Student/Parent Handbook

The Wilson Talent Center (WTC) Student/Parent Handbook serves as a guide for rules and regulations associated with WTC. This handbook provides detailed information on items such as, but not limited to; attendance policy, dress code, discipline, grades and equipment usage. WTC encourages all parents and students to fully review this document so that they have an understanding of policies and procedures.

This handbook and the rules and procedures contained herein are applicable to all students. However, pursuant to Board Policies, an IEP or 504 Plan for an individual student may specify particular circumstances when the rules and procedures in the handbook may be modified or not applicable. An IEP or 504 Plan shall be on file with the Wilson Talent Center so administration and teachers are aware of the student’s special needs and how to assist the student for a successful experience.

It is the policy of Ingham Intermediate School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender/sex, age, disability, height, weight, marital status, or lack of English language speaking skills*, in its programs, services or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:

Asst. Supt. of Human Resources and Organizational Development, 2630 West Howell Road, Mason, MI 48854.  517. 244.1289.

All parents must complete the Student/Parent Handbook Agreement  prior to the start of the school year after reviewing the information. This also includes completing the Emergency Contact Form.

Interpreter service/support is available for those with limited English proficiency and/or hearing impairments by contacting Ingham Intermediate School District.

On behalf of the Ingham Intermediate School District Board of Education, Administration, and; Staff, we wish you success in the coming school year. Your decision to attend the Wilson Talent; Center (WTC) is a wise investment in your future. The skills, knowledge and work habits that you develop will be invaluable for future employment and further education.

Employers in the business world have policies, procedures, and standards that must be followed. Likewise, we have standards that must be adhered to. This handbook outlines the rules and regulations of Wilson Talent Center and the rights and responsibilities of our students. Students attending off-site WTC programs (PCT) are expected to follow these rules and regulations as well, with approved revisions. Please take time to read this handbook carefully.

Students from a variety of districts attend Wilson Talent Center.  Because of the various school calendars, we have individualized our instruction as much as possible. Each class operates to meet the needs of every student. You will be learning through independent work, demonstrations, lectures, and cooperative groups. Because there is a great variety of activity and opportunity, responsibility is placed on you, the student, to stay on task and to work productively and cooperatively with your peers and the instructor. This will help ensure your success as well as the success of other students.

Grades are earned through success in the program activities and the demonstration of good work habits. If you work hard, do good work, and show the proper work habits, your success here will be a strong first step into your career. There are many people at the Talent Center who are here to help you be successful in reaching your goals. If you have any questions, at any time, please feel free to ask anyone at the Talent Center.

Looking forward to a great year,

Joseph Wenzel, Principal
Wilson Talent Center

Students will develop the following skills and abilities as a result of attending the WTC:

Problem Solving / Critical Thinking Skills

  • Use systems thinking when problem solving
  • Use problem-solving models
  • Use technology as a problem-solving tool
  • Use problem-solving tools as appropriate to the workplace
  • Evaluate results and next steps in problem-solving processes

Occupationally Specific Skills

  • Perform occupational skills in the workplace
  • Work to industry standards

Effective Work Habits and Attitudes

  • Work effectively in teams in diverse work situations
  • Demonstrate personal management skills
  • Produce quality work in quantity to meet industry standards

Technology Skills

  • Acquire, organize, analyze and present information
  • Use technology in a responsible, ethical manner to accomplish personal, academic, and career goals

Life-Long Learning Skills

  • Use technology as a tool and a resource while continuing to learn
  • Apply math, communication skills, technical reading and writing skills necessary to learning and in the workplace

Career Development Skills

  • Use assessment information to decide on a career plan
  • Develop career goals and steps to meet them
  • Use technology to prepare for a career and further education

Ingham Intermediate School District complies with all federal laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and with all requirements and regulations of the U.S.  Department of Education.  

It is the policy of the Ingham Intermediate School District Board of Education that no person, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, marital status or disability shall be discriminated against, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity. Lack of English language skills* will not be a barrier to admission and participation in Career and Technical Education programs.   If anyone feels he/she has a valid basis for concern, please contact one of the persons listed below:

Ingham Intermediate School District's Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504 coordinator is:

Susan Tinney, Asst. Supt. of Human Resources and Organizational Development
Thorburn Education Center
2630 W.  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

Persons with disabilities having questions about accessibility or needing accommodation should contact the superintendent or building principal.  Notification of the need for accommodation should occur as far in advance as possible of the school-sponsored function, program, or meeting.                

*Interpreter service/support is available for those with limited English proficiency and/or hearing impairments by contacting Ingham Intermediate School District.

