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New Academic, Attendance, and Behavior policies

Highland High School 

Academic, Attendance, and Behavior Interventions

HHS Academic Intervention

 

The goal of Highland High School is to offer a safe and comprehensive learning experience focused on preparing all students to achieve success and happiness in college, career, and in life. School administration, teachers, and school counselors will work to provide support to help students learn. Highland has the following process in place for identifying and intervening to support students who may struggle academically.

 

Highland has an intervention team made up of teachers, administration, and counselors. They meet every 2 weeks.

 

Highland’s Intervention Team identifies students who need support by reviewing the following information: 

  • Teacher referral.

  • Student grades, credits, and progress towards graduation.

  • Student attendance.

  • Student behavior.

 

From the information reviewed, the Highland Intervention Team will identify students who need support and will plan for intervention. This list of students will be shared with teachers and discussions on how best to help a student will take place.

 

The interventions that are decided upon are intended to be a positive support for students and not a punitive consequence. Ultimately, the decision to access the resources and supports that will help students be successful is up to them. Failure to do so will be seen as insubordination to the schools efforts to help a student learn and progress. 

 

If the student does not access the resources and supports provided, and fails a class, the student may not have the opportunity to retake the class in their school schedule. The size of the student body and the pressures this places on school scheduling limits the ability to adjust schedules. As a result, these students may be required to make-up the class or classes they fail by attending summer school, through an online credit recovery course, through a correspondence course, or by some other means.  

 

Tutoring is available at Highland High School at no cost to students from 4-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Transportation home from tutoring is not provided by the school. Please see exact tutoring times, dates, and locations on the school academic calendar at:

 

 https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=wallacbr%40sd25.us&ctz=America/Denver

HHS Attendance Intervention

 

Students are expected to be in each class, in their seat, on time, ready to learn, everyday.  Attendance is one of the most essential pieces in receiving an education and preparing students for future success in college and/or career. Not attending, or being late to class, results in missing valuable information and makes it extremely difficult for student learning to occur. 

 

Students are expected to attend 90% of the time. Students who miss 10% or more of class time will be subject to school attendance disciplinary procedures. 

 

School officials are responsible for maintaining a comprehensive system of student attendance records, inclusive of daily attendance records for each student.  Teachers are responsible for accurate reporting of daily student attendance. Building administrators are responsible for submitting accurate attendance information to the Superintendent. 

 

Reporting Absences

 

School officials shall record student absences utilizing the codes listed below. All bolded codes accumulate toward total excessive absences and tardies.

  • Absent (A): Absence without documented reason

  • Illness (ILL): Absence for illness reported to the school by parent/legal guardian

  • Personal (PER): Absence for personal reason reported to the school by parent/legal guardian, inclusive of funerals and family events

  • Truant (TRU): Student is not in assigned area during the school day or has excessive absences or tardies

  • Tardy (TDY): Arrives at school late or leaves early

  • Homebound (HBD): Absence when student has been formally placed on homebound services

  • In-School Suspension (ISS): Absence from the classroom, but remaining at school for disciplinary reasons

  • Legal (LGL): Absence for court related obligations

  • Medical (MED): Absence with medical verification received within 3 school days of the absence. The Pocatello/Chubbuck School District #25 Medically Necessary Absence Verification Form must be used, other forms of verification will not be recognized as valid. 

Pocatello/Chubbuck School District #25 Medically Necessary Absence Verification Form= https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VXYm07JtDV2R3vwCr1MN-3V-tit1HUte6ZT7r7vHNH8/edit?usp=sharing

  • Suspension (SUS): Absence when removed from school for disciplinary reasons

  • School Related (SCH): Absence for school sponsored activity

A parent/guardian has 3 days following any absence to report the reason for the absence, or the absence will be coded as “truant”. A parent/guardian has 3 days to provide medical documentation to the school following a medical visit in order to verify the absence, otherwise the absence will remain coded as “absent.”

 

Student Absences at the Secondary Level

 

Attendance Standard for 6th grade Through 15 Years of Age

Absence #1 – 5

Students are allowed up to 5 absences per class per trimester with no consequences

Absence #6 (excessively absent)

Truancy issued, parent notified of possible loss of credit

Absence #7

Truancy issued, parent notified of possible loss of credit, may be referred to Friday Night School or other school consequence

Absence #8

Truancy issued, parent notified, loss of credit for class, referral to School Resource Officer, student may still be required to attend class, may be referred to District Disciplinary Review Committee, may be unenrolled from the class

 

Attendance Standard for 16 Years of Age and Older

Absence #1 – 5

Students are allowed up to 5 absences per class per trimester with no consequence

Absence #6 (excessively absent)

Parent and student notified of possible loss of credit

Absence #7

Parent and student notified of possible loss of credit

Absence #8

Parent and student notified of loss of credit for class, student unenrolled from class and required to be off campus pending an administrative appeal

 

APPEALS/MAKE-UP PRIVILEGES

 

Appeal Process for Loss of Credit Due to Excessive Absences

If a parent/guardian/adult student wishes to appeal the loss of credit due to excessive absences the following procedure applies:

  • The parent/guardian/adult student has 5 school days from the date of the 8th absence to appeal the loss of credit due to excessive absences.

