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Welcome Dedicated To Achievement Port St. Lucie High School "Welcomes" you. We hope that you will always be conscious of the traditions we have established at our school, and be part of the "spirit" which helps us fulfill our mission of excellence in all that we do daily. Port St. Lucie High School is proud of its sports and other extracurricular programs. However, we never want to lose sight of our overall purpose of achieving our highest academic goals. It is important that you contribute to the overall school success of Port St. Lucie High School. The school PERSONALITY, the overall environment, values, and shared benefits affect each one of us at Port St. Lucie High School. Our PERSONALITY can be distant, cold, and representing failure, or it can be EXCITING, WARM, and CELEBRATING SUCCESS! Together we face a challenge as we shape the PERSONALITY.....of Port St. Lucie High School.

JAGUARS EXPECT MORE. ACHIEVE MORE. MISSION Through the cooperative effort among home, school and community, Port St. Lucie High School provides a caring, innovative, safe environment, which promotes academic and vocational excellence for lifelong success.

NOTE: All rules and regulations are subject to change due to changes in federal, state, and district laws and policies.

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Port St. Lucie High School 2004-2005 Student Handbook Port St. Lucie High School 1201 SE Jaguar Lane Port St. Lucie, FL 34952 772-337-6770 Fax: 772-337-6780

Principal Bennie Clark Assistant Principals Michelle Brooks Kim Cooper Ron Narine

Deans Sarah Spann Robert Beasley, Jr.

St. Lucie County School Board 4204 Okeechobee Rd. Fort Pierce, FL 34947 772-429-3600 Superintendent Michael Lannon Board Members Carol A. Hilson, Chairperson Kathryn Hensley, Vice Chairperson Dr. John Carvelli Dr. Samuel S. Gaines Dr. Judi Miller

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Alma Mater Port St. Lucie Alma Mater School we love so well; Let each loyal son and daughter Loud your praises tell Time and faith will bear us onward Scatter us afar, Let the lessons you have taught us Be our guiding star Red and Black our royal colors Reaching for the sky We will always love and cherish Port St. Lucie High We will always love and cherish Port St. Lucie High.

School Colors Red and Black

School Mascot The Jaguar

Port St. Lucie Fight Song Port St. Lucie Jaguars We are winners all the way Black and red our colors shine Our team is here to stay GO JAGUARS! We have spirit, honor, and might When we hustle we do it right Jaguars are #1 All hail Port St. Lucie High!!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Bell Schedule (“A” Bell) ................................................................................................. 5 Campus/Clinic Information ........................................................................................... 6 Dress Code/Parking Lot Rules and Regulations ....................................................... 7 Lunch and Cafeteria Policies ........................................................................................ 8 Lockers, Lost and Found, Passes ................................................................................. 9 Textbooks/Visitors/Bookstore ............................................................................ 10-11 Athletics ......................................................................................................................... 12 Career Education .......................................................................................................... 13 Guidance, Renaissance, Senior Privilege............................................................14-23 Student Activities........................................................................................................24 Library/Media Center..................................................................................................25 Discipline Code ..............................................................................................................26 Official Attendance Policy/Absences/ Make-up work ................................. 27-33 Notice of Rights Under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act .............................................................................................................. 34-35 School Year 2002-2003 Calendar ............................................................................36 School Map .....................................................................................................................37

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Jaguar Bell Schedules Regular School Day 2004-2005 “A” Lunch Period

“B” Lunch Time

1 7:10–7:59 2 8:04-8:53 3 8:58-9:47 4 + ann. 9:52-10:46 “A” Lunch 10:46-11:16 5 11:21-12:10 6 12:15-1:04 7 1:09-2:00 Portables 1 – 8 Voc. Hall Portables 17-24 Social Studies Hall Math Hall Home Ec/Art Hall Band

Period 1 2 3 4 + ann. 5 “B” Lunch 6 7 Jag Alley Portables 9-16 Science Hall P-3 & English Hall PE Business

Time 7:10-7:59 8:04-8:53 8:58-9:47 9:52-10:46 10:51-11:40 11:40-12:10 12:15-1:04 1:09-2:00

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Early Dismissal Bell Schedule “A” Lunch “B” Lunch Period Time Period 1 2 3 4 + ann. “A” Lunch 5 6 7

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7:10-7:40 7:45-8:15 8:20-8:50 8:55-9:31 9:31-10:01 10:06-10:48 10:53-11:23 11:28-12:00

1 2 3 4 + ann. 5 “B” Lunch 6 7

Time

7:10-7:40 7:45-8:15 8:20-8:50 8:55-9:31 9:36-10:18 10:18-10:48 10:53-11:23 11:28-12:00

FREEZE TIME SCHEDULE First 20 minutes of the day 10 minutes at the end of the 1st period 10 minutes at the beginning and end of periods 2,3,4,6 All of “A” lunch and 10 minutes after the tardy bell rings for “A” lunch students to report to class 10 minutes before the start of “B” lunch

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All of “B” lunch First 10 minutes of 7th period Last 20 minutes of the day

Early Dismissal with Club Day “A” Lunch “B” Lunch Period Time Period 1 Club 2 3 4 + ann. “A” Lunch 5 6 7

7:10-7:35 7:40-8:10 8:15-8:40 8:45-9:10 9:15-9:46 9:46-10:16 10:21-11:00 11:05-11:10 11:35-12:00

1 Club 2 3 4 + ann. “B” Lunch 5 6 7

Time

7:10-7:35 7:40-8:10 8:15-8:40 8:45-9:10 9:15-9:46 10:30-11:00 9:51-10:30 11:05-11:30 11:35-12:00

Pep Assembly Bell Schedule “A” Lunch Period 1 2 3 4 + ann. “A” Lunch 5 6 7 Pep Assembly

“B” Lunch

Time 7:10-7:53 7:58-8:41 8:46-9:29 9:34-10:21

Period 1 2 3 4 + ann. “B” Lunch 5 6 7 Pep Assembly

10:56-11:39 11:44-12:27 12:32-1:15 1:15-2:00

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Time 7:10-7:53 7:58-8:41 8:46-9:29 9:34-10:21 11:09-11:39 10:26-11:09 11:44-12:27 12:32-1:15 1:15-2:00


JAGUAR GUIDANCE The Guidance Department at Port St. Lucie High School believes that the responsibility for one’s secondary education is shared by the student, his/her parent/guardian and the school staff. Guidance Counselors are committed to assisting students in establishing goals, making decisions by exploring all options, designing a plan of action and committing to the plan until the goal is achieved. Students are assigned to Counselors alphabetically from grades 9 through 12. Counselors also coordinate school programs as follows: Counselor

Responsibility

Mrs. Hazelton A – B Director Dual Enrollment Advanced Placement College Visits Mr. Slattery C – G ESOL ASVAB Testing NCAA TBA H – Mc Co Testing Coordinator Student Study PSAT Mrs. Matthews Me – R 504 Plans Testing Coordinator Mr. Kemp S – Z ASVAB Testing Scholarships

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Career Academy Programs Port St. Lucie High School Career Academy Programs provide students with a carefully planned program of study throughout high school. Our programs of study correlate course work with career goals. Be prepared for the future job market and choose a career-oriented program of study. Port St. Lucie High School proudly presents the following choices of Career Academy Programs:

 Building Trades Technology I/Ii  Building Trades Technology III/IV  Building Trades Technology V/VI Commercial Foods  Commercial Foods I/II  Commercial Foods III/IV  Commercial Foods V/VI Drafting & Illustrative Design Technology  Drafting & Illustrative Design Technology I  Drafting & Illustrative Design Technology II  Drafting & Illustrative Design Technology III Television Production  Television Production I/II  Television Production III/IV  Television Production V/VI

ACADEMY OF BUSINESS AND OFFICE SYSTEMS Administrative Assistant  Business Systems and Technology  Administrative Office Technology I  Business Software Applications Business Supervision and Management  Business Systems and Technology  Business and Entrepreneurial Principles  Legal Aspects of Business (if we are offering this course) Digital Publishing  Business Systems and Technology  Digital Publishing I/II Personal Computer Support Services  Business Systems and Technology  PC Support I/II Web Design Services  Business Systems Technology  Web Design I/II

ACADEMY OF MEDICAL SCIENCE Allied    

ACADEMY OF TEACHER ASSISTING Teacher Assisting  Teacher Assisting I  Teacher Assisting II  Teacher Assisting III

ACADEMY OF EXECUTIVE STUDIES/MARKETING

Marketing   

Health Assisting Program Health Science I Health Science II Allied Health Assisting III Medical Skills

Marketing Essentials Marketing Applications Marketing Management

ACADEMY OF INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY Automotive Service Technology  Auto Service Tech Assisting 1/3  Auto Service Tech Assisting 8/7  Auto Service Tech Assisting 12/11 Building Trades Technology

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Diplomas and Certificates Standard Diploma: The Standard Diploma will be awarded to students who have earned the required number of credits that include all the required courses. Students must pass the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for the core courses required by the state of Florida for graduation. Students will receive and sign for specific credit requirements for graduation based on their year of graduation. Honors Diploma: The Honors Diploma will be awarded to students who have earned the required number of credits that includes all the required courses and a minimum of 15 credits in advanced levels of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and/or foreign language. Students must pass the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for the core 24 courses required by the state of Florida for graduation. Students will receive and sign for specific credit requirements for graduation based on their year of graduation. Academic Recognition: Seniors are recognized at graduation for academic achievement in one of two ways: • •

High Honors indicates a weighted GPA of 3.8 or better. Students wear a gold honor tassel and a gold cord during the ceremony Honors indicates a weighted GPA of 3.0 to 3.79. Students wear a gold honor tassel during the ceremony.

