09-10 Student Handbook

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                           1641 Hopewell Friends Road
                         Asheboro, North Carolina 27205
                   Phone (336) 381-7747 Fax (336) 381-7743

            The Principals of Southwestern Randolph High School
    Mr. G. C. Castelloe   1970 – 1985     Mr. Drew Maerz      2001 – 2003
    Mr. Donnie Baxter     1985 – 1996     Mr. Greg Batten     2003 – 2004
    Mr. Jerry Tillman     1996            Dr. Chris Vecchione 2004 – Present
    Dr. Wayne Thrift      1996 – 2001

          School Colors.………………………………………….…..Royal Blue and Gold
          School Yearbook.………………………………………………………………Infinity
          Cultural Arts Building………..G. C. Castelloe Cultural Arts Building
          Gymnasium……………………………….….Jack C. Castelloe Gymnasium
          Stadium……………………………………………………..Ivey B. Luck Stadium

                                    Alma Mater
           All hail to thee, Southwestern Randolph, and to blue and gold.
                 We will cherish thee forever with memories untold.
                Ahead of others, never failing, you will always shine.
                 Now to you, our Alma Mater, you are always mine.

   It is tradition for all underclassmen to rise as the seniors enter during any
   student body assembly.
   It is tradition for all students and adults to rise and remove their caps for
   the singing of the National Anthem and the Southwestern Alma Mater.
   Birthdays are celebrated the last week in the month of their birth. June
   birthday’s are celebrated in May, while July birthdays are celebrated in
   Seniors have the privilege of using a Senior Lounge and are dismissed 2
   minutes early from school.
   The Homecoming activities are held during football season. Celebrations
   include a bonfire, pep rally, Powder Puff football game and the crowning of
   the Homecoming Queen.
   The Jr – Sr Prom is traditionally held in April. It is a formal dance for
   Juniors, Seniors, and their guests which must meet the minimum/maximum
   grade, age, and good standing guidelines.
   Academic Awards and Senior Recognition Day are held near the end of the
   school year, traditionally in May.
   Baccalaureate and the Senior Reception occurs the Sunday within the week
   of Commencement.
School Profile
SWRHS is a rural, public, consolidated high school serving grades 9-12. Founded
in 1970, we serve students from three rural and two small town
communities…traditionally those students attending Southwestern and Uwharrie
Middle Schools attend SWRHS. We operate on a ninety-minute block schedule with
students taking 4 courses in the fall and 4 different courses in the spring. Seniors
must successfully complete a Graduation Project prior to Graduation.


Pages              Descriptions
4                  Special Programs
5                  Academic Calendar
6                  Fees, Meal Prices, Lockers, Insurance, Grade
7                  Crisis Plans, Visitors, Messages,
                   Use of Media/Technology
8-11               Attendance and Tardy Policies
                   Suspension, ISS, OSS, Due Process
11-12              Academics – Graduation Requirements
13                 Testing
14-15              Promotion, Course Withdrawal, Early Release
15-17              Bus Transportation Policies
17                 Driver Eligibility, Student Auto Use
18-19              Policies: Rights, Code of Conduct
20-21              Dress and Social Behavior Policies
22                 Alcoholic Beverage and Drug Policies
23                 Weapons Policy
23                Tobacco Policy
23                 Fighting
24-27              Athletic Regulations and Code of Conduct
27                Asbestos Hazard Notification Statement

                         Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Free School
Southwestern Randolph High School and Randolph County Schools support an alcohol, drug
and tobacco free school. The possession, consumption, and distribution of alcoholic
beverages or illegal drugs will not be tolerated on the Southwestern High School campus or
at school functions. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in disciplinary action and
notification to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department. Any use of any form of tobacco
by students and guests is forbidden on any campus of the Randolph County School System.

                                  Character Education
Southwestern and Randolph County Schools support character education in our classrooms.
We encourage all our students to:
              Do the Right Thing,
                     Show Respect,
                            and Act Responsibly!

                                     Top Cat Program
Top Cat Awards are given each semester to recognize outstanding members of our student
body. Top Cats are nominated and selected by the faculty to recognize students of
outstanding character and integrity. The Top Cat award is not an academic award, but one
that recognizes traits such as responsibility, self-motivation, citizenship, growth, and
trustworthiness. Those recognized as Top Cats represent the exemplary nature of our
student body and stand apart from peers by demonstrating their character in all school-
related activities.

                                    9th GRADE ACADEMY
In 2005 the Southwestern faculty and staff established a 9th Grade Academy on our
campus. The Academy is located in the newest building added to the facilities. Along with
having their own building to call home, 9th grade students are invited to Cougar Camp over
the summer break, placed on smaller teaching teams, and often times share the same lunch
schedule. The students also have their own office which houses an administrator,
counselor, and office support. Parents of 9th grade students are encouraged to utilize this
office when dealing with 9th grade concerns / issues.

                                          HALL PASS
Students in the hallways during instructional time MUST have a school hall pass in hand.
Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.

                   2009 - 2010 School Calendar Information
25                                    First Day for Students
7                                         Labor Day Holiday
28                                           Interim Reports
29              Early Dismissal (2 hours)/Staff Development
30                                                  Workday
5                                               Report Cards
11                                    Veteran’s Day Holiday
25                                 Early Dismissal (2 hours)
26, 27                               Thanksgiving Holidays
7                                            Interim Reports
18                                 Early Dismissal (2 hours)
22-23,28-31                                    Annual Leave
24, 25                                   Christmas Holidays
1                                       New Year’s Holiday
18                                              MLK Holiday
19, 20                                             Workdays
21                                     2 Semester Begins
26………………………………………………………………….Report Cards
15                                                  Workday
25                                           Interim Reports
25              Early Dismissal (2 hours)/Staff Development
26                                                  Workday
5                                             Easter Holiday
6-9                                            Annual Leave
13                                              Report Cards
6                                            Interim Reports
31…….…………………………………………………..Memorial Day Holiday
8            Last Day for Students/Early Dismissal (2 hours)

Make Up Days: December 21; February 15; April 9, 8 , 7, 6; June 9

                               SCHOOL FEES Per Semester
              9-12 Instructional Supply Fee                      $ 6.00
              Typing, Accounting, Computers, Financial
              Management, Data Processing 9-12                   $10.00
              Physical Education, 9-12                           $ 2.00
              Art, 9-12                                          $10.00
              Choral Music, 6-12                                 $ 5.00
              Band, 6-12                                         $ 5.00
              Science, 9-12                                      $ 5.00
              Parking Fee                                        $ 25.00
School waiver fee forms are available in all offices and must be renewed yearly.

