MARY PERSONS HIGH SCHOOL

An AdvancED and

Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC)

 Accredited School

300 Montpelier Avenue

Forsyth, Georgia  31029

478-994-2812  

http://mphs.monroe.k12.ga.us/

2018-2019 STUDENT HANDBOOK

Dr. Jim Finch, Principal

Sarah Alford, Assistant Principal

Robert Lindsey, Assistant Principal

Tammy Marion, Assistant Principal

  Brian Nelson, Athletic Director

Mission Statement

The mission of Mary Persons High School is to graduate students with the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in a global society.

Table of Contents

TITLE IX, SECTION 504, and AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT        7

Message from Dr. Finch        8

CHAMP Expectations        9

Student Handbook Expectations        10

Faculty and Staff        11

School Calendar        16

Bell Schedules        17

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS        18

Section 504 Parent Rights        22

RtI (Response to Intervention) Program        22

Right to Know Professional Qualifications of Teachers and Paraprofessionals        22

Classroom Observations        23

Student Data Privacy        23

School Visitor/Volunteer Procedures        24

Use of Tobacco        27

Returned Check Policy        27

Parent Access        28

Graduation Requirements        28

Grading Scale        29

Grading Percentages        29

Grade Calculation        29

Grade Promotion and Retention        30

Report Cards and Progress Reports        31

Make-up Work        31

Semester Exams        31

Exam Exemption Policy        31

Grade Point Average and Rank in Class        34

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses        36

Dual Enrollment        36

Georgia Virtual School (GaVS)        37

Fine Arts Endorsement        37

Bridge Bill (HB400)        37

Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Endorsement        37

Work Based Learning (WBL) Programs        37

Media Center/Resource Center        38

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Selection        38

Graduation Recognition        39

Georgia Milestones EOC Test SUBJECT AREA “TEST-OUT” OPTION        41

Honors Night Program        42

Hospital Homebound Services        42

Graduation Participation        43

State Mandated Tests        43

HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship        44

Special Needs Students        44

Gifted Education        45

Student Clubs        45

Other Organizations and Activities        50

Athletics        50

Student Elections        50

Attendance Policy        51

Cell Phones/Electronic Communication Devices        56

Dress Code        58

Identification Badge        60

Students in Good Standing        60

Student Parking        61

Hall Passes        64

Field Trips        64

Medication        64

Lockers        65

Textbooks        65

Student Debts and Financial Obligations        65

Junior/Senior Prom        66

Transcripts        66

Certificate of Attendance for Driver’s License        66

Delivery of Floral Items to Students        66

Visitors        66

Student Valuables        66

Lost and Found        67

School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program        67

Beverages and Snacks        68

Work Permits        68

Jurisdiction of the Board of Education        68

Student Support Process        70

Parental Involvement        70

PARENTS ASSISTING CHILDREN (PAC) PROGRAM        71

Monroe County Bullying Policy        71

Determination of Disciplinary Action        74

Authority of the Principal        75

PBIS        75

Progressive Discipline        76

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION – DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES        77

Drug Searches        84

Monroe County Achievement Center Placement        84

Student Transportation        85

Monroe County Schools Acceptable Use Policy        89

Student Email        90

Student & Parent Acceptable Use Policy Acknowledgment Form        91

Bring Your Own Technology Form        92

Student and Parent Handbook Receipt Form        92

TITLE IX, SECTION 504, and AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The Monroe County School District does not discriminate against persons on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, sex, or genetic information.   It is the policy of the Board of Education to comply fully with the requirements of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and all accompanying regulations.  As a result, the following people have been appointed to oversee specific areas.

Title II, Adult 504, Adult Title IX

Dr. Mike Hickman

25 Brooklyn Avenue, Forsyth, GA 31029

478-994-2031

Student and Athletic Title IX

Jackson Daniel

25 Brooklyn Avenue, Forsyth, GA 31029

478-994-2031

Student 504

Jenny Rooks

433 Highway 41 South, Forsyth, GA 31029

478-994-2031

Any employee, student, or parent can submit a complaint regarding equal opportunity to Dr. Mike Hickman.  If the employee is dissatisfied with the disposition of the matter by the Superintendent, s/he can have the complaint referred to the Board of Education.  For details regarding the grievance procedures related to equal opportunity, refer to the Board Policy Manual.

 

Message from Dr. Finch

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at Mary Persons High School.  It is important for faculty, staff, parents, and students to become partners in this educational journey.  It is essential for all of us to come to school every day with a positive attitude and ready to give it our best.  

This handbook has been designed especially for you.  It contains answers to many of the questions you may have about the policies, procedures, and opportunities available at Mary Persons High School.  It is incumbent upon you to read it and familiarize yourself with its content.  The basic expectations, rules, and policies governing the way students, staff, and others relate within the high school community are emphasized.  

At Mary Persons High School, we expect every student to be a CHAMP.   This expectation is deeply ingrained into our culture.  We use our CHAMP matrix to communicate what this means in various settings in our school.  Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with our CHAMP expectations on page 9.

The administration, faculty and staff are committed to your success.  Please do not hesitate to contact us whenever you have questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jim Finch

Dr. Jim Finch

Principal

 

CHAMP Expectations

Student Handbook Expectations

All students must know and abide by the regulations in the Student Handbook.  The handbook  has been approved by the Monroe County Board of Education.  Each student is required  to sign a student handbook acknowledgement form.    


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Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff are listed below by department area.  All personnel can be contacted through email by typing the prefix followed by @mcschools.org.

Administration

Name

Email Prefix

Finch, Jim

jim.finch

Alford, Sarah

sarah.alford

Lindsey, Robert

robert.lindsey

Marion, Tammy

tammy.marion

Nelson, Brian

brian.nelson

Counseling and Guidance

Name

Email Prefix

Burston, Tasha

tasha.burston

Hamlin, Holly

holly.hamlin

McLuen, Reye

reye.mcluen

Roller, Teresa

teresa.roller

Media

Name

Email Prefix

English, Lauri

lauri.english

Sellers, Donna

donna.sellers

Stokes, Jessica

jessica.stokes

Office Staff

Name

Email Prefix

Buffington, Tiffany

tiffany.buffington

Dennis, Barbara

barbara.dennis

Jackson, Calondra

calondra.jackson

Johnson, Willie Mae

williemae.johnson

Miller, Deborah

deborah.miller

Sawley, Kim

kim.sawley

Weems, Stacey

stacey.weems

Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE)

Name

Email Prefix

Barfield, Christina

christina.barfield

Brown, Titus

titus.brown

Carter, Stephanie

stephanie.carter

Evans, Dwain

dwain.evans

Hurm, D.J.

dj.hurm

Little, Susan

susan.little

Myers, Amy

amy.myers

Phelps, Timothy

timothy.phelps

Sanders, Marcy

marcy.sanders

Sparks, Rosalyn

rosalyn.sparks

Waldrep, Bill

bill.waldrep

English

Name

Email Prefix

Clark, Ellen

ellen.clark

Dingmore, Jana

jana.dingmore

Epps, Lauren

lauren.epps

Greenway, Lori

lori.greenway

Hogan, Jennifer

jennifer.hogan

Metcalf, Chelsie

chelsie.metcalf

McKneely, Brittany

brittany.mckneely

Ouzts, Cate

cate.outzs

Smith, Allen

allen.smith

Fine Arts

Name

Email Prefix

Hernandez, Charles

charles.hernandez

Spires, Holly

holly.spires

Thompson, Eric

eric.thompson

Trevitt, Samantha

samantha.trevitt

Exceptional Children

Name

Email Prefix

Bond, Jennifer

jennifer.bond

Chafin, Beth

beth.chafin

Chancey, Katelyn

katelyn.chancey

Fields, Terrassa

terrassa.fields

Floyd, Amy

amy.floyd

Holloway, Elizabeth

elizabeth.holloway

Huff, Stephanie

stephanie.huff

Johnson, Lashasta

lashasta.johnson

Johnston, Christie

christie.johnston

May, Brandi

brandi.may

Smallwood, Michael

michael.smallwood

Wood, Schon

schon.wood

Health and Physical Education

Name

Email Prefix

Burdette, Dan

dan.burdette

Burdette, Kip

kip.burdette

Johnson, Jarmarcus

jarmarcus.johnson

McElhaney, Lamon

lamon.mcelhaney

McElhaney, Llonisha

llonisha.mcelhaney

Nelson, Brian

brian.nelson

Williams, Taylor

taylor.williams

        

Mathematics

Name

Email Prefix

Barber, Elizabeth

elizabeth.barber

Bernard, Trey

trey.bernard

Fennell, Lisa

lisa.fennell

Gore, Stephanie

stephanie.gore

Hightower, Amanda

amanda.hightower

Hightower, Ashleigh

ashleigh.hightower

Lord, Austin

austin.lord

McKallip, Jill

jill.mckallip

Smith, Mark

mark.smith

Williams, Sarah

sarah.williams

Science

Name

Email Prefix

Dews, Jennifer

jennifer.dews

Griffin, Lauren

lauren.griffin

Hochuli, Caitlin

caitlin.hochuli

McIntosh, Ashley

ashley.mcintosh

Morrow, Bridget

bridget.morrow

Richardson, Felicia

felicia.richardson

Speir, Steve

steve.speir

Sumner, Natalie

natalie.sumner

Social Studies

Name

Email Prefix

Carey, David

david.carey

Duncan, Terri

terri.duncan

Jordan, Delvin

delvin.jordan

Magda, Martin

martin.magda

Meeks, David

david.meeks

Nix, Greg

greg.nix

Peacock, Jana

jana.peacock

Simmons, Chuck

chuck.simmons

Smith, Mark

mark.smith1

Williams, Jason

jason.williams

Foreign Language

Name

Email Prefix

Calhoun, Kristy

kristy.calhoun

Nieves, Lizamar

lizamar.nieves

Rowland, Katie

katie.rowland

Support Staff        

Name

Name

Name

Paraprofessionals

Walker, Vanessa

Criswell, Ellen

Jenkins, Arthur

Cafeteria – Freshman

Mimbs, Sarah

Black, Jennifer

Cafeteria – Main

Hughley, Barbara

Alford, Regina

Johnson, Elaine

Facilities

Arbogast, Rose

Noles, Samantha

Battle, Leonard

Copelan, Carol

Watson, Mary

Chambliss, Charles

Roberts, Michele

Zellner, Brenda

Grier, Brandon

Stewart, Kathy

Hayes, Sharon

Watkins, Ame

Hansford, Lisa

Watson, Belinda

Mann, Robert

                                         

                                     

School Calendar

Bell Schedules

 FIRST 5 DAYS OF SCHOOL

Main Campus

Homeroom (MP period) 8:00-8:30

1st block                8:35-10:00

2nd block               10:05-11:30

3rd block                11:35-1:30 Lunch period

4th block                 1:35-3:00

      Lunch

      1st lunch   11:35-12:02

      2nd lunch 12:23-12:50

      3rd lunch   1:03-1:30 

 

Freshman Campus

Homeroom (HS 101) 8:00-8:27

1st block                8:34-10:00

2nd block               10:04-11:29

3rd block                11:33-1:27 Lunch period

4th block                 1:31-2:53

      Lunch

      1st lunch   11:33-12:00

     2nd lunch  1:00-1:27 

REGULAR SCHEDULE

Main Campus

1st Block             8:00-9:30 (MP announcements 9:25-9:30)

    MP Period/Extended Block 9:35-10:00

2nd Block            10:05-11:30

3rd Block             11:35-1:30 Lunch period

4th Block             1:35-3:00

Lunch

1st lunch 11:35-12:02

2nd lunch 12:23-12:50

3rd lunch 1:03-1:30

 

Freshman Campus

1st Block             8:05-9:35 (MP announcements 9:30-9:35)

    HS 101/Extended Block 9:40-10:00

2nd Block            10:04-11:29

3rd Block             11:33-1:27 Lunch period

4th Block             1:31-2:53

Lunch

1st lunch 11:33-12:00

2nd lunch 1:00-1:27  

PEP RALLY

Main Campus

1st block                        8:00-9:20

2nd block                       9:25-10:45

3rd block                        10:50-12:45 Lunch block

4th block                        12:50-2:10

Pep rally/Assembly  2:15-3:00

                                Lunch

                                1st lunch           10:50-11:17

                                2nd lunch          11:34-12:01

                                3rd lunch         12:18-12:45

 

Freshman Campus

1st block                        8:05-9:25

2nd block                       9:29-10:49

3rd block                        10:53-12:48 Lunch block

4th block                        12:52-2:00

Pep rally/Assembly  2:10-3:00

                                Lunch

                                1st lunch           10:53-11:20

                                2nd lunch          12:21-12:48

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What do I do if I . . . .

