Pink hair is
allowed at Duneland Schools, unless it attracts too much attention and
creates a disruption in the classroom.
hair dyes are one of a few items banned in the newest revisions of the
Duneland Student Handbooks for elementary, intermediate/middle and high
The Duneland School
Board heard the new policies at its meeting Monday where they unanimously
approved changes and conceptual language.
such as cakes are being advised against in elementary schools because of
nutrition and allergy concerns, as advised by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture Food and Nutrition program.
Principal Linda Rugg said the schools are recommending non-food items be
brought in instead, like stickers and pencils, or “safe treats” if it is a
In addition, Rugg
said there will be adjustments to the attendance policy for the elementary
schools. A district attendance officer will notify parents of students who
have up to five unexcused absences during a semester and inspect cases where
there are more than 10 absences.
will now be given to 5th grade students, Rugg added.
The handbook will
also include local criteria for students to be accepted into the High
Ability educational programs and how it progresses from grade to grade.
School Principal Mike Megyesi said the handbook for the middle school will
include the state’s rules for bullying and what is identified as harassing,
intimidating or ridiculing behavior.
middle/intermediate schools are also updating its attendance policies.
Letters will go to parents of students who have missed a number of days to
open the lines of communication.
There will be a
change in the student sign out policy stating students can only go home with
an adult who is designated on the student’s personal file. He or she must
have proper ID.
The middle school
will also have a social media policy.
CHS Principal Jeff
Van Drie said the high school will include the breathalyzer policy in its
handbook, requiring it for entry into the CHS prom, homecoming, winter dance
and senior banquet.
The policy was
piloted last year and Van Drie stated “we’ve had a lot of success with it.”
Last weekend’s prom saw 580 kids tested before entering the dance and the
process still moved quickly.
If a attendee
tested positive for alcohol, they would step into a private area where a law
enforcement officer would administer another test.
“In the five times
we’ve had (the breathalyzers), we haven’t had to do that. So far so good,”
Van Drie said.
Superintendent of Instruction Jim Goetz, who was CHS principal at the time
the program was piloted, said a few students had thanked the administration
for taking pre-cautions.
Vice-President Kristin Kroeger said she would suggest that rules of
reasonable suspicion apply during the events in case alcohol is snuck in, so
a student under suspicion could be breathalyzed.
principal Josh Huwig said the handbook for the high school will also require
that visitors show a photo ID before entering the building, updating the
language in the section prohibiting the use of steroids and other
performance enhancing drugs in sports, and a change to the detention policy.
Students with three
tardies will face an hour of detention. If the student misses detention up
to three times, he or she will serve an in-school suspension.
Huwig said the CHS
handbook will also include the state’s guidelines on bullying and said he
would consider Kroeger’s suggestion to expand the social media policy to all
The handbook will
continue to be used as a hall pass, he said answering an inquiry from School
Board President Ralph Ayres.
The discussion at
times turned to how the administration will get the handbooks into the hands
of parents, given that student registration can be done online by the parent
without having to travel to the school.
“I don’t know how
they are going to advise what’s in the handbook if (the parents) don’t
receive it,” said board member John Marshall.
Rugg said there are
still many reasons parents will visit the school such as to tour the
classrooms, meet teachers and sign up for classrooms.
“We do try to get
them to come in as much as possible,” Rugg said.
distributed at high school registration but there is no requirement that
parent sign for it, Assistant Superintendent Monte Moffett said.
Kroeger suggested a
.pdf file of the handbook be available with online registration. Moffett
said the board could approve that if it so desires but an electronic format
has not yet been made, so parents will be encouraged to speak with the
administrators in person.
Also at the
meeting, Rugg gave the board a presentation on the Response to Intervention
(RtI) program that was piloted at Jackson Elementary in 2007 before it was
eventually mandated a year later.
All students are
assessed in the program and categorized into three tiers. Tier 1 includes
the top 80 percent of highest performing students, Tier 2 the next 15
percent and Tier 3 includes the bottom five percent.
evaluated in Reading, Math and Behavior.
Tier 2 students
meet with instructors in the RtI room for two or three days a week while
Tier 3 students meet every day.
Students in Tier 3
are monitored to see if they require special education.
The school hosts an
information meeting once a year for parents who are interested in finding
out more about the program.