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2004-05 Secondary Student Handbook
WELCOME TO HENRY COUNTY SCHOOLS
IF YOU SUSPECT A WEAPON
IN YOUR SCHOOL
CALL
1-877-SAY STOP
(1-877-729-7867)
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The Henry County Schools provide quality educational programs for all students. All
schools in the system meet the Standards for Public Schools in Georgia, and are
accredited by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Georgia
Accrediting Commission.
This Secondary Student Handbook, officially approved by the Henry County Board of
Education on June 14, 2004, contains important information for middle school and high
school students and their parents. The rules and regulations given in this handbook will
be in effect from August 2, 2004, through July 31, 2005.
The policies of this handbook and the services of the school system have been
designed to protect the well-being of students and the rights of students to a quality
education in Henry County Schools. Parents should read this handbook with their
children and be sure their children understand and follow these rules and regulations.
Student handbooks are reviewed annually between February and May for the
purpose of adding, deleting, and revising content. Parents, students, and employees
are encouraged to submit comments and suggestions regarding student handbooks to
Dr. Preston Malcom, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, 33 N. Zack
Hinton Parkway, McDonough, Ga. 30253 ([email protected]).
HENRY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Available 24 Hours A Day
from the
Georgia Department of Education
and the
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Mr. Ray Hudalla, Chairman - Fairview/Stockbridge
Mrs. Mary Ann Mitcham, Vice-Chairman - Hampton/Flippen
Mr. Erik Charles - Fairview/Stockbridge
Mrs. Pam Nutt - Locust Grove/McDonough/Ola
Mr. Charles Vickery - McDonough/Ola
Dr. Jack Parish, Superintendent
The Henry County Board of Education holds public meetings on the second Monday of
each month. Please call the superintendent’s office or check the web site for the time
and location of these meetings. Board of Education policies are available for inspection
at each school and the superintendent’s office.
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ADMISSION/ATTENDANCE
Admission Information
Age Requirements ...........................................................................................................1
Attendance Zones.............................................................................................................1
Guardianship .....................................................................................................................1
Proof of Residence ............................................................................................................1
Emergency Contact Information ............................................................................................2
Eye/Ear/Dental Examination ..............................................................................................2
Immunization .....................................................................................................................2
Social Security Number.. ...................................................................................................2
Transfer Students .............................................................................................................3
Grade Placement ..............................................................................................................3
Transfer Credits ................................................................................................................3
Attendance Information
School Attendance .............................................................................................................3
Full Day Attendance..........................................................................................................3
Arrival and Dismissal Times ..............................................................................................4
Tardiness ..........................................................................................................................4
Student Absences ..............................................................................................................4
Excused Absences ............................................................................................................4
Unexcused Absences .......................................................................................................5
Absences Due to Pregnancy .............................................................................................5
Hospital/Homebound Services .........................................................................................5
Make-Up Work ..................................................................................................................6
GRADE REPORTING
Semester System................................................................................................................6
Grading Procedures and Report Cards ............................................................................6
Grading Categories............................................................................................................7
Computation of Semester Grades.......................................................................................7
Minimum Requirements of Academic Tests..........................................................................7
Exam Schedule..................................................................................................................7
Special Education Grading................................................................................................7
PROMOTION/RETENTION
State Requirements...........................................................................................................8
Middle School Promotion Criteria......................................................................................9
High School Promotion Criteria.........................................................................................9
Promotion/Retention of Special Education Students ..........................................................9
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In questions of record inaccuracy, misleading information, or information in violation of
the privacy or rights of students, parents/guardians should contact the principal to
request an opportunity for correction or deletion of said material in the student’s record.
Student Support Team
The Student Support Team (SST) is a committee of teachers, counselors, and administrators. The team provides suggestions for teachers and parents to implement with
students who are exhibiting academic, physical and/or behavior difficulties.
Summer Preparation for Learning
Summer preparation is critical to student success as students prepare to begin a new
school year. It is our belief that the learning process does not begin on the first day of
school or end on the last. New learning, as well as strengthening previously learned
content, is an ongoing process that promotes proficient skill application and sound
decision-making in school and in life. The purpose of summer learning assignments is to
help students develop an early awareness of course requirements and performance
expectations, to provide meaningful practice on required skills, and to give teachers and
students an awareness of student knowledge and ability levels. All summer assignments
are considered mandatory unless it is specified otherwise in the course syllabus.
Telephone Use
Telephones are used for school business. Students may use school phones only in
cases of emergency as defined by the principal or the principal’s designee.
EVENING ACADEMY/SUMMER SCHOOL
Evening Classes .............................................................................................................9
Full-Time Students .........................................................................................................9
Part-Time Students .......................................................................................................10
Class Sessions ...............................................................................................................10
Attendance/Tardies ......................................................................................................10
Check-In and Check-Out ..............................................................................................11
Discipline .......................................................................................................................11
Transportation/Parking ..................................................................................................11
Grade Reports .............................................................................................................11
Final Exams .....................................................................................................................11
Summer School for Grades 9-12 ...................................................................................12
GRADUATION
General Requirements..................................................................................................12
Personal Education Plan.................................................................................................12
High School Diploma/Graduation Requirements............................................................13
College Admission Requirements..................................................................................14
Quality Point System.....................................................................................................15
Valedictorian and Salutatorian.......................................................................................16
Graduation Ceremony...................................................................................................16
Visitors
Parents are urged to visit the school for conferences and planned student activities.
Students are not permitted to bring relatives or friends to school. Visitors should not be
on a school campus or in any school building without the principal’s approval.
As required by Georgia law, all visitors to the school must report to the
school office when they arrive. Visitors must sign in and must wear a Visitors
Badge while in the school or on the campus.
Withdrawal from School
When students are withdrawn from school during the school year, a parent/guardian
should complete withdrawal procedures through the school office. At the time of
withdrawal, students must return all textbooks, library books, and other school-owned
items. The school may withhold grade reports, diplomas, and/or certificates of progress
until restitution is made for lost or damaged textbooks and/or media materials. Payment
of school-related expenses for which the student is responsible, such as lunch charges,
must be completed at the time of withdrawal. Students who are withdrawn and reentered for the purpose of avoiding final exams or being retained in their current grade
level jeopardize their course credits for the semester or year.
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STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Overview .....................................................................................................................16
Behavior Code..............................................................................................................17
Bullying.........................................................................................................................18
Criminal Offenses .........................................................................................................19
Damage to Textbooks, Electronic and Media Materials.................................................19
Damaging or Setting Off a Fire Alarm............................................................................19
Disruption of a Public School ....................................................................................19
Electronic Resources – Authorized User Policy ............................................................19
Explosives....................................................................................................................21
Firearms ..........................................................................................................................21
Laser Pointers..............................................................................................................22
Off-Campus Behavior ..................................................................................................22
Personal Belongings ....................................................................................................22
Police Questioning and Apprehension...........................................................................22
School Safety Zones ....................................................................................................23
Sexual Harassment......................................................................................................23
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Supervision of Students at School.................................................................................23
Vandalism or Damage ..............................................................................................23
Video/Audio Recorders.............................................................................................24
Weapons...................................................................................................................24
DISCIPLINE
Detention...................................................................................................................24
In-School Suspension Program.................................................................................25
Short-Term Suspension.............................................................................................25
Long-Term Suspension ............................................................................................25
Expulsion .................................................................................................................25
Authority for Enactment of Suspensions and Hearings...............................................25
Disciplinary Hearing Procedures...............................................................................26
Patrick Henry High School .......................................................................................26
Bus Conduct – Offenses and Punishments ................................................................27
Dress Code – Offenses and Punishments .................................................................29
Section I - Offenses and Punishments........................................................................31
Section II - Offenses and Punishments.......................................................................33
Section III - Offenses and Punishments......................................................................34
Section IV – Physical Abuse of School Personnel......................................................35
GENERAL INFORMATION
Accidents...................................................................................................................36
Asbestos Plan............................................................................................................36
Athletics......................................................................................................................36
Book Bags .................................................................................................................36
Bus Transportation ...................................................................................................36
Cancellation of School...............................................................................................37
Child Abuse........................................................ ....................................................37
Club Meetings...........................................................................................................37
Custody ....................................................................................................................37
Driving and Parking on School Campus....................................................................38
Emergency Management Plan/Emergency Drills.......................................................38
Extracurricular Activities.............................................................................................39
Field Trips.................................................................................................................39
Gifted Education Program..........................................................................................40
Illness .......................................................................................................................40
Insurance..................................................................................................................40
Lockers.....................................................................................................................40
Lunch Program.........................................................................................................40
Medicine....................................................................................................................41
Student Records
In accordance with state and federal regulations, the Henry County Board of Education
has established policies and procedures to ensure the confidentiality of student records.
Any parent with questions concerning student record information maintained for his or
her child should contact the school principal. The practices observed concerning
student records are described below.
Directory Information: Directory information is that which may be considered of
general interest to students, parents, or the public. The following student information is
classified as directory information:
1.
2.
3.
The student’s name, address, and date and place of birth.
The weight and height of members of athletic teams.
Awards and other recognition connected with student performance at
school.
Unless the parent/guardian or eligible student request otherwise, directory
information may be disclosed to the public upon request. The parent/guardian
or eligible student has the right to refuse to allow any of their student information to be
designated as directory information. To exercise this right, written notification must be
filed with the principal within 30 days of the date of enrollment. Note that military
recruiters are entitled to receive the name, address, and telephone number of high
school juniors and seniors.
Academic Information: Academic information includes items such as individual
student attendance and discipline records, transcripts, and test results. Such information
is confidential and access is restricted.
Student records are available to students’ parents/ guardians. The rights afforded to
parents/guardians can transfer to the student when the student reaches eighteen years
of age. Professional personnel, in the normal functions of the school and as approved
by the superintendent, may access student records. Exceptions to restricted access of
student records include the following:
1.
2.
3.
In the event that part or all of a student’s record may be made available in
compliance with a judicial order or any lawfully issued subpoena, advance
notice of such compliance will be given to parents and eligible students.
In the event of an emergency, appropriate persons will be given access to a
student’s records if knowledge of information contained therein is necessary to
protect the health and safety of a student or other persons.
If students move to another attendance area within the school system or seek
to enroll in a school outside of the system, students’ records will be sent to the
new school upon official request from that school.
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School Social Worker Services
School Social Workers work with students, parents, school personnel, and community
agencies to build effective relations among all groups. Social workers establish
communication between individual schools and the home when chronic problems such
as excessive absenteeism or personal and behavior problems interfere with students’
education. Referrals are made to social workers when a problem cannot be solved
within the school. For more information about School Social Worker Services, contact
the principal or the Student Services Department.