                                         MEAL PRICES
BREAKFAST - $ 1.10 for students                    LUNCH - $ 1.85 for K-12 students

Lockers are available to students throughout the school year. Reserve a locker at Open
House or at other times in the 10th / 11th grade office. ONLY locks purchased through the
school are to be used on lockers (all outside locks will be removed). Students are
encouraged to purchase a lock from the 10 th / 11th grade office for use in the gym locker

Students are NOT automatically covered by insurance when an accident occurs on
school grounds. Therefore, insurance for dental and / or student accidents is available.
Information on these plans, along with a health care plan, is included in a brochure to be
given to students. The brochure contains a payment envelope. PAYMENT SHOULD BE
MADE DIRECTLY TO THE COMPANY. The brochure should be kept by the parent for future
reference as a summary of coverage and how to file a claim. Please take the time to review
occurring in the school unless negligence is proven on the part of the school. Unfortunately
many parents are not aware of this until it is too late. The “All Athletic” insurance coverage
is an excess coverage only, and pays only after that of any other insurance the parents
may have.

                         REPORT CARDS & INTERIM REPORTS
Report cards are distributed at the end of each nine-week period. At the end of the year
report cards will be mailed to parents of students who do not have outstanding fees or
school property. Interim Reports are distributed at the mid-point of each marking period.
See calendar on page 5 for distribution dates.       If a student owes books, uniforms,

equipment, or has outstanding fees, the final report card will be held by the Principal’s
Office until property is returned and fees paid.

State law requires schools to have a fire drill to practice safe, timely evacuation. There is a
plan for evacuating the buildings in case of a fire or other emergency. A tornado drill is held
in the spring. There is a plan for locking-down the school as a safety precaution. Faculty
and staff shall explain procedures to students. Students are expected to adhere to
procedures and follow all directions.
We welcome visitors to our campus and for safety reasons require them to sign in and
secure a pass from the main office. Passes are issued at the discretion of the
Administration. Visitors should prearrange visits during the instructional day by calling
ahead and making appointments. Lunchtime visitation is limited to military and college
recruiters, youth workers, employers/supervisors, and parents.
The attendance secretary will take necessary urgent messages. It is our policy to avoid
interrupting teachers and students when classes are in session. Students are asked to
prearrange rides home from school before the instructional day begins. Office phone lines
are limited and are designated for school use and not personal use, except in cases of
illness or emergency.

   1. To borrow library materials each student is given a circulation number to be used
      with an automated circulation system. Students may borrow a total of five items at
      any given time.
   2. An AUP must be on file, signed by the student’s parent, in order for the student to
      use the school’s Internet service. Misuse can result in loss of privileges. Prohibited
      behaviors include, but are not limited to, chatting, surfing, shopping, and checking
      myspace/facebook accounts.
   3. A book may be borrowed for four weeks.
   4. Encyclopedias are circulated overnight only.
   5. Current issues of magazines are displayed on the shelves. Back issues may be
      borrowed overnight and should be returned before school the next morning.
   6. Fines may be charged for lost / damaged books and materials.
   7. Students may not eat or drink in the Media Center or Flex Lab.
   8. Disruptions will not be tolerated at any time.
   9. To gain entry to the Media Center or a Lab from class, students must present a pass
      signed by the classroom teacher.
   10. A limited number of students may go to the Media Center during lunch for the
       purpose of reading, research, etc.
   11. Internet use is allowed only with a written note or direct supervision from the
       student’s teacher or with direct supervision from the Media Specialist.


North Carolina requires 135 hours of instruction for course credit to be awarded to
a student. For information concerning attendance, course credit, and examination
exemption, refer to the following pages of this planner as well as Randolph County Schools
Board Policy printed in the Student Information Guide and Code of Student Conduct.

                      SWRHS ATTENDANCE and TARDY POLICIES

Attendance in school is imperative for educational success.            Regular attendance is
mandatory for students until the age of 16. To be counted present for the school day, a
student shall be present in school at least one-half of the student’s instructional day. Every
class teacher maintains records for each block.
                              LAWFUL AND UNLAWFUL ABSENCES
Lawful absences and tardies are those due to the following reasons: illness of the student,
religious observance (with prior approval by the Principal), quarantine, court appearance (if
the student is a party to the action or under subpoena as a witness), death in the family,
medical or dental appointments, and educational opportunities. Lawful absences and
tardies require documentation, such as a doctor's note and / or notes from parents /
guardians. Absences are identified as unexcused or unlawful when (1) a student is willfully
absent from school with or without the knowledge of a parent; or (2) a student is absent
from school for any reason other than those listed as lawful. Any absence that results from
an out-of-school suspension for misconduct shall be considered an involuntary absence.
It is the responsibility of the student to bring a note signed by a parent / guardian
explaining the reason for each absence and tardy. The note should be presented to the
Attendance Office the day the student returns to school. An attendance slip will be issued
to the student who is responsible for showing it to teachers in each class missed.
Documentation is critical for students who may need to apply for a Waiver of Attendance.
Waivers require official documentation, i.e. medical notes, etc. A lawful absence is not
guaranteed to be waived.
                                   MAKE UP WORK AND TIME
In the case of excused absences and out of school suspensions, the student will be
permitted to make up his or her work, including semester or quarterly examinations, under
the following conditions.
1. If an absence has been approved in advance and / or work assigned by the teacher in
   advance, all make-up work, including tests assigned on the day of return, is due upon
   the student’s return to school or the student can make up the work according to the
   timeline as designated by the teacher or principal.

