PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK

 

2018-2019

ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENT STAFFING

PHS ADMINISTRATION

  • Mr. Mark Goligoski, Principal
  • Mr. Jim Wells, Assistant Principal
  • Mr. Clark Tenney, Assistant Principal
  • Mr. Jim Wells, Assistant Principal
  • Mrs. Missy Townsend, Athletic Director

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION

  • Mr. Joe Howard, Superintendent
  • Mrs. Mardi Read, Asst. Superintendent
  • Mr. Brian Moore, Chief Financial Director

PUSD GOVERNING BOARD MEMBERS

  • Mr. John Mackin, President
  • Mrs. Tina Seeley, Vice President
  • Dr. Maureen Erickson, Member
  • Dr. Scott Hicks, Member
  • Mr. Greg Mengarelli, Member

PHS STAFF / ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE PERSONNEL

  • Bookstore Manager — Mrs. Bonnie North
  • Principal’s Administrative Assistant — Mrs. LaurieAnn Frank
  • Receptionist — Ms. Susan Weber
  • School Nurse — Mrs. Carolyn Ernst
  • Assistant Principals’ Admin. Asst. — Mrs. Birdie Ferra
  • Special Education Department Secretary — Mrs. Teresa Smith
  • Attendance Clerk Ms. — Ms. Debbi Fox
  • Registrar — Mrs. Sheri Landino

ACADEMIC ADVISORS

  • Students with last name A-F —  Mr. Robert Swan
  • Students with last name G-M — Mrs. Meghan Anderson
  • Students with last name N-Z — Mr. James Diehl
  • Special Needs/Dual Enrollment — Mr. John Steward

DEPARTMENT CHAIRS

  • English — Mr. Daniel Swanson
  • Math — Mr. Adam Neely
  • Science — Ms. Pamela Bergstrom
  • Special Education — Ms. Deanna Jepson
  • Fine Arts and Music — Mrs. Ann Hein
  • Physical Education — Mr. Kent Winslow
  • Career And Technical Education — Ms. Pam Willard
  • Social Studies — Ms. Brenda Lee
  • On-Line — Mr. Matt Dean
  • Air Force JROTC — Mr. Bill DeKemper
  • Foreign Language — Mrs. Cathleen Cherry
  • Librarian — Ms. Denise Canzoneri
  • Academic Advisement — Mr. Robert Swan
BELL SCHEDULE

For special bell schedules, go to prescottschools.com/phs/bell-schedules.


Monday – Thursday
Early Bird: 7:00 – 7:54 (54 minutes)
Period 1: 8:00 – 8:54 (54 minutes)
Period 2: 9:00 – 9:54 (54 minutes)
Period 3: 10:00 – 11:05 (65 minutes)
Period 4: 11:11 – 12:05 (54 minutes)
Lunch A: 11:05 – 11:29 (30 minutes)
Period 5: 11:35 – 12:29 (54 minutes)
Lunch B: 12:05 – 12:29 (30 minutes)
Period 6: 12:35 – 1:29 (54 minutes)
Period 7: 1:35 – 2:29 (54 minutes)

Friday
Early Bird: 7:00 – 7:54 (54 minutes)
Period 1: 8:00 – 8:54 (54 minutes)
Period 2: 9:00 – 9:54 (54 minutes)
Period 3: 10:00 – 11:05 (60 minutes)
Period 4/5: 11:11 – 12:05 (54 minutes)
Lunch: 12:05 – 12:45 (40 minutes)
Period 6: 12:45 – 1:39 (54 minutes)
Period 7: 1:45 – 2:39 (54 minutes)

STUDENT RECOGNITION

PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL
The Principal will announce the honor roll (the top 10% of each class) at the end of each semester. The grade point average (GPA) is cumulative, based on the student’s GPA calculated at the end of each semester. Students will receive a letter from the principal and the administration will work with the Daily Courier to recognize Honor Roll students in the local newspaper.

GRADUATES WITH DISTINCTION
PHS does not designate a class Valedictorian or Salutatorian. Instead, the school recognizes the seniors who meet the following criteria as Graduates with Distinction. Graduates with Distinction must have:

  • Earned a cumulative grade point average of 4.0.
  • Completed a minimum of 24 credits.
  • Taken at least one advanced placement course at Prescott High School.
  • Earned the necessary 16 credits required by the Arizona Board of Regents for admission to state universities.

GRADUATE HONOR CORDS
Students in their senior year who are active participants in Prescott High School clubs or organizations that require students to complete twenty (20) service learning hours a semester and/or compete in state or nationally recognized programs are eligible to receive club and/or organization specific graduation honor cords, providing that the club and/or organization presents cords as an option and purchases them with club/organization funds.

ACADEMIC ADVISING

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A total of twenty-two (22) units are needed to graduate. In addition, student must pass the Civics Test required by state law. For the purpose of standardized testing, the grade-level status is determined by the year of entry in school (cohort year). Students are encouraged to take additional credits for enrichment and post high school preparation. Students must have attended PHS for one full semester during their senior year and must have met all other requirements to be considered eligible for graduation from PHS.

Curriculum Area PUSD Graduation Requirements PUSD Graduate with Distinction Requirements Arizona University Entrance Requirements
English 4 credits  4 credits  4 credits
Math 4 credits*  4 credits*  4 credits*
Science 3 credits 3 credits 3 lab science credits
Social Studies 3 credits
(US/AZ History, World History, US/AZ Government, Economics)
3 credits
(US/AZ History, World History, US/AZ Government, Economics)
2 credits (must include US/AZ History)
Physical Education / Health 1 credit 1 credit 0 credit
Career and
Technical Education
(CTE) or Fine Arts
1 credit 1 credit 1 Fine Arts credit
Modern Language 0 credit 0-2 credits 2 credits (same language)
Core Classes Total 16 credits 16-18 credits 16 credits
Elective Classes Total 6 credits 6-8 credits 6 credits
Total 22 credits** 24 credits** 22 credits

*Math courses shall consist of Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II, and one additional math course.
**PUSD Board Policy requires that all graduates take a minimum of one (1) credit as an on-line course.

To see an academic advisor, students must sign-up in the Advisement Office. Information concerning the addresses and locations of junior colleges and universities is available in the Advisement Center as well as in the Career Center.

GRADUATION CEREMONY
Participation in the commencement ceremony is a privilege. Students who choose to participate must submit a completed commencement packet and agree to meet the listed requirements to participate in the graduation ceremony. If all requirements are not met, the student is not eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Any student who is identified or caught participating in a senior prank which  results in the illegal entry of the school, vandalism, disruption of the educational process, or criminal damage to the campus will be criminally charged or receive an out of school suspension, and may not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.

OPEN ENROLLMENT
Prescott High School accepts students through open enrollment. However, continued attendance at PHS is conditional based on the student’s compliance with PHS rules and regulations. Continued open defiance of activity outlined in ARS Title 15 may constitute voluntary withdrawal, and/or non-renewal of variance.

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY
A student, whether an adult or not, is privileged with eligibility for interscholastic competition only at the school in the district in which his or her parents are domiciled. In multi-school districts, the student is eligible only at the school in the attendance zone in which his or her parents are domiciled. Arizona Interscholastic Association Bylaw 15.1 states that only students enrolled at Prescott High School in grades 9 through 12, inclusive, shall be eligible for interscholastic competition, team practices, and tryouts. (15.3.1.1 EXCEPTION: A home school student may be eligible if said student is in compliance with A.R.S. §15-802.01-Attendance Zone). For questions, please contact the athletic department.

SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS
Freshmen – Minimum of six classes
Sophomores – Minimum of five classes
Juniors – Minimum of five classes
Seniors – Minimum of four classes. Students must attend one full semester to receive a diploma

Seniors who will meet graduation requirements in the current academic year may enroll in four (4) classes per semester. Students should see their advisors for a reduced schedule form. Juniors who have accumulated a minimum of twelve (12) credits and sophomores who have earned a minimum of six (6) credits and who present valid rationale may enroll in five (5) classes per semester. Students should see their advisors for a reduced schedule form. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors may, in rare cases, seek permission of the principal to enroll in more than seven (7) classes.

DROP/ADD POLICY
Students may drop or add a class (with parent’s written approval) during the first ten (10) days of a semester. A student who requests a change in classes must continue to attend classes shown on the original schedule until a new schedule is approved by the advisor. Students should sign-up in the Advisement Center to see their advisors to request a schedule change. Attendance from the potentially dropped course will apply to the newly added course.  Drops after the 25th day of the semester will be recorded on the official transcript as a grade of “F”. Teachers have the right to make level changes no later than the first nine weeks of a semester. No level changes will be made beyond that time frame.

» PHS CLASS FEES

ACCELERATED GRADUATION
Applications for accelerated graduation can be obtained at the Advisement Center.

JOINT TECHNICAL EDUCATION DISTRICT (JTED)
Prescott High School is a member of the Mountain Institute Joint Technical Education District (JTED). Many of these classes are taught on the PHS campus; some are taught off campus. Transportation is provided. Please see the course handbook for course offerings.

DUAL ENROLLMENT
Dual enrollment courses are courses which are part of a college program. Dual enrollment courses are taught during the school day on the PHS campus and allow students the opportunity to earn both high school and college credits. Enrollment requires students to meet college prerequisites. A three-credit college course is the equivalent to a .5 high school credit. PHS and Yavapai College determine which courses are offered on the PHS campus. Please see the course handbook for course offerings.

CONCURRENT CREDIT
Concurrent Credit courses are college courses that are taken off campus with pre-approval from the Advisement Center. These courses allow students to earn both high school and college credit. A three-credit college course is equivalent to a .5 high school credit.

For more information concerning entry for students who are under the age of 16 and who are interested in concurrent courses, please go to the following link: http://www.yc.edu/v4content/admissions//requirements.htm.

