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Congratulations Cope Area Career Center!   Winner of Palmetto Gold Award 2014-15.   Award Winning Career and Technology Education Five Years in a Row.   Consistently Proud!
Cope Area Career Center provides quality Career and Technology Education programs to students attending Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School, Branchville High School, Denmark-Olar High School, Edisto High School and Hunter-Kinard Tyler High School. The programs we offer are open to all students and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability.
 

Cope Area Career Center Student Handbook


2017-18


THE MISSION…
 
of Cope Area Career Center is to provide quality education that safely ensures all learners acquire the knowledge, skills, technology, and character necessary to be college and career ready  in today’s global society.
 
VISION STATEMENT…
 
of Cope Area Career Center is to produce and place successful lifelong learners into the workforce, military or postsecondary education, who are confident, competent, contributing members of society.
 
WE BELIEVE…
 
Student learning is the chief priority of our school.
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All students can learn and that they learn in many different ways.
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A rigorous, relevant competency-based curriculum is organized around career clusters.
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Character education contributes to a positive learning environment for all.
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Parental involvement, awareness, and support have a positive effect on student achievement.
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Students develop leadership and a sense of belonging by participating in student organizations and competitions.
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Job shadowing and cooperative learning are integral parts of Career and Technology Education.
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Equal opportunities for all students exist across our curriculum.
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Certification raises level of achievement and increases employment opportunities.
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A seamless transition from secondary to post-secondary education is vital to student success.
COPE AREA CAREER CENTER  
Award Winning Excellence
 
Cope Area Career Center offers classes that incorporate exciting hands-on learning, innovative technology and technical skills, and academics in specialized areas that prepare students for four-year universities, two-year technical colleges, military, and other rewarding career areas.  The South Carolina Governor’s Workforce Education Task Force predicts over the next ten years more than 65% of all jobs will require an associate’s degree or specialized advanced training. 
 
Cope Area Career Center prepares students for their future and your future career can start here, whether your plans are in the medical field, business, public safety, manufacturing, construction, or owning your own business as a cosmetologist.  We have a class to meet your needs.
 
1. ADMISSIONS POLICY
Cope Career Center offers equal opportunity in its admissions and educational activities in compliance with civil rights laws, including Title VI and Title IX of the Educational Amendments, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended to all students of the participating schools.
 
All Career and Technology programs provided for students at the Center are open to all students, regardless of race, sex, disability, or national origin.  Students are selected for CATE programs based upon program standards, industry standards, student interest, and federal standards.
 
2. FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS AND STANDARDS FOR CAREER CENTERS
The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Act of 2008 (Perkins VI) requires each state to meet accountability standards that address the core indicators for student achievement outlined in the law. . New Federal requirements and standards for career centers will be determined for the 2015-2016 school term.
 
 
3. BELL SCHEDULE
               
                8:20 - 11:05                       AM Block
                11:55 - 2:45                       PM Block
 
Note:  Students from feeder schools may be released earlier 
           from CACC to satisfy individual school needs.
 
4. COUNSELING SERVICES
Counseling services are available to each student at Cope Area Career Center.  The guidance counselor will provide assistance to students that are having problems with grades, attendance, personal life, career decisions, and finding full and/or part-time employment.  Other concerns that the teacher or student deems necessary may be discussed.
 
Parents and students who wish to meet with the guidance counselor or director should make an appointment in advance.  A student who is in conference with the counselor or director during class time must provide a written pass to acquire entrance to his/her class.  Waiting without permission in the hope of having a conference is not considered a legitimate reason to miss class.
 
5. CONSULTATION PERIOD
All instructors are available from 7:35am to 8:05am and 2:45pm to 3:15pm for consultation with students and/or parents. Instructors are available for extra help and tutoring each Wednesday from 2:45 pm until 4:00 pm.
 
6. HIGH SCHOOL/CACC GRADING SCALE
 
        A             Excellent                               90 – 100
        B             Above Average                       80 – 89
        C             Average                                 70 – 79
        D             Below Average                       60 – 69
        F              Failing                                  59 – Below
        I              Incomplete – Needs Additional Work
 
A student making a “D” or “F” does not meet state and federal requirements; therefore, they must receive administrative approval for the next level course and may elect to re-take the course; however, the course must be taken no later than the next academic year.
A student wishing to add/withdraw from a course at Cope Area Career Center must do so within the first ten (10) days of the course.  A student withdrawing after the tenth day will receive a “WF”.   For the grading scale for dual enrollment courses, please refer to the course syllabus. Grades are submitted numerically and are not converted. 
 
7. COURSE INFORMATION
* It is recommended that all students purchase a Flash Drive for school use.
**All Level I students are required to complete a career research paper.
***All Level II students are required to complete a career portfolio before any WBL, job shadowing, and/or internship placements.
 
CAREER CLUSTER OF EDUCATION &TRAINING: 
Early Childhood Education I
Early Childhood Education I is designed to provide students with hands-on opportunities to actively explore and observe the world of preschool children.  This course provides an in-depth study of career paths, developmentally appropriate practices, curriculum development, safe and healthy learning environment, collaborate relationships, and professional employment skills.  This class meets for two periods for one semester.
 
Early Childhood Education II
Early Childhood Education II is an advanced study in working with young children.Students apply and build on skills acquired in Early Childhood Education I.Opportunities are provided to interact with professionals in the field, and experience is gained through various school-to-work activities.Students are required to complete five (5) hours of community service each nine (9) week grading period. Students will have the opportunity to earn national certification in First Aid, CPR, and Babysitting.Students will be expected to pay fees for certifications. This class meets for two periods for one semester.ECE II is offered for dual enrollment upon teacher recommendation.
 
Teacher Cadet
Teacher Cadet is designed for students who are interested in the teaching profession. Students are taught how to teach a class, interact with students, and handle various situations that teachers face on a daily basis. Students will participate in an internship at a nearby primary, elementary, middle, or high school. The course is offered through Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, Cope Area Career Center’s college partner. The credits earned through the course may be transferred to other colleges, most commonly as an elective credit. Students who are interested in Teacher Cadet must have a GPA of 3.0 and/or receive a recommendation from a Review Panel, be enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum, be recommended in writing by five instructors, submit an essay on why he/she wants to be in the class, be a senior, participate in an interview, and agree to adhere to the Teacher Cadet Discipline policy. A flash drive and a lab fee of $10 are required within the first week of class. This course is offered for dual enrollment only.
 
*All Early Childhood Education and Teacher Cadet students are required to join SkillsUSA. Membership fee is $15 and must be paid within the first two weeks of the enrolling semester.
 
CAREER CLUSTER OF HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY: 
Health Science 1
Health Science 1 is the first of four courses offered to students interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field. During this first course students are introduced to healthcare history, careers, law and ethics, cultural diversity, healthcare language and math, infection control, professionalism, communication, basics of the organization of healthcare facilities, and types of healthcare insurance. Students get a good grasp of where healthcare has been, where it’s going and how professionalism and personal characteristics impact their success. Students will be introduced to “Standard Precautions” and learn about confidentiality through HIPPA. As students are guided through healthcare career exploration, they will discuss education levels, and requirements needed to be successful. Students will participate in a career project, and will hear from guest speakers in the healthcare field. Students will learn first-aid procedures and learn fire safety. (Schools have the option to certify students in FA/CPR in this course, but not required at this level.) The skills and knowledge that students learn in Health Science 1 serve to prepare them for future clinical experiences such as job shadowing or internships as they advance in the Health Science courses. This course is recommended for students in grades 10-12.  There are no prerequisites required, however Medical Terminology is offered as a co- requisite. Students are required to complete ten (10) hours of community service each nine week (9) grading period. To advance to Health Science 2, it is recommended that students should have an 80% score or higher in Health Science 1 or teacher recommendation. This course is offered for dual enrollment.
 
Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology is designed to develop a working knowledge of the language of health professions.  Students acquire word-building skills by learning prefixes, suffixes, roots, combining forms and abbreviations.  Utilizing a body systems approach, the student will define, interpret, and pronounce medical terms relating to structure and function, pathology, diagnosis, clinical procedures, and pharmacology.  This course is recommended for students in grades 10-12.  There are no prerequisites required, however Health Science 1 is offered as a co- requisite. To advance to Health Science 2, it is recommended that students should have an 80% score or higher in Medical Terminology or teacher recommendation. This course is offered for dual enrollment.
 
Health Science 2
Health Science 2 applies the knowledge and skills that were learned in Health Science 1 while further challenging the students to learn more about the healthcare field. Health Science 2 will continue teaching in more detail, the units of study that include advanced study of infection control. They will learn about “Transmission Based Precautionsand become more familiar with OSHA, HIPPA, and the CDC. Students in Health Science 2 will learn how to take vital signs, record them and learn what the data means. Students will learn about the stages of life and Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. Students will learn how law and ethics are applied in the healthcare setting. This course will introduce students to basic patient care skills and medical terminology, medical math and pharmacology is incorporated throughout the lessons being taught. Students will be certified in CPR in this course. Career pathways and scenarios are introduced through each section. Students in this course should further their knowledge of healthcare careers and future goals by participating in a job shadowing/internship experience. This course is recommended for students in grades 11-12. The pre-requisites to this course are successful completion of Health Science 1 and Medical Terminology. Health Science 3 is offered as a co- requisite. Students are required to complete ten (10) hours of community service each nine week (9) grading period. This course provides a foundation for further advancement in Health Science. To advance to Health Science Clinical Study, it is recommended that students should have an 80% score or higher in Health Science 2 & 3, or teacher recommendation.
 
Health Science 3
Health Science 3 acquaints students with basic anatomy and physiology of the human body. Students learn how the human body is structured and the function of each body system. Students will study the relationship that body systems have with disease from the healthcare point of view. This is a very “hands on” course and students will learn through projects and activities in the classroom. Skill procedures and foundation standards are reviewed and integrated throughout the program.
This course is recommended for students in grades 11-12. The pre-requisites to this course are successful completion of Health Science 1 and Medical Terminology. Health Science 2 is offered as a co-requisite. This course does not count as a lab science. To advance to Health Science Clinical Study, it is recommended that students should have an 80% score or higher in Health Science 2 & 3, or teacher recommendation.
 
Health Science Clinical Study
Health Science Clinical Study is a course that guides students to make connections from the classroom to the healthcare industry through work–based learning experiences/activities. This course is designed to provide for further development and application of knowledge and skills common to a wide variety of healthcare professions. The students in this course will build on all information and skills presented in the previous required course foundation standards. The students will relay these skills into real life experiences. Under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse, students are prepared to perform nursing-related services to patients and residents in hospitals or long-term care facilities. Students will review all foundation standards in the clinical study program as well as the addition of the South Carolina Nurse Aide Curriculum found in the training program packet. This course is recommended for students in grade 12. The pre-requisites to this course are successful completion of Health Science 1, 2 & 3 and Medical Terminology. Students in this course should be First-Aid and CPR certified before participating in any healthcare experience outside of the classroom. Each student must is responsible for the following fees: CNA Exam ($101.00); Uniforms (approx. $55.00).  Students and parents will be required to attend a pre-clinical conference. Students must complete 40 hours of clinical in order to take the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam.  They must provide their own transportation to and from clinical. Clinical runs from 6:45 am-11:00am Mon-Friday and 6:45 am-3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  They must provide an updated immunization record.  Students must adhere to the pregnancy policy and meet the physical limitations requirement.  All seniors are required to attend the last week of school to practice for the CNA exam. Daily journaling, community service and the completion of a career portfolio are required.
 
* All Health Science Students are required to become a member of Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA). Dues are either $5 or $25 and must be paid within the first two weeks of class. Students have an option to join locally or at the national and state level.
 
CAREER CLUSTER OF HUMAN SERVICES: 
Cosmetology I&II
The Cosmetology Program is designed to prepare students to qualify and successfully complete all requirements for a South Carolina Cosmetology license. The student receives training following the guidelines and regulations established by the South Carolina Labor, Licensing, and Regulation Cosmetology Board. The course of study includes Sanitation and Safety, Professionalism and Salon Management, Sciences of Cosmetology, Professional Hair Care Skills, Professional Nail Care Skills, Professional Skin Care Skills, and Unassigned Specific Needs. Instruction in chemistry, bacteriology, and anatomy and physiology of the face, head, arms, and hands is incorporated by means of theory and of practical application on both mannequins and live models.
 
Cosmetology I students must:
  • Complete and submit application for admission
  • Have completed the 10th grade and be 16 years of age
  • Purchase a basic student kit at $230. 1st Installment of $80 due June 13, 2016; 2nd Installment of $75 due July 11, 2016; Final Installment of $75 due August, 8, 2016. Kit fee includes SkillsUSA membership.
  • Earn a minimum of 500 clock hours in Cosmetology I. Students having more than 20 hours deficit will not be able to enroll in Cosmetology II. Two Saturdays throughout the year will be designated to make up hours. Tuesday and Wednesdays are designated each week to make up hours after school until 4 PM.
  • Maintain a “C” average or better to be recommended for Cosmetology II.
  • Students must wear professional black scrubs, lab coat and black closed toed leather nursing shoes. (No crocs or shoes with holes in them.)
  • Earn 250 Academic hours.
 Cosmetology II students must:
  • Have successfully passed Cosmetology I
  • Senior Cosmetology II fees and supplies of $110 (approximate cost includes State Board Exam fee -$95, Mannequin - $30 (provided through grant), Senior State Board Kit - $30 (furnished by CACC to be returned after exam), and SkillsUSA membership-$15). It is recommended that all fees be paid by June 13, 2016 or paid in installments. 1st installment of $50 due on or before June 6, 2016; the 2nd installment of $30 due on or before July 13, 2016; the Final Installment of $30 due on or before August 8, 2016. Additional practice mannequins may be needed to be purchased at the expense of the parent/guardian.
  • Earn a minimum of 500 Clock hours in Cosmetology I, along with 250 Academic hours. Two Saturdays throughout the year will be designated to make up hours and gain extra hours and skills. Tuesday and Wednesdays are designated each week to make up hours after school until 4 PM.
  • Students must wear professional black scrubs, lab coat and black closed toed leather nursing shoes. (No Crocs or shoes with holes in them)
  • The State Board Exam applications are submitted in the spring of the second semester. The date is scheduled by the South Carolina State Board of Cosmetology.
  • Students are expected to take and pass the SC Board of Cosmetology Exam during their Senior Year. This exam grade will be included as the students’ final exam grade.
CAREER CLUSTER OF LAW, PUBLIC SAFETY, & SECURITY: 
Law Enforcement Services I, II
Law Enforcement Services I & II introduces students to the basic concepts of law enforcement.  Content covered includes the roles in the court system, the trial process, and the purpose of correction, juvenile justice, federal, state, and local agencies.  Law Enforcement Services II offers various certifications in the field of Public Safety such as Junior Fire Fighter, CPR, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens, and Lifeguard certification. The students will undergo internships at various departments within the law and legal system. Level I students are expected to purchase a uniform (polo shirt approx $25). Level II students are required to pay for CPR, First Aid, and/or Lifeguard training.  Level I & II Students will be expected to participate in the Skills USA student organization. Membership fee is $15 and must be paid within the first two weeks of the enrolling semester. LES II is offered for dual enrollment upon teacher recommendation.
 
