AHS Student Handbook

                                                                                                                                                                                              ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL

 

210 MOUNTAINEER DRIVE COVINGTON, VIRGINIA 24426 540-863-1700

 

 2017-2018
Parent-Student Handbook

 

  Alleghany High School

2l0 Mountaineer Drive

Covington, Virginia  24426

 

Main Office - 540-863-1700

Guidance Office - 540-863-1703

Sports Information - 540-863-7111

FAX:  540-863-1705

http://alleghanyhighschoolva.com/

 

Office Hours

Office Hours - 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

(Monday through Friday)

 

 

 

 

The History of Alleghany High School

Alleghany County High School was opened in 1963 under the leadership of Dusan Cvizic (Principal, 1963-74). It accommodated students from the former high schools of Boiling Spring, Central, Dunlap, and Covington. The mascot of Alleghany County High School was the Colt, and the school colors were Columbia blue, red, and white. The Clifton Forge High School mascot was the Mountaineer, and their school colors were green and gold. The school systems of Alleghany County and the City of Clifton Forge were consolidated in 1983. Alleghany County High School was renamed Alleghany High School, and the mascot changed to the Mountaineer.

 

Alleghany High School has a strong tradition of caring for everyone within the building. Local pride, academic achievement, and athletic competition have been evident throughout the years among the students from the communities that are served by AHS. These attributes are enhanced through a comprehensive curriculum, which encompasses academic, technical, co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Programs are implemented in conjunction with Jackson River Technical Center, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, and various community agencies and businesses. Approximately 740 students attend Alleghany High School, served by over 75 professional and support staff.   AHS is affiliated with one of the strongest districts in the Commonwealth of Virginia in academics and athletics, the Three Rivers District and Region 3D West.

Welcome from the ADMINISTRATION

Welcome to Alleghany High School! The Parent-Student Handbook is designed to provide both parents and students with the policies and procedures which are necessary for the day-to-day operation of Alleghany High School.  This handbook, along with the division’s Parent-Student Handbook, should be kept for future reference regarding all aspects of the school operation. We recommend that students and parents read and review this handbook thoroughly.  Parents and students are also encouraged to keep up to date with AHS by visiting the school’s website listed above. 

We encourage all students to strive to be the best they can be.  For students to reach their best, they will have to make a dedication to work hard and have a commitment to apply themselves at the highest level on a daily basis.  Students must demonstrate good character, show respect, and make smart decisions to achieve this goal.

Post-secondary institutions and employers seek people who possess good communication skills, are flexible, can work as a cooperative team member, are versatile problem solvers, and are critical thinkers.  A strong partnership between home and school, with an open and honest line of communication, will help facilitate meeting the needs of each student as well as promoting the positive development of the individual learner.

 

We look forward to a successful and rewarding school year.

Dwayne Ross

Kelly Huff

Joy McDonald

Thomas “Ty” Dobbs

Principal

Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal

AP/AD

 

Mission Statement

The mission of Alleghany High School is (1) to provide a safe environment in which we engage students in the learning process, (2) to instill in them a sense of pride in their school and communities, and (3) to equip them with the necessary tools to become productive members of society.

ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL BELIEFS

 

•     Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs.

•     Students learn in different ways and should be provided with a variety of instructional approaches to support their learning.

•     Teachers, administrators, parents, and the community share the responsibility for advancing the school’s mission.

•     A student’s self-esteem is enhanced by positive relationships and mutual respect among and between students and staff.

•     A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.

•     Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process.

•     The commitment to continuous improvement is imperative if our school is going to enable students to become confident, self-directed, lifelong learners.

PHILOSOPHY

The educational process attempts to satisfy the intellectual, recreational, and emotional needs of the student body. Through curricular and extra-curricular activities, students are provided with opportunities to function in a democratic and pluralistic society. Continued evaluation of the school’s philosophy is necessary to make periodic adjustments that reflect changing expectations.

To assure student progress, Alleghany High School is implementing the state’s requirements regarding the Standards of Learning and has designed a curriculum to accommodate the types of diplomas recommended by the State Department of Education. Occupational trends, as directed by the community’s culture, industry, and growth, are considered essential in preparing students for a career.

The home, school, and community share the obligation of assisting students to develop an appreciation of individual worth, a knowledge of local traditional values, and an awareness of the standards of ethical behavior.  These are reflected in the total school program. To insure the success of this educational program, it is also essential that the community furnish desirable resources. The success of the school program is dependent on a positive relationship among educators, students, and parents. Maintaining consistent communication with all levels of school personnel and the home is necessary to achieve the desired goals of the educational program.

Goals

•     Furnish an atmosphere suitable for a productive educational experience.

•     Guide students in developing skills which will enable them to establish realistic goals relative to career choices and advanced education.

•     Provide practice in critical thinking and problem solving so that students can prepare themselves for changes which may occur in a democratic society.

•     Offer a diverse and comprehensive academic curriculum including courses in programs for those varying ability levels and those possessing specific needs and problems.

•     Provide a broad extra-curricular program that permits students to pursue experiences that will cultivate an appreciation for athletic values and cultural opportunities.

•     Develop an awareness of the importance of achieving total mental, physical, and emotional health for each individual.

•     Provide channels of communication among the staff, the students, and the patrons concerning suitable program and activities.

•     Encourage continuous professional growth of each staff member.

•     Provide quality educational experiences that will meet or exceed the guidelines of the State and Federal Boards of Education.

•     Strive to develop independence, self-worth, and the knowledge that there is joy in reaching for excellence.

 

 

Objectives

    Continue to establish better communications among students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

•     Develop a positive school atmosphere where all will seek to do their best.

•     Continue to evaluate our curriculum to meet the needs of our students and community as they relate to the Standards of Learning.

•     Continue to improve state SOL scores and to seek 100% pass rates.

•     Promote good work ethic.

•     Seek a 100% graduation rate.

•     Improve attendance.

Statement of Educational Opportunities

The Alleghany County School Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, political affiliation, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  The following have been designated as the contact regarding compliance issues associated with this non-discrimination policy and compliance with Title IX:  Director of Human Resources and Pupil Personnel and Director of Assessment and Accountability.  For questions and compliance with Section 504 and ADA, contact the Director of Special Education.  Alleghany County School Board Office, 100 Central Circle/P.O. Drawer 140, Low Moor, Virginia 24457. 540-863-1800.

 

General Information

Address Changes

Students who change their residence, mailing address, or home/work/cell telephone numbers after enrolling in the school division must report the change promptly to the attendance office and guidance office so that records can be corrected and kept current.

Announcements

Announcements are read each morning at the beginning of first block and in the afternoon at the end of third block. Announcements must be written legibly on a form obtained in the office and signed by a teacher or administrator. Students are expected to remain quiet and attentive during the reading of announcements.

Arrival to AND DEPARTURE FROM School

When students arrive at school, they may not loiter in the parking lot.  Students must report directly to the school building.  When leaving, students must immediately leave school grounds without reentering the building. 

Attendance Policy

            Students are expected to be in school, in class, and ready for instruction. Daily and punctual attendance is essential to each student’s academic success. Absence from school is detrimental to student achievement. The value of the experiences and benefits of classroom instruction may not be measured completely by tests and assignments. Therefore, students who fail to attend school (or given classes) may be denied credit for their respective class(es) or grade level.  Chronic absence from school is defined as missing at least 10 percent of school days in a year for any reason, excused or unexcused.

 

                As required by law, each parent/guardian is responsible for regular and punctual attendance of any child in his or her charge within the compulsory age for school attendance. Emancipated students are responsible for their own regular and punctual attendance. Parents and emancipated students are expected to work cooperatively with school personnel to correct attendance problems, including meetings with teachers, counselors, or administrators.

 

                Each member of a school’s faculty is expected to avoid causing a student to be tardy or absent from a colleague’s class. If a student is tardy or absent because of being detained by a faculty member, he/she will be considered excused and the absence will not be included in the count for excessive absences.

 

                Students shall not be in an unauthorized area of a school without prior permission and shall not leave a classroom, building, or assigned area without proper permission. Students who do not comply with this section will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Standards of Student Conduct.

 

A. Absence Defined

A student who is not present for any portion of the school day is counted absent. Excessive tardies or early releases from any class will be compiled and included in the count for excessive absences. Six tardies and/or checkouts will constitute one day of absence.

 

At the high school, absences are computed for each class in addition to the daily attendance report. More than three tardies and/or early releases from any class shall be compiled and included in the count for excessive absences.

 

B. Excused Absences

Personal illness, illness, or death in the family, exposure to contagious disease, medical appointments, recognized religious holidays, required court appearances, or school sponsored/related activities shall be considered legitimate excuses for a student’s absence. The parent or legal guardian shall provide written notice within two days to the school of the reason for the absence or tardiness.

 

C. Unexcused Absence

Absences for reasons other than those listed above.

 

D. Suspension

Absence required due to an administrative decision to suspend a student for violation of the Standards of Student Conduct and in accordance with discipline guidelines.

 

E. Parent/Guardian Notification of Absences

If the parent/guardian does not acknowledge and assume responsibility for student attendance and all intervention strategies pursued by the school are unsuccessful, the principal may refer the student to the Truancy Officer to consider initial proceedings as specified in the Code of Virginia. Procedures for compliance with this statute are found in Alleghany County School Board Policy JED.

 

F. Recordkeeping for Absences

Each principal is responsible for establishing a recordkeeping system for all student absences which complements the school division’s system for state reporting purposes.

 

Excused absences for school sponsored/related activities, authorized visits of students with school personnel, school-directed out-of-school suspensions, and recognized religious holidays should be noted as such.

 

All absences require written confirmation from the parent/guardian. All absence notes will be preserved until the close of the academic school year. When a signature is in question, the principal will be the judge of its validity.

 

G. Make-up work

Refer to Alleghany County School Board Policy JGE and Alleghany County School Board Regulation JGE-R.

H. Excessive Absences

 

1. Definition

All excused and unexcused absences will be included in computing excessive absences except as follows:

· School-sponsored/related activities

· Authorized visits of students with school personnel

· Recognized religious holidays

 

In the high school, students in split block classes having more than eighteen (18) absences (excused or unexcused) within a given year shall be considered as having excessive absences.

 

In the high school, students in block classes having nine (9) absences (excused or unexcused) within a given semester shall be considered as having excessive absences.

 

2. Resulting Actions

a. When a student’s absences equal 10% of the number for excessive absences, the school will notify the parent in writing of the number of absences and will be responsible for working with the student and the parent in developing a plan of corrective action as appropriate. Such intervention may include, but is not limited to:

· Parent/guardian conference with school administrator, teacher and/or school counselor;

· Referral of student to school counselor;

· Referral of student to the truancy officer;

· Denial of student privileges, such as participation in extra-curricular activities, pending

  improvement in student’s attendance;

· Referral to the school nurse for possible development of an individualized health plan in

  collaboration with the student’s physician;

· Referral of student to the school based intervention team

· Referral of student for possible placement in alternative education program.

 

b. The principal, or his designee, will advise the parent/guardian of the appropriate following action:

Students having excessive absences will participate in a corrective action plan with strategies to improve attendance. At the end of the year, students who continue to have excessive absences may be considered for grade retention.

 

In high school and middle school courses, students having excessive absences will participate in a corrective action plan with strategies to improve attendance.

 

3. Waiver of Grade Retention

A parent/guardian may request a waiver of the attendance regulation for extenuating circumstances beyond their control and/or the student’s control. Each school shall have the Alleghany County Public Schools’ Attendance Waiver Request Form available in the main office and/or guidance office.

