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TABLE OF CONTENTS                                          2

I. INTRODUCTION                                            5
   MISSION STATEMENT                                       5

II. BELL SCHEDULES/CALENDAR                                6

III. GENERAL INFORMATION                                  9
   NWCTA OFFICE PHONE NUMBERS                             9
   ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE AND PROCESS                        9
   ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY                                  10
   ANNOUNCEMENTS/HAWK BROADCAST NEWS                      10
   BANK                                                   10
   BUS TRANSPORTATION                                     10
   CAMPUS ENVIRONMENT                                     10
   CLOSED CAMPUS                                          10
   COMMUNICATION                                          10
   DELIVERY OF MESSAGES AND ITEMS                         11
   EARLY SIGN-OUT                                         11
   EATING AREAS                                           11
   ELECTRONIC DEVICES                                     11
   EQUAL OPPORTUNITY                                      12
   FINES                                                  12
   GRADING GUIDELINES                                     13
       Academic                                           13
       Ci zenship                                         13
   HALL PASSES                                            13
   HEALTH OFFICE                                          14
   INFINITE CAMPUS                                        14
   LOCKERS                                                14
   LOST AND FOUND                                         14
   MEDIA RELEASE                                          14
   PARENT LINK                                            15
   PARKING AND VEHICLES                                   15
   PE LOCKERS                                             15
   POSTERS AND FLIERS                                     15
   PROGRAM FEES                                           15

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PROJECT-BASED LEARNING                                                               15
   RESOURCE CENTER                                                                      16
   SEARCH POLICY                                                                        16
   SKATEBOARDS/SCOOTERS                                                                 16
   SMOKING POLICY                                                                       16
   SPORTS PARTICIPATION AND NCAA ELIGIBILITY                                            16
   STUDENT CODE OF ETHICS                                                               17
   STUDENT IDENTIFICATION CARDS                                                         17
   TELEPHONES                                                                           17
   TEXTBOOKS                                                                            17
   UNIFORMS                                                                             17
   VALUABLES                                                                            17
   VISITOR POLICY                                                                       18
   WEBSITE/SOCIAL MEDIA                                                                 18

IV. GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING SERVICES                                                    19
   ACADEMIC PROBATION                                                                   19
   CAREER AND TECHNICAL POLICIES                                                        19
   CHALLENGE COURSES                                                                    19
   CLASS REQUIREMENTS                                                                   19
   CREDIT CHECKS                                                                        20
   FINAL EXAMS                                                                          20
   GRADE POINT AVERAGES                                                                 20
   GRADUATION                                                                           20
   INTERNSHIP PROGRAM                                                                   21
   PARENT CONFERENCES                                                                   21
   PROGRESS REPORTS                                                                     21
   RECOGNITION                                                                          22
   REPORT CARDS                                                                         22
   SCHEDULE CHANGES                                                                     22
   SCHOLARSHIPS                                                                         22
   TESTING                                                                              22
   WITHDRAWAL POLICY                                                                    22

V. ATTENDANCE ENFORCEMENT                                                               23
   ABSENCES                                                                             23
   LEARNER’S PERMIT OR DRIVER’S LICENSE APPLICATIONS                                    23
   HOMEWORK/MAKEUP WORK POLICY                                                          24
   TARDY POLICY                                                                         25
   TRUANCY                                                                              25

VI. STUDENT BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE                                                     26
   DISCIPLINE MANAGEMENT                                                                26

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CODE OF HONOR (ACADEMIC DISHONESTY)                                                                       28
   DISCIPLINARY ACTION                                                                                       29
   DRESS CODE                                                                                                29
   ELECTRONIC DEVICES                                                                                        31
   PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION (PDA)                                                                         31
   TRESPASSING                                                                                               31

VII. STUDENT DROP-OFF/PICK-UP PROCEDURES                                                                     32
   NWCTA STUDENT DROP-OFF PROCEDURES (MORNING)                                                               32
   NWCTA STUDENT PICK-UP PROCEDURES (AFTER SCHOOL)                                                           33

                           This handbook is intended for informa onal purposes only.
        The district’s regula ons, policies, procedures, as well as school rules, policies, and procedures
          are con nually evolving; therefore, this handbook does not contain all of the informa on
           you may need or be required to know during the course of your enrollment at NWCTA.

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The mission of the Northwest Career and Technical Academy is to boldly educate today’s learners for
tomorrow’s challenges by developing advanced skills through unique hands-on experiences in a
professional se ng, u lizing community partnerships, innova ve ideas, and contemporary

NORTHWEST CAREER AND TECHNICAL ACADEMY is a comprehensive magnet high school that offers 10
dis nct program areas of study. Students select their program of choice when applying for admission. Students
will follow a four-year sequence of courses as specified for their program area.

Students can choose coursework in:
   1. Construc on Technology
   2. Culinary Arts
   3. Early Childhood Educa on (Ends with the Class of 2021)
   4. Engineering and Design
   5. Hospitality & Marke ng
   6. Mechanical Technology
   7. Media Communica ons (Ends with the Class of 2022)
   8. Medical Professions
   9. Teacher Educa on
   10. Veterinary Science

Honors (H), Advanced Placement (AP), and JumpStart Dual Credit classes will be offered at NWCTA to prepare
students to transi on to post-secondary ins tu ons. Rigorous coursework, hands-on projects, job shadowing,
and internships will give students first-hand experience in their selected program areas. In addi on, students
will have the opportunity to earn college credits through the CTE College Credit program, concurrent/dual
credit courses, and through Advanced Placement (AP) Courses.

