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Providence
High School
1800 Pineville-Matthews Road
Charlotte, NC 28270
Courier #: 508
P: 980-343-5390  |  F: 980-343-3956 
LC: South Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 7:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Grades: 9-12
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Providence High School

At Providence, we recognize that enduring excellence is attained only through honor and strong character traits.  Honesty, respect, and responsibility are essential traits of good character and are important to the learning process.  The purpose of the Providence High School Honor Code is to establish and uphold high expectations for student success both in academic work and in character development. 

ATTENDANCE/ABSENCES

There is a direct correlation between regular school attendance and student achievement; therefore, it is critical that students are in class every day. The North Carolina Attendance Law (GS 115C-378) requires every student to be in attendance at school each day. CMS policy states

that any high school student missing more than 10 days (excused or unexcused) of class in a course for any reason other than a school-initiated (principal approved) absence, will receive a grade of "F" for the course. CMS Regulation JHBB-R Part 2, #8.

In the event of an absence, a student must:

·         Bring a note signed by a parent or legal guardian stating the reason for the absence(s), the date(s) of the absence(s), and any other pertinent information.

·         Present this note to the attendance secretary prior to first period on the day the student returns to school. Absences are considered to be unexcused until a note is presented. Notes presented more than five days after the student returns to school WILL NOT be accepted.

 

It is the student’s responsibility to contact individual teachers immediately to make up any work missed during the absence. Arrangements to make up missed assignments (those assigned while a student was absent) are to be made no later than five days after the student returns to school. Assignments made prior to the absence with a due date during the student absence are due immediately upon return to school. Reference each teacher's Course Prospectus for specific details about missed work.

Definition of absence

A student who is absent more than half a day (arriving after 11:00am or leaving before 11:00am) is considered to be officially absent for the entire school day. A student who misses more than 45 minutes of a class period is considered absent for that class.

A student WILL NOT be considered absent for the following reasons:

·         Field trip initiated by the school

·         On a late bus

·         Approved/verified college interviews/tours/visitations (juniors – limit 1 per semester, seniors – limit 2 per semester)

·         Hospital/homebound (student is not physically present in school but is receiving school instruction from a CMS employee)

·         Medically Fragile (student is physically not present, is receiving services from a CMS employee, and has a life-threatening health problem or is on some type of life support)  

Excused absences 

          Illness of student

          Death in immediate family

          Quarantine

          Doctor or dental appointments

          Family emergencies

          Religious observance (holidays must be approved by the school district prior to the absence)

          Approved educational opportunity (form 5123.21)

          Court or administrative proceedings

          Emergency service such as Civil Air Patrol

 

Examples of unexcused absences (missed work, including exams, may be made up at the discretion of the teacher)

          Traffic/car trouble

          Inclement weather

          Lack of heat, electricity

          Missing the bus

          Oversleeping

          Truancy

          No written excuse within five days of absence

 

Recovery

Students may not have more than 10 class absences (excused and/or unexcused) per year course. All absences (excused and unexcused) may be recovered by attending morning or afternoon sessions at school. The schedule is determined at the beginning of the school year. Regardless of the student’s numerical grade, failure to complete the required Recovery for absences more than 10 per course will result in a grade of “F” for that course.

Cutting Class

Cutting class/skipping school is defined as any unauthorized absence from school or class. Students who skip or cut class will receive a discipline consequence which may include In-School or Out-of-School Suspension, revocation of parking privileges, etc. Once students arrive on campus for the day, they may not leave campus prior to 2:15pm without following the early dismissal procedures. This rule also applies to leaving campus before the official start of the school day.

Students who cut class by leaving campus may not return to campus without a parent/guardian. Returning to campus after leaving without permission will be considered trespassing.

  

CELL PHONES and other ELECTRONIC DEVICES
(iPods, headphones, Kindles, etc.)

Students are permitted to carry their phones and other electronic devices as long as they are turned completely off and not visible during school hours (6:45am – 2:15pm) unless being used as part of their instruction as directed by the teacher. Violation of this rule will result in confiscation of the student’s complete cell phone, iPod, or other electronic device. (Students may not remove memory cards or attachments before submitting the device). Cell phones and other electronic devices will be returned after the assigned length of confiscation has been completed: 1st offense = 3 school days, 2nd offense = 5 school days, 3rd offense = 7 school days and after a parent comes to school to sign for the item. There are no exceptions. Chronic violations will result in graduated discipline action including Out-of-School Suspension (OSS). Refusal to comply with a cell phone or other electronic device confiscation directive will result in OSS.

Kindles, Nooks, iPads, personal computers, cell phones, or other educationally approved electronic devices may be used during classroom instruction as permitted by the teacher.

 

DRESS CODE

In accordance with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ Student Rights, Responsibilities and Character Development Handbook, the following dress code has been established for Providence High School students:

1.      Students are required to wear appropriate shoes at all times for health and safety reasons.

2.      Students may not wear hats, caps, head wraps, or other headgear, including sunglasses. Exceptions will require administrative approval.

