HICKORY HIGH SCHOOL

PARENT AND STUDENT HANDBOOK

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction:          

2016-2017 School Calendar……………………………………         3

Questions Answered…………………………………………..         4

                                     Student Information

Student Rights…………………………………………………         4

Student Responsibilities and Code of Conduct……………….         4

Grading Periods……………………………………………….          4

Student Fees…………………………………………………..          5

                                2016-2017 Student Meal Prices Grades 9-12…..………..…..           5

Deliveries……………...………………………………………          5

School Jurisdiction………………….…………………………         6

Student Identification Policy………………………………….          6

Hazardous Conditions…………………………………………         6

Bell Schedules…………………………………………………          6

Student Services

Counseling Department/Services…………...………………                7

Grading Scale, Standardized Transcript, and Weighting…...         7-8        

Grade Averages and Rank………………………………….         8

Promotion Requirements…………………………………..          8

Courses of Study…………………………………………..                 8-9

2016-2017 Test Dates……………………………………..                 9

ACT / PLAN / WorkKeys……………………………………        9

Graduation………………………………………………….                9

Student Accident Insurance………………………………...         9

Health Services……………………………………………..                 9-10

Driver Education

Driver Education Information………………………………                10

“No Pass, No Drive”.............................................................                10

School Policies and Procedures

Statement of Academic Integrity……………………………        10-11

Attendance Policy…………………………………………..                11-12

Make-Up Work…………………………………………….                12

Tardy Policy………………………………………………..                12

Exam Exemption Policy…………………………………….        12-13

Early Dismissals……………………………………………                13

Visitors……………………………………………………..                13

Conduct and Safety Rules for Bus Riders………………….                13

Student Parking……………………………………………..                14-15

Safe and Orderly Environment……………………………..                14

Drugs and Alcohol………………………………………….                14

Tobacco Products……………………………………………        15

Reasonable Force……………………………………………        15

Search and Seizure Procedures………………………………        15

Weapons……………….…………………………………….        15

Chemical Spray Policy….……………………………………        15

Physical Assault/Personal Injury…………………………….        15

Fighting……………………………………………………..                15

Gang Activity………………………………………………                16

Destruction of Property……………………………………                16

Threatening or Abusive Actions……………………………                16

Sexual Harassment………………………………………….                16

Stealing…………………………………………………...…        16

Protection of Personal Property……………………………                17

Electronic Devices………………………………………….                17

Lockers…………………………………………………….                17

Book bags………………………………………………….                17

Dress Code…………………………………………………                17-18

Consequences Regarding Inappropriate Dress…………….                18

HHS Discipline Process and Levels of Consequences.……                18-20

Suspension, Dismissal, and Expulsion…………………….                20

Grievance Procedure………………………………………                20-21

Right of Appeal……………………………………………                20

Procedure for Appeal………………………………………                20

Services for Students………………………………………                21-22

Student Use of Media Center……………………………..                22

Extracurricular Activities

Eligibility for Extracurricular Participation…………………        22-23

Athletics……………………………………………………                23

Athletic Insurance Information…………………………….                23

Family Educational Records Privacy Act (FERPA)……….                23-24


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IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT        PLEASE ASK

Athletic Physical Forms        Mr. David Craft/Ms. Lisa Barron

Attendance Office        Ms. Leigh Guill/Ms. Rebecca Tuttle

Bus Transportation        Mrs. Renrick Pope/Ms. Verna Breland

Chorus        Dr. Steve Clarke            

Driver’s Education        North Carolina Driving School – 828-465-9800

Driver’s License Eligibility        Ms. Leigh Guill/

Free/Reduced Lunch        Ms. Tina Potteroff/Admin Bldg.

Graduation        Counselors/Robin Chicelli/Ms. Katherine Cater

Health Issues        Ms. Fay Grant

Internet Use        Mrs. Jessica Esposita

International Baccalaureate Program        Mr. Chris Rice

Lost & Found        Ms. Helen Devlin

Orchestra        Mrs. Sally Ross/Mr. R. J. Wohlman

Parking        Ms. Rebecca Tuttle

Safety Concerns        Any Administrator or SRO

Scholarship Deadlines        Counselors

Student Fees        Carla Davis

ACT Testing Coordinator        Ms. Rebecca Tuttle

State And NCFE Testing Coordinator        Mr. Eric Puryear

Transcripts        Counselors/Ms. Crystal England

Yearbook        Ms. Alicia Slaughter

STUDENT RIGHTS

All students at Hickory High School are entitled to certain rights without regard to age, ethnic background, gender, or socioeconomic status.  These rights are listed below:

1.        To attend school in a climate that is conducive to learning

2.        To attend a school that is free of drugs, alcohol, any illegal substance, weapons, and violence

3.        To be respected by fellow students and faculty members

4.        To attend school without verbal threats or harassment

5.        To seek the assistance of an adult (teacher, counselor, administrator, or school resource officer)

***Any student who believes that a right has been violated should notify an administrator or counselor immediately.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES AND CODE OF CONDUCT

Hickory High School students are charged with certain responsibilities in order to help create a better learning climate for all students. These responsibilities are listed below:

1.        Be prepared daily for class.

2.        Be in assigned areas at all times.

3.        Respect the rights of one another.

4.        Disagree without being disagreeable.

5.        Respect and appreciate the culture and background of other students.

6.        Report any weapons, illegal substances, vandalism, or violence to an administrator or SRO.

7.        Help maintain a cooperative atmosphere that is conducive to learning by following faculty directives.

8.       Be in dress code.

9.       Abide by the Statement of Academic Integrity (see page 9).  

GRADING PERIODS

Report Type

End Date

Send Home Date

Progress Report 1

September 19, 2016

September 22, 2016

Progress Report 2

October 10, 2016

October 13, 2016

Report Card 1

October 28, 2016

November 4, 2016

Progress Report 1

November 17, 2016

November 22, 2016

Progress Report 2

December 14, 2016

December 19, 2016

Report Card 2

January 20, 2017

January 31, 2017

Progress Report 1

February 14, 2017

February 17, 2017

Progress Report 2

March 6, 2017

March 9, 2017

Report Card 3

March 24, 2017

March 31, 2017

Progress Report 1

April 24, 2017

April 27, 2017

Progress Report 2

May 12, 2017

May 17, 2017

Report Card 4

June 9, 2017

June 09, 2017

*Changes in the dates will be based on information from NCDPI or inclement weather. If there are any changes, we will let you know.

** Secondary School Report Cards may be mailed home up to five days after the close of school

STUDENT FEES (dollars)

Instructional

Instructional Materials and Supplies………………………………………………………………...…        15.00

  Parking……………….……………………………………………………………………………….        35.00*

  Graduation (Pd to Herff Jones).............................................................................……........................        50.00+

Senior Fee…………………………………………………………………………………...………….        30.00

Music

Music Fees (Orchestra, Chorus).............................................................................................................        45.00

Equipment Fee Color Guard Only……………………………………………………………………..        27.00

Band Fee……………………………………………………………………………….…………...….          100.00

Polo Shirt (Chorus)................................................................................................................................        15.00

Marching Band Season Fee……………………………………………………………………………        58.00

Men’s Uniform Dress Shirt (Orchestra).................................................................................................        20.00

Women’s Uniform Dress Shirt (Orchestra)...........................................................................................        35.00

JROTC Unit Name tag/Beret/T-Shirt (new members only)..................................................................        12.00

Clubs **

Science National Honor Society………………………………………………………………………         5.00

Art Club…………………………………………………………………………………………….…        12.00

BETA………………………………...….……………………………………..………New Member        20.00

BETA………………………………………………………….………..…….….Returning Member        10.00

DECA…………………………………….…………………………………………………….……..        20.00

FBLA………...……….……………………………………………………………..….…………….         20.00

Skills USA…………………..………………………………………………………………………..        15.00

Interact………………………………………………………………………………………………..        10.00

Key Club……………………………………………………………………………………………..        20.00

Latin, French, and Spanish Clubs……………………………………………………………………         5.00

Literary Club…………………………………………………………………………………………        10.00

Model United Nations……………………………………………………………………………….         15.00

Mu Alpha Theta………………………………………………………………………………….….         12.00

National Honor Society……………………………………………………………………………..        15.00

Student Council…………………………..………………………………………………………….        10.00

Juniorettes……………………………………………………………………………………………        30.00

Miscellaneous

Visual Arts 1, 2, and 3………………………………………………………………………………..        15.00

Yearbook……………………………………………………………………………………………..        85.00

Pictures………………………………………………………….……………………………………        13.00 and up

Calculator Rental Fee…………………………………………………………………………………        10.00/semester

         Science Lab…………………………………………………………………………………………..        10.00, Webassign

            5.00

PSAT…………………………………………………………………………………………………        14.00

Athletics

No charge for sports unless uniforms not returned

* If a student drives to school, the parking fee is required.  However, students have the option of driving or not driving to school.

** To belong to a club is optional.  However, if a student joins a club that requires a fee, the fee is not optional.

** ALL student fees should be cleared yearly. Report cards, transcripts, and/or schedules may be held until fees are met each year.

Seniors must meet all financial obligations in order to graduate.

** All waivers for fees are to be turned in by Monday, September 12.  Waiver forms can be found in the HPS Handbook.

For a list of all other clubs offered at HHS please see http://www.hickoryschools.net/
2016-2017 STUDENT MEAL PRICES Grades 9-12

Breakfast        Lunch        Milk

$1.25        $ 2.60        $ .55

Reduced Breakfast Free / Reduced Lunch $0.40

DELIVERIES

Hickory High School discourages the delivery of any items to students before, during, or after school unless the items are related to education or are medically necessary.  All items brought to school for delivery to students should be taken to the Attendance Office so that they may be picked up at the end of the school day. Students will not be called out of class to receive deliveries.

