Southwest Career and Technical Academy

2017-2018

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

WELCOME TO SWCTA

ADMINISTRATION

MISSION STATEMENT

STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE AND PROCESS

CCSD 2016-2017 CALENDAR

BELL SCHEDULE

ACTIVITIES

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ASSEMBLIES

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY (CCSD REG. 5135)

ATTENDANCE ENFORCEMENT FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS (Regulation 5113)

BEHAVIOR/DISCIPLINE (Regulation 5137)

THE FOLLOWING CRIMES ARE SUBJECT TO EXPULSION:

CLOSED CAMPUS

CODE OF HONOR

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER

COUNSELING

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

CAREER AND TECHNICAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

INTRAMURALS

CLUBS

DANCES

DELIVERIES

DRESS AND APPEARANCE

EARLY RELEASE

DEVICESELECTRONIC

FIELD TRIPS

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

GRADING

HEALTH OFFICE

ID CARDS

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS

LOCKERS

LOSS OF CREDIT

LOST AND FOUND

MAGNET PROGRAM CONTRACT

ENROLLMENT STANDARDS

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

ATTENDANCE STANDARDS

BEHAVIOR STANDARDS

MAGNET PROGRAM PROBATION

PROBATIONARY PROCESS

PASSPORTS

PHONE MESSAGES

PROGRAM MEDALLION REQUIREMENTS

SOCIAL MEDIA

SCHEDULE CHANGES

SEMESTER EXAMS

SPEAKERS/HEADPHONES

STUDENT CONCERNS

STUDENT GOVERNMENT – ELECTIONS

STUDENT PARKING/BICYCLE RACK

STUDENT STORE

TARDIES

TEXTBOOKS

VALUABLES

VISITORS


WELCOME TO SWCTA

The administration and teaching staff of Southwest Career and Technical Academy  welcome you to what we sincerely hope will be an exciting and rewarding school year. This handbook has been produced to help you familiarize yourself with the rules, regulations, and programs at SWCTA.  Please read it carefully and use it to your benefit. Have a great year!

ADMINISTRATION

Principal                        Donna Levy        702-799-5766 x 4100

Assistant Principal        Trish Taylor        702-799-5766 x 4200

Assistant Principal        Donna Besser        702-799-5766 x 4018

Dean of Students                James Campbell        702-799-5766 x 4500

MISSION STATEMENT

To inspire students to create and achieve!

STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

In compliance with Title VI Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975, neither the Clark County School District nor Southwest Career and Technical Academy will knowingly discriminate against any person on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, handicap, or age in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in, or participation in, its programs and activities.  Inquiries may be directed to the Clark County School District Compliance Office at (702)799-1094.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE AND PROCESS

The Clark County School District is committed to nondiscrimination in its programs, activities, services and facility accessibility.  Parents, students, staff, or other members of the public, who seek information or have questions about the existence and location of accessible services, activities, and facilities in the district, should contact the building principal with their inquiry. The building principal will respond to the inquiry within a reasonable period of time, and if necessary, refer the person to one or more of the following individuals, who will respond to the inquiry within a reasonable period of time:

If parents or members of the public have additional concerns regarding their inquiry, they may initiate a formal review by completing a Public Concern Form to initiate the public concern process as outlined in CCSD Regulation 1213.1.

Any changes, adaptation, or addition to the Student Handbook and Southwest CTA are at the discretion of the principal and can occur without prior warning or consent as determined necessary by administration.


CCSD 2016-2017 CALENDAR

August 29        Classes Begin

September 5        Labor Day Observed (no school)

October 27        End of First Nine Weeks

October 28        Nevada Day Observed (no school)

November 8        Election Day (no school for students)

November 11        Veterans’ Day Observed (no school)

November 21, 25        Thanksgiving Break (no school)

December 16 (end of day)        Winter Break Begins

Winter Break        (Dec. 22-Jan. 2)

January 3        Classes resume

January 16        Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)

January 20        End of First Semester

January 23        Second Semester Begins

February 20        Presidents’ Day (no school)

March 24        End of Third Nine Weeks

April 7 (end of day)        Spring Break Begins

April 10-April 14        Spring Break

April 17        Classes resume

May 29        Memorial Day Observed (no school)

