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SAVANNAH EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL Student Handbook 2019-2020 Our Vision: From school to the world: All students prepared for productive futures. Our Mission: To ignite a passion for learning and teaching at high levels 400 Pennsylvania Avenue Savannah, Georgia 31404 (912) 395-2535 – Main Office (912) 201-7585 – Fax _____________________________________________________________ The Savannah-Chatham County Board of Public Education does not discriminate in educational programs, activities or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability. M. Ann Levett, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
2 WELCOME TO SAVANNAH EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL Home of the Cobras This book belongs to: Name Address City/Zip Code Phone THIS HANDBOOK OUTLINES SCHOOL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AND WILL SERVE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE. THIS HANDBOOK WILL ASSIST YOU IN MAKING DECISIONS THAT ARE IN YOUR BEST INTEREST, AS WELL AS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR SCHOOL. THIS HANDBOOK DOES NOT REPLACE THE DISTRICT STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT. *Some information printed in this handbook is subject to change. This document was printed in July 2019. Parent newsletters and memorandums will reflect any changes or new information.
3 Table of Contents Introduction & Welcome 4 Regular Bell & Lunch Schedule 5 School Nutrition Program/Cafeteria 6 Acceptable Use Policy 7 Accountability for Board Of Education Property 7 Athletics 8 Student Attendance 8 Excessive Unexcused/Unverified Absences & Tardies 12 Student Sign-In Procedures 13 Student Sign-Out Procedures 13 Changes in Student Transportation 13 Contact Information/Written Changes 13 Illness/Other Emergencies 14 Medications 14 Lost & Found 14 Loitering on School Campus 14 Forgotten Items/Miscellaneous Items 14 Student Driving/Parking Permits 15 Student Dress Code (Mandatory) 15 Book Bags 18 Student Discipline 18 Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports 18 Student-to-Student Sexual Harassment and Bullying 19 Violence 20 Prohibited Items 20 Property Searches 21 Random Administrative Inspections 21 Definition of Consequences 21 Restricted Areas 22 Selling of Items on Campus/Fundraising 22 School Buses 22 Student ID Cards 23 Telephones 23 Visitors 23 PTSA – Parent Teacher Student Association 24 Instructional Information 25 Extension Campus (University) Information 34 Appendix 38
4 Introduction Savannah Early College High School is a unique high school option that allows students to enroll in an honors curriculum, while they simultaneously pursue college credit in their junior and senior years. Students have the opportunity to earn up to a year and a half of college credit from Savannah State University, making them highly qualified college applicants with transferable credit upon graduation. Savannah Early College High School was started in part by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The program is a part of a small school’s initiative that targets populations of students considered to be underrepresented on the nation’s college campuses. Over 80% of Savannah Early College High School students are considered underrepresented based on the grant indicators of first generation to attend college, minority, single parent household, or low socio-economic status. Our current enrollment is approximately 280 students, with 130 expected to participate in the Dual-Enrollment Program at Savannah State University. Individual academic advisement helps students select college coursework that best supports students’ long term postsecondary goals. Please visit our website for frequent updated information: http://internet.savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us/schools/ec/default.aspx Welcome Message Congratulations for being accepted to and enrolling in Savannah Early College High School! A safe and orderly school environment is essential to the social and academic success of our students. The policies, procedures, and general information included in this handbook are intended to promote such an environment at Savannah Early College High School. It is important that you read and periodically review the information found in this handbook. Positive home-school relationships typically increase a student’s level of performance. We ask for cooperation from all members of our school community in observing school policies and procedures as outlined, because at Savannah Early College High School accountability for student learning is everyone’s business! Working together, we are confident that we will provide the best possible high school experience for all of our students and continue to uphold our motto: Learners Today! Leaders Tomorrow! We are looking forward to taking this journey with you! Sincerely, Mrs. Caroline Gordon-Jelks, Ed.S., Principal & The Esteemed Faculty and Staff of Savannah Early College High School
5 Savannah Early College High School 2019-2020 Regular Bell and Lunch Schedule Time Activity Start End 7:00 7:20 Arrival/Morning Duty Stations/Breakfast Served 7:20 7:30 Students Move to 1st Block - Teachers @ Doors— Morning announcements (Students are tardy after 7:30 am) 7:30 9:00 1st Block 9:00 9:05 Change Class/Tardy Bell for 2nd Block -Teachers @ Doors 9:05 10:25 2nd Block 10:25 10:55 ******Early College Lunch***** 10:55 11:00 Change Class/Tardy Bell for ADV/IF Teachers @ Doors 11:00 11:40 ADVISEMENT/INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS 11:40 11:45 Change Class /Tardy Bell for 3rd Block-Teachers @ Doors 11:45 1:05 3rd Block 1:05 1:10 Change Class/Tardy Bell for 4th Block-Teachers @ Doors 1:10 2:30 4th Block 2:30 2:40 Dismissal/After-School Duty Stations 2:40 Scheduled After School Tutorials
