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WEST LAURENS HIGH SCHOOL

STUDENT HANDBOOK

2004-2005

 

Administration:

Mr. Hugh Kight, Principal                                         

Mr. Cliffard Garnto, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Dorothy Boston, Assistant Principal

Mr. John Kenny, Athletic Director

School Phone: (478) 272-1155  

www.westlaurens.com

Office Hours: 7:50 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.

School Address:             West Laurens High School

338 West Laurens Rd.

Dublin, GA  31021

Fax (478) 275-0643

 

School Colors: Royal Blue & White

School Mascot: Raider

 

Secretaries:                                                  Guidance Counselors:

Loretta Jarriel                                               Brenda Wilkes

Marcy Smith                                                   Maureen Carder

Leslie Scarbrough                              

Chandra Hall                                                Security:

                                                                   Deputy Tim Smith

                                                                   Ray Wardlaw

 

 

Alma Mater

 

Hark! The sound of Laurens voices,

Fair and ever true,

Sing thy praises, count thy blessings,

Guide us ages through.

 

Oh! West Laurens, ever onward,

True we’ll ever be;

Hail to thee, our Alma Mater!

Hail! Oh, hail to thee!

West Laurens High School Mission:

 

The West Laurens High School mission is to prepare responsible, productive citizens able to pursue rewarding futures in a changing world. Our dedicated, knowledgeable, and caring staff will teach a comprehensive curriculum in a supportive, student-centered environment.

 

 

West Laurens High School Vision:

 

West Laurens High School, in its pursuit of excellence, will provide opportunities for students to acquire the skills of life-long learners under the leadership of a dedicated, knowledgeable, caring staff using a comprehensive curriculum in a safe, clean, well-equipped facility.  Students, parents, and other learning community stakeholders will proactively participate in programs promoting responsible citizenship, productive careers, and personal fulfillment in an ever-changing world.

 

 

                                                                             

 

                          

 

www.westlaurens.com

 

 

*Note: This year’s  Student Handbook SUPERSEDES all other Student Handbooks.

 

 

 

 

Federal Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin (Title VI of the civil Rights Act of 1964); sex (Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Ed Act of 1990); or disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) in educational programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Employees, students, and the general public are hereby notified that the Laurens County Board of Education and West Laurens High School do not discriminate in any educational program or activities or in employment policies.

 

 

Letter from the Principal

 

Dear Parents and Students:

 

The faculty and staff of West Laurens High School welcome you to our new school year. This is a very exciting time in our school’s history, and we look forward to working with you throughout the new school year. School is one of the very few places where you can start over each year anew! Let this be the best year ever.

 

This student handbook is designed to help our parents and students better understand our procedures and guidelines at W.L.H.S. In an effort to make our school a safe, orderly environment, we must minimize disciplinary problems and spend the majority of our time in the pursuit of academic excellence. We ask that parents help by reviewing and supporting this plan. Together we can make this a great year.

 

Please feel free to call and make an appointment to visit your child’s teachers. Each teacher has a planning period, and our secretaries will be glad to assist you with a visitor’s schedule and pass. Our administrative staff is also available to assist you with any concerns you may have.

 

Respectfully,

 

Hugh Kight

Principal

 

 

 

 

HAVE A SUCCESSFUL YEAR!

 

Your success at West Laurens High School is important to us. We will do everything possible to help you to be successful, but we want to emphasize that you choose whether or not to be successful.

 

 

 


 

REGULAR BELL SCHEDULE

            7:50                                                     Teachers Check In

 

            8:00                                                     Teachers Report to Classroom

 

            8:10                                                     Bell Rings

 

            8:15 – 9:45                                           1st Period

 

            9:45 – 9:55                                           Break

 

            10:00 – 11:30                                       2nd Period

 

            11:35 – 1:35                                         3rd Period & Lunch

1st Lunch                      11:35 – 12:03

                                    2nd Lunch                     12:05 – 12:33

                                    3rd Lunch                      12:35 – 1:03

                                    4th Lunch                      1:05 – 1:35

 

            1:40 – 3:15                                           4th Period

 

                                                                       

CLUB BELL SCHEDULE    

7:50                                                     Teachers Check In

 

            8:00                                                     Teachers Report to Classroom

 

            8:10                                                     Bell Rings

 

            8:15 – 9:35                                           1st Period

 

            9:35 – 9:55                                           Club Meetings

 

            9:55 – 10:05                                         Break (Club meetings may continue during

                                                                                    this time if desired)

 

            10:10 – 11:30                                       2nd Period

 

            11:35 – 1:35                                         3rd Period & Lunch

1st Lunch                      11:35 – 12:03

                                    2nd Lunch                     12:05 – 12:33

                                    3rd Lunch                      12:35 – 1:03

                                    4th Lunch                      1:05 – 1:35

 

            1:40 – 3:15                                           4th Period

 

WEST LAURENS HIGH SCHOOL CLUB SCHEDULE

Students who participate in club activities, competitions, or field trips must be passing three of their courses at the time of the activity, competition, or field trip (see FIELD TRIPS, page 13).  If a special 5th Wednesday club meeting is needed, the sponsor must let Mr. Hall know before 4th Wednesday clubs.  Clubs should meet only on the assigned dates.  If a special meeting is called, a student should not miss a regularly scheduled club meeting to attend a called meeting.  Only students who are not in a scheduled club meeting may attend special called meetings.

 

 

1st Wednesday                        Sponsor(s)                                                     Meeting Place

FCA                                        Mr. B. Woodard, Mr. Harber                           Lunchroom

Prom                                        Mrs. Stinson, Mrs. Jones                                  403A         

World Culture                          Mrs. Raymer                                                    207

Drama                                      Mrs. Lee                                                          106

Anchor Club                             Dr. Chambless                                                  208

 

 

2nd Wednesday 

FFA                                         Mr. T. Brown, Mr. Waldrep                             501 (or gym)

Jr. Civitan                                 Mrs. Beale                                                       305

Raiders for Christ                     Mr. Gibson                                                       Mod 1

Science                                    Mr. Sharpe                                                       102

Art                                           Ms. Payne                                                        302

 

 

3rd Wednesday

BETA*                                    Mrs.Pollock, Dr.Chambless, Mrs.Wozniak    Media  Center

FBLA                                      Mrs. Abney, Mrs. Snell                                    Lunchroom

4-H                                          Laurens Co. Ag., Mr. Travick                           601

Interact Club                            Mr. T. Woodard                                              Pt. 10

 

 

 

4th Wednesday

FCCLA                                   Mrs. Geiger                                                      703

Student Council                        Mr. Hobbs                                                       Pt. 4       

VICA                                       Mr. Tippett                                                       503

Y-Club                         Mrs. Stinson, Mrs. Ray, Mrs. Crutchfield      Media Center      

Diamond Girls (Baseball)       Coaches Jeff Clayton, Mike Thompson         Port 1    

 

 

 

*Beta Club is a national honor society open to college prep students in grades 10-12 who have earned a

cumulative grade point average of 90 or above.  Membership is by invitation only.  Beta Club members

must maintain a 90 or above grade point average and exhibit good character to remain in the club. 

Senior members in good standing qualify to wear the Beta Club stole at graduation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         STUDENT CODE OF ETHICS

 

     As a student at West Laurens High School, I must always remember that my actions bring credit or discredit, not only to my family and myself, but also to my high school and community.  With this in mind, I will hereby strive to uphold the following code of ethics:

 

 

1.      I will develop school loyalty and spirit.

 

2.      I will do my best to better the condition of my school and community.

 

3.      I will be honorable, trustworthy, and capable of accepting responsibility.

 

4.      I will use all opportunities to receive an education, so that I may be better

      suited to serve society.

 

5.      I will take no unfair advantage of my classmates.

 

6.      I will practice good citizenship.

 

7.      I will work in order to promote the welfare of the school, community, and

      nation.

 

8.      I will, at all times, maintain high standards of speech, sportsmanship,  

      scholarship, and living.

 

 

 

 

            Observance of these principles will help me to become a part of

West Laurens High School and my community.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART I

 

SCHOOL PROCEDURES

 

*All school procedures and disciplinary guidelines in this handbook will be upheld by the school administration unless circumstances dictate a change.

 

ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL (see also MAKE-UP WORK page 17 and ATTENDANCE page 8)     When a student is absent from school, the parent or guardian is expected to provide the school with a written excuse upon the student’s return.  The note should state

·        student’s full name

·        the date(s) absent

·        the reason for the absence

·        the parent or guardian’s name

·        a telephone number where the parent or guardian may be reached.