 

A. If any person believes that Ingham Intermediate School District or any part of the school organization has inadequately applied the principles and/or regulations of Title VI, Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Public Act 220 of 1977, or is in some way discriminatory on the basis of sex or handicap, he/she may bring forward a complaint, which shall be referred to as a grievance, to the local grievance coordinator at the following addresses:

Civil Rights 
Asst. Supt. for Human Resources & Organizational Development
Ingham Intermediate School District 
2630 West Howell Road 
Mason, Michigan 48854 
Telephone: 517.244.1217 

Handicapped 
Director for Special Education 
Ingham Intermediate School District 
2630 West Howell Road 
Mason, Michigan 48854 
Telephone: 517.244.1213 

B. The person who believes he/she has a valid basis for grievance shall discuss the grievance informally and on a verbal basis with the local grievance coordinator, who shall in turn investigate the complaint and reply with an answer to the complaint within two (2) business days. If this reply is not acceptable to the complainant, he/she may initiate informal procedures according to the following steps: 

Step 1: A written statement of the grievance, signed by the complainant, shall be submitted to the local civil rights coordinator within five (5) business days of receipt of answers to the informal complaint. The coordinator shall further investigate the matters of grievance and reply in writing to the complainant within five (5) business days. 

Step 2: If the complainant wishes to appeal the decision of the local civil rights coordinator, he/she may submit a signed statement of appeal to the superintendent of schools within five (5) business days after receipt of the local coordinator's response. The superintendent shall meet with all parties involved, formulate a conclusion, and respond in writing to the complainant within ten (10) business days. 

Step 3: If the complainant remains unsatisfied, he/she may appeal through a signed, written statement to the Board of Education within five (5) business days of his/her receipt of the superintendent's response in Step 2. In an attempt to resolve the grievance, the Board of Education shall meet with the concerned parties and their representatives within forty (40) business days of the receipt of such an appeal. A copy of the Board's disposition of appeal shall be sent to each concerned party within ten (10) business days of this meeting. 

C. Anyone at any time may contact the U.S. Department of Education/Office for Civil Rights for information and/or assistance at (216) 522-4970. If the grievance has not been satisfactorily settled, further appeal may be made to the regional U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 600 Superior Avenue East, Bank One Center, Suite 750, Cleveland, Ohio 44114-2611. 

Inquiries concerning the Nondiscriminatory Policy may be directed to: Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202. 

A copy of each of the Acts and the Regulations on which this notice is based may be found in the civil rights coordinator’s office. 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION Approved: March 21, 1978 

Amended: February 28, 2008

*STUDENTS AGREE TO FOLLOW DISTRICT SAFETY PROTOCOLS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC*

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 filled out and signed, 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 student.

Breaks

Each classroom instructor has rules concerning whether breaks are possible.  Students who are given breaks need to remember that 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.  

Cell Phones /Electronic 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.  

Clothing and Equipment Supplied by WTC

Students will be issued any required items for their use during class time at no cost, and will be responsible for maintaining them.  If it is necessary to replace items lost or damaged due to neglect, the student will be charged the cost of replacement.  (Also see DRESS CODE regarding safety glasses.)

Daily Schedule

Classes are in session Monday-Friday from 8:00-10:40 a.m. for morning students and 11:35 a.m.-2:15 p.m. for afternoon students.  Exceptions are as follows: 

New Media 3rd Session: 3:15-5:15 p.m. (M. W & Th.)  & 4-hours/week online 

Cosmetology: 11:35 a.m.-4:05 p.m. Monday-Friday

PCT:  Offsite times may be required and developed over the course of the year.

In the Talent Center building, a warning bell rings 5 minutes before each class session to alert students that it is time to go to class. 

Emergency Contact Information

In order to complete the enrollment process, it is necessary to have emergency information on all of our students.  This information is sent home with a letter during the summer to be updated or confirmed as being correct, and returned at Student Registration.  Students must have this information on file with the WTC prior to attending class.  

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. 

Federal and State Mandates

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (eligible student) certain rights with respect to the student’s educational record.  These rights are: 

The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records within 45 days of the day the school receives a written request for access.

The right to request the amendment of the student’s educational record that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate.

The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.  Exceptions to consent include:  disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests and disclosure to officials of another school district in which the student seeks or intends to enroll.

The right to file a complaint with the U.S.  Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school district to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

Contact the Principal at 517-244-1367 with questions about a student’s educational records.

