Nazareth Area High School Student Handbook
2019 - 2020

 

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Contents Overview 
*The topics below are listed in the order in which they appear.

A.        Student Responsibilities

        Chromebook Responsibilities

        E-Hall Pass

        Eagle Block/FlexTime Manager        

B.        Academic Programs

        Programs of Study 
        
Course Weighting
        Criteria for National Honor Society
        
Homebound Students
        
Repeating Courses Previously Passed
        
Report Cards
        Field Trips
        
Summer School
        
Scheduling Process
        
Core Academic Areas: English, Math, Science, Social Studies
        
Scheduling Restrictions
        
Preliminary Scheduling and Schedule Change Policy 
        
Withdrawal Procedures
        
Independent Study Process 
        
Graduation Requirements
        
Grading

        Reading Material Policy
        Academic Recognition Practices
        Career Institute of Technology  
        
Concurrent Enrollment of Public School Students in College Classes

C.        Special Education
        
Evaluation Process
        Consent
        
Program Development
        Confidentiality of Information
        
Gifted Education 

D.        Attendance and Discipline

        Non-Binding Note
        
Appointment Procedures
        Attendance and Tardy Procedures
        
Reporting Daily Absences
        
Absenteeism from School
        
Procedures for Habitually Truant 

        Unexcused Absences and Academics
        Absences During Exams
        Affidavit/Family Travel

        Funerals
        College Visitation 
        
Tardy to School 
        
Student Discipline

        Punishable Behaviors

        Class Cut/Dismissal Procedures and Discipline
        
Academic Integrity Guidelines
        
Consequences for Academic Integrity Violations
        
Dress Code
        
Cafeteria Regulations
        Study Hall Rules
        
Acceptable Use of the Internet and NASD Computer Network 
        
Student Electronic Communications Device Policy
        
Searches 
        
Tobacco/ Smoking/Vaping/Juuling Policy 
        
Video Surveillance
        
Library Media Center

        Eagle Block Catch All Policy

        Eagle Block Cut Policy
        Study Hall and/or Eagle Block Privilege Guidelines

        Automobile and Student Parking Lot Rules and Regulations 
        
Illegally Parked Cars 
        
Career Institute of Technology Parking Policy
        
Bus Transportation Policies and Procedures
        
Bus Discipline Code
        Pupil and Personnel Services Anti-Violence/Weapons Policy
        
Weapon Definition
        
Drug and Alcohol Policy
        Nazareth Area School District Guidelines for Conduct 

        
        

E.        Co-Curricular Activities

        Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Policy on Sportsmanship 
        
Athletic Eligibility
        Nazareth Area School District Co-Curricular Code of Conduct
        
Student Code of Conduct
        
Alcohol and Other Drugs 
        
Hazing and Initiation
        
Department of Athletics Student-Athlete Social Media Agreement  
        

F.        Health and Related Services 

        Immunizations

        Medical Examinations/Dental Examinations

        Mandated Health Screenings

        Procedures for Using the Nurse’s Office

        Illness During the School Day

        Medical Causes for Exclusions From School

        Health Conditions

        Injuries

        Cell Phones

        Administering Medication to Students

        Medical Emergency

        Latex Allergy Guidelines

        Physical Education Excuses

        School Insurance

        Student Assistance Program (S.A.P.)

        Safe2Say Something

G.        General Information, Notices and Policies 

        Fundraising

        Individual Profit Accounts

        Lockers

        Obligation Policy

        Personal Identification Badges

        Prom Guidelines and Information

        Request for Student Records

        School Closing

        Textbooks

        Visitors

        Withdrawal Procedures

        Withdrawal/Re-Entry

        Working Papers

        Non-Sufficient Funds Policy

        

        

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Nazareth Area School District (NASD) does not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected category. This policy is in accordance with state law, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education

  records. They are:

  1. The right to review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access.

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

  1. The right to request the amendment of a student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading.

Parents or eligible students may ask the Nazareth Area School District to amend a record believed to be inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.

If the District does not amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise of the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  1. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One example which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including clerical staff, health or medical staff, and law enforcement unit personnel); a person on the School Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks). A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

4.  The right to refuse the designation of any or all the categories of directory information. The District is permitted by law to disclose directory information without the written consent of the parent or eligible student. The parent or eligible student has the right to refuse to permit the disclosure of any or all directory information if a written refusal is forwarded to the building principal no later than September 15th of the current school year. Upon request, the District discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.“Directory information” may be disclosed without consent unless the parent or eligible student requests that the information not be disclosed. “Directory information” includes the student’s name, address, telephone number; date and place of birth’ program; dates of attendance; participation in recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; degrees, certificates, and awards; and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.

5.   The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education.

A parent or an eligible student may file a complaint concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

 Washington, DC 20202-5901

Additionally, Section 4155 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), 20 U.S.C. § 7165m as amended by the NCLB, requires the transfer of disciplinary records, with respect to a suspension or expulsion, by the school district, to any private, or public elementary school or secondary school for any student who is enrolled or seeks, intends, or is instructed to enroll, on a full-or part-time basis.

Section 9528 of the ESEA, 20 U.S.C. § 7908, as amended by the NCLB, and 10 U.S.C. 504, as amended by § 544 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (Pub.L.No. 107-107), require the school district to:

Give military recruiters the same access to secondary school students as provided to postsecondary institutions or to prospective employers; and Provide students’ names, addresses, and telephone listings to military recruiters, when requested, unless a parent has opted out of providing such information. (Military Recruiter Guidance is on

FPCO Website.)

A.L.I.C.E.

In 2013, the US Department of Education changed its recommendation for active shooter response in schools from the traditional lock-down approach to a proactive approach. The Nazareth Area School District has adopted the A.L.I.C.E. response model and all students K-12 are trained on A.L.I.C.E concepts on a yearly basis.

A.        Student Responsibilities

As a citizen, each student has a right to a free public education, to voice their opinion in a respectful manner, and to be free from discrimination. Students also have human rights as persons and participants in the educational community. These rights include the right to be treated with dignity by other people and the right to contribute to the educational process. Students need to understand and respect the rights of others through their conduct and attitude. As with all rights, there are corresponding responsibilities. They include:

1.   Regular school attendance, conscious effort in classroom work and conformance to school rules and regulations. Most of all, students have with the administration and faculty, a responsibility to develop a climate within the school that is conducive to wholesome learning and living.

2.  No student has the right to interfere with the education of his/her fellow students.  It is the responsibility of each student to respect the rights of teachers, students, and administrators.

3. Students should express their ideas and opinions in a respectful manner so as not to

      offend or slander others.

4. It is the responsibility of all students to:

a. Be aware of all rules and regulations for student behavior and to conduct themselves in accordance with them. Students should assume that, until a rule is waived, altered, or repealed in writing, it is in effect.

b. Be willing to volunteer information in matters relating to the health, safety, and welfare of the school, community, and the protection of school property.

c. Dress and groom to meet the fair standards of safety and health, and not to cause substantial disruption to the educational process.

d. Assist the school staff in operating a safe school for all students enrolled

e. Comply with the Commonwealth and all local laws.
f. Exercise proper care when using public facilities and equipment.

g. Attend school daily and be on time to all classes and other school functions.

h. Make up work when absent from school.

i.  Pursue and attempt to complete satisfactorily the course of study prescribed by Commonwealth and local school authorities.

j.   Report accurately and do not use indecent or obscene language in student newspapers or publications. All materials in such publications will be subject to pre-approval by the advisor.

5. Ignorance of school rules is not an excuse for misbehavior. It is the student’s responsibility to know what he/she can or cannot do. When in doubt, students should ask an adult or check this handbook.

Chromebook Responsibilities 

Receiving a Chromebook

1. Each student will receive a Chromebook, AC power charger, and a case.
2. Parents/guardians and students must sign and return the User Agreement and

Parent Permission form before a Chromebook can be used by a student at home.
3. Each Chromebook will be labeled in a manner specified by NASD; this will include the serial number.
4. The Chromebook and district-issued Google email account are the property of NASD and as a result may be subject to inspection at any time. The student should have NO expectation of privacy of material found on a Chromebook or a school supplied or supported email service.
5. Should you want your child to opt out of having a Chromebook to take home, you will need to submit a signed note to that effect to the NASD. Your child will then pick up and return their Chromebook from the Library Media Center each day for use during the school day. Students are responsible for following the Acceptable Use and Technology Use Policy and appropriate handling of the device during school.


Returning a Chromebook

1. Students will keep their Chromebook for all four years of high school. Chromebooks will only be collected at the end of a school year if repair is needed. A yearly insurance fee will be collected at the start of each school year. 2. Chromebooks must be returned immediately when a student transfers out of the NASD, is expelled, or terminates enrollment for any reason.


Repairing or Replacing a Chromebook

Students must report issues with their Chromebooks as soon as possible. Students can enter a “Chromebook Repair” ticket from the help menu found on the school website or from the Help Desk located in the Media Center. Students can also report to the designated IT room for repairs found at the Middle School and High School. Chromebooks in need of repair will be evaluated through the IT Department. The district will determine if a Chromebook can be repaired or needs to be replaced. Costs of repairs or replacement will be assessed as necessary, as per this handbook. A “loaner’ Chromebook may be provided based on the incident and availability.


Personal Home and Homeowners’/Renters’ Coverage

Lost, damaged, or stolen Chromebooks in the care, custody, and control of a student may be covered by the homeowners’/renters’ policy of the parent. Most homeowner/renter policies will provide some limit of coverage for the “damage of the property of others” under the comprehensive personal liability coverage part of the policy and is not normally subject to any deductible. Please consult your insurance agent for details about your homeowners’/renters’ coverage.

School District Protection 

NASD is self-insuring all Chromebook computers. The premium for insurance is $15 per student, which enrolls you in the NASD insurance program. The program affords reduced financial obligation in the event of damage, theft, and loss. Families participating in the Free or Reduced Lunch program will be exempt from the insurance premium of $15.

Financial Obligation
In the case where a Chromebook or district-issued accessory is damaged, i.e. accidents, abuse, neglect, or intentional damage, the student/parent/guardian will be charged a deductible fee for needed repairs, not to exceed the replacement cost of the Chromebook. A deductible is charged for each incident and is in addition to the insurance premium payment. Families participating in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program are responsible for any deductibles under this financial obligation. Administration will make the final determination of any fees associated. The following chart is designed to provide families a better understanding of possible financial obligations.
This is not a complete list of possible scenarios:

Description Financial Obligation

1. Small Repair (i.e. damaged or missing keys, cracked outside casing)

$25 insurance deductible or the cost of the repair, whichever is less.

2. Large Repair (i.e. cracked screen, multiple small repairs)

$50 insurance deductible.

3. Damaged, lost power charger $10

4. Damaged, lost sleeve/case $10

5. Theft/Loss
   Catastrophic Damage (Unrepairable)

$200 insurance deductible. Police report must be submitted for theft/loss.

6. Hard drive crash or manufacturer defect

Warranty issue. No cost to student or district.


Student Responsibilities

● Will be required to enroll and pay a nominal insurance premium fee.

○ Students receiving free or reduced lunch services will be exempt from paying this fee.

● Will agree all service and maintenance of the device will be performed only by NASD technicians.

● Will abide by all school district policies regarding technology use ( 237. 2, 815 ).

● Will agree to the financial obligations for repairs due to damage, theft and loss.

● Will agree to return the device to the district prior to leaving for summer break for routine maintenance and software updates, if required.

Claims

● All insurance claims must be reported to NASD. In cases of theft, vandalism, or other acts covered by insurance, the student/parent/guardian must file a report with the Academic Services Main Office before a Chromebook can be repaired or replaced.

● In the event of a lost or stolen Chromebook, the NASD may deploy location software, which may aid in recovering the Chromebook.

● Failure to report a stolen Chromebook in a timely manner may result in a request for compensation for the replacement cost of the Chromebook.

General Precautions

● Students are responsible for the general care of the Chromebook they have been issued by the NASD. Chromebooks that are broken or fail to work properly must be given to the IT Department Technician for an evaluation of the equipment. Care must be taken to protect the screen. Students are responsible for anything done using their assigned Chromebook or their login.

● Chromebooks are the property of the NASD and all users will follow the procedures and board policies: #237.2(1:1 Digital Learning Program) and #815(Acceptable Use of Network)

Best practices for use of Chromebooks

At NASD, we believe individual student responsibility is important for students to learn and demonstrate. It is an essential component for students to understand as they are introduced to the digital educational environment.

Students are responsible for the appropriate use of the Chromebook both at school and at home. The Chromebooks are for student educational purposes. All commercial, illegal, unethical, and inappropriate use of these Chromebooks is expressly prohibited.

Chromebooks are now a part of our learning culture and should be treated like necessary school supplies. Students are expected to arrive at school every day with the Chromebook battery fully charged and with the power adapter. Students that fail to bring these items in or have their battery fully charged will be subject to appropriate consequences.

1. While the Chromebook is considered scratch resistant, the Chromebook can be scratched. Avoid using any sharp object(s) on the Chromebook. Chromebooks do not respond well to liquid. Avoid applying liquids to the Chromebook. The Chromebook can be cleaned with a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid getting moisture in the openings. Do not use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean the Chromebook.
2. Do not attempt to gain access to the internal electronics or repair of a Chromebook. If a Chromebook fails to work or is damaged, report the problem to the technology specialist immediately.
3. There is no “jail breaking” (bypassing filters and controls) of this device.
4. Never throw or slide a Chromebook.
5. Cords and cables must be inserted carefully into the Chromebook to prevent

damage.
6. Chromebooks must remain free of any writing, drawing, stickers, or labels that are not the property of the NASD or approved by an administrator.
7. Chromebooks have the ability to be remotely located. Modifying, disabling, or attempting to disable the locator is a violation of the Student Internet Safety and Technology Use Policy (AUP) and grounds for disciplinary action.
8. Chromebooks have a unique identification number and at no time should the number or labels be modified or removed.
9. Chromebooks should be placed vertically in the bottom of the locker or in a backpack/bookbag to avoid putting any pressure on the screen.
10. Chromebooks must never be left in an unlocked car or in any unsupervised area.
11. Chromebooks must not be left in a vehicle or a location that is not temperature

controlled.

12. Chromebooks must be charged (at home) for use at school each day. This is the

student’s responsibility to come to school each day with the Chromebook fully charged. 13. Chromebooks are assigned to individual students and the responsibility for the care of the Chromebook rests solely with that individual. Students should not lend their Chromebooks to another person. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CONTACT CHROMEBOOK MANUFACTURER DIRECTLY FOR REPAIR QUESTIONS. PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

Help with Technology Problems 
If you notice that your Chromebook is not working properly or functioning in a strange or abnormal way, report it to the Library Media Center.  Technology staff will normally respond to your request within two school days. A number of loaner Chromebooks will be available if a student device fails or a hard drive crashes.

Internet Safety and Avoiding Scams

1. Don’t open, forward, or reply to suspicious emails or other online communication. If

you have a question about a particular message, check with the Technology Specialist. 2. Be wary of attachments from people you don’t know and critically review online offers. Many scams attempt to trick you into installing or forwarding a virus or malicious program.
3. Never respond to emails or websites that ask for personal information such as your

username, password, date-of-birth, or social security number.
4. Almost all chain letters contain no useful information. This includes chain letters

warning about viruses or Internet scams. Often the chain letters link you to viruses or are scams themselves. Don’t pass them on.
5. Do not share your network username or password online or with others.
6. Do not tamper with the Chromebook filters; they help to block scam sites. The use of

anonymous proxies or other technologies to bypass district-filtering programs is prohibited.
7. Record your Chromebook serial number and asset tag number for your records.


Athletic Policy
Under no circumstances should Chromebooks and/or carrying cases be left at the practice/game location before, during, or after practice or games. Lockers must be locked at all times. Students will be allowed to return to the locker room to retrieve their Chromebook at the end of practice or a game. Under no circumstances should the Chromebook be used in the locker room. A student may not take his or her Chromebook to away games, it must stay within the District (i.e. locked in their locker in the locker room). The student or his/her parents must make plans to transport it home.

Cyber Citizenship and Digital Ethics
Students are trusted to be civil and courteous when using the Chromebook both on and off the school network. The District recognizes that bullying creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, detracts from the safe environment necessary for student learning, and may lead to more serious violence. Therefore, the School Board will not tolerate cyberbullying by district students.

Carrying Chromebooks

The district will provide a protective carrying case for the Chromebook. A cover must protect the Chromebook at all times when traveling. If you decide to purchase an alternate carrying case, the case that you purchase for the Chromebook should have sufficient padding to protect the Chromebook from normal treatment and provide a suitable means for carrying the device within the school.

Using Chromebooks at School

Chromebooks are intended for use at school each day. In addition to teacher expectations for the Chromebook use; school messages, announcements, procedures and rules, calendars, and schedules may be accessed using the Chromebook. Students are responsible for bringing their Chromebook to all classes unless specifically instructed not to do so by a teacher. A limited number of charging stations in classrooms may be utilized at the discretion of the classroom teacher.


Chromebooks Left at Home

If a student leaves the Chromebook at home, the student is responsible for getting the coursework completed as if the Chromebook was present. If a student repeatedly (3 or more times as determined by any staff member) leaves the Chromebook at home, the student will be required to ‘checkout’ the Chromebook from the Technology Specialist every day for three weeks.

Chromebook Undergoing Repair

Loaner Chromebooks may be issued to students when their Chromebooks are being repaired by the school. A limited number of “loaner” Chromebooks are available so having a “loaner” is not guaranteed.


Charging a Chromebook’s Battery

1. Chromebooks must be brought to school each day in a fully charged condition, or plugged in at school for students who must leave their Chromebook at school.
2. Repeated violations (a minimum of 3 days) of this procedure will result in students being required to “checkout” their Chromebook from the Technology Specialist every day for three weeks.
3. In cases where the battery does “run out,” students may be able to connect their

Chromebooks to a power outlet in class.


Screensavers/Background photos

While personalized screensavers or backgrounds are permitted, inappropriate or provocative images including but not limited to pornographic images, guns, weapons, inappropriate language, threatening language, drug, alcohol, or gang related images are not permitted and subject to disciplinary action.


Sound, Music, Games, Software/Apps

1. Sound must be muted at all times unless permission is obtained from the teacher

for instructional purposes.
2. Students should provide their own headsets/earbuds.
3. Music is only allowed on the Chromebook at the discretion of the teacher.
4. All software/apps must be district provided. Data storage will be through apps on the Chromebook, i.e. Google Docs, Notepad, etc.
5. Internet games are not allowed to be played on the NASD Chromebooks during the

school day.


Legal Propriety

1. Comply with trademark and copyright laws and all license agreements. Ignorance of the law is not immunity. If you are unsure, ask the Library Media Specialist.
2. Plagiarism is a violation of the NASD rules. Give credit to all sources used, whether quoted or summarized. This includes all forms of media on the Internet, such as graphics, movies, music and text.