 

A parent/guardian may submit a waiver request to the principal prior to the close of a semester or school year, but no later than ten (10) calendar days after the close of the semester or school year.

 

Teachers or administrators will provide attendance records and documentation of absences to the principal for review in response to a waiver request. A parent/guardian may provide additional documentation in conjunction with the waiver request.

 

Each waiver will be considered on an individual basis taking into consideration documentation provided and extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the parent/guardian and/or student. The principal may request additional documentation from a medical professional when absences due to illness are excessive and/or a pattern appears to exist.

 

The principal shall act upon a waiver request and the parent/guardian shall be notified of the decision in writing within fifteen (15) business days after it has been received.

 

4. Appeal of Waiver Decision

A parent/guardian may appeal the decision of the principal by submitting a written appeal to the superintendent’s designee within five (5) days of receipt of the decision from the principal. The superintendent’s designee shall act upon a waiver request and the parent/guardian shall be notified of the decision in writing within fifteen (15) business days after it has been received. The decision of the Superintendent’s designee is final.

 

      Excuses must be submitted within two (2) days of an absence.

      Notes from home must contain the following:

•     student name

•     grade

•     today’s date

•     parent’s signature

•     date(s) of absence

Checking In or Out

1.   Any student arriving late or leaving early must have a note from a parent/guardian. Notes will be classified in accordance with the attendance policy and must include the date and specific reason for leaving. To leave early, a student must present a note to the attendance office prior to 8:17 in the morning. Parents are asked to send notes in the morning for all anticipated early dismissals. Students who check out are required to sign out in the main office and leave school property immediately unless they are waiting for transportation. Students waiting for transportation should wait in the office. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.

2.   Students checking in late must report to the attendance secretary first before going to class, even if it is a JRTC class.

3.   Students checking out of a class three (3) times will have an absence in that class, regardless of the amount of time spent in class. Each three check outs from a class will count as one (1) absence.

4.   Students reporting to school after 8:22 AM must check in at the attendance office to be counted present for the remainder of the school day. Students who do not follow proper check-in or check-out procedures will be given an unexcused absence and will be processed for skipping school.

5.   Those students who do not properly check in or out will be considered skipping school and will be assigned an unexcused absence for class periods missed.

6.   Students are not allowed to leave school to have lunch or permitted to leave grounds, to purchase lunch, and to return. 

7.   AHS students taking classes at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College or Senior Mentorship must check in at the Attendance Office immediately upon arriving in order to be counted present. Students need to wait in the lobby until the bell rings after signing in to school.

8.   Students must be present at least 60 minutes of each block and 30 minutes of each split block to be counted present. Those students attending school-sponsored activities will be counted present in each class.

9.             Any student wishing to inquire about his/her attendance record must make an appointment with the attendance office.

10.                          Students may leave grounds temporarily only when a parent or guardian accompanies them. An administrator will grant exceptions only on an emergency basis.

11.                          Students that wish to stay after school for an activity must be present for at least two (2) blocks. The absence may only be for a doctor, dentist, or professional appointment.

12.                          Athletes cannot check out and check back in and participate in a sporting event, unless they have a doctor, dentist, or professional appointment.  Students are expected to return in a reasonable amount of time.

13. Students that check out and want to check back in must have a note from a parent, doctor, dentist, or other professional appointment.

14.                          Students with fourth (4) block release or JRTC clinicals may not leave school and then return for an extracurricular activity unless they have a doctor, dentist, or professional appointment.  Students must have a note.

15.          Regarding phone calls:  In cases of emergency, report to the main office for assistance. 

16.                          Parents that call to check their student out must come into the school and sign him/her out.

17. The school reserves the right to ask for identification from any person checking out a student.

18. It is the responsibility of parents to insure that their student does not ride home with undesignated individuals.

19. Each student must present written verification to the attendance secretary with whom they will ride. 

20. Students aged 18 or older shall comply with all attendance regulations, including check in and check out procedures.

 

PERFECT ATTENDANCE

Students who are on time and present for the entire day each day during the school year will earn perfect attendance honors.  Excused absences for professional appoints do not count against students in regards to perfect attendance.

 

ATTENDANCE AT AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

A student must be present at school on the day of an after school activity (i.e. sporting event) in order to attend the event that evening.  The only exception is if the student is absent due to a school related activity.

REPORT FOR SUSPENSION OF DRIVER’S LICENSE

In addition to any other actions taken pursuant to this policy, if a student who is under 18 years of age has 10 or more unexcused absences from school on consecutive school days, the principal  or his/her designee may notify the juvenile and domestic relations court, which may take action to suspend the student’s driver’s license.

Bus Transportation

Students loading and unloading from buses must stay in the pedestrian zone. The entire front sidewalk borders this zone. Do not step into the road.

Students walking to the parking lot may not cross in front of the bus lane.  Do not walk between school buses! Students riding buses are not allowed to go to the parking lot before boarding their buses.

Students are under the direct authority of the bus driver while on the bus. The driver is to control student conduct and report behavior problems to the principal or his/her designee. The principal or his/her designee shall be responsible for disciplinary action. Failure on the part of any student to follow the rules and regulations dealing with school bus operation may result in termination of the privilege to ride the school bus in addition to other appropriate disciplinary measures.

In the event of an accident, transportation arrangements of affected students to school or home will be determined by the Director of Finance or his/her designee.  All students to be transported will be done so by an Alleghany County School Board employee with a valid driver’s license.

Bus Passes

Any student may request to get off a bus at a regular stop. No new stops may be created. All notes for bus passes must be placed in the bus pass box (located on the counter in the main office) before 10:00 am to be honored. The passes may be picked up during lunch or during class changes.

Notes for bus passes must indicate:

•     Student’s name             •      Bus number

•     Name of bus stop          •      Parent’s or guardian’s signature and date

•     Reason

Check Policy

Due to the large number of checks that are written to Alleghany High School, an additional $25.00 charge will be assessed for any returned check.

CHROMEBOOKS

Why does ACPS issue Chromebooks? - As part of our vision for the future, Alleghany County Public Schools is transitioning to a student centered, technology enriched and project based learning environment. The use of technology and technology resources in instruction enhances individual learning, student engagement, and results in students developing a personal motivation to learn. As such, Chromebooks are an essential tool for teaching and learning in ACPS.

 

Requirements for Receiving a Student Chromebook

1.         Complete parent training (details below)

2.         Return signed Acceptable Use Form (AUP) form

3.         Return the signed invoice form.

4.         Pay the $12 Chromebook usage/insurance fee.

 

Parent Training Requirements - Training is required for parents who have never had Chromebook training in the past. If you have completed Chromebook training during a previous school year and/or are an ACPS teacher, you can fill out the parent training exemption form  at  http://tinyurl.com/ahsparenttraining . Once the school receives your information, your parent training obligation will be fulfilled. If you need to complete parent training, please explore the 2 options listed below.

 

Option 1: Video Training  - Parents can complete training by watching a video recording of the live training. Visit the AHS School Counseling office during school hours and you may watch the video version of training. Be sure to sign the training form in order to receive credit for training.      

 

Option 2: Live Training - See the school’s website the dates of upcoming sessions or call the main office at 540-863-1700.  If you attend a session at a school that your child does not attend, please make sure to check-in with the presenter so that he/she knows to communicate your information to AHS.

Deliveries (Flowers, Balloons, FOOD, etc.)

No deliveries, such as flowers, balloons, food, etc., should be delivered to school for students. No C.O.D. deliveries accepted. No balloons may be taken on the buses.

Drivers Education

Students are selected to participate for behind-the-wheel by grade level, with the oldest students in any grade getting first choice. Normally, not all who sign up for this program get it. The class is taught for approximately two hours per day for approximately seven consecutive school days (a minimum of 14 hours). Students must either furnish their transportation home or ride the activity bus. Everyone must have a learner’s permit and be in good academic standing in order to participate.

Effective 7/1/01: A learner’s permit may be obtained at age fifteen and six months subject to passing the written automated knowledge and vision examinations. To receive a driver’s license at age sixteen and three months, a student must successfully complete both classroom driver’s education and behind-the-wheel, be a student in good standing in both academics and attendance, and have had their learner’s permit for nine months. Parents must sign the PPF-01 permission form certifying their child is properly insured, has no court sanctions, and has driven a motor vehicle for 45 hours, at least 15 of which were after sunset. Parents must certify completing at least two hours of guided practice prior to starting in-car instruction, and 45 hours of guided practice on the driving log prior to issuing the PDL-90.

Good standing is defined as passing three or four blocks during the six weeks the student is requesting his/her permit. (Parents may waive the selection of a student in good academic standing by obtaining the proper form from the guidance office.)

Fees-Behind-the-wheel driver education training will be offered before school, during physical education classes, and after school.  Students enrolling in behind the wheel training will be charged a $125.00 fee payable prior to the commencement of any actual instruction.  Any student who fails to successfully complete the required competencies within the established instructional timeframe will be charged an additional fee of $125.00 to reenroll. 

 

EARLY COLLEGE SCHOLARS

An early college program that will provide an opportunity for Alleghany High School students to graduate with an associate degree from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College has been developed by a team led by Alleghany County Public Schools Superintendent Eugene Kotulka and DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone.  For information on this program, please have seen a school counselor for more details.

Fire Drills/Evacuation

When alarm sounds

•     Close all doors and windows.

•     Proceed without talking. Leave by the exit that is indicated as the primary route (marked in red).

•     If the primary route is blocked, follow the secondary route (marked in green).

•     All persons in the classroom when the alarm sounded should be accounted for. Please remain quiet.

•     Wait quietly until the bell signals return to the building. Please remain quiet through the halls.

•     Students in the cafeteria should report to the circle area in front of the building.

Students should take time to examine the evacuation routes posted in each classroom.

Insurance

Students wishing to secure voluntary accident insurance coverage may complete an online application with the division’s approved insurance company. Participation is voluntary and the school division assumes no cost or obligation. You can access this information at http://markel.sevencorners.com.

Jackson River Technical Center

The bell schedules of AHS and JRTC have been designed to allow students enough time to travel back and forth for classes. However, there is not enough time to socialize between classes. Students are expected to be on time at both schools.

JRTC students may not go to our parking lot on their way to or from the Center without permission of an administrator from AHS.

Students who skip JRTC classes will be sent to JRTC after checking in at Alleghany High School. Students will also be subject to truancy referrals for excessive absences from JRTC.

Law Enforcement

School Resource Officer (SRO)

Alleghany High School has a School Resource Officer (SRO) who represents the Sheriff’s Department of Alleghany County. The primary purpose of the SRO is to work with the administration and teachers of AHS to assure that the education of our students is conducted in an orderly and safe manner. Duties that may be performed include the following:

•     Monitoring the halls and grounds of AHS

•     Presentation of information to classes relative to legal and safety issues

•     Timely resolution of conflicts between students

•     Surveillance of the parking lot and roadways leading to and from AHS

Illegal acts that are committed by any student during the school day are subject to both disciplinary actions by the administration of AHS and prosecution by the Sheriff’s Department of Alleghany County.

Police dog searches may be used to promote safety, order, and discipline in the school.

Investigations by Law Enforcement Officers at School

When it becomes necessary for any law enforcement officer to interrogate a student on school premises, the principal shall be contacted immediately. The principal, or his designee, shall make a reasonable effort to contact the parent or guardian and have the parent or guardian in attendance for the conference. If the parent or guardian cannot be present for the conference, then the principal, or his designee, shall be present throughout the interrogation. (POLICY-KNAJ)

Library

The library, located on the second floor of the building, is open from 8:00 a.m. until 3:50 p.m. daily. A flexible schedule and adequate space and seating allow for the accommodation of class research, small group projects, independent individual use, and leisure reading activities. The library contains approximately 20,000 volumes and subscribes to various magazines and periodicals as well as two newspapers. Numerous sets of reference books and audiovisual materials are available for student use. The library also houses several computers which are available for student use.

