South Conejos School District RE-10
13099 County Road G | PO Box 398 | Antonito, CO 81120
Phone: (719) 376-7000
Fax: (719) 376-5509
Welcome back to school! This handbook is designed to inform families and students about our district’s requirements and expectations, as well as some helpful guides about some of the common procedures we use in our schools. This handbook is a living document; it is continually edited and updated. The most up to date versions of SCSD Handbooks will be posted online at southconejos.com. We hope that this handbook can be used to create an understanding of how we can work together for our students. Thank you for all of your continued support!
Table of Contents
Line of Communication, Family Concern Procedures, Communication, Legal Guardianship, Contacting the School, Classroom Interruptions, Conferences, Visitors, Volunteers
Attendance, Steps to Follow When Absent, Absence Reporting, Planned Absences, Habitually Truant, Illness, Tardies,When to Keep Your Child Home, Participating in Events or Activities After an Absence Due to Illness, Make-Up Policy
School Environment, Student Responsibilities, Sportsmanship, Public Displays of Affection, Code of Conduct, Clothing, Athletic Clothing Exceptions, Athletic and Activities Expectations, Sportsmanship, Spectator Conduct, Conduct on Buses, Personal Property, Cell Phones and Electronic Devices, Library and Internet Use, School Property
School Nurse, Immunizations, Hearing and Vision Screenings, Accidents and Injuries, Medication, Mental Health Services, FERPA, Food Allergies, Mandatory Reporting, Student Use of Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco
Campus Supervision, Closed Campus, Harassment, Violence, Dangerous Weapons, Claire Davis Safe Schools Act, Discipline, Restorative Practices, Habitually Disruptive Students Law, Remedial Discipline Plan, Emergencies and Evacuations
Grading Scale, Progress Reports, Retention, Gifted and Talented, New Graduation Requirements, Current Graduation Requirements
Links to Board Policy
Line of Communication
This is the order in which students, athletes, and parents shall address issues, questions, and concerns. Once the concern is resolved, there is no need to proceed to the next level in the line of communication.
Address Academic, Social, and Family Concerns to the following line of communication.*
Teacher / Counselor
Address Academic, Social, and Family Concerns to the following line of communication.*
Teacher / Counselor
Address Academic, Social, and Family Concerns to the following line of communication.*
Teacher / Counselor
Address Academic, Social, and Family Concerns to the following this line of communication.*
Board of Education
As concerns are resolved, there is no need to continue to address them to upper levels of the line of communication.
*At any time in this process students may speak to the school counselor for additional guidance.
** Do not address concerns with a coach immediately following a sporting event.
*** Address medical concerns to the Attendance Office if the condition impacts attendance.
Family Concern Procedure
Families with concerns about their child’s progress or wellbeing at school or in sports should first discuss issues with the (1) Teacher, Counselor, Coach, or School Nurse. Most issues are resolved at this level. Should there be continuing concerns; the next step will be to contact the (2) *Athletic Director: If the concern is regarding athletics. If the the concern is not athletic, families should call the front office to set up an appointment with the (3) Principal. In most cases the principal will instruct the child’s teacher or coach to be present at this conference. If concern remains, families should call the front office to set up an appointment with the (4) Superintendent. The (5) Board of Education should always be the final link in the line of communication to help families resolve concerns. Families can ask to be added to the agenda or can sign-up at a regular board meeting and speak to the Board of Education during citizen’s comment. [See SCSD Policy KE]
To ensure effective communication between school and home it is important that the school has accurate contact information, including current phone numbers for primary family contacts, and the name of another adult with a phone that can be reached in case of emergency. If at any time during the school year your phone number or address changes, please notify the school in writing and necessary changes will be updated. If you are not receiving automated calls please update your contact information with the front office in writining.
A legal document is required to support any questions of custody between divorced, separated, or foster parents. Accurate completion of the SCSD Enrollment Form will ensure that your child and his/her information is released only to individuals approved by you. [See SCSD Policy KBBA]
Contacting the School
To protect learning time, teachers nor students will be interrupted except in the case of an emergency. Messages will be delivered when left with the front office.
To keep classroom interruptions to a minimum and increase learning time, please follow these guidelines:
- Make after-school arrangements with student(s) before leaving home.
- Notify the teacher (by phone call/note/email/txt msg) regarding planned absence or early dismissal.
The office staff is here to support learning and instruction, please use the following guidelines to avoid disruptions;
- Leave messages for your student only when absolutely necessary. The office clerk will do her best to make certain the message is delivered, but can’t guarantee timely delivery.
- Leave items labeled with student’s name in the front office. Students may check in the office at recess/lunch time.
- Check the daily meal menu and make certain your student packs a lunch on those days the meal provided does not agree with their diet or palette.
Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled during the first and third quarter of each school year. Dates of Parent-Teacher Conferences can be found on the district calendar at southconejos.com We encourage you to maintain contact through email or regular communication with teacher(s). Sharing information helps the teacher(s) make informed decisions as to how best to help your child. Knowing the classroom routines makes students more successful in school. You may request additional conferences at any time. These conferences must be scheduled at a time when they don’t interfere with classroom instruction.
All visitors to the school must first check in with the front office immediately upon arrival and before visiting with staff or students. Visitors may leave items or a messages for students at the reception area. Students not enrolled in the district are NOT allowed to visit the school, during school hours, unless they have prior approval by the administration. Access to classrooms and teachers will be made by appointment with a teacher or principal by calling the school. [See also SCSD Policy KI and C.R.S. §22-32-109.1(7)]
Volunteers must register with the front office to complete a volunteer application. Applications include consent to a background check. Should any costs be incurred for the background check, the volunteer may be responsible for the costs. Once the application is approved, volunteers may begin assisting at the school. Volunteers will work according to the schedule and tasks identified by the principal and staff. All applications will be presented to the Board of Education as soon as possible for review. The Board of Education has the authority to override any acceptance or declination of applications by the administration.
All volunteers will be required to wear a name badge at all times.
South Conejos School District does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or need for special education services in admissions, access to treatment or employment in educational programs or activities which it operates.
Complaint procedures have been established for students, parent, employees, and member of the public. [See SCSD Policy AC and JB]
The Superintendent had been identified as the compliance officer for the district. (See the School Directory for contact information.) [See SCSD Policy AC-R]
Colorado follows state anti-discrimination and civil rights laws and guidance. In 2008, Colorado passed a law (S.B. 08-2000) expanding prohibitions against discrimination. The law calls out the need to protect all regardless of “disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, or ancestry” in all places of public accommodation. This law defines sexual orientation as “a person’s orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality or transgender status or another person’s perception thereof.”
In addition, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission issued rules (3 CCR 708-1) that state “All [public] covered entities shall allow individuals the proper use of gender-segregated facilities that are consistent with their gender identity. Gender-segregated facilities include but are not limited to, restrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms and dormitories.” The term “gender identity” is in turn defined by the rules as follows: “Gender identity” means an innate sense of one’s own gender.” [See Senate Bill 08-2000, 3 CCR 708-1]
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
In accordance with PPRA, SCSD requires parental consent for the collection of certain sensitive information, such as medical data or sexual attitudes or practices from school children via surveys and evaluations. [See SCSD Policy: JLDAC-E, Recent changes to FERPA and PPRA]
Regular attendance is important and required by law. Effective learning requires a planned sequence of instruction and frequent or daily reinforcement. Please avoid scheduling vacations and appointments during regular school days. Families are encouraged to use Fridays or student vacation days for opportunities to schedule appointments, take trips, or plan special events. It is important that our students are in attendance at school every day, outside of absences for illness or emergencies. If you know beforehand your student will be absent, please contact the school. [See SCSD Policy JH and JH-R]
Steps to Follow When Absent
1. Families should contact the school and inform the office of the student’s absence before 10:00 AM on the day of absence or send a written note or medical excuse on the date of return with the student’s name, date, days of absence, and the reason for the absence. The note must include an adult’s or physician’s signature.
2. Student should present the note(s) to the classroom teacher.
3. The student should ask the teacher for make-up assignments. Assignments not made up may be reflected in the student’s grades.
An excused absence status will be marked for illness, medical/ dental/ vision/ mental health appointment, educational experiences (independent study), school sponsored activity, suspension, expulsion, or a family funeral. If there is no phone call or note returned within three (3) days of absence, the absence will be marked unexcused.
An unexcused absence status will be marked for any absence that is not an illness, medical/ dental/ vision/ mental health appointment, educational experiences (independent study), school sponsored activity, suspension, expulsion, or a family funeral. Examples of unexcused absences include, but are not limited to: helping at home, shopping, haircuts, missing the bus, babysitting, hunting, etc. An unexcused absence will be marked for any student that arrives 10 or more minutes late to class without a parental/ guardian excuse. Faculty members detaining a student, may also excuse a student from being marked tardy/ absent. [See SCSD Policy JH and JH-R]
We urge parents to consider the loss of academic learning time as a crucial factor in deciding whether or not to take a child out of school. However, If your child is to leave school during the day or if you expect that your child will be absent, please send a signed note to his teacher indicating when your child must leave class. Before leaving, you will be asked to sign out your child at the school office. If someone other than a parent is to pick up a child, please include that information in your note (please note: this person must be a contact on your child’s enrollment form). For their safety, children are to be picked up by a parent or designated guardian and are not to walk home or to appointments during the school day.
