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Vision Statement:

Excellence through PRIDE

Mission Statement:

In partnership with all stakeholders, Okeechobee High School aspires to:

  • Encourage Perseverance

  • Foster Respect

  • Expect Integrity

  • Demonstrate Dependability

  • Instill Ethics

2800 Highway 441 North

Okeechobee, FL  34972

Phone (863) 462-5025

Fax (863) 462-5037


The Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in Florida (Rule 6B-1.001)

(as Adopted by the State Board of Education, June 15, 1982)

  1. The educator values the worth and dignity of every person, the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, acquisition of knowledge, and the nurture of democratic citizenship.  Essential to the achievement of these standards are the freedom to learn and to teach, the guarantee of equal opportunity for all.

  2. The educator's primary professional concern will always be for the student and for the development of the student's potential.  The educator will therefore strive for professional growth and will seek to exercise the best professional judgment and integrity.

  3. Aware of the importance of maintaining the respect and confidence of one's colleagues, of students, of parents, and of other members of the community, the educator strives to achieve and sustain the highest degree of ethical conduct.

Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida (Rule 6B-1.006)

  1. The following disciplinary rule shall constitute the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida.

  2. Violation of any of these principles shall subject the individual to revocation or suspension of the individual educator’s certificate, or the other penalties as provided by law.

Obligation to the Student

  1. Obligation to the student requires that the individual:

    1. shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning or to health or safety.

    2. shall not unreasonably restrain a student from independent action in pursuit of learning.

    3. shall not unreasonably deny a student access to diverse points of view.

    4. shall not intentionally suppress or distort subject matter relevant to a student's academic program.

    5. shall not intentionally expose a student to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement.

    6. shall not intentionally violate or deny a student's legal rights

    7. shall not harass or discriminate against any student on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, martial status, handicapping condition, sexual orientation, or social and family background and shall make reasonable effort to assure that each student is protected from harassment or discrimination.

    8. shall not exploit a relationship with a student for personal gain or advantage.

    9. shall keep in confidence personally identifiable information obtained in the course of professional service, unless disclosure served professional purposes or is required by law.

Obligation to the Public

  1. Obligation to the public requires that the individual:

    1. shall take reasonable precautions to distinguish between personal views and those of any educational institution or organization with which the individual is affiliated.

    2. shall not intentionally distort or misrepresent facts concerning an educational matter in direct or indirect public expression.

    3. shall not use institutional privileges for personal gain or advantage.

    4. shall accept no gratuity, gift, or favor that might influence professional judgment.

    5. shall not offer gratuity, gift, or favor to obtain special advantages.

Obligation to the Profession

  1. Obligation to the profession of education requires that the individual:

    1. shall maintain honesty in all professional dealings.

    2. shall not on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition if otherwise qualified, or social and family background deny to a colleague professional benefits or advantages or participation in any professional organization.

    3. shall not interfere with a colleague's exercise of political or civil rights and responsibilities.

    4. shall not engage in harassment or discriminatory conduct which unreasonably interferes with an individual's performance of professional or work responsibilities or with the orderly process of education or which creates a hostile, intimidating abusive, offensive, or oppressive environment; and, further, shall make reasonable effort to assure that each individual is protected from such harassment or discrimination.

    5. shall not make malicious or intentionally false statements about a colleague.

    6. shall not use coercive means or promise special treatment to influence professional judgment of colleagues.

    7. shall not misrepresent one's own professional qualifications.

    8. shall not submit fraudulent information on any document in connection with professional activities.

    9. shall not make any fraudulent statement or fail to disclose a material fact in one's own or another's application for a professional position.

    10. shall not withhold information regarding a position from an applicant or misrepresent an assignment or conditions of employment.

    11. shall provide upon the request of the certified individual a written statement of specific reason for recommendations that lead to the denial of increments, significant changes in employment, or termination of employment.

    12. shall not assist entry into or continuance in the profession of any person known to be unqualified in accordance with these Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida and other applicable Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules.

    13. shall report to appropriate authorities any known allegation of a violation of the Florida School Code or State Board of Education Rules as defined in Section 231.28(1) Florida Statutes.

    14. shall seek no reprisal against any individual who has reported any allegation of a  violation of the Florida School Code or State Board of Education Rules as defined in Section 231.28(1), Florida Statutes.

    15. shall comply with the conditions of an order of the Education Practices commission imposing probation, imposing a fine, or restricting the authorized scope of practice.

    16. shall, as the supervising administrator, cooperate with the Education Practices Commission in monitoring the probation of a  subordinate.

Self-Reporting Rule

The Self-Reporting Rule is a new standard of conduct in the State Board of Education Rule, (SBER) 6B 1.006(5), Florida Administrative Code, The Principles of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession in Florida, and reads:

  • Obligation to the profession of education requires that the individual:

  • Shall self-report within 48 hours to appropriate authorities (as determined by district) any arrests/charges involving the abuse of a child or the sale and/or possession of a controlled substance.  Such notice shall not be considered an admission of guilt nor shall such notice be admissible for any purpose in any proceeding, civil or criminal, administrative or judicial, investigatory or adjudicatory.  In addition, shall self-report any conviction, finding of guilt, withholding of adjudication, commitment to a pretrial diversion program, or entering of a plea of guilty or Nolo Contendre for any criminal offense other than a minor traffic violation within 48 hours after the final judgment.  When handling sealed and expunged records disclosed under this rule, school districts shall comply with the confidentiality provisions of Sections 943.0585(4)(c) and 943.059(4)(c), Florida Statutes.

School Board Policies and Information

School Board Policies are to be followed at all times.  A copy of the School Board Policies are available on the district website.  It is your professional responsibility to make yourself aware of the School Board Policies.

Drug-Free Workplace Act (1988)

The U.S. Department of Education published a new regulation on January 21, 1989, implementing the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.  This act requires that for all federal grants awarded after March 18, 1989, the applicant must provide certification to maintain a drug-free workplace.

In compliance with the regulation implementing this act, the following administrative procedures will be effective immediately:

  1. We will publish a statement in the next newsletter informing all employees that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited within the workplace centers of the Okeechobee County Schools.  Violations will result in disciplinary measures, including a possible recommendation for immediate dismissal.

  2. School centers will establish a drug-free awareness program to inform all employees about:

    1. the dangers of drug abuse in workplace.

    2. the Okeechobee County School Board's intention of maintaining a drug free workplace.

    3. any available drug counseling, rehabilitation and employee assistance programs.

    4. the penalties that may be imposed upon employees for drug abuse violations occurring in the workplace.

  3. Any person employed under a federal grant must be advised concerning the Drug-Free Workplace Act and the employees will:

    1. abide by the terms of the statement concerning a drug free workplace.

    2. notify the superintendent of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five days after such convictions.

Tobacco-Free Environment 2.90

No student, employee, parent, volunteer, contractor, spectator, or school visitor is permitted to use tobacco products of any kind, including chewing tobacco, synthetic tobacco products, and electronic cigarettes/cigars, in any District-owned/controlled facility or vehicle, or at any District or school sponsored event in the presence of students.

Title IX Coordinator

Federal law requires school districts to designate a Title IX Coordinator with whom complaints relative to violations of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 can be filed.  Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities which receive federal financial assistance.  It applies to both employees and students.  The Title IX Coordinator for Okeechobee County Schools is Julie Reno, Director of Personnel and Training.  The address is 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34974. Phone:  462-5000, ext.267.

Sexual Harassment

The School Board of Okeechobee County in policies 5.44 and 6.431 forbids discrimination against any employee, applicant for employment or student on the basis of sex.  Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and the board will not tolerate such activity by any of its employees, students or volunteers.  Please refer to policies 5.44 and 6.431 for specific details.

Okeechobee County School District


The School District of Okeechobee County has adopted Board Policy 6.43, Unlawful Discrimination Prohibited.  No person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, political beliefs, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, if otherwise qualified, social and family background or on the basis of the use of a language other than English by Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity, or in any employment conditions or practices conducted by this School District, except as provided by law.

The School District of Okeechobee County shall comply with all federal and state laws which include the Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Title IX, Section 504, Florida Education Equity Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), and the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act.

Any employee, student, applicant for admissions, or applicant for employment who believes he/she has been discriminated against or has been harassed by another employee, student, or third party is encouraged to use the Equity Plan Grievance Procedure for filing complaints.  Complaints may be filed with the principal or immediate supervisor, District Equity Coordinator/Director of Human Resources or the Superintendent.

