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CENTRAL HANDBOOK
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
CENTRAL HANDBOOK 1
SCHOOL POLICY 4
INTRODUCTION 4
MISSION STATEMENT AND BELIEFS 4
GRADING SYSTEM 5
GRADING SCALE 5
HONOR ROLL 5
STUDENT RECORDS POLICY 7
SCHOOL INSURANCE 9
SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM 10
INTERNET USE ACCEPTABLE COMPUTER USE 11
PHOTO & VIDEOTAPING RELEASE FORM 13
SCHOOL NURSE 14
HEALTH RECORDS UPDATE 14
PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS 14
OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATIONS 15
EMERGENCY CONTACT FORMS 15
MESSAGES ON THE NURSE’S DOOR 15
SCOLIOSIS INFORMATION 15
HARRASSMENT 16
HARRASSMENT REPORT FORM 22
STUDENT CONDUCT CODE 23
GENERAL CONDUCT 23
BULLYING POLICY & PROCEDURES 24
DRESS CODE GENERALLY 25
GENERAL GUIDELINES 26
RESTRICTED SUBSTANCES 28
STANDARDS OF STUDENT CONDUCT 29
ATTENDANCE 32
STUDENT ABSENCES EXCUSES DISMISSALS 32
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RETURNING TO SCHOOL AFTER AN ABSENCE 34
CREDIT FOR WORK 34
COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE 35
GENERAL PROVISIONS 35
ADMISSION SLIPS 35
STUDENT DISMISSAL 36
SCHOOL BUS CONDUCT MEETING THE BUS 36
WISE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SNOW ROUTE PLAN 36
SNOW ROUTE - BUS STOPS 37
CONDUCT ON THE BUS 37
LEAVING THE BUS 39
RIDING A SCHOOL BUS IS A PRIVILEGE 39
MOTOR VEHICLES 39
SCHOOL PROPERTY 40
FIREWORKS 40
ATTENDANCE AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 40
HEALTH SCREENING 40
FLOWER DELIVERIES 40
CURRICULUM 41
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 41
PROMOTION POLICY 41
GPA RANK IN CLASS 41
EARLY GRADUATION 43
DRIVER’S LICENSES 43
DRIVER’S LICENSE REGULATIONS 43
PROVISIONAL DRIVER’S LICENSE 180 DAY FORM 44
SEMESTER BLOCK SCHEDULE 46
SEMESTER BLOCK SCHEDULE NINE WEEKS TESTING 46
REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES 47
CHANGE OF SCHEDULE 47
SUMMER SCHOOL 47
CREDITS NEEDED FOR A STANDARD DIPLOMA 47
COURSE CATALOG 48
ENGLISH 48
MATHEMATICS 49
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SCIENCE 51
SOCIAL STUDIES 52
LANGUAGE 52
BUSINESS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 53
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES 54
MARKETING 55
MUSIC DEPARTMENT 56
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH 57
MISCELLANEOUS ELECTIVES 58
WISE COUNTY CAREER & TECHNICAL CENTER 59
ADVANCED PLACEMENT VIRTUAL COURSE OFFERINGS 60
GOVERNOR’S EARLY COLLEGE SCHOLARS AGREEMENT 61
CAREER & TECHNICAL CENTER TRANSPORTATION 62
DRIVING PERMITS PASS A 62
APPROVAL FOR PASSENGER VEHICLE PASS B 62
ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION 65
STUDENT ACTIVITIES 65
STUDENT COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION (SCA) 65
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS 66
ATHLETICS 67
SPORTSMANSHIP ETHICS AND INTEGRITY 68
AWARDS 68
REGULATIONS FOR SOCIAL FUNCTIONS 69
ASSEMBLY PROGRAMS 69
PEP RALLIES 70
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES 70
FIRE DRILLS & TORNADO DRILLS 70
EVACUATION DRILL FIRE DRILL PROCEDURES 70
TORNADO DRILL PROCEDURES 71
LOCKDOWN PROCEDURES 71
SCHOOL CRISIS PLANS 71
INDEX 72
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SCHOOL POLICY
INTRODUCTION
This handbook has been prepared in order that each student may have access to school policies, curricular offerings,
and the student activities of the school. Each student is encouraged to study this agenda/handbook and to be familiar
with the school policies. Central High School offers a comprehensive program that meets the individual needs of all
students to a very high degree. Students should evaluate their needs and interests and choose a course of study that
will be beneficial to them in the future.
This school also offers an extensive activities program and each student is urged to become actively involved in
the activities of the school. Every student should want to make contributions to the school through his/her
leadership and be an asset rather than a liability. Let this be a very successful year -- one filled with
accomplishments and pleasure. Central High School will follow State Law and start each day with the Pledge
of Allegiance and moment of silence.
All students at Central High School will be given a Student Handbook Consent Form on the first day of school
in Homeroom. The Central Student Handbook is available for all students and parents on the Central website
at the following link: www.wise.k12.va.us/central. Those students or parents, who wish to obtain a paper
copy of the Student Handbook, may print this one or if you go to the main office you may request a printed
copy. The schools Administrative Assistants will be available to help with these requests.
A. MISSION STATEMENT AND BELIEFS
Central High School is committed to providing a safe, pleasant, and disciplined environment that is conducive to
learning. The faculty strives to provide quality instruction for all students in an atmosphere that encourages student
growth-intellectually, emotionally and socially. Also, the faculty seeks to foster academic and personal challenges for
excellence, to emphasize active learning and high levels of achievement for all, and to promote lifelong learning.
Professional and support staff, students, parents, and the community work together to instill a sense of pride in our
school and community and to fulfill Central’s mission statement.
Our Beliefs:
Student learning is the chief priority for the school.
Students need to apply their learning in meaningful contexts.
Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process.
Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs.
A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.
Teachers, administrators, parents, and the community share the responsibility for advancing the school’s
mission.