1.  HAVE BEEN ABSENT?

Before admission to class or returning to school following an absence, a student must report to the office with a written excuse from a parent, guardian, physician, or legal authority stating the reason for the absence.  In accordance with the School Attendance Council, the school cannot accept more than four “parent notes”, per semester.  After this limit is reached, all absences must be excused by a physician or legal authority.  Absences are excused based on the policies and regulations of the Monroe County Board of Education that are based on the compulsory attendance law.  

Students shall be given a reasonable opportunity, three (3) days, to make up work or tests which were missed because of an excused absence from school.  Failure to make up work after a reasonable time will result in a grade of 0.

2.  NEED TO LEAVE SCHOOL EARLY?

In order for a student to be dismissed early, a written request containing the reason, time of dismissal, and a parent signature must be presented to the office by 8:30 a.m.  

Although parent requests for student dismissals may be honored, early dismissals will be classified excused or unexcused by the administration, and the teacher will be notified regarding the status of the dismissal.  An excused absence is still an absence for purposes of exam exemptions.

During exams, pep rallies, and assembly programs no checkouts will be allowed.

There will be no student check-outs after 2:30 p.m.

3.  AM TARDY TO SCHOOL?

Students are allowed four (4) tardies to school per semester, no questions asked.  In accordance with the School Attendance Council, students must report to a member of the administrative team on the fifth tardy.  

MAIN CAMPUS

Students who arrive to school within the first fifteen (15) minutes of the school’s start time must report to the main office lobby to check-in and receive a tardy pass.  Students who arrive to school after the first fifteen (15) minutes of the school’s start time must report to the main office.

FRESHMAN CAMPUS

Students who arrive to school after the school’s start time must report to the main office to check-in and receive a tardy pass.

4.  AM TARDY TO CLASS?

Main campus students who are tardy to class must report to the lobby to receive a pass to class.  Students at the Freshman Campus report to the main office on that campus to receive a pass to class.  Students receive only two (2) excused tardies per semester to class.

5.  NEED FIRST AID, MEDICAL ATTENTION OR MEDICATION?  

Medication that a student needs to take during the day must be given to the school nurse with a Medical Authorization Form signed by the parent or guardian.  The student will be given the dosage as indicated on the prescription bottle and will be required to sign when this is received.

6.  ARRIVE AT SCHOOL EARLY

Students arriving to school before the school day starts must report to a designated area in the school building.

MAIN CAMPUS

Students must report to the cafeteria or commons area.

FRESHMAN CAMPUS

Students must report to the cafeteria.

Students must have a written pass in order to have access to a teacher’s classroom before first period.

Students should not be dropped off before 7:15 am each day.

7.  REMAIN AFTER SCHOOL

Students staying after school must be engaged in a supervised instructional or extracurricular activity.  Students will not be allowed to loiter on the school campuses without a pre-approved reason.

8.  LOST SOMETHING?

Students should report lost or found items to the main office.

9.  NEED TO SEE MY COUNSELOR?

Holly Hamlin

9th grade counselor

Tasha Burston                  

10th- 12th grade students whose last name begins with A-K

Teresa Roller                   

10th- 12th grade students whose last name begins with L-Z

 

If your designated counselor is not available, please make an appointment with Ms. Miller (main campus) or Ms. Johnson (freshman campus).

10.  HAVE TROUBLE WITH MY LOCKER?

Locker malfunctions should be reported to the main office.

11.  HAVE A CONFLICT WITH ANOTHER STUDENT?

Students are expected to resolve conflicts in a nonviolent manner.  If you are having a conflict with another student, please report the situation to an administrator immediately.

12.  HAVE FORGOTTEN SCHOOL RELATED MATERIALS IN MY VEHICLE?

Students are not allowed access to cars or the parking lot during the school day.

13.  NEED TO USE THE RESTROOM OR GET WATER?

Students are expected to take restroom or water breaks during class changes.

14.  NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CLASS PROGRESS?

Parents/Guardians have access to their students’ grades through Infinite Campus.  Parents may request a parent/teacher conference at any time by contacting the designated counselor to schedule an appointment.

15.  NEED TO USE A PHONE?

Telephones are available for use in the office before and after school and in extreme emergencies. Students who are sick and need to call home will report to the nurse. Only in extreme cases such as family emergencies and/or serious illness or death in the immediate family will the office give students telephone messages or allow them to use the office telephone.

Cell phones, iPads, and laptops can be used under the instructional leadership of the teacher or during breakfast and lunch in the commons area or as specified by the school administration. All other electronic devices are prohibited.  During state mandated testing, cellular phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the testing location. The school is not responsible for stolen or lost cell phones.

Students should not place or accept cell phone calls during class, lunch, class change, or any other time during the instructional hours of 8am-3pm.  

16.  NEED TO DEPOSIT MONEY IN CAFETERIA ACCOUNT?

Students may deposit money into their account during breakfast and/or lunch time.  Checks or cash are acceptable forms of payments.  Please make checks payable to School Nutrition Program. Parents may also make online deposits by accessing www.mypaymentsplus.com.The price of student lunches is $2.60.  The price of breakfast for students is $1.60.  Reduced meals are $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch.

No food from outside eating establishments can be brought into the cafeteria.

Section 504 Parent Rights

Any student or parent or guardian (“grievant”) may request an impartial hearing due to the school system’s actions or inactions regarding your child’s identification, evaluation, or educational placement under Section 504.  Requests for an impartial hearing must be in writing to the school system’s Section 504 Coordinator; however, a grievant’s failure to request a hearing in writing does not alleviate the school system’s obligation to provide an impartial hearing if the grievant orally requests an impartial hearing through the school system’s Section 504 Coordinator. 

 The school system’s Section 504 Coordinator will assist the grievant in completing the written Request for Hearing.  The Section 504 Coordinator may be contacted through the school system’s central office.  Copies of the 504 Procedural Safeguards and Notice of Rights of Students and Parents under Section 504 may be found at the system website or may be picked up at the central office or at any of the school offices.

RtI (Response to Intervention) Program

The ​ RtI (Response to Intervention) Program identifies students eligible for instructional and/or behavioral supports. RtI identifies areas of ability and deficiency ​requiring acceleration and/or remediation.  Student progress is closely monitored and frequently assessed through the use of research or evidence​-based programs to improve areas of weakness. A component of RtI is the Student Support Team (SST). This team may consist of teachers, counselors, administrators, specialists, and parents who work together to develop research​ or evidence​-based methods for helping all students succeed in school.

Right to Know Professional Qualifications of Teachers and Paraprofessionals

Dear Parents:

In compliance with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act, Monroe County Schools would like to inform you that you may request information about the professional qualifications of your student’s teacher(s) and/ or paraprofessional(s). The following information may be requested:

∙ Whether the student’s teacher—

  • has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
  • is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and
  • is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.

∙ Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

If you wish to request information concerning the qualifications of your student’s teacher and/ or paraprofessional, please contact Dr. Jim Finch at Mary Persons High School at (478)994-2812 or jim.finch@mcschools.org.

Classroom Observations

Parents who desire to observe in their student’s class must contact the building principal or the principal’s designee to request an observation at least 48 hours in advance. The observations will last for no more than 45 minutes. During the observation, parents are asked not to interact with the class or disturb the learning environment in any way.

Student Data Privacy

Annual Notification

Parental Rights under Family Education Rights Privacy Act

For Elementary and Secondary Schools

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over the age of 18 years or older certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.  Details of rights contained with the above noted act are available on the system website at http://www.monroe.k12.ga.us.

PARENT/ELIGIBLE STUDENT DATA PRIVACY COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

 The Georgia Student Data Privacy, Accessibility, and Transparency afford parents and students who are 18 years of age or older the right to file a complaint with their local school system regarding a possible violation of rights under OCGA 20-2-667 or under other federal or state student data privacy and security laws. Any such complaint should be submitted to the attention of the Superintendent Monroe County Schools 25 Brooklyn Avenue Forsyth, Georgia 31029.

In accordance with OCGA 20-2-667, the complaint form is as an addendum to this handbook, and it is available via the system website at http://www.monroe.k12.ga.us.

School Visitor/Volunteer Procedures

We are implementing procedures to conduct criminal background checks and fingerprinting on volunteers for Monroe County Schools. Guidelines below differentiate between school visitors and school volunteers.

Visitor

A visitor may not have unsupervised, individual, and direct contact with students and is not involved in a supervisory role with students. Examples of visitor include:

  • Field Day
  • Eating Lunch with their Child
  • Visiting their child’s class, grade, or school program during the day  
  • On campus for a short period of time with no supervisory responsibilities (i.e. classroom party visits)

No background check is required for visitors.

Volunteer

A volunteer is a person that has direct interaction with students, with or without other adults present at all times. This would include direct interaction with students off campus at overnight events as well. Volunteers would volunteer to work one-on-one with students, volunteer on a regular, on-going basis, volunteer to provide instructional assistance, or be chaperones for school activities, etc. Examples of a Volunteer include:

  • Chaperones
  • Working with students in the classroom
  • Working on teacher projects in Parent Room (or other designated area)
  • Assisting in Media center
  • Field Trips (during the school day)
  • Assisting PTO/PTA with projects during the school day

Volunteers must clear and complete the following before the start of  volunteering in MCS:

  • Clear GCIC Criminal Background Check
  • Clear FBI Fingerprint Background Check
  • Clear National and State Sex Offender Registry Check
  • Complete Mandated Reporter Training and Required Forms

All prospective volunteers will complete a Volunteer Assurances Form and submit it to the Parent Involvement Specialist/Graduation Coach at the school level. The Principal or Director would be required to assign the level based on the request and/or use of the volunteer. They would need to complete the Background Check Consent Form, a copy of which may be obtained from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. All background checks and fingerprinting will be processed with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.  

The Personnel Office will maintain a database of approved volunteers. Only volunteers on the database will be allowed to volunteer in any capacity within any MCBOE School.

Weapons will not be allowed on school property at any time.

Volunteers will be required to renew their request to volunteer annually. Background checks will be required every two (2) years after the initial background check is completed.

MANDATED REPORTING OF CHILD ABUSE AND/OR NEGLECT

{OCGA 19-7-5} became effective July 1, 2012

  Mandated reporters are individuals who work or volunteer in agencies or organizations that serve children and families.  This is a broad category to include those who have the most frequent contact with children in their professional or volunteer lives.  They are often the first adults to notice signs of child abuse and neglect.  They protect children who cannot protect themselves by reporting suspected child abuse or neglect to the proper authorities.

School volunteers fall into this population and now are mandated reporters of child abuse in Georgia.   All school volunteers must complete a Child Abuse Mandated Reporting Protocol training PRIOR to beginning any volunteer work.  Examples of volunteering include, but are not limited to, individuals who chaperone school field trips, act as Room Parents, volunteer with PTA/PTO/TAPS, visit or assist in classrooms, serve as mentors or help with extra-curricular activities.

Monroe County Schools is offering the mandatory training online through a special video accessible on our websites under Parents/Volunteers. 

 Volunteers have the option of viewing the video online at home and then submitting the Volunteer Child Abuse Training Completion Form and Volunteer Safety Information Form to the school PRIOR to the scheduled activity/event.  Parents also have the option of scheduling a time to view the training video and complete the paperwork at a designated school.  Please be advised that these forms become the property of Monroe County Schools.  Contact the Parent Involvement Specialist or Graduation Coach for additional details.

Each volunteer will be required to:

  1. View training video in its entirety
  2. Complete Volunteer Assurances Form
  3. Complete Volunteer Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training Form
  4. Complete Volunteer Safety Information Form
  5. Print Volunteer Code of Conduct Form (Volunteer retains for his/her records)
  6. Return completed Volunteer Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training Form and Volunteer Safety Information Form to school’s Parent Involvement Specialist
  7. Parent Involvement Specialist will retain signed documents on file at the school level

Training video and all necessary forms can be accessed under the Parents Tab on each school’s website.

Administrative Procedure for Excluding Volunteer Based on Background/Fingerprint Check

Volunteers shall be approved by the Superintendent or designee, though any applicants to become volunteers shall be excluded from participation upon the following grounds:

1.  A personal history or background check reveals any conviction, plea of adjudication, without regards to adjudication of first offender status, showing the applicant has engaged in a crime of violence to persons or property, or illegal drug use, possession, sale or other illegal drug involvement, whether a misdemeanor or felony, within the last ten (10) years.

2.  If a personal history or background check reveals any conviction, plea or adjudication, without regard to first offender status, of any felony or misdemeanor involving a crime of moral turpitude within the last ten (10) years.

3.  If the applicant has two (2) charges for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs within the last twenty-four (24) months or three (3) such charges in the preceding forty-eight (48) months.

