Enrollment Parent Permission List

The following information coincides with the online enrollment process. Please review all 13 permission topics with links listed below for each of the separate permissions.

  1. Standard of Student Conduct (Grades 6-12)
  2. Standard of Student Conduct (Grades K-5)
  3. Automated Dialer Notification
  4. Bus Procedures
  5. Educational Cable Television Channel
  6. Activities Code of Ethical Behavior and Student Consent/Warning
  7. Middle School Activities Code of Ethical Behavior and Parent Consent and Warning (Rev. 2014)
  8. Exemption from Immunization
  9. Media Permission
  10. Student Technology Resources Acceptable Use and Procedures
  11. Student Issued Device
  12. Student Device Insurance
  13. Million Project from Sprint (Free Internet at Home)

Standard of Student Conduct (Grades 6-12)

This document is based upon policy established by the Blue Springs Board of Education and addresses provisions of the Missouri Safe Schools Act, the Federal Gun Free Schools Act and other pertinent laws which support schools being safe places for students and employees. Each student is expected to further his/her education and to respect each student's right to learn in a safe environment. The Standard of Student Conduct applies in school buildings, on district grounds, at school activities, at bus stops, in vehicles used to transport students for the school district as well as behavior outside of school which causes a disruption which is prejudicial to good order and discipline in the school. These standards, though fundamentally the same for K-12 students, will be applied to appropriately address the emotional, developmental and intellectual level of the student. Non-compliance with these standards may result in suspension, expulsion and/or reporting to the appropriate agency including law enforcement which may result in removal from school grounds.

A copy of the policies of the Blue Springs Board of Education is available on the district website (click here) or can be provided by the school's principal.

This document requires the signature of the parent/court appointed legal guardian. Signatures indicate that the content has been read and understood. This signed document will be electronically stored.

1. Behaviors including but not limited to profanity, truancy, display of affection, insubordination, bullying, hazing, behavior disruptions, use of tobacco products, and behavior prejudicial to the good order and discipline of the schools are violations of policy. Students in violation will be subject to disciplinary action.

2. Oral/physical assault or battery of a fellow student or staff member may result in suspension, expulsion, and/or be reported to the appropriate authorities. Any threat of harm to a person or property, whether made directly or indirectly, is also prohibited.

3. Blue Springs School District prohibits the use, possession, storage, distribution, sale, purchase, transmittal, transfer or obtaining of weapons on school property. No student may possess a weapon on school property at any time. A weapon is defined by the Missouri Safe Schools Act, the Federal Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994, 18 U.S.C. 921 and 930, RSMO 571.010, and the policies of the Blue Springs Board of Education. Violators shall be referred to the appropriate legal authorities and are also subject to long-term suspension or expulsion from school. If a student violates the weapons policy as provided in both state and federal law, the student shall be suspended and/or expelled for a period of not less than one year as specified by law.

4. Blue Springs School District prohibits the use, possession, attendance, or being present under the influence of alcohol or drugs or any substance represented to be alcohol or drugs and any attempt to purchase, sell, or transfer such items. Drug paraphernalia is also prohibited. Students in violation are subject to long-term suspension or expulsion and will be reported to appropriate authorities.

5. Students are forbidden from making any terroristic threat or false report of a catastrophe, including but not limited to false bomb threats or fire alarms, to frighten or disturb people or cause evacuation or closure of any building, place of assembly or facility of transportation. Violations may result in suspension or expulsion and be reported to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

6. Extortion, theft, and any attempt to cause damage to any property located on district grounds or belonging to the school, staff or a fellow student are prohibited. Violators will be subject to restitution, and/or suspension or expulsion, and may be reported to the police.

7. Students are expected to be clean and tidy in attire. Dress and grooming must not disrupt the teaching/learning process. When, in the judgment of the principal, a student's appearance or mode of dress disrupts the educational process or constitutes a threat to health or safety, the student may be required to make modifications.

8. Driving to school is a privilege. Careless or reckless driving on school property or other violations of the parking policy may result in disciplinary action including the revocation of parking privileges. Areas designated for over-flow parking are subject to all policies of the District.

9. Federal laws and district policy dictate technology use. The use of school technology resources, such as computer equipment, electronic mail, phone systems and all other communications capabilities, is a privilege. Any misuse of technology which violates district policy or state/federal law will result in disciplinary action and may result in the loss of technology privileges and/or legal consequences (including FBI, United States Secret Service, etc.). Electronic devices and computers may not be used to capture sound, digital, video, or photo images, at anytime or anywhere during the school day or while being transported in a district vehicle without the prior approval of administrators or staff, or at any other time, place, or school sponsored activity when a person has an expectation of privacy which shall include, but not be limited to, a locker room, restroom, dressing room or any other location where a person may be changing clothes or engaged in personal or private activities.

10. It is the policy of the Blue Springs School District to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from discrimination of its students and employees. The District prohibits any form of sexual harassment. Reports of such incidents should immediately be made to building administrators. Disciplinary action may include suspension, expulsion and referral to the appropriate authorities.

11. The Blue Springs School District will appropriately report and make available the record of student incidents to appropriate individuals, agencies, schools, and the police as required by law.

The preceding list presents some of the standards which govern the conduct of students in the Blue Springs School District. These standards of conduct also apply to all school activities outside the regular school day.