2. Students who miss days or classes are required to make them up during hours beyond
   the student’s instructional day. Time must be made up on an hour-for-hour / day-
   for-day basis once days are missed over a total of five (5). Upon a sixth absence from a
   class (and all subsequent absences), the student is required to make up 90-minutes of
   time, as well as complete all work missed to the teacher’s satisfaction.
The student is responsible for finding out what assignments are due and completing them
within the time period specified by the teacher. Students shall be granted ten (10)
instructional days from the time of the absence to make up time and work. Make-up work
shall be assigned at the convenience of the teacher, and may be specific material missed by
the student or may be of a reinforcement or enrichment nature. All work / time should be
made up by the end of the academic semester. Exceptions will be at the discretion of the
Upon the sixth (6th) absence in a semester course, a high school student loses the
opportunity to receive credit for the course. He or she will receive a grade of 69 along with
the comment “grade due to excessive absences” unless his or her average is lower, in which
case the actual grade earned will be assigned. However, the Principal, the Principal’s
designee, or the waiver committee appointed by the Principal may review other measures of
academic achievement, the circumstances of the absences, the number of absences, and
the extent to which the student completed missed work. The Principal’s designee or the
waiver committee may recommend to the Principal and /or the Principal may solely make
any of the following determinations:
       The student will not receive credit for the course;
       The student will receive the grade otherwise earned; or
       The student will be given additional time to complete the missed work and / or make
       up time before making a determination of the appropriate grade.
Students must provide evidence of extenuating circumstances with documentation (i.e.
doctor's notes, subpoenas) that will verify that absences were beyond the student's control
in order for the Principal or the waiver committee to consider allowing course credit. Appeal
procedures are announced before the end of each semester so that students can prepare
and make an appointment to be heard.

                     EXAMINATION EXEMPTIONS IN GRADES 9-12
Good attendance will be rewarded. Students will be exempt from final exams in those
courses that have no state end-of-course test or VoCATS exams under the condition that
they have no more that two (2) absences for the term in the class where the exemption can
be granted and have no chance of failing once final grades are calculated. Students eligible
for exemption from the final exam may choose to take the exam in order to raise his or her
final grade average in the class.

                                EARLY DISMISSAL NOTES
We have a computerized attendance program to log tardiness to school, early dismissals,
and absences. The procedure for early dismissals is for students to place their notes, which
must include a phone number of a parent who can be reached, in the “Early Dismissal
Notes” box provided in the Attendance Office. Before a student can leave early, a parent
will be contacted to verify his / her leaving. If the student is leaving for an appointment of
any kind, the doctor’s office number should also be on the note so that if a parent cannot be
reached, we can verify the appointment. If they will be leaving before a class change, they
will be called from class to come get their note after it has been verified. Please note that a
student will not be allowed to leave if a parent / office cannot be reached. Students should
bring an early dismissal note to the office before the start of school. They are to drop notes
in the box provided and go to class. They should not wait for a note at that time. It is the
responsibility of the student to get to school early enough to take care of these matters.
Dropping off paperwork is no excuse to be tardy to class.

                                SIGNING-OUT A STUDENT
The release of any student from school is made at the discretion of the Administration. To
ensure the safety and security of our students, only a parent / guardian or emergency
contact (provided in the student’s emergency information), is permitted to sign a student
out of school. Anyone coming into the office to pick up a student may be asked to display a
valid photo ID to enhance our efforts to keep our students safe. Students should only leave
campus with a person approved by the legal parent / guardian.

The school recognizes its duty to help young people understand their responsibilities to
make decisions rectifying any breach of the school conduct code. The school is interested in
taking action that will create a wholesome, educational attitude on the student's behalf.
Suspended students shall be excluded from all co-curricular / extra-curricular activities that
occur during the period of suspension.
       I. Procedural Requirements for Due Process
          A. The student must be given notice of charges.
          B. The student must be given an explanation of the evidence against him.
          C. The student must be given an opportunity to present
             his / her perspective.
      II. General Procedures for Suspension
          A. When a decision is reached that a student is to be
             suspended, he and his parents or guardian are to be
             notified in writing of the reason for the suspension, and
             the length of the suspension.
          B. The parents or guardians may request a conference with
             the principal.
          C. If, after a conference with the Principal, the parents
             choose, they may appeal the decision to the school
             system Superintendent.
          D. If the suspension should be for more than ten days,
             the Principal / designee will explain the total due
             process procedure to the student and his parents.

Some penalties for broken rules and regulations require that a student be separated from
the student body. A student reports to the ISS room or the Intervention Center for his / her
term. Here the student completes his / her assignments under the supervision of a faculty
member. Adherence to the rules will prevent this or any other measure of punishment
levied on students for misbehavior. Assignment to ISS or IC does not count as an absence.

                            STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
School officials recognize that a student may need an interpretation of the application of an
existing rule, policy, or practice. If a student feels there are grounds for a grievance, he
should first discuss the matter with the adult with whom he has a concern. If the student is
not satisfied with the outcome of the discussion, the student or the parents / guardians may
request a conference with the Principal.

                                ACADEMIC INFORMATION

                             GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Students must complete a course of study (occupational prep, career prep, college-tech
prep,college-university prep, or future-ready core) in order to receive a high school diploma.
Additional information is available from the grade level counselors. Students who owe the
school fees, books, materials, or uniforms may be prohibited from participating in programs
and ceremonies, including but not limited to Graduation.
The State requires students to successfully complete a Graduation Project in English IV.
The Graduation Project is worth 50% of the overall course grade.

          CAREER PREP REQUIREMENTS (Students entering HS 2004-2008)
        Course                                                 Course Units
Language Arts (English I,II,III,IV)                                  4
Mathematics (including Algebra 1)                                    3
Social Studies (World History, Civics & Economics, US History)       3
Science (Earth/Environmental Science, Biology, a physical science)   3
Health & PE                                                          1
Career/Technical/ROTC/Arts (one advanced level)                      4
Electives                                                            10

      COLLEGE TECH PREP REQUIREMENTS (Students entering HS 2004-2008)
        Course                                                 Course Units
Language Arts (English I,II,III,IV)                                  4
Mathematics (Algebra 1, Geometry & Algebra II or
  Algebra I, Tech Math I, Tech Math II)                              3
Social Studies (World History, Civics & Economics, US History)       3
Science (Earth/Environmental Science, Biology, a physical science)   3
Health & PE                                                          1
Career/Technical (one advanced level)                                4
Electives                                                            10


        Course                                                 Course Units
Language Arts (English I,II,III,IV)                                  4
Mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II,
 & a math course with Algebra II as prerequisite)                    4
Social Studies (World History, Civics & Economics, US History)       3
Science (Earth/Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry)            3
Second Language (credits must be in same language)                   2
Health & PE                                                          1
Electives                                                            11

        FUTURE-READY CORE REQUIREMENTS (Students entering HS 2009)

        Course                                                   Course Units
Language Arts (English I,II,III,IV)                                   4
Mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II,
 & a math course with Algebra II as prerequisite or
 Integrated Math I, II, III & 4th math course)                        4
Social Studies (World History, Civics & Economics, US History)        3
Science (Earth/Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry)             3
Health & PE                                                           1
Electives (4 credits: CTE, JROTC, Arts, or other subject area
 AND 2 credits: CTE, Arts, or Second Language)                        13


Occupational Preparation requirements are determined by a qualifying student’s IEP
(Individualized Education Plan).

