WARREN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HANDBOOK
2018-2019 Warren County Schools Calendar
August 6, 2018 Registration Day Abbreviated 7:45-9:45 No Buses Abbreviated Day
August 7, 2018 No Students
August 8, 2018 First Day for Students
September 3, 2018 Labor Day (No School)
September 14, 2018 Fair Day (No School)
October 8-12, 2018 Fall Break
November 5, 2018 Parent/Teacher Conference High School 3:00pm-6:00pm
November 6, 2018 Parent/Teacher Conference PreK-5 and Prek-8 Elementary 3:00pm- 6:00pm
November 8, 2018 Parent/Teacher Conference Warren Co. Middle School 3:00pm-6:00pm
November 20, 2018 Teacher Professional Development (Stockpiled Day No Students)
November 21-23, 2018 Thanksgiving Break
December 19, 2018 Abbreviated Day 7:45-9:45 Buses will run
End of First Semester 86 days + 1 full PD=87 days
December 20, 2018- Holiday Break
January 2, 2019 Holiday Break
January 3, 2019 Teacher Professional Development (No School for Students)(Stockpiled Day)
January 4, 2019 Students Return from Holiday Break
January 21, 2019 Martin Luther King Day (No School)
January 28, 2019 Parent/Teacher Conference Warren Co. Middle School 3:00pm-6:00pm
January 29, 2019 Parent/Teacher Conference High School 3:00pm-6:00pm
January 31, 2019 Parent/Teacher Conference PreK-5 and Prek-8 Elementary 3:00pm-6:00pm
February 18, 2019 Presidents Day (No School)
March 18-22, 2019 Spring Break (No School)
April 19, 2019 Good Friday (No School)
April 10-12, 2019 Pre-K and K Screening West Elementary Gym
(Subject to change when testing dates are released)
May 13-22, 2019 Kindergarten and 8th Grade Graduation Window
May 22, 2019 Teacher Professional Development (Stockpiled Day No Students)
May 23, 2019 End of Second Semester 91 days + 2 PD=93 days
Last Day of School (Abbreviated 7:45am-9:45am No Buses)
May 24, 2019 Warren County High School Graduation
Report Card Distribution Dates
1st Quarter Ends October 5, 2018 Report Cards October 22, 2018
2nd Quarter Ends December 19, 2018 Report Cards January 14, 2019
3rd Quarter Ends March 14, 2019 Report Cards April 1, 2019
4th Quarter Ends May 23, 2019 Report Cards May 23, 2019
● Building Principals, upon request, will have the flexibility to change the date of their Parent/Teacher conference in their building to meet their individual needs. The request should be made in writing to the Director of Schools and approved prior to the date requested.
7:45-9:10 1st / 5th Period
9:15-10:40 2nd / 6th Period
10:45-11:10 Academic Focus / Freshman Lunch
11:15-1:15 3rd / 7th Period
11:15-11:45 1st Lunch
11:45-12:15 2nd Lunch
12:15-12:45 3rd Lunch
12:45-1:15 4th Lunch / Freshman Focus
1:20-2:45 4th / 8th Period
9:45-10:30 1st / 5th Period
10:35-11:20 2nd / 6th Period
11:25-11:50 Academic Focus / Freshman Lunch
11:55-1:55 3rd / 7th Period
11:55-12:25 1st Lunch
12:25-12:55 2nd Lunch
12:55-1:25 3rd Lunch
1:25-1:55 4th Lunch / Freshman Focus
2:00-2:45 4th / 8th Period
7:45-8:55 1st / 5th Period
9:00-10:10 2nd / 6th Period
11:05-11:30 Academic Focus/ Freshman Lunch
11:35-1:35 3rd / 7th Period
11:35-12:05 1st Lunch
12:05-12:35 2nd Lunch
12:35-1:05 3rd Lunch
1:05-1:35 4th Lunch / Freshman Focus
1:40-2:45 4th / 8th Period
Semester / Final Exam Schedule
Semester Exams Final Exams
December 12, 2018 May 15, 2019
December 13, 2018 May 16, 2019
December 14, 2018 Make-up Exams May 17, 2019 Make-up Exams
If your child has a medical condition that might require special action, please contact one of the School Nurses in Health Services at 668-5111. Examples would be diabetes, asthma, severe allergies with the need for an epipen, seizures, or others. We will assist you in the communication of those special needs and the appropriate responses at school and on the bus through an Action Plan.
This is intended to serve as an informational guideline in preventing the spread of communicable diseases in the schools. Please refer to these guidelines throughout the school year. A student should be kept home when the following symptoms persist:
Temperature of 100 degrees or more. Children can return to school when the temperature has been normal for 24 hours without medication.
A dry, hacking or productive cough
Purulent (green, yellow, thick, or unusual) nasal or eye drainage
Skin rashes or eruptions: such as scabies, chicken pox, or impetigo
Complaints of earache, severe stomachache, sore throat, severe headache
Red throat, swollen glands around jaw, ears, or neck
Nausea and Vomiting
Lethargy (general complaint of muscular aches and pain)
Head or body lice must be treated with appropriate medication before returning to school
THE SCHOOL POLICY IS LICE FREE BEFORE RETURNING TO SCHOOL
We want to encourage you not to send medications to be administered at school. But if that is necessary, there are specific guidelines we must follow in order to comply with state law. You will find these guidelines below:
Students required to take prescribed medication must have an “Administration of Medication” form completed and on file. This form is available from the school nurse, the district website (Health Services Link), or the school and MUST BE COMPLETED when medication is delivered to the principal’s office by the parent or guardian of the student. (Students do not complete the form or transport medication to school.) Medication will be kept and given to the student at the designated time.
The school is not permitted to administer medication, including aspirin, Tylenol, etc. at the student’s request.
NOTE! Any student possessing, selling, giving, sharing, or misrepresenting any medication in any form including, but not limited to, any type of over-the-counter medication or health aide (such as vitamins), will be subject to full prosecution under the Drug Free Schools Act.
