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PASQUOTANK COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
HOME OF THE POWERFUL PANTHERS
PANTHERS! PRIDE AND PERFECTION!
We are a multi-cultural community encouraging a collaborative
spirit, educational excellence, lifelong learning and personal
P – Pride, Own it!
C – Cooperation, Work Together!
H – Honor, Be Responsible and Have Integrity!
S – Scholarship, Strive for Excellence!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
School Personnel 6
Celebrating 10 Years 7
Four Year Finance Planner 8
Bell Schedule 9
Student Procedures 10
Positive Behavioral Support Matrix 10
Academic Information/Testing/Tutoring 12
Graduation Requirements 12
Grading Scale/Academic Awards 13
Sports Eligibility/Attendance/Absence Policy and Procedures 14
Exam Exemption Procedure 16
Announcements/Beginning the Day/ Building Procedures 17
Cafeteria Procedures 18
Bus Procedures/Book Bags 19
Locks & Lockers/Student Parking/Textbook Information 20
Code of Conduct/Fighting 20
Levels of Infractions (including consequences) 21
Tardy Policy 22
Dress Code 22
Use of Electronic Devices 24
Stolen Property Information 28
North Carolina DMV Student Information 29
Media Center Procedures/Tutoring Information 30
Internet Use Information 31
Computer Ethics Statement (Parent Signature Required) 32
ELIZABETH CITY-PASQUOTANK PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS
Mark Small …………………………………………………………………………….330-2247
Janice Boyce ……………………………………………………………………...…..338-3003
William Sterritt …………………………………………………………………………330-4604
Randy Foreman ……………………………………………………………………….331-2716
Bill Luton ……………………………………………………………………………..…331-9230
Tony Stewart ……………………………………………………………………Superintendent
Linwood Williams ………………...….…..Assistant Supt. For Personnel/Auxiliary Services
Frank Heath …………………………………Assistant Supt. For Curriculum and Instruction
Raymond Leonard ……………………………………………….……...…Director of Finance
Holly Glenn…………………………………………………...Director of Exceptional Children
Renee Harris ………………………………………………..………………Director of Testing
J. Craig Laughton …..…………...Director of Career and Technical Education (335-5113)
All of the administrative contacts listed above unless otherwise noted can be reached at 335-2981.
PASQUOTANK COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
All PCHS personnel may be reached at 337-6880
Amy Fyffe ……………………………………………………………………………… Principal
Lisa Parker…. ………………………………………………………………Assistant Principal
Gerri Hill…… ………………………………………………………………..Assistant Principal
Christie Pauley ……………………………………………………..….Instructional Specialist
HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTORY
Martha Goodman …………………………………………………..……Guidance Counselor
Brenda Gregory ……………………………………………………….…Guidance Counselor
Charlotte Pureza …………………………………………………...........9 Grade Counselor
Lisa Giarmano ……………………………………………………..………..Student Advocate
Mary Luton ……...…………………………………Career Technical Education Coordinator
Shawn Bogues …………………………………..………………….School Resource Officer
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS
Tradition: “It cannot be inherited, and if you want it you must obtain it by great
labour” (T.S. Eliot). This is something the staff and students at Pasquotank County High
School know very well. It is the foundation on which we have built our school, our
community, and our family. Our labor began when we opened our doors in the year
2000, and, although we have seen many new faces arrive and many familiar faces
depart, we have remained steadfast in our resolve to maintain our identity, our pride,
and our tradition. We are a family. Students, teachers, and staff members live together
in a community that strives to achieve PRIDE, COOPERATION, HONOR, AND
SCHOLARSHIP each and every day. Like all families we have grown. Like all families,
we have had triumphs and losses; we have had fun, and we have worked hard.
Through it all, we have stored many memories. These memories are our tradition; these
traditions are our foundation; this foundation is steadfast and everlasting.
Pasquotank County High School is a learning community that incorporates
teachers, students, parents, and the community. The school exists to provide a safe
place to serve the educational needs of all students and dedicates efforts to providing
rigorous educational programming. Students should expect differentiated instruction
and should be both prepared and inspired to be life-long learners. Pasquotank County
High School is committed to promoting the atmosphere of intellectual freedom where
students are safe to set goals and are assisted in finding and developing the resources
and skills to achieve those goals. Staff members seek to recognize and develop
students’ natural talents and to train students to be successful in their areas of greatest
challenge. All decisions regarding the education and welfare of students are based on
the philosophy that the school exists as a place for students to be engaged, challenged,
and rewarded. We believe that in pursuit of learning, students should be engaged in a
variety of experiences which will then assist them in developing as valuable contributing
members of the community. Students should be challenged rigorously in order to realize
their highest individual potential. In addition students should participate actively as
teachers facilitate instructional activities which engage all students.
We believe that schools should be a safe place for all members of the school
community. We also believe that the success of our students depends upon the
support, encouragement, and involvement of parents, teachers, and other community
members. Students, parents, staff, and members of the community should be free to
have open and honest communication with one another and are welcome in this school.
As Pasquotank County High School begins the 2009-2010 school year it celebrates
its 10 year as a school. Many of the staff members who helped to open the school in
2000 are still educating students at PCHS, and some students who have graduated from
the school have returned to carry the traditions forward. The staff looks forward to many
more years of educating young adults.
This year the student planner offers some financial planning assistance. The school
understands that even in the best of times, all of the extras that come with school can be
costly. So, to help in planning for some of the upcoming expenses, the planner includes
a general guide with some of the expenses listed that often accompany a student during
high school. Also included is space to add any other expenses that may develop as the
year progresses. Please remember that most of the items listed are not required costs,
but are included only as a guide.