3. Use or possession of hacking software is strictly prohibited and violators will be subject to NASD discipline. Violation of applicable state or federal law may result in criminal prosecution.

Home Internet Access
CHROMEBOOKS WILL BE FILTERED THROUGH THE NAZARETH AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT FILTER.
Parents/Guardians, please take the necessary precautions for Internet safety with your student.

NASD provides Internet filtering on the district’s network. These filters may not apply to any other locations. It is the family’s responsibility to monitor the student’s use of the Internet outside of the school setting.

1. Students are allowed to set up wireless networks on their Chromebooks. This will assist them with Chromebook uses while at home. Printing at home requires a wireless printer, proper settings on the Chromebook and the correct app.
2. All students should recognize and guard their personal and private information. While on the Internet, students shall not reveal personal information, including a home address or phone number, or the address or phone number of other students.
3. All activity on the Chromebook and district-issued Google email account, whether

conducted at school or off site, is subject to search as District property.

Using the Chromebook Camera

The Chromebook comes equipped with camera and video capacities. As with all recording devices, it is best practice and common courtesy to ask permission before recording and posting anything online associated with that individual or group. Cameras may never be used in a locker room or restroom per state statute.


Network Connectivity
The Nazareth Area School District makes no guarantee that the district’s network will be up and running 100% of the time. In the rare case that the network is down, the district will not be responsible for lost or missing data.

E-Hall Pass Student Responsibilities

E-Hall Pass is a digital hall pass system that will replace written passes in the high school. Students will use their device to initiate a pass. Faculty/staff will digitally approve student passes. Students are expected to follow E-Hall Pass guidelines and procedures outlined by building administration.  

Eagle Block/FlexTime Manager Student Responsibilities

Eagle Block is scheduled through FlexTime Manager. All students, including students with Eagle Block Privilege, are responsible for the following:

  1. Scheduling an activity every day in FlexTime Manager by 1:00 PM. Those with Eagle Block Privilege must schedule the activity called “Eagle Block Privilege” for each day.
  2. Checking FlexTime Manager each day after 1:00 PM to see which activity is scheduled for that day. Teachers may tag students each day up until 1:00 PM, so even though students schedule their own activities, their activity can be changed each day by a teacher’s tag. This is why students must check their FlexTime calendar each day after 1:00 PM.

Eagle Block Catch All Policy:

The Catch All activity in FlexTime Manager is assigned to students who do not schedule an activity by the cut off time each day. Since it is the responsibility of all students to schedule an activity daily, the following Catch All policy exists:

  1. A student may be in the Catch All up to three times per semester with no consequence.
  2. On the 4th Catch All occurrence during a semester, the student will receive a 1-hour after school detention.
  3. On the 5th Catch All occurrence during a semester, the student will receive a 3-hour after school detention.
  4. On the 6th Catch All occurrence during a semester, the student will lose study hall and Eagle Block privilege for the rest of the semester. If the student does not have privilege, the consequence will be determined by an administrator and the student may forfeit the opportunity for privilege in the future.

Eagle Block Cut Policy:

Scenario 1: If a student reports to the incorrect EB activity and is marked absent:

  1. On the 1st occurrence in a semester,  the student will receive a warning.
  2. On the 2nd occurrence in a semester, the student will receive a 1-hr after school detention.
  3. On the 3rd occurrence in a semester, the student will receive a 3-hr after school detention.
  4. On the 4th occurrence in a semester, the student will receive a 3-hr after school detention and will lose study hall and Eagle Block privilege for 2 cycles. Students who do not have privilege may forfeit the opportunity for privilege in the future.
  5. On the 5th occurrence in a semester, the student will receive a 3-hr after school detention and will lose study hall and Eagle Block privilege for the rest of the semester.  Students who do not have privilege may forfeit the opportunity for privilege in the future.
  6. The 6th and subsequent occurrences will be handled as per the administration.

Scenario 2: If a student cuts an Eagle Block activity and cannot be verified to have been on campus during that time:

  1. On the 1st occurrence in a semester, the student will receive a 3-hr after school detention.
  2. On the 2nd occurrence in a semester, the student will receive a 3-hr after school detention and will lose study hall and Eagle Block privilege for two cycles. Students who do not have privilege may forfeit the opportunity for privilege in the future.
  3. On the 3rd occurrence in a semester, the student will receive a 3-hr after school detention and will lose study hall and Eagle Block privilege for the rest of the semester. Students who do not have privilege may forfeit the opportunity for privilege in the future.
  4. On the 4th and subsequent occurrences in a semester, the student will receive an out of school suspension.

B. Academic Programs

Programs of Study

Grade 9 – 10

Grades 11 - 12

*Advanced Placement(10th Grade Only)

Advanced Placement

Honors

Honors

College Preparatory

College Preparatory

Foundations (Restricted enrollment)

Foundations (Restricted enrollment)

AP Courses Available – 17 (see list below)

Honors Courses Available - 19

Career Institute of Technology (CIT) and Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School (BAVTS) courses are also available.

AP Courses

Studio Art

American Government

English Language and Composition

American History

English Literature

European History

Calculus

Macroeconomics

Statistics

Microeconomics

Biology

Computer Science

Chemistry

Psychology

Environmental Science

Spanish

Physics I and II

Course Weighting

The following weighting is used to calculate for Honor Roll and GPA which is used to calculate Class Rank.

AP courses will carry a weighting factor of 1.10
        
Honors courses will carry a weighting factor of 1.05
        
All other courses are unweighted

Criteria for National Honor Society

National Honor Society is open to qualified juniors and seniors. Students are notified in the fall of their junior or senior year. The faculty council of the Delphian Chapter of Nazareth Area High School selects students who demonstrate outstanding performance in all four criteria of scholarship, leadership, service and character.The first prerequisite for consideration is scholarship, which is met by the student achieving a 93.0

GPA by the end of their sophomore, or junior year. They then evaluate the candidates performance in the areas of leadership, service, and character. While the academic criterion is important and is considered first, membership will never be considered on the basis of grades alone.

Definitions of Criteria:

Scholarship

The scholarship requirement set by the National Council is based on a student’s cumulative grade point average. The phrase “cumulative grade point average” refers to the total academic performance as demonstrated by the grades received by the student while in attendance at the school where the chapter was found.


Leadership

The leadership criterion is considered highly important for membership selection. The faculty council may interpret leadership in terms of number of offices a student has held in school or community organizations, although the faculty council also recognizes that leadership also exists outside elected positions including effective participation in other co-curricular activities offered on campus. Leadership roles in both the school and community will be considered.


Service

Service is generally considered to be those actions undertaken by the student, which are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service.  In considering service, the contributions this candidate has made to school, classmates, and community, as well as the student’s attitude toward service will be reviewed.


Character

National Honor Society is a member of the Character Counts! Coalition. Through this activity, the society supports and recommends the use of a multi-faceted definition of character known as the “Six Pillars of Character.” A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

*Students who qualify for Scholarship, and would like to be considered for National Honor Society are strongly encouraged to participate and become involved in clubs, sports, activities, and community service.

**When completing the information sheet students need to be as complete and as thorough as possible.  Students need to provide as much information as possible for the faculty council to use for evaluation.

Homebound Students

Homebound instruction may be provided for students who are unable to attend school due to urgent medical or emotional reasons.  Students should apply for homebound instruction after being absent for 10 school days and not able to return for an extended period of time.  Once the homebound the application is received and approved, a tutor will be assigned and will provide a maximum of 5 hours of instruction per week.  While on homebound instruction, the student shall not be permitted to participate in any extracurricular, co-curricular or after-school activities or events.

Students on homebound instruction for more than one marking period are withdrawn from the ranking system for that school year.  The principal reviews the student’s credentials for credit and graduation purposes. The grades for students on homebound for one marking period or less are averaged with the other three marking period grades to determine the final grade for that student.

Repeating Courses Previously Passed

Students repeating courses that they have previously passed will not earn two credits for the course; one credit will be awarded for the highest grade earned.  However, both grades will appear on the student’s official transcript and both grades will be calculated as part of the student’s overall GPA and class rank.

*Exceptions to this rule include Physical Education, Comet Yearbook, Concert Band, Concert Choir, and String Orchestra.

Report Cards

Students will receive their report cards four times a year. Final GPA & Class Rank will be released upon request. Final student transcripts will NOT be available until AFTER July 1st. Each marking period is nine weeks in length. Parents are urged to discuss the report card with their child, and if there are any questions, contact the appropriate teacher.

Field Trips

During the course of the school year, specific clubs or classes take many field trips for education purposes. Before leaving on the trip, students must take permission slips home to be signed by a parent or guardian and then returned to the teacher in charge. Cost of the trip, if any, should be paid ahead of time. Most trips are open to all students but a student may be denied this privilege for academic or disciplinary reasons.

Students in danger of losing credit for their courses because of excessive absenteeism are not permitted to attend field trips sponsored by Nazareth Area High School or C.I.T. Students on all trips or planned absences are held accountable upon their return for all work missed and must contact their teacher prior to the absence for their work.

Summer School

Any student failing a core academic class is strongly encouraged to attend summer school to make up the credit to graduate on time.  Summer school must occur immediately following the school year in which the course was failed. Any student choosing not to attend summer school should be aware that graduation may be delayed. Summer School information will be included with failure letters and mailed to students at the end of the school year.

A remedial summer school program is held at Nazareth Area High School for make-up of core academic courses previously failed. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors must have a grade of 45% or higher in the course to qualify for the summer school program; however, all freshmen who fail a core academic course are permitted to attend summer school regardless of the grade earned. Upperclassmen with a grade of less than 45% must repeat the entire academic course during the following school year. Information is available in the counseling office beginning the first week of June. Summer school is graded on a (P) Pass or (F) Fail basis.

Summer school courses are delivered online with a teacher present in each classroom to provide support.  Regular attendance at summer school is required.  Credits and grades will be withheld from any student absent more than 3 days per course.  Tuition will not be refunded.  All tardies will be accumulated and applied toward the 3 days of absences.  The program runs for 6 weeks, Monday through Thursday, with students working independently.

Scheduling Process

The educational opportunities guide provides details regarding the programs of study, brief course descriptions, and important information for grade calculations. Each individual student must review their own personal interests, abilities, and career goals to determine the best courses to select.  It is important that students, parents, and the school work together to create an appropriate, worthwhile and individual plan for their high school years.

Students must carefully select their courses. Students should choose courses based on:

Students will be recommended for the core academic courses based on a set criteria including: teacher recommendation and previous course grade(s).

Core Academic Areas:  English, Math, Science, Social Studies                

Students will be recommended for the core academic courses based on a set criteria including: teacher recommendation and previous course grade(s).  

 

English Placement:

Students complete an English course each year to fulfill graduation requirements. For entering 9th graders, a rubric is used to determine appropriate placement. Students entering grades 10 and 11 are placed in College Prep, Honors, Advanced Placement or Foundation level courses.  Student placement is based on course sequence, course grades, and teacher recommendation. In addition to the required courses for each grade level, students may enroll in the department electives.  

Math Placement:

Beginning with the Class of 2013, four credits of mathematics are required for graduation.  Courses are offered in varying levels which include Advanced Placement, Honors, College Prep, and Foundations.  Prerequisites for each course are listed in the course guide. The mathematics department uses a rubric to correctly place students entering 9th grade. For students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade the department incorporates course sequence, course grades, teacher recommendation, and student input.

Science Placement:

For entering 9th graders, a rubric is used to determine appropriate placement into Biology class. Students entering grade 10 will have their science course pre-selected for them. Students entering grades 11 and 12 may choose their science courses. The Science Department has developed a series of grade requirements and prerequisites that students need to meet before taking certain courses. Please make sure to read these prerequisites and grade requirements before scheduling.

Social Studies Placement:

Students are required to complete 3 or 4 credits in social studies depending on their desired career goals.  Students are required to take American I, American II, and American Government and Economics in order to graduate. Students opting to take 4 credits of social studies are required to take World History in their junior year.  The Social Studies Department encourages all students to take World History in their junior year regardless of their selected path.  Students entering 9th and 10th grade will be placed in the required course based on a department rubric.  Student placement for entering 11th and 12th graders will be based on course grades, teacher recommendation, and student input. Courses are offered at varying levels including Advanced Placement, Honors, and College Prep.

Scheduling Restrictions

Students are required to schedule a minimum of 7 credits (Junior/Seniors) or 7.5 credits (Freshmen/Sophomores) per year.  A minimum of one credit in English, as well as a half credit in Physical Education are required each year. Graduation requirements include 4 credits of English and Math, 7 credits combined of Social Studies and Science, 2 credits of Physical Education (.5 each year), .5 credit of Freshmen Seminar, .5 credit of Junior Seminar, and .5 credit of Health.  Remaining credits can be obtained in the elective areas.  Total credits required for graduation are 26.  When possible, every effort is made to accommodate students’ course requests. However, due to the nature of block scheduling, not all requests may be fulfilled.

 

Preliminary Scheduling and Schedule Change Policy

The scheduling process covers a period from February until late May.  All schedule change requests must be initiated using the appropriate request change form which can be found on the high school website or in the counseling office. The four core academic areas (Math, Science, Social Studies, and English) will be recommended through set criteria including course history, teacher recommendation, class grade, and student input.  Level changes will be reviewed prior to the master schedule being completed. A signature of parent/guardian is required. No schedule change requests will be completed via telephone, email, etc.


Changes that WILL be considered:

Changes that WILL NOT be considered:

Schedule change procedures once the school year begins:
Students need to attend their classes exactly as they appear on their schedules for the first three days of school. The only students who should report to the Counseling Office during a class period are:
a)   students missing a class on their schedule
b)   students who have two classes scheduled for the same period
c)   students experiencing an emotional crisis, conflict, issue, etc.

On the 4th day of school a student may complete and submit the “Request Change” Form. All schedule change requests will be reviewed, evaluated, and prioritized by the Counseling Office and High School Administration. Only academic level changes will be considered. In order to process a level change, a meeting with the teacher, counselor, student, and parent must be held. Only changes initiated by the teacher will be reviewed.  Once a meeting is held, a committee consisting of a teacher, administrator, and counselor will determine if the change will be granted. If a student is granted a change and enters another class, the student is responsible for making up all missed work.

Schedule change procedures once the school year begins:

Students need to attend their classes exactly as they appear on their schedules for the first three days of school. The only students who should report to the Counseling Office during a class period are:

a)   students missing a class on their schedule

b)   students who have two classes scheduled for the same period

c)   students experiencing an emotional crisis, conflict, issue, etc.

 

On the Fourth Day of school a student may complete and submit the “Request Change” Form. All schedule change requests will be reviewed, evaluated, and prioritized by the Counseling Office and High School Administration. Only academic level changes will be considered. In order to process a level change, a meeting with the teacher, counselor, student, and parent must be held. Only changes initiated by the teacher will be reviewed.  Once a meeting is held, a committee consisting of a teacher, administrator, and counselor will determine if the change will be granted. If a student is granted a change and enters another class, the student is responsible for making up all missed work.

Withdrawal Procedures

If a student drops a course after 5 days, they will receive a grade of (W) or (WF) for failing at the time of withdraw.  Either W or WP will appear on the student’s transcript.  NO CREDIT WILL BE AWARDED.  Only students who have over the minimum number of credits will be considered for withdraw from a class.  Again, in order for a withdrawal to be considered, a meeting with the teacher, counselor, student, and parent must be held.  Once a meeting is held, a committee consisting of a teacher, administrator, and counselor will determine if the change will be granted.

If a student is granted a withdrawal and enters another class, the student is responsible for making up all missed work.  If a student is granted a withdrawal and will not be replacing the class, they will be placed in a restrictive study hall and not be granted any Junior/Senior privilege.

Withdrawing from NAHS:  

When a student will be withdrawn, an appointment time must be set up with your child’s school counselor to fill out and sign the withdrawal form, return the school issued Chromebook, textbooks and settle any obligations there may be.  The student must also clean out their locker and remove all personal items.  Please be aware that it is not legal for a child to be enrolled and attending another school without being withdrawn from NAHS.  A child under 17, who intends to enroll in cyber school, must show proof of acceptance with a start date in order to be withdrawn from NAHS.

Independent Study Process

Independent Study courses are designed to give students a curriculum related experience not offered through the traditional course offerings. Independent studies need to be a collaboration consisting of teacher, student, counselor, and an administrator.  Independent studies can only be used for courses not offered during the school day and cannot be used to replace another course. Independent studies are designed to enrich the

curriculum and should be scheduled to go “above and beyond”.  Courses cannot be taken as Independent studies if a class cannot fit into a student’s schedule. All Independent Studies are graded as (P/F).  Please see your counselor for more information and an application. Applications must be submitted prior to the start of a semester.

Graduation Requirements

The Nazareth Area School Board awards a high school diploma to every student enrolled in the school district who meets both state and local requirements.

A student must earn twenty-six (26) credits, grades 9 – 12. In addition to the total number of credits necessary to graduate, the following courses must be successfully completed:
4.0 credits in English
3.0/4.0 credits in Social Studies
4.0 Mathematics
3.0/4.0 credits in Science
2.0 credits in Art/Humanities (World Language, Music, Art, etc.)
0.5 credits in Health
2.0 credits in Physical Education
1.0 credit in Freshmen & Junior Seminar
**At least 6 credits must be earned in the senior year

Grading

0 – 100…………………...A
80 – 89…………………….B
70 – 79…………………….C
60 – 69…………………….D
Below 60…………………..F
Passing…………………....P
Withdraw………………...W*
Withdraw Failing………..WF
    *No credit awarded

Special Grades

“I” (Incomplete)- A grade of “I” excludes a person from the Honor Roll. A student has two weeks from the end of the marking period to complete the work, unless extenuating circumstances occur and the teacher agrees to extend the time limit.

“P” (Passing) - Has met minimum requirements. This can be used as a final grade only, with the agreement of the teacher, counselor and principal.

“M” (Medical) - Student except or excused due to a medical situation. Must be approved by the principal.

Reading Material Policy

A great deal of consideration is given in selecting the reading material used in the high school. Works are selected in order to achieve the goals set forth in the school’s philosophy and the district’s mission statement. The purpose of the literature is both to inform and challenge the high school students.

As high school students are preparing for further education and adult life, some of the selections are for a more mature student than those used in middle school.

However, any student who genuinely is uncomfortable with a piece of literature may opt to read an alternative selection. Students or their parents are asked to bring the matter to the immediate attention of their teacher and a substitution will be made.

Academic Recognition Practices


Honor Roll
Marking period Honor Roll is calculated using the final quarter grades for all Nazareth Area High School courses.  High Honor Roll is a weighted average of 90.0 or higher.  Regular Honor Roll is a weighted average of 80.0-89.9.  Honor Roll is calculated at the conclusion of each of the four marking periods and includes all courses that assign a numeric grade.  Honor Roll is noted on quarterly report cards and shared with the media.

