• 2017-2018 Williamsport Area High School

    Student Hand Book “Developing responsible citizens through excellence in education.”

    Video/Audio Surveillance Notice
    The Williamsport Area School District utilizes video surveillance and recordings in its effort to keep

    students, staff, and property safe. All District facilities and property have video recorders in use and all buses used by the District utilize both video and audio recordings. All those entering district buildings and property should be aware that their activities may be video recorded and those using buses may have their activities recorded, by both video and audio at any time.

    AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

    More than 125 separate awards and scholarships are available to members of the graduating class at commencement. Interested students should check with their school counselor for further information. Applications for all scholarships are available in the senior counseling office.

    CAFETERIA

    The cafeterias are located on the ground floor of D and E. Each has a seating capacity of 500 students. Federal lunch platters are served daily. Separate items may also be purchased a la carte. In addition, the W.A.H.S. Breakfast Program runs daily from 7:15 to 7:40 in D-Cafeteria, offering students a wide assortment of morning foods, ranging from sausage and eggs to juices, fruits and cereals. There is also a low cost “Grab & Go” breakfast offered in the Commons each morning featuring milk or juice and a variety of quick breakfast foods. Federal lunch guidelines apply to both programs.

    Each student should maintain an account with money pre-deposited for cafeteria purchases. A student must have adequate funds in their lunch account to purchase a school lunch. A lunch will not be served to a student with a negative account balance as per WASD Board Policy.

    CARE
    (Crisis Assistance Referral Effort)

    Students, parents, teachers, and all staff members may refer students to a trained team of teachers and administrators for mental health and/or drug and alcohol concerns.

    CHANGES OF ADDRESS, GUARDIANSHIP OR NAME

    All changes must be reported promptly to the Main Office (570) 323-8411.

    CLUBS

    The Williamsport Area High School offers approximately 50 club opportunities. Students may join clubs and organizations to further their interest in a particular activity or as an expression of their school spirit. Membership opportunities range from literary to environmental, from technical to social consciousness. Club and organizations frequently meet during scheduled Bank periods. Please see club brochure for more details.

    COUNSELING SERVICES

    The students in our high school are assigned counselors who will advise them until graduation. The counselors work in the areas of education, career and technical planning and personal counseling.

    Counselors attempt to interview all students individually to maximize high school experience. Students are also encouraged to stop by the counseling office any time a need arises.

    DISCRIMINATION CONCERNS

    The Williamsport Area School District prohibits any and all forms of discrimination and harassment based on disability. Any student who believes he or she has been subjected to discrimination or harassment based on disability is encouraged to report the incident to Mr. Brandon Pardoe, building principal at 570-323- 8411. The district is committed to promptly investigating any alleged acts of discrimination or harassment based on disability. Students or staff found to have engaged in acts of discrimination or harassment based on disability will be promptly disciplined, which may include suspension or expulsion for students and suspension or termination for employees.

    HEALTH SERVICES

    A school nursing team provides routine health services to our students. While the promotion of health is one of the objectives of the school health program, no health service is performed that will take away the privileges or responsibilities of the parent/guardian in relation to its children. Please make sure all emergency contacts and appropriate permission forms are on file with our nursing department. The nurse’s station is now located near the main entrance of our school.

    INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC PROGRAM

    Williamsport Area High School provides students with an opportunity to participate in a variety of interscholastic sports. On days of a competition when school is in session, student-athletes must be in attendance in order to participate. Unusual circumstances will be reviewed by the Principal and Athletic Director. All student athletes are required to pay a $50.00 participation fee once each school year. PIAA academic and behavioral eligibility requirements are strictly enforced.

    Student athlete academic eligibility:

    1. The expectation and goal for student athletes is to be passing all of their classes. On a weekly basis, the administration will generate a report from the Power School system for all in- season athletes, detailing those students who are failing classes.

    2. A student will be declared academically ineligible if he/she is failing more than one class at the time of the grade check.

      1. On a weekly basis the ineligibility period will last until that student is passing all of

        his/her classes or failing only one class. Students will be given a form to be completed by

        themselves and their teacher to verify once he/she is passing that particular class.