Special Diploma: The Special Diploma is awarded to eligible students pursuant to State Board of Education Rule A-1.95 and District School Board Requirements. Certificate of Completion: The Certificate of Completion will be awarded to students who have met standard diploma requirements but have not passed the FCAT. The student has the option to retake the FCAT and if passed within 1 calendar year of graduation, may exchange their Certificate of Completion for a Standard High School Diploma. Special Certificate of Completion The Special Certificate will be available to students who do not qualify for a Special Diploma. To be awarded this certificate, students must pass the special courses designated by the School Board.

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GRADING PROCEDURES Grades shall be a measure of the student’s progress and achievement in mastering the subject matter based on the quality of work done, and reflect a comprehensive evaluation which utilizes written assessment, oral presentation, project presentation, class participation, completion of class and homework assignments, regular attendance, daily preparation, and promptness in completing assignments. Letter grades shall be issued each nine-week marking period: Letter Grade A B C D F

Percent Grade 90 – 100 80 – 89 70 – 79 60 – 69 0 – 59

Point Value 4 3 2 1 0

Teachers will calculate all grades from numerical value. According to this system, grades are equivalent to the corresponding letter value. For example: Students earn the following grades for a nine week grading period: 75,78,93,87,and 75. Averaged these grades equal 81.6 or 82%. An 82% is equal to a “B” on the report card.

Definition Outstanding Above Average Average Lowest Acceptable Failing

Semester Grades are computed in the following manner: 1st or 3rd Nine Weeks 2nd or 4th Nine Weeks Semester Exam

2/5 (40%) 2/5 (40%) 1/5 (20%)

Students must pass two of the above in order to receive semester credit for the class. Grades, once recorded, will not be changed without the approval from the Principal or his/her designee.

Each teacher should have a minimum of six major grades per grading period to obtain the nine-week grade. The nine-week grade is recorded as a letter grade.

Grade Point Average A semester exam will cover material studied during the entire two-nine-week grading period. Semester exams will be required for all courses. All students’ semester exams shall be made available by the teacher for at least two weeks following the exam and shall be available at the main office during this two-week period. Exams will not be given prior to the time regularly scheduled. Students who fail to take the scheduled final examinations for good and sufficient reasons may be allowed to take the exams prior to the beginning of the next school term. In exceptional cases, individual arrangements may be made by the Principal within the current state regulations and School Board policies.

Grade point average (GPA) is reported in three ways: Cumulative GPA: All semester letter grades are converted to point value and averaged. Graduation GPA: average point value of semester course grades for State of Florida minimum core credit graduation requirement. Weighted GPA: An additional weight is added to the cumulative grade point average for advanced classes. Honors level classes receive a weight factor of .02 and advanced placement and academic dual enrollment receive a weight factor of .04. Weighted GPAs are computed for seniors and class rank is based on the highest weighted GPA at the end of the first semester of the senior year.

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Report Cards

2. Student has failed to meet prerequisite requirements 3. An ability-level change (up or down), must have teacher, parent, and administrative approval. 4. Administrative Change 5. Written teacher request for changes relative to special courses 6. Senior needing a course for college or graduation

Students will receive 1st, 2nd and 3rd nine-week report cards through homeroom. It is the responsibility of the student to deliver the report card to the parent/guardian. The final 4th nine-week report card will be mailed the week following the end of the school year.

Weekly Progress Report Dates

Requirements for Registration

Progress reports are given by the teacher twice per nine weeks. 2004-2005 progress reports dates – August 31, 2004 September 21, 2004 November 2, 2004 November 23, 2004 January 25, 2005 February 15, 2005 April 4, 2005 May 3, 2005

A parent or legal guardian should accompany all registrants. Parents or guardians of new students must establish Florida Domicile to be exempt from payment of non-resident tuition fee. Criteria for registration: 1. Have lived in Florida for 1 year or longer. 2. Have purchased a home in Florida that is occupied as a residence. 3. A Federal Military Serviceman. 4. A Civilian employee and the cost for the child's education is provided in part or wholly by Federal subsidy to State-supported schools. 5. A migrant agricultural worker. 6. Have filed a manifestation of domicile in this county.

Homework The School Board believes that:  Homework has its place in the schools.  Parents want it; pupils expect it; most teachers assign it.  Homework assignments should be realistic and meaningful, graded and returned to the student. Parent-Teacher Conferences Parent-teacher conferences may be arranged by contacting the Guidance Department. The conferences will be scheduled during the teacher's preparation period or after school. We encourage parents to contact teachers individually when problems arise. Schedule Changes Schedule changes will be considered for the following reasons: 1.

Computer error due to miscoding, dropping of a section, etc.

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Immunization Each student entering school must secure a Florida Certificate of Immunization from the St. Lucie County Health Department or from a physician. Parents whose religious beliefs do not permit them to have their children immunized must obtain a certificate of Religious Exemption from the St. Lucie County Health Department and present it to the school when enrolling. Physical Examinations: All students regardless of age, entering a Florida Public School for the first time must provide a copy of the results of a physical examination taken within the last twelve months. Parents are requested to provide a report card, transcript, or withdrawal form from the last school attended. It is also very important that any medical, academic, social, or emotional problem is mentioned to the registrar and that an emergency phone number is provided. Students who qualify for the Exceptional Education Program must register with the Exceptional Student Education Department before registering at school.

Withdrawal A student may withdraw from school by requesting a conference with his/her counselor. His/her parent or guardian must accompany a student. School records will not be forwarded unless all obligations have been satisfied. The Guidance Office will take responsibility for all paper work concerning withdrawals.

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TESTING Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test is a graduation requirement. Calendar Month of Test October

October

November

January February

March

May

Test PSAT Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test FCAT Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test ASVAB Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery

Students to be Tested Sophomores Juniors

FCAT Writes Florida Comprehensive Assessment Writing Test

Sophomores

College Placement Test

Interested Juniors

FCAT Reading FCAT Math FCAT Science Advanced Placement Tests

Freshmen Sophomores Retakes Juniors & Seniors Completing Advanced Placement classes

Retakes for Juniors and new transfers Juniors & interested seniors

Sophomores

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THE MINIMUM CORE FOR COLLEGE PREPARATION The State University System consists of nine institutions providing limited access for post-secondary education. MINIMUM requirement are specified as follows: Nineteen (19) units in college preparatory courses. The following distribution of the 19 units is required. English _____________________________ Math (at Algebra I and above levels) _______ Natural Science ______________________ Social Science _______________________ Foreign Language _____________________ Academic Electives ___________________

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4 3 3 3 2 4


State University System Freshman Eligibility Index ACADEMIC GPA 3.0 2.9 2.8 2.7 2.6 2.5 2.4 2.3 2.2 2.1 2.0

ACT COMPOSITE 20 970 20 970 20 980 21 990 21 1000 21 1010 22 1030 22 1060 23 1090 24 1110 25 1140

SAT TOTAL

FLORIDA BRIGHT FUTURES SCHOLARS FUND

(Based on 2003-2004 requirements) and are subject to change. Florida Academic Scholarship Award: Full tuition and fees plus $600.00 annually for college related expenses at any State institution on the equivalent to be applied toward Florida Private Institutions Tuition. Qualifications: 3.5 weighted cumulative GPA from 15 core courses listed below. The GPA is calculated at the end of the seventh semester. 4 English credits 3 Math credits (level- Algebra I and higher) 3 Science credits (2 with labs) 3 Social Studies credits 2 Foreign Language credits (same language) 4 Elective academic credits in the above subject areas 75 hours community service 1270 SAT or 28 ACT

Florida Medallion Scholarship Award: 75% Tuition and fees at any state in institution or equivalent applied toward the tuition of any Private Florida Institution for four years. Qualifications: 3.0 weighted cumulative GPA in the 15 core courses as outlined above

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970 SAT or 20 ACT

Florida Gold Seal Award: 75% Tuition and at any state institution or the equivalent applied toward the tuition of any Private Florida Institution for two years. Qualifications: Three secondary school, vocational credits over at least two academic years in one vocational program AND GPA 3.5 in required vocational classes AND Cumulative 3.0 weighted GPA in 15 core credits required for graduation 4 English 3 Mathematics 3 Natural Science 3 Social Studies (World Hist, American Hist, American Government and Economics) 1 Practical Art or 1 Performing Art or ½ in each ½ Health Life Management Skills ½ Personal Fitness ½ Physical Education AND Test Score College Placement Test – Reading 83, Sentence Skills 83 & Algebra 72 SAT – Verbal 440 Math 440 ACT- English 17 Reading 18 Math 19 Requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholars fund are revised each year by the Department of Education. Please check with your counselor for current requirements.

