Policies, Rules, and Procedures
Millcreek Junior High School is governed by the policies, rules, and regulations of the Davis County School District. This handbook is not designed to be all inclusive in relation to these policies, but is designed to provide an overview for parents and students and to answer some of the most asked questions relating to school.
- Accidents & Illnesses
- Attendance Policies
- Book Fines
- Bullying, Harassment, and Hazing
- Cheating and Plagiarism
- Citizenship Policy
- Class Schedule Change
- Closed Campus
- Computer Agreement
- Counseling Center
- Custody and Guardianship
- Discipline Points
- Dress and Grooming Standards
- Electronic Devices/Cellular Phone Policy
- Eligibility Requirements for Athletics, Cheerleading, and Student Officer
- Emergency Drills
- Extracurricular Activities
- Fees and Fines
- Gang Activity
- Grades, Grading Periods, Mid-Term Reports
- Grade Remediation
All accidents and illnesses which occur on campus are to be reported to the office, where immediate care will be arranged. Students injured at school are not to leave school without proper authorization of the administration. An effort will be made to call parents, guardians, or other family representatives listed on the Student Demographic Form. Paramedics will be called in cases of emergency.
Assemblies are planned for their educational value. It is expected that students will be orderly in entering the gym and in taking their seats. Proper applause will let those participating know that their efforts are appreciated. Stomping, yelling, booing, whistling, etc., are not in good taste.
Attendance and participation in assemblies and other activities are considered privileges, reserved for those students who have maintained satisfactory citizenship and behavior. Students with 50 discipline points or more may not be allowed to participate in these activities.
- Classes will be called to the assembly by the administration.
- Students will sit with their class as directed by their teacher.
- Following the assembly, students will remain seated to receive instruction on returning to class.
- Students required to leave an assembly because of misconduct will receive points and miss assemblies for the remainder of the term.
- A second offense will result in being denied the privilege of attending assemblies for the remainder of the school year.
Attendance according to Utah Code Ann. §53A-11-101.5, clearly states, “Every parent, guardian, or another person having control of any minor between six and eighteen years of age, shall be required to send such a minor to a public or regularly established private school during the regular established school year.” In compliance with these laws, students are to be in attendance unless they are excused due to illness, injury, family emergency, or extenuating circumstances.
When a student is absent, a parent or guardian must contact the school in person, by note, or by phone (402-6206) to clear the absence within two business days of when the absence occurred. The district messaging system will notify parents and guardians of the absence.
Long Term Absence
If a student anticipates being absent from school for more than three days, please pick up an “Excused Extended Absence Application” from the office and have it completed prior to their absence. It is always helpful to give teachers a few days’ notice before a long-term absence. The purpose of this form is to guarantee credit for completed assignments once the student returns to school.
If a student arrives at school more than five minutes late, they must check-in at the attendance window. If a student misses more than 20 minutes of class time, it will be considered an absence, rather than a tardy, and the student will need to have their absence cleared by a parent or guardian.
A student must officially checkout in the office if he or she is going to leave school before the end of the school day. For student safety, parents or guardians must show identification when checking out their students. The school cannot release students from school to anyone but the legal guardian or adult designated by the guardian on the Student Demographic Form. No student will be allowed to leave school without the proper clearance from a parent or guardian. To speed up the check-out process a note may be given to the student’s teacher indicating what time the student should go to the check-out window to meet their parent or guardian.
If a student checks-out and returns, they must check-in with the office. The student will be given an admittance form to show to their teacher. Parent signatures are not needed upon returning.
Lunch at home: A student must have a pre-signed pass, which can be obtained in the office, to go home for lunch. The administration will validate the pass and keep it on file in the main office. The student must check-out prior to leaving the building and check-in upon return. This privilege may be revoked if misused.
For safety and health reasons, backpacks, book bags, large purses, musical instruments and any other satchels (briefcases, gym bags, boxes, or any item with handles) are to be kept in lockers during school hours. Backpacks and satchels are to be used only to transport materials to and from school. All such bags are subject to search.
Conduct: To ensure safe transportation, students must act responsibly when riding the school bus. All students being transported are under the authority of the bus driver and must obey his/her requests. All school policies apply to conduct on the buses, including a prohibition of smoking, drinking, and drug use, profane language, harassment of the driver or students, and any other inappropriate behavior. Failure to follow such rules may result in disciplinary action and/or the suspension of bus riding privileges.
Bus Eligibility: To find out if a student is eligible for busing, please log on to your my.DSD account and log-in as the guardian. Select “Tools” and then select “Bus/Transportation Information”. Busing information should be available within a week prior to the beginning of the school year. Students who are not bus eligible will not receive a bus pass.