      2. At the end of the marking period, if a student is failing more than one class, he/she will be

        ineligible for 15 school days, in accordance with PIAA policy.

    3. Teachers will have all grades current and up-to-date in the Power School system by 7:30 am

      on Monday morning (or the first day of the school week).

    4. Athletic Department will run the grade report at 8:00am on Monday morning of each week

      for students. Information from this report will be shared with coaches and students by the

      A.D., principals and Intervention Specialists on Mondays.

    5. A system of support for the student athletes will be discussed and put into place to offer

      assistance and tutoring for the students (i.e. library after school).

      LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

    1. Hours: The library opens at 7:30 AM and closes at 4:15 PM, Monday through Thursday. On Fridays,

      our library is open from 7:30 AM until 2:50 PM.

    2. Materials: The library contains nearly 20,000 books, newspaper and magazine subscriptions.

      Computers are available for students and staff, providing access to an online catalog, the Internet,

      full-text databases, office suite and Noodle Tools.

    3. Circulation Policies: Most books may be borrowed for 2 weeks. Up to 10 books may be signed out

      at any time. Reference materials, pamphlets, and magazines may be borrowed overnight. With electronic information available, students and staff can download needed information onto their own thumb drives. Materials may be renewed at any time. Fines on late books are 5¢ per day; fines on late overnight materials are $.25 per day. Students will pay replacement cost for lost library materials.

    4. Library Passes: Students may visit the library throughout the school day with appropriate permission from classroom teachers and library staff.

    5. Behavioral Expectations: School Wide Positive Behavior Expectations must be adhered to maximize resources and learning in our Library Media Center. Student’s ID number is required to access and checkout materials.

      LOCKERS

    9th grade students will be given a locker by their 1st period teacher. Upperclassmen may request a locker in the main office.

    The student to whom a locker is assigned is completely responsible for the care and contents of the locker. Therefore, students should never share their locker or the combination with other students. Students should keep lockers locked at all times. The school is not responsible for losses from student lockers. If a theft occurs, report it to a principal immediately.

    Students in gym classes should lock their belongings in a gym locker while participating in class. Locks can be rented from a gym teacher for the duration of the course for $1.00.

    School lockers belong to the school district and are subject to search protocols described in the “Student Rights and Responsibilities” booklet.

    LOST AND FOUND

    Articles lost or misplaced are placed in Lost and Found. Contact a support person or the main office for access.

    NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

    The Williamsport Chapter of the National Honor Society was instituted January 12, 1944. The emblem of the society is a flaming torch set in a keystone. The letters C.S.L.S. representing the qualities of Character, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service are at the base of the emblem.

    A point system has been established as a basis for membership in the National Honor Society and the privilege of wearing the honor key. Interested students may contact the faculty adviser for the regulations governing induction into the honor society.

    PARENT VISITATION REQUESTS

    Thedistrictrespectstherightsofparentsandtheprivacyexpectationsofallchildren. Tobalancethe needs of both, districtwide visitation procedures are in-pace at all school buildings, K-12.

    A parent or guardian who requests to visit one or more classes must contact the building principal at least 24 hours in advance to determine a mutually agreeable time and condition for visiting. Visitations will be limited to one (1) classroom period of time per course/subject once each academic year. The request will be made in writing and must specify the purpose of the visit. Building principals will share with parents the district’s administrative procedure on classroom visitations and request a signature of receipt. A district employee may accompany the parent during the visit and parents will be asked to maintain confidentiality of students, other than their own children.

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    Parent/guardian visits will be scheduled at the district’s convenience and be on a typical school day (i.e., no field trips, assemblies, two-hour delays, or classrooms where substitute teacher is covering the class). Observations will not be scheduled during student testing, the day immediately preceding or following a vacation or holiday or during the opening two weeks of the school term.

    The principal reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a classroom visitation in the event of unforeseen circumstances or emergencies.

