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Post Falls High School
Handbook
 

This handbook provides summary information that students need to know. A summarized version of the disciplinary policy and rules adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Post Falls School District is contained in this handbook. More complete information, rules and policies are set forth in the Post Falls School District policy manual. Students have the responsibility to know, respect and abide by the rules, policies and regulations of the school district. A copy of the manual is kept in the principal’s office and the library for your review.

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Alphabetical Index
Absences
Activity Calendar
Activity Card
Attendance Policy
Bus Conduct
Bookcovers
Cafeteria
Class Changes
Closed Campus
Complaints and Grievances
Detention
Detention and In-House Suspension
Disciplinary Action
Display of Affection
Drug, Tobacco, and Alcohol Policy
Driver Training
Early Final Exams
Extracurricular Code of Ethics
Excessive Absences - Tardies
Fees
Fight Song
Food and Drink
Fundraising
Graduation Requirements
Guidance (Counseling) Services
Hall Passes
Harassment
Hazing or Initiation
Homework
Honor Classes
Identification
Incitement to Disorder
Leaving Campus
Library Media Center
Lockers
Lost and Found
Make-up Work
Non-Discrimination Policy
Parental Responsibilities
Parking Lot
Portable Electronic Devices
Pre-Arranged Absences
Progress Reports
Rallies/Assemblies
Report Cards
School Calendar
School Clubs
School Dances
School Goals
Salutatorian and Valedictorian
Student Dress
Suspensions
Tardies
Telephone Policy
Tobacco Policy
Unexcused Absences
Verbal and Written Threats
Visitors
Weapons Policy

Absences

After six (6) absences, the parents and student will be notified. Parents are encouraged to maintain contact with the school in order to keep track of how many absences have occurred.

If a student is going to be absent from school, we ask that the parent call the school office before 9:00 a.m. on the day of the absence.

High school students are capable of being (and should be) responsible for many of their own actions. They should be held accountable for making reasonable decisions. Therefore, attendance at school is the responsibility of students and their parents.

NOTE: Any absence from class or school will apply toward the nine (9) days total allowable absence.

Parents are encouraged to schedule doctor and dentist appointments before/after normal school hours.

Activity Calendar

The school's master activity calendar is located in the main office. Any proposed activity must be cleared with the activities director (this includes fundraisers, dances, etc.).

Activity Card

A twenty-five dollar activity card can be purchased which allows students to attend free all home athletic events except tournaments. All students in extracurricular activities must purchase a card. If lost, a student body card can be replaced for $5.00.

The school newspaper, the Trojan Times, is distributed free to all students at the high school. The school yearbook sells for $33 with an engraved name included if paid by the end of October. A limited number will be available after October for $35.

Attendance Policy

Basic Philosophy:
I. Students learn best when they are in the classroom. Absence hinders learning; good, regular attendance encourages learning. In order to maximize learning opportunities, Post Falls High School actively pursues the following policy.

II. Post Falls School District Attendance Policy states that any student who misses more than nine (9) days in any one class shall be given no credit for that class for the semester. Exceptions to the attendance rule can only be made after the consideration by the Board of Trustees. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis. Before appearing before the board for consideration, students and parents must appear before an attendance appeal committee, consisting of two parents, the counselor, and two teachers. They will meet at the end of each semester to hear appeals from those students and their parents who have received no credit due to violation of the Post Falls High School attendance Policy. A negative decision may be appealed to the Assistant Superintendent, then to the Board of Trustees. Exceptions to the attendance policy can only be made after the consideration by the all the board of trustees.

Bus Conduct

District buses are provided for transportation to and from school and for activities. Students are reminded that riding the bus is a privilege that could be lost. School bus infractions are handled by the transportation department.

General Rules:
     1. Stay in assigned seats (if applicable).
     2. Keep hands, feet, books, and objects to yourself.
     3. No swearing, rude gestures, cruel teasing, put downs, or harassment.
     4. Keep voices low.
     5. Follow the driver’s directions.

Bookcovers

Every teacher will require students to COVER textbooks within five (5) days of issue.

Cafeteria

The food service department sells a complete hot lunch daily. Students are expected to:

Pay for food
Stand in line and wait their turn
Keep table areas clean
Return trays and dishes
Put garbage in proper containers
Use good table manners
Eat in the commons area only
Put chairs in place (if applicable)

Class Changes

Student-initiated class changes are normally discouraged but will be considered to correct an error or to adjust the student to the proper level of subject complexity.

