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Hanover County Public Schools
SECONDARY
PARENT-STUDENT
HANDBOOK
2014-2015
HANOVER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
2014-2015 CALENDAR
ADOPTED 3/11/2014
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School reopens after winter break
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Exam Dates (Early Closing MS & HS Only)
Exam Dates & Early Closing (K-12)
First Day of Second Semester
Report Card Distribution (K-12)
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Students Final Day & Elem. Report Cards
Teacher Workday
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Early Closing Schedule
Elementary: 12:30 P.M.
Secondary: 1:15 P.M.
Note: BES & SAES: 1:00 P.M.
Student’s Name: ________________________________________
School:
______________________________
I.
Receipt of Parent-Student Handbook
As required by Section 22.1-279.3 of the Code of Virginia, Hanover County Public Schools (HCPS) provides this Parent-Student Handbook for the
purpose of distribution to parents and students the Hanover County School Board’s standards of student conduct and Virginia’s compulsory school
attendance law. State law also requires that each parent of a public school student sign and return a statement acknowledging receipt of the School
Board’s standards of student conduct and the compulsory school attendance law.
Please sign the statement below to acknowledge receipt of the Code of Student Conduct, Virginia’s compulsory school attendance law and all
other information contained in the Parent-Student Handbook and return this page to your child’s school. By signing this statement, parents
recognize their responsibility to assist the school in enforcing standards of conduct and attendance but do not waive their rights protected by the
constitution or laws of the United States or the Commonwealth of Virginia. Parents have the right to express disagreement with a school’s or the school
division’s policies or decisions.
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Signature of Student
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Signature of Parent/Guardian
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Date
II.
Authorization to Photograph/Videotape Physical Likeness
I grant permission to Hanover County Public Schools to photograph my child and use his/her picture, silhouette, or other reproductions of physical
likeness in connection with publications (e.g., newsletters, website, brochures), videotapes, news releases, or television broadcasts of Hanover County
Public Schools.
Yes
No
I grant permission to photographers representing Hanover County Public Schools to photograph my child for the school yearbook and release my
child’s full name, grade level and/or homeroom teacher to the yearbook publisher.
Yes
No
I grant permission to my child’s school to release mailing label information to school picture/yearbook photographers and/or PTA/PTO/PTSA.
Yes
No
My signature below indicates that I have read and understand the meaning and effect of this release.
Agreed and accepted:
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Signature of Parent/Guardian
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Date
III.
Directory Information
In accordance with state and federal law on the release of student records, no personal or confidential information concerning a student will be
released without written consent of the parent or guardian. Certain types of information about students are considered directory information, however,
and these can be disclosed by the school division or the student’s school. Parents/guardians must submit a written non-disclosure request to the
student’s school to restrict disclosure of the information that is considered directory information. This non-disclosure request must be received by the
student’s school administration no later than ten (10) school days from the date on which the parent/guardian receives this notice regarding directory
information. Please place a check in the box indicating any items that you do not permit Hanover County Public Schools to disclose.
DO NOT DISCLOSE
Student’s name, gender, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, and dates of attendance
Student’s participation in officially recognized activities and sports
Student’s height and weight if he or she is a member of an athletic team
Awards and honors or degrees received by a student
Yearbook photographs of the student
Student’s name, address and honors received to members of the Virginia General Assembly (for the purposes of congratulatory communication
only)
In addition, the law requires school divisions to provide military recruiters and institutions of higher learning, upon request, with the following
information – names, addresses and telephone listing – unless parents/guardians have advised the school division that they do not want their student’s
information disclosed without their prior written consent. Please place a check in the box indicating any items that you do not authorize Hanover
Count Public Schools to disclose.
The release of my student’s name, address and telephone listing to military recruiters
The release of my student’s name, address and telephone listing to institutions of higher learning
Note: According to Section 99.36 of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA regulations), educational agencies and institutions may disclose
information from educational records to appropriate parties, including parents, whose knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or
safety of a student or another individual if there is a significant and articulable threat to the health or safety of a student or other individual, considering the
totality of the circumstances.
Complete, sign and date the form on the lines below and return it to the child’s school within ten (10) school days from the date on which you received
this notice.
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Signature of Parent/Guardian
PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL WITHIN 10 SCHOOL DAYS
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Date
Nombre del Estudiante: _________________________________________
Escuela: ______________________________
I.
Recibo del Manual para Padres y Estudiantes de la Escuela Primaria
Como exigido en SecciГіn 22.1-279.3 del CГіdigo Civil de Virginia, las Escuelas PГєblicas del Condado de Hanover proporcionan este Manual
Secundario Para Padres/Estudiantes de la Junta Escolar del Condado de Hanover para distribuir a los padres y a los estudiantes los estГЎndares de la
conducta de los estudiantes y la ley de la enseГ±anza obligatoria del Estado de Virginia (compulsory school attendance law). Con respeto al
estudiante matriculado en una escuela pГєblica, la ley del estado de Virginia tambiГ©n exige que cada padre firme y devuelva una afirmaciГіn que
acusa recibo de los estГЎndares de la Conducta de los Estudiantes de la Junta Escolar del condado de Hanover y de la ley de la enseГ±anza
obligatoria del Estado de Virginia (compulsory school attendance law).
Favor de firmar esta afirmaciГіn para que acuse recibo del CГіdigo de la Conducta de los Estudiantes, de la ley de la enseГ±anza obligatoria del
Estado de Virginia y de toda la informaciГіn que estГЎ incluГ­da en el Manual Secundario Para Padres/ Estudiantes y devuelva esta pГЎgina a la
escuela de su estudiante. Al firmar esta afirmaciГіn, los padres reconocen su responsabilidad en ayudar a la escuela a hacer cumplir los estГЎndares
de la conducta y de la asistencia pero no renuncian los derechos que estГЎn protegidos por la ConstituciГіn o las leyes de los Estados Unidos y del
Estado de Virginia. Los padres tienen el derecho de expresar su desacuerdo con las polГ­ticas y las decisiones de la escuela propia o del condado de
Hanover.
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Firma del estudiante
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__________________
Firma del padre o guarda legal
La fecha
II.
AutorizaciГіn para reproducir el parecido fГ­sico
Coloque esta marca ( ) en la caja con << sГ­ >> para autorizar el permiso o en la caja con << no>> para negar al permiso.
Yo concedo a las Escuelas PГєblicas del Condado de Hanover el derecho de fotografiar a mi hijo/a y usar su foto, silueta, u otras reproducciones de la
semejanza fГ­sica de mi hijo/a en relaciГіn con los anuncios, las publicaciones, o las cintas de video de las escuelas del condado de Hanover. Estas
reproducciones pueden incluir una demostraciГіn, pГЎginas del Internet, una publicaciГіn, una emisiГіn de la televisiГіn, un anuncio o una promociГіn de la
escuela, u otros usos de las cintas de video.
