School Policies

Cell Phone Usage

Students are able to use cell phones before and after school and in the cafeteria at lunch and recess. Please remind your child that they are not to use cell phones to take pictures or videotape during any part of the school day. Additionally, cell phones are not to be used during class unless under the instruction and directions of a staff member. When a cell phone is used during class, an administrator will notify a parent.

Dress Code

With the warmer weather, students begin to wear shorts and tank tops to school. We remind parents and students that tank top straps should be two-fingers wide and shorts should be long enough to reach the tips of their fingers when placed at their side. If a student is sent to the office about their attire, we will ask students to change into t-shirts we have in storage, or we may have students call the parent. Please remind your child of these guidelines.

Absences

When a student is absent, please either email our Student Services Secretary, Connie Wagner at cwagner@hcpss.org or turn in a written note to your child's homeroom teacher upon their return to school.

If a note is not received, the absence will remain documented as Truant. Please see the Secondary Student Handbook for more information.

What is the Difference Between Excused and Unexcused Absences?

Lawful Absence - An excused absence for any portion of the day under the following conditions:

  1. Illness of the student
  2. Death in the immediate family
  3. Court summons
  4. Observance of a religious holiday
  5. Hazardous weather conditions (as determined by the Superintendent)
  6. State emergency (as determined by the Governor)
  7. Suspension
  8. Lack of authorized transportation (school system transportation)

Unlawful Absence (Truant) - An unexcused absence for any reason other than those cited as lawful are presumed as unlawful and may constitute truancy. Students unlawfully absent are considered truant:

  1. Missed bus
  2. Car trouble
  3. Traffic
  4. No parking

Upon returning to school, the student must bring a written note signed by a parent/guardian citing the date of the absence and an explanation why the student could not attend school or have previously emailed our Student Services Secretary, Connie Wagner at cwagner@hcpss.org

A student has two days from the date of the absence to bring in a note if Mrs. Wagner was never emailed the absence. If the note is received after the two-day grace period, the student will be given an unexcused pass for the absence and will remain truant. 

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