Student/Parent Handbook

Welcome to the Wilson Talent Center. All the members of our staff are pleased to have you as a student and will do our best to help make your experience here as productive and successful as you wish to make it.

This student handbook was developed to answer many of the commonly asked questions you and your parents may have during the school year and to provide specific information about certain Ingham Intermediate School District (ISD) Board policies and procedures. This handbook contains important information you should know. Become familiar with the following information and keep the handbook available for frequent reference by you and your parents. If you have any questions that are not addressed in this handbook, you are encouraged to talk to your teachers or the building principal.

This handbook summarizes many of the official policies and administrative guidelines of the Board of Education and the District. To the extent that the handbook is ambiguous or conflicts with these policies and guidelines, the policies and guidelines shall control. This handbook is effective immediately and supersedes any prior handbook and other written material on the same subjects.

This handbook does not equate to an irrevocable contractual commitment to the student, but only reflects the current status of Ingham ISD Board policies and the Wilson Talent Center rules as of August 15, 2023. If any of the policies or administrative guidelines referenced herein are revised after August 15, 2023, the language in the most current policy or administrative guideline prevails.

Mission of the School

Ingham ISD exists to lead and serve for the achievement and success of all learners.

Wilson Talent Center is concerned for the safety of students and attempts to comply with all Federal and State Laws and Regulations to protect students from hazards that may result from industrial accidents beyond the control of school officials or from the presence of asbestos materials used in previous construction. A copy of the Ingham ISD Preparedness for Toxic Hazard and Asbestos Hazard Policy and asbestos management plan will be made available for inspection at the Board offices upon request.

2023-24 Annual Asbestos Notification Letter

Attendance Policy

It is imperative that students be in attendance each school day in order not to miss a significant portion of their education. Many important learnings result from active participation in the classroom and other school activities which cannot be replaced by individual study.

Attendance is important in the development of a high-quality work ethic which will be a significant factor in a student’s success with future employers. One of the most important work habits employers look for in hiring and promoting a worker is his/her dependability in coming to work every day on time. This is a habit the Wilson Talent Center wants to help students develop as early as possible in their school careers.


Truancy is determined by the home school district.

Excused Absences

Students may be excused from school for one of the following reasons and will be provided an opportunity to make-up missed school work and/or tests:

Policy 5200

Students with a health condition that causes repeated absence are to provide the Main Office with an explanation of the condition from a registered physician.

Parents/guardians must provide an explanation for their child's absence by no later than 3:30 pm on the day of the absence or by the following day. They are to call Wilson Talent Center Attendance at 517.244.1306 and explain the reason for the absence. If the absence can be foreseen and the "good cause" must be approved by the Associate Principal, the parent/guardian should arrange to discuss the matter as many days as possible before the absence will occur so arrangements can be made to assist the student in making up missed school work.

Students who are excusably absent for more than five days in a grading period, regardless of the reasons, will be considered "frequently absent." If there is a pattern of frequent absence for "illness," the parents/guardians will be required to provide a statement from a physician describing the health condition that is causing the frequent illness and the treatment that is being provided to rectify the condition. Without such a statement, the student's permanent attendance record will indicate "frequent unexplained illness," and can impact Work Habits Grade.

During the next grading period, a "frequently-absent" student will be placed on a Student Support Plan to monitor whether or not the pattern continues. If it continues, the student may be denied the opportunity to participate in non curricular school activities and events. Such a report may be provided postsecondary institutions and/or possible employers.

Suspension from Wilson Talent Center

A suspended student will be responsible for making up school work lost due to suspension. It is recommended that a student complete missed assignments during the suspension and turn them in to the teacher upon his/her return from school. Assignments may be obtained from the program instructor beginning with the first day of a suspension. Make up of missed tests may be scheduled when the student returns to school.

The student will be given credit for properly-completed assignments and a grade on any make-up tests.

Excusable, Approved Absences

The following are legitimate reasons for not being in school:

Ingham ISD Board Policy 5200 

Parents are encouraged to schedule their child's appointments with doctors and dentists during non school hours to the extent possible.

Excusable, Non Approved Absence

If a student is absent from school because of suspension or vacation, the absence will not be considered a truancy, and s/he may be given the opportunity to make up the school work that is missed.

Unexcused Absences

Any student who is absent from school for all or any part of the day without a legitimate excuse shall be considered truant and risk subject to notification to local district with recommendation truancy be filed, will impact work habits grade and could lead to possible return to local district.

No credit shall be given for any school work not completed as a result of truancy.

Notification of Absence

If a student is going to be absent, the parents must contact the school 517.244.1306 by 3:30 pm and provide an explanation. If prior contact is not possible, the parents should provide a written excuse as soon as possible. When no excuse is provided, the absence will be unexcused and the student will be considered truant. If the absence of a student appears to be questionable or excessive, staff will try to help the student improve attendance. Absences that are not excused by a parent within 48 hours are unexcused. 

An excused absence allows the student to make up all possible work. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain missed assignments. It is possible that certain kinds of school work such as labs or skill-practice sessions cannot be made up and as a result may negatively impact a student's grade.

Skipping of classes or any part of the school day is considered an unexcused absence and no make up of class work will be permitted. Disciplinary action may also follow.


Each student is expected to be in his/her assigned location throughout the school day. If a student is late in arriving at school, s/he is to report to the Main Office before proceeding to his/her first assigned location. Any student who is late up to five (5) minutes shall be disciplined by the instructor. Students who are more than 15 minutes late will be considered absent for that instructional period.

Students who are tardy more than three (3) times during a semester could face additional discipline.

Vacations during the School Year

Parents/guardians are encouraged not to take their child out of school for vacations. When a family vacation must be scheduled during the school year, the parent/guardian should discuss the matter with the administrator to make necessary arrangements. It may be possible for the student to receive certain assignments that are to be completed during the trip.

Make Up of Tests and Other School Work

Students who are excusably absent from school or who have been suspended shall be given the opportunity to make up work that has been missed. The student should contact the program instructor as soon as possible to obtain assignments.

Make-up work due to suspension must be completed within one (1) day after returning to school.

Students will be given the number of days of excused absence within which to make up work.

If a student misses a test due to excused absence, s/he may make arrangements with the teacher to take the test. 

Early Dismissal

No student will be allowed to leave school prior to dismissal time without a written request signed by the parent/guardian. No student will be released to a person other than a custodial parent/guardian without written permission signed by the custodial parent(s) or guardian(s).

Identification Card

Students will be issued a photo identification card that should be worn at all times. Lost ID cards will be replaced through the Main Office at a replacement cost.

Withdrawal from School

Any student who wishes to withdraw from the WTC should contact their home district and WTC Enrollment Specialist, Rick Ballentine.

Due Process Rights

Before a student may be suspended or expelled from school, there are specific procedures that must be followed.

Suspension from co-curricular and extra-curricular activities may not be appealed.

During the appeal process, the student shall not be allowed to remain in school.

Suspension from School

When a student is being considered for a suspension of ten (10) days or less, the administrator in charge will notify the student of the charges. The student will then be given an opportunity to explain his/her side and the administrator will then provide the student the evidence supporting the charges. After that informal hearing, the administration will make a decision whether or not to suspend. If a student is suspended, s/he and his/her parents/guardians will be notified, in writing within one (1) day, of the reason for and the length of the suspension. The suspension may be appealed, within two (2) school days after receipt of the suspension notice, to the principal. The request for an appeal must be in writing.

The appeal shall be conducted in a private meeting and the student may be represented. Sworn, recorded testimony shall be given. If the appeal is heard by the Ingham ISD Board, the hearing is governed by the Open Meetings Act. Under the Open Meetings Act, the hearing must be public unless the parents request that the meeting be conducted in a closed session.

When a student is suspended, s/he may make up work missed after the return to school and/or while on suspension.

Any learning that cannot be made up such as labs, field trips, skill-practices and the like, or any learning that the student chooses not to make up may be reflected in the grades earned.

A student being considered for suspension of more than ten days will be given due process as described in the expulsion section below.

Long-Term Suspension or Expulsion from School

When a student is being considered for long-term suspension (more than ten (10) days) or expulsion, the student will receive a formal letter of notification addressed to the parents/guardian which will contain:

  • the charge and related evidence;
  • the time and place of the Board meeting;
  • the length of the recommended suspension or a recommendation for expulsion;
  • a brief description of the hearing procedure;
  • a statement that the student may bring parents, guardians and counsel;
  • a statement that the student and/or parent may bring a translator or request a transfer for hearing-impaired students or parents/guardians;
  • a statement that the student may give testimony, present evidence and provide a defense;
  • a statement that the student may request the attendance of school personnel who were party to the action or accused the student of the infraction;
  • the ability of the student and/or parent/guardian to request, potentially at their own cost, a transcript of the hearing, if the Board/hearing officer approves.

Students being considered for long-term suspension or expulsion may or may not be immediately removed from school. A formal hearing is scheduled with the superintendent during which the student may be represented by his/her parents, legal counsel and/or by a person of his/her choice.

Within two days after notification of long-term suspension or expulsion, the long-term suspension or expulsion may be appealed, in writing, to the superintendent. The appeal will also be formal in nature with sworn testimony before the official(s) designated by the Ingham ISD Board of Education. The appeal will be heard in an open session unless the student or the student’s parent or guardian requests a closed session. Again, the right to representation is available. All opportunity to earn grades or credit ends when a student is expelled. Expulsion for certain violations may result in the revocation of a student's driver's license.

The Wilson Talent Center makes a sincere effort to have disciplinary actions take place that will allow the student to remain in school. If a disciplinary action does not result in removal from school, it is not appealable. Should a student or parent/guardian have questions regarding the propriety of an in-school disciplinary action, they should contact the administration.

Discipline of Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities are entitled to the rights and procedures afforded by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.).

Title IX Sexual Harrassment

Ingham ISD Board Policy 

Age of Majority

Students who reach 18 years of age and wish to conduct their own school business can pick up a form in the Attendance Office. Once completed and signed by both the student and parent/guardian, all school business will be conducted exclusively with the student. The parent/guardian will not be contacted about attendance, grades, credit, removal from class, etc. unless requested by the student.

Armed Forces Recruiting

“Armed forces” means the armed forces of the United States and their reserve components and the United States Coast Guard. The Wilson Talent Center must provide official armed forces recruiters at least the same access to the high school campus and to student directory information as is provided to other entities offering educational or employment opportunities to those students. 

If a student or the parent or legal guardian of a student submits a signed, written request (Form 8330 F13) to the Ingham ISD Board that indicates the student or the parent or legal guardian does not want the student’s directory information to be accessible to official recruiting representatives, school officials shall not allow access to the student’s directory information. The Board shall ensure students, parents and guardians are notified of the provisions of the opportunity to deny release of directory information. Public notice shall be given regarding the right to refuse disclosure to any or all “directory information” including in the armed forces of the United States and the service academies of the armed forces of the United States.

Annually, the Ingham ISD Board of Education will notify male students ages eighteen (18) or older that they are required to register for the selective service.

Employer Information Release

Employers often contact the WTC to check on the qualifications of students who are looking for work with them. Having this information helps them make appropriate choices for students. The information they ask for includes:

  • Name, address, telephone number
  • Date of birth 
  • Attendance
  • Career program
  • Participation in school activities
  • Dates of school attendance
  • Skills completed in their WTC program
  • Employer’s evaluation from WTC work experiences

Please refer to the Student/Parent Handbook signature page to give your consent.

Enrolling in the Wilson Talent Center

Students interested in applying to the Wilson Talent Center complete a Request for Consideration application via the Wilson Talent Center website. Once submitted, the application must be approved by the student’s home school district and then forwarded to the Wilson Talent Center for placement pending available seats.

Individuals with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act state that no individual will be discriminated against on the basis of a disability. This protection applies not just to the student but to all individuals who have access to Ingham ISD programs and facilities.

A student can access special education services through the proper evaluation procedures. Parent/Guardian involvement in this procedure is important and required by Federal and State law. Please contact the home district to inquire about evaluation procedures and programs.