Types of Bullying and Harassment
Students may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, expelled, referred for police investigation, and/or prosecuted for engaging in any physical or verbal aggression, intimidation, initiation, or discrimination of any school employee or student at school or school-related activity regardless of location or circumstance, including but not limited to bullying, hazing, or sexual, racial, ethnic, religious, or disability-related harassment.
Cyber-Bullying is the use of cell phones, instant messaging, e-mail, chat rooms or social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to harass, threaten, or intimidate someone. The National Crime Prevention Council defines cyber-bullying as “the process of using the internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person.”
Racial & Ethnic Harassment “Racial and Ethnic Harassment” includes, but is not limited to: racial name-calling, use of racial slurs, taunting, and wearing or displaying racially offensive symbols or messages.
Inappropriate Conduct of a Sexual Nature and Sexual Harassment “Sexual Harassment” means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, other physical or verbal conduct or communication of a sexual nature, and any other gender-based harassment, whether initiated by students, school employees, or visitors. Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to the following:
- Sexual displays of affection;
- Sexually explicit jokes, notes, pictures, “ratings lists,” rumors, and graffiti;
- Catcalls and whistles;
- Unwelcome and offensive touching;
- Sexually suggestive dancing;
- Sexually suggestive or degrading name-calling or gestures;
- Profanity that is sexually suggestive, degrading, or based on stereotypes or preference;
- Clothing with sexually obscene or explicit slogans or messages;
- Possession or distribution of pornography (including sexually explicit Internet sites) of any kind; and
- Harassment through phones, computers or email (see cyber-bullying above.)
No form of sexual harassment by students, school employees, or visitors shall be tolerated. If this happens, immediately tell the person that their behavior is unwelcome and to stop. Victims of sexual harassment and persons with knowledge of sexual harassment are required to report the harassment immediately. Any criminal violation will be reported to the proper legal authorities. All complainants have the right to be free from retaliation of any kind. Retaliation will result in referral to our School Police Resource Officer.
Response to Bullying and Harassment
Do not ignore harassment to you or others! If you feel you or someone else is being harassed or bullied, take charge by saying, “I do not like it when you are harassing me and I want you to stop.” If they harass/bully you again, explain that you will report it to a teacher or an administrator and tell a teacher or administrator.
Cheating and/or plagiarism or the appearance of either will not be tolerated. Cheating/plagiarism may include, but is not limited to: using someone else’s work as your own, incorrect scoring of papers, or assisting others to complete assignments without doing the work. The consequences are left in the hands of the individual teachers, but may include severe academic and citizenship penalties such as a zero on the assignment, a U in citizenship, and discipline points.
A citizenship grade is earned based on the Citizenship Evaluation Form each period. All students who receive a U from a teacher or an administrator will need to make-up the U by the end of year. Students who do not make-up their U’s will not receive a yearbook on time. Students can pick up the necessary forms to make up their U in the ISS room or the main office. Students will need to perform 4 hours of pre-approved community service and pay a $5 processing fine.
Millcreek maintains a closed campus, which means that students are to remain on school grounds during school hours, including lunch time. Students may not check-out at lunch time unless a parent comes into the school to check them out, or prior permission has been given through an administrator. Students must return in time for their next class. If this procedure is not followed, students will be considered truant, and a citation issued. Students will not be allowed to use the phone to make arrangements to leave campus for lunch. Checking-out at lunch time is discouraged because often students return late to school.
In order to maintain the integrity of our computer labs, we have established some basic rules and guidelines that need to be followed. Students are responsible to make themselves aware of all guidelines before they use computer equipment. Misuse of computers, accessing files that are not the student’s, or any violation of the Acceptable Use Agreement will result in disciplinary action, which may include the loss of computer use in the building for the remainder of the school year. The Acceptable Use Agreement must be authorized before any student has access to a computer.
Counselors fill a variety of roles in our school, including helping students with personal problems, career guidance, schedule planning, and when necessary schedule changes. If you need to visit with a counselor for any reason, please make an appointment or see the counselors before or after school. Unless you have an appointment slip signed by a counselor, please do not wait outside the counselors’ offices; to do so and be late for class will result in an unexcused tardy.
The school is to be notified of any changes in custody or guardianship. The school reports any change, which results from either the student or the guardian living outside the school boundaries, to the Davis County School District Department of Student Services, which determines whether the student may continue attending. Parents and guardians are responsible for providing the school with the correct address and phone number of their students. Any change needs to be reported to the office immediately.
Discipline policies are established to help all students achieve self-discipline and ensure a safe and efficient environment in which to learn. All rules cannot be written and similar offenses will warrant similar consequences. Chronic offenders will receive more severe consequences. The systematic approach to maintain a strong learning environment may include the following:
- Conference with student.
- Parent/guardian contact is made.
- Intervention: contract is made.