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B. GRADING SYSTEM
Daily, mid-nine-weeks, nine-week tests, along with semester grades will be recorded as numerical grades in teachers’
grade books. All grades will appear on report cards and cumulative records as letters.
GRADING SCALE
LETTERS NUMERICAL SPAN
A 94-l00
B 86-93
C 78-85
D 70-77
F Below 70
Quality points will be used to establish class rank. Each student will receive a conduct and effort grade for each nine
weeks. Mid nine-weeks reports will be sent out as well as nine-weeks to all students each semester.
Dual Enrollment Grading Criteria
All dual enrollment core classes, English, Math, Science, and Social Studies, Advanced Placement classes, and classes
from the Virtual Virginia classroom will be graded on the college or 10-point grading system.
LETTERS NUMERICAL SPAN
A 90-l00
B 80-89
C 70-79
D 60-69
F Below 60
C. HONOR ROLL
For a First Honor Roll for the nine weeks or semester, a student must have no grade below a "B" with a GPA of
3.700 or higher. For a Second Honor Roll a student must have no grade below a "B" with a GPA of 3.000 through
3.699.
1. Board of Education Regulations require that courses taken below the ninth-grade level, which are identified
as ninth or above, plus all other courses classified as ninth through twelfth grade be included in
determination of the final GPA. For exceptions see policy Wise County Policy IKFD.
2. There will be an official ranking of seniors at the end of the first term to determine honors. The final senior
ranking will be determined at the end of the second term.
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3. Final nine weeks tests are scheduled on the last two days of school. However, seniors will be given tests at
least the 2 days prior to the regular nine weeks testing days.
4. Students completing graduation requirements in summer school will retain their previously determined class
rank.
5. Only students completing all graduation requirements at the end of spring term will be eligible for the
academic honors of Valedictorian or Salutatorian.
6. Rank in class will be determined by assigning a numerical value to the letter grade on which a unit or
fractional unit of credit was based in each course.
7. The Division will provide opportunities for all eligible students to take Advanced Placement (AP) and
Dual Enrollment courses (college courses taken by high school students) for the purpose of
establishing final GPA class rank for seniors. The following courses will be included in the
computation:
All Advanced Placement (AP) courses
All A. Linwood Holton Governor’s School Courses
These Dual Enrollment Courses:
College level Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Pre-calculus 163 and Pre-calculus 164, Calculus I, II, and III
English 111 and English 112
Political Science 211 and Political Science 212
Or the equivalent course at the college.
U. S. History 107/108/121/122
Western Civilization 101/102
A college course granting at least 3 Semester College credits will receive 1 Carnegie unit of high school credit.
Students who wish to take additional Dual Enrollment courses may do so with the prior written approval of the high
school principal; however, these courses will not be weighted.
Students who successfully complete:
All Linwood Holton Governors School Courses
All Advanced Placement (AP) courses
Designated Dual Enrollment Courses:
College level Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Pre-calculus 163 and Pre-calculus 164, Calculus I, II, and III
English 111 and English 112
Political Science 211 and Political Science 212
Or the equivalent course at the college.
U. S. History 107/108/121/122
Western Civilization 101/102
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Advanced Placement (AP)Courses will receive the following weighted grades:
A = 5
B = 4
C = 3
D = 1
F = 0
All other courses will be assigned a grade on the following scale:
A = 4
B = 3
C = 2
D = 1
F = 0
8. Only final semester, term grades for each course attempted are used in the computation of the GPA.
9. If a student repeats a failed or passed subject, both grades will be used in computing the GPA. However,
the student may only earn credit once for the course. The course to be repeated must be taken at the next
available offering. For exception see Wise County Policy IKFD.
10. If a combination of circumstances should produce a ranking which the school principal deems to be
unfair, a committee comprised of the following would act to correct the injustice: the school
principal, the school senior guidance counselor, the Director of Instruction, the Director of Secondary
Education, and one member appointed by the Division Superintendent.
11. In comparison of rank in class, all final ranks shall be calculated at 3 decimal places and rounded to
two decimal places. Ranks, except for ties, reflect the number of students at and above a given rank.
D. STUDENT RECORDS POLICY
In order to insure the sequential educational development of students in Wise County Public Schools, accurate
and up-to-date student scholastic record data is maintained on students in their respective schools. Student
records are maintained in accordance with local policy and State Department of Education regulations. Each
year the school division, by means of the announcement and/or publication in the stu dent handbook will make
parents and or guardians and students aware of student record policies and procedures.
Data shall be collected and utilized by the principal and/or his designees for all students pursuant to the
guidelines, as set forth by local school board policy and in the publication Management of the Student's
Scholastic Records in the Public Schools of Virginia. The content of the scholastic record shall be limited to
data needed by the school in order to assist the student in his or her personal, social, educational, and
vocational development and/or placement. Records are divided into three categories:
Directory Information, Category I Information and Category II Information.
Student scholastic records shall not be released to third parties without prior written consent of the eligible
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student, parent, or legal guardian.
This provision applies to the release of records to prospective employers, college, other schools, etc.
Directory information includes personally identifiable information such as (1) name of student in attendance;
2) address; 3) date and place of birth; 4) telephone listing; 5) dates of attendance; 6) participation in
officially recognized activities and sports; 7) height and weight, if member of athletic team; 8) major field of
study; and 9) awards and honors received.
In compliance with federal regulations, personally identifiable information, defined as Directory
Information, may be released throughout the year for good reasons by the school principal and/or other
official school personnel.
This personally identifiable information pertaining to students may be released after a legitimate request
unless the school is notified in writing that any part of such information about the said student shall not
be disclosed without prior consent. If parents desire to refuse the release of Directory Information, a
letter of refusal must be in the hands of the appropriate school principal no later than fifteen (15) days
following publication of this announcement or receipt of student handbook.