No school official or teacher will routinely dispense medication to students except in unique situations in which a child’s health is dependent upon medical aid. If under exceptional circumstances a child is required to take oral medication during school hours and the parent cannot be at school to administer the medication, only the principal or the principal’s designee will administer the medication in compliance with the following regulations:
The medication must be delivered to the principal’s office in person by the parent or guardian of the student unless the medication must be retained by the student for immediate administration (i.e., students with asthma).
All prescription medications must be brought to school in the original container labeled by the pharmacy to include the following information:
Name of student
Date Prescription number
Licensed prescriber’s name
Name of medication and dosage
Pharmacy name, address, and phone number Administration route or other directions
Nonprescription medication may be administered only with the written request and permission of the parent or guardian.
All non-prescription medication must be brought to school in the manufacturer’s container with ingredients of the product listed on the container and child’s name affixed to the container. The medication will be administered in accordance with label directions or written instructions from the student’s physician.
The administrator/designee will: 1. Inform appropriate school personnel of the medication being administered.
2. Keep an accurate record of the administration of the medication.
3. Keep all medication in a locked cabinet except medication retained by a student per physician’s order; and
4. Return unused prescription to the parent or guardian only.
The parent or guardian is responsible for informing the designated official of any change in the student’s health or change in medication. A copy of this policy shall be provided to a parent or guardian upon receipt of a request for long-term administration of medication.
PROCEDURES FOR BUS RIDERS
I. ARRIVAL (NO STUDENTS IN BUILDING BEFORE 7:00AM)
A. Exit bus at bus ramp and proceed to front gym/gym lobby area.
B. Students eating breakfast proceed to cafeteria via hallway; remain in the cafeteria until the bell rings for school to begin at 7:30 a.m.
C. Students will sit/stand in designated area until the bell rings at 7:30 a.m. Students are not allowed in locker areas or other areas of the building before 7:30 a.m.
D. Students are not allowed on the gym floor or play on the gym floor.
E. NO FOOD/DRINKS are allowed in gym area.
A. At the 2:45 p.m. bell, all students will be released to their designated areas. DO NOT ENTER THE GYMNASIUM.
B. NO RUNNING, PUSHING, SHOVING, OR HORSEPLAY allowed on the bus ramp. Violations will result in disciplinary action.
C. ONLY BUS RIDERS WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE BUS RAMP AFTER SCHOOL. All students not riding a bus must exit the building by 3:00 p.m. Violations will result in disciplinary action.
III. LATE BUS
A. Students riding buses that arrive late to school must to report to the Attendance Office in the gym lobby.
B. Students will report to his/her regular scheduled class, having five (5) minutes upon issuance of admit slip before a tardy slip will be issued.
C. A LATE BUS ADMIT IS NOT A TARDY.
D. Violation of Bus Rules:
a. 1st Offense: Loss of bus service for three (3) days
b. 2nd Offense: Loss of bus service for five (5) days
c. 3rd Offense: Loss of bus service for the remainder of the school year
IV. BUS NOTES
If a student plans to ride a bus different from his/her regular bus, a note signed by the parent giving permission must be brought to school and must contain a phone number where the parent may be reached during the day. The note should also contain the bus number the student wishes to ride (AM and/or PM), the drop-off or pick-up address, and the effective dates.This note should be turned in by 8:00 a.m. – 9th Grade to Mattie Medley, 10th-12th Grade to Hilda Martin. Pick up notes between classes. Any forged note for bus riding will forfeit the right of a student to ride any bus other than their assigned bus for the school year.
V. COMPLAINT PROCESS
The following procedure will govern how students, teachers, staff and community members shall submit safety complaints:
1. All complaints should be initiated using the contact number for reporting and other contact information located on the rear bumper of each bus.
2. Once initiated each complaint will be investigated by the local transportation manager or designee who shall also report the complaint to the transportation supervisor, keep the supervisor informed regarding the investigation and notify the supervisor of findings and resolution of the complaint.
3. Investigation begins within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt.
4. Preliminary report to the Director of Schools within forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of complaint.
i. Time/date of complaint; Summary of complaint; Driver involved; Prior complaints or disciplinary actions taken against driver.
5. Within sixty (60) days of receipt of complaint, a final written report shall be made to the Director of Schools which shall include findings of investigation: action taken by the local transportation manager in contact with the transportation supervisor in response to the complaint.
6. Annual notice will be provided to students and parents regarding the process for reporting complaints.
PROCEDURES FOR CAR RIDERS
For the safety of our students, all students must be dropped off and/or picked up in the circle at the WCHS gymnasium due to supervision.
SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS ENDS WHEN THE LAST BUS LEAVES THE WCHS CAMPUS.
STUDENT SUPERVISION AFTER SCHOOL
STUDENTS WHO REMAIN AT WCHS AFTER THE REGULAR SCHOOL DAY MUST BE IN A SUPERVISED ACTIVITY THAT IS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF, AND IN THE PRESENCE OF WCHS STAFF MEMBER(S). STUDENTS NOT IN SUPERVISED ACTIVITIES SHOULD REPORT TO AREA OUTSIDE GYM LOBBY (EXIT BUILDING) BY 3:00 P.M. FOR PICK-UP.
IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, STUDENTS WILL WAIT INSIDE GYM LOBBY.
PROCEDURES FOR SIGNING IN/OUT DURING SCHOOL
I. SIGN-IN PROCEDURES
A. Any student arriving after 7:45 a.m. must report to the Attendance office in the gym lobby
or Attendance in the front lobby.
B. Any student who does not sign in after 7:45 will receive In School Suspension.
C. Students returning to school after previously signing out must sign back in at the
Sign-In/Sign-Out office and have five (5) minutes to report to appropriate class.
II. SIGN-OUT PROCEDURES
A. All sign-outs will be made through Sign-In/Sign-Out Office.
B. All students must comply with school policy regarding sign out procedures. Students must leave campus within five (5) minutes of sign-out time. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.