Directory Information

Directory information (i.e.  student name, address, phone number) as defined by FERPA, may be requested by other public agencies and the military.  The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the school district to include this type of information in certain school publications.  Schools are required to provide directory information to the military unless they are notified by the parent or eligible student that they do not wish to be included in these types of requests.  Military recruiters use that information to provide information to students concerning educational and career opportunities available in the armed forces or service academies.  Disclosure of a student's name, address and phone number to military recruiting representatives can be prevented by submitting a signed written request to that effect to your local high school.  Ingham ISD has designated the following as directory information:

Student’s name

Date of graduation/completion

Address

Photograph

Telephone number

Dates of enrollment

Date and place of birth

Participation in officially recognized activities

Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) affords parents certain rights regarding the conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams.  These include the right to:

Consent before students participate in a protected information survey.

Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of a protected information survey, any non-emergency physical exam or screening except for hearing, vision or scoliosis screenings, and activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing purposes.

Inspect, upon request and before administration or use: protected information surveys and marketing, sales or distribution instruments.

Parents of WTC students will be notified of these activities and have the opportunity to provide consent to participate or opt out.  Parents will be provided an opportunity to review any pertinent surveys prior to the planned activity.

Individuals with Disabilities Education and Improvement Act (IDEIA) 

The parent/guardian of a student with a disability enrolled in an Ingham ISD program is entitled to receive a copy of “Procedural Safeguards for Parents of Students with Disabilities'' under the Individuals with Disabilities Education and Improvement Act.  These procedural safeguards outline rights and responsibilities as a parent/guardian involved with special education and are given out at least annually.  To request a copy of this document or if assistance is needed in understanding the provisions of IDEIA please contact the Principal at 517-244-1367.            

Mandated Reporting 

All school employees and contracted employees, are required by law to immediately report any and all suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to the Michigan Department of Human Services.  

Field Trips

All Talent Center rules apply during each field trip.  Parent 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 the 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 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 the Talent Center.  Students must use the transportation provided by the 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 will be informed about these trips verbally, by letter and by automated phone call.  We will notify high schools 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 home school conflict, parents 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.

Behavior Expectations

Students will be held to the highest level of professional behavior when in public representing the WTC.  All WTC student policies are in effect on field trips. Violations of established WTC behavior expectations or intentional breaches of professional protocol when on a field trip will result in discipline. 

Any student who has exhibited an inability to monitor and control his or her own behavior while in the charge of the WTC may be exempted from future participation in a field trip. 

Reasons may include:

  • Inappropriate dress
  • Excessive absences
  • Prior behavior issues

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, appropriate for the event and career area.

  • Attend and participate in all field trip/competition events.

  • Students are not to enter rooms designated to 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.

Identification Card 

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

Injuries and Illness

All injuries must be reported to an instructor or the main office immediately.  If minor, the student will be treated and may return to class.  If medical attention is required, the office will follow the school’s emergency procedures.  

A student who becomes ill during the school day should notify their instructor and request permission to go to the Main 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 parental permission.  Parents will be asked to pick up the student.  

Lockers

Students may be assigned a locker and lock by their instructor depending on their program. Lockers are 

the property of the 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 it. (See Student Valuables)

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 WTC Marketing/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, WTC social media sites and perhaps newspapers and TV news.

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

Medications  

According to Michigan law, school staff members may not dispense medication of any kind, including non-prescription drugs such as Tylenol, without written authorization from the parent.  If a student needs to take medication at school, the parent must bring all medication, including non-prescription medication, to the WTC office in the original container and file a written statement of authorization.  Student medication containers will be kept in a locked, secure area not accessible to students or non-authorized staff.

Students may not take prescribed medication onto school property without written authorization from both the student's doctor and parent.  The doctor's authorization should include the name of the medication, dosage and schedule.  Forms are available in the Main Office.

Medication must be taken in the presence of two staff members or a certified nurse and recorded in a medication log.  The exception is the use of an inhaler for the relief of asthma symptoms or an Epi-Pen when deemed necessary by a physician.  Instructors of students who have the requirements for using inhalers will be notified of the student's right to use an inhaler. With the exception of an inhaler or Epi-Pen, students are not to bring medication to school to self-administer.  Unauthorized medications will be confiscated and the student may be subject to progressive discipline.  The school will not be responsible for situations that arise from students bringing medication to self-administer.  For additional information, see Ingham Intermediate School District Board Policies.

