Policies & procedures

Attendance

Attendance is imperative to ensure students’ academic success. Attendance is required to obtain and keep a parking permit, earn exemptions, qualify for senior release, and/or obtain or renew a driver’s license. Students who maintain perfect attendance are recognized each year. Seniors who have perfect attendance for all four years will receive a campus scholarship.
 

Tardies

Students are expected to be on time to school and class. Students have 5 minutes transition time between classes and 4 minutes during lunch. Failure to make it to class will result in an office referral and consequence. All tardies are considered unexcused unless the student has a pass from the office or clinic. Students that arrive later than 20 minutes to class will be marked absent. Please refer to section regarding Tardy Sweeps for more information.
 

Excused absences

When a student is absent for a class or for a day, one of the following is required: A note written and signed by the parents, verification provided by the doctor/dentist office, and/or a note from the agency visited or from the organization represented (court, religious holidays, university, etc.) Notes must be received by the Attendance Office within 3 days of the student returning to school. If it is not received within three days, the absence becomes an unexcused absence. Final discretion on excused or unexcused absences lies with the attendance administrator and/or principal. All other absences are unexcused. 
 

Unexcused absences

Because of unexcused absences, students may be placed on the Loss of Credit and/or Loss of Privilege list.
 

Loss of credit

The Loss of Credit (LOC) list shows any student who has accumulated 4 or more absences in a course and have fallen below the 90% state compulsory attendance law. Loss of credit means a student will not receive the ½ credit for the course due to too many absences. This could require the student to take the course again, even if they have a passing grade. Unfortunately, all absences (Excused, Unexcused) count toward loss of credit so, yes, 4 excused absences will cause a student to lose credit in a class.
 

Missing assignments due to absences

Students are responsible for obtaining and completing any assignments missed. Assignments may be requested by the parent upon the third consecutive day of absence and picked up in the counselor’s office on the following school day depending on the time of the request or you may contact teachers through the RHS web page.
 

Single period absences

If a student is flagged for a single period absence, the attendance office will contact the teacher to verify absence. If it has been determined that the student had an unexcused absence from that single period, the teacher will document the absence as “skipping” in an office referral.

Arrival & dismissal

If you don't arrive before 7:00 am, you may be tardy to first period. Please refer to the drop-off and pick-up procedures that are shown in the pictures below. Note that the procedures are different in the morning and afternoon. FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS, NO ONE IS EVER DROPPED OFF IN THE FRONT OF THE SCHOOL OR IN THE STUDENT PARKING LOT!
 
Please be patient and kind during drop-off and pick-up, and study the images below to be prepared to follow the procedures. Please remember that Main Street between the round-about at Skyline Drive and the PGBT service road will allow eastbound traffic ONLY. This will remain in effect until the construction is complete.
 
Students should be dropped off in the back of the school. Students are not allowed to be dropped off or enter in the front. Students are expected to enter the building as soon as they arrive on campus. Students who plan to purchase breakfast should report to the cafeteria. All other students should report to the gym. Students must remain in these designated locations until the bell rings. 
 
RHS morning drop off diagram.
 
Students will not be allowed in hallways or classrooms before 7:25 a.m. without a note from a parent or teacher. Students may not loiter on the patio, around the portables, in the parking lot, or near the tennis courts before or after school. Students found in undesignated places may receive a disciplinary consequence. Students with parking passes are responsible for actions and activities near your vehicle. Consequences for inappropriate behavior could include removal of parking space.
 
All students must exit the building after school by 2:50 p.m. unless supervised by a faculty member in a tutoring session, practice, meeting, detention, etc. Students found in the building unsupervised after 2:50 p.m. will receive consequences. Students must be picked up in the back of the building by 3:10 p.m. each day. 
RHS afternoon pick up diagram.

Assemblies & presentations

Students will be required to wear the current school year ID to attend any school function on campus. Backpacks and jackets will not be permitted at assemblies, presentations, nor pep rallies. Students will be unable to attend if student is currently on the LOC/LOP list.

Building security

Doors must not be propped open at any time. Students must not open the door to allow visitors into the building.

Clinic

Students who are ill, and need to go home, must follow school procedures for the absence to be considered excused. They must be sent to the clinic and sent home through the clinic. Students are not allowed to use cell phones or office phones in other areas to call home for this.

Chaperones & visitors

Persons interested in the opportunity to chaperone a field trip or school event, must complete a criminal background check per district policy. This must be completed and checked before parents can chaperone and filed in the office by the deadline set by the district.
 
ALL visitors must enter through the front of the building and receive a visitor badge.

Deliveries

Flowers, balloons, and/or food deliveries for students will not be accepted on campus.

Discipline

Disciplinary action flow chart that shows action steps and consequences.

