Parent-Student Handbook Addendum
Table of Contents
Student Discipline 11
Electronic Devices 12
Make-up Work Policy 13
Contact Information 16
Colonial Heights Public Schools, in partnership with the home and the community, will provide each student with a relevant, quality education. The skills taught shall enable each student to become a self-sufficient, productive member of the global society prepared to enter the job market and/or continue his/her education.
Colonial Heights Public Schools is committed to ensuring all students are prepared for their future. CHPS continues to put the students' best interest at the forefront of all decision-making. We know that school closures due to COVID-19 have had a large impact on our students, families and community. We are committed to ensuring that all students learn.
We promise to engage, nurture, and support students through this phase of their education. This text serves as an addendum. Other policies and regulations through CHHS and CHPS that are applicable, remain in effect.
Reliable Internet connection is essential for utilizing chromebooks for school assignments when not on school grounds. Families who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program may also qualify for Comcast's Internet Essentials (internetessentials.com). The Internet Essentials program will allow customers to pay only $9.95 per month. Families who do not have reliable Internet access and do not qualify for the Comcast Internet Essentials program should contact the Office of Technology and Learning by emailing TechSupport@colonialhts.net or calling 804-524-2275 ext. 202
If students are having difficulty with their Chromebook, then they should first contact their first block teacher. The teacher will then contact tech support. Tech support within the CHHS school building will attempt to remedy the technical issue. In the event that the technical issue cannot be fixed at the school level, a representative from the Office of Technology and Learning will assist with fixing the technical issues.
Tips to help your child succeed
Secondary curriculum will combine Colonial Heights Public Schools' approved curriculum which is SOL-aligned, along with the Virginia Department of Education's Virtual Virginia's curriculum.
Secondary teachers will assess students in a variety of ways in order to measure student learning.
High School Grading Policy
The rules and regulations are provided here so that students and parents/guardians are aware of the responsibilities that students accept when they use district-owned technology equipment. In general, this requires efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of all technology resources. Violations of these rules and guidelines will result in disciplinary action.
All use of technology must
All files must be school appropriate. Inappropriate materials include explicit or implicit references to
Care of Chromebook at Home
Students may not
All students are issued an email account. Email allows students to safely and effectively communicate and collaborate with district staff and classmates.
The effective use of email is:
Email should be used for educational purposes only.
Dear Mr. Burnett,
I have a question about the assignment. Could you please explain what number 3 is asking? Thank you.
Unacceptable Use Examples
Non-education related forwards (e.g. jokes, chain letters, images, etc.)
Each student Chromebook is equipped with a webcam. This equipment offers students an opportunity to experience a 21st century tool and to develop 21st century communication skills.
Examples of Use
Webcams are to be used for educational purposes only, under the direction of a teacher.
During School Hours
Watching movies on your laptop is not allowed during school hours without permission from the teacher. Permission will be given only for media used to complete a school assignment.
During School Hours
School Online gaming is not allowed during school hours unless you have been given permission by a teacher. All games must be in support of education.
After School Hours
Online gaming is allowed at home if all of the following conditions are met:
Students may not try to load any personal software onto the district-owned device.
Unacceptable Use Examples
Inappropriate media may not be used as a desktop background. Presence of guns, weapons, pornographic materials, inappropriate language, alcohol, drugs, or gang related symbols are prohibited and will result in district disciplinary action.
Accidental Damage vs. Negligence
Accidents do happen. There is a difference, however, between an accident and negligence. Damages caused due to a student’s failure to follow the guidelines set forth in this handbook will be deemed negligent and may incur costs to repair or replace the equipment.
Reporting Process for
Lost or Stolen Equipment
If any equipment is lost or stolen, the student or parent must report it to the school immediately. Students can let a teacher or administrator know, and the staff member will assist him/her in a timely manner. Repeated incidents of lost equipment will result in the school not reissuing equipment.
Colonial Heights Public Schools expects all students to behave appropriately for an educational environment and follow school rules. Any behavior which disrupts the learning environment, and / or is detrimental to the safety and welfare of other students or staff is subject to disciplinary action. Students are expected to abide by the Standards of Student Conduct.
Appearance and Attire
In addition to student dress criteria listed in the Standards of Student Conduct, student attire and clothing that presents an immodest appearance or that could cause a class disruption may not be worn. Examples include but are not limited to: clothes with revealing rips/holes above fingertip length, tops that expose front or back, short skirts, dresses, or shorts above fingertip length, see through blouses/tops, bare midriffs/crop tops, spaghetti straps under two inches in width, tops that expose undergarments, tops that are too low, halters, corsets, tube skirts, muscle tops, pants worn below the waist, spandex, yoga, jeggings, leggings, and bike/compression shorts. Pajamas, pajama pants, and bathrobes are not permitted to be worn at school.
No clothing, garment, or item that causes a disruption of the educational process may be worn. This includes but is not limited to clothing or items with inappropriate messages, double-meanings, confederate flags, and/or advertisements of tobacco projects, juuls/vapes, drugs, alcohol, sexual connotations, or any illegal substances. Large/oversized coats and trench coats may not be worn in school during the day or at any after school events. The wearing of studded necklaces or bracelets or any item that poses a safety hazard may be prohibited.
Hats, hoods, bandannas, head wraps, ear muffs, sunglasses, do-rags, bonnets, and other head apparel are not worn in the school building during instructional hours. All head apparel must be removed when entering the building. Head wraps may be no more than 1” wide and worn as a headband.
