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Student – Parent Handbook
The rules you are about to read in our Student-Parent Handbook are in addition to our board, discretionary authority to maintain safety, order, and discipline inside the school zone. These rules support, but do not limit, our authority.
STUDENT ___________________ ADVISOR ___________________ GRADE ____________________
NORTHWESTERN LEHIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT Mission Statement Our mission is to engage students, employees and the community in a partnership to achieve excellence through learning! Northwestern Lehigh School District Shared Values
♦ learning is a lifelong process and schooling provides the foundation. ♦ all students want and deserve the opportunity to learn. ♦ effective communication is essential for a quality school system. ♦ schools can provide for intellectual, physical, social, ethical, aesthetic, and emotional development of all children. ♦ students learn best from highly qualified, caring, and well trained educators. ♦ meaningful education can also happen outside the school environment. ♦ the utilization of technology will enhance our ability to be an effective learning organization. ♦ parents, teachers, and students share the responsibility to enhance the learning process. ♦ schools provide a safe learning environment that offers security, understanding, respect, and direction from caring adults. ♦ all students can develop the following life skills to thrive in a period of rapid change; communication; problem solving; higher level thinking; collaboration; information management; use of technology. ♦ through the promotion of high expectations students are more likely to achieve their individual full potential. ♦ in the inherent worth of every individual and the importance of affirming and supporting that worth in others. ♦ all students have diverse backgrounds, abilities, interests, and needs and can be treated as individual learns without sacrificing the outcomes of the majority. ♦ students can become responsible, contributing members of the global community through their education. ♦ our employees all make strong contributions to the District’s operational efficiency through a positive attitude, focused efforts, and creative solutions. ♦ parental involvement in the educational process is key to a child’s success in school. ♦ our community is an essential component of achieving our mission.
Northwestern Lehigh School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and handicap in its activities, programs, or employment practices, as required by Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures contact the Superintendent, Title IX Coordinator, or the Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds, Section 504 Coordinator, at 6493 Route 309, New Tripoli, PA 18066 (610) 298-8661. For information regarding services, activities, and facilities that are accessible to and usable by handicapped persons, contact the Director of Operation at (610) 298-8661.
Northwestern Lehigh School District School Calendar
August 22.………………………….……….………………New Teacher Induction Day August 29, 30, and 31………….………………………………..Teacher In-Service Day September 6 (Tuesday) ……………………………………School Starts for all Students September 23 (Friday) ………………………...………….No School Teacher In-Service October 7 (Friday) .……………………….……….Early Dismissal - Teacher In-Service October 10 (Monday) .………………………...………….No School Teacher In-Service November 11 (Friday) .………………………...……...….No School Teacher In-Service November 24 – 28 (Inclusive)…………………….….No School Thanksgiving Vacation December 2 (Friday) .…………………….……….Early Dismissal - Teacher In-Service December 23 (Friday) .……..…………….……….Early Dismissal - Teacher In-Service December 26 – 30 (Inclusive) …………......……………… No School Winter Vacation January 16 (Monday) ……….No School Martin Luther King Day - Teacher In-Service January 26 (Thursday) (tentative)…..……………………No School Teacher In-Service February 16 (Thursday) .……...………….……….Early Dismissal - Teacher In-Service February 17 – 20 (Friday and Monday) ………………….No School Presidents Holiday March 9 (Friday) …….………..………...……………….No School Teacher In-Service April 5 – 6 (Thursday – Friday) ..….……...………………...No School Spring Holiday April 9 (Monday).….……………………….…………….No School Teacher In-Service May 25 (Friday) .………...……………….……….Early Dismissal - Teacher In-Service May 28 (Monday) ………………………...…………………..No School Memorial Day *June 8 (Friday)...………………………………………………Tentative Baccalaureate *June 9 (Saturday)...……………………………………….....Tentative Commencement *June 14 (Thursday) ……………………………………...Tentative Students’ Last Day *June 15 (Friday)…….….……………………..…………Tentative Teachers’ Last Day *Dates Subject to Change Snow Make-up Days 1st – February 17 2nd – April 5 3rd – June 12 4th – June 13 5th – June 14
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Administration and Faculty Class Advisors, Student Council Officers and Non-Instructional Personnel Bell Schedule Student Operating Policies and Procedures Accident Insurance/Athletic Insurance Assemblies Display Materials Fire Drills Identification Cards Lockers Lost and Found Money/Safekeeping No Child Left Behind Act Student Parking Student Passes Student Store Telephone Textbook and Equipment Valuables Video Surveillance Working Papers Counseling Office Services Nursing Services Library Services Cafeteria Services Communications Daily Announcements and Bulletin Inclement Weather and Emergency School Closing Activities Policy Physical Education Requirements GRADING POLICY Philosophy of Grading Community Portal Standard for Promotion Graduation Requirements College Course Options Health Education Summer School Report Card and Mid-Marking Period Comments 16 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4-6 6-7 7 7-8 9 9 9 9 9-10 10 10-14 13 14 14-15 15 15 15 1 2 1 Foreign School Exchange Program ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE POLICY Excused Absences Educational Tours and Trips, Non-School Sponsored Early Dismissal and Appointment Procedure Work for Unexcused Absence Tardiness Bus Transportation Policy Activity & Athletic Bus Transportation Safety Discipline Code Student Responsibilities and Rights Philosophy and Purpose Discipline Code – Definitions Hearing/Right to Appeal Bus Discipline Code Safety & Security Corporal Punishment Freedom of Expression General Conduct Drug/Alcohol Policy Criminal Code Search/Seizure Policy Unauthorized Weapons Policy Terroristic Threats/Acts Policy Smoking Policy Harassment Policy Technology Policy Unauthorized Sports Vehicles Policy Activities/Athletics After School Activities Class Organization and Accounts Academic Eligibility Policy for Extra Curricular Activities and Athletics Athletic/Extra-Curricular Activity Code Extra Curricular Program Attendance Priorities Dance Regulations Student Council Constitution & Regulations National Honor Society Requirements Area Social and Crises Agencies 38-39 39-41 41 42 42-45 46 47 37 37 28-29 30-31 31-32 32-33 33 34 34 34-36 37 19-20 20 20-24 24 25 25-26 26 26-27 18 18 18 18 19 19 19 16 16-17 17-18
August, 2011 Dear NWLHS Students and Parents/Guardians: It is with great pride and excitement that we welcome you to the 2011-2012 school year at Northwestern Lehigh High School!
This handbook has been created and maintained in an effort to help familiarize our school community with a blueprint of the programs, procedures, and policies of Northwestern Lehigh High School. Students and their parents/guardians are expected to review the included material in an effort to gain an understanding of the content, as it is our hope that this will assist the faculty and administration in providing your students with a safe and secure academic environment.
In working together as a school community, whose members are wholly dedicated to the education of our students, we can help to create infinite opportunities for future generations. We look forward to sharing in all of your experiences here at Northwestern Lehigh High School! Sincerely,
Aileen M. Yadush
Aileen M. Yadush Principal NWLHS
Donald B. Allen
Donald B. Allen Assistant Principal NWLHS
NOTICE In compliance with State and Federal Law, notice is hereby given by the Northwestern Lehigh School District that it conducts ongoing identification activities as a part of its school program for the purpose of identifying students who may be in need of special education and related services. If your child is identified by the district as possibly in need of such services, you will be notified of applicable procedures. Individualized services and programs are available for children who are determined to need specially designed instruction due to the following conditions: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) Autism Deaf-blindness Deafness Emotional disturbance Hearing impairment Mental retardation Multiple disabilities 8) Orthopedic impairment 9) Other health impairment 10) Specific learning disability 11) Speech and language impairment 12) Traumatic brain injury 13) Visual impairment including blindness 14) Gifted
If you believe that your school-age child may be in need of special education services and related programs, or young child (age 3 to school-age) may be in need of early intervention, screening and evaluation processes designed to assess the needs of the child and his/her eligibility are available to you at no cost, upon written request. You may request screening and evaluation at any time, whether or not your child is enrolled on the district’s public school program. Requests for evaluation and screening are to be made in writing to the building principal. For further information on the rights of parents and children, provision of services, evaluation and screening (including purpose, time and location), you may contact, in writing, the person listed above, or any building principal. Confidentiality: All information gathered about your child is subject to the confidentiality provisions contained in Federal and State Law. The district has policies and procedures in effect governing the collection, maintenance, destruction and disclosure to third parties and procedures, as well as rights of confidentiality and access to educational records, you may contact in writing the person named above or any building principal.
Northwestern Lehigh School District 6493 Route 309 New Tripoli, PA 18066-9409
President ……………..Gregory W. Snyder Vice President ………..Sally L. Schoffstall Secretary ……………….…Donald J. Link Treasurer ……………Willard G. Dellicker
MEMBERS Camilee S. Bartlett Christopher J. Ford Todd Hernandez Michael S. Marich Darryl Schafer John E. Freund III, Esq., Solicitor
Dr. Mary Anne Wright, Superintendent Jennifer Holman, Assistant Superintendent LeAnn Stitzel, Director of Curriculum & Technology Aileen Yadush, High School Principal Don Allen, Assistant Principal Jason Zimmerman, Activities Director
Mrs. Elizabeth Adams Mr. Brian Anthony Mrs. Chris Ascani Ms. Jayme Baker Mr. Robert Biese Mrs. Kelly Bleam Mr. Scott Brown Mrs. Tari Carnahan Mrs. Susan Christ Mr. Cory Chryst Mr. Tim Churetta Mrs. Kimberly Conahan Mr. Ron D’Argenio Mrs. Kristin DiGiacomo Mrs. Tamara Fitzgerald Mr. Glenn Frey Mrs. Heather Fugazzotto Mr. Stephen Gensits Mrs. Anna Gilgoff Ms. Brianne Gimbel Mr. Scott Hippensteel Miss Kathy Kehs Mr. David Kerschner Mr. Paul Kleinert Mrs. Theresa Leverence Mrs. Adrienne Ligenza Mr. Thomas Linette Miss Cathy McCullough Mr. Peter McKnight Mrs. Patricia Mengel Mr. Gregory Mitchell Mr. Francis T. Molchan Mr. David Moyer Mrs. Lynn Oblas Ms. Moira O’Connor Mrs. Linda Paist Mr. Duran Porrino Mrs. Pam Reiss Ms. Stacie Roos Mrs. Erin Saulnier Mr. Beau Schleicher Mrs. Tracy Schmidt Mr. John Schmoyer Mr. Michael Sikora Mr. Jeremy Smoyer Mrs. Carissa Snyder Mr. Kevin Sunday Ms. Jan Sutermeister Mr. Eric Taddei Mrs. Heidi Taylor Mrs. Pamela Tonkay Mrs. Angela Traub Mrs. Kim Trexler Mrs. Shay Wagner Mrs. Ann Way Mr. Steven Weiss Ms. Katie White Mr. Christopher Zuber
Guidance English Special Education Math Math Math Music Spanish Nurse Special Education Wellness/Fitness Special Education English Science/Biology Librarian Physics English Chemistry English Special Education Social Studies Art Business/Technology/Social Studies Economics Special Education Math Special Education Wellness/Fitness Science Wellness/Fitness Math Spanish/English Science Business/Technology Special Education English Math English Social Studies Math Industrial Arts Nurse Social Studies Business/Technology Math Guidance Science German/English Business/Technology Business/Technology Special Education Guidance Special Education Family Consumer Sciences English Science Science – Long Term Sub Special Education 1
Mrs. Benedetta Bedford Mrs. Carla Dolbow Mrs. Stephanie Dunbar Mrs. Beverly Handwerk Mrs. Rebecca Johnson Mrs. Cathy Schwoyer Mrs. Andrea Smith Mrs. Sally Toth Mrs. Jessica Yenser Mrs. Shay Wagner Mrs. Heidi Taylor President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Store Managers Student Council Advisors Mrs. Susan Kokos Mrs. Ann Redline Mrs. Michele Schellhamer Mrs. Donna Snyder Mrs. Christy Spanitz Mrs. Lori Seier Mrs. Dawn Everett Mrs. Susan Fatzinger
Special Education Special Education Technology/Library Special Education Technology Special Education Special Education Special Education Special Education Class of 2011 Class of 2011 Rachel Kester Nicole Lach Natalie Boehm Mackenzie Hart Emi Gutgold and Tyler Stelmack Mrs. Patricia Mengel Guidance High School Office High School Office High School Office Athletic/Activities/Operations Food Service Supervisor Head Cook Assistant Cook
2011-2012 STUDENT COUNCIL OFFICERS
Mrs. Brenda Horn Mrs.Susanne Ruhe Mrs. Christine Mann Mrs. Pauline Schneider Mrs. Donna Pfrom Mrs. Gloria Sukal Mrs. Lori Wertman
NORTHWESTERN LEHIGH HIGH SCHOOL CUSTODIAL & MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL
Bob Kripplebauer Rick Boandl Richard Freyling Jim Hawk Frank Hoffman Bruce Hunsinger Bruce Dietrich Cass Graver Kay Bertha Anabela Berardi Don Billig David Blose Richard Bond Kim Borgman Richard Bowman Sally Christman Paula Desiderio Susan George Lucy Gressley Peggy Grim Tami Haaf John Halasovski Louise Halsovski Angelika Haviland Barbara Heffintrayer
Operations Director David Krum Craig Moyer Mike Ohl Keith Ritter William Santiago
Pete Schuessler Gary Spanitz David Susko Kevin I. Uetz Gordon Walls
Mechanic Transportation Coordinator District Scheduler Rendel Henricks Tracy Humes Linda Kain Jennifer Kaufman Dennis Kern James Kernick Doris Klusaritz Teresa Lewis Constance Lynn William McDonald Pat McGonicle Arnold Metzger David Najarian Harley Newman Kimberly Rauch Pat Reiter James Reppert Ericka Retequiz Mary Richardson Mariann Richards Ada Rivera Kenneth Schneider Donna L. Snyder Edward Snyder Victoria Snyder Hardy Stanley Kevin Uetz Gail Vogels Norman Walker Andrew Wahling George Woomer Bonita Youwakim
BELL SCHEDULE NORTHWESTERN LEHIGH HIGH SCHOOL 7:37 – Bus Arrival 7:45 – Teachers on duty 7:45 – Period 1 Bell 7:45 – Depart for AM LCTI 7:45 – 9:10 Period 1 9:14 – 10:34 Period 2 10:45 – Depart for PM LCTI FOLLOW APPROPRIATE SCHEDULE 1st Lunch 10:38-11:08 Lunch 11:13 - 11:49 Flex/Advisor 2nd Lunch 10:38 –11:14 Advisor 11:19 – 11:49 Lunch No Warning Bells over Lunch 11:53 – 1:13 – Period 3 1:17 – 2:37 – period 4 2:37 – Dismissal to buses 2:45 – Teacher Dismissal PM LCTI student will eat lunch at LCTI AM LCTI students return to eat lunch at Northwestern at 11:25 and then return to class of 11:53
STUDENT OPERATING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Accident Insurance Each year Northwestern offers our students and their parents a student accident insurance plan. We feel the plan approved by the Board will offer the best coverage at the most reasonable figures. Parents and students should consider the following: 1. The purchase of insurance is a completely voluntary choice of parents. 2. No plan covers 100% of the expenses. In making your decision, we would advice you to compare your family insurance coverage for health or accident or any other type of group insurance coverage with the school plan. When an accident or injury occurs, the business office must be notified within two (2) days. Your child must go to the business office to file an insurance claim. This will assist in proper payment of doctor bills. Although the student accident insurance will be utilized to the fullest extent, it is likely that any balances beyond policy limitations may be reimbursed by other applicable family policies. In addition for this reason it is best to contact your family insurance company when an accident or injury occurs. Our present student accident policy seems to provide the best possible coverage for the premium paid. We strongly urge you to subscribe to it. If there are additional questions concerning policy coverage and/or limitations PLEASE carefully study the brochure. Assemblies Assemblies are a part of the program and as such are designed to be educational as well as entertaining experiences. They provide the few opportunities in school to learn formal audience behavior. The following guidelines shall be followed for all assemblies: 1. Passing to and from the auditorium must be executed quickly and quietly. 2. On entering the auditorium, be seated quickly in the assigned area and remain silent. 3. During assemblies, proper student conduct is expected. 4. Courtesy shall be shown to all assembly participants. 5. Appreciation should be demonstrated through applause. 2
Display Materials All signs for posting shall be cleared through the principal or assistant principal’s office, and must be fastened with appropriate material. Materials may only be posted on the student council bulletin board by the school store or on tiled surfaces. Fire Drills When the bell sounds signaling a fire drill, all students in the room must come to complete attention and operate as a group adhering to the teacher’s directions. The students shall leave the room in single file and shall leave the building through the nearest exit. Complete directions for the fire drill and the route of march to be used by students are posted in each room. It is the teacher’s responsibility to organize the students of his/her homeroom and class during the school day for specific action during the fire drill. I.D. Cards Student I.D. cards are issued to each student at the beginning of the school year. Students may be required to present I.D. cards upon request at school events in order to purchase a student ticket. Student Picture I.D. cards will be issued in the fall. Lockers Students will be assigned a locker, which will be their responsibility. Misuse resulting in damage to the locker will be charged against the student who will be required to make full payment for said damages. It is the student’s responsibility to lock his/her locker at all times. Valuables are not to be kept in the lockers. Vandalism to lockers will be dealt with as a discipline violation along with charges being filed with the district magistrate as per policy. Items left in lockers at the end of the year will be discarded. Lost and Found Students are to turn in any items that they find to the high school main office. For information on lost articles, student should contact the high school office. A student may claim lost items by supplying identification and evidence of ownership. Items not claimed by the end of the school year will be discarded. Money/Safekeeping Money collected by any school organization must be deposited into the student activities fund. A receipt is given to the treasurer or advisor of each organization for each deposit. Arrangements to secure monies can be made by contacting the Secretary to the Director of Activities. The school shall not be liable for any monies not secured through the Activities office. No Child Left Behind Act The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) creates some new mandates for schools receiving federal funds. To comply with some of the new mandates in NCLB, school administrators may have to make changes to the student handbook. The “Armed Forces Recruiter Access to Students and Student Recruiting Information” Act requires that the school make student names, addresses, and telephone numbers available to military recruiters and institutions of higher education. However, the law also requires schools to notify students and parents that they may opt out so that such information is not released without their prior consent. The Department of Education is working to publish a guidance for school officials, but until the guidance is published, principals may want to incorporate this notice with FERPA notices. Student Parking 1. Any Senior student wishing to have the privilege of driving to school must petition the administration stating the circumstances requiring the need for driving. Administration will judge the merit of the petition and either grant or deny the request. An application is available in the high school office. This is available to seniors only based upon parking availability. If additional spaces are available, the administration will open the application process to juniors based upon parking availability and application guidelines. 2. Designated drivers must have school authorization as well as a parking sticker assigned by the assistant principal that is displayed on the vehicle. 3. It must be clearly understood that driving a car to school is a privilege, which will be withdrawn upon improper use of cars by students driving to school as stipulated in the signed application. 4. Violations to the parking policy will result in disciplinary action. UNAURTHORIZED CARS PARKED ON SCHOOL GROUNDS WILL BE TOWED AWAY AT THE OWNER’S EXPENSE 3
Student Passes 1. Students must secure a teacher’s pass to move throughout the building. This pass must be with each student when moving throughout the building anytime during classes. Examples would be to the library, another teachers room, lavatory, etc. Any student in the halls or other areas without a properly signed pass is subject to disciplinary action. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure they have a pass from a teacher. 2. Teachers are to limit the number of students using passes to a maximum of two from their room at one time. Student Store The school store is operated by the student council. The store is open every day during posted hours. The store sells snacks, clothing, pencils and other articles to support school spirit. Students must have a signed pass to go to the school store from flex block advisors. Telephone The office telephone is a business phone and may not be used by students. Only in the case of a real emergency should a parent call the school, your message will be relayed to your son/daughter. Textbook and Equipment Textbooks are the property of the school district. The student is responsible for the same numbered book which was issued to him and pay for its loss or damage. Diplomas will be granted after complete settlement of all financial obligations. The same rule applies to all other school property including band uniforms and athletic equipment. The cost to replace lost/damaged books is $62 for new books and $47 for used books. Valuables Student valuables do not belong in school. Students are instructed to keep all valuables such as jewelry, cash, checks or other personal items of sentimental value at home. This will avoid the heartbreak of loss due to a wide range of unforeseen circumstances. Also review procedures under Physical Education section.