Standard of Student Conduct (Grades Pre-K - 5)

This document is based upon policy established by the Blue Springs Board of Education and addresses provisions of the Missouri Safe Schools Act, the Federal Gun Free Schools Act and other pertinent laws which support schools being safe places for students and employees. Each student is expected to further his/her education and to respect each student's right to learn in a safe environment. The Standard of Student Conduct applies in school buildings, on district grounds, at school activities, at bus stops, in vehicles used to transport students for the school district as well as behavior outside of school which causes a disruption which is prejudicial to good order and discipline in the school. These standards, though fundamentally the same for K-12 students, will be applied to appropriately address the emotional, developmental and intellectual level of the student. Non-compliance with these standards may result in suspension, expulsion and/or reporting to the appropriate agency including law enforcement which may result in removal from school grounds.

A copy of the policies of the Blue Springs Board of Education is available on the district website (click here) or can be provided by the school's principal.

This document requires the signature of the parent/court appointed legal guardian. Signatures indicate that the content has been read and understood. This signed document will be electronically stored.

1. Behaviors including but not limited to profanity, truancy, display of affection, insubordination, bullying, hazing, behavior disruptions, use of tobacco products, and behavior prejudicial to the good order and discipline of the schools are violations of policy. Students in violation will be subject to disciplinary action.

2. Oral/physical assault or battery of a fellow student or staff member may result in suspension, expulsion, and/or be reported to the appropriate authorities. Any threat of harm to a person or property, whether made directly or indirectly, is also prohibited.

3. Blue Springs School District prohibits the use, possession, storage, distribution, sale, purchase, transmittal, transfer or obtaining of weapons on school property. No student may possess a weapon on school property at any time. A weapon is defined by the Missouri Safe Schools Act, the Federal Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994, 18 U.S.C. 921 and 930, RSMO 571.010, and the policies of the Blue Springs Board of Education. Violators shall be referred to the appropriate legal authorities and are also subject to long-term suspension or expulsion from school. If a student violates the weapons policy as provided in both state and federal law, the student shall be suspended and/or expelled for a period of not less than one year as specified by law.

4. Blue Springs School District prohibits the use, possession, attendance, or being present under the influence of alcohol or drugs or any substance represented to be alcohol or drugs and any attempt to purchase, sell, or transfer such items. Drug paraphernalia is also prohibited. Students in violation are subject to long-term suspension or expulsion and will be reported to appropriate authorities.

5. Students are forbidden from making any terroristic threat or false report of a catastrophe, including but not limited to false bomb threats or fire alarms, to frighten or disturb people or cause evacuation or closure of any building, place of assembly or facility of transportation. Violations may result in suspension or expulsion and be reported to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

6. Extortion, theft, and any attempt to cause damage to any property located on district grounds or belonging to the school, staff or a fellow student are prohibited. Violators will be subject to restitution, and/or suspension or expulsion, and may be reported to the police.

7. Students are expected to be clean and tidy in attire. Dress and grooming must not disrupt the teaching/learning process. When, in the judgment of the principal, a student's appearance or mode of dress disrupts the educational process or constitutes a threat to health or safety, the student may be required to make modifications.

8. Federal laws and district policy dictate technology use. The use of school technology resources, such as computer equipment, electronic mail, phone systems and all other communications capabilities, is a privilege. Any misuse of technology which violates district policy or state/federal law will result in disciplinary action and may result in the loss of technology privileges and/or legal consequences (including FBI, United States Secret Service, etc.). Electronic devices and computers may not be used to capture sound, digital, video, or photo images, at anytime or anywhere during the school day or while being transported in a district vehicle without the prior approval of administrators or staff, or at any other time, place, or school sponsored activity when a person has an expectation of privacy which shall include, but not be limited to, a locker room, restroom, dressing room or any other location where a person may be changing clothes or engaged in personal or private activities.

9. It is the policy of the Blue Springs School District to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from discrimination of its students and employees. The District prohibits any form of sexual harassment. Reports of such incidents should immediately be made to building administrators. Disciplinary action may include suspension, expulsion and referral to the appropriate authorities.

10. The Blue Springs School District will appropriately report and make available the record of student incidents to appropriate individuals, agencies, schools, and the police as required by law.

The preceding list presents some of the standards which govern the conduct of students in the Blue Springs School District. These standards of conduct also apply to all school activities outside the regular school day.

Automated Dialer Notification

The district uses an automated dialer voice message system to communicate with district families. You may consent to or opt out of receiving text messages below.
To opt in, text YES to 67587. To opt out, text NO to 68453.

In Parent Portal, by selecting the InfoCenter and going to Preferences you can Opt in or Out of calls for phone numbers listed for all your students.

Bus Procedures

Bus stops are designated in each housing addition. To facilitate the loading process, To facilitate the loading process, students should be at their stop at least 5 minutes prior to pick up time. Transportation attempts to keep bus rides less than 30 minutes each way (i.e., times vary depending on residence proximity to the school). (i.e., times vary depending on residence proximity to the school). Bus safety is of paramount importance, and, for that reason, students should obey the driver's directions at all times. Unruly or discourteous behavior on the bus may result in the suspension of bus riding privileges. A comprehensive listing of bus regulations is located in the Index section of this handbook.

Transportation Guidelines

The school bus is school district property. Any item or action not allowed at school is also not allowed on a school bus. Bus transportation may be permanently forfeited for certain serious or dangerous behaviors.

1. The driver is in charge of the students and the bus. Students must obey the driver promptly.

2. Classroom conduct is to be observed by the students while riding the bus except for ordinary conversation.

3. Students must remain seated and face the front of the bus until their own bus stop is reached. The driver may assign any seat for any student. 4. Unnecessary conversation with the driver is prohibited.