Category I information includes the student's program of studies, grades and standardized test scores.
Category II information includes confidential information such as psychologi cal and sociological
assessments, individualized education programs, reports from court or social welfare agencies and
confidential interviews. Access to Category I records is limited to parents, eligible students (those 18 years
of age or older), and school officials and governmental agencies charged with providing educational and
vocational assistance to students. Access to items designated as Category II is limited to parents, eligible
students and school officials with a legitimate educational interest. The confidentiality of Category II
records is protected by an access log and the storing of these records in a secured area. Only individuals
with a right to access may see the contents of any student's record.
Parents have the right to review the scholastic records relating directly to their children or legal wards.
Eligible students also may review their own scholastic records. Younger students may review their own
scholastic records with written parental authorization. Upon request, within a reasonable time frame,
parents, guardians, and/or eligible students may obtain a copy of the records policy or a copy of the
record of an eligible student for a fee not to exceed the cost of reproduction.
The parents or eligible student who believes that information contained in the scholastic record of the
student is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of the student may request that the
records be amended by the school which maintains the records. Such request shall be submitted in writ ing
to the school principal. The request may be resolved through informal meetings or discussion. If the request
is not satisfactorily resolved, the parent or eligible student may appeal the decision of the school by filing a
complaint with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office.
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Periodically, Category I records will be reviewed by professional personnel to permit removal of data no longer
educationally useful. Category II records will be destroyed five (5) years after the student leaves or five (5) years
after the records are no longer useful. Records of transferred students shall be sent directly to the school receiving
the student upon request of the receiving school.
Questions regarding the maintenance of records for students should be referred to the principal or guidance
director of the school who is responsible for the maintenance of these records.
Notice to Parent, Legal Custodian, and Eligible Student:
Five years after graduation or withdrawal from Wise County Public Schools, the student's education record will
be purged of all information except that which is required to be maintained permanently by the Commonwealth
of Virginia. The following information is retained permanently: record data disclosure form, name and address
of student, birth date, name and address of parent, program of studies plan, scholastic work completed, level
of achievement, grades, grade point average, rank in class, type of diploma awarded, attendance, test data (as
required by state and/or local school division), certificate of immunization, social security number, citizenship
status if other than U.S. and driver's education records.
Other information in the education records that will not be maintained permanently may be needed by the
parents or eligible students for social security benefits or other purposes. You have the right to be provided
with copies of any of the student's education record data prior to their destruction upon written request. A fee
may be charged by the school for the copying and/or mailing of this record. No other notification will be made
prior to record destruction, so please contact the school last attended if you want a copy of the record.
E. TEXTBOOKS
Textbooks will be furnished free of charge to all students. Students are urged not to mutilate or write on or in books.
Students will be charged a damage fee for unnecessary abuse to books. Students will pay for lost books--100% if the
book is new and 50% if the book is used at the time of issue.
F. SCHOOL INSURANCE
The school board provides secondary insurance to students, which covers student accidents at school or
school-sponsored activities. All accidents must be documented on an accident form complete d by the
teacher/coach supervising at the time of the accident. This form must be sent to the school secretary so a
claim form can be typed. Students must secure a claim form from the office, complete the form and have it
also completed by the attending physician.
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G. SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM
Meal prices are as follows:
Full Price Breakfast: $0.95
Reduced Price Breakfast: $0.30
Full Price Secondary Lunch: $1.75
Reduced Price Lunch: $0.40
Adult Lunch: $2.75
Central High School provides a nutritionally balanced meal to students. All students may apply for a free or
reduced lunch and those who are eligible will be accepted. Forms may be picked up from your homeroom
teacher or the main office.
All other food & drink items must remain in the cafeteria. Students may bring lunches from home to the school
cafeteria. Due to Federal Regulation food from outside agencies will not be permitted on campus. Only
exceptions to this regulation must have prior administrative approval.
Breakfast will close at 8:20 AM, and all students should report immediately to homeroom no later than 8:25 AM. Any
students that are in the hall after 8:30 AM are subject to disciplinary action.
A computer generated checkout system is used in the cafeteria line. A pin number will be assigned to each student
and students will need to remember their number. Students may pay in advance on their accounts that are represented
by their pin numbers for school lunches.
H. LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER
The CHS library is open from 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM daily. Students must have a pass when entering the library
apart from a class. The pass must be signed by the class teacher with the correct date and time the student left
the class. Students may come to the library before homeroom. If a student needs to use the library during his
or her lunch period, he or she must have a pass from one of their teachers. Upon arrival in the library the
student must sign in with the librarian. Students are not allowed to eat lunch in the library.
Books may be checked out for two weeks, fourteen days, and renewed twice unless the book has been placed on
request by another student.
Only three books may be checked out at a time unless special permission is granted from the librarian.
Fines of $.05 per book per day will be charged on all overdue books. All books must be returned and all fines paid
before borrowing privileges are restored.
Fees for damages beyond reasonable wear shall be charged against the borrower; this must be paid before he or
she can check out another book.
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All reference books or materials are to be used only in the library and cannot be checked out by students.
Teacher-reserved books may not be taken from the library EXCEPT for overnight use. They are to be returned at
the beginning of school the following day.
Current magazines and newspapers are available on the racks at all times. Magazines are considered
reference materials and cannot be checked out from the library. The READER'S GUIDE lists all articles
written in each magazine that it indexes. Magazines must be used in the library and turned back in by the
end of the period.
ALL COPIES made by students on the library's copier are $0.10 each. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to the copying
rule. Not for Schoolwork or Research - All copies are $0.10 each.
The library computers are to be used for research and online class purposes only. DOWNLOADING from the
internet is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN. No student, AT ANY TIME, is allowed to install software on the library's
computers. Video is allowed for online classes only. MUSIC AND GAMES ARE NOT PERMITTED.
