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SALT LAKE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICIES

HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL POLICIES 

  • ASSEMBLIES: Students are expected to go to assemblies accompanied by the teacher to whom they are currently assigned. Any student who leaves the auditorium or gym without permission will be considered truant.
  • ATTENDANCE: In order to increase the likelihood of academic success, it is expected that every student attend class, on time, every day. Students arriving more than 10 minutes late to class may be marked absent. Students who are absent more than 3 times per class per quarter accumulate seat time.
    • Students are required to make up seat time at the rate of 1 hour = 1 class missed, regardless of excused or unexcused status, with the exception of school excused absences ‘R’.
      • Example 1: Sam was absent from math class 4 times during 1st quarter. They accumulated 1 hour of Seat Time.
      • Example 2: Sam then missed Language Arts class 5 times during 2nd quarter. They did not make up the hour from 1st quarter and now have a total of 3 hours of Seat Time to recover.
    • Seat time is carried over from year to year. Failing to recover missed seat time may result in non-participation in graduation ceremonies, delayed receipt of a yearbook or non-participation in school activities.
    • Excused Absences: An absence must be excused in order to make up missed school work. Absences must be excused upon the student’s return. All Absences not excused within three weeks following the absence, must have administrator approval to be cleared*. It is the student’s responsibility to check on their attendance and verify that their absence has been excused online with the PowerSchool application.
    • Unexcused Absences: Absences are considered unexcused until they have been cleared* by a parent/guardian through the Attendance Office. *Absences will only be excused prior to the end of the semester.
    • Truancy: Students may be referred to an administrator when absences become excessive (10 cumulative days) and may be scheduled for a Student Services Council (SSC) meeting to determine appropriate interventions. SSC consists of administrators, counselors, parent(s)/guardian, and the referred student. 
    • Extended Absences: Absences between 5 and 10 consecutive days are considered “Extended Absences” and require an ‘Extended Absence Form’ to be filled out in the attendance office, prior to the absence. This form serves to notify what homework is required and advanced notification of academic repercussions. Students missing more than ten days must have administrative approval or will be subject to withdrawal from Highland High. 
    • Tardiness: Students are expected to be on time to class. If a student is up to 10 minutes late they will be marked with a late (L), if they are 15 minutes late they will marked with a tardy (T). After 15 minutes, the Teacher can mark a student absent.
  • CLASS CHANGES: Students will be allowed one class change per year at one of two appointed times (prior to school beginning or prior to second semester). Class changes are one class for another class during the same class period and should not impact other classes in the schedule. Class changes will be based on availability. Students will not be permitted to change out of AP classes.
  • DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY/VANDALISM: It is the position of Highland High School that destruction of property and/or vandalism shall not be tolerated. A student found guilty of property destruction may be immediately suspended from school pending a conference with parents and district officials. A student found guilty of vandalism shall make full restitution for the damages, either in terms of fines or work opportunities.
  • LOCKERS: Each student is issued a locker with a combination lock attached. Each student will be responsible for this locker and combination. If any trouble develops, see the Treasurer. Gym lockers are issued by the Physical Education instructors. All lockers are the property of Highland High School and are assigned to students for their use and convenience. Lockers are subject to search by school officials at any time. Highland High is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Do not share your locker or locker combination with anyone.
  • OFFICE SUMMONS: An office summons form or “Pink Slip” (even though it is nicknamed “Pink Slip” it may be another color, depending on the office) is used when a student is to be called from class. Teachers will honor an office summons slip only if it has been signed by authorized personnel. False summons will be addressed by administration.
  • PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Any electronic devices such as portable stereos/speakers/headsets, cellular phones, ipods, handheld systems or related technology, shall not be allowed in classrooms unless expressed permission from the teacher is given. A teacher or administrator may confiscate these items if they are in the classroom. Speakers are not allowed to be used in hallways (unless approved and supervised by a teacher / administrator) at any time and may be confiscated if seen or heard. A parent/ guardian is required to pick up any confiscated items from the Main Office. Phones may be used in lunchroom areas or outside during both lunches, but must be put away before returning to classrooms.
  • DRESS CODE POLICY AND PROCEDURES: In the interest of encouraging a positive school atmosphere, maintaining a disciplined and focused educational environment, and promoting student safety, Highland High School will have a dress code governing student dress at school and while participating in school-sponsored activities. The dress code will ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of gender/gender identification, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, or any other protected class as well as body type/size and personal style. Compliance with this dress code rests primarily with the student and his or her parents or guardians. It is each student’s responsibility to come to school dressed in a manner that supports a positive learning environment.
    • Allowable Dress & Grooming: 
      • Students must wear clothing, including both a shirt and bottom or appropriate one-piece outfit. As a minimum length, the bottom hem of a shirt must meet the waistband of the bottom garment.
      • Students must wear appropriate footwear at all times, such as shoes or sandals.
      • Shirts and dresses must have opaque (not see-through) fabric in the front, back and on the sides.
      • Undergarments, breasts, buttocks and genitals may not be visible.