SCHOOL JURISDICTION

Students become the school’s responsibility when they board the school bus or when they arrive at school.  Students remain under the school’s jurisdiction until they exit the bus at the bus stop or leave school grounds after an official dismissal.  The term “school zone” includes: 1) being in, or on the grounds of the school; or 2) within a distance of 1,000 feet from the grounds of school property.  A student is under the jurisdiction of the school while he/she is in attendance at a school-sponsored activity regardless of where the activity takes place.  Any student who leaves campus before the school day begins or during the school day without permission will be disciplined.  In addition to other consequences (see page 16), students who leave school grounds during the school day or transport another student who does not have permission to leave campus will lose parking privileges for the semester.   

HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS

During hazardous weather conditions, natural disaster, or other emergencies, it may be necessary for a decision to be made concerning the closing of schools.  The superintendent will determine and announce when schools will be closed, open late, or dismissed early.  Please follow these procedures:

1.       Listen to one of the following radio or television stations in the late afternoon or early morning for the decision on school closings.

a.        AM Radio Stations - WHKY (dial 1290), WNNC (dial 1230), WIRC (dial 630)

b.        Television Stations - WHKY (Channel 14), WBTV (Channel 3), WCNC (Channel 36), WSOC (Channel 9)

2.       The Hickory Public Schools Website will also constantly be updated regarding school closings.

3.        The Hickory Public Schools One-Call system will also call everyone with a number in the system to alert them of closings.

3.        The absence of any announcement means that the schools will operate as usual.

3.       School officials need uninterrupted telephone service in order to maintain necessary communication with other officials and agencies.  If you and hundreds of others attempt to call, vital communication will be delayed.

4.       Do not telephone school officials.  Please get the information by radio, television, or neighbors.

The decision to open or close schools will be made only after much inquiry and consideration.  Any action taken will always be made in good faith.  When a delay is called and it is close to the time that school is scheduled to open, if you feel that conditions remain unsafe for your child to drive, we encourage you to bring your child to school. Since it is impossible to make a decision that would be convenient or agreeable to everyone, we ask for your cooperation and understanding when these situations arise.

BELL SCHEDULES 

SMART Lunch Regular Bell Schedule

 

1st   Period                  7:35-9:00             

2nd  Period                  9:05-10:30           

SMART Lunch A                10:34-11:00         

SMART Lunch B                11:04-11:30         

3rd   Period                  11:35-1:00         

4th   Period                  1:05-2:30             

 

 

SMART Lunch LOP Regular Bell Schedule

 

Daily Bell Schedule:

7:35am - 9:05am 1st period

9:11am - 10:41am 2nd period

10:47am - 12:50pm 3rd period

12:55pm -2:25pm 4th period

 

Lunches:

1st Lunch 11:03am - 11:26am

2nd Lunch 11:31am - 11:54am

3rd Lunch 11:59pm - 12:22pm

4th Lunch 12:27pm - 12:50pm         

 EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS are at 11:00; except during exams

STUDENT SERVICES

COUNSELING DEPARTMENT SERVICES

The Counseling Department is designed to meet the needs of students in all areas necessary for the successful completion of high school.  A monthly senior newsletter is available for students with information on graduation, scholarships, college visits, and other opportunities.  Students and parents may pick up individual copies in the counseling office, through e-mail, or on the HHS counseling website.

Students are assigned alphabetically by last name to counselors.  Students may make appointments with their assigned counselors throughout the year.  Student assignments for the 2016-2017 school year:  A-E to Jennie Lovelace; F-Li to Raeanne Kummer; Ll-Rh to Frank Pait; Ri-Z to Jean Turner-Sims.

EDUCATIONAL:

Graduation Requirements:  Students meet with counselors to review courses completed, those in progress, and those still needed.  Since each student’s situation is unique, all questions regarding course requirements should be directed to the student’s counselor.  All students will be required to meet the state minimum standards plus Hickory High School requirements, and all financial obligations must be met before students can participate in any graduation activity or graduation ceremony.

PERSONAL:

Personal problems often prevent a student from doing his/her best work in class.  Helping with these personal problems is a main concern of the counselors.  Problems with self-concept, friends, dating, sex, drugs, alcohol, family, criminal behavior, etc. will be discussed in strictest confidence. Counselors assume parental consent to personal counseling services but will withhold services upon written request.  Counselors will inform parents of formal counseling services, group, long-term counseling.  The Counseling Office will be glad to make an appointment to see any student.  If the problem is of an emergency nature, a counselor will see the student immediately. 

Academic problems may lead to personal problems.  These may include failure in a course, poor study skills, student-teacher conflict, parental pressure, and loss of interest in school.  Counselors can help the student deal with these problems.  Whenever several students or parents share a common problem or area of concern, counseling / support groups can be established.  Students may contact a counselor in order to establish such groups.

CONFIDENTIALITY:

It is the policy of Hickory High School that all conferences between counselor and student are confidential.  Also, confidentiality of all school records is maintained in compliance with the Family Rights and Privacy Act.  In accordance with this act, no records regarding a student, except directory information, will be given to colleges, athletic, and military recruiters; prospective employers; etc. without written consent of the parent of students under 18 years of age or of the student if the student is 18 or older. (See page 20 for additional information regarding FERPA.)

GRADING SCALE, STANDARDIZED TRANSCRIPT, AND WEIGHTING:

The following grading scale is used at HHS:         

        A = 90-100          B = 80-89        C = 70-79        D = 60-69        F = 59-0

Beginning with the graduating class of 1995, all North Carolina Public Schools were required to use a standardized transcript that must meet the standards listed below.

1.       All courses are to be included in the QPA (Quality Point Average).

2.       Numerical grades will be converted to a 4.0 system and weighted points will be added at the time of conversion in order to determine QPA and class rank.

3.       Courses offered at Hickory High that are eligible for one (1) point of weight include all Honors courses.

Numerical grades are converted as follows:

90-100=4.00                80-89=3.00        70-79=2.00        60-69=2.13        Below 60=0.00

GPA Conversion

The GPA and rank on the transcript is based on a QPA (Quality Point Average). Numerical grades will be converted to a 4.00 system and weighting points will be added at the time of conversion in order to determine QPA and class rank.

 

Effective the 2016-2017** school year, the following types of courses are weighted with the following number of quality points: For Students who entered 9th grade

PRIOR TO 2016-2017

For Students Who Enter 9th Grade

in 2016-2017**

Type of Course

Additional GPA Weight

Type of Course

Additional GPA Weight

Honors

1.0

Honors

0.5

College Course (LR, CVCC)

1.0

College Course (LR, CVCC)

1.0

International Baccalaureate (IB)

2.0

International Baccalaureate (IB)

1.0

Advanced Placement (AP)

2.0

Advanced Placement (AP)

1.0

 

*Unweighted numerical grades will appear on the report card and the transcript.

GRADE AVERAGES AND RANK:

Class rank is based on weighted grade point average in which quality points or weight are added to the passing grades earned in Honors, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate courses.  Such a system is intended to encourage students to take more challenging courses in preparation for post-secondary education.  

Seniors will be ranked on or before October of their senior year with a cumulative average over six (6) semesters.  Weighted GPA on a 4.0 scale is used for Honor Roll, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Junior Marshals, Academic Awards Banquet, etc. 

Hickory High School has moved to a Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude, and Cum Laude system in place of a Valedictorian and Salutatorian system. Junior Marshals are determined based on the third nine-week grading period.  Final rank is computed after all final senior grades are submitted.  If final calculation reveals a change in status of first, second, or third ranked students, an announcement will be made during the graduation ceremony to recognize the top students.  Any scholarships for top ranked students, if available, will be awarded based on the final calculations at the end of the senior year.  

 

****PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS:

In order to be promoted from the present homeroom level to the next grade level, a student must satisfactorily pass the following units:

  To Become a              To Become an        To Become a

  10th Grader               11th Grader           12th Grader       To Graduate

   6 total units                 12 total units           20 total units       28 total units

COURSES OF STUDY:

North Carolina high school students are expected to meet specific course and credit requirements in order to receive a high school diploma. The course and credit requirements in place for students are commonly known as the Future-Ready Core. For more information on state graduation requirements, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/gradrequirements/. Also, school counselors are available to discuss with you any questions you may have about graduation requirements.

The Course of Study completed is indicated on the final senior transcript.  Requirements for each Course of Study, including HPS graduation requirements, can be found in the Hickory High School Registration Information and Curriculum Guide.

2016-2017 COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TEST DATES = SAT / ACT TEST DATES:

The SAT and ACT testing schedule is available online on the HHS Counseling website at  http://www.hickoryschools.net/schools/Hickory/CounselingDepartment.aspx  as well as on the testing company’s website at www.collegeboard.com (SAT) and www.actstudent.org (ACT).  Fee waivers are available in the counseling office for eligible students. Please contact our counseling department for updated information with regards to testing fees.

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT / NMSQT) will be administered annually.  This standardized test gives firsthand practice for those students planning to take the SAT.  It also gives juniors a chance to qualify for and enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

The PSAT is paid for by the State of North Carolina for those students currently enrolled in Math 2 (current fall or previous spring). Other students who desire to take the PSAT must pay their own fees. Please contact our counseling department for updated information with regards to testing fees.