Individual students or small groups of students with passes may visit the library at any time. During lunches, individual students must use the lobby entrance and NO FOOD or DRINKS are permitted in the library. The library is not to be used as a social gathering place during lunch. Any student with legitimate library work is welcome, but students must help maintain a quiet atmosphere that is appropriate for thought and concentration.  Books can be checked out for 10 student school days and then renewed for the same period of time if necessary. Reference materials may be checked out for overnight use. Newspapers and magazines should be used in the library.

Overdue notices are sent to remind students of overdue materials. Fines are charged for late materials. Students are strongly urged to accept responsibility for returning materials on time. Students will be placed on activity restriction for overdue fines. A master list of students having overdue materials is prepared.  If materials are lost, the student will be charged the purchase price or a reasonable cost for these materials. Calculators for use in math class are also available for student check-out.  They are available on a first-come, first served basis. In order to check out a calculator, a contract must be signed by both the student and a parent/guardian accepting guidelines for such loan.  If the student fails to return the same calculator he/she checks out, a replacement fee will be assessed.

Lockers

All students may request a locker through the attendance office.  Lockers are school property and may be searched at any time by any school official when the administration has reasonable suspicion to do so.  Locker combinations for used lockers are changed each year and are issued during school business days. It is imperative that combinations are kept confidential.

Students will be responsible for contents found in lockers assigned to them. Lockers should not be shared or switched without office approval.

If you have a problem with your locker or combination, please do not kick or hit your locker. Try the combination again. If it does not open, contact the attendance secretary in charge of lockers.

Lost and Found

Found items are to be turned into the office.  Anyone who has lost something should inquire in the office.  Disposal of lost items will be in accordance with School Board Regulation DN-R. 

Make Up Work

All students who are absent for any reason, i.e. excused, unexcused, or suspension, will be permitted to make up missed assignments and receive credit for graded work in accordance with regulations developed by the division superintendent.  The principal will control the implementation of this policy and applicable guidelines in his/her school. (Policy-JGE)

The following guidelines shall be followed when implementing Policy JGE for make-up work by students with excused absences, unexcused absences, and absences due to suspension.

•     The student or parent/guardian is responsible for initiating contact with a school official to make
up work.

•     For students who make up work following an excused absence, full credit will be available to the student upon successful completion of the work.  Students will be given a reasonable amount of time to complete make-up work, generally one day for each day of absence.

•     For students who make up work due to an unexcused absence or suspension, all work is due upon the student’s return to school.  Assignments completed after that date may reflect a grade reduction.  Alternate assignments will be available for performance-based classes and labs.

•     In-school procedures for handling requests for make-up work will be the same/similar as those used for other absences.

•     The student’s teacher(s) is (are) not obligated to teach or reteach the student material missed during a suspension. (Policy JGE-R)

All incompletes must be made up within one week from the end of the six weeks, or the grade will be an “F” on all incomplete assignments.  A student may appeal a failure due to incomplete grades.  Students must see their school counselor.  Students who do not wish to make up their work due to absences must sign a release stating this.  A parent’s/guardian’s signature must also be obtained.

Parking

Since parking space is severely limited, any senior or junior who needs to drive to school must obtain a parking application from Ms. Huff.  The student also cannot be on activity restriction. A maintenance fee of $20.00 will be charged per parking application.  Juniors who wish to park must have an after school job or extra-curricular activity. Anyone granted permission to park on AHS property must have a valid driver’s license. (Learner’s permits will NOT be honored.)  No sophomores or freshmen may park on school property. (Tennis court area is school property.)  Students without permission to park their vehicle on school property may not have their vehicle parked on school property during school hours by anyone. If a vehicle needs to be removed, parents will be notified and given an hour to remove it. Otherwise, vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Parking will be on the front parking lot on a first come, first serve basis. Students are reminded of the traffic flow pattern with two entrance lanes and one exit lane up the center of the lot. Entry to the building should be via the crosswalk at the end of the lot. Students may not park in spaces marked faculty, visitor, handicapped, or school car. Overflow parking will be in the upper parking lot behind the school (formerly the junior parking lot.) The speed limit is five (5) MPH. Any student who drives recklessly may lose parking privileges permanently. All cars must pull into spaces with the front of the car towards the centerline. The cars exiting and entering the school must give the right-of-way to the buses. Under no circumstances may a car breach the line of buses as they exit the school in the afternoon. Violators will lose their parking privileges on AHS property.

•     Any student transporting other passengers to and from school must list those students on the parking permit and obtain written permission from the student’s parents (even if the student is a sibling);

•     Any student leaving school property without permission may lose their driving privileges and receive disciplinary action for skipping school;

•     Alleghany High School is not responsible for accidents or traffic violations on school property. Violations may result in loss of parking privileges; and

     All vehicles parked on school property may be subject to a visual screening by law officials and administrators, which may lead to a search of the vehicle.  This is to promote safety, order, and discipline in the school.

For a complete list of regulations see the AHS General Parking Information and Application forms available in the administrative offices.

Posting of Signs and Announcements

The administration and club sponsor/mentor must approve all posters, signs, or announcements.   Postings must be attached to designated bulletin boards only.   All signs must be removed within 24 hours after the completion of the event.  No signs or posters from outside organizations will be permitted without the prior approval of the administration. 

POWERSCHOOL PARENT PORTAL

Parents may access student grades and attendance information on the internet at http://www3.alleghany.k12.va.us/public/  A username and password are required. (See a computer lab teacher or counselor or administrator for assistance).

Release of Information

It is the Policy of Alleghany High School to release, from time to time, directory information to organizations or businesses that have a legitimate educational need for it. Directory information includes a student’s name and address. For students participating in a sport, height, weight, class, and jersey number are also included. Parents may request in writing to have a student excluded from this list. These requests should be directed to the guidance office and must be received within thirty (30) days of the opening of school. For more detailed information concerning disclosure of educational records and related information, please consult Policy-JO.

Senior Privileges/Graduation PARTICIPATION

Senior privileges will be approved prior to the beginning of the year with the school administration and senior class officers.

Students are advised that certain expectations are required prior to participation in the graduation ceremony including within one credit of diploma requirements.  Graduates have the right to receive a diploma, but it is a privilege to participate in the ceremony.  Therefore, school officials have the right to restrict access to the ceremony when participants fail to meet requirements for dress and behavior.   Graduation rehearsal will be held a day or two before the graduation ceremony in the morning and will last approximately 3 hours.  Students must attend graduation practice in order to participate in the ceremony.  At the completion of graduation rehearsal, each student will receive tickets to graduation as long as they don’t owe anything to the high school.  This includes lunch fees, library materials/fines, textbooks, Chromebook fees/fines, senior class dues, and/or other miscellaneous items.  The number of tickets each receives will depend upon the size of the graduating class and seating availability.  Additional tickets may be distributed at the end of graduation rehearsal and are limited.

Senior Fourth Block Release

Students properly scheduled for 4th block release are expected to sign out and be off school grounds by 2:01 PM. Students must have administrative approval to remain on school property. Once a student leaves school property, he/she may not return that day, unless he/she has a doctor, dentist, or professional appointment.  Students must have a note to check back into school.  This includes senior athletes.

Sick Students/Medications

The school clinic, staffed by our school nurse, will be open each day from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, unless there is an emergency.

All medicines, whether prescribed or over the counter, must be delivered to the guidance office or school nurse by a parent or guardian prior to school.  These medications should be in the original bottle and labeled with the student’s name.

Soft Drink Machines

Soft drinks are available to students after school. Water and fruit drink machines will be available during lunch and after school. Glass bottles are not permitted in the school at any time. No food or drinks will be allowed in the gym.  All soft drinks and food must be in book bags at all times prior to 3:38 p.m. Students may not bring open containers, soft drinks, etc. into the school at any time.  Water and/or sport drinks will be permitted as long as they are in a clear container. 

Student ID

Students are to have their current school student identification with them at all times at school. Current school IDs are needed to get in all school activities. Students who have lost their school ID need to seek a replacement in the attendance office for a fee.  

Telephone

Office phones are for official school business and emergency use only. Students must use the telephones in the office or clinic to call home due to illness.

Visitors

In keeping with AHS’s Policy to provide maximum assurance for the health and safety of our students, no one will be allowed to visit with students at Alleghany High School unless on official business.  All visitors must check-in at the main office and pick up a visitor’s pass. All visitors must use the main lobby entrance to report to the office.

Academic/Guidance Information

The Alleghany High School Guidance Department is located on the first floor, next to the main office.

        Last Name A-F          Mrs. Amanda McNabb

        Last Name G-N         Ms. Sonya Howell

        Last Name O-Z         Ms. Michele Arbogast

During the course of the year, each counselor will do his/her best to help students on their way toward graduation or with any problem that they may encounter.

If you have a concern with a schedule, school, class, or a personal issue that you would like to discuss, please make an appointment to see your school counselor.

Course Scheduling

It is the philosophy of the guidance department that the parent has the final choice when selecting a schedule. Teacher recommendations are valuable and should be given careful consideration by parents and students alike. To override a course not recommended by staff, a student and parent/guardian must completed the override form which includes a plan for the student’s success.

The following are basic scheduling policies according to the Program of Studies bulletin at Alleghany High School:

1.   A student normally shall be assigned to elective classes by grade level as indicated in the curriculum guide. Exceptions may be made in extenuating circumstances.

2.   With elective courses, a student of a higher-grade level, in “good standing” will be assigned prior to a student of a lower grade level, except for Jackson River Technical Center courses.

3.   Certain high school subjects taken by an eighth grade student will count as high school requirements and high school credits will be granted.

4.   A student shall take English 9, 10, 11, and 12 in numerical sequence.  A student may take two English classes simultaneously when necessary to enable the student to graduate that June.  This requires administrative approval.

5.  All grade 9 students are required to take English Composition unless enrolled in Honors English 9.

6.   A student shall take Health and Physical Education 9 and 10 in numerical sequence and may take two physical education classes simultaneously only when necessary to enable the student to graduate that June. This requires administrative approval.

7.   A student shall take World Geography in grade 9;  World History 1 or 2, in Grade 10; U. S. History during Grade 11; and U. S. Government during Grade 12, unless special circumstances dictate otherwise.

8.   Students are required to take courses recommended by the state at the appropriate grade level.

9.   A student must be auditioned by the choir teacher to be assigned to concert choir.

Graduation Requirements

The Virginia Department of Education sets all graduation requirements.  For the most up to date expectations, visit the following website: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/graduation/index.shtml.   

Standard Diploma: Minimum Course & Credit Requirements

To graduate with a Standard Diploma, a student must earn at least 22 standard units of credit by passing required courses and electives, and earn at least six verified credits by passing end-of-course SOL tests or other assessments approved by the Board of Education.

Beginning with students entering ninth grade for the first time in 2013-2014, a student must also:

  • Earn a board-approved career and technical education credential to graduate with a Standard Diploma; and
  • Successfully complete one virtual course, which may be non-credit bearing.

    The school counselor can advise on available courses to fulfill the requirements for a Standard Diploma.

    NOTE: The Modified Standard Diploma will not be an option for students with disabilities who enter the ninth grade for the first time beginning in 2013-2014. Credit accommodations allow students with disabilities who previously would have pursued a Modified Standard Diploma to earn a Standard Diploma.

