General Information

I.   GENERAL INFORMATION AND BUILDING PROCEDURES

 

BUILDING HOURS

Students may enter the building at 7:30 am and remain in the Diner.  School starts at 8:05 am and releases at 2:15 pm. To remain in the building past 2:20, a student must be under the direct supervision of a faculty member. The office is open during regular school days from 7:15 am to 3:15 pm.

BUS TRANSPORTATION

Bus schedules are established yearly and are published in the local newspaper prior to the beginning of school. The bus driver is in charge of the students riding his/her bus and will report to the principal/administration any lack of cooperation. Bus rules are included in the student conduct section. Students will be transported by the District to and from extra-curricular events. Students may not travel to or from extra-curricular events by other means and be eligible to participate without prior administrative approval. Deviations will result in disciplinary consequences. Apple Bus Service (747-6403).

CLOSED CAMPUS

Students are considered on campus when they step on the school bus or onto school property. Students coming on campus in the morning are to remain in school for the rest of the school day. Students are not allowed in the parking lot areas without permission. Permission from the attendance clerk and parents must be obtained before a student may leave the school grounds during the school day. Students must remain in the Diner or at the picnic area the entire lunch period. Any student that does not check out through the office will be considered truant. Students knowing they will leave during the day should bring a note from their parents to the office before classes begin in order to secure a pass.

DISTRICT-WIDE COLLABORATION DAYS

On the following days, there will be a slightly different daily schedule so teachers will be able to collaborate on curriculum issues.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30 on these dates:

September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13,

January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28, March 7, 14, April 11, 18, May 9, 16

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Since electronic devices are prone to theft, they should be kept in a secure location. See Electronic Device Misuse. Electronic devices may be used with permission from a staff member.

HANDBOOK

At the beginning of the school year, or upon enrollment, each student is issued a handbook and is responsible for the policies, rules, and procedures contained therein. Students will sign an acknowledgement of having received the handbook. The handbook should be maintained, have in possession, and in good order to utilize the privileges associated with it.

HEALTH SERVICES

Complete Health Services are available on the District website. The school district will give temporary first aid for injuries and sudden illnesses occurring at school. If a student becomes ill at school and needs to go home, a parent/guardian will be notified promptly. Current, local emergency contact numbers must be on file. Students must use a planner pass to go to the nurse.

Immunizations: All students must present current proof of compliance with the Missouri state immunization law at the time of enrollment. If immunizations are not in compliance, registration will be denied.

Students must be:

1) properly immunized against polio, pertussis, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella and

   hepatitis B, or

2) have immunization currently in progress, or

3) have an exemption form filed in the health office.

Medication Administration: The school nurse dispenses medication following the District’s medication administration policy. The medicine must be brought to the health room by the parent/guardian in the original pharmacy labeled bottle. The current prescription label will serve as the physician’s order. The parent/guardian must sign a request asking the school district to comply with the physician’s orders. This may be done when the medication is delivered. Students are not allowed to carry prescription or over-the-counter medications unless authorized by physician and District nurse. Students found with prescription or over-the-counter medications may be in violation of inappropriate use of medicine.

Communicable Disease: Missouri law requires that students with a contagious disease be excluded from school until medical clearance is received. Students must be without fever (100.2 F or above) 24 hours before returning to school.

PARKING

The parking lot located on the west side of the building is designated for student parking. Vehicle registration with the office is required to use the parking lot.  The east parking lot is reserved for faculty/staff and visitors.  Students should enter the building as soon as their vehicle is properly parked.  Students are not allowed to be in or around their vehicle during the school day without permission from the office. Vehicles parked on school property are subject to search.

POWERSCHOOL

PowerSchool is a web-based program that allows guardians to check their student’s grades and email teachers with concerns 24 hours a day. Access codes can be obtained through the office. The web address for PowerSchool is http//ps.warrensburgr6.org

SCHOOL CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS

When inclement weather is a possibility, the following media outlets provide information regarding school cancellations: KOKO-1450 AM, KWKJ-98.5 FM, KMBC-Channel 9, School Messenger and www.warrensburgr6.org. All announcements and media releases with regard to the scheduling, cancellation and rescheduling will be authorized and distributed by the administration on a case by case basis.

SCHOOL DIRECTORY/PUBLIC INFORMATION

All information contained in a student’s educational record, except information designated as directory information by Reese, shall be confidential and shall be directly accessible only to school officials who demonstrate a legitimate educational interest in the student’s records and to parents/guardians or eligible students. This is notice to parents/guardians or eligible students regarding the categories of information it has designated as directory. Parents/guardians or eligible students who wish to inform Reese that designated directory information should not be released without the parent’s or eligible student’s prior consent should advise the school in writing within 10 school days from the start date of school.  Reese directory information includes the following: name, grade level, enrollment status (full-time or part-time), participation in officially recognized activities and sports, height and weight for sports, degrees, honors and awards received, and photograph.

SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITY FOR STUDENTS

The Warrensburg School District assumes a responsibility for the safety and welfare of its students which extends from the time they depart home until they return home, consistent with using the most direct, timely or prescribed route to and from school. This responsibility encompasses those who walk, ride District transportation or student-driven private conveyance. Therefore, those who become involved in situations off school property which are contrary to District policy may have consequences imposed by school administrators for such actions. Some examples include trespassing on other school properties, incidents of intimidation, fighting or assaults, or other actions which generally are not acceptable by community standards.

TEXTBOOKS

If a textbook (or other educational materials) is lost, stolen or damaged, the student is responsible for paying the replacement cost of the book – amount to be determined by school official. The student will be placed on the fines list until the replacement cost is paid. Students owing money to the school will not be eligible for extra-curricular activities such as participating in athletics, prom, etc.  until all bills have been paid or arrangements have been made for payment by the student. Students will not participate in graduation ceremonies or receive their diploma upon graduation until all bills have been paid.

TIPLINE

WHS Tipline gives students a safe and anonymous way to report to their school. Reports can be about anything from bullying to drugs, sexual harassment, discrimination, verbal harassment, threats, vandalism, or other non-emergency but dangerous behavior. The WHS Tipline may be accessed from the Warrensburg High School webpage.

VISITORS

The school accepts only those adult visitors who have legitimate business at school. Visitors are to report to the office for instructions and are expected to leave promptly when their business is complete. Students are not to have visitors at school.