C. Any student wishing to check out early will be required to do the following:
1. Present a note from his/her parents to the attendance office before 8:00 a.m. with the
following information: a. Student’s name
b. Parent’s signature
c. Parent’s phone number to verify the checkout
2. Students come back to attendance office to get their check-out pass at class break.
3. Students will come to the attendance office to check out and will sign the check-out log before leaving campus.
4. Check out with the attendance clerk is always necessary. Failure to do so is considered leaving without permission and is a MAJOR VIOLATION.
D. WCHS WILL NOT ACCEPT CALL IN CHECKOUTS. If parents do not send a note so we may verify by calling the parent, a parent must come into the building to check the student out. No student will be allowed to meet someone outside to be picked up. Parents or their designee must come inside to the attendance office to pick up a student. The person(s) picking up student must be designated by the parent on the student’s yellow sign-out card.
E. Eighteen year old students MAY NOT check themselves out under their own signature. A parent is still responsible until the time the parent terminates his/her rights.
F. There will be no sign outs during lunch period unless a parent or guardian personally comes to school. No announcements will be made for sign outs during lunch period unless it is an emergency.
G. Parents/Guardians may come to the school and sign out their child provided they identify themselves fully.
H. Persons other than parent/guardian coming to school to pick up a student must:
1. Show proper identification. 2. Be listed on student’s yellow sign out card.
I. Students who sign out and return to school will be subject to a vehicle search by the Student Resource Officers.
THE AMINISTRATION OF WCHS RESERVES THE RIGHT
TO DENY ANY CHECK-OUT WITHOUT PROPER VERIFICATION.
STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND TARDIES
ATTENDANCE REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES: Attendance is one of the most important factors in student achievement; therefore, students are expected to be present each day that school is in session. In the event of an absence, the student is responsible for making up all work missed.
Students who are returning to school after an absence must bring a note from their parent or guardian explaining the absence. The note should be turned into the Sign In/Out office. Failure to do so within three (3) days will result in those days being unexcused absences and students will not be allowed to make up work.
A. Parent notes are acceptable up to five (5) per year. Any note from parent/guardian will be considered a parent note. One parent note excuses one day’s absence.
B. Legal notes are required after five (5) parent notes have been used during a school year.
C. Unexcused absences/Tardies include but are not limited to (parent note not accepted):
2. Car trouble / lack of transportation
3. Job interviews
6. Driver’s license
7. Family vacations
D. Excused absences/Tardies include:
1. Doctor or Dentist appointments
2. Death in immediate family
3. Required court appearance
4. Religious observances
5. Documents approved by
II. UNEXCUSED ABSENCES TO SCHOOL OR UNEXCUSED CHECKOUT IS WHEN A STUDENT MISSES HALF OR THE WHOLE CLASS PERIOD WITHOUT AN EXCUSED NOTE.
FOR EXAMPLE: THE STUDENT NEEDS TO BE IN THE CLASS HALF THE CLASS PERIOD TO BE COUNTED FULL PRESENT.
1. Student(s) accumulating 3 Unexcused Absences will receive a verbal warning and a parent/student conference, and be placed on an attendance contract.
2. Student(s) accumulating 4 Unexcused Absences will receive an attendance assessment, including the development of an intervention plan.
3. Student(s) accumulating 5 Unexcused Absences will receive a truancy letter from school.
Students accumulating 10 or more unexcused absences will not be considered in good standing, which will result in the inability to attend the Prom, Christmas Dance, field trips, etc. It will also result in the inability to receive a parking pass on your assigned registration day.
III. PROCEDURES FOR MAKING UP WORK MISSED
A. It is the sole responsibility of the student to consult with a teacher whose classes he/she has missed to determine what make-up work is necessary.
The teacher is not responsible for asking a student for such work. Failure of the student to initiate a request for make-up work will result in a lost opportunity for credit for the missed work. Students must request make-up assignments the day they return to class.
B. Any pre-scheduled activity or assignment in the classroom missed will be due the first day back to school.
Note: Please refer to specific teacher syllabus for additional make-up work guidelines.
IV. PROCEDURES FOR MAKING UP WORK DUE TO OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION
It is the responsibility of the student to obtain missed assignments from each teacher. The student has the number of missed days to make up his/her work (including the 1st day back). Failure to turn in work will result in a grade(s) of zero.
THE STATE OF TENNESSEE CONSIDERS A STUDENT WHO EXCEEDS FIVE UNEXCUSED ABSENCES TO BE TRUANT.
VI. LOSS OF DRIVER’S LICENSE
A. Certain requirements must be met in order for a student to receive or retain his/her driver’s license. The State of Tennessee considers a student to have “withdrawn” from school if he/she misses more than 10 consecutive or 15 days total during a single semester.
B. A STUDENT SHALL BE DEEMED ACADEMICALLY DEFICIENT IF HE/SHE HAS NOT RECEIVED PASSING GRADES IN AT LEAST THREE (3) FULL UNIT SUBJECTS OR THEIR EQUIVALENCY AT THE END OF SEMESTER GRADING.
VII. WCHS RECOVERY POLICY
A. WCHS Credit Recovery
Credit recovery is a voluntary program designed for students who fail to receive credit for courses at WCHS. Students may recover a course credit in a class by attending the credit recovery classes that will be available on the campus of Warren County High School. Warren County High School will designate the times and dates for summer credit recovery. Credit recovery will happen through online program. Students will be required to master goals to earn credit for the course. Students will abide by the rules of attendance established at Warren County High School.
Guidelines for the Credit Recovery program at WCHS are as follows:
1. Students must not have lost credit in the course because of excessive absences.
2. A student must have a minimum grade of 50 for the year in order to be eligible for
the program. Students passing credit recovery shall receive a grade of seventy percent (70%).
3. Credit recovery will be offered on designated days during the summer. Students who attend on these designated days and master the skills will be eligible for credit recovery.
B. WCHS Grade Recovery
Grade recovery is a voluntary in-house program designed for students who are failing a nine weeks grading period for courses at WCHS. Students may recover the current nine weeks grade in a class by completing assignments/tests with unsatisfactory performance. Recovery grades are determined by the teacher of record.