ADMISSION OF TRANSFER STUDENTS – PUSD Board Policy JFABC-R, J-0961

Credit for Courses completed at Non-District Schools
The District welcomes students who were previously enrolled in a school outside the District and wish to transfer to a District secondary school.  All District secondary schools will encourage such students to meet with an academic advisor to discuss transfer of course credits and placement in courses that will enable the student to earn a high school diploma and meet the student’s personal interests.

A District secondary school will accept credits earned for successful completion of a course in a core subject at a non-District school, including  home school, if any of the following conditions are met:

  • The course or similar course is offered in the District curriculum, and the course was provided by a school that is fully accredited (excluding special purpose and distance learning designations) by a recognized accreditation agency.
  • A course provided by a school that has received special purpose designation may be accepted if the District has evaluated the school and determined that its curriculum and instruction program is equal to that of schools fully accredited by recognized accreditation agency.
  • Distance learning designated courses will be transferred in as elective or core credits in accordance with the guidelines set forth under courses from a non-accredited institution.
  • The course, or a similar course, is offered in the District curriculum and the student demonstrates competency in the subject matter by earning a grade of sixty percent (60%) or better on an end of the semester/year exam administered by the school.
  • A student who achieves a “meets” or “exceeds” score on the high school level AIMS Math test, or a “proficient” or “highly proficient” on the AzMerit Math test by the Arizona Department of Education, or its equivalent in another state, will receive credit for successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry courses completed at a non-District school, regardless of whether the school is fully accredited by a recognized accreditation agency.
  • A student who achieves a “meets” or “exceeds’ score on the high school level AIMS writing and reading tests, or a “proficient” or “highly proficient” on the AzMerit ELA test by the Arizona Department of Education, or its equivalent in another state, will receive credit for successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry courses completed at a non-District school, regardless of whether the school is fully accredited by a recognized accreditation agency.
  • A student who obtained prior approval and completed a course in a core or elective subject and who is concurrently enrolled at an accredited Arizona community college or university will receive credit, with 0.5 high school credit awarded for each three (3)- semester hour college or university course.

Definition
For the purposes of this regulation, “core subject” means any of the subject areas for courses required for high school graduation by the State Board of Education or the Governing Board.

Transfer from Non-Accredited Schools
Credits earned by a student in ninth grade or higher at a non-accredited school with the exception of credits earned for religious study courses will be accepted by the District’s secondary school as elective credit for graduation purposes.  The District secondary school will accept a credit as a core subject credit for graduation purposes under any of the following three (3) standards designed to ensure that a course credit reflects the student’s proficiency in the subject matter of the course:

  • The course, or a similar course, is offered in the District curriculum and the student demonstrates competency in the subject matter by earning a grade of sixty percent (60%) or better on a credit recovery exam.
  • A student who achieves a “meets” or “exceeds” score on the high school level AIMS Math test, or a “proficient” or “highly proficient” on the AzMerit Math test by the Arizona Department of Education, or its equivalent in another state, will receive credit for successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry courses completed at a non-District school, regardless of whether the school is fully accredited by a recognized accreditation agency.
  • A student who achieves a “meets” or “exceeds’ score on the high school level AIMS writing and reading tests, or a “proficient” or “highly proficient” on the AzMerit ELA test by the Arizona Department of Education, or its equivalent in another state, will receive credit for successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry courses completed at a non-District school, regardless of whether the school is fully accredited by a recognized accreditation agency.

Transfer Credit from Correspondence Courses
Transfer credit from correspondence courses is limited to the following by the Arizona Administrative Code – R7-2-302.4:

“Credits earned through correspondence courses to meet graduation requirements shall be taken from an accredited institution as defined in  R7-2-601.  Credits earned hereby shall be limited to 4, and only one credit may be earned in each of the following subject areas:  English (as described under non-district schools), Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science.”

Transfer Credits from Summer Programs other than from District Summer School
Permission to transfer credit from summer programs must be obtained prior to enrolling in the summer program.  All transfer credit regulations apply.

Notice to Student of Elective or Core Credit Determination
Following a transfer, the receiving school will give the student a list showing which credits were accepted as core subject credits and which were accepted as credits for electives.  Within ten (10) days of receiving this list, a student may request to take a challenge exam for any core course accepted as an elective.  If the student earns a score that demonstrates proficiency (sixty percent [60%] or higher), the school will accept the transferred credits as core credit.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS
Students sponsored by recognized foreign exchange programs are allowed to enroll under specific guidelines. PHS accepts only four foreign exchange students per year. Any additional students must pay the yearly PUSD tuition rate to attend PHS. Please contact the Advisement Center for more information.

TRANSCRIPTS
Transcripts can be ordered online at  http://www.prescottschools.com/phs/transcripts/. PHS is making the college application process easier. We have teamed up with Parchment.com, which will enable current and former students to order official transcripts for college applications. Please contact the school registrar for assistance.

WITHDRAWING FROM PHS
The withdrawal procedures are as follows:

  1. Obtain withdrawal form from Academic Counseling Office
  2. Obtain required signatures
  3. Return completed form to Academic Counseling Office

CHALLENGE EXAMS
Challenge exams are provided for students at Prescott High School to demonstrate proficiency in courses which the student has already mastered. Challenge exams are inherently difficult due to the length and rigor of each exam. Challenge exams are longer than final exams due to the all- inclusive nature of challenge exams. The student should count on spending a minimum of two hours in taking challenge exams. No specific reviews are provided by PHS for a challenge exam. Course outlines may be given per availability by department and type of exam.

Specific Policies that govern Challenge Exams:

  • $25.00 fee
  • The grade earned on the exam is the grade that will be posted on the transcript (A, B, C)
  • If a student earns below a “C” on the challenge exam they need to repeat the course.  No grade will be posted on the transcript.
  • A course may be challenged only once.
  • A Challenge Exam for the 2nd semester of a year-long course can only be done if the student had passed the first semester of that class.

Arrangements are made through the Advisement Center. Students may not challenge a course in which they are currently enrolled that resulted in no credit or “F” for lack of attendance.  In addition, students cannot take a challenge exam to improve a grade in a course already taken that is a lower-level course in that department without administrative approval for the purpose of regaining athletic eligibility.

SEMESTER GRADE POLICY
Semester grades are based on a 40%/40%/20% grading system for the final semester grade calculation. Each nine week quarter constitutes 40% of the student’s grade for the semester. The final semester assessment will count as 20% of the total semester grade. Credit is awarded by semester.

Grades awarded in classes are A, B, C, D and F. An Incomplete (I) is assigned if a student has not completed the requirements of the course as determined by the teacher.  All Incomplete grades must be made up no later than two weeks after the end of the marking period.  After that, the grade automatically recorded is an “F” (failing).

FINALS
Teachers administer a final exam to determine what the student learned that semester in the course. All students will take some form of a written semester assessment on the designated finals day in each class. Finals should be taken at the scheduled time for all students.  If an alternate time must be scheduled it will be agreed upon by the teacher, student, and administration.  All finals must be taken within the two weeks following the semester for a student to earn a grade other than an “F”. Any later time period is up to the discretion of the administrator.

PHS CREDIT ASSISTANCE
All graduates of Prescott High School  are required to take one on-line course. This is offered through PHS Credit Assistance.  PHS Credit Assistance offers courses to students that can be taken in a regular class period during the school day (Credit Assistance Lab), outside of regular school hours as an additional course or during summer school. Students may earn up to one (1) credit per semester or during summer school. Students work with their academic advisors to select the appropriate course to complete in the Credit Assistance setting. Students in PHS Credit Assistance utilize the A+ Anywhere Learning System software program to complete lessons along with teacher generated lessons and projects.

CREDIT ASSISTANCE LAB
Prescott High School Credit Assistance Lab is offered as an opportunity for students to earn up to one (1) credit per semester in counselor approved courses. Students in the Credit Assistance Lab use the A+ Anywhere software program to complete lesions along with teacher lead lessons and projects to enhance the course work.

GENESIS PROGRAM
Prescott High School offers a dropout recovery program called Genesis. The Genesis program is a “school within a school” model; students enrolled in the program are not eligible to participate in school activities, including sports and band programs, at Prescott High School. Students enrolled in the Genesis Program must withdraw from Prescott High School and enroll in the Genesis Program.

The Genesis program is a hybrid program available to students sixteen years and older who choose to complete their high school diploma through a non-university track.  Prospective students and their parents must first meet with the Genesis academic advisor before starting the program.  The program is conducted after regular school hours in the Prescott High School Credit Assistance Lab.

Students in the Genesis program are required to complete the same amount of coursework in twelve months that they would complete in a regular school year were they enrolled as a full time student at Prescott High School.  Students also will be required to complete teacher created projects. All of the coursework can be done from home or in the lab.  All students must conference with their teacher a minimum of one time per week.  All finals must be taken in the lab.  The goal of the Genesis program is to assist students who may not be able to attend the regular school day, by obtaining a high school diploma meeting all academic requirements, though a hybrid online route.  There is no fee to participate in this program.

CREDIT ASSISTANCE SUMMER SCHOOL
Prescott High School offers a credit assistance summer school program.  Students may earn up to one (1) credit during summer school. Students work with their academic advisor to select the appropriate course to complete in the credit assistance setting. Information on summer school is distributed to students in April. Please contact the Advisement Center with questions.

ATTENDANCE

ATTENDANCE PHONE NUMBER: ​(928) 445-0900

Regular, prompt attendance is a district requirement and is essential for students’ academic success. It is impossible to gain the full benefit of any class experience through make-up work.

PARENT OR GUARDIAN NOTIFICATION OF ABSENCE
On the day of the absence, parents must notify the school if a student will be absent, late, or leaving school early. Parents may not excuse a student for a one period absence that occurs during the school day unless the appropriate procedures have been followed. Administration has the right to determine if the excuse is valid and acceptable for any and all absences.