6 School Nutrition Program/Cafeteria Savannah Early College uses the cafeteria facilities at Savannah High School. The school cafeteria offers well-balanced, nutritional meals at a reasonable cost. Students who choose to bring lunch from home may do so. Students are required to demonstrate exemplary behavior at all times. Students are expected to respect all school personnel and peers. Disruptions in the cafeteria or elsewhere will result in disciplinary action according to district/school policy. Trays and/or food from the cafeteria are not to be carried-out out of the cafeteria without prior approval from the Principal. Students are required to clean-up their trash from breakfast and lunch. Savannah Early College students attend lunch as a group. Therefore, students are escorted in an orderly manner to the Savannah High School cafeteria. Students are NOT permitted to leave campus during lunch and are NOT released early for lunch. All students must have their ID visible at all times, and all students must remain in the cafeteria for the entire lunch period. Students are not allowed in any other area of Savannah Early College/Savannah High School during lunch. Delivery of restaurant food or other commercial or competitive food items at lunch or for lunch is NOT allowed. SCCPSS School Nutrition Program Meal Prices (As of July 2019 – may be subject to change.) BREAKFAST ALL STUDENTS SERVED AT NO CHARGE Adults $2.00 LUNCH (Grades 9-12) Reduced $0.40 Paid $2.50 Adults $3.50 For More Information: Ms. Onetha Bonaparte, Ed.S, SCCPSS School Nutrition Program Director, (912) 395-5548
7 Acceptable Use Policy Access to the Internet is available through computers in the media center, classrooms, labs, and other classroom mobile devices. Access to information on the Internet is intended for appropriate education and research activities in support of class assignments and projects. Parents/guardians have the option to deny their students access to online technology resources. To deny access to services, please complete the Parental Request to Deny Access to Online Technology Resources found in the appendix, sign and date it, and return the form to your student’s school. Accountability for Board of Education Property When textbooks, library media materials, and equipment are issued to students, the return of these materials to the school for further use shall be the sole responsibility of the student and his/her parents/guardians. When materials or equipment are not returned to the school in usable condition, it is the responsibility of the student and his/her parents/guardians to reimburse the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education for the cost of replacement or repairs. Students who owe for lost or damaged textbooks, library media materials, and/or equipment shall have their report cards withheld by the school administration. Another textbook of the same subject area will not be issued until the school system has been compensated; however, textbooks in the same subject area may be made available for use in the classroom. Additional library media materials and equipment shall not be checked-out to the student until the school system has been compensated. Students may continue to use the learning resources within the confines of the library media center. Students who are promoted to another school and have not compensated the school system for materials will have a record of their obligations forwarded to the receiving school. Students who transfer within or out of the Savannah-Chatham County School System and have failed to compensate the Board of Education for lost or damaged textbooks, library media materials, and/or equipment shall have their report cards and transcripts delayed until their financial obligations are settled. At the time of withdrawal from a Savannah-Chatham County school, the Principal/designee shall check to see if the transfer and withdrawal form indicates that all records have been cleared. If compensation is due, the transfer and withdrawal form, report card, and transcript shall be retained by the school until payment is made. Students shall not be eligible to participate in graduation exercises and other related activities of the Savannah-Chatham County School System if debts related to lost or damaged textbooks, library materials or equipment, or dues remain unpaid.
8 Athletics Savannah Early College High School students interested in athletic sports should contact the Athletic Director. Students may participate in: Cross-Country, Tennis, Swimming, and Golf. The Athletic Director will advise students of GHSA sub-varsity and varsity participation requirements. Students who remain enrolled as program students from other Chatham County Highs Schools that are interested in athletic participation should see the assigned school official at their home school. Any student participating in athletics must be academically eligible and meet all GHSAA rules. Weekly Student Eligibility for Athletic Practice/Competition: Savannah Early College teachers will be provided a weekly eligibility list of student athletes each week. All teachers will return eligibility list to the school administration. Students that are failing in two courses will be ineligible to practice or compete in athletic events. Students must attend appropriate tutorials if available or be located at a study table provided by their coach during practice. Students must remediate failing averages to regain athletic eligibility. Student Attendance (Please refer to SCCPSS BOE Policy JBA) Truant: Any child subject to compulsory attendance who during the school calendar year has more than ten (10) days of unexcused absences is considered truant. Absences due to out-of-school suspension are not considered unexcused and do not apply to truancy determination. Tardy: A student is tardy when he/she arrives at school or at class after the designated start time or tardy bell. Repeated or habitual tardiness is an undesirable personal habit and is also disruptive of the orderly instructional process; therefore, school officials will take corrective actions. Excused tardy: A tardy is excused when events which cause the tardiness are physically out of the student's control such as: a motor vehicle accident, unexpected road closure, power outage, late bus or bus did not come at all. Excused absences: Absences are excused for personal illness, serious illness or death of a student's immediate family member, observance of religious holidays, active duty military family leave, orders of governmental agencies, conditions rendering attendance impossible or hazardous to student health or safety, or participation in approved school activities. Unexcused absences: The following examples, even with parental consent, are considered unexcused absences: truancies; working; missing the bus; oversleeping; shopping; car failure; getting senior pictures taken; keeping personal appointments; errands for parents; college visits unless excused prior to absence; home obligations unless excused prior to absence.