SГ­
No
Yo concedo a las Escuelas PГєblicas del Condado de Hanover el derecho a los fotГіgrafos que representan al Condado de Hanover para fotografiar a
mi hijo/a para inclusiГіn en el anuario de la escuela y para proveer el nombre y el apellido de mi hijo, su nivel de grado, y el nombre de su maestro
al editor del anuario escolar.
SГ­
No
Yo concedo a las Escuelas PГєblicas del Condado de Hanover el derecho de hacer pГєblico a los fotГіgrafos del anuario y los retratos escolares y a las
organizaciones de los PTA/PTO/PTSA las etiquetas con la direcciГіn
SГ­
No
Mi firma abajo indica que he leГ­do y he entendido el sentido y el efecto de este formulario.
_____________________________________
Firma del Padre/Guarda Legal
III.
_______________________
La fecha
InformaciГіn del Directorio - Solicitud de В«No RevelaciГіnВ»
De acuerdo con las polГ­ticas del condado, del estado y del gobierno federal en cuanto a la puesta en venta los registros de los estudiantes, la ley de
la Libertad de InformaciГіn y el Acto de los Derechos y la Intimidad de la Familia, ninguna informaciГіn personal o confidencial con respecto a un
estudiante se harГЎ pГєblica sin el consentimiento escrito de un padre o guarda legal. Sin embargo, ciertos tipos de informaciГіn estudiantil se considera
informaciГіn de directorio y Г©stos se pueden divulgar por el distrito o por la escuela del estudiante. Los padres o guardas legales tienen que
presentar una peticiГіn escrita del no acceso (non-disclosure request) a la escuela del estudiante para restringir la revelaciГіn de la informaciГіn que se
considera parte de la informaciГіn del directorio. La administraciГіn de la escuela debe recibir esta peticiГіn del no-acceso del estudiante no despuГ©s
de diez (10) dГ­as escolares a partir de la fecha en que el padre/guarda legal ha recibido este aviso con respecto a la informaciГіn del directorio.
Las categorГ­as que se encuentran abajo representan la informaciГіn de la guГ­a y puede ser revelado por la escuela si el padre/guarda legal no ha
llenado y entregado a la escuela una solicitud de no revelaciГіn.
Instrucciones a los padres para llenar una solicitud de “No Revelación”” en la Información del Directorio
Por favor, ponga esta marca ( ) en la caja que dice В«No ReveleВ» al lado de cada punto en el directorio de informaciГіn de arriba para restringir
acceso.
NO REVELE
Nombre del estudiante, gГ©nero, direcciГіn, nГєmero de telГ©fono, fecha y lugar de nacimiento, y la fecha (o las fechas) de asistencia
ParticipaciГіn en actividades y deportes reconocidos oficialmente, incluyendo la especialidad del estudio del estudiante
Altura y peso del estudiante, si Г©l o ella es miembro de un equipo atlГ©tico
Premios y honores o tГ­tulos recibidos por un estudiante
FotografГ­as del anuario
Nombre, direcciones y nГєmeros de telГ©fono de los estudiantes pueden ser revelado a los reclutadores militares segГєn lo permitido por la ley
Nombres, direcciones y honores recibidos pueden ser revelado a los miembros de la Asamblea General de Virginia, a solicitud, sГіlo para los
motivos de comunicaciГіn felicitada (7-1.4A)
La revelaciГіn del nombre de mi estudiante, direcciГіn, y nГєmero de telГ©fono a instituciones de educaciГіn superior
Nota: SegГєn la Section 99.36 of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations (FERPA) [o sea, los requisitos de SecciГіn 99.36 de La Ley de Derechos
Educativos y Privacidad de la Familia] las agencias y instituciones educativas pueden revelar la informaciГіn de los documentos educativos a las personas apropiadas
incluyendo a los padres cuyo conocimiento de la informaciГіn es necesario para proteger la salud o la seguridad de un estudiante o de otro individuo si hay una
amenaza significativa y genuina a la salud o la seguridad de un estudiante o de otro individuo tomando en consideraciГіn la totalidad de las circunstancias.
LLene, firme y feche el formulario en las lГ­neas abajo. Devuelva el formulario a la escuela de su estudiante dentro de diez (10) dГ­as escolares a
partir de la fecha en que Ud. ha recibido este aviso.
La firma del padre/guarda legal/ o estudiante “adulto” (18 años de edad)
La fecha
STUDENT-OWNED ELECTRONIC DEVICE ACCEPTABLE USE
Parent/Guardian Agreement:
I authorize my child to bring his/her personal electronic device (“Device”) to school with the understanding that it must
be used as a tool for school assignments only and that my child must comply with the Student-Owned Electronic
Device Acceptable Use Regulation. I understand that Hanover County Public Schools is not responsible for my child’s
Device if it is lost, stolen, or damaged. I also understand that my child will be subject to disciplinary consequences for
violating the Student-Owned Electronic Device Acceptable Use Regulation and may lose the privilege of bringing
the Device to school.
Parent/Guardian Name (Print): _________________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian Signature: ______________________________________ Date: _________________
Electronic device make and model: ______________________________________________________
Student Agreement:
I agree to follow the Student-Owned Electronic Device Acceptable Use Regulation. I understand that if I violate this
regulation I may receive disciplinary consequences and lose the privilege of bringing my Device to school. I also
understand that I am responsible for my Device and the school is not responsible for my Device if it is lost, stolen, or
damaged.
Student Name (Print): ________________________________________________________________
Student Signature: _____________________________________________ Date: _________________
USO ACEPTABLE DE APARATOS ELECTRГ“NICOS QUE PERTENECEN AL ESTUDIANTE
Acuerdo del Padre/la Madre/Tutor Legal:
Autorizo a mi hijo/a que traiga su aparato electrГіnico a la escuela con el entendimiento de que solamente lo pueda
usar para propГіsitos de la escuela y de que mi hijo/a tenga que cumplir con la PolГ­tica de Uso Aceptable de
Aparatos ElectrГіnicos. Entiendo que Hanover County Public Schools no se hace responsable por pГ©rdida, robo, o
daГ±os a los aparatos electrГіnicos. TambiГ©n entiendo que mi hijo/a serГЎ sujeto/a a las consecuencias disciplinarias de
violar la PolГ­tica de Uso Aceptable de Aparatos ElectrГіnicos y puede perder el privilegio de poder traer los
mismos a la escuela.
Nombre del Padre/la Madre/Tutor Legal (Letras de Molde): __________________________________________
Firma del Padre/la Madre/Tutor Legal:___________________________________ Fecha: ___________________
Marca y modelo del Aparato ElectrГіnico : __________________________________________________________
Acuerdo del Estudiante:
Estoy de acuerdo con la PolГ­tica del Uso Aceptable de Aparatos ElectrГіnicos. Entiendo que si violo esta polГ­tica
puedo recibir consecuencias disciplinarias y perder el privilegio de traer mis aparatos electrГіnicos a la escuela.
TambiГ©n entiendo que soy responsable por mis aparatos electrГіnicos y que la escuela no se hace responsable por
pГ©rdidas, robos, o daГ±os a los mismos.