Parent Involvement 

Student learning and achievement is 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 as needed throughout the school year, as well as in individual program newsletters or updates.  In addition, parents are encouraged to visit the school and/or participate in several events.  The following activities are included in the district’s Parent Involvement Plan: 

  • Parent/Student Registration (August)
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences (November)
  • Advisory Committee Meetings (minimum of 2 meetings per year per program, fall and spring)
  • Parent volunteer opportunities (form must be completed/returned to 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) 

Program Changes 

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.

Safety and Security 

Safety Drills

Safety drills will occur at times established by the school.  Students are expected to comply with the directives of school officials during emergency drills.  Schools are required to conduct at least six (6) fire drills, with at least four (4) of those drills occurring in the fall, two (2) tornado drills, and two (2) lock-down drills each school year.  There may be other drills at the discretion of administration.  Drills will not be preceded by a warning to the students.  

Video Monitoring Systems

A video monitoring system may be used on school busses and in public areas of the school building.  These systems have been put in place to protect students, staff, visitors, and school property.  If a discipline problem is captured on videotape, that recording may be used as the basis for imposing student discipline.  If criminal conduct is recorded, a copy of the tape may be provided to law enforcement personnel.

Student Searches

In order to maintain order, safety, and security in the schools, school authorities are authorized to conduct reasonable searches of school property and equipment, as well as of students and their personal effects (e.g. purses, wallets, backpacks, book bags, lunch boxes, cell phones) when there is reasonable suspicion that the search will produce evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the school district’s rules and policies.  The search will be conducted in a manner that is reasonably related to its objective of the search and not excessively intrusive in light of the student’s age and sex, and the nature of the infraction.  

If a search produces evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the school or district’s policies or rules, evidence may be seized and impounded by school authorities, and disciplinary action may be taken.  When appropriate, evidence may be transferred to law enforcement authorities.    

Bullying Policy

It is the policy of Ingham Intermediate School District (ISD) to provide a safe and nurturing education 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 examples for student behavior.

This policy applies to all “at school” activities in the District, 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.

Ingham Intermediate School District expects students to conduct themselves in keeping with their levels of development, maturity, and demonstrated capabilities with a proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, the educational purpose underlying all school activities, and the care of school facilities and equipment. The school district prohibits the bullying of any student(s).

REPORTING BULLYING

Any incident of bullying should be reported in person, over the phone, or in writing to the  Building Principal or Director of Human Resources.

 Wilson Talent Center –  Jeff Smith  @ 517.244.1303

Heartwood School – Alexis Adams @ 517.244.1404
SLC/Evergreen, MWS, St. Vincent & Ingham Academy – Denise Lycos @ 517.244.1354
Asst. Supt. of Human Resources & Organizational Development – Susan Tinney @ 517.244.1289

  • Upon receipt of a complaint, the administrator will conduct an investigation into the allegations. This will include interviews with complainant, accused, and other individuals having direct knowledge of the incident. In addition, contact will be made with parents of the complainant/student and accused. 
  • Complainants are encouraged to use a formal written complaint process and investigators will document all information obtained in writing during the investigation.
  • The administrator will work with the complainant and accused to informally or formally resolve the complaint. Consequences will be determined and applied as required through the Student Code of Conduct and Ingham ISD Board Policy.

Source: Ingham ISD Board of Education Policy 8360.00

MCL 380.1310B (Matt’s Safe School Law, PA 241 of 2011)

School Closings 

Weather Related

If a local district is closed due to inclement weather, students from that district are not required to attend WTC. When Mason School District closes, all Ingham ISD programs and services will close and NO students will report that day. The TV will broadcast "INGHAM INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT" will be closed.  We will also use the School Messenger Communication System to notify families of a closure. In addition, Facebook, Twitter and our website will all be updated. If a local district is closed but the WTC program is open, students from that district are always welcome, but not required, to attend.  Stations to monitor are: WLNS – Channel 6, WILX – Channel 10 and WSYM – Channel 47.

Student Clubs/Organizations  

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.

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.  The school will not be liable for loss or damage to personal valuables.

Toxic and Asbestos Hazards

WTC 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.  Board policy addresses these issues, and the most recent three-year asbestos inspection was conducted in May in accordance with AHERA regulations.  In between the three-year inspections, our Facilities personnel conduct periodic surveillance of each WTC building. A copy of our district’s Asbestos Management Plan is available at our facilities administrative office.

Ingham Intermediate School District has adopted an Integrated Pest Management approach to control pests. You will receive advanced notice of the application of a pesticide, other than bait or gel formulations at your child’s school.  This advance notice of the application will be given 48 hours before the application.  If you would like to be personally notified in advance by email, phone or first-class US mail, please contact the Facilities Department at 517.244.1235 or facilities@inghamisd.org. 