    Credit accommodations provide alternatives for students with disabilities in earning the standard and verified credits required to graduate with a Standard Diploma.

    Credit accommodations for students with disabilities may include:

  • Alternative courses to meet the standard credit requirements
  • Modifications to the requirements for locally awarded verified credits
  • Additional tests approved by the Board of Education for earning verified credits
  • Adjusted cut scores on tests for earning verified credits
  • Allowance of work-based learning experiences through career and technical education (CTE) courses

    Standard Diploma Course Requirements (8 VAC 20-131-50.B)

    Discipline Area

    Standard Credits:
    effective with first-time ninth graders in 2003-2004 through 2010-2011

    Standard Credits: effective with first-time ninth graders in 2011-2012 and beyond

    Verified Credits: effective for first-time ninth graders in 2003-2004 and beyond

    English

    4

    4

    2

    Mathematics [Note 1]

    3

    3

    1

    Laboratory Science  [Notes 2 & 6]

    3

    3

    1

    History & Social Sciences  [Notes 3 & 6]

    3

    3

    1

    Health & Physical Education

    2

    2

     

    Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education

    1

     

     

    Foreign Language, Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education  [Note 7]

     

    2

     

    Economics and Personal Finance

     

    1

     

    Electives   [Note 4]

    6

    4

     

    Student Selected Test     Note 5]

     

     

    1

    Total

    22

    22

    6

     

    NOTE 1:                For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2003-2004 through 2010-2011:  Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall be at or above the level of algebra and shall include at least two course selections from among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of algebra and geometry. The Board may approve additional courses to satisfy this requirement.

    For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2011-2012 and beyond:  Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least two different course selections from among: Algebra I; Geometry; Algebra, Functions and Data Analysis; Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II. The Board shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.

    NOTE 2: For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2003-2004 through 2010-2011: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least two different science disciplines: earth sciences, biology, chemistry or physics. The Board may approve additional courses to satisfy this requirement.

    For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2011-2012 and beyond:  Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least two different science disciplines: earth sciences, biology, chemistry or physics or completion of the sequence of science courses required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The Board shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.                               

    NOTE 3:                For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2003-2004 through 2010-2011: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and one course in either world history or geography or both. The Board may approve additional courses to satisfy this requirement.

    For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2011-2012 and beyond: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and one course in either world history or geography or both.  The Board shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.

    NOTE 4:                Courses to satisfy this requirement shall include at least two sequential electives as required by the Standards of Quality.

    NOTE 5:                For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2003-2004 through 2010-2011: A student may utilize additional tests for earning verified credit in computer science, technology, career and technical education or other areas as prescribed by the Board in 8 VAC 20-131-110.

    For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2011-2012 and beyond:  A student may utilize additional tests for earning verified credit in computer science, technology, career and technical education, economics or other areas as prescribed by the Board in 8 VAC 20-131-110.

    NOTE 6:                Students who complete a career and technical education program sequence and pass an examination or occupational competency assessment in a career and technical education field that confers certification or an occupational competency credential from a recognized industry, or trade or professional association or acquires a professional license in a career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia may substitute the certification, competency credential or license for (1) the student selected verified credit and (2) either a science or history and social science verified credit when the certification, license or credential confers more than one verified credit. The examination or occupational competency assessment must be approved by the Board of Education as an additional test to verify student achievement.

    NOTE 7: For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2011-2012 and beyond: Pursuant to Section 22.1-253.13:4, Code of Virginia, credits earned for this requirement shall include one credit in fine or performing arts or career and technical education.

    Electives:

    Sequential Electives Effective with the graduating class of 2003, students who wish to receive a Standard or Modified Standard Diploma must successfully complete two sequential electives. On February 5, 2002, the Board of Education approved Guidelines for Sequential Electives for the Standard and Modified Standard Diploma (PDF).

    Fine Arts and Career and Technical Education The Standard, Advanced Studies, and Modified Standard Diplomas each contain a requirement for one standard unit of credit in Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education. The Standards of Accreditation do not require that courses used to satisfy the requirement of Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education be approved by the Board. Therefore, local school officials should use their own judgment in determining which courses students take to satisfy this requirement.

    Advanced Studies Diploma: Minimum Course & Credit Requirements

    To graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma, a student must earn at least 24 or 26 standard units of credit, depending on when he or she entered ninth grade, and at least nine verified units of credit:

    • Students who entered ninth grade for the first time during and after 2011-2012 must earn at least 26 standard units of credit.
    • Students who entered ninth grade before 2011-2012 must earn at least 24 standard units of credit.

      Beginning with students entering ninth grade for the first time in 2013-2014, a student must successfully complete one virtual course, which may be non-credit bearing, to graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma.

      Please note: Your school counselor can tell you which courses are offered by your school to fulfill the requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma.

       

      Advanced Studies Diploma Course Requirements (8 VAC 20-131-50.C)

      Discipline Area

      Standard Credits:
      effective with first-time ninth graders in 2003-2004 through 2010-2011

      Standard Credits: effective with first-time ninth graders in 2011-2012 and beyond

      Verified Credits - effective with ninth graders in 2000-2001 and beyond

      English

      4

      4

      2

      Mathematics  [Note 1]

      4

      4

      2

      Laboratory Science  [Note 2]

      4

      4

      2

      History & Social Sciences  [Note 3]

      4

      4

      2

      Foreign Languages  [Note 4]

      3

      3

       

      Health & Physical Education

      2

      2

       

      Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education

      1

      1

       

      Economics and Personal Finance

       

      1

       

      Electives

      2

      3

       

      Student Selected Test  [ Note 5]

       

       

      1

      Total

      24

      26

      9

       

      NOTE 1:  For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2003-2004 through 2010-2011: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall be at or above the level of algebra and shall include at least three different course selections from among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II. The Board may approve additional courses to satisfy this requirement.

      For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2011-2012 and beyond: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least three different course selections from among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II. The Board shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.

      NOTE 2:                For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2003-2004 through 2010-2011: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least three different science disciplines from among: earth sciences, biology, chemistry or physics or completion of the sequence of science courses required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The Board may approve additional courses to satisfy this requirement.

      For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2011-2012 and beyond: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least three different science disciplines from among: earth sciences, biology, chemistry, or physics or completion of the sequence of science courses required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma.  The Board shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.

      NOTE 3:  For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2003-2004 through 2010-2011: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and two courses in either world history or geography or both. The Board may approve additional courses to satisfy this requirement.

      For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2011-2012 and beyond: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and two courses in either world history or geography or both.   The Board shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.

      NOTE 4:                Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include three years of one language or two years of two languages.

      NOTE 5: For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2003-2004 through 2010-2011: A student may utilize additional tests for earning verified credit in computer science, technology, career or technical education or other areas as prescribed by the Board in 8 VAC 20-131-110.

      For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2011-2012 and beyond: A student may utilize additional tests for earning verified credit in computer science, technology, career or technical education, economics or other areas as prescribed by the Board in 8 VAC 20-131-110.

      Electives:

      Fine Arts and Career and Technical Education – The Standard and Advanced Studies each contain a requirement for one standard unit of credit in Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education. The Standards of Accreditation do not require that courses used to satisfy the requirement of Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education be approved by the Board. Therefore, local school officials should use their own judgment in determining which courses students take to satisfy this requirement.

      Foreign Language—The Advanced Studies Diploma contains a requirement for either three years of one foreign language or two years of two languages. In March 1998, the Board of Education approved the provision of three years of instruction in American Sign Language (ASL) for foreign language credit toward an Advanced Studies Diploma; other foreign languages will satisfy this requirement as well. Details of this action are available in: Superintendent's Memo, Interpretive, #1, June 12, 1998.

       

       

      Standard Diploma Credit Accommodations

      The Board of Education has approved Guidelines for Standard Diploma Credit Accommodations for Students with Disabilities to provide alternatives for these students in meeting the requirements for a Standard Diploma. Direct questions about credit accommodations to spedinstruction@doe.virginia.gov.

      Credit accommodations provide alternatives for students with disabilities in earning the standard and verified credits required to graduate with a Standard Diploma.

      Credit accommodations for students with disabilities may include:

      • Alternative courses to meet the standard credit requirements
      • Modifications to the requirements for locally awarded verified credits
      • Additional tests approved by the Board of Education for earning verified credits
      • Adjusted cut scores on tests for earning verified credits
      • Allowance of work-based learning experiences through career and technical education (CTE) courses

        Comparison of Credit Requirements
        While credit accommodations provide alternate pathways and flexibility, students receiving accommodations must earn the 22 standard credits and six verified credits required to graduate with a Standard Diploma.  Credit accommodations are not available for the Advanced Studies Diploma.


        Other Diplomas & Certificates


        Applied Studies Diploma

        The Applied Studies Diploma is a diploma option available to students identified as having a disability who complete the requirements of their individualized education programs (IEPs) and meet certain requirements prescribed by the Board of Education pursuant to regulations, but do not meet the requirements for any named diploma.

        The Applied Studies Curriculum Map (PDF) is a set of skills and competencies that IEP teams can use to identify the need for additional instruction that the student will need to achieve their postsecondary goals. These skills are not standards or required to earn the Applied Studies Diploma, but provide guidance to teams in aligning the student’s transition goals with the goals outlined in the annual IEP. The Applied Studies Curriculum Map provides a guide in which teachers, students, families, and other team members can identify skills that will have a direct impact on the student’s achievement of their post-secondary goals.

         

        Purpose

  1. To provide statewide guidance to IEP teams to develop goals and objectives that will:
    • provide the student with instruction that directly address deficits leading to their post-secondary goals;
    • supplement instruction on state standards (Virginia Standards of Learning or Aligned Standards of Learning); and
    • provide a mechanism for linking skills back to state standards.
  2. To improve communication of skills and provide a common planning resource
    • increase student participation, self-determination and motivation;
    • inform parents/ guardians/ advocates of critical skills; and
    • assist with long-term planning beginning as the student enters transition age.
  3. To promote the incorporation of evidence based practices and predictors into student programs
    • support opportunities for instruction in real-life scenarios;
    • provide resources related to evidence based practices and data-based decision making; and
    • increase use of authentic assessment.

      General Achievement Adult High School Diploma (GAAHSD) Program

      This diploma is intended for individuals who are at least 18 years of age and not enrolled in public school or not otherwise meeting the compulsory school attendance requirements set forth in the Code of Virginia.

      See General Achievement Adult High School Diploma (GAAHSD) Program for requirements.

       

      General Educational Development Certificates (GED)

      Refer to Regulations Governing General Education Development Certificates (8 VAC 20-360-10, et. seq.)

      See General Educational Development (GED) Certificate for requirements.

      The Individual Student Alternative Education Plan (ISAEP)
      This program is designed for those students ages 16 to 18 and enrolled in high school programs who are having difficulty finding success in a regular classroom environment. ISAEP programs are located in school divisions and funded through a combination of state grants and local funds. Many, but not all school divisions, provide program services.

      Included in Enrollment (but not limited to)

  • Career school counseling
  • Mandatory enrollment in a GED preparation program
  • Career and technical education

    The student will also have an opportunity to re-enroll in a regular classroom environment at any time. 

    Enrollment Requirements

    Requirements for enrollment in the ISAEP program

  • Initial Principal-Parent Student (PPS) meeting
  • Student evaluation and/or assessment
  • 7.5 grade equivalent or higher on a recognized standardized measure of reading achievement
  • Achieve a passing score on each of the subtests of the GED Ready Official Practice Test.

