Caldwell High School

516 Fairground St.

Caldwell, Ohio 43724

(740) 732-5634



Mission Statement

In the belief that all students can succeed in a safe, moral, caring environment, Caldwell Exempted Village Schools will prepare, educate, and motivate each student with a challenging curriculum to be a life-long learner and a self-sufficient, contributing citizen in the community and world.


Welcome to Caldwell High School. As your principal, I am excited about the coming of another school year and the opportunities that lie ahead for all of us. Your four years at Caldwell High School are a special phase of your educational life. You will have the opportunity to take part in an excellent educational program and become active in many extra-curricular activities. CHS will be dedicated and organized so that you may achieve a high level of personal growth during your years here.

Opportunities are extended to you for the expansion of knowledge and for building worthwhile traits of personality and character.  So, take advantage of the opportunities available.

To gain the utmost from your years at Caldwell High, you need to set definite goals for yourself, and each day plan your activities to meet those goals.  It is also important to be willing to put forth the time and effort needed to be successful.  Enjoy the satisfaction and pride which results from doing the best you can. Remember, that the staff at Caldwell is here for you. 

This publication has been prepared to help benefit both the students and parents of Caldwell High School. It is imperative that we all understand the importance of this handbook and the rules and regulations that it contains. These rules and regulations are here to help create the best possible learning and teaching environment for each of us.

Good luck, work hard, and have a wonderful year. We are delighted and proud to have you as a student at Caldwell High.




Section I General Information

Section II Attendance and Make-up

Section III Academic Policy and Grading

Sectional IV…Code of Conduct and Discipline

Section V…Internet Use and Agreement



The calendar in the office contains dates and times of the year’s events.  This is to be considered the official calendar.  If you want a date reserved for a school function, please speak with the school principal so that the event can be placed on the calendar.


No event may be held unless it is placed on the official school calendar and proper arrangements have been made at least two weeks prior to the event.


A monthly calendar will be available to all students in the office.




Accurate information will be made available to parents and staff members through the following radio and television stations:


Radio:  WHIZ-102.5, WILE-96.7, WWKC-104.9, WXIL-95.1, WBRJ-91.0, and WWVA-1170 AM.


Television Stations:  WTRF-TV Channel 7, WTOV-TV Channel 9, Whiz-TV Channel 11, and WTAP-TV Channel 15.


The decision to delay or close will be made as early as possible.  AN ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE ONLY WHEN OUR SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED OR DELAYED.  Schools will be open if no announcement is made.


Please do not call school offices, radio, or television stations.  Such calls only tie up lines, which should be open in order to cope with other situations.



8:20                                         Warning Bell


8:25 – 8:31                             Advisory Period/Announcements


8:35 – 9:19                             Period 1


9:23 – 10:07                           Period 2


10:11 – 10:55                         Period 3


10:59 – 11:44                         Period 4


11:47 – 12:17                         Period 5 A Lunch                  Class 11:47 – 12:36

12:38 – 1:09                           Period 5 B Lunch                  Class 12:20 – 1:09


1:12 – 1:56                             Period 6


1:59 – 2:43                             Period 7


2:46 – 3:30                             Period 8




10:22                                       Warning Bell


10:25                                       Announcements


10:30 – 11:00                         Period 1


11:03 – 11:33                         Period 2


11:36 – 12:15                         Period 5A Class

Lunch                     11:36 – 12:06

12:09 – 12:45                         Period 5 B Class

                                                Lunch                     12:18 – 12:45


12:48 – 1:18                           Period 3


1:21 – 1:51                             Period 4


1:54 – 2:24                             Period 6


2:27 – 2:57                             Period 7


3:00 – 3:30                             Period


8:20                                         Warning Bell


8:25                                         Announcements


8:30 - 9:08                              Period 1


9:11 – 9:49                             Period 2


9:52 – 10:30                           Period 3


10:33 – 11:11                         Period 4


11:14 – 11:47                         Period 5A Lunch                   Class 11:14 – 11:52              

11:52 – 12:25                         Period 5B Lunch                   Class 11:47 – 12:25              

12:28 – 1:06                           Period 6


1:09 – 1:47                             Period 7


1:50 – 2:30                             Period 8



One-Hour Extended Advisory

8:20                                         Warning Bell


8:25 – 9:20                             Advisory Period/Announcements


9:23 – 10:01                           Period 1


10:04 – 10:42                         Period 2


10:45 – 11:23                         Period 3


11:26 – 11:56                         Period 5 A Lunch                  Class 11:26 – 12:15

12:18 – 12:48                         Period 5 B Lunch                  Class 11:59 – 12:48


12:51 – 1:27                           Period 4


1:30 – 2:08                             Period 6


2:11 – 2:49                             Period 7


2:52 – 3:30                             Period 8



Half-Hour Extended Advisory

8:20                                         Warning Bell


8:25 – 8:57                             Advisory Period/Announcements


9:00 – 9:41                             Period 1


9:44 – 10:25                           Period 2


10:28 – 11:09                         Period 3


11:12 – 11:53                         Period 4


11:56 – 12:26                         Period 5 A Lunch                  Class 11:56 – 12:45

12:48 – 1:18                           Period 5 B Lunch                  Class 12:28 – 1:18


1:21 – 2:02                             Period 6


2:05 – 2:46                             Period 7


2:49 – 3:30                             Period 8




8:20                                         Warning Bell


8:25 – 8:28                             Advisory Period/Announcements


8:30 – 9:12                             Period 1


9:15 – 9:57                             Period 2


10:00 – 11:42                         Period 3


10:45 – 11:27                         Period 4


11:30 – 12:00                         Period 5 A Lunch                  Class 11:30 – 12:12

12:15 – 12:45                         Period 5 B Lunch                  Class 12:03 – 12:45


12:48 – 1:30                           Period 6


1:33 – 2:15                             Period 7


2:18 – 3:00                             Period 8






All students will be assessed an academic fee of $25.00.  This is a general fee and does not cover special project costs assessed in Shop, Art, Vocational Agriculture, or Home Economics.  Dues for any student group such as FCCLA or FFA will be additional.


1.        All academic fees must be paid in full by the end of the first semester.

2.        Parents/Guardians unable to make full payment at one time should contact the principal, as early in the semester as possible and a payment schedule will be worked out.

3.        Those who qualify for a waiver must have the “Waiver of School Fees” form completed and approved by the end of the first semester.

4.        Failure to pay the fee will result in the report card of the student being withheld beginning at the end of the semester. 

5.        No student transcript will be sent if academic fees are not paid in full.

6.        A senior who is eligible for graduation will not receive a diploma if the fees are not paid in full.

7.        The payment of school fees will be made through the high school office.  Each student will receive a receipt following payment of the fees.  All checks are to be made payable to Caldwell High School.




A monthly calendar is available in the office listing both the lunch menu and events.  Daily announcements are made in the morning over the intercom system.  All announcements must be approved by the principal and submitted at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled announcement time.  The principal must approve all postings, school-related or otherwise. 




Assemblies of the student body are part of the total educational program.  The intent is to provide a variety of programs to complement and enrich the academic curriculum.  The number of assemblies and the privilege of students to attend are contingent upon the ability of students to conduct themselves properly at all times regardless of the type of assembly being viewed.




As a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Caldwell High School encourages the participation in a number of interscholastic sporting activities.


Before an athlete may practice or participate in any athletic program, he or she must have a doctor’s physical, a signed copy of the Athletic Code of Conduct, and an insurance coverage form filed with the athletic director.  Physical exams are valid for one year only.  This rule will be strictly followed.


Athletes must be present the last 5 periods (at least 5B on) of the school day to participate in either practice or game contests.


Each participant will observe and strictly obey the school training rules as presented by the coach of each sport.




The following scholarship requirements will be enforced for all athletes who participate in interscholastic athletics.  These are established by the Ohio High School Athletic Association and may be changed by the OHSAA at any time.


1.        In order to be eligible in grades 9-12, a student must be enrolled by the 15th calendar day of the school year.  During the preceding grading period, the student must have received passing grades in a minimum of five one-credit courses or the equivalent, that count toward graduation, and must have received a 1.25 GPA during the previous grading period.  Semester and yearly averages have no effect on eligibility.

2.        The eligibility or ineligibility of a student continues until the start of the 5th school day of the next grading period, at which time the grades from the immediate preceding grading period become effective. 

3.        A student enrolled in the first grading period after advancement from the eighth grade must have passed 75% of those subjects carried the preceding grading period in which the student was enrolled.

4.        The eligibility of a transfer student must be established by school records or verification from the sending school. The responsibility for establishing eligibility rests with the receiving school.

5.        Summer school grades earned may not be used to substitute for failing grades from the last grading period for the regular school year.

6.        Tutoring or examinations to complete the preceding grading period requirements are permissible provided the inability to complete the required work on time is due to illness or accident verified by a physician and the procedure applies to all students in the school.

7.        The Commissioner may waive the requirement of preceding grading period enrollment if a student has been withdrawn or removed from school because of circumstances due to personal accident, illness, or family hardship.  The principal of the school shall appeal in writing to the Commissioner.  The appeal shall contain documentation with school and medical supporting evidence.  The decision of the Commissioner may be appealed to the Board of Control. 




Students should assemble in the lunch line in an orderly manner at the time specified.  The school cafeteria is maintained as a vital part of the health program of the school.  To encourage good nutrition, a well-balanced lunch is offered at a reasonable price.


The cafeteria workers and your fellow students will appreciate your cooperation in: 

A.      Depositing all lunch litter in waste containers.

B.       Leaving the table and floor around your eating area clean for others.

C.       Maintaining a reasonable level of talking.

D.      No food is to be taken from the cafeteria.

E.       NO THROWING OF FOOD-May result in a Suspension or Saturday School(s)

F.       No food shall be delivered to a student during school hours.




Books may be checked out of the media center for a specified period of time. Lost, stolen, or damaged books must be paid for.  Overdue books will result in fines.  Reference books and magazines are to be used only in the media center unless by special arrangement through the Librarian.



The library at CHS is an extension of the classroom. Its main function is to support and supplement the curriculum. The first priority for library use goes to classes doing research. The extensive testing program required by the State also requires the use of the library. When space is available, the library is open to study hall students for leisure reading, research, or computer use. The Computer Use Policy found in the handbook applies to the computers in the library as well as those in the classrooms.  NO food or drink is allowed in the library.

Library use from study hall is a privilege, not a right, and can be lost. Students who participate in disruptive behavior can lose their library privileges for a week. Three (3) such losses during a school year will result in the loss of all library privileges for the rest of the school year. Students will be expected to have work to do or will be sent back to study hall.  A student caught damaging library materials or fixtures, or taking library material without checking it out will lose all library privileges for the rest of the school year. Other violations of the Code of Conduct may also be reason to prohibit a student from using the library.


Procedures for students to come to the library during study hall:

1. The student reports directly to the study hall and signs his/her first and last

name legibly on the attendance sheet.  A limit of six (6) students will be permitted from a study hall. 

2. Juniors and seniors may use the library from study hall Monday,

Wednesday and Friday. Freshmen and sophomores may use it Tuesdays

and Thursday. This policy may be changed depending on the composition

of a study hall.

3. Students may come to the library once a day instead of going to study

hall, even if they have more than one study hall per day.

4. A student needing to use the library for research on days other than

those listed above can get a pass from the teacher assigning the research.

Those students should report to study hall first, get the pass signed by the

study hall monitor, and then bring the pass to the library. The pass must be

given to the librarian or aide upon arrival in the library.

5. No permanent passes to the library can be issued without the librarian’s

approval. Tutoring privileges in the library will be revoked if the students

involved are not actually tutoring.