Personal illness, family illness, death of a close relative, or other absences approved by the principal are considered excused absences.  After being absent, a student must turn in a note and get an excuse from the student admission area in the main hall before 8:15.  The student will sign upon receiving the excuse from the administration. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announcements are given twice each day. Students are expected to be in their classrooms at 10:00 A.M. and 3:05 P.M., prepared to listen to the morning and afternoon announcements. It is the student’s responsibility to listen to the announcements and to respond as needed.

 

ASSEMBLIES

            Assemblies are held during the year for the benefit of the student body. Student behavior at an assembly should be refined and courteous. All students should give the speakers and/or performers their undivided attention. Gestures of appreciation should be in the form of applause. Rudeness, inattention, or other poor behavior will be subject to disciplinary actions.

 

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to participate on any athletic team, a student must be on track for graduation.  The student must have passed at least three of the four courses the semester prior to the athletic competition.  Students who participate on an athletic team will not be required to take weight lifting as a condition of participation.  Students may take weight lifting only five of the eight semesters.  See the athletic director if you have any concerns.

 

ATTENDANCE (see also MAKE-UP WORK on page 17)

Any time a student is absent for 5 straight days, a doctor's note will be required to excuse such absences.  On the 5th unexcused absence, credit will be withheld for the course.  After 8 absences(any combination of excused and unexcused) students will be required to have a doctor's note for each absence to be excused up to the maximum number of 10 absences.  No credit will be granted in any class to a student with more than 10 absences in that class.  In order to receive credit for a course after more than 10 absences, a student must appeal to a school committee.  The student must come to the office and request an appeals form.  There are three levels of appeal:

1st level - committee consisting of administrators and counselors                        2nd level – the School Council                                                                      3rd level – Laurens County Board of Education                                                 

A record of proceedings will be keep and due process given at each level of appeal.

 

ATTENDANCE FOR STUDENTS BEGINS THE FIRST DAY THE STUDENT ENTERS SCHOOL FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR.

 

Attendance Policy as per Georgia and Laurens County Guidelines

                                 Effective 1-14-98 for Grades 9-12

Attendance has a vital bearing on educational progress.  It should not be encouraged to the point of keeping children who are sick in school, but should be insisted upon to the point of maintaining interest and facilitating progress.   

The professional personnel staff has the responsibility to enforce the compulsory attendance law applying to children between the ages of seven (7) and sixteen (16).

The following State Board policy will be used regarding student excused absences:

1.      Personal illness or attendance in school endangering a student’s health or the health of others.

2.      A serious illness or death in a student’s immediate family necessitating absence from school.

3.      A court order or an order by a governmental agency including pre-induction physical examinations for service in the armed forces.

4.      Celebration of religious holidays, necessitating absences from school.

5.      Conditions rendering attendance impossible or hazardous to student health or safety.

6.      A period not to exceed one day is allowed, at the discretion of the local unit administration, for registering to vote or voting in a public election, applicable to student 18 years or older.

 

Upon returning to school after an absence, the student will have no more than three (3) days to present the necessary documentation to have any absence excused.  After three days the absence will be declared unexcused and a grade of zero will be recorded.

Absences could affect the student’s achievement as well as the privilege to attend school.  Students may not exempt final exams after their 4th absence in a semester.  Notification will also be made to the school social worker and/or attendance officer.

           In cases of  extended illness, the parents should contact the administration to determine whether the student should be place in the hospital/homebound program

 

     The following State of Georgia attendance policy will be used regarding students’ attendance:

1.      Students under 16 years of age will be referred by the system social worker and/or attendance officer to The Department of Juvenile Justice each time they reach multiples of 5 unexcused absences.

2.      If the above methods do not correct the student’s attendance problems, the student may be referred to a tribunal with the principal’s and social worker’s recommendation for action.

3.   If a student under 18 years old drops out of school without graduating or has more than 10 consecutive school days of unexcused absences, in any semester or combination of two consecutive semesters, the school officials will notify the Georgia Department of Public Safety.  The driver’s license of the student will then be suspended until he or she returns to school.  The license will not be suspended if the student has obtained and delivered to the school written  permission from the student’s parent or guardian, authorizing the student to drop out of school.

4.  School attendance and behavior will affect a student’s driver’s license.  No individual  under the age of 18 can obtain a driver’s license or instructional permit unless he or she is attending a public school, is enrolled in a private school, is enrolled in home schooling authorized by law, has received a GED, or has received a certificate of high school completion.

 

ATTENDANCE AND GRADUATION

Students are required to complete eight semesters of class time to be eligible for graduation.  Students are required to take four courses each of the eight semesters and must follow all attendance requirements for all four courses in order to meet the eight-semester rule.  The graduation requirement for the class of 2005 is 25 units.

 

Students must also follow the academic requirements of the track they are in.  Please speak with your counselor about your specific requirements.

 

Attendance will be taken each day in each class.  Students must attend eighty (80) minutes of the ninety (90) class minutes in order to be counted present for the period.  Students will not be penalized for meeting with the counselor, school social workers, or other persons, if the meeting is deemed necessary by the school administration.  School sponsored activities do not count against student’s attendance, but students must complete make-up work assigned by the teacher.

          

             After one or more days absent, students are required to bring a note signed by the parent/guardian or a doctor’s statement explaining the reason for the absence.  Excuses should be presented on the first day a student returns to school BEFORE 8:15.  Excuses will not be accepted after the third day following an absence.  If no legal excuse has been brought by the third day, the absence will be considered unexcused.                  

After being absent, a student must turn in his/her note and get an excuse from the student admission area in the main hall.  The student will sign upon receiving the excuse from the administration.   Students will be given an admittance permit stating the reason for the absence and whether the absence is excused or unexcused.  This permit is to be presented to all subject teachers for their signatures.  It is the student’s responsibility to see that an appropriate documentation of each absence is delivered to each teacher.  The student’s fourth period teacher will collect the permit and turn it in to the principal’s office.  If CBE students leave campus before the end of the day, their classroom teacher will collect the permit.

Absences accumulated prior to enrolling at West Laurens High School by transferring students will count toward the maximum absences allowed.  Students who encounter long-term illnesses may be eligible for the Hospital/Homebound Program and should make application for this program when they anticipate being absent six (6) or more days due to personal illness.

 

BACCALAUREATE SERVICE

The Baccalaureate Service for graduating seniors is held at a local church (to be announced) on the Sunday before Graduation at 4 P.M.  Seniors who wish to attend must sign up in the office the week before the service.  Students must wear the W.L.H.S. official graduation cap and gown to the service.

 

BAND

          See the West Laurens High School Band Handbook and the Band Director.

 

BATHROOMS

          Please help keep your bathrooms clean.  We have installed stall doors in all our bathrooms for your privacy.  Try to help keep our bathrooms clean.  Please help by flushing after every use and reporting any act of vandalism you may witness.  Remember, it’s your tax money that pays for school repairs!

 

BREAK

          Break is from 9:45-9:55 each day except for club days.  Due the large number of students in our building, it is imperative that students not stand in the middle of the hall and block traffic flow.  Please go outside or stand against the walls in the halls.  Do not leave book bags or any other personal items in the halls. Break is a privilege and it can be taken away!

 

BUS NOTES

          If a student needs to ride another bus home from school, the student must bring a signed note from home. The note must have a phone number where parent can be reached.  The note must be turned into the office first thing in the morning and a Laurens County Bus Form will be issued for that day.  Students PLEASE do not wait until time to board the bus to get a bus form!!!

CAFETERIA RULES

1.         Talk quietly.

2.         Stay in place in the line.

3.         Take only needed silverware.

4.         Refrain from making loud noises (popping bags, banging on tables, etc.).

5.         Remain seated while eating.

6.         Don’t throw anything.

7.         Practice reasonable manners.

8.         Walk at all times.

9.         Follow established procedures for dismissal.

10.              Clean up your eating area.

11.              Do not take food, drinks or any materials out of the lunchroom.

12.              Remain in the lunchroom, lobby, or designated area during lunch.

13.              Proceed to and from the lunchroom quietly, going straight to the lunchroom or

            back to the classroom.

14.              Do not go to the office area unless called or accompanied by a teacher or

            administrator.

15.       Do not stand in the doorways or on the ramp.  Students must stay behind the ramp rails during lunch.  Students should not go past the ramp unless given permission by the administrator on duty. The office is not an approved area. 

16.       Students may not bring cooking devices into the lunchroom.

17.       Students may not have food delivered to the lunchroom.

                                 

CAR RIDERS       See also VEHICLE PARKING APPLICATION,  page 35

          Students may park their vehicles on school property only in areas designated for student parking. Students must apply to the assistant principal for permission to park a vehicle in the student parking area.  The application form is included on page 35.  Parking permits will cost $10.00.  Vehicles in the parking area without a parking permit are subject to be towed at the owner’s expense.