Dress code

Students must be in compliance with the dress and grooming code the moment they enter the building. Sweatshirts, hoodies, jackets, coats or any other outer garment cannot be used to cover inappropriate attire. In other words, if a student is asked to remove outer wear the student MUST STILL BE compliant with the Dress Code Policy, Here are the expectations:
 
Tops
  • Tops must be at least below the belt loops and no visible torso/midriff.
  • Low cut tops; no cleavage displayed.
  • Off the shoulder tops are NOT allowed.
  • Spaghetti straps, halter-tops or racer-back shirts.
  • Tank tops must have a 2-inch-wide strap.
  • See-through tops are NOT allowed.
Bottoms
  • All bottoms MUST come to the knee.
  • No rips or tears above the knee unless leggings are worn underneath.
  • Under garments should NOT be visible.
  • See-through pants including but not limited to mesh/sheer/lace above the knee.
  • If leggings/yoga pants/tights are worn, shirt hem should come to mid-thigh. 
Hats
  • For security purposes, hats, hoods, skullcaps, do-rags, bandanas, bonnets, head coverings, and sunglasses are not allowed to be worn in the building.
Hair Color
  • Unnatural hair colors are not permitted in the building.
Piercings/Jewelry/Hair
  • Please refer to the GISD Student Code of Conduct.
General
  • Nighttime/bedtime attire or items, such as pajama tops or bottoms, robes, pillows, blankets, and no house shoes.
  • Apparel that advertises or depicts alcohol, drugs, nudity, tobacco products, any other substance prohibited under FNCF (Legal), violent or criminal themes, gang membership, obscene language and/or obscene or graphics, will not be permitted. Any disruptive or distractive mode of clothing or appearance that adversely impacts the educational process is not acceptable.
  • Large objects worn as jewelry, including ropes, cords, spiked bracelets, chains or any accessories that could be used as weapons are NOT allowed.
Periodically, administration will conduct “sweeps” to ensure compliance with dress code policies. Students out of compliance will receive consequences according to the Student Code of Conduct. Excessive violations will be considered insubordination and result in an immediate ISS placement.
 
The final decision regarding appropriate dress and appearance shall rest with administration. Students can be referred at any time during the day if observed to be in violation of the dress and grooming code policy. Failure to adhere to dress and grooming code will result in disciplinary consequences.

Electronic devices

Use of Electronic Devices such as electronic cigarettes and laser pointers are not permitted on campus. If a student is observed using one, a referral may be turned into the office, and a consequence may be assigned. Laser pointers and electronic cigarettes are prohibited per the GISD student code of conduct.
 

Cell phone

Cell phones must be used in compliance with GISD electronic policy. Teachers will inform students of their classroom policy. Cell phones are only to be used in classrooms for instructional purposes. If a student is using a cell phone for non-instructional purposes, the teacher may confiscate the cell phone and turn it into the office. Upon the first offense, the parent will be contacted and the student may pick up the cell phone from the assistant principal’s office between 2:40 – 3:00 pm the same day. Upon the second offense, a parent or guardian is required to pick up the cell phone from the office. Upon the third offense or more, the student will be issued in-school suspension and the parent or guardian is required to pick up the cell phone from the office.
 
Students are responsible for their own cell phones and electronic devices. The school is not responsible for investigating stolen or misplaced items. Teachers will establish classroom cell phone policies, report infractions in Review 360, and consequences will be assigned when necessary.
 
Students are welcome to use the phone in the office when they have need. This should not be done during class time. If a student feels they need to make an important phone call from their cell phone, they may do so in the office, after receiving permission from one of the office staff.
 

District i-Pad or Chromebook

Students are responsible for school issued i-Pad or Chromebook, including case, charging block, and cord. Students must follow all acceptable use policies. Students are responsible for any fees associated with i-Pad or Chromebook. Technology devices are like any other school supply, being prepared for class means bringing the i-Pad or Chromebook to school each day and fully charged.

Headphones

For safety and security purposes, only one earbud is allowed to be used during passing periods.

Illegal substances & tobacco

Smoking, electronic cigarettes and/or possession of tobacco products are prohibited on campus at any time, including during extra-curricular activities. Prohibited tobacco products include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, snuff, chewing tobacco including matches and/or lighters. It is against the law for minors to be in possession of tobacco products or smoking in a public place. Students in violation may be issued a ticket by the School Resource Officer for possession of tobacco and have school disciplinary consequences

Leaving campus

Students may only leave campus with an appropriate pass. Teacher passes are not acceptable. Students found returning to campus after leaving without permission from a campus administrator are subject to disciplinary consequences, including loss of parking permit, personal search, and vehicle search by a principal and SRO.
 
If students become ill at school, notification of parent and release from school must come from the clinic for the absence to be excused. If a student notifies parent and requests parent to pick student up from school, absence will be unexcused.
 
If a student must leave school during the school day, other than through the clinic, they must sign out at the Attendance office. The only excused reasons will be for court, doctor or dentist appointments. Proper documentation must follow.

Loss of credit

The Loss of Credit (LOC) list shows any student who has accumulated 4 or more absences in a course and have fallen below the 90% state compulsory attendance law. Loss of credit means a student will not receive the ½ credit for the course due to too many absences. This could require the student to take the course again, even if they have a passing grade. Unfortunately, all absences (Excused, Unexcused) count toward loss of credit so, yes, 4 excused absences will cause a student to lose credit in a class.