1. Students are to be in their assigned seats when the tardy bell rings.

2. Students are to remain absolutely quiet, talking or whispering is not permitted.

3. Books or schoolwork are to be brought to study hall.

4. Students are to remain in their assigned seats unless given permission to move by the study hall supervisor.

5. Any form of “horseplay” or throwing of any object is prohibited.

6. Students are not permitted to use the vending machines during study hall.

Students who are not assigned to study hall must, upon entering, report to the study hall supervisor.



It is hoped that students at Caldwell High School will find interest in any of several clubs and/or organizations established for their benefit.  Any faculty member or student who feels that a specific organization should be added to our school program should make application to the principal.  All organizations must have adequate faculty sponsorship, documented sufficient interest by students, adequate funding or plans to provide funding, and approval of the principal and Board of Education.




Elections for Student Body President and freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior Student Council Representatives and class officers are held annually in the spring. Any student running for office must obtain and return a petition signed by students and faculty.  All students elected to these offices must have and maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. If there is a vacancy in a class officer position, the advisor appoints a student to fill the office.




Any school group or organization, that plans to conduct a fundraising activity, must have that activity approved by the advisor and principal before the activity may be held.



Grade cards will be issued at the end of the nine-week period.  Any student wishing to discuss a grade with a teacher must make an appointment at the teacher’s convenience.


Grade cards may be held for the following reasons:


1.        Money owed for bills or fines

2.        Overdue library materials

3.        Failure to return athletic equipment or uniform

4.        Money owed for activity sales projects

5.        Failure to pay Academic Fees by the end of the first semester.


Final grade cards will be mailed home in June provided the student leaves in the office a self-addressed stamped envelope and all obligations have been paid.





Mid-term progress reports will be issued to students whose academic achievement or behavior does not match their abilities.  These reports will be sent home in the 4th week of the grading period or at any other time, as needed.  It is hoped that the parents of these students will contact the school to arrange for a conference with the teacher.




A student must meet all standards as established by the State Board of Education and the Caldwell Exempted Village School District Board of Education in order to receive a diploma at graduation exercises. 


In order to participate in the graduation exercises in 2006, a student must earn 22 credits, pass all required courses, and pass all sections of the Ninth Grade Proficiency Test or Ohio Graduation Test, unless exempt.


All fees and bills owed to Caldwell Exempted Village School District must be paid before a student may be awarded a diploma.




Caldwell High School provides guidance services through a guidance counselor and/or school psychologist.  Counseling and guidance services relate to college counseling, vocational counseling, and other counseling for academic, job-related or personal problems. 


Guidance services include testing services and interpretation of test results for students, teachers, and parents.


Helping students to develop their own individual goals – personal as well as academic – is one of the objectives of the guidance services.


Limited vocational job placement services are also a part of the goal of helping students meet community needs.




Students are expected to be in class at all times class is in session.  Students are not to be in the halls, at their lockers, or in the restrooms during class time. 


Any student who is in the hall during class time must have a hall pass (student handbook) properly signed by a faculty member.  Any teacher observing a student in the hall without a pass may assign a detention.  Excessive infractions will be reported to the office for further disciplinary action.  Students may not “borrow” other students’ handbooks for the purpose of hall passes.  If a student loses his/her handbook, a new one must be purchases in the office for a $5.00 fee



Students may be assigned work to be completed at home on a daily basis.  It is important that students not view homework as a form of punishment, but as an opportunity to practice and expand upon the skills and concepts introduced in the classroom.  Assignments should be challenging, but not extremely time consuming.


In the event that a child is absent from school for three or more days, the parent(s) are encouraged to contact the teacher for homework and missed assignments.  In doing so, the child may be able to keep up with the volume of work being completed in the classroom on a daily basis.  Please allow at least one full school day to process your request before picking up school materials and class assignments.




Should a student become ill during school, he or she should request the teacher’s permission to go to the office.  No student will be sent home unless a parent or guardian is notified and gives permission for the student to leave school.



Students should be aware that desk, work areas, lockers, vehicles

and other personal property are subject to search as per Board of Education

policy. Approved law enforcement agencies may, in conjunction

with school administrators, search and seize items on school grounds.




Lockers are assigned at the beginning of the school year.  They remain the property of the Board of Education and are subject to inspection or search by authorized school personnel at any time.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that his/her locker is kept locked and in order at all times.  Any damage to a locker will be charged to the student.


If your lock or locker does not operate properly, please notify the custodian immediately.  The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.  Student may also supply their own locks in addition to the lock provided with the schools issued lockers.


The following regulations apply to all lockers:


1.        A rental fee (non-refundable) of $1.00 must be paid.

2.        The locker is be used by one person only.  Sharing lockers is not permitted.

3.        Report any malfunction to the custodian.  You are not permitted to alter or remove the mechanism or permit it to be altered.

4.        Keep the locker neat, orderly, and clean.  Decorations shall be in good taste and removable.

5.        Any personally owned locks or items left in lockers after the conclusion of the school year will be removed and discarded.




Students are to remain in the cafeteria or other area designated by the cafeteria supervisor during the lunch period.  Students are not to be in the parking lot areas or cars at any time during the school day.  Lunch is a closed period—students are not to leave school during lunch.  There shall be NO FOOD DELIVERED to students during school hours. 




Each student is required to have his/her parent/guardian complete an emergency medical form for school use.  These forms are extremely important as they give the school directions and authorization, in case of an accident or sudden illness.  Return the forms promptly to the office, and notify the school should any change take place during the course of the year.




The Board of Education shall not be responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of student illness.  The administration of prescribed medication and/or medically-prescribed treatments to a student during school hours will be permitted only when failure to do so would jeopardized the health of the student, or the student would not be able to attend school if the medication or treatment was not made available during school hours.


For the purposes of this policy, “medication” shall include all medicines including those prescribed by a physician and any non-prescribed (over-the-counter) drugs, preparations, and/or remedies.  “Treatment” refers both to the manner in which a medication is administered and to health-care procedures requiring special training.


The total responsibility for dispensing or administering any medication or treatment shall rest solely with the parent(s) and their child.  Before any medication or treatment may be administered to any student during school hours, the Board shall require the written prescription from the child’s physician accompanied by the written authorization of the parent.  This document shall be kept on file in the office of the building principal.


Only medication in its original prescription bottle/labeled with the date of prescription, student’s name, and exact dosage will be administered and only in the presence of another adult.  Parents, or students authorized in writing by physician and parents, may administer medication or treatment but only in the presence of another adult.


Any student who may require administration of an emergency medication may have such medication stored in the principal’s office or clinic and administered in accordance with this policy.




The high school office exists for service and for the conducting of official school business.  No student is to be behind the office counter except by permission of the office secretary.  Should you have a problem, please notify the secretary, and she will gladly assist you. 



Parents are encouraged to visit school anytime. Conferences with individual teachers should be scheduled in advance. In order to do our best for the safety of our students, all visitors are asked to report to the main office. At that time, they will need to sign-in and receive a visitors badge if they are going out into the building. Visitors need to return his/her badge to the main office upon leaving. School age visitors will not be allowed in our classes. Due to possible problems, over-crowding, safety, and no previous notification to staff members, we are sorry that these visits will not be possible.


The following will normally be approved:

1.        Parents

2.        People on official business

3.        Former students who wish to visit teachers during their conference or lunch periods and/or school officials

                4.     Others as determined by the principal




The phones in the offices are business phones.  Students are never to be released from class to use the office phone unless an emergency exists.  Students will not be interrupted during class time for incoming phone calls unless they are of an emergency nature.  Class business may be conducted over the office phone if the faculty sponsor gives permission.  Students are not permitted to use cell phones in the school during school hours; violation of this may lead to disciplinary action.  Students will not be called from class to answer the telephone except in urgent cases.  Messages will be taken and delivered to students.


ALL LONG DISTANCE TELEPHONE CALLS MUST BE MADE “COLLECT” OR PAID FOR BY THE STUDENT.  Students should plan so that they will seldom need to use the telephone.  However, if an urgent need arises, office permission may be granted to use the office telephone.


The payphone may be used only with written permission from the office.




Prom is considered a formal activity.  Anyone not meeting the dress requirements will not be admitted to the Prom.  Only those students classified as a junior (minimum of 11 credits) or senior will be permitted to buy a ticket to the Prom.  The principal and/or class advisors will set other guidelines.



All dances must be scheduled through the office. The club sponsoring the dance must make arrangements for supervision and must include security, the club advisor, and five chaperones. All dances will end by 11:00 except the prom. Students attending these functions are expected to dress and conduct themselves in a manner fitting the occasion.  Students are reminded that no tickets will be sold at the door, and there will be no admission to the dance after 9:00 p.m. Students are not permitted to give their ticket to another student for admission. All guests must be registered before admission to the dance. Dances are scheduled for CHS students in grades 9 – 12 only, unless pre-registered.





Senate Bill 26, which went into effect on September 14, 1995, requires the release, if requested, of names and addresses of students in grades 10-12 to armed forces military recruiters, unless the student or his/her parents object to the release in writing.


Caldwell Exempted Village Board of Education policy states that “parents and adult students may refuse to allow the district to disclose….such directory information upon written notification to the district within ten days after the receipt of the district’s public notice.”

This shall serve as the district’s public notice.




All textbooks are loaned to students for their use during the school year.  Please make sure your name and grade are written in the appropriate place in the book.


Once a textbook is issued to a student, the student is fully responsible for the book until it is returned to the teacher at the end of the semester or year.


A fine is to be assessed for marking in or defacing books in any way or for other types of misuse or abuse.


If a book is lost, damaged or destroyed, the following formula is used in assessing costs (as determined by condition of the book):


New:                       100% of cost

Excellent:   80% of cost

Good:                        65% of cost

Poor:                         20% of cost






Students under the age of eighteen (18) are required to successfully complete a driver education course before obtaining an Ohio driver’s license.  The course may be completed at a commercial driver training school.

















Ohio’s compulsory education law requires the proper education of all children in the state because the education of all citizens is fundamental to the advancement of a civilized society. The Caldwell Exempted Village School’s Board of Education believes that regular attendance is necessary for learning and that frequent absences interrupt the continuity of the instructional process and hinder the student’s academic and social adjustment. It is the responsibility of the student and the parent to maintain regular attendance.  Each instance of absence or tardiness, whether excused or unexcused, becomes part of the student’s cumulative record. This permanent record of attendance may be shared (along with other information) with other educational institutions and prospective employers.


* It is the intent of this policy and related administrative procedures to help students maintain good attendance in order to maximize educational achievement and to enhance future education and employment opportunities.


*Ref: In accordance with Public Law 93-380

Revised 07/96



·          Ohio law “prohibits a student’s promotion to the next grade level if the student is truant for more than ten percent of a school year and has failed two or more required curriculum subject areas.”  R.C. 2293.609.

·          Attendance shall be a factor when assessing a student’s semester and yearly grades.  The state of Ohio (O.R.C. Sec. 3302.01 and 3302.02) requires schools to maintain a 93% student attendance rate and prohibits social promotion in the case of excessive absence.

·          Parents will be notified, in writing, after a student is absent from school at three (5) and six (10) days.  (OAC 94-028).



Attendance shall be required of all students enrolled at Caldwell High School during the days and hours that school is in session unless excused for the following reasons:


Legal Reasons for Absence (OAC 3301-51-13):

1. Personal Illness - Validated personal illness (either by parent/guardian phone call or written note within three (3) days of absence).  A written doctor’s note is encouraged to validate personal illness, dental emergencies, and other absences exceed more than 5 days per semester.  Note:  A limit of 5 absences by parent note per semester is excusable.