Please call us when your child is or will be missing school whether it’s all or part of a day, no matter what the reason. This includes half-day excusals, extra vacation days, holidays, and missed field trips. PHS requests that all absences be excused by a note, email, or a phone call within twenty-four (24) hours or they may be considered as a truancy and disciplinary action
may be taken. Parents/guardians can only excuse an absence within the current quarter.

According to ARS 15-803, students are expected to attend school until sixteen years of age. Statutes establish that the parent/guardian is responsible for the child’s daily attendance and should inform the school of absences in a timely manner. ARS 15-802 says, “Absences may be considered excessive when the number of absent days exceeds ten percent of the number of required attendance days.” A student will be granted credit for passed classes if the student has
nine (9) or fewer excused absences OR four (4) or fewer unexcused absences during a semester. When a student reaches five (5) unexcused absences or a total of ten (10) unexcused and excused absences in a class, they will lose credit. Medical excuses (verified by a doctor’s note) and court orders do not count towards counted absences.

Only a parent, guardian, or emancipated student can excuse an absence. Absences may be excused by emailing the attendance clerk, sending a note to school, or calling our attendance office at (928) 445-0900. ​PHS requests that all absences be excused by a note, email, or a phone call within twenty-four (24) hours or they may be considered as a truancy and disciplinary action may be taken. Parents/guardians can only excuse an absence within the current quarter. Please note: PHS does not​ recognize or honor “ditch days” – All absences must be excused.

Students have the right to​:
Know how school policy defines and handles absences and tardies.
Ask that a penalty for an absence be reviewed.
Make-up work missed during an excused absence.

Students have the responsibility to​:
Attend classes and be on time.
Ask parents/guardians to notify the school when absent within 24 hours of the absence occurring.
Check in and out of the attendance office if leaving campus.
Ask teachers for, and complete make-up assignments.

If a student is absent from class they are responsible for making up missed work, tests, etc. Students with an excused absence will have as many days equal to the number absent plus one, without penalty, to complete missed work assigned during the absence period. Any work that was assigned prior to the absence is expected on the due date or on the day returning from an absence. For questions about this, please contact individual teachers. Homework assignments can be obtained via the school’s website or other communication tools utilized by individual teachers. If students are in need of a particular worksheet from a teacher, they can e-mail him or her via the school’s website or leave a voice message by phone. In addition, students and parents/guardians may contact the Attendance Office to request homework. Teachers are allotted
twenty-four (24) hours to provide the requested homework.

Work missed due to school-sponsored activities should, whenever possible, be made up prior to the absence. Make-up time frames are determined per teacher discretion. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with his/her teacher for missed work.

ILLNESS AND ABSENCE PROTOCOL
We are concerned about contagious illnesses and request that parents/guardians take extra precaution before sending their child to school. It is district policy for parents/guardians to keep their child home when the student exhibits any of the following symptoms:

  • Nausea or vomiting within the past 24 hours
  • Temperature of 100 degrees within the last 24 hours
  • Persistent cough or runny nose
  • Possible pink eye
  • Possible strep throat

If a student comes to school with these symptoms, he or she will be immediately sent home. Under these conditions, please have your child stay home and rest to prevent any relapses and the spread of illnesses. Medication for communicable illnesses must be taken for a full twenty-four (24) hours before the child can return to school.

DISMISSAL DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
All students under the age of sixteen who leave campus during the school day must be signed out by a parent/guardian in the attendance office. Please allow time to do so, when picking up your child. This is meant for the protection of your child. If someone other than a parent/guardian is picking up the student PHS must have written permission from the parent/guardian. Identification may be required of anyone signing a student out. Be sure that persons whom you anticipate picking up your child are listed on the emergency card on file for your son or daughter. If changes are made during the year, please notify the school’s office immediately.

Send a note or call the office as early as possible to have your student released during the day. The student will then meet you in the office to be signed out.

If the student is over the age of sixteen a parent may sign a waiver granting permission for the student to sign himself or herself out of school. The parent must send in a note at the beginning of the day, email, or call the attendance office as outlined on the waiver. Prescott High School is a closed campus for lunch. Only students being picked up by a parent, no matter the age, will be permitted to leave campus during lunch.

EXCUSED ABSENCES
Excused absences are defined as absences caused by illness, death in the family, religious observance, or other personal reasons. A parent, guardian, or emancipated student must excuse the absence. Students are responsible for any make up work during their absences. Students should see their teachers for due date timelines. Excused absences count toward the nine (9) absences allowed each semester.

NOTE: The building administration has the right to determine if the absence is excused or
unexcused.

SCHOOL SPONSORED ABSENCES
A student may be absent because they are attending a school field trip or athletic event. The teacher or coach is responsible for excusing these students’ absences. Students are responsible for any make up work during their absences. Students should see their teachers for due date timelines. These absences will not be counted towards loss of credit.

OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION
If a student is suspended for disciplinary reasons, the administration will excuse their absences. Students are responsible for any make up work during their absences. Students should see their teachers for due date time lines. These absences will not be counted towards the loss of credit.

MEDICAL ABSENCES
A medical excuse will not be counted towards the loss of credit so long as it is verified with a doctor’s or dentist’s note. The medical issue must be regarding the student, not a family member. Students are responsible for any make up work during their absences. Students should see their teachers for due date timelines.

COURT ORDER ABSENCES
If a student must appear in court or is detained for a short period of time, these absences will not be counted towards the loss of credit so long as they are verified with the appropriate paperwork. Students are responsible for any make up work during their absences. Students should see their teachers for due date timelines.

NO SHOW
A student who has ten (10) consecutive unexcused absences will result in withdrawal from school per state law.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES
Truancy/Unexcused absences are defined as absences that are unnecessary and avoidable. No make-up work is given for unexcused absences. Unexcused absences count toward the nine (9) absences allowed each semester. Students with more than four (4) unexcused absences in a class will receive no credit for that class. This type of absence includes, but is not limited to:

  • Absences not verified by a parent/guardian within 48 hours.
  • Leaving class without permission or leaving campus without prior authorization through the Attendance Office.

EXCESSIVE ABSENCES
A student who has excessive absences or tardies may be put on a Behavior Agreement with progressive behavior consequences. Students under sixteen years of age may be referred to the Yavapai County Attorney’s office.

APPEAL FOR COURSE CREDIT PROCEDURE
Five or more unexcused absences or ten or more total absences, excused or unexcused, will result in the loss of credit for that class for the current semester. For purposes of eligibility, a no credit mark will count as an “F” at the end of the semester. Students receiving no credit at the time of the loss of credit will receive an “F” on their transcript.

A student may appeal the no credit through this appeal process. A student must complete the appeal request by going on-line at www.prescottschools.com/phs/attendance. Once the request is completed, they must print out a progress report and take it to each class in which they have no credit for the teacher to fill out. The progress report is submitted to the assistant principals’ secretary and the secretary will schedule the student for an appeal appointment with the Appeal Committee. Students are allowed one (1) appeal per semester. The student must attend the appeal appointment for their request to be considered. They may be accompanied by their parent/guardian. Students may only appeal additional semesters if there is documented evidence that warrants appeal consideration.

The Appeal Committee is composed of three to five teachers. A decision to grant or deny the appeal will be made on the day of the appeal. If the appeal is denied by the committee, the student may appeal to the Principal in writing within five (5) school days of the Appeal Committee’s decision. The decision of the principal is based on procedural review and is final. Prescott High School uses a “Carnegie” unit, which equates to 180 hours of class time for one credit. Students not able to qualify for a “Carnegie” unit will be enrolled in classes on a No Mark basis and credit may be earned either through making up class work and teacher discretion.

LATE ARRIVALS
Students who arrive more than ten (10) minutes late to their first class must sign in at the Attendance Office to receive a pass to class. The Attendance Office will send the student to class with a pass coded either excused or unexcused. Only three (3) late arrivals per quarter may be excused by the student’s parent/guardian.​ This excuse should be turned, emailed, or called
into the Attendance Office. Any additional late arrivals may result in a disciplinary referral. This does not include medically excused (verified by a doctor’s note) or court orders.

TARDIES
A student will be considered tardy to class according to the teacher’s guidelines. Some teachers may require students to be in the classroom, while others may require students to be in their seats. Students who have an unexcused tardy to class may not be permitted to complete the bellwork activity for that day. This is a natural consequence to their actions. In addition, students who receive more than three tardies in a quarter may be written up on a disciplinary referral for
additional consequences.

Per Prescott Unified School Board Procedure (October 1997 PUSD Board) a student is considered absent from a class period if they arrive ten (10) minutes or later to class.

PERFECT ATTENDANCE
School-sponsored activities and on campus appointments (career center, nurses office, academic advising, testing, etc.) are the only absences that will NOT count against perfect attendance. Excused, medical, court, unexcused, and tardies on a student’s attendance record all make the student ineligible for perfect attendance incentives.

If a student is marked absent by mistake, he or she should contact the teacher the next school day and have the absence corrected. Attendance information is available online through PowerSchool at https://ps.prescottschools.com/public/home. The Attendance Phone Number is 445-0900 and is open for messages 24 hours every day.

ATHLETICS & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

ATHLETIC PROGRAMS AVAILABLE AT PHS

  • Fall:  Cross Country, Football, Badminton, Golf, Swimming & Diving, Girls’ Volleyball, Mountain Biking, Spirit Line.
  • Winter: Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ Basketball, Wrestling, Girls’ Soccer, Boys’ Soccer, Spirit Line
  • Spring: Track and Field, Baseball, Softball, Girls’ Tennis, Boys’ Tennis, Boys’ Volleyball

The interscholastic sports program at Prescott High School encompasses grades 9 through 12. We encourage all students to try out for the programs offered. At the freshman and junior varsity levels, our programs are designed to build the students for varsity competition. The Athletic Department strives to provide a safe and rewarding experience for our student-athletes through all the disciplines related to sports. However, cuts will be made for some sports. The total program of the school must consider the total development of each pupil. In the schools which serve all the students of all the people, we find boys and girls of widely varied backgrounds, abilities, and needs. The task of the school is to meet as effectively as possible the needs and interests of all these pupils.