Limited English Proficiency

Limited proficiency in the English language should not be a barrier to equal participation in the instructional or extra-curricular programs of Ingham ISD. It is, therefore, the policy of Ingham ISD that those students identified as having limited English proficiency will be provided additional support and instruction to assist them in gaining English proficiency and in accessing the educational and extra-curricular programs offered. Parents should contact the home district to inquire about evaluation procedures and programs offered.


Students may be assigned a locker and lock by their instructor depending on their program. Lockers are the property of the Wilson Talent Center and the school has the right to inspect a locker, at will, including canine searches, (Section 1306 of the School Code). Students are not to share locker combinations with other students. Students should keep all valuables in their locker and be sure the locker is securely locked at all times. Only school-issued locks may be used on WTC lockers. Loss of or damage to locks will require students to pay to replace them. (See Student Valuables)

Lost and Found

The lost and found area is in the Main Office. Students who have lost items should check there and may retrieve their items if they give a proper description. Unclaimed items will be given to charity at the close of the school year.

Parent Involvement

See Ingham ISD Board Policy 2112.

Student learning and achievement are more likely to occur when there is an effective partnership and ongoing communication between the school and the student’s parents/guardians. Written information is provided to parents/guardians as needed throughout the school year, as well as in individual program newsletters or updates. In addition, parents/guardians are encouraged to visit the school and/or participate in several events. The following activities are included in the Ingham ISD Parent Involvement Plan: 

  • Parent/Student Registration (August)
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences (November)
  • Advisory Committee Meetings (minimum of two meetings per year per program, fall and spring)
  • Parent volunteer opportunities (form must be completed/returned to the Main Office before volunteering)
  • Involvement in decision-making about your student's educational needs
  • Open House (December)
  • Competitions, Capstones and Awards Ceremonies (April and May) 

Media Publication Release/Photos

At the WTC, we like to share our student’s successes with others to help people understand the value of our programs. We hope you will allow us to recognize your child by publicizing their accomplishments and the incredible work they do here. This is not a requirement, so your child’s grade will not be affected either way.

The Public Relations & Communications department produces various materials to promote our school and district to celebrate student and program success. These materials often include press releases, photo and video images of our students in their programs and at WTC events, as well as audio clips of our students and stories about the work they do here. We may interview students about the work they have done, competitions they have participated in, awards they may win, etc. These materials are distributed within the Ingham ISD service area and the community via print and electronic means including brochures, the Ingham ISD and WTC websites, video presentations, Ingham ISD and WTC social media sites and in newspapers and on television news.

Please refer to the Student/Parent Handbook Signature page to give your consent.

Program Choices

All program change requests must be processed through the WTC Enrollment Specialist. Every consideration will be given to such requests. Students must complete a program visit in the prospective program and obtain approval from the new program’s instructor. Grades earned or contracts written will transfer with the student. While waiting to make a change, students are expected to continue working and make every effort to be successful in their current program in order to remain eligible for a program change.

Review of Instructional Materials and Activities

Parents/guardians have the right to review any instructional materials being used in the school. They also may observe instruction in any class, particularly those dealing with instruction in health and sex education. Any parent who wishes to review materials or observe instruction must contact the principal prior to coming to WTC. The rights of parents/guardians to review teaching materials and instructional activities are subject to reasonable restrictions and limits.

School Day

AM Session PM Session
8:00am Start 11:35am Start
10:40am Dismissal 2:15pm Dismissal

Times are subject to variation based on home district transportation schedule.

School-Sponsored Clubs & Activities

The Wilson Talent Center provides students the opportunity to broaden their learning through curricular-related activities. A curricular-related activity may be for credit, required for a particular course and/or contain school subject matter.

A student's use of a performance-enhancing substance is a violation that will affect the student's extracurricular participation.

The Ingham ISD Board authorizes many student groups that are sponsored by a staff member. Authorized groups include extra-curricular activities that do not reflect the curriculum but are made available to students to allow them to pursue additional worthwhile activities such as recreational sports, drama and the like.

All students are permitted to participate in the activities of their choosing as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.

Many of our programs participate in student clubs or associations related to the focus of the program. Participation in a student club is free of charge to the student. These clubs provide students with exceptional opportunities to learn and use leadership skills and to participate in competitions with students from other career and technical education centers across the state. Students should see their instructor for more information.

Non-School Sponsored Clubs and Activities

Non-school-sponsored student groups organized for religious, political or philosophical reasons may meet during noninstructional hours. The application for permission can be obtained from the administration. The applicant must verify the activity is being initiated by students, attendance is voluntary, no school staff person is actively involved in the event, the event will not interfere with school activities and non-school persons do not play a regular role in the event. All school rules will still apply regarding behavior and equal opportunity to participate.

Membership in any fraternity, sorority or any other secret society as prescribed by law is not permitted. All groups must comply with WTC rules and must provide equal opportunity to participate.

Non-district-sponsored organizations may not use the name of the school or school mascot.

Student Records

Ingham ISD maintains many student records including both directory information and confidential information.

Neither the Ingham ISD Board nor its employees shall permit the release of the social security number of a student or other individual except as authorized by law (see AG 8350). Documents containing social security numbers shall be restricted to those employees who have a need to know that information or a need to access those documents. When documents containing social security numbers are no longer needed, they shall be shredded by an employee who has authorized access to such records.

Directory Information Includes

See Board Policy 8330

Directory information can be provided upon request to any individual, other than a for-profit organization, even without the written consent of a parent. Parents may refuse to allow Ingham ISD Board to disclose any or all of such “directory information” upon written notification to the Ingham ISD Board of Education. For further information about the items included within the category of directory information and instructions on how to prohibit its release please consult the Ingham ISD annual Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) notice which can be found on our website.

Other than directory information, access to all other student records is protected by (FERPA) and Michigan law. Except in limited circumstances as specifically defined in State and Federal law, Ingham ISD is prohibited from releasing confidential education records to any outside individual or organization without the prior written consent of the parents, or the adult student, as well as those individuals who have matriculated and entered a postsecondary educational institution at any age.

Confidential records include test scores, psychological reports, behavioral data, disciplinary records, and communications with family and outside service providers.

Students and parents/guardians have the right to review and receive copies of all educational records. Costs for copies of records may be charged to the parent/guardian. To review student records please provide a written notice identifying requested student records to the Wilson Talent Center Main Office. You will be given an appointment with the appropriate person to answer any questions and review the requested student records.

Parents, guardians and adult students have the right to amend a student record when they believe any of the information contained in the record is inaccurate, misleading or violates the student’s privacy. A parent, guardian or adult student must request the amendment of a student record in writing and if the request is denied, the parent, guardian or adult student will be informed of their right to a hearing on the matter.

Individuals have a right to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education if they believe that Ingham ISD has violated FERPA.

Consistent with the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), no student shall be required, as a part of the school program or WTC’s curriculum without prior written consent of the student (if an adult, or an emancipated minor) or if an unemancipated minor, his/her parents, to submit to or participate in any survey, analysis or evaluation that reveals information concerning:

  1. political affiliations or beliefs of the student or his/her parents/guardians;
  2. mental or psychological problems of the student or his/her family;
  3. sex behavior or attitudes;
  4. illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior;
  5. critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
  6. legally recognized privileged and analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians and ministers;
  7. religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student or his/her parents/guardians; or
  8. income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such a program).

Consistent with the PPRA and Ingham ISD Board policy, the Superintendent shall ensure procedures are established whereby parents may inspect any materials used in conjunction with any such survey, analysis or evaluation.

Further, parents/guardians have the right to inspect, upon request, a survey or evaluation created by a third party before the survey/evaluation is administered or distributed by the school to the student. The parent/guardian will have access to the survey/evaluation within a reasonable period of time after the request is received by the building principal.

The Superintendent will provide notice directly to parents/guardians of students enrolled in Ingham ISD of the substantive content of this policy at least annually at the beginning of the school year and within a reasonable period of time after any substantive change in this policy. In addition, the Superintendent is directed to notify parents/guardians of students in Ingham ISD at least annually at the beginning of the school year of the specific or approximate dates during the school year when the following activities are scheduled or expected to be scheduled:

  1. activities involving the collection, disclosure or use of personal information collected from students for the purpose of marketing or for selling that information for otherwise providing that information to others for that purpose); and
  2. the administration of any survey by a third party that contains one or more of the items described in 1 through 8 above.

The Family Policy Compliance Office in the U.S. Department of Education administers both FERPA and PPRA. Parents and/or eligible students who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

Informal inquiries may be sent to the Family Policy Compliance Office via the following email addresses: FERPA@ED.Gov; and PPRA@ED.Gov.


Bus Transportation to School

The student's home school provides transportation for all students who attend the Wilson Talent Center. Please contact the home school for information.

Self-Transportation to School

Parking on school property is a privilege that can be revoked at any time. Students who are provided the opportunity to ride school transportation are encouraged to do so. Students and their parents assume full responsibility for any transportation to and from school not officially provided by the school.

Driving Policy

Ingham ISD Board Policy 8660

All cars at Wilson Talent Center must be registered in the Main Office and the driving permit (rearview mirror hanging tag) must be displayed. A $30 fee will be required per driver each school year (students who turn in their signed driving permit form during the first two weeks of school will get a $10 discount). This money is used for student competitions and is not refundable if a driving permit is withdrawn. Continuation of driving and riding privileges is solely dependent upon the student observing all driving and parking regulations as well as the student's willingness to follow the rules and regulations of Wilson Talent Center. Students must have their own insurance. WTC shall not be held liable for any damage/theft that may occur while a vehicle is parked on campus. If damage or theft occur, it is the student's responsibility to contact the police. 

NOTE: ALL VEHICLE AREAS MAY BE MONITORED BY SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS. Vehicles on school grounds are subject to search, including canine searches, by school officials at any time if there is reasonable suspicion of unlawful activity.

Students must:

  • Possess a current Michigan driver's license.
  • Purchase a driving permit for the current school year.
  • Drive slowly, in a safe manner and park immediately.
  • Student parking is on the east side of the large parking lot only (yellow parking lines and numbered spots closest to Hagadorn Road) or around the outer edge of the large parking lot. Students will be assigned a numbered parking spot on their driving permit. Parking in any other spot is not allowed and may result in loss of driving permit or car being booted (this includes the west side of the large lot which is reserved for staff parking, the single row of parking next to the building on the east side, and the parking area on the bus drive). 
  • Exit car immediately upon arrival and enter the building, even if their district's bus has not arrived. No loitering or smoking is allowed in the parking lot or outside on school grounds.
  • Not leave school grounds until their scheduled leave time.   
  • Be courteous when entering and leaving the lot, and alternate with other cars in other lines of traffic. Students are to exit using the closest driving lane.  
  • Not cut across parking spaces.
  • Not play music loudly. Music heard over 50 feet from the building will be in violation of the City of Mason "disturbing the peace" ordinance.
  • Drive safely on the way to and from WTC.

Repeated violations of the driving policy will result in the vehicle being booted and/or loss of driving privileges. A $20.00 fee will be charged for the removal of the auto-boot and must be paid in full before the boot is removed. Unregistered cars in the parking lot are subject to being booted.

Applications for a one-year driving pass are available in the Main Office. Signatures of a parent/guardian and home school counselor or principal are required. Drivers are to bring no more passengers than approved by their parents and are safe for the size of the car. NO RIDERS are permitted in the back of trucks. Permits are registered to specific drivers, and can only be transferred to those cars they have listed in the Main Office. Transferring a permit without changing registration information in the Main Office will result in the loss of driving privileges to WTC. Registration of up to three vehicles will be permitted.  

One Day Driving Pass

Reasons for a one-day driving pass are short term situations such as:

  • A prearranged appointment
  • A job interview 
  • To bring material or equipment to school for repair (requires permission from the instructor)
  • A special event at the home school (requires home school permission)    

Please visit the WTC Main Office upon arrival for a one-day driving pass. Students may be issued up to three one-day passes per six-week marking period at no charge, however, if a fourth one-day pass is requested, the student will be charged $1.00 per pass retroactive. Therefore, the fourth one-day pass will cost $4.00 and each pass requested for the remainder of that marking period will cost $1.00. 

