Piedmont High School

Student Handbook

2019 - 2020




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Piedmont High School

Adam B. Clemons, Ed.D., Principal

750 Tom Bible Memorial Hwy, Piedmont, AL 36272

Phone:  (256) 447-2829

Fax:  (256) 447-8722

Website:  www.PiedmontHigh.org

Twitter: @PiedmontHS

Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/PiedmontHighAL

ACT & SAT School Code: 012160



Piedmont City School District

Mike Hayes, Superintendent

502 Hood Street, West, Piedmont, AL 36272

Phone:  (256) 447-8831

Website: www.piedmont.k12.al.us

Twitter: @PCSDK12




 

This Student Handbook, which includes the Media Release Agreement and Required Use Policy Agreement, and the Student Code of Conduct are available on our school website and through Blackboard. Parents, guardians, or students may request a copy of the Student Handbook or Code of Conduct by emailing the principal.


A Message from the Principal

 

Dear Students:

 

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!


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You are a student in a school that provides you with immense academic opportunities, great extracurricular activities, and superb facilities. You are equipped with MacBook Airs, allowed to take up advance placement courses, earn college credit, allowed to explore five foreign language courses, allowed to take such classes as theater, journalism, photography, robotics, yearbook, and art. Additionally, you have teachers who come to work each day excited to be here with you. 

 

Imagining the possibilities is why we do what we do. I know that in this school that there are future doctors, artists, teachers, musicians, sports stars, principals, managers, and the list goes on. Just by being a student of Piedmont High, your reputation will precede you in everything you will do from here on out. 

 

Together, much can be accomplished. This student handbook is designed to give you a framework in which to imagine the possibilities. It was amended by the time and effort of a handbook committee, which met this past summer to make revisions. Additionally, the local board of education read and approved this document. 

 

Piedmont High School provides this handbook as part of your due process in informing PHS stakeholders of many of the policies and procedures of PHS and Piedmont City School District. 

 

The administration reserves the right to make decisions in the best interest of the educational community within school and district guidelines that may not necessarily be contained in this handbook. 

 

I look forward to imagining the possibilities with you!

 

Go Bulldogs!

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Adam B. Clemons, Ed.D.

Principal

Piedmont High School

 

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Piedmont City Board of Education and Administration

Michael Ingram, President

Lin Latta, Vice President

Kisha Mitchell

Bruce Adderhold

Shannon Ray

 

Mike Hayes, Superintendent

Adam B. Clemons, Ed.D., Principal

Aaron Y. Studdard, Assistant Principal

Brandi Todd, Counselor

Steve Smith, Athletic Director

 

Our Beliefs:

 

  • We believe all students can learn.

  • We believe our school must provide a rigorous academic curriculum with high goals and expectations for all students.

  • We believe that positive relationships and mutual respect among students, parents, and staff result in enhanced learning.

  • We believe that students need to apply their learning in meaningful contexts and participate in a variety of educational activities.

 

Our Mission:

 

To Provide High Quality Education Through Shared Responsibility.








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Alma Mater

Our strong bond shall ne'er be broken;

It shall never die.

Far surpassing wealth unspoken

Sealed by friendship's ties.

 

High school life is swiftly passing;

Soon its days are done.

While we live, we'll ever cherish

Friendships here begun.

 

Chorus:

"Forward" ever be our watchword;

Conquer and prevail,

Hail to Thee, our Alma Mater;

Piedmont High School, Hail!



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Table of Contents

School Alma Mater…………………………………………...………..…………………………………………...……………….4

School Calendar………………………………………………...………..………………………………………………………….5

Academic Honors Night………………………………………………...………..……………………………...……………….…8

Academic Integrity…….………………………………………………………...………..……………………………………...….8

Adjudication in a Court of Law………………………………………………………...………..………………………………….9

Announcements/Posters………………………………………………………………...………..…………………...………...…9

Attendance/Check-Out/Tardy Policy…………………………………………………...………..…………………...…………...9

Bicycles and Skateboards………………………………………………………………...………..…………………..………...12

Bullying and Cyber-Bullying………………………………………………………………...…..……..………………………….12

Class Assignments..........................................................................................................................................................13

Clubs………………………………………………………………………………………...……..…..……………………………13

Contacting Faculty and Staff……………………………………………………………...…….…..…………………………....14

Credit Recovery…………………………………………………………………………...………...……………………………..14

Discipline - ISS/OSS/Alternative School/Expulsion…………………………………………….………...………..………..…14

Dress Code………………………………………………………………………………………….…...………..………...……..14

Drop-off / Pickup Procedures…………………………………………………………………………....………………………..14

Dual Enrollment……………………………………………………………………………………….…...………………………15

Electronic Devices…………………………………………………………………………………….…………………………...16

Endorsements………………………………………………………………………………………….………...…………….…..16

Equal Opportunity Statement…………………………………………………………………………....………………………..17

Exams…………………………………………………………………..…………………………………………...……………...17

Exchange of Money / Goods at School, Donation, Collections, Distribution of Materials………………………………….18

Excuses…………………………………………………………………..…………………………………………...…………….18

Extracurricular Activity Participation………………………………….…………………………………………...……………..18

Fees………………………………………………………………………...…………….…………………………………………19

Fines and Late Fees………………………………………………………………...…….……………………………………….19

Flowers/Gift Deliveries…………………………………………………………...…………….………………………………….19

Food and Drinks………………………………………………………………...…………….…………………………………...19

Foreign Exchange............................................................................................................................................................19

Gifted Students………………………………………………………………...…………….…………………………………….20

Grading System……………………………………………………………………………...……………..……………………...20

Graduation Exercises……………………………………………………………………………...……………..………………..20

Graduation Requirements……………………………………………..…………………………………………...……………..21

Grievance Procedure…………………………………………………………………....………………………..……………….23

Guidance and Counseling……………………………………………..…………………………………………...……………..24

Head Lice……………………………………………..…………………………………………...……………...........................24

Homecoming………………………………………………………………………………………………………...……………..25

Illegal Substances……………………………………………………………………………………………...………………….25

Media Release Agreement..…………………………………………..…………………………………………...……………..25

Medication Policy……………………………………………………………………………………………...…………………...26

Mifi………………………………………………………………………..…………………………………………...……………..27

Nut Allergy Policy………………………………………………...…………..…………………………………………………….27

Out of District Students…………………………………………………...……………..………………………………………...27

Online Classes…………………………………………………………………...……………..………………………………….27

Parking………………………………………………………………………………...……………..……………………………..27

Piedmont Promise Project (3P) …………………………………………………...…………….............................................28

Prom…………………………………………………………………………………...……………..……………………………..28

Promotion to the Next Grade Level……………………………………………………...…………….………………………...28

Required Use Policy (RUP)……………………………………………………...…………….………………………………....29

Quality Points…………………………………………………………………...…………….……………………………………32

Scholarships……………………………………………………………………...……………..………………………………….33

School Property……………………………………………………………………...…………….……………………………....33

Sexual Harassment………………………………………………………………...……………..……………………………….34

Special Education Services………………………………………………………………...……………..………………………34

Sportsmanship and Extracurricular Activities………………………………………………...……………..….……………….34

Teacher Absent from the Classroom……………………………………………………………...……………..………………34

Team Time…………………………………………………………………………………………...…………….……….……...34

Withdrawal ........…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...35

Acknowledgement Form…………………….……………………………………………………...………….….………………36



2019 - 2020 Handbook Committee

 

Horace Bramblett, Faculty and Staff

Anna Chambless, Faculty and Staff

Adam B. Clemons, Principal

Daisha Flint, Student

Cloie Grimes, Student

Lin Latta, Board of Education

Leah Odam, Faculty and Staff

Aaron Y. Studdard, Assistant Principal

Brandi Todd, Counselor

Carrie Yakely, Faculty and Staff

 

A Message from the SGA President 

 

Piedmont Students

 

On behalf of your Student Government Association, I would like to welcome each of you to Piedmont High School for another great school year. We are excited to have you back and cannot wait to see what another year of your contributions brings to all areas of our school’s success. I would like to thank our returning students for electing me to this position. It is a great honor to have the support of my fellow students as we continue the growth and prosperity of Piedmont High School. As a student at Piedmont High School, I have a great sense of pride and responsibility to you, my fellow classmates. 

 

I hope to be a positive role model to my fellow students and assist in your pursuit of academic success and character development, while we all endeavor to make this school year a very exciting one. Please, do not hesitate to approach me with any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas you may come across. I encourage you to achieve whatever goals you set for this school year and utilize as many learning resources as possible so your high school experience can go smoothly. ::Screen Shot 2019-04-29 at 3.33.39 PM.png

 

As we embark upon the upcoming school year, I would like to remind each of you to remember the words of Kerry Washington, “Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.” So, I encourage all of you each day to go and be the best you can be! Also, enjoy your time at Piedmont High School because it is limited. And always, no matter the circumstances, treat everyone with kindness and respect. 

 

Sincerely,

 

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SGA President

 

 

 

Handbook Topics

(Topics are in Alphabetical Order)

 

Academic Honors Night

Each spring, students who have maintained a 90 or above average for the first semester and third nine weeks are recognized at Academic Honors Night. Those who attend are presented academic letters. These students and their parents / guardians are invited to a reception. Students with incomplete grades are considered ineligible.