In addition to school policy JHB, Colorado Law does not permit more than four days of unexcused absences in one month or more than five days of unexcused absences in one semester. Any child between the ages of six years (as of August 1 in the current year and under 17 years) who violates these limits will be considered “habitually truant.” In accordance with this statute, the school district may begin court proceedings when these limits are reached. Any student that is habitually truant may be recommended for retention. [See SCSD Policies JH, JH-R, and JHB]
Students who are tardy by ten minutes or more to school or any class are considered to be absent. Three total tardies will equal one absence. [See also Habitually Truant]
Unfortunately, children will be affected by illness from time-to-time. There are common illnesses such as colds and the flu. Also, there are communicable diseases that may affect children at school. First and foremost, use common sense and good judgment when making a decision about your child’s attendance at school relative to illness.
- Keep your child home if he/she has a fever. Students may return to school when they are 24 hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medicine.
- Keep your child home if he/she is vomiting, has diarrhea, or has a communicable disease (consult with your doctor on exclusion from and return to school) Families must also notify the school their student is diagnosed with a contagious disease. [See Also Illness Policy- How Sick is Too Sick?]
Participating in Events or Activities After an Absence Due to Illness
If a student is too ill to come to school, the student is too ill to attend any scheduled practices or school events. If a student is not present the day of or the day before the weekend activity, without prior consent or a medical excuse, that student may not be in attendance at the school’s activity. If a student leaves school, due to illness, the student may not return for practice or the scheduled event or activity. Sponsors of the activity will be notified of the students leaving.
One (1) day will be given for make-up for each day absent with the following exceptions:
Students who are absent the day pre-assigned work is due will hand it in the day they return. Pre-assigned exams will be taken the day the student returns. Due dates on long-term assignments, i.e. term papers; class projects, etc. must be met in spite of absences.
Assignments for school activity absences or expected (anticipated) absences must be turned in prior to leaving. Variations in the above make-up policy may be made at the discretion of the teacher.
It is the responsibility of the student to contact the teacher after an absence to make arrangements for make-up work. Only in unusual circumstances will the office staff gather homework for a student. Having someone go around and collect homework from the teachers disrupts the learning and teaching processes. If a student is too ill to attend school, it is assumed the student is too ill to do homework.
Make-up work shall be allowed following an unexcused absence with the goal of providing the student an opportunity to keep up with the class and incentive to attend school. However, this work will receive only seventy percent credit, which is the consequence for an unexcused absence.
Bell Schedule and Class Schedules
Bell Schedules and Class Schedules for all schools will be posted on the district website. If you need printed copies, please request one from the front office. (See southconejos.com)
Students may arrive at 7:30 to participate in our free breakfast program. School hours for students are from 7:50 – 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. Students should arrive to school between 7:30 and 7:50 am. Any student arriving after the first bell will be marked tardy.
Please enter the designated parent drop-off and pick-up areas through the south entrance and head north. Drive slowly through parking areas and watch for students crossing at all times. Students will be dismissed from their classrooms to designated areas and will be dismissed as their respective buses arrive. Buses depart at 4:10 pm. Please do NOT park or drive in BUS LOADING ZONES. If you meeting your student(s) at school, you must park in the parking lot and wait for them at the main entrance or in the Elementary Kiva. Any vehicle parked in the drop off area will be towed at owner’s expense.
In the event of early dismissal due to school closure or emergency, families will be notified via broadcast media immediately after the decision to close school is made. Contact information provided by families upon enrollment will be used to contact parents and release students to other designated adults. In the event of a school emergency, the school office requires a picture identification of anyone signing a student out. Under no circumstances will a student be released without following the proper procedure.
Communicating School Closings
Whenever it is necessary to cancel school, to have a 10:00 a.m. late start, or to dismiss school early because of adverse weather or other emergencies, the community will be notified by robo call, KSLV radio in Monte Vista and KGIW in Alamosa and/ or social media. Students and parents can also check their email and the school reach message center.
The school’s priority is to ensure that all students are free to develop their intellectual, moral, social, creative, vocational and physical potentials to the highest possible degree in an environment that is conducive to positive self-image, citizenship, attitudes and behavior. The health, welfare, and safety of our students must be protected. With this in mind, uniform standards of conduct and appropriate discipline procedures will be followed for ALL SCHOOL activities.
The word “responsibility” refers to a student’s obligation to others within the school. Rights and responsibilities are closely related. In other words, individual rights do not allow one to infringe upon the rights of others. Each student has the responsibility to:
- Respect the human dignity and worth of every student and staff member.
- Adhere to the rules and regulations that have been established by the school for the welfare and safety of all students.
- Strive for and maintain the best possible level of academic achievement.
- Be punctual and present in the regular school program classes.
- Refrain from obscenity in speech and written expression.
- Dress and appear in a manner that meets reasonable standards of health, cleanliness, safety and decency.
- Help maintain and improve the school environment and preserve school property.
