HOME OF THE COUGARS
2200 Lapalco Boulevard
Harvey, Louisiana 70058
Phone: (504) 367-6388
Fax: (504) 367-3176
COLORS: RED and GOLD
MOTTO: Maturity, Responsibility, and Self-Discipline
JEFFERSON PARISH PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM
A school system that provides a safe, nurturing, and joy-filled school community working
cooperatively in a creative, dynamic environment where students become life long learners and
productive, responsible citizens.
To provide opportunities for all students to achieve academic excellence and to provide a high
quality teaching/learning environment that assures that every student learns.
HELEN COX HIGH SCHOOL MISSION
To provide excellence in teaching and learning that enables all students to become life-long
learners and productive citizens.
This handbook is an important tool in establishing positive behavior. It should be
read and understood thoroughly by the students and their parents.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT
Helen Cox High School is a proponent of the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) program. PBS uses a
collaborative, assessment –based method to developing effective intervention strategies for problem
behavior. Emphasis is placed on the use of best practices in education to achieve meaningful, positive
development in school and lifestyle outcomes. Our aim is to build an environment where students can
evolve into responsible and mature young adults.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT MOTTO:
G. P. A.
Give Full Effort
Helen Cox is raising student expectations and their GPA’s.
DAILY BELL SCHEDULE
10th, 11th, and 12th Grades 9th Grade
PERIODS TIMES PERIODS TIMES
1st Block 7:20am – 9:04am 1st Block 7:20am – 9:04am
2nd Block 9:08am – 10:42am 2nd Block 9:08am – 10:42am
Lunch 10:46am – 11:24am 3rd Block 10:46am – 12:20pm
3rd Block 11:28am – 1:02pm Lunch 12:24pm – 1:02pm
4th Block 1:06pm – 2:40pm 4th Block 1:06pm – 2:40pm
PERIODS TIMES PERIODS TIMES
1st Block 7:20am – 8:44am 1st Block 7:20am – 8:46am
2nd Block 8:48am – 10:02am 2nd Block 8:50am – 10:06am
Advisory 10:06am – 11:06am Lunch 10:10am – 10:48am
Lunch 11:10am – 12:04pm 3rd Block 10:52am – 12:08pm
3 Block 12:08pm – 1:22pm 4th Block 12:12pm – 1:28pm
4th Block 1:26pm – 2:40pm Activity 1:30pm – 2:40pm
Any student who is injured at school must report the injury to his/her instructor immediately. The
instructor will send the student to the Discipline Office and notify the main office immediately. The
instructor must complete an Accident/Incident Report, which must be filed at the main office. It is vitally
important that we have emergency numbers on file so we may reach you in an emergency. This includes
all numbers possible, such as home, work, pager, cellular, relatives, etc.
ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS
In accordance with the Jefferson Parish School Board Policy, parents are required to notify the school in
writing and with verification when the family moves or has a change of telephone number.
The school needs correct information regarding parent/guardian name, address, home phone number, work
number, and emergency numbers.
The maximum number of unexcused days a student may miss for a one credit course in the fall semester
is eight (8).
The maximum number of unexcused days for a one credit course in the spring semester is eight (8).
The maximum number of unexcused days a student may miss for a ½ credit course for the fall semester
is four (4).
The maximum number of unexcused days for a ½ credit course in the spring semester is four (4.0).
It is imperative that students attend all classes in order to be eligible to receive credit for courses, and
suspensions count as unexcused absences.
School begins at 7:15 A.M. students who arrive late to school, but prior to 7:30am are to report directly to
class. The classroom teacher will mark the student present, absent or tardy accordingly.
If a student arrives at school after 7:30am for any reason (including returning from a suspension) he/she
must sign-in tardy in the tardy office immediately upon arrival to school.
In cases of illness, students requesting to checkout are to obtain a "check-out" form from the teacher.
Students complete the form and it is brought to the office. An office worker phones the parent or guardian
as the student returns to class. When someone arrives (must be listed on the emergency card), the student is
called to the office. STUDENTS MAY NOT CHECK OUT BEFORE 8:15 A.M. OR AFTER 1:35 P.M.