Director of Human Resources

Title II, Title IX and the Florida Education Equity Act Complaints and

ADA/Section 504 Complaints

700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974

(863) 462-5000 Ext. 267


Prohibición de discriminació

El Distrito Escolar del Condado Okeechobee ha adoptado la Pol?tica de Bordo 6.43, Discriminaci?n Ilegal Prohibida. Ninguna persona será discriminada en base a su raza, color, religión, género, edad, origen de su nacionalidad, información genética, creencias políticas, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad, ni por sus antecedentes sociales y familiares, o en base al uso de otro lenguaje, además del idioma Inglés, o por ser estudiantes identificados como LEP (aprendices del idioma Inglés), no se les debe de excluir de participar o negárselos beneficios, o ser sujetos a discriminación en ningún programa o actividad educativa, o en ningún empleo o prácticas realizadas por este Distrito Escolar, salvo lo dispuesto por la ley.  (Junta Directiva 6.43).

La Junta Escolar deberá de cumplir con todos los derechos federales y del estado incluyendo el Decreto de 1990 sobre Americanos Discapacitados (siglas en Inglés-ADA), T?tulo IX, Secci?n 504, Equidad de Educaci?n de Florida, Discriminaci?n de edad en el Empleo (ADEA), Acto de No Discriminaci?n de Informaci?n Genético de 2008 (GINA), y los Exploradores de América Acto de Acceso Igual.

Cualquier empleado, estudiante, aspirante del ingreso o aspirante del empleo que alegue haber sido discriminado u acosado por cualquier grupo (otro empleado, estudiante o persona), podrá llevar su queja directamente al/la director/a, supervisor, Coordinador de Justicia del Distrito, o Superintendente del Distrito.

El Coordinador de Justicia del Distrito/

Directora de Recursos Humanos

Quejas de Title II, Title IX, ADA/Section 504,

Florida Education Equity Act

700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974

(863) 462-5000 Ext. 267


Worker’s Right to Know Law (1984)

The Worker's Right To Know Law regarding toxic substances covers the following items:

  1. Every employer who manufactures, produces, uses, applies or stores toxic substances in the workplace shall maintain safety data sheets for each product that is present in the workplace.

  2. Employers shall furnish employees with instructions on the nature and effects of toxic substances present in the workplace either in written form or in a training program.  This shall include the location of the substances in the workplace, appropriate emergency treatment, procedures for cleanup of leaks and spills, potential for flammability, explosion and reactivity, and rights and duties of employees.

    1. Employers shall provide their current employees with instructions within nine months of the effective date and at least annually thereafter and for employees hired thereafter within the first 30 days of employment and at least annually thereafter.

    2. Employers are required to maintain records of the material safety data sheets for 30 years.


Our school has been checked for asbestos and radon.  Our building was found to be free of radon and asbestos.  The asbestos update is on file in the secretary's office. This is to inform all persons that the Okeechobee County School Board is in compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.

The consulting firm of Briggs Associates International, Inc. conducted asbestos surveys of all facilities during the summer of 1988.  Management Plans containing survey procedures, results and completed response actions are available for viewing in each facility administrative office.   The Management Plan also outlines future re-inspections and surveillance activities that are planned or in progress.  Individual cost centers have also posted public AHERA awareness notices.  Further information may be obtained from the Director of Operations. Please call 462-5083 for more information.

Bloodborne pathogens

Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure/Control Plan is located in the main office and in the nurse’s office.

Workers’ Compensation

Employees must immediately report any job related injury to the principal or designee on appropriate forms.  These forms are located in the main office.

Copyright Law

The following guidelines must be followed to insure compliance with the new school board policies regarding copyright laws.

  1. School board employees may reproduce and use copyrighted materials under the provisions of the copyright laws currently in force under Title XVII of the United States Code.

  2. Any reproduction or use of copyrighted materials will be done either with the written permission of the copyright holder or within the bounds of the "fair use" guidelines provided in the copyright law; otherwise, the individual responsible for reproduction or use may be liable for breach of copyright under existing laws.

  3. The School Board of Okeechobee County, Florida, in recognizing the importance of the copyright law of the United States Title 17 Code hereby notifies all employees that a willful infringement of the law may result in disciplinary action.

  4. In the cases of a court action for damages, finding of willful infringement would preclude the school board paying any judgment rendered against the employee and paying any attorney's fees or cost which the employee would incur in the conjunction with a lawsuit and may render the employee liable to the school board for any damages which the school board is liable to pay.

  5. The superintendent shall establish administrative guidelines for the reporting or use of such materials as are allowed to be reproduced under Title XVII of the United States Code.

  6. The superintendent or his designee shall provide each employee with updated information pertaining to the provisions of the copyright laws currently in force.

  7. The full extent of the copyright law is found in the School Board Policies.  It is your professional responsibility to make yourself aware of the law and policies.

Online Information Services Acceptable Use Policy

Online Information Services such as, America Online, CompuServe, Prodigy and the Internet provide an exciting opportunity to expand learning for the students and educators.  However, with this opportunity comes the responsibility for appropriate use; therefore, the Okeechobee County School Board is implementing the following use policy for accessing any Online Information Services.

Network Warning

With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting.  There may be some material, individual contacts or communications that are not suitable for school-aged children.  The Okeechobee County School Board views information retrieval from Online Information Services in the same capacity as information retrieved from reference materials identified by schools.  Specifically, the Okeechobee County School Board supports those that will enhance the research and inquiry of the learner with directed guidance from faculty and staff.  However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover inappropriate information.  At school, each student’s access to and use of Online Information Services will be under the teacher’s direction and monitored as a regular instructional activity.  The Okeechobee County School Board, however, cannot prevent the possibility that some users may access materials that is not consistent with the educational mission, goals and policies of the Okeechobee County School Board, since access to Online Information Services may be obtained at sites other than a school.

General Policy and Guidelines

It is a general policy that Online Information Services are to be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical, and legal manner.  Users must acknowledge their understanding of the general policy and guidelines as a condition of receiving an Online Information Services account.  

Failure to adhere to the policy and guidelines may result in suspending or revoking the offender’s privilege of access.

Guideline I: Acceptable uses of Online Information Services are activities that support learning and teaching in Florida.  Account holders are encouraged to develop uses which meet their individual needs and which take advantage of the Online Information Services functions; electronic mail, conference, bulletin boards, data base, etc.

Guideline II: Unacceptable uses of Online Information Services include:

  1. Violating the conditions of the Education Code dealing with students’ rights to privacy;

  2. Using profanity, obscenity, or other language which may be offensive to another user;

  3. Re-posting personal communications without the author’s prior consent;

  4. Copying commercial software in violation of copyright law or other copyright protected material; and

  5. Using Online Information Services for financial gain or for any commercial or illegal activity.

Guideline III: Users should practice e-mail etiquette by:

  1. Making subject headings as descriptive as possible;

  2. Beginning messages with a salutation;

  3. Restating the question or issue being addressed in a response;

  4. Choosing words carefully to avoid misunderstandings, keeping in mind that electronic text is devoid of any context clues which convey shades of irony, sarcasm, or harmless humor; and

  5. Ending messages with a signature and, if desired, your own e-mail or post office address.

Guideline IV:  Sponsors of classroom accounts are responsible for teaching proper techniques and standards for participation, for guiding student access to appropriate sections of the Online Information Services, and for assuring that students understand that if they misuse these Services they will lose their privilege to use classroom accounts.  Particular concerns include issues of privacy, copyright infringement, e-mail etiquette, and approved and intended use of Telnet resources.

Guideline V: Conference moderators are responsible for monitoring the content and tone of posted messages and for taking steps to delete offensive material and return it to its author for its revision.

Guideline VI: The person in whose name an account is issued is responsible at all times for its proper use.  User should change their passwords frequently.

Guideline VII: Users must avoid knowingly or inadvertently spreading computer viruses.  Do not upload files from unknown sources.  Deliberate attempts to degrade or disrupt system performance will be viewed as criminal activity under applicable state and federal law.

Guideline VIII: The network management accepts no responsibility for harm caused directly or indirectly by its use.  Never consider electronic communications to be completely private.  The network operators take every possible precaution to safeguard the privacy of email, but instances of misdirected mail, mail inadvertently forwarded to others, and public posting of private correspondence by users have occurred from time to time.

Employee Sick Leave Bank

The purpose of establishing a sick leave bank is to provide all employees of the Okeechobee County School Board an emergency pool of sick leave days for catastrophic illness or injury above and beyond those days available for the member accumulated sick leave and vacation leave provided the employee.  Please read board policy 6.34.

