access records;
- seek amendment of the student’s education records believed to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights;
- provide written consent before the school discloses the student’s education records, except to the extent FERPA authorizes disclosures without consent; and
- file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Family Policy Compliance Office, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington D.C> 20202, concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
Certain persons may examine student records without a parent’s consent. These include school officials who have “legitimate educational interests.” A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of personally identifiable information from education records, such as a software or technology service provider, an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
A parent or eligible student may view his/her student’s records by making a request in writing to the building principal. Any request for amendment of education records by requesting an informal conference with the Superintendent or designee.
SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
WWS accommodates the unique needs of students in special education in the least restrictive environment, which means inclusion in regular classrooms when possible. Teachers use a common framework for education, but regularly—and creatively—adapt their instruction to accommodate the needs of the individual student. WWS is a single district planning corporation as it relates to special education services.
Life Skills: These programs are for moderate/severely handicapped children in grades Pre-K-12. These children are mainstreamed with grade level peers on an individual, as needed, basis at Monon Trail Elementary School, Westfield Middle School and Westfield High School.
Functional Academic Program: This program is for students with mild mental disability, grades K-12. These children work toward academic, social, and community related independence goals at Washington Woods Elementary School, Westfield Intermediate School, Westfield Middle School, and Westfield High School.
Cross-Categorical Classroom: This classroom services students in grades K-4 who are typically on the autism spectrum and need more intensive services with language/academics to maximize success at Carey Ridge Elementary School. The goal is to service each child as intensely as possible to achieve transition back to the traditional classroom setting.
Preschool Program: This program is for children ages 3-5 who qualify for special education services and is at Carey Ridge Elementary School, Maple Glen Elementary School, Oak Trace Elementary School, Shamrock Springs Elementary School and Washington Woods Elementary School. Each student who qualifies is evaluated by our Early Childhood Assessment Team.
Mosaics: This alternative program has two main goals. The first is to serve students who are unable to function in a traditional classroom setting. The second is to transition students back into their home school/classroom when they have taken the necessary steps to achieve their academic and behavioral goals. Mosaics classrooms are located at Shamrock Springs Elementary School, Westfield Intermediate School, Westfield Middle School and Westfield High School.
Westfield Autism Team (WAT): WAT is a multidisciplinary support team which consists of individuals who represent the nine school buildings within the Westfield Washington School district. WAT’s goal is to serve as a resource and a support base to the child’s multidisciplinary team (parents, teachers, administrators, therapists, and support staff).
Westfield Washington Schools also offers Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech and Language Therapy to students that qualify under an area of eligibility listed within Indiana Article 7.
Westfield Washington Schools Restraint and Seclusion Plan: Specific information regarding Westfield Washington Schools Restraint and Seclusion Plan, Policy 10000-43 can be found on our district website, wws.k12.in.us.
PROMOTION AND RETENTION PROCEDURES
Westfield Washington Schools Board of School Trustees recognizes that the personal, social, physical, and educational growth of children will vary and that they should be placed in the educational setting most appropriate to meet their needs at the various stages of their growth.
Promotion or retention of students stems from the total development of the individual child related to the educational program. General overall scholastic achievement should have a primary influence in determining retention and/or promotion of the individual child.
Promotion of a student will occur based on the professional recommendations of the teaching/administrative staff. The student must also achieve the instructional objectives set for the present grade level.
A student identified as a student with special needs shall be promoted or retained based on the opinion/professional judgment of the case conference committee team.
A student identified whose primary language is not English shall be promoted or retained based on the professional opinion of the EL teacher, classroom teacher, and building administrator/principal.
If a child is being considered for retention, the following actions should occur:
- Parents of any child whose promotion is in jeopardy will be notified well in advance of any actual decision regarding the possibility of promotion/retention. Final determinations will be made before the end of the current school year.
- Parent teacher conferences must be held whenever retention of a child is being considered. Retention will not be finalized until the parent has had an opportunity to meet with the classroom teacher/school administrator. Completion of the Lights Retention Scale will be completed and shared at the parent teacher conference.
- The school principal has the legal responsibility for student classification and students may be reclassified when, in the professional judgment of the principal, it becomes necessary or advisable
ATTENDANCE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Parents/Guardians are required to notify the school when a student is absent. Please phone the attendance line at
(317) 867-6601 by 10:00 a.m. the day of the student’s absence. Please give your name, your child’s name, your child’s teacher’s name, and the reason for the absence. Failure to inform the school could result in the child’s absence being counted as truant. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to provide a doctor’s excuse to the office for each absence that requires a visit to the doctor.
Corrections to Attendance
Attendance will be taken and recorded by each teacher each period. Attendance is recorded in PowerSchool. If a student or parent/guardian believes a mistake has been made regarding an absence, parents/guardians are encouraged to call the school to rectify the situation.
If it is necessary for a student to leave school during the school day, a call to the attendance line or a written note stating the reason for this absence must be presented to the office prior to the beginning of school. An early dismissal slip will be given to the student and this slip must be shown to the teacher of the class he/she will be leaving. Students will only be released to those listed in PowerSchool under Emergency Contacts with a Photo ID. If the student returns to school before the end of the school day, the student must present this slip to the office and then to the teacher for re-admittance to school and class. Parents/Guardians are required to sign out the student when leaving. Students should sign in upon return to Westfield Middle School. All time missed for appointments will be counted as an absence recorded as a half-day. Students that depart school and return during the same school day will be counted as an “Early Dismissal”. If the student arrives for the first time after 11:30 a.m., he/she will be charged with a half day of absence, also, if the student departs school before 11:30 a.m. and does not return, he/she will be charged with a half day of absence.
Make-up work should be requested through individual teachers or the Canvas Learning Management System.
Students may make-up schoolwork for full credit for any kind of absence accept truancy. A student shall have one day to make-up work for each day of absence. Lengthy absences may require that the teacher provide schoolwork alternatives and timeframes that do not adhere to the one day out—one day of make-up. In such cases, the teacher will notify the student and the principal or principal’s designee. Teachers will strive to ensure that the make-up work assists the student in achieving course standards and he/she will set a reasonable timeframe for completion of the work.
Late To School
Tardiness is disruptive to the educational process and is considered to be a serious matter. WMS believes that timeliness is a life skill and students are responsible for their own tardiness to school. When students arrive at school after the 8:45 a.m. (except Wednesdays when students arrive after 9:15 a.m.) bell has rung, they should report directly to the office. Students are to sign in with the secretary in the main office. Parents/Guardians must notify the school office by note, phone call or in person when a student is tardy to school. Failure to inform the school office will result in the child’s arrival being counted as unexcused. A tardy will follow the same criteria listed under absences. Reasons such as, but not limited to, car trouble, traffic, oversleeping, missing the bus, school closing assumptions, or parent taking responsibility will result in an unexcused tardy to school. Unexcused tardies to school will be handled in the following manner:
1st Tardy: Written warning by the Assistant Principal
2nd & 3rd Tardy: Office assigned detention served after school or during lunch
4th & 5th Tardy: Thursday School (2.5 hours)
6th Tardy and up: Thursday School, In-School Detention
Students are expected to be in their scheduled classroom by the time the bell sounds unless a teacher or administrator specifically gives them a pass. If this is not the case, they are tardy. Tardies are accumulated through the quarter by class period. In an effort to cut down on students roaming the halls and being tardy to class, it is our goal to reinforce the importance of timeliness. Therefore, regular attendance tardy sweeps may be utilized throughout the school day. Tardy sweeps are randomly initiated on an as needed basis by school administration. When a tardy sweep is conducted any student tardy to class will be instructed to report to the office for a tardy pass. A student tardy to second period through eighth period or in a tardy sweep will be handled in the following manner:
1st Tardy: Written or verbal warning by the teacher
2nd & 3rd Tardies: Teacher assigned detention served after school or during lunch
4th & 5th Tardies: Thursday School (2.5hours)
6th Tardy and up: Thursday School, In-School Suspension
Doctor’s notes will be accepted up to 5 days after the students return to school.
IC 20-33-2 requires children to attend school during the time it is in session until the child graduates or becomes 18 years of age. We know that good attendance and high achievement are related. Student attendance at school is expected in order that learning within the classroom can occur. Because regular attendance is expected of our students, vacation taken during a school term is considered an unexcused absence. Absence from school is defined as any non-presence (excused or unexcused) during part or all of a scheduled school day that is not canceled or altered due to weather or other emergency. Tardiness is a form of absence that will be factored into consequences employed by the school.