June 8        End of School Year

BELL SCHEDULE

A/B Day

 7:00 am —  8:24 am           Period 1/2

 8:29 am —  9:57 am           Period 3/4

 9:57 am — 10:27 am           A Lunch (Buildings C, D, and E)

10:02 am — 11:26 am          Period 5/6 (B Lunch)

10:32 am — 11:56 am         Period 5/6 (A Lunch)

11:26 am — 11:56 am          B Lunch (PE, Buildings B, F,  and H)

12:01 pm —  1:25 pm          Period 7/8


ACTIVITIES

CCSD Regulation 5135.1 B.1-2 states that students must maintain good overall grades and attendance to participate in school sponsored activities.  Any student who does not attend school the day of an activity, may not participate in that activity. Students who are placed on required parent conference (RPC) or suspension in the current academic year are also inelligible to attend school sponsored activities. Students found in possession of alcohol, drugs, or who commit serious or chronic misbehavior are denied participation in school activities including sports, field trips, band trips, shows, commencement ceremonies, senior trip, school dances, clubs, etc. Any students who have been expelled, are on RPC, suspension, or in an alternative placement may not attend or participate in school activities.  In addition, any students who are arrested for a felony or gross misdemeanor during school hours, school activity, or on the way to or from school or a school activity may be denied the privilege of participation in all extracurricular activities for a period determined by the principal.  This eligibility suspension will not exceed one (1) school year. (CCSD Regulation 5135.1)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Distribution of advertisements, posters and party announcements is prohibited on campus. If a student has any announcement appropriate for school, the announcement can be submitted to the Student Activities office for approval.  All announcements must be approved by the administrator over student activities.  Any posters that are displayed without approval will be removed.

ASSEMBLIES

Assemblies are scheduled throughout the school year.  Attendance at assemblies is mandatory for all students. A special bell schedule is usually in effect on assembly days, as well most assemblies are held during the last period of the day.  Appropriate student behavior is expected at all events.

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY (CCSD REG. 5135)

Any students who represent the school by participating in interscholastic athletics in grades 9-12 must have earned a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for all classes during the immediate preceding semester.  A student earning less than a 2.0 GPA is ineligible to participate in any interscholastic athletic event for the ensuing nine-week period.  Second semester GPA deficiency may be made up in summer school, with summer school grades being averaged in with grades from the immediate preceding semester.  Students in grades 9-12 who are working on regular diplomas are required to enroll in full class loads (grades 9-11, 8 classes; grade 12, 6 classes).  A student may also be declared ineligible for any or all activities at any time based on unsatisfactory citizenship, as determined by the principal.  It should be noted that participants in interscholastic athletics must also meet NIAA requirements, including having “NO Fs” on a regular basis.

Any student absent from class on the day of a match, meet, or game is not permitted to participate on that day or evening unless an excuse has been granted, in advance, by the Assistant Principal over Athletics. Any student who is declared truant is ineligible {to participate} for a period of one (1) week after the infraction is discovered.

ATTENDANCE ENFORCEMENT FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS (Regulation 5113)

It is the expectation of the school that parents and guardians work cooperatively with the school to address any poor attendance and/or truancy of their student. Students are required to bring excuse notes from parents and present notes to the Attendance Office within three (3) school days of any absence.  

Approved absences are defined as follows:  

Any absence in excess of three, approved or unapproved requires a doctor’s note. Students who exceed six unverified (unapproved) absences per semester in any course do not earn credit for that course for that semester and receive a failing grade. Students who exceed six absences during the semester in any course must continue to attend that class and must remain enrolled in the school’s regular instructional program. Students who do not attend or do not remain enrolled in school are truant and will be reported to law enforcement as per state law.

If a parent, legal guardian, or student has reason to believe that there is an error in the attendance record, or extenuating circumstances exist, a due process hearing may be requested. If extenuating circumstances exist, necessary documentation will be required at the hearing.

After any absence, a student shall be required to initiate contact with his/her teachers within three days to obtain make-up work.  Once contact has been made with teachers, the assignment and the time interval allowed for completion will be determined by the teacher.