The standard rules of proper use of an automobile will apply at all times.  Students who endanger others by improper use of their vehicles will be denied parking privileges.  Students must follow all State and Local driving laws.  Students should not use the areas set side for faculty or visitor parking.  Students may drive only highway- approved vehicles on campus (no lawnmowers, 4 wheelers, dirt bikes, etc.). 

Students are not allowed to enter the parking lot during the regular school day unless given permission by the principal, assistant principal, or school resource officer.  Permits must be displayed at all times to park on campus.  Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action.

Students have 5 minutes to enter and exit the parking lot in the mornings.  Students should be out of the parking lot by 3:40 p.m. in the afternoons. All school, county, and state driving laws must be followed at all times.  Students should follow the parking lot lanes and should not cut through the parking lot.  Drivers should not cut across the parking lot, make U-turns, weave in and out of lanes, or in any other way endanger students or other drivers.  PLEASE FOLLOW THE SIGNS!!!

 

            * Note:  Students will need an attendance verification form from the office before a driver’s license test will be administered at the State Patrol Office.  Please get this form during school hours.

 

CHANGING CLASSES

            Students should change classes quickly and quietly.  Students should take the shortest approved route from one class to the other. Students should not stand around in the middle of the halls or go to their cars.   Before school, after break, and after lunch, students should begin moving to their classes when the first bell rings and continue moving to their classrooms.  Running in the halls, loitering, and horseplay are not permitted.  Please, do not block the hall!

 

CLASS RANKING       See HONOR GRADUATES, page 15.

 

CLUBS       See pages 4 and 5.

 

COLLEGE DAY ABSENCES

Students must obtain written permission from the school administration BEFORE taking a college day and must show their teachers the permission slip the day before the college day is to be taken.  Following the college day, the student should bring documentation from the college and obtain an excuse reading “College Day” for teachers to sign so that work may be made up.  The absence will be excused when the documentation is furnished.  Students may take a College Day absence only if the following criteria exist:   

·        Students have no more than 8 absences per year (or 4 per semester).

·        Students are in the College Prep curriculum and have taken the SAT.

·        Students have written permission from the school administration.

·        Students have written parental/guardian permission.

·        Students shall take no more than two (2) college days.

If all the above criteria are met and proper documentation is brought back from the college, the college day will not count as an absence for the purpose of exemption.

 

DOORWAYS AND RAMPS   Do not stand in the doorways or on the ramps.  See pages 11 and 15.

 

DRESS AND APPEARANCE (See Laurens County Dress Codes pages 26 and 34)

            The Laurens County Board of Education passed dress codes 1999-2000 and amendments were made 2002-2003 school years. We have incorporated that dress code into our school dress code. The County Dress Code is printed in this handbook, p. 34.

            WLHS is a climate-controlled building. There is no need for a student to wear shorts to be comfortable in the main building. In fact, summer clothing may make a student too cool in the air-conditioned classrooms. Shorts are needed only for P.E.

Students are required to maintain a clean and neat appearance at all times. A student’s clothing should not be so different as to be conspicuous or distract others. Parents may be called to bring more appropriate clothing to school if the student’s attire is considered inappropriate. Inappropriate clothing would include, but is not limited to, the following: shorts, short skirts or dresses, bare midriffs, halter tops, clothing with crude or suggestive pictures or remarks, fishnet or half-shirts, sleeveless garments, and any type of spandex clothing.

Hats and sunglasses are not permitted on campus; exceptions will be made for outdoor field trips. Dresses and skirts should be worn at a length that is not distracting to others students or teachers. Pants should be worn properly on the waist, not hanging below and exposing underwear.  No head covering of any type should be worn unless prescribed by a doctor.

            Teachers and Administrators will determine what is inappropriate. If you have a doubt as to whether your child’s clothing is appropriate, do not allow him/her to wear those clothes to school. 

            The dress code applies to all schools activities on and off campus, unless told otherwise.

            SEE BACK OF HANDBOOK FOR LAURENS COUNTY DRESS POLICY.

 

EARLY DISMISSALS

            Early dismissals must be written in the student admission area or the office area in the morning (7:40-8:15) by the school official on duty.  Students must sign to receive their early dismissal form.  Early dismissal forms should be returned to the office before signing out.  If more than 10 minutes of the class period is missed, the student will be considered absent for that class.

Students must sign out when they check out.  If leaving for a medical appointment, the student should present documentation from the physician upon returning.

If a student has a job and needs to leave early, he/she must enroll in C.B.E. or Youth Apprenticeship.  If not in C.B.E. or Youth Apprenticeship, students must wait until car riders are dismissed.

 

EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING

In the event of bad weather conditions, parents/guardians are encouraged to listen to the local radio and television stations or call the Laurens County Board of Education office at 272-4767.  The superintendent of schools will announce by 6:00 a.m. any decision to close or delay the opening of school.

 

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES   (See also FIELD TRIPS)

            Extra curricular activities are a privilege and can be taken away. 

 

FIELD TRIPS (including club trips)

            Students must be in good standings with the office before they can attend any field trips.  If a student has missed 5 or more days, approval must be granted by the school administration.  No student may attend any extra curricular activities if he/she is  suspended or in I.S.S.  If a field trip takes half a day or less, students must be present two or more class blocks to attend a school-sponsored field trip that day.

 

 

FINAL EXAMS (CRITERIA FOR EXEMPTION)

The following criteria are to be used to exempt students from final exams:

      

  1. A student must have a 90 or above average in the subject he/she is seeking to exempt.  No exceptions will be granted.

 

  1. A student must have no more than four (4) absences this semester.  No exceptions will be granted.

 

  1. A student must not have been suspended (O.S.S.) during current semester.

 

  1. If a student owes for a textbook, that student cannot exempt.

 

  1. Absences that are a result of school functions or activities will not count against the student.

 

FIRE DRILLS

Directions for leaving the building during a fire or fire drill are posted in each classroom.  Students are requested to become aware of these directions.  During a fire drill, students are to follow the directions posted in the classroom and to go quickly to the appointed exit and area on the school campus. The signal given will be the GEMA CODE and an announcement, and/or the fire alarm.

 

FOOD AND DRINKS (see CAFETERIA RULES, page 11)

            No food or drinks in the classrooms.  Students may eat and drink in the hallways and/or outside at break.  Students may eat in the lunchroom during lunch, but may not take food or drinks out of the lunchroom during lunch.  Teachers may confiscate food or drink brought into the classroom and are not obligated to return it!

 

GOOD BEHAVIOR is rewarded with concerts, pep rallies, breaks, etc.

 

GRADUATION EXERCISES   

Effective Date: 8/95:     To participate in the spring graduation exercises, students must have completed all course requirements as defined by board policy IHF.  Those senior students who do not complete their requirements by the spring graduation exercise date will not be able to participate in graduation.

     
               The following is information that is needed for your graduation day:
 
1. All money and all fines owed to WLHS must be cleared before you can march.  You 
    must be cleared from the outstanding obligation list.
 
2. You must have passed all required classes and be cleared academically for graduation.
 
3.  You must have no disciplinary action pending in order to participate in the graduation ceremony.
 
4.  Please check the spelling of your name for the Graduation Program.
 
5. You must attend graduation practice at 8:30 A.M. on the day before graduation.  This
    practice usually lasts for 2 to 2½ hours.  Don't plan on leaving until after 11 A.M.
 
6. Tickets for your parents (two per graduate) may be picked up after graduation practice.
 
7. On Graduation Day appropriate dress will be:
    Young men: Shirt, tie, dark pants (no jeans), dark socks and dark shoes.
    Young ladies: White or light colored dress and white or light colored shoes.
·        No flip flops or tennis shoes are to be worn!!!!
·        No excessive jewelry, unusual hair color, or anything that would call special attention to an individual should be worn!!!  The graduation cap and gown are  considered a uniform.
·        Remember this is the graduation for the entire class.
 
8. On graduation morning, you are expected to be at the school, dressed, by 8:10 A.M.  
    The class portrait will be taken in the gym at 8:20 A.M.
 
9. Your diploma may be picked up immediately after the graduation ceremony in the end zone with the flag and where you will throw your caps.  Any student who causes a discipline problem during the graduation ceremony will not receive his/her diploma and will face legal charges and/or fines.

 

GRIEVANCE (see STUDENT GRIEVANCE, page 20)

 

HALL PASSES

Students are not permitted in the halls during class periods unless they are accompanied by a teacher or administrator or have a hall pass from an authorized staff member.  The hall pass should be visibly displayed.

