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Watchung Hills Regional High School

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2017-2018 Student Handbook

Academic Integrity

Watchung Hills Regional High School is committed to developing students of character. Guided by core values of honor and responsibility, the faculty does its best to model ethical behavior and help students make morally sound decisions. When students come to realize the significance of these values and embrace them as guiding principles for their conduct, a culture of honesty grows and shapes the school community.

The goal of this policy, then, is to help students avoid academic dishonesty, which is defined broadly as any attempt to give, receive, or otherwise use any form of unauthorized assistance or any attempt to gain an unfair advantage when completing any type of academic work. Teachers do their best to make expectations on all assignments clear, but students are responsible for asking questions when unsure about any assignment guideline. Seeking clarification helps prevent academic dishonesty.

Types of conduct that expressly fall within this category include but are not limited to the following:

  • Giving or receiving answers to homework
  • Giving or receiving answers to questions on tests or quizzes
  • Reporting to another student the content of a test or quiz
  • Using unauthorized materials that give a student an unfair advantage on a test, quiz, or other assessment
  • Taking credit for work that was completed by someone else, and this includes failing to represent honestly the extent of participation in a group project
  • Taking information from any source that is not properly attributed; or
  • Working with others on an assignment that was meant to be done individually

At Watchung Hills Regional High School, we teach students to recognize the difference between their own work and the work of others, the proper way to cite legitimate sources, and the importance of honestly completing assignments. As a result, we expect students to submit original work and properly cite the ideas of others.

When a teacher or administrator determines that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty, the following consequences will be imposed. Incidents are counted across the subject areas and are not limited to specific courses or academic disciplines. For example, if a student violates the policy in English and subsequently in math, the incident in the math course is the second offense.

First Offense

  • The teacher will assign a grade penalty;
  • The teacher will notify the parent or guardian as soon as possible;
  • The teacher will notify the department supervisor and file a report of misconduct;
  • The student and vice principal will meet to discuss the conduct and consider ways to avoid making poor decisions in the future.
Second Offense
  • The student will be assigned a zero for the assignment;
  • The teacher will notify the parent or guardian as soon as possible;
  • The teacher will notify the department supervisor, principal, and the guidance counselor and file a report of misconduct.
  • The student, supervisor, and vice principal will meet to discuss the conduct and consider ways to avoid making poor decisions in the future. A parent may be required to attend that meeting;
  • The student may not be eligible for any chapter of a school-sponsored honor society; and
  • Additional discipline in the form of central detentions, Saturday detentions, or other appropriate consequences will be imposed.
Third Offense
  • The student will be assigned a zero for the assignment;
  • The teacher will notify the parent or guardian as soon as possible.
  • The parent and student must attend a meeting with the principal, guidance counselor, supervisor, and teacher to review the misconduct; and
  • The student may lose credit in the course where the offense occurred.

After School Activities

Students are encouraged to participate in after-school activities and athletics. In addition, there are other reasons why students need to remain after school (i.e. extra help from a teacher, using the library, detention, etc.). At all times, students must be in the company of a teacher or advisor. Students are not permitted to stay after 2:15 pm without a pre-determined destination. Students found after school without purpose will be given a warning. A repeat offender will be brought to central detention and remain until 3:45 pm.A parent will be notified.Further disciplinary actions will be taken for those students who continue to be in violation of this rule.

Attendance

Attendance - Pursuant to Bd. Policy 5200

Appeals

A student who has lost credit in a course due to excessive absences, may appeal the decision to an Appeal committee based on the following procedures:

  • Upon loss of credit, the student must continue to attend and complete all assignments for the course
  • Student will petition, in writing, prior to January 25, for first semester courses and June 1 for second semester and full year courses for consideration of credit restoration.
  • The student will need to submit, in writing, why they believe credit should be restored. The main consideration for restoration of credit will be the student's attendance record from the date in which credit was lost. Other factors that may be taken into account include the student's grade in class, the student's discipline record, and the reason for the excessive absences.
  • The Appeals Committee will decide to restore credit or uphold the loss of credit.
  • If credit is restored, the earned number grade will replace the no credit (NC) on the student's transcript.
  • If the loss of credit is upheld, the student may appeal the decision by submitting a written request to the Principal within 5 days of the decision.
a. If credit is lost, no credit (NC) will appear on the student's transcript.
b. Underclassmen who lose credit in a course may be required to take the course the following year or take the course on-line*
c. Seniors who lose credit in a course may need to return to school the following year to complete the course or take it on-line* before they can graduate.
*Any courses taken on-line or for credit recovery courses not taken at Watchung Hills are at no expense to the school.

Absenteeism/absence Verification

In the event of non-attendance, it is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to notify the attendance office on the morning of the child’s absence. Unless legitimate prior notice has been given, the attendance office will contact a student’s parent/guardian to verify the absence. Upon the student’s return to school, the parent/guardian must supply a note indicating the date(s) and reason(s) for the absence. Any student who returns to school with a medical note following an illness/injury must report to the attendance office. All medical notes must be received by the attendance office within two (2) weeks of the date of absence in order to be excused. Please note that every 3 lates to the same class equates to an absence in that class.

Considerations for excused absences:
  • School sponsored activities (field trips, meetings, testing)
  • Religious holidays (as defined by NJ Dept. of Education) and require a note from parent/guardian
  • Suspensions
  • Home Instruction
  • Death in Family (approval of Principal or designee)
  • Educational opportunities (approval of Principal or designee)
  • College visitations: 3 days for juniors and seniors. You must have proof of visit from college admissions or registrar's office.
  • Driving Test

Students are not permitted to take driving lessons during the school day.

Planned Absences

Parents are discouraged from removing children from school for vacation purposes as such planned absences are not excused and these absences will count toward the total number of unexcused absences. (Please refer to "loss of credit" guidelines).

1.A planned absence of more than 3 days requires that the student pick up a “planned absence” form from the attendance office.

2.This form must be initialed by the student’s teachers, signed by the parent/guardian/attendance administrator, and returned to the attendance office at least three days in advance.

3.The student will be responsible for all material that is missed.

4.The responsibility of the school shall be limited to giving assignments for work covered. Teachers shall not be asked to give additional time to explain work covered during time of absence.

5.All end-of-year requests must be made before June 1.

Planned Absences During Exams

Students may be allowed to reschedule final exams only under extenuating circumstances. A written request must be submitted for consideration to Mr. MacConnell’s office at least one month prior to the scheduled examination. Students and parents/guardians should be aware that exams may need to be completed after school has ended. Students are not excused from exams if going on vacation during exam time.

Loss of Credit Guidelines


Full-Year Course*

  • In addition to viewing daily student attendance in Parent Access, parents can view an attendance summary which is posted under the documents tab on the first of every month.
  • Once a student has accumulated 14 absences:

a. A mandatory parent meeting will be scheduled with the Vice Principal overseeing attendance.

b. Loss of credit will be assigned.

c. No credit (NC) will appear on the student's report card and transcript.

d. Please note that every 3 lates to the same class equates to an absence in that class.

*See Appeals

Semester Course*

  • In addition to viewing daily student attendance in Parent Access, parents can view an attendance summary which is posted under the documents tab on the first of every month.
  • Once a student has accumulated 7 absences:

a. A mandatory parent meeting will be scheduled with the Vice Principal overseeing attendance.

b. Loss of credit will be assigned.

c. No credit (NC) will appear on the student's report card and transcript.

d. Please note that every 3 lates to the same class equates to an absence in that class.

Physical Education/Health

Students who have been medically excused for a period of time must return to PE on the date the medical note expires or will be in jeopardy of losing PE credit unless all missed PE classes are made up.

NJDOE requires high school students to participate in 150 minutes of PE/Health a week. If a student accumulates more that six (6) absences in PE, they are required to make-up classes by completing 2 make-up classes for each class needed. See your PE teacher to schedule make-up classes which are held once a week, 2:15 - 2:40 pm (25 mins) and must be completed within the same marking period. If a student needs to make-up classes in the following marking period, it must be approved by the PE department supervisor.

If a student accumulate more that six (6) absences in health, administration will decide if the course will be repeated the following year, the course is taken on-line, or complete a comprehensive health packet.

Excused Absences

Students with excessive excused absences may be considered for loss of credit based on individual circumstances.

