Student Handbook

 

Absence Due to Sickness
In the early morning hours before school starts it is often difficult to determine whether or not to send your child to school. Most illnesses that children have are contagious, meaning other children can catch them. For the health safety of your son/daughter and other students, we have a policy that if your child has the following symptoms they need to stay home from school.

Fever

  • We consider a fever to be a temperature of 100 degrees or greater.
  • Your child’s temperature should be normal
  • Please wait 24 hours after being fever free before sending him/her back to school.

Bad Cough

  • We define a bad cough as one which is persistent and interferes with their ability to do schoolwork.
  • Students with bad coughs often do not remember to cover their mouths and this allows germs to quickly spread.

Diarrhea, vomiting or severe stomachaches

  • These symptoms should be gone for 24 hours before sending your child back to school.

Excused & Unexcused Absences

  • An absence will be excused when a parent calls or sends a note excusing the child. An unexcused absence will result when a parent or guardian does not phone (or present a note) excusing the student from school.
  • It is the responsibility of the student following an excused absence to meet with each teacher regarding his/her make up work.

Please call the school office by 8:30 am if your child is going to be absent or tardy to school.

Assessments
The following assessments are used in addition to classroom and district grade level assessments. Assessments may change to meet curriculum needs.

M-STEP
M-STEP is the new state assessment given in the spring. It stands for Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress and includes summative assessments designed to measure student growth. Students in grade 8 take the test in English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Math. In grade 11 it includes the SAT and the Work Keys.

SAT
The SAT is a required assessment that is given to all 11th graders in the Spring. A practice SAT (PSAT) is given in the Fall. The PSAT is given to grades 9 and 10 in the Spring.

DELTA MATH
Delta math is an assessment that is used up to three times per year in 8th grade to aid in determining a student’s mastery of standards (specific skills).

Scholastic Reading Inventory
This is a reading assessment used in grades 8-12 to help determine a student’s reading level and growth over time. It allows teachers to know how to best support students and to provide the instruction that is the most appropriate.

Bicycles, Skateboards, and Rollerblades

  • Bicycles, skateboards, and rollerblades should not be ridden on school property.
  • Skateboards and rollerblades must be carried into the building and stored in student lockers or is an agreed upon space in the classroom.
  • Bicycles must be parked in the racks that are provided and must be locked at all times. There are racks in the front and the back of the building.
  • The school does not accept responsibility for loss or damage.

Books and Supplies
Holland Public Schools provides textbooks and electronic devices to students to be used throughout the school year. Textbooks are on loan to the students free of charge. There is an annual service fee for electronic devices (District owned iPads, Chromebooks, etc.) If a student has been given a textbook or electronic device, he/she is expected to return the textbook and district provided device at the end of the year in good condition. The student is also expected to take good care of all district provided books and devices. There may be a replacement fee for all damaged and district-owned items, whether the student accessed them in the classroom, media center, or similar school setting.

Closing of Schools / Emergencies
In the case of severe weather and/or building emergencies (loss of heat, water, etc.) buildings may be closed for classes. The closing of schools is determined by the Superintendent.

In general, whenever bad weather is a possibility, and a school closing decision must be made, road conditions in our area and weather reports are evaluated in the early morning hours.  

If we must shut down for the day, the decision will be made by 6:15 a.m. Then our automated phone line is updated and radio and TV stations are contacted, we run a banner across the homepage of our website, and text alerts are sent out. All of these updates happen between 6:15-6:30 a.m.

Please note that when inclement weather forces a last minute schedule change, you can find out if schools are open or closed by calling 494-2095. This is our automated school info line.  This is the first number updated within minutes of the superintendent or athletic director making the decision to change the school schedule.

When there is a school closure or emergency, we also run a banner across the homepage of our website and alert the media;

If we need to close school in the morning, we try to post updates about after-school activities and evening events by 1:30 p.m. 

  • Please listen to the local radio WHTC – 1450 AM and/or television stations for all school closings.
  • You may also call the Holland Public Schools Information Line – English 494-2095 or Spanish 494-2096.
  • Closing information is also available on the school website.
  • We ask that you not call the school.  Telephone lines must be kept open.

Want to be notified by text?  Go to the district website and click on the Quick Links tab and follow the directions.

Custodial Parents
If one parent has been awarded custody of a child and the non-custodial parent has custodial limitations, a copy of the custodial order (court) must be provided to the school office and principal. We will always follow and enforce the judge’s orders and we are grateful for your understanding.