The fundamental principle for competitive activities and sports is to serve the education of youth. It should both promote and supplement the regular curricular program of our schools.

ATHLETIC CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS
To be cleared for participation in any sport, the following requirements must be met:

  • Current physical examination (on or after March 1st of the previous school year)
  • Parents’ permission signature
  • Insurance coverage (must turn in a copy of the front and back of your insurance card)
  • Consent for emergency care
  • Signature of student and parent/guardian on Athletic Code form
  • Communication guidelines
  • AIA Concussion Form and Brainbook Course Completion
  • Grades must meet Prescott Unified School District’s No Pass-No Play policy

PARTICIPATION FEES
There is a $130.00 participation fee for each interscholastic sport in which an athlete competes. Students qualifying for free or reduced-pay lunch through the federal lunch program will pay a discounted fee of $65.00. This fee may be reported as an Arizona tax credit on state income tax when a parent or taxpayer submits a tax credit form along with the payment. Please note, there is no limit to the amount of fees charged; if a student plays one sport per season, a fee must be paid for all sports played even if a household has reached its $400 tax credit limit. No athlete will be barred from interscholastic sports due to inability to pay; scholarships are available through each sport’s booster club. All fees must be paid in order to receive a uniform.

ATTENDANCE AND ATHLETICS
Athletes must attend a minimum of 4 class periods during the day to be eligible to participate in competitions or in practice.  An excused absence not does necessarily eliminate this requirement (only an excused medical or student activities can count towards this). If you are uncertain about athletic attendance eligibility, please contact the Athletic Department.

NO PASS-NO PLAY
Pursuant to PUSD Policy J.6, students must pass all classes for the academic period in which they are enrolled in order to be eligible to participate in any extracurricular or co-curricular activity.  Extracurricular activities include, but are not limited to, all athletics, speech, school- sponsored clubs, and other activities which involve students in activities outside of the regular school day.  Co-curricular activities include drama, choral music, band, art, and teen court.

If a student does not receive a passing grade in all of his/her classes, the student becomes ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activities for a period of four to six weeks.  If the student then passes all classes, he/she will become eligible for the next grading period.  Grades used to determine eligibility will be based on the following dates:

Grade Checks Period of Eligibility Duration
Fri., Aug. 31, 2018 Aug. 31, 2018 – Oct. 5, 2018 4.5 weeks
Fri., Oct. 5, 2018 Oct. 5, 2018 – Nov. 16, 2018 5 weeks
Fri., Nov. 16, 2018 Nov. 16, 2018 – Dec. 21, 2018 5 weeks
Fri., Dec. 21, 2018 Dec. 21, 2018 – Feb. 8, 2019 5 weeks
Fri., Feb. 8, 2019 Feb. 8, 2019 – March 8, 2019 5 weeks
Fri., March 8, 2019 March 8, 2019 – April 18, 2019 5 weeks
Thurs., April 18, 2019 April 18, 2019 – May 23, 2019 5 weeks
Thurs., May 23, 2019 First 4.5 weeks of the 2019-2020 Year

A student who becomes ineligible at the end of a semester may re-establish eligibility by “regaining the credit” in a manner consistent with AdvancED guidelines. Students or parents/guardians may contact the principal or athletic director to discuss these options.

A failing grade during one of the 4-6 week grade periods will cause ineligibility for the next grade eligibility period.  There are no options to regain eligibility since credit has not been “lost”. A grade of “incomplete” or “NC” renders a student ineligible until a passing grade is recorded by the registrar.

To be fair to all athletes and to comply with AIA rules, grades for all participating athletes will be checked at the same time and eligibility/ineligibility will be posted for all student athletes at the same time.

Prescott Unified School District’s No Pass-No Play policy affects all students in grades 6 through 12. An eighth grader who does not pass all of his or her classes second semester will be ineligible for the first grading period of his or her freshman year and will continue to be ineligible until he or she passes all classes.

SPECTATOR CONDUCT AT ATHLETIC AND EXTRACURRICULAR EVENTS
Any person, adult or child, who behaves in an unsportsmanlike manner during an athletic or extracurricular event may be ejected from the event that person is attending, and/or denied admission to school events for up to a year. Some examples of unsportsmanlike conduct include:

  • Using vulgar or obscene language.
  • Possessing or being under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or illegal substance.
  • Possessing a weapon; fighting or otherwise striking or threatening another person.
  • Failing to obey the instructions of a security officer, referee, coach or school district employee.
  • Engaging in any activity that is illegal or disruptive.

STUDENT SECTION EXPECTATIONS

  1. All cheers coming from individuals or groups seated in student sections are positive in intent, meaning that students cheer for their school, not against the opponent.
  2. Denigrating comments about the community serving the opposing school or the school itself are off-limits.
  3. Students refrain from making any cheers or chants that may be targeted towards competitors, officials, or coaches.
  4. Cheers that include profanity or inappropriate references are not tolerated.

Administration may seek to deny future admission to any person who has not met these expectations by sending notice. This notice should contain:

  1. A description of the unsportsmanlike conduct.
  2. The proposed time period that admission to school events will be denied.

STUDENT CLUBS AVAILABLE

Academic Decathlon
Academic Honors Club
AFJROTC
Amnesty International
Auto Club
Badger Book Club
Band Club
Chemistry Club
Choir Club
Environmental Club
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
French Club
Japanese Club
Key Club
Mock Trial
Mu Alpha Theta/Math Club Academic Honors Club
National Honor Society
NorthStar (Peer Resolution)
Photography Club
Robotics Club
Ruth St. Players/Techies
“S” Club
Science Club
Skills USA
Spanish Club
Student Council
Teenage Republicans
We the People
Writing Club/Inky Creators
Young Democrats

Student club meetings must be supervised and attended by a staff member.

DANCES
The following rules apply for dances:

  • Students must present current school year’s school identification (I.D.) cards for admission.
  • Students who are dressed inappropriately, as determined by the dance chaperones, security, or administration, will not be admitted.
  • Under no circumstances may students attend a dance under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Law enforcement will be contacted.
  • Persons who are expelled, suspended out of school, or failing to complete disciplinary obligations are not permitted to attend dances.
  • Homebound students are not permitted to attend dances.
  • Inappropriate dancing is not allowed. Students will be given one warning. A second warning will mean the student will leave the dance.
  • Students leaving a dance prior to its end will not be readmitted.
  • Students not enrolled at PHS may attend as guests of PHS students upon approval of the Assistant Principal’s office. The guest must be an enrolled high school student and/or under 21 years of age. The guest may not be younger than a freshman. The deadline for guest approval is the last Wednesday before the dance. Juniors, seniors and their invited guests may attend Prom.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP/STUDENT COUNCIL
The Student Council consists of the student representatives voted on by the student body at large. Through this body, the students have representation in many affairs of the school. See the Student Council advisor for more information.

STUDENT SERVICES

BOOKSTORE
Bookstore hours are 7:30 am to 3:30 pm and closed for lunch 12:45-1:45 pm. Students may pick up textbooks, purchase school supplies, pay fines and fees.

All textbooks are checked in and out through the bookstore. During the first two weeks of school, all students will report to the bookstore to check out required book(s) with each teacher/class. Each book is assigned a bar code, and this code is attached to the student’s account. If a student causes damage to a book, there will be a repair fee assessed and charged to the student’s account. Lost or stolen books are the responsibility of the student and will need to be replaced or paid in full. It is the student’s responsibility to return all books to the bookstore to ensure that the student’s account is free and clear of any book fees. During the last weeks of school, all students will report to the bookstore to check in all textbooks assigned to them for processing and shelving.

All obligations must be paid before semester report cards, transcripts, and diplomas can be released. Any student that is withdrawing must have all obligations paid in full.

All student obligations will be mailed or emailed quarterly and can be resolved in the bookstore. If student obligations are not paid in full by 2nd quarter, the student’s account will be placed on hold until payment has been received. This hold will not allow students to purchase items through the bookstore, including parking passes, prom tickets, and yearbooks.

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
Students at times may experience emotional challenges that impact their performance in the classroom. Students are asked to come to the nurses office or the academic advisement office for assistance.

CAREER AND SCHOLARSHIP CENTER
The Career and Scholarship Center serves as a resource for students, parents, and faculty and provides the following resources:

  • Career opportunities
  • Interest assessments
  • Occupational links to post-secondary schools
  • College and scholarship searches

The Career and Scholarship Center hours are posted outside the Career and Scholarship Center.

LIBRARY
The library is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. On Wednesdays, the library may close at the end of the school day at 2:30 pm for staff meetings. The PHS Library is part of the Yavapai Library Network and students have access to materials from 41 other libraries in Yavapai County. Students may place a “hold” on items from other libraries, using the electronic library catalog. These items will be transferred to the PHS Library for the student to check out. Students may request DVDs, but may not check out R-rated materials.

Students must have a pass from a teacher in order to come to the library during a class period. The library is open during lunch, but students may not eat their lunch in the library.

Students must have their library card or student ID card in order to check out a book and may have up to five books checked out at one time. A fine of 10 cents per school day is charge for each overdue book. A reference book may be checked out for one night; a fine of 25 cents is charged for each day that it is overdue. If a library item is lost or damaged, the student is responsible for the cost of the item plus a $5.00 processing fee. All library fines must be paid in the bookstore.  Students must pay their library fines before they will receive their report card, transcript, or diploma. A student must also pay his or her library fines before he or she can check out additional books.

TECHNOLOGY
PHS encourages use of technology to support education, research, and the educational goals of the District. Misuse of computers may result in disciplinary action and loss of computer privileges including restitution to cover any damaged equipment. Please read the Use of Technology Policy below. Computers are to be used for educational purposes only. No food or drink is permitted near computers.

