1 HALIFAX COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HANDBOOK
2 Table of Contents 1. Introduction to Halifax County High School School Administration/Directory Information..1 School Calendar..2 Bell Schedule.3 Principal s Statement..4 Mission Statement.4 Beliefs Statement 4 2. Accreditations Academic Information Expectations at Halifax County High School 4-5 Student in Good Standing.5 Homeroom..5 Credit Information (Standard and Advanced Studies Diploma).5-7 Dual Enrollment..8 Promotion requirements..8 Infinite Campus and Grading Guidelines 9 Grading System 9 Course Withdrawals.9 Weighted Grades.10 Attendance Policy 10 Truancy Policy 10 The Opportunity Center..11 Time-for-Time.11 Make-up Work Policy 11 Driver s Education Policy The Blue Comet After-School Program.12 The Academy Approach..12 Freshmen Transition School Services Guidance Services 13 Married and Pregnant Students 14 Dropouts and Transfers..14 Change of Address..14 New Students.14 Schedule Changes 14 Career Resource Center..14 School Library Media Services School Accident Insurance.15 Announcements/Messages.15 Parent/Teacher Conferences.16
3 Cafeteria/Meal Tickets 16 Fundraising Activities School Policies Absences, Check Ins/Outs, and Tardies Academic Referrals 17 After-School Intervention (ASI).17 Assembly Conduct..17 Athletic/Activity Eligibility.17 Athletic Contests and Sportsmanship..17 Building and Grounds..18 Bullying..18 Buses Bus Discipline Cars and Parking...20 Cellular Phone Policy 20 Class Parties...20 Class Rings/School Pictures. 20 Computers and Technology.21 Corridors 21 Dances...21 Deliveries to Students..22 Disciplinary Procedures/Appeals Dining Hall.24 Drug Use and Abuse Policy 24 Electronic Devices 25 Elevators 25 Emergency Medical Procedures...25 Medical Procedure(Short and Long-Term Medications/Storage) Field Trips..26 Fire Drill Procedures..26 Hall Passes.26 In-School Intervention(ISI).26 Lockers.26 Lost and Found..26 Other Schools..27 Photo-Identification Badges(ID s).27 Search and Seizure 27 Sexual Harassment..27 Sexual Misconduct 27 Skateboards..27 Smoking Student Dress Code Suspensions/Expulsions 29 Telephone..29 Textbooks 29
4 Visitors..30 Weapons/Dangerous Objects..30 Work Release Student Activities SCA Elections 30 Student Council Association Officers..30 Class Elections.31 VHSL Interscholastic Teams..31 School Clubs.31 National Honor Society.31 Scheduling Activities 32 Haliscope.32 Class Activities.32 Class Day/Graduation Awards, Honors, and Incentives Awards..32 Perfect Attendance 32 Honor Roll 32 Academic Incentives 32 Course Absences 33 SOL Tests and Course Grades 33 Special Senior Awards and Scholarships...33 Fee Lists Evacuation Instructions
5 INTRODUCTION TO HALIFAX COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION/DIRECTORY INFORMATION Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Merle P. Herndon Central Office School Principal: Mr. Michael W. Lewis Main Office Associate Principal: Mr. Kelvin A. Davis Second Floor, C202 Assistant Principals: Mrs. Martha R. Chandler Second Floor, B200 Mr. James McDaniel Mr. Frank L. Shealy Third Floor, B311 Second Floor, A208 Athletic Director: Mr. G. Allen Lawter Main Office CTE Coordinatior Dr. Debra Woltz First Floor, A106 Guidance Director: Mrs. Michaeleen H. Palmore Guidance Department Student Activities Contact: Mrs. April Miller Third Floor, C305 School Office Address: Halifax County High School P. O. Box 310 South Boston, VA School Office Telephone: (434) School Fax: (434) School Offices Hours: 8:00 A.M. 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday Phone Directory If you have question about: Academics, Instruction, or Textbooks call Athletics call Attendance, Check-Ins, or Check-Outs call Colleges, Transcripts, or Counseling Call Freshmen Transition (9th Grade) call th and 12th Grade Discipline, School Lunch Program, or Graduation call th Grade Discipline, Special Education Programs, Academic Referrals, or Attendance call
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7 DAILY SCHEDULE 8:00 Office opens 8:00 Teacher s arrival time Prior to 8:21 Students must remain in the lobby or report to the cafeteria 8:21 Students report to 1st block 8:29 Tardy bell 1st block/homeroom (8:29-8:30) Moment of Silence 10:00 Class Change 2nd block 10:05 Tardy bell 2nd block 11:35 Class change 3rd block or A lunch (11:35 12:00) 11:40 Tardy bell 3rd block 12:00 A lunch report to class 12:05 Tardy bell 12:05 B lunch 12:30 B lunch reports back to 3rd block 12:35 B Lunch Tardy bell 12:45 C Lunch 1:10 C lunch reports back to 3rd block 1:15 C Lunch Tardy bell 1:15 D Lunch (1:15 1:40) 1:40 Class change 4th block 1:45 Tardy bell 3:15 End of school day for students 3:30 End of school day for teachers 4:30 Office closes A Lunch STEM Center, A wing 1st floor, C wing 1st and 2nd Floors B Lunch B wing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Floors C Lunch A wing 3rd Floors excluding A318, A319, and A322 C Wing 3rd Floor D Lunch A wing 2nd Floor, Physical Education classes A318, A319, and A322 Students should report to 4th Block after D Lunch Within 5 minutes of the dismissal of school, students are to report to their buses, their cars, or the lobby.