Student safety is essential. A student will not be released to the care of another adult unless specific written permission signed by the parent (with a phone contact #) is provided to the school.  All requests by non-custodial parents for student report cards, etc, also need to be in writing.

Dress and Appearance
Academic achievement is our mission.

Experience indicates there is a significant connection between proper dress and grooming and a focus on learning and respectful behavior.

Therefore, we request that students not wear clothing that disrupts the educational environment of our school settings.

We expect students to not wear clothing displaying inappropriate language or pictures.  Shirts/blouses must cover the mid-torso, and shorts must reach to mid-thigh. Shoes are required at all times. Students may not wear “pajama pants” or slippers to school. Non-religious head coverings are not to be worn inside school.

Additional rules can be found in the student handbook or provided to parents upon request.

All final decisions concerning the appropriateness or alleged violations of our dress code rest with the school administration.

Early Dismissal
No student will be allowed to leave school prior to dismissal time without a written request signed by the parent or a phone call. 8thgraders must have a parent come into the school office to sign them out.

No student will be released to a person other than the custodial parent(s) unless a written permission letter signed by the custodial parent(s) or guardian.

Family Trips
In order for an excused absence designation to be granted, ALL family trips that require students to be out of school on scheduled school days need to be approved by the school.  A trip form must be filled out and turned in a minimum of one week before the planned trip.

Field Trips
Educational field trips are planned during the school year to supplement classroom teaching.

A permission form signed by the parent or guardian is necessary before a student may participate.

Field trips are considered an important part of the school’s curriculum. As such, the same rules and expectations regarding teacher supervision and student behavior that apply within a classroom also apply to school field trips.

A student who repeatedly demonstrates unacceptable behavior in school may be denied access to a school field trip if the school administration determines the safety of the student, other students, or staff may be compromised if the student participates in the field trip.

Homework
Students may be requested to complete independent work at home, which serves as an extension and application of classroom experiences.

It is the responsibility of the student and parent to ensure that all homework is completed and returned back to school on the assigned day.

Injury and Illness
All injuries that occur at school must be reported to a teacher, the school office, the playground or lunchroom supervisor, or the school nurse.

If the injury is minor, the student will be treated and may return to class.

If medical attention is required, the school nurse and administrators will make sure the district’s emergency procedures are followed.

A student who becomes ill during the school day should request permission to go to the school office and see the nurse.

The school nurse will determine whether or not the student should remain in school or go home. If the nurse is not available, the school office staff will decide.

No student will be released from school without permission from the parent(s) or guardian.

Accident reports will be completed as needed and will be kept on file by the school nurse.

Lost and Found
There is a lost and found space in the main office where lost items that are not identified are stored. Check with the main office if you are searching for lost items.

The school cannot assume responsibility for items that are lost, misplaced, or left in the wrong place.  Unclaimed items are donated to local agencies every 60-90 days. 

Breakfast and Lunch Programs
Breakfast is free for all students and lunch (regular or a la carte items) have set prices.

Menus, forms, and pricing information are available on the district website. You may also call 494-2245.

Envelopes are available to help students deposit money into their individual meal accounts,  Envelopes can be obtained in the school office. Accounts must be kept current for students to participate in the lunch program.

Proper nutrition is important to learning.

Students who do not participate in the school hot lunch program are expected to bring a cold lunch from home. Milk can be purchased at school. Questions?  Please call 494-2245.

Medication

If it is necessary for a student to take a prescription and/or nonprescription medication during the school day, the following guidelines must be followed:

  • Medication must be brought in the original container and supplied by the parent/guardian.
  • A signed permission form for each medication must be completed by the parent(s)/guardian(s) and a physician, allowing school personnel to administer.  This applies to both prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • All Medications will be stored, and dispensed in the Nurse’s Office OR in the
  • School office if the nurse is not on site
  • Bringing medications to school is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
  • Please provide all necessary written permission and medical forms. 

Newsletters and School Communications
A weekly update is posted on the HHS web page every weekend. The HPS website also has other important building and district information.

Parent Involvement
We encourage all parents to become involved in the life of their child’s school. Support from home makes all the difference in the world.

Get involved by volunteering to help with field trips, special events, after school activities, fundraising, and connecting school parents with each other.

We welcome the support and participation of parents and teachers. Please contact the school principal for more information.

Personal Items
We encourage you not to bring items to school that are valuable or easily broken. Students are solely responsible for their personal property.

Pets in the Classroom
Students should not bring pets or animals into the classroom without prior approval of the teacher and school principal.  The school administration will ensure that all visits involving pets are properly approved and in compliance with the district’s pet policy.