Antonito students, families, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend extracurricular events to show their school spirit and pride. Extracurricular activities are intended to provide social, academic, and athletic experiences for both participants, and spectators. Enthusiasm and vocal support is always encouraged. Spectators are expected to exercise good judgement in clothing and behaviour, and spectators and participants are expected to conduct themselves in a positive and respectful manner towards all participants and officials. Students and spectators should remember they represent South Conejos Schools and their actions will reflect on our school and community. Show pride in yourself and be a positive role model for those around you by cheering for your team and not against the opponent or the officials. Inappropriate behavior including by not limited to booing, taunting, throwing objects or generally exhibiting aggressive behaviour is prohibited and may result in disciplinary action and or removal from the event.
Removal from any event will constitute a meeting with the building administration before any admittance to future activities. [See also CHSAA Sportsmanship Expectation Guide]
Public Displays of Affection
Obvious displays of affection including kissing, hugging, and other inappropriate touching are not acceptable behaviors at school. Students may be assigned disciplinary action according to school policies ranging from warnings to suspension.
Code of Conduct (revision to be finalized by the BOE)
In accordance with applicable law and Board Policy concerning student suspensions, expulsions and other disciplinary interventions, the principal or designee may suspend or recommend an expulsion hearing for a student who engages in one or more of the following specific activities while in school buildings, on school grounds, in school vehicles, or during a school-sponsored or district-sponsored activity or event and off district property when the conduct has an impact on the school or any district curricular or non-curricular event. However; the principal or designee should also consider appropriate and consistent consequences that hold students accountable, while minimizing their time away from instruction. Restorative interventions (e.g., circles, conferences, etc.) may be used in conjunction with the restorative discipline matrix’s consequences to allow students to verbalize the harm they caused, as a mechanism to mitigate future behavior. Restorative practices (RP) are not a panacea for every student’s disruptive behavior, but should be considered strongly when addressing student conduct and discipline incidents. Finally, the principal or designee should address the support needs of the harmed party(ies); avoid the temptation to overfocus on the intended consequences for the student who caused harm.
- Causing or attempting to cause damages to school property (Laptop computers, calculators, or other technology used in the classroom) or stealing or attempting to steal school property of value.
- Causing or attempting to cause damage to private property or stealing or attempting to steal private property.
- Commission of any act which if committed by an adult would be robbery or assault as defined by state law. Expulsion shall be mandatory in accordance with state law except for commission of third degree assault.
- Violation of criminal law which has an immediate effect on the school or on the general safety or welfare of students or staff.
- Violation of District policy or building regulations.
- Violation of the District’s policy on dangerous weapons in the schools. Expulsion shall be mandatory for carrying, bringing, using or possessing a dangerous weapon without the authorization of the school or School District, unless the student has delivered the firearm or weapon to a teacher, administrator or other authorized person in the District as soon as possible upon discovering it, in accordance with state law.
- Violation of District’s Alcohol Use/Drug Abuse policy. Expulsion shall be mandatory for sale of drugs or controlled substances, in accordance with state law.
- Violation of District’s tobacco-free policy.
- Violation of the District’s policy on sexual harassment.
- Throwing objects, unless part of a supervised school activity, that can cause bodily injury or damage property.
- Directing profanity, vulgar language or obscene gestures toward other students, school personnel or visitors to the school.
- Engaging in verbal abuse, i.e. name calling, ethnic or racial slurs, or derogatory statements addressed publicly to others that precipitate disruption of the school program or incite violence.
- Committing extortion, coercion or blackmail, i.e. obtaining money or other objects of value from an unwilling person or forcing an individual to act through the use of force of threat of force.
- Lying or giving false information, either verbally or in writing, to a school employee.
- Scholastic dishonesty which includes but is not limited to cheating on a test, plagiarism or unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work.
- Continued willful disobedience or open and persistent defiance of proper authority including deliberate refusal to obey a member of the school staff.
- Behavior on or off school property which is detrimental to the welfare, safety or morals of others student or school personnel.
- Repeated interference with the school’s ability to provide educational opportunities to other students.
The principal shall post a copy of these rules in a prominent place in each school and shall distribute a copy to each student. Copies also shall be available to any member of the public upon request. [See SCSD Policy JICDA, JKBA and JKBA-R, and JICI]
As outlined in SCSD policy JICA, district-wide standards on student attire are intended to help students concentrate on schoolwork, reduce discipline problems, and improve school order and safety. Any student in violation of the dress code will be required to change into appropriate clothing or make arrangements to have appropriate clothing brought to school, immediately. Please consider the following guidelines as you dress for school:
- Casual, loose clothing that allows students to move and play comfortably is recommended.
- Beach attire, such as halter tops, bare midriffs, strapless shirts or dresses, spaghetti strap shirts or dresses, see-through clothing, off-the-shoulder blouses and short skirts/shorts are not appropriate for school.
- In hot weather, students may wear shorts that are at least mid-thigh in length. Pants and shorts must be worn at the waistline and must not expose undergarments.