Closed Campus

Post Falls High School is a closed campus. Once students arrive on school grounds, they will not be permitted to leave without following proper check-out procedures in the main office. Students leaving school grounds without authorization will be subject to discipline.

Complaints and Grievances

Problems are best resolved at the building level. Parents and students have the right to an informal conference with the building principal or designee for the purpose of resolving the problem. If the differences are not resolved, parents and students have the right to present their grievance orally or in writing to the assistant superintendent. If the grievance is still not resolved, the parents and students have the right to present their grievance to the superintendent.

Detention

Detention is assigned to students for tardies, lack of materials for class, disruptive behavior, etc. Lack of cooperation on the student’s part can result in further disciplinary action, such as suspension. Failure to attend detention could result in suspension.

Detention and In-House Suspension

1. You must be on time.
2. You must be doing school-related work.
3. No sleeping.
4. No food or drink.
5. No talking.
6. All lunches will be eaten in in-house suspension.
7. In-house suspension breaks are for restroom use only.
8. Failure to attend in-house suspension will result in out-of-school suspension.
9. Toys, games and headphones are not allowed.
10. You are responsible for tests and assignments in your classes the day you return from in-house. You do not get extra time to make up work. Get your assignment in advance and work on them in-house.

Disciplinary Action

Disciplinary action is the term used for all forms of corrective action. Disciplinary action includes, but is not limited to:

Counseling
Parent Conferences
Home visitation (if applicable)
Substance Abuse education
Referral to Special services
Referral to other agencies
Work detail (with parental consent)
Detention
Suspension
In-House Suspension
Emergency Removal Suspension
Expulsion

Display of Affection

Displays of affection beyond holding hands and hugs will not be tolerated at Post Falls High School.

Drug, Tobacco, and Alcohol Policy

In compliance with the Drug Free School and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (PL100-690), the Post Falls School District # 273 recognizes its responsibility to maintain a school environment free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol.

If a student is under the influence and/or in possession of alcohol, tobacco products, or illegal or illicit drugs while on or in sight of district property during school hours or at a school sponsored activity they are in violation of this policy.

Violation of the above policy may result in: suspension, action by law enforcement, notification of parents/guardians, substance abuse education, referral to the Y.E.S. program, other consequences as outlined in the Post Falls School District policies, or a combination of the above.

Driver Training

Driver education is offered to all students. Those selected are chosen by birthdate. All information regarding sign-up will be in the daily bulletin.

Early Final Exams

All students leaving school before the last day of school will either be asked to make up their finals during summer school or take early finals. Arrangements will be made individually. Students and parents should contact an assistant principal. Taking final exams outside of scheduled times is discouraged.

Extracurricular Code of Ethics

All students participating in school-sponsored activities must meet the rules and regulations stated in the Trojan Extracurricular Handbook. This includes athletes, cheerleaders, officers, etc.

Excessive Absences - Tardies

It is the policy of the Post Falls High School that it is the teacher’s responsibility to make referrals to the office for excessive absenteeism and tardies. The teacher’s attendance card is the school’s official attendance record. A student who is more than five (5) minutes late for a class will be counted absent for that class.

Fees

Twenty-five dollar fees are assessed for a book deposit. This is refunded at the end of the school year if damages and/or fines have not occurred.

Fight Song

"Go Trojans"(Go Vandals, U of I)
Come a tribe
From the North
To Attack
Bearing banners
of orange and black
Tried and true
through and through
Above the pack
Trojans...Trojans
Go Trojans Go
Unite as one and attack
Foes will fall before
Your orange and your black
The victory cannot be
Withheld from thee
So all bear down for post Falls High
Come on and Go Trojans Go
P-F-H-S Post Falls Trojans are the best

(repeat the last four lines of the chorus)

Food and Drink

It is highly recommended that no food or drink be allowed in classrooms.

Fundraising

Any Post Falls High School group or club wishing to raise funds for its activity must do the following:

1. Pick up a form and confirm date with the activity director.
2. Plan fundraising event with class/club advisor.
3. Present form and proposal to student government for approval.

Each class or club is limited to one fundraiser per year. All money collected as a result of a school activity will be turned in to the high school student accounts secretary and receipted to the proper activity. Prior to spending any school funds, permission must be obtained from the class/club advisor and/or the administration on a purchase order. Soliciting cash contributions from students is prohibited.