Tardiness

Tardiness to School

Students are required to be in their first time slot by 7:30 am.

1.If a student arrives between 7:30-7:35 am, they must report immediately to their Time Slot 1 class. The student will still be considered late and disciplined accordingly by the teacher.

2.If students arrive between 7:35 and 8:25 am, they must report to the designated sign-in table located in the Atrium outside the Main Office. Any student reporting after 8:25 am must sign in at the attendance office located in the Main Office.

3. Any student who arrives to school after 7:35 am will be considered tardy. When a student is tardy a third time to the same class during the first time slot, the student will be charged with an absence for that class. Excessive tardiness to school can result in loss of credit in one or more courses.

4.Any student who arrives after 8:00 am will be considered absent from their first time slot of the day.

5.Any student arriving during passing time must still sign in. They should go to the attendance office. Students not signing in will receive a cut for each class missed on that day.

6.Any junior who accumulates more than 15 tardies during their junior year will forfeit their opportunity to get a parking spot during their senior year.

7. Any student who is assigned a parking space on campus is responsible for maintaining a commendable attendance record. After 15 tardies, whether excused or unexcused, he/she will lose the parking space for the remainder of the school year.

8. Attendance is required in study hall including when the student’s study falls in Time Slot 1. Such "lates" to study hall will count toward the WHRHS "late policy."


Failure to sign into school will result in points being assigned from the Personal Assessment System.


Excused Tardies

Tardiness due to personal illness, religious observance, medical appointments, and other compelling reasons to be approved by the administration will be considered excused if a medical note is provided. All other tardies will be considered unexcused, including automotive problems. A tardy will only be excused if a medical note is produced within two (2) weeks of the tardy date.

Unexcused Tardies

For unexcused tardies to school, students arriving after 7:35 am will be assigned one detention upon the 3rd, 6th, and 9th tardy. Upon the 12th tardy, the student will be assigned a Saturday detention. For every additional three (3) tardies accumulated, additional extended detentions will be assigned. Any note that is received by the attendance office after the two (2) week requirement stated above, will be considered an unexcused tardy.

Excessive Tardiness to Class

This is handled through the discipline policy.

Early Dismissals

Any student who wishes to be excused from school before 2:15 pm must present a written note from the parent/guardian to the attendance office one day in advance. The note must include a verification telephone number and reason for the early dismissal. This includes students who drive. A phone call will be placed home confirming that the student will be leaving school. A person from the attendance office must make contact with a parent/guardian to confirm an early dismissal for a student driving themselves. If contact is not made, the student will not be permitted to leave school.

  • A student who fails to sign out from the attendance office will be disciplined for insubordination.
  • A parent/guardian must come into the attendance office to sign their child out.
  • Students are not permitted to leave school during lunch (10:30-11:15 am), even with parental permission, unless the student provides a parent note requesting an early dismissal at lunch for medical reasons. The student must bring a note to the attendance office before 7:30 am. The student must present a doctor’s note upon his/her return.
  • Anyone other than the parent/guardian signing a child out must be listed on the early note with contact information. The parent will be contacted to confirm.
  • All students must report to the attendance office for an early dismissal pass.
  • Students must sign out of the main office before leaving the building.
  • Students with early dismissal must be picked up by a parent or adult listed on the student contact page.
  • Students that are ill must leave through the nurse's office.
  • There are no early dismissals during final exams or for the semi-formal.
Please be aware that we are unable to call a student out of class after 1:50 pm if the early dismissal was not arranged in advance.

Cutting

Students are required to attend all assigned activities including classes, study hall, and detention. Unless a student is legitimately absent from school or has had the prior approval of a teacher or administrator to be out of an assigned area, a student who is not in attendance will be marked as cutting. A student who is more than 10 minutes late to a class without a pass (other than the first class of the day), will be assigned a cut for that class. Administrators will assign the student 7 points with the appropriate penalty for each offense. Cuts are considered serious violations. Students who lose credit due to cutting class will not be afforded the opportunity to participate in the appeals process. Any assignment, quiz, or test will receive a grade of zero if a class is cut.

Cutting Physical Education/Health
In Physical Education and in Health the student loses credit upon the 2nd cut.

Cutting Same Class (semester)

a.1st and 2nd cut: Administrator assigns the student 7 points for each infraction with the appropriate penalty. Parent/guardian will be notified by letter.

b. 3rd cut: 7 points assigned. Student conference with the administrator to determine the status of the student. Loss of all credit for the course with no option to audit. Notice will be sent to parent/guardian.

Cutting Same Class (year course)
a. 1st and 2nd cut: Administrator assigns the student 7 points for each infraction with the appropriate penalty. Parent/guardian will be notified by letter.
b. 3rd cut: Administrator will assign the student 7 points. Penalties from the Personal Assessment System will be applied. The student is placed on academic probation for that class.
c. 4th cut: Student conference with administrator to determine status of student. 7 points assigned and student will lose credit for the course with the option to audit. Notification will be sent to parent/guardian.

Truancy

Truancy is defined as an unauthorized absence taken by the student without parental/guardian permission. A pupil who is truant will received an “F” for any graded work in class. Twenty-eight (28) points from the Personal Assessment System will be assigned, and the parent/guardian will be notified. Twenty-eight (28) points will be assigned for each additional incident of truancy, and the appropriate disciplinary action for the particular level of points reached will be dispensed.

Athletics and Co-Curricular Programs

Philosophy

The Board of Education believes that student participation in co-curricular activities is an invaluable aspect of the educational process. Participation must be in concert with acceptable overall academic achievement and standards of appropriate responsibility to set an example for others by the compliance with the rules and regulations of the school as well as with the academic requirements.

The faculty and administration are responsible for providing support and assistance to encourage the highest level of academic achievement possible from students participating in co-curricular activities. The Board of Education, the administration, and faculty want students to participate in as many co-curricular activities as possible. High school is a time to try new activities. Although specialization in one sport or activity may have advantages for few students, specialization can cause psychological and physiological burnout. Consequently, whenever possible, multi-sport/activity participation is encouraged.

The Board of Education recognizes that participation in co-curricular activities carries with it certain responsibilities. Student participants represent the school and community and must project positive images of both. They should maintain satisfactory academic achievement and standards of conduct. Both players and spectators have responsibilities.

Eligibility for Athletics

  • Academic

    a. A student will be considered academically eligible for the first semester (September 1 – January 31) if the student has passed thirty (30) credits required by the New Jersey Department of Education for graduation, for the preceding school year as evidenced by the final report card in June. Successful completion of summer school courses will also satisfy this requirement.

    b. A student will be considered academically eligible for the second semester (February-the last day of school) if the student has passed fifteen (15) of the credits required by the New Jersey Department of Education for graduation at the close of the preceding semester (January 31), as evidenced by the second marking period report card. Full-year courses shall be equated as one-half of the total credits to be gained for the full year in order to determine credits passed during the immediate preceding semester.

    A student who is eligible for co-curricular activity at the beginning of the winter season shall be allowed to finish that season.

  • Attendance

    Students must be in attendance for four (4) hours (excluding lunch period) under the New Jersey Department of Education regulations in order to be marked “present” in the attendance register. If a student has not signed in before 9:30 a.m., the student is considered “absent” and, therefore, is not eligible to participate or practice in co-curricular events that day. Extenuating circumstances will be addressed by VP/AD on a case-by-case basis.

  • Substance Involvement

    A student found to be in possession of, in control of or under the influence of any controlled dangerous substance (drugs, alcohol) shall immediately forfeit his/her eligibility for a period of time to be determined. In addition, all student/athletes will follow the same policy outlined under Substance Abuse.

    Further information about this procedure is outlined under Board Policy 2431-Athletic Participation, which can be viewed on the school's web site.

  • Parents or Guardian/Physician Permission

    In order to participate in interscholastic athletics (player or manager) and cheerleading, a student must complete all athletic forms. This includes a parent questionnaire and physical form pursuant to Board Policy 5310-Health Services.

Appeals Process

Students and/or their parents/guardians have the right to appeal the decision of the administration regarding eligibility except when a student is in direct violation of the minimum academic requirements established by the NJSIAA.

a. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the principal within five (5) school days after receipt of the notice of ineligibility.

b. The appeals committee will be composed of the vice principal, athletic director, supervisor of the related activity, and two faculty members.

c. The appeals committee will be responsible to render decisions related to all appeals in a timely manner.