Truancy – Student attendance is vital to the educational experience of students. When a student is absent from school without valid excuse or does not secure prior permission for the absence, the absence is deemed unapproved or unexcused.  When a student has three or more unapproved or unexcused absences, the student may be declared a habitual truant.  Students declared to be habitual truants are cited as per the provisions and requirements prescribed by the Nevada Revised Statute and Clark County School District Regulations.

Check in is required for students arriving late from an excusable absence on the same day. Students leaving campus for any reason must be checked out through the front office.

NRS 392.040 dictates that a student enrolled in grades six through twelve in a secondary school who is not physically present in the classroom at the start of the instructional period but reports to the classroom after that time is to be marked tardy. If the student misses more than thirty (30) minutes of the instructional period, the student has missed an essential part of the learning experience. Therefore, for purposes of attendance enforcement, a secondary student who is more than thirty (30) minutes late to any class period shall be counted absent from that class, and the teacher shall mark attendance accordingly.

Driver’s License Permit Requirements -NRS 392.148  Effective January 1, 2015, students that do not meet CCSD attendance requirements (90%) are eligible to apply for a driver’s license/permit. For block scheduling the 90% threshold is equal to any absence in excess of 7 unapproved absences.

Effective January 1, 2015, Students identified as habitual truants who already possess a driver’s license/permit can have it revoked for: first offense = 30 days, second offense = 60 days.

The DMV form must be filled out and turned in to the Dean’s office (H136). Forms will completed and returned within five school days. Sorry there is no immediate processing, so plan accordingly.

BEHAVIOR/DISCIPLINE (Regulation 5137)

All students are expected to behave in a manner that is a credit to themselves and Southwest Career and Technical Academy. Students that engage in inappropriate behavior, are dealt with fairly and consistently using the defined progressive discipline process.  

Students are subject to a Required Parent Conference (RPC), suspension, arrest, referral to a behavior School, and/or expulsion for the following:

THE FOLLOWING CRIMES ARE SUBJECT TO EXPULSION:

STUDENTS FOUND IN VIOLATION OF THE ABOVE WILL BE REFERRED FOR PROSECUTION TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW.

CLOSED CAMPUS

SWCTA is a closed campus. Students may not leave campus for lunch. All students should be in the quad, library, or the cafeteria during their scheduled lunch. Students are released ONLY with parent/guardian permission. Students leaving campus without permission are placed on RPC.

CODE OF HONOR

The Nevada Code of Honor for students relates to cheating as prescribed pursuant to section 17.5 of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and was adopted by the State Board pursuant to NRS 392. Cheating or academic dishonesty is defined by statute as the improper taking of information from and/or giving of information to another student, individual, or other source.

Students who violate the Nevada Code of Honor will be placed on RPC and required to complete an alternate assignment determined by the teacher.  Disciplinary action for the violation of the Nevada Code of Honor is  determined by the Dean’s office in accordance with the progressive discipline plan.

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER

The College and Career Center is located in the library. Information on colleges, universities, and visits from post-secondary institutions is available in the center. Students access employment information from the Job Bank and discern future employment compatibility from the Nevada Career Information System. Students may visit the CCC before school, after school, and during lunch. Parents may contact the CCC by calling 702-799-5766 x4304.

COUNSELING

Southwest Career and Technical Academy has a staff of four (4) certified counselors who are here to help students understand themselves and their responsibilities; make informed educational, vocational, and personal decisions; and realize the importance of achieving their potential.

Students are assigned to a specific counselor and are seen primarily by appointment.  Students may request an appointment by emailing their counselor directly.

Mr. Brian Lindemuth  ,
Lead Counselor    

 blindemuth@interact.ccsd.net

702-799-5766 x4305

Program Areas: Culinary

Digital Game Hospitality

Web Design

Ms. Elena Clavel    

eclavel@interact.ccsd.net

702-799-5766 x4302

Program Areas: Engineering

Fashion Design

Interior Design

Ms. Liz Hare

ehare@interact.ccsd.net

702-799-5766 x4301

Program Areas: Auto

Dental
Nursing Respiratory Therapy

Dr. Lilly Sifuentes      

LJSifuentes@interact.ccsd.net

702-799-5766 x4303

Recruiting

                             

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
There are many extracurricular activities at SWCTA.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Student Council  