- School counselor is involved (optional).
- Student is referred to Administrator.
In cases involving severe situations, the above steps may be overridden and students may be referred directly to the administration. These include, but are not restricted to, vandalism, open defiance, or threat of a physical nature. A conference with parent/guardian, teacher, student, and administrator may be scheduled with severe situations or habitual problems.
Students who are referred for misbehavior receive discipline points. The number of points increases with the severity and frequency of the infraction. Possible infractions and corresponding disciplinary points include, but are not limited to the following:
Tardies, dress code, littering, hall violations, bringing inappropriate items to school.
School disruption (doubled for a substitute or repeated misbehavior), locker violation, swearing, public display of affection, lunchroom violation, loitering in the building without teacher supervision after 3:15 PM.
Defiance of authority, truancy, cheating or plagiarism, harassment, threatening, pushing, tripping, rough play, snowballing.
The following will result in suspension from school and or police referral as deemed appropriate by the administration: fighting, possession/distribution/use of illegal substances, weapons, theft, vandalism (restitution required), exposure, harassment, or any serious violation and or disruption to the school environment.
Discipline points will only be issued by an administrator. Teachers, as well as other supervisors, may refer students for behaviors that result in discipline points being assessed. Points may be doubled for referral by a substitute teacher.
Points are reduced by completing an assigned administrative consequence (removal of 50 points) or through appropriate behavior. No additional discipline points for a period of one month will result in a 50 percent reduction. No additional discipline points for a period of two months will result in a total point reduction.
Discipline Point Consequences
Parent or guardian contacted
Parent or guardian contacted plus Out-of-School Suspension, In-School Suspension, or five days of Lunch Detention.
Students will not be allowed to participate in school related activities until their points have been reduced below 50. Any student that has 50 or more discipline points within the last two weeks of school may forfeit the opportunity to be at school or participate in the activities of the last week.
The Davis County School District recognizes that dress and grooming affect the behavior of students. Millcreek Junior High’s dress and grooming standards identifies the importance of coming to school dressed appropriately for learning. All students are expected to comply with the dress and grooming standards. Non-compliance will result in disciplinary action. Millcreek Junior High has adopted the following expectations for dress and grooming policies:
- Students should wear their clothing and hair in a clean and well-groomed manner
- Extreme hair, clothing, make up, piercings, or accessories are not allowed as determined by the administration
- All pants must fit at the waistline
- All shorts and skirts must be no shorter than three inches above the knee cap
- No skin should be showing through shorts, pants, or skirts three inches above the knee or higher
- Shirts shall cover the student’s entire upper torso. All shirts, tops and dresses are required to have sleeves. Bare midriffs, sheer fabrics, visible cleavage, and bare backs or shoulders are not allowed
- Under clothing must be covered at all times
- Clothing which displays obscene, sexually explicit, violent (i.e. weapons), or illegal substances are not allowed
- Wearing of gang apparel as defined by District, police, or school policy is prohibited
- Exaggerated cosmetics, body paint, and body writing are unacceptable
- Hats and bandanas will not be worn in the building
- Sunglasses and gloves may not be worn in the building
- Shoes must be worn at all times. Slippers are prohibited
- No costumes, unless specifically authorized
Electronic devices, though common, have the potential of disrupting the orderly operation of the school. The school has created this policy to govern the possession and use of electronic devices on premises during school hours. For purposes of this policy, “Electronic Device” means a device that is used for audio, video, communication, or any other type of computer or computer-like function. The definition includes, but is not limited to cell phones, iPods, tablets, or hand-held gaming devices.
- Students may only use electronic devices before school, after school, in-between classes, and at lunch, unless under the direction of a teacher.
- Electronic devices must be turned off and kept out of sight during class time.
- At no time may electronic devices be used in restrooms or locker rooms.
- Electronic devices used to violate safe school policy may be confiscated for up to 30 days.
- Electronic devices shall not be used in a way that threatens, humiliates, harasses, intimidates others, or violates local, state or federal law.
If a student violates this policy, the electronic device will be confiscated and the student may lose the privilege of bringing an electronic device to school.
Student may retrieve the device after school in the main office.
Student may retrieve the device after school in the main office. 10 points
Parent or guardian must retrieve the device from an administrator. 25 points
Eligibility of Athletes
- Students participating in or trying out for athletic activities must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the preceding grading period. This standard must be maintained throughout the playing period in order to participate.
- No student shall be eligible to represent his or her school if he or she has academically failed more than one subject in the preceding grading period. Incompletes are considered failures until made up.
- A student may participate if he or she has had no more than one U the preceding grading period. Any U must be remediated before being eligible to try out or participate.
- Students receiving two or more U’s in a grading period will be eliminated from extracurricular activities immediately and for the succeeding term.