In grades 5-12, students who are absent from school for more than three (3) periods may not attend or participate in any extracurricular activities on the day of absence without administrative approval.
Westfield Washington Schools Attendance Procedures/Hamilton County Schools Attendance Program Project ACES – Attending Class Equals Success
Westfield Washington Schools participates in the Hamilton County Schools Project ACES Attendance Program in collaboration with the Hamilton County Juvenile Prosecutor’s Office. Project ACES tracks the total number of excused/unexcused absences to school accumulated for the entire school year. The goal of Project ACES is to ensure that every child attends school as required by Indiana Law so that each child will receive the necessary guidance and knowledge to become a productive member of the community. Absences to school are cumulative throughout the school year and do not reset at any point during the school year for grades K-12.
Project ACES is a collaboration between the school, parent, student, Westfield Youth Assistance Program, and the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office. In working together and through early intervention, we believe that attending class will equal success for each and every student.
Unexplained absences are marked unexcused. Parents/Guardians are urged to call the school to report the absence as soon as possible, preferably before 10:00 a.m. on the day of the absence. The following, with the exception of number seven, are considered by state statute to be excused absences:
- Student illness
- Death/grave illness of an immediate family member
- Exclusion because of exposure to contagious disease
- Required religious observation
- Medical, dental, or professional appointments
- School sanctioned activities
- Other educational activity
Other Educational Activity
Other educational activity is defined as any other absence, approved by the building principal, resulting from an educational activity that is relevant to the child’s academic growth and equivalent to the child’s school activities/experiences. Such absence requires a written request submitted to the principal at least 30 calendar days in advance if the event is known or should have been known prior thereto. Upon the student’s return to school, he or she must make-up work missed and submit a report to the principal about the WWS curriculum-relevant learning that took place during the absence. The principal shall have discretion to rescind prior approval of the excused absence status if the reporting is deemed insufficient. Principals will consider the proposed absence based on factors that include, but may not be limited to: the timeliness and quality of the parent’s/guardian’s written request, the student’s prior attendance record, the student’s academic standing, the nature of the proposed activity, and school curriculum/activities that the student would miss during the proposed other educational activity.
In accordance with IC 20-33-2-14, -15, -16, -17, students supplying the proper notification to the school office and participating in the following events are not counted absent:
- Page or honoree in the Indiana General Assembly;
- Any required court appearance for which they are subpoenaed;
- Help to a political candidate, a political party or to a precinct election board ON ELECTION DAY; or
- National Guard duty (maximum 10 days).
Parents/Guardians must notify the school with physician documentation when circumstances of prolonged student illness occur. This will assist the principal in employing this policy’s parent/guardian notice and intervention provisions.
A student that has excessive absences (excused or unexcused) may be withdrawn from classes.
Target Group 1: Students with Excessive Absences
Excused absences not included in Project ACES are:
- Religious holidays
- Death in the immediate family
- Court appearances, jury duty
- Serving as a page for the State Legislature
- College visitation – High School
- Driver license examination – High School
- Immigration, passports
Step 1: When a student misses 7 excused/unexcused days of school (vacation or illness, no doctor’s notes provided), the student will meet with administration to discuss his/her attendance. The meeting will attempt to discern the issues behind the student missing school and devise a plan to assist the student in improving his/her attendance. At the meeting, an attendance letter will be handed to the student.
Step 2: When the student misses 10 excused/unexcused days from school (vacation or illness, no doctor’s note provided), a Letter of Incapacity and a Physician’s Certificate, which requires a doctor’s note for any further absences, will be mailed to parent by certified mail.
Step 3: When the student misses 12 excused/unexcused days of school (vacation or illness, no doctor’s note provided), the student and parent are referred to the Project ACES program. The school administration will complete and submit an ACES referral form to a representative of the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office. The Prosecutor’s Office will then contact the parents both by mail and phone to inform the parent and child of a required meeting to be held to discuss the continued absences of the student.
Step 4: At the meeting, a Hamilton County Deputy Prosecutor will share a presentation with the parents and student on how truancy leads to delinquency, and increases the chances for becoming a dropout. He/she will review Indiana Law on school attendance and educational neglect, define excused and unexcused absences, and discuss the consequences of further absences from school. If appropriate, the child will be referred to the Westfield Youth Assistance Program to assist the student and parent in correcting his/her school attendance issues.
Step 5: If students in grades 1-6 are still missing school, educational neglect charges will be filed. If students in grades 7-12 are still missing school, truancy charges will be filed and a pick up order will be requested.
Target Group 2: Students who are Truant
A student is truant when neither his/her parents/guardians nor school officials know the reason for a student’s absence at the time of the absence or the “willful refusal to attend school in defiance of parental/guardian authority.” (Indiana Court of Appeals: Simmons v. State of Indiana.) Skipping a class or leaving school without permission is an example of truancy. Truancies accumulate throughout the school year and do not reset at any time.
Step 1: When a student is truant for 1 day of school, the parent, student, school administration, and counselor will meet. At the meeting, an attendance letter will be handed to the parent, as well as information on the Westfield Youth Assistance Program. When appropriate, the student will be assigned a Thursday School. Documentation of the meeting will be kept in the school file.
Step 2: When a student is truant for 2 days of school, the student and parent are referred to Project ACES. The school administration will complete and submit a Project ACES referral form to a representative of the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office. The Prosecutor’s Office will then contact the parents both by mail and phone to inform the parent and child of a required meeting to be held to discuss the continued absences of the student.
Step 3: At the meeting, a Hamilton County Deputy Prosecutor will share a presentation with the parents and student on how truancy leads to delinquency, and increases the chances for becoming a dropout. He/she will review Indiana Law on school attendance and educational neglect, define excused and unexcused absences, and discuss the consequences of further absences from school. If appropriate, the child will be referred to the Westfield Youth Assistance Program to assist the student and parent in correcting his/her school attendance issues.
Step 4: When a student is truant for 3 days of school, when appropriate he/she will be suspended (grades 5-12 only).
Step 5: When a student is truant 4 or more days of school, a truancy petition will be filed. In addition, a pick up order will be requested for students in grades 7-12.
If a student is truant, work will not be credited and progressive discipline will ensue. Truancy will count toward the absence limit.
Westfield Washington Schools defines a “habitual truant” as a student who is truant from school or any part of the school day, for a second time during the school year and neither the parent/guardian nor school officials know the reason for a student’s absence at the time of the absence or the “willful refusal to attend school in defiance of parental/guardian authority.” (Indiana Court of Appeals: Simmons v. State of Indiana)
If a person is less than eighteen (18) years of age and is a habitual truant, is under a suspension or expulsion, or has withdrawn from school as described in Section 1 of this chapter, the bureau shall, upon notification by the person’s principal, invalidate the person’s license or permit until the earliest of the following events.
A student whose license or permit has been denied or invalidated for the above reasons will be eligible for a license or permit or have a license or permit revalidated upon the earliest of one of the following events:
- the student turns eighteen (18);
- 120 days after the person is suspended, or the end of a trimester during which the person returns to school, whichever is longer;
- the suspension, expulsion, or exclusion is reversed after the person has had a hearing under IC 20-33-8.
Furthermore, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles may not issue a driver’s license or permit to a student who is:
- at least thirteen (13) years of age, but less than fifteen (15);
- a habitual truant;
- and identified in a list submitted to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles may not be issued an operator’s license or a learner’s permit to drive a motor vehicle or motorcycle under IC 9-24 until the person is at least eighteen (18) years of age.
WMS STUDENT CONDUCT AND PROCEDURES
The following are in addition to the policies of Westfield Washington Schools and are specific to Westfield Middle School.
Students at Westfield Middle School are expected to act in such a manner as to maintain the high expectations held for their behavior by the community. Student supervision is the responsibility of the staff, students, and parents/guardians subject to IC 20-33-8 and the guidelines presented therein. The goal of student discipline at Westfield Middle School will be to:
- aid students in the development of self-discipline through their understanding of the expectations held by the school for their behavior;
- teach students that inappropriate behavior has consequences;
- foster an atmosphere of consideration and respect for other people and property; and
- create an atmosphere in which learning can occur.
- Follow school rules
- Remind others to follow school rules
- Take care of all personal and school property
- Attend school everyday
- Be on time to class every day and in your seat when the bell rings
- Come prepared to class
- Always give your best effort
- Follow adult direction without question
- Use positive words and actions with peers and adults
- Clean up after yourself
- Use appropriate voice
- Respect others space
- Honor the school dress code
- Perform all school tasks honestly
- Report inappropriate behavior to an adult
- Turn in all assignments on time
- Pick up trash in the hallways and classrooms
- Always give your best effort
Follow iRock rules
- We will not bully others.