                           “Soaring to New Heights
                               with a Clear Vision of the Future”

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                                       2020-2021 BELL SCHEDULE
                 FIRST LUNCH                                               SECOND LUNCH
      PERIOD                       TIME                          PERIOD                          TIME
    Period 1/5                 7:00 – 8:25                     Period 1/5                     7:00 – 8:25
    Period 2/6                 8:29 – 9:57                     Period 2/6                     8:29 – 9:57
    First Lunch                9:57 – 10:27                    Period 3/7                   10:01 – 11:26
    Period 3/7                10:31 – 11:56                   Second Lunch                  11:26 – 11:56
    Period 4/8                 12:00 – 1:25                    Period 4/8                    12:00 – 1:25
Note: Lunch is based on period 3 or 7. Bells will sound to dismiss class and to begin class. Lunch bells will
signal the end of lunch only. Morning announcements: 8:29 AM - 8:32 AM. First floor rooms have first lunch
(300’s, 400’s, 500’s, EXCEPT 600’s); second-floor rooms have second lunch (700’s, 800’s, 900’s, AND 600’s)

                                 2020-2021 MENTORSHIP SCHEDULE
                 FIRST LUNCH                                              SECOND LUNCH
         PERIOD                       TIME                         PERIOD                         TIME
        Period 1/5                 7:00 – 8:16                    Period 1/5                   7:00 – 8:16
        Period 2/6                 8:20 – 9:36                    Period 2/6                   8:20 – 9:36
    Mentorship Period             9:40 – 10:15                Mentorship Period               9:40 – 10:15
       First Lunch               10:15 – 10:45                    Period 3/7                  10:19 – 11:35
        Period 3/7               10:49 – 12:05                    2nd Lunch                   11:35 – 12:05
        Period 4/8                12:09 – 1:25                    Period 4/8                  12:09 – 1:25
Note: Lunch is based on period 3 or 7. Bells will sound to dismiss class and to begin class. Lunch bells will
signal the end of lunch only. Morning announcements: 9:40-9:42 AM. First floor rooms have first lunch (300’s,
400’s, 500’s, EXCEPT 600’s); second-floor rooms have second lunch (700’s, 800’s, 900’s, AND 600’s)

                                   2020-2021 ASSEMBLY SCHEDULE
                 FIRST LUNCH                                              SECOND LUNCH
         PERIOD                       TIME                         PERIOD                         TIME
        Period 1/5                 7:00 – 8:16                    Period 1/5                   7:00 – 8:16
        Period 2/6                 8:20 – 9:41                    Period 2/6                   8:20 – 9:41
        Period 3/7                9:45 – 11:01                    Period 3/7                  9:45 – 11:01
       First Lunch               11:01 – 11:31                    Period 4/8                  11:05 – 12:21
        Period 4/8               11:35 – 12:51                    2nd Lunch                   12:25 – 12:55
        Assembly                  12:55 – 1:25                     Assembly                   12:55 – 1:25
Note: Lunch is based on period 4 or 8 for the assembly schedule. Bells will sound to dismiss class and to begin
class. Lunch bells will signal the end of lunch only. Morning announcements: 8:20 AM - 8:25 AM. First floor
rooms have first lunch (300’s, 400’s, 500’s, EXCEPT 600’s); second-floor rooms have second lunch (700’s, 800’s,
900’s, AND 600’s)

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                             1st Semester Exams: December 16-18, 2020
                             2nd Semester Exams: May 24 – May 26, 2021

                     SEMESTER I EXAM BELL SCHEDULE 2020-2021
   December 16, 2020           December 17, 2020           December 18, 2020
 PERIOD      TIME           PERIOD         TIME           PERIOD        TIME
 Period 1 7:00 - 8:10       Period 5    7:00 - 8:10      Period 4*   7:00 – 8:10
 Period 2      8:15 - 9:25          Period 6        8:15 - 9:25           Period 8*       8:15 - 9:25
 Period 3     9:30 - 10:40          Period 7       9:30 - 10:40        Mentorship**       9:30 - 10:40
                                   BUSES LEAVE AT 10:47 AM
                              MAKE UP EXAMS FROM 12:00 – 1:45 PM

                       SEMESTER I EXAM BELL SCHEDULE 2020-2021
      May 24, 2021                  May 25, 2021                May 26, 2021
 PERIOD        TIME           PERIOD          TIME          PERIOD          TIME
 Period 1   7:00 - 8:10       Period 5     7:00 - 8:10     Period 4*     7:00 – 8:10
 Period 2      8:15 - 9:25          Period 6        8:15 - 9:25           Period 8*       8:15 - 9:25
 Period 3     9:30 - 10:40          Period 7       9:30 - 10:40        Mentorship**       9:30 - 10:40
                                   BUSES LEAVE AT 10:47 AM
                              MAKE UP EXAMS FROM 12:00 – 1:45 PM

Senior exams for period 4 on Thursday, May 20, 2021, and period 8 on Friday, May 21, 2021.
Mandatory gradua on rehearsal is scheduled on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 7:00 AM (periods 4 and 8).

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Main Number: 702-799-4640
Fax: 702-799-4644
Recep on: extension 4000
Principal’s Office: extension 4100
Curriculum Office: extension 4200
Counseling Office: extension 4300
CTE/Magnet Office: extension 4202
Student Ac vi es Office (Ac vi es/Discipline): extension 4204
Student Services Office (A endance/Athle cs/Facili es): extension 4206
Banker: extension 4044
College and Career Center: 4038
Registrar’s Office: extension 4065
Resource Center: extension 4025
Health Office: extension 4022

CCSD is commi ed to nondiscrimina on in its programs, ac vi es, services, and in providing facility
accessibility. Parents, students, staff, or other members of the public who are seeking informa on or have
ques ons about the existence and loca on of accessible services, ac vi es, and facili es in the district,
should contact the building principal with their inquiry, and the building principal will respond to the inquiry
within a reasonable period of me.

The building principal may, if necessary, refer the person to one or more of the following individuals who will
respond to the inquiry within a reasonable period of me:

Facility Accessibility: Facili es Division
         Administra ve Manager – 702-799-8710

Employee or Public Access/Services Issues: Diversity/Affirma ve Ac on Compliance
      Title IX Coordinator - 702-799-5087

Student Programs/Services Access: Office of Compliance and Monitoring, Student Support Services Division
      Compliance Officer – 702-799-1020

Student Athle cs/Ac vi es Access: Instruc onal Support/Student Ac vi es
      Execu ve Director – 702-799-8493

If parents or members of the public have addi onal concerns or complaints regarding their inquiry, they may
ini ate a formal review by comple ng a Public Concern Form and trigger the public concern process as
outlined in CCSD Regula on 1213.1.

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Before NWCTA students are permi ed to use the computers or devices at school and/or the internet, parents,
and students must sign an Annual Release and Network Access Form. This agreement means the student
promises to adhere to the educa onal and academic restric ons placed upon school computer and school
network use and Google accounts.