Guidelines for the Grade Recovery program at WCHS are as follows:
1. All staff members at Warren County High School will give each student the opportunity to recover a failing grade within the nine weeks.
2. Students CANNOT do grade recovery to make up a semester class. Grade recovery must be complete within each nine weeks.
3. Extensions for grade recovery into the next nine weeks (Incomplete grades) must be approved by Administration.
4. All grades recovered within the nine weeks should be changed by the teacher of record and no yellow sheets should be required (if work completed within the nine weeks).
5. Specific course syllabi will address assignment/assessments redo policies when applicable.
VIII. SCHOOL SPONSORED / RELATED ACTIVITIES OR COLLEGE DAYS
Students participating in school sponsored activities whether on or off campus shall not be counted absent. However, since the student is missing important instructional time, these activities must be limited to ten (10) per year. School sponsored activities beyond ten (10) will count as absences and may be made up in the same way as all excused absences. Whenever possible, students should request make-up work before missing class for school sponsored activities. In order to qualify as “school sponsored”, the activity must be school planned, school directed, and teacher supervised. Mass exodus or early dismissal or late arrival of all students or any segment of students shall not be permitted for any reason except for emergencies such as inclement weather or other unavoidable situations, unless instruction time is made up in full.
For students to attend a school sponsored event or field trip, they must be in good standing at school.
IX. TARDIES / UNEXCUSED ABSENCES TO CLASS
ANY STUDENT LATE TO SCHOOL NOT RIDING A BUS MUST REPORT TO THE
SIGN-IN / SIGN-OUT OFFICE FOR A TARDY NOTE. TARDIES WILL START OVER AT NEW SEMESTER.
Being on time to school is essential for optimum teaching and learning. When a student is tardy, he/she disrupts the teaching/learning process of others and loses important learning time for himself/herself. School bus transportation is provided free of charge to students in Warren County. For this reason, tardies related to car problems, traffic, etc., are not valid reasons for tardiness. However, realizing that everyone has emergencies, the following tardy policy has been adopted for each semester grading period:
A. A TARDY BY DEFINITION IS A STUDENT WHO IS NOT IN THE ROOM WHEN THE LATE TONE SOUNDS FOR EACH CLASS PERIOD.
1) Student(s) accumulating 4 Tardies will receive a verbal warning and a parent letter/phone call.
2) Student(s) accumulating 5 Tardies will receive one (1) day of ISS and/or loss of parking pass for five (5) days. Parental contact will be made.
3) Student(s) accumulating 6 Tardies will receive one (1) day of OSS, loss of parking pass for ten (10) days, be placed on behavior contract, AND possible discipline board referral.
4) Student(s) accumulating 7 Tardies or more will receive OSS until discipline board meeting and loss of parking pass for the REMAINDER OF THE SEMESTER.
B. Unexcused sign-ins or sign-outs will accumulate time which will result in
*Loss of parking pass will occur with a tardy in ANY class period.
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR WCHS
SCHOOL SPONSORED SOCIAL EVENTS
• Warren County High School will hold a series of social events during the school year including but not limited to: Homecoming Dance, Christmas Dance, and Prom
• Only Warren County High School students currently enrolled are eligible to purchase tickets for the event.
• Guests of Warren County High School students may be a Warren County High School student or the guest must be at least the age of 15 but not above the age of 20 on the scheduled day of the event. (Spouses of Warren County High School students will be the only exception to this rule.)
• For students to attend a School-Sponsored social event, they must be in good standing at school.
STUDENT(S) 18 YEARS OF AGE
Student(s) 18 years of age with poor attendance can be dropped from the roll.
These students, by law, are no longer compelled to abide by the compulsory attendance law.These students will be encouraged to attend the Adult High School.
1. Every student is to go to the cafeteria/gym lobby during his/her assigned lunch period. No one is to remain in other areas of the building. Students are expected to enter the doors marked ENTER and exit the doors marked EXIT.
2. Students must eat their meals in the cafeteria/gym lobby—DO NOT take food and/or drinks into other parts of the building.
3. Students must remain in the cafeteria/gym lobby during lunch. Failure to do so will result in one (1) day of ISS.
4. Students are required to place trays, eating utensils, food not eaten, milk cartons, etc., in the proper places. Failure to do so will result in one (1) day of ISS and for subsequent offenses two (2) days of ISS.
5. There is to be no throwing of any items at any time in the cafeteria. Violators will be disciplined by grade level principals.
6. Talking in normal tones is proper. Boisterous behavior will not be allowed.
Cafeteria Charge Policy
WCHS policy for Federal Student Lunch Program charges is as follows:
1. We will only charge a lunch if an emergency exists in the student’s household such as:
a. House fire
b. Parents out of work
c. Parents sickness and out of work
d. Death of parent(s)
2. Cashiers should refer any student who wants to charge to the cafeteria manager
WCHS DRESS CODE
The majority of our students need no advice on appearance because they use good common sense. Decency, good taste, and the normal standards of the community are to be maintained in dress and grooming by all students. Any student attire that is considered contrary to good hygiene, distractive, disruptive in appearance, or detrimental to the educational environment or the public image of the school will not be permitted. Also, student attire should not be a hazard to the student’s safety or to the safety of others.
THE ADMINISTATION AND TEACHERS WILL DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATENESS OF DRESS.
1. Apparel considered too revealing or unnecessarily concealing will not be permitted. Lab classes may have additional clothing stipulations.
2. Pants, skirts or shorts should be no shorter than 4 inches from the middle of the knee (front and back).
3. All clothing must be appropriately sized. Tight fitting, baggy or sagging shirts or pants are not allowed. “Sagging” pants may not be worn. Pants must be belted and properly fit at the waist. Form-fitting clothing such as spandex and tights will not be permitted unless it is worn under an appropriate length skirt. *Leggings will be allowed only if they are worn with an appropriate garment covering.
4. Students may not wear clothing that mentions drugs, vulgar/obscene/profane captions, tobacco, alcohol, etc., or related to a gang or gang colors.
