The "Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook" presents guidelines on behavior and citizenship for students based on approved policies by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. Please review the contents of this handbook as it contains very important information. This handbook can be found online at: https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/families/resources/Pages/HandbooksForm.aspx.
Thank you for choosing Butler High School as your child's educational institution for learning. We are honored that you have entrusted your child's education in our capable hands. As principal, it is my desire to maintain a safe and orderly environment conducive to learning. Each student that enters our doors should feel safe and free from harm. Any activity that does not align with school safety expectations is not acceptable and has no place on our campus.
Recently, I have noticed a few isolated incidents of fighting which are not the norm at Butler. This behavior is not welcoming and will not be tolerated at Butler High School. In addition to the many proactive measures we have put in place, I ask all parents to assist us by talking to your child about the importance of making good decisions, taking advantage of the school's mediation process and/or talking with an adult at school or home when issues arise. All students who fight can be charged, arrested and transported due to disorderly conduct, assault or disruptive behavior. Even though this is not our desire, we must make sure all students are safe and that we maintain a positive learning environment.
Thank you for your assistance in helping our school remain a wonderful place for all. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to school administration.
Lunches - No Fast Food Permitted
Only parents can drop off bag lunches for their children - no fast food is permitted. Grandparents, siblings, other family members, and friends are NOT permitted to drop off lunch. Delivery of food from outside vendors is not permitted.
Students are NOT permitted to receive deliveries of flowers, balloons, stuffed animals, etc., while at school. We cannot accept food deliveries for the classroom (for example, cupcakes, pizza, cookies) due to student allergy concerns.
- CMS Code of Student Conduct-Rule 4 - A student will maintain personal attire and grooming standards that promote safety, health and acceptable standards of social conduct, and are not disruptive to the educational environment. This will include student clothing that materially and substantially disrupts classes or other school activities, including but not limited to gang articles of clothing.
- Hoods, hats, caps, scarves, toboggans, bandannas, do-rags, hair rollers, combs, sunglasses or other headgear that disguises physical appearance are not allowed during school hours.
- No underwear or undergarments may show at any point either standing or sitting (e.g., bra straps, boxer shorts). Clothing that exposes undergarments or can be seen through is not allowed (e.g., leggings).
- Pants and jeans MUST stay on the hips while walking - without being held up by hands (no sagging).
- Skirts and shorts MUST be fingertip length. Shorts should NOT be rolled at the waist. This includes running shorts that are shorter than fingertip length. If there are holes in the pants, jeans or shorts, they must be below fingertip length.
- No belly button, stomach, cleavage or buttocks should be visible from any position - standing or sitting.
- No tank tops, racerback tank tops, see-through or low cut tops should be worn. At the shoulder for students, the top should abide by the "3 Finger Rule."
- No pajama tops, bottoms or slippers should be worn to school. Blankets and pillows are not permitted.
- Shoes should be worn at all times.
- Clothing with inappropriate images related to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, explicit content, etc., is not allowed.
Violators will be required to call home to get appropriate clothes and will be sent to In-School Detention (ISD) until the clothing arrives.
Student Tardy Policy
School begins promptly at 7:15 a.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m. To maximize instructional time and to minimize classroom disruptions, the following policies will apply:
1st Block Tardies: Car-riders and student drivers arriving at their first block class after 7:15 a.m. will proceed to the Cafeteria for a late pass. Students are permitted three warning passes per semester. Students with four or more tardies in one semester will be “locked out” of first block class and will sit in the Cafeteria until first block is over to minimize class disruption. Excessive tardies to first block will result in ISD and other progressive consequences. Bus Riders: A hand stamp will be given to students who arrive on a late bus. The pass will allow students to enter the class without a penalty.
- Students that arrive by car and are tardy to school for a valid reason (such as a doctor’s appointment) are to be escorted into the office by a parent/guardian to verify the reason for the tardy and avoid school consequences. Repeat offenders are subject to school consequences.
- Students missing over half of the class period will be counted absent for the period.
- Tardy consequences will reset in the second semester which begins on January 27, 2020. This policy will be for both 4 x 4 and A Day/B Day classes.
2nd through 4th Block Tardies: All students who are late for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th block classes will report to a Hall Monitor to obtain a pass to class which will also result in After School Detention (ASD). It will be served the following day from 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. There is no ASD on Fridays; therefore, students will serve on the next Monday.
Note: Students are not to be out of class during the first ten (10) minutes of class or the last ten (10) minutes of class in any block.
Failure to comply with any assigned consequence is considered insubordination and may result in an Out of School Suspension (OSS). Students will lose parking privileges after their sixth
(1st block only) tardy.
Students must remain in designated areas before and after school and during lunch. Students are not allowed to go to their cars nor leave campus during the school day without approval from administration.
Students who leave campus illegally will be searched upon return. Consequences ranging from community service to out of school suspension will be given for repeat offenders.
Every eligible student who has applied and meets the requirements has been assigned a numbered parking space. They should only park in that space. Under NO circumstances should you park in another space. If you arrive on campus and someone has parked in your assigned space, you should temporarily park in the spaces along the curb in the front and immediately report to the Front Office for assistance. Students caught using another student’s parking sticker will result in the loss of driving privileges for both students for the remainder of the school year. You may not sell and/or lease your space to any other student. Surrounding neighborhoods have asked that students not park on their streets and have asked us to inform students and parents that cars parked illegally will be towed. Butler High School is not responsible for cars parked off-campus.
Cars in unauthorized spaces and locations along with ineligible cars will be booted or towed with fines strictly enforced. Students who repeatedly violate parking rules (not following the directions of staff members who monitor the car lot, leaving campus without permission, parking in unauthorized spots/locations) will have privileges revoked.
Cell Phones and Electronic Devices:
Electronic devices should not be seen or heard except during approved times. The approved times for cell phone and headphone use are from 6:45 - 7:10 a.m., after 2:15 p.m., and during their assigned lunch. Students are permitted to use cell phones and headphones during class change but are responsible for hearing school announcements and directions during transitions and throughout the day. Failure to comply with staff directions due to distractions caused by the use of technology will be considered insubordination and will result in school consequences and/or confiscation of electronic devices. Devices must be put away before entering the classroom and should not be used unless given direct permission from the teacher to do so for instructional purposes. Students must turn over devices if a teacher collects them at the beginning of the class period. All devices must remain in silent mode or off. Butler High School is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Any technology used outside of these acceptable use times will be confiscated for five (5) school days not including weekends or holidays, or require a parent or guardian to pick it up. A device retrieved by a parent or guardian may not be returned to the student during the school day.
After School & Extracurricular Activities:
Students are expected to be outside of the building within 15 minutes of being released and must be picked up within 30 minutes of dismissal from school or a supervised activity. Students are not to be on the bus lot if they do not ride a bus. Additionally, students cannot stay after school and wait for athletic events to begin. They must leave campus and return at the start of the event. Students are expected to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct while attending extracurricular events. Consequences ranging from community service to out of school suspension will be given for repeat offenders. Additionally, a student’s right to attend after school events may be revoked.