                        TESTING & ACCOUNTABILITY PROGRAM

      End-of-Course Tests    will be administered for the following:
        English I*           Algebra I*             Biology*
        US History*          Algebra II             Physics
        Physical Science     Geometry               Chemistry
        VoCATS               Civics and Economics*
All End-of-Course tests will account for 25% of a student’s final grade for each of the
courses listed above. The principal may use his discretion for further weighting of EOC
results. Students will be required to pass (Level III or IV) five end-of-course (EOC)
assessments as marked by (*).

                                    TESTING GUIDELINES
In addition to completing the required credits, a student must pass the NC Computer Skills
Test. All state requirements must be met for graduation.
In addition to the tests listed above, students in the 10th grade will be required to
participate in the NC Writing Test. Other field tests may be given in various academic areas
as requested by the NC Department of Public Instruction. Students who have taken an
advanced level vocational class will be required to participate in the ASSET Test, or its
equivalent, as part of their requirements. Students are encouraged to participate in the
administration of the SAT, ACT, and/or ASVAB tests to provide opportunities and remove
limitations for future endeavors.

To prepare for these future opportunities, SWR students in 10th and 11th grades will
participate in the administration of the PSAT. Each student’s report of results from the
PSAT will be used to assist students, parents, and school administration in the proper
scheduling for the following school term.

In accordance with the 2009-2010 Randolph County Schools Program of Studies all students
enrolled in Advanced Placement courses are required to take the AP Exam as partial
fulfillment for course credit. Those students interested in taking an AP Class for the
experience only may do so without taking the exam with the understanding that their
earned grade will be lowered one level per 2010 county policy. Testing fees will be the
responsibility of the student; however, every effort will be made to assist students with
these fees.

                             PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS
Maximum Potential is defined as the number of courses and corresponding credits that a
student can earn in an academic year.

       To be classified as a FRESHMAN, a student must have been promoted from grade
       To be classified as a SOPHOMORE, a student must pass the number of cumulative
       units of credits equal to his or her maximum potential less two units (6 @ SWR).
       To be classified as a JUNIOR, a student must pass the number of cumulative units
       of credits equal to his or her maximum potential less three units (13 @ SWR).
       To be classified as a SENIOR, a student must pass the number of cumulative units
       of credits equal to his or her maximum potential less four units (20 @ SWR).
Any units earned in an approved evening or summer school program, at the discretion of
the principal, may apply toward grade classification and graduation. Promotion of students
may occur at the close of each semester based on cumulative credits.

    A = 93 – 100              C = 77 – 84             F = Below 70
    B = 85 – 92               D = 70 – 76

                        PRINCIPAL’S LIST & A / B HONOR ROLL

Academic success is encouraged and recognized at SWRHS. Each 9 weeks, our computer
system generates a list of students who have made all A’s (Principal’s List) or A’s & B’s (A /
B Honor Roll). Because the computer generates the lists, students must be enrolled in two
semester-long courses in order for their name to appear. Students should check the
Principal’s List & A / B Honor Roll located on posters across from the office at the end of
each 9 weeks to make sure their name is listed if they have made the appropriate grades.
It is the student’s responsibility to check the lists and notify Student Services if their name
is not listed. If a student is registered for AP year-long and / or only two classes in a
semester, the computer will not recognize the student’s name. These lists are printed in the
local newspaper to further recognize our academically outstanding students.
                            COURSE WITHDRAWAL PENALTY

Except when directly approved by the principal, students are not allowed to drop a course
after the first five days of a school term. If the withdrawal is an emergency, there will not
be a penalty and a mark of WP will be issued. The student will not earn credit and the GPA
will not be affected. If a student withdraws after the five-day period without an emergency
situation and is passing, the student will be given a Withdrawn Passing/Failed. This will be
averaged into the GPA as a 69. If a student withdraws after the five-day period without an
emergency situation and is failing, the student will be issued the actual grade for the course
and it will be averaged into the GPA.

                          EARLY RELEASE / EARLY GRADUATION
Students are expected to be in school from the beginning to the official end of the school
day. Exemptions are available under the following circumstances and at the discretion of
the principal:
       A Senior enrolled in a work education program may be permitted to leave early for
       his/her job provided an early release application has been approved by the Principal.
       The Principal may approve early release for Seniors who have a minimum of a 1
       credit buffer for graduation. Fall early release requires 22 credits for approval and
       Spring requires 26 credits.
       Early release is available for 4th block fall and / or spring, or for 3rd and 4th block for
       spring only. Students may not have more than 2 early release blocks in a given
       school year.
       Early release students are required to leave the campus immediately following their
       last class. Failure to do so will result in the loss of early release privileges unless
       they have the expressed permission of the Principal to remain on campus.
       Seniors have the option of completing their high school requirements in January if
       they have the required 28 credits.