CAREER CLUSTER OF MANUFACTURING: 
Welding Technology I, II, III, IV
Welding Technology prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to join or cut metal surfaces. Includes instruction in arc welding, resistance welding, solid state welding, ferrous and non-ferrous materials, oxidation-reduction reactions, welding metallurgy, welding processes and heat treating, structural design, safety, and applicable codes and standards.
 
 
Welding Shop Area:  High-top leather work shoes are required in shop area.  No tennis type shoes will be allowed. Clothing should be 100% cotton. Trousers should not have cuffs. Shirts should be long sleeved. Students are required to pay an $80 shop fee which includes a full face welding hood, welding gloves, welding jacket and SkillsUSA Membership fee. All body jewelry and piercing must be removed before using the welding shop.  Students will have opportunity to earn AWS and NCCER certification.
 
CAREER CLUSTER OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHEMATICS:
Introduction to Engineering Design
Students must have completed Algebra I with a letter grade of “B” or better. Ninth grade students may begin the Project Lead the Way sequence of courses: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, and Computer Aided Manufacturing and/or Civil Engineering. The courses are offered for dual enrollment. Students meeting the end of course exam requirements may receive college credit to transfer to many out of state four year colleges. There is a $10 lab fee for this course.
 
Principals of Engineering
Students must have successfully completed Introduction to Engineering Design with a “C” or better. This course is offered for dual enrollment upon teacher recommendation. Students meeting end of course exams may receive college credit to transfer to many out of state four year colleges. There is a $10 lab fee for this course.
 
Digital Electronics
Students who take this course learn to apply logic and encompass the application of electronic circuits and devices. Computer simulation software is used to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits and devices. This is a dual enrollment course upon teacher recommendation. There is a $10 lab fee for this course.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
This course covers setup and operations and is built around several key concepts: computer modeling, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) equipment, Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, robotics and flexible manufacturing systems. Students answer the questions: How are things made? What processes go into creating products? Is the process for making a water bottle the same as it is for a musical instrument? How do assembly lines work? How has automation changed the face of manufacturing? As students find the answers to these questions, they learn about the history of manufacturing, a sampling of manufacturing processes, robotics, and automation. This is a dual enrollment course upon teacher recommendation. There is a $10 lab fee for this course.
 
Civil Engineering & Architecture
This course is an introductory study of the fundamental concepts of design and construction techniques in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. Students apply what they learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture to the design and development of property. Working in teams, students explore hands-on activities and projects to learn the characteristics of civil engineering and architecture. In addition, students use 3D software to help them design solutions to solve major course projects. Students learn about documenting their project, solving problems and problems and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community of civil engineering and architecture. This is a dual enrollment course offered upon teacher recommendation. There is a $10 lab fee for this course.
 
Pre -Engineering Technology / Mechatronics
Mechatronics Integrated Technologies (MIT) represents skills that include mechanical, advanced electrical systems and information technology systems into an integrated and comprehensive training program.  Mechatronics includes high tech systems that include computers, networking, advanced manufacturing, mechanical systems, electronics, automation, and robotics.  Students entering Mechatronics in high school will be better prepared to enter engineering or engineering technology post-secondary programs after graduation.  Since students receive real world training on actual industry equipment, some may choose to enter internships with manufacturing companies before graduation from high school and head straight to high paying careers upon graduation.  High school students presently receive national industry credentials before graduation when enrolled in MIT programs, which employers indicate is highly desirable. This course is offered for dual enrollment upon teacher recommendation.
 
 *All PLTW courses are alternated with another OCTC course. See Dual Enrollment section for possible course offerings.* Courses offered based on enrollment.  
 
CAREER CLUSTER OF TRANSPORTATION:
Introduction to Transportation and Manufacturing
The Introduction to Transportation and Manufacturing program is designed to prepare students to perform entry-level maintenance and repair tasks under the supervision of an experienced technician. Students receive training on small internal combustion engines used on portable equipment such as lawn mowers, saws. The training includes locating and solving problems, using specialized test equipment, overhauling the basic engine, and repairing or replacing engine systems. Introduction students will learn basic welding and cutting techniques.  Students will spend 6 weeks in three different areas, Welding, Small Engine Repair, and Automotive Maintenance. Students will need to bring a pair of clear safety glasses, an old work shirt or cotton coveralls, as well as leather work boots. 
 
Automotive Technology I
Automotive Technology I is designed to prepare students to perform routine maintenance and service on all types of automobiles under the supervision of an experienced ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician. The students gain experience and knowledge through classroom instruction and shop projects. Instruction is presented on careers and certification, shop safety, hand and power tools, shop equipment, automotive measurement, engine fundamentals, basic electricity and electronics, battery diagnosis and service, and introduction to automotive systems. Students are required to purchase a uniform shirt and safety glasses from the school to be worn in the auto shop area. Automotive Technology I students are also required to have a flash drive and complete a written project as part of the curriculum. Students are required to pay a $40.00 shop fee that covers their work shirt, safety glasses, and 1 year membership to SkillsUSA.  This class meets two periods for one semester.
 
Automotive Technology II
Automotive II builds on the fundamental knowledge of Automotive I. The students learn brake systems fundamentals and general brake system diagnosis and repair. The student learns diagnosis and repair of the hydraulic system, disc and drum brakes, anti-lock systems, wheel bearings, parking brakes, and the braking system electrical components. Students are required to participate in Skills USA. Automotive Technology II students will be required to have a flash drive and complete a student portfolio as part the curriculum. A uniform shirt and safety glasses are required to be worn in the shop area. Students are required to pay a $15.00 shop fee that covers a 1 year membership to SkillsUSA. 
 
Automotive Technology III
Automotive Technology III is offered on an individual student basis and by recommendation of the automotive technology instructor. Students must apply and be interviewed prior to acceptance. Students who participate in these programs will participate in the co-op learning experience and school-to-work activities. Transportation to the work site is required.
Students enrolled in this program of study are required to join Skill USA.
 
8. CONSOLIDATED DISTRICT FOUR STUDENT POLICIES
Cope Area Career Center adheres to Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four’s policies.  See Orangeburg Four policies in the following pages and a full text of policies at www.orangeburg4.com.
 
9. CLEAN UP TIME
Students are utilized in keeping his/her shop area clean. Participation in the clean up each day is an integral part of the students’ grades.
 
 
 
10. STUDENTS WORKING IN SHOP AREAS
Since students are often working with tools and other sharp objects, it is highly recommended that they have a tetanus shot if they have not had one within a 10-year period.  Students under the age of nineteen may walk in and have a tetanus shot free of charge at the SC Health Department.
 
11. EMERGENCY EVACUATION DRILLS
Regularly scheduled fire, tornado, and security drills are held throughout the school year.  Exit maps are posted in each room and explained by staff.  Emergency drills are held on a monthly basis at Cope Area Career Center. tornado and earthquake drills are held annually in accordance with Orangeburg County Disaster Preparedness Office.
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fire drills are a constant blaring bell ringing.
tornado/earthquake drills are a series of short blasts. Students/staff will be notified when it is safe to return to the building and/or classroom(s).
Emergency Evacuation maps are posted in each room and reviewed often with the students.
 