Scoliosis Screening Program
The school system is required to conduct initial scoliosis screenings of Henry County
students in grades 6-8.
Silent Reflection
In each classroom the teacher in charge, at the opening of each school day, shall
conduct a brief period of quiet reflection for not more than 60 seconds. This moment of
quiet reflection is not intended to be and shall not be conducted as a religious service or
exercise but shall be considered as an opportunity for a moment of silent reflection on
the anticipated activities of the day.
Special Education
Special education services are provided to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
Programs are provided for students in all disability areas recognized by the state of
Georgia. Programs are provided based on the identified needs of each student.
If your child has a learning or behavior problem, or if you suspect that your child has a
disability, you should contact the principal or chairperson of the Student Support Team at
your child’s school, or contact the Special Education Department.
Standardized Testing
Standardized tests are administered to students as required by Georgia law. Students
are tested in several academic areas including English/language arts, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.
The purpose of the testing program is to monitor student achievement. The results of
such tests are used to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses in academic areas.
Also, test results are used to determine the effectiveness of educational programs and
how programs can be improved.
Parents will be notified in writing when test scores are returned to the school. Parents/
guardians should address questions about the standardized testing program and their
child’s test results to the principal. For additional information about the standardized
testing program, contact the Curriculum and Instruction Department.
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Notice of Equal Opportunity...........................................................................................41
Notice of Pictures of Students .......................................................................................42
Remedial Reading and Mathematics Programs.............................................................42
School Instructional Extension Program........................................................................42
School Nurses..............................................................................................................42
School Social Worker Services ....................................................................................43
Scoliosis Screening Program........................................................................................43
Silent Reflection.............................................................................................................43
Special Education.........................................................................................................43
Standardized Testing....................................................................................................43
Student Records ..........................................................................................................44
Student Support Team..................................................................................................45
Summer Preparation for Learning ............................................................................... 45
Telephone Use ............................................................................................................45
Visitors..........................................................................................................................45
Withdrawal from School ................................................................................................45
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Notice of Pictures of Students
Any student who has reached the age of 18 but has not reached the age of 20 by
September 1, and who has dropped out of school or withdrawn from school for one
semester or more after his/her 18th birthday, must apply for admission.
Unless the parent or legal guardian request otherwise, pictures and/or audio-visual
recordings of students may be taken by the news media and/or the school system or
individual schools during sporting events, awards ceremonies, and general interest
events. Pictures and/or audio-visual presentations of students may appear on the
school system or individual school web sites. If the parent or legal guardian wishes to
prohibit the taking of any picture or the making of any audio-visual recording of their
child by the news media, the school system, or by individual schools, notification must be
filed, in writing, within 30 days of the beginning of the school year or the date of
enrollment. Pictures and/or audio-visual recordings that identify students as receiving
special education instruction will not be allowed without prior approval.
Attendance Zones
Remedial Reading and Mathematics Programs
Students must attend school in the attendance zone where their parents/legal guardians reside. Students may not attend other schools in the system except with the
permission of the Henry County Board of Education.
Remedial instruction is provided for students who need assistance in mastering the
objectives for the Georgia High School Graduation Test. Students who meet state
guidelines for the Remedial Education program may receive additional help from the
student’s regular English and/or mathematics teacher or from the remedial education
teacher. For more information on the Remedial Education program, contact the principal
or the Curriculum and Instruction Department.
ADMISSION/ATTENDANCE
Admission Information
Age Requirements
If parents/guardians move to another attendance zone within the county after the start
of the school year, parents have the option of allowing their children to remain at their
current school for the remainder of the school year. In such cases, parents must
receive written approval to cross attendance lines from the Director of Student
Services, and must be responsible for transporting their children to and from school.
At the beginning of the next school year, parents would be required to enroll their
children in the school they are zoned to attend based on the location of their residence.
Guardianship
If a student resides with any person other than a natural parent, a certified copy of the
court documents that establish legal guardianship will be required to at the time of
enrollment.
Proof of Residence
To enroll in Henry County Schools a student must reside within the boundaries of
Henry County. A student must reside with a natural parent or a person who has been
granted legal guardianship, or the student must be under the care of a state agency
with placement in Henry County.
Proof of residence is required when a student initially enrolls in a school and whenever a change of residence occurs. The principal or designee will
accept the following records as proof of residency:
1.
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School Instructional Extension Program
The School Instructional Extension Program (SIEP) is designed to provide lowperforming students with additional academic support beyond the regular school day.
The SIEP provides participating students with a minimum of 120 hours of additional
instruction through a variety of delivery models. Middle school models may consist of
after school academic assistance and/or brief summer assistance programs. High
school models may consist of before school and after school academic assistance
programs. Also, ninth grade students have the opportunity to make up failed credit
through the Second Chance Program. For additional information contact the principal or
the Curriculum and Instruction Department.
School Nurses
School nurses serve as care providers and advocates for the promotion and protection
of the health status of students in Henry County Schools. School nurses collaborate with
parents, educators, and existing community health resources to provide appropriate
information and/or services. For more information about School Nurse services, contact
the principal or the Student Services Department.
A valid lease or rental agreement and a current utility bill (gas, electric,
water, telephone, or cable). Records must include the name and address of
the parent/legal guardian.
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Commercial foods may not be delivered to the school without prior approval by the
principal. The sale of foods of minimal nutritional value, as defined in federal school
lunch and breakfast regulations, is prohibited on the premises of all Henry County
Schools from the beginning of the school day through the end of the last lunch period.
For additional information about the school lunch program, contact the principal or the
School Nutrition Department.
2.
A property tax statement or property deed and a current utility bill (gas,
electric, water, telephone, or cable). Records must include the name and
address of the parent/legal guardian.
A parent/legal guardian who resides full time in Henry County, but is unable to provide
the records listed above, may complete a Henry County Schools Affidavit of Residency
at the school system administrative offices in McDonough.
Medicine
When students must take medicine at school, the parent/guardian should bring medicine
and related equipment to the principal or his/her designee and complete a Medication
Authorization Form. Medicine cannot be given without written permission and instructions from the parent/guardian. Please do not send medicine to school by way of
students.
Proof of residence is subject to investigation. Students enrolled under false information
are illegally enrolled and will be withdrawn from school. Parents/guardians may be
charged tuition for the period of time their child is illegally enrolled. Also, knowingly and
willfully providing false information regarding proof of residence violates state law and
may subject one to fine and/or imprisonment (O.C.G.A. 16-10-20).
All prescription and over-the-counter medicine must be kept in the school office unless
approved by the principal. Students with an asthmatic condition are permitted to inhaler
in their possession if there is written permission from the parent/guardian to do so.
Prescription medicine must be in the original labeled container. The label must include
the student’s name, the name of the medicine, instructions for dispensing the medicine,
and the doctor’s name. Pharmacists can provide a duplicate labeled container with only
the dosage to be given at school. Over-the-counter medicine must be in the original
container and marked with the student’s name.
Emergency Contact Information
It is critical for the school to be able to contact parents at any time students are at school.
The school must have the parents’ current address and home, cellular, and business
telephone numbers. Emergency contact persons and their telephone numbers are
needed in case a parent cannot be reached. This information is required at the time of
registration and whenever a change occurs with the parents’ address, telephone, or
emergency contact information.
Eye/Ear/Dental Examination
Parents should pick up unused medicine from the principal or his/her designee. Any
medicine not picked up will be discarded at the end of each school year. Medicine will
not be sent home with students.
Upon initial enrollment in a Georgia public school, students must provide a certificate of
eye, ear, and dental examination (Georgia Form #3300). The certificate may be
obtained from the county health department or from a physician.
Violation of this rule may constitute failure to follow instructions and, thus, may result in
appropriate disciplinary action. For additional information, contact the principal or the
Student Services Department.
Immunization
Notice of Equal Opportunity
The Henry County Board of Education maintains a policy of equal educational, athletic,
and employment opportunity. The intent of such policy is to ensure the absence of
discrimination towards a particular race, color, religion, gender, handicap/disability, age,
or national origin in any school or school system policy which might affect the administration and treatment of students or the employment of all personnel working in connection
with the educational program or activity in Henry County Schools. Dr. Phyllis Hadden is
the Section 504/ADACoordinator. Dr. Preston Malcom is the Title VI and Title IX
Coordinator. Mr. Gary Sharpe is the Sports Equity Coordinator. For Equal Opportunity
compliance information, contact Dr. Preston Malcom at 770-957-6601.
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All students in grades K-12 must provide immunization documentation at the time of
enrollment. For entrance into the sixth grade of schools in Georgia, each child must
have at least one additional dose of MMR vaccine, for a total of two MMR vaccines
administered on or after the child’s first birthday and at least thirty days apart.
A Georgia Immunization Certificate (Form 3231), signed by a medical doctor, must be
obtained from your physician or local health department. Georgia immunization
requirements for children entering the sixth grade have been expanded to include proof
of protection against chicken pox (varicella). Parents may submit a temporary waiver of
Georgia’s immunization requirements for religious or medical reasons.
Social Security Number
All students enrolling in Henry County Schools are asked to provide to the school the
student’s Social Security number. No student will be denied enrollment in Henry County
Schools for declining to provide his/her Social Security number or for declining to apply
for such a number.
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Transfer Students
Gifted Education Program
Prior to admission, the parent/legal guardian of a transfer student must:
The gifted education program, Special Activities in Gifted Education (SAGE), is provided
for middle and high school students who meet eligibility criteria set by the Georgia
Department of Education. In grades 6-8, eligible students are served through an
academic team in each grade. In grades 9-12, eligible students are served through
ninth and tenth grade honors courses in which teachers possess a gifted endorsement,
and through Advanced Placement courses in grades 11-12. For additional information,
contact the principal or the Curriculum and Instruction Department.
1.
2.
3.
Provide a certified copy of the student’s academic transcript and disciplinary
record from the school previously attended. A student may be admitted
conditionally if the parent/legal guardian provides the name and address of
the school last attended and authorizes the release of all academic and
disciplinary records to Henry County Schools.
Disclose whether the student is currently serving a suspension or expulsion
from school.
Disclose whether the student has ever been adjudicated guilty of a felony
as defined in O.C.G.A. 15-11-37.
Any student who is under suspension or expulsion in another school
system and who wants to enroll in Henry County Schools must clear that
suspension or expulsion before any consideration will be given to the
student’s request to enroll.