Personnel Files

All regulations regarding personnel files follow School Board Policy 6.70 and Section 231.191 Florida Statutes.

Evaluation of Instructional Personnel

All principals or immediate supervisors shall assess all instructional personnel as specified in the employee contract.  

Master Contract

The master contract, negotiated by teachers and the school board, defines certain aspects of the teacher/administrator relationship, working conditions, and teacher responsibilities.  Read and understand the contract.

Teacher Expectations and Requirements

Supervision of Students

Teachers are responsible for the active supervision of students in their class.  Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will a group of students be left unsupervised.  If emergencies arise, please ask another teacher for assistance or notify the office.


When students are entering or exiting the building, teachers should position themselves at the classroom doorway to be able to observe both in the room and the hallway.    Personnel will supervise the hallway during the morning arrival and the afternoon dismissal.  Specific duty posts will be designated upon the opening of school each year. Please see administration with questions.

Bullying and harassment

Policy 5.321

Statement Prohibiting Bullying and Harassment  (To view entire policy visit

  1. It is the policy of the Okeechobee County School District that all of its student and school employees have an educational setting that is safe, secure and free from harassment and bullying of any kind. The District will not tolerate bullying and harassment of any type. Conduct that constitutes bullying and harassment, as defined herein, is prohibited.

  2. The District upholds that bullying or harassment of any student or school employee is prohibited:

  1. During any education program or activity conducted by a public K- 12 educational institution

  2. During any school-related or school-sponsored program or activity

  3. On a school bus of a public K-12 educational institution

  4. Through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, or computer network of a public K-12 education institution.

The School Board approved policy 5.321 specifically defines bullying and harassment and sets forth specific actions the district must take to make sure bullying is not tolerated.  

First and foremost, all incidents of bullying and harassment must be reported to school administration. Florida Statute outlines very specific procedures that must be documented in our efforts to stop bullying. These procedures include disciplinary action, notifications to the parents of the victim and the alleged perpetrator, referrals to the school-based intervention teams and possibly for counseling.

Typically bullying or harassment must meet three indicators to be consider as such: the situation must include aggression albeit physical, verbal or social, the incident usually involves some sort of dominance on behalf of the perpetrator and some sort of offensiveness to the victim, and, lastly, the event is chronic or persistent. If the incident you observe does not meet these three indicators, it still may be an offense the administration will need to deal with, but it may not be considered bullying.

We all need to do our part in eradicating bullying and harassment on our campuses and in the workplace. Please be sure to report all possible bullying and harassment incidents immediately.

You may report incidents of Bullying and Harassment by using the School District of Okeechobee County bullying and Harassment Report Form that is enclosed in the Bullying and Harassment binder located in the front office or by directly reporting the incident to your administrator.  

School Wide Discipline Standards

The faculty and staff at OHS take pride in maintaining a calm, positive atmosphere.  The atmosphere and the degree of academic successes our students achieve are related to the behavior standards we set.   Remember to stay emotionally detached, to avoid discussion about the behavior with the student, and to be continually aware.  If the little things are handled in a calm, matter-of-fact manner, they do not become big things!  

Please go over the student handbook folder on the first week of school, focusing particularly on the Conduct and Dress Code sections.  

Classroom Instruction Helpful Hints

  1. Manage students through your instructional techniques, eye and body movements, and by moving around the class.  Loud voices, threats, and teaching from behind a desk are not indicative of quality instruction.

  2. When supervising large groups of students, remember quantity does not equal quality.  Move around, watch for the "making of problems," and use preventative measures.

  3. Remember, there is no substitute for common sense.  We must always think one step ahead of the students.

  4. Vary your instructional methods to meet the needs of the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learner.

  5. Avoid confrontational situations that cause students to feel they are backed into a corner and have no choice but to save face.  

  6. Be proactive: eliminate the possibility for problems by developing and teaching your classroom procedures.

Discipline Policy

Following the school-wide policy will ensure the success of the entire school.  Teachers must ensure that they use the policy consistently and calmly.  Pay attention, for example, to the number of times you warn a student before documenting a behavior problem.  If you vary too much, students will not know where “the line” is and it will take longer for them to adjust their behavior.  They will learn quickly from your consistency.

Student Dress Code

Please enforce and respond to the dress code to the best of your ability throughout the day.  Ignoring a dress code problem will result in a continuation and compounding of the problem.  It is your responsibility to check student attire during the pledge.  If a students is not in dress code, send an email or message to the dean’s office.  The office will send an office aide to retrieve the student.

The personal appearance of students may be in the style of the day.  Special consideration will be given to community dress fads except when suggestive, offensive or threatening.

Inappropriate dress may include, but is not limited to:  decals, slogans, or “sayings” on clothes that are rude, vulgar, advertise alcohol or alcoholic beverages or tobacco products, display pictures or slogans that promote illegal drugs, are racially or sexually offensive or reference illegal or inappropriate behavior.

  1. All clothing apparel must fully cover from the top of the armpit to the top of the waistband. Revealing and bareback blouses or garments shall not be worn. Tank tops must have straps wider than spaghetti straps.  Pajamas are not appropriate for school.

  2. Dresses, skirts, or shorts may be no shorter than mid-thigh length.  Pants with holes or slits may be worn if the holes and slits are below the shorts guidelines.  Students will be asked to change if a teacher deems the length of dress, skirt, or shorts inappropriate.

  3. Pants will be worn at the natural waist. Students with a habit of wearing pants too large to remain at the waist could be placed on a special dress code or be subject to increase discipline for non-compliance.

  4. Shoes are to be worn at all times during the school day.  Bedroom slippers are not to be worn.

  5. Students may not wear clothing that is too tight, too bare, or so extreme as to be immodest, including while attending OHS Dances.

  6. Traditionally, Camouflage is reserved for the Senior class on Fridays.  Underclassmen will be considered out of dress code and required to change or finish the day in ISS.

When, in the judgment of the administration, the dress requirements have not been met or extreme in nature, the student will not be permitted in class until the situation is corrected.  Students wearing inappropriate clothing will be given an opportunity to call parents to bring additional clothing or to wear clothing supplied by the school if parents are unavailable to bring proper clothing.  Students will return to class when they are properly dressed.

Repeated dress code violations will result in disciplinary action.

It is the joint responsibility of every student, parent, or guardian, teacher and administrator to see that the dress of the student is appropriate, safe, and does not interfere with the teaching/learning process.  Any time missed due to dress will be unexcused.

Detention Policy

Detention is an alternative to suspension in matters regarding lack of self-motivation; misuse of classroom time; off task behavior and breaking instructional momentum of the teacher.  It is used mainly to help students understand that time wasted during the instructional day must be made up.  Parents must be notified—preferably by phone or personal contact—that the student will be retained for detention.  If parents can be reached by telephone, detention may be assigned the same day.  Parents must make provisions for the student to be picked up promptly.  

Provide the main office, by the dismissal bell, a list of students staying after school along with the name and room number of the supervising teacher.  This will help the office staff respond to parent/guardian questions.


Referrals to the office should be used as the final step in a series of interventions for behavior problems or for severe (not simply annoying) behavior.  Be very specific on the referral.  Include only facts, and do not include the names of other students.  For example, when reporting a fight, provide a detailed written account of the fight on an attached sheet.  On referrals for profanity, vulgarity, and name calling, record the information verbatim.  Be sure to include the student’s name, grade level, time of incident, and location of the incident on all referrals.  Please remember to list all interventions taken before being referred to office.  A referral for an ongoing behavior problem cannot be worked if a parent has not been contacted previously to notify them of the problem. In the case of a minor offense, a verbal warning and parent contact must be made before a referral can be written.

Authority of the Teacher (Florida Statutes 232.27)

Each teacher or other members of the staff of any school shall assume such authority for the control of pupils as may be assigned to him/her by the principal and shall keep good order in the classroom and in other places in which he is assigned to be in charge of pupils, but he shall not inflict any punishment which is degrading or unduly severe in its nature.  All discipline should be corrective in nature.  1996 legislation mandated a teacher may request the permanent removal of a student from class.  A placement review committee has been established and form O-ST-72 is available in the school office to initiate the process.