Nombre del Estudiante (Letras de Molde): _______________________________________________________
Firma del Estudiante: _________________________________________________ Fecha: ___________________
Superintendent’s Message
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! I am confident that this will be a school year filled with
wonderful opportunities for our entire school community to grow, learn, and celebrate our achievements.
While educating the children of Hanover is our core business and one we take seriously, the secondary
school years provide families memories which pass from one generation to the next through treasured
stories and pictures. Relish these moments!
The “Hanover story” is one which all of us can tell with incredible pride and enthusiasm because our
students, teachers and schools excel annually in many measurable areas including student assessments,
athletic and academic competitions, fine and performing arts and technical skills, among others. The
Hanover County School Board provides exceptional leadership which ensures continuous quality
improvement for our outstanding school district. Parents and business leaders support every school with
generous amounts of volunteer service, leadership of committees and advisory groups, financial
contributions to the Hanover Education Foundation, and through other significant efforts.
As we begin a new school year, please know that the school district’s commitment to maintaining our
traditions of excellence and success while improving our levels of student and staff achievement is
unwavering.
I invite you to partner with us in the exciting and important work of preparing our children for their
future.
May your families have a school year filled with happiness and success!
Sincerely,
Jamelle S. Wilson
Superintendent of Schools
Hanover County Public Schools
200 Berkley Street
Ashland, Virginia 23005
804-365-4500
www.hcps.us
Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson .......................................................................................................................Superintendent of Schools
Hanover County School Board
Robert L. Hundley, Jr., Chairman ...........................................................................................................Chickahominy District
Henry C. Lowry, Jr., Vice Chairman ................................................................................................................ Ashland District
John F. Axselle IIII .......................................................................................................................................... Beaverdam District
Roger S. Bourassa .................................................................................................................................. Mechanicsville District
Susan P. Dibble ..............................................................................................................................................South Anna District
Earl J. Hunter, Jr. .....................................................................................................................................................Henry District
Norman K. Sulser ........................................................................................................................................ Cold Harbor District
Hanover County Board of Supervisors
Sean M. Davis, Chairman ..................................................................................................................................... Henry District
Wayne T. Hazzard, Vice Chairman ...........................................................................................................South Anna District
Angela Kelly-Wiececk ..............................................................................................................................Chickahominy District
W. Canova Peterson ...............................................................................................................................Mechanicsville District
Aubrey M. Stanley. ....................................................................................................................................... Beaverdam District
G. Ed Via, III ......................................................................................................................................................... Ashland District
Elton J. Wade, Sr. ...................................................................................................................................... Cold Harbor District
Hanover County Public Schools
804-365-4500
Administration
Jamelle S. Wilson.......................................................................................................................................................................................Superintendent of Schools
Linda Scarborough.................................................................................................................................................................................... Communications Specialist
Instructional Leadership
Dr. Michael Gill ................................................................................................. Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Leadership/Chief Academic Officer
Debbie Arco................................................................................................................................................................................ Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Diane Brown..........................................................................................................................................................................................Director of Special Education
TBA ...........................................................................................................................................Director of School Safety & Disciplinary Hearing Review Officer
Dr. Patricia Miller.......................................................................................................................................................................... Director of Elementary Education
Jennifer Cohodas-Greif ............................................................................................................................................... Director of Accreditation & Accountability
Sandra Crowder ....................................................................................................................................................................... Student Support Services Specialist
Karla Allen ................................................................................................................................................................................. Coordinator of Counseling Services
Dr. Robert Staley ...........................................................................................................................................................................Director of Secondary Education
Dr. Dorothy Tate.................................................................................................................................................................................. Director of Federal Programs
Lauran Zeigler ......................................................................................................................................................................Assistant Director of Special Education
Katie Stockhausen .......................................................................................................................................................................Coordinator of Federal Programs
Connie Forman.................................................................................................................................................................................. Coordinator of Gifted Services
TBA ............................................................................................................................................................................ Coordinator of Career & Technical Education
TBA ..................................................................................................................................................................................................Coordinator of Program Services
Dr. Amy Thompson .............................................................................................................................................................. Professional Development Coordinator
Barry Flowe...................................................................................................................................................................... Lead Teacher Specialist, Performing Arts
Pat Bossler........................................................................................................................................ Lead Teacher Specialist, English, Language Arts & Reading
Jennifer Stackpole .................................................................................................................................................................. Lead Teacher Specialist, Visual Arts
Kimberly Dye..................................................................................................................................................................................Lead Teacher Specialist, Science
Martha Thompson .................................................................................................................................Lead Teacher Specialist, Special Education, Elementary
Dr. Emily Snead .......................................................................................................................................Lead Teacher Specialist, Special Education, Secondary
Meredith Eads........................................................................................................................................................ Coordinator for Special Education, Elementary
Shellie Waldron .....................................................................................................................................................Coordinator for Special Education, Secondary
Stephanie Stockman.....................................................................................................................................Lead Teacher Specialist, World Languages and ESL
Dr. Robert Williams ............................................................................................................................................................Lead Teacher Specialist, Social Studies
Ian Shenk ................................................................................................................................................................................Lead Teacher Specialist, Mathematics
Jennifer Stackpole ................................................................................................................................................................... Lead Teacher Specialist, Visual Arts
Julie Tate .............................................................................................................................................................Lead Teacher Specialist, Library Media Services
John Trott............................................................................................................... Lead Teacher Specialist, Health, Physical Education and Driver’s Education
Dr. Margie Walthall .........................................................................................................................................................................................Assessment Specialist
Catherine Zachmeyer ..........................................................................................................................................................................Data Management Specialist
Rhonda Jackson-Smith ...........................................................................................................................................................Senior Teacher/ CSA Case Manager
Barry Hewett ............................................................................................................................................................................................. Senior School Psychologist
James Carrigan .....................................................................................................................................................................................Senior School Social Worker
TBA .........................................................................................................................................................................................................................CSA Case Manager
Human Resources
Charla Cordle........................................................................................................................................................... Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
Joni Shelton ............................................................................................................................................................................................Director of Human Resources
Rob Sargeant.........................................................................................................................................................................Assistant Director of Human Resources
Mike Duke ....................................................................................................................................................................... Coordinator of Human Resources/Recruit
Melissa Semones.........................................................................................................................................Coordinator of Human Resources/Staff Development
Kathryn Sprouse .....................................................................Administrator for Benefits, Compensation, & Human Resources Information System Specialist
Christine Fix...............................................................................................................................................................................Human Resources Records Specialist
Terry Woody.................................................................................................................................................................................... Coordinator of Health Services
Deborah Dailey......................................................................................................................................................................................................... Licensure Analyst
Business & Operations
David Myers .................................................................................................................................................... Assistant Superintendent of Business & Operations
Lynn Bragga.............................................................................................................................................Director of Budget Development & Financial Reporting
Stephanie Koren................................................................................................................................................................................................ Accounting Specialist
Terri Hechler .................................................................................................................................................................................... Director of Technology Services
Chris Ambler ............................................................................................................................................................................................... Director of Food Services
Michael Ashby ..................................................................................................................................................................................Director of Pupil Transportation