8 PRINCIPAL S STATEMENT This handbook serves as a guide for our students. Students are encouraged to review and refer to the policies and procedures outlined in this handbook. Students are also encouraged to ask any faculty or staff member questions or concerns relative to information in this handbook. 3 MISSION STATEMENT Our mission at Halifax county High school is to provide a safe, positive learning environment which fosters an optimum level of achievement, good citizenship, and respect for others. This environment will enable students to prepare for the world of work and will guide students toward realizing their academic, aesthetic, and physical potential as well as fostering their social and emotional well-being. Belief Statements Our beliefs at Halifax County High School are encompassed in the following statements: 1. Each student can set goals and reach his/her optimum level of achievement. 2. A positive setting with rules and regulations administered equitably will promote learning and good citizenship. 3. An environment of mutual respect among students and staff encourages learning. 4. Parents, the school, and the community must share in providing a caring and nurturing environment that enhances learning. 5. Students can develop a work ethic and can take pride in and responsibility for their own work. 6. Curriculum and instruction should be organized so as to engage student s actively in the learning process. 7. The health and nutrition of students affect their readiness and ability to learn. ACCREDITATIONS Halifax County High school is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and fully accredited by the State Department of Education. II. ACADEMIC INFORMATION EXPECTATIONS AT THE HALIFAX COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 1. THE ADMISITRATION IS EXPECTED TO: Apply school rules and regulations consistently without regard to race or sex. Employ qualified teachers who are endorsed in the subject area in which they are teaching, Provide a well-planned instructional program on a daily basis in a safe, secure, environment. Promote school activities and programs which provide opportunities for students to exhibit special talent and interests. Prepare students for employment, higher education, or military service through the implementation of a variety of courses, programs, and activities. Model, promote, and recognize good character. 2. THE FACULTY IS EXPECTED TO: Adhere to the provisions of their contracts. Manage classrooms efficiently and effectively. 4
9 Communicate with students and parents. Maintain appropriate relationships with students, staff, colleagues, and community. Cooperate with administration and staff. Model, promote, and recognize good character. 3. THE STUDENT IS EXPECTED TO: Follow all school rules, civil laws, and common practices of courtesy. Attend school on a regular basis and work to the best of one s ability. Be seated at the beginning of each class period, prepared for instruction, and remain seated until class is dismissed by the teacher. Be quiet and attentive when being instructed by a teacher, coach, school staff person, bus driver, or administrator. Be on time to classes, meetings, and all other school-related activities. Demonstrate good character. STUDENT IN GOOD STANDING Students participating in any school activity must be in good standing as defined below. Good academic standing is defined as passing three subjects and earning three units of credit toward graduation in the semester preceding participation in the school activity. A student in good standing must comply with the school s Code of Conduct for Athletic/Activity Participants. A student in good standing is defined as a pupil who is actively attending school and is not subject to any type of suspension or assignment to an alternative education site. HOMEROOM All students are assigned homeroom through their first block classes. During the homeroom portion of first block, school business is conducted. CREDIT INFORMATION One unit of credit may be earned for each subject pursued for one semester. Students are permitted with the principal s approval to attend and receive credit for appropriate community college courses. Community college courses will be transferred to a student s high school academic record for high school credit only. A student s college transcript will reflect the college credit. College transfer credit is converted as follow: six (6) semester hours of community college credit equals one (1) unit of high school credit.