Daily Routines

Working Hours

During regular school days the work hours are 6:50 to 2:20, unless otherwise worked out by employee and principal. During teacher workdays the hours are 8:00 - 4:00 with 11:30 - 12:30 for lunch.  Sign in sheets are by the mailboxes in the main office.  Teachers may not leave the campus during work hours without permission of an administrator.  Teachers must log their departure and return times in the school secretary's notebook for approved trips off campus.  

Regular Bell Schedule

6:40 Morning Duty Report Time

6:50 Teachers Report

7:05-7:55 First Period

8:00-8:50 Second Period

8:55 - 9:15                    Announcements/PRIDE in 3rd Period

9:15 - 10:05 Third Period

10:10 -11:00 Fourth Period

11:00 -11:25 A (First) Lunch

11:30 -12:20 Fifth Period (classes with A lunch)

11:55-12:20 B (Second) Lunch

11:00 - 11:50 Fifth Period (classes with B lunch)

12:25 -1:15 Sixth Period

1:20 -2:10 Seventh Period

2:10-2:25 Afternoon Supervision/Duty

2:15-2:45 After-School Detention

Khan Academy Wednesday Bell Schedule

6:40 Morning Duty Report Time

6:50 Teachers Report

7:05 -7:53 First Period

7:58 -8:46 Second Period

8:51 - 9:16 Khan Academy in 3rd Period

9:16 -10:11 Third Period

10:16 -11:04 Fourth Period

11:04-11:29 A (First)Lunch

11:34-12:24 Fifth Period (classes with A lunch)

11:59-12:24 Second Lunch

11:04 -11:54 Fifth Period (classes with B lunch)

12:29 -1:17 Sixth Period

1:21  -2:10 Seventh Period

2:10-2:25 Afternoon Supervision/Duty

2:15-2:45 After-School Detention

Lesson Plans

Lesson plans for the week should be detailed and reflect strategies that meet the needs of the students including, but not limited to, ESE/ESOL/WICOR. Lesson plans will be placed in Google Drive by 7:00 AM on Monday morning.  Please remember that excellent preparation is the basis for excellent classroom instruction.

Class Procedures

In The First Days of School Harry Wong writes, “A profession is defined not by the business a person is in but by the way that person does his or her business” (p. 293).  Wong advocates that professional teachers make the best use of instructional time by developing class procedures and routines that nearly eliminate behavior and work habit problems in the classroom.  The following are suggested areas in which procedures and routines will help make your class and grade level successful.  Prepare your own procedures to cover at least the following areas of classroom life, and consider working with other teachers to develop consistent procedures throughout the Academy, AVID Program, or department.

Entering the classroom

Students arriving tardy

Beginning the period

Quieting the class

Students seeking help

Heading papers

Students handing in work

Returning student work

Listening to/responding to questions

Throwing trash away

Sharpening pencils                            

Common Board Configurations

When students need pencil/paper/etc.

Handing out equipment

Working cooperatively

Changing groups

Finishing an assignment/test early

If the front office calls

Requesting something

When students are absent

Keeping a notebook

Dismissal at the end of the period

Bell to Bell

Active Student Engagement


  1. Interim reports will be issued according to district policy. These reports will be generated on Skyward and distributed during the designated class period. In no case shall a student’s grade be lowered as a punishment for poor conduct.

  2. Check class rolls accurately at times specified for FTE reporting, and on an ongoing basis to assure accurate legal records.

  3. Accompany your students to assemblies and remain with them. There is a seating chart that specifies the teacher supervision locations during assemblies in the gymnasium (see appendix).

  4. Make sure your students know you are available at least 15 minutes after school and encourage them to report back to you for help with their work.

  5. There will be no parties during class time.

  6. All students should stay in their classes unless they receive a pass from the office. Do not send students to another teacher’s classroom or to the gym. Students must have an ID to leave class without an escort.

  7. Campus supervision takes priority over any other duty or meeting. If a teacher is going to be out, it is that teachers’ responsibility to ensure their duty is covered by securing a replacement.

  8. Faculty meetings are required by everyone unless indicated as optional.


  1. Absences while a student is on homebound instruction are not counted against the student’s total number of absences.

  2. Students will be placed on homebound only after a doctor has certified there is a medical/mental reason.

  3. Teachers of students who are placed on homebound will be notified in writing.  It is recommended that the teacher then maintain a file folder in the classroom in which to place all assignments and work that the rest of the class is responsible for doing.  Work should be placed in the homebound drawer near the desk of the guidance secretary at least weekly—even if you do not receive completed work, you must continue to assign work.

  4. General education teachers have the responsibility of completing progress reports and letting the homebound teacher know the results of any graded work.

  5. The homebound teacher will record when work is picked up and returned to the teacher’s mailbox.

  6. The homebound teacher will let Mrs. Goggans know immediately, in writing, that he/she has not received assignments from any of the student’s teachers.

Media Center

  1. The purpose of the Media Center is to serve every department of the school and to help the teachers and students in every possible way to enrich classroom instruction.

  2. All materials should be used to the fullest extent by teachers and students.

  3. During school hours and if the student has an ID, he/she may come to the Media Center with a pass from his/her teacher.  During class time, students should only be sent to the Media Center to do class-related work.

  4. If your students are working on a special project or term paper, please contact the media specialist if evening hours would be helpful for a limited time.

  5. Teachers bringing students to the Media Center should have them bring only paper and the particular book or materials needed for the assignment.  The teacher and students will leave the Media Center five (5) minutes before the bell and return to the teacher’s classroom to pick up the rest of the students’ materials.  This will aid in maintaining security in the Media Center.  Media Center time and space are at a premium, so please bring your class only when necessary and remain with the students to maintain order in the Media Center.  

  6. A teacher may send up to four students to the library without accompanying them.  The teacher must sign the library pass and instruct them to return before the end of the class period. Only students with an ID may use the library.

Teacher Absences

You are very important, and as classroom teachers you are irreplaceable.  It is important that you are in your classroom as often as possible.  Please try to arrange your appointments before or after school hours.  There will be times, however, when you or your family's needs will have to come before your work.  This is very understandable.   If you must leave work during the day for an appointment, you must have approval from the principal, have the Skyward Leave approved ahead of time, and then sign out before leaving.   In the case of emergencies, exceptions may be granted.  

If you are going to be absent from work and will need a substitute, please call  Lauren Myers at (772)260-4073 or Vicki Goggans at (863)697-9732 as late as 10:00 pm or as  early as 4:45 a.m or text at any time.  It would be most beneficial if you let one of them  know as soon as you know you will be out.   Please enter your Skyward leave request immediately and check the box indicating that you will need a substitute.  This will allow the SubFinder system to begin searching for a substitute as soon as possible.  The earlier we know about your absence, the easier it will be to secure a substitute.  Please do  not call after 5:50 a.m. as that leaves insufficient time to secure a sub. It is helpful to inform your neighbor or department head of your absence.  You are expected to have lesson plans available for the sub.  Please, do not email lesson plans to administrators.  Please cc both Assistant Principals and Erica Swant on all leave requests so they can secure a sub for you.  Before your scheduled leave day, please verify with Erica Swant  that you do indeed have a sub. If you will be unavoidably late to school, you must provide notification by calling the school office.

  1. Sick Leave - Each teacher earns ten (10) days of sick leave annually.  These days are to be used in cases of illness of self or family, or death in the family.  

  2. Personal Leave - Teachers are allowed six (6) days of personal leave each year which is non-cumulative and is part of the 10 sick leave days.  A personal leave request must be completed at least 48 hours in advance.  Before and after a holiday, personal leave requires the statement of a reason and must have prior approval by the Principal.  No undue hardship can be created for the particular school by such leave.

  3. Professional Leave - These leaves may be granted to an individual for professional benefit or advancement.  This leave must be approved by the Superintendent and the Principal before it is taken, and the leave may be granted with or without pay.

  4. Temporary Duty Leave - Duty that is assigned to a teacher elsewhere during the school day or week.  This leave requires advance approval by the principal.  

Leaves of Absence

All leaves except sick leaves must be approved in advance by the principal and the superintendent.  Applications must be made two working days in advance of such leave. Refer to the master contract for details.  Please note that this includes requests for personal days. Any teacher wishing to schedule doctor/dentist appointments or attend off-campus programs, etc. during the school day, must plan to take a whole day or half-day leave. There is not sufficient support personnel available to cover your classes. A half-day is 6:50 to 10:35 or 10:35 to 2:20.