Video Recordings on District Property

The Ingham ISD Board of Education has installed video cameras on District property to monitor student behavior. If a student violated the Code of Conduct and his/her actions were recorded, the recording will be submitted to the administration and may be used as evidence of the misbehavior. Since these recordings are considered part of a student's record, they can be viewed only in accordance with Federal law.


Visitors, particularly parents/guardians, are welcome at the school. In order to properly monitor the safety of students and staff, each visitor must report to the Main Office upon entering the school to obtain a pass. Any visitor found in the building without a pass shall be reported to the administration. If a person wishes to confer with a member of the staff, s/he should call for an appointment prior to coming to the school, in order to schedule a mutually convenient time.

Students may not bring visitors to school without prior written permission from the administration.

Field Trips

Field trips are academic activities held off school grounds. There are also trips that are part of the school's co-curricular and extracurricular programs. No student may participate in any school-sponsored trip without parental consent.

All Wilson Talent Center rules apply during each field trip. Parent/guardian signature on the Policy/Permission Form indicates parent approval for all field trips throughout the year that do not require an overnight stay. Overnight trips will require individual approval. Students will be allowed to attend field trips once the signed parental consent is obtained. Field trips are part of the educational experience.

Single-session field trips occur during the regular class session. Students must use the transportation provided by Wilson Talent Center to and from the field trip site. There is usually no cost to the student. For single-session field trips instructors will verbally notify students, and parents/guardians will be notified via automated phone call.

Longer-than-single-session field trips will occur occasionally and will involve some changes in transportation to or from Wilson Talent Center. Students must use the transportation provided by Wilson Talent Center to and from the field trip site. There is usually no cost to the student. Because of the extended length, students and parents/guardians will be informed about these trips verbally, by letter and by automated phone call. We will notify high schools of which students need to be excused from their classes due to the field trip. If a student is not able to attend a field trip due to transportation issues or a homeschool conflict, parents/guardians are to contact the program instructor to discuss alternatives for their student.

Overnight field trips may occur due to participation in a student organization competition or other special event. Additional parental permission is required and additional rules apply as indicated in the above paragraphs.

Overnight Trips - Additional Expectations 

Students are held to all field trip policies and behavior expectations, and in addition:

Students must:

  • Follow all instructions given by the instructor overseeing the trip.
  • Follow the code of conduct set by the event sponsors.
  • Dress professionally, appropriately for the event and career area.
  • Attend and participate in all field trip/competition events.
  • Students are not to enter rooms designated for the opposite sex.
  • Students of the same sex may be required to share a room. 
  • Students are responsible for their own behavior at all times whether or not they are under immediate supervision.
  • Any student who violates a school rule or competition expectation may be sent home at the earliest possible moment at their own expense based on the seriousness of the violation.


The Wilson Talent Center has a standard grading procedure as well as additional notations that may indicate work in progress or incomplete work. The purpose of a grade is to indicate the extent to which the student has acquired the necessary learning. In general, students are assigned grades based on test results, homework, projects and classroom participation. Each instructor may place a different emphasis on these areas in determining a grade and will inform students at the beginning of the course work. If a student is not sure how his/her grade will be determined, s/he should ask the instructor.

Grades are based on skill/knowledge attainment (for 65% of the final grade) and work habits (for 35% of the final grade)*. Each program will provide other grading specifics in the class syllabus which will be provided to the student at the beginning of the year. Parents/guardians may monitor their student’s progress at any time by utilizing PowerSchool Parent Access. Contact the Attendance Office at 517.244.1306 with questions or to report difficulties using PowerSchool Parent Access. 

*Automotive Technology I, Cosmetology I & II, Manicuring, Programming & Mobile Applications,  BioScience Careers, New Media, Culinary Arts & Hospitality, Educational Careers, Patient Care Technician, Medical Assisting and Investigations will utilize a grading system called Evidence-Based Reporting (EBR). Please see the program syllabus provided by the instructor and review instructor and administrator communications for these programs.

The School uses the following grading system:

Grading System

Letter Grade Percentage
A 93-100% average
A- 90-92% average
B+ 87-89% average
B 83-86% average 
B- 80-82% average 
C+ 77-79% average 
C 73-76% average
C- 70-72% average
D+ 67-69% average
D 63-66% average
D- 60-62% average
E 59% and below
W Withdrawal


Grading Periods

Students shall receive a grade at the end of each six (6) week period indicating their grades for each course of study for that portion of the academic term.

When a student appears to be at risk of failure, notification will be provided to the parents/guardians, so they can talk with the teacher about what actions can be taken to improve poor grades.

Our grading schedule is designed to accommodate all of our sending schools, whether they use a semester schedule or a trimester schedule. For that reason, parents/guardians and local schools will receive a student report approximately every six (6) weeks. 

Semester students will receive two progress reports and one final semester grade communicated each semester. Trimester students will receive one progress report and one final trimester grade each trimester. In addition, student progress will be monitored at the third week of each marking period.

Marking Periods

Marking Period End Date
Marking Period 1 10/06/23
Marking Period 2/Trimester 1 11/17/23
Marking Period 3/Semester 1 1/12/24
Marking Period 4/Trimester 2 2/23/24
Marking Period 5 4/12/24
Marking Period 6/Semester 2/Trimester 3 6/5/24


Report Cards

All report cards will be sent via email (through School Messenger). If at any time during the school year, the parent/guardian would like a paper copy of your student’s report card, please contact the Student Data Specialist at 517.244.1301.

Grade Requirement for Second-Year Eligibility

Students who plan to return to the program during their senior year of high school are expected to maintain a minimum of 70% each trimester and semester during their first year of study. Program-specific requirements could apply for the second year in the same program. 

Attendance and behavior are also factors when considering student participation at WTC for a second year. In the event WTC has more students requesting a second-year program than we have room for, a ranked list will be created using the same requirements for entrance to WTC, along with any program-specific requirements which include grades, attendance and behavior. Each category will be awarded points based on the student’s record during their first year at WTC. Students will be placed based on the highest number of points with those not receiving a seat being placed on a waitlist.

Credit Earning

Because the WTC is an extension of each high school, the credit earned here is based on the amount of credit earned if a student were attending classes at their home school. All high school credit is issued by the local high school.

Credit Substitution

Students have traditionally been awarded elective credit for attending WTC. Students or home school counselors may request the option of receiving academic credit for coursework done at WTC, but counselor approval is required before initiation. Depending on the WTC program the student is enrolled in, credit for math, English, science, computer applications or physical education may be an option.


The assignment of homework can be expected. Student grades will reflect the completion of all work including outside assignments.

Homework will not generally be used for disciplinary reasons but only to enhance the student's learning.

Work-Based Learning

Paid & Unpaid

Placement on a job (work-based learning) is available only to students who excel at Wilson Talent Center. To be eligible for work-based learning, students must satisfy the criteria below.

To be eligible for a work-based learning experience, students must have the recommendation of their instructor. This will be based on the following: 

  • Good attendance. We must reasonably expect that students will be on the job every day. Employers depend on students and we must expect that students will be there to fulfill the needs of the employer. An exception may be made for extended illness.  
  • Positive attitude in class. Employers rank attitude toward work as their highest priority in employees. Employers expect students to be responsible, use good judgment, follow through on assignments, stay on task and show respect for others. These behaviors must be present in class to demonstrate they will be present on the work site.   
  • Sufficient mastery of technical skills. Students go on work-based learning to enhance their training. Students must master the basic skills in class before being eligible for a work-based learning placement.  

To continue at a work-based learning placement, students must do the following: 

  • Regularly attend their scheduled days at WTC as per the program developed by the Placement Specialist. Normally this would consist of one class period per week.
  • Maintain a good attitude and continued progress in work at the WTC. The instructor must continue to recommend the student for the work-based learning position.  
  • Satisfy the employer’s needs. The employer may discontinue the placement at any time.  
  • Be at the work-based learning job or at WTC on a daily basis. If absent, both the employer and WTC must be called.
  • Turn in weekly attendance sheets to the instructor on time.

Failing to satisfy the above criteria will result in the student returning to their WTC classroom full-time and a grade of zero for assignments during time spent at the placement site. Students should contact their instructor for more information about paid and unpaid work-based learning opportunities. 


When a student will be absent from a scheduled day at a work-based placement, the student must notify the employer prior to the start of their work shift. Failure to do so will result in the student receiving an unexcused absence for that day. Repeated failure to call in will result in loss of work-based learning placement.  

Students must verify their attendance at the worksite by turning in weekly WTC Attendance/Activity reports signed by the employer to their classroom instructor/work-based learning coordinator. These reports will be filed in the Attendance Office. Failure to turn in weekly attendance reports may result in removal from the worksite.

Work Habits

Ratings & Indicators

Work habits are the ways in which a worker goes about doing a job. Developing excellent work habits is as important as developing excellent knowledge and job skills, which is why Wilson Talent Center evaluates students on their work habit development and work habits are included as part of each student’s class grade.

Both instructors and students will evaluate work habits at least three times each marking period. Work habits will be 35% of a student’s grade (3.5% per work habit). Work Habits may be graded differently for those programs using EBR. Each progress report will reflect the student’s performance in each of these work habits and will be rated as follows:

5 - Exceptional, 100% A, Attendance/Participation for Excused Absences 0 - 2

The student always satisfies work habit indicators. The student exceeds work habits standards when possible.

4 - Acceptable for Employment, 87% B+, Attendance/Participation for Excused Absences 3

The student satisfies work habit indicators a large majority of the time. The student is ready for job placement.

3 - Acceptable for Classroom, 75% C, Attendance/Participation for Excused Absences 4

The student usually satisfies work habit indicators. The student is not ready for job placement.

2 - Not Acceptable for Classroom, 55% E, Attendance/Participation for Excused Absences 5

The student satisfies the work habit indicators less than half of the time. The student’s work habits are not deserving of classroom credit.

1 - Not Acceptable for WTC, 0% E, Attendance/Participation for Excused Absences 6+

The student rarely satisfies the work habit indicators. The student’s work habits need great improvement in order to continue at Wilson Talent Center.

Attendance Work Habit

Students may have up to two (2) excused absences each six-week marking period without it affecting their work habits grade.

Indicators for Work Habits

Each work habit has indicators that instructors look for to evaluate a student’s level of success in accomplishing the work habit. Each work habit and its indicators of success are listed below.


  • Come to class arriving on time each day
  • Meet WTC attendance guidelines and procedures
  • Having no more than two (2) excused absences in a marking period and no unexcused absences

Safety of Your Work Area and Personal Safety

  • Use/store tools and equipment properly
  • Follow safety rules/procedures of WTC and the class
  • Wear safety clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) as necessary
  • Identify and report unsafe conditions
  • Identify and follow emergency procedures
  • Maintain a safe work area 

Care/Maintenance of Equipment/Work Area 

  • Return tools and materials to their proper location 
  • Inform instructor when equipment is not working properly
  • Treat tools and equipment with care and respect
  • Leave work area neat and clean

Good Judgment

  • One or more unexcused absences result in a ZERO
  • Set and meet goals
  • Solve problems
  • Make appropriate and reasonable choices
  • Manage time well
  • Ask questions when necessary
  • Work without causing distractions


  • Complete assigned work
  • Do additional work after scheduled work is completed
  • Share constructive ideas
  • Work continually (steadily) the entire class time
  • Follow directions and make an earnest attempt to do the assigned task
  • Continually strive to improve self


  • Work with others to achieve a common purpose
  • Respect others and their property
  • Communicate positively 
  • Comply without argument when asked
  • Use appropriate, approved, inoffensive language
  • Work quietly so others are not disturbed
  • Listen to and consider the opinion of others
  • Support WTC and program policies/rules
  • Follow verbal and/or written directions 

Self-Discipline and Responsibility

  • Come prepared to work (emotionally, physically and mentally)
  • Start work without being asked
  • Work in spite of distractions 
  • Work responsibly without supervision
  • Use constructive feedback to improve
  • Keep voice at a low level when talking
  • Be accountable for own actions
  • Make rational decisions independently
  • Each tardy/leave early reduces above score by one point

Job Performance/Quality Work

  • Complete tasks accurately
  • Apply what has been learned to other situations
  • Check, verify and proof work
  • Show pride in work
  • Do work of high quality

Job Performance/Quantity of Work

  • Complete all assigned tasks on time
  • Work to full capability

Dress, Grooming and Appearance

  • Wear clothes appropriate for WTC program
  • Practice good grooming and good hygiene

Control of Communicable Disease and Pests

Control of Casual-Contact Communicable Diseases and Pests 

Because a school has a high concentration of people, it is necessary to take specific measures when the health or safety of the group is at risk. The school's professional staff has the authority to remove or isolate a student who has been ill or has been exposed to a communicable disease or highly transient pest such as lice.

