Student Handbook

Affectionate Behavior

Affectionate behavior during the school day will be limited to holding hands only.

Asbestos Exposure Warning

School children differ from other non-occupational populations in their effect from asbestos exposure. This is true because early exposure of children means that they have a longer period for the development of asbestos-related diseases. The state of West Virginia has embarked upon a comprehensive program to:

  • Inspect all schools to identify friable materials.
  • Take bulk samples of friable materials.
  • Forward bulk samples to an approved laboratory for analysis.
  • Determine what course of action to take if analysis indicates the presence of asbestos.

It is extremely important that each public school facility manager maintain an up-to-date permanent asbestos file in accordance with EPA regulations.

Attendance and Tardy Policies and Incentives

Tardy Attendance Incentive

Any student receiving three (3) tardies/early outs, excused or unexcused, will be counted as one (1) day of absence from that class. Six (6) tardies will constitute two (2) days of absence; nine (9) tardies equals three (3) days, etc. This tardy policy will directly affect the final exam incentive. (School related days are exempt.)

Final Exam Incentive

Any student missing three days or less of class will be required to take the final exam; however, it can only help the student's grade.

Any student missing more than ten (10) days of class will be required to take and pass the final exam to pass the course. (School related days are exempt.)

Homebound students are required to take and pass the final exam given by the assigned classroom teacher.

There will be an appeal process for special circumstances.

Attendance Procedures

All absences must be processed through the office. The following procedures have been established:

Students returning to school from absence before first period begins (up to 7:59 A.M.) Report to the ticket window beside the office to receive an admit slip (blue slip) prior to class. *Students must have parent note or doctor's note.

Students returning to school after first period begins must report to the office to sign in and receive an admit slip.M

Students leaving before the school day is over (out early) must come to the office to sign out before leaving the building (NO EXCEPTIONS!)

If leaving school early, bring a parent note to the ticket window before 7:59 a.m. to receive white pass to leave class. The office will verify by phone contact.

Book Bags

Book bags, etc. are not permitted in the classrooms at FHS. (Physical exceptions-Administrative decision)

Bus Privileges

Students have the privilege of utilizing the transportation services. Continued disruptive behavior will result in loss of privileges. Students must have a parent note signed by the school administration to ride a new or different bus.

Candy

Students are not to sell or distribute candy, suckers, etc. during school hours. All fundraiser deliveries must be during 4th block or at the end of the school day.

Cell Phones, IPods, CDs, Laers, Etc.

All cell phones and electronic devices are to be tuned off and put away upon entering the doors of Frankfort High School.

  • 1st OffenseItem will be taken until the end of the school day.
  • 2nd Offense Item will be taken until a parent/guardian comes to the school to pick it up.
  • 3rd Offense Becomes a Level 2 violation in the student code of conduct. Results in ISS or OSS for insubordination (failure to follow directions).
Mineral County File: JU-R USE OF CELL PHONES AND OTHER TECHNOLOGIES

Cheating Policy

  • 1st Offense"0" for the assignment, quiz, test, report, notebook, homework, or final test. Parent notification by teacher.
  • 2nd OffenseGrade of "F" for the six weeks in which the second offense occurs. Parent conference by teacher. (Note: The six weeks grade will be reduced to a zero)
  • 3rd OffenseRemoval from class and final grade of "F" for the semester in which the offense occurs. Parent conference with teacher and administration.

Chronic Condition Form

Obtain Chronic Health Condition Form in the office.

Class Changes

  • Basic schedule changes can be requested for the first five days after the semester begins.
  • A formal request must be received from the parent for changes after five days or a teacher recommendation.
  • If a grade has been issued, the grade remains on the student transcript.

Dance/Social Activity Procedure

All dance/social activities must conform to county policy. All senior high functions must be ended at 11:00 pm with the exceptions of special dances (such as the prom). Frankfort High dances are for Frankfort students and their guests. Guests must be approved. Middle School students are not permitted to attend Frankfort High School Dances. Ticket sales must be in advance.

Discrimination Prohibited

As required by federal laws and regulations, the Mineral County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, handicapping condition, marital status, or national origin in employment or in its educational programs and activities. Inquiries may be referred to Dr. Thomas Denne, Title IX Coordinator, Mineral County Board of Education, One Baker Place, Keyser, WV 26726, phone number 788-4200 or to the Department of Education's Director of the Office of Civil Rights.

Dress Codes

Students will dress in a manner that is not disruptive or distractive to the educational process. Any student who dresses in such a manner will be denied admission to class. No student will be permitted to attend classes or any school function with any attire that displays, promotes, or suggests drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or sexual connotations. Students in violation will be held in the office until acceptable clothing can be arranged.