 

HALLS

            WALK on the RIGHT SIDE of the hall.  Running is not acceptable in the building at any time. Gentlemanly and ladylike behavior is expected in the halls with noise held to a minimum.  Loitering in the halls between classes is not allowed.  Students are to go directly to their lockers and classrooms.  Please, DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HALL, ON RAMPS, IN DOORWAYS, or leave book bags in the halls

 

HONOR GRADUATES

          To be an honor graduate, a student must have a 90 or above cumulative grade point average and complete a college preparatory or tech-prep endorsement program.

College Preparatory graduates will be ranked by grade point average, with the Valedictorian as 1st and Salutatorian as 2nd.  Other College Prep Honor Graduates will be ranked by average.  Tech Prep Honor Graduates will follow College Prep Honor Graduates in order, according to their average.  The highest Tech Prep graduate will receive special recognition at graduation.  The Laurens County Board of Education shall designate the time for this ranking to be made.

 

HONORS NIGHT

            Honors Night is held each spring.  Invitations will be sent to qualifying students.  Students must notify the school if they plan to attend and must dress in accordance with the WLHS Dress Code.

 

INKJET PRINTER CARTRIDGES RECYCLE PROGRAM

          WLHS is enrolled in a recycling program which pays us CASH for empty inkjet and laser cartridges.  Please send the school any empty cartridges.  We will send home more information to help with this program.

 

INTERNET

          All classrooms and the media center have Internet access at WLHS.  Students who wish to use the Internet must file an Internet agreement contract, signed by the parent or guardian, in the media center.  Once a contract has been returned, the student will receive an Internet I.D. card.  The 1st card is given free to the student; a second card will cost $3.00.  Students must present an Internet I.D. card to the teacher before they use the Internet.  Please complete the form in the back of this handbook and return it to the media specialist.

            The Internet is to be used for instructional purposes only. Students may print information from the Internet in the Media Center for 10 cents per page.

            West Laurens Web Site:  www.westlaurens.com

 

i-PARENT PROGRAM

            i-Parent is a web-based program which allows parents to view a child’s schedule, attendance, and grades.  Parents should call the school for information about how to register for this program.  Once a parent has registered, he may log into the program from the school’s web site at www.westlaurens.com.

 

LETTERING IN ACADEMICS

            West Laurens High School recognizes students who represent the school in academic competitions with other high schools in district, regional, state, national and international competitions.  Criteria for earning an academic letter are available from counselors. 

 

LOCKERS

Each student is allowed and advised to rent a locker at the beginning of the school year for $5.00. Administrators and teachers may make periodic inspections. Students are to use only their own lockers. Lockers should not be shared.  All personal items, when not in use, should be kept locked in lockers.  Lockers must be cleaned out during the last week of school.  Items remaining in lockers on the last day of school will be discarded.

 

LOST AND FOUND

          The office storage area is designated for found articles. Anyone who finds a lost or misplaced article should take the article to the office as soon as possible.  Students looking for lost possessions should check with the assistant principal or secretaries.  If found articles are not claimed within a reasonable length of time, they will be discarded.

 

LUNCHROOM  (see CAFETERIA RULES page 11)

 

MAKE-UP WORK  (see pages 7-8)

Students may make up work missed due to any excused absence or school activity.  It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the teacher to get the missed assignments.  Students have three (3) days for the 1st day missed, and 1 day for each day thereafter.  For example, if a student misses 4 days in a row, the student would have a total of 6 days to make up the work.  After the given number of days has expired, the student will receive a zero for any work that has not been turned in. Teachers are not required to allow students to make up work from unexcused absences.

It is the student’s responsibility to arrange to make up missed work with the teacher. Teachers are not required to permit make up work during regular class time, because this will cause the student to miss even more class time.  Upon returning after an excused absence, a student must make arrangements to make up any missed work with the teacher.  The teacher will then set a time for the work to be made up.  If the work is not made up, the student will receive a zero on the work.

 

MEDIA CENTER

           The media center is open from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each school day.  Students wishing to use the media center during class time or lunch must have a pass from a teacher.

            Students may borrow materials for two (2) weeks.  Materials may be renewed if another person has not reserved them.  If needed materials are checked out, they may be reserved for future use.  A student must have a student number to check out materials.

            Students will be issued overdue notices if materials are not returned when due. 

Overdue fines will be imposed.  Any lost or damaged materials must be replaced at the expense of the borrower.

 

MEDICATION

If a student must take medication, arrangements should be made with the attending physician so that the medication may be given at home, before and after school hours.  If this is not possible, the medication must be brought to school fully labeled, in the original container from the pharmacist, and given to the school secretary for dispensing.  Parents should send only the dosage of medication that is required. 

Students should have only very small amounts of over-the-counter medications in their possession during school hours.  A student should not give or sell another student any type of medication! 

 

 

MONEY AND VALUABLES

Large sums of money or valuables should not be brought to school. NEVER LEAVE VALUABLE POSSESIONS UNATTENDED. The school will not be responsible for lost or stolen valuables. 

Any item that causes an interruption, is against school or state law, or is considered inappropriate for school will be taken from the student and the necessary disciplinary actions will follow.  The item may or may not be returned, based on the circumstances involved.

 

 

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND 

        In compliance with the requirements of the No Child Left Behind statute, the Laurens County Board of Education informs parents of their right to request information about the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher(s) and paraprofessional(s).  The following information may be requested: (1) teacher certification, (2) college major/certification or degree(s), and/or (3) paraprofessional qualifications.  If a parent wishes to request information concerning their child’s teacher(s) and/or the paraprofessional(s) that provide educational services, the parent must provide a written request to the school principal.

 

OUTSTANDING OBLIGATIONS

            All monies owed by students must be paid.  Outstanding obligations of seniors must be paid before graduation day if the student is to participate in the graduation ceremonies.  Students who owe outstanding obligations may not exempt their exams.

 

PARKING         See CAR RIDERS page 11

 

PARENT CONFERENCES

Parents may check the progress of their child using the i-Parent program (see page 16).  Parents may set up a conference with one or more teachers by telephoning the school office.  Parents may also e-mail faculty members from our web site:

www.westlaurens.com

 

PARENT PICK-UPS

Laurens County Schools provide free public transportation for county students. The buses arrive at WLHS around 8:00 in the morning and leave around 3:15 in the afternoon. If you choose for your child not to ride the bus, please be advised that you must follow all safety rules when you drive on campus.

Parents should pick up their children after buses have loaded and left the campus. Parents may not wait on the bus ramp (behind the school) or drive on the bus ramp until buses have left.  Car riders will be dismissed after the buses have left, around 3:15-3:25.  Parents should follow all safety signs.  Drivers should not cut across the parking lot, make U-turns, or in any other way endanger students.  PLEASE FOLLOW THE SIGNS!!!

 

PARTICIPATION  IN  P.E.

If a student is to be excused from P.E., he/she must have a written note from home or from a physician, or in some cases from the principal’s office.  Notes from home are honored for (3) days only.  If a problem will cause a student to miss more than 3 days of P.E., the student should bring a note from a physician.

For the sake of good health and comfort, students must dress out for physical education.  The appropriate attire for physical education is determined by the physical education faculty.

 

 

 

PROGRESS REPORTS

Students will receive progress reports after the first nine weeks of each semester, following midterm exams.  These will be given out at school.

 

PROM

          The junior-senior prom is held each year at the Heart of Georgia Technical College.   Juniors and seniors must submit a prom guest’s name to the prom committee for approval one month before the scheduled prom date.  Students should complete the prom guest form.  The guest must be at least in the 9th grade and not have any significant behavior problems or criminal record.  No students from any alterative school may attend the West Laurens High School Prom.  No person who has been expelled from any school may attend the prom. Any guest over 21 years old must come in and be approved by the administration on a case-by-case appeal. The cost of the prom will be set each year by the prom committee.  Students should dress in accordance with the WLHS Dress Code and WLHS Prom Dress Codes.  No intoxicating compounds of any kind are allowed at the prom.

 

REPORT CARDS

The homeroom teachers will issue report cards for first semester to students at the beginning of second semester.   Second semester report cards will be mailed at the end of the school year.  It is therefore vital that the school have the student’s current address.

 

RESPECT FOR EQUIPMENT AND FACILITES (see page 31)

Each student is encouraged to assume responsibility for the care of school property.  The student may be required to pay for any damage caused to school property.  Malicious damage must be repaired or the damaged property replaced at the student’s expense.  In addition, appropriate disciplinary procedures are invoked in the event that malicious intent is determined.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS (CRITERIA FOR BREAKING TIES)

            If scholarship or financial grants are to be awarded based on class ranking, Valedictorian and/or Salutatorian, and the scholarships or grants cannot be shared among the students tied for those honors, the following criteria will be used in turn to break the ties in class rankings.  (See our web page…)

            (CRITERIA FOR BREAKING TIES)

1.                  Numerical average to the 4th decimal place.  If tie still exists, then:

2.                  Number of college preparatory classes taken.  If tie still exists, then:

3.                  Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT) scores.