STATE TESTING

Students are required to take a variety of state and federally-required tests at the end of their courses.  These tests include End of Course (EOC) exams, NC Final Exams (NCFE), VOCATS tests in CTE courses, externally moderated exams in AP and IB courses, and other exams.  Testing windows and exam dates are established by the district Office of Accountability for Hickory Public Schools.  See the Hickory High website or Hickory Public Schools website or contact the school testing coordinator for additional information on final exam schedules.  

ACT / PLAN / WorkKeys

These nationally recognized college admissions and career readiness programs are administered in North Carolina high schools free of charge to students. The ACT College Admissions Assessment will be given to every 11th grader, the PLAN assessment will be given to every 10th grader, and the WorkKeys assessment will be administered to 12th grade Career and Technical Education concentrators.            

ACT

The ACT assessment will be given free of charge to all North Carolina 11th graders. ACT test results are widely accepted by college admissions offices and considered an accurate gauge of classroom achievement. The ACT offers a dedicated website for NC that is specifically related to our administration of the ACT. You can find the NC specific ACT website at http://www.act.org/stateservices/northcarolina/.

PLAN

To prepare for the ACT, North Carolina 10th graders will be administered the PLAN test. The PLAN test is a diagnostic assessment that indicates strengths and areas of need to provide a roadmap to success for North Carolina high school students. The PLAN offers a mid-point assessment of academic progress toward college and career readiness and is the most powerful predictor of performance on the ACT.

WorkKeys

Students who complete the four-course Career and Technical Education sequence are administered the WorkKeys examination in the 12th grade. WorkKeys provides a gauge of career readiness and is widely recognized as an industry credential. WorkKeys assessments measure “real world” skills critical to job success. These skills are valuable for any occupation – skilled or professional – at any level of education and in any industry.

                         

GRADUATION:

Participation in the Hickory High graduation ceremony is a privilege for graduating seniors.  In order to participate in the graduation, seniors must have met all academic and attendance requirements and paid all financial obligations.  During all graduation-related activities, students are expected to represent themselves, their families, and the Hickory High community with dignity and respect.  School administrators reserve the right to pull a student’s diploma or limit participation in graduation ceremonies for any student whose behavior discredits Hickory High.  

EARLY GRADUATION:

1.  A student may graduate at the end of the first semester of the senior year if all graduation requirements are met and the candidate has achieved a 95 percent attendance record through seven semesters.

2.  The intention to graduate early must be declared as a junior (during the February / March registration for senior year). 

3.  A diploma will NOT be issued to the early graduate until spring graduation; HOWEVER, the principal or a designee will provide a final transcript and letter certifying graduation requirements have been met in January following the completion of the fall semester.

4. Early graduates are actually withdrawn from Hickory High on the school day following the last exam of the first semester.  Such students are allowed NO privileges of participation in Hickory High activities occurring after their graduation (other than spring graduation) including, but not limited to, visitation on campus without reporting to main office for permission; attendance at awards and/or athletic banquets; continued involvement in any club, sports activity, or team; free admission to the Prom, etc.

STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE

Students who participate in an activity that requires accident insurance must furnish proof of insurance.  Activities requiring accident insurance coverage include vocational programs, marching band, and cheerleading.  A student accident insurance policy is available to students.  Hickory Public Schools optional parent-paid Student Accident Insurance is online at:  www.k12studentinsurance.com.  Parents are responsible for the cost.  

 

HEALTH SERVICES

Students at HHS have access to a variety of health services.  A Registered Nurse is available during school hours to provide care and consultation for acute and chronic illness and minor injuries.  

Immunizations are required by law to attend school in NC. Parents / guardians must provide a Certificate of Immunization from the doctor’s office or clinic where the shots were received within 30 days of their enrollment in school. Students not meeting the requirements of this law will be excluded from school.  The School Nurse will review your teenager’s immunizations and may contact you if additional shots are required.

The following immunizations are required:        

DTP/DtaP – 5 doses

        Polio – 4 doses

        Measles – 2 doses, the first dose MUST be on / after 12 months of age

        Mumps – 1 dose

        Rubella – 1 dose

        HIB – 1 dose

        Tdap – 1 dose

        Hepatitis B – 3 doses for students born after 7/1/94

        Varicella – 1 dose for students born after 4/1/01

**Please check with the Hickory Public Schools website to find out the exact immunizations that are needed. **

Prescription and nonprescription medications will be administered by the school nurse or trained school personnel under the following conditions:

1.       The medication is required to be given during school hours.

2.       The medication is prescribed by the student’s physician.

3.       A “Parent/Guardian Request for Medication/Physician’s Authorization” form is completed and signed by the parent and physician. (The form is available in the school office.)

4.       Prescription medication is brought to the school in an original container from the pharmacy.  The container must have a current label with the student’s name, doctor’s name (for prescription medication), name of medication, and directions for how the medication is to be given.

5.       Students requiring emergency medications and supplies (inhalers, EPI pens, insulin) may carry them as ordered by their physician.  All other medication is stored in a locked area in the office.   Students MAY NOT carry prescription or nonprescription medications with them EXCEPT as indicated above.

DRIVER EDUCATION  

The Hickory Public Schools has contracted with North Carolina Driving School, Inc. to provide Driver Education at no cost to the student.  Students must be at least 14 ½ years old and enrolled in a public, private, or homeschool.  It is very important for students to sign up shortly after they reach 14 ½ years of age.  We use the first-come, first-served method of selecting the oldest applicants to participate in the classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction.  After class work completion students will be selected by class first and then by age, with the oldest student in each class selected first to drive.  Please take advantage of this opportunity to attend driver education classes as early as possible.  Each student needs as much driving practice as possible after he/she receives a learner’s permit.

The Driver Education course consists of 30 classroom hours and six (6) hours of behind-the-wheel instruction.  Classes will be scheduled immediately after the regular school day for two hours each day for 16 regular school days.  Additional classes are offered during the summer.  Saturday and summer class times are from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  The behind-the-wheel instruction will be scheduled between 2:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. on school days and between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and during the summer.  If you have any questions about Driver Education classes, please contact the driver education coordinator at your school.  

“NO PASS, NO DRIVE”

A dropout prevention bill became effective August 1, 1998.  This legislation requires public schools, nonpublic schools, and community colleges to notify the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles when a student drops out of school or is not making adequate academic progress.  Upon notification, the DMV will revoke the student’s driver permit or license.  “Adequate progress” is defined as passing three out of four classes each semester for schools on a “four-by-four” or block program, or five out of six courses for schools on the traditional six-period day.  Students who are unable to meet this standard will lose their permit or license.  Students will be notified by letter if they are in jeopardy of losing their permit or license.  Major points of the legislation include:

1.       Hardship rules for special cases.  This would be for those students who need a license due to a sick or ailing parent, students who need to pursue work that contributes significantly to the family welfare, or students who have an extended illness. Students with hardships must contact the school office by the date designated in the notification letter.

2.       Issuing of Driving Eligibility Certificates.  Driving Eligibility Certificates will be issued when a student gets his/her initial permit or license at the DMV.  This certificate will verify that the student is making adequate progress in school and is required by the DMV to process a permit or license.

For further information, please contact North Carolina Driving School, Inc. at 828-465-9800.

SCHOOL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Note:  The policies included here are a combination of school and district.  While school level policies are very specific, they are aligned with and supported by district policy.   For the complete text of all Board policies that pertain to students, please refer to the district-wide student handbook or the Board of Education's webpage at www.hickoryschools.net.

STATEMENT OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

We, as an academic institution at Hickory High School, believe that cheating, plagiarizing, lying, and stealing are unacceptable.   It is the responsibility of every student, parent, teacher, and administrator to foster a love of learning in an environment of diligence, civility, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect.  It is also the responsibility of every student, parent, teacher, and administrator to report knowledge of any behavior that may undermine academic integrity.  In this endeavor we, as an institution, have outlined below the definitions, responsibilities, and consequences regarding cheating, plagiarism, lying, and stealing.

- Cheating includes, but is not limited to:

1.       Willful giving or receiving of an unauthorized, unfair, or dishonest advantage in school work over other students. There should be no unauthorized collaboration on any assignment.  Unless otherwise authorized, student collaboration on assignments is limited to the prewriting stage only.

2.       Attempted cheating.

3.       Work that is NOT one’s own.

4.       Some examples:  deception; the use of talking, signs, or gestures during a quiz or test; copying or allowing the copying of an individual assignment; passing quiz or test information during a class period or between class periods to students of the same teacher; trying to obtain information from a student even if he/she is unaware; collaboration on an assignment without the teacher’s knowledge or permission; submission of a pre-written assignment when the assignment was supposed to be written in class; illegally exceeding time limits on timed tests, quizzes, or other assignments; unauthorized or attempted use of study aids, cheat sheets, notes, books, technology , data, or other information; computer fraud; sabotaging the projects or experiments of other students.

- Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:

1.        Presenting, as one’s own, the words or the opinions of someone else without proper acknowledgement.

2.       Borrowing or summarizing the sequence of ideas, arrangement of materials, or the pattern of thought of another without proper acknowledgement.

3.       Some examples:  having someone else write an essay or do a project which is then submitted as one’s own; failing to use proper documentation as directed by teacher; copying phrases, sentences, or paragraphs from another person’s work or website without citing.

- Lying includes, but is not limited to:

1.       Willful and knowledgeable telling of an untruth or falsehood as well as any form of deceit, attempted deception, or fraud in an oral or written statement.

2.    Once an assignment has been submitted for grading in a specific class, the assignment (either whole or in part) cannot be resubmitted  in any other course for academic credit.

3..      Some examples:  lying or failing to give complete information to a teacher; faking illness to gain extra preparation time for tests, quizzes, or assignments that are due; submitting work from one class to another class without express permission by the teacher.  

