Excused Absence Form
All volunteers at L.C. Schmitt Elementary must obtain a criminal history check. This includes volunteers in the classroom and for field trip chaperones. Forms are available in the office at no cost to the volunteer as well as on the website .
If you think you may want to accompany your child’s class on a field trip or volunteer on a regular basis please fill out a form and return it to your facilitator or the main office.
They will be good for the entire school year and must be renewed yearly.
Parent Teacher Conference
The parent-teacher conference can play a significant role in the education of our students in three (3) important ways:
A. providing the teacher with vital information from parents that will strengthen the plans and strategies the teacher uses with a student B. helping parents understand more clearly what the school and the teacher are trying to accomplish with a student, what is required for students to accomplish such results, and what the parent can do to facilitate the process C. building a strong home-school partnership that has implications for support of school programs beyond particular classroom or grade
Textbook Rental and Student Fees 2019-2020
Kindergarten - 5th Grade Textbook Rental & Student Fees $65.22 Per Semester 6th Grade Textbook Rental & Student Fees $75.83 Per Semester Secondary Textbook Rental & Student Fees Determined Per Course
Free/Reduced Lunch and Textbooks
Families who are eligible to receive free/reduced lunches under the National School Lunch Program also qualify for Textbook Assistance, which will pay the textbook rental charges for eligible students.
Parents must submit a completed Free/Reduced lunch application to their child's school for textbook assistance. In order for BCSC to receive textbook reimbursement the applications must be in by October 30. All parents are billed for class fees such as activity fees, towel fees, lab fees, etc.
Free/Reduced lunch applications may be submitted any time of the year to receive lunch assistance.
Updated for the 2019-2020school year.
You can also find applications at the bottom of our Food Services Page.
21st Century ScholarsThe Twenty-first Century Scholars Program offers low-income students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades full-ride collegiate scholarships. The application to the program is online only. To apply, please access the link below.For more information click link below.
i-Grad is a unique program embedded in Bartholomew County schools with the bold goal of achieving a high school graduation rate of 100%. iGrad serves all students with academic barriers in grades 8 through 12 to utilize a unique team approach to assisting our students.
Registering Students at BCSC
Student Registration Process For The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
I. All students enrolling in the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation must initially enroll at the neighborhood school that is determined by proof of residency of their parent or legal guardian.
A. Call the Transportation Office (376-4246) with your address to find your neighborhood school and its location. You may also use the SCHOOL BUS icon on the BCSC website to find your neighborhood school and bus stop location.
II. Parent or legal guardian and student must go to their neighborhood school and take the following:
A. The name and address of the school the student last attended, if any. Official school records must be requested by BCSC. ___
B. Student’s birth certificate. ____
C. A Proof of residency. _____
(name and address of parent or legal guardian on a rental, lease, or mortgage document, a utility bill etc.)
D. Court papers proving custody if student is livingwith only one parent or legal guardian .____
E. Student’s immunizations (shot records) if available(or previous school must forward). ____
III. Parent or legal guardians who have no proof of residency must:
A. Call the Information Services Center, 2650 Home Avenue, Becky Schwantes, 376-4280.
B. Make an appointment to see Becky Schwantes, 8:00 to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.
C. Bring identification and give address, phone number, and name of person, if anyone, you are living with.D. Parent or legal guardian must sign an Affidavit of Residency. Signatures will be witnessed and notarized.
IV. A non-custodial parent enrolling a student along with the custodial parent must:
A. Call the Information Services Center, 2650 Home Avenue and make an appointiment with Becky Schwantes, 376-4280 8:00-4:00 Monday - Friday.
B. Fill out Form I Divorced/Separated Parents Custodial Statement.
C. Custodial and non-custodial parent must sign the agreement. Signatures will be witnessed and notarized. (special circumstances considered)V. Non parents with no court papers proving guardianship must:
A. Call the Informatin Services Center, 2650 Home Avenue and make an appointment to see Becky Schwantes, 376-4280 8:00 to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.