To discourage misconduct, to protect the security, safety, and property of students and others, and to maintain safety and order on school property and on school vehicles, video surveillance may be sued. Video from surveillance equipment shall become the property of the school district and may be sued for review of nay incident or as evidence for disciplinary action.
Working papers are issued in the high school office. Any individual under 18 years of age who seeks employment is required to hold working papers. The steps for obtaining working papers are as follows: 1. A parent personally obtains an application from the high school office. 2. Employer and parent complete the portions of the applications where indicated. 3. Have a health exam by a physician, the results of which are noted on the back of the application form. 4. Return the completed application form to the high school office. 5. Upon receipt of the completed application form and evidence of date of birth, formal working papers will be issued. COUNSELING OFFICE SERVICES:
Counseling Program Mission:
Counseling is a process of helping people by assisting them in making decisions and changing behavior. Northwestern Lehigh High School employs three full-time School Counselors who work with students, school staff, families, and members of the community as an integral part of the education program. School Counseling programs promote school success through a focus on academic achievement, prevention and intervention activities, advocacy and social, emotional, and career development. (American School Counselor Association)
• Academic Advising: Study Skills/Support Group Organizing Parent/Teacher Meetings Course Selection LCTI, College, and Independent Studies Student Record Management 4
School-Based Assessment Referrals: Learning Support Emotional/Behavioral Intervention Gifted Education Standardized Testing: (PSAT, SAT, AT, PSSA, AP, NAEP) Post Secondary planning: Career Post –Secondary Education Transcripts/Recommendations Armed Services Parent Workshops: Financial Aid College Admissions Process Personal Counseling Community Support Referrals Transitional Services Drop Out Prevention
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The Career Center:
The Career Center within the Counseling Office is an excellent resource for students and parents to explore career interest and post-secondary options. We encourage students to regularly visit the Career Center beginning in ninth grade. The earlier students initiate the career exploration process the greater the likelihood of success. The following is a partial list of services available. • Planning for education after High School: 2 or 4 year college Technical/Business Program Certificate Program College Catalog and Resource Library Enrichment Programs Career Presentations Scholarships College Applications Financial Aid Information Interest/Aptitude inventories College and Military Representative visitations Computers available for student use
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Counseling Office Appointments:
Counselors meet with every student each spring semester to review their course requests for the following school year. However, students are encouraged to visit The Counseling Office for needs beyond scheduling. It is appropriate to see a counselor for career, social, or personal needs. Every effort is made to see a student upon their request. If a counselor is unavailable, The Counseling Office secretary can schedule an appointment. Many parent concerns can be addressed with a phone call or by visiting the Counseling Office website, other concerns are best addressed with a scheduled appointment. The Counseling Office can be reached at 610-2988661, extension 2247. 5
Permission for College Visits:
Students interested in attending college are encouraged to visit during the school year while college is in session. In order to be excused from school, it is necessary to fill out a “Permission for College Visit” form. This form can be obtained in The Counseling Office or on the Counseling Office website. Forms must be filled out completely and returned to the Attendance Office the day before their absence.
NURSING SERVICES Students who are injured during the school day or activities must notify the teacher/advisor/coach and must report to the trainer or the nurse. An accident report must be filed by the nurse/trainer. A student who is ill should report to the nurse or to the high school office if the nurse is not available. Students must have signed passes to report to the nurse unless the situation is an emergency. The nurse will determine if the illness warrants going home. Students may only be excused to go home by the school nurse upon confirmation by the parents or guardians. Transportation shall be the responsibility of the parents unless the illness or injury is of an emergency nature. Skipping class for illness without notifying the nurse is “truancy” and will result in disciplinary action. Medication A pupil who requires medication throughout the day or scheduled before and after school hours, should remain at home under parental care. Only by physician’s direction, should school personnel be asked to administer medication. In distributing medication, the school will follow the procedures listed below: 1. Arrangement made through the school nurse. 2. A medication authorization form must be completed by the parents, with instruction or direction stating: type of medication, dosage and time schedule. 3. Written authorization for medication shall be required by the physician. 4. Medication must be received in an Rx (prescription) container and marked with pupil’s name, dosage, time and type of medication and kept in the health office. 5. The school nurse and/or designee will not maintain, administer or dispense aspirin or aspirin products to students or staff. 6. All medications must be turned in to the nurse’s office and not carried by an individual while in school, except for inhalers, which are registered in the nurse’s office along with a medication authorization. High School Elevator The elevator is in the high school library and is available (short term) for students with injuries or disabilities that will preclude them from utilizing the stairs. Pre-approval is required for use of the elevator and must be obtained from the high school nurse. Required Health Services: Physical Examination (Interscholastic Sports) All students who wish to become involved in any interscholastic sport must have a physical examination before participating. Sports physicals are no longer done at school. Physicals for the school term cannot be done prior to June 1st. A physical is valid for one school year. Certain circumstances, as injury, may require clearance or another physical. Physical Examination (Juniors) All juniors are required to have a physical examination. Physicals that are given in the high school are paid by the School District. Physicals given by a student’s personal physician or a physician other than the school physician are not reimbursable by the School District. It is recommended that this physical be done by the personal physician, since he/she knows most about your child. This can be done at the same time as a physical for drivers license, sports physicals, working papers, camp, etc. Also, immunizations can be updated at this time by the physician. Other Health Services Hearing is checked in grade 11, and vision is checked annually in all grades. Heights and weights of all students are recorded annually. 6
Regulations Concerning Communicable Disease The period of time a child should remain out of school is at the discretion of the physician. It is suggested the child remain home until the danger of a secondary infection (ear infection, respiratory complications, etc.) has passed. The following communicable diseases are those which may warrant remaining out of school for a prescribed period of time: Measles, German Measles (Rubella), chicken pox, mumps, whopping cough, and scarlet fever. Chicken pox is now a reportable disease. Please notify the school nurse if your child is diagnosed with varicella. PLEASE NOTE: The school reserves the right to exclude children from school until a physician furnishes the school with written acknowledgement of the child’s ability to return to school. Examples of such exclusions would be children showing symptoms such as: Unusual skin eruption (impetigo and ringworm), contagious conjunctivitis (pink eye), pediculosis (head lice) and scabies. LIBRARY SERVICES High School Library Rules and Regulations Library Hours: 7:45 am to 3:30 pm Monday thru Friday Circulation: Books, magazines, pamphlets – 2 weeks with one renewal; Encyclopedias & Reference Books – overnight; Special loan periods may be set by the librarian as needed. Overnight Policy: Overnight material may be signed out the last period of the day and must be returned before 1st Period of the following school day. Overdue Notice Policy: Students will be notified about overdue library materials and fines. Overdue notices are sent once a week. Overdue notices will be sent to advisors. If the materials are not returned and fines paid after the third notice, a letter will be sent home to the parents and library borrowing privileges revoked until the account is clear of any obligations. Fine System: overdue books & magazines - $.05 a day per book; Overdue overnight materials - $.50 a day per book. Lost Material: Books – the replacement price of the book. Magazines – the cover price plus $.50 for the lost circulation envelope. Reserve Policy: students may reserve materials that may not be available for immediate use. Teachers may reserve materials for classroom assignment that will not circulate. Library Use Policy: 1. Class Periods: a. Teachers may bring entire classes or send individual students to the library for research during class periods. b. Teachers should make arrangements for class research with the library media specialist in advance and notify the library media specialist before sending individual students. 2. Flex Period: a. Students may use the library during flex time. b. Students need to show their advisor a research pass signed by a subject teacher for admittance to the library. c. Students must sign-in and sign-out at the circulation desk. Students will only remain in the library for the amount of time needed to complete research. d. Students may only be using library resources during flex; non-library related homework is not permitted. 3. Behavior: a. No eating or drinking in the library. b. The library atmosphere should be conducive to research and study. c. A conduct referral will be written on any student disrupting the library atmosphere. d. Students not following rules and regulations during flex period will be sent back to their advisor. e. Students must follow all district policies pertaining to technology and copyright use. CAFETERIA SERVICES Meals served in the Cafeteria are part of the National School Lunch Program (NLSP). The meal patterns required by the NSLP regulations are designed so that over a period of time, school lunches will provide children with approximately one-third of the nutrients they need according to the Recommended Dietary Allowances.
A school lunch consists of five different food items from four food groups. The four components are: meat/meat alternative, bread/bread alternative, vegetable/fruit/and fluid milk. All five food items are offered daily. The Cafeteria staff encourages students to take all five items but students must choose at least 3 of the 5 to make a meal. Whether students choose 3, 4, or 5 items, the price of the meal is the same. This “offer vs. serve” procedure was instituted to encourage children who may not like one menu item to purchase lunch and to help eliminate the vast amount of plate waste generated by forcing children to accept products they will not eat.
Cafeteria menus are available on our website. A la carte items are also available and can be found on our website. Milk choices are: 1% white milk, 1% strawberry milk, 1% low fat chocolate milk, and skim milk. The National School Lunch Program requires that the school offer only milk with a student meal. The school will not offer a student juice or water with their meal. In order for a student to receive a substitute for their milk, a current doctor’s note must be on file with the Food Service office and school health room. A current doctor’s note must be submitted each school year. Free/Reduced-price Lunches The application for free or reduced-price meals is distributed to all students at the beginning of the school year. A new application must be completed and returned to the food service office each school year. Following review of each application, parents/guardians are notified of the child’s eligibility for either free or reduced-price meals. Any student who was eligible for free or reduced price lunch benefits at the end of a school year will begin the next school year at that same level. Parents/guardians must complete a new application for the current school year as soon as possible. Carry-over benefits will expire 30 calendar days from the first day of school. In the operation of the child nutrition programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, or handicap. Lunchbox Point of Sale System The Food Service Department operates all cashier functions under Lunchbox, which is a computerized point-of-sale system. All students are issued a student identification number (PIN). 1. When a child decides he/she wants to buy lunch for that day, he/she will approach the cashier and enter their PIN on a keypad. The child’s account and photograph will appear on the cashier’s computer touch screen. The cost of the lunch will automatically be deducted from the account without any exchange of cash. 2. When a student’s account balance reaches approximately $6.00, he/she will be notified, with an envelope, so another deposit may be made during the next three days, thus avoiding a zero balance. 3. Students who receive free or reduced-priced lunches will follow the same procedures outlined above. However, their automatic debits will be made at a free or reduced lunch price. 4. Deposits may be made by sending a completed envelope along with your child to school. 5. Deposits may be made with cash or check. Checks should be made payable to NWLSD Cafeteria and contain the current date. The Food Service Department will not accept post-dated checks. 6. Participation in the system is strongly suggested but not mandatory. Cash will also be accepted at the register. 7. All inquiries concerning the Lunchbox POS system may be made by contacting the Food Service office. We encourage students (especially seniors) to expend their account money by the end of the year. Underclassmen’s accounts will be carried over into the next year; graduating seniors’ account balances (over $6.00) will be refunded to the student or transferred to a younger sibling’s account. Charges The Food Service Department does not extend the privilege of charging in the cafeteria to high school students. Restrictions The Food Service Department extends the option to parents of applying restrictions to their student’s cafeteria accounts. A “meals only” restriction may be applied to allow your child to use their money in their cafeteria account to purchase a school lunch only. No a la carte sales will be taken from the account balance. Your child may, however, purchase a la carte with cash. You may request a restriction either by contacting the Food Service Office or “checking” the bottom line on our deposit envelopes. Once the box on the bottom of the envelope has been checked, the “meals only” restriction will remain on the student’s account until we receive a note to remove it. NOTE: Please refer to the Food Service Department page of our District website for additional information. Cafeteria Regulations Students are expected to conduct themselves in the school cafeteria in an orderly, polite manner. All students must be cognizant of their responsibility to those about them. Unmannerly, rude, loud or boorish behavior cannot be accepted in the school cafeteria. 1. All students must report to the cafeteria. 2. Students may go to their lockers or to the lavatory before entering the cafeteria, but must remain in the cafeteria after entering. Students are responsible to obey the requests of the cafeteria supervisors and to follow posted regulations. Stadium Refreshment Stand The refreshment stand operates as Tiger Concessions under the direction of the District’s food service supervisor.