FINANCIAL PLANNER FOR FOUR YEARS
Senior Year Junior Year
Sr. Formal Pictures $110-$535 School Pictures $12-$36
* Sitting Fee $20-$55 Sports Pictures $11-$60
Yearbook $65-$90 per season
School Pictures $12-$36 Yearbook $65-$90
Sports Pictures $11-$60 Club/Class fees $5-$10
per season per club/
Sr. Cap & Gown Pics. class
$85-$225 Class Ring (Male) $289-$425
* Sitting Fee $20 Class Ring (Female) $225-$380
Club/Class fees $5-$10 Jr. / Sr. Prom $35-$45
per club/ per person
class no refunds
Sr. Class Dues $25 Tux rental $100-$200
Cap and Gowns $25-$30
Announcements -- Packages Additional expenses:
Jr./ Sr. Prom $35-$45 ______________________________
per person ______________________________
no refunds ______________________________
Tux rental $100-$200 __________________
Sophomore Year Freshman Year
School Pictures $12-$36 School Pictures $12-$36
Sports Pictures $11-$60 Sports Pictures $11-$60
per season per season
Yearbook $65-$90 Yearbook $65-$90
Club/Class fees $5-$10 Club/Class fees $5-$10
per club/ per club/
Additional expenses: Additional expenses:
DAILY SCHEDULE EARLY RELEASE
8:15 Warning Bell 8:15 Warning Bell
8:20 Tardy Bell 8:20 Tardy Bell
8:20-9:50 1 Block 8:20-9:20 1 Block
9:55-10:05 Homeroom 9:25-9:30 Homeroom
10:10-11:40 2 Block 9:35-10:35 2 Block
11:45-12:10 1 Lunch 10:35-11:05 1 Lunch
12:15-1:45 3 Block 11:10-12:15 3 Block
11:45-1:45 3 Block 10:40-12:15 3 Block
12:27-12:55 2 Lunch 11:10-11:40 2 Lunch
11:45-1:15 3 Block 10:40-12:15 3 Block
1:15-1:45 3 Lunch 11:45-12:15 3 Lunch
1:50-3:20 4 Block 12:20 – 1:20 4 Block
1 HOUR DELAY 2 HOUR DELAY
9:15 Warning Bell 10:15 Warning Bell
9:20 Tardy Bell 10:20 Tardy Bell
9:20-10:20 1 Block 10:20-11:10 1 Block
10:25-10:35 Homeroom 11:15-11:20 Homeroom
10:40-11:40 2 Block 11:25-12:15 2 Block
11:45-12:10 1 Lunch 12:20-12:45 1 Lunch
11:45-1:45 3 Block 12:15-2:00 3 Block
12:27-12:55 2 Lunch 12:55-1:20 2 Lunch
1:15-1:45 3 Lunch 1:35-2:00 3 Lunch
1:50-3:20 4th Block 2:05-3:20 4th Block
Students, parents, and school personnel share the responsibility for maintaining a
safe and orderly learning environment. We strive to maximize parent and community
involvement in the total school program. Each student has the responsibility for his/her
own learning, his/her individual and group behavior, and his/her social interactions. The
following are expectations for students at Pasquotank County High School:
To set realistic goals
To show reasonable academic progress by producing quality work
To attend class daily, arriving on time
To come to class ready to participate and prepared to learn
To show respect for self, others, school, and community
To know and practice appropriate behavior and demonstrate self-discipline
To evaluate individual performance for personal growth and development
To exercise problem solving techniques, such as conflict resolution and peer
mediation, and accept responsibility for wise decision making
To show appreciation and acceptance for different people and their views and
To develop a sense of pride in our school and community.
POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL SUPPORT
Pasquotank County High School believes that encouraging positive behavior will
create responsible students and citizens. The Positive Behavioral Support program is a
statewide initiative that supports students exhibiting outstanding everyday good
citizenship and behavior. The following matrix is provided to help students understand
desired behaviors in a variety of contexts.
I am … Safe Respectful and A learner
All Settings Maintain personal Be kind to others Participate
space, Be a quiet listener Do your best
Ask for help Follow staff Be a team player
Keep hands, feet & directions
objects to yourself
Use quiet voices
Classroom Maintain personal Be honest Participate
space Take care of yourself Be prepared
Follow all classroom Follow directions Make good
and listen choices
Be kind to others
Hallways Walk Walk quietly Return to class
Keep hands, feet Follow staff quickly
and objects to directions
Be in classrooms
and seated before
tardy bell rings
Cafeteria Walk Use inside voices Use appropriate
Push in chairs Use your manners manners
Place trash in trash Keep hands, feet & Follow directions
can objects to yourself
Keep personal Wait your turn in
space lunch lines
Make sure tables are
Bathrooms Wash hands with Allow for privacy of Follow bathroom
soap and water others rules
Place all trash in Clean up after Return to class
trash cans yourself quickly
Flush toilet after use Use quiet voices
Clean up or report to
office all messes
Courtyard Stay in approved Follow staff Make responsible
areas directions decisions
Maintain personal Keep food and
Space drinks in the
Stay visible cafeteria
Follow all rules
throwing of balls,
Assemblies Keep hands, feet, & Be a quiet listener Participate
objects to yourself
Be attentive Raise your hand to
Sit quietly share
Be an active
Follow staff participant when
Bus Keep hands, feet & Be kind to our bus Make responsible
objects to yourself, driver & others decisions
inside bus & out of Use a quiet voice
the center aisles
Keep bus clean
facing forward, in Monitor your own
assigned seat behavior & choices
Raise your hand to
get driver’s attention
or speak with the
driver when getting
on or off the bus
Keep all sharp
pens, pencils, inside
Sit quietly when the
bus lights are on
Keep all food & gum
in book bags
Enter & leave the
I am … Safe Respectful and A learner
STATE TESTING POLICIES
North Carolina legislation requires that high school students be tested in several
different ways including EOCs, computer competency testing, VOCATS, exit exam, etc.
We stress the importance of doing your best on these tests. Students who refuse to
cooperate during these tests or refuse to take the tests will be suspended from
If a student needs to take an EOC exam early, a letter stating the reason must be
sent to the principal at least 10 days before the exam is to be given. A decision will be
made based on the nature of the request. Tutoring is available before and after school
in a variety of forms. Contact your student’s teachers or guidance for additional
The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank School Board requires a minimum of 28 credits for
graduation. On a 4X4 Block Schedule, there are 32 credits available. Students must
receive a specific number of credits each school year in order to be eligible for
promotion. Additionally, each year the student must pass the specified English credit for
that year to be promoted. Detailed information is available in the Course Catalog, which
is provided free to each student every spring. Contact the Student Services Office (337-
6880, ext. 235) for more information or for a copy of the Course Catalog.
In addition to the credit requirements below, the State of North Carolina has five
tests which it requires students who entered the 9 grade for the first time in 2006 and
after to pass with a minimum score of a level 3. These Exit Standard Courses are:
Algebra I, English I, Civics & Economics, U. S. History, and Biology. Also available at
PCHS are honors level and advanced placement courses.
To be promoted to:
10 Grade -- a student must have 6 credits (one must be English I)
11 Grade – a student must have 13 credits (one must be English II)
12 Grade – a student must have 20 credits (one must be English III)
Graduation – a student must have 28 (one must be English IV, Graduation
Project, and must meet a course of study)
Grading Scale: The ECPPS School Board has established the grading scale listed
Letter Grade Percentage Comment
A 100 – 93 Superior
B 92 – 85 Above Average
C 84-77 Average
D 76-70 Below Average
F 69 and below Unsatisfactory
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY SELECTION PROCESS
Seniors, juniors, and second semester sophomores with a 3.50 GPA are eligible for
election into the National Honor Society. Candidates must complete an information
packet addressing their leadership and service participation, as well as listing the names
of six PCHS teachers as character references. The National Honor Society Faculty
Advisory Council must receive all packets by the assigned deadline for further
consideration. The Faculty Council uses a point system approved by the National
Headquarters for final selection.