B. Fill out a Form II Third Party Custodial Statement and Agreement. (special circumstances considered)VI. If your legal residency is not within the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation boundaries, but you desire to enroll a student in the corporation you must:
A. Call the School Administration Building, 1200 Central Avenue, for Elementary 812-376-4392, Secondary 812-375-1762.
B. Make an appointment to see Robin Dorsett, 8:00 to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.
C. A Parent or legal guardian must fill out a request for student enrollment by transfer tuition. This form will be forwarded to the school you wish to enroll for the Principal and Superintendent’s approval. Upon approval or non-approval you will be notified by mail.
VII. Foster Student Enrollment
A. Foster parent needs paperwork from the Department of Family & Children stating the student was placed in their home.
B. Complete foster student form Only if student’s legal settlement (parent/or guardian’s address) is outside BCSC’s attendance area. Send completed from to Sue Willey at the Administration Building. (376-4301)
Students Transferring to BCSC out of District
Out of District Student Transfer Information and Form
A legal transfer must be completed if a child is enrolled in a BCSC school by a placing agency or the courts and child’s parent/legal guardian resides outside of the district.
A parent/legal guardian whose residency is outside the Bartholomew Consolidated School district may apply for a transfer if they want their child to attend a BCSC school.
A student must reapply for transfer enrollment prior to transitioning into middle and high school. This means a student will have to reapply in their 6th and 8th grade school years.
Approval of a transfer is based on space available in the receiving school and the student's standing in their home corporation.
Questions regarding residency and legal transfers should be directed to 376-4280.
Out of district transfers call 812-375-1762.
Secondary School Transfer Form
Ethnicity and Race Identification DocumentsThe Federal government has developed new categories to report ethnicity and race of individuals in order to provide a more accurate picture of the nation’s ethnic and racial diversity. Because of these changes, it is necessary to collect new information on these categories for your child.Collection of this information will be conducted during the month of Aprill, 2010. Copies of the collection form will be sent home with students who are in Early Childhood, Pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten and grades 1 through 8.Students in grades 9 - 11 will be complete the re-identification form during their English period.If you have have a child in elementary or middle and have not received a copy of the collection form, please contact your child's school principal.If you have a child in high school and would like to see a copy of the form they are receiving please click on the Ethnicity Race Identfication-Student Form link below.If you have any questions about this collection please contact the principal at your child's school.
BCSC Complaint Form
If you are homeless, you may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Subtitle VII-B
Reauthorized December 10, 2015 by Title IX, Part A of
the Every Student Succeeds Act
(Effective October 1, 2016)
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation Policies Related to Homelessness
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
5111.01 - HOMELESS STUDENTS
A student shall be considered homeless under Federal law (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.) if s/he is an individual who:
lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and is living:
in "doubled-up" accommodations, such as sharing housing with other families or individuals;
temporarily in trailer parks or camping areas because of inadequate living accommodations;
temporarily in a foster home because of lack of shelter space;
in run-away shelters or abandoned buildings, on the streets, or with friends;
as an unwed mother or expectant mother in a home for unwed mothers and with no other available living accommodations;
has a primary nighttime residence that is:
a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, or transitional housing for the mentally ill;
an institution that provides temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or
a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
Such students are eligible for free textbooks and school meals which should be noted on the enrollment form at the time of enrollment.
Transportation of Homeless Students
Homeless students must be provided transportation in accordance with I.C. 20-27-12-5.
Liaison for Homeless Children
The Superintendent will appoint a Liaison for Homeless Children whose general duty will be to safeguard the rights of homeless children attending school in this Corporation. The Liaison must be notified immediately upon the enrollment or assignment of a homeless child. The Liaison will coordinate Corporation operations and services so that:
homeless children are identified, with special attention given to the enrollment and attendance of homeless children who are not currently attending school;
homeless children are immediately enrolled regardless of disputed residency;
homeless children have a full and fair opportunity to succeed in school;
homeless children and unaccompanied youth receive educational services for which they are eligible, including any Corporation preschool programs, and referrals to health care services, dental services, mental health services, and other appropriate services;
parents of homeless children and unaccompanied youth are informed of the educational and related opportunities available, including the opportunity to attend the child’s school or origin, and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children;
enrollment disputes are mediated in accordance with procedures in part B of this administrative guideline;
the parents of any homeless child and any unaccompanied youth are fully informed of transportation services and assisted in accessing such transportation.