    Completion Requirements

  • Passing the GED test
  • Successful completion of the career and technical component.
  • Complete an Economics and Personal Finance course

    Certificate of Program Completion

    Available to students who complete prescribed programs of studies defined by a local school board but who do not qualify for diplomas.

    Information for Transfer Students

    First-time Transfers to a Virginia Public School

    Graduation requirements – in compliance with 8VAC 20-131-60 – for a student transferring into a Virginia public school for the first time in grades 9-12, depends on the grade the student is transferring into and when in the school year the student is transferring.

    A student is considered to have transferred at the beginning of the school year if 20 or fewer hours of instruction have been completed. A student is considered to have transferred during the school year if more than 20 hours of instruction has been completed.

  • Board of Education Guidelines for Local School Boards to Award Verified Credits for the Standard Diploma to Transition Students

    Standard Diploma Verified Credit Requirements (8 VAC 20-131-60.G.1 and H)

    Beginning = First 20 hours of instruction
    During = After the first 20 hours of instruction

     

    Students transferring into a Virginia public school for the first time

    During 9th Grade OR
    Beginning of 10th Grade:

    Must Earn

    Ninth Graders in 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03

    Ninth Graders in 2003-04 and beyond

    6 Verified Credits:

     

     

     

    English

    2

    2

     

    Mathematics

     

    1

     

    Science

     

    1

     

    History & Social Science

     

    1

     

    Student Selected

    4

    1

    During 10th Grade OR
    Beginning of 11th Grade:

    Must Earn

    Ninth Graders in 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03

    Ninth Graders in 2003-04 and beyond

    4 Verified Credits:

     

     

     

    English

    2

    1

     

    Mathematics

     

    1

     

    Science

     

    1

     

    History & Social Science

     

    1

     

    Student Selected

    2

     

     

    During 11th Grade OR
    Beginning of 12th Grade:

     

    2 Verified Credits:

     

     

     

    English

    1

    1

     

    Student Selected

    1

    1

    During 12th Grade:

    Students should be given every opportunity to earn a diploma; if this is not possible, the school division should arrange to have the previous school award the diploma; or seek a waiver of the verified credit requirement from VDOE.

     

    • Six verified credits required for a student transferring during the 9th grade or at the beginning of the 10th grade
      • English – 2
      • Mathematics – 1
      • Science – 1
      • History & Social Science – 1
      • Student Selected – 1
  • Four verified credits for a student transferring during the 10th grade or at the beginning of the 11th grade
    • English – 1
    • Mathematics – 1
    • Science – 1
    • History & Social Studies – 1
  • Two verified credits for a student transferring during the 11th grade or at the beginning of the 12th grade
    • English – 1
    • Student Selected – 1
  • For a student transferring during the 12th grade, every opportunity should be given to earn a diploma; if this is not possible the local school division should seek to have the previous school award the diploma or request from VDOE a waiver of the verified credit requirement.

    Advanced Studies Diploma Verified Credit Requirements (8 VAC 20-131-50.C)

    Beginning = First 20 hours of instruction
    During = After the first 20 hours of instruction

    Students transferring into a Virginia public school for the first time

    During 9th Grade OR
    Beginning of 10th Grade:

    Must Earn

    Ninth Graders in 2000-01 and beyond

    9 Verified Credits:

     

     

    English

    2

     

    Mathematics

    2

     

    Science

    2

     

    History & Social Science

    2

     

    Student Selected

    1

    During 10th Grade OR
    Beginning of 11th Grade:

    Must Earn

    Ninth Graders in 2000-01 and beyond

    6 Verified Credits:

     

     

    English

    2

     

    Mathematics

    1

    Science

    1

     

    History & Social Science

    1

     

    Student Selected

    1

    During 11th Grade OR
    Beginning of 12th Grade:

    Must Earn

    Ninth Graders in 2000-01 and beyond

    4 Verified Credits:

     

     

    English

    1

     

    Student Selected

    3

    During 12th Grade:

    Students should be given every opportunity to earn a diploma; if this is not possible, the school division should arrange to have the previous school award the diploma; or seek a waiver of the verified credit requirement from VDOE.

     

  • Nine verified credits required for a student transferring during the 9th grade or at the beginning of the 10th grade
    • English – 2
    • Mathematics – 2
    • Science – 2
    • History & Social Science – 2
    • Student Selected – 1
  • Six verified credits for a student transferring during the 10th grade or at the beginning of the 11th grade
    • English – 2
    • Mathematics – 1
    • Science – 1
    • History & Social Studies – 1
    • Student Selected – 1
  • Four verified credits for a student transferring during the 11th grade or at the beginning of the 12th grade
    • English – 1
    • Student Selected – 3
  • For a student transferring during the 12th grade, every opportunity should be given to earn a diploma; if this is not possible the local school division should seek to have the previous school award the diploma or request from VDOE a waiver of the verified credit requirement.

    FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CURRICULUM

    All printed materials and descriptions of audio-visual materials used in the Family Life Education Curriculum are available for parents’ review during school hours.  Parents may opt-out their child. 

    GED Testing Policy

    All applicants for testing must be eighteen (18) years of age or older or meet specific circumstances as defined by the Virginia Department of Education.  Refer to Regulations Governing General Education Development Certificates (8 VAC 20-360-10, et. seq.)

    Honor Rolls

    The A Honor Roll and B Honor Roll for each six weeks grading period will be sent to the Virginian Review for the publication one week after report cards are issued. A student with an “I” (incomplete) will not be printed on the honor roll. Teachers, students, or parents must bring any and all grade changes to the attention of the guidance office within this one-week period. After this time, corrections or additions will only be made in the newspaper due to guidance error or misprint by the newspaper.

     

    In order to qualify for the A Honor Roll, a student must have all A’s for the final semester average. In order to qualify for the B Honor Roll, a student must have A’s and B’s for the final semester average. However, an A will bump a C to a B. If a student makes a D or F, he or she cannot make the Honor Roll.

    Job Shadowing

    Alleghany High School has an exciting program of career awareness that few other high schools offer. Tenth graders have the opportunity to shadow career professionals three times a year and actually see for themselves what the job is all about. These professionals talk to the students about grades, courses, career opportunities, and social skills needed for their particular profession. What could be better than to see for yourself what a certain career is “really” about?  If you meet the criteria for a job shadowing position, visit the counseling office to pick up an application.

     

    Criteria

    •     The student must be a tenth grader;

    •     The student must not have missed more than 12 days of school in the previous year;

    •     The student may be excluded based upon a disciplinary record; and

    •     The student must be passing all classes the first six (6) weeks of school.

    Non-Accredited Schools

    Students transferring to Alleghany High School from any non-accredited school are bound by Alleghany County School Board Policy LB.

    Records and Transcripts

    Alleghany High School students have on file in the counseling department a scholastic or educational record.  These records are directly related to the student and are maintained in accordance with FERPA guidelines.  The content of the record is limited to data needed by the school to assist the student in his or her personal, social, educational, and career development.  For further information consult Alleghany County School Board Policy JO.  Regulation JO-R designates directory information.   Transcripts may be obtained through the counseling office by filling out and submitting a transcript request form.   

    Virginia state law requires that new transfer students sign an affidavit as to their disciplinary status at their previous school. Falsification of this information or failure to sign such an affidavit is now a class three felony. It also requires that a school include a copy of the disciplinary record when a student transfers from one school system to another.

    Schedule and Level Change Policies

    Alleghany High School Drop Policy

    Students may change a schedule within the first five school days of the 1st semester.   If an administrator decides a change or drop is necessary in a student’s schedule after this period, no credit will be awarded for that course. If a drop is deemed necessary in a full year course (i.e., Band or Choir), that awards 1 credit for a full year, no partial credit will be awarded. If any course is dropped, a grade of 69 will be recorded if the student is passing. If the student is failing, the numerical grade will be recorded.

    General Change Policy Rules 

    There will be no schedule changes made after the first five school days of the 1st semester unless the following special circumstances occur:

    •     A change is necessary due to the failure of a prerequisite course.

    •     A change is necessary due to successful attendance of Summer School.

    •     An administrator approves a change. Any change initiated by an administrator must be handled through the Counseling Department. When an administrator deems a change necessary, he/she must contact the appropriate school counselor who will make the change.

    •     Schedule changes may be made due to schedule conflicts and overloads.

    All students must be enrolled in four (4) classes each semester. The exception to this rule is at the principal’s discretion.

    A change in an elective course will be unlikely due to the configuration of the master schedule and the student’s original requests and alternative electives requests.

    Level changes may be considered prior to the conclusion of the first six weeks of a class. 

    Grade Level Placement

    Students are placed in grade level homerooms based on the number of credits earned at the end of the school year:

    Grade              9               0–4 1/2 Credits         

                           10               5–10 Credits

                           11               11–14 Credits and scheduled to graduate in two years

                           12               14 Credits and scheduled to graduate in June

    Senior Mentorship Program

    The mission of the Alleghany High School Mentorship Program is to provide opportunities for students to do concentrated research or project development in a specialized field under the leadership and direction of highly trained and experienced experts.  This is a way to allow the student to have a unique and exciting learning experience and a real opportunity to uncover the world of work from another viewpoint other than the classroom.  Seniors who are interested are to see their counselor in the guidance department.

    Standardized Testing

    The Virginia General Assembly through the Standards of Quality for Public Schools in Virginia requires each local school board to assess the educational progress of students as individuals and as groups. Students, therefore, take a variety of standardized tests that are required by either the Virginia Department of Education or the local school division. Additionally, these tests are used to help provide each student with a course of studies that best meets his or her interests, needs, and abilities.

    Standards of Learning & Career and TEchnical Education Incentive

    On November 12, 2001, the Alleghany School Board approved the incentive procedure designed to encourage maximum effort by secondary school students on the Virginia Standards of Learning tests.  Students who pass SOL or CTE tests shall be awarded five (5) points on the final respective course grade.  The following guidelines for the end-of-course tests for SOL verified credits or CTE credentialing  will be effective beginning at the end of first semester of the 2001-2002 school year:

    1.             Students who pass an end-of-course SOL or CTE test while enrolled in the course will receive five (5) points added to their final course grade.  A student must pass both parts of the English 11 SOL test to have the five (5) points added to that final course grade. Students will receive five (5) points if they pass the SOL or CTE test, but cannot have a final grade above 100. Therefore, if a student’s grade is 96 prior to taking the SOL or CTE test, a passing score on the SOL will not raise their grade any above 100.

    2.             Students who fail an end-of-course SOL or CTE test will NOT have their final course grade lowered or raised.

    3.             Students who re-take the SOL or CTE test after a failed attempt and pass the test will NOT receive the five (5) bonus points added to their final grade unless they are re-taking the course.

    Standards of Learning or Career and Technical Education Tests

    Students enrolled in a class that has an end of course SOL or CTE test must take the test. Students who fail the test must continue to retake the test each time it is given. 

    Local Verified Credit

    The Alleghany County School Board awards verified credits to students who enroll in high school as freshmen before July 1, 2018, as sophomores before July 1, 2019, as juniors before July 1, 2020 or as seniors before July 1, 2021 toward a standard diploma in science and history/social sciences in accordance with this policy.  No student may earn more than four locally awarded verified credits except as noted below.

    To be eligible to earn locally awarded verified credits, a student must

  • pass the high school course and not pass the related Standards of Learning test
  • take the Standards of Learning test at least twice
  • score within a 375-399 scale score range on any administration of the Standards of Learning test
  • demonstrate achievement in the academic content through the appeal process described below

         

         Credit accommodations provide alternatives for students with disabilities in earning the standard and verified credits required to graduate with a Standard Diploma.  For more information, students should contact their school counselor.