Visitors – Classroom Visitation Guidelines 

Upon arrival, visitors must sign in at the Main Office and get a Visitor’s Pass, which is to be worn during the visit.  This pass should be returned to the Main Office at the end of the visit.  Requests for visitation should be received by the Main Office and scheduled at least two (2) days in advance.  Student visitors are required to obtain signatures from their parent and local school indicating permission to miss regular classes for the visitation to WTC.      

Work-Based Learning (Paid and 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 that 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. 

Work-Based Learning Attendance

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.  These reports will be filed in the Attendance Office.  Failure to turn in weekly attendance reports may result in removal from the worksite.

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 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. 

 

Grading Schedule

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 and local schools will receive a student report approximately every 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 Period 1 Ends 10/08/21


Marking Period 2/Trimester 1 Ends 11/19/21


Marking Period 3/Semester 1 Ends    1/14/22


Marking Period 4/Trimester 2 Ends    2/25/22


Marking Period 5 Ends    4/15/22


Marking Period 6/Semester 2/Trimester 3Ends    6/08/22

 

Grading Scale

(A)   93-100% average    (C) 73-76% average

(A-) 90-92% average      (C-) 70-72% average

(B+) 87-89% average     (D+) 67-69% average

(B) 83-86% average       ( D)  63-66% average

(B-) 80-82% average      (D)- 60-62% average

(C+) 77-79% average     (E) 59% and below

 

W Withdrawal

 

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 2nd year in the same program.  Attendance and behavior are also factors when considering student participation at WTC for a 2nd year.  In the event that we have more students request a 2nd 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 includes grades, attendance, and behavior.  Each category will be awarded points based on the students’ 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.

 

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.

 

Work Habits - Ratings and 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 the 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).  Each progress report will reflect the student’s performance in each of these work habits and will be rated as follows:  

 

Ratings for Work Habits

 

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

Student always satisfies work habit indicators. Student exceeds work habits standards when possible.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ATTENDANCE WORK HABIT:  Students may have up to 2 excused absences each 6-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.

Attendance

  • Come to class arriving on time each day

  • Meet WTC attendance guidelines and procedures

  • Having no more than 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

  • 1 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

 

Effort

  • 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

 

Cooperation

  • 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 1 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

Attendance          

Attendance Phone:  517.244.1306

Our goal is to help students make the transition to workplace-like attendance expectations.  

Regular attendance is a critically important work habit for students to develop.  Students are expected to be in attendance every day that this is possible.  Students who have regular attendance problems at WTC may be returned to their home school, and they must also maintain enrollment and regular attendance at their home school to remain eligible to attend WTC.

When a student is absent, it is critical that we know as soon as possible that the student has appropriate permission to miss school.  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to contact the WTC attendance office when a student is absent.  The sending school does NOT notify WTC of absences, so it is very important to notify both schools when a student is absent. 

Absences for Home School Activities 

A Home School Activity form is available in the Attendance Office.  This form can be completed by the home school prior to an activity that will cause the student to miss time at WTC.  For instance, a student will be absent from WTC due to a field trip with their home school.  The form could be filled out by that classroom teacher, or by a coach if the absence is due to participation in sports.  No form is needed if the home school is closed, or for schedule changes due to exams.  Home school activities are not counted as absences for this attendance policy. 

Notification of Absence from WTC  

The WTC automated phone call notification system will attempt to contact the primary phone number from the emergency contact information form after school hours on the date of a student’s absence, if we have not received a call or note.  Absences that are not excused by a parent within 48 hours are unexcused.  Please be sure to notify WTC of any changes in phone numbers.

Returning from an Absence, Reporting Late to Class or Leaving Early - Pass Requirement

Students are to report to the Attendance Office to pick up the appropriate Pass before going to class when they return from an absence (even if the absence was excused), when they arrive later than their district’s scheduled arrival time, and if they want or need to leave early.  Leaving early requires permission from a parent/guardian or the home school.  If a student leaves early without such permission, it will result in an unexcused absence.    

Excused Absences 

Students can have 2 excused absences per 6-week marking period “free” (i.e., without impacting grade).  Excused absences are absences excused by a phone call or note from a parent/guardian within 48 hours of the beginning of the absence.  Documented excused absences are absences excused by official documentation such as an extended illness, court appearance, or funeral within 48 hours of the beginning of the absence. Excessive absences may require a parent meeting, attendance contract, and/or referral to the county truancy offices. 

Unexcused Absences   

An unexcused absence is any absence that is not excused by the parent, or by other documentation, within 48 hours of the absence. Students may not make up work from unexcused absences.  At 5 unexcused absences, students will be ineligible to remain at WTC.