12. VISITORS
The school policy is to accept only those visitors who have legitimate business at the school.
 
13. STUDENT ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
If it is necessary for a parent to enter the building, visitor’s parking is provided in the parking lot.  Students driving to school will park in the assigned student parking area.  All students will enter and leave the building through the designated area.
 
14. MESSAGE TO STUDENTS
TEACHING-LEARNING PROCESS:  The primary objective of Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four is to promote the teaching-learning process.  You deserve the best education that our schools are capable of providing.
Before this objective can be adequately achieved, three conditions must be present:
 You must be present at school and prepared for the day’s work;
  1. Teachers must be able to carry out their plans;
  2. The classroom atmosphere must be such that learning can take place.
 
15. RESPECT FOR THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS
Every right you have has an obligation attached to it.  Your rights must be balanced against the rights of others and their rights must be balanced against yours.  Also, the purpose of the school and the requirements of the educational process must be weighed deciding who has a right to do what and what behavior needs to be punished.  Protecting your rights is the reason our society has laws and why a school has rules. If
you are one of those students who want to take full advantage of your rights and opportunities at your school, while at the same time respecting the rights of others, your school personnel will support and help you.
 
16. REGULATIONS
This handbook presents general information related to school regulations.  No attempt is made to include every situation, which may arise during the school year.  Administrators will deal with all occurrences through a fair, common sense approach.
 
In addition to the material printed below, students are responsible for information given during student orientation, which takes place early in the school year.  Attention should be paid to the announcements.  All students should be seated quietly in their desks any time announcements or intercom messages are being made.
 
17. ATTENDANCE POLICY
Students may not have more than 5 lawful and 5 unlawful absences. Lawful absences include medical and parent notes. All excused absences must have proper documentation such as a dated doctor’s note or parent’s note which specifies the reason for the absence (fever, vomiting, etc…). Excuse must be received by the attendance office within 5 days of the time of the absence or it will not be accepted. Any absences over 10 days will be reviewed by an attendance review committee.
 
CACC Attendance Recovery Program
Attendance recovery will be held at Cope Area Career Center one Saturday each semester as needed from 8:00 am-12:00 pm and/or on Tuesdays from 1:30-4:00 pm for OCSD4 students. Students will coordinate with the Attendance Secretary for corrections of attendance in PowerSchool. Students must take the initiative to get with Attendance Secretary for desired recovery and set up their Saturday recovery plans. Attendance Secretary will review attendance to see what students are in need of recovery and notify students of their situation.
Students should verify with their teachers they have a chance of passing the course academically prior to signing up for attendance recovery.   
Students may not BANK attendance hours.
Students exceeding the limit for absences in semester or year-long courses will receive a 55 for the final grade. Any student who exceeds the allotted days will be required to participate in attendance recovery if they wish to receive credit.  
 
18. STUDENT DISCIPLINE AND CONDUCT
In order that every student be treated fairly and given every opportunity to receive an education, the following rules have been adopted:  All discipline administered at the “Home School” and/or Cope Area Career Center is mutually recognized. It is expected that a student attending Cope Area Career Center shall conduct himself/herself in such a manner that not only reflects the best interest of the school but also reflects the forming of good work ethics and job maintenance skills. Conduct of a student in any manner, which disrupts the classroom or involves substantial disorder of invasion of the rights of other students, to include sexual harassment, is the basis for suspension or expulsion.
 
Believing that students can and will follow school wide expectations, if provided with instructions concerning those expectations and rewarded frequently when meeting those expectations, Cope Area Career Center maintains discipline of the Center by means of Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies. Students are given the school wide expectations upon arrival. Expectations are taught and reinforced by all school staff. Students who meet the expectations are rewarded daily, weekly, and quarterly. Students who do not meet the expectations are given the opportunity to revisit the expectations during an individual conference with the school counselor. If a student continues not to meet the expectations after the initial conference, the student’s parents will be notified and a conference held. A formal written plan of correction will be established and followed if the student continues to fail to meet expectation. A student who does not comply with the written plan of correction will be referred to administration for administrative action.
 
Cope Area Career Center is a PBIS school where students are taught positive behavior and expectations the first two days of school. Students are recognized for positive behavior by receiving paw punches on “ROAR” Progress cards. Students and classes are rewarded each Friday for positive behavior. Teachers redirect students who do not display positive behavior by documenting behavior on “ROAR” sheets.
Teachers make contact with parents two times before referring them to the guidance counselor. Once a student receives three referrals to the guidance counselor, the student is seen by the principal. Level three incidents are referred directly to the principal. When a student is suspended or is subject to expulsion from Cope Area Career Center, he/she is also suspended or subject to expulsion at his/her high school. Before the suspended student may be readmitted to either Cope Area Career Center or the participating high school, a parent conference is required. A student returning to any school without the required parent conference will be referred to the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office for trespassing. Parents should call Cope Area Career Center, at 534-7661, to schedule a parent conference between the hours of 8:00 – 8:20 a.m. or 2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
 
NOTICE:  Pursuant to state law, persons entering school property are deemed to have consented to a search of their personal property.  (Act 363 of 1994) 
 
19. USE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT
Your school administrators have the right to call local law enforcement officers to handle any student misconduct which is in violation of state or federal law.  Students who are in violation will be subject to arrest and/or prosecution.  Law enforcement officers may also assist school officials in exercising their legal authority to maintain order in the schools.
 
20. SPECIAL CONDUCT NOTICE:  SAFE SCHOOLS
Safe schools are of great concern in our state as well as in our community.  A “Safe Schools Act” was recently put into law by our state government.  The staff members intend to provide your child the safest educational environment possible by not tolerating fights, intimidation, bullying, threats, vandalism, trespassing, weapons, or drugs at any time on our campus. 
Suspension, expulsion, or referral to local law enforcement will be initiated against any violator.  Administrators, teachers, and other staff members are not referees.  Those who choose to fight will be subject to a minimum of five days suspension and action by law enforcement.  School will not be a place to settle disputes.  The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department will be called.  The student or students will be transported to the Law Enforcement Complex in Orangeburg.  An attempt will be made by the school to call a student’s parents and notify them of the situation.
 
21. FIGHTING, PHYSICAL OR VERBAL CONFRONTATION POLICY
The penalty for fighting (exchange of physical blows by hitting, slapping, pushing, shoving) and serious verbal confrontations (excessive/argumentative verbal exchange causing a disruption) will result in one to five days out-of-school as well as possible recommendation for expulsion.  Remember:  If the investigation by the administrator indicates that a fight or attack did take place, the student will be suspended for five days and may be transported to the Law Enforcement Complex by a deputy.
 
Also, students who instigate fights but are not actively involved (this refers to students who carry rumors, put others up to fighting, carry information back and forth between other individuals who subsequently fight) will be subject to disciplinary action. An attempt will be made to call the parent/guardian when a student is being transported to the Law Enforcement Complex by a deputy.             
 
22. DISCIPLINE REFERRAL PROCESS
Any student referred to the office by a staff member must report immediately.  Failure to follow the direction given by the teacher or staff member will result in suspension.  Due process is required in dealing with all disciplinary matters.  If a student has a question concerning his/her referral an administrator may require a conference with the referring teacher and possibly the parent.
 
