Secondary School Student Handbook

The Tri-Valley Secondary School  Student Handbook is designed to provide you with necessary information related to district policy, procedures, expectations and information specific to the Secondary School. A copy of the handbook is given to every student at the beginning of each school year. Copies are also available at the Secondary School office.


Absent/Late Policy | Absences due to Lateness | Academic/Co-Curricular Eligibility | ActivitiesAfter-School Detention Procedures | After-School Regulations |  Alternative Ways of Earning Credit |  Assemblies |  Athletic/Co-Curricular Code of Conduct  Bathrooms |  BOCES | Bus Safety |  Cafeteria |     Character Education | College Visitations | Computer Network – Acceptable Use Policy |  Corridor Behavior | Course Withdrawal |  Dances |  Diplomas | Discipline | Disciplinary Code: Penalties |  Dress Code  Dress Code for Graduation and Moving-Up Ceremonie  Driving Regulations  Drug and Alcohol Use Early Dismissal Procedures | Electronic Devices | Elevator Use | Fire Drills |  Four Week Notices and End of Quarter Dates  Forgery | Fundraising | Grades | Graduation Requirements | Graduation Speeches | Graffiti | Harassment | Hazardous Substances | Homebound Instruction | Homework | Honor Rolls & Course | Identification Cards | Incompletes | In School Detention | In School Suspension | Keys | Library Use | Lockers | Lost and Found | No Coat/Jacket Procedure | No Book Bag/Back Pack Procedure | National Honor Society | National Junior Honor Society | Open Container Policy | Pass/Fail | Physical Education Procedures | Pledge of Allegiance | Portfolio | Promotion Policy | Publications | Records | Release of Student Information | Schedule Changes | Selling of Goods and Posting Signs | Sports | Student Council | Student Course Scheduling/Doubling | Student Health | Study Hall Procedures | Summer School | Taping and/or Digital Recording | Telephone Calls | Truancy | Vehicle Bus Law | Working Papers | Senior & Honor Society Privilege | Student Parking Permit


Welcome to Tri-Valley! This booklet will help you have a successful school year. Our rules are based on respect and responsibility. If you have any questions regarding school programs, see your guidance counselor. Questions regarding rules should be addressed to the Dean of Students or the building Principal.

ABSENT/LATE POLICY

Absence

The Board of Education recognizes the following reasons for student absences from class or school: personal illness, illness or death in the family, impassable roads or weather, religious observance, quarantine, required court appearances, attendance at health clinics, approved college visits, approved cooperative work programs, military obligations, or such other reasons as may be approved by the appropriate building administrator (including, but not limited to, absences due to circumstances related to homelessness).

It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the school office within 24 hours of the absence to provide a written excuse upon the student’s return to school. This excuse should contain the reason and date of the absence, and be presented to the attendance office. Please use the following email address to send attendance notes attendance@trivalleycsd.org or dial extension 5100, if you wish to leave a message regarding your child’s attendance. For homeless students, the homeless liaison will assist the student in providing or obtaining documentation if needed.

Late

When a student arrives to school late, they must report to the Attendance Officer, Mrs. Debra Dubas, and obtain a pass to class. Any student who fails to follow this procedure will be counted as  absent and subject to disciplinary consequences. (See also Absences due to Lateness)

Any student who is going to be hospitalized or absent due to illness for more than five (5) days should contact their guidance counselor to arrange for homebound instruction. A student who is on homebound instruction is not counted as absent. (See also Homebound Instruction)

If a student suffers from a chronic disease that frequently causes them to be absent, a medical document should be submitted to the Principal so that a special liaison teacher will be assigned to tutor that student on the days they are too ill to come to school. It will be the parent’s responsibility to contact the liaison teacher in the morning on each day the child will be absent. Liaison teachers will only be assigned upon approval of the Principal. Medical documentation must be provided at the time of the illness, not at a  later date.

All students with an excused absence are expected upon their return to consult with their teachers regarding missed work.

Only those students with excused absences will be given the opportunity to make up a test or other missed work and/or turn in a late assignment for inclusion in their final grade. Make up opportunities must be completed by a date specified by the student’s teacher for the class in question.

ABSENCES DUE TO LATENESS

Students are required to be on time and in attendance every day for which they are registered.

Students who arrive late to school must sign in at the front desk with 2016-2017 Attendance Officer, Mrs. Debra Dubas, and present a signed note from parent. Any late student who fails to sign in will be marked absent and considered truant. Lateness to school shall be deemed as an infraction and the following range of interventions will apply:

  1. Three times late to school prompts a warning letter home.
  2. Six times late to school results in after-school detention or lunch detention.
  3. Each three  additional occurrences may result in after-school detention or lunch detention.
  4. Continual lateness to school may result in disciplinary action per Code of Conduct.

Infractions for lateness due to personal illness, illness or death in the family, impassable roads or weather making travel unsafe, religious observance, attendance at a medical clinic (doctor, dentist, etc.), school sponsored trips (approved), quarantine, and required court appearances is excused with a parental note, received in a timely manner.

ACADEMIC / CO-CURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY

Satisfactory academic progress is desirable and necessary for participation in ALL co-curricular programs. The following academic eligibility code emphasizes cooperation between the student- participant, teacher, and advisor/coach.

To participate in co-curricular activities in the Tri-Valley School District, a student may not fail more than one course in the preceding five-week period. The grades at the end of each five-week period and each quarter will be used to determine eligibility. Incompletes will be considered as failures until made up. Final grades will be used to determine eligibility for the first quarter of the next year; however, summer school grades will be applied. If the student does not meet the requirements, the following process will occur:

  1. Any student who is failing more than one subject and any senior who is failing one or more subjects required for graduation as indicated on the Interim Progress Report (IPR) or on the report card will be placed on probation for a period of one week. During the winter and spring sport seasons, the  first five week notice, either the IPR or the report card, will initiate the eligibility period.
  2. During this probationary period (the first week after the end of the five-week period), the student will be allowed to continue to practice and play in his/her sport or activity.
  3. An eligibility check will be completed at the end of the first week. The student must have his teachers complete the Eligibility Progress Report each week and turn it in on time. Reports turned in late will not be accepted.
    – Students who are no longer failing more than one subject and seniors who are no longer failing one or more subjects required for graduation will remain on the probationary list and will complete weekly checks. These students will continue to practice and play.
    – Students who are still failing more than one subject and seniors who are failing one or more subjects required for graduation will become ineligible. If students are members of teams, they will be allowed to practice and attend games, but they will not be allowed to play. The ineligible athlete must be dressed in uniform and on the bench during all games; weekend practice times are included here. Players will know these rules BEFORE trying out.
    – A student who fails to turn in an Eligibility Progress Report will not be allowed to attend any school events, practices, or games.
  4. An eligibility check will be done each week, if the student continues to fail more than one subject; he/she will remain ineligible. In the event a student becomes eligible again, he/she will not be allowed another probationary period during the same semester. If the student is found to be failing more than one subject again, he/she will immediately go on the ineligible list.
  5.  If a student remains ineligible during the entire five-week time period between the IPR and the report card (or any other continuous five-week period) and he/she is still failing more than one subject on the report card, then the student will be dismissed from the team for the remainder of the season.
  6. Students must be academically eligible to drive a vehicle on campus. During the course of the school year, if a student becomes academically ineligible all driving privileges will be revoked. Driving privileges may be reinstated, at such time, when a student becomes academically eligible.
  7. All students are subject to this eligibility policy. Any student who is ruled ineligible will not be allowed to attend any after school activities. See bullet number two (2) on the previous page for athletic team exceptions. Students involved in long term clubs and after school activities (such as the play or the musical) will be subject to the same eligibility requirements as the student athletes.

The school’s disciplinary policy may over-ride the eligibility policy. Any student on out of school suspension will not be allowed to participate in any school activity nor is he/she allowed on the school grounds. Any student who has served an after school detention or an in-school suspension will not be allowed to participate in any co-curricular activities on that day. Other disciplinary infractions may result in the student not being allowed to play on sports teams, attend trips, or participate in school activities. Coaches are asked to monitor their team members and to provide homework time for students who are ineligible.

All decisions regarding student eligibility may be appealed to the Principal. The student must submit a written request for the appeal immediately after the weekly eligibility check.

ACTIVITIES

Tri-Valley Secondary School has a variety of co-curricular activities. Students are encouraged to participate in as many activities as their schedule permits. (See also Co-curricular activities) The following is a list of activities that are available for students:

  • Art Club
  • Student Council
  • FBLA & Jr. FBLA
  • National Honor Society
  • Jr. National Honor Society
  • FCCLA
  • Theatre Club
  • FFA & Jr. FFA
  • Yearbook Moody’s Math Club

AFTER-SCHOOL DETENTION ROOM PROCEDURES

  • Students will report to the designated detention room by 2:50 pm and are dismissed at 3:40 pm.
  • The entire period must be spent working or reading. There is no talking, no sleeping, no eating, and no writing on furniture.
  • Lateness and any other time missed will be made up on a two for one basis.
  • Students not following the rules or creating a disturbance will be given additional detention and/or in-school-suspension.
  • Attendance is taken by the detention supervisor.
  • No lavatory passes are to be given and the detention supervisor will handle any emergencies.
  • Students who do not report to detention as assigned will be assigned additional consequences.

AFTER SCHOOL REGULATIONS

  • Students are NOT to be in the building after 2:50 pm unless they are under the DIRECT supervision of a staff member.
  • By 2:50 pm all athletes are to report to their locker rooms, regardless of what time practice begins. Those students involved in class or club meetings must report to the designated activity room.
  • All students are to report to their assigned areas by 2:50 pm. Those found in the halls without passes, after that time, will be sent to the office and will be required to remain there until bus dismissal at 3:40 pm or 5:00 pm
  • Unauthorized students found in the building after 2:50 pm will be required to leave school property.
  • Students who stay after school for extra help and are taking the 3:40 pm or 5:00 pm bus home, must have a bus pass from the staff member. Please do not ask the office staff to issue bus passes.
  • Students are NOT allowed in any locker room, practice area, or classroom unless they are under direct supervision of their advisor/coach; before, during, or after the activity. After the activity/practice, students must be in the locker room, in the front of the school, or in the Physical Education (PE) hallway, while waiting for transportation. All other areas of the school are off limits.