COMMUNICATIONS – DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS AND BULLETIN Announcements to be included on the morning news show or TV system must be turned into the Activities Office in writing by noon of the preceding day. Every effort should be made to plan far enough ahead to get announcements to the office by noon. Announcements, which pertain to students, will be seen on TV as part of flex and throughout the day. All bulletin and any intercom announcements must be approved by the administration. Inclement Weather and Emergency School Closing Activities Policy Whenever the Northwestern Lehigh School District is closed due to inclement weather or other emergency conditions, all school events: ie. Extracurricular activities and interscholastic contests are postponed. (Unusual circumstances will be announced.) Interscholastic athletic contests over which the NWLSD has control shall be rescheduled for the next mutually agreeable playing date. All other school events may be scheduled for the next earliest feasible date. Early dismissal of students on a district level due to emergency of inclement weather conditions shall constitute the same “conditions” that apply to school closings. All school events – extracurricular activities, interscholastic contests, practices, etc. – are postponed. Emergency Closings of School (Parents and Students) When inclement weather, road conditions or other emergencies make it necessary to close school, have a delayed starting time, or for an unscheduled early dismissal; our new automated alert system, Connect Ed, will notify you. Also, an announcement will be made over radio stations in the Allentown area. These radio stations will repeat the announcement a number of times in the morning, usually before bus time. Allentown WAEB AM (790) and FM (104.1) Bethlehem WGPA AM (1100) Allentown WXKW AM (1470) Allentown WCTO FM (96.1) Allentown WKTZ AM (1320) Allentown WFMZ FM (100.7) and TV CH 69 These radio stations will also be notified in the event of an early closing of schools during the school day. Announcements will also be posted on the school district website @ www.nwlehighsd.org. Delayed Opening of School Under certain conditions, it may be possible to avoid canceling school sessions for an entire day by opening later then the regularly scheduled time. If this condition should apply, an announcement to the effect that all schools will open late will be made at the time of early morning radio announcements. In that event, students are to be at their bus stops as announced. School sessions will then begin later than usual; however, students will be sent home at the normal time. PHYSICAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS All students are required to participate in physical education. EXCUSAL from physical education may be granted only through a physician’s certificate indicating the reason and the length of excusal from class. 1. Class Procedures – a. Must wear proper clothing for each class. This includes gym shorts, full t-shirt, sweatpants or shirt if desired, gym socks, and sneakers with good traction. b. As in accordance with PIAA regulations, all jewelry must be removed prior to participation. c. All personal items must be kept in available lockers in the locker room. You must supply your own lock. PLEASE DO NOT BRING PERSONAL VALUABLES TO SCHOOL. d. Please be considerate of others in the locker room. e. 6 minutes will be given after the bell to dress and get into line-up. After that, you will be marked as late. f. Showers are provided for use at the end of class. g. If valuables are brought to class they should be turned in to the gym teacher to be secured in the office. 2. Grading Procedures – a. 10th grade fitness: 20% written tests 20% notebook 20% skills 20% effort/participation 20% attitude/sportsmanship 9
b. 11th grade fitness: 25% demonstration speech/activity 25% skill 25% attitude sportsmanship 25% effort/participation 3. Medical Excuses – Excusal from class is only permitted for illness or injury with a written note from a parent for 2 consecutive days. If it will be for a longer period, a doctor’s note is needed. If the illness occurs during the day, report to class, ask the teacher to be excused. A decision will be made if it is necessary to go to the nurse. You do not have to dress for class with a doctor’s excuse. Being excused for one-half or more of marking period classes will result in no grade being given for the marking period. 4. Expectations – a. Students must come to scheduled make-up classes if they accrue more than 3 absences in one marking period. If student fails to make-up missed class time, 2.5 points will be deducted for each class missed beyond three. 5. If injured in class, always notify the teacher. The teacher will decide if it is necessary for you to go to the nurse. A report is to be filed by the teacher. GRADING POLICY Philosophy of Grading We believe in creating a challenging learning environment in which all students are mentally active and engaged in high-level learning. To be successful, students are encouraged to take risks and experiment with ideas. Students should know that individual work and individual responsibility for learning are essential for success. Grades should serve as a fair and accurate means to report to parents and others achievement and progress in school, provide incentives to learn, and provide information that students can use for self-evaluation, in a manner consistent with instructional delivery model and curriculum content. It is the philosophy of our district that grades should be based on a standard scale for all students, while largely quantifiable, will also reflect the professional judgment and experience of the teacher assigning the grade. It is believed that parents and students should know the standards of the evaluation used including the criteria for evaluation and the expectation of the teacher. The grading system is designed initially beginning with the use of progress checklists and positive work statements to reflect the achievement of the students in the early grades with transition to the use of numeric grades in the upper elementary and secondary. The grading system and the consequent standards shall serve as one means to determine promotion and retention. Several purposes are served with the above system to include college placement, class rank, records for transcripts, eligibility standards for extra curricular and athletic activities, and a common means to assess curriculum. The standard to be used for grading in the Northwestern Lehigh School District will be: 93 – 100 = A 86 – 92 = B 77 – 85 = C 70 – 76 = D Below 70 = F To provide an effective and appropriate developmental system, the following transition will be applied: - Kindergarten will use a criteria and achievement checklist - Grades 1 – 4 will use the Outstanding (O), Satisfactory (S+ and S), Needs Help (N) - Grades 5 – 8 will use the letter grades A, B, C, D, F for the major courses. These grades correspond to the established 9 – 12 percentage scale. - Grades 9 – 12 will utilize all numerical percentages (except where otherwise authorized by identified procedures systems) A. Numerical Rounding – in formulating rating period grades, final subject grades, and honor roll determinations, a computed average of .5 or higher will be rounded to the next whole number. B. High Honors & Honors – High Honors: A 93 % or above weighted average, with nothing below 80% will constitute High Honors achievement by a student. Honors – A 90% or above weighted average, with nothing below 77% will constitute Honor achievement by a student. C. Failing Grades – Nothing less than 55% may be issued for the first grading period. No minimum grade for the 2nd marking period. 10
D. Retaking Failed Courses – For students to retake failed courses, standards between the regular course and the proposed course to be retaken need to be matched to ensure that course curriculum requirements are met. These two courses need to be consistent in content, standards and hierarchy of learning as they relate to paralleling the state standards that are established within the Northwestern Lehigh graduation requirements. Options to retake failed courses include two forms: approved/sanctioned courses or unapproved courses. Applied sanctioned courses may include: 1. retaking the course at Northwestern Lehigh High School in the next semester or next school year, 2. taking an approved college course 3. taking an approved distance learning course 4. taking an approved summer school course 5. taking an approved correspondence course Courses are approved in conjunction with the policy and procedures of the Northwestern Lehigh School District. A list of approved course options can be accessed by contacting the High School Guidance Department. Unapproved courses include: 1. Summer school courses 2. Correspondence courses 3. Home schooling courses Students taking an approved sanctioned course would have the grade earned for the course entered onto their transcript as the grade achieved for that course. Both grades earned for the course will be recorded on the transcript. Students passing an unapproved course are required to take and pass the Northwestern Lehigh High School final exam of the respective parallel course in order to earn credit for the failed course. A grade of “pass” equates to a 70. Both the original grade and the unapproved course grade will be recorded on the transcript. E. Missed class work due to absences – students who are absent from school must complete all missed work/projects/assignments within three days of their return to school. Work for multiple days of absence must be completed within five days of their return to school. Failure to submit the completed work within the time frame would result in the work being considered late and subject to late penalties. Missed class work will not be accepted after the last day of the semester. All tests must be completed within the prescribed time frame. Late class work – students who fail to turn in work within the prescribed time frame would be subject to a late penalty of not more than 10% per day to a maximum of 50% of the project value. Failure to meet the teacher established marking period deadlines would result in the conversion of the grade to a zero. Incompletes – Incomplete marking period grades are permissible only in cases of extended illness or other extenuating circumstances as communicated through the authorized list. Incomplete work is to be completed within ten school days after report card distribution. If the work is not completed within the ten day period, the incomplete work will be recorded at 50% of the project grade. Student behavior grades will not be given. However, because student behavior is such an integral part of his or her success, each student can receive comments to communicate behavior indicators through the student progress reports and report cards. Marking Period – The school term will be divided into two semesters with two marking periods. Report cards will be posted online at the end of each nine week period. The dates for distribution are: 1st Marking period – November 17th 2nd Marking period – February 2nd 3rd Marking period – April 13th 4th Marking period – June 12th Grade Reporting – At the end of each period, teachers will record the grades via computer. Homebound Instruction – Grades are to be given by homebound teachers with averaging to be done in conjunction with regularly assigned teachers. Student Progress Reports – Mid-marking period student progress reports will be issued four times during the school year. During the second quarter of each semester, likely failures for the course will be noted in addition to the progress report. These reports will be posted online on October 7th, December 16th, March 1st, and May 9th. 11
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K. Course Credit Valuations – Credits are issued on the basis of: 6 days per cycle per semester = 1.0 6 days per cycle per marking period = .5 3 days per cycle per year = .5 L. Grading determinants – All courses require a variety of assessment techniques to determine student grades. Courses are often uniquely different which call upon different consideration in establishing grades. It is important for teachers to accumulate a variety of grades that reflect multiple levels of thinking and learning to fairly assess student ability. Grading in the same department course will be based upon a variety of assessments, which are similarly designed and weighted. Department and course syllabi will define specific common assessment activities and weighted. Effort, behavior and attendance are non-achievement factors. They are not to be calculated into the grade point average. Grades are designed to reflect the students’ academic achievement through demonstration of what he/she knows and can do. Multiple Assessment Opportunities – we believe that learning is a process and that students should be encouraged to achieve at their highest level. Sometimes at higher levels of learning, trial and error is a valuable learning skill. Because learning occurs on a continuum, this process might require multiple sequential assessments of revisiting these concepts on an individual basis. Each department will implement appropriate methodology. The following examples are designed to provide samples of student grading techniques, however are not limited to: 1. Assessment techniques (60% of marking period grade) a. Quizzes b. Tests c. Performance assessments 2. Assignment (20% of marking period grade) a. Homework b. Reports c. Notebooks 3. Activities (20% of marking period grade) a. Projects b. Lab Reports c. Drawing d. Speeches e. Lab Activities f. Essays g. Singing/Performing M. Homework – Each student has the responsibility to develop and practice good work and study habits. 1. Understand the expectations of the assignment 2. Learn to budget study time 3. Develop a personal system for recording assignments 4. Study and work in a quiet place 5. Complete each assignment on time 6. Consult teachers for any missed work due to absence. This work must be turned in as prescribed with the grading policy Guidelines for Parents and/or Guardian 1. Know the district’s philosophy and guidelines for parents, students, teachers, and administrator. 2. Attempt to understand the purpose of various types of homework. 3. Help your child budget their time and establish a regular schedule for homework. 4. Establish a quiet, well-lit place. Be available for assistance 5. Encourage and guide your child toward independence 6. Follow up an assignment with compliments for good work or constructive criticism if necessary. Keep a positive attitude and don’t compare one child’s work to another’s. 7. Provide feedback to the school regarding difficulties or concerns. 8. The guidance office will secure homework assignments for students that are absent for 5 days or more from school. You may request assignments for 2 or more days of absence. 9. Students who anticipate an absence for 5 days or more shall collect homework from their teachers. 12
N. Community Portal – Information Access -- All students can access their teacher’s class activities, plans and assignments on the teacher webpage via the parent portal. All updates of assignments and grades are posted to the portal on a weekly basis. Homework assignments and class activities are posted on the portal for student access. O. Grading in the same department or course should be based upon variety of assessments, which are similarly designed and weighted. P. Courses to be graded – all courses will receive numerical grades as per the defined grading scale, except for students covered under special education grading procedures. Courses completed at the college level will receive a grade by the Professor of the respective university. This grade will conform to the standards established by the university and will receive transcript recognition by the University. The Northwestern Lehigh School District will place the college grade on the High School transcript upon receipt of an official college transcript indicating course completion from the University. Grades received from colleges will not be included in Northwestern Lehigh’s grade point or class rank calculations. Q. Home Schooling – a student returning from home schooling to Northwestern Lehigh High School will receive grade level placement responsive to verified academic completion of courses completed while on home schooling. These courses will be recognized on a transfer basis. These courses will not become a part of the student’s grade point average or class rank consideration relative to Northwestern Lehigh. For transcript development, courses earned on the high school level through home schooling will be defined as home schooled courses. Home Schooling courses must correspond to Northwestern Lehigh graduation requirement model to obtain a diploma from our school district. R. Final assessments (exams) – Final exams will be recorded as a separate item on the report card and will be averaged with the marking period grades to determine the final overall course grade as referenced in subsection C. 1. The design of the final exam/assessments will be at the discretion of the department. 2. All sections of any course will be given the same departmentally approved final exam/assessment. 3. The final exam/assessment grade will consist of 20% of the final course grade for 2006-07. 4. All students will be required to take finals. S. Class ranking – All courses offered through the Northwestern Lehigh approved curriculum in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 are utilized in the determination of class rank. The ranking process considers and utilizes course differentiation of credit value. For the purpose of ranking seniors for valedictorian/salutatorian recognition. (For example: band taken 3 days per cycle is valued at .5 credit and English 12 is valued at 1.0 credit). Determination of rank will be based upon their cumulative 9 – 12 GPA at the conclusion of the third marking period in their senior year. Dual Enrollment courses taken for college credit are not calculated as part of class rank. T. Weighting of Grades: When a course has a weighting designation an instructor will add three points to a quarterly grade. The three point bonus is designed to serve as an additional incentive for student enrolled courses of which weighted grades have been deemed appropriate. The three point bonus will be added to quarterly grades to averages that are 77 and above. The following courses will receive weighted grades:
100 English 10 Honors 110 English 11 Honors 120 English 12 Honors 145 German V AP 155 Spanish V AP 190 English 9 Honors 200 Government Honors 210 World Cultures Honors 220 Economics AP 234 Psychology AP 300 Geometry Honors 310 Trigonometry (accelerated) 320 Calculus (AP) 333 Computer (AP) 393 Algebra II (accelerated) 100 Chemistry (accelerated) 410 Physics (accelerated)
U. Alternate grading practices for special education students who are eligible for modified grading will have an asterisk on the report card grade to indicate modified grade. V. Cheating – Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a guiding principle for all academic activity at Northwestern Lehigh High School. All students are expected to act with personal integrity, respect for other students’ dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts. While cooperative learning and collaboration may be appropriate at times, academic integrity included a commitment to not engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the ethical principles of the school community and compromise the worth or work completed by others. 13
Definitions: 1. Looking on someone else’s paper or passing on information about a test/quiz. 2. Copying/submitting someone else’s work and claiming it as one’s own. 3. Submitting writing/reports based on falsified data or footnotes. 4. Reporting on a book or any reading material one has not read. 5. Allowing another student to copy or use one’s own work, research or notes for his own credit, or doing another student’s work for credit. 6. Using “crib notes” or other unapproved materials in class during a quiz or test. 7. Being in unauthorized possession of or having unapproved use of a test or exam. Procedures: First Offense: 1. Student receives a “0”, which may affect academic eligibility in extra curricular activities and athletics. 2. Conference with parents, teacher, counselor, and administrator. 3. Written report to guidance, parents 4. Multiple learning opportunities are not available for students who have a cheating violation. 5. Ongoing monitoring to occur with intervention as necessary. Standards for Promotion 613 – Promotion/Retention of Students A. Because the public schools of the district are dedicated to the development of each pupil enrolled, the administration and the professional staff are expected to place pupils at the grade level best suited to them academically, socially, and emotionally. B. Pupils will normally progress annually from grade to grade. Exceptions may be made when, in the judgment of the professional staff, such exceptions are in the best educational interest of the pupils involved. Exceptions will always be made after prior study, notification, and discussion with each pupil’s parents; but the final decision will rest with the school administration. Graduation Requirements In order to graduate from Northwestern Lehigh High School you must successfully complete areas I, II, IIII and IV as presented by the school district. I. All students must successfully complete and pass the following minimum pattern of courses:
Language Arts Social Studies Mathematics Science Wellness Fitness Electives Futures I & II Project Pennsylvania State System of Assessment - A seal of distinction will be awarded for a score at the advanced level. - A seal of proficiency will be awarded for a score at the proficient level. - No seal will be awarded for score below the proficient level. Academy Experience - Shadow - Internship - College - Distance Learning - Interactive technology learning # of Courses 4 4 4 4 2 2 4 2 One Project 1 test
II. All students must satisfactorily complete, as defined by the assessment criteria, a student project by their senior year. Each student is required to complete an educational project relevant to the satisfaction of requirements necessary to achieve a high school diploma from Northwestern Lehigh High School. The project is defined as a process focusing on synthesis, analysis, and evaluation. The project is a process that begins during the ninth grade, which involves identification and introductory stages of research procedure and culminates in a final presentation during the eleventh or twelfth grade. Project guidelines will be handed out and reviewed through the student advisor program. 14
III. In addition to successfully completing the pattern of courses described in section 1, the student must successfully master, as defined by the assessment criteria each of the learning standards as prescribed by the State Department of Education. These standards are embedded in courses within each of the pathway patterns that Northwestern Lehigh offers. IV. Students may select one academic experience as one of their four elective requirements. Academy Experience - Shadow - Internship - College - Distance Learning - Interactive technology learning
Career – Technical Education Selection for Career-Technical courses begins in grade 9. Applications are available to all students. Students in grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 may apply for the Career Technical programs. Academic requirements toward graduation are defined in the program of studies book. College Course Options – Description of Program Northwestern Lehigh High School has developed a cooperative agreement with local Post-Secondary institutions to provide qualified high school students an opportunity to pursue course work at the college level while enrolled in high school. This opportunity can exist with other institutions through initiative of student application and acceptance by the respective institution. The aim of this program is to provide highly motivated and academically capable students the opportunity to enrich their high school experience. Admission A student should demonstrate the following levels of academic achievement. 1. Have obtained an academic cumulative grade point average relevant to meeting the entrance requirements. 2. File formal application to the university or college and receive formal acknowledgment of acceptance. 3. Solicit and receive approval by the designated guidance counselor and principal. College Class Scheduling Each student must complete all graduation requirements in order to qualify for a high school diploma as defined in the program of studies booklet. Each student may seek the assistance of his/her respective guidance counselor in order to facilitate scheduling matters. Each student should communicate with his/her guidance counselor to insure program coordination and achievement of graduation requirements. Tuition Payment Tuition costs and transportation for college study are the responsibility of the student and/or their parents. Health Education Wellness is offered to all 9th and 11th grade students. Both courses include a component of instruction in sex education. Parents may solicit a waiver of the sex education requirement by forwarding a letter to the principal stating their objection and desire for student exclusion. Summer School Northwestern Lehigh High School will assist students in making summer school arrangements. Make-up work can be accomplished by attending summer school in neighboring districts who accept outside tuition students. The cost of transportation and tuition are the responsibility of the student, parent/guardian involved. Tuition rates vary from year to year. Upon receipt of proper course completion transcripts, the guidance department will update the student record.
Report Card & Mid-Marking Period Comments
01 – Has consistently good attendance 02 – Does not have consistently good attendance 03 – Is prepared and ready to work 04 – Is not prepared and ready to work 05 – Actively participates and/or communicates well in class 06 – Does not actively participate and/or communicate well in class 07 – Attentive in class 08 – Inattentive in class 09 – Follows oral and written directions 10 – Does not follow oral and written directions. 11 – Demonstrates appropriate behavior 12 – Demonstrates inappropriate behavior 13 – Seeks help if needed 14 – Does not seek help if needed 15 – Demonstrates ability to work independently 16 – Demonstrates difficulty working independently 17 – Uses time well in class 18 – Does not use time well in class 19 – Well-organized 20 – Unorganized 21 – Gives consistent effort 22 – Inconsistent effort 23 – Tries hard but finds work difficult 25 – Completes assignments and/or make-up work on time 26 – Does not complete assignments and/or make-up work on time 27 – Consistently completes homework assignments 28 – Does not complete homework assignments consistently 30 – Homework assignments are of poor quality 31 – Good performance on tests (exams) 32 – Poor performance on tests (exams) 33 – Good performance on quizzes 34 – Poor performance on quizzes 35 – Good performance on projects and activities 36 – Poor performance on projects and activities 38 – Actual grade is lower 40 – Failure possible for semester 41 – Modified grade per IEP 42 – Requires individual attention 43 – Medically excused from fitness class 44 – Grade reduction for not meeting dress and/or participation requirement for fitness class 45 – Student has attended required music lessons to supplement Flex rehearsals 46 – Student has not attended required music lessons to supplement Flex rehearsals
Foreign School Exchange Program In recognizing the interest of Northwestern Lehigh students to participate in foreign exchange programs, we wish to develop an equitable process for evaluating academic performance as it relates to transferring of credits. Northwestern is not obligated to accept credits from other foreign schools, however, based on an acceptable exchange program, we will provide credit under the following format: 1. A Northwestern student’s GPA will not change during participation in a foreign school program. Grades will not be assigned by Northwestern to equate to the foreign school’s system. The last earned cumulative GPA at Northwestern prior to participating in a foreign school program will be beginning cumulative GPA on the student’s return. For example, a student who participates in a foreign exchange program during their senior year will have class rank determined by the cumulative GPA at the need of the junior year. 2. All courses successfully completed (required or elective) as reflected on the foreign school’s transcript will be given equivalent credit at Northwestern. 3. Failed courses under the foreign school’s criteria, which are required for Northwestern graduation, must be repeated and successfully completed to meet Northwestern graduation requirements. Failed courses will be listed on transcripts as attended without credit. ATTENDANCE & ABSENCE POLICY 1. Students have the responsibility to comply with the attendance procedures of the school they are attending, in addition to those regulations established by the Board of Education and the School Code. 2. Parent/Guardians are required to submit a written explanation for the absence of their child within three school days from the date of the child’s return to school. Failure on the parent/guardian’s part to provide such a written explanation, or the child to present such an excuse to the teacher, will result in the absence being declared “unexcused and/or illegal.” The fact that parent/guardian provide a written explanation for their child’s absence does not in itself qualify the absence as excused. The absences must be for a legal reason according to the School Code.