5. Students must be on time. The bus cannot wait beyond its regular schedule.

6. Students riding on a bus other than their assigned bus must bring a signed note from home and have it signed by the principal of their school as well. 7. Students cannot get off the bus at any other stop other than their assigned bus stop without permission from parents and the principal.

8. Students must not, at any time, extend arms or head out of the bus window.

9. Eating or drinking on the bus are not allowed.

10. No profanity or smoking allowed on the bus.

11. Do not throw any article on the bus or out the windows.

12. No animals (including insects and reptiles - dead or alive) allowed on the bus.

13. No glass containers are allowed on the bus.

14. Pupils who must cross the road after leaving the bus shall cross in front of the bus and only upon signal given by the driver.

15. Stand back at the bus stop until the driver opens the door.

16. Students must treat each other with mutual respect. verbal or physical harassment will be reported to the principal for necessary action.

17. Cell phone use is not permitted on the bus. Rules are posted on each bus.

Students can find their bus pick up time and number by using the district Transfinder from the website. Student’s appreciation for this service can be shown by their good conduct on the bus and also by considerate treatment of bus equipment. Disorderliness on the bus will distract the driver’s attention from their driving and becomes a safety hazard. Therefore, if a student cannot comply with the regulations, the student will be denied the privilege of riding the bus. The driver will show a list of the rules for safety and welfare of students. Requests for students to ride an unassigned bus must be made in writing by a parent and turned in to the office by lunch for approval.

Students will not be allowed to ride an unassigned bus to another student’s home without parental approval.

Transportation for Extra-Curricular Activities

All students involved in any extra-curricular activity will be transported to and from the activity on a school bus. When activities are outside the Blue Springs School District, all students must ride the school transportation provided. For all activities that are being held within the Blue Springs School District boundaries, students may be given the option of how they will be transported. Head coaches may allow students with a valid driver’s license to transport THEMSELVES to the activity within the school district. Students are not allowed to car pool with other students to any event. Parents/Court appointed legal guardians will be allowed to transport only their child from the activity once the student is finished. A transportation card will need to be completed and signed prior to the event. In special circumstances, a written request must be submitted to the Activities Director from the parent to allow the student to be transported to the activity.

Student Riding Bus from Different Address (Other Than Home) On a Regular Basis

If my student is going to ride the bus to/from an address other than the home address, it is the parent's responsibility to contact Transportation at (816) 874-3799.

Educational Cable Television Channel

The Blue Springs School District authorizes and operates an educational channel through the local cable television provider. The educational channel shall provide programming that fits the educational and communications needs of the school district. Such programming shall include live and taped programming and the district bulletin board.

1. Objectives:

The fundamental purposes of cable educational television are as follows:

  • To provide and produce informational programs for students, teachers, and the community;
  • To showcase student activities and accomplishments to the community;
  • To provide the community with information related to education in general and district activities in particular;
  • To provide students the opportunity to learn about video and television production;
  • To encourage and support adopt-a-school partnerships; and,
  • To support the objectives of the district.

2. Authority and Responsibility

Designated cable channel programming and the accompanying facilities operate under the authority of the Blue Springs R-IV School District.

Responsibility for ensuring that cable educational television procedure is followed lies with the district's Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction or the designee(s). Front line responsibility for ensuring that educational cable policy is followed shall lie with the Coordinator(s) of videography classes.

Coordinator(s) of videography classes shall periodically review the policies and operations of the cable channel and make recommendations to the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction or the designee(s). d. The Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction or the designee(s) shall be available upon request of the Coordinator(s) of videography classes to assist in resolving conflicts relating to educational cable channel procedures or operations.

3. Authorized Users

The cable channel shall be reserved solely for educational, informational and activity programming created by or authorized by the district.
The cable channel shall be for the use of district schools and departments or other authorized public educational entities.

Non-district agencies, organizations or individuals may participate in programming only at the invitation of the district. Invitations shall be extended only to those whose programming affect district students, employees, or the educational community, if programming time and resources are available, and should the programming be consistent with all other district policies.

4. Program Sources Programming for cable channel shall come from the following sources:

Live productions - Broadcast of district/school events such as athletic competitions, theatrical performances, concerts, or other programs.

Taped productions - Cable-produced programs or programs submitted to the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction or the designee(s) and approved may be taped and edited for subsequent cablecast.

Program replays - Taped programming may be replayed on the cable channel at various times.

District bulletin board - The primary source of information for the district bulletin board shall be district schools and departments. Information from other non-profit or public entities may be included on the bulletin board if approved by the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction or the designee(s).

5. Program Priorities and Scheduling

Selection and scheduling of all programming on the cable channel shall be the responsibility of the Coordinator(s) of videography classes. Any concerns or questions regarding programming shall be directed to the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction or the designee(s) for final determination.

If it is determined by the Coordinator(s) of videography classes that any program does not comply with district policy, the submitting party shall be given the opportunity to revise the program to delete the objectionable part to comply with the procedure.
If the submitting party chooses not to do so, he/she may do one of the following:

  1. Withdraw the program; or
  2. Appeal the decision to the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction or the designee(s) for final determination. The decision of the Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction is final.

6. Use of Districts Technology Resources

Staff use of the cable channel technology equipment and programming resources shall be consistent with the Technology Resources Policy found in Section 3A.26. Staff must execute the form found in Appendix 3A(20) prior to using the cable channel technology equipment.

Student use of the cable channel technology equipment and programming resources shall be consistent with the Technology Resources Policy found in Section 5.14. Students must execute the form found in Appendix 5(20) prior to using cable channel technology equipment.

