The building is open to students at 7:30 AM and closes at 4:00 PM. Only those students with valid reasons or those involved in school activities and under the supervision of school personnel may remain in the building, or on the grounds after normal hours. Students on school grounds are under the jurisdiction of school personnel and subject to school rules at all times, even if school is not in session.
Students arriving at school before the morning bell are to report to the designated areas in the main lobby and cafeteria. After the morning dismissal bell at 8:10 AM, students will be allowed to go to class. The guidance office is open to students at 8:00 AM. Those who drive, ride the bus, or are dropped off by parents must enter the building immediately. Loitering outside is not permitted.
In an effort to provide students with 21st Century learning experiences, it is our goal to provide technology-rich classrooms. Students have access to technological devices provided by the school. Students in grades 9-11 will be loaned an iPad at the beginning of the school year to use with their courses as long as they do not have any outstanding debts owed to the school. There are three color-coded areas for BYOT. The green area allows BYOT at all times in the library, cafeteria, and hallways. The yellow area allows BYOT in the classrooms when directed by the teacher. The red area does NOT allow BYOT at any time, for example, SOL testing areas. Students and parents must read, sign, and submit the Electronic Device Permission Form to the Media Center. The school’s Acceptable Use of Technology and Internet Policies will be enforced with BYOT.
Students may sign-up for Road and Range Instruction in the attendance office. The cost of instruction is $50.00 and students may pay by cash, check or money order made payable to Henry County Schools. Prior to being allowed on the range, a student must hold a learner’s permit for six months. Students are eligible for a 90-day permit when they have held a learner’s permit for 9 months and are age 16 years 3 months. A 40-hour driving log must be submitted in order for students to receive the 90-day permit.
FIRE DRILLS/EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
For your safety and the safety of others, you are to take all fire and emergency drills seriously. When a drill is in progress, students are to walk quietly and in an orderly manner to the designated exit or area. Students are to remain with their class at all times during a drill. Details of the procedures are posted in each classroom.
Grades are issued on report cards six times a year. Report cards will be sent home electronically through the email provided by parents through InfoSnap.
The guidance office is located next to the main office and should be entered from the foyer. The office is open from 8:00 AM until 3:30 PM. There are four counselors to assist you. Students and parents are encouraged to contact counselors when their services are needed. Conferences with teachers may be scheduled through the guidance department.
GRADUATE OF DISTINCTION
The following criteria will need to be met by each student:
- Cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher or,
- Score 1250 or higher on SAT using any two of the subtests, or at least 700 on any one of the subtests or,
- Score 28 or higher on the ACT composite score or,
- Earn a state or national academic award/office and 3.5 GPA
- Service-Learning or Volunteering:
- Student will have to complete at least 40 hours
- Extra-curricular School Activities:
- Students will be expected to participate in a minimum of two activities during their junior or senior year
Students will be recognized with a plaque or similar item, dinner/reception. The school board, administration, and parents will be invited to this event.
Insurance is required of any student participating in a sport and certain CTE courses. The county has a vendor for school insurance which charges a nominal fee. Injuries occurring during the school day should be reported to a teacher or to the office immediately. Insurance forms should be taken to the doctor or hospital with you.
Students may come to the media center to check out and return books, to do reference work, and to read books and periodicals. Students using the media center must present their agenda at the desk upon entering. Books are loaned for two weeks and may be renewed unless someone else needs them. The media center will be open at 7:45 AM and will close at 3:45 PM.
Hall lockers will be assigned upon student request. Lockers should be kept clean at all times. No sharing of lockers is allowed. Broken lockers should be reported to the office. To avoid theft of items during physical education classes, items should be stored in the lockers and locked. P.E. locks are available to all students enrolled in P.E. Bassett High School will not be financially liable for theft.
LOST AND FOUND
Any student who loses or finds an article should report the item to the main office immediately. Students should never carry large sums of money or wear expensive jewelry to school.
Students in the Commonwealth of Virginia must pass two years of physical education. Students are required to dress out and participate.