Junior students earning a 3.63 average or higher for the time beginning with the first
semester of the 9 grade and extending through the third nine weeks of the 11 grade
will be designated Marshals. The represent underclass students in the Senior Academic
Awards Night, Baccalaureate Service, and Commencement Exercises and will be
Students have a variety of academic awards opportunities throughout their years at
PCHS. In addition to A and B Honor Roll Celebrations, each year in the spring, the
school recognizes the top ten students in each class (cumulative GPA) as the Principal’s
List. Students who receive a 3.25 GPA for each academic school year (beginning with
the first nine weeks and continuing through the third nine weeks of each school year
receive the Superintendent’s Academic Team Award. Finally, students, who maintain a
2.63 GPA each school year (first through third nine weeks) receive an academic letter or
In order to participate in organized school athletics, the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Board
of Education requires that student-athletes be properly enrolled, and they must pass
three of four courses during the previous semester and meet local promotion standards.
In addition to the academic requirements, students must also:
Be in attendance 85 percent of the time,
Have a medical examination within the past 365 days,
Adhere to their school’s rules and policies,
Must take and pass a minimum of 3 courses in order to be eligible to participate
in the following semester’s sports,
Major infractions of the ECPPS Disciplinary Code of Conduct may result in
athletic ineligibility. The athletic director will review each case and make a
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has developed these requirements.
Please contact the school’s athletic director should you have additional questions.
ATTENDANCE/ABSENCE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
A course grade is composed of two elements, attendance and academic
achievement. For this reason, no student may receive a grade indicating course
completion without meeting the requirements of academic achievement and attendance.
A student who exceeds ten (10) absences from class and maintains a passing
average will receive a “FA” (Failure due to Absences).
An Appeals Committee will be appointed each year to administer the
attendance policy. Appeals will only be considered with extenuating circumstances
and/or medical documentation. The Appeals Committee at PCHS will consider these
cases on an individual basis. Students who participate in school-sponsored events
(field trips, athletics, etc.) are counted present.
In the even of an absence, it shall be the responsibility of the student to bring to
the school a note signed by a parent/guardian giving reason for the absence. A student
returning from an absence without a note will be coded unexcused until cleared by the
homeroom teacher. A note must be brought in within 24 hours of returning to
school or the absence counts as unexcused.
Notes from parents/guardians must state the reason for the absence. “Personal
Business” is not acceptable and will be coded unexcused. A doctor or hospital must
document cases of prolonged illness. Students who have excused absences will be
given the opportunity to complete assignments missed while absent. It is the student’s
responsibility, immediately upon return to school, to make arrangements with the subject
teacher to make up work missed during the excused absences. The make up work
should be done within one week upon returning to school.
All documentation of absences or notes from parents must be submitted to the
homeroom teacher upon returning to school. All students are to have a pass from their
homeroom teacher in order to be admitted to classes. Passes given by the homeroom
teacher must be accompanied by the parent note/documentation. It is the student’s
responsibility to return the note to the homeroom teacher. Failure to show a teacher a
pass upon returning is coded as unexcused absence and must be cleared within 24
hours with a note from home.
Sometimes, students know in advance that some unusual situation will cause
them to be absent. In such cases, they should bring a written request from home at
least two days in advance explaining the circumstances. This request is presented to
the receptionist in the main office who will issue a student a “Pre-Arranged/Early
Release Note”, signed by a principal. All teachers from whose classes the student will
be absent must sign this note. A pre-arranged absence is still counted as an absence
from a class and is not automatically excused. No note is required for return to class if
the absence is pre-arranged, since teachers have already been notified.
The State Board of Education allows excused absences for these reasons:
Personal Illness or Injury
Death in the Immediate Family,
Medical or Dental Appointments,
Court or Administrative Proceedings,
Religious Observances, and/or
All other absences are unexcused.
FIVE UNEXCUSED TARDIES OR FIVE UNEXCUSED EARLY DISMISSALS, OR ANY
COMBINATION OF FIVE UNEXCUSED TARDIES OR UNEXCUSED EARLY DISMISSALS ARE
EQUIVALENT TO ONE UNEXCUSED ABSENCE.
Illness or Injury During the School Day: Students who become ill at school must
get a pass from their classroom teacher to go to the Student Services office. Students
should call home, if they are sick, from the Student Services office only. Parent or
designee must be reached and must give permission before any student will be allowed
to leave school. Students who drive can sign out and leave with parent’s verbal
permission. Students who do not drive will be sent back to class until someone can pick
them up. They are not allowed to remain in Student Services to wait for pickup. Upon
returning to school, students need to bring a note from home explaining the absence to
show their teachers. Students who do not follow the above procedures will be
considered skipping. No calls will be made during the 4 block class except for
Contacting Students During the School Day: Students will not be called out of
class during regular class time to speak with parents/guardians, etc. unless it is a
medical or family emergency. Students will not be allowed to use their cell phones
during the school day. Students may use the pay phone outside the cafeteria during
lunch. A phone is provided in Student Services for students in case of emergency.
Students must have a pass to report to either the main office or the Student
Services office for any reason.
Students may use the Student Services phone to call home for any reason
deemed necessary by a teacher or administrator.
Classroom phones are not for student use for any reason.
School Sponsored Events: Students who participate in school-sponsored events
(field trips, athletic, academic competitions, etc.) are counted as present.
Medical Appointments: It is suggested that students make medical appointments
after school whenever possible. Students with appointments will be released from
school in order to keep the appointments, provided a proper request is presented. Upon
return, a written note from a doctor must verify medical appointments in order to be
considered as an excused absence.
Pre-arranged Absences: Students should report to the main office or Student
Services to get assistance in having the principal or assistant principals approve the pre-
arranged absence. A letter from the parent/guardian stating the reason for the absence
is required. Each classroom teacher should sign the form prior to the absence. It is
recommended that a student seek approval at least two days before the absence.
Returning From An Absence: Students must bring a written note from a
parent/guardian upon returning to school for any absences except for pre-arranged
absences. This note is given to the homeroom teacher who issues a pass to be signed
by all the students’ teachers and then returned by the student to the homeroom teacher.
This teacher keeps the notes until the end of the semester in case the student needs to
appeal the absence. Proper documentation is necessary for the appeal process. If a
student returns to school with no note, the absence is coded unexcused for 24 hours
until a proper note is brought in. After 24 hours, the absence is considered unexcused.
This may lead to disciplinary action for skipping. In the case of chronic unexcused
absences, a referral will be made to the district attendance counselor. This could lead to
a referral to the court system. Attendance in school is extremely important.
Early Release Passes: Students should take their notes for early release to the
Student Services office before school starts. They may return after 1 block to pick up
their passes. The secretary will verify the need for early dismissal. Students will not
be released from class for dismissal after 2:30 p.m.
