The students in our high school are assigned counselors who will advise them until graduation. The counselors work in the areas of education, career and technical planning and personal counseling.Counselors attempt to interview all students individually to maximize high school experience. Students are also encouraged to stop by the counseling office any time a need arises.
A school nursing team provides routine health services to our students. While the promotion of health is one of the objectives of the school health program, no health service is performed that will take away the privileges or responsibilities of the parent/guardian in relation to its children. Please make sure all emergency contacts and appropriate permission forms are on file with our nursing department. The nurse’s station is now located near the main entrance of our school.
LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
A. Hours: The library opens at 7:30 AM and closes at 4:15 PM, Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, our library is open from 7:30 AM until 2:50 PM.
B. Materials: The library contains nearly 20,000 books, newspaper and magazine subscriptions. Computers are available for students and staff, providing access to an online catalog, the Internet, full-text databases, office suite and Noodle Tools.
C. Circulation Policies: Most books may be borrowed for 2 weeks. Up to 10 books may be signed out at any time. Reference materials, pamphlets, and magazines may be borrowed overnight. With electronic information available, students and staff can download needed information onto their own thumb drives. Materials may be renewed at any time. Fines on late books are 5¢ per day; fines on late overnight materials are $.25 per day. Students will pay replacement cost for lost library materials.
D. Library Passes: Students may visit the library throughout the school day with appropriate permission from classroom teachers and library staff.
E. Behavioral Expectations: School Wide Positive Behavior Expectations must be adhered to maximize resources and learning in our Library Media Center.
ID’s are required to access and checkout materials.
Assemblies are held in the auditorium or gymnasium. Attendance may be optional or compulsory by grade level.
The cafeterias are located on the ground floor of D and E. Each has a seating capacity of 500 students. Federal lunch platters are served. Separate items may also be purchased a la carte. In addition, the W.A.H.S. Breakfast Program runs daily from 7:15 to 7:40 in D- Cafeteria, offering students a wide assortment of morning foods, ranging from sausage and eggs to juices, fruits and cereals. There is also a low cost “Grab & Go” breakfast offered in the Commons each morning featuring milk or juice and a variety of quick breakfast foods. Federal lunch guidelines apply to both programs.
Each student should maintain an account with money pre-deposited for cafeteria purchases.
REMAINING ON CAMPUS
Students may not leave school grounds during the school day without the permission of school officials. Any students leaving school for any reason MUST sign out at the Attendance Office. Students who leave campus without school staff permission are subject to immediate discipline. Students are reminded that they must remain in designated/assigned areas of campus throughout the school day.
REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES
A. GENERAL PRINCIPLES
1. Be Present
2. Be Respectful
3. Be Responsible
4. Be Safe
5. Be Professional
B. SCHOOL MANNERS
a. Grade level meetings and assemblies are routinely scheduled.
b. Refrain from talking with neighbors and using electronic devices during assemblies and performances.
c. Participate and lend a voice in united support of our school at pep rallies.
d. Keep large group areas clean. Place all debris in a receptacle.
2. Hall Conduct
a. A properly signed hall pass is required at all times except during passing periods.
b. Keep to the right and walk
c. Keep voices low
d. Public display of affection is prohibited in school hallways.
a. Students are welcome to eat throughout the building if they keep school clean.
b. Talk in a low tone.
c. Choose and take your food at the food counters promptly in order that others behind you will have sufficient time to eat.
d. Keep in line and wait your turn.
e. Always leave the table free of refuse.
f. Help clean up anything you might accidentally spill.
g. Tables and chairs are not assigned and may not be “reserved” by any person or group.
h. The proper request of a monitor or paraprofessional is to be regarded as law.
i. You may not wait on the stairs for the dismissal bell.
j. You must have a signed yellow pass to leave the cafeteria during the period.