Please see PUSD Board Policies below in regards to technology use for students.

By signing the handbook page, you are stating that you understand and agree to abide by the policy outlined below.

USE OF TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES IN INSTRUCTION – PUSD Board Policy
The District may provide electronic information services (EIS) to qualified students, teachers, and other personnel who attend or who are employed by the District.  Electronic information services include networks (e.g., LAN, WAN, Internet), databases, and any computer-accessible source of information, whether from hard drives, compact disks (CDs), cloud based systems, third party vendors, or other electronic sources.  The use of the services shall be in support of education, research, and the educational goals of the District.  To assure that the EIS is used in an appropriate manner and for the educational purposes intended, the District will require anyone who uses the EIS to follow its guidelines and procedures for appropriate use.  Anyone who misuses, abuses, or chooses not to follow the EIS guidelines and procedures will be denied access to the District’s EIS and may be subject to disciplinary and/or legal action.

The Superintendent shall determine steps, including the use of an Internet filtering mechanism that must be taken to promote the safety and security of the use of the District’s online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.  Technology protection measures shall protect against Internet access by both adults and minors to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography or, with respect to use of computers by minors, harmful to minors.  Safety and security mechanisms shall include online monitoring activities.

As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the prevention of inappropriate network usage includes unauthorized access, including “hacking,” and other unlawful activities; unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.

It is the policy of the Board to:

  • prevent user access over the District’s computer network, or transmissions of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications;
  • prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity;
  • prevent unauthorized online  disclosure,  use,  or  dissemination  of  personal  identification information of minors; and
  • comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [P.L. No. 106-554 and 47 U.S.C. 254(h)]. Each user will be required to sign an EIS user’s agreement. The District may log the use of all

systems and monitor all system utilization.  Accounts may be closed and files may be deleted at any  time.    The   District   is   not   responsible   for   any  service   interruptions,   changes,   or consequences.  The District reserves the right to establish rules and regulations as necessary for the efficient operation of the electronic information services.

The District does not assume liability for information retrieved via EIS, nor does it assume any liability for any information lost, damaged, or unavailable due to technical or other difficulties.

Filtering and Internet Safety
As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the District shall provide for technology protection measures that protect against Internet access by both adults and minors to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or, with respect to use of the computers by students, harmful to students.  The protective measures shall also include monitoring the online activities of students.

Limits, controls, and prohibitions shall be placed on student:

  • Access to inappropriate matter.
  • Safety and security in direct electronic communications.
  • Unauthorized online access or activities
  • Unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal information.

Education, Supervision and Monitoring
It shall be the responsibility of all District employees to be knowledgeable of the Board’s policies and administrative guidelines and procedures.  Further, it shall be the responsibility of all employees, to the extent prudent to an individual’s assignment to educate, supervise, and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy, the Children’s Internet Protection Act, and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.

The Superintendent shall provide for appropriate training for District employees and for students who use the District’s computer network and have access to the Internet. Training provided shall be designed to promote the District’s commitment to:

  • the standards and acceptable use of the District’s network and Internet services as set forth in District policy;
  • student safety in regards to use of the Internet, appropriate behavior while using, but not limited to, such things as social networking Web sites, online opportunities and chat rooms; and cyberbullying awareness and response; and compliance with E-rate requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

While training will be subsequently provided to employees under this policy, the requirements of the policy are effective immediately.  Employees will be held to strict compliance with the requirements of the policy and the accompanying regulation, regardless of whether training has been given.

The Superintendent is responsible for the implementation of this policy and for establishing and enforcing the District’s electronic information services guidelines and procedures for appropriate technology protection measures (filters), monitoring, and use.

Adopted:  May 13, 2014

USE OF TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES IN INSTRUCTION – PUSD Board Policy

ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SERVICES USER AGREEMENT
Details  of  the  user  agreement shall  be  discussed  with  each  potential  user  of  the  electronic information services (EIS). When the signed agreement is returned to the school, the user may be permitted use of EIS resources.

Terms and Conditions

Acceptable use. Each user must:

  • Use the EIS to support personal educational objectives consistent with the educational goals and objectives of the School District.
  • Agree not to submit, publish, display, or retrieve any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, or illegal material.
  • Abide by all copyright and trademark laws and regulations.
  • Not reveal home addresses, personal phone numbers or personally identifiable data unless authorized to do so by designated school authorities.
  • Understand that electronic mail or direct electronic communication is not private and may be read and monitored by school employed persons.
  • Not use the network in any way that would disrupt the use of the network by others.
  • Not use the EIS for commercial purposes.
  • Follow the District’s code of conduct.
  • Not attempt to harm, modify, add/or destroy software or hardware nor interfere with system security.
  • Understand that inappropriate use may result in cancellation of permission to use the educational information services (EIS) and appropriate disciplinary action up to and including expulsion for students.

In addition, acceptable use for District employees is extended to include requirements to:

  • Maintain supervision of students using the EIS.
  • Agree to directly log on and supervise the account activity when allowing others to use District accounts.
  • Take responsibility for assigned personal and District accounts, including password protection.
  • Take all responsible precautions, including password maintenance and file and directory protection measures, to prevent the use of personal and District accounts and files by unauthorized persons.

Personal responsibility.  I will report any misuse of the EIS to the administration or system administrator, as is appropriate.

I understand that many services and products are available for a fee and acknowledge my personal responsibility for any expenses incurred without District authorization.

Network  etiquette.  I  am  expected  to  abide  by  the  generally  acceptable  rules  of  network etiquette.  Therefore, I will:

  • Be polite and use appropriate language. I will not send, or encourage others to send, abusive messages.
  • Respect privacy. I will not reveal any home addresses or personal phone numbers or personally identifiable information.
  • Avoid disruptions. I will not use the network in any way that would disrupt use of the systems by others.
  • Observe the following considerations:

■ Be brief.

■ Strive to use correct spelling and make messages easy to understand.

■ Use short and descriptive titles for articles.

■ Post only to known groups or persons.

Services

The School District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy of information.  While the District will make an effort to ensure access to proper materials, the user has the ultimate responsibility for how the electronic information services (EIS) is used and bears the risk of reliance on the information obtained.

I have read and agree to abide by the School District policy and regulations on appropriate use of the electronic information system, as incorporated herein by reference.

I understand and will abide by the provisions and conditions indicated.  I understand that any violations of the above terms and conditions may result in disciplinary action and the revocation of my use of information services.

By signing the handbook page, you are stating that you understand and agree to abide by the policy outlined below.

USE OF TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES IN INSTRUCTION – PUSD Board Policy

Safety and use of Electronic Information Services
Use of the electronic information services (EIS) requires that the use of the resources be in accordance with the following guidelines and support the education, research, and educational goals of the District.  Filtering, monitoring, and access controls shall be established to:

  • Limit access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web.
  • Monitor the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications.
  • Monitor for unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities by minors online.
  • Restrict access by minors to materials harmful to minors.

Content Filtering

A content filtering program or similar technology shall be used on the networked electronic information services (EIS) as well as on standalone computers capable of District authorized access to the Internet.  The technology shall at a minimum limit access to obscene, profane, sexually oriented, harmful, or illegal materials. Should a District adult employee have a legitimate need to obtain information from an access-limited site, the Superintendent may authorize, on a limited basis, access for the necessary purpose specified by the employee’s request to be granted access.

Education, Supervision and Monitoring

It is the responsibility of all District employees to be knowledgeable of the Board’s policy and administrative regulations and procedures related to the use of technology resources.  Employees are further responsible, to the extent prudent to an individual’s assignment, to educate, supervise, and monitor student use of the District’s online computer network use.  District, department, and school administrators shall provide employees with appropriate in-servicing and assist employees with the implementation of Policy IJNDB.

As a means of providing safety and security in direct electronic communications and to prevent abuses to the appropriate use of electronic equipment, all computer access to the Internet through the District electronic information services (EIS) or standalone connection shall be monitored periodically or randomly through in-use monitoring or review of usage logs.

Access Control
Individual access to the EIS shall be by authorization only.  Designated personnel may provide authorization to students and staff who have completed and returned an electronic information services user agreement.  The Superintendent may give authorization to other persons to use the EIS.

Acceptable Use
Each user of the EIS shall:

  • Use the EIS to support personal educational objectives consistent with the educational goals and objectives of the School District.
  • Agree not to submit, publish, display, or retrieve any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, or illegal material.
  • Abide by all copyright and trademark laws and regulations.
  • Not reveal home addresses, personal phone numbers or personally identifiable data unless authorized to do so by designated school authorities.
  • Understand that electronic mail or direct electronic communication is not private and may be read and monitored by school employed persons.
  • Not use the network in any way that would disrupt the use of the network by others.
  • Not use the EIS for commercial purposes.
  • Follow the District’s code of conduct.
  • Not attempt to harm, modify, add, or destroy software or hardware nor interfere with system security.
  • Understand that inappropriate use may result in cancellation of permission to use the electronic information services (EIS) and appropriate disciplinary action up to and including expulsion for students.

In addition, acceptable use for District employees is extended to include requirements to:

  • Maintain supervision of students using the EIS.
  • Agree to directly log on and supervise the account activity when allowing others to use District accounts.
  • Take responsibility for assigned personal and District accounts, including password protection.
  • Take all responsible  precautions,  including  password  maintenance  and  file  and  directory protection measures, to prevent the use of personal and District accounts and files by unauthorized persons.

Each user will be required to sign an EIS user agreement.  A user who violates the provisions of the agreement will be denied access to the information services and may be subject to disciplinary action.  Accounts may be closed and files may be deleted at any time.  The District is not responsible for any service interruptions, changes, or consequences.

Details  of  the  user agreement shall  be  discussed  with  each  potential  user  of  the  electronic information services.  When the signed agreement is returned to the school, the user may be permitted use of EIS resources through school equipment.