3.      No item may be carried or worn as jewelry that could be used as a weapon (chains, spiked bracelets, etc.). These items will be confiscated.

4.      The following items will NOT be worn at school:

·         Bedroom shoes/slippers

·         Pajamas or sleepwear

·         Clothing or jewelry that displays abusive, sexually suggestive and/or profane language or pictures, symbols of illegal drugs, alcohol, or gang activities, or any words or symbols that disrupt the learning environment.

·         Shorts, skirts, dresses (or their slit) above fingertip length when standing erect with arms extended by sides and shoulders relaxed.

·         Leggings/tights/hose/yoga pants or any pant that resembles yoga pants / tight pants without fingertip length clothing on top.

·         Tank tops, halter tops, open back or tops exposing any part of the midsection or bust area.

·         Tops exposing stomach, being too tight, see-through, strapless, or low-cut in the front or back. No cleavage can be exposed.

5.      Clothing must cover the entire shoulder from the neck to the top of the arm. Shoulders must be completely covered.

6.      Clothing must not expose any underwear. Pants may not be worn below a level that exposes underwear. Bras and bra straps must not be exposed.

7.      Removing a sweater or jacket “cover-up” (or otherwise complying with expectations and then reversing corrections later in the day) will be considered a repeat offense. Repeated dress code violations will be disciplined in an incremental fashion similar to other repeat offenses. Students are expected to be responsive and appropriate in discussion of dress code issues.

8.      Students will be required to leave school (or call home) to obtain appropriate clothing or to wear school-provided attire. Students waiting on appropriate attire or who are unalb eto obtain appropriate attire will not attend class (counts as an unexcused absence) and will wait in SMC (Student Management Center). Continued violations will result in additional disciplinary action.

Consequences for students who do not follow the dress code include:

·         1st offense – Warning

·         2nd offense – After School Detention

·         3rd offense – Administrative consequence

  

HONOR CODE

At Providence, we recognize that enduring excellence is attained only through honor and strong character traits.  Honesty, respect, and responsibility are essential traits of good character and are important to the learning process.  The purpose of the Providence High School Honor Code is to establish and uphold high expectations for student success both in academic work and in character development. 
Providence High School requires that students adhere to standards of academic integrity and honesty.  To that end, the following behaviors are unacceptable and violate the PHS Honor Code and the traits of positive character development: 

1)  Cheating:  Cheating is defined as the act of misleading others through deception, lies, or trickery (Merriam- Webster Dictionary).
Examples include but are not limited to:
· Misrepresentation:  Claiming that a work product is the original work of the student.
· Falsifying information, either written or oral. 
· Copying someone else’s work or allowing someone to copy your work.  This includes class work, homework, tests, quizzes, projects, labs, etc.
· The unauthorized use of materials including “cliff notes,” study aids, books, formulas, calculators, electronic devices, cell phones, or other sources without the permission of the specific teacher.  

2) Plagiarism:  Plagiarism is the “uncredited use (both intentional and unintentional) of somebody else’s words or ideas” from Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab).   http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/.
Examples include but are not limited to:
· Cutting and pasting information from a website or online source into a paper, presentation, project, etc. without proper citation.
· Intentionally or unintentionally leaving out quotation marks, citations, works cited page, etc., thus misrepresenting the work as the original work of the student. 

Turnitin.com

Providence High School has subscribed to Turnitin.com, an electronic service to help monitor plagiarism.  This online tool compares student papers to a database both of papers submitted by other students and to sources on the internet.  Student papers will be examined for plagiarism using several strategies such as research, the internet, and plagiarism software/ resources.  Papers that students submit will become part of the “Turnitin.com” plagiarism detection database.  Students agree to this review upon submittal of their work for grading.  

Consequences:

Students at Providence recognize that any kind of academic dishonesty compromises their self-respect and their honor.  Providence HS students are expected to take responsibility for any action which might violate school standards and compromise his / her own integrity.  “It is the student’s responsibility to clarify with the instructor any ambiguities about violations of the Honor Code” (Chapel Hill HS).   Students who cheat, plagiarize, or are involved in academic dishonesty will experience the following consequences (cumulative for the duration of enrollment at Providence HS): 

1st Offense:  Grade of zero on the assignment without opportunity to make up the assignment.  Extra credit opportunities are no longer available to the student for the remainder of the quarter.  Offense will be documented in the student’s record. 

2nd Offense:  Grade of zero on the assignment without opportunity to make up the assignment.  Referral submitted to the Honor Council.   The Honor Council will consist of teachers, an administrator, and a counselor.  Consequences imposed by the Honor Council may include detention, In-School Suspension, and/or up to 10 days of Out of School Suspension (in accordance with the CMS Rights and Responsibilities Handbook).

Violations of the Honor Code are not limited to academic dishonesty.  Vandalism, stealing, lying, bullying, or otherwise unacceptable and undesirable behavior is not permitted.  Providence strictly follows the CMS Rights and Responsibilities Handbook in determining consequences for such violations.