3. Legal absences include, but are not limited to: illness of student, health care by a licensed physician, quarantine, physical or mental incapacity, death in the immediate family, court summons, violent weather, school-related work, observance of a religious holiday, or a State emergency. 4. Students are expected to arrive at school on time to begin their classes on the officially scheduled starting time for each school. Lateness to school and early dismissals during the school day are strongly discouraged due to their interruption to the school day. 5. All work missed due to excused absences must be made up at the student’s initiative. 6. Homework requests due to absences should be made through the Guidance Office. Requests made before 9 AM will be ready for pick up by the end of the day. 7. Written notification may be sent to parent/guardians of a student who has been absent for ten cumulative days of absence, and a parental conference may be required. Excessive absenteeism, as determined by the administration, may require a doctor’s excuse. 8. Illegal absences for students under 17 are those due to truancy, parental negligence, and unlawful employment. Under the State Compulsory Attendance Law, the parent/guardians of a student who has accumulated three (3) illegal absences and is within the compulsory age limits are to be served a first offense legal notice – First Offense legal notice: Any subsequent illegal absences then makes the parent/guardian and student liable for a fine and if the student is convicted of truancy, the student’s (13 years of age and older) operating privileges (driving) will be suspended for a period of ninety (90) days, with subsequent violations resulting in a six (6) month suspension. Students convicted and not of driving age may have their ability to apply for a driving permit at age 16 suspended for an equivalent period of time. At Middle School and High School levels, illegal absence offenses shall be treated as Level II discipline code violations and will result in disciplinary action. Additionally, students will receive zero credit for work missed in classes during the illegal absence. 9. Chronic truancy will be referred to the proper agency for further legal actions, or after all reasonable avenues have been explored, including alternative educational programs, expulsion proceedings may be initiated. 10. A student 17 years of age or older has the right to be in school and has the responsibility to obey school district attendance rules. Each illegal absence offense shall be treated as a Level II discipline code violation and will result in disciplinary action. Additionally, students will receive zero credit for work missed in classes during the illegal absence. 11. Students, age 13 and older, who accumulate an equivalent of five days of unexcused absences may be considered as failing to meet requirements for promotion and may result in expulsion proceedings. Excused Absences: The compulsory attendance law requires a child of compulsory school age to be in attendance at school, unless absent for an approved reason, and charges that parent/guardian of the child with the responsibility for such attendance. Compulsory school age refers to the period of a child’s life from the time the child enters school as a beginner, which shall not be later than the age of eight (8) years, until the age of seventeen (17), or until graduation from a regularly accredited senior high school—whichever occurs first. The following reasons, as found in Chapter 11 – Pupil Attendance – of the Regulations of the State Board of Education of Pennsylvania, are the only reasons for an approved temporary absence from school. 1. Religious Holiday: a. A pupil may be excused from school for observance of bonefide religious holidays by the particular religious groups in accordance with policies of the District’s Board of School Directors. b. A pupil’s absence from school for bonefide religious holidays shall be recorded as an “excused” absence. There shall be no penalty attached to such an absence. 2. Health Care (also see Early Dismissal and Appointment Procedure): A pupil may be excused during school hours for the purpose of obtaining non-school professional health care under the following circumstances: a. The health services are rendered by State licensed practitioners. b. There has been established reasonable cooperation between the schools authorities and the practitioners in providing services to school children outside school hours. c. The time of necessary absence from school involves a minimum of interference with school attendance. 3. Illness or other urgent reasons: Every principal may upon receipt of satisfactory evidence of mental, physical, or urgent reasons, excuse a child for non-attendance during a temporary period, but the term “urgent reasons” shall be strictly construed and shall not permit irregular attendance. The following may be construed as being among “urgent reasons”: 17
a. Death in the family b. Impassable road c. Quarantine when verified by a public health service or a licensed physician. d. Unusual emergency affecting a given student. 4. Educational Trips, Non-School Sponsored: School attendance is required by law under the compulsory attendance laws in the state of Pennsylvania. The district equally believes that attendance is critical for students to benefit from planned learning experiences. Upon receipt of a written request from the parent/guardian of the pupil(s) involved, pupils may be excused from school attendance to participate in a trip provided during the school term at the expense of the parent/guardians when such trip is planned with an educational focus and is approved by the administration. An “Educational Trip Request From” is available in the school office, which must be submitted to the building administrator at least five (5) school days prior to the requested trip. A student will be permitted to take an educational trip (s) per school year (up to a cumulative total of five (5) school days), and receive an excused absence, provided the parent/guardian comply with policy requirements. Any exceptions to the above policy requirements must be submitted to the Superintendent in writing for review based on the special circumstance that may exist. The following is provided as further clarification on absences for this policy section on Educational Trips: a. Educational trip requests shall be made to the building administrator at least five school days prior to the date of the trip. b. Educational trips shall be discouraged during the first and last week of the school/term semester. c. Unapproved trips shall be treated as unexcused absences. Any parent/guardian of a student who fails to comply with Section 1333 of the compulsory attendance requirements of the School Laws of Pennsylvania will be reported to the district magistrate whereby fines could be imposed. d. All school work and tests missed during an approved trip(s) shall be made up at the initiation of the student and the reasonable convenience of the teacher.
Early Dismissal and Appointment Procedure(s) Permission must be secured from the Administration, in order to leave the school building. Early dismissal may be granted only in accordance with the reasons given under the policy of the district: 1. Religious observance 2. Health Care (Physician, dentist) a doctor’s note may be requested. 3. Urgent reasons (non-convenience reasons) Procedure: A written request from the parent or guardian must be presented to the assistant principal stating the reason for an early dismissal. Official physician and dental appointment cards will be honored. This request must be submitted prior to first period the day of the appointment. Dismissal from school for unauthorized reasons with parental permission will be ruled as illegal absences but will not be treated as a Level II discipline code violation. In addition, a zero grade is given for worked missed. Parental notes for doctor excuses must include a date and time of appointment. Work for Unexcused Absence Students who miss tests, exams, labs, classes, etc. for unexcused absences will be given a zero grade for that activity. Tardiness (Procedure) If a student arrives at school after 7:45 am, the student must sign-in at the attendance office and a late slip will be issued. This late slip must be shown to the classroom teacher involved. These slips will be filed by the attendance office. Each unapproved late slip is counted as a Level I offense and will result in appropriate disciplinary action. Entry to school after 9:00 am constitutes a ½ day absence. Lateness due to illness is verified by parental or physician note only. Leaving school before 1:30 pm constitutes a ½ day absence. Lateness will be reported for attendance purposes on the report card and transcript.
BUS TRANSPORTATION POLICY A. Activity and Athletic Bus Policy 1. It is the responsibility of the chaperones to see that students on buses behave in a manner which complies with standards set down as bus regulations. 2. Bus drivers are responsible for the driving and selection of routes. 3. Bus drivers who feel discipline on a chaperoned bus is too lax are to contact the chaperones first to restore order. 4. Reiterating – it is basically the responsibility of the chaperones for monitoring discipline and the responsibility of the driver for driving. 5. When the chaperones are not present, the driver is in complete charge with full responsibility. 6. It is recommended that advisors occupy seats towards the back of the bus in order to insure proper supervision. 7. Emergency doors are not to be used by students. The emergency doors may be used by advisors to load and unload equipment. 8. Every effort must be made to keep the bus as neat and clean as possible. 9. We realize that on some long trips it is necessary to have lunches. Trash receptacles will be provided to store waste materials. The advisor is to ensure that the students remove litter from the floor of the bus at the end of the trip. B. Transportation Safety – Students and Equipment The following standards and rules shall serve to direct the conveyance of articles of equipment in conjunction with the transportation of students: 1. Aisles of the school bus and passenger compartments are to be sufficiently clear of obstacles to provide for safe loading and unloading by passengers. 2. Articles boxes, equipment, instruments, etc., that can be stored under the passenger’s seat may be carried on the bus. It will be the responsibility of parents to transport large instruments and containers through other means than school bus transportation. 3. The carrying of glass items by students on school transportation vehicles is discouraged. If carried, they must be adequately wrapped to prevent cuts by breakage. 4. Student using transportation must ride their assigned bus. Notes to ride other busses will not be honored. C. Video and Audio Recording on District School Buses – The use of video cameras on school buses is an aid to monitor bus discipline. The cameras enable the District to implement and enforce the discipline policy, the authority of the driver, and the responsibility of the school officials. Video cameras may be placed in any bus. All students are subject to being video/audio recorded on the school bus at any time. Video cameras may be used to monitor student behavior on school vans as well as school buses, and during transport to extracurricular as well as curricular activities. Notification to parents will be made through District publications, the student/parent handbook and posted on the buses. The District will comply with the provisions of federal law regarding student records requirements as applicable in the District’s use of video recordings. DISCIPLINE CODE Student Responsibilities and Rights All students share with the administration and faculty the responsibility of making their school a place where learning can take place with enjoyment of all. Some student responsibilities are: 1. To attend school daily and to be on time at all classes and school functions. 2. To exert maximum effort in classroom work. 3. To become familiar with and follow the school rules. Students have the right to learn as much as they can in school. They also have the responsibility of showing respect for the right of others in the school. This means that their behavior should not interfere with another student’s learning, or the teacher’s attempt to help. Students have the right to express their ideas and opinions in school. Along with this right, is the responsibility to express themselves in a courteous and thoughtful manner. Disrespect, offensive language, or statements made to hurt fellow students are considered wrong. Some student responsibilities in participating in the development of the school climate are: 1. Be aware of the school rules and act accordingly. 2. Be willing to discuss all that they know about school problems that have been caused by other students. 3. Be concerned with their personal health, safety, dress, and cleanliness standards and act in a manner that is not offensive to their fellow students, faculty or administration. 4. Assist the school staff in making the school a place that is safe for themselves and their fellow students. 5. Be aware of state and local laws, school board policies and follow them. 6. Aid the school staff in developing rules and regulations that are helpful to all, but assume that until a rule is changed or replaced, that it is still a rule and must be followed. 7. Protect and care for school property, personal property of classmates and yours.
8. Have the responsibility to learn as much as possible so that you can apply your knowledge to life and the employment world. 9. Respect the rights of teachers, supportive staff, the students and administrator in the educational process. 10. To make up work that is missed. 11. Pursue and attempt to complete satisfactorily the courses of study prescribed by the Commonwealth and local school authorities.
Philosophy and Purpose The goal of the Northwestern Lehigh School District is to educate each child to the best of his or her ability. To reach this goal, it is necessary that the school function as a disruption free environment. The school district can provide a disruption free environment by eliminating the causes of misbehavior in an effort to prevent its occurrence. Every attempt will be made by the administration and staff to take such steps as necessary to prevent the occurrence of misbehavior in every possible way. Teachers will strive to solve their own classroom discipline problems in their own manner, using their own methods. Several choices that the staff member can use are, assertive discipline techniques, developmental guidance, keeping students after school on their own time (not regular detention hall), making parental phone calls and scheduling parental conferences. The assertive discipline option gives the teacher the opportunity to correct the student’s behavior by using a progressive, checklist type format. The teacher typically would use a series of steps that would include warning the student, removing certain privileges and finally, contacting the parent. If the student’s behavior remained unchanged, he or she could be referred to the principal or assistant principal for possible action. Every group needs discipline if its members are going to work together. In our school, we too must have some form of discipline if we are to exist together and if learning is to take place. Most people discipline themselves. They know what is expected of them and they are aware of the consequences when their actions hurt or interfere with others. However, since it is the student’s responsibility to follow the school rules, those who break the school rules and interfere with the rights of other students will be disciplined by the school. The goal of the Northwestern Lehigh School District is to eliminate disruptive behavior through a code that has build in rehabilitative components. At every disciplinary level steps will be made to correct inappropriate behavior through positive means. The steps include parental contacts by both letter and phone, parental conferences, conferences with the assistant principal, guidance counselors, principal, student assistance team or any appropriate communication of officials. When detention is necessary, a student may be counseled about decision making skills, smoking hazards or drug hazards through films, filmstrips and materials from local agencies. Teachers are in school to help students learn and will usually be the first ones to help deal with those who break schools rules. All teachers and supportive staff will enforce rules in the classroom, halls, lavatories and other less directly supervised area. A consistent utilization of the discipline code in these areas will give uniformity to student expectations in other less directly supervised areas. Should a teacher’s classroom disciplinary methods not be effective in certain situations, the high school discipline code, which follows, will be utilized. In cases of student misbehavior in halls, lavatories and other less directly supervised areas, should the teacher disciplinary methods prove nonproductive, the discipline code will be utilized. What follows is a listing of definitions and examples that can serve as a guide for discipline standards. The list is not all inclusive or encompassing. Behavior of children is unique and individual, therefore, no list can be encompassing. The following is put forth as examples, in order to give students and parents a clear idea of both appropriate and inappropriate behavior of students.
Northwestern High School Discipline Code Definitions
Examples of Misbehaviors – Lateness – Arrived to any assigned place after the starting bell. (Late to school, class, or detention). The first four late slips carry a point value of one point each. Each late slip after the 4th carries a point value of four. No Pass – A student must have a pass at all times except at passing class times. A student has the responsibility of securing a pass from the teacher. Loitering – The unassigned use of an area. (Roaming the halls, prolonged lavatory stays) Littering – Intentionally dropping or throwing of items or unintentionally when the student fails to clean it up. Boisterous Behavior – Overly loud or obnoxious act or sound. (yelling in the halls) Food/Beverage – No food or beverage is permitted to be consumed outside of the cafeteria by students. Bottled water in clear plastic containers may be permissible in classrooms, per teacher discretion. Minor Physical Altercation – Hitting, shoving, punching, kicking, slapping, tripping and/or grabbing another student. 20
Petty vandalism – vandalism that has no permanently damaging effect, or creates no excessive mess. Throwing clay, writing in textbooks, etc. Improper Language – Cursing, derogatory remarks. Forgery – Signing or causing to be signed any document with a signature other than your own. Disrespect – Socially unacceptable words or actions directed towards a staff member. (Ignoring directions, talking back under one’s breath, etc.) Discipline options include the use of a Saturday detention. Disrupting Class – Words, actions and/or noncompliance with directions which cause interference with the normal classroom routine. Skipping Class, Detention or Any Assigned Area – Non-attendance to any assigned area. Using a pass for other than stated or designated reasons. Illegal absence of 1/2 or more of the school day will result in an immediate Saturday detention as a minimum disciplinary action. Repeat offenses for unassigned area will result in a 1 day school suspension. Harassment of Others – Any violation of another student’s rights as described in the Student Responsibilities and Rights policy (Physical and/or verbal harassment, mishandling other people’s property, intimidation of other students, etc.) Aiding and Abetting – Encouraging, assisting or covering up another student’s inappropriate behavior. Disruptive Attire / Dress Code - The Northwestern Lehigh School District is of the opinion that good grooming and dress are, first and foremost, the responsibility of the parents and students. We recognize the need on the part of the student to display maturity and good judgment. Nonetheless, our school also, to a lesser degree, shares this responsibility and thus must actively cooperate. We, therefore, offer these guidelines in a helpful way. We are also strongly interested in the health, safety and well being of all the students. Proper dress is conducive towards the maintenance of a positive educational atmosphere. Our guidelines suggest that all clothing be clean and neat and in good taste. It should not be extreme to the extent that it focuses attention on the wearer, indicating indecent or disruptive suggestions. Examples of unacceptable clothing could include but is not limited to the following: - Any clothing that displays, advertises and/or promotes drugs, alcohol or tobacco - Any clothing that displays or suggests derogatory and/or inappropriate messages - See-through or revealing blouses/shirts that expose undergarments/upper torso - Pants/Tops that expose a bare midriff (all tops should be able to be tucked in) - Shirts/tops without sleeves - Spandex, biker and/or boxer shorts, pajamas - Shorts/skirts that do not extend past one’s fingertips when arms are fully extended at one’s sides - Pants worn in such a manner that the undergarments are exposed - Hat, caps, certain types of scarves and bananas
Sunglasses and/or contact lenses that significantly alter the appearance of the eyes (unless approved by an administrator)
- Chains and studded/spiked clothing and accessories (For safety reasons, open-toe or open backed shoes may not be permitted in certain classes.) School officials reserve the right to individually review student dress and, if found unacceptable, to quietly and privately attempt to settle the problem. When deemed necessary, students will be sent home to change or other appropriate actions will be taken to correct the situation. Please note: Repeated violations of the dress code may result in disciplinary actions. In making these guidelines, we have given the opportunity to the individual to use his/her good judgment and that of his/her parents. The Board of Education, through its administrators, reserves the right to make reasonable judgments as they affect student dress – giving full consideration to health, sanitation, and safety of the pupils. Unacceptable Display of Affection – The inappropriate behavior exhibited by a student that reflects an open unacceptable display of affection, such as prolonged kissing or embracing are not permitted. Technology/Radio/Tape Systems/Telephone Paging devices – the possession or use of a walkman device, radios or other portable music systems, MP3, or telephone paging devices are prohibited within the school during the instructional days. Paging devices used by emergency personnel or for medical reasons must be registered in the High School Office. Also, inappropriate use of technology as indicated in School Board Policy 727 is prohibited. Use of electronic communication devices such as cell phones or picture phones is prohibited during period 1, 2, flex/lunch, 3 & 4. These devices must be turned off. 21
Driving Violation – Any violation of the driving contract, as signed by the student, which is to include but is not limited to the following violations: loitering in the vehicle, illegal absence from school, reckless driving, safety violation, lateness to school, driving without a permit, parking in an unauthorized area, would be subject to this Level II discipline violation as well as a loss of driving privileges as per the driving contract. Possession of tobacco – A student who possesses cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or other tobacco products.