Graduation Requirements

Subject Credits


English 8

Intro to Communication 1
*Science 6
Math 4
Health 1
P.E. 2
World History 2
Government 2
U.S. History 2
Consumer Economics 1
Humanities 2
Computer Applications 1
Freshman Tansitions 1
Electives 9
Total Credits: 42



* Successful completion of 2 years of Home Economics may be substituted for a 3rd year of Science.


Core Requirements:
Each student will be required to complete a "core" of classes with a composite GPA of "C". The core includes:

English 8
Math 4
Intro to Communication 1
Total Credits: 13



Guidance (Counseling) Services

The Guidance service is for the use of the students. Its purpose is to help you to help yourself. If you wish to see the counselor, please sign up on the sheet at the counselor’s office between classes or during other free time and the counselor will send for you as soon as he/she can.

Other - A psychologist, and hearing and speech services are also available. Check with the office.

Hall Passes

Students MUST have a hall pass in their possession and signed by their current period teacher to be out in the halls, or on the school grounds, during class time. It is the student’s responsibility to get the pass from the teacher. Students who abuse hall privileges will have those privileges revoked. Being caught out of the building, or on school grounds without a pass, will subject students to administrative discipline.

Harassment

Harassment, whether sexual, ethnic, racial, age, religious or handicap-related, will not be tolerated at Post Falls High.

Hazing or Initiation

The administration and staff believe that students, whether at school or an extracurricular activity, should be made to feel welcome and positive about the school and its activities.

Hazing, hazardous, belittling conduct is not allowed. Violators shall be subject to disciplinary action.

Consequences to offending students may include disciplinary proceedings up to and including removal from the school’s extracurricular program indefinitely, suspension, or expulsion from school. Extracurricular activities include teams, clubs and school sponsored activities such as dances and graduation exercises.

Homework

Effective study habits will help to ensure graduation. You should expect daily classwork and/or homework. Be sure you understand any assignments given to you. Set a definite time each day for studying and study away from distractions. Assignments are available on the Homework Hotline. The number is 777-7870.

Honor Classes

Honor classes are offered in the areas of English, Math, Social Studies, and Science. To remain in honor classes, students must maintain a 2.0. Selection for these classes is based on grades, test scores and teacher recommendations.

Identification

If asked, all students are obligated to give their name and class schedule. A student ID card (to be carried at all times) is issued free of charge. When student body fees are paid, the ID card becomes an ASB card as well and entitles you to a reduced admission to extracurricular activities. A current ID is required for all school functions. The replacement cost for a lost, stolen, or damaged ID card is $5.00 and can be obtained in the main office.

Incitement to Disorder

Any student who incites an individual or group to commit or engage in disruptive or unsafe behavior is subject to discipline.

Leaving Campus

Students who leave school FOR ANY REASON during the day MUST sign out at the office, and sign in if they return during the school day.

Library Media Center

Hours: 7:20 a.m.- 2:40 p.m.

Library materials are checked out for one month and may be renewed. If materials are one week overdue a $1.00 fine is charged.

Lockers

Hall lockers will be issued to students who want them. Lockers are the property of the school and may be inspected by school personnel.

The lock is built in and must remain locked at all times. You are NOT to trade lockers without office approval. DO NOT give the combination of your locker to anyone - only you can help prevent items from being stolen from your locker. Students should not keep valuables in their lockers (money, athletic shoes, leather coats, cameras, stereos, CD players, etc.) The school cannot replace stolen items. You are responsible for the locker assigned to you, both its cleanliness and its security, as well as for its general physical condition and appearance. Pictures of nude or partially-clad men and women will not be allowed. Students who abuse locker privileges will be disciplined appropriately.

Lost and Found

Most found items are returned to the main office. You are encouraged to also check with the library, a custodian, or the P.E. offices.

Make-up Work

It is the student’s responsibility to check with the teacher and to complete the required make-up (normally outside of class time) within the allowable make-up period following the student’s return to school: (1 day absence = 1 day’s make-up period; 2 days absence = 2 days make-up period, etc.) Major projects with due dates known well in advance are exempt from this make-up time allowance. Make-up homework for unexcused absences is at the discretion of each teacher. Grades may not be lowered as a result of excused absences, but if a student who has been absent is given a reasonable opportunity to make up missed work and fails to do so, this non-performance may be reflected in grading. Work missed due to out-of-school suspension may be made up.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Board of Education is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in relation to race, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, and other human differences. This policy will prevail in all matters concerning staff, students, the public, educational programs, and employment practices.