  • Skirts, dresses and shorts must be of reasonable length (mid-thigh).
  • All pants, slacks, shorts must be worn around the waist and not below the hip.
  • Underclothing (support lingerie) must be worn.
  • Shirts and blouses must be of reasonable length. Halter-tops, spaghetti straps, single shoulder straps, and bare midriffs are not permitted. Low-cut tops exposing cleavage, open weave, and see-through tops are not permitted. (Shoulder straps are to be 2 inches wide. The strap must cover the under garment. Multiple single straps do not constitute 2 inches).
  • Caps, head coverings, sunglasses, headbands are not permitted.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times. Heely shoes are not permitted. (Shoes with rollers)
  • No wallet chains or similar items.

Driving

Student driving is a privilege. A student will lose their privileges if they:

  • Are habitually late.
  • Habitually leaving early, leaving at lunch time.
  • Habitually leave items in the vehicle.
  • Do not obey all traffic signs and/or stop lines.
  • Drive another student off campus without administrative and parental permission.
  • Drive off school grounds during the school day without administrative and parent permission.
  • Have no parking permit. Frankfort High absolves itself of all liability to both the vehicles and
  • their contents.
  • Park in unauthorized areas.
  • Do not leave their vehicle immediately upon arriving to school. Under no circumstances
  • are students to be in vehicles in the student parking lot during the school day or loitering in the student parking lot.
  • Have continued disciplinary referrals to the office.
  • *Any vehicle found in the student parking lot without a valid parking hanger will be towed away at the owner's expense.
  • Purchase parking permits in the office. Cost $5.00. Form located in the back of the handbook.
  • *Provisions for changes of vehicles and special (one day) driving permits can be made with the Pro-Officer.

Failure of Required Courses

Failed courses should be made up during the term following the failure or during the summer school term immediately following the failure. Contact your guidance counselor.

Field Trips

Field Trips are a privilege! Students will not be permitted to participate in a field trip if they have received an Out of Suspension (OSS), have excessive absences, or have failing grades. When participating in field trips all school rules apply.

Grading Scales

  • A - 93% - 100%
  • B - 85% - 92%
  • C - 75% - 84%
  • D - 75% - 74%
  • F - 0% - 64%

HIV - AIDS Education

The goal of this policy is to assist in the protection of students by providing them with the knowledge and skills to avoid behavior that will put them at risk of infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). AIDS prevention education will include instruction in the prevention of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. The Mineral County Instructional Program shall include the following components:

  • The county provides a comprehensive AIDS prevention education program, which has been developed with the assistance of professional personnel, parents, and community representatives.
  • AIDS prevention education shall be integrated into current programs of study such as health, science, developmental guidance, and social studies at all appropriate grade levels.
  • The program shall be comprehensive to provide not only knowledge about the disease AIDS, but also have a focus on behaviors and skills necessary to prevent exposure to the virus.
  • All high school students will upon completion of course requirements for graduation have received appropriate AIDS prevention education. Such instruction shall normally be delivered within the health and science course requirements for graduation. The students who may have completed such classes prior to the implementation of this policy will be provided instruction in the most appropriate class available prior to their graduating.
  • The AIDS prevention curriculum and materials shall be available for parental examination.
  • Parents may provide written notice to the school principal to exempt their children from AIDS instruction.

Homebound Services

A doctor must sign a statement indicating the students will be out of school for a minimum of seven days. Homebound instruction must be approved by County Administration. Contact the school counselor.

Honor Role

The following are the criteria a student must meet to be eligible for the Honor Roll.

  • All classes taught at Frankfort High School (including college classes) and the regular vocational school program will be used to determine the honor roll.
  • Maintain an average of 3.0 or above.
  • Those students having a 4.0 average or above will receive added recognition.
  • Students receiving an "F" will not be included in published honor list.

Honor rolls will be determined every 6-week period using 1st 6 weeks, 2nd 6 weeks, and 3rd 6 weeks, 4th 6 week grades, 5th 6 weeks, and 6th 6 weeks grades.

Hot Lunch Program

Frankfort High School provides a nutritional and varied lunch menu. The lunch bills are to be paid in a timely fashion. (Lunch payments are due on the 15th of each month.) Students who do not pay their lunch bill by the end of the month will not be allowed to charge lunch until bill is paid. A student may pay cash daily for lunch.

*Students are permitted to pack a lunch; however, restaurant food being delivered is discouraged.

*Students are not permitted to leave campus for lunch.

The prices for breakfast and lunch this school year are as follows:

Breakfast Price
Lunch Price
Adult $3.25
Adult $4.50
Student-Full Price $1.20
Student-Full Price $1.85
Student-Reduced $ .30
Student-Reduced $ .40
Extra Milk $ .25
Extra Milk $ .25

It is understood that pregnancy increases the nutritional needs of a woman. If a student is pregnant, additional food may be provided. Please inform your counselor, school nurse, or principal if you should need this service. (Students allergic to milk will be provided a nutritious alternative.)