Ed Buzzelli ............................................................................................................................................................................................................Director of Facilities
Pete O’Brien..................................................................................................................................................................... Assistant Director of Technology Services
Frank Smalara ............................................................................................................................................................... Assistant Director of Information Systems
Margaret Hill .....................................................................................................................................................................................Business Partnerships Specialist
2014-2015
Table of Contents
Introduction
Authorization to Photograph and Directory Information Non-Disclosure Request Form
Student-Owned Electronic Device Acceptable Use Form
Superintendent’s Message
Emergency Response Information
Prevention.................................................................................................................................................... 1
Preparation................................................................................................................................................. 1
Response ...................................................................................................................................................... 1
Recovery ...................................................................................................................................................... 2
CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT
Philosophy.................................................................................................................................................... 2
Student Rights and Responsibilities ........................................................................................................ 2
Parental Rights and Responsibilities ...................................................................................................... 3
Definitions of Terms ................................................................................................................................... 3
Expectations: Student Conduct................................................................................................................ 6
Prohibited Behaviors ................................................................................................................................. 6
Conduct Violations and Accompanying Consequences...................................................................... 8
Suspensions.................................................................................................................................................. 9
Expulsion ....................................................................................................................................................14
Exclusion.....................................................................................................................................................15
Procedure for Teacher to Remove Student from Class....................................................................15
Search and Seizure .................................................................................................................................17
Conduct Code: School Bus or Other School Vehicle .........................................................................17
Extracurricular Activities .........................................................................................................................19
Reports from Law-Enforcement Officers to School Administrators................................................21
Reporting Duties of the Principal & Superintendent.........................................................................21
Accompanying Regulations: ........................................................................................................ 24-28
Reporting Procedures..............................................................................................................................26
Student Dress ............................................................................................................................................26
Procedures for Questioning of Students by Third Parties...............................................................26
Use of Metal Detectors...........................................................................................................................27
Expulsion of Students for Certain Drug Offenses .............................................................................28
Form: Teacher’s Removal of Student from Class.........................................................................29
STUDENT EVALUATION AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Standards of Learning............................................................................................................................29
Promotion and Retention ........................................................................................................................30
Acceleration ..............................................................................................................................................30
Graduation and SOL Requirements.....................................................................................................31
Student Evaluation and Grading..........................................................................................................33
Reporting Grades to Parents ................................................................................................................35
Class Rank .................................................................................................................................................35
Homework .................................................................................................................................................36
Make-Up of School Work and/or Tests .............................................................................................37
Alternative Method for Granting Carnegie Units of Credit...........................................................37
Alternative to a High School Diploma for Students and Adults.....................................................38
INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS AND STUDENT RECOGNITION
Alternative Education ..............................................................................................................................39
Awards.......................................................................................................................................................39
Career Education .....................................................................................................................................41
Curriculum Guides/Course Syllabus ....................................................................................................42
Driver Education.......................................................................................................................................42
Dual Enrollment.........................................................................................................................................43
Early College Scholars............................................................................................................................44
ESL (English As A Second Language)...................................................................................................44
Extracurricular Activities .........................................................................................................................44
Field Trips ..................................................................................................................................................45
Gifted Services.........................................................................................................................................46
Graduate Warranty Program..............................................................................................................47
Homebound Instruction............................................................................................................................48
Programs for Students with Disabilities...............................................................................................48
Parent Resource Center ..........................................................................................................................48
Program of Studies..................................................................................................................................49
Remedial Instruction Program................................................................................................................49
Standardized Testing..............................................................................................................................50
Virginia State Accountability Assessment ...........................................................................................50
Student Education Plan ...........................................................................................................................50
Summer School..........................................................................................................................................51
Technology Programs..............................................................................................................................52
Online Instruction & Virtual Advanced Placement ............................................................................53
STUDENT PROCEDURES AND SERVICES
Attendance ................................................................................................................................................54
Child Study Process .................................................................................................................................61
Directory Information ..............................................................................................................................63
Drug-Free School Zones .........................................................................................................................63
Early Dismissal ..........................................................................................................................................63
Early School Closings ..............................................................................................................................63
Fire Drills and Emergency Evacuation .................................................................................................63
Health Services.........................................................................................................................................64
In-School Suspension................................................................................................................................68
Library Media Center.............................................................................................................................68
Parents’ Rights to Review Student Records.........................................................................................68
Parking and Automobiles .......................................................................................................................71
Pupil Personnel Services .........................................................................................................................72
School Counseling Services ....................................................................................................................72
School Food Services...............................................................................................................................73
Student Fees..............................................................................................................................................74
Student Insurance .....................................................................................................................................75
Student Owned Electronic Devices.......................................................................................................75
Student Safety..........................................................................................................................................76
Substance Abuse Education ...................................................................................................................77
Textbooks ..................................................................................................................................................77
Visiting and Contacting the Schools .....................................................................................................77
COMMUNITY
Adult Education ........................................................................................................................................77
Adult Basic Education Program.............................................................................................................78
Adult General Education Development (GED) Program .................................................................78
Advisory Committees, Booster Groups, Volunteers ..........................................................................78
Community Use of Facilities ...................................................................................................................79
District Communication ............................................................................................................................79
Index
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Emergency Responses in Our Schools: A Message to Parents
Effective emergency responses include four phases: Prevention, Preparation, Response and Recovery.
The following information is shared to help parents understand the prevention and preparation activities that are in
place to keep Hanover students and employees safe, how schools respond during and after an emergency, and how
parents can play a vital role in each phase.
Prevention
1.
Hanover County Public Schools (HCPS) works proactively with the Hanover Sheriff’s Office, the
Ashland Police Department, Hanover Fire and EMS, and other human services agencies on
behalf of the safety of our students and staff. A Four-phase Approach to Crisis
Management is in place to support security on school property and reduce violence in Hanover
schools.
Preparation
2.
Each school has an all-hazards crisis plan in place to guide the management of emergencies
that may arise. Plans are developed with input from the Hanover Sheriff’s Office and other
law enforcement agencies, Hanover Fire and EMS, and other human services agencies as
appropriate to the kind of emergency that occurs.
3.
A key component of each individual school’s plan is up-to-date emergency contact information
for each student. Parents/guardians are urged to notify the child’s school immediately of
any changes in telephone number or e-mail addresses in order to be reached quickly in the
event of any emergency.
4.
Like fire, tornado, and intruder drills, earthquake drills have been added to school emergency
management plans. These drills allow students and staff members to practice effective
responses to unexpected occurrences that may impact these individuals and/or school
property.
5.
There may be times when parent volunteers may be enlisted to provide assistance with security
in the schools (i.e., monitoring entrances and exits; welcoming visitors and providing visitors
badges, etc.). Individual schools will coordinate volunteer efforts along these lines.