FIRE DRILLS, LOCK DOWN PROCEDURES, AND SHELTER IN PLACE
Fire, Lock Down, and Shelter in Place regulations are posted in each classroom. Students should know and understand the route of exit from each of the classrooms. An emergency drill will be held one time per month.

In the event of a crisis situation, the Administration will decide if it is in the best interest for the safety and welfare of students and staff to evacuate the building, or to remain inside and implement a “shelter in place.” The use of simple, calm, direct commands over the intercom system will be utilized. Students must comply with these directives quickly and responsibly. As a reminder, students may not use cell phones or any electronic device, as per school rules, and requests by law enforcement during the drills.

HEALTH CENTER – NURSES OFFICE
A registered nurse is available during classroom hours for emergencies, injuries, illness, and consultation. The Health Center is not a substitute for a student’s health care provider. If a student wakes up not feeling well, or has a temperature greater than 100 degrees, he/she should stay home. Students who become ill while in class must obtain a pass from their teacher and report to the nurse. Contact with a parent/guardian must be made prior to sending an ill student home. Students requiring physician-prescribed medication during the school day must have medicine registered with the school nurse (this includes inhalers and epi-pens).

  • Students must have a current immunization record to enroll or attend school.
  • Students must have permission to treat form signed by a parent/guardian.
  • Freshman and Special Education students will undergo vision and hearing screening during the school year.
  • Students may be referred to the nurse for a welfare check.

LOCKERS
A locker will be assigned to each student. A student is assigned the same locker for their entire four years at PHS. Students should not leave money or valuables in lockers. Students should not allow other students access to or the use of the locker. The school has the right to inspect lockers and/or the contents at any time. All lockers must be emptied within two weeks of the end of the school year. Contents found inside the locker beyond this time will be donated to a charity.

LOST AND FOUND
Lost and Found is located in the main office.

FOOD SERVICES
PUSD Food & Nutrition web pages

Prescott High School operates under a closed campus policy during lunch periods.  Students are neither allowed to drive cars nor leave the school grounds during lunch without specific permission. During breakfast and lunch, students are encouraged to eat their meals either in the multi-purpose room or patio. Any contradictions to this rule will be announced and/or cleared by Administration.

We believe that healthy meals are essential to helping students learn. Breakfast and lunch meals are served daily. Breakfast service generally starts sixty minutes before schools starts and ends when the first bell rings. Lunch is served during scheduled lunch periods. Please contact the food service manager for special service times, if needed. Menus can be viewed from the PUSD Food & Nutrition web pages. Food may only be purchased from the cafeteria during breakfast and lunch times.

Our online fee pay system allows families to pay for meals online, monitor food purchases, and check account balances. Parents will be notified when account balances are low. Cash or checks can be deposited at school by the student or guardian during the day as well. Negative balance notices will be sent out weekly; once a negative balance is reached, students will be on a cash basis until the account is brought current.

On-campus food service providers can accommodate allergy and/or dietary concerns with documentation from a medical physician. Forms can be found on the PUSD Food & Nutrition web pages. Please keep any dietary or allergy concerns on file with the school nurse and the food service manager.

Students may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Eligibility requirements and application forms can found on the PUSD Food & Nutrition web pages, or can be obtained from the front office or the food service manager. Parents/guardians can also apply online or return a filled out application to the front office or food service manager.

MESSAGES AND DELIVERIES
The school can only accept messages and deliveries from parents or guardians. Students will be called to the office over the P.A. system between classes and/or a pass will be sent to students to pick up messages.

STUDENT PARKING
Parking at PHS is a privilege. The school is not responsible for any theft, damage or vandalism to a vehicle while on school property. A student parks at his or her own risk and parent/guardians(s) hereby agree that the use of the parking lot is at the student’s and parent/guardian’s own risk.

To obtain a parking permit, the student must:

  • Submit their driver’s license number
  • Provide proof of insurance
  • Provide car registration
  • Pay the $90 yearly fee

Students driving more than one vehicle to campus will be charged an additional $5.00 per vehicle for parking permits. This fee is in addition to the $90.00 annual parking fee. It is recommended that all household vehicles be listed at the time of registration to avoid the issuance of parking fines and/or the booting of a vehicle. Please bring proper insurance and registration for all vehicles to the bookstore.

A pro-rated permit is available for students who receive a permit after school has begun. Student vehicles that do not display a permit will be booted and fined.  A second offense may result in the vehicle being towed at owner’s expense and a loss of parking privileges.

Unauthorized transfer of a parking permit will result in loss of parking privileges on campus, plus an assessment of a $50.00 fee.

If a student drives a “substitute” vehicle, a temporary permit must be obtained and placed on the vehicle’s dashboard (temporary permits can be obtained through the assistant principal’s office). If a student has any questions about a damaged parking sticker, he or she should visit the bookstore.

Drivers must exercise caution at all times and observe the campus speed limit of 10 miles per hour or lower, as posted. SHOW COURTESY TO PEDESTRIANS AT ALL TIMES. Parking spots are not assigned. Parking along curbs or in other than lined parking spaces is prohibited. First time violations for students with permits will be subject to a fine of $10.00. Second violations result in a fine of $15.00 and further parking privileges may be withdrawn. All moving violations carry a $20.00 fine.

Any student without a parking permit will be fined $50.00 each time they are ticketed. Students who drive to school and park their vehicles on the school campus are expected to abide by all state and school traffic regulations at all times.  School security officers have full authority to cite students for traffic/parking violations.

School officials who have established reasonable suspicion that dangerous, illegal, or unauthorized materials are present may search a vehicle on campus. The school will try to contact the student/owner prior to the search, but may conduct searches without notice, consent, or a search warrant. All student cars parked in the school parking lot during the school day must display a parking decal available from the bookstore.

Cars may not be substituted for lockers. Teachers will not dismiss students during classes to go to their cars. Students should only be at their vehicles when they are leaving campus.

FOOD AND DRINK
Each teacher will develop his/her own classroom policy in regard to food and drink. Students should not leave open food and drink in lockers, as this may invite unwanted four-legged guests. Eating is not permitted in the Badger Commons Area.

BICYCLE PARKING
Bicycle parking is located behind Gym A, facing the weight room. Students are responsible for locking their bicycles. Students are expected to follow bicycle safety rules. Bicycles are to remain outside of all buildings and are not to be ridden except in areas where a car may be driven. No riding is permitted on sidewalks. The school is not responsible for vandalism, theft, or damage. Students park their bicycles at their own risks.

SKATEBOARDS AND HOVERBOARDS
No skateboarding is allowed on campus. We ask that all skateboards be locked in the skateboard racks near the wrestling room.

Hover boards—two-wheeled, self-balancing electric scooters—have seen a recent rise in popularity and usage. Unfortunately, there are some hazards associated with these devices, including fires, property damage, and injuries to riders and onlookers. As a result, PHS has banned the devices from being used, stored, or charged on campus.

STUDENT BEHAVIOR

SILENT WITNESS PROGRAM (See It, Stop It) AND THE  BADGER TIP LINE
The Silent Witness allows a student to provide information about a crime, school safety issue, or violations of school rules and remain anonymous. Cash awards will be made if the information is verified and leads to an arrest or school disciplinary action. Students, parents, and guardians are encouraged to contact any staff member and give them the information. The information will be given to the Administration or follow the directions on a “See It Stop It” poster. Silent Witness information boxes are located in the Library, Attendance Office and the Nurse’s Office.

The Badger Tip Line is an online and text messaging reporting system. Students are able to text reports of concern to alert administration and security of potential issues involving drugs, theft, depression, bullying, violence, etc.  The reporting system can also be accessed from the students’ PUSD Chrome logins.

SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION
Bus transportation is a privilege, not a right.  Student ID’s are required for students to board school bus.

A student shall abide by all school rules regulating the students while in a school bus or other school vehicle, and shall obey the directive of school bus drivers. Bus riding privileges may be revoked for violations. Students can be disciplined by both the school and the transportation department.

Disruptions to the Educational Process

GENERAL REGULATIONS
Public display of affection is not allowed.  Snowball throwing is not permitted on school grounds. Persons not enrolled at Prescott High School must check in with the Front Office before going to a classroom.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Possession or use of personal electronic communication devices by students is permitted provided that:

  • Such devices do not disrupt the educational program or school activity.
  • Such devices are kept in the “off” position in the classroom unless the teacher has expressly permitted their use.
  • The devices are permitted by the school administration and are used in accordance with school guidelines.

Students will not be dismissed from classes to make or answer telephone calls. Students may not take or post on the internet unwanted pictures or videos of other students or staff members with their cell phones or any other device as it is a violation of the privacy rights of individuals. If this policy is violated it will be referred to law enforcement.  Staff members who find that a student’s cell phone is disruptive will confiscate the item for the duration of the school day for the first infraction and will confiscate and file a behavior referral for the second infraction. Parents are required to pick up confiscated items.

Electronic devices (such as iPod, MP3 players and/or cell phones) may be used on the campus, but not in classes or academic settings unless permission is given by the teacher. Students should carefully consider before deciding to bring valuable electronic devices onto campus. The school and/or district is not responsible nor does it have insurance to cover students’ lost or stolen property. PHS does not investigate these concerns. Students may report theft, damage or vandalism to the School Resource Officer.

All electronic devices must be out of sight during any testing periods; this includes quizzes, tests, final exams, etc.

LIMITED PUBLIC FORUM
Prescott High School operates in a limited open/closed forum.  Provided the public forum is not disruptive to educational environment of the classroom and school, students may participate in the activity.

INDENTIFICATION CARDS
PHS students will be issued identification cards which must be carried at all times during the school day and must be shown upon request to any staff member on the school premises. Students without an ID should be sent to the Bookstore for a temporary ID at the cost of $1.00. Repeat offenders will be disciplined for non-compliance. Students may also use these cards to access food services, library services, and for identification at school activities. A student will be charge $5.00 to replace a lost or stolen school ID.