Class Rank
A measure of a students’ performance compared to other students in the same graduating class.  Class rank is calculated using final course grades for only Nazareth Area High School courses except for Academic Support, Band, Chorus, Orchestra, Physical Education and Yearbook.  Class rank is processed by August 1 each year and will be shared with students upon request.  Class rank is included on a students’ final transcript.

GPA
Grade point average is an indication of the students’ academic achievement calculated as the total number of grade points received during a given period divided by the total number of credits awarded.  GPA is calculated for each marking period and is noted on students’ quarterly report cards.  Cumulative GPA is processed by August 1 each year and will be shared with students upon request.  Cumulative GPA is included on a students’ final transcript.


Honor Graduates
Students graduating with a cumulative GPA of 95.0 or higher as of the first Friday in May during their graduation year are considered to be Honor Graduates.  The designation of Honor Graduate is not noted on a students’ final transcript.  Honor graduates are noted in the graduation program and they also receive a medal to wear at the graduation ceremony.

Fictional Final
The fictional final (seniors only) is used to identify students to be recognized at the end of year Academic Awards ceremony as well as the top 3 in the class for graduation purposes.  The fictional final is calculated using only Nazareth Area High School final course grades except for Academic Support, Band, Chorus, Orchestra, Physical Education and Yearbook.  The fictional final is calculated on the first Friday in May.  All assessments and assignments must be completed prior to the first Friday in May in order for students to be evaluated using the fictional final process.  Final transcripts for the graduating class include the true final class rank and GPA for each student.

Valedictorian
The student in the graduating class that is ranked first based upon their cumulative GPA as of the first Friday in May of their graduation year is considered to be the Valedictorian.  The Valedictorian is eligible to deliver a brief address to the graduating class at the commencement ceremony.

Salutatorian
The student in the graduating class that is ranked second based upon their cumulative GPA as of the first Friday in May of their graduation year is considered to be the Salutatorian.  The Salutatorian is eligible to deliver a brief address to the graduating class at the commencement ceremony.

Honor Graduate
The student in the graduating class that is ranked third based upon their cumulative GPA as of the first Friday in May of their graduation year is considered to be the Honor Graduate.  The Honor Graduate is eligible to deliver a brief address to the graduating class at the commencement ceremony.

Career Institute of Technology (C.I.T.)

The following criteria are used to select students to attend the C.I.T. when student interest exceeds the quota of students that Nazareth sends to the C.I.T.

1.  Academic achievement
2.  Attendance
3.  Aptitude test scores
4.  Attitude and behavior
5.  Application accuracy and neatness
6.  Personal interview
7.  Knowledge of shop careers and opportunities
8.  Interest


Attending the C.I.T. is a privilege. This privilege can be revoked if a student does not maintain a satisfactory academic, attendance and disciplinary record at the home school. Students may also be removed from the C.I.T. program for disciplinary actions on the bus or due to driving violations.

Career Institute of Technology Programs

The Career Institute of Technology is an extension of the Nazareth Area High School. Because of the programs offered at the C.I.T., we can increase the number of course selections for our students. Twenty-five programs are available to the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades. Four units of credit per year are granted to students who receive passing grades while enrolled in technical programs.

C.I.T. programs are designed to help students acquire the skills, knowledge and attitude needed to secure employment.  The majority of students who take a technical program will enter the world of work upon graduation, between twenty and thirty percent of the technical graduates seek higher education. This is possible with advanced planning and careful balance of course selections.

Students are encouraged to research their career plans by reading and reviewing literature and by discussions with counselors and parent(s). Brochures, pamphlets, applications, curriculum outlines, placement studies and a list of competencies (tasks, skills, knowledge and attitudes students learn while in the program) are available to review in the guidance area. Specific areas to be taught are listed in these outlines. Contact your guidance counselor for detailed information. Visitations are encouraged so that students can see the actual classroom atmosphere and course content in action; in most cases, students will visit C.I.T. during their ninth grade year as part of their Computers and Careers class.

Students who select the option of following a technical schedule may do so for one to three years. All programs provide individualized instruction for a half day. The quality and quantity of what is learned is determined by the time and effort applied. The decision to take one to three years of this program should be shaped by career goals.

Concurrent Enrollment of Public School Students in College Classes

Junior and Senior students of the school district who wish to attend a credit class at college concurrent with enrollment in the school district must have approval from the parent or legal guardian, principal or director of any school attended and the superintendent. The student registering for the course will have an opportunity to earn college credits while qualifying for high school graduation. Students are responsible for paying the normal college tuition and fees, and for providing their own transportation to and from college.

Dual Enrollment Agreement

Nazareth Area High School has a dual enrollment program with several local colleges and universities. The program is open to qualified senior and second semester junior students who have met the requirements of the dual enrollment agreement. Students who are approved for the program earn high school and college credit. Payment for courses offered in the dual enrollment program is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. Dual enrollment criteria may be obtained in the counseling office.


C. Special Education

According to state and federal special education regulations, annual public notice to parents of children who reside within a school district is required regarding child find responsibilities. They are required to conduct child find activities for children who may be eligible for services via Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For additional information related to Section 504/Chapter 15 services, the parent may refer to Section 504, Chapter 15, and the Basic Education Circular entitled Implementation of Chapter 15 on PDE’s website. Also, school districts are required to conduct child find activities for children who may be eligible for gifted services via 22 Pa Code Chapter 16. For additional information regarding gifted services, the parent may refer to 22 Pa Code Chapter 16. If a student is both gifted and eligible for Special Education, the procedures in IDEA and Chapter 14 shall take precedence.

This notice shall inform parents throughout the school district of the child identification activities and of the procedures followed to ensure confidentiality of information pertaining to students with disabilities or eligible young children. Children ages three through twenty-one can be eligible for special education programs and services. If parents believe that the child may be eligible for special education, the parent should contact the Director of Pupil Services.

Children age three through the age of admission to first grade are also eligible if they have developmental delays and, as a result, need special education and related services. Developmental delay is defined as a child who is less than the age of beginners and at least 3 years of age and is considered to have a developmental delay when one of the following exists: (i) The child’s score, on a developmental assessment device, on an assessment instrument which yields a score in months, indicates that the child is delayed by 25% of the child’s chronological age in one or more developmental areas. (ii) The child is delayed in one or more of the developmental areas, as documented by test performance of 1.5 standard deviations below the mean on standardized tests. Developmental areas include cognitive, communicative, physical, social/emotional and self-help. For additional information, you may contact the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 at 610-252-5550.

Evaluation Process

Each school district has a procedure in place by which parents can request an evaluation. Should you have concerns regarding your child’s progress, please arrange to discuss your concerns with your child’s teacher and school counselor. They can assist you with determining if an evaluation is needed, and, if so, how to proceed.

Parents of preschool age children, ages three through five, may request an evaluation in writing by addressing a letter to:

Jacquelyn Bartek, Supervisor of Special Education

Colonial Intermediate Unit 20

6 Danforth Drive

Easton, PA  18045-7899

Consent

School entities cannot proceed with an evaluation, or with the initial provision of special education and related services, without the written consent of the parents. For additional information related to consent, please refer to the Procedural Safeguards Notice which can be found on the Nazareth Area School District’s Pupil Services website. Once written parental permission is obtained, the district will proceed with the evaluation process. If the parent disagrees with the evaluation, the parent can request an independent education evaluation at public expense.

Program Development

Once the evaluation process is completed, a team of qualified professionals and parents determine whether the child is eligible. If the child is eligible, the individualized education program team meets, develops the program, and determines the educational placement. Once the IEP team develops the program and determines the educational placement, school district staff will issue a notice of recommended educational placement/prior written notice. Your written consent is required before initial services can be provided. The parent has the right to revoke consent after initial placement.

Confidentiality of Information

The School District maintains records concerning all children enrolled in the school including students with disabilities. All records are maintained in the strictest confidentiality. Your consent, or consent of an eligible child who has reached the age of majority under State law, must be obtained before personally identifiable information is released, except as permitted under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The age of majority in Pennsylvania is 21. Each district must protect the confidentiality o f personally identifiable information at collection, storage, disclosure, and destruction states. The Director of Pupil Services is responsible for ensuring the confidentiality of any personally identifiable information.

For additional information related to student records, the parent can refer to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This notice is only a summary of the Special Education services, evaluation and screening activities, and rights and protections pertaining to children with disabilities, children thought to be disabled, and their parents. For more information or to request evaluation or screening of a public or private school student, contact the Director of Pupil Services For preschool age children, information, screenings and evaluations requested, may be obtained by contacting the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20.

The school district will not discriminate in employment, educational programs, or activities based on race, color, national origin, age, sex, handicap, creed, marital status or because a person is a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. No preschool, elementary or secondary school pupil enrolled in the school district program shall be denied equal opportunity to participate in age and program appropriate instruction or activities due to race, color, handicap, creed, national origin, marital status or financial hardship.

Gifted Education

Students are identified as gifted if they possess outstanding intellectual ability, the development of which requires special activities or services not ordinarily provided in the regular program. The gifted program primarily consists of enrichment aimed at developing higher levels of cognitive skills that are usually stressed in the regular curriculum. Learning opportunities are provided both inside and outside of school to meet these needs.  Honor courses, dual enrollment courses, Advanced Placement courses and opportunities for group interaction will continue along with the gifted opportunities.

Students who have been identified as gifted have the opportunity of self-exploration in the pursuit of individual interests and can choose special activities not ordinarily provided in the regular program.  Students whose needs are met through other course selections may opt not to take these courses.


D. Attendance, Discipline, and School Procedures

     Non-Binding Note

It is impossible to anticipate or list every problem or situation that may arise; any offenses committed by a student in the Nazareth Area School District not listed in these guidelines will be dealt with by the administration using precedent, professional judgment, and common sense.

Recent changes in 2017 to the Compulsory Attendance Law of the State of Pennsylvania has changed many aspects of the high school attendance procedures. It is suggested that all students and parents review the new and revised high school attendance procedures thoroughly.

Appointment Procedures

The school realizes that there are occasions when students will find it necessary to request permission to leave the building to keep an urgent medical appointment during the school day.  Most medical appointments can and should be made after school hours. However, if it is absolutely impossible to schedule an appointment for after-school hours, the following procedure must be followed:

Students must report to the Attendance Office immediately upon entering the building to present an appointment note stating the time, date and place of the appointment. This will ensure that the student is dismissed at the appropriate time for pick up by the parent/guardian.

If permission is granted, a pass is given to the student stating the reason for leaving and departure time. At the stated time, the student must show the pass to his/her teacher and then must scan out in the attendance office before leaving the building. When the pass is for a doctor or dentist appointment, it must be signed by the doctor or dentist and returned to the attendance office when the student returns to school. The student must scan back in at this time.  Failure to return the pass to the office within five days will result in a half or full day of unexcused absence, depending on the time of the scheduled appointment. When returning to school after keeping an appointment, the student must report to the school attendance office immediately to receive a pass for admission to class.

Attendance and Tardy Procedures

I. Philosophy

The Board of Education of the Nazareth Area School District recognizes its obligation to require pupils enrolled in their school to be present in class to gain maximum benefit from their educational experience. Consistent with this philosophy, it is necessary to establish guidelines of attendance and student participation. These procedures are adopted for the benefit of the students, parents and community.

II. Procedures

Students are expected to be in attendance on all of the days and hours that school is in session unless appropriate reasons exist to justify their absence. Recent changes in 2017 to the Compulsory Attendance Law of the State of Pennsylvania has changed many aspects of the high school attendance procedures. It is suggested that all students and parents review these new procedures thoroughly. Please visit the NASD website to review Board Policy 204 Attendance and 204.1 Truancy / Mandatory Attendance Enforcement.

Reporting Daily Absences

Parents/guardians should call the Attendance Office Hotline at (610) 849-0874 to inform the school of their child’s absence. Calls may be made at any time, as the office does have a voice mail system. When using this option parents/guardians do not have to submit a follow up note if the student is home and in their care. Other absences especially doctor’s visits must still require follow up written paperwork upon the students return.

In most cases, an automated call, text or email from the school will notify parents when their child has been marked absent. Parents/guardians will not be contacted if they have notified the school of the absence via the attendance hotline prior to 7:30 AM.

Absenteeism from School
Absences are categorized as either Excused or Unexcused. Absences from a CIT program are counted as part of your NAHS attendance record.

Excused Absences:

Excused Absences are granted for the following reasons:

(Parent/Guardian must contact the school attendance office/hotline with the date and reason for absence)

1. Student illness

2. Medical appointment - physician’s note required

3. Death in the immediate family

4. Major religious holiday

5. Exceptionally urgent reasons approved by administration

6. Educational Family Trip – as approved in advance by School Principal on District Affidavit

7. College Visit - if student follows the procedure in the Student Services Office.

8.  Take your child to work day

9. Scheduled court appearance - documentation from the court required

Excessive Absenteeism:

Defined as more than 10 excused absences due to illness. If a student is excessively absent from or late to school (more than 10 times) due to illnesses reported by the Parent/Guardian, the School Principal will notify the Parent/Guardian that all future school absences for the remainder of the school year will be counted as Unexcused Absences unless they are excused by a Doctor. The Doctor’s note must be provided upon the student’s return to school and must include the date the student was seen by the Doctor, the date the student is able to return to school, and the reason for the absence.

Unexcused Absences:

The following are considered Unexcused Absences:

1.  Any absence for which a Parent/Guardian does not notify the School Attendance office/hotline within 5 school days of student’s return to school from an absence

2.  Any absence with a Parent/Guardian excuse for which approval was denied

3.  Any Absence not excused by a Doctor, after Parent/Guardian has received an Excessive Absenteeism notification

4.  Absences due to oversleeping, missing the school bus, getting to bed late the night before, skipping school/class, illegal employment

5.  Students whose parents elect to remove them from school against the advice of the school nurse will be required to submit an excuse from a Doctor or the absence will be considered Unexcused

Grades 9-12:

Due to the Nazareth Area High School’s scheduling options, which allow students to participate in Educational Opportunities off campus, students are required to be present in the Nazareth Area High School according to various individualized schedules. For the purposes of monitoring compulsory school attendance, absences are recorded by scheduled class periods/blocks. Absences will accumulate according to the number of class periods/blocks missed, and will be counted as follows:

Full Day Absence: A student will be charged a full day absence after having accumulated three missed class periods/blocks, even if they occurred on different days.

Half Day Absence: A student will be charged a half day absence after having accumulated 2 missed class periods/blocks, even if they occurred on different days.

Truant -a child subject to compulsory school laws “having three (3) or more school days of unexcused absences during the current school year.”

Habitually Truant -a child subject to compulsory school laws “having six (6) or more school days of unexcused absences during the current school year.”

Procedures for Truancy Intervention and School Attendance Improvement

When a student is truant (accumulated 3 unexcused absences), the School Principal will send a written notification to the Parent/Guardian. A copy of the written notification and all relevant documents will be sent to NASD Police Department.

School Attendance Improvement Conference (SAIC) will be scheduled.

Procedures for Habitually Truant

When a student is habitually truant (accumulated 6 unexcused absences), and has received the Written Truancy notification (after 3 unexcused absences), the School Principal may notify the NASD Police Department that truancy citations need to be filed.

Unexcused Absences and Academics        

An unexcused absence results in a “zero ” for all work missed . Cutting class/school will also result in a  “zero”  for all missed work and in the block schedule model can dramatically affect your final grades.

Absences during Exams

Students are required to submit a doctor’s excuse whenever they are absent for an exam.


Students who are tardy for an exam will only be permitted to complete the exam during the scheduled time for that exam. Students must obtain pre-approval and an affidavit in order to be permitted to reschedule missed exams due to family travel.

Affidavit / Family Travel

A request for a student to be excused from school for family travel should be made at least three days prior to the absence. Such a request should include an affidavit from a notary or a magistrate certifying that the parent will be responsible for the education of the student during this period of absence from school. Both the name of the student and the dates of absence must be specified on the affidavit. Early dismissal days count as a full day of absence even with an affidavit. Students are limited to no more than five absences with an affidavit per school year.

Students are expected to consult with their teachers before leaving to determine the work, which must be completed while away, and exactly what is expected upon returning.

On the first day of return to school from an absence resulting from family vacation, the student must see each of his/her teachers in order to make arrangements to make up all tests, quizzes, reports, or any other item missed during the period of absence. Such make-up work must be completed in a timely manner. The student must be prepared and will be held responsible for any work including tests, quizzes, reports, or other evaluations due or implemented on the first day of his/her return to regular classes. 

**Students who will miss an exam or exams due to family travel MUST obtain administrative approval in order to be permitted to reschedule the exams.

Funerals

Any student who is attending a funeral for a family member/loved one will be required to submit a written note from a parent/guardian prior to the date of the funeral for administrative approval.

College Visitation        

Any Junior/Senior of Nazareth Area High School is permitted three college visits per year. The school acknowledges college visits as excused days of absenteeism, upon verification of the visit from the college. Unverified college visits are not permitted.

In order for a college visit to be excused, students must register a college visitation form, completed by parent or guardian, in the Student Services Office prior to the college visit absence. The bottom portion of the college visit form must be returned and signed by a college representative before the visit will be considered excused.  It is recommended that seniors should have their college visits completed by May 15.

All visitations to see college representatives, recruiters, etc. in the Student Services Office during school times are limited to juniors and seniors.

Freshmen/Sophomores that wish to visit a college are permitted with administrative approval.

Tardy to School  
(Attendance Secretary)

Tardy to school (Arriving prior to 8:15 a.m.): 
A maximum of two parent excuses will be acknowledged per year

1st – 3rd tardy – Warning

4th – 8th tardy - 1 Hour Detention for each violation

9th subsequent tardy – 3 Hour Extended Detention for each violation

* Failure to attend a 1 hour detention results in a 3 hour extended detention. Failure to attend a 3 hour extended detention results in one day out-of-school suspension.

Students arriving late to school must check in at the Attendance office. Any student who arrives late to school and fails to report to the Attendance office before reporting to class will automatically receive a detention for the 1st incident and a 3 hour detention for the 2nd and subsequent incidences. Students arriving late with a legitimate reason are given five (5) days to submit a written excuse form signed by the parent/guardian. Missing more than ½ block will be considered unexcused (UNX). 

Student Discipline

Any disciplinary action taken by the school is intended to benefit the student through improving attitude and subsequent behavior. The disciplinary options available to the school are regulated by law and School District policy. The disciplinary option chosen depends on (1) the nature of the offense, (2) the nature of the student’s previous behaviors and (3) stated policy or precedent. Although there are disciplinary consequences in place for all infractions, the high school administration reserves the right to assign a different appropriate consequence based on their discretion. The accessibility of the student handbook online, as well as general announcements,  constitute a warning for all infractions.