Providence is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and adheres to the “Statements of Principles and Good Practice.”  The policy on reporting discipline incidents and consequences (academic or behavioral) is that if a college asks on its application, the student must answer honestly, reporting any incidents beginning with 9th grade.  The counselor also provides a statement confirming the student’s answer is an honest one.  In accordance with NACAC principles, Providence counselors will notify all colleges that inquired on their applications, of discipline incidents and consequences incurred by seniors after acceptance.

Works Cited

“Cheating.”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
Chapel Hill HS Honor Code. 
National Association for College Admission Counseling http://www.nacacnet.org/AboutNACAC/Pages/default.aspx.
Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab).   http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/. 
A special thanks to the Chapel Hill HS administration for allowing us to reference their Honor Code.

PARKING

The opportunity to park on campus is a privilege which can be revoked or suspended by an administrator.

          Only students who are juniors or seniors and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater are eligible to apply for a parking sticker to park on the campus of PHS. Students without parking permits are not permitted to bring cars to campus at anytime during the school day. Violations will result in towing, booting ($25 fine), and discipline action.

          Freshman and sophomores operating a motor vehicle on the PHS grounds during school hours will be subject to disciplinary action as well as towing or booting ($25.00 fine) at the owner’s expense. 

          Parking permit applications are available at the Front Desk or they can be downloaded from the school website. There is a $25.00 fee.

          Space assignments are first come, first served by grade, but with early registration for those with higher GPA’s.

School authorities may open, enter, and search any vehicle and its contents, and remove any unauthorized articles that may endanger the health, welfare, or safety of students or school personnel. These articles may be retained and used as evidence in disciplinary proceedings by school authorities or delivered to appropriate law enforcement officials at the sole discretion of school officials.

Students must agree to and comply with the following:

          Students must obey all state and local laws governing the operation of a motor vehicle and all rules and regulations concerning the operation and parking of a motor vehicle on school property, including the posted speed limit for PHS campus.

          Students must obey all policies in the CMS Rights, Responsibilities and Character Development Handbook, including policies on prohibited items.

          No student is allowed to purchase a permit for another student, or to let another student use his or her permit. Consequences include disciplinary action and loss of driving privileges for all students involved.

          Students are not allowed to park in front of the school, in handicapped spaces, in the staff lot, in the bus lot, behind the gym, in spaces designated for staff members, or any space to which they have not been specifically assigned.

          Students who have reserved spaces in the marching band practice area (designated by yellow outline) must remove their vehicle each day by 3:00pm.

          Those students who habitually do not arrive to school on time will forfeit their driving privileges for a period of time to be determined by the administration.

          Any car without a valid Providence High School parking permit will be “booted” and student must pay a $25.00 fine per infraction. Repeated violations will result in vehicle being towed at owner’s expense.

          Students with a parking permit may purchase a temporary parking permit for an alternative car while their car is being repaired. The cost is $3.00 per day.

          Students who receive a ticket will have 24 hours to pay the fine without further penalty.

          Speeding, littering, or loud music is not allowed on campus at anytime and will result in a $25.00 fine.

          Students will obey all directions given by parking lot attendants and school staff.

 

Providence High School:  ID Badge Procedures

All teachers should perform a badge check prior to beginning of EACH class. Any student missing a badge should be sent to SMC.

1.      ID Badges will be worn by all students from the time of arrival to departure of the school campus.

2.      During physical exercise the badge may be removed for safekeeping. Upon the ending of physical exercise the badge will be worn.

3.      The wearing of the badge will be treated as part of the normal dress attire of PHS students, and will be handled in a manner similar to the PHS dress code.

4.      The ID Badge will be worn visibly, suspended from a lanyard around the student’s neck or clipped to the collar on the front of the student’s body. 

5.      If a student has their badge but it is not visible, the student will ensure their badge is visible and will receive a referral. The referral will document non-compliance and the student will receive the consequence listed below for the number of offense.

6.      The ID badge and lanyard must remain free of stickers, pins or any graffiti. 

7.      Students may not wear another student’s ID Badge for any reason.  This will result in ASD for both students.

8.      Any student missing their ID will be required to report to SMC and will be issued a temporary, dated badge (Adhesive paper badge to be worn on upper left shoulder area).

9.      If a student finds their badge AFTER receiving a temporary badge, they will still be documented for not having a badge.

10.  To receive a new ID badge, students must report to the media center between 7:00-7:15 to have a new one made.  The fee is $1.00 per loss. 

Consequences for not wearing/improperly wearing the ID Badge

1st Offense                         Verbal Warning

2nd Offense                        Verbal Warning

3rd  Offense                       Lunch Detention

4th  Offense                       3 Days Lunch Detention

5th Offense                        Parent Contact w/1 Day After-School Detention

6th Offense                          Parent Contact w/3 Days After-School Detention

7th Offense                                    1 Day In-School Suspension

8th Offense                          Progressive; as determined by administration

 

Any student failing to attend lunch detention will earn ASD. Failure to attend ASD is grounds for ISS or OSS (determined by administration).

 

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