-Lafayette High School-
401 Reed Lane
Lexington KY 40503
Phone: (859) 381-3474 Fax: (859) 381-3487
The mission of Lafayette High School is to ensure ALL students achieve at high levels and graduate prepared to excel in a global society.
Table of Contents
N. PARKING 28
G. VISITORS 49
H. BADGES 49
Lafayette High School, which opened in 1939 to replace Picadome High School, was originally built with WPA funds. It was named for the Marquis de Lafayette, the French general who gained fame in the Revolutionary War. His family granted the school permission to use their family coat of arms as the high school logo. The family motto Cur Non (Why Not?) typifies the school's can-do spirit.
Over Lafayette's history, the original building and grounds have been extensively expanded. In 1965-66 the $1.3 million H. L Davis Student Center went up alongside the original building. Named to honor Lafayette’s second (and longest-serving) principal, it contains a 2,400-seat gym, a cafeteria large enough to serve up to 900, and a 12-room science department. At the time it was built, the original gym was converted into a media center, and the original cafeteria into more classrooms. In 1972 a $300,000 industrial arts and music building was erected just behind the H.L. Davis Center. In 1975-77 an extensive $4.5 million construction and renovation project brought Lafayette into its current form. The building was totally renovated in 1998 and the new stadium opened on October 1, 2010.
Lafayette's Alumni Hall of Fame was established during the 50th anniversary celebration. The inductees' wide range of achievement--in business, government, medicine, law, science, the arts, athletics, and civic affairs--is symbolic of the diverse and outstanding accomplishments of a much larger number of Lafayette alumni.
The first 20 members of the Lafayette Hall of Fame are: former Kentucky governor and businessman John Y. Brown, Jr., University of Virginia medical school dean Robert Carey, architect Byron Romanowitz, endocrinologist John Baxter, actors Harry Dean Stanton and Jim Varney, sports broadcaster Tom Hammond, clinical psychologist and author Juanita Hingst Williams, chemistry professor Robert Vandenbosch, Navy Rear Admiral William Pendley, engineer and transportation research executive Thomas Deen, Fayette County circuit court judge Rebecca Overstreet, San Francisco municipal court judge Lee Davidson Baxter, basketball All-American and coach Jeff Mullins, biophysics professor Roger Cooke, biology professor Madison Pryor, television talk show host and civic leader Marilyn K. Moosnick, pro golfer Gay Brewer, Jr., artist Gene Cray, and surgeon Robert Hardin. New members of the Hall of Fame are inducted yearly and honored at the graduation ceremony.
Lafayette has achieved many athletic honors over its long history. The school has claimed more than 50 KHSAA titles including baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track. Several graduates; including Gay Brewer, Tyson Gay, Austin Kearns, and Dirk Minniefield; have gone on to successful amateur and professional athletic careers.
The music department at Lafayette has a long tradition of excellence in all areas and is considered one of the finest overall arts programs in the state. As a part of the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA) program, students can choose a major in music (including voice, band orchestra, or piano), dance, art, creative writing and theater. In 2005, Lafayette was recognized as a Grammy Signature School honoring schools across the country for outstanding commitment to musical arts. Lafayette students have a wide variety of fine arts curriculum choices including a number of vocal ensembles, an instrumental program consisting of strings, wind band, percussion, jazz band, piano and a comprehensive theater program. Lafayette also offers beginning piano, music technology, and music theory courses.
The Lafayette Band is generally regarded as one of the premiere music performance groups in the state of Kentucky; the program has won national acclaim. The Lafayette Marching Band has won Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) state title an incredible 16 times since 1990. The Band competes regularly at Bands of America (BOA) Regional contests and Grand National Championships. The band has performed twice at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City (1991, 2001), and at the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, CA, (2013).
The Lafayette Choir is also highly regarded as one of the best vocal programs in Kentucky and the region. The choirs have twice appeared before the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference (2005 and 2009) and compete and tour regularly. The Lafayette Madrigal Singers received a prized invitation to the Southern Division Convention of The American Choral Directors Association (2010) and competed in the Champion's Division (invitation only) of the World Choir Games in Cincinnati (2012).
Lafayette Orchestra is considered the best string program in Kentucky. The Orchestra department consistently receives Distinguished ratings at KMEA Large Ensemble Festivals. Lafayette Orchestra also consistently has a large student participation in the Kentucky Music Educators Association All-State Orchestras with up to twenty students each year. Recent high-profile performances include the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, KMEA State Conference, and Music for All.
Lafayette High School is also home to the School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA). SCAPA is a special district program for students who have been identified as gifted in an area of visual/performing arts or creativity. Currently, SCAPA has 250 students enrolled in the program in one of nine arts areas: Art, Ballet, Band, Contemporary Dance, Literary Arts, Drama, Piano, Strings or Vocal Music. The SCAPA program began in 1987 as two 4th grade classrooms in Harrison Elementary, with each additional grade level being added in subsequent years. In 1992, the first SCAPA freshman class enrolled at Lafayette High School. In the years since, SCAPA has graduated more than 650 students, many who have gone on to careers in the arts. SCAPA graduates have performed on Broadway and in national touring companies, are professional visual artists, teachers, professional dancers, published authors and nationally known recording artists. In 2010, SCAPA graduated 53 students and these students received over $3.95 million dollars in scholarship offers from prestigious universities around the country.
Lafayette is one of the larger high schools in the state. The enrollment is around 2500 students. Lafayette scores above national and state averages on standardized assessments such as the ACT.
13% African American
58% full pay
42% free/reduced lunch
Transition for Graduates
68% 4 or 2 year college/vocational training program
22% direct entry into job market
93.403% non-disability students
6.97% students with disability
95.2% Non-Limited English
4.8% Limited English
**Data based on the 2019-2020 school year with total enrollment: 2496
The purpose of this organization is to further the fellowship of all graduates and friends of Lafayette High School and to aid deserving students by the awarding of scholarships.
Meetings are open to all LHS alumni and are held the first Monday of each month during the school year at the school, 7:00 p.m., Room 108. Annual dues are required and are tax deductible. Half of the amount goes to the Scholarship Fund and the other half to the General Fund of the Association. The Association has the following annual events: Picnic in the fall; Christmas Dinner in December, Chili Supper in March and Alumni Banquet in July. The Association sponsors a Hall of Fame and inducts an outstanding alumnus each year at graduation. A newsletter is sent to all members in late spring with reminders of upcoming reunions, dates, events and news about alumni. Mail membership dues and send requests for information to Lafayette Alumni Association, Inc., P.O. Box 21753, Lexington, KY 40522-1753.
Red, White, and Blue
Generals – Named after the Marquis de Lafayette, Revolutionary War Hero
There’s a song we all know
That will make your troubles go
As the Generals go marching along
Take that ball
Down that line
Score a touchdown every time
As the Generals go marching along
For its high high hee
In the field of victory
Shout out your colors loud and strong -
RED, WHITE, BLUE
For where e’er we go
You will always know
As the Generals go marching along-fight!
As the Generals go marching along
The official version of this handbook is maintained on the website. Additionally, the website contains important news items throughout the year. The website is updated regularly.
If any district policy or higher law is found to contradict these policies, the policy herein will be deemed to be null and void. Anyone discovering such a discrepancy should let the school know immediately so that the policy may be corrected.
Lafayette High School- 401 Reed Lane, Lexington KY 40503
Phone (859) 381-3474 Fax (859) 381-3487
Anthony Orr Principal 381-3474
Kristy Field Associate Principal 381-3474
Stephanie McDermott Assistant Principal 381-3474
Caroline Morales Assistant Principal 381-3474
Tommy Johnson Assistant Principal 381-3474
Littleton Ward Assistant Principal 381-3474
Sally Adams, Sarah Day, Kate Fitzgerald, Arin Leber, Tracey Lilly, Ben Martin, Mark Roberts
Alison Dezern Bookkeeper 381-3482
Tracy Baker Counseling Office 381-3474
Emily Tillett Counseling Office 381-3481
TBD Front Office 381-3474
Cherith Codispoti Facilitator’s Secretary 381-3474
Alice Duffy Associate Principal’s Office 381-3474
Vickie Evans Attendance Office 381-3478
Rosemary Florence Library Clerk 381-3474
Rebecca Frakes Registrar 381-3481
Michele Simonds Principal’s Secretary 381-3476
Laura Adams Attendance Specialist 381-3478
Julia Bennington Social Worker 381-3474
Kathryn Chastain Youth Services Center Coor. 381-4879
Carolyn Costello Achievement & Comp. Coor. 381-3474
Amanda Goldsmith School Psychologist 381-3474
Hannah Veatch Mental Health Specialist 381-3474
Adam Lynch Mental Health Specialist 381-3474
Stephanie Schoff Media Specialist 381-3701
Jerry Mahoney Campus Foreman 381-3474
Mary Moll Cafeteria Manager 381-3499
Bryson Perry Digital Learning Coach 381-3474
Ryan Marsh Gifted/Talented Facilitator 381-3338
Tre Sims College and Career Coach 381-3474
Tina Sparks Head Custodian 381-3474
Littleton Ward Athletic Director 381-3474
Dallas Kingsolver Fall Asst. Athletic Director 381-3474
Jon Lawson Winter Asst. Athletic Director 381-3474
Todd Reynolds Spring Asst. Athletic Director 381-3474
FAYETTE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT 381-3474
Alisa Scott (Senior Officer), Kiali Jelinek, Jack Roberts, Patrick Younts
Dr. Anthony Orr - Principal Sally Adams - Teacher
Tommy Johnson - Assist. Principal Scott Emmons - Teacher
Katherine Adams – Parent Tim Mitsumori -Teacher
Matthew Conrad – Parent Bryson Perry – Teacher
Katie McKinney – Parent Sophie Schwab – Teacher
Emily Tillett- Parent Whitney Walker –Teacher
The SBDM Council will set the meeting dates and times in advance. These will be published on our website at www.lafayette.fcps.net
Committees are organized by the SBDM Council and charged with duties to help the school achieve its mission. Each committee welcomes and invites participation from the parents of Lafayette students. Involvement of parents is critical. Parents may sign up for committee membership in the main office, during Registration/Orientation, and at Open House. Voting members of the committee shall be those who have established membership with the committee by October 1st. The current committees that serve the council are: 1) Professional Development, 2) Budget, 3) Student Programs, 4) Culture, Climate, and Safety, 5) Curriculum & Instruction, 6) Parent/Family Involvement & Wellness, and 7) Technology. Meeting dates and times are published on the website.
Meetings of the SBDM Council and Committees are governed by the Open Meetings law and as such are open to the public. There is a time set aside at the beginning of each meeting for public comment. In order for the council to conduct business in a timely manner and to protect the rights of all, this is the only time during the meeting that the public may address the council. Minutes of the Committee meetings are published on the website and in the main office as a hardcopy.
SBDM MEETING AGENDA
The agenda is set by the council. The agenda is published on the website at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
Parent election to the SBDM Council is conducted by the PTSA in the spring of each year with terms beginning July 1st. Parent candidates are not required to be members of the PTSA to be eligible.
The PTSA is the Parent-Teacher-Student Association. Everyone is encouraged to join this worthwhile organization. The PTSA provides critical volunteers for the school, promotes and supports the school’s mission, serves as a liaison between parents and the school, and organizes the SBDM election for parent representatives. The PTSA organizes important events throughout the year. Meeting times and dates can be found on the PTSA website. Information about the PTSA can be found on the Lafayette High School webpage.
First Day of School
No Classes for students
Labor Day; schools and offices closed
Election Day; no classes for students
December 29 - January 2
MLK Jr. Day; schools and offices closed
Presidents Day; schools and offices closed
Primary Elections; no classes for students
Last Day of School
Lafayette High School prohibits the use of all tobacco products by everyone. 24 hours per day, seven days per week on school property.