During a student’s junior and senior year, many activities are organized to promote school pride, celebrate academic accomplishments, and commemorate school experiences. Junior dues are $35.00, but if not paid by the due date, they are $45.00. Senior dues are $30.00.
Office phones are off limits to students unless there is a medical emergency. Students will not be dismissed from class to use the phone except in extreme emergencies. Students are not allowed to use cell phones to make calls during the school day.
VOLUNTEERS AND BACKGROUND CHECKS
The safety of our students is a top priority. A background check is required of all volunteers and must be completed in the Human Resources Department at the School Board office. Anyone wishing to volunteer with any activity in the school must undergo a two-step process which takes approximately six weeks to be processed. The total cost of the background check is $28.30. Once both parts of the background check have been completed and the volunteer has been approved by Human Resources, the approval will be valid for three years.
BASSETT HIGH SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT
- No horse playing.
- Report to school and classes on time.
- Remain in assigned areas until excused by the supervisor(s) in charge.
- Abide by classroom rules and regulations.
- Exercise honesty and good judgment in completing assignments.
- Take reasonable care of all instructional and media materials.
- Use acceptable and courteous language at all times.
- No playing cards of any type.
- Refrain from possession, use, or sale of illegal or controlled substances or weapons on school property or at school-sponsored activities.
- Exercise self-control and respect the rights of others.
- Avoid inappropriate displays of affection.
- Dress appropriately.
- Take pride in the building; keep the restrooms, cafeteria, and classrooms clean and free from vandalism.
Any staff member may correct or direct a student. Failure to accept this direction with respect will result in disciplinary consequences. In addition to the above rules, Bassett High School is governed by Henry County Schools Code of Conduct.
INTERNAL SUSPENSION/EXTERNAL SUSPENSION
Internal suspension and/or external suspension will be given for offenses such as but not limited to:
- Excessive tardies
- Class disruption/disturbance /horseplay
- Potentially dangerous behavior
- Inappropriate language
- Out of assigned area
- Showing of affection
- Any other disruptive, disrespectful, or inappropriate activity not listed
- Cutting the lunch line
- Signing other students in/out
- Taking unauthorized students off campus
- Preventing personnel from breaking up a fight
- Leaving the classroom or school without permission
- Theft, extortion, or illegal activities
- Unauthorized use of prescribed or non-prescribed medication
- Use of racial or ethnic slurs
- Sexual harassment
- Possession of laser pointers
- Any activity determined to be excessive, chronic, disrespectful, distracting or disruptive
- Abuse of electronic devices
- Internet violations
- Fighting or assault
- Possession of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and vapor pens, illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia, or alcoholic beverages or their look-alike
- Inappropriate touching
- Any form of sexual activity on school grounds or school transportation
- Sale or distribution of any medication
- Illegal activities as defined by the Code of Virginia
- Possession of weapons or look-alikes
- Possession of explosives, firecrackers, stink bombs
- Arson or serious vandalism
- Gang activity
- Refusal to turn electronic devices over to school personnel.
- Cyber bullying and threats
- Cell phone pornography
- Verbal assaults on school personnel
- Dress code violations
Students are not allowed on school property during external suspension.
ATTENDANCE/TARDINESS/TRUANCY POLICY AND PROCEDURES
Bassett High School school officials will monitor student attendance on a daily basis and notify parents when a student is absent. When a child accumulates five unexcused absences, a school official is compelled by §22.1-258 of the Code of Virginia to attempt to have direct contact with the student’s parent or guardian to determine whether the parent is knowledgeable of the absences and jointly develop a plan to minimize further absenteeism. School officials are also seeking at this point to obtain legitimate excuse notices for the absences. When a child has a seventh unexcused absence, the school is compelled to invite the parent or guardian to an attendance conference. The attendance conference is an opportunity to discuss the reasons for the absenteeism (review the attendance plan) and to put into place provisions if the absenteeism is expected to continue. At the attendance conference, whether the parent/guardian participates or not, provisions are put in place to allow school officials to make a referral to the attendance officer if the parent is intentionally non-compliant. Attendance conferences are intended to hold students and families accountable for attendance. When a student’s nonattendance violates the provisions set for during the attendance conference, a referral is made to Student Services and a scheduled conference will take place with the parent and student. School officials have the authority to file a criminal complaint against the parent/guardian or against a child who is deemed old enough to shoulder the responsibility for his or her own attendance. School officials exercise discretion in these matters and generally file complaints only when the student’s attendance is not improving.
