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Duquesne City School District 


 Parent-Student Handbook 





“We must become the change we want to see in the world.”

                                                                                                                                                                                          -Mahatma Gandhi





Mission Statement:  The mission of the Duquesne City School District, in partnership with the community, is to prepare our students to be successful, ethical caring members of a global community.  We will support emotional and ethical growth.  We will develop a sense of community.


Message from Dr.  Paul Long

Receiver of The Duquesne City School District


            The Duquesne City School District is now in receivership.  Therefore, the court appointed Receiver for the School District assumes the authority and responsibility of the School Board in almost all matters.  Any reverence in this manual to the “Board of School Directors” should be interpreted as the “receiver acting as the Board of School Directors.”





Duquesne City School District

Administrative Staff








Receiver                                                                 Dr. Paul Long

Chief Recovery Officer                                             Dr. Paul Rach

Acting Superintendent                                              Ms. Barbara McDonnell                                 

Assistant Principal                                                   Mr. Stan Whiteman

Principal                                                                 Mrs. Jennifer Jennings

Student Service Coordinator                                      Mrs. Martina Vitalbo

Special Education Consultant                                     Ms. Debra Zimarowski          

Behavior Intervention Specialist                                 Mr. Eric Harper

Technology Coordinator                                             Mr. Jim Miller




Business Manager                                                      Mrs. Nedene Gullen

Business Office                                                          Mrs. Sandra Rozgonyi

Business Office                                                          Mr. Sean Hensley




Secretary                                                                     Mrs. June Morgan King




Secretary                                                                     Ms. Crystal Irdi


School Solicitor                                                             Mr. William Andrews (Andrews & Price)




















The Duquesne City School District and the Board of School Directors will abide by the Regulations and Responsibilities as adopted by the State Board of Education.


I.         Free Education and Attendance


A.  All persons residing in this Commonwealth between the ages of 6 and 21 years are entitled to a free and full education in the Commonwealth's public schools.


B.  Parents or guardians of all children between the ages of 8 and l7 are required by the compulsory attendance law to ensure that their children attend an approved educational institution, unless legally excused.  Students who have not graduated may not be asked to leave school merely because they have reached 17 years of age if they are fulfilling their responsibilities as students.  A student may not be excluded from the public schools or from extracurricular activities because:


                        1.         The student is married

                        2.         The student is pregnant

                        3.         The student has a disability as identified by Chapter 15,

                                    relating to protected handicapped students.

                        4.         The student is an eligible student identified under                                                                            Chapter 14, relating to special education services and programs.


II.        Student Responsibilities


A.        Student responsibilities include regular school attendance, conscientious effort in classroom work and homework, and conformance to school rules and regulations.  Most of all, students are responsible to share with the administration and faculty a responsibility to develop a climate within the school that is conducive to wholesome learning and living.


B.        No student has the right to interfere with the education of his fellow students.  It is the responsibility of each student to respect the rights of teachers, administrators and all others who are involved in the educational process.


C.         Students should express their ideas and opinions in a respectful manner.


D.        It is the responsibility of the students to conform to the following:


1.        Be aware of all rules and regulations for student behavior and conduct themselves in accordance with them.  Students should assume that, until a rule is waived, altered or repealed in writing, it is in effect.

2.        Volunteer information in matters relating to the health, safety and welfare of the school community and the protection of school property.  

3.        Dress and groom to meet standards of safety and health, and not to cause substantial disruption to the educational processes

4.        Assist the school staff in operating a safe school for all students enrolled therein.

 5.        Comply with Commonwealth and local laws.

 6.        Exercise proper care when using public facilities and equipment.

 7.        Attend school daily and be on time at all classes and other school functions.

 8.        Make up work when absent from school.

 9.        Pursue and attempt to complete satisfactorily the courses of study prescribed by local school authorities.

10.       Report accurately in student media.

11.       Not use obscene language in student media or on school premises.


III.      School Rules


A.        The Board of School Directors has the authority to make reasonable and necessary rules governing the conduct of students in school.  The rulemaking power, however, is not unlimited; it must operate within statutory and constitutional restraints.  The Board of School Directors has only those powers that are enumerated in the statutes of this Commonwealth, or that may reasonably be implied or necessary for the orderly operation of the school.


B.        Board of School Directors may not make rules that are arbitrary, capricious, discriminatory or outside their grant of authority from the General Assembly.  A rule is generally considered reasonable if it uses a rational means of accomplishing some legitimate school purpose.


C.        Each governing board shall adopt a code of student conduct that shall include policies governing student discipline and a listing of students’ rights and responsibilities as outlined in this chapter.  This conduct code shall be published and distributed to students and parents or guardians.  Copies of the code shall also be available in each school library.


VI.       Discrimination


Consistent with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (43 P.S.  951-963), no student shall be denied access to a free and full public education, nor shall a student be subject to disciplinary action on account of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.


V.        Corporal Punishment


A.        Corporal punishment is defined as physically punishing a student for an infraction of the discipline policy.  Use of corporal punishment is prohibited.



B.        Teachers and school authorities may use force under the following circumstances:

1.     To quell a disturbance

2.     To obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects

3.     For the purpose of self-defense

4.     For the protection of persons or property





VI.       Exclusions from School


A.        The Board of School Directors shall define and publish the types of offenses that would lead to exclusion from school.  Exclusions affecting certain students with disabilities shall be governed by Section 14.143 (relating to disciplinary placements) and 34 CFR 300.519 – 300.529 (relating to discipline procedures).


B.       Exclusion from school may take the form of suspension or expulsion.


1.                     Suspension is exclusion from school for a period of time from 1 to 10 consecutive school days.


a.         Suspensions may be given by the principal or person in charge of the public school.


b.         A student may not be suspended until the student has been informed of the reasons for the suspension and given an opportunity to respond.  Prior notice of the intended suspension need not be given when it is clear that the health, safety or welfare of the school community is threatened.


c.         The parents or guardians and the superintendent of the district shall be notified immediately in writing when the student is suspended.



d.         When the suspension exceeds 3 school days, the student and parent shall be given the opportunity for an informal hearing consistent with the requirements set forth in Section 12.8(c) (relating to informal hearings).


e.        Suspensions may not be made to run consecutively beyond the 10 school day period.


f.        Students shall have the responsibility to make up exams and work missed while being disciplined by suspension and shall be permitted to complete these assignments within guidelines established by the Board of School Directors.


2.         Expulsion is exclusion from school by the Board of School Directors for a period exceeding 10 school days and may be permanent expulsion from the school rolls.  All expulsions require a prior formal hearing. 


C.        During the period prior to the hearing and decision of the Board of School Directors in an expulsion case, the student shall be placed in his normal classes except as set forth in subsection (D).


D.        If it is determined after an informal hearing that a student's presence in his normal class would constitute a threat to the health, safety or welfare of others and it is not possible to hold a formal hearing within the period of a suspension, the student may be excluded from school for more than 10 days.  A student may not be excluded from school for longer than 15 school days without a formal hearing unless mutually agreed upon by both parties.  Any student so excluded shall be provided with alternative education which may include home study.


E.         Students who are under 17 years of age are still subject to the compulsory school attendance law even though expelled and they must be provided an education.


1.         The initial responsibility for providing the required education rests with the student’s parents or guardian, through placement in another school, tutorial or correspondence study, or another educational program approved by the district's superintendent.


2.         Within 30 days of action by the Board of School Directors the parents or guardians shall submit to the school district written evidence that the required education is being provided as described in paragraph (1) or that they are unable to do so.  If the parents or guardians are unable to provide the required education, the school entity shall, within ten days of receipt of the notification, make provision for the student's education.  A student with a disability must be provided educational services as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. Sections 1400 –1482).


3.         If the approved educational program is not complied with, the school entity may take action in accordance with 42 Pa.C.S. Chapter 63 (relating to the Juvenile Act) to ensure that the child will receive a proper education.  See Section 12.1(b) (relating to free education and attendance).



VII.     Hearings


A.        General.  Education is a statutory right, and students shall be afforded due process if they are to be excluded from school.  In a case involving a possible expulsion, the student is entitled to a formal hearing.


B.       Formal hearing.  A formal hearing is required in all expulsion actions.  This hearing may be held before the Board of School Directors or a duly authorized committee of the board, or a qualified hearing examiner appointed by the board.  When a committee of the board or a hearing examiner conducts the hearing, a majority vote of the entire Board of School Directors is required to expel a student.


The following due process requirements shall be observed with regard to the formal hearing:


a.         Notification of the charges shall be sent to the student's parents or guardians by certified mail.


b.         At least three days’ notice of the time and place of the hearing shall be given.  A copy of the expulsion policy, notice that legal counsel may represent the student and hearing procedures shall be included with the hearing notice.  A student may request the rescheduling of the hearing when the student demonstrates good cause for an extension.


c.         The hearing shall be held in private unless the student or parent requests a public hearing.


d.         The student may be represented by counsel, at the parents or guardians’ expense, and to have his parent or guardian attend the hearing.


e.         The student has the right to be presented with the names of witnesses against the student, and copies of the statements and affidavits of those witnesses.


f.         The student has the right to request that any such witnesses appear in person and answer questions or be cross-examined.


g.         The student has the right to testify and present witnesses on his own behalf.


h.         A written or audio record shall be kept of the hearing.  The student is entitled, at the student's expense, to a copy.  A copy shall be provided at no cost to a student who is indigent.


i.         The proceeding must be held within 15 school days of the notification of charges, unless mutually agreed to by both parties.  However, a hearing may be delayed for any of the following reasons, in which case the hearing shall be held with as soon as reasonably possible:


(a) Laboratory reports are needed from law enforcement agencies.  (b) Evaluations or other court or administrative proceedings are pending due to a student invoking his or her rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C.  Sections1400 –1482).

(c) In cases in juvenile or criminal court involving sexual assault or serious bodily injury, delay is necessary do to the condition or best interests of the victim.


j.          Notice of a right to appeal the results of the hearing shall be provided to the student with the expulsion decision surrounding the event for which the student is being suspended or to show why the student should not be suspended.


                         C.                  Informal hearings.  The purpose of the informal hearing is to enable the student to meet with the appropriate school official to explain the circumstances.


1.         The informal hearing is held to bring forth all relevant information regarding the event for which the student may be suspended and for students, their parents or guardians and school officials to discuss ways by which future offenses might be avoided.


2.         The following due process requirements are to be observed in regard to the informal hearing:


a.         Notification of the reasons for the suspension shall be given in writing to the parents or guardians and to the student.


b.         Sufficient notice of the time and place of the informal hearing shall be given.


c.        A student has the right to question any witnesses present at the hearing.


 d.        A student has the right to speak and produce witnesses on his own behalf.  The school entity shall offer to hold the informal hearing within the first five days of the suspension.




Regular attendance is vitally linked to success in school.  When a student is absent from school it disrupts the continuity of the learning process.  While we recognize that absence is sometimes unavoidable, we stress the importance of having students make up any work missed on a timely basis as directed by their classroom teachers.


A student who arrives after 11:00 a.m. will be marked ½ day absent.  A student who arrives after 1:00 p.m. will be marked absent for the full day.  A student who leaves before 11:00 a.m. will be marked absent for the full day.  A student who leaves before 1:00 p.m. will be marked absent for ½ day.




l.          Keep accurate daily attendance records on each assigned student, categorizing absences as excused or unexcused.  Note which excused absences are school sanctioned absences and which absences are suspensions.


2.         Report to the designated persons as outlined in the attendance regulations the student's absence from class.


3.         Provide make-up work for all students who have excused absences from class, including excuses for approved school activities and assure that there is no academic penalty if work is completed.




1.         A student must not be absent from any class for twenty days or more to be eligible for academic credit.


2.         All student absences are either excused or unexcused.


3.         It is the responsibility of the student to request make-up work from the teacher and to submit the work according to pre-established school and classroom guidelines.




1.         The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires all children between the ages of 8 and 17 to attend school unless legally excused.  Parents are responsible for their child’s attendance at school.  As part of their responsibility, parents are expected to provide the school with a written excuse for their child's absence on the day the student returns but no later than the third day.


2.                     The parent should contact the school if extenuating circumstances regarding a child's absence exists.




l.          Excused absences are prescribed by law in the Pennsylvania School Code.  The following reasons will be considered an excused absence from school:


a.         A student's illness or physical injury as verified by parent or physician b.   Death in the immediate family

c.         Quarantine

d.         Observance of a bona-fide religious holiday in accordance with the student's religious beliefs

e.         Health care from a licensed practitioner when it is not practical or possible to receive such care outside of school hours (verification required from the health care provider)

f.         Family educational trips and tours (approved in advance by completing the proper travel form obtained from the Student Center)

g.         Urgent personal reasons that are approved by the school administration h. Court appearance (verification required)

i.          School sanctioned educational tours or trips j.            Suspension from school


2.         If a student has been absent from school, on the day the student returns, but no later than the third day, he/she should bring to the attendance office a written statement signed by their parent or guardian which indicates the following:


a.         Student's name (first/last)

b.         Grade level

c.         Days and dates of absence d.           Reason for absence

e.         Signature of parent or guardian

f.         Phone number where parent/guardian may be contacted during the day


Excuse forms are available in the office for this purpose.


3.         Failure to submit an excuse to the attendance secretary within the three day period will result in an unexcused absence for that time period.


4.         Absences for which excuses are submitted that contain reasons for absence that are not included in the list above (a-j) will be deemed unexcused absences.


5.         A student whose absence is excused will have the opportunity to make up work assigned during the period of his/her absence.  It is primarily the responsibility of the student to arrange to make up work missed during his/her absence within the time designated by the policies set forth in this handbook and implemented by the classroom teachers.  Teachers will remind students of that responsibility. 





l.          Absences for any reason other than those listed are considered unexcused.  Missing the bus, oversleeping and automobile failure are also examples of unexcused absences.  Unexcused absences also include days missed because of parental neglect, illegal employment or a student being willfully truant (absent from school without the permission of a parent/guardian and school officials).


2.         An unexcused absence for a student under the age of 17 is an illegal absence.  Students will have three (3) school days to bring in an excuse following an absence.  If no excuse is submitted by the third day, the absence will be considered unexcused. After the second unexcused absence, the parent or guardian will be notified by the teacher.  After the third unexcused absence, a letter will be sent to the student’s home, and an attempt will be made to coordinate with the family to agree on a truancy elimination plan.  Students who have a fourth unexcused absence can be referred to the local magistrate.





Early dismissals from school are considered absence from school and will follow the same guidelines for classification of excused/unexcused.  Students are responsible for making up all work missed in a timely fashion while being dismissed from school for excused reasons.


Dismissals before 11:00 a.m.  will be marked as a full day absent.  Dismissals before 1:00 p.m.  will be marked as ½ day absent.


Any dismissal before the end of the last period is considered an early dismissal.


Students, especially those involved in extracurricular activities, are not to sign out of school and return before dismissal, except in cases of family emergency or medical/dental appointments.


If a student wishes to be dismissed early from school, he/she is required to submit to the attendance office a written statement, signed by a parent or guardian, that contains the following: (Request forms may be obtained in the office.)


a.         Student's name (first/last)

b.         Grade level

c.         Day and date for dismissal

d.         Reason for early dismissal; if medical appointment, name of doctor and time of appointment must be included

e.         Signature of parent or guardian

f.          Phone number where parent/guardian may be contacted during the day.

g.         No student will be dismissed early unless signed out by the parent/guardian.




Procedures for early dismissals:


l.         Requests must be presented to the attendance secretary for approval.