Students who receive deliveries during the school will NOT be able to receive them until the end of the school day. Students are NOT allowed to receive food deliveries from businesses at ANYTIME during the school day. Deliveries such as balloons and/or flowers will be held in the front office until students are contacted to come down and receive them.G. BLOCK ROTATION 2022-23
8/19 NO CLASSES
9/5 NO CLASSES
10/3 FALL BREAK
10/4 FALL BREAK
10/5 FALL BREAK
10/6 FALL BREAK
10/7 FALL BREAK
11/8 ELECTION DAY
11/23 NO CLASSES
11/25 NO CLASSES
1st SEMESTER TOTALS 41 – A Days 41 – B Days (82 Instructional Days)
1/16 MLK HOLIDAY
2/20 PRESIDENTS DAY
3/17 NO CLASSES
4/3 SPRING BREAK
4/4 SPRING BREAK
4/5 SPRING BREAK
4/6 SPRING BREAK
4/7 SPRING BREAK
5/16 ELECTION DAY
2nd SEMESTER TOTALS 48 – A Days 47 – B Days (95 Instructional Days)
Classes run from 8:25 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The first bell rings at 8:17 a.m. All students are expected to be in their first class, ready to learn, at 8:25 am.
8:17 ……………... Warning Bell
8:25 - 9:53 ……... 1st Block
10:00 - 11:25 ……... 2nd Block
11:32 - 1:40 …….. 3rd Block
1:47 - 3:15 ……... 4th Block
In the case of a delay in the start of school due to weather, the schedule will be…
9:25 - 10:25 ….. 1st Block
10:30 - 11:32 ….. 2nd Block
11:37 - 1:40...….. 3rd Block
1:45 - 3:15 ....….. 4th Block
10:25 - 10:55 ….. 1st Block
11:00 - 11:32 ….. 2nd Block
11:37 - 1:40...….. 3rd Block
1:45 - 3:15 ....….. 4th Block
Lunch for all students is taken during the 3rd Block class. Students go at different times based on what class they have for 3rd Block. Students may NOT leave campus for lunch. **Lunches MAY change as needed based on student numbers per lunch**.
11:32 – 11:56 Lunch
12:01 - 1:40 Class
11:37 – 11:58 Class
11:58 - 12:22 Lunch
12:27 - 1:40 Class
11:37 - 12:24 Class
12:24 –12:48 Lunch
12:53 - 1:40 Class
1:19 – 1:40 Class
1st Lunch Off Campus (EBCE/Community Service), Vocational Schools, Art, FACON, CSI
2nd Lunch English/VPA, ELL, Special Education
3rd Lunch Business, Social Studies, Engineering
4th Lunch Math, World Language
5th Lunch Performing Arts, Health/PE, Science
GRADING PERIOD GRADING PERIOD ENDS GRADES SENT HOME
Progress One Sept 23, 2022 Sept 29, 2022
Progress Two Nov 4, 2022 Nov 11, 2022
Final Sem. One Dec 16, 2022 Jan 3, 2023
Progress One* Feb 10, 2023 Feb 16, 2023
Progress Two* Mar 31, 2023 Apr 17, 2023
Final Sem. Two* May 23, 2023 May 30, 2023
*may be impacted by weather.
SUBJECT CREDITS COURSES
English 4 English 1and 2; two additional English credits
Math 4 Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and one additional math credit
Science 3 Introductory Physics w/Earth & Space Science, Biology, Chemistry
Social Studies 3 Government, World Civilization, U.S. History
Health & PE 1 Health and PE
Arts & Humanities 1 History & Appreciation of Visual/ Performing Arts
If students pursue Option B instead of Option A, 3 Credits must come from a single arts area to substitute for Arts and Humanities. Note that the total number of credits does not change.
Studies by U.S. Department of Education senior researcher Clifford Adelman in 1999 and 2005 showed that the best predictors of college graduation were not good high school grades or test scores but whether or not a student had an intense academic experience in high school. Such experiences were produced by taking higher-level math and English courses and struggling with the demands of college-level courses like AP. Students who take challenging courses in high school are more likely to be successful in college.
The Lafayette Pre-Engineering Program is designed to provide students with the basic skills they will need to succeed in college and enter such mathematically rigorous and technical fields as engineering, architecture, and the physical and medical sciences. The integration of mathematics and science curricula at Lafayette allows the development of higher order thinking-skills and emphasizes using current technology to solve real-world problems. As part of this program, students will not only have the opportunity to see applications of the math and science skills they are learning, but to apply these skills in the classroom through student-designed and performed investigations.
In math classes such as Geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus, students benefit from integrating real-world applications and technology. Special Pre-Engineering classes in science emphasize laboratory activities related to engineering and are aligned to concepts taught in math classes. Students are required to take Calculus and Physics in order to graduate from the program. Additionally, students are required to take at least one AP math course and one AP science course. Many students elect to take more to better prepare for the rigors of college.
Entrance is determined through an application process that includes math and science teacher recommendations, academic benchmarks including overall math /science GPAs, cumulative GPA and Math MAP, nationally normed test results in math and science (IOWA Test of Basic Skills), and a student questionnaire.
Step 1 of the application is made through the district online application open August 16 - October 7.
Step 2 of the application is made through the Lafayette High School website under the Pre-Engineering Program link.
We do not accept applications for rising 11th – 12th grade students.
SCAPA Lafayette is a program for students, grades 9 - 12, who have been identified as gifted/talented in the areas of Art, Music, Dance, Drama and Literary Arts. The mission of the School for the Creative and Performing Arts is to provide an education for students who are especially talented or interested in the arts. SCAPA provides all students the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential within a fine arts setting. A solid academic foundation is provided and respect for cultural diversity is instilled. The community will gain artists, advocates of the arts, and valued contributors to society as these students make their career and life choices.
The students receive instruction in visual arts, music, dance, drama, and creative writing from the arts specialist and community resources in addition to the regular academic curriculum. Students in grades 9-12 are housed at Lafayette. Transportation is provided by the Fayette County Public Schools at selected pickup points throughout the city.
To apply for SCAPA Lafayette, begin the process by completing the “Fayette County Magnet Application” and returning the application to the Gifted/Talented Office. The application can be obtained and submitted online at www.fcps.net or by contacting the Gifted/Talented Office at 381-4184. In addition, all SCAPA Lafayette applicants are asked to submit a minimum of three (3) “Recommendation Forms” and a “Parent Questionnaire”. The forms can be accessed on the Fayette County website (www.fcps.net), or the SCAPA website (www.scapa.fcps.net) The “Recommendation Forms” and “Parent Questionnaire” must be returned to SCAPA Lafayette, not to the Gifted/Talented Office. Applicants will be assigned an audition date and time only after all documentation has been received by the deadlines listed above. No applications will be accepted past the deadlines. Please check the SCAPA website for due dates of all application materials.
A = (90 - 100) Superior
B = (80 - 89) Above Average
C = (70 - 79) Average
D = (60 - 69) Below Average
F = (59 - below) Failure
I = (Incomplete)
FRESHMAN (9th grade) less than 6 credits
SOPHOMORE (10th grade) at least 6 credits
JUNIORS (11th grade) at least 12 credits
SENIORS (12th grade) at least 18 credits
GRADUATION 26 credits (See “Regular Graduation Requirements”)
IMPORTANT: Students are considered to be in the same grade all year based on the number of credits earned by the first day of school. If a student has failed a grade, he or she will be required to participate in all the activities associated with that grade level again, such as beginning of the year class meetings and state-mandated tests.
Grade Point Average, or GPA, is a measure of a student’s overall academic success. The letter grade earned in each class is worth points, and these points are averaged to determine a student’s GPA. The GPA is one factor used by colleges to make decisions about accepting applicants and rewarding scholarships. A student's overall GPA (both weighted and unweighted) are reported on the transcript and used to determine class rank.
Grades in regular courses are worth the following points…
Grades in Advanced, AP, or Dual Credit classes are "weighted" and worth…
A = 4.0
B = 3.0
C = 2.0
D = 1.0
F = 0.0
A = 5.0
B = 4.0
C = 3.0
D = 2.0
F = 0.0
Students should pay attention to the daily announcements and counseling website regarding test dates, costs, and applications. If you have any college testing questions please see your counselor.
PSAT and SAT are optional, speak to your counselor for more information. PACT will be offered to sophomores pending district policy. ACT is given to all 1th graders and will be announced via email.
Per Board policy, students with excused absences are entitled to make-up assignments missed on that day. However, these assignments must be completed on a timely basis. Assignments that were due on the day of the absence are due on the day of the student's return. For assignments that were given on the day of the absence, students have the same number of days absent plus one in order to turn work in on time. For example, students who are absent on Monday only, should pick up the missing work assigned that day from teachers on Tuesday and turn the work in on Wednesday. A student who is absent must see the teacher the next school day to obtain any make-up work, regardless of A/B rotation. Additional information can be found in the Student Code of Conduct. Refer to individual teacher syllabus for specific policies.
The 1998 General Assembly provided Kentucky high school students with the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES). KEES is funded by Kentucky Lottery proceeds. Students with an unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher can earn scholarships for college or technical school (with the exception of AP classes and dual credit classes, which are weighted for GPA calculation). The better a student does in high school, the more money he or she will earn toward scholarships. Students do not have to apply for a KEES award. It is sent automatically to the college the student is attending and will reduce the student’s tuition bill.
For each and every year of high school that a student earns an unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher, the student will "bank" a certain amount of money to be used for tuition at any Kentucky college or post-secondary training program or qualifying out-of-state program. A student's Base Award is determined by GPA, but additional money can be earned with good scores on the ACT and AP exams (for students on free/reduced lunch only). Awards are granted for any four years within five years of a student's graduation.
Sample Base Awards
2.50 GPA = $125 2.75 GPA = $187 3.00 GPA = $250
3.25 GPA = $312 3.50 GPA = $375 3.75 GPA = $437
Sample ACT Bonus Awards
15 ACT = $36 17 ACT = $107 19 ACT = $179
21 ACT = $250 23 ACT = $321 25 ACT = $393
Sample AP Supplemental Awards (for students on free/reduced lunch only)
AP exam score "3" = $200 "4" = $250 "5" = $300
Freshman year GPA is 2.75 $187
Sophomore year GPA is 3.00 $250
Junior year GPA is 3.25 $312
Senior year GPA is 3.50 $375
ACT score is 21 $250
AP exam score (for free/reduced lunch student) is 4 $250
IN THIS EXAMPLE, TOTAL EARNED IS $1,624 PAID EVERY YEAR FOR FOUR YEARS!
For students who fall behind on the path to graduation, numerous credit recovery options are available to help them regain lost credits due to failing grades. Additional credit recovery options may be available; see your counselor for information.
Summer school dates vary from year to year depending on the end of the school. Students who sign up are scheduled for participation for a half day. Regular attendance is required and behavior must be exemplary for the duration of the program. There is no fee. Students interested in night school should see their counselor. Continuation of this program depends on grant funding from year to year. Athletes should know that the NCAA Clearinghouse does NOT recognize E-School credits.
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Students between the ages of six (6) and eighteen (18) shall enroll and be in regular attendance in the schools to which they are assigned and shall be subject to compulsory attendance.
Students may be eligible for an exemption from all fees based on free/reduced lunch status. Students who qualify for free OR reduced lunch based on federal guidelines, and have a form turned in or completed online form for the current school year are exempt from regular school fees. Students who owe delinquent fees or fines must pay the full amount regardless of free/reduced lunch status.
Delinquent fees/fines are fees from prior years owed by the student but not paid. Examples include fees for a lost or damaged textbook, library book, sports or musical equipment, cafeteria charges, assessed vandalism charge, fundraising items not turned in, and textbook or instructional fees assessed but not paid. Delinquent fees must be paid in full (regardless of free/reduced lunch status) before current year fees can be paid, textbooks assigned, sporting or musical equipment checked out, library books checked out, and instructional materials purchased. The student who was assigned the item shall be the one responsible for returning the item in good condition. Graduating seniors who owe any fees will not be permitted to participate in graduation activities, including graduation practice, until all fees are paid.
Students are required to pay a textbook/technology fee of $8 per class. This fee covers the normal wear and tear on textbooks and other print materials. It is used for technology items such as printer ink and toner in the copy machines, software licenses, classroom materials. The school may also use these funds to purchase computers, computer equipment, replacement parts, or other technology items. Infinite Campus may be checked to see how much your child owes or come to registration. An itemized fee statement is available. Students who drop a class within the first six days of the semester may request a refund of any fees already paid. Textbooks must be returned when dropping a class, transferring to another school, or finishing at the end of the term.