      • Hats and other head wear must allow the face to be visible and not interfere with the line of sight of any student or staff. Hoods must be worn off-the-head during class time.
      • Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities including courses that may require specialized attire, such as physical education, science labs, wood shop, and any settings where unique hazards may exist. Teachers have the right to establish policies for individual classrooms.
      • Students participating in district or school-sponsored events which require temporary deviation from the dress code will not be penalized.
    • Non-Allowable Dress & Grooming: 
      • Clothing, accessories, tattoos or symbols (hereinafter referred to simply as “clothing”) may not depict, advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substance.
      • Absolutely no article of clothing, badge, lettering, sign, hairdo, jewelry, emblem, symbol or any other attire will be allowed at school that is intended, recognized or acknowledged to signify affiliation with, participation in, or approval of a gang. Examples include: belt buckles with letters or numbers, forehead bandanas or bans, etc. For further clarification, see S-3, Gang Signs, Symbols, Signals, Words, and Conduct Prohibited.
      • Clothing may not depict pornography, nudity or sexual acts.
      • Clothing may not use or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation or any other protected groups.
      • Students’ attire, accessories, footwear or grooming may not threaten the health or safety of any other person. Examples include: metal spikes, wristbands or collars, excessively long belts left hanging out of belt loops, etc.
    • Administration of Dress Code: Accommodations/exemptions will be made for students with documented health or medical issues, religious beliefs, or for those who identify as inter-sex, trans-gender, and gender nonconforming that are substantially affected by the school’s dress code. Students who are in violation of the dress code will be given the option to wear clothing issued by Highland High administration, or to have compliant clothing brought to them from home. Clothing issued by Highland High administration that is not returned will be subject to a replacement fee.
  • DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE: The use of, possession of alcohol or drugs is prohibited on any school property, in any building owned or operated by the Board of Education, or any activity sponsored by the school whether or not it is held on Salt Lake City School District property. Policies of the Salt Lake City School District Board of Education will be followed at Highland High. A criminal offense charge may also be filed and police action may result.
    • SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF DRUGS: A student who violates District Policy by selling or distributing drugs in any school, on school property, or within one thousand feet of school property, at any activity sponsored by the school shall be subject to the same disciplinary action as a student involved in the use of drugs. In addition, the school administrator, following consultation with the school Student Services Council, may recommend removal from the school or expulsion, depending upon the severity of the case. A criminal offense charge may also be filed and police action may result.
    • TOBACCO USE AND POSSESSION: The possession of tobacco by students under the age of 19 is against Utah State Law. Therefore, violators in schools, at school sponsored activities, or on school grounds will be referred to student services and required to attend, with their parents, Insight cessation program. Possession and/or use of tobacco in any form (cigarettes, chew, e-cigarettes, etc…) will result in disciplinary action as well as an SLCPD citation.
  • ELEVATOR: Elevators are located near the center of the main building and in the west gym. Use is restricted. Students with a physical disability, permanent or temporary, may contact the treasurer to obtain permission to use the elevator. A $50.00 fine will be levied for failure to return an elevator key.
  • FIRE ALARMS: The signal for a fire alarm is a high pitched intermittent beep accompanied by flashing lights. Students will follow the direction of their teacher, using the exit routes designated by the fire drill map posted in each room. If students fail to meet at the appointed location and check in with their teacher in a timely manner, they may be marked absent for that period. The signal to return to class will be made by PA announcements, but students should always take direction from their teacher and return as a group. In the case of a real emergency, communication will be sent to parents and guardians by phone, email, or text. Information would also be sent to our social media outlets: Highland’s website, Twitter and Facebook. Please check these often to keep up to date.
  • FIRST AID & AED: Student requiring first aid or medical assistance should report to the main office. AED’s are located in the Main office, with the Athletic Trainer, and in the Main Gym. (AED = Automated External Defibrillator)
  • HALL RULES: Students who are in the halls without an appropriate hall pass or home excuse may be disciplined by school administration. They will be readmitted when accompanied by a parent. Each suspension will require a parent conference with the school administration to be readmitted.
    • Students who are scheduled with Release Time, Work Release, or a Home Release must leave the campus during those periods. If you are non-compliant it could result in discipline by administration or removal from your release period.
    • Students may only leave class with a hall pass signed by the teacher.
    • Students will be encouraged to eat lunch in the commons or in the courtyard, if weather permits. The hallways where classrooms are located are not appropriate for eating lunch. Those students will be directed to the commons.
    • Students securing home excuses may wait near the Attendance Office for their transportation. They should have the home excuse in their possession. Students must check out from attendance office prior to leaving the school.
    • After school students are allowed on campus only under the direct supervision of an adult. Students not under the direct supervision of an adult in the building will be asked to leave.
    • Students must not ride skateboards or similar devices/coasting vehicles inside the school (halls, classrooms, etc.). Highland High is not responsible for the theft of these items; skateboards / PTDs, soccer balls etc. must be secured in lockers during the school day (an alternative space will not be provided for these items). Skateboards/PTD or similar devices (coasting vehicles), soccer balls, creating disruptions, or causing damage, will be subject to the following:
      • First offense: Verbal Warning (with the exception of possible damages).