Students who do not follow these rules will be subject to administrative disciplinary consequences, which may include suspension from all after school activities/sports.

Any student found loitering within the school building or on school grounds will be subject to arrest for trespassing as well as subject to all disciplinary procedures. No student is to remain after school unless they report to a teacher for extra help or a coach for athletic practice. Any student wandering the halls  will be considered loiterers. Students who remain after school may not ride the bus unless they are issued a pass from the staff member with whom they stayed, or play a sport.

ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF EARNING CREDIT

Eligible students have the option of earning up to 6 1/2 credits without completing specific courses of study. However, the school must determine that this alternative will benefit the student academically.  This may be done as follows:

  • The student achieves 85% or better on state-developed (e.g., Regents exams, proficiency exams or state- approved exams) or passes an oral examination and completes a special project assigned by the principal.
  • In the areas of science and occupation education, where credit is through examination, laboratory requirements will be met through special projects demonstrating appropriate skills.
  • Art and music credit may be earned through participation in a performing group (e.g., band, chorus, orchestra, dance group, theater group, etc.) or by participating in advanced, out-of school art or music activity as approved by the district.
  • Students who pass a second language proficiency exam will earn the first unit of credit in that language, unless they have already earned that credit through course work in grade eight or nine

Students considering these options should consult with their guidance counselor and obtain prior written approval for this option. Students will be awarded approved credit for courses when they meet the test requirements and/or satisfactorily complete the project as assigned by the Principal. The student’s transcript will list the course, the credit, and will have a “P” for passing. Courses completed in this manner will not be included in the student’s GPA calculation.

ASSEMBLIES

Assemblies are a part of the educational process at Tri-Valley Secondary School. Students are expected  to show proper manners and consideration for others at all times. Misconduct including unnecessary talking, yelling, booing, or clapping is not permitted. We expect a high level of maturity and responsibility at all assemblies. Be courteous and polite. Book bags are prohibited at all assemblies.

Students may not leave an assembly until they are formally dismissed. Once students are dismissed from the assembly, they are to report immediately to their assigned class.

ATHLETIC / CO-CURRICULAR CODE OF CONDUCT

Co-curricular activities in the Tri-Valley School District are an extension of the academic environment. It is expected that all students involved in all after-school activities will follow rules and regulations which will insure academic as well as co-curricular success. Co-curricular participation is a privilege that carries with it responsibilities to the school, to the team, to the student body, and to the community. When a participant accepts this privilege, he/she must also live up to a code of conduct beyond that of the general student body, on and off school property, during the season and the off season. The following code has been established for all students in any extra-curricular activity in grades 7-12.

Try Outs

Students are required to be in attendance for the competitive tryout period. The only excusable reason for missing the tryout period or portions of the try out period would be a medical reason. A medical excuse requires a written and signed note from a doctor. Other reasons such as, but not limited to, vacation, academic ineligibility, field trip, suspension, detention, or unapproved medical documents will not be considered excusable and could hinder or dismiss a student from trying out for the team.

Medical Clearance

The student athlete must be medically cleared by the school nurse to participate in each sports season. The student athlete must have on file in the nurse’s office a current physical (a physical is good for one year), and a completed sports card prior to the start of the season, including tryouts for the team. An Interval Health History form must also be filled out and on file before each season to participate. Failure to have proper documentation will leave the student ineligible until completed.

Attendance

In order for a student to be eligible to participate in practice sessions/meetings and regularly scheduled games/activities, the student must attend school for a half day of school the day of the activity (8:30 am – 12:00 pm or 12:00 pm until the end of the school day) or the student will not be allowed to participate in co-curricular activities. Squad members are expected to be present at every practice session/meeting called by the coach unless absent from school or excused by the coach. Tardiness will not be tolerated,  but a late arrival pass from a teacher who is giving academic assistance is acceptable and should be presented to the coach. Members who cut practice may be suspended by the coach of that sport.

ANY STUDENT ATHLETE THAT DOES NOT CHANGE AND PARTICIPATE IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASS (WITHOUT A NOTE) WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO PRACTICE OR PLAY.

Hazing/Initiation

“Hazing” means the performance of any act or the coercion of another to perform any act of initiation into any class, team, organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm. Permission, consent, or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing shall not lessen the prohibitions. The act of “hazing” may result in disciplinary action as per the code of conduct.

Withdrawing from a team

If a student decides to leave an athletic team after ten days of practice, he/she MUST see the coach before leaving the team to give them an explanation. Failure to do so may lead to suspension from the following season’s athletic team. The Athletic Director will review each situation and render a decision.

Eligibility

Students failing one or more subjects or seniors failing one graduation requirement after each five week period are given a one week period to improve grades. After each five-week period, students are placed on an ineligibility list. See Academic Eligibility Policy for details of process for maintaining athletic eligibility.

Appearance

Participants represent Tri-Valley Central School and the community. Participants should be neat and dress in good taste. The coach/advisor is responsible for the team/activity attire.

Transportation

Team/activity members must ride the bus provided for them to and from games (this includes manager, statisticians and helpers). A team/activity member may return with his or her parents, providing the request is in writing to the coach/advisor. A team/activity member may also return with another squad member’s parents if a parent note requesting this transportation is signed and approved by the Principal. Team members may not ride to and from games in any other vehicles unless approved by the Principal.

Release times for away games will be communicated on the morning announcements and by the coach.  In general, students will have about 10-minutes after being released from class before the bus is scheduled to leave. Co-curricular trips are a privilege; student participants are responsible for handing in all schoolwork due the day of the trip before they leave. Failure to do so may result in a zero.

Equipment and Uniforms

Equipment issued to each participant must be properly cared for and not abused. All gear issued must be turned in after the last scheduled game/event on the first school day following the last schedule contest/event. Equipment or uniforms are to be used only for scheduled activities. Certain equipment may be used in practice situations with the approval of the coach/advisor. Uniforms, however, are never to be used for any purpose other than an organized, scheduled activity. Students are responsible for all issued school uniforms and/or equipment and must return them immediately after the conclusion of the sport season or activity. If unreturned, the student must pay for such articles. Failure to do so will cause that student to become ineligible for any and all school activities; and, if necessary, require administrative action. The District may also initiate civil proceedings to recoup the costs for all unreturned uniforms and/or equipment.

Lockers

Keep lockers locked at all times. DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR LOCKERS. The school is not responsible for such items. If you have anything of value, bring it to the Secondary School Office for safe keeping. Students should not give out their locker combination to anyone. Students are not permitted to use or go into any locker not assigned to them. Any student who is experiencing locker problems should notify their coach/advisor immediately. Gym lockers will be assigned to you on the first day of practice or during physical education class. Students are not allowed to decorate the outside of their lockers with any stickers, markers, etc.

Sportsmanlike conduct and student participant behavior

All Tri-Valley students are expected to be ladies and gentlemen, at all times. Vulgarities, fighting, disrespect to other players, coaches, fans, officials, and faculty members while in school or on a bus to and from another school will be treated severely. A coach may suspend an athlete for unsportsmanlike conduct on or off the court or playing field.

Other examples of unacceptable behavior both on and off school property are: truancy or illegal absence from school, insubordination, fighting, lack of cooperation with school personnel, vandalism, violation of

the rights of others, stealing, and assault and harassment. Issues pertaining to questions of conduct will be resolved by a committee consisting of the coach of the sport, the Principal, and the Director of Athletics.

All students are required to follow school rules and regulations. Failure to obey school rules will result in a disciplinary referral, and the student may be suspended from participating in athletic or co-curricular activities, depending upon the nature of the disciplinary infraction. Students who commit severe disciplinary infractions, or repeatedly receive referrals, will be suspended from athletics and all extracurricular activities. A committee consisting of the coach, the Principal, and the Athletic Director will determine the length of the suspension. The nature and frequency of the incidents will be  determining factors.

Students are expected to abide by all additional rules established by individual programs. Such aspects as dress codes and holiday and weekend practice time are included here. Players will know these rules BEFORE trying out. All athletes are required to follow all rules and directives set forth by the coach. It is understood that each individual coach may develop rules and criteria for the athletes involved in their sport.

Vandalism

Participants represent our school and community. Any documented acts of vandalism to our school facilities, or to visiting school facilities may lead to suspension of the student from participation in co- curricular activities for 90 calendar days. This decision will be made by the coach, Athletic Director and Principal.

Coach/Advisor Policy on Drugs/Alcohol possession

Coaches/Advisors reserve the right to release student athlete(s) from their team if found to be abusing drugs/alcohol/tobacco on or off campus.

Injury

Students who have medical or parental permission to be excused from physical education may not participate in any co-curricular activity that day. If a student athlete is out of practice or an extended period of time (five consecutive days or more) a doctor’s release is necessary to begin participating with the team again. The school medical director has the right to overrule any decisions made by the student athlete’s primary care physician. Please refer to the Return to Play Protocol Following a Concussion for head injury issues.

BATHROOMS

Student bathrooms are available throughout the building. Students in grades 9 – 12 are not permitted in the 7th and 8th grade area. Students may use the facilities in-between periods or during the period when given a pass from a teacher. Only one student is permitted a bathroom pass out of class. No more than  one student at a time is permitted in a bathroom stall. More than one student in a stall will result in all violators being suspended from school.

BOCES (Vo-Tech)

  1. Students going to Vo-Tech are to remain in class until 11:00. At that time they will be released to go to lunch before taking the bus to BOCES.
  2. No student may drive to or from BOCES unless given written permission from both schools. In those instances where driving to or from BOCES has been granted, the student driver is prohibited from transporting other students to and from BOCES. Students who drive that violate this policy will lose their driving privileges and will be assigned in-school detention. Passengers in a students’ car who ride with a student without permission will also be assigned in-school detention.
  3. Students must enter the Secondary School Building immediately after exiting the bus. Students are not to go to the parking lots without permission from the Principal.
  4. On half day conferences students will still attend their afternoon BOCES programs. The district will provide transportation back to our home district or directly to the student’s home.