Grade Placement
If acceptable documentation for determining grade placement is not presented at the
time students are enrolled, students will be temporarily assigned to a grade until
determination as to final grade placement can be made. For more information, refer to
Henry County Board of Education Policy JBCD, Transfers and Withdrawals.
Transfer Credits
Please ask for a copy of Henry County Board of Education Policy JBCD, Transfers
and Withdrawals, for a definition of an accredited school and for procedures to be
used for validating credit hours taken at non-accredited schools and home study
programs. Transfer credits will be validated by the student’s guidance counselor.
Attendance Information
School Attendance
Georgia law (O.C.G.A. 20-2-690.1) requires all students between the ages of 6 and
16 to attend school. State policy defines the school year as 180 attendance days.
Failure to satisfy the state’s attendance requirements can affect the opportunity for
students to obtain or keep a driver’s license.
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Illness
If a student becomes too ill to remain in class, the student may contact their parent/
guardian to make arrangements to be checked out of school. The principal should be
notified in writing if a student has a chronic illness or disability that could require special
or emergency treatment.
Medicine must be kept in the school office and dispensed by the principal or his/her
designee. Additional information regarding medicine is listed in the “General Information”
section under the heading of “Medicine.”
Insurance
Parents/guardians are responsible for providing accident or medical insurance
coverage for their child. The Henry County Schools do not maintain insurance
coverage of students. As a service to parents/guardians, information regarding accident
insurance that can be purchased at a nominal cost is sent home at the beginning of each
school year. Students must submit proof of insurance coverage prior to registration for
any athletic activity. Please check with the principal to determine which, if any, class or
activity may require insurance.
Lockers
Lockers are property of the school and may be opened by a school official without the
permission of the individual student. Students to whom lockers are assigned can be
suspended or expelled if the locker contains weapons, drugs, or other unauthorized
material.
Lunch Program
Full Day Attendance
Costs of school meals and milk may be obtained from the school office or the school
system website. Free and reduced price lunches are provided for qualified students.
Free/reduced price lunch program applications are sent home with every student at the
beginning of the school year and are available from the school office at any time.
Students are expected to be in attendance for the full school day. Students who
check-in late or check-out early should submit a written note from their parent/
guardian explaining their absence. Disciplinary action may be taken against students
not in attendance for the full school day for reasons that cannot be excused.
Parents are welcome to eat lunch with their children at school. On such occasions,
parents are encouraged to purchase a school lunch but are permitted to bring food to
the school for consumption by themselves and their children.
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Extracurricular Activities
Arrival and Dismissal Times
The principal, superintendent, and the Board of Education must approve all extracurricular activities and field trips. A violation of school rules or the rules of the Board of
Education while on extracurricular activities or trips will be punished as if the act were
committed on school property and during school hours.
The general beginning time for secondary schools is 8:30 a.m. and the general
ending time is 3:40 p.m. Schools may adjust the beginning and ending times to better
accommodate transportation services.
Tardiness
All school-sponsored activities will be conducted under the direct supervision of the sponsoring teacher(s). Whenever transportation to and from an
activity or event is provided by Henry County Schools, both the eligible
students and supervising teachers will ride in the vehicles provided so that
supervision may be maintained. Contingent upon the principal’s approval, an
exception may be made when the parent wishes to assume direct responsibility for his or her child’s transportation.
The superintendent and the Board of Education must approve any school-sponsored
banquet, party, or dance held off campus. This policy refers to clubs and grades within
the school and for which the school is solely responsible. The Henry County Schools
assumes no responsibility or control for organizations outside the school system.
To be eligible to try out or to participate in an extracurricular activity, students in grades
6-8 must have a numerical grade average of 70 or better for six out of seven courses
based on the previous semester. This grade average must be met for each of the six
courses.
Students in grades 9-12 must have a numerical grade average of 70 or better for five
out of six courses based on the previous semester. This grade average must be met for
each of the five courses. Students must also be “on track” for graduation. For more
information concerning “on track” provisions, students should contact their principal or
counselor.
Field Trips
Students are expected to arrive at school on time. Students who are tardy for school
must go to the school office to sign-in before going to class.
Student Absences
Students are required to attend all scheduled classes. Whenever students are absent,
for any reason, their parent/guardian must send a signed and dated written explanation of the absence to their child’s teachers no later than the FIRST DAY students
return to school after their absence. In the event a reasonable suspicion exists that
prolonged absences are not due to illness, medical documentation may be requested
before it can be determined whether or not to excuse an absence.
Excused Absences
Absences will be treated as excused if they occur for the following reasons:
1.
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3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Parents will receive notices of field trips in advance of scheduled trips. A modest
contribution may be requested to help defray transportation or facility use costs. No
student will be penalized for failure to contribute.
8.
Individuals or organizations often offer the opportunity to Henry County students to
travel during weekends or school breaks, or even during times when school is in
session. Unless these opportunities are approved by the Henry County Board of
Education, matters of interest or concern must be addressed to the individuals or
representatives sponsoring these trips. Absences from school due to student participation in such travel will not be excused unless approved in advance by the principal.
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Student illness that would endanger the student’s health or the health of
others.
Serious illness or death in the student’s immediate family.
A scheduled medical, dental or eye examination.
Special and recognized religious holidays observed by the student’s faith.
An order of a governmental agency or a pre-induction military physical
exam.
An inability to attend school due to weather or other conditions making
school attendance impossible or unreasonably hazardous.
Attendance upon a trip or event having significant educational value
provided the principal is notified of the absence in advance and he/she
determines the trip or event has significant educational value.
Unusual or urgent circumstances requiring the student’s parents to be
outside of Henry County overnight, and where the parents determine that it
would be in the student’s best interest to accompany them. If prior notice
cannot be given, a written explanation is to be provided no later than the
first day the student returns to school after the absence.
Take Your Daughter to Work Day. If you go to work with your parent(s) on
this day, you will be excused but you will be counted absent.
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Unexcused Absences
Unexcused absences will be subject to attendance investigation and can result in
penalty as imposed by the Compulsory Attendance law. Students who accumulate an
unacceptable number of unexcused absences may be referred for enrollment in
Patrick Henry High School. Also, excessive absences may jeopardize the earning of
course credits for the semester or year. Excessive absences or withdrawal from
school before graduating may also jeopardize students’ driver’s license. Please see
your principal for more information regarding excessive absenteeism.
Absences Due to Pregnancy
Students who are or become pregnant during any school semester will not be
excused from attending school unless the student’s treating physician states in writing
that the student cannot attend school. Excused absences due to pregnancy or a
pregnancy-related condition may be made up under the same terms and requirements as any other excused absence upon the student’s return to school.
Hospital / Homebound Services
Henry County Schools will provide hospital/homebound services to students when the
following have been submitted:
1.
2.
3.
A medical referral form, signed by a physician who is licensed by the state
agency or board, as defined in O.C.G.A. 49-4-121.
A physician’s statement that the student will be absent for a minimum of ten
consecutive school days.
A physician’s statement that the student is physically able to participate in
instruction.
Once the referral form is completed and returned to the school system, a certified
teacher will pick up the student’s assignments from the school and schedule a time to
work with the student.
Students are not eligible to be served if absence is due to any of the following:
communicable diseases, as defined in State Department of Education Rule 160-1-2.03 (Communicable Diseases); pregnancy not requiring abnormal restriction of
activities as prescribed by a licensed physician; abuse of chemical substances where
hospitalization is not required; or, if such services are not specified in the individualized
education program (IEP) of a student with disabilities.
When students are served in the hospital/homebound program, students will be
counted as present just as if students were at school. Parents/guardians who would
like for their child to be served by this program should contact the school for a referral
as soon as the child’s illness is diagnosed.
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The school system will give to each parent/guardian, upon request, all information
required under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the laws of the State
of Georgia unless there is a valid court order directing the school system not to divulge
such information. If such an order exists, a certified copy must be delivered to the
principal’s office.
Driving and Parking on School Campus
Students are permitted to park on high school campuses. A limited number of parking
spaces are available at an annual fee for those students who wish to have a daily
reserved space. Students should contact their principal for more details about student
parking.
Students who drive to school must obtain a permit from the principal. While a student
vehicle is on school property, the principal or his/her designee has the right to search
the vehicle without obtaining permission of the student or the owner of the vehicle.
Students should take lunches and snacks, textbooks, paper, pencils, etc., needed
for school when they initially park and leave the car. The principal or the principal’s
designee must accompany students wishing to return to their car later in the school day.
Violation of the rules, regulations, and policies of the Board of Education and/or the
school concerning driving or parking a vehicle on school campus can result in
suspension or expulsion from school, revocation of parking privileges, and/or having
the vehicle towed away at the driver’s expense.
Previously issued permits or driver’s licenses shall be suspended for minors whose
school records indicate they have dropped out of school and have been out of school
for ten consecutive days, have more than 10 consecutive days of unexcused absences
in any semester, or have been suspended from school for harming a teacher, possession or sale of drugs or alcohol on school property, or possession or use of a weapon
on school property.
Emergency Management Plan/Emergency Drills
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reviews and approves the school
system’s comprehensive School Safety Plan and each school’s Emergency Management Plan. A copy of these plans is available from the principal or the Administrative
Services Department.
Fire/evacuation drills will be held on a monthly basis. Also, drills for severe weather,
lockdown of the school, and bus evacuation will be held at least once each year.
Parents should remind their children that during an emergency drill students must
respond quietly and quickly, and must follow the directions given by their teachers and
administrators.
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Parents should contact the Transportation Department for information regarding bus
pick-up and drop-off times and locations. Also, parents should contact the Transportation Department to discuss any concerns regarding bus routes or drivers and to
schedule conferences with drivers. Parents should not interrupt bus routes or attempt to
board buses to discuss issues with drivers.
Cancellation of School
In the event of severe weather or other emergencies, official information about school
closing will be broadcast on Atlanta area radio and television stations. In addition, local
area radio station WKKP-AM (1410) will be notified. Parents should be aware that
severe weather or other emergencies could cause school to be canceled during the
school day. Parents should plan accordingly.
Child Abuse
Georgia law requires that school employees report to the local Department of Family
and Children Services (DFCS) any suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. Failure
to comply with this requirement may result in prosecution of the employee. Once a
report has been made, official representatives of DFCS have the right to come to the
school to interview the child. Parent permission need not be obtained by the department
or the school.
Club Meetings
All regular business meetings of any school activity group will be conducted under the
supervision of an adult professional advisor. Students attending regularly scheduled
club meetings will follow the rules established for their school. Clubs will meet on a
scheduled basis for such activities. Club meetings will be scheduled so as not to conflict
with academic instruction.