Students are obligated to pay the correct amount. Audits are completed at the end of every school year. Students who have not paid the full amount owed will be assessed the remaining fee which must be paid by the beginning of the next school year.
Some classes require special and more expensive materials. Students in these classes are assessed instructional fees to pay the added cost of these materials. The following table provides a list of all Board-approved instructional fees. Some Lafayette classes charge less than these maximums. Students who drop a class within the first six days of the semester may request a refund of any fees already paid.
AP, All Other Classes
AP Music Theory
AP Art, Honors Art, Independent Study
Arts and Humanities
Introduction to Journalism
Drawing I, II, III
Design/Printmaking or Art II
Painting I, II
Pottery/Ceramics I, II, III
Digital Art I, II, III, Digital Photo Illustration
Band, Orchestra; Band/Orchestra Instrument Rental
Architecture I & II
Graphics I & II, Photography
EBEC, Co-op, Community Programs
Community Service, Co-Op, EBCE
Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering
Pre-Engineering, Conceptual Engineering and Drafting
Family Consumer Science
Early Childhood I
Family Consumer Science Culinary, Family Consumer Science (per semester), Family Consumer Science Foods, Early Childhood, Foods/Food Management/Culinary Arts (per semester), Life Skills
Fashion & Interior Design, Medicaid Nurses Aid
Commercial Foods (per semester)
French, German, Spanish, Latin
Career and Technical Academy
Technical Center Workbooks (not all classes), Technical Center Uniforms (MNA & Medical Services)
Technology Concepts; Design and Application
Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Integrated Science, Physical Science, Physics
BREAKFAST (8:00AM - 8:20AM) LUNCH
Full Pay……. $1.35 Full Pay……. $2.75
Reduced…... free Reduced…... free
Free Lunch... free Free Lunch... free
Milk………… $0.60 Milk………… $0.60
Adult……….. $3.00 Adult……….. $5.00
In order to qualify for Free or Reduced meals, a student's family must fill out the Federal government's Family Application for Meal Benefits form and meet certain income guidelines. New forms must be filled out every year and whenever there is a change in a family's income status. The Free/Reduced meals price program only applies to regular meals. Items purchased ala carte and specialty items are not included. Students must pay full price for these items.
Fayette County Schools offer a convenient, online prepayment for meals called My School Bucks. No more worrying about having cash for meals at school. No more lost or stolen lunch money. My School Bucks has you covered! Convenient, easy and secure ... Prepaying with My School Bucks makes your life easier. We offer automated prepayments to students' meal accounts via Internet or phone. You can prepay with Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit or debit cards or with a check. Register at the My School Bucks Web site. Please have your child's student ID number handy (the Infinite Campus student number.) You can also send payments to the school cafeteria. Note: A prepayment fee of 4.75% of the total transaction will be charged for each transaction. You can view the payment and purchase history of student accounts at any time at no charge.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination. Click here for the full statement.
Lafayette High School has seven counselors. Students may schedule an appointment to meet with their counselor on the Guidance Office website page. Students are assigned to counselors alphabetically so the student will always have the same counselor. The breakdown is given below so students can see who their counselor is. Establishing a relationship with your counselor is important to managing your success in high school and ultimately entry into life after high school. Parents who suspect their child will have or is having a problem in school should let the counselor know right away.
9th 10th 11th 12th
504 Case Manager
Students are counseled through individual conferences, classroom presentations, PTSA meetings, and orientations. Course selections should be made with advice from parents and teachers. Students should make appropriate course selections the first time as schedules are difficult to adjust later. School policy prohibits honoring requests for specific teachers.
Changes to a student's schedule are difficult and impact the school schedule as a whole. Therefore, requests for schedule changes must be made during the first six class periods of the class. Schedule changes made after the first six class periods of the class results in an “F” in the subject for the semester (unless there is a level change involved). Fayette County Board of Education Policy indicates schedules may only be changed for the following reasons: (a) A level change (b) Failure to meet prerequisites (c) Computer error. Schedules are not changed for supposed "conflicts" between a teacher and a student. Students who have signed up for an AP course may NOT change their schedule. Staffing for these courses is highly specialized and must be planned well in advance of the school year. Students must give serious consideration to the requirements of AP coursework before signing schedule cards for the coming school year.
Seniors must complete all graduation requirements by the end of the school year to participate in graduation exercises. Those who have not completed credits or paid all fees and fines may not participate.
Counselors are available for students with personal concerns. These matters are confidential between student and counselor unless the situation is illegal or physically dangerous. Counselors may recommend private counseling professionals and agencies upon request. Selection of a professional is a matter of personal choice. A counselor can only give names for your consideration. Additional services are offered through our mental health specialists.
During the year, there are many important student opportunities that arise such as Governor’s Scholars, Governor’s School for the Arts, scholarships, and Youth Salute. Students should listen to announcements. Announcements are published on the website daily. Additionally, students and parents are encouraged to sign up for the Lafayette Twitter @lhshighschool.
At the initial application for an original Kentucky learner’s permit or transfer license only, a 16-17-year old student must submit to the local Circuit Court Clerk’s office either proof of graduation, GED completion, or a signed School Compliance Verification Form obtained from the student’s school. Students needing this form shall obtain it from the counseling office during the school year and from the front office secretary during the summer. In order to be compliant, students must have less than 9 unexcused absences and have passed 4 of 6 courses or the equivalent in the preceding semester. Because Lafayette is on the block schedule and students may take up to eight classes, this means that a student may not have more than three failing grades. The NO PASS/NO DRIVE rule states that students who do not meet this requirement will be unable to get a driver’s license, learner’s permit, or lose their existing permit or license. Students who take the driver’s permit test or driver’s license test during the school day shall be excused for the absence for a half-day only and must bring evidence of participation in the test.
ESS is our tutoring program that usually starts in October and lasts until May. Students can get assistance with difficult assignments, work on homework with supervision, and even get guidance from a mentor. Sessions are offered at least three days a week. Assistance is provided by one of our teachers and is available in the core areas of English, math, science, and social studies. Teachers in other areas such as world languages and business often provide assistance more informally. If you need help, just ask!
Lafayette uses the learning management system Canvas. If students are absent, they should check Canvas for instruction and assignments. Be aware of the Global Announcements banner for school wide announcements. Assignments scored in Canvas are synched to Infinite Campus where final grades and weighted percentages are calculated.
Infinite Campus is the web-based student records management software used throughout the state. Families can access their student's attendance records, grades, class assignments and more through the confidential Parent/Student Portal. Both parents and students can access the student’s information. It is strongly encouraged that parents and students check the student’s grades at least once a week. Parents can review a child’s grades to check for missing assignments and the accuracy of attendance reporting. A weekly email is also generated to inform parents of their student’s missing assignments.
Students will complete CCIS (College and Career Interest surveys) and track milestones throughout their high school career. These milestones show proof of academic, civic, and career readiness. Completion of Elevate profiles is required for graduation.
The International Tutoring Club (ITC) is an after school tutoring club for students who live in bi-lingual households. ITC meets after school in Mr. Mitsumori’s room (205). Students meet from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Incentive field trips, snacks, and limited bus tokens are provided. ITC is funded through Partners for Youth and the Youth Services Center (YSC). Applications are available in the YSC or in Room 205.
FCPS Law Enforcement was established in 1971 by The Board of Education in Fayette County to address specific school related problems that required professional law enforcement officers. Our law enforcement officers are not security guards. They are trained and sworn law enforcement officials just like the state police. They have similar powers. They may make an arrest if the situation warrants.
The duties of our law enforcement officials are many and include:
1. Enforcing Kentucky Revised Statutes and School Board Policy.
2. Securing school district buildings and grounds.
3. Maintaining a working relationship with School District Personnel, Students, Parents, and Visitors.
4. Rendering services necessary for extra-curricular activities.
5. Protecting life and property.
6. Preserving the peace.
7. Preventing/Observing/Detecting/Apprehending any unlawful activity or person(s) on school property.
Law Enforcement is just another piece of the puzzle to ensure all students, staff and visitors have a safe learning and working environment so the educational process can take place. Law Enforcement Officers may examine student hall passes and notes and question students about their activities. Students are expected to respond respectfully and truthfully.
Hours: 7:45 – 3:30. Media Specialist: Stephanie Schoff
Students may come to the library during class if they have permission from their teacher and a special library hall pass. Only one student per pass, limited to 30 minutes. Students who come to the library on a pass shall 1) take the pass to the circulation desk 2) do work 3) return to the circulation desk to get their return-to-class-time when leaving 4) give the library pass back to their teacher when returning to class.
• Books may be checked out for three weeks and may be renewed.
• Students will receive overdue notices via email.
If a student needs to be in the library during their lunch, they should ask their third block teacher to write a note (or their second block teacher if they have first lunch).
The purpose of the library is for research, study, quiet reading and independent/small group work. Students disrupting this atmosphere will be asked to leave the library.
Food, candy, drinks, hats, cell phones are not allowed.
Any student who wishes to use a locker may see Ms. Duffy. Students will be allowed to have their locker of choice provided it is available. Students must then use the locker selected. Any locks placed on lockers must be school locks. School locks may be rented for $5 for the student’s entire duration at Lafayette and returned when the student leaves the school. Free/Reduced lunch students will get an appropriate discount. Any non-school lock found on a locker will be cut off and will not be replaced. Students are instructed not to share lockers. The school shall not be responsible for any items lost, stolen, or damaged in the lockers. Students are responsible for damage done to the locker. Students need to remember that the locker is the property of Lafayette High School and may be searched at any time for any reason.
If you lose an item, check in the hallway behind the cafeteria. If you find an item, turn it in to the front office. Unclaimed items will be disposed of at the end of each semester.
Students who want mediation but feel uncomfortable with peer involvement, may request the intervention of a staff member such as a school administrator, social worker and/or school psychologist. The goals of this adult-led mediation are the same as for peer-mediation, that being, the resolution of the conflict so that both parties can co-exist in the school peacefully.
Students are allowed parking privileges on campus only if they are a Senior Students who are not habitually tardy or truant (six or more unexcused absences or tardies), jeopardize school safety by bringing contraband, violate closed-campus policy, or skip classes will lose parking privileges. Suspension of parking privileges may be temporary or permanent depending on the nature of the offense. If suspended, parking permit fees will not be refunded. The revocation shall be in addition to any penalties in the Student Code of Conduct. Juniors who violate these rules may be denied campus parking privileges their senior year. Parking permits are sold at the beginning of the school year for $20 and throughout the year as spaces are available. Students who owe delinquent fees shall not be eligible for parking permits. Permits are available via a lottery for those who are eligible. We regulate the issuance of parking permits closely; however there may be some days that even students with a parking permit cannot find on-campus parking. Students should remember that parking on campus is a privilege, not a right. Students who park on campus without a permit are subject to being towed at their own expense. Students who lose their license for any reason, including violation of the No Pass / No Drive law, will automatically lose all parking privileges and be reported to law enforcement if they drive to school. Students are not allowed to go to their vehicle during the school day unless they have a hall pass from the main office. A teacher pass is not sufficient.
One of the challenges of driving to school as an underclassman is finding a parking space. This is because underclassmen must utilize off-campus parking in the neighborhood. It is very important that we be good neighbors, especially as it relates to off-campus parking. Be sure to follow the rules posted, do not block or use driveways, and respect the property of others. You may be towed or ticketed without warning if you violate the law or someone's property. The reputation you create for us in the neighborhood is a reflection on the entire school so please exercise good judgment and show respect. Underclassmen that violate the rules of parking in the neighborhood may be denied a parking permit as a senior.
A school nurse is present periodically throughout the week to assist with students’ medical needs. Students need to have turned in the Student Health Information Form for the school to render non-emergency care.
The school psychologist works with school staff, parents and other professionals to help students succeed academically, behaviorally and emotionally. The school psychologist utilizes assessment information to assist with determining eligibility for special education services. Additional services include counseling, consultation with school staff to design and monitor interventions, and providing supports for promoting wellness, resiliency and safety among students.