  • At the end of the trimester, the appeal process starts with an informal review by the building administrator or designee.  Review findings will be given to the parent/student in writing within 5 days of the trimester end. 

  • An adverse decision may be appealed to the District Loss of Credit Review Committee. The parent/guardian/adult student will be given an opportunity to provide evidence that credit should be awarded.

  • At each step of the Appeal Process, the parent/guardian/adult student has the right to explain and provide evidence that absences were reasonable and credit should not be denied. The parent/guardian/adult student does not have the right to be physically represented by an attorney, however written documentation from an attorney may be submitted as evidence.  The decision of the District Loss of Credit Review Committee is final and no further appeals will be granted.

 

Make-Up Privileges

Regular daily attendance is expected for all secondary students. Students will be expected to make up work missed as a result of absences, including school sponsored events. Time allowed for this is based on the number of days the student was absent plus one more school day. Teachers do have the discretion to extend the number of days allowed on a case by case basis. Make up work should be completed outside of instructional time. Students that are truant/suspended may only make up work at the discretion of the teacher and/or an administrator.

 

Finals

Students absent on the day of a final will receive a zero on the final.  Request to make up a final must be made within one school day. Requests will be granted at the discretion of the school administration. No early finals will be given.  Extenuating circumstances will be considered for the third trimester. 

 

Student Tardiness at the Secondary Level 

Students who arrive late disrupt the learning environment of the classroom. Tardiness at the secondary level is a condition for which a student arrives less than 15 minutes after the start of class. Any student who is tardy beyond 15 minutes of class time may be reported as absent. Teacher/Attendance Clerk is responsible for monitoring and recording student tardiness. 

 

Corrective action for student tardiness is within the scope of student discipline. Should a student be under the jurisdiction of juvenile authorities, student tardiness shall be reported to the student’s probation officer. 

 

Interventions/Consequences for Student Tardiness at the Secondary Level

Tardy #1

Student is warned by the teacher about the disruption.

Tardy #2

Second warning given and parent/guardian may be contacted.

Tardy #3

Third warning given and detention may be assigned.

Tardy #4

School official contacts parent/guardian and may assign other consequences.

Tardy # 5+

School official issues a truancy. Parent/guardian will be notified

Student is issued an absence for the class. Every subsequent 5th tardy equals 1 absence for that class.

 

 

HHS Behavior Intervention

 

For serious behaviors (violence, threats, drugs, bullying, etc.) students will be immediately reported to administration for an investigation.  Students participating in such behavior may be suspended and further disciplinary action may take place.

 

Teachers are responsible for classroom management and redirection of inappropriate behavior.

When behaviors become so disruptive, disrespectful, and/or insubordinate that it is difficult for learning to occur, or when student(s) are participating in inappropriate behaviors outside of class and do not redirect their behavior when prompted, they will need to be sent to school administration. 

 

School administration may implement the following procedure:

 

Level 1: Student will be placed in In School Suspension or Out of School Suspension,  parent/guardian will be notified, the student will complete a behavior reflection assignment, the student will create a plan/contract to change their behavior, and school administration will review the student's plan/contract with the student and provide support for implementation. 

 

Level 2: Student will be placed in In School Suspension or Out of School Suspension, the  parent/guardian will be notified, the student will complete a behavior reflection assignment, the parent/guardian and the student will have a conference with administration and the parent/guardian and the student will create a plan/contract to change the student's behavior, the  student will check-in and check-out with school administration or some other assigned support person each week to review their plan/contract and receive additional support. 

 

Level 3: Student will be placed in In School Suspension or Out of School Suspension, the  parent/guardian will be notified, the student will complete a behavior reflection assignment, the parent/guardian and the student will have a conference with administration and together create a plan/contract to change behavior, the student will check-in and check-out with school administration or some other assigned support person each day to review the plan/contract and receive additional support.

 

Level 4: Student will be placed in In School Suspension or Out of School Suspension, the  parent/guardian will be notified, the student will be referred to a District Discipline Review Committee Hearing with the possible recommendation to be transferred to the Alternative School or  referred to the school board for an expulsion hearing.

 

Students may be placed in In-School Suspension for a specific class, multiple classes, or the whole school day; depending on the decision of school administration.  The number of days In School Suspension or Out of School Suspension assigned will be decided by school administration but will fall under guidelines set forth in Idaho Code and District Policy.





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