                         EXPECTATIONS OF SCHOOL BUS RIDERS

School bus riders must follow the Randolph County Code of Conduct. In addition, they
   Respect themselves by …
      Refraining from cursing and making indecent comments
      Staying in their assigned seat
      Keeping heads, hands, and arms in the school bus
   Respect others by …
      Keeping one’s hands to one’s self
      Refraining from throwing objects in or out of the bus
      Not possessing nor using matches, lighters, or tobacco products on the bus, at the
      bus lot, or at bus stops
      Being courteous to others
      Leaving inappropriate objects at home (examples: skateboards, CD’s, CD players,
      food, beverages)
      Refraining from littering and spitting
      Keeping one’s voice at an acceptable level so that students can hear instructions
      from the driver
   Respect the driver / monitor by …
      Obeying the driver’s directions
      Boarding / departing the bus properly and by the front door
      Not distracting the driver’s attention from safe driving
      Speaking appropriately when the bus is stopped
      Being courteous at all times

   Respect school property by …
      Only using safety equipment, including emergency windows and doors as instructed
      and when necessary
      Not damaging or vandalizing property
      Refraining from tampering with bus equipment and safety devices

                           SWR High School Bus Discipline Plan
To allow parents to make alternative travel plans for their child, bus suspensions will not
take effect until the day after being assigned by the school Administrator. (If a student gets
in trouble again before serving the suspension, the consequences will automatically be
doubled.)    Every effort will be made to notify parents by phone the day that bus
suspensions are assigned. In the event that phone contact is not possible, written notice
will be given to students to take to their parents.

The ultimate decision in terms of discipline for bus incidents is at the discretion of
                               the bus coordinator.

                        2009 / 2010 Discipline Ladder for Buses
        Number of Prior                         Action Taken
       Discipline Referrals
                 0                                Reprimand
                 1                       1 Day Removal from the Bus
                 2                       3 Day Removal from the Bus
                 3                       3 Day Removal from the Bus
                 4                       5 Day Removal From the Bus
                 5                       5 Day Removal From the Bus
                 6                       5 Day Removal From the Bus
                 7                      10 Day Removal From the Bus
                 8                      10 Day Removal From the Bus
                 9                      10 Day Removal From the Bus
                10           Removed from the bus for the remainder of the Semester

                                  Special Circumstances

   1) For communicating threats, making inappropriate racial or sexual comments, fighting
      and / or drug possession / use is an automatic 10 days off the bus and / or 10 days
      Out of School Suspension and 2 steps up the discipline ladder.
   2) Destruction of School Property and / or Theft requires the student to remain in the
      Intervention Center and off the bus until restitution has occurred. The student will
      also move 2 steps up the discipline ladder.
   3) At the beginning of 2nd Semester, every student will drop 2 step on the discipline

                               RIDING UNASSIGNED BUSES
As a policy, students must ride their assigned bus and board/depart at their assigned stop.
The school recognizes there will be circumstances when students will need to ride an
unassigned bus or use a different stop. Please follow the following instructions for these

1. Write a letter to the bus coordinator detailing the bus number and / or stop you will be
2. The letter must be signed by a parent or guardian and include a telephone number
   where he / she can be reached during the school day. The office will call to confirm your
   permission. If contact is not made prior to the dismissal of school, the student will not
   be allowed to ride an unassigned bus.
3. The request must be submitted to the bus coordinator or an administrator prior to
   school starting.
4. It is the student’s responsibility to pick up their boarding pass during their lunch period
   or immediately after school from the 10 th and 11th grade office!

                           “NO PASS, NO DRIVE” LEGISLATION
        Legislation requires public schools, non-public schools, and community colleges to
notify the N. C. Department of Motor Vehicles whenever a student drops out of school or is
not making adequate progress. Upon notification, DMV will revoke the student's driver's
permit or license.
        Officials have determined that adequate progress is defined as passing three out
of four classes each semester for schools on a "four-by-four" or block program or five
out of six courses for schools on the traditional six-period day. Students who fail to meet
this standard will lose their ability to keep their permit or license.
    Major points to the new legislation include the following:
        Hardship rules for special cases for those students who need a license due to a sick
  or ailing parent, the need to pursue work that contributes significantly to the family's
  welfare, or in cases where a student has had an extended illness.
        Issuing of Driving Eligibility Certificates.     The high school principal or his/her
  designee will issue a Driving Eligibility Certificate when a student gets his/her initial permit
  or license at DMV. This certificate will verify that the student is making adequate progress
  in school and will be required by DMV in order to process a permit or license.

                         STUDENT AUTOMOBILE USE ON CAMPUS
Student operation and parking of vehicles on campus is a privilege and is subject to
limitation and restriction based upon availability of parking, traffic volume, and safety of
pedestrian and vehicular traffic and special needs. Students who park on campus are
required to register their vehicles and pay the parking permit fee of $25 for the school year.
Parking permits will be issued first to seniors, then to all others on a space availability basis.
Effort will be made to accommodate students with non-traditional schedules and special

needs. Permits must be displayed prominently from the rear view mirror in a way so they
can be read at all times. While on campus students are required to park on campus in the
designated / assigned student lots, this includes during extra-curricular activities. Parking in
spaces reserved for staff, buses, visitors, and emergency vehicles is prohibited. Fire lanes
and loading zones are off limits at all times. Upon arrival to campus, students should park
and come directly to the school building. Students who fail to register their vehicles, who
are unsafe, or who fail to abide by the rules and regulations will receive a $10.00 ticket,
wheel lock, tow, and / or loss of driving / parking privileges. During the instructional
day students are not allowed in the parking lots without a pass. Multiple tardies
may cause the student to lose their parking permit.

The Board of Education, in compliance with federal regulations, has established the policy
that no person shall, on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin or handicap be
excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination
under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Should there
be a desire to file a complaint the procedure would be to file the complaint in writing to the
coordinator for Title IV.

The Randolph County Board of Education amended the policies dealing with student rights
and responsibilities. The policies are too lengthy to print in this handbook; therefore, the
following is a condensed version. All students must be familiar with these policies and
will be expected to abide by them. In order to assure the rights of every person at
school, each student is responsible for observing federal and state laws, the policies and
rules established by the Board of Education, rules of the school, and rules in each
Administrators at SWRHS follow recommendations from the Randolph County
Schools Student Information Guide and Code of Conduct when determining
consequences for student behavior. (reference: RCS School Board Policy 4300)
I. Students are expected to attend school regularly.
 Prohibited behavior includes …
       A. Being absent without the consent of parent / guardian
       B. Being absent from class without adult consent
       C. Being tardy to school
       D. Being tardy to class
       E. Leaving campus or supervision of adult without permission (Out of Area)

II. Every student has the right to be free from fear, harm, and violence while
    traveling to and from school, at school, and at school-related activities.
    Behaviors that threaten others or are a detriment to the person involved will
    not be tolerated. The following are examples of behaviors that will not be
       A. Causing or engaging in hitting, kicking, fighting, or any form of physical assault
       B. Throwing any object that may cause harm
       C. Aggravating, intimidating, bullying, threatening to do physical harm
       D. Carrying a knife, weapon, or explosives of any kind
       E. Running in the building
       F. Distributing, possessing, or being impaired by illegal drugs or other substances
         claimed to be illegal
       G. Possessing or being impaired by beer, wine, or other alcoholic beverages at school
          or school events
       H. The use of tobacco at school or school events
       I. Entering prohibited areas of the campus
       J. Abuse of school facilities.
III. Students have a right to have their property protected and a responsibility to
     respect the rights of others.