Ms. Miriya Julian

1st Friday of the month

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Senior Class  

Ms. Miriya Julian

1st Friday of the month

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Junior Class    

Ms. Brian Lindemuth

1st Friday of the month

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sophomore Class  

Mr. Laura Penrod

1st Friday of the month

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Freshman Class

Mr. Bryce Wada

1st Friday of the month

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CAREER AND TECHNICAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

DECA    

Ms. Vigatto

1st and 3rd Thursday

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

FBLA

Mr. Terry Lively

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

FCCLA

Ms. Alisa. Sirat    

2nd and 4th Tuesday

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

HOSA

Ms. Vicki Smith

Every Tuesday

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

SkillsUSA

2nd and 4th Thursday

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Key Club                        

Mr. Pate Thomas

1st and 3rd Monday

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

NHS  

Ms. Laura Penrod

2nd and 4th Monday

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

INTRAMURALS

Archery/Badminton

Ms. Anne Kalenowicz

Every Tuesday

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Soccer

Mr. Edgar Morales

CHECK W/ADVISER

CLUBS

Newspaper  

Mr. Matt LaPorte

CHECK W/ ADVISER

Yearbook

Mr. Matt LaPorte

CHECK W/ ADVISER

Chess Club

Ms. Anne Kalenowicz

Every Tuesday

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Environmental Club

Ms. Martha Horner

Monday as needed

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Medical Reserve Corp

Ms. Vicki Smith

CHECK W/ ADVISER

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Respiratory Club

Ms. Vicki Smith

CHECK W/ ADVISER

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

DANCES

All SWCTA students are welcome to attend dances unless they are on Required Parent Conference (RPC), suspension, or have been referred for alternative placement.  School rules, including dress code, are enforced at all dances – whether they are held on or off campus.  Only SWCTA students are allowed to attend informal dances.  For formal dances students may bring a guest.  The guest must have a guest pass issued from the Student Activities Office.  This pass must be completed by the guest’s home school administration.  No one over the age of 20 will be admitted.   No one will be admitted during the last hour of the dance.    

While the daily SWCTA school dress code does not apply to school dance attire, there are guidelines for these school-sponsored events. Please keep these guidelines in mind when preparing for school dances:

  1. No bare midriffs.
  2. Dress/skirt/short/skort/romper length may not be more than six inches above the knee.
  3. Nothing too low-cut or revealing.
  4. Wear appropriate shoes. Once inside the dance, you will NOT be allowed to leave and reenter, even just to change shoes.
  5. No jeans.

Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in you not being allowed to enter the dance and/or attend the next dance. There will be NO REFUNDS for tickets.

See EXTRA CURRICULAR EVENT PICK-UP POLICY as this applies to school dances.

DELIVERIES

SWCTA allows absolutely NO deliveries to students. Due to Health Code and FERPA regulations we cannot accept deliveries of any kind. This includes food, balloons, flowers, etc. Please make sure students remember to bring in all belongings each day.

DRESS AND APPEARANCE

Students’ dress and personal appearance are required to be of such character as not to disrupt or detract from the educational environment of the school.  Any style which tends to diminish instructional effectiveness or discipline control by teachers is not acceptable.  The Southwest Career and Technical Academy dress code is in accordance with CCSD Regulation 5131.  The school administration retain the right to designate which types of dress, fashion, fads, or appearance disrupt or detract from the educational program and may be potential safety hazards.  Individual Program Leaders can add additional requirements of dress for their program.

The following clothing is prohibited:

The first violation is recorded as both a Dress Code and Disregard of School Rules. Any continued/subsequent violations result in the appropriate progressive discipline actions, which may include, RPC, Suspension, Behavior School Placement or removal from CCSD schools as a Habitual Discipline Problem.

The principal shall retain the authority to grant exceptions for special occasions and/or conditions.

EARLY RELEASE

We strongly encourage you to make all student medical, dental, and other appointments after 1:25 p.m. In the rare circumstance where it is necessary to check your student out of school early, we respectfully request that you follow these procedures:

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

The Clark County School District Policy 5136, Personal Communication Devices, has been modified to allow the use of personal technology and communication devices during instructional time with the approval of the building principal. This Bring-Your-Own Device (BYOD) policy includes cell phones, laptops, tablet computers or other similar electronic devices. In accordance with current policy, all schools will continue to permit the use of personal technology and communication devices during nutrition/lunch  periods, school sponsored activities, and while on District buses. School principals are given the flexibility to determine the use of personal technology and communication devices during instructional time at each school site. BYOD policies provide for flexibility of implementation in a school. levels, or other configurations.