2.         Students will be called from their class for early dismissal.


3.         All students leaving for early dismissals must be signed out at the time of dismissal by a parent/guardian or designated school official.


4.         Students returning from an early dismissal are to report to the Front Desk and sign in.  If returning from a doctor's appointment, verification must be submitted at that time.  A pass to class will be issued by the Elementary Office.


5.         A student who becomes ill or injured during the school must report to the nurse.  A

parent will be contacted, and the pupil will be dismissed if necessary.


6.         No student is permitted to leave the school building without the knowledge and permission of the appropriate school official.





Students are expected to be at school and in their homeroom by 8:45 a.m.  Students are expected to be in all of their classes at the beginning of class unless they enter with a written excuse from a school official verifying legitimate reasons for the lateness.


A student who arrives at school after 8:45 a.m. should report directly to the attendance office unless arriving on a school bus.  A student who arrives to school after 8:45 a.m. will be marked tardy.  A written excuse signed by the parent (including a phone number where parent can be reached) must be submitted to the attendance office upon entering the building.  If no excuse is presented at the time of entry, the tardy will be considered unverified.  Doctor appointments must be verified by written notification from the doctor.


Unverified tardies will be handled as follows:


1.         Students will have three (3) days to bring in an excuse for being tardy to school.

Following this, the tardy will be marked unexcused.  The day the student is tardy is counted as day 1 of the 3.


2.         After the second unexcused tardy, the parent or guardian will be notified by the teacher.


3.         After the third unexcused tardy, a letter will be mail to the home and an administrative detention will be assigned.


4.         Students who have a fourth unexcused tardy can be referred to the magistrate. 


5.         After the 3rd tardy, parents will receive a letter informing them of the tardy occurrences.


6.         After the 4th, the student will be assigned administrative detention.








To participate in extracurricular activities, students must be present in school by no later than

10:30 a.m., and any early dismissal may not take place before 2:00 p.m.  The student's tardy or early dismissal must be excused as per the guidelines indicated (see Code of Conduct information).




Upon receipt of a written request from the parents of the pupils involved, pupils may be excused from school attendance to participate in an educational tour or trip provided during the school term at the expense of the parents/guardians.  When such a tour or trip is so determined by the District Superintendent or his designee to serve an educational purpose and pupil participants therein are subject to direction and supervision by an adult acceptable to the District Superintendent/designee, and to the parents of the pupil concerned, the trip will be subject to the following conditions:


l.          Educational tours or trips will be considered for approval if the District Superintendent or designee determines that such a tour or trip will be of educational significance to the student.  In order for the District Superintendent or designee to make such a determination, the parent shall provide a written request for excusal which shall indicate the days to be missed, the destination of the tour or trip, and the reason why the tour or trip could not be taken on days when school is not in session.  THE TOUR/TRIP MAY NOT EXCEED TEN (10) DAYS.


2.         Unless some emergency arises, such requests shall be made at least two weeks prior to the date of the tour or trip.


3.         Unless some unusual family circumstances exist, such tours or trips shall not be approved during the final two weeks of the school term.


4.         Educational trip requests will not be approved during dates reserved for standardized testing.  Please check the District calendar and website for these dates each year.


5.         If more than one child in a family will be taking the tour or trip, the requests for the children shall be made to the principal of the school of each involved child so that their absences may be cleared with the appropriate principal.


6.         All school work missed during the approved tour or trip shall be made up on the "initiative of the student and at the reasonable convenience of the teacher." Students may not be excused for more than 10 days per year for educational tours.  Tours sponsored by the school district are to be included in the 10-day limitation.



7.         School-sponsored trips which are one day or more in length are included in the 10-day trip/tour limitation.  Students and their parents must exercise caution in arranging educational trips or in granting permission for student participation in school-sponsored trips or club-sponsored off-campus activities.  The purpose of the limitation is to align

            the policies of the Duquesne City School District with the 10-day trip/tour limitation prescribed by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education.  Students may find it necessary to choose which tours/trips they are able to attend.


8.         Family trips or vacations which cause students to miss one day or more of absence from school will be considered parent excused unless an educational trip form is submitted in lieu of a parent excuse.




l.          Students are expected to attend all of their classes as they appear on their schedule.


2.         No student is permitted to be excused from a class unless the scheduled classroom teacher has received prior notice and given approval.  Students who fail to follow this procedure will be issued a class cut and will receive no credit for work for that period.


3.         Students who are attending scheduled school activities must check with the classroom teacher prior to the activity in order to receive all assignments and work.


4.         Procedures for excusal from activity time must follow the same above procedures.  The resource teacher must have a written request from a staff member prior to the student being granted permission to leave.  Failure to do so will be considered a class cut.  The activity teacher at his/her discretion may also issue passes to the writing lab, nurse or restroom.





Listed below is the general procedure that will be used for contacting parents/guardians after the indicated number of days of school and/or class absence.





Action Taken

3 total days of absence

Homeroom teacher will contact the parent via phone/letter.

Letter/Documentation of phone call is placed in student’s attendance folder in homeroom.

5 total days of absence

The attendance secretary notifies parent by letter and places letter in file.

Letter is placed in student attendance file.

10 total days of absence

The attendance secretary notifies the guidance counselor of absence via written documentation and notifies parent by letter.  After the 10th day, only a physician’s excuse will be accepted.

Counselor meets with student; contact parent by phone.  Possible referral to the DSAP team.  A medical excuse is mandatory for any further absences.

20 total days of absence

Attendance secretary notifies principal and guidance counselor.

Principal sends certified letter indicating that the student is ineligible for promotion to the next grade level.


* Note: Guidance Counselor may notify magistrate requesting a hearing for students who have excused absences or tardies which are excessive.




l.          If a student fails to meet the academic requirements of a course ("60" or better), the student's attendance record becomes irrelevant. 




l.          The Appeals Committee will consist of the school principal or the principal's designee; the schools’ nurse and three to five additional members of the school staff.




To initiate the review procedure, the student must:


l.          Currently be earning a passing grade in the course on the twentieth day of absence.


2.         Follow the procedures required to file an appeal.






The purpose of an appeal hearing before the Attendance Appeals Committee is to grant the student the opportunity to show cause why the student should receive academic credit for course(s) in which the student has not met the attendance requirements.  If a hearing is granted by the Attendance Appeals Committee, parents will be notified of the hearing date and time and notified to attend.  The burden of proof falls upon the student and the parents.


l.          After the twentieth absence, the student will receive a failing grade.  A certified letter will be mailed to the parents by the principal and will include a Student Request for an Attendance Related Hearing form.


2.         The student must complete the form for the Request for an Attendance Related Hearing and submit it to the office.


3.         The attendance secretary will notify the student's teachers to forward an attendance report to the attendance secretary.  This information will be reviewed by the attendance committee.


4.         The Attendance Appeals Committee will meet and notify the student, parent and teacher as to whether the hearing is granted or denied, and if granted, the date, time and place for the hearing.


5.         The Attendance Appeals Committee will formally notify the student, parent and teacher of the action taken by the committee.




Duquesne City School District

300 Kennedy Avenue

Duquesne, PA  15110

Phone:  (412) 466-9600       Fax:      (412) 469-3625




Throughout the year, assembly programs will be presented for the benefit and enjoyment of the student body.  Programs will be presented by fellow classmates as well as by outside groups.  Some programs may be attended by the entire student body while others may be attended by a specific class only.  The following procedures are to be observed for assembly programs at Duquesne City School District:


l.       Enter the assembly area and sit in assigned seats.  Teachers will sit with their classes.

Attendance may be taken and students who are not in their assigned seats will be considered to be cutting classIf students are authorized to be elsewhere, a written note must be presented to the classroom teacher prior to the assembly.


2.      Courtesy is expected at all times throughout assembly programs.  Whistling, booing, and other forms of inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated, and consequences will be administered.


3.      Upon dismissal from the assembly program, students are to leave in an orderly fashion, quickly and quietly as possible.




Students are encouraged to utilize backpacks or similar book bags to protect their textbooks while commuting to and from school.  However, students are not permitted to carry backpacks or book bags throughout the course of the school day.  Students will have ample opportunity to visit their lockers at specific times of the day to retrieve items necessary for classes.




The Duquesne City School District has implemented Olweus Bully Prevention Program.  Each grade level will present activities in the form of videos, role playing, cooperative groups, class discussion, and written assignments that emphasize some aspect of bullying behavior.  The activities will reinforce concepts that reflect a climate of respectfulness and citizenship in Duquesne City School District.  It is the goal of the Duquesne City School District to provide the students with an enriched educational experience both academically and socially.  The bully prevention program reinforces appropriate behaviors that allow students to interact with each other throughout their school experiences.  The District adopted Board Policy on Bullying/CyberBullying will be followed in incidences related to bullying.




Students are transported to and from school by school busses.  Proper conduct at the bus stop and on the bus is essential to maintain safety.  Students are to walk to and from the assigned stop and wait in an orderly fashion.  They are to avoid "fooling around" and stand back from the road at all times, waiting until the bus comes to a full stop before boarding.


While riding the bus, students are to remain seated at all times.  All behaviors that distract the bus driver are prohibited including, but not limited to standing, pushing, fighting, yelling, smoking, use of profane language, eating, drinking, littering, and the use of radios or other types of electronic equipment.  Students who do not comply with bus rules will be reported to the office for discipline.  Repeated misbehavior may result in the permanent loss of bus service for the student.


Students must ride the bus to which they are assigned and be transported to their home.  Parents requesting that a student be picked up or dropped off at the residence of a permanent caregiver must submit a request in writing.  The busses will only pick up and drop off students at regularly scheduled stops. Parents who have questions concerning bussing should contact the school at (412) 466-9600.


Bus transportation is provided for students in the Duquesne City School District.  Bus stops are located as conveniently as possible for everyone.  Students are urged to be at their bus stop 5 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.  Students are not permitted to ride bus to school without prior permission from the office.  If a student misses the bus, parents/guardians are responsible for their transportation to schoolMissing the bus is not an excused tardy or absence.









Each student is assigned to a particular bus stop and a specific bus.  No change relating to the stop or the bus is to be made unless the following procedure is followed:


l.          Submit a written request to the principal signed by a parent or guardian indicating:

a.         Student's name

b.         Grade level

c.         Day/Date

d.         Reason for request

e.         Details of change


2.         Submit the note authorized by the principal to the bus driver upon entering the bus.




Since Duquesne City School District recognizes that parents are the primary educators of their child, communication between school and the P.T.A. is essential.  This body meets monthly in the DUKE Café and the dates/times for these meetings can be located on the District calendar.  During this meeting, an open-forum agenda allows for exchange of questions and ideas between parents and the school principal.




In the event of a serious or tragic event impacting the Duquesne City School District, the Duquesne City School District may enlist the assistance of outside counseling agencies and resources to help students and faculty cope with such events as they unfold.  Outside counseling will be provided by professional counseling agencies that have experience in helping school adjust to tragic events.


The names of these agencies will also be available for outside consultation for those who so desire.


If you do not wish for your child to have access to such resources in times such as these, please complete the form below and return it to the School Counselor in the Duquesne City School District Guidance Office.  All information will be kept confidential.






I,                                                                , parent/guardian of                                                          would hereby like to inform the Duquesne City School District that I do not grant my child permission to meet with outside counselors or counseling agencies in the instance of a serious or tragic event impacting the Duquesne City School District.  Furthermore, I realize that should I desire to arrange outside counseling to assist my child in dealing with such an event, I can obtain the phone numbers or addresses for such agencies, by contacting the school Guidance Department.







Parent/Guardian Signature:                                                                             


Child’s Name:






























School sponsored dances may be held for students throughout the school year.  The following information is in effect for all Duquesne dances:


l.          Only those students for whom the dance is intended may attend.  (School dances do not permit guests from other schools.)


2.         All rules and responsibilities and disciplinary actions that apply to students of Duquesne are in effect at all school functions.


3.         Students who have been disciplined for three or more Level III or

IV behaviors may not attend dances.





Dismissal for students begins at 3:11 p.m.  Students riding busses are called for dismissal first.  Students who are walking or being transported by parents are dismissed following bus dismissal.  Students attending scheduled activities are also dismissed at this time.


All students who are not under direction of a faculty member must leave the building within ten (10) minutes after the final dismissal bell.  Students remaining in the building without proper supervision will be disciplined according to the Code of Conduct. 


Parents are asked not to request an early dismissal after 2:15 unless it is an absolute emergency.


 No transportation change requests after 2:00 p.m. will be accepted via phone call.




All students are expected to take pride in their appearance.  Any form of dress and/or personal appearance that distracts or disrupts the educational environment or tends to diminish instructional effectiveness or the disciplinary control of the teacher will not be permitted. The following types of apparel will not be acceptable:


·         Tops which expose midriffs, tube tops, tank tops with spaghetti straps unless they are under a shirt or sweater, halter tops


·         Short shorts or skirts cannot be more than 5 inches, 13 centimeters above the knee


·         Bandannas, headbands, sunglasses, or hats are not permitted


·         Any article displaying indecent writing, allusions to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gangs, violent acts, indecent pictures or slogans are inappropriate and will not be considered acceptable dress 


·         Pants that are excessively long pose a safety problem and may not be worn


·         Pants must be secured properly at waist and not expose boxers or underwear


·         Ski mask type facial gear (anything covering the face) will not be permitted


·         Gloves will not be worn in school


·         For health and safety reasons, footwear must be worn at all times.


·         See through clothing will not be permitted


·         Undergarments worn as outer garments will not be permitted


·          Pajamas in any form will not be permitted


·         Slip on shoes, bedroom slippers, flip flops (any shoe that does not have an ankle strap cannot be worn in school)


·         Large medallion necklaces and chains are not permitted


·         T-shirts and displays of any undergarments will not be permitted


·         Coats and outerwear are not permitted to be worn in the school building during regular school hours - 8:25 to dismissal


-       Outerwear includes such items as winter jackets, parkas, trench coats, windbreakers, and other items not typically worn inside a home or office 




If extenuating circumstances should occur within the school regarding extremely cold temperatures, the principal or designee will make exceptions as appropriate.         


If a student fails to comply with these guidelines, they will be directed to the office and parents will be called to bring appropriate clothing.  If the clothing cannot be brought to school, we will have clothing available that students will be given to wear that day.  If this is a repeat offense, the matter will be treated as a Level II offense as outlined in the Code of Conduct.




With the exception of school district issued devices, all Mp3 players, headphones, lasers, handheld gaming systems, cell phones, iPods, tablets or any other type of electronic equipment is not to be used by students in the school buildings between the hours of 8:25 a.m. to 3:11 p.m.  If a student is in possession of any of these items, the item will be confiscated by Administration.  Items will only be returned directly to a parent/guardian. Parents/guardians will be notified if an item is confiscated.  They may pick the item up that day until 4:00 or any day at their earliest convenience during school hours.  (See “Telephones” for specific consequences).  The school is not responsible for lost or stolen phones.




Regular fire drills and periodic emergency evacuation drills will be held throughout the year.  Classroom teachers will issue specific instructions that must be followed exactly.  No one in the building is excused from participating in a fire or emergency drill.




School cancellations, delays, and early dismissals will be broadcast over the following stations: WTAE television, KDKA television, WPXI television.  Information will also be posted on Facebook, Twitter, and the mobile app.  In addition a phone call will be made via the On Call Information System.


**It is important that parents have an emergency plan in place in the event of an unexpected emergency dismissal.  Parents must update changes in phone numbers and e- mail addresses for emergency contact immediately and all students should be aware of family plans in the case of an emergency.