Calendar for College Board Exams Test SAT ACT

Oct X X

Nov X

Dec X X

Jan X

Feb X

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Mar X

Apr X

May X

June X X


Students can register to take the exams on line or complete application packets available in Guidance.

College Placement Test is offered weekly at Indian River Community College Homebound Instruction Procedures The following is an outline of procedures for students withdrawn from school and on Homebound Instruction: 1. Students found eligible for Homebound are considered to be ESE students. They are protected under all provisions of IDEA. 2. The school (specifically the Guidance Clerk) is notified by the ESE Office that the student is on Homebound. 3. A Homebound teacher contacts the Guidance clerk to set up a conference with the student's teachers. Teachers are required to attend this conference. At this conference the teachers will need to: a. bring a course description and a course outline; b. supply the needed textbook; c. discuss the student's current status and decide who will give the grade assignments; and d. discuss how long the student will be on Homebound. If a student is on Homebound less than 3 weeks, the regular classroom teacher will provide the assignments, test and/or projects to be covered. If a student is to be on Homebound beyond 3 weeks, the homebound teacher will provide specific assignments. This needs to be discussed and agreed upon in the conference. All work completed by the student is to be given to the Guidance Clerk by the Homebound teacher. It is then put into the regular teacher's box daily. It is possible for a student to leave a class and be failing that class and then go on Homebound and earn a passing grade. If the student is receiving one-on-one instruction, as the law requires, then the student's grades will probably go up. The PASS curriculum has been purchased for use in homebound instruction. 4. When a student is dismissed from Homebound, the student needs to report to the Guidance Clerk with a parent to re-register into school. The student cannot just come in and use the same schedule.

Sex Education Sex Education is offered as a part of the curriculum. Instructional materials i.e. textbooks, handouts, etc. should comply with state (F.S.233.0672) and School Board Policy. Classroom materials are available for parents to examine. Students and/or parents who object to the content should be given the opportunity to voice their concerns. The administration should be advised of the student and/or parent requests.

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Each absence will be listed as unexcused each semester with a “U”. Any student who had been absent from school shall bring a note upon return to school from one of his/her parents or guardian(s) stating the cause of absence. This note should include the student’s name, date(s) of absence, and reason for the absence, parent/guardian’s signature and a daytime telephone number. Failure to bring the note within three (3) days shall result in an automatic unexcused absence. Seven (7) unexcused absences are allowed in one semester. The eighth (8) unexcused absence in a particular class and failure of the semester exam will result in a grade of NG. The NG will acknowledge that the grade is for attendance and not necessarily for work done in class. A student may fail one particular class or all classes depending on the attendance in each class. When a student receives an NG for the semester, an appeal may be requested by the student and

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parent/guardian. An Appeals Packet may be picked up in the Attendance Office. The Appeals Packet must be completed and turned in to the Attendance Office within ten (10) days after the report card is issued. Graduating seniors must clear NG’s within the week before graduation in order to march and receive their diploma. The appeals process: a. The student may pick up an application for an appeal from the Attendance Office. This packet must be completed and returned to the Attendance Office within ten (10) days after the report card is issued. b. Parents or guardians must be prepared to document an absence due to illness, doctor appointments, religious observances, or legal matters. Excessive skipping of school or of classes will result in the denial of an appeal. A student who is confined at home for a minimum of fifteen (15) days may apply for the Homebound School Program by contacting the Guidance Office.


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c. Any request for an appeal will involve a review of the student’s attendance performance for the entire grading period. d. If an appeal petition is not requested within ten (10) days, or if an appeal is denied, the student’s NG will be replaced by an F for the semester grade, regardless of the calculated grade point average. Students and parents will receive written notification if an appeal is denied. e. All students no matter what their status must adhere to the Attendance Policy/NG Rule. No exceptions or waivers will apply. On the day of return from an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the teacher(s) for any make-up work. The student has two (2) days for every excused absence to makeup work not to exceed ten (10) school days. Students receive full credit for make-up work if the absence(s) is excused and turned in on this timeframe. Students with unexcused absences may make up their work on the

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same timeframe, but the grade range will be 0-59. According to Florida Law, the State of Florida requires: The school must notify the Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles, as well as the Department of Children and Families when a student has been absent from school fifteen (15) days in a ninety (90) day period. Schools may withdraw students if the following have been met: a. School has notified the parent of each unexcused absence according to policy and the student continues to not attend b. School has notified the parent in writing of the total number of unexcused absences and that the student is in danger of being withdrawn for nonattendance. This notification will also inform the parent that the student will lose their pending or current driving privilege as a result of the withdrawal. c. Attendance study team has made efforts to resolve the student’s non-attendance.


10. Out-of-school suspensions will count as an unexcused absence. A student suspended may not petition for the suspension to count as an extenuating circumstance in a waiver situation.

be made by phone, automatic phone dial system, mail, or in person by a school representative. Documentation of contact by phone will be a phone log noting the date and time of call, school official making call, family member contacted, and outcome of conversation. Documentation by mail will be a copy of the dated written notice to the parent by a school official or the postal service return-receipt. Documentation of personal contact will be the parent’s signature on Student Services form(s).

Official Attendance 1. Secondary attendance must be taken daily by class period. 2. Each absence will be listed as unexcused with a “U” 3. The only attendance codes that will be recorded are as follows (note what the code converts to at the state level: E Excused Absence (excused) U Unexcused Absence (unexcused) G Guidance (excused) S School Activity/Field Trip (not an absence) O Out-of-School Suspension (unexcused) I In-School Suspension (not an absence) C Clinic (excused) T Tardy (tardy)

Written Explanation from Parent Requirement (232.17, F.S.) 5. The parent or guardian is required to send a written explanation of the reason for the student’s absence to the school within three days of the student’s return to school. Absence notes must be submitted to the homeroom teacher. Any supportive documentation that may exist as to the reason for the absences) should be attached. The Department of Student Services can, after investigation, advise the school to excuse absences) after the 3 days have passed. Physician explanations for absences that are received after the 3-day period will also authorize the school to excuse the absence.

Enforcement of Attendance (232.17, F.S.) 4. The school must contact the parent after each unexcused absence, or absence for which the reason is unknown, to obtain the reason for the absence and to determine if the absence is excused or unexcused based on School Board policy. Contact can

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calendar-day period, the student’s teacher shall report the case to the school’s student support team or attendance committee. The school social worker shall participate in the meeting. The team or committee will determine if early patterns of truancy are developing. If a pattern of nonattendance is developing, whether the absences are excused or not, a meeting with the parent must be scheduled to identify remedies. The meeting with the parent can take place at the school or by a school representative who meets with the parent at a mutually agreed upon location. The team or committee shall implement any interventions that best address the problem. The interventions may include, but are not limited to: (1) frequent communication between school and the family (2) mentoring (3) counseling (4) evaluation for alternative education programs (5) attendance contracts (6) referral to other agencies for services (7) other interventions, including but not limited to a truancy petition pursuant to s.984.151.

Physician Authorization Requirement (232.09, F.S.) 6. If a student has accumulated a total of 10 excused or 5 unexcused absences within a semester, subsequent absences of more than 3 consecutive days may not be excused unless documentation is received of examination, treatment, or supervision for an illness or other adverse health documented chronic illness/condition, consideration will be given on a case by case basis. Consideration will also be given regarding certain communicable illnesses and chronic medical conditions that do not require physician treatment, such as chickenpox, in which the student is still contagious and cannot return to school. Consideration will also be given for insurmountable circumstances that directly involve the student’s primary family, such as a family death that requires the student to accompany the parent or guardian out of town for a brief period of time. Reporting Attendance Cases to the Student Support Team (232.17, F.S.) 7. If a student has had at least five unexcused absences, or absences for which the reasons are unknown, within a calendar month or 10 unexcused absences, or absences for which the reason are unknown, within a 90

If a child subject to compulsory school attendance will not comply with attempts to enforce school attendance, the parent, the guardian, or the superintendent or his or her designee may refer the case to the case staffing committee pursuant to s.984.12.,

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and the superintendent or his or her designee may file a truancy petition pursuant to s.984.151.

book. Students are responsible for making up all work when they are away on the “S” (School Activity).

Attendance Referrals to Student Services 8. Referrals to the Department of Student Services must be made prior to or upon the 10th unexcused absence in an 90-day period. Schools will provide to the Department of Student Services documentation of their efforts to contact the parent and resolve the truancy issue.

Suspensions Out-of-School suspensions will count as an unexcused absence. A student suspended my not petition for the suspension to count as extenuating circumstance in an appeal situation. Check-out Procedures Port St. Lucie High School is a closed campus. After arriving on campus, it is not permissible to leave until the student’s last class of the day. Students are not allowed to bring food, other than lunches brought from home on campus. Students are not allowed to have food brought to them on campus.

