1. General Rules:a) Gainesville High School students with animal projects inside the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center mustbe enrolled in an agriculture classes and be a member of Gainesville FFA.
b) Students on other Gainesville ISD campuses must be enrolled in GISD from grades 3-8 and be a paid member of junior FFA for the current school year in order to house animal projects in the AFNR center.
c) The Gainesville ISD AFNR Center will house breeding heifers, market steers, market & breeding swine, goats and lambs, and market and breeding rabbits and poultry. NO MALE BREEDING ANIMALS.
d) Only FFA and Junior FFA members in good standing may utilize the Ag facility.
e) At no time can Gainesville ISD, Gainesville FFA, Gainesville High School, property owners nor any other school employee or administrator be held liable of death of an animal project. These individuals will not be held liable for any injury to a student, student's guest or family members while at this facility. *Any injuries or hazards should be reported to an FFA advisor immediately.
f) This facility is intended for the use of Gainesville FFA students only. All animal projects must be approved by a Gainesville High School FFA advisor, and assigned a stall, BEFORE being brought to the facility. This includes heifers previously housed on-site and moved away for breeding or other purposes. Before moving a project into the facility a student must complete the following:
g. Farm Work Days- All students using the facility for FFA projects are required to work 10 hours per year at scheduled workdays. This is in addition to the regular feeding and care of their animals. There are many workdays scheduled throughout the year. Any student who has not worked their minimum required hours, will not be allowed to house any future projects.
h. Any student showing a project must attend the winter show entry meeting. Attendance is recorded, and this rule will be enforced.
i. ALL students who will be raising ANY animal projects, both on or off GISD property, MUST become verified through the Quality Counts program offered through Texas AgriLife. Students can complete the Texas Trail learning module and then take the verification to test. This must be completed no later than November 1st for Spring season projects and July 1st for Fall season projects. Please visit http://agrilife.org/qualitycounts to complete this requirement.
2. Access to the GISD AFNR Center propertya) Students must obtain permission from the Gainesville Ag teacher(s) before bringing an animal to the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center.
b) Individuals in any Gainesville FFA barn or wash area should be wearing closed-toed shoes. No flip-flops or sandals should be worn in an animal barn or wash area.
c) The Gainesville FFA barn property hours are 6a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 6 a.m.-11p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
d) Keep all of the Gainesville FFA AFNR Center doors and gates closed at all times unless otherwise noted by FFA Advisor(s). Make sure that all gates are securely locked.
e) No student or parent should ever be parked directly in front of any door or in any fire lane at any time. Unloading feed or supplies is allowed, but must be kept short so that the path may stay clear for all students.
3. Gainesville ISD AFNR Center Maintenance
a) The Gainesville ISD AFNR Center is maintained by students and parents.
b) No modifications will be allowed to pen assignments, electricity, carpentry, plumbing, or anything else related to the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center without the approval from an FFA advisor and school administration.
c) Passageways, including door openings, are not to be cluttered with boxes, equipment or animals. Both routine and emergency traffic must be able to move efficiently.
d) Gainesville ISD AFNR Center will adhere to all Gainesville High School policies and zero tolerance for the following:
1. Horseplay, alcohol, drugs, weapons, and tobacco are strictly prohibited by the law and GISD district policy.2. All illegal acts will be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency.3. Any disrespect of advisors, parents, GISD Officials, sponsors, or other students by any student or parent is strictly prohibited.4. Profane, abusive language and sexual misconduct is strictly prohibited.5. Destruction of property, theft and fighting is strictly prohibited.6. Any student or parent destroying or defacing the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center or any equipment thereon will lose all barn privileges immediately. Individuals will be required to repair or replace broken or damaged property. Animal project(s) must be removed within 24 hours of notice from the Gainesville FFA Advisor.
e) All manure must be emptied from the wheelbarrows into the designated manure area. Shavings and droppings are to be dumped in the designated area only. Violations of this policy will result in the violator being responsible for the removal of the shavings to the designated area. No shavings or manure in trash cans for any reason.