    Student Assessment

    1.             Students will earn numeric averages on a 100-point scale in each of their classes with the
    following ranges:

                       94 -100               A                  

                       85 - 93                B             

                       76 - 84                C            

                       70 - 75                D            

                       69 & below        F             

          When computing overall grade point averages in standard courses will be converted to a standard four-point scale, as follows:

                       94-100               A                      4.00

                       85-93                 B                      3.00

                       76-84                 C                      2.00

                       70-75                 D                      1.00

                       69 and below   F                      0.00

          When computing overall grade point averages in advanced placement and approved dual enrollment classes will be converted to a weighted scale as follows:

                       94-100               A                      5.00

                       85-93                 B                      4.00

                       76-84                 C                      3.00

                       70-75                 D                      2.00

                       69 and below   F                      0.00

          Transcripts will display letter grades only.  Report cards will display number grades.  However, transcript displays overall grade point averages and their equivalent points relative to the weighted four-point scale only.

          Mid-terms may reflect the most appropriate measure of the student’s performance after three weeks.  Letter grades will be preferable to numeric averages since it is difficult to pin a student’s performance down to a numeric absolute after only three weeks.

    2.  All dual enrollment courses that the given college defines as “academic college transfer credits” shall be considered for weighted grade status.  Before he/she is allowed to enroll in a dual enrollment course, the student must secure acceptance from the given college program and prior approval from the principal. 

    3.  When students transfer credits from other schools, correspondence course programs, distance learning programs and/or dual enrollment programs, their letter grades will be accepted in accordance with the grading scale applied by the “sending institution.”  For example, if the student earned a “B” in a course taken with the sending institution, then the transfer credit will be received as a “B” for GPA and class rank purposes in Alleghany County.  Numeric averages associated with letter grades earned at sending institutions will not serve as justification for altering letter grades associated with transfer credit.

    4.  Students may not earn in excess of 100 points in a given course, and no average in a non-weighted course will convert to any equivalent total above a 4.00.  No average in a weighted course will convert to an equivalent above a 5.00.

    5.  Students will qualify for Honor Graduate status if they maintain at least a 3.55 average on a weighted four-point scale, have completed all course and state testing requirements for graduation, and have participated in at least one co-curricular or extra-curricular activity while at AHS or JRTC.  

    6.  The Alleghany County Public Schools recognizes the distinctions of “valedictorian” and/or “salutatorian” based solely on the highest statistical grade point averages.

    7.   All high school students and middle school students enrolled in courses for high school credit, shall participate in some appropriate   form of end-of-course cumulative learning assessment as follows:

     

    a.   In SOL-based courses tied to verified credits, and/or in CTE courses tied to credentialing tests, the test shall serve as the final exam. Students who pass their test on their first attempt shall gain a five-point bonus added to their average in the respective course. Students who do not pass their test on their first attempt will receive no bonus points for the respective course.

     

    b.   In all other courses, the instructor shall determine the most appropriate method of end-of-course cumulative assessment. Activities may include traditional final exams, projects, portfolios, presentations and so forth. Students who obtain an “acceptable” level of achievement on the cumulative assessment will receive a three-point bonus added to their final average in the respective class. Students who obtain an “exemplary” level of achievement on the assessment will receive a five-point bonus, similar to that afforded to students who pass their SOL tests. A student shall qualify for the bonus if, and only if, his/her exam grade is a minimum of one letter grade higher than the letter grade equivalent of his/her course average immediately prior to the administration of the exam. Students who fail to demonstrate an acceptable level of achievement on the assessment will receive no bonus points. Criteria for “exemplary” and “acceptable” performance on cumulative assessments shall be made at the high school level, and shall be subject to final approval of the high school principal.

    Participation in the cumulative assessment represents a fundamental expectation for earning credit in all courses. Students, who fail to participate in the respective cumulative assessment, or who, in the judgment of their teacher, fail to demonstrate acceptable effort with the cumulative assessment may receive a failing grade of “F” for the course. Upon approval of the respective teacher, such students may be allowed to remedy their failure to participate and/or their failure to demonstrate acceptable effort through the final day of the given semester. Any arrangement that deviates from this guideline shall require prior approval of the principal.

     

    c.   An exception to participation in an end-of-course cumulative assessment will be granted to any student who has earned an average of “A” in a non-SOL course immediately prior to the administration of the cumulative assessment.  (POLICY – IZ)

    Websites Information

    Student/ Parent Portal: http://www3.alleghany.k12.va.us/public/

    Alleghany County Public Schools: http://www.alleghany.k12.va.us/

    Alleghany High School: http://ahs.alleghany.k12.va.us/

    Alleghany High school Mountaineer Sports Twitter:   https://twitter.com/ahs_mountaineer

    Blue Ridge District Schools’ Sports Information: http://www.blueridgedistrictva.org

    Virginia Department of Education: http://www.pen.k12.va.us/index.shtml

    Virginia Department of Education State/ Division/ School Report Card: https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/reportcard/

    Transfer Students

    Students who transfer after the beginning of their senior year may be eligible for a waiver of the verified credit requirements for a diploma if there is an extreme hardship.

    Weighting and Class Rank

    Weighting

    Grades will be weighted in all approved academic college level classes, including some dual enrollment and the AP classes for purposes of GPA.  (A student’s grade will be raised by the equivalent of one letter grade, i.e., one quality point on a 4-point scale.  The added points figure into the GPA. If you take an AP course, you must take the AP test in order to receive the AP weighted credit. You will receive neither the advanced placement credit nor the weighted grade if you do not take the AP test.  Students are responsible for AP test fees.

    Contract for Dual Enrollment Courses

    In order for an Alleghany High School student to be enrolled in a dual enrollment course, the following requirements must be understood and accepted by the student and the student’s parents/guardians:

    1.   The student must be 16 years old or a junior or a senior at Alleghany High School.

    2.   The student must be in good academic standing to take a dual enrollment course.

    3.   The student understands that the letter grade from the college course is the grade that appears on the transcript.  The letter grade appears on the college transcript.  If a student passes according to the college grading scale, then that student also passes at AHS.

    4.   Each semester course of dual enrollment is equal to one half of a high school credit.  In order to gain a full credit for such courses as English 12, a student must take English 111 and English 112.  This is also true for U. S. Government and many other courses.  Be certain that this information is checked out very carefully before a course is taken.  If a student should fail the first part of a two-part course, the high school credit would not be awarded.  This failure of one part of a two-part course could affect eligibility for sports under the VHSL guidelines and could result in the student not graduating.

    5.   A student may not enroll in a DSLCC dual enrollment class for high school credit if that class is offered on the AHS campus.  Any such course taken will not be considered as part of the high school transcript and grade point average. 

    6.  Students must qualify for a dual enrollment course either through achieving a bench mark score on their ACT or SAT or on DSLCC placement test.

    7.  All costs associated with a dual enrollment course taken on the DSLCC campus is the responsibility of the student.  The student must have AHS approval prior to registering for a dual enrollment class. 

    Alleghany High School
    Code of Conduct

    Alleghany High School students and faculty together maintain a positive learning environment through mutual respect and courtesy. AHS students are expected to show maturity and pride in themselves by conducting themselves in an acceptable manner.

    Each student has the right to expect an educational environment in which he or she can strive to achieve his or her intellectual potential.  The student is expected to attend school regularly, be diligent in his/her studies and conduct him/herself in such a way that the rights and privileges of others are not violated.  The student is expected to accept and demonstrate the obligation of good citizenship to help prevent problems from happening and help solve problems if they occur.

    All parents are expected to assume responsibility for the student’s behavior and assist the school in enforcing the Standards of Student Conduct.  Parents are also expected to maintain regular communication with school authorities, monitor and require daily attendance, and bring to the attention of the school authorities any problem that affects the student or other children in the school.  It is the parents’ responsibility to notify the school of any unusual behavior pattern or medical problem that might lead to serious difficulties.

    Students are subject to corrective action for any misconduct that occurs:

    •     in school or on school property;

    •     on a school vehicle;

    •     while participating in or attending any school sponsored activity or trip;

    •     on the way to and from school; and

    •    off school property, when the acts lead to: (1) notification pursuant to Va. Code § 16.1-305.1 or a conviction for an offense listed in Va. Code § 16.1-260, (2) a charge that would be a felony if committed by an adult, or (3) disruption of the learning environment.

    A student with behavior problems or with questions concerning general school matters will, in most cases, be referred to the assistant principal who is the Dean of her graduating class.

    Class Deans for are:

                                                      Dean of Class of 2018     Joy McDonald

          Dean of Class of 2019   Kelly Huff

          Dean of Class of 2020   Joy McDonald

          Dean of Class of 2021   Kelly Huff

    Description of AHS Regulations

    In addition to the regulations concerning student conduct set by the Alleghany County School Board, Alleghany High School provides additional guidelines for student management. The behaviors listed below are unacceptable at AHS. Many are against the law; none will be tolerated.   Administration may take disciplinary action for other good and just causes. 

    Authority—Each employee at Alleghany High School and the SRO has the obligation to exercise authority over students regarding conduct. This obligation is not limited to particular classrooms, areas, or times. Students are expected to respond positively to discipline by any teacher or school employee including giving staff members their name.   Continued failure to do so will result in suspension.

    Bullying – This is any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma.  Bullying includes cyber bullying.  Bullying does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict. 

    Cell phones and other electronic devices. - Personal electronic devices may be used before school, during the student's lunch period in the cafeteria or picnic area only, after school, and at the teacher’s discretion for instructional purposes. The electronic devices will be confiscated if seen at any other locations and times of the school day. It may be considered cheating to have out a cellphone or other electronic device on test days.  All cellphones and other communication devices will be collected on all testing days and returned at the completion of the test. Confiscated items will be returned to a parent/guardian.  Laser pointers are not allowed at school.

    Dishonesty—No student will lie to any school employee. No student will take or attempt to take any property, including money, which does not rightfully belong to him/her.

    Dress Code(Policy-JFCAA)—Based on the belief that school is a place of business where students are learning both academic and social skills, the school board requires that they dress appropriately.

    1.     Messages on clothing and jewelry and personal belongings that relate to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, vulgarity, profanity, or that reflect adversely upon persons because of their race, sex, color, creed, national origin, or ancestry are not permitted.

    2.     Appropriate dress is clothing that does not present a substantial risk of disruption to the educational process.  The braless look, see-through apparel, tube tops, halter tops and mid-cut shirts/tops are not acceptable.

    3.    Shorts must be of appropriate length; very short shorts, such as the thin, nylon, athletic-type shorts with side slits, are not acceptable.

    4.    Underwear must be covered by clothing.

    5.    For health and safety, appropriate footwear must be worn at all times, and shoes with laces must be tied correctly to secure the footwear to the foot. – bare feet are not acceptable. 

    Decisions regarding the appropriateness of clothing, footwear and accessories will be made by the building principal or a designee. The first time a student violates this policy, he/she shall be required to make appropriate adjustments, and their parents will be notified.  Additional violations will be managed in accordance with the Standards of Student Conduct. (Policy JFC and Regulation JFC-R.)

    Students are expected to dress appropriately for a K-12 educational environment. Any clothing that interferes with or disrupts the educational environment is unacceptable. Clothing with language or images that are vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene, or clothing that promotes illegal or  violent conduct, such as the unlawful use of weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or drug paraphernalia or clothing that contains threats such as gang symbols is prohibited.