 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity means a student consistently presents his / her own original work and ideas for credit. Academic honesty is defined as:

 

  • Doing your own work

  • Crediting others’ work, pictures, facts, and ideas

  • Keeping your eyes on your own paper

  • Collaborating and helping, not copying

  • Using resources, including the Internet, with integrity

 

Referencing other people’s work is a common and necessary part of doing research and learning. Piedmont High School has adopted the MLA style of documentation to be used in all classes throughout the school. Students will be instructed in MLA format in their 9th grade English language arts class.

 

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Any form of cheating or claiming the work of another as your own is considered academic dishonesty, and includes but is not limited to the following:

 

Plagiarism

  • Using writings, passages, and ideas of others and passing them off as your own.

  • Using an outside source without proper acknowledgement.

  • Submitting or using falsified data or records.

 

Cheating

  • Acting dishonestly and practicing fraud, through direct deception. 

  • Assisting, encouraging, inciting, helping, or participating in misrepresenting someone’s work as your own. 

  • Using unauthorized materials, including screenshots, textbooks, calculators, or electronic devices not authorized during an exam or other assignment. 

 

Forgery / Stealing

  • Using unauthorized access to an exam or answers to an exam

  • Using an alternative stand-in or proxy during an exam

  • Altering computer or grade book reports, or forgery of signatures, for the purpose of academic advantage

  • Accessing teacher or administrative password protected accounts

  • Sabotaging or destroying the work of others

 

All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the PHS administration and may be recorded in the student’s disciplinary record. The legal guardians of the student will be contacted. Discipline may range from loss of credit for the assignment to recommendation of expulsion. Students may also be suspended. In any case of uncertainty, it is the student’s responsibility to ask the teacher whether an action would be considered academically dishonest or not, prior to acting. Those students who willingly aid or abet the student who cheats are equally guilty and will be disciplined in the same manner.  

 

Adjudication in a Court of Law

It is the responsibility of the student and parent to inform the school administration of any adjudication in a court of law regarding a student in regard to guardianship or criminal activity. Failure to do so within ten days of the closure of adjudication, or upon enrollment, may result in disciplinary procedures, including withdrawal or expulsion. 

 

It is also the responsibility of the parent or guardian to make the school aware in writing of any persons of whom the school needs to be aware in regards to the safety of our students. These may include, but are limited to, family members that are not to have contact with a student, convicted sexual predators, or restraining orders. 

 

Announcements/Posters

All posters and announcements must be approved by the administration or his/her designee. Approved bulletins and posters may be placed in designated areas only. Student generated daily announcements must be signed by a teacher or sponsor and an administrator or designee. 

 

Attendance / Check-Outs / Tardy Policy

ATTENDANCE

It is the combined responsibility of parents / guardians and the student to ensure school attendance requirements are met. Parents should know that absences from school have proven to be statistically detrimental to academic success. Teachers will take attendance daily and report to the office when a student is not present for class. 

 

The attendance policy is established to encourage students to be regular and punctual in school attendance. These guidelines are in place for unexcused absences and their accumulation will be in effect for the entire school year. 

 

Students who are suspended (ISS or OSS) shall not be punished academically for behavioral infractions. Students should communicate with their teachers BEFORE the suspension begins to receive instructions for completing assignments while suspended. It is incumbent upon the student and/or parent to inform the administration if the teacher fails to provide assignments while the student is in OSS or ISS.

 

Out of School Suspensions (OSS) assignments shall be completed while the student is out of school and turned into the teacher on the first day of the student’s return to school. 

 

# of unexcused absences

Consequences

1

Letter to parent or guardian. 

3

Three days of morning or afternoon detention 

4

Four days of morning or afternoon detention. 

5

Referral to the Piedmont City Truancy Officer. Five days of morning or afternoon detention. Loss of prom privileges at PHS or any other school. 

6

One day of Saturday School. Must be present on campus 1st – 7th period until notification. 

7

Referral to Early Warning Court by PCS Truancy Officer. Two days of ISS. One additional day of Saturday School.

8 or more

Additional discipline on a graduated basis will be administered by the administration. 

 

EXCUSES

Alabama Law requires parents / guardians to explain the reason(s) for school absences of students under their control or supervision. The parent / guardian must submit a written explanation within 3 school days of a student’s return to school. Students must bring an excuse to the office from a parent, guardian, medical practitioner, or court official when they return to school after an absence. The Principal or designee will determine if the excuse presented is excused or unexcused using standardized criteria:

 

Excused absences recognized by the State of Alabama include:

  • Personal Illness

  • Death in the immediate family

  • Inclement weather, which would be dangerous to the safety and health of the child, as determined by the Principal

  • Court appearance

  • Legal quarantine

  • Specific emergency conditions as determined by the school

Permission of the Principal upon reasonable request of the parent/guardian

 

Up to three (3) parent notes per semester are allowed to count for excused absences. A parent note can be written for two (2) consecutive days of absence, but after three (3) consecutive days, there should be a doctor’s note for the third and subsequent days. All written excuses of absence must be turned in within three (3) school days. After 3 days, the absence will be considered unexcused.  

 

Saturday School will be held on a monthly basis for students who have excessive unexcused absences, tardies, or checkouts. After five (5) unexcused absences, the student must make up missed time from school by attending Saturday School. Saturday School may also be assigned for excessive unexcused tardies or checkouts also.  

 

After ten (10) unexcused absences in the school year, no graduating senior shall be allowed to participate or attend the graduation ceremony associated with Piedmont High School. 

 

A student who accumulates 10 consecutive unexcused absences, or 15 cumulative unexcused absences, in a single semester will be reported to the Alabama Department of Public Safety for drivers’ license revocation or denial.

 

CHECKOUTS

No student may leave campus without permission. This includes students who arrive on campus before school begins. Please be aware that if a student checks out of school before 11:30 AM, it is counted as a full day absence by the attendance management system. 

 

Each student submits a registration card in the front office each year that includes emergency contacts and persons permitted to check the student out of school. If a parent or guardian has sole custody, a statement from a court of law to this effect must be on file. If a child’s situation changes, it is the responsibility of the parent to come to the front office to change the registration card. Only the person(s) designated on the checkout list may check a student out of school.  No other persons will be allowed to check out the student unless the parent has contacted the administration or an administrator’s designee. All students must have an active emergency phone number on file by the office of their respective school. 

 

Parents are not allowed to go to the classroom to pick up students. When a student is checked out of school an approved individual, he or she must sign the student out in the office. A school official must speak with a parent / guardian before a student is allowed to check out of school. The person checking out the student will be required to input their state driver’s identification number to serve as an electronic signature for the person.

 

After signing out in the office, the student must leave campus immediately. If the student returns to school after a checkout on that same day, he or she must sign in at the office upon returning.

 

# of unexcused checkouts

Consequences

3 - 4

One day of afternoon or morning detention and parent/student conference with administration or designee. 

5

Two days of afternoon or morning detention & loss of prom privileges at PHS and any other school. 

6

One day of In-School Suspension and parent/student conference with administration. 

7

Two days of In-School Suspension. 

8 or more

Additional discipline on a graduated basis will be administered by the administration.

 

CHECKING OUT DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER WARNINGS

If a parent decides to check out his or her student during an inclement weather event, the parent will be asked to sign a disclaimer form which contains the following information:

 

Severe weather is a very serious consideration for both the parent and the student.  Although the school system considers remaining in the school under our Inclement Weather Plan as the safest option for the well-being of your child; we recognize the rights of a parent / guardian to properly check out a student. 

 

TARDINESS

Punctuality is a critical component of being successful in whatever future our students pursue. Just as employers value being at work on time, our school values being in class on time. In preparing students for a career or college, students must be in the classroom by the time the tardy bell finishes ringing. 

 

The tardy policy is established to encourage student punctuality for each class. These guidelines are in place for unexcused tardiness and accumulation of tardies will start anew each semester.

 

# of unexcused tardies

Consequences

3 - 4

One day of afternoon or morning detention and parent/student conference with administration or designee.

5

Two days of afternoon or morning detention & loss of prom privileges at PHS and any other school.

6

One day of In-School Suspension and parent/student conference with administration.

7

Two days of In-School Suspension.

8 or more

Additional discipline on a graduated basis will be administered by the administration.

 

In addition to the consequences outlined above, students may also lose the privilege of taking online courses at home when their attendance is poor. These students will be required to be on campus for the entire school day until they are notified by the administration.

 

In appreciation for students who adhere to the attendance policy, PHS has implemented a positive behavior reward model to recognize students who are regular in attendance. These rewards will be administered three times per year.

 

All coaches and directors are directed to enforce additional extra-curricular discipline for those students who violate the attendance, checkout, and/or tardy policy.

 

Bicycles and Skateboards

Students riding bicycles to school must park them in a bike rack and are encouraged to use a chain and lock. Skateboards, skates, and scooters are not to be ridden on any property of Piedmont High School. Skateboards may not be carried within the hallways of PHS or taken into classrooms. Check them into the front office if they don’t fit in your locker. 