4.  If the applicant has engaged in any other conduct, as revealed by a criminal background check or personal history evaluation or other information brought to the attention of the school, which did not result in a criminal charge, plea, conviction or adjudication, that in the discretion of the Superintendent or designee, would be of such serious nature or character that it may negatively impact the ability of the volunteer to serve as a role model for children or otherwise disrupt the safe and orderly operation of the school.  Such conduct would include but not limited to, issues of cruelty, abuse, child neglect, or deprivation.

The accompanying basic procedures establish the purpose and parameters of the volunteer program. The MCBOE reserves the right to reject any individual applicant for any volunteer status listed above when determined to be in the best interest of the students and in the discretion of the Superintendent or their designee. Similarly, any previously approved status may be immediately revoked without further notice when determined to be in the best interest of students by the Superintendent. Each school principal will ensure that all volunteers receive an orientation to the school and to the specific responsibilities for which they have volunteered.  This orientation will include review of these procedures with a copy provided to each volunteer.  

Use of Tobacco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  No student, staff member or school visitor is permitted to use any tobacco product, vaping device, or electronic cigarette at any time, including non-school hours 24 hours per day, seven days per week while:

· In any building, facility or vehicle owned, leased, rented or chartered by

  the Monroe County School system

· On any School grounds and property including athletic fields and

  parking lots owned, leased, rented or chartered by the Monroe County

  School System

· At any school-sponsored or school-related event on-campus or off-

  campus   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Returned Check Policy

In an effort to curb the internal cost that our district bears each year for returned checks (Insufficient Funds, NSF, Account Closed, Fraud and Stop Payment), we have contracted with CHECKredi Check Services.

All checks accepted for payment in the Monroe County School System are accepted with the understanding that the Parents or Guardians’ banks will pay those checks when deposited into the School’s account.  Please do not post-date a check when delivering one to the schools.

CHECKredi provides this service and will be in charge of collecting checks for our system that are not honored by the check writer’s bank.  In addition to the face value of the check, CHECKredi will also add service charges and fees to each returned check including a bank fee charge based on the laws of the State of Georgia.

CHECKredi receives all returned checks when they are not accepted by the bank.  This allows our staff to focus on other duties that are more productive and beneficial to our Students.  It also allows Parents/Guardians the opportunity to pay for any inadvertent returned item without the potential embarrassment that may be associated with paying it at the school.

Please refer to the following notice provided by CHECKredi and feel free to contact them if you have additional questions, toll free at 1-800-239-1222

Parent Access

Parents and students are encouraged to use the Infinite Campus portal application available for Android, Apple, or desktop computers.  This application is free, and it provides important information regarding your student's grades, attendance, and schedule.  With the Infinite Campus portal, users can check grades, monitor attendance, and see schedule changes once released by the school.

Graduation Requirements

        Areas of Study

Units Required

English/Language Arts*

4

Mathematics*

4

Science*

4

Social Studies*

4

CTAE and/or Fine Arts and/or Foreign Language

3

Health and Physical Education*

1

Electives

4

Total Units (Minimum)

24

*REQUIRED COURSES and/or CORE COURSES

*Coursework to fulfill graduation requirements must be taken in accordance with MCBOE policy IHF(4).

Grading Scale

Numerical grades are used to evaluate student progress in each of the courses taught in grades nine through twelve.

The numerical grading scale is as follows:

A = 90 - 100

B = 80 - 89

C = 70- 79

F = Below 70

Grading Percentages

For students entering 9th grade in the Fall of 2011 and AFTER and students in grade twelve in non-Georgia Milestones EOC Test courses:

20%                                End-of-Course Test or Final Exam

40%                                Formative Assessment

                                       (daily grades, quizzes, homework)

40%                                Summative Assessment

                                       (unit tests, major essays, projects)

Grade Calculation

  1. All teachers in high schools will enter grades into Infinite Campus. Grading should ensure that the total weight or percentage will be significantly greater on summative grades rather than formative grades.
  2. Formative grades include anything that teachers assign during the course of a unit that informs the teacher on student progress towards meeting a standard.  These items are assignments the teacher gives, such as homework, self-check activities, daily class work, and practice assignments, from which the teacher checks learning to decide what to do next.  Formative assessments are those that come during instruction and can include observations and conversations.  Formative assessments are part of a students practice.
  3. Summative grades usually follow instruction and ample practice time.  Tests, exams and final projects/portfolios are considered summative grades.  If there is clear criteria involved, teachers may also choose to use observations and conversations for summative grades.

Grade Promotion and Retention

Students entering 9th grade in the Fall of 2018 and AFTER are promoted to the next grade according to the following criteria:

Number of Carnegie units:

9th to 10th                                     6 units

10th to 11th                                 12 units

11th to 12th                                 18 units

To graduate                 24 units

**To obtain a Carnegie unit, students must meet the academic requirement of posting a 70 or higher as the final semester average.  Carnegie units are accumulated and posted to the transcript each semester as full units.

**To obtain a Carnegie unit, students must adhere to the attendance policy.  Students in grades 9-12 who exceed five (5) unexcused absences in any course during a semester will not receive credit for the course.  Georgia law allows for absences to be excused only for personal illness, illness in immediate family, death in family, recognized religious holiday, absence mandated by other government agencies such as court order, serving as a legislative page, doctor appointments required during school hours, or pre-arranged absences for other reasons and/or extreme hardship at the approval of an administrator.  Prearranged absences are not automatically excused.

Report Cards and Progress Reports

Report cards will be printed at the end of each semester.  However, progress reports at the 4 ½, 9, and 13 ½ week marks will no longer be printed.   Progress reports will be available for parents to view through their Infinite Campus portal account.    

Make-up Work

It is the student’s responsibility to make up work missed due to an excused absence, a field trip, or other cause.  However, arrangements must be made to makeup work missed the day the student returns to school.  All work must be completed within three (3) days after returning to school.  If a student schedules a make-up assignment before or after school and fails to keep the appointment or fails to notify the teacher that he/she could not attend the make-up session, he/she is subject to forfeiting his right to do the work and receives a grade of zero.  Work assigned during a student’s unexcused absences may not be made up. Students who are suspended may not make up daily assignments but may make up all major tests and/or submit all major projects/term papers.

Semester Exams

Students will take exams at the end of each semester.  These exams will be given on designated dates.  Students will need administrative approval to make up an exam or take it at a different time.  Students who miss an exam must have their parent contact the school prior to the exam or present a doctor’s excuse upon returning in order to take the exam.  Any student who misses a 1st semester exam must make up the exam within the first five (5) school days of the 2nd semester.  Any student who misses a 2nd semester exam must make up the exam by the final day of teacher post-planning.  Any extenuating circumstances must be approved in advance by the principal. Suspended students will take exams on teacher workdays.

Exam Exemption Policy

Students who qualify may exempt exams and are not required to come to school at the times they are exempt.  Exam exemptions require parental permission and student provided transportation.

  1. A student may exempt elective course exams if he/she meets all of the following criteria:
  1. no disciplinary referrals
  2. no more than two (2) absences in the class
  3. no debts in the class
  4. an average of 80 or above in the class

      2.  A student may exempt elective course exams if he/she meets all

      of  the following criteria:

  1. no disciplinary referrals
  2. no more than three (3) absences in the class
  3. no debts in the class
  4. an average of 90 or above in the class

      3. A student may exempt ONE core content exam (English, math,    

          science or social studies) if he/she meets all of the following

          criteria:

  1. no disciplinary referrals
  2. no more than three (3 absences) in the class
  3. no debts in the class
  4. an average of 90 or above OR score Level 4 on associated Milestones state assessment (where applicable and/or when EOC scores have returned and are available).

Students not meeting the criteria in #3 above must take exams in the core content classes (i.e. English, science, math, and/or social studies) UNLESS the course is being taken as a core elective and not required for graduation. Typically, this will mean students will take two exams per semester and be eligible to exempt two exams.          

EXCEPTION: Second semester seniors may exempt all classes in which they are eligible by the criteria stated in above.

It is the student’s responsibility to make sure he/she has met all exemption criteria and to notify the teacher of the class he/she wishes to exempt.

NOTES:

  • There will be NO EXCEPTIONS for absences.
  • Students who miss more than 45 minutes of a block class are considered absent from that class.
  • Instructional interruptions for approved school-sponsored activities do not count as an absence.
  • An approved pre-arranged absence to attend court or to visit tech schools, colleges, or universities may not count as an absence as long as the student obtains and provides written verification from the court/post-secondary institution that he/she did attend.  This verification must be presented to the office and shown to each teacher on the day the student returns.  (We will allow up to two (2) visitations to prospective schools for seniors per year. And one (1) visitation to prospective schools for juniors per year.)
  • Students who are on Hospital/Homebound at any time during the grading period may not exempt any exams.
  •  No exams are to be given prior to their scheduled time.
  • The office will not accept phone calls for students to leave school during exam days.
  • Students will not be permitted to leave school before the end of the testing block.

              Do not schedule any appointments that would necessitate your

              leaving school prior to the end of a testing block.

  • Students will not be allowed to check in late and enter a class once an exam has begun. The exam would need to be made up on designated make-up date.
  • Students entering campus after 9:00 a.m. must check in at a designated station.  Students may not enter campus more than ten (10) minutes prior to a scheduled exam.  Students who fail to check in or who come on campus prior to the ten-minute restriction will be given a disciplinary referral and assigned to the next scheduled work/study session.  
  • Any student who is late for an exam may not be allowed to take that exam and may receive a zero for that exam grade based on administrative discretion.
  • Students must obtain parental permission to exempt an exam and verification regarding transportation to and from school.  A form will be provided for this.
  • Students must take End-of-Course tests for the subjects requiring these tests.

Grade Point Average and Rank in Class

Local policy has determined course and classification as weighted and non-weighted. Cumulative weighted numerical averages will be used to determine rank in class. Courses for which grades of S, N, and U are earned will not be used in calculating a cumulative weighted numerical average. Classes taken at the remedial or access program level will not be considered for the purposes of class ranking. Accurate class ranks are calculated at the end of an academic year. Class ranks calculated or reported during an academic year are estimated rankings only.

For class ranking purposes, Advanced Placement (AP), Honors, and dual enrollment courses will receive the following quality points added to the cumulative numerical averages:

  1. For each AP course, a student will receive 0.5 points added to the cumulative numerical average
  2. For each Honors course, a student will receive 0.4 points added to the cumulative numerical average
  3. For each dual enrollment course, a student will receive 0.3 points added to the cumulative numerical average.

Note: Students must notify the counselors prior to any enrollment in dual enrollment courses. Failure to properly notify counselors may exclude a course from its weighted value.  

Numeric grades will be assigned to the letter grades earned in college dual enrollment courses according to the list below:

A+ = 98

A = 95

A- = 93

B+ = 88

B = 85

B- = 83

C+ = 78

C = 75

C- = 74

D+ = 73

D = 71

D- = 70

F = 55

Weighted dual enrollment credit is awarded to all courses provided by Accredited and approved Colleges and Universities and will include all dual enrollment courses.  

Cumulative weighted numerical averages will be taken out to the fourth (4th) decimal place to determine class ranking as well as the valedictorian and salutatorian of the senior class. If a tie should still occur after taking the average to the fourth decimal place, the following criteria will be used in sequence  to determine the recipient:

  1. Number of weighted courses taken
  2. Highest score or percentile rank on SAT

If a tie cannot be broken by the means listed above, then students will share the same rank. Because of the effect of weighted grades on a student’s cumulative numerical average and class rank, counselors are available to advise students regarding the impact of weighted and non-weighted courses. Weighted level courses are listed below.  All other courses will receive the standard weight.

Advanced Placement courses

Dual enrollment courses

Foreign Language III, IV

9th Grade Honors Literature

10th Grade Honors Literature

Biology Honors

Physics Honors

Chemistry Honors

Algebra I Honors

Algebra II Honors

Geometry Honors

Honors Precalculus (accelerated junior or 11th grade level only)

Example of the calculation of Cumulative Weighted Numerical Average (for illustrative purposes ONLY):

If the Cumulative Numerical Average is 92.741 and a student has taken five (5) Advanced Placement classes, eight (8) honors classes, and three (3) Dual Enrollment classes then the Cumulative Weighted Numerical Average is calculated below:

Cumulative Numerical Average                 92.741

Five AP classes         5 x 0.5         =           2.5

Eight honors classes        8 x 0.4                =          3.2

Three Dual Enrollment classes 3 x 0.3 =    +   0.9

Weighted Cumulative Numerical Average        99.341

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

Advanced Placement courses in Language and Composition, Literature and Composition, United States History, World History, Economics, Government, Biology,  Calculus, Statistics, and Art are offered.  These classes are taught as college level courses.  