Incident Reports / Complaint Procedure & Witness Statements

When a student has a complaint against another student, group of students or staff member he/she should immediately report the incident or issue to a school counselor or building administrator. The incident or issue needs to be reported verbally or in writing as soon as possible in order for the student’s concerns to be addressed.

Students who are witnesses or who may have been present during an incident that violated school rules or affected the safety of a student or staff member may be asked to write a statement of the incident or to complete a school incident report form.  Parents/Guardians are not required to be notified or present when students are questioned or asked to write a statement regarding an incident by administration.

Disciplinary Options:

Denial of Privileges

Privileges must be earned. They will be withdrawn for improper behavior. The length of denial depends on the nature of the infraction and the previous behavior record of the student. Privilege examples may include (but are not limited to) leaving campus for study hall, leaving campus for Eagle Block or all co-curricular activities.

Pass Restriction

Various types of passes are available for student use. These include school counselor passes, teacher passes, library passes and nurse passes. Misuse of passes may result in their use being restricted for a period of time as determined by the administration.

Detention

All pupils who are required to stay after school to serve a detention are given a minimum of 24 hours notice to make arrangements for transportation.

Both teachers and the administration may assign detentions.

Failure to report to a detention may result in an out-of-school suspension. The only legitimate excuse for a student not reporting to detention is a verified doctor or dental appointment, which must be cleared prior to the detention to be rescheduled.  Detentions are now one hour in length and will be offered in the LGI Room from 2:35 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday. There will not be any detentions on Mondays and Fridays. Students are not permitted to do any work or reading and must sit silently. Dismissal from detention may result in 3 Hour detention or suspension.

Extended Detention Policy

Our Extended Detentions (3-hour detention) will be offered on dates to be determined throughout the school year. The Extended Detention Program is intended as a disciplinary measure that will enable the administration to minimize the amount of time that students miss from class.

The Extended Detentions will be assigned to a room at the High School from 2:45 pm – 5:45 pm. A faculty member will be the proctor. All students are to report to the LGI lobby by 2:40 pm on the scheduled date. Tardiness will not be accepted. Students must bring school work or appropriate material with them to read. Students who do not bring material to read or to work on will not be permitted to serve the 3-hour extended detention. Talking, sleeping or going to lockers will not be permitted. No food or drink will be permitted. No cell phones, cameras, CD players, radios, MP3 players, ipods, or any electronic devices are permitted. Use of such items will result in confiscation. Chromebooks WILL be permitted in extended detentions.

If a student fails to show up on time, is dismissed, or an absence is deemed unexcused, the student will automatically be assigned a one (1) day out-of-school suspension. Family travel and employment are not accepted excuses from detention. Students who have an unexcused absence from a 3 hour extended detention will forfeit their right to be assigned a 3 hour extended detention for the remainder of the year. Any further discipline that would warrant a 3 hour extended detention would automatically be assigned out-of-school suspension.

If a student is absent from a 3 hour extended detention due to illness, a doctor or parental note (limit 2 parental notes per semester) is to be presented to the appropriate administrator. Failure to do this may result in a one (1) day out-of-school suspension. Two consecutive absences due to illness must be confirmed by a doctor’s note.

Temporary Out-of-School Suspension (Up to three days)

The student is told the reason for the suspension and is afforded the opportunity to respond to the charges before the suspension becomes effective. This is the responsibility of the principal or designee. The reason for the suspension also is stated in written correspondence to the home. Parent(s) contacted by telephone prior to the suspension, if possible.

NOTE: In the case of suspension, students are permitted to make up exams and work missed. They are given a number of days equal to their suspension to complete the work. No student on an out-of school suspension may attend or participate in any school activity or be permitted on school property. Furthermore, if a student is suspended out of school, he or she will not be eligible to represent Nazareth Area High School in any way. He or she is also prohibited from attending any events on school property during the out of school suspension. If the suspension is for multiple days, the student may not participate in any activity until the suspension is completed.

Full Out-of-School Suspension (Up to ten days)

This type of suspension is reserved for serious infractions of school rules. Due to the need for a thorough investigation prior to full suspension, all suspensions from school initially are a temporary classification. After reviewing the evidence and considering the nature of the offense, a temporary suspension may be extended to a full suspension. A temporary suspension followed by a full suspension may not exceed ten days. In this event the principal or assistant principal must offer an informal hearing to the student, parent, or legal guardian within three days after the beginning of the temporary suspension. The student/parent(s) are presented with the evidence.

Expulsion (Exclusion from school beyond ten days)

Expulsion results only from the Board of Education action preceded by recommendation of the high school principal to the superintendent of schools. The School Board in accordance with Section 12.6 and 12.8 of the Pennsylvania School Code gives the student a due process hearing.

Arrest/Citations

Each principal/assistant principal in the Nazareth Area School District is sworn in as a school police officer under Section 778 of the Pennsylvania School Code and has the right to issue arrest citations when violations of the laws of the Commonwealth occur on school property. These citations are processed through the local magistrate’s office.

Corporal Punishment        

Corporal punishment is not permitted. However, reasonable force may be used for the following reasons:

  1. To quell a disturbance
  2. To obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects
  3. For self-defense
  4. To protect persons or property

Progression of Consequences for Punishable Behaviors May Include

Warning and Possible Parent/Guardian Contact

Detention / 1 Hour and Parent/Guardian Contact

Detention/3 Hour Extended Detention and Parent/Guardian Contact

Out-of-School Suspension, Possible Citation and Parent Guardian Contact

Consequences may depend upon severity of infraction and the number of repeat offenses

Information regarding access to our handbook, beginning of the year class meetings and general announcements will constitute as a warning for all punishable offenses.

A continual progressive discipline approach is used by administration for offenses or minor infractions. When possible administration refers to past precedent to insure fairness and consistency. Out-of-School suspension may be assigned to students who have repeated offenses of minor infractions or major infractions.

Punishable Behaviors

(Examples include but are not limited to the list below)

Display of Affection

Distasteful public displays of affection by students are not permitted. Students do not have the right to impose the embarrassing effects of their behavior on others. Kissing, hugging, etc., are not permitted. First offenses are punished by detention. Subsequent offenses are punishable by 3 hour detention or suspension.

Abusive Language/Profanity

Foul or abusive language and derogatory comments will not be tolerated. This includes conversations between students, as well as interactions with adults. A student who uses abusive or foul language will receive consequences upon the frequency, content, and level of insubordination. The consequence may include the filing of a charge of disorderly conduct, as well as school based discipline such as a 1 hour detention, 3 hour detention or an out-of- school suspension.

Cell Phones

Cell phones will be permitted in the cafeteria during lunch as well as the hallways in between classes and at the beginning and the end of the school day.  Cell phone use in the classroom is at the discretion of the teacher." Failure to follow the teacher's cell phone policy will result in the student being sent to the office and the cell phone being confiscated. The student will also be issued a disciplinary consequence. Any refusal by the student to either leave the classroom or turn their cell phone over to the main office will result in immediate out-of- school suspension.

Eating or Drinking Outside of the Cafeteria

No food or beverage is permitted outside of the cafeteria. First offenses may be punished by detention. Subsequent offenses are punished by 3 hour extended detention or suspension. Please note that any disrespect or insubordination by the student will result in further consequences.

Failure to Report to Detention

A student will receive a 3 hour detention for each office detention the student fails to attend.  Failure to attend 3 hour extended detentions will result in a one-day out-of-school suspension.

Fighting

Fighting on Nazareth School District property during the school day or during school activities will not be tolerated. This behavior will result in out-of-school suspension and/or arrest based upon verified information and circumstance. If the person who initiates the fight, and makes contact first, can be determined without question, said person may receive a more severe consequence.

Forgery        

Any student that either attempts to use or uses a forged pass or note will automatically receive a 3 hour extended detention on the first offense and a suspension from school on the second and subsequent offenses. Restricted passes/privileges for the student may be instituted for the remainder of the semester/year if a student forges a pass.

Harassment/Bullying

Harassment  - defined as acts which serve no purpose other than intending to cause emotional distress to another person. Harassment is defined by how the victim perceives the action. Harassment includes, but is not limited to slurs, jokes, or other verbal, graphic or physical conduct that may relate to an individual’s gender, race, religion, ancestry, nationality, or disability.

Bullying- defined as an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act or series of acts directed at another student or students, which occurs in a school setting that is severe, persistent or pervasive and has the effect of doing any of the following:
1. Substantial interference with a student’s education.
2. Creation of a threatening environment.
3. Substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school.

When a student believes that he/she is being harassed/bullied, the student is encouraged to immediately report the incident, orally or in writing, to a school counselor or building administrator (or any adult school district personnel).


Consequences for Harassment/Bullying may include:


Warning, phone call to parents, detention, 3 Hour Extended detention, suspension, citation and/or arrest
*Consequences may depend upon severity of infraction.

Harassment – Section 2709 of the Pennsylvania Criminal Code (Citation) Offense Defined

A person commits a summary offense when:

1.   He/she strikes, shoves, kicks, or otherwise subjects a person to physical contact, or attempts or threatens to do the same; or

2.   He/she follows a person in or about a public place or places; or

3.   He/she engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which alarm or seriously annoy such other persons, which serve no legitimate purpose.

Ethnic Intimidation and Racially Incentive Language

Ethnic Intimidation and Racially Incentive Language or Actions will not be tolerated on Nazareth School District property during the school day or during school activities. Consequences for such actions involving Ethnic Intimidation or Racially Incentive Language or Actions will be determined by administrative discretion. Consequences may include:
Warning, phone call to parents, detention, 3 Hour Extended detention, suspension, citation and/or arrest
*Consequences may depend upon severity of infraction.

Insubordination and Disrespect

Insubordinate means to fail to recognize, or to accept the authority of a staff member, or open defiance of authority. A student who is insubordinate or disrespectful to a Nazareth Area School District employee may be suspended and/or arrested based upon administrative discretion.-

Leaving School Grounds/Building

Students are not permitted to leave the building or school grounds without specific permission from the principal or assistant principal. Any student violating this policy will receive the following administrative actions listed below (includes but not limited to):

           Second offenses for each category above are issued upon administrative discretion. 

Littering

Any student reported for littering the building or grounds is assigned a detention. Subsequent offenses are punished by suspension or citation to District Court.

Lying

Honesty is important for the integrity of the student to administrative relationship. Students who are honest are given consideration when determining disciplinary action. Dishonesty included in investigation and disciplinary action will be considered in consequence.

Music Players and Listening Devices

Radios, music players, ipods, MP-3 players, etc. will be allowed in the cafeteria during lunch only and will not be permitted in school the remainder of the school day. The use of Airpods, earbuds, Beats, or any other listening devices are prohibited in the hallways during the school day.  The school is not responsible for lost or stolen property. In addition, beepers or pagers are not permitted on school grounds during school hours without permission from the administration. Violation of this policy results in confiscation of the item and a warning that subsequent violations may result in disciplinary action.

Stealing

Theft of any property belonging to the school, faculty or other students may be punishable by suspension and/or arrest based on administrative discretion. The student will also be responsible to replace or repair the item(s) stolen.

Tardy to Class  

(Classroom Teachers)

Students who are late to class are subject to the following consequences:

1st – 3rd tardy – Warning

4th – 8th tardy - Detention for each violation

9th and subsequent tardy – 3 Hour Extended Detention for each violation


Students who are tardy to class 5 minutes or longer, without a pass, will receive an automatic detention. Tardy time will accumulate towards class cuts and will count towards the number of tardies accumulated.

Vandalism

Students found to be defacing the building, grounds or equipment, writing on desks or walls, destruction and inappropriate use of lavatories, harming shrubbery, purposeful damage to Chromebook or other district or school issued technology or willfully destroying school property or another person’s property in any way will be issued an administrative consequence (3 hour detention, suspension, citation or arrest per administrative discretion).  In addition, the student/parent(s)/guardian(s) are responsible for the damages, cost of repairs and cleanup.

Additional Offenses

It is impossible to anticipate or list every problem situation that may arise; any offenses committed by a student in the Nazareth Area School District not listed in these guidelines will be dealt with by the administration using precedent, professional judgment, and common sense.

Class Cuts / Dismissal Procedures & Discipline

Class Cuts

All teachers must take roll each day in every class. Each teacher submits a written report of unverified absences to the main office by the end of each day. The assistant principal will investigate these unverified absences and take appropriate action. Teachers are informed of all unexcused absences from their classes so that students can maintain a cumulative record in both the teacher’s record book and the assistant principal’s file as to the frequency of cuts.

Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes, lunches, Eagle block and study halls and to arrive on time. Students who fail to report to a class, study hall, or lunch without a legitimate excuse will be considered as cutting class.

Regular attendance to the scheduled class is a requirement for successful completion and credit award for that course. A grade of “0” is assigned for work missed as a result of an unexcused absence. Also, the teacher and the school administration apply the following policy:

Class Cuts: One Credit Course

First Cut-        Parent is notified and informed that on the second cut the student will fail for the marking period. The student will be referred to their counselor and the student is assigned a 3 hour extended detention.

Second Cut-        Parent is and informed that the student has failed the marking period (student receives ½ the final marking period grade.) The student will be referred to their counselor and the student is assigned two 3 hour extended detentions

Third Cut-        Parent is notified that the student has been withdrawn from the class and given a failing grade for the course (1/2 of their final grade). The student is assigned to a supervised, study hall in place of the course from which he/she was been withdrawn.

In addition, any failure for the year means that the student will not be allowed to attend summer school to make up the course; this may cause them to not be able to graduate on time.

Class Cuts: Half-credit Course

First Cut -        Parent is notified that on the second cut the student will fail the course.  The student will be referred to their counselor and will receive one 3 hour extended detention.

Second Cut -        Parent is notified that student has failed the course. The student receives two 3 hour extended detentions. The student is removed from the class and receives ½ of the earned grades. The student is assigned to a supervised study hall in place of the course from which he/she was been withdrawn.

Class Cuts: Study Hall/Eagle Block Cuts

Students who cut study hall or eagle block will receive a 3 Hour Extended detention for each cut. Excessive class cuts may result in a parent conference, suspension, or other consequences. Cutting a study hall or eagle block may also result in hall pass restriction for a period of time as designated by the administration.

Class Dismissals

Students dismissed from class due to insubordination, the disruption of the learning environment, or other reasons as deemed necessary by the classroom teacher are subject to the following consequences:

Class Dismissal: One-credit Course

1st class dismissal – 3 hour extended detention, parent(s) notified by teacher and in writing.

2nd class dismissal – two 3 hour extended detentions, parent(s) notified by teacher and in writing. Parent conference will be required.

3rd class dismissal – withdrawn from class, parent(s) notified

Students removed from a class will receive one-half of their numerical grades achieved to that point for a final grade. Student is not permitted to take the course during summer school. Student is placed in a supervised study hall. Students may not take two years of English, social studies, or physical education during any given school year due to being removed from a class for disciplinary reasons.

Class-Dismissal: Half-credit Course

1st class dismissal – 3 hour extended detention, parent (s) notified by teacher and in writing. Parent conference will be required.

2nd class dismissal – withdrawn from class, parent(s) notified

Students removed from a class will receive one-half of their numerical grade achieved to that point for a final grade. Student is not permitted to take the course during summer school. Student is placed in a supervised study hall. Students may not take two years of English, social studies, or physical education during any given school year due to being removed from a class for disciplinary reasons.

Academic Integrity Guidelines

Definition: Integrity is defined by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary as: “firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values.” Therefore, academic integrity involves adhering to a moral code of not cheating, plagiarizing, or deceiving in any way.  The guidelines below outline examples of cheating, plagiarism and deception that are unacceptable and will result in consequences at Nazareth Area High School.

**Standard Operating Procedures for Assessments**

All faculty and staff should adhere to the following  during any assessment:

  1. All cell phones, SMART watches, electronic devices should be turned off, collected, and placed in a teacher approved location for the duration of the assessment.  All assessments should be completed and collected prior to electronic devices being returned to students.
  2. Students may be permitted to utilize electronic devices for assessments with teacher permission.
  3. If a teacher observes (sees or hears) any type of academic dishonesty occurring among students who are not in that teacher’s class, that teacher should report the infraction to the teacher of the class for which the infraction is taking place.  
  4. If student is absent the day of an assessment, the teacher reserves the right to administer an alternative version of the assessment to the student to protect the academic integrity of the assessment and ensure all students have an equal opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and no one person has an unfair advantage.

Academic Integrity Violations:

Level I:

Level II:

Level III:

*This is not a comprehensive list.  Any form of academic dishonesty will be addressed with appropriate consequences.

Consequences for Academic Integrity Violations

Level I Offense:

First Level I Offense:

Second Level I Offense:

Third and subsequent Level I Offense:

Level II Offense:

First Level II Offense:

Second Level II Offense:

Third and subsequent Level II Offense:

Level III Offense:

First Level III Offense:

Second and subsequent Level III Offense:

Upon reasonable suspicion of cheating, teachers have the right to administer a retest or alternate assignment to an individual or group of students in order to maintain academic integrity.

Dress Code for All Students (During the scheduled school day)

                

1.  Due to the popularity of low riding jeans, both males and females must ensure  that no skin be exposed between the shirt top and pants. Jeans and pants must be worn on the hips at all times. Any student wearing jeans, pants, shorts, skirts etc below the waist or hips may receive an automatic detention.

2.   Skirts, shorts, shirts or tops should not be excessively revealing to which offends the sense of common decency, as judged by those entrusted with providing a positive school environment. Revealing clothing includes, but is not limited to, clothing that reveals the midriff, halter-like tops, see-through blouses or shirts, short shorts, short skirts and cut-off shorts or shorts that may have cuts, holes or rips that would cause them to be deemed inappropriate. Final determination of inappropriate clothing will be made by high school administration.

3.        Do not wear jewelry or garments that could cause injury to you or others. This includes long chains and studded apparel.

4.        Do not wear clothing with holes or tears that are considered unnecessarily

      revealing.

5.        Spandex-type material should not be worn without an outer layer.

6.        Any type of head covering including hoods, hats, bandanas and sweatbands are not permitted. This applies to both men and women. Exceptions may be made for religious or medical reasons.  Any repeat offender violating the hood policy will not be permitted to wear clothing with a hood for the remainder of the year. Any student who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action for insubordination to administration.

7.        No clothing with dual meaning words, profanity, alcohol, weapons or drug related advertising or labels.

8.        No undergarments should be exposed when standing or sitting. This includes all male and female undergarments.

9.        No sleeveless tops or tank tops may be worn unless a T-shirt or other shirt is worn over the sleeveless top. This applies to both men and women.

10.  All coats, hats, and sunglasses must be kept in student lockers.

11.  No book bags or purses large enough to carry an 8 ½ x 11 inch notebook are permitted in the classrooms, cafeteria, Auditorium or LGI from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Book bags must be kept in student lockers during the school day.