Court: Students required to appear in court will be released only if the citation,
subpoena, or other evidence is presented. A note from the clerk of court will be
considered an adequate excuse. The homeroom teacher receives the note and issues
an excused pass.
Absences on the Day of Athletic Events: Any student who is a member of an
athletic team and who is absent on the day of the event cannot participate in the contest
that day. Students must be present in school to play in competitive athletics. Two
classes constitute presence for the day. A student who is suspended from school may
not participate in an athletic activity that day.
EXAM EXEMPTION POLICY
Pasquotank County High School has an exam exemption policy. This policy is
intended to encourage academic effort, school attendance, and appropriate behavior.
The following guidelines will apply:
Any student with a class average of 93-100 and having no more than three (3)
excused absences from any one class.
Any student with an average of 85-92 and having no more than two (2)
excused absences from any one class.
The student can have NO out-of-school suspensions (OSS).
This policy does not exempt students from any state-mandated, end-of-course,
or VOCATS testing.
The exam for all classes will count 25% of the final grade.
Students should remember that 5 unexcused tardies add up to an unexcused
absence which can jeopardize exemption status.
The public address system is to be used only by persons authorized by the
administration. It will not be used during the class schedule except for building
Notices of interest to the students will be made via our Panther TV broadcast.
When announcements begin, it is required that all students sit quietly and pay attention.
Teachers or students wishing announcements to be made will see that a signed copy is
submitted to Panther TV in written, legible form.
Additional notifications are made to parents and students via the district SchoolsConnect
program which sends automated messages about school events.
BEGINNING EACH DAY
Each day Pasquotank County High School begins with the “Pledge of Allegiance”
and a moment of reflection and thought. All students are required to participate by
remaining silent. Disruptive behavior during this important timeframe will result in
disciplinary action up to and including suspension.
Assembly attitude, conduct, and behavior must be of the highest standard. At no
time will whistling or loud noises be permitted. Disruptive behavior during an assembly
will result in suspension from school and for a second offense the student will be banned
from future assemblies. Normal, enthusiastic applause will indicate appreciation for a
Assemblies will be scheduled to coincide with specific class or subject matter
interests and will be announced in advance to the student body and staff. All requests
for assemblies will be submitted to the administrator/faculty in charge.
In the morning, students may not enter the building for classes until 7:50 a.m.
The regular school rules apply. Once they arrive in the morning, students must
remain on campus.
All students in the bus lot and student parking areas are under the direct
supervision of staff members who are on duty and are to follow their directions.
Failure to do so constitutes insubordination.
The student, teacher, and bus parking lots are off-limits to students during the
school day unless written permission has been obtained from an administrator.
Students found in the parking lot during the day without a written pass are
subject to disciplinary action and if deemed necessary students and their
property may be searched.
All work release students must have transportation available to them and must
exit the building immediately after completing the last assigned class. Any
student that repeatedly violates this provision will be rescheduled into a class.
At the end of the day, students must exit the building as quickly as possible (by
3:50 p.m.) unless they are under the supervision of a staff member. Cleaning
and maintenance of the building must begin immediately in preparation for the
next day. Students who are on campus after 3:50 p.m. must remain outside for
rides. Students located in an unauthorized area of the building and
unsupervised by a staff member will receive a suspension.
No students may be on the grounds of Northside Elementary School or
Elizabeth City Middle School before school, during the school day, or after
school unless they are with their parent/guardian. Any student on the
campuses of Northside Elementary School or Elizabeth City Middle School
without permission or without parent supervision is considered trespassing.
Posters and signs will not be placed in the building except in the area of the
cafeteria commons after getting approval from administration.
No glass bottles are permitted on campus.
Eating and drinking are only permitted in the cafeteria. Food or drink may be
brought into a classroom for students only with permission of an administrator.
Drinks purchased in the cafeteria must remain in the cafeteria.
Cafeteria procedures are necessary to provide all students with the opportunity
to eat at a clean table in a pleasant environment.
Common courtesy dictates that students do not break lines. A student who
does will be sent to the end of the line. Repeated offenders will be given 10
days of lunch detention.
When eating in the cafeteria, students are to be seated at tables.
All trash is to be thrown away by the students when finished eating.
Halls and lockers are off-limits during lunch periods without a pass from a
teacher or administrator.
No throwing of any objects is permitted.
All food will be consumed inside the cafeteria. No students should be
eating anywhere else in the building or in the courtyard. After eating, students
may go outside and relax in the courtyard. Horseplay, throwing balls, throwing
Frisbees, playing cards, etc. are not permitted in the courtyard. Students will
not be called out of class to receive lunch from outside sources during
the school day.
Repeated violations of cafeteria procedures such as line breaking, leaving trash
on table, or throwing objects will result in disciplinary action.
Students must have obtained a media center pass in the morning in order to go
there during lunch.
CLOSED LUNCH PERIOD: The Board of Education policy calls for a closed lunch
period. This means that students cannot leave school to go anywhere and eat lunch.
Leaving campus is skipping. Repeated offenses could result not only in out of school
suspension, but also in the loss of parking privileges. Students should never be in the
parking lot during the school day without a written pass signed by an administrator.
Riding a school bus is a privilege; therefore, inappropriate behavior on the bus will not
be tolerated. Each student is expected to comply with safety practices while riding the
bus. Suspension of bus privileges is the temporary removal of the opportunity to ride the
school bus. Individual student misbehavior may also be dealt with according to
discipline procedures outlined in this handbook and the Student Code of Conduct in
Schools Illustrated. Note: If a bus has to turn around due to student behavior, that
student will be taken off the bus at that time and they must find their own transportation
home. Any student who is reported by the driver for general misconduct will face the
First offense: (1) day of suspension from the bus
Second offense: (3) days of suspension from the bus
Third offense: (5) days suspension
Fourth offense: Removal from the bus for the remainder of the year
Major infractions (i.e. fighting, possession/use of tobacco products or drugs) will
result in more immediate consequences and may not follow the process listed
above. Fighting on a school bus will result in the same 10 day suspension
students receive when fighting on campus or at a school event.
Research indicates that carrying heavy book bags for extended periods of time may
lead to back difficulties. Additionally, the PCHS School Improvement Team has
determined that due to the safety issues involved with book bags being placed in
inappropriate places and endangering students and teachers, students will NOT be
allowed to carry book bags to classes or to the cafeteria. This includes drawstring gym
bags when they contain books. Students may bring them in the building in the mornings
but they need to be placed in their lockers and remain there until the end of each school
day. Consequences will be handled according to the Discipline Code in this document.
Thank you for your cooperation.