                                                                                                

Dual Enrollment   

Georgia's Dual Enrollment Program SB 132, allows high school students in 10th-12th grades to earn college credit while working on their high school diploma.  This program will also allow 9th grade students to participate during the second semester of their 9th grade year.  Students must have a qualifying SAT or ACT score, must have a minimum cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in academic subjects as calculated by the institution for admission purposes, and be on-track towards the completion of the USG Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) and high school graduation requirements.  Students can participate in Dual Enrollment for 3 semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Classroom space, labs, or media center space are not guaranteed options for students choosing to do Dual Enrollment.

Georgia Virtual School (GaVS)   

Georgia Virtual School is a program of the Georgia Department of Education's Curriculum and Instruction Division. The program is SACS CASI accredited and operates in partnership with schools and parents to offer middle school and high school level courses across the state.  Georgia Virtual School provides a teacher led, virtual classroom environment. Georgia Virtual School also equips students with an online media center and guidance center to support students throughout their online course experience. Students wishing to register for GaVS should consult with his/her counselor (Mrs. Hamlin, Mrs. Burston, or Mrs. Roller). All registrations must be approved through the MPHS GaVS facilitator, Mrs. Tammy Marion. Students registered for courses in GaVS are not guaranteed classroom space, labs, or media center space. No GaVS courses may be dropped or changed after the 10th day of each semester.

Fine Arts Endorsement

A student is eligible for a fine arts endorsement seal if four (4) Carnegie units of fine arts are earned.

Bridge Bill (HB400)

The BRIDGE (Building Resourceful Individuals to Develop Georgia’s Economy) Act, House Bill 400, was signed into law May 2010 to create an atmosphere motivating middle- and high-school students to learn because they see the relevance of education to their dreams and future plans. The implementation of the BRIDGE Act provides middle- and high-school students with career counseling and regularly-scheduled advisement to choose a focused plan of study.  For more information, refer to http://www.gadoe.org/Pages/Home.aspx.

Career Technical and Agriculture Education (CTAE) Endorsement

A student is eligible for a CTAE endorsement seal if a career pathway is completed in any CTAE program area.

Work Based Learning (WBL) Programs

Early work releases will be available only for those students enrolled in Work Based Learning (WBL).  Only juniors and seniors may be eligible for early dismissal to work.  Students participating in work release programs must be able to provide their own transportation.  Students must be on track to graduate to be considered for WBL.  In addition to being on track to graduate, seniors participating in WBL must have met state testing requirements for graduation.

12 FOR LIFE is an innovative program that is structured to combine classroom-based education with practical work experience. This partnership between the Monroe County School System and the Georgia Department of Corrections allows students to work at the Georgia Department of Corrections headquarters.  This gives students the opportunity to earn wages while earning credit toward their high school diploma.

Media Center/Resource Center

Media Center hours are from 7:50 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. four (4) days per week. On Tuesdays, the freshman campus media center is opened from 7:50 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Thursdays, the main campus media center is opened from 7:50 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Selection

The selection of the valedictorian and salutatorian of the graduating class will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Students who transfer to Mary Persons High School must have attended a high school accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or Appropriate National Accreditation Commission for all four years.  Home study and foreign exchange students do not meet these criteria.

b.        Students must have been enrolled and in residence at Mary Persons High School for both full semesters of their senior year. Students moving into the district after their sophomore year will be required to take at least one course on site at Mary Persons High School.

  1. The students with the two highest cumulative weighted numerical averages based on coursework taken in grades 9 – 12 through the end of the 4th nine weeks of the last semester of their senior year are the valedictorian and salutatorian.  Class rank is determined by cumulative weighted numerical averages.

  1. Cumulative weighted numerical averages will be taken out to the fourth (4th) decimal place to determine the valedictorian and salutatorian of the senior class. If a tie should still occur after taking the average to the fourth decimal place, the following criteria will be used in sequence  to determine the recipient:

  1. Number of weighted courses taken
  2. Highest score or percentile rank on SAT

If a tie cannot be broken by the means listed above, then two valedictorians will be recognized. In the event there is a tie for salutatorian, the same tiebreakers will be used. In the event a tie cannot be broken, then two salutatorians will be recognized. Classes taken at the remedial or access level will not be considered for the purposes of ranking the valedictorian and salutatorian

*Part time dual enrollment is defined as taking no more than 2 dual enrollment courses per semester (includes dual enrollment courses taken at any time during any semester while enrolled at MPHS).  

* Advanced Placement (AP), Honors, and dual enrollment courses will receive the following quality points added to the cumulative numerical averages:

  1. For each AP course, a student will receive 0.5 points added to the cumulative numerical average
  2. For each Honors course, a student will receive 0.4 points added to the cumulative numerical average
  3. For each dual enrollment course, a student will receive 0.3 points added to the cumulative numerical average.

Graduation Recognition

Honor Graduate

Seniors who attain a cumulative weighted numerical average of 90 or above at the end of the 1st semester of their senior year and have completed courses of study for a diploma will be designated as an honor graduate.  Classes taken at the remedial or access program level will not be considered for the purposes of honor graduate recognition. Honor Graduates will wear GOLD cords.

Fine Arts

Seniors who have received four (4) units in a Fine Arts class (Art, Drama, Chorus, and Band).  Fine Arts recipients will wear RED cords.

CTAE Pathway Completer

Seniors who have completed a state approved pathway in any CTAE program area.  CTAE Pathway completers will wear ORANGE cords.

Dual Enrollment

Seniors who earned college credit while in high school will wear PURPLE cords.  

Student Council Members

Students who are members of the Student Council and hold a class office during their SENIOR year will wear GREEN cords.

In Addition….

  • Senior Class officers will wear a BLUE stole designating them as such.
  • The Valedictorian will wear a BLUE stole and a medallion designating him/her as such.
  • The Salutatorian will wear a BLUE stole and a medallion designating him/her as such.
  • Members of Beta Club who have earned their points and maintained a 90 or above average will wear a WHITE stole bearing the Beta emblem.
  • Members of Key Club in good standing will wear a BLUE stole bearing the Key Club emblem.
  • Members of the Spanish Honor Society will wear a RED stole bearing the Spanish Honor Society emblem in gold.
  • The STAR Student will wear a BLUE stole designating him/her as such.

Graduation Speakers

Graduation speakers will include the Valedictorian, Salutatorian, STAR student, and President of the Senior Class.

STAR Student

Each year, the senior with the highest SAT score is named STAR student.  The student must score equal to or higher than the national average in critical reading, math, and writing from any one sitting on a national test.  The STAR student must also be in the top 10% of the senior class based on cumulative high school (9 through 11) grade average numerically computed.

Top Dog Club

Seniors who have a combined score of 1000 or higher on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT will be invited to join the Top Dog Club.  The club is designed to honor academic excellence through continual recognition.

Georgia Milestones EOC Test SUBJECT AREA “TEST-OUT” OPTION

According to a State Board of Education June 2013 memorandum and state Rule 160-5-1-.15, the opportunity exists for students to “test-out” of any course for which there is an associated Georgia Milestones EOC test and earn credit for the course through that process. Under the provisions of the amended rule and guidelines published by the Georgia Department of Education’s (GaDOE) Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, local boards of education shall award course credit to students who reach the performance level of Distinguished on an Georgia Milestones EOC test taken prior to taking the course. For example, a student may attempt the Biology Georgia Milestones EOC test prior to taking the course. If the student reaches the performance level of Exceeds (grade conversion score of 92 or above), the local board of education shall award the student the Biology course credit. A student may test-out of any course that has an associated Georgia Milestones EOC test. Students may earn no more than three units of credit by demonstrating subject area competency in this fashion. Students will only receive standard weighting values for the course. No added weight will be awarded to test-out students. Additionally, the NCAA will not accept credit gained in this manner.

Below are the requirements students must meet in order to exercise this option:

 

1. Not currently or previously enrolled in the course;

2. Have earned a grade of B or better in the most recent course that is the same content area of the course for which the student is attempting the Georgia Milestones EOC test;

3. Received a teacher recommendation from the teacher of the most recent course in the same content area (or, if not available, a teacher in the same content area with knowledge of the student’s academic achievement) for which the student is attempting the Georgia Milestones EOC test; and

4. Received parent/guardian permission if the student is less than 18 years of age.  

Please be advised this option is not recommended for all students; therefore,  you need to carefully consider if your child would benefit from such an opportunity and advise accordingly. As part of the advisement process, Mary Persons High personnel will consider the likelihood for success in future courses that may require knowledge and skills that are inherent within the course. In addition, the student’s post-secondary plans and needs must be considered. The test-out option should not be exercised for students without deliberation and clear evidence of the likelihood of student success both on the test itself and in future coursework/endeavors. Students who do not meet the eligibility criteria above must not be assessed for this purpose. Only online versions of the test will be offered.

There is an up-front associated cost with this option. Students will be assessed a $50.00 fee for each opt-out test attempted. There will be no charge for students who meet the eligibility criteria and achieve the Distinguished performance level. The $50.00 fee will be refunded to students meeting the Distinguished performance level.

Any student interested in this option must notify the guidance department prior to registration for the next academic school year.  

Honor Roll

  1. Students who make all A’s on their report cards each semester will be named to the All A’s List.
  2. Students with a combination of A’s and B’s for course averages each semester will be named to the A & B List.
  3. A student must have at least one A to be named to the A & B List.
  4. Students making the all A’s List will be rewarded at the end of the first and second semester grading periods.
  5. Students making the A & B List will be rewarded at the end of the first and second semester grading periods.

Honors Night Program

Students are recognized for academic excellence, literary achievements, and college/community scholarships at the annual Honors Night Program. Students in each grade whose weighted GPA place them in the top five percent of their class will be recognized. In addition, students who have earned various department awards will receive special recognition.

Hospital Homebound Services

Students eligible to be served under this program are those who attend the public schools of Monroe County and who have a medically diagnosed physical condition which is non-communicable and restricts the student to home or hospital for a period of time (2 weeks or more) which will significantly interfere with the student’s education.  These students will not be allowed to exempt exams.  Students should see a counselor for additional information. NOTE:  Students being served hospital homebound services are ineligible to participate or to attend extra-curricular activities.  

Graduation Participation

Students meeting all requirements for the high school diploma or special education diploma will be allowed to participate in graduation exercises.

Students who are seeking a high school diploma but have not passed coursework with associated required State assessments will not be allowed to participate in graduation exercises.  

State Mandated Tests

The Georgia Milestones EOC tests are administered in the following subject areas: Coordinate Algebra, Analytic Geometry, Algebra I, Geometry, U.S. History, Economics, Biology, Physical Science, Ninth Grade Literature, and American Literature.  The test must be taken before credit is awarded for the course.  Students who miss the regular administration of the test must take the test at the next administration or retake the entire course.

Students will not be able to participate in graduation exercises unless all requirements for graduation have been met.

For students who entered 9th grade for the first time in school year 2011-2012 or after

  • Must pass courses associated with Georgia Milestones EOC test, with Georgia Milestones EOC test contributing 20% to course grade
  • Are not required to pass Georgia Milestones EOC test

ASSET

The ASSET is administered to students pursuing dual enrollment credit at any of Georgia’s technical colleges.

ASVAB

All eleventh grade students are eligible to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery.  Seniors may take the ASVAB with written permission from a military recruiter.  The test is given by a test administrator from the Federal Government with the assistance of representatives from the various branches of the armed services.  Results give students an idea of their abilities and potential for success in career areas.

PSAT

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test measures reasoning abilities important to academic performance in college.  This test is funded by the state of Georgia and will be given each year to all sophomores.  Juniors, who opt to take the PSAT, are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Program, which enables students to compete for scholarships. Juniors are required to pay the expense if they desire to take the PSAT.

SAT/ACT

The Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) of the College Board will be given seven (7) times during the school year.  Registration is available on-line at www.collegeboard.com.  The SAT will be given at Mary Persons High School every May and June.  The American College Testing (ACT) assessment is given six (6) times during the school year.  Registration is available on-line at www.actstudent.org.  

HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship

Georgia residents have many options for getting an education through the HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarship.  A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the following subject areas is required:  English, math, science, social studies and foreign language.  Beginning with the class of 2015, refer to www.gacollege411.org for specific rigor requirements.  

To qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship, students must graduate from an eligible high school with a minimum 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration.  Additional criteria can be found at www.gacollege411.org.  Contact your counselor or visit www.gacollege411.org for additional information.

Special Needs Students

Parents of students with disabilities may choose to utilize the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program (SB 10) as an alternative to the programs offered through Monroe County School System.  Information about this program is available at the Georgia Department of Education’s website at www.doe.k12.ga.us.