12.  Attire should not cause undue disturbance in the building. Any attire deemed distracting to the educational environment may be considered improper.

13. Street shoes must be worn.

14. The use of Airpods, earbuds, Beats, or any other listening devices are prohibited in the hallways during the school day.

Students who fail to abide by these guidelines will be asked to turn their clothing inside-out, wear an alternative article of clothing if available, or call home for a change of attire.  Students in violation of the school dress code will not be permitted to return to class until the violation has been corrected. Students waiting to have dress code violations corrected will remain in the main office. Violations of the dress code will be viewed as defiance and the following disciplinary action will result:

1st offense - Warning

2nd offense - Office Detention

3rd offense – 3 Hour Extended Detention

4th and subsequent offense – May result in out-of-school suspension

Cafeteria Regulations

All students are required to report on time to the cafeteria during their assigned lunch period. Students have the option of purchasing a school lunch or bringing a lunch from home.

1.        Students may not leave the cafeteria unless given permission by the lunch proctor.

2.        Students are given five minutes after the end of class to report to the cafeteria. Students found loitering in the building after the five minute period is subject to disciplinary action.

3.        No food or drink may be removed from the cafeteria at any time; students may be assigned detention for having food or drink in the hallways or classrooms without permission.

4.        Littering and throwing food are not tolerated. Citation may be filed with local magistrate if warranted. Students are responsible for the cleanliness of the table at which they eat and for the surrounding area. If a second or third offense occurs, the student will be banned from the cafeteria for the remainder of the semester.

5.        Upon finishing their lunches, students bring their trays to the disposal area and return to their tables. Students are responsible for keeping their tables and table area clean. If students refuse to clean their table or table area then they will be held responsible. If the specific individuals cannot be determined then the entire table will be held responsible for any disciplinary action.

6.        The lunch proctor will dismiss students by table at the end of the lunch period.

7.        There are to be no more than eight students at the round tables and no more than twelve at the long lunch tables. Students will be given two weeks to find a seat. After that point, the seat becomes permanent for the remainder of the semester. Students will be expected to sit in their selected seat every day.

8.        In cases involving student theft:

1st offense – One-Day out of school suspension

2nd and subsequent offenses – Three-Days out of school suspension and a citation will be filed with the local magistrate. Student may be removed from the cafeteria

9.        NO GAMBLING ALLOWED.

10.  Cell phones, I-pods, I-touches, Mp3 players, etc… ARE PERMITTED in the cafeteria.. MUSIC IS NOT ALLOWED TO BE PLAYED IN THE CAFETERIA WITHOUT EARPHONES. TAKING PICTURES OR VIDEOS WITH ANY ELECTRONIC DEVICE IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED WITHOUT AUTHORIZED PERMISSION.

11.  Students are permitted to bring one bagged lunch into school or cafeteria, for personal use, from a fast food chain restaurant.

12.  Food from outside vendors is NOT permitted to be dropped off or delivered to the school during the school day.

Failure to follow the above may result in disciplinary action at the discretion of the administration.

Study Hall Rules

1.        Students should arrive on time and sit in their assigned seats.

2.        Attendance will be taken before any student is permitted to leave on a work pass,

      hall pass, etc.

3.        All passes (except room hall pass) should be signed and the time should be indicated on the pass when the student left the room.

4.        Students who remain in study hall should be working (reading appropriate material, doing homework, etc.).

5.        Students will not be permitted to eat, drink, or sleep in study hall, students who disregard this rule will be referred to the main office for insubordination.

6.        If a student needs to use the hall pass, each student needs to sign out stating his/her destination and the time left. When they return, the time needs to be noted on the pass sheet. Students who abuse the passes will be restricted to the study hall.

7.        Students should remain in their seats until the end of the period.

8.        The use of cards is NOT permitted during study hall.

9.        Cell phones are permitted in study halls.  Any distraction caused by cell phones in study hall is strictly prohibited and may result in a consequence for cell phone violation.

10. Students who request permanent passes should report to the main office to complete a Permanent Pass Request Form; once they have notified the study hall teacher, they do not need to report to study hall.

Acceptable Use of the Internet and NASD Computer Network

Purpose:

In accordance with district goals and policy, The Nazareth Area School Board (NASD) supports the use of the Internet and other computer networks in the district’s instructional program in order to facilitate learning and teaching through interpersonal communications, access to information, research, and collaboration. The use of the network facilities shall be consistent with and enhance the curriculum adopted by the school district as well as the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of students.

Authority:

The NASD establishes that use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate, unauthorized, and illegal use may result in cancellation of those privileges and appropriate disciplinary action. The district reserves the right to view and monitor all applications provided through the network, including e-mail, to log Internet use by students and staff, and to monitor file server space utilization by district and outside users. The electronic information available to students and staff does not imply endorsement of the content by the school district, nor does the district guarantee the accuracy of information received on the Internet. The district shall not be responsible for any unauthorized charges or fees resulting from access to the Internet. Personnel under contract with the district such as consultants are bound by the terms of this policy when using the Internet within the district.

Access for NASD staff will include Internet access, e-mail, and newsgroups. The NASD Technology Department will assist NASD staff with file transfer protocol (FTP). Access for students will include Internet access with a district ID and password after student has submitted a permission form signed by his/her parent or guardian. NASD students will have use of e -mail and messaging applications only for curriculum related assignments and under the direct supervision of NASD staff. Students are not to use personal email or instant messaging applications.

Responsibility:

The NASD shall make every effort to ensure that students and staff use this educational resource responsibly. Administrators, teachers, and staff have a professional responsibility to work together to help students develop the intellectual skills necessary to discriminate among information sources, to identify information appropriate to their age and developmental levels, and to evaluate and use the information to meet their educational goals. As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Neighborhood Protection Act, the NASD will utilize filtering software to restrict and monitor the use of the Internet and e-mail by NASD staff. Students and staff have the responsibility to respect and protect the rights of every user in the district and on the Internet. All NASD staff and students are responsible for reading and following this policy. Using the guidelines outlined in the next section, the building administration working in conjunction with the Director of Instructional Technology and the Director of Information Services shall have the authority to determine what is inappropriate use and the consequences for that inappropriate use.

Guidelines:

Students and staff are expected to act in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner in accordance with district policy, accepted rules or network etiquette, and federal and state law. Only the authorized user of the account will use Internet accounts for its authorized purpose. Specifically, the following (but not limited to) uses are prohibited:

Consequences for Inappropriate Use

General rules for behavior and communications apply when using the Internet, in addition to the stipulations of this policy. Illegal use of the network, intentional deletion or damage to files of data belonging to others; copyright violations, or theft of services will be reported to the appropriate legal authorities for possible prosecution.

Safety:

System security is protected through the use of passwords. Failure to adequately protect or update password could result in unauthorized access to personal or district files. To protect the integrity of the system, these guidelines shall be followed:

To the greatest extent possible, users of the network will be protected from harassment or unwanted or unsolicited communication.  Any network user who receives threatening or unwelcome communications shall immediately bring them to the attention of a teacher or administrator.  Network users shall not reveal personal addresses or telephone numbers to other users on the network. NASD staff must directly supervise NASD student use of the Internet and email.

Netiquette:

NASD staff and students shall follow the standard rules of Netiquette when using e-mail:

Guidelines for Web-page Development and Design:

∙         Staff pictures may be included if a signed release is obtained from the staff employee. This release must be kept on file.

∙         Student pictures and information may be used if the parent or guardian signs a release for each item. This release form must be signed at the beginning of each school year and kept on file with school building administration. Parents will receive a reminder of the release with report cards issued for the first, second and third marking periods.

∙         Links to non-district pages must include the standard district disclaimer.

∙         Prior to posting, web pages must have the approval of the building principal.

∙         All web pages will be reviewed and posted by the Instructional Technology Department. Web pages that do not follow the district guidelines will not be posted.

Copyright: The illegal use of copyrighted software by students and staff is prohibited. Any data uploaded to or downloaded from the network shall be subject to the guidelines put forth in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (HR2281), October 1998.

*This document based on PSBA Policy Guides for Pennsylvania Schools No.815.


Student Electronic Communications Device Policy

Cell phones, pagers, beepers, camera phones and other electronic communication devices are NOT permitted in the classrooms or the hallways during class time. Students who violate this policy may be subject to the following disciplinary action: Exception: Cell phones may be permitted in the classroom for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY WITH TEACHER’S PERMISSION, in the cafeteria during all student assigned lunches and in study halls in the LGI. Cell phone usage during Eagle Block is at the discretion of the teacher. Cell phones are also permitted in the hallways between classes and at the beginning and end of the school day.

Consequences for Violating Cell Phone Policy

1st offense – Student is sent directly to the main office and the student MUST turn their cell phone over to an administrator or secretary in the main office. The device will be secured in the Main Office and returned to the student at the end of the school day (2:30). Students leaving early for CIT/BAVTS, Jr/Sr privileges or Dual Enrollment class MUST return at the end of the day to obtain their cell phone.  A detention will be issued.

        

2nd & 3rd offense – Student is sent directly to the main office and the student MUST turn their cell phone over to an administrator or secretary in the main office.  Parent or guardian is notified. The device will be secured in the Main Office and returned to a parent or guardian when they are able to pick it up. Student will receive a 3 hour extended detention.

4th and subsequent offenses – Student is sent directly to the main office and the student MUST turn their cell phone over to an administrator or secretary in the main office. The device will be secured in the Main Office and returned to a parent or guardian after the Out-of-School Suspension has been served. The student will receive One-Day Out-of-School Suspension. Continual disregard for this policy will be viewed as insubordination and may result in additional out-of-school suspensions.

All students caught using a cell phone or other electronic devices, that take pictures or videos, during any form of gradable assessment could be given a zero for that assessment as well as discipline consequences.

All students caught using a cell phone or other electronic devices, that take pictures or videos of a fight or any other action deemed inappropriate or illegal could be given discipline consequences and possibly referred to police authority.

Any student refusing to turn over a cell phone when asked by administration will automatically result in an out-of- school suspension.

Unauthorized use of images or video footage of faculty & staff may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension.

Students will be permitted to use the phone in the main office with permission from the office secretary.

Searches

1.        The Courts have upheld the claim that school lockers are school property, loaned or rented to the student for the student’s convenience. School authorities may search the student’s locker without prior warning in seeking contraband, because, standing “in loco parentis,” school authorities are charged with the safety of all students under their care and supervision. Such a search is not illegal under the Fourth Amendment to the Federal Constitution, but a reasonable exercise of Board power in the interests of the health, welfare and safety of all school students. Courts have reasoned that the school extends locker use to students only for legitimate purposes. Therefore, students are to be aware that there will be periodic searches of their lockers with or without the student present.

2.        The Courts have upheld the schools right to searches of a person and personal property when reasonable suspicion prevails.

3.        Automobiles parked on school property are also subject to search with reasonable

      suspicion.

4.        Random canine searches may be conducted.

Tobacco/Smoking/Vaping/Juuling

Students are prohibited from smoking, using tobacco or any products containing nicotine in the school, on school grounds, within sight of district property or on district transportation. To facilitate enforcement of this regulation, students are not permitted to carry tobacco materials, electronic or vapor cigarettes, “hookah pipes”, vape mods, vape pens, Juul, or any similar devices on their person. Lighters and matches are also strictly prohibited.

1.        If a person or more than one person is in a restroom or toilet cubicle and smoke/smell or suspicion to indicate smoking/vaping/Juuling is or has taken place, all individuals in the restroom or cubicle will be considered in violation of the smoking policy.

2.        Lookouts, or those warning or protecting smokers/vapers, may receive disciplinary action.

3.        Any lighters or matches found on students will be confiscated.

4.        Students who are in possession of any of the items listed above/below will be                 charged with a summary offense.

Students who are found to be in possession of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapes, Juuls or any related paraphernalia will be placed on a 2 day out of school suspension (OSS) and referred to the Nazareth Area School District Police for possible criminal charges.  Additionally, any student who uses cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapes or Juuls in school, at any school activity or event or anywhere on our campus will be placed on a 3 day out of school suspension (OSS) and referred to the Nazareth Area School District Police for possible criminal charges.

CBD Products

CBD products, reputed to make people feel better, have become readily available. Currently the production of, and the labeling of CBD products, are loosely regulated, making it difficult to verify that the products are safe and legal in the school setting.  

For the protection of the health, safety and welfare of students and staff, the Nazareth Area School District prohibits the use of, or possession of, CBD products on school property.  CBD products found on school property will be confiscated and returned to parents/guardians at their request.

Video Surveillance

Video surveillance will be used to monitor the high school to ensure the safety and security for all students and staff as well as to ensure that all students are abiding by all of the rules and policies stated in the Nazareth Area High School Handbook .


Library Media Center

The Sharon L. Adams Library and Media Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. On early dismissal days, the library may close early.

In addition to fiction and nonfiction books, the library has a collection of MakerSpace tools, periodicals and eBooks. All materials support the curriculum or students’ recreational reading needs. The library staff encourages students to participate in Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards by reading at least three books from the list and voting in March. Details are available in the library.

Students may obtain a pass to come to the library from study hall prior to the beginning of the block they wish to visit. Only library staff can issue library passes, as occasionally the library is closed for research purposes or special events and therefore not open to study hall students. Students are not to use “getting a pass” as a reason for being late to study hall.

Students with privilege, as well as those signed out from study hall, are expected to sign in at the circulation desk and file their pass with the librarians.

Any student may borrow any type of material from the library with these due dates:

TYPE OF MATERIAL

LENDING PERIOD

OVERDUE FINE

Fiction/nonfiction books

2 weeks

10 cents per day


If material is lost, the loss should be reported immediately to the library. Arrangements will be made to stop the fine and the student will pay for the book, either in lump sum or in installments. If the missing material is found in good repair, the library staff will refund the money and re-enter the material into the collection. Failure to pay for lost material may result in a loss of student privileges.

The library staff will help students select books for reports, research papers or recreational reading. They will also help students find facts and information and use technology to prepare school projects. The library has a copier that students may use at the rate of 10 cents per copy.

The Library Advisory Board is a group of students dedicated to making the Sharon L. Adams Library and Media Center the true hub of the school. They sponsor a Barnes and Noble Book Fair, and the Java Joint to raise money for books and library décor. Students may join the Advisory Board in the fall of the year.

The Java Joint is open in the library before school and throughout the school day. Students may purchase coffee, cappuccino, chai tea or. All hot drinks cost $1.50.

Library Pass Procedures from Study Hall

1. Students must obtain a pass for the library before school or in between periods for any block during the school day.
2. Students MUST have a library pass (No hall passes will be permitted) – Only one name per pass is permitted.
3. Study hall proctors should initial the library pass and record the time the student leaves study hall. The study hall proctor should keep part of the pass for their records.

Eagle Block Catch All Policy

The Catch All activity in FlexTime Manager is assigned to students who do not schedule an activity by the cut off time each day. Since it is the responsibility of all students to schedule an activity daily, the following Catch All policy exists:

  1. A student may be in the Catch All up to three times per semester with no consequence.
  2. On the 4th Catch All occurrence during a semester, the student will receive a 1-hour after school detention.
  3. On the 5th Catch All occurrence during a semester, the student will receive a 3-hour after school detention.
  4. On the 6th Catch All occurrence during a semester, the student will lose study hall and Eagle Block privilege for the rest of the semester. If the student does not have privilege, the consequence will be determined by an administrator and the student may forfeit the opportunity for privilege in the future.

Eagle Block Cut Policy

Scenario 1: If a student reports to the incorrect EB activity and is marked absent:

  1. On the 1st occurrence in a semester,  the student will receive a warning.
  2. On the 2nd occurrence in a semester, the student will receive a 1-hr after school detention.
  3. On the 3rd occurrence in a semester, the student will receive a 3-hr after school detention.
  4. On the 4th occurrence in a semester, the student will receive a 3-hr after school detention and will lose study hall and Eagle Block privilege for 2 cycles. Students who do not have privilege may forfeit the opportunity for privilege in the future.
  5. On the 5th occurrence in a semester, the student will receive a 3-hr after school detention and will lose study hall and Eagle Block privilege for the rest of the semester.  Students who do not have privilege may forfeit the opportunity for privilege in the future.
  6. The 6th and subsequent occurrences will be handled as per the administration.

Scenario 2: If a student cuts an Eagle Block activity and cannot be verified to have been

                    on campus during that time:

  1. On the 1st occurrence in a semester, the student will receive a 3-hr after school detention.
  2. On the 2nd occurrence in a semester, the student will receive a 3-hr after school detention and will lose study hall and Eagle Block privilege for two cycles. Students who do not have privilege may forfeit the opportunity for privilege in the future.
  3. On the 3rd occurrence in a semester, the student will receive a 3-hr after school detention and will lose study hall and Eagle Block privilege for the rest of the semester. Students who do not have privilege may forfeit the opportunity for privilege in the future.
  4. On the 4th and subsequent occurrences in a semester, the student will receive an out of school suspension.

Study Hall and/or Eagle Block Privilege

Study Hall and/or Eagle Block Privilege may be made available to juniors and seniors in good standing each semester.  Information regarding privilege will be made available to students at the beginning of each semester through Schoology.  

Automobile and Student Parking Lot Rules and Regulations

Driving a car to school is a privilege granted by the school.  Rules and regulations regarding the use of automobiles and their parking are necessary to maintain safety while on school property. All cars parked on school district property may be searched with reasonable suspicion by school district administration.

The following rules apply to all students:        

1.  All automobiles driven to school by students must be parked in the student parking lots. All student vehicles must use the school student parking lots and must be registered with the Main Office; this includes second cars and cars driven on an occasional basis. Student parking is PROHIBITED in faculty parking lots; violators will receive a disciplinary action and the car may possibly be towed at owner’s expense.

 2.  Registration tags for Parking may be purchases at a cost of $10.  These tags must be clearly posted by hanging from the rear-view mirror. Any student that is caught using a parking tag from a previous year or using a tag that was issued to another student will receive disciplinary action.

 3.  Students must obey school regulations and all the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. ** The speed limit in the parking lot is 5 miles per hour.  Students are not to park anywhere but designated student parking lots. Failure to follow the policy will result in the car being towed at the owner’s expense.

4.  Students are not permitted to loiter in or around the cars at any time during the day in which school is in session. The only exception to this is students in transition to and from C.I.T. who are to request a special permit at the time they register their cars, and students leaving the school for Dual Enrollment, appointments, illness, privilege release, or students who requested a pass at the main office.

5.  Parking tags are not transferable to another person.

6.  Smoking or vaping is prohibited in cars and on school property.

7.  Tardiness due to parking is unexcused.

8.  Students that drive to school, MUST park their vehicles on school district property.

9.  Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors will be permitted to drive to school with the completion of a Parking Pass application. Parking passes are a privilege and may be revoked by administration due to behavior or attendance issues.