Tardies

A tardy is anytime a student arrives less than 15 minutes late to class.  Three tardies equals an unexcused absence.  Being 15 minutes late or more will be considered an absence, and will be unexcused unless a parent or home school calls or sends documentation to excuse it.

Make Up Work For Excused Absences

In Career and Technical Education, many assignments require specialized equipment and materials, making it necessary for students to be in attendance to complete the required tasks.  Instructors will address with the student as to what extent they can provide alternate assignments for those who have been or will be absent.  The philosophy at WTC is to develop alternate assignments where the need is legitimate.  When possible and appropriate, instructors will provide make-up work to students.  Only a limited number of out-of-class assignments can be made available without compromising the integrity of the program.  It is the student’s responsibility to request make-up work.  

A student will be given an opportunity to make up those assignments and tests which are essential to the completion of the course for any excused absence.  Assignments missed due to an unexcused absence may receive a grade of zero.

Full Time WTC Students

In rare situations, a senior may be in attendance at WTC all day.  Students that attend the entire day will be expected to follow the WTC calendar and not their district calendar.  Special needs will be considered on an individual basis. 

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, and

Appropriate behavior that allows everyone an equal opportunity to learn

Good Work Habits

Legislation provides rules and guidance related to zero tolerance policies and requires that schools consider restorative practices in lieu of suspension or expulsion.  The mandate indicates that 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.  

 

Discipline 

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 pop 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 other than WTC work 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 rules

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.

1st Violation 10-day suspension. Parent meeting. Notification of home school and police.

2nd Violation Removal from WTC. Call to 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.

1st Violation 10-day to long term suspension; removal from WTC, possible recommendation for expulsion.  Parent 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 - Physical & Verbal

Physical assault 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. 

1st Violation 1 to 10-day suspension, possible recommendation for long-term suspension or expulsion; possible removal from WTC.  Notification of home school and police.

Bullying, Intimidation & Harassment (See full Ingham ISD Bullying Policy on Page 18)

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.

1st Violation Mandatory 5-hour diversity education class (1 hour a day for 5 days before or after school in which student has to provide own transportation); parent call; notification to home school; possible 1-3 day suspension; possible police involvement.

2nd 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.

1st Violation Minimum 1 to 3-day suspension. Parent call. Notification to home school.

2nd 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.

1st Violation Detention, parent call, possible return to home school.

2nd Violation Suspension, return to home school. 

Computer Technology Misuse

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

Driving Unsafely   - See Driving Policy.

Fighting

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

1st Violation Minimum 3-day suspension.

2nd Violation Return to home school.   

Gambling

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

1st Violation Parent contact.  Detention.

2nd Violation Parent contact.  1 to 10-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.

1st Violation Minimum 3-day suspension. Parent 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.

1st Violation Parent/guardian contact.  Detention.

2nd Violation 1 to 10-day suspension.

3rd 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 refusal of a student to identify self, as well as the use of obscene language/gestures directed at those in authority and refusal to surrender cell phone or computer upon request.

1st Violation Up to 3-day suspension. Parent call.

2nd Violation Up to 10-day suspension. Parent 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 possible recommendation for expulsion.

Leaving the Building Without Permission

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

1st Violation Parent/guardian contact, detention.

2nd Violation 1-day suspension, forfeiture of parking permit.

3rd Violation Return to home school.

 

Pornography

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.

1st Violation Parent/guardian contact, 1 to 10-day suspension.

2nd Violation Parent/guardian contact, 3 to 10-day suspension.

3rd Violation Parent/guardian contact, 5 to 10-day suspension, 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 possible recommendation for expulsion.

Tampering with Food or Drink

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

Theft

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

Each Violation 1 to 10-day suspension. Restitution. Possible parent 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.

1st Violation 1 day suspension.  Notify parents and home school.  

2nd Violation 3 to 10-day suspension. Contact the police. Notify parents and home school.  

3rd Violation Meeting to determine continued enrollment.

Vandalism

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

Each Violation Parent/guardian contact, restitution, detention to 1 to 10-day suspension, possible return to home school.  NOTE: Property damage over $100 is a felony in Michigan.

Weapons - Possession

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 3 inches in length, box knife, pocket knife opened by a mechanical device, iron bar or brass knuckles.

Each Violation 1 to 10-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.

Each Violation 1 to 10-day suspension, 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 then recurrences of the same problem receive progressively increasing repercussions.  The possible steps in a progression include:

  • In class warning

  • Parent contact

  • Detention

  • Parent 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 building administration.