    REMAINING ON CAMPUS

    Students may not leave school grounds during the school day without the permission of school officials. Any students leaving school for any reason MUST sign out at the Attendance Office. Students who leave campus without school staff permission are subject to immediate discipline. Students are reminded that they must remain in designated/assigned areas of campus throughout the school day.

    VISITORS

    Legitimate visitors are welcome in our school. Visitors must enter the building at the Main Entrance and Sign-In. If the visit is appropriate, the guest will be given a visitor pass.

    All school-age visitors must be pre-approved by administration prior to entry into the building.

    WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL

    All students who wish to withdraw for any reason must report to the guidance office with a parent or guardian to complete proper withdrawal procedures. No formal records can be sent unless all obligations (fine, return of books, etc.) have been met.

    Pennsylvaniacompulsoryattendancelawsrequirestudentstoberegularinattendance. Whilenever recommended, upon a student’s seventeenth birthday, he/she may choose to withdraw from school. Students who are sixteen years of age may only withdraw by meeting the requirements of a “General Employment Certificate.” All students considering withdrawing must first meet with their counselor and principal.

    WORKING PAPERS

    All students under the age of 18 are required to have an employment certificate for part-time jobs unless they have graduated. Students can obtain information and applications for working papers at the WASD District Service Center in the Student Services Department.

    REGULATIONS, DISCIPLINE AND GENERAL RULES GENERAL PRINCIPLES

    1. Be Present
    2. Be Respectful 3. Be Responsible 4. Be Safe
    5. Be Professional

    SCHOOL MANNERS

    1. Assemblies

      1. Grade level meetings and assemblies are routinely scheduled.

      2. Refrain from talking with neighbors and using electronic devices during assemblies and

        performances.

      3. Participate and lend a voice in united support of our school at pep rallies.

      4. Keep large group areas clean. Place all debris in a receptacle.

    2. Hall Conduct

      1. A properly signed hall pass is required at all times except during passing periods.

      2. Keep to the right and walk

      3. Keep voices low

      d. Public display of affection is prohibited in school hallways.

    3. Cafeteria

      1. Students are welcome to eat throughout the building if they keep school clean.

      2. Talk in a low tone.

      3. Choose and take your food at the food counters promptly in order that others behind you

        will have sufficient time to eat.

      4. Keep in line and wait your turn.

      5. Alwaysleavethetablefreeofrefuse.

      6. Help clean up anything you might accidentally spill.

      7. Tables and chairs are not assigned and may not be “reserved” by any person or group.

      8. The proper request of a monitor or paraprofessional is to be regarded as law.

      9. You may not wait on the stairs for the dismissal bell.

      10. You must have a signed yellow pass to leave the cafeteria during the period.

    ATTENDANCE REGULATIONS 1. Absences

    1. Absencefromschoolrequiresawrittenexcusefromaparentorguardianstatingthedatesof the absence and an explanation. If a student misses three or more consecutive school days a doctor excuse must be submitted upon his/her return to school. State regulations determine whether or not written excuses will be recorded as excused or unexcused. Absences due to missing the school bus, babysitting, car trouble, failed alarm clocks, etc. are considered unexcused absences and tardies.

    2. All students returning to school from an absence must turn in their excuses to the attendance office first thing in the morning on their way to 1st period.

    3. Students returning to school without a written excuse will be charged with an unexcused absence. Students will have three additional school days following their return to classes to submit an excuse verifying the absence as excusable. If the written excuse is not submitted during the time specified, the absence will remain unexcused.

    4. If parents plan to keep a student out of school for a planned family vacation, educational trip or college visit, an excuse must be brought into the office 2 weeks prior to the absence. Otherwise such absence may be unexcused. Absences due to unexpected family emergencies should be called into the school on the day of the absence, followed by a written excuse upon the return to school.

    5. District Magistrate and Social Services provide support and accountability when students have extended unexcused absences.

    6. When excused by the nurse, students do not need to bring in an excuse (unless directed to do so by the nurse) as long as they return to school the next day. If the student misses subsequent days an excuse is required.