10.  Loss of driving privileges may occur on the 10th tardy.

11.  Driving privileges may be revoked for Reckless Driving, Speeding, Failure to wear seatbelt, or Texting/Talking on a cell phone while driving. PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY!

The school considers the use of an automobile to be one of the most serious responsibilities assumed by students in the school. Therefore, all rules are strictly enforced. Any violation of the above regulations will result in:

* Removal of driving privileges.

* Suspension from the school for serious or persistent

   violations, including driving while privileges are

   suspended.

*Arrest for violation of PA Motor Vehicle Code.

If a student drives to school after his/her privileges have been suspended, the student will lose privileges for the remainder of the school year.

Illegally Parked Cars        

Students illegally parking their car will receive the following disciplinary action:

First Offense - 3-Hour Extended Detention

Second Offense - 3-Hour Extended Detention and loss of Study Hall/EB Privilege for 2 cycles

Third Offense – 3-Hour Extended Detention and loss of Study Hall/EB Privilege for the rest of the semester

Fourth & Subsequent Offenses – Out of School Suspension for each occurence and permanent loss of Study Hall / EB Privilege.

 If a car is parked illegally on school district property, the car MAY be towed at the student’s expense.

Career Institute of Technology (C.I.T.) Parking Policy

Student driving is governed by the following guidelines:

Students are not permitted to drive or park at the Career Institute of Technology unless they have first received a permit by C.I.T. and approval by the High School Administration. Students who participate in extracurricular activities must submit a schedule of their particular activity, signed by their coach for verification and approval.

Students who have a doctor or dental appointment are permitted to drive to the C.I.T. only after they have given advance notice and obtained a special permit from C.I.T., which is then approved by the High School Administration.  STUDENTS WHO HAVE OBTAINED PERMISSION TO DRIVE AND PARK AT CIT MAY BE ALLOWED ONE PASSENGER PROVIDED THEY OBTAIN THE REQUIRED PERMISSION FORMS.  To enforce this policy the following actions will be taken:

First Offense - One 3 Hour Extended detention

Second Offense – Two 3 Hour Extended detentions

Third Offense – Suspension & Possible Removal from C.I.T.

Bus Transportation Policies and Procedures

The following rules and policies have been established for the safety and comfort of all students and apply to any trip under school sponsorship, daily transportation as well as extracurricular activity trips.

A.        General Regulations

1.        Obey the bus driver at all times

2.        Students are picked up and discharged only at the school or at their assigned bus stops.

3.        Students not assigned to a bus may not ride that bus.

B.        Before Boarding

1.        Be on time at the designated bus stop.
2.        Stay off the road at all times while waiting for the bus.

3.        Behave in a safe manner while waiting for the bus.

4.        Remain at least five feet from the bus when it stops, and do not approach it until it has stopped completely and the door is opened.

5.        Enter the bus in single file.

C.        On the Bus

1.        At all times, sit in the seat assigned by the driver.

2.        Keep hands and head inside the bus.

3.        Do not throw anything in the bus or out the bus window.

4.        Do not place anything in the aisle of the bus.

5.        Do not engage in loud talking/laughing, vulgarity or boisterous or other improper conduct.

6.        Do not participate in horseplay in or around the bus.

7.        Look after the safety and comfort of younger students.

8.        Do not tamper with the bus or its equipment. (The offender must pay repair cost.)

9.        Do not eat, drink or smoke on the bus.

10.  Do not bring pagers and phones on the bus or school property.

11.  Remain seated while the bus is in motion, or if the bus is delayed.

D.        After Leaving the Bus

1.        Avoid leaving books, lunches or other articles on the bus.

2.        Cross the road at least ten feet in front of the bus, but then only after being sure that no traffic is approaching from either direction

3.        Help look after the safety of younger children.

4.        Be alert to danger signals from the driver.

Bus Discipline Code

Level I – These offenses include but are not limited to, the following:

1.        Definitions of unacceptable bus behavior.

a.        Moving from seat to seat, standing, or sitting in an unsafe manner  

      while the bus is in motion.
b.        Eating food and/or littering on the bus.

c.        Distracting the driver by making unnecessary noise or by acting in an

      unruly manner.
d.        Not sitting in your assigned seat.

e.        Failure to comply with a reasonable request from the bus driver.
f.        Misconduct at the bus stop.

g.        Entering and leaving the bus in an unsafe manner. (Could be a Level II)

h.        Tossing an item to another student or flicking an item off of a seat.
i.        Changing bus stops by students without authorization.

j.        Riding unassigned busses without prior permission of an administrator.

2.        Enforcement:

a.        First offense, the bus driver will notify the student of the inappropriate behavior and explain the expectations while riding on the bus.

b.        Second offense, the driver will submit a Bus Incident Report Form to Jennings Transportation, which will be reviewed and discussed with a representative of the company. If a determination is made that a disciplinary action might be warranted by the school, the Bus Incident Report Form will be sent to the appropriate building for review by an administrator. A school building administrator will also conduct an investigation of the stated incident to determine the specifics of what went on before taking any potential action.

i.   Warning letter to parent(s)/guardian(s) and possible telephone call.

c.        Third offense, disciplinary action will be taken at the school level or a bus suspension could be assigned. Any student who is assigned to a school-based disciplinary consequence would not be permitted to ride an Activity bus home on that day.

d.        Fourth offense, viewed as unmodified misconduct and bus riding privileges may be suspended or more stern school-based disciplinary action might be warranted. If a suspension is warranted, a bus reinstatement meeting could be requested at the discretion of a building level administrator between the parents/guardians, bus company representative, bus driver, and school administrator.

e.        Subsequent offenses could result in bus riding privileges being taken away for the remainder of the school year.

Level II – These offenses put the safety of the bus and its passengers in immediate danger. They include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.        Definition of unacceptable bus behavior.

a.        Vandalism, which would require restitution, along with the enforcement

      of the bus discipline code.

b.        Insubordination, which would be a blatant/overt act of disrespect to the driver and/or continued non- compliance with the driver requests.

c.        Fighting.

d.        Possession or use of any tobacco (smoke and smokeless). In addition, charges will be filed with the magistrate for violation of Act 145.

e.        Interfering with the bus or tampering with the bus equipment.

f.        Using abusive language, profanity, or making inappropriate gestures.

g.        Carrying any object, which may be used to inflict injury on another

      student.
h.        Throwing an object on the bus or out of the windows.

2.        Enforcement:

  1. First offense, the driver will notify the student of the inappropriate behavior and will explain the expectations while riding on the bus along with submitting a Bus Incident Report Form which could result in a suspension from riding the bus or a form of school-based discipline. A school building administrator will conduct and investigation of the stated incident to determine the specifics of what went on before taking any potential action. If a suspension is warranted, a bus reinstatement meeting could be requested at the discretion of a building level administrator between the parents/guardians, bus company representative, bus driver, and school administrator.

b.        Second offense will result in a suspension from riding the bus, and could also require a bus reinstatement meeting to be held.

c.        Subsequent offenses may result in an indefinite suspension from the bus

      for the remainder of the school year.

Level III – These offenses are of extreme danger and include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.        Definitions of unacceptable bus behavior.

a.        Possession, consumption, sale, distribution, transfer, or being under the

      influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
b.        Physical attack on the bus driver.

c.        Hitting the driver with a thrown object.

d.        Tampering with or operating the emergency exit while the bus is in

      motion.
e.        Tampering with the bus controls.

f.        Endangerment to the health, safety, and welfare of the students and/or

      the bus driver.
g.        Tampering with the emergency exit or exiting the bus via that door.

2.        Enforcement:

a.        First offense. Level III offenses will be a 20-day to one-year suspension from the school district transportation, plus possible suspension or expulsion proceedings.

b.        Should an offense be considered a Level III offense, it will immediately

      be referred to the Superintendent.
c.        If a determination is made that the Level III offense did in fact take  

      place, the parents/guardians will be notified and entitled to a hearing to

      discuss the matter.

d.        At any level, law enforcement officials could be contacted if the

      administration feels the need to do so.

Pupil and Personnel Services Anti-Violence/Weapons Policy

Anti-Violence:

Violence has become a social problem of epidemic proportions that is reflected in our schools. Because young people see few alternatives to either fleeing from conflict or fighting, we need to teach them to constructively manipulate the differences they encounter on a daily basis.

Conflict, however, is a normal and essential part of life. Consequently, the manner with which one manages his/her conflict and differences often divides us and inhibits our ability to confront common problems. Students need to acquire skill and knowledge that will enable them to resolve conflict in a non-violent manner. The introduction of a dispute management program into the schools is a means of alleviating conflict and dispelling violence. It shall therefore be the intent of the Nazareth Area School District to support the implementation of a program for peer mediation.

Weapons:

Students, parents/guardians, employees, and others are subject to the provisions of this Policy while on school property and/or in attendance at school-related functions.

1.        The Board of School Directors of the Nazareth Area School District recognizes that all students have a right to be educated in a safe environment; all employees have a right to work in a safe environment; and the community has a right to expect a safe school environment.

2.        The Board of School Directors of the Nazareth Area School District recognizes that the possession of weapons, facsimiles or look-alikes, on school premises threatens the safety of our entire school community.

3.        It is, therefore, the district’s intent to prevent and prohibit the possession, transmission, handling, use, or storage of any weapon, facsimile or look-alike, on Nazareth school property, on a satellite school’s property, or at school-sponsored events, or in any conveyance providing transportation to or from any school event or function, by any student, employee or other person.

        The policy shall apply with equal force to vehicles parked on school property.

        With prior administrative approval, an exception to this policy may be made

        for students participating in an authorized activity, such as archery club.

The restrictions against possession of knives is waived for employees of the District who use them for instruction purposes, such as home economics teachers and job-related responsibilities, such as maintenance personnel.

4.        Any person discovering possession, transmission, handling or use of a weapon, facsimile or look-alike, or a threat to use a weapon shall immediately notify the principal or designee of the apparent violation.

5.        Weapons offenses shall be reported to the principal, and/or designee, according to administrative regulations and shall also be reported to the parent/guardian, superintendent of schools, and the appropriate local law enforcement agencies.

6.        Violations of this policy involving possession, transmission, handling or use of a weapon, or any other violations of a state or federal law or regulation relating to weapons will result in immediate suspension for 10 days at the discretion of the building administrator/s, and may result in a recommendation for expulsion from school by the Board of School Directors, in accordance with the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy, administrative regulations, and any state or federal statute applicable to the subject matter of this policy. In addition, counseling is required as a condition for re - admittance to school.

7.        Violations of this policy involving possession, transmission, handling or use of a facsimile, or any other violations of a state or federal law or regulation relating to weapons or look-alike weapons may result in immediate suspension at the discretion of the building administrator/s, and may result in a recommendation for expulsion from school by the Board of School Directors, in accordance with the Students Rights and Responsibilities Policy, administrative regulations, and any state or federal statute applicable to the subject matter of this policy. In addition, counseling is required as a condition for re-admittance to school.

8.    This policy will be implemented through the cooperative efforts of the school

       staff, parent/guardians, students, local police departments, and communities of

         the Nazareth Area School District.

9.        Visitors who violate this policy will be immediately banned from school property

      and will be reported to the local police for criminal action.

10.  Violations of this policy by district employees shall be immediately reported to the superintendent of schools who will be responsible for imposing a 3 to 10 day, disciplinary suspension without pay. The superintendent may also recommend that the Board of Directors implement due process proceedings to consider the employee’s termination.

11.  This policy shall have no application to those individuals in the capacity of properly designated law enforcement or security responsibility on school property.

Weapon Definition

Any instrument of offensive or defensive combat or anything used or designed to be used to intimidate or injure a person. In addition, the term includes a firearm, which is not loaded or lacks a clip or other component to render it immediately operable, and components, which can readily be assembled into a weapon. The term “weapon” as used in this section shall also include but not be limited to, nunchuck stick, firearm, shotgun, rifle, bomb, grenade, machine gun, sawed-off shotgun, firearm specially made or specially adapted for concealment or silent discharge, any blackjack, sandbag, metal knuckles, any knife, cutting tool, dagger, razor or cutting instrument, the blade of which is exposed in an automatic way by switch, push-button, spring mechanism, and other tool, instrument or implement capable of inflicting serious bodily injury. In addition, tear gas, smoke bombs, ammunition, or any explosive device, including firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices, are further construed as a weapon.


Drug and Alcohol Policy/ Administrative Guidelines

Purpose

The Board of School Directors recognizes and affirms the individual value and potential of each member of its school community. The Board also recognizes that chemical abuse and dependency seriously impair the ability of an individual to develop to full potential. This policy, including its rules, regulations and guidelines, is a coordinated effort by the Nazareth Area School District to respond openly and effectively to the potential and current uses and abuses of drugs, alcohol and mood- altering substances by members of its student population.

The Board further recognizes that the misuse of drugs and alcohol is a serious problem with legal, physical and social implications for the whole school community. As such, the Board is very much concerned about the problem that may be caused through the misuse of drugs and alcohol by students, especially as such misuse relates to the safety, efficiency and productivity of the students. The Board adopts the position that students must be chemically free in order to develop in the most productive and healthy manner.

The primary purpose and justification for any action on the part of the school staff in response to drug and alcohol abuse would be the protection of the health, safety and welfare of students, staff and school property.

Recognizing that chemical use and abuse may be indicative of the disease process of chemical dependency, it is this district’s policy to prevent and prohibit the possession or use, mimic of use, sale or mimic of sale, distribution or intent of distribution of any illegal or controlled mind-altering chemical medication, or abused chemical not approved by the health office on school property, at school sponsored events, on school buses, and to or from school by any mode of travel. Due consideration will be given to the legal rights and responsibilities of the school administration, staff, students and parents. These shall include, but are not limited to:

            of Health Records

Definitions:

Drugs, mood-altering chemicals and alcohol -

Are terms that may be used interchangeably and shall include any alcohol or malt beverage, any drug, substance, or immediate precursor included in Schedules I through V of The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act as amended, chemical, abused substance or medication for which a prescription is required under the law, any substance intended to alter mood and any substance visually similar to any of the above. Examples of the above include but are not limited to beer, wine, liquor, marijuana, hashish, chemical solvents, glue, look-alike substances and any capsules or pills not registered with the nurse, annotated within the student’s health record and given in accordance with the School District policy for the administration of medication to students in school.

Also included are anabolic steroids which include any material, compound, mixture or preparation that includes any of the following or any isomer, salt or derivative of any of the following that acts in the same manner on the human body: chronic, clostebol, dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.

School Property

Shall include not only actual buildings, facilities and grounds on the school campus, but shall also include buses, school bus stops, school parking areas and any facility being used for a school function.

Drug-Free School Zone

 Defined as a 1,000-foot buffer zone around schools. This boundary was defined by the drug trafficking provisions of Act 31 adopted on March 01 1998.

Student Support Team (SST)

Also known as SAP (Student Assistance Program) is a multi-disciplinary team composed of school personnel (teachers, staff, administrators, nurses, counselors), and other members of the community. This team is charged with implementing the Student Assistance Program. The team has been trained to understand the issues of adolescent chemical use, abuse and dependency and to recognize behaviors, which are commonly associated with students at risk. The team will play a   primary role in the identification and referral process of students coming to their attention through the procedures outlined in this policy.

Distributing

Shall include the delivery, selling, passing, sharing or giving any substance or paraphernalia listed herein from one person to another or to aid therein.

Possession

Means to possess or hold, without any attempt to distribute, any substance or paraphernalia listed herein.

Cooperative Behavior

 Shall be defined as the willingness of a student to work with professional staff in a reasonable and helpful manner and/or complying with requests and recommendations of the members of the Student Support Team.

Uncooperative Behavior

 Shall be defined as any resistance or refusal, verbal, physical or passive, on the part of the student to comply with the reasonable requests or recommendations of school personnel.  Defiance, assault, deceit and flight shall constitute examples of uncooperative behavior. Uncooperative behavior shall also include the refusal to comply with the recommendations of the members of the student support team.

Cumulative Records

 All drug and alcohol violations records will be cumulative in grades K-6 with no carry-over to grades 7-12. Beginning with grade 7, Drug and Alcohol violations will again become cumulative. However, such records may be retained beyond grade six if they are considered necessary to the education of the student. If they are retained, parents shall be notified in writing and shall have access to the records, as indicated in the Nazareth Area School District Pupil Records Policy, Section C, paragraph 2.

Drug Paraphernalia

 Is any apparatus associated with the use of drugs and/or mind-altering chemicals.

Confiscation

Will occur when there is a reasonable suspicion that a student is in possession of alcohol, drug, mood-altering substances, or other substances as listed above or drug paraphernalia as herein defined, and there exists an obligation to search for and seize chemicals or substances by the building administrator(s) or designee. This will include school lockers, cars o n school property, clothing, purses, bookbags, books and other personal property. Reasonable efforts will be made to secure the student’s voluntary consent and to have the student present at the time of the search.

Confidentiality

Between students and the student support team shall be respected and no confidential communication shall be made outside the student support team without the consent of the student or his/her parent/guardian unless the best interests of the student can be served only by doing so or the subject of that confidentiality presents a clear and present danger t o self and to the school community. All information acquired by any member of the SST will be shared with the rest of the team. The confidentiality of a student volunteering information about another student’s personal use of drugs or alcohol will be protected.

Out-of-School Suspension

A temporary exclusion from school attendance in accordance with Section 1318 of the Pennsylvania School Code, as amended. While a student is suspended from school for any length of time, the student will not participate in any school-sponsored activities.

Rules and Regulations

A student who is on school property, on a satellite school’s property, at school sponsored events, or is in any conveyance providing transportation to or from any school event, or function and is under the influence of alcohol, drugs or mood-altering substance or possesses, uses, dispenses, sells or aids in the procurement of any substance set forth under “Drug/Mood Altering Substance” above or any drug paraphernalia shall be subject to discipline pursuant to the Drug and Alcohol policy.

Students who participate in any extracurricular activity, which involves public performance and/interscholastic games or contests, are subject to the Nazareth Area School District Drug and Alcohol Policy.

Nazareth Area School District Guidelines for Conduct        

As an integral part of the Nazareth Area School District Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program, these guidelines represent one component in a district-wide effort to respond effectively to drug, mood-altering substance and alcohol-related situations that may occur at school or at school-sponsored activities. These guidelines are intended to provide a consistent minimum disciplinary means to respond to drug, mood-altering substance and alcohol-related incidents.

It is the policy and intent of the Nazareth Area School District to provide a drug-free, healthful, and safe environment for students with due consideration for their legal rights and responsibilities. In light of this, and in accordance with PL 101-226, the Nazareth Area School District prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any District-related or sponsored activities.

The Board reserves the right to use any extraordinary measures deemed necessary to control substance abuse even if the same is not provided for specifically in any rule or regulation enumerated herein.