Upon enrollment of a homeless child, the Liaison will coordinate with appropriate administrative staff to assure that the school last attended by a homeless child is immediately contacted to provide academic or other relevant records. If upon enrollment, the homeless child is found to be in need of any immunization required for enrollment by State law or any medical records, the Liaison will assist the family or student in obtaining the immunizations or necessary, medical records. The Liaison will also contact the administrator in charge of transportation to assure transportation of the homeless student is provided.
As part of his/her assigned duties, the Liaison will coordinate and collaborate with the community and school personnel responsible for providing education to homeless children, including but not limited to:
local social service agencies and other agencies or programs providing services to homeless children and their families;
other school corporations regarding inter-district issues, such as transportation or the transfer of school records.
Such coordination should be designed to:
facilitate homeless children having access and reasonable proximity to available education and related support services;
raise the awareness of school personnel and service providers of the effects of short-term stays in a shelter and other challenges associated with homelessness.
As part of his/her assigned duties, the Liaison for Homeless Children will inform school personnel, services providers and advocates working with homeless families about his/her duties.
Should there be a dispute regarding the enrollment or assignment of a homeless student, the student will be enrolled immediately and the dispute will be referred to the Liaison for expeditious resolution. The Liaison should attempt to resolve disputes within five (5) school days. Any dispute which cannot be resolved by the Liaison should be reported to the State Coordinator for the Education of Homeless Children at the Indiana Department of Education. According to State guidelines, the State Coordinator has an additional five (5) school days from the time of notification to bring about resolution. Individuals not satisfied with the State Coordinator’s proposed resolution can appeal such decision to the Superintendent of Public Instruction within five (5) school days for final resolution of the dispute.
8600 - TRANSPORTATION
It is the policy of the School Board to provide transportation for those students whose distance from their school makes this service necessary. The regulations of the State Department of Education shall govern any question not covered by this policy.
School buses shall be purchased, housed, and maintained by the Corporation for the transportation of resident students between their home areas and the schools of the Corporation to which they are assigned. Tobacco use is prohibited on a school bus. A school bus is a motor vehicle that is designed and constructed for the accommodation of at least ten (10) passengers and used for the transportation of school children to and from school, school athletic games or contests, and other school functions. The term "school bus" does not include a privately owned automobile with a capacity of not more than five (5) passengers that is used for the purpose of transporting school children to and from school.
A special purpose bus is any motor vehicle designed and constructed for the accommodation of more than ten (10) passengers that meets the Federal school bus safety standards except the requirement for stop arms and flashing lights, that is used by the School Corporation for transportation purposes not appropriate for school buses.
A special purpose bus may not be used to provide regular transportation of school children (except for persons enrolled in a special program for the habilitation or rehabilitation of developmentally disabled or physically disabled persons) between their residence and the school.
A special purpose bus may be used to transport students and their supervisors, including coaches, managers, and sponsors to athletic, other extracurricular school activities, and field trips.
A special purpose bus may also be used to transport homeless students.
If the special purpose bus has a capacity of less than sixteen (16) passengers, the operator must hold a valid operator's, chauffeur's, commercial drivers, or public passenger chauffeur's license. If the special purpose bus has a capacity of more than fifteen (15) passengers, the operator must meet the requirements of a regular school bus driver.
A special purpose bus is not required to be constructed, equipped, or painted as specified for a regular school bus.
