HICKORY HIGH SCHOOL

PARENT AND STUDENT HANDBOOK

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction:          

2017-2018 School Calendar……………………………………         3

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

                                     Student Information

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

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

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

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

                                2017-2018 Student Meal Prices Grades 9-12…..………..…..           5

Deliveries……………...………………………………………          6

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

State Testing………………………………………………                9

2017-2018 Test Dates……………………………………..                 8-9

ACT / PRE-ACT / WorkKeys………………………………                9

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

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

Health Services……………………………………………..                 9

Driver Education

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

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

School Policies and Procedures

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

Attendance Policy…………………………………………..                11

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

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

Exam Exemption Policy…………………………………….        12

Early Dismissals……………………………………………                12

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

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

Student Parking……………………………………………..                13

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

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

Tobacco Products……………………………………………        14

Reasonable Force……………………………………………        14

Search and Seizure Procedures………………………………        14

Weapons……………….…………………………………….        14

Chemical Spray Policy….……………………………………        14

Physical Assault/Personal Injury…………………………….        14

Fighting……………………………………………………..                14

Gang Activity………………………………………………                14

Destruction of Property……………………………………                14

Threatening or Abusive Actions……………………………                14

Sexual Harassment………………………………………….                14

Stealing…………………………………………………...…        15

Protection of Personal Property……………………………                15

Electronic Devices………………………………………….                15

Lockers…………………………………………………….                15

Book bags………………………………………………….                15

Dress Code…………………………………………………                15-16

Consequences Regarding Inappropriate Dress…………….                16-17

HHS Discipline Process and Levels of Consequences.……                17

Suspension, Dismissal, and Expulsion…………………….                17

Grievance Procedure………………………………………                17

Right of Appeal……………………………………………                17

Procedure for Appeal………………………………………                17

Services for Students………………………………………                17

Student Use of Media Center……………………………..                17-18

Extracurricular Activities

Eligibility for Extracurricular Participation…………………        18

Athletics……………………………………………………                19

Athletic Insurance Information…………………………….                19

Family Educational Records Privacy Act (FERPA)……….                19

Hickory High Mission Statement

The mission of Hickory High School is to empower all students to meet their full potential so that they may become knowledgeable, responsible, and ethical young adult who are prepared to meet life’s challenges and responsibilities in a globally--competitive world and technology--based world.


 

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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

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/ Mrs. Jones

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

Graduation        Counselors/Martha Martin/Ms. Katherine   Cater

Health Issues        Ms. Cindy Stancavage

Internet Use        Mrs. Jessica Esposito

International Baccalaureate Program        Ms. Shawn Clemons

Lost & Found        Mrs. Pennington

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

Parking        Ms. Carla Davis

Safety Concerns        Any Administrator or SRO

Scholarship Deadlines        Counselors

Student Fees        Ms. Carla Davis

ACT Testing Coordinator        Ms. Katherine Cater

State And NCFE Testing Coordinator        Ms. Katherine Cater

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 18, 2017

September 21, 2017

Progress Report 2

October 9, 2017

October 12, 2017

Report Card 1

October 27, 2017

November 6, 2017

Progress Report 1

November 27, 2017

November 29, 2017

Progress Report 2

December 14, 2017

December 18, 2017

Report Card 2

January 19, 2018

January 26, 2018

Progress Report 1

February 14, 2018

February 20, 2018

Progress Report 2

March 7, 2018

March 12, 2018

Report Card 3

March 28, 2018

April 12, 2018

Progress Report 1

April 27, 2018

May 2, 2018

Progress Report 2

May 18, 2018

May 23, 2018

Report Card 4

June 8, 2018

June 08, 2018

*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 will 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

New Chorus Member………………………………………………………………………….        15.00

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

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

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

Marching Band Season Fee……………………………………………………………………        75.00

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

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

JROTC Fee ..................................................................................................................................        12.00

Clubs **

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

Art Club………………………………………………………………………………………        15.00

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

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

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, Web

5.00

PSAT……………………………………………………………………………………………        15.00

Athletics

Fees

Baseball Hat - $25

New Cheerleaders - $250, Returning Cheerleaders - $140

Cheer Camp - TBD

Swimming Caps/Suits - $40 - $60

* 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.

** All waivers for fees are to be turned in by Monday, September 18.  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/
2017-2018 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 front 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

Refer to HPS Website and Handbook for more information.

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             

 

Regular Bell Schedule

 

                          1st Period                        7:35-9:08

                          2nd Period                        9:13-10:46

                          3rd Period                        10:51-12:53

                          Lunch 1                        11:10-11:38

                          Lunch 2                        11:46-12:14

                          Lunch 3                        12:25-12:53

                          4th Period                        12:58-2:30

 

Hickory Public Schools is undergoing Board Policy Review and Revisions. You may locate all current board policies by visiting HPS online. For those policies relating to students, refer to the HPS 2017-2018 Student Handbook.

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 by grade level to counselors..  Students may make appointments with their assigned counselors throughout the year.  Student assignments for the 2017-2018 school year:  9th grade - Ms. DeVivo; 10th grade - Mr. Price; 11th grade - Ms. Lovelace;  12th grade - Ms. Royall.

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:

Students deal with a range of personal issues throughout the school year. Issues dealing 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 issue is of an emergency nature, a counselor will see the student immediately. 

Academic struggles  may lead to personal challenges.  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 issue  or area of concern, counseling / support groups can be established.  Students may contact a counselor in order to establish such groups.