In-School Suspension 12. Students assigned to in-school suspension shall be counted as present for all the days they are in attendance in these classes. 13. No teacher has the authority to excuse a student from another teacher’s class without written permission from the teacher whose class the student will be missing, OR unless written administrative approval has been granted. 14. Students who attend Project ROCK (north or south) can be coded as an “I” (in-school suspension) if the school confirms that the student attended the program for the full duration of the suspension.

Students who ride the school buses are considered to be “on campus” when they step off the bus. Exceptions to this will be students who leave for work under one of the work-study programs, or those students whose parents have requested that they be excused during the school day. When this occurs, follow the procedure below: a. Students are to check out through the Attendance Office.

School Activities b. Early dismissal will be granted upon receiving a written request from a parent or

Students away from school for a field trip or a school activity will be marked as present with an “S” in the grade

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guardian for an excused absence. Parents will be called for verification. Notes must be turned into the attendance office first thing in the morning.

withdrawn for non-attendance. This notification will also inform the parent that the student will lose his/her pending or current driving privilege as a result of the withdrawal.

c. For medical excuses, contact the Health Aide.

d. If the student returns on the same day, he must also check in through the Attendance office.

The Attendance Student Support Team has made efforts to resolve the student’s nonattendance.

e. Only the Principal or the Principal’s designee will authorize students to transport other students during the school day. f. Parents please try to check students out between class changes; refer to bell schedules for the times. Withdrawal of Student for Non-Attendance Pursuant to s. 232.17 and 232.19, F.S., a school is not authorized to withdraw a student, ages 6-18, for non-attendance unless the following criteria have been met: • School has notified the parent of each unexcused absence according to policy and the student continues to not attend

Make Up Work Policies When a student must be absent from school, our main concern is that the student be able to catch up his/her classwork as soon and as easily as possible. To achieve this, PSLHS has set up the following policies: 1. No partial absence (an absence that is less than a full school day) will be waived unless the student has signed out through the attendance office and then back in through the attendance office,

• School has notified the parent in writing of the total number of unexcused absences and that the student is in danger of being

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has medical documentation or has administrative approval to participate in a school approved activity.

student returns. If this is not possible, arrangements for makeup should be agreed upon with the teachers.

2. If a student is absent the day before a scheduled test but has been present for the unit of instruction, he/she will be expected to test with the class as scheduled.

9. Students who make up their work within the appropriate timeline will receive full credit for the work. 10. Students are not permitted to make up tests during another teacher’s class period.

3. If a student has been present in school for a unit of instruction but misses a day of a scheduled test, he/she will test upon return to school.

11. Make up work turned in for an unexcused absence will receive a zero – 59%

4. If a student misses several days of instruction during a unit, he/she should schedule make-up tests with the teachers involved.

Please remember that it is so much easier to learn at the ideal pace, and playing “catch-up” is always hard. Therefore, it is in the student’s best interest to get caught up as quickly and easily as possible. Special problems and circumstances should be brought to the teacher’s immediate attention so that he/she can help the student make a smooth return to his/her group.

5. Long-term projects and research papers are due on prearranged date. If a student is absent on the prearranged date, he/she must have the project or paper delivered to the teacher. 6. New work assigned during a student’s absence will follow the “two (2) school days per day of absence” policy. Please remember that there is a ten-day maximum allowed. All make-up work should be scheduled within this limit. Work not completed in this time limit will receive a “zero - 59%.” 7. Make-up tests may be different from the scheduled tests. 8. It is expected that the student will attempt work, which is sent home, and returned when the

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intent to terminate school enrollment with the district school board. The declaration must acknowledge that terminating school enrollment is likely to reduce the student’s earning potential and that the disenrollment will be reported to the Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles. The declaration of intent to terminate school enrollment must be signed by the student and the student’s parent or legal guardian. The school must notify the parent or legal guardian of receipt of the student’s declaration of intent to terminate school enrollment. A student who attains the age of 18 years

County Attendance Policy (1.)

Compulsory School Attendance & Declaration of Intent to Terminate School Enrollment (232.01, F.S.) (1003.21) Pursuant to Section 232.01 (3) (c). F.S. (1003.21), all children who are either six years of age or who will be six years old by February 1, or who are older than six years of age but who have not attained the age of 18 years, must attend school regularly during the entire school term. A student between 16 and 18 years of age is not subject to compulsory attendance if the student completes a formal declaration of

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during the school year is not subject to compulsory school attendance beyond the date upon which he or she attains that age.

unknown, within a calendar month or 10 unexcused absences, or absences for which the reasons are unknown, within a 90-calendarday period, the student’s teacher shall report the case to the school’s student team or attendance committee. The school social worker shall participate in the meeting. The team or committee will determine if early patterns of truancy are developing. If a pattern of nonattendance is developing, whether the absences are excused or not, a meeting with the parent must be scheduled to identify remedies. The meeting with the parent can take place at the school or by a

(2.) Project ROCK Students who attend Project ROCK (north or south) can be coded as an “I” (in-school suspension) if the school confirms that the student attended the program for the full duration of the suspension. (3.) Reporting Attendance Cases to the Student Support Team (232.17, F.S.) (1003.26) If a student has had at least five unexcused absences, or absences for which the reasons are

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school representative who meets with the parent at a mutually agreed upon location. The team or committee shall implement any interventions that best address the problem. The interventions may include, but are not limited to: (1) frequent communication between school and the family (2) mentoring (3) counseling (4) evaluation for alternative education programs (5) attendance contracts (6) referral to other agencies for services (7) other interventions, including but not limited to a truancy petition pursuant to s.984.151.

school attendance will not comply with attempts to enforce school attendance, the parent, the guardian, or the superintendent or his or her designee may refer the case to the case staffing committee pursuant to s. 984.12., and the superintendent or his or her designee may file a truancy petition pursuant to s. 984.151. (4.) Attendance Referrals Student Services

to

Referrals to the Department of Student Services must be made prior to or upon the 10th unexcused absence in any 90-day period. Schools will provide to the Department of

If a child subject to compulsory

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Student Services documentation of their efforts to contact the parent and resolve the truancy issue.

which reasons are unknown. Truancy petitions will be filed in the Circuit Court in the 19th Judicial Circuit. All supportive documentation provided by the school to support the filing of the petition will become part of the official court file.

(5.) Truancy Petition The superintendent may file a truancy petition pursuant to procedures in s.984.151, when (1) a student has 5 unexcused absences in a calendar month or 10 unexcused absences within a 90-calendarday-period. (2) the student team or attendance committee has met and efforts to correct the attendance has been unsuccessful (3) the parent has been notified as to the unexcused absences or absences for

Parents will receive a copy of the petition and all documents filed with the petition by one of the following means (1) hand delivery by a school district representative with the parent’s signature that the copy was received (2) sheriff’s service arranged by the Clerk of the Circuit Court. (6.) SchoolSponsored Activity

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attendance. It does not prohibit exemptions from examinations based on grades or other performance related criteria. F.S. 232.24521 (1003.33)

Any student who attends a schoolsponsored activity shall be considered as being present for instruction. In instances in which there is a question concerning the validity of the activity, the zone administrator shall make the determination.

(8.) Excused and Unexcused Absences (232.17, F.S.) (1003.26) Schools are required to track excused and unexcused absences and tardies according to policy.

(7.) Exam Exemptions School districts shall not allow schools to exempt students from academic performance requirements based on practices or policies designed to encourage student attendance. This prohibits exemption of students from examinations based solely or in part on good

Responsibility (1003.24)

(9.) Parent/Guardian (232.09, F.S.)

Each parent and guardian of a child within the compulsory attendance age is responsible for the child’s attendance as required by law (Section 232.09(2), F.S. (1003.24) The only conditions

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under which the parent or guardian is not responsible are: (a)

(b)

the financial inability to the Departmen t of Student Services does enable the school district to pursue all interventio ns, including filing truancy petition in the Circuit Court. The inability to provide clothes must be substantiat ed by the Departmen t of Student Services.

The student missed school with permission of the principal. The student cannot attend due to the financial inability of the parent to provide necessary clothes for the child, and this inability is reported in writing to the Departmen t of Student Services prior to the opening of school or as soon as the inability is determined . Not reporting

(c) The student does not attend due to sickness, injury, or other insurmountable condition, which makes attendance inadvisable. (10.) Written Explanation from Parent Requirement (232.17, F.S.) (1003.26) The parent guardian

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or is


required to send a written explanation of the reason for the student’s absence to the school within three days of the student’s return to school. Any supportive documentation that may exist as to the reason for the absence should be attached. The Department of Student Services can, after investigation, advise the school to excuse absence(s) after the 3 days have passed. Physician explanations for absences that are received after the 3-day period will also authorize the school to excuse the absence.

total of 10 excused or 5 unexcused absences within a semester, subsequent absences of more than 3 consecutive days may not be excused unless documentation is received of examination, treatment, or supervision for an illness or other adverse health documented chronic illness/condition, consideration will be given on a case by case basis. Consideration will also be given regarding certain communicable illnesses and chronic medical conditions that do not require physician treatment, such as chickenpox, in which the student is still contagious and cannot return to

(11.) Physician Authorization Requirement (232.09, F.S.) (1003.24) If a student has accumulated a

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school. Consideration will also be given for insurmountable circumstances that directly involve the student’s primary family, such as a family death that requires the student to accompany the parent or guardian out of town for a brief period of time. (12.) Students

Motor Vehicles; Department of Children and Families; Department of Juvenile Justice and their contracted providers for truants; State Attorney’s Office; Circuit Court. Truancy cases will also be reported to agencies contracted by the School Board to provide truancy services pre and post the student meeting the habitual truant definition.

with

Head Lice Students with school verified cases of head lice will have 2 excused absences per incident up to a maximum of two incidents per semester. (13.) Notification

(14.) Habitual Truants (232.19, F.S.) (1003.27) A student who has 15 or more unexcused absences within 90 calendar days with or without the knowledge or consent of the student’s parent or guardian, and is subject to compulsory

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Other Agencies Habitual truants will be reported to the Department of Safety and

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school attendance, shall be classified as a habitual truant. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; Department of Children and Families; Department of Juvenile Justice; State Attorney’s Office; Circuit Court will be notified of cases of habitual truancy as prescribed by law.