- We will help students who are bullied.
- We will include students who are being left out.
- If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will immediately tell an adult.
- Be on time
- Move into the school quickly in the morning
- Exit the school to the buses quickly in the afternoon
- Do not loiter in the school or bus lot
- Comply with the bus driver’s rules
- Keep hands, feet, objects to yourself
- Report inappropriate behavior to bus driver
- Own up to inappropriate behavior
- Do not loiter in the school or bus lot
- Get to your bus on time.
- Show all on the bus respect
- Turn in items not belonging to you.
- Follow iRock rules
- Clean up after yourself
- 8 to a table, 4 to a tall table
- Keep the noise volume appropriate
- Wait to be dismissed by an adult
- Clean up after yourself
- Comply with adults if requested to help
- Stay seated at one table
- Pay for your food
- Help those around you
- Clean your table prior to being dismissed
- Comply with adults if requested to help
- Follow iRock rules
- Keep walking directly to class
- Keep voices down
- Get materials at appropriate time
- Greet others, use respectful language and actions
- Wait your turn
- Arrive to class on time
- Stop and listen to teachers directions
- Have necessary materials with you
- Keep hallways clean
- Keep hands, feet, objects to yourself
- Help others when needed
- Follow iRock rules
- Follow adult direction
- Use polite language with everyone
- Cooperate with everyone
- Use appropriate voice
- Applaud appropriately
- Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself
- Know and follow school expectations
- Enter and exit in a quiet manner
- Sit and stay in designated areas
- Be on time
- Report inappropriate behavior to an adult
- Take pride in school property
- Always be truthful
- Play fairly
- Do your personal best
- Focus on the presentation
- Be ready to participate
- Leave area as you found it or better
- Do your personal best
- Help others when needed
- Include everyone
- Promote positive sportsmanship
- Follow iRock rules
These expectations apply when students are the responsibility of the school and are coming to school, at school, going home from school, staying after school, or participating in or attending a school activity. As a general rule, students will be expected to have proper materials and to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates respect for themselves, for others, for the staff, and for school and private property. Students whose behavior does not meet these expectations may be subject to disciplinary actions, which include detention, Thursday School, Suspension or Expulsion.
The determination of disciplinary action will be made following an examination of the offense, its circumstances, and the guidelines established in IC 20-33-8. Specific expectations for behavior include, but are not limited to:
- Students are prohibited from using cell phones and/or other non-academic electronic devices such as, but not limited to, laser pointers, radios, and other music playing devices during instructional hours of the school day from 8:45 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. unless given permission by a classroom teacher. This includes passing periods and lunch periods, as well as on school sponsored trips. These devices are a major distraction to the learning process and are at times instigators of harassment. It is the recommendation of the school that all cell phones and non-academic electronics be kept in the student’s locker to avoid the urge to use them. Any cell phone or non-academic electronic device that is physically displayed or used, which includes incoming calls/text/alerts, during the instructional day can be confiscated and taken to the office where they can be picked up by the parent/guardian between the hours of 8:10 a.m. - 4:10 p.m. Students may be subject to disciplinary consequences of insubordination for continued violations of this rule. Parents/Guardians who need to immediately get in contact with their child are encouraged to call (317) 867-6602 and our office staff will deliver a message as quickly as possible. The school is not responsible for any electronic devices reported stolen, lost, or damaged while on school property or at school events. Please see Technology Guidelines regarding the use of academically acceptable technology in the classroom.
- During class time, in hallways, or during lunch, any recording, videotaping, or picture taking is not permitted without permission.
- 1st offense: Warning and phone or any other electronic device will need to be put away.
- 2nd offense: Phone or any other electronic device will be sent to the office, student lunch detention. Student may pick up the phone or any other electronic device at the end of the school day.
- 3rd offense: Phone or any other electronic device will be sent to the office, student lunch detention. Parents/guardians will need to pick up the student phone or any other electronic device from the office.
- Proper grooming is an expression of self-worth and pride. Students should observe standards of common decency and personal worth. Clothing that distracts from the educational process will not be allowed.
- 1st offense: Student will be asked to change clothes or to call the parent/guardian to bring acceptable clothes.
- 2nd and 3rd offenses: Student will be asked to change clothes or to call the parent/guardian to bring acceptable clothes and assigned a detention.
- 4th and 5th offenses: Student will be asked to change clothes or to call the parent/guardian to bring acceptable clothes and assigned Thursday School/In School Suspension
- Continued offenses: Student will be asked to change clothes or to call the parent/guardian to bring acceptable clothes and assigned suspension
- Food or soft drinks should be limited to lunch or while under the direction of the teacher or nurse.
- Students are expected to perform all tests, projects and assignments in an honest manner. If concrete evidence is found that cheating has occurred:
- 1st offense: Parents/Guardians are to be contacted by phone
- 2nd and 3rd offenses: Parents/Guardians are to be contacted by phone and an In-School Suspension will be assigned.
- 4th and 5th offenses: Parents/Guardians are to be contacted by phone and no credit for the test, project, or assignment on which the cheating occurred will be given and the student will be assigned suspensi
- Proper respect and consideration should be extended to all Westfield Middle School staff and students. Disrespect or insubordination toward the staff will not be tolerated. Profanity, obscenity, or unacceptable language of any kind will not be permitted. Forgery including, but not limited to notes, passes, or excuses is not acceptable. The consequences for the above named actions are:
- 1st offense: Warning
- 2nd offense: Detention
- 3rd offense: Thursday School
- 4th offense: In School Suspension
- Continued offenses: Suspension
- Pulling a fire alarm unnecessarily is a Class B misdemeanor according to IC 35-44-22-B. Violation will result in the student being assigned a suspension plus a report to local authorities.
- Dialing 911 emergency numbers unnecessarily will result in the student being assigned suspension plus a report to local authorities.
- Striking other people carries the risk of injury to one or both parties. Therefore, fighting and/or assault are prohibited while students are under school jurisdiction. Violation will result in the student being assigned suspension plus a report to local authorities.
- Engaging in any kind of improper touching, PDA (Public Display of Affection, hugging, improper bodily contact, sexual gestures, either verbal or nonverbal), will result in:
- 1st offense: Student will be assigned detention.
- 2nd and 3rd offenses: Student will be assigned Thursday School.
- 4th and 5th offenses: Student will be assigned In-School Suspension.
- Causing or attempting to cause indecent exposure or taking indecent liberties is not acceptable. Respect of other people’s property is expected of all students. Vandalism, defacing, or theft of personal property will not be tolerated. Violation will result in restitution and the student will be assigned a suspension.
- Care of the school building and its contents is expected of all students. Vandalism, misuse, defacing or theft of school property will not be tolerated. Violation will result in restitution and the student will be assigned a suspension. Harassment, bullying, or threats directed towards any students or staff will result in the student being disciplined using the iRock Anti-Bullying Rules on page 36. Severity of consequences may be altered at the discretion of school administration due to the nature and level of the incident.
- Explosive devices such as, but not limited to, lighters, matches, or anything that could be used to start a fire, are not allowed on school property or at any school function. Possession of said devices will result in:
- 1st offense: Student will be assigned In-School Suspension.
- Continued offenses: Student will be assigned a suspension.
- Possessing, handling, or transmitting a knife, firearm, or any other object as described in the Grounds for Suspension or Expulsion District Policy, as well as setting off explosive devices such as, but not limited to, firecrackers, bullets, and smoke bombs will result in disciplinary actions and due process as outlined in the WWS District Policy in this handbook.
- Any damage to, interference with, and/or unauthorized use of computers, software, technology or any related equipment may result in restitution and the student being assigned a suspension.
- Possessing, using, and/or transmitting any tobacco product will result in:
- 1st offense: Student will be assigned Out of School Suspension (OSS).
- Continued offenses: Student will be assigned. Out of School Suspension (OSS), and a citation from the Westfield Police Department.
- Possessing, using, transmitting, misusing, or misrepresenting OTC, prescription drugs, or any substance that has the appearance of an OTC or prescription drug will result in:
- 1st offense: Student will be assigned a suspension.
- Continued offenses: Student will be assigned a suspension or a move for expulsion,
- Possessing, using, transmitting, or being under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, spice, alcoholic beverages, or intoxicant of any kind will result in a move for expulsion. Use of drug(s) authorized by a medical prescription from a physician for the person in possession of the drug is not a violation of this rule.