10 5 CLASS OF 2015, 2016 STANDARD DIPLOMA English Mathematics Science Social Studies Finance Health and Physical Education Fine or Practical Arts Electives Total 4 credits 3 credits (This requirement shall include at least Two selections from among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other Mathematics courses above the level of Algebra and Geometry) 3 credits (Earth Science, Biology, and one from The following: Chemistry, Physics, Ecology, Anatomy, DE Biology, DE Chemistry, and Meteorology) 4 credits (World Geography. World History A or B, US History, and Government) (Student will Take Geography or World History A and B) 1 credit 2 credits 1 credit 4 credits (2 sequential electives) 22 credits** Credits** Must include the following 6 VERIFIED CREDITS: 2 English; 1 Math; 1 Science; 1 History/Social Science; and 1 student choice. CLASS OF 2015, 2016 ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA English Mathematics Science History/Social Sciences Foreign Language Health/Physical Education Finance Fine Arts or Career and Technical Electives Total 4 credits 4 credits (Algebra 1, Algebra II, Geometry, College Algebra, or Pre-Calculus) 4 credits (Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Ecology, Anatomy, DE Biology, DE Chemistry, or Meteorology) 4 credits (World Geography, World History A or B, US History, and Government) (Student will Take Geography or World History A and B) 3 or 4 credits (Three years of one or two years Each of two) 2 credits 1 credit 1 credit 3 credits 26 credits**
11 Credits** Must include 9 VERIFIED CREDITS: 2 English, 2 Math, 2 Science, 2 History/Social Sciences, and 1 student choice. 6 CLASS OF 2017, 2018 STANDARD DIPLOMA English Mathematics Science Social Studies Finance Health and Physical Education Fine or Practical Arts Electives Total 4 credits 3 credits (This requirement shall include at Least two selections from among: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II, or other Mathematics courses above the level of Algebra And Geometry) 3 credits (Earth Science, Biology, and one from Chemistry, Physics, Ecology, Anatomy, DE Biology, DE Chemistry, and Meteorology) 4 credits (World Geography, World History A or B, US History, and Government) (Student will Take Geography or World History A and B) 1 credit 2 credits 1 credit 4 credits (2 sequential electives) Industry Certification New Online Course New 22 credits** Credits** Must include the following 6 VERIFVIED CREDITS: 2 English, 1 Math, 1 Science, 1 History/Social Studies, and 1 student choice. CLASS OF 2017, 2018 ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA English Mathematics Science History/Social Studies Foreign Language Finance Health and Physical Education Fine Arts or Career and Technical Electives Total 4 credits 4 credits (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, College Algebra, or Pre-Calculus) 4 credits (Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Ecology, Anatomy, DE Biology, DE Chemistry, or Meteorology) 4 credits (World Geography, World History A or B, US History, and Government) (Student Will take Geography or World History A and B) 3 or 4 credits (three years of one or two years Each of two) 1 credit 2 credits 1 credit 3 credits (Online Course New) 26 credits**
12 Credits** Must include 9 VERIFIED CREDITS: 2 English, 2 Math, 2 Science, 2 History/Social Sciences, and 1 student choice. 7 DUAL ENROLLMENT/COLLEGE LEVE COURSES Government 12 DE US History DE Marketing Work Co-Opt Advanced Marketing Medical Terminology Health Assistant/Nursing Assistant I, II CPR/First Aid DE Pharmacy Tech I, II Accounting Advanced Accounting Drafting I, II Introduction to Engineering Advanced Engineering Engineering Drawing and Design Automotive Mechanics I, II Teacher Cadet Freshman Orientation Biology I, II Sociology Principles of Psychology Advanced Anatomy/Physiology Meteorology Chemistry I, II College Algebra Pre-Calculus I, II Calculus I, II Statistics Business Law Business Management Computer Information Systems Advanced Computer Information Systems Computer Systems Technology I, II Intergraded Systems Technology I, II Finance French IV English 11 DE English 12 DE Motor Sports I, II, III Early Childhood Education I, II Graphic Arts I, II Students are required to take and pass the COMPASS test (Community College Placement Test) prior to enrolling in a dual enrollment (CL) course at Halifax County High School. There is an agreement between community colleges and other Virginia colleges to accept credit for dual enrollment courses. PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS To enter the tenth grade, a student must have earned at least four units, including English 9, a math, a science, and a social studies credit; (one of these credits must be a verified credit). To enter the eleventh grade, a student must have earned at least ten units, including English 10, a math, a science, and a social studies credit; (three of these ten credits must be verified credits). To enter the twelfth grade, a student must have earned at least fourteen units, including English 11, two math, two sciences, and two social studies credits; (five of these fourteen credits must be verified credits). A student will be permitted to carry only one of the required English courses during a semester. English courses must be taken in their proper sequence. For example, English 9 must be successfully completed before a student is eligible to take English 10.