Throughout the year field trips may be offered in individual classrooms or as a class activity.  It must be understood that participation in a field trip is a privilege and not a right.  Students can also be denied the opportunity to participate in field trips if they have not fulfilled their obligation for detention as set forth in the Code of Conduct.  Additionally, students must understand that all school policies and procedures are in effect for all school related activities including field trips.  To participate in school field trips, the student must have written permission from the parent/guardian prior to the field trip.







It is the responsibility of every citizen to show proper respect for his/her country and its flag.  Students may decline to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and may refrain from saluting the flag on the basis of personal belief or religious convictions.  Students who choose to refrain from such participation shall respect the rights and interests of classmates who do wish to participate.  Students who wish to refrain from such participation shall remain respectfully silent through the flag salute and the Pledge of Allegiance.  Students whose manners or actions are disruptive during the Pledge of Allegiance or the flag salute shall face disciplinary action deemed appropriate by the school authorities (Level II consequence).







Lunch is served in the cafeterias.  Monthly menus are published and sent home via What’s Up Duquesne newsletters at the end of the preceding month.  All students that attend Duquesne receive free breakfast and lunch.  Information and applications for this program are sent home with the students on the first day of school.  If you have any questions about this program, please call the food service department at extension 412-466- 4018.  The following procedures are to be followed during the lunch period:


·      Students are to report to the cafeteria and remain seated during the entire lunch unless given permission otherwise.

·      Students who desire to leave the cafeteria during lunch must present written permission which was obtained prior to the lunch period.

·      Students are expected to wait in line in an orderly fashion without cutting in front of each other.

·      Students should talk in a normal tone of voice in the cafeteria; shouting or loud voices are not permitted.

·      Students are not permitted to take food or drinks from the cafeteria.

·      Students are responsible for disposing of all of their own trash in the proper receptacles. 

·      No food may be ordered from outside vendors.

·      Parents are not permitted to bring lunch for groups of students.

·      Parents bringing in lunches for their children must bring them to the office.


Any student involved in throwing food or other items in the cafeteria or in any other inappropriate behavior will be disciplined in accordance with the Code of Conduct.









The Duquesne City School District lunch program is based on the guidelines set forth by the National School Lunch Program, the Department of Education and the US Department of Health to assure food safety and a nutritious well-balanced meal is offered each day for your child.

According to these guidelines:


·         No food may be brought in or offered to the students during lunch that might interfere with the National School Lunch Programs. (This does not apply to students bringing in bagged lunches brought from home for individual use.)

·         Staff/Faculty/Parents may not offer parties (i.e., pizza) or snacks in place of the daily scheduled lunch that will interfere with the NSLP.

·         All food/details/kitchen arrangements for camps such as band camp or football camp must be coordinated and pre-approved through the Supervisor of Food Services.

·         Hoagies, donuts, candy and snacks used as fundraisers, may not be sold or distributed near the cafeteria during lunch.


Special Dietary Needs

All special dietary needs or allergies should be reported to School Nurse and Supervisor of Food Services.  If special dietary needs are required, a written letter must be provided by your Physician.


Nutrition Inc.

Duquesne City School Cafeteria

300 Kennedy Avenue Duquesne, PA 15110

(412) 466-9600, Ext. 4018






The purpose of guidance services is to help students in social, emotional, educational, vocational, and personal development.  The counselor is in the guidance office in the elementary school daily during school hours.  Conferences with students receive first consideration of the counselor’s time and are scheduled whenever necessary.  Parents are also encouraged to contact the School Counselor, Ms. Monica Walker at (412) 466-9600 ext. 3009 when issues arise with their student.










Students are not to leave their assigned area for any reason without an OFFICIAL HALL PASS.  Students who will be leaving a class and not returning must secure a "Special Pass" for that purpose.  The following should be noted:


·         Official Hall Pass must have the following information documented: student’s name, designation, time of release, teacher signature.


l.          If a student desires to leave a class or a resource area for any reason to go to another destination (ex.  Make-up test, special help, guidance, etc.), the student must present a pass to the teacher at the beginning of the period.  The teacher may or may not grant permission for that student to leave dependent upon the circumstances.


2.         Students who desire to visit the guidance office must follow the procedures described above.  No student may visit the guidance office or student services suite without prior approval of the classroom teacher and the guidance counselor.  Students who are in the guidance office or student services suite must sign in and out as directed.


*Students who do not follow the procedures described above will be considered as cutting class and will receive no makeup privileges for any work missed.  Appropriate disciplinary action as outlined in the code of conduct will be issued.




Homework is necessary to reinforce a student's daily class work. Parents are encouraged to assist their student in developing good study habits which include self-discipline and independence.  Time should be budgeted for homework. 




All accidents or illness should be reported to the office and school nurse promptly.  The appropriate care will be administered by school personnel.  Parents will be notified. 


The nurse's office is for emergency cases only.  Only injuries or sudden illnesses occurring during the school day will be cared for in the nurse's office.  Pupils must secure a note from their classroom teacher and then report to the nurse's office.  


The following mandated examinations are conducted by the school physician or school nurse unless prior documentation is submitted to the school nurse:


·         Physical                                                                                

·         Hearing                                                                    

·         Scoliosis                                                         

·        Vision, Height, Weight

·         Dental


BMI (Body Mass Index) Student Screenings


Section 1402 of the Public School Code requires each child to school age be measured for height and weight by the school nurse.  This growth screening enables school nurses to:


1.  Monitor growth and development patterns of students

2.  Identify students who may be undernourished or overweight

3.  Notify parents of screening results with a recommendation to share findings with the student’s health care provider for further evaluation and intervention, if necessary


We will be using a computer program to record and monitor each student’s growth pattern.  A letter will be mailed home yearly with each child’s BMI.  The letter will indicate whether the child is underweight, normal, or overweight.  Follow-up with the child’s health care provider will be recommended when appropriate.





DSAP services are available to all students.  DSAP is a program whose goals are to maximize individual student success in the regular classroom, while at the same time serving as a screening process for students who may be in need of special educational services.  Any student who experiences consistent academic or behavior difficulties may be a candidate for DSAP services.  Parents, teachers, and other educators may request the services of DSAP for a student.


When a student is referred for DSAP assistance, an initial assessment of the student's academic, behavioral, and/or coping skills is performed by DSAP member.  The team, which consists of teachers and the student's parents, then determines what interventions may be necessary to enable the student to maintain a level of success in the classroom.  Strategies are implemented and progress is monitored to determine if positive changes have taken place.  If progress does not occur, a multidisciplinary evaluation may be recommended.




Students are not permitted to bring invitations to personal events (such as parties) to school for distribution.  Please handle these matters outside of school.




Lockers are the property of the Duquesne City School District and are provided to students for the storing of school related items and clothing.  School lockers are not the property of the students, and lockers may be searched without prior notification by school officials and/or law enforcement.



Students are assigned lockers.  Students must use the lockers to which they are assigned and may not share lockers or use a locker not assigned to them.  The custodial staff will periodically remove belongings found in unassigned lockers.  Students are not permitted to affix stickers or other adhesive items to the lockers.


Students shall have no expectation of privacy in their lockers.  Any locker assigned to a student is subject to being searched at any time.  Any locker assigned to a student is subject to being targeted for a physical search as a result of an unannounced, random detection of school lockers for dangerous devices or illegal substances by mechanical means or the use of trained dogs.


No student may use a locker as a depository for a substance or object which is prohibited by law or school regulations and policies, or which constitutes a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the occupants of the school building or the building itself.


Any such materials may be used as evidence against the student in disciplinary proceedings, and may also be turned over to the law enforcement agencies.




All students are required by state law to participate in physical education classes unless they provide a medical excuse from their doctor for exemption.  The following procedures are to be followed:


l.          The medical excuse (including dates and specific limitations) must be presented to the school nurse.

2.         The original will be kept on file in the nurse's office and a copy will be forwarded to the physical education teacher.

3.                   If the exemption is for an extended period, the student will be rescheduled through the guidance office and given alternative assignments and/or an Adaptive Physical Education Program.


A medical excuse DOES NOT exempt a student from the requirements of physical education.





Under no circumstances will school personnel diagnose, provide, or prescribe any medicine for a student.  Medication shall include all pills, drugs, and medicines prescribed by a physician and any over-the-counter medicines.  No herbal remedies will be given during the school day.


The Duquesne City School District School District requests that medicine be given at home during non-school hours.  However, it recognizes that sometimes it is essential for medication to be administered at school.  Any medication to be administered during school hours must be accompanied by a written request signed by both a physician and parent/guardian.



I.          Prescription Medication

A.  A written request must be submitted by the parent/guardian requesting the school nurse administer medication as prescribed by a physician.

B.  Physician’s signed request (note or medication form) authorizing the administration of the prescribed medication.

C.  Prescription medication must be in a pharmacy labeled bottle containing:


1.  Name and telephone of the pharmacy

2.  Pupil’s name

3.  Name of the physician

4.  Name of the drug

5.  Prescribed dose and times of administration

6.  Rx number


II.        Non-Prescription (over-the-counter) Medication


A.      A written request must be submitted by the parent/guardian requesting the school nurse administer over-the-counter medication as prescribed by the physician.

B.         Physician’s signed request (note or medication form) authorizing the administration of all over-the-counter medication.

C.        Over-the-Counter Medication must be in the original manufacturer’s package and imprinted with the dosage instructions that are typically found on labeled bottles, blister packs, tubes, or cans.


III.       Storage of Medication


Medication shall be kept in a secured appropriate storage area in the health office.



IV.       Transportation of Medication to School


All medication shall be brought to school by the parent and kept in the health office.  If this is not possible, the pharmacy-labeled container or original manufacturer’s package must be sent to school in a sealed envelope with a note signed by the parent/guardian stating the number of tablets being sent to school.  The nurse will verify this information with a phone call to the parent/guardian.


V.        Request for Administration of Medication During School Hours Form


This form is available in the health office, on the school nurse web page under Pupil Services, or a sample is included in the student handbook.  The form is not essential to use as long as all the requested information is included in a written note.



VI.      Medication Administration


All medications shall be administered by the school nurse or self-administered by the student upon request.  Only in an emergency shall a school employee other than the school nurse administer medication to a student.  A parent or legal guardian may come to school to administer medication to their child.


VII.     Emergency Medications


Under emergency medical situations such as anaphylactic shock, the school physician may order certain medications, such as epinephrine (Epi-Pen or Epi-Pen Jr.) to be administered.


VIII.    Self-administration of Inhalers


Students in the Duquesne City School District School District will be allowed to carry and self-administer their metered dose inhaler (MDI) medication in school as needed for asthma and other respiratory conditions.  The inhaler may be used to alleviate and/or prevent the onset of asthmatic symptoms.  This procedure includes dosages required at school, on school-sponsored transportation, or at an activity, event, or program sponsored by or in which the pupil’s school is participating.


To ensure your child’s health and safety, you and your child’s physician will need to complete a medication order and authorization form, and return it to the school nurse.  This authorization shall provide the name of the drug, the dose, the times when the medication is to be taken, and the diagnosis or reason the medicine is needed.  It shall also include any serious reaction that may occur in conjunction with use of the medication.  In addition, this authorization relieves the school of responsibility for the benefits or consequences of the medication.  It also acknowledges that the school bears no responsibility for ensuring that the medication is taken.


The nurse will review proper MDI administration technique with your child and evaluate that self-administration is safe and appropriate.  You and your child must then sign the self-administration assessment and contact form.


All children in grades K-6 must notify the school nurse immediately following each use of an inhaler, and sign off such self-administration on the medication record.


The student will be held responsible to keep their inhaler in a safe place that is not accessible to other students.  If any irresponsible behavior is observed in the use of the inhaler, such as sharing medication with another student, the inhaler will immediately be confiscated and parent notified of the loss of the privilege to self-administer.


It is highly recommended that you keep an additional inhaler in the health office should your child forget his/her inhaler.


Please contact the school nurse if you have any questions concerning the administration of medication at school




Fax: 412-466-9600, EXT. 7009 (K-6)


The Duquesne City School District requests that medication be given at home during non-school hours.  However, it recognizes that sometimes it is essential for medication to be administered at school.  Any medication to be administered during school hours must include both physician and parent signature.  No “over- the-counter” medication will be given to any student without an order from a physician, along with signatures from the physician and parent.  All PRESCRIPTION medication must be in a pharmacy labeled container.  The label must include the name and phone number of the pharmacy, the pupil’s name, the physician’s name, the medication, the currently prescribed dose, time of administration and the Rx numbers.  All NONPRESCRIPTION medication must be in an original container.


All medications shall be brought to the school by the parent and kept in the nurse’s office.  If this is not possible, the pharmacy-labeled container or original manufacturer’s package must be sent to school in a sealed envelope with a note signed by the parent/guardian stating the number of tablets being sent to school.



LAST:                                                                        _FIRST:                                                 GRADE:_           AGE:      


PHYSICIAN’S NAME (please print):                                                                                                                               


PHYSICIAN’S PHONE_                                                                        FAX                                                                    




NAME OF MEDICINE:                                                                 _DOSAGE:                          _ROUTE:                     


IF MEDICATION IS TO BE GIVEN DAILY, AT WHAT TIME?                                                                              



DESCRIBE INDICATIONS:                                                                                                                                              


HOW SOON CAN IT BE REPEATED?                                                                                                                            


LIST SIGNIFICANT SIDE EFFECTS:                                                                                                                             


LENGTH OF TIME THIS TREATMENT IS RECOMMENDED?                                                                              


OTHER INFORMATION:                                                                                                                                                  


PHYSICIAN’S SIGNATURE:                                                                                   DATE:                                            




I understand fully the directions that have been given to the school by the physician and agree to permit the school to administer this medication to my child.  In consideration of the school district’s agreement to use good faith efforts to properly administer this medication, the district is hereby relieved from liability for any failure to properly administer the same.  I also authorize the school to contact said physician regarding this medication.


PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGNATURE:                                                                                           DATE:                      



Parents, families, and community members are cordially invited to join us in "Celebrating Excellence in Learning" in the Duquesne City School District.  This event will take place on November 11, 2015.  This will be an excellent opportunity to view student work and share our pride in student accomplishments.




Parents/guardians are encouraged to take an active role in the educational experiences of their student.  If you are not a parent volunteer, now is the perfect time to start.  If you are, don't stop.  Several opportunities are available for parent involvement.


Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is an organization of parents who meet once a month.  This group is essential to the "life" of our school.  For information concerning becoming involved, please contact the school office.  Dates and times for meetings can be found on the District calendar.


-      Need clearances




·         Advanced:    Superior academic performance indicating an in-depth understanding and

Exemplary display of the skills included in Pennsylvania’s Academic Standards;


·         Proficient:    Satisfactory academic performance indicating a solid understanding and

          Adequate display of the skills included in Pennsylvania’s Academic



·         Basic:            Marginal academic performance, work approaching, but not yet reaching,

            satisfactory performance.  Performance indicates a partial understanding

            and limited display of the skills included in the Pennsylvania’s Academic

            Standards, and the student may need additional instructional opportunities

            And/or increased student academic commitment to achieve the Proficient


·         Below Basic: Inadequate academic performance that indicates little understanding and

Minimal display of the skills included in the Pennsylvania Academic Content Standards.  There is a major need for additional instructional

Opportunities and/or increased student academic commitment to achieve the Proficient Level.











The restrooms are provided for the benefit of all students.  They are to be used only for the intended purpose.  To ensure appropriate restroom use, the following policy is in effect:

l.          Students are not to loiter or linger in the restroom.