BEHAVIOR ON THE CAMPUS
1. Students are to walk in the halls on the right side of the hall.
2. At doors exiting or entering the building, students are to use the right hand door.
3. Food or drinks must not be brought on the campus.
1. Pass through the corridors quietly. Be considerate of others in the halls and classrooms.
2. Double Doors – exit using right hand door and enter using right hand door.
3. Leave the school building within 6 minutes after dismissal unless under the supervision of a
BOOK BAG/PURSE POLICY
No cloth or fabric book bags, tote bags, or backpacks. ONLY CLEAR OR MESH BOOKBAGS ARE
PERMITTED. Purses must be small enough to fit inside a book bag.
Prices are subject to change.
Lunch $1.75 Lunch $3.25
Breakfast $1.00 Breakfast $1.75
Reduced Lunch $.40
Reduced Breakfast $.30
Extra Milk $.50
Extra Orange Juice $.50
Application for free and reduced lunch must be filled out at the beginning of each year. Applications
may be obtained in the cafeteria or the main office. All students must return a free lunch form. Students are
not allowed to charge meals.
1. Book sacks should not be brought into the cafeteria. Book sacks should be placed in the student’s
locker before entering the cafeteria,
2. Students must not hang out in the cafeteria. Students who are not eating lunch must not be in the
cafeteria during lunchtime.
3. No more than 5 students may be seated at the round tables. Students can’t move chairs from table
4. Students must have their money and school ID in order to eat lunch.
5. Students must clean their table of litter as well as the floor around their table. All uneaten food
must be deposited in the cans provided.
6. Students must secure a lunch from the cafeteria personnel to purchase any additional items in
cafeteria (damions, ice cream, etc.)
7. No canned or bottled drinks are to be brought on the school campus or in the cafeteria.
8. Students must enter and exit the cafeteria by using the right hand door of the double doors.
FREE LUNCH PROGRAM
Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch will follow strict school policies governing the use of their
lunch numbers. They are as follows:
1. Each student on free or reduced lunch must present his/her school identification card to obtain
2. Students are personally responsible for their lunch ID Number.
3. Use of an ID number belonging to someone else may result in suspension.
4. If a student allows another person to use their lunch number, the student will be subject to
CONSEQUENCES FOR DISCIPLINE INFRACTIONS
Students’ behavior shall be subject to the Jefferson Parish School System’s pamphlet, ‘Procedures and
Policies for Parents and Students’ and the policies of Helen Cox High School stated herein.
The following consequences are some of the common and/or most serious offences that are listed as a guide
for unacceptable behavior and consequences.
CATEGORY 1 (Warning, Detention, or Parent Conference)
Electronic Device (Confiscation)
Failure to complete Assigned Punish work
Failure to follow Teacher’s Directions in Class
Failure to serve Teacher Detention
Failure to wear ID
In Off-Limits/Unauthorized Area
Leaving Class Without Permission
Misbehavior with a Substitute
Public Display of Affection
Violation of the Pass Policy
Violation of Uniform Policy
CATOGORY 2 (Until Parent Conference – UPC Suspension)
Failure to Serve Office Detention
In Off-limits/Unauthorized Area
Instigating a Fight
Leaving class Without Permission
Possession of cards/dice
Smoking/Use of Tobacco/Possession of Tobacco or Related Items (Confiscation)
Violation of Book Bag Policy
CATEGORY 3 (Minimum 1 day Suspension)
Intimidation/Harassment of Other Students
Leaving Campus/Truancy/Trespassing (FINS)
Refusal to Sign Behavior Report, Detention Notice, etc…
Possession of Vulgar Material (notes, tapes, Magazines, CDs, etc…) (Confiscation)
Profanity/Obscenity (verbal or written)/Finger Signs, Abusive or Disrespectful Language
Selling for Personal Profit
CATEGORY 4 (Minimum 3 Day Suspension)
Disrespect for Authority
Running from School Personnel
Stealing/Possession of Stolen Property (Restitution)
Refusal to Provide Identification or Name/Giving False Name/ Lying to an adult
CATEGORY 5 (Minimum 5 Day Suspension)
Bodily Injury to a Student/School Personnel
Fighting (one-on-one) – Violence Prevention Policy
Physical Abuse of School Personnel
Verbally Threatening/Insinuating Threats to School Personnel
CATEGORY 6 (Minimum 9 Day Suspension)
Possession of Drugs, Alcohol, Look-Alikes, Any Mood-Altering Substance, or under the Influence of such
Fighting (two or more)
Possession of Fireworks/Explosives
Possession with Intent to Distribute, Sell. Give, Loan, or Distribution of ANY Drugs, Alcohol, Any Mood
Altering Chemical, or look-alikes
Setting off Fire Alarm
Theft using force or intimidation
Detentions issued by teachers may be held before school, after school and during lunch. Transportation to
and from detention must be arranged in advance and is the student’s responsibility. Lunch detentions
cannot exceed 30 minutes. Failure to serve when scheduled will result in more serious consequences.