13 8 GRADING SYSTEM All grading is done on a numerical basis. The following grades are used at Halifax County High School: A Superior B Above Average C Average D Below Average F 69 and Below Failure The school year is divided into two semesters. First semester will end on December 22, 2015 and second semester will end on May 26, Each semester is composed of two nine-weeks grading periods. Interim reports will be send home midway through each grading period. Final evaluations will be given in all classes at the end of each semester. This evaluation will be 20% of the semester average. INFINITE CAMPUS and GRADING GUIDELINES All teachers must use Infinite Campus (IC) for calculation of grades. Parents have constant access to the student s grades and assignments through Campus Portal. It is important that grades and assignments are recorded on a regular basis. Assignments should be posted in IC prior to the due date. Major assignments (test, projects, research papers, etc.) should be posted at least ten (10) days prior. 1. Computing the None-Weeks Grade High School Academic: 67% - Tests and 33% - Classwork/Homework. High School Vocational: 33% - Tests and 67% - Classwork/Homework. 2. Comments are required on interims and report cards for any student receiving a D or F. 3. Grade Reporting Procedures Each teacher s grade book must document a minimum of twelve (12) graded assignments for each grading period. Grades should be recorded in each category. Three grades should be from major assignments such as chapter test, unit tests, or projects. Grades are to be recorded within three (3) days after an assignment is due, unless it is a major project or assignment. A parent or guardian s signature on an assignment cannot be counted as a grade. COURSE WITHDRAWLS Consideration will be given to allow students who have parental permission to withdraw from a course with no penalty prior to the completion of the first thirty days of the semester. After this time, students withdrawing from a non-sol course will receive a failing semester grade of a fifty. Students will not be allowed to withdraw from an SOL tested course after the first thirty days of the semester. For students experiencing academic difficulties, the classroom teacher should contact the guidance department and telephone the parent indicating the student s classroom performance prior to the student requesting withdrawal.
14 9 WEIGHTED GRADES A two tier weighted grading system is used whereby Advanced Placement, Honors/Advanced, and Dual Enrollment/College Level courses are weighted. A complete classification of courses is listed in the student registration booklet. ATTENDANCE POLICY 1. To be counted as present, a student must be at school by 10:30 A.M. If a student enters school in the morning and checks out before noon, the student will be counted absent. If the student checks out after noon, the student will be counted present. If the student checks in late, the student must check in by 10:30 A.M. and remain in school for the rest of the day in order to be counted present. This only affects whether a student is counted present at school, not whether he/she is counted present in individual classes. 2. Whenever a student is absent and the parent(s) or guardian has not notified the school, the school will attempt to notify the parents(s) or guardian by telephone. 3. If a student does not attend regularly, except in the case of illness, the school will make written contact with the student s parent(s) or guardian. Such correspondence shall inform the parent(s) or guardian of the student s attendance record, the requirements of the Code of Virginia regarding compulsory attendance and the implications of further absences by the student. 4. If irregular attendance continues after Step 3, the school shall consider making a complaint against the parent(s) or guardian in the name of the Commonwealth before the court for failure to comply with the compulsory attendance statue or may proceed against the child as a child in need of services. 5. High school students are expected to attend school every day unless they are ill, in court, or involved in a family emergency. When absent, high school students must do make-up assignments in each class missed which will result in a recorded grade. TRUANCY POLICY 1. Daily attendance for Halifax County High School will be taken at the beginning of 2 nd block (10:05 A.M.). To be counted present, a student must be in class prior to 10:30 A.M. and remain until the end of the school day. 2. An attempt will be made to contact the parent or guardian after each absence. 3. After the 3 rd unexcused absence, a letter will be sent to the parent or guardian. 4. After the 5 th unexcused absence, a letter will be generated to request a parent conference. Parents who fail to make contact with the school will receive a telephone call or a home visit by the Division Attendance/Truancy Officer. 5. After the 6 th unexcused absence, the student will be referred to Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. 6. The following absences will be excused only for Truancy and not for Time-for-Time: Doctor/medical note Court Appointments/subpoena Funeral service of immediate family member Parent notification of illness with approval of principal or his designee