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientations, or marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's Target Center at (202)-720-2600 (voice and TDD)."

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-0410 or call (202)-720-5694 (voice and TDD).

Internet Usage Policy

Frankfort High School's Acceptable Use Policy for the Internet

Computers are used to support learning and enhance instruction. It is general policy that all computers are to be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical, and legal manner.

Unacceptable uses of the computer include:

  • Using profanity, obscenity, or other language, which may be offensive to another user.
  • Responding to messages that use profanity, obscenity, or offensive language.
  • Using computer systems to disturb or harass other computer users.
  • Copying commercial software in violation of copyright law.
  • Giving, lending, or selling copies of software to others without written permission of the copyright owner.
  • Using the network for financial gain, commercial activity, product advertisement, political lobbying, or for any illegal activity including plagiarism.
  • Using the network for playing games.
  • Wasting or taking supplies such as printer paper, ribbons, or diskettes that have been provided by the school.
  • Downloading software.
  • Introducing any virus which may destroy files or disrupt service to other users.
  • Gaining unauthorized access to system programs or computer equipment.
  • Vandalizing any hardware, software, or furnishings in the lab.
  • Giving a password to another user or changing passwords frequently.
  • Violating conditions of the Education Code dealing with student rights to privacy.
  • Opening chat rooms, chat lines, or e-mail except under direct teacher supervision.
  • Misrepresentation of an individual's identity when using online communications.
  • Purchasing items or entering contests
  • Viewing sites which contain pornography (including soft-core), profanity, objectionable music or pictures.

*Any abuse of this policy will result in one verbal warning. A second violation will result in the loss of Internet privileges for the student's remaining school years.

Library Use

The library will be open at 7:48 - 3:30. The student should first get permission and a pass from the teacher.

Library Rules

  • You must have a pass to come to the library.
  • When coming to the library, all students must sign in and present pass.
  • Passes may be obtained from a classroom teacher or the Librarian.
  • If the library is in use by a class in the Library or the Librarian is not present, you will be sent back to your class even if you have a pass.
  • There is to be NO gum chewing in the library. Eating food and/or drinking any liquids in the library is prohibited.

Circulation Information

  • You may borrow three books at a time from the library.
  • Reference and periodicals are on a three day loan period.
  • Books are on a two week loan period.
  • Any books not returned on the date due are considered overdue and need to be returned promptly.
  • If you have overdue books, you will not be allowed to borrow further materials until your books have been returned.

Book Location

  • The library circulation system is Athena.
  • You can search by author, title and subject.
  • Books are arranged in three categories: fiction, nonfiction and reference.
  • Fiction is arranged alphabetically by the first three letters of the author's last name with FIC for fiction over the author's last name.
  • Nonfiction and reference books are arranged by the Dewey Decimal system and the last three letters of the author's last name.
000 - Computer Science, Information & General Works 100 - Philosophy and Psychology 200 - Religion 300 - Social sciences 400 - Language
500 - Science (including Mathematics)
600 - Technology
700 - Arts and Recreation
800 - Literature
900 - History, Geography, & Biography

Computer Information

  • You may borrow three books at a time from the library.
  • Reference and periodicals are on a three day loan period.
  • Books are on a two week loan period.
  • Any books not returned on the date due are considered overdue and need to be returned promptly.
  • If you have overdue books, you will not be allowed to borrow further materials until your books have been returned.

Lockers

The school is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. Protect your locker and keep it locked. Valuable property and large amounts of cash should not be brought to school. NO ITEMS MAY BE TAPED ON THE OUTSIDE OR THE INSIDE OF THE LOCKERS. Any damage done to a new locker by a student will result in the replacement of that locker at the cost of $160.00.

Lost/Found

Articles found in and around school should be turned into the office. Articles will be discarded after 2 weeks.

Medication

Only necessary prescription medicines are to be brought to school. No over-the-counter medications will be administered without physician's written direction. Where feasible, no more than a week's supply should be delivered to school. Prescription medicines and prescribed over-the-counter medications are to be securely locked in either the nurse's or administrative offices. The student-patient is to come to the office at the appropriate time for his/her dosage.

All medicines shall be dispensed by a trained board employee only with approval and written instruction from the parent, which names the medication and requests administration at specific times. Upon written direction from the physician and written approval from the parent, students will be allowed to keep such medications as inhalers and Epi-pens in their possession.