 

Procedures for a Suspension

When a student is suspended from WTC, the administrator will: 

  • Take into consideration the seven factors as laid out in the updated Zero Tolerance Law prior to issuing a suspension.

  • Inform the student of the specific reason and evidence against them.

  • Inform the parent and local school, in writing and by phone, of the reason for suspension.

  • Indicate the steps necessary to effectuate the student's return.  

In accordance with due process, the student would have an opportunity to respond to charges and present any evidence they deem appropriate.  

If the parent/guardian is dissatisfied with this action, they may appeal to the Principal.  If still not satisfied, they can then appeal to the Executive Director of CTE.

Students who are suspended from WTC or their home school are automatically suspended from both schools for the designated period.  

 

Procedures for an Expulsion

As per Ingham ISD Board Policy, a student may be expelled from WTC for gross misconduct or continued misconduct.  Expulsion is a very serious level of disciplinary action resulting in the exclusion of a student from programs and services operated by the Ingham Intermediate Board of Education, as well as the student's home school district programs.  Such action would need the approval of both the Ingham ISD Board of Education and the student's local board of education.

 

The Talent Center administrator will recommend to the Ingham Intermediate Board of Education, through appropriate channels, the expulsion of a student and provide the Board with documentary evidence.  The Board will notify the student and/or the parent/guardian of the charges to be brought
against the student and set a time and place for a hearing.  The hearing will be conducted by the Board and they will make a determination based on the evidence presented at the hearing.  The parties involved may be represented by legal counsel, shall have access to all evidence and may offer testimony.  A record shall be kept of the hearing.   The Board of Education shall state in writing, within a reasonable time, its decision to the parties concerned.  The student and/or parent/guardian shall be made aware of their legal rights to appeal to the appropriate authority.

Due Process During Disciplinary Procedures

Students receiving discipline for any reason will be provided due process.  This will consist of giving the student oral or written notice of the charge(s) against him/her, providing or explaining the evidence upon which the charge is based, and giving the student an opportunity to present any information or evidence he/she believes is relevant.

 

Students whose presence poses a danger to persons or property, or poses an ongoing threat of disrupting the normal school operations, may be immediately removed from school.   In those cases, the notice of charges, explanation of evidence and the student’s opportunity to explain his/her side of the story shall be arranged as soon as practical after the student’s removal from school.

 

Appeal of Disciplinary Decisions

If a student’s parent/guardian is dissatisfied with the results of any disciplinary process, they may appeal the decision to the Principal.  Further appeals can be made to the Executive Director of CTE.

Return to Home School

Every effort will be made to support all students attending the Wilson Talent Center and ensure that they complete their chosen career program.  Our entire staff of instructors, administrators, and support personnel provide students with a caring environment to learn hands-on skills and the embedded academics to succeed in college and careers.  Occasionally, students who do not meet academic requirements or repeatedly violate the Student Code of Conduct, may be sent back to his/her home school as outlined in various sections of this handbook.

Dress Code

Students are expected to dress appropriately for the career/program in which they are enrolled.  Instructors will cover general expectations and any program-specific dress requirements.  In addition, a reasonable cleanliness of 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.  

Please note these guidelines:

  • Each instructor will enforce the dress and attire needed in their profession and educational setting, including program-specific uniforms when required.  

  • Clothing with references to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or gangs is prohibited.

  • Writing on clothing cannot contain objectionable phrases, words or pictures.

  • Shorts and skirts must be a reasonable length, minimally in line with finger tips when arms are straight down.  Fashion pants/jeans with tears follow the same guidelines.

  • Halters, midriff tops are prohibited.

  • Pants are to be worn at waist level.

  • Safety glasses are required in some programs.  Students will be issued a pair at the beginning of the school year.  They are responsible for this pair of glasses and they must be returned at the end of the year or when the student leaves the Center.  Lost or broken glasses may be replaced by purchasing a new pair in the Main Office for $3.00.

  • Hard-soled shoes are required in some programs (no canvas shoes or sandals).

  • Visor-Net caps are required in some programs due to State and Federal safety regulations.  Some of the occupations to which this rule applies are Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Precision Machining Technology and Welding Technology.  The student may wear an approved visor-net cap, or tie the hair back so it can't fall forward.

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.  

 

Driving Policy 

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 the 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 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.  