Pictures for Yearbook
Arrangements are made with a school photographer to photograph every member of our school family.

While the opportunity to purchase a package of individual pictures exists, there is no obligation for the students to do so.

A student who only wishes to have a picture taken solely for their ID and for the yearbook will not be charged at all for the service.

All students who have their pictures taken will be included in the school yearbook unless a written request asking that the student not be included is on file in the Principal’s office.

Parent –Teacher Conferences / Report Cards
Parents and teachers are encouraged to communicate with each other throughout the school year.  Addressing questions, learning needs, and concerns as they occur is important. Good home and school communication enhances student achievement and cooperation.

Every HPS school has two time frames set aside every year for Parent Teacher Conferences. (Fall and Spring)

The purpose of these conferences is to exchange information, ideas, and concerns (if any) about the academic and personal growth of the respective students.

We consider it essential for parents to attend P/T conferences.

Please work with your child’s teacher to schedule a conference time that meets your needs so you can attend. You will be notified ahead of time (both fall and spring) on how to do this.

In addition, progress reports and report cards will mark your child’s academic progress. These report cards will be sent home at regular intervals throughout the school year.

Student Schedules & Class Assignments
Counselors, in consultation with student, teachers and the school principal will assign students an appropriate schedule and program. 

Please contact your child’s counselor with any questions or concerns about their schedule or assignment.

School Visits / Volunteers / Parent & Mentor Help / Video Use
We value everyone’s support and involvement.

There is a school day safety procedure in place at every HPS school which requires parents and guests to wait in the main school office for their student – and not walk down the hall to the classroom.

This saves instructional time and improves building security considerably.

We also require a completed volunteer form from every classroom visitor and guest during the school day.

If you'd like to volunteer, help out in your child's class, or help with a field trip, you'll need to fill out a volunteer form. The form is available in every school office and on our district website. New volunteer forms need to be completed by EVERYONE every school year.

To further complement our security efforts, the district also uses security cameras to videotape activity where there is no expectation of privacy (hallways, lobbies, parking lots, cafeterias, etc.). The security cameras are not monitored by school officials all of the time, but the video recordings may be identified and used later as deemed appropriate.

Telephone Use
Use of the office telephone by students is limited. If you must contact your child because of an emergency, please call the school office. Every effort will be made to get the message to your child.

Transportation –––– Transportation Office 494-2950
After school, students must ride their assigned bus, walk, or ride with a parent or guardian (or appropriate designee). Safety is improved when the same routine is followed every school day.

Automobile
Many parents drive their children to school or are in car pools with other parents. Please remind your child about safety when entering or leaving cars, crossing streets, and to cross at the crosswalk to get to your car.  Cars may not be parked in designated bus loading and unloading zones. Students should be dropped off and picked up in designated areas.

Assigned Bussing Rule
If a student is assigned to ride a specific bus after school (and typically does so), school officials will plan on the student riding the assigned bus after school every day unless a written note signed by the parent or guardian is brought to the school office by 1 p.m.  This signed note must be dated and state who is responsible for delivering the student home. The note cannot request that the student transfer to a different bus (for example, to ride home with a friend). Students can only ride their assigned buses. Parents/guardians and designees are responsible for providing transportation for their students when special occasions arise.

Bus Conduct Rules
Our school buses are extensions of the classroom and all rules and regulations established in the Student Code of Conduct (Board of Education Policy – 5500) apply when riding our buses.

We expect that students will follow these important safety rules to ensure their safety:

  1. Obey the bus driver and other adults on the bus.
  2. Remain seated.
  3. Use quiet voices.Keep hands and feet to yourself.
  4. Keep the bus clean.

Bus Stop Rules
The following rules apply to the bus stop:

  1. Students must be at the bus stop 5 – 7 minutes before the scheduled arrival time of the bus.
  2. Students should wait at the bus stop at the assigned area as designated by the bus driver and should wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before approaching it.
  3. Parents are responsible for student safety and behavior to and from the bus stop and at the bus stop until the school bus arrives.
  4. Students are to conduct themselves with courtesy and consideration for others while waiting for the bus.

Bus Disciplinary Procedures
We are dedicated to providing a positive, caring environment.

We accept the responsibility for exercising fair discipline to help ensure a safe ride for all. Students who misbehave on the bus may lose the privilege of riding on the bus.

Holland Public Schools does not discriminate in the application of disciplinary procedures on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.  For a complete explanation of our disciplinary process or if you have transportation questions/concerns, please call Transportation at 494-2950.