Only current Governor’s School and Virtual Virginia students are allowed to use the computers in the Governor’s
School Lab.
All students must login using their own ID and password to use any Library computer. If a proxy server report is
received, that student will be sent to the office for discipline purposes.
Students must have prior approval from the librarian to print. Students need to read materials thoroughly
first, then print only what is necessary. Excessive printing will lead to restrictions placed on printing
privileges. Printing materials, other than research, will be $.10 per page.
Central High School adheres to the Wise County School Board Internet Acceptable Use Policy. All students must
have a written permission form, signed by the student and a parent or guardian, on file before Internet privileges
are granted.
When a teacher wishes to reserve the library for a class period(s), the teacher should schedule with the
library as early as possible. Teachers should check with the librarian before sending students to the library at
any time.
INTERNET USE ACCEPTABLE COMPUTER USE
The School Board provides a computer system, including the Internet, to promote educational excellence by
facilitating resource sharing, innovation and communication. The term computer system includes hardware,
software, data, communication lines and devices, terminals, printers, phones, tablets, CD-ROM devices, tape drives,
servers, mainframe and personal computers, the Internet and other internal or external networks.
All use of the Division’s computer system must be (1) in support of education and/or research, or (2) for
legitimate school business. Use of the computer system is a privilege, not a right. Any communication or
material used on the computer system, including electronic mail or other files deleted from a users account
may be monitored or read by school officials.
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The Division Superintendent shall establish administrative procedures, for the School Board’s approval, containing
the appropriate uses, ethics and protocol for the computer system. The procedures shall include:
1. a prohibition against use by division employees and students of the division’s computer equipment and
communications services for sending, receiving, viewing or downloading illegal material via the Internet;
2. provisions, including the selection and operation of a technology protection measure for the division’s
computers having Internet access to filter or block Internet access through such computers, that seek to
prevent access to
a. child pornography as set out in VA Code § 18.2-374.1:1 or as defined in 18 U.S.C. §2256;
b. obscenity as defined in VA Code § 18.2-372 or 18 U.S.C. §1460; and
c. material that the school division deems to be harmful to juveniles as defined in VA Code § 18.2-390,
material that is harmful to minors as defined in 47 U.S.C. § 254(h)(7)(G), and material that is otherwise
inappropriate for minors;
3. provisions establishing that the technology protection measure is enforced during any use of the Division’s
computers by minors;
4. provisions establishing that the online activities of minors will be monitored
5. provisions designed to educate students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with
other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyber-bullying awareness and
response;
6. provisions designed to prevent unauthorized online access by minors, including “hacking” and other
unlawful activities by minors online;
7. provisions prohibiting the unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information
regarding minors; and
8. a component of Internet safety for students that is integrated in the division’s instructional program.
Use of the School Division’s computer system shall be consistent with the educational or instructional mission or
administrative function of the Division as well as the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities and
developmental levels of students. The Division’s computer system is not a public forum.
Each teacher, administrator, student and parent/guardian of each student shall sign the Acceptable Computer
System Use Agreement, IIBEA-E2, and the WCPS Acceptable Use Regulation before using the Division’s computer
system. Failure of any student, teacher or administrator to follow the terms of the Agreement, this policy or
accompanying regulation may result in loss of computer system privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate
legal action.
The School Board is not responsible for any information that may be lost, damaged or unavailable when using the
computer system or for any information retrieved via the Internet. Furthermore, the School Board will not be
responsible for any unauthorized charges or fees resulting from access to the computer system. The school board
will review, amend if necessary, and approve this policy every two years. (Policy authority is Wise Co. Schools.)
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J. PHOTO & VIDEOTAPING RELEASE FORM
It is very difficult to prevent students from ever being photographed; Wise County Public Schools’ provides the
following release form for parents. Public schools are public. Students are rarely identified in any photographs
that are made public. Every effort is made to keep our students’ names private.
Student's name: ________________________________________ School: _________________________________
I hereby grant permission for the Wise County School Board and its employees and agents to use my child's
photograph(s) for the use of creating educationally related materials in the form of videos, newspapers,
magazines, or educational media. I also grant permission for photographs to be used in curricular, co-
curricular and extra-curricular activities (including activities such as school yearbooks, roster information, etc.).
________Yes ________No
I understand my child's photograph may be used in other official school printed publications without further
consideration, and I acknowledge the school's right to edit the photo for publication purposes. _______Yes ______No
I also grant permission for my child's image to be posted on the school's web site and I understand that, once posted,
any computer user can download my child's image. ________Yes ________No
N am e : ______________________________________________________
P a r e nt s o r G u a r d ia n s: _ __ _ __ _ __ _ _ _ __ _ __ _ _ __ _ __ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ __ _ __ _ _ _ __ __
St u d e nt s Sig na t ur e : _ ______________________________________________________
D a te : __________________________________
Due back: After the first day of school.
100% count of all forms (Photo/Videotaping, Internet Use, & Emergency) before turning in.
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K. SCHOOL NURSE
The school nurse will be available to students during the school day. For minor illnesses or injuries the student
must obtain a pass from their teacher to go to the nurse. For more serious illnesses or injuries, the school nurse
will contact the parent/guardian, relate the symptoms, and a corporative decision will be made as to whether
the student is to remain at school or be sent home. Students are not allowed to use cell phones or the office
phone to call home for health related problems. Students must be evaluated by the school nurse or designated
personnel before leaving school. In the event of a life-threatening emergency, 911 will be called and every
attempt will be made to contact the parent/guardian or persons on the emergency contact forms.
HEALTH RECORDS UPDATE
Keeping an updated and accurate record of your child's health status is necessary for us to respond in
emergency situations. A Health Records Update form will be sent home at the beginning of the school year or
when a student is enrolled. Any existing or recent health problems and any medications the student takes at
home or at school can be listed on the form. Any other health needs that the school nurse or teachers need to
know about should be written on this form and returned to the school nurse.