Gifted Education

The secondary gifted education program for grades 9-12 offers content area classes that both extend and enhance the curriculum through Honors and Advanced Placement courses.  These courses require rigorous academic, exploration and applied critical thinking skills.  All gifted classes are taught by teachers who have earned or are in the process of earning an additional certification endorsement.

A student may be referred for the gifted education program by any individual with knowledge of the student’s abilities (i.e. parent, teacher, student, peers).  The individual will need to complete a Gifted Education Referral form.  Gifted Education Referral forms can be obtained from any Honors/Advanced Placement teacher or online at www.monroe.k12.ga.us.

The Gifted Education Department will process the referral and mail a Consent to Evaluate form to the student’s parent/guardian.  Upon receipt of a completed Consent to Evaluate form, the student will be evaluated within six to eight weeks.  Once the evaluation process has been completed, eligibility will be determined and the student’s parent/guardian will be notified by mail.  Qualifying for the gifted education program will be based on the student meeting the requirements outlined in Georgia State Department of Education Rule 160-4-2-.38.

All students transferring from a gifted program in another public school system in Georgia are qualified in Monroe County under the state-mandated reciprocity agreement.  These students must present evidence that they have met the state’s requirements for services and provide documented evidence of placement.  All students transferring from out of state must meet Georgia’s state requirements before being eligible for gifted services.  For additional information, contact The Gifted Education Department, Monroe County Board of Education, (478) 994-2031

Student Clubs

Mary Persons High School offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of clubs and organizations before and after school.  Parents may choose to not allow their child to participate in some or all of these by identifying the particular clubs or organizations on the Student/Parent Handbook Receipt Form.

Name: Academic Team        

Purpose: To promote academic excellence through team competition

Sponsor(s): Bernard, Williams

Activities: Regular practice and competitions

Name:  Art Honor Society

Purpose: To inspire and recognize students have shown outstanding

abilities and interest in art.  

Sponsor(s):  Trevitt

Activities: Regular meetings, community service, and school improvement projects

Name:  Best Buddies

Purpose: To be a volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-

 to-one friendships and leadership development for people with

disabilities.

Sponsor(s):  Holloway

Activities: Regular meetings, community service, and school improvement projects

Name: Beta Club        

Purpose: To promote scholarship, leadership, and good citizenship

Sponsor(s): English, Magda, Ash. Hightower, Epps

Activities: Regular meetings, community service, and school improvement projects

Information: Student must maintain a cumulative average of 90 or higher

and display good character

Name:  ECOS/ Science Club

Purpose: To incorporate recycling projects into the school setting

Sponsor(s): Morrow, Sumner

Activities: Regular meetings, community service, and school improvement projects

Name:  Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)        

Purpose: To promote business and to develop teamwork and leadership    

skills        

Sponsor(s):  Little, Myers, Sparks

Activities: Regular meetings, community service, and school improvement projects

Name: Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

Purpose: To seek spiritual growth, service to others, and Christian fellowship and to support Christian athletes in their journey through high school.        

Sponsor(s): T. Williams, A. Smith

Activities: Regular meetings, community service, and school improvement projects

Name: FFA, Incorporated

Purpose: To develop leadership skills and to foster the acquisition of knowledge in the field of agriculture

Sponsor(s): Waldrep, R. Smith        

Activities: Regular meetings, community service, and school improvement projects

Name: Interact Club

Purpose: To build leadership qualities and promote community service

Sponsor(s): Sanders

Activities: Regular meetings, community service, and school improvement projects

Information: Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA, have no disciplinary infractions, and earn a minimum of 25 points per semester.        

Name: Junior Executive Council

Purpose: To plan and carry out activities for the junior class

Sponsor(s): Metcalf, Meeks

Activities: Regular meetings, community service, and school improvement projects

Information: Members are selected by application to the sponsor.

Name: Key Club

Purpose: To build leadership qualities and promote service to the community.  

Sponsor(s): M H Smith

Activities: Regular meetings, community service, and school improvement projects

Information: Members must maintain an 85 or better cumulative average

and have no record of disciplinary problems.

Name: Mu Alpha Theta

Purpose: To support tutoring and assistance in mathematics

Sponsor(s): Dr. S Williams        

Activities: Regular meetings, community service, and school wide tutoring services.

Name: Senior Executive Council

Purpose: To plan and carry out activities for the senior class

Sponsor(s): Little        

Activities: Regular meetings, community service, and school improvement projects

Name: Skills USA

Purpose: To enhance the development of academic and technical skills and to provide opportunities to develop leadership and

communication skills        

Sponsor(s): Evans, Hurm

Activities: Regular meetings, community service, and school improvement projects

Name: Spanish Club        

Purpose : To explore and enjoy the Spanish language and culture

Sponsor(s): Calhoun, Rowland

Activities: Regular meetings, community service, and school improvement projects

Name:  Spanish Honor Society

Purpose: To recognize high achievement of high school students in

the Spanish language and to promote a continuing interest in Hispanic studies

Sponsor(s):  Calhoun, Rowland

Activities: Regular meetings, community service, and school improvement projects

Name:  Student Council

Purpose:  Provide leadership among the student body

Sponsor(s):  Hightower, Johnston, Trevitt

Activities:  Regular meetings, community service, and school improvement projects

Information:  The Student Council is composed of elected officers:

president, vice-president, secretary/treasurer, and five (5)representatives

from each grade level. Students must meet academic requirements as

well as high recommendation scores to qualify as a candidate

Name: TSA

Purpose: A national student organization devoted to teaching technology, engineering and leadership to young people

Sponsor(s): Barfield

Activities: Regular meetings, community service, and school improvement projects

Below details how a student is eligible for membership in Key Club, Beta Club, Student Council, Homecoming Court, and class officers. 

 

•          The number of referrals accrued by a student may not exceed one (1) during the academic year.

 

•          Students who commit a Level I offense during the academic school year may suffer probation or suspension from clubs or organizations listed above.  If suspended from a club, the student may be eligible for entry into the organization the next academic year.

 

•          Students who commit a Level II offense during an academic school year will be subject to removal from the club and may be ineligible for entry into the organization the next school year. If there are no further Level II infractions for the remainder of the current and following academic year, the student may be eligible for entry or re-entry into the organization the following school year. For example, a 9th grade student who is suspended for fighting (Level II) may be removed from organizations in the current year and will not be eligible for membership in Key, Beta, Student Council, Homecoming court and class officer during their 10th grade year. However, if there are no other Level II offenses, the student may eligible during their 11th and 12th grade years.

 

•          Students who commit Level III offenses will be removed from the organizations they are members of currently and are not eligible for re-entry or membership into others listed above for the remainder of their high school career.

 

Below details how a student loses membership a club

 

•          Any student receiving a referral for a Level I infraction may lose the membership for that academic school year. If a student is removed from a club, the student will be considered for re-entry pending a disciplinary review..

 

•          Any student receiving a referral for a Level II or III infraction will be subject to review of membership privileges by administration and club sponsors.

 

*     Administration reserves the right to impose one of the following for students who commit infractions:

 

      *     Level I offenses - probation for the remainder of the academic year

 

      *     Level I offenses - suspension of club privileges for the current academic year with  

            reinstatement of club membership the following year

 

      *     Level I offenses - suspension of club privileges for the current academic year and                

            possibly the remainder of his/her high school career

 

      *     Level II offenses - suspension for the remainder of the academic year with re-

             instatement of club membership the following year

 

      *     Level II offenses - suspension of club privileges for the current academic year and

           possibly the remainder of his/her high school career

      *     Level III offenses - suspension of club privileges for the remainder of his/her high

            school career

Other Organizations and Activities

Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of organizations and activities including:

Marching Bulldog Band and Auxiliaries                  Concert Band

Tri-M Music Honor Society

Homecoming                                                           Academic Team

Empescope                                                             Media Festival        

Literary Competition                                                One-Act Play

Spring Musical                                                        Chorus

Athletics

Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports.  Student-athletes must pass three (3) out of four (4) courses per semester, be on track to graduate and have an updated physical.

Student-athletes and parents should refer to the Mary Persons High School Athletic Handbook for specific policies and rules governing the MPHS athletic program.

Student Elections

Student elections are held for the following offices and activities:  Class Office, Homecoming, Prom, Student Council, and Senior Superlatives.  All representatives are elected by popular vote from the body which they represent.  

Class Office: The freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes will elect a president, vice-president, and secretary/treasurer to represent their class.  Elections will be held in the spring preceding each school year and shall be for the entire school term.  

Homecoming: The Homecoming Court will be composed of two representatives from each of the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes and six representatives from the senior class.  Students will have the opportunity to register to be on the ballot for the Homecoming Court.  Students will be elected to the court by popular vote by the class which they will represent.  Once the court is determined, the homecoming queen is to be selected from the senior representatives by a popular vote of the entire student body.  

In order to be listed on the homecoming representative ballot, students must have 3.0 GPA, be on track for graduation, be involved in a club or organization and have no serious disciplinary referrals.  Signing up does not guarantee that your name will be on the ballot.

Prom King and Queen: Each senior has the opportunity to vote one male and one female for recognition as the Prom King and Queen.  The seniors receiving the most votes will be recognized.

Senior Superlatives: Senior superlatives will be selected for categories established by the yearbook staff.  All students who have achieved senior status will be eligible and given the opportunity to vote for each superlative.  Superlatives will be selected by popular vote.

Student Council: The Student Council is composed of elected officers: president, vice-president, secretary/treasurer, and five (5) representatives from each grade level.  Elections will be held each spring for the following school term.

Students must meet academic requirements and not have major disciplinary infractions during the year preceding the election in order to represent Mary Persons High School in any office and/or activity.  In addition, students must remain in good standing in the areas of academics and discipline.

Major Offices: A student will not be allowed to hold more than one major office.  Major offices are editor of the annual, president of Student Council, and class presidents.

Attendance Policy

Research shows that there is a direct correlation between student achievement and school attendance.  It is, therefore, most important that students be in school unless there are legitimate reasons why they must be absent.  Georgia law places the responsibility on each student to attend school on a daily basis and the responsibility on each parent or guardian to send his/her child to school on a daily basis.

Before admission to class or returning to school following an absence, a student must report to the school principal or his/her designee with a written note from a parent, guardian, physician, or legal authority stating the reason for the absence.  The principal or designee will determine whether an absence is excused in accordance with policies and regulations of the Monroe County Board of Education that are based on the compulsory attendance law.  The principal or designee may at his/her discretion, require supporting documentation from a doctor, dentist, clinic, court, and funeral home, etc.  The decision of the principal or designee with respect to the justification and validity of documentation for an absence is final.

Student absences may be excused for the following reasons:

  1. When a student is personally ill and when attendance in school would endanger his/her health or the health of others;
  2. When in a student’s immediate family there is a serious illness or death which would reasonably necessitate absence from school;
  3. On special and recognized religious holidays observed by his/her faith;
  4. When mandated by order of government agencies such as court order (a note from court must be presented);
  5. When serving as a legislative page;
  6. When there is a doctor’s appointment required during school hours (a note from the doctor must be presented).
  7. When there is a pre-arranged absence for other reasons and/or extreme hardship at the approval of an administrator.  Prearranged absences are not automatically excused.

Students who desire to document an absence shall present a written excuse signed by a parent or guardian within three (3) days of returning to school.  Documentation may not be sent by fax, e-mail, or telephone.

Students shall be given a reasonable opportunity, three (3) days, to make up work or tests which were missed because of an excused absence from school.  Failure to make up work after a reasonable time will result in a grade of 0. Students in grades 9-12 who exceed five (5) unexcused absences in any course during a semester will not receive credit for the course.

For state attendance purposes a student must be in attendance for a minimum of one-half (45 minutes) the required instructional period to be counted as present in that class.  Students must have perfect attendance in each class in order to have perfect attendance for the school year. For face to face classes, the cutoff date for enrollment is August 23, 2018 for first semester and January 25, 2019 for second semester.

Students placed in in-school suspension or participating in school related or sponsored activities are considered to be in attendance at school.

Absences resulting from disciplinary suspensions shall be excused for purposes of this policy.  Student will receive a grade of 0 for any daily work, which is missed.  However, students may make up major tests or major projects/term papers with in the regular make up work guidelines.

Attendance and Extracurricular Activities

 A student must be present a minimum of 3 out of 4 class periods in order to be eligible to participate in any school related extracurricular activities on the day of the absence.  For extra-curricular activities occurring on weekends, students must be present in 3 out of 4 classes on the preceding Friday.  

Parents are asked to make dental, medical, and other appointments, as well as planned family trips after school and on Saturdays, if at all possible.  Should a student have an appointment during the school day, the parent should sign his/her child out in the office and sign him/her back in upon arrival back at school.