15 Block attendance will be used strictly for Time-for-Time as it relates to individual classes. 10 THE OPPORTUNITY CENTER This after-school program offers an opportunity for students to receive additional help from teachers or peers in all areas of instruction. Make-up work, including tests, can be completed in the center. The Opportunity Center is open Monday Thursday from 3:25 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. Faculty members are present and offer assistance during this time. TIME-FOR-TIME If a student is absent more than five (5) days, the student will be required to make up the period absence in the Opportunity Center. The student is encouraged to complete time for time within three weeks of the absences. Time-for-Time must be made up by the end of the nine weeks in which the absences occur. Make-Up Work Policy 1. Students are expected to make-up work missed due to absences. Teachers will advise students of missed work, provide, and schedule make-up work. Make-up work must be completed within three school days after the student returns. Assignments, including tests, due the day of the absence and announced prior to the absence are to be completed the day the student returns to school unless scheduled later by the teacher. Tests and quizzes should be made up before or after school or as scheduled by the teacher in the after school opportunity center. A zero must be given for any work not made up. 2. When a student misses three or more consecutive days, individual arrangements should be made with teachers to schedule and complete make-up work assignments. 3. Upon their return to school, students will be allowed to do five days of make-up work resulting from absences due to suspensions. 4. Any student who is absent and unable to attend school may be entitled to homebound instructions and should contact his/her counselor in the guidance office for more information. 5. Supervised opportunities for make-up work will be available after the regular school day. 6. Athletic Activity Participants Homework Policy: Students participating in after-school extracurricular activities that result in returning to Halifax County High School after 9:30 P.M. must be given additional time to deal with assignments (homework as well as tests) made on the day of the activity. Assignments made several days/weeks in advance (example: term papers or major projects) should not receive extra time. A test assignment made several days in advance could be accommodated in several ways. (Suggestions: review time during the first segment of the class, study while the test is being taken by other students, report to the Opportunity Center immediately after school to take the test, and then practice). DRIVER S EDICATION POLICY 1. Priority for scheduling Behind-the-Wheel will be given to students who have reached the age of fifteen (15) years and six (6) months and are in good academic standing.
16 2. Good academic standing is defined as passing three (3) subjects and earning three (3) units of credits toward graduation in the semester preceding participation in Behind-the-Wheels instruction. 3. Students who have successfully completed the classroom part of driver education and the Behind-the-Wheel part of driver education with a passing score on the road skills test, and have possessed a learners permit for nine months will be issued a Driver Education Certificate Authorization Card (DEC-A). Upon reaching the age of sixteen (16) and three (3) months, this card and the instruction permit will be the driver s license until the student receives the permanent license from the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge. 4. Behind-the-Wheel training hours: Before the juvenile can qualify for a driver s license, his or her parent must certify that the juvenile has forty-five (45) hours of Behind-the-Wheel driving experience, at least fifteen (15) hours of which must be after sunset. 5. Students who fail the road skills test will be given a thirty (30) day grace period to practice the necessary skills with their parent/guardian. After thirty (30) days, a form must be completed and signed by the student and the parent/guardian requesting an opportunity to retake the test. The Behind-the-Wheel instructor will schedule the test as quickly as possible. 6. If a student loses the DEC-A certificate, they should report to DMV. 7. A copy of the student road skills test will be placed in each student s permanent record. THE BLUE COMET TEAM AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM The 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) is designed to prove opportunities for academic enrichment, including tutorial services to help students meet state and local academic achievement standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics. Halifax County High School launched its first 21st CCLS program in 2009 and with the renewed 21st Century grants the after-school Blue Comet Team Program will be able to continue to address the needs of students for the school term. Tutoring and homework assistance programs are offered in additions to community service opportunities, recreational, and educational programs that reinforce and complement the regular academic program. Literacy and related educational development activities are provided to family members of participating students. Halifax County High School has partnered with several community agencies that support the implementation and participation of students in projects, career path training, and community services. The Blue Comet team after-school program provides nutritious snacks. On site each day there is a coordinator, appropriate teaching staff, and site assistants. Afterschool bus transportation is provided. A variety of academic sessions and enrichment activities that offer high-quality expanded learning opportunities are available for students. These activities also contribute to character building and cultural awareness. The Halifax County High School Blue Comet Team after-school program also provides a time and place for students, their families, teachers, and staff to build relationships. THE ACADEMY APPROACH Through the Academy Approach, Halifax County High School provides students with a comprehensive secondary education program that prepares students for a career in a highly-skilled, academically demanding, technology-rich information economy. 11