Staff or students must also execute the Cable Channel Technology Resources Acceptable Use Procedure; see staff Appendix 3A(27) or student Appendix 5(22), prior to using the cable channel technology equipment.

Students and unauthorized staff shall not access the cable channel studio or use its technology equipment or programming resources without supervision and/or permission from the Coordinator(s) of videography classes or another authorized district employee. e. Students and staff using technology equipment or programming resources both on or off school grounds, both during or outside of school hours, shall do so consistent with the objectives set forth in this policy.

7. Prohibited Uses

The cable channel shall not broadcast programming that promotes any unlawful acts whether such acts be in violation of civil or criminal laws and regulations or in violation of district policies.

The cable channel shall not broadcast programming that contains profane, vulgar, or pornographic content or programming that advocates violence or discrimination towards others as determined by authorized district staff.

The cable channel shall not broadcast programming that advocates on behalf of or opposes a ballot measure or a political candidate, except this shall not preclude factual presentation of official ballot materials or reasonably balanced cable channel-produced programming that provides opportunity for all candidates for a particular elective position or for proponents of all sides of an issue to appear.

The cable channel shall not broadcast programming that advocates on behalf of or opposes any measure proposed or under consideration by the Board of Education, except this shall not preclude factual presentation of information derived from the Board of Education agenda or notes taken at its meeting, or the cable channel produced programming related to such measures, so long as adequate and relevant background information on the various sides of such a measure is presented.

The cable channel shall not broadcast programming that contains any promotional material for commercial products or services presented for the purpose of soliciting of funds or other things of value, except this does not prevent the cable channel from seeking sponsors to offset the production costs associated with its programming. Such sponsorship shall be acknowledged both before and after the program is aired. It shall be the responsibility of the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction or the designee(s) to procure sponsors and said individual has the authority to deny prospective sponsors. The designated cable channel shall not broadcast any programming which promotes alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drug use, or participation in unauthorized inherently dangerous activities.

The designated cable channel shall not broadcast any programming that contains libel, slander, invasion of privacy, violation of trademark or copyright or which might violate any local, state or federal law including FCC regulations.

The designated cable channel shall not broadcast any programming which otherwise fails to comply with district policy.

8. Violation of Procedures

Discipline Procedure for Staff: Any staff member found not in compliance with the Educational Cable Channel Procedures or the Technology Resources Policy may encounter disciplinary action by the district. The district reserves the right to discipline noncompliant staff members in the following manners:

  1. Termination of staff member's access to designated cable channel programming and its technology resources; and/or restitution
  2. Suspension of staff member; and/or restitution
  3. Termination of staff member; and/or restitution 

Discipline Procedure for Students: Any student found not in compliance with the Acceptable Use Procedure or Technology Resources Policy may encounter disciplinary action by the district. The district reserves the right to discipline noncompliant students in the following manners:

  1. Termination of student's access to designated cable channel programming and its technology resources; and/or restitution
  2. Suspension of student; and/or restitution
  3. Expulsion of student; and/or restitution

Civil Liability: Non-compliant staff members and students may be liable for restitution to the district for any damages to designated cable channel technology equipment and programming resources or any other claim for damages resulting from said violation of district policy.

Criminal Liability: Non-compliant staff members and students may be referred to local, state or federal authorities should the district deem their non-compliance violates local, state or federal law.

9. Student Privacy Rights

Consent shall be obtained from the parent/court appointed legal guardian or student 18 years or older before knowingly broadcasting the student's audio or video image on the designated cable channel. By executing the Cable Access Consent Form; see Appendix 5(23), the student relinquishes all monetary claims or royalties upon the district or the local cable television.

10. Ownership of Programs

Any materials developed or which use any district resources in their development become the property of the district and not the property of any individual contributors to such programming or individuals featured therein.

11. Purchase of Videotapes

Because all cable access programming is the property of the district, copies of videotaped programs may be made available for purchase by the general public. The price of the videotapes shall be established by the Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction or the designee(s). All proceeds from purchases shall be first used to offset the costs of the production of the videotape itself and shall then be applied to the production and operating costs associated with the designated cable channel. No students, staff, or other individuals may receive any proceeds from the sale of said videotapes.

Student Educational Channel Technology Resources Acceptable Use Procedure Form Appendix 5(22)

I have reviewed and fully understand the contents of the Educational Cable Television Channel Procedure. I understand and accept all conditions, restrictions, regulations, and requirements featured in the procedure. I understand that access to District technology resources is a privilege that may be withdrawn at any time, should I violate any aspect of the procedure. By executing below, I hereby acknowledge reading and understanding the procedure and accept all responsibilities associated with access to district technology resources.

Activities Code of Ethical Behavior and Student Consent/Warning

Student-athletes and students participating in all district activities are representatives of their teams, groups, the activities department, and the Blue Springs School District. If I am selected to represent a Blue Springs or Blue Springs South High School activities program, I will endeavor to contribute my best to the success of that program. I understand, that as a member of the activities program, I am expected to demonstrate outstanding character by displaying integrity, honesty, respect for others, and good sportsmanship in all academic, athletic, and social activities. Therefore, I agree to abide by the provisions of the following Code of Ethical Behavior. I am also aware that if I do not live up to this agreement, I must accept the consequences as they are outlined in this document, which may include dismissal from the activity in which I am participating.