- If, at any time during the enrollment and participation on a team, a student does not meet academic or citizenship requirements that student will be placed on probation or will be subject to removal from the team, pending a hearing by the Standards Committee.
- Students will not be able to participate in athletic events if they have excessive discipline points (50). Excessive discipline points may also result in a referral to the Standards Committee.
Eligibility of Cheerleaders & Officers
- Students must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 during each term of the current school year prior to elections.
- Students should have no F’s, U’s, and no more than one N during each term of the current school year prior to elections. Incompletes are considered failures until made up.
- Determination of eligibility shall be made no later than the fifth school day following the last day of the grading period. Academic or citizenship grade changes after that time cannot restore lost eligibility.
- If, at any time during a given term, a student receives an F, U, more than one N, and/or their GPA falls below 3.0, that student will be placed on probation or will be subject to removal from office, pending a hearing by the Standards Committee.
- Students will not be able to participate in school events if they have excessive discipline points (50). Excessive discipline points may also result in a referral to the Standards Committee.
Millcreek Junior High does not discriminate against students with disabilities in sports and other competitive or extracurricular activities. All students should have an equal opportunity to tryout and participate based on skill level. Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act allows for reasonable accommodations as needed to students with disabilities (during the tryout and if they make the team or group), as long as those accommodations do not fundamentally alter the nature of the program. Students may discuss these needs with the coach or advisor prior to any tryouts.
The Davis School District does not promote or encourage participation by 9th grade students in athletic programs at the high school level. However, 9th grade student athletes may try out for and participate at the high school level by agreeing to comply with the following policies. See section 5S-201 on the Davis School District’s policy manual.
Students and parents are responsible to pay all applicable school fees and fines. Students who owe fines or fees, which include citizenship fines, at the end of the school year will not receive their yearbook until all fines have been paid. All unpaid fines will be turned over to a collection agency.
A “gang” as defined in this policy means any organization, association, or group of three or more individuals which has a unique name or identifiable signs, symbol, or marks, and whose members individually or collectively engage in criminal or violent behavior to persons or property, or who create an unreasonable and substantial disruption of a class, activity, program, or other function of a school.
District policy prohibits students from engaging in any form of gang activity on or about school property, or at any school activity. Students will be investigated and subject to discipline and/or prosecution for engaging in the following activities:
- Wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying, or selling any clothing, jewelry, apparel, emblems, badges, tattoos, manner of grooming, accessories, symbols, signs, or other thing which is evidence of membership in or affiliation with any gang.
- Committing any act or using any speech, either verbal or non-verbal (flashing signs, gestures, handshakes, etc.) that demonstrates membership in or affiliation with a gang.
- Soliciting others for membership in a gang.
- Requesting any person to pay for “protection” or otherwise intimidating, retaliating against, threatening, hazing, or harassing any person.
- Possessing a weapon, controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, or other contraband.
- Committing any illegal act.
- Encouraging or inciting another person to act with physical violence upon any other person or causing damage to property.
Because each student’s academic progress is extremely important, the school will communicate student progress in several ways:
Mid-Term reports will be available on myDSD. It is important to note that mid-term notices are not grades but indicators of student progress by the middle of the term. If a student is failing at mid-term, this notice is considered as legal notification of such.
Report cards will be available on myDSD. Each term’s grades will appear on the student’s permanent record. Grades will be computed each term.
If a parent and/or student has questions concerning a grade, he/she is to contact the teacher immediately. The office personnel do not have the teacher's records and therefore cannot indicate reasons for student grades.
It is important to remember that ninth grade credit counts toward high school graduation. Teachers are encouraged to make every effort to contact parents when concerns with students arise. Parents are also encouraged to make every effort to monitor their student's education. With so many students assigned to a given teacher, it is critical that parents become the primary monitors of student progress.
If you perceive an error in a grade, please notify the teacher within one week after report cards are available. Also, contact the teacher when you have questions regarding school work via email and/or calling the school at 801-402-6200.
- Homebound Services
- Honors Courses
- Library/Media Center
- Lost and Found
- Lunch Room Procedures
- P.E. Requirements
- Reading and Academic Progress (RAP)
- Released Time
- School Hours
- Student Information System
- Tardy Policy
- Vending Machines
Upper halls are closed until 7:55 a.m. unless a student has an appointment with a teacher. Upper halls are closed during lunches. Students are not permitted in the halls during class periods unless they are accompanied by a teacher or have a hall pass from a teacher. Students should not request a hall pass unless it is an emergency situation. A hall pass may only be used by one student at a time. Student behavior in the halls needs to be appropriate including no running or rough play. No food or drinks, except for water with a screw tight lid, are allowed in the halls or classrooms. All food must be consumed in the cafeteria.