Items confiscated will be kept in the school office and if appropriate returned at
the close of the school year at the request of a parent. All unclaimed items will be
discarded by July 1st of each summer following the school year.

School property belongs to the School Board which holds in it trust for all citizens. Willful
damage is a criminal offense. The property of other students must be respected and
protected. Any behavior which results in the abuse or damage to the school system
grounds, buildings, furnishings, materials, or equipment is prohibited, and shall include, but
not be limited to the following:
       A. Careless or willful damage to any school property - This shall include the building,
          grounds, furnishings, educational materials, uniforms, or equipment.
       B. Careless or willful damage of property owned by another student, staff member,
          individual, or one whose property is on loan to the school
       C. Theft of any property owned by the school board or by any other student or staff
       D. Obtaining money or other property under threats of harm from any other student
          or staff member by use of force or threat of force
       E. Littering of buildings or grounds, including the cafeteria, courtyard and gym
          areas, with discarded papers, condiment packets, bottles, etc.
       F. Eating and / or drinking in places other than designated areas - Students are
          expected to follow individual teachers’ classroom policies.
       G. Loss of books, equipment, or uniforms entrusted to the student by the school
       H. Breaking and / or entering school buildings, buses, classrooms, student lockers,
           or storage areas
       I. Trespassing or unauthorized presence on school grounds, in parking lots, or
          on / near school buses
       J. Misuse of computers / Internet, telephones, and equipment - Students are
          prohibited from using cell phones, picture phones, cell phone calculators,
          pagers, beepers, and music devices in classroom settings unless directed
          otherwise by a staff member.

IV. Speech and Publication
   Students have a right to express their thoughts and opinions at reasonable times and
   places. There are certain limitations on this right, however, which students are
   responsible for learning in the process of their education. Any expression or behavior of
   individuals or groups of students that detracts from or otherwise interferes with the
   scheduled activities of the school is prohibited. These shall include, but not be limited to
   the following:
     A. Profanity: whether directed towards people, objects, or a simple exclamation;
        words are clearly considered profane by contemporary community standards of
     B. Obscenity: words which describe sexual conduct and which, read as a whole,
        appeal to a prurient interest in sex, portray sex in a manner offensive to
        contemporary community standards and do not have serious literary, artistic,
        political, or scientific value
     C. Derogatory, defamatory, or abusive language: words which are spoken, written,
        or typed solely to harass or injured other people, including threats of violence,
        defamation of character, race, religion, or ethnic origin
     D. Speaking in any manner that shows blatant disrespect to another human being –
        Such speech, whether verbal, written, typed, or symbolic, can materially and
        substantially disrupt classroom or school activities and restrict the opportunity for
        others to teach and learn
     E. Shouting, loud talking, or making other noises that constitute an
     F. Demonstrations, rallies, or group meetings conducted at such a time and manner
        as to interfere with programs
V. Dress Code and Orderly Social Behavior
     A. A student’s choice of dress style or appearance must not measurably detract
        from the orderly operation of learning activities or school events. Prohibited
        behaviors for male and female students shall include, but not be limited to the
        following guidelines: (this includes extra-curricular activities)

                  Head apparel (hats, headbands, scarves, bandanas, picks, combs, visors,
                  etc.) or sunglasses worn inside the building without the Principal’s
                  permission-Hats, for example will be confiscated and may be returned at
                  the close of the year.
                  Exposed undergarments such as bras, panties, and briefs / boxers (At
                  SWRHS, pants will be worn at the waist level. Shirts must have sleeves.)

         Halter tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps (At SWRHS, bare shoulders are
         not permitted. All shirts must have sleeves.)
         Pants that are excessively baggy or drag the floor - Pants must be worn
         around the waist and should have no holes or tears above the knee.
         Short shorts / dresses / skirts
         (At SWRHS, there must be less than 5 inches from the middle point of the
         back of the knee up to the garment. The wearing of other apparel
         underneath inappropriate short garments does not meet the dress code
         Very tight clothing or excessively oversized clothing
         Tops must provide coverage of cleavage, underarms, belly, and back.
         Sleepwear or bedroom slippers
         Clothing that contains messages likely to be distracting to the learning
         environment; phrases / pictures that imply inappropriate messages;
         advertisements for tobacco, alcohol, or drugs; pictures or graphics of
         nudity; words that are profane, lewd, vulgar, or indecent
         Items that are potentially dangerous such as hooks or spiked objects
         (worn or carried); no chains
         Any symbols, styles, or attire frequently associated with gangs,
         intimidation, violence, or violent groups.
     If a student’s dress, appearance or lack of cleanliness is detrimental to the
     health or safety of him / herself or others, substantially disrupts the school or
     work environment, or otherwise violates this policy, the principal will require
     the student to adjust his / her appearance or clothing. Failure to comply with
     this policy or a school dress code will result in the student being removed
     from the classroom and/or school until his/her appearance or clothing meets
     school district policy or rules. The student will have the option of contacting a
     parent so that proper attire can be brought to the school. Until proper attire
     is brought to the school the student will be removed from the general student
B.   Being insubordinate to any adult. Adults are charged with the
     responsibility of maintaining order at school and providing an equal
     opportunity for education of all students. Students must share this
     responsibility by respecting the authority of teachers and administrators and
     by cooperating with all lawful directions of principals, teachers, substitute
     teachers, teacher's assistants, or all other school persons who are authorized
     to give such directions.
C.   Gambling or other activities that are considered misdemeanors or felonies
     under North Carolina law
D.   Cheating in general, social, as well as academic activities
E.   Lying: This includes making false statements about another person as well as
F.   Regularly forgetting or refusing to bring class books and other materials
     provided by the school as required by the teachers
G.   Selling of any item not authorized by the principal
H.   Possession of a skateboard or its equivalent
I.   Public displays of affection (pressed bodies, kissing)
       J.     Leaving campus, or supervised area, without permission and / or proper
              check out