C. ATTENDANCE REGULATIONS
a. Absence from school requires a written excuse from a parent or guardian stating the dates of the absence and an explanation. If a student misses three or more consecutive school days a doctor excuse must be submitted upon his/her return to school. State regulations determine whether or not written excuses will be recorded as excused or unexcused. Absences due to missing the school bus, babysitting, car trouble, failed alarm clocks, etc. are considered unexcused absences or lateness.
b. All students returning to school from an absence must turn in their excuses to the attendance office first thing in the morning on their way to 1st period.
c. Students returning to school without a written excuse will be charged with an unexcused absence. Students will have three additional school days following their return to classes to submit an excuse verifying the absence as excusable. If the written excuse is not submitted during the time specified, the absence will remain unexcused.
d. If parents plan to keep a student out of school for a planned family vacation, educational trip or college visit, an excuse must be brought into the office 2 weeks prior to the absence. Otherwise such absence may be unexcused. Absences due to unexpected family emergencies should be called into the school on the day of the absence, followed by a written excuse upon the return to school.
e. District Magistrate and Social Services provide support and accountability when students have extended unexcused absences.
f. When excused by the nurse, students do not need to bring in an excuse (unless directed to do so by the nurse) as long as they return to school the next day. If the student misses subsequent days an excuse is required.
g. Principals may require students who have excessive absenteeism or exhibited other poor attendance patterns to bring a signed written excuse issued by a licensed physician or licensed nurse practitioner for each absence.
a. If a student is arriving late to school and they are still able to make it to their 1st period class, they should report directly to that class. If the lateness occurs after 1st period, then the student must stop in the attendance office to sign in and pick up a tardy slip.
b. In cases of repeated
unexcused lateness, disciplinary action will be taken and the parent/guardian
will be notified. (3 unexcused tardies = a detention will be assigned which equates 1 demerit).
c. Excused reasons for being late to school include illness and appointments. A student must have a written excuse upon his/her arrival for a lateness to be considered an excused. Students who drive and arrive late due to car trouble, traffic jams, etc. will be given an unexcused late as the school district provides transportation which guarantees prompt arrival to school. Students who arrive after 11:00 a.m. will be charged with a ½ day absence. Students who arrive after 11:30 p.m. will be charged with a full day absence.
d. It is better to come late than to remain out of school.
3. Early Dismissal
a. A student must bring a signed, written request from home, indicating the time of dismissal and the reason, to the attendance office prior to the start of school. The student will be given a dismissal pass that must be signed by a representative at the place of appointment and returned to the attendance office upon student return.
b. Parents who need to dismiss their child during the course of the school day due to unexpected circumstances must come into the attendance office in person to have their child released. If a parent/guardian is sending a representative to pick up student, then parent/guardian must call the attendance office in advance to notify the secretary who to expect.
c. Parents are encouraged to make as many appointments as possible for after school hours.
d. Students must sign out in the attendance office prior to departing. Upon returning to school after appointment, students must sign back in and return their signed dismissal pass. Early dismissals after 11:00 a.m. are recorded as 1/2 day absent. Students who leave before 11:00 a.m. and do not return to school will be recorded as a full day absent.
e. Leaving the school without permission will be counted as truancy.
D. GENERAL RULES
Act 145 amends the state’s Crimes Code tobacco at school-related functions that occur during or after school hours, whether on campus or elsewhere. Tobacco products, including lighters, will be confiscated and discarded.
The possession of tobacco products in school or on school property shall be construed as intent to use the product, and students will be subject to the discipline code.
2. Work Make-up
a. Students returning to school from an absence, including a suspension, are responsible for making arrangements with their teachers to makeup any work missed.