Response
For several important reasons, many specific details about response plans are not shared publicly.
However, it is important for parents to understand the following:
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Safety is the priority for staff at the school when an emergency is unfolding. Staff members
and first responders will be focused on managing the emergency and taking care of the
students.
7.
Depending upon the situation, the plan may include evacuation of students and staff to another
location, securing the perimeter or locking down the building and not allowing students to
leave their classroom. Under these conditions, only authorized personnel will be allowed
entrance to the school.
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As soon as accurate information is available, it will be shared with parents as follows:
Parents of individual students directly involved in the event
Parents of students indirectly involved in the event
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School Board and staff
Local media as appropriate
9.
Information will be shared using one or more of the following methods as appropriate:
Individual contact with parents of students directly involved in an emergency
Voice and/or e-mail message sent via Blackboard Connectв„ў
Letter from principal
Information posted on division website: www.hcps.us and/or TV99
Information provided to local media
10. The school division understands the anxiety that parents feel when there is potential danger to
children. Probably the most difficult, but very important way that parents can assist schools in
responding effectively to emergencies, is NOT to call or come to the school during an
emergency.
Telephone lines will be needed for emergency outgoing calls.
In the case of an intruder or other activity that threatens the safety of students, schools will
be secured, and only authorized personnel will be permitted to enter or exit buildings.
The Hanover Sheriff’s Office or Virginia State Police may block access roads.
Information about how and where to connect with your child will be provided as soon as
possible through individual telephone contacts or voice/e-mail messages through
Blackboard Connectв„ў.
Recovery
11. School counselors and other human services professionals will be available to work with
individuals and groups of students who may need help working through fear or grief following
such an event.
12. Following the emergency, school leaders, teachers, students, parent representatives and other
community partners will review and evaluate the lessons learned.
13. Adjustments to school security measures and emergency response plans will be recommended as
appropriate and will become part of the prevention efforts of the school division.
7-3.1
CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT
Philosophy
Recognizing the importance of the dignity and worth of each individual, the Hanover County School Board
believes that it should provide an atmosphere of mutual respect conducive to teaching and learning in which
intellectual, physical, emotional, and social growth complements the moral and spiritual needs of the student
population. Students, parents, administrators, teachers and all other staff members are responsible for
maintaining a school environment in which educational programs can prosper and extracurricular programs can
be provided for the benefit of all participants.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
A student has all rights expressed and guaranteed by the United States Constitution and by federal, state,
and local laws. These rights do not permit a student to disrupt the educational process, to break school rules, to
present a health or safety hazard, or to disregard directions of those in authority. Individual rights do not include
infringing upon the rights of others in the school community.
To the extent permitted by applicable law, students have the right to the following:
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a public education without regard to gender, race, religion, national origin, or any reason not related to
their individual capabilities;
an orderly school and classroom environment which will allow optimum learning, emphasizing the
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values of responsibility, kindness, fairness, and safety;
freedom of expression in speech, writing, or symbols, consistent with their constitutional rights and
School Board policy.
Students have the primary responsibility to maintain a climate of mutual respect and trust in order that the
dignity of the individual be protected and the pursuit of opportunities for each student be realized. Administrators
and those to whom disciplinary authority is delegated, including teachers and bus drivers, have the responsibility to
be consistent and uniform in the application of all School Board policies and all school regulations.
Students are responsible for the following:
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knowing and complying with any rules or regulations of the School Board, as well as local, state, and
federal laws;
attending school regularly, equipped with the materials needed to attend class and complete class
assignments and/or requirements;
contributing to a climate of mutual respect for all within each school so that the hopes and ambitions of
all individuals may be realized.
Disciplining Students with Disabilities
Disciplinary actions for students with disabilities will be determined in accordance with all relevant state
and federal laws and regulations. Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities
are available from the Virginia Department of Education Web site at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/.
Parental Rights and Responsibilities
Each parent has the duty to assist the school in enforcing the Code of Student Conduct and compulsory
school attendance in order that education may be conducted in an atmosphere free of disruption and threat to persons
or property, and supportive of individual rights. Any school principal may request a student’s parent/guardian (or
parents, if both parents have legal and physical custody of such student) to meet with the principal or his designee to
review the Code of Student Conduct and the parent’s or parents’ responsibility to participate with the school in
disciplining the student and maintaining order, to ensure the student’s compliance with the compulsory school
attendance law, and to discuss improvement of the child’s behavior and educational progress.
Due Process
Students facing suspension have a property right to an education guaranteed under the 14th Amendment
which may not be taken away without due process. For suspensions of ten (10) days or less, the student must be
given oral or written notice of the charges and, if he/she denies them, an explanation of the evidence and an
opportunity to present his/her side of the story.
Virginia law requires more due process that required by the Constitution. Virginia law requires the
following requirements for suspensions of “not more than ten days”:
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oral or written notice to the student of the charges against him/her
if he/she denies them, an explanation of the facts and the opportunity to present his/her version
notification of the facts in writing by the administrator to the division superintendent or designee and
to the parent(s)/guardian
if requested by either party, a review of the facts of the case by the superintendent or his/her designee
to “confirm or disapprove” the action
Virginia law requires the following due process for suspensions of longer than ten (10) days:
• written notice to the students and his/her parent(s)/guardian stating the proposed action, reasons for it,
and a statement that the suspension can be appealed to the superintendent or his/her designee
Definitions of Terms in this Code of Student Conduct
Alternative education program - A variety of educational services available to Hanover students and adults
who have diverse learning needs, which shall include, but not be limited to, night school, adult education, or any
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other education program designed to offer instruction to students for whom the regular program of instruction may
be inappropriate.
Arson – Deliberately setting a fire on school property which endangers life, limb, or property.
Assault – The deliberate use of physical violence, which is intended to cause bodily injury to another; or
the use of a dangerous object in an effort to cause bodily injury to another.
Battery – The actual infliction of bodily hurt on another, willfully or in anger, whether by the person’s own
hand or by some means set in motion by him or her.
Bullying – Any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the
victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is
repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. “Bullying” includes cyber bullying. “Bullying” does not
include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.
Charged – A petition or warrant has been filed or is pending against the student.
Corporal punishment – The infliction of, or causing the infliction of, physical pain on a student as a means
of discipline. This definition shall not include physical pain or discomfort caused by participation in practice or
competition in an interscholastic sport, or participation in physical education or an extracurricular activity. In
addition, this definition shall not include physical pain, injury, or discomfort caused by the use of incidental, minor
or reasonable physical contact or other actions designed to maintain order and control of the use of reasonable and
necessary force as permitted by В§22.1-279.1 of the Code of Virginia.