Specific diseases include diphtheria, scarlet fever, strep infections, whooping cough, mumps, measles, rubella and other conditions indicated by the local and state health departments.

Any removal will only be for the contagious period as specified in Ingham ISD administrative guidelines.

Control of Non Casual Contact Communicable Diseases

In the case of noncasual-contact communicable diseases, the school still has the obligation to protect the safety of the staff and students. In these cases, the person in question will have his/her status reviewed by a panel of resource people, including the Ingham County Health Department, to ensure the rights of the person affected and those in contact with that person are respected. The school will seek to keep students and staff persons in school unless there is definitive evidence to warrant exclusion.

Noncasual-contact communicable diseases include sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), ARC-AIDS Related Complex (condition), HIV (Human-immunodeficiency); HAV, HBV, HCV (Hepatitis A, B, C) and other diseases that may be specified by the State Board of Health.

As required by Federal law, parents will be requested to have their child's blood checked for HIV, HBV and other blood-borne pathogens when the child has bled at school and students or staff members have been exposed to the blood. Any testing is subject to laws protecting confidentiality.

Injury and Illness

All injuries must be reported to a teacher or the office. If minor, the student will be treated and may return to class. If medical attention is required, the office will follow the WTC’s emergency procedures.

A student who becomes ill during the school day should request permission to go to the office.  An appropriate adult in the office will determine whether or not the student should remain in school or go home. No student will be released from school without proper parent/guardian permission.

Student Wellbeing

The rules and procedures of the school are designed to allow each student to obtain a safe, orderly and appropriate education. Students can expect their rights to freedom of expression and association and to fair treatment as long as they respect those rights for their fellow students and staff. Students will be expected to follow teachers' directions and to obey all school rules. Disciplinary procedures are designed to ensure due process (a fair hearing) before a student is removed because of his/her behavior.

Parents/Guardians have the right to know how their child is succeeding in school and will be provided information on a regular basis and as needed when concerns arise. Many times it will be the student’s responsibility to deliver that information. If necessary, the mail or hand delivery may be used to ensure contact. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to build a two-way link with the student’s teachers and support staff by informing the staff of suggestions or concerns that may help the student better accomplish his/her educational goals.

Students must arrive at school on time prepared to learn and participate in the educational program. If, for some reason, this is not possible, the student should seek help from the Main Office.

Adult students (age eighteen (18) or older) must follow all school rules.

Use of Medications

In those circumstances where a student must take prescribed medication during the school day, the following guidelines are to be observed:

  1. Parents/Guardians should, with their physician's counsel, determine whether the medication schedule can be adjusted to avoid administering medication during school hours.
  2. The WTC Medication and Treatment Administration Form must be filed with the respective building administrator before the student will be allowed to begin taking any medication during school hours.
  3. All medications must be registered with the Main Office.
  4. Medication that is brought to the office will be properly secured.

    Medication may not be sent to school in a student's lunch box, pocket or other means on or about his/her person except for emergency medications for allergies and/or reactions.
  5. Any unused medication unclaimed by the parent will be destroyed by school personnel when a prescription is no longer to be administered or at the end of a school year.
  6. Parents/Guardians shall have sole responsibility to instruct their child to take the medication at the scheduled time, and the child has the responsibility for both presenting himself/herself on time and for taking the prescribed medication.
  7. A log for each prescribed medication shall be maintained which will note the personnel giving the medication, the date and the time of day. This log will be maintained along with the physician's written request and the parent/guardian written release.

Asthma Inhalers and Epi-pens

Students, with appropriate written permission from the physician and parent, may possess and use a metered dose inhaler or dry powder inhaler to alleviate asthmatic symptoms. 

Epinephrine (Epi-pen) is administered only in accordance with a written medication administration plan developed by the school principal and updated annually.

Non-Prescribed (over-the-counter) Medications

No staff member will be permitted to dispense non-prescribed, over-the-counter (OTC) medication to any student.

Parents/Guardians may authorize the WTC to administer a non-prescribed medication using a form that is available in the Main Office. A physician does not have to authorize such medication. The parent may also authorize on the form that their child:

( ) may self-administer the medication.

( ) may keep the medication in his/her possession.

If a student is found using or possessing a non-prescribed medication without parent authorization, s/he will be brought to the Main Office and the parents/guardians will be contacted for authorization. The medication will be confiscated until written authorization is received.

Any student who distributes a medication of any kind to another student or is found to possess a medication other than the one authorized is in violation of the WTC Code of Conduct and will be disciplined in accordance with the drug-use provision of the Code.

Before any prescribed medication or treatment may be administered to any student during school hours, the Ingham ISD Board shall require the written prescription and instructions from the child's physician accompanied by the written authorization of the parent. Both must also authorize any self-medication by the student. Before any non-prescribed medication or treatment may be administered, the Ingham ISD Board shall require the prior written consent of the parent along with a waiver of any liability of Ingham ISD for the administration of the medication. The parent must also authorize any self-medication by his/her child.

It is the policy of Ingham ISD to provide an equal education opportunity for all students.

Any person who believes that s/he has been discriminated against on the basis of his/her race, color, disability, religion, gender or national origin while at school or a school activity should immediately contact the Ingham ISD Compliance Officer.

The Ingham ISD Title VI, Title IX and Section 504 coordinator is:

Susan Tinney, Asst. Supt. of Human Resources and Organizational Development
Thorburn Education Center
2630 West Howell Road
Mason, MI 48854
Phone: 517.244.1289

Wilson Talent Center Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504 representative is:

Joseph Wenzel, Principal
Wilson Talent Center
611 Hagadorn Road
Mason, MI 48854
Phone: 517.244.1367

Complaints will be investigated in accordance with the procedure as described in Ingham ISD Board policy 2260. Any student making a complaint or participating in a school investigation will be protected from any threat or retaliation. The Compliance Officer can provide additional information concerning equal access to educational opportunities.

Emergency Closings and Delays

If the school must be closed or the opening is delayed because of inclement weather or other conditions, WTC will provide notification of the closing by the use of our School Messenger system. Families will receive a phone call and email to the numbers and emails provided in PowerSchool. Closings will also be shared with local television stations, posted to our website and shared on district social media outlets.

Parents and students are responsible for knowing about emergency closings and delays.

Emergency Contact Form

The Ingham ISD Board has established a policy that every student must have an Emergency Contact Form completed and signed by his/her parent/guardian in order to participate in any activity off school grounds. This includes field trips, spectator trips, athletic and other extracurricular activities and co-curricular activities.

The Emergency Contact Form is provided at the time of enrollment and the beginning of each school year. Failure to return the completed form to the WTC will jeopardize a student's educational program.

Fire, Lock Down and Tornado Drills

The school complies with all fire safety laws and will conduct fire drills in accordance with State law. Specific instructions on how to proceed will be provided to students by their teachers who will be responsible for safe, prompt and orderly evacuation of the building. The alarm signal for fire drills consists of flashing strobes and horns.

Tornado drills will be conducted during the tornado season using the procedures provided by the State. The alarm signal for tornadoes is different from the alarm signal for fires and active violence drills and consists of a public address over the speakers and phones.

Active violence incident drills in which the students learn and apply A.L.I.C.E. principles occur a minimum of three (3) times each school year. The alarm system for a school lock down is different from the alarm system for fires and tornadoes and consists of public address announcements over the speakers and phones.

Student Valuables

Students are encouraged not to bring items of value to school. Items such as jewelry, expensive clothing, electronic equipment, and the like, are tempting targets for theft and extortion. Wilson Talent Center will not be liable for loss or damage to personal valuables.

Threat Assessment

The Ingham ISD Board has authorized the creation of trained threat assessment teams. Teams will meet regularly or when it is learned that a threat has been made. The team is empowered to gather information, evaluate facts and make a determination as to whether a student poses a threat of violence to a target. If the team has determined there is a risk of violence, the team may collaborate with others to develop and implement a written plan to manage or reduce the threat posed by the student.

Advertising Outside Activities

Students may not post announcements or advertisements for outside activities without receiving prior approval from the administration. The administration will try to respond to requests for approval within twenty-four (24) hours of their receipt.


Each classroom instructor has rules concerning whether breaks are possible. Students who are given breaks need to remember it is a privilege that will continue only if they act in an orderly and quiet manner while on break and return to the classroom at the designated time. A business-like atmosphere should be maintained in hallways and the Commons Area. Students are to remain inside the building during breaks.

Code of Conduct

A major component of the educational program at the Wilson Talent Center is to prepare students to become responsible workers and citizens by learning how to conduct themselves properly and in accordance with established standards.

Expected Behaviors

Each student shall be expected to:

  • abide by national, state and local laws as well as the rules of Wilson Talent Center,
  • respect the civil rights of others,
  • act courteously to adults and fellow students,
  • be prompt to school and attentive in class,
  • work cooperatively with others when involved in accomplishing a common goal regardless of the other's ability, gender, race, religion, height, weight, disability or ethnic background,
  • complete assigned tasks on time and as directed,
  • help maintain a school environment that is safe, friendly and productive,
  • act at all times in a manner that reflects pride in self, family and in the Wilson Talent Center.

Dress and Grooming

While fashion changes, the reason for being in school does not. Students are in school to learn. Any fashion (dress, accessory or hairstyle) that disrupts the educational process or presents a safety risk will not be permitted. Personal expression is permitted within these general guidelines.

Students should consider the following questions when dressing for School:

  • Does my clothing expose too much? (no)
  • Does my clothing advertise something that is prohibited to minors? (no)
  • Are there obscene, profane, drug-related, gang-related or inflammatory messages on my clothing? (no)
  • Would I interview for a job in this outfit? (yes)
  • Am I dressed appropriately for the weather? (yes)
  • Do I feel comfortable with my appearance? (yes)

If a student has selected a manner of appearance that is beyond mere freedom of expression and disrupts the educational process or presents risk to themselves or others, they may be removed from the educational setting. 

Students are expected to dress appropriately for the career/program in which they are enrolled. Instructors will cover and enforce general expectations and any program-specific dress requirements. In addition, a reasonable cleanliness of the person and of wearing apparel as well as decent coverage of the body is expected at all times. Shoes (appropriate for the program) must be worn at all times.

Student safety comes first, and students will not be allowed to work without the appropriate safety equipment. Students may be restricted to one area of the classroom, placed in in-house suspension in the Main Office or sent home by administration if his/her dress is considered inappropriate or unsafe for the class. Continued disregard of the dress code will result in progressive discipline.  


Gangs that initiate, advocate or promote activities that threaten the safety or well-being of persons or which are disruptive to the school environment are not tolerated.

Incidents involving initiations, hazing, intimidations or related activities that are likely to cause harm or personal degradation are prohibited.

Students wearing, carrying or displaying gang paraphernalia or exhibiting behaviors or gestures that symbolize gang membership or causing and/or participating in activities that are designed to intimidate another student will be disciplined. Prohibited gang paraphernalia will be specifically identified and posted by the building principal.

Care of Property

Students are responsible for the care of their own personal property. The school will not be responsible for personal property. Valuables such as jewelry or irreplaceable items should not be brought to school. The school may confiscate such items and return them to the student's parents.

Damage to or loss of school equipment and facilities wastes taxpayers' money and undermines the program. Therefore, if a student does damage to or loses school property, the student or his/her parents will be required to pay for the replacement or damage. If the damage or loss was intentional, the student will also be subject to discipline according to the Student Discipline Code.

Computer Technology and Networks

Acceptable Use of Technology and Student Email Accounts

Computers, peripheral technological devices, computer networks and student email accounts are used as part of students’ program of study. Use of these devices is tightly regulated, and infractions of the below rules will result in progressive discipline including possible banning from the use of such equipment.