Technology Policy Violation - Any inappropriate use of school district technology as defined in policy 727. Non-Compliance with directives – Willfully refusing to follow reasonable directive from persons of authority. - Failure to serve teacher detention - Failure to serve administrative detention - Failure to serve Saturday detention
Theft – Unauthorized removal, concealment, possession of property other than one’s own. (this includes library books not properly signed out, textbooks, etc.) Charges will be filed with the district magistrate for theft violations. Controlled Substances – Actual or purported possession, use, transfer, or sale of drugs, alcohol, drug related material or anabolic steroids. Discipline action will be in accordance with the district Drug/Alcohol Policy # 622. Fighting/Assault – Bodily contact that does or has the potential to cause bodily injury. Charges of disorderly conduct will also be filed with the district magistrate for all fighting/assault violations. Vandalism – Vandalism that has a permanently damaging effect, creates an excessive mess, is of socially unacceptable nature, or destruction of property or technology which results from some act of misbehavior. Charges of disorderly conduct will be filed for all vandalism episodes. Contraband Materials – use, possession or sale of materials which are dangerous to the health, safety and/or welfare of the school society or have that potential. Insubordination - a belligerent and/or abusive act or statement directed at any employee of the school district. It is not a simple refusal but rather an aggressive, insulting, profane or disruptive verbal abuse. Smoking – a student holding a lit cigarette, lighting a cigarette and/or disposing of a lit cigarette and/or the process of exhaling smoke or utilizing smokeless tobacco. Charges will be filed with the district magistrate for violation of the Clean Indoor Air Act as indicated in Board Policy 310. Actions Which Endanger the Safety of Others – Also failing to comply with established safety procedures and regulations, or use of physical education equipment without teacher supervision or direction. Examples of this are: extortion, bomb threats, possession, use or transfer of weapons, and/or incendiary devices, assault, arson, pulling false alarms, selling and furnishing unauthorized substances. Miscellaneous The list of misbehaviors and actions listed in the discipline code are minimum guidelines for disciplinary action. This list is not all inclusive. Other misbehaviors will be dealt with as they occur. Methods of dealing with misbehaviors in addition to the disciplinary code will be utilized as they are thought to be needed. Special circumstances may result in immediate progression to the final steps of the discipline code, or immediate referral to outside agencies in conjunction with the policies of the Northwestern Lehigh School District. For example: - Bodily assault upon a staff member. - Serious aggressive offenses against fellow students. - Deliberate perpetration of a hoax (bomb threat). Damage to School Property and Equipment Costs for repair or replacement of property and equipment damaged or destroyed by a student through carelessness, negligence, disobedience or similar fault are regarded by the school as the responsibility of the student concerned. Charges for the repairs or replacement will be levied accordingly. Student Assistance Program The student may seek advice or counsel from a guidance counselor, or a student assistant program staff member. These people will be available for consultation with the student. The student can obtain advice and information from the counselor without fear of jeopardizing his/her personal confidence of school status. They will be located in guidance office.
TERMS Search and Seizure The lockers are the property of the Northwestern Lehigh School District and the Board affirms that the school authorities may search a student’s locker and seize any illegal materials. When a student’s locker is being searched, the student shall be notified and given the opportunity to be present. Any materials found may be used as evidence in any disciplinary proceeding. See Policy 624 Administrative Detention The administrative detention room will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:50 to 4:20 p.m. Students are expected to attend all assigned administrative detentions unless the appropriate administrator excused and/or cancelled the detention. Failure to attend an administrator detention will result in a Saturday detention being assigned. Students who are assigned an administrative detention must observe the following rules: 1. Students must read or study. 2. Students are not allowed to talk, sleep, eat food, or listen to headphones. Saturday Detention Saturday detention is in session from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 every Saturday throughout the school year. Failure to report to a scheduled Saturday detention will result in the student being suspended at the discretion of the assistant principal. Suspensions Suspension is exclusion from school for a period of time from one to ten consecutive school days. 1. Suspensions may be given by the principal or person in charge of the public school. 2. No student shall be suspended until the student has been informed of the reasons for the suspension and has been given the opportunity to respond. Prior notice of the intended suspension need not be given when it is clear that the health, safety and welfare of the school community are threatened. 3. The parents and the superintendent of the district shall be notified immediately in writing when the student is suspended. 4. When the suspension exceeds three school days, the student and parent shall be given the opportunity for an informal hearing consistent with the requirements set forth in the school code 12.8 (c) (relating to hearings). 5. Suspensions may not be made to run consecutively beyond the ten school day period. 6. Students shall have the responsibility to make up exams and work missed while being disciplined by the suspension and shall be permitted to complete these assignments within reasonable guidelines established by the Board of School Directors. Expulsions 1. Expulsion is exclusion from school by the Board of Education for a period exceeding ten school days and may be permanent expulsion from the school rolls. All expulsions require a prior formal hearing under school code 12.8 (relating to hearings) 2. During the period prior to the hearing and the decision of the Board of Director in an expulsion case, the student shall be placed in his normal class. If, when expulsion proceedings are initiated, it is determined, after an informal hearing, that the student’s presence in his or her normal class would constitute a threat to the health, safety, morals or welfare of others, and it is not possible to hold a formal hearing within the period of a full suspension, the student may be excluded from school for more than ten school days, provided the formal hearing is not unreasonably delayed. Any student so excluded shall be provided with alternate instruction. Students who are less than 17 years of age are still subject to the Compulsory School Attendance Law even though expelled, and must attend school. The responsibility for placing the student in school rests initially with the student’s parents or guardian. However, if the student is unable to attend another public school, cannot afford to attend or is unable to be accepted at a private school, the school district has some responsibility to make some provisions for the child’s education, either through instruction in the home or by readmitting the child. If none of these alternatives is acceptable, the school district will take action in accordance with the provisions of the Juvenile Act of 1972 to ensure that the child will receive a proper education.
If the parents or guardians are unable to provide for the required education, they must within 30 days submit to the school district written evidence so stating. The district then has the responsibility to make some provision for the student’s education. If 30 days pass without the district receiving satisfactory evidence that the required education is being provided to the student, it must re-contact the parent and, pending the parent’s or guardians’ provision of such education, the district must make some provisions for the student’s education or proceed as defined in the next paragraph. 2. If the approved educational program is not complied with, the school district may take action in accordance with Chapter 63 of the Juvenile Act, to ensure that the child will receive a proper education.
Concerns Should there be any questions or concerns about actions taken with a student which fall within the discipline code, the student and/or parent should first contact the teacher, head teacher or assistant principal whoever is most directly involved. If the problem is not resolved, the procedure would be for a student’s parents to discuss the situation with the principal and then, if need be, with the Superintendent of Schools and, if still necessary, the Board of School Directors. HEARING / RIGHT TO APPEAL Informal Hearings Any student subject to suspension or suspension from school district transportation (if applicable) will be given an informal hearing before an appropriate school official to explain the circumstances surrounding the event(s) for which the student is being suspended, to demonstrate that there is a case of mistaken identity or to show that there is some compelling reason why the student should not be suspended. At the formal hearing, the following due process requirements will be observed: 1. Notification of the reasons for the suspension in writing, given to the student and/or parent or guardian. 2. Sufficient notice of the time and place of the informal hearing. 3. The student’s right to question any witnesses present at the hearing. 4. The student’s right to speak and produce witnesses on his own behalf. 5. The district shall offer to hold the informal hearing within the first 5 days of the suspension. Appeal After the first informal hearing before the appropriate official, the student has the right to appeal the ruling by the official to the official’s immediate supervisor, generally the school principal. Subsequent appeals may be made to the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of School Directors. Formal Hearings Students facing expulsion from school for more than ten days or who are suspended from school district transportation (if applicable) must be afforded all appropriate elements of due process. Part of the due process rights is a formal hearing before the Board of School Directors or a duly authorized committee of the Board. The hearing committee’s decision is advisory to the School Board where expulsion is recommended. A majority vote of the entire School Board is required to expel a student. At the formal hearing, the following due process requirements are observed: 1. Notification of the charges in writing, sent to the parents or guardian by certified mail, and to the student. 2. Sufficient notice of the time and place of the informal hearing. 3. The right to an impartial tribune. 4. The right to be represented by counsel. 5. The right to be presented with the names of witnesses against the student, and copies of the statements and affidavits of those witnesses. 6. The right to demand that any such witnesses appear in person and answer questions or be cross-examined. 7. The student’s right to testify and produce witnesses on his own behalf. 8. A record must be kept of the hearing, either by a stenographer or by tape recorder. 9. The student is entitled, at the student’s expense, to a copy of the transcript. 10. The proceeding must be held with all reasonable speed. 11. The hearing shall be held in private unless requested by the student or the student’s parents. Appeal Where the student is dissatisfied with the results of the hearing, recourse can be held to the appropriate state court. If it is alleged that a constitutional issue is involved, the student may file claim for relief in the appropriate federal district court. 24
BUS DISCIPLINE CODE NORTHWESTERN LEHIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT Purpose Appropriate behavior on the buses which provide transportation for students is important for two reasons: 1. inappropriate behavior can result in safety hazards not only for the individual student but also for other students on the bus. 2. socially unacceptable behavior can infringe on the rights of other individuals. This bus code has been developed with these two purposes in mind. Since the bus and its safe operation are the responsibility of the driver, he/she is also fully responsible for its rider, over which he/she has the same authority as a classroom teacher. However, it must be remembered that the rider or pupils, as the case may be, are under the same obligations, as they are in school, to obey and follow the rules and regulations of the bus discipline code. Career – Technical Bus Violation of the bus discipline code that occurs on the career-technical bus will be handled through the school district discipline code. Cross grade/level busing can occur for LCTI students. BOARD APPROVED SAFETY & SECURITY GUIDELINES • Use of Electronic Controlled entrances requiring buzzer access and camera identification for admittance has been initiated. Note: The following standards are now the accepted means of building operation for maintaining and improving safety and security. • The high school will operate on a lock down basis with limited access at central entrances. The main entrance by the flagpole is to be utilized for entry into the high school. a. All parents and visitors are required to report to the high school office and sign-in upon admittance. Visitors’ badges are used for all non-school personnel. b. Staff supervision is provided at student entrance during arrival and dismissal times. • Identification badges are required to be worn by all district staff/personnel while at work and in the performance of their duties. • FM radio communication devices are used by district personnel as prevention and intervention tools. • The District asserts its position of ownership of all lockers for use by students. These lockers are subject to search when district personnel have concern of locker contents relevant to the safety and security of district facilities, staff, and students. • Use of cell phones and pagers is not permitted by students during the school day. These devices must be turned off. (Emergency personnel may apply for an exemption through the office.) • Students are required to store their book bags in their lockers (middle school/high school) upon entrance to school. Students may access bags from their lockers for fitness class. Access should occur immediately before/after class. • Coats/Jackets intended for use out-of-doors are not permitted to be worn by students while in school during the school day. • Emergency exit signage shall be posted and maintained in all district classrooms and rooms used by students. • Staff is required to lock classrooms upon their departure during the day prohibiting students without supervision. - Note: This is required to the degree possible where there exists key or access conflicts until which time these conflicts can be addressed. • Parking in school fire zones around district buildings is illegal and prohibited. • It is the district’s standard and expectation that staff and students not open unauthorized doors for people. All personnel shall be required to use identified and approved entrance and exit areas. • All staff/students are responsible to close exterior building doors that are observed to be open or ajar. 25
• At some future time when technology becomes available, faculty rooms will be locked at all times for staff and school protection. • Teacher Resource Rooms, where power equipment is located, should remain locked when not in use. • Cell phones and pagers used by staff are to be kept in a silent mode as not to interrupt instruction and performance of their duties. • In the high school, students shall not be permitted to access the power room located behind the training room. • Custodial and maintenance closets shall remain locked at all times. • Science/chemical storage room shall be locked. • Consistent with the District Safety Plan, all staff shall maintain their rooms/work area in an organized and tidy condition; staff members, before leaving for the day, should conduct a visual review of their room area for contents, and upon each new day’s entry, should conduct a visual review of same. • Consistent with our District Safety Plan, every employee is a member of the Safety Team and is accountable to support the safety standards of our district. Observed safety conditions or infractions shall be reported to your supervisor for review. We can have a safe work environment for staff and students if we all work together to this end. Corporal Punishment A. Corporal punishment will be handled in accordance with Board Policy 603 C. Corporal Punishment Policy A. Rationale: Corporal punishment, namely physically punishing a student for a disciplinary offense, is prohibited by any school district employee. B. Disciplinary action should match in degree the seriousness of the offense as indicated in school discipline policies 603A, 603A1, 603B, 603B1, 603M. Reasonable force may be used as indicated in Section D. C. The corporal punishment policy shall be published in the student handbooks to notify all parents of this policy. D. Although corporal punishment is prohibited, reasonable force may still be used by teachers, employees, and school authorities under any of the following circumstances: 1. To quell a disturbance 2. To obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects 3. For the purpose of self-defense 4. For the protection of persons or property. Freedom of Expression A. Freedom of Expression 1. Students have the right to express themselves in any manner unless such expression directly interferes with the educational process, threaten immediate harm to the welfare of the school or community or encourages unlawful activity, or interferes with another individual’s rights. 2. Students may use publications, handbills, announcements, assemblies, group meetings, buttons, armbands and any other means of communication provided that the use of any public school communications are in accordance with the regulations as described below. Students have the responsibility to obey laws governing libel and obscenity, and to be aware of the full meaning of their expression. Students have the responsibility to be aware of the feelings and opinions of others and to give others fair opportunity to express their views. B. Bulletin Boards 1. The Principal of each building will designate certain bulletin boards for school announcements. Bulletin board space will be provided for the use of students and student organizations. In addition, the following limitations on posting apply: a. The principal must initial all materials prior to posting. b. The principal will prohibit material which is obscene according to legal definitions; which is libelous; or which inflames or incites students so as to create a clear and present danger or the commission of unlawful acts or of physical disruption of the orderly operation of the school. c. Identification on any notice will be required of any student or student group posting the notice. 26
C. School Newspaper and Publications 1. Students have the responsibility to refrain from libel and obscenity, and to observe the rules for responsible journalism. Within these bounds, students have the right and are free as editor to report the news and to editorialize. 2. The principal or his designated advisor will supervise the student-run newspapers published with school equipment and remove obscene or libelous material. In addition, he will edit material that would cause a substantial disruption or material interference with the school activities. 3. The above is subject to these rules: a. School officials will not censor or restrict material simply because it is critical of the school. b. Rules of the school for prior submission for review of obscene or libelous material, and material advocating illegal actions will be reasonable, and not calculated to delay distribution. c. Each principal will establish prior approval procedures. They will identify to whom material is to be submitted, the criteria by which the material is to be evaluated, and a limitation on the time within which a decision must be made. If the prescribed time for approval elapses without decision, the literature may be considered as authorized for distribution. 4. Student staff members will be held responsible for materials which are libelous or obscene, and such publications may be prohibited by the principal. D. Unofficial Publications 1. The constitutional right of freedom of speech guarantees the freedom of public schools students to publish their own materials other than those sanctioned by the school. The school has no responsibility to assist students or to provide the facilities in the publishing of such materials, nor may the school be held liable. Unofficial publications have the same moral and legal obligations to observe the rules of responsible journalism. Failure to follow proper journalism procedures could subject the students to legal reprisals. E. Distribution of Literature, Leaflets, and Newspapers 1. The principal may prohibit the distribution or dissemination of student-originated on school grounds when such material would in his judgment, materially and substantially interrupt the educational process or intrude upon the rights of others. 2. Students have the right to distribute leaflets, newspapers and other printed materials adjacent to school property without any restrictions by school authorities. 3. The distribution of leaflets, newspapers, and other printed materials on school district property by the students is permitted under the following conditions: a. The material has been submitted to the principal in charge of the areas where distribution is to take place. Each principal has determined whether distribution might result in substantial disruptions of material interference with the school activities. If not denied within 24 hours, the petitioner may proceed provided the further requirements are fulfilled. b. The material distributed bears clearly the name of the sponsoring organization and the name of one individual of such organization. c. The distribution is made at such time and place determined by the principal so that there will be no substantial interference with the formal flow of traffic within or without the school buildings such as busy corridors, exterior doors, and entrances or exits from parking areas. The principal will see that proper protection from harassment is provided for those distributing approved material. F. Buttons, Badges, and Armbands 1. The wearing of buttons and badges or armbands bearing slogans or sayings by students will be permitted even though unpopular with some students and district employees unless one of the following is determined by the principal: a. The wearing of the material would lead to a substantial disruption or material interference with school activities. b. The message expressly or by implication is obscene according to current legal definitions, or is libelous. c. The wearing of the object presents a clear and present danger to the physical safety of the wearer. G. Flag Salute and Pledge of Allegiance 1. It is the responsibility of every citizen to show proper respect for his or her country and its flag. However, students may decline to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and may refrain from saluting the flag, on the basis of personal belief or religious conviction. Students who choose to refrain from such participation shall respect the rights and interests of others who do wish to participate in a meaningful ceremony. All students are expected to stand to participate in opening exercises. Any student wishing not to participate must have his/her parents or guardian come in to the main office to sign a statement form stating they do not want their child participating in opening exercises. 27
General Conduct A. Policy # 622 – Possession / Use of Drugs and Alcohol 1. The Board of School Directors of Northwestern Lehigh School District – recognizing that the misuse of chemicals is a serious problem with legal, physical, emotional, and social implications for the whole school community – adopts the position that students must be chemically free in order that they may develop in the most productive and healthy manner. 2. It is therefore the district’s policy to prevent and prohibit the possession and/or use, distribution, and/or intent of distribution of an illegal or controlled mood-altering chemical, medication, or abused chemical not approved by the health office, on school property, at school-sponsored events, on school buses, and enroute to and from school by any mode of travel. 3. Such prevention and/or prohibition shall occur through a four faceted program including: a. Education b. Prevention (school climate) c. Intervention d. Discipline Policy 4. Violations of this policy include possession, use, sale, or distribution of chemicals as defined and described within the parameters of this policy. The consequences of such violations may result in permanent expulsion from school by the Board of Directors, and notification of law enforcement authorities. 5. This policy will be implemented through the cooperative efforts of the faculty, administration, school employee groups, students, parent/guardians, bus drivers, and community agencies of the Northwestern Lehigh School District. a. Communication is basic to rehabilitation. All personnel are expected to report to their principal/assistant principal any person who is suspected of using, soliciting, selling, or giving any narcotics, drugs, or other health endangering compounds within the school building, in the vicinity of the school or in the communities. b. Complete records on all drug cases will be maintained. This is to be confidential information, applicable mainly to the rehabilitation of the user. c. Any student suspected to be in possession of, under the influence of, or passing for sale or otherwise any narcotics, drugs, alcohol, or other health endangering compounds illegally within the school is subject to the following actions: (1) Reported to the administration immediately (2) If at all possible and the condition of the student warrants the delay, the parents are to be notified of the situation immediately and summoned to the school. (3) The parents must assume the responsibility of securing the proper and immediate medical attention for the student. (4) If the pupil is incapacitated and immediate medical attention seems advisable, he/she shall be sent to the hospital by police or ambulance and the parents notified simultaneously. (5) Police will be notified of all drug usage cases in the school.