The Social Worker and Mental Health Specialist work intensively with students who need additional support by monitoring their attendance, discipline and academic progress. They are available to every student with emergency or crisis situations and serve as a liaison between parents, counselors, teachers and other community agencies. Other services include, but are not limited to:
• Helping students learn new ways to deal with conflict and problems.
• Empowering students who need motivation and encouragement.
• Contacting parents.
• Conducting home visits.
• Helping students and parents gain access to community resources.
• Providing information for alternative education programs.
• Establishing an effective helping relationship with students to assist them maximizing their individual strengths and participation in the planning and direction of their own positive learning experiences.
Special Education is a program that provides assistance to qualified students that goes beyond the services of the general education program. It means specially designed instruction at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of the student with a disability including instruction in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, as well as in other settings. The basic guidelines of special education are based in state and federal law.
If a student may qualify for Special Education services, there are several steps to be followed to determine whether this is actually the case. The first step is to obtain a "referral packet" from the Special Education Facilitator. A referral is written information provided by the teachers and the parents about a student suspected of having a disability. The second step is for the facilitator to schedule an Admissions and Release Committee (ARC) meeting that will include regular and special education teachers and any other person who can contribute helpful information. The ARC will determine if an evaluation is needed based on the information that was received in the referral. The evaluation results will determine if a student qualifies for special education services under Kentucky law.
Once a student has qualified for services under one of the disability labels, an individualized program (IEP) for that student will be created by the ARC committee to meet the individual needs of the student. The program must include the specific SDI (specially designed instruction), modifications, long-term goals, and short-term objectives needed by that student to be successful within the high school setting. All children with disabilities have available a variety of educational programs and services to assist them in meeting their educational goals, as well as transitioning successfully from high school to a post-secondary setting. Questions about the special education program should be directed to the Special Education Facilitator.
The MTSS is an intervention team that looks at students struggling in school due to a variety of challenges e.g. academic, attendance, or behavior. The MTSS teams meet regularly to review information from teachers, parents and students in order to address concerns and help students to be more successful. Academic, attendance, and behavior committees work under the umbrella of MTSS. Each committee uses multiple data sources for identifying students who qualify for Tier II and Tier III supports including the option for teacher/family nominations. Teacher/family may refer their child by completing a Request for Assistance form, and contacting the student’s counselor and or the student’s Assistant Principal. Referrals will then be sent to the appropriate MTSS area. Staff will respond within a few days of receiving the form.
Lafayette implements the PBIS framework, which emphasizes proactive, instructive and restorative approaches to student behavior that are implemented consistently. Implementation with fidelity ensures an environment fostering students’ success. The PBIS team is composed of a variety of staff members, who also focus on ways in which students can be acknowledged for appropriate behavior. Below is the PBIS framework model.
The Lafayette Youth Services Center (YSC) was established in July 2001. The purpose of the YSC is to remove the non-academic barriers that keep students from learning in the classroom. The YSC is funded through a grant from the Kentucky Department of Education. This mission is all-inclusive, but some services provided by the YSC include providing school supplies, making community referrals, conducting personal counseling, providing clothing, providing truancy assistance, and managing support groups. The YSC sponsors such programs as the YSC Teen Board, and the International Tutoring Club. The Youth Services Center is staffed with a full-time coordinator, Kathryn Chastain, as well as 3 mental health specialists: Hannah Veatch, Adam Lynch, Elton Parish. Students or families may request assistance by calling 381-4879 or submitting this form. Volunteers are appreciated!
GENERAL INFO AND ELIGIBILITY
Lafayette's Athletic Director is Littleton Ward.
In order to participate in Lafayette Athletics, the following criteria must be met:
ATHLETIC CODE OF CONDUCT
Competitive athletics is based on fair play. Being an athlete representing Lafayette is a privilege and demands that each participant be of sound character. We expect our athletes to be good people first, good students second and good athletes third.
Athletes will not represent Lafayette in athletics during the school year if:
ATHLETIC SUSPENSION AND REINSTATEMENT
A committee involving the principal, athletic director, faculty member, and the involved coach will decide each case of expulsion or reinstatement. The coach will be a non-voting member. Athletes subject to suspension are entitled to due process. The athlete has a right to present his or her side of the case to the committee. Any athlete who is placed on a year’s suspension must appear before the committee in order to be reinstated for the following season. Any athlete that is suspended a third time in a school year will immediately be ineligible for athletics for 1 year from date of the 3rd suspension. All athletes are required to follow the Participation Requirements for Extracurricular Activities in the Student Code of Conduct.
INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT
It is the philosophy of the Lafayette High School Athletic Department that athletes shall enjoy as many sport seasons as the student and parents wish without influence from any coach to specialize in one sport. In order to embrace this philosophy, our coaches agree that once the season has started, an athlete who is dropped from one squad for disciplinary reasons or who quits shall not be considered for participation in another sport for that particular season.
The rules for Division I and Division II eligibility are complicated. Students should check the NCAA website for the latest details on eligibility. A sample of eligibility rules follows:
CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINER
Jenni Williams, MS, ATC
Ms. Williams is the Certified Athletic Trainer covering all KHSAA sports at Lafayette High School. Employed through University of Kentucky Sports Medicine, Ms. Williams has been at Lafayette since 2001. Ms. Williams is at Lafayette after school every day covering practices and home games. Her primary job responsibility is to take care of all athletes’ health and safety while participating in sports. This includes prevention, assessment, and treatment of injuries. She is also in charge of filling out student athletic insurance claims. Her office is located in the gymnasium, and she can be reached at email@example.com.
ARCHERY Coach: Erich Maul
Archery is considered a winter sport with the season running from October to February. Archery is open to students of all skill levels and is a co-ed sport.
BASEBALL Coach: Chris Langston
Conditioning begins in January with the season continuing through the remainder of the school year. Lafayette has won three state championships (‘88,’89,’92 and was runner up in ‘04) and often has been nationally ranked. Interested students are encouraged to try out. Baseball tryouts are February 15-16th (weather permitting). Once the team is chosen the team plays or practices 6 days a week. The team usually travels for spring break and plays tournaments on the weekends.
BASKETBALL, GIRLS Coach: Allison Denton
Girls Basketball conditioning will begin in September. Conditioning will be three days a week from 3:45-5:15 until try-outs. Tryouts will be in October and anyone wanting to tryout must have a physical. Basketball season lasts from mid-October until early March. The team plays or practices 6 days a week and the varsity team does play in tournaments over the winter break. After regular season ends, post season conditioning picks up after Spring Break and lasts until school is out. The team also plays and practices in the summer. Please see Coach Denton in the gym for more information. .
BASKETBALL, BOYS Coach: Vince Sanford
Lafayette Boys’ Basketball has a long tradition of excellence including six state championships and four “Mr. Basketball” winners. The most recent trip to the state tournament was in 2001. Students interested in playing basketball should see Coach Mendenhall in room 240. Conditioning begins September and tryouts are held in October. The season lasts through district, regional, and state tournament games into March.
BASS FISHING Coach: Mac McBride
We are an official KHSAA sport and member of the Student Angler Federation which is a sub organization of The Bass Federation. Our team works to relate subject matter and basic principles of education to how anglers use them out on the water every day. We also aim at getting students off the couch and into the great outdoors through fishing to strengthen the school culture.
BOWLING Coach: Paul Shafer
Bowling is a winter sport with the season running from October through March. It is a co-ed sport open to students of all skill levels. The students practice at Southland Lanes. Competitions are held almost every week.
CHEERLEADING Coach: Mandi Banahan
Cheerleaders are responsible for cheering at varsity football and boys’ and girls’ basketball games. Tryouts are conducted in late spring for both varsity & junior varsity squads.
CROSS COUNTRY Coach: Caleb Joy
Cross Country is a fall sport for boys and girls that runs from July to the state meet in November. All runners compete in a 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) race run across a grass course in open fields, parks, or golf courses. Runners of all levels are invited to participate. Lafayette Cross Country has been represented in the state meet each of the last 8 years and annually are rated in the top 4 of the region.
DANCE TEAM Coach: Cara Terry
The Lafayette High School Varsity Dance Team is a group of highly skilled dancers whose mission is to uphold the pride, spirit, and tradition of the Lafayette Generals. The team focuses on contemporary jazz and hip hop for most performances and is currently ranked 5th in the nation in the Large Varsity Jazz Category.
Summer practice begins at the end of May. The team practices during the summer months to prepare for the Universal Dance Association's Summer Camp, where they must compete to qualify for nationals. Practices during the year are on Tuesday and Thursday after school and Saturday morning. They compete at 2-3 regional competitions in the fall and UDA's National Dance Team Competition in Orlando, Fl at the end of January.
The team loves to support the Generals by performing pom sidelines at all home Varsity Football games and halftime routines at home Varsity Basketball games.
E-SPORTS Coach: Chris Griffith
E-sports also known as electronic sports is a competitive video gaming sport. Most commonly esports is a form of organized multiplayer video game competitions between different schools in Kentucky. Some of the games include League of legends, rocket league, and Smite. Lafayette in the 2018-2019 school year won the first state championship in League of Legends. This is a great opportunity for gamers alike to come and play on a committed team.
FOOTBALL Coach: Jon Lawson
Come and join the winning tradition of Lafayette Generals Football. Lafayette football strives to provide an environment where an athlete can grow on and off the field. Summer practice begins in mid-July and continues through post-season play in November. Varsity, J.V., and Freshman teams compete beginning in August. Off-season conditioning continues from December thru June.
GOLF, GIRLS Coach: Scott Emmons
The Lafayette girls’ golf team is a competitive varsity sport open to all interested golfers on a variety of levels. The team has beginning golfers and golfers who have been playing for several years. The main goal of the team is to develop the potential of all the golfers while working to be competitive in the regional tournament. Lafayette has participated in the Regional Tournament each year and has sent several athletes to the state tournament
GOLF, BOYS Coach: Seth Young
Practice begins July 15 and continues through the regional and state tournament in October. Players need their own clubs. The season starts the first week of August and consists of weekday after-school dual matches and invitational tournaments on Saturdays.
INTRAMURALS Coach: Various
We have several intramural activities. These are subject to change yearly. The activities are: Powder-Puff football, Badminton, Basketball, Cornhole, and Ultimate Frisbee. Students should listen to the announcements as coaches/sponsors of these activities are subject to change.
LACROSSE, BOYS Coach: Ben Murphy
Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America. The Lafayette Generals Lacrosse Club competes against teams from across the state during the spring season in the Kentucky Lacrosse Association. Many of the same rules apply to lacrosse that apply to regular athletic participation at LHS including academic eligibility and physical conditioning. The team practices throughout the year at Shilito Park and plays its home games at Lafayette Stadium. No previous lacrosse experience is necessary to join the team.
NOTE: Lacrosse is a Club Sport (Non-Sanctioned by KHSAA).
LACROSSE, GIRLS Coach: Annie McLaughlin
While the Lafayette Girls Lacrosse team is not a KHSAA sanctioned sport, it is a competitive member of Kentucky's Commonwealth League, playing teams across the state. The official season begins in February and runs through mid-May ending with a state-wide tournament. Prior lacrosse experience is not necessary to play. Listen for announcements in the fall for more information as there will be off-season conditioning in the fall.
NOTE: Lacrosse is a Club Sport (Non-Sanctioned by KHSAA).
SOCCER, BOYS Coach: Chris Grimm
The boys’ soccer season begins with tryouts on July 15th and culminates with post season play starting in mid-October. Varsity and JV teams are available. Training is done mostly in the evenings either on campus or at a practice site about a mile away. Teams play and train up to 5-6 times a week. A strong tradition of excellence is the trademark of the program including one of only 13 schools in Kentucky to win a boy’s soccer state championship. The program is very competitive and holds its players to a high standard on and off the field. Annual events include the Bluegrass State Games, Midsummer Night’s Run, Fayette County Soccer Spectacular, Purples Classic, and district play in District 27, which is the toughest in the state.
SOCCER, GIRLS Coach: Taylor Roden
The girls’ soccer season begins in mid-July and continues through post-season play in early November. The program has established a tradition of excellence.