Substitute Folders

Each teacher will maintain a folder in his/her desk or other readily accessible area that will assist any substitute who may be required to take his/her class.  These folders will contain the following information:

  1. current class rosters

  2. an explanation of class procedures and routines

  3. attendance procedures

  4. emergency procedures (including lockdown and fire drill)

  5. a list of class rules

  6. an explanation of the discipline and/or reward system

  7. a daily class schedule

  8. current seating charts

  9. a list of students who have health problems

  10. duties and supervisory responsibilities

  11. the name and room number of your department head

  12. an emergency lesson plan for at least three days (with copies) in the event of an unexpected absence

Dress Code for Faculty/Staff

Teachers should always dress neatly and in a professional manner.  Research indicates that appropriate dress influences the amount of learning and respect in the classroom.  Faculty and Staff may not wear shorts unless in P.E. or Driver’s Ed.

Mail and Communication

You MUST read the Brahman News on Monday of each week.. Check your email during your plan and upon leaving in the evening.  Mailboxes are located in the main office.  For confidentiality and security reasons, students are not to check teacher mailboxes at any time.  

Pledge and Announcements

Students will have the opportunity to respectfully recite the pledge each morning.  It is important that you establish an atmosphere in the classroom in which all students are able to listen to daily announcements attentively.


Okeechobee High School has two volunteer programs. The adult program allows adults in the community to volunteer their time to help various classes and organizations. Please refer adults interested in volunteering to the office so that they can be approved prior to allowing them to volunteer.  The approval process can take 4-6 weeks. The student program allows high school student to become peer counselors and volunteer their time in elementary schools. Our school has received both the Silver School Award for student volunteers and the Golden School Award for adults. These are the highest awards a school can receive in each area.  

Attendance Procedures

General Information

The attendance clerk will be responsible for all attendance information.  The official attendance register, which includes all students who enroll and withdraw during the school year, will be computerized and maintained by the data processor.  

  1. Late arrival tardy students must check in at the gate and receive a tardy pass.

  2. The criteria for an excused absence will be: personal sickness or injury, serious illness or death in the immediate family, doctor and dental appointments, specially recognized religious holidays observed by the student's faith, counseling or court appointments or when the absence was of educational value to the student (prearranged with the principal).  All other absences will be considered unexcused.  

  3. Please report the names of students who are not on your roll but are in your class to the attendance clerk.

Daily Attendance Procedures

You are responsible for the accuracy of your attendance.  Please take measures to ensure that the data is entered correctly.  Follow these guidelines to accurately record daily attendance:

  1. Open Teacher Folder on your school computer.

  2. Click the Skyward icon.

  3. Click Post Daily Attendance.

  4. Choose By Name.

  5. Choose the appropriate field to mark.

NOTE:  You may have to go back in at the end of the period to change a student from absent to tardy or to present.


To maintain an accurate attendance record, students who are not through the threshold of your doorway after the bell has sounded are to be marked tardy.  Please remember that students who are more than 15 minutes late to class must be marked absent.


The office personnel will take the responsibility for checking students out only when a doctor or dentist appointment can be confirmed by an appointment card.  In all other cases, parents or guardians must sign the student out in the attendance office.  Only those persons named on the student’s contact list may check the student out of school. A picture ID will be required.  No exception will be made unless approved by an administrator.

Classroom Environment

Please use your creativity and imagination to make your classroom neat, attractive, and stimulating to the students. Emphasize to students the necessity of protecting property both inside and outside of their building.  Encourage them to take PRIDE in their school.  Report all damage to facilities as soon as observed.  A quick visual daily inspection is recommended.  Please report any damage to the assistant principal in charge of facilities as it occurs.   

Keeping OHS Clean

Please model appropriate care of your classroom, the halls, and the campus.  This will help teach the students responsibility and PRIDE for our school and will allow the custodians to have more time to focus on the larger jobs that will keep our campus beautiful.   Please take special care to prevent spills because they create a problem with carpet care.  If a spill should occur, please call for a custodian immediately.  Drinks, other than water, are not allowed in the classrooms unless special permission is given by the principal.  In order to prepare your room for custodial service at the end of the day, encourage students to pick up paper off of the floor. Please make sure any chairs are stacked and desks are clear of books.

Bulletin Boards and Whiteboards

Use bulletin boards and walls for display purposes.  Attach items to bulletin boards with staples rather than tacks or pins.  It will be your responsibility to remove any items you have adhered to room surfaces at the end of the year (for example, bulletin board displays, labels on desks, cabinets, tables, electrical tape grids on whiteboards, etc.).


You should find your classroom equipped with a teacher desk, a teacher chair, and a filing cabinet.  If you are missing any of these items, please notify administration, and we will be sure to get you the items you need.  

We have extra desks and stacking chairs available for classroom use.  Please keep in mind that in order to adequately outfit all classrooms, furniture/ tables/ chairs may need to be removed from classrooms with an abundance of additional furniture.  

Please plan for periodic examination of accumulated supplies in order to minimize the need for additional classroom furniture.

Personally-owned desks, stands, tables, couches, or other such furniture should not be brought to school.  Such furniture often does not hold up to the demands of school life and can quickly lead to health and safety issues.  Their disposal also creates a problem for the school.  If you are in need of any furniture, notify administration and we will provide you with school-owned, school-grade items.  The only possible exceptions are bookcases or shelves but check with administration first.


Please use only ticky-tack or 3M Command Strips to secure items to the walls.  No double-sided or any other types of tape; hot glue or other adhesives should not be used.

Damage to wall surface occurs when students lean back in chairs or push against the wall surface.  Arrange furniture to minimize potential for wall damage, and caution students against behaviors that may damage walls.

Air Conditioning

Please notify the office if your room becomes uncomfortable.   

So, You Wanna Buy Something…

All school purchases are made through one of two funds: County Funds and Internal Funds.  County Funds are provided through legislation and do not involve collection of money.  Internal Funds, however, are school-based funds in which the money is generated here at school, such as through student payment for tickets, field trips, etc.  Specific procedures for the use of each type of fund are outlined in state law.  It is imperative that you follow the procedures outlined below.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask the bookkeeper; it’s better to be safe than sorry!

County Funds

Instructional Supplies

Standard teacher supplies such as pens, paper, staples, paper clips, tape, whiteboard markers, overhead pens, post-it notes, computer ink cartridges, file folders, and whiteout can be ordered by the department head when the teacher submits a supply order.

Other instructional supplies such as resource or supplementary materials, manipulatives, etc., are purchased out of county funds as well.  All classroom supplies or internal account purchases to be paid for by our school must be bought through the school bookkeeper.

Purchasing Supplies

Please follow the proper procedure for purchasing supplies or materials:

  1. To prevent making duplicate or unnecessary purchases, check with your department head to see if the supplies or materials are on hand.  

  2. If it is necessary to order the supplies or materials, obtain a Supply Requisition Form from the bookkeeper.

  3. Fill out the Supply Requisition Form completely as instructed, and return the requisition to the bookkeeper.  

  4. The bookkeeper will code the requisition, give the requisition to the principal for approval, then submit the requisition to the county purchasing department via computer for processing.

  5. This process cannot be done out of order.  A requisition cannot be processed after a purchase has been made.  It must always be processed before and will have a date indicating when it was approved for the purchase by the purchasing department.

  6. Failure to follow the proper procedure could result in you being held personally responsible for payment.

Internal Funds

Purchase Orders

Planning a field trip?  Collecting money for an event?  Interested in a free preview or trial for instructional material?

  1. Complete a Purchase Order.  Remember that a Purchase Order is the beginning of the process—it authorizes you to begin collecting money.  Think “P.O.” for “Permission to Order” and “Prior to Ordering.”

  2. Provide a copy of any backup information (price quotes, written agreements, etc.) with the Purchase Order.

  3. DO NOT SIGN ANY CONTRACT unless you are prepared to pay it yourself.  The principal’s signature is required on ALL school -related contracts.  

  4. When you pick up the item on your purchase order, you must obtain a receipt and return it to the bookkeeper.


If you are planning to hold a fundraiser, first you must obtain administrative approval by filling out a fundraising application.  See the bookkeeper for direction.  The Okeechobee County School Board prohibits door-to-door fundraisers.

Collecting Money

  1. When you collect money, issue a pre-numbered receipt to the student.

  2. If the collection amount is $10.00 or less, you do not have to write an individual receipt.  Instead, use a log that records student name, the date, the amount received, and their initials.

  3. Count the money yourself.

  4. Complete a Report of Monies Collected (otherwise known as a Monies Collected Form) indicating the total amount collected, the receipt or ticket numbers issued, or an explanation of logged receipts.