    Clothing should fit, be neat and clean, and conform to standards of safety, good taste and decency. Clothing that exposes cleavage, private parts, the midriff, undergarments, or that is otherwise sexually provocative is prohibited. Examples of prohibited clothing include, but are not limited to: sagging or low-cut pants, low-cut necklines that show cleavage, tube tops, halter tops, backless blouses or blouses with only ties in the back, clothing constructed of see-through materials, and head coverings unless required for religious or medical purposes.

    Additionally, disciplinary action will be taken against any student taking part in gang-related activities that are disruptive to the school environment, which include the display of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, tattoo, or manner of grooming that, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, or any other attribute, denotes membership in a gang that advocates illegal or disruptive behavior.

    Parents of students requiring accommodation for religious beliefs, disabilities, or other good causes should contact the principal.

    School administration provides further clarification for student dress and identifies specific restrictions and rules concerning dress code:

  • No baggy pants, no sagging pants, pants must be pulled up to the waist above the underwear.
  • No holes shall be permitted.
  • Any holes above the knee must conceal skin, underwear, and interior pockets.
  • Shirts, sweaters, and sweatshirts may be no longer than midway past the pants pocket opening.
  • All shirts must cover the midriff; no belly button or skin is allowed to be showing.
  • No spaghetti strap, strapless, or backless shirts or dresses.
  • Pajama pants/sleepwear is prohibited.
  • No excess cleavage should be revealed. Shirts must pass the “fingertip test”.  (Thumbs should be placed at the arm pit and hands extended straight across the chest parallel to the floor. If the shirt is below the fingers, then it is too short. )
  • Shirts or blouses with sleeves cut off or armholes cut out will not be permitted. Seamed or fitted shirts are permitted if meeting the 3 x 5 index card test. 
  • No tank tops.  Shoulders must be covered at all times by 3 inches.  (3 x 5 index card test)
  • No undergarments should be showing. This includes when a student is seated.
  • Shorts and skirts must be no shorter than 5 inches above the top of the knee cap.  (3 x 5 index card test). This includes the use of leggings, hosiery, and tights.  
  • Tight fitting pants that are used solely as outerwear (i.e. yoga pants, jeggings, etc.) must have a shirt length (front and back) that reaches the fingertips of the students. 
  • No non-prescription glasses are to be worn inside the building.
  • No visible body piercings, except face and ears.  No spiked, connecting, or chain piercings. If the piercing(s) become a distraction or negatively affects the learning environment, then they will need to be removed.  Band-Aids will not be permitted to cover a piercing.
  • No picks are to be worn in the hair.
  • No towels are to be worn around the neck.
  • Bandanas will not be permitted. 
  • No chains are to hang from pants pockets. No chains that could be used as weapons are to be worn,

            including spiked bracelets. This is all at the discretion of the administration and School Resource Officer.

  • No hats or head coverings of any type may be worn in the building.
  • No untied shoes to be worn on the school campus.  Shoes with laces must be tied correctly to secure the footwear to the foot.
  • No fish hooks are allowed on hats or other places.
  • Light weight coats, letter jackets, and pullovers are acceptable.  Heavy jackets or jackets hanging beyond the pockets will not be permitted.
  • Ill-fitting and inappropriate footwear, flip flops, and shower shoes will not be permitted. Shoes must be secure to the front and back of the foot.

    No rule or regulation can adequately address changes in style or other inappropriate wearing of apparel. The administration will utilize its discretion in dealing with circumstances not specifically addressed by this Policy.  The dress code is in effect from the time students get on the bus until the time they get off the bus in the afternoon.  The dress code is also in effect for students attending any after school activities.

    Excessive Display of Affection—Only handholding is allowed at any time on school grounds. 

    Honor Code—“On my Honor I will neither give nor receive any unauthorized help with any assigned school work.”

    Incorrigible Behavior - Students shall abide by all School Board Policies and Regulations and school rules while on school property or at school sponsored activities.  Continued violations of these rules may result in recommendations of long-term suspensions up to and including expulsion from school.  Administrators may consider long-term sanctions in response to any number of accumulated incidents.  An accumulation of 10 or more disciplinary referrals shall result in a high likelihood of long-term suspension out of school, subject to the facts associated with each case. 

    Out-of-Bounds—Hall passes are required of all students in the halls or other areas considered out-of-bounds. During the lunch periods, students are permitted in the cafeteria or outside area available on the sidewalk in front of the school near the cafeteria doors. Out-of-bound areas include, but are not limited to the parking lots, athletic fields, the riverbank, non-supervised classrooms, locker rooms, and the roof. During lunch, the following areas are also out-of-bounds: the second floor academic hall, the first floor above room 123 including the lobby, the vocational wing, the front steps area, all sidewalks and grass areas that border classrooms, and the hallway between music room doors and front parking lot exit.  Only two students are allowed in the lunchroom area bathrooms at one time during lunch periods.

    Morning Areas - For the continued safety of all AHS students, students are required to report to and remain in designated areas in the school from 8:00 AM to 8:17 AM.  The three areas are:  1) the cafeteria for those electing to eat breakfast, 2) the library for those electing to receive tutoring or for those needing a quiet place to study, or 3) the gymnasium for those that do not want to eat breakfast or be tutored or study.  Students will use the main lobby doors to access the gym and library and use the lower doors near the band room to access the cafeteria.  For those students in the building prior to 8:00 AM, a bell will ring at 7:55 AM to remind students that they need to report to one of the three designated areas with a tardy bell ringing at 8:00 AM.  Students found in the hallways between 8:00 AM and 8:17 AM, without a signed note by a teacher or administrator, will be considered out of bounds and result in a discipline referral for General Misconduct and assignment to after school detention or Saturday school. 

    Plagiarism—No student will present academic work for credit which is not the original work of the student.

    Skipping—Students who do not properly check in or out of school through the attendance office, those who leave a class without the teacher’s permission, and those in the hall without a valid pass will be considered skipping. Those who leave the grounds without proper authorization will also be considered skipping.

    Trespass—The principal, or his designee, has complete control over the use of school grounds and property by any persons and is authorized to control conduct of people while on school property. When the presence or conduct of any person is detrimental to the orderly operation of the school, the person in charge is authorized to request such person to leave school property; and if he/she fails to comply, advise him/her that he/she is trespassing. If he/she fails to leave immediately, a warrant can be obtained for his/her arrest.

    Twilight Zone—Any student who remains at school past 3:50 P.M. must be under the direct supervision of his/her teacher, coach, or sponsor until his/her transportation arrives. A student waiting for a ride must be seated in the lobby until that ride arrives. The school will be locked down at 4:30.

    Dismissal Bells - For the continued safety of all AHS students, there will be two release bells at the end of the day.  The first bell, at 3:38 PM, will dismiss students who drive or ride with someone, who ride first wave buses, or that participate in sports or activities that are practicing/playing/competing on that day.  First bell dismissal students MUST report directly to the parking lot; to the locker room, field or classroom; or to their buses.  Students are not allowed to loiter in any area inside or outside the building in between the 1st release bell or 2nd release bell.  Students caught loitering in the hallways between the two release bells will be considered out of bounds and result in a discipline referral for General Misconduct and assignment to after school detention or Saturday school.  The 2nd release bell will ring at 3:48 PM for all students riding buses in the second wave, attending tutoring, or attending after school detention.   Second bell dismissal students should report immediately to the bus loop to board their buses, the front lobby for detention, or the designated classroom for tutoring.  Students leaving on the first dismissal bell without cause will receive a discipline referral that may result in an out of school suspension.

    Unexcused Tardies—All AHS students are required to be inside the classroom when the tardy bell rings. Students are expected to follow each teacher’s policy on tardiness once inside the classroom. It is against school regulations for students to loiter in the hall. Students must be on their way to class or in a classroom

    Vandalism—No student will maliciously or willfully injure, damage, or destroy school property or personal property of others. Each pupil will be asked to reimburse the appropriate party/parties for any breakage or willful destruction of property.

    Areas of Alleghany High School may be monitored by surveillance video cameras.  Be advised that cameras are not constantly monitored. 

    Note:  Consequences (for the above offenses)—depending upon the severity of the offense and circumstances involved, the administration will use a continuum of disciplinary reasons ranging from verbal warning through recommendations for long term suspensions up to and including expulsion from school. 

    Definition of Consequences

    Verbal Warning—Discussion of inappropriate behavior with indication of future consequences.

    Detention—This is an assignment to a specific area monitored by a staff member. May occur morning, lunch, or after school. After school detention will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. Students may ride the activity bus home.  If a student’s ride has not shown up by 6:10, the student will ride the activity bus home.  Failure to attend will result in one day of OSS which will count towards the attendance policy plus the requirement to make up the missed detention.  . 

    In-School Suspension (ISS) Guidelines

    A student may be assigned to In-School Suspension (ISS) by an administrator for behavior which interferes with the education of others, prevents the orderly operation of the school, threatens any individual’s physical well-being, or violates a school rule. The student is assigned to a specific room monitored by a staff member during the school day. Class work will be assigned and graded. A student having more than one full day may not participate in extra-curricular activities until ISS is completed.

    1.   The minimum ISS assignment will be one block per class. Additional behavioral problems will result in Out-of-School Suspension. Parental notification will be made upon each ISS assignment.

    2.   The student will be provided with assignments from his/her classes. The student is responsible for any additional assignments made during the classes missed. Students will receive credit for completed assignments.

    3.   Failure to adhere to the policies and/or regulations of ISS will result in OSS.

    4.   If suspended while in ISS, the remaining time will be completed upon the student’s return to school.

    5.   A student who is absent from school while assigned to ISS must complete the ISS assignment when he/she returns to school.

    Out-of-School Suspension (OSS)—Student is restricted from all ACPS property and all activities until suspension is completed. Students will be required to complete class assignments and turn them in upon return to school. When a student receives OSS, a parental conference with a principal may be required before the student is readmitted. Students returning to school grounds prior to suspension being completed may be charged with trespassing and suspension days extended.

    Assignments may be picked up by in the office by someone other than the suspended student by 9:00 a.m. the next day. Assignments are due the day of a student’s return to school. Tests and quizzes missed during the suspension must be taken the day of return unless a student’s teacher gives him or her permission to take them at a later time (no more than five days).

    Saturday School—This is an alternative assignment that may be assigned as a means of discipline. All Saturday school assignments will start at 8:00 AM. Students arriving late will not be admitted. Failure to attend Saturday school will result in one (1) day out of school suspension immediately following the assigned Saturday school.  This day will count towards the attendance policy.  Students unable to attend Saturday school due to an emergency that developed Friday evening or Saturday morning (i.e. illness) must call 863-1700 prior to 8:00 a.m. and leave a message stating why he/she is unable to attend Saturday school.  Any message left after 8:00 a.m. will not be accepted as an excuse to miss Saturday school. There will be no Saturday school if there is no school on the Friday immediately before it, however exceptions are sometimes made. 

    Restriction from Extra-Curricular Activities—Students and visitors may be restricted from participating, attending, and/or being involved in any way in extra-curricular and school related activities for any suspendable offense that may occur during an extra-curricular activity. This may be in addition to school suspension.

    Activity Restriction—Students owing money (fines, restitution, fees, dues) or having obligations to the school shall be placed on an arrears list. Students on this list will be automatically placed on activity restriction until their obligations have been fulfilled and their name has been removed from the list. Students may not participate in any extra-curricular and school related activities until their name has been removed from the list.

    Student Activities and Athletics

    Activity Buses

    Alleghany High School offers activity buses for students involved in after-school activities. The activity buses follow a general route throughout the county. Students who abuse this special service may lose their privilege to ride the activity bus. Activity buses run Monday through Thursday. They depart from the front of the high school at 6:30 P.M.  A bell will ring to notify buses the time to leave. Activity bus schedules may be obtained from athletic coaches and the main office.