17 Classes for the academy-related courses are held on the high school campus and on off-campus sites. Transportation is provided for students from the main campus. The Academics offered through Halifax County High School are as follows: The Governors Academy for Renewable Resources and Agricultural Science, Environmental Science, Health and Human Services, International Business, Law and Leadership Motorsports, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), International Cultures and Arts. 12 FRESHMAN TRANSITION The freshman year of high school has been identified as pivotal time for students. To address the needs of ninth grade students, Halifax County High School has established a Freshman Hall which is located on the second floor of the A Wing. English 9, World Geography, Math, Spanish 1 and 2 classes are taught on the Freshman Hall for ninth grade students. In addition, a separate lunch period is assigned to students with a third block class on the Freshman Hall. A Guidance Counselor is located in A206 to work with all ninth grade students. To assist teachers in meeting the needs of the freshmen, the Guidance Counselor will address a combination of personal/social, educational, and career life skills. The ninth-grade Assistant Principal s office is located in A208. Parents may contact the Assistant Principal by calling or III.SCHOOL SERVICES GUIDANCE SERVICES The Guidance Department of Halifax County High School is located on the first floor of Section A and the Ninth Grade Guidance Counselor is located on the second floor in A206. The department is staffed by five Guidance Counselors, A Coordinator of Dual Enrollment, and a testing coordinator, each with a separate office and one full-time secretary. The counseling assignments are as follows: 9 th Grade Counselor Mrs. P. McIver A - Dailey Mrs. M. Palmore Damiano - Johnson Mrs. C. Anderson Jones - Rice Mrs. K. Myers Richardson - Z Mrs. K. Thomasson Guidance services by professionally trained counselors are an integral part of the school program. These services include: counseling, student appraisal, referral, educational and occupational planning, and research. Through interest inventories, ability testing, and other resources, students learn about themselves, and to accept their individuality. Counselors aid students in planning for future education, careers, or the job market. Guidance counselors work with parents, teachers, specialists, employment services, vocational rehabilitation, clubs, organizations, and industries to help students become responsible contributing citizens. The guidance department will provide two copies of students transcripts to be mailed to a college, employer, or other appropriate person free of charge. Each additional transcript costs $2.00. Prior to a transcript being mailed, a parental release form must be signed and all fees must be paid. Work Force 2000 transcripts are requested by employers at no cost.
18 When a student needs to see a counselor a Guidance Referral form should be completed. These forms are available from classroom teachers. Once the form is completed, it should be returned to the classroom teacher and the student will be called to guidance. Emergency situations will be referred to counselors immediately. MARRIED AND PREGANANT STUDENTS 1. Married students should notify their guidance counselor about name change. 2. Pregnant students should consult their doctors relative to participation in school activities and should remain in school until the doctor advises them otherwise. A physician s note is required before any alteration will be made in the schedule of a pregnant student. DROPOUTS AND TRANSFERS Dropping out of school for any reason is possibly the gravest error a high school student can make because of the effect on his future. No one under the age of eighteen is allowed to drop out of school as it is in violation of the Virginia Compulsory Attendance Law. Any student under the age of eighteen dropping out of school will be referred to the court system (exception health reasons). Students withdrawing must comply with the following: Complete withdrawal forms with your guidance counselor. Return all books and other property belonging to the school before leaving. Pay any fine or fee owed. CHANGE OF ADDRESS Inform the guidance office secretary immediately if there is a change your address or telephone number. NEW STUDENTS Any student enrolling at the high school must be accompanied by his/her legal guardian and l legal residency in the county must be established before attendance is permitted in any high school classroom. An official transcript and conduct report must be received prior to or at the time of enrollment. In order to enroll at Halifax County High School, a student must be eligible to return to his/her former school. SCHEDULE CHANGES Schedule changes for first semester should be completed prior to the beginning of the school year. Schedule changes for second semester must be made during the last five days of first semester. All changes must be approved by the student s guidance counselor by getting a drop/add slip and having it signed by the teacher whose class is to be dropped and the teacher whose class is to be added. CAREER RESOURCE CENTER A career Resource Center is located on the second floor in Room C209. Its primary purpose is to provide access to career-related activities for both students and teachers. The center is open for teacher and student use. SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER 13