- Students are not allowed to wear anything that advertises lewd behavior, alcohol, tobacco, or drugs is inappropriate to an elementary school setting.
- Short shorts, halters, backless and tube tops are NOT allowed. Spaghetti straps or mesh shirts may be worn only with a T-shirt underneath.
- Pants may NOT be worn very low off the hips. “Sagging” is not allowed.
- Shirts must cover the waistline: no skin showing. Undergarments must not be visible.
Before your child walks out the door, please make sure he/she is wearing appropriate clothing for school. Students may be sent home to change clothing if their attire is inappropriate or disruptive to the educational setting. [See SCSD Policy JICA]
Athletic Clothing Exceptions
Appropriate athletic clothing may be worn in physical education classes. All students must change out of athletic clothing prior to being dismissed from physical education classes. Clothing normally worn when participating in school-sponsored extracurricular or sports activities (including, but not limited to cheerleading, volleyball, cross-country, and track uniforms) may be worn during regular school hours when approved by the administration.
Athletic and Activities Expectations
Each and every student is encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities offered by our school. Once a student starts an activity, he/she is encouraged to stay with that activity until it is completed. Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege not a right. Participating students are expected to display consistently high standards of sportsmanship, commitment and school pride (on and off campus) and must maintain eligibility. A student receiving one (F) or two (D’s) with in a two week period at 3:00 pm may not participate in any interscholastic activity for the following week.
Spectator Expectations and Sporting Events
Southern Peaks League By-Laws in regards to spectator behavior states the following:
- A spectator and/or fan ejected from an SPL event for unruly behavior will be placed on probationary status.
- Unruly behavior will be determined by the officials of the contest and or school administrator.
- The probationary status will remain in effect for one (1) full calendar year from the date of the ejection.
- A spectator and/or fan on probation ejected a second time from an SPL
event will be suspended from all SPL events for one (1) full calendar year from the date of the second ejection.
- Abusive behavior will include but is not limited to physical assault such as striking, pushing, grabbing, hitting, etc. and will also include any racial or sexual remarks or threatening statements by the individual.
Conduct on Buses
Students in our school system who ride a bus are subject to posted norms. Any misbehavior, which distracts the driver is a serious violation that jeopardizes the safety of all. Any student engaging in conduct that infringes on the safety may have his/her riding privileges suspended. Bus norms will be posted on buses. [See SCSD JICDB & JICDB-R]
The school discourages students from bringing personal items to school that have no bearing on, or use in the educational process. No real or toy guns, knives are allowed in the school. iPads, laptops, expensive headphones, speakers, tablets, MP3 players and other items of a personal nature should be left at home. The school cannot and will not accept responsibility for such items should they get damaged, lost, or stolen.
In case money is being sent to school for any reason, parents should realize the responsibility the child will have. It would be wise to:
- Place the money in a sealed envelope.
- Include a note inside, stating reason for the money being sent.
- Place the teacher and child’s name on the outside of the envelope.
- We would like to discourage parents from allowing children to bring large amounts of money to school. When large amounts of money or unusual items of value are lost, we will call or contact the home. Searches and investigations cause disruption in student learning and routines. SCSD faculty and staff are not obligated to conduct searches and investigations into lost items, but may do so at their own discretion.
Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
All students may use mobile devices on campus before school begins and after school ends. Students in middle school and high school may use such devices during the lunch period. It is recommended that these devices be kept out of sight and turned off during the instructional program, especially when use of mobile devices disrupts and distracts learning. A teacher allowing the utilization of mobile devices in a sensible way that enhances the educational experience may make exceptions at his or her discretion. The district shall not be responsible for the loss, theft, or destruction of mobile devices brought onto school grounds. [See SCSD Policy JS, JICJ]
Misuse of Technology
Any student misusing technology may be required to check his or her phone in to the front office, or may be prohibited from using such technology in school. Misuse of mobile devices can include but is not limited to:
- Using devices to cheat or plagiarize
- Posting inappropriate comments, pictures or videos
- Participating in unsavory chat rooms or conversations
- Cyber Bullying, harassing or teasing others online
- Textortion/ Sextortion: The act of using cell phone text messages to threaten harm on a person or property for individual gain and/or benefit.
- Sending abusive tweets, advocating violence of any kind
- Posting or texting anything with an intent to harm or hurt someone or encouraging others to hurt themselves.
- Sharing photos or videos of others without their consent is a violation of privacy and is strictly forbidden.
- Participation in illegal activity of any kind.
Library or Internet Use
The library is a very valuable learning resource for all students and its use is a privilege that must never be jeopardized. Preference for the use of the library will be given to the teachers and classes who have reserved it in advance. Otherwise, students are generally welcome to use the library and the equipment therein. Students are required to sign an Internet and Computer Use Policy, every year, before they are allowed to use the computers (see appendix). Students are responsible for any lost or damaged library books or materials (refer to footnote on graduation requirements).