A computing system is any computer or computer peripheral owned by Ingham ISD. It may be used on the premises of Ingham ISD, the Wilson Talent Center, classrooms operated by Ingham ISD at off-site locations or off-site as part of the WTC mobile device use program. A network is any networked system on the premises of Ingham ISD or networks accessed via Ingham Intermediate School District computers.

Student Rights

Each student has the right to make use of technology for education, research and productivity consistent with and adhering to the Ingham ISD Board Policies and Guidelines.  Each student has the right to use an Ingham ISD-issued student email account under the direction and supervision of the classroom instructor.

Student Responsibilities


  • Students shall not intentionally seek information on or obtain copies of data belonging to another person unless authorized by that person.
  • Users should not expect that files stored on school-based computers will be private. Files and messages stored on school-based computers may be treated like school lockers. Administrators and faculty may review files and messages to maintain system integrity and ensure that users are acting responsibly.


  • Students shall not seek or use passwords belonging to another person unless authorized by that person.
  • Students shall take precautions to secure access to their personal passwords from others.


  • Students shall not attempt to or knowingly infiltrate a computing system or network or alter the software components of a computing system or network or import files that will jeopardize the security of the computing systems or the network.
  • Students shall not download or install software on computers.


  • Students shall not use a computing system or network to harass others or develop software programs that harass others.
  • Students shall not use a computing system or network to gain access to, upload or download pornography, obscenity or otherwise inappropriate files, websites or communications; or transmit pornography, obscenity or otherwise inappropriate files, websites or communications.
  • Students shall practice “safe” computing in keeping computers free of viruses or other files dangerous to the integrity of the computer or network system.
  • Students shall not use a computing system or network in a destructive or malicious manner.
  • Students shall not use a computing system or network in a way that will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school or school activities.

Electronic Communication

  • Students shall not access streaming audio, video, Facebook or other social networking sites, messaging services, chat rooms or personal email accounts at the Wilson Talent Center unless expressly approved by the instructor. 

  • Students shall not access instant messenger, blogs or personal email accounts while at the Wilson Talent Center. 
  • Students are responsible for maintaining the integrity of the email system, reporting any violations of privacy and making only those email contacts that facilitate learning and enhance educational information exchange.

Student Email Accounts

  • Students will have an individual school email account assigned to them for use in their WTC program. Students will also be allowed to use their home district’s email account for WTC-related communications. The email system is to be used for communication among teachers, programs, students and community partners and is to be restricted to WTC program-related education purposes.

  • Students will have use of the WTC email system during times stipulated by the program instructor.
  • The WTC will not be responsible for any loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, miss-deliveries or service interruptions caused by student errors or omissions.
  • The WTC owns any communication sent via email or that is stored on school equipment.
  • Confidential information must not be shared outside of the WTC at any time. 
  • Personal business may not be conducted using the WTC computers or email.
  • All privacy, security, integrity and electronic communication provisions associated with using Ingham ISD computer systems also apply to student email accounts.

Non-Instructional Use  

Students shall not use a computing system or network for commercial or for-profit purposes, personal or private business, product advertisement or political lobbying.

Recreational Games

Students shall not use a computing system or network for recreational games unless expressly approved by the instructor.


  • Students shall not copy software without written permission of the publisher.

  • Students shall not copy documents, files or other intellectual property without written permission of the author.
  • Students shall cite references for all data accessed via computing systems or networks.
  • Students shall adhere to all Copyright Regulations of Ingham Intermediate School District and Wilson Talent Center.


Students have the responsibility to monitor all his/her materials received via technology systems to ensure that they comply with responsible usage.

Mobile Devices

Students issued a mobile device for take-home educational purposes will be required to adhere to the following guidelines:

Care and Maintenance of the Mobile Device 

  • Do not attempt to open the inside of your mobile device, access the internal electronics, or repair your device. If your device is not working properly, inform your instructor. 

  • Do not store your device in your car because of possible theft and extreme temperature changes. If your device has been in the heat or cold for an extended period of time, allow the device to reach room temperature before using it. 
  • Only clean your device with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth. Do not use any type of cleaner (even eyeglass cleaner) on your device. 
  • Do not place weight on the device. This means it should not be stored in a backpack where books can place weight on it. 
  • Never throw or toss your device. 
  • Be careful when plugging in your device to charge as ports are fragile. Be sure to plug the charger into the wall first, and then plug it into your device. 
  • Each device will have an identification tag attached to it. Do not remove or alter this tag. 
  • Never lend your device to another person. You are responsible for the device that is assigned to you. 
  • The device needs to be charged at home each night. Access to outlets for charging at school is not guaranteed. 
  • The device and its cover must be free of stickers, writing and/or painting. 

Student Use of the Mobile Device 

  • A student is to notify the instructor or a staff member immediately upon returning to school whenever they come across information, messages or website posts that are inappropriate, dangerous or threatening. 

  • A student is to notify the instructor or technology coordinator if they become aware of an internet security problem immediately upon returning to school.
  • Students should have no expectation of privacy regarding content on the device or email/data transmissions. 
  • The device has a limited amount of storage space, students are expected to manage school-related material to ensure adequate space for educational use. 
  • Students are not allowed to record videos or take pictures without permission of an individual. 
  • Students must obtain school permission from an instructor and/or administrator prior to publishing any picture or video on the Internet.
  • Ingham ISD/WTC will provide applications needed for learning. These applications cannot be transferred to another device and should not be uninstalled. 

Stolen, lost or damaged mobile devices 

  • If a district mobile device is stolen, lost or damaged, the student and/or parent or guardian should immediately contact the WTC office. A police report should also be filed at that time in collaboration with WTC. 

  • In the event a device is stolen, lost or damaged, the parent or guardian may be responsible for paying the cost to repair or replace the device. 

Remedial Action 

Any infraction involving the use of computing systems or networks will be subject to progressive discipline including loss of computer rights. In addition, students may be required to make full financial restitution to cover the loss of staff time and/or equipment and/or legal expenses.

Please refer to the Acceptable Technology Use Agreement on the Student/Parent Handbook signature page.

Search and Seizure

Search of a student and their possessions, including vehicles, may be conducted at any time the student is under the jurisdiction of the Ingham ISD Board of Education, if there is a reasonable suspicion the student is in violation of law or school rules. A search may also be conducted to protect the health and safety of others. All searches may be conducted with or without a student's consent.

Students are provided lockers, desks and other equipment in which to store materials. It should be clearly understood that this equipment is the property of the school and may be searched at any time if there is reasonable suspicion that a student has violated the law or school rules. Locks are to prevent theft, not to prevent searches. If student lockers require student-provided locks, each student must provide the lock’s combination or key to the director.

Anything that is found in the course of a search that may be evidence of a violation of school rules or the law may be taken and held or turned over to the police. Wilson Talent Center reserves the right not to return items that have been confiscated. In the course of any search, students’ privacy rights will be respected regarding any items that are not illegal or against school policy.

All computers located in classrooms, labs and offices of Ingham ISD are the District's property and are to be used by students, where appropriate, solely for educational purposes. Ingham ISD retains the right to access and review all electronic, computer files, databases and any other electronic transmissions contained in or used in conjunction with the District's computer system and electronic mail. Students should have no expectation that any information contained on such systems is confidential or private.

Review of such information may be done by Ingham ISD with or without the student's knowledge or permission. The use of passwords does not guarantee confidentiality, and the District retains the right to access information in spite of a password. All passwords or security codes must be registered with the instructor. A student’s refusal to permit such access may be grounds for disciplinary action.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

The rules and procedures of the school are designed to allow each student to obtain a safe, orderly and appropriate education. Students can expect their rights to freedom of expression and association and to fair treatment as long as they respect those rights for their fellow students and staff. Students will be expected to follow teachers' directions and to obey all school rules. Disciplinary procedures are designed to ensure due process (a fair hearing) before a student is removed because of his/her behavior.

Parents/Guardians have the right to know how their child is succeeding in school and will be provided information on a regular basis and as needed when concerns arise. Many times it will be the student’s responsibility to deliver that information. If necessary, the mail or hand delivery may be used to ensure contact. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to build a two-way link with the students’ teachers and support staff by informing the staff of suggestions or concerns that may help the student better accomplish his/her educational goals.

Students must arrive at school on time prepared to learn and participate in the educational program. If, for some reason, this is not possible, the student should seek help from the Main Office.

Adult students (age eighteen (18) or older) must follow all school rules.

Student Rights of Expression

Wilson Talent Center recognizes the right of students to express themselves. With the right of expression comes the responsibility to do it appropriately. Students may distribute or display, at appropriate times, non-sponsored, noncommercial written material and petitions; buttons, badges or other insignia; clothing, insignia and banners; and audio and video materials. All items must meet school guidelines.

A material cannot be displayed if it:

  1. is obscene to minors, libelous, indecent and pervasively or vulgar;
  2. advertises any product or service not permitted to minors by law;
  3. intends to be insulting or harassing;
  4. intends to incite fighting or presents a likelihood of disrupting school or a school event.
  5. Presents a clear and present likelihood that, either because of its content or manner of distribution or display, it causes or is likely to cause a material and substantial disruption of school or school activities, a violation of school regulations or the commission of an unlawful act.

Materials may not be displayed or distributed during class periods, or during passing times, between classes. Permission may be granted for display or distribution during lunch periods and after school in designated locations, as long as exits are not blocked and there is proper access and egress to the building.

Students who are unsure whether or not the materials they wish to display meet school guidelines may present them to the administration twenty-four (24) hours prior to display.

Student Sales

No student is permitted to sell any item or service in school without the approval of administration. Violation of this may lead to disciplinary action.

Use of Personal Communication Devices

Students shall be allowed to use cell-phones or other electronic communication devices during their break in the commons area.

Cell phones are NOT to be used for photography or video purposes unless it is under the direction of the instructor. It is a crime in Michigan to use any electronic device to take photographs of or otherwise record individuals without the consent of the person entitled to privacy. Violators will be subject to disciplinary actions.

Once a student enters their classroom, they must abide by instructor guidelines or they will be subject to disciplinary action.

Use of Telephones

Office telephones are not to be used for personal calls. Except in an emergency, students will not be called to the office to receive a telephone call.

Use of School Equipment and Facilities

Students must receive the permission of the teacher before using any equipment or materials in the classroom and the permission of the administration to use any other school equipment or facility. Students will be held responsible for the proper use and protection of any equipment or facility they are permitted to use.

The Board of Education has adopted the following Student Discipline Code. The Code includes the types of misconduct that will subject a student to disciplinary action. The Board has also adopted the list of behaviors and the terms contained in the list.

It is the school staff's responsibility to provide a safe and orderly learning environment. History has shown that certain student actions are not compatible with a “safe and orderly" environment. Discipline is within the sound discretion of the school's staff and administration. Due process ensures that disciplinary action is imposed only after review of the facts and/or special circumstances of the situation.

Explanation of Terms Applying to the Student Discipline Code

(Organized by Rule Number)

Each of the behaviors described below may subject the student to disciplinary action including suspension and/or expulsion from school.

1. Use of drugs

A student's use or sale of a performance-enhancing substance is a violation that will affect the student's athletic eligibility and extracurricular participation.

The Department of Community Health periodically distributes to WTC the list of banned drugs based on bylaw of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Use of any drugs or substances appearing on this list will affect the student's athletic and extracurricular participation.

WTC has a "Drug-Free" zone that extends 1,000 feet beyond the school boundaries as well as to any school activity and transportation. This means that any activity, possession, sale, distribution or use of drugs, alcohol, fake drugs, steroids, inhalants or look-alike drugs is prohibited. Attempted sale or distribution is also prohibited. If caught, the student could be suspended or expelled and law enforcement officials may be contacted. Sale also includes the possession or sale of over-the-counter medication to another student.

The sale, distribution, possession, or use of drugs, alcohol, fake drugs, steroids, inhalants, or look-alike drugs that have a negative effect on the school environment is prohibited. Attempted sale or distribution is also prohibited. This includes nonalcoholic beers and wines, and the like. Many drug abuse offenses are also felonies. Sale also includes the possession or sale of over-the-counter medication to another student.