 

Bullying and Cyber-Bullying

Bullying is defined as a pattern of behavior intended to cause distress in one or more students, including physical or verbal harassment or threatening behavior towards others. Cyber-bullying is the same action through the use of technology. Such intimidation is not permitted at PHS and may be considered illegal. Students involved in bullying may be suspended, referred to law enforcement, and/or be recommended for expulsion. 

 

Any student feeling that he or she is the victim of bullying or cyber-bullying, or knows of someone in the Piedmont City School District who is a victim, should report such incidents to the counselor and/or administration immediately. Any parent, guardian, or family member of a victim or bystander should also report such incidents to the counselor and/or administration immediately. 

 

Anyone with information regarding bullying and/or cyber-bullying may report incidents anonymously by sending a note to the office, sending an email to a faculty member, or utilize reporting form from the Anti-Harassment Policy (see Student Code of Conduct). 

 

Electronic recording or distribution of electronic recordings (see “Electonic Devices”) without written permission from a teacher or an administrator may be considered bullying and will be disciplined accordingly. 

 

Additional information on bullying can be found in the Anti-Harassment Policy for Piedmont City School District.

 

Class Assignments

Principals will assign students to classes in keeping with school accreditation standards and any procedures or criteria that may be established by the school and district.

 

Clubs

All clubs shall operate under their established bylaws that have been approved by the club members, advisors, and administration. State or national bylaws of said clubs shall supersede in authority those of the local club, unless specifically stated by the state or national bylaws and so long as the school club is a member of the state or national body. These bylaws shall be made available on the school website or by the club sponsor should they be requested by a parent, guardian, or student.

 

Any student wishing to form a new club may petition the administration for approval by having 10% of the student population agree to join and a faculty or staff sponsor of said club. 

 

eSports:  The eSports Team is open to anyone who enjoys developing strategies in game-related websites. Students must adhere to a practice schedule and sportsmanship guidelines. 

 

Fellowship of Christian Students:  FCS is open to anyone who enjoys activities and fellowship in a Christian setting. A small membership fee may be requested to finance club activities.

 

Fishing Team:  The Fishing Team is open to anyone who enjoys fishing in the outdoors. A small membership fee may be requested as well as meeting tournament requirements. 

 

Future Farmers of America:  The Future Farmers of America (FFA) makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

 

HOSA: HOSA is open to all health science students wishing to pursue a future career in the health field. A small membership fee is requested to become a state and national member.

 

Mu Alpha Theta: Mu Alpha Theta is the national high school and two year college mathematics honor society.  A student must maintain at least an 85 average in their honors math courses for four or more consecutive semesters to qualify for induction into this organization.

 

National Honor Society:  Students in the National Honor Society (NHS) are selected for their scholastic achievement by modeling positive behavior as defined by the by-laws of the club. 

 

Piedmont Center Stage Society:  The Piedmont Center Stage Society is open to anyone who enjoys acting or participating in drama activities. A small membership fee may be required to finance club activities. 

 

Robotics:  Students will build and compete with Vex Robots at various high school tournaments. Students will be in charge of building, operating, and modifying robots during competitions. 

 

Student Government Association:  The Student Government Association (SGA) is organized for the purpose of promoting the interest of the student body for the betterment of the school. Officers and representatives are elected by the student body to serve for one school year. 

 

Contacting Faculty and Staff

All employees at Piedmont High School can be reached by calling (256) 447-2829. To make email contact, it is best to use the staff email link found at www.PiedmontHigh.org. Most email addresses are the first initial of the teacher’s first name, then the last name, followed by @pcsboe.us. (example: Adam Clemons: aclemons@pcsboe.us) 

 

Credit Recovery

The summer credit recovery program must be administered through a state-approved summer school. No more than three (3) credits may be earned in summer credit recovery or credit recovery during the school year. The principal must approve the courses attempted. For any credit recovery course, including summer credit recovery, the recovery grade will be added to the transcript as an additional class. The failing grade will not be removed from the transcript.  

 

The Piedmont City Board of Education may operate summer schools when needed to serve the educational goals of the school system.  All summer sessions will comply with Alabama law and the State Board of Education Resolutions as amended March 1997.

 

Discipline – ISS / OSS / Alternative School / Expulsion

The goal of discipline is to provide a safe and healthy atmosphere for students and staff and to develop student growth in a positive direction. Therefore, we have developed a code that is progressive in nature, follows legal due process, and allows for student growth in making appropriate behavior choices. Administrative disciplinary actions are listed in detail in the Piedmont City School District’s Code of Student Conduct. Students and parents should refer to this guide for specific details. 

 

Corporal punishment is not utilized as a disciplinary action at Piedmont High School. Parents do not have the option to request paddling.  

 

Out of school suspension (OSS) assignments and in-school suspension (ISS) assignments should be completed while the student is out of school. Upon return, all work must be completed and turned into the teacher unless the teacher has indicated otherwise. Students suspended out of school or in school will not be punished academically. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with his / her teacher about assignments BEFORE the suspension begins. It is incumbent upon the student and/or parent to inform the administration if the teacher has not provided work while in OSS or ISS.  

 

The administration shall involve the local police authorities if deemed necessary. 

 

In addition to disciplinary action, some behaviors may be considered grounds for expulsion from school or alternative school placement. The school may file a complaint in court or a petition in juvenile court in accordance with fire marshal regulations and city or state laws. All students will have the right to a due processing hearing before proceeding. 

 

Dress Code

Students on campus shall be clean and dressed in a manner that is appropriate to a learning or professional work environment. Students who wear inappropriate clothing will be asked to change into appropriate clothing before returning to class. Appropriate school clothing must also be worn on school-sponsored field trips. The final determination of appropriate attire rests with school administrators.

 

The following clothing items are prohibited on the Piedmont High School Campus:

  • Clothing or paraphernalia may not be racist, sexist, immoral, clearly indecent, vulgar, gang affiliated, or compromise safety.

  • Clothing or paraphernalia that advertises or displays any product or service not permitted to minors by law. Any clothing, paraphernalia, grooming, jewelry, chains, hair style, accessories, or body adornments that are or contain any advertisements, symbols, words, slogans, patches, or pictures that:

    • Refer to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons

    • Are sexual in nature

    • Denote membership in gangs which advocate drug use, violence, or disruptive behavior by virtue of color, arrangement, trademark, or other attribute

    • Are obscene, profane, vulgar, lewd or legally libelous

    • Threaten the safety or welfare of any person

    • Promote any activity prohibited by the student code of conduct

  • Pajamas or house shoes

  • Sunglasses, hoods, hats, hair styles, or other head coverings that hide a student’s identity

  • Inappropriately sheer, tight, torn, ripped, or low cut clothing that bares or exposes parts of the body including the stomach, buttocks, back, breasts, upper thighs, or undergarments.

  • Clothing that distracts or disrupts others from the educational process.

Student clothing must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Shirt hems must fall below the beltline.

  • Shirt straps must be worn on the shoulder and be at least 3’’ in width from front to back.

  • Shorts, skirts, and any holes/rips/tears in clothing must be mid-thigh level or longer when standing.

  • Sagging is not allowed.

  • In accordance with health and safety regulations, footwear must be worn at all times.

 

Students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action. It will be left to the discretion of the administration or a designee to determine when clothing, appearance, or items brought to school are inappropriate for the educational setting.

 

Drop-off / Pick-up

No student should be on campus before 7:20 AM without prior approval of the administration. Students must have certified supervision upon arriving on campus. Students should be dropped off at the cafeteria doors to enter the building.

 

Students should be picked up immediately after school (3:02 PM) on the north end of the building nearest the Career Tech building. 

 

Dual Enrollment (DE)

PHS will collaborate with state colleges and universities to offer dual enrollment courses. These courses may be taught by a qualified PHS faculty member or by a faculty member of the college or university. It is the responsibility of the student to comply with all admission, tuition, and class requirements of the college or university to be eligible for college credit. 

 

Core dual enrollment classes will count toward a student’s GPA as an honors class. It will count as an equivalent high school course as approved by the principal. 

 

Electronic Devices

All personal electronic devices must be turned off, silenced, and put away during class time. If seen or heard, they will be confiscated and turned into the office. Students may not use their electronic device to make a phone call during the school day without the written permission of a teacher or administrator. 

 

Consequences are as follows:

  • 1st Offense – A parent/guardian must pick up the device after 3:00 p.m. of the school day from the front office.

  • 2nd Offense – A parent/guardian must pick up the device from the front office at the end of the next school day at 3:00 p.m.

  • 3rd Offense – A parent/guardian must pick up the device from the front office seven school days from the date of confiscation at 3:00 p.m. on the last day. 

 

Further infractions will result in progressive discipline for insubordination. Use of any electronic devices resulting in academic dishonesty will result in appropriate disciplinary action.

 

MISUSE

Electronic recording of any kind without the written permission of a teacher or administrator shall not be allowed. If a student if found to have violated this policy, he or she may be disciplined with the device confiscated for five school days and three days of ISS. Additionally, students who distribute electronic recordings to others without the written permission of a teacher or administrator will also be guilty of violating this policy. 

 

Electronic recording or distribution of electronic recordings, including live broadcasts, without written permission from a teacher or an administrator may be considered bullying (See Bullying / Cyber-bullying). 