9 Prolonged absence due to illness or injury: Homebound/hospital instruction can be provided for students who have a chronic illness or who need to be absent from school for ten or more consecutive days due to a long term illness or injury. Parent application and physician certification of this need are required. Documentation for excused absences: Any student absence that is to be classified as excused minimally requires a signed note of explanation from a parent or guardian for documentation. Only five days of absence per school year will be excused with a handwritten/typed signed note from a parent/guardian. School officials may require additional documentation/proof at any time for the purpose of validating that an absence is an excused absence. Any absence beyond five days for the year requires the submission of a physician's or hospital statement, court subpoena, order of a governmental agency, or a funeral notice/obituary to be deemed an excused absence. Attendance waiver: High school students who have eight (8) or more absences in a semester or have four (4) absences in a block schedule or traditional schedule class in a semester may request an attendance waiver provided they have (a) made up missed work and are passing the affected class(es), and (b) presented the appropriate required documentation for said absences. The same waiver opportunity is open for students in grades K-8 who have more than fifteen (15) absences (excused or unexcused) in a year and are passing the affected subjects/classes. The request that waivers be granted for academic credit or promotion must include appropriate required documentation to the site based attendance committee. This committee may grant or deny the waiver, after review of the application and documentation. Referral to school social worker: If a student has excessive unexplained absences, school officials who have exhausted all of their efforts may make a referral to the school social worker. The social worker, using home visits and/or assistance from community resources, will attempt to document and/or alleviate the problem with the student and the family. When deemed necessary for the welfare of the child, the school social worker, observing all due process rights of the parent and child and working in cooperation with the procedural requirements of the court having jurisdiction, shall prepare the case for juvenile or state court action. School personnel having direct knowledge of a pupil's truancy will be expected to supply evidence and testimony if the case is taken to court. Possible penalties for truancy: The following penalties may be applied if a student is determined to be truant: Conference with student and/or parent, detention before or after school or on Saturday, loss of parking permit, suspension from school, loss of an instructional permit or driver's license or ineligibility for or delay in applying for the permit or license, referral to the school counselor or social worker, possible charges filed in juvenile court if student is under sixteen (16) years of age, possible charges against parent in state court or withdrawal from school if student is sixteen (16) years of age or older. Court penalties may include fines, community service, mandated counseling or mental health treatment, probation or incarceration.
10 Effective January 1, 1998, the Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act (OCGA 40- 5-22a.1) requires that local schools must certify whether or not a student’s attendance pattern and discipline record will allow him/her to have a Georgia Driver’s permit or license. Savannah Early College has been provided copies of this law and the procedures to be followed when reporting to the Department of Public Safety. This law is applicable to students between the ages of 15 and 17. Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA): A student's instructional permit or driver's license may be denied, suspended or revoked if the student: (A) Has dropped out of school without graduating and has remained out of school for ten consecutive school days; (B) Has more than ten school days of unexcused absences in any semester or combination of two consecutive quarters; or (C) Has been suspended from school for: (1) Threatening, striking or causing bodily harm to a teacher or other school personnel; (2) Possession or sale of drugs or alcohol on school property; (3) Possession or use of a weapon on school property; (4) Any sexual offense prohibited under Chapter 6 of Title 16; or (5) Causing substantial physical or visible bodily harm to or seriously disfiguring another person, including another student. OCGA 40-5-22 (a.1)(1) and (2) Approved Absences: To receive an excuse prior to an anticipated involuntary absence (i.e. one that is not excused by state law), the Principal must be notified in writing by the parent or guardian well in advance of the absence in order to receive an excuse prior to the anticipated absence. Students are expected to attend and be on-time to every scheduled class. If a student is on campus, but not in class or homeroom during the appropriate time, he/she will be considered skipping. Students may NOT leave campus during their lunch period to obtain commercial food. Any student leaving campus during the school day must have both school and parent authorization through the Office of the Information Specialist. Any student arriving after 7:30 a.m. is tardy and missing valuable instructional time. All students are expected to arrive to school on-time and to stay for the duration of their school day. Teachers use every possible minute of every school day to provide learning experiences. Please make all appointments for after school, on Saturday, or during the school breaks as noted on the SCCPSS School Calendar. If it is necessary for a student to leave school before the end of the school day, the parent/guardian with whom the student lives must send a WRITTEN request to the Principal. The following guidelines must be followed: Early pick-up must occur before dismissal begins – 2:15 p.m. Parents arriving after 2:15 p.m. will be asked to wait in the parent pick-up area until dismissal. All parents/guardians must sign-out their child in the office. Parents may NOT go directly to classrooms.
11 Students will not be released to friends of the family, relatives, etc., unless written documentation is provided to the school by the parents or legal guardians. Students cannot be released to anyone under the age of 18. No phone requests for early release will be accepted, unless in an emergency. Parents/guardians must speak with the Principal, in the event of an emergency. Excessive tardiness and/or early dismissals may result in a referral to the school social worker for investigation as to cause. ABSENT FROM SCHOOL FOR MORE THAN ONE-HALF THE SCHOOL DAY (PARTICIPATION): A student who is absent from school for more than one-half the school day may not participate in any extracurricular activity on the day of the absence. Participation includes practices. Extracurricular activities include all clubs and athletic competitions (band and cheerleading). A student must attend two classes in order to be eligible for extracurricular activities. A student absent from school on Friday may not participate in any extracurricular activity during the weekend. MAKE-UP WORK DUE TO EXCUSED OR APPROVED ABSENCES: A teacher must permit a student to make-up work missed during absences for any of the following reasons: Participation in school-sponsored activities such as field trips or other designated events, Personal illness, Medical requirements, Family illness, Death of a family member, Observance of a religious holiday, Orders of government agencies, Hazardous conditions, and Suspension. Any assignments or projects given prior to days of absence are due immediately upon the first day a student returns. MISSED HOMEWORK, TESTS, AND FINAL EXAMINATIONS A teacher will automatically give a zero on any homework, test, or final course examination that a student misses for any reason and will average that score into the student’s grade for the nine weeks and/or semester. A teacher will permit a student to complete make-up work within five (5) school days after the student returns to school, provided the absence is approved for make-up work. If it is the fourth marking period, a teacher must permit a student to complete make-up work by the end of the teacher's post-planning days, provided the absence is approved for make-up work. Teacher discretion may be used to extend the make-up time in extenuating circumstances. It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with the teacher to make-up and complete missed assignments and/or tests. Make-up work must not interfere with regular instructional time. After report cards have been sent, when a student completes a make-up homework assignment, test, or examination, the teacher will report the score, and the school Information Specialist will update the student's transcript and report card upon signed approval by the Principal.