After school detentions issued by administrators are held on Wednesdays, from 2:45 to 3:30. Failure to
serve will result in an in-school suspension. Disruptive behavior during detention will automatically cause a
Saturday detentions will be scheduled as needed and will be held from 8am to 12pm. The detention notice,
signed by a parent, is required before a student is allowed to stay for detention. If a student is absent on the
day a detention is scheduled, rather than an additional detention notice being issued, the student is
automatically scheduled to serve the missed detention on the next day that detentions are held.
DRESS CODE FOR SCHOOL DANCES
Gentlemen: Suit or dress slacks with dress shirt and tie
Ladies: Knee length dresses or skirts, pantsuits, loose fitting blouses or dress pants
Students may NOT wear the following to any dance: baseball caps, dresses or blouses that are sheer, reveal
belly buttons, cleavage, or cut below the middle of the back. NO tight fitting clothing and excessively high
cut slits in skirts or dresses. NO shorts, mini skirts, rags, tube tops, halter tops, or tank tops.
When attending a dance, students are required to have their school ID card. All guests are required to
adhere to the same dress code policy. No student can bring more than one guest.
Jefferson Parish School Board rules forbid students to bring any electronic devices to school. Examples of
forbidden devises are: cellular phones, video games, MP3 players, ipods and cameras. These objects are
subject to confiscation.
AN EMERGENCY CARD MUST BE ON FILE FOR EVERY STUDENT
Students are to take home the emergency card on the first day of school. These cards are critical in the
event of a medical emergency at school and must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian and
returned to their 1st block period teacher.
Students having financial obligations for lost textbooks, library fines, etc. will not receive a transfer,
summer school permission slip, or schedule until the obligation is cleared with the Accounts Clerk, who is
located in the Main Office.
FIRE, TORNADO, AND LOCKDOWN DRILLS
Fire drills at regular intervals are required by law and are an important safety precaution. It is essential that
when the first signal is given, everyone obeys orders promptly and clears the building by the prescribed
route as quickly as possible.
The purpose of fire drills is to safeguard students in the event of an actual emergency. The evacuation map
and procedures are posted in every classroom. Each student should become familiar with these procedures.
The signal for the fire drill/evacuation will be the sounding of the fire alarm. When the signal is given, the
students are to leave their classrooms in an orderly manner, with the instructor. The students will move
quickly and quietly through the halls and out of the buildings. Students will follow their instructors to the
assigned area, stand quietly at least 25 feet from any building and away from all streets and bus lanes. At
the all- clear signal, students will return to the classroom they occupied at the time of the alarm.
Tornado drills and lockdown drills are held at irregular intervals throughout the school year.
According to Jefferson Parish Policy a student's grade in a subject or course for a semester is determined as
1st and 3rd quarter
1/3 class participation
2/3 cumulative objective grades (tests)
2nd and 4th quarter
¼ class participation
½ cumulative objective grades (tests)
¼ quarter exams
A = 93 - 100
B = 85 - 92
C = 77 - 84
D = 70 - 76
F = 69 and below
Class participation is defined as class-work, homework, involvement in discussion and activities, and
preparation for class: homework cannot count for more than half of the class participation grade.