    Class Dues

    Class dues are collected by the class sponsors. Dues are used to help defray the cost of class sponsored activities, such as the Junior/Senior Prom. Senior dues will cover such expenses as Homecoming, Spirit Day, Senior Picnic, and Graduation. Students who do not pay class dues will be excluded from class sponsored activities, including the Junior/Senior Prom. Class dues must be paid before a student is allowed to attend any major dances or activities.

    Freshman Dues     —         $ 10.00

    Sophomore Dues  —         $ 10.00

    Junior Dues             —         $ 20.00

    Senior Dues            —         $ 20.00

     

    CONDUCT AT ATHLETIC EVENTS

    Students are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship at all athletic events, both home and away.  If a student is removed from a game for inappropriate behavior, he or she will not be permitted to attend the future athletic events and is subject to permanent restriction from all extra-curricular events.  A student removed from an athletic event may also be subject to other school discipline and/or charges by law enforcement. 

    Clubs and Organizations

    Students are encouraged to take an active part in the many clubs and organizations that are sponsored at Alleghany High School. Students may be a member of any club, except BETA and National Honor Society. Students must be selected for these honor clubs.  Also, to be a member of the Varsity Club, a student must have earned at least one varsity letter in high school. To be eligible to attend club meetings, a student must be on a club’s active roster and considered a student in good standing. 

    Clubs will meet during the last 30 minutes of the sponsor’s planning block.  Students involved in more than one (1) club that meets during the same block may only attend one (1) club meeting. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the club sponsor if he/she is not attending a club meeting. If a student does not attend the club meeting and is not on the absentee sheet, he/she will be dropped from the club roster. Dues will not be refunded.  

      

    Alleghany High School sponsors the following clubs and organizations.  StUDENTS ARE REPSONSIBLE TO GATHER MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS FOR ANY CLUB OR ORGANIZATION FROM THE STAFF SPONSOR. 

     

    Art Club                                                           Interested in Art/ Art instruction

                                                                              Dues $5.00

    *Beta Club                                                      Academic Honor Organization
    Dues $20.00

    Black Heritage Club                                    Preserving the American Black Heritage
                                                                              Dues $5.00

    Chess Club                                                    Interested in the strategic, analytical, and fundamentals of chess

    Emergency Crew                                         First Aid and Emergency Services
                                                                              Dues $5.00

    Expressions, Etcetera                                Promoting Literature & School Magazine

                                                                              Dues $5.00

    Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

                                                                              Interest in Home Economics

                                                                              Dues $10.00

    Friends of Rachel (FOR Club)                   Create a plan of action to look for the best in others, dream big, choose positive influences, speak with kindness and start our own chain reaction

    Foreign Language Club                               Interest in Spanish, French and other world languages
                                                                              Dues $5.00

    Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

                                                                              Promoting business education while preparing students for careers in business

                                                                              Dues TBD

    Future Farmers of America (FFA)            Interest in Agriculture and Forestry

                                                                              Dues $8.50                                

    Key Club                                                         Service to the Community and School
                                                                              Dues $14.00

    Martial Arts Club                                           Interest in Martial Arts

                                                                              Dues $10.00

    *Mountaineer Athletic Council                  Student leaders from the various athletic teams that work with the Athletic Director

    *National Honor Society                             Academic Honor Organization – Qualifications Listed Below
                                                                              Dues $20.00

    Outdoor Club                                                 Interest in Outdoor Activities (Hunting, Fishing)

                                                                              Dues $5.00

    Mountaineer Maniacs Club                        Promotion of School Spirit, Sports, and Dance
                                                                              Dues $5.00

    Reality Check:  I’m Determined Club      Exploring Strategies for Self-Determination and Independent Living

                                                                              Dues $5.00

    YOVASO (SADD)                                           Students Against Destructive Decisions
                                                                              Dues $5.00

    *Student Senate                                           Student leaders from all clubs and major activities of the school

    Students for Christ/ Fellowship of Christian Athletes             

                                                                              All students interested in doing God’s work

                                                                              Dues $5.00

    Technology Student Association (TSA)  Promoting Leadership and Opportunities in Technology, Innovation, Design and Engineering

                                                                              Dues $12.00

    Youth-In-Government                                  Model General Assembly
                                                                              Dues $12.00

    * Admission to these organizations requires special qualifications.  Those interested must see club sponsor.
                                                                             

    National Honor Society Qualifications:  The qualifications for admittance to this organization are published to the school’s website each year in the beginning weeks of September, after Faculty Council review. 

     

    Dances

    AHS students in good standing may attend dances and invite guests provided that all class dues are paid.  The age limit for out of school dates is 20.  Out of school dates must be signed up in the office and be approved with the appropriate form.  Students will not be permitted to buy tickets for any student who was not signed up within the allotted time frame.  Students should not attempt to buy tickets for those out of school guests until they have been notified that the guest has been approved. No tickets will be sold at the door.  Those students or guests who do not follow all AHS guidelines or whose behavior is inappropriate at the dance will be asked to leave and will not receive a refund.  If a student is asked to leave a dance, that student will not be permitted to attend the next dance sponsored by any AHS organization. A current AHS ID is required for students to be admitted to a dance.  Guests of AHS students must have a current picture ID to enter the dance.  No entry will be permitted after one hour past the posted start time of the dance. 

    All dancing must be face to face.  There should also be no straddling of one’s dance partner.  Anyone dancing in an inappropriate manner will be asked to leave the dance. 

    The dress code for these dances will be as follows:

  • Strapless and spaghetti strap dresses are permissible as long as no excess cleavage is revealed
  • No bare midriffs
  • Dresses that lace up or have “cut outs” or sheer material must be approved in advance by the administration.
  • Slits in dresses or dress length should be no shorter than 5 inches above the knee (3 x 5 index card rule)
  • Dress backs should be at least as high as the natural waistline.

Junior/Senior Prom

Only students assigned to a junior or senior homeroom at the beginning of the school year may attend the Junior/Senior Prom, provided they have paid dues every year and are not under activity restriction. Students who are invited as guests must be at least a junior or senior at another high school or a high school graduate 20 years old or younger.  They must be in good standing at both their current school and within the community.  A valid picture ID must be presented at the door.  All guests will be approved in advance by the administration.  Prom table sign-ups will begin the week before the prom.  Students must be signed up at a table in order to be admitted.

FundRaisers

All clubs, organizations, co-curricular, and extra-curricular groups may conduct fund raising projects at AHS, providing the Student Activities Director has approved them. Each group may conduct one fundraiser per semester.  Athletic groups may have one fundraiser per season.  No student may sell any food item during school hours. All money and/or any unsold products must be returned to the sponsor.  All fundraisers must be paid for ahead of time. Any organization who wishes to have a fundraiser should see the Student Activities Director for an application and further information.  

Athletics

There is a great deal of pride within the school and community for our athletic programs. Any eligible student meeting VHSL requirements may try out and participate for varsity and junior varsity teams.  Refer to the VHSL website: http://www.vhsl.org/ for specific eligibility requirements including academic requirements and limitations, physicals, and concussion training.  All student athletes and parents must sign the athletic pledge and participate in all preseason training, including concussion awareness training. 

Each coach will provide written team rules and expectations to athletes at the beginning of the season. Varsity athletes may be awarded a monogram for his/her participation during the season according to the written requirements for lettering as set forth by the coach.

All team members and coaching staffs will ride the team bus to all practices, scrimmages, and contests. All participants are expected to dress in compliance with AHS regulations and the Athletic Handbook.  At the conclusion of an event, a student may ride home with his/her parents or guardians provided on-site approval of the coach.

Questions about athletic eligibility should be posed before the semester of planned participation. Coaches, administrators, and school counselors may be of assistance in planning for athletic eligibility.  Athletes must meet all VHSL requirements to participate in sports.

Transfer students should consult their school counselor and the athletic director upon enrolling to determine the status of athletic eligibility.

8th graders will not try out for JV sports if there is a sport at CMS they can play.  However if after the season is over at CMS and the JV coach wants a student from CMS to play at the JV level the student may do so with permission from the principal at CMS.

8th grade band students will not participate in AHS activities unless there are specific activities for 8th graders.  There will be one night where 8th graders can participate in the band during a football game.

Students wishing to secure voluntary accident insurance coverage may complete an online application with the division’s approved insurance company. Participation is voluntary and the school division assumes no cost or obligation. You can access this information at http://markel.sevencorners.com.

Seniors

Students wishing to participate in athletics at the college level will need to discuss eligibility qualifications, including the NCAA Clearinghouse, with their school counselor. 

Athletic Awards

At the conclusion of each season, teams will conduct individual year-end recognition activities.  At this time, letters and pins are awarded along with designated trophy winners. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bELL SCHEDULES 2017-2018 School Year

BELL SCHEDULESwith Thursday Flex Blocks listed 2017-2018 School Year

Flex 1 Schedule

Block

Start Time

End Time

Start Time

End Time

Report to Areas Café, Gym, Library.

Class with note

7:55 AM

Café, Gym, Library.

Class with note

8:00 AM

tardy bell to Areas

8:17AM

Report to Class

1

8:22 AM

10:03 AM

1st Flex block1st Thursday

9:17 AM

10:03 AM

2

10:08 AM

11:45 AM

2nd Flex block2nd Thursday

11:00 AM

11:45 AM

3A

12:15 PM

1:56 PM

A LUNCH

11:45 AM

12:10 PM

3B1

11:50 AM

12:15 PM

B LUNCH

12:15 PM

12:39 PM

3B2

12:44 PM

1:56 PM

3C1

11:50 AM

12:44 PM

C LUNCH

12:44 PM

1:08 PM

3C2

1:13 PM

1:56 PM

3rd Flex block3rd Thursday

1:13 PM

1:56 PM

4

2:01 PM

3:38:00 PM 1st Wave Buses, Vehicles, Athletes, & Activities Only

SPLIT BELL

2:27 AM

Tardy bell 2:32 PM

4th Flex Block4th Thursday

2:53 PM

3:38:00 PM 1st Wave Buses, Vehicles, Athletes, & Activities Only

1st Wave Buses, Vehicles, Athletes, & Activities only

3:38PM Loading Begins

3:43PM Buses Depart

1st Wave Buses Depart AHS

Approximately

3:43PM

2nd Wave Buses ASD, and Tutoring

3:48 PM 2nd Wave students released

Buses are Loaded and Depart As Soon As Possible

2nd Wave Buses

Depart AHS

Approximately

3:53PM

Lockdown Bell at 4:30. Activity Bus Leave time 6:15

There is no Flex block if there is a 5th Thursday in a Month, School Delay, or Early Release

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLUB BELLSCHEDULE 2017-2018 School Year

 

Club Schedule

Block

Start Time

End Time

 

Start Time

End Time

Report to Areas Café, Gym, Library.

Class with note

7:55 AM

 

 

 

 

Café, Gym, Library.

Class with note

8:00 AM

tardy bell to Areas

8:17AM

Report to Class

 

 

 

1

8:22 AM

10:03 AM

CLUB 1

9:33 AM

10:03 AM

2

10:08 AM

11:45 AM

CLUB 2

11:15 AM

11:45 AM

3A

12:15 PM

1:56 PM

A LUNCH

11:45 AM

12:10 PM

3B1

11:50 AM

12:15 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

B LUNCH

12:15 PM

12:39 PM

3B2

12:44 PM

1:56 PM

 

 

 

3C1

11:50 AM

12:44 PM