The school will dispense medications. If a student has medication of any type, s/he must file it with the office. Medications must be in bottle with proper prescription and taken only as prescribed under the supervision of trained school staff. Students distributing or selling prescription drugs will be disciplined according to drug policy.
MEDIATION, ARGUMENTS, AND CONFRONTATIONS
When potential conflict arises, students are strongly encouraged to seek mediation through the Counseling Department or Administration. A chance to mediate a problem is over if any physical contact takes place. Such contact will be considered fighting and will result in a three day suspension. Subsequent fights may result in longer suspensions. Students involved in fighting will be charged by the School Resource Officer. Verbal aggression or posturing to fight will be given consequences equal to fighting.
STUDENT SEXUAL HARASSMENT
It is the policy of the Buncombe County Board of Education that students should not be subjected to sexual harassment while attending school or school-sponsored activities. Sexual harassment of students is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
1. Submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of admission, enrollment, participation in programs, and services, or academic or disciplinary status;
2. Submission or rejection of the harassment is used as a basis for academic or disciplinary decisions affecting an individual;
3. The harassment has a purpose of effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment.
If a student believes that he has been subjected to sexual harassment, the student should immediately report this situation to the principal of the school he attends. If, for any reason, the student is not comfortable reporting to the principal, then the complaint should be reported to the Director of Student Services for the Buncombe County School System. This individual may be reached by calling the Buncombe County Schools Administrative Offices at 255-5953.
The individual to whom the complaint is made shall cause an investigation of the complaint to take place as soon as possible. The student and his parents or guardian shall be notified of the results of the investigation and what, if any, disciplinary action the school system shall take against the individual accused of harassment.
MEDIA VIDEO TAPING/PICTURES
Buncombe County Schools does not require parent permission for students to be photographed, videotaped, and/or interviewed by system employees or media on routine school topics, activities for public information, awards and honors, instructional and promotional purposes. Parent permission must be given, however, to photograph, videotape and/or interview children with physical or mental disabilities if they will be identified as children with physical or mental disabilities. Parents, guardians, or eligible students may request not to be photographed, videotaped and/or interviewed by notifying the school in writing within ten (10) days of publication of this policy in the Student Code of Conduct (or by the 10th day of the start of school each year).