LOCKS AND LOCKERS
Homeroom teachers will assign students lockers and locks. There will be no charge
for either, except when damage or loss occurs. Should lockers be damaged, repairs will
be made and the person or persons responsible will be expected to pay. Students will
be charged $5.00 for locks turned in unusable or damaged, or for lost locks .
STUDENT VEHICLES AND PARKING
Students are encouraged to utilize school buses for transportation to and from
school. Parking spaces are available by PERMIT ONLY for students who wish to drive
to school. The cost of a parking permit is $15.00. Cars may be towed at the owner’s
expense if they are parked illegally or they are not displaying a permit. Students who
drive must exit their cars immediately. NO LOITERING in the parking lot. The parking
lot is not the place for socializing. Once students arrive on campus, they are to go
directly into the school building. Students who are being picked up should have their
ride arrive on campus no earlier than 2:55 p.m.
All basic texts are loaned to students for their use during the school year. Students
may need to pay for workbooks and other supplies. Textbooks are to be kept clean and
handled with care. Students are strongly encouraged not to lend their books to other
students. Students will be required to pay for lost or damaged books issued to them,
and students and parents should understand that textbooks may cost as much as
$92.00. All payments must be completed by graduation in order for the student to march
across the stage.
CODE OF CONDUCT
The Student Discipline Code is included to assist with rules specific to Pasquotank
County High School and works in compliance with the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank
Schools Student Code of Conduct, which can be found in the Schools Illustrated
Handbook. Offenses are listed by Level of infraction. The one exception is fighting,
which is noted in the next paragraph. In a school one of the single most disruptive
infractions is fighting. It has the ability to disrupt the school day both with the incident
itself and because of the verbal “back and forth” which nearly always precedes any such
incident. Therefore the consequences for fighting are noted at the beginning of this
code. Please read the entire code carefully.
Fighting (10 days Out Of School Suspension) – No student shall fight, assault,
cause, aid, abet, promote, or attempt to cause physical injury to or intentionally behave
in such a manner, as could reasonably cause physical injury to any person. Fighting
may also includes verbal confrontations. Fighting on the school grounds, if in the
building or on the buses or at any school activity will result in immediate suspension
from all classes and activities and probable arrest.
Consequences: Parent notification by phone or letter, class meeting, referral to
counselor, removal from class, loss of class privileges, change classroom seating,
isolation, teacher-student conference, mediation, parent shadowing, detention by
teacher. (These consequences will generally be administered by the classroom
Disruptive behavior – excessive talking that interferes with learning, refusal to
engage in academic learning experiences, repeated off-task behavior, teasing
other students, not respecting others’ property, violation of local school,
classroom, and/or bus rules. Insubordination -- not listening or not responding
constructively to other team members when in cooperative learning settings,
refusing to engage in academic learning experiences, refusing to cooperate with
Consequences: Out of School Suspension (OSS), Loss of School Privileges, Bus
Suspension, Detention, Administrative Detention, Reprimand, Community or School
Service, Behavior Improvement Plan, Behavior Contract. (These consequences will be
administered by a school administrator.)
Possession of tobacco products, lighter, or matches – students may not smoke
on school grounds.
Disruptive behavior -- Engaging in “play fighting,” inappropriate behavior on a
school bus, use of electronic devices (see separate item below);
Insubordination -- Making false statements to staff members, no student will
intentionally supply incorrect/false statements to any staff member.
Inappropriate behavior on a school bus – riding on school transportation is a
privilege. Students are to conduct themselves as they would on any campus.
Disrespectful conduct toward staff members – students are expected to respond
to all staff members respectfully.
Smoking on school grounds or buses – School Board policy prohibits smoking
on the campus of Pasquotank County High School.
Tardy, skipping classes and leaving class or school without permission or
failure to sign in to school: The Board of Education policy requires closed campuses.
Once students arrive in the morning, they must remain on campus. Students
should never be in the parking lot during the school day without an
administrator’s note. Loitering in or around parked cars or leaving campus without a
parent/guardian note is not allowed and will be considered skipping. Students must sign
in with the Student Services Office secretary when arriving at school after 9:00 A. M.
Loitering in Hallways and within doorways is also not allowed. Students should be in
motion towards their destination to ensure they get to classes on time.
Students reporting over 30 minutes late to school should report to the
Student Services office with a note from home if at all possible.
Unless students have a note explaining why they were late, they will
automatically be unexcused.
Every minute of classroom instruction is valuable. It is very important that
students report to class on time. This includes the homeroom period.
Students who are on campus (usually coming in late) and do not report to
homeroom are considered skipping.
Five (5) minutes are allotted between classes. No warning bell will be
Students must be in class and ready to work when the tardy bell sounds.
Teachers keep accurate records of tardies and follow the tardy procedure for
Tardies are cumulative by semester for each individual class including
Tardies that are over 30 minutes constitute an absence instead of a tardy.
Disciplinary measure for unexcused tardies will result as follows:
First tardy – Warning (Teacher documents)
Second tardy – Teacher contacts parent by phone/email
Third tardy – Teacher detention assigned
Fourth and Subsequent Tardies – Results in Administrative Detention (and/or
Please note: Students who accrue 5 unexcused tardies or early release days or
a combination of the two will be charged with an absence for the class(es) in which the
tardy/early release occurs.
Unauthorized areas on campus – Students are not allowed free access to all
areas on campus. Any area that is not supervised by a staff member should be
considered an unauthorized location for students. Students found in such areas
may be subject to Out of School Suspension. These unauthorized areas include, but
are not limited to, the sports complex (unless under the direct supervision of a coach or
teacher), the areas behind the building, near the football field, and any parking area.
Antagonistic behavior toward class/school procedures: Class disruptions that
take away from instructional time cannot be tolerated.
Pasquotank County High School recognizes its obligation to provide an educational
environment conducive to good behavior and to the creation of a good educational
atmosphere in the school. While it is understandable that students are concerned about
fashion, it is the school’s desire to maintain a climate that is safe and healthy. Part of
that safe climate includes student modesty and freedom from distracting influences
which may impair the instructional progress of students. Although student dress and
grooming are the personal responsibility of the student and his/her parents, students are
expected to exercise good taste and to avoid extremes for school attire. All students are
expected to dress appropriately for any school related occasion; extreme or distracting
appearance is to be avoided, and students should appear neat and clean at all times.
Students who are not properly groomed and dressed will be asked to change into
suitable clothing or may be asked to return home and change into appropriate attire.
To insure the most constructive educational environment, the following dress and
grooming code will be in effect:
Hats and other headgear such as combs, picks, headbands or bandannas worn
on the top of the head or on the forehead are NOT to be worn in the school
building at any time.
Bandanas and any gang-related materials or clothing are not to be worn or
visible in the school building at any time.
No chains may be worn on wallets or from pockets.
No spiked ornamental adornments on clothing or accessories.