  2.         The restrooms will be monitored by the administration and teaching staff.

3.         Keep restrooms clean and orderly.  Be respectful of others who use the restrooms.

4.         Please report to the office immediately any restroom damage or maintenance problem.

5.         Failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in the restriction of lavatory privileges.





Textbooks, calculators, musical instruments, etc. are issued to students for use during the school year.  Students are responsible for returning the specific materials (often indicated by a number) issued to them.  Students who have damaged materials or materials that are lost or stolen are responsible and must replace the item or pay for the replacement cost of the item.  Further legal action with the magistrate may be a result of not providing restitution.


The Duquesne City School District supplies each of its students with textbooks in order to support and enhance learning. Students are expected to use textbooks, care for them and return them in good condition. If a student loses, destroys, or fails to return a book, the parent/guardian is responsible to reimburse the Duquesne City School District for the replacement cost of the textbook. Replacement value shall be processed through the Duquesne City School District. Please see School Board Policy 224 for additional information.





ESL (English as a Second Language)


Duquesne City School District offers a K-8 English as a Second Language (ESL) Program through the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.  The ESL program is designed to provide non-native English-speaking students with the language skills they need to participate successfully in content area classes.  To meet this goal, ESL instruction addresses the ESL and Pennsylvania Academic Standards in Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening to enable full participation.  The emphasis placed on achieving benchmarks is adjusted to the needs of the individual student.  An underlying objective is to provide a source of support as the student seeks to understand and adapt to his or her new cultural and academic setting.  ESL teachers work to develop an appreciation of their students’ strengths within the school setting and to ensure full access to the range of educational opportunities available at Duquesne City School District.  If you have any questions regarding English as a Second Language, please call Stan Whiteman at (412)466-5300, extension 6019.







Services for special needs children, below school age, who reside in suburban Allegheny County, are provided through two different systems linked by a transition process.  Birth through age two programming is provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare funding and is coordinated by the Alliance for Infants and Toddlers, Inc. Students who are three years old to entry age are serviced through the Pennsylvania Department of Education funding.  This preschool program is presently coordinated by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Early Childhood and Family Support Services program, DART.


For more information, please contact the Alliance for Infants and Toddlers, Inc. at

(412) 431-1905 or the Allegheny Intermediate Unit/DART Program at (412) 394-5736.





The school district provides a free, appropriate public education to exceptional students according to state and federal mandates.  To be eligible, the child must be of school-age, need specially designed instruction, and meet eligibility criteria for mentally gifted and/or one or more of the following physical or mental disabilities as set forth in the Individual with Disabilities Education Act:


•     Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder

•     Blindness/Visual Impairment

•     Deaf Blindness

•     Deafness/Hearing Impairment

•     Physical Disability

•     Emotional Disturbance

•     Specific Learning Disability

•     Speech and Language Impairment

•     Intellectual Disability

•     Multiple Disabilities

•     Orthopedic Impairment

•     Traumatic Brain Injury

•     Other Health Impairment


Identified students are provided with a continuum of services designed to meet the individual needs of eligible students.  These services may include supportive intervention in the regular class, supplemental intervention in the regular class or in a special education resource program, placement, in a part-time or full-time special education class in a regular school or placement in a full-time special education class outside of the regular school.  The extent of special education services and the location for the delivery of such services are determined by the parents and staff at the IEP team meeting and is based on the student’s identified needs and abilities, chronological age, and the intensity of the specified intervention.  The school district also provides related services, such as transportation, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, which are required to enable the student to derive educational benefits.


Parents of public school students who suspect that their child is exceptional, and in need of special education support services may request a multidisciplinary team evaluation of their child through a written request to the district’s Director of Special Education.






Duquesne City School District has a three-part screening process in place that identifies any student who may need special education.


Level 1

Review of Group-Based Data


The building level guidance counselor and Instruction Support Team review report cards, health records and group-based testing such as the PSSA, Study Island, Dibels, G-Made.  For incoming kindergarten students, results from the Early Screening Profile are examined.  Data gathered through a thorough review of these records may prompt a referral for screening a child for special education.


Level 2

Review of Hearing, Vision, Motor, Speech and Language


The District routinely conducts screenings of a child’s hearing acuity each year in kindergarten, first, second, third, seventh, and eleventh grade, vision acuity each year, kindergarten through Grade 12, and speech and language mid-year in kindergarten.  Gross motor and fine motor skills are assessed by the classroom teacher on an on-going basis.  Specified needs from all of these screening sources are noted within the child’s official file.


Level 3

Instructional Support


The DSAP Team is an innovative program whose goals are to maximize individual student success in the regular classroom, while at the same time serving as a screening process for students who may be in need of special education services.  DSAP is a positive, success-oriented program which uses specific assessment and intervention techniques to help remove educational, behavioral or affective stumbling blocks for all students in the regular classroom.  At Duquesne City School District the DSAP program runs from kindergarten until Grade 6.  Referrals for DSAP intervention may be initiated by the parent or classroom teacher.


The Instructional Support Team includes your child’s classroom teacher, the school principal, the instructional support teacher, the guidance counselor, behavior specialist, , a learning support teacher and a grade level teacher.  Parents are encouraged to participate as active partners in the process.  The Student Services Coordinator, Principal, Assistant Principal, School Psychologist,  School Nurse, Guidance Counselor, and representatives from community agencies also serve on the DSAP, depending on the needs of the students.



The DSAP process involves four steps:

            (1)        Identifying a student’s need for academic and behavior support

(2)        Determining strategies needed for assisting the student

            (3)        Implementing intervention strategies through a continuum of services.

            (4)        Progress Monitoring


After an initial assessment of the student’s academic, behavioral, and/or coping skills, the DSAP Team recommends strategies to be implemented to help the student achieve success in the regular classroom.  The team determines what support is needed for the student to maintain a level of success in the classroom.  These strategies are implemented, monitored and then evaluated by the team after 30 days, based on goals set for the student.  If the student’s teachers report a positive change, the strategies are continued.  If there is not progress, the student may be referred for a multidisciplinary evaluation (MDE).




The MDE is a process to gather information that will be used to find out if children really do need special education and if so, the types of services needed.


Prior to an MDE, the District must obtain permission via the Permission to evaluate form.  Before an evaluation can occur, the form must be signed by the parent or legal guardian.


Evaluations are conducted by a certified school psychologist.  Additional information is provided by the parents, classroom teacher, Instructional Support Teacher, and other pertinent individuals that work with the student.  All of this information is compiled into an Evaluation Report (ER).  This report will recommend whether a child has one or more disabilities or mental giftedness.  It also recommends whether or not the child requires special education and the type of program and services that the child needs.  The ER may recommend that a child is not exceptional and therefore does not need special education services.  If this is recommended, the report will list changes that may be made in the regular classroom to make the child more successful.  All members of the MDT, including the parents, are entitled to review the ER.


Reevaluations for students who are eligible for special education services are compiled every two years, or when requested by one or more members of the IEP team (please see information on Individualized Education Plan).




Children who are regarded to be exceptional by the MDT team are entitled to receive special education services.  The document that specifically addresses these services is called an Individual Education Plan (IEP).  Required members of the IEP team include:


•    The child’s parents

•    At least one of your child’s regular education teachers

•    At least one special education teacher



•    A representative from the school district who:

(1)        Is qualified to provide or supervise special education programs

(2)        Knows about the general curriculum

(3)       Knows what resources the Local Education Agency (LEA) can offer

•    Someone who can interpret the evaluation results, who may already be a member of the team

•    At your request or that of the school, other people who know your child well or who have worked with your child

•     Your child (at age 16 when planning will be done for life after graduation or any time before that age when you want your child to be present)

•     A representative from a vocational-technical school if a vocational-technical school is being considered for your child


The IEP will review all of the evaluation material and will determine how your child is performing in school now.  The IEP team will write annual goals and short term learning objectives that can be measured and which meet the needs of your child.


IEPs for eligible students are developed on an annual basis, or sooner, if requested by one or more members of the IEP team.




Once the IEP has been developed with the IEP team, you will receive a Notice of Recommended Educational Placement (NOREP).  The NOREP explains the placement or class recommended for your child and explains your rights.  You must approve the NOREP in writing for your child’s first special education placement if you want it to go into effect.


Duquesne City School District offers a continuum of educational services designed to meet the needs of eligible students including varying degrees of gifted, learning, and speech and language support.  In additional, related services such as transportation, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision support, and deaf and hearing support are available to those students that qualify.


Detailed information regarding special education procedures may be obtained by calling the Special Education Department at Duquesne City Schools, (412) 466-8130 Extensions 3014, 3008 or 3051.




There are instances in which students are identified as handicapped or disabled, but may not qualify for Special Education services.  If it is determined necessary, the school district will provide these students, without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services or accommodations which are needed to ensure equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school programs and extracurricular activities.  These services are outlined in a Chapter 15 Service Agreement.  Questions regarding Chapter 15 should be directed to the Special Education Department at (412) 466-8130, ext. 3014, 3008, or 3051.





According to the Pennsylvania Regulations and Standards in Special Education, mentally gifted pupils are defined as having:


“Outstanding intellectual and creative abilities the development of which requires special services not usually available in the regular education program.  This term includes a person who has an IQ of 130 or higher and when multiple criteria as set forth in the Department of Education guidelines indicate gifted ability.  Determination of gifted ability shall not be based on IQ score alone.  Intellectual ability is and should reflect a range of assessments including a student’s performance as well as potential.  A person with an IQ score lower than 130 may be admitted to gifted programs when other educational criteria in the profile of the person strongly indicate gifted ability.  Determination of mentally gifted shall include a full assessment and comprehensive report by a public school psychologist specifying the nature and degree of the ability.”


Duquesne City School District has established procedures whereby the principals, or their designees, will review student performance data.  These procedures include, but are not limited to: standardized and criterion referenced test data, developmental checklists, anecdotal records, curriculum-based assessments, formative evaluation procedures and portfolios in order to assist in the early identification of any student who may require differentiated instruction.  Teachers, parents and administrators form the team to discuss strengths of the child and strategies to meet the child’s needs (strengths).  The team meets according to a timeline developed by the district to monitor and assess the development and progress of the student.  If the team agrees that the child’s needs are not being addressed, a multidisciplinary evaluation will be initiated upon written permission from the parents.  If appropriate, an IEP will be written.


Parents in need of additional resources regarding gifted education can consult the following resources:


• Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Challenging the Gifted in the Regular Classroom

• Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special

Education Guidelines: Education of Mentally Gifted Students

• Winebrenner, Susan: Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular                                           Classroom



Further information about these procedures may be obtained by calling the Special Education

Department at (412) 466-8130, Ext. 3014.











The privacy rights of parents and students are mandated by federal legislation known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment), state regulations (Chapter 14 - Special Education Services and Programs, Chapter 12 - Student Rights and Responsibilities), and district policy.


The different categories of information maintained by the school district are as follows: educational and health records, personally identifiable information and directory information.  With the exception of receiving school district, educational and health records, personally identifiable information cannot be disclosed or released without parental consent or adult student’s (a student who is eighteen years of age or older, married or attending an institution of post secondary education) consent.


Information known as directory information can be released without consent.  Directory information means information which would be considered not harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.  This information includes the following: student’s name, address, date and place of birth, courses taken, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.


Written, parental or adult student request is required for the disclosure of educational and health records and personally identifiable information.  The consent must specify the records that may be disclosed and the purpose of the disclosure; and identify the party or class of parties to whom the disclosure may be made.  A written record of the disclosure must be maintained by the school district.


Parents or adult students have the right to file complaints concerning alleged failures of the

District to comply with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of

1974.  Such complaints should be directed to the Health, Educational and Welfare Office, Washington, D.  C.


With regard to parents who do not understand English, the School District will attempt to inform them of their rights in their native language.  Further information regarding the Policy of the Collection, Maintenance and Dissemination of Records is available through the principal’s office.



The Board of Education of the Duquesne City School District recognizes the need to protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information in the educational records of students.  It is the intent of this Annual Notice and the Board policy to inform parent, guardian(s) and eligible children (i.e.  students 18 or older) of their rights relevant to their privacy rights in the collection, maintenance, release and destruction of these records as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C.  `1232g. 34 C.F.R. part 99 and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.







To establish standard procedures for the safe, timely and orderly emergency evacuation of those students, staff and visitors with disabilities within the Duquesne City School District school and/or administration buildings.




The school emergency plan shall be shared with local emergency personnel in writing and verbally no later than first fire drill of the school year.


Duquesne City School will maintain and update its roster of students with disabilities to include, but not limited to mobility, hearing, sight, and serious breathing and stress induced illnesses that may affect a person’s ability to egress from the building.


As necessary, specific student plans shall be a part of the total school emergency evacuation plan and attached.  The individual student plan should be reviewed by the school administration with the student, parent, teacher/assistant and emergency personnel servicing the school community.


The school shall designate staff members who will coordinate the safe refuge or the evacuation of those with disabilities.  These staff members should have an updated roster of students and students and staff that may need assistance in an emergency.  These staff members will be provided training to assist in potential evacuation efforts.


The school shall have a procedure for accounting for visitors to the building who may be persons with a disability and require assistance in case of an emergency.




In the Event of an Emergency or Drill In all Emergencies, After an Evacuation has been ordered:


When an emergency alarm is sounded or threatening situation is discovered, designated staff members shall move immediately to areas of refuge within the school.  Each school principal will designate these areas and clearly communicate this information with Local Fire Chief.  In many instances, this area will be a stair landing: stairwell or other acceptable designated area.


At the area of refuge designated staff should immediately make contact with other staff or emergency personnel already in areas of safety.  Based on threat and imminent danger staff must decide, “Safe-in-Place,” or to evacuate completely.


“Safe-in-Place” Based on threat level, location and imminent danger it may be safer to keep staff, students, or visitors in the “safe place” during an emergency.  A clearly designate area should be easily accessible and known to all participants.


If the person with disability cannot access the Primary Designated Area of Rescue, then the person is to go to the Secondary Designated Area of Rescue with staff personnel guiding the way.


       DO NOT use elevators, unless authorized to do so by emergency services personnel.  This may be a viable alternative once fire personnel have arrived and evaluated the threat level.

       Stay calm, and take steps to protect yourself.

       Move to an enclosed exit stairway




Points for Consideration:


If the level of danger requires evacuation great care should be given to protect both the care- provider and the individual with disabilities.  Fire and Rescue personnel are best equipped to handle the evacuation.


Assisting persons with impaired mobility:


1.         Person with walking aids and impaired mobility

•     Introduce the “Buddy System” where a friend, colleague or member of staff will accompany the person to a protected enclosure;

•     Be prepared to allow able bodied persons to evacuate the premises first;

•     Be prepared to travel at a rate that is comfortable to the person with impaired mobility.


2.         Wheelchair Users

•     Fire exits which are wheelchair accessible should have clear signage so that they are easily identifiable by the wheelchair user.

•     Identify Primary and Secondary locations for wheelchair refuges and means of communication;

•     Identify if a wheelchair user can reach the refuge unaided.  If not consider the introduction of the “Buddy System;”

•     Identify the best method of evacuation or if there is a need for the provision of specialized equipment (example: Garaventa Lift)

•     As wheelchair users are experienced in transferring from the wheelchair to other forms of seating, they should be allowed to determine the method for transferring from the wheelchair to the specialized equipment.

        A zero-lifting policy should be maintained.  Only in the event of imminent danger and no immediate means of egress (lift, evacuation equipment, etc) should care-provider attempt to carry individuals down stairwells.  Training will be given to show care-providers appropriate means to carry someone.  However, this is only to be used when there is no other means of evacuation or available assistance.