Distribu on of adver sements, posters, and party announcements is prohibited on campus. If a student has an
announcement appropriate for an approved school event, it can be placed in the announcements by
submi ng it for approval to the Ac vi es administrator, in the Ac vi es Office, before 7:00 AM on the day
preceding publica on. Hawk Media Group (HMG) will broadcast announcements and other news daily from
the NWCTA studio during the second block each day and post them to the school website.

The school bank is operated for the convenience of students and to ensure the security of school-generated
funds. All money collected from student ac vi es must be receipted and deposited immediately in the
school bank. School bank hours are 6:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. NWCTA does not accept
personal checks for payment of fees. Some banking ac vi es (the payment of course fees, the purchase of
PE clothes or a school yearbook, etc.) can be conducted online (addi onal fee to the vendor for processing).

Daily bus service is provided to NWCTA students who live within the NWCTA transporta on boundary.
Schedule and bus stop informa on may be obtained by calling the Transporta on Department at
702-799-8110 or 702-799-8111. If buses fail to show up at a stop, or a student's welfare is threatened,
parents are asked to call the Transporta on Department. Riding school buses is a privilege. Students are
expected to cooperate with driver's requests, to refrain from distrac ng the driver with inappropriate
behavior, and to treat student companions with respect. Students can only ride the bus route they are
registered for. Students riding the late bus must have an NWCTA ID. All school rules apply at the bus stop,
on the bus, as well as to and from the bus stop.

Students are expected to help keep the school and grounds a rac ve by pu ng garbage in the trash cans
or picking up li er when found. Students should take pride in the school's appearance. The ac vi es
administrator must approve and stamp adver sing signs before being posted. Signs are only to be posted
in the appropriate designated areas, as determined by the ac vi es administrator, and posted using only
blue painter's tape on the walls (no staples).

NWCTA students are required to remain on campus from their arrival me un l dismissed. Students may NOT
leave campus for lunch. In addi on, students returning for a er- school ac vi es MUST sign-in through the
front office. Teachers may not give a student permission to leave campus. Students who need to go home
during the school day due to illness must check out through the Health Office. Violators will be considered
truant. Students who are absent during the school day may not come to school for a er-school ac vi es.

It is the parent/guardian/student’s responsibility to ensure that the correct home address, email address
and phone numbers are on file at school. Please contact the registrar to report any change of address, email
address, phone numbers, or incorrect informa on.

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Students may invite one, and only one, non-NWCTA student under the age of 21 to Homecoming, Sadies,
and/or Prom. Invited guests must complete a guest pass form and have it submi ed to the Ac vi es Office at
least three (3) days prior to the dance. The guest must be able to present iden fica on when entering a
dance and must enter the dance accompanied by the NWCTA student. NWCTA students are responsible for
the behavior of their guests. Once students exit the dance, they will not be allowed to return. Students may
not a end school events if they have been issued a Required Parent Conference (RPC) no ce or Suspension
for disciplinary reasons, have been assigned disciplinary ac on such an in-house suspension during the
day(s) of the scheduled ac vity or event, or were absent from school on the day of the event. NWCTA dress
code applies to and will be enforced at all school-related events.

Instruc onal me will not be interrupted for the delivery of messages to students unless there is an
emergency. A message to a student involves class disrup on, use of clerical me, and is a possible viola on of
FERPA. There is no way to verify the legal parent/guardian from a telephone call. If an emergency situa on
arises, parents/guardians must come to the school to deliver the message in person in order to provide
iden fica on. Only the parent/guardian listed on the permanent school record (CCF703) will be permi ed to
have contact with a student. Items such as lunch, flowers, gi s, balloons, money, etc. will not be delivered to
students. Items cannot be le at the front desk for students to pick up.

A parent/guardian who needs to sign out a student before a dismissal me must report to the Recep on
Desk with a valid ID. Any student driver who needs to leave campus early must have wri en permission
from a parent/guardian to leave campus in his/her private vehicle.

The cafeteria, the courtyard area near the cafeteria, and the cafe are the only designated ea ng areas.
No food or drink is to be taken into the halls, glass rooms, classrooms, or laboratories. Students are not to
eat in cars or the outside perimeter of the school. All trash must be disposed of in cans provided in the
cafeteria and courtyard area. NWCTA strives to be a nut/nut oil-free environment.

Personal electronic and communica on devices can be disrup ve to the educa onal environment and
at all mes must be used in accordance with district policy and/or school rules. Cellular telephones may
be used before school, at lunch, and a er school in the cafeteria and courtyard area and during the set
 mes (check individual teacher classroom procedures) of the instruc onal day when compliant with the
current CCSD Personal Communica on Device Policy (P5136). At all other mes, they are to remain
turned off and headphones and/or earbuds should be put away in backpacks, binders, or pockets.
School personnel are not responsible for lost or stolen devices. It is the student’s responsibility to
keep devices secure. Personal devices may not interfere with the school’s network and/or its ability to
func on effec vely. All of these items/devices will be confiscated if in viola on of district policy and/or
school rules. A registered parent/guardian must pick up the confiscated item/device from the Ac vi es
Office no earlier than the end of the school day. Confiscated items that are not picked up by the end of
the semester will be donated to charity.

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In compliance with execu ve order 11246, Title II of the Educa onal Amendments of 1976, Title VI Civil
Rights Act 1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, Title IX Regula on
Implemen ng Educa on Amendments of 1972, Sec on 504 Rehabilita on Act of 1973, and all other federal,
state, school rules, laws regula ons, and policies, the Clark County School District shall not discriminate on
the basis of sex, age, race, color, na onal origin, religion or handicap in the educa onal programs or
ac vi es which it operates.

The Family Educa onal Rights and Privacy Act requires that NWCTA can only release informa on to the
parents or guardians of a student. NWCTA will only release informa on to the parents or guardians listed on
the student enrollment form. If parents have any special circumstances with the guardianship of their son or
daughter, they should contact the administra on.