BUS SAFETY RULES

Transportation is a privilege not a right. Proper behavior is expected on the school bus.

  1. Arrive at your bus stop five minutes before the bus is due
  2. Wait for the bus well off the road.
  3. Respect the property of others.
  4. Enter the school bus single file and in an orderly manner.
  5.  Follow the instructions of your driver.
  6.  Remain in your seat while the bus is in motion.
  7. Keep aisles clear at all times. Remain quiet and orderly.
  8. be courteous to your driver and fellow passengers. No fighting, yelling or throwing  objects. Bad language or rude behavior will not be tolerated.
  9. No eating, smoking or drinking on the bus. Help to keep your bus neat and clean.
  10. Do not open the bus windows without permission. When allowed to open windows, do not extend head, hands, arms or any object out of the window.
  11. When leaving the bus, if you have to cross ALWAYS CROSS IN FRONT OF THE BUS. Walk out ten feet, look both ways and wait for the driver to signal you to cross. Never attempt to return to the bus once you leave unless instructed to do so by the driver.
  12. If you are planning on riding home on another bus, you must have a written note from home signed by a parent/guardian. Permission will be accepted over the phone in an unforeseen circumstance, only. Written notes are to be turned into the secondary school office first thing in the morning.
  13. Any student who vandalizes any part of the bus will be held financially responsible and subject to additional consequences.
  14. Head phones and other electronic devices are not allowed on the school bus.
  15. Any student who does not follow the rules and procedures could lose the privilege of riding the bus.

CAFETERIA

The cafeteria is maintained to provide a convenient eating place for all students in grades 7-12.

  • Keep noise to a minimum.
  •  Do not throw food, papers, containers, etc.
  • Remove all trays, utensils and trash to the proper disposal area.
  • NO CUTTING IN LINE.
  • Do not come upstairs or go to elementary school.
  • Have your I.D. card out and ready to be scanned.

FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH

The school provides free and reduced priced lunch to eligible students. Please contact the district school cafeteria office for more information at extension 5527.

LUNCH CHARGING GUIDELINES

The Tri-Valley Central School Board has adopted procedures regarding students charging lunches. The implementation of these procedures is to balance two major concerns:

  • Providing lunch every day for students and,
  • Making sure that the lunches that are charged are paid for in a timely manner.

Remember, to avoid having to charge a lunch, you can prepay for lunches by giving a check to the cashiers in the cafeteria, payable to “Tri-Valley Central School.” Please include the student’s name on the check.

Guidelines for charging school lunches

  • No more than one (1) lunch can be charged in a week.
  • No more than two (2) lunch charges can be outstanding.
  • Nothing will be provided if the student can no longer charge.

Students who have an unpaid balance from last school year will not be given charging privileges for the current school year.

CHARACTER EDUCATION

Tri-Valley promotes character education in our Secondary School. Character is habits of the mind, habits of the heart, and habits of action. Character is knowing the good, desiring the good and doing the good. Our motto is “Make it a good day or not. The choice is yours.”

  • Our mission for the school year regarding character education is as follows:
  • to instill in our students the consciousness of the right thing to do; the commitment to
  • do the right thing; and the competency in doing the right thing
  • to assist students in understanding that they are responsible for their decisions and actions
  • to focus on virtues and service learning which provide self-satisfaction and a sense of community through volunteerism.

Tri-Valley Secondary School promotes character education in many ways. We emphasize a character  trait of the month with signs for the classrooms. We encourage service learning/volunteer service and recognize the volunteers for increments of 50 hours of service with a student-designed embroidered patch. A student who has volunteered for 150 hours or more will receive special recognition at his/her high school graduation. Service learning is an educational experience that combines knowledge with service and personal reflection.

Service Learning/Volunteerism Award

Requirements

  • All students and staff are eligible.
  • The project(s) may be school, community or church related.
  • Documentation is required for the service project(s).
  • The service learning reflection component may be included as a reflective entry in a student’s portfolio.
  • Service hours may be accumulated over a period of years.

COLLEGE VISITATIONS

  • Seniors who plan to visit a college during the school day should follow the procedure listed below:
  • Bring a note to the attendance office from your parents in advance stating the day you will be absent for your college visit.
  • Inform your teachers of your absence and reason. You are responsible for making-up any missed work.
  • Bring a note from the college(s) that you visited to the attendance office stating that you did visit on that day. Most colleges have pre-printed cards for this purpose.
  • If you have any questions, please see your guidance counselor and/or attendance office.

COMPUTER NETWORK

Disciplinary Guidelines for the Tri-Valley Central School District Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

Disciplinary Options

Step 1: Administrator conference with student, warning issued, parents notified.
Step 2: Administrator conference with student, 10 days restricted* network access, after school detention, parents notified
Step 3: Administrator conference with student, 20 days restricted* network : access, in school suspension, parents notified
Step 4: Administrator conference with student, network privileges revoked** for 20 days, out of school suspension, parents notified
Step 5: Superintendent’s Hearing and network privileges revoked** ]permanently
*A restricted account will be created so that the user only has access to the software necessary for classroom projects. Internet access will NOT be part of the restricted account.
** When network privileges are revoked students are responsible for completing all work using other means.
When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.

Please note that upon entering a building, infractions are cumulative over the duration of the student’s time in that building. For example, in January of 2002, John D. accessed his e-mail account on a school computer and received a warning. In December of 2003, John D. violated the AUP again. This was his second infraction and therefore is in the second column of the chart above. He could receive steps 2, 3, 4 or 5 as a consequence depending upon the severity of the situation.

CORRIDOR BEHAVIOR

Student cooperation is essential in keeping the noise to an absolute minimum in the corridors. To create an acceptable atmosphere each student must:

  • Avoid loitering in the corridors.
  • Have a pass if in the halls during class time.
  • During lunch periods students will remain in the cafeteria.
  • Students in grades 9-12 are not permitted to be in the 7 & 8 grade area for any reason. (unless the student has a class in this area.)

COURSE WITHDRAWAL

All students are required to carry a minimum of six credits plus physical education annually. The only exceptions to this minimum are for approved work study (seniors only), teacher assistant duties, approved early dismissal (seniors only) or Principal decision.

  • DROP WITHOUT ADDING: Students may drop an elective course, without adding another, as long as the six minimum credits are maintained. Required or sequence courses may only be dropped after written recommendations on the advisability of the change are received from parents and teachers.
  • ADD/DROP: Students will be permitted to drop a course and add a new course within the first six weeks of a full year course or within the first three weeks of a half-year course. When adding a course, all missed work must be made up. Teacher approval is required.
  • ADD ONLY: Students wishing to add an elective course, beyond the six required credits, may do so, however, additions may only be made with the first six weeks of a full year course, or during the first three weeks of a half year course. Teacher approval is required.
  • ACADEMIC RECORD NOTATIONS: Full year courses dropped within the first six weeks will be noted as “Dropped” on the transcript. Half year courses dropped with the first three weeks of school will be noted as “Dropped” on the transcript. Dropping a  course after the deadline date will also have “Dropped” listed on their transcript if they are passing the course at the time of the drop. If they are failing the course “Dropped Failing” will be listed on the transcript and it will be averaged in as a 50 for the remainder of the school year.

Any exception to the above deadlines requires a formal review and must be approved by the Principal and guidance counselor.

DANCES

Dances, including the Jr. Prom, are considered a regular school activity and students must be academically eligible in order to attend.
Approval to sponsor a dance must be obtained from the Principal.

If a Tri-Valley student wishes to attend the dance with a guest who is not a Tri-Valley student that person must be registered in the office and receive approval, by the Dean of Students or Principal, to attend the dance.

Once students arrive at a dance, they are not permitted to leave and reenter the dance. Students in grades 7 & 8 are not permitted to attend the 9-12 grade dances or the Junior Prom. Students in grades 9-12 are not be permitted to attend dances for grades 7 & 8.

DIPLOMA/CREDENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

There are several types of diplomas available to our students. The following outlines the diplomas currently  in effect. The information is intended to provide an overview of the requirements and identify the student populations that have access to each type of diploma.

Diploma Type
Available to
Requirements
Regents Diploma
All Student Populations
Credit: 22 units of credit distributed as follows: 4 ELA, 4 Social Studies, 3 Science, 3 Mathematics, ½ Health, 1 Arts, 1 Language other than English (LOTE), 2 Physical Education, 3 ½ Electives Assessment: 5 required Regents exams with a score of 65 or

better as follows: 1 Math, 1 Science, ELA, Global History and Geography, US History and Government
Regents Diploma (through appeal)
All Student Populations
Credit: 22 units of credit distributed as follows: 4 ELA, 4 Social Studies, 3 Science, 3 Mathematics, ½ Health, 1 Arts, 1 LOTE, 2 Physical Education, 3 ½ Electives.

Assessment: 4 required Regents exams with a score of 65 or better and 1 Regents exam with a score of 62-64 for which an appeal is granted by the local district per Commissioner’s Regulation 100.5(d)(7) as follows: 1 Math, 1 Science, ELA,

Global History and Geography, US History and Government
Regents Diploma with Honors
All Student Populations
Credit: 22 units of credit distributed as follows: 4 ELA, 4 Social Studies, 3 Science, 3 Mathematics, ½ Health, 1 Arts, 1 Language other than English (LOTE), 2 Physical Education, 3 ½ Electives Assessment: 5 required Regents exams with a computed average

score of 90 or better as follows: 1 Math, 1 Science, ELA, Global History and Geography, US History and Government
Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation
All Student Populations
Credit: 22 units of credit distributed as follows: 4 ELA, 4 Social Studies, 3 Science, 3 Mathematics, ½ Health, 1 Arts, 1 LOTE, 2 Physical Education, 3 ½ Electives. In addition, a student must earn an additional 2 units of credit in LOTE or a 5 unit sequence in the Arts or CTE. These credits can be included in the 22 required credits.