I realize that if school policies are violated, the procedure and penalties of those policies may take precedence over, or be in addition to, those described in the following rules of conduct for participation. The purpose of the Code of Ethical Behavior is to allow students the privilege of being part of a successful organization, to give students an opportunity to become a better competitor, and to instill in students a sense of responsibility for their personal conduct.
The Code of Ethical Behavior is a 4-YEAR AGREEMENT. This policy is in effect from the first day of signing, whether it be as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, through the completion of my career in the Blue Springs School District’s activities program. The standards outlined below apply to all participants in the activities program, including those not actively competing in their sport or participating in their activity (off-season). The standards and expectations set forth, therefore, apply at all times: in season, out of season, on or off campus, and on and off the playing field.

I. GENERAL STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

A. Student must meet all MSHSAA standards of scholarship, eligibility, school attendance, etc.

  1. Student must be a good citizen (MSHSAA By-Law 212, Citizenship Standard)
  2. Student must be responsible for proper use and return of all equipment entrusted to him/her.
  3. Student must create, promote and maintain elements of good sportsmanship.

B. Law Enforcement (MSHSAA By-Law 212, Citizenship Standard)

A student who commits an act for which charges may be or have been filed by law enforcement authorities under any municipal ordinance, misdemeanor or felony statute shall not be eligible until all proceedings with the legal system have been concluded and any penalty (i.e. jail time, court costs, etc.) or special condition of probation (i.e. restitution, community service, counseling, etc.) has been satisfied. If law enforcement authorities determine that charges will not be filed, eligibility will be contingent upon local school policies. Moving traffic offenses shall not affect eligibility, unless they involve drugs, alcohol, or injuries to others. After a student has completed all court appearances and penalties, and has satisfied all special conditions of probation and remains under general probation only, local school authorities shall determine eligibility.

NOTE: Each student is responsible to notify the school of any and all situations that would affect his/her eligibility under the above standards. If the student does not notify the school of the situation prior to the school’s discovery, the student shall be ineligible for up to 365 days from discovery, pending review by the MSHSAA Board of Directors. (MSHSAA by-laws)

II. SPECIFIC STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

A. Alcohol Use and Abuse – Prohibited acts include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Possessing or consuming alcohol, public intoxication;
  2. Driving while under the influence of alcohol;
  3. Misrepresenting someone’s age for the purpose of possessing, purchasing or consuming alcohol;
  4. Purchasing or serving alcohol to someone underage;

B. Other Drugs and Controlled Substances – Prohibited acts include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Possessing, selling or using illegal drugs or possessing or using drug paraphernalia;
  2. Possessing, selling or using controlled substances;
  3. The use of tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco.

C. Hazing

Hazing is strictly prohibited. Hazing is defined as a willful act, occurring on or off school grounds, against a prospective member or member of a school organization or group that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of said person or produces mental or physical discomfort, intimidation, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule for the purpose of initiation or admission into or continued membership in any such organization. Such acts include, but are not limited to, physical brutality, whipping, exposure to elements, forced consumption of a substance, sleep deprivation, humiliation, sexual intimidation, mental or emotional abuse, or other extreme stress-inducing activities. Reference School Board Policy 5.64(2)(a)(8)

D. Bullying

Bullying is strictly prohibited. Bullying is defined as acts committed repeatedly and systematically where there is an imbalance of power with the intention to intimidate or harass another person that causes a reasonable person to fear for his or her physical safety or property. Bullying may consist of physical actions, including gestures, or oral, cyberbullying, electronic, or written communication, and any threat of retaliation for reporting of such acts. A person violates this policy by willfully committing an act of bullying, or by knowingly participating in, aiding, assisting or encouraging any act of bullying. Reference School Board Policy 5.64(2)(a)(10)

E. Out of School Suspension

According to the MSHSAA, a student shall not be considered eligible to participate while serving out of school suspension. (NOTE: A student who is expelled or who withdraws from school because of disciplinary measures shall not be considered eligible for 365 days from the date of expulsion or withdrawal. (MSHSAA By-Law 212)

F. PUNISHMENT FOR VIOLATIONS – cumulative during the high school career

A. First offense: Suspension for up to 20% of contests in the season in which the violation occurs or in the next season in which an athlete has previously participated.

  1. Examples: Football player violating COE in mid-season would serve suspension for up to 20% of total games.
  2. Soccer player violating COE with only one game left in season would finish suspension during first part of wrestling if they had been a previous participant in wrestling.
  3.  Baseball player violating COE who had not previously participated in any other sport would serve the rest of that suspension the following season in baseball.

B. Second offense: Suspension for up to 40% of contests in the season in which the violation occurs or in the next season in which an athlete has previously participated.

C. Third offense: Suspension from all extracurricular activities for 365 days. Students will be offered, after 365 days, reinstatement to extracurricular activities with strict parameters and guidelines for behavior, including but not necessarily limited to a drug or alcohol education program, subject to approval by the activities director in a meeting with the student-athlete, parents, and coaches.

III. EXPECTATIONS OF PARENTS:

In addition, the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) sets expectations for parents. Your enthusiasm as a spectator includes a vital responsibility for good sportsmanship. Your habits and reactions determine the quality of sportsmanship, which reflects upon our school and community. Parents are expected to:

A. Know and demonstrate the fundamentals of good sportsmanship.
B. Respect school property and authority.
C. Show respect for opponents and opposing coaches and fans.
D. Show respect for players who are injured.
E. Respect the judgment and strategy of the coach (even if you disagree).
F. Respect the judgment of game officials (even if you disagree).
G. Avoid profane language and obnoxious behavior at all times.
H. Avoid applauding errors or penalties of the opponents.
I. Refrain from heckling, jeering or distracting opponents.
J. Refrain from being critical of players, coaches or officials for a loss.
K. Refrain from throwing objects on the playing area or in the bleachers.
L. Avoid stomping of bleachers or the use of artificial noisemakers.
M. Refrain from using cheers that taunt/ridicule opposing players, coaches, or spectators.
N. Refrain from booing or showing displeasure with game officials or game activities.