It is the legal responsibility of parents or guardians to ensure that students arrive at school on time and attend all assigned classes every day. Parents or guardians should contact the school if their child is going to be absent. A student who is absent from school for an entire day, or for one or more class periods, must bring a note written and signed by a parent or guardian upon returning to school. The note shall contain the reason(s) for and the date(s) of the absence(s). The principal will be the judge of the validity of any excuse. Parent notes verify absences but do not “excuse” absences.
Excused absences are defined as death in the immediate family (those residing in your household), a subpoenaed court appearance, or a doctor’s excuse. Furthermore, any student who is sent home by a school nurse because of illness will be given an excused absence for the remainder of the school day. Court appearance notices must be signed by a clerk of the court and doctor’s notes must be signed by an employee of the doctor’s office.
Parents are encouraged to call the school on any day that their child will be absent. Parents who do not call the school should provide school personnel with documentation that they were aware of and support the child’s absence. Responsibility for make-up work lies with the student. Arrangements for make-up work must be completed within three (3) days after returning to school. Students who skip a class may be required to complete makeup work; however, the student may not receive full credit for the completion of such work. This will not apply to assignments such as unit tests, term papers, or other long-term projects which extend beyond the day(s) the student skipped class.
Students are expected to attend all assigned classes every day. Students are not to leave the building without permission. Students who leave the school grounds during the school day before their usual dismissal time must first have parental permission and approval from administration.
Attendance Appeals for Classes
In Addition to Policy JED, any student who accumulates (5) unexcused absences in a class, in one grading semester, shall lose credit for the class in which five (5) unexcused absences have occurred. Each semester is comprised of ninety (90) days of instruction/eighteen (18) weeks of instruction. With the exception of school sponsored activities, or absences prearranged with the principal or designee, all absences which occur and are not listed as an excused absence in School Board Policy JED, are considered unexcused absences. In an attempt to consider other extenuating circumstances, Henry County high school students are allowed to appeal the loss of credit due to unexcused absences to the principal. Appeals will be accepted at the end of each semester. All appeals must be submitted no later than five (5) business days prior to the end of the semester. Appeals will not be accepted for students with a total of nine (9) unexcused days in a semester, however discretion may be used by the principal for extenuating circumstances.
Students are not allowed more than two unexcused tardies per class per semester. Disciplinary action occurs with the third tardy.
TARDY POLICY SUMMARY
2nd Tardy: Teacher notifies parent
3rd Tardy: Referral to administrator
4th Tardy: 1 block of ISS
5th Tardy: 1 day of ISS
6th Tardy: 1 day of OSS
Any tardies accumulated after 6th Tardy: OSS
*Tardies start over each semester (S1/S2)
Skipping is defined as leaving school and/or not reporting to school without authorization from parent/guardian and without verification from a representative of the school. In addition, not being in the assigned class/area as appropriate will be considered skipping. Skipping school or class is a serious offense and will result in disciplinary action. In addition, students are not allowed to take other students off school grounds without authorization/verification from the office.
ABUSE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Any inappropriate use of cell phones, including but not limited to, inappropriate photographs, text-messaging, and recording/videotaping will result in confiscation of the phone. Further consequences include referral and/or suspension and possibly criminal charges. Headphones and ear buds are prohibited in the hallway between classes. If confiscated, a parent/guardian must pick up the electronic device from the Main Office after 3:30 p.m. Refusal to turn over any electronic device (including cell phones) may result in External Suspension.