DRESS CODE
(As adopted by Student Council and Site Council)

The administration and staff reserve the right to employ administrative judgment in disallowing any clothing, accessories, jewelry, backpacks, and/or notebooks which could include any trends or fads that are distracting to the educational process, atmosphere, climate, or that pose a safety issue.

The PUSD dress code motto is “Dress for Success.” Our objective is to promote personal safety and personal hygiene, encourage positive behavior and respect for self and others, promote positive peer images, and show respect for family and community expectations.

This dress code is in effect during school hours and during school events.  This includes dances, sporting events, and traveling on a PUSD bus. Exceptions to portions of the dress code may be allowed during designated school spirit days or other events at the discretion of the administration.

Pants, Shorts, and Skirts

  • Jeans, pants, and slacks must be of appropriate size and have no opening that exposes undergarments.
  • Pajama pants or clothing that resembles pajamas or bathrobes may not be worn.
  • All shorts and skirts should be modest in length and may not be shorter than the student’s thumb length when arms are relaxed and held vertically adjacent to that person’s body. If a person’s arms are exceptionally long or short, modesty and decency will be considered in determining appropriate length.  Rips or tears in jeans/pants must also be below the person’s thumb length.
  • Undergarments must not be seen at any time.

Shirts and Blouses

  • Shirts must be of appropriate length and meet the pant line.  No skin should be exposed
  • when students are bending over, raising hands, etc.
  • Halter-tops, racer backs, crop tops, tube tops, low-cut tops, shoulderless/backless tops, tops with a bare midriff, bathing suits, and spaghetti straps are not permitted.
  • Shirts shall not be excessively large and not have oversized armpit holes.
  • Shoulder straps must be at least 2 inches wide (the width of the student ID card)
  • Undergarments must not be seen at any time.
  • Shirts and blouses should have a modest neckline with no cleavage showing.  The neckline must not fall below a student’s armpits.

Hats and Caps

  • Hats, beanies, stocking caps, and hoods are permitted in classrooms at teacher discretion.
  • Bandanas, doo-rags, hairnets, sweatbands, and any other headwear are unacceptable.
  • Unobtrusive headbands and barrettes to hold hair back are allowed.

Shoes

  • Shoes must be such that they are safe and appropriate for school activities, and must be
  • worn at all times.
  • (Flip-flops or sandals are discouraged and are not permitted when students are engaged in athletic activities.)
  • Slippers, or shoes that resemble slippers, may not be worn.

Other Guidelines

  • Clothing or items that contain inappropriate logos, graphic designs, pictures, or
  • statements that are or could be misconstrued as inappropriate for school are not allowed.
  • The following are restricted from clothes and other personal items. The unacceptable items include, but are not limited to: alcohol, drugs, tobacco use, gang art, inappropriate language, racial slogans, and sexually explicit slogans or pictures.
  • Sunglasses may not be worn indoors.
  • Any clothing or items that could be considered gang related are unacceptable and are not permitted. These include but are not limited to: tattoos or body art, hanging bandanas, shoelaces, belts, hair ties, or showing of colors.
  • Clothing in a ripped or ragged state may be worn as long as holes are in modest and decent areas. Any holes must fall below the top of that person’s thumb when arms are relaxed and held vertically adjacent to that person’s body.

The administration reserves the right to make exceptions to these rules as they may see fit to accommodate unusual circumstances.

CODE OF CONDUCT POLICY AND PROCEDURE
A student who engages in conduct prohibited by school policy may be disciplined. Discipline may include, but is not limited to, any one or any combination of the following: oral reprimand, parent/guardian conference; confiscation of personal property; restitution; temporary exclusion from the classroom;  loss of privileges; loss of credit; detention; home-assignment; out of school suspension; or expulsion.

Continued open defiance of authority, continued disruptive or disorderly behavior, violent behavior which includes use or display of a dangerous instrument or a deadly weapon as defined in A.R.S. section 13-105, use or possession of a gun, or excessive absenteeism, constitute good causes for expulsion. (A.R.S. 15-841—Responsibilities of Pupils.)

This Policy is intended to regulate conduct of a student when the student is (1) on school grounds or at a school sponsored event; (2) traveling to or from school or a school sponsored event; (3) engaged in misconduct that is in any other manner school related or adversely affects the operation of any school; and (4) behavior that brings disrespect to the school.

If a student withdraws from school after receiving notice of possible long-term suspension the Governing Board may continue with the action after the withdrawal and may record the results of such action in the student’s permanent file.

DISCIPLINE MATRIX

It is not practical or feasible to include all possible student behaviors that may be deemed inappropriate or against school rules.  Therefore, any misconduct not specifically cited in this code is subject to definition and judgment of the building administration

  1. This matrix is designed to be progressive in nature, however, administration reserves the right to use administrative review when deemed necessary.
  2. Repeated Level I and Level II infractions may constitute incorrigible behavior and therefore may be treated as Level III infractions.
  3. Level III infractions may be referred to the governing board for long-term suspension or expulsion.
  4. Detentions may be held before school, lunch, or after school, and on Saturday.
  5. Prohibited items are items that disrupt or may disrupt the education process and/or pose a safety or health hazard.
  6. Proof of participation in mediation and/or counseling may reduce assigned consequences.
  7. Students that are habitually truant as defined in ARS 15-803 may be cited in accordance with ARS 15-805.
  8. Parental contact/involvement is a minimum expectation throughout the matrix.

Any or all of these infractions can be referred to law enforcement at the Administration’s discretion.

Infraction Violation Level
Accumulation of Discipline Violations Level 2
Aggravated Assault Level 3
Alcohol Violation Level 3
Any item that may disrupt the educational environment or pose a safety issue Level 3
Armed Robbery Level 3
Arson of a Structure or Property Level 3
Arson of an Occupied Structure Level 3
Assault Level 3
Bomb Threat Level 3
Bullying Level 3
Burglary (First Degree) Level 3
Burglary/Breaking and Entering (Second and Third Degree) Level 3
Chemical or Biological Threat Level 3
Combustible Level 3
Contraband Level 2
Dangerous Items*(Will carry a more severe consequence)
Air Soft Gun
Billy Club
Brass Knuckles
B.B. Gun
Knife
Knife w/ Blade longer than 2.5 Inches
Laser Pointer
Letter Opener
Nun chucks
Mace/Pepper Spray
Paintball Gun
Pellet Gun
Razor Blade or Box Cutter
Simulated Knife
Taser or Stun Gun
Tear Gas
Simulated Firearm
Level 3
Defiance, Disrespect towards Authority, and Non-Compliance Level 2
Disorderly Conduct Level 3
Disruption (Minor) Level 1
Disruption of Educational Process Level 3
Distribution/Selling Drugs – Maximum Level 3
Dress Code Violation Level 1
Drug Paraphernalia  – Minimum Level 3
Drug Violation:
Inhalants
Prescription Drugs (inappropriate use of)*
Over the Counter Drugs (inappropriate use of)*
Level 3
Endangerment* Level 3
Extortion* Level 3
Fighting* Level 3
Fire Alarm Misuse* Level 3
Firearms
Handgun, Shotgun, Rifle
Level 3
Gambling Level 2
Graffiti Level 3
Harassment, Sexual Level 3
Harassment, Nonsexual Level 3
Harassment, Sexual with Contact Level 3
Hazing Level 3
Homicide Level 3
Illicit Drugs:
Ecstasy
Cocaine or Crack
Hallucinogens
Heroin
Marijuana
Methamphetamine
Other Illicit Drug
Unknown Drug
Level 3
Inappropriate Language Level 1
Indecent Exposure or Public Sexual Indecency* Level 3
Kidnapping Level 3
Leaving School Grounds w/out Permission Level 2
Lying, Cheating, Forgery, Plagiarism Level 2
Minor Aggressive Act (hitting) Level 3
Network Infraction Level 2
Other Firearm or Destructive Device
Bomb
Grenade
Starter Gun or Pistol
Other Firearm or Destructive Device
Level 3
Out of Bounds/Loitering Level 1
Parking Lot Violations
Computer/School Equipment
Level 2
Pass Violation Level 2
Petty Theft Level 3
Pornography Level 3
Public Display of Affection Level 1
Recklessness Level 3
Robbery Level 3
Sexual Abuse/Sexual Conduct w/ a Minor Molestation
Sexual Assault/Rape
Level 3
Substance Represented as Illicit Drug – Maximum Level 3
Tardy Level 1
Telecommunication Device/Cell Phone Violation Level 1
Theft Level 3
Threat or Intimidation Level 3
Tobacco Paraphernalia
Vaping Items
Level 3
Trespassing Level 3
Truancy Level 2
Unexcused Absences Level 2
Vandalism of Personal Property Level 3
Vandalism of School Property Level 3
Vandalism or Criminal Damage Level 3
Verbal Provocation Level 2
Weapons and Dangerous Items Level 3

ASSIGNMENT OF CONSEQUENCE

Restorative Justice Level 1
Verbal Warning Level 1
Behavior Plan Level 1
Detention Level 1
School/Community Service Level 1
Confiscation of Property Level 1
Zero Credit Level 1
Referral to: Counselor, Peer Mediation, Student/Parent/Teacher Conference Level 1
Loss of Privilege Level 1
Restitution Level 1
Out of School Suspension Level 2 or 3
Expulsion Level 2 or 3

DISCIPLINE APPEALS PROCEDURE

The student and parent may file an appeal of any disciplinary action in writing with the Principal within forty-eight hours of the initial action.  All appeals decisions for suspensions less than ten days are final with the Building Principal.