 

Failure to turn over an electronic device when asked by an administrator shall require additional discipline by the administration. 

 

PHS staff and administration are not responsible for lost, broken, destroyed, or stolen electronic devices that belong to individuals. PHS staff members are not obligated to engage in searching for lost or stolen devices of individuals. All electronic devices belonging to individuals and the school district are subject to the rules and regulations of this policy.   

 

Endorsements 

Endorsements are additional honors bestowed upon students in conjunction with the high school diploma. Students who receive endorsements are given seals on their diplomas or color-coded cords to wear at the high school graduation ceremony. 

 

  • ACT/SAT Scholar – A student can earn an ACT/SAT Scholar endorsement if he/she scores a 25 composite score or better on the ACT or a 1200 composite or better on the SAT. 

  • Career and Technical - A student can earn a Career and Technical endorsement if he/she passes all standard coursework and pass three career and technical courses. 

  • Fine Arts – A student can earn a Fine Arts endorsement if he/she takes and passes a minimum of three fine arts courses. Each credit must be from a different fine arts class. 

  • Foreign Language - A student can earn a Foreign Language endorsement on his/her diploma if he/she takes and passes a minimum of three Foreign Language courses. 

  • Career Ready - A student can earn a Career Ready endorsement if he/she passes all standard coursework, submits a signed application for enrollment, meets the requirement of 95% attendance with no more than two unexcused absences, meets the requirement of being at school all day and on time 95% of the time with no more than five unexcused tardies or checkouts, be in good standing with no major disciplinary infractions or unpaid fines, and is involved in at least two of the following:  organized team sport, organized non-team sport, extracurricular program, part-time employment of 10 hours per week for four consecutive months during the school year, or community service project. 

 

Equal Opportunity Statement

The Piedmont City School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following people have been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

 

  • Mike Hayes, Title IX Coordinator, 502 Hood Street, Piedmont, AL 36272, 256-447-8831

  • Mrs. Debra Ledbetter, 504 Coordinator, 504 Hood Street, Piedmont, AL 36272, 256-447-7483

  • Mrs. Revonda Pruitt, Title II Coordinator, 506 Hood Street, Piedmont, AL 36272, 256-447-9481

 

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

 

Exams

Semester exams will be cumulative and will account for 20% of the final grade. Students who take an AP exam for a course in which they are enrolled will be exempt from the second semester exam in that course.   

 

Students may exempt final exams each semester only if they meet the requirements below. 

 

Semester Average

# of Class Absences

# of Class Tardies/

Checkouts

# of ISS days

Assigned

A

4 or less

3 or less

3

B

3 or less

2 or less

2

C

2 or less

1 or less

1

 

Each teacher is responsible for recording attendance and tardiness in each of his/her classes.  If a student has been assigned to OSS, has been in alternative school, or owes a late fee, he/she is not eligible for an exam exemption. The number of class absences includes both excused and unexcused absences. 

 

If a student does not qualify for a final exam exemption due to absences from a chronic medical issue that is documented by a medical doctor, that is court ordered, or is due to a death of an immediate family member, the student must write a letter to the principal asking for clemency with pertinent information enclosed with the letter (e.g., doctor’s note, court documents, obituary, etc). The letter must be submitted seven (7) school days prior to the exam. A clemency committee will be comprised of three members of the staff, appointed by the principal, who will vote by majority on which absences are clemency qualified. 

 

If a teacher wishes not to allow for the exemption, he/she must indicate such in the course syllabus that will be given to the student when the course begins.

 

Students who owe a fine or late fee are ineligible for exemption from semester exams.   

 

Exchange of Money / Goods, Donations, Collections, and Distribution of Materials

Unauthorized selling, buying, or trading of merchandise at school is prohibited. This includes buying, selling, and trading electronic devices, sodas, food, clothing, sports apparel, or equipment. The unauthorized request for money or donations is prohibited. The unauthorized distribution of materials is prohibited. Authorization may only be giving by the school administration. 

 

Excuses

Students who are absent must have a written excuse from a parent, guardian, or doctor, and turn it in to the front office within three (3) school days of the absence. The excuse must include the student’s first and last name, the dates absent, and the reason why the student was absent. The excuse must be legible. 

 

This policy will be strictly enforced for prom, graduation exercises, etc.

 

Please see Attendance Policy (pp. 9-12) for more details.  

 

Extracurricular Activity Participation

Extracurricular participation has been shown to increase child development in a number of ways. Piedmont High School has one of the highest participation rates in extracurricular activities of any high school in the state. It is a tradition of which we are proud, and it is the backbone of our success. These guidelines are established to balance extracurricular activities with the academic interests of the school. 

 

  • Students who are out of school over half the school day without an administrator excuse will not be eligible for participation. 

  • Students who are assigned to In-School Suspension (ISS) must stay in ISS during the school day; however, they may participate in after-school extracurricular activities.

  • Students who are assigned to Out of School Suspension (OSS) or alternative school may not participate in any extracurricular activities before or after school. 

 

The NCAA Core Course requirements stipulate that student athletes must complete specific courses in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and additional electives in foreign language, computer science, philosophy, or non-doctrinal religion. Parents and students should become familiar with these rules by speaking with the PHS Athletic Director. More information is also available on the website, www.eligibilitycenter.org. 

 

After completing their junior year, students will need to submit a registration form with the NCAA Eligibility Center certifying them as eligible if they intend to participate in Division I or Division II college athletics next year. A parent/athlete night will be offered by the Athletic Director in September to explain the process and complete the registration. 

 

It is the parents’ responsibility to understand and abide by all rules and regulations of the Alabama High School Athletic Association regarding participation and eligibility of his or her student. Additional rules established by the coaches and directors are the rules participants are required to follow. It the discretion of the coaches and directors as to who participates in extracurricular activities. 

 

Fees 

All fees, fines, and charges will be collected and accounted for in accordance with the procedures, rules, and regulations developed by the Chief School Financial Officer or as provided in the Board finance or local school finance manual.

 

  • MacBook Usage Fee    $50.00 per year

  • Locker         $10.00 per year

  • Parking Tag         $15.00 per year

  • Driver’s Educaton fee $10.00 per student enrolled in Driver’s Ed. course

 

A MacBook usage fee shall be assessed to student accounts at the beginning of each year. The fee may be paid in full or a payment plan with a minimum deposit of $25 shall be established with the administration prior to the assignment of the MacBook to the student. 

 

Lockers and/or parking tags may be purchased from the administration. 

 

Fines and Late Fees

Any student who causes damage to a school computer, electronic device, power cord, and/or backpack, and/or causes damages to any physical property of the school, shall be assessed a fee as determined by the administration and fined. 

 

Students on a MacBook payment plan and/or students who owe fines or who fail to maintain good standing on their accounts may not participate in homecoming activities at PHS, prom activities at PHS or another school, baccalaureate activities, and/or graduation ceremonies unless the fine is rectified five days prior to the event. 

 

Students who owe a fine or late fee are ineligible for exemption from a semester exam.

 

Flower/Gift Deliveries

Under no circumstances are flowers / gifts to be delivered to the school for any student. 

 

Food and Drinks

Federal CNP lunchroom regulations do not allow for commercial restaurant food to be brought into the school cafeteria for breakfast or lunch. 

 

Drinks are permissible on campus as long as they are contained within a spill-free container. 

 

At no time should drinks or food be near a student’s computer or any electronic device belonging to the school. 

 

Foreign Exchange

The Superintendent is authorized to develop guidelines and procedures, with Board approval, under which foreign exchange students may attend Piedmont City Schools and by which Piedmont students may participate in foreign exchange programs. 

 

Gifted Students

Gifted students are those who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment.  These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor. Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities may refer a student. 

 

For each student referred, information is gathered in the areas of aptitude, characteristics, and performance.  The information is entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services. To make a referral, contact the counselor at your child’s school. 

 

Grading System

Students are awarded credit based on their performance toward meeting standards and expectations in the course. Teachers will provide procedures for how a student will be graded and include this information within their academic syllabus, which will be provided to all students, either electronically or by paper, at the beginning of the course. Grades are earned as follows:

 

90% - 100%  A    Excellent

80% - 89%    B    Good

70% - 79%    C    Fair

60% - 69%    D    Poor

59% and below    Failure

 

The total grade for the term will be calculated as follows:

   40% - 1st 9 weeks average

   40% - 2nd 9 weeks average 

+ 20% - Semester Exam (unless the student is exempt)

Semester Final Grade

 

Passing grades for all subjects is 60%. Students earn ½ credit per semester for classes passed. If a student fails the first semester of an online course, he/she must repeat that semester before moving on to the next semester. 

 

It is important that parents or guardians provide updated contact information to all teachers at all times so that teachers can communicate regarding academic progress throughout the year. 

 

Graduation Exercises

In order to participate in the high school graduation exercises, students must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Earned all of the state required Carnegie units or be properly identified as a student receiving special services who has fulfilled all IEP requirements.

  • Attendance policy and fines/late fees guidelines as outlined in this handbook. 

  • Stoles, cords, displays, etc., not associated with Piedmont High School and approved by the administration cannot be worn at baccalaureate or graduation. 