19 The school library media center is centrally located on the second floor of the building and is open daily from 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., including all four lunches. An Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), debased subscriptions to various electronic databases and internet access are provided for students educational use. All students using the internet in the library media center must have a Halifax County Acceptable Use Policy Form on file in the school. Students are required to abide by the procedures of this county policy. A book depository is located outside the library media center for the return of materials. A school store, where a variety of school supplies may be purchased, is operated in the library media center. 14 Students who use the library media center must wear an ID. Food and drink items are not allowed in the library media center. When a student is using the library media center from a class, the student must have and ID plus a note from the teacher stating the reason for use, the time the student left, and the length of time the student must stay. Students must have an ID to check out materials. No materials are checked out without this form of identification. Student are responsible for their own materials and may not check out materials for other. Books are circulated on a two-week basis with unlimited renewals. Special overnight books, pamphlets, and periodicals are circulated on a daily basis. Reference materials are not circulated. Materials from the videocassette collection are only checked out by teachers. Overdue notices are issued once a week on Wednesday during homeroom. Students are expected to clear their library records when these notices are received. Students are required to pay for lost or damaged materials. Failure to pay library media center fines return materials will result in the in the suspension of library media center privileges until the student s record is cleared. Failure to return the book security card will cost $5.00. The cost to print personal materials from the network is fifteen cents per page. The cost to use the coin-operated Xerox copier is fifteen cents per page. To reduce the loss of library media center materials, a book detection system is installed. Students enter the library media center from the side corridor and exit through the security gate into the front corridor. If materials have not been properly checked out, an alarm will sound, the red light will flash, and the turnstile will lock. The student will be asked to step out of line so that the student may check his/her possessions for materials that may have been taken accidentally. Violations or vandalism of the system will result in disciplinary action. SCHOOL ACCIDENT INSURANCE School accident insurance is available to all students. An informational packet will be given to each student on the first day of classes. Purchased of this program is optional. Premiums are paid directly to the company by the students parents. If a student is injured and has school insurance, he/she must report the accident to Mr. Lawter s office (main office) and secure an insurance claim form to be completed by his/her parents. ANNOUNCEMENTS/MESSAGES All announcements should be cleared through the main office and approved by the principal or an assistant principal. General announcements will be shown on Channel 1 throughout the day.
20 Messages to students from parent/designee should be relative to emergencies or unexpected appointments. While the school will do its best to deliver this information to students at the appropriate time, the administration is not responsible for the student s acceptance or compliance with the message. PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES Conferences between parents and teachers are encouraged and should be arranged before or after school or during the teachers planning period. Appointments may be arranged through the student s guidance counselor, and administrator or with the individual teachers. CAFETERIA/MEAL TICKETS Both breakfast and lunch are available to Halifax County High School students. Prices are as follows: Breakfast: $1.25 full $.30 reduced Lunch: $2.10 full $.40 reduced Free breakfast/lunch applications are available to all eligible students from their first block teachers or FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES All school-related fund raising activities must be approved by the principal and School Board prior to the beginning of the activity. Forms are available in the main office. Students participating in fund raising activities are responsible for products received and/or monies collected. Students are not allowed to sell food items during any of the designated lunch periods. IV. SCHOOL POLICIES ABSENCES, CHECKINS/OUTS, AND TARDIES 1. When a student has a telephone and is absent, the parent is asked to contact the school on the day of the absence ( ). 2. Those students with whom parental contact has been made concerning the absence will receive an admission slip from their first (1 st ) block teacher; this form must be secured before returning to any class. Each teacher will initial the form and the fourth (4 th ) block teacher will turn the form to the Teacher s Lounge at the end of the school day. 3. Students whose parents could not be contacted by the school must report to the first block teacher with a note from their parent explain the absence. The first (1 st ) block teacher will then issue an admission slip or send the student to the appropriate administration office. An absence will be considered unexcused if not verified by a parent/guardian by note or phone call. Students arriving late must check in through the Attendance Office in the Lobby. 4. A parent note or phone call verifying the absence will only be accepted for the first five absences per semester. After the fifth absence, on the following documentation will be accepted: Doctor s note, Court Subpoena, Obituary notice of family/close friend, and Religious Holiday. 15