Honors classes are offered in 7th, 8th, and 9th grade English, Social Studies, Science, and Math. For Davis County School District “Junior High Honors Indicators for Student Success” please visit the Enhanced Education Program web-site under Junior High Programs. If you have any further questions, please contact a counselor.
The state of Utah has legislated (Utah Statutory Code 53A-11-301) that all children enrolled in a public, private, charter or parochial school MUST have an immunization record that documents all required vaccines received. Immunizations must be given by a licensed physician or representative of the County Health Department. Students will not be allowed to register until legal immunization requirements have been met. Students will be excluded from school if they do not have their immunizations up-to-date. A school cannot conditionally admit students if they are missing vaccines that do not meet the definition for conditional admission (i.e. Tdap).
Library hours are from 7:45 am to 3:15 pm. Students may check out up to five books for two weeks at any one time. Fines on overdue books will be assessed, after a grace period of one week, following the due date. Fines are ten cents per day, per overdue book. Weekends and school holidays are not included. The fine for a lost book will be the replacement cost of the book. If an overdue fine has accrued and the book is returned, the student is still responsible for the assessed fine.
- No outside locker decorations allowed.
- Lockers will be assigned at registration.
- Once locker assignments have been made a locker change can only be made with an administrator’s approval and paying a $5 locker change fee.
- Lockers permit you to store books and coats.
- It is very important to keep lockers locked at all times and to keep combinations private.
- Valuables left in locker are done at your own risk.
- For your own protection, you should keep your locker combinations confidential at all times. Combination changes may be arranged through the office for a $5.00 fee.
- Jammed lockers are not as important as class attendance. You are to report to class on time and receive permission from your teacher before seeking help for jammed lockers. Most often, lockers become jammed because heavy items, jackets or bags, become wedged in the door. The office will not issue “excused tardy” slips but will contact someone to assist with the locker problems.
- You do not have the right to privacy in the matter of lockers. This means that administrators may search your locker at any time and without reason. Contraband, illegal substances, stolen property, obscene or offensive pictures or writing, and any type of defacement and decoration that creates a fire hazard are prohibited.
- You must keep your locker clean and protected from dents, scratches, stickers, marks and/or any action that prevents the locker from functioning properly. Fines may be assessed for damages.
- When you violate your locker privileges, you will lose them.
A second locker may be rented for $5.00 for students that are involved in extracurricular school activities. Please check in the main office for availability.
Lunch prices are as follows (subject to change):
Junior High Students
Adult Lunches ...................$3.10
Adult Breakfast .................$1.70
Extra milk (1/2 pint) ...........$0.40
Lunches are paid for by cash/check each day or by depositing money into a student’s account in advance. Payments can also be made on your student’s myDSD account. Students may deposit money in an account and draw upon that account for lunches. Students access their account by using their student number. Credit cannot be extended to students without money.
Lunch Room Rules
- Students are not to save places in line for others or allow them to “cut in”.
- Students should place their trash in the garbage cans.
- Students are not permitted to charge their lunches.
- Students are to maintain themselves in an orderly and courteous manner.
- No running, pushing, or shoving.
- No throwing food.
Because some students will be in class when others go to lunch, students should proceed in a quiet, orderly manner through the halls. Once the tardy bell has sounded, the upper halls are off limits. Violation of these rules may result in the loss of cafeteria privileges.
If it becomes necessary for a student to take a prescription medication at school, it can be handled in two ways. First, a one-day dose may be carried by and administered by the student if the maturity level is deemed such that he/she can appropriately administer the medication on his/her own. Any misuse of such medication by the student may be subject to disciplinary action. Second, a parent/guardian can bring the current prescription medication in an original pharmaceutical container into the office along with the statement of release form “Authorization of School Personnel to Administer Medications” (available in the office) signed by both the licensed medical provider prescribing the medication and by the parent/guardian. It is to be understood that medication of any kind is not given to any student by any school employee without the signed released form.
A two-piece gym uniform consisting of a gray/white shirt, black pair of regular gym trunks, and white socks and gym shoes are acceptable. This clothing (with the exception of the gym shoes) should not be worn as part of a student's regular school dress. Multi-colored shorts, short shorts, and cut-offs as well as tank tops and sweatshirts may not be worn as part of the P.E. clothing uniform.
For your convenience and savings, a school P.E. uniform (shirts and shorts) can be purchased online or in the main office during the first week of each semester. The lockers in the dressing room must be locked. Students are responsible to secure their belongings.
School hours are from 8:10 a.m. until 2:55p.m. Students should not be in the building before 7:00 a.m. and should be out of the building by 3:15 p.m., unless they are under the direct supervision of a teacher or parent. After school hours, a student will not be allowed in the building unless accompanied by a parent. Custodians are not allowed to open a teacher's room or any other secured area of the building at a student’s or parent’s request.