All texts and all school materials including library books and technology devices are loaned to students for their use during the school year. Students are required to pay for lost or damaged books. Colorado state law indicates that any student who refuses to pay fines may not receive his/her school record, including transcripts and report cards until these fines have been paid.
Health and Wellness
Families are invited to visit with the school nurse by appointment to discuss any health related concerns regarding their child. The school nurse is available Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Please see the School Directory for contact information.
Immunizations, Hearing, and Vision Screenings
In compliance with Colorado State Law, the school is prohibited from admitting new entrants without a record of immunization. Therefore, all kindergarten students and other students entering the district for the first time shall submit an immunization record. The school nurse will schedule immunizations, hearing, and vision screenings as required by law. Families will be notified in writing if the results are not within normal limits.
A student shall be exempted from receiving the required immunizations in the following manner: (a) By submitting to the student’s school certification from a licensed physician or advanced practice nurse that the physical condition of the student is such that one or more specified immunizations would endanger his or her life or health or is medically contraindicated due to other medical conditions. To protect unvaccinated children, students with an exemption from one or more required vaccines may be kept out of a school or child care during a disease outbreak. (For Non-Medical Exemptions and Forms click here.)
Accidents and Injuries
Accidents and injuries shall be reported to the office as soon as they occur so that appropriate first aid can be administered and injury can be documented. Students who are sick must come to the nurse’s office for appropriate assistance and parents will be notified either by phone or in writing. [See SCSD Policy JLCE-R]
Accidental Injury Incident Report
A member of the SCSD team will print and complete an Incident Report when a student is injured at school. Incident reports are typically used for injuries that occur on campus (or during transport to/from school) if the injury is accidental in nature. Incident reports should be sent home for EVERY INJURY that may result in a bump, bruise, break, strain, abrasion, or if you suspect the student injured needs medical attention.
Injuries Due to an Altercation
If the injury is a result of an altercation, immediately refer student(s) to the Dean of Students or to the Principal. The administrator working with the involved students will be responsible for reporting the incident to families.
Reporting Restraint or Seclusion
If a student must be restrained or secluded for his/her own safety or for the safety of others, educators must print, complete and submit the Restraint Report to all of the individuals listed in the footnote of the form. Do not complete this form if the student is restrained or secluded for less than 5 minutes, unless said incident results in an injury to the student restrained or secluded. (see also southconejos.com/incident-reporting)
Medication may be given by the school nurse with parental / physician consent. The school nurse, without the following requirements being met, shall not administer prescription or nonprescription medication at school:
- Medication shall be in the original, properly labeled container. If it is a prescription medicine, the student’s name, name of the drug, dosage, time for administering, name of physician and current date shall be printed on the container.
- The school shall have received written permission from the doctor or dentist to administer the medication.
- The school shall have received a completed Permission for Medication Form (provided during enrollment) from the parent/guardian in order to administer the medication. When such a request is made by a parent/guardian, a full release from the responsibilities pertaining to the administration and consequences of such medications also must be presented. [See SCSD Policy JLCD and JLCE).
Mental Health Services
A Mental Health Professional will be available to meet with students on a referral basis, for those requesting services, or those in need of regular visits, for this school year. You may contact SLV Mental Health or the school counselor for more information.
We recognize that many students are being diagnosed with potentially life-threatening food or environmental allergies. To address this issue and meet state law requirements concerning the management of food allergies and anaphylaxis among students, the school follows these guidelines:
- The school nurse will collaborate with the student’s family and primary care practitioner to devise and implement a Health Care Plan for each student diagnosed with potentially life-threatening food or environmental allergies.
- Reasonable Accommodations shall be made to reduce the student’s exposure to agents that may cause anaphylaxis within the school environment.
- Emergency Medications for treatment of the student’s food or environmental allergies or anaphylaxis shall be kept in a secure location accessible to designated school staff. The student’s family shall supply the school with the medication needed for treatment of the student’s food or environmental allergies or anaphylaxis, unless the student is authorized to self-carry such medication in accordance with Board Policy JLCD. All medications for potentially life-threatening allergies must be provided by the parent/legal guardian in accordance with Board policy JLCD.
A mandatory reporter is defined as a professional who is obligated by law to report known or suspected incidents of child abuse and/or neglect. Mandatory reporters are part of the safety net that protects children and youth and have the ability to provide lifesaving help to child victims in our community. Any person specified in C.R.S. 19-3-304 is by law a mandatory reporter in Colorado. If a mandated reporter has reasonable cause to know or suspect that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect, or observed the child being subjected to circumstances or conditions that would reasonably result in abuse or neglect. A mandatory reporter shall immediately upon receiving such information report or cause a report to be made of such fact to the county department, the local law enforcement agency, or through the child abuse reporting hotline system at 1-844-CO-4-Kids or 1-844-264-5437. [See SCSD Policy JLF and JLF-R]
Student Use of Tobacco, Drugs, and Alcohol
South Conejos School District promotes a healthy environment for students by providing education, social-emotional support, and decision-making strategies with regard to alcohol, drugs, and other controlled substances. In order to accomplish this goal, a cooperative effort must be made among the school, family, community, and its agencies.