- Engaging in the unlawful selling or supplying of a controlled substance is a criminal law violation that constitutes a danger to other students or constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function will result in a move for expulsion.
- Possession of, use, or transmitting drug paraphernalia will result in a move for expulsion.
Disciplinary actions during the school year may result in being ineligible to attend extracurricular activities.
Assertive Discipline Procedure
Classroom teachers will have established rules for their individual classes along with consequences for breaking those rules. Every teacher will make a variety of attempts to deal with problems in the classroom, which will include a student conference and at least two parent/guardian contacts by phone, email, or letter. Documentation should show verifying attempts to deal with classroom problems, which may include a student conference, parent/guardian contact by phone and a parent/guardian conference, and must accompany a student sent to the office for administrative action. Problems that call for immediate administrative action are to be documented and sent with the student to the office.
Detentions will be assigned by teachers to be served under supervision on any school day. Teachers also have, but are not limited to, the option of removing a student for one day from their class in an appropriate time-out area. The classroom teacher will make contact with the parent/guardian when removal has occurred. If there are continued offenses, administration may use the following options:
- Conference with guidance or administration.
- Thursday School
- In-School Suspension
- A One-day Suspension
- A Three-day Suspension
- A Five-day Suspension, or a written contract
- A move for expulsion
For minor offenses, steps two through seven will be followed in this order with step number one being used when feasible. For more serious offenses, whose minimum consequences are pre-established, the more serious consequences will be administered. Detention, special work details, or assignments will be used if feasible and if appropriate to the infraction. A student will receive one of these consequences once for behavior problems. The administration, however, reserves the right to deal with each student as an individual in order to attempt to bring about a change in behavior, especially when parents/guardians or counseling are involved.
In the interest of maintaining an appropriate educational environment as well as student health and safety, and the health and safety of school personnel, the administration reserves the right to conduct searches of school property based upon reasonable suspicion. The nature and manner in which the search is conducted shall be controlled by the circumstances of each particular situation.
Purpose of Detention
Detention is a discipline situation assigned because the student has failed to abide by the rules and regulations established by the classroom teacher and/or the administration.
Detentions will be assigned by individual teachers to be served under their supervision on any school day with a one-day notice to the student. Failure to attend a teacher-supervised detention will result in the student having to make-up the detention plus having an additional detention assigned by the teacher. The second missed detention will be handled by the administration.
- Detention will be held on any school day. Parents/Guardians are responsible for bringing or picking up the student if he/she needs transportation.
- Students are to report to the detention area in a timely fashion.
- Students are to remain in their seats (or are to be involved in the teacher assigned task) for the entire detention period.
- Students are to bring appropriate materials (pen, pencil, books, and assignments).
- Students are to be working on assignments for the entire detention period.
- No talking will be allowed unless initiated by the supervisor.
- Entertaining and/or electronic devices, such as but not limited to: laser pointers, headphones, radios, CD/DVD Players, TVs, video games, cellular telephone, PDA’s, beepers or pagers, are not allowed. The school is not responsible for any electronic devices reported damaged, lost or stolen while on school property or at school events.
- Detention assignment packets, if available are to be satisfactorily completed and turned in to the teacher at the end of the detention period.
- Students are required to attend the detention time they are assigned. A minimum of a one-day notice will be given the student.
- Any conflicts with assigned detention time must be discussed with the teacher who assigned the detention prior to seventh period on the day assigned. Failure to attend the assigned detention will result in having to make-up the missed detention plus the following:
- 1st offense: Assigned a second detention.
- 2nd offense and up: To be handled by the administration.
- Any behavior problems or violation of detention rules will result in further disciplinary action.
Purpose of In-School Suspension
In-School Suspension is a discipline situation assigned because the student has failed to abide by the rules and regulations established by the classroom teacher and/or the administration.
In-School Suspension Rules
- The student is responsible for completing all assignments that are given during the In-School Detention period.
- The student is to be alert and working at all times.
- The student is permitted to talk only if permission has been given.
- The student will be given two restroom breaks during the regular school day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each break will be no longer than five minutes in length.
- The student will have his/her lunch and eat in the In-School Suspension area. If a student fails to bring a lunch he/she must purchase a regular lunch.
- The student will not eat, drink, (except for lunch) or chew gum in the In-School Suspension area.
- The student will sit in the seat assigned by the supervisor.
- The student will not read or write personal material without the permission of the supervisor.
- The student will remain in the room at all times unless designated otherwise by the supervisor.
- The student is expected to be on time. Tardies will not be tolerated.
- Writing or defacing any school property or equipment will not be tolerated.
- Entertaining and/or electronic devices such as, but not limited to: laser pointers, headphones, radios, TVs, video games, cell phones, PDAs, are not allowed. The school is not responsible for any electronic devices reported damaged, lost or stolen while on school property or at school events.
- The student is responsible for cleaning the area to which he/she was assigned at the end of the day.
- The student is expected to bring study materials to the area and have enough constructive work to do to cover the time of assignment.
- The student is excluded from all special programs and convocations until the period of assignment has lapsed. This suspension includes all extracurricular activities and school sponsored activities including athletic events.
- Any behavior problems or violation of In-School Suspension rules will result in further disciplinary action.
Students who have habitually been involved in infractions of school rules or academic non-compliance may be placed on Social Probation by school administrators, in addition to, or in lieu of, other disciplinary action. The academic team may be involved if behavior is related to problems in the classroom. Social Probation will be for a definite time period during which critical examination and evaluation of the student’s progress will take place. During the probation period, the student may be denied the privilege of participating in or attendance of all extracurricular activities (including field trips). If the student is further involved in an infraction of school rules during the probationary period, he/she will be subject to whatever disciplinary action is set forth in the probationary agreement. The parent/guardian will be notified that the student is being placed on Social Probation, including the length of the period, the terms of the probation, and the possible consequences of suspension/expulsion if the student is found in further violation of school rules during probation.
Thursday School Procedures
Purpose of Thursday School
Thursday School is a discipline situation assigned because the student has failed to abide by the rules and regulations established by the classroom teacher and/or the administration. Thursday school is in session every other Thursday from 3:40 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday School Rules
- A designated room at one of the schools will be used.
- Students are to report by 3:40 p.m. with all class textbooks and study materials (paper, pens, and pencils) to the designated room and are expected to have enough constructive work to do to cover the time of assignment. The supervisor will assign seats upon entrance to the room. Students will not leave seats without permission from the supervisor.
- Students are permitted to speak only after permission has been given. There is absolutely no talking unless initiated by the supervisor.
- Students are to be awake, alert, and working on assignments at all times.
- There will be no eating, drinking, chewing gum, etc.
- Assignments for the supervision period will be completed by the end of the suspension period or credit will be withheld accordingly.
- There will be no reading of private material without permission of the supervisor.
- Tardies will not be tolerated.
- Restroom privileges will be given by the supervisor.
- Entertaining and/or electronic devices such as, but not limited to: laser pointers, headphones, radios, TVs, video games, cell phone, PDA’s, are not allowed. The school is not responsible for any electronic devices reported damaged, lost or stolen while on school property or at school events.
- Any behavior problems or violation of Thursday School rules will result in further disciplinary action.
- If an emergency arises and the student cannot attend Thursday School, you must notify the Assistant Principal by 9:00 a.m. on the assigned school day. Failure to attend the assigned Thursday School will result in having to make-up the missed Thursday School plus the following:
- 1st offense: Assigned a second Thursday School
- 2nd offense: One (1) day In-School Suspension
- 3rd offense: Three (3) days In-School Suspension
- 4th offense: Out-of-School Suspension
Out of School Suspension Partnership/Alternative to Suspension
Hamilton County schools participate in an Alternative to Suspension program located in Noblesville. Students suspended from school may be required to report to the Hamilton County Circuit Court at 8:00 a.m. on the initial day of suspension, and from there be assigned to complete school work at Connor School, in Noblesville, during each day of suspension, including Saturday, if needed. Students will not be allowed to return to Westfield Middle School until the assigned days of suspension have been served.
WWS Behavior and Disciplinary Policy (Policy 10000-05)
As referenced in Policy 10000-05, it is the policy of Westfield Washington Schools to balance the rights of student expression with that of all members of the school community, with the interests of an orderly and efficient educational process, and with the needs of a school environment suitable for the healthy growth and development of all students.