The nurse's office is located on the first floor in Room 137. The nurse's main responsibilities are:
1. Providing emergency medical assistance when necessary
2. Performing various health screening tests
3. Assessing the sick or injured
4. Administering daily medications to students with chronic health problems
5. Providing blood sugar testing as needed including faculty
6. Providing blood pressure readings for faculty and students
7. Providing health and safety education services
PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS
The nurse can administer medicine prescribed by a doctor. All medications must be kept in the nurse's office. All
medicine must be in the ORIGINAL container and CLEARLY LABELED WITH CHILD'S NAME, DOCTOR'S NAME,
DOSAGE, and TIME SCHEDULE. The DOCTOR and the parent must SIGN a medication authorization form BEFORE
THE NURSE CAN ADMINISTER any prescribed medication. The nurse CANNOT administer medicine prescribed by
a doctor without a SIGNED CONSENT FORM BY THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN AND THE DOCTOR. Do NOT send
loose pills in a zip lock bag with your child to school. Prescribed medicines must be brought to school by parent or
adult.
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OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATIONS
The school policy for administering over the counter medications (example: Tylenol, Ibuprofen, eye drops, etc.)
can be administered by the School Nurse with a MEDICATION AUTHORIZATION FORM SIGNED BY THE PARENT.
All medicine must be kept in the Nurse's office. Students are not allowed to carry over the counter medications.
All medicine must be in the ORIGINAL (unopened, sealed) container. Do not send pills loose in a zip lock bag.
Over the counter medications must be provided by the parent. The school policy allows only five doses per school
year with a parent's signature. AFTER FIVE DOSES, THE SCHOOL NURSE MUST HAVE A SIGNATURE BY A
DOCTOR TO CONTINUE THE OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION.
EMERGENCY CONTACT FORMS
An emergency card must be completed by the parent or guardian for each student. It is the student's
responsibility to return the card to the office. This information is extremely important to the care of your child.
Please be sure to list those people who reside near the school or home and who can easily be contacted.
These numbers are only used if the parent cannot be contacted. If changes of home or work phone numbers
are made during the school year, please send a note with your child to alert us to update our information. The
names and numbers on these cards are used only if an emergency arises. This does not include headache,
stomachache, etc.
MESSAGES ON THE NURSE’S DOOR
Sometimes the nurse is out of the clinic. The students are to return to class unless they have an emergency, then they
would proceed to the office. PLEASE REMEMBER TO NOTIFY THE SCHOOL OR SCHOOL NURSE IF THE HEALTH
STATUS OF YOUR CHILD CHANGES DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR. Failure to follow the above guidelines is a violation of
the Wise County Drug-free School Policy.
SCOLIOSIS INFORMATION
Your child may have participated in the scoliosis screening program in the Wise County Schools. Screenings are offered
to children in grades 5 through 10. As required by the Department of Education, we are providing information
regarding scoliosis.
Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves abnormally from side to side rather than being straight.
According to medical information, scoliosis most commonly occurs in children between the ages of 9 and 14,
and is more often found in girls. Scoliosis usually does not cause pain and is not obvious until the curvature is
moderate to severe.
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Some early signs that parents may observe are:
One shoulder may appear higher than the other
One hip may appear higher than the other
One shoulder blade may stick out more than the other one
The waistline may look uneven
The childs ribs may look higher on one side
Clothing may not fit well or hems may hang unevenly
If your child has an abnormal curvature of his or her spine, observation or treatment may be recommended.
Sometimes treatment may involve bracing or even surgery. If you are unsure, you may ask your child’s school nurse to
screen your child. The procedure for screening is simple. The school nurse looks at your child’s back while he or she is
standing in the forward, bending position and then places a small instrument called a scoliometer on his or her back,
or by observing with the eye for any curvatures or uneven areas on the back. The nurse will then inform you if you
need to follow up with your child’s physician. If you would like your child to be screened or have questions regarding
scoliosis, please contact your child’s school nurse.
HARRASSMENT
Harassment Policy VSBA SEXUAL HARASSMENT/ File: JFH/GBA
HARASSMENT BASED ON RACE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY AND RELIGION
I. Policy Statement
The Wise County School Division is committed to maintaining a learning/working environment free from sexual
harassment and harassment based on race, national origin, disability or religion. Therefore, the Wise Cou nty
School Division prohibits sexual harassment and harassment based on race, national origin, disability or
religion of any student or school personnel at school or any school sponsored activity. It shall be a violation of
this policy for any student or school personnel to harass a student or school personnel sexually, or based on
race, national origin, disability or religion. Further, it shall be a violation of this policy for any school personnel
to tolerate sexual harassment or harassment based on a students or employees race, national origin, disability
or religion by students, school personnel or third parties participating in, observing or otherwise engaged in
school sponsored activities. For the purpose of this policy, school personnel includes sch ool board members,
school employees, agents, volunteers, contractors or other persons subject to the supervision and control of
the School Division.
The School Division shall: (1) promptly investigate all complaints, written or verbal, of sexual harassment and
harassment based on race, national origin, disability or religion; (2) promptly take appropriate action to stop
any harassment and (3) take appropriate action against any student or school personnel who violates this
policy and take any other action reasonably calculated to end and prevent further harassment of school
personnel or students.
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II. Definitions
A. Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical
conduct or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:
(i) submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or condition, either explicitly or
implicitly, of obtaining or retaining employment or education; or
(ii) submission to or rejection of the conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions
affecting that individual’s employment or education; or
(iii) that conduct or communication substantially or unreasonably interferes with an individuals employment
or education, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment or educational environment
(i.e. the conduct is sufficiently serious to limit a students or employees abili ty to participate in or
benefit from the educational program or work environment). Examples of conduct which may constitute
sexual harassment if it meets the immediately preceding definition include:
unwelcome sexual contact.
unwelcome ongoing or repeated sexual flirtation or propositions, or remarks.
sexual slurs, leering, epithets, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments or sexually degrading
descriptions.
graphic comments about an individual’s body.
sexual jokes, notes, stories, drawings, gestures or pictures.
spreading sexual rumors.
touching an individuals body or clothes in a sexual way.
displaying sexual objects, pictures, cartoons or posters.
impeding or blocking movement in a sexually intimidating manner.