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

                        Delegated school officials may, according to law and board policy, have access to student lockers, automobiles, and personal belongings while the student is under school personnel supervision.  This rule is invoked when there is reason to suspect the welfare of other students and personnel may be threatened or when violation of school rules may be involved.  The search will be made in the presence of at least one witness, except in emergency situations.  Dangerous or illegal materials should be reported to proper authorities.

 

            SIGNING OUT (leaving campus early)

                   Students should not leave the school campus at any time during the school day except in case of an emergency.  Students MUST receive permission from the office and must sign out.  When students return, they must sign in.  If a student is sick, that student should tell a teacher or administrator before leaving campus.  The student should sign out if at all possible, even if 18 years of age or older.  If an emergency does occur, the student should call as soon as possible to let school authorities know what has happened.  If a student comes in at any time after 8:30, he or she must sign in. Failure to follow sign-out/sign-in procedure will be considered the same as skipping and will be punished as the same.

 

            STAR STUDENT

                   The senior in the top 10% of the graduating class with the highest SAT Score will be named the STAR Student for that school year.  The STAR Student will select the STAR Teacher for the year.

 

STUDENT GRIEVANCE

            West Laurens High School students may file a complaint with the appointed faculty grievance committee.  This committee is organized to assist students who have complaints about perceived unfair teacher policies or unfair treatment by teachers or other school officials.  The student must state the complaint in writing and turn it in to a faculty grievance committee member.  The committee will set up a meeting with the student to discuss the complaint.  If the student is not satisfied with the actions of the committee, the student may then appeal to the principal.

            Problems pertaining to school policy, rules, and regulations will be addressed directly to the principal.  Forms may be obtained from any committee member.

Grievance Committee members are:  Mr. Larry Hobbs

                                                                        Mrs. Kandy Cruthfield

                                                                        Mr. Jamie Travick

                                                                        Mrs. Holly Beale         

 

TARDY NOTES  (see also page 30)

          When arriving tardy, students must report to the admission area or the office area to receive a tardy note before being admitted to class.  Students must sign when receiving a tardy note.  After 10 minutes, the student is considered absent for that class.  (See discipline section for punishment.)

                                                                                   

TELEPHONE USE

            Students are not allowed to use the telephone any time during the day unless an emergency arises.  All office telephones are reserved for school business.  Students will not be called from class to the telephone unless an emergency occurs.  Job-related  phone calls are not considered emergencies. Parents may call and leave messages with the school secretary.

If a student needs to use the telephone for an emergency call, the student must have a note from his/her teacher that period stating the nature of the emergency.  The secretary will make the phone call.

 

TORNADO WARNING DRILLS

Students will move to the assigned tornado-resistant areas posted in each classroom.  Students are requested to become aware of these areas.  The signal will  consist of the GEMA CODE and an announcement, and may be followed by a LONG BELL SOUNDS.

 

VALEDICTORIAN/ SALUTATORIAN

            The college prep student with the highest class ranking as determined by the highest grade point average shall be recognized as Valedictorian.  The college prep student with the second highest class ranking as determined by the grade point average shall be recognized as Salutatorian.

            (CRITERIA FOR BREAKING TIES)

1.      Numerical average to the 4th decimal place.  If tie still exists, then:

2.      Number of college preparatory classes taken.  If tie still exists, then:

3.      Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) scores.

 

            In order to be named either Valedictorian or Salutatorian, students must complete College Preparatory endorsement requirements and must have attended high school in the school system for four (4) complete semesters (junior and senior years).  Transfer credit used for calculation of highest grade point average shall be accepted only from a high school accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (or agency recognized as a regional accrediting agency by SACS).  All grades will be calculated based on the Laurens County School System’s grading scale.  A.P. Classes carry extra weight.

            The Valedictorian and Salutatorian shall be publicly recognized as determined by the high school.  In the event of a tie in class ranking for Valedictorian, each will be publicly acknowledged.  A Salutatorian will also be publicly recognized in the event of a tie for Valedictorian.  After determining there is no tie in class ranking for Valedictorian, if a tie in class ranking exists, each student will be publicly acknowledged. The Highest Tech Prep graduate will also be recognized at graduation.

                       

VALENTINE’S DAY

          Valentine’s Day is a personal day of private feelings of affection.  The day is not a legal holiday and is not recognized by the school as a “free” day.  Please, celebrate at home.  If you must have items sent to school, we will try to give those items out at the end of the day.  WLHS does not accept any responsibility for lost or damaged gifts.  Glass and balloons cannot be taken on the bus.  There will be a $1.00 handling charge per item delivered to WLHS.  The individual dropping off the item must pay the charge.

         

VISITORS

The Laurens County Board of Education requires all visitors to report to the main office before visiting classrooms, school personnel, or students.  Visitors must obtain a WLHS visitor’s pass from the office and wear it so that it is easily viewed.  Upon terminating visitation, the pass must be returned to the office.  A visitor is anyone who is not employed by the Laurens County Board of Education or currently enrolled student of West Laurens High School.

 

UNRULY VISITORS

Most visitors are good, respectful people, and we regret that this procedure has to be in the school handbook.  However, disruptive or hostile visitors cannot be tolerated.  Visitors who become rude, hostile, abrasive, or in anyway aggressive toward students, other parents, teachers, administrators, or any staff members will face legal charges and may be fined up to $500.00 (Code 1981,20-2-1182, enacted by Georgia Law 1989, p. 1394, 1.)  All threats will be taken seriously, including phone calls, E-mails, and letters, and will result in the necessary legal action.  School is a place of learning, not a place to vent personal frustrations.  Please remember, coming to school is a privilege, not a right.

 

WEB PAGE:      www.westlaurens.com

 

WEST LAURENS HIGH SCHOOL PTO

            The West Laurens High School Parent Teacher Organization welcomes all parents and guardians to join in supporting WLHS.  This organization exists to make students and parents aware of all activities and opportunities available at WLHS.  We support extracurricular activities that exist and encourage sponsors to offer new opportunities each year.  Each family pays dues of $10 for the school year.

 

OTHER

Due to the vast number of state, local and school policies, it is impossible to cover all possible concerns.  If you have a question, please feel free to call or come by the school.  The our school web site @ www.westlaurens.com is an excellent source of information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

PART II

 

West Laurens High School

Disciplinary Guidelines for Students

 

Administrative discretion may be used with most offenses

 

The following disciplinary policies, in addition to policies set forth by the Laurens County Board of Education, are enforced by West Laurens High School faculty and administration.  Any different interpretations or discrepancies between the two will be handled by West Laurens High School Administration.  Initial disciplinary action will be taken by the teacher in most cases. 

 

Definition of Terms:

 

Offense:          An offense is any behavior necessitating a disciplinary referral to the office.  Referral usually results after the teacher has already attempted to alter the behavior in the classroom.

 

Corporal Punishment:  Paddling.  No student is ever required to take corporal punishment, but may choose corporal punishment if it is an option.

 

I.S.S:               In-School Suspension.  The student is sent to a separate room where he/she is expected to complete the regular or assigned work for his/her normal classes.  All work must be completed before the student is allowed to return to the regular classroom.

 

Suspension:    The student is sent home, and suspension is counted as an unexcused absence. Teachers are not required to allow students to make up work from unexcused absences.  It is the student’s responsibility to ask to make up missed work.  Students suspended from school are not allowed to attend school or any school function (ball games, dances, etc.). Violation of this rule will double the length of given suspension time.  Parents/guardians who desire conferences with school administrators concerning suspensions must come without the suspended student.  Criminal trespassing charges will be filed against students caught at any school function or on school property while suspended.  If school is not in session, those days do not count as days served.  (example: If school is called off because of bad weather and the student was suspended that day, then the student’s suspension will be served the next day school is open.)

 

Tribunal:         A tribunal is a legal hearing between the school administrator, designated tribunal members (composed of administrators of the Laurens County School System), and the student and legal guardians thereof.  Either party may have legal counsel if desired.  The tribunal will decide whether the student can remain in school in the Laurens County School System for the remainder of the school year.  Student’s guardians may choose to forgo a tribunal and sign a wavier form admitting guilt.

 

Expulsion:       The student is sent home for the remainder of the school year.  The student is not allowed on school property for any reason.  This restriction includes events before and after school hours.  The student may be allowed, in some circumstances, to return to school the following school year.