3. School Dress Code
a. Students have the right to govern the length or style of their hair including facial hair. Any limitation of this right shall include evidence that the length or style of hair causes a disruption of the educational process or constitutes a health or safety hazard. Where length or style of the hair presents a problem, some type of covering should be considered.
b. School officials may not impose limitations on dress unless the attire causes the disruption of the educational process or constitutes a health or safety hazard. The wearing of clothing that exposes the midriff or buttocks is not permitted. The wearing of pants or shorts below the waist is not permitted. Examples of making it a summary offense to possess or use any type of tobacco in school buildings, school buses or on school property. In addition, students are not permitted to use or have dress not permitted: flip flops, tank tops, spaghetti strap tops, mid-riff shirts, muscle shirts, clothing with inappropriate wording and scanty shorts that do not extend beyond the student’s fingertips when the hands are held at his or her side. Upon entering the building, hats must be immediately removed. The wearing of hats, headbands, and head scarves while inside the building is not permitted. Head coverings worn for religious purposes are permitted. The wearing of clothing/jewelry that exhibits references to drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, violence, sex, profanity, or gang related activities is not permitted. Proper footwear is required. At the elementary level, sandals and clogs should not be worn because of potential injury due to falling and ankle twisting.
c. Students may be required to wear certain types of clothing while participating in physical education classes, labs, extracurricular activities, or other situations where special attire may be required to insure the health or safety of the student.
d. Students have the responsibility to keep themselves, their clothes, and their hair clean. School officials may impose limitations on student participation in the regular instructional program where there is evidence that the lack of cleanliness constitutes a health hazard.
e. The wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying, or selling of any clothing, jewelry, emblems, badges, symbols, signs, graffiti, or other items that are evidence of membership in or affiliation with a gang are not permitted.
f. The following are strictly prohibited on or about school property or at any school activity: Committing any act or using any speech, either verbal or nonverbal (gestures, handshakes, etc.), showing membership in or affiliation with a gang.
g. Building principals have the right to permit additional restrictions to prevent the disruption of the educational process or a health or safety hazard.
a. Detention after school is assigned when appropriate. Students are placed in detention by teachers or principals. Detention will take place in the respective teacher’s room, or in a designated detention area.
b. School-wide detention will be held 2:30 – 3:00 in E-Lg. Students who arrive late will not be admitted and may be subject to further disciplinary action.
c. Transportation should be arranged by the student - however, a late bus is provided to those who live within the city, leaving campus at 4:15.
d. Detention is considered a disciplinary measure and is used as such by the school staff as an attempt to modify behavior. Failure to report to detention will result in further disciplinary action.
a. It is important that every student understand the policy of dealing with suspensions and the seriousness of such a step.
b. A one to ten day suspension may be imposed by the principal for major violations of school rules or continual violation of minor rules.
c. A suspension and clinical referral is required for possession and/or use of drugs and/or alcohol.
d. All weapon and drug and alcohol violations are required to be reviewed by law authorities. In addition, the Superintendent of Schools will review all weapon and drug and alcohol cases for possible recommendation of expulsion.
6. Cell Phones/Electronic Devices
The Board prohibits possession of laser pointers and attachments and telephone paging devices/beepers by students on school property, on buses and other vehicles provided by the district, and at school-sponsored activities. In order to prevent interference with the educational process the Board prohibits use of personal communication devices, including but not limited to cell phones, laptops, personal data assistants, and walkie-talkies by elementary and middle school students during the school day in district buildings and on district property. Use includes cell phone rings and other electronic alerts, and the transmission or receipt of written or text messages. If these devices are brought to school they must be stored in the student’s locker or other secure, non-visible location during the school day. For the purpose of this policy, the school day runs from the time the student enters the building through the bell or notification of dismissal.
High school students may use electronic devices during non-instructional times prior to the beginning of the school day and following dismissal, as well as during lunch periods while students are in the cafeteria. Use of electronic devices during instructional time is prohibited. Instructional time is defined as the time of entry into a class, activity such as an assembly, or other organized event until the student exits the class or event. This policy does not preclude individual high school instructors from allowing the use of these devices in class when such use is designed to be a part of or to support an educational activity. Electronic devices may not be used to take photographs, videos or make sound recordings, except when specifically approved in advance by an administrator. The use of electronic devices to display inappropriate content or to introduce disruption to the educational environment is prohibited. The district shall not be liable for the loss, damage or misuse of any electronic device brought to school by a student. The Superintendent or designee shall annually notify students, parents/guardians and staff about the district’s electronic device policy by publishing such policy in the student handbooks, district Rights and Responsibilities mailing, newsletters, posted notices, and other efficient methods. Violations of this policy by a student shall result in disciplinary action and may result in confiscation of the electronic device. The confiscated item shall not be returned until a conference has been held with a parent/guardian. Repeated violations may result in escalating student consequences, including but not limited to the confiscated item being held until the end of the school year, in-school suspensions and out-of-school suspensions. With prior administrative approval, the telephone paging device/beeper prohibition shall not apply in the following cases:
I. A student who has a need for such a device due to the medical condition of an immediate family member.
II. Other reasons determined
appropriate by the building principal.