Custody
If custody of a minor child changes after enrollment, documents should be provided to
the school as soon as possible after the change. Students cannot be withdrawn without
this information.
It is a crime for any person to make or attempt to make a change of custody of a minor
child by removing the child from school without the permission of the person who
enrolled the child in school, even if the person attempting to remove the child has a court
order granting that person custody. Court orders that specifically authorize or direct the
release of custody by the school system will be followed. The school system will not
interject itself in a custody or visitation dispute between parents.
Make-Up Work
It is the student’s and parent’s/guardian’s responsibility -- not the teacher’s -- to make
arrangements for make-up work. The number of days allowed to complete make-up
work will be determined by the principal or the principal’s designee but will not exceed
the number of days absent. Failure to comply with this make-up procedure will result in
a grade of zero (0) being given for graded assignments missed during an excused
absence.
Students will not be allowed to make up work and graded assignments that were missed
during an unexcused absence. Absences due to suspension from school are considered unexcused. Students given the option of enrolling in In-School Suspension to
serve a suspension/expulsion, who choose to serve their suspension/expulsion at
home, will not be given the opportunity to make up work missed while suspended/
expelled.
GRADE REPORTING
Semester System
In the middle schools (grades 6-8), most courses are year-long in length with the
exception of some Connections courses, which are taught for six-week or twelve-week
periods of time.
Courses in the high schools (grades 9-12) are scheduled on the semester system.
Students receive credit on a half-year basis. High school courses that are successfully
completed translate into unit credits that apply toward graduation requirements.
Grading Procedures and Report Cards
Students are evaluated on a six-week, twelve-week, and eighteen-week basis with the
semester grade being a cumulative grade that represents eighteen weeks of work.
Parents will receive a grade report at the end of six weeks, a grade report at the end of
twelve weeks, and a report card at the end of the semester (eighteen weeks). Grades
reported at the six-week period and the twelve-week period represent the student’s
progress at that time in the semester. The semester grade is the final grade that
represents how a student performed over the eighteen-week period.
Grade reports will show numerical grades for each subject in which the student is
enrolled. These reports summarize the student’s progress at that point in the eighteenweek semester. Comments may also be written on these grade reports. Informal
progress reports may be sent at times other than the systemwide grade report if a
school chooses to do so. The letter equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
90 - 100 = A
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80 - 89 = B
74 - 79 = C
70 - 73 = D
Below 70 = F
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Grading Categories
Category 1: CLASS WORK and/or HOMEWORK - Minimum of six (6) per six
weeks.
Accidents
Category 2: MAJOR TESTS - Minimum of 2 per six weeks. This category may
include, but is not limited to, performance based evaluations for fine arts,
health and physical education, or technology/career education courses.
In the event that students have serious accidents, the school will make every attempt to
notify parents/guardians immediately and take action with the parents’ approval.
However, if parents/guardians cannot be contacted, the school will act in the manner
considered to be in the best interest of students.
Category 3: SEMESTER EXAM - An exam will be scheduled at the end of each
semester.
Category 4: SPECIAL PROJECTS - Each teacher will determine the number of
projects and the percentage weight of each project, not to exceed a total
of 20% of the grading period. This percentage weight will be subtracted from the Major Tests category.
Computation of Semester Grades
The following is the standard grading format used by teachers in Henry County
Schools. Any deviation from this format must be approved by the principal and
explained in writing to students and parents/guardians prior to the beginning of a
grading period.
Category 1: 20% - 50%
Category 2: 40% - 60%
Category 3: 10% - 20%
Category 4: Optional, but not to exceed 20%; to be subtracted from Category 2.
Asbestos Plan
The Henry County Board of Education has a state-approved asbestos plan. A copy of
this plan is available in the principal’s office. For more information concerning asbestos
plans, please contact the Facilities/Maintenance Department.
Athletics
Students enrolled in grades 7-12 and meeting academic requirements will be eligible to
participate in interscholastic events. For more information concerning specific athletic
programs offered and guidelines concerning these programs, please contact the
principal, school athletic director, or Student Services Department. Students will not be
retained for athletic purposes.
Book Bags
Students are allowed, but not required, to use a book bag to carry their textbooks and
school supplies. However, students are discouraged from using a rolling book bag
because such bags often create tripping hazards. If students choose to use a rolling
bag, they must carry the bag when entering and exiting the bus. Also, a luggage-type
bag that is too bulky for students to safely hold in their lap is prohibited on the bus. For
safety reasons, book bags may not be placed in the center aisle of the bus.
Minimum Requirements of Academic Tests
A discussion question and/or word problem will be included on major tests for all
subjects. Spelling, grammar, usage, punctuation and content should be considered in
evaluating the discussion question.
Bus Transportation
Students should adhere to the following safety rules at the bus stop:
1.
Exam Schedule
The principal will arrange a semester exam schedule. For grades 6-8, teachers may
give a test that addresses multiple chapters instead of administering a semester exam.
Special Education Grading
Grades for special education students may be based on the degree of completion of
the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
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Students who must cross the road to board a bus should never do so until the
bus has come to a complete stop, the proper warning signs are displayed,
and the driver motions for students to cross.
Students should cross the road in front of the bus, never cross the road
behind the bus.
Students should always stand a safe distance from the road (at least five feet).
Students who must cross the road after exiting from the bus should always
cross at least ten (10) feet in front of the bus after looking in both directions for
traffic and after the driver motions for students to cross.
Students should never run to or from the bus.
Students should be at their assigned bus stop five minutes prior to the arrival
of the bus.
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Section IV – Physical Abuse of School Personnel
Georgia law prohibits students from committing physical acts of violence against school
personnel (a teacher, school bus driver, or other school official or employee). Such acts
will be handled as follows:
1.
Intentional physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with
school personnel.
A student who is alleged to have committed such an act will be suspended
pending a hearing by a disciplinary hearing officer. A student found to have
committed such an act will be disciplined by short-term suspension, long-term
suspension, or expulsion.
2.
Intentional physical contact that causes physical harm to school
personnel, unless such contact or harm occurs in self-defense.
A student who is alleged to have committed such an act will be suspended
pending a hearing by a disciplinary hearing officer. A student found to have
committed such an act will be expelled from school for the remainder of his/her
eligibility to attend public school and will be referred to juvenile court. The
Henry County Board of Education has the discretion to enforce the permanent expulsion of the student or to permit the student to attend an alternative
education program (Patrick Henry High School). Also, the Board of
Education has the discretion to permit a middle school student to reenroll in a
regular public school for grades 9-12.
3.
Unintentional but inappropriate physical contact with school
personnel.
A student who is alleged to have committed such an act will be suspended
pending a disciplinary hearing. A student found to have committed such an
act will be disciplined by short-term suspension, long-term suspension, or
expulsion.
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PROMOTION/RETENTION
State Requirements
Georgia law requires that it will be “the policy of the State of Georgia that the placement
or promotion of a student into a grade, class, or program should be based on an
assessment of the academic achievement of the student and a determination of the
educational setting in which the student is most likely to receive the instruction and other
services needed in order to succeed and progress to the next higher level of academic
achievement.”
Students scheduled to be in Grade 8 during the 2005-2006 school year will be required
to demonstrate “on-grade-level” performance in the areas of Reading and Mathematics
on the state Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) to be recommended for
promotion to the next grade level. Should a student not meet grade level expectations
on the CRCT, the student will be recommended for retention and provided with an
opportunity to receive additional support (summer school) to address identified areas of
academic deficiency. Once the student has received appropriate assistance, the student
will be retested with a CRCT or alternative assessment instrument that is appropriate for
the student’s grade level. If the student demonstrates grade level or above performance, he/she will be promoted to the next grade and provided with an academic
prescription to support continued academic success. Should the student not demonstrate grade level performance, he/she will be retained in the same grade for the next
school year and provided with an academic prescription designed to address identified
areas of academic deficiency.
If the student’s parent/guardian or teacher appeals the decision to retain the student, the
principal will establish a placement committee composed of the principal (or the
principal’s designee), the student’s parent/guardian, and the teacher(s) of the subject(s)
in which the student failed to perform at grade level. The placement committee will
review the overall academic achievement of the student, the student’s CRCT performance, and the standards for promotion adopted by the Henry County Board of
Education. A decision to promote the student must be unanimous and must determine
that, if promoted and provided accelerated, differentiated, or additional instruction, the
student will be likely to perform at grade level expectations. Once the placement
committee reports its decision, that decision will be upheld by the Henry County Board of
Education.
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Middle School Promotion Criteria
Section III - Offenses and Punishments
Middle school students must pass eight of ten academic classes and 80% of the
Connections classes they have taken to be promoted to the next grade level.
The following specific behaviors will result in an immediate suspension from school
(including regular school activities, extracurricular activities, athletic participation, and
other school events) with the matter being submitted to a disciplinary hearing officer:
There may be individual cases in which extenuating circumstances will be given
precedence as criteria in determining promotion or retention. For example, promotion
(or retention) could be inappropriate due to developmental and/or chronological age
needs of students. Such exceptions are studied carefully before a final decision is
made, and justification must include written documentation supporting the decision. The
written documentation will be on file in students’ permanent records.
High School Promotion Criteria
1.
2.
3.
4.
Grade level assignments for high school students are based on the following criteria:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Meet 8th grade promotion requirements to be assigned to a 9th grade
homeroom.
Earn 4 units of credit to be assigned to a 10th grade homeroom.
Earn 10 units of credit to be assigned to an 11th grade homeroom.
Earn 16 units of credit to be assigned to a 12th grade homeroom.
5.
6.
Promotion/Retention of Special Education Students
The promotion/retention requirements of the Henry County Board of Education may not
be required of all special education students. Parents/guardians should contact the
principal or the Special Education Department to determine if promotion/retention
requirements apply to their child.
EVENING ACADEMY/SUMMER SCHOOL
7.
Being under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, any drug or substance
declared unlawful, or any substance or chemical that is mood altering.
Physical abuse or inappropriate physical contact of persons other than
students or school personnel.
Possessing, using, selling, buying, giving away, bartering, or exchanging
any counterfeit money.
Possessing, using, selling, buying, giving away, bartering, or exchanging
any weapon, explosive compound, or other object that can reasonably be
considered and/or used as a weapon, while at school, at a school function,
on school property, or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the
school system. Exceptions are firearms as defined in Section 921 of Title 18
of the United States Code. (Refer to “Weapons” and “Explosives”).
Using, selling, buying, giving away, bartering, or exchanging any alcoholic
beverage.
Using, selling, buying, giving away, bartering, or exchanging any drug or
unlawful substance, any substance or chemical that is mood altering when
taken or inhaled, or any substance represented to be a drug or unlawful
substance.