Middle School Activities Code of Ethical Behavior and Parent Consent and Warning (Rev. 2014)

If my student chooses to participate in any Blue Springs Middle School activities program, my student will endeavor to contribute their best to the success of that program. Therefore, I agree my student will abide by the provisions of the following Code of Ethical Behavior. I am also aware that if my student does not live up to this agreement, they must accept the consequences, which may include dismissal from the activity in which they am participating. I also realize that if school policies are violated, the procedures and penalties of those policies may take precedence over, or be in addition to, those described in the following rules of conduct for participants.

PURPOSE AND GUIDELINES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS
The purpose of this Code of Ethical Behavior is to allow the student the privilege and honor of being part of a successful organization and to give the student an opportunity to become a better competitor. The following guidelines have been established jointly by the four middle schools in Blue Springs. Expectations for our students are high. We expect them to set a “good example” for the entire student body by representing themselves, their families, and schools with the best conduct in all activities. REMEMBER: It is a privilege to participate in extracurricular activities!

General Standards of Conduct

Penalties for violation of the following are determined by the Coach/Sponsor and/or Activities Director, according to guidelines listed under the section entitled “Consequences for Violations.”

A. MSHSAA General Standards of Student Conduct

  1. Student must meet all MSHSAA standards of scholarship, eligibility, school attendance, etc
  2. Student must be a good citizen (MSHSAA By-Law 2.2, Citizenship Requirements)
  3. Student must be responsible for proper use and return of all equipment entrusted to him/her.
  4. Student must create, promote and maintain elements of good sportsmanship.

B. Law Enforcement (MSHSAA By-Law 2.2.2, Citizenship Requirements)

A student who commits an act for which charges may be or have been filed by law enforcement authorities under any municipal ordinance, misdemeanor or felony statute shall not be eligible until all proceedings with the legal system have been concluded and any penalty (i.e. jail time, court costs, etc.) or special condition of probation (i.e. restitution, community service, counseling, etc.) has been satisfied. If law enforcement authorities determine that charges will not be filed, eligibility will be contingent upon local school policies. Moving traffic offenses shall not affect eligibility, unless they involve drugs, alcohol, or injuries to others. After a student has completed all court appearances and penalties, and has satisfied all special conditions of probation and remains under general probation only, local school authorities shall determine eligibility.

NOTE: Each student is responsible to notify the school of any and all situations that would affect his/her eligibility under the above standards. If the student does not notify the school of the situation prior to the school’s discovery, the student shall be ineligible for up to 365 days from discovery, pending review by the MSHSAA Board of Directors. (MSHSAA by-laws)

Specific Standards of Conduct

A. Alcohol Use and Abuse – Prohibited acts include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Possessing or consuming alcohol, public intoxication;
  2. Misrepresenting someone’s age for the purpose of possessing, purchasing or consuming alcohol;
  3. Purchasing or serving alcohol to someone underage.

B. Other Drugs and Controlled Substances – Prohibited acts include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Possessing, selling or using illegal drugs or possessing or using drug paraphernalia;
  2. Possessing, selling or using controlled substances;
  3. The use of tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco. (NOTE: Consequences for use of tobacco products may result in lesser penalties, according to the discretion of the principal and activities director). 

Penalties for violation of the above two standards of conduct (A, B) are one of the following:

  1. Immediate dismissal from the sport/activity in which the student is participating.
  2. Other punishment as deemed appropriate by the principal and the activities director.

C. Teacher Detentions

Any student who receives a detention should report to practices as soon as the detention is completed that day. In sports, extra conditioning will be assigned by the coach to make up for the practice time missed. For other activities, the coach/sponsor will determine the make-up procedures. If a student does not report to practice after a detention, he/she shall be considered to have an unexcused absence for that practice.

D. In-School Detention (ISD)

When ISD is assigned, the student will not be allowed to practice or participate in contests until all ISD consequences end. The student may also have limited participation time in the team’s next contest or the next activity event. Multiple ISD assignments may also result in permanent suspension from his/her team or activity. 

E. Hazing

Hazing is strictly prohibited. Hazing is defined as a willful act, occurring on or off school grounds, against a prospective member or member of a school organization or group that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of said person or produces mental or physical discomfort, intimidation, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule for the purpose of initiation or admission into or continued membership in any such organization. Such acts include, but are not limited to, physical brutality, whipping, exposure to elements, forced consumption of a substance, sleep deprivation, humiliation, sexual intimidation, mental or emotional abuse, or other extreme stress-inducing activities. Reference School Board Policy 5.64(2)(a)(8)

F. Bullying

Bullying is strictly prohibited. Bullying is defined as acts committed repeatedly and systematically where there is an imbalance of power with the intention to intimidate or harass another person that causes a reasonable person to fear for his or her physical safety or property. Bullying may consist of physical actions, including gestures, or oral, cyberbullying, electronic, or written communication, and any threat of retaliation for reporting of such acts. A person violates this policy by willfully committing an act of bullying, or by knowingly participating in, aiding, assisting or encouraging any act of bullying. Reference School Board Policy 5.64(2)(a)(10)

G. Out of School Suspension (OSS)

According to MSHSAA by-law, a student shall not be considered eligible to participate while serving out of school suspension. The student will also face possible removal from the team or other consequences within the guidelines of this code of ethical behavior as deemed appropriate by the principal and activities director. (NOTE: A student who is expelled or withdraws from school because of disciplinary measures shall not be considered eligible for 365 days from the date of expulsion or withdrawal. (MSHSAA By-Law 212)

Consequences for Violations

First offense: Suspension for up to 20% of contests in the season in which the violation occurs or in the next season in which an athlete has previously participated.