- Stealing includes, but is not limited to:

1.       Taking or receiving materials or information without the right or permission to do so, with the intent to keep or make wrongful use of the academic property or materials of another student or the instructional materials of the teacher.

2.       Some examples:  stealing copies of tests or quizzes; illegitimately accessing the teacher’s answer key for tests or quizzes; stealing the teacher’s edition of the textbook; obtaining a teacher’s edition of a textbook via a purchase; stealing another person’s homework, notes, workbook, or lab notebook.

The Academic Integrity Code applies to every assignment whether or not the student signs a written pledge on the specific assignment.  

The Academic Integrity Pledge is:  I have not given, received, nor witnessed, nor have any knowledge of unauthorized aid on this work.

Consequences:

The consequences below apply to daily work AND major assignments and are cumulative for your high school career, regardless of the teacher involved. On the 2nd offense, students disciplined for honor code violations (regardless of the teacher) will not be eligible for all honor societies, Beta Club, and Student Council, or will be removed from these organizations if currently a member.  Honor code violations may have implications beyond the current school year for scholarships and other awards (Junior Marshall).  The student’s name will be placed on the consequences list (regardless of the type of work) along with the number of violations.

Daily work (this includes, but is not limited to, homework, class work, and quizzes):

1.       1st offense: A zero will be given on the assignment. An administrator and the teacher will contact parents.  The teacher will also make a discipline referral to document the violation.  Additional consequences may apply.

2.       2nd (and further offenses) offense: Students will receive a zero on the assignment and may receive additional discipline as outlined in the Hickory Public Schools Code of Conduct. An administrator and teacher will contact parents and students. Students will be removed from any academic honor societies and student leadership positions. A family conference with an administrator will occur.

Major assignments (this includes, but is not limited to, research papers, tests, lab work, and projects):

1.      1st offense:  Students will be allowed to redo the assignment for ½ credit.  An administrator and the teacher will contact parents. Additional consequences may apply.

2.       2nd (and further offenses) offense:  Students will receive a zero on the assignment and may receive additional discipline as outlined in the Hickory Public Schools Code of Conduct.  An administrator and the teacher will contact the parents and student.  Students will be removed from any academic honor societies and student leadership positions. Students will be required to take all exams for the semester in which the infraction occurs. A family conference with an administrator will occur.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

The Board of Education recognizes that regular, punctual attendance is a significant factor in educational achievement.  Students, parents, and school personnel are encouraged to recognize their individual responsibilities in upholding the laws, regulations, and policies governing student attendance at school.

Parents must notify the attendance office to provide the reason for an absence.  The North Carolina Administrative Code recognizes the following reasons that shall constitute valid reasons for absences with appropriate documentation:

1.         Illness or injury that prevents the student from being physically able to attend school

2.        Quarantine ordered by the local health officer or by the State Board of Health

3.        Death in the immediate family  

4.        Medical or dental appointments

5.        Court or administrative proceedings

6.        Religious observances (The approval of such absences is within the discretion of the local Board of Education, but approval should be granted  

        unless the religious observance is of such duration to interfere with the education of the student.)

7.        Educational opportunity (An absence may be lawful when it is demonstrated that the purpose of the absence is to take advantage of valid educational opportunity. Approval from the principal for such an absence must be gained prior to the absence.)

Parents are expected to provide advance notice in writing for absences, late arrivals, or early dismissals due to medical or dental appointments, court or administrative proceedings, religious observances, or educational opportunities. Students must seek make-up work prior to such absences.

A student who is absent from a high school class more than 10 days (excused or unexcused) in a semester will receive a grade of “FF” (failed due to attendance) unless the student completes a successful appeal to the principal.  A letter will be sent home upon the third and sixth absence.  Upon the 6th absence in the semester, a parent conference may be held with the student’s guidance counselor to discuss matters to improve the student’s attendance and/or promptness to class.  Upon the 11th absence in the semester, no credit will be given.  The student and parent will have the opportunity to request an appeal if there is extenuating circumstances they wish to be considered.  The principal or the faculty committee will review the total number of absences, the circumstances surrounding the absences, academic achievement in the affected class, participation in attendance recovery, and the extent to which the student successfully completed missed assignments.  The committee may recommend one of the following:  (1) the student will not receive a passing grade for the semester due to excessive absences, or (2) the student will receive the grade otherwise earned. The appeal must be requested within ten (10) school days of the 11th absence.

Schoolwork missed due to absence, late arrival, or early dismissal will be made up on the student’s own time according to each teacher’s guidelines for make-up assignments.  Absences are calculated on a period-by-period basis for each class.  A student must be in attendance for at least sixty minutes of a class period in order to be counted “present” for that class. If a student misses over 30 minutes during a class, the student will be considered absent for that class.  Students are responsible for contacting the teachers for make-up work. However, make-up work cannot fully compensate for the total learning experience that is lost when students are absent from school.  This is particularly true when absences are excessive. Students with excused absences due to documented chronic health problems are exempt from this policy.  

MAKE-UP WORK

We want to provide your student with every opportunity to be successful.  Therefore, all work is expected to be made up regardless of the reason for the absence.  Make-up work cannot fully compensate for the total learning experience that is lost when students are absent from school.  This is particularly true when absences are excessive.

Schoolwork missed due to absence, late arrival, or early dismissal will be made up on the student’s own time and/or at the convenience of the teachers.  The student is responsible for contacting the teachers, completing make-up work, and making arrangements with the teachers for completion upon returning to school.  In order to receive credit for make-up work missed because of absences and/or tardies, the student must provide an excuse note with respect to those reasons outlined above by the North Carolina Administrative Code.

Any student who expects to be absent for extracurricular activities and/or other reasonable causes must complete the pre-planned permission form two (2) days prior to the planned absence.  This form can be obtained in and returned to the Attendance Office.  Failure to complete this procedure will result in an unexcused absence.

TARDY POLICY

A “tardy” is defined as not being in the classroom seat or in the classroom when the tardy bell sounds as determined by the teacher.  Additionally, leaving class in the final thirty minutes of any class period will also be considered a “tardy.” This is a school-wide policy.

If a student comes to school late or departs early, he/she is required to check in / out with appropriate personnel in the Attendance Office.  If a student misses over thirty-minutes (30-minutes) of a class period, the student becomes absent rather than tardy.  If a student has an unlawful or unexcused tardy six (6) times for the same class in a semester, parking privileges will be lost.  Multiple violations of the tardy policy will result in disciplinary actions (see page 16).  

Consequences for tardies at Hickory High School:

1st   – 3rd tardy:  No disciplinary consequence. Also a parent needs to be called after the 3rd tardy.

4th – 5th tardy:  The student will receive teacher assigned detention.  If the student does not attend detention as assigned, he/she will receive the  

consequences listed for the 6th - 9th tardy (see below).  

6th – 9th tardy:  The student will receive a disciplinary referral. The student will be assigned Saturday Detention or three SMART Lunch

Detentions.  The student will also lose parking privileges.*

10th tardy and thereafter:  The student will receive a full day of ISS.

*Note: If a student drives to school / has a parking permit and receives his/her 6th tardy, his/her parking permit will be revoked for the remainder of the semester. No money will be refunded. Students will have to reapply and pay for parking the next semester.

Students are responsible for making up any work missed when they are tardy for class.  A note must accompany all tardies to first period.  If a student is tardy, the teacher may require the student to stay during SMART Lunch or come after school to assure that the student does not miss needed instruction.  If a student is detained by a teacher, he/she must produce a note from that teacher to receive an excused tardy to his/her next class.  If he/she does not have a teacher note, his/her tardy will be unexcused.  Each teacher will explain his/her class tardy policy at the beginning of each semester.

EXAM EXEMPTION POLICY

Seniors only may be exempt from the final exam in any course that is not an EOC, NCFE, Pre-AP, AP, IB or CTE course providing they meet the following criteria:

1.       Final class average of A and three or fewer absences, B and two or fewer absences, or a C and one absence

2.       No Honor Code violations during that semester in any class (Honor code violations will result in a disciplinary referral as explained on p. 5.)

3.       No consequence of an out-of-school suspension (OSS) or in-school suspension (ISS).  Any of these disciplinary consequences automatically result in loss of exam exemption. This includes ISS for tardies and dress code infractions.

Seniors who qualify for exam exemptions may choose to take the final exam to improve their grades.  Any student enrolled in AP and IB courses is required to take the externally administered final exams. These externally moderated exams meet these students’ final exam requirements for the current semester.

EARLY DISMISSALS

Students who need to be excused for appointments should follow the procedures below. Students may be checked out for a variety of reasons. Leaving campus for lunch is not a valid appointment.

A.      Come to school and complete paperwork through the Attendance Office prior to first period.

B.      Bring a note from the parent or guardian explaining the reason for the need to leave or a note signed by the doctor.  The Attendance Office will confirm all appointments.

C.      The Attendance Office will issue a permit slip to allow the student to leave.  Upon returning, a student must check in the Attendance Office to receive a re-admit slip.

D.      A student who is too ill to remain in class may be excused to go to the Attendance Office.  The Attendance Office will call and make arrangements for transportation home.

VISITORS

Regulations regarding visitors apply to the school buildings, buses, and all parts of the campus during the regular school day.

  1. All visitors must first be buzzed in from the front office before they are to enter the school building.
  2. All visitors must then report to the Attendance Office to obtain permission to visit before proceeding to any other part of the building or campus.  All visitors will be provided with a visitor’s pass that must be displayed while they remain on the Hickory High School campus.