It shall be a violation of Board of Education policy and considered to be behavior which is detrimental to the welfare or safety of students themselves, other students, or school personnel for any student to possess, use, sell, distribute, or procure or to be under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other controlled substances. The unlawful possession or use of alcohol or controlled substances creates an environment that hinders learning and is harmful to all students. Students violating this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action. [See SCSD Policy JICH and JICH-R]
Our campus is supervised for the safety of everyone. Adults (non-staff) without visitor passes will be stopped and directed to the office to sign in. Cafeteria supervision begins at 7:30 AM. To ensure your child(ren)’s safety, please do not drop your student(s) off before 7:30. Entrances are locked during the day and unlocked for dismissal at the end of the school day. Students are always advised to stay within designated campus boundaries and supervised areas to ensure everyone’s safety. Video cameras help monitor activity on campus and ensures our safety.
Campus is closed for all students. All students shall remain on school premises throughout the school day unless excused (see Attendance). Any student choosing to leave without permission anytime during the school day will be marked as skipping class and will not be allowed to make-up any work missed in his/her absence and parents will be notified. [See SCSD Policy JHCA]
South Conejos School District is committed to a learning environment that is free from harassment of any kind. [See SCSD Policies JB, JBB, JICDA, JICDD, JICDE, JICDF, JICDF-R]
Violent and aggressive behaviors will not be tolerated and shall result in immediate action being taken by the district. An act of violence and aggression is any expression, direct or indirect, verbal or behavioral, of intent to inflict harm, injury or damage to persons or property. A threat of violence and aggression carries with it implied notions of risk of violence and a probability of harm or injury. [See JICDD and JICDE]
South Conejos Schools are bound by State and Federal laws to enforce mandatory expulsions for students who knowingly bring dangerous weapons on school property. Dangerous weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, knives, and brass knuckles. Any other item, such as cigarette lighters, that is considered dangerous and endangers the safety of all will fall under this section of the handbook. In addition toy weapons are not permissible on school premises at any time, including parts of costumes during Halloween. [See SCSD Policy JICI and JICI-E]
Claire Davis School Safety Act
SB15-213 Concerning the Limited Waiver of Governmental Immunity for Claims involving Public Schools for Injuries Resulting from Incidents of School Violence known as the Claire Davis School Safety Act. (C.R.S. 24-10-106.3) This Act imposes a limited waiver of sovereign immunity for schools if a school fails to exercise “reasonable care” to protect all students, faculty and staff from “reasonably foreseeable” acts of violence that occurs at school or a school-sponsored activity.
Students and SCSD Faculty and Staff practice 4 types of Emergency Protocols: Lockdown, Lockout, Evacuate, and seek Shelter. An automated call will go out, prior to any drill, to let families know that we will be practicing a drill. In the event of an actual emergency, we understand that the community may become anxious, but we ask that families and community members refrain from calling, visiting, or parking on or near the campus. In an actual emergency, an automated call with information and instructions will be made as soon as possible to the primary emergency contact(s) on file.
Discipline at SCSD is based on a progressive model, however every situation presents its own unique set of circumstances. Please remember that confidentiality is important and that we are not at liberty to discuss other student’s consequences even when involved in the same incident. It is our goal to ensure that all staff and students at SCSD feel safe and are treated respectfully. [See SCSD Policies: JHB, JIC, JICA, JICC, JICDA, JICDD*, JICDE*, JICEA, JICEA-R, JICEC*, JICEC-R*, JICF, JICF-R, JICI, JICI-E, JICJ, JK, JK-R, JK*-2, JKA, JKA-R, JKBA, JKBA*-R, JKD/ JKE, JKE-E, JS]
Students at SCSD are in school to learn. A restorative approach to discipline will work towards reducing exclusions from class and increasing achievement. To be effective, restorative approaches must be in place across the school. This means all pupils, staff (including non-teaching staff), management and the wider school community must understand what acting restoratively means and how they can do it. SCSD is in the process of implementing restorative practices school wide.
Teacher will redirect student toward more appropriate conduct
Hallway Talk (2min max)
Teacher will engage in hallway restorative conversation or student will do written in-class reflection.
Teachers will call home if the behavior warrants a referral or if the student is excluded from the learning process.
