Dollar Bay student handbook changes

DOLLAR BAY — Each year, the student handbook for Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools has to be adjusted to reflect district changes and changes to state laws and policy, and at the regular meeting of the Board of Education Monday, Christina Norland talked about the changes.

Norland, who is K-12 principal, said one change in the handbook involves the district’s career technical education (CTE) classes because that no longer will be an expense to the district after the passage of the countywide CTE millage passed by voters earlier in August.

“The (Copper Country) ISD is paying for that with the millage,” she said.

Norland said the process for dual enrollment in college courses is now more open with not as many limitations.

The district’s guided academics program has some changes to address students who aren’t as serious about taking the classes as they should be, Norland said.

“It’s kind of a privilege,” she said of the guided academics, which provide assistance to students who may be having trouble in their regular classes.

The program is on a pass/fail system, and Norland said students who don’t pass because of their lack of focus on the classes may not be able to take it again.

Norland said the Michigan virtual classroom for students working to recover their grades has changed its process and some of the requirements. Students must show they are making an effort toward grade recover, or they may be removed from the program.

The district’s work experience program requires the jobs students take must conform to district requirements to get a grade for the job, Norland said.

There is a change in the dress code policy, Norland said. If a student misses 10 minutes or more to go home and change into appropriate attire, the student will be charged with an absence.

Norland said the rules regarding student behavior are meant to create a safe environment in the district.

“We do encourage a positive behavior approach,” she said.

The policy for student drivers parking on campus are meant for 11th and 12th grade students with a good reason to drive, Norland said. After talking with a 10th-grade student’s parents about their child’s need to drive, and exemption may be made for those students.

The board unanimously approved the changes to the student handbook.