23. STUDENT BEHAVIOR CODE
This handbook contains important rules, regulations, and consequences pertaining to each school.  You and your parents should carefully read and study this information.  Familiarize yourself with the contents and keep this handbook for easy reference during the school year.  Ignorance of the rule is not an acceptable excuse for violating school policy.  The following rules, regulations, and due process procedures are designed to protect all members of the educational community in the exercising of their rights and responsibilities.  These rules are effective during the following times and in the following places:
 
  • On the school grounds during and immediately before or immediately after school hours
  • On the school grounds at any time when the school is being used by a school group
  • Off the school grounds or a school activity, function or event
  • En-route to and from school in a school bus or other school vehicle
 
24. LEVELS OF CONDUCT
Any student conduct is not specifically detailed but which disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or its programs may also be subject to disciplinary action, within the discretion of the administration.
 
Disorderly conduct (Level I) is defined as those activities engaged in by students that tend to impede orderly classroom procedures, instructional activities or the orderly operation of the school.  Minor offenses in the classroom are handled by individual classroom discipline plans that are constructed and implemented by each teacher with the support and cooperation of the administration.  If the teacher’s actions have not brought about change, the teacher will attempt to contact the parents or guardians, refer the student to the guidance counselor, or schedule a parent conference to let the parent know about the situation. The teacher may refer a student to the principal when the above actions taken by the teacher are ineffective, when the student has committed multiple violations of the rule in one class period or repeated violations of the same rule over a period of time.
 
Disruptive conduct (Level II) is defined as those activities engaged in by students which are directed against persons or property, and the consequences of which tend to endanger the health or safety of themselves or others in school.  Some instances of disruptive conduct may overlap certain criminal offenses, justifying both administrative sanctions and court proceedings.  Disorderly conduct may be reclassified as disruptive conduct if it occurs three or more times.
 
Criminal conduct (Level III) is defined as those activities engaged in by students which results in violence to oneself or another person or property or which pose a direct threat to the safety of oneself or others in the school.  These activities usually require administrative removal of the student from the school, the intervention of law enforcement authorities, and/or action by the board.
 
Violations, Interventions, and Consequences
Level I:  Disorderly Conduct
  • School or classroom tardiness
  • Cheating on exams or assignments
  • Lying
  • Interfering with the instructional process
  • Failure to complete assignments or to follow directions
  • Use of forged notes or excuses
  • Cutting class
  • Truancy
  • Possession of a paging device
  • Failure to report to assigned classes (COPE)
  • Other disorderly acts determined by school officials
 
Optional Interventions & Consequences
  • Verbal reprimand
  • Withdrawal of privileges
  • After-school detention (ASD) (school wide)
  • Teacher held detention (THD) after school
  • Out of school suspension
 
  • Other sanctions deemed necessary by school officials
Level II:  Disruptive Conduct
  • Use of obscene, profane, or vulgar language or gestures to another student, teacher, or staff member
  • Fighting or physically abusing a student or school staff member
  • Vandalism (minor)
  • Stealing
  • Trespassing
  • Refusal to obey school personnel whose responsibilities include supervision of students
  • Using or possessing tobacco, nicotine, or tobacco paraphernalia  on school property or when under sponsorship of the school
  • Indecent exposure
  • Possession of fire crackers or other explosive devices
  • Blackmailing, threatening, harassing, or bullying a teacher or student
  • Illegally occupying or blocking in any way school property with the intent to deprive others of its use
  • Unlawful assembly
  • Disrupting lawful assembly
                any other acts as determined by
                  the Board
Optional Interventions &Consequences
  • Temporary removal from class
  • Alternative education program
  • Out of school suspension
  • Transfer
  • Referral to outside agency
  • Expulsion
  • Restitution of property and damages
  • Other sanctions as deemed necessary by the school officials
Level III: Criminal Conduct
  • Gang activity
  • Bomb threat
  • False fire alarm
  • Explosion detonation
  • Arson
  • Aggravated assault
  • Threatening/harassing/intimidating staff
  • Bribery
  • Burglary/robbery
  • Counterfeiting/forgery
  • Disturbing schools
  • Drug possession
  • Possession/Use of an unauthorized substance
  • Drug Distribution
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Sexual Offences Forced/Unforced
  • Fraud
  • Gambling
  • Kidnapping/abduction
  • Larceny
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Major vandalism
  • Possession of weapons
  • Possession of ammunition
  • Computer crime
  • Hazing
  • Lynching
  • Other acts of criminal conduct as set forth in State law and Federal law
  • Any offense deemed serious enough by the principal that the student's presence in school would not be in the best interest of other students
  • Conspiracy to do any of the foregoing
Optional Interventions &Consequences
  • All consequences provided in Level II
  • Expulsion
  • Restitution of property and damages
  • Referral to law enforcement
  • Out of school suspension
 
 
 
Extenuating, mitigating, or aggravating circumstances
 
The board confers upon the administration the authority to consider extenuating, mitigating, or aggravating circumstances that may exist in a particular case of misconduct.  The administrator should consider such circumstances in determining the most appropriate sanction.
 
25. ARTICLES PROHIBITED AT SCHOOL
Problems arise each year because students have articles that are hazardous to the safety of others or interfere, in some way, with the educational process.  Items prohibited include:                                 
 
headwear/ bandanas          laser lights             playing cards
toy/water guns                     knives                    beaded necklaces
fire crackers                          cigarette lighters  
skateboard                           
oversized jewelry-maybe used as a weapon to harm others                            
 
Electronic devices such as games, cell phones, CD players, headphones, radios, mp3 players, iPods, listening devices,  and tape recorders must be turned off and  kept concealed in a book bag or purse during class time.
                    
Cell phone use on campus is only allowed during scheduled class break time.  Phones are not allowed to be used during instructional time or when the student is not scheduled for break. Cell phones are in use if any feature is used: call received, call dialed, email, text message, photo use, music or ring sound, checking time, etc. Parents should contact students by calling 803-534-7661 during instructional time.  Consequences for violations:
 
1st offense                             Confiscation of electronic                                                                                 device/cell phone and returned only
                                                to a parent at the end of the day.
2nd offense                            Confiscation of electronic                                                                                 device/cell phone and returned only
                                                to parent after five days.
3rd offense                            Confiscation of electronic device/cell phone and returned only to a parent after 30 days.
 
Subsequent cell phone violations will be left up to the discretion of the principal.  All prohibited items will be confiscated and appropriate disciplinary actions will be imposed.  Parents may make arrangements to see an administrator to discuss the return of the confiscated contraband after five school days.   Any failure to turn the device over to a school official will result in suspension for a period of time not to exceed ten days and/or a recommendation to the school board. 
 
26. STUDENT VEHICLE AND PARKING LOT POLICY
The operation and parking of a motor vehicle on the school campus is a privilege extended to those who meet the state of South Carolina criteria for licensure and registration.  The policy and procedures must also be followed by any student who drives a vehicle on campus. 
 
The district requires all students driving/riding to Cope Area Career Center to have a permission form signed by a parent.  Parents must come to Cope Area Career Center in person to sign the forms.  The Career Center will forward copies of these forms to the high school.  There will be a one-day waiting period before a student may drive.  The name(s) of individuals the student can ride with or transport must be listed on the permission form.  Students traveling in personal vehicles will be given individual identification cards (IDs) and must carry them daily.  The ID will specify whether the student is authorized to drive, ride, or both; and for students authorized to drive, the ID will indicate whether they are authorized to carry passengers.  The center will conduct random vehicle checks throughout the year. Occupants of all privately-owned vehicles arriving at the Career Center will be randomly checked for proper identification.  Students must exit vehicles immediately upon arriving and parking on campus.  No student is allowed to sit in their vehicle after arriving on campus.  Students are expected to observe all traffic laws, including all posted speed limits and all traffic control signs and devices.  All students are required to wear seat belts.  Reckless driving, speeding, and/or other moving violations or irresponsible behavior, which is confirmed by any law enforcement agency or by school district personnel, may result in disciplinary action.  Driving is a privilege that can be denied.   Private vehicles are to be maintained in a manner to prevent tardiness to class.  Accordingly, absence or tardiness due to mechanical failure will not be considered excused.  Authorized drivers may only transport students (limited to two other students) who are authorized to ride with them.  Drivers are responsible for the passengers traveling in their vehicles. 
 