Assessment: 8 required Regents exams with a score of 65 or better as follows: 3 Math, 2 Science, ELA, Global History and Geography, US History and Government; and either a locally developed Checkpoint B LOTE examination or a 5 unit sequence

in the Arts or CTE
Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with an annotation that denotes Mastery in Math
All Student Populations
Credit: 22 units of credit distributed as follows: 4 ELA, 4 Social Studies, 3 Science, 3 Mathematics, ½ Health, 1 Arts, 1 LOTE, 2 Physical Education, 3 ½ Electives. In addition, a student must earn an additional 2 units of credit in LOTE or a 5 unit sequence in the Arts or CTE. These credits can be included in the 22 required credits.

Assessment: Meets all assessment requirements for the Regents with Advanced Designation (see above) and, in addition, scores

85 or better on each of 3 Regents Examinations in Mathematics

Diploma Type
Available to
Requirements
Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with an annotation that denotes Mastery in Science
All Student Populations
Credit: 22 units of credit distributed as follows: 4 ELA, 4 Social Studies, 3 Science, 3 Mathematics, ½ Health, 1 Arts, 1 LOTE, 2 Physical Education, 3 ½ Electives. In addition, a student must earn an additional 2 units of credit in LOTE or a 5 unit sequence in the Arts or CTE. These credits can be included in the 22 required credits.

Assessment: Meets all assessment requirements for the Regents with Advanced Designation (see above) and, in addition, scores 85 or better on each of 3 Regents Examinations in Science
Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors
All Student Populations
Credit: 22 units of credit distributed as follows: 4 ELA, 4 Social Studies, 3 Science, 3 Mathematics, ½ Health, 1 Arts, 1 LOTE, 2 Physical Education, 3 ½ Electives. In addition, a student must earn an additional 2 units of credit in LOTE or a 5 unit sequence in the Arts or CTE. These credits can be included in the 22 required credits.

Assessment: 8 required Regents exams with a computed average score of 90 or better as follows: 3 Math, 2 Science, ELA, Global History and Geography, US History and Government; and either a locally developed Checkpoint B LOTE examination with a

score of 65 or a 5 unit sequence in the Arts or CTE
Local Diploma
Students with disabilities with an IEP or section 504 Accommodation Plan
Credit: 22 units of credit distributed as follows: 4 ELA, 4 Social Studies, 3 Science, 3 Mathematics, ½ Health, 1 Arts, 1 LOTE, 2 Physical Education, 3 ½ Electives.

Assessment: Low Pass Safety Net Option1:5 required Regents exams with a score of 55 or better as follows: 1 Math, 1 Science, 1 ELA, 1 Global History and Geography, 1 US History and Government;

Regents Competency Test (RCT) Safety Net Option

for students entering grade 9 prior to September 2011: passing score on corresponding RCT if student does not achieve a score of 55 or higher on the Regents

Compensatory Safety Net Option: scores between 45-54 on one or more of the five required Regents exams, other than the English language arts (ELA) or mathematics exam, but compensates the low score with a score of 65 or higher on another required Regents  exam. Note: a score of at least 55 must be earned on both the ELA and mathematics exams. A score of 65 or higher on a single

examination may not be used to compensate for more than one examination for which a score of 45-54 is earned.
Local Diploma (through Appeal)
All Student Populations
Credit: 22 units of credit distributed as follows: 4 ELA, 4 Social Studies, 3 Science, 3 Mathematics, ½ Health, 1 Arts, 1 LOTE, 2 Physical Education, 3 ½ Electives.

Assessment: 3 required Regents exams with a score of 65 or better and 2 Regents exams with a score of 62-64 for which an appeal is granted by the local district per Commissioner’s

Regulation 100.5(d)(7) as follows: 1 Math, 1 Science, ELA, Global History and Geography, US History and Government

Diploma Type
Available to
Requirements
Local Diploma, Regents Diploma, Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation (with or without Honors), with a Career and Technical Education

Endorsement
All Student Populations
Credit: Completes all credit requirements as listed above for specific diploma types and completes an approved career and technical education program.

Assessment: Achieves a passing score on State assessments as listed above for specific diploma types and successfully completes the technical assessment designated for the particular approved career and technical education program which the student has completed.
Tri-Valley Honors Diploma
All Student Populations
The student must achieve a weighted GPA of at least 95. The student must obtain a 90 or above on the five required Regents (Integrated Algebra, English, Global Studies, US History & Government and one of the science regents), successfully completed 4 honors/college credit courses and have all portfolio components rated as distinguished.
Tri-Valley High Honors Diploma
All Student Populations
The student must achieve a weighted GPA of at least 98. The student must obtain a 90 or above on all Regents exams, successfully completed 4 or more honors/college credit courses, completed all portfolio components as distinguished, and completed a depth of knowledge project.

DISCIPLINE

The philosophy behind the development of a student conduct code is to establish the foundation for an atmosphere that will promote maximum learning opportunities with minimum interference.

The discipline plan at Tri-Valley Secondary School is based on the principles of fairness, equity, justice, integrity, honesty and trust. Our goal is to create conditions in the school environment that will enhance the development of disciplined individuals. Disciplined people have such attributes as self-control, confidence and purpose. They have an awareness of personal limits and know that patience and perseverance are often necessary to succeed. A disciplined person is willing to work alone or with others until a task is finished. They are self-motivated; they do their best. They have a positive attitude toward life, realize their own self-worth, relish their abilities and achievements, and yet also work for their own improvement. Disciplined individuals are aware of and respect the environment and the people around them. They are willing and able to assist others. They can lead as well as follow. They have a sense of humor, as well as a sense of responsibility for their own actions. They demonstrate initiative and are reliable. Disciplined people are free of alcohol, tobacco and non-prescribed chemicals.

The primary responsibility for maintaining the standards which help promote the development and growth of disciplined individuals lies in a partnership between the teacher and the student. However, it is understood that the classroom is not an island; administrative and parental support is not only desirable, but encouraged if we are to achieve our goal.

The rules, consequences and rewards at Tri-Valley Secondary School are designed to help students develop into disciplined individuals capable of great achievement.

DISCIPLINARY CODE: PENALTIES

The administration will make every effort to be fair and consistent when implementing student discipline. However, the administration realizes that each student is unique and that each disciplinary incident may be the result of many factors. The discipline administered to each student  will  be determined by using the guidelines found in this book, assessing the needs of the student involved, and analyzing the factors related to the discipline incident. Counseling, although not considered a penalty, may be suggested as an alternative to a penalty, if formally arranged through the guidance counselor or social worker.

Summer days, defined as the days between the last day of school of one year to the first day of school of the next school year, are not counted as days served for suspension from school or extra-curricular activities. The exception to this rule is interscholastic athletic practice days for the fall season, which commence in mid-August. These days will be counted towards an athletic suspension only. For example, a student suspended from athletics for 90 days would be suspended in the current school year. If there were not 90 days left in that school year, the student would serve the remainder of the suspension starting with the first day of school or practice of the next school year.

DRESS CODE

  • Garments such as tube tops, net tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, plunging necklines (front or back), see-through garments, short skirts, and short shorts are not appropriate and will not be allowed. Midriff, back, buttocks, breasts/cleavage should be covered at all times.
  • Undergarments must be covered at all times.
  • Footwear must be worn at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard is not allowed.
  • Hats and other types of head coverings (bandannas, kerchiefs, sweatbands, etcetera) are not to be worn by males or females in the school building during instructional time except for medical or religious reasons.
  • Clothing and/or jewelry items are not permitted that are vulgar, obscene, libelous or denigrating on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability. These items also cannot contain profane language, sexual reference, allusions to alcohol, other drugs/paraphernalia or violence of incite fear or intimidation in any manner.
  • Any form of dress, hairstyle which is considered contrary to good hygiene or which is distracting or disruptive in appearance and detrimental to the purpose of school will not be permitted.

DRESS CODE FOR GRADUATION

All graduates must be properly dressed for graduation ceremonies. This includes for the boys a dress shirt, pants, shoes and socks, and for the girls a dress or skirt with an appropriate blouse and shoes. No  sneakers or shorts are allowed to be worn at graduation. Any student who reports improperly dressed will not be allowed to participate in the ceremonies. No writing or decoration is allowed on the caps or  gowns.

DRIVING REGULATIONS

Student Driving Privileges and Parking Permits

Each school year, students must reapply in order to drive to and park at the secondary school. A Parking Permit Application is located at the back of this booklet. Student parking is allowed in the Route 55 parking lot. The following areas are not to be used for student parking: front faculty parking lot (Lot A), designated visitor parking, designated handicapped parking, designated no parking zones, or any lawn area. Any student’s car found in these areas will be towed at the expense of the owner.

Permits will be given out in the following order to seniors first (Remaining spots available will be provided to juniors under the same conditions as outlined):

  • Seniors who participate in every day after school programs—sport team, yearbook, musical, drama.
  • Seniors who have jobs after school—employer must sign a letter indicating time of shift and number of school days required to work.
  • Seniors in good academic standing—passing all courses, no discipline referrals, 90% or better on time and attendance.
  • Parking permits will not be issued to students who have obligations—lost books, unreturned uniforms, fines.

The following procedures must be followed in order to receive and retain student driving privileges:

  • First and foremost, students must be academically eligible to drive a vehicle on campus. During the course of the school year, if a student becomes academically ineligible all driving privileges will be revoked. Driving privileges may be reinstated, at such time, when a student becomes academically eligible.
  • The student’s car must be registered with the tag displayed.
  • The student must park in the designated area.
  • Should a student change vehicles, the replacement vehicle must be registered.
  • A student’s parking tag may not be transferred to another student.
  • The student must arrive for school on time.
  • The student must drive responsibly at all times—following the speed limits and driving rules of the road.
  • Students may not drive other students to or from school, unless it is a sibling.
  • Students will only be permitted to go to their car during the school day with a pass from the secondary school office.
  • Tri-Valley BOCES students who wish to drive to Sullivan County BOCES must obtain permission to do so and must also complete an application for a parking permit at the Career and Technical Office.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE

The school is committed to the prevention of alcohol and other substance use/abuse. No student may use, possess, sell, or distribute alcohol or other substances, nor may he/she use of possess drug paraphernalia, or any alcohol container or bottle (flasks, pouches, etc.) on school grounds or at school sponsored events, except drugs as prescribed by a physician.  The term “alcohol and or other substances” refers to the use  of all substances including but not limited to: alcohol, inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, LSD, PCP, amphetamines, heroin, steroids, look-alike drugs, and any of those substances commonly referred to as “designer drugs.” The inappropriate use of prescription and over-the counter drugs is also  forbidden.  Any substance used for “huffing” will be considered a drug under this regulation.