Session averages are determined using the quality point system:
A 4 points
B 3 points
C 2 points
D 1 point
F 0 point
A student earning an "F" in the last marking period of a course shall not pass the course. Additionally, a
minimum of four (4) quality points must be earned.
Grade promotion is based on the accumulated credits earned throughout the year. Credits can only be
earned upon the completion of a course, and students must complete each course with a passing grade to
earn the credit(s).
Grade Credits Earned
Effective for all incoming freshmen, all students must have a total of 28 credits by the end of their senior
year and complete the LA Core 4 Curriculum. They must have 4 units each of English, Math, Science, and
Social Studies; ½ unit of Health; 1 ½ units of Physical Education; 2 units of Foreign Language; and 1 unit
of Art for a total of 18 required core units. The remaining 10 units will be composed of electives.
Students who opt out of LA Core 4 must have 4 units each of English and Math; 3 units each of Science
and Social Studies; ½ unit of Health; and 1 ½ units of Physical Education for a total of 16 required core
units. The remaining 12 units will be composed of electives.
GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING
The primary responsibility of high school guidance counselors is academic counseling. This includes the
maintenance of students’ academic records. Due to the high volume of records to be maintained, high
school guidance counselors can offer only brief psychosocial counseling to students (one or two sessions),
and must refer students who need more intensive counseling to the school social worker, or other outside
agencies. Students are assigned to counselors by grade level and last name.
Students may see the counselors as needed during lunch or fill out a "Need to See” form. Students will
receive an appointment slip or will be called to the Guidance Office over the intercom. All students must
have a pass to enter the Guidance Office with the exception of lunchtime.
Parents and guardians who wish to meet with counselors are strongly advised to make appointments.
The following information and assistance can be obtained from the Guidance Department:
1. Testing and test score interpretations
2. Grades and records
3. Arrangement of parent/guardian conferences
4. Career planning and information
5. College and financial aid information
7. Assistance with personal problems
8. Guidance for academic problems including progress reports
9. Other assistance as needed
The ID is a mandatory part of the uniform. The ID must be worn around the neck and be visible in the
chest area at all times.
The student I.D. card will be required at all school activities and events. Students are responsible for their
own I.D. cards. Allowing someone else to use your I.D. card or using someone else’s I.D. is strictly
prohibited and may result in a suspension.
IDs will be taken during the first week of school for a cost of $5.00. Temporary IDs will be sold for a cost
of $1.00 in the cafeteria before school. Temporaries are only good for one day and must be obtained before
attending class. Students requiring a permanent replacement ($5.00) must notify the ID person and the
student will be called to Student Services when the ID is ready for pick up. No pictures or images other
than the school ID can be worn around the neck.
Students suspended by the principal/designee and assigned to the ISSP Center, must adhere to the
procedure listed below.
1. ISSP hours are 7:30 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
2. The suspended student may NOT return to regular classes until the in-school suspension has been
3. Should the parent refuse an ISSP assignment or if the students fails to serve the assigned ISSP,
then a referral to Juvenile Court on students sixteen years of age or younger will be processed by
the ISSP teacher. The FINS (Families In Need of Services) form will be sent to Juvenile Court.
A computerized interim report is issued to every student on the Friday of the fifth week of each grading
period. Teachers are to issue individual interim reports to students who had satisfactory ratings at the fifth
week but become in danger of failing at a later date.
Starting at 7:00 a.m., no pass is needed to go to the Library. Students need a pass from one of their teachers
to use the Library during lunch. Students may check out a book for each subject assignment needed, up to
three books at once. Fines will be charged to those students who have overdue books. Students who check
out a book are responsible for paying for that book once checked out whether the book was lost, stolen, or
damaged. Students may use the library during class with a pass to do a specific research assignment or to
check out a book.
Lockers are the property of Helen Cox High School and are loaned to students on a voluntary and optional
basis. Students are responsible for any books, notebooks, uniforms, etc. kept in a locker. STUDENTS
SHOULD NOT SHARE LOCKERS.