5. No headgear will be worn in the building. This includes hats (only on special dress up days), sweatbands, bandannas, sunglasses and do-rags. Hooded jackets, shirts, and sweat shirts cannot be worn with the hood covering the head. All hats are to be left in automobiles or lockers and not in student possession during the school day.
6. Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. Laces on shoes or sneakers must be tied. No house shoes are allowed.
7. Spiked accessories and inappropriate head coverings such as bandanas or do-rags are prohibited during school time or school functions. TRENCH COATS AND BLANKETS ARE PROHIBITED.
Students believed to be non-compliant will be sent to a discipline principal for review. Female students are to be sent to Kristie Rogers, Julie Wood, or Penny Shockley. Male students are to be sent to Clark George or Stan Jacobs. If student is unable to change into dress compliant clothing, he/she will be assigned ISS for the remainder of the day.
1st Offense: First visit to discipline principal’s office will result in student changing to dress- compliant clothing. If the student is unable to change, the student will be sent to In School Suspension (ISS) for the day.
2nd Offense: Two (2) days of ISS
3rd Offense: One (1) day Out of School Suspension (OSS)/Behavior Contract/Discipline Board.
NOTE: Student drivers who violate dress code policy will not be permitted to check out of school without parent permission.
THE ADMINISTRATION OF WARREN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DETERMINE IF A STUDENT’S DRESS IS OR IS NOT PROPER. THIS DRESS CODE IS INTENDED TO ELIMINATE OBVIOUS DISRUPTIVE DISTRACTIONS. STUDENTS WHO DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE DRESS CODE WILL BE REFERRED TO ADMINISTRATION.
WCHS Chromebook Policy
Students are responsible for their Chromebook throughout the day. These devices should be kept secure and used in the appropriate times and locations. WCHS is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged Chromebooks.
Expectations during the school day:
• Hallway – when transporting the Chromebook, it must be closed.
• Prior to 7:30 AM – Students may use Chromebook if they are seated in the hall, cafeteria, gym lobby, or a classroom.
• During Class – Chromebook is not to be opened unless a teacher instructs you to do so. Students should not email other students during class unless instructed to do so by a teacher.
• When using a Chromebook in class, student must be completing a teacher assigned task.
• Lunch – Chromebooks can be used while seated in designated areas.
• Bus – (AM and PM) Chromebooks should be packed away and secure on the bus.
1st Offense – Chromebook returned to student at the end of the day with signed form
2nd Offense – One (1) day ISS. Chromebook returned when ISS is completed
3rd Offense – Two (2) days ISS. Chromebook returned when ISS is completed
4th Offense – One (1) day OSS & Behavior Contract
Any student found visiting a Pornographic Website will receive two (2) days OSS, be placed on a behavior contract, and lose Chromebook for 45 days.
Any student found conducting searches containing vulgar language:
1st Offense – One (1) day ISS
2nd Offense – Two (2) days ISS
3rd Offense – Two (2) days ISS & Behavior Contract
Damage (willful or repeated):
1st Offense – ISS and loss of device until repaired
2nd Offense – OSS and loss of device for a month (A Chromebook will be available during school hours only
for the student to use if needed.)
Damaged or Defective Chromebooks – email Mr. McClung when there is an issue with a Chromebook, send damaged Chromebook to Mr. McClung’s office. Mr. McClung will issue a replacement if there is a replacement available.
Lost or stolen Chromebooks – Student will contact Mr. McClung and technology will be contacted to track it.
When a student moves – Guidance will add Chromebook to the list of things that have to be turned in (for 9th graders) and the Chromebook will be returned to Mr. McClung.
Teachers will begin collecting Chromebooks the last week of the semester in homeroom.
WARREN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
CELL PHONES OR OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES POLICY
CELL PHONES OR OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Students are permitted the possession of cell phones during the hours school is in session with the following restrictions:
-Cell phones will be turned off at teacher request when class time begins. Students may use the cell phone during class time if they are working on an applicable assignment with the teacher’s permission and knowledge.
-Cell phones or authorized electronic devices may be in the “on” mode and used during class changes and in authorized areas on school grounds before and after school and at lunch.
-Cell phones may not be used during class time in hallways or restrooms.
Specific consequences for violation:
1st offense: Phone returned to student at the end of the day with signed form.
2nd offense: 1 Day ISS. Phone returned when ISS completed.
3rd offense: 2 Days ISS. Phone returned when ISS completed.
4th offense: 1 Day OSS, Behavior Contract, Possible loss of cell phone privileges
Note: The WCHS cell phone policy is a privilege designed to teach students proper cell phone etiquette.
If the presence of cell phones becomes a distraction to the educational process, WCHS reserves the right to modify this policy as necessary and with proper notice. The privilege to use cell phones must be earned by the student body as a whole.
AGREEMENT TO RULES AND POLICY
By allowing a student to bring a cell phone, personal communication device, or electronic device to school, the parent and the student voluntarily agree to abide by these disciplinary rules and restrictions and the disciplinary rules established at each school by the principal and/or his/her designee with respect to said items at each individual school.
FAILURE/REFUSAL TO GIVE UP CELL PHONE IS AN ACT OF DEFIANCE AND WILL RESULT IN 2 DAYS OSS AND BEHAVIOR CONTRACT.
Electronic Games, CD/Tape/MP3 Players, IPODS, Toys, Other Digital Music Players, Etc.
Electronic games, CD/MP3 players, IPODS, collectible cards, toys, etc. should not be brought to school. These items are high theft items and tend to cause distractions from the educational process. WCHS assumes no responsibility for the theft or damage to personal property. Use of these items in classrooms is prohibited unless it is an educational activity under the direct supervision of the classroom teacher. These devices are not allowed to be used in the halls. This includes music on a cell phone as well. EARBUDS ARE ALLOWED. Headphones, Beats, etc. may be confiscated and turned in to Mrs. Hilda Martin’s office.