12 Excessive Unexcused/Unverified Absences & Unexcused/Unverified Tardies - Procedures and Consequences Absences A written excuse is required from every student in order to re-enter school after an absence. Students must submit their excuse to the Information Specialist upon their return. The Information Specialist will determine whether or not the absence is excused or unexcused, and give the student an Admit Slip indicating this information. *Note – Per Board Policy only 5 days of absence per school year will be excused with a handwritten parent note. Excessive Unexcused/Unverified Absences Consequences 1. Phone Notification via Automated Callout 2. Mandatory Student Conference with the SECHS Attendance Committee 3. Early Warning Notice (3 Day Letter) sent home with student/mailed to parent 4. After-School or Saturday Detention - 3 hours 5. Social Worker Referral Students who are consistently absent from school are in violation of their Family Contract and may be placed on an attendance-related Academic/Behavior Contract or withdrawn from enrollment. Attendance Waivers The Savannah Chatham County Board of Education Policy regarding student attendance clearly states the following: “Students who are absent from school more than the allowable number of days as described below may be eligible for an attendance waiver if the following conditions are met. These students must (a) have made up missed work and be passing the affected class(es), (b) submit the required documentation for said absences, and (c) submit an attendance waiver request form. All documentation will be reviewed by the attendance committee who will submit a recommendation after review to the principal for final approval. Students in grades 9-12 who accumulate more than four (4) absences (excused and/or unexcused) in a semester long block (approximately 80 days) scheduled course must request an attendance waiver.” SECHS will send home attendance letters and waivers at the end of each semester. Attendance matters must be cleared with the SECHS Attendance Committee before students may receive enrollment verification letters, and attend school-related functions, including but not limited to school dances, prom, senior week activities, field trips, and partner-sponsored field trips.
13 Excessive Unexcused/Unverified Tardy Consequences 1. After the 3rd unexcused tardy, a Parent/Student Conference with the Attendance Committee will be mandatory. 2. After-School or Saturday Detention - 3 hours 3. Social Worker Referral Student Sign-In Procedures Any student arriving at school after 7:30 a.m. is considered tardy to school. Students must be SEATED in their homeroom or first period class BEFORE the bell rings. Parents/guardians MUST accompany late students to the main office and sign-in their students. Students failing to sign-in at the Main Office will be considered skipping. If a student is signing-in/out due to a doctor’s appointment, a note from that doctor’s office may be requested. Student Sign-Out Procedures Any student leaving the school campus during the school day must follow all established sign-out procedures in the Main Office. Students will be called to the main office when the parent/guardian arrives. State or government identification is required of any person signing-out a student. Students will only be signed-out to authorized emergency contacts or other persons designated in writing by the parent/guardian. Changes in Student Transportation School officials expect that parents/guardians will establish a consistent method of student transportation. Any changes in student transportation, pick-up time, or other matters related to dismissal of a student must be requested the day BEFORE the specific date of the request. A student must bring a note from a parent/guardian which must include the daytime telephone number of the parent/guardian to the Office of the Information Specialist where the authenticity of the note will be verified before the change is approved. Daily changes are NOT taken over the phone (except in extreme emergencies). The parent/guardian must speak with the Principal, in the event of an emergency. Contact Information/Written Changes Main office staff must have up-to-date telephone numbers where parents/guardians can be reached if an emergency occurs with students during the school day. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to keep the school informed of whom to contact in case of an emergency. Alternate telephone numbers and names of relatives, close friends, etc. are also needed, in case parents/guardians cannot be reached. If a family does not have a phone, the phone number of someone who can immediately contact the parent/guardian, if the need arises, will suffice.