Monroe County School Attendance Council

The Monroe County School Attendance Council (SAC) is a collaborative effort formed to address school attendance problems.  The protocols of the Monroe County School Attendance Council are in accordance with the requirements of House Bill 1190 section 10-11.  The law places the responsibility of attendance directly into the hands of the parents.  

Monroe County Schools in partnership with Family Connections, Department of Family and Children Services, Sheriff’s Department, Police Department, Department of Juvenile Justice, River Edge Behavioral Health Center and the Towaliga District Juvenile Court will address chronic school absences in the following manner:

  • Each year parents/guardians and students 10 years old or older by September 1 will sign a statement of receipt indicating the possible consequences for non-compliance with the local system’s policy.
  • The Monroe County Schools will attempt to contact parents/guardians of students on each absence using an automated calling system.  Therefore, it is imperative that parents/guardians provide the school registrar with any changes to contact information (home address and phone numbers).
  • On the 5th unexcused absence, written notification will be given to parents of their legal responsibility and penalties under the law.
  • On the 6th unexcused absence, the school administrator will attempt to schedule a parent conference.
  • On the 8th unexcused absence a referral will be made to the C.A.R.E. Cottage.
  • On the 9th unexcused absence the student and parent will be referred to the School Attendance Council.  The notification of the council will be issued in the form of a subpoena issued by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.
  • The parents and School Attendance Council will develop a case plan.  The parents will have 5 days to appeal the council's’ recommendations.  On the 5th day, the council recommendations will be filed with the Juvenile Court Judge.  This recommendation will become an order of the court.
  • Failure to comply with the recommendations will result in the parents being in contempt and will result in a court appearance in the Juvenile Court.  Students who are age 14 and older may receive additional punishments as set forth by law.
  • Juvenile Court will address Tardies, Early Check-outs and chronic school absences in the following manner:

Tardies and Early Check-outs – There will be no intervention for up to 4 tardies or early check-outs per semester.  On the 5th tardy or early check-out, per semester, the student or parent must see the administrative team.  There will be a limit of 10 tardies or check-outs per semester.  If student exceeds 10, there will be a referral to SAC.

Parent Notes – Four parent notes will be honored each semester.  Medical documentation will be required with the 5th note and subsequent notes will be subject to administrative review.  A referral will be made to SAC if the administrative team deems it necessary.

Pre-Approved Absences

Extenuating circumstances may require a student to gain approval prior to an absence.  A pre-approved absence form must be obtained from Ms. Sawley at the main campus or Ms. Buffington at the freshman campus and returned two days prior to the absence.  All forms are subject to approval by the principal.  Not all requests will be granted approval.

Checking In and Out of School

In order for a student to be dismissed early, a written request containing the reason, time of dismissal, and a parent signature must be presented to the office by 8:30 a.m.  In addition, the student’s parent or guardian must call the school office before the requested time of dismissal.  An early dismissal slip that states the date and time for the dismissal will be given to the student by the office.  The student should report to the office at the time of the dismissal.  

Although parent requests for student dismissals may be honored, early dismissals will be classified excused or unexcused by the administration, and the teacher will be notified regarding the status of the dismissal.  An excused absence is still an absence for purposes of exam exemptions.  The following are examples of excused absences:

  1. medical appointments
  2. death in the immediate family
  3. illness of student or immediate family
  4. dismissals requested by the administration
  • Excessive checkouts may cause a student to lose credit for classes missed.
  • During exams, pep rallies, and assembly programs no checkouts will be allowed.
  • There will be no student check-outs after 2:30 p.m.

Tardiness to School and Class

There are two different types of tardies.  One is tardy to school and the other is tardy to class.  Tardies to school are influenced by many variables (e.g. car trouble, overslept, wreck on the highway, parents).  Tardies to class are less affected by these types of variables.

Tardies to school:  These are tardies to first block.  At Mary Persons High School, tardies are viewed neither as excused nor unexcused.  In the event that a student is tardy to school, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students will report to the desk outside the main office for a late pass.  Freshman will report to the main office of the Freshman Campus for a late pass.  If a student arrives to school after 9:00, the parent must contact the school before student is allowed in class.  Students are allowed four (4) tardies to school per semester, no questions asked.  In accordance with the School Attendance Council, students must report to a member of the administrative team on the fifth tardy.  After four, tardies may be excused by the principal (or his designee) with a doctor’s or a court’s documentation.  Once a student has exhausted his/her four tardies for the semester a progressive plan of intervention will proceed in an effort to deter the student from being late to school.  The plan is as follows:

5th tardy                 Principal’s Detention

6th tardy                 Saturday School/Parent Contact

7th tardy                 3 days ISS

8th tardy                 4 days ISS

9th tardy                 5 days ISS/Referral to SST

10th tardy               1 days OSS; student cannot return to school  

                              without parent conference

Tardies to class:  These are tardies to blocks two through four. A child is deemed tardy to class when the bell has rung and he/she is not within the confines of the classroom.  A child is considered tardy to class if the tardy occurs within the first five minutes of class.  After five minutes, the child is considered to be skipping, unless documentation from office, nurse, etc. indicates otherwise.

Once a child is considered tardy to class, he/she must report to the attendance clerk to receive a pass to enter class. Students who are tardy to class will receive two warnings and detention on the 3rd through the 5th tardy. A student’s accrual of tardies will occur over blocks 2-4 and are not tracked by individual class period or teacher. The following consequences will occur when a student is tardy to class:

1st tardy             Warning

2nd tardy            Warning

3rd tardy             Detention

4th tardy             Detention         

5th tardy             Detention

6th tardy             Work Study

7th tardy             3 days ISS

8th tardy             4 days ISS

9th tardy             5 days ISS

10th tardy           1 day OSS

Withdrawal from School

Students who need to withdraw must complete a withdrawal form.  A written form can be secured from the counselors’ office.  The withdrawal form must be completed if the student is to withdraw in good standing.  A parent should request the withdrawal at least a day in advance.  The school will withdraw students over the age of fifteen who have missed ten (10) or more consecutive days of school without notifying the school of any extenuating circumstances.  

Transfer Students

A student must be in good standing and must have no disciplinary action pending against him/her by the school he/she is leaving in order to be eligible to enroll in Mary Persons High School.  In addition, all student records must be received prior to enrollment.

Cell Phones/Electronic Communication Devices

Telephones are available for use in the office before and after school and in extreme emergencies. Students who are sick and need to call home will report to the nurse. Only in extreme cases such as family emergencies and/or serious illness or death in the immediate family will the office give students telephone messages or allow them to use the office telephone.

Cell phones, iPads, and laptops can be used under the instructional leadership of the teacher or during breakfast and lunch in the commons area or as specified by the school administration. All other electronic devices are prohibited.  During state mandated testing, cellular phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the testing location. The school is not responsible for stolen or lost cell phones.

Consequences

The 1st offense will be detention, parent notification, and confiscation for 1 school day. The phone will be returned to the student at the end of the next school day.  Students cannot refuse to turn over a cellphone to the teacher.  Note: During administrative action, the student can choose to keep the phone and avoid confiscation; however, the consequence will be elevated to a work study detention (Saturday school or Wednesday school)

The 2nd offense will result in a work study detention, parent notification, and confiscation for 3 school days. The phone will be returned to the student. Students cannot refuse to turn over a cellphone to the teacher.   Note: During administrative action, the student can choose to keep the phone and avoid confiscation; however, the consequence will be elevated to  2 days ISS.

The 3rd offense will result in three days ISS, parent conference, and confiscation for 5 school days (the phone will be returned to the parent).

The fourth offense will result in confiscation for the remainder of the school year. (The phone will be returned to the parent at the end of the school year).

Any future offenses may result in an assignment of no fewer than 3 days of ISS and the phone will only be returned to the parent.

NOTE:

  1. When a student’s cell phone has been confiscated, the student is not to have in his/her possession another cell phone.
  2. Any student refusing to hand over a cell phone will be subject to the consequences of insubordination.

Exception to this rule:

Schools are allowing personal electronic devices to be used for instructional purposes.  Students and parents must sign the “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)”permission slip and may only use appropriate devices when allowed for instruction.  If devices are used outside parameters of a class allowing the use of BYOD, the use falls under the guidelines above.        

*The school system and schools will not be responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices.

Students should not place or accept phone calls during class, lunch, class change, or any other time during the instructional hours of 8am-3pm.  

CELL PHONE USE ON GEORGIA STANDARDIZED ASSESSMENTS 

Students are not permitted to use, or bring into the testing environment, any electronic device that could allow them to access, retain, or transmit information (e.g., cell phone, smartphone, PDA, electronic recording, camera, or playback device, etc.). Possession or improper use of such devices during testing may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the system's student code of conduct and/or test invalidation. Devices such as those mentioned above that are brought into the testing environment must not remain in the student’s possession during testing.

Dress Code

All students who attend Mary Persons High School will be expected to maintain a neat and well-groomed appearance.  Students are permitted to wear the following items:

Pants/Slacks/Shorts/Skirts/Dresses

  • Jeans, shorts, or tailored pants
  • Skirts or dresses
  • Skirts and shorts for both male and female students must be no shorter than 5” above the knee.  The measurements of shorts, skirts, dresses, etc. are taken with student kneeling on the floor, and the length is measured from the floor to the hemline of the garment.

Shirts/Blouses/Tops

  • All shirts/blouses must have finished edges and be appropriately sized, including waist and length.
  • Sweaters, fleece pullovers, and sweatshirts (sweatshirt-a loose collarless pullover made of heavy cotton jersey and have a fitted waistband) must not be oversized.  A sweater or sweatshirt that hangs lower than the back pockets is considered oversized.

Shoes

  • Appropriate shoes must be worn at all times.  Bedroom shoes are NOT allowed.

Requirements

  • All clothing must be appropriately sized, including waist and length.
  • Belt loops must have a belt.  Belts must be worn correctly with entire belt in loops on pants. No underpants can be exposed.

Not Permitted

  • Pants worn below the natural waist
  • Wind suits, sweat suits, jogging pants, or leggings
  • Spandex, lycra, or form fitting clothing
  • Sleeveless tops, dresses, tank tops, etc. (the ball of the shoulder should not be exposed)
  • Clothing with holes and/or cut-off hems whether by design or wear, that expose skin or undergarments
  • Mouth adornment (metal grills)
  • See-through clothing
  • Visible undergarments
  • Clothing worn inside out
  • Low-cut or revealing clothing
  • Clothing and/or accessories with beer, alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drug advertisements, vulgar writing, gang-related symbols, suggestive scenes, or clothing that displays individuals, bands, or groups, or that promotes aggression or violence
  • Coveralls/overalls
  • Blankets
  • Hats, hoods, head scarves, bandanas, or other disruptive headgear  
  • Non-jewelry items (ex. dog collar type chains, sports straps chains
  • Exposed tattoos
  • Body piercing jewelry except in ears or stud rings in the nose
  • Anything the administration determines to be disruptive to the instructional process.
  • Unnatural hair color

Final approval of any questionable dress and enforcement of this code is left to the discretion of the school administration.  

Students with injuries may need accommodations to the dress code.  These accommodations shall be considered for approval upon receipt of notification from a doctor describing the need.  

The following consequences will occur for failure to adhere to the dress code policy:

1st offense                                            Warning

2nd offense                                           Detention

3rd offense                                            Work Study

4th offense                                            1 day ISS

5th offense                                            2 days ISS

6th offense                                            3 days ISS

7th offense                                            Administrative Action

These consequences reset at the beginning of each semester.

Identification Badge

Each student will be issued an Identification Badge at the beginning of the school year. Students must have their I.D. on their person at all times.  Failure to have one on their person will result in disciplinary action.  If a student loses his/her I.D., he/she will have to replace it at a cost of $5.00.  I.D. replacements must be requested before the end of homeroom.  Failure to replace the I.D. will result in disciplinary action.  The student’s picture on I.D badges must be visible at all times.  An I.D. is not to have any additional writing, designs, stickers, etc. placed on them by anyone other than a school official.  I.D. badges must be from the current school year in order to be valid. School buses are not considered “off campus,” and a student must continue to have an I.D on his/her person while they are on the school bus.

The following consequences will occur for failure to wear the student ID badge:

1st offense                                               Warning

2nd offense                                              Warning

3rd offense                                               Detention

4th offense                                               Detention

5th offense                                               Detention

6th offense                                               Work Study

7th offense                                               3 days ISS

8th offense                                               4 days ISS

9th offense                                               5 days ISS

10 offense                                               Administrative Action

These consequences reset at the beginning of each semester.