2. Illness in the Family - Absences will be excused for up to three (3) days when the student’s presence at home is necessary for family stability. This provision does not apply to long-term illness.

3. Death of a Relative - Absences will be excused for up to three (3) days with a written request from the parent or guardian.

4. Quarantine of the Home - Absences will be excused with a written doctor’s statement.

5. Work at Home Due to the Absence of Parents or Guardians – Necessary work at home is limited to emergency conditions.

6. Observance of Religious Holidays - Absences will be excused upon written request three (3) days in advance.

7. Family Emergency - or set of circumstances which, in the judgment of the principal or designee, constitutes a good and sufficient cause for absences from school. When possible, a written request for this special absence must be submitted by the parent to the building principal at least three (3) school days prior to the date of the anticipated absence



1.  Absence due to parent vacation when requested in writing by the parent: Requests for vacation absence will be approved only when submitted prior to the vacation period. Approval extends only to family vacations jointly shared by student and parent(s). An “Anticipated Absence Form” must be completed and returned to the office prior to the vacation.

2.  College Visitation/Job Shadowing:  In the event you are unable to arrange an appointment after school hours or on a school vacation day, a junior or senior may request an excused absence to visit a college campus.

Please use the following procedure if you plan to use this day:

A. The Caldwell High School College Visitation form MUST be used to have your absence excused.

B. Forms may be picked up in the guidance office or main office.

3.  National Take Your Child to Work Day:

A. Request must be made in writing at least five (5) school days before the missed day.

B. A note from the work place must be given to the attendance office when you return.

4.  Deer Hunting Season:  When a student plans to participate in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources sponsored deer season the following procedures must be followed:

A.  Form must be made completed at least five (5) school days before the missed day(s).

B. A copy of the student’s hunting license is submitted with the request form (and/or land owner’s permit).

**C.  Caldwell School’s will be closed the first day of deer season.  Students will be excused for only one more day for the purposes of hunting during the deer season.  Other days may be unexcused. **


** Please note change.



A student is considered present for the entire day unless the absence exceeds forty-four minutes.   Tardy-10:15 a.m) or fewer will be deemed tardy.  Students absent from two to four periods will be considered absent one-half (1/2) day.  Students must be in attendance until 2:00 p.m. to be considered for a full day. A student who is late for school and misses two periods (by


Early Dismissal Procedures – If a student needs to leave school, a parent/guardian must write a note explaining the reason the student must be dismissed, the time of dismissal, and who will pick up the student.  The “pick up” person must sing the student out in the office.  A note must be present to the office before 8:30.


Students may not dismiss themselves from school.


“Personal” is not an acceptable reason for early dismissal.  You must provide the school with an explanation.  Early dismissal is not to be used for haircuts, senior pictures, driver education, etc


Athletic Eligibility

Athletes must be present the last 5 periods (at least 5B on) of the school day to participate in either practice or game contests.





Absences for any reasons other than those cited above shall be considered unexcused. When an absence from school is unexcused the student is considered to be truant. Disciplinary actions will be imposed for unexcused absences as determined by the rules set forth in each school handbook.


Attendance Form A is to be used to document all of the administrative action taken to implement the legal steps related to student absences. Attendance Form A specifies the number of days absent and all intervention attempts by the school to improve the attendance of individual students. If Attendance Form A is initiated, the form should be placed in the student’s cumulative folder at the end of the school year.


The Principal, as the educational leader, is charged with responsibility of insuring that all students receive the benefit of the district’s educational program. Therefore, a primary responsibility of the principal is the implementation and enforcement of the board of education’s procedures for attendance.

STEP I. - When a student’s cumulative absences reach or exceed five (5)

days during the school year:

A. The teacher shall intervene by conferring with the student.

B. If the principal or designee makes the determination that absences are excessive, a written notification (letter 1) will be sent to the parent/guardian.

C. The school intervention assistance team may be convened for the purpose of recommending intervention strategies.

D. Documentation of Steps, A, B, and C will be recorded on Attendance

Form A as appropriate.

In the event that school attendance personnel have been informed of serious illness, hospitalization or death in the family, steps A and B may be waived; however, entry must be made on Attendance Form A indicating the reasons(s) for the waiver.


STEP II . When a student’s cumulative absences reach or exceed ten (10)

days during the school year:


A. The teacher shall intervene by conferring with the student.

B. The principal or designee shall conduct a careful review of the student’s attendance record and initiate a conference with the parent, either by phone

C. The school intervention assistance team may meet to determine an appropriate plan of intervention.

D. The student will be required to have a medical excuse or a pre-approved absence from the principal, or his/her absence will be considered unexcused.

E. Documentation of Steps A, B, and C (if employed) will be recorded on

Attendance Form A.


In the event that school personnel have been informed of serious illness, hospitalization or death in the family, steps A, B, and C may be waived.


STEP III. Chronic Truant Student- A “chronic” truant is any child of

compulsory school age who is absent without a legitimate excuse for seven

(7) or more consecutive school days, or ten (10) or more school days in

one (1) month or fifteen (15) or more school days in a school year. When a

student becomes a “Chronic” truant student:

A. A Letter 2 notifying the parent/guardian will be sent.

B. A complaint will be filed jointly against the child and parent to the

Juvenile Court.

C. Attendance will continue to be monitored throughout the school year.




In the event that school attendance personnel have been informed

of serious illness, hospitalization or death in the family, steps A and B may

be waived; however, entry must be made on Attendance Form A indicating

the reasons(s) for the waiver.

STEP IV. Habitual Truant Student- A “habitual” truant is any child of

compulsory school age who is absent without a legitimate excuse for five

(5) or more consecutive school days, or seven (7) or more school days in

one (1) month or twelve (12) or more school days in a school year. When a

student becomes a “habitual” truant student:

A. A formal truancy complaint may be filed with juvenile court. In addition, a referral may be made to Noble County Children Services.

B. A written notification will be sent to the parent/guardian (letter 3) informing them of all action taken.

C. Documentation of steps A and B and disposition of the court will be recorded on Attendance Form A. In the event that school personnel have been informed of serious illness, hospitalization or death in the family, steps A and B may be waived; however, entry must be made on Attendance Form A indicating the reasons(s) for the waiver.


STEP V. After court action the following shall occur:

A. The principal, assistant principal, counselor, and/or facilitator of student services will obtain a copy of the disposition document and place it in the student’s cumulative folder.

B. The principal, assistant principal, counselor and/or facilitator of student services shall monitor the student’s attendance and behavior to insure compliance with the court’s guidelines.

C. Documentation of steps A and B, as well as further action by the court will be recorded on Attendance Form A.



(Call 732-5634 - prior to 9:00 A.M.)

When a student is absent from school, parents may choose one of three (3) ways to notify the school of the reason for the absence. This responsibility involves the parents and students as well as the school.

(1) PARENT RESPONSIBILITY: A parent should call the school between 8:00 and 9:00 A.M. to report the student absent for the day.  A NOTE WILL BE NECESSARY when the student returns to school.

(2) SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITY: If the school does not receive a call, the office will make a reasonable attempt to call the parent. If contact is made with the parent on the day of the absence, it will be recorded and A NOTE WILL BE NECESSARY when the student returns to school.

(3) STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY: If the parent has not called the school on the day of absence and if the school has been unable to contact the parent on the day of absence, IT WILL BE NECESSARY for the parent to write a note which the student will bring to the school attendance office upon his/her return. Those students’ whose parents were not contacted by the attendance office, whose parents did not call the school, or who fail to bring a note will have forty-eight (48) hours after their return to school to excuse the absence. If the student does not bring a note excusing the absence or if the parent does not call within the designated time limit, the absence will be considered unexcused and will be dealt with according to the discipline procedures for unexcused absences.


The note for absences should include the following information:

1.        Date

2.        The reason for the absence

3.         Parent signature

4.        Phone # of parents to confirm; if necessary




Any student late to school will report to the office. Tardiness to school may be excused under the same conditions as an absence.  During each semester the office will allow two (2) unexcused tardies to school with no penalty.  A letter will be mailed home when the student has accumulated the second tardy to school.


Following the two (2) unexcused tardies, the following penalties will result:


·          Third (3) unexcused tardy – One (1) office assigned detention

·          Fourth (4) unexcused tardy – One (1) Saturday Alternative Education

                                                                                   (Saturday School)

·          Fifth (5) unexcused tardy – One (1) In School Suspension

·          Sixth (6) unexcused tardy – One (1) In School Suspension and one (1) Saturday School

·        Seventh (7) unexcused tardy – Two (2) Saturday Schools and referral to the truant officer with the possibility of charges being filed in Juvenile Court.



Students have the right to make up all work missed during an excused absence. Test/Quizzes given on the day a student returns may be delayed by the same number of excused days missed. Previously assigned tests or projects with specific due dates will be expected on the date assigned. In general, the number of days the student has to complete this work will be the same as the number of days of the excused absence. In cases of prolonged or frequent absences, the number of days a student has to make up the work may be adjusted. In all cases, it is the student’s responsibility to approach the teacher to arrange for the work to be made up. During absences, students are encouraged to contact classmates in order to get homework assignments. In case of pre-arranged absences, assigned class work is due upon return. In cases of extended absence, call office for assignments.




In some cases, due to absences with permission, it may be impossible to have all work finished by the end of the grading period.  The teacher may then record an “I” for a grade.  The “I” indicates that all work has not been completed.  If a student receives an incomplete, he or she must see the teacher about any assignments missed.  An incomplete must be made up within two weeks after the end of the grading period.  If incomplete work is not turned in by this deadline, all work not finished will be assigned a value of “0” and averaged in with remaining grades to determine the six weeks grade.


If the teacher determines that the nature of the incomplete work is such that failure to satisfactorily complete this work results in the minimum course requirements not being met, a final grade of “F” will be assigned in the course and no credit will be awarded.






















The best high school course of study is one planned before the student enters high school and the one planned as a comprehensive whole to meet the needs, interests, and aptitudes of the student.  It will start with a diversified program in the freshman and sophomore years and will concentrate in one or two special fields in the junior and senior years.  The earlier a student discovers the field in which he has the most interest and ability, the easier will be his task of planning wisely his course of study.


All students are urged to plan their course of study on a four-year basis around their special interests and aptitudes.  Parents should aid students in making such a choice.





The process of selecting and enrolling in specific courses is required of each student yearly.  Many of the items found in this booklet will form the basis upon which the registration process can be accomplished more beneficially.


Course Load

1.        Each student is required to enroll in no fewer than six (6) credits per year.

2.        Students should select classes so that their schedule will include no more than one (1) study hall per day.


Class Change Policy

The purpose of registration is to gather relevant information to serve as the basis for planning the master schedule.


Once registration is completed, schedule changes will be permitted only in extreme circumstances.  Before any change may take place, the parent/guardian, the school counselor, and the teacher must approve it.


Schedule changes will be made only because of:

1.        Clerical errors by the office.

2.        Program changes such as Caldwell High School to the vocational school.

3.        Vocational school students wishing to transfer back to Caldwell High School at the beginning of the school year.

4.        Documented health concerns

5.        Adding a class in place of a study hall


Other than the above, the following policy will govern all schedule changes:

1.        No course may be added after five class days.

2.        No class may be dropped until the student has attended the class at least two days.  Avoiding a failing grade are NOT an acceptable reason to drop a course.

3.        A course dropped after the twelfth (12th) day of class will result in a grade of WITHDRAWN FAILING (WF), unless approved by the counselor, teacher, student, and parent/guardian.