3.       Permission:

a.       Permission will be granted to those persons wishing to see a member of the administrative staff.

b.       In the event of an emergency, parents or other family members who find it necessary to see a student will wait in the Attendance Office while the student is called.

c.       Parents who wish to discuss a student’s work with the teacher should make an appointment.

d.       Permission to visit a class session will be granted only by the principal and only in special cases.  

e.       No visitor will be allowed to ride a school bus.

f.        The gymnasium is a classroom during the school day and is not available for unsupervised student or visitor use.

All unauthorized visitors will be escorted off campus by an administrator or School Resource Officer.  

CONDUCT AND SAFETY RULES FOR SCHOOL BUS RIDERS

Riding the school bus is a privilege extended to every student living within the district beyond a radius of a mile and half of the school.  This privilege is contingent upon good behavior and observance of the following rules and regulations.  The driver will report a student who violates any of these rules to the principal or his designee.  Failure to abide by these rules may result in a loss of riding privileges.  Additional consequences may apply depending on the severity of the offense.

All regulations for student behavior as outlined in the Handbook apply on any type of school-sponsored transportation.

1.        Meeting and Entering Bus

a.        Students should select the safest route.  If there is no sidewalk, they should walk to the left facing traffic.

b.        Passengers must be on time because the driver has a schedule to follow and cannot wait for tardy passengers.

c.        Passengers should stand off the street or roadway and wait until the bus comes to a complete stop.

2.        Once on the Bus

a.        Students should board quickly and take their assigned seat.  Students are to remain seated throughout the bus ride.

b.        Students should not throw objects or try to attract the attention of others outside the bus.

c.        A passenger should never eat or drink in the school bus.

d.        If personal belongings are carried, they should be kept on the lap or put under the seat.  Arms and legs must be kept out of the aisle at all times.

e.        Passengers must never use profane or inappropriate language, tobacco, controlled substances, or alcoholic beverages while riding a bus.

f.         Passengers should not be loud or boisterous nor should they distract the driver’s attention in any way.

g.        Passengers must never tamper with the emergency door or any other part of the bus.

h.        Passengers must never damage the bus in any way.  

i.         No one is permitted on a bus except students assigned to that bus or authorized school system employees.  Any contact with the driver from a parent or non-school employee should be made through the principal's office.  Any person boarding a bus without express permission from the principal is subject to prosecution for trespassing.

Reference:  G.S. 115C-245; 115C-339. 

Bus Notes: A student, who wishes to ride a different bus, wishes to ride with another student, or wishes to get off at a different stop other than his/her regular stop must provide a written statement from his/her parent, including a parent contact number.  All notes must be brought to the office at the beginning of the school day and approved by the administration. Permission will not be granted once the bus requested exceeds the lawful limit.

STUDENT PARKING

It is the intent of the administration of Hickory High School to provide a parking space for any licensed driver who is planning to drive a vehicle to school. Students must show their driver’s licenses when purchasing a parking permit. If a student does not have his/her license at the time of completing the application, he/she will not be able to purchase a parking permit.  All financial obligations to the school must be cleared before a student will be allowed to purchase a parking permit.

Two parking lots are designated for student parking.   Each student who wants to drive a vehicle to school must purchase a parking decal. Parking decals may be purchased in the Treasurer’s Office during lunch or after school for $35.00.  Parking decals can be purchased for $18.00, if purchased after the start of 2nd semester.  It is a privilege to drive a vehicle to school.  If a student does not follow the guidelines for registering and parking a vehicle or for the safe operation of the vehicle, the student will lose his/her parking privilege and that student’s privileges may be revoked indefinitely.

Each student will be assigned to a specific numbered parking space that corresponds to his/her parking decal.  Failure to park in the assigned space will result in the loss of parking privileges for the remainder of the semester or school year.  Students must park their cars and enter the building immediately upon arrival.  Cars should be locked, and all necessary books, materials, and supplies for the full school day should be taken out of the vehicle.  To ensure the safety of all, students will not be permitted to return to their vehicles during the school day unless an administrator grants permission.  If a student finds that another car is parked in his/her assigned space, he/she is to park in one of the identified temporary spaces and report the parking violation to the office immediately.  (See Parking Application Form for more specific details.)

Parking privileges may be lost for the following reasons:

Student parking is designated in two parking lots on the campus of Hickory High.  No student should park in a lot belonging to a business, church, or other facility near our school’s campus. Parking in a lot other than the two designated student lots will result in school discipline. Any student who parks in an unauthorized parking area will have the following consequences:

        1st offense – Warning, documentation, parent contact, opportunity to purchase school parking pass

2nd offense – Referral, ½ day ISS, parent contact, opportunity to purchase school parking pass

3rd offense – Referral, full day of ISS, parent contact, opportunity to purchase school parking pass

4th offense – Referral, full day of OSS, parent contact, opportunity to purchase school parking pass

Students who continue to park in unauthorized lots may receive additional consequences beyond those listed above when a repeated pattern of noncompliance is observed.

SAFE AND ORDERLY ENVIRONMENT

In order to create an atmosphere that is safe, orderly, and conducive to learning, the following behaviors will not be tolerated.  A student who chooses to engage in any of the behaviors listed below will receive consequences from an administrator.  To further ensure student safety and a calm, orderly environment, security cameras are used throughout the school campus.  Students and parents should be aware that video recordings from security cameras may be used in the investigation of disciplinary and other situations.  

1.       Disruption of school, riotous action, or disorderly conduct. (G.S. 14-288.4) Disorderly conduct is a public disturbance intentionally caused by any person who disrupts, disturbs, or interferes with the teaching of students at any public or private educational institution or engages in conduct that disturbs the peace, order, or discipline at any public or private educational institution or on the grounds adjacent thereto.

2.       Willful, malicious destruction of property (School or Private).

3.       Assault or fighting.

4.       Misconduct on bus—conduct that distracts the attention of the driver and violates regulations for passengers or causes an accident.  Suspension from the bus and suspension or expulsion from school may result.

5.       Verbal disrespect, profanity, insubordination or physical assault to a teacher or staff member

6.       Possession of weapons and dangerous instruments.

7.       Violation of School Board policy (i.e., drugs, alcohol, or tobacco).

8.       Leaving campus without permission from proper school official.

9.       Repeated violation of school rules and failure to comply with the direction of teachers, staff, and administration of the school.

10.     Illegal acts.

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

No student shall possess, use, transmit, or be under the influence of: 1) any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, or other drug defined as a controlled substance pursuant to Chapter 90 of the North Carolina Statutes; 2) any alcoholic beverage or fortified wine or other intoxicating liquor; 3) any inhalant or ingested chemical or product with the intent of bringing about a state of exhilaration or euphoria while in any school building, on any school premises, on any school bus, or off the school grounds at any school activity, function, or event before, during or after school hours, or during any period of time he/she is subject to the authority of school personnel, unless such possession, use, or transmission are authorized by law and school regulations.  In addition, the possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited at school or at school-sponsored activities.

Use of a drug authorized by a valid medical prescription from a registered physician shall not be considered a violation of this rule when the person for whom the drug was prescribed takes the drug.  Students who require medication to be administered by school personnel during school hours should notify the School Nurse or Office Receptionist (see section on Medication).  Students taking prescribed medicine requiring the use of needles should follow the procedures established for administering medication at school.

When a school employee has reasonable suspicion that a student has violated this policy, the employee shall report this information to the principal or assistant principal.  The first violation of this policy may result in 10 days out of school suspension or long term suspension of the student from Hickory Public Schools for the remainder of the school year.  An exception may be made only when an alternative to expulsion, designed by the superintendent, has been agreed to in writing by the parent, student, and principal and involves corrective education and/or counseling.  This alternative shall apply only to the first offense of this policy.

TOBACCO PRODUCTS

Students shall not use or possess any tobacco product at any time in any building, facility, or vehicle owned, leased, rented or chartered by Hickory Public Schools, on any school grounds and property – including athletic fields and parking lots – owned, leased, rented or chartered by Hickory Public Schools, or at any school-sponsored or school-related event on-campus or off-campus or at any other time when students are subject to authority of school personnel. Vapor devices such as electronic cigarettes and hookahs will be treated as tobacco products unless there is sufficient evidence that they have been used with illegal drugs.  The Board of Education encourages students to participate in school and community programs designed to prevent and cure tobacco addiction.  In the event of violation by a student of Board Policy JCDAA, as outlined above, the principal or designee of the principal shall enforce the consequences in the Discipline Continuum.

REASONABLE FORCE

North Carolina law (G.S. 115C-391) provides that “school personnel may use reasonable force”…to control behavior or to remove a person from the scene in those situations when necessary

        1.        To quell a disturbance.

        2.        To obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects on the person or within the control of a student;

        3.        For self-defense; or

        4.        For the protection of persons or property.

        5.        To maintain order on school property, in the classroom, or at a school related activity on or off school property.

SEARCH AND SEIZURE PROCEDURES

The school and school facilities are the property of the Hickory Board of Education.  No items in violation of the civil laws or school policies should exist on school property (such as drugs, weapons, etc.).  North Carolina law (G.S. 115C-398) states that “Students and their parents may be liable for damage to school buildings, furnishings, and textbooks…”

1.        Lockers:  Lockers are subject to periodic general and random inspections by school administrators.  A specific student’s locker may be searched when there is reasonable suspicion of the violation of school regulations or civil law.

2.        Automobiles:  Students are permitted to park on school premises as a matter of privilege, not of right.  School administrators may conduct routine patrols of student parking lots and inspections of the exteriors of students’ automobiles.  School administrators may inspect the interior of a student vehicle when there is reasonable suspicion that illegal or unauthorized materials are contained inside.