Students are expected to demonstrate proper behavior as defined in student handbooks and are subject to disciplinary action when the rules are not followed. Students do have the full protection of due process including the appeal of any decision dealing with disciplinary action.
It is the intent of the administration and teachers of Westfield Washington Schools to follow the discipline procedures as outlined in the student handbook. In addition to the actions specifically provided in the student handbook, the superintendent, principals, any administrative personnel, or any teacher of the school corporation shall be authorized to take any action in connection with student behavior which is reasonable, desirable, or necessary to help any student to further school purposes, or to prevent an interference therewith; such action, including but not limited to, such matters as:
- counseling with a student or group of students;
- conference with a parent/guardian or group of parents/guardians;
- assigning student additional work;
- rearranging class schedules;
- requiring a student to remain in school after regular hours to do additional schoolwork or for counseling; or
- restricting extracurricular activities.
Anti-Bullying (Policy 10000-49)
Bullying is prohibited by Westfield Washington Schools. Students who commit any acts of bullying are subject to discipline including but not limited to suspension, expulsion, arrest, and/or prosecution.
Definition: “Bullying” is defined as overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically); physical acts committed; aggression; or any other behaviors committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student, creating for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:
(1) places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or property;
(2) has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student’s physical or mental health;
(3) has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s academic performance; or
(4) has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the school.
Applicability: Westfield Washington Schools prohibits bullying in all forms. This policy may be applied regardless of the physical location in which the bullying behavior occurred, whenever the individual committing the bullying behavior and any of the intended targets of the bullying behavior are students attending a school within Westfield Washington Schools and disciplinary action is reasonably necessary to avoid substantial interference with school discipline or prevent an unreasonable threat to the rights of others to a safe and peaceful learning environment. Westfield Washington Schools prohibits bullying through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through any computer, computer system, or computer network.
Education: Westfield Washington Schools will provide training and/or instruction on bullying prevention and policy to all students in grades 1-12, as well as staff, in accordance with Indiana law.
Reporting: In an effort to maintain an orderly and safe environment, students and parents/guardians can report incidents to the anonymous reporting platform located on the district website homepage.
The entire School Board policy (10000-49) can be found on the district website, www.wws.k12.in.us, under School Board/Policy Information.
- We will not bully others.
- We will help students who are bullied.
- We will include students who are being left out.
- If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will immediately tell an adult.
Disciplinary actions for a student found to have engaged in bullying behavior will be handled in the following manner:
1st and 2nd offense: Warning Conference with School Staff
3rd offense: Guidance Counselor Intervention
4th offense: Referral to the Assistant Principal
Continued offenses: Referral to the Assistant Principal and possible suspension
Severity of consequences may be altered at the discretion of school administration due to the nature and level of bullying.
Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) (Policy 10000-50)
- WWS recognizes its responsibility to educate students regarding appropriate behavior on social networking and chat room sites about cyberbullying. Therefore, students shall be provided instruction about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking sites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.
- The Superintendent or designee shall provide age-appropriate instruction regarding safe and appropriate behavior on social networking sites, chat rooms, and other internet services. Such instruction shall include, but not be limited to, the dangers of posting personal information online, misrepresentation by online predators, how to report inappropriate or offensive content or threats, behaviors that constitute cyberbullying, and how to respond when subjected to cyberbullying.
Criminal Organizations (Policy 10000-52)
Criminal organizations are prohibited by Westfield Washington Schools. Students who commit any acts of criminal organization and criminal organization activity, or reprisal, or retaliation against an individual who reports suspected criminal organization activity are subject to discipline.
Definition: “Criminal Organizations” means a group with at least three (3) members that specifically:
- promotes, sponsors, or assists in; or
- participates in; or
- requires as a condition of membership or continued membership; the commission of a felony or an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult or the offense of battery.
Definition: “Criminal Organization Activity” involves a student who knowingly or intentionally actively participates in a criminal organization, or a student who knowingly or intentionally solicits, recruits, entices, or intimidates another individual to join a criminal organization.
Applicability: The Board of School Trustees of Westfield Washington Schools prohibits criminal organization activity and similar destructive or illegal group behavior on school property, on school buses, and/or at school-sponsored functions and prohibits reprisal or retaliation against individuals who report criminal organization activity and similar destructive or illegal group behavior or who are victims, witnesses, bystanders, or other people with reliable information about an act of criminal organization activity and similar destructive or illegal group behavior.
Education: Westfield Washington Schools will provide training and/or instruction on criminal organization activity and policy to all students in grades 1-12, as well as staff, in accordance with Indiana law.
Reporting: In an effort to maintain an orderly and safe environment, students and parents/guardians can report incidents to the anonymous reporting platform located on the district website homepage.
The entire School Board policy (10000-52) can be found on the district website, www.wws.k12.in.us, under School Board/Policy Information.
Drug/Alcohol Policy (10000-36)
As referenced in Policy 10000-36, students who are in possession of drugs and/or paraphernalia and/or who have items that a reasonable person could judge to be used in the sale of drugs or paraphernalia or who exhibit behavior which lead school authorities to have reasonable suspicion to suspect the student is under the influence of a controlled substance will be subject to the drug/discipline policy and will be dealt with accordingly. Furthermore, the school may subject items in said student’s possession to a test to determine if those items contain drugs or alcohol.
The school administration may also require a drug/alcohol screen to be immediately administered at the school corporation’s expense. If the test is positive, all future drug tests will be done at the parent’s/guardian’s or student’s expense. Factors which the administration will consider may include, but are not limited to:
- Odor of alcohol/marijuana/smoke;
- Glassy, dilated, bloodshot eyes, or dark circles under eyes;
- Appears dazed, giddy;
- Staggering walk;
- Slurred or rapid speech;
- Incoherent thought processes;
- Disruptive, aggressive, physically threatening, out of control, or unusual behavior;
- Bragging or talking to other students about alcohol or drug use;
- Noticeable withdrawal from favorite activities and friends;
- Physical indicators from an objective assessment by the school nurse or;
- Possession of, use, or transporting drug paraphernalia or items used to weigh or sell drugs or drug paraphernalia.
Refusal to submit to a drug test will be considered an admission of being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. This is a violation of school rules and will be dealt with according to the student discipline policy. The administration will make a reasonable attempt to apprise the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the situation.
In addition, in an effort to promote a drug-free campus and to protect the safety and health of the school’s faculty, staff and students, Westfield Middle School periodically requests the Westfield Police Department to conduct random searches of student lockers. This is done through a modified internal lockdown while students are safely in class. The School Board authorizes the use of specially-trained dogs to locate and detect the presence of weapons and prohibited drugs on school property as directed by the administration. Westfield Middle School treats this type of search as a community partnership with Hamilton County and Westfield law enforcement. Canine searches are treated as a safety drill and there will not be any prior or concluding communication with students, staff, or parents about the drill. This is done to protect the safety of students, staff, law enforcement officials, and canine law enforcement animals.
If a canine indicates a locker, the school administration may conduct searches of individuals on the basis of ‘reasonable suspicion’. Administration will meet with the implicated student to more fully investigate the situation. This may include, but is not limited to, a more thorough search of the student’s person or belongings, a nurse evaluation of substance-induced symptoms present, and a drug screen. Parents will be notified in a timely manner regarding the investigation. Any search conducted by the administration shall be conducted in accordance with School Board policy, this Student Handbook, and applicable law.
Possession or consumption/use of, or sale or supplying of, alcohol or drugs by a student is an expellable offense.
Firearms, Deadly Weapons, and Destructive Devices (Policy 13000-05)
No student shall possess, handle or transmit any firearm, deadly weapon or destructive device on school property, on a school bus, or WWS events even if held outside school property.
No student shall possess any object which is either intended, or may in fact be used as, or looks like a weapon or other instrumentality which could cause harm to any other person on school property, on a school bus, or WWS events even if held outside school property. Such objects include, but are not necessarily limited to, knives, batons, night sticks, brass knuckles, bombs, fireworks, electronic stun weapons, tasers, stun guns, or chemicals.
Anyone who has reason to believe that any individual is violating the law or this policy shall immediately report the alleged violation to an administrator or law enforcement officer.
“Firearm” is any weapon that is capable of expelling, designed to expel, or may readily be converted to expel, a projectile by means of explosion.
“Ammunition” means fixed cartridge ammunition; shotgun shells; the individual components of fixed cartridge ammunition and shotgun shells; projectiles for muzzle loading firearms; and any propellant used in a firearm or in firearm ammunition.