4.        Required courses may not be dropped.

5.        The school counselor and principal on an individual basis will review extenuating circumstances.

6.        No partial credit will be given for courses not completed.


Student Classification

The class standing and placement of students are determined as follows:


                                Freshman                –              fewer than 5 ½ credits

                                Sophomore              –              minimum of 5 ½ credits

                                Junior                      –              minimum of 11 credits

                                Senior                      –              minimum of 15 credit


Grading Scale and Quality Points

The following will be used to determine letter grades and quality points for cumulative average for all courses that receive letter grades:




Quality Points


92 – 100

4.00   (3.51-4.0)



3.00 (2.51–3.50)



2.00 (1.51-2.50)



1.00  (.51-1.50)



0.00   (0.0-.50)






Honor Roll

Students are selected for the honor roll based on their grade point average for the nine weeks grading period.


Principal’s List – The Principal’s List is the highest of the academic                    honor rolls.  To be eligible for the Principal’s List, a student must have         a nine weeks grade point average ranging from 3.84 – 4.00.


First Honors – To be eligible for the First Honors list, a student must have received a nine weeks grade point average ranging from 3.50 – 3.83.


Second Honors – In order to be selected for the Second Honors list, a student must have attained an average ranging from 3.00 – 3.49 for the nine weeks grading period.



Caldwell Honors for Students



This award is similar to the athletic letter earned for participation and performance on sports teams.

To be eligible for the “The Academic Letter” a student must earn 30 points from the following:

                                5 points                   Principal’s List

                                4 points                   First Honors

                                3 points                   Second Honors

1 point                    Perfect attendance and NO tardiness during the semester

1 point                    Student of the Grading Period




The “Student of the Grading Period” is nominated by the faculty each nine weeks for academic progress, school involvement, or effort for the benefit of fellow students.  Grade point average is not a factor to be considered. 




Credit Requirements


All classes are given credit based upon the number of hours the courses are in session.  Academic classes that meet 120 clock hours carry one full credit.  Laboratory classes must meet 150 hours for one unit of credit.



Graduation Requirements


Twenty-two (22) credits are required for graduation.  The following credits must be included in this requirement:


                English                                                                                    4

                -Reading (Class of 2005-2007)                                               ½


                Social Studies                                                                          4

                                -American Studies (1)            

                                -World History or World Geography (1)

                                -American History (1)

                                -Democracy (1)


                Science                                                                                    3

                                -Biology (1)

                                -Physical Science (1)


                Mathematics                                                                           3


                Health and Physical Education                                               1


                Business/Technology, Foreign Language, or                           1

Fine Arts


Career Cluster (Pathway) (Class of 2008 and after)              1               

Career Options/Life Planning (Class of 2006 and after)         ½ 




Because of the entrance requirements for admission to state-supported colleges/universities, the following curriculum for Caldwell High School students is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED:

                                English                                                    4


                Social Studies                                          4


Mathematics                                           4

-          Algebra I & II, Geometry

-          One Math in senior year


Science                                                    4

-          Biology

-          Chemistry

-          Physics and/or Physiology


Foreign Language                                    3


Visual/Performing Arts                           1


Health                                                     ½


Physical Education                                 ½


Technology                                             1


*Note:  Any high school student-athlete wishing to meet the NCA Clearinghouse requirements must take college preparatory courses all four years at CHS.


Vocational School Requirements


Any student, 16 years of age or older, may apply for admission to programs offered by the Mid-East Ohio Vocational School District.  It is required that the students have the following credits by the end of the sophomore year:


                English – 2 credits                                   Math – 2 credits

                Science – 2 credits                                   Social Studies – 2 credits

                Health – ½ credit                                    Phys Ed. – ½ credit

Career Options (Class of 2006) – ½ credit

Career Pathway (Class of 2008)– 1 Credit


If a student does not meet the above requirements by the end of the sophomore year, he/she will need to obtain the required credits through correspondence classes or private tutors to be eligible for graduation.




Depending on whether a student is completing a college preparatory or career-technical education curriculum, honors diploma requirements differ slightly. The student must meet the requirements for the regular diploma plus criteria for honors listed below.

Beginning September 15, 2001, the student who completes the

college preparatory curriculum in high school must meet any eight of the

following nine criteria:

(a) four units of English

(b) three units of mathematics that include algebra I, algebra II, and geometry or complete a three-year sequence of courses that contain equivalent content

(c) at least three units of science that include instructional emphasis on the physical, life, and earth and space sciences

(d) three units of social studies

(e) either three units of one foreign language or two units each of two foreign languages

(f) one unit of fine arts

(g) either one unit of business/technology and two additional units in

(a) through (f) above or earn three additional units, in (a) through (f) above

(h) maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale up to the last grading period of the senior year

(i) obtain honors level score(s) on four of the twelfth-grade proficiency tests or obtain a composite score of 27 on the American College Testing (ACT) tests or an equivalent composite score on the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT).

Beginning September 15, 2001, the student who completes an intensive career-technical education curriculum in the high school must meet any nine of the following ten criteria:

(a) four units of English which may include one unit of applied communications

(b) three units of mathematics which should include algebra and geometry or a sequence of courses that contain equivalent content

(c) three units of science that develop concepts for physical, life and earth and space sciences

(d) three units of social studies

(e) two units of a foreign language; or two units of business/technology; or one unit of each

(f) three units in the student’s career-technical education curriculum

 (g) two additional units in (a) through (f) above, or in fine arts

(h) maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least a 3.5 on a 4/0 point scale up to the last grading period of the senior year

(i) complete a career passport that reflects achievement of the occupational proficiency benchmark established for the Ohio Vocational Competency Assessment or the equivalent

(j) obtain the honors level score(s) on four of the twelfth-grade proficiency tests designated by the State Board of Education or obtain a composite score of 27 on the ACT tests or an equivalent composite score on the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT).



The Virtual Learning Academy is an Internet-based educational delivery system, designed for a high school curriculum.  The Academy includes a complete portfolio of academic courses, including both semester (18 lessons) and full-year (36 lessons).    Students interested in Virtual Learning should contact the high school office. 








Students may make up credit deficiencies by taking correspondence courses with the American School or by hiring a teacher/tutor certified in the subject matter to be taught, for a total of NO MORE THAN TWO (2) CREDITS.


Correspondence Courses


Caldwell High School students taking correspondence courses must abide by the following guidelines in order to receive credit from the school.


1.        The correspondence course shall be taken from the American School

2.        The student must pay for the total cost of the course(s).

3.        Correspondence work must be completed during the days that school is in session.

4.        Students must complete the final examination supervised by school personnel.  No notes or study guides are allowed.

5.        All course work must be completed and final grades received from the American School NO LATER THAN MAY 1 of the senior year if the student wishes to participate in graduation.  American School generally requires at least one month to process final transcripts; therefore, seniors would be wise to complete all coursework by April 2.


Tutorial Credit


In order to receive tutorial credit, the following conditions must be met PRIOR TO approval being granted:


1.        The student must employ a teacher certified in the subject to be taught.  A copy of the certificate must accompany the application.

2.        An instructional plan must be submitted that includes the course objectives, activities to be completed, and how the student is to be evaluated.

3.        The instructional plan must include how the earned credit will apply toward the student’s graduation requirements.

4.        To receive one-half unit credit, a student must meet with the teacher/tutor a minimum of twenty-four (24) clock hours and be assigned thirty-six (36) additional clock hours of work.

5.        To receive a full unit credit, a student must meet with the teacher/tutor a minimum of forty-eight (48) clock hours and be assigned seventy-two (72) additional clock hours of work.

6.        Physical Education (1/4 credit) is considered a lab course.  To complete the requirements, a teacher certified to teach physical education at the high school level must document sixty (60) hours of physical activity.

7.        At the conclusion of the course, the teacher/tutor shall submit to the guidance office documented proof of the clock hours taught, the additional clock hours of work assigned along with the assignments completed, test results, the final grade, etc.

8.        The student or the student’s parent/guardian must pay all costs.

9.        This is a make-up ONLY program.  It may not be utilized by a student to avoid taking required courses offered in the school’s regular program.

10.     Credit will be granted to the student upon complete evaluation of the program.  The credit shall be placed on the student’s transcript at the high school.

11.     All course work must be completed and final grade received from the teacher/tutor NO LATER THAN MAY 1 of the senior year if the student wishes to participate in graduation.




This program permits high school students to enroll in a participating Ohio college either on a full or part-time basis.  Completed courses will earn high school and/or college credit.




Students living in adjacent school districts who wish to attend Caldwell High School may do so, tuition free, provided they are accepted as open-enrollment students.  Adjacent districts which may participate include Switzerland of Ohio Local, Morgan Local, Fort Frye Local, and Noble Local Schools.  The following criteria must be met in order for a student to be accepted as an open enrollment student:


1.        An application must be submitted to the Superintendent’s office between the first and last school day in April.

2.        The applications will be acted upon by June 15.

3.        One application must be submitted each year for each student who requests an inter-district transfer.

4.        Application and approval information may be shared with the Superintendent’s office of the student’s district of residence.





The academic valedictorian and salutatorian will be selected based upon the cumulative grade point average at the end the third nine weeks.  Cumulative grade point average will be figured to two (2) decimal places.  Consideration for valedictorian or salutatorian shall occur if the student has been enrolled for four (4) consecutive semesters.


For those students participating in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program, all grades from the fall semester or winter quarter will be used in determining cumulative grade point average.  All required courses must be completed by the end of the fall semester or winter quarter.  It is the responsibility of the student to insure that the Guidance Counselor has received grades from the college.


The valedictorian and  salutatorian will participate in the Caldwell High School graduation ceremonies.  The vocational schools’ valedictorian and salutatorian will be recognized at graduation ceremonies.






The purpose of this program is to provide Caldwell High School seniors with an opportunity to gain some work experience prior to graduation and to provide a smooth transition from school to work.


Seniors may be excused from school up to three (3) periods early in order to go to work, provided he/she meets the following criteria:

1.        The student must have earned at least fifteen (15) credits and be classified as a senior.


2.        The student must have a job where a work permit is required. 


3.        The student must have a properly completed work permit on file with the employer and the school district.


4.        The student must be carrying the equivalent of five (5) credits during both semesters of the senior year.  (In certain cases, the principal may waive this.)


5.        After the first six weeks of the school year, the student must have passed all his/her classes during the previous grading period.


6.        No student will be excused prior to 1:09 during any school day in order to participate in this program.


7.        All paper work (work permit, application for this program) must be completed and brought to school no later than August 11, 2005.


8.        No student schedule will be modified to accommodate this program after August 12, 2005.


9.        If a student is no longer employed, he/she must notify the school and is required to be in school the full school day.  Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.


10.     The employer agrees to notify the school if the student quits or loses his job.


11.     The application to participate in this program must be signed by the student, parent/guardian, employer, counselor, and principal.  The application must be on file in the principal’s office no later than August 11, 2002.


12.     Violation of any of these criteria will be cause for the student to forfeit his privilege to participate in the program, and he/she will be required to be in school the entire school day.








The Board of Education of the Caldwell School District, in an effort to promote an improved learning environment, unfettered by disruptive student conduct, codifies these district policies and procedures dealing with student behavior. This comprehensive Code of Student Conduct is developed for the encouragement of knowledge, creativity, understanding, tolerance and protection of all learners.

Proper discipline is fundamental to a sound educational environment and is essential for safe and orderly schools. It is intended that the Code of Student Conduct give direction for proper student behavior in the classrooms, halls, and grounds of the school system during school hours and during any extracurricular or school-sponsored event on or off campus.

This Code of Student Conduct is to establish behavior standards for students, delineate specific violations of school rules, and outline appropriate responses to student misbehavior. Acts of gross misconduct, flagrant discourtesy, abusive or vile language, acts of violence and/or deliberate insubordination are not to be tolerated and should be referred immediately to the administration or the dean of students.

