ROCKVALE HIGH SCHOOL
Attendance (Rutherford CO. Policy)
After five unexcused absences, students will be referred to the county attendance office. Court action against parents may result. Out-of-School Suspension days are considered unexcused absences.
Excused Absences (Documentation Required)
4. Car Trouble
6. Driver’s License
7. Lack of Transportation
9. Family Vacations
Student Procedures to Receive an Excused Absence
To receive an excused absence, you must take your note to the attendance office before school or during your lunch period within five days of your return to school.
Make-Up Work Policy
Make-up work must be completed with the classroom teacher within five (5) days after a student returns to school. This is for excused and unexcused absences. This includes days missed for a field trip. The time to complete the work may be lengthened at the teacher’s discretion. If a student is to be absent three or more days, make-up work may be requested through the counseling office; however, a 24-hour notice is required.
Unexcused Tardies to School / Unexcused Checkouts
Students are expected to be in their first period class when the 8:30 a.m. bell rings. Late students should sign in through the attendance office immediately upon arrival to school. The following list outlines the penalties assessed for unexcused tardies/checkouts (each semester):
First Offense: Warning
Fourth Offense: ISS (1 Day)
Second Offense: Supervised Study
Fifth Offense: ISS (2 Days)
Third Offense: Supervised Study
Sixth Offense: OSS (3 Day)
The consequences for unexcused tardies/checkouts apply collectively.
Excessive tardies/checkouts will result in notification to the county attendance off officer. Tardies/checkouts are excused for the same reasons as absences, with parent verification and/or official documentation required.
Unexcused Tardies to Class
Students are expected to be in their assigned classroom when the bell rings. If a student is more than five minutes late, without prior teacher authorization, the tardy will be considered a class skip. The following list outlines the consequences for tardies to class (each semester):
First Tardy: Warning/Documentation
Second Tardy: Warning/Documentation
Third Tardy: Supervised Study - 1 Day
Fourth Tardy: Supervised Study - 1 Day
Fifth Tardy: SS - 1 Day
Continued tardiness to class will result in serious disciplinary action.
For second through seventh period, students tardy to class will report to the closest Tardy Station. These stations are located throughout the building. Tardy machines automatically track a student’s tardies each semester and will issue the appropriate warning or consequence. For the third and fourth tardy, the student is automatically assigned the date for which he or she should attend Supervised Study. If a Tardy Station is out of service for any reason, students should report to the Attendance Office.
Senior Attendance Policy
Students may not have more than eight (8) unexcused absences from school to participate in:
Note that (per policy) parent notes and other excuse notes must be turned in to the attendance office within five days of your return to school.
Seniors who exceed the allowed number of absences will be able to pick up their diplomas in the counseling office as early as the school day following the graduation ceremony when all other graduation requirements are met.
Early Dismissal / Checkout Procedures
Before and After School
Entrances and hallways are to remain clear each morning. Students who arrive early must move to the cafeteria or designated holding area. Students must leave campus by 4:00 p.m. unless involved in a school sanctioned activity.
Procedure for College Day
Seniors are allowed one college day. Seniors must have a good attendance record
and be in good standing.
One week prior to the college visit, students should:
To be eligible for perfect attendance, student must be in attendance for a length of time equal to the state’s minimum hourly requirement for a school day. To have perfect attendance in a class, student must be present every day for over half the class period. Any student with four years of perfect attendance will receive recognition of this achievement.
Final Exam Exemptions: Eligibility for exam exemptions begins the first day of school in each class and is determined on an individual class basis. A student who has been suspended (ISS or OSS) is not eligible for exemptions.
Guidelines for Final Exam Exemptions
Full Year Class One Semester Class
8 Absences A Average 4 Absences A Average
6 Absences B Average 3 Absences B Average
4 Absences C Average 2 Absences C Average
2 Absences D Average 1 Absence D Average
The following regulations were developed to create a school environment conducive to learning. To maintain a safe learning environment, students observing any of the infractions listed below should immediately contact school staff. These policies apply in school buildings, on school grounds, in school vehicles or buses, bus stops, and at any school-sponsored activity, at any time, whether on or off school grounds. The disciplinary actions listed below are minimum consequences.
Subsequent offenses will result in more serious disciplinary measures.
If a student is under the influence or possessing alcohol, he or she will be remanded to alternative school
Offending students will be referred to the proper law enforcement authorities.
11. Tobacco: By state law, students are not allowed to use or possess tobacco in any form on campus or at any school activity.
First Offense: ISS - 1 Day, Parent Contact
Second Offense: ISS - 3 Days, Parent Contact, Referral to Law Enforcement
Electronic cigarettes (including vapor) are prohibited.
Possession of a lighter is prohibited.
12. Possession of any lethal or dangerous weapon (even a replica of such a weapon will fall under Zero Tolerance Behavior (Page 25).