Destructive device – (i) Any explosive, incendiary or poison gas, bomb, grenade, rocket having a
propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one
quarter ounce, mine, or other similar device; (ii) any weapon, by whatever name known that will, or may be readily
be converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and that has any barrel with a
bore of more than one half inch in diameter that is homemade or was not made by a duly licensed weapon
manufacturer, any fully automatic firearm, any sawed off shotgun or sawed off rifle as defined in В§18.2-299 of the
Code of Virginia or any firearm prohibited from civilian ownership by federal law; and (iii) any combination of
parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described in this
definition and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled. “Destructive device” does not include
any device that is not designed or redesigned for use as a weapon, or any device originally designed for use as a
weapon and that is redesigned for use as a signaling, pyrotechnic, line throwing, safety, or other similar device, nor
shall it include any antique firearm as defined in subsection G of Virginia Code В§18.2-308.2:2.
Drug paraphernalia – Those items listed in §18.2-265.1 of the Code of Virginia, including, but not limited
to items such as pipes, bowls, bongs, roach clips, syringes, needles and spoons.
Disruptive behavior – A violation of School Board policies or regulations governing student conduct that
interrupts or obstructs the learning environment.
Exclusion – The School Board’s denial of school admission to a student who has been expelled or has been
placed on a long-term suspension of more than thirty calendar days by another school board or a private school,
either in Virginia or another state, or for whom admission has been withdrawn by a private school in Virginia or
another state.
Expulsion – Any disciplinary action imposed by the School Board or a committee thereof, as provided in
school board policy, whereby a student is not permitted to attend school within the school division and is ineligible
for readmission for 365 calendar days after the date of the expulsion.
Extortion – Unlawfully obtaining or attempting to obtain something of value from another by compelling
the other person to deliver it by the threat of eventual physical injury or other harm to that person, to that person’s
property, or to a third person.
Fighting – Exchanging mutual physical contact between two or more students by pushing, shoving, or
hitting with or without injury.
Firearm – Any weapon prohibited on school property (including a school-division vehicle) or at a school
sponsored activity pursuant to В§18.2-308.1 of the Code of Virginia, or any weapon, including a starter gun, that will,
or is designed or may readily be converted to expel single or multiple projectiles by the action of an explosion of a
combustible material or the frame or receiver of any such weapon. “Firearm” does not include any pneumatic gun,
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as defined in subsection E of Virginia Code В§15.2-915.4.
Gang - A gang is an ongoing organization, association or group (i) having common characteristics,
including but not limited to, initiation practices, hand signals, structured style of dress, specific geographic territorial
claim or identifiable leadership; and (ii) consisting of one or more individuals who identify themselves as a group by
a name or symbol and are involved in a pattern of recurrent criminal conduct.
Gang activity is defined as:
a. wearing or distributing any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign, or other thing that is
evidence of membership or affiliation in any gang;
b. committing any act or omission, or using speech, either verbal or non- verbal (such as gestures or hand
shakes) showing membership or affiliation in any gang;
c. committing any act in furtherance of the interests of any gang, including: (a) soliciting, hazing, initiating
others for membership in any gang, (b) requesting any person to pay protection or otherwise intimidating
or threatening any' person, (c) committing any other illegal act or other violation of the Code of Student
Conduct and (d) encouraging other students to act with physical violence or disorderly disruptive
behavior;
d. any inappropriate behavior and/or activities which may be disorderly or disruptive or are likely to cause
bodily danger, physical harm, or mental harm to students, employees or visitors.
Gross willful disregard of School Board rules and regulations – Multiple instances of offenses listed under
Categories III-VIII or a single instance of an offense that endangers the life, welfare, or safety of any person while
on school property (including school-division vehicles and at the school bus stop) or at a school-sponsored activity.
Hazing – To recklessly or intentionally endanger the health or safety of a student or students or to inflict
bodily injury on a student or students in connection with or for the purpose of initiation, admission into or affiliation
with or as a condition for continued membership in a club, organization, association, fraternity, sorority, or student
body regardless of whether the student or students so endangered or injured participated voluntarily in the relevant
activity.
Imitation controlled substance – A pill, capsule, tablet, or other item which is not a controlled substance, an
alcoholic beverage, anabolic steroid, or marijuana, but which by overall dosage unit appearance, including color,
shape, size marking or package, or by representations made, would cause the likelihood that such a pill, capsule,
tablet or substance in any other form whatsoever will be mistaken for a controlled substance, an alcoholic beverage,
anabolic steroid, or marijuana; or which by express or implied representations purports to act like a controlled
substance as a stimulant or depressant of the central nervous system and which is not commonly used or recognized
for use in that particular formulation for any purpose other than for such stimulant or depressant effect. Imitation
controlled substances include but are not limited to Spice, K2, synthetic cannabinoids and/or other imitation
substances.
Long-term suspension – Any disciplinary action whereby a student is not permitted to attend school for
more than ten (10) school days but less than 365 calendar days.
Medication – Any drug or other substance used in treating diseases, healing, or relieving pain, including all
over-the-counter drugs such as aspirin, cough syrups, gargles, caffeine pills, and the like.
Nicotine Vapor Product – Any electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, or
similar product or device that can be used to produce vapor from nicotine, or other substance, in a solution or other
form.
One year – 365 calendar days as required in federal regulations.
Parent(s) – any parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of a child.
Persistent – 3 or more incidents in a semester.
Short-term suspension – Any disciplinary action whereby a student is not permitted to attend school for a
period not to exceed ten (10) school days.
School property – Any real property owned or leased by the School Board or any vehicle owned or leased
by the School Board or operated by or on behalf of the School Board.
School Resource Officer – A certified law enforcement officer hired by the local law enforcement agency
to provide law enforcement and security services to Virginia public elementary and secondary schools.
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Taunting – Challenging or reproaching another person in a mocking or insulting manner, or ridiculing or
teasing another person or persons.
Threat –An expression of intent to harm someone that may be spoken, written, or gestured, regardless of
whether it is communicated to an actual or prospective victim and regardless of whether the actual or prospective
victim is aware the threat exists.
Tobacco Product – Any product made of tobacco and includes cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, pipe
tobacco, bidis and wrappings.
Weapon – includes:
• any stun weapon (as defined in Virginia Code § 18.2-308.1) or taser;
• any knife having a metal blade three inches or longer;
• any pistol, shot gun, revolver, rifle, or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of
any kind by action of an explosion of any combustible material;
• any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade, ballistic knife, machete, razor, slingshot, spring stick, metal
knuckles, or blackjack;
• any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to
allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nunchahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken,
or fighting chain;
• any disc of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades, and which is
designed to be thrown or propelled and may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart; or
• any weapon of like kind as those enumerated above that can reasonably be considered a weapon so
as to inflict bodily harm, injury, or threat of harm or injury (this may include toy or imitation
weapons).
Expectations for Student Conduct
An open, engaging, challenging atmosphere is most conducive to the educational experience of all
members of the school community. Therefore, students are expected to do the following:
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cooperate in the creation and maintenance of a healthy learning environment;
conduct themselves in a safe and orderly manner;
respect the rights of others during both curricular and extracurricular school programs;
be present and on time for all scheduled activities;
dress in a way that is appropriate and responsible;
refrain from inappropriate behavior, including disruptive actions such as the use of profanity,
obscenity, and/or demeaning remarks;
safeguard the property of the school and protect the community’s investment in it; and
refrain from cheating or plagiarizing on any assigned schoolwork; refrain from cheating, plagiarizing
or receiving assistance on any tests.