    7. Principals may require students who have excessive absenteeism or exhibited other poor attendance patterns to bring a signed written excuse issued by a licensed physician or licensed nurse practitioner for each absence.

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    Tardiness

    a. If a student is arriving to school after 7:40am, they are considered tardy and must report to the attendance office to sign in and pick up a tardy slip.

    1. In cases of repeated unexcused lateness, disciplinary action will be taken and the parent/guardian will be notified. 3-6 unexcused tardies = detention; more than 7 unexcused tardies = ISS

    2. Excused reasons for being late to school include illness and appointments. A student must have a written excuse upon his/her arrival for a lateness to be considered an excused. Students who drive and arrive late due to car trouble, traffic jams, etc. will be given an unexcused late as the school district provides transportation which guarantees prompt arrival to school. Students who arrive after 11:00 a.m. will be charged with a 1/2 day absence. Students who arrive after 11:30 p.m. will be charged with a full day absence.

    3. It is better to come late than to remain out of school.

    3. Early Dismissal

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    a. A student must bring a signed, written request from home, indicating the time of dismissal and the reason, to the attendance office prior to the start of school. The student will be given a dismissal pass that must be signed by a representative at the place of appointment and returned to the attendance office upon student return.

    1. Parents who need to dismiss their child during the course of the school day due to unexpected circumstances must come into the attendance office in person to have their child released. If a parent/guardian is sending a representative to pick up student, then parent/guardian must call the attendance office in advance to notify the secretary who to expect.

    2. Parents are encouraged to make as many appointments as possible for after school hours.

    3. Students must sign out in the attendance office prior to departing. Upon returning to school after appointment, students must sign back in and return their signed dismissal pass. Early dismissals after 11:00 a.m. are recorded as 1/2 day absent. Students who leave before 11:00

      a.m. and do not return to school will be recorded as a full day absent.

    4. Leaving the school without permission will be counted as truancy.

    Work Make-up

    a. Students returning to school from an absence, including a suspension, are responsible for making arrangements with their teachers to make up any work missed.

    DISCIPLINE
    1. Cell Phones/Electronic Devices

    1. The Board prohibits possession of laser pointers and attachments and telephone paging devices/beepers by students on school property, on buses and other vehicles provided by the district, and at school-sponsored activities. In order to prevent interference with the educational process the Board prohibits use of personal communication devices, including but not limited to cell phones, laptops, personal data assistants, and walkie- talkies by elementary and middle school students during the school day in district buildings and on district property. Use includes cell phone rings and other electronic alerts, and the transmission or receipt of written or text messages. If these devices are brought to school they must be stored in the student’s locker or other secure, non-visible location during the school day. For the purpose of this policy, the school day runs from the time the student enters the building through the bell or notification of dismissal.

    2. High school students may use electronic devices during non-instructional times prior to the beginning of the school day and following dismissal, as well as during lunch periods while students are in the cafeteria. Use of electronic devices during instructional time is prohibited. Instructional time is defined as the time of entry into a class, activity such as an assembly, or other organized event until the student exits the class or event. This policy does not preclude individual high school instructors from allowing the use of these devices in class when such use is designed to be a part of or to support an educational activity. Electronic devices may not be used to take photographs, videos or make sound recordings, except when specifically approved in advance by an administrator. The use of electronic devices to display inappropriate content or to introduce disruption to the educational environment is prohibited. The district shall not be liable for the loss, damage or misuse of any electronic device brought to school by a student. The Superintendent or designee shall annually notify students, parents/guardians and staff about the district’s electronic device policy by publishing such policy in the student handbooks, district Rights and Responsibilities mailing, newsletters, posted notices, and other efficient

    methods. Violations of this policy by a student shall result in disciplinary action and may result in confiscation of the electronic device. The confiscated item shall not be returned until a conference has been held with a parent/guardian. Repeated violations may result in escalating student consequences, including but not limited to the confiscated item being held until the end of the school year, in-school suspensions and out-of-school suspensions. With prior administrative approval, the telephone paging device/beeper prohibition shall not apply in the following cases:

    1. A student who has a need for such a device due to the medical condition of an immediate family member.

    2. Other reasons determined appropriate by the building principal.

    c. Exceptions to the prohibitions set forth in this policy may be made for health, safety,

    educational or emergency reasons with prior approval of the building principal or designee, or when use is provided for in a student’s individualized education program (IEP).

    d. Students may not possess electronic devices during standardized testing sessions under any circumstance.

