Student-Parent Handbook Handbook 2017-07-26 - Page 21

Any infractions relating to academic dishonesty are cumulative throughout the entire time a student is enrolled at Brother Rice High School. E. STUDENT HEALTH Communicable Disease It shall be a serious responsibility of a parent/guardian to inform the Administration of Brother Rice by confidential communication from the student’s medical doctor any time a positive diagnosis of any reportable communicable disease is obtained on their son. Failure to report a communicable disease will result in exclusion from school with further consequences because of the irresponsible behavior which puts the school community at risk. A communicable disease is defined as follows: “An illness due to a specific infectious agent or its toxic products which results from the transmission of that agent or its products from a reservoir to a susceptible host, directly as from an infected individual or animal host, vector or the inanimate environment” (Michigan Public Health Code 333.5101, Article “A”). ”Dangerous communicable disease means a communicable disease which is so designated by the department pursuant to this part” (Michigan Public Health Code 333.5101, Article “B”). will not be allowed to start school if this documentation is not in place on the first day of school. Please contact the Attendance Officer with any questions or concerns. Medication Students should only carry medication necessary for emergency situations including, but not limited to, asthma inhalers, Epi-Pens and diabetic supplies. Any student needing to carrying medication in school, in accordance with Michigan Public Health Code, must have that information documented in the Attendance Office. All other medications brought to school, both prescription and nonprescription, must be left in the Attendance Office with the proper forms on file. These medications may only be dispensed from the Attendance Office according to the instructions indicated on the signed doctor’s note. F. SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY Brother Rice High School strives to provide a smoke- and drug-free environment for the academic, spiritual and emotional development of students, faculty and staff, and will adopt and apply rules and guidelines to implement this Policy. The Administration of Brother Rice may, in its sole discretion, suspend a student with a known communicable disease for a reasonable period of time. During the time of suspension, the parent/guardian shall be obligated to obtain appropriate diagnostic information and furnish it to the Administration of the school and obtain any/all appropriate treatment for the student. Any student who possesses tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs poses a threat to the health of young people and creates an obstacle to his full development as a Christian person. Counseling and other preventative approaches are available at Brother Rice High School to assist students in coping with the problem of chemical dependency. The use of prescribed drugs must be consistent with the school’s policy and in accordance with doctor’s directions. A student who has been suspended by the Administration of Brother Rice pursuant to the preceding paragraph shall be excluded from school and all extra-curricular activities until a physician certifies that the student may return. The Administration shall be guided by the applicable regulations of the Department of Health. The school will provide the suspended student in such a situation with the opportunity to gain access to a tutoring program provided by outside agencies, if the need arises. Rules and guidelines directed to any student who possesses or is under the influence of narcotics, marijuana, barbiturates, amphetamines, hallucinatory drugs, performance enhancing drugs, etc., or alcohol will (a) apply to student conduct on and off campus; (b) encourage and promote rehabilitation; (c) provide progressive discipline, recognizing that some chemical substances are addictive and relapses can and do occur; and (d) utilize expulsion of students as a last resort. Each parent/guardian, student and teacher should inform the Administration of Brother Rice when a student has been exposed to, but not necessarily contracted, a communicable disease. In drafting and applying rules and guidelines dealing with students who use chemical and regulated s ubstances, the Administration shall consider, as a factor, the reputation of Brother Rice High School, which should be known as an institution which promotes the academic, spiritual and emotional development of all students, and is not intolerant of youthful, correctable indiscretions, including those involving the use of chemical and regulated substances. Illness Students who have symptoms of pinkeye, strep throat, communicable skin rashes or infections must be excluded from school for at least 24 hours after prescription treatment has started and will only be able to return with a physician note. Students absent from school may not participate in extra-curricular activities. Skin issues must be covered, fevers must be resolved for 24 hours without medication and students must be vomit-free for over 12 hours. The Guidance Department will advise on all mental health issues and should be consulted before a student returns to school. Any student feeling ill in the morning should stay home. If a student becomes ill in school and it is the opinion of the school that he should be sent home, a parent/guardian will be contacted to pick the student up promptly regardless whether the student drives to school or not. Sick Bay: Students may report to sick bay only after having written permission from the teacher of the class they are missing (Attendance Officer has forms). Students are allowed to rest for one period only and then must return to class or will be dismissed home by the school. No participation in any school activity for the rest of the day if students leave school early. Immunizations Since 1978, state law has required that each student entering a new school in grades 1-12 must have a certificate of immunization at the time of registration or not later than the first day of school. Students Guidelines For Substance Abuse Since chemical use, problems and dependency are of a progressive nature, these offenses accumulate throughout a student’s entire enrollment period at Brother Rice. However, each violation of the Substance Abuse Policy as listed below will be addressed individually. The Principal may depart from strict application of the rules and guidelines dealing with chemical and regulated substances as they deem appropriate in individual cases to fulfill the spirit of this policy, the Essential Elements or the mission of Brother Rice. The Principal, in all events, reserves the right to expel or suspend any student whenever the distribution, use or possession of alcohol or substances is involved. In its discretion, the school may involve local law enforcement authorities whenever it considers it appropriate to do so. Brother Rice High School reserves the right to require a screening for alcohol and drugs at the cost of the student if there is reasonable suspicion that a student is under the influence of a controlled substance. This screening includes, but is not limited to, the standard test materials used for random drug testing, the use of a certified breathalyzer device, or any other test or method deemed necessary by the Brother Rice administration. 18