CCSD offers many educational resources via the Internet, which can be accessed anytime and anywhere, extending learning beyond the classroom and the instructional day. Students who violate this policy will be disciplined as provided for in the CCSD Behavior Guidelines for Secondary Students.

EXTRA CURRICULAR EVENT PICK-UP POLICY:        

There are many extra-curricular events offered throughout the school year for students. We request that parents/guardians please be respectful of school personnel’s time and be on time when picking up students. Students who are not picked up more than 15 minutes after the end of the event will be subject to a Request for Parent Conference the following school day and will not be allowed to attend the next school extra-curricular event.  

FIELD TRIPS

CCSD Regulation 6142 recognizes field trips as an important extension of the educational process. Specific criteria have been established for student eligibility.  Students who have excessive absences, demonstrate poor citizenship in the classroom, are in possession of alcohol or other drugs, or commit serious or chronic misbehavior will be denied participation on field trips. Additionally, in order to participate in a field trip, students must be passing ALL classes. Grade checks are conducted twice before the event. All students are required to turn in their own grade check forms by 3:00 p.m. two weeks before and one week before the trip. Any student that neglects to turn in his/her form or who submits it late, is ineligible and is prohibited from attending the trip. There will be NO refunds given to students who neglect to turn in their forms or are deemed ineligible due to failing grades.

The administration reserves the right of final determination of student eligibility for field trip participation based on academic performance, attendance, and conduct.  Any student who has been expelled, is currently on RPC, suspended or at an alternative placement may not attend or participate in school related field trips.  Please refer to the Student Activities Handbook for more guidelines.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Food or beverages are allowed to be consumed within the cafeteria and designated outside eating areas only.  No food or beverages are to be consumed in class or in the hallways. Students are expected to clear their tables in the cafeteria and designated outside areas and utilize available refuse containers. No glass containers are permitted on campus. Organizations, groups, or individuals may not sell food or beverages on campus without the permission of the Activities Administrator. Individual students are never allowed to sell food brought in from outside sources.

GRADING

The purpose of grades is to provide effective feedback to students, parents, and the school administration about a student’s progress towards mastery of the established standards for a particular course or subject.  As such, other factors such as attendance, effort and behavior are not considered when calculating a student’s grade.  However, excessive absences (eight unexcused absences during a semester) will result in a loss of credit in accordance with CCSD Regulation 5113.  Extra credit is not permitted..

Students are graded on a 0-100 point scale, with the following grade equivalents:

90-100

   A

Consistently exceeds standards

80-89

   B

Consistently meets standards

70-79

   C

Approaching standards

60-69

  D

Emergent

0-59

  F

Does not meet standards/Evidence not provided

HEALTH OFFICE

The health office located in the main office. A full-time health aide is on duty each day, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students who feel ill during the school day should obtain a pass from their teachers and report to the health office.

A certified school nurse is on duty regularly in the health office.  Should you need to see the school nurse, check with the health aide for the nurse’s  schedule.

If medication (prescription or nonprescription) is needed during school hours, the student must obtain a medication legal release form from the health office.  This form is to be completed by the parent and returned along with the medication.  The health office does not stock or dispense any form of medication; this includes Ibuprofen or other pain relievers..

ID CARDS

All students should carry their school-issued ID cards at all times while on campus. All students are issued a picture ID by the school. If the ID is lost, students must pay for a replacement card.  

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Twelfth grade students interested in participating in an internship program must:

LOCKERS

Any student requesting a locker should submit a request to the Dean’s office. Once assigned the unauthorized sharing or switching of lockers is prohibited.  Lockers are to be kept clean and free of graffiti, stickers, etc.  Broken lockers are to be reported to the Dean’s office. Valuables are not to be placed in lockers as the school assumes no responsibility for the loss or theft of items from lockers.  Food should not be stored in lockers. School lockers remain the property of the school, and the school authorities have a right to examine the contents of those lockers for reasons of health, safety and security without notice.  Students are encouraged to limit access to lockers to before school, at lunchtime, and after school only.

