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Attending Class Equals Success (ACES) Program

ACES is a proactive program sponsored by the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office. Its purpose is to promote good school attendance by enforcing the legal obligations of compulsory school attendance noted in Indiana Law. 

Students may be referred by HSE Schools to the Hamilton County Deputy Prosecutor for the Town of Fishers for participation in the program for being truant from school or having unexcused absences.

Students with absences without a doctor’s note that exceed 8 days per semester or 16 days per school year are considered unexcused and  may also result in a referral to the ACES program. 

Detentions

Detentions are assignments to supervised study areas before or after school hours. They serve as consequences for minor school infractions. A detention may be from one hour to three hours in length at the discretion of school officials.  Students are responsible for their own transportation. Students will be given at least one day to make these arrangements. Detention times assigned by teachers or administrators will be served in an assigned room. Students assigned to the detention room will be expected to be there at 3:05 p.m. to serve the detention. Failure to successfully complete an assigned 1 hour or 2 hour detention may result in a Friday detention. Failure to successfully serve a Friday detention may result in 2 days OSS. Arriving late to detention will not be allowed and will count the same as if the student skipped detention. There will be no talking or sleeping. Students must bring and work with appropriate school materials. Failure to comply with any detention room policies will result in dismissal from detention and stronger disciplinary action. In the case of a school closing or cancellation, the detention will be rescheduled through the Dean’s office. Any other arrangement must be made with the staff member who originally assigned the detention.

In-School Suspension (ISS)

In an effort to keep students in the school learning environment, Each High School incorporates an In-School Suspension program for certain rule violations. A student may be placed in ISS for one (1) to three (3) days.  Students assigned to the ISS program:

  1. Must report at the beginning of the school day (7:35 am) to the Dean’s office.

  2. Will be responsible to collect assignments and bring all materials and books needed.

  3. Are excluded from participation in any extracurricular activity during the suspension period.

  4. An ISS placement counts as a suspension in reference to the habitual offender policy.

Students who are placed in ISS and choose to break the ISS rules will be dismissed from the program. This removal may result in an automatic multiple-day suspension from school.

Community Service

The High School may offer the opportunity for students to participate in a community service program in lieu of serving an in or out of school suspension. The parent/guardian must agree and sign a community service contract for the student to qualify for participation in the program. For each day of suspension the student will complete four (4) hours of community service. The student will have one week to complete each four (4) hours of community service. Unsuccessful completion of community service may result in out-of-school suspension and placement in the OSS program. This will also result in disqualification from the community service program for the remainder of the school year. Participation in the community service program will count as a suspension in reference to the habitual offender policy.

Friday Detention

At the discretion of the school administration an assignment of Friday detention may be given in lieu of an In-School Suspension, suspension, or any other disciplinary action. Students assigned to Friday detention are to report to the designated area so that they can be given an assigned seat by 3:05 p.m. Students arriving late will not be admitted to Friday detention. Friday detention sessions will be held in a designated area and students will not be allowed access to any other area of the building. Dismissal for students will be at 6:05 p.m. Failure to report on time, violation of Friday detention regulations, or other inappropriate behavior that results in the failure to successfully complete Friday Detention may result in out of school suspension. Absences not verified by a physician will not be accepted. Other emergency situations (to be determined by the school administration), which could cause absence from Friday detention, must be taken care of by 2:55 p.m. the preceding day. The following regulations will be observed:

  1. Students are responsible for having appropriate materials for studying during the detention. There will be no excuse for not having enough materials to keep the student occupied. Students are responsible for bringing their school books, notebooks, pen or pencil, etc. Students will not be able to go to their lockers during Friday detention.

  2. Students may be required to complete work that will be assigned by the Friday detention personnel. There may also be some other form of work developed as the program continues to improve its standards.

  3. If a session of Friday detention is canceled, because of inclement weather or anticipated inclement weather then the student is expected to attend the next regularly scheduled Friday detention session.

