This requirement states that the A+ student must maintain a record of good citizenship throughout high school.† Good citizenship is a measure of the quality of conduct in school and away from school.† A+ participants are expected to exhibit standards of behavior which will bring credit to the student, the A+ program, the school, and the community.
The School Board insists that student behavior be in compliance with School Board policy, with the Student Handbook Regulations, and with public laws.† While it is not possible to cite every example of behaviors that violate policies,† regulations, or public laws, there are certain behaviors that are more frequently a problem.†
Student discipline records will be maintained throughout their four years of high school.† Any citizenship/discipline violation committed by an A+ student will be subject to review by the Willard† administrative and A+ office and may result in the student being placed on probation or removed from the A+ program.
The following types of incidents or behaviors will be subject to review and possible cause† for students to be placed on probation for a period of time not less than one semester.
1. Repeated referrals - Referrals to the office should be minimal.† Three referrals during one school year are excessive.
2. Referrals that result in an in-school suspension, or Saturday school -†† Repeated offenses that result in the accumulation of†† 3† in-school suspensions or 4 Saturday schools per year will result in review for possible removal from the A+ program by† the A+ citizenship committee.
3. Any out-of-school suspension is cause for review of the studentís continued eligibility in the A+ program. If the decision to place the student on probation is made, immediate removal will be the result of a second out of school suspension.† That decision may be appealed to the Board of Education.
In compliance with the regulations of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education A+ Schools Program, the Willard R-II district has determined that a student will be removed immediately from the A+ Schools financial assistance program for the following.†† Removal from the program will render the student ineligible to receive tuition reimbursement through the A+ Schools Program.†
1. The unlawful use, possession, and/or distribution of alcohol and/or drugs
2. Violation of local, state or federal criminal laws
3. Conviction of a felony - either prior to or during the contract period
4. Conviction of criminal activity as defined by the Safe Schools Act.
A+† students† are expected to demonstrate exemplary behavior.
The review/action procedure is as follows:
The Willard administrative and A+ office will review the studentís files and records and make a determination and† recommendation as to the studentís A+ status. One of the† following procedures will occur:
1. A statement will be issued to the student and his/her parent guardian that either a warning statement has been given the student or he/she has been placed on probation for the immediate semester during which time any additional referrals may result in removal.
2. The student and parent/guardian will be notified that the student has been removed from the A+ program and will not be eligible to receive the A+ tuition reimbursement after graduation.
The student and his/her parents have no more than 14 calendar days after written notification to file an appeal with the Willard A+ office, using† the appropriate form.† A dated appeals form will be included with the notification.† Upon receipt, the A+ Citizenship Committee will meet within 14 calendar days to review the incident and decide to either uphold or revise the decision of the administrative and A+ office.† The A+ office will provide the documentation supporting the decision, and the student will provide documentation to support his/her request for a ruling change.† Any further appeals must be made in writing to the Superintendent and Board of Education.