Legal Consequences of Drug Violations

Nazareth Area School District absolutely prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of a controlled substance of alcohol on Nazareth Area School District premises or while participating in or attending school-related activities of the district off the premises. All applicable legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of drugs or alcohol will be applied.

 E.   Co-Curricular Activities         

Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Policy on Sportsmanship

The ideals of good sportsmanship, ethical behavior, and integrity permeate our culture. The values of good citizenship and high behavioral standards apply equally to all activity disciplines. In perception and practice, good sportsmanship shall be defined as those qualities of behavior which are characterized by generosity and genuine concern for others.  An awareness is expected of the impact on an individual’s influence on the behavior of others. Good sportsmanship is viewed by the Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Conference as a concrete measure of the understanding and commitment to fair play, ethical behavior, and integrity.

Spirit Groups, Parents, and Fans

  1. Realize that a ticket is a privilege to observe a contest and support high school activities; not a license to verbally assault others.
  2. Respect the decisions made by the officials.
  3. Be a role model by supporting teams in a positive manner, including the content of cheers.
  4. Respect other fans, coaches, and participants.
  5. Be a fan – not a fanatic.
  6. Lead desired crowd responses using only positive cheers, signs, and praise without demeaning or antagonizing opponents.
  7. Treat opposing spirit groups and fans with courtesy and respect.
  8. Know the rules and strategies of the contest in order to cheer at proper times.
  9. Recognize outstanding play of both teams.
  10. Maintain enthusiasm and composure, serving as a role model of positive behavior.

Athletics

Athletic contests at Nazareth aim at developing good sportsmanship and giving students  interest in sports, which may develop into a hobby either as a participant or as a spectator in later years.

Fall sports offerings are: boys & girls cross country, cheerleading, field hockey, football, golf, boys & girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball.

Winter sports offerings are: boys & girls basketball, cheerleading, boys & girls swimming & diving and wrestling.

Spring sports offerings are: baseball, boys & girls lacrosse, softball, boys tennis, boys & girls track & field, boys volleyball.

Observance of Team Guidelines

To be eligible for an athletic team, a player must conform to all rules as outlined in

the team rules for set sport as provided by the head coach.

Care and Return of Equipment

A player must have returned all uniforms & equipment as well as supplies from the athletic trainer loaned to him/her and must have exercised proper care in the use of the equipment as instructed by the coach.

Athletic Eligibility

Eligibility

To be eligible for interscholastic athletics, a pupil must have passed at least two credit subjects, or the equivalent, during the previous grading period.

Back work may be made up, providing it is in accordance with regular rules of the school.

In cases where a student’s work in any preceding grading period does not meet the standards provided for  in this article, s aid student is ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics for the first four weeks of the next grading period.

Title IX

It is the policy of Nazareth Area School District not to discriminate on the basis of sex, handicap, race, color, or national origin in its educational and technical programs, activities or employment as required by Title IX Section 504 and Title VI.

For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX Coordinator/section 504 Coordinator, at Nazareth School District Administration Building (610-759-1170).

Nazareth Area School District Co-Curricular Code of Conduct

Participation in co-curricular programs in the Nazareth Area School District is a privilege, not a right.  Co -curricular programs may include, but are not limited to, athletics, clubs and organizations, proms, dances, semi-formals, Eagle Block activities, etc. All students and parents/guardians must read the code of conduct thoroughly and return a signed acknowledgement form to the coach/advisor before participation in the program may begin. The student must be willing to accept the rules, regulations, and responsibilities of each co-curricular activity in which he or she participates. Violation of any Nazareth High School rules and regulations in addition to those listed in this document may result in elimination or suspension of the privilege of participating in the co-curricular program.

The purpose of co-curricular activity programs is to enhance our students’ mental, physical, social, and emotional wellness. Co-curricular activities are a positive step in preparing our students to become productive young adults.  Students who choose to participate understand they are representing the NASD and are held to a higher standard of leadership in the community.

The coach/advisor may also distribute a separate policy detailing a student’s responsibilities in a specific activity.   Any separate policy must also be signed and adhered to.  The coach’s/advisor’s policy must meet the minimum standards in the Co-curricular Activities Code of Conduct.  Separate policies shall not be made in the area of drug or alcohol (including the possession, use, or distribution of steroids), but in other areas, such as smoking and behavior, they may be more stringent.  Any such additional requirements shall be supported and enforced by administration.

This policy shall pertain to all students while participating in any co-curricular activity and/or the “out-of-season” time period. Therefore, students participating in any Nazareth Area School District co-curricular activities are required to adhere to this code throughout the entire calendar school year while in and out of the “season”.


Eligibility

1.        A student will be eligible for participation if he or she has not reached the age of 19 prior to July 1 of the current school year. (Athletics Only, PIAA Regulation)

2.        A student will be eligible for competition or public performance if he or she is passing the equivalent of two (2) credit hours in a given marking period. (Middle School Students follow an eight (8) period schedule, therefore, must be passing a total of four (4) credit hours to be eligible).  Eligibility will be determined weekly and be in effect one week from the date of the report per the PIAA academic cycle.  If a student is not eligible for three (3) consecutive weeks, he/she will not be permitted to practice with the team.

3.        In addition to the weekly eligibility criteria, an “end of marking period” academic eligibility also exists.   A student will be eligible for participation if he or she is passing the equivalent of two (2) credit hours at the conclusion of the marking period. (Middle School Students must be passing the equivalent of four (4) credit hours.)  Students not meeting this requirement will be ineligible from competition for fifteen (15) school days within the PIAA academic cycle.

4.        A student will be eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics for their first eight (8) semesters of school beyond eighth grade per PIAA Regulation.

Attendance

1.        A student must be in attendance for three full periods of the four period day to be eligible to participate in co- curricular activities that day.  Example: A student’s attendance must be officially registered prior to the start of in the morning to be eligible. In addition a student that was registered prior to the start of first block may not leave school prior to the end of third block to be eligible.  Middle school students must be officially registered by 9:00 am or be registered prior to the start of homeroom and not leave school prior to 1:00 pm to be eligible.

2.        Exceptions to the above rule would be a  verified doctor appointment, a  family or medical emergency, or extenuating circumstances.  These exceptions would require a note from the student’s parent or guardian prior to the absence, if possible.  The High School or Middle School Administration will collect the request and submit the information to the Director of Athletics and Coordinator of Activities for review.

Student Code of Conduct

1.        Students participating in co-curricular activities are required to follow all rules and regulations in the student handbook while participating in the activity.

a.        If a student is suspended in school, he or she shall not participate in any co-curricular activity on the day or days of the suspension.

b.        If a student is suspended out of school, he or she shall not participate in any activity or sport on the day or days of the suspension and shall not attend any practices or events on school property.

c.        If a student is serving a detention, the student shall not report to any co-curricular activity until after full completion of the required time.

d.        If a student athlete is late for an co-curricular activity due to academic reasons, the student is required to bring a note to the coach/advisor signed by the academic teacher involved.

e.        Students must abide by all rules and regulations set forth by the coach/advisor.

f.        A student may be permitted to move from one sport or activity roster to another in the same season with the approval of both coaches/advisors and the Director of Athletics and Activities

g.        Students wishing to participate in more than one co-curricular activity in the same season need to submit their request to the Director of Athletics and Coordinator of Activities for approval.

2.        Students will be expected to show courtesy and respect to all fellow students, coaches, advisors, officials and the public involved in the performance or contest.  Inappropriate conduct during any co-curricular activity, including the use of profanity, will be addressed by the coach/advisor on the first occasion.  A second offense will result in the coach/advisor alerting the Director of Athletics and Coordinator of Activities for review.  The review could lead to a suspension or dismissal from the sport or activity.

3.        Any act of “flagrant misconduct” could result in the immediate suspension or dismissal from the sport or activity involved.  Flagrant misconduct includes, but is not limited to, such acts as fighting, use of profanity, theft, etc. Such acts may also include the “inappropriate use of electronic technologies”. (Some examples may include: Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, FaceBook, YouTube, Text Messaging, Website Posting, Email, etc.)

Tobacco Use Guidelines

While a member of any athletic/co-curricular/non-curricular activity, possession or use of tobacco products of any kind (including smokeless tobacco) and electronic smoking devices (including vaping products) is not permitted by students.

 First Offense:  One (1) week suspension from the activity, applicable school discipline, and a possible fine.

Second Offense:  Three (3) week suspension from the activity, applicable school discipline, and a possible fine.

Third Offense:  Dismissal from team, applicable school discipline, and a possible fine.

Police Citations

To uphold the integrity and privilege of being a representative of a Nazareth Area High School Athletic Team, all students must notify their coach/advisor of any police citations, arrests, or juvenile petitions received prior to the start of the co -curricular activity or during the course of the activity or season.  

Students must submit a police report form to the Principal or Athletic Director at the time of the offense/charge not upon disposition and/or dismissal of the case.  All police citations, arrests, or juvenile petitions for non-drug/alcohol incidents will be reviewed by the school administration for appropriate action, which may include suspension or dismissal from team/activity.

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Alcohol and drugs have destroyed many young lives and our acceptance of this behavior in our students would be contrary to our responsibility to prepare students for a successful future.  The Nazareth Area School District School Board Policy 227 prohibits students from using, possessing, distributing, and being under the influence of any controlled substances during school hours, at any time while on school property, at any school-sponsored activity, and during the time spent traveling to and from school and to and from school-sponsored activities.

Violations  that  occur  on  school  property,  at  school-sponsored  events,  or  on  any conveyance providing transportation to or from any school event or function may result in school based discipline, suspension or dismissal from the team, and possible police citation.

First Offense:

One year suspension from all athletic and co-curricular activities.

In order for the student to be eligible for co-curricular activities after the one year suspension they must complete the following requirements:

  1. The student and his or her parents must meet with the Student Assistance Program coordinator.
  2. The student and the parents must agree for the student to participate in a SAP recommended drug and alcohol assessment, and complete all recommendations from the assessment.
  3. The student must complete 20 hours of community service in a program approved by the administration.
  4. Verified instances of drug or alcohol possession or use as defined in the Policy and administrative Guidelines mentioned above, that occur off school property and not at a school event will result in suspension from all co -curricular activities for one year.  Verified instances shall be defined as a citation from police, admission of possession or use by the student, or the student’s parents/guardian identification of his/her possession, or use.  Additionally;
  5. If any school employee witnessed, confirms the possession or use, and reports the possession or use of drugs or alcohol to administration it shall also be considered a verified instance. If this is a first offense for drug or alcohol possession and not the distribution of and/or a charge at the felony level, the student may apply for a reduction of the one-year suspension provided the following requirements are met:
  6.  The student and his/her parents/guardians must meet with the Student Assistant Program Coordinator, confirm the possession or use of drugs or alcohol and must answer the coordinator’s questions completely and honestly.  If information is determined to be falsified, eligibility will be affected.
  1. The student and the parents/guardians must agree for the student   to participate in a SAP recommended drug and alcohol assessment, and must complete all recommendations from the assessment.
  2. The student must complete 20 hours of community service in a program approved by the administration.

Completion of all of the above requirements will reduce the suspension for violations that occur outside of a school event and off school property to 5 weeks.  This suspension shall be applied to a sport or activity that he/she participated in within the previous year.  If the student participated in two sports or activities within the previous year that occur in the same time frame, the suspension shall apply to both.  If the student participated in two sports or activities that do not occur at the same time, the suspension shall apply to the sport or activity that occurs first. The student may continue to practice if there are schedule d contests or activities in which he/she could participate after the 5-week suspension.  However, students shall not appear in uniform or costume, appear with the team or other members of the activity at a public event, or publicly participate in any way during the 5-week suspension.    A timeline for completion of all requirements must be submitted and approved by the Administrator of Athletics and Activities and High School Principal prior to the student’s return to active participation.

If the season of participation ends before the 5 weeks have passed, the suspension will be ongoing into the next season of participation of an activity that they participated in the previous year.

The 5-week suspension will begin on the first day of the PIAA season for which the suspension will apply or upon notification of administration if violations occur during a season.

Failure to report or inaccurate report of police citations, criminal arrests, or juvenile petitions in a timely manner may result in a one-year suspension.

In addition, if the student participates in other co-curricular and athletic activities, the 5-week suspension will run concurrently for all activities during the sport season.  If the student chooses not to complete the terms of the agreement, i.e., quits the co- curricular activity or was not truthful with the Student Assistant Program Coordinator, that student would be considered uncooperative and would be suspended from all co-curricular activities for one year.

Second Offense

Automatic suspension from all co-curricular activities for one year will result.

A police citation at the felony level or admission by the student for distributing drugs or possession of drugs with the intent to sell, that occur off of school property and not at a school event shall result in suspension from all co-curricular activities for one year.  This offense is not eligible for a reduction of the one year suspension upon completion of a subscribed program.

Unverified instances of drug or alcohol possession or use that occur off school property and not at a school event may result in a  referral to the Student Assistance Program.   If students attend an event where drugs or alcohol are being distributed to minors, they are obligated to leave as soon as they are aware of the situation.  If they do not leave, referral may be made to the Student Assistance Program.

All citations from police for non-drug/alcohol incidents will be reviewed by the school administration for appropriate action, which may include any of the above consequences.


Hazing and Initiation


The athletic code of conduct states:

“Students will be expected to show courtesy and respect to all fellow students as well as students from other schools and officials involved in the activity.  Conduct unbecoming a student during an activity, including the use of profanity, will be addressed by the coach/advisor on the first occasion.   A second offense will result in the coach alerting the school administration for review. The review could lead to a suspension or dismissal from the activity.”

The act of hazing and/or initiation is counter to showing courtesy and respect.  Any individual who initiates or takes part in a hazing or initiation rite will be disciplined by the coach/advisor and by the administration.  Hazing or initiations will not be tolerated by the Nazareth Area School District.

Hazing and initiation acts involving hazing include, but are not limited to, those of physical assault or mental abuse.  They may include harassment by banter, ridicule, or criticism, as well as physical contact.

Initiations and hazing do not constitute positive experiences or build team unity. As stated by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association General Legal Counsel, “The fact of the matter is, however, that hazing is not good; it should not be tolerated. Depending on the nature, hazing could involve criminal conduct and could result in legal liability for perpetrators.

Nazareth Area High School Department of Athletics Student-Athlete Social Media Agreement

Social media can be a useful tool to communicate with teammates, fans, friends, coaches and more. Social media can also be dangerous if you are not careful.  Every picture, link, quote, tweet, status, or post that you or your friends put online is forever part of your digital footprint.  You never know when it will come back to hurt or help your reputation during the recruiting process, a new job, or other important areas of your life.

Ultimately, you are solely responsible for what you post online. Before creating online content, consider some of the risks and rewards that are involved. Keep in mind that any of your conduct that adversely affects the Nazareth Area School District, Nazareth Area High School, the Nazareth Department of Athletics and/or your interscholastic program, may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the team.  This policy applies to all student-athletes who participate in one of more of our interscholastic programs.

To assist you in making responsible decisions about your use of social media, we have established these guidelines for appropriate use of social media.

1.   I will take responsibility for my online profile, including my posts and any photos, videos or other recordings posted in which I appear.

2.   I will not degrade my opponents before, during, or after games.

3.   I will post only positive things about my teammates, coaches, opponents and officials.

4.   I will use social media to purposefully promote abilities, team, community, and social values.

5.   I will always be honest and accurate when posting information or news and will quickly correct mistakes.

6.   I will not post any information or rumors that I know to be false.

7.   I will consider “Is this the me I want you to see?” before I post anything online.

8.   I will ignore any negative comments about me and will not retaliate.

9.   If I see a teammate post something potentially negative online, I will have a conversation with that teammate. If I do not feel comfortable doing so, I will talk to the team captain or a coach.

10. I am aware that I represent my sport(s), school, team, family and community at all times, and will

do so in a positive manner.

NAZARETH BLUE EAGLES - “THE NEST” Student Section Guidelines

OBJECTIVE:                

To provide a positive game experience for our players, fans and all students in the student section “nest.”  To be compliant with PIAA, District XI, and EPC Guidelines of good sportsmanship and character.

Rules: 

These are non-negotiable and any violation may result in removal from the game and school-based discipline, which may include a referral to the NASD Police.  Students who are ejected from a game will not be permitted to sit in the student section for the remainder of the season. 

 F.   Health and Related Services

School Nurses in every community touch the lives of children by addressing their health needs while in school. It is the goal of every School Nurse for children to enter the classroom in optimal health and ready to learn. When children miss school due to illness and other factors they are excluded from the learning process. The presence of a School Nurse in the school setting assures the management and attention to health conditions such as: asthma, diabetes, violence, depression, allergies, poor dietary habits, and other current day problems.

School Nurses also serve on the front line of defense for identification of vision, hearing and growth abnormalities, communicable disease and mental health conditions, which can be treated more effectively with early intervention. In addition, the School Nurse provides health information/health counseling. (NASN-National Association of School Nurses)

A School Nurse or Associate Nurse is available each day in the school full time.

Immunizations

Pennsylvania State Law requires that ALL children have basic immunizations in order to enter school.

NEW IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS 2019-2020

For Attendance IN ALL GRADES (K-12):

4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis* (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)

4 doses of polio**

(4th dose on or after the 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose)

2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella***

3 doses of hepatitis B

2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity

*Usually given as DTaP or DTP or if medically advisable DT or Td

**A fourth dose is not required if the third dose was administered at age 4 years or older and at least 6 months after the previous dose

***Usually given as MMR


ATTENDANCE INTO 7-12th grades ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

∙  1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)

∙  2 doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)*

*First Dose is given 11-15 years of age; a second dose is required at age 16 or entry into 12th grade. (If the dose was given at 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required)

The only exemptions to the school laws for immunizations are:

∙         medical reasons

∙         religious beliefs

∙         philosophical/strong moral ethical conviction

If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak.

Medical Examinations/Dental Examinations

The School Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that all students in grades K, 6, and 11 be given a physical examination and that all students in grades K, 3, and 7 be given a dental exam. Both are important examinations, the results of which are kept as part of the school health record for each pupil.

The law provides you with the choice to have either of these exams done by the school physician/dentist (free of charge) or by your family physician/dentist at your expense.

Parents/guardians are urged to have this examination done by their family physician/dentist since he/she has a better knowledge of the past history of the student and is in the best position to recommend immediate steps for any remedial care that may be necessary.

If you decide to take your child to your private family physician/dentist for these examinations, there are three requirements:

1)   The examination may be completed up to a year before the beginning of the new school year.

2)   Your physician must fill out the Private Physician’s Report/Dentist Report Form. (These forms will be provided to you at the end of the year by your child’s School Nurse.)

3)   You must return the forms to your child’s school.

Students who may need financial assistance for dental or medical care should make an appointment to see the nurse.