The school cannot legally give medication. For example, we cannot even give you aspirin for headaches. ALL medication must be brought from home and will be kept in and dispensed through the main office or clinic. The principals are to be notified of all medication when presented to the office for dispensing. Because of our present day drug laws, students should NEVER have any type of drug on or about their possession while at school. Students should never give or take any drug or intended drug from another student as this could result in legal as well as school disciplinary consequences.

MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION

The safe administration of prescribed medication is a continuing concern of school officials. Only medications prescribed by physicians are to be administered in Mineral County Schools.

Doctor prescriptions should name the medication and specify when the student is to receive the medication. The medicine should be in the original labeled container from the doctor or pharmacy.

If a child regularly takes a medication over a long period of time, guidelines require that a physician complete a "medication form." This form provides more complete instruction by the physician. These forms have been provided to all area physicians and are available from the school. As an added precaution, long-term medication administration will be recorded in a medication log supervised by the school nurse.

If you have questions regarding Health Services in Mineral County Schools, you may call Rob Woy in the Board Office at 788-4200, or call the nurse at your local school.

Missing Mineral County Technical Center Bus

Upon missing the bus, the student is to report to the office immediately. Student will then be directed to IAC/ISS.

Participation In Interscholastic Activites or Extra-Curricular Activities

WVSSAC rules will apply. All coaches and instructors will discuss with students at practice.

Parties

No parties allowed unless directly linked to Content Standards and Objects

Racial, Sexual, Religious/Ethnic Harrasment & Violence Policy

See Appendix

School Area Regulations

The only outside student area is the concrete pad beside the gym. Students may visit that area only during their lunch and when the supervising teacher feels that the weather permits. Rules are the same as if in-doors.

School Insurance

The Mineral County Board of Education provides parents with the opportunity to purchase accident and dental insurance for their children. Applications are available in the office to register their children if they so desire.

(NOTE: ALL ATHLETICS ARE REQUIRED TO BE COVERED BY AN INSURANCE POLICY. SEE DETAILS AND FURTHER INFORMATION IN THE ATHLETIC HANDBOOK.)

Sweep Program

Designed to reduce or eliminate students from being tardy for school and/or class. When the tardy bell rings for school and/or class, the administration and designated teachers will sweep the hall collecting all students that are tardy. Students will be taken to the office and the tardy will be recorded. The students will then be sent to class with a red tardy pass and the teacher will record the tardy. Tardies will be accumulated in the office for the entire year. Consequences are as follows:

  • 1 & 2 tardies - Warning
  • 3 & 4 tardies - Lunch Detention
  • 5 - 8 tardies - Students will be sent to the ISS Room from the time of the tardy until 3:25 p.m.
  • 9 tardies and up - Consequences will increase with each tardy

Tardy Policy

Lunch detention will be issued upon the 2nd accumulated classroom tardy, the 3rd accumulated classroom tardy will be 1 day of after-school detention, the 4th accumulated classroom tardy will be 1 day of after-school detention, the 5th accumulated classroom tardy will be 1 day of ISS. Any classroom tardy thereafter will be at the administrator's discretion.

Textbooks, Athletic Uniforms, Lockers, Etc.

All items issued to students (including textbooks) are to be returned at the end of each semester in the same general condition. Damaged or lost items must be paid for prior to the last day of the semester. The school assumes no liability for lost or stolen items.

Visitors

Any visitor to Frankfort High School must register in the office. Parents/Guardians welcome.

Weapons/Hazardous Items

See Appendix

Withdrawl from School

Any student who withdraws from school must first notify Attendance Director Brandy Fisher at 304-788-4218.

A Friendly Reminder...

Dear Parent,

Please take a moment to review the following school policy with your son/daughter:

  • Affectionate Behavior Policy
  • Attendance
  • Book Bags
  • Building and Ground Rules
  • Bus Rules
  • CD Players, Walkmans, Radios, Cell Phones, etc.
  • Cheating Policy
  • Chewing Gum
  • Classroom Rules
  • Commons Rules/Cafeteria
  • Controlled Substance and Alcohol Abuse Policy
  • Destruction of Property
  • Dress Code
  • Driving Policy
  • Fighting
  • Fire Drill Procedure
  • Hall Rules
  • Hazardous Items/Weapons Policy
  • Insubordination
  • Internet Usage Policy
  • Leaving School Grounds
  • Library Use
  • Medication Policy
  • Peer Mediation
  • Pornography
  • Racial, Sexual Religious/Ethnic Harassment and Violence Policies
  • Restroom Rules
  • School Visitors
  • Social Activity Rules
  • Student Activity Rules
  • Tardy Policy
  • Technology Policy
  • Telephone Use
  • Textbooks, Uniforms, Locker Policies
  • Threats
  • Use of Outside Area

Many Thanks!

The Faculty and Staff of Frankfort High School

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