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

(15.) Excused

(e)

Absences Absences for the following reasons are excused when an explanation is provided by the parent or by the student’s physician, when the physician authorization policy threshold has been reached:

(f)

(g)

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Illness of the student Major illness in the immediate family of the student that requires the student to miss school Medical appointmen ts of the student Death in the immediate family Required court appearance A religious holiday of the specific faith of the student or the student’s immediate family Subpoena or forced absence by any law enforceme


(h)

(i)

(j)

nt agency to fulfill civic duties; a copy of the subpoena or court summons is required Major disaster that would justify the absence that has been approved by the principal Head lice, maximum of two excused days per incident with a maximum of two incidents per semester Missing the school bus when the bus is more than 5 minutes early or more than 15 minutes late or is not able to

(k)

(l)

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make the route. Other planned absences approved in advance by the principal Vacation travel where the student has accumulate d fewer than 10 excused absences or 5 unexcused absences in a semester. The principal can excuse vacation travel that exceeds this threshold after considering the student’s attendance history, academic performanc e, mastery of the curriculum,


and reason for the travel.

performance, mastery of the curriculum, and reason for the travel. (d) Failure to provide an explanation of the absence to the school. The Department of Student Services can, after investigation, advise the school to excuse absence(s) after the 3 days have passed. Physician explanations for absences that are received after the 3-day period will also authorize the school to excuse the absence. (e) Missing the school bus if bus is less than 5 minutes early or less than 15 minutes late.

(16) Unexcused Absences (a) Unexcused absences are all failures to attend school other than those specifically excused by the principal or designees. (b) Truancy or out-of-school suspensions (c) Vacation travel where the student has accumulated more than 10 excused or 5 unexcused absences within a semester and the travel has not been approved in advance by the principal with the principal considering the student’s attendance history, academic

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(f) Nonattendance for immunization non-compliance (g) Nonattendance due to head lice that exceeds two days per incident and/or exceeds two incidents per semester

full duration of the suspension. (18.) Minimum Attendance Requirement Awarding Course Credit

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Parent/guardian will be notified by school principal or designee when no valid reason is found for the child’s nonenrollment in school or when the child has a minimum of three but fewer than five (5) absences within 90 calendar days. Teacher shall notify Student Team if a pattern of nonattendance is identified. The student team will serve as a vehicle for identifying appropriate interventions.

(17.) In-School Suspension Students assigned to inschool suspension shall be counted as present for all the days they are in attendance in these classes. Students who attend Project ROCK (north or south) can be coded as an “I� (in-school suspension) if the school confirms that the student attended the program for the

(19.) Withdrawal Students for Non-Attendance

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Pursuant to s. 232.17 (1003.26) and

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232.19, F.S. (1003.27), a school is not authorized to withdraw a student, ages 618, for nonattendance unless the following criteria have been met: (a)

(b)

School has notified the parent of each unexcused absence according to policy and the student continues to not attend School notified the parent in writing of the total number of unexcused absences and that the student is in danger of being withdrawn

(c)

(d)

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for nonattendance. This notification will also inform the parent that the student will lose their pending or current driving privilege as a result of the withdrawal. The Attendance Student Support Team has made efforts to resolve the student’s nonattendance. For elementary cases, a truancy petition has been filed in the Circuit Court and the student continues to not attend


(20.)

ed during the stude nt's absen ce and stude nt's assign ment. The teach er will be as specif ic as existi ng plans will allow, but is not expec ted to develo p any specia l series of plans or assign ments for indivi dual stude nts as make-

Makeup Work Make-up work will be allowed for excused absences. The student will be allowed a period of two days make-up time for each day absent, not to exceed ten (10) school days for makeup work. (1) On suffic ient advan ce notice , the teach er will infor m the stude nt/pa rent of work to be cover

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up work. (2) After the studen t return s to school, upon studen t's reques t, the teache r will inform the studen t of the work or assign ments the class covere d during studen t's absenc e and studen t's makeup assign ment(s ). (3) The

teach er may requir e the stude nt to be fully respo nsible for all work that stude nt has misse d and may requir e that stude nt take tests and exami nation s which shall be grade d on the same basis as the rest of the class. (4)

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Paren ts may be asked to submi t legal or medic al eviden ce to suppo rt any claim to excus ed absen ces.

work will be allowed for unexcused absences. But the grade range will be 0-59 percent. (21.) Nonenrollment For students who are expected to enroll at the beginning of the year but do not return to begin the year, the district should carry the student on the class roster for 10 school days. If the student has not enrolled and has made no contact with the school to explain why the student did or will not enter, the district must remove the student from the roll as of the first day of school by entering the withdrawal code DNE (did not enter),

(b) Unexcused Absences are all failures to attend school other than those specifically excused by the principal or designees. Truancy and suspension from school are unexcused absences. Make up

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recording the withdrawal date as of the first day of school and by deleting any attendance records associated with the student.

if they are absent at the time attendance is taken provided the student is in attendance before the close of the day.

In cases where there was no contact from the parent(s), the school is to do the following:

(23) Attendance Policy/NG (No Grade) Rule for High Schools (1.)

(a)

Contact the parent or persons listed as contacts for all students with a DNE and obtain the reason for the student not entering. These calls are to be logged and the DNE code updated to the proper code. (22.) Tardy A student is considered tardy

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Each absence will be listed as unexcused each semester with a “U�. Any student who had been absent from school shall bring a note upon return to school from one of his/her parents or guardian(s ) stating the cause of absence.


(2.)

This note should include the student’s name, date(s) of absence, and reason for the absence, parent/gu ardian’s signature and a daytime telephone number. Failure to bring the note within three (3) days shall result in an automatic unexcused absence. The eighth (8) unexcused absences in a particular class and failure of the semester exam will result in a

(3.)

(4.)

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grade of NG. The NG will acknowled ge that the grade is for attendanc e not necessaril y for work done in class. A student may fail one particular class or all classes depending on the attendanc e in each class. When a student receives an NG for the semester, an appeal may be requested by the student and parent/gu ardian. An Appeals Packet may be


(5.) (a)

picked up in the Attendanc e Office. The Appeals Packet must be completed and turned in to the Attendanc e Office within ten (10) days after the report card is issued. Graduatin g seniors must clear NG’s within the week before graduatio n in order to march and receive their diploma. The appeals process: The student may pick up an application for an

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appeal from the Attendanc e Office. This packet must be completed and returned to the Attendanc e Office within ten (10) days after the report card is issued. Parents or guardians must be prepared to document an absence due to illness, doctor appointmen ts, religious observance s, or legal matters. Excessive skipping of school or of classes will result in the denial of


(c)

an appeal. A student who is confined at home for a minimum of fifteen (15) days may apply to the Hospitalize d/Homebo und Program by contacting the Guidance Office. Any request for an appeal will involve a review of the student’s attendance performan ce for the entire grading period If an appeal petition is not requested within ten (10) days, or if an appeal is denied, the student’s

NG will be replaced by an F for the semester grade, regardless of the calculated grade point average. Students and parents will receive written notificatio n if an appeal is denied.

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All students no matter what their status must adhere to the Attendance Policy/NG Rule. No exceptions or waivers will apply. (6.) On the day of return from an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the teacher(s) for any make-up work. The student has two (2) days for every excused absence to makeup work not to exceed ten (10) school days. Students receive full credit for make-up work if the absence(s) is excused and turned in on this timeframe. Students with unexcused absences may make up their work on the same timeframe, but the grade range will be 0-59. (7.) According to Florida Law, the State of Florida requires: The school must

notify the Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles, as well as the Department of Children and Families when a student has been absent from school fifteen (15) days in a ninety (90) day period. (8.) Schools may withdraw students if the following have been met: (a) School has notified the parent of each unexcused absence according to policy and the student continues to not attend (b) School has notified the parent in writing of the total number of unexcused absences and that the

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student is in danger of being withdrawn for nonattendance . This notificatio n will also inform the parent that the student will lose their pending or current driving privilege as a result of the withdrawal.

not petition for the suspension to count as an extenuating circumstance in a waiver situation.