14 Illness/Other Emergencies Savannah Early College students receive student health services through the infirmary at Savannah High School. If/when a student becomes ill at school, the parent/guardian will be called by the School Nurse. Medications Savannah Early College High School employees may NOT administer any medication to a student. Parents must complete the appropriate required forms when requesting that the Savannah High School nurse dispenses medication to their child. The forms may be obtained from the School Nurse. All medications (if required during school hours) and forms shall be registered and filed in the infirmary. Students MAY NOT carry medications (prescribed or over the counter) with them at school nor are they allowed to share medications. Per SCCPSS BOE policy JGCD, there are certain state-identified allowable self-administered medicines. The policy outlines the guidelines for these medicines. Lost & Found The “Lost & Found” bin is located near the school uniform closet. Students should check in this area for items lost. Textbooks will be given to the course department chairperson when found. Student must check with the teacher for textbooks. As much as possible, personal items should be marked inconspicuously (ex. inside sleeve). The adage, “Finders keepers, losers weepers” is not accepted as a reason for any person to be in possession of items that do not belong to him/her. Students are encouraged to handle all items that they find as they would want their misplaced property handled by reporting the found items to main office personnel or administration. At the end of each semester, items in “Lost & Found” will be donated to a local charity/non-profit organization. Loitering on School Campus Students are not allowed to enter the school premises or grounds during before-school hours, after-school hours, evening hours, or weekends, except to attend school-sponsored activities (as posted on the school calendar) for which there is assigned adult supervision. If a student is not participating in any extracurricular activity, he/she must leave campus by 2:40 p.m. (this includes students who are designated as car riders). Students and non-students will be charged with trespassing on school property when it is determined that legitimate school business does not warrant their presence on school property. Suspended students may not attend nor participate in any school activities on or off school system property for the length of suspension. Forgotten Items/Miscellaneous Items At Savannah Early College High School, instructional time is maximized and protected. Any actions that cause interruptions to instruction and student/teacher time on task are
15 discouraged; therefore, deliveries will be made and messages will be relayed to students only in emergency situations. Forgotten lunches, assignments, etc. may be left with main office personnel, and students may check BETWEEN classes for these items. Delivery of restaurant food or other commercial or competitive food items at lunch or for lunch is NOT allowed. Student Driving/Parking Permits Students who intend to drive to school must provide a valid driver's license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance and a $20.00 fee to the Administrative Secretary or Principal to obtain a Savannah Early College High School parking permit. Students who drive must arrive to and depart from school according to the published school bell times. Only students who are dual-enrolled FULL-TIME on the extension campus (University campus) will be permitted to drive to the University during the school day, provided the appropriate transportation authorization forms are signed by the parents/guardians. Careless/reckless driving or using your vehicle to violate school rules will result in the immediate revocation of driving privileges. Students may be dropped-off for arrival or picked-up for dismissal at the Elgin Street entrance only. The bus ramp is for unloading and for loading of school busses only. Please adhere to this procedure for safety reasons. Students are not allowed to leave campus without authorization. Only students who have signed out through the Office of the Information Specialist are authorized to leave campus. Students returning to the school must sign-in through the Office of the Information Specialist. Student Dress Code (Mandatory) Tops: Solid White or Solid Burgundy – NO INSIGNIA, NO LOGO Bottoms: Solid Khaki or Solid Black (Standard Cotton Twill) - NO LYCRA, NO SPANDEX Savannah Early College High School complies with the Savannah-Chatham County School System’s standards and regulations for appropriate student dress. These standards and regulations are outlined in SCCPSS BOE Policy JCDB and are required for all students. Appropriate dress, neatness, and cleanliness are expected of all students. Savannah Early College High School students MUST be dressed in the approved school uniform each school day. It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that students come to school dressed and groomed appropriately. If a student is not dressed in the approved school uniform, the student will be allowed to secure appropriate items from the school uniform closet and/or the parent/guardian will be called to deliver the appropriate attire to the school for the student.
16 The Principal may establish “non-uniform” days at her discretion. Parents/guardians will be notified of “non-uniform” days through newsletters/parent notices. Appropriate dress for these days will be consistent with the school district “Acceptable Dress for Non- Uniform Days” dress code. Unacceptable clothing: Cut-offs, tank tops, muscle shirts, exposed midriffs, halter tops, dresses and blouses with thin (spaghetti) straps, baggy pants, cargo pants, “net”/see-through or sheer garments and dresses, pants, or skirts with high splits; skirt lengths or the split of the skirt must fall below the fingertips when the arms hang naturally to one’s side, and low-cut (plunging “v”) blouses or shirts are not allowed; spandex shorts or tights may not be worn as outerwear; shirts wrapped around the neck and/or with one sleeve in/out are not allowed. The wearing of clothing, insignia, symbols, or adornments worn or carried on or about a student, which may promote the use of a controlled substance (including, but not limited to drugs, alcohol, or tobacco), is unacceptable. In addition, the wearing of clothing that may be interpreted as (but not limited to) abusive, discriminatory, vulgar, violence- oriented, or insulting is not acceptable. Jewelry, as it may fit the above-mentioned description(s), is included. Unacceptable Outerwear: Blankets and towels are not considered outerwear. Students may not have towels wrapped around their heads, necks, shoulders, or hanging from their pockets. Belts must be worn buckled, all straps are to be worn over the shoulder and fastened, and pants are to be worn with the waist of the pants at the natural waist of one’s body. Hats, caps, and other headwear (bandanas, athletic headbands, and scarves) are appropriate for outside wear only and are NOT ALLOWED inside of the building. Hats may NOT be carried to classes. Hats must be placed in one’s book bag at the beginning of each day and may NOT be worn in the building at any time - including after school or at extracurricular events that are conducted indoors. Sunglasses may not be worn either over the eyes or propped on the top of the head while in the building. These items must be removed as one enters the building and placed in the book bag for the duration of the school day. Students must wear shoes at all times while on campus. All shoes must be enclosed and fastened/tied properly. SLIPPERS of any kind are UNACCEPTABLE (i.e. slippers with tie-up shoe strings). SHOWER or “THONG-STYLE” SHOES (generally referred to as “FLIP-FLOPS”) are UNACCEPTABLE. Crocs® or “croc-style” shoes are UNACCEPTABLE. Grooming: Students who elect to wear braids must have their hair fully braided before coming to school. When a student is not appropriately groomed for school, he/she will be asked to take the necessary corrective action before attending class. Inappropriate items will be
17 confiscated and returned to parents/guardians at administration’s convenience or to students at the end of the semester. Body tattoos and body piercing (other than earrings) are unacceptable. These “accessories” have proven to be disruptive to the learning environment and often may present health concerns in school settings. Students should consult faculty members who are on-duty before school, if they have any questions about the appropriateness of any article of clothing. PROCEDURES FOR EXEMPTION Parents or guardians may request an exemption from a mandatory school uniform program for medical, religious, or other justifiable reasons. A request for an exemption must be made within 10 operational days of the beginning of the school year. (Note: The term "operational days" is defined as days that schools are in session.) Medical exemption requests must be signed by a medical doctor. A written request for an exemption must be submitted to the school Principal using the Application for Exemption Form that can be obtained from the school. The request must be completed truthfully and correctly and signed by a physician if the request is for medical reasons. The school Principal or his/her designee must meet with the parents or guardians within five (5) operational days. The Principal will discuss the school uniform policy and verify the accuracy of the information on the Exemption Form. The parents or guardians will be notified in writing of the outcome of the conference within three operational days. The Principal will note the finding to grant or deny the request on the application, sign off on the application, and forward a copy to the superintendent or his/her designee. The superintendent or his/her designee will affirm or deny the Principal's decision. If the parent or guardian does not agree with the decision, they have a right to appeal to the Board within five (5) operational days. Exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. No student will be considered non compliant for the following reasons: An exemption has been established or is being appealed. The Principal has established "non-uniform" day. A student is on campus outside of normal school hours. A student wears a button, armband, or other accouterment to exercise a constitutionally- protected right to freedom of expression. Buttons, armbands or other accouterment that signifies or is related to gangs, gang membership, or gang activity, or is disruptive to school safety and discipline, are prohibited. A student wears the uniform of a nationally-recognized youth organization such as the Boy Scouts or the Girl Scouts on regular meeting days.