Student Use of Tobacco JCBB 06/24/99
Students are prohibited from using any tobacco products
on school property, school buses, or at school-sponsored events.
The use or possession of tobacco products in any form on school premises and on school buses by students shall be prohibited. To “use” shall mean any holding of a cigarette (including e-cigarettes), cigar, or pipe, and inhaling and exhaling of the smoke of tobacco, or any chewing or dipping of any tobacco product.
Penalties for Violation:
Over eighteen years of age:
1. 1st Offense: Two (2) days In School Suspension (ISS)
2. 2nd Offense: One (1) day Out of School Suspension (OSS)/Behavior Contract/ Discipline Board
3. 3rd Offense: Warren County School System Discipline Board
Under eighteen years of age:
1. All offenders under eighteen will be cited to Juvenile Court
2. All subsequent offenses—same punishment
a. SRO / Principal must cite to Juvenile Court
b. Cigarette lighters and matches will be confiscated. This violation will be noted on discipline card and Detention and/or Out of School Suspension (OSS) will be imposed for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd offenses. Subsequent offenses will be OSS.
c. Students under eighteen will not be placed in detention for smoking or possession of tobacco.
They will be cited to Juvenile Court.
Students’ use, possession, distribution, sale, or being under the influence of alcohol on any school grounds or at any school function (home or away) is strictly prohibited. On the first offense, the student will be suspended and sent to the next Discipline Board where the minimum penalty for violation of this policy will be placement in the Alternative School for a minimum of 45 instructional days, or until the end of the grading period, whichever is greater, and the loss of all privileges in the Warren County School System. The second and all subsequent violations of this policy will result in the assignment to the Alternative School for one calendar year with reviews to be held at semester breaks to determine student progress and placement and the loss of all privileges in the Warren County School System.
IN ORDER TO ENSURE A SAFE AND SECURE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FREE OF DRUGS, VIOLENCE, AND DANGEROUS WEAPONS, ANY STUDENT WHO ENGAGES IN THE FOLLOWING BEHAVIORS WILL BE SUBJECT TO SUSPENSION FOR A PERIOD OF NOT LESS THAN ONE (1) CALENDAR YEAR.
If any of the following occur on school property, school bus, or school activity:
1. Unlawful use of possession of barbital or legend drugs, as defined in TCA 53-10-101
2. Possession of a pistol, gun or firearm
3. Possession of a weapon or dangerous instrument, as defined in TCA 39-17-1301
4. Aggravated assault of a teacher, principal, administrator, or any other employee
The Director of Schools has the authority to modify this expulsion on a case-by-case basis.
LEVELS OF DISCIPLINE
In School Suspension
Out of School Suspension
Court-Juvenile or General Sessions
REASONS FOR SUSPENSIONS:
Any behavior listed below may result in a citation to the Discipline Board
Any principal, principal-teacher, or assistant principal may suspend any student from attendance at school or any school-related activity on or off campus (out-of-school suspension) or from attendance at a specific class or classes, or from riding a school bus, for good and sufficient reasons including, but not limited to the following:
1. Willful and persistent violation of the rules of the school or truancy
2. Immoral or disputable conduct, including vulgar or profane language
3. Willful or malicious damage to real or personal property of the school, or the property of any person attending or assigned to the school
4. Inciting, advising, or counseling of others to engage in any of the acts herein enumerated
5. Possession/use of alcoholic beverages
6. Possession of drug paraphernalia
7. Assaulting a principal or teacher with vulgar, obscene or threatening language (5 days OSS)
8. Battery or threats of battery to a teacher, principal, administrator, or any other employee
9. Engaging in behavior which disrupts a class or school-sponsored activity
10. Falsifying parents’ notes, leaving school without permission, cutting class, or laying out of school
11. Off-campus criminal behavior resulting in felony charges when behavior poses a danger to persons or property or disrupts the educational process
12. Any other conduct prejudicial to good order or discipline in any school
13. Any Zero-Tolerance charge, see Zero-Tolerance behavior
14. Fighting (subject to being arrested)
15. Suspended students will not be allowed on campus.
16. Suspended students and students assigned to Warren Academy and/or WCHS Annex for disciplinary reasons will not be allowed to attend and/or compete in extra-curricular activities or functions (including Graduation ceremonies).
17. Students returning from Out-of-School Suspension will be place on Behavior Contract.
In School Suspension – ISS
The following guidelines shall be followed:
1. Parents will be informed of ISS;
2. Students in ISS will be under the supervision of certified staff members;
3. Discipline Principals will determine the time frame for completion.
The following is an example list of possible offenses:
Class Disturbance Hall Pass Violations
Misuse of School Property Public Display of Affection (PDA)
Profanity Unsupervised Area
Failure to Follow Directions Tardies
Running in the Hallways Horseplay
Violation of Dress Code
Failure to abide by ISS rules will result in Out of School Suspension.
Skipping Class / Skipping School / Leaving Campus without Permission
1st Offense – One (1) day ISS
2nd Offense – 2 days ISS
3rd Offense – One (1) day OSS/Behavior Contract
4th Offense – OSS until Discipline Board
Students marking on or defacing school property will be disciplined and must pay the full price of repairing or replacing the property.
STUDENT LOCKER ASSIGNMENT PROCEDURE
1. Locker selections will be completed during student registration for SENIORS, JUNIORS, and SOPHOMORES. FRESHMAN lockers will be assigned.
2. Lockers are grouped in this order:
A. Sections A through E
1. 1st floor
2. Clockwise from Main Office or facing Library Entrance—go to your left
B. Sections 2A through 2D
1. 2nd floor
2. Clockwise from elevator exit or facing open stairwell—go to your left
3. Transfer students and late arriving students: See Hilda Martin for locker assignments.
4. ALL STUDENTS ARE URGED TO PUT A LOCK ON THEIR LOCKER.
Theft from lockers without locks will not be investigated.