Students who ride buses are not allowed in the student parking lot.  Parking lots are off limits to all students during lunch unless legally signed out or driving/riding to Cope with proper permission.  Students must have a pass, from their teacher/office to go to the student parking and must have a valid parking permit.  Students are encouraged to bring
their belongings with them so they will not have the need to ask permission to go back to their car during the school day.
Security and safety are major concerns on our campus.  It is very important for vehicles to be identified easily and quickly so that trespassers can be dealt with in an appropriate manner.  It is also important to keep fire lanes open so that emergency vehicles have immediate access to the buildings.  Those who choose to block fire lanes or other vehicles will be fined and/or towed if deemed necessary by school officials.
 
Violations of the following will result in disciplinary action:
  • Students driving recklessly on the way to or from Cope, failure to stop, playing music loudly, racing engines, or burning tires at departure.
  • Driving/riding while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs or possessing or consuming alcohol or illegal drugs in a privately-owned vehicle is prohibited.  Any student who violates this rule is subject to suspension and/or expulsion
  • Driving/riding in a privately-owned vehicle without proper permission
  • Driving/riding in a privately-owned vehicle after privileges have been revoked
  • Violation of traffic laws or designated route violation
  • Three tardies to Cope Area Career Center is one offense.
 
Regarding student travel to and from the CACC
  • Morning students may come to the Career Center using any route desired.
  • Morning students leaving the Career Center must use the bus route unless otherwise approved.
  • Afternoon students must follow the bus route to the Career Center, unless otherwise approved.
  • Afternoon students leaving the Career Center may use any route desired.
 
Violation of the above district policy will result in, but not be limited to, the following:
 
1st Offense                            Written warning and parent
                                                notification.
2nd Offense                           Parent notification and loss of
                                                diving and/or riding privileges for
                                                two days.
3rd Offense                           Loss of driving/and or riding
                                                privileges for two weeks.
4th Offense                            Loss of driving/and or riding                                                      privileges for the remainder of the                                            year.
 
27. BUS CONDUCT
The school bus is an extension of school activity.  Therefore, the board expects students to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with the established standards for safety and classroom behavior.  All bus riders must cooperate fully with the bus driver and observe the bus rules.
 
Meeting the bus:
  1. Students must be on time at the bus stop.
  2. When approaching the bus stop, if a pupil has to walk along the highway, He/she should always walk on the left, on the shoulder, facing traffic.
  3. When crossing the highway, he/she should walk, not run.
  4. Pupils should not run alongside the bus when the bus is moving, but should wait until it stops and then walk to the door.
On the bus:
  1. Passengers should go to their assigned seats without crowding or pushing and remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  2. Passengers must never extend arms, legs, or head out of the bus.
  3. Passengers should not talk to the driver while the bus is in motion, except in an emergency.
  4. Passengers must never tamper with the emergency door, window, latches, or any parts of the bus equipment.
  5. Passengers must not mark or deface the bus or seat coverings, and must not damage in any manner.  Any damages to the bus or seats should be reported by the pupil to the driver as soon as possible.
  6. Only the driver or the authorized persons should remove First Aid equipment which is to be used only for emergency treatment.
  7. Passengers must not tamper with the fire extinguisher which is to be used only by the driver in an emergency.
  8. Passengers must not fight or scuffle on the bus or create any disturbance.
  9. Classroom conduct should be maintained on the bus.
  10. Passengers must not wave or shout to pedestrians or occupants of other vehicles and must not throw objects from the bus windows.
  11. Books, lunch boxes, or other objects should not be placed in the aisle of the bus.
Leaving the bus – On the school ground:
  1. Passengers must remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.  They must never attempt to leave until the bus has come to a full stop and the door is opened to indicate that they may leave.
  2. Passengers should leave in an orderly manner.  Pupils in the front seats leave first.
  3. Pupils must not loiter or play around the stopped or parked bus.
  4. Pupils should not enter a restricted area set aside for bus parking or loading unless the bus is at a complete stop.
  5. Students who ride the bus are not allowed to enter the student vehicle parking area.
 
Leaving the bus – On the trip home:
  1. Passengers are permitted to leave only at regular designated stops.  Any changes must be made with parent’s request approved by the school.
  2. The pupil, after alighting from the bus (if He/she must cross the highway) should go around to the front of the bus and wait until the bus driver or school bus patrol directs him/her to cross.
 
OFFENSE/PUNISHMENT (BUS)
 
1st offense                             Minimum of 1 day suspension from
                                                bus
2nd offense                            Minimum of 2 day suspension from
                                                bus
3rd offense                            Minimum of 3 day suspension from
                                                bus
4th offense                             Minimum of 4 day suspension from
                                                bus
5th offense                             Minimum of 5 day suspension from
                                                bus with parent conference
6th offense or more            Minimum of a 10 day suspension from bus with a parent conference and possible denial of bus riding privilege for the remainder of the year/permanently   and/or indefinitely.
 
Note:  Inappropriate bus conduct may result in suspension from school.  Any student who rides a school bus while under bus suspension will be suspended from school for a minimum of 2 days with a parent conference.
 
 28. GENERAL PROCEDURES/RULES
  1. Students may be required to pay all debts before they are allowed to receive report cards, or receive textbooks for their classes.  All debts need to be paid in order to be assured of receiving a schedule of classes.
  2. Students who are not involved in after school (supervised) activities must leave the campus when school is dismissed.
  3. Teachers are not to permit students to leave the classroom without an agenda/pass stating the students name, date, time, destination, and proper staff signature(s).
  4. No eating, drinking, or open containers in the halls or classrooms.
  5. No gum is allowed in school.  Those who violate this policy will be assigned a minimum of a one day in detention.
  6. Any student suspended will not be allowed to attend or participate in any school’s activities until cleared by administrator during a required conference.
  7. Students who violate school rules regarding behavior or charged with a crime may be denied privileges to participate in extracurricular activities such as field trips, athletics, all programs, class trips, etc.
  8. For the high schools, students are not allowed in the student parking lot during school hours without written permission from the office.  Violators will be subject to consequences ranging from detention to suspension.
  9. Students should not bring animals or insects to school without the prior approval of the principal.
 
29. DRUG/ALCOHOL
Drugs and alcohol are prohibited on school property or at any school event.  A violation will result in suspension with possible expulsion by the School Board.  Schools intend to recommend expulsion for any student who violates the drug/alcohol policy.  Student lockers, book bags, vehicles, or students themselves may be searched at any time if there is reason to believe they are in violation.  The use of a trained canine to search for controlled substances in schools may occur on a random, unannounced basis as a measure to discourage students from getting involved with drug use or possession at school.  School administrators will contact law enforcement authorities with regards to possession of any item that constitutes a violation of law.
 
30. SMOKING/USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS
The district does not allow students to use or to possess tobacco products or tobacco paraphernalia including e-cigs or similar products.  This restriction applies while students are on school grounds, in the school buildings, on buses, or during any other time they are under the direct administrative jurisdiction of the school whether on or off the school grounds.  In the event that this happens the following sanctions will apply:
 
1st Offense                        One-day suspension with parental
                                            conference
 
2nd Offense                       Three-day suspension with parental                    conference and referral to outside                   agency.
 