A variety of on-campus and off-campus ac vi es will be scheduled. Students wishing to par cipate must be
in good standing in ci zenship (no current N's or U's) and academics (D or be er at final grade check) in all
classes. Grade eligibility checks will be completed at the fi een (15) school day mark and again at five (5)
school days prior to the event/field trip by the ac vi es office, and the final list of eligible students will be
provided to the advisor and a endance clerk. Any student with extensive documented behavioral problems
(referrals, parent contacts, N’s or U’s) may not a end. Students par cipa ng in field trips must complete
and return a Field Trip Permit and Student Medical Form and have them signed by parent/guardian. Field
trips are an extension of the classroom; therefore, all CCSD and NWCTA policies and regula ons will be
enforced. The administra on reserves the right to deny students the privilege of a ending field trips or
other school ac vi es. Students may not a end school events if they are on Required Parent Conference
(RPC) or suspension of any kind at the me of the scheduled ac vity or event or if they have unpaid school
fees or fines. Please note that CCSD and school dress code applies to and will be enforced at all
school-related events.

All student fines should be paid prior to registra on for the following year or gradua on (if a senior). Seniors
will not be issued caps and gowns or be permi ed on the senior trip if they have outstanding fines. Students
failing to take care of their obliga ons will experience delays in registra on.

Fire drills are held at unannounced intervals during the school year under the direc on of the Clark County
Fire Department. If students are in doubt of the fire exit route, exit informa on is posted in each classroom
or laboratory. Students are to take all personal valuables when exi ng classrooms, leaving all books.
Students are not to use restrooms or leave campus during a fire drill. Students who happen to be in a school
area that is not under the supervision of a teacher at the start of a fire drill must move immediately to the
nearest exit and join a supervised group of students.

If a shelter-in-place or lockdown drill is conducted during the school day, students are to remain in their
classroom and follow the instruc ons from the teachers. Students out of the classroom during these drills
are to move immediately into the nearest supervised classroom.

Evacua on and earthquake drills are mandated periodically by CCSD. Students are to follow all instruc ons
and procedures without excep on. Cell phones must be turned off during evacua on procedures – no
excep ons. Cell phone use is strictly prohibited for safety reasons.

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   1. The Clark County School District reports student achievement in terms of:
               A = Excellent 90 - 100%                   D = Below Average 60 - 69%
               B = Above Average 80 - 89%                F = Failure 0 - 59%
               C = Average 70 - 79%
   2. A student's academic grade cannot be penalized because of poor ci zenship. Academic grade points cannot be
      deducted for specific or con nued acts of misbehavior. A student's behavior may, however, naturally cause
      his/her academic grade to suffer.
   3. In cases of academic dishonesty, students will receive an “N” or “U” in ci zenship and a zero on the
      assignment/test, but students will be provided the opportunity to re-take/re-do the assignment/test to
      demonstrate mastery of content; however, the assignment/test may be different from the original, it must be
      completed within the guidelines and meframe set by the teacher, and it may not be scored the same as the
      original (maximum score on a retake for academic dishonesty is 60%, students who engage in academic honesty
      on a re-take will receive a zero).
   4. Extra credit will only be permi ed in the form of retaking a test or redoing an assignment to improve the original
      score. How the new score is calculated, the deadline, and the limit for how many mes a student may retake a
      test or re-do an assignment will be determined by the teacher. The maximum score on a re-take is 70%.
   5. CCSD Policy requires that the semester grade have equally weighted quarters and a semester final test valued at
      no more than 20%.
   6. Progress reports are distributed four mes a year – mid-quarter. All students with a D or F must sign for their
      progress reports. A grade of F, for the quarter or for the semester, may not be given unless an unsa sfactory
      progress report was sent. Should a student’s grade change between a progress report and the end of the
      quarter, the student will be given a hand-generated progress report.
   7. NWCTA has a school-wide rounding policy. Quarter and semester grades will be rounded up to the nearest whole
      number (89.5 = 90, 89.4 ≠ 90).

Ci zenship
Students must exhibit behavior that does not interfere with the teaching/learning process, and they are expected to
demonstrate employability skills necessary for the 21st Century. To establish as much uniformity as possible in the
awarding of ci zenship grades, the following criteria should be applied:
    O – Outstanding: A ends class without unexcused absences or tardies; is always respec ul, coopera ve, and
        non-disrup ve of the teaching/learning process; and follows all class/school rules. This student is a posi ve
        classroom par cipant.
    S – Sa sfactory: A ends class with two (or less) unexcused absences or tardies; is respec ul, coopera ve, and
        non-disrup ve of the teaching/learning process; and follows all class/school rules.
    N – Needs Improvement: Has 3-5 unexcused absences or three tardies; needs occasional reminders to be respec ul,
        coopera ve, and/or non-disrup ve of the teaching/learning process; and/or and needs occasional reminders of
        class/school rules. The student may have engaged in academic dishonesty.
    U – Unsa sfactory: Has 5 or more unexcused absences or four or more tardies; needs frequent reminders to be
        respec ul, coopera ve, and/or non-disrup ve of the teaching/learning process; and/or needs frequent
        reminders of class/school rules. The student engaged in academic dishonesty.

Students wishing to leave the classroom must have an authorized corridor pass from their teacher.

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A full- me health aide is on duty each day in the Health Office, located in the main office. A health
aide is assigned to help students with their health concerns. The aide does not dispense items, such as
aspirin, eye drops, or other forms of medica on without wri en instruc on from a doctor. If a
medica on (prescrip on or nonprescrip on) is needed during school hours, the student is to obtain a
Medica on Legal Release from the Health Office. This form is to be completed by the parent and
returned along with the medica on. Medica on supplied by a parent must be in the original container
and held in the Health Office. A licensed school nurse is on duty periodically in the Health Office.
Should you need to see the school nurse, check with the health aide for the nurse’s schedule.

If students become ill or injured while in school, they are not to leave campus. Students must obtain passes
from their teachers and report directly to the Health Office. If necessary, parent contact will be made once
the student has arrived in the Health Office. To ensure student safety, ill students are not to text messages
or contact their parents from an unsupervised area such as a restroom. Students who are ill must be
supervised by NWCTA staff at all mes.

To help students more effec vely monitor academic progress, the Clark County School District provides a
web-based system. This system will provide detailed, real- me informa on, including Demographics,
Schedules, Assignments, Assessment Scores, Calendar, Grades, A endance, Gradua on Progress,
Academic Planner, To-Do List, Reports, District and School No ces. For technical assistance, contact the
Registrar during school hours. Students may also call the Portal Help Desk at 702-799-PORT
(702-799-7678), Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM PST.