(c) Attend ance Student Support Team has made efforts to resolve the student’s nonattendance . (9.) Out-of-school suspensions will count as an unexcused absence. A student suspended may

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Closed Campus Port St. Lucie High School has a closed campus. Students who ride the buses are considered to be on campus when they step off the bus. After arriving on campus, the student is not permitted to leave until after his/her last class.

5. Only the Principal or the Principal’s assignee will authorize students to transport other students during the school day. 6. Students are to exit campus by 2:15 P.M. unless participating in an approved activity. If you remain, you are trespassing and will be subject to disciplinary action. 7. Students found in unauthorized areas of campus (i.e.: Parking Lot, Athletic Fields, South Driveway) while school is in session, are subject to disciplinary action.

Exceptions to this are the students who leave for work under one of the workstudy programs, or students whose parents have requested that they be excused during the school day. When this occurs, students are to follow the procedures below: 1. All students who leave campus must sign out on the sign-out sheet in the Attendance Office.

Cl

1.Clinic is for first aid and emergencies only. It is not a place for rest, relaxation, or naps.

You must use your correct legal name. No nicknames! Students signing out must have an off campus pass. This pass should be saved for when the student returns to school. When a parent picks up students, the parent needs to provide proper ID. Do not call a parent for pickup from the pay phones. You must call from the clinic or attendance office.

2. Students must obtain a pass from their teacher before reporting to the clinic. 3. The Health Paraprofessional is authorized to administer prescribed medication, to students (excluding injections) during school hours in strict compliance with School Board policy and Florida Statutes. Students under medication must give all medicines to the nurse for safekeeping and dispensing. This includes both prescription and nonprescription medications.

2. Early dismissal will be granted upon the Attendance Clerk receiving a written request from a parent or guardian for an excused absence. Parents will be called for verification if deemed necessary. Notes must be turned into the Attendance Office first thing in the morning.

4. Permission to go home must be given by the administration and by the parent. Parents must provide transportation home: Fellow students may NOT provide such transportation.

3. For medical excuse, see the health aide. 4. If the student returns on the same day, he/ she must also check in through the Attendance Office.

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Discipline Code For All Rules of Discipline, Refer to: The Code of Student Conduct It is not our purpose to punish students, but to provide a safe and orderly climate where teaching and learning can take place. Any student who attends school with a desire to learn and with respect for the rights of others need not be concerned with the consequences for breaking the rules. The Code of Student Conduct outlines the rights, responsibilities, and consequences relative to student conduct. Note: The Code of Student Conduct is distributed and reviewed with students at the start of the school year. Dress Code A student whose personal appearance presents a clear and present danger to student's health and safety or which interferes with schoolwork or creates a classroom or school disruption will not be permitted to remain in school. In the learning environment, it is felt that modesty, health, comfort, and the avoidance of distracting influences are vital. Students must wear clothing, hairstyles and hair coloring that are appropriate for the school environment and are not harmful or hazardous to students’ health and safety, or that can be considered by the Administration to be in bad taste for a school environment.



cut-offs



jogging, biking, or running shorts



clothing shorter than midthigh in length



halters, low cut tops, dresses, or sweaters



backless dresses or tops



tube tops



spaghetti strap dresses or shirts



garments with holes in them exposing skin



any sleeveless garment with large holes exposing skin



clothing exposing midriffs or low cut hip huggers



clothing that is considered to be “underwear� or pajama type



clothing advertising tobacco, drugs, racial or sexual messages



clothing/accessories or flags that are associated with gangs

oversized clothing exposing underclothes 2. Accessories which can be used as a weapon including but not limited to: 

Students may not wear: 1. Anything suggestive or distracting but not limited to:  see-through clothing without appropriate undershirt or blouse



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wallet chains, studded necklaces, wrist bands, or rings




hair picks, large combs Tardies-Policy and Procedures

3. Head coverings of any type (hooded sweaters and hooded jackets may be worn in inclement weather. No sweatbands, skull caps, or bandanas.

1.

School begins at 7:05 and the late bell rings at 7:10. Prompt arrival to school is the responsibility of the student and parents. Late arriving students transported by parents are considered tardy. Examples: over-sleeping, car breakdowns, traffic problems, and missing the school bus are considered tardies. 2. A student is tardy to school or class if he/she is not inside his/her classroom at the time the tardy bell rings. A tardy pass must be obtained to enter class and can only be acquired by the student with their student ID.

4. Certain shoes are not allowed on campus and will be considered a violation: 

house shoes/slippers



flip-flops/beach thong shoes



athletic sandals

The Administration shall be the final judge as to the neatness and cleanliness of wearing apparel/accessories and whether or not such apparel is appropriate, disruptive, distracting, or in violation of health and safety rules. A student missing class time in order to conform to the school policy in the matter of personal appearance will receive an unexcused absence for the time that the student is away from class!!! If the Principal determines a student is in violation of the dress code, parents will be requested to bring alternative clothing to the school, and the student will be subjected to disciplinary action when he/she violates the dress code.

For all tardies to school or class the following pertain: a. Students are allowed four (4) tardies per nine (9) weeks, without consequences, from the Dean’s office. b. On the fifth (5th) and sixth (6th) tardy, the repeated misconduct will merit each a referral and a one-day in-school suspension. c. Each open defiance of school policy thereafter will result in a one-day out-of-school suspension. d. Tardy consequences begin anew each nine (9) week grading period.

Note: Hats are not to be brought to campus under any circumstance. The only students permitted to wear headgears are JROTC Cadets on pre-assigned uniform days. Cadets may not wear their headgear indoors and must remove it upon entering a hallway.

Note: Dance clothes and cheerleading practice uniforms may be worn only at practice. Cheerleading game uniforms with skirts may be worn on game days only.

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purchased on campus. Only exceptions are students who bring their lunch to school may have an unbroken, sealed, canned or bottled drink. Student Authorized Areas

Computer Tampering Manipulating computer data is a Level IV offense in the Student Code of Conduct. This is a very serious offense that can result in a 10-day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

Lunch-Cafeteria, Media Center, Restrooms closest to Music Building, & Commons Areas only. Students not participating in any school-related activity with a sponsor are expected to be off campus 15 minutes after dismissal bell.

Cheating A student cheating on a quiz, test, exam, or project is subject to a zero for the assignment, parent conference, disciplinary referral and possible suspension. Students should be aware that any attempt to pass off, as their own, ideas and writing of another is plagiarism, a form of cheating.

The throwing of any objects on school campus will not be tolerated and will receive discipline consequences. Zero Tolerance Any threats of violence, by word or act to use deadly force, whether or not the student has the apparent ability to use such force, will be taken seriously.

Trespassing on Port St Lucie High School Campus First Offense-Refer to School Resource Officer, with warning and/or suspension Second Offense-Refer to School Resource Officer and State Attorney's Officer for prosecution with suspension.

Our school has a zero tolerance policy for drugs, weapons, fighting, and profanity directed at staff members. Consequences for violators will be suspension, possible expulsion, and possible arrest.

All Violations will be prosecuted: Trespassing on Another Campus.

Student Identification Cards All students are required to have a student identification card on them at all times. Students who do not have their card on them may be given an in school or out of school suspension depending on the frequency of ID violations.

First Offense-Refer to School Resource Officer, documented parent contact with warning, and/ or suspension Second Offense-Refer to School Resource Officer, parent conference and suspension. All subsequent offenses will result in parent conferences and 10 days suspension.

ID cards will be issued to all incoming freshmen and new students at the beginning of the school year; cards will not be issued to returning students who previously received ID.

Drinks and Drink Containers No drink containers or drinks of any kind are allowed on campus. All drinks must be

Students who lose or misplace their cards must purchase a replacement from the Media Center at a nominal charge.

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Parking Lot Rules and Regulations

Parking/Driving Regulations

Parking on campus is a privilege afforded to the students of Port St. Lucie High School. Parking permits give the holders permission to park on campus. Any student violating parking lot rules may have his/her driving privileges suspended or revoked. The school assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to any vehicle (car, truck, or bicycle or its contents) operated or parked on the school's campus.

1.

Registration of Vehicle and Parking Permits:

3. Once cars are on campus, they will remain there until the end of the day. Except students who are enrolled in Work-Study Programs may leave for employment purposes. They must have proper identification.

Students should demonstrate safe and courteous driving practices.

2. Loitering is not allowed in the parking lots. Upon arriving at school, students should proceed directly to the main campus. During regular school hours, students are not allowed in the parking lot without Administrative authorization.

1. All motor vehicles operated by the students on Port St. Lucie High's campus must display a current decal. Hang tags should be hung from the rearview mirror at all times. The permit should be visible at all times.

4. The speed limit on campus is 15 MPH.

2. Parking decals may be obtained in the SRO’s office on Mondays and Fridays during A and B lunch. A driver’s license, car registration, and schedule are required to obtain a permit.

5. Students who drive must report to school on time. Reporting to school tardy will result in students having their parking privilege suspended or revoked.

3. Cost of decal - $10.00 per permit. 6. Repeated referrals to the Dean's office could result in suspension or revocation of parking privilege.

4. Students must have a parking decal by 8/6/04 or their cars will not be allowed on campus. Periodic checks for parking permits will be held and students who bring their vehicles on campus without permits will be referred to the Dean's Office.