  5. Individually list checks by name, check number, and amount on the Monies Collected Form.

  6. Turn in the Monies Collected Form and the money to the bookkeeper by 4:00 each day.  

  7. DO NOT KEEP MONEY IN YOUR DESK OR FILING CABINET. If monies are stolen or lost, you are responsible.


  1. When you need a check, you must complete a Check Requisition Form, which must be signed by you as the teacher/sponsor, the principal, and the student treasurer if applicable.  

  2. Allow two days for the check to be written.  Be aware that checks require signatures of two people who may not be available at a moment’s notice.


Internal funds shall not be used to cash personal checks, make any kind of loans, extend credit, make cash refunds, make travel reimbursements to employees unless trust funds have been collected for this specific purpose, or pay any form of employee compensation.  The school will not sell postage stamps.

Other Important Information

Use of Telephones

Telephones are available to teachers in each classroom.  Long distance calls can be made from the office.  Please discourage personal calls to you at school.  During class time, teachers’ cell phones should be used for emergencies only.

Students should use phones only with direct supervision in the nurse’s office or in the guidance office. If a student is ill and needs to call home, the call will be placed through the nurse’s office. Please don’t allow students to use your classroom phone as this will cause delays in the checkout process. If a student has an emergency, he/she can use the phone in the guidance office after speaking to the guidance counselor.

Suspended/Withdrawn Students

Students who have been suspended or withdrawn are not permitted to enter class.

Teacher Lounge

A place for teachers to work in a comfortable atmosphere is provided.  Refreshments are available, but smoking is prohibited. Students are not to go into the lounge to purchase drinks or snacks at anytime.  Children of employees are not permitted in the lounge.

Teacher Workroom and Professional Library  

Teachers will have access (through office personnel) to photocopiers, a scanner, laminating machine, and the professional library during school hours.    The Literacy Coach has a professional library in her office.

Duplication Services

Ensure that students are given copies that are legible, easy to read, and professional in appearance at all times.  For the consideration of all involved, please turn in your copy request form at least 48 hours in advance. The basket is located in the main office near the vault.. It is requested that you do not make your own copies. The machines are to be operated by office staff. Please plan ahead. If you have an emergency and need copies immediately, please see administration.   

Please remember that paper is at a premium.  Whenever possible, use class sets, make copies front and back, utilize your Promethean Board and overhead transparencies, and remember that not everything will require a full sheet of paper.  


All keys are the property of the school and are issued by and under the custody of the assistant principal.  For your key needs, please see administration.  The duplication of keys by teachers is strictly prohibited.  Lost keys must be reported to an administrator immediately.  Teachers are required to maintain physical custody of school keys at all times during the school day.  Keys must be turned in at the end of each school year. Please keep classroom doors locked at all times.

School Property

No equipment, furniture or other school property is to be removed from a room without the permission of the assistant principal.  School Board Policy 7.31 prohibits the use of school equipment to be loaned to employees or the public for personal use.  Any items such as microphones/radios must be signed out and in through administration. They must be returned to him after the event.

Teachers will sign a room inventory. To keep inventory accounted for, please do not move equipment or furniture to another campus location without authorization.  Contact the assistant principal immediately if any school or personal property has been removed from the room without authorization.

Theft Reports

The theft of personal property or school property should be reported immediately to the principal or assistant principal.  They, in turn, will launch the necessary investigative procedures and file an Incident Report.

Vehicle Search

Any vehicle brought on the Okeechobee High School campus is subject to search by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Canine Unit without any notice.

Video Guidelines

  1. All movies and/or videos shown must be housed in the media center.

  2. Rental videos, other than those obtained via purchase from authorized distributors, shall not be used in school instruction.

  3. Copyrighted videos that are purchased by staff, students or parents shall not be used in school instruction.

  4. Faculty members will use only school-owned videos or productions which are recorded in accordance with Fair Use Guidelines, and only when the video’s title and content are deemed relevant to the instructional objectives by the department chairperson.

  5. Lesson plans should explicitly state the use of videos and how the video relates to the standards.


  1. Medication (even aspirin) can only be administered by the school nurse, health aide, or principal’s designee.  No other school personnel can administer any medication.

  2. Students should not have medication in their possession at school.  All medicines must be given to and administered by the school nurse or health aide.

  3. Students who have medication in the nurse’s office will have a pass from the clinic allowing them to leave class in order to take their medication at the proper time.

Morning Announcements

  1. Announcements can be sent via email to Mrs. Box.

  2. It may be difficult or impossible to get announcements made at the last minute so please submit them in a timely manner.

Open House

  1. It is a school custom to hold Open House for parents and friends of the school.  Teachers are required to attend.  Open House for 10-12 grades will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. during the week directly before students return to school.  A separate Open House will be held for sophomores from 6:00 to 8:00 pm during the week.

  2. The second Open House will involve participation at Baccalaureate or Graduation events.

Participation in School Programs and Activities

  1. All school-sponsored activities involving students are to be conducted within the letter and spirit of rules and regulations addressing appropriate behavior.

  2. Student activities shall be open and available to all students who are eligible for membership under the qualifications set forth for said activity.  Additional members will not be selected by a decision of existing members.  (This shall not apply to those organizations specifically exempt by statute.)

  3. Student activities shall relate generally to the school program and shall not interfere with school operation.

  4. The charter and constitution setting forth the purposes and qualifications for membership are subject to approval of the school administration.  Such charters and constitutions shall be kept on file in the Principal’s Office and always available to students, parents and school personnel.

  5. In order to participate in any club or organization, a student must have a signed parent permission form and complete all forms for the Drug and Alcohol testing program.  

  6. There shall be no probationary period of membership.

  7. Hazing of club members is prohibited.

  8. Dues shall be reasonable and not prohibitive.

  9. Meetings shall be held in school facilities.  This may be waived with the approval of the principal.

  10. A faculty sponsor, selected by the principal shall be present at all meetings and all social events shall be adequately chaperoned.

  11. Faculty sponsors and coaches will be expected to remain at all practices and sponsored events until all students have left.

  12. All monies accruing to any organization shall be accounted for through the internal accounting system of the school.

  13. No club or organization shall carry on any activities or act in any way which is in violation of the policies and regulations of the school board.

  14. Club sponsors must turn in a membership roster to the AP in charge of curriculum within the first month of school.  These will be filed in the activities office.

  15. Any Okeechobee High School student who wishes to attend the prom or Grad Nite must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA through the first semester and must be in good standing with the Dean’s Office.

  16. Only seniors who meet the requirements may attend Grad Day.

Custodial Requests

All minor and major problems must be written up on a custodial request form and given to the assistant principal.  The forms can be found in the main office. Our custodians work hard all day to complete assigned tasks. Custodians may not stop their assigned tasks in order to complete a task for you. All teacher related tasks will be completed in the order in which we receive the custodial request form. In case of an emergency clean-up, please call the office for assistance.


Grading Procedures

All quizzes, tests, and examinations, except those designated as "secure tests" by the district, will be evaluated and reviewed with the student within five days of administration.  These assessment papers will be given to the student or parent upon request.  This must be done before the next assessment, if the next assessment requires use of the same information or process.  All assignments submitted by a student will be reviewed with the student before knowledge of the content of the assignment is assessed.

All significant creative works, such as essays, term papers and art projects, are the property of the student.  

The principal shall review each teacher's individual grading system prior to use or implementation of changes.  Teachers will gain approval from the principal prior to making adjustments to grades that deviate from their grading system.  The instructional program will be reexamined immediately when exceptionally large numbers of grades (high or low) are noted in the distribution of grades.

Composition of Grades

The nine-week grades may be based on the following types of assignments:

  1. Quizzes 30%

  2. Tests 40%

  3. Practice 30%


  1. No single item, including 9 weeks tests, may count more than 20% of the nine week grade.

  2. As a general rule, there should be two homework assignments for every quiz.  

  3. As a general rule, there should be two quizzes for every test grade.

  4. There should be at least one grade in any given category for each week.

  5. Homework assignments shall not be used as a form of punishment.

  6. The teacher should provide ample opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery of the subject area.

  7. The nine-week grade shall not be adjusted to reflect behavior.  

  8. The academic grade shall not be restricted by ability level.  

  9. If a student’s grade has markedly decreased (i.e., more than one letter grade) from the previous grading period, a parent or guardian will be notified.    See Okeechobee County School Board Student Progression Plan

Grading Scale

Scholastic or academic grades will be given according to the following scale:

A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

Late Work

Late work is defined as work that was not turned in on time even though the student was present when the assignment was due.  Late work shall not be granted full credit.  Late work shall be accepted for one week from the due date and the student will receive no less than  75% of the earned credit for the assignment.  This deadline may be extended with the approval of the teacher or principal.