Transportation of eligible vocational or special education children between their home and schools outside the Corporation shall be arranged through the use of Corporation-owned vehicles, through cooperation with other corporations, through commercial carriers, and/or by other means in the most efficient and economical manner.
Transportation between home area and school shall be provided for each resident child attending a State approved nonpublic school within the Corporation in accordance with I.C. 20-27-11(a)(b).
Vehicle routes shall be established so that an authorized vehicle stop is available within reasonable walking distance of the home of every resident student entitled to transportation services with consideration of a one (1) mile walk zone for elementary and a one and one-half (1.5) mile walk zone for middle school and high school.
The Board authorizes the installation and use of video recording devices in the school buses to assist the drivers in providing for the safety and well-being of the students while on a bus.
The Superintendent shall be responsible for developing and implementing appropriate administrative guidelines for this policy.
I.C. 20-26-5-4; 20-27-3-5; 20-27-9, 20-27-9-5; 20-27-12-5
460 - CHILD FIND AND SPECIAL EDUCATION
The Board shall provide for the location, identification and evaluation of all students at least three (3) years of age but less than twenty-two (22) years of age, who are in need of special education and related services, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, including students who:
have legal settlement within the service area of the Board;
attend a nonpublic school, are served by the Board;
are homeless students, as defined at 511 IAC 7-32-46;
are wards of the State:
are highly mobile students, including migrant students; and
are suspected of being students, with disabilities in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade.
The Board directs the Superintendent to establish, maintain and implement written procedures to ensure the location, identification and evaluation of these students.
The Board shall provide a free and appropriate public education ("FAPE") to all students who are at least three (3) years of age, have legal settlement in the Board's service area, have been identified as a student with a disability, and have not been enrolled in a charter school or parentally-placed in a non-public school until they graduate with a high school diploma, or the end of the school year in which they become twenty-two (22) years of age, unless the case conference committee determines that the student will leave school earlier.
The Board shall provide special education and related services and supplemental aides and services as may be necessary for a student with a disability to receive a FAPE in the general education classroom, if that is the least restrictive environment appropriate for the student.
The Board directs the Superintendent to plan, implement, and coordinate a comprehensive special education program in accordance with Federal and State law.
The Board may enter into an agreement with other school boards to form a special education cooperative to provide all or any part of the special education program required by this policy.
The Superintendent shall prepare whatever administrative guidelines are necessary to ensure effective implementation of the special education program maintained pursuant to this policy.
20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.
I.C. 20-35-5511 IAC 7
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Bylaws & Policies
5111 - DETERMINATION OF LEGAL SETTLEMENT AND ELIGIBILITY FOR ENROLLMENT OF STUDENTS WITHOUT LEGAL SETTLEMENT IN THE CORPORATION
The Board establishes the following policy for determining student eligibility to attend the schools of this Corporation.
The Board will educate, tuition free, students who have legal settlement in the Corporation, and students enrolled according to the requirements of I.C. 20-26-11.
Where the legal settlement of a student cannot reasonably be determined by reference to the residence of the student’s parent or legal guardian and the student is being supported by and living with a person whose residence is within the Corporation, the student may be enrolled without payment of tuition. If the parents are able to support the student and have placed the student in the home of another person primarily for the purpose of attending school in this Corporation without establishing legal guardianship as required by Indiana law, tuition will not be charged unless otherwise required by law.
A child who is placed in foster care by a court of competent jurisdiction shall be admitted tuition free, without regard to residency, to a school within the Corporation, as selected by the State Department of Human Services or the child placing agency responsible for placement of that child.
Foreign students participating in a foreign-exchange program approved by the Indiana State Board of Education and living with a resident host family will be admitted tuition free.
The Corporation will provide a free education to those students who are considered by Federal law to be illegal aliens, if the student's parent or legal guardian has legal settlement within the Corporation, or considered to be homeless by criteria established by the State (see Policy 5111.01 and AG 5111.01 - Homeless Students).
Students who have completed the eleventh grade and have changed legal settlement to another school corporation may complete the twelfth grade in this Corporation.