Students in Good Standing

Certain privileges are extended to students in good standing including parking permit eligibility, class officer election qualifications and office, and participation in such activities as pageants and some extracurricular clubs and activities.  A student shall be considered “not in good standing” if any of the following conditions apply:

  • The student has excessive absences or tardies.
  • The student has repeated or serious disciplinary referrals including academic dishonesty.
  • The student does not put forth sufficient effort to be academically successful.
  • The student has unfulfilled obligations or school debts, including but not limited to, lost books, overdue library or parking fines, unreturned athletic equipment or other school owned property, unpaid financial obligations, or un-served detentions/work studies/ISS.

Student Parking

On-campus parking is a privilege offered to students in grades 10-12.The assistant principal and designee will be in charge of student parking. In order for students to get a parking permit, a signed acknowledgement form must be received.  Parking permits are non-refundable.  

Parking permits will be issued to students in the following priority:

1. Seniors      2. Juniors    3. Sophomores    

Senior Lot parking permits are $40.00.  These spaces are numbered and you must park in your assigned numbered space and have the gold parking decal displayed. Once all Senior Lot parking permits have been sold, Junior Lot parking permits will be sold. Junior Lot parking permits are $30.00 per year. These spaces are numbered and you must park in your assigned numbered space and have the red parking decal displayed. After all Junior Lot permits have been sold, Tennis Court Lot parking permits will be sold for $25.00.  Tennis Court parking decals will be sold at a prorated value of $15.00 after January 1st.   Fine Arts Center (FAC) Lot parking permits are $15.00. FAC Lot permits will be sold at a prorated value of  $10 during the 4th Nine Weeks.

Students should only park in their designated lot.  All lots have a different color parking decal and school staff members will supervise the parking lot.  

Senior Lot                  Gold Decal

Junior Lot                   Red  Decal

Tennis Court Lot        Black Decal

FAC Lot                     Green Decal

For safety purposes, all student vehicles permitted to park on-campus must be registered with the school. Parking decals must be displayed on the designated area of the vehicle, and the vehicle must be parked properly in a designated parking spot. Parking permits are nontransferable. Only individuals who purchase the permit may use the permit. Violations will result in the revocation of the parking privilege of both parties and/or disciplinary action.  

Parking permits will be issued only to those students who meet the following criteria:

  1. Possession of a valid Georgia Driver’s License.
  2. Proof of insurance.
  3. Completed registration form.
  4. Payment of parking fee

Parking privileges can be revoked by the administration because of irresponsible behavior, unexcused tardies to school, or poor academic performance.

The following are rules and regulations with appropriate discipline procedures regarding parking privileges:

Academic Achievement:

  1. A student must pass three (3) out of four (4) classes each semester or parking privileges will be revoked.

Disciplinary Action

  1. Tardies: After eight (8) tardies to school during a semester, the parking permit may be revoked for the remainder of the semester or six weeks, whichever is greater.  A student assumes all responsibility for tardiness when driving to school.
  2. Substance abuse on campus (alcohol and illegal drugs) may result in revocation of the parking permit for not less than one year.
  3. Weapons found in a student’s vehicle, locker, or on the student may result in the revocation of parking privileges for not less than one year.
  4. On-campus driving misconduct (such as spinning wheels, speeding, excessive noise/music, etc.) may result in revocation of parking privileges for six (6) weeks.  Second offense: Parking privileges may be revoked for the remainder of the year or a full semester, whichever is greater.
  5. Leaving campus without authorization may result in the revocation of parking privileges for a semester (18 weeks).
  6. Transporting another student off campus without authorization may result in the revocation of parking privileges for a semester (18 weeks).
  7. Skipping school: Parking privileges may be revoked for six (6) weeks.
  8. Suspended or replacement permits will cost $40.00 for seniors and $30.00 for underclassmen.
  9. Students are not allowed to loiter in the parking lot or sit in cars at any time in the parking lot.  

DRIVING/PARKING VIOLATIONS

The traffic committee reserves the right to issue traffic violations and collect fines for each of the following first offenses. (Parking violations count towards CHAMP rewards):

  1. Reckless driving/speeding - $25.00
  2. Parking in unauthorized area - $5.00
  3. Loitering before or after school - $5.00
  4. No permit visible - $5.00
  5. Breaking in line/crossing median - $10.00
  6. Excessive noise/music - $10.00
  7. Failure to follow directions - $5.00
  8. Improper parking - $5.00
  9. Other school violation - $5.00

For any second offense, the fine is doubled.  For any third offense parking privileges will be revoked for the remainder of the semester or six (6) weeks, whichever is greater.  After a second violation, the vehicle is subject to being towed at the owner’s expense.  A student receiving a ticket should remit payment to Barbara Dennis within 10 days. Failure to settle parking fines will result in revocation of parking privileges for the remainder of the semester or six (6) weeks, whichever is greater.  Once parking privileges have been revoked, a replacement sticker ($30.00 for Seniors/$25.00 for underclassmen) will be issued only if there are spaces available.

  • If a student’s car is illegally parked on school property, it will be towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Provisions will be made for students who may have occasional emergencies.  These students must see the advisor in charge of student parking.

If a student under the age of 18 drops out of school and has remained out of school for 10 days, or has more than 10 days of unexcused absences in any semester, notice will be given to the Department of Driver Services.  The student’s driver’s license will then be suspended for one year.

Hall Passes

Students are expected to remain in their classes during the entire instructional period. Students who need to leave the classroom for an emergency or who are called to the office must have a teacher’s hall pass. Students in the hall must have passes visible at all times.

Field Trips

Field trips are planned to supplement and enrich the total instructional program.  In an effort to ensure student safety, transportation is provided by Monroe County school buses.  A donation will be requested to help pay for the trip.  Every child must have written permission from a parent or legal guardian before he/she can attend a field trip.  Money Orders will not be accepted as payment for field trips. All parents who volunteer to chaperone field trips MUST take part in the mandatory Volunteer Training Sessions prior to the field trip.  Parents who volunteer to chaperone on field trips should understand that siblings are not permitted to attend field trips.  Students with poor discipline records may be prohibited from attending field trips.  If a family is unable to pay for a field trip experience, please submit a confidential letter to the principal.  Every effort will be made to ensure participation of all children. If a parent wishes for their child to ride with them in their family vehicle, the parent must check their child out of school (early check-out) and sign them in with their child’s homeroom teacher upon arrival to the field trip site. If a child will be leaving the field trip site with their parent, the child must be signed out on a sign-out form provided by teacher. This will be counted as an early check-out.

Medication

Medication that a student needs to take during the day must be given to the school nurse with a Medical Authorization Form signed by the parent or guardian.  The student will be given the dosage as indicated on the prescription bottle and will be required to sign when this is received.

Diabetes Medical Management Plans

Upon written request of a student’s parent or guardian and if authorized by the student’s diabetes medical management plan, a student with diabetes shall be permitted to perform blood glucose checks, administer insulin through the insulin delivery system the student uses, treat hypoglycemia, and otherwise attend to the monitoring and treatment of his or her diabetes in the classroom, in any area of the school or school grounds, and at any school related activity, and he or she shall be permitted to possess on his or her person at all times all necessary supplies and equipment to perform such monitoring and treatment.

Immunization

Every student in public or private school, regardless of the grade, must have on file a Georgia School Certificate of Immunization, Form 3032, which may be obtained from the Georgia Department of Health or a personal physician.  New students will have thirty days to provide this certificate.  After thirty days the student may not return to school until he/she provides the certificate.

Lockers

Lockers are provided for all students.  Since students are accountable for their books and personal belongings, students cannot share lockers or alter them for any reason.  If a locker does not work properly, the student should report the problem to the office and not use the locker until it is working.  Each student will be responsible for restitution for any damage to that locker.  The school is not responsible for items stolen from lockers.  The school reserves the right to inspect lockers at any time.

Textbooks

Textbooks are issued as a resource to the curriculum at Mary Persons High School.  MPHS uses the Georgia Standards of Excellence and the Georgia Performance Standards as the basis for its curriculum.  Students may be issued textbooks for the courses in which they are enrolled.  Students are responsible for their textbooks at all times.  Textbooks are priced according to their condition when issued, and students are required to pay proportionately for the damage to a book.  Students should always check their books when issued and report any damage to the teacher in order to avoid being fined for book damage upon return of the book.  Students will be charged for any books lost, stolen, damaged, or missing that the school issued them.  The minimum amount charged will be $5.00. If a student pays for and then finds his/her lost book during the school year, the money for the book will be refunded.

Student Debts and Financial Obligations

Student debts must be paid before students will receive their report cards and/or participate in graduation ceremonies or activities.  If a check is submitted to the school and sufficient funds are not available to cover the check, the Federal Automated Recovery System will be used to collect the debt.

Junior/Senior Prom

Each spring, the Junior/Senior Prom is held.  Eligibility to attend the Junior/Senior Prom is determined at the beginning of the second semester.  Students who meet the requirements for placement in the 11th and 12th grade before prom are eligible to attend the Junior/Senior Prom.

Transcripts

All transcript requests are now done through https://www.parchment.com/ .

There is a $10 fee for Mary Persons High School graduates.  There is no fee for students who are currently enrolled.

Certificate of Attendance for Driver’s License

Students who need a Certificate of Attendance in order to obtain a Georgia Driver’s License should request the document online under the student tab on the MPHS web page.  Fill out the Google Form provided.    The Certificates of Attendance will be issued on Friday afternoons.  

Delivery of Floral Items to Students

While the Monroe County Board of Education and Administration of Monroe County Schools realizes and appreciates the contribution local florists make to the school program, they also recognize the delivery of gifts such as floral arrangements and balloons to students may create disruptions to the academic environment, safety issues in buildings and on buses, and management concerns given the number of students in each of the buildings. As a result, schools shall not accept the delivery of floral arrangements and balloons on behalf of students at any time during the school year.

Visitors

Students are not allowed to have visitors during school.  All “non-students” must check in at the front office upon entering the building.  Visitors to the school for any reason must sign-in and receive a visitor’s pass.  When ready to leave the school, visitors must sign-out in the main office and return their visitor’s pass.

Student Valuables

Students are encouraged to take proper precautions in securing their valuables.  Valuables should not be left in lockers.  Book bags should not be left unattended.  Valuables should be given to coaches during P.E.  Automobiles should be locked.  Students are not to bring large amounts of cash to school.  Students should report thefts to a school official.  Each student will be assigned a locker.  Students should use their assigned locker and keep it locked at all times.  The school cannot be held responsible or in any way liable for lost valuables.

Lost and Found

All articles which are found should be turned in to the office.  Students should check with the office for lost articles.

School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program

A breakfast program and lunch program are offered to all students. Monroe County Schools Nutrition Program adheres to an Offer vs. Serve option at both meal services which provides the students the ability to choose from various entrees and sides. No child shall be denied the opportunity to participate in the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program.

In accordance with the Monroe County Schools Wellness Policy, foods of minimal nutritional value (sodas, fast food, sugary snacks, etc.) cannot be sold during the scheduled meal service times for breakfast and lunch. Additionally, foods of minimal nutritional value are highly discouraged from being brought in from home or fast food restaurants during meal service at breakfast and lunch times. It is the objective of the Monroe County Schools Nutrition Program to promote a healthy environment within the school building and surrounding community.

The price of student lunches is $2.60.  The price of breakfast is $1.60.  Students receiving free or reduced lunches must complete proper forms at the beginning of each school year.  (See the lunchroom manager for more information.) Cafeteria account numbers are non-transferable.

No food from outside eating establishments may be brought to the lunchroom.

Meal Charge Procedure for High Schools

  1. Students are allowed to charge one meal.
  2. No a la carte items may be charged
  3. Once a meal is charged, if the charge is not paid in full, students will be offered an alternative meal consisting of a sandwich, fruit, and milk for lunch or cereal and milk for breakfast.
  4. Students are not allowed to charge the last two weeks of school.

Beverages and Snacks

There are drink machines for student use located in the commons area.  Students are not allowed to take drinks outside the commons area or outside the gym lobby unless they are leaving campus. Food or drinks are not permitted in the hallways or classrooms. Water is allowed in the classroom but only in a clear, plastic bottles or containers.

Work Permits

Any student under the age of 18 must obtain a work permit.  Work permit applications may be picked up from Ms. Sanders before school on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday.  Students must bring their birth certificate and social security card to obtain a work permit.

Jurisdiction of the Board of Education

Any student, parent, or other individual who believes that a student has been subjected to harassment or discrimination by other students or school district employees in violation to Monroe County Board Policy JAA-Equal Educational Opportunities should promptly report the same to the principal of the school or to the appropriate coordinator designated in the non-discrimination notice on page 7, Dr. Mike Hickman who will implement the board’s discriminatory complaints procedure as specified in that policy.  Students may also report harassment or discrimination to their school counselor or any administrator.