Second offense: Suspension for up to 40% of contests in the season in which the violation occurs or in the next season in which an athlete has previously participated.

Third offense: Suspension from all extracurricular activities for 365 days. Students will be offered, after 365 days, reinstatement to extracurricular activities with strict parameters and guidelines for behavior, including but not necessarily limited to a drug or alcohol education program, subject to approval by the A.D. in a meeting with the student-athlete, parents, and coaches.

Expectations of Parents

In addition, MSHSAA sets expectations for parents. Your enthusiasm as a spectator includes a vital responsibility for good sportsmanship. Your habits and reactions determine the quality of sportsmanship, which reflects upon our school and community. Parents are expected to:

A. Know and demonstrate the fundamentals of good sportsmanship.
B. Respect school property and authority.
C. Show respect for opponents and opposing coaches and fans.
D. Show respect for players who are injured.
E. Respect the judgment and strategy of the coach (even if you disagree).
F. Respect the judgment of game officials (even if you disagree).
G. Avoid profane language and obnoxious behavior at all times.
H. Avoid applauding errors or penalties of the opponents.
I. Refrain from heckling, jeering or distracting opponents.
J. Refrain from being critical of players, coaches or officials for a loss.
K. Refrain from throwing objects on the playing area or in the bleachers.
L. Refrain from using cheers that taunt/ridicule opposing players, coaches, or spectators.
M. Refrain from booing or showing displeasure with game officials or game activities.

SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS AND COURT APPOINTED LEGAL GUARDIANS:

By clicking "Student Will Participate in Activities", you as a parent or court appointed legal guardian are giving permission for the designated student to participate in organized middle school athletics/activities, even though you are aware of the potential for injury, which is inherent in all sports. Even with the best coaching, the use of the most advanced protective equipment, and strict observance of rules, injuries are still a possibility. On rare occasions, these injuries can be so severe as to result in total disability, paralysis, or even death.

Exemption from Immunization

In accordance with state law (see MO SB 341, 2015), a parent/court appointed legal guardian may request notification if there is a child who has received an exemption from immunization currently enrolled in or attending a facility at which a district preschool/nursery school/daycare program is located. When applicable, written notification of interest in receiving immunization exemption information should be submitted directly to the building principal/program administrator. The response will be limited solely to whether or not there are any child exemptions, with identification by individual name(s) being strictly prohibited.
**In accordance with the 1996 Missouri “Safe Schools Act”, this information must be provided.

Media Permission Form

The Blue Springs School District works with information exchange networks; authorizes, prepares, and generates broadcast transmissions (e.g., television, radio, Internet); and produces audio, video, and imaging media that are used for communication, descriptive, educational, promotional, and publication purposes. Media materials created by district employees and/or developed as a result of contracted service agreement remain the discretionary property Parent/Court appointed legal guardian permission must be granted for their student to be included in district related media materials. Student permission is required in lieu of parent permission when the student is 18 years of age or older. The following information, including adult, court appointed legal guardian or student signature and form completion date, must be submitted to the school office by the directed date on an annual basis (i.e., generally, at the time of enrollment/registration).

Student Technology Resources Acceptable Use and Procedures

Students who use the district Technology Resources are responsible for their behavior and that of their permittees and communications over those networks. It is expected that students will comply with district policies and procedures and honor those agreements they have signed.

Furthermore, the following regulations apply to student use of District Technology Resources:

1. Access to and Use of District Technology Resources by Students Students are provided access to and use of district Technology Resources for Academic Purposes only.

Student access to said Technology Resources shall be regulated and monitored by the district for Academic and Non-Academic Purposes. Students shall take all measures necessary to prevent any harm to Technology Resources. Destruction or vandalism of district equipment or materials, including, but not limited to, the uploading, creating or transferring of computer viruses, by students is strictly prohibited. Students shall not use or permit any foods and/or liquids to be used near Technology Resources. Students shall report any and all damages or concerns about Technology Resources to the supervising staff member in a timely manner. Installation of hardware and software shall be submitted for approval to and performed by the district's Technology Department personnel only. Students shall not use district Technology Resources for any unlawful purpose inclusive of any personal use, and particularly personal use of same for immoral purposes. When a computer station is not in use, students shall log off in order to protect the privacy of student records, e-mail, Internet access, and personal files from possible intruders. Students shall not grant non-students permission to use district Technology Resources. If impermissibly granted, students become fully responsible for penalties and damages herein described.

2. Access to and Use of District Network by Students

Students are provided network access for Academic Purposes only. Student access to the network shall be regulated and monitored by the district for Academic and Non-Academic Purposes. The district reserves the right to access and disclose the contents of all files, folders, and documents on the district's network. Students shall use the district's network in a manner that will not disrupt the use of Technology Resources by others. Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to, the downloading of large files, sabotaging the network, or use of the network for immoral communications and purposes. In an effort to maintain the district's network in an efficient and effective manner, students shall purge outdated files, folders, and documents on a regular basis, so long as doing so does not violate any district policy or procedure, or any local, state or federal law. Students shall never use a password other than their own to access the network. Students shall never reveal their password to any other individuals, including, but not limited to, other students. Students shall never access the files, folders, documents, or discs of another student or a staff member, without that individual's consent.