Additionally, the following persons are not permitted to enter school grounds or school sponsored events: any person who gives any visible and/or physical indication that he/she has used or consumed alcohol and/or other substances, or any person who school personnel have reasonable grounds to suspect has used alcohol and/or other substances.

Any substance found shall be taken immediately. The parent/guardian of the student(s) involved will be called and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including permanent suspension. The district may notify the appropriate law enforcement agency and may bring legal charges against the student(s) involved.

Students found to have used or be using, in possession of or distributing alcohol and/or other substances, and for possessing drug paraphernalia or alcoholic beverage containers will be subject to the disciplinary steps listed on the disciplinary chart found at the back of this publication. Students will be referred for assistance in dealing with their chemical use problem.

EARLY DISMISSAL PROCEDURES – STUDENTS LEAVING THE BUILDING

  • All notes to leave early must be given to the attendance office before 1st period and must explain the reason for the dismissal. All notes must be verified via a telephone call to a parent before early release is allowed. During the school day, no student is allowed to leave the school grounds without a note or special permission from the Principal. If a student leaves the grounds without permission he/she becomes truant and is subject to the laws governing truancy
  • The names of students who are dismissed will be listed on the daily attendance sheet.
  • All students must sign out before leaving the building.
  • Students may not sign out of school early because they have afternoon study hall(s). Also,  students may not sign into school late because they have a first period study hall.
  • Students will only be dismissed early for doctors’ appointments, appearances in court, family emergencies, etc. Students will not be allowed early release to go home for lunch or to avoid classes or study halls. Students will also not be allowed to leave early on a regular basis unless approved by the Principal.

EARLY DISMISSAL – 12th Grade Students

On the recommendation of the guidance counselor and the Principal, and subject to the approval of the Superintendent, 12th grade students who have fulfilled all academic requirements and are not  academically ineligible may be dismissed prior to the regularly scheduled end of the day in order to:

  • Attend college courses or
  • Appear for employment which has been verified by school authorities.

Prior approval for such early dismissal shall be based upon written parental permission and for good and sufficient cause. It is further understood that the school district will in no way be responsible for the transportation of the students dismissed early. Early work dismissal forms are available in the Secondary Guidance Office.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Electronic devices are not permitted in the secondary school or on school buses. Walkmans, radios, CD players, iPods, beepers, and/or cell telephones are prohibited and will be confiscated.

ELEVATOR

The use of the elevator by students is prohibited unless the student has received permission from the main office or the nurse. Students who are injured and unable to use the stairs must report to the nurse or office for an elevator pass. Teachers may grant students permission to use the elevator when the student is transporting materials, A.V. equipment, lab supplies, etc. Students found using the elevator without permission will be referred to an administrator and detention will be assigned.

FIRE DRILLS

Fire drills are a necessary and serious action taken during the school year. Follow these rules carefully:

  • Follow the directions to exit.
  • Maintain silence during the entire drill which includes exiting and reentering the building
  • Locate your class
  • Stay with your class. If you are separated from your class, let the closest adult know where you are supposed to be.

FORGERY

Forging of any signature or the making of any false entry or the alteration of any document used or intended to be used in connection with the operation of the school will be grounds for discipline.

FUNDRAISING

Any class, club, team, or community group who wishes to raise money for school activities must complete a fundraising request form and submit it to the Secondary School Office. The Secondary School Student Council prior to the commencement of the activity must approve all fundraising activities. This regulation applies to all school and community groups. Any fundraising without approval is strictly prohibited.

GRADES

At the beginning of each course, the classroom teacher will provide students and parents with a detailed outline of class expectations and grading procedures including:

  • specific course requirements required to pass or attend summer school
  • value of specific course activities and how grades are calculated

THE PASSING GRADE AT TRI-VALLEY SCHOOLS IS 65%

FINAL COURSE GRADES

  • Half Year Courses: Each quarterly grade is counted twice, the final exam once, and the total is then divided by five to arrive at the final course average
  • Full Year Courses: Each quarterly grade is counted once, the final exam once, and the total then divided by five to arrive at the final course average.

MINIMUM GRADING

A student’s actual grade will appear on their progress report. As per BOE policy, grades below 50 will  not appear on the report card. A comment stating the actual grade will be added. When computing report card and final course averages, any grade below 50 will be averaged in as a 50 except for final exam grades

FINAL EXAMINATIONS

Final examinations are course requirements; therefore, failure to take a final examination will cause course failure and will not qualify the student to attend summer school for that course. Exceptions: Teacher approved performance exemptions and documented medical emergencies.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Graduation requirements are determined by the year in which the student enters the ninth grade. Students seeking to complete diploma requirements in less than four years shall be subject to the diploma requirements applicable to a student who first entered grade 9 four years prior to the school year in which the diploma is to be awarded. A student graduating at the end of the fall semester shall be subject to the graduation requirements in effect for the preceding school year. A student who takes more than four  years to earn a diploma is subject to the requirements that apply to the year that student entered grade nine.

In addition to the testing requirements students must pass all the required courses and earn at least 22 course credits.

Classified special education students may take the RCT if they score below 55 on the Regents exams only if they have entered grade 9 on or before 2010. This provision will apply to all students entering grade 9 up until the year 2009 (Class of 2013) and will allow the student to receive a local diploma. In addition, the low-pass option of scoring between a 55-64 on the required Regents Exams to earn a local diploma will continue to be available for students with disabilities. Special education students entering grade 9 in 2010 must take and pass the five Regents exams in order to graduate. However, an IEP Diploma will continue to be available to students with disabilities.

GRADUATION SPEECHES

The Board of Education has determined that the valedictorian and salutatorian will speak at the graduation ceremony.

GRAFFITI

Graffiti of any type will not be tolerated. Magic markers, spray paint or any substance used in the  marking of school property is prohibited. Students found in possession of such items will be subject to  the appropriate disciplinary consequence. Students found writing graffiti will be, at a minimum, suspended from school.

HARASSMENT

The secondary school administration and staff strive to maintain a safe and orderly environment. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated, and any student who engages in harassment of any type will be subject to disciplinary consequence. Any student who feels that he/she is being subjected to  harassment should immediately report the incident to the Principal.

HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES

Hazardous substances such as fireworks, gas and other toxic materials are not allowed in school. Possession of such items will result in immediate suspension. If a student is caught possessing an illegal substance, police will be notified.

HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION

Homebound instruction will be made available to students who are unable to attend school for an extended period of time due to medical. Secondary school students will receive instruction for two (2) hours per day. Arrangements will be made for instruction no later than five (5) school days after notification and official verification of need. Instruction will continue throughout the duration of the absence and may occur only on days that school is in session.

Homebound referrals will be accompanied by appropriate documentation from a licensed physician or psychologist. Upon receipt of an approved referral:

THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT WILL:

  • Consult with the Building Principal regarding the identification of a homebound instructor.
  • Contact teachers for initial assignments.
  • Arrange for a meeting between homebound instructor, parents, and appropriate school staff.
  • Review student’s current academic status.
  • Discuss prognosis for return to school and any limitations.
  • Project required future assignments and tests.
  • Outline procedures for communication and assignment transfer.
  • Create a tentative instructional schedule.
  • Facilitate communication between school staff and the homebound instructor.

THE HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTOR WILL:

  • Pick up all pertinent books and materials from the Guidance Office.
  • Maintain the agreed upon teaching schedule in cooperation with family.
  • Provide written weekly progress reports and consult with each subject teacher.
  • Submit a weekly time sheet, signed by the parent, to the Building Principal.
  • Upon completion of instruction, provide a final progress report to the guidance office and each teacher
  • Return all books and materials to the guidance office.

THE SUBJECT AREA TEACHER WILL:

  • Provide the homebound instructor with appropriate background information and expectations for the student and subject area.
  • Provide the homebound instructor with ongoing assignments and all necessary materials in a timely manner.
  • Grade and return all assignments and tests to the homebound instructor on a weekly basis.
  • Maintain an ongoing record of student performance and grades.
  • Contact guidance counselor with any concerns.

THE PARENTS WILL:

  • Attend initial planning meeting.
  • Be present during all home instruction sessions.
  • Provide an appropriate instructional location and environment.
  • Notify the homebound instructor twenty-four (24) hours in advance of changes in the instructional schedule.
  • Contact the guidance counselor with any concerns.

PROCEDURES FOR CONFINEMENT INSTRUCTION

Students confined to a professional facility for an extended period of time may be eligible for facility operated academic instruction. In these instances, the guidance counselor will consult with the facility to establish appropriate academic arrangements between the facility and the home school on a case by case basis.

HOMEWORK

Parents, students and the school share the responsibility for student learning. Parents can assist their child(ren) with homework by:

  • providing a study area free of distractions and with good lighting
  • asking questions about the content of student homework
  • giving requested assistance, but letting the student do his or her own work
  • avoiding undue pressure
  • helping to create a “homework habit,” at the same time each night

Parental involvement in students’ homework is essential to making homework an integral part of the educational program. Parents should encourage and monitor homework assignments.

Students may be assigned homework per class each night. If a student feels that he or she has an  excessive amount of or too little homework per week, a conference with the guidance counselor is suggested.

All homework assignments will be graded and counted towards each student’s quarterly grade.

HONOR ROLLS

  • HONOR ROLL: Students in grades 7 – 12 with an overall average of 84.5 – 89.4 for a marking period are placed on the honor roll. A student receiving any failing grade for the marking period will not be eligible for honor roll.
  • HIGH HONOR ROLL: Students in grades 7 – 12 with an overall average of 89.5 and above, for a marking period, are placed on the high honor roll. A student receiving any failing grade for the marking period will not be eligible for high honor roll.
  • PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL: Students in grades 7-12 with an overall average of 94.5 and above will be placed on the principal’s honor roll. A student receiving any failing grade or a grade of less than 90 for the marking period will not be eligible for honor roll.