3rd Offense                       Ten day suspension from school with                                 a              recommendation for expulsion to    the board of trustees.
 
31. WEAPONS
It is unlawful for a student to possess a dangerous weapon on school premises.  This includes actual possession, as well as constructive possession.  Constructive possession would include placing a weapon in a location on school premises where another student may have access to the weapon.  An example is the placing of a weapon in a locker at school or in an automobile that is parked on school grounds.  All students must be aware that it is illegal to have a weapon in a vehicle while it is parked or operated on school premises.  A dangerous weapon is any type of firearm, knife, blackjack, metal pipe or pole, razor, metal knuckles, or any other type weapon, device, or object that can be used to inflict bodily injury or death.  Possession of a weapon on school premises will subject the student to disciplinary action to include expulsion for the remainder of the school year and in some instances permanent expulsion.  In addition to disciplinary action that will be taken, it is the policy of the district to report the possession of a prosecution in the criminal courts.
 
32. SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is prohibited by federal and state law and Orangeburg County Consolidated School District 4.  Any student who feels that he or she has been the victim of sexual harassment is encouraged to report the matter to a school administrator or teacher.  All allegations will be promptly investigated and addressed.  No one who seeks information about sexual harassment, or cooperates in an investigation of sexual harassment may be subject to retaliation or reprisal in any way.  Anyone found to have engaged in harassment will be subject to disciplinary action.  See policy JICK and JICK-R for complete board policy.  Consistent with district practices, students and parents have the right to appeal school level actions regarding harassment, intimidation, or bullying.  The decision of the principal may be appealed to the Assistant Superintendent. The decision of the Assistant Superintendent may be appealed to the Board by written request for appeal within (10) days of receipt of the decision of the Assistant Superintendent.
 
 
33. PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION
Public affection is in poor taste, and students should refrain from kissing, embracing, and similar behavior on school property, including parking lots.  Chronic violations will result in disciplinary action such as a warning, detention, parent notification, and/or suspension.
 
34. VANDALISM AND PROPERTY DAMAGE
Our school buildings and equipment cost the taxpayers to construct, purchase, and maintain.  Students who destroy or vandalize school property will be required to pay for losses or damages.  If students willfully destroy school property, suspension, restitution, and subsequent expulsion may be necessary.  If you should happen to damage something by accident, you should report it to a teacher or the office immediately.
 
35. STUDENT DRESS CODE
The District prohibits clothing that is provocative, suggestive, or interferes with the educational process. The district also prohibits swimwear-type clothing, see-through blouses, bare midriffs/backs, low cut tops, undergarment type clothing, shorts worn over pants, pants with holes above the knees that expose skin (regardless if they are manufactured this way), tank tops, cut-offs and sagging pants, pajamas, and lounge pants. Dresses, skirts, and shorts should be an appropriate length (finger-tip rule or dollar bill width above the knee whichever is most appropriate). Any yoga, spandex dresses/pants, or legging type tights must be covered by something of an appropriate length.
 
Parents have the obligation and, within certain prescribed bounds, the right to determine their children’s dress; however, the following guidelines must be followed:
 
  1. Attire must not be destructive to school property.
  2. Dress must comply with the health and safety code of South Carolina.
  3. Dress must not interfere with the educational process or the rights of others. Clothing considered inappropriate will not be allowed.
  4. For health reasons, shoes must be worn.  Flip Flops and bedroom shoes are not allowed in the shop areas.
  5. Headwear, including but not limited to headbands or scarves, or hair rollers are prohibited in the building.
  6. Sunglasses are prohibited in the building unless they are prescribed by a physician.
  7. Clothing or jewelry that is obscene, profane, or provocative is prohibited.
  8. Obscene, profane language or provocative pictures on clothing or jewelry is prohibited.
  9. Teachers/administrators will be allowed to restrict manner of dress or length of hair when it interferes with the educational process or pertains to the health/safety of a student.
  10. Students are required to wear appropriate dress as outlined in their course syllabus.
  11. Any uniforms worn to school must comply with the dress code.
 
Remember:  Those who violate the dress code may be assigned in-school suspension after school for disrupting the normal educational process (interrupting normal operation of the school and missing valuable school time).  Teachers will send students to the office to see an administrator if there is a question whether the dress is inappropriate.  If it is determined that the clothing is inappropriate, one of the office personnel will call home for a parent to bring a change of clothing or give permission for the student to go home.  Again, any classes missed because of a dress code violation will be counted as an “unexcused” absence from class.  Any student who chooses to violate the dress code will be subject to warning, detention, or suspension as well as having to go home and change.
 
NOTE:  STUDENTS’ IDENTIFICATION WITH PICTURE MUST BE VISIBLE AT ALL TIMES AS A MEASURE OF SAFETY AND TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE FUTURE.
 
36. SIGN IN/OUT PROCEDURE
Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds at any time during the school day without permission from the school office.  If you must leave the building because of illness or any emergency, an office staff member will assist you.  A parent /guardian must be contacted by an office staff member by phone if a student is to leave school for any reason.  The following information must be on the sign out sheet:  1. Staff member making call; 2. Number called; 3. Name of parent/guardian contacted.  Parents must talk to a staff member in order for their child to leave school legally.  Parents are encouraged to give permission to leave for doctor’s appointments and emergency situations only.  Students will not be called out of class during the period to leave for appointments. The office staff may require them to sit in the office until time to properly sign out through the main office.  A note from a parent/guardian should be taken to the main office before first period begins.  The required note must have a phone number to call for the purpose of verification by an office staff member. Remember:  Students cannot leave without proper verification by an office staff member.
 
When a student returns to school from an approved early dismissal, He/she must sign in with the attendance office before reporting to class.  Failure to sign out properly without permission from an office staff member (student helpers cannot legally sign any student out) will be considered as leaving school without permission and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.  It is understood that any student who leaves without permission has taken themselves out of enrollment.  The parent or guardian must bring the student in to see an administrator for the re-enrollment process and appropriate disciplinary action (suspension and/or detention).  Because of the high number of students who continue to abuse this procedure, the following consequences will be imposed for leaving without permission and/or for failing to properly sign out.  Any student who illegally transports another student off school grounds during the school day will be suspended.
 
1st Offense                            Suspended 1 day, 5 day detention,
                                                or Saturday detention
2nd Offense                           Suspended 3 days or 3 day
                                                Saturday detention
3rd Offense                           Suspended 10 days with possible
recommendations for expulsion.
 
Note:  All suspensions require a parent conference when the student returns to school.
 
37. SCHOOL CLOSINGS
In the event of severely inclement weather or mechanical breakdown, school may be closed or starting time delayed.  The same conditions may also necessitate early dismissal.  School closings, delayed starting times, or early dismissals will be announced over local radio and television stations.  If no report is heard, it can be assumed that school will be in session.
 
38. VENDING MACHINES
Students may purchase snacks from the vending machines in the break area before school, lunchtime, and after school.  Students use the vending machines at “their own risk.”  There will be no refunds given for money lost in the machines unless it is determined that there is a mechanical malfunction.  Students should report any problems with machines to the main office so that personnel can call a service representative.
 
 
39. LOCKERS
Each locker is designed to be used to store the materials of only one student.  More than one student using a locker may cause damage to the locker.  Students are encouraged to use their lockers before/after school.  The student, not the school is responsible for the contents of his/her locker.  Students are to keep lockers clean as well as locked at all times.  Do not give the combination to anyone else.  Do not leave money or any articles of value in your locker.  Lockers are not safes.  To the extent possible, the school will provide security for locker areas; however, the school cannot accept responsibility for theft from lockers.  Since lockers are a permanent part of the building, students are expected to keep them in good, usable condition.  Lockers may be searched by school officials and may involve law enforcement at any time if there is reason to believe that there is contraband in the locker.
 