The successive order of appeal is as follows:

  • Appeals Committee
  • Principal
  • Superintendent
  • Board of Education

Sportsmanship

The Responsibilities of Sportsmanship

The Player:

  • treats opponents with respect
  • plays hard, but plays withing the rules
  • exercises self-control, setting an example for others
  • respects officials and accepts their decisions without gesture or comment.
  • wins without boasting, loses without excuses, and never quits.
  • always remembers that it is a privilege to represent the school and community.

The Spectator:

  • attempts to understand and be informed of the playing rules
  • appreciates a good play no matter who makes it
  • cooperates with and responds enthusiastically to cheerleaders
  • show compassion for an injured player and acts in an appropriate way
  • respects the judgment of the coach and performance of other players
  • respects the property of others and the authority of those who administer the competition
  • encourages positive behavior from fellow spectators

Bus Information

Bus Schedule

Bus departure time: 2:25 pm
Activity bus departure time: 4:15 pm

Bus Transportation Rules

All students are assigned bus routes. Each student will be notified of his/her route. Bus drivers are in charge of the bus and are responsible for student behavior. They are required by law to report all infractions of school regulations to an administrator. Any misbehavior on the bus will result in disciplinary action. Intentional and repeated infractions can result in loss of the privilege to ride the bus. The following rules should be observed at all times:1. arrive at the bus stop on time
2. wait on the side for the bus or within the designated confines of the loading zone
3. because many stops are adjacent to private homes and businesses, respect the property of others
4. remain seated while the bus is in motion and keep arms inside the bus at all times
5. do not distract the driver or ask to make unscheduled stops
6. do not litter the bus or the road by throwing objects from the bus
7. do not smoke on the bus
8. do not use improper language on the bus
9. immediately report any damage on the bus to the driver
10. cooperate during the mandated emergency drill


Students must ride the bus to which they have been assigned. They are not permitted, under any circumstance, to ride on another bus. If a bus becomes disabled, students must remain in the designated waiting area until another bus arrives to take them to their destination.

Cafeteria

Guidelines

1. Students are expected to arrive on time. At the end of the period, students may not leave the cafeteria with food or drink.
2. Every effort must be made to keep the school reasonably clean. Students are responsible for returning trays and disposing of their garbage. The throwing of any item will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to suspension.
3. Any student caught stealing will be subject to disciplinary action.
4. All violations of school policy during the lunch period will result in the penalty of being doubled.
5. Payments to your account can be made online via payforit.net or by sending in a check/cash to Attention: Cafeteria Account. Cash is also accepted at any register.
6. Charging is not permitted. If you do not have money in your account or cash for the items you wish to purchase, you will not be able to receive those items.
7. Backpacks are not permitted in the serving areas.
8. For your own protection, do not allow others to make purchases using your ID number.
9. Menus, serving times, and price lists are posted in all serving areas.
10. Students who have a deficit in their account at the end of the school year, will not have access to their final grades until their account has been paid in full.

During passing time, students are not permitted to purchase food or drinks to take to a classroom, nor are they permitted to leave a class to purchase food or drinks.

Lunch Debit Card

Parents are encouraged to have their child/children participate in the Lunch Debit Program, allowing students to quickly move through the lunch lines.Checks payable to WHRHS Cafeteria Account may be sent to WHRHS, 108 Stirling Road, Warren, NJ 07059 labeled “Cafeteria Account.”

Code of Student Conduct

Code of Student Conduct

This program is designed to provide response to violations of school rules or behavior that disrupt the educational opportunities of other students. The basis for the system is the assignment of a maximum number of points, which may be assessed for violations of unacceptable student behavior. Defined specific consequences will result when a specific cumulative total is reached. However, administrative discretion applies in all circumstances. (Pursuant to N.J.A.C.6A:16-7).

Some of the important foundations of the system are:

1. Points will be assessed in accordance with the following guide:
Possession/use of electronic devices:

1st Offense..........................................................................................................................7
2nd & subsequent offenses...............................................................................................10
Accumulation of 3/6/9+ tardies to class (Period 2-8)...........................................................7
Unauthorized presence in halls/café....................................................................................7
Failure to report to call down................................................................................................7
Failure to sign in when tardy.................................................................................................7
Class cut...............................................................................................................................7
Class cut: Last Period of Day..............................................................................................14
1st Offense: 2 Detentions, Loss of Parking
2nd Offense: Saturday Detention
3rd Offense: Suspension
Failure to provide accurate information to staff upon request…...........................................7
Failure to report to teacher detention………………………...................................................7
Class disruption……………………………………………..............................................…...10
Leaving class without permission……………………….…..................................................10
Failure to follow school procedure………………………..............................................…....10
School bus disruption……………………………………..............................................….....10
Leaving class without permission……………………….….............................................….10
Forging passes and notes………………………………….............................................…...10
Failure to report to administrative regular detention……….......…......................................10
Misconduct in halls/cafeteria/class………………………...............................................…...10
Violation of dress code……………………………………..............................................…...10+
Defacing school property………………………….………..............................................…..10+
Use of profanity/obscenity…………………………….….................................................….10+
Unauthorized presence in parking lot……………………................................................10-20
Insubordination…………………………………………..................................................…10-20
Leaving school grounds without permission…………….............................................….….14
Parking without permission…………….…………...……................................................…..14+
Failure to report to extended detention……………………...................................................15
Truancy………………………………………………................................................……........28
Violence/Vandalism……………..........……...……………...........................................…..10-28+
Bullying/Harassment……………...........…………………..................................................10-28+

2. Ten points will be subtracted from the total accumulation of points if a student does not accumulate any points over a one month period.

3. Teachers will assign individual detentions for infractions, which primarily affect the student and the teacher only. Students will be given
at least 24 hours’ notice before serving the detention.

4. In addition to the assignment of assessment points, students may be assigned clean-up responsibilities in those cases that involve damage to school property or littering.

5. The yearly schedule for cumulative points and penalties will be:

7 points: 1 detention and parent notification
14 points: 2 detentions and parent notification
21 points: 3 detentions, parent notification and parent of seniors notified of potential loss of driving privileges.
28 points: 4 detentions, parent notification, parents of seniors notified of loss of driving privileges, optional parent conference with vice principal. Also, parents of juniors are notified of student placement on deferred driving list for senior year.
35 points: 5 detentions, 1 extended detention, parent notification. Also parents of juniors notified of student loss of driving privileges for senior year.
42 points: 5 detentions, 2 extended detentions, parent notification, optional parent conference with vice principal.
50 points: 7 detentions, 2 extended detentions, and parent notification.
65 points: 10 detentions, 4 extended detentions, parent notification, parent conference with vice principal.
80 points: 10 detentions, 5 Saturday detentions and parent notification.
80+points: Administrative judgment which may include suspension, parent notification, and parent conference with principal, and loss of privilege to
participate in graduation ceremony.

Smoking

Pursuant to Board Policy 5533, smoking by students will not be permitted on school buses, school grounds, or in school buildings or at school events. This includes all tobacco products and water vapor/electronic cigarettes. Penalties for students found smoking are cumulative over the four years of their high school career and are based on the following:

  • First Offense: One-day suspension and one Saturday detention.
  • Second Offense and Subsequent Offenses: Three-day suspension. A Warren Township Municipal Court complaint will be filed against the student as well as a complaint filed with the local Board of Health. The decision to sign a Municipal Court Complaint may be rescinded on the 2nd offense if a parent/guardian agrees to have their child complete a smoke cessation program (at parent/guardians expense). Penalties may include fines and/or community service hours. Complaint field with the local Board of Health and/or additional discipline including multiple Saturday detentions.
Possession, Carrying, or Other Use of Tobacco Products
Students found to have been possessing, carrying, or using (other than smoking) tobacco products (including chewing tobacco) on school premises, at any school function, or on school buses will be subject to the following penalties:
  • First Offense: One extended detention.
  • Second Offense: 10 points (aligned discipline) and two extended detentions.
  • Third and Subsequent Offenses: 10 points (aligned discipline) and three extended detentions for each offense. At the administrator’s discretion, additional discipline may be assigned to those students who habitually violate school rules.
Smoking Policy Implementation Procedures
Restrooms will be carefully monitored by teachers and administrators.