3.         Assisting Persons with Impaired Vision

•     Fire Safety Signs – Persons with impaired vision or color perception may experience difficulty in seeing or recognizing fire safety signs.  Fire safety signs should be sufficiently large and well designed with a good, clear typeface and sited so that they can be seen easily and are readily distinguishable.

•     Familiar with escape routes – Staff/students with impaired vision should be familiarized with escape routes, especially those that are not in general use.

•     Evacuation of a Premise – In an evacuation of a building, sighted person should lead those members of staff with impaired vision to safety.  It is recommended that a sighted person should lead, inviting the other person to grasp their elbow, as this will enable the person being assisted to walk half a step behind and thereby gain information about doors and steps etc. Similar assistance should be offered to guide dog owners, with the owner retaining control of their dog.

•      A normally sighted person should remain with staff with impaired vision until the emergency is over.

•      Good lighting and the use of simple color contrasts can also help visually impaired people find their way around.


4.         Assisting Persons with Impaired Hearing

•    Get the attention of a person with a hearing disability by touch and eye contact.  Clearly state the problem.  Gestures and pointing are helpful, but be prepared to write a brief statement if the person does not seem to understand.

•     Offer visual instructions to advise of safest route or direction by pointing toward exits or evacuation maps.




Each school will train and practice these standards during each fire drill.  Persons with disabilities must be active participants in the evacuation plan, and training.  Students, staff, parents and guardians must have a complete understanding of the methods of operation during an emergency.  To avoid any potential for undue injury to care-provider or individual, actual movement down stairways should be avoided during drills.  Care-providers should practice transitions from wheelchairs.  Students should not be used during this training.


Individual School Plan:       

  Each school shall have an emergency plan that addresses the individual needs of students and staff in the building.  The plan should also provide appropriate direction for visitor to the building who may need assistance.  This would include a means to identify persons needing assistance, are in the building and who has responsibility for their care.  These plans will be revised at least annually or more frequently should conditions warrant.  All revisions shall be communicated to local emergency personnel in a timely manner.








Students are not permitted to sell any articles or tickets of any type in school unless approval has been given by the principal.  No pop, candy or food items are permitted to be sold during the school day.




All money collected for fundraising projects must be submitted to the Activities Account which is maintained in the main office.  No separate bank accounts are permitted.




There are up to three separate student records files for each child in the school.  This information on the various files and locations is only shared on a “need-to-know” basis due to FERPA and HIPPA regulations.  The “medical records file” is housed with the school nurse in the building where the child attends.  The school nurse lets the core teachers of the student know any medical information only when necessary.  Secondly, we have the “permanent records” file for each child.  These files are housed in the Student Center and contain grades, attendance information, PSSA scores, etc. Additionally, discipline files are housed separately in the Student Center.  Lastly, there may be a “special education file” for IEPs, GIEPs or 504 Service Plans.  These files are housed in the Special Education offices.




All Faculty members at Duquesne City School District are highly qualified in their subject areas.  Students are assigned to teachers on a random basis and requests for specific teachers cannot be honored.




Students must have a pass from their teacher in order to use the office phone.  Students may ask permission to use the office phone when an emergency arises.  In all grade levels, students will not be called to the phone to receive messages.  In the case of an emergency, office personnel will deliver messages to the students.  No student is permitted to use cellular phones.  If these are used during the school day, the following will occur: they will be confiscated and returned only to parents/guardians directly.


Besides the possibility of theft and damage, this policy is designed to prevent distraction and disruption of the educational process.  With the addition of camera phones, this policy also respects student privacy.









Students are strongly cautioned not to bring large amounts of money, radios, cameras, jewelry, cell phones or valuables to school.  If any item must be brought to school, it should be taken to the office.  Students are responsible for their personal property.  The school cannot be held responsible for losses when these recommendations are not followed.




All school visitors must report to the office and obtain a visitor's pass.  Additionally, permission of the classroom teacher must be obtained 24 hours in advance before a visitor may be present in the classroom.


Students from other schools will not be granted Visitor Passes unless a special educational activity sanctioned by the administrators from both districts exists.


Students may not bring friends or family members to classes at any time.




A healthy school environment is conducive to learning and good for the health of everyone at school.  An educational program that promotes a healthy school environment will be incorporated into the students’ instruction, when possible.  The information provided will assist students in making decisions in matters of personal, family and community health and safety. 


The instruction, when incorporated, will be reflected in the following areas:


1.  It will use active, participatory instructional strategies to engage all students.

2.  It will address social and media influences on student behavior and help students identify healthy alternatives to specific high-risk behavior.

3.  It will emphasize critical knowledge and skills that students need in order to obtain, understand and use basic health information and services in ways that enhance healthy living.

4.  It will focus on high-risk behaviors as they relate to the health of students, both short-term and long-term, including those related to nutrition and physical behavior.

5.  It will include accurate and up-to-date information that is developmentally appropriate for students.


Nutrition information will be disseminated throughout the District in a variety of ways including the following:


1.  Handouts

2.  Posters and bulletin boards

3.  Postings on the District’s web site

4.  Articles and information provided in District and school newsletters


In order to promote family and community involvement in supporting and reinforcing nutrition information, family and community are asked to reinforce the District’s efforts in the schools in the following areas:


1.  Review nutritional information with students as provided by the District through monthly newsletters and menus.

2.  Parents are encouraged to supply healthy meals, which do not include soda/pop, to school with their child/children when students do not purchase District lunches.

3.  All groups associated with the school district will be encouraged to promote wellness that leads to good choices being made relative to nutrition, physical activity and





The evaluation of pupil progress and achievement is the responsibility of each member of the professional staff of Duquesne City School District.  Grades will reflect a student's progress as to the quality of performance and the educational growth of the student.


Grading will be by percentage points and based upon points earned for course requirements such as tests, projects, reports and class participation.  Grades will be reported as percentages.


Specific requirements established by each individual teacher for every course will be distributed to students, discussed with each class, posted in classrooms.



The grading scale is as follows:





-           100% - 90%



-           89% - 80%



-           79% - 70%



-           69% - 60%



-           59% and     






Honor Roll will be determined by grades earned during each of the four nine week periods.


Honor:             Students will be acknowledged on the honor roll when they have a B (80%) average.





Final grades are determined by averaging the percentages earned in each of the grading periods.






It is important that you know that school students who do not receive passing grades for the school year will be unable to move on to the next grade level.




The following guidelines have been established for make-up work in the school.


1.         If a student is absent from class for one (1) day, he/she upon return to school is required to submit all work due that was assigned prior to the day of absence and take test(s) assigned prior to the day of absence provided no new material on the test was taught that day.


2.         If a student is absent from class for more than one day, the student has make-up days equivalent to the number of days absent from the day he/she returns to school to make-up all work (tests, quizzes, assignments, etc.).  It is the responsibility of the student to meet with the teacher before or after class to make proper arrangements and secure the information needed regarding the tests, etc., that need to be completed.


3.         In extenuating circumstances, when a student has been absent due to illness, accident, etc. for more than seven consecutive days, provisions may be made to extend the timeline for make-up work.


4.         Students who fail to fulfill their responsibilities for make-up work will receive a

"0" for the work, tests, etc. not completed.


*Students who are absent from class for excused reasons, including approved school activities, must be given the opportunity to make up all work and cannot be penalized academically for not being present in class, provided they complete all make-up work according to the above guidelines.


Students who participate in an approved school activity must check with their teachers to receive information concerning classroom work previous to participating in the activity.



Approved school activities include those listed on the daily bulletin, field trips, school programs, athletic events, etc. Visits to the guidance office, other teacher's areas, writing lab, etc., are notlegitimate reasons to be absent from a scheduled class unless previously approved by the scheduled classroom teacher.




Each classroom teacher is expected to provide students with a clear understanding of the assessment practices related to their individual course.  Grades assigned should reflect the achievement based upon the specific criteria expected in the course and outlined by the teacher.  Individual extra credit assignments will not be given by teachers so that a student may improve his/her letter grade.  Teachers may at their discretion assign projects, presentations, problems, etc. that result in bonuses.  In this case, however, all students share equal opportunities to participate.


*Note:    The purpose of "extra credit" is not to allow students to gain enough points to significantly alter a final or quarter grade.  Extra credit allows a teacher to make an improved judgment of a student's academic capability.




The assessment practice of testing provides the student and teacher information regarding the level of achievement.  Testing provides the feedback to the teacher that is needed to revise teaching style, to re-teach material and to develop guidelines for pacing instruction.  The student is able to view areas of proficiency and deficiency and adjust appropriately. Most assessments will be returned to and discussed with the students within one week following the administering of the assessmentAssessments which involve lengthy projects and essays will be returned in a timely fashion.  Teachers may invoke the options below in regard to testing:


1.         Return tests (answer sheet and test), discuss the test, and the test remains the property of the student.  Therefore, it becomes the sole responsibility of the student to share the test(s) with the parent and also the sole responsibility of the student to present the test(s) in the event that he/she believes that a grade assigned was inaccurate.


2.         Return tests (answer sheet and test), discuss the test, give it to the student to take home for review and/or parent/guardian signature and then require that the test be returned so that the teacher may maintain their files for each student.  Teachers may at their discretion award bonus points for demonstrating responsibility for returning the tests but may not invoke academic penalties.




At approximately the middle of the nine-week grading period, an interim progress report will be provided to parents.


The parents should contact the guidance counselor if they have questions or would like to schedule a conference.  No student will be assigned a failing grade on his/her report card unless:


1.     An interim report has indicated poor progress; or

2.     The parent/guardian is contacted by phone (documentation on file in office); or

3.     An individual progress report was sent and is on file in the office.



It is recommended that parents contact the teacher or make an appointment to meet with them if their child is failing.  In this way the parent/guardian will know specific causes of the deficiency and may be given suggestions for helping their child improve.





Duquesne City School District believes that it is essential for our schools to provide a safe atmosphere that is conducive to learning.  Students must be able to work together and to accept and share responsibilities.  Although discipline begins in the home, the school provides reinforcement and continued opportunity for students to learn self-discipline and behaviors appropriate for becoming responsible citizens and living productive lives in our society.


Discipline is more than making a student do what is right; it should encourage a student to choose what is right.  Maintaining appropriate standards of discipline in the Duquesne City School District is essential to the establishment of a proper educational environment.  The Discipline Code of Conduct will be interpreted by the principals and their designees in a manner which they deem just, given the circumstances of the individual case.  Additionally, students must understand that administrators shall have the authority to enforce other reasonable disciplinary actions which they find warranted by situations not covered specifically.


Discipline problems occur for a variety of reasons and in varying degrees of frequency and severity.  The general sequence presented here is not intended to be rigidly followed.  The actual sequence of disciplinary action may vary depending on the individual case and the process may be initiated at any step deemed appropriate.  In general, these steps are followed:


1.              Teacher and student discuss problem


2.              Teacher and parent discuss problem


3.              Teacher enforces classroom management strategies to encourage positive behaviors.


4.              A referral will be made to the Duquesne Student Assistance program by



5.              School officials, parent/guardian, student and social service agencies are involved


6.              An administrative review occurs with the principal


7.              A superintendent's review occurs with the administrative staff and the superintendent


8.              Board of School Directors Hearing




After School Faculty Detention (Assigned by a Faculty Member)

A student may be assigned to after-school detention for disciplinary reasons.  Parents and students will have a minimum of one day advance notice of the detention.  Transportation arrangements are the responsibility of the parent and/or student.  Parents will be called by the teacher and an attempt will be made to personally talk to the parent; however, if there is no other choice, a message may be left on a recorder.  A record of the detention will be on file in the main office.  Additionally, the student will be given a detention form to take home.  The teacher assigning the detention will supervise the student and designate the school work to be completed.  Failure to attend an assigned faculty detention will result in students being assigned Administrative Detention; failure to attend Administrative Detention will result in a one day ISS.


After School Detention (Assigned by an Administrator) 3:15 P.M. - 5:15 P.M.

A student may be assigned by an Administrator to Monday through Thursday after school detention from 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.  Parents and students will have a minimum of one-day advance notice of the detention.  Parents will be notified by letter and/or phone call.  Students may be assigned written work.  Students who do not arrive on time or fail to report for the afterschool detention will be assigned an additional day of afterschool detention.  After one missed detention, students will be assigned ISS.  In the event of inclement weather, detention will be reassigned.  A decision will be made on inclement weather prior to 1:15 p.m.


In-School Suspension


A student may be assigned by an Administrator to in-school suspension.  Students will attend a regular school day and complete classwork in the in-school suspension room.  Students can be assigned ISS from 1-5 days.  A student that doesn’t modify their behavior will be assigned OSS.


Out-of-School Suspension

Out-of-school suspension is the exclusion of a student from school and all school related activities and functions for a period of 1 to 10 days.  When the suspension exceeds 3 school days, the student and parent shall be given the opportunity for an informal hearing.  The student shall have the opportunity to respond to the accusation.  A student who does not modify his/her behavior following an out-of-school suspension may be recommended to the board for expulsion.



Expulsion is exclusion from school for a serious offense or series of offenses for a period exceeding ten school days and may be permanent.  The Board, a Committee of the Board or hearing examiner will make the final decision regarding expulsion. 


*Note: Any student who is suspended from school may not attend or participate in any school sponsored activity.  Students who are suspended out of school are not permitted on school grounds for the duration of the suspension.




All referrals written for Spec. Ed. students will be carefully reviewed with consideration of Manifestation Determination and NOREP due processes.


Level I Infractions

Level I infraction involves misbehaviors on the part of the student which impedes orderly classroom procedure, or interferes with the orderly operation of the school and/or school sponsored activities.  These behaviors may continue despite the classroom management plan and require the intervention of personnel on the administrative level or other specified persons.  Teachers are required to:


1.      Attempt to modify behaviors with classroom management

2.      Discuss all disciplinary referrals with student

3.      Communicate appropriately with parent prior to submitting referral

4.      Clearly state that the child’s behavior cannot interrupt classroom instruction


Examples of Level I Infractions (this list is not all inclusive)

·         Disruptive behavior (excessive talking, yelling out, out of seat)

·         Insubordination (violation of classroom rules, refusing to sit in assigned seat)

·         Cheating

·         Inappropriate conversation (rapping, talking during instruction, mild profanity)

·         Classroom tardiness

·         Class cut

·         Possession of electronics

·         Consumption of food/beverages outside of the cafeteria

·         Bullying-Level One (teasing, taunting, name-calling, rumors, gossiping, exclusion)


The examples stated above can quickly escalate into more excessive levels of bad behavior if not caught early. 


Listed below are options available to staff member for Level I Infractions


  • Verbal Reprimand
  • Student Conference
  • Behavior Contract
  • Teacher detention
  • Time Out


After the 3rd Level I Infraction, a referral will be written to the office for disciplinary action.  Listed below are the options available to administration for Level I infractions








Parents or guardians will be informed by letter/phone call of the infraction and the resulting disciplinary action taken in all cases.