A married student living with a spouse or a married or unmarried emancipated minor is eligible to attend school without payment of tuition if the student resides in the Corporation.
Children of Divorced Parents
Children of divorced parents may attend school in this Corporation without the payment of tuition if one (1) parent resides in this Corporation and an election is made utilizing the "Custodial Statement and Agreement: Divorce, Separation, or Abandonment" form provided by the Indiana State Board of Education.
The parent with physical custody of the student or the student, if the student is at least eighteen (18) years of age, must notify the Superintendent of the school corporation in which the parents/student seek to have the student enrolled of their election to enroll the student in the Corporation. The election shall be made on a yearly basis and applies throughout the school year unless the student's parent no longer resides within the attendance area of the Corporation.
If a student's parent fails to inform the Corporation of the expulsion or withdrawal to avoid expulsion or the student fails to follow the terms and conditions established for enrollment, the Corporation may withdraw consent and prohibit the student's enrollment during the period of the actual or proposed expulsion. Before consent is withdrawn, the student must be given an opportunity for an informal meeting with the principal. At the informal meeting, the student is entitled to:
a written or verbal statement of the reasons for the withdrawal of consent;
a summary of the evidence against him/her;
an opportunity to explain his/her conduct.
Students whose parents do not have legal settlement within the Corporation but who present evidence that they will move into the Corporation within a short period of time may enroll in the schools of this Corporation as tuition students for the time not in residence.
Students who do not have legal settlement may/will be enrolled in the special education program of this Corporation pursuant to the provisions of a Cooperative agreement.
Nonresident students may be accepted into the Summer School Program provided by this Corporation.
In addition to students with legal settlement in the Corporation, students without legal settlement in the Corporation (hereafter referred to as "transfer students") will be enrolled in compliance with I.C. 20-26-11-32 and the following procedure:
By March 15th, the Board will establish the number of transfer students that can be accepted in each building and grade level.
The Board will establish a date by which requests to enroll a transfer student must be submitted to the Superintendent. This date shall be submitted to the Indiana Department of Education and published on the Corporation Internet website.
Requests to enroll a student without legal settlement in the Corporation shall not be denied if the student to be transferred:
has been enrolled in the Corporation in the prior school year;
is a member of a household in which any other member of the household is a student in the transferee school; or
has a parent who is an employee of the Corporation.
If the number of requests to enroll in each building and grade level exceeds the number established by the Board reduced by the number of transfers that may not be denied as described in paragraph (C) above, the students to be enrolled in each building and grade level shall be determined by random selection in which each application submitted on or before the date established by the Board pursuant to paragraph (A) above has an equal chance of being selected.
Pursuant to State law, the Board may deny a student’s application to transfer to the Corporation, discontinue enrollment of a transfer student currently attending, rescind approval of a student approved to attend in a subsequent year, or establish terms or conditions for enrollment or for continued enrollment in a subsequent school year, if:
during the preceding twelve (12) months, the student has been suspended or expelled for:
ten (10) or more school days;
possession of a firearm, deadly weapon, or a destructive device;
causing physical injury to a student, school employee or visitor to the school; or
a violation of the Corporation's drug or alcohol rules.
the student has had a history of unexcused absences, and the Board believes that, based upon the location of the student's residence, attendance would be a problem for the student if the student is enrolled in the Corporation.
For purposes of computing the number of days of suspension of the student requesting enrollment, student discipline received from a teacher pursuant to I.C. 20-33-8-25(b)(7) and I.C. 20-26-11-32(j) shall be included in the calculation of the number of school days that a student has been suspended.
Transportation will not be provided by the School Corporation for transfer students accepted for enrollment.
No transfer student shall be accepted for enrollment for athletic reasons.
Transfer students will not be charged unless otherwise required by law.