  • School grounds will also be carefully monitored by teachers and administrators.
  • School buses will be carefully monitored by bus drivers.
  • Students are required to sign-in and sign-out of classrooms when using restrooms.
  • Students who are suspected of possessing tobacco products will be referred to an administrator who will require that the student demonstrate that he/she is not in possession of the same. No random or arbitrary accusations of tobacco possession will be made. Just cause will prevail.

Substance, Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse

Substance, Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse (Bd. Policy #5530-Alcohol and/or Steroid Abuse Regulation for further information).

The Board of Education recognizes that a pupil’s abuse of harmful substances seriously impedes that pupil’s education and threatens the welfare of the entire school community. The Board is committed to the prevention of substance abuse and the rehabilitation of substance abusers by educational means, but will take the necessary and appropriate steps to protect the school community from harm and from exposure to harmful substances. Accordingly, the Board will establish and maintain a comprehensive substance abuse intervention, prevention, and treatment referral program in the schools of this district.

If a faculty or staff member believes a student is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, the following procedures will take place immediate when it has been brought to the attention of the administration.

1. An administrator or security personnel will escort the student to the nurse’s office where a student’s vital signs will be taken.
2. An administrator will contact a parent/guardian to make arrangements for the student to be picked up and taken within two hours to have testing conducted to determine if the student is under the influence. The parent will be given a form that must be filled out by the attending doctor. If the doctor gives their consent, the student will be permitted back into school until the results of the test are confirmed.
3. If the test results are found to be negative, the student will remain in school and no further action will be taken.
4. If the test results are found to be positive, the student will be suspended from the school for a period of time (between three to ten days). During the time of suspension, the student must be evaluated by an outside treatment facility before returning to school.
5. Once the documentation from a facility has been given to the school, the student will be permitted to return. The Student Assistance Counselor will also meet with the student during the week they have returned to school as a follow up.
6. Any senior found under the influence or in possession of an illegal substance will lose their parking privilege immediately. Juniors will also lose their parking privilege for their senior year.
7. Any student who refuses to be tested will be presumed to be under the influence and will be suspended for a period of time (between three to ten days) and must be evaluated by an outside treatment facility before returning to school.

Weapons/Facsimile Weapons

It is illegal to possess and/or use any item viewed to be a weapon or facsimile weapon. Possession and/or use of these items on school grounds at any time will result in suspension from school as well as police notification. If there is a report of a weapon or facsimile weapon, including mace, the police will be called immediately to investigate the matter. (N.J.A.C.6A: 16-7.8)

Daily Announcements

Announcements are read over the loud speaker at the end of the first time slot each morning. Students are encouraged to check their student email accounts on a daily basis. We will not page students during the day.

Dates

WHRHS Event Calendar

Please click on this link for a full list of calendar events for the 2016-17 school year:

WHRHS Event Calendar

School Calendar

September 5 and 6:Staff Development Days

September 4: Labor Day-School Closed

September 7: First Day of School – 12:05 p.m. dismissal

September 21: Rosh Hashanah - School Closed

October 5:Back-to-School Night

October 6: Half Day - 12:05 p.m. dismissal

October 9: Back-to-School Day/Columbus Day-School Closed/Staff Development Day

October 10: Staff Development Day - School Closed

November 9 and 10:NJEA Convention - School Closed

November 22: Thanksgiving Recess - 12:05 p.m. dismissal

November 23 and 24: Thanksgiving Recess - School Closed

December 25 -29: Winter Recess - School Closed

January 1:Winter Recess - School Closed

January 15: Martin Luther King Day - School Closed

February 16 and 19: President's Day Holiday – School Closed

March 30: Good Friday - School Closed

April 2 - 4: Spring Break - School Closed

May 28: Memorial Day - School Closed

June 18 - 22: Exams - 1/2 days for students

June 22:Graduation (Tentative Date)

June 22: Last day of School - 12:05 p.m. dismissal (Make-up exam day)

School Closings may alter the calendar

Important Dates

Marking Period Closings:

November 15 – First
January 21 - Second
April 3 - Third
June 15 - Fourth

End of Year Assessments & Exams:

June 9 – Senior Assessments are due by this date
June 18 – Underclass Exams begin

Detention and Suspension

Detention

Consideration will be extended to parents when detentions will be assigned. Students must choose their dates of detention carefully. After-school employment is not an excuse to miss detention. Detentions will be assigned in a timely manner. If they interfere with after-school obligations, it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with employers.

Regular: Will be served in Room 310 from 2:30-3:55 pm.
Extended Detention: Will be served in Room 310 from 2:30-5:15 pm.

*Students arriving AFTER 2:30 pm will not be permitted into detention, and will face consequences for missing detention.

Detention on Saturday Morning
Saturday morning detention is a discipline program that will be used to enforce the school discipline code. The program will run from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The students will spend four hours in a quiet study. With permission of their parents/guardians, students may also be asked to help clean school grounds. Students not in compliance will be addressed through the Personal Assessment System. The following are the rules and regulations regarding Saturday Detention:

  • students must report by 8:00 am sharp. Students will be dismissed at 12 noon
  • students must turn off all cell phones, iPods, and electronic devices
  • students are not allowed to talk to other students or sleep
  • students must remain in assigned seats
  • students must bring their school/homework or something to read
  • failure to adhere to these rules will result in students being asked to leave.

If a student is removed, they face further discipline that could result in additional Saturday detentions and/or suspension.

Consequences for Missing Detention/Removal from Detention

1st Offense 2 detentions
2nd Offense 10 points
3rd & subsequent offenses 10 points & 1 day for each incident


Consequences for Missing Extended Detention/ Removal from Detention

1st Offense 2 detentions
2nd Offense 15 points
3rd & subsequent offenses 15 points & 2 day suspension for each incident


Consequences for Missing Saturday Detention/ Removal from Detention

1st Offense 2 Saturday detentions
2nd Offense 1 day suspension
3rd & subsequent 3 day suspension

Suspension

Pursuant to Board Policy 5610, the Board of Education recognizes that even the temporary exclusion of a pupil from the education program of this district is a severe sanction and one that cannot be imposed without due process. The high school administrator may suspend a pupil from school when it is deemed necessary in the interest of student discipline and the well-being of the educational program. Suspension does not vacate the assignment of points nor does it mitigate the ancillary discipline. Returning to classes following a suspension shall require a parent conference. The following could result in suspension
from school:

  1. Accumulation of more than 80 points
  2. Fighting
  3. Gambling
  4. Willful destruction of school property
  5. Insubordination or disrespect
  6. Possession of drugs/alcohol
  7. Possession of fireworks/explosives/weapons or facsimiles
  8. Reckless driving
  9. Theft
  10. Intimidation/threats/bullying/harassment
  11. Disorderly conduct
  12. Involvement in a food fight
  13. Violating terms of suspension
  14. Conduct of such character as to constitute a danger to the physical well-being of others
  15. Unsportsmanlike behavior at a public event
  16. Profanity toward faculty/staff member

The above-cited infractions are also subject to assignment of points based upon administrative discretion.

While suspended, students are not allowed to participate in any school-related activities, attend any school-sponsored events (including home and away athletic contests), or be on campus for any reason.

Dress Code

The personal appearance of every student is an important component of establishing a safe environment for optimal learning. Although dress is reflective of personal style, taste, and expression, students are expected to dress in an appropriate style and manner while on our school campus. They are expected to be neat and clean and to present an appropriate appearance that will be a credit to the student, parent, and school. Appropriate personal appearance shall be such that it does not disrupt schoolwork or school order, distract others, negatively affect the educational setting, and/or violate health and safety rules. Therefore, certain types of clothing, which may be acceptable for recreational wear, may not be suitable for school.