Level II Infractions involve behavior whose frequency or seriousness tends to disrupt the learning climate of the school or school sponsored activity.  These infractions may result from the continuation of Level I Infraction behaviors or occur on their own and require the intervention of personnel on the administrative level or other so specified persons.  Teachers are required to:


1.       Attempt to modify behaviors with classroom management

2.      Discuss all disciplinary referrals with student.

3.      Communicate appropriately with parent prior to submitting referral.


Examples of Level II Behaviors


  • Continuation of unmodified Level I behaviors
  • Minor destruction of school property(consequences may include restitution)
  • Inappropriate public display of affection
  • Verbal fighting (arguing)
  • Physical confrontation-minor (pushing, shoving, running)
  • Bus violation-minor (yelling or eating/drinking)
  • Failure to attend Teacher After School Detention
  • 3 Classroom Tardies
  • Dress code violation
  • Horseplay
  • Class Cut
  • Out of Assigned Area
  • Use of electronics
  • Bullying- Level 2 (profanity, harassment, embarrassment, physical contact, etc)



Listed below are the options available to administration for Level II infractions


·         Administrative Detention

·         Student Conference with parent and student and/or teacher

·         Loss of Privileges (NEED SPECIFIC DETAILS AS PER DRAFT)

·         ISS

·         Out of school suspension

·         Referral to the Duquesne Student Assistance Program







Level III misconduct involves behavior on the part of the student which includes acts directed towards person/property, impedes orderly classroom procedure, and/or interferes with the orderly operations of the school and/or school sponsored activities.


These infractions may result from the continuation of Level II behaviors, but more frequently may be construed more serious in nature and require the immediate intervention of personnel on the administrative level.  Teachers are required to:


1.      Attempt to modify behaviors with classroom management plan

2.      Discuss all disciplinary referrals with student.

3.      Communicate appropriately with parent prior to submitting referral.


Those acts which are criminal in nature may automatically be referred to the appropriate law enforcement office.


Examples of Level III Behaviors


  • Physical fighting
  • Disrespect towards a member of the staff or visitor to the school district (NEED SPECIFIC DETAILS AS PER DRAFT)
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Ethnic intimidation
  • Truancy
  • Vandalism
  • Violation of drug and alcohol policy
  • Theft (consequences include restitution)
  • Possession or distribution of pornographic materials
  • Extortion
  • Forgery (major)
  • Threats to staff member/students
  • Possession and use of tobacco products
  • Bullying-Level3 (Racial, ethnic, and sexual harassment, physical contact)


Listed below are the options available to administration for Level III Infractions


·         In-school suspension

  • Out-of-school suspension 1-10 days
  • Loss of privileges
  • Superintendent review
  • Required conference with parent/guardian/student/administrator/counselor for reinstatement
  • Out of district placement



Possession and or Use of Tobacco Products: Level III


Smoking and possession or use of tobacco products poses a serious health hazard to the user and the members of our school.  Local law enforcement will be notified of students who are found to be in possession of or using tobacco products on school grounds or during school sponsored trips.  The following consequences relate to possession and/or use of tobacco products.


First Offense:

One Day Suspension

Paying all fines and court costs


Second Offense:

Three Day Suspension

Paying all fines and court costs

Parent conference required in order to return to school


*Note: A student who commits a total of three (3) or move Level III violations will be denied the privilege of participating in any extracurricular activity, interscholastic or school sponsored events.  This penalty applies to school trips and grade level activities, including dances, class celebrations and the graduation ceremony.


Although the consequences above are available for discipline, the specific discipline will be determined by an investigation of the incident and consistent with policies and procedures.


Students assigned 2 or more days out of school suspensions must have take home assignments from every teacher.







Level IV misconduct involves behavior on the part of the student which includes acts of violence directed towards persons/property which pose a threat to the health, safety, welfare and/or morals of others in the school and/or materially disrupts the educational environment.  Included in Level IV violations are unmodified Level I, II and III actions which result in the immediate removal of the student from the school, the intervention of law enforcement authorities and action by the Board of School Directors.


Parents or guardians will be contacted by phone soon as possible.  A letter will also be forwarded with the infraction and disciplinary action taken in all cases.






Examples of Level IV Behaviors



  • Physical assault on a staff member or student (DEFINE ASSAULT AS PER DRAFT)
  • Violation of Weapons Policy
  • Inciting so as to cause a riot
  • Alcohol Policy violation
  • Bomb threat
  • Vandalism (major)
  • Possession and/or use of explosive devices
  • Terroristic threats
  • Arson

Local law enforcement can be notified


Listed below are the disciplinary consequences for Level IV offenses:


  • 10 days out of school suspension with possible recommendation to the Board of School Directors for expulsion and/or possible reinstatement
  • All violations of the Criminal Code will be referred to appropriate authorities





Arson                          Refers to a student attempting to cause damage or destruction to property and/or placing another person in danger of death or bodily injury by igniting an object or causing an explosion.


Assault                        Refers to one or more students' unlawful attempt to injure another

(On a student)             student/students physically.  Students shall neither intentionally nor recklessly attempt to cause nor threaten to cause injury to another person or persons.  Reasonable self- defense as determined by administrative investigation will not be considered physical retaliation.



(On a staff member)    Refers to one or more students' unlawful and willful intent to attempt to injure a member of the staff by attempting intentionally and/or recklessly to cause or threaten to cause injury.


Bomb Threats           Refers to the act or involvement in the act of reporting a threat that could cause the evacuation of the building, place of assembly or facility of transportation.


Defiance                     Refusal to obey a direct, reasonable request from any staff member including teachers, administrators, secretaries, custodians, aides, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, etc. Reasonable is defined as that which will not threaten the health, safety or welfare of an individual student.


Display of Affection Refers to visible and open displays of affection that involves but is not

(Inappropriate)            limited to kissing, caressing, embracing and/or other bodily contact.


Disrespect                  Students and staff are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful (Toward staff                                    manner.  Refers to intentional non-compliance, rude behavior,

Member)                     including shouting.



Drug and Alcohol      School Policy is summarized in this document.  Students involved in

Violations                   drug and alcohol policy violations will be disciplined according to the guidelines set forth in this policy.


Ethnic Intimidation Ethnic intimidation is defined as: A person commits the offense of ethnic intimidation, if with malicious intention towards the race, color, religion or national origin of another individual or groups of individuals, he/she commits an offense under this act.  This policy is summarized in this document


Extortion                    Refers to the act of obtaining money or property from an unwilling person by physical force, intimidation, blackmail, ultimatum, threatened exposure of any secret tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence or fear.


False Alarms              Refers to students who intentionally pull emergency alarms and/or manipulate emergency or security alarms thus causing possible threat to the safety of those present in the school building.


Forgery                      Refers to the alteration or otherwise falsification of any school document or communication.  Such communications include but are not limited to hall passes, tardy to school or absent from school excuses, early dismissal passes, request for temporary absence, field trip requests, scheduling changes, dental or doctor appointments, request for educational trips or tours, permanent records, athletic eligibility, report cards, deficiency reports, discipline referrals, physical examination forms and identification requests by school personnel.


Harassment                See provision in Handbook on “Unlawful Harassment”


Inciting so as to          Refers to the use of activities that may pose a threat to the health, safety,

Cause a Riot              welfare and/or morals of others in the school and/or disrupts the educational environment.


Physical                      Refers to the act of two or more students engaged in loud verbal

Confrontation            exchanges and minor pushing.



Physical fighting        Refers to the act of two or more students hitting, punching or wrestling with each other with physical intent to harm as determined by an administration investigation.


Safety Violations       Includes throwing snowballs or objects, refusing to wear safety equipment in shop, blatant disregard for safety procedures, horseplay.


Terroristic Threats A threat to commit any crime of violence with the purpose to terrorize or to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly or facility of transportation or otherwise cause serious public inconvenience.


Theft                           Refers to illegal taking of money or materials belonging to any students, staff member or the Duquesne City School District.


Threats on Staff       Language directed to a staff member that demonstrates intent to harm a staff member or their family.


Under the Influence  A student shall be considered to be “under the influence” of drugs and/or alcohol if he or she has consumed or used either of the above prior to, during, or after school or school related activities and this is discovered while the student is on school property or attending a school related event.


Verbal fighting          Refers to a loud shouting match or argument between/among students.



Weapons Policy         School Policy provides that weapons of all types are prohibited on school property and violators may be prosecuted.  Weapons are defined as listed, but not limited to: knife, cutting instrument, cutting tool, nun- chuck stick, firearm (pellet guns, BB guns, look-alike firearms), shotgun, rifle, explosive device, any tool, Bowie knife, Dirk knife, lock-blade knife, hunting knife, chains, brass knuckles, night sticks, ax handles, metal knuckles, straight razors, poisons, noxious, irritating or poisonous gases (mace), razor, loaded cane, sword cane, machete, tasers, or shockers or anything used to threaten and/or cause harm.  This policy is summarized later in this document.







Cheating is defined by the Duquesne City School District to include the following:


l.      Obtaining unauthorized assistance in any way from another student during examinations.

2.     Knowingly giving unauthorized assistance to another student during


3.     The use of notes, books etc. or any source of information during examinations that is not authorized by the examiner.

4.     Obtaining without authorization an examination or any part thereof.

5.     Having knowledge of a stolen examination and not reporting it to an administrator or faculty member.

6.     Providing one's work for another student to copy and submit as his/her own.

7.     Using another student's work to copy and submit as his/her own.

8.     Altering, or causing to be altered, the record of any grade on a test, quiz, etc. or in a grade book, office or other record.

9.     Plagiarism - taking or imitating the ideas, thoughts or language of another to represent them as one's original work.  If the ideas, thoughts or language from another source must be used, it is the student's responsibility to footnote or annotate the information appropriately.

10.   Copying or using another person's electronically stored file to use as his/her own.

11.   Entering another person's computer file.





At the discretion of the classroom teacher and the administration, the following consequences may be assigned:


Student will receive a "0" for the work.  The faculty member will contact the parent by phone and a follow-up letter will be sent by the faculty member.  Documentation will be placed in the student's discipline file.


Student will receive a failing grade for the current nine-week period.  A parent/teacher conference will be held with the student and an administrator.  Written documentation will be placed in the student's discipline file.


Student will receive a failing grade for the course and face a possible hearing before the School Board of Directors.  A parent conference will be held with the principal.  Written documentation will be placed in the student's discipline file.


*Note: Use of the computers to cheat will result in revocation or restriction of computer  privileges.






Bus conduct will be classified in accordance with the disciplinary policies of the Duquesne City School District.  However, specific bus violations include: (l) not remaining in seat while bus is in motion, (2) loud conversation, (3) unnecessary noise, (4) boisterous conduct, whistling or calling to people from the bus, (5) throwing objects from or onto the bus, (6) failure to keep all parts of the body inside the bus, (7) littering on the bus, (8) eating or drinking on the bus.


Students found in violation of these guidelines of acceptable bus behavior will be judged according to the Code of Student Conduct and may be subject to the loss of bus privileges and/or suspension from school.


Assigned seats will also be considered when the administration deems it appropriate.           

Any further misconduct will result in privileges being revoked for the remainder of the school year.  Loss of transportation does not excuse a student from attending school.




The Board recognizes that tobacco use by students presents a health and safety hazard that can have serious consequences for both users and nonusers and the safety and environment of the schools.


For purposes of this policy, tobacco use shall be defined as use and/or possession of a lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar and pipe; other lighted smoking product; and smokeless tobacco in any form.


Possession shall mean having any of the defined products on your person, in a handbag, locker, or other area in the person’s control.


The Board prohibits tobacco use and possession by students at any time in a school building and on any property, buses, vans and vehicles that are owned, leased or controlled by the school district.


The Board prohibits tobacco use and possession by students at school-sponsored activities that are held off school property.


The school district may initiate prosecution of a student who violates the tobacco use policy.


Incidents of possession, use and sale of tobacco in violation of this policy by any person on school property shall be reported to the Office of Safe Schools on the required form at least once each year.


Furthermore, any student found in possession of or using tobacco products in violation of this policy shall be issued a citation and prosecuted for a summary offense.


The student may be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $50 for the benefit of the school district, and to pay court costs as assigned by the magistrate.  An alternative may be the student

being assigned to adjudication alternatives, as determined by the local magistrate.  Conviction of this offense cannot be placed on a criminal record.


Violations of this policy will also result in progressive discipline unless a particular violation is deemed to be willful or contemptuous of this policy, in which case, harsher discipline may be imposed than called for in progressive discipline as outlined in the student/parent handbook.





The purpose of this policy is to maintain a safe, positive environment for students and staff that is free from hazing.  Hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational goals of the district and are prohibited at all times.


For purposes of this policy hazing is defined as any activity that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental health, physical health or safety of a student or causes willful destruction or removal of public or private property for the purpose of initiation or membership in or affiliation with any organization recognized by the Board.


Endanger the physical health shall include but not be limited to any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping; beating; branding; forced calisthenics; exposure to the elements; forced consumption of any food, alcoholic beverage, drug, or controlled substance; or other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the individual.


Endanger the mental health shall include any activity that would subject an individual to extreme mental stress, such as prolonged sleep deprivation, forced prolonged exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual.


Any hazing activity, whether by an individual or a group, shall be presumed to be a forced activity, even if a student willingly participates.


The Board does not condone any form of initiation or harassment, known as hazing, as part of any school-sponsored student activity.  No student, coach, sponsor, volunteer or district employee shall plan, direct, encourage, assist or engage in any hazing activity.


The Board directs that no administrator, coach, sponsor, volunteer or district employee shall permit, condone or tolerate any form of hazing.


The district will investigate all complaints of hazing and will administer appropriate discipline to any individual who violates this policy.




The Board encourages students who have been subjected to hazing to promptly report such incidents to the building principal.


District administrators shall investigate promptly all complaints of hazing and administer appropriate discipline to any individual who violates this policy.


Students, administrators, coaches, sponsors, volunteers, and district employees shall be alert to incidents of hazing and shall report such conduct to the building principal.


The district shall annually inform students, parents/guardians, coaches, sponsors, volunteers and district staff that hazing of district students is prohibited, by means of:


1.      Distribution of written policy.

2.      Publication of handbooks

3.   Verbal instructions by the coach or sponsor at the start of the season or   program.




1.       When a student believes that s/he has been subject to hazing, the student shall        promptly report the incident, orally or in writing, to the building principal.


2.       The principal shall conduct a timely, impartial, thorough, and comprehensive          investigation of the alleged hazing.


3.       The principal shall prepare a written report summarizing the investigation and         recommending disposition of the complaint.  Findings of the investigation shall be           provided to the complainant, the accused, and others directly involved, as     appropriate.


4.       If the investigation results in a substantiated finding of hazing, the principal shall recommend appropriate disciplinary action, as circumstances warrant, in accordance with the Code of Conduct.  Additionally, the student may be subject to disciplinary action by the coach or sponsor, up to and including removal from the activity.


5.       If the investigation results in a substantiated finding that a coach or sponsor affiliated with activity planned, directed, encouraged, assisted, condoned or ignored any form of hazing, s/he will be disciplined appropriately.  Discipline could include dismissal from the position as coach or sponsor.









The district is committed to maintaining a learning environment for students that is safe, positive, and free from harassment.  Therefore, the district shall prohibit harassment in any form of any student or third party at school or any school-sponsored activity.


The Board prohibits all forms of unlawful harassment of students and third parties by all district students and staff members, contracted individuals, vendors, volunteers, and third parties in the schools.  The Board encourages students and third parties who have been harassed to promptly report such incidents to the designated employees.


The Board directs that complaints of harassment, written or verbal, shall be investigated promptly, and corrective action be taken when allegations are substantiated.  Confidentiality of all parties shall be maintained, consistent with the district's legal and investigative obligations.


Neither reprisals nor retaliation shall occur as a result of good faith charges of harassment.


For purposes of this policy, harassment shall consist of verbal, written, graphic or physical conduct relating to an individual's race, color, national origin/ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion when such conduct:


1.  Is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it affects an individual's ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity or creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment.