 

Disciplinary Offenses and Disciplinary Actions:

 

The degree of punishment will be in direct proportion to the severity of the behavior leading to the discipline problem, the previous disciplinary history of the student, and other relevant factors.  The recurrence of the same offence for the 5th time may result in long-term suspension and/or a tribunal hearing.  Disciplinary history is an on-going record from the time the student enters WLHS until the time he/she departs.  All disciplinary problems will be handled in a fair and consistent manner, with the safety of all the students of WLHS as our primary concern.  Administrators do not have to have 100% proof to discipline a student.  Administrators will look into discipline problems and will try to handle each problem as fairly as possible, but some cases will have to be decided on the best circumstantial evidence available.  Students are usually given a choice as to the type of discipline that will be used.  No student is ever required to take corporal punishment, but may choose corporal punishment if it is an option.   Any student who does not come to the office when sent by a teacher or who tries to mislead the office as to what has actually happened will receive 3 days in ISS, PLUS THE DISCIPLINE THAT IS NORMALLY ASSIGNED FOR THAT WRITE-UP!

 

Alcohol:   (see also Possession of Illegal or Controlled Drugs, page 28)  

            Alcohol is not permitted at school or at any school event. 

 

Athletic/School Events:

            Students are expected to exhibit proper behavior at home and away games.  Proper behavior includes no fighting, no booing or heckling, no throwing or dropping of trash, no cursing/inappropriate language and no loitering in the immediate area before or after a game or any school event.  School policy prohibiting the use or possession of drugs, tobacco, weapons, and alcohol applies at all athletic and other school-sanctioned events, regardless of the site.  Athletic and other school events are considered an extension of the school day.  Students who break these rules may be removed from the event and banned from all other school events for the remainder of the school year or calendar year.  Students who fight will be turned over to the local law enforcement officials.  In cases deemed severe by the administration, the student may face more severe punishment, which may include criminal charges and/or immediate suspension from West Laurens High School until a tribunal hearing can be held.

 

Bullying:

            State and local board policy (JCDA) prohibits bullying of a student by another student.  In accordance with Georgia Law, bullying is defined as:  any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent present ability to do so; or any intentional display of force so as to give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm.

            Discipline for any act of bullying shall be at the discretion of the school administrative staff.  However, upon a finding that a student has committed the offense of bullying for the 3rd  time in a school year, at a minimum the student shall be assigned to an alternative education program.

            Any student who feels he/she is being bullied should report the problem to a school staff member.  Resource information is available on line @ www.cycc.state.ga.us or by phone 1-800-338-6745 / 272-1155.

 

Cheating:

Students cheating or helping other students cheat may receive a zero (0) on the test or assignment. Additional punishment maybe given at the discretion of the administrator.  CHEATING IS STEALING KNOWLEDGE.

 

Cursing/Inappropriate Language:

(1)        FIRST OFFENSE: The student will receive one (1) day in I.S.S. or corporal punishment.

(2)        SECOND OFFENSE: The student will receive two (2) days suspension, two (2) days in I.S.S., or corporal punishment.

(3)        THIRD OFFENSE: The student will receive three (3) days suspension, 3 days in  I.S.S., or corporal punishment.

*NOTE: If a student curses a school staff member, the discipline will be much more

severe and may result in a tribunal hearing (see disrespect policy).

 

Cutting Class:

When a student does not go to his/her scheduled class, but remains on the campus, the student is considered to be cutting class. (When more than one class is cut, it becomes skipping).  Time out of class and other factors will be considered when assigning discipline.

(1)        FIRST OFFENSE: Minimum two days in I.S.S. or corporal punishment.

(2)        SECOND OFFENSE: Three days suspension or three days in I.S.S.

(3)        THIRD OFFENSE: Five days suspension or 5 days in I.S.S.

 

Disrespect or Abuse to Staff Members

          According to Laurens County Board of Education policy, any student who is disrespectful or abusive to a Laurens County Board of Education Staff Member may be suspended by the principal and referred for a tribunal hearing.  This disrespect includes insults, profane or obscene language, threats, disobedience, or insubordination to any Laurens County Board of Education Staff Member. The policy includes disrespect shown in the presence of the staff member or in the presence of students or other personnel.

 

 

Destruction of School Property:

            Students who cause or attempt to cause substantial damage to school property will be suspended from school, turned over to law enforcement officials, fined for damages, or assigned after-school work duties until the debt is paid.

 

Dress Code Violations: (See page 34: Laurens County Board Policies)

            1st and 2nd Offence – Warning, and the student is required to change clothes.

            3nd Offense – Parent is called; discipline write up; the student is required to change clothes.

4th and 5th Offense – 1 day I.S.S.

6th offense – Out of school suspension

7th offense- Out of school suspension until tribunal hearing.

 

Disorderly conduct:

            Students who become disorderly on school property will be turned over to law enforcement officials.  Disorderly students will also be suspended from school and all school activities for a minimum of  3 school days.

 

Driving Violations on Campus: (see Car Riders, p. 11)

1st Offense – Written warning or vehicle privileges suspended

            2nd Offense – Vehicle privileges suspended

3rd Offense – Vehicle privileges suspended and possible towing of vehicle

 

Drugs:  see Possession of Illegal and/or Controlled Drugs. page 28

     

Extortion:

Extortion is using threats to force someone to obey demands. Students who threaten or use extortion against other students will face disciplinary action, suspension, expulsion and/or referral to legal authorities.

 

Fighting:

At a minimum:  

1st Offense – Suspension from school for 3 days

            2nd Offense – Suspension from school for 5 days

            3rd Offense – Suspension from school until a tribunal hearing is held

 

Students who fight will be turned over to the local law enforcement officials.  In cases deemed severe by the administration, the student may face more severe punishment, which may include criminal charges and/or immediate suspension from West Laurens High School until a tribunal hearing can be held.  Students who fight off campus may also be disciplined at school.

 

Gambling:

            Any game of chance for money will not be allowed on school property.  This includes cards, dice, flipping coins, internet sites, etc.  Money that is used for gambling purposes will be seized by the school and the student will receive 3 days in I.S.S. 

 

Ganging and Rioting:

Students who attempt to gang, riot, or fight at school or sports/school events will

be punished at the discretion of the administration and arrested by law enforcement officers. 

 

Gangs and Gang-related Material:

Any student found in possession of gang related materials, or writing graffiti or

gang signs on school property, may be suspended from school and may face related criminal charges.  This offense includes flashing gang signs, stacking, and wearing gang related symbols.  Any student who is identified as a gang member will be suspended from West Laurens High School until a tribunal hearing and will face related criminal charges.

 

Harassment:

(1)        Minor offense (as determined by WLHS Administration) will result in parental contact, documentation of the case made in student’s records, and other disciplinary actions as needed. Legal charges may be made. If the offense occurs again, the student will be suspended for 3 days.

(2)       Major offenses (as determined by WLHS Administration) will result in                             

suspension until a tribunal hearing can be held. Legal charges may be made by the                                        parents of the harassed student and/or the school administration.

 

Instigating problems:

            Students who instigate problems will be disciplined according to the severity of the problem they have instigated. 

 

Insubordination:

Insubordination is defined as being unwilling to submit to authority.  Teachers will indicate the severity of the problem. Discipline will be determined by the administrator handling the case.  Severe insubordination will result in a tribunal hearing.  Severe is defined as openly and blatantly defying the teacher or school staff member.

 

Interrupting Class:

            Interrupting class includes unauthorized talking, playing, eating in the classroom,

and other “minor” discipline problems.  Because this category covers a number of minor

offences, it does not fall under the 5th time tribunal clause.

(1)        FIRST OFFENSE:  The student may receive: counseling, one (1) day in I.S.S., corporal punishment, parent phone call, work detail and/or other discipline deemed appropriate by the administration.

(2)        SECOND OFFENSE:  The student will receive two (2) days in I.S.S. or corporal punishment.

(3)        THIRD OFFENSE:  The student will receive three (3) days in I.S.S. or corporal punishment.

 

Lack of Cooperation:  (This does not include homework, class work…)

(1)        FIRST OFFENSE:  The student may receive: parent phone call, 1 day I.S.S., or corporal punishment.

(2)        SECOND OFFENSE:  The student will receive 3 days in I.S.S., or corporal punishment.

(3)        THIRD OFFENSE:  The student will receive 5 days in I.S.S.

 

Not reporting to the office when written up:

            Any student who does not come to the office when sent by a teacher or who tries to mislead the office as to what has actually happened will receive 3 days in ISS, PLUS THE DISCIPLINE THAT IS NORMALLY ASSIGNED FOR THAT WRITE-UP!