Loss of privilege

Students will be placed on the LOP list for unpaid fines. Students on the LOP list will not be permitted to participate in a variety of campus activities, including pep rallies and assemblies.

Lunch & cafeteria

Students must wear an ID and may only use their own account. Students are to remain seated, as well as, remain in the cafeteria during their designated lunch period. Students must remain in the school per district policy, RHS is a closed campus. Lunches may not be delivered to students. Non-students are not allowed on campus without prior approval. No fast food deliveries.
 
Prior to A lunch, students MUST report to their A3/B7 class period for attendance purposes. Any student that fails to report to class will be considered skipping and will receive an office referral.
 
Staff in the cafeteria as a duty assignment are required to continuously move throughout the cafeteria, monitor student activity and are encouraged to engage with students.
 

Passing periods

Students are to remain in the building during passing periods to travel from one class to another. Students may exit the building if they are scheduled to be at the field house, a portable classroom, leaving campus due to work or the GRCTC. Teacher presence is required in the hallways during passing periods to assist students. There should not be any loitering in the cafeteria, stairwells, hallways, etc.

Pep rallies

Pep rallies are “maroon out” days. To attend, students must wear an RHS maroon shirt or a solid/nearly solid maroon shirt with their current school ID. Seniors may wear the senior shirt. Students will be unable to attend if student is currently on the LOC/LOP list.

Schedule changes

Schedule changes are made only after students have received permission from parents and the principal. Changes are permitted only in accordance with the stated student handbook policy. Moves from “AP/Pre-AP” classes to Regular classes will not be made. This policy was communicated early on as students and parents made ‘next year’ subject choices. Exceptions will only be made with Principal approval. Schedule changes will NOT be made the first two weeks of school, unless a student is missing a credit for graduation.

Searches

Random searches will be conducted periodically. The drug dog visits our campus randomly at least once a week. GISD and RHS officials will conduct random screenings, including using our portable metal detector. Lockers, backpacks, and cars parked within 300 feet of the campus are subject to search.
 
Students are responsible for any item found in the vehicle driven to school and will receive consequences regardless of whether the vehicle belongs to him/her.

Student IDs

For safety and security purposes, students must wear, around the neck, during school hours. Students are not permitted to wear another students ID badge.
 
Students may obtain ID during lunch, before and after school.
Students without ID’s may not leave the classroom, unless called by the office.
 
Periodically, administration will conduct “sweeps” to ensure compliance with student id policies. Students out of compliance will receive consequences according to the Student Code of Conduct. Excessive violations will be considered insubordination and result in an immediate ISS placement.

Special event dress code

Dress Code must be adhered to throughout the entire event. No jeans, sandals, flip flops, torn pants, shorts, or t-shirts. No facial piercings for males or females.
 
Males should dress in semi-formal wear: slacks, dress shirt, tie & nice shoes. Jackets and ties are encouraged, but not required.
 
Females should wear semi-formal attire or Sunday dress. Pantsuits and dress slacks are also acceptable.
  • Dresses must not be low cut in front or extremely low cut in back (opening in back must not fall below the waist).
  • Hemlines must fall to below the fingertips with shoulders at rest. 
  • Skirts/dresses with multiple layers must have a solid layer that comes below the fingertips with shoulders at rest.
  • Slits in dresses must not be higher than below the fingertips with shoulders at rest.
  • Strapless and spaghetti straps will be permitted.
  • Extremely tight clothing and dresses/skirts that ride up to an inappropriate length when walking or dancing are not acceptable.
  • No see through attire, revealing cut-outs, or exposed midriffs.
*If you have questions about your dress for the dance, you need to get it approved by an AP in the AP office.
 
RHS School Dress and Grooming Code applies to RHS students and their dates.
 

Tardies

Students are expected to be on time to school and class. Students have 5 minutes transition time between classes and 4 minutes during lunch. Failure to make it to class will result in an office referral and consequence.  All tardies are considered unexcused unless the student has a pass from the office or clinic.  Students that arrive later than 20 minutes to class will be marked absent.
 
Periodically, administration will conduct “sweeps” to ensure compliance with tardy policies. Students out of compliance will receive consequences according to the Student Code of Conduct. Excessive violations will be considered insubordination and result in an immediate ISS placement.

Campus Improvement Plan

A Campus Improvement Plan serves as the blueprint for how a campus will address performance objectives and other campus needs that have been identified from a Campus Needs Assessment.

Title I

The Campus Parent Involvement Policy explains how our campus supports the important role of parents in the education of their children. We offer a Parent Compact to establish a partnership among parents, school staff, and students for improving student academic achievement.

District policies

To support our mission of providing an exceptional education to all students, we have created policies designed to help your student have the best possible education experience.

Visit the Policies page on the district website for additional polices and related information.