Sickness needs immediate attention. If a student feels sick at any time during school hours, he/she must report to the office for assistance, or the illness must be reported to the office immediately. Students and parents must make sure that telephone numbers listed on the student's emergency card are kept current, along with the names of responsible adults the school can contact in case of an emergency. Any student who needs to be excused from his/her Physical Education class must have a note from his/her doctor. A parent note will be accepted for one day only.
Homework for Sick Students
Students or their parents can call to request homework through the office if the student has been absent due to illness for 3 or more consecutive days.
Follow the steps listed below to access the student information system on-line. For your convenience a “myDSD” app is also available for tablets and phones through the district website or in an app store.
- Go to the Davis District Web site: www.davis.k12.ut.us.
- In the upper right corner hit “my.DSD” next to the green raindrop.
- Log in using your Username and Password OR create a new account by hitting the “Request a New Account” line. You will need to know your students’ ID # and students’ Pin #.
- If you don’t know the Pin #, you can request your students’ Pin # as part of creating a new account and entering the requested information.
- To see individual scores, click on the class grade.
- It is also possible to view your child's attendance, homework, transcripts, lunch accounts, and much more.
A student is considered tardy when they are not in their seat when the tardy bell rings.
G in citizenship grade
S in citizenship
N in citizenship grade and guardian is notified.
U in citizenship grade and guardian is notified. Student will receive 10 discipline points. Ten discipline points will be issued for each additional tardy.
A truancy falls under one of two situations:
- When a student skips class for one or more periods.
- When a student is at school but is not where he or she is supposed to be.
Each successive truancy will result in a fine until a maximum of $25. An administrative U may be issued along with the truancy once the $25 fine has been repeated.
Vandalism is against the law and will not be tolerated. Consequences will include some or all of the following: restitution, disciplinary points, suspension, police referral and safe school referral. This includes, but is not limited to, broken windows, damaged equipment, writing on walls, lockers and other such acts.
All visitors must check in at the office. No high school students, students on home study or expulsion, or students from other schools are allowed on campus unless they have received special permission from the administration (see closed campus). Due to the high number of students attending the school, we are unable to accommodate out-of-town visitors.
Davis School District Statement of Non-Discrimination
Davis School District and Millcreek Junior High School do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.
Inquires or complaints regarding the non-discrimination policies may be directed to an individual’s principal or supervisor and/or the District Compliance Officer:
Steven Baker, Associate Director Human Resources
ADA (Employment Issues) Coordinator
Davis School District
45 East State Street
P.O. Box 588
Farmington, Utah 84025
Tel: (801) 402-5315
Midori Clough, District 504 Coordinator
504 (Student Issues) Coordinator
Davis School District
P.O. Box 588
70 East 100 North
Farmington, Utah 84025
Tel: (801) 402-5180
Bernardo Villar, Director of Equity
Title IX Compliance Coordinator
Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, or Gender in other than Athletic Programs
Davis School District
P.O. Box 588
70 East 100 North
Farmington, Utah 84025
Tel: (801) 402-5319
Tim Best, Health Lifestyles Coordinator
Title IX Compliance Coordinator
Gender Based Discrimination in Athletic Programming
Davis School District
P.O. Box 588
70 East 100 North
Farmington, Utah 84025
Tel: (801) 402-7850
Scott Zigich, Director of Risk Management
Physical Facilities Compliance Coordinator
P.O. Box 588
20 North Main Street
Farmington, UT 84025
Tel: (801) 402-5307
TDD (hearing impaired): 801-492-5358
- Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities
- Safe & Orderly Schools
- Weapons and Explosives-Automatic One Year Suspension
- Drugs & Controlled Substances
- Serious Violations
- Disruption of School Operations
- Due Process
- Authority of Suspend or Expel
- Bullying/Cyber-Bullying/Hazing/ Retaliation/Abusive Conduct
In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Davis School District and Millcreek Junior High School will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Students, parents, or employees needing accommodations should contact their school ADA/504 Coordinator, Mr. Geisler (801-402-6200), their principal or supervisor. Or you may contact the District ADA Coordinator, Steve Baker (402-5315), for parent or employee accommodations; or 504 Coordinator, Midori Clough (402-5180) for student accommodations. (TDD hearing impaired 801-402-5358)
It is the policy of the Davis School District and Millcreek Junior High to promote a safe and orderly school environment for all students and employees. Criminal acts or disruptive behavior of any kind will not be tolerated and any individual who engages in such activity will be subject to school disciplinary action as determined by school administrators, District disciplinary action as determined by the Department of Student and Family Services Case Management Team, police referral, and/or prosecution. In determining appropriate discipline, school officials will consider the totality of the circumstances, including the severity of the offense, as well as the individual’s age, disability status, intent, academic status, and prior disciplinary record.