 

Acceptable Use of Computer Technology and Student Email Accounts

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

 

Definitions

A computing system is any computer or computer peripheral owned by Ingham Intermediate School District (Ingham ISD.)  It may be used on the premises of Ingham Intermediate School District, the Wilson Talent Center (WTC), classrooms operated by the Ingham Intermediate School District 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 Intermediate School District 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 Intermediate School District Board Policies and Guidelines 4612.00-R(2), or www.inghamisd.org/downloads/iisd_boardofeducation_policy/461200r2.pdf.

Each student has the right to use an Ingham ISD-issued student e-mail account under the direction and supervision of the classroom instructor.

 

Student Responsibilities

Privacy

  • 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.

Passwords

  • Students shall not seek or use passwords belonging to another person unless authorized by that person.

  • Students shall take precautions to secure access of their personal password from others.

Security

  • 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 which will jeopardize the security of the computing systems or the network.

  • Students shall not download or install software on computers.

Integrity

  • 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 virus 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, or chat rooms, personal e-mail accounts at the Wilson Talent Center. 

  • Students shall not access Instant messenger, blogs or personal e-mail accounts while at the Wilson Talent Center. 

  • Students are responsible for maintaining the integrity of the electronic mail (E-MAIL) system, reporting any violations of privacy, and making only those e-mail contacts which facilitate learning and enhance educational information exchange.

  • Students shall not access streaming audio, video, Facebook or other social networking sites, or personal e-mail accounts at the Wilson Talent Center unless expressly approved by the instructor.

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, program 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.

  • WTC 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 IISD computer systems also applies 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.

Copyrights

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

  • Students shall not copy documents, files, or other intellectual property without written permission of 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.

Accountability

  • Students have the responsibility to monitor all his/her materials received via technology systems to assure 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 cleaners (even eye glass 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 he/she comes across information, messages, or website posts that are inappropriate, dangerous, or threatening. 

  • A student is to notify the instructor or technology coordinator if he/she becomes 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.

  • The IISD/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 that 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 loss of staff time and/or equipment and/or legal expenses.

 

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

 

 June 22, 2021

 

2021-22 ADVISORY TO ALL PARENTS

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students;

Ingham Intermediate School District has adopted an Integrated Pest Management approach to control pests. Inherent with this are the District’s efforts to reduce pesticide use as much as possible. While it may occasionally be necessary to apply a pesticide, these will only be used as a last resort. This program does not rely on routine pesticide applications to resolve problems. We use various techniques such as a habitat alteration, sanitation, mechanical means, exclusion, etc. to prevent pest from becoming a problem.

You will receive advanced notice of the application of a pesticide, other than bait or gel formulations at your child’s school. This advance notice of the application will be given 48 hours before the application. The law requires us to do this notification will be given 48 hours before the application. The law requires us to do this notification by using two methods. The two methods include notification posted at the primary entrance to your child’s school and notification posted in a common area of your child’s school located by the main office. Primary entrances are the entrances that have a sidewalk that leads directly to a parking lot. 

If you would like to be personally notified in advance by email, phone or first-class US mail, please contact the Facilities Department at 517.244.1235  or nbelman@inghamisd.org.  Please give the following information: your name, email address/mailing address/phone number, student’s name and the school your child attends. Feel free to leave a detailed message if your call goes to voicemail.

In an emergency (for example, bees nest), pesticides may be applied without prior notice, but you will be provided notice following any such application. 

You may review our IPM program or pesticide application records for your child’s school by calling the Facilities Department at 517.244.1235 or emailing nbelman@inghamisd.org. This number and email may also be used when school is not in regular session.

Sincerely, 

Steve Rusnock

Director of Facilities and Safety

 

 

June 22, 2021

 

2021-22 ANNUAL ASBESTOS NOTIFICATION LETTER

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students;

Congress passed the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) in 1986. This act concerns asbestos in schools. As a result of this act, our facilities were inspected for asbestos containing building materials and their conditions assessed. Every 3 years our facilities are re-inspected and re-assessed. We also continue to monitor the conditions of these materials through our ongoing six-month surveillance program. It is our district’s intent to comply with federal, state and local regulations governing asbestos to ensure a safe environment for our students, staff and visitors. 

In the past year, our district has not conducted any asbestos related work.

A copy of our district’s Asbestos Management Plan is available at our facilities’ administrative office during regular school hours. If you would like to set up a time to review this plan and/or if you have any questions regarding the plan, please contact the Facilities Department at 517.244.1235 or nbelman@inghamisd.org. Please give the following information: your name, email address/mailing address/phone number, student’s name and the school your child attends. Feel free to leave a detailed message if your call goes to voicemail.

Sincerely, 

Steve Rusnock

Director of Facilities and Safety