Procedures for emergency removal, suspension, expulsion, and permanent exclusion are included. The authority of the Board of Education to regulate matters of student behavior is identified in various portions of the Revised Code of the State of Ohio as indicated.




1.        The rights and limits of students respecting freedom of speech, press, and assembly shall be in accord with the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.


2.        Students shall have the right of representation and due process procedures in matters of suspension, removal, and expulsion.


3.        In light of these orderly procedures for dealing with student concerns, no student shall disrupt any school-related activity.


4.        Every member of the school community, including students, parents, and the school staff, has the responsibility to promote regular attendance at school, orderly conduct and behavior, freedom from fear of insult or injury, and maximum opportunities for learning on the part of each student.


5.        The privileges and rights of all students shall be guaranteed without regard to race, religion, sex, creed, or national origin.









The Board of Education and School Administration recognize the rights of students as individual.  It is also recognized that these rights must be balanced with the interests of an orderly and effective educational process in a school environment conducive to the healthy growth and development of all students.  Teachers must be able to teach, supervise, and conduct their educational program.

Students should not lose their right to a good education because of the disruptive actions of another student.  In general, we all must consider the rights of others and assume the responsibilities that our rights place upon us.


In order that this may be accomplished, the following student conduct code for Caldwell High School is established.


Expectations for Student Behavior:


Students at Caldwell High School are to maintain high standards of behavior. Students are expected to:

1.        Attend school on a regular basis consistent with the attendance

policy of the district and the Ohio Revised Code.

2.     Demonstrate respect for the rights and property of others.

3         Follow the directions of appropriate persons of authority,

4         Remain free from the influence of illegal drugs, alcohol or   


5.     Behave in a manner consistent with all safety rules and


6.     Follow all other rules of the school and board of education.

7.     Be prepared for all classes.


Violations of the Code of Conduct:

The following are violations of the code of conduct. Some of these offenses are considered to be more serious than others. Type I offenses are considered to be the least serious. Type II offenses are considered to be more serious. Type III offenses are considered to be the most serious. It is important to note that repeated violations or cumulative offenses of even the less serious offenses can result in suspension or expulsion, especially if other means have been exhausted in changing the student’s pattern of conduct. Some of the more serious violations, depending upon the circumstances, may require emergency removal, suspension, expulsion, or even permanent exclusion of the student after the first offense. Specific responses to these violations are outlined in building handbooks.



Type I Offenses

Type I offenses are the least serious. Disciplinary responses will vary according to the grade level and may include: teacher warning or teacher conference; parent notification; parent conference; and detention or other loss of privilege assigned by the teacher. A Type I offense may be reclassified as a Type II offense when at the discretion of the principal if the offense is extreme in nature.

1.        Disruption of school--A student shall not disrupt or obstruct the educational process during any curricular or extra curricular activity.

2.        Dress Code Violations--A student shall not dress or appear in a fashion deemed inappropriate pursuant to board policy. Dress code violations include, but are not limited to the following: a. clothing or apparel that is an interference with the safety, health, welfare of that of other students including the wearing of rings, belts, or chains that may cause injury to other students or damage to property; b. clothing or apparel that promotes the use of drugs, tobacco or alcohol; c. non-accordance with the requirements of specific programs; d. disruption or interference with the educational process including violations of local standards of decency; .and e. other violations as outlined in the school’s handbook.


A.  DRESS CODE: Dress and grooming for the students of Caldwell High School is an individual matter as long as common rules of health, safety, and decency are maintained. The following guidelines should be followed at all times within Caldwell High School facilities. Students attending activities outside the school day will be asked to use good judgment and common sense in their selection of garments.

1.        All clothing should be neat and clean.

2.        Shoes or sandals MUST be worn at all times.(Roller blades/skates, roller shoes) are not permitted during school hours No Flip-Flops will be allowed due to health and safety reasons.

3.        All tops MUST cover both shoulders (a minimum of three fingers wide; apron tops, muscle shirts, spaghetti straps would be unacceptable).   Manufactured sleeveless shirts are acceptable if closely fitting under the arm.  Baggy basketball jerseys are not acceptable.

4.        All parts of your top MUST touch the top of your lower garment 

(While standing or sitting).  All tops   MUST be long enough to be tucked in, if asked to do so.

5.        Spandex materials are unacceptable. (i.e. biker tops and shorts).

6.        Hats, visors, and scarves/bandannas are unacceptable headwear for  male and females. (Hats and visors must be kept in student lockers.)

7.        Any language or patterns of clothing MUST be socially acceptable. Language and/or patterns cannot be vulgar, profane, or suggestive of drug or alcoholic usage or other illegal activities. (i.e. Hooters shirts, Budweiser shirts, Big Johnson shirts, etc. are unacceptable)

8.        Sunglasses may not be worn during school hours.

9.        Clothing may not be excessively torn or revealing. (No cleavage will  be shown).

10.     Book bags, carrying cases, or any item large enough to carry a book,  shall be kept in lockers and not taken to classes, lunch or study halls

11.     No CHAINS (choker chains, dogs, wallet chains, etc.) of any form will be allowed at school.







1.  First Offense

a. Student will be asked to correct infraction while at school.  

            Staff member dealing with the infraction should document            


b. Student may have to call home for new clothing.

c. If not corrected, student may be sent to in-school  or   

    Saturday School assigned.

2. Second Offense (infraction must be corrected)

a. Detentions should be issued.

b. Staff member dealing with the infraction should issue 


3. Additional Infractions (infraction must be corrected)

a. Student will be sent to the Principal.

b. Saturday School will be issued.

3.        Littering--A student shall not litter any interior or exterior area 

owned by or under the control of the Caldwell Board of Education.

4.         Loitering--A student shall not loiter in rest rooms or other areas of the building, nor participate in an activity for which the area was not designated or intended.

5.        Profanity--A student shall not use profane language or obscene gestures.

6.     Prohibited Items--In order to avoid disruption to the educational  process and to minimize the risk of loss of student property, students are asked to refrain from bringing to school the following items: radios, tape players, compact disc players, pagers, cell phones, electronic entertainment devices, skateboards, laser pointers or other electronic devices. If student is found with the above listed items it will be confiscated until claimed by the parent or legal guardian.

7.     Public Display of Affection--Students shall refrain from any excessive display of affection such as kissing or sustained hugging.

8.     Tardiness--Tardiness is disruptive to the educational process and is subject to school guidelines. Excessive tardiness is subject to further disciplinary measures and may affect student achievement and grades.

A tardy will be unexcused if late to school without parental contact/note with appropriate excuse. Late to class without the appropriate pass is also considered unexcused tardy to class.


Type II Offenses
1.     Chronic Truant Student- A “chronic” truant is any child of compulsory school age who is absent without a legitimate excuse for seven (7) or more consecutive school days, or ten (10) or more school days in one (1) month or fifteen (15) or more school days in a school year.

2.     Damage to property--A student shall not cause or attempt to cause damage to school property, public property, or the personal property of others at any school activity on or off school grounds. Damage under $100.00 will be considered a Type II offense.

3.     Emergency Evacuation Procedures-- A Student shall not interfere with  any emergency evacuation procedures for fire or tornado drills by failing to comply with drill procedures.

4.     Fraudulent Behavior--A student shall not cheat, lie, mislead, forge, misrepresent, plagiarize, or engage in any other deceitful act while under the jurisdiction of the school, while fulfilling responsibilities associated with being a student, or while representing the school in any capacity. This includes compliance with the district computer use policies and procedures.

5.     Frightening, degrading, or disgraceful behavior--A student shall refrain from behavior which frightens, degrades, disgraces, or tends to frighten, degrade, or disgrace, any person by written, verbal, or gesture means during any period of time when the student is under the jurisdiction of the school.

6.        Gambling-- A student, while on school premises or at a school sponsored activity, shall not engage in gambling or games of chance. Playing cards, dice and other items commonly associated with gambling shall neither be brought to nor used in school, unless part of an approved educational game or activity. Approved school groups may sponsor fundraising raffles with the permission of the building principal.

7.        Habitual Truant StudentA “habitual” truant is any child of compulsory school age who is absent without a legitimate excuse for five (5) or more consecutive school days, or seven (7) or more school days in one (1) month or twelve (12) or more school days in a school year.

8.        Inappropriate use of the Internet-- The use of the telecommunication network for illegal, inappropriate, or unethical purposes by students is prohibited. Students using the Internet on school grounds are expected to comply with the acceptable use policy and procedure of the district. The use of the Internet must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of Caldwell High School. Use of the network and computer resources must comply with rules appropriate for that network. Specific examples of inappropriate useare found in files EDE board policy and procedure “Computer Networks/Internet Use” and are contained in the acceptable use agreement signed by each student with Internet access. This acceptable use agreement is also signed by the student’s parent or legal guardian.

9.        Insubordination, disrespect--A student shall obey all reasonable directions and instructions given by school personnel, and act in a respectful manner toward school personnel during any period of time when the student is under the jurisdiction of the school.

10.     Safety--A student shall not perform or participate in any act that could result in injury to self or another person, including engaging in rowdy behavior, rough play, or running in inappropriate areas.

11.     Trespassing--A student shall not trespass within or upon premises that are specified as being off limits. Students who have been removed from school through emergency removal, out-of-school suspension, expulsion, or permanent exclusion are not permitted on school grounds.

12.     Truancy and Unexcused absences--Truancy is declared when a student is absent from the school for any portion of the school day without school authorization. Excuses from school must meet the conditions stipulated in

board policy and administrative procedures and the Ohio Revised Code. In cases of a prolonged or excessive absence, a doctor’s certificate may be required to verify the absence in question.

13.   Plagiarism-Definition: Plagiarism is presenting as one’s own in whole or in part the argument, language, creations, conclusions, or scientific data of another without explicit acknowledgement. Examples include but are not limited to:

1.  Using another person’s written or spoken words,

2.  Using information from a World Wide Web site, CD-

     ROM or other electronic sources.

3.  Using statistics, graphs, charts and facts without    

                   acknowledging the source of the ideas.

4.  Paraphrasing, which is using someone else’s argument 

     without acknowledging the source by imitating the  

     argument using other words.

5.  Online, pocket, calculator style translators may not be



14.  CHEATING - The following is classified as cheating:

1.        To copy, fax, duplicate assignments that will each be turned in as   "original".

2.        To exchange assignments by printout, disk transfer or modem, then submit as "original"

3.        To write formulas, codes, key words on your person or objects for use in an evaluation.

4.        To use unauthorized reference sheets during an  


5.     To exchange answers with others (either to give or to 

        receive) unless directed by the teacher.

                                6.     To take someone else's assignment and submit it as your


                                7.      To communicate in any form during an evaluation

                                         without teacher permission.

                                8.      To misrepresent one's performance or someone else's

                                         performance on an evaluation.

9.      To submit material (written or designed by someone   

         else) without giving the author/artist name and/or   

                                         source any form of plagiarism.

10.     To give or receive knowledge of an evaluation prior to

        its administration.



1.        Teacher gives a zero (0) to student on the 


2.        The teacher shall call the parent(s) to inform

        them of the cheating infraction.  The teacher  

                                                            should let the parent(s) know that the 

            Administration will be notified of the

                                            incident and that the child will be referred                                                                                              to  the office.               