7. Students who violate safe and courteous driving practices or the rules stated will be subject to the suspension or revocation of their parking privileges or may receive a traffic citation.

5. There are only a limited number of parking spaces. These spaces will be available on a first come first served basis. There will be no assigned spaces.

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Possible Consequences of Parking Rule Violations

"Gold Card" and has followed all procedures in that process.

First Offense: Conference with Dean/Administration and parent contact. This is the official warning.

Traffic in Hall and Cafeteria Passing in halls should be quiet and orderly at all times and students should stay to the right of the halls. Lunch lines should be formed without running, shoving, pushing, or “cutting” in. Students are to stay in the commons area before school and during lunch. Crossing a red line zone puts a student in an unauthorized area.

Second Offense: Up to a two (2) week suspension of driving privileges and mandatory parent conference. Third Offense: Parent conference and revocation of driving/parking privileges for the remainder of the school year. Note: Severe infractions of driving privileges will result in an immediate revocation of driving privileges for the remainder of the school year. Violation of driver’s suspension will be viewed as open defiance of school policy and may result in out of school suspension.

Lockers Every student will be assigned a locker through his/her 1st hour Homeroom teacher for his/her personal use. It is expected that the students will keep it locked at all times. Students are not to share lockers, since most locker problems are related to students who share lockers. Only Master locks (series V-52 and V-59) may be used. Locks may be purchased from the bookstore. Students will be responsible for cleaning out their lockers at the end of the school year. Notice: Student lockers are subject to search upon reasonable suspicion, for prohibited and illegal substances or objects. If a theft occurs, students are asked to immediately report it to the School Resource Officer.

Lunch and Cafeteria Policies Students who believe they may qualify for Free or Reduced Lunches should obtain an application from their homeroom teachers. The following rules apply to the use of the cafeteria: 1. Students are reminded that "cutting in line" is not fair to the students and this practice will not be permitted. 2. Students are expected to see that their trays are disposed of appropriately.

Lost and Found 3. Students who bring their lunch may eat inside the students’ dining room. They are expected to see that trash goes in the proper receptacle return area.

A lost and found section for all articles is provided in the Dean’s Office. Found articles and books should be turned in promptly and students should check for lost property.

4. School Board Regulation prohibit students from leaving campus during lunch period, unless student has a Renaissance

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Personal Property

Emergency Procedures

The school is not responsible for the damage to or theft of personal property belonging to students. This includes automobiles parked in the student parking lot, bicycles, personal property left in the school lockers. etc. Students are strongly encouraged to leave valuable personal property at home.

Tornado or Severe Weather Warning In the event of a tornado warning or severe weather conditions, instructions will be given over the intercom (stay indoors, stay out of large areas, (i.e.: gymnasium & auditorium) and move into hallways in the center of the building). Fire Drill Regulations

Passes

Fire drills are conducted periodically to practice evacuating the buildings should it become necessary to do so during an actual emergency situation. The fire alarm is a continuous ringing of the fire alarm system. When the alarm sounds, students are to follow the instructions of their teachers and: 1. Move out of the building orderly and quickly.

1. A student must have a pass to leave the classroom for any reason. Passes are not issued the first 10 minutes or last 10 minutes of the class period except in case of emergency. This is a freeze-time period. The last 20 minutes of the day is also a freeze time period. 2. No permanent passes will be in use during the 2004-2005 school year. No laminated passes will be issued and teachers are not to use any “homemade” passes. Only the colored “Corridor Pass” will be accepted and only if it is completely filled out with the students’ full name, date, time, destination and expected time of return. Any student without a pass will be sent to the dean’s office; any student with a pass not completely filled out will be taken back to the teacher.

2. Do not return to the building once outside. 3. Move clear of the building once outside. 4. Do not return to the building until an All Clear Signal is given, a series of intermittent signals. For each reference and in accordance with School Board Policy, a fire drill procedure chart and diagram is posted in each room.

3. Disciplinary action will be taken against any student who is out of class at any time without a pass. 4. No passes are to be issued for use of the telephone during class.

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Textbooks responsible for loss, damage or theft of these items. Students using electronic equipment during class hours are subject to disciplinary action.

The State of Florida provides most of the books used in this school. The books are loaned to the students free of charge. It is their responsibility to keep the books clean and free from abuse. Students will be fined for damaged textbooks. All textbooks must be returned to the teacher who issued the book. The school will not be responsible for stolen textbooks. If the student withdraws before the school year ends, he/she must account for all textbooks. Textbooks left in lockers at the end of the year, will be returned to teachers and students will be held accountable. No textbooks are to be left in P.E. Lockers. Hall lockers are provided for textbooks storage. Books found in locations other than lockers, will be confiscated.

Vending Machines Vending machines are located on campus. Students are asked to please dispose of all cans in the trash receptacles located on campus.

Insurance Student insurance is offered to the students during the first two (2) weeks of school in the Athletic Office. Those who wish to purchase school insurance after the deadline may secure forms from the Athletic Office. Purchase of school insurance is optional for students. All medical bills resulting from school injury are the responsibility of the parent. Telephones Pay telephones around the campus should be used by the students for personal calls and used before school, during lunch periods, and after school. Students are not to make personal phone calls when classes are in session. Cell phones, audio or video players of any type, beepers, and walkmans are prohibited. Personal property is your responsibility and the school and its employees are not

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at that time, the juvenile will be fined the $25.00 fine, and also have to pay court costs which is another $25.00. 6. If a juvenile wishes to serve community service he/she will have to pay a $20.00 insurance fee to the C.O.R.E. Program. This fee must be paid before starting community service. The C.O.R.E program at 800 Virginia Ave. will be supervising the community service. 7. If a juvenile does not pay the fine or complete the community service on the first violation, the court must direct the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to withhold issuance of, or suspend the drivers license or driving privilege of that person for a period of 30 days.

Sexual Harassment Sexual Harassment is a type of misconduct and abuse that subjects an individual to sexually offensive conduct, sexual demands involving any promise or threat, other offensive verbal, visual, or physical conduct, or activity of a sexual nature. There are severe disciplinary consequences for sexual harassment.

386.212 Smoking on or near school property. 569.11 possession of tobacco products.

8. If a juvenile does not pay the fine or

1. Any person under the age of 18 caught smoking by a law enforcement officer on; in, or near school property could be issued a $25.00 civil citation. The 1000-foot drug free zone will be used to determine (near) school property. 2. Any person under the age of 18 in possession of any tobacco product could be issued a $25.00 civil citation. 3. The civil citation is handled the same as a speeding ticket. You can pay the fine or elect to serve the community service anytime within 30 days after you are issued the citation.

complete the community service on the second violation, the court must direct the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to withhold the issuance of, or suspend the drivers license or driving privilege for a period of 45 days. 9. If a juvenile does not have a driver’s license and does not pay for the fine or serve community hours, when it comes time for him/her to apply for a drivers license the application will be held in Tallahassee until the fine is paid, or until community service is completed.

4. If the juvenile wishes to pay the fine or sign up for the community service, he/she must report to room 210 at the county court house on or before the court date on the citation. He/she should wait at least three (3) working days after receiving the citation for the paperwork to reach the clerk of court. 5. If the juvenile wishes to plead not guilty he/ she must report to room 203 at the county court house on or before the court date on the citation. At that time the juvenile will be assigned a court date to appear before a judge. If he/she is found guilty

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ACTIVITIES

brought in from parents, initialed by all teachers and approved by the Principal.

Calendar of Events

Note: Visitors should be informed that students cannot be called from classes for messages. Messages will be given to students by the office. Flowers and/or balloons and gifts delivered to the school will remain in the main administrative offices until dismissal. No items will be permitted in class.

The school calendar is kept in the office of the Assistant Principal for activities and the Athletic Director's office. Any organization desiring to put dates on the calendar or intending to comply with dates on the FHSAA calendar must receive permission from the Activities Assistant Principal or the Athletic Director.

Bookstore

Fund Raisers The Assistant Principal must approve all fund raising activities. The sale of any items on campus for individual profit is prohibited. All fundraisers must be approved in advance.

Its purpose is to supply you with all your necessary school and classroom needs as well as novelty items. Bookstore hours are 6:50 a.m. to 7:10 a.m. and 2:00 to 2:15 p.m. Purchase your Jaguar shirt for spirit Friday as well as your PE uniform at the Junction.

Visitors

Flowers/Balloons/Gifts:

Those visiting the school during the day must obtain visitors’ passes in the Administration office.

Such items as flowers, balloons, gifts, etc., are prohibited in the classroom. These items tend to be a distraction and will remain in the Administrative office. The office staff is not responsible for the security of these items.