B. Harassment Based on
Race, National Origin, Disability or Religion Harassment based on race, national origin, disability or religion
consists of physical or verbal conduct relating to an individuals race, national origin, disability or religion when
the conduct:
(iii) otherwise is sufficiently serious to limit an individual’s employment opportunities or to limit a
student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the education program. Examples of conduct which may
constitute harassment based on race, national origin, disability or religion if it meets the immediately preceding
definition include:
graffiti containing racially offensive language.
name calling, jokes or rumors.
physical acts of aggression against a person or his property because of that person’s race, national
origin, disability or religion.
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and hostile acts which are based on another’s race, national origin, religion or disability.
written or graphic material containing ethnic comments or stereotypes which is posted or
circulated and is intended to degrade which intimidates or threatens individuals based on their
race, national origin, disability or religion.
III. Complaint Procedures
A. Formal Procedure
1. File Report
Any student or school personnel who believes he or she has been the victim of sexual harassment or
harassment based on race, national origin, religion or disability by a student, school personnel or a third party
should report the alleged harassment to one of the compliance officers designated in this policy or to any school
personnel. The alleged harassment should be reported as soon as possible, and the report generally should be
made within fifteen (15) school days of the occurrence. Further, any student who has knowledge of conduct
which may constitute prohibited harassment should report such conduct to one of the compliance officers
designated in this policy or to any school personnel. Any school personnel who has noticed that a student or
other school personnel may have been a victim of prohibited harassment shall immediately report the alleged
harassment to one of the compliance officers designated in this policy.
The reporting party should use the form, Report of Harassment, GBA-F/JFH-F, to make complaints of
harassment. However, oral reports and other written reports shall also be accepted. The complaint should be
filed with either the building principal or one of the compliance officers designated in this policy. The principal
shall immediately forward any report of alleged prohibited harassment to the compliance officer. Any complaint
that involves the compliance officer or principal shall be reported to the superintendent.
The complaint, and identity of the complainant and alleged harasser, will be disclosed only to the extent
necessary to fully investigate the complaint and only when such disclosure is required or permitted by law.
Additionally, a complainant who wishes to remain anonymous shall be advised that such confidentiality may
limit the School Divisions ability to fully respond to the complaint.
2. Investigation
Upon receipt of a report of alleged prohibited harassment, the compliance officer shall immediately authorize
or undertake an investigation. The investigation may be conducted by school personnel or a third party
designated by the school division. The investigation shall be completed as soon as practicable, which generally
should be not later than 14 calendar days after receipt of the report by the compliance officer.
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Upon receiving the complaint, the compliance officer shall acknowledge receipt of the complaint by giving
written notice that the complaint has been received to both the person complaining of harassment and the
person accused of harassment. Also upon receiving the complaint, the compliance officer shall determine
whether interim measures should be taken pending the outcome of the investigation. Such interim measures
may include, but are not limited to, separating the alleged harasser and the complainant and, in case s involving
potential criminal conduct, determining whether law enforcement officials should be notified.
If the compliance officer determines that more than 14 days will be required to investigate the complaint, the
complainant and the accused shall be notified of the reason for the extended investigation and of the date by which
the investigation will be concluded. If the alleged harassment may also constitute child abuse, then it must be reported
to the Department of Social Service in accordance with Policy JHG.
The investigation may consist of personal interviews with the complainant, the alleged harasser, and any
others who may have knowledge of the alleged harassment or the circumstances giving rise to the complaint.
The investigation may also consist of the inspection of any other documents or information deemed relevant by
the investigator. The school division shall take necessary steps to protect the complainant and others pending
the completion of the investigation.
In determining whether alleged conduct constitutes a violation of this policy, the division shall consider, at a
minimum: (1) the surrounding circumstances; (2) the nature of the behavior; (3) past incidents or past or
continuing patterns of behavior; (4) the relationship between the p arties; (5) how often the conduct occurred;
(6) the identity of the alleged perpetrator in relation to the alleged victim (i.e. whether the alleged perpetrator
was in a position of power over the alleged victim); (7) the location of the alleged harassment; (8) the ages of
the parties and (9) the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. Whether a particular action or incident
constitutes a violation of this policy requires a case by case determination based on all of the facts and
circumstances revealed after a complete and thorough investigation.
The compliance officer shall issue a written report to the superintendent upon completion of the investigation. If
the complaint involves the superintendent, then the report shall be sent to the School Boar d. The report shall
include a determination of whether the allegations are substantiated, whether this policy was violated and
recommendations for corrective action, if any. All employees shall cooperate with any investigation of alleged
harassment conducted under this policy or by an appropriate state or federal agency.
3. Action by Superintendent
Within 5 calendar days of receiving the compliance officer’s report, the Superintendent or designee shall issue
a decision regarding whether this policy was violated and (2) what action if any should be taken. This decision
must be provided in writing to the complainant and the alleged perpetrator. If the Superintendent or designee
determines that prohibited harassment occurred, the Wise County School Division shall take prompt
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appropriate action to address and remedy the violation as well as prevent any recurrence. Such action may
include discipline up to and including expulsion or discharge. Whether or not the Superintendent or designee
determines that prohibited harassment occurred, the Superintendent or designee may determine that school -
wide or division-wide training be conducted or that the complainant receives counseling.