5. NO LOCKER SHARING
A. Any student caught sharing a locker will receive disciplinary action.
B. 2nd offense will be assigned new locker by assistant principal.
6. Loitering at lockers is prohibited - Violators will receive disciplinary action.
BULLYING / CYBERBULLYING / HAZING POLICY
The purpose of the procedure on bullying is to promote consistency of approach and to create a climate in which all types of bullying are regarded as unacceptable. Attitudes and practices can contribute to bullying, to lower levels of confidence, self-esteem and lack of achievement.
The anti-bullying program with the district schools seeks to accomplish the following goals:
• To promote a secure and happy environment free from threat, harassment and any type of bullying behavior.
• To take positive action to prevent bullying from occurring.
• To inform parents and students of the school’s expectations and to foster a productive partnership.
• To make staff aware of their role in fostering the knowledge and attitudes which will be required to achieve the above items.
Bullying can be defined as repeated and systematic harassment and attacks on others, perpetrated by individuals or groups. Bullying takes many forms and can include many different behaviors, such as but not limited to:
1. physical violence and attacks
2. verbal taunts, name-calling and put-downs including ethnically-based verbal abuse and gender-based put-downs
3. threats and intimidation
4. extortion or stealing of money and possessions
5. exclusion from the peer group
BULLYING / HARASSMENT / INTIMIDATION CONSEQUENCES
1st Offense: Investigation with possible stay-away issued
Violation of Stay Away will result in five (5) days Out of School Suspension (OSS)
*STUDENTS SHOULD REPORT ALL BULLYING/HARRASSMENT TO A SCHOOL OFFICIAL IMMEDIATELY.
Cyberbullying is the use of information and communication technologies – such as e-mail, cell phone, and page text messages, instant messaging, still photo or video messaging, defamatory personal web sites and online personal polling sites or personal or public web sites or journals – to support deliberate, hostile behavior intended to frighten, distress, or harm others or their property.
Cyberbullying, like any other form of bullying, will not be tolerated on school campus or at any school-related activity or function whether it occurs through school-provided communication devices or through personal communication devices. Cyberbullying that begins off campus will be considered school-related if it creates a climate of fear or causes substantial disruption at school or interferes with the rights of students. Cyberbullying will result in appropriate disciplinary action and may also result in mandatory reporting to law enforcement or possible prosecution through the judicial system when appropriate.
Students and staff are required to report to designated staff any alleged incidents of bullying about which they are aware. Reports may be made anonymously. Designated staff will investigate all reports and recommend the school’s course of action. Reports should be made to the appropriate high school administrator.
FIGHTING WITH ANOTHER STUDENT OR
OTHER PERSON EMPLOYED OR NOT EMPLOYED BY THE SCHOOL SYSTEM
WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
In the event of a conflict between students (or any other person): all students are expected to resolve such conflict in a non-violent, non-threatening manner, which does not demean another or himself/herself. No student shall, through verbal threat or use of physical aggression, engage another student or any other person employed or not employed at the school. Neither shall any student encourage, provoke, or cause another student or students to engage in any activity that is, or could be, considered a “fight” or any other activity that could result in injury or a severe disruption of a school function.
Each incident of fighting will be handled on a separate and individual basis, with regard to the following
1. Extent of participation in the confrontation
2. Actions taken prior to and after the confrontation by the participant(s)
3. Prior record of behavior
4. Circumstances associated with the incident
5. Evidence (or lack of) for a deliberate and previous attempt to resolve the conflict in a
non-violent, non-threatening manner
With all factors considered, in addition to any other relevant information gathered during the investigation of the incident by a school official or SRO, each student will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, which may vary in each case. In all cases, parent(s) will receive verbal and/or written notification of the incident explaining the details and the disciplinary decision of the school official.
Assault / Injury: In the event that an investigation of a confrontation indicates that a student physically assaults (unprovoked or repeated attack) another student, the greatest allowable disciplinary action may be administered which may include a long-term suspension plus contact and possible action of a law enforcement agent. In addition, the parent(s) of the student who has been assaulted may choose to pursue legal action.
We feel it is important to keep you aware of important issues that affect the high school and enlist your help to keep WCHS a safe and secure campus and a positive learning environment. Fighting, as well as provoking or encouraging fighting, will not be tolerated. We expect conflicts with others to be resolved in a non-violent, non-threatening manner that is not demeaning to any persons.
Please understand that WCHS takes its “No Fighting” rule very seriously. Students who engage in fighting as defined is this student handbook will be suspended and referred to the disciplinary hearing authority for consequences which will include a 45-day placement at the alternative school or possible expulsion, even for the first offense. Referral to law enforcement is also required in many instances. Please be aware that if any student is suspended, expelled or sent to the alternative school, that student is not allowed to attend any WCHS functions or sporting events.
We appreciate the support and cooperation of staff, students, and parents in this matter. Together, we can not only help each other learn important life skills by choosing acceptable ways to address conflict, but also deter violence in our school, keeping the safe and positive atmosphere we all desire.
PARKING PERMIT RULES
The following rules apply to all student motorists at Warren County High School. All student drivers are responsible for reading this material and obeying these regulations. Parking is a privilege, not a right.
1. ALL students who park on campus must purchase and properly display a valid parking permit.
Parking Fees: $40.00 Beginning of Year
$20.00 Beginning of Second Semester
$10.00 Replace Lost Parking Permit
2. Reserved parking permits may be purchased from the main office. Driver’s License, tag number, and class schedule are required at the time of purchase. Reserved spaces will be open to seniors first, then juniors, then sophomores, and then freshmen. *As an incentive, upcoming seniors who take the ACT exam on the state mandated test day will have the opportunity to reserve parking when scores are returned. Students who score at or above college readiness (Composite 21) will be allowed to reserve their parking place before the end of their junior year.
3. Parking tags must be displayed on rear-view mirror any time vehicle is on campus. Any vehicle parked on campus without a valid permit appropriately displayed is subject to being towed; 1st offense – warning, 2ND OFFENSE – TOWING. The owner is responsible for any towing fee.
4. TRANSFER OF PARKING TAG TO ANOTHER PERSON IS PROHIBITED AND WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF DRIVING PRIVILEGES.