Graduation Requirements

A student must meet the requirements established for his/her graduating class in order to qualify for graduation.
Diploma options available at Piedmont High School for the Classes of 2020 and 2021:

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Alabama

High School Diploma

Credits

Alabama High

School Diploma

w/Advanced

Endorsement

Credits

Alabama High

School Diploma

w/Honors

Endorsement

Credits

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

4

4

4

Four credits to include the equivalent of:

English 9

English 10

English 11

English 12 


1

1

1

1


1


1 (Honor’s)

1 (Honor’s)

1 (Std or AP)

1 (Std or AP)

MATHEMATICS

4

4

4

Four credits to include the equivalent of:

Algebra I

Geometry

Algebra II with Trigonometry

Math Elective(s)


1

1

1

  1


1

1

1


1

1 (Honor’s)

1 (Honor’s)

1 (Std or AP)

SCIENCE

4

4

4

Four credits to include the equivalent of:

Biology

Physical Science

Chemistry or Physics

Science Electives 


1

1


2



2


1 (Honor’s)


1

2 (Hon or AP)

SOCIAL STUDIES

4

4

4

Four credits to include the equivalent of:

Grade 9 World History

Grade 10 US Hist. to 1877

Grade 11 US Hist. 1877 - Present

Grade 12 Gov’t/Econ


1

1

1

1


1

1


1 (Honor’s)

1 (Honor’s)

1 (Std or AP)

1 (Std or AP)

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

1

1

1

HEALTH EDUCATION

0.5

0.5

0.5

CAREER PREPAREDNESS

1

1

1

CTE, ARTS, &/or FOREIGN LANGUAGE

3

3***

3***

ELECTIVES

2.5

2.5

2.5

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED

24

24

24

*** Advanced and Honors must take at least 2 Foreign Languages in succession. (Ex. Spanish I and II, or French I and II, etc.)

  • Beginning with the Class of 2020, all students must pass one computer science course. 

  • All students who earn an honors  endorsement must take and pass four AP courses of their choice OR three AP courses plus earn a dual enrollment credit in a non-AP course. All students in AP courses must take the AP exam at the end of the course. 

  • Students enrolled in Gadsden State’s Career Tech Dual Enrollment program can earn an Honors endorsement. One-year participants must take and pass at least two AP courses and two dual enrollment classes. Two-year participants must take and pass at least one AP course and three dual enrollment classes. Three-year participants must take and pass at least four dual enrollment classes. 

  • A student can earn a foreign language endorsement if they take and pass a minimum of three foreign language courses.

  • A student can earn a computer information systems endorsement if they take and pass a minimum of three CIS courses.

  • A student can earn a health science endorsement if they take and pass a minimum of three health science courses.

  • A student can earn a fine arts endorsement if they take and pass a minimum of three fine arts courses.

  • All students must have at least one online experience during their high school career.

  • Students can receive a career and technical endorsement on their diploma if they pass all standard coursework and pass three career technical courses.

  • All students must take four core classes each year unless approved by the administration.




Diploma options available at Piedmont High School for the Class of 2022 and beyond:

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Alabama

High School Diploma

Credits

Alabama High

School Diploma

w/Advanced

Endorsement

Credits

Alabama High

School Diploma

w/Honors

Endorsement

Credits

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

4

4

4

Four credits to include the equivalent of:

English 9

English 10

English 11

English 12 


1

1

1

1


1


1 (Honors)

1 (Honors)

1 (Std or AP or DE)

1 (Std or AP or DE)

MATHEMATICS

4

4

4

Four credits to include the equivalent of:

Algebra I (OR Algebra 1A & 1B)

Geometry

Algebraic Connections

Algebra II with Trigonometry

Pre-Calculus


1

1

1

   1 

 

  


1

1

1


                   


1

1 (Honors)


              1 (Honors)

1

SCIENCE

4

4

4

Four credits to include the equivalent of:

Biology

Physical Science

Chemistry or Physics

Science Electives 


1

1


2



2


1 (Honors)


1

2 (Hon or AP or DE)

SOCIAL STUDIES

4

4

4

Four credits to include the equivalent of:

Grade 9 World History

Grade 10 US Hist. to 1877

Grade 11 US Hist. 1877 - Present

Grade 12 Gov’t/Econ


1

1

1

1


1

1


1 (Honors)

1 (Honors)

1 (Std or AP or DE)

1 (Std or AP or DE)

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

1

1

1

HEALTH EDUCATION

0.5

0.5

0.5

CAREER PREPAREDNESS

1

1

1

CTE, ARTS, &/or FOREIGN LANGUAGE

3

3***

3***

ELECTIVES

2.5

2.5

2.5

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED

24

24

24

*** Advanced and Honors must take at least 2 Foreign Languages in succession. (Ex. Spanish I and II, or French I and II, etc.)

  • All students must pass one computer science course. 

  • All students who earn an Honors endorsement must take and pass four AP courses of their choice OR three AP courses plus earn a dual enrollment credit in a non-AP course. All students in AP must take the AP exam at the end of the course.

  • Students enrolled in Gadsden State’s Career Tech Dual Enrollment program can earn an Honors endorsement. One-year participants must take and pass at least two AP courses and two dual enrollment classes. Two-year participants must take and pass at least one AP course and three dual enrollment classes. Three-year participants must take and pass at least four dual enrollment classes. 

  • A student can earn a foreign language endorsement if they take and pass a minimum of three foreign language courses.

  • A student can earn a computer information systems endorsement if they take and pass a minimum of three CIS courses.

  • A student can earn a health science endorsement if they take and pass a minimum of three health science courses.

  • A student can earn a fine arts endorsement if they take and pass a minimum of three fine arts courses.

  • All students must have at least one online experience during their high school career.

  • Students can receive a career and technical endorsement on their diploma if they pass all standard coursework and pass three career technical courses.

  • All students must take four core classes each year unless approved by the administration.

 

The principal will determine transfer credits.

 

A student may receive distinction in four academic areas, English, history, math, and science, if he/she earns an “A” in all four classes of the same subject. 

 

Students with disabilities as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Public Law 101-476) have the opportunity to be awarded a diploma. The Individualized Education Plan will guide the course of study for each student.

 

Grievance Procedure

The purpose of this procedure is to provide an orderly and systematic method whereby students can resolve differences that might develop between them and professional employees of the Board of Education in an equitable and expeditious manner.

 

DEFINITIONS

Grievance - Grievance shall mean a claim submitted by a student or group of students involving:

  • a violation of human or citizenship rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution, federal or state law;

  • a misinterpretation of the Board of Education policy by professional staff members;

  • a misapplication of administrative rules and regulations by professional staff members.

Student - Student shall mean any person currently enrolled in a school operated under the authority of the Piedmont City Board of Education.

Days - Days shall mean school days exclusive of Saturday, Sunday, or official holidays, as established by the school calendar.

Parties in Interest - Any persons involved in the processing of a grievance.

 

INFORMAL PROCEDURE

Hopefully, most grievances can be resolved informally and at the immediate level of supervision. With this objective in mind, simple and honest communication is encouraged between students, teachers, and/or administrators. Parents or guardians should feel free to communicate with teachers and principals at any point in the procedure. A student who feels he/she has a grievance should present the matter orally to his/her teacher if the teacher is in a position to resolve the grievance. If the teacher is not in a position to resolve the grievance, the matter should be presented to the assistant principal. If not resolved by the assistant principal, the grievance should be presented to the principal. The principal shall attempt to resolve the grievance within five (5) days from the time presented and advise the grievant of the decision within two (2) days thereafter. If the grievance is resolved, or if no further action is needed, the matter is closed.

 

FORMAL PROCEDURE

If the grievance is not resolved through the informal procedure, a student and/or his/her parent/guardian may present a formal grievance. The grievance must be filed in writing at each level and the grievant shall indicate with this filing at each level that will accompany or represent him in any meetings or hearings that might be conducted. All meetings and hearings shall be conducted at a specified time, which does not interfere with the student's scheduled classes or activities. All decisions at each level shall be recorded in writing and filed for future reference.

 

Level One--Principal

Representation--The grievant must present the grievance, but may be accompanied by a parent or guardian, a fellow student, or a faculty member of the student's choice.

 

The aggrieved party shall file the grievance in writing with the principal and the grievance shall be signed by the aggrieved party. The principal shall set a time to discuss the grievance that is mutually convenient for the parties-in-interest and shall seek an amicable solution to the problem. Within five (5) days after receipt of the grievance, the principal shall hear the grievance and within two (2) days after hearing the grievance shall notify the aggrieved party in writing of the final decision. If the grievance is not resolved by the principal to the satisfaction of the aggrieved at level one, the grievant may appeal within ten (10) days to the superintendent.

 

Level Two--Superintendent

Representation--The grievant must present the grievance initially, but may be represented by anyone of his choosing.

 

Within ten (10) days after receipt of the decision at level one, the aggrieved party and/or his parent or guardian may appeal to the superintendent. The superintendent shall, within a ten (10) day period following the appeal do one or more of the following, as he may deem appropriate:

  1. Review written decisions at level one together with any and all other documentary evidence that may be submitted.

  2. Conduct a hearing with all persons whom he may choose to invite including, however, the principal parties.

  3. Designate such person or person as he deem appropriate to investigate the grievance and to offer recommendations prior to making his final decision.

