Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

8220 - SCHOOL DAY

 

A.

Opening Exercises

     
 

1.

Each school day and special program may begin with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

     
 

2.

Religious readings or exercises shall not be a part of opening, closing, or any other exercise for any school day.

     
 

B.

Announcements

     
   

Principals may allow notices of general interest to be broadcast over the school loudspeaker at designated times in accordance with the following rules:

     
 

1.

No announcement shall be read which has not been approved and initialed by the principal.

     
 

2.

Announcements may be made for the following:

     
 

a.

any school-sponsored activity

     
 

b.

organizations using Corporation facilities for student activities

     
 

c.

nonreligious, noncommercial, nonpolitical community groups

     
 

C.

Flag Display

     
 

1.

The American Flag is to be flown at all schools on days when schools are in session.

     
 

2.

The principal is responsible for raising and lowering the flag and for maintaining (it) (them) in proper condition.

     
 

3.

The flag is flown at half-staff on order of the President or the Governor. (It) (They) may not be flown at half-staff as a form of political or other dissent.

     
 

D.

School Assemblies

     
   

The principal is responsible for the scheduling and operation of all assemblies in his/her building. Each assembly should be directly related to accomplishing one or more of the Corporation's goals for students and should interfere as little as possible with the academic program.

     
 

E.

School Closings

     
   

Whenever a school is closed due to a calamity such as hazardous weather, utility failure, and the like, all school-sponsored activities are to be considered cancelled until further notice or the resumption of school.

     
   

At the secondary level(s), if conditions improve later in the day, the principal will be responsible for recommending to the Superintendent which, if any, school-sponsored activities may take place. The determination is to be made using the following criteria:

     
 

1.

The staff needed to conduct the activity properly is available and there are no unscheduled or unapproved costs to the Corporation.

     
 

2.

Students have been informed that their participation is not required and they will not be penalized for nonparticipation.

     
 

3.

Any necessary transportation is readily available and the road conditions have been deemed to be safe by the sheriff's department or the State police.

     
 

If the activity has been scheduled to take place at a noncorporation location, particularly at another school corporation, the principal should find out whether or not the activity is still scheduled and assess the weather and other conditions between the Corporation and the location and at the location.

© Neola 2011