      • Second offense: Second warning, parent contact, and possible confiscation by the administration.
      • Third offense: Confiscation of device/vehicle and parent contact. Parent will also be responsible for picking up the device/vehicle. Upon confiscation, the student loses the privilege of having such devices/vehicles at school for the remainder of the school year.
        Students who refuse to cooperate with confiscation procedures may be suspended for willful disobedience and/or defiance of school authority.
  • LIBRARY: Hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. The library is located on the main floor in the center of the building. Library workers welcome the patronage of all Highland High School students. The librarian will maintain a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and have as a responsibility the surveillance of the proper use of materials, furnishings, and equipment so that students can enjoy good service in pleasant surroundings. 
    To achieve this goal, the following policy is in force:
    • Users are expected to conduct themselves in such a manner as to make quiet study possible for all.
    • If the user persists in causing a disturbance after individual library service has been offered, he/she will be asked to leave.
    • Students found damaging materials or furniture or vandalizing library property in any way will be subject to disciplinary action and financial fines. This may result in library privileges being suspended for a period of time.
    • Among (but not limited to) the actions considered to be subject to disciplinary action are: theft or mutilation of materials, equipment, or furnishings (including writing/marking on tables and carrels). Running; pulling materials from shelves at random; using obscene, abusive or insulting language; moving furniture, materials, or equipment without permission; group socializing for non-library activities; eating food or drinking beverages.
    • Proof of identification may be required for use of the library facility and all library materials and equipment.
    • A note from the classroom teacher is required at any time during the school day to verify a student’s excused absence from his/her scheduled classroom. The signature of an administrator may be obtained in lieu of a regularly scheduled instructor.
  • LOST & FOUND: All lost and found articles such as purses, wallets, jewelry, textbooks, and clothing, etc. should be turned in to the treasurer immediately. Items turned in may be reclaimed in the treasurer’s office during lunch, between classes or after school. All items must be accurately identified by their owners before being restored to them.
  • TREASURER: Fees, fines, and refunds for lost textbooks are handled through the trea surer’s office located in the “Ram Foyer”. Information regarding fee waivers may be obtained through the treasurer’s office. 
  • LOCKERS: Each student is issued a locker with a combination lock attached. Each student will be responsible for this locker and combination. If any trouble develops, see the Treasurer. Gym lockers are issued by the Physical Education instructors. All lockers are the property of Highland High School and are assigned to students for their use and convenience. Lockers are subject to search by school officials at any time. Highland High is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Do not share your locker or locker combination with anyone.
  • LUNCH ACCOUNT BALANCE: Lunch accounts are to be maintained through MyPaymentPlus website: https://www.mypaymentsplus.com Questions? Please contact Highland’s Cafeteria/Child Nutrition Manager or the SLC School District Child Nutrition Department.
  • OFFICE SUMMONS: An office summons form or “Pink Slip” (even though it is nicknamed “Pink Slip” it may be another color, depending on the office) is used when a student is to be called from class. Teachers will honor an office summons slip only if it has been signed by authorized personnel. False summons will be addressed by administration.
  • PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Any electronic devices such as portable stereos/speakers/headsets, cellular phones, ipods, handheld systems or related technology, shall not be allowed in classrooms unless expressed permission from the teacher is given. A teacher or administrator may confiscate these items if they are in the classroom. Speakers are not allowed to be used in hallways (unless approved and supervised by a teacher / administrator) at any time and may be confiscated if seen or heard. A parent/ guardian is required to pick up any confiscated items from the Main Office. Phones may be used in lunchroom areas or outside during both lunches, but must be put away before returning to classrooms. 
  • PARKING
  • CHEATING / PLAGIARISM POLICY: It is the policy of Highland High School that cheating is a violation of the rules of this school.
    We believe that the traditional values of honesty and ethics not only improve character but also improve the quality of each student’s education.
    It is therefore recommended that parents emphasize that the most important measure of one’s education is what is learned rather than which grades the student receives. It is recommended that students realize:
    • The real value of integrity.
    • The final value of one’s education is what is learned and not what grade a student receives.
    • The rationalization that others are cheating gives no reason to cheat. This is damaging to both one’s education and character development.
      Instances of cheating/plagiarism will be investigated and may result in a failing grade, in-school suspension or other consequences as deemed appropriate by administration.
  • TUTORING: Free after school tutoring with Highland teachers is available in Room E216 from 2:30pm - 4:00pm. The Community Education office provides paid tutoring, see Community Ed Office for pricing (next door to the Treasurer in the C-Hall).
  • VISITORS: MUST HAVE AN EDUCATIONAL REASON TO VISIT. All visitors must sign in at the main office and wear a visitor’s tag. The principal, or principal’s designee, has the authority to exclude from the school premises any person who disrupts, or who poses an unreasonable or substantial risk of disrupting, the educational process. Unauthorized visitors will be reported to the principal and appropriate action will be taken, up to and including removal from school property. Authorities may be called if necessary and a ticket can be issued by law enforcement.