Clothing, colors, or accessories which evidence membership in gangs cannot be worn in school.
Changes and additions to clothing styles occur during the school year that may require revisions and adjustments to guidelines. The school dress and grooming policy is not intended to include or cover all possible grooming situations. Necessary additions or adjustments to this policy can occur during the school year.
Students are expected to follow all copyright laws. Duplication and/or distribution of materials for educational purposes is permitted when such duplication and/or distribution would fall within the Fair Use Doctrine of the United States Copyright Law (Title17, USC).
Examples of plagiarism, cheating, and/or misuse of technology
Teacher-Detention of Students: An individual teacher as a disciplinary action may keep a student before or after school. At least 1 day’s notice will be given and the teacher will contact the parent/guardian via phone or email. Students who fail to report to teacher detention will be assigned administrative detention.
Administrative Detention: Students may be assigned administrative detention by a CHHS administrator for violation of school rules. Administrative detention will be held from 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays unless a change in the schedule is announced. At least 1 day’s notice will be given to the student. Employment, athletic or extracurricular activities will not be acceptable excuses for not serving detention. Students who fail to report to detention as assigned may receive at least one day of ALC. Administrative detention is not appealable to the principal.
Alternative Learning Center (ALC): Students assigned to ALC must earn their way back into the regular classroom by satisfactorily completing all assigned work and adhering to all ALC policies. If a student is not adhering to ALC rules, he or she will face out of school suspension for a set time period. If a parent wishes to appeal a student’s in school suspension time, he or she must first speak with the assistant principal. If the parent is still not satisfied, the parent may appeal within 24 hours to the principal by calling the school secretary to make an appointment. ALC is not appealable to the superintendent.
Out of School Suspension (OSS): Grading of assignments for students assigned to OSS will be as follows for each school year:
While on OSS, students and parents should check Canvas and email teachers to request homework. A parent conference may be required with CHHS administration before the student returns to the classroom. Continued misconduct after multiple placements or short term suspensions may lead to possible prolonged suspension of the student or referral to the superintendent of schools or his designee. If a parent wishes to appeal an OSS decision, then he or she needs to set an appointment with the high school secretary to meet with the high school principal. This must be done within 24 hours. If a parent wishes to appeal the principal’s decision, then he or she must appeal in writing within two days of the principal’s decision to the superintendent’s secretary.
Suspended Students: While suspended out of school, a student is considered trespassing if he/she comes on school grounds of any CHPS event without having the permission of an administrator. Any student placed in the alternative learning center or out-of-school suspension is barred from participating in CHPS activities until he/she has been reinstated. Any student placed on OSS is not allowed to attend any CHPS event until reinstated. This includes home and away games and CHPS events held outside of Colonial Heights. In addition, students who are suspended out-of-school are not allowed to participate in school-related work programs.
Electronic devices, including but not limited to, cell phones, ipods, iwatches, air pods, mp3 players may be used by students before and after school, during designated areas in lunches, and in hallways during class changes. Electronic devices should be off and away when entering a teacher’s classroom.
During classroom instruction, classroom teachers will be able to select a classroom setting (red light or green light) regarding electronic devices as it pertains to educational purposes only. Classroom teachers will set appropriate levels of acceptable usages as outlined below:
Red Light: Cell phones and electronic devices are not allowed for the current activity/time period, and need to be turned off and put away.
Green Light: Cell phones and electronic devices are allowed by the classroom teacher for the current activity/time period and must only be used for educational purposes as it pertains to the given activity/time period.
The following stipulations will also be adhered to regardless of location during all times of the school day.
Students not adhering to the electronic device policy may have their electronic devices confiscated by staff and turned into the main office. Failure to comply immediately with a staff member’s request to turn in an item will result in disciplinary action.
1st and 2nd offense: Student turns in the phone/electronic device and an adult on the emergency card is able to come get the device on the same day.
3rd and further offenses: Student will receive ALC.
In addition to the set criteria in the electronic device criteria, students will not be able to bring their personal computers/laptops to school for personal or school use. CHPS-issued Chromebooks must be utilized during the school day.
Make-Up Work Policy
High School Bell Schedule
The high school will be operating on a 4x4 schedule with all classes meeting each day. Second block classes have an additional twelve minutes of time built-in each school day to allow social/emotional learning lessons.
CHHS staffing is here to help you. If there are questions or you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact any of the following individuals:
804.524.3405 extension 4116
Darby Wheeler A-F last name firstname.lastname@example.org
Deona Guy G-O last name email@example.com
Betsy Johnson P-Z last name firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Morgan Counseling Secretary email@example.com
Mary Vaughan Career Readiness firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin Crowder Gifted email@example.com
Jennifer Whirley Nurse firstname.lastname@example.org Mark Strickler Counseling Director email@example.com
804.524.3405 extension 4119
Clestelle Green Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Allen Resource Officer email@example.com
Gerald Carsley Activities Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Kay Rowe Bookkeeper email@example.com
Marcy Kroll Attendance firstname.lastname@example.org
James Burnett Assistant Principal email@example.com
Kristin Janssen Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
804.524.3405 extension 4710
Debby Williams Secretary email@example.com
Wayne Moody Resource Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
John Thomas, Jr. CTE Director email@example.com