Make Up Work After Absences

  • Work missed due to absences must be made up for the continued educational progress of the student.  It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with each teacher to make up any work missed.  All makeup work should be completed within one week following return from absence or suspension.  A timeframe of one day for each day the student missed will be allowed for students to make up quizzes and tests.  This deadline may be extended with the approval of the teacher or principal.

  • Full credit can be earned for work made up due to absences or suspensions.

  • No credit can be earned for work missed due to skipped classes.

  • All students who are suspended from school during nine-week or semester exams may take them for full credit following the period of suspension.

  • All previously scheduled major assignments must be turned in as scheduled at the teacher's discretion.  

Progress Reports

Interim progress reports will be issued on common dates in the middle of each nine-week grading period.  Training will be provided as to the exact layout of the progress reports. Format and dates will be provided.   

Report Cards

The teachers shall make a report of the progress of all students in grades K-12.

Final Grades

Final grades will be calculated each semester. The first semester is 40%, the second semester is 40%, and the semester exam is 20%--except in the case of End of Course exams.

Semester Test exemptions

Semester Test Exemptions:

  • The student must have As in both quarters

  • 9 or fewer unexcused absences

  • ISS days do not count; OSS days do count

All subject area semester exams are to accurately reflect and measure the achievement and learning of the Florida Standards for the course taught.  Where appropriate, all sections of the given course should use the same semester exam, with supplementary sections that may be added to reflect differences in coverage by individual teachers. Each Department Head will collect a list of students who were not present to take the exam, the exam itself, and a copy of the answer key for each semester exam for his/her department and will turn them into AP in charge of curriculum on the next working day after the end of the semester.

Semester Test Guidelines:

  1. Students who have more than nine (9) unexcused  absences in a class for the semester must pass the comprehensive semester exam to receive credit for the course.

  2. Students only need to attend classes for the exams they are required to take.

  3. Exams MUST be taken at the scheduled time.  No exams may be taken early.

  4. Students may not retake a semester exam.

  5. If a student misses an exam due to a medical emergency, the student will receive an F until the exam is taken.  Missed first-semester exams must be made up by progress reports of the third nine weeks.  Missed second-semester exams will be made up by appointment and before June 30th.

  6. Rigorous comprehensive semester exams will be administered in all classes.

  7. No tests other than semester exams may be given during exam week, with the exception of make-up tests administered after school.


Each department head will supervise the distribution of textbooks to the teachers in their department.  All textbook requests will come through the department head. At the end of each year, the department head will request new and additional texts for the coming school term.  The transfer or loan of books between schools must be approved by the administration and documented on the property transfer form (O-PR-2).

Issuing Textbooks

Each teacher must record information when assigning textbooks and is accountable to the department head for all textbooks. The Textbook Issue Form is provided for you to copy and use as you assign textbooks.  If you choose to create one on your computer, please use the same format. Copy the form for each textbook title you issue.  Record the name of the student, the book number, the issue date, and the condition.  When you collect the book, record the collection date and have the student initial again.  

Monitoring Textbook Care and Use

Teachers should assume responsibility for instructing and constantly reminding students about proper care and handling of textbooks.   Conducting the following periodic checks will significantly reduce the amount and severity of damage done to textbooks.

Periodic Checks

  1. Conduct a book check at least once each nine-week period. Report lost or missing textbooks to your department head.

  2. Do not allow students to use their textbooks to store their work or supplies.

Textbook Inventory

Each teacher must maintain record of all school-owned textbooks, dictionaries, etc. used in class, even if the books are not issued.  Please use the Textbook Inventory Form to record information on all school-owned books in your care.  Make additional copies if necessary.  Turn this form in to your department head at the end of the school year.

Lost Textbooks

Book checks must be done at the end of each semester.  Department heads should compile an alphabetized list of all lost or damaged books in the department on the same form and turn it into the assistant principal at year’s end for collection.

Students are required to pay the full price for a lost textbook if it is not more than one year old.  For texts more than one year old, consult the Textbook Price List. Students must replace lost books in a reasonable time period.  The teacher should make a parent contact.  Notify the assistant principal if the book is not replaced within ten days.  Do not issue another book until the first obligation has been met.

Exceptional Student Education

Exceptional Student Education programs are available in speech, language, hearing, specific learning disabilities, educable mentally handicapped, gifted, and emotionally handicapped.

Sometimes a student's failure to succeed in the classroom is not simply the result of poor motivation.  After trying the usual methods of motivating or helping a student, check the student's permanent record, which may assist you in discovering a previously detected problem.  Consult with the guidance office to determine whether a RtI S-BIT meeting is appropriate.  The guidance counselors will inform teachers, students and parents of all available options and the various guidelines must be followed.  Confidentiality in this area is of the utmost importance.  Never make the mistake of "diagnosing" learning problems or "labeling" students.

Teachers will be given copies of Individual Education Plans (IEP) for their team’s exceptional students.  All teachers on the team must read and be aware of their students’ IEPs.

Inclusion Grades

When an Exceptional Education kindergarten through eighth grade student is included in a regular class, the district grading policy will be applied for each subject. If the student is not performing on grade level in the subject areas, the general education teacher, in consultation with the Exceptional Student Education teacher, will develop and implement appropriate accommodations as outlined in the student’s current IEP. If after implementation of accommodations the student is not successful, the IEP team will conduct a review of the student’s IEP and make recommendations for change in grade level instruction, additional accommodations or reassignment to additional time in exceptional student classes.

In order for a grade of “F” to be assigned to an ESE inclusion student, the following factors must be reviewed by the ESE teacher and general education teacher with the school principal or designee prior to the end of the current grading period:

1. Has an unsatisfactory progress report been sent to the parent or guardian?

2. Have the student’s parents been officially notified and involved in documented conferences regarding the student’s problems?

3. Are the instructional strategies, techniques, curriculum content and classroom assignments employed in the instructional program appropriate for the student’s needs?

4. Are there environmental or emotional factors affecting the student’s performance that are not currently being addressed through the provision of related services?

5. Is a behavior management system in operation in the classroom for those instances where effort and conduct are hindering the student’s mastery of skills necessary for meeting the goals and objectives?

6. Are the goals and objectives on the IEP appropriate for the documented levels of performance?

Student concerns

Confidential Information

The nature of the educational process brings about much use of confidential information pertaining to human relationships.  All school personnel shall recognize and properly respect confidential information as a matter of good human relationships and effective professional service.  CUM folders, grades, test scores, attendance records (including the daily attendance roster), guidance or counseling reports, and lists of names and addresses are not considered public property.  Such information may never be given to either individuals or organizations without direct consent of the principal.  However, please keep in mind that these CUM records and other school documents may be subpoenaed by the courts at any time; therefore, never add any written document to the CUM folder that you would not want presented as evidence.

Permanent Records and Student Reports

Permanent records and exceptional education folders are housed in the guidance office in the CUM room, and are available to you for your use.  Approved staff may review CUM folders within the records room.  Remember that no student is to have access to the permanent records.

Parent Conferences

The guidance department may schedule parent conferences based on teacher concerns or concerns held by the parents.  When you have a parent conference, be sure to come to the meeting prepared with information about the student’s behavior and a detailed printout indicating the student’s grades on every assignment and their overall grades to date.  

Illness of Students

  1. Question the student who complains of feeling ill.  Encourage students to remain in class if their complaint is of a minor headache or other pain, but do not refuse to send a student to the clinic if a student feels it is necessary for him/her to lie down or go to the bathroom.  Do not attempt to diagnose a student's illness.

  2. If a student doesn’t feel well enough to stay in the room, send him/her to the clinic.  Call homes may not be made from the classroom.

  3. In some cases, a student should not be moved from the classroom at all.  Use your best judgment.  When in doubt, contact the clinic for assistance.  Do not allow a student to leave the room if you feel that a seizure or fainting is imminent.

  4. Teachers must follow the information provided by the Nurse on the individual Health Care Plans.


  1. An incident report must be completed whenever a student is injured while on campus or at a school sponsored activity.

  2. For minor injuries, send the student to the clinic.

  3. For serious injuries (fractures, serious cuts or burns, unconsciousness, etc.), do not attempt to move the student.  Call the clinic for assistance.  Talk to the student if he/she is conscious and try to calm the student.