The Campus Portal mobile app provides a fast and convenient way for parents and students to check
grades, assignments, schedules, a endance and daily planner informa on on their iOS or Android device.
The app is available to parents and students at no cost and can be downloaded directly from the iTunes
App store, Google Play store, or the Amazon App store.

The Clark County School District has been given direc on by the State A orney General that student lockers
remain the property of NWCTA, and school authori es have a responsibility and right to examine the lockers
for reasons of health, safety, and security. When students accept lockers, they acknowledge that school
personnel may examine locker contents whenever deemed appropriate. Students are responsible for the
condi on of their assigned lockers. If a personal padlock is placed on a hall locker, school authori es will
remove it. Locker assignments are obtained from the Student Services Office. No unauthorized sharing or
switching of lockers is permi ed.

When personal items are found on campus, they are taken to the Front Office to be secured. Students are
asked to contact the Front Office for assistance. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity a er 30 days.

NWCTA is a high profile school and is o en featured in various publica ons; therefore, each student must
have on file his/her media release form (Annual Release and Network Access Form). Students without the
signed release form cannot have their pictures displayed in any publica on, including the school

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ParentLink is a web and telephone-based technology used by the school to communicate with parents/
guardians. It was designed to give parents and students access to school informa on. Schools may u lize
ParentLink to send custom messages to parents or post informa on regarding school ac vi es.

Student parking will be provided on campus. Students are permi ed to park in the east lots only. To assist
faculty and guests, students are asked not to park in posted reserved parking lots and spaces. Students are not
to loiter in parking areas or by their cars. This request is necessary to prevent vandalism and the . Students
who drive their personal vehicles to school are to remain parked in the same area un l dismissal from school
for the day. Students are not allowed to move their cars during the day and are not allowed to go to their cars
during classes, between classes or during lunch. Students' vehicles are subject to search while on school
property for reasons of health, safety, and security.

A student must show proof of a driver's license in order to obtain a parking permit allowing him/her to park on
campus. These may be obtained in the Student Services Office and must be done every year. Parking permits
are the property of NWCTA and must be turned in at the end of every year. Students are responsible for the
replacement of any lost or damaged permits - $5 fee. Driving personal vehicles is a privilege, and students are
expected to follow school guidelines and regula ons. Limita ons of the Nevada restricted driver license will be
enforced. Violators will be subject to disciplinary ac on and/or suspension of parking privileges. All accidents
that occur on school property involving motor vehicles must be reported to the Student Services Office and
CCSD Police immediately

PE lockers are available to students to secure their personal belongings for the dura on of the class period.
Students must supply their own locks. Locks are to be used during the assigned PE class only. Students are
responsible for their belongings le unsecured in the PE locker area. The Clark County School District has
been given direc on by the State A orney General that student lockers remain the property of NWCTA, and
school authori es have a responsibility and right to examine the lockers for reasons of health, safety, and

All posters and flyers must be approved through the Ac vi es Office prior to being posted on bulle n boards or
in the hallways.

Students enrolled in career and technical classes are charged a fee to pay for their personal educa onal
items such as uniforms, specialized tools, reference books or workbooks, and Career and Technical
Student Organiza on (CTSO) dues. If economic circumstances are such that families find it difficult to pay
the necessary fees, payment alterna ves will be considered, and arrangements can be made through
students' counselors and teachers. This condi on does not preclude students from enrolling in the career
and technical classes.

Project-Based Learning methodology will be employed in all classes. This methodology will not replace
 me-honored teaching methods, but instead, will be added to an instructor’s teaching strategies to make the
curriculum more meaningful, rigorous, and relevant to 21st Century learning outcomes. Addi onal informa on
be accessed at the following websites: h p://, h p://

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The Resource Center is available to students who wish to study, do research, borrow books, or read. To
assist students with their literary needs, a staff member is on duty to help with book selec ons or
informa on searches. Students are expected to show respect for Resource Center books and equipment
and courtesy towards other students using the facility. All library books are the property of the school.
Students are fined for lost/damaged books. The Resource Center is open before school each day and a er
school Monday - Thursday un l 3:30 PM. Students must sign-in and sign-out of the Resource Center.
During the school day, students must have a pass to enter the Resource Center unless accompanied by a
teacher or staff member.

For students' safety, NWCTA premises, including the parking lots, may be scanned by metal detectors and
patrolled by trained dogs. Student lockers may be searched at any me. Students are on no ce that they
have no expecta on of privacy when using this type of district assigned property and that rou ne searches of
district property may be expected. Students are hereby informed that they will be subject to search when
they enter campus a er the beginning of the school day. This includes, but is not limited to, unauthorized
returns. This no ce does not exclude personnel, however, from searching a student at any me should there
be reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.

Skateboards and scooters may be used by students for transporta on to and from school, but they can not be
ridden on campus. Skateboards/scooters must be carried and stored in student lockers during the school day.

This policy establishes the district’s concern of protec ng the air quality in order to protect the health,
peace, safety and general welfare of individuals on school district property, and, at any school ac vity that is
sponsored by the District. It is the policy of the District that using smoking, or carrying lit tobacco products,
“vapor” or “e-cigare es,” tobacco devices, or smokeless tobacco products is prohibited at any me on school
district property and at any school ac vity sponsored by the District. For the purposes of this policy,
“smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigare e, or any other
lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for inhala on in any manner or in any form. “Smoking”
also includes the use of any “e-cigare e” which creates a vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of
any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumven ng the prohibi on of smoking in this policy. This
policy applies to all students, teachers, staff, and visitors.

Students who par cipate on a sports team for their zoned high school campus must provide their own
transporta on to that school. Students must complete a Sports Packet and an NWCTA Sports Par cipa on
Form for each season (fall, winter, spring) that they will be playing sports. Only athletes, not cheerleaders, are
allowed to be released early for extensive travel me games during the sports season in which they are playing
if the specific coach no fies the NWCTA Ac vi es Office prior to the day of the event. Students are not
released early during intramurals, for prac ce sessions, or for pep assemblies. Prospec ve student athletes
who wish to play college sports as freshmen in Division I and II schools must consult their zoned school coach
for eligibility requirements. NWCTA does not offer academic courses for high school credit that will qualify
students for NCAA considera on. Athletes in CCSD must maintain passing grades in all subjects for
week-to-week eligibility. A student athlete’s eligibility is checked by the Athle cs/Ac vi es Office every three
(3) weeks during the season and provided to the zoned school’s athle c office. Students receiving a failing
grade will be placed on proba on for one (1) week and checked on Friday of that proba onary week. If a
student s ll has a failing grade, the student will be declared ineligible for the following week.

