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ATTENDANCE
In order for students to fully benefit from Deer Creek’s educational programs, regular attendance is necessary. When students miss more than 5 days of school in a semester, a parent/guardian may be contacted by school personnel to discuss the issue and assist in creating a plan for regular attendance. If a pattern of absences continues, families will be notified in writing of the district’s attendance policy and the consequences for continued absences.

To report a student’s absence or late arrival, parents/guardians are asked to contact the attendance line prior to the start of school by calling (303) 982-3809. A recorded message will ask for the student’s name, the spelling of the last name, the date and time to be missed and the reason for the absence. If your student needs to be dismissed during the school day, please call the attendance line before arriving at the school and state when you plan to dismiss your child so that we can send an early dismissal pass to your child’s classroom. All students must be checked out by a parent/guardian with a photo ID, unless previous arrangements have been made.

For planned absences of 3 or more days, families must complete the Pre-Arranged Absence Form in order to plan for the absence. This form should be completed and submitted to the school office prior to the scheduled absence.

Parents/guardians taking students out of the building during scheduled lunch times are asked to return to school before the start of the next class.

Deer Creek uses an automated attendance system that will contact the designated parent/guardian in the evening if a student absence is unexcused. If you receive a call regarding an absence that you believe to be in error, please contact the teacher regarding the absence. If the record is incorrect, the teacher will work with the attendance secretary to change the error.

Deer Creek Middle School is a closed campus. Once students arrives at school, they will be considered “truant” if they leave without being checked out of the attendance office by a parent/guardian. This includes the time before school starts, after bus or car drop-off, or upon arrival on foot. Behavior infractions while truant will be addressed as if the student is “on school grounds.”





STUDENT CONDUCT
The Jeffco Conduct Code lists all behaviors that are unacceptable and could lead to disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion. A copy of the Conduct Code is available online and is reviewed with students at school. Please familiarize yourself with these expectations and behaviors. Our goal is to provide a safe educational environment for all students.

 



BEHAVIOR STANDARDS AND EXPECTATIONS

  1. Students will be in class and ready to participate when the bell rings.
  2. Students will have the appropriate materials available for class.
  3. Students will act in a manner that assures safety and security.
  4. Students will use language appropriate to the learning environment.
  5. Students will respect:
    1. other individuals and their space.
    2. the property of others and of the school.
  6. Students will honor each other’s right to learn.

Students at Deer Creek are held to a high level of behavioral expectations, but it is also understood that students in middle school will make poor decisions or mistakes. There are times when students behave in a manner that is not consistent with Student Behavior Expectations in the classroom, school and/or outlined in district policies.

While teachers provide interventions in the classroom, counselors and/or school administrators may also become involved. A variety of interventions and/or actions may be utilized by the school to redirect, instruct and reinforce student expectations and behavioral standards. These interventions and disciplinary actions may include a conversation with a counselor or administrator, verbal warning, detention, restorative practices, behavior contract, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, and/or expulsion.  In instances of serious violations, law enforcement may be involved.  The goal of behavioral interventions is to provide students with an opportunity to reflect on their actions, repair damage done, and prevent recurrence.





TARDINESS
Students are considered tardy when they are not in class and ready to begin when the bell rings. The school opens at 8:00 AM each morning (8:02 AM for 6th grade) and first period begins at 8:10 AM. Students who arrive to school after 8:10 should sign in at the main office and will be given a pass; however, this pass does not excuse the tardy, it only allows the student to proceed to class. Parent/guardian may call the attendance line to excuse a tardy, but repeated tardiness may result in school consequences. Students who are habitually late to first period may be assigned detention.

Students who are late to class during the school day may be given consequences by the classroom teacher. If a pattern or tardiness occurs, families may be contacted by a counselor or administrator to determine a course of action to support a student in practicing timeliness during school.





ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Cheating, plagiarism, or fraud include, but are not limited to:

  • Copying the work of others (friends, published writers, internet or other resources) without proper citation.
  • Allowing others to copy your work.
  • Presenting the work of others (words or ideas) as your own.
  • Cheating on tests, quizzes or class work.
  • Forging a parent/guardian signature.
First Incident
  • The original assignment is not accepted.
  • Parents/guardians are notified.
  • Student will be required to redo the assignment under teacher direction.
  • Student will receive full Content Knowledge credit for the redone assignment, but the Work Habits grade will be impacted.
  • Administration is notified - record of academic dishonesty is marked in the student’s disciplinary file.
Second Incident
  • The original assignment is not accepted.
  • In-school suspension is assigned.
  • Parents/guardians are notified.
  • Student will be required to redo the assignment during suspension.
  • Student will receive full Content Knowledge credit for the redone assignment, but the Work Habits grade will be impacted.
  • Record of academic dishonesty is updated in the student’s disciplinary file.
Subsequent Incidents
  • Assignment receives a zero with no opportunity to redo the assignment for any credit.
  • Out-of-school suspension is assigned.
  • Parents/guardians are notified.
  • Record of academic dishonesty is updated in the student’s disciplinary file.




DRESS CODE
Student attire should be appropriate for the learning environment and not create a distraction to others. The administration will make the final determination regarding the appropriateness of all attire. Clothing must meet the following guidelines:

  • Clothing should provide appropriate coverage, whether standing or sitting.
    • No undergarments or midriff should be visible.
    • Skirts, dresses, and shorts should be at least fingertip length.
    • No pants, shorts, or skirts with holes or tears above fingertip length.
    • No mesh, see-through, low-cut or revealing tops.
  • All attire (shirts, tops, dresses, etc.) must have sleeves – No tanks, halters, sleeveless tops or dresses, spaghetti straps, etc.
  • No clothing or accessories may contain inappropriate messages – No vulgarity, obscenity, violence, guns, weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or sexual images or references.
  • Hats are not to be worn inside the building during school hours.
  • In addition, the following clothing is not allowed:
    • Trench coats
    • Gang-related attire, bandanas or accessories
    • Chains and spikes

Students in violation of the dress code will contact parents/guardians for a change of clothing or be provided with school-issued clothing. Students will not be allowed to return to class until the violation has been corrected. Repeated violations will result in disciplinary action.





HALL PASSES
Students must acquire an official pass from a staff member to be in the halls during class time.


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EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Jeffco schools uses the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) to provide a set common emergency procedures across the district.  Although different types of situations call for different responses, the most important role of students in any emergency situation is to remain silent, listen carefully and follow school staff directions.  While the SRP provides standardized procedures, each emergency presents unique challenges that may require a staff member to guide students in a change to practice or procedure to maintain the safety of students.


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REPORTING INCIDENTS
Student may experience or witness student behaviors that do not follow the behavioral standards and expectations.  When a student needs assistance from an adult because of such behaviors, they should seek help from a teacher, counselor, administrator, or other adult in the building as soon as possible.  Students may report incidents in confidentiality, and may be encouraged to submit an Incident Report describing the behavior concern to a school administrator.  If anonymity is essential, a student may use Safe2Tell (at www.safe2tell.org or calling 1-877-542-7233) to report a concern, understanding that it can be difficult to resolve a concern without sufficient details and an opportunity for the concern to be investigated further.  For that reason, we highly recommend reporting a concern directly to a school staff member.

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