Dear Parents and Students,
Beginning this school year, students will have direct access to technology in every grade. Students in grades 5 through 12 will have an individual Chromebook. Students in lower grades will have access to different types of technology depending on the needs at their age level. As a result of this technology access there are policy changes, which you are encouraged to read in the handbook. A summary is provided, as follows:
Electronic Device Violations: Students are permitted to use cell phones or other electronic devices before or after school, during lunch, and between classes. There will be no cell phone use during class time. Consequences for using the cell phone during class time are as follows:
1) First Offense – Device will be confiscated and returned to the student at the end of the school day.
2) Second Offense – Device will be confiscated and returned to a parent or guardian at the end of the school day.
3) Third and Subsequent Offenses – Device will be confiscated and the student will receive additional discipline, e.g., detention, Friday school, suspension. Device will be returned to parent or guardian.
Headphones: Students are not to wear head phones, ear buds or other devices that might disrupt the student’s ability to hear while traveling in the halls. This is a safety hazard. Students may use earphones or ear buds in class with teacher permission or in the cafeteria during lunch. Headphone penalties will follow the same script as the electronic device penalties.
A student’s refusal to turn over an electronic device to a school employee when requested will be considered insubordination. The insubordination will be dealt with as a separate offense.
While the internet use will be monitored and filtered by the Liberty Center Tech Department, there is no replacement for parental involvement as a deterrent to inappropriate behavior. Ask your child to show you their work and have them use the equipment in a room where you can see the screen. Many times things that would not happen in face to face communication happen on electronic media. School-issued devices are to be used for educational purposes only. They are not to be used for gaming or other recreational purposes without express permission of the school.
Additionally, other changes for this school year are outlined in the handbook and are as follows:
Shorts or skirts must extend beyond the fingertips of the student when they are standing straight up with their feet together. Pants must be worn at hip level. A belt must secure pants that are falling down or too large for one’s waist.
Clothing should be neat and clean. Skin shall not be visible through holes in pants or shorts.
Students may wear studs in the nose or lip. Hoops, loops, chains or dangling jewelry is prohibited on the face and discouraged on the ears because of the safety hazards they present.
Parking passes will be required to park on campus lots. Student parking is extremely limited due to the ongoing construction of the new school. It is strongly advised that students travel to and from school by another method. Passes will be issued from the high school office based on a student’s need to drive and availability of space to park.
Packet pick up will be held on Tuesday, August 16th, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Thursday, August 18th, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. This will be an opportunity to ask questions, pick up school paperwork, have underclass pictures taken, and sign the Chromebook agreement and receive the device. Be advised that both a financial deposit and a parent signature on the agreement are required before the Chromebook can be issued to the student.
The first day of school is Wednesday, August 24th, with school starting at 8:00 a.m. and releasing at 3:05 p.m. If you have any questions about the upcoming school year, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The high school office will be unattended for most of the month of July.
Dr. Marcia Rozevink, Principal