Violations that would constitute a felony under the laws of Georgia.
During the suspension, students are not allowed on school grounds except for the
purpose of attending the disciplinary hearing and for the purpose of picking up
homework assignments at the principal’s office. Students are allowed to make up school
work missed pending the disciplinary hearing.
Evening Classes
Evening classes are offered for high school students in Henry County through the
Evening Academy, located at Union Grove High School. The Evening Academy
follows the same school calendar as all other public schools in Henry County.
Full-Time Students
Students found to have committed such acts will be expelled from school (including
regular school activities, extracurricular activities, athletic participation, and other school
events). The disciplinary hearing officer has the authority to allow students to submit an
application to enroll at Patrick Henry High School. Students allowed to attend Patrick
Henry High School shall not go on any other school grounds.
Students who are 16 - 21 years old, residents of Henry County, and who are not
enrolled in any regular high school program, may attend the Evening Academy as a
full-time student with no tuition costs to the student. A full-time Evening Academy student
must take three courses during each mini-semester to maintain the full-time student
status. There is no minimum limit of course credits that should be earned before a
student qualifies for admission to the Evening Academy; however, each full-time
Evening Academy student should attempt the regular high school program before being
admitted to the Evening Academy program as a full-time student.
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Section II - Offenses and Punishments
The following specific behaviors will result in an immediate suspension from school
(including regular school activities, extracurricular activities, athletic participation, and
other school events) with the matter being submitted to a disciplinary hearing officer:
Students in the regular high school program will only be permitted to enroll as a full-time
Evening Academy student at the end of the regular school semester. Book deposits and lab
fees may be required in some courses.
Part-Time Students
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Causing or contributing to the disruption of school operations.
Damaging or vandalizing school property or personal property.
Physically abusing a student.
Possessing any alcoholic beverage.
Possessing any drug or unlawful substance, any substance represented to
be a drug or unlawful substance, and/or any drug paraphernalia.
6. Sexual misconduct, including but not limited to harassment, obscene gestures,
possession of obscene or vulgar materials, indecent exposure, and/or sexual
contact.
7. Terroristic threat(s). As defined in this handbook, a terroristic threat occurs
when one threatens, whether spoken, written, or transmitted via any
electronic communication system, to commit an act of violence.
8. Theft, including but not limited to attempted theft, extortion, bribery, theft by
deception, and/or possession of stolen property.
9. Verbally abusing others, including but not limited to threats, intimidation, and/or
bullying.
10. Violations that would constitute a misdemeanor under the laws of Georgia.
During the suspension, students are not allowed on school grounds except for the
purpose of attending the disciplinary hearing and for the purpose of picking up
homework assignments at the principal’s office. Students are allowed to make-up
schoolwork missed pending the disciplinary hearing.
Students found to have committed such acts will be given a long-term suspension or
expulsion from school (including regular school activities, extracurricular activities,
athletic participation, and other school events). The disciplinary hearing officer has the
authority to allow students to submit an application to enroll at Patrick Henry High
School. Students allowed to attend Patrick Henry High School shall not go on any other
school grounds.
Part-time Evening Academy students must be enrolled in the regular high school program
during the day and may attend the Evening Academy program to make up credits failed or
to add additional courses to their regular school schedule. Part-time students must have
course selections authorized by their school counselor. Part-time students are limited to one
course per mini-semester. This policy may only be waived if the student’s parent/legal
guardian signs the required request form. Part-time students will be required to pay a fee of
$200.00 per one-half unit course. Book deposits and lab fees may be required in some
courses.
Part-time students who are suspended/expelled from their regular school are not
permitted to attend Evening Academy classes.
Class Sessions
Classes meet Monday through Thursday, 4:00 p.m. - 10:25 p.m. Classes are scheduled
4:00 - 6:05 p.m., 6:10 - 8:15 p.m., and 8:20 - 10:25 p.m. High school courses are offered
which follow the curriculum for Henry County Schools and meet college preparatory and/or
technology/career education diploma requirements. At least 15 students must enroll in
courses for individual classes to be offered.
Classes are scheduled in a mini-semester format; there are five mini-semesters during each
year. Two mini-semesters are scheduled from August through December, two minisemesters are scheduled from January through May, and there is one mini-semester
scheduled in the summer. Students may earn up to one and one-half (1 1/2) units each
mini-semester. An Evening Academy brochure providing dates for each mini-semester is
available through the Counseling Offices at each high school.
Attendance/Tardies
Students are expected to attend every class session. Students should provide medical or
legal documentation for each absence. Students who do not provide appropriate documentation for any absence may be removed from the Evening Academy. Students with
verifiable medical conditions resulting in absences will be dealt with on a case-by-case
basis. Students are expected to attend and be on time for every class to receive unit credit.
Since most of the work is done in class, it is not feasible for students to “make-up” missed
work. Students who are absent will not receive credit for work done during the time they
are absent. Students must be seated in the classroom when the bell rings.
Three tardies will be counted as an absence. Students who accumulate four absences
may be removed from the Evening Academy.
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Check-In and Check-Out
1st Violation:
For offenses noted with (**) detention may be used for the first
offense. For all other offenses, placement for two (2) school days
in the In-School Suspension program. This suspension includes all
extracurricular activities, athletic participation, and other school
events.
2nd Violation:
Placement for three (3) school days in the In-School Suspension
program. This suspension includes all extracurricular activities,
athletic participation, and other school events.
3rd Violation:
Placement for five (5) school days in the In-School Suspension
program. This suspension includes all extracurricular activities,
athletic participation, and other school events.
4th Violation:
Suspension for two (2) days from school. This suspension
includes all regular school activities, extracurricular activities,
athletic participation, and other school events.
5th Violation:
Suspension for three (3) days from school. This suspension
includes all regular school activities, extracurricular activities,
athletic participation, and other school events.
6th Violation:
Suspension for five (5) days from school. This suspension
includes all regular school activities, extracurricular activities,
athletic participation, and other school events.
7th Violation:
Students will be placed in the In-School Suspension program with
the matter being submitted to a disciplinary hearing officer for
determination and punishment.
Students arriving late or checking out early must sign in/out through the front office with
the administrator on duty.
Discipline
Students attend the Evening Academy by choice. Attending the Evening Academy is a
privilege. Students are treated with respect and are expected to honor the requirements of this educational program. Students who are disruptive in any way, who do not
attend school regularly, or who do not demonstrate a serious approach to their
academic work will be removed from the program.
The discipline policies of the Henry County Board of Education Secondary Student
Handbook apply to all students in the Evening Academy. Violation of these behavior
and dress code standards may result in removal from the Evening Academy with no
refund of fees and no credit for work completed. Students who are removed from
their home school through a disciplinary hearing are not permitted to attend
the Evening Academy.
Transportation/Parking
Students must provide their own transportation to Evening Academy classes. Students
are permitted to park on the Union Grove High School campus, but are not permitted to
park in the first three rows in front of the building. Students who park on campus must
follow the parking regulations outlined in this handbook. Loitering/hanging out in the
parking lot is not allowed. Failure to follow these rules may result in withdrawal from the
Evening Academy program.
Grade Reports
The Evening Academy mini-semesters are 36 days long. After 18 days, a progress
report will be sent home with students. One week after each mini-semester ends, an
official letter will be sent to each student with his/her grades for the mini-semester. The
information listed on this letter will be sent to the student’s home school and entered on
the student’s official transcript.
Final Exams
Final exams are scheduled for the last night of each mini-semester. Each exam will be
one hour long. The exam schedule is noted below:
Class Time
4:00 - 6:05
6:10 - 8:15
8:20 - 10:25
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Exam Time
4:00 - 5:00
5:10 - 6:10
6:20 - 7:20
If the hearing officer finds that students have committed the seventh violation of any of the
above stated rules, the hearing officer will issue either a long-term suspension or
expulsion of students from school, including regular school activities, extracurricular
activities, athletic participation, and other school events. The disciplinary hearing officer
has the discretion to allow students to serve their suspension or expulsion in the InSchool Suspension program or to submit an application to enroll at Patrick Henry High
School. Students allowed to attend Patrick Henry High School shall not go on any other
school grounds.
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Section I - Offenses and Punishments
Summer School for Grades 9-12
The following specific behaviors can result in students being placed in the In-School
Suspension program and/or being suspended from school (including regular school
activities, extracurricular activities, athletic participation, and other school events):
Summer School classes are scheduled three periods per day. Students may earn a
maximum of 1.5 units toward graduation. The Summer School schedule is made
available each Spring before the end of the second semester of the school year.
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5.
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16.
Behavior detrimental to learning, including but not limited to being tardy to
school and/or any individual class. (**) Individual schools may employ different
means for dealing with students who are tardy to school and/or class.
Being in an unauthorized area.
Being insubordinate or disrespectful to any employee of the school system.
Being disrespectful to other students.
Bus misconduct (see “Bus Conduct - Offenses and Punishments”).
Deliberately giving a false or misleading statement.
Displaying or using a cell phone, pager, or other electronic communication
device during the school day without the consent of the principal or his/her
designee.
Failing to report to detention.
Fighting to a degree that does not constitute physical abuse.
Gambling.
Inciting or advising others to engage in prohibited behavior.
Leaving or skipping class or school without permission.
Physical contact between students that is deemed inappropriate. (**)
Possessing, using, selling, buying, giving away, bartering, or exchanging any
tobacco product or smoking paraphernalia.
Possessing, using, selling, buying, giving away, bartering or exchanging any
material, substance, food item, or personal belonging that is inappropriate for
school, without the consent of the principal or his/her designee.
Using profane, vulgar, obscene, or insulting language, whether spoken,
written, gestured, or transmitted or received via any electronic communication
device. Such use includes, but is not limited to insulting racial, ethnic, or
religious comments or actions; possession or distribution of profane, vulgar,
obscene, insulting, or threatening materials; and the access, upload, download,
or distribution of vulgar, obscene, insulting, or threatening graphics.
At the principal’s discretion, a student may be suspended from school for five
(5) days or assigned In-School Suspension for five (5) days for any Section I
offense, regardless of the number of previous violations. In addition, a
disciplinary hearing may be called for fighting or inappropriate physical
contact, regardless of the number of previous violations.
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For additional information regarding the Evening Academy program or the Summer
School program, contact the Student Services Department or check the school system
website.
GRADUATION
The Georgia Board of Education and the Henry County Board of Education establish
graduation requirements. Students must meet the requirements established for their
graduating class, which is determined by the date of enrollment in the ninth grade. To
be eligible for graduation, specific requirements in each of the following components must
be met:
1.