3. Access to and Use of the District's Internet System by Students

Students are provided Internet access through the district's network for Academic Purposes only. Student access to the Internet shall be regulated and monitored by the district for Academic and Non-Academic Purposes and uses. Students shall not access or utilize the Internet system for any unlawful purposes whether such purposes are in violation of civil or criminal laws and regulations or in violation of the district policies. The district reserves the right to implement Internet filtering systems to restrict access to websites that the district deems inappropriate. In realizing that filtering systems are not always effective, the district also maintains a policy that students shall not access, view, download, or copy unfiltered websites particularly those containing profane, vulgar, or pornographic content or websites that advocate illegal acts, violence, or discrimination towards others. Students shall comply with all applicable copyright laws and licensing agreements when accessing, downloading or copying materials from websites through the district Internet system. Students shall not download any material for which a fee or licensing agreement is required without the approval of appropriate district supervisory personnel. Any prohibited financial obligations incurred by students shall be the sole obligation of the user, not the district. Students shall not utilize the district Internet system for any commercial activity. Students shall not utilize the district Internet system to enter websites commonly known as "chatrooms."

4. Access to and Use of Electronic Mail by Students

Students are strictly prohibited from accessing or distributing electronic mail ("e-mail") through the district's network, including the use of private accounts accessed through the district's Internet provider, for any purpose.

5. Publication and Maintenance of Web Pages by Students

Students are strictly prohibited from hosting, creating, or otherwise maintaining Web Pages on the district's server for any purpose. Students are further prohibited from hosting, creating, or otherwise maintaining Web Pages on non-district servers that purport to be sanctioned or endorsed by the district or otherwise represent the district and/or its schools.

6. Consequences for misuse of Technology Resources:

Violations may result in temporary or permanent loss of access to technology resources. Additional disciplinary action may be determined at the building level in line with existing policy regarding inappropriate language or behavior. When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved. Restitution must be made for damage or loss.

Student Issued Device

Visit the manual that explains the insurance/repair cost and the student technology webpage for videos available for training on your student's device.

Technology User Agreement

Qualifications: A 9th-12th grade student who is actively attending classes in any of the high schools in the Blue Springs School District qualifies to use one of the district-issued devices. The terms in the Technology User Agreement and district Board Policies should be followed at all times. Students will not be issued a a device until the Technology User Agreement is signed and the proper payment for insurance is received. 

Title: The legal title of the issued device belongs solely to the Blue Springs R-IV School District and will remain the district's property through the life of the device. Devices are issued for student use under the conditions outlined in this handbook, Board Policy, Standard of Student Conduct Student-Parent (9-12), Student Technology Resources Acceptable Use and Procedures, and Technology User Agreement. Because the device is the property of the district and is issued to individual students, the device is subject to monitoring and search at any time. There is no expectation to privacy of content stored or used on the device.

Change of Address: The district issued device must reside at the address(es) provided in PowerSchool during enrollment. The school must be notified immediately if a change of address for the student occurs and provide the school with necessary residency documentation.

Condition: The Parent/Guardian agrees to report to school administration any loss of damage that may occur to the district issued device immediately. The student will have the same device and accessories issued to them each year and acknowledge taking care of the device as if it were their own is a best practice.

Maintenance and Repair: The Parent/Guardian or student is responsible for requesting maintenance and repair of the device while in his or her possession. The Parent/Guardian or student shall let the school make all necessary repairs and replacements for the device per the Repair and/or Replacement section of the Board Policy 5.14.2 Student Issued Devices Handbook Grades 9-12.

Student Device Insurance

Visit the REVTrak link to obtain device insurance or you can pay by check at registration. The cost of the district insurance plan is $25.00 to be paid annually to Blue Springs R-IV School District. All students are required to participate in the district device insurance program. Failure to fully pay the insurance fee will result in an obligation to be placed on the student account until the fee is fully paid. Students who have not fully paid for device insurance will be placed on the restricted usage. Students with restricted usage will not be allowed to take devices home. Students on restricted usage will also be responsible for 100% of the manufacturers cost to repair/replace the issued device, keyboard, and charger. Students will need to check in and check out their device on a daily basis until the device insurance fee is fully paid. Students who fully pay their insurance fee have full usage, which means they are allowed to take their device home during the school year while they are actively attending classes in any of the high schools in the Blue Springs R-IV School District. Families who believe they are in need of financial assistance to cover part of the district insurance plan should contact the building administrator. You will also have the option, if you prefer, to purchase the district insurance and notify the office at your school in writing to require your student to keep their device at school.

1Million Project from Sprint (Free Internet at Home)

The Blue Springs R-IV School District and many districts across the nation are part of Sprint's 1Million Project. Sprint's mission is to help 1 million high school students who do not have reliable internet access at home to reach their full potential by giving the mobile devices and free high-speed Internet access. Sprint is offering a hot spot to students in grades K-12 with 10G of data a month at no cost to families or the district. Once a student is issued a hot spot they keep it through high school (including summers). Sprint will deactivate the hotspot after students graduate without the need to return the hardware. The district DOES NOT provide Sprint with any directory information such as a phone number.

Students qualify if they have no internet at home, if the internet at home is not reliable enough to do homework, or if the internet they have at home is not fast enough to do homework. Please download the fillable form and email it to Brandon Martin or return it to your school.