SOFTBALL Coach: Dan Grantz
We start our voluntary conditioning in late October. Tryouts are on February 15th and practices begin February 16th. We have Varsity, JV and Freshman Teams. We play a 36-game schedule (for Varsity), which includes several out of town tournaments. The JV and Freshman schedule usually ranges from 15-20 games. The season concludes with the state tournament in late May. All of this information can be located on our website through the Lafayette High School site.
SWIMMING AND DIVING Coach: Tyler Lakes
The season begins with conditioning and weightlifting in September. Water practice begins in October, and meets begin in November and continue through February. Practices are held at various pools in the city.
TENNIS, GIRLS Coach: Byron Wilson
In order to play on the girls’ tennis team, a player must own a tennis racket, be prepared to practice daily, and possess a good attitude on and off the tennis court. The season runs from February 15 through the end of May.
TENNIS, BOYS Coach: Byron Wilson
Practice begins in February. The season consists of over 20 matches and regional and state tournaments ending in May.
TRACK Coach: Leslie Davis
The indoor track season runs from December 1 to the first week of March. The outdoor season runs from March 1 to the first week in June with the state championship meet. Conditioning and tryouts begin the second week of January for those not involved in another sport. The boys track program has produced numerous state champions over the years in running and jumping events. The class of 2001 produced Tyson Gay, State Champion and 100 meter record holder, NCAA 100 meter Champion, World 100 meter Champion and American record holder.
VOLLEYBALL, BOYS Coach: Matt Stegman
Fall Development League: A development outdoor league will take place in the fall for any interested.
VOLLEYBALL, GIRLS Coach: Chris Langston
Volleyball starts on July 15 and ends at the end of October. Tryouts are July 15-16, and the varsity team attends team camp in July. Freshmen, JV and Varsity teams play a full schedule, including tournaments on at least 3 weekends of the season. Players play or practice 6 days a week from team selections to the second week of October.
WRESTLING Coach: William Green
Practice begins October 1 with the season lasting from November through February. Each wrestler must maintain a specific weight.
BAND Director: Dee Bishop, Assistant Director: Chris Strange
The “Pride of the Bluegrass” is open to students who can demonstrate instrumental skill and are prepared for a total band program including marching band. The marching band performs at football games, parades, and in various weekend competitions. As a jazz band and a concert band it stages public performances and is recognized regionally and nationally as a premier band program. Lafayette has 70+ years of tradition and outstanding achievement in all categories. All students in band MUST participate in marching band unless involved in a fall sport.
CHORAL ENSEMBLES Directors: Ryan Marsh & Laura Howard
1. Girls and Boys Chorus - These choruses are designed primarily for beginning and intermediate choral instruction. They will provide an understanding of the fundamentals of proper vocal techniques, choral techniques, and music theory (as it applies to selected pieces). Special attention will be given to individual vocal development through small ensembles and solo work. Students also will be prepared for future membership in Lafayette’s advanced choirs.
2. Advanced Women’s Choir Director: Laura Howard
This is an auditioned ensemble of ladies, grades 9-12 who demonstrate a passion for choral music. This ensemble focuses on furthering the development of music literacy skills and vocal technique. The students in this choir will be introduced to various styles of music, cultures and languages. The Advanced Women’s Choir will participate in many festivals, clinics and concerts throughout the school year, proudly representing the Lafayette Choral Music Department.
3. The Lafayette Singers Director: Ryan Marsh
This group serves as the main focal point of the Vocal/Choral Music Department at Lafayette. Its proud tradition exemplifies the quality of the outstanding choral music which has become a part of the history of Lafayette High School. “Singers” is a performance oriented class geared to expose students to a plethora of vocal/choral literature, ranging from the various historical styles through rehearsal and performance. Students will be given the opportunity to learn proper vocal/choral techniques, breathing skills, sight-reading skills, and basic musicianship (theory and history). Performances will take place throughout the school year, and students will be given opportunities to participate individually, as well as in the choral ensemble. Lafayette Singers is open to students by audition or by director recommendation.
4. Lafayette Chorale Director: Ryan Marsh
The Lafayette Chorale is the advanced vocal ensemble of the Choral department at Lafayette. Chorale is a performance-oriented class geared to expose students to the highest quality and variety in choral literature, ranging from the various historical styles through rehearsal and performance. Students will be given the opportunity to learn proper vocal/choral techniques, breathing skills, sight-reading skills, and basic musicianship (theory and history). Performances will take place throughout the school year and students will be given opportunities to participate individually, as well as in the choral ensemble. Lafayette Chorale is open to students by audition only. Chorale is a weighted grade course.
5. Madrigal Singers Director: Ryan Marsh
This is a small ensemble which is open primarily to advanced vocal music students (usually 11-12 grades). Students in this ensemble will study and perform music from virtually all stylistic and historic periods, and they will learn advanced vocal/choral techniques, sight-reading, and basic musicianship (theory and history).
Visit www.lafayettechoir.org for more information about the choirs.
THE MARQUIS Sponsor: Courtney Calk
Yearbook carries both journalism credit and co-curricular recognition. The Marquis has won national recognition. Students make written application for staff positions in January during scheduling.
ORCHESTRA Director: Phil Kent
The Lafayette Orchestra is a nationally known organization. The orchestra program consists of four string orchestras that perform approximately 6-7 times a year. The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra performs as a full orchestra approximately twice a year. The orchestras have two performances a year where multiple students from several schools across the district participate. One of these is the Play-a-thon in October and the other is the Area concert in April. The Lafayette Orchestras continually receive Distinguished ratings at Assessment Festival, Solo & Ensemble and State Solo & Ensemble. The Lafayette Orchestra program travels around the country performing at different venues and exhibiting its motto “Pride through Performance.”
THE LAFAYETTE TIMES Sponsor: Sherri McPherson
The Lafayette Times is the student run newspaper that is run through the Journalism class.
ACADEMIC TEAM Sponsor: Susan McLaughlin
The Lafayette Academic Team consists of both varsity and junior varsity teams participating in quick recall type tournaments in Kentucky and throughout the Southeastern United States. We also compete in the KAAC Governor's Cup Competition. Topics include world and US history, art, music, literature, math, and science.
ACTS OF KINDNESS (AOK) Sponsor: Vanessa Baker
Random Acts of Kindness (AOK) Club’s mission is to do all things with kindness and to make Lafayette a better place by simple acts such as handing out encouraging notes, helping custodians, hand out “love bags” of toiletries, gift cards, etc., or flowers randomly. Member criteria calls for those who must be willing to help others generously with a positive attitude.
BETA CLUB Sponsor: TBD
Beta Club honorary society is a club that honors students for academic achievement, leadership, and service. It is open to students having high overall grades and displaying school or community service. Students must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 unweighted GPA. Beta Club members are expected to attend meetings during the school year and do at least twenty hours of community service. There is a one-time fee for national dues and an annual fee for our in-school funds. Club members attend the Kentucky Beta Club convention and organize Lafayette's Battle of the Bands.
BLACK STUDENT UNION Sponsors: Stevie Lemons, Joe Gross, Helena Jackson
The Black Student Union aspires to be a community of diverse students celebrating diversity in cultures within and outside of Lafayette. It is a place to promote friendship, unity, and tolerance. We strive to uplift and recognize the positivity differences can bring to our communities.
CHESS CLUB Sponsor: Jeff Griffin
The Chess Club meets one afternoon per week, after school, for 60-90 minutes. During this time, students play chess, and discuss chess strategies. Some students choose to independently attend chess tournaments, competing in individual and team categories. Any student interested in chess is welcome to attend.
DECA Sponsor: Todd Reynolds
Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) is an Association of Marketing Students. Students participate in a number of student activities designed to develop the competencies needed to prepare for and advance in marketing, merchandising and management careers. The DECA Region, State and National Competency Based Competitive Events Programs and Career Development Conferences facilitate effective integration of DECA as an integral part of the total marketing education instructional program.
EDUCATORS RISING Sponsor: TBD
Educators Rising cultivates highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a path to becoming accomplished teachers, beginning in high school and extending through college and into the profession. This co-curricular club exists to help guide students toward a high quality, hands-on exploration of teaching. As a national network, we are able to build resources and create connections that can significantly boost your impact day-in and day-out. As a member of Lafayette Ed. Rising, you will have an opportunity to attend conferences, compete in 20 different education career areas, experience teaching on and off campus, and take dual credit courses in the education field.
ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB Sponsor: TBD
A service oriented club for students who want to support our school’s environmental and sustainability efforts. Students who share a concern and a passion about stewardship towards protecting our Earth meet once a month and focus on projects to make our school more eco-friendly. Projects include new levels of recycling, promoting community involvement, and engagement of earth-friendly practices.
FCCLA Sponsors: Helen Graham, Jennifer Burton & Mac McBride
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important family, personal, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. This student run organization competes in Star Events, travels to regional and national conferences and works with other schools in the Unite to Read program. This is a co-curricular club for Family and Consumer Science students. The club meets once a month during class and once a month outside of class. Officers meet twice a month. There is a $15.00 affiliation fee collected with class fees.
FCA Sponsor: TBD
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a national, faith-based organization. Our school club emphasizes developing character, serving the school, and serving the community. Students will have the opportunity to interact with college and professional athletes, listen to local speakers, and participate in social events. While the club focuses on athletes and coaches, anyone is welcome to join or visit the club, and no dues are required. The group gets together every Wednesday morning at 7:50 in room 213.
FRENCH BOOK CLUB (La Société Littéraire) Sponsor: Tracy Lambert
French Book Club is a way for intermediate French students to improve pronunciation, fluency, and reading comprehension. Our book list includes contemporary young adult literature such as Harry Potter, Twilight, and Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events as well as poetry from well-known French authors. Students in French 3 or above and with various ability levels are encouraged to join us every Friday from 3:30-4:15.
FRENCH CLUB Sponsor: Tracy Lambert
Are you interested in learning more about French and Francophone culture? Maybe you’re just starting out in French but you’re not too comfortable with your speaking abilities. The French Club is for you. To be in French Club, you don’t have to SPEAK French—you just have to LOVE French! We meet on the first Monday of every month from 3:30-4:15 to learn something new about French culture and to be around others who share our interest. Oh, and BTW, we ALWAYS have great food, great friends, and great fun.
FRENCH HONOR SOCIETY Sponsor: Tracy Lambert
French Honor Society is a nationally recognized, invitation-only group. Any student in French 3 or higher with an A average in French and a B+ average in other classes is invited to join the FHS. This service-based group provides tutors and mentors to lower-level French students. We also have fun while increasing our language skills at our monthly social meetings over coffee. FHS members who complete their service requirement and attend meetings earn the privilege of wearing special blue, white, and red honor cords at graduation. French Honor Society meets the first Friday of every month from 5:00-6:00 PM. On Facebook at “French Club Lafayette High School Lexington Kentucky”
FRESHMAN & SOPHOMORE CLASS Sponsors: Sophie Schwab and Chloe Ford
Incoming freshmen are welcomed to Lafayette with an orientation and workshop. A class shirt will be made available for purchase. Students with 3.0 GPA, and acceptable conduct are invited to the end of the semester “Make the Grade” recognition parties in the spring and the fall. Freshmen are also encouraged to run for class officer positions, as well as the freshmen class E-Board.
GENERAL PRIDE (formerly known as GSA) Sponsors: Julie Bennington and Lauren Sherrow
Lafayette's GSA is a student-run club that brings together LGBTQIA+ and straight allies to support each other, provide a safe place to socialize, and advocate for safe schools as well as inclusive school policies. The club welcomes students of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. Join us for fun activities like picnics, movie screenings, and conferences, just to name a few! Contact Ms. Bennington or Ms. Sherrow for further questions. Meetings are held every other Wednesday from 3:15 – 4:30 in room 254.
HARAMBEE CLUB & STEP TEAM Sponsor: Erica Mackey
Harambee is the Swahili word for unity. In Kenya, Harambee, is the name of a Kenyan tradition that involves community service events, eg. fund-raising or development activities, community clean ups. Lafayette’s Harambee Club and other Harambees in the district are founded upon these same traditions. We would like to promote unity in our school through group activities such as a gospel choir, step team and service projects, while creating a platform for students specifically, but not limited to, that of African-American descent, reminding them of their worthy contributions to their own community. All interested students should see the club sponsor for an application.