Unit credit - Students must earn the minimum number of units required for
their graduating class and diploma program. Unit credits that apply toward
graduation may be earned only in grades 9-12.
2.
Required courses - Students must satisfactorily complete specific courses
required for graduation. Students should also be aware that specific courses
may be required for admission to a university, college, or technical college.
No course may be substituted, exempted, or audited. No courses may be
repeated unless the student failed the course.
3.
Attendance - Attendance requirements are those set forth in the Georgia
compulsory attendance law.
4.
Georgia High School Graduation Test - This test is administered to all
eligible students. Students must pass all required sections to receive a high
school diploma.
Personal Education Plan
Students should develop a personal education plan to identify the required and elective
courses that will be taken while in high school. Having a planned program of study and
reviewing the plan on an annual basis will help students be certain that all graduation
requirements are met and that their high school program of study supports their posthigh school education and career goals. Students and parents/guardians should
schedule an appointment with their guidance counselor to develop or review their
personal education plan.
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High School Diploma/Graduation Requirements
The following diploma/graduation requirements apply to students who enrolled in the
9th grade for the first time after the 1997-98 school year.
1.
College Preparatory Program (College Prep) - Prepares students to
enter a four-year college or university. Students must complete the
following:
English
Math
Social Studies
Science
Foreign Language
Health/Per. Fitness
Elective Courses
4 units*
4 units*
3 units*
3 units*
2 units* (in a single language)
16 units of required core academic units
1 unit
5 units
22 units total
9.
Uniforms for cheerleaders and drill team participants are prohibited in the
classroom.
10. Shoes are required for safety and hygiene reasons and may be worn with or
without socks.
11. Flip-flops or any other type of similar footwear, having a flat sole without a
back strap, are prohibited for safety reasons.
12. Earrings or other jewelry of such size or style that, in the opinion of the
principal or the principal’s designee, would interfere with learning, would
cause a disruption of the educational environment, or would be a health or
safety hazard are prohibited. Body piercing jewelry (or the facsimile of) on
any visible area of the body (including the tongue) other than the ear is
prohibited.
1st Violation:
An explanation of the violation will be given to students by the
principal or the principal’s designee and students will be placed in
In-School Suspension for the remainder of the school day.
However, students may correct their dress code violation under the
supervision or the authorization of their parent/guardian, and may
return to regular class upon correction of the violation.
*Students must follow the required course sequence.
2.
College Prep with Distinction Program – Students must complete the
College Prep program of study, earn 2 additional units from the core
academic or fine arts area and a total of 24 units, and have a 3.0 GPA or 80
numeric average in the core academic courses.
2nd Violation:
Students will be placed in In-School Suspension for three (3) days.
If the violation is corrected before the expiration of the three days,
students may return to regular class after serving one full school
day in In-School Suspension.
3.
Technology/Career Education Program (Tech Prep) - Prepares
students to enter a technical college or two-year college. Students must
complete the following:
3rd Violation:
Students will be placed in In-School Suspension for five (5) days
regardless of whether the violation is corrected.
4th Violation:
A disciplinary hearing will be called, at which time the disciplinary
hearing officer could extend placement in In-School Suspension
until such time as the student corrects the violation.
English
Math
Social Studies
Science
Foreign Language
Health/Per. Fitness
Technology/Career
Elective Courses
4 units*
3 units*
3 units*
3 units*
0 units*
13 units of required core academic units
1 unit
4 units**
4 units
22 units total
*Students must follow the required course sequence. Students are
encouraged to earn four units in mathematics.
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Dress Code – Offenses and Punishments
**Students must earn a minimum of 4 units in Technology/Career Education
courses, with 3 units concentrated in one of the following career clusters:
It is the Board of Education’s belief that it should have and enforce hair and dress codes
that will assist in preventing disruption of the educational environment, prevent health or
safety hazards, and prevent interference with the learning of other students. It is the
belief of the Board of Education that the environment in which students are placed affects
students’ ability to achieve.
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B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
The following rules and regulations regarding the dress code apply to students while on
school grounds, while participating in school athletic events, while participating in school
extracurricular activities, or while on any transportation vehicle owned or used by the
Board of Education.
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Extreme hair styles that, in the opinion of the principal or the principal’s
designee, would interfere with learning, cause a disruption of the educational
environment, or be a health or safety hazard are prohibited. Hair will be
clean, neat, and well-groomed and must not cover the eyes. Hair in rollers is
prohibited.
Extreme styles of clothing that, in the opinion of the principal or the principal’s
designee, would interfere with learning, cause a disruption of the educational
environment, or be a health or safety hazard are prohibited. Clothing will be
clean, neat, and worn properly.
Hats, scarves and other headpieces will not be worn within the school
building unless approved for special occasions by the principal or the
principal’s designee.
Pants and jeans with noticeable splits or holes that, in the opinion of the
principal or the principal’s designee, would cause a disruption of the
educational environment, would be a health hazard, or would interfere with
the learning of other students are prohibited.
Shorts skirts, culottes, split skirts, or dresses must be reasonable in length and
appropriate for school.
Immodest clothing is prohibited. In addition, see-through clothing, bare
shoulders, bare midriffs, halters, and tank tops are prohibited.
Tight-fitting clothing, such as spandex or bicycle-type clothing and/or any
facsimile, are prohibited.
Jewelry, clothing, or other items that have pictures, logos, lettering, writing or
other symbols that the principal or the principal’s designee considers vulgar,
profane, offensive, suggestive, or disruptive, or that reflect sexual or obscene
overtones or that advertise any alcohol, tobacco or controlled substances is
prohibited.
Agricultural Science
Business & Information Management
Health & Human Services
Technical & Engineering
Military Science
Work-Based Learning
Students should check with their counselor to obtain information about
specific course offerings within each career cluster.
4.
Tech Prep with Distinction Program – Students must complete the Tech
Prep program of study, earn 1 additional unit from the core academic or fine
arts areas and a total of 24 units, and have 3.0 GPA or 80 numeric average
in the core academic courses.
5.
Dual Seal Program - With careful planning students can earn both the
College Prep seal and the Tech Prep seal on their diploma. Students must
discuss specifics with their counselor.
6.
High School Certificate - Students who complete high school requirements
for attendance and unit credits, but who do not pass all sections of the Georgia
High School Graduation Test, will receive the High School Certificate.
7.
Special Education Diploma - Students can be awarded the Special
Education Diploma if they have not completed the requirements for the high
school diploma but have completed their Individualized Education Program
(IEP).
College Admission Requirements
The University System of Georgia classifies each of its institutions as being a
research university, regional university, state college and university, or two-year
college. The following are the minimum requirements for regular freshman
admission at each type of institution:
Research Universities: (University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology,
Georgia State University, and Medical College of Georgia) - students should have
16 required college prep unit credits and a Freshman Index score of 2500.
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Regional Universities: (Georgia Southern, Valdosta State University) students should have 16 required college prep unit credits and a Freshman
Index score of 2040.
State Colleges: (Clayton State, Fort Valley, Georgia College, North Georgia,
Southern Tech, and West Georgia) - students should have 16 required college
prep unit credits and a Freshman Index score of 1940.
Two-Year Colleges: (Gordon College and Middle Georgia College) - students
should have 16 required college prep unit credits and a Freshman Index score
of 1830.
The Freshman Index may be calculated using either ACT or SAT scores.
Students should contact colleges/universities to determine which test
they prefer. The Freshman Index may be calculated as follows:
If students violate any of these rules, the principal may take disciplinary action, including
suspension from riding the bus for as many as ten (10) days and suspension from
school for as many as five (5) days. If bus misbehavior is severe, a disciplinary
hearing may be called and students may be suspended or expelled from the bus or
from school.
If students are found to have engaged in bullying, physical assault, or battery of a
person on the bus, Georgia law requires the parent/guardian to meet with school
officials to develop a school bus behavior contract for the student. If a student causes
damage to a school bus, the student will be suspended from the bus and/or from school
and will be required to repay the cost of any damage to the bus.
1st Violation:
The driver will speak with the student and document the
misbehavior. Disciplinary action will be at the principal’s discretion.
Such action may include, but is not limited to after-school detention,
written essay, bus seat reassignment and taking away certain
school privileges. Parents will be notified of the misbehavior so that
they may address this misbehavior with their child.
2nd Violation:
Bus suspension for three (3) days.
3rd Violation:
Bus suspension for five (5) days.
4th Violation:
Bus suspension for ten (10) days.
5th Violation:
A disciplinary hearing will be called. Students are prohibited from
riding the bus pending their disciplinary hearing.
Using the ACT: (ACT Composite x 42) + (GPA x 500) + 88 = Freshman Index
Using the SAT: (SAT Verbal + SAT Math) + (GPA x 500) = Freshman Index
Technical Colleges: The Georgia Department of Technical and Adult
Education operates 34 Technical Colleges throughout the state. Enrolling
students are required to complete the ASSET placement test. Under certain
conditions, students may submit ACT or SAT scores in lieu of completing the
ASSET. See your counselor to obtain additional information.
Quality Point System
The quality point system recognizes and rewards students who take more rigorous,
challenging, and demanding courses in grades 9-12. Quality points are awarded for
Advanced Placement, Honors, and other advanced courses. Students must meet
certain criteria to be enrolled in these courses. For each course, an additional quality
point is added to the student’s grade point average and will be reflected in the
weighted GPA on the student’s transcript.
Quality points are used in computing grade point average and class rank for the
graduating class. Class rank is determined by using the student’s cumulative weighted
numeric average (CWNA). The CWNA reward students who take the more rigorous
and challenging courses in grades 9-12. Advanced Placement courses will have five
points added to the student’s final grade for the course. Honors courses and other
advanced academic courses will have three points added to the student’s final grade
for the course.
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While students are suspended from the bus, parents/guardians are responsible for
seeing that students are provided transportation to and from school. Bus suspension is
not an excused absence.
Fighting on a school bus is among the most serious offenses committed by students.
Students who fight endanger themselves and everyone riding the bus by causing the
driver’s attention to be diverted. Fighting on a school bus may result in immediate
suspension from the bus and/or from school with no prior warning or prior disciplinary
action being taken. If a student displays extreme misbehavior while being transported
on the bus, law enforcement officials may be called to remove the student from the bus.
Students who violate “Section II,” “Section III,” or “Section IV” rules are subject to a
disciplinary hearing upon the first violation.