No body jewelry (such as belly button rings, tongue rings) that is distracting to
the educational climate may be worn.
Shorts are permitted as long as they are mid-thigh or longer. When standing
with arms relaxed at the sides, the shorts should be longer than the fingertips.
This includes shorts or skirts worn over tights or ballet tights. Spandex type
shorts and cut-offs are NOT permitted. Shorts too tight (underwear lines
showing) are not permitted. Clothing with gaping holes is inappropriate in
Skirts should be worn mid-thigh or longer. (Again, the fingertip rule applies.)
These should also not be worn too tight.
Halter-tops, tube tops, spaghetti strap tops, or sundresses with spaghetti straps
are not acceptable without a jacket or shirt with sleeves. Off the shoulder tops
and open backs are not acceptable.
Clothes must cover underwear at all times. Bare midriffs, see-through clothes
or clothing displaying little modesty are unacceptable. (No belly buttons should
be observable.) Guys-no shirts that show armpits are allowed.
Lewd or suggestive t-shirts, tank tops, or clothing designed to be worn as
undergarments are not acceptable. Messages on clothing, jewelry, buttons, and
personal belongings that relate to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, vulgarity, or
weapons, or that reflect adversely upon persons because of race, sex, creed,
national origin, or ancestry are not permitted.
Pants must be secured at the waist and must cover underwear.
No makeup that is distracting to the educational climate may be worn on a
student’s face or other body parts.
Sunglasses with dark tints are not to be worn on the face without proper
medical documentation on file in the nurse’s station or with the school officials.
Hair may be any length as long as it is neat, clean, not distracting in
appearance, and does not endanger student safety.
Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times in and around the building.
Bedroom shoes are only permitted on Pajama Day during Spirit Week.
No pajamas are to be worn in school with the possible exception of Spirit Week
Use of electronic devices – While the administration and staff at Pasquotank
County High School understands that electronic devices are a regular part of every
day life, the use of many of these devices can be disruptive to the learning process
of the user and/or those around him/her. The school, therefore, prohibits the use of
electronic devices such as radios, tape/CD players, cellular telephones, pagers,
iPods, MP3 players, gaming devices, or other similar devices in school during
regular school hours unless prior permission has been granted. Should students
need to contact their parents in case of emergency, the guidance office has phones
available. Non-instructional electronic devices such as those listed above brought
to school will be confiscated by staff members and given to the administrators.
Failure to turn over a device upon the request of a staff member is considered
insubordination and will result in suspension. The school assumes no responsibility
for lost or stolen personal property. Should this occur, it is the student’s
Skateboards and heelers – Skateboards are not permitted at Pasquotank County
High School. Skateboards brought to school will be confiscated by staff members.
Heelers (shoes with built in wheels) are not to be worn at Pasquotank County High
Consequences: 1 to 3 days Out of School Suspension
Gambling – Gambling, card playing, dice, pogs, etc. will not be tolerated on school
grounds or in the building, including the cafeteria. Observers and participants alike will
receive the same consequences of suspension.
Verbal abuse/disrespect (Profanity) – Serious or persistent verbal action that
prevents an orderly and peaceful learning environment. Students are not to use profanity
or vulgarity in talking with other students or faculty members.
Academic Misconduct – Copying work from another source whether it is another
student, the internet, a book, etc. or using another person’s ideas and claiming them as
one’ own is considered plagiarism. A student known to have cheated/plagiarized an
assignment shall receive a zero on the assignment and his/her parents shall be
immediately notified of the incident. The same rule applies for projects, essays, etc. that
do not have proper references and documentation. Students will be ineligible for exam
exemption, and students may be suspended.
Failure to follow the lawful directions of school officials -- Students shall
comply with all directions of staff members in a timely and respectful manner. Students
must identify themselves, answer reasonable questions, and follow directions of staff
members. This includes giving name and correct spelling.
Gang Activity – Wearing possessing, using, distributing, displaying or selling any
clothing jewelry, emblems, badges, symbols, signs, body markings, or other items, or
possessing literature that shows affiliation with a gang, or is evidence of membership or
affiliation in any gang, or that promotes gang affiliation. Communication either verbally
or non-verbally (gestures, handshakes, slogans, drawings, etc.) to convey membership
affiliation in any gang or to promote gang affiliation.
Consequences: 2 to 5 Days Out of School Suspension (OSS)
Larceny or theft of money or property whose value is less that $100;
Vandalism – malicious injury or damage to property or school bus (less than $100)
Student demonstrations – no student shall disrupt school activities by verbal,
written, or symbolic speech (i.e. sit-ins, boycotts, disruptive talking in class)
Possession (whether carried openly or concealed) of a pocket knife or mace,
tear gas, pepper spray, fireworks, bullets, or similar weapon or explosive – No
student shall have possession of a pocket knife with a blade less that 2.5 inches carried
in the closed position, which has its cutting edge and point entirely enclosed by its
handle and which may not be opened by throwing, explosive or spring action. (See Level
VI for consequences for possession of knives with a blade over 2.5 inches long.)
Threatening – Pasquotank County High School will not tolerate threats of bodily
harm or violence made against students, staff, and/or the administration. Threats will be
taken seriously, whether they are intended or unintended. Severe disciplinary action will
result in all cases involving threats, including police notification, suspension and/or
possible long-term suspension.
Inappropriate Use of/Tampering with Technology – Students will not use
technology inappropriately, which includes access to inappropriate or vulgar websites.
Students may receive OSS and loss of technology privileges throughout the building.
Gang Activity – (moderate) Repeated minimal offenses; “tagging’ or otherwise
defacing school or personal property with gang or gang-related symbols or slogans.
Consequences: These offenses could result in suspensions for 5 to 7 days (mitigating
and aggravating factors apply).
Inappropriate Actions– Intentionally burning an object on school property (not
arson); unauthorized use of fireworks.
Larceny/theft/damage to property/vandalism (for amounts $100 to $500),
breaking and entering;
Disregard for school rules, procedures, or directions of school personnel
Repeated general disruptive behavior – any student who repeatedly disregards
school rules, policies, and/or procedures at any infraction level may be subject to Level
Consequences: These offenses generally result in Out of School Suspension for 7 to
10 days and may result in long-term suspension (over ten days), possible alternative
school assignment. Law enforcement notified. (Note: “Possession” constitutes on the
person of, in lockers, in personal belongings, or in vehicles located on school grounds or
at school sponsored events.)
Possession of weapons – Knives (other than pocket knife with a blade less than
2.5 inches in length) of any description, box cutters, razor blades, ice picks or any other
sharp-pointed or edged instrument except instructional supplies, unaltered nail files and
tools used solely for the preparation of food, instructional and maintenance on
educational property are not permitted at school. Possession of (whether openly or
concealed) but not actual use of air rifle, air pistol, stun gun, BB gun, paintball gun,
bowie knife, dirk, dagger, or slingshot. Any weapon seen at school will be confiscated
immediately. Weapons or use of any object as a weapon will not be permitted at school
or on buses. Guns, knives, knuckles, etc. will be confiscated. Use (or intended use) of
mace or similar substance as a weapon. Law enforcement will be notified.