Students who ride the school bus are expected to exhibit good behavior at all times. All school rules apply to bus stops as well. It is a privilege to ride the bus, and it can be revoked for violation of established rules. Permission to ride a different bus will be granted only with a written note from a parent, approved by an administrator, and confirmed by the attendance secretary.
Cheating includes the actual giving or receiving of any unauthorized aid or assistance or the actual giving or receiving of unfair advantage on any form of academic work.
Misrepresentation is the altering or forging of any school record, official document, note, and/or signature. Students caught doing this will be subject to disciplinary consequences.
Plagiarism includes the copying of the language, structure, idea and/or thought of another and representing it as one’s own original work. Unauthorized use of technology and information gained through its use without permission is prohibited, as specified in computer guidelines. Student files may be subject to search and can result in disciplinary action.
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
A student shall not possess, use, transmit, or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, intoxicant of any kind, or other controlled drug as defined by state law.
The Henry County School Board, in accordance with Virginia State Law 15.1-291.2, has adopted a no smoking policy. Students are not permitted to use or possess any tobacco products on school property, and this includes vapor pens and e-cigarettes. School property is a tobacco-free zone 24 hours a day/7 days a week. This policy includes e-cigarettes and vapor pens.
DANCES, SOCIAL FUNCTIONS, AND ATHLETIC EVENTS
All rules/policies of the Student Code of Conduct apply to all activities. Students are expected to abide by all school rules, policies and procedures and display appropriate sportsmanship. Students attending dances or social functions must be enrolled in the 9th grade or higher and cannot be older than 20. No one will be permitted to leave an event and re-enter the same event. Students are under school jurisdiction at all extra-curricular activities, including those at other schools. Students under suspension are not allowed to attend after-school activities of any type. In addition, the student may forfeit the right to attend other school functions if the student code of conduct is violated.
HENRY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL DRESS STANDARD FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
It is the desire of Henry County Public Schools to establish a learning environment free from unnecessary risks and distractions where all students are able to achieve at their highest potential. The personal appearance of every student is an important component of establishing an environment for optimal learning and respect for one another. Students are expected to adhere to standards of dress and appearance that are compatible with an effective learning environment. In support of these expectations, the following dress standard will be enforced:
- All shirts/tops must be of sufficient length to cover skin exposed at the waistline at all times. Tank tops and muscle shirts are not allowed nor are those that reveal undergarments or inappropriate body parts. If worn, all sleeveless tops must come to the edge of the shoulder.
- Shirts and dresses should not have a low-cut neckline or expose the back or sides of the student.
- Clothing with logos that express obscenities, convey messages of a sexual nature, or advertise or condone drugs, alcohol, cigarette products, or gang affiliation will not be permitted.
- Clothing that is racially offensive or deemed a distraction to the educational process will not be permitted.
- Mesh or see-through shirts are not permitted (males and females) unless a solid fabric shirt is worn underneath.
- All pants, shorts, and skirts must be worn over the hips. Waistlines that sag and expose one’s undergarments or under layer of clothing is not acceptable.
- No pants with holes or rips/tears 5” above the knee are permitted unless another layer of clothing is worn under them.
- Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be no higher than 5” above the knee.
- Slits on skirts or dresses must be no higher than 5” above the knee.
- Tight fitting pants, which may include but are not limited to: leggings, jeggings, tights, yoga pants, biker shorts, spandex, etc… are not stand alone garments. They must be covered with a shirt or garment that is no shorter than 5” above the knee.
- The outer garment of clothing worn must always be in compliance with the dress code.
- No pajama-type pants/pajama pants are to be worn to school.
- No wearing of bedroom shoes will be permitted.
- Shoes should be appropriate for travel within the building; “heely” shoes (shoes with built-in wheels) are not permitted.
- Hats, bandanas, headscarves, hoods, and/or any other head coverings may not be worn in school. (Exceptions are made for religious observances.) Combs and picks may not be worn in hair.
- Wallet chains/chains hanging from clothing, spiked jewelry, and fish hooks are not permitted.