18 Book Bags Students may only bring see-through clear or mesh book bags to school. All other types of book bags are prohibited. Sport bags, gym bags, large purses, travel bags, and other bags used to transport books and other personal items are not permitted at school. Students may only use clear or mesh book bags to transport class materials between classes. All prohibited book bags, or bags/purses as previously noted, either being carried on- campus or taken inside classrooms will be confiscated and returned to the parent or to the student at the end of the school day. Neither administrators nor teachers will be responsible for confiscated book bags or bags/purses that are lost or stolen. Student Discipline STUDENT CONDUCT EXPECTATIONS, RULES, AND PROCEDURES Students are expected to be positively and actively involved in their high school experience, continuing the tradition of school-spirit and excellence. Savannah Early College High School relies on joint efforts from students, parents, community members, faculty, staff, and administrators to create an atmosphere that promotes and sustains optimal academic performance and social development. Students are expected to exercise trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring, and good citizenship at all times while attending or representing Savannah Early College. Suspension or expulsion may result from failure to comply with the regulations as stated in the SCCPSS Student Code of Conduct. The SCCPSS Student/Parent Handbook for Success, SCCPSS Student Code of Conduct, school bus rules, and the SECHS Student/Parent Information Handbook are issued to each student during the first days of school . Students sign for these materials and are expected to read and follow the all guidelines, policies, and procedures. School personnel will discuss this information with students both at the beginning of the school year and periodically throughout the school year. However, students are also expected to discuss school/district expectations with their parents. When all stakeholders meet school/district expectations, school functions in a safe, orderly, effective, and efficient manner. The rights of the individual Savannah Early College student will be protected at all times. Any student whose behavior interferes with the safe and orderly operation of school will be subject to the appropriate disciplinary actions and consequences. A general meeting is held with each grade at the beginning of the school year to discuss specific school rules and district policies and procedures related to acceptable student conduct. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based, data-driven framework proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety
19 and support improved academic outcomes. More than 19,000 U.S. schools are implementing PBIS and saving countless instructional hours otherwise lost to discipline. The premise of PBIS is that continual teaching, combined with acknowledgement or feedback of positive student behavior will reduce unnecessary discipline and promote a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning. PBIS schools apply a multi-tiered approach to prevention, using disciplinary data and principles of behavior analysis to develop school-wide, targeted and individualized interventions and supports to improve school climate for all students. (OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports, 2009) Using proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors, Savannah Early College High School personnel will maintain a positive school environment and help all students reach their full academic and social potential. Student-to-Student Sexual Harassment and Bullying All charges of sexual misconduct and/or harassment will be investigated, documented, and filed in the student's discipline folder. If additional action is needed, the charge will be referred to Campus Police for appropriate action and also copied to the appropriate Central Office Administrator. Harassment shall include but not be limited to the following: 1. Unwelcomed sexual advances 2. Request for sexual favors 3. Request for unsolicited physical contact 4. Verbal conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment 5. Writing sexually explicit notes or graffiti about another student 6. Obtaining or attempting to obtain property or sexual favors through the use of force, menace or fear 7. Acts initiated by a student against the chastity, common decency, and morals of another accompanied by threats, fears or danger 8. Intentionally or knowingly causing physical contact with another in an offensive or provocative manner 9. Intentionally or knowingly threatening another with imminent physical or psychological injury 10. Inappropriate touching, rubbing or grabbing of others 11. As defined pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 Bullying: means any willful attempt or threat to inflict mental or physical injury on another person accompanied by an apparent present ability to do so, or any written, oral or electronically transmitted display of actions as such would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate emotional or physical harm. All charges of bullying will be investigated, documented, and placed in the student's discipline file.