High quality key locks are recommended for use with lockers. First block period teachers will assign
students lockers. Students must provide their own locks. Students are permitted to use their lockers before
and after any class but not during class. Use of lockers is not an excuse for being late to class.
Students must report to the Office of Student Services to request the cutting of a lock. Verification of the
students' use of the locker will be required.
School administrators may hold periodic inspections of lockers. Any illegal materials will be confiscated
and reported to authorities.
Students are issued lockers for P.E. class and should bring a lock from home to secure personal belongings
while dressed out for P.E. classes. These locks cannot be left on the locker and must be removed at the end
of each P.E. class.
Parents are advised to give medication to their children at home and on a schedule other than during school
hours, whenever possible.
Students are not permitted to have in their possession any medication (prescription or non-prescription)
while under school supervision except when ordered by the physician for an urgent need (i.e. asthma
inhaler) and after consultation between the parents, designated school staff and the school nurse. The
appropriate forms must be completed and on file in the office.
It is the policy of Jefferson parish Public School System that all medication, prescription or non-
prescription must be kept in the office and will be dispensed by school personnel only. This can be
arranged by following the procedures outlined in the handbook entitled “Procedures and Policies for
Parents and Students” which is given to students at the beginning of each school year.
OFF LIMIT AREAS
Students are not allowed on campus before 6:50 am and may not be allowed in the building before 7:15am.
At dismissal, in the evening, students must exit the campus promptly unless they are participating in a
supervised activity. Students are not allowed to loiter on the school campus.
If a student is not moving toward class, he/she is considered loitering. A student's schedule will indicate the
area in which he/she belongs.
If a student does not have a class or a pass to be in a given area, the student is in an off limits area. Students
changing classes or having a pass should use the most direct route to their destination. Students roaming the
halls or the campus will be subject to disciplinary action.
Restrooms are available at designated times and during the lunch period in the main hallway. There is a
schedule for restroom use each day: however, students must be aware of the valuable class time that they
are missing by requesting a pass to the restroom during instructional time.
Teachers may refuse a pass to any student who appears to be abusing restroom privileges. If a child has a
medical problem that necessitates frequent restroom use, the parent is to procure a doctor's note stating the
need for such emergency. That form should be brought it to the school office for filing.
Actions for tardiness in class and school shall be:
3rd Offense………..Parent Conference
When the tardy bell rings, all students must be inside the classroom. If at any time a student is not in the
room, then he/she must be in possession of a pass from the classroom teacher.
All 9th graders will take the iLEAP. It will test their knowledge in the subjects of Math and English.
Although it is not a high-stakes test (meaning passing it is not required to graduate), students are
encouraged to take the test seriously as if it were high-stakes.
In order to proceed to the next grade and graduate, students must take the Gradation Exit Exam (GEE).
Students in the 10th grade will take the Math and English portion of the GEE. It is imperative that they pass
BOTH sections with Approaching Basic or higher. Students in the 11 th grade will take the Science and
Social Studies portion of the GEE. They must pass at least ONE of the subjects with Approaching Basic or
higher. If students do not pass the GEE, they will NOT be allowed to participate in the Commencement
Ceremony and they will not be issued a State of Louisiana Diploma.
Dropping off Students
Extreme caution should be used when dropping off and picking up students. Due to safety and traffic
concerns, PARENTS ARE NOT TO DROP OFF OR PICK UP STUDENTS ON LAPALCO BLVD.
Students are to be dropped off and picked up in the designated areas only.
Riding Bikes to School
All bicycles must be locked and secured with a bike lock. The school is not responsible for damage or theft
All students must have a permit to park on campus. The permit must be visibly hanging from the rear view
mirror, and the vehicle must be parked in the designated student section. The student permit is good for the
entire school year (August - May) and costs $10.00 ($5.00 per semester).
UNIFORM AND DRESS POLICY
At Helen Cox High School, uniforms are mandatory.
Shirts: Ninth grade shirts are gold with the school name and logo. Upperclassmen must wear red uniform
shirts. Shirts other than Helen Cox uniform shirts may not be worn at any time. (Exceptions must be
approved by the principal.) Shirts must be worn tucked in at the waist so that the belt or waistband is
visible. NO ALTERING OF THE UNIFORM IS ALLOWED.