LOSS OF CREDIT

Students who exceed seven (7) unapproved absences during the semester in any course will receive a failing semester grade for the course(s).  Once a student exceeds seven (7) unapproved absences, the parent/guardian will receive a Loss of Credit Letter from the deans office via certified mail.  This letter lists the course(s) in which credit will be lost.  Students who fail due to attendance will automatically be given an “F” for the semester from the Registrar.  The student must continue to attend the class and must remain enrolled in school.  Students that fail three (3) or more courses may be retained and/or referred to an alternative credit retrieval program.  In addition, students who exceed the limitation of absences are also subject to penalties imposed by the CCSD Attendance Regulation, 5113, and CCSD Promotion/Retention Regulation, 5123.  Students who do not attend or do not remain enrolled in school are considered truant and will be reported to law enforcement.

If a parent/guardian has reason to believe that there is an error in the attendance record, or extenuating circumstances exist, an appeal hearing may be requested with the Dean of Students at 799-5766, ext. 4500.

LOST AND FOUND

The lost and found is located in the Dean’s office  located in H136. Anything confiscated and/or found on campus will be kept in the Dean’s office until the end of the school year.  Unclaimed confiscated items and lost/found items will be donated to a local charity at the end of first semester and again at the end of the school year.


MAGNET PROGRAM CONTRACT

ENROLLMENT STANDARDS

Once enrolled, SWCTA is considered the student’s home school. Withdrawal from the SWCTA school is not permitted during the school year. Should a student wish to withdraw, it must be at the end of the school year.

If a student athlete returns to his/her zoned school or makes any other changes in enrollment, he/she is ineligible for the remainder of that school year and for 180 school days in any sport as per NIAA (Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association).

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of a 2.0 (C average). Students who earn a D or F in coursework are placed on probation as defined by the school.

While the school will work with families to ensure the academic success of each student, the student will be required to meet the expectations of the program. A student coming in academically deficient in coursework related to the program to which they applied will be asked to participate in the following which may include, but not be limited to:  additional activities, tutoring, and/or additional coursework so that they may be successful in the program.

ATTENDANCE STANDARDS

Students must maintain good attendance while attending a magnet program. Students that have (5) or more unexcused absences within a semester are placed on probation. Students accumulating excessive tardies (six or more) are placed on probation. Any absence in excess of three will require a doctor’s note to be considered excused.

BEHAVIOR STANDARDS

Students that receive a suspension are placed on probation. Students that are referred for expulsion and/or are formally expelled are dismissed from the magnet program. Students must earn a minimum of S-satisfactory behavior in all of their classes. Students earning an N-needs improvement or U-unsatisfactory are placed on probation.

MAGNET PROGRAM PROBATION

Students that violate any of the guidelines pertaining to academics, attendance, behavior, or any combination of the three items are placed on probation.

PROBATIONARY PROCESS

STEP 1        Students are placed on probation if they are in violation of the contract.

STEP 2        A probation conference is scheduled with the parent/guardian to discuss the conditions of the probation.

STEP 3        Conditions of the probation. A student is required to partake in the following activities in order to meet the requirements of the probation which may include but not be limited to: summer school, online credit retrieval, after-school tutoring, community service, campus beautification, or other school-based requirement.

Students that do not meet the obligations of their probation may be dismissed from the program at the end of the school year or prior to the following school year.

PASSPORTS

After arriving at school, the student is not to leave school, either during a class period or between class periods without a passport. Parents must come to the front office and present identification to sign their student out for a student to leave campus. Passports for appointments, illness, or any justifiable reason may be obtained at the Attendance Office.  In order for a student to leave in their own vehicle, they must present a signed note from their parent/legal guardian and a copy of the parent’s/legal guardian’s identification. A parent/guardian will be contacted for verification.

PHONE MESSAGES

No telephone messages will be taken to or for students.  If an emergency situation occurs, parents must come to the school attendance office and show a photo I.D.  Office phones are limited to use by school personnel.


PROGRAM MEDALLION REQUIREMENTS

In order to earn a program area medallion at the end of the student’s senior year, he or she must meet the following requirements:

SOCIAL MEDIA

The unauthorized use of social media websites during the school day is prohibited. These sites include, but are not limited to Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, or any other social media site. Students caught using a social media site during the school day are subject to an RPC, suspension, or further discipline depending on the content of the posting.