  • Clothing, which in the opinion of school personnel is excessively tight, revealing or immodest, including very short dresses/skirts/shorts, halter-type tops, tube tops, backless/off the shoulder garments, single strap tops, ad attire revealing bare midriffs.
  • Clothing which reveals undergarments and/or anatomy.
  • Clothing which violates acceptable safety standards;
  • Clothing which bears words or symbols deemed offensive by teachers or administration;
  • Clothing which promotes/endorses/advertises alcohol, drugs, and/or tobacco products;
  • Clothing which displays biased, prejudicial, and/or profane language;
  • Sunglasses (unless by medical order to be worn indoors);
  • Sleeveless tee-shirts/undershirts (for male students); and
  • All clothing that is see-through.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times. Footwear considered unsafe will not be permitted.
  • Head wear, including bandannas may not be worn anywhere in the building at any time due to security regulations.
  • Students should not have chains hanging from any piece of clothing.
  • Chains can be considered a weapon. Failure to follow this rule will result in suspension

The administration has the sole authority to determine when personal appearance and dress style do not meet school expectations. In these instances, administrators may request the parent/guardian to bring appropriate clothing to school so that the student many change or the student may be sent home with the parent/guardian to change into appropriate attire. Students who fail to comply will receive points under the Personal Assessment System. These guidelines are in effect from the first day of school; through the last day, including the week of final examinations. This also applies to all school-related activities including off-campus events and field trips.

Electronic Devices

The use of cell phones on campus during school hours is prohibited during the day with the exception of students being allowed to check their text messages during lunch time. Students may also refer to their cell phone within the confines of the classroom for academic purposes with teacher permission. It is strictly prohibited for students to take unauthorized pictures or recordings without faculty or administrative approval. Students in violation will immediately have their phones confiscated and may face serious disciplinary consequences. At no time between 7:30 am and 2:15 pm should a student be talking on their cell phone. Any parent/guardian who needs to contact their child should do so through the Main Office by calling 908-647-4800. In addition, the use of iPods is only permitted in the hallway during passing time, lunchtime, or within the confines of the classroom for academic purposes with teacher permission. Students who violate this policy will have their phones/iPods confiscated and will be returned to their parents after 2:30 pm the following day. The use of cell phone cameras and/or videos is strictly prohibited and subject to disciplinary action. Criminal use of cell phones including cameras and/or videos will be referred to local law enforcement and the phone will be confiscated. If a student refuses to hand over his/her cell phone or other electronic devices, the student will be considered insubordinate and be suspended from school.

WHRHS will not be held responsible for items that are lost or stolen.

Emergency Closings

Emergency School Closings

School closings and delayed openings are announced between 6:30-7:30 a.m. on the following radio stations:

WMTR 1250 AM MorristownWOR710 AM

WCTC1450 AM New Brunswick WMGQ 98.3 FM

WKMB 1070 AM Stirling WKX 101.5 FM

WDHA 105.5 FM

Watchung Hills Regional High School is a separate district from Warren, Watchung, Long Hill, and Green Brook schools. The closings may not be uniform.

Do not call the local police; instead, please access our web site at www.whrhs.org

If a delayed opening is announced, the school schedule and bus schedule will be adjusted two hours later. School will begin at 9:35 am.

Time Schedules

Please click the link below for all WHRHS time schedules:

Time Schedules

Field Trips

Although field trips are an important part of the educational process and serve to enhance classroom lessons, students are not automatically entitled to participate in these trips. Only those students who have demonstrated good academic and disciplinary behavior will be permitted to attend. If students are not permitted to participate in a field trip, they are expected to be in school and attend all of their classes. Students are expected to adhere to all school policies/regulations. If a student is found to be in violation of any policy/regulation he/she will be subject to appropriate discipline.

Fire Drills and Evacuations

New Jersey State Law requires at least one fire drill and one evacuation drill per month. During a drill, students are to move quickly and quietly out of the building. Fire exits and directions are posted in each classroom. Students should familiarize themselves with these directions in each classroom.

Grading

Legend


90 – 100 = A, superior HON = Honors NC = No Credit
80 – 89 = B, above average P = Pass INC = Incomplete *
70 – 79 = C, average WP = Withdrew/Pass MED = Excused Medical
60 – 69 = D, below average WF = Withdrew/Fail AUD = Audit
0 – 59 = F, not passing WN = Withdrew/No Credit

*Incomplete: All work must be completed within two weeks of the end of the marking period. Extensions with administrative approval for unique and extenuating circumstances will be considered.

GPA Calculation

Watchung Hills Regional High School calculates two grade point averages (GPA):non-weighted on a 4.0 scale and weighted on a 5.3 scale.The GPA scales are calculated using the following value charts for each final grade earned.

Numeric
Range
NonWt
GPA
CPAAP/
Honors
95-1004.04.54.95.3
90-943.754.224.594.97
87-893.53.944.294.64
83-863.253.663.984.31
80-823.03.383.683.98
77-792.753.093.373.64
73-762.52.813.063.31
70-722.252.532.762.98
67-691.751.972.142.32
63-661.51.691.841.99
60-621.251.411.531.66
59 or below0.00.00.00.0


Below is a breakout of the lowest grades that can be given to a student for a full year course.
MP 1: 40 MP 2: 30 MP 3: 20 MP 4: 0

Below is a breakout of the lowest grades that can be given to a student for a semester (1/2 year) course.
MP 1: 45 MP 2: 0 MP 3: 45 MP 4: 0


Rank in Class

Both weighted and un-weighted ranks are computed but not published or disseminated.

Guidance

Graduation Requirements

Successfully complete a minimum of 131 credits. The coursework must include the following course requirements:

  • four years (20 credits) of English
  • three years (15 credits) of history: World History, US History 1 and 2
  • three years (15 credits) of math: including Algebra 1 and Geometry
  • three years (15 credits) of science: including at least 5 credits in laboratory biology/life science; chemistry,
  • environmental science or physics; and an additional laboratory/inquiry-based science
  • two years (10 credits) of world language
  • 5 credits of visual and performing arts
  • 5 credits of 21st century life and careers or career technical education course(s)
  • four years (20 credits) of Health and Physical Education
  • 2.5 credits of financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy
  • 5 credits of 21st century life and careers or career technical education Guidance-based
Demonstrate a minimum proficiency required by the State in language arts literacy and mathematics by means of subject specific PARCC assessments, a Substitute Competency Test or meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal.

Schedule Changes

General Information:

1. As a practice, the school district does not honor requests for teacher changes. Any concerns in this area need to be directed to the appropriate supervisor.

2. Schedules reflect the student's grade level for 2017-2018. Students are promoted to grade 10 if they have earned 33 credits at the end of grade 9; to grade 11 if they have earned 66 credits at the end of grade 10; and to grade 12 if they have earned 98 credits at the end of grade 11.

3. Students will have from September 7-15 to request period for period elective changes. This will be the only time electives will be changed during the 2017-2018 school year. Changes to electives will not be allowed mid-year.

The schedule process at WHRHS is a very careful and important matter which requires the input of students, teachers, counselors, and parents. Students are making a commitment which determines the master schedule and staffing needs for the coming school year. Outlined below are acceptable reasons for course changes once the schedules are finalized before the start of the school year:

  • to address a failure which prohibits progress to the next sequential course
  • to take into account successful summer school remedial courses
  • to correct a data processing error
  • to permit seniors to fulfill graduation requirements

In addition, students who request to drop a course once school has begun must follow the deadlines as described below:

Semester One Course

  • Dropping a course prior to TBD will result in the course not being reported on the transcript.
  • Dropping the course after this date will result in a WP or WF on the transcript.

Semester Two Courses

  • Dropping a course prior to TBD will result in the course not being reported on the transcript.
  • Dropping the course after this date will result in a WP or WF on the transcript.
Year-Long Courses
  • Dropping a course prior to TBD will result in the course not being reported on the transcript.
  • Dropping a course after this date will result in a WP or WF reported on the transcript.

Student Records

Parents/Guardians and adult pupils have the right to review the pupil’s entire record or any part(s) of it within 10 days of their request to do so, to have copies made, to challenge the contents of the record, and to insert any comments.Parents/guardians and adult pupils must give their written permission, or in other situations, receive prior notice before the school discloses student record information to an organization, agency, or person outside the district, unless the school has been instructed by law or court to do otherwise.

Student directory information, which may be released without permission, consists of the following: name, address, phone number, date/place of birth, participation in recognized activities/sports, height/weight (if a member of athletics), awards received, and previous schools attended.

Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s/guardian’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include but are not limited to companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local schools receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories: names, addresses, and telephone listings, unless parents/guardians have advised the district that they do not want their child’s information disclosed without written consent.