Possession of alcohol and drugs – A student shall not buy, sell, possess,
transmit marijuana, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind:
On school grounds or in the school building during and immediately before or
immediately after school hours; or
On school grounds or in the school building at any other time when the school
is being used for a school function or by any school group; or
Off school grounds on a school activity, function, or event;
On a school or activity bus.
Consensual sexual misconduct – No students shall engage in unacceptable
physical contact (contact which is of a romantic or sexual nature) with any other person
in the school.
Sexual Harassment – No student shall engage in sexually harassing behavior
toward another student or staff member.
False Fire Alarm – or other unlawful disruption of school
Repeated Violations of Rules and Regulations – Levels I – V offenses
Gang Activity – (Severe) Repeated moderate gang activity, requiring payment of
protection money or insurance, intimidating or threatening any person in connection with
gang activity, inciting other students to intimidate or to act with physical violence upon
any other person in connection with gang activity; soliciting others for gang membership.
Consequences: 180 to 365 Day Suspension; Mitigating and Aggravating factors apply
to principal’s recommendation. (These consequences will be administered by the board
of education.) Law enforcement must be notified.
Use of a Weapon (other than a firearm or powerful explosive) – to threaten
to harm or to actually harm another person. This includes any knife whose blade has
been opened and exposed.
False Bomb Threat -- perpetuation a hoax that would disrupt the educational
process or communicating (or conspiring to communicate) and act of terror or terroristic
Sexual Assault – (not involving rape or sexual offense) which involves the
unauthorized or forcible touching of a person’s sex organs without the consent of the
Possession/Use of Inappropriate Items – sale, distribution, or use (including
being under the influence) of alcohol or marijuana on school property or at school
sponsored events. Sale distribution or possession of a controlled substance (or
counterfeit controlled substance) as defined by the North Carolina Controlled Substance
Act (General Statute 90-86) including but not limited to: narcotics, depressants,
stimulants, hallucinogens, and anabolic steroids (which are commonly known or referred
to as – acid, LSD, speed, Quaaludes, valium, cocaine, crack PCP, ice steroids, and
other names). Law enforcement must be notified.
Commission of a Felony -- Any student who commits an act of misconduct on or
off campus that is defined or described as a felony under the criminal laws of the United
States or of the State of North Carolina and whose continued presence in school does
not constitute a clear threat to the safety or other students or employees.
Consequences: Expulsion – Unlimited exclusion from school (does not apply to
students under age 14) Mitigating and Aggravating factors DO NOT apply to principal’s
recommendation. Law enforcement must be notified. (These consequences will be
administered by the board of education.)
Commission of a felony – Any student who commits an act of misconduct on or off
campus that is defined or described as a felony under the criminal laws of the United
States or the State of North Carolina and whose continued presence in school
constitutes a clear threat to the safety of other student or employees.
Assault on a school official, employee or adult volunteer, or law enforcement officer
(by a student 13 years or older),
Assault/Attack that causes serious bodily injury to another person, including
broken bone, tooth, internal injury, sever lacerations, loss of consciousness, significant
bruising or pain, or hospitalization.
Assault with a deadly weapon – use of a deadly weapon to cause or threaten to
cause serious bodily injury to another.
Homicide or manslaughter – Any intentional or highly reckless act that results in
the death of another person,
Rape and other sex offenses – any intentional sexual act or attempted sexual act
that is against the victim’s will and without the victim’s consent, (School social worker
must be contacted)
Robbery – theft or attempted theft of money or property from another person by the
use of force or violence, (NCGS 14-87)
Arson – Setting fire to burning, or inciting, or counseling or procuring the burning of
any building owned, leased or rented by a school or use or possession of any powerful
explosive, including any dynamite, cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine, as well as
nitroglycerin, TNT and blasting caps, detonators, and fuses for the explosion thereof
Firearm – Possession of (or aiding another student in the possession of) any
firearm, whether open or concealed on school property, including a school bus, which
includes any gun rifle, pistol or other weapon used for firing a bullet or missile. (The term
does not include a BB gun, stun gun, point ball gun, air rifle or air pistol.) (NCGS 14-
Explosives – Use or possession of (or aiding another student in the possession of)
any powerful explosive, including any dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine as well
as nitroglycerin, trinitrotoluene (TNT) and blasting caps, detonators, and fuses for the
explosion thereof. (NCGS 14-269.2)
Hazing, Kidnapping – playing abusive or ridiculous tricks upon another student to
frighten, hold beat, or harass a student or to subject student to personal indignity or
aiding and abetting in the conduct of such offense;
Misconduct off campus – should any of the above acts occur off campus, a student is
subject to expulsion if the victim is a student or school employee and there is reasonable
basis to believe that the continued presence of the student demonstrates a clear threat to the
safety of the victims or others in the school environment.
A School Resource Officer will be on duty daily.
In the event that a student is suspended: Parents are notified by phone to come to
the school for a conference and to take the child home. Students may also be sent to
Student Services for counseling. Students are allowed to make up work.
Student behavior on campus or at school-sponsored activities-Students is to be on their
best behavior at all times. This applies to both participants and spectators at school
events. Students misbehaving will be asked to leave the school event (no ticket refund
will be given) and may be unable to attend future events. School discipline rules are in
effect on field trips, athletic events both home and away, pep rallies, etc.
Substitute Teachers: A substitute teacher is an important visitor who assists and
carries out the duties of teachers who are absent for personal or professional reasons.
It is your responsibility to treat each substitute with respect by being polite, helpful, and
considerate, as you would for your regular teacher. Disrespectful conduct may result in
Stolen Property/ Personal Property: All students should be able to enjoy a clean and
safe facility. Students should respect the personal property of others. Students who
have property stolen from them should report to the School Resource Officer and
complete a stolen property report. In order to prevent theft or damage to personal
property please observe the following guidelines:
Refrain from bringing large sums of cash to school,
Do not bring or reveal electronic devices or large sums of cash,
Secure all valuables in locked areas – locker, vehicle trunk, etc. Do not
share lockers with others,
Do not allow book bag to be out of your possession or out of secured area.
Students who are found guilty of stealing or students who receive stolen property
will be subject to suspension, possible long-term suspension, and/or arrest.