  4. The last Saturday of the month may be scheduled as a possible detention time
     

    Suspension/Expulsion

  5. A student may be suspended or expelled from school for misconduct, substantial disobedience, or unlawful activity. (I.C. 20-33-8-14(a) Types of activities which may result in suspension or expulsion include, but are not limited to: disobedience of school authorities; fighting; use of profanity; abusive, rude or disrespectful language; gambling, theft, and habitual misconduct; vicious, immoral or illegal conduct; persistent violation of school rules; continuous and willful refusal to accomplish reasonable school tasks within the student’s capability; truancy; forged passes; vandalism; possession, consumption, sale or use of alcoholic beverages, intoxicants, or controlled substances (or look alike substances); hazardous or unauthorized use of vehicle; possessing firearms or other weapons (I.C. 20-33-8-16(d) (I.C. 20-33-8-16 (f); any activity that may reasonably be considered an interference with school purposes or an educational function.

  6. State Law now allows the principal to suspend a student for a maximum of up to ten days at any one time. The School Board has adopted a policy which authorizes administrative personnel to be allowed to use this option. The length of suspension will be determined by school authorities and will reflect the offense. Parents or guardians will have custody and responsibility for the student while under suspension. A suspended student may not appear on school property or attend a school sponsored activity.

  7. Any of the reasons for suspension can result in a request for expulsion. An expulsion is the denial of school attendance for more than (10) days and may be for up to two semesters. It can only be imposed by the superintendent of schools upon the recommendation of the principal.

  8. The “Due Process and Pupil Discipline” law in the Indiana Code is a process of dealing with students who exhibit behaviors that interfere with the normal school process. It is a protection for both the student and the school. The Board endorses these procedures and feels that they are a fair and equitable means of dealing with problems of a severe nature. (I.C. 20-33-8)

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    Probation of Students

    Any student who has been involved in an infraction of school rules may be placed on behavioral probation by the school principal or his/her designee, in addition to, or in lieu of, other disciplinary action. Probation will be for a definite time period during which critical examination and evaluation of the student’s progress should take place. During the probation period, the student may be denied the privilege of participation in or attendance at all extracurricular activities. 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 by the principal, or his/her designee, that the student is being placed on behavioral 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. (I.C. 20-33-8-7).

  10. In addition to items listed above, a student may be suspended or expelled for engaging in an 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 and to protect persons or school property. (I.C. 20-33-8-15) This includes any unlawful activity meeting the above criteria which take place during weekends, evenings, holidays, other school breaks, and the summer period when a student may not be attending classes or other school functions. The discipline imposed by the school on the student for such activity would be in addition to any other consequences that may arise as a result of police investigation. (I.C. 20-33-8-14(b)

  11. In those situations where the student has committed acts that qualify for suspension, the Board has adopted a policy assigning the student to the O.S.S. Program as an alternative to the standard suspension procedure. The O.S.S. program is a project of the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office which is supervised by Hamilton Centers Youth Service Bureau, Inc. (HCYSB). On all suspensions three (3) days or longer and all second suspensions during a school year, the policy may be implemented. The policy reads: “Students suspended from school are to report to Hamilton County Circuit Court at 8:00 a.m. on an initial day of suspension, and from there to complete school work at a location designated by the Court. Each day of the suspension thereafter shall be served at that designated location, to be supervised by personnel from Hamilton Centers Youth Service Bureau. Students under 18 years of age are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who shall provide transportation. Students are required to provide their own books and materials necessary to complete daily school assignments and will remain under the supervision of HCYSB personnel until they are released at 3:00 p.m. on each day of suspension. The student receives credit for work completed during the period of the suspension. The amount of credit to be given is determined by the school officials sending the student. The student shall be released to the parent, guardian or custodian of the student. Failure to comply or satisfactorily complete this alternative program may result in further consequences, including a multiple day out-of-school suspension.

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