 

After the superintendent initiates one or more of the options listed above, he shall within seven (7) days make a final decision on the appeal and notify the grievant in writing of this decision. A copy of such written notification shall be mailed to the principal.

 

Level Three--Board of Education

Representation--The grievant and his parent or guardian must be present, but he may be represented by anyone of his choosing.

 

Within ten (10) days after the receipt of the decision at level two, the aggrieved party or his parent or guardian may appeal to the Board of Education. The Board shall conduct a hearing at the next regular scheduled meeting of the Board. The hearing may be an open or closed session as requested by the grievant and his parent or guardian and all parties-in-interest shall be permitted to attend. The Board shall reach a decision concerning the grievance within (10) days after the hearing and shall convey the decision to the grievant and his parent or guardian within two (2) days after reaching the decision.

 

The decision of the Board of Education shall be final unless the grievant and his parent or guardian decides to appeal to the courts or to utilize any other duly recognized procedure as established by law.

 

Guidance and Counseling  

School-based mental health services are available for students at Piedmont City Schools. A student may refer himself or herself, a parent can refer students, and students can be referred by a teacher to receive school-based mental health services. Once the referral is made, the parent will be contacted by school-based mental health services for scheduling an intake appointment with the school-based mental health counselor. By law, students age 14 and older are not required to get parental consent to receive school-based mental health services. 

 

Head Lice Policy

The Piedmont City Board of Education follows the Alabama Department of Public Health Recommended Guidelines for Control of Head Lice in Schools. The Alabama Department of Public Health does not require that a student with nits be denied attendance in school. Students found with live head lice should be referred to their parents for treatment. 

 

When a child is discovered to have an active case of head lice and is checked out of school, the absence for the remainder of that day will be counted as an excused absence. There shall be a 48 hour excused absence period granted for each occurrence of this situation. If the active lice are not removed within 48 hours, additional days the child is absent from school will be unexcused. For example, a child sent home on a Monday with an active case of head lice will be excused for that day as well as the following day if necessary. If a child is sent home on a Friday, he or she will be expected to return to school on Monday to be rechecked for active lice. For recurring incidents during the school year, a potential report could be forwarded to the Department of Human Resources. 

 

Once the student has received appropriate lice treatment, the school nurse or other school representative, to make sure no active head lice are found, must check him or her before returning to class. A parent/guardian will be required to accompany the student to school for re-examination following recommended treatment. If no active head lice are found, the student may return to class.

 

Homecoming

The homecoming court will be selected by grade level. After the seniors have selected the senior court, the whole student body will vote from the three seniors for the homecoming queen. The queen will be elected by a plurality vote. In the event of a tie, a runoff election will be held. 

 

Illegal Substances

The use of/or possession of alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, tobacco products, or nicotine products including e-cigarettes, will not be tolerated at Piedmont High School, on school transportation, or at any school sponsored event, and appropriate discipline will be administered for those using or possessing such items. If a student is found in possession of alcohol or drugs at school, on school transportation, or any school sponsored event, the administration or faculty member in a supervisory position, shall, upon finding the illegal substance, notify the adminstration and local police authorities.  

 

A student possessing or using illegal drugs, unauthorized prescription drugs, or alcohol will be given indefinite suspension or expulsion.  A due process hearing will be afforded the student and parents/guardians.  All information about the incident will be compiled and sent to the superintendent, who will assemble a due process hearing for an expulsion committee. A written report of the committee’s findings will be submitted to the Piedmont City School District Board of Education.  

 

Media Release Agreement

Piedmont City School District and Piedmont High School may, on occasion use names, photographs, or videos of the students without limitation for the purposes of advertisement, promotion, recognition, or publication, with or without the name of the student. The use of all or any part of the information pertaining to the above will be at the discretion of the Piedmont City School District for use in public display and is in no way intended to harm those parties involved.

 

Any parent/guardian that does not wish to comply with this media release agreement must contact the individual school, in writing, within ten days of the student starting the school year to ensure that his / her child’s likeness is not used by the school system for any reason.

 

Medication Policy

Piedmont City Schools follows the Alabama Board of Nursing and the Alabama State Department of Education guidelines for the administration of medication. In order for the school nurse or trained medication assistant to administer medications during school hours, the following requirements must be met. 

 

  1. The Alabama State Department of Education’s School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization form (PPA) must be completed prior to any medication being administered in the school setting. No medication will be administered at school until this authorization form has been properly completed and signed. 

  2. Medications sent to school with a handwritten note by the parent will not be administered. 

  3. The parent/guardian shall give the first dose of a new medication at home in case of a possible reaction. 

  4. A medication can only be given to the child for whom it is prescribed or purchased. Students, even from the same family, may not share medications.

  5. All medications to be administered at school shall be brought to the school office by the parent/guardian or designated responsible adult, and given to the school nurse. For safety reasons, medication should never be brought to school by the student.

  6. Each medication requires its own Prescriber/Parent Authorization form (PPA). 

  7. Students should never have any medications in purses, backpacks, lunch boxes, etc. The only exception is emergency medications including asthma inhalers, epinephrine, and diabetic supplies. Failure to comply with this policy could result in suspension, alternative school placement, or expulsion.  

  8. If any student has emergency medication to be kept on-person, a Prescriber/Parent Authorization form (PPA) must be completed and signed by the physician and the parent/guardian. These forms must be given to the school nurse for approval prior to carrying the medication on-person. The school nurse will verify all orders before students are allowed to carry and self-administer medications. All emergency medications kept on-person must be in the original container from the pharmacy, labeled with the student’s name, medication name, dose of medication, times to be administered, pharmacy name, and prescriber’s name.

  9. Prescription medications must be in the original container with a current pharmacy prescription label attached. The Prescriber/Parent Authorization form (PPA) must be completed and signed by the physician and the parent/guardian.  

  10. Non-prescription medications such as Tylenol, Advil, Benadryl, cough medicine, cough drops, anti-itch cream, etc., may be given on a short-term basis. These medications must be provided by the parent/guardian in a new, unopened, sealed container identifying the medication name, dosage, and manufacturer’s labeling. The Prescriber/Parent Authorization form (PPA) must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian and must include specific instructions as to when or why such medicines may be necessary. Manufacturer’s dosing guidelines will be followed. If occasional non-prescription medication use becomes excessive, a PPA signed by the physician and parent/guardian may be required at any point upon request by the school nurse.

  11. All non-prescription medications to be given at school for longer than 10 consecutive days require that the Prescriber/Parent Authorization form (PPA) be completed and signed by the physician and the parent/guardian.

  12. Non-prescription medication that exceeds the manufacturer’s recommended dosage will require completion of the Prescriber/Parent Authorization form (PPA) signed by the physician and the parent/guardian. 

  13. Please note that Piedmont City Schools does not stock any non-prescription medications such as Tylenol, Pepto-Bismol, etc., because it is a violation of the Board of Pharmacy.

  14. The parent/guardian must provide the school with a new Prescriber/Parent Authorization form (PPA) if the medication orders or dosages are changed during the school year. Only the prescriber (MD, NP, PA) can change a medication order (dose, frequency, time, etc.). Changes to the medication orders by a parent/guardian will not be accepted. 

  15. The parent/guardian shall pick up a student’s medication at the end of the school year. The school nurse will dispose of any remaining medications upon completion of the school year. No medications will be kept at school over the summer.

 

Mifi

Students violate of the Required Use Policy (RUP) by bringing their Mifi or using their personal device to bypass the internet filter system. Discipline action will be administered for those found in violation of this policy, including the possibility of the device being confiscated. 

 

Nut Allergy Policy

Piedmont High School recognizes that some students have allergies that can cause severe and possibly life-threatening reactions. If students bring nuts or nut products to school for lunch or snack, we ask that the following steps be taken: 

 

1. The student bringing the nuts/nut products will inform the teacher if he/she has the nuts/nut product for snack or lunch.

2. If a student brings nuts or nut products to school, a safe distance will separate those students from the others in the classroom or in the cafeteria.

 

Out of District Students

Piedmont City School District is proud to be an open enrollment district and we welcome all students to come experience all that PHS has to offer. For out of district students, going to school at PHS is a privilege that we hope will be viewed and honored as such. Any out of district student can be withdrawn from PHS for poor academic performance or disciplinary infractions, including violations of the attendance, checkout, and tardy policies. 

 

Online Classes

Piedmont High School allows students in grades 10-12 to participate in online classes first and seventh periods, when available. In each online course, students are required to attend at least one face-to-face meeting of the class per week at the school. Students who do not make adequate progress or fail to maintain a grade established by the teacher and checked weekly by the teacher and communicated to students are required to attend class each day of that week. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action assigned by the teacher or administration. 

 

If a student fails an online class during the first semester, they are required to attend face-to-face class meetings every day of the second semester even if the student takes another class.  

 

After six unexcused checkouts, absences, or tardies, students will be required to attend face-to-face class meetings for an extended period of time that shall be established by the administration. 

 

Parking

Parking permits are sold to legally licensed and insured students. Parking permits are $15. They are non-transferrable and non-refundable. Students must display their parking permit at all times.