Withdrawal from School

Students wishing to withdraw from school for any reason must adhere to the following procedures:

1. Consult the counselor
2. Obtain a Student Withdrawal Form from the Guidance Department
3. Return all books, uniforms, and other school property to the appropriate personnel
4. Satisfy all library and or textbook obligations
5. Clear out hall and gym lockers
6. Return the completed form to the Guidance Department. School transcripts will not be sent until all obligations have been met.

Health Services

The Health Office is open daily from 7:30 am - 2:30 pm for problems related to health or health records and emergencies. Injured or ill students are admitted with a pass from their assigned teacher. If the nurse determines that a student’s condition warrants leaving school, it is necessary to contact a parent/guardian/designated adult. Such students will not be allowed to drive home without parent permission.


Emergency cards are collected in September and kept on file in the health office. It is extremely important to have updated home/work/cell numbers annually, and throughout the year as changes occur. Parents/guardians are urged to provide updated information regarding contacts in the event of an emergency.

Immunization requirements are mandated by state law. All students must provide written, documented evidence of having been immunized against diphtheria, hepatitis B, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles and rubella.The only exceptions are a religious exemption or a medical contradiction, which must be submitted in writing.

Noncompliance with immunization requirements will result in exclusion from school.

Any request for immunization records must be submitted at least one week in advance of the date needed.

All students who require medication during school hours on a permanent or temporary basis must keep medicine locked in the health office to be administered by the nurse and have an “Administration of Medication in School Form” completed and signed by the parent/guardian on file in the health office. Those students with significant medical conditions (i.e. diabetes, severe allergies, asthma, heart condition etc.) must complete an individual “Health Plan Form” at the beginning of the school year and submit it to the Health Office. Any student who returns to school with a medical note following an illness/injury must report to the attendance office.

Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

HIB

The Board of Education prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying of a pupil. A safe and civil environment in school is necessary for pupils to learn and achieve high academic standards. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying, like other disruptive or violent behaviors, is conduct that disrupts both pupil’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate its pupils in safe and disciplined environment. Since pupils learn by example, school administrators,

faculty, staff and volunteers should be commended for demonstrating appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment, intimidation, or bullying. For further information please refer to the following link: HIB

Hazing

Bd. Policy 5512.01

Hazing is defined as any activity that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental health, physical health, or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or membership in or affiliation with any organization by the Board of Education. Watchung Hills Regional High School will promptly investigate any and all complaints of hazing and will administer appropriate discipline to any individual and/or group who may be involved in hazing.

Home Instruction

The Board of Education shall provide instructional services to an enrolled student whether a general education student grade nine through grade twelve or special education student up to age twenty-one, when the student is confined to the home or another out-of-school setting due to a temporary or chronic health condition or a need for treatment that precludes participation in their usual education setting, whether general education or special education.

Home instruction is designed to assist students who are unable to attend school because of temporary or chronic health conditions or have a need for treatment that precludes participation in their usual education setting. Instructors will be provided when the school physician provides documentation detailing reasons for home instruction and the estimated length of time the student will be unable to attend school. A request for home instruction will be governed by the following guidelines: (R 2412-Home Instruction due to health conditions)

A. Request for Home Instruction due to a Temporary or Chronic Health Condition

1. A parent/guardian must contact the principal’s office and provide documentation from a physician detailing the reasons for home instruction and the estimated length of time the student will be unable to attend school.

2. The school's physician will either verify the need for home instruction or provide reasons for denial. The school will notify the parent/guardian of the school physician's decision within five school days after receipt of the medical note from the student’s physician.

B. School Responsibility

1. If home instruction is approved, the Home Instruction Coordinator will provide the parent/guardian with the names and contact information of the instructors. The parent/guardian will contact the instructors to make arrangements that are convenient for the parent/guardian, student, and instructor. If online instruction will be used, the Home Instruction Coordinator will coordinate instruction with the online provider.

2. The Home Instruction Coordinator will monitor and coordinate the collection of assignments and communicate with the parent/guardian, student, teacher, and instructor while the student remains on home instruction.

3. A student will be given one hour of instruction per core curriculum course per week. A student with an IEP will be given two hours of instruction per core curriculum course.

C. Parent/Guardian Responsibility

1. When an instructor visits the home of the student, a parent/guardian or other responsible adult (21 or older) designated by the parent/guardian must be present for all home instruction sessions. Under no circumstances may home instruction take place without the presence of another adult 21 or older. This policy cannot be waived. If a student must meet an instructor in a public setting, the parent/guardian must notify the principal's office in advance.

2. Cancellation of a home instruction session must be made 24 hours in advance. Cancellation of classes by the student or parent/guardian without adequate notice, or excessive cancellations will not be rescheduled. Though emergencies do arise, three or more consecutive cancellations or a pattern of cancellations that prevents effective instruction will result in the parent/guardian being responsible for payment of the home instructor's time and/or the termination of home instruction. If a parent/guardian repeatedly fails to make a student available for scheduled home instruction, the district board of education shall consider whether the student is truant in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:38-27 and proceed accordingly.

3. If home instruction lasts more than twenty school days, the parent/guardian must obtain an updated medical examination and note from the doctor, and the school's physician will evaluate the need for continued home instruction. The same process must take place after forty school days of home instruction and every 20 school days thereafter.

4. When the provision for home instruction for a student without disability will exceed sixty calendar days, the school physician shall refer the student to the Child Study Team for evaluation pursuant to N.J.A.C.6A:14, and a meeting will be held with the principal, vice principal, guidance counselor, parent/guardian, and a representative from the Child Study Team. For students with disabilities, the home instruction shall be consistent with the student's Individual Education Plan (IEP). When home instruction for a student with a disability exceeds thirty consecutive school days in a school year, the Child Study Team shall convene a meeting to review and, if appropriate, revise the student's IEP.

D. Teacher/Home Instructor/Coordinator Responsibility

1. The Home Instruction Coordinator will contact the classroom teachers requesting their availability to provide home instruction for their student. If the classroom teacher does not respond within two (2) days of notification, it will be assumed that an outside instructor is needed. The contracted home instructor will contact the classroom teacher for all assignments throughout the approved instruction time line.

2. When the student returns from home instruction, the classroom teachers is responsible for making sure incomplete grades are corrected. Instructional modifications/accommodations are prohibited unless approved by the Director of Guidance and Department Supervisor. Students who have an IEP will continue to receive accommodations previously implemented.

3. The Home Instruction Coordinator will monitor deadlines and closure of home instruction.

E. Home Instructor Responsibility

1. The home instructor will contact the parent/guardian directly within 2 days to arrange a mutually convenient schedule for appointments and ensure the parent/guardian has a way to contact them directly in order to cancel a lesson.

2. The home instructor will pick up course materials from classroom teacher and communicate directly with the classroom teacher for additional assignments or special directions. No instruction will be provided in the home unless the parent/guardian/adult, 21 or older, is present during the home instruction. If this is not possible, home instruction should take place at a public location.

F. Grading

1. Students on home instruction for less than 30 days will receive a grade from the classroom teacher. A home instructor will provide instruction in core content courses. If a home instructor is not available, the student will begin instruction through our online provider.

2. Students on home instruction for 30 days or more (cumulative or consecutive) will receive instruction for core content courses only with our online provider and receive a pass/fail grade for the year. Elective courses will be removed from the schedule. Students returning from home instruction must schedule a re-entry meeting with their counselor, the Director of Guidance, and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Scheduling issues will be discussed at this meeting.

3. Pass/fail grades received on home instruction are not calculated in a student's grade point average (GPA) at the high school level.

NJAC 6A:16-10.1

Issued: 21 October 2014

Reissued: 14 September 2016


Homework

Homework is an important aspect of a student's overall academic experience. For homework to be meaningful there must be a direct correlation between a student and classroom studies. Homework should always have a purpose and help advance student learning.

District-Wide Homework/Grading Practices
  • For each day a student is absent, a student has two calendar days to make up work.
  • A zero will be entered in Genesis for a missing assignment. The teacher may indicate work needs to be made up in the notes tab in the grade book.
  • Homework will count 5-20% of each marking period grade. Departments have established specific guidelines regarding homework and grading practices. Please refer to department webpages for that information.
  • Daily homework shall be communicated electronically by email blast, web site posting, etc., no later than 2:40 pm
All requests for homework due to extended illness, please contact the student's guidance counselor.