(1) A student volunteers information about personal use of alcohol or drugs. (2) A student is referred to SSP/SAP Team by a student, staff member, family member, or member of community. It may or may not be a substance abuse issue. (3) The student has a medical emergency that may be related to substance abuse or the student is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or other mood altering substance.
The student is informed of services available. Referred to SSP/SAP Team. SSP/SAP Team reviews referral for appropriate action. The student is informed of services available.
Notification of Parent and/or Guardian Yes if warranted by SSP/SAP Team
As deemed appropriate by SSP/SAP.
All standard health and emergency procedures will be followed. If warranted, the student will be transported to a medical facility at parent expense. A signed release for medical information pertaining to the incident is to be requested. Refer to SPP/SAP Team.
(4) A student possesses, uses, or is under the influence of alcohol or other mood altering substances or misuses prescription or nonprescription drugs or other potentially harmful substances at school or any school sponsored activity.
(5) A student distributes alcohol, mood altering substances, “look-alikes”, drug paraphernalia or is suspected of the same at school or any school sponsored activity. Disposition of Substance (1) Not Applicable (2) Not Applicable (3) If a substance is confiscated, provide to medical staff to aid in the identification and treatment of emergency. Submit to police for analysis and request a police report. (4) Same as above
Staff member will contact administrator or designee. Administrator or designee will confiscate chemical substance(s) and/or suspected drug paraphernalia, if possible. All standard health and emergency procedures will be followed. If warranted, the student will be transported to a medical facility at parent expense. A signed release for medical information pertaining to the incident is to be requested. Refer to SSP/SAP Team. Same as above.
The student’s (his/her) locker, car, desk, and other possessions will be searched by administrator or designee. An administrator or designee will investigate the incident. Same as above.
Yes if warranted by SSP/SAP Team
Same as above.
Student Support Strategy Implement SSP/SAP support strategies Implement SSP/SAP support strategies Implement SSP/SAP process
Notification of Policy Not Applicable Not Applicable Required if substance use if confirmed
Discipline Not Applicable Not Applicable Disciplinary action will be determined by the school administrator pending outcome of investigation
Implement SSP/SAP process
(5) Same as above
Implement SSP/SAP process
Minimum of 5 days to maximum of 10 days out of school suspension. Required assessment by licensed D/A facility within suspension period. Compliance with recommendations until therapeutic discharge. Uncooperative behavior or second offense may result in recommendation for expulsion to school board Ten days in or out of school suspension. Required assessment by licensed D/A facility within suspension period. Compliance with recommendations until therapeutic discharge. Consideration for immediate referral to school board for expulsion is required.
B. Criminal Code of the State of Pennsylvania as it pertains to Students in a Public Setting. 1. Students and parents of students are to be aware that various acts or infractions may be in violation of certain sections of the criminal code. Any student violating these statutes can be prosecuted by the civil authorities for violation of said laws. 2. Section 2706 – Terroristic threats a. Offense denied – A person (is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree) commits the crime of terroristic threats if (he threatens to) the person communicates, either directly or indirectly, a threat to: i. commit any crime of violence with intent to terrorize another (or to): ii. cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transports; or iii. otherwise (to) cause serious public inconvenience, or (in) CAUSE TERROR OR SERIOUS PUBLIC INCONVENIENCE with reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience. b. Grading – An offense under subsection (a) constitutes a misdemeanor of the first degree. c. Definition – As used in this section, the term “communicates” means conveys in person or by written or electronic means including telephone, electronic mail, Internet, facsimile, telex and similar transmissions. 3. Section 2707 – Propulsion of Missiles into an Occupied Vehicle. a. Whoever intentionally throws, shoots, or propels a rock, stone, or a piece of iron, steel or other like metal, or any deadly or dangerous missile, or fire bomb, into a vehicle or instrumentality of public transportation that is occupied by one or more person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree. 4. Section 2709 – Harassment a. A person commits a summary offense when, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another person: i. he strikes, shoves, kicks or otherwise subjects him to physical contact – or attempts or threatens to do the same; or ii. he follows a person in or about a public place or places; or iii. he engages in a course or repeatedly commits acts which alarm or seriously annoy such other person and which serve no legitimate purpose. 5. Section 3304 – Criminal Mischief a. offense defined – a person is guilty of criminal mischief if he: i. damages tangible property of another intentionally, recklessly, or by negligence in the employment of fire, explosives, or other dangerous means relating to causing or risking catastrophe. ii. Intentionally or recklessly tampers with tangible property of another so as to endanger person or property; or iii. Intentionally or recklessly causes another to suffer pecuniary loss by deception or threat. b. Grading – Criminal mischief is a felony of the third degree if the actor intentionally causes pecuniary loss in excess of $5.00 or a substantial interruption or impairment of public communication, transportation, supply of water, gas or power, or other service. It is a misdemeanor of the second degree if the actor intentionally causes pecuniary loss in excess of $1,000 or a misdemeanor of the third degree if he intentionally or recklessly causes pecuniary loss in excess of $500. Otherwise the mischief is a summary offense. 6. Section 3305 – Injuring or Tampering with Fire Apparatus, Hydrants a. Whoever willfully and maliciously cuts, injures, damages, or destroys or defaces any fire hydrant or any fire hose or fire engine, or other public or private fire equipment or any apparatus appertaining to the same commits a misdemeanor of the third degree. 7. Section 5503 – Disorderly Conduct a. Offense Defined – A person is guilty of disorderly conduct if, with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, he: (1) Engages in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior; or (2) Makes unreasonable noise; or (3) Uses obscene language, or makes an obscene gesture; or (4) Creates a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose to the actor. b. Grading – an offense under this section is a misdemeanor of the third degree if the intent of the actor is to cause substantial harm or serious inconvenience, or if he persists in disorderly conduct after reasonable warning or request to desist. Otherwise disorderly conduct is a summary offense. 30
c. Definition – As used in this section the word “public” means affecting or likely to affect persons in a place to which the public or a substantial group has access; among the places included are highway, transport facilities, schools, prisons, apartment houses, places of business or amusement, any neighborhood, or any premises which are open to the public. 8. Section 912 – Possession of weapons on school property a. Definition – Notwithstanding the definition of “weapon” in section 907 (relating to the possessing of instruments of crime), “weapon” for purposes of this section shall include but not be limited to any knife, cutting instrument, cutting tool, nun-chuck, stick, firearm, shotgun, rifle and any other tool, instrument or implement capable of inflicting serious bodily injury. b. Offense Defined – A person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree if he possesses a weapon in the building of, on the grounds of, or in any conveyance providing transportation to or from any elementary or secondary publicly-funded educational institution, any elementary or secondary private school licensed by the Department of Education or any elementary or secondary parochial school. c. Defense – It shall be a defense that the weapon is possessed and used in conjunction with a lawful supervised school activity or course or is possessed for other lawful purpose. 9. Act 145, Section 6306.1 – use of tobacco in schools prohibited a. Offense Defined – A pupil who possesses or uses tobacco in a school building, a school bus or on school property owned by, leased by or under the control of a school district commits a summary offense. b. Grading – A pupil who commits an offense under this section shall be subject to prosecution initiated by the local school district and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine or not more than $50 for the benefit of the school district in which such offending pupil resides, and to pay court costs. When a pupil is charged with violating subsection (a), the court may admit the offender to an adjudication alternative as authorized under 24 PA.C.S. Section 1520 (relating to adjudication alternative program) in lieu of imposing the fine. c. Nature of Offense – A summary offense under this section shall not be a criminal offense of record, shall not be reportable as a criminal offense of record, shall not be reportable as a criminal act and shall not be placed on the criminal record of the offending school-age person if any such record exists. d. Definitions – As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection: “Pupil” – a person between the ages of 6 and 21 years who is enrolled in school. “School” – a school operated by a joint board, board of directors or school board where pupils are enrolled in compliance with A the Act of March 10, 1949 (P.L. 30, No. 14) known as the Public School Code of 1949, including area vocational technical schools and intermediate units. “Tobacco” A lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or other lighted smoking product and smokeless tobacco in any form. 624 Student Search and Seizure Policy Purpose and Authority: The primary purpose and justification for any search is the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the students, school property, and the educational process. The administration may search a student, student’s lockers or student’s vehicle and seize any illegal materials found. Such materials may be used as evidence against the student in disciplinary, juvenile, and/or criminal proceedings. Prior to a locker or vehicle search, if possible, the student will be notified and given an opportunity to be present. However, when the administration and staff have a reasonable suspicion that the student, locker or vehicle contains materials, which create a threat to the health, welfare, and/or safety of other students or the staff at the school, a search may be conducted without prior notice. An administrator will conduct all searches with a staff member present as a witness. Searches of student do not require parental consent prior to conducting the search, but the school official shall notify the parent that a personal search of the student was conducted as soon as practicable after the search has occurred. The district reserves the right to conduct searches of it property when reasonable suspicion exists. 1. Personal Searches: A student’s person or personal property (purse, book bag, jacket, trousers) may be searched whenever the administration has reasonable suspicion to believe that he/she is in possession of illegal or unauthorized materials. 31
When deemed necessary, an administrator and a witness, of which the individual performing the search is the same sex as the subject, will conduct a pat down search of a student in private. A student will not be required to remove any article of clothing where the student’s right of privacy would be infringed. Where there is belief that a more invasive search is necessary, proper legal authorities will be notified to conduct any necessary searches. 2. Locker and Desk Searches: Student lockers and desks are school property and remain at all times under the control of the school. The school reserves the right to inspect lockers at any time without notice and without consent. Students are expected to assume full responsibility for the security and contents of their lockers. Periodic locker inspections may be conducted by the administration at any time during the school year. The search of a student(s)’ locker(s) will only be made upon reasonable suspicion that the student has illegal materials or when there has been a violation of a school rule or regulation. The school will provide the opportunity to have the student present when a locker is searched, except in the case of imminent danger to health and security. Upon reasonable suspicion that a generalized drug or weapons policy exists, trained dogs under the authority of a local law enforcement agent, may be utilized without notice to the student population. A student’s locker, vehicle, or belongings may be subject to additional search per this policy, if particular suspicion arises as the result of the dog sniff. 3. Vehicle Searches: Students are granted a permit to park on school grounds as a matter of privilege, not of right. The school retains the authority to conduct routine checks of student vehicles. A drug/explosive detection dog may be used when there is reasonable suspicion of a generalized problem or presence of weapons or explosives in student vehicles. Interior inspections will be conducted when the administration has a reasonable suspicion that there are illegal or unauthorized materials contained inside the vehicle, or a school rule has been violated. Where the interior of a student’s vehicle is to be inspected, the following guidelines are to be followed: a. Where a school official has reasonable suspicion or has made observations in plain view, the student shall be notified and given the opportunity to be present for the inspection of the interior of the vehicle. However, where there is reason to suspect that the student vehicle contains materials, which pose an immediate threat to the health, safety or welfare of the student(s) or staff, the student vehicles may be searched without prior warning or presence of the students. b. Any illegal, unauthorized, contraband or prohibited articles found in the student vehicle may be seized and used for evidence in disciplinary, juvenile or criminal proceedings. Materials found which may constitute a violation of law may be referred to law enforcement officials for possible prosecution. 627 Unauthorized Weapons The Northwestern Lehigh School Board wishes to provide a safe school environment. Therefore, unauthorized weapons or look-a-likes will not be permitted by students on school property at school-sponsored activities or on school transportation to a school or school-sponsored activity. The definition of weapons includes, but is not limited to: Any firearms; any explosive devices including firecrackers (fused devices which require ignition), tear gas canisters, smoke bombs; mace; knives; razors; cutting instruments; cutting tools; throwing stars; nun-chuck sticks; chains and any other tool, instrument, or implement used to inflict serious body injury. The disposition of weapons violation will be dealt with through Act 26 Section 1317.2. Students found in violation of School Board Policy 627 may also be subject to legal actions and charges through PA Act 167 (see page 35, section 912). In the event a student uses a weapon to intimidate, scare, threaten or harm another person, maximum disciplinary action will be recommended by the administration. In each case which involves unauthorized possession of a weapon, the age and grade level of the child, and the intent of the action, will be taken into consideration regarding the extent of intensity of punishment, including the implementation of (legislated mandatory) expulsion. In each case, the nature of the weapon will be the first criteria for determining the appropriateness of police contact (contact always made in case of a firearm or explosive and all cases involving the expulsion of a student). The following Disciplinary Code shall serve as the approved disciplinary consequence for weapons violation as defined by this policy and/or Act 26.