HONORS: ENGLISH & SOCIAL STUDIES – Grades 9 & 10

To be considered for either Honors English and/or Social Studies, students need to meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Students must maintain an 92% average in 8th grade English and Social Studies, separately, to be considered for English and/or Social Studies Honors classes in grade 9. .
  2. Each candidate must write an essay that will be scored using the NYS rubric. The student must achieve a three (3) or above.
  3. Students must meet both criteria as outlined in 1 & 1 to be placed in Honors in grade 9

Students not in grade 9 Honors will be eligible to enter honors English and /or Social Studies in grade 10 by maintaining an overall average of 92% in grade 9 English and/or Social Studies and completing an essay scored with the NYS rubric. The student must achieve a three (3) or above.

To remain in Honors Classes, students must maintain an overall average of 92% for the year in the honors class.

HONORS – ACCELERATION – MATH & SCIENCE – Grade 7

To be considered for acceleration in Math and Science in grade 7, students in 6th grade need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Students must maintain an average of 92% in Math and in Science separately.
  2. Students must be in school at least 170-days, unless documented legal circumstances require additional absence.
  3. Students must be on time to class 98% of days in attendance.
  4. Successful acceleration depends on a strong work ethic which includes: use of extra help opportunities when needed, independence in accomplishing tasks or asking for assistance in completing tasks, and homework on time 98% of the time.

ACCELERATION in Grade 7 – to take Advance Algebra CC and /or Living Engironment in Grade 8, the requirements include:

  1. Take and achieve a Level 4 on the 8th grade Science test and/or
  2. Take and achieve Level 4 on the 8th grade Math test.
  3. Maintain an overall average of 92% in Accelerated Math and/or Science, reviewed at the end of the 3rd marking period of the 7th grade year to take advanced algebra in 8th grade.
  4. Students whose average at the end of the 3rd marking period is between 81.5% and 91.4% will take Algebra R as 8th Graders.
  5. Students whose average at the end of the 3rd marking period are 81.4% or below will take 8th grade math.

To be considered to take Advanced Geometry students must:

  1. Must maintain a 92% average in Algebra CC reviewed at the end of 3rd marking period.
  2. Must score 81.5% on the Algebra CC Regents.

IDENTIFICATION SECURITY CARDS

In the fall semester all students will be issued identification cards containing a bar code of their student number. All students are required to carry school issued ID cards at all times and produce such cards when requested. New students to the secondary school will be issued student identification security cards as soon as possible. While in the secondary school, all students must:

  • Carry their identification security card at all times
  • Show their identification security card to staff members upon request.
  • Show their identification security cards when checking books out of the library since the barcode must be scanned into the computer to record the book.
  • Present their identification security card to a cafeteria cashier to be scanned into the computer to record the lunch purchase.
  • Students will be provided one identification security card free of cost. If a student loses their  identification card, there will be a five dollar replacement fee. Failure to produce the identification security card to any staff member will result in disciplinary action. Any student who does not have their security card in school must see an administrator for a pass to use the library or for any of the above where identification cards are required.

INCOMPLETES

If a student did not complete all required course work, or if extraordinary circumstances made it impossible for the student to complete the course requirements for the quarter, the report card will be marked “incomplete.” A one day extension will be granted for each day absent. However, no missed  work will be accepted after five weeks. Incompletes not changed will be converted to a failing grade.

If a student has been in regular attendance and there are no extraordinary circumstances, the student can not be given an incomplete for missed work. The classroom teacher must give a numerical grade. In lieu of an incomplete, based upon the teacher’s grading policy and rationale, the actual grade and the comment “Grade may be raised if missed work is completed” should be utilized. Only in extenuating  circumstances may an incomplete be assigned at the end of the school year and only with the Principal’s approval.

IN SCHOOL DETENTION (ISD)

  • Students are to report to the ISD room for attendance at or before the period bell.
  • Students are to sit in assigned seats. Seating is assigned by the ISD staff person.
  • The ISD supervisor will document student attendance, promptness, and behavior.
  • There is no talking, no sleeping, no eating (except during lunch), and no writing on the walls and furniture.
  • Students not following the rules or creating a disturbance may be given an additional day(s) in ISD and/or a possible out-of-school suspension.
  • If a student leaves school early his/her ISD time may be made up the next school day.

IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION (ISS)

  • Students are to report to the ISS room for attendance (not first period class).
  • Students are to sit in assigned seats.
  • Students are to bring all of their books and any additional materials necessary to keep them working the entire day.
  • The ISS supervisor will document in a log what work is completed, period by period. Work will be collected and returned to the subject teacher daily.
  • The ISS supervisor will document when the student leaves the room.
  • The ISS supervisor will supply work when necessary, and will assist students in completing their assignments.
  • There is no talking, no sleeping, no eating (except during lunch and/or breakfast, for students allowed breakfast), and no writing on the walls and furniture.
  • Students not following the rules or creating a disturbance will be given an additional day(s) in ISS and/or a possible out-of-school suspension.
  • If a student leaves school early his/her ISS time must be made up the next day.

KEYS

Students are never to be in possession of keys belonging to a faculty or staff member. Unauthorized possession of keys will result in immediate suspension.

LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

  1. Students  will  be  respectful  of  the  library’s  atmosphere  of  quiet  study. Those who cannot maintain the atmosphere of quiet will be asked to return to class.
  2. Students may check out two books at a time. If more than two books are required, the student must obtain permission from the librarian.
  3. Students with overdue library books will not be able to check out books until the overdue books are renewed, returned, or, if lost, replaced.
  4. The library staff will make copies of library materials for students conducting research. There is no charge for this service.

LOCKERS

Keep lockers locked at all times. DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR LOCKERS. The school is not responsible for such items. If you have anything of value, bring it to the Secondary School Office for safe keeping. Students  should not give out their locker combination to anyone. Students are not permitted to use or go into any locker not assigned to them. Any student who is experiencing locker problems should contact the Secondary School Office immediately. Gym lockers will be assigned to you during your gym class. Students are not allowed to decorate, outside or inside, their lockers with any stickers, markers, etc.

LOST AND FOUND

Report all lost and found items of value and significance to the Assistant Principal or Principal’s office. Please provide a full description of the items in each case so that proper ownership can be established. Do not bring valuable items, large sums of money and/or jewelry to school.

NO COAT AND JACKET PROCEDURE

Students are prohibited from wearing coats or jackets during the school day. Coats and Jackets worn to school will be placed in the student’s locker until dismissal.

NO BOOK BAG/BACK PACK PROCEDURE

Students may not carry their book bags/back packs with them during the day. All book bags/back packs must be placed the student’s locker and kept there until dismissal. Pocketbooks/purses are permitted as long as they are not large enough to carry a textbook.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Membership in the National Honor Society is based upon excellence in four areas: Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service. Each category is judged independently. Students  will  become eligible for membership at the end of the second marking period of their junior year. If a student meets  the academic requirements at that time but are not selected for membership, the student may re-apply after the second marking period of their senior year, if they remain academically eligible.

The academic criteria for induction and maintenance of membership for juniors and seniors are:

  • Enrollment in at least three Regents-level, honor, or college-credit courses with a minimum grade as follows: Must have a COMBINES average in those courses as follows:

3 Regents-level courses: 88.0
2 Regents + 1 college/honors: 87.0
1 Regents + 2 college /honors: 86.0
3 College/honors courses: 85.0

  • Must have an overall average of 88 (band, chorus, and physical education courses fo not count in the overall average). If the student is taking college or honor courses that only require an 85, it would be taken into consideration when figuring the overall average. If a student has maintained an 85 in college or honor courses and an 88 in all other courses, he or she would be eligible for National Honor Society.
  • A cumulative average of 88.0 or above starting from the ninth grade.
  • No failing grades.

Grades in Band, Chorus, and Physical Education will not be considered in determining the cumulative average. However, participation in Band and Chorus may be used by the student in regard to leadership and service.

Maintenance of Standards

All members of the National Honor Society are expected to maintain the high standards of excellence required for admission to the organization. Members must maintain the minimum scholastic cumulative average (see academic standards under “National Honor Society” section of handbook) for each marking period, and have no failing grades. A failing grade in any subject will result in automatic probation. Two failing grades will result in dismissal. Students must also continue to live up to the character, leadership, and service ideals of the Society. Failure to maintain these standards will result in probation for the  period of one quarter. A second probation will result in dismissal from National Honor Society. All standards must be maintained beginning with the third quarter of the junior year (senior year if inducted as a senior).

Admission Procedures

  1. At the end of the second marking period, the National Honor Society advisors request a list of 11th and 12th grade candidates from the guidance department.
  2. Candidates are notified to meet with the advisors. At that time, the criteria are explained to the
  3. candidates. They are further advised about the evaluation process done by the faculty. The candidates are cautioned that their academic eligibility in no way guarantees their admittance into the National Honor Society. At that time, the students are given a sheet on which they list school and community activities. They are told to list activities dating back no further than their freshman year.
  4. Once the resumes of activities have been collected, the National Honor Society advisors type them and attach them to the selection process packet.
  5. The next step in the selection process is rating by the faculty. In a meeting, the faculty members are each given a selection process packet. The process is explained to them, and the explanation is in writing as well. At that time, the faculty members rate the students. They are advised not to rate those students with whom they have had limited contact.
  6. Once the information is collected, the advisors tally the scores, which are thoroughly checked and rechecked. The scoring system works as follows: The teachers rate the students in each category on a scale of 1 to 4. Points are added up in the four categories:  scholarship,  character, leadership and service. Those points are divided by the number of categories in which the student was rated. A minimum score of 3.0 is used as a guideline to determine admittance into National Honor Society.
  7. Once the scores have been calculated, the advisors and National Honor Society Faculty Council, (a group appointed by the Secondary School Principal), meet to discuss the admission of each student. The following guidelines are used for admission:
    A score of 3.0 (This is not an absolute determinant, but a guideline.)
    Teacher input  (from scoring sheet, personal notes, or verbal comments)
    The Faculty Council deliberates on each candidate, reviewing scores in each area. The Council considers each candidate. Students falling below the 3.0 mark are carefully discussed. At times, the Council may request further input from faculty. After careful review, the council votes on the admission of each individuall.
  8. If students were chosen for induction into the National Honor Society, they are then contacted by mail. If a student was not selected, he or she is advised by the advisors and a guidance counselor. Those students are encouraged to continue in their endeavors and are congratulated for their eligibility.
  9. Students selected for membership in the National Honor Society must attend the annual induction ceremony. Students will not be admitted in National Honor Society unless they have a valid excuse and have informed the advisors at least one week before the  ceremony. Students must provide a note written and signed by a parent/guardian.