“Knife” is an instrument that consists of a sharp edged or sharp pointed blade capable of inflicting cutting, stabbing, or tearing wounds; and is intended to be used as a weapon. The term includes a dagger, dirk, poniard, stiletto, switchblade knife, or gravity knife.
In addition to being subjected to criminal charges, any student who violates this policy shall be subject to expulsion or suspension.
It is important that students be aware of their legal rights and responsibilities. The Student Due Process Code (IC 20-33-8), enacted and amended by the General Assembly of Indiana, outlines in detail the procedures to be followed when either suspension or expulsion is utilized as a disciplinary measure. Once due process is initiated, a student will not be permitted to withdraw from school to avoid disciplinary action except in Policy 10000-05, Student Behavior, Rights, and Discipline. Due process procedures begin at the time a student is questioned in relation to an incident.
In August 2006 the School Board instituted a practice not to hear student due process appeals for expulsion.
Legal Settlement (IC 20-33-8-17) (Policy 10000-03)
A student may be expelled from school if the student’s legal settlement is not in the attendance area of the school corporation where the student is enrolled. Expulsion will not be undertaken if the student voluntarily is withdrawn by the parents/guardians within five calendar days of discovery.
Grounds for Suspension or Expulsion
Grounds for suspension or expulsion are student misconduct and/or substantial disobedience. Examples of student misconduct and/or substantial disobedience for which a student may be suspended or expelled include, but are not limited to:
- Using violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, or other comparable conduct constituting an interference with school purposes, or urging other students to engage in such conduct. The following enumeration is only illustrative and not limited to the type of conduct prohibited by this rule:
- Occupying any school building, school grounds, or part thereof with intent to deprive others of its use.
- Blocking the entrance or exits of any school building or corridor or room therein with intent to deprive others of lawful access to or from, or use of the building, corridor, or room.
- Setting fire to or substantially damaging any school building or property or lighting a fire on school property.
- Possession of matches, lighter, or anything that could be used to start a fire.
- Prevention of or attempting to prevent by physical act the convening or continued function of any school or education function, or of any meeting or assembly on school property.
- Continuously and intentionally making noise or acting in any manner so as to interfere seriously with the ability of any teacher or any of the other school personnel to conduct the education function under their supervision.
- Causing or attempting to cause damage to school property, stealing or attempting to steal school property.
- Causing or attempting to cause damage to private property, stealing or attempting to steal private property.
- Intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical injury or intentionally behaving in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to any person. Self-defense or reasonable action undertaken on the reasonable belief that it was necessary to protect oneself or some other person does not, however, constitute a violation of this rule.
- Threatening or intimidating any student for any purpose including obtaining money or anything of value from the student or hazing of other students.
- Possessing, handling, or transmitting a knife or any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon, or represented to be a weapon. A weapon is defined as any object, mechanism or air gun that could be used to inflict physical harm to another person. This is punishable by up to one year expulsion.
- Possessing, using, transmitting, or being under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, spice, alcoholic beverage, tobacco products including electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, or intoxicants of any kind. Use of drug(s) authorized by a medical prescription from a physician for the person in possession of the drug is not a violation of this rule.
- Engaging in the unlawful selling or supplying of a controlled substance or engaging in a criminal law violation that constitutes a danger to other students or constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.
- Possession of, use, or transmitting drug paraphernalia.
- Failing in a substantial number of instances to comply with directions of teachers or other school personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under their supervision, where the failure constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.
- Engaging in any activity forbidden by the laws of Indiana that constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.
- Violating or repeatedly violating any rules that are reasonably necessary in carrying out school purposes or an educational function and are established in accordance with Indiana law, including, but not limited to:
- engaging in sexual behavior on school property;
- disobedience of administrative authority;
- willful absence or tardiness of students;
- possessing, using, or transmitting any substance which is represented to be or looks like a narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, spice, alcoholic beverage, stimulant, depressant, or intoxicant of any kind;
- possessing, using, transmitting or being under the influence of caffeine-based substances, substances containing phenylpropanolamine (PPA), or stimulants of any kind, be they available with or without a prescription;
- engaging in speech or conduct, including clothing, jewelry, or hairstyle, which is profane, indecent, lewd, vulgar, or offensive to school purposes or that advocates any illegal activity.
- Using school or personal electronic devices in an inappropriate manner, this includes, but is not limited to, utilizing them for cheating purposes or for the purpose of harassing, bullying or bringing harm to others.
- Possessing a firearm.
- No student shall possess, handle, or transmit any firearm on school property.
- The following devices are considered to be a firearm under this rule:
- any weapon that will, or is designed to, or may readily be converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or compressed air;
- the frame or receiver of any weapon described above;
- any firearm muffler or firearm silencer;
- any destructive device which is an explosive, incendiary, or poison gas bomb, grenade, rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, mine, or any similar device;
- any weapon that will, or that may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other repellent, and that has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter;
- any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described in the two immediately preceding examples, and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled;
- an antique firearm;
- a rifle or a shotgun which the owner intends to use solely for sporting, recreational, or cultural purposes.
- Weapon - up to one year expulsion
- The penalty for possession of a firearm: suspension up to 10 (ten) days and expulsion from school for at least one calendar year with the return of the student to be at the beginning of the first trimester after the one-year period. The length of the expulsion may be reduced by the superintendent if the circumstances warrant such reduction.
- The superintendent shall notify the county prosecuting attorney’s office when a student is expelled under this rule.
In addition to the grounds listed above for expulsion or suspension, a student may be suspended or expelled for engaging in unlawful activity on or off school grounds if the unlawful activity may reasonably be considered to be an interference with school purposes or an educational function or the student’s removal is necessary to restore order or protect persons on school property. This includes any unlawful activity meeting the above criteria which takes place during weekends, holidays, or other school breaks and functions.
Suspension, expulsion, and student discipline are governed by IC 20-33-8 and Westfield Washington Schools policies and procedures are in compliance with that statute.
Non-Discrimination & Anti-Harassment (Policy 13000-01)
WWS does not discriminate on the basis of a protected class including but not limited to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, ancestry, or sex, in its programs or activities. WWS strictly adheres to all non-discrimination and anti-harassment laws and does not tolerate acts of harassment.
WWS is committed to providing a safe environment in which students can learn. WWS shall maintain a nondiscriminatory environment protecting students from discrimination and harassment.
Harassment or discrimination of students, staff members, and guests is prohibited at all academic, extra-curricular, and school-sponsored activities. Behavior prohibited by this policy also includes conduct in any school program or activity taking place in school facilities, on school transportation, or any off campus conduct that has a continuing effect on campus or in a school program or activity. WWS prohibits discrimination and harassment through a computer, computer system, or computer network.
Harassment and discrimination may take many forms, including: verbal acts and name-calling; graphic and written statements; sexual violence or unwanted sexual contact; or other conduct that may be harmful, humiliating, or physically threatening. Harassment and discrimination do not have to include intent to harm, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated incidents, but may be present in peer-to-peer, staff-to-staff, staff-to-student, or student-to-staff interactions. Harassment and discrimination may be any act, speech, or gesture sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit the ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities provided by WWS.
Anyone who believes that a student or staff member has possibly been the target of discrimination or harassment is encouraged to immediately report the situation to an appropriate staff member such as a teacher, counselor, administrator, or appropriate coordinator based on the form of harassment or discrimination. Inquiries regarding compliance with and information concerning the complaint procedure with respect to Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, or non-discrimination should be directed to the corresponding coordinator at Westfield Washington Schools, 1143 East 181st Street, Westfield, IN 46074.
The entire School Board policy (13000-01), including coordinator contact information, can be found on the district website, www.wws.k12.in.us, under School Board/Policy Information.
Parents/Guardians are requested to discuss School Bus Expectations with their students. Bus expectations are designed to provide maximum safety and comfort to all students. Parent/Guardian cooperation and support is needed so that quality transportation can be provided. School bus drivers will ensure that the following regulations are observed.
- Be careful when approaching bus stops. In areas where there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the roadway facing oncoming traffic. Always cross the street in front of the bus, once the driver signals, when boarding and unloading.
- Avoid standing or playing on the roadway while waiting for the bus. Never chase after the bus.
- Do not damage or destroy property near bus stops.
- Help keep the bus on schedule. Please allow for a five-minute window on the scheduled stop time. Circumstances that necessitate this could be weather, traffic, etc. Please arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes early.
- No student will enter or leave the bus until it has come to a complete stop and the door has been opened by the driver. Take your turn and avoid pushing when entering or leaving the bus.