I.C. 20-18-2-11 (legal settlement defined)
I.C. 20-33-2-12 (transfer to another accredited or non-accredited school)
I.C. 20-33-8-17 (expulsion for lack of legal settlement)
I.C. 20-26-11-1 (residence defined)
I.C. 20-26-11-2.5 (divorced parent election)
I.C. 20-26-11-6(e) (option to not charge transfer tuition)
I.C. 20-26-11-6.5 (children of school employees)
I.C. 20-26-11-6.7 (nonpublic school students)
I.C. 20-26-11-32 (student transfer requests, HEA 1381 – 2013;
SEA 108 - 2017)
I.C. 20-26-11-33 (non-transfer student attending alternative education program)
Plyer v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982) (State Statute denying free public education to
illegal immigrants violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth
Divorced Parents Agreement:
Third Party Agreement:
Bullying Prevention Resources
It is the policy of the Board of School Trustees to maintain an education and work environment that is free from all forms of unlawful harassment, including sexual harassment, occurring in the Corporation's educational opportunities, programs, and/or activities, or, if initially occurring off Corporation grounds or outside the Corporation's educational opportunities, programs, and activities, affecting the Corporation environment (hereinafter referred to collectively as "unlawful harassment"). This commitment applies to all Corporation operations, educational opportunities, programs, and activities. All students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel share responsibility for avoiding, discouraging, and reporting any form of unlawful harassment occurring in the Corporation's educational opportunities, programs, and/or activities, or, if initially occurring off Corporation grounds or outside the Corporation's educational opportunities, programs, and activities, affecting the Corporation environment. This policy applies to unlawful conduct occurring on school property, or at another location if such conduct affects the Corporation environment.
The Board will vigorously enforce its prohibition against unlawful harassment, that is based on race, color, national origin, sex (including transgender status, sexual orientation and/or gender identity), religion, disability, military status, ancestry, or genetic information, which are classes protected by Federal and/or State civil rights laws (hereinafter referred to as "Protected Classes"), and encourages those within the Corporation community as well as third parties who feel aggrieved to seek assistance to rectify such problems occurring in the Corporation’s educational opportunities, programs and/or activities, or, if initially occurring off Corporation grounds or outside the Corporation’s educational opportunities, programs and activities, affecting the Corporation environment.
Definitions of Harassment
Pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, "sexual harassment" is defined as:
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when:
A.Submission to such conduct is made either implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of an individual's status in a class, educational program, or activity.
B.Submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for educational decisions affecting such individual.
C.Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with the individual's educational performance; of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment; or of interfering with one's ability to participate in or benefit from a class or an educational program or activity.
Sexual harassment may involve the behavior of a person of either gender against a person of the same or opposite gender.
Prohibited acts that constitute sexual harassment may take a variety of forms. Examples of the kinds of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
A. unwelcome sexual propositions, invitations, solicitations, and flirtations;
B. sexual violence, including physical and/or sexual assault;
C. threats or insinuations that a person's academic grade, promotion, classroom work or assignments, academic status, participation in athletics or extra-curricular programs or events, or other conditions of education may be adversely affected by not submitting to sexual advances;
D. unwelcome verbal expressions of a sexual nature, including graphic sexual commentaries about a person's body, dress, appearance, or sexual activities; the unwelcome use of sexually degrading language, jokes or innuendoes; unwelcome suggestive or insulting sounds or whistles; obscene telephone calls;
E. sexually suggestive objects, pictures, videotapes, audio recordings or literature, placed in the educational environment, which may embarrass or offend individuals;
F. unwelcome and inappropriate touching, patting, or pinching; obscene gestures;
G.a pattern of conduct, which can be subtle in nature, that has sexual overtones and is intended to create or has the effect of creating discomfort and/or humiliation to another;
H.remarks speculating about a person's sexual activities or sexual history, or remarks about one's own sexual activities or sexual history;
I.inappropriate boundary invasions by a Corporation employee or other adult member of the Corporation community into a student's personal space and personal life;
J.verbal, nonverbal or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping that does not involve conduct of a sexual nature;
K.in the context of employees, consensual sexual relationships where such relationship leads to favoritism of a subordinate employee with whom the superior is sexually involved and where such favoritism adversely affects other employees or otherwise creates a hostile work environment.