3.        Personal Searches:  When a principal has reasonable suspicion to believe that a student possesses a dangerous, illegal, or stolen item on his/her person, the principal shall request the student to produce the suspected material.  Law enforcement officials and/or parents may be contacted if the student refuses or denies possession.

4.        Personal Property Searches:  The principal may search, or permit the search of, a student’s personal property (e.g., purse, book bag, etc.) when there is reasonable suspicion to believe the student may possess a dangerous, illegal, or stolen item.

WEAPONS

Hickory High School rules, regulations, and penalties concerning weapons are based on current United States and North Carolina law. North Carolina statute 14-269.2 has been amended.  The new 14-269.2 permits a weapon on campus under very limited circumstances, namely that the person be over 18 years of age and have a concealed carry permit and has the firearm in a locked vehicle or locked compartment in the vehicle.  A concealed carry holder may not bring the firearm into a school building.  However, school and district policy forbids students to have weapons on campus under any circumstances.  

CHEMICAL SPRAY POLICY

Displaying or discharging chemical sprays such as mace or pepper spray on the campus of Hickory High School or on any school bus is prohibited.  Discharging of these chemical sprays is potentially harmful to other people and will be treated as a serious offense.  No student shall display or discharge chemical sprays such as mace or pepper spray while he/she is in any school building or on any school bus.  The administration shall subject any student who violates this regulation to disciplinary action ranging from a Saturday detention to a two (2) to ten (10) day out-of-school suspension.

PHYSICAL ASSAULT OR CAUSE OF PERSONAL INJURY

No student shall assault, cause, or attempt to cause physical injury to, or intentionally behave in such a manner as could reasonably cause physical injury to any student or school employee on or off campus, on school-sponsored transportation, or any school-sponsored event, including out-of-state trips or work experience supervision.

FIGHTING

Students shall not engage in fighting or physical aggression toward others, including but not limited to:

Students may use force in self-defense only to the extent necessary to get free from the attacker and notify a teacher or administrator.  A student who exceeds reasonable force may be disciplined even if he or she did not instigate the fight.  Students who instigate fights will be subject to the same consequences under this rule as those who directly engage in fighting.  Students engaging in aggressive behavior of this type may be suspended from school from three (3) to ten (10) days.  If a student must be restrained in order to break up a fight, she/he will be removed from the school building.  The Hickory Police Department may arrest or remove from school any student who is fighting on school property.

GANG ACTIVITY

The Board of Education believes that gangs and gang-related activities pose a serious safety threat to students and staff members and can significantly disrupt the educational environment.

No student shall participate in any gang-related activities.  For purposes of this rule, a “gang” is any ongoing organization, association, or group of three (3) or more persons, whether formal or informal, having as one of its primary activities the commission of criminal acts, and having a common name or common identifying sign, colors or symbols.  “Gang-related activities” are any activities engaged in by a student on behalf of an identified gang to perpetuate the existence of an identified gang, to affect the common purpose and design of an identified gang or to represent gang affiliation, loyalty or solidarity.

Conduct prohibited by this rule includes the following:

When a first infraction involves only the wearing of gang-related attire, the student shall receive a warning and be allowed to immediately change or remove the attire as an alternative to disciplinary action.  Students engaging in gang related behavior will receive disciplinary action ranging from in-school or out-of-school suspension up to long-term suspension.  Law enforcement will be notified and involved in resolution of gang related misconduct.  

The Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee shall regularly consult with law enforcement officials to identify examples of gang-related items, symbols and behaviors and shall provide each principal with this information.  Parents and students shall be notified that such information is maintained in the principal’s office, that it is subject to change, and that the principal’s office may be consulted for updates.  In providing this information for parents and students, the school system acknowledges that not all potential gang indicators connote actual membership in a gang.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY

No student shall destroy or deface property on campus, on school-sponsored transportation, or at any school-sponsored event, including out-of-state trips.  If a student damages property, she/he will face disciplinary action and will be required to make restitution.  The parent/guardian will receive a payment schedule for damages to school property.

THREATENING OR ABUSIVE ACTIONS (INTIMIDATION or BULLYING)

No student shall bring materials or take part in actions that disrupt the educational process.  Threats, hazing, or harassment will not be tolerated.  Bullying is a form of harassment. Bullying means the repeated intimidation of others by the real or threatened infliction of physical, verbal, written, electronically transmitted (i.e. Social Media, blogging, or discussion boards) or emotional abuse or through destruction or theft of property of another. Bullying may include, but is not limited to, verbal taunts, name-calling and put downs, rumor spreading, implied or stated threats, exclusion from peer groups, and extortion of money or possessions. Students shall not engage in harassment/bullying.  Students should report any incident to an administrator immediately.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Because Hickory High School recognizes its responsibility to provide a safe learning environment, sexual harassment by any individual will result in legal and/or school imposed penalties.  The following are examples of sexual harassment, but are not inclusive:  comments, jokes, or gestures that have sexual connotations and touching, grabbing, or pinching in a sexual way.  School staff will actively investigate all reported sexual harassment complaints.

STEALING

No student shall steal or attempt to steal from a fellow student, from a faculty or staff member, or from the school itself.  No student shall be in possession of stolen items at school, on school sponsored-transportation, or at school-sponsored activities.  The Hickory Police Department may assist in investigations of theft.  Laws pertaining to theft will be enforced accordingly.

PROTECTION OF PERSONAL PROPERTY

Students are responsible for labeling personal items for identification and for securing those items to prevent theft.  We discourage students from bringing valuable items or large sums of money to school.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

During instructional time (defined as a class period) no student shall use, display, transmit or have in the “on” position any wireless communication device or personal entertainment device, including but not necessarily limited to, cell phones, two-way radios/Walkie-Talkies, CD/MP3 players, electronic games, or any laser pointers or similar devices.  The principal or teacher has discretion to permit students to use technology as an instructional tool or resource as needed. All electronic devices used or possessed in violation of this policy shall be confiscated and a parent is required to attend a conference in order to gain possession of the item. A teacher or staff member can only ask the student for the device, and the student will have the option to give them the device. If the student refuses, we will refer to our discipline procedures on dealing with a non-compliant student.  A student possessing an electronic device will assume responsibility for its care.  At no time will Hickory Public Schools or Hickory High School be responsible for preventing theft, loss, or damage to electronic devices brought onto its campus.  

In the event of multiple violations of this policy, the principal may prohibit the student from possessing the device on school premises.  This rule does not apply to personal vehicles.  

If a student uses an electronic device without teacher or principal approval, the consequences are listed below.  Student conduct related to electronic devices will be tracked and managed by class period.

1st offense - parent contact by teacher / electronic documentation, teacher keeps device until the end of the class period

2nd offense - parent contact by teacher/ electronic documentation, teacher turns device into front office and phone must be signed out by a parent

3rd offense - parent contact by teacher / administrator, electronic documentation, loss of device for five full school days, documentation/referral

Students who continue to bring unauthorized electronic devices may receive additional consequences. Consequences will become cumulative across class periods when a pattern of misuse becomes apparent.

LOCKERS

Students are assigned lockers by their homeroom teachers.  Students are encouraged not to share lockers or give their combinations to anyone else.  Students are cautioned not to keep money and other valuables in their lockers. The administration reserves the right to hold unannounced periodic inspections of any locker.  

BOOK BAGS

In light of increased class sizes at HHS and for the safety of all, book bags, backpacks, purses, etc., need to fit in the space under one’s desk or be put in a locker.  Students who chose not to follow this safety precaution will be required to put their over-sized items in their locker.

DRESS CODE

 DRESSING FOR SUCCESS THE RED TORNADO WAY: OUR UNIFORM POLICY

The student dress code is intended to create a positive climate for teaching and learning, reduce the possibility of discipline problems, improve school order and safety, and prevent violations or aggravating circumstances.  It is the intent and desire of the School Board, faculty, and administration that students use good judgment in their selection and wearing of clothing.  In three separate court cases, the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that school districts have the right to restrict any form of inappropriate clothing.  

Students attending the Hickory Public Schools in grades 6 through 12 will adhere to the following standardized dress code each school day during the entire school day.

Tops

Acceptable tops include:

Bottoms

Acceptable bottoms include:

No “Grills”


No hats, “do-rags”, bandanas, hair rollers, scarves, combs, picks or brushes in the building

Shoes

• No bedroom slippers

Logos

• No logos on any clothing other than the Hickory High School logo and HHS Sports Team logos for students in grades 6-12 at Hickory High School.

Exceptions

• New or transferring students will be given seven (7) calendar days to be in compliance with the standardized dress code

• Reasonable exceptions will be considered when medically indicated

• Spirit Week will remain as is

• Each Friday, students may wear t-shirts and/or sweatshirts that have a club, class, or athletic theme associated with their respective school.

Hardships

• Upon request and documented need, the school shall assist parents and/or guardians in obtaining the required clothing for students to be in compliance with the standardized dress code.

Non-Compliance

• The penalty for non-compliance to the standardized dress code shall be established by the school’s discipline policy.

Evaluation

• An annual review of the effectiveness of the standardized dress code shall be conducted by the administration and reported to the Hickory Board of Education.

Exemptions

• There are no exemptions from compliance with the standardized dress code

CONSEQUENCES REGARDING INAPPROPRIATE DRESS

Students in grades 6-12 of Hickory Public Schools System are expected to follow the standard dress code starting the first day of school.  The only accepted dress worn by students during the school day is found at www.hickoryschools.net.  Students in need of assistance with dress code clothing may visit the school clothing closet before or after school hours with supervision by a school official.  Any student choosing not to wear apparel outlined in the HPS School Board Policy will be sent to the clothing closet to change clothes and if they refuse they will face the following consequences at Hickory High School:

1st offense – Parent contact, electronic documentation, opportunity to change clothing from the clothing closet or remain In-School Suspension (ISS) until someone brings a change of clothes or for the remainder of the day.