    2. Detention

    a. After school detention is assigned when appropriate. Students are placed in detention by teachers or principals. Detention will take place in the respective teacher’s room, or in a designated detention area.

    1. School-wide detention will be held 2:30 – 3:00 in E-Lg. Students who arrive late will not be admitted and may be subject to further disciplinary action.

    2. Transportation should be arranged by the student; however, a late bus is provided to those who live within the city, leaving campus at 4:15.

    3. Detention is considered a disciplinary measure and is used as such by the school staff as an attempt to modify behavior. Failure to report to detention will result in further disciplinary action.

    3. School Dress Code

    1. Students have the right to govern the length or style of their hair including facial hair. Any limitation of this right shall include evidence that the length or style of hair causes a disruption of the educational process or constitutes a health or safety hazard. Where length or style of the hair presents a problem, some type of covering should be considered.

    2. School officials may not impose limitations on dress unless the attire causes the disruption of the educational process or constitutes a health or safety hazard. The wearing of clothing that exposes the midriff or buttocks is not permitted. The wearing of pants or shorts below the waist is not permitted. Examples of dress not permitted: tank tops, spaghetti strap tops, mid-riff shirts, muscle shirts, clothing with inappropriate wording and scanty shorts that do not extend beyond the student’s fingertips when the hands are held at his or her side. Upon entering the building, hats must be immediately removed. The wearing of hats and headbands while inside the building is not permitted. Head coverings worn for religious purposes are permitted. The wearing of clothing/jewelry that exhibits references to drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, violence, sex, profanity, or gang related activities is not permitted. Proper footwear is required. At the elementary level, sandals and clogs should not be worn because of potential injury due to falling and ankle twisting.

    3. Students may be required to wear certain types of clothing while participating in physical education classes, labs, extracurricular activities, or other situations where special attire may be required to insure the health or safety of the student.

    4. Studentshavetheresponsibilitytokeepthemselves,theirclothes,andtheirhairclean.School officials may impose limitations on student participation in the regular instructional program where there is evidence that the lack of cleanliness constitutes a health hazard.

    5. The wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying, or selling of any clothing, jewelry, emblems, badges, symbols, signs, graffiti, or other items that are evidence of membership in or affiliation with a gang are not permitted.

    6. The following are strictly prohibited on or about school property or at any school activity: Committing any act or using any speech, either verbal or nonverbal (gestures, handshakes, etc.), showing membership in or affiliation with a gang.

    7. Building principals have the right to permit additional restrictions to prevent the disruption of the educational process or a health or safety hazard.

    4. Tobacco

    Act 145 amends the state’s Crimes Code making it a summary offense to possess or use any type of tobacco in school buildings, school buses or on school property. In addition, students are not permitted to use or have tobacco at school-related functions that occur during or after school

    hours, whether on campus or elsewhere. Tobacco products, including lighters, will be confiscated and discarded.
    The possession of tobacco products in school or on school property shall be construed as intent to use the product, and students will be subject to the discipline code.

    a.

    The consequence for a student’s first offense will be the issuance of a $50.00 administrative fee made payable to the Williamsport Area School District, parent conference, and possible suspension.

    1. Please mail or drop off the fee directly to the high school main office.

    2. The $50.00 must be paid within 21 days from the date the letter is sent by the school and payment can be made in full, or partial payment can be accepted until one reaches the total of $50.00.

    b. Any additional offenses of tobacco possession will result in further administrative fees, parent/guardian notification and school suspension. The number of offenses will determine the number of days of suspension.