Mary Persons High School students are subject to the rules and regulations of the Monroe County Board of Education and Mary Persons High School during the school day, while in attendance at school-related activities, and while being transported to and from school or school-related activities in school vehicles.  Students may be disciplined in those instances where conduct at other times and places is deemed to have a direct and immediate impact or effect on the health, safety, discipline, or general welfare of the school community.  Some of these rules contain recommended penalties.  However, depending on the circumstance of the student’s violation, school authorities may, in compliance with state law and the rules of the State Board of Education, impose discipline, short-term suspension, long-term suspension, or expulsion.

Relevant State Laws:

  1. Require that the rules of a district governing pupil conduct and discipline be interpreted to insure an optimum learning atmosphere in the classroom.  Optimum learning atmosphere shall be defined as the climate in which each student has the maximum opportunity to learn and the conduct of students that interferes with the climate is kept at an absolute minimum as determined by the classroom teacher.
  2. Require students to comply with rules established for the governing of schools.
  3. Require students to pursue their course of study and make

 reasonable progress.

  1. Require students to submit to the authority of teachers, subject to    

such disciplinary action as school officials shall determine.

  1. Empower each teacher to hold pupils accountable for disorderly

 conduct while under the teacher’s supervision.

  1. Make it a crime to willfully create a disturbance on school premises during school hours or at school activities or meetings.
  2. Provide that students who damage property at school or while under school jurisdiction may be suspended and punished.  The student, parent/guardian shall be liable for damages.
  3. Allow a teacher to temporarily exclude students from a classroom instructional or activity area.
  4. Require that the Monroe County School District cooperate with law enforcement agencies as required by federal and state law and by county board policies.
  5. Prohibit harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin,  

gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Any act that constitutes a crime is just cause for discipline, suspension, expulsion, and/or criminal prosecution.

Per Monroe County Board of Education policy JDCA, each school within this school district shall develop and implement age-appropriate student codes of conduct designed to improve the student-learning environment and which will comply with state law and State Board of Education Rule 160-4-8.15.  Each code shall include the following:

1.   Standards for student behavior designed to create the expectation that students will behave themselves in such a way so as to facilitate a learning environment for themselves and other students.  The standards should be designed also to encourage students to respect each other and school district employees, to motivate students to obey student behavior policies adopted by the Monroe County Board of Education and to obey student behavior rules established at each school within this school district.

2.  Student support processes designed to consider, as appropriate in light of the severity of the behavioral problem, support services available at each school, the school system and other public entities or community organizations which may assist students to address behavioral problems.

3.  Progressive discipline processes designed to create the expectation that the degree of discipline imposed by each school will be in proportion to the severity of the behavior of a particular student, the previous discipline history of the student and other relevant factors, while ensuring that each student receives the due process mandated by federal and state law.

4.  Parental involvement processes designed to enable parents, guardians, teachers, and school administrators to work together to improve and enhance student behavior and academic performance.  The process should enable parents, guardians, and school employees to express freely their concerns about student behaviors which detract from the learning environment.

Due process will include appropriate hearings and reviews, and in all cases, the rights of individuals will be ensured and protected.  Hearings for long term suspension or expulsion will be formally conducted following the procedures mandated by the Monroe County Board of Education.  Disabled students will be disciplined by local policies and in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), American Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504.

A student has full rights and citizenship as defined by the Constitution of the United States and assumes the responsibility to take action relative to this Constitution, the laws of the State of Georgia, and the policies, rules and regulations of the Monroe County Board of Education.  All students are required to report any misconduct of any nature to a teacher or administrator.

Student Support Process

The Monroe County Board of Education provides a variety of resources at every school to help address student behavioral problems.  The school discipline process will include appropriate consideration of support processes to help students resolve such problems.  These resources include Student Support Teams, school counselors, and chronic disciplinary student plans.

Parental Involvement

The student behavior code is based on the expectation that parents, guardians, teachers, and school administrators, will work together to improve and enhance student behavior and academic performance and will express freely their concerns about, and actions in response to student behavior that detracts from the learning environment.  School administrators recognize that two-way communication through personal contacts is extremely valuable; therefore, they provide information to parents as well as ongoing opportunities for school personnel to hear parents’ concerns and comments.

Several modes of communication will be used to address the need for parental involvement.  The Bulldog Beat, the school newsletter, will be used to provide curricular and co-curricular activities at the school.  The newsletter will also provide parents information regarding the variety of services and partnerships offered by the school to meet the needs of students.  

The school’s guidance office will house materials that provide information for parents on how to help support their child’s learning experience.  Notification of events will be sent out through text alerts, social media, weekly emails from the guidance office, and our electronic newsletter.  Parents are able to monitor their child’s grades through Infinite Campus Parent Access. Parent/Teacher conferences are encouraged and can be set up through the guidance office.  

PARENTS ASSISTING CHILDREN (PAC) PROGRAM

The vision of the Parents Assisting Children (PAC) Program is to provide parents with educational training which maximizes parental involvement in the academic success of all students.  The program develops and utilizes the unique skills and abilities of parents to support the educational experience of all children in Monroe County Schools. A variety of training sessions are regularly offered to parents in order to provide the support needed to assist children in the classroom.  Student achievement increases when parents and school/district stakeholders share responsibility for educating children.  Parents are encouraged to join the MPAC (Mary Persons Parents Assisting Children) organization to get more involved in curricular activities.  

Monroe County Bullying Policy

The Monroe County Board of Education believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment.  All schools within the district have an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance among students, staff, volunteers and visitors.  Behavior that negatively impacts the safety of any student will not be tolerated.  Per the Monroe County Board of Education Board Policy JCDAG, a student shall not bully, harass, or intimidate another student through words or actions.

 

Bullying is defined as an act which occurs on school property, on school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, or at school related functions or activities, or by use of data or software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, computer network, or other electronic technology of the Monroe County school system, that is:

 

(1) Any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent present ability to do so;

 

(2) Any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm; or

(3) Any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, which a reasonable person would perceive as being intended to threaten, harass, or intimidate, that:

 

  1. Causes another person substantial physical harm within the meaning of Code Section 16-5-23.1 or visible bodily harm as such term is defined in Code

Section 16-5-23.1;

 

  1. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education;

 

  1. Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational  environment; or

 

  1. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

 

Such behavior includes but is not limited to: Direct physical contact such as hitting or shoving; verbal assaults such as teasing or name-calling; the use of electronic methods to harass, threaten or humiliate; and social isolation and/or manipulation.  This prohibition of bullying shall be included in the student handbooks of all Monroe County schools.

 

All students and/or staff shall immediately report incidents of bullying, harassment and intimidation to the school principal or designee.  School staff members are expected to immediately intervene when they see a bullying incident occur.  Each complaint of bullying shall be promptly and thoroughly investigated.  This policy shall apply to students on school grounds, while traveling on a school bus to or from school, at a school bus stop, at a school-sponsored event and during any school-sponsored activity.  Any form of electronic bullying (cyberbullying) using school equipment, school networks, email systems or that are committed at school are strictly prohibited. The Board prohibits retaliatory behavior against any complainant or any participant in the complaint process.

 

Bullying, harassment or intimidation will not be tolerated.  Disciplinary action as established in the Student Code of Conduct shall be taken after each incident of bullying upon a finding of guilt.

 

School system staff shall also involve other school system professionals such as social workers and counselors and shall use other interventions if needed to address the social-emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of students who are the victims of bullying and students who commit the offense of bullying.

 

Students, parents/guardians and any other person may directly report incidents of bullying to an administrator, teacher, counselor or other staff member.  If a staff member receives the report, the report shall be immediately forwarded to the school principal or designee.  Reports of bullying can also be made by calling the Georgia Department of Education’s 1-877-SAY-STOP (1-877-729-7867) School Safety Hotline.

 

School staff shall take the following actions when an incident of bullying is reported:

 

1. Investigate

 Upon receipt of any report of bullying, the staff member shall immediately notify the principal.  The principal or his or her designee shall direct an immediate investigation involving appropriate personnel.  The investigation should begin no later than the next school day following the report of bullying.  The investigation should include, among other actions as needed, interviewing the alleged perpetrator(s) and victims(s), witnesses, teachers and staff members and reviewing video surveillance if available.  School counselors, school social workers and/or other support staff should be utilized for their expertise as determined by the circumstances of the matter and the person directing the investigation.  Law Enforcement officials shall be contacted as required by the circumstances of the matter.

 

2.   Notify

At an appropriate time during or after the investigation, parents/guardians of the accused and the victim must be notified of the reported incident.  If the incident involves an injury or similar situation, appropriate medical attention should be arranged and the parent/guardian should be notified immediately.

 

3.   Discipline

Upon confirming that bullying has occurred, the principal or his or her designee shall charge the accused student with bullying and shall be given an age-appropriate consequence which shall include, at minimum and without limitation, disciplinary action or counseling as appropriate and as otherwise consistent with this policy and the student Code of Conduct.  Students in grades six through twelve who have been found to have committed the offense of bullying for the third time in a school year shall be assigned to an alternative school through appropriate due process by disciplinary hearing officer, panel or tribunal.

 

4.   Follow Up

Follow up is important to the accused and the victim.  Staff should implement a method to provide follow up consultation to the victim and the accused.

Determination of Disciplinary Action

The purpose of the Monroe County School District is to operate each school in a way that will provide for the welfare and safety of all students who attend Monroe County schools.  The Monroe County Board of Education recognizes that it is the job of every teacher to provide high quality, differentiated instruction for every student and to establish a positive learning environment where mutual respect and responsibility are evident, and the job of every school to create an environment that supports high quality instruction.  To promote schools that are safe, civil and respectful learning environments and facilitate desirable student conduct and behavior, the Board has adopted the Student Code of Conduct.  These standards for behavior require students to respect each other and school district employees, to obey student behavior policies adopted by the Board and to obey student behavior rules established at each school within the district.

The disciplinary process set forth in the Code is intended to be instructional and corrective, not punitive.  However, when the behavior of an individual student comes in conflict with the rights of others, corrective actions may be necessary for the benefit of that individual and the school as a whole.  Suspension shall be used as a last resort, unless mandated by the severity of the infraction.  All students shall be entitled to receive due process in disciplinary reassignment, long term suspension, and expulsion.  Moreover, students shall be entitled to appeal the issuance of certain intervention or consequences, as provided herein.  Accordingly, students shall be governed by policies, regulations, and rules set forth in this Student Behavior Code.

The Student Behavior Code is effective during the following times and in the following places:

  1. On the school grounds at any time;
  2. Off the school grounds at a school activity, function, or event, and while traveling to and from such events; or
  3. En route to and from school in vehicles provided for student transportation by the school system.

Also, students may be disciplined for conduct off campus which is felonious or which may pose a threat to the school’s learning environment or the safety of students and employees.

Each classroom teacher will deal with disruptions by taking in-class disciplinary action, by making personal contact with the parent(s) or guardian when feasible, and/or by scheduling a conference with the parent(s) or guardian and other school staff.  Only when the action taken by the teacher is ineffective, or the disruption is severe, should the student be referred to the administration.  Failure to bring notebook, pencil, books, or required materials and equipment to class is not cause for disciplinary referrals; however, defiance of a teacher in regard to these areas is cause for a disciplinary referral.  The teacher of students who consistently exhibit poor work habits should notify parents and guardians.

Authority of the Principal

The principal is the designated leader of the school and, in concert with the staff, is responsible for the orderly operation of the school.  In cases of disruptive, disorderly, or dangerous conduct not covered in the Code, the principal may undertake corrective measures which he or she believes to be in the best interest of the student and the school provided any such action does not violate school board policies or procedures.

In cases of misbehavior not covered in this policy, the administration, under the direction of the principal and the superintendent, may enact corrective measures which are in the best interest of the school and the students involved.

PBIS

The Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) initiative incorporates effective teaching, positive rewards, positive reinforcement, consistent procedures and rules, and logical consequences to teach students appropriate behavior necessary to be successful in school and throughout life.  Faculty and staff must proactively teach, reinforce, correct, and supervise student behavior.  At Mary Persons High School, the CHAMP acronym is used to communicate the expectations of students.  All students are expected to be a CHAMP: Courteous, Honorable, Accountable, Motivated, and Prepared.  CHAMP is explicitly taught to assist students in meeting these expectations and to increase student participation in teaching and learning activities. Refer to page 4 for more information regarding CHAMP expectations.

The CHAMP team, which consists of administrators, teacher leaders, and a parent representative, meets monthly to review disaggregated discipline data, to determine the effectiveness of interventions and positive reinforcements, and to develop new interventions as needed.  The CHAMP team also communicates their findings to the school leadership team and faculty as a whole.