                          ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND DRUGS
Consumption, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs will not be
tolerated at this school or on its premises. A violation of the student alcohol or drug policy
is defined as:
 Possession, consumption, distribution, or being under the influence of alcoholic /
 intoxicating beverages, including, but not limited to beer, wine, or liquors, or of drugs
 and drug-related paraphernalia, anabolic steroids (G.S. 90-91) or other "controlled
 substances" as designated pursuant to the NC Controlled Substance Act.
Possession / consumption / distribution shall not occur while students are engaged in or
attending any school-related activity whether on or off the school property, on school or
activity buses, before / during / after regular or co-curricular activities. Drug paraphernalia
is any equipment, products, or materials used in the making, distribution, storage, or for
purposes of introduction into the human body any substance designated as controlled.
Imitation products that are purported to be controlled substances shall be prohibited /
treated in the same manner as controlled substances. Students who are found to be in
violation of the alcohol/drug policy are subject to disciplinary action.
                           ALCOHOL OR DRUGS: FIRST VIOLATION
       The first violation shall result in an out-of-school suspension of ten school days and
suspension from all co-curricular school activities (teams, clubs, field trips, student-
sponsored activities) for the duration of suspension. The principal shall carry out actions as
follows: (1) submit a recommendation to the superintendent that the student be considered
for long-term suspension for the duration of the school year, or (2) that an alternative
program of substance abuse counseling be agreed to, in writing, and subsequently
undertaken by the student and his / her parents with the Mental Health Unit or other
approved public service agency.

All costs for such counseling will be borne by the student and parents. Upon entering into
the counseling agreement, the student may be permitted to return to school. The school
administration shall monitor the success of the counseling program and retain the authority
to revoke the alternative and recommend long-term suspension if the student and parents
do not agree to or fail to satisfactorily complete the substance abuse counseling program.
                         ALCOHOL OR DRUGS: SECOND VIOLATION
The second violation within the same school year or within succeeding school years shall
result in automatic out-of-school suspension for a period of ten school days and suspension
from participation in all school and co-curricular activities during the period of short and
long-term suspension. The principal shall recommend to the superintendent that the
student be given a long-term suspension for the balance of the school year. It is the duty
and responsibility of all school personnel to report any suspected violations of this policy.
The principal or his designee shall inform the parent(s) of the (1) suspension, (2) the cause
for suspension, (3) the recommendation for a long-term suspension, (4) the alternative of a

drug / alcohol counseling program for the first time violators, and (5) that all alcohol / drug
violations will be reported to the appropriate law-enforcement officials.


The Board of Education determined that the possession and / or use of a weapon is
detrimental to the welfare and safety of students and school personnel. Possession and / or
use of any dangerous or deadly weapon in any school building on school grounds, in any
school vehicle or at any school sponsored activities is prohibited.
         It is the responsibility of the principal to judge whether or not the object in question
is a weapon. Such decisions can be based on the type, size, and the intended use of the
object as judged by the Principal.
         Such weapons to be judged non-permissible by the Principal include, but are not
limited to, any pistol or firearm, air gun or pellet gun, slingshot, bludgeon, brass knuckles or
artificial knuckles of any kind, knives (concealed or carried) any other item judged by the
Principal to be a danger to the safety of students and school personnel. All Mace, tear gas,
fire crackers, and like substances are prohibited.
         The possession or use of any such weapon shall result in the proceedings for
suspension and / or expulsion of the student involved being initiated immediately by the
Principal and subject parents and the student to penalties prescribed by federal and state

                                       USE OF TOBACCO
The possession and/or use of tobacco or smokeless tobacco products are prohibited for
students during all school activities. Matches and lighters are not permitted on campus at
any time. As a minimum, students who violate the above rules will face the following
consequences. These are minimum measures and previous misconduct violations allow the
principal to review and institute more severe disciplinary measures.

   First offense:    one (1) day ISS
   Second offense: three (3) days ISS
   Third offense:    five (5) days ISS
   Fourth offense: three (3) days Intervention Center
   Fifth offense:    five (5) days Intervention Center
   Any further offense could result in long-term suspension.

                      (Refer to Student Code of Conduct section JHF)
                                       SWR Policy:
              1st Offense results in 10 days OSS
              2nd Offense results in 10 days OSS and recommendation                      to   the
              Superintendent for long-term suspension.

Our athletic department is very active throughout the year and is devoted to helping
students express themselves through sports. The Athletic Director along with the coaches
and sponsors, spend much time and effort improving our growing program at SWRHS. Each
student is encouraged to try out for any of the offered sports. All students who try out for
sports must meet the following requirements:
1.    Any student who is 19 years of age on or before October 16 may not participate in any
      sport. A student has 4 years of high school eligibility that begins with initial high
      school enrollment.
2.    A student who participates in athletics must reside with a parent or legal guardian
      within the Southwestern attendance area. There may be special conditions that could
      affect some students. Anyone who has a special situation should see the principal or
      the athletic director.
3.    The student must pass three of four or five of six subjects and must be in attendance
      at least 85% of the previous semester. The student must also meet local promotion
4.   Any student planning to tryout for a sport is required to have a physical examination by
      a licensed physician and a signed parental permission slip.