2nd offense – Parent contact, electronic documentation, change clothing from the clothing closet.

3rd offense – Parent contact, electronic documentation, one full day ISS.

4th offense – Parent contact, electronic documentary, and student may receive one full day of Out-of-School Suspension (OSS). The number of days of OSS may increase if student continues to be insubordinate due to dress code infractions.

SENIORS are allowed to “dress for success” in professional attire on the first and last days of their graduating year.  Inappropriate dress will be addressed by a school administrator.  

DISCIPLINE PROCESSES AND CONSEQUENCES

Rationale: Young men and women need structure and discipline to reach their full potential. The continuum of disciplinary sanctions with escalating consequences below provides a range of disciplinary actions for various acts of misconduct.  The aim of teachers and administrators is that students will choose appropriate behavior through conferencing and lesser consequences so that students are able to remain in school and focused on academics.  

After-School-Detention (ASD)

        Purpose: ASD is the first discipline measure on the continuum and is designed for minor offenses. Students can serve time after school (or before school) with administration or teachers. It gives the administrator or teacher an opportunity to counsel with the student in a one-on-one setting to identify student needs and prevent future offenses. It can also be used to make-up time missed for tardiness or restroom breaks.

        Procedure: Teachers or administrators arrange detentions with some input from the student. The detention is arranged at the discretion of the teacher or administrator but should provide students with enough notice to arrange transportation. The person assigning the detention should make contact with a parent or guardian.

Saturday Detention (SD)/ Lunch Detention (LD)

        Purpose: Saturday Detention (SD) and Lunch Detention (LD) are the next step in the discipline continuum.  Students may be assigned Saturday Detention or Lunch Detention for failing to serve an After-School Detention, to make-up missed class time, or for other offenses as determined by an administrator.  Students must provide their own transportation to Saturday Detention.  

        Procedures: An administrator will assign SD and will contact the parent. Once the SD is scheduled, the student name is sent to the SD teacher for that week. The SD teacher will email the faculty to gather any outstanding assignments.  Student assigned to SD must arrive by 8 a.m. on the scheduled Saturday and will be taken to a classroom by the SD teacher. The student will engage in academic work until 9:30.  Then students will engage in approved restitution activities until 11 a.m. under the supervision of the SD teacher.  Student attendance is forwarded to the administration on Monday. Any student who misses his/her scheduled SD without an advanced and approved excuse will serve 1 day of OSS on the next school day.

In-School Suspension (ISS)

        Purpose: In-School Suspension (ISS) provides the administration a way of removing a student from the classroom setting without denying a student an education for the day. It removes the social part of the student’s day. Teachers will send assignments in a timely manner and will visit their students in the ISS room, as needed, to provide academic support. In-School Suspension provides another level of consequences before OSS.

        Procedures: A student will be assigned ISS by an administrator after proper due process. An administrator will clearly state the length and timing of the ISS to the student verbally and in writing.  In addition, the administrator will make phone contact with the parent/guardian.   In most cases, the assigned ISS will allow the teachers at least one planning period before the student reports. The administrator will contact the ISS coordinator who will communicate with the student’s teachers. The ISS coordinator will produce and mail a letter to the parent/guardian.  On the assigned day of ISS, the student will report to the ISS room with his/her books. The student will begin with a reflective essay to be given to the student’s administrator or counselor. Then, he/she will complete the assignments sent from the classroom.  Failing to complete the assigned ISS satisfactorily will result in OSS as assigned by the administrator.

Out-of-School Suspension (OSS)

Purpose: Out-of-School Suspension is the most severe level of punishment on the continuum. It is reserved for those offenses that involve severe disruptions to the learning environment and those actions that jeopardize the safety of students and/or staff. During OSS, the student may not come onto campus or attend school-sponsored events on or off campus.

Procedure: Once a student has been determined to have committed an offense which calls for OSS, an administrator will call the parent or guardian. A parent or guardian will be contacted to pick-up the student and meet with the administrator.  The administrator will also send a letter to the parent/guardian documenting the misbehavior and consequence.  

Discipline Continuum

The following rubric will provide students and staff with a guide of what consequences may be expected when infractions are turned in to the administration. The exact disciplinary consequences may vary based on the administrator’s investigation, student’s prior behavior, and administrator judgment.  Law enforcement will be notified and involved in student disciplinary situations when warranted.  In some cases, students will be arrested and charged by police for specific behaviors.  

Out-of-School Suspension (OSS)

The following actions may result in Out-of-School suspension.

Infraction

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

Fighting/Aggressive Behavior

3-5 days

5-10 days

Recommendation for Long-Term Suspension

Profanity/Severe Disrespect to staff

3-5 days

5-10 days

Recommendation for Long-Term Suspension

Severe misconduct to another student*

1-2 days

3 days

5 days

Misconduct in ISS

1 day

2 days

3 days

Tampering with safety equipment**

up to 10 days and law enforcement may be contacted

Possession of or under the influence of drugs or alcohol

10 days and recommendation for Long-Term Suspension

Confiscate illegal substances

Recommendation for Long-Term Suspension for remainder of year

Possession of a weapon

Recommendation for Long-Term Suspension

Confiscate weapon

Bullying another student

2-3 days

3-5 days

5-10 days

Failure to serve SD

1 day

* may include severe harassment, sexual contact or horseplay endangering others.

**may include pulling fire alarms, handling fire extinguishers or mishandling safety equipment.

Any violation at a school-sponsored event (athletic game, school play or concert, etc.), home or away may result in identical consequences as shown above.

SUSPENSION, DISMISSAL, AND EXPULSION

The suspension and/or expulsion of a student from school are viewed by the principal as the most serious form of student punishment.  The basis for suspension and expulsion of students in the public schools is outlined in G.S. 114C-391.  The grounds for suspension and/or expulsion shall be the violation of policies as described in the Code of Conduct.

G.S. 115C-391.  The principal of a school or his designee shall have the authority to suspend for a period of ten (10) days or less any student who willfully violates policies of conduct established by the local Board of Education provided that a student suspended pursuant to this subsection shall be provided an opportunity to take any quarterly, semester, or grading period examinations missed during the suspension period.

The principal of a school, with prior approval of the superintendent, shall have the authority to suspend for periods of time in excess of ten (10) days, but not exceeding the time remaining in the school year, any pupil who willfully violates the policies of conduct established by the local Board of Education.  If the suspension is for more than ten (10) days, the pupil or his parents may appeal the decision of the principal to the local Board of Education.  The Hickory Board of Education reserves the right to authorize appropriate disciplinary action against any student (K-12) for the commission of any act(s) in violation of any civil law, even though such act(s) may not be expressly prohibited in the Code of Conduct or otherwise be addressed in Board policies.

Any suspension by a principal shall be reported immediately in writing to the parent of the student.  A suspended student is prohibited from entering any school or any school grounds (except for a prearranged conference with an administrator), attending any day or night school functions, including weekend functions, of the Hickory Public Schools, or riding a school bus during the term of the suspension.  Violation of this provision shall be cause for additional disciplinary action.

The Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the superintendent, shall have the authority to expel a student from the school system under provisions of G.S. 115C0391 and G.S. 115C-112.

Short-Term Suspension

When a student is suspended for a period of ten (10) days or less,

a.        The student shall be given written or oral notice of the charges against him/her.

b.        If the student denies the charges, he/she shall be given an explanation of the evidence against him/her and shall be given an opportunity to present his/her side of the story.

c.        There need be no delay between the time notice is given and the time of hearing the student’s side of the story.

d.        If a student’s presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or is an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process, he/she may be removed immediately from school.  In such cases, the necessary notice and hearing shall follow when practical.

e.        The principal or his/her agent shall make every effort to hold a conference with the parents before or at the time the student returns to school.

f.         The principal or his/her agent shall attempt to secure written statements and keep on file all documents and relevant information received about the student’s misconduct.

Long-Term Suspension

        When the student is suspended for a period in excess of ten (10) days, the principal must give written notice of such suspension or dismissal to the parents or guardian of the student as soon as possible.  The notice shall include:

a.        A statement of the charges against the student.

b.        A statement that the student, his/her parents, and their attorney or representative, may request a full hearing before the Board  of Education.

c.        Notice that the student and his/her parents or their representative may examine all exhibits or other evidence against the student including his/her academic file.

d.        Notice that the student has the right at his/her expense to be represented by counsel or other representative at the hearing.

e.        Notice that the student or his/her representative has the right to confront and examine witnesses at the hearing.

f.         Notice that the student or his/her representative has the right to attend the hearing and to present evidence on the student’s behalf.

g.        Notice that the student or his/her representative has the right to make a record of the hearing.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

A student may initiate a grievance proceeding when either the student or his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) believe that violation, misapplication, or misinterpretation of Board policy, or state or federal law or regulation has occurred with regard to the student.  The procedure for initiating a grievance proceeding shall be:

Step I – A student, parent, or guardian wishing to invoke the grievance procedure shall make a written request for a conference with the principal to discuss the grievance and seek resolution.  The following guidelines shall be observed in Step I:

Step II – If the grievance is not resolved at Step I, the student may appeal the principal's decision in writing to the Superintendent.  The appeal must be made within five (5) school days following receipt of the principal's position statement in Step I.

The Superintendent or his designee shall review the grievance within five (5) school days following receipt of the appeal.  A written response shall be made to the student, the parent or guardian, and the principal from the Superintendent or his/her designee within ten (10) school days following the Superintendent’s review.