Any student who in a school building, in a school vehicle, on District property, or in conjunction with any school activity, possesses, controls, sales, arranges for the sale of, uses or threatens use of a real weapon, explosive, noxious or flammable material, or actually uses or threatens to use a look-alike or pretend weapons with the intent to intimidate another person or to disrupt normal school activities, shall be expelled from all District schools, programs, and activities for a period of not less than one calendar year; unless the Case Management Team determines on a case-by-case basis, that a lesser penalty would be more appropriate. The terms “weapon,” “explosive,” and “noxious or flammable material” include but are not limited to: guns, starter pistols, cap guns, knives, martial arts accessories, bombs, bullets and ammunition, fireworks, gasoline or other flammable liquids, matches, and lighters.
Any student, who possesses, controls, uses, distributes, sells, or arranges the sale of an illegal drugs or controlled substance, (which includes alcohol, tobacco in any form, and electronic cigarettes), an imitation controlled substance, or drug paraphernalia in a school building, in a school vehicle, or District property, or in conjunction with any school activity, may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, tested for drugs, expelled, referred for police investigation, and/or prosecuted.
Students may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, expelled, referred for police investigation, and/or prosecuted for committing any of the following school-related serious violations: 1) threatening or causing harm to the school, school property, or persons associated with the school, or property associated with that person, regardless of where the conduct occurs; 2) committing any criminal act, including but not limited to: assault, hazing, rape, trespass, arson, theft, vandalism, possession or use of pornographic materials on school property; 3) engaging in any gang activity, including but not limited to: flashing gang signs, displaying or spraying gang graffiti, wearing or displaying gang related clothing or apparel, or soliciting others for membership in a gang.
Students may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, expelled, referred for police investigation, and/or prosecuted for any conduct that creates an unreasonable and substantial disruption or risk of disruption of a class, activity, program, or other function of the school, including but not limited to: frequent, flagrant, or willful disobedience; defiance of school authority; criminal activity; fighting; noncompliance with school dress code; possession of contraband (i.e., drug paraphernalia, pornography, mace, pepper spray, laser pen, chains, needles, razor blades, bats and clubs); or the use of foul, profane vulgar, harassing or abusive language.
When a student is suspected of violating Millcreek Junior High or District policy the school administrator must meet with and inform him/her of the allegations and provide the student the opportunity to give his/her version of the incident. If the school administrator determines sufficient evidence exists to impose discipline the school administrator shall notify the parent or guardian that 1) the student has been suspended; 2) the grounds for the suspension; 3) the period of time for which the student is suspended; and 4) the time and place for the parent or guardian to meet with a designated school official to review the suspension.
The school administrator has the authority to suspend a student for up to ten school days per incident. If the school administrator desires or contemplates suspending for longer than ten school days, or desires to expel a student, the school administrator shall make a referral to the District’s Case Management Team.
Students may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, expelled, referred for police investigation, and/or prosecuted for engaging in any written, physical, or verbal aggression, intimidation, discrimination, or abusive conduct of any school employee or student at school or a school-related activity regardless of location or circumstance, including but not limited to bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, or retaliation.
District policy may be found at 5S-100 Conduct and Discipline. Millcreek Junior High’s policy may be found at www.davis.k12.ut.us/411 or a copy may be obtained in the school office.
- Search & Seizure
- Extracurricular Activities
- Compulsory Education Requirement
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
- Student Directory Information
- Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment
- Pledge of Allegiance
- Religious Expression in Public Schools
- Parental Rights in Public Education
School officials have the authority to search a student’s person, personal property, or vehicle while located on school property or at a school sponsored activity, when they have reason to believe that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating a particular law or school rule.
Students have no right or expectation of privacy in school lockers, desks, or other storage areas provided for student use. School lockers, desks or other storage areas are the sole property of the Davis School District and Millcreek Junior High. Periodic general inspections of school lockers, including the use of drug detecting canines, may be conducted by school authorities for any reason at any time, without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant.
Participation in interscholastic athletics, cheerleading, student government, student clubs, graduation ceremonies, and other extracurricular activities is not a constitutionally protected civil right. Therefore, students who are suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, or expelled, may lose the privilege of participation in all extracurricular activities during the period of discipline and will not be afforded due process procedures to challenge the denial of participation.
A parent or legal guardian having custody over a school-age minor is required under State law to enroll and send a school-age minor to a public or established private school during the school year in the district in which the minor resides. The process of education requires continuity of instruction, class participation and study. Frequent absences from classes disrupt the instructional process. Parents/guardians are encouraged to work with the school in promoting regular attendance of all students.