 

Possession of Firearms:

Parents will be notified that a warrant will be taken for “Possession of a firearm           in a public place or school.”  Possession charges will be filed at the sheriff’s office by the school principal.  The student will be suspended from school until due hearings are held.  Unless overriding circumstances can be established, possession of firearms by a student will result in the student’s expulsion from school for 12 calendar months.

 

Possession of Illegal and/or Controlled Drugs:

            WLHS does not in any way encourage any type of illegal or controlled drug                                                                                                   abuse, but we do see some types of drugs to be more dangerous than others and will therefore punish more severely for those types of illegal drugs.  Students who bring to school “look alike” substances that are represented as illegal drugs may be punished the same as students who possess illegal drugs.

*Note: The type, perceived intent, and amount of drug found will determine the

severity of the discipline.  (Alcohol and tobacco punishment may be less, based on

circumstances involved.)

(1)        FIRST OFFENSE:  The student’s parents shall be contacted and the student will receive a minimum of ten (10) days suspension (O.S.S.) and thirty (30) calendar days suspension from any school-sponsored activities. 

(2)        SECOND OFFENSE:  Student will be suspended (O.S.S.) from school until a Tribunal Hearing can be held.

*Note: The school must also call local authorities when illegal drugs are found.

 

**Note: If a student gives and/or sells any type of drug at WLHS, legal charges will be filed.

 

Possession of a Knife:

(1)               FIRST OFFENSE:  At a minimum, the knife will be confiscated and the student will be sent to I.S.S. for 3 days.  The length of the blade and the circumstances involved will be taken into account in determining the severity of the punishment and whether the student will be turned over to law enforcement officials.

(2)               SECOND OFFENSE:  The same procedure as the First Offense will be used, and the student will receive I.S.S. for ten (10) days.

(3)               THIRD OFFENSE:  The same procedure as the First Offense will be used, and the student will be referred for a tribunal hearing.

*Note:  In cases deemed severe by the administration the student may face more severe punishment, which may include criminal charges.

Possession of Tobacco Products: W.L.H.S. is a tobacco free school.

(1)        FIRST OFFENSE:  Three days in I.S.S. and parent notification.

(2)        SECOND OFFENSE:  Five days in I.S.S. and parent notification.  The student will also be put under a discipline contract.

(3)        THIRD OFFENSE:  Student will be referred for a tribunal hearing.

* If a student refuses to accept either 1st or 2nd offense punishment, then that student will be suspended and referred to a tribunal hearing.

 

Prohibited Nuisances:

          The Laurens County District School Board specifically prohibits drugs, alcohol, weapons, fireworks, and any nuisances which distract from the specific purpose of the school.  If a student brings something to school which distracts others, that item may be confiscated by the teacher or other school authoritiesViolators of this policy may be subject to severe disciplinary measures.  The school is not responsible for electronic or other valuable items.  These should not be brought to school.

             

Pushing (aggressive behavior but not fighting):

1st Offense – 3 licks, 3 days I.S.S., or suspension from school for 3 days

            2nd Offense – Suspension from school for 3 days

            3rd Offense – Suspension from school 5 days or until a tribunal hearing is held.

            * Administrative discretion will apply as to what is pushing and what is fighting.

 

Rudeness:

1st Offense – 3 Licks, 3 days I.S.S., or suspension from school for 3 days

            2nd Offense – Suspension from school for 3 days

            3rd Offense – Suspension from school 5 days or until a tribunal hearing is held

* Note: The intensity of the rudeness may result in more severe punishment.

 

Skipping: (see Truancy)

 

Smoking: (see also Possession of Tobacco Products)

            * Note: Due to the government studies that show that secondhand smoke is a major cause of lung cancer, discipline will be increased if student is caught smoking inside the building.

 

Stealing:

     Parents will be contacted.  The student  will pay for or  return  the stolen  property.     

The student will be punished according to item stolen and the number of times caught  stealing.  The school resource officer will take action as needed.

 

Tardy Policy: (see Tardy Notes page 20)

Students not inside the doorframe of the classroom when the tardy bell begins to ring are tardy.  The tardy bell rings (5) minutes after the bell to go to class.  Students should enter the room in a non-disruptive manner and proceed directly to their desks or work areas.                                                        

Car problems and/or transportation problems of any kind are not excuses for being tardy.  The Laurens County School System provides a free means of transportation (bus); if a student chooses not to ride the bus, the student is responsible for arriving on time.   Students are still held accountable for arriving on time even if riding with parents or other students.  If you see that you will not be able to get your child to school on time, please make other arrangements or put your child on the bus.  (Parents, please do not ask for special treatment for your child.)

Students will be given a verbal and recorded warning for the first and second tardy of each semester.  On the third tardy and each tardy thereafter, the administrative staff will have full discretion to administer the following disciplinary procedures:

1st and 2nd tardy - Warning

3rd – 4th  tardy - Corporal punishment, trash pick-up, or I.S.S.

5th - 6th  tardy - Corporal punishment or I.S.S.

7th – 9th tardy – I.S.S.

10th tardy – 5 day suspension from school

After the 10th tardy, students will be placed on a contract.  If the student breaks the

contract, a tribunal hearing will be scheduled.

 

Terroristic Threats: (GA Code Section 16-11-37)

A person commits the offense of a terroristic threat when he threatens to commit any crime of violence or to burn or damage property with the purpose of terrorizing another person.  Terroristic threats must be taken seriously, and students are advised not to make this kind of threat even in jest.  Any terroristic threat made verbally or in writing, in person or by means of a telephone call, letter, E-mail, or other such method, may result in severe punishment.  According to an order issued by Judge William Tribble, March 8, 2001, terroristic threats on a school campus may result in detention in YDC pending a hearing before the Juvenile Court Judge.

 

Threats of bodily harm and/or threats of violence of any type:

 (1)       Minor offenses (as determined by WLHS Administration) will result in parental contact and/or corporal punishment or I.S.S.

(2)        Major offenses (determined by WLHS Administration) will result in parental contact and long term I.S.S., suspension, or tribunal hearing.  The school resource officer will take action as needed.

(3)        Cases deemed severe by the administration or by county/state law will result in more severe punishment.

 

Tobacco:   (see Possession of Tobacco Products)

 

Truancy (Skipping School):

            A student will be considered skipping school if the student is supposed to be present and is not present. When students leave home with the intent to come to school, they become the responsibility of school officials until they return home from school, whether the student comes on school property or not! 

          Students should not leave the school campus at any time during the school day except in case of an emergency.  Students MUST receive permission from the office and must sign out.  When they return they must sign in.  Failure to follow sign-out procedure will be considered the same as skipping and will be punished as the same.      Unauthorized adults (18 or older) who take minors off campus without school and parental permission may face criminal charges.  Any student who takes another student off campus without the proper consent of the school will be punished for skipping school  and may also face criminal charges. 

*Note:  Students 18 or older may not take other students off campus without proper authorization.

 (1)       FIRST OFFENSE: The student will receive three (3) days in I.S.S.  Parent will be

called. 

(2)        SECOND OFFENSE:  The student will receive five (5) days in I.S.S.  Parent will be called for a conference.

(3)        THIRD OFFENSE:  The student will receive ten (10) days in I.S.S.  Parent will be called for a conference.

 

Undue Familiarity Between Sexes/Sexual Contact:

(1)        Minor offenses (as determined by WLHS Administration) will result in parental contact.

(2)        Major or multiple offenses (as determined by WLHS Administration) will result in parental contact and I.S.S., suspension, or tribunal hearing.

 

Vandalism: (see Destruction of School Property, page 26)

          Students who cause or attempt to cause substantial damage to school property will be suspended from school, turned over to law enforcement officials, fined for damages, or assigned after-school work duties until the debt is paid.

 

Behavior Not Covered Above:

The school reserves the right to punish behavior which is not deemed appropriate by the administration, even though such behavior is not specified in the preceding written rules.  Punishment of such behavior will be at the discretion of the administrative staff.  Any action that interferes with learning will not be allowed.   GA Code 20-2-1181 states that it is unlawful for any person to disrupt or interfere with the operation of any public school.  This includes but is not limited to, continued classroom disruptions by a student.  Any student who continually or severely disrupts a classroom and teaching time will not only be suspended from school, but may also face criminal prosecution under this law.

 

 

 


 

Laurens County Schools Bus Discipline Codes

Grades 6-12

 

Amended on October 25, 2002                                                                 Revised 4/16/04

The behavior of students while riding Laurens County School Buses is one of the most important factors concerning transportation safety.  A school bus driver’s attention should always be on the conditions of the road.  Students too often distract the drivers, sometimes to the point that drivers must focus all their attention on discipline problems instead of driving.  Students can follow a few rules to make riding buses safe and enjoyable.  Violation of these rules may subject the offender to disciplinary action-for example, revocation of riding privileges for a period of time.