Parents wishing to see pupils or teachers should inquire at the Administration Office. For scheduled teacher conferences, parents should plan to arrive immediately after dismissal of classes for the day unless other arrangements have been made. It is the St. Lucie County School District's policy that all parents who desire to observe a teacher's class are required to give a twenty-four hour notice to the school. Student visitors must be high school students up to age 18 and cannot be a student of SLCSD. Student visitors must be cleared through the Administration Office and must adhere to the school's dress code. They must also have the individual teacher's permission to visit classes. A note must be

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Jaguar Celebration Honor Roll The Jaguar Celebration is an initiative to encourage academic excellence at Port St. Lucie High School. This is to award excellence in the classroom by forming partnerships with local businesses and civic organizations. Port St. Lucie High School’s Jaguar Celebration/honoroll will include entire student, faculty and administrative body of the school as well as businesses and parents in separate efforts to stimulate, motivate and reward all persons involved in our common cause. Students receive incentives based on their grade-point averages each nine weeks. Students must also maintain good conduct and attendance.

Card Level Silver

Gold

Platinum

Qualifications GPA 3.0 to 3.49 with no failures No discipline referrals No unexcused absences GPA 3.49 – 4.0 No Failures No discipline referrals No unexcused absences

Incentives * Certificate * Bumper sticker

GPA 4.0 No Discipline referrals No unexcused absences

* Plaque * Bumper sticker * Exempt from one test within 9week grading period.

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* Certificate * Bumper sticker * Exempt from one test within 9 week grading period


folder. It is the sponsor's responsibility to complete and maintain this file.

Student Activities Extra-curricular and club activities are a vital and educational part of our curriculum. Activities are organized at Port St. Lucie High School to improve the school in general and student body as a whole by offering to each student opportunities for exhibiting beneficial leadership and service.

Interscholastic Extracurricular Student Activities In order for a student to be scholastically eligible to participate in interscholastic athletic or non-athletic extra-curricular activities, he/she must pass five classes and maintain an overall 2.0 GPA.

Clubs

Spirit Day

Membership in any organization is voluntary. Students taking part in the activities program at Port St. Lucie High assume responsibility associated with these organizations. Whenever duties and meetings conflict with academic work, the student involved is responsible for contacting the teacher previous to the time of the activity and is responsible for the work missed. Accepting an officer's position in any organization is an honor, but carries with it additional responsibilities.

Friday is Jaguar Spirit Day. We encourage staff and student members of Port St. Lucie High School to wear the school colors of red and black.

Conduct at School-Sponsored Activities Port St. Lucie High School students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will reflect favorably on the school, not only during the school hours, but at any out-of-school activity. Student conduct should reflect pride in our school and show students as being accountable for their actions. Any unacceptable behavior by students may subject them to disciplinary action, including suspension and/ or expulsion and may result in losing all rights to attend any in-school event for the rest of that year and all of the following year. NOTE: Seniors, this may affect your right to graduate.

Meeting Schedule for Clubs Clubs will meet according to a schedule indicated in its constitution. No club will meet, either at school or at home, unless a sponsor is present.

Club File A folder containing the constitution, list of officers, proposed activities, and money-raising projects for the year for each club is to be on file in the Assistant Principal for Activities' office. Any change in club policies, functions, or membership must be recorded in this

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School Dance Regulations 1. Two (2) policemen must be present at all dances. 2. Club sponsor is responsible for obtaining the appropriate number of chaperones per student ratio. 3. Publicity on the dance must be limited to school activity. 4. Union and non-union bands can be hired, but a band should be chosen with discretion. A contract should be procured and placed on file with the Activities Director one week before the dance occurs. 5. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed. Students who violate this will be disciplined. Sponsors will be responsible for reporting misconduct to the Deans. 6. No school dance will extend beyond 12:00 P.M. unless special permission has been obtained from the Principal. 7. No smoking will be permitted in the dance hall by band members, chaperones, or students. 8. The sponsors shall be responsible for the dress and conduct of all in attendance. 9. All sponsors shall be responsible for checking to see who is not eligible to attend dances. 10. Out-of-school dates must be applied for in the Office of the Assistant Principal for Activities no later than five school days before the event. 11. Inappropriate dancing will not be tolerated. You may be asked to leave the premises if you have been previously warned.

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Library Media Center A legal hall pass from your teacher is required to visit the Media Center during regular school periods. A pass is not required in order to use the Media Center before or after school. The staff reserves the right to refuse a pass at any time. Students will be expected to follow the Media Center procedures when entering with a pass. As soon as you enter the media Center, give a staff member your pass. Students will sit at the designated tables with the maximum number of two students per table. Students must stay on task.

Materials to borrow for studies and leisure reading.  Reference searches.  School wide access to Media Center resources.  Copying - 10 cents per copy.  Computers, printers, and typewriters available for school assignments.  Library/Media skills instruction.  Student graphic production.  Accelerated Reader Program.  Internet access.  Sunlink.  Student I.D. cards. The Media Center makes picture student ID cards which are used as the official PSLHS student identification card for school activities, Internet access and the student work program. There is a nominal charge for an additional card. 

Checking Out Books Students are required to have their student ID card to check out library materials. Books can be checked out for two weeks with renewal privileges if another person has not requested the books. Periodicals can be checked out for two days. Three items at a time may be checked out.

Returning Materials

Library/Media Center Hours and Etiquette

Return books and materials when due. Fines are not charged for overdue materials, but items are expected to be returned on time to check out additional materials. If a book is lost or damaged while it is checked out, the person the book is checked out to will pay for the lost or the damaged book. A dollar fine is charged for lost date-due cards. Do not lend materials checked out to you to another person. Books and materials should be returned in the book drop at the circulation desk.

The Media Center is open from 6:45 until 2:45. The library Media Center is a place for quiet study, research and reading. Students will at all times respect the rights of others by exhibiting behavior conducive to a Media Center. Students that do not follow the Media Center rules will be asked to leave and if creating a problem, will be referred to the Dean. Failure to behave properly while in the Media Center may result in the loss of privileges. Backpacks are to be left in lockers before coming to the Media Center. The student’s work area must be clean before leaving the Media Center. Students are to leave the Media Center in an orderly manner. Gum, food and drinks are not permitted in the Media Center.

Internet Access to the Internet is available in the Media Center. Students need to read the Telecommunications Acceptable Use Agreement and complete the Internet application. The student’s parent or

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guardian’s signature is required on the application. The Acceptable Use Agreement needs to be turned into the Media Center where it will be kept on file. The student’s Port St. Lucie High School student ID card will be punched with a symbol that identifies that student as an Internet user. Students will be required to show their Port St. Lucie High School student identification card when they want to access the Internet in the Media Center.

Sunlink The Sunlink database offers access to other Florida school library holdings. Students can borrow books from other Florida schools. The Media Center staff will contact the school that you are requesting the book from and we will return it to the school at no cost to you. Students will be required to pay for the book if it is lost. www.sunlink.ucf.edu.

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Athletics The Port St. Lucie "Jaguars" are members of the Treasure Lake Conference in the Florida High School Athletic Association. We field the following: Fall Sports

Winter Sports

Bowling Cross Country Football Swimming Volleyball Cheerleading Golf

Basketball Soccer Wrestling Cheerleading

Spring Baseball Softball Tennis Track Athletic Regulations 1. Academic work, conduct, and attendance must be above average. 2. Abide by all rules and regulations set up for various sports. 3. Must complete athletic packet before participating, which includes a physical (after May 15th), parent permission, insurance information, residency information, birth certificate, and notarization document. (See page 38). 4. All adults & students are expected to pay an entrance fee for all athletic events.

Athletic Academic Eligibility 1. Age - Student will be eligible until he/she reaches the age of 19 years, 9 months. If however, the student reaches the age of 19 years, 9 months during a sport season, the student will be ineligible to begin competition in that sport. 2. Limit of Eligibility- Once the student enters 9th grade, he/she is eligible for no more than four consecutive academic years upon successful completion of the eighth grade as defined by the pupil progression plan of the school in which the student is enrolled

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3. Health Certificate- The earliest a health certificate of physical fitness may be dated is May 15. 4. Academic Standing- a) To be eligible to participate in extracurricular student activities, a student must maintain an overall 2.0 GPA in all courses required for graduation. b) An incoming ninth grader must have been regularly promoted from the eighth grade. 5. Transfer- A student will be eligible at the first school in which he/she enrolls at the beginning of each school year, or at the first school at which he/she makes himself herself a candidate for an athletic team by engaging in an athletic practice that occurs prior to the beginning of the school year. The student will be eligible in this school so far as residence is concerned for as long as he/she remains enrolled in this school, regardless of where he/she lives, with whom he/she lives or which school he/she last attended. 6. Recruiting- A student who participates in non-school competition (i.e. AAU, American Legion, etc.) as a member of a team that is affiliated with any school other than the school which the student attends and who subsequently transfers to that school shall be ineligible to represent that school in inter-scholastic athletic competition for a period of 365 consecutive days from the date of enrollment in that school. A team affiliated with a school is one that is: organized and/or coached by any member of the athletic department staff at, or any person affiliated with, that school; and/or has a team roster comprised of a majority of students who attend that school. Membership by a student on such a team followed by his/her transfer to that school shall be considered prima facie evidence of recruiting. 7. Each member school must conform to the grading scale mandated in F.S. 232.2463, which is as follows: Grade Percent GPA Value A B C D F

90-100 4.0 80-89 3.0 70-79 2.0 60-69 1.0 0-59 0.0

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