2.  Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic performance


3Otherwise adversely affects an individual's learning opportunities


For purposes of this policy, sexual harassment shall consist of unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; and other inappropriate verbal, written, graphic or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:


1.  Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a student's academic status.


2.  Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for academic or work decisions affecting the individual.


3.  Such conduct deprives a student of educational aid, benefits, services or treatment.


4.  Such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the student's school performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.


Examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment include but are not limited to sexual flirtations, advances, touching or propositions; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; graphic or suggestive comments about an individual's dress or body; sexually degrading words to describe an individual; jokes; pin-ups; calendars; objects; graffiti; vulgar statements; abusive language; innuendoes; references to sexual activities; overt sexual conduct; or any conduct that has the effect of unreasonably interfering with a student's ability to work or learn or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning or working environment.


In order to maintain an educational environment that discourages and prohibits unlawful harassment, the Board designates the Student Services Director as the Compliance Officer and the Dean of Students as the Alternate Compliance Officer.


The Compliance Officer Shall:


1.  Receive reports or complaints of harassment

2.  Oversee the investigation of any alleged harassment

3.  Assess the training needs of the school division in connection with this policy

4.  Arrange necessary training to achieve compliance with this policy

5.  Ensure that any harassment investigation is conducted by an impartial investigator who is trained in the requirements of equal employment/ education opportunity, including the authority to protect the alleged victim and others during the investigation


The Compliance Officer shall publish and disseminate this policy and the complaint procedure at least annually to students, parents/guardians, employees, independent contractors, vendors, and the public.  The publication shall include the position, office address and telephone number of the Compliance Officer.


Each staff member shall be responsible to maintain an educational environment free from all forms of unlawful harassment.


Each student shall be responsible to respect the rights of their fellow students and district employees and to ensure an atmosphere free from all forms of unlawful harassment.




This policy shall be:


1.  Displayed in prominent areas of the school building in a location accessible to students, parents/guardians, school personnel, independent contractors, vendors, and the public.

 2.  Included in the student and employee handbooks          

3Sent to parents/guardians of all students within thirty (30) calendar days of the start of school.







Training regarding all aspects of unlawful harassment should be included in employee and student orientations as well as employee in-service training.




Retaliation against students who report good faith charges of harassment or participate in any related proceedings is prohibited.  The district shall take appropriate action against individuals who retaliate against any student who reports alleged unlawful harassment or participates in related proceedings.


False Charges


Students who knowingly make false charges of harassment shall be subject to disciplinary action as well as any civil or criminal legal proceedings.


Right To Alternate Complaint Procedure


Nothing in this policy shall deny the right of any individual to pursue other avenues of recourse to address concerns relating to unlawful harassment including initiating civil action, filing a complaint with outside agencies or seeking redress under state or federal law.


Complaint Procedure – Informal Procedure


If the complainant and the person accused of harassment agree, the principal or designee may arrange for them to resolve the complaint informally with the help of a counselor, teacher, or administrator.


If the complainant and the person accused of harassment agree to resolve the complaint informally, they shall each be informed that they have the right to abandon the informal procedure at any time in favor of the initiation of the formal procedures set forth in this policy.  The principal or designee shall notify the complainant and the person accused of harassment in writing when the complaint has been resolved.  The written notice shall state whether unlawful harassment occurred.


Complaint Procedure – Formal Procedure


Step 1 – File Report


Any student or third party who believes s/he has been subject to conduct that constitutes a violation of this policy should report the incident to one of the compliance officers designated in this policy or to any school personnel.  The alleged harassment should be reported immediately.  Further, any student who has knowledge of conduct which may constitute unlawful harassment should report such conduct to one of the compliance officers designated in this policy or to any school personnel.  Any school personnel who



has notice that a student may have been a victim of unlawful harassment shall immediately report the alleged harassment to one of the compliance officers designated in this policy.


The reporting party should use the Report of Harassment form to make complaints of harassment; however, oral reports and other written reports shall also be accepted.  The complaint should be filed with either the building principal or one of the compliance officers designated in this policy.  The principal shall immediately forward any report of alleged unlawful harassment to the Compliance Officer.  Any complaint that involves the Compliance Officer or principal shall be reported to the Superintendent.


The complaint and identity of the complainant and alleged harasser will be disclosed only to the extent necessary to fully investigate the complaint and only when such disclosure is required or permitted by law.


Step 2 – Investigation


Upon receipt of a report of alleged unlawful harassment, the Compliance Officer shall immediately authorize or undertake an investigation.  The investigation may be conducted by school personnel or a third party designated by the district.  The investigation shall be completed as soon as practicable, which generally should be not later than fourteen (14) calendar days after receipt of the report by the Compliance Officer.  Upon receiving the complaint, the Compliance Officer shall acknowledge receipt of the complaint by giving written notice that the complaint has been received to both the person complaining of harassment and the person accused of harassment.  Also upon receiving the complaint, the Compliance Officer shall determine whether interim measures should be taken pending the outcome of the investigation.  Such interim measures may include, but are not limited to, separating the alleged harasser and the complainant and, in cases involving potential criminal conduct, determining whether law enforcement officials should be notified.  If the Compliance Officer determines that more than fourteen (14) days will be required to investigate the complaint, the complainant and the accused shall be notified of the reason for the extended investigation and of the date by which the investigation will be concluded.  If the alleged harassment may also constitute child abuse, then it must be reported in accordance with Board policy.


The investigation may consist of personal interviews with the complainant, the alleged harasser, and any others who may have knowledge of the alleged harassment or the circumstances giving rise to the complaint.  The investigation may also consist of the inspection of any other documents or information deemed relevant by the investigator.  The district shall take necessary steps to protect the complainant and others pending the completion of the investigation.






In determining whether alleged conduct constitutes a violation of this policy, the district shall consider, at a minimum:


1.  The surrounding circumstances.

2.  The nature of the behavior.

3.  Past incidents or past or continuing patterns of behavior.

4.  The relationship between the parties.

5.  How often the conduct occurred.

6.  The identity of the alleged perpetrator in relation to the alleged victim (i.e. whether the alleged perpetrator was in a position of power over the alleged victim).

7.  The location of the alleged harassment.

8.  The ages of the parties.

9.  The context in which the alleged incidents occurred.


Whether a particular action or incident constitutes a violation of this policy requires a case-by- case determination based on all of the facts and circumstances revealed after a complete and thorough investigation.


The Compliance Officer shall issue a written report to the Superintendent upon completion of the investigation.  If the complaint involves the Superintendent, then the report shall be sent to the Board.  The report shall include a determination of whether the allegations are substantiated, whether this policy was violated and recommendations for corrective action, if any.


All employees shall cooperate with any investigation of alleged harassment conducted under this policy or by an appropriate state or federal agency.


Step 3 Action – by Superintendent


Within five (5) calendar days of receiving the Compliance Officer’s report, the Superintendent or designee shall issue a decision regarding whether this policy was violated.  This decision must be provided in writing to the complainant and the alleged perpetrator.  If the Superintendent or designee determines that unlawful harassment occurred, the district shall take prompt, corrective action to address and remedy the violation as well as prevent any recurrence.  Such action may include discipline, up to and including expulsion.


Whether or not the Superintendent or designee determines that unlawful harassment occurred, the Superintendent or designee may determine that school-wide or division-wide training be conducted or that the complainant receives counseling.


Step 4 – Appeal


If the Superintendent or designee determines that no unlawful harassment occurred, the complainant may appeal this finding to the Board within fifteen (15) calendar days of receiving the decision.  Notice of appeal must be filed with the Superintendent, who shall forward the record to the Board.  The Board shall make a decision with thirty (30) calendar days of receiving the record.  The Board may ask for oral or written argument from the aggrieved party and the Superintendent and any other individual the Board deems relevant.


If the Superintendent or designee determines that unlawful harassment occurred and discipline is imposed, the disciplined person may appeal the disciplinary sanction in the same manner as any other such sanction would be appealed.





Duquesne City School District





1.      Name: _                                                                                                                                                                                    


2.      School/Building:                                                                                                                                                                     


3.      Describe the conduct you found objectionable, including what force, if any was used; verbal statements (threats, requests, demands, etc.); what if any physical contact was involved (additional sheets may be attached):


4.      The name of the person or persons alleged to be harassing you:



5.      If the alleged unlawful harassment was directed against another person, identify the other person:



6.      Date of the incident described in #3:


7.      Approximate time of the incident's occurrence, as described in #3:


8.      Location of the incident described in #3:




9.      Names of any witnesses to the incident described in #3:




10.    Please briefly identify the actions you would like to be taken by the School District in correcting the matter you have identified:





11.  Person completing the complaint form:_


12.    Date this complaint was submitted:                                                       Complainant's Signature






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The Board is committed to providing a safe, positive learning environment for district students.  The Board recognizes that bullying creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, detracts from the safe environment necessary for student learning, and may lead to more serious violence.  Therefore, the Board prohibits bullying by district students.


Bullying means an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act or series of acts directed at another student or students, which occurs in a school setting, repeatedly or over a period of time, that is severe, persistent or pervasive and has the effect of doing any of the following:


1.  Substantial interference with a student’s education.

2.  Creation of a threatening environment.

3.  Substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school.


Bullying, as defined in this policy, includes cyberbullying.


School setting means in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop or at any activity sponsored, supervised or sanctioned by the school.


The Board prohibits all forms of bullying by district students.


The Board encourages students who have been bullied to promptly report such incidents to the building principal or designee.


The Board directs that complaints of bullying shall be investigated promptly, and corrective action shall be taken when allegations are verified.  Confidentiality of all parties shall be maintained, consistent with the district’s legal and investigative obligations.  No reprisals or retaliation shall occur as a result of good faith reports of bullying.


Each student shall be responsible to respect the rights of others and to ensure an atmosphere free from bullying.


The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that this policy and administrative regulations are reviewed annually with students The Superintendent or designee, in cooperation with other appropriate administrators, shall review this policy every three (3) years and recommend necessary revisions to the Board.



District administration shall annually provide the following information with the Safe School Report:


1.  Board’s Bullying Policy.

2.  Report of bullying incidents.

3.  Information on the development and implementation of any bullying prevention, intervention or education programs.


The Code of Student Conduct, which shall contain this policy, shall be disseminated annually to students.


This policy shall be accessible in every classroom.  The policy shall be posted in a prominent location within each school building and on the district web site, if available.




The district may develop and implement bullying prevention and intervention programs.  Such programs shall provide district staff and students with appropriate training for effectively responding to, intervening in and reporting incidents of bullying.


Consequences For Violations


A student who violates this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action consistent with the Code of Student Conduct, which may include:


1.  Counseling within the school.


2.  Parental conference.


3.  Loss of school privileges.


4.  Transfer to another classroom or school bus.


5.  Exclusion from school-sponsored activities.


6.  Detention.


7.  Suspension.


8.  Expulsion.


9.  Counseling/Therapy outside of school.


10. Referral to law enforcement officials.



School Board Policy



The Board recognizes the importance of a safe school environment relative to the educational process.  Possession of weapons in the school setting is a threat to the safety of students and staff and is prohibited by law.


Weapon - the term shall include but not be limited to any knife, cutting instrument, cutting tool, nun-chuck stick, firearm, pellet gun, BB gun, look-alike weapon, shotgun, rifle, explosive device, Bowie knife, Dirk knife, lock-blade knife, hunting knife, chains, brass knuckles, night sticks, ax handles, metal knuckles, straight razors, poisons, noxious, irritating or poisonous gases (mace), razor, loaded cane, sword cane, machete, tazers, shockers, and/or any other tool, instrument or implement capable of inflicting serious bodily injury.


Possessing - a student is in possession of a weapon when the weapon is found on the person of the student; in the student's locker; under the student's control while on school property, on property being used by the school, at any school function or activity, at any school event held away from the school, or while the student is coming to or from school.


The Board prohibits students from possessing and bringing weapons and replicas of weapons into any school district buildings, onto school property, to any school-sponsored activity, and onto any public vehicle providing transportation to school or a school-sponsored activity.

The school district shall expel for a period of not less than one (1) year any student who violates this weapons policy.  Such expulsion shall be given in conformance with formal due process proceedings required by law.  The Superintendent may recommend modifications of such expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.


In the case of a student with disabilities, the Superintendent shall take all necessary steps to comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.


The Superintendent or designee shall report the discovery of any weapon prohibited by this policy to the student's parents/guardians and to local law enforcement officials.


The Superintendent or designee shall report all incidents relating to expulsion for possession of a weapon to the Department of Education.


The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible to develop a memorandum of understanding with local law enforcement officials that sets forth procedures to be followed when an incident occurs involving an act of violence or possession of a weapon by any person on school property.


Acts of violence or possession of a weapon in violation of this policy shall be reported to the Office of Safe Schools on the required form at least once each year.


Any school employee who has reasonable suspicion that a student is in violation of this policy shall immediately inform the building principal, who will conduct the complete investigation.  The principal must notify the Superintendent, make every effort to contact the parent/guardian (documenting attempts) as soon as possible, and if deemed appropriate summon local law enforcement officials.


Upon reasonable suspicion regarding the possible possession of a weapon, the principal will request the student to volunteer to be searched or his/her locker searched by a school official in the presence of a witness.  If the student resists being searched or having his/her locker searched, the principal will immediately summon local law enforcement officials and request assistance.  Parents/ Guardians shall be notified as soon as possible.


If a student is found in violation of this policy, the student shall:


1.  Receive a ten (10) day out-of-school suspension


2.  Be given the opportunity to attend an informal hearing with the principal, unless this

 provision is waived by the parent/guardian during the ten (10) day suspension.


Formal due process proceedings before the Board regarding expulsion shall be scheduled in cases where the administration is recommending expulsion.


Students, staff and parents/guardians shall be informed at least annually concerning this policy.


 An exception to this policy may be made by the Superintendent, who shall prescribe special conditions or procedures to be followed.


Weapons under the control of law enforcement personnel are permitted.


In accordance with the federal Gun-Free School Zone Act, possession or discharge of a firearm in, on, or within 1,000 feet of school grounds is prohibited.  Violations shall be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.


Nothing in this policy is to be construed to interfere with items necessary for the educational program.  This could include but not be limited to items in shop class instruction, science instruction, home economics class and art room instruction.


Transfer Students


When the school district receives a student who transfers from a public or private school during an expulsion period for an offense involving a weapon, the district may assign that student to an alternative assignment or may provide alternative education, provided the assignment does not exceed the expulsion period.





School Board Policy




The Board recognizes that the abuse of controlled substances is a serious problem with legal, physical and social implications for the whole school community.  As an educational institution, the district shall strive to prevent abuse of controlled substances.


Controlled substances shall include all:


  1. Controlled substances prohibited by federal and state law


  1. Look-alike drugs


  1. Alcoholic beverages


  1. Anabolic steroids


  1. Drug paraphernalia


  1. Any volatile solvents or inhalants, such as but not limited to glue and aerosol products


  1. Prescription or patent drugs, except those for which permission for use in school has been granted pursuant to Board policy.


Distributing shall be defined as to deliver, sell, pass, share, or give any controlled substance, as defined by this policy, from one person to another or to aid therein.


Drug paraphernalia includes any equipment, utensil or item which in the school’s judgment can be associated with the use of controlled substances.


Examples include but are not limited to: roach clips, pipes and bowls, and all items defined as drug paraphernalia in state laws.


Possession shall be defined as to possess or hold without any attempt to distribute any controlled substance determined to be illegal or as defined in this policy.


Under the influence shall include any consumption or ingestion of controlled substances by a student.