Not all behavior with sexual connotations constitutes unlawful sexual harassment. Sex-based or gender-based conduct must be sufficiently severe, pervasive, and persistent such that it adversely affects, limits, or denies an individual's employment or education or creates a hostile or abusive employment or educational environment.
NOTE: Sexual conduct/relationships with students by a Corporation employee or any other adult member of the School Corporation community is prohibited, and any teacher, administrator, coach, other school authority, or staff member who engages in certain sexual conduct with a student may be disciplined up to and including termination and also may be guilty of the criminal charge of "sexual battery" as set forth in I.C. 35-42-4-8. In the case of a child under fourteen (14) years of age, the person also may be guilty of "child molesting" under I.C. 35-42-4-3. In the case of a child between the ages of fourteen (14) and sixteen (16), the person also may be guilty of "sexual misconduct with a minor" under I.C. 35-42-4-9. The issue of consent is irrelevant in regard to the latter two (2) criminal charges. Any employee accused of sexual relations with a student may be placed on leave until school administrative proceedings are completed. Proven sexual relationships with a student regardless of the age of the student will initiate the termination process for the employee.
National Origin Harassment
Prohibited national origin harassment occurs when unwelcome physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct is based upon an individual's national origin and when the conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with the individual's educational performance; of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment; or of interfering with one's ability to participate in or benefit from a class or an educational program or activity. Such harassment may include but is not limited to conduct directed at the characteristics of a person's national origin, such as negative comments regarding customs, manner of speaking, language, surnames, or ethnic slurs.
Prohibited racial harassment occurs when unwelcome physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct is based upon an individual's race or color and when the conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with the individual's educational performance; of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment; or of interfering with one's ability to participate in or benefit from a class or an educational program or activity. Such harassment may include but is not limited to conduct directed at the characteristics of a person's race or color, such as racial slurs, nicknames implying stereotypes, epithets, and/or negative references relative to racial customs.
Religious (Creed) Harassment
Prohibited religious harassment occurs when unwelcome physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct is based upon an individual's religion or creed and when the conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with the individual's educational performance; of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment; or of interfering with one's ability to participate in or benefit from a class or an educational program or activity. Such harassment may include but is not limited to conduct directed at the characteristics of a person's religious tradition, clothing, or surnames, and/or involving religious slurs.
Prohibited disability harassment occurs when unwelcome physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct is based upon an individual's disability and when the conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with the individual's educational performance; of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment; or of interfering with one's ability to participate in or benefit from a class or an educational program or activity. Such harassment may include but is not limited to conduct directed at the characteristics of a person's disabling condition, such as negative comments about speech patterns, movement, physical impairments or defects/appearances, or the like.
Other Violations of Anti-Harassment
The Corporation also will take immediate steps to impose disciplinary action on individuals engaging in any of the following prohibited acts:
A. Retaliating against a person who has made a report or filed a complaint alleging unlawful harassment (see definition on page 1) or who has participated as a witness in a harassment investigation.
B. Filing a malicious or knowingly false report or complaint of unlawful harassment (see definition on page 1).
C. Disregarding, failing to investigate adequately, or delaying investigation of allegations of unlawful harassment (see definition on page 1), when responsibility for reporting and/or investigating unlawful harassment charges comprises part of one's supervisory duties.
Bullying PolicyBCSC Bullying Policy5517.01 - Entire policy may be found here: http://www.neola.com/bartholomew-in/The School Board is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. The Board encourages the promotion of positive interpersonal relations between members of the school community. Bullying behavior toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties, is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. This prohibition includes physical, verbal, and psychological abuse as provided herein. The Board will not tolerate any gestures, comments, threats, or actions which cause or threaten to cause bodily harm or personal degradation. Engaging in bullying behavior through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system or computer network also is prohibited. This policy applies when a student is on school grounds immediately before or during school hours, immediately after school hours, or at any other time when the school is being used by a school group; off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event; traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event; or, using property or equipment provided by the school.