Student Education Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s education records. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights are:
- Inspect and review all of their student’s education records maintained by the school within 45 days of a request for access and,
- Request that a school correct records believed to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. Parents who wish to ask the school to amend a record should write the principal or appropriate school official, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.
- Provide consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PPI) from a student’s record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Such exceptions include, but are not limited to:
a. school officials with legitimate educational interests;
b. other schools to which a student is transferring;
c. individuals who have obtained court orders or subpoenas;
d. persons who need to know in cases of health and safety emergencies;
e. juvenile justice system;
f. a State agency or organization that is legally responsible for the care and protection of the student;
g. specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes; or
h. organizations conducting studies for or on behalf of the District.
A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving as a volunteer; a person serving on the District School Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist), or to whom the District has outsourced institutional services or functions. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, may be released at the discretion of school officials, without consent, for appropriate reasons such as, school publications, newspaper articles, and to outside education related organizations. In addition, two federal laws require secondary schools to provide military recruiters, upon request, the names, addresses and telephone listings of their students.
The Davis School District has designated the following information as directory information: 1) student’s name, 2) student’s address, 3) student’s telephone number, 4) date of birth, 5) parent email address, 6) participation in officially recognized activities and sports, 7) weight and height of members of athletic teams, 8) degrees, honors, and awards received, 9) photograph, and 10) most recent educational institution attended by the student.
If you, as a parent, do not want Millcreek Junior High School to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the school in writing annually. Complaints should be reported as soon as possible, but not later than 180 days from the date you learned of the circumstances of the alleged violation.
Parents who believe their rights have been violated may contact the school’s administration or file a complaint with:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920
Informal inquires may be sent to FPCO via the following email address: FERPA@ED.Gov
Complaints should be reported as soon as possible, but not later than 180 days from the date you learned of the circumstances of the alleged violation.
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) affords parents certain rights regarding the use of surveys or other school activities which may involve the collection or use of protected information.
These include the right to:
- Consent before students are required to participate in any survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information, whether personally identifiable or not, concerning the student’s or any family member’s:
a. Political affiliations or beliefs;
b. Mental or psychological problems;
c. Sexual behavior, orientation or attitudes;
d. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
e. Critical appraisals of others with whom the student or family have close family relationships;
f. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
g. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs; or
h. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
- Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students regarding any of the protected information areas. Inspect, upon request and before administration or use of:
a. Protected information surveys designed to be administered to students; and
b. Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.
Davis School District has policies in place to protect student privacy as required by both State and Federal law. Millcreek Junior High will directly notify you of the specific or approximate dates of activities which involve the collection or use of protected information, and provide an opportunity to opt your student out of participating in such activities.
Parents who believe their rights have been violated may contact the school’s administration or file a complaint with:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington D.C. 20202-5920
Informal inquires may be sent to FPCO via the following email address: PPRA@ED.Gov
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag shall be recited by students at the beginning of each school day in each public school classroom in the State, led by a student in the classroom, as assigned by the classroom teacher on a rotating basis. Participation in the Pledge is voluntary and not compulsory.
In compliance with existing federal and State law regarding religion and religious expression in public schools, the District or school may neither advance nor inhibit religion. It is the District’s policy to: 1) allow students and employees to engage in expression of personal religious views or beliefs within the parameters of current law, and 2) maintain the schools’ official neutrality regarding sectarian religious issues according to the constitutional principle of separation between church and state.
The Davis School District and Millcreek Junior High School shall reasonably accommodate**a parent’s or guardian’s:
- written request to retain a student on grade level based on the student’s academic ability or the student’s social, emotional, or physical maturity.
- written request to excuse the student from attendance for a family event or visit to a health care provider, without obtaining a note from the provider. (An excuse does not diminish expectations for the student’s academic performance).
- written request to place a student in a specialized class or an advanced course. (In determining whether placement is reasonable, the District shall consider multiple academic data points).
- request to excuse the student from taking a test that is administered statewide or the National Assessment of Education Progress.
- initial selection of a teacher or request for a change of teacher.
- request to visit observe any class the student attends.
- request to meet with a teacher at a mutually agreeable time if unable to attend a regularly scheduled parent teacher conference.
Each accommodation shall be considered on an individual basis and no student shall be considered to a greater or lesser degree than any other student.
**Reasonably accommodate for purposes of this section means the District or school shall make its best effort to enable a parent or guardian to exercise a parental right specified here without substantial impact to staff and resources, including employee working conditions, safety and supervision on school premises and for school activities, and the efficient allocation of expenditures; while balancing: the parental rights of parents or guardians; the educational needs of other students; the academic and behavioral impact to a classroom; a teacher’s workload; and the assurance of the safe and efficient operation of a school.
The parental rights specified here do not include all the rights or accommodations available to parents or guardians from the public education system.