Teacher completes a Referral Form at southconejos.com and sends student(s) to Principal or other individual responsible for restorative discipline:
Habitually Disruptive Students Law
The identification of a habitually disruptive student, pursuant to the provisions of this paragraph, deems expulsion mandatory. For purposes of this paragraph “habitually disruptive student” means a child who has been suspended pursuant to paragraph (a), (b), (c), or (d) of Colorado Revised Statute 22-33-106, three times during the course of the school year for causing a material and substantial disruption in the classroom, on school grounds, in school vehicles, or at school activities or events, because of behavior that was initiated, willful, and overt on the part of the child. The student and the parent, guardian, or legal custodian shall have been notified in writing of each suspension counted toward declaring the student as a habitually disruptive student pursuant to this paragraph. (May be revised)
Remedial Discipline Plan
No child shall be declared to be a habitually disruptive student prior to the development of a “Remedial Discipline Plan” for the child that shall address the child’s disruptive behavior, his or her educational needs, and the goal of keeping the child in school. The remedial discipline plan shall be developed after the first suspension for a material and substantial disruption and reviewed and modified after the second suspension. The district shall encourage and solicit the full participation of the child’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian in the development of the remedial discipline plan. (May be revised)
Graduation requirements have changed for the Class of 2021 and beyond.
Students must earn a total of 26 credits to graduate from Antonito High School.
- English: 4 Credits
- Math: 4 Credits
- Science: 3 Credits
- History /Government: 3 Credits
- Educational Technology: 1 Credit
- Computer Apps 1: 1 Credit
- Computer Apps 2: 1 Credit
- Spanish 1: 1 Credit
- Spanish 2: 1 Credit
- Physical Education: 1.5 Credits
- Health: .5 Credit
- Electives: 4 Credits
Grades for regular classes will be given the following values: A=4, B=3, C=2 D=1
Grades for college classes will be given the following values: A=5, B= 4, C=3, D=2
Class of 2021 will be required to earn a total of 25 credit hours and must meet or exceed the district’s academic standards and measures required by policy IKF-2.
- English: 4 Credits
- Math: 3 Credits
- Science: 3 Credits (Includes 1 Life and 1 Physical Sci)
- History / Government: 3 Credits (Includes Civics)
- Foreign Language: 2 Credit (may test out)
- College/ Career Readiness: .5 Credit
- Physical Education: 1.5 Credits
- Health: .5 Credit
- Fine Art: 1 Credit
- Electives: 8 Credits
Grades for regular classes will be given the following values: A=4, B=3, C=2 D=1
Grades for college classes will be given the following values: A=5, B= 4, C=3, D=2
Promotion and Retention
Any student may be retained for a second year, if he or she has not reached a standard of achievement which would allow him or her to progress satisfactorily in the next grade. Retention also may be used for a student who is not sufficiently mature socially, emotionally, mentally or physically.
Graduating seniors shall be ranked within the graduating class for each high school upon the basis of grade-point average for the four-year program, including the last semester of the senior year. The student with the highest-class rank will be valedictorian. When more than one student holds the numerical one rank, all students holding the rank will be declared co-valedictorians and will be selected as speaker 1, speaker 2, and speaker 3. Students vying for valedictorian and salutatorian must have attended AHS for a minimum of 3 semesters. Each year, every student must document 10 hours of service which has been approved by the Service Learning Committee.
A student’s grade classification shall be determined by the number of Carnegie units completed up to the point of classification (for example: a bonafide sophomore should have a minimum of seven credits completed) *New requirements for Class of 2021 and beyond.
Equal Educational Opportunities / Sexual Harassment
Compulsory Attendance Age / Entrance Age Requirements
Delegation of Custodial Power
Student Absences and Excuses
Student Dress Code
Student Conduct in School Vehicles
Code of Conduct
Violent and Aggressive Behavior
Bullying Prevention and Education
Secret Societies / Gang Activity
Drug and Alcohol Use by Students
Weapons in School
Gun-Free Schools Act
Student Use of Electronic Communication Devices
Pregnant/ Married Students
Student Interrogations, Searches, and Arrests
Parking Lot Searches
Student Concern, Complaints, and Grievances
Extracurricular Activity Eligiblity
Discipline of Students with Disabilities
Student Discipline (Remedial Discipline Plan)
Use of Physical Intervention and Restraint
Disciplinary Removal From Classroom
Suspension / Expulsion From School
Suspension/ Expulsion Hearing Procedures
Educational Alternatives for Expelled Students
Physical Examination of Students
Immunization of Students
Communicable/ Infectious Diseases
Administering Medications to Students / Permission for Medication
Student with Food Allergies
First Aid and Emergency Medical Care
Students with Special Health Needs
Notification of Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment
Screening/ Testing of Students
Reporting Child Abuse/ Child Protection
Student Dismissal Precautions
Student Use of the Internet and Electronic Communications
Antonito School Song
Cheer O Cheer for Antonito Schools
Wake up the echos, send them on high
Give those teams a rousing cheer
Let’s let them all know we are here
Although the odds are great or small
Antonito Schools will win over all
While her loyal teams are marching onward to victory
Trojans, Trojans, Trojans!