By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Next week will be a busy one for teachers, staff and students at Chase County Schools (CCS). The 2013-14 school year begins with a regular class day Wednesday, Aug. 21.
The bell will ring at 8:05 a.m. for all students each day. At the end of the day, elementary students will dismiss at 3:25 p.m., while high school students will respond to the 3:30 p.m. bell.
A total of 578 students were enrolled as of Monday for the coming school year, compared to 576 last year. There are 310 elementary students, compared to 309 in 2012-13, and 268 high school students, compared to 267 last year.
A breakdown of students appears with this story.
The busy week begins Monday night with orientation for freshmen and new 9-12 students. At the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the school, laptops will be issued.
A $25 deposit and a $25 annual user fee will be required with each laptop.
Tuesday morning, Aug. 20, computers will be checked out to returning students, with the same fees required.
Seniors will check theirs out at 8 a.m., juniors at 9 a.m. and sophomores at 10 a.m.
That evening, a back-to-school night will be held from 6-7:30 p.m., allowing students to meet their teachers and leave school supplies in their classrooms.
The Infinite Campus on the CCS website, chasecounty schools.org, is now available for parents to check to see which teachers and classes their K-6 children have been assigned. The information on class assignments is also posted on the school doors.
There have been a number of changes in the CCS student handbook of which parents and high school students need to be aware.
Starting with the Class of 2014, community service hours will be required of high school students.
In order to graduate, students must earn 40 hours of community service. However, the hour requirement will be phased in over the next three years.
The senior class will be required to complete 10 hours, the juniors 20 hours and the sophomores, 30 hours.
This fall’s freshmen will need to meet the 40-hour requirement.
As soon as the eighth grade year is completed, students can begin counting hours toward the 40-hour requirement.
Forms may be found online that must be signed by the person the student works for, such as the city, Chamber or other organization or individual, plus the hours worked.
Community service is defined as volunteer work, or work not paid for.
Other handbook changes include:
Eligibility for activities—starting this fall the names of students with D’s and F’s will be submitted by teachers each Monday, and will be placed on the Down List. Those with an F in any class will be ineligible for activities the next seven days.
At the start of each quarter, there will be a two-week grace period before the weekly “one
F” limit begins.
Junior high 10th period—this section is being eliminated from the handbook. It had required students who didn’t turn in daily homework to remain after school and be supervised while studying.
Student dress—the section was completely replaced, making it clearer as to what constitutes appropriate dress.
It continues the previous handbook wording that allows no clothing promoting drugs, tobacco or alcohol.
Dating violence—being added to the handbook is a policy specifying that dating violence is “a pattern of behavior where one person uses threats of or actually uses physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse to control his or her dating partner.”
The handbook will be distributed to 7-12 students on the first day of classes.
School Superintendent Brad Schoeppey said of the new school year, “We made some great improvements in student achievement scores last year, and hope to continue. We emphasized the elementary last year and will look at the secondary this year.”
2013-14 classes as of Aug. 12