2. Use of breath-test instruments

The administration may arrange for a breath test for blood-alcohol to be conducted on a student whenever s/he has individualized reasonable suspicion to believe a student has consumed an alcoholic beverage.

The student will be taken to a private administrative or instructional area on school property with at least one other member of the teaching or administrative staff present as a witness to the test.

The purpose of the test is to determine whether or not the student has consumed an alcoholic beverage. The amount of consumption is not relevant except where the student may need medical attention.

If the result indicates a violation of school rules as described in this handbook, the student will be disciplined in accordance with disciplinary procedures described in this handbook. If a student refuses to take the test, s/he will be advised such denial will be considered an admission of alcohol use with the consequent discipline invoked. The student will then be given a second opportunity to take the test.

3. Use of tobacco

The term “tobacco” includes any product that contains tobacco, is derived from tobacco, contains nicotine or e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices (including but not limited to "JUUL's"), but does not include any cessation product approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for use as a medical treatment to reduce or eliminate nicotine or tobacco dependence.

4. Student disorder/demonstration

Students will not be denied their rights to freedom of expression, but the expression may not infringe on the rights of others. Disruption of any school activity will not be allowed. If a student (or students) feels there is a need to organize some form of demonstration, s/he is encouraged to contact the administration to discuss the proper way to plan such an activity. Students who disrupt the school may be subject to suspension or expulsion.

5. Possession of a weapon

A weapon includes, but is not limited to, firearms, guns of any type whatsoever including air and gas-powered guns (whether loaded or unloaded), knives, razors, clubs, electric weapons, metallic knuckles, martial arts weapons and explosives. It may also include any toy that is presented as a real weapon or reacted to as a real weapon. Criminal charges may be filed for this violation. Possession of a weapon may subject a student to expulsion and possible permanent exclusion. It will make no difference whether or not the weapon belongs to someone else unless the student can provide convincing evidence that the weapon was placed in the student's possession without his/her knowledge. If it can be confirmed that a weapon was brought on Ingham ISD property by a student other than the one who possessed the weapon, that student shall also be subject to the same disciplinary action.

State law may require a student be permanently expelled from school subject to a petition for possible reinstatement if s/he brings or has in his/her possession on school property or at a school-related activity any of the following:

  • any explosive, incendiary or poison gas including bombs, grenades, rockets, missiles, mines or device that can be converted into such a destructive item,
  • any cutting instrument consisting of a sharp blade over three (3) inches long fastened to a handle,
  • any similar object that is intended to invoke bodily harm or fear of bodily harm (e.g. air gun, blow-gun, toy gun, etc.).

6. Use of an object as a weapon

Any object that is used to threaten, harm or harass another may be considered a weapon. This includes but is not limited to padlocks, pens, pencils, laser pointers, jewelry, etc. Intentional injury to another can be a felony and/or a cause for civil action. This violation may subject a student to expulsion.

7. Knowledge of dangerous weapons or threats of violence

Because the Board believes students, staff members and visitors are entitled to function in a safe school environment, students are required to report knowledge of dangerous weapons or threats of violence to the principal. Failure to report such knowledge may subject the student to discipline.

8. Purposely setting a fire

Anything, such as fire, that endangers school property and its occupants will not be tolerated. Arson is a felony and will subject the student to expulsion.

9. Physically assaulting a staff member/student/person associated with Ingham ISD

Physical assault at school against a District employee, volunteer or contractor which may or may not cause injury, may result in charges being filed and subject the student to expulsion. Physical assault is defined as “intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another through force or violence.”

10. Verbally threatening a staff member/student/person associated with Ingham ISD

Verbal assault at school against a District employee, volunteer or contractor or making bomb threats or similar threats directed at school building, property or a school-related activity will be considered verbal assault. Verbal threats or assault may result in suspension and expulsion. Verbal assault is a communicated intent to inflict physical or other harm on another person with a present intent and ability to act on the threat.

11. Extortion

Extortion is the use of threat, intimidation, force or deception to take or receive something from someone else. Extortion is against the law. Violations of this rule will result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion.

12. Gambling

Gambling includes casual betting, betting pools, organized-sports betting and any other form of wagering. Students who bet on an activity in which they are involved may also be banned from that activity. Violations of this rule could result in suspension or expulsion.

13. Falsification of school work, identification, forgery

Forgery of hall/bus passes and excuses as well as false IDs are forms of lying and are not acceptable. Plagiarism and cheating are also forms of falsification and subject the student to academic penalties as well as disciplinary action. Violations of this rule could result in suspension or expulsion.

14. False alarms, false reports and bomb threats

A false emergency alarm, report or bomb threat endangers the safety forces that are responding, the citizens of the community and persons in the building. What may seem like a prank is a dangerous stunt. Violations of this rule could result in suspension or expulsion.

15. Explosives

Explosives, fireworks and chemical-reaction objects such as smoke bombs, pipe bombs, bottle bombs, small firecrackers and poppers are forbidden and dangerous. Violations of this rule could result in suspension or expulsion.

16. Trespassing

Although schools are public facilities, the law does allow the school to restrict access on school property. If a student has been removed, suspended or expelled, the student is not allowed on school property without authorization of administration. In addition, students may not trespass onto school property at unauthorized times or into areas of the school determined to be inappropriate. Violations of this rule could result in suspension or expulsion.

17. Theft

When a student is caught stealing school or someone's property s/he will be disciplined and may be reported to law enforcement officials. Students are encouraged not to bring anything of value to school that is not needed for learning without prior authorization from the administration. The school is not responsible for personal property. Theft may result in suspension or expulsion.

18. Disobedience

School staff is acting "in loco parentis," which means they are allowed, by law, to direct a student as would a parent. This applies to all staff, not just instructors assigned to a student. If given a reasonable direction by a staff member, the student is expected to comply. Chronic disobedience can result in expulsion.

19. Damaging property

Vandalism and disregard for school property will not be tolerated. Violations could result in suspension or expulsion.

20. Persistent absence or tardiness

Attendance laws require students to be in school all day or have a legitimate excuse. It is also important to establish consistent attendance habits in order to succeed in school and in the world of work. Excessive absence could lead to suspension from school.

21. Unauthorized use of school or private property

Students are expected to obtain permission to use any school property or any private property located on school premises. Any unauthorized use shall be subject to disciplinary action. This includes use of the internet and communication networks in a manner not sanctioned by policy and administrative guidelines. Violations of this rule could result in suspension or expulsion.

22. Refusing to accept discipline

The school may use informal discipline to prevent the student from being removed from school. When a student refuses to accept the usual discipline for an infraction, the refusal can result in a sterner action such as suspension or expulsion.

23. Aiding or abetting violation of school rules

If a student assists another student in violating any school rule, they will be disciplined and may be subject to suspension or expulsion. Students are expected to resist peer pressure and exercise sound decision-making regarding their behavior.

24. Displays of Affection

Students demonstrating affection for each other is personal and not meant for public display. This includes touching, petting or any other contact that may be considered sexual in nature. Such behavior may result in suspension from school or possibly expulsion.

25. Possession of Communication Devices (PCDs)

A student may possess personal communication devices (PCDs) or other electronic communication devices (ECDs) and electronic storage devices (ESDs) in school, on school property, at after-school activities and at school-related functions.

Except as authorized under Board policy, use of PCDs and electronic storage devices in school, on school property, at after-school activities and at school-related functions will be subject to disciplinary action.

The school prohibits the use of any video device from any restroom, locker room or other location where students and staff “have a reasonable expectation of privacy.” A student improperly using any device to take or transmit images will face disciplinary action up to and including a three (3) day suspension, loss of privileges and may be recommended for expulsion.

“Sexting” is prohibited at any time on school property or at school functions. Sexting is the electronic transmission of sexual messages or pictures, usually through cell phone text messaging. Such conduct is not only potentially dangerous for the involved students but can lead to unwanted exposure of the messages and images to others and could result in criminal violations related to the transmission or possession of child pornography. Such conduct will be subject to discipline and possible confiscation of the PCD.

Taking or transmitting images or messages during testing is also prohibited. If a student is caught transmitting images or messages during testing, s/he will fail the exam and may receive disciplinary action. S/he also faces automatic withdrawal from the class depending on the severity of the incident. Loss of privileges is an accompanying penalty and expulsion is a possibility even on the first offense.

Students shall be allowed to use cell-phones or other electronic communication devices during their break in the commons area.

Cell phones are NOT to be used for photography or video purposes unless it is under the direction of the instructor. It is a crime in Michigan to use any electronic device to take photographs of or otherwise record individuals without the consent of the person entitled to privacy. Violators will be subject to disciplinary actions.

Once a student enters their classroom, they must abide by instructor guidelines or they will be subject to disciplinary action. 

26. Violation of individual school/classroom rules

Each learning environment has different rules for students. Individual rules are for the safe and orderly operation of that environment. Students will be oriented to specific rules, all of which will be consistent with the policy of the school.  

Minor behavior infractions may result in progressive discipline. Repeated instances of any such behavior will result in progressive discipline. Progressive discipline includes: verbal warning by teachers, parent contact by teachers, written discipline referrals, etc. Examples of unacceptable student behavior include:

  • Being outside the building or in unauthorized areas during class time,  
  • Wandering hallways or visiting another classroom or the vending machines without permission,
  • Excessive display of affection,
  • Leaving class without permission,
  • Obtaining/ordering drinks or food during class time without permission,
  • Wearing attire inappropriate for a lab or business setting – See Dress Code,  
  • Refusing to wear safety glasses or other safety required attire – See Dress Code,
  • Not participating as directed by the instructor,
  • Doing work, other than WTC, while in class,
  • Abusing equipment, tools, books, furniture or materials belonging to others or WTC,
  • Wrestling or horseplay in class or on school grounds,
  • Throwing of objects,
  • Possession and/or use of a laser light (immediate confiscation and suspension),
  • Use of cell phone or computer outside of classroom rule

27. Violation of bus rules

Local districts are responsible for all transportation to and from the Wilson Talent Center. All rules are based on their district’s policies.

28. Disruption of the educational process

Any action or manner of dress that interferes with school activities or disrupts the educational process is unacceptable. Such disruptions also include delay or prevention of lessons, assemblies, field trips, athletic and performing arts events. Violations of this rule could result in suspension or expulsion.

29. Harassment

Harassment of students is prohibited and will not be tolerated. This includes inappropriate conduct by other students as well as any other person in the school environment, including employees, Board members, parents, guests, contractors, vendors and volunteers. It is the policy of Ingham ISD to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. This policy applies to all activities on school property and to all school sponsored activities whether on or off school property.

Harassment is defined as inappropriate conduct that is repeated enough, or serious enough, to negatively impact a student’s educational, physical or emotional well being. This would include harassment based on any of the legally protected characteristics, such as sex, race, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, marital status or disability. This policy, however, is not limited to these legal categories and includes any harassment that would negatively impact students.

Harassment through any means, including electronically transmitted methods (e.g. internet, telephone or cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), computer or wireless handheld device), may be subject to WTC disciplinary procedures. Such behavior is considered harassment whether it takes place on or off school property, at any school-sponsored function, or in a school vehicle if it is considered to have a negative impact on the school environment.

Any student that believes s/he has been or is the victim of harassment should immediately report the situation to the teacher, the principal or assistant principal, or may report it directly to the Asst. Supt. of Human Resources & Organizational Development at 517.244.1289. Complaints will be investigated in accordance with AG 5517.

Every student should, and every staff member must report any situation they believe to be improper harassment of a student. Reports may be made to those identified above.

If the investigation finds harassment occurred it will result in prompt and appropriate remedial action. This may include up to expulsion for students, up to discharge for an employee, exclusion for parents, guests, volunteers and contractors and removal from any officer position and/or a request to resign for Board members.

Retaliation against any person for complaining about harassment, or participating in a harassment investigation, is prohibited. Suspected retaliation should be reported in the same manner as harassment. Intentionally false harassment reports, made to get someone in trouble, are also prohibited. Retaliation and intentionally false reports may result in disciplinary action as indicated above.