f) Multiple trash barrels are provided. It is the students’ responsibility to maintain not only a clean stall, but the surrounding areas as well. Keep common areas free of trash, feedbag strips and strings, and bailing wire. Any type of medication bottles, needles, syringes etc. are to be removed from the barn properly. Syringes and needles must be disposed of in a safe container. Do not deposit them into the barn trash barrels. Use of any medications must be approved by FFA advisor(s) before use. Personal or household trash should not be deposited on the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center property or thrown in the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center trash cans.
g) Fans may be used if they and their cords are strapped to the top rail of the pen gates. No cords should be on the ground or in reach of any animal.
h) Any missing or damaged equipment needs to be reported immediately to a Gainesville FFA Advisor.
i) Feed and tack must be kept in designated areas and maintained in a neat and orderly manner.
j) Feed and supplements must be stored in a rodent resistant container.
k) Turn water hose faucets off. Do not depend on spray nozzles.
l) Hoses must be rolled up after each use. If the weather is to drop below 40 degrees fahrenheit, thewater hose should be disconnected from the faucet and drained.
4. Animal Pens
a) Students or parents are not allowed to move animals from one pen to another without the approval of a Gainesville FFA Advisor.
b) The pen is to be maintained with adequate and approved bedding.
c) Students MUST clean their pen EACH day and dispose of any manure and other waste properly.
d) Students who fail to keep their pens clean will receive 2 warnings with appropriate contact to student and parent/guardian, and then be required to remove their animal projects from the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center.
e) No person is allowed to enter the pen of another student, unless there is an emergency affecting the safety and well-being of the animal, or has been given permission by the owner of the animal.
5. Animal Project Care and Maintenance
a) All Gainesville FFA students will be individually responsible for the care, security and cleanliness of their animal, stalls, equipment, and supplies.
b) Students are expected to make trips to the barn to feed, water, exercise, clean, and maintain their own animals TWICE DAILY.
c) Any student unable to feed or care for their project due to absence must make arrangements with an alternative person to maintain their project while absent. This person should be an immediate family member of the student. If an immediate family member is not available, the student should make contact with the FFA Advisor(s) for assistance.
d) Failure to care for your animal on a DAILY basis, at the discretion of the Gainesville FFA Advisor(s) and GISD Administration, will be in violation of the rules.
e) Any student and/or family member using illegal drugs or practices on animals will be removed immediately from the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center.
f) No animal projects should be left unattended in the aisles. There is to be no animal that should be tied short and left unattended for any amount of time. If you do this, you must be on the premises during the time that the animal is tied-no exceptions.
g) Secure your animal properly. Make sure that you are using a knot that is easy to get untied in case of an emergency. If you do not know how to do this, please ask an FFA Advisor to show you.
h) Bathe animal projects only at the wash racks. After using the wash rack:i. Clean up all manure left behind by your animalii. Remove all shampoo bottles, towels, rags, and brushes.iii. Roll the hose back up & turn the water OFF.
i) Cattle, sheep, and goats must all be haltered/collared at all times, except while in stalls or runs.
j) Do not feed, water, put items in other project pens, or move another students’ animal project without their permission or direction from an FFA Advisor.
k) Anyone caught stealing is subject to immediate eviction and possible criminal charges. *This includes feeding your animal feed or hay that you did not purchase, or used without permission. It is your responsibility to purchase your own feed and hay-not anyone else's. "Borrowing" does not produce responsibility. l) Any student/family member tampering with another students’ animal project and/or personal property and/or tack and supplies will lose barn privileges immediately for the remainder of the year. This can continue the following year if the incident is severe.
m) Each student is responsible for worming under the supervision of a Gainesville FFA Advisor.
n) Ethical treatment and feeding of animals is required at all times.
o) No animal shall be abused in any way. Report abuse to a Gainesville FFA Advisor or GHS Administrator immediately. Please obtain a photo of the abuse if possible.
p) Abusive treatment may include physical damage, neglect, abusive training, malicious actions, malnutrition, or an unclean environment. Violations of this rule will not be tolerated and the student and their animal are subject to permanent removal from the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center.
q) Extended Stays - Only registered Breeding animals which are eligible to be shown in a junior livestock show during the current school year are eligible to be kept at the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center for extended periods. All other animals will only be housed at the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center during the current show season. In the case of graduating seniors, the student's project must be removed from the property on or before the last day of school. If a student's project has an unweaned offspring(s), this does not make the project eligible to stay onsite. Communicate your plans with your FFA advisors.