Privileges

Members of the National Honor Society will be given a membership card which will entitle them to the following privileges:

  1. National Honor Society members in good standing are exempted from the hallway pass requirements, but they are not permitted to wander the halls while classes are in session. Members must find a suitable place to be during their free periods: study hall, library, computer center, or a classroom with teacher’s consent.
  2. National Honor Society students may sign out reference material overnight with the approval of the librarian.
  3. With the permission of the teacher, National Honor Society members may be permitted to be absent from a regularly scheduled class for such purposes as:
    – to work on school-related business or projects
    – to do extra work in the library
    – to observe another class (permission must be granted from the teacher of the class to be observed)
  4. National Honor Society members may go downtown for lunch, but must observe the following rules:
    – must have signed permission slip from a parent/guardian filed in the Secondary School Office
    – must walk to town, driving is not permitted
    – must return on time for their next class
    – must sign out and in on a sign-out sheet in the Secondary School Office
    – may not bring back food and beverages for other students
  5. National Honor Society members (weather permitting and with permission of the teacher) may go outside during study halls.
  6. National Honor Society members have the privilege of using the computer center

Responsibilities

  1. Students must meet all assignment and test requirements.
  2. Students may not miss classes on the days of announced tests.
  3. Students may not miss physical education or music classes.
  4. Students must maintain the high standards of excellence in scholarship, leadership, service and character.
  5. Members must attend the annual Induction Ceremony. Students who do not attend and were not excused by the advisors, will not be inducted, pinned, or honored.

Truancy and chronic tardiness (four or more in a marking period) are serious offenses. A National Honor Society member who is truant or chronically tardy, from school, risks dismissal. On the first offense, the student will be placed on probation, losing all National Honor society privileges for a 10-week period.  An immediate dismissal could result if the situation warrants it. A second offense will result in dismissal.

Any members who deliberately violate a school or civil law, or acts in a manner unbecoming a member of the National Honor Society, could be dismissed. For flagrant violations, the member does not have to be warned.

Dismissal Procedure

In case of dismissal, the member should be notified in writing to avoid any misunderstanding. This letter should briefly explain the Society’s standards and student’s deficiency. The time limit of the warning period, if appropriate, should be clearly stated. Once a member has been dismissed, he/she is never again eligible for membership in the National Junior Honor Society.

NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY

Membership in the National Junior Honor Society is based upon excellence in four areas: Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service. Each category is judged independently.  Students  will  become eligible for membership at the end of the second marking period of their eighth-grade year. If a student meets the academic requirements at that time but are not selected for membership, the student may re- apply after the second marking period of their freshman year, if they remain academically eligible.

The academic criteria for induction and maintenance of membership for eighth and ninth grade students are:

  • A minimum grade of 90.0 in all core academic courses (English, Science, Math, Social Studies, and Spanish. 85.0 for accelerated or honor courses. Any honors or accelerated course in Math, English, Social Studies, Science, or Foreign Language would be included. In addition, the student’s total marking period average must be at least 90.0.
  • A cumulative average of 90.0 or above starting from the seventh grade, second semester.

Grades in Band, Chorus, and Physical Education will not be considered in determining the cumulative average. However, participation in Band and Chorus may be used by the student in regard to leadership and service.

Maintenance of Standards

All members of the National Junior Honor Society are expected to maintain the high standards of excellence required for admission to the organization. Members must maintain the minimum scholastic cumulative average of 90.0, maintain a 90.00 in all academic courses (88.0 in accelerated courses*) for each marking period, and have no failing grades. (*Note: Students enrolled in college courses can have  an 85 overall average in the class.) A failing grade in any subject will result in automatic probation. Two failing grades may result in dismissal. Students must also continue to live up to the character, leadership, and service ideals of the Society. Failure to maintain these standards will result in probation for the  period of one quarter. A second probation will result in dismissal from National Honor Society. All standards must be maintained beginning with the third quarter of the eighth grade year (freshman year if inducted as a freshman).

Privileges

Members of the National Junior Honor Society will be given a membership card which will entitle them to the following privileges:

  1. National Junior Honor Society members in good standing are exempted from the hallway pass requirements, but they are not permitted to wander the halls while classes are in session. Members must find a suitable place to be during their free periods: study hall, library, computer center, or a classroom with teacher’s consent.
  2. National Junior Honor Society students may sign out reference material overnight with the approval of the librarian.
  3. With the permission of the teacher, National Junior Honor Society members may be permitted to be absent from a regularly scheduled class for such purposes as:
    – to work on school-related business or projects
    – to do extra work in the library
    – to observe another class (permission must be granted from the teacher of the class to be observed)
  4. National Junior Honor Society members have the privilege of using the computer center.

Responsibilities

  1. Students must meet all assignment and test requirements.
  2. Students may not miss classes on the days of announced tests.
  3. Students may not miss physical education or music classes.
  4. Students must maintain the high standards of excellence in scholarship, leadership, service and character.
  5. Members must attend the annual Induction Ceremony. Students who do not attend and were not excused by the advisors, will not be inducted, pinned, or honored. .

Truancy and chronic tardiness (four or more in a marking period) are serious offenses. A National Junior Honor Society member who is truant or chronically tardy, from school, risks dismissal. On the first offense, the student will be placed on probation, losing all National Junior Honor Society privileges for a 10-week period. An immediate dismissal could result if the situation warrants it. A second offense will result in dismissal.

Any members who deliberately violate a school or civil law, or acts in a manner unbecoming a member of the National Junior Honor Society, could be dismissed. For flagrant violations, the member does not have to be warned.

Dismissal Procedure

In case of dismissal, the member should be notified in writing to avoid any misunderstanding. This letter should briefly explain the Society’s standards and student’s deficiency. The time limit of the warning period, if appropriate, should be clearly stated. Once a member has been dismissed, he/she is never again eligible for membership in the National Junior Honor Society.

OPEN CONTAINER POLICY

Students are permitted to bring clear containers of water in the classroom.

PASS\FAIL

Students, primarily seniors, may be provided the opportunity to take non-required or elective courses on an audit or a pass/fail basis with the permission of the subject area teacher, the parent, and the Principal. Students may not elect either the audit or pass/fail option for any course required for graduation or sequence. No more than one course may be taken for audit or pass/fail at one time. A student who successfully completes a pass/fail class will be granted the appropriate course credit and a “P” will be indicated on the student’s transcript. A student who does not successfully complete a pass/fail class will receive no credit and an “F” will be placed on transcript and will not be able to make the honor roll for that making period. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis will not be averaged into a student’s GPA. No credit is awarded for courses taken as an audit.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Students who successfully complete physical education will be awarded 1/2 (one-half) credit per year. Students are required to earn a total of 2 (two) credits during their high school career and the credits are required for graduation.

Any student athlete that does not participate in physical education class (w/o a note) will not be eligible to practice or play in a team sport on that day.

Grading

Participation & Preparation = 80%
Skills, Fitness & Homework = 20%

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

During the Pledge of Allegiance and Salute to the Flag in homeroom, students are expected to: Stand or remain seated in a respectful manner Keep silent other than saying the Pledge.

PORTFOLIO

As part of Tri-Valley’s on going commitment to ensure that students receive the best educational program possible, the Board of Education requires pupils to satisfactorily complete a graduation portfolio. Known as QUEST (Qualities Ensuring Successful Tomorrows), this portfolio currently requires all Local and Regents diploma candidates to complete a research entry and a Career Awareness Package (CAP) at a competent level or better. Also, all students must also complete either a problem solving entry or a reflective entry. Whereas research opportunities are embedded in course requirements in several classes, the CAP activities including a resume, cover letter, a job application, a videotaped interview, a futures plan, and research into an occupational field, will, for most students, be completed in the Career and Finance Management course taken during the sophomore (primarily) or junior year. By establishing this diploma requirement, instruction and learning is more clearly focused on life skills which are essential for success no matter what path a student takes after leaving the Tri-Valley community. (See Academic Eligibility for regulations regarding failure to complete portfolio entries.)

PROMOTION POLICY

To insure the orderly and consistent determination of grade placement in the secondary school, the following criteria shall apply:

  • To be promoted to grade 10, a student will have earned not less than 4.0 Carnegie units.  At least three Carnegie units must be in core subjects and the fourth may be an elective subject. A student retained in grade 9 will be scheduled for a complete grade nine program, but not scheduled to repeat courses for which Carnegie unit credit has already been earned.
  • To be promoted to grade 11, a student must have earned: At least 9.0 Carnegie units. At least 6.0 of the credits must be in core subjects.
  • To be placed in grade 12, the student must be able to be scheduled for all the courses required for graduation.

Core Courses: English, Social Studies, Math, Science, and Foreign Language Elective Courses: All other courses

PUBLICATIONS

Students have the right to express their views in speech, writing, or through any other medium or form, limited solely by those restrictions imposed on all citizens generally and those specifically applicable to children and youths in a school setting.

The school encourages student publications not only because they offer an educational activity through which students gain experience in reporting, writing, editing, and understanding responsible journalism, but also because they provide an opportunity for students to express their views and means of communicating both within and beyond the school community.

All student publications must comply with the rules for responsible journalism. Libelous statements, unfounded charges and accusations, obscenity, false statements, materials advocating racial or religious prejudice, hatred, violence, the breaking of laws and school policies and/or regulations, or materials designed to disrupt the education process will not be permitted.

Expressions of personal opinion must be clearly identified as such and must bear the name of the author. Opportunity for the expression of opinions differing from those of the student publishers must be provided.