628 - Terroristic Threats / Acts The Board recognizes the danger that terroristic threats and acts present to the safety and welfare of district students, staff and community. The Board acknowledges the need for an immediate and effective response to a situation involving such a threat or act. Terroristic threat – shall mean to commit violence communicated with the intent to terrorize another, to cause evacuation of a building or to cause, or threaten to cause a material disruption to the educational process, or is in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience. Terroristic act – shall mean an offense against property or involving danger to another person or persons. The Board prohibits any district student, while under the direct or indirect supervision of district personnel, from communicating terroristic threats or committing terroristic acts directed at any students, employee, board member, or any other person or facility. The use of school facilities for communicating such threats or committing such acts against any person or entity is also prohibited. The Board directs the Superintendent to react promptly and appropriately to information and knowledge concerning a possible or actual terroristic threat or act. Staff members and students shall be responsible for informing the building administration/supervisor immediately regarding any information or knowledge relevant to a possible or actual terroristic threat or act. The building principal/supervisor shall immediately inform the Superintendent after receiving a report of such a threat or act. When an administrator has evidence that a student has made a terroristic threat or committed a terroristic act, the following guidelines shall be applied: 1. The building principal/supervisor may consider immediate suspension of a student for a period of up to ten (10) days, following the provision of due process for the student and for the purpose of completing an investigation. 2. The building principal shall promptly report the incident to the Superintendent and, if necessary, law enforcement officials. 3. When an administrator has sufficient, credible evidence that a student violated this policy, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken that may include expulsion from school. 4. In the case of exceptional students, the district will take all steps necessary to comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. 33
310 - Smoking / Tobacco Policy Research from many responsible sources has determined smoking to be hazardous to the health of the smoker as well as the non-smoker. The Surgeon General of the United States has issued a warning of a similar nature to the information stated above. In light of this information and a required action by the State of all school district and intermediate units, this policy is hereby issued: I. Use or possession of tobacco: Effective February 18, 2001, all persons, including students, employees, and visitors, are prohibited from using tobacco in any form in school buildings, on school vehicles, and on all school property. The prohibition against student tobacco use includes possession of tobacco in any form. Tobacco includes a lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or other smoking product or material and smokeless tobacco in any form. II. Locations where prohibited: This prohibition extends to all buses, vans, and other vehicles owned by, leased by, or under the control of a school district. The prohibition further extends to all school buildings, stadiums, bleachers, or any other form of property owned by, leased by, or under the control of a school district. Students, staff, and public found to be in violation of the Clean Air Act or Act 128 as applicable will be prosecuted and subject to a fine to a maximum of $50 as determined by the District Magistrate. Application of this Act for students is as follows: K-4 - 1st offense: 1. Conference with students and parents 2. Possible prosecution through the Clean Air Act or Act 128 3. Action according to Policy 603B K-4 - 2nd offense: 1. Action according to Policy 603B 2. Prosecution through Clean Air Act or Act 128 Grades 5-12 - All offenses: 1. Action according to Policy 603A or 603M 2. Prosecution through Clean Air Act or Act 128 (see page 35, Act 145, Section 6306) 315 - Harassment Policy Purpose: The Northwestern Lehigh School District seeks to establish and maintain a learning and working environment that is free from the negative effects of all forms of harassment (physical, oral, sexual, written). The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines and procedures for responding to complaints related to harassment. Employees and students are encouraged by the Board to report incidences of harassment. Retaliation in any form against a person who has filed a complaint relating to harassment is forbidden and considered grounds for disciplinary action. (see pages 34, section 2709) 727 – Technology Use Policy ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR NORTHWESTERN LEHIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT COMPUTER AND NETWORK RESOURCES Section I. Responsibilities and Privileges a. Purpose and Goals of District Provision of Internet Access The Northwestern Lehigh School District will provide access to the Internet for students—with their parents’ or guardians’ consent--and staff members, to locate material to meet their educational needs. School library media specialists and teachers will work together to help students develop the critical thinking skills necessary to discriminate among information sources, to identify information appropriate to their age and developmental levels, and to evaluate and use information to meet educational goals that are consistent with the school district’s strategic plan and student learning outcomes. Access to the Internet through school resources is a privilege, not a right, and may be revoked for anyone who uses these resources inappropriately as determined by school district authorities. Communications issued over the computer network should be initiated with cautions similar to any written or U.S. Mail communication. (i.e. access to content, liability of written word) b. Inappropriate Materials Warning Due to the nature of the Internet as a global network connecting thousands of computers around the world, inappropriate materials, including pornography and obscenity, can be accessed through the network. The 34
Northwestern Lehigh School District cannot completely block access to these resources because of the nature of the technology that allows the Internet to operate. Accessing these and similar types of resources will be considered an unacceptable use of school district resources and will result in suspension of network privileges and disciplinary action as outlined in appropriate district policies. Through a program of education, the school district will educate students and teachers regarding their individual responsibility to refrain from engaging in this and other unacceptable uses of the network and as to the consequences of their actions if they do so. Section II. Authority The Northwestern Lehigh School District reserves the right to determine which network services will be provided through school district resources. It reserves the right to view and monitor all applications provided through the network, including email, and to log Internet use by students and staff. The school district reserves the right to revoke user privileges, remove user accounts, and refer to legal authorities when appropriate violation of this and any other applicable district policies, including those governing network use, copyright, security, and vandalism of district resources and equipment. The Northwestern Lehigh School District bears no responsibility for information that is lost, damaged or unavailable due to technical problems. • Use of the network which results in any copyright violation. • Use of the network that is not consistent with the school district’s strategic plan and student learning outcomes during prescribed work day. • Use of the network to gain unauthorized access to remote computers or networks. • Use of computer and network resources that is wasteful or an unfair monopolization of the resources to the exclusion of others. • The illegal installation, distribution, reproduction or use of copyrighted software on district computers. • Loading, downloading, installing, or use of any games, programs, files or other electronic media to a local hard drive without the permission of the building computer coordinator. • Use of the network during prescribed work day to communicate through email for non-educational purposes or activities. • Use of the network to intentionally obtain or modify files, passwords, or data belonging to other users. • Use of the network to misrepresent other users on the network. • Use of school technology or the network for fraudulent copying, communications or modifications of materials in violation of local, state, and federal laws. • Malicious use of the network to develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer system and/or damage the software components of a computer system. • Destruction of district computer hardware or software. • Use of the network to participate in Internet Relay Chats (on-line-real-time conversations) by students. • Use of the network to facilitate any illegal activity. • Use of the network for commercial or for-profit purposes. • Use of the network for product advertisement or political lobbying. • Use of the network which results in additional costs incurred to the district. • Movement and reconfiguration of all technology-related equipment by students and unauthorized staff. Section III. To the greatest extent possible, users of the network will be protected from harassment and unwanted or unsolicited communication. Any network user who receives threatening or unwelcome communications shall report such immediately to a teacher or administrator. Network users shall not reveal personal information to other users on the network, including chat rooms, email, Internet, etc. Any district computer/server utilized by students and staff shall be equipped with Internet blocking/filtering software. Internet safety measures shall effectively address the following: 1. Control of access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web. 2. Safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communication. 3. Prevention of unauthorized online access by minors, including “hacking” and other unlawful activities. 4. Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors. 5. Restriction of minor’s access to materials harmful to them. 35
Northwestern Lehigh School District INTERNET ACCESS AGREEMENT FORM The Northwestern Lehigh School District will provide access to the Internet for students who have their parent or guardian’s permission to use the network and for school employees who agree to the provisions, requirements, and prohibitions on network use outlined in District Policy 727. This policy strictly prohibits the following activities and any other determined by district authorities to be unacceptable uses of the network: • Allowing another person to use an assigned account. • Use of the network for non-work or non-school related communications during work hours. • Use of the network to access or transmit obscene or pornographic material. • Use of the network to transmit material likely to be offensive or objectionable to recipients. • Use of the network to participate in inappropriate and/or objectionable discussions or news groups. • Use of the network to engage in hate mail, harassment, discriminatory remarks, and other antisocial communications on the network. • Use of the network, which results in any copyright violation. • Use of the network that is not consistent with the school district’s strategic plan and student learning outcomes. • Use of the network to gain unauthorized access to remote computers or networks. • Use of computer and network resources that is wasteful or an unfair monopolization of the resources to the exclusion of others. • The illegal installation, distribution, reproduction or use of copyrighted software on district computers. • Loading, downloading, installing, or use of any games, programs, files or other electronic media to the local hard drive without the permission of the building computer coordinator. • Use of the network during work hours to communicate through email for non-educational purposes or activities. • Use of the network to intentionally obtain or modify files, passwords, or data belonging to other users. • Use of the network to misrepresent other users on the network • Use of school technology or the network for fraudulent copying, communications or modifications of materials in violation of local, state, and federal laws. • Malicious use of the network to develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer system and/or damage the software components of a computer system. • Destruction of district computer hardware or software. • Use of the network to participate in Internet Relay Chats (on-line-real-time conversations) by students. • Use of the network to facilitate any illegal activity. • Use of the network for commercial or for-profit purposes. • Use of the network for product advertisement or political lobbying. • Use of the network, which results in additional costs, incurred to the district. • Movement and reconfiguration of all technology-related equipment by students and unauthorized staff. SAMPLE CLASSROOM INTERNET FORM (for teacher use) Northwestern Lehigh School District Internet Access Agreement Form As the parent/guardian of _____________________________________ (student name) of the Northwestern Lehigh School District, I have read School District Policy 727 governing access to the Internet through school resources and agree with its terms. I understand that this access is being provided for educational purposes only. I understand that Northwestern Lehigh School District cannot restrict access to all controversial and inappropriate materials and I will not hold it responsible for materials/information acquired on the network. I hereby give permission to issue access for my child. Parent/Guardian (please print): _____________________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature: ______________________________________ Date: _________________________ Policy 727 Board Approved 4/17/96 updated 9/23/97
904 - Unauthorized Sports/Vehicles Policy It is the School Board’s position that involvement in the following sports is of high risk and poses an uncontrollable danger to students, pedestrians, and school facilities. Use of skateboards, in-line skates, and related roller activities are prohibited on school district property. Operation of motorized vehicles such as mini-bikes, go-karts, 3- and 4-wheelers, and snowmobiles, or any other unlicensed/unauthorized motorized vehicles, are prohibited on school district property. Violators will be provided an official written warning for first offenses. Repeat offenders will be prosecuted for trespassing on school district property. ACTIVITIES/ATHLETICS After School Activities Participation in after school activities requires the following standards: 1. Pupils may not remain in the school building in an unassigned or unsupervised area. 2. Students must remain in the area of the activity with the supervisor. 3. Corridor travel is restricted except to and from the activity to the nearest exit. School halls are off limits to students as of 3:30 each day without club or staff supervision. 4. Students must await the arrival of the supervision before entering the place of activity or partaking in activity. 5. No activity may be held without the supervision of the teacher/advisor. 6. Student violations will be dealt with through the discipline code as a Level II offense. Class Organization & Accounts Each sophomore class elects officers at the beginning of the school term. Class dues, a class motto, a class flower and class colors are selected by a majority vote in the freshman year. Two staff advisors are elected/assigned to work with the class during the three years in the high school. Each class sponsors specific functions and fund-raising activities. All monies raised must be deposited in the general Student Activities Account in the name of the appropriate Class Account. It is important that all students understand their CLASS ACCOUNT. Students should know how money is raised, how money is spent, and how money is managed. Each class has its own account. A dual ledger sheet is kept for each class by the class treasurer and the business office secretary in the Student Activities Account. Each time a deposit is made into your class account, your treasurer is given a receipt for the money deposited. Each year, the class account, along with the entire Student Activities Account, is audited by accountants to verify the system. Money for class accounts is raised in several ways: 1. Class dues 2. Fund-raising (approved by the administration – limitation of two per year) 1. Fund Raising - To give everyone fair opportunity and to avoid exploiting the community, each class/organization is limited to two (2) fund-raising activities per year. This must be scheduled and approved through the activities office by the advisor. Receipts are to be issued for all sales. Collection of funds is the responsibility of the advisor. 2. Class Treasurer - The class treasurer is one of the most important officers of your class. He/She must be honest and reliable because he/she is entrusted with the handling of large sums of money through class dues and fund raising projects. Each time the treasurer makes a deposit into your class account, the treasurer is given a receipt by the activities office. The treasurer or appointed designee is to be the only students who may deposit money into the account. Money is to be submitted to the office in an envelope designating the activity of deposit. 3. Spending Money - Spending money from your account must be authorized by your advisor and student treasurer. All purchases must be accomplished through the activities office by obtaining a school purchase order. ONLY THE PRESIDENT and/or class treasurer along with the authorization of the ADVISORS may authorize spending money from the account. Prior to any purchase of supply, service or materials an approved purchase order must be secured from the principal and signed minutes reflecting club approval of the expenditure.
Academic Eligibility Policy for Extra-curricular Activities and Athletics I. Academic Eligibility Policy Philosophy: The extra-curricular and athletic programs offered in grades 5 – 12 at Northwestern Lehigh School District are an important and integral part of the total school program of each student. It is the goal of Northwestern Lehigh to educate each child to the best of his or her ability. Because of our strong commitment to scholastic excellence, and due to our philosophy of serving students, academic eligibility standards and guidelines have been developed for all extra-curricular and athletic programs. II. High School Academic Eligibility Standards for Extra-Curricular and Athletic Activities: A. At the beginning of Each Semester (beginning of 1st & 3rd Marking Periods): In order to be eligible for extra-curricular activities or athletics at the beginning of each semester, a student must have passed at least three (3) courses (not including flex option) during the previous semester. (“Final” grades for the courses shall be used to determine eligibility.) 1. Period of Ineligibility: In cases where a student’s work during a previous semester, does not meet the aforementioned academic standards, he/she shall be deemed ineligible to compete and/or perform in contests and/or events for a period of fifteen (15) school days. B. At the Beginning of the 2nd & 4th Marking Period: In order to be eligible for extra-curricular activities or athletics at the beginning of the 2nd & 4th marking period, a student must have passed at least two (2) courses (not including flex option) during the previous marking period. 1. Period of Ineligibility: In cases where a student’s work during a previous semester, does not meet the aforementioned academic standards, he/she shall be deemed ineligible to compete and/or perform in contests and/or events for a period of fifteen (15) school days. C. During the School Year: In order to be eligible for extra-curricular activities or athletics at the Northwestern Lehigh High School the following conditions must be met: 1. The student must be passing at least four (4) courses per making period (not including flex option). Eligibility shall be cumulative on a year-to-date basis, shall be reported on a weekly basis, and shall be filed in the office of the High School Principal and Director of Athletics & Student Activities. a. If the student is reported as failing any one (1) subject year-to-date, the student will be placed on “academic warning”. During this time, it is required that the student seeks remediation from the appropriate teacher(s) or approved tutor(s), as necessary, until a passing grade year-to-date is achieved. A student who is reported as failing the same course for a period of three (3) consecutive weeks shall be deemed ineligible to compete and/or perform in contests and/or events for a period of seven (7) days, beginning the immediately following Sunday through Saturday inclusive. i. Once, as of any Friday, the academic standards have been met, the student will be able to compete and/or perform beginning the following Sunday. b. If a student is reported as failing any two (2) or more subjects year-to-date as of any Friday, he/she shall be ineligible to compete and/or perform in contests and/or events for a period of seven (7) days, beginning the immediately following Sunday through Saturday inclusive. i. Once, as of any Friday, the academic standards have been met, the student will be able to compete and/or perform beginning the following Sunday. *** The aforementioned standards are in compliance with PIAA Academic Eligibility Standards. D. A student will no longer be eligible to participate in High School Athletics when he/she reaches his/her nineteenth (19th) birthday as defined by the PIAA guidelines. E. No student, who has been enrolled in grades 9 – 12 for eight semesters, shall thereafter be eligible. The maximum high school (grades 9 – 12) participation shall be four (4) years in any one sport. F. Each Student that participates in any sport or activity must acknowledge that all school-issued equipment or supplies must be returned at the end of the season, regardless of the condition of the equipment. If the equipment is not returned, the student is responsible for the full price based upon the replacement costs as determined by the Director of Athletics & Student Activities in coordination with local vendors. Academic Eligibility Standards for Extra-Curricular Activities and Athletics apply to the following list at the High School: Activities (High School) – (No Clubs or Co-curricular) Fall Drama Debate Spring Musical Twirling Scholastic Scrimmage Cheerleading 38
Athletics Football (Middle School, JV, Varsity) Field Hockey (Middle School, JV, Varsity) Boys & Girls Soccer (JV and Varsity) Boys & Girls Basketball (Junior High-Boys, Middle School-Girls, JV, Varsity) Boys & Girls Cross Country (Middle School and Varsity)
Wrestling (Junior High, JV, Varsity) Baseball (JV and Varsity) Softball (JV and Varsity) Boys & Girls Track and Field Golf (Varsity)
Athletic Events The school district and the PIAA expect the highest standards of sportsmanship to be met in all athletic contests under its control. NWLSD agrees that: 1. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any athletic contests. 2. Players, coaches, and fans are asked to refrain from any use of foul or abrasive language. 3. Throwing of objects onto the playing arena is strictly prohibited. 4. Home and visiting spectators are asked to remain in designated areas. 5. Running onto any playing area is prohibited. 6. No food, gum or soda shall be brought into the gym area. 7. Students shall refrain from booing, whistling, shouting or showing any poor behavior toward the cheerleaders or referees. 8. No signs or hand-held banners are permitted. 9. Once a student exits the area of the athletic contest they will not be allowed to reenter. REMEMBER THAT THE REPUTATION OF THE SCHOOL DEPENDS UPON YOUR CONDUCT DURING AND AFTER THE GAME. ENDEAVOR TO MAKE YOUR SCHOOL KNOWN FOR ITS GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP. Athletic & Extracurricular Activity Code (Full supplement is distributed prior to each season) The fundamental purpose of the extracurricular and athletic programs in the Northwestern Lehigh School District is to promote the physical, mental, social, emotional, and moral well-being of its participants. It is hoped that these programs will be a positive force in preparing our youth for an enriching and critical role in American life. The extracurricular and athletic programs are an important and integral part of the total school program and are open to participation by all students regardless of individual differences. Through voluntary participation, the participant gives time, energy and loyalty to the program. In order to contribute to the welfare of his/her event, the participant must be willing to accept the training rules, regulations, and responsibilities, which are unique to an extracurricular or athletic program. It should be clearly understood that the same standard of behavior and discipline for the regular student shall also apply to the extracurricular/athletic student participant and any violation of the “Student Conduct Policy” may result in forfeiture of the privilege of participating in a Northwestern extracurricular or athletic program. A. General Rules and Regulations 1. As a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Northwestern Lehigh High School strictly abides by and enforces its rules in all cases of eligibility, transfer, physical exams, starting dates, etc. Each coach has the responsibility to know, to inform team members and their parents, and to enforce school and PIAA regulations regarding these matters. 2. Civil Law infractions will be handled in accordance with the “Athletic Honor Code”. 3. Violations of the Northwestern Lehigh School District “Student Conduct Policy” which requires administrative action will be handled in accordance with the provisions of the specific sections as outlined in the “Student Handbook”. For example, if a violation involves a three-day suspension, in school or out, the student will be suspended from practices/games for those days. 4. Use and abuse of drugs, alcohol and narcotics – A student athlete/extracurricular participant found in possession of or under the influence of drugs, alcohol, narcotics, or anabolic steroids, within the school authority shall be subject to disciplinary action in compliance with the school discipline and drug alcohol policy as outlined in the Student/Parent Handbook, in addition to the “Athletic Conduct Code” as distributed prior to each season. In addition, they would be subject to the following guidelines. 39
a. Upon return from the suspension from school, the student shall be ineligible to participate in any athletic/extracurricular workout, practice and/or contest for 40 school days. The student may regain their eligibility after that period of time. b. Dismissal from the team for the remainder of the current season c. Referral to the Student Assistant Program. d. Referral to the Lehigh County Drug & Alcohol Intake Unit for evaluation and compliance must be met concerning all recommendations. e. If appropriate, referral to the proper law enforcement agency. 5. A student athlete/extracurricular participant found selling or providing drugs, alcohol, narcotics, or anabolic steroids, within the school authority shall be subject to disciplinary action in compliance with the school discipline policy and drug/alcohol policy as outlined in the Student/Parent Handbook in addition to the ”Athletic Conduct Code” as distributed prior to each season. In addition, they would be subject to the following guidelines: a. Upon return from the suspension from school, the student shall be ineligible to participate in any athletic/extracurricular workout, practice, contest, etc. for a period of 90 calendar days. The student may regain their eligibility after that period of time. b. Dismissal from the team for the remainder of the current season. c. Referral to the Student Assistance Program. d. Referral to the Lehigh County Drug & Alcohol Intake Unit for evaluation and compliance must be met concerning all recommendations. e. If appropriate, referral to the proper law enforcement agency. 6. Steroid use – Senate Bill 454, Act 93, Pennsylvania Law mandates that any pupil involved in school related athletics is prohibited from utilizing anabolic steroids in any form with the exception for valid medical purpose. The State Act indicates the following minimum penalties for violation of this policy; b. First violation, suspension from school athletics for the remainder of the sports season. c. Second violation, suspension from school athletics for the remainder of the season and for the following season. d. Third violation, permanent suspension from school athletics. e. No student shall be eligible to resume participation in school athletics unless there has been a medical determination that no residual evidence of steroids exists. The Board may require participation in any drug counseling, rehabilitation, testing or other program as a condition of reinstatement into the school athletic program. In addition, this offense would be dealt with as a Level III discipline code violation. 7. A display of unsportsmanlike conduct toward an opponent or official or the use of profanity during a practice or contest will result in counseling by the head coach/advisor and possible suspension from the team. (see Athletic Honor Code) 8. An athlete may not quit one sport and go out for another after the season has begun without mutual consent of both coaches. This includes participation in pre-season “intramurals”. An athlete may only participate in one school-sponsored sport per season. 9. Students must travel to and from “away” contests in transportation provided by the Northwestern Lehigh School District. The only exceptions are: a. Injury or illness to a participant which would require alternative transportation. a. Arrangements made by the participant’s parent/guardian via a written note or email submitted to the coach and the athletic office 24 hours prior to the event. b. When school transportation is not provided and alternative means are approved by the school administration. 10. Loss/theft of equipment – if a student has an obligation for issued equipment, he/she may not participate during the next sport season or any further seasons until all obligations have been cleared. 11. In order to be eligible for a letter or other individual or team/activity awards, a participant must complete the entire season including play-offs, tournaments, etc. (Exception: injury which limits participation). No awards shall be given to any student suspended from the team for the remainder of a season for a violation of the “Student Conduct Policy.” 12. Additional rules and regulations from the head coach must be approved by the Principal and Athletic Director prior to the season. Any additional rules and regulations must be in writing and on file in the athletic office. The rules and regulations of the code shall apply to any violations, on or off school premises, during the season of participation. 40
B. School Attendance Requirements A student must be in school by 9:00 am in order to participate in an athletic or extracurricular contest/practice that day. An exception will be made if the student has an approved medical appointment; in which case, the student must present to the attendance office a signed statement from the doctor regarding the absence. A note from the parent/guardian for extenuating circumstance will be considered. A student who has been injured and has had medical treatment cannot participate again until the date indicated by the student’s doctor. C. Athletic team practices on days due to inclement weather conditions and early dismissal days as a result of weather Whenever the Northwestern Lehigh School District is closed due to inclement weather or other emergency conditions, all school events, i.e., extra curricular activities, interscholastic contests, practices, etc., shall be postponed. In extenuating circumstances decisions may be made by the Superintendent, in cooperation with the Principal, Athletic Director, and Director of Transportation. These events will not require mandatory student attendance. Interscholastic athletic contests over which the Northwestern Lehigh School District has control shall be rescheduled for the best mutually agreeable playing date. All other school events may be scheduled for the next earliest feasible date. Early dismissal of students on a district level due to emergency or inclement weather condition shall constitute the same “conditions that apply to school closings. All school events: extra curricular activities, interscholastic contest, practices, etc., shall be postponed. D. Extra Curricular Program Attendance Priorities Northwestern Lehigh Schools offer a wide variety of extracurricular and co-curricular programs to students. We believe that students need to develop fully and comprehensively with a healthy body and mind. Each student has a primary responsibility for academic success. It is further believed that students need an opportunity to experiment, explore, and participate in a variety of activities while in school. The following guidelines are established to resolve conflict arising from student participation in multiple activities. 1. Students engaged in a co-curricular activity are expected to fulfill scheduled public performance requirements (contests or events) as a first priority in the event of multiple school scheduled activity conflicts. 2. When a student is engaged in two or more practices sessions, the time will be equally divided between the two activities. 3. Scheduled performances, contests or events take precedence over another activity’s practice session. 4. Students involved in multiple activities must understand that conflicts may develop – requiring them to make choices regarding their participation. 5. In the event of conflicting schedules, students participating in one activity to the exclusion of another, within the parameters of this procedure, will not receive disciplinary consequences. 6. Significant conflicts not addressed by these procedures will be resolved by the building principal. DEFINITION APPENDIX a. Extracurricular activity --- a school sponsored activity supervised by a coach or advisor with a system of rules, procedures and expectations. b. Co-curricular activity – a school sponsored activity which is governed and defined by a written curriculum. These activities have a component of academic credit. Activities Available Are: Cheerleading Track Softball Baseball Basketball Football Wrestling Field Hockey Soccer Cross Country FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Jazz Band Band Chorus Theater / Drama Band Front Newspaper Yearbook Debate Ski Club Computer Team FCCLA Science Club 41 National Honor Society Student Council Scholastic Scrimmage SADD Indoor Twirling FEA Intramural Volleyball Lit Magazine Friends for Life Key Club FLIC
Dance Regulations 1. Students must identify themselves upon request. 2. Student guests are permitted provided that a Northwestern student registers his/her guests in the high school office. This list is to be used for identification purposes at each dance. Guests must be registered the day of the dance; or, in the case of a Saturday dance, guests must be registered on Friday. 3. Smoking or drinking on school premises is forbidden – the premises of the school to be defined as all school property, both buildings and grounds. Any student who infracts this rule shall be subject to the same penalties as if the infraction were committed during a regular school day. 4. Chaperones are delegated full authority to remove, reprimand, or report any student who violates any regulation. 5. There is no loitering outside of the building. If a student leaves the building, it shall be for the purpose of evacuating school premises. No one can be admitted after leaving the building. 6. The group sponsoring the dance shall be responsible for obtaining the following: Two (2) teachers and responsible parents or Three (3) teachers. Both options should include at least one (1) male and one (1) female chaperone. 7. Chaperone duties include the supervision of lavatories, dance area, and the lobby, and are to be determined by the chaperones. One (1) teacher, designated by the sponsoring group, shall be named the coordinator of chaperone’s duties. 8. Class officers, Student Council Members, or delegated students shall share the responsibility of enforcement. 9. The sponsoring group shall make all chaperones (teachers and/or parents) aware of these regulations prior to the dance. 10. Security police must be obtained for patrol of the grounds during the dances. Arrangements will be made by the Principal and Assistant Principal upon approval of the dance. Any student who is removed from the dance shall be reported to the security police for removal from the premises. The names of any students shall also be given to the Assistant Principal by the delegated chaperones in charge. 11. Any band hired should be informed that: b. They are expected to maintain appropriate standards of dress, grooming, and behavior. c. Only actual band members will be admitted. No guest or followers will be permitted. d. No publicity will be permitted except through school channels. 12. District dress code must be adhered to at all times. 13. Provocative and/or inappropriate dancing will not be permitted.