Exceptions to the prohibitions set forth in this policy may be made for health, safety, educational or emergency reasons with prior approval of the building principal or designee, or when use is provided for in a student’s individualized education program (IEP).
STUDENT IDENTIFICATION (ID) CARDS
W.A.H.S. issues to each student an ID card upon entry into the high school along with a red “Williamsport Millionaires” lanyard to identify students presently enrolled.
Students must present their ID to use busing services, the library, and to receive medical treatment from the nursing office. Students who have lost their student ID card may order a replacement ID at a cost of $3.00.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR NAME
All changes of address or name must be reported promptly to the Main Office. (570) 323-8411.
All students under the age of 18 are required to have an employment certificate for part-time jobs unless they have graduated.
Students can obtain information and applications for working papers at the WASD District Service Center in the Student Services Department.
Legitimate visitors are welcome in our school. Visitors must enter the building at the Main Entrance and Sign-In. If visit is appropriate, the guess will be given a “visitor pass."
All school-age visitors must be pre- approved by administration prior to entry into the building.
WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
Pennsylvania compulsory attendance laws require students to be regular in attendance. While never recommended, upon a student’s seventeenth birthday, he/she may choose to withdraw from school. Students who are sixteen years of age may only withdraw by meeting the requirements of a “General Employment Certificate.” All students considering withdrawing must first meet with their counselor and principal.
All students who withdraw for any reason, i.e., job, transfer to new school, etc. must report to the office to complete proper withdrawal procedures. No formal records can be sent unless all obligations (fine, return of books, etc.) have been met.
9th grade students will be given a locker by their 1st period teacher. Upperclassmen may request a locker in the main office.
The student to whom a locker is assigned is completely responsible for the care and contents of the locker. Therefore, students should never share their locker or the combination with other students. Students should keep lockers locked at all times. The school is not responsible for losses from student lockers. If a theft occurs, report it to a principal immediately.
School lockers belong to the school district and are subject to search protocols described in the “Student Rights and Responsibilities” booklet.
LOST AND FOUND
Articles lost or misplaced are placed in Lost and Found. Contact a support person or the main office for access.
TRANSPORTATION POLICIES AND REGULATIONS
I. School Board Policy on Pupil Transportation – All students are offered bus transportation to the high school. Students may also apply and pay for a parking pass. Student drivers without parking passes will be ticketed and fined.
II. Bus Regulations
A. Each student will be assigned to a particular bus with a designated bus number.
B. Students must use only the bus to which they are assigned.
C. A student’s ID card must be available at all times; the bus driver may refuse to transport any pupil who does not have his/her student ID card.
D. All students riding the school district buses to and from school are expected to follow all behavioral expectations.
E. Bus drivers are in charge of the bus. Students who do not behave in an acceptable manner will be subjected to disciplinary measures.
F. Bus riding is a privilege. For the safety and convenience of all students who ride buses, it is necessary that each student comply with the rules. Parents will be notified when pupils fail to comply, and repeated violations may result in either suspension of bus riding privileges, suspension from school or both. All riders are subject to the conditions outlined in the school district’s Bus Discipline Policy. It is the responsibility of each student to know these rules and regulations and to obey them.
III. Campus Traffic Regulations
A. Speed limit on access roads to school campus is 20 MPH. and on campus speed limit is 15 MPH.
B. All drivers must be aware of pedestrian and bus traffic at all times.
C. No vehicles, other than school buses are allowed in the campus traffic circle from 7:15 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Parental drop off and pick up of students is to take place in A and B lots. The traffic control officer will point out to parents the appropriate area if necessary.