Parental Responsibilities

The school staff believes that the ultimate responsibility for a student's behavior rests with the student. The school hopes that parents will be concerned and cooperative in reinforcing behavioral expectations with the student.

Parking Lot

Students are required to park in designated student parking only. Student parking is located at the west side of the building. Do not block driveways, other cars, or the fire lanes or park around the fire hydrant. Students are not to park in the teachers' parking area. Any student parked illegally will be towed at the owner's expense without warning. Repeat violators will lose their parking privileges. The parking lot is off-limits during class time. Should any staff member and student share the same vehicle, that vehicle needs to be parked in the student lot.

Portable Electronic Devices

Because of associated problems-theft of, damage to, and disruption of school- tape players, radios, CD players, cellular phones, beepers, pagers, and the like are discouraged. Such devices can be confiscated if they become disruptive.

Pre-Arranged Absences

The following should be pre-arranged in the office: parental request for trips, vacations, medical-dental appointments, funerals, court appearances, and any other planned absences. Students are to complete a "Pre-Arranged Absence" form one week prior to the absence. These absences also count against the nine (9) total allowable days.

Progress Reports

During the fifth (5th) week of each nine (9) week period, a report will be sent to the parents. Each report will be submitted to the parent in care of the student receiving the report.

Rallies/Assemblies

All assemblies are held in the arena. All students are to attend. The assembly bell schedule to be used will be in the daily bulletin. The seating arrangements in the arena are as follows: Freshmen- SW end of bleachers Sophomores- SE end of bleachers Juniors- NW end of bleachers Seniors- NE end of bleachers Appropriate respect will be shown during any flag salute or playing of the national anthem. No class or group may boo, jeer, or otherwise degrade any other class, group, or individual. School unity in support of teams or a group is appropriate. Individual class spirit should be expressed in positive cheering.

1. Students should channel their energy into enthusisastic support of the teams and our school.
2. No objects may be thrown from the crowd.
3. No class or group may shout obscenities, profanities, or offensive cheers.
4. Students will defer to the instructions of all school staff at assemblies.
5. Failure to comply with the above policies may result in suspension and/or cancellation of future assemblies.
6. The student discipline rules are enforced at assemblies and games.


Report Cards

Report cards are issued by each teacher every nine weeks for grades earned by each student. THE REPORT CARDS ARE TAKEN HOME BY THE STUDENTS. Students may expect report cards to be issued within a week after the grading period.

Semester grades go on the permanent record. Nine week grades show a student’s progress in his/her classes.

School Calendar

School Clubs

The High School clubs are are listed below, but are not necessarily limited to:

Cheerleaders               INEEL Team 
Chess Club Key Club
Drill/Dance Team National Honor Society
First Priority Pep Band
Flag Team Student Council
French Club Yearbook Staff
IDFY

School Dances

1. There will be approximately eight school dances during the school year. The dates and sponsoring groups will be decided by the Student Council during their second full meeting.
2. Dances must be sponsored by a recognized organization of the high school.
3. Ten school days prior to the dance, the sponsoring organization will submit a Student Activity Application to the Student Activity Director. Failure to follow procedures will result in a loss of dance request privileges for the following year.
4. Dances will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.except prom dances.
5. A Post Falls High School student body card is required to enter the dance. Guests from other schools will only be permitted at Proms.
6. Doors will be locked forty-five minutes after the start of the dance. NO ONE will be admitted after that time.
7. Students attending school dances will not be allowed to leave the dance and return.
8. Any student supspected of using alcohol will be subject to a breathalyzer test.
9. The school or school organization is not responsible for the personal belongings of those attending the dance.
10. Student discipline codes applicable during the normal school days also apply at all school sponsored activities including all school dances.
11. Moshing or suggestive dancing is not allowed.
12. All of the above rules also apply to dances held off school grounds.

School Goals

Instruction:
1. The high school will provide programs promoting mastery of basic skills.
2. The high school will provide programs for students desiring accelerated learning and enrichment.
3. The high school will provide programs for students needing remedial or special instruction.
4. The high school will provide occupational oriented programs incorporating a realistic approach to occupational opportunities.

Character:
1. The high school will provide an atmosphere which will help students develop a sense of self-worth, mutual respect, responsibility and direction.
2. The high school will provide programs which will help students accept and manage change in our society.

Citizenship:
1. The high school will provide programs to help develop skills attitudes in students that will help them become contributing members of society, both politically and economically.