 

To purchase a parking permit, students must bring the vehicle and the following information to PHS: valid driver’s license, current vehicle registration, proof of insurance, and permit payment. All outstanding school fines, fees, and lunchroom charges must be paid in full prior to obtaining a parking permit. Parking privileges may be suspended for disciplinary matters including tardiness, unexcused checkouts, and unexcused absences.

 

Parking on school property without a valid parking permit affixed to the rear view mirror of the registered car, or parking in the bus zone, fire zone, teacher zone, or half circle in front of the school will result in parking fines and/or the car being booted or towed. Unpaid fines of 30 days or greater may result in the loss of parking privileges. 

 

Students are prohibited from going to their cars during the school day unless they have permission from a member of the faculty and staff. 

 

Piedmont Promise Project (3P)

The Piedmont Promise Project (3P) is designed to best equip Piedmont High School graduates with an advantage over other Alabama graduates in their pursuit of a career or enrollment into college. The 3P fulfills the Alabama curriculum requirement of Career Prep B. Seniors must pass their 3P project in order to receive their diploma. 

 

Every senior at Piedmont High School is required to complete the 3P to be eligible to attend and/or participate in the graduation ceremonies of Piedmont High School. 

 

Prom

PHS juniors and seniors and their approved guests may attend the prom. All guests from other schools must complete an application for prom approval that must be signed by the guest’s school principal and approved by the PHS administration or designee. This form must be turned into the prom sponsor no later than two weeks prior to the Friday before prom to receive a guest pass. The guest may not be twenty-one years of age or older. The guest may not be a middle school student. 

 

  • Any student who owes fines or cafeteria fees, or has not fulfilled his/her end of the MacBook fee payment plan, may not attend prom. 

 

  • Any student who has been in ISS or OSS for five or more days may not attend prom. 

 

  • Any student who fails a course in the fall semester is on prom probation. The student must pass the same course through credit recovery three weeks prior to prom in the spring semester. This applies to all courses the student fails in the fall semester. 

 

  • No refunds will be returned for students who pay the prom fee and then choose not to attend.  


Promotion to the Next Grade Level

Grade

 

Credits Required for

Promotion

12

 

17

11

 

10

10

 

5

09

   

 

Required Use Policy (RUP)

The Piedmont City School District provides all students access to the internet, network resources as well as laptop computers at designated graded levels, as a means to promote achievement and provide diverse opportunities during the educational experience. This policy provides guidelines and information about the limitations that the school imposes on use of these resources. In addition to this policy, the use of any school computer, including laptop computers, also requires students to abide by the PCSD Technology Use Guidelines as stated in the Student Code of Conduct. Additional rules may be added as necessary and will become a part of this policy.

 

RUP: Terms of the Required Use and Internet Safety Policy

Specifically, the student will adhere to these guidelines each time the Internet is used at home and school:

 

  1. Will make available for inspection by an administrator or teacher upon request any messages or files sent or received at any Internet location.  Files stored and information accessed, downloaded or transferred on district-owned technology are not private.

  2. Will use appropriate language in all communications avoiding profanity, obscenity and offensive or inflammatory speech. Cyber bullying, such as personal attacks and/or threats on/against anyone made while using district owned technology to access the Internet or local school networks, is to be reported to responsible school personnel. Rules of netiquette should be followed conducting oneself in a responsible, ethical and polite manner.  

  3. Will follow copyright laws and should only download/import music or other files to a district owned technology that he/she is authorized or legally permitted to reproduce, or for which he/she has the copyright.

  4. Will never reveal identifying information, files or communications to others through email or post to the internet. 

  5. Will not attempt access to networks and other technologies beyond the point of authorized access.  This includes attempts to use another person’s account and/or password. 

  6. Will not share passwords or attempt to discover passwords.  Sharing a password could cause the primary user to become liable if problems arise with its use and subject to disciplinary action.

  7. Will not download and/or install any potentially harmful programs, files, or games from the Internet or other sources onto any district owned technology.  This includes the intentional introduction of computer viruses and other malicious software.

  8. Will not tamper with computer hardware or software, engage in unauthorized entry into computers, vandalize or destroy the computer/computer files. Damage to computers may result in felony criminal charges.

  9. Will not attempt to override, bypass or otherwise change the Internet filtering software or other network configurations.  

  10. Will use technology for school-related purposes only during the instructional day while refraining from use related to commercial, political or other private purposes.

  11. Will not make use of materials or attempt to locate materials that are unacceptable in a school setting. This includes, but is not limited to pornographic, obscene, graphically violent, or vulgar images, sounds, music, language, video or other materials. The criteria for acceptability is demonstrated in the types of material made available to students by administrators, teachers, and the school media center. Specifically, all district owned technologies should be free at all times of any pornographic, obscene, graphically violent, or vulgar images, sounds, music, language, video or other materials (files).

  12. Will not connect any personal technologies such as laptops and workstations, wireless access points and routers, printers, etc. to district owned and maintained local, wide or metro area network.  Connection of personal devices such as iPods, tablets, smartphones, and printers are permitted but not supported by PCSD technical staff. Home internet use and cost is the responsibility of the student both in cost and configuration.

  13. Will keep laptop secure and damage free.  Each laptop is issued with a protective book bag style case.   Use of provided laptop bag is required at all times.  Follow these general guidelines:

  • Do not loan your laptop or charger and cords.

  • Do not leave the laptop in vehicle.

  • Do not leave your laptop unattended.

  • Do not eat or drink while using the laptop or have food or drinks in close proximity to the laptop.

  • Do not allow pets near your laptop.

  • Do not place the laptop in floor or in sitting area such as couches or chairs.

  • Do not leave the laptop near table or desk edges.

  • Do not stack objects on top of your laptop.

  • Do not leave the laptop outside or use near water such as a pool.

  • Do not check the laptop as luggage at the airport.

  1. Will back up data and other important files regularly.  PCSD will at times maintenance the laptops by imaging.  All files not backed up to server storage space or other storage media will be deleted during these processes.  Students are ultimately responsible for backing up all personal files on their own storage media.

 

By signing this policy you agree to abide by the conditions listed above and assume responsibility for the care and proper use of PCSD technology, including personally backing up personal data. 

 

PCSD is not responsible for any loss resulting from delays, non-deliveries, missed deliveries, lost data, or service interruptions caused by user errors, omissions or reasons beyond the district’s control.  Information obtained via the Internet and other sources using PCSD technologies is not guaranteed as to its accuracy or quality. You must understand that should you fail to honor all the terms of this Policy, future internet and other electronic media accessibility may be denied. 

 

Furthermore, you may be subject to disciplinary action outlined in the PCSD Student Code of Conduct and, if applicable, your laptop computer may be recalled.  By signing this agreement, the parents and/or guardians give permission for the school to allow his or her son or daughter to have access to the internet under the conditions set forth above.

 

RUP:  Student Laptop Usage Fee Provision 

The Piedmont City School District will implement a self-insured program. The required usage fee covers limited damages and minor repairs to the Apple MacBook laptop computers provided to the students of Piedmont City School District.

 

The usage fee cost is $50.00 per year. This amount is due when the computer is assigned to the student. A payment plan may be established if needed.

 

If a student withdraws, a pro-rated refund may be issued upon written request, provided the laptop is in good operational order.

 

All funds collected will be used for the maintenance and repair of student laptops.

 

Willful and deliberate damage to a computer will result in a cost to the parent/guardian for the full amount of repair; or the complete replacement of the MacBook. All damage incidents will be investigated by the administration.

 

The usage fee will not warranty repairs from issues resulting from:

  • Damage as a result of the violation of the RUP (i.e., involving food, drink, or other liquid on or near the laptop)

  • Damage as a result of negligence (i.e., the laptop is placed in an unsafe location or position)

  • Damage caused by misuse/improper handling (i.e., the laptop is dropped)

  • Damage caused by a pet

  • Damage resulting in a broken screen. The $50.00 usage fee will be deducted from actual cost of the screen. Subsequent broken screens will be charged at full cost

  • Damage caused by a service performed by anyone other than a representative of Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider

 

Leaving the laptop or a charger unattended will void all usage fee coverage of either item.

 

The student is responsible for the replacement of the charger and/or computer in the event of theft.

 

RUP: Family Contract for Digital Citizenship/Student Pledge

  • I will tell my parents or another responsible adult immediately if I receive an inappropriate message or come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.

  • I will not respond to any inappropriate messages.

  • I will not do anything online that hurts other people, or is against the law.

  • I will check with my parents before downloading or installing software.

  • I will remember that I need to balance technology use with other activities.

  • My parents and I will set up rules for making online purchases, if permitted.

  • I will help my parents understand how to have fun and use resources online as we learn together about the internet, computers, and other technology.

 

RUP:  Apple MacBook Proper Care Guidelines

This is your computer - take good care of it.

 

MacBook Temperature Zone

Your Macbook works best at room temperature. It should be stored in places with a temperature range of 50 to 95 degrees.

 

Initial Start up

Be sure to fully charge your laptop when you plug it in for the first time.

 

Standard Maintenance

For proper maintenance of the laptop’s lithium-based battery, it's important to keep the current moving through it occasionally. However, Apple does not recommend leaving it plugged in all the time. 