INTERNATIONAL THESPIANS SOCIETY Sponsor: Amie Kisling
Lafayette High School chartered Thespian Troupe #8552 on October 12th, 2017. Since our charter we have grown to over 100 members. The activities of our troupe are led by the elected student officers. This means that from year to year they may change based on the needs and interests of the officers and troupe members. In the past our troupe has developed and facilitated the following projects and activities.
Students earn Thespian points through their involvement in productions, classes, and other theater activities. In the spring of every year we will share the application packet. Students will complete the packet and submit it by the due date. Students who have earned 10 points (at least 5 from Lafayette High School) will be inducted at the annual end of the year celebration and thespian induction ceremony.
INTERNATIONAL TUTORING CLUB Sponsor: Tim Mitsumori
The International Tutoring Club (ITC) is an after school tutoring club for students who live in bi-lingual households. ITC meets after school in Mr. Mitsumori’s room (205). Students meet from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Incentive field trips, snacks, and limited bus tokens are provided. ITC is funded through Partners for Youth and the Youth Services Center (YSC). Applications are available in the YSC or in Room 205.
JUNIOR CLASS Sponsor: Meredith Dill & Chloe Ford
Juniors host the prom, which requires much of the school year to plan and fund. Class elections are held in the fall and applications are due early in the school year. Students must listen to announcements.
LAFAYETTE FILM CLUB Sponsor: Joe Gross
Lafayette Film Club is a student-led organization for students of all grades who want more connection to films that are not already covered in their English or other core classes. We meet every other Thursday to discuss what we have read for the given section of our chosen book. After each book is read, we gather for a movie party with popcorn, conversations & entertainment. All meetings and gatherings take place in the sponsor’s room.
LAFAYETTE GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY Sponsor: Whitney Walker
The Lafayette Geographical Society is an organization open to all LHS students interested in geography. Besides having lots of fun, the club will promote geography at LHS and work collaboratively with local universities and organizations that support and enhance geographical education and literacy. Geography careers will be explored as well.
LEGIT Sponsor: Kathryn Chastain
This group provides mentorship for incoming 8th graders while they are visiting Lafayette on their Transition Day to prepare them for high school.
MU ALPHA THETA Sponsor: Seth Young
Mu Alpha Theta is a national math honorary. Lafayette’s chapter has over 150 members. In order to be eligible for membership, a student has to have taken three (3) college preparatory math classes (must be in Algebra II or higher), has to have maintained an overall unweighted GPA of 3.0 and has to have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 in all math classes. Our service project is a tutoring program for our feeder middle schools and to help with the math ESS program at Lafayette. Members are required to commit to one hour of math tutoring. Dues are $20 initially and $10 a year after that. The group traditionally has a social event in the spring at Joe Bologna's.
NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY Sponsor: Sarah Detraz
National Art Honor Society is a student driven group dedicated to serving the community through arts appreciation. Artists and art-lovers alike are encouraged to join. Opportunities include student exhibitions, community outreach, arts activities organization, mural work, face-painting with local groups and schools, and scholarships. Those interested do not have to have exceptional skill in art, but need to have a passion for the arts and working with others.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Sponsor: Rachele Hardin
Juniors and seniors are eligible for initiation into the National Honor Society. They are required to have a 3.6 unweighted grade point average. Any student eligible for National Honor Society who has transferred from another school or district must fulfill Lafayette’s requirements for National Honor Society. Election of officers will be held in early fall with students who were inducted as juniors. Induction of new members will be conducted in the spring. Students who have received school consequences for a Major Cheating violation shall be removed from NHS.
OUTDOORS CLUB Sponsors: Sarah Detraz
The Lafayette Outdoors Club is a student driven organization designed to connect members with nature no matter their background or athletic ability. We strive to help students feel included in their community, visit local hiking and nature spots, take care of the school grounds and courtyard garden, and have a fun time together!
SCIENCE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Sponsor: Karly Shadeh
A prominent scientific organization that will engage a new group of young thinkers who will be the future of industry, research, and scientific exploration for America. SNHS seeks candidates who portray an interest in science and uphold a high scholastic standard. Applicants (Grades 10-12th only) must have a 3.0 overall GPA as well as 3.5 GPA in all science classes.
SENIOR CLASS Sponsor: TBD
The senior schedule traditionally includes a blood drive in the fall and spring, open gym nights, a movie night, selling senior class shirts, helping to organize graduation and other events. Senior class officers must have an unweighted 3.5 GPA. E-Board Members must have an unweighted 2.5 GPA. The senior class Officers and E-Board meet about once a month and organize the senior class events, including graduation, and help with events that arise during the year. All seniors are invited to participate in all senior class activities.
SPANISH CLUB Sponsor: TBD
The Lafayette Spanish Club is open to all students who are interested in participating in activities which are related to Hispanic culture and the Spanish language. The club elects four officers in the fall and these students direct the club’s activities throughout the year. The club provides an opportunity to students of different grades and backgrounds to meet, socialize, and develop friendships while celebrating Hispanic culture and the Spanish language.
SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY Sponsor: Jordan Yeager
The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH) is an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). The Spanish Honor Society is for students with three or more semesters of Spanish, a 3.5 average in Spanish and a 2.0 overall GPA. Activities include a formal invitation, induction ceremony, movie nights, conversation practice, and other cultural events throughout the year. There is a community service requirement for students who participate. Dues are $5 for underclassmen and $15 for seniors (who will receive honor cords for graduation).
SPEECH TEAM Sponsor: Morghan Fuller
The Lafayette Speech Team is open to any student at Lafayette. The team competes on state and national levels. Members of the team compete in any one of eleven categories, ranging from solo acting and humorous interpretation to extemp, original oratory and impromptu speaking. The season extends from the end of October through March on the state level and June on the national level. The team competes in tournaments sponsored by the Kentucky High School Speech League, the Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association League, the National Catholics Forensics League. Travel is required, with some overnight trips. Students also will become members of the National Forensics League based upon their competition on the state level. Auditions are September and May.
STLP Sponsor: Vanessa Baker
The Student Technology Leadership Program is an organization that helps develop technology within students from various walks of life. We focus on various technology-based concepts like networking, coding, game development, animation and computer art. We meet once a week after school in Room 133.
STUDENT COUNCIL Sponsors: Chloe Ford, Jesse Peters, & Sophie Schwab
The Student Council sponsors homecoming, DanceBlue, new student orientation, toy/food drives, spirit weeks, among many other things. The Student Council tries to give students a positive experience with student leadership and the democratic process. It also tries to unite the students, school administration, faculty, and the community in common endeavors. Interested students may be selected for membership upon successful completion of an application that is opened at the beginning of each school year. The Student Council meets approximately twice a month, with meeting options before and after school.
TABLETOP/RPG CLUB Sponsor: Laurel Regnier
The Tabletop Role Playing Games Club is a social club that meets once a week and students play a variety of games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Outbreak Undead, Champions, and self-designed campaigns. Players use their imaginations to form a simulated adventure. It is open to all LHS students.
TSA Sponsor: Taylor Steele
The Technology Student Association is for students interested in the activities and programs of the Tech. Ed. department.
Dues - $9.00 National + $3.00 State + $3.00 Local(School) = $15.00
Participating in TSA activities provides every member the opportunity to develop good attitudes and leadership abilities. Some of the special benefits of membership include:
Y-CLUB Sponsor: Sherri McPherson
This club is open to all students at Lafayette and is sponsored by the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association. The club participates in service and fundraising events at school. Members pay $10.00 a year membership fee which entitles them to reduced rates for the extremely popular KYA (Kentucky Youth Assembly) in November and KUNA (Kentucky United Nations Assembly) in March. These conferences last three days and require students to miss two days of school.
Many school activities are privileges. These include, but are not limited to, parking on-campus as a senior, going on a field trip, participation in or attendance at athletic events, clubs, and organizations, and participation in special events, may be impacted by in-school disciplinary issues. Students are not entitled to participate in these. These are privileges that must be earned. The maintenance of these privileges depends on high standards of behavior. Any privilege may have its own set of rules and regulations that must be followed in order to keep the privilege.
The staff at Lafayette has given a lot of thought to a hall policy that is fair to all. We have attempted to balance the needs of students who have to leave the room for personal reasons with the need to stay in class to receive instruction. We have noticed a direct link between students who abuse the hall pass privilege with poor performance academically and behaviorally. To strike a balance, we have crafted the following rules:
Only students who are Juniors or Seniors as of the first day of school may purchase tickets. Freshmen and Sophomores may attend prom but only if they are the guest of a Junior or Senior. Guest Contracts are required for any guest who is not a Lafayette student. There is a ONE GUEST LIMIT Per Student. Tickets for Prom may be purchased in the weeks leading up to Prom. Students going to Prom must be present at school the day before Prom. TICKETS ARE NOT FOR SALE AT THE DOOR. THEY MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE. ALL SCHOOL RULES APPLY.
As part of their schedule, students may elect to serve as an aide for a teacher with whom they have a positive relationship. They should also help the teacher do some clerical tasks. Teachers may not have more than one student aide per class and student aides may not serve as an aide for more than one block. Student Aides are required to be on grade level and to follow the same classroom rules and procedures as the regular students. Student Aides must take lunch with the class in which they aide. Aides shall follow the hall pass rules as though they were regular students. Under no circumstances shall teachers allow aides to leave campus.
Off-Campus classes include EBCE, Community Service, Child Care, and Retail Training. Students enrolled in these classes must exercise great responsibility in getting to their site on time, returning to school as scheduled, proper attendance procedures, etc. Students who fail to meet the requirements of their off-campus assignment may be withdrawn from the site and enrolled in class on-campus. It is especially important that students follow correct procedures for signing out to go to their site.
Students are encouraged to attend a variety of school events to support their fellow students. During events, all spectators are expected to engage in good sportsmanship. The following behaviors are unacceptable at Fayette County Public High School athletic events. Violators will be requested to leave the premises. Extreme violation or repeated instances of unacceptable behavior will result in permanent exclusion from Fayette County Public Schools athletic events:
School safety is always a top priority for our students. Please be aware that ALL of our policies will be aligned with federal, state, and local health officials regarding public health. ALL of these are subject to change.
Students in the building after dismissal must be only those students who have a legitimate reason to be here such as members of a team, club, or organization that is meeting. Also permitted are those who are attending ESS or who have an administrator’s approval to be here. These students must be with their sponsor, coach or teacher. All other students must leave the building by 3:25 pm or wait for pick-up quietly in the rotunda. There is NO re-entry once a student leaves the building.
Our school is an Allergen Aware School. We have many students with various food and environmental allergies and some have Life-Threatening Allergies. Our goal is to decrease the exposure of the allergen to the affected student. Please be aware of signs posted in certain areas, classrooms, or on tables in our cafeteria and refrain from eating or using the potential allergen in those areas. We have staff that are trained in the use of emergency medications for anaphylaxis. If your student has an allergy, please contact our Food Service Director and your student’s counselor.
Students shall not share or give one another medication under any circumstance. This includes over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol and cough syrup and dietary supplements or vitamins. Violation of this important rule shall result in significant disciplinary action including, but not limited to, suspension or expulsion. Students may NOT be in possession of any non-prescription, nicotine delivery device.
If a student needs to take medication at school, the following conditions must me met:
Students shall not open any outside door to let people in once school has begun. This includes opening the door for other students. All students who must enter the building after school has begun must enter through the front door only. Students shall not enter by any other door. Do NOT let people in the building by any door for any reason - EVEN IF YOU KNOW THEM.
Students should never leave valuables unattended. You are responsible for your personal items. The most common items that are targets of school theft are small technology items (headphones, tablets, laptops) and fundraiser money/candy. Such items can disappear in an instant. Items that are lost or stolen may be reported to our law enforcement officials. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Students should NEVER be in the possession of OTHER student’s electronic devices.
If a student needs to ride a different bus than usual, that student shall turn in a note explaining the reasons and signed by a parent/guardian, and the note shall include a phone number where the parent/guardian may be reached that day. The note is to be turned in to the main office before 8:30 am on the day the alternate transportation is needed. A boarding pass can then be prepared for the student, who can pick it up immediately after dismissal. If a student is going home with another student, a note is required from a parent/guardian of both students.