3.    The punishment for any cheating incident will  


a.        1st offense - one (1) day of Saturday School

b.        2nd offense - one (1) day of In-School  

        Suspension (ISS)

c.        3rd offense - three (3) days of ISS or Saturday 


d.        4th offense - alternative school assignment

                                                         (number of days yet to be determined)


Type III Offenses

Type III offenses are considered the most serious. Disciplinary responses will vary and in addition to the measures listed above may include: referral to outside agencies (including law enforcement;) home visitation; referral to an intervention assistance team; restitution, In-School Suspension, Saturday School, out-of-school suspension; or expulsion.


1. Assault, Fighting, or Hitting--A student under the jurisdiction of the school shall not cause or threaten physical injury nor behave in such a way which could cause physical injury to another.

2. Dangerous weapons and instruments--A student, while under the jurisdiction of the school, shall not possess, handle, transmit, or conceal any object which might be considered a dangerous weapon or instrument of violence pursuant to board policy.  Possession shall be defined, but not be limited to the following: objects carried or concealed on one’s person; objects contained in one’s locker or any other setting selected to conceal such item(s) or materials(s); and objects contained in a vehicle owned or driven by such person.

The use of any instrument in a fight or assault is prohibited. Students may not bring guns, knives, bullets, martial arts equipment, explosives, etc., to school. Dangerous weapons will be dealt with pursuant to the following BOE policy and compliance with state and federal laws.  The Board is committed to providing the students of the District with an educational environment that is free of the dangers of firearms, knives and other dangerous weapons in the schools.

The definition of a firearm shall include any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of any explosive, the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or any destructive device (as defined in 18 U.S.C. Section 921), which includes but is not limited to any explosive, incendiary, or poisonous gas bomb, grenade, or rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, mine or device similar to any of the devices described above.

Students are prohibited from bringing or possessing a firearm on school property or in a school vehicle. If a student brings a firearm on school property or in a school vehicle, the Superintendent shall expel the student from school for a period of one calendar year. Any such expulsion shall extend, as necessary, into the school year following the school year in which the incident occurred. The Superintendent may reduce this requirement, on a case-by-case basis, based upon mitigating factors such as mistake or lack of intent or other reasons required by law.

Students are also prohibited from bringing or possessing knives on school property or in a school vehicle. A knife shall be defined as a cutting instrument consisting of a sharp blade capable of inflicting serious bodily harm. If a student brings a knife on school property or in a school vehicle, the Superintendent may expel the student from school for a period not to exceed one year and such expulsion shall extend, as necessary, into the school year following the school year in which the incident that gives rise to the expulsion takes place. 

LEGAL REFERENCES: ORC3313.66, 3313.661, 20 USC 8921 - TITLE IX 9001-9005/18 USC 921

3. Drug Possession: including marijuana, narcotics, alcoholic beverages, and illegal/non-prescription drugs--A student, while under the jurisdiction of the school, shall not possess, use, transmit, conceal, or show any sign of consumption of any alcoholic beverage, illicit drug, inhalant, illegally obtained prescription medication, counterfeit or look-alike drugs, or drug paraphernalia as specified in board policy.  Possession shall be defined, but not be limited to, the following: objects carried or concealed on one’s person; objects contained in one’s locker or any other setting selected to conceal item(s) or material(s); and objects contained in a vehicle owned or driven by such person.

Possession shall include but not be limited to the following:

a. objects carried or concealed on one’s person

b. objects contained in one’s locker or any other setting selected to conceal item(s) or material(s)

c. objects contained in a vehicle owned or driven by such person.  Additionally, no one shall deliver, attempt 

to deliver or cause to be delivered a non -controlled substance which the person;

1.        represents to be a controlled substance

2.        represents to be of a nature, appearance or effect which will allow the recipient to display, sell, 

 distribute, or use the substance as a controlled   



4. False Alarms--A student shall not participate in any false alarm or threat related to emergency procedures.

5. Harassment - Hazing --No student or person in attendance at this school will conspire to haze or engage in hazing, nor commit an act that injures, frightens, degrades or disgraces a fellow student or person attending such institution.

6. Harassment - Racial Harassment--A student while on school premises or at a school-sponsored activity shall not engage in any behavior that could be characterized as racial harassment. Racial harassment can include: threatening behavior, intimidation, degrading actions, racial slurs or epithet, (whether pictured, spoken, written, or computer generated), unwanted physical contact, discrimination, or violence.

NOTE: If you believe you are a victim of racial harassment, you are to contact the building principal immediately. Any retaliation against any individual who has filed a complaint or participated in any manner in an investigation of a racial harassment complaint is expressly prohibited.

7. Harassment - Sexual Harassment-- A student, while on school premises or at a school-sponsored activity, shall not engage in any behavior that could be characterized as sexual harassment. All types of sexual harassment are prohibited. Sexual harassment will include, but not be limited to, the following: verbal abuse, insults, suggestive comments, sexual demands, leering, subtle forms of pressure for sexual activity, physical aggressiveness including any unwelcome physical contact, exposing another to sexually oriented pictures or text, telling sexually oriented jokes, attempted rape, or rape.

NOTE: If you believe you are a victim of sexual harassment, you are to contact the building principal immediately.

8. Harassment - Staff Members-- A student shall not interfere with the life style of any staff member. Interference may include disrespect, harassment, vandalism or any other disruptive actions.

9. Serious Safety Violations-- An action will be considered a Type III offense when the student commits an act that could result in serious injury to self or to others.

10. Theft--A student, while on school premises or at a school-sponsored activity, shall not steal, attempt to steal, or be in possession of stolen property or equipment belonging to the school district or the personal property of another student, teacher, visitor, person(s) or business.

11. Tobacco--A student shall not possess or use tobacco in any form while on school property (including buses,) or at any school-sponsored function, pursuant to board policy. Students that are in Violation of the Law may be cited into Juvenile Court and will receive a ticket.

12. Vandalism--A student shall not willfully destroy, damage, or deface public or private property. Damage over $100.00 will be considered a Type III offense.

13. Violations of the law--A student shall obey all laws and ordinances when the student is under the jurisdiction of the school.

14. Threats by Students -Caldwell hereby prohibits threats against school district staff members or students. A threat will be considered to exist when there is an avowed present determination to injure another or his property whether presently or in the future. A threat will be considered as:

A. A communicated intent to inflict physical or other harm on the person or property of a staff member or student.

B. A declaration of purpose or intent to inflict injury to the person, property or rights of another.  Staff members shall report all threats against staff members and/or serious threats against students to their building administrator as soon as practical.

Incidents that will be construed to represent serious threats

include by are not limited to:

a. A student threatens to kill another.

b. A student threatens to cause serious bodily harm or injury to another.

c. A student threatens to cause serious destruction of public or private property.

d. A student threatens to bring a dangerous weapon or explosive to the school or campus.

Disciplinary Options of Conduct Violations

When a student violates this Code of Student Conduct, the school will appropriately intervene to help the student regain self-direction and control through a variety of school-centered responses. Parental involvement is considered to be a very important part of our response to student misconduct. The individual student, the grade level of the student, special education status of the student, and the circumstances surrounding disciplinary event will be considered.


Repeated Violations

A student shall not repeatedly fail to comply with directions of teachers, student teachers, substitute teachers, teacher aides, principal, or other authorized school personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under the authority of school personnel. Disciplinary measures may be more severe when a student has repeated violations or cumulative offenses.


Law Enforcement

In the event that an incident of student misconduct is also a violation of the law, school officials should first refer the incident to the appropriate law enforcement officials. This should include but not necessarily be limited to any incident involving dangerous weapons, drug possession, theft, and assault.


Emergency Removal

If a pupil’s presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process taking place either within a classroom or elsewhere on the school premises, the superintendent, a principal, or an assistant principal may remove a pupil from curricular or extra-curricular activities or from the school premises, and a teacher may remove a pupil from curricular or extra-curricular activities under his/her supervision, without notice or hearing requirements. As soon as practical after making such a removal, the teacher shall submit in writing to the principal the reasons for such removal. The guidelines for emergency removal of a student are outlined in administrative procedure.

If the superintendent or the principal reinstates a pupil in a curricular or extra-curricular activity under the teacher’s supervision prior to the hearing following a removal under this division, the teacher shall, upon request, be given in writing the reasons for such reinstatement.



The superintendent or the principal may suspend a pupil from school for not more than ten (10) school days. A suspension may carry over semesters and school years. If a suspension is carried over from one school year to another, it must be a suspension that is executed by the superintendent. No pupil shall be suspended unless prior to the suspension all due process rights are followed as specified in board policy and administrative procedures. These rights include:

1. The superintendent or principal must give written notice of the intention to suspend and the reasons for the intended suspension (and, if applicable, notice that the superintendent may seek permanent exclusion)

to the pupil. The notice should include all rules violated.

2. The pupil must be given an informal hearing to challenge the reasons for the intended suspension or otherwise explain his actions.

3. If the student has been suspended, the superintendent or principal must notify the parent, custodian, or guardian and the board’s treasurer, in writing, within one (1) school day of the suspension and such notice must include the reasons for the suspension, the right to appeal the action to the board or its designee, the right to a hearing, the right to request the hearing be held in executive session, if applicable, notice that the superintendent may seek permanent exclusion.


Threats by Students

Upon learning of a confirmed threat to a staff member or student, the building administrator shall take the following action:

1. The student will be suspended for ten (10) days. Notice of intent to appeal such suspension will not result in the student returning to school until the appeal is heard.

2. Notify the Caldwell Police Department or Noble County Sheriff’s Department of the incident. If the threat was made against a staff member, they may make a written request to not notify law enforcement. If the threat was made to a student, the parents/guardians of the threatened student shall be notified of the threat.

3. A conference will be scheduled with the parents/guardians as soon as practicable to explain the necessary steps to return to school.



The superintendent of schools may expel a pupil from school for one calendar year as stipulated in board policy, “Dangerous Weapons In The Schools.” Otherwise, the superintendent may expel a pupil from school for a period not to exceed eighty (80) school days. If there are fewer than 80 days remaining in the school year, the expulsion may be carried over into the following school year. No pupil shall be expelled unless prior to his expulsion all due process rights are followed as specified in board policy and administrative procedure. These rights include:

1.        The pupil and his parent, guardian, or custodian must be given  

     written notice of the intention to expel.

2. The written notice must include the reasons (and, if applicable, notice that the superintendent may seek permanent exclusion); the opportunity to appear before the superintendent or his designee to challenge the reasons; the date of the hearing; appraisement of the right to be represented; and the right to request an extension of time.





Listed below are the basic types of disciplinary action that may be used in conjunction with violations of the school conduct code.  Please be advised that these disciplinary measures may be used in combination without constituting double jeopardy.


1.        Issue verbal reprimand.

2.        Restrict or remove privileges.

3.        Assign detentions (before or after school or at lunch).

4.        Assign students to attend Saturday school

5.        Place student on restricted list.

6.        Advise parents by telephone.

7.        Advise parents by letter.

8.        Hold conference with parents and/or student

9.        Refer student to counselor.

10.     Refer student to psychologist.

11.     Emergency removal of student from class.

12.     Assign students to perform custodial duties.

13.     Withhold grades and/or transcripts.

14.     Out-of-school suspension (1 to 10 days).

15.     Recommend expulsion to the Superintendent.

16.     Remove student from an activity or school organization; remove student privileges.

17.     Require restitution (in case of stealing or property damage).

18.     Notify police and/or court authorities.

19.     Move to cite student to court.

20.     Refer student to Children’s Services.


The severity of disciplinary measures taken is dependent on the severity of the offense committed.  However, the progression from least severe to most severe is as follow:

-          Placement on restricted list

-          Office assigned detention

-          Saturday School

-          Out of School Suspension

-          Recommendation for Expulsion




The intent of disciplinary actions taken is to modify the behavior that led to the disciplinary measure.  Certain measures are not always effective with all students.  Therefore, the following accumulation of offenses will take place.  Once a student progresses to the next level, he/she may not return to a lower level.