Pants: Pants must be khaki uniform pants. Pants are to be worn at the waist, belted, and fit the waist
snugly. Loose fitting pants, baggy pants, cargo pants, and/or those worn low on the hips will not be
tolerated. Oversized pants will be adjusted with plastic strip ties in the back for the day. Pants must be
hemmed and splits are not allowed. Girls may wear Helen Cox plaid pants. In addition, pants that do not fit
the waist prohibit the student from following the dress code and because such violations are not an
accidental violation of the dress code policy but rather a deliberate attempt to circumvent the dress code;
they will not be treated as uniform violations but rather as defiance of school rules. Therefore, students
whose pants do not fit the waist will be sent home until new pants are purchased or the existing pants are
altered to fit properly.
Jackets / Coats / Sweatshirts: Students may wear any Helen Cox or plain jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt
that BUTTONS OR ZIPS THE LENGTH OF THE GARMENT IN FRONT. Any garment worn by pulling
over the head must display the school logo.
Skirts: Skirts are not allowed.
Belts: Belts may be plain, solid tan, black or brown (no names, nicknames or logos) and must be able to fit
through the belt loops.
Shoes: Shoes must be closed in with low heels (safety on stairs). Backless shoes, slippers or mesh type
shoes are not allowed. All shoes must be worn in the manner for which they were designed. This means
that shoes with laces are laced up entirely and tied. Shoes with straps, buckles, etc. are to be fastened
securely at all times.
Socks: Socks must be solid red, white or black.
Undershirts: Undershirts may be red, white, or black, short or long-sleeved.
Fridays only: Students may wear Helen Cox club, team, or class t-shirts (tucked in), with uniform pants.
Earrings: Earrings larger than the size of a quarter are not allowed.
ADDITIONAL DRESS CODE RULES
No hoods, hats, caps
No nose rings, or any body piercing jewelry except that which is worn in the ears
No thongs, slippers, or backless shoes, or any shoes with heels higher than 2 inches
No sunglasses indoors
No holes, rips, or cuts in clothing
All clothes must be hemmed
No hair rollers, combs, picks, or chop sticks in hair
No unpatriotic words or pictures on clothing
No clothing depicting any type of off-campus fraternities, sororities, or any other group designs, insignia,
or symbols not approved by the school
No clothing or jewelry depicting any alcohol, drug, or cigarette related items or symbols
No clothing, jewelry, etc., with suggestive words or pictures or anything else that can be considered
disruptive to the learning process as determined by the administration
No political related clothing
No type of jewelry or apparel with studs or spikes
No excessively large earrings (Quarter size) or finger rings
UNIFORM VIOLATION CONSEQUENCES:
1st offense Reprimand
2nd offense Detention
3rd offense PC/UPR
4th offense Suspension
VIOLENCE PREVENTION POLICY AND PROGRAM
The Jefferson Parish Public School System initiated a proactive program to reduce violence in our schools.
School principals have the authority to call the appropriate law enforcement agencies if students are
involved in a fight. All students involved in a fight at school will be subject to suspension or expulsion as
stated in the Procedures and Policies for Parents and Students.
Parents will be required to attend the four-hour conflict resolution session on Saturday with their child and
the student or parent will pay $75.00 for the cost of the Violence Prevention Program at the time of
enrollment in the program.
Four hours of community service will also be scheduled and supervised by an administrator.
Failure to complete all components of the Violence Prevention Program will result in a referral to Juvenile
Court and removed from school.
All visitors must report to the main office and obtain a visitor's pass. Students are not to bring guests or
children onto the campus. PARENTS CANNOT CONTACT STUDENTS EXCEPT THROUGH THE
WITHDRAWAL/TRANSFER FROM SCHOOL
A parent or guardian MUST accompany the student to the Guidance Office. The student must return all
books and clear all financial obligations to the school before any records will be released.
All students, regardless of age, wishing to withdraw from school must do so officially in the school office.