  4. Do not attempt to diagnose or treat injuries.

  5. In a life-threatening situation, have the office call 911.  Use your best judgment.  Apply pressure to the site of external bleeding, watch vital signs, keep the student from moving, and perform C.P.R. if necessary.

  6. Any accident involving a teacher or staff member should be reported immediately to an administrator. An accident report must be filled out by the staff member as we have seven days to report all injuries to Tallahassee and our workers compensation insurance carrier, or a $100.00 fine will be assessed to the school board.

Abuse/Neglect Referrals

On June 23, 1988, implementation of the new Florida Protective Service system began throughout the state of Florida.  The implementation of this system allows for investigation of abuse/neglect to be conducted in a timely, thorough, effective, and well-documented manner.

This system mandates that all referrals of abuse and neglect go through the Florida Abuse Registry located in Tallahassee through the Abuse Hotline, 1-800-96-ABUSE.  If you become aware of any abuse or neglect, you are obligated to immediately call the hotline.  During school hours, do so through the guidance office.  Be prepared with the following information:  child’s name, age, address, name of person believed to be responsible for the injury if known, child’s immediate location, the exact allegation, facts, or opinions.

Special Events

Field Trips  

The following guidelines and procedures should be followed in planning a field trip.  

  1. Plan the trip thoroughly

    1. Complete an Activity Form to seek approval for the trip/event.

    2. Upon approval, complete a Field Trip Request form which is found on the teacher Hub in the Forms folder.  Any time a class or student leaves campus there should be a request completed and signed by the principal (even if the principal gives verbal consent for a field trip, this form needs to be completed).  This is your paper trail.

    3. Check the school calendar with the appropriate assistant principal concerning open dates then call transportation at 462-5146 to verify availability of buses and then submit a bus request online.

    4. Call and make arrangements for your destination.  Ask for information on:

      1. admission fees, group discounts, tax exemption, student discounts.

      2. purchase order in advance, mail tickets, site pick-up, refund unused tickets.

      3. free tickets for chaperones and bus driver.

      4. parking facilities, fee for parking, special area for bus parking.

      5. picnic area.

    5. Confirm date with assistant principal.

    6. Complete a Temporary Duty form via Skyward.  

    7. Determine eligibility criteria based on behavior and academic performance.

    8. Send permission slips home with students at least three days in advance. Written permission slips must be returned one day before the trip.

    9. Arrange for chaperones and/or parent volunteers.

    10. Make arrangements for those students not going on the trip:

      1. Arrange for supervision.

      2. Notify the vocational/PE teachers if there will be a change in your usual schedule.

      3. Provide lesson plans and activities for those remaining.

  2. Collect fees

    1. Collect fees from students if necessary.

    2. Write a receipt for each one.

    3. Turn money, monies collected forms, and receipt books in to the bookkeeper. (See handbook section on Collection of Fees for more details.)

  3. Call and confirm date and number of tickets.

  4. Inform office and other teachers of trip.

    1. Place a roster of students going on the field trip in mailboxes the day before the trip.  Be sure the attendance secretary receives a copy.

  5. On the day of the trip

    1. As the students board the bus, check their names on your list.  

    2. Before bus departs, bring a final list to attendance secretary.

  6. Remind students that field trip days are still school days and that their presence at school is still expected even if they are not participating.

Emergency Plans

General Lockdown procedure

Lockdown procedures will be initiated in the event of an extreme condition. The lockdown status will be announced via the PA system by the principal or his/her designee by announcing the following: “Attention please. We are in (red or yellow) lockdown mode on campus. All teachers clear the hallways and secure your doors”.

Upon hearing the lockdown announcement, ensure the classroom or facility door is locked. Once the doors are locked, do not admit anyone, including students. Do not leave the classroom or allow students to leave. Account for all students and list those missing. Avoid making phone calls. Remain with your class until an administrator personally gives an “all clear” or other instructions. If you are outside at the time of the Lockdown, remain outside and gather students unless directed to do otherwise. Move to a pre-designated assembly area that can provide cover in case of an “active shooter” incident.

The priority in a Lockdown situation is to gain control and limit the movement of the students.

Yellow Lockdown Red Lockdown

Ensure all exterior doors are locked. Ensure all exterior doors are locked.

Students are able to travel within the buildings if escorted by an adult.                Ensure all interior lights are turned off.

Students will be escorted to the office by an adult to check out. Move students to the most secure area within the room.

An adult is stationed within the building. Prepare for an evacuation.

Adults are patrolling the campus. No student movement without administrative direction.

Classes continue as usual.

Lunches are brought to the students.

Medication will be brought to the student.

Fire Drills

Fire drills will be held ten times during the school year, and twice before the end of the first two weeks of school.  Drills will be held at unexpected times and under varying conditions to avoid distinction between drills and actual emergencies.  

Fire extinguishers will be used by teachers or administrators only after all students in the immediate area of the fire have been safely evacuated.

Teacher Procedures

  1. Inform all of your classes at the beginning of the term about the primary and secondary exits for your classroom and the procedures for evacuating the building.

  2. When the alarm sounds, instruct your class to walk quickly and quietly to the nearest unblocked exit.  An evacuation map is posted in your room.  

  3. Take your class roll with you.

  4. Leave your classroom door unlocked.

  5. Take the class to the perimeter of the school grounds and check the roll.

  6. Be ready to report to the administrator in charge of attendance.

  7. Keep your class together and in a line.

  8. Circulate among your students and reassure them if necessary.

  9. Do not allow anyone to re-enter the building until the all clear bell sounds or an administrator signals.

  10. If an evacuation is required during a lunch period, follow the routes posted at both doors in the cafeteria.

  11. All teachers who do not have classes when an alarm sounds will report to the sidewalk outside of their classroom building and help direct students to exit the building.

Severe Thunderstorms/Lightening predictor

Thunderstorms are usually of short duration.  Even squall lines pass in a matter of a few hours.  Be cautious but do not be afraid.  Stay indoors and keep informed.

During lightning storms, the Lightning Predicator may sound with one long blast. Stay indoors and away from windows and electrical appliances while the storm is overhead.  When it is all clear, the lightning predictor will sound three, short blasts.

Visitors’ Passes

In order to control access and record the presence of visitors, parents, vendors and other adults on campus, all visitors are required to sign in at the gate.  Signs will be posted at the entrance to every building clearly instructing visitors to report to the main office.  This Visitor’s Policy will be in effect and enforced during regular school hours unless otherwise instructed by the school Principal or his designee.  Coordinators of daytime events should meet with school administration to plan for special circumstances.


  1. Visitors are defined as anyone who is not assigned as faculty, staff or a student at Okeechobee High School.  

  2. Visitors will be asked to provide photo identification at the time of sign in.  The identification will be utilized to verify the legitimacy of the visitor’s presence.

  3. Parents or adults seeking approval to visit a classroom or other area on campus will be checked against the Student Information in the Skyward system.  Only people who are listed on the database may have any access to that student.

  4. Once identified, the visitor will sign in on the OHS Visitors Sign-in Log.  All visitors are required to provide their name, the student who they wish to see (or their destination on campus), and their sign-in time.

  5. Office staff will provide the visitor with a Visitor’s Pass.    (VIP and Vendor passes will be authorized access to all areas of the campus.)

  6. Faculty and Staff members will be required to identify authorized/ unauthorized visitors in their area.  When staff members discover a visitor in an area other than the one authorized by their pass, they are expected to escort that visitor to the office if they are not directly supervising students. They must call the office for assistance if they can’t escort them themselves.

  7. Upon return to the main office, the visitor will return the Visitor’s Pass .The visitor should log their sign-out time on the visitors log.

  8. The visitors log will become a permanent archived record of visitors on campus.  The receptionist shall be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the visitors log and visitors’ passes.  

  9. Students are not allowed to bring visitors to class.

End-of-the-Year Check Out

Teachers and staff will complete a checkout list to direct your end-of-the-year duties.   As you complete each duty on the list, secure the required initials of the person to whom you are accountable for that duty.  Please do not initial this list yourself!

All Okeechobee County faculties are provided handbooks at each school site.  Each handbook contains information that provides generic guidelines for all faculty in the district, as well as specific guidelines and procedures that pertain to the faculty’s specific school sites.

Your signature indicates that you have received training on how to access a digital copy of the faculty handbook, and that you have read, understand and will comply with the contents of the handbook.

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