 

1.                  Observe the same conduct as in the classroom.

2.                  Be courteous; use no profane language.

3.                  Do not eat or drink on the bus.

4.                  Keep the bus clean.

5.                  Cooperate with the driver.  The driver is authorized to assign seats.

6.                  Do not infringe on the rights of others.

7.                  Stay in your seat.

8.                  Keep head, hands, and feet inside the bus.

9.                  Do not throw objects in or out of the bus.  (Discretion may be used as to the severity).

10.              Students should remain quiet at all railroad crossings.

11.              Flowers and balloons should not be brought on the school bus.

 

MINOR BUS DISCIPLINE:

Bus transportation is provided by the Laurens County School System.  It is a service to the community by the school system.  Students are expected to conduct themselves properly at all times.  Any activity that will distract from safe handling of the bus is to be avoided.

                       

Any violation of these rules will bring into force the following procedures:

    1st offense – Student counseled and warned about behavior (written warning).

    2nd offense – Parents are notified concerning bus behavior (written letter).

**3rd offense – Student suspended from the bus for two days.

**4th offense – Student suspended from the bus for three days.

**5th offense – Student suspended from the bus for five days.

    6th offense – Student suspended from the bus for seven days.

    7th offense – Student suspended from the bus for ten days.

    8th offense – Student suspended from the bus until a tribunal hearing is held.

**Corporal punishment/ISS may be used for the 3rd, 4th, or 5th offense at the discretion of the administrator.

 

*Note: When a student is suspended from the bus, he is suspended from all Laurens County buses!  If a student is caught riding any bus while suspended that student will receive 5 more days off of the bus.

MAJOR BUS DISCIPLINE:(Code section 20-2-751.6)

·        Fighting on the bus (suspension from bus AND school)

·        Verbal assault or being disrespectful to bus driver or school personnel (suspension from bus AND school)

·        Possession of tobacco products, lighters, or matches

·        Vulgar language

·        Undue sexual familiarity

·        Harassment of other students or bus driver

·        Disrespectful conduct toward students

 

1st offense         Suspended from the bus for five days.

2nd offense        Suspended from the bus for ten days.

3rd offense        Suspended from the bus until a tribunal hearing is held.

 

* Note: When a student is suspended from the bus, he is suspended from all Laurens County buses!  If a student is caught riding any bus while suspended the student will receive 10 more days off of the bus.

           

Vandalism of a school bus (burning, cutting, punching holes in seats, etc.) will result in suspension from the bus until damage amount is paid.

 

Possession of any weapon or objects used as a weapon, other than a firearm, will result in suspension from the bus until a parent conference or tribunal hearing is held, along with appropriate criminal charges being filed.

 

Possession of any firearm, drugs, or alcohol will result in suspension from all buses and school, until a tribunal hearing is held.  Such cases may be turned over to law enforcement officials.

 

When a student is suspended from riding the bus, written and/or verbal contact must be made with the parent.

 

Administrative discretion may be used in dealing with students on any offense, except those involving cases of assault, weapons, and days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAURENS COUNTY SCHOOLS STUDENT DRESS CODE

Approved 7-8-99;  Modified 2002

(See page 26 for discipline)

PANTS, SLACKS, AND JEANS

·        Must be worn at the waist and appropriate size

·        Should come to the top of the shoes and not the floor

·        Neither baggy pants nor wide legged (elephant legged) pants are permissible

·        Underwear should not be visible

SHIRTS AND BLOUSES

·        Should be tucked in OR worn out side to the length of finger tips.

·        No vulgarity, profanity, tobacco-related, alcohol-related, drug-related, gang-related,          or sexual messages or images on shirts.

·        No tank tops, spaghetti strings, nor mesh type shirts

·        No bare midriff

·        Undergarments should not be visible

SWEATERS

·        No see-through sweaters unless worn over a shirt or blouse

·        No vulgarity, profanity, tobacco-related, alcohol-related, drug-related, gang-related, or sexual messages or images on shirts, sweaters or sweatshirts.

SKIRTS, DRESSES, CULOTTES, AND JUMPERS

·        Must be decent, non-suggestive, and non-distractive

·        No longer than the top of the shoes

·        Jumpers must be worn with shirts or blouses underneath

SHORTS

·        For grades pre-K to 5, age appropriate

·        For grades 6 – 12, NO SHORTS. 

 

ACCESSORIES

·        No caps, hats, bandannas, head stockings or scarves allowed in the building (no bandannas on campus at any time).  A student should not wear anything on his/her head in the building unless it is prescribed by a doctor.

·        No sunglasses except prescription

·        No facial rings – earrings only

·        No trenchcoats

·        No spiked jewelry, spiked belts, nor studded belt buckles

HAIR

·        Hair must be well groomed

·        Hair rollers or pin curlers will not be allowed

 

** CLOTHING OR ATTIRE AND ACCESSORIES WHICH INTERFERE WITH THE INSTRUCTION OF OTHER STUDENTS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.

 

 

 

VEHICLE PARKING APPLICATION

 

Name of Applicant_____________________________________________________________________

 

Parent/Guardian_______________________________________________________________________

 

Address______________________________________________________________________________

 

City/State______________________________________________ Zip Code_______________________

 

Date of Birth______________________________ Home Phone__________________________________

 

Parent/Guardian Daytime Phone___________________________________________________________

 

Social Security #________________________            Driver License # ___________________________

 

Vehicle Information

 

Primary Vehicle:

Tag #_____________________________ Make____________________________ Model_____________

 

Secondary Vehicle:

Tag #_____________________________ Make____________________________ Model_____________

 

Insurance Company______________________________________________________________________

 

Policy #_____________________________________Expiration Date______________________________

 

West Laurens High School Vehicle Registration Form

 

 Permit # _______                                                                                                 Parking  Space #  _______

                The Laurens County Board of Education policy requires students driving a motor vehicle to and from school to do the following.

 

1.        Complete the attached form.

2.        Furnish adequate proof of the proper insurance as required by GA State law.

3.        Drive safely at all times.  Failing to drive safely at all times or violation of the state road laws will lead to suspension of permission to bring the vehicle on campus.

4.        Display the parking permit from the front mirror, and obtain a temporary permit if the parking permit is lost or the student is driving a different vehicle.

5.        Once a student arrives on campus, the vehicle should be parked and all students should enter the building immediately.  Cruising, sitting in a vehicle, or standing outside a vehicle on campus will not be allowed.

6.        Students must leave the campus when dismissed from the building.  Cruising, sitting in a vehicle, or standing around in the parking lot will not be allowed.  Vehicles must be off the campus by 3:40 PM, unless the student is participating in a school-sponsored activity.

7.        Students will not be permitted to go to their vehicles from the time they arrive at school until the time school is dismissed.  A student may go to the vehicle and/or use the vehicle during the school day ONLY IF permission is given by an Assistant Principal or Principal.

 

     I hereby agree to operate my vehicle in a safe manner and according to the student handbook.  I further agree to park in the area designed for student parking only and in the space assigned to me   I will not loiter or  allow others to loiter in or around my vehicle while parked on West Laurens campus.  It is understood that failure to comply with these conditions may result in suspension of my parking/driving privileges.

 

Student’s Signature__________________________________________           Date______________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEST LAURENS HIGH SCHOOL

STUDENT HANDBOOK AGREEMENT

 

Please complete this form and return it to the school:  Please print:

 

Student name: _________________________________________ Date: ____________

 

Date of birth: ___________     Grade: ______   Bus #_________  SW or NW          

 

Car Decal #______  Locker # ______     School I.D. # ____________________________

 

FALL               1st  Period: Teacher_______________________    Room #__________

2nd Period: Teacher_______________________    Room #__________

3rd Period: Teacher_______________________    Room #__________

4th Period: Teacher_______________________    Room #__________

SPRING          1st  Period: Teacher_______________________    Room #__________

2nd Period: Teacher_______________________    Room #__________

3rd Period: Teacher_______________________    Room #__________

4th Period: Teacher_______________________    Room #__________

 

I HAVE READ THE CURRENT WEST LAURENS HIGH SCHOOL HANDBOOK AND AGREE TO FOLLOW ALL POLICIES AND REGULATIONS.

 

                                                                                                                STUDENT

                                                                                                                PARENT

 

Parents, please tell us how to get in touch with you! 

 

Name ____________________________________________________________

 

Home Address _____________________________________________________

 

Phone # ________________________           Work # _______________________

 

Cell-phone # ____________________           Beeper # ______________________

 

Voice mail _________________________________________________

 

E-mail _____________________________________________________

 

Note:  Failure to sign/return this page does not exempt any student from the rules and guidelines of this handbook; it only limits our ability to work together with parents.