The following definitions are provided for guidance only. If a student or other individual believes there has been harassment, regardless of whether it fits a particular definition, s/he should report it and allow the administration to determine the appropriate course of action.


  • Submission to such unwelcome conduct or communication is made either an explicit or implicit condition of utilizing or benefiting from the services, activities or programs of the Wilson Talent Center;
  • Submission to, or rejection of, the unwelcomed conduct or communication is used as the basis for a decision to exclude, expel or limit the harassed student in the terms, conditions or privileges of the WTC;
  • The unwelcomed conduct or communication interferes with the student’s education, creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment or otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities. This may include racial slurs, mocking behavior or other demeaning comments.

Sexual Harassment may include, but is not limited to:

  • verbal harassment or abuse;
  • pressure for sexual activity;
  • repeated remarks with sexual or demeaning implications;
  • unwelcome touching;
  • sexual jokes, posters, cartoons, etc.;
  • suggesting or demanding sexual involvement accompanied by implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, safety, job or performance of public duties.
  • a pattern of conduct, which can be subtle in nature, that has sexual overtones and is intended to create or has the effect of creating discomfort and/or humiliation to another;
  • remarks speculating about a person’s sexual activities or sexual history, or remarks about one’s own sexual activities or sexual history.

Note: An inappropriate boundary invasion by an Ingham ISD employee or other adult member of Ingham ISD into a student's personal space and personal life is sexual harassment. Further, any administrator, instructor, coach, other school authority who engages in sexual or other inappropriate physical contact with a student may be guilty of criminal “child abuse” as defined in State law. M.C.L. 722.621 et. seq.

29a. Hazing

The Ingham ISD Board of Education believes hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational process and prohibits all such activities at any time in school facilities, on school property and at any District-sponsored event.

Hazing shall be defined for purposes of this policy as performing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to perform any act of initiation into any class, group or organization that causes or creates a risk of causing mental, emotional or physical harm. Permission, consent or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing shall not lessen the prohibitions contained in this policy.

Hazing – any type of initiation procedure for any school related activity which involves conduct such as but not limited to:

  • illegal activity such as drinking or drugs;
  • physical punishment or infliction of pain;
  • intentional humiliation or embarrassment;
  • dangerous activity;
  • activity likely to cause mental or psychological stress;
  • forced detention or kidnapping;
  • undressing or otherwise exposing initiates.

Note: If the school club or organization does not have an official and approved initiation procedure, and if no school staff are involved in the activity, there is a significant likelihood that the activity may result in violation of this policy.

29b. Bullying and Other Aggressive Behavior

It is the policy of Ingham ISD to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment for all of its students.

This policy protects all students from bullying/aggressive behavior regardless of the subject matter or motivation for such impermissible behavior.

Bullying or other aggressive behavior toward a student, whether by other students, staff or third parties, including Board members, parents, guests, contractors, vendors and volunteers, is strictly prohibited. This prohibition includes written, physical, verbal and psychological abuse including hazing, gestures, comments, threats or actions to a student which cause or threaten to cause bodily harm, reasonable fear for personal safety or personal degradation.

Demonstration of appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect and refusing to tolerate harassment or bullying is expected of administrators, faculty, staff and volunteers to provide positive examples for student behavior.

This policy applies to all "at school" activities in Ingham ISD, including activities on school property, in a school vehicle and those occurring off school property, if the student or employee is at any school-sponsored, school-approved or school-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the school’s control, or where an employee is engaged in school business. Misconduct occurring outside of school may also be disciplined if it interferes with the school environment.


Notice of this policy will be annually circulated to and posted in conspicuous locations in all school buildings and departments within Ingham ISD and discussed with students as well as incorporated into the teacher, student and parent/guardian handbooks. State and Federal rights posters on discrimination and harassment shall also be posted at each building. All new hires will be required to review and sign on this policy and the related complaint procedure.

Parents or legal guardians of the alleged victim(s), as well as of the alleged aggressor(s), shall be promptly notified of any complaint or investigation as well as the results of the investigation to the extent consistent with student confidentiality requirements. A record of the time and form of notice or attempts at notice shall be kept in the investigation file.

To the extent appropriate and/or legally permitted, confidentiality will be maintained during the investigation process. However, a proper investigation will, in some circumstances, require the disclosure of names and allegations. Further, the appropriate authorities may be notified depending on the nature of the complaint and/or the results of the investigation.


No later than May 30, 2015, the District shall submit to the Department of Education a copy of this Policy.

Ingham ISD shall report incidents of bullying to the Michigan Department of Education on an annual basis according to the form and procedures established by the Michigan Department of Education.

Should this policy be amended or otherwise modified, Ingham ISD shall submit a copy of the amended or modified policy to the Michigan Department of Education no later than thirty (30) days after adopting the modification.


The superintendent is responsible to implement this policy and may develop further guidelines not inconsistent with this policy.

This policy is not intended to and should not be interpreted to interfere with legitimate free speech rights of any individual. However, Ingham ISD reserves the right and responsibility to maintain a safe environment for students, conducive to learning and other legitimate objectives of the school program.


Any student who believes s/he has been or is the victim of bullying, hazing or other aggressive behavior should immediately report the situation to the principal or assistant principal. The student may also report concerns to a teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying the appropriate administrator or Board official. Complaints against the building principal should be filed with the superintendent. Complaints against the superintendent should be filed with the Board president.

A student may also submit a report or complaint to any of the above designated individuals through email, voicemail, regular mail or by leaving a sealed note addressed to the individual at that person's office or desk. The student may submit a report or complaint anonymously, but this may affect the ability to fully investigate the matter when the complaining student is not available to provide additional information during the course of the investigation.

The identity of a student who reports bullying, hazing or aggressive behavior, as well as those students who provide information during an investigation, will remain confidential to the extent possible and to the extent allowable by law. Only school personnel directly involved in the investigation of the complaint or responsible for remedying any violations will be provided access to the identity of the complaining student(s) and student witnesses and then only to the extent necessary to effectively deal with the situation.

The identity of the student who files the report or complaint will not be voluntarily shared with the alleged perpetrator(s) or the witnesses unless the student (and his/her parent/guardian) give written permission to do so. Any investigation report will likewise not be voluntarily produced with the names of the reporting student(s) or witnesses. However, under certain circumstances, Ingham ISD may be required by law to disclose the report and/or the student(s) names. Also, under certain circumstances, the identity of the reporting student may become obvious even without disclosure by school personnel.

Every student is encouraged, and every staff member is required, to report any situation they believe to be aggressive behavior directed toward a student. Reports shall be made to those identified above. While reports may be made anonymously, formal disciplinary action may not be taken solely on the basis of an anonymous report without other corroborating evidence.

The principal (or other designated administrator) shall promptly investigate and document all complaints about bullying, aggressive or other behavior that may violate this policy. The investigation must be completed as promptly as the circumstances permit after a report or complaint is made.

If the investigation finds an instance of bullying or aggressive behavior has occurred, it will result in prompt and appropriate remedial action. This may include up to expulsion for students, up to discharge for employees, exclusion for parents, guests, volunteers and contractors and removal from any official position and/or a request to resign for Board members. Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement or other appropriate officials.

If, during an investigation of a reported act of harassment, intimidation and/or bullying/cyberbullying, the principal or appropriate administrator believes the reported misconduct may have created a hostile learning environment and may have constituted unlawful discriminatory harassment based on a protected class, the principal will report the act of bullying and/or harassment to one of the Anti-Harassment Compliance Officers, so it may be investigated in accordance with the procedures set forth in Ingham ISD Board Policy 5517 - Anti-Harassment.

The individual responsible for conducting the investigation shall document all reported incidents and report all verified incidents of bullying, aggressive or other prohibited behavior as well as any remedial action taken, including disciplinary actions and referrals, to the superintendent. The superintendent shall submit a compiled report to the Board on an annual basis.

Non-Retaliation/False Reports

Retaliation or false allegations against any person who reports, is thought to have reported, files a complaint, participates in an investigation or inquiry concerning allegations of bullying or aggressive behavior (as a witness or otherwise), or is the target of the bullying or aggressive behavior being investigated, is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of Board policy, independent of whether a complaint of bullying is substantiated. Suspected retaliation should be reported in the same manner as bullying/aggressive behavior.

Making intentionally false reports about bullying/aggressive behavior for the purpose of getting someone in trouble is similarly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Retaliation and intentionally false reports may result in disciplinary action as indicated above.


The following definitions are provided for guidance only. If a student or other individual believes there has been bullying, hazing, harassment or other aggressive behavior, regardless of whether it fits a particular definition, s/he should report it immediately and allow the administration to determine the appropriate course of action.

"Aggressive Behavior" is defined as inappropriate conduct that is repeated enough, or serious enough, to negatively impact a student’s educational, physical or emotional wellbeing. Such behavior includes, for example, bullying, hazing, stalking, intimidation, menacing, coercion, name-calling, taunting, making threats and hitting/pushing/shoving.

"At School" is defined as in a classroom, elsewhere on school premises, on a school bus or other school-related vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity or event whether or not it is held on school premises. It also includes conduct using a telecommunications access device or telecommunications service provider that occurs off school premises if either owned by or under the control of the District.

"Bullying" is defined as any written, verbal or physical acts, including cyber bullying (i.e. any electronic communication, including, but not limited to electronically transmitted acts, such as internet, telephone or cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or wireless handheld device) that, without regard to its subject matter or motivating animus, is intended or that a reasonable person would know is likely to harm one (1) or more students either directly or indirectly by doing any of the following:

  • substantially interfering with educational opportunities, benefits or programs of one (1) or more students;
  • adversely affecting the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the school district's educational programs or activities by placing the student in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing substantial emotional distress;
  • having an actual and substantial detrimental effect on a student's physical or mental health; and/or
  • causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.

Bullying can be physical, verbal, psychological, or a combination of all three. Some examples of bullying are:

  • Physical – hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, pulling; taking and/or damaging personal belongings or extorting money, blocking or impeding student movement, unwelcome physical contact.
  • Verbal – taunting, malicious teasing, insulting, name calling, making threats.
  • Psychological – spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, coercion, or engaging in social exclusion/shunning, extortion, or intimidation. This may occur in a number of different ways, including but not limited to notes, emails, social media postings and graffiti.

"Harassment" includes, but is not limited to, any act which subjects an individual or group to unwanted, abusive behavior of a nonverbal, verbal, written or physical nature, often on the basis of age, race, religion, color, national origin, marital status or disability, but may also include sexual orientation, physical characteristics (e.g., height, weight, complexion), cultural background, socioeconomic status, or geographic location (e.g., from rival school, different state, rural area, city, etc.).

"Intimidation/Menacing" includes, but is not limited to, any threat or act intended to: place a person in fear of physical injury or offensive physical contact, to substantially damage or interfere with a person's property, or to intentionally interfere with or block a person's movement without good reason.

"Staff" includes all school employees and Board members.

"Third parties" include, but are not limited to, coaches, school volunteers, parents, school visitors, service contractors, vendors or others engaged in District business, and others not directly subject to school control at inter-district or intra-district athletic competitions or other school events.

For further definition and instances that could possibly be construed as:

Anti-Harassment, see Policy 5517

Student Hazing, see Policy 5516

M.C.L. 380.1310B (Matt's Safe School Law, PA 241 of 2011)
Policies on Bullying, Michigan State Board of Education
Model Anti-Bullying Policy, Michigan State Board of Education

Students shall be subject to disciplinary action (Suspension/Expulsion) as required by statute for such specified offenses as physical and verbal assault (see Ingham ISD Board Policy 5610.01).

Students with disabilities under IDEA or Section 504 shall be expelled only in accordance with Ingham ISD Board Policy 2461 and Federal due process rights appropriate to students with disabilities. A student who has been expelled under this policy may apply for reinstatement in accordance with guidelines which are available in the principal's office.

Criminal Acts

Students should be aware that state law requires school officials, instructors and appropriate law enforcement officials be notified when a student of WTC is involved in crimes related to physical violence, gang related acts, illegal possession of a controlled substance, analogue or other intoxicants, trespassing, property crimes, including but not limited to theft and vandalism, occurring in the school as well as in the community.