Step III – If the grievance is not resolved in Step II, the student may appeal the Superintendent’s decision to the Hickory Board of Education in writing within ten (10) school days following the response from the Superintendent at Step II.  The Board of Education shall offer a final written decision within thirty (30) days.

RIGHT OF APPEAL

The student or his/her parents or representative shall notify the Board in writing that they desire a hearing to be held before a quorum of the Board within a reasonable time after receiving the notice of the request for a hearing.

Re-Admission Upon Appeal

Upon receipt by the Board of Education of written notice of appeal from a dismissal or suspension for more than ten (10) school days, the principal of a school may, at his/her discretion, upon the determination that such student is not a menace to the school, re-admit the student to classes for the remainder of the dismissal or suspension period pending the determination of the appeal.

PROCEDURE FOR APPEAL

1.       The hearing for dismissal of students shall be held in an open public hearing or closed executive session as allowed by law.

2.       Students at such hearings may speak in their own defense and may be questioned on their own testimony, but they may choose not to testify. In such case, they shall not be punished for such refusal, and such refusal shall not be held against them.

3.       The Board shall provide for the making of a record of any information presented to it at the hearing.  The superintendent will keep statements and other written matter presented to the Board on file.  At the hearing, the principal, teacher, or other persons involved shall present the evidence against the student, and the Board shall take such evidence into consideration.

4.       Members of the Board of Education, the student, his/her parents or their representative, or the Board’s attorney, may question witnesses about any matters logically relevant to the charge against the student and the proper disposition of the matter.  The Board has the authority to limit long or irrelevant questioning by non-Board members.

5.       If the Board finds it necessary to have a witness appear before it, and the witness refuses after being requested to appear, the Board may authorize the use of the subpoena power granted to it by G.S. 115C-45 to compel the presence of the witness, and the hearing may be continued for the purpose of the exercise of such power.  The Board shall reach its decision upon whether the student violated a rule of conduct by a majority vote.  The decision must be made solely on the evidence presented at the hearing and should state substantial findings of fact on which the Board’s decision rests.  If no misconduct is found, the matter is terminated, and no further action may be taken against the student because of his/her alleged violation.

6.       When misconduct is found, the disposition made by the Board and the punishment imposed may range from no action through the entire scope of counseling attempts and possible penalties including expulsion for the remainder of the school year.

7.       Minority views should be noted if the minority Board members so request.

8.       An adverse decision by the Board of Education may be appealed to a court of law.

9.       The decision of the Board shall be in writing.

MEDIA CENTER

The purpose of the Media Center is to supply materials and information sources to enrich the learning process, to help the students make the best use of the materials, and to make available various kinds of books for the students’ personal enjoyment.  The Media Center provides students with a quiet place to study or research assigned topics. Food, drinks, loud noises, and/or disruptive behavior are prohibited.  

SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

1.      Circulation of books:  The loan period for books in the general collection is two weeks.  There is no limit to the number of books a student is allowed to check out; however, students must realize that they are responsible for all books in their possession.  The fine for an overdue book is five ($ .05) cents per day per book.  The maximum fine is one dollar ($1.00) per title per year.  A student may not check out a book or any other material if he/she has an overdue book or other unpaid fines.

2.      Circulation of reference books:  The loan period for reference books is overnight (from fourth period until before first period of the next school day).  The fine for an overdue reference book is ten ($ .10) cents per period per book.

3.      Circulation of magazines:  Current issues of magazines remain in the Media Center.  Back issues may circulate for one class period or overnight.

4.      Copy machine:  A copy machine is located in the Media Center for student use.  Copies are ten ($ .10) cents per page.

5.      A multi-station computer lab is available to all classes and students from 7:10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Programs available include:  Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint.  Printouts cost ten ($ .10) cents per page.

STUDENT USE OF THE MEDIA CENTER

Class Access:  Students come to the Media Center with a class whenever the teacher arranges research time.  To use the computer lab with a supervising teacher, a student needs to have a signed Acceptable Use Policy on file.

Individual Access:  A pass from the supervising teacher is necessary for a student to come to the Media Center individually during class time.  Individual computer access is subject to availability of equipment.  For individual access, it is necessary for a student to have his/her own computer account.  This policy applies to Teacher Assistants and Peer Tutors as well.  Student passes will be kept in the Media Center and returned at the end of the day to the appropriate teachers.  Unless written instructions indicate otherwise, students may not leave the Media Center before the end of the period.

Before and After School / Lunch Access:  The Media Center is open before and after school and during lunch unless an announcement indicates otherwise.  For individual access to the computer lab during these times, it is necessary for the student to have his/her own computer account.

Acceptable Use of Internet / E-Mail:  Hickory Public Schools offers electronic network access for students, teachers and staff within the school system to enhance education and communication through the use of computers.  Goals for the use of the electronic network by students are to support the curriculum and to enhance learning opportunities by focusing on information retrieval, searching strategies, research skills, and critical thinking.  Access to e-mail and the internet enables students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards while exchanging messages with internet users throughout the world.  While our intent is to make internet access available to further educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials that may not be considered of educational value in the context of a school setting.

The use of the Hickory Public Schools network is a privilege, and access to network services is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner and who abide by the HPS Acceptable Use policy.  Inappropriate use will result in possible school disciplinary action and/or limitation or cancellation of user privileges.

Inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Access to the internet and an e-mail account will be provided through individual schools, and users should not assume that files stored on district servers and hard drives will be private.  Parents may complete and sign a denial form if they do not wish their child to have internet access or an e-mail account.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

ELIGIBILITY FOR EXTRACURRICULAR PARTICIPATION

Extracurricular activities are non-credit activities conducted primarily after school.  Extracurricular activities include cheerleading, clubs, student council, and athletics.  A student assigned to out-of-school suspension is ineligible for extracurricular participation for the entire period of the suspension.   A student must be in school for at least two periods on the day of an activity in order to participate in the extracurricular activity. A student may not be excused prior to the end of the scheduled school day to participate in extracurricular activities at Hickory High School without prior written approval of the principal.  Students exhibiting extreme and/or ongoing misconduct may be removed from extracurricular activities for a period of time or for the remainder of the year.

A student in grades 9-12 must have passed a minimum of three out of four courses during the preceding semester to be eligible for extracurricular participation at any time during the current semester.  A student who receives an incomplete in a subject that causes him/her not to meet minimum scholastic requirements may become eligible during the semester if that course is satisfactorily completed and passed.

A student in grades 9-12 who becomes ineligible for extracurricular participation in the second semester of the school year may repeat the course.  Summer school work used to make up part of the minimum load must be applied on the most recent semester.  A student must meet local attendance requirements in order to be eligible for extracurricular participation.

ATHLETICS

Please see the HHS Athletic Handbook for complete information on the athletic program, including details related to athletic code of conduct and random drug testing.

Varsity Teams:  Any student, grade 9-12, is eligible if he/she complies with the NCHSAA eligibility requirements.  A student athlete is ineligible if he/she turns 19 on or before October 16 of his/her senior year. For a listing of all sports, see http://www.hickoryschools.net/schools/Hickory/Athletics.aspx

ATHLETIC INSURANCE INFORMATION

If your child has a health insurance policy outside the school, the school insurance acts as a secondary policy.  If a regular health insurance policy on your child does not exist, the school’s policy will act as the primary coverage policy.  If your child is injured during practice or during a game, the Athletic Trainer for Hickory High School will fill out an injury report.  Forms are located in the main office and should be filled out by the Athletic Trainer and the parent and then mailed to the address provided by the parent.  Extra copies should be made before the forms are submitted to use when the primary insurance has paid the maximum allowed.  Use those copies to submit any additional bills that were not paid by the primary insurance.  Your school has purchased a student athletic accident insurance plan for 2015-2016 to provide benefits for all students in grades 9-12 who participate in school sponsored and supervised interscholastic athletics. This athletic plan is insured by an “A” rated company and is endorsed by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. Obtain more detailed information from the appropriate coaches.

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS and PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U. S. Department of Education. The law stipulates that schools may disclose, without parent consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, phone number, date and place of birth, grade level, picture, school activities, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. The law also provides parents with the opportunity to request that the schools not disclose information about their child(ren). Parents may contact the school principal by December 10 if they wish to request that the schools not disclose directory information.  

FERPA requires that Hickory High School, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child's education records. However, Hickory High School may disclose appropriately designated "directory information" without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow Hickory High School to include this type of information from your child's education records in certain school publications.  Hickory High School has designated the following information as directory information:  

• student's name                                          • participation in officially recognized activities and sports  

• address                                                  • telephone listing  

• weight and height of members of athletic teams                  • electronic mail address  

• photograph                                          • degrees, honors, and awards received  

• date and place of birth                                  • major field of study  

• dates of attendance                                          • grade level  

• the most recent educational agency or institution attendance      

Examples of directory information include a school activity program, such as for chorus, showing the names of chorus members; the annual yearbook; honor roll or other recognition lists;  graduation programs; and sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.  

Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent's prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories - name, addresses, and telephone listings - unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student's information disclosed without their prior written consent.  

If you do not want Hickory High School to disclose directory information from your child's education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the school in writing within 14 days of the beginning of the school year or within 14 days of enrolling your student.  If you have questions, contact the school office or the Office of the Superintendent.  

MODEL NOTIFICATION of RIGHTS under FERPA for ELEMENTARY and SECONDARY SCHOOLS

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:

(1) The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the School receives a request for access.

Parents or eligible students should submit to the School principal [or appropriate school official] a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The School official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

(2) The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate.

Parents or eligible students may ask the School to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the School principal [or appropriate school official], clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the School decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the School will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

(3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the School as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the School has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

(4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-5901