20 First offense: If the Principal determines that a student has committed the offense of bullying, the Principal will assign the appropriate Level II consequence(s), hold a conference with the parent explaining the offense, review Board Policy JD Rule 6, and explain the consequence(s) related to the bullying in the Student Code of Conduct. This conference will be documented and a copy placed in the student's permanent file. Second offense: If the Principal determines that a student has committed a second offense of Bullying, the Principal will assign the appropriate Level II and/or Level III consequences and implement the Student Support Process (Student Code of Conduct Procedure 8). The Principal will notify the parent in writing that a third offense of bullying will result in a request being made for long-term suspension from regular school and placement in an alternative program. Third offense: Upon finding that a student has committed the offense of bullying for the third time in a school year, the Principal shall make a request to the Administrator of the Student Hearing Office for the long-term suspension of the student to an alternative setting (O.C.G.A. 20-2-751.4). Documentation of the Student Support Process with a copy of the behavior correction plan and data showing efforts to modify the bullying behavior must be included with the disciplinary request and placed in the student's permanent file. Students are advised to seek the assistance of an adult faculty/staff member, if they are threatened or experiencing conflict. Bullying will NOT be tolerated at Savannah Early College High School. Violence Students who are found guilty of acts of physical violence (e.g. fighting, hitting, kicking, and pushing) will be suspended from school for up to 10 days. Physical violence and hostility have no place at Savannah Early College High School or any school events. Students are strongly advised to rely on the administration, counselors, teachers, and parents to help them resolve conflict before resorting to physical or violent measures. Students are advised to keep their hands and bodies to themselves rather than risk inciting others. Self-defense is not accepted as a viable excuse for fighting at school or school activities. Prohibited Items In order to provide a learning environment that is free from distraction and interruptions, prohibited items include but are not limited to: drink containers such as “squeeze bottles” or glass containers, cards, toys, dolls, stuffed animals, blankets, cameras, buttons, and camcorders of any type. Also, athletic equipment such as footballs, bats, gloves, and basketballs should be left at home. The school furnishes any athletic equipment that is needed for physical education classes. Restriction of these items is extended to school buses. Prohibited items will be confiscated, if a student has them on-campus during the
21 school day. Confiscated items will be returned to parents at the administrator’s convenience or to students at the end of the semester. Property Searches Under the Safe School Climate/Zero Tolerance Policy in the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, site administrators may conduct searches of school property such as lockers, desks, and other property assigned to students. Students and their personal possessions may be searched if site administrators have reasonable grounds to believe that students have in their possession any items or materials that are forbidden by School Board policy and/or procedure, school rules and regulations, or state or federal laws. Additionally, site administrators may conduct searches for any items or materials which may pose a danger to either students or other school personnel or which may be used to cause disruption of any educational process. Searches include periodic school-wide searches conducted in agreement with local law enforcement agencies. Random Administrative Inspections As part of an initiative to enhance the overall safety of our schools, the Superintendent has mandated the development of a random inspection procedure which will be conducted three times per week and will be conducted using each site’s staff members with no outside resources. Inspections will be conducted by personnel trained in the safe use of a magnetometer and safe methods of handling and storing items located during an inspection. A minimum of two staff members will be trained to minimize the impact on the site’s educational mission, keeping staff members in their usual assignments and duties as much as possible. Searches can be conducted on individual persons, possessions, lockers, or vehicles parked on school grounds. Searches are conducted for safety or health reasons. In addition, searches are conducted when the staff has reasonable cause to believe that a student has committed a violation of the disciplinary policy or the criminal statutes, or the student has in his/her possession or in his/her personal belongings, including his/her vehicle, evidence that the student has committed a violation of the disciplinary policy or criminal statutes. Periodic searches during the school year may be conducted by school administration and/or state or local police, including the use of the police canine corps trained to sniff out drugs and/or alcohol. Definition of Consequences Detention: Detention with Teachers: A student may be assigned detention by a teacher for Level 1 (minor) school rule violations (i.e. refusal to follow directions etc.). The student will be given one day's written notice before detention must be served. Failure to serve a detention with teachers may result in the student having his detention time doubled and a referral to administration, as applicable.
22 Out of School Suspension (OSS): Assignment to out of school suspension is a strategy used to remove students from the typical school environment for a designated period of time in an effort to modify students’ inappropriate behaviors. Students may be assigned OSS for accrued multiple minor infractions or infractions that are more serious in nature. Restricted Areas During school hours, from arrival time until departure time, students are expected to remain on school property. Students must neither go behind the school nor be across the street or in any of the surrounding areas of the school without permission of appropriate school personnel. All school/district rules and regulations are in effect in all designated areas. All students are expected to stay out of parked cars on campus during the school day. Areas on school property without adult supervision are “off-limits” to students, whether the area is inside or outside. Students who do not comply with the “Restricted Areas” protocol will be subject to disciplinary action per the SCCPSS Student Code of Conduct and will be placed on a Behavior Contract for violation of the school’s behavior requirements. Selling of Items on Campus/Fundraising Students are NOT allowed to sell any items on the school campus at any time without written permission from the Principal. All school organizations (including booster clubs) must submit a FUNDRAISING REQUEST FORM to the Principal BEFORE ordering items for fundraising. These forms are available in the main office. Items sold by students without the Principal’s permission will be confiscated and not returned. Religious, civic, and private enterprise or athletic groups may NOT have their fundraising activities transacted on the school campus. Items sold by groups without the Principal’s permission will be confiscated and not returned. The distribution of flyers that are unrelated to BOE business and/or Savannah Early College High School events is prohibited. School Buses Riding a school bus is a privilege and not a right. Proper behavior is expected while loading, riding, and unloading. The school bus is considered an extension of the classroom and all school/district rules apply while a student is being transported. Students will be removed from all school system buses for a period of time, if their inappropriate behaviors interfere with the safety of others and the orderly operation of the school bus. Students must ride their assigned buses and are prohibited from going to destinations other than their assigned stops. If a student wishes to go to another student’s home or get off at another stop, the parent/guardian must provide a written request (with contact numbers included) to the Office of the Information Specialist on the day BEFORE the