Salutatorian and Valedictorian

The counselor, administrators and teachers of junior and senior classes shall form the selection committee for valedictorian and salutatorian. Primary criteria shall be a G.P.A. for 3 1/2 years in academic classes and the type and difficulty of courses taken, with particular emphasis on senior honors classes. Serious discipline, attendance or attitude problems may be considered as secondary criteria in close decisions. Early graduates and transfers after the first semester of grade 11 cannot be considered. The committee will avoid naming more than one valedictorian and one salutatorian unless there is an almost identical record on all criteria.

Student Dress

Post Falls High School is concerned with the health, safety and well-being of students and the avoidance of distractions to learning.

Students should adhere to personal cleanliness and neatness. Dresses, skirts of appropriate length, blouses, Levis and jeans are considered suitable attire for girls. Strapless dresses, spaghetti straps, and braless tops are not appropriate for school. Sleeveless tops for girls must have 2 1/2 inch straps and not be low-cut. Boys should wear Levis or slacks that are neat and clean. Tank tops are not acceptable wear for school. The wearing of mid-thigh shorts is permissible. Shirts will be worn at all times. Wallet chains cannot be longer than 6 inches. Spike collars or bracelets as well as spikes on backpacks or clothing are prohibited.

Decals, slogans, signs or writings that are obscene, profane, offensive, indecent, libelous, harassing or referring to illegal acts, sexually oriented acts or otherwise detrimental to the good order and instructional effectiveness of the school are not appropriate.

Baggy clothing is discourged and in some cases students may be asked to change or not wear it at all.

Suspensions

Suspensions from school will only be by the Principal or designee. Suspension may be for a maximum of five (5) days for any one offense. When a student is suspended from school, he/she is not to be on the school grounds at any time. This also includes all school activities, such as athletic events, assemblies, dances, etc. Absences due to suspension count on the nine (9) allowable days of absence. School District policy and Idaho Code provide a process for appeal.

Tardies

A student is tardy if he/she is not in his/her seat when the tardy bell rings. Teachers will record each tardy on their attendance record.

Post Falls High School staff believes tardies are undesirable for the following reasons:

1. A student walking in late to class is a disruption to the class; not only will the students lose concentration, but the teacher must interrupt his/her lesson to change the attendance card.
2. The student who is tardy is losing valuable learning time.
3. We are mandated by the community of Post Falls and the State of Idaho to teach young people to be responsible. Society does not tolerate tardiness in the work place.

Tardies will be dealt with as follows:

    3 unexcused tardies - One detention
    5 unexcused tardies - 1 in-house suspension
    7 unexcused tardies - 2 days out-of-school suspension.


After the third accumulated in-house suspension, the student will be suspended from school. The 10th tardy in a class will result in additional out-of-school suspension. Additional tardies after 10 (in a class) will result in additional out-of-school suspensions. Tardies accumulate through the semester and do not start over after in-house suspension.

Telephone Policy

Students are NOT allowed out of class to place or receive telephone calls. Incoming calls for students must have office approval before being delivered. There is a pay telephone for student use in the front of the school and a two minute phone for students is in the hall by the attendance office.

Tobacco Policy

Students are not permitted to have tobacco or tobacco products on school property. Cigarettes and chewing tobacco may be confiscated by school officials. Smoking or chewing on school grounds will result in disciplinary action.

Unexcused Absences

Definition: In order to have an absence excused, the student must bring a note within two days after the absence. If the note is not brought in, the absence becomes unexcused. All students must check out of school after having attended any part of a class. If a student does not check out through the office, the absence will be unexcused. After-school detention will result for unexcused absences.

Verbal and Written Threats

Written and/or verbal threats of bodily harm to students or staff will be taken very seriously. Any student making a threat regardless of intent, whether jokingly or not, will be subject to a minimum of 3 days suspension. Depending on the severity of the incident, further disciplinary action may be taken which includes: parent conference, counseling, further suspension, notification of law enforcement/citation/charges, expulsion.

Visitors

All visitors must check in at the office of the principal immediately upon arrival at the school. Visitors are to pick up and display a visitor's pass. No student visitors are allowed.

Weapons Policy

Students who, without authorization, bring guns, knives, or objects constructed as weapons on school property, school provided transportation, or to school-sponsored activities will be subject to expulsion (District Policy 504.13, IC 18-3302D, Gun Free Schools Act, 1994).