Honor Rolls

A student who achieves a 90 or better in all courses qualifies for the Principal's Honor Roll. A student who achieves an 80 or better in all courses qualifies for the Honor Roll.

Insurance

In September, each student is given the option of purchasing insurance against accidents for the school year, beginning with the date that the insurance premium is paid. This insurance covers accidents that occur in school, in physical education classes, on school grounds, or in intramural sports and activities. The Board of Education provides insurance for accidents occurring in interscholastic sports. This insurance covers all varsity, junior varsity, and freshman athletes.

2017-18 Insurance Form

Intervention and Referral Team

The Intervention and Referral Team (IRT) provides assistance to staff and parents/guardians for pupils who demonstrate learning, behavior and/or health problems. A collaborative problem solving approach is used to collect information and to develop action plans. To initiate services for at-risk students, a “Request for Assistance Form” should be submitted to the Student Assistance Program mailbox in the office.Forms can be obtained in the main office.

Library/Media Center

The Media Center is open daily from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. All students must have a pass to enter the Media Center from 7:30 am to 2:15 pm. Passes are not required during lunch and after school. Students who want to use the Library/Media Center during study hall, gym/health study, or lunch must obtain a valid pass from one of their current subject area or study hall teachers. Students must present their ID card to borrow materials.

Lockers

Lockers are assigned to students. Students must use the locker assigned to them and should report any malfunction to the designated administrator. Lockers must be locked at all times. Lockers are the property of the Board of Education and, as such, may be inspected based on reasonable grounds that the pupil has violated or is violating either the law or the rules of the school. Under no circumstances shall a search be conducted based solely upon an anonymous tip and/or rumor. The extent or scope of the search shall be reasonably related to the objectives of the search and the nature of the infraction.

Valuables should not be brought to school and kept in lockers. Students may not share lockers. The school assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen articles.

Lost or Damaged Personal Property

If a student believes that personal property has been vandalized or is missing, the designated administrator’s office should be notified immediately.The student should fill out the proper form detailing the missing or vandalized property.The administrator will interview the student, investigate the matter, and make every effort to help the student recover the item. The filed report will be included in a monthly report to the principal.The student should periodically check the lost and found.Students should not bring valuables and large sums of money to school.All physical education lockers should be locked and items should not be left on the benches.The school assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen articles.

Display of Public Images

The Watchung Hills Regional High School Board of Education often strives to include staff and students in a number of meaningful media-based activities. “Personally identifiable” information about a student may not be placed on the district’s website without prior written consent from the student’s parent/guardian.“Personally identifiable information” means student names, student photos, student addresses, student e-mail addresses, student phone numbers, locations, and time of class trips.A consent form will be sent home for parent/guardian approval.

However, it is possible that photographic images of our students may find their way into newspapers, television, etc.These images will be “public” images; that is, photographs or images taken when in public places at school. Unless students or their parents/guardians have objections to photographic images being displayed in such media, the images will be displayed as appropriate by the district.If students or their parents/guardians have any objections to the potential display of such images in the media, kindly contact the high school Main Office for referral to the designated administrator.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Statement of Non-Discrimination: Watchung Hills Regional High School recognizes the contributions of all people to our society. We find the practice of discrimination abhorrent to the proper conduct of a public school, and therefore will not tolerate discriminatory practices. Persons perpetrating an act of bias will be subject to suspension as well as possible criminal prosecution. The Watchung Hills Regional High School District complies with Title VI of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VI”), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title XI”), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (the “ADA”), and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (the “Age Discrimination Act”), and their respective implementing regulations which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical hereditary cellular or blood traits. The district provides equal access and opportunity in employment and enrollment in all its programs and activities, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, maritalstatus, affectional or sexual orientation, a typical hereditary cellular or blood traits. Student questions or complaints of discrimination should be directed to Mrs. Catherine Angelastro, Director of Guidance and Affirmative Action Officer, at (908) 647-4800. Staff questions or complaints of discrimination should be directed to Mrs. Beth Scheiderman of Human Resources and Affirmative Action Officer at (908) 647-4800.

Persons who believe that they are the subjects of discrimination may seek redress through the following procedure:
1. Present a written complaint to the affirmative action officer within 30 calendar days. The AAO shall investigate and try to resolve the complaint on an information basis.
2. If the grievant or AAO is not satisfied with the disposition, then a written complaint is filed with the principal. The principal shall communicate a decision in writing within 10 days school days.
3. If the grievant or AAO is not satisfied with the principal’s disposition, then a written complaint should be made within 15 days to the superintendent. The superintendent shall communicate a decision in writing within 10 school days.
4. If the grievant or AAO is not satisfied with the superintendent’s disposition, then a written complaint should be made within 15 days to the board to request a review. The board will have 10 days to respond to said request.
5. In addition, inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the ADA, or the Age Discrimination Act may also be directed to the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 26 Federal Plaza, Room 33-130, New York, New York 10278, (212)264-4633.

Parking

Parking Application and Guidelines

Parking is a privilege not a right, and with the that privilege comes serious responsibility. Strict enforcement of the parking rules will take place to ensure a safe campus. We are committed to providing fair access to parking and to fairness in the application process.

Application Process

The student must complete an application in June and submit it in person. Parking permits will be distributed in August. The cost of a parking permit is $100.00. The fee is non-refundable. Students must pay by check or money order, made payable to WHRHS. Cash will not be accepted.
In order to be eligible to apply for a permit, students must not have:
  • Accumulated 28 or more points during their junior year
  • Acquired more than 15 late arrivals to school (excused or unexcused) during junior year
  • Been deemed truant from school as defined in the student handbook
  • Left school grounds without permission
  • Failed to fulfill school financial obligations, including but not limited to book fines, equipment return, and uniforms
  • Two or more suspensions during their junior year.
  • Suspended for being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
Permits Issued
  • A Green Parking Permit is for Senior with Privileges: Allowed to park in any white-lined parking stall or any other area designated for senior parking.
  • A Red Parking Permit is for Seniors without Privileges: Allowed to park ONLY in the Mountain Avenue lot.
Any student giving or loaning a permit to another student or any student forging a permit or using a forged permit with forfeit all parking privileges on campus, including the Mountain Avenue lot.

Senior Parking Guidelines and Consequences

Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no assigned spaces. Seniors with a GREEN parking permit may park in any white-lined stall or
other area designated for senior parking. Seniors with a RED parking permit will be allowed to park only in the lot on Mountain Avenue.

Parking is by permit only. Any student vehicle parked anywhere on campus, including the gravel and the Mountain Avenue lots, must have a permit. Vehicles not displaying valid permits will receive a summons issued by the Warren Police Department.

All vehicles must be registered with Security through the application process. Parking permits are not transferable to another vehicle. (If the registered vehicle is out of service, the student must make other arrangements to get to school. A vehicle without a permit is not to be used in its place.
All parking permits must be affixed to the inside upper corner of the driver's side rear door window).

Lost or stolen permits must be reported immediately to Security. There will be a charge of $25.00 for a replacement parking permit, payable by check or money order to WHRHS.

Any student found parking in an area not designated for students, such as spaces reserved for faculty, staff, or visitors, will receive a summons from the Warren Township Police Department.

Any student that violates the New Jersey Title 39 Motor Vehicle Laws governing parking and driving will receive a summons issued by the Warren
Township Police Department. Once a summons is issued by the Warren Township Police Department, any questions regarding the summons should be directed to the Warren Township Municipal Court or Police Department.

In addition, students will forfeit their parking privileges during their senior year for the following reasons:
  • Being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol at school, any school athletic event or co-curricular activity.
  • Violating motor vehicle operating laws as outlined in the N.J.S.A. Title 39 while on campus.
  • Incurring a second violation of the WHRHS parking guidelines, including but not limited to parking in spaces reserved for faculty, staff, visitors, and persons with disabilities or in ares prohibitied by N.J.S.A. Title 39. (The first violation having resulted in a summons).
  • Tardies: Acquired more than 15 late arrivals to school (excused or unexcused)
  • Points: Accumulated 28 or more points.
  • Had two or more suspensions during their senior year.
If students lose parking privileges, they may be issued a RED permit to park only in the Mountain Avenue lot.