    5. Searches

    a. The school reserves the right to make periodic inspections and/or random searches of: lockers, backpacks/book bags, gym bags or similar items carried to school by students, as well as automobiles driven by students to school.

    b. Notice is not required prior to a search. However, reasonable attempts to notify the student will be made by school authorities prior to a search.

    c. Any illegal materials or contraband will be seized and may be used in disciplinary proceedings and may be turned over to police authorities.

    6. Suspensions

    a. Itisimportantthateverystudentunderstandthepolicyofdealingwithsuspensionsandthe seriousness of such a step.

    1. A one to ten day suspension may be imposed by the principal for major violations of school rules or continual violation of minor rules.

    2. A suspension and clinical referral is required for possession and/or use of drugs and/or alcohol.

    3. All weapon and drug and alcohol violations are required to be reviewed by law authorities. In addition, the Superintendent of Schools will review all weapon and drug and alcohol cases for possible recommendation of expulsion.

      ACADEMIC INTEGRITY EXPECTATION AND PROTOCOL

    Academic Dishonesty

    Academic dishonesty affects the INTEGRITY of the work completed by everyone in our school environment. Students are encouraged to report instances of academic dishonesty, when they see it. Students may approach faculty or administration when they observe or witness others not acting with INTEGRITY by cheating. The lack of INTEGRITY by a few should not affect the work of the majority of the student body.

    The intention of this protocol is to promote individual responsibility and integrity in academic affairs and to develop a school climate conducive to serious independent scholarship in our high school.
    The following list of actions will be considered a violation of the WAHS Academic Integrity expectation:

     Cheating:
    Giving, using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, notes, study aids, electronic

    devices or any other devices in any academic exercise is considered cheating. Unauthorized materials may include, but are not limited to, notes, textbooks, previous examinations, exhibits, experiments, papers or other supplementary items. Additionally, any unauthorized communication or sharing of information, electronic or otherwise, is considered a violation. Collaboration is unacceptable, unless specified by the teacher.

     Fabrication/Falsification/Tampering:
    The unauthorized alteration or invention of any information or citation in any academic work is

    unacceptable. Altering or attempting to alter school records, grades, assignments, data, or other documents without authorization is considered a type of fabrication/ falsification/ or tampering.

     Plagiarism:
    Students have access to many sources of information when doing research papers, including the

    Internet. It is imperative that students understand how to find credible information and cite the information correctly, regardless of the source. It is incumbent upon the faculty to adequately address with students how to use sources of information properly so as not to plagiarize another author’s work.

    Plagiarism is a form of cheating. In order to educate students about plagiarism, all teachers, prior to assigning research projects to students, will teach a formal unit on plagiarism. A student must document everything he/she borrows, not only direct quotations and paraphrases, but also information and ideas.

    •   Aid of Academic Dishonesty: Intentionally facilitating cheating, fabrication/falsification/tampering or plagiarism by or for others.

    •   Lying: Deliberately intending to deceive in written or verbal form with regards to academic dishonesty.

    •   Bribery or Threats: Providing, offering or taking rewards in exchange for work, an assignment, or a grade is unacceptable. Additionally, any attempt to intimidate a student, staff or faculty member of this learning community for the purpose of receiving an unearned grade or credit is considered a violation. Finally, any threat used as an effort to prevent the reporting of an honor code violation will not be tolerated.

      Disciplinary Actions:

      Students in violation of the Academic Integrity expectation will be held accountable from both an academic and disciplinary viewpoint. The student in question, involved teacher, administrator(s) and student’s parents will meet collectively to discuss each individual infraction. On a first offense a student will lose credit for the particular assignment.

      Additionally, the administration reserves the right to respond to a violation of the Honor Code with one or more actions of varying severity based on the progressive discipline procedure.

      I. Actions include:

    •   Grade reduction on the assignment in question.

    •   Grade of zero (0) for the assignment in question with no opportunity to make up work

    •   An office discipline referral to a school principal.

    •   Notifications to the National Honor Society or any other Honor Societies for student removal.

    •   Possible loss of eligibility for academic honors, scholarships, or school recognitions.