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Bus Conduct - Offenses and Punishments
Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Bus drivers have complete charge of students riding the bus and will report misbehavior
to the principal. The principal is responsible for disciplining students for bus misbehavior. To help maintain order on the bus, bus drivers have the authority to assign a
special seat on the bus to any student. Also, video/audio recorders are placed on
school buses for the purpose of aiding supervision. Recordings may be used as
evidence that misbehavior has taken place.
To be eligible for selection as valedictorian or salutatorian in Henry County Schools,
students must have been enrolled in this system for the four semesters immediately
preceding graduation. All units of credit earned prior to enrollment must have been
earned from a state and regionally accredited school. The valedictorian and salutatorian will be determined by using the cumulative weighted numeric average.
Graduation Ceremony
For the safety of all students who ride the bus, students are expected to obey the
following rules:
1.
2.
Students must use only the bus and the bus stop assigned to them.
Students may not enter or leave the bus at any place except the student’s
regular bus stop or school unless the student has a note from home that has
been approved by the principal or assistant principal.
3. Students who change buses at a school must follow the rules of that school.
4. Students must stay in their seats while the bus is in motion. Students may not
reserve seats.
5. Students must keep the center aisle of the bus clear at all times. Items such as
book bags and band instruments must not block the center aisle.
6. Students must obey all bus safety rules and the directions of their bus driver.
7. Students are not allowed to transport balloons, flowers, glass containers, or
animals (dead or alive, including insects) on the bus.
8. Students are not allowed to consume food or drink on the bus.
9. Students must not litter the inside of the bus, throw anything out of the window,
or cause damage to the bus.
10. Students must obey all rules listed in the “Behavior Code” section of this
handbook while riding a school bus.
In addition to the rules listed above, Georgia law prohibits students from committing the
following acts while riding a school bus:
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
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Acts of physical violence.
Bullying.
Physical assault or battery of persons on the bus.
Verbal assault of persons on the bus.
Disrespectful conduct toward the bus driver or other persons on the bus.
Unruly behavior.
Using any electronic devices during the operation of a bus, including but not
limited to cell phones, pagers, audible radios, tape or CD players, or any
other electronic device in a manner that might interfere with bus communications equipment or the driver’s operation of the bus.
18. Using mirrors, lasers, flash cameras, or any other lights or reflective devices
in a manner that might interfere with the driver’s operation of the bus.
The graduation date is subject to change if, during the school year, schools are closed
due to inclement weather or any other emergency on a regular school day. Students
who have not completed all graduation requirements will not be allowed to participate in
graduation ceremonies.
As participation in the graduation ceremony is voluntary, a graduation fee may be
charged to cover costs for such items as diploma covers, printing costs, custodial
expenses, floral arrangements and guest speakers. However, students will be given
written notification of this fee at the beginning of the school year in which they are to
participate in the graduation ceremony. The notification will include a description of the
costs.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
The purpose of the Student Code of Conduct is to provide students an effective and safe
learning environment. Included in this section are prohibited behaviors and consequences for violations.
A number of factors must be considered in determining the degree of disciplinary action
to be taken. These factors include the severity of the misbehavior, the age of the
student, and the student’s disciplinary history.
Parents will be contacted by phone or in writing when students are facing disciplinary
action as outlined in the Code of Conduct. Parents may be invited to observe their
students in the classroom and/or invited to attend a conference with the principal and/or
teacher for the purpose of devising a discipline and behavior correction plan.
Student support services, as well as punishment, may be used to address misbehavior.
Such services are provided by school counselors, school social workers, school
psychologists, peer mediators, and student support teams.
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The principal is the designated leader of the school and, in concert with the
staff, is responsible for the orderly operation of the school. In cases of
disruptive, disorderly or dangerous conduct not covered in the Code of
Conduct, the principal may undertake corrective measures which he or she
believes to be in the best interest of the student and the school, provided
such action does not violate school board policies and procedures or state
or federal laws.
Behavior Code
The rules, regulations and policies of the school and the Board of Education will apply
to students at school or on school property at any time, off school grounds at any
school activity, function or event, while traveling to and from such events, and on
vehicles provided for student transportation by the Board of Education.
Disciplinary Hearing Procedures
Disciplinary hearing officers are appointed by the Board of Education to hear disciplinary matters. As required by state law, disciplinary hearings are to be held no later than
ten (10) days after the beginning of the student’s suspension unless the parent/guardian
and school system mutually agree to an extension. Prior to the hearing, students and
parents/guardians will receive a notice to include the following:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Students may be disciplined for conduct off campus which is felonious or which may
pose a threat to the school’s learning environment or the safety of students and
employees.
The rule which the student has allegedly violated.
A description of the student’s acts.
The names of the witnesses who may testify against the student (the list of
witnesses may be added to prior to and during the hearing).
The maximum penalty that the student could receive.
The time and place for the hearing.
That the student is entitled to require witnesses to be present by compulsory
process. The student must notify the superintendent or the disciplinary
hearing officer if the student desires a subpoena to be issued.
At the hearing before the disciplinary hearing officer, students have the following rights:
Violation of the following rules and regulations can result in suspension or
expulsion. Depending on the frequency of the violation and the severity of
the offense, any of the following violations may result in a disciplinary
hearing:
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4.
5.
6.
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Behavior detrimental to learning.
Being in an unauthorized area.
Being insubordinate or disrespectful to school personnel.
Being disrespectful to other students.
Being tardy to class.
Being under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any drugs or substances
declared unlawful, or any substances or chemicals that are mood altering.
Bullying.
Committing any act that would constitute a misdemeanor or felony under the
laws of the state of Georgia.
Damaging or vandalizing school property or personal property.
Damaging or setting-off a fire alarm (except in cases of fire on the premises).
Deliberately giving a false or misleading statement.
Displaying or using a cell phone, pager, or other electronic communication
device during the school day without the consent of the principal or his/her
designee.
Failing to report to Detention.
Fighting.
Gambling.
Inciting or advising others to engage in prohibited behavior.
1.
2.
3.
To present witnesses and evidence.
To examine any and all witnesses presented.
To have an attorney, at the student’s expense, to represent the student.
A student or a student’s representative may appeal any decision of the disciplinary
hearing officer by submitting a written notice of appeal to the superintendent within twenty
(20) days from the date the decision is made.
When a hearing is appealled, the Henry County Board of Education will review the
transcript of the hearing, make a decision based solely on the record, and notify
students and parents in writing of the Board’s decision. At the hearing before the
Board, students have the right to be represented, at the students’ and parents’ expense,
by an attorney. Students and parents may appeal the Board’s decision to the State
Board of Education by giving the superintendent written notice within 30 days of the
decision of the Henry County Board of Education.
Patrick Henry High School
The purpose of Patrick Henry High School is to offer an alternative to out-of-school
suspension/expulsion to students who violate certain school rules and to offer an option
to students who are having significant difficulties in their regular school program or who
have dropped out of school. Students electing to enroll in Patrick Henry High School
will spend a minimum of one semester in the school. Any student violating the rules of
Patrick Henry High School may be suspended or expelled from the school system.
Transportation is not provided to Patrick Henry High School.
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Students suspended during their placement in Detention will not be allowed to return to
this program, but can be placed in the In-School Suspension Program or dismissed from
school until their suspension or expulsion has expired.
In-School Suspension Program
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18.
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20.
21.
This program is designed to isolate students who violate certain school rules from their
regularly assigned classrooms and school activities, while allowing students the
opportunity to progress with classroom assignments. While assigned to In-School
Suspension, students may not participate in or attend any extracurricular activity,
including athletic participation and other school events.
If students violate any rule of the In-School Suspension program, students will be
suspended from the program and from school for the remaining number of days that
students were originally assigned to the In-School Suspension program.
Short-Term Suspension
Short-term suspension means the suspension of a student from a public school for not
more than five school days. This includes suspension from all regular school activities,
extracurricular activities, athletic participation, and other school events.
Long-Term Suspension
Long-term suspension means the suspension of a student from a public school for more
than five school days, but not beyond the current school semester. This includes
suspension from all regular school activities, extracurricular activities, athletic participation, and other school events.
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26.
Expulsion
Expulsion means the suspension of a student from a public school beyond the current
semester. This includes suspension from all regular school activities, extracurricular
activities, athletic participation, and other school events.
27.
Authority for Enactment of Suspensions and Hearings
29.
Principals and assistant principals have the authority to suspend students for five days
for violating school rules or policies. If a principal considers the violation of the rules or
policies of the school or Board of Education severe enough, or if Board policy requires,
the principal will present the matter to a disciplinary hearing officer. Students are allowed
to make up schoolwork missed while suspended from school pending their disciplinary
hearing.
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30.
31.
Leaving or skipping class or school without permission.
Making terroristic threats.
Physical abuse or physical violence.
Physical contact between students that is deemed inappropriate.
Possessing, using, selling, buying, giving away, bartering or exchanging any
of the following:
(a) an alcoholic beverage
(b) counterfeit money
(c) an illegal drug or substance, a substance represented to be a drug
or illegal substance, a substance or chemical that is mood altering
when taken or inhaled, or drug paraphernalia
(d) a prescription or nonprescription drug (student medications must be
administered by the principal or his/her designee - refer to “Medicine”)
(e) a tobacco product or smoking paraphernalia
(f) a weapon, explosive compound, or other object that can reasonably be
considered and/or used as a weapon (refer to “Weapons”)
(g) any material, substance, food item, or personal belonging that is
inappropriate for school without the consent of the principal or his/her
designee.
Sexual misconduct.
Theft.
Using profane, vulgar, obscene or insulting language, gestures, or graphics,
whether spoken, written, or transmitted or received via any electronic
communication system.
Verbal abuse.
Violating the rules and policies for bus conduct (refer to Bus Conduct –
Offenses and Punishments).
Violating the rules and policies for using electronic resources (refer to
Electronic Resources – Authorized User Policy).
Violating the rules and policies listed in the hair and dress code (refer to
Dress Code – Offenses and Punishments).
Violating the rules and policies of the Board of Education and/or school
concerning driving or parking a vehicle on school campus.
Violating the rules and policies of the In-School Suspension Program.
Violating any other school rule or rule of the Board of Education.
Bullying
Bullying is prohibited. Georgia law defines bullying as any willful attempt or threat to inflict
injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent present ability to do so or
any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect
immediate bodily harm. Students found to have committed the offense of bullying will be
assigned In-School Suspension or short-term suspension. A third offense of bullying will
result in long-term suspension or expulsion.
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Criminal Offenses
Video/Audio Recorders
Students who violate regulations in the Code of Conduct are subject to punishment by
Henry County Schools. Also, students are subject to punishment by the appropriate
law enforcement agency for violation of any local, state, or federal law.