Safety Concerns

Students should not use roller blades, bicycles, skateboards, scooters or any other form of personal transportation device in school hallways or Ingham ISD pedestrian traffic areas. Exceptions may be made to reasonably accommodate students with mobility impairments. Use of any means of travel within buildings and on grounds by other than generally accepted practices where appropriate is prohibited. Students violating this expectation will be subject to disciplinary action.


Any behavior or language, which in the judgment of the staff or administration, is considered to be obscene, disrespectful, vulgar, profane and/or violates community held standards of good taste will be subject to disciplinary action.


It is important to remember that WTC rules apply going to and from school, at school, on school property, at school-sponsored events, and on school transportation. In some cases, a student can be suspended from school transportation for infractions of school bus rules.

Ultimately, it is the administrator’s responsibility to keep things orderly. In all cases, the school shall attempt to make discipline prompt and equitable and to have the punishment match the severity of the incident.

Two types of discipline are possible, informal and formal.

Informal Discipline

Informal discipline takes place within the school. It includes:

  • writing assignments;

  • change of seating or location;

  • lunch-time after-school detention;

  • in-school restriction;


A student may be detained after school or asked to come to school early after giving the student and his/her parents one day's notice. The student or his/her parents are responsible for transportation.  

Each student shall arrive with sufficient educational materials to remain busy during this one to two-hour study period.

Formal Discipline

Formal discipline removes the student from school. It includes emergency removal for up to seventy-two (72) hours, short-term suspension for up to ten (10) school days, long-term suspension for more than ten (10) school days but less than a permanent expulsion and expulsion from school. Removal for less than three (3) school days without the possibility of suspension or expulsion may not be appealed. Suspension and expulsion can be appealed.

Students being considered for suspension or expulsion are entitled to an informal hearing with the building administrator, prior to removal, at which time the student will be notified of the charges against him/her and given an opportunity to make a defense.

Suspension from co-curricular and extra-curricular activities may not be appealed.

When a student is being considered for expulsion, a formal hearing is scheduled and the parents will be given written notice of the hearing and will be expected to attend. The superintendent then takes testimony and determines if a recommendation to expel is to be made to the Ingham ISD Board of Education. This decision may also be appealed. In the case of expulsion, the student remains out of school during the appeal period. Work missed during an expulsion cannot be made up and usually results in a loss of credit.

If a student commits a crime while at school or a school-related event s/he may be subject to school disciplinary action as well as to action by the community's legal system. These are separate jurisdictions and do not constitute double jeopardy (being tried twice for the same crime).

Implementation of the Student Code of Conduct

The WTC maintains a professional and positive business-like atmosphere for all students, visitors and staff. We also provide a safe and supportive learning environment. This requires appropriate behavior on the part of students, and that students respond positively to reasonable staff requests to correct behavior. It is necessary that students always maintain:

  • Self-respect
  • Respect for others
  • Respect for school property, 
  • Appropriate behavior that allows everyone an equal opportunity to learn, and
  • Good Work Habits

The legislation provides rules and guidance related to zero-tolerance policies and requires schools to consider restorative practices in lieu of suspension or expulsion. The mandate indicates restorative practices should be the first consideration for class disruption, property damage, theft, interpersonal conflicts, bullying and cyberbullying, and harassment. Restorative practices may include an apology (verbal and/or in writing), community service, restoration, counseling and restitution.

Ingham ISD recognizes and protects the individual and legal rights of students regardless of race, color, religion, gender, economic status, age or disability. Student conduct is under the jurisdiction of school staff at all times. Behavior which disturbs the learning environment or business atmosphere of the WTC is not acceptable. WTC building administrators will employ appropriate consequences for unacceptable student conduct in school, on school property, on school transportation or at any school-related event. Behaviors at other times and locations may also be subject to discipline if they cause a disruption to the learning environment. Those consequences will be appropriate to the severity of the infraction, and repeated infractions will result in progressive discipline.

All of the offenses listed below will result in progressive discipline. In cases where the discipline is not clearly detailed, the level of discipline is at the discretion of the building administrator. WTC will also work in cooperation with local districts to ensure the best course of action.

Aiding or Abetting Violation of School Rules

If a student assists in violating any school rule, they will be disciplined accordingly. Students are expected to resist peer pressure and exercise sound decision-making regarding their behavior.

Alcohol / Controlled Substances

Students are not to be in possession of or under the influence of a controlled substance. This includes anything that is represented to be of a nature, appearance or have the effect of a controlled substance. This definition includes alcohol and unauthorized use of prescription drugs. For safety reasons, use of controlled substances could result in being dropped from the program.

First Violation: Up to ten-day suspension. Parent/guardian meeting. Notification of home school and police.

Second Violation: Removal from WTC. Call the police. Possible recommendation for expulsion. 

Alcohol/Controlled Substances – Distribution & Buying

Students are not to distribute, sell, deliver, buy or conspire to distribute, sell, deliver or buy alcohol or controlled substances.

First Violation: ten-day to long-term suspension; removal from WTC, possible recommendation for expulsion. Parent/guardian meeting. Notification of home school and police.

Arson, Criminal Sexual Conduct and Possession of a Firearm

In compliance with state law, any student who commits arson, criminal sexual conduct or possesses a firearm shall be expelled. If any of these acts are committed in a school building, on school property, during a school activity or on school transportation, police will be called immediately.

Assault/Battery - Physical & Verbal

Physical battery includes intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another through force or violence. Verbal assault is a communicated intent to inflict physical or other harm toward a person, building, property or activity. 

First Violation: one to ten day suspension, possible recommendation for long-term suspension or expulsion; possible removal from WTC. Notification of home school and police.

Bullying, Intimidation & Harassment 

(See Ingham ISD Board Policy __)

Bullying, intimidation and harassment are not acceptable in any form and will not be tolerated at school or any school-related activity. The school will protect students against retaliation for reporting incidents of bullying, intimidation, or harassment and will take disciplinary action against any student who participates in such conduct.

No person shall harass, intimidate or bully another based upon race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age or religion. The school and district will not tolerate harassing, intimidating conduct or bullying whether verbal, physical or visual, that affects the tangible benefits of education, that unreasonably interferes with a student’s educational performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment. 

Bullying, intimidation, and harassment in the form of clothing or items that are socially offensive or project messages of, or identify with organizations known for, the mistreatment of people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion or mental or physical disability are prohibited.

First Violation: Possible diversity education class (one hour a day for five days before or after school in which students provide their own transportation); parent call; notification to home school; possible one to three day suspension; possible police involvement.

Second Violation: Subject to progressive discipline; possible return to home school.

Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to: verbal harassment or abuse, pressure for sexual activity, repeated remarks with sexual or demeaning implications, unwelcomed touching and sexual jokes.

First Violation: Minimum one to three day suspension. Parent/guardian call. Notification to home school.

Second Violation: Subject to progressive discipline.

Cheating / Forgery

Representing someone else's work as one's own or giving a signature or using someone else's initials is unethical and in some cases illegal. Occurrences will result in loss of credit for work and possible extra assessment.

First Violation: Up to detention, parent/guardian call, possible return to home school.

second Violation: Suspension, return to home school. 

Computer Technology Misuse

Students are not to misuse school computer equipment. For details, see the “Ethical Use of Computer Technology” board policy located at the end of this handbook. Students and parents/guardians are required to sign a statement agreeing to adhere to the rights/responsibilities of the policy.

Disruptive Behaviors

The student engages in behavior causing an interruption in a class or activity. Disruption includes yelling or screaming, noise with materials, horseplay or roughhousing, and/or sustained out-of-seat behavior and involves others.

Driving Unsafely - See Driving Policy


Students are not to fight, arrange a fight or encourage a fight either verbally or physically.

First Violation: Possible suspension, restorative justice, etc.

Second Violation: Return to home school.   


Gambling is illegal. Students will not gamble on school property or at school-sponsored events or utilize school resources to gamble.

First Violation: Parent contact. Possible detention, restitution, etc.

Second Violation: Parent contact. One to ten day suspension, possible recommendation for long-term suspension or expulsion.

Gang Related Activity 

Students are not to participate in any gang-related activities or display gang-related symbols.

First Violation: Minimum three-day suspension. Parent/guardian meeting. Notification to home school and police. Return to home school.

Inappropriate Language 

Students are not to use profane language, call others names or discuss inappropriate subjects.

First Violation: Parent/guardian contact. Possible detention.

Second Violation: One to ten-day suspension.

Third Violation: Return to home school.

Insubordination and Defiance of Authority

Students are to obey the reasonable request of any school staff member and are to treat staff members with respect. Infractions include the refusal of a student to identify themselves as well as the use of obscene language/gestures directed at those in authority and refusal to surrender a cell phone or computer upon request.

First Violation: Up to three-day suspension. Parent/guardian call.

Second Violation: Up to ten-day suspension. Parent/guardian meeting. Possible return to home school.

Knowledge of Threat

Students are to report any information they have regarding possible threats to people or property that are in any way school-related.

Each Violation Up to and including a possible recommendation for expulsion.

Leaving the Building Without Permission

Students will not exit the building without permission from the main office.

First Violation: Parent/guardian contact, detention.

Second Violation: One day suspension, forfeiture of parking permit.

Third Violation: Return to home school.


Students will not possess, publish or otherwise transmit pornographic images or messages in any form (including digital) while on school property or at a school-sponsored activity. This includes pornography on school property and personal devices.

First Violation: Parent/guardian contact, one to ten-day suspension.

Second Violation: Parent/guardian contact, three to ten-day suspension.

Third Violation: Parent/guardian contact, five to ten-day suspension, the possible recommendation for long-term suspension or expulsion. Return to home school.

All illegal pornography will be referred to law enforcement personnel.

Safety in Classrooms and Labs

Students are to follow all lab safety rules and procedures at all times. Students are not to do anything that will endanger other people or property.

Each Violation up to and including a possible recommendation for expulsion.

Tampering with Food or Drink

Students are not to tamper with other’s food or drink, even in horseplay.  


Students are not to take, without permission, any property not belonging to them. This includes theft and unauthorized borrowing.

Each Violation is one to ten-day suspension. Restitution. Possible parent/guardian meeting and notification of police.

Possible return to home school.

Tobacco/Electronic Alternative Smoking Devices 

Students are not to possess or use tobacco/electronic alternative smoking devices on school grounds. This includes smoking, chewing and snuff.

First Violation: One day suspension. Notify parents/guardians and home school.  

Second Violation: three to ten day suspension. Contact the police. Notify parents/guardians and home school.  

Third Violation: Meeting to determine continued enrollment.


Students are expected to treat all property with respect and care.  

Each Violation - Parent/guardian contact, restitution, detention to one to ten-day suspension, possible return to home school. NOTE: Property damage over $100 is a felony in Michigan.

Weapons - Possession of

Students are not to possess a dangerous weapon or look-alike on school grounds or while at a school-related activity. A dangerous weapon is defined as a firearm, dagger,  dirk, stiletto, knife with a blade over three inches in length, box knife, pocket knife opened by a mechanical device, iron bar or brass knuckles.

For each Violation one to ten day suspension, possible recommendation for expulsion, notification to police. Possible return to home school.

Weapons - Use of Object as a Weapon

Students are not to use any item in a way to harm, or threaten to harm, another person.

For each Violation one to ten-day suspension, the possible recommendation for expulsion and return to home school. 

Progressive Discipline

The idea of progressive discipline is that a first occurrence of a problem is dealt with at a level appropriate to the problem, and recurrences of the same problem receive progressively increasing repercussions. The possible steps in a progression include:

  • In class warning
  • Parent/guardian contact
  • Detention
  • Parent/guardian conference
  • Out-of-school suspension
  • Discipline contract
  • Return to home school
  • Expulsion

Not all of the above steps need to be included in progressive discipline. The choice of entry-level and rate of progression is at the discretion of the building administration.

Contact Us

Jamie Engel
Executive Director, CTE
Joseph Wenzel
Principal, Wilson Talent Center
Jeff Smith
Associate Principal, Wilson Talent Center
Sandy Judd
Administrative Assistant, Main Office/Student Assistance
Jason Mellema