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As a secondary student in the Clark County School District, I will strive to demonstrate at all mes the five (5)
quali es of moral character fundamentals to human conduct: Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Courage, and
Jus ce.

Integrity – I will stand up for what is right instead of just trying to go along with the group.
Respect – I will treat others and myself with honor and obey the school rules and laws of my country.
Responsibility – I am responsible for my own ac ons and the effects they have on myself and on others.
Courage – I have the strength to refrain from par cipa on in moral and physical dangers to protect others and
Jus ce – I will be fair to others as well as to myself, balancing praise and blame in accordance with my ac ons.

Teachers will insist that students follow the fundamental principles of good manners. Students will be taught to
be conscious of and respec ul to adults and to each other at all mes.

To ensure the safety and well-being of all staff and students, NWCTA students are expected to wear their
current NWCTA student iden fica on cards at all mes when on campus. If a student loses his/her student ID
card, he/she will be required to pay for a replacement ($5) from the Resource Center. Students also need their
ID cards to be admi ed to school events. Failure to wear an ID may result in disciplinary consequences.

Office telephones are designated for school business and should not be used by students except in
emergencies and then only with permission.

Textbooks are provided to students by the school district free of charge but s ll remain the property of the
school. Students will be charged a fine for lost or damaged books. A lost book must be paid for before another
is issued. Bar codes placed on the textbook are used to iden fy the student to whom the textbook is issued,
and if this bar code is defaced, changed, or removed, the book will be returned to the school repository
without credit given to the student (CCSD regula on 6161). Students withdrawing or transferring from school
must return their textbooks. If not, students will be fined for the missing books and the transfer form will not
be issued un l book fines are paid.

NWCTA students may be required to wear dis nc ve dress appropriate to their career and technical
program. The uniform requirement is specified by the career and technical teacher and will differ
according to the program. Students working in lab environments involving power tools or chemicals must
wear eye protec on. These will be issued to each student enrolled in a career and technical program with
poten al safety hazards.

Student valuables, jewelry, or large amounts of money are not to be brought to school. The school assumes
no responsibility for the loss or the of such items.

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Students are not allowed to bring guests with them to school; however, parents or guardians are always
welcome at NWCTA. Parents reques ng a classroom visita on should contact the Counseling Office with at
least 24-hour no ce. All other guests must be approved in advance by the Ac vi es Office. All visitors must
check-in at the front desk for a visitor's pass.

The NWCTA website can be accessed at h p:// NWCTA can be found on Facebook
@northwestcta and Twi er @NwctaHawks.

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The Counseling Office provides a full range of services to students in the academic, personal, social, and
career domains. Students are assigned a counselor based upon their grade and/or programs.
Students/parents may make appointments to see their counselor by contac ng the counselors’ clerk in the
Counseling Office.

Students must maintain an unweighted cumula ve GPA of 2.0 or be er and pass their program area classes
to con nue their enrollment at NWCTA. Students with a cumula ve GPA of less than 2.0 will be placed on
academic proba on at the end of the semester. Each counselor will schedule a mee ng with the student to
develop a wri en improvement plan. The NWCTA Academic Proba on Policy is intended to encourage
student par cipa on and success in academics at a challenging level.

   1. Students a ending NWCTA will be enrolled in program area classes according to the course sequence
      provided in the Course Registra on Catalog.
   2. Students will be enrolled in the career and technical program area of study as stated in their le er of
      intent and/or lo ery selec on.
   3. A student's career and technical placement is con ngent upon his/her ability to meet the necessary
      criteria for that career.

Freshmen who accept a seat in a program area must remain in that program area for at least one school year.
Students may request a program change at the end of their freshman year; however, program area changes
are only considered based on the availability of seats in the requested program area and are not o en
granted. Due to CTE requirements, students receiving a program area change may be required to take the
first-year program class in the new program during their sophomore year. This would replace an elec ve class
for the sophomore year. Students may not request program area changes a er their sophomore year.

It is the CCSD policy to permit students to enroll in classes above their ability level or grade if they wish to do
so, with parental permission. Once a contract is signed, the student is required to remain in the contracted
class for the en re school year.

Prior to signing, please note the following informa on regarding honor/AP/dual credit classes:
    ● The curriculum is more intense, in-depth, and fast-paced.
    ● Study me and homework will be increased substan ally.
    ● Projects and assignments will be assessed at a higher level.
    ● Colleges and universi es may not recognize weighted grade point averages.

All NWCTA students must have eight (8) classes. Seniors who par cipate in the NWCTA internship program,
community service, or are enrolled in a college course may take fewer than eight (8) classes, but they must
take at least six (6) classes. Students accepted into NWCTA are required to a end all four years in order to
receive the Northwest Career and Technical Academy diploma.

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Credit checks are conducted with students to guarantee proper placement in courses required for gradua on
and program comple on. For addi onal informa on, review the NWCTA Course Registra on Guide.
   ● Senior credit checks take place during the first three weeks of the new school year to ensure that all
        seniors are placed in the classes required for gradua on.
   ● Junior credit checks take place during the first quarter of the new school year and a second credit
        check during pre-registra on for the new school year.
   ● Sophomore and freshmen credit checks take place during pre-registra on for the new school year.

No request for early final exams will be considered. If a student misses an exam at a scheduled me, he/she
can make an appointment to take the exam during exam week. Students who do not take a final exam will
receive an “F” for the exam grade. Exams taken over the summer will be graded and recorded in the fall.

In order to determine a student's rank in class, a grade point average (GPA) is used. Under this system, grades
are evaluated as follows: each A = 4 points; each B = 3 points; each C = 2 points; each D = 1 point; each F = 0
points. The points are totaled and then divided by the number of one-half credit classes taken. The GPA is a
cumula ve total beginning with the student's ninth (9th) grade. A weighted GPA factor of .025 for each
semester of a successfully completed honors/dual credit class, and .050 for each AP class if the AP exam is
taken will be added. See the Course Catalog, located on the NWCTA website, for more informa on.