In addition, student newspapers and/or publications which are paid for by the school district and/or produced under the direction of a teacher as part of the school curriculum are not considered a public forum. In such cases, the Board of Education reserves the right to edit or delete such student speech  which it feels is inconsistent with the district’s basic educational mission.

Distribution of Literature

Students have a right to distribute literature on school grounds and in the school building provided such distribution does not interfere with or disrupt the educational process. No literature may be distributed unless a copy is submitted in advance to the Superintendent of Schools and the Principal.

RECORDS

Parents of students under 18, or a student 18 or older, have a right to inspect and review any and all official records, files, and data directly related to their children or themselves, including all material that is incorporated into each student’s cumulative record folder, and intended for school use or to be available to parties outside the school or school system, and specifically including, but not necessarily limited to, identifying data, academic work completed, level of achievement (grades, standardized achievement test scores), attendance data, scores on standardized intelligence, aptitude, and psychological tests, interest inventory results, health data, family background information, and verified reports of serious or recurrent behavior patterns. A parent should make the request for access to a student’s records to the guidance counselor. Arrangements to provide access to requested records will be made in a reasonable period of time.

RELEASE OF STUDENT INFORMATION

Military recruiters, upon their request, have the right to students’ directory information including name, address and phone number.  Parents have the right to request the school not release this information to   the military and must send that request in writing to the Guidance Office by September 15th. Student records may be released to the Department of Probation and to Courts of Law upon written request by the appropriate agency and/or as ordered in court documents or a subpoena. The school will not release educational records to any other source without the written consent of the parent or guardian.

SCHEDULE CHANGES

All changes in schedules are done through the Guidance Office with a drop/add slip. No change occurs or is official until that slip is signed by the counselor, the teacher, and returned to the guidance office. Changes may occur in early September only if there is satisfaction with timing, curriculum, teachers, guidance staff and administration. (See Course Withdrawal)

SELLING OF GOODS AND POSTING SIGNS

Goods sold or signs posted on school grounds must have prior approval by the Principal in writing. All sales related to private profit-making are prohibited. Only signs and sales related to school organizations and with an approved calendar schedule may be allowed.

SPORTS

To participate in the Tri-Valley athletic program, all students must submit a signed copy of the Athletic Participation Form (APF) before the first day of practice. The APF must be approved and in the  coach’s possession prior to participation. The APF may be obtained from the athletic director or the school nurse. See also extracurricular activities.

Listen to the daily announcements for details regarding participation in any of these sports. Membership and participation in all curricular and extracurricular activities will not be denied on the basis of race, sex, marital status, color, religion, national origin or disability.

SNOWDAYS/CANCELLATION

Cancellations are announced over the following radio stations:

SPORTSMANSHIP

Exemplary behavior should be exhibited by all players and spectators at athletic events. We ask for parents to support this effort by emphasizing to your son or daughter what is expected of them at an athletic event. Such events are an extension of the school day, and we should expect the same type of respectful behavior exhibited in the athletic arena as we do in the classroom. We urge you to ask your children to demonstrate self-control and self-discipline and to remind them of the disciplinary consequences which will occur if behavior is not acceptable.

STUDENT COUNCIL

The Student Council functions as an organizer for student activities, serves as a training ground for student leadership and cooperation, helps solve school problems and shares in the management of the school. Student Council officers are voted in each year from the junior and senior classes. Two representatives from each grade level are voted.

STUDENT COURSE SCHEDULING/DOUBLING

The following regulations regarding scheduling are based upon a known probability of success for students who have a double scheduled academic course. The regulations are developed on the basis that the district will continue to offer support to students who have failed courses.

  1. A student enrolled in Grade 9, 10, and 11
    – may not be simultaneously scheduled in two consecutive courses in English, Social Studies, Mathematics, or Science.
    – may not be simultaneously scheduled in any other courses that are sequential in nature, or any course for which a pre-requisite would normally be required.
  2. A student enrolled in Grade 12 may be simultaneously enrolled in both English and/or Social Studies upon approval of the Principal.
  3. No student may be enrolled in triple programs simultaneously.
  4. Any exceptions to the above must be approved by the Principal.

STUDENT HEALTH

Students in grades 7 and 10 are mandated by New York State Law to have a physical examination. This law also requires all new students entering the district to have a physical examination. The examination should be completed between September and December. This examination can be completed by the student’s private physician or he/she can be examined by the school physician. If the student’s family physician completes the examination, a copy of the completed physical report should be mailed or brought to the school nurse prior to December 1.

Medication

According to New York State Law, there is a procedure the school nurse must follow before any medication can be given during school hours. These legal requirements are as follows:

The school nurse must have a written order by the doctor stating: name of medication; reason for giving medication; dosage to be given; time medication should be given; and the number of days the medication should be given. Aspirin or Tylenol may not be administered without written permission of a physician.

Medication must have a professional label.

  • Medication must be brought to school by an adult. Under no circumstances is a child to bring medication to school. Ask the bus driver to give it to the school nurse or please package and label the medication as mentioned above. Do not send any over-the-counter medication with students, particularly younger children. Although most children are responsible, there is always a chance for consumption by another child.
  • The parent must submit a written request to the school nurse to give the medication.
  • If you have any questions regarding the medication, contact the school nurse.
  • If your child is taking medication that may affect school learning or behavior, please notify the school nurse.
  • Indicate if your child has any allergic reaction to medication, bee or wasp stings, or food. This can be noted on the information sheet or by calling the nurse’s office. If need be, medication may be brought into school for allergic reactions.

STUDY HALL PROCEDURES

  1. Students will be assigned seats and students must stay in their assigned seats.
  2. Do not distract others, study halls are for studying. You may study or read quietly.
  3. Students may not go to their locker during the study hall. Students must come to the study hall prepared.
  4. Students may be sent to the library with a written pass from the study hall teacher. They must go directly to the library and sign in once they arrive at the library. Students are not allowed to leave the library without the permission from the librarian and they must have a written pass from the librarian to return to study hall.
  5. You may be excused from study hall to go to another teacher only if you have a pass from that teacher prior to your arrival to study hall: plan ahead.
  6. Students who are on the ineligible list will not be allowed to leave study hall except for bathroom emergencies.
  7. Only one student at a time will be allowed to leave the study halls to use the bathroom. The request to leave should be on an emergency basis.
  8. Any student leaving study hall should have a completed, written pass.
  9. Seniors must go to study hall, wait for the teacher to take attendance, and then they may sign out to the library only. (Only eligible seniors may leave study hall.)

SUMMER SCHOOL

Students who complete all course requirements, but still have a failing average, are allowed to enroll in an approved summer school program and retake the course providing they meet two of the following three criteria: absent from school less than 20 days, score greater than a 50% on the final exam, and have an actual final grade of greater than 50%.

The student will receive credit for any summer school course in which he/she receives a passing grade (the passing grade is determined by the summer school site.) Any grade attained in summer school will  be averaged into the student’s overall grade point average, along with the initial failing grade.

Any student who opts to retake a Regents exam may do so, at any regular administration date. Upon receiving initial exam results, students must notify the Guidance Office as soon as possible of their intention of retaking the exam. Only the highest Regents exam grade will be used in calculating the student’s final average and shown on the student permanent transcript

TAPING AND/OR DIGITAL RECORDING

Any student, staff member, visitor, or guest, who wishes to tape or video-record a lesson, lecture, talk, demonstration, or any other experience at Tri-Valley School, must secure permission from the Principal prior to the use of any electronic or photographic equipment.

TELEPHONE CALLS

TRUANCY

Any student who is illegally absent from school or leaves school without permission is considered truant and will be disciplined as per the school discipline code. Leaving the building without permission for any reason is considered truancy. Students who arrive to school but do not attend homeroom and leave the premises will also be considered truant. Under the guidelines of New York State Law, it is mandatory that all students attend school.

VEHICLE/BUS LAW

Passing a stopped school bus while that school bus is on school property with their red lights flashing is a violation under the Vehicle and Traffic Law in New York State. New York State Law also prohibits passing a school bus when it’s stopped on the road and their red lights are flashing; this even includes divided highways. Vehicles proceeding in either direction must stop.

WORKING PAPERS

Working papers are obtained in the Guidance Office for students ages 14-17. An application, with a parent signature, must be submitted to the guidance office. Please allow twenty-four hours for  completion. A school physical may be used for working papers. Check with the nurse, if necessary, for assistance on the Medical Report Form.

Student Driving Privileges and Parking Permits

Each school year, students must reapply in order to drive to and park at the secondary school. A Parking Permit Application is located at the back of this booklet. Student parking is allowed in the Route 55 parking lot. The following areas are not to be used for student parking: front faculty parking lot (Lot A), designated visitor parking, designated handicapped parking, designated no parking zones, or any lawn area. Any student’s car found in these areas will be towed at the expense of the owner.

Permits are distributed in the following order, to seniors first (Remaining spots are available to juniors under the same conditions as outlined):

  • Seniors who participate in every day after school programs—sport team, yearbook, musical, drama.
  • Seniors who have jobs after school—employer must sign a letter indicating time of shift and number of school days required to work.
  • Seniors in good academic standing—passing all courses, no discipline referrals, 90% or better on time and attendance.
  • Parking permits will not be issued to students who have obligations—lost books, unreturned uniforms, fines. The following procedures must be followed in order to receive and retain student driving privileges:
  • First and foremost, students must be academically eligible to drive a vehicle on campus. During the course of the school year,  if a student becomes academically ineligible all driving privileges will be revoked. Driving privileges may be reinstated, at  such time, when a student becomes academically eligible.
  • The student’s car must be registered with the tag displayed.
  • The student must park in the designated area.
  • Should a student change vehicles, the replacement vehicle must be registered.
  • A student’s parking tag cannot be transferred to another student.
  • The student must arrive for school on time.
  • The student must drive responsibly at all times—following the speed limits and driving rules of the road.
  • Students may not drive other students to or from school, unless it is a sibling.
  • Students will only be permitted to go to their car during the school day with a pass from the secondary school office.
  • Tri-Valley BOCES students who wish to drive to Sullivan County BOCES must obtain permission to do so and must also complete an application for a parking permit at the Career and Technical Office.