- Be seated promptly, sit two or three to a seat, and be careful not to block the aisles. Remain seated until the bus stops. Students may be assigned seats at the discretion of the driver. No one is permitted to save seats. Students are not to stand or move about while on the bus.
- Loud, boisterous, profane language or indecent conduct will not be tolerated.
- Windows will not be opened or closed except by permission of the driver.
- Students should be waiting at the designated stop 5 minutes prior to the time the bus is scheduled to arrive. This does not mean the student leaves the residence when he/she sees the bus coming. If the student is not going to ride in the morning, please notify the Transportation Office.
- The driver has full authority of the bus while students are being transported. For misconduct, the driver, upon notifying the parent/guardian, may suspend a student from riding for one day. The building administrator may recommend a three or five-day suspension from riding. Further misconduct will result in the riding privilege being revoked for the remainder of the trimester.
- Students are not permitted to eat or drink on the bus without permission from the bus driver. Bottles and cans are prohibited.
- Mutilation of seats or written obscenities on any part of the bus will be sufficient grounds to deny bus privileges to the offender in addition to the offender paying for any damages.
- As a safety precaution, students will not be permitted to leave the bus until supervision is available in the building. After boarding the bus, a student is not permitted to leave the bus until the bus gets to the student’s designated stop or to the school.
- The aisle of the school bus must be kept free of objects that could obstruct an emergency evacuation of the bus. Any large object that cannot be held on the student’s lap or safely placed on the floor in the space under the seat immediately in front of the student is not permitted on the school bus.
Bus stops are placed in a location that is best for all riders. Door to door service is only provided to Special Needs students or specific circumstances related to the unique needs of a student.
All students must ride their assigned bus to and from school. Riding another bus is only permitted in emergency situations. In an emergency situation, a parent may contact their child's school to request that their child ride home with another student. Notes must be provided from each student's parents. The principal will check with Transportation to ensure there is enough room on that bus that day before determining whether the request will be granted. The driver and parents will then be notified. The school bus should not be used as transportation for parties or sleepovers. Parents are responsible for transporting students to events of this nature.
Please let the bus driver know of any special health problems your student might have.
School bus transportation is a privilege and not a right. The bus driver is the sole authority on the bus while students are being transported. It is important that each student cooperate with the bus driver and practice safe bus riding habits at all times.
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to help in the supervision of the bus stops since the school is unable to provide supervision. Students should not arrive at the bus stops extremely early because of the lack of supervision.
Bus Stop Change Requests
Bus stop change requests must be submitted at least 5 days before the requested date of change.
Bus stop changes must be a permanent, every day change. A student may have a different pick up and drop off locations, but they must be the same all week. Transportation cannot accommodate intermittent or every other day requests.
Bus stop change requests must be within the boundaries of the attending school.
Statement of Philosophy
Westfield Middle School believes that the program of student athletics is a vital part of the educational development of the student and functions as an integral part of the total curriculum. Participation in the athletic program is a privilege that carries with it responsibilities to the school, to the athletic program, to the community, and to the participants themselves.
Lessons in sportsmanship, teamwork, competition, and how to win and lose gracefully are an integral part of each team. The athletic program offers opportunities to assist in the development of fellowship and good will, to promote self-realization, all-around growth, and to encourage learning the qualities of good citizenship.
Statement of Objectives
In order to provide a positive image of school athletics at Westfield Middle School, the athletic program will endeavor to provide opportunities for:
- Physical, mental, and emotional growth and development.
- Acquisition and development of special skills.
- Team play with the development of such commitments as loyalty, cooperation, self-sacrifice, fair play, and other positive social traits.
- Directed leadership and supervision that stresses self-discipline, self-motivation, excellence, and the ideals of good sportsmanship that make for winning and losing graciously.
- The development of lasting friendships with both teammates and opponents.
- The development of habits of health, sanitation, and safety.
- A focus of interest on the athletic program for the student body, faculty and community that will generate a feeling of unity.
- Provisions for worthy use of leisure time both for the present and the future, either as a participant or spectator.
Westfield Middle School presently offers 22 athletic teams. Teams include participants in grades 7 and 8 unless otherwise specified. The list is as follows:
6th, 7th & 8th grade boys cross country
6th, 7th & 8th grade girls cross country
7th & 8th grade boys football
7th & 8th grade girls volleyball
7th & 8th grade boys and girls basketball
6th, 7th & 8th grade boys and girls swimming & diving
7th & 8th grade girls cheerleading
6th, 7th & 8th grade wrestling
7th & 8th grade boys and girls golf
7th & 8th grade boys baseball
7th & 8th grade girls softball
7th & 8th grade boys and girls tennis
7th & 8th Track and Field
Duties of Coaches
- Operate programs within the philosophy of the school.
- Maintain good public relations within the school, community, and other schools involved.
- Provide leadership in setting high standards for the athletes involved concerning training rules, school citizenship, academic achievement, and sportsmanship.
- Establish written rules and guidelines with reasonable consequences for participation, dates and times for practice, a bus schedule, and a schedule of events.
- These are to be given to each athlete for his/her signature and his/her parent and/or guardian's signature. Athletes will not be allowed to participate until the signature sheet is turned in to the coach.
- Be sure that athletes have all required forms properly completed and turned in, as he/she will not be allowed to practice or compete until this is done. Coaches are to collect forms and turn them in to the Athletic Director.
- Treat opponents as guests at home contests, be courteous, and respect the wishes of the host school when at away contests.
- Be fully aware of legal responsibilities of your activities, taking precautions against negligence.
- Be adequately prepared with the knowledge of the sport.
- Work cooperatively with the middle school Athletic Director, the other coaches, and the administration.
- Work cooperatively with, assist, and be loyal to the varsity head coach.
- If responsible for assistant coaches, assign each their specific duties, convey all information and materials to them, and be loyal to them.
- If an assistant, work cooperatively with, assist and be loyal to the head coach.
- Make maximum use of practice time and have a detailed plan for each practice.
- Properly supervise all athletes and managers before, during and after practice, or an athletic event.
- Properly supervise all athletes and managers during bus trips.
- Report injuries that require a doctor's treatment to the Athletic Director.
- Administer game details for home and away contests.
- Properly supervise the facilities that are being used including locker rooms.
- Properly supervise the care, issuing, and collecting of equipment and uniforms.
- Be aware of problems in equipment and facilities and make them known to the Athletic Director.
- Properly inventory and put away all equipment and uniforms at the end of the season.
- Present a list of awards, award winners, inventory, equipment and uniform needs to the Athletic Director at the end of the season.
- Any and all other duties assigned by the administration that is related to the sport of which the coach is responsible.
- Additional Cheer Coach Responsibilities:
- Establish and maintain a Cheerleader Handbook.
- Organize and administer yearly cheerleader spring tryouts.
- Organize and administer cheerleader attendance at an established summer camp. This includes organizing transportation and proper supervision.
Coaches are to work in a spirit of cooperation with each other and with other school sponsored activities. If conflicts arise that involve an academic activity (e.g. band, choir, and science fair), the academic activity will take precedence.
An athlete may not reach their 16th birthday on or before the last competition date or the beginning date of the county tournament of the sport in which they wish to participate.
Change of Schools
An athlete must be eligible in the school from which they transfer. The athlete must have been a member of the same sport in the school from which they transfer if our team requires a limit to the number of participants and there is still room for additional participants. There must be at least 50% of the season remaining.
Completion of Required Forms
To participate in Middle School athletics athletes must have a Shamrock Card to give to their coach on the 1st day of practice/tryout. You receive the Shamrock Card by turning the following forms to the athletic office prior to the 1st practice/tryout: IHSAA Physical Form (dated after May 1), Riverview HIPPA Form, Emergency Information Form, and the Concussion/Cardiac Arrest/Handbook Release Form.
Students at Westfield Middle School are expected to act in such a manner as to maintain the high expectations held for their behavior by the community. Westfield Washington Schools will treat bullying/hazing as it does intimidation and harassment. Students guilty of bullying/hazing will face the entire gamut of disciplinary actions available to the school including suspension and expulsion.
After school detention and lunch detentions may result in loss of playing or limited playing time. Excessive detentions could result in dismissal from the team. If a student receives a Thursday School they will miss one athletic contest. Multiple Thursday Schools may result in dismissal from the team.
When applicable, IHSAA rules will be followed.
An athlete, if Suspended or Expelled from school, will be ineligible for participation until the term of the Suspension or Expulsion has expired. The following consequences will be used for Suspensions or Expulsions from school:
- 1st and 2nd suspension from school: Suspension from participation in two contests (tournaments count as 1 contest) after the term of the suspension has expired.