CONFIDENTIALITY:

School counselors will protect the confidential information of students to the extent allowed by law and/or ethical standards.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= 1.00        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 2015-2016 school year, the following types of courses are weighted with the following number of quality points: For Students who entered 9th grade

PRIOR TO 2015-2016

For Students Who Enter 9th Grade

in 2015-2016

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

 

*As determined by the institution’s articulation agreement

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, College Courses, 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.

 

****PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS:

  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. 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 Public Schools Registration and Curriculum Guide. This guide is published and distributed to students each February.

2017-2018 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 testing coordinator 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 / PRE-ACT / 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 Pre-ACT 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 administered, 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/.

PRE-ACT

To prepare for the ACT, North Carolina 10th graders will be administered the PRE-ACT test. The PRE-ACT 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 PRE-ACT 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 ceremony, 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 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.

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 (other than senior 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.

**Please check with the Hickory High School Nurse to find out what the exact immunizations that are needed. **

Prescription and nonprescription medications refer to Board Policy Code 6125 (This policy is up for review in the 2017-2018 school year)

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 7a.m. and 7p.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 PROCEDURES

Note:  The procedures  included here are a combination of school and district.  While school level procedures 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

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.

**Refer to HPS Board Policy 4400 regarding Absences

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.

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 Procedures

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 procedure.

If a student comes to school late or departs early, he/she is required to check in / out with appropriate personnel in the front 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. The teacher will notify the parent/guardian 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 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 PROCEDURES

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 front 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 front office will confirm all appointments.

C.      The front office will issue a permit slip to allow the student to leave.  Upon returning, a student must check in the front 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 front office.  The front 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. For further information please refer to the HPS District Handbook.

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

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. 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

**Refer to HPS Board Policy 4325 regarding drugs and alcohol

TOBACCO PRODUCTS

**Refer to HPS Board Policy 4320 regarding Tobacco

REASONABLE FORCE

North Carolina law (115C-391.1) 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

**Refer to HPS Board Policy 4342 regarding Search

WEAPONS, BOMB THREATS, TERRORIST THREATS AND CLEAR THREATS TO SAFETY

**Refer to HPS Board Policy 4333

PHYSICAL ASSAULT OR CAUSE OF PERSONAL INJURY

**Refer to HPS Board Policy 4331

FIGHTING

**Refer to HPS Board Policy 4331

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 (5) 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 Local Law Enforcement may arrest or remove from school any student who is fighting on school property.

GANG ACTIVITY

**Refer to HPS Board Policy 4328

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY

**Refer to HPS Board Policy 4330

THREATENING OR ABUSIVE ACTIONS (INTIMIDATION or BULLYING)

**Refer to HPS Board Policy 1720/4015/7225

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

**Refer to HP Board Policy 4331

STEALING

**Refer to HPS Board Policy 4330

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

**Refer to HPS Board Policy 4318

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 - Teacher warning

2nd offense - parent contact by teacher / electronic documentation, teacher keeps device until the end of the class period

3rd offense - parent contact by teacher/ electronic documentation, teacher turns device into front office and phone must be signed out by a parent

4th 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 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

**Refer to HPS Board Policy 4316 regarding Dress

Students attending the Hickory High School in grades 9 through 12 will adhere to the following standardized dress code each school day during the entire school day.

Tops

Acceptable tops include:

Bottoms

Accessories

Shoes

• No bedroom slippers

Logos

• Tops and shirts may contain only the manufacturer’s logo. Logos on shirts and jackets cannot exceed the size of a credit card.

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

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

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 9-12 at Hickory High School 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.  

SENIORS are allowed to “dress for success” in professional attire on the first and last days of their graduating year.  Professional attire will still require students to adhere to the modest intent of the dress code. 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.  

SMART Lunch Detention (SLD)

        Purpose: SMART Lunch Detention (SLD) is the first step in the discipline continuum for minor infractions.    

        Procedures: An administrator will assign SLD and will contact the parent. Once the SLD is scheduled, the student name is sent to the SLD teacher for that week. The SLD teacher will email the faculty to gather any outstanding assignments.  Student assigned to SLD must arrive by 10:35 a.m. on the scheduled day and will be taken to the cafeteria by the SLD teacher. The student will engage in academic work until 11:30 am.  Student attendance is forwarded to the administration on the next day. Any student who misses his/her scheduled SLD without an advanced and approved excuse will serve 1 day of ISS 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 send 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 may 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

Fighting/Aggressive Behavior

Up to 10 days

Recommendation for Long-Term Suspension

Profanity/Severe Disrespect to staff

5-10 days

Recommendation for Long-Term Suspension

Severe misconduct to another student*

3 days

5 days

Misconduct in ISS

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 Therapeutic Services

Confiscate illegal substances

Contact with Cognitive Connections

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

Up to 10 days

Failure to serve SLD

1 day of ISS

Failure to comply with Dress Code

1 day ISS

Student will remain in ISS until parent conference with school administration

* 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

**Refer to HPS Website and Handbook for more information. Board Policy 4351: Short- Term Suspensions and Board Policy 4353: Long Term Suspensions.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

**Refer to HPS Website and Handbook for more information. Board Policy 1740/4010

RIGHT OF APPEAL

**Refer to HPS Website and Handbook for more information. Board Policy 1740/4010

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 Board Policy 3225/4312/7320 - Technology Responsible Use policy.  Inappropriate use will result in possible school disciplinary action and/or limitation or cancellation of user privileges.

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.

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)

  **Refer to HPS Website and Handbook for more information. Board Policy 4700 - Student Records

MODEL NOTIFICATION of RIGHTS under FERPA for ELEMENTARY and SECONDARY SCHOOLS

  **Refer to HPS Website and Handbook for more information.