r) End of show season – animals should be removed from the facility immediately following the final show of the season. Market animals must be purchased for market and will not be allowed to stay in the facility after the market show. Students will be provided with a deadline for pens to be cleaned and personal items to be removed. Failure to meet this deadline may result in a hold on market animal check distribution or diploma pickup. Show seasons are as follows:a. Summer/Fall Season- April to Octoberb. Winter/Spring Season- July to March
s) Student project management will be monitored daily by the ag teacher and when an issue arises the student will receive a message on the whiteboard in the barn and also using a remind system.
t) Students are expected to maintain a consistent disinfectant program for animals regarding fungus-based infections. In the event that a student carries an animal to an event off the premises, complete disinfection protocol should be followed before re-entry to the facility. If an animal becomes significantly infected, the student may be asked by advisors to quarantine or remove the animal from the project center.
6. Sick, Injured or Dead Animals
a) Sick, injured, or dead animal(s) must be reported immediately to the student, parent, and FFA Advisor.
b) Any student with a sick animal must immediately get the animal to the vet or get the vet to the barn in order to reduce infection of the entire barn. If one of the FFA Advisors are available, they may be asked to help in transportation. The expense of a vet visit shall be the responsibility of the student.
c) No student is permitted to administer medicine to the animal of another student without their permission. Some medicines are maintained by the FFA Advisor only.
d) If an animal dies, the student and parent must immediately take action to remove the animal from the facility within eight (8) hours, and properly buried, as approved, within twenty four (24) hours. The animal’s pen must be cleaned, removing everything down to the dirt/floor. Lime must be spread in the dead project’s area to prevent other animal infection and/or disease.
e) DO NOT BURY OR PROCESS ANY ANIMAL ON GAINESVILLE ISD PROPERTY.
7. Rule Enforcement
a) The student is responsible for his/her family and guests at all times.
b) Retaliation will not be an acceptable excuse for any type of behavior.
c) If a student guest or any family member violates the rules, it will be treated as though the student violated the rules.
d) Violation of the GISD student code of conduct, District policies or other rules/procedures listed in this document will result in disciplinary action.
a. First Offense: Written warning issued by the AG Teacher.
b. Second Offense: Gainesville FFA Advisor, student, and parent conference. If the conference is rejected by the student and/or parent/ guardian, it will be treated as a “Third Offense” and eviction of the animal project from the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center will result.
c. Third Offense: Eviction of animal project(s) from the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center. After student and parent notification of eviction, the student will have 48 hours to remove his/her project from the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center. If the animal(s) are not removed within 48 hours, the animal will be removed from the facility by the FFA Advisor.
e) Major infractions of school, Gainesville ISD AFNR Center or student code of conduct rules while at the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center may result in the immediate eviction, as deemed appropriate by the Gainesville FFA Advisor.
f) Students and/or parents evicted from the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center may also be banned from housing animal projects there in the future, as deemed appropriate by the FFA advisor/ GHS Administration.
g) The Gainesville FFA Advisors reserve the right to remove any animal project from the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center, after proper steps, if any one of the following conditions exist:
a. Animal abuse of neglect in any formb. Diseased or infected animalsc. Students/parents/guardians failing to observe the rulesd. Animals not being fed for show purposese. Student is no longer involved in the agricultural science programf. When a student does not abide by the school district code of conduct, the FFA bylaws, or barn rules.
h) All evictions result in the loss of privileges permanently from the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center.
i) Students are expected to act in a professional manner at all times while at the facility. Any activities which endanger the health or physical well being of students, animals, parents, administrators, or advisors is strictly prohibited. 2019-2020 Gainesville FFA AFNR Facility Use Contract
By signing this agreement, I agree to the following,I agree to abide by the rules and criteria set forth in the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center Rules. I have received, carefully read and understand the Gainesville ISD AFNR Center rules and agree to pay all fees that are relevant and associated with the expense and upkeep of my animal project(s). I agree to conduct myself in a professional manner at all times. I understand that violation or non- compliance of this agreement could result in the removal of my child’s animal project(s) from the Gainesville ISD Ag Facility.