- 3rd suspension from school: Suspension from athletic participation for 45 school days after the term of the suspension has expired.
- 4th suspension from school and thereafter: Suspension from athletic participation for 180 school days after the term of the suspension has expired.
- 1st expulsion from school: Suspension from athletic participation for 45 school days after the term of the expulsion has expired.
- 2nd expulsion from school and thereafter: Suspension from athletic participation for 180 school days after the term of the expulsion has expired.
Athletes must be enrolled in grade seven or eight at Westfield Middle School. Sixth graders may participate in cross country, wrestling and swimming. If special placement requires an athlete to attend another school or attend Westfield Middle School from another school, the athlete may participate at either school.
Eligibility will be checked every 4.5 weeks. A student who is failing more than one class is ineligible for the rest of the quarter.
Athletes at Westfield Middle School may not participate in contests designated for grade nine and above. Athletes must have completed 10 separate days of organized practice before they are eligible to participate in athletic contests. Athletes, who have successfully completed a sport and are within at least one week of beginning another sport, must have completed 5 separate days of organized practice before they are eligible to participate in athletic contests.
An athlete must attend school the day of a game or contest. This means that the athlete must be at school by 12:00 p.m. If an athlete leaves school ill after 12:00 p.m. they may not participate in contests or practice that evening. This rule does not apply to those individuals who have a prearranged excuse from their parent/guardian to leave school. Any exception to this rule must have prior approval of the Athletic Director or Principal.
If a student does not participate in PE classes, he/she will not be able to participate in athletic activities that evening.
Unauthorized Possession of School Owned Equipment
No athlete shall have in his/her possession any school owned equipment from this school or any other school, athletic department or otherwise, other than that which is to be worn or used for practice, games, or meets. The athlete will be on indefinite suspension until the equipment is returned in good condition or replaced if the equipment is lost, stolen, or damaged. This policy will carry over from Westfield Middle School to Westfield High School.
Violations Involving Tobacco/Harmful Inhalants/Drugs/Alcohol/Court Substantiated Criminal Acts/Arrests
The following consequences will be used for the above stated violations:
- On the first offense, an athlete will have to join a counseling/rehabilitation program. In addition, the athlete will miss 20% of his/her season.
- On the second offense, the athlete will be ineligible for one (1) year.
- On the third offense, the athlete will be permanently suspended from WMS athletics.
GENERAL ATHLETIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
To receive an award, an athlete must successfully complete the sport of participation. This includes turning in to the coach all school issued equipment in good condition and/or paying replacement costs of any lost, stolen, or damaged school equipment.
Each athlete will receive a participation certificate. Each sport will be allowed to hand out individual award certificates determined by the coach. Special awards may be allowed for tournament champions and/or undefeated seasons if special awards have not already been provided.
Athletic Facilities Usage
At no time is it permissible for individuals or groups to use athletic facilities without authorized supervision or permission, or while teams are having an official practice session. Athletes and coaches using athletic facilities for practice will refrain from using equipment not specifically for their sport.
Westfield Middle School does not provide athletic insurance. All medical expenses will be assumed by the parents/guardians. Athletes may obtain applications for supplemental insurance from the main office; however, Westfield Middle School is not an agent for any insurance company.
Attendance of Practice
Athletes are responsible for being present at all set meetings or practice sessions unless excused by the coach prior to the practice or meeting. A medical statement or excuse does not excuse an athlete from attending all meetings or practices if physically able.
All athletes are to ride to and from the contest site on school approved transportation. Any exception must first be cleared with the coach in charge by the parent/guardian in person.
Cell Phones and Cameras
The use of cameras or cell phones (whether it has a built in camera or not), may not be used inside a locker room or offices in the locker room for any purpose. This means no texting, no calling and no pictures. This rule applies to all players, managers, and coaches (coaches may use a cell phone outside the locker rooms only). No other exceptions are permitted. Should an athlete receive a call or text while in the locker room, the athlete should take their backpack, book bag, gym bag, etc., which contains the phone out to the hall before removing the phone. Cameras and cell phones may not be in use or out in view in the locker room for any reason at any time.
Any violation of this rule will result in immediate discipline, which could include dismissal from the team. If a photograph is taken, the matter will be turned over to the legal authorities for possible prosecution.
Athletes will be allowed to transfer from one sport to another during a given season only upon mutual agreement of both coaches and the approval of the Athletic Director. There must be room for additional participants and at least 50% of the season remaining.
Athletes will not be able to quit a team during a season then attempt to join another team that is currently in that same season. If an athlete quits or is dismissed from the team, they will not be able to join another sport until the next season.
Cheerleaders will abide by the guidelines established within this handbook and also the guidelines established within the Cheerleader Handbook. In the case of overlapping guidelines, the more stringent guideline will be followed.
Dropping a Sport
An athlete is to notify the coach immediately in person. An athlete should be responsible enough to face the coach and explain to him/her the reasons for quitting. The athlete is to turn in all school equipment that has been issued and pay replacement cost of any lost, stolen, or damaged equipment. The athlete is responsible for all school equipment issued to him/her. All awards that would have been earned had he/she completed the season will be forfeited. An athlete who quits a squad during the season will not be allowed to join another sport until the above responsibilities are fulfilled.
Equipment Storage Rooms
All athletic equipment will be stored in and issued from the equipment rooms of each respective sport. At no time are there to be unauthorized personnel in these rooms. Authorized personnel are defined as school employees, athletic staff and certain specified student managers with athletic staff supervision.
Horseplay will not be tolerated at any time. Athletes must maintain clean locker, room habits, keeping their bodies as well as their athletic equipment clean. All athletes are to be properly attired before leaving the locker room.
Profane language will not be tolerated at any time. Since athletes represent their school and community, they should be neatly groomed and properly dressed at all times. They should endeavor to set a positive example of behavior both during and outside of school. Athletes are to develop good study habits and work to their maximum scholastically.
Individual Athletic Team Rules
Coaches are responsible for having specific written rules, guidelines, and procedures for each athlete in their particular sport. These are to be cleared by the Athletic Director.
Injuries and Training Facilities
The coach is to know the health status of their athletes at all times. Athletes are to keep their coach immediately informed of any injuries that have occurred, treatment outside of school, and any recurring injuries. Be sure that all injuries are given proper attention.
All school first aid materials are to remain in the proper storage area or in the first aid kits under the direction of the trainer, student trainer, or coach at practices or contests. At no time is there to be first aid materials in an athlete's locker. All treatments and rehabilitation procedures are to be designated by the athlete's doctor, sports medicine doctors, or sports medicine trainers.
Boys are not allowed to participate on any girls teams. Where similar programs are available for both boys and girls, girls may not participate on the boys teams. Athletes may not participate in more than one school sport per season of those that are occurring simultaneously (e.g. boys cross country and football, girls cross country and girls volleyball, boys basketball and boys swimming, boys track and golf, girls track and golf, cheerleading and all fall and winter sports).
Athletes may participate in more than one sport per season of those who’s ending and starting times overlap (e.g. boys’ basketball and wrestling, boys swimming and wrestling, girls swimming and girls’ basketball). Coaches involved are to mutually work out practice and contest conflicts. As a general rule, if practice interferes with a contest, the contest takes precedence. If two contests conflict, the sport in which the athlete was first participating takes precedence. If practices conflict, the sport in which the athlete was first participating takes precedence unless coaches come to a mutual agreement.
Payment for Medical Assistance
All expenses for medical assistance will be assumed by the parents/guardians.
By participating in athletics at Westfield Middle School, the athlete’s name, grade and photo will appear on the team roster and in programs distributed at sporting events. Some rosters will be found online. In wrestling, the athlete’s weight will be listed.
All sports are covered by the local news media and results of contests are printed along with athlete’s names and photos.
Good sportsmanship will be encouraged both in victory and defeat. There must be respect for constituted authority both on and off the field of play. Foul and/or abusive language and fighting will not be tolerated at any time.
Coaches will be expected to address violation of sportsmanship within their guidelines for their teams. If the athlete and/or parent/guardian are uncooperative in this matter, the situation will be reviewed by the coach, Athletic Director and parent/guardian to determine whether the athlete will continue to participate.
Athletes must be supervised at all times while under the jurisdiction of a coach. This includes while in the locker room, on the field of play, and on the bus as it travels to and from the contest site. At athletic contests, in the absence of the principal or athletic director, the coach is the acting authority for the school system.