The school prohibits students from using, possessing, distributing, and being under the influence of any controlled substances during school hours, at any time while on school property, at any school-sponsored activity, and during the time spent traveling to and from school and school-sponsored activities.


The School Board of Directors may require participation in drug counseling, rehabilitation, testing or other programs as a condition of reinstatement into the school’s educational, extracurricular or athletic programs resulting from violations of this policy.


Off-Campus Activities


This policy shall also apply to student conduct that occurs off school property and would violate the Code of Student Conduct if:


  1. There is a nexus between the proximity or timing of the conduct in relation to the student’s attendance a school or school-sponsored activities.


  1. The student is a member of an extracurricular activity and has been notified that particular off-campus conduct could result in exclusion from such activities.


  1. Student expression or conduct materially and substantially disrupts the operations of the school, or the administration reasonably anticipates that the expression or conduct is likely to materially and substantially disrupt the operations of the school.


  1. The conduct has a direct nexus to attendance at school or a school-sponsored activity, such as an agreement to complete a transaction outside of school that would violate the Code of Student Conduct.


  1. The conduct involves the theft or vandalism of school property.


In all cases involving students and controlled substances, the need to protect the school community from undue harm and exposure to drugs shall be recognized.


No student may be admitted to a program that seeks to identify and rehabilitate the potential abuser without the intelligent, voluntary and aware consent of the student and parent/guardian.


Reasonable Suspicion/Testing


If based on the student’s behavior, medical symptoms, vital signs or other observable factors, the building principal has reasonable suspicion that the student is under the influence of a controlled substance, the student may be required to submit to drug or alcohol testing.  The testing may include but is not limited to the analysis of blood, urine, saliva, of the administration of a Breathalyzer test.






The Duquesne City School District School District has established computer facilities to support its philosophy to provide a comprehensive education that meets the needs of all students and will prepare them adequately for their future.  Proper use of all equipment, software, facilities and supplies is required by all students.  Any person involved in violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.


Parents or guardians shall be responsible for the loss or destruction of school property and that of other pupils and teachers when such damage or loss is the result of deliberate or mischievous action on the part of their children.


The following are examples of direct violations of the Computer Usage Policy of the Duquesne City School District:


1.         Vandalism by damaging computer facilities, equipment, software or          supplies.


2.         Theft of equipment, time, service, software, or supplies.


3.         Misuse of facilities, equipment, software or supplies.


4.         Plagiarizing by unauthorized entry or transfer of files to read, change, copy or destroy.


5.         Sharing unauthorized information.


6.         Possession of software or materials that will enable a student to break the code to enter a file system, computer program, or data base.


7.         Any attempt to break into a file or system by circumventing security         procedures.


8.         Unauthorized use of school equipment.


9.         Use of computers to create or send abusive or obscene messages.


10.       Violations of copyright and/or licensing agreements.


11.       Unauthorized presence in the computer room.


12.       Violation of the Internet Policy



Immediate disciplinary action will be taken by any or all of the following:


a.        Restriction or revocation of computer privileges

b.       Restitution

c.        Referral to legal authorities for prosecution

d.        An investigation will occur and appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken.



Duquesne Student Assistant Program (DSAP)



                        Last                                          First



Grade________________Homeroom______________ D.O.B._______________________           

Person Making Request:                                                                                                        

Reason for Request:          Academi          c            Behavior               At-Risk


Please Describe Reason for Request for Assistance in Behavioral Terms







Teacher Contacts with Parents/Guardians





















Attempted Interventions/Strategies






Curent DRA












Strengths of the Student














(To be given to Elementary Office)










STUDENT'S NAME (Please Print):


















Doctor's Appointment (a written excuse from the doctor's office will be required)


Dentist Appointment (a written excuse from the dentist's office will be required)




PARENT'S NAME (Please Print):
































Please check best number to reach you.



















































































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Follow up with student(s) as appropriate



Follow any DCSD protocols



Enter information into MMS









Call Dispatch to collect student and minor form






File minor form in student file



Behavior continues?



Observe Problem Behavior



Follow Classroom Management System



Is behavior major?



Classroom Environment and Teacher Strategies

Teach Behavioral Expectations

Reinforce Positive Behaviors

Problem solve with student(s)

Continue building relationship(s)

Elicit parent/guardian help


Duquesne City School District Discipline Procedure Flowchart


















































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Student Internet and Computer Acceptable Use Policy


The Internet has been made available in the Duquesne City School District (DCSD) schools as a resource to promote and enhance the educational experience. All DCSD school Internet resources must be used appropriately and explicitly for educational purposes only. This Student Internet and Computer Acceptable Use Policy establishes guidelines for using the Internet in an appropriate way.




The Duquesne City School District will employ the use of zone-based filtering/blocking technology throughout the entire school as a technology protection measure.


1.      The technology cannot be turned off at the workstation level when a student is using the Internet for educational purposes under direct supervision of a faculty member.

2.      The technology cannot be turned off at the workstation level when a staff person is using the Internet for "bona tide research or other lawful purpose."

3.      DCSD will also track and monitor the online activities of students.

4.      The DCSD will educate students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites, chat rooms, and cyber bullying awareness and response.

Use of the Internet by Students


1.       Students shall not access any DCSD computer technology prior to the completion of the Student Internet and Computer Acceptable Use Authorization Form by both student and parent/guardian. The completed form shall be maintained in the student's educational record until completion, or transfer out, of all DCSD educational programs.

2.      Students shall not access inappropriate material on the Internet, including but not limited to, pornography, obscenity, child pornography, or other materials that may be harmful to minors.

3.      Students shall not use electronic mail.

4.      Students shall not use chat rooms or other social networking websites unless directed by their instructor/teacher.

5.      Students shall not use other forms of direct electronic communications (such as newsgroups and instant messaging).

6.      Students shall not engage in unauthorized access of computers, including hacking or bypassing the Internet filter in any way.

7.      Students shall not engage in unlawful activities.

8.      Students shall not disclose, use, or disseminate any personal identification information of themselves or others.

9.      Students shall not log-on to computers that they have not been authorized to log-on to or to use log-in passwords that are not their own.


10.  Students shall not download, install, or utilize any programs or software from the Internet without the permission of their instructor/teacher.

11.  Students shall not access material, data, and/or graphics that are violent in nature.

12.  Students shall not access material, data, and/or graphics that are associated with the construction of explosive devices, firearms, and/or weapons.

13.  Students shall not use DCSD technology for commercial or for-profit purposes.

14.  Students shall not use DCSD technology for product advertisement or political lobbying.

15.  Students shall not use DCSD technology for hate mail, discriminatory remarks, or offensive or inflammatory communication.

16.  Students shall not use DCSD technology for unauthorized or illegal installation, distribution, reproduction, or use of copyrighted materials.

17.  Students shall not use OCSD technology tor inappropriate language or profanity.

18.  Students shall not use DCSD technology to transmit material likely to be offensive or objectionable to recipients.

19.  Students shall not obtain or modify files, passwords, and data belonging to other users.

20.  Students shall not use DCSD technology to load or use unauthorized games, programs, fifes, or other electronic media.

21.  Students shall not destroy, modify, abuse, or access network hardware, software, and files.


Violation of the Duquesne City School District Student Internet and Computer Acceptable Use Policy in any way may result in the loss of Internet privileges provided by the DCSD and may also result in suspension or expulsion from the DCSD. Disciplinary action may be taken in accordance with existing DCSD policy. When necessary, the DCSD may call in law enforcement agencies.

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Agreement for the Student Internet and Computer Acceptable Use Policy


Student/Parent Form


I have read the "Student Internet and Computer Acceptable Use Policy." I understand its significance, and agree to abide with all terms and conditions of it. I further understand that violation of this agreement would be unethical and might even constitute a criminal offense. Should I choose to violate this agreement, my privileges will be revoked and disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action may be taken.





Name of Student (please print)



Name of Parent/Guardian (please print)



Street Address



City, State, and Zip Code



Home Phone                                                                     Cell Phone (optional)



Student's Signature                                                           Date



Parent's/Guardian's Signature                                           Date


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StudentEmergency Card


Student Information


Student Name:                                                                           Birth Date:      /     /     Grade:                       

Address:                                                                                                Homeroom:                          

Home Phone:                                                   Work/Cell Phone:                                                       

(Please “star” the phone number you would like to be contacted first.)


Emergency Contact Person(s)


Emergency Contact #1 Name:                                      Relationship to student:                                 

   Cell Phone:                                       Work Phone:                                                   

   Email Address:                                                                                                                      

Emergency Contact #2 Name:                                      Relationship to student:                                 

   Cell Phone:                                       Work Phone:                                                   

   Email Address:                                                                                                                      

Emergency Contact #3 Name:                                      Relationship to student:                                 

   Cell Phone:                                       Work Phone:                                                   

   Email Address:                                                                                                        


Please identify any health issue(s) your child has that may be important for the teacher to know (i.e. asthma, diabetes, heart condition, bleeding disorder, ADHD etc.:



Please identify any school age siblings in the district: (use back of card if necessary)

Sibling's Name(s):                                                                                                                                           


Hospital Information


Hospital preferred:                                                                                                    (for Ambulance transport)

Student Physician:                                                                     Physician Phone:                                          

In Case at emergency, illness, or accident to the student named above, the school is authorized to contact and release my child to the person(s) as indicated. (Write each item in order of desired action and name the emergency contact person.) Note:  You must have a minimum of 2 emergency contacts listed.


1.                                                                                  (cell, work, home) Phone:                                         


2.                                                                                  (cell, work, home) Phone:                                         


3.                                                                                  (cell, work, home) Phone:                                         



Your signature IS an informed consent to share this emergency information with school staff on a need to know basis for academic success and emergency plans.


                                                                                                                        /           /          

Signature of Parent/Guardian                                                             Date

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The Duquesne City School District includes photos of students, teachers and school activities in its newsletters, calendar, District website and other publications.  Though the names of faculty, staff and administration will regularly be used, it is our policy that the full names of students will not be included on the district’s website.  Occasionally, it might be necessary to use the first name of a student, but last name, address and/or telephone numbers will never be used.


Thank you.



                        We hereby ALLOW the Duquesne City School District to use photos of my child in any District publications or on the District’s website.


                        We hereby DENY permission to the Duquesne City School District to use photos of my child in any District publications or on the District’s website.












                                                                                                            /           /          

PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN SIGNATURE                              DATE


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Student/Parent Form


I have read the Parent/Student Handbook with my child/children. I understand its significance, and I agree to abide with all the rules and conditions.


Please print and sign your name and the name of your child/children on this form and return it to the school no later than Friday, September 20 2013. 


Thank you




Name of Student: (please print)



Student Signature:






Name of Student: (please print)



Student Signature:







Name of Parent/Guardian: (please print)



Parent Signature:








Title I Parent Involvement

Duquesne Elementary School

2013 - 2014


The Duquesne Elementary School and the parents of the students participating in activities, services and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (participating children), agree that this policy outlines how the parents, the entire school staff and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the state’s high standards.


The School will:

  1. Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the state’s student academic achievement standards. 

·         Study Island – Diagnostic/Progress Monitoring

·         KinderCorner Reading SOLOs Assessments (SFA) 

·          Roots Assessments (SFA)

·         DIBELS

·         Flexible grouping – movement and instruction driven by test data

·         Use assessment data to chart progress and drive instruction

·         Establish baseline instructional level using data derived from PSSA and other relevant assessments

·         Professional Development

·         Extended day/Extended year programs including a Leadership Component and an Academic Component-run by Boys and Girls Club

·         Standards Based Bulletin Boards

·         Provide Parent and Family Nights to encourage partnering for student success


  1. Hold parent-teacher conferences annually during which the jointly developed compact and other Title I program documents will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement.  Specifically, those conferences will be held:

·         Fall conference to discuss the Title I program components

·         Spring conference to review/update Title I documents, and to prepare for following school year by complete the parent survey.


  1. Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress.  Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:

·         The district will provide Report Cards

·         The district will provide Progress Reports.

·         Informal progress will be reported as necessary


  1. Provide parents reasonable access to staff.  Specifically, staff will be available for consultation with parents as follows:

·         All staff members are available for parent conferences in person or by phone


  1. Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities, as follows:

·         All parents are welcome to participate in school activities during the school day


  1. Involve parents in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s parental involvement policy and parent compact in an organized, ongoing, and timely way.


  1. Involve parents in the joint development of any school-wide program plan, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way.


  1. Hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I, Part A programs, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements, and the right of parents to be involved in Title I, Part A programs.  The school will convene the meeting at a convenient time to parents, and will offer a flexible number of additional parental involvement meetings, such as in the morning or evening, so that as many parents as possible are able to attend.  The school will invite to this meeting all parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs (participating students), and will encourage them to attend.


  1. Provide information to parents of participating students in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon the request of parents with disabilities, and to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand.


  1. Provide to parents of participating children information in a timely manner about Title I, Part A programs that includes a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.


  1. On the request of parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings for parents to formulate suggestions, and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children.  The school will respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible.


  1. Provide to each parent an individual student report about the performance of their child on the state assessment in at least math, language arts and reading.


  1. Provide each parent timely notice when their child has been assigned or has

            been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly           qualified within the meaning of the term in section 200.56 of the Title I Final Regulations   (67 Fed. Reg. 71710, December 2, 2002).


  1. Involve parents in decisions about how the reserved parent involvement funds will be spent.








The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) legislation requires State Educational Agencies (SEAs) to adopt written procedures for “receiving and resolving any complaint alleging violations of the law in administration of programs.” In accordance with this legislative requirement, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has also required Local

Educational Agencies (LEAs) to adopt written procedures for resolving complaints filed.



A “complaint” is a written, signed statement filed by an individual or an organization. It must



a) A statement that a school has violated a requirement of federal statute or regulation that applies to Title I.

b) The facts on which the statement is based.

c) Information on any discussions, meetings or correspondence with a school regarding the complaint.


Complaint Resolution Procedures


1) Referral – Complaints against schools should be referred to the District’s Federal/State Programs Office:                        

                        Nancy Olenik, Federal/State Programs Director

                        300 Kennedy Avenue

                        Duquesne, PA  15110


2) Notice to School – The Federal/State Programs Office will notify the school Superintendent and Principal that a complaint has been received.  A copy of the complaint will be given to the Superintendent and Principal with directions given for the Principal to respond.


3) Investigation – After receiving the Principal’s response, the Federal/State Programs Office, along with the Superintendent, will determine whether further investigation is necessary.  If necessary, the Federal/State Programs Director and the Superintendent may do an onsite investigation at the school.


4) Opportunity to Present Evidence – The Federal/State Programs Director may provide for the complainant and the Principal to present evidence.


5) Report and Recommended Resolution – Once the Federal/State Programs Director has completed the investigation and the taking of evidence, a report will be prepared with a recommendation for resolving the complaint. The report will give the name of the party bringing the complaint, the nature of the complaint, a summary of the investigation, the recommended resolution and the reasons for the recommendation. Copies of the report will be issued to all parties involved. The recommended resolution will become effective upon issuance of the report.


6) Follow up – The Federal/State Programs Director and the Superintendent will ensure that the resolution of the complaint is implemented.


7) Time Limit – The period between the Federal/State Programs Director receiving the complaint and resolution of the complaint shall not exceed sixty (60) calendar days.


8) Right to Appeal – Either party may appeal the final resolution to the Department of

Education. Appeals should be addressed as follows:



Ms. Susan McCrone, Chief

Division of Federal Programs

Pennsylvania Department of Education

333 Market Street, 7th Floor

Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333


300 Kennedy Ave | Duquesne, PA 15110 | (412) 466-9600