D. All traffic will follow directional signs on school campus and access roads. IV.
IV. Student Driving Regulations
A. No students may drive to school without a driving permit issued by a principal. Only students who can demonstrate a need may receive permission. If permission is granted, one of the following permits will be issued:
1. One Day - Driving Permit - issued to a pupil who has an appointment (e.g. doctor, dentist) during school hours or faces unusual and compelling circumstances. To be considered for a one-day permit, a student a signed written request from a parents/guardians at least one day prior to need.
2. Daily Driving Permits are issued to students participating in extra- curricular activities that meet on a regular basis, in a work program, or have unusual or compelling circumstances. To be considered for a daily permit, a student must request an application in the main office. No application will be considered that is not properly completed. There is a small fee charged for daily parking permits.
B. A student vehicle must display the school-issued driving permit or parking sticker at all times.
C. A student must park only in student- designated parking area.
D. School parking lots are off limits during the school day.
E. Students may not transport other students.
F. Driving privileges may be revoked for violating driving regulations or for repeated school discipline and attendance violations.
G. Unauthorized or illegally parked vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense.
H. All student drivers must complete the “General Student Body Drug Testing Form” before being approved to drive to school.
The Williamsport Area High School offers approximately 50 club opportunities. Students may join clubs and organizations to further their interest in a particular activity or as an expression of their school spirit. Membership opportunities range from literary to environmental, from technical to social consciousness. Club and organizations frequently meet during scheduled Bank periods. Please see club brochure for more details.
Students, parents, teachers, and all staff members may refer students to a trained team of teachers and administrators for mental health and/or drug and alcohol concerns.
INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC PROGRAM
Williamsport Area High School provides students with an opportunity to participate in a variety of interscholastic sports.
days of a competition when school is in session, student-athletes must be in
attendance in order to participate. Unusual circumstances will be reviewed by
the Principal and Athletic Director.
All student athletes are required to pay a $50.00 participation fee once each school year. PIAA academic and behavioral eligibility requirements are strictly enforced. Effective immediately for the 2014-15 school year; WAHS will implement the following plan for student-athlete academic eligibility:
A. The expectation and goal for student athletes is to be passing all of their classes. On a weekly basis, the administration will generate a report from the Power School system for all in-season athletes, detailing those students who are failing classes.
B. A student will be declared academically ineligible if he/she is failing more than one class at the time of the grade check.
1. On a weekly basis the ineligibility period will last until that student is passing all of his/her classes or failing only one class. Students will be given a form to be completed by themselves and their teacher to verify once he/she is passing that particular class.
2. At the end of the marking period, if a student is failing more than one class, he/she will be ineligible for 15 school days, in accordance with PIAA policy.
C. Teachers will have all grades current and up-to-date in the Power School system by 7:30 am on Monday morning (or the first day of the school week).
D. Athletic Department will run the grade report at 8:00am on Monday morning of each week for students. Information from this report will be shared with coaches and students by the A.D., principals and Intervention Specialists on Mondays.
E. A system of support for the student athletes will be discussed and put into place to offer assistance and tutoring for the students (i.e. library after school).
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
The Williamsport Chapter of the National Honor Society was instituted January 12, 1944. The emblem of the society is a flaming torch set in a keystone. The letters C.S.L.S. representing the qualities of Character, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service are at the base of the emblem.
A point system has been established as a basis for membership in the National Honor Society and the privilege of wearing the honor key. Interested students may contact the faculty adviser for the regulations governing induction into the honor society.
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
More than 125 separate awards and scholarships are available to members of the graduating class at commencement. Interested students should check with their school counselor for further information. Applications for all scholarships are available in the senior counseling office.
The Williamsport Area School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX Education Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, services, activities, and facilities that are accessible to and usable by handicapped individuals contact:
Director of Human Resources
Williamsport Area School District
2780 West Fourth Street Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: (570) 327-5500 ext. 33541