-          On the third (3rd) time a student is place on the restricted list, an office detention will also be assigned.

-          On the fourth (4th) office detention, a Saturday School will be assigned instead.

-          On the fourth (4th) Saturday School, a one (1) day out of school suspension will be assigned instead.

-          On the fourth (4th) time that a student is suspended from school, a recommendation for expulsion will be made, with the possibility of charges being filed in Juvenile Court.




Saturday School will be held from 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM on dates to be designated by the principal.  Doors will be locked at 7:00 AM.  Any student not arriving on time or failing to appear will be assigned a one (1) day out of school suspension or an additional Saturday School is assigned.


A second instance of failing to serve Saturday School or arriving late will be referred to Juvenile Court.  All subsequent instances of failing to serve Saturday School or arriving late will be referred to Juvenile Court.








1.        Students must report with appropriate materials to read or study.  Students are expected to be working the entire time they are in Saturday School.


2.        Sleeping, staring out of the windows, use of electronic equipment, or any other non-study items will not be permitted.


3.        Silence will be maintained at all times.


4.        Students will follow the directions of the Saturday School supervisor at all times.


5.        Students are expected to properly complete all work assigned for Saturday School.  Failure to satisfactory complete all work assigned will result in an additional Saturday School being assigned.  The teacher assigning the work will determine if the work has been properly completed.


6.        Violation of any of these rules will result in the student being sent home from Saturday School with the loss of time served and another Saturday School being assigned.








A.      THREATENING HARM – No student shall physically, verbally, or in writing, threaten to harm another student, faculty member, other school employees, or their family members or property.  This includes insinuations of threats to do so.

-          1st Violation – 1-3 days OSS, Saturday School(s) or ISS

-          2nd Violation – 3 – 5 days OSS, Saturday School(s) or ISS

-          3rd Violation – 10 day OSS with recommendation for                                    expulsion

B.       FIGHTING/MUTUAL COMBAT – A student should not engage in physical conduct toward another person which leads, or under the circumstances could lead, to harm such other person or bystanders.

-          1st Violation – 3 days OSS, Saturday School(s) or ISS

-          2nd Violation – 5 days OSS, Saturday School(s) or ISS

-          3rd Violation – 10 day OSS with recommendation for                                    expulsion

C.       ASSAULT – No student shall knowingly or with reckless disregard cause physical injury to any person while such student is on school premises, under school authority (including buses) or while at any school-sponsored activity.

-          1st Violation – 10 days OSS, Charges may be filed

-          2nd Violation –10 day OSS with recommendation for                                    expulsion


**In summary, fighting, hitting, and similar actions will not be tolerated at Caldwell High School, on the school buss or at any school activity.


I.                     DAMAGE TO PROPERTY - No student shall cause or attempt to cause damage to school or private property on school premises or at any school activity or function on or off school premises.

-          1st Violation – 1-3 days OSS, Saturday School(s) or ISS

-          2nd Violation – 3 – 5 days OSS, Saturday School(s) or ISS

-          3rd Violation – 10 day OSS with recommendation for                                    expulsion


II.                   THEFT - No student shall cause or attempt to take into possession the public property or equipment of the school district or the personal property of another student, teacher, visitor, other person, or employee of the school district.  Assisting another person to violate this rule is also considered a violation.

Full restitution must be made and, if appropriate, law enforcement officials will be notified in addition to:

-          1st Violation – 1-3 days OSS, Saturday School(s) or ISS

-          2nd Violation – 3 – 5 days OSS, Saturday School(s) or ISS

-          3rd Violation – 10 day OSS with recommendation for                                    expulsion


III.                 TOBACCO - No student shall use, sell, or possess any tobacco product in school buildings, on school grounds, or on school buses.


For purposes of this policy, tobacco is defined as all tobacco products (i.e. cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, clove cigarettes, etc.)

-          1st Violation – 3 days OSS, Saturday School(s) or ISS

-          2nd Violation – 5 days OSS, Saturday School(s) or ISS

-          3rd Violation – 10 day OSS with recommendation for                                    expulsion


IV.                 CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE - No student shall use, exhibit the signs of being under the influence, sell, attempt to sell, possess, give, package, or deliver any prohibited substance while on school property or while involved in a school activity or function.


For purposes of this policy, a prohibited substance is defined as:

1.        All alcoholic beverages.

2.        All dangerous controlled substances as so designated and prohibited by Ohio statute.

3.        All chemicals that release toxic vapors (i.e. glue, gasoline, cleaning fluids, white out, etc.).

4.        Any prescription or patent drugs except those for which permission to use in school has been granted pursuant to Board policy.

5.        Any drug that bears, or whose container or label bears a trademark, trade name or other identifying mark used without authorization of the owner or rights to such trademark, trade name or identifying mark.

6.        Any unmarked or unlabeled substance that is represented to be a controlled substance.

7.        Any substance that is represented to be a controlled substance but is not a controlled substance or is a different controlled substance.

8.        Any substance other than a controlled substance that a reasonable person would believe to be a controlled substance because of its similarity in shape, size, color, markings, labeling, packaging, distribution, or the price for which it is sold or offered for sale.

9.        The use or possession of inhalants or of drug paraphernalia.


1st Violation – 10 days OSS, with possible recommendation for expulsion, and counseling.  A Caldwell Exempted Village School District guidance counselor or an outside agency at the parent’s expense may do the counseling requirement.  Students will be readmitted after the period of suspension only after showing proof of participation in or successful completion of a counseling program.


2nd Violation – 10 days OSS, with recommendation for expulsion, and counseling.  A counselor must do the counseling from an outside agency at the parent/guardian’s expense.  Students will be readmitted after the period of suspension only after showing proof of successful completion of the counseling program.


V.                   INTIMIDATION/DEGRADATION - No student shall engage in any act which intimidates, degrades, or disgraces or tend to intimidate, degrade, or disgrace a teacher, school employee, fellow student, visitor, administrator, or member of the Board of Education by physical, written, verbal, or gestured means. 


-          1st Violation – 1 - 3 days OSS, Saturday School(s) or ISS

-          2nd Violation – 3 – 5 days OSS, Saturday School(s) or ISS

-          3rd Violation – 10 day OSS with recommendation for                                    expulsion


VI.                 DANGEROUS WEAPONS - The Board of Education will not tolerate the possession of weapons or other devices designed to inflict bodily harm by anyone while on District property or at a school-related event.


This prohibition shall also encompass such actions as look-alike items, false fire alarms, bomb threats, or intentional calls to falsely cause a dangerous condition.


1st Violation – 5 – 10 days OSS with possible                                               recommendation for expulsion





No student shall fail to report to Saturday School as assigned.

-          1st Violation – 1 day OSS or Saturday School

-          2nd Violation – Referral to Juvenile Court

-          Subsequent Violations – Referral to Juvenile Court.




It is the policy of the Caldwell Exempted Village Board of Education that hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational process and prohibits all such activities in school facilities, on school property, or at any school-sponsored events.


Hazing shall be defined for purposes of this policy as performing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to perform any act of initiation into any class, team, or organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm.  Permission, consent, or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing shall not lesson the prohibition contained in this policy.


Administrators, faculty members, and other employees of the School District shall be particularly alert to possible situations, circumstances, or events that might include hazing.  If hazing or planned hazing is discovered, the students involved shall be informed by the discoverer of the prohibitions contained in this policy and shall be ordered to end all hazing activities or planned activities immediately.  All hazing incidents shall be reported immediately to the Superintendent.  Students, administrators, faculty members, and other employees who fail to abide by this policy may be subject to disciplinary action and may be held personally liable for civil and criminal penalties in accordance with the law.





The same regulations regarding care of property in the classroom or on the school grounds apply to those pupils who ride the school bus.  Bus pupils are not permitted to go home any other way than on the bus and must not ride any bus other than their route unless special permission is obtained from the principal.  The following regulations are in effect for transported students:


1.        The bus driver shall be in full charge of the bus at all times and shall be responsible for order.

2.        The driver of the bus may assign each pupil a seat.

3.        All pupils shall be ready in the morning at the scheduled time for the bus to arrive at each established stop.  The bus cannot wait for those who are tardy.

4.        Students may ride only the bus to which they are assigned by the Transportation Director.

5.        Students riding the bus will observe the following rules:

A.      Load and unload from the bus at its designated stop in an orderly manner.

B.       There must be absolute quiet at railroad crossings and other places of danger as specified by the driver.

C.       Noise on the bus should be kept to a minimum.  The same behavior is expected on a school bus as in a classroom.

D.      Pupils should not change seats while the bus is in motion.

E.       Pupils must not throw anything while a passenger in the bus.

F.       Pupils must not hang any object or part of their body outside the bus window.

G.      Any student who insists on misbehaving may be denied the privilege of riding the bus by the proper authority.

H.      Students who ride the school bus to school must report directly to school upon arrival.

I.         Students should go directly to the bus when dismissed from school.  When discharged from the bus, they should go directly to their homes.

J.        Students must ride the same bus at all times unless they have a note from the parent/guardian signed by the principal.

K.      Smoking or the use of other forms of tobacco is not permitted on the bus.

L.       Students must sit only in their seat when assigned.

M.     Violation of rules in the Student Conduct Code may be cause for suspension and/or expulsion from the bus.

6.        Any student who is reported to the principal for misconduct on a school bus may be suspended from riding a Caldwell Exempted School bus for a period of time.  Serious offenses may result in permanent exclusion from riding a school bus for the remainder of the school year.

7.        When a student is suspended from riding a school bus, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to transport the student.

8.        Any student who damages a school bus in any way will be denied bus transportation and will be required to reimburse the district for damage.


Penalties for Infractions

A student who becomes a behavior problem on the bus shall be disciplined in accordance with the Student Discipline Code and may be deprived of the privilege of riding on the bus.


Sequence of Discipline for all Caldwell Exempted Village School Buses

A.  For violations of bus rules that do not immediately post a threat to the safety of self, other riders or the driver Examples:  standing while bus is in motion, yelling, sticking body parts outside of the window.

Incident 1                        Warning - Verbal by driver

Incident 2                        Warning - Written by driver through building  

                                                          administrator responsible for bus discipline

Incident 3                        One day of suspended bus riding privileges

Incident 4                        Three days of suspended bus riding privileges

Incident 5                        Five days of suspended bus riding privileges

Incident 6                        Ten days of suspended bus riding privileges

Incident 7                        Suspension of bus riding privileges for

                                        remainder of school year

*  Penalties will carry over into the following school year.


B.  For violation of bus rules that endanger self, other bus riders or the bus driver and/or are offensive in nature Examples:  fighting, throwing items on the bus, throwing items out of the bus, profanity, refusal of a student to follow a bus driver’s directions, smoking, destruction of property.  Parent/Guardian will be responsible for restitution.

Incident 1                        One to three days’ suspension of bus riding


Incident 2                        Five to ten days’ suspension of bus riding


Incident 3                        Suspension of bus riding privileges for the

                                        remainder of school year.

*  Penalties will carry over into the following school year.

*  Severe violations of bus rules may result in the immediate suspension of bus riding privileges for the remainder of the school year.  Examples:  possession of drugs/alcohol, possession of a weapon.




The rules below apply to all students who operate any type of vehicle on the way to or from school, school activities, or on school grounds.  Violation of these rules may result in removal of driving privileges and/or discipline measures as specified in the Conduct Code.  Student driving and student parking are privileges extended to those exhibiting good judgment and responsibility in the operation and supervision of a vehicle.  Although parking areas are provided as a convenience, they, as well as any vehicle on them, are subject to school supervision, control, and search.