SCHEDULE CHANGES

As long as students are appropriately placed according to their ability level and graduation requirement needs, there will be NO schedule changes.

SCHOOL BANK

The Southwest Career and Technical Academy bank is located in the main office.  The bank is open for student business 30 minutes before and after school, and during both lunches.  The bank accepts payment of all school/club fees, debts, and student funds.  All lost or broken items such as iPads and textbooks must be paid for at the school bank.  

All student debts must be paid prior to course registration and/or graduation (if a senior).  Students failing to take care of their obligations will experience delays in registration.  Seniors will not be issued caps and gowns if they have unpaid debts.

SEMESTER EXAMS

According to CCSD regulation 5121, “Semester exams shall be comprehensive of the material covered during the semester and may be worth up to, but not exceed, 20% of the student’s final semester grade. Final semester grades reflect assignments and assessments completed throughout the semester with equal weight given to each quarter in the grading period.

SPEAKERS/HEADPHONES

Portable speakers of any kind are not permitted on campus. Headphones that cover the ears are not permitted on campus. Students may ONE singular earbud during passing periods, lunch, before or after school, and at a teacher’s discretion when related to instruction.

STUDENT CONCERNS

If a student or parent/guardian has a classroom concern, (i.e. grades, behavior, amount or intensity of work,  the following appeal procedure should be used:

STUDENT GOVERNMENT – ELECTIONS

Elections to the various student body and class offices are conducted by the Student Council according to their constitution, by-laws, and Student Activities Handbook.  An adult supervisor as well as the Assistant Principal over Student Activities is present at all elections.  A computer printout assures that each student is given the opportunity to vote only once.  

STUDENT PARKING/BICYCLE RACK

Student parking is limited to the lot west of the school. All cars must have a parking permit for the current school year displayed in the car window. Parking permits are available in the Dean’s Office. Vehicles without proper parking permits or parked in unauthorized zones will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Students are not to loiter in the parking lot or in their cars before school, after school, during class time, between classes, or during lunch. Students’ cars may be searched if there is suspicion of alcohol, drugs, stolen items, or weapons as part of an arrest for violating the law.

All bicycles must be parked in the bike rack provided by the school. Students park their bicycles at their own risk. The school is not responsible for stolen or vandalized property. Locks will be cut on bicycles not parked in the bike rack.

STUDENT STORE

The Student Store, located in the cafeteria, is open Monday through Friday during  before school as well as both lunches.

TARDIES

Tardies are a serious offense that disrupts and interferes with classroom instruction. The following progressive discipline steps will be enforced should your student continue to be tardy to class.

TARDY

  CONSEQUENCES

1

 Written Warning

2

  Written Warning/ Parent Contact

3

 Parent Contact/After school detention in Dean’s office (B143) to be served within one week -
30 minutes (1:30pm -2:00 pm)

4

Parent Contact/After school detention in Dean’s office (B143) to be served within one week –
60 minutes (1:30pm -3:00 pm)

5

Parent Contact/After school detention in Dean’s office (B143) to be  served within a week –
90 minutes (1:30pm -3:00 pm)

6

RPC-T/Disregard School Rules / Loss of Program Medallion

7

 One Day Suspension/Disregard School Rules

8 or more

Progressive Suspensions (3 day, 5 day, etc.)

             

Students who have been on RPC  are ineligible for a program medallion and may not be eligible to attend field trips during the remainder of the school year.

Parents or guardians may contact the Dean’s Office at 799-5766 (X4500) if they have any questions regarding the Tardy Policy.

TEXTBOOKS

Textbooks are provided to students by the CCSD free of charge. However, all library and textbooks remain the property of the school.  Students are charged for lost or damaged books.  Any lost or stolen book must be paid for before another book is issued.  Fines can be paid for at the school bank before or after school only.

VALUABLES

Student valuables or large sums of money are not to be brought to school.  The school assumes no responsibility for the loss or theft of such valuables.

VISITORS

Visitors are always welcome at SWCTA.  Please provide the school with one day notice for classroom visitations. All visitors must have a visitor’s pass issued by the switchboard.  No other visitors are allowed.  Former students may visit only after school has released at 1:25 p.m.