Visitors should check in through the secured vestibule in the front of the building. They must provide their ID to the front office staff who will use the RAPTOR security system to screen visitors – this includes all family members. Absolutely no visitors should be in the building without a badge or a nametag. Student visitors are not allowed except for those cases in which the administration has granted prior approval.
Students will be required to have their badges on their lanyards and visible at all times before being allowed to enter the building. If a staff member asks to see a student’s badge they are expected to comply with that request. Students MUST not have other student’s badges in their possession. Badges will be used to purchase meals in the cafeteria, sign in and out of class for a hall pass, check out library books, check in and out of school, and check in to tardy tables. If a student loses their badge, they must purchase a new one in the main office at a cost of $2.
Metal detectors will be set up in Gym for entry into the building before 8:25. Other metal detectors are used at the back SCAPA door between 1st and 2nd blocks, Back Gym entry for returning vocational students before 3rd block, and the front door. The front door detector will be used after 8:25. Students will need to have their badges around their neck before being allowed to enter the building to go through the metal detectors. Students without badges will be required to go to the main office to purchase a replacement badge and then return to the gym to enter through the metal detectors.
Throughout the school year there are fire, earthquake, severe weather, and lockdown drills that take place. Students are to stay with their classroom teacher. In the event of an emergency that requires the building to be evacuated, students and staff will exit the building as quickly as possible and then meet their teacher at their designated location outside either in front, side, or back of Lafayette.
Chapter 9: Expectations
State, district and school policies and guidelines are established for the safety of students and school personnel for the creation of a positive learning environment. Students are expected to comply with these guidelines. Failure to do so will result in consequences explained in the district publication "Statement on Rights and Responsibilities and Student Code of Conduct." In addition to any consequences for misconduct described here, a principal may remove school privileges such as participation in or attendance at extracurricular activities, games, and dances. The misconduct and consequences listed here are not a complete list and are not meant to override administrative discretion.
Included among an administrator’s disciplinary actions is referral to the SAFE (Suspension and Failure Eliminated) room or ISS (In School Suspension) room. As an alternative to suspension, referral to SAFE is the most serious in-school disciplinary consequence. It is a short-term removal of a student from the regular school routine. Students in SAFE or ISS are supervised at all times and are required to continue instructional activities from their regular schedule, but are isolated from the larger student body.
ASSIGNMENT TO SAFE/ISS
Students may be assigned to SAFE by an administrator or SAFE personnel. Teachers shall not assign students to SAFE. An administrator may assign a student to SAFE for any partial day or multiple days, as appropriate, upon referral by a teacher or a call by a teacher to the office to remove a student from the classroom. Students assigned to SAFE must turn in their cell phone/electronic device while in SAFE. Students who are absent the day they are assigned SAFE will be required to make up any assigned time missed.
Students are required to complete classwork while in SAFE. If a test is being missed, the teacher will be notified, and the student will be allowed to take the test in SAFE. If a student does not have a test to take, SAFE personnel will attempt to get the student's assignments from the class to work on while in SAFE. Students who know they are assigned SAFE in advance should go to all teachers before the start of the school day to collect assignments. At times, SAFE personnel will notify teachers and request work be sent to the SAFE room. Any homework that is due in the class must be turned in to SAFE personnel upon arrival to the SAFE room. The student is responsible for checking with the teacher to be sure all missing assignments were obtained. The student shall receive full credit for work completed in SAFE (provided it is completed on time) and is allowed to make up all missed class work.
BEHAVIOR IN SAFE
SAFE is considered an alternative to suspension. Students who persistently engage in misbehavior may receive reteaching to address the behaviors that resulted in the SAFE assignment. Each event will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Persistent disorder will not be tolerated.
Students that are suspended for an infraction shall not be on any campus or involved in any school activity for the duration of the suspension. Students shall receive full credit for work missed and turned in within district guidelines for an excused absence. All students who are suspended will be assigned one day of SAFE/ISS upon returning to school as part of any consequence received for the initial infraction.
Bullying refers to intentional, repeated hurtful acts, words or other behaviors that involve an imbalance of power. These may include, but are not limited to name calling, teasing, threatening, social exclusion, and cyber-bullying. In some cases, students may be guilty of both bullying each other.
Harassment/Discrimination FCPS has adopted policies that prohibit harassment and denial of equal opportunity for students. No discrimination is allowed on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. FCPS is committed to an environment free from harassment/discrimination for all students.
Examples of prohibited conduct include:
Name calling, unwanted touching, spreading sexual rumors, making sexual comments, questioning another student’s ability, offensive jokes, pictures, or comments based on the categories above.
Cyber-bullying Students who engage in cyber-bullying of any kind may be guilty of Harassing Communications (KRS 525.080) which is a Class B Misdemeanor. The law states, in part, that a person is guilty of harassing communications when he or she, “communicates, while enrolled as a student in a local school district, with or about another school student, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, the Internet, telegraph, mail, or any other form of electronic or written communication in a manner which a reasonable person under the circumstances should know would cause the other student to suffer fear of physical harm, intimidation, humiliation, or embarrassment and which serves no purpose of legitimate communication.”
These behaviors are not tolerated at Lafayette High School. They create a climate of hostility, intimidation and personal discomfort that is unacceptable. Any student who feels he or she is a victim of these behaviors is strongly encouraged to report such instances to a faculty member.
Students who are the victims of bullying or witness bullying shall report these incidents to a staff member as soon as is reasonable. If students are bullied in any way by phone, text message, email, internet posting, etc., these items should be kept and shown to school administration if at all possible. All students are entitled to come to school and be free from any form of harassment. Please note that students may receive school consequences for cyberbullying even if it takes place off-campus. Free Speech protections do not apply to speech that causes or threatens a substantial disruption on campus, including school activities, violent altercations or a significant interference with a student’s educational performance and involvement in school activities.
Students may also use the STOP tip line to anonymously report any bullying or other potentially harmful behaviors they witness during the course of the school day via the school’s web page.
Students who engage in bullying or harassment may receive a variety of consequences depending on the total context of the situation. Each case will be handled differently. In more extreme cases students may be suspended, referred to an alternative school, or recommended for expulsion.
The importance of ethics in today’s society cannot be overestimated. The staff of Lafayette believes it is their responsibility to educate students in the ways of writing, research, and documentation but also to hold students accountable for their ethics. Cheating and plagiarism are considered very serious offenses in the academic realm. Student writing and other work that is accomplished through cheating or plagiarism whether intentional or not, will not be accepted.
The MLA Style Manual defines plagiarism as, using another person's ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source. And, to give the impression that you wrote or thought something that you in fact borrowed from someone. There are various levels of plagiarism from inappropriate citation in a research paper to full out copying of entire texts. Some plagiarism may be unintentional while in other instances the student knows he or she is intending to pass off the work of others as his or her own. Cheating off of peers is a type of plagiarism and is dishonest. Any fraudulent means by which a student attempts to gain academic advantage is a form of cheating.
Teachers shall educate students on what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. They will clarify which assignments are individual assignments and which can be completed through collaboration with peers. They will assist students who are having difficulty with research assignments and conference with students who ask for help.
Follow the instructions given by the teacher. Ask for help when uncertain about how to proceed with assignments, especially written assignments such as essays and research papers that require citations. Do your own work. Assume all work must be completed without collaboration unless you are specifically instructed otherwise. Do not help other students cheat or plagiarize. If you allow another student to plagiarize or cheat off of your work, you will be held to the same consequences. Do not give another student your work!
Cheating/Plagiarism may be unintentional or minor in scope.
Cheating/Plagiarism may reasonably be assumed to be due to ignorance or inexperience.
Writing may have incorrect or grossly incomplete citations.
A homework assignment, daily assignment, or formative assessment may demonstrate copying or cheating but this amounts to less than a majority of the assignment.
A homework assignment, daily assignment, or formative assessment may show evidence of inappropriate use of technology and resources to complete assignments counter to the teacher’s instructions.
Cell phone out during a test or for part of a test whether there is evidence of use or not.
First Offense: A conference with the teacher about cheating/plagiarism with an opportunity to make up the grade for reduced credit through an alternate assignment. The teacher shall call the parent and submit a referral to the office. The referral will be for documentation only. There is no administrative consequence.
Cheating/Plagiarism may be intentional or major in scope.
The writing may have large sections of a paper that are copied from another source.
The essay or paper is largely not of the student’s own creation.
The test, project, or summative assignment may show evidence of copying or cheating off of another student.
The test, project, or summative assignment may show evidence of inappropriate use of technology and resources to complete the assignment.
A homework assignment, daily assignment, or formative assessment may demonstrate copying or cheating that amounts to a majority of the assignment.
The second offense of what would otherwise be a minor violation is considered a major violation.
Digital reproduction of test materials (ex: taking a picture of a test whether it is sent to others or not).
First Offense: a conference with the teacher about plagiarism, a zero grade on the assignment, a teacher call to the parent, and a referral to the office. The student shall be assigned SAFE for up to one day and shall complete a tutorial on plagiarism. The teacher may provide an alternate assignment only after consultation with administration. The student shall be denied admission to the National Honor Society or removed if currently a member.
Second Offense: A zero grade on the assignment, a teacher call to the parent, and a referral to the office. The student may be suspended for one day. The teacher may provide an alternate assignment only after consultation with administration.
This includes a wide range of behaviors from permanent damage that requires repair to defacing property such as with pencils or markers. Behaviors that impact computers or computer networks without permission fall into this category as well. Depending on the degree of damage, students may be criminally charged.
Possession of any item that falls into this category is a violation. Examples include laser pointers, pocket knives, pepper spray, mace, fireworks, flares, ammunition, Tasers, box cutter, smoke bombs, stink bombs, etc. Possession of any of these items at any school related event is considered a serious violation and will result in suspension from school. Even if an item is not classified as a Dangerous Instrument, it still may be prohibited at school. This is considered contraband.
"Contraband" is defined as any item that may lead to bodily injury or cause a disruption to school operations. These are items that are NOT permitted at any school related activity. The consequences for bringing these items to school vary depending on the item. These items will be confiscated and will not be returned. Additional consequences may apply.
These items include, but are not limited to:
Extremely disruptive behaviors that do not quite meet the threshold for a law violation but nevertheless result in major disruption to the educational setting in which the student’s behavior is intentionally disruptive and non-responsive to correction.
This violation means any action or behavior with the potential to injure self or others. Examples might be playful pushing, horse-playing, propping a door open, pulling a chair out from under another student, throwing an item such as a pencil or book, or running in the hallway. Behavior that actually results in an injury may be treated as a more serious offense.
This violation encompasses a class of behaviors that are low level but result in disruption to the learning environment. Some examples include continually talking out of turn in class, yelling in the hall or class, making jokes that get the classroom off task, making distracting noises, distracting other students or the teacher, or failure to remain seated.
Lafayette High School expects that all students will dress in a way that is appropriate for the school day or for any school sponsored event. Student dress choices should respect our school’s intent to sustain a community that is inclusive of a diverse range of identities. The primary responsibility for a student’s attire resides with the student and their parent(s) or guardian(s). Lafayette is responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student, that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student, and that dress code enforcement does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income, or body type/size. Any restrictions to the way a student dresses must be necessary to support the overall educational goals of the school and must be explained within this dress code.
Students MUST Wear:
Courses or class activities may require assignment-specific dress. Assignment or activity specific shoe requirements are permitted (Examples include, but are not limited to, physical education and agriculture classes).
Students MAY Choose to Wear:
Students CANNOT Wear:
At any time, the school may contact the parent and advise that additional clothing be brought to school. The student may be required to stay in the office or SAFE until the clothing is adjusted or until the end of the school day. Certain items, such as hats, may be confiscated. A suspension may occur at any time a student refuses to adjust his or her clothing as requested or to provide the item to the principal.
This violation includes behavior that not only creates a substantial risk of injury but also attempting to persuade or compel someone to take those risks. Hazing would fall into this category as would conducting dares that are dangerous. Additional behavior in this category would be operating a bike, skateboard, or vehicle in an unsafe manner or encouraging others to engage in a conflict or confrontation.