WHRHS reserves its right to revoke parking privileges for any willful violation of the campus parking contract and for causes outside the
contract. WHRHS further reserves its right to assign appropriate discipline for parking-related offenses and to revoke a student's permit if circumstances warrant such consequences.

Pledge of Allegiance

In accordance with New Jersey State Law 18A: 36-3, the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited each morning during first time slot.Students must respect this morning exercise.

Policies

Policy on Computer Usage

It is the policy of Watchung Hills Regional High School to:
a. prevent user access/transmission over its computer network of inappropriate material via internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications
b. prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity
c. prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and
d. comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L.No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].

FERPA

Notification of Rights Under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certainrights with respect to the students’ education records. These rights
are:
1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal, Mr.George P. Alexis a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
2.The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate. Parents or eligible students may ask the school to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the school principal, Mr.George P. Alexis, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
3.The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or
medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the school has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605

PPRA Notice/Consent Opt-Out

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), 20 U.S.C. ~l232h, requires Watchung Hills Regional High School to notify you and obtain consent or allow you to opt your child out of participating in certain school activities. These activities include a student survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one or more of the following eight areas (“protected information surveys”):

1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships
6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with
lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program
eligibility.
This requirement also applies to the collection, disclosure or use of student information for marketing purposes (“marketing surveys”), and certain physical exams and screenings. Please note that this notice and consent/opt transfers from parents to any student who is 18 o rolder or an emancipated minor under state law.

Notice of Child Find Activity

The Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) has a duty to locate, identify and evaluate all resident children with exceptional educational needs, regardless of the severity of their disability. Therefore, the school district has a special outreach program to locate all children with suspected disabilities who are residents of the district. Upon request, the school district will provide information to determine whether a special educational referral is appropriate. Such a request may be made by contacting Director of Special Services, 108 Stirling Road, Warren, NJ 07059, or by calling her at (908) 647-4800 ext. 4835. Many educational opportunities are available in the community for children with disabilities. WHRHS provides special education and/or related services for children ages 14-21.

Section 504

Section 504/ADA Annual Publication of Notice to Parents/Guardians Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Programs and Activities
Children who have substantial limitations of one or more life functions may be entitled to special services in school under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and various state and city laws. These laws protect the rights of students with special needs who might have difficulty attending school or participating in regular school activities without related aids or modifications. Contact Mrs. Catherine Angelastro, Director of Guidance/504 Coordinator. Email: cangelastro@whrhs.org.

Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program at WHRHS is an extension of the services offered by the Special Services and Guidance Departments.The program provides crisis intervention, counseling, substance abuse education, and referral services for students who are struggling with issues related to substance abuse, interpersonal problems, and school difficulties.There are two designated student assistance counselors (SAC); one is assigned to students alphabetically by last names in grades 9-12 (A-L) and the other to students alphabetically by last names in grades 9-12 (M-Z).


The Student Assistance Program addresses a variety of issues/problems encountered by students. These include alcohol and other drug use, suicidal ideation/assessment, depression, school difficulties, peer problems, conflicts with parents, parental substance abuse, divorce, child abuse, pregnancy, eating disorders, low letter of clearance from a medical doctor and a parent conference are required before returning to school.

Counseling is private and confidential. Students must give their permission to inform or involve their parents/guardians in the counseling process. Parents/Guardians are always notified in a life-threatening situation. Prior to engaging in counseling, students are informed of their rights pertaining to confidentiality. The confidentiality of alcohol and drug counseling self-referrals is protected by federal regulation; this information can only be released with the student’s written permission.

NEW JERSEY’S YOUTH HELPLINE

The New Jersey Youth Helpline, 2nd FLOOR, is a toll-free anonymous and confidential helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, to all New Jersey young people, ages 10 to 24. Youth can call 2nd FLOOR at 1-888-222-2228 to speak with professionals and trained volunteers who listen attentively, non-judgmentally and compassionately to issues and problems they are facing. Visit www.2NDFLOOR.ORG for more information and try the message board!

Student ID Cards

Students will be issued identification cards in early fall and are expected to have this card with them at all times.Noncompliance in this regard may result in loss of privileges and/or disciplinary action.

Study Hall/Senior Early Dismissal

Senior Early Dismissal is a privilege given to those seniors who have a study hall during Periods 5-8.Seniors may leave only when their study hall is the last period of the day.If a senior has two study halls during the last two periods of the day, they may only leave during the last period.If a student for any reason is remaining for an after school activity they must go to the library or be with a staff member.No student should be walking the hallways during this time.In addition, Senior Early Dismissal may be taken away from a student for any disciplinary infraction at the discretion of administration.

If a senior cuts the period before Senior Early Leave, suspension will be assigned and loss of Senior Early Dismissal privileges will occur.

EARLY DISMISSAL IS A SENIOR PRIVILEGE ONLY.

Textbooks/Fines

Classroom teachers issue textbooks. Each student must handle the books with care. The user is responsible for the condition of the book. If books are not returned or returned damaged, fines will be imposed accordingly.

Please note that student fines (Library, Athletic, Calculator and Textbook) can be found under the "Fees and Fines" tab within your Parent Access account. Below is the process to clear an open fine.

Athletic Uniforms: Ms. Lisa Martins - Room 126 ext. 4970 - lmartins@whrhs.org

Library Books: Mr. Scott Keele - Media Center ext. 4888 - skeele@whrhs.org


Textbooks

English: Mr. James Aquavia - Room 285 ext. 2200 - jaquavia@whrhs.org

History: Ms. Anita Falvo - Room 315A ext 4816 - afalvo@whrhs.org
Math and/or Calculators: Mr. Dan Twisler - Room 31A ext. 2600 - dtwisler@whrhs.org
Science Textbooks: Mr. Michael D'Alessio - Room 102 ext. 6844 - mdalessio@whrhs.org
World Language Textbooks: Mr. Brad Commerford - Room 252 ext. 6848 - bcommerford@whrhs.org


All textbooks, calculators and affiliated payments can be given to the contact person listed above. Please make checks payable to WHRHS. Students with outstanding fines will not have access to report cards. Seniors with fines will not be eligible to purchase a parking decal. In addition, caps and gowns will be held and transcripts and/or diplomas will not be released until all outstanding obligations have been reconciled.

Visitors

When visiting the high school during school hours, you must stop at the visitor sign-in desk before proceeding to the office or any part of the school. If you have not previously signed in with photo identification, please be prepared to produce ID at the sign-in desk where you will receive a sign-in pass. We ask that you wear the sign-in pass so that it is visible to our staff.

Sign-in is required for all visits, including pick-up of a student at the Main Office or the Nurse’s Office. These precautions are for the protection of our students and everyone’s general safety.

Freshman for a Day

This program runs from February 5 to March 29, 2018. Freshman for a Day forms are located on the school’s website. All forms must be received at least one week prior to the date the student will be visiting pending approval by Mr. MacConnell, vice principal of the freshman class. Any student who comes to school without prior permission will remain in the Main Office where a parent will be called to pick up the child immediately. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. MacConnell at (908-647-4800 ext. 6975 or email: tmacconnell@whrhs.org.


Any student who is visiting the school without prior permission will remain in the Main Office until a parent or guardian comes to pick up the student.

Tours for Student New to District

Students/parents planning on moving into the district must make prior arrangements with Mr. MacConnell in order to have a personal tour of the school. To schedule an appointment, contact Mr. MacConnell at (908) 647-4800 at ext. 6975.

Alumni

Returning graduates of Watchung Hills who wish to visit former teachers, may do so by calling the Main Office receptionist at (908) 647-4800 ext. 0, to make appropriate arrangements. Although former students are welcome to visit, visits will be honored only after 2:15 pm, so that the instructional program is not disrupted.

Prior approval must be given by an administrator.

Working Papers

The State of New Jersey requires any worker under age 18 to obtain working papers. Forms are available in the Main Office.

Video Surveillance Monitoring Devices

The Board of Education authorizes the use of video without audio surveillance monitoring devices in the school building and on school grounds. Therefore, all school buildings and school grounds within this school district may be monitored using such devices. Pursuant to board policy, we have posted notification in the Student-Parent Handbook as an effective means to publicize the district's use of said video equipment.