Internet Usage: Students are responsible for appropriate conduct during
telecommunication activities just as they are in the classroom. Equipment and services
are provided for educational purposes only. To ensure appropriate use of technology,
students and parents must fill out and sign the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Public
Schools Acceptable Use and Responsibility Policy Agreement. Transmission of any
material in violation of any U.S. or state law or state agency provision is prohibited. This
includes, but is not limited to, material that is copyrighted, threatening, obscene, or
protected by trade secrets. Any user that violates this policy will immediately lose
access privileges for a minimum of 30 days and is subject to further disciplinary action
based on the infraction-profanity, threats, and/or inappropriate sexual material. Any
student that uses or allows another student to use their account will lose their privileges.
Vandalism that causes damages (viruses, hacking, tampering) will result in cancellation
of privileges, restitution, and disciplinary action.
PLEASE NOTE: Students are also given the ECPPS Schools Illustrated which
works in conjunction with the PCHS Student Handbook.
NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLE
Dropout Prevention/Drivers License: Students under 18 years of age, who have
not graduated and who are eligible for a driving permit or license, must have a Driving
Eligibility Certificate obtained from the principal before they can get a permit or license.
Students must successfully complete (pass) 3 or 4 courses to keep a permit or license
or qualify for a Driving Eligibility Certificate. Failure to do so will result in the revocation
of the permit or license by the D.M.V. Any student dropping out of school will lose
his/her license or permit. Exempt individuals are those who received a permit or license
prior to December 1, 1997.
Students need to take their driver’s education certificate to the Driver’s Education
Coordinator who will obtain approval from an administrator after the student’s grades are
checked. The secretary will then notarize the form.
Lose Control, Lose Your License: Effective July 1, 2000, a new law will suspend a
student’s permit or license for one year if expelled or suspended for more than 10
consecutive days or assigned to an alternative school for: possession or sale of an
alcoholic beverage or controlled substance, possession or use of a weapon or firearm,
or the physical assault on a teacher or other school personnel (while under school
PASQUOTANK COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER
Media Center hours: 7:50 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Students are welcome to use the media
center at lunch and during the school day; however, they must obtain a pass from their
classroom teacher or have this Student Planner signed. Pasquotank County High
School Media Center has three rules of conduct:
Students must work on something productive
Allow others to work productively
Be respectful of other people and their property
Students may check out a maximum of three books at a time. Regular books are
checked out for two weeks; permanent reserve books are checked out for two days;
reference books are not checked out. Fines will be charged for overdue books ($.05 per
day for regular shelf books and $.50 per day for permanent reserve books). Students
will be notified about owed fines at progress report time as well as at report card time. It
will be to your advantage to settle fines ASAP so your material checkout will not be
adversely affected, nor your report card held.
LUNCH PROCEDURE: Upon arrival leave your special media pass at the desk and be
sure to sign in. Keep in mind that we will provide an opportunity for you to:
Read (check out the news, lose yourself in the pages of fictional pleasure, or
read all about your favorite hobby).
Research (easy access to research materials for assignments).
Study (an environment conducive to “cramming” will be provided).
Computers with Internet access and word processing will be available to all who
return the required forms. “E-mail” can be checked or sent only in the morning, during
lunch, or after school. Computer usage forms are in the student’s agenda book.
Students must have their agenda in order to have access to the computers at PCHS. A
parent must sign this form.
PRINTING: In order to conserve paper and ink, students cannot print from their
individual computer stations. We have 3 computers designated, as Media Center
Printing Station-what this means is that a student must save work to a disk or to his
folder at his individual station, log out, and then log into a printing station computer to
print the document he/she wishes to print. This printing station is located at the tall table
near the circulation desk. Any printed materials that are not school related have a $.10
charge per page. Student will be encouraged to write down information that they need if
it is only a couple of sentences.
Tutoring: At least twice weekly, tutoring is available in the media center in the morning.
Students are encouraged to use the computer tutorials available both at school and at
INTERNET USER’S AGREEMENT
NOTE: Any student/user who breaks the rules will immediately lose some or all
access to the Internet. There may also be other disciplinary actions at the
discretion of the school’s administrative staff.
The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Board of Education believes that students in
our schools should be able to have the most current and complete information for
learning available. One way of providing this information is through the Internet. The
Internet serves as an electronic link to the most up-to-date information and news from all
over the world.
Each school in our district has the equipment necessary to connect with the Internet.
These connections will allow you to:
“Look up” topics in libraries thousands of miles away
Print out additional information about topics being studied
Read news in other cities
Talk with others through e-mail
Before you can drive on the “information highway” there are certain “rules of the road”
that must be understood. They should read carefully. Ask questions if you do not
Once the rules are understood, you should fill out and sign a form that will allow use
of the Internet. Your signature means that all rules are understood and will be followed.
RULES OF THE ROAD:
Proper Use – The Internet is a resource to support teaching and learning. Any other
use is NOT allowed.
Privilege – Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. This means that each student
should talk with a teacher or media specialist to determine proper use of the Internet. A
school’s principal will have the final say in what uses are allowed.
Responsibilities – Students who use the Internet should follow a “Code of Manners”.
Be polite. Do not send insulting messages.
Watch the language. No cursing!
Make proper use. Stay away from inappropriate or forbidden activities.
Keep you identity. Do not log on as another user nor let someone log on as
COMPUTER ETHICS STATEMENT
The right to use a computer brings along with it certain responsibilities and the
highest standards must be maintained, especially within the walls of an academic
institution. It is with this in mind that the PCHS staff asks each of you and your
parents/guardians to read, sign, and commit to following these mandated guidelines for
I. DO NOT USE A COMPUTER TO HARM OTHERS.
II. DO NOT INTERFERE WITH OTHER PEOPLE’S COMPUTER WORK.
III. DO NOT SNOOP AROUND IN OTHER PEOPLE’S FILES.
IV. DO NOT USE A COMPUTER TO CHEAT OR STEAL.
V. DO NOT USE A COMPUTER TO LIE ABOUT YOURSELF, YOUR WORK, OR
VI. DO NOT USE OR COPY SOFTWARE FOR WHICH YOU HAVE NOT PAID.
VII. DO NOT USE OTHER PEOPLE’S COMPUTER RESOURCES WITHOUT
VIII. DO NOT STEAL OTHER PEOPLE’S IDEAS AND ATTEMPT TO PASS THEM
OFF AS YOUR OWN.
IX. THINK ABOUT THE SOCIAL AND PERSONAL CONSEQUENCES OF THE
PROGRAM OR DOCUMENT YOU WRITE AND REPRODUCE.
X. USE A COMPUTER IN WAYS THAT SHOW CONSIDERATION AND
Student Name: _______________________________________________________
Internet Electronic Mail User Agreement and Parent Permission
As a user of the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Public Schools computer network, I
hereby agree to comply with the school’s Electronic Resources Acceptable Use Policy
as presented in the PCHS Student Agenda/Planner. I understand that computer use
and Internet Access is a privilege, not a right.
Parent Signature: _____________________________________________________