Beginning with the gradua ng class of 2020, all students will wear a black cap and gown at gradua on.

In addi on to earning a Standard Diploma, students may earn an:
    ● Advanced Diploma: un-weighted GPA of 3.25 and 24 credits, including 4 units of English and math, 3
       units of science, and 12 units of Honors/AP courses.
    ● Advanced Honors Diploma: un-weighted GPA of 3.25 and weighted of 3.85, including 4 units of
       English and math, 3 units of science, and 12 units of Honors/AP courses.
    ● College and Career Ready Diploma: Advanced diploma requirements (Excep on in GPA - 3.25
       weighted, pass Algebra II, and meet one of the 2 readiness requirements:
           o College: ACT (ELA 18 & Math 22) OR SAT (Reading 480 & Math 530)
           o Career: ACT NCRC (silver) OR ASVAB ≥ 50 OR obtain CTE Skills A ainment Cer ficate OR obtain
               NV Industry-Recognized Creden al (OWINN)

For addi onal criteria and informa on on diploma op ons, please refer to the Course Catalog that is located
on the NWCTA website.

Senior students may qualify for honor cords to be worn at gradua on based on the criteria established by the
school. Senior students who earn the College and Career Diploma will also qualify for a College and Career
Ready stole to be worn at gradua on.

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To earn the CTE endorsements through the Department of Educa on, students must take and pass their
end-of-program assessment, the Employability Skills and Workplace Readiness Assessment, and maintain a
3.0 grade point average in their program area classes.

To earn the privilege to deliver a speech during gradua on, a senior class representa ve must provide dra s
of his/her speech and present it to a speech selec on commi ee to be considered. A selec on panel will also
conduct try-outs for the singing of the Na onal Anthem at gradua on.

Valedictorian status is awarded to the student(s) earning the highest grade point average in the gradua ng
class. Salutatorian status is awarded to the student(s) earning the second-highest grade point average in the
class. Candidates for the valedictorian/salutatorian designa ons will be iden fied at the end of the fall
semester of their senior year. The final ranking will be based on any and all completed high school
credit-gran ng courses, including those courses that receive the weighted grade point factor (GPA). Beginning
with the gradua ng class of 2021, only those students who have completed their programs of study and who
have not repeated courses will be eligible for valedictorian or salutatorian status.

NWCTA provides an opportunity for job shadowing and internship experience as a program area of study.
This important instruc onal ac vity allows qualified seniors the opportunity to visit businesses and develop
an understanding of the demands and expecta ons of the industry in which they are studying. For more
informa on, contact the College and Career Office.

Students who wish to par cipate in the senior internship program must meet the following condi ons:
   ● On-track to graduate (credit sufficient)
   ● Have no in-house or out-of-school suspensions
   ● Have four (4) or fewer tardies and/or absences
   ● Have no outstanding fees/fines
   ● Must provide their own transporta on to the internship loca on.

At the request of students, parents, counselors, teachers and/or administrators, parent conferences are held
to discuss student progress or concerns about a par cular class or situa on. The counselors’ secretary
schedules parent conferences. Teachers must be no fied 24 hours in advance. Parents should no fy the
school of specific concerns or addi onal informa on desired, beyond a review of grades, when reques ng a
conference. When possible, conferences will be held at the end of the instruc onal day.

Progress reports o en prove useful to parents, guardians, and students in improving academic performance.
To obtain reports, parents may access their online account on Infinite Campus that will provide the current
grades for their students in each class. Online grades are updated weekly. Midway through each nine-week
grading period, progress report no ces are provided for all students for their parents/guardians. Teachers
will record a comment that most accurately fits the student’s current progress. If the student has received a
nega ve progress mark, the parent/guardian is encouraged to confer with the teacher(s) regarding areas
needed for student improvement. A parent conference is o en desirable.

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Students at NWCTA are recognized for their accomplishments through awards such as Soaring Hawks,
Straight A’s (Principal’s Honor Roll), and Perfect A endance.

Quarter report cards are distributed to the students during the school day. The end of the year report card is
mailed in June to the student’s address on file. Distribu on dates will be provided by the CCSD.

Schedule changes are based on:
   ● misplacement due to ability level
   ● sports par cipa on
   ● gradua on requirements
   ● duplicate coursework

Changes will not be made for:
   ● elec ve classes
   ● lunch requests
   ● teacher requests

Students who withdraw from a class a er the 15th day of the semester will receive a grade of "F" on the

There are many scholarships available to students each year. Students are encouraged to review informa on
on eligibility requirements, applica on processes, and deadlines with their counselors. Scholarship
informa on and updates will be shared with seniors via their GAFE accounts on a weekly basis.

Tes ng throughout the school year includes:
   ● PSAT (Preliminary Scholas c Ap tude Test)
   ● ASVAB (Armed Services Voca onal Ap tude Ba ery)
   ● AP (Advanced Placement) exams
   ● Pre-ACT
   ● ACT- plus wri ng exam (American College Test)
   ● End-of-Course Exams (freshman and sophomores)
   ● CTE Exams (End-of-Program, Workplace Readiness Skills)
   ● WIDA
   ● MAPs
   ● Science Exam

Students wishing to take the SAT (Scholas c Ap tude Test) exam must register with the College Board and test
at their mes and loca ons. The counseling office will adver se dates to students and parents on the website.

The administra on must approve all voluntary withdrawals. Students cannot withdraw in the middle of the
school year to a end another CCSD school (per the Magnet School contract), but may withdraw from NWCTA
at the end of the school year. If a parent/guardian wishes to withdraw their student from NWCTA prior to the
end of the school year to a end a non-CCSD school, he/she must first contact the Counseling Department.

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Students will be granted excused absences for the following reasons:
   ● Medical reasons/par al or full-day(s)
   ● Family emergency/bereavement
   ● Religious Observances
   ● Court Appearances

Pre-arranged absences are accepted; however, these must be requested three (3) days in advance and are
limited to seven (7) days per semester.

Excessive absences may adversely affect a student's grade. Make-up work for excused and prearranged
absences must be completed within the me allo ed or the absence(s) will revert to an unexcused absence.