 

Optimal Setting

Listed below are some power-saving tips:

  • Brightness: Dim the screen to the lowest comfortable level to achieve maximum battery life.

  • Bluetooth Wireless: Bluetooth may be turned off to maximize the battery life.

  • Applications and peripherals: Disconnect peripherals and quit applications when not in use. Eject CDs and DVDs if not currently accessing them.

 

MacBook Care, Use, and Safety Information

When carrying your MacBook, you must use two hands, and the screen must be closed.

Remove all small objects from its carry case before placing it inside.

Important: The MacBook power-adapter port contains a magnet that can erase data on a credit card, iPod, or electronic device. To preserve your data, keep magnetically sensitive items away from the power-adapter port.

 

When cleaning your MacBook, shut it down and detach the power adapter. Use a damp, soft, lint-free cloth to clean the computer's exterior and screen. Avoid getting moisture in any openings. Do not spray any type of liquid directly on the computer.

 

Quality Points

For the Classes of 2020, and 2021:

 

Quality points are assigned to the grades students achieve in grades 9-12. Quality points are used to determine class rankings, class valedictorian, salutatorian, and historian.

 

Algebra I credit earned in the 8th grade does not count toward a student’s quality points. All summer virtual academy courses taken at any grade level, prior to or during high school, count toward quality points. Career Prep A taken in middle school will count toward quality points.

 

The scale used is as follows:

      Honors/AP/DE Classes             Regular Classes         

A 5 points            4 points    

B 4 points                3 points    

C 3 points                2 points    

D 2 points                1 point    

 

Dual enrollment courses are counted as honors and AP courses. 

 

Honors/AP credit courses are Honors Biology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Anatomy, Human Body Structures, AP Environmental Science, Honors English, AP English, Honors Early American History, PreCalculus, Honors Algebra II w/ Trig, AP Calculus, AP Government/Honors Economics, Honors World History, AP U.S. History, Chemistry, Hon. Geometry, Physics, and Foreign Language.

 

The grade point average is completed using the quality point system shown above.  The student with the highest grade point average at the end of the first semester of his/her senior year will be valedictorian. The student with the second highest grade point average will be salutatorian. The third will be historian. In the case of a tie between any of the top three positions, the tie will be broken by using a numeric average of the required core classes and foreign language (2 years) taken for high school credit.

 

For a student to be included in the Top Ten at graduation, he/she must be on an honors endorsement track.

 

For the Class of 2022:

To qualify for the top ten, including determining valedictorian, salutatorian, and historian, students must complete by the end of the first semester of their senior year a minimum of fourteen core honors, advanced placement, or dual enrollment courses. 

 

Additionally, students must be on the advance placement with honors diploma.

 

These courses may include but are not limited to Honors Biology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Anatomy, Human Body Structures, AP Environmental Science, Honors ELA 9, Honors ELA 10, AP ELA 11, AP ELA 12, Honors Early American History, Pre-Calculus, Honors Algebra II with Trig, AP Calculus, AP Government/Honors Economics, Honors World History, AP US History, Chemistry, Honors Geometry, and Physics. 

 

Other honors, advanced placement, or dual enrollment courses may qualify and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the administration (i.e., transfer students). Algebra I taken in middle school or in high school will not be calculated into the grade point average or the required minimum 14 core courses. For the course to count toward the required 14 core, seniors may NOT drop the class during the 2nd semester of their senior year.  

 

Each of these courses shall be weighted as follows:

A 5 points

B 4 points

C 3 points

D 2 points

 

The grade point average will be figured on the quality point system shown above to the thousandth decimal point. The student with the highest grade point average at the end of the first semester of his/her senior year will be valedictorian. The student with the second highest grade point average at the end of the first semester of his/her senior year will be salutatorian. The student with the third highest grade point average at the end of the first semester of his/her senior year will be historian. The remaining “Top Ten” will be comprised of the students ranking fourth through tenth in grade point average.

 

Foreign language is required to earn an advanced diploma and an advanced diploma with honors; however, this will not be calculated into the weighted grade point average.

 

In the event of a tie, the numerical grade point average of the common core courses by semesters (e.g., fall semester of Pre-Cal taken by one student their senior year will be compared with the fall semester of Pre-Cal taken by another student during their junior year) will be computed to the thousandth decimal point to break the tie.

 

To qualify for valedictorian, salutatorian, or historian, students must have been a student at Piedmont High School the entire junior year and the entire first semester of their senior year. 

 

Scholarships

Graduating seniors must turn in information regarding scholarships awarded ten days prior to graduation. Failure to do so will result in the scholarship not being included in the commencement ceremony program.

 

School Property

PHS takes pride in providing excellent school facilities and a beautiful campus for our students. Disrespect, destruction, and/or defacement of school property (MacBooks, furniture, the building, etc.) will result in the student paying restitution for damages, in addition to the possibility of suspension and/or legal charges. Littering on school property is an offense that will result in a disciplinary action. 

 

Sexual Harassment

All students at PHS are protected from sexual harassment from other students or school employees. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Any suspected violation should be reported to a guidance counselor, teacher, or administrator. Sexual harassment is recognized as a form of sex discrimination. After investigation, a student who has been found to have sexually harassed other students or staff will be disciplined . 

 

Special Education Services

It is the responsibility of the parent and guardian to notify the school as to any special education services that the student has received in the past, either within the Piedmont City School District or another school district. 

 

Sportsmanship and Extracurricular Activities

PHS students, faculty, staff, and parents are encouraged to attend extracurricular events to show their school spirit and pride. Extracurricular activities are intended to provide social, academic and athletic experiences for both participants and spectators. Enthusiasm and vocal support is always encouraged. Spectators are expected to exercise good judgment in clothing and behavior, and spectators and participants are expected to conduct themselves in a positive and respectful manner towards all participants, judges, and officials. Students, faculty, staff, and spectators should remember they represent Piedmont High School, and their actions will reflect on our school and the community. 

 

Show pride in yourself and be a positive role model for those around you by cheering for and not against the opponent or the officials. Inappropriate behavior including but not limited to booing, taunting, throwing objects or generally exhibiting aggressive behavior is prohibited and may result in disciplinary action. 

 

Piedmont City School District reserves the right to warn, censure, place on probation, or suspend (for up to one calendar year) anyone or any group determined to be acting in a manner contrary to the standards of civil behavior as determined by school officials. 

 

Any non-school employee should not correct or adversely address students, other than his/her own child, on school property or at school-sponsored events. If the need to do so arises, those individuals should find a school faculty or staff member and inform them of the situation.   

 

Teacher Absent from the Classroom

If students arrive to a class and the assigned teacher or a substitute is not present within five minutes, students should contact the nearest teacher for assistance. All students should remain in the classroom unless instructed to do otherwise by a staff member. 

 

Team Time

All students are assigned to advisory groups during Team Time. Advisors assist students with academic support, school-related issues, and being successful in high school and beyond. During Team Time, students engage in activities such as targeted intervention and enrichment, high school planning, long-term development, character education, college planning, and post-secondary transition to enhance the high school experience. 

 

Students are required to attend Team Time. 

 

Withdrawal

No student of compulsory attendance age will be permitted to withdraw from school except in accordance with state law and Piedmont City School District withdrawal procedures that are developed by the Superintendent. 

 

Alabama law states that students 16 or over who accumulate more than 10 consecutive, or 15 cumulative, unexcused absences during a semester may be withdrawn. The Alabama Department of Public Safety will be notified for the purpose of denying this person a driver’s license or learner’s permit if under 20 years of age. Also see Drop-out/Driver’s License (Act 94-820) Ala. Code 16-28-40.





 

Piemont-High-School-Logo-380x240PIEDMONT CITY SCHOOLS

PARENT / STUDENT ACKNOWLEDGMENT FORM

2019 – 2020



Student Name:  ______________________________________________ Grade Level:  ________

Last First   Middle



Please review and discuss the Piedmont City Schools Code of Student Conduct and the Piedmont High School Student Handbook with your child.  These documents contain information on, but not limited to, the Piedmont City School District’s Required Use Policy (RUP), Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), Media Release Agreement, Anti-Harassment Policy, Student Email, and Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA)-Parents Right to Know. You may access an electronic copy of these documents on your school’s website or on your child’s Blackboard Account, when applicable.

 

PES – www.piedmontelementary.org

PMS – www.piedmontmiddle.org

PHS – www.piedmonthigh.org

Blackboard LMS - https://pcsd-k12.blackboard.com/

 

My signature on this document certifies that I have read, or had read to me, the Piedmont City Schools Code of Conduct and the Piedmont High School Student Handbook for the 2019 - 2020 school year.  I also understand that it is my responsibility to follow the rules and guidelines set forth in both of these documents. I also acknowledge that my child may be granted access to a school email account that is to be used for his/her classes.  This account is to be for school use and may be subject to search by school officials if there is suspicion of misuse of this account.



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Parent / Guardian Signature Date

 

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Student Signature Date












This Student Handbook, which includes the Media Release Agreement and Required Use Policy Agreement, and the Student Code of Conduct are available on our school website and through Blackboard. Parents, guardians, or students may request a copy of the Student Handbook or Code of Conduct by emailing the principal.