STUDENT COUNCIL CONSTITUTION Article 1 – Name Section 1 – The name of this organization shall be the Student Council of the Northwestern Lehigh High School, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania. Article II – Purpose Section 1 – The purpose of this organization shall be to: a. Create and foster an aura of understanding, cooperation, and school spirit among students, faculty and administration; b. Provide a forum for student expression; c. Provide democratic school government through representation and participation of the student body in school affairs and; d. Promote policies designed for the betterment and general welfare of the school; e. Foster community relations. Article III – Power and Authority Section 1 – The Student Council members are delegated to it by the student body. However, the Principal or the Assistant Principal has the right to veto an act of the Council or to revoke any of the powers held by the Student Council.
Article IV – Membership Section 1 – The student council shall consist of representatives in grades 9 –12 who are elected by the respective grades. Section 2 – Qualification requirements for all delegates shall be at least an overall “C” average. Section 3 – Duties of each representative shall be: a. To attend ALL formal meetings of the Student Council; b. To attend all informal sessions of Council except when obligated by regularly scheduled classes; c. To be an active member and participant in all major council activities/events, ie: Mr. Northwestern, Food and Clothing Drive, Dances and Pep Rally; d. To be a member of a least one committee throughout the school year; e. To report all Student Council information to his fellow classmates (via flex rooms). Section 4 – All representatives shall have one vote in all legislative matters. Section 5 – The advisor shall be a member of the faculty appointed by the administration. The advisor is an “exofficio” member of all committees, and shall advise and assist the council in any way possible. The term of office shall be left to the discretion of the administration and/or advisor(s). Section 6 – The term of all representatives shall end at graduation of that year. Article V – Officers Section 1 – The officers of the Student Council shall be the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and School Store Managers. Section 2 – Qualification requirements for officers are to follow the guidelines in Article V section 7: Section 3 – The President shall: a. Preside at all meetings of the Student Council. b. Serves as “ex-officio” member of all committees. c. Appoint all committees with the approval of Council and the advisors. Section 4 – The Vice-President shall: a. Perform all the duties of the President in case of his/her absence or inability to serve. b. Oversee the structure and activity of all committees Section 5 – The Secretary shall: a. Take roll call and accurate minutes of all meetings. b. Distribute minutes to each council member via email. c. Handle all correspondence d. See that all outgoing correspondence received the President’s signature. Section 6 – The Treasurer shall: a. Attend to all financial matters and keep a record of the expenditures and receipts. b. Head store managers. c. Head fund raising committees. Section 7 – Election of Officers: a. To be eligible for nomination to the Presidency, the candidate must meet certain criteria. This candidate must : (1) be of the junior or senior class during the term he/she serves; (2) hold a “B” or better average during the present school year (junior year) and have (1) one year experience in the Northwestern Lehigh Student Council in his/her high school years (grades 9 –11). May not hold office in National Honor Society or be a Class Officer. b. To be eligible for nomination to the offices of Student Council, which includes Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and School Store Managers, the candidate must meet certain criteria. These candidates must (1) be of the junior or senior class during the term he/she serves; (2) hold a “B” or better average during the present school year (sophomore or junior years, respectfully); (3) have 1 (one) year of Student Council experience, which must in his/her senior year (grades 9 –11); (4) must be as active as half of the members in the student council of the previous year. c. If the candidate meets all of the set criteria, he or she may obtain an application from the Student Council advisor. This application will consist of questions including; name; office he/she wishes to run for; grade level; grade average of present school year; Student Council experience; teacher recommendations from 3 (three) teachers of the candidate’s choice in high school; a petition of 75 (seventy-five) student signatures; extracurricular activities; goals; platform; philosophies; past performances, etc. d. Student Council itself will nominate those who it feels are the most qualified to run for the officer of the President. These people will already have met the set criteria. There is no set limit on the number of nominations that will be made. 43
e. Upon completion of nomination by the Council, those wishing to run for office of President must then apply for office (using the format outlined in Section 7 – letter c). After the completion of all necessary requirements, the candidates will have the opportunity to campaign and to be voted on. The person securing the majority of the student body’s votes will become president. f. For the offices other than President, candidates must apply for office (using the format outlined in Section 7 –letter c). After completion of all necessary requirements, the candidates will be voted upon by all of the student council members of the present year. g. The calendar for Presidential elections shall be: 1) A date for nominations will be established by the council during the first meeting in April. 2) One week from the determined date shall be allowed for candidates to fill and return the application. 3) The second week after the determined dates shall be designated for the purpose of the council to review all applications and confirm nominations 4) The third week from the designated date shall be allowed for the campaign procedures of the candidates. 5) After these series of allowed periods have been completed, the vote for the incoming Student Council President shall take place. h. The calendar for election of officers other than President and Student Council Representative shall be: 1) a date for nominations will be established by the council during the first meeting in April (corresponding to date set in Article V, Section 7 – letter g, sub-article 1). 2) One week from the determined date shall be allowed for candidates to fill and return the application (as defined for Officers in Article V, Section 7 – letter c, and as defined for Representatives to include three teacher signatures, five student signatures, and a form of ideas. 3) The second week after the determined date shall be designated for the purpose of the council to review all applications and confirm nominations. 4) After these series of allowed periods have been completed, the vote for the incoming Student Council officers other than President shall take place.
Article VI – Removal from Office and Vacancies Section 1 – Any officer or representative shall be warned after 2 unexcused absences and shall be dismissed after 3 unexcused absences from scheduled formal meetings. Any officer whose academic average falls below a B average and any representative whose academic average falls below a C average shall be warned. If his/her academic average doesn’t meet the standards within the next half of a marking period, he/she shall be dismissed. Any officer or representative shall be warned after receiving 2 detentions shall be dismissed after a third detention. Any officer or representative who is suspended from school shall be dismissed immediately. Officers are expected to participate in all student council activities. Participation will be determined upon a weighted point system. Representatives must have 50% of the possible points for each member. Representatives are expected to participate in enough student council activities to demonstrate that they recognize the value of being in student council. If participation falls below an acceptable level, the member in question shall be warned and given three weeks in which to improve his/her level of performance. If performance does not improve in that time period, the member shall be dismissed. Section 2 – A member shall be dismissed by receiving a letter that states the reason for the dismissal. The member shall then have 2 weeks in which to appeal the dismissal to the advisor and officers. The advisor and officers must reach a consensus of opinion to dismiss the student council member. Section 3 – All vacancies created in the position of a representative shall be filled by a candidate voted on by a majority of council members. Section 4 – All vacancies created during the term of any officer except President shall be filled by an appointment of the executive committee until a special election can be held. Section 5 – A vacancy in the office of President shall be filled automatically by the Vice President whose office shall be filled by a special election.
Article VII – Executive Committee Section 1 – The Executive Committee shall consist of all Student Council officers and advisors. Section 2 – Duties: a. The committee shall meet the day before each formal business meeting to plan the agenda. b. The committee shall carry out duties given it by the Student Council. Article VIII – Meetings Section 1 – Formal business meetings shall be held at least twice per month during the school year. Section 2 – Special meetings shall be called by the Executive Committee or by request of ¼ of the Student Council members. Section 3 – Any Student not on Council shall be allowed to participate in any meeting except for voting unless he/she does not have valid approval from his subject teacher. Section 4 – Cancellation of Meetings shall be left to the discretion of the Executive Committee. Article IX – Committees Section 1 – There shall be the following standing committees: Administrative Liaison, Social Action, Spirit, Community Service, Student Service, Teacher Liaison, and Buildings & Grounds Section 2 – Standing Committees a. All standing committees as well as their respective chairpersons shall be appointed by the president with the approval of the advisor and the officers. b. Standing Committees shall carry out the duties delegated to it. Section 3 – Special committees shall be created as necessary. Members of these committees shall be appointed by the President, or selected by the chairperson of that committee, and ratified by the President and Vice-President and advisor. Article X – Amendment Section 1 – Amendments to this constitution may be proposed in writing by any member of the student body, the faculty, or the administration and ratified by a two-thirds majority vote of the Student Council, a simple majority of the student body, and an overall approval by the administration. Section 2 – Proposed amendments shall be introduced to the council at one formal meeting, be voted upon by the council at the following meeting, and be voted upon by the student body within the following week. Section 3 – The By-laws may be amended by a majority vote of the Student Council at any formal meeting. Article XI – By-Laws Section 1 - This constitution shall be ratified by a two-thirds majority vote of the Student Council, a simple majority vote of the student body, and an overall approval by the administration. Section 2 – Formal meeting of the Student Council shall be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order and the following agenda: a. Call to Order b. Roll Call c. Minutes d. Reports of Officers and Committees e. Unfinished Business f. New Business g. Miscellaneous h. Adjournment Section 3 – A quorum shall consist of 51% of the Student Council Section 4 – Copies of the minutes of the previous meeting shall be distributed to every flex room in order that they may be read aloud and discussed by the council representatives, and posted by either the flex advisor or the council representative. Section 5 – Election of council representatives: a. Election shall be conducted as outlined in Article V, Section 7 b. The number of representatives in Student Council in any one year shall be decided upon by the advisor and President, pending approval by the administration.
NORTHWESTERN LEHIGH HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY The National Honor Society is an honorary society sponsored by the national Association of Secondary School Principals. NHS is headquartered in Reston, Virginia. Students are selected to membership on the basis of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. There is a national constitution, which must be observed. Eligibility – One may not apply. All candidates must be members of the 11th or 12th grade, and must be above average in qualities of service, leadership and character. In addition, all candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 93.00 at the time of selection, with no individual course final average lower than a 70. In the beginning of the school year, students with a 93.00 or above will be notified that they are eligible for membership. The student, if he/she wishes to be considered, must then submit to the advisor a resume of activities in the school and community. Candidates may not have any Level 3 discipline code violations, OR more than two Level 2 discipline code violations in the year prior to their eligibility. In addition, candidates must be involved in two extra-curricular activities (one may be a job), with at least one of the activities including a service component. Process – A list of eligible candidates will be given to each faculty member at the beginning of the school year. The faculty is asked to provide input regarding each candidate’s character, leadership and service. Each candidate will then be given four evaluation forms. It is the student’s responsibility to distribute evaluation forms to two teachers and two activity advisors of the student’s choice to determine character, leadership and service. The teacher/advisor will evaluate each student he/she knows based on a given list of adjectives. The three adjectives, which he/she feels best describes the candidate, should be chosen in each category. Each candidate must also write self-evaluation essays, which are in accordance with the district-approved writing traits. These forms must be returned by the determined deadline. Selection – The advisor and the faculty committee will meet and summarize the criteria for each candidate. All four qualities must be fulfilled in order to be selected. Induction – Selected candidates will not be full-fledged members until they have been sworn in at a regular induction service. They then shall have the benefits and honors of the society. Retention of Membership – Each member is expected to uphold the qualities for which he/she was chosen. Any member failing their requirement will be warned and, if requested, he/she will be given a hearing before the faculty committee. If the problem is not corrected, dismissal will follow. Once dismissed, one cannot regain membership. National Honor Society Standards and Expectations A. The following infractions will constitute a written and oral warning from the advisor: - Grade point average falls below a 93.00 cumulative average from ninth grade to present grade and/or failure of any individual course. - After three violations of a Level 1 discipline code infraction - After one violation of Level 2 discipline code infraction - Failure to attend one meeting/function without being excused by the National Honor Society advisor. - Failure to attend one service project by March of each year. - Failure to maintain active involvement in 2 activities per year. B. The following infractions will constitute a written dismissal from the Local Chapter of the National Honor Society with the endorsement of the National Honor Society Faculty Council. A due process hearing with the National Honor Society Faculty Council will be available upon request. - Cheating (documentation with date) - Falling below the 93.00 cumulative Grade Point Average for more than two consecutive marking periods. - Failure to attend at least one service project by the end of the school year without being excused by the advisor. - Failure to attend two or more National Honor Society Meetings without being excused by the advisor. - Suspension or expulsion from school. - Any level 3 discipline code violation. - A combination of any two of the infractions outlined in Section A.
Area Social and Crises Agencies The following agencies and their listings are published for those students and parents who might need their services.
Alcoholics Anonymous Big Brothers & Big Sisters Lehigh Co. Birthright Child Line Abuse Children and Youth Bureaus Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse Family & Children Services of Lehigh Co. Lehigh Valley Guidance Clinic National Runaway Hotline AIDS Information Alcohol Abuse Birth Control/Pregnancy Allentown Bethlehem Easton Bus Schedule Drug and Alcohol Lehigh County Intake Northampton County Division Eating Disorder Emergency Help Information/Referral Lehigh Valley Slate Belt TTY Users Rape Smoking STD and HIV Testing Lehigh County Northampton County Suicide/Depression Lehigh County Northampton County 820-3127 252-9060 437-7742 865-7083 435-7111 588-5512 866-0131 437-6611 402-7460 432-2228 559-3280 435-2736 911 439-1033 694-0642 253-7195 776-7433 434-0614 439-1618 432-2222 800-932-0313 820-3064 437-0801 435-9651 434-4806 800-231-6946 974-8700 882-0558
ALMA MATER Praises we will ever sing. Love we’ll ever know For our Alma Mater dear, Everywhere we go.
Knowledge, wisdom, truth, and light Virtues with us grew. To the Black and Gold we’ll keep Our allegiance true.
Though our carefree days of youth All too quickly flee, Still Northwestern will remain In our memory.
Refrain (repeat after verses) Thee we hail, Although time Takes us far away. In our hearts Northwestern High Evermore will stay.
Words by Elizabeth Schiebel, Class of 1960
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