Prohibited Behaviors
No student shall violate, while on school property, while at any school activity, or while under the
supervision of school authority (including going to and coming from school), any laws or rules and regulations of
the School Board and the school. The following are general categories of prohibited conduct:
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Alcohol and Drugs - The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use, or being
under the influence of alcohol, anabolic steroids, any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine,
barbiturate, marijuana or other controlled substance as defined in the Drug Control Act, Chapter 34 Title
54.1 of the Code of Virginia, or as defined in schedules I through V of 21 U.S.C. 812, or imitation
controlled substances or drug paraphernalia while on school property or while engaged in or attending
any school sponsored or school approved activity or event, shall result in suspension and/or expulsion
from school in accordance with all applicable laws and School Board Policy.
Bullying - Any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the
victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim;
and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. “Bullying” includes cyber bullying.
“Bullying” does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.
Defiance of the Authority of School Personnel - Students shall comply with any oral or written
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instructions made by school personnel within the scope of their authority as provided by School Board
policies and regulations.
Dishonesty - Honesty shall be practiced in the entire educational experience. Cheating, plagiarism,
forgery (including computer forgery), lying, stealing, or any other acts of dishonesty shall not be
tolerated. This includes unauthorized or illegal use of computers, computer networks, or electronic
media.
Disruptions - Students shall not behave in a disorderly manner or in any other manner interrupt or
disturb the orderly operation of the classroom or any school activity.
Gambling - Gambling in any form is prohibited on school property or in association with any school
activity.
Gang-Related Activity: Gang-related activity will not be tolerated.
Medication and Prescription Drugs - No student may have in his possession any medication or
prescription drugs, except those students with diagnoses requiring the administration of medication
during the school day and who follow school rules for self-administration of medicine. This includes
students diagnosed with, but not limited to, asthma, anaphylaxis, or both.
Sexual Harassment - As further outlined in School Board Policy 7-1.2, students shall not sexually harass
another student or any school employee, volunteer, student teacher or any other person present in school
facilities or at school functions.
Student Dress - A student’s dress and appearance shall not be such that it causes disruption, distracts
others from the educational process or creates a health or safety problem. Students must comply with
specific division and school building dress regulations, of which students will be given prior notice.
Threats - Students shall not make any verbal, written, electronically communicated, or physical threat of
bodily injury or use of force directed toward another person for the purpose of extortion, or for any
other reason.
Tobacco and Nicotine Vapor Products - The possession and/or use of tobacco products or nicotine vapor
products by students on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity is strictly
prohibited.
Trespassing - Trespassing on any school property is prohibited.
Truancy - Students are to be in their assigned classes and on the school grounds during the entire school
day. Students must obtain permission from the principal or his designee to leave the school grounds
before the designated closing of the school day. Principals and assistant principals may assign Saturday
School, detention or in-school suspension to students with repeated infractions for skipping school. In
addition, principals or their designees may notify the Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court
when a student has had 10 or more absences from school on consecutive school days and request
suspension of the student’s driver’s license.
Vandalism - Students shall not maliciously or willfully injure, deface, or destroy school property or the
personal property of others. In addition to criminal sanctions against offending students, the Code of
Virginia allows the School Board to collect up to $2500 in damages from parents of minors who destroy
school property.
Verbal Abuse and Vulgarity - Students shall not verbally or graphically curse or abuse anyone; use
vulgar, profane, or indecent language; or bear or display any obscenity or indecency. (Code of Virginia
В§18.2-416 provides punishment as a Class 3 misdemeanor under certain circumstances.)
Violence - Students shall not fight or display or contribute to aggressive behavior that is disruptive or
dangerous.
Weapons and Destructive Devices - Students shall not bring, carry, use, or possess any weapon, or
destructive device while in or on school property, while in a school-owned or -operated vehicle, while
attending a school sponsored activity or event, or in a student-driven vehicle that is located on school
property.
Preventive and/or corrective measures available to school administrators include but are not limited to the
following:
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Warning
Teacher Removal of Student from Class (as authorized by Code of Virginia В§22.1-276.2)
Detention
Suspension from Extracurricular Activities
In-School Suspension
Referral to an Alternative Education Program
Out-of-School Suspension
Expulsion from school and/or School Bus (vehicle)
Referral to Authorities
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Other Appropriate Measures
Students are subject to corrective action for any misconduct that occurs in the following
locations/situations:
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in school or on school property, including in student-driven vehicles located on school property;
in or on a school vehicle;
while participating in or attending any school sponsored activity or trip;
on the way to and from school; and,
off school property, when the student has been charged with an offense relating to the
Commonwealth’s laws on weapons, alcohol or drugs, or intentional injury to another person, or with
an offense that is required to be disclosed to the superintendent pursuant to subsection G of В§16.1305.1 of the Code of Virginia; or when the student has been found guilty or not innocent of an offense
relating to the Commonwealth’s laws on weapons, alcohol or drugs, or of a crime that resulted in or
could have resulted in injury to others, or of an offense that is required to be disclosed to the
superintendent pursuant to subsection G of В§16.1-305.1 of the Code of Virginia.
NOTE: No teacher, principal or other person employed by the School Board shall subject a student to corporal
punishment.
Conduct Violations and Accompanying Consequences
The following list of conduct violations and accompanying consequences is not meant to be all-inclusive.
The School Board or appropriate school official may invoke disciplinary measures for conduct not listed, but which,
by common understanding, a student would know or reasonably should have known would be conduct detrimental
to the maintenance of good order and/or the academic process. The principal, with the approval of the division
superintendent, has the authority to promulgate school rules consistent with the rules contained herein and to
administer such rules. A principal also may seek to obtain a waiver with regard to the assignment of required
consequences in light of extenuating circumstances or in order to provide appropriate disciplinary alternatives. The
waiver request shall be submitted in writing to the division superintendent or his designee. Offenses committed by
students in grades 6-12 shall be deemed cumulative.
Disciplinary actions for students with disabilities will be determined in accordance with all relevant state
and federal laws and regulations. Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with
Disabilities are available from the Virginia Department of Education Web site at http://www.pen.k12.va.us/.
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Detention - Where appropriate a student may be detained for a reasonable period of time before or after
his classes and may be required during this time to engage in controlled and constructive activities as
may reasonably contribute to better behavior. Parents of students assigned detention time shall be
notified in writing at least one school day prior to the time to be served in order that there may be an
opportunity to make transportation arrangements.
Suspension from Extracurricular Activities - A student’s privilege to participate in all or certain
extracurricular activities and/or school sponsored activities may be suspended for a fixed period of
time or until certain specified conditions have been fulfilled. Suspension from extracurricular
activities may be imposed in conjunction with other penalties. Parents shall be notified of such
suspension in writing.