                         COUGAR ATHLETIC CODE OF CONDUCT
The Southwestern Randolph High School Uniform Code of Conduct for student athletes has
been developed and implemented to provide a common set of rules for all students
participating in athletics. A student who elects to participate in athletics is voluntarily
making a choice of self-discipline. Participation in our athletic program is a privilege that
carries expectations and responsibilities that exceed the norm of regular school attendance.
Students who elect to participate are expected to model behaviors that will reflect positively
on our school and community. A set of rules and regulations will be distributed to each
participant and parents attending a mandatory meeting before the first athletic event each

                                PRIOR TO PARTICIPATION
Academic Eligibility:
Students must have passed 3 out of 4 classes the previous semester in order to meet
minimum academic requirements. “Lab Assistant,” “Teacher Assistant,” etc, may not be
counted as one of the 3 classes. Seniors must be enrolled in and must pass 3 classes in the
fall to be eligible to participate in spring sports. Students taking courses through agencies
other than SWRHS should check with a counselor to investigate the minimum instructional
time requirement. First semester 9th graders are automatically eligible to participate 1 st
semester but must meet attendance and academic requirements thereafter.
Physical Examination Forms & Athletic Insurance Forms:
All athletes must have a physical examination form and an athletic insurance form on file
with the Athletic Director prior to the first practice. A licensed physician must sign physical

forms before a student may participate in any practices, tryouts, or contests and be current
throughout the season.
Athletic Handouts:
Students must complete, sign, and return all the necessary paper work found in The
Student Athletic Handout including the Athletic Code of Conduct and have it on file with
the Athletic Director before participating in any practices, tryouts, or contests. These
Athletic Handouts should be distributed by your coach or may be found in the Athletic
Director's office.
Felony Conviction:       Any student charged with and convicted of a felony crime or
adjudicated delinquent for an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult, will
lose their high school athletic eligibility as per NCHSAA rules.

                                    DURING PARTICIPATION
School Attendance: All participating athletes must be in attendance at school for at least
one-half of any day they are to participate in a practice or a contest. Students are also
required to have been in attendance at least 85% of the previous semester in order to be
eligible for athletic participation in any given semester.

School Infractions: Any school infraction resulting in "out of school" suspension (OSS)
also suspends involvement in athletic activities until the student is reinstated in school. The
1st OSS will result in a warning, while the 2nd OSS will be cause for dismiss the athlete from
the team. Any school infraction which results in more than 1 block of ISS assignment will
render that athlete ineligible from all athletic participation for that day.

Travel and Conduct on Trips: Team members must use the mode of transportation
designated by the school to reach the site of a contest or practice. Team members must
also return to school by the same mode of transportation unless a parent or legal guardian
request in person and gives written permission to take the player home in his/her private
vehicle. (Coaches discretion will be used.) School transportation will leave at pre-
designated times. Coaches may exercise their discretion with respect to the degree of
talking and singing permitted on the way to or from a contest or practice and the
consumption of food or drink on the bus. Team members are responsible for cleaning the
bus out prior to leaving for home.

Team Dress & Conduct: All athletes shall conduct themselves to reflect positively on
themselves, their family, and their school. Athletes shall be responsible for the cleanliness
of school vehicles in which food / beverage are consumed. All school dress codes are in
force when traveling as a member of an athletic team.

Team Rules: Violation of specific approved and distributed team rules, other than those
stated here in this discipline code, will be handled by the coach in charge.

Injuries: All injuries must be reported immediately to the coach in charge of the team. An
injury report must be filed promptly in the office of the school secretary. If insurance
benefits are to be claimed, a report must be turned in as soon as possible. Athletes
requiring medical attention must obtain a written release from the attending physician or
dentist before returning to practice or competition.      Any athlete out of practice or
competition for 5 days or more must have a written release signed by a licensed physician.
Training Rules: No member of a Southwestern Randolph High School athletic team will
knowingly use, attempt to use, possess, sell or assist any other person in the use of: 1.
Tobacco or tobacco products. 2. Alcoholic beverages. 3. Any form of drugs/drug
paraphernalia or look-alike other than those prescribed by a physician. Since smoking and
the use of drugs are considered injurious to a person's health and the consumption of
alcohol by minors is illegal, these training rules are in effect the entire year for student-
Citizenship/Good Character:        No member of a Southwestern Randolph High School
athletic team will:
   1. exhibit illegal behavior including, but not limited to: theft, vandalism, and assault.
      Since these actions negatively affect our community this rule is in effect the entire
   2. exhibit behavior that is considered detrimental to his / her
      team or school. Examples of inappropriate behavior include, but are not limited to:
      insubordination, repeated class truancy, lying, cheating, fighting, repeated violations
      of written team rules and unsportsmanlike conduct. NCHSAA regulates
      unsportsmanlike conduct during athletic contests.
   3. falsify a signature on an athletic document or physical form. If falsification is done
      by a parent or another student, the student-athlete will be held responsible. Since
      the inappropriate behavior described in #2 and #3 pertain to school activities, they
      are in effect only during the school year.
Athletes who violate the Training Rules and Citizenship Rules will be dealt with by the
Athletic Director and / or School Administrators on a case by case basis.

Coaches will be expected to inform the Athletic Director of any known infractions of
Training Rules and Citizenship Rules. Coaches may in addition, institute their own rules
and consequences with respect to their teams including items such as absences from
practice and / or games, effort at practice and / or games, respect for teammates &
Consequences and rules must be in writing and distributed to all players and parents at the
beginning of the season.

Randolph County Schools reserves the right to impose discipline in addition to that specified
by this policy for serious misconduct.

                                    POST PARTICIPATION
Awards: Awards for athletics may be withheld or refused if an athlete does not follow all
the general rules and regulations for athletic participation in a particular sport.
Participation in one Sport: All athletes should show loyalty to their team and coach by
completing the season they are in before they may participate in another sport. If a student
quits a team during the season, he / she cannot go out for another sport until that season is
over unless permission is granted by the Athletic Director or Principal.
Care of Equipment: Each athlete is responsible for the proper care and safekeeping of the
equipment issued. Lockers must be secured before and after practice. Prior to participating
in another sport lost items must be paid for, either to the coach in charge or the Athletic
Director. School athletic equipment and uniforms are to be used only for sport-related
Locker & Training Rooms: The training rooms and locker rooms are to be used under the
direction and supervision of a coach.


In 1988 all Randolph County Schools were inspected for Asbestos Containing
Materials (ACM) according to the rules established by the Asbestos Hazard
Emergency Response Act (AHERA). The inspection results and the Randolph
County Schools plan concerning asbestos were compiled into a Management Plan
for each school. Each school’s Management Plan is available to the public for
inspection upon request. Interested parties should contact the Principal or the LEA
Designee to arrange for an inspection of the Management Plan. As required by
AHERA, a periodic surveillance of all remaining asbestos material must be made
every six (6) months. Any damaged or deteriorated asbestos will be repaired or
replaced before the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year. The periodic
surveillance results are located in Volume 2 of the AHERA Notebook.

Any questions concerning this school’s Management Plan can be directed to Allen
Kerns the Randolph County Schools LEA Designee at 318-6096.


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