40. ACCIDENT/INSURANCE
Every accident in the school building, on the school grounds, at practice sessions, or at any athletic event sponsored by the school must be reported immediately to the person in charge and to the school office.
 
41. MEDICATION
School personnel will not provide pupils with any medicine.  If a student must take medication from home, He/she must take the medication to the office with written instructions from the parent or guardian as to how it is to be administered.
 
42. STUDENT VALUABLES
Students are cautioned not to bring large amounts of money or valuable jewelry to school.  Also, students who wear glasses
or watches are encouraged to keep track of them at all times.  Students, not the school, are responsible for their personal property.
 
43. THE USE OF COMPUTERS, INTERNET, AND
ELECTRONIC MAIL
Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four is pleased to offer students access to a computer network for electronic mail and the internet.  To gain access to e-mail and the internet, all students must obtain parental permission as verified by the signatures on the Internet Acceptable Use Policy distributed at the beginning of the school year.
Access to e-mail and the internet will enable students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, museums, and other repositories of information and to exchange personal communication with other internet users around the world.  Families should be aware that some material accessible via the internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive.  While the purposes of the school are to use the internet resources for constructive educational goals, students may find ways to access other materials.  We believe that the benefits to students from access to the internet in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration exceed the disadvantages.  But ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources.
Students are responsible for appropriate behavior on the school’s computer network just as they are in the classroom or on school grounds.  Communications on the network are often public in nature.  General school rules for behavior and communications apply.  It is expected that users will comply with district standards and the specific rules set forth.  The use of the network is a privilege, not a right, and may be revoked if abused.  The user is personally responsible for his/her actions in accessing and utilizing the school’s computer resources.  The students are advised never to access, keep, or send anything that they would not want their parents or teachers to see.
 
 
What are the rules?
Privacy – Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers.  Network administrators may review communications to maintain system integrity will ensure that students are using the system responsibly.
 
Storage capacity – Users are expected to remain within allocated disk space and delete e-mail or other material which take up excessive storage space.
Illegal copying – Students should never download or install any commercial software, shareware, or freeware onto network drives or disks, unless they have written permission from the Network Administrator.  Nor should students copy other people’s work or intrude into other people’s files.
Inappropriate materials or language – No profane, abusive or impolite language should be used to communicate nor should materials be accessed which are not in line with the rules of school behavior.  A good rule to follow is never view, send, or access materials that you would not want your teachers and parents to see.  Should students encounter such material by accident, they should report it to their teacher immediately.
 
These are guidelines to follow to prevent the loss of network privileges at school.
  1. Do not use the computer to harm other people or their work.
  2. Do not damage the computer or the network in any way.
  3. Do not interfere with the operation of the network by installing illegal, software, shareware, or freeware.
  4. Do not violate copyright laws.
  5. Do not view, send, or display offensive messages or pictures.
  6. Do not share your password with another person.
  7. Do not waste limited resources such as disk space or printing capacity.
  8. Do not trespass in someone else’s folders, work, or files.
  9. Do notify an adult immediately, if by accident, you encounter materials that violate the rules of appropriate use.
  10. BE PREPARED to be held accountable for your actions and for the loss of privileges if the Rules of Appropriate Use are violated.
 
44. LOST/DAMAGED TEXTBOOKS
Free textbooks are issued to students each year.  Replacement and repair cost of books increase yearly.  It is very important that students take care of all books issued and account for each book upon completion of the course or leaving school for any reason.  Pupils or parents/guardians are required to pay for textbooks they may lose and they may be denied further benefits of the Free Textbook Program until they comply fully with this requirement.  All fees owed will be reported to feeder schools.
45. RETURNED CHECK FEE
Checks returned because of insufficient funds will incur a $30.00 service charge.
 
46. WITHDRAWAL AND TRANSFER
  1. Secure authorization or transfer from the Guidance office; have parents/guardians come in to verify action of withdrawal.
  2. Report to the Guidance office at least one day before withdrawal and have the form signed by your teacher in each class so as not to interfere with instructional time.
  3. Return all school books and property to individual teachers/coaches, and make sure that all fees are paid.  This is to be done during your assigned class time.  Do not interrupt a class to have a form signed.
  4. Take completed forms to the office for final clearance.
  5. It is not the responsibility of the textbook coordinator or the guidance office personnel to turn in books to teachers.  It is the students’ responsibility to turn books back in to the issuing teacher if they wish to receive credit for having turned them in.  Those students who fail to clear up any other debts will not have records or transcripts sent to another school until the matter is resolved.
 
47. SCHEDULE CHANGES
Any schedule changes must be done in the guidance office within the first 10 days of class and students should have written documentation (drop/add form from guidance office) before going to any class that is different than that which is on the schedule.  Teachers are not to admit any students to class without proper paperwork in regards to schedule changes.
 
48. CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Any changes of address, telephone number, guardian-ship etc., should be reported to the high school office and guidance office.
 
 
49. COMPLETERS’ CEREMONY
Students completing programs and earning appropriate credit(s) are expected to participate in the completers ceremony.  Students are expected to follow the requirements outlined in the student information sheet.
 
50. TRANSFER STUDENTS
Students who transfer from a school, accredited by a regional accrediting association (i.e., Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), may automatically transfer credit which has been awarded by the previous school attended.  Students who transfer from non-accredited schools must have their credits or courses validated at each high school.
 
51. FUNDRAISING
All fundraising projects must be approved by the principal and the superintendent.  Projects which involve selling merchandise to residents of our community should be limited.  Tickets or articles of any kind, other than those associated with school sponsored activities, are not to be sold on school property by students or outside organizations.
 
 
 
2016-2017 Calendar
 
July 4               Independence Day Holiday Observed
 
Aug 8-12           Professional Development/In-Service
 
Aug 15             First Day for Students
 
Sept 5              Labor Day Holiday
 
Sept 16             Interim Reports Issued
 
Oct 17              End of First Nine Weeks (45th day)
 
Oct 25              Report Cards Issued /Parent Conferences
 
Nov 8               Election Day
 
Nov 22              Interim Reports Issued  
 
Nov 23-25         Thanksgiving Holidays
 
Dec 19-30         Winter Holidays
 
Jan 2                Inclement Weather Day
 
Jan 3                Professional Development/In-Service
 
Jan 11              End of Second Nine Weeks (90th Day)
 
Jan 16               Martin Luther King Jr Holiday
 
Jan 17              Professional Development/In-Service
 
Jan 20               Report Cards Issued
 
Feb 17              Interim Reports Issued
 
Feb 20              President’s Day Holiday
 
Mar 17              Inclement Weather Day
 
 
 
Mar 20              Professional Development/In-Service
 
Mar 22              End of Third Nine Weeks (135th Day)
 
Mar 30              Report Cards Issued
 
Apr 10-14          Spring Break
 
Apr 17              Inclement Weather Day            
 
Apr 28              Interim Reports Issued
 
May 29             Memorial Day
 
May                  PASS, PASS Field Tests, Make-ups
 
Jun 2                End of Fourth Nine Weeks (180th Day)
 
Jun 2                Last Day for Students (Early Dismissal)
 
Jun 2                Graduation
 
Jun 5                Staff Development/Teacher Workday
 
Jun 13              Report Cards mailed to Parents
 
 
Note: Tuesdays-Early Release for Students at 1:20 pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NOTES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. 
 
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