23 specific date of the request for authentication. The student is responsible for giving the authenticated note to the bus driver. Students who are not regular bus students are not permitted to ride the bus. Student ID Cards ALL students are given one free ID picture card at the high school level. The student must carry this card at all times. Students’ ID cards must be highly visible during school and at all school activities. This ID card is used to: (1) sign-in and sign-out of school, (2) check-out materials from the Media Center, (3) attend dances, athletic games, and other school functions, (4) participate in the free or reduced school lunch program, and (5) serve many other miscellaneous uses. Telephones Office telephones cannot be made readily accessible for student use, as there are a limited number of lines in the offices. A student will not be called to the main office phone during instructional time unless a parent calls with a specifically stated emergency. Cell phones must be turned-off and stored in book bags during the school day. PLEASE NOTE: Cell phone use is permitted in the classroom with the expressed permission of the teacher and for educational purposes only. Students will not be dismissed from class to use the telephone. In case of an emergency, a student must obtain permission from his/her teacher to use the classroom telephone. CELL PHONES: Savannah Early College High School adheres to the school district’s policy regarding electronic devices, including the use of cell phones on campus. ALL CONFISCATED ITEMS MAY BE CLAIMED ACCORDING TO POLICY FROM THE MAIN OFFICE BETWEEN 2:35 P.M. – 2:55 P.M. Visitors Savannah Early College High School extends a courteous welcome to all adult visitors who have a legitimate reason to visit the campus. Under no circumstances will visitors be allowed to infringe on the students’ or teachers’ instructional time. All parents/guardians and visitors must report to the main office for permission to visit in the school. Visitors will receive a pass to wear, indicating that main office staff has cleared you. This regulation is necessary for the protection of our students and for the prevention of unauthorized persons wandering through our school. Note: Classroom visits and observations are not parent-teacher conference times. If a parent/guardian requests a conference, an appointment should be made for a time when the teacher is not instructing. Conferences may be held before school, after school, and during teacher planning time, as scheduled.
24 Social visits from visitors during the school day will not be allowed. Visitors on campus are not admitted during the lunch block, unless the visitor is a parent/guardian visiting for lunch in the designated family lunch area and has been cleared by main office staff. Parents/guardians needing to contact their students are requested to go to the main office for assistance. Students from another school and other visitors are not allowed to visit or attend classes with enrolled students. The Principal must approve exceptions on a case- by-case basis. Parents/guardians are encouraged to make unannounced classroom visits. Please notify school administration or a main office staff member of your desire to observe in a classroom. TRESPASSING All students who are on campus must either be counted present in their first class or must sign-in through the Office of the Information Specialist; otherwise students are trespassing. Students who sign-out of school but do not sign-in upon same-day return to campus are trespassing. Appearance on campus while suspended is trespassing. Anyone on campus who is not an authorized visitor is trespassing. Any person on campus after the conclusion of the instructional day and school sponsored activities is trespassing. Appropriate disciplinary and/or legal action will be taken for trespassing. The school day ends at 2:30p.m. at Savannah Early College High School, and all students must leave the campus immediately unless they are part of a supervised, school-sponsored activity. PTSA – Parent Teacher Student Association Savannah Early College High School encourages all stakeholders to join and support the school. PTSA meetings are held monthly at 6:00PM. Membership is $6.00 per person
25 INSTRUCTIONAL INFORMATION Choice Program Expectations Savannah Early College High School students are expected to maintain an 80 or better overall GPA in all core courses (and a grade of C or better in all college courses) and to follow the school district’s policies regarding standards of conduct and attendance. DUAL-ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS Meet the minimum sub-scores on the college placement exams Complete and pass all courses with a minimum course average of 80 (and a grade of C or better in all college courses) Adhere to the school district’s and program’s attendance & discipline policies Savannah Early College High School students are expected to maintain good academic, behavior, financial, and/or attendance related standing. Students who are not in compliance with the district’s and school’s academic, behavior, financial, and/or attendance requirements may be prohibited from participating in extracurricular activities, ceremonies, and other related special school activities. Savannah Early College High School personnel will offer rigorous instruction, varied supports, and targeted assistance, as students diligently work to meet and exceed their specialty program expectations. Evaluation of Students GMAS End of Course (EOC) Assessments: GMAS EOC Assessments are required to assess instruction and student achievement in the areas of 9th Grade Literature and Composition, American Literature and Composition, GSE Algebra I, GSE Geometry, Physical Science, Biology, U.S. History, and Economics. NEXT-GEN/ACCUPLACER: Savannah Early College High School, in conjunction with the University partner, offers students the opportunity to take the ACCUPLACER to become eligible to participate in the Dual-Enrollment Program their junior and senior years of high school. The NEXT-GEN/ACCUPLACER is a suite of computer-adaptive tests that assesses reading, writing, math, and computer skills. The NEXT- GEN/ACCUPLACER tests use a multiple-choice format, and there’s no time limit on the tests. If a student does not pass the required section(s) on the NEXT- GEN/ACCUPLACER (or SAT/ACT), the student may be dismissed from Savannah Early College High School or the student’s schedule may be adjusted to an alternative plan of study. PSAT and College Entrance Exams: The PSAT/NMSQT is offered each October for college-bound students in grades 9-11. Information how to register for the SAT-I: Reasoning, SAT-subject tests, and American College Tests (ACT) are available in the Counseling Office. SAT/ACT online study programs are accessible in the Counseling Office and computer lab.
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