Any student who believes s/he has been or is currently the victim of bullying should immediately report the situation to the building principal or assistant principal or the Superintendent. The student also may report concerns to a teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying the appropriate administrator or Board official. This report may be made anonymously. Complaints against the building principal should be filed with the Superintendent or designee. Complaints against the Superintendent should be filed with the Board President. A parent may file a complaint on behalf of a student in the same manner.
- Every student is encouraged, and every staff member is required, to report any situation that they believe to be bullying behavior directed toward a student. Reports may be made to those identified above. Staff members who fail to report bullying or who fail to conduct an investigation when assigned that duty are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge.
- All complaints about bullying behavior that may violate this policy shall be promptly investigated according to the timeline established by the Superintendent's administrative guidelines.
If, during an investigation of reported acts of bullying and/or harassment, the investigator believes that the reported misconduct may have created a hostile learning environment and may have constituted unlawful discriminatory harassment based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, or disability, the investigator will report the act of bullying and/or harassment to one (1) of the Compliance Officers so that it may be investigated in accordance with the procedures set forth in Policy 5517 - Anti-Harassment.
If the investigator finds an instance of bullying behavior has occurred, prompt and appropriate action or responses shall be taken to address the bullying behavior wherever it occurs including, as appropriate, disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion for students, discharge for employees, exclusion for parents, guests, volunteers, and contractors, and removal from any official position and/or a request to resign for Board members. Bullying acts shall be reported to law enforcement officials immediately upon determining that a report to law enforcement is necessary.
The parents of the targeted student and the reported bully shall be notified of the alleged bullying incident at the beginning of the investigation, the findings of the investigation at the conclusion of the investigation, and, as appropriate, any remedial action that has been or will be taken to the extent disclosure is permitted by law. In addition to discipline, remedial action may include support services for the targeted student and bullying education for the bully, among other actions.
Retaliation against any person who reports, is thought to have reported, files a complaint, or otherwise participates in an investigation or inquiry concerning allegations of bullying is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of Board policy and independent of whether a complaint is substantiated. Suspected retaliation should be reported in the same manner as bullying. Making intentionally false reports about bullying for the purpose of getting someone in trouble is similarly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Retaliation and making intentionally false reports may result in disciplinary action as indicated above.
For a definition of and instances that could possibly be construed as hazing, consult Policy 5516.
To the extent appropriate and/or legally permitted, confidentiality will be maintained during the investigation process. However, a proper investigation will, in some circumstances, require the disclosure of names and allegations.
Safe School Committee
In accordance with State law, there shall be a Safe School Committee in each school within this Corporation (see Policy 8400 - School Safety).
The Superintendent is directed to develop administrative guidelines to implement this policy. Guidelines shall include reporting and investigative procedures, as needed. The complaint procedure established by the Superintendent shall be followed.
I.C. 5-2-10.1, 20-20-8-8, 20-30-5-5.5, 20-33-8-0.2, 20-33-8-13.5, 20-34-6-1
Bullying Prevention Links
Children's Safety Network
Wonderful resources for children's safety, suicide prevention, bullying prevention and much more!
Center for Safe Schools
Rich resources for school administrators, counselors and teachers.
Visit this site to gather facts about bullying, find out what you can do, and view videos for kids.
Indiana Department of Education - Bullying Prevention and Intervention
During the 2013 legislative session, the General Assembly passed HEA 1423(link is external), and the Governor signed P.L. 285-2013 into law. The law requires a response from the Department of Education, in collaboration with school safety specialists and school counselors. The information and resources included on this page meet the requirements of this legislation.
For more information, visit the Indiana DOE site.
U.S. Department of Education
Articles related to bullying, statistics and much more!
Ad Council Bullying Prevention
Excellent "one stop" web page for resources on stopping bullying.