Mandated Health Screenings

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Procedures for Using the Nurse’s Office

1.        Students must have a pass to go to the nurse’s office unless it is an emergency.

2.        If the nurse is not in the office the student should report to the main office.

3.        Students should not leave the building if they are ill without first getting authorization from the nurse or principal. Leaving without permission will be be considered an unexcused absence.

4.        Students will be sent home for a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher or if the nurse determines there are signs and symptoms of illness or injury that warrant exclusion from school.

5.        Students who need to use the elevator for medical reasons must provide written authorization from a physician. Students will need to give a $10.00/$20.00 deposit for the elevator keys/swipe card. The deposit will be returned when the student returns the keys/swipe card. If the keys/swipe card are lost, the deposit will not be returned.

6.        If it is necessary for your child to have cough drops for minor throat irritations or cough during school hours, your child will need to bring them from home.

7.        Medication, physical and dietary forms may be downloaded from the high school website under School Nurse Section.

8.        The nurse’s office is not to be abused. Please reinforce with your child appropriate reasons to visit the nurse’s office. If it is determined and the nurse visits become excessive or abused, a parent/guardian will be notified.

9.        Please remember to keep the nurse informed of any health issues, medical concerns, surgeries, immunizations and any changes to home, cell or work numbers.

Illness During The School Day

Students who become ill during the school day should first inform their class teacher, and then go to the Nurse’s Office where the School Nurse or Associate Nurse will assess them. If it is determined that they are too ill to attend class, parents/emergency contact are notified and are expected to pick up their child within a reasonable time frame. No student is sent home without the permission of a parent/guardian or emergency contact. If a parent or emergency contact person cannot be reached, the student will remain in the Nurse’s Office with the Nurse. Students who are well enough to attend class will be asked to return to class after the Nurse has assessed them.  Students are not to call/text their parents to go home when ill prior to visiting the nurse’s office.  Absences for students sent home via parent/guardian or emergency contact permission will be considered an unexcused absence if the nursing staff determines the absence is not medically necessary.  

Any student who requires medication during the school day is required to have a medication authorization form on file in the nurse’s office. This includes not only prescription medication but also any over the counter medication. If you think that your child may need to take any medication while at school, please have your physician complete the medication authorization form and return it to the nurse’s office. Students will not be allowed to their cars or to drive home during the school day to get medication. A parent will be required to bring in any needed medication to school for their child if we do not have appropriate medication orders on file.


Medical Causes for Exclusions From School

Students are excluded from school when the following symptoms occur:

1)   Skin eruption (requiring a doctor’s diagnosis)

2)   Chickenpox

3)   Whooping cough (Pertussis)

4)   Temperature of 100 degrees F or higher

5)   Severe sore throat

6)   Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

7)   Confirmation of head lice

8)   Vomiting (recurrent)

9)   Diarrhea (recurrent)

It is recommended that your child be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.

Health Conditions

It is important that the school has a record of a child’s health status. It is also crucial that the School Nurse be notified of any change in your child’s health status during the course of the school year. This includes the addition of any medical conditions, medications and food/drug allergies.

Any student with health conditions requiring supplies, snacks, water etc. must bring them to the nurse’s office at the beginning of the school year. These supplies must be replenished as needed throughout the school year. Students diagnosed with diabetes, severe allergies requiring epinephrine, seizure disorder, etc.. must also complete a medical management plan every school year. These plans are mailed home and are available on the HS web-site in the nurse section.  

Injuries

The school attempts to provide an environment in which your child will be safe from accidents. Whenever a child is injured at school, he/she will receive first aid treatment by the School Nurse or Associate Nurse according to the School Physician Standing Orders for Administering First Aid.  First Aid is defined as the immediate temporary care given in the case of an accident or sudden illness. If the accident is of serious nature, the parent and/or 911 will be notified. No care beyond first aid will be given by the School Nurse or Associate Nurse. Care beyond First Aid is the responsibility of the parent.

Cell Phones

Cell phones may be used in the nurse’s office in order to obtain emergency contact phone numbers for the school nurse. Cell phones MUST be given to the school nurse prior to resting in the nurse’s office. They will be returned to the student upon returning to class or going home.

Students are not to text or call their parent from their cell phones when they are ill and want to go home. If a student becomes ill during the school day, they should report to the nurse and a parent can be called from the nurse’s office.  Making arrangements to go home prior to going to the nurse will result in a referral to the office and the potential for an unexcused absence. 

 

Administering Medication To Students

It is the policy of Nazareth Area School District that all students’ medication be administered at home whenever possible. In certain instances, it may be necessary for medication to be administered in school. If medication is administered in school, these procedures are to be followed.

Definitions:

“Prescription medication” is medication that is prescribed by a physician for a particular student.

“Over-the-counter medication” includes aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, herbal supplements and antacids, etc. Cough drops are  not included in this definition. “Medication” includes both prescription  and over-the-counter medications.

Procedures:

Medication, including over-the-counter medication, will be administered to students in the school setting only in circumstances, when the child’s health may be jeopardized without it.  Written authorization, signed by the physician, psychiatrist, or dentist (original or by fax) and the parent, legal guardian, or emancipated student must be provided for each separate prescription or medication being administered to each student. If dosage is changed, new written authorization is required. Authorization will terminate with the expiration date of the prescription or at the end of the school year, whichever occurs first. If the medication is discontinued, the parent or legal guardian must notify the school nurse in writing. For over- the-counter medication, a one school year standing order from the student’s personal physician will be accepted.

Medication must be delivered to the school nurse by the parent, legal guardian, authorized adult designee or emancipated student in the original medication container.  Students are not to have medication in their possession at any time per school district drug and alcohol policy except physician authorized self-administered inhalant, enzyme and/or epinephrine medication.

It will be the responsibility of the parent, legal guardian, or emancipated student to make arrangements for administration of medication during activities away from school.  Medication sent to school in violation of this policy will not be administered to students.

Medical Emergency

Any student, who is, in the opinion of a professional staff member, in need of medical attention, will be immediately brought to the Nurse’s office or 911 may be called. Parent(s) will be notified immediately.

The school nurse needs accurate emergency phone numbers in order to contact parents/guardians/emergency contacts. These numbers must be updated in PowerSchool whenever changes occur in order to efficiently communicate with the student’s parents/guardians.

Latex Allergy Guidelines

The Nazareth Area School District’s Latex Allergy Guidelines provide a latex-safe environment for students who have been identified as having a latex allergy or have been medically advised to avoid latex. The goal is to reduce latex exposure in the schools. There is no treatment for latex allergy except complete avoidance of natural rubber latex. Therefore, no latex balloons are allowed in any school; if latex balloons are found, they will be removed. Gloves used in the nurse’s office and in classrooms for experiments are non-latex gloves.

Physical Education Excuses

All PE notes must be brought to the nurse’s office. After the nurse’s evaluation in collaboration with the Dr. and parent, the student’s physical education program is either excused or modified.  

School Insurance

The Nazareth Area School District cooperates with a private insurance firm in offering students a low cost insurance program. Students who wish to participate in insurance programs should obtain an application form at the school’s main office. A special comprehensive insurance program is provided for all athletes at school district’s expense.

Student Assistance Program  (S.A.P.)

The Nazareth High School Student Assistance Program provides students with early intervention for drug, alcohol, academic and emotional problems along with access to community resources for possible treatment. School administrators and teachers are trained to be alert for early signs of these problems, and help is available through the guidance department, the school psychologist, administration and teachers. For information and instruction about how to complete a referral, contact Nazareth High School 610-759-1730.

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Nazareth Area School District Student Assistance Program is to work collaboratively with students in a trusting environment to remove barriers to student success.

Purpose:
The purpose of the Student Assistance Team is to identify at-risk behaviors that impedes student success and recommend an appropriate course of action.

Examples of Student Behaviors Appropriate for SAP Referral:
∙               Decline in academic performance
∙               At-risk behavior resulting in disciplinary action
∙               Truancy and/or chronic tardiness to school
∙               Inability to express emotions appropriately
∙               Distinct change in behavior, appearance or friends
∙               Observable references to drugs or alcohol
∙               Inability to concentrate due to home or family issues

What To Do?
If you know of a student experiencing these behaviors or any other barriers impeding their academic performance, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our SAP team in person or call 610-759-1730.

Process:
1. Referrals (written) are made to the SAP team from teachers, students, counselors, administrators, bus drivers, staff members, coaches, parents etc. In collaboration with parent/guardian permission, the SAP team strategizes and/or refers students for assistance to enhance their school success and foster positive connections. These referrals can be completed anonymously.
2. The SAP coordinator presents the written referral to the team. If the student needs immediate attention, crisis services are implemented and parents are informed immediately.
3. If a referral has merit, the student’s parent/guardian is contacted regarding  the referral.  Parent permission to move forward with any communication with the student is required at this time.  
4. If a referral does not have merit or the parent does not give consent the referral is closed.
5. Once parent permission is given through verbal and written permission, the SAP coordinator may assign a case manager to collect behavioral data. This may include gathering information from the following individuals: school nurse, school administrator, teachers, counselor, coaches, staff of C.I.T. if applicable.
6. The case manager compiles the data and presents it to the SAP team. The team then formulates an action plan.
7. The case manager reports back to the parent the findings from the team.
8. Collaboratively with the parent, student and the team, a plan is implemented and monitored either by the SAP coordinator or  assigned team member.    
9. It should be noted, additional SAP referrals on the same student can be completed if the cases were closed or parent permission was not granted.
10. There are many community/county resources that address issues surrounding SAP referrals. Please contact a SAP team member, guidance counselors or the school psychologist for local agencies and the contact information.


Safe2Say Something

Safe2Say Something is an anonymous reporting system that is mandated by Pennsylvania state law, or Act 44 (January 24, 2019).  The purpose of the program is to enable students, who may feel uncomfortable approaching a trusted adult, to report concerns regarding individual students who may be a threat to themselves or to others through an anonymous reporting system (phone call, website, or app).  The purpose of the program is to prevent a tragedy.

Submitting a false report through the Safe2Say Something program will result in school based discipline and a referral to the police.  Those submitting false reports will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Students are encouraged to use the Safe2Say Something program for its intended purpose which is to report legitimate concerns and possibly prevent a tragedy.

 G.   General Information         

Fundraising

There will be no fund raising programs or sales in Nazareth Area High School unless authorized by the principal. Traditionally, each class sponsors one fund raising activity a year to secure monies for class activities.

Class Fundraiser Procedures

1.        Turn in order forms on or before designated date. Late orders will not be

accepted.

2.        It is your responsibility for pick-up and delivery

3.        Only checks or money orders will be accepted. NO CASH. Checks should be

made payable to Nazareth Area High School. A $25 fee will be assessed

for any checks returned for insufficient funds.

4.        25% of the fundraising profits will be placed into a general class fund

while 75% of the fundraising profits will be placed into an individual profit account.

Individual Profit Accounts

Individual profit accounts may ONLY be accessed during the student’s senior year (Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors may not use the accrued credit in their Individual Profit Accounts). Individual profits may not be transferred from one student to another student. All monies left in the class account & students individual accounts after June 1st will be carried over to the Student Government activity account. Profit from these accounts may only be used for:

Only Seniors May Access Accounts

Student, class officer, class advisor and designated school account representatives must sign off on all account transactions and receipts must be provided. Any unused Senior Class funds as of July 1, of their graduating year, will be used to purchase instructional equipment for the high school.

Lockers

A locker owned by Nazareth Area High School is provided for every student. Students will be assigned a school locker each school year. It is the student’s responsibility to keep hall and gym lockers locked while in use to avoid the possibility of theft or loss of possessions. Students altering locking mechanisms will pay replacement and labor costs.  Students are reminded to secure their book bags in their lockers during school hours. Sharing lockers is not permitted. Students sharing lockers may be subject t o disciplinary action. If there are problems with a locker, report it to the Main Office.  Lockers MUST be cleaned each semester and ALL items removed at the end of each school year, any remaining items will be discarded. Lockers are subject to search by school administrators at any time.

Obligation Policy        

Students will not be permitted to take exams without returning all class textbooks at the end of each semester. All other obligations must be met at the end of each school year. Additionally, all obligations must be fulfilled prior to graduation in order for the student to participate in this activity and receive their diploma.  Students who owe any obligations will not be permitted to purchase tickets for the prom, receive parking privileges, receive senior/junior privileges, participate in dual enrollment, or any other privilege or school activity as determined by school administration.

Personal Identification Badges

Students should have their identification badges with them at all times. Students may request a new ID in the Student Services Office. The cost for a replacement ID is $5.00 and must be paid before the ID will be printed. Students who fail to have their ID with them during an ID check will be subject to the following disciplinary consequences in order:

1st offense - Warning

2nd offense – Office Detention

3rd and subsequent offense – 3 Hour Extended Detention

Prom Guidelines and Information
The following rules will be enforced concerning the Prom:

 

1. All Nazareth Area High School students attending the prom must pay their office and library obligations by the specified deadline as determined by the prom advisor. Please make checks payable to NAHS and your class and place your full name on the memo line.  Please do not combine obligations and prom money.

 

2. Students may change their escort up to two weeks before the prom as long as their escort has no outstanding obligations and attends Nazareth Area High School. Changing escorts will be permitted (following the above guidelines), however, no additional tickets will be sold.

 

3. All Nazareth students must be in school on the day of the prom in order to attend the prom. All medical appointments will be verified and students are expected to be in school before and after appointments.  Students are not permitted to leave school early for prom-related appointments.

 

4. All students attending the prom will be REQUIRED to attend a mandatory prom assembly during school on the day of the prom.

 

5. No one over the age of 20 will be permitted to attend the prom.  Everyone MUST present a picture ID at the door.

 

6. The Nazareth Area High School Drug and Alcohol Policy will be in effect all night.  Students and parents will have signed an acknowledgement of this policy prior to purchasing prom tickets. Any student that violates this policy will be suspended for up to 10 days.  

 

7. If staff/police believes there is reasonable suspicion a student may be impaired, the student may be subject to a preliminary drug and/or alcohol screening.

 

8. There will be NO smoking anywhere on the premises. This applies to students and guests from other schools.

 

9. If you exit the prom, you will not be permitted to re-enter.

 

10. If you choose to leave the prom early, your parents will be notified.

 

11. Appropriate attire must be worn throughout the entire evening.

 

12. Respectful and appropriate behavior is expected.

 

13.  Tickets will ONLY be sold during the designated ticket sale window.  No late tickets will be sold for any reason.  Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.  Tickets may only be purchased from the prom advisor and will be required to enter the event.  

 

** REMEMBER, ATTENDING THE PROM IS A PRIVILEGE THAT MAY BE TAKEN AWAY AT ANY TIME DUE TO DISCIPLINARY REASONS**

Request for Student Records

Upon request, Nazareth Area High School will forward an official copy of your high school transcript to the post high school institution or prospective employer you designate.   Current student transcript request forms are available in the counseling  office. Students may request to see and examine their permanent records through the counseling office.

School Closing

If it is necessary to close school because of extreme weather conditions, labor disputes or other emergencies, announcements are made on the local radio stations by 6:30 a.m. or as early thereafter as possible.  Unscheduled early dismissals are also announced whenever possible. Please do not call school personnel or the radio station about potential school closings. Doing so ties up the telephones unnecessarily.

Textbooks        

The Nazareth Area School District provides students with textbooks, workbooks and paperback books. To ensure optimum life of textbooks, students are encouraged to cover all textbooks to protect them from damage.

In the event books are lost or damaged, student will be issued a second copy. The student must absorb cost for the additional and/or damaged textbooks. A receipt must verify any monies paid if books are found at a later date. Book value is determined by replacement cost. ALL TEXTBOOKS MUST BE RETURNED PRIOR TO TAKING FINAL EXAMS AT THE END OF EACH SEMESTER.

Students are reminded to keep their lockers locked and to check with the office for lost books. Students should check over their textbooks upon receipt and report any and all damage to the teacher immediately. Any unreported damage(s) will be the responsibility of the student.

Visitors

All visitors are required to register at the High School office immediately upon entering the building. This is in accordance with the Trespass laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A visitor’s badge will be issued and must be worn at all times. Students from other schools are not permitted to visit during the school day.

Withdrawal Procedure

Any student wishing to withdraw from school must schedule a time to report to the guidance office with a parent or guardian if they are under the age of 18. The guidance counselor will issue the student a withdrawal form , which must be signed by each of the student’s teachers, class advisor, librarian, guidance office secretary and main office secretary. These signatures indicate that the student has cleared all obligations. All uniforms, equipment, textbooks, Chromebook and other school property or materials must be returned at the time of the withdrawal. If the student is transferring to another school, a transcript will be sent only after all obligations have been cleared. The student must also clean out their locker and remove all personal items.  Please be aware that it is not legal for a child to be enrolled and attending another school without being withdrawn from NAHS.  A child under 17, who intends to enroll in cyber school, must show proof of acceptance with a start date in order to be withdrawn from NAHS.

Withdrawal/Re-Entry

Students who withdraw from school and re-enter at a later date must satisfy the following requirements before they are readmitted:

1.       Clear all outstanding obligations.
2.       Counselor/parent conference.

In addition, all days missed will be counted as cumulative absences unless the student was enrolled in another school.

Working Papers

Working papers may be obtained in the Main Office during the following times:
                        
School Days:        8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. (Mon – Fri)
                        Summer:        8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Mon – Thurs)

In order to obtain working papers, please be advised of the following:

  1. Parent or legal guardian must be present to obtain an application.
  2. Legal proof of age (birth certificate, driver’s license or permit, passport, etc.) must be presented at the time of application.
  3. Children 14 years and older must sign a Work Permit. A work permit is a blue card, transferable from one employer to another. You must show the blue card to your employer for their records.  Do not allow the employer to keep the blue card.  You need this card for each job you work until the age of 18.
  4. Children may not begin work until the application and the above work permit are completed.

**Questions regarding Pennsylvania Child Labor Laws may be referred to:

   (800) 932-0665

Non-Sufficient Funds Policy

The Board of Nazareth Area School District recognizes that there may be occasions when a personal check may be returned from the bank because of insufficient funds or any other reason.

A service charge of $20.00 will be assessed for all returned checks.

A letter will be sent to the name and address of the signature on the check. A copy of the check, a copy of the School Board’s Non-Sufficient Funds policy, and the amount due plus the service charge will be included.

Ten (10) days will be given to satisfy the obligation. If payment or arrangements have not been made, a private criminal complaint for bad check writing may be filed with the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office, as determined by the Business Administrator. The individual signing the check shall be responsible to pay for these additional fees.

If checks are returned twice by the same payer, the district shall require future payment in cash, money order, or certified/bank check.

If the check is made payable to the Cafeteria and the student has funds in an active Cafeteria account, the amount of the dishonored check and all applicable service fees will be deducted from the Cafeteria account.

All financial obligations must be fulfilled prior to graduation in order for a student to participate and receive a diploma.