Items not previously mentioned, but deemed inappropriate by the administration, will not be permitted. If an extenuating circumstance arises, modifications to the dress standard may be granted by the administration. As a reminder, this dress standard is not an exhaustive list. Any questions regarding student dress should be addressed with school administration.
Students involved in fighting may be suspended up to ten days and a referral to the Henry County Juvenile Intake Office may be made.
Students shall not engage in gang activity on school grounds, on school buses or on any school sponsored activity. A gang is defined as any group of two or more persons whose purpose includes:
- commission of illegal acts
- participation in activities that threaten the safety of persons or property
- disruption of the school activities
- creation of an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.
Students shall be subject to disciplinary action for participating in gang activity. Gang activity is defined as:
- wearing, using, distributing, displaying, or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign, or other items that is evidence of membership or affiliation in any gang;
- committing any act or omission, or using any speech, either verbal or non-verbal (such as gestures or hand-shakes) showing membership or affiliation in a gang;
- using any speech or committing any act or omission in furtherance of the interests of any gang, including: (a) soliciting, hazing and initiating others for membership in any gang, (b) requesting any person to pay protection or otherwise intimidating or threatening any person, (c) committing any other illegal act or other violation of school policy and (d) inciting other students to act with physical violence;
- inappropriate congregating, bullying, harassment, intimidation, degradation, disgrace and/or related activities, which are likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or mental harm to students, employees or visitors.
Harassment includes continued comments, phone calls, or notes (written or electronic) to another individual that they do not wish to receive.
If a student feels that he/she has been or is being sexually harassed, an administrator should be contacted immediately. All reported incidents will follow procedures detailed in Board Policy JFHA/GBA.
According to the National School Safety Center, bullying is a euphemism for activities committed by youths that, if committed by adults, would be considered criminal. Bullying may include the following: assault, battery, extortion, false imprisonment, hazing, larceny, robbery, theft, or threats. Any student may report bullying, drugs, alcohol, or other incidents to school administrators.
SHOWING OF AFFECTION
Students are not to show affection in public. They must not display conduct that will bring criticism to themselves and the school (kissing, hugging, excessive touching). Acceptable showing of affection is holding hands. Public display of affection may result in disciplinary action.
MONEY MAKING PROJECTS
Students should not engage in personal or community money making projects at school. The sale of products, raffle tickets, candy, gum, or other food items for personal gain or for outside organizations is prohibited.
PARKING LOT/DRIVING PRIVILEGES
Students will be required to purchase parking permits and observe all driving rules in order to park vehicles at school. In order to receive a permit, a student must have a vehicle registration and driver’s license. The parking tag must be prominently displayed at all times. Upon arriving at school, students are to exit their vehicles and immediately enter the building. Students are not allowed to go back to their cars during the school day without approval from administration. Any parking lot violation may result in a suspension of driving privileges. Repeated tardiness resulting from driving to school will be considered a violation of the right to drive to school.
Students are never allowed in the faculty lounge, faculty restrooms or in the records vault. The stage is off limits unless students are under the direct supervision of a staff member. The coaches’ offices and storage closets are also off limits to students.
Lockers, vehicles, and other storage facilities made available to students for their personal possessions remain under the control of the school administration. The school administration has the right to search lockers, bookbags, and other storage facilities for items which violate law, school policies and regulations, or which may be harmful to the school or its students. Vehicles parked on school property are subject to being searched at any time.
THREATS OR INTIMIDATION
Students are not allowed to make cyber, verbal, written or physical threats of bodily injury or use force for the purpose of extortion or intimidation.
Students who arrive at school before the building opens or remain after the close of their school day without specific need or appropriate authorization and supervision may be considered trespassers. Any student who is requested by an administrator to leave school property is expected to do so immediately. Failure to do so may be considered trespassing. Students are not to make unauthorized visits to any other Henry County School during the instructional day. They may be charged with trespassing
VANDALISM AND PROPERTY DAMAGE
Students who deliberately destroy or vandalize school property will be required to pay for losses or damaged required to pay for losses or damages.