4. Appeal
If the Superintendent or designee determines that no prohibited harassme nt occurred, the employee or
student who was allegedly subjected to harassment may appeal this finding to the School Board within 5
calendar days of receiving the decision. Notice of appeal must be filed with the superintendent who shall
forward the record to the School Board. The School Board shall make a decision within 30 calendar days of
receiving the record. The School Board may ask for oral or written argument from the aggrieved party and the
superintendent and any other individual the School Board deems relevant.
If the Superintendent or designee determines that prohibited harassment occurred and discipline is imposed, the
disciplined person may appeal the disciplinary sanction in the same manner as any other such sanction would be
appealed. Employees may choose to pursue their complaints under this policy through the relevant employee
grievance procedure instead of the complaint procedure in this policy.
5. Compliance Officer and Alternate Compliance Officer
The Wise County School Board has designated Gene Rowland, Director of Human Resources (Compliance
Officer, Employees, and Students); address P. O. Box 1217, Wise, VA (276) 328-8017, as the Compliance
Officers responsible for identifying, preventing and remedying prohibited harassment. Complaints of harassment
may also be made to the Alternate Compliance Officer, Donna Bates, Director of Federal Programs, P.O. Box
1217, Wise, VA (276) 328-8017. The Compliance Officer shall:
receive reports or complaints of harassment;
oversee the investigation of any alleged harassment;
assess the training needs of the school division in connection with this policy;
arrange necessary training to achieve compliance with this policy;
insure that any harassment investigation is conducted by an impartial investigator who is trained in the
requirements of equal employment/education opportunity, including the authority to protect the alleged
victim and others during the investigation.
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B. Informal Procedure
If the complainant and the person accused of harassment agree, the student’s principal or designee may arrange for
them to resolve the complaint informally with the help of a counselor, teacher, or administrator.
If the complainant and the person accused of harassment agree to resolve the complaint informally, they shall
each be informed that they have the right to abandon the informal procedure at any time in favor of the
initiation of the Formal Procedures set forth herein. The principal or designee shall notify the complainant and
the person accused of harassment in writing when the complaint has been resolved. The written notice shall
state whether prohibited harassment occurred.
IV. Retaliation
Retaliation against students or school personnel who report harassment or participate in any related
proceedings is prohibited. The School Division shall take appropriate action against students or school
personnel who retaliate against any student or school personnel who reports alleged harass ment or
participates in related proceedings.
V. Right to Alternative Complaint Procedure
Nothing in this policy shall deny the right of any individual to pursue other avenues of recourse to address concerns
relating to prohibited harassment including initiating civil action, filing a complaint with outside agencies or seeking
redress under state or federal law.
VI. Prevention and Notice of Policy
Training to prevent sexual harassment and harassment based on race, national origin, disability and religion should be
included in employee and student orientations as well as employee in-service training.
This policy shall be (1) displayed in prominent areas of each division building in a location accessible to
students, parents and school personnel, (2) included in the student and employee handbooks; and (3) sent to
parents of all students within 30 calendar days of the start of school. Further, all students, and their
parents/guardians, and employees shall be notified annually of the names and contact informat ion of the
compliance officers.
VII. False Charges
Students or school personnel who knowingly make false charges of harassment shall be subject to disciplinary action
as well as any civil or criminal legal proceedings. Policy Amended: August 22, 2011
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VSBA J F H - F
HARRASSMENT REPORT FORM
ORIGIN, OR DISABILITY Complainant _______________________________________________________
Home Address_________________________________________________________________
Work Address _________________________________________________________________
Home Phone _________________________________Work Phone _______________________
Date of alleged incident(s) _________________________
Did the incident involve: Harassment ___________ or Discrimination ___________
Based on: Race ______Color______ Sex _______National Origin ______ Disability______
Name of person(s) you believe discriminated or harassed you or another person:
_____________________________________________________________________________
If the alleged discrimination or harassment was toward another person, please identify that other person:
Describe the incident as clearly as possible, including such things as what force, if any, was used, any verbal
statements (i.e. threats, requests, demands, etc.), what, if any, physical contact was involved. Attach additional
pages as necessary.
What and where did the incident occur? _____________________________________________
List any witnesses who were present. _______________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
This compliant is based upon my honest belief ________________________________________
has discriminated or harassed me or another person.
I hereby certify that the information I have provided in this complaint is true, correct and complete
to the best of my knowledge.
(Signature of Complainant) __________________________________ (Date) ________________
(Received By) __________________________________ (Date) ________________
WISE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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M. STUDENT CONDUCT CODE
In order to have an organized school that functions smoothly, it is imperative to establish student policies.
The policies are not designed to limit your freedom. These policies are established to give every student the
opportunity to learn in a climate conducive to learning. Please study the policies in order that you will know
what to expect while attending school. Violations of the general rules of conduct will result in suspension, In-
School Suspension, detention, parent conferences or referral to the county discipline committee.
GENERAL CONDUCT
1. In the interest of safety and orderly process, there will be no running in the hallways, classrooms, stairways,
sidewalks, or other areas of school unless it is a part of organized activity. You should always walk on the
right-hand side of the hallways and stairways when you are moving about the school.
2. In the interest of good taste and common sense, public displays of affection will not be permitted at school,
on school buses, or at any school-sponsored activity.
3. A student whether in his school or another, whose actions at any school-sponsored activity serve to discredit
the school and its students, will be subject to disciplinary action.
4. Each student is expected to display good sportsmanship. Failure to do so may result in the loss of participant
and/or spectator privileges.
5. Each student is expected to do his part in keeping the cafeteria clean by returning his tray and disposing of
milk cartons, trash, straws, etc. This also includes picnic tables and area out back of the school that is used
during lunch.
6. All students are subject to the discipline and directions of any member of the school staff. In addition, all
students should properly identify themselves when asked to do so by any school staff member and should
follow any reasonable request made by a staff member.
7. Students are expected to respect the rights of other students and to show respect to all teachers and school
personnel.