Students are expected to follow the directions of any staff member at any time. This includes teachers, administration, counselors, custodians, cafeteria workers, secretaries, paraeducators, bus drivers, substitute teachers, coaches, and even adult volunteers. This also includes following all posted and published rules in this handbook, district handbook, or postings on walls. Insubordination or defiance of any of these may result in school consequences. Common violations include not stopping at a tardy table, failure to turn over a cell phone when requested, refusing to complete class assignments, disregarding specific directions such as to stop talking or to be seated.
This violation means to provide false information in any format. This could include lying to a staff member verbally or in writing. It would even include students who communicate information they believe to be true but they have no real knowledge and act as though they do. Also, students who claim to have no knowledge of a specific rule violation when questioned but it is later verified that they do. Students who turn in false parent notes or submit fake STOP Tiplines have committed this infraction.
This violation means engaging in mutually aggressive physical actions involving physical contact where some injury may occur. It does not matter who starts the fight. If both students engage in fighting, both will receive consequences. Each student is responsible for taking reasonable steps to avoid physical conflict. This violation is considered quite serious and students who engage in this conduct can expect severe consequences.
This violation means displaying any sign, signal, or gesture that is commonly known to represent affiliation of any gang that participates violence, criminal activity, or disruption. This includes graffiti that is commonly known to represent gang affiliation as well.
This violation means engaging in any mutual, consensual sexual activity.
Any student who leaves campus or who enters the campus of another Fayette County Public School without authorization has committed this violation. Students are expected to remain on campus once they have arrived at school. This includes students who arrive before the start of school, no matter what time. To preserve a safe environment, an adult with legal guardianship is required to sign a student out of school, no matter the reason for dismissal (including students 18 years or older). Students are not permitted to leave campus until their classes are finished or a valid checkout process has been completed. After checkout, students must leave campus and shall not return during the school day without checking in at the attendance office. Any student who returns to campus will be questioned and searched. Those students who have an early dismissal are not in violation of this policy. All EBCE/Co-op students will be required to show a pass before leaving school grounds. Student parking permits may be revoked for violation.
Students who attempt to pass off or pretend that they are in possession, distributing, or using drugs, shall receive consequences as though they are.
This violation means possessing, transporting, receiving, exchanging, selling, transferring, distributing, or exhibiting any look-alike, toy, or facsimile of a deadly weapon as defined under KRS. Consequences are severe and will likely result in expulsion.
Any student who is assigned ISS or SAFE but does not attend has committed this infraction.
Students who are Out of Assigned Area jeopardize school safety and disrupt the educational mission of the school. Students who are not in their assigned area are not being supervised by appropriate staff. They are knowingly breaking school rules. It is often during these times that students have conflict with other students, vandalize school property, disrupt classrooms, and smoke on campus. Students who are “Out of Assigned Area” often find other trouble to get into that can lead to even greater consequences.
Lafayette High School seeks to achieve a balance that recognizes student wishes to have reasonable access to personal electronic devices (cell phones, smart phones, tablet devices, laptop computers, headphones, Kindles, etc.) while maintaining a strong educational focus in classrooms. In an era of rapidly expanding technology, we recognize that part of our mission is to teach responsible use of these technologies (digital citizenship). This involves defining times in which these devices may and may not be used and also providing opportunities for using these devices in ways that enhance learning. The school shall not be responsible for any device that is damaged, lost, or stolen at any time.
For violation of these rules and confiscation of devices, the following procedure shall be followed:
Communication with parents about the issue, and the potential requirement that the guardian come to school to retrieve the device, is completed at each step including step zero.
0. Optional “Reminder” at the discretion of the teacher
1. First Offense - Confiscation of device and returned to student at the end of the block
2. Second Offense - Confiscation of device and returned to student in the main office at the end of the school day.
3. Third Offense – Confiscation of device and return to parent or guardian
4. Fourth Offense - Additional consequences as deemed appropriate by the principal
Any student who shows up to any school campus or any school event regardless of location while suspended, has committed this violation.
Profanity is the use of vulgar language. Vulgarity is the use of obscene or indecent language or gestures and shows lack of respect for self and others. The consequences for this misconduct vary widely depending on circumstances, context, and intent. Profanity or vulgarity directed at another person will be considered VERBAL ABUSE and will be dealt with more severely.
This violation means engaging in consensual behaviors such as touching, hugging, kissing, groping, massaging, or fondling on campus that is beyond casual contact. Even if students are in a secluded area of the building with no other students around, this would still be a violation.
Students that engage in behavior that can reasonably be seen to jeopardize personal safety have committed this violation. This includes the threat of self-harm. This may include making public statements about harming oneself. This may include behaviors such as dodging cars, climbing trees, or coming to school smelling of marijuana.
Students who hide out on campus but do not go to class as assigned are guilty of this violation. This may include hiding in the stairwells, restroom, or wandering the halls. Also it may include leaving the building to avoid class but not leaving campus. Even though students may be with a staff member or in the library, if they have not gone to their assigned classroom to receive permission, they would be guilty of this violation.
A student shall be considered skipping if he or she:
The use of tobacco and tobacco products is a health and safety issue. Tobacco products may not be used in any school building, on school grounds, during field trips, or during any school activity regardless of the location or time. Tobacco products, lighters, e-cigarettes and accessories, vape oils or smoking paraphernalia found at school shall be confiscated and disposed of. Since tobacco and related items are contraband, the possession of tobacco products carries the same consequences as the use of tobacco products. Students may NOT be in possession of any of these items at any time for any reason.
This violation is uncommon as most violations of stealing involve law enforcement and are considered a law violation known as LARCENY. Occasionally, administration may choose to adjudicate an offense as a lower level STEALING when the value of such items is exceedingly low. This offense as well as the law violation, LARCENY, may include possessing found items or possessing items stolen by another person. Even if students are not currently in possession but are known to have been in possession, this would still be a violation. Students who conspire with another student to steal property even if they were never in possession of the item can be guilty of this violation as well. Electronic hacking, illicit access, or creating illicit copies of teacher materials is also considered STEALING.
A student shall be considered tardy to class if he or she is not inside the classroom, with both feet, when the tardy bell finishes ringing. All students are expected to be on time to every class including when returning to class from lunch. Students not in class after the tardy bell has rung shall immediately report to the nearest Tardy Table. Students will not be permitted to enter class late unless they have a valid written excuse from school personnel OR they have checked in with the Tardy Table. Students may be escorted to the Tardy Table by staff and after checking in, will be escorted to class. All students that are tardy to the school building must check in at the front office and get a tardy slip before reporting to class. Tardies “to school” are counted as truancy events. Tardies “to class” are disciplinary events. Students who are unaccounted for after ten minutes will be considered skipping.
6 tardies After-School Detention
Skipping Detention leads to ISS
This violation means threatening a staff member or another student. Threats can be implied or explicit, verbal, use of gestures or body language, or communicated electronically or in writing. Students that communicate threats between one person to another are also guilty of threatening. Students cannot play off such behavior as joking or teasing.
Verbal Abuse constitutes a broad range of rude or disrespectful language or interactions. Examples include, but are not limited to name-calling, offensive jokes, teasing, disrespectful language, insulting, spreading rumors about someone, being combative toward staff, talking back to staff, using profanity toward another person, engaging in malicious criticism, or any socially rude interaction. This would also include confronting a peer. Verbal peer conflict of any kind at school is not permitted. Students may request mediation or seek other remedies from administration.
State or federal law violations will be initially handled by school law enforcement. Administrative disciplinary action will depend upon police or court action and the severity of the violation. Punishment may range from a probationary period following consultation with parents, legal authorities, and IAKSS staff to a maximum suspension of ten days and/or a recommendation for enrollment in alternative school or expulsion.
Possession of a deadly weapon or the sale or transfer of illegal drugs will require a recommendation that the student involved appear before the Board of Education for an expulsion hearing and/or referral to an alternative school. Look Alike Deadly Weapons are held to the same standards.
Chapter 11: Attendance
All students are expected to attend school every day and be on time. As long as students remain on the roster of Lafayette High School, students will be held accountable for their attendance and under Kentucky state law, guardians may be held accountable for a child’s attendance as well.
All absence notes must be turned in within three days of returning to school from the absence. The only exception to this is absences due to Educational Enhancement. Educational Enhancements absences are approved through IAKSS Department of Pupil Personnel. Family vacations to historical sites and museums are not considered Educational Enhancement but may be excused as a regular absence under #14 below.
If an absence excuse note is not received within three days of returning to school, the absence shall be unexcused. Ideally, notes for absences will be turned in the same day the student returns as this will facilitate receipt of make-up assignments. It is the child and parent’s responsibility to see to it that attendance notes are received by the attendance office. Notes are entered daily. Parents may check Infinite Campus to verify if an attendance note has been entered. For students who have difficulty turning notes in on time, parent notes may be faxed directly to the attendance office at (859) 381-4021. If a student is sent home for illness by the school, the student will be excused for that day; however, if the student is absent additional days the note requirements apply. If a child has a chronic illness, the parent/guardian may request additional parent notes by contacting the Director of Pupil Personnel at It's About Kids Support Services (IAKSS) at 381-4100.
Notes to school for absences, early dismissals, late arrivals or tardies must include:
For all late arrivals and early dismissals, students must check with the Front Office immediately after arrival or before departure. Students may not leave or enter school without checking through the Front Office (exception: students with a regularly assigned off-campus activity such as EBCE, Co-op, Community Service, or University Research Students.) A note must be provided to ensure the check in/out is excused (see Permissible Excuses).
In all cases in which an adult is picking up a student, the adult MUST be on the approved list of people who can check the student out of school AND the adult MUST have a photo ID. Adults may be added or removed from the list of approved check in/out adults by filling out the "Household Verification Form."
All check outs will require direct communication between the school and the parent/guardian. Students under 18 may NOT be dismissed over the phone, including students who are drivers. Parents/guardians MUST come inside to check out their student.
All students who are late to school and tardy to the first block must check in with the Front Office.
Students who are late to school with a valid excuse will present the note at check in. Please note that parents may only write ten tardy excuse notes due to illness during the year. To be excused, additional notes must be provided by medical personnel. Additional reasons that make a tardy excused are the same that make an absence excused (see "Permissible Excuses").
NOTE: Please see the district “Student Code of Conduct” for the complete text.
District policy requires that all notes from a medical professional be original notes (no copies). Faxes and scans must be sent directly from the medical professional’s office. Parents may not scan or fax doctor’s notes.
All absences that do not fit the conditions above or for which a proper note has not been turned in shall be deemed unexcused. Students shall not be given make-up work missed during unexcused absences. Common reasons that result in an absence being unexcused include notes that reference “traffic,” “personal reasons,” “going out of town,” or “personal family event.” Please specify the reason for the absence from the reasons given in “Permissible Excuses” above. If the parent writes a note for a medical appointment, the absence will be considered unexcused until the note is received from a medical professional.
(Print First and Last Name)
Date of Absence(s)/Tardy: __________________________________
(Include Calendar Date)
(From the list of reasons below)
1. Death or severe illness in the student’s immediate family.
2. Illness of the student
3. Religious holidays (requires prior approval).
4. Medical and dental appointments (note from medical office required)
5. Family emergency
6. Visits to colleges or universities (requires prior approval)
7. Attendance at Kentucky State Fair (requires prior approval)
8. Court appearance
9. Military leave of parent stationed overseas
10. Deployment of parent/guardian to active military duty
11. Return of parent/guardian from active military duty
12. Educational Enhancement Opportunity (requires 5 day prior approval by school application).
13. Driver’s license test (once per student for a half-day ONLY.)
14. Other valid reasons as determined by the Principal
Guardian Signature: _________________________________________
Today’s Date: ______________ Parent Phone: __________________
Your name and relationship with the student _______________________________________
Have you had a meeting with your student’s teachers?________________________________
Does your student currently have a 504 plan?_______________________________________
Does your student currently receive services through Special Education?_________________
Has your student ever received specially designed instruction, accommodations, and/or modifications?________________________________________________________________
What is your primary concern? Please be as specific as possible.
Does your student display any of these behaviors below? If so, please put a check mark in the box.
Is there anything that you have tried at home that was or was not successful? Please be as specific as possible.