Video recorders are placed throughout the school and video/audio recorders are
placed on school buses for the purpose of aiding supervision. Video/audio recordings
may be used as evidence that misbehavior has taken place. In addition, recordings
may be used for the purpose of improving instruction and developing strategies for
dealing with student behavior.
Damage to Textbooks, Electronic, and Media Materials
Textbooks, electronic, and media materials are expensive and should be handled with
care by students. Students who fail or refuse to pay for lost or damaged textbooks
and/or media materials will not be issued replacement textbooks or additional media
materials until restitution is made. In addition, grade reports, diplomas, or certificates of
progress will be withheld until restitution is made.
Weapons
It is unlawful for any person to carry, possess, or have under his/her control any
weapon or explosive compound while at a school building or on school property, at a
school function, or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the school. Any person
violating this statute will be reported to the appropriate authorities for prosecution.
Damaging or Setting Off A Fire Alarm
By law it is criminal damage in the first degree to knowingly and without authority
damage or destroy any school’s fire alarm so as to endanger a human life. By law it
is a misdemeanor to set off a school’s fire alarm while knowing at the time that there is
no reasonable ground for believing that a fire exists in or on the school’s premises.
Disruption of a Public School
It is unlawful for any person to disrupt or interfere with the operation of a public school.
Georgia law also prohibits the insulting or abusing of any public school teacher or
school bus driver upon the premises of any public school in the presence and hearing
of a student. Violation of this law is a misdemeanor.
All rules, regulations and policies of the school and the Board of Education will apply to
students while on school grounds, participating in school athletic events, participating in
school extracurricular activities, or while on any transportation vehicle owned or used
by the Board of Education.
The term weapon as used in this handbook shall mean and include any pistol, revolver,
rifle, shotgun, taser or stun gun, or any weapon designed or intended to propel a
missile of any kind, or a dirk, any knife regardless of the length of the blade,
straight-edge razor or razor blade(s), spring stick, metal or wooden knucks, blackjack or
any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner
as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as nun chahka, nun chuck,
nunchaku, shuriken or fighting chain, or any disc, of whatever configuration, having at
least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and
which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart, or bat, club, or other bludgeon
type weapon, chains, pipes, sticks, guns or any weapon of any kind or any object that is
used as a weapon.
In addition to prosecution, students who possess any weapon will be disciplined as
described in this handbook under “Section III - Offenses and Punishments.”
DISCIPLINE
Electronic Resources - Authorized User Policy
Student access to the Internet and computer resources is a privilege, not a right.
Therefore, users violating Henry County Schools acceptable use policy shall be
subject to revocation of these privileges and potential disciplinary action.
The Internet Safety Policy and school system measures are designed to address
safety and security when using direct electronic communication. Electronic resources
are defined as the following: Internet, World Wide Web (WWW), chat rooms, electronic
mail, online resources, services, network information, licensed software, telecommunication resources, and all hardware on which it is being accessed. As needed, school
officials can and will search data or e-mail stored on all school system owned
computers and networks.
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The following section pertains to the disciplining of students who violate school rules and
regulations. Definitions and terms used in conjunction with student punishments are
given in this section, as well as punishments for specific student behavior violations.
Detention
This program is designed to isolate disruptive students, to require completion of school
work, and to provide an alternative method of punishment for students who violate
certain rules. Detention may be used to address tardiness, behavior that is detrimental
to learning, and physical contact between students that is deemed inappropriate. For
each day assigned to Detention, students will be required to spend a period of time, not
to exceed one supervised hour, completing assigned schoolwork. No other activity will
be allowed during Detention.
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School Safety Zones
School safety zones are defined as in, on, or within 1000 feet of any real property
owned by the school system. It is unlawful for any person to carry, possess, or have
under his/her control any weapon or explosive compound while within a school safety
zone, at a school building or school function, or on school property or a bus furnished
by the school. Violation is a felony punishable by a fine up to $10,000, imprisonment for
not less than two (2) years and not more than ten (10) years, or both.
Furthermore, it is unlawful for any person to remain within the school safety zone when
that person does not have a legitimate cause or need to be present thereon. Failure to
leave the premises when requested is grounds for a charge of a misdemeanor of a high
and aggravated nature. Disruption of or interference with the operation of any public
school shall be considered a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.
All users are expected to abide by the accepted electronic resources rules to include
(but not limited to) the following:
1.
2.
3.
4.
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Sexual Harassment
Inappropriate verbal, written or physical conduct of a sexual nature may be defined as
sexual harassment. Such conduct shall be fully investigated and immediate and
appropriate corrective or disciplinary action shall be initiated. A substantiated charge
against a student shall subject that student to disciplinary action that may include
suspension or expulsion.
Students alleging sexual harassment may complain directly to the principal, assistant
principal, guidance counselor, or teacher. For additional information regarding sexual
harassment, please see Henry County Board of Education Policy JCAC, Student
Sexual Harassment. A copy of this policy is located in the principal’s office and the media
center. Additional questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Administrative
Services Department.
Supervision of Students at School
Students are under the supervision of the school staff during the regular school day.
The school is not responsible for students on school grounds during any time other than
the school day or during school-sponsored events after the school day. Schools cannot
be responsible for supervising students prior to the arrival of the first bus each morining.
Vandalism or Damage
Students who deface or destroy school property willfully, maliciously or carelessly will be
charged with the full amount of damage and will be subject to disciplinary action as
outlined in this section.
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Follow school system regulations which concern the use of electronic
resources (will not damage computers, will respect the privacy of other users’
files, will follow directions of staff, will not be wasteful of resources).
Comply with network policies (student and staff logins) including not circumventing desktop protection applications.
Use the Internet for appropriate educational resources as directed by staff.
Use electronic resources only with permission of designated school system
staff.
Respect and uphold the copyright laws (giving credit to the rightful author and
not distributing protected materials or software).
Immediately report any security problems or violations of these conditions to
appropriate school system staff.
Do not use language that is obscene, insulting, purposely inaccurate or
offensive to others.
Do not access inappropriate materials or show others how to use them.
Do not disseminate personal information regarding minors or staff members.
Do not transmit computer viruses or any other malicious programs.
Do not intentionally damage or unlawfully disrupt Internet/WWW services or
network/hardware/software that provides delivery of electronic resources.
Do not install or remove software on any computer or server without
permission.
Do not share any/all electronic resources user ID’s and passwords.
Posting messages and attributing them to another user is prohibited.
Failure to abide by this Board policy and administrative procedures governing use of
the school system’s electronic resources may result in the suspension and/or revocation
of system access. Additionally, student violations may result in discipline up to and
including long-term suspension, expulsion and/or appropriate legal action.
Henry County Schools has taken precautions, which are limited, to restrict access to
controversial materials; however, on a global network it is impossible to control all. A
user may accidentally or purposely discover controversial information. Use of any
information obtained via electronic resources is at the risk of the user.
Henry County Schools makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied,
for the service it is providing. Henry County Schools will not be responsible for any
damages a user may suffer, including loss of data or cost incurred from a commercial
service. Henry County Schools will not be responsible for the accuracy or quality of
information obtained through any telecommunication or electronic resource.
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2004-05 Secondary Student Handbook
Explosives
Laser Pointers
It is unlawful for any person to possess, manufacture, sell, offer for sale, give away or
transport a bomb, firebomb, or Molotov cocktail. Also, it is unlawful for a student to
carry, possess or have under his/her control any explosive compound while at
school, on school property, at a school function, or on a school bus or other transportation furnished by the school system. The term “explosive compound,” as defined by
the Henry County Board of Education, shall mean any bomb, firebomb, Molotov
cocktail, firecracker, fireworks, stink bomb, bullet, shell, grenade, missile or any other
type of explosive device.
The possession and/or use of laser pointers by students is prohibited. A laser pointer is
an instrument that directs a compact beam of light, commonly referred to as a laser
beam, toward a subject. Directing a laser pointer at an individual can be threatening
and/or physically harmful and, as such, may result in a student being charged with an
act of physical abuse.
Any student in possession of any such item will be reported to the appropriate
authorities for prosecution. In addition to prosecution, students will be disciplined as
described in this handbook under “Section III - Offenses and Punishments.”
Firearms
Any student in possession of or having under his/her control a firearm while at school,
at a school function, on school property, or on a bus or other transportation furnished
by the school system will be immediately suspended from school for a period of five
(5) days (including regular school activities, extracurricular activities, athletic participation, and other school events) with the matter being submitted to a disciplinary hearing
officer. During this five-day suspension, students are not allowed on school grounds
except for the purpose of attending the hearing. Students found to have committed this
offense by the disciplinary hearing officer will be expelled from Henry County Schools
for not less than one year. Upon appeal, the Henry County Board of Education may
modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.
Off-Campus Behavior
Students are subject to disciplinary action for off-campus behaviors that result in their
being criminally charged with felonies and that makes their continued presence at school
potentially disruptive to the school or a danger to persons or property at the school.
Personal Belongings
Personal belongings are the responsibility of students and should be labeled with their
names. Students are not to bring such items as CD/tape players, radios, playing cards,
toys, electronic games, or videos to school.
Police Questioning and Apprehension
Students may be questioned and/or released to an officer of the law under the following
conditions, and after permission is granted by the superintendent or the superintendent’s
designee:
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For the purpose of this section, a firearm is defined as any weapon (including a starter
gun) that will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the
action of an explosive. A firearm may be further defined as the frame or receiver of
any weapon in the preceding statement, any firearm muffler or firearm silencer, any
destructive device, which includes any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas bomb,
grenade, rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having
an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, mine, or any
similar device. In addition, a firearm is defined as any weapon which will, or which
may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other
propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than 1/2 inches, and any
combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting an item into any
destructive device described in the two immediately preceding examples, and from
which a destructive device may be readily assembled.
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Issuance of a warrant - the principal will be shown the warrant.
Issuance of a detention order by the Juvenile Court - the principal will
be shown the detention order.
Felony charge - an officer of the law states that a student has committed a
felony and the officer has reasonable cause of the student’s guilt. The officer
questions and/or arrests the student.
When an officer is investigating a crime and is interested in students as material
witnesses, the principal will not release students to the officer for questioning or for
removal from campus without the consent of the parent or person lawfully in charge of
the students. Consent may be granted by the actual presence of the parent with the
officer, by written consent of the parent, via telephone consent of the parent (if, in the
opinion of the principal, it is bondafide and reliable), or by the consent of the probation
officer of the Juvenile Court when the student is a ward of the court. When consent
cannot be obtained, the principal may allow the officer to interrogate students at the
school in the presence of the principal or the principal’s designee.
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