The following absences are approved by school administra on and they do not count against student’s total

   ●   Approved School Ac vity (ASA) (school-sanc oned ac vi es)
   ●   Required Parent Conference (RPC)
   ●   In-house suspensions (IHS)
   ●   Suspensions (SUS)

Upon return from an absence, parents are required to furnish a wri en note to the a endance clerk no
later than three days following the absence. Notes must have the student's name, student number,
date(s) of absence, parent or guardian signature, a phone number, as well as an acceptable reason for the
absence. Students who accumulate excessive excused absences may be required to provide addi onal
documenta on. The A endance Office will keep the excuse notes on file for the school year. The limita on
of absences in a block schedule is seven (7) unapproved absences during a semester. Students who exceed
seven (7) unapproved absences during the semester, in any class, will not receive credit for that semester
and will receive a failing grade.

Senate Bill 269 took effect on January 1, 2015, establishing new school a endance requirements for the
applica on of a learner’s permit or driver’s license. Any student under the age of 18 who wants to apply
for a learner’s permit or driver’s license must submit a completed DMV-301 form verifying he/she has
a ended at least 90% of the school days in the current semester. DMV-301 forms are available online at
h p:// or h p:// Students who have three or more
unapproved absences may be deemed a habitual truant, issued a truancy cita on, and have their driver’s
license suspended for thirty days for the first offense and sixty days for the second offense. Students will
not be eligible to apply for a learner’s permit or a driver’s license un l they become eligible to apply
which will be thirty days a er the first offense and sixty days a er the second offense.

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When a student has accumulated eight (8) or more unapproved absences during a semester, the student may
lose credit for his/her classes and may be referred to an alterna ve educa onal program. No fica on of
student absences will be made to the parent or legal guardian as recorded in the student informa on system
upon each unverified absence. In the event of an unapproved absence, the school will deliver a wri en no ce
of truancy to the parent or legal guardian. The school will send a no ce to any secondary student who has
been absent more than the allowable number of days. Schools are encouraged to conduct parent conferences
whenever excessive absenteeism is iden fied. At the me of the conference, extenua ng circumstances will
be discussed. The principal or designee may elect to override some or all of the absences at this me.

If the parent, legal guardian, or student has reason to believe that there is an error in the a endance
record, or extenua ng circumstances exist, a hearing may be requested. The parent or legal guardian
with two school days must ini ate such a request a er receipt of no fica on. An a endance
administrator or designee will conduct the hearing, and the student, parent, or legal guardian may
a end. During the hearing process, the instructor's record book shall serve as the legal document of
reference and will be used exclusively for determining absences. The a endance administrator or
designee shall have the authority to determine that the a endance record of the student should be
corrected or that the student not be referred to an alterna ve educa onal program. The final
determina on in all hearing proceedings rests with the school principal.

Supervision of daily home study is the responsibility of parents; daily study is an obliga on of the
student. To request homework for a student who has been or is absent three (3) or more days, the
parent should contact the Counseling Office 24 hours before the homework will be picked up.

Teachers shall provide an opportunity for a student to make-up missed work due to an excused absence,
and students shall be held accountable for the work. When a student is absent, however, the
educa onal experiences lost during that absence might be irretrievable because the instruc on and
interac on in the instruc onal se ng cannot be duplicated through make-up work.

A er an excused absence, a secondary student is required to ini ate contact with the teacher(s) to
obtain make-up work within three (3) school days immediately following the absence. Once contact has
been made with the teacher(s), specific make-up work must be completed and returned to the
teacher(s) within a reasonable length of me, to be determined by the teacher and communicated to
the student/parent or legal guardian. The make-up work must be returned to the teacher(s) by the
specified due date if it is acknowledged. Students shall be allowed a minimum of three (3) calendar days
to complete make-up work, unless other arrangements are made with a teacher. Work will be accepted
early. Par al credit may be given for incomplete work that is turned in on the due date. When doing
group work, be sure all members of the group have copies of all parts of the project. For students with
an IEP, the accommoda ons will be followed.

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There are no approved tardies. In the “real world,” employees must be on me to work. Coming late to
work or taking a longer break (during passing me) than is allowed is unacceptable. Tardiness to class
at NWCTA is also unacceptable. One student arriving late to a class is disrup ve to all within the
classroom. A student that is more than 30 minutes late to class is considered absent. The student
ci zenship mark of the teacher should reflect a lack of responsibility and disregard of school rules due
to tardiness. Each teacher must provide students with a copy of the tardy procedure via yearly student
expecta ons. Teachers are responsible for maintaining and tracking student tardies. Tardy referrals are
to be completed on the fourth tardy and for all subsequent tardies per semester and submi ed to the
administra on.
    ● Tardy 1 – Oral Warning
    ● Tardy 2 – Wri en Warning
    ● Tardy 3 – Parent Contact (N for ci zenship)
    ● Tardy 4 – Behavior Referral (U in ci zenship, IHS/School Beau fica on)
    ● Tardy 5+ – Behavior Referral (U in ci zenship, addi onal IHS/School Beau fica on, Suspension
        of Privileges, SWI - Unacceptable Behavior)

Student a endance is vital to the educa onal experience of students. When a student is absent, the
school must determine the reason for the absence. When a student is absent from school without a valid
excuse or did not secure prior permission for the absence, the absence is deemed not approved or
unexcused. When a student acquires three or more unapproved or unexcused absences within one school
year, the student is declared to be a habitual truant.

   ● As a result of new legisla ve changes, the following are major changes made to the law:
     The principal or the school is required to report the pupils who are habitually truant to
     law enforcement.
   ● A habitual truant is defined as, "A student who has three unapproved or unexcused absences
     within one school year."
   ● A truant is a pupil who is absent from school without the wri en approval of the teacher or
     principal of the school, unless the pupil is physically or mentally unable to a end school.
   ● If a pupil is absent due to physical or mental reasons, the parent must no fy the school within
     three days of the absence.
   ● The law provides the court with the authority to order the student or the parent to pay a fine
     of $100.00 for habitual truants. The court can order the suspension of driver's license
     privileges for students 14 years of age or older if they are habitual truants.
   ● The law provides the court with the authority to order the student or parent to pay a fine of
     $200.00 for the second/subsequent mes the child is found to be habitually truant. This can
     include 10 hours of community service and the suspension of driver's license privileges for 60
     days for students 14 years and older.

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