In-School Suspension - A student may be placed in the In-School Suspension program for the duration
of a short term suspension, as a part of a short term suspension, or as a part of a long term suspension
at the discretion of the principal. Students on short-term suspension, which is any suspension of ten
(10) days or less, receive credit for schoolwork made up after they return from suspension.
Other Appropriate Measures - Student contracts, parental involvement, counseling, community and/or
school services, and attendance at Saturday or evening school are other measures which may be used
to improve student conduct.
Referral to an Alternative Education Program - The School Board may, in accordance with the
procedures set forth in this section and upon a finding that a student has been (i) charged with an
offense relating to the Commonwealth’s laws, or with a violation of School Board policies on
weapons, alcohol or drugs, or intentional injury to another person; (ii) found guilty or not innocent of
an offense relating to the Commonwealth’s laws on weapons, alcohol, or drugs, or of a crime that
resulted in or could have resulted in injury to others, or of an offense that is required to be disclosed to
the superintendent of the school division pursuant to subsection G of В§16.1-260; (iii) found to have
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committed a serious offense or repeated offenses in violation of school board policies; (iv) long-term
suspended pursuant to the procedures in this section; or (iv) expelled from school attendance pursuant
to the procedures in this section, require the student to attend an alternative education program as
provided in Virginia Code §§22.1-209.1:2 or 22.1-277.2:1.
Out-of-School Suspension and Expulsion from School and/or School Buses - A student’s privilege to
attend school and/or ride a school bus may be suspended by the school principal, any assistant
principal, or in their absence and in the case of short term suspensions of less than ten (10) days, a
designated teacher, according to all applicable law and to the procedures set out in this Code of
Student Conduct and for the offenses contained herein.
Referral to Authorities - In addition to the disciplinary action outlined, any known violation of the law
will be referred to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.
Category I – 3 Day Suspension from School
A student’s failure to follow published school rules may result in a maximum of three (3) days suspension
from school.
Category II – 5 Day Suspension from School
The following misconduct MAY result in up to a maximum of five (5) days suspension from school.
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Maliciously cutting, defacing or otherwise damaging in any way property belonging to the school
division or other persons.
Fighting or any physical altercation that may result in no injury or minor injury, including kicking,
shoving, pushing, and hitting.
Larceny – petty theft.
Falsifying of signatures on notes, excuses, or other school documents (includes producing false notes,
excuses, or other school documents by computer); lying and other acts of dishonesty. (See prohibited
behaviors.)
Extortion.
Second offense for possession and/or use of tobacco products or nicotine vapor products.
Persistent failure to comply with the “Expectations for Student Conduct,” repeatedly engaging in any
“Prohibited Behaviors” and/or persistent disobedience or violation of school/school division rules,
including class disruptions.
Unauthorized or illegal use of computers or computer networks, including any violation of the
Hanover County Public Schools Internet Acceptable Use Policy.
The use of any type of unauthorized electronic or mechanical device is prohibited during regular
school hours and on school buses. Unauthorized electronic or mechanical devices shall include, but
not be limited to, pagers, cellular telephones, I-Pods, computer games, cameras, walkman radios, laser
pointers, and other portable electronic devices or the representation thereof. Students will be permitted
the appropriate use of cellular phones on school property or at school sponsored activities before and
after regular school hours. However, the use of any of the above mentioned devices may not interfere
with any school activity.
Possession of a laser pointer, shock pen or other electronic device that may be used to injure or damage
a person.
Presence in an area of the school grounds that is unauthorized or prohibited.
Verbal altercation, taunting.
Cheating or plagiarizing on assigned school work or cheating, plagiarizing or willingly providing or
receiving assistance on tests.
Use of vulgar acts, gestures, or profane language not directed toward another person.
Speaking or writing profanity while on school property, including while in school-owned or schooloperated vehicles, or while attending a school sponsored activity or event.
Category III – 10 Day Suspension from School
A. The following misconduct MAY result in suspension for a maximum of ten (10) days:
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Any theft of money or personal or public property of significant value and/or theft involving
breaking and entering, including lockers (includes unauthorized or illegal use of computer
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Fighting among 3 or more students.
Tampering with fire alarm system and/or other electronic surveillance equipment.
Intimidation (to force into or deter from action by inducing fear, usually by threat). This may
include hazing, teasing, and/or any physical contact.
Defiance or insolence directed at any school employee to include insubordination or disregard of a
verbal instruction or direction.
Use of vulgar acts, gestures, or profane language directed toward another person and possession of
pornographic or sexually explicit material, including images and material contained or stored on
any electronic or mechanical device described in Category II, Section 10 above.
Computer invasion of privacy (unauthorized or illegal use of a computer or computer network to
examine personal information relating to any other person).
Engaging in dangerous or potentially dangerous behaviors.
Participating in gang-related activity while on school property, in a school bus or school-division
vehicle, or at a school-sponsored event.
B. The following infractions SHALL result in suspension for ten (10) days:
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Intimidating or threatening another student, students, adult, or adults in any way that
communicates directly or indirectly the threat of bodily harm, violence, damage to property or to
the safety of the school environment.
Bullying
Inciting other students to create or personally creating a disturbance which disrupts the operation
of the school. Includes engaging in verbal abuse such as name calling, ethnic or racial slurs, or
derogatory statements addressed publicly to others, that may precipitate disruption of the school
program or incite violence.
Temporary or permanent removal of computer data, computer programs, or computer software
from a computer or computer network. (Additional information detailing expectations for the
HAN (Hanover Academic Network) can be found in the Elementary and Secondary ParentStudent Handbooks.)
The second commission of a Category II offense or a combination of one Category II offense and
one Category III offense.
The following categories of misconduct SHALL result in suspension or expulsion.
Category IV – 11 Day Suspension from School
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When on school property, traveling to or from school, or at a school sponsored activity, possession,
use, and/or under the influence of dangerous or illegal drugs or substances, including anabolic steroids,
or a controlled substance consumed with the intent of altering the individual’s mood or perception
including over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, cough and cold medications,
acetaminophen, herbal supplements, and anabolic steroids. This also includes possession of, use, or
distribution of drug paraphernalia which aids or promotes the use of drugs. As a condition of the
suspension for this offense, a suspended student and his/her parent or guardian are required to
participate in drug and alcohol education approved by Hanover County Public Schools. In addition the
student will not be permitted to participate in or attend any extracurricular activities for 45 days.
When on school property, traveling to or from school, or at a school sponsored activity, possession,
use, or under the influence of alcohol; possession or use of imitation alcohol (including non-alcoholic
malt beverages), imitation controlled substance, or marijuana as defined in Virginia Code В§18.2-247.
As a condition of the suspension for this offense, a suspended student and his/her parent or guardian
are required to participate in drug and alcohol education approved by Hanover County Public Schools.
In addition the student will not be permitted to participate in or attend any extracurricular activities for
45 days.
Category V – 20 Day Suspension from School
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Sexual harassment and/or any unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other
inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
Making a