5. Students parked in unauthorized areas will be sent to Administration for discipline. Students are not to park in spaces reserved for school staff.
6. Speed limit on the entire campus is 5 mph.
7. When students and those riding with them arrive on campus they must LEAVE THEIR VEHICLE AS SOON AS PARKED!! Failure to do so will result in drivers losing their parking permit.
8. Once students arrive at school, they may not leave campus without checking out through the sign in/sign out office.
9. Students are not allowed to go to a car in the parking lot or to sit in a parked car during the school day. Books, folders, assignments, homework, gym clothes, and money should be brought in with you when you arrive at school and exit your vehicle. In case of an emergency, a student may request a pass from Administration, and will be accompanied by an SRO, Administrator, or teacher to his/her vehicle.
10. All truck “tail-gates” will be closed while on campus to avoid causing an accident.
11. Vehicles shall be parked within the lines of your parking space.
12. SRO’s will issue warnings for parking lot infractions. You will be sent to Administration for disciplinary action.
1st offense 5 days loss of parking permit
2nd offense 10 days loss of parking permit
3rd offense Remainder of year loss of parking permit
13. Warren County High School is not responsible for theft or damage to vehicles on property.
14. ALL VEHICLES ARE SUBJECT TO SEARCH ANY WHERE ON SCHOOL GROUNDS.
15. Students sitting in vehicles parked on WCHS property who are smoking will lose parking pass for ten (10) school days in addition to tobacco policy rules.
16. Students signing into school after 7:45 a.m. may be subject to a vehicle search by an SRO.
17. Any student transferring to the Annex must forfeit his/her parking pass (NO REFUND).
Students who are remanded to the Academy will surrender their parking pass until their return to WCHS.
• Library Hours: 7:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Library will open at 7:15 a.m. for student computer use.
• 18 computers for student use which are connected to the Internet and used for research
• (OPAC) Online Public Access Catalog shows books that are in the library
• Online databases include EBSCO and Infotrac (The Tennessee Electronic Library)
• Library collection includes 23,000 books and subscriptions to several periodicals that are indexed and kept for five years for research and reference
• Students may check out 3 books at a time and keep them for two weeks. The books may then be renewed without penalty. Overdue charges are $.10 a day not counting weekends and holidays
High school website
Warren County High School’s website at http://wchs.warrenschools.com gives students access to the catalog and the databases remotely.
Occasionally students’ snapshots will appear on the website. Please understand that no one will be identified by name in pictures. The WCHS website is intended to be used for information and educational purposes to showcase our school.
Parents will have access to student grades, attendance, and conduct through the parent portal link on the high school website.
WARREN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL HONOR CODE
WHY HAVE AN HONOR CODE?
Warren County high School is an institution in which learning for a purpose takes place. Useful and lasting learning does not occur unless the process which students go through to learn is an honest process which reflects their true abilities as measured by their own efforts. Progress which is based on unsound learning, as is the case with cheating, is not a genuine process. Cheating prepares students for failure, not for success. In an academic institution, dishonestly serves to undermine the academic and intellectual integrity of the school. By establishing this honor code, the faculty and administration of Warren County High School indicate their commitment to work to eliminate such acts as cheating and to deal with offenses in a firm and decisive manner.
WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF CHEATING AT WARREN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL?
Cheating involves one or more of the following actions:
1. To use the work of another person as your own.
2. To copy information from another student’s test, examination, theme, book report, term paper or any other teacher assigned project.
3. To plagiarize (use another person’s idea, expression or words without giving the original author credit).
4. To prepare for cheating in advance. Such action might involve having in your possession a copy of a test to be given or having been given by a teacher, using the test or notes during a test or examination, or talking while quizzes or examinations are taking place.
5. To fail to follow test procedures or instructions announced by the teacher (such as no talking, no turning around in your seat, raise hand to ask questions, etc.).
WHAT ABOUT THE PARTICULAR ASSIGNMENTS OF INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS?
It is not our intent to place students in a position where they can easily and without intent violate the honor code. Therefore, teachers will be careful to explain to their respective classes what they expect of them in completing homework and other assignments. This will also be communicated to the students in writing as part of the academic plan given at the beginning of the school year.
HOW WILL CHEATING BE PROVEN AGAINST A STUDENT?
Cheating may be proven against a student only under one of the following conditions:
1. A teacher or administrator personally observes an act of cheating as defined above.
2. A student admits to a teacher or administrator that he/she committed an act of cheating.
When a teacher determines to his/her satisfaction that an act of cheating has taken place, he/she will report the violation to the student(s) Administration who will take the appropriate action. The student will be assigned to at least one (1) day of In-School Suspension (ISS).
WHAT HAPPENS TO A STUDENT WHO IS GUILTY OF CHEATING?
First Offense: One (1) day of In School Suspension (ISS) and a zero for the assignment in question.
Second Offense: One (1) day of Out of School Suspension (OSS) and Behavior Contract.
Each student is to learn and understand the honor pledge written below. You should be able to write and sign the pledge when asked to do so on tests and other assignments.
“I pledge on my honor that I have neither given nor received help in completing this test or assignment.”
VERIFICATION OF STUDENT NOTICE
I have received the Warren County High School Information handbook, and I have had the opportunity to read the information. In addition, I have been verbally advised on several occasions by my home room teacher of the information contained within the handbook. Special attention was given to the sections regarding student attendance and tardies, dress code, tobacco policy, sexual harassment, cell phone policy, fighting and student discipline including Zero-Tolerance.
I am aware of the information contained in the student handbook (“WCHS Student Information”). The information in the handbook has been thoroughly explained to me.
I understand these school rules and the consequences for failure to follow said rules.
DATE SIGNATURE OF STUDENT
DATE SIGNATURE OF PARENT/GUARDIAN
(If under 18 years of age)
NOTE: Parent permission must be on file for students to use the internet at WCHS. Each student’s parent or guardian must agree that the student will abide by school policies for internet usage and complete the internet permission and acceptable use policy form which will be issued to all students at registration.