13. Possession, use, or transfer of fireworks or self-defense devices (mace, pepper spray, shockers, etc.) will result in immediate suspension of up to 9 days and will be subject to remandment to an alternative school.
14. Gambling will result in serious disciplinary measures.
First Offense: ISS - 1 Day Second Offense: ISS - 3 Day
15. Theft of any kind will result in automatic suspension. The offending student will be held responsible for compensation of stolen property and law enforcement authorities may be notified.
16. Any form of cheating, including copying, will be subject to suspension. Students will still complete the assignment.
17. Once a student has arrived on school grounds, leaving campus at any time before dismissal without permission will result in suspension. Students leaving campus without permission may have their driving privileges revoked.
First Offense: ISS - 1 Day Second Offense: ISS - 3 Days
18. Remaining out of class, leaving without permission, or not reporting to an assigned Rocket Time without an authorized excuse note will be considered skipping. This includes remaining in the restroom, counseling office, SRO’s office, library, cafeteria, gym, or any other area.
First Offense:1 Day of Lunch Restriction
Second Offense: 3 Days of Lunch Restriction
19. Excessive Public displays of affection is not allowed. Offending students will be
disciplined, and parents will be contacted.
20. Non-school publications may not be distributed or posted without prior approval of the school administration. Students who have received permission are not permitted to tape signs or posters on school walls or glass. Anything posted must be signed by an administrator. Students cannot bring fliers advertising parties, etc. Students who pass out this type of material are subject to suspension.
Bullying/ Hazing/ Harassment
Students shall be provided a learning environment free from sexual, racial, ethnic, disability, and religious discrimination, bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, and harassment. Refer to Rutherford County Policy 6.304. The bullying of other students or staff will not be tolerated regardless of the method or medium used (Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, texting, or other social medium). Students violating these policies will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from school.
BUS CONDUCT (Rutherford CO. Policy) / HARASSMENT
The school bus is an extension of school activity; therefore, students shall conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the established standards for safety and classroom behavior. Students are under supervision and control of the bus driver while on his/her bus, and all reasonable directions given by him/her shall be followed. A student who is suspended from riding a bus cannot ride another bus until the suspension is complete. Parents are responsible for transporting students whose bus privileges have been suspended or denied for disciplinary reasons.
Multiple offenses, of any nature, will be treated as second and/or third step offenses. Bus riding is a privilege, which may be revoked. Parents are urged to discuss this privilege with their child. By doing so, you will help to provide the safest transportation possible for children.
CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY (RUTHERFORD CO. POLICY)
Students are expected to help maintain the school environment, preserve school property, and exercise care while using school facilities. Students who destroy, damage, or lose school property shall be responsible for the cost of replacing or repairing such materials or equipment. Graffiti is considered destruction of school property. School property is defined as any item under the jurisdiction of the Board of Education. The district will withhold the grades, diplomas, and/or transcripts until the student or the student’s parent/guardian has paid for the damages. Students will be subject to suspension from school.
Cell Phone/ Electronic Devices
Cellphones use is restricted in all areas except in the cafeteria during breakfast and lunch. A teacher may grant permission for the use of these devices to assist with instruction in his/her classroom and to integrate these devices into their coursework. The principal or his/her designee may also grant a student permission to use such a device at his or her discretion. Students must adhere to the Rutherford County Board of Education’s Acceptable Use Policy when using personal communication devices as permitted in this policy.
Additionally, students may not walk around with headphones, headsets, or earbuds around their neck or in their ears. The school accepts no responsibility in the event of a theft of any of these items. Students bring them at their own risk. Subsequent use of the phone/device will warrant severe disciplinary action. Students may use their phones on campus after 3:30 p.m. each day. Any student who uses their phone or a recording device to video during the school day without permission will be suspended a minimum of 5 days OSS. Students may be remanded to alternative school and/or referred to law enforcement based on the nature of the video.
Prior to attaining an account for computer/network usage at Rockvale High School, every student and his or her parent/guardian must sign a Rutherford County User Agreement policy. Upon violation of this policy students are subject to consequences ranging from loss of user privileges to suspension, expulsion, and/or criminal prosecution.
Dress Code and Grooming
The following rules will be enforced for all RHS students, male and female:
10.Baggy pants should be cinched with a belt and worn properly at the waist. No pants sagging below the waist will be allowed. Hanging off-the-shoulder suspenders are not allowed. Students whose pants sag will be sent to the appropriate administrator.
In keeping with the educational purpose of the school, students are expected to dress and groom themselves appropriately.
First Offense: Warning-student removed from the population.
Second Offense: Supervised Study -1 Day (student removed the from the population)
Third Offense: ISS - 1 Day
Continuous Violations will result in removal from Population
Administration may make changes in order to better accommodate student needs.