    •   Behavior Contract

      TOP HAT PRIDE DEMERIT SYSTEM

      The WAHS administration believes that extra-curricular student sponsored events and driving to school are considered to be a privilege and not a student right at our school. It is our goal to inform the students of this statement during our opening meetings on the first day of school. If a student earns a minimum of 6 demerits in the first semester they will have their privilege to attend or participate in student based extra-curricular events and driving privileges suspended for the remainder of the first semester. When a student earns a minimum of 12 demerits in the second semester they will lose these same privileges.

    Semester 1

    Semester 2

    Homecoming

    Spring Dances

    Winter Formal

    Prom

    Student Driving Permit

    Student Driving Permit

    Attendance at a Student Extra- Curricular Event such as an athletic event, powder puff, and concerts

    Attendance at a Student Extra- Curricular Event such as an athletic event, powder puff, and concerts

    Student Consequence

    Demerits Assigned

    Example

    1 After school Detention

    1 Demerit

    2 days of Detention = 2 Demerits

    1 day of In-school Suspension (Learning Center)

    2 Demerits

    2 days of In-school Suspension = 4 Demerits

    1 day of Out of School Suspension

    3 Demerits

    2 days of Out of School Suspension = 6 Demerits

    TRANSPORTATION POLICIES AND REGULATIONS

    1. School Board Policy on Pupil Transportation – All students are offered bus transportation to the high school. Students may also apply and pay for a parking pass. Student drivers without

      parking passes will be ticketed and fined.

    2. Bus Regulations

      1. Each student will be assigned to a particular bus with a designated bus number.

      2. Students must use only the bus to which they are assigned.

      3. A student’s ID card must be available at all times; the bus driver may refuse to transport any

        pupil who does not have his/her student ID card.

      4. All students riding the school district buses to and from school are expected to follow all

        behavioral expectations.

      5. Bus drivers are in charge of the bus. Students who do not behave in an acceptable manner will

        be subjected to disciplinary measures.

      6. Bus riding is a privilege. For the safety and convenience of all students who ride buses, it is

        necessary that each student comply with the rules. Parents will be notified when pupils fail to comply, and repeated violations may result in either suspension of bus riding privileges, suspension from school or both. All riders are subject to the conditions outlined in the school district’s Bus Discipline Policy. It is the responsibility of each student to know these rules and regulations and to obey them.

    3. Campus Traffic Regulations

      1. Speed limit on access roads to school campus is 20 MPH. and on campus speed limit is 15 MPH.

      2. All drivers must be aware of pedestrian and bus traffic at all times.

      3. No vehicles, other than school buses are allowed in the campus traffic circle from 7:15 A.M. to

        4:00 P.M. Parental drop off and pick up of students is to take place in A and B lots. The

        traffic control officer will point out to parents the appropriate area if necessary.

      4. All traffic will follow directional signs on school campus and access roads.

    4. Student Driving Regulations

      1. No students may drive to school without a driving permit issued by a principal. Only students

        who can demonstrate a need may receive permission. If permission is granted, one of the following permits will be issued:

        1. One Day - Driving Permit - issued to a pupil who has an appointment (e.g. doctor, dentist)

          during school hours or faces unusual and compelling circumstances. To be considered for a one-day permit, a student a signed written request from a parents/guardians at least one day prior to need.

        2. Daily Driving Permits are issued to students participating in extra-curricular activities that meet on a regular basis, in a work program, or have unusual or compelling circumstances. To be considered for a daily permit, a student must request an application in the main office. No application will be considered that is not properly completed. There is a small fee charged for daily parking permits.

      2. A student vehicle must display the school-issued driving permit or parking sticker at all times.

      3. A student must park only in student-designated parking area.

      D. School parking lots are off limits during the school day. E. Students may not transport other students.

      1. Driving privileges may be revoked for violating driving regulations or for repeated school discipline and attendance violations.

      2. Unauthorized or illegally parked vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense.

      3. All student drivers must complete the “General Student Body Drug Testing Form” before being

        approved to drive to school.

Last Modified on August 23, 2017