8. Physical or verbal abuse between students is totally unacceptable. Fighting, making threats, verbal abuse, and
the like are unacceptable.
9. Students encouraging or contributing to physical confrontations or acts by means of carrying messages,
writing notes, text messages/emails/Facebook, etc. and the like are subject to disciplinary actions.
10. Students who fight at school will be reported to the School Resource Officer and referred to the Juvenile Court
Service for possible assault charges, etc. Also, students involved in a fight (physical) will be suspended from
school at the discretion of school administrators. (VA Code 18.2-415 & 18.2-57)
11. Students are encouraged to settle their differences through non-aggressive conflict resolution techniques with
the Central Guidance department, teachers, and administration.
12. VA Code ANN. #18.2-60 - If the threat is written, signed or unsigned, and contains a threat to kill or to
do bodily injury to an individual or member of his/her family, it is a Class 6 felony. If the communication
is oral and contains a threat to kill or do bodily harm to any school employee and occurs on a school bus,
school property, or during a school-sponsored activity, it is a Class 1 misdemeanor.
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BULLYING POLICY & PROCEDURES
We believe that all children should feel safe at school, both physically and emotionally. Research supports that
children and youth who feel safe achieve more academically. Our school tries to provide a safe supportive
learning environment that is free from all forms of intimidation and harassment. As a result, Central High
School has adopted a no bullying policy. Bullying may be defined as deliberate, hurtful, behavior that is
physical (hitting, kicking, taking belongings), verbal (name calling, insulting or racist remarks) or indirect
(spreading nasty stories, excluding from groups).
Our school does a variety of things to stop bullying. Teachers and staff are trained about bullying and
encouraged to be very observant for bullying incidents. Our curriculum includes materials and activities to
decrease bullying behavior and learn more appropriate ways to interact with peers. Students who are victims of
bullies will receive help in leaning strategies to avoid being a victim. To implement interventions so that both
the bully and the victim receive help, reporting or telling is encouraged. A range of strategies for dealing with
bullying incidents are used. Students bullying are disciplined as follows:
Conference with the teacher;
Officer referral;
Parent conference;
Guidance referral;
Referral to violence prevention specialist;
Behavior intervention plan; and/or
Referral to court services.
Students who are repeat offenders will receive the more serious consequences. All consequences and interventions
have a goal of modifying bullying behavior.
1. People should not be on school grounds at night unless there is a school activity. Anyone who comes on
school grounds or stays on school grounds after being asked not to by school officials, either at night or
during the day, may be charged with trespassing. (VA Code 18.2-128)
2. If you are with someone who breaks the rules, you might have to serve the same punishment as if you had
broken the rule yourself.
3. Students may not damage or destroy things belonging to others. This includes not only school property, but
also property belonging to individuals or other organizations.
4. Students shall not use profanity or abusive language under any circumstance.
5. Student misbehavior on the bus, at the bus stop, or arriving at/leaving school is not permitted.
6. Misbehavior in class (spit wads, constant talking, using IPODS, games, etc.) is not permitted.
7. Students may not cheat; forge signatures, or copy computer programs or other copyrighted materials.
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8. Students may not steal, or try to steal, someone else's property. This includes trying to obtain something by
threatening others.
9. Weapons or other dangerous items are not permitted. This includes pretending to have a weapon or
other dangerous item. Examples of dangerous items include any pepper spray, laser pointers, firearm,
club, knife, razor, slingshot, brass or metal knuckles, blackjack, explosives, or other dangerous articles.
These items will be taken away and not returned. Wise County Schools will work closely with legal
authorities on dangerous items brought to school.
10. Students are expected to attend school and class. Cutting class and leaving school grounds without
permission are not permitted. Only a parent, the guardian, or another person designated by the parent
or guardian may check a student out of school. If someone else is to check a student out, the Principal
must be satisfied that the person is authorized. If you are absent from school and you need to come to
school, you must check in the office.
11. Dress Code. School personnel have the responsibility to protect the health and safety of students and
to maintain proper and appropriate conditions that promote learning. Based on the belief that school
is a place of business where students are learning both academic and social skills, the School Board
requires that students dress appropriately. In accordance with the purpose of the dress code, no
student shall present himself or herself to school in a manner that is likely to cause disruption. The
school, in its discretion, shall prohibit any clothing, jewelry, or similar attachments which it deems to
have a substantial and material disruptive effect on the school atmosphere. School clothing should be
appropriate as to time, place and weather. Any form of dress or appearance which disrupts or
distracts from the purpose or conduct of school, considered contrary to good hygiene, or threatens
the safety of one's self or others will not be permitted.
DRESS CODE GENERALLY
Students shall wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Decisions regarding the appropriateness of clothing,
footwear, and accessories will be made by the building principal or a designee. Items initially deemed
inappropriate will be called to the parent's attention for corrective action. Students may be required to call
home for a change of clothes and/or will be assigned to In -School-Suspension for the remainder of the day.
Repeated violations of the dress code will result in further disciplinary action.
Dress Code Policy
Any clothing deemed to be inappropriate will be addressed. Messages on clothing, jewelry, person and personal
belongings that relate to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, vulgarity, violence or that reflect adversely upon persons because
of their race, sex, color, creed, national origin or ancestry are not permitted. Any article of clothing, footwear, jewelry,
or other accessory that suggests, identifies, or otherwise promotes "gang" related activities will not be permitted.
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GENERAL GUIDELINES
General guidelines that are intended to be age appropriate for students in all grades:
1. They include but are not limited to:
A. The hem of shorts and skirts shall extend at least beyond the fingers with the arm extended
straight toward the ground. Shorts/dresses/skirts must be of appropriate length; very short
shorts, such as the thin nylon, athletic type shorts with side slits, are not acceptable. The hem
of shorts/dresses/skirts must hang below the fingertip length. Any garments worn over leggings