GLOSSARY
Alcohol, Drug and Drug Paraphernalia: A student shall not possess, handle, conceal, sell, offer to sell, use or be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or drug paraphernalia (except that use of medication is allowed if it is prescribed by a physician and used in accordance with the prescription and Governing Board policies).  The school nurse shall be notified if a student is to possess medication on school grounds, school transportation or school sponsored events pursuant to this exception.  For the purpose of this policy, drugs are defined as narcotic drugs, dangerous drugs, prescription drugs without a prescription, toxic substances, look-alike drugs, and marijuana as those terms are defined in A.R.S. 13-3411 and 4-244.  Distribution or selling drugs on campus will result in a more stringent disciplinary action.

Arson: A student shall not start, attempt to start, or promote the continuation of any fire or explosion.  This does not preclude teacher approved class activities such as an approved and supervised experiment in a class. (A.R.S. 13-702, 13-1703.) Student may not possess accelerants while under school jurisdiction.

Defiance of Authority—Truthfulness: A student shall obey the reasonable orders of teachers, administrators, the school SRO and other school district employees, and shall respond to requests for information from these persons in a truthful manner and shall not be defiant of school authority. In the course of an investigation, school administrators and the SRO will question the student without receiving prior parent approval.

Disruptive Conduct: A student shall not engage, or attempt to engage, in any conduct that is reasonably likely to disrupt, or that does disrupt, any school function, process or activity.

Distribution of Materials Not School Related:  Prescott High School is maintained as a limited public forum for the purpose of student expression.  The Governing Board recognizes the First Amendment rights of students to engage in protected speech, whether written, oral, or by conduct.  Special attention to the following provision and subparts is requested:

Any flyers, booklets, or other written materials distributed by the student, not directly related to school sponsored activities, may be distributed on school property, except in the locations and during the times set forth in subpart B of this rule.  Such written material shall be clearly marked with the sponsoring person or organization name.  All distribution must be made in conformity with Governing Board policy. Distribution of materials are prohibited in any classroom, gym, study area, school administration office (including nurse’s office and faculty lounge areas) bathrooms, hallways, library, auditorium or the interior entry area at the main building, entrances within the school building between the hours of 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. when school is in session or in the cafeteria during lunch hours.  In addition, distribution may not occur in such manner that would violate board policy.

  1. B. School property includes all real property of the Prescott Unified school Distric

The following conduct concerning student solicitation is prohibited at any time when students are present on school grounds during the school day or during school sponsored activities:

Conduct that substantially interferes with entrance or exit of pedestrian or vehicle traffic in buildings, parking lots, work or activity areas, including without limitation, blocking any hallways in the school building, classrooms, or other pedestrian areas.

  1. Students may use the inside areas not specifically excluded by board policy. The areas are the cafeteria during non-lunch hours and the Senior Inside Patio area at the high school. These areas are available every day without regard to weather.  Distribution in such areas are not in violation of subpart B of this policy that closes the interior of the school building to distribution of literature during the school day, except as noted herein.

Conduct that materially disrupts any school class or school activity.

Conduct that substantially interferes with the students’ right to be left alone, after a clear expression by such student(s) of a lack of interest in an offer of written materials or other speech. This shall not prevent an initial offer, only continuing offer in the face of a clear indication of a lack of interest or a refusal to allow a student to leave one’s presence on any one occasion.

All materials must be approved prior to posting on school grounds with the building level administration.

Conduct, which violates these policies, is subject to discipline pursuant to the Prescott Unified School District Policy and Procedures Manual and the individual policy manuals established at each of the schools.

Emancipated Students: To be emancipated requires a student to have paperwork signed by a parent and on file in the attendance office. This means that parents give up their right to intervene on behalf of their student on any school issue.

Emergency Alarms and Fire Control Devices/False Reporting: A student shall not activate or use any fire alarm or emergency control device unless the student reasonably believes that an emergency exists justifying use of the device. (A.R.S. 13-2907)

Forgery, Plagiarism, and Cheating: A student shall not use, or attempt to use, the identity, signature, academic work, homework, or research of another person and represent that it is his or her own.  A student shall not share his or her knowledge or work with another student during an examination unless approved by the teacher.  A student shall not bring into an examination any materials, electronic device or notes unless approved by the teacher.  A student shall not alter a written school document without the express consent of a school official. (A.R.S. 13-2002.)

Any part of a senior paper, which is used in other classes as part of an assignment by anyone other than the author, will result in disciplinary action by the assistant principal for both the author and the plagiarizing student.

Gambling: A student shall not engage in any game or activity that involves the element of risk or chance with the intention that property will be exchanged based upon the outcome of the game or activity. (A.R.S. 3-3303, 13-3304, 13-3305, 13-3306.)

Hazing:  There shall be no hazing, solicitation to engage in hazing, or aiding and abetting another who is engaged in hazing of any person enrolled, accepted for or promoted to enrollment, or intending to enroll or be promoted to District schools within twelve (12) calendar months.  For purposes of this policy a person as specified above shall be considered a “student” until graduation, transfer, promotion or withdrawal from the District school.

Initiation and Hazing: Unless the activity is properly supervised and has received the express approval of the school principal, a student shall not participate in an initiation. Initiations or hazing that involve actual or threatened verbal, physical or sexual abuse are absolutely prohibited.  Initiations related to any school club, athletic team, or other group are subject to the above prohibitions whether or not the conduct occurs on school grounds.

Obscenity and Defamation:  A student shall not use defamatory or obscene words or phrases or distribute defamatory or obscene materials.  Defamatory words or material are those that are false and expose a person to hatred, contempt, ridicule, disgust or an equivalent reaction or are false and have a tendency to insult a person’s occupation, business or office.  Obscene materials are those that an average person, applying contemporary standards of the school community, would find taken as a whole, appeal to prurient interests and lack serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value. The standard to be used is that of the school community, in recognition of the fact that students are, as a group, younger and more sensitive than the general adult population. (A.R.S. 13-3502.)

Possession of Weapons and Dangerous Instruments: A student shall not, while on school grounds on school transportation or at school events, possess, buy, sell, conceal or use firearms, weapons, explosives, or fireworks, archery equipment, munitions, or martial arts items.  A student shall also not use any other instrument capable of harming any person or property or reasonably susceptible or creating the impression of such harm.

Self Defense:  Self defense at Prescott High School is defined as taking physical action to protect oneself from physical harm, having no means of avoidance or escape.  The circumstances surrounding a fight must show that the one claiming self defense made every effort to avoid the physical engagement. In essence, striking another person after physical contact was initiated upon them first does not constitute or justify a claim of self defense.  The evidence must show that there as no other choice.

Senior Prank: Any student who is identified or caught participating in a senior prank which results in the illegal entry of the school, vandalism, disruption of the educational process or criminal damage to the campus will be charged or receive an out of school suspension, and may not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Sexual Harassment: PHS requires mutual respect among staff and students. Definition:  Any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.  Any student who engages in the sexual harassment of anyone in the school setting may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

Threats, Assaults and Fighting: A student shall not verbally or physically threaten abuse assault or engage in a fight with any person on school grounds. (A.R.S. 13-1201, 13-1202, 13- 1203, 13-1204.

Vandalism, Littering and Destruction of Property: A student shall not damage, destroy or deface or otherwise injure any school property belonging to any other person, and shall not litter on school property or at any school event.  The parents or guardians of students who injure school property shall be liable for all damage done. (A.R.S. 15-842; 13-1602; 13-1603; 13-1702, 13-1703.

Violation of Federal, State or Local Law: A student shall not violate any federal, state or local law.

Violation of School Policies and Rules: A student shall not violate any Governing Board of Education policy, administrative regulation, or school rule.

Student Concerns, Complaints, and Concerns

PUSD Board Policy J-3632 J11-EB

Students may present a complaint or grievance regarding one or more of the following:

  • Violation of the student’s constitutional rights
  • Denial of an equal opportunity to participate in any program or activity for which the student qualifies not related to the student’s individual capabilities.
  • Discriminatory treatment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability.
  • Concern for the student’s personal safety.

Complaints and grievances related to allegations of student violence, harassment, intimidation or bullying are to be filed in accordance with Board Policy JICK. Provided that:

  • The topic is not the subject of disciplinary or other proceedings under other policies and regulations of this District, and
  • The procedure shall not apply to any matter for which the method of review is prescribed by law, or the Governing Board is without authority to act.

The guidelines to be followed are:

  • The accusation must be made within thirty (30) calendar days of the time the student knew or should have known that there were grounds for the complaint/grievance.
  • The complaint/grievance shall be made only to a school administrator or a school staff member.
  • The person receiving the complaint will gather information for the complaint form.

All allegations shall be reported on forms with the necessary particulars as determined by the Superintendent.  Forms are available in the school office.

The person receiving the complaint shall preserve the confidentiality of the subject, disclosing it only to the appropriate school administrator or next higher administrative.

Any question concerning whether the complaint or grievance falls within this policy shall be determined by the Superintendent.

A student or student’s parent or guardian may initiate the complaint process by completing Exhibit JII-EA.

A complaint or grievance may be withdrawn at any time.  Once withdrawn, the process cannot be reopened if the resubmission is longer than thirty (30) calendar days from the date of the occurrence of the alleged incident.  False or unproven complaint documentation shall not be maintained.

Retaliatory or intimidating acts against any student who has made a complaint under the District policy and its corresponding regulations, or against a student who has testified, assisted or participated in any manner in an investigation relating to a complaint or grievance, are specifically prohibited and constitute grounds for a separate complaint.

Knowingly submitting a false report under this policy shall subject the student to discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion.  Where disciplinary action is necessary pursuant to any part of this policy, relevant District policies shall be followed.

When District officials have a reasonable belief or an investigation reveals that a reported incident may constitute an unlawful act, law enforcement authorities will be informed.

Non-Discrimination

Prescott Unified School District # 1 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations.  The Prescott Unified School District # 1 also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.

This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance coordinator(s)

Name/Title:               Joe Howard, District Superintendent
Office Address:         146 S. Granite Street, Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone Number:        (928) 445-5400
Days/Hours:              M-F 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

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