1.        The basic rule is a simple one – Vehicles must be operated in a responsible manner at all times.

2.        Students shall not park motor vehicles in any area designated as off-limits to student vehicles.  Students shall not part in “No-Parking” or “Handicapped” zones.  Other “Off-Limits” parking areas include in front of the District Office and assigned staff parking areas.  Vehicle may be towed at the cost of the student.

3.        Students shall not loiter in vehicles on school grounds. 

A.      Upon arriving, students shall park their vehicles in a proper parking space, leaving the parking lot area, and report to the building.

B.       Students shall not go to vehicles during the school day without the permission from the principal or his designee.

4.        The transporting of other students off school grounds when they do not have permission to leave will be considered as serious an offense as leaving yourself without permission.

5.        All state and local traffic laws must be obeyed.

6.        When you drive to school, you must accept the consequences for you inability to get to school on time.  Mechanical breakdown, weather conditions, train delays, road construction, and other similar incidents will not be considered acceptable reasons for excused tardiness.


Students who choose to violate these driving regulations may have their driving privileges revoked for a specified period of time or for the remainder of the school year.






The Caldwell High School is pleased to make available to students access to interconnected computer systems within the district and to the Internet, the worldwide network that provides various means of accessing significant educational materials and opportunities. In order for the school district to be able to continue to make its computer network and Internet access available, all students and staff must take responsibility for appropriate and lawful use of this access. Students must understand that one student’s misuse of the network and Internet access may jeopardize the ability of all students to enjoy such access. While the school’s teachers and other staff will make reasonable efforts to supervise student use of network and Internet access, they must have student cooperation in exercising and promoting responsible use of this access.

Below is the “Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy” (Policy) of the school district and the data acquisition site that provides Internet access to the school district. Upon reviewing, signing, and returning this Policy as directed, each student and staff member will be given the opportunity to enjoy Internet access at school and is agreeing to follow the Policy. If a student is under 18 years of age, the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must read and sign the Policy. (Signing of the school handbook is accepted by the district as a direct signing of the policy.)

The school district cannot provide access to any student who, if 18 or older, fails to sign and submit the Policy to the school as directed or, if under 18, does not return the Policy as directed with the signatures of the

student and his/her parents or guardians.  Listed below are the provisions of your agreement regarding computer network and Internet use. If you have any questions about these provisions, you should contact the person that your school has designated as the one to whom you can direct your questions. If any user violates this Policy, the users access will be denied, if not already provided, or withdrawn and he or she may be subject to additional disciplinary action.



By signing this Policy, you are agreeing not only to follow the rules in this Policy, but are agreeing to report any misuse of the network to the person designated by the school for such reporting. Misuse means any violations of this Policy, but has the effect of harming another or his or her property.



A student or staff member who submits to the school, as directed, a properly signed Policy and follows the Policy to which she or he has agreed will have computer network and Internet access during the course of the school year only (extended contract personnel shall have access as required by employment.) Staff and students will be asked to sign a new Policy each year during which they are employees or students in the school district before they are given an access account.

Terms and Conditions



A. Educational Purposes Only. The school district is providing access to its computer networks and the Internet for only education purposes.  If you have any doubt about whether a contemplated activity is education, you may consult with the person(s) designated by the school to help you decide if a use is appropriate.

B. Unacceptable Uses of Network. Among the uses that are considered unacceptable and which constitute a violation of this Policy are the following:

1. Uses that violate the law or encourage others to violate the law.  Don’t transmit offensive or harassing messages; offer for sale or use any substance the possession or use of which is prohibited by the School District’s Student Discipline Policy; view, transmit or download pornographic materials or materials that encourage others to violate the law; intrude into the networks or computers of others; and download or transmit confidential, trade secret information, or copyrighted materials. Even if materials on the networks are not marked with the copyright symbol, you should assume that all materials are protected unless there is explicit permission on the materials to use them. Quoting personal communications in a public forum without the original author’s prior consent is also considered an unacceptable use.

2. Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property. For example, don’t engage in defamation (harming another’s reputation by lies); employ another’s password or some other user identifier that misleads message recipients into believing that someone other than you is communication or otherwise using his/her access to the network or the Internet; upload a worm, virus, “trojan horse,” “time bomb” or other harmful form of programming or vandalism; participate in networks, or information systems. Destruction, modification, or abuse of network hardware and software in any manner is prohibited.

3. Uses that jeopardize the security of student access and of the computer network or other networks on the Internet. For example, don’t disclose or share your password with others; don’t impersonate another user.

4. Uses that are commercial transactions. Students and other users may not sell or buy anything over the Internet. You should not give others private information about you or others, including credit card numbers and social security numbers.

5. Use of the network to load or download unauthorized games, programs, files or other electronic media.

C. Netiquette All users must abide by rules of network etiquette, which include the following:

1. Be polite. Use appropriate language. No swearing, vulgarities, suggestive, obscene, belligerent, or threatening language.

2. Avoid language and uses, which may be offensive to other users.  Don’t use access to make, distribute, or redistribute jokes, stories, or other material, which is based upon slurs or stereotypes relating to race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation.

3. Don’t assume that a sender of e-mail is giving his or her permission for you to forward or redistribute the message to third parties or to give his/her e-mail address to their parties. This should only be done with permission or when you know that the individual would have no objection.

4. Be considerate when sending attachments with e-mail (where this is permitted.) Be sure that the file is not too large to be accommodated by the recipient’s system and is in a format, which the recipient can open.



A. General Warning –Individual Responsibility of Parents and Users.

All users and their parent/guardians are advised that access to the electronic network may include the potential for access to materials inappropriate for school-aged pupils. Every user must take responsibility for his or her use of the computer network and Internet and stay away from these sites. Parents of minors are the best guide to materials to shun. If a student finds that other users are visiting offensive or harmful sites, he or she should report such use to the person designated by the school.

B. Personal Safety. Be safe. In using the computer network and Internet, do not reveal personal information such as your home address or telephone number. Do not use your real last name or any other information which might allow a person to locate you without first obtaining the permission of a supervising teacher. Do not arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you “meet” on the computer network or Internet without your parent’s permission (if you are under 18.) Regardless of your age, you should never agree to meet a person you have only communicated with on the Internet in a secluded place or in a private setting.

C. “Hacking” and Other Illegal Activities. It is a violation of this Policy to use the school’s computer network or the Internet to gain unauthorized access to other computers or computer systems, or to attempt to gain such unauthorized access. Any use which violates state or federal law relating to copyright, trade secrets, the distribution of obscene or pornographic materials, or which violates any other applicable law or municipal ordinance, is strictly prohibited.

D. Confidentiality of Student Information. Personally identifiable information concerning students may not be disclosed or used in any way on the Internet without the permission of a parent or guardian or, if the student is 18 or over, the permission of the student himself/herself. Users should never give out private or confidential information about themselves or others on the Internet, particularly credit card numbers and Social Security numbers. A supervising teacher or administrator may authorize the release of directory information, as defined by Ohio law, for

internal administrative purposes or approved educational projects and activities.

E. Active Restriction Measures. The school, either by itself or in combination with the data acquisition site providing Internet access, will utilize filtering software or other technologies to prevent students from accessing visual depictions that are (1) obscene, (2) child pornography, or (3) harmful to minors. The school will also monitor the online activities of students, through direct observation and/or technological means, to ensure that students are not accessing such depictions or any other material which is inappropriate for minors. Internet filtering software or other technology based protection systems may be disabled by a supervising teacher or school administrator, as necessary, for purposes of bona fide research or other educational projects being conducted by students age 17 or older. The term “harmful to minors” is defined by the Communications Act of  1934 (47 USC Section 254{h} {7}.)



Network and Internet access is provided as a tool for your education. The school district reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store at any time and without prior notice any and all usage of the computer network and Internet access and any and all information transmitted or received in connection with such usage. All such information files shall be and remain the property of the school district and no user shall have any expectation of privacy regarding such materials.



The user’s use of the computer network and Internet is a privilege, not a right. A user who violates this policy, shall at a minimum, have his or her access to the computer network and Internet terminated, which the school district may refuse to reinstate for the remainder of the users tenure in the school district. A user violates this Policy by his or her own action or by failing to report any violations by other users that come to the attention of the user. Further, a user violates his Policy if he or she permits another to use his or her account or password to access the computer network and Internet, including any user whose access has been denied or terminated. The school district may also take other disciplinary action in such circumstances. The district will cooperate with civil authorities any supply evidence of violations which may constitute a criminal offense.



The school district makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, in connection with its provision of access to and use of its computer networks and the Internet provided under this Policy. It shall not be responsible for any claims, losses, damages or costs (including attorney’s fees) of any kind suffered, directly or indirectly, by any user or his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) arising out of the user’s use of its computer networks or the Internet under this Policy. By signing this Policy, users are taking full responsibility for his or her use, and the user who is 18 or older or, in the case of a user under 18, the parent(s) or guardian(s) are agreeing to indemnify and hold the school, the school district, the data acquisition site that provides the computer and Internet access opportunity to the school district and all of their administrators, teachers, and staff harmless from any and all loss, costs, claims or damages resulting from the user’s access to its computer network and the Internet, including but not limited to any fees or charges incurred through purchases of goods or services by the user. The user or, if the user is a minor, the user’s parent(s) or guardian(s) agree to cooperate with the school in the event of the school’s initiating an investigation of a user’s use of his or her access to its computer network and the Internet, whether that use is in a school computer or on another computer outside the school district’s network.



Users, and if appropriate, the user’s parents/guardians, may be asked from time to time to provide new or additional registration and account information or to sign a new Policy, for example, to reflect developments in the law or technology. Such information must be provided by the user (or his/her parents or guardian) or such new Policy must be signed if the user wishes to continue to receive service. If after you have provided your account information, some or all of the information changes, you must notify the person designated by the school to receive such information.



Every student, regardless of age, must read and agree to the statement below.

I have read, understand and agree to abide by the terms of the foregoing “Acceptable Use and Internet Safety” policy. Should I commit any violation or in any way misuse my access to the school district’s computer network and the Internet, I understand and agree that my access privilege may be revoked and school and/or civil disciplinary action may be taken against me.

Parental signing of the handbook signifies agreement to the above.

If I am agreeing to this Policy when I am under 18, I understand that when I turn 18, this Policy will continue to be in full force and effect and agree to abide by this Policy.



To be read and agreed to by parents or guardians of students who are

under 18.

As the parent or legal guardian of the above student, I have read, understand and agree that my child or ward shall comply with the terms of the school district’s “Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy” for the student’s access is being provided to the students for educational purposes only. However, I also understand that it is impossible for the school to restrict access to all offensive and controversial materials and understand my child’s or ward’s responsibility for abiding by the Policy. I am therefore signing this Policy and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the school, the school district and the data acquisition site that provides the opportunity to the school district for computer network and 

 Internet access against all claims, damages, losses and costs, of whatever kind, that may result from my child’s or ward’s use of his or her access to such networks or his or her violation of the foregoing Policy. Further, I accept full responsibility for supervision of my child or ward’s use of his or her access account if and when such access is not in the school setting. I hereby give permission for my child or ward to use the building-approved account to access the school district’s computer network and the Internet.

Parental signing of the handbook signifies agreement to the above policies, procedures, rules and regulations.








I have read, understand and agree to abide by the terms of this “Parent-Student Handbook”.  I also understand that this serves as agreement to Internet Use Policy.


(Print Parent Name)________________________________________________


(Print Student Name)_______________________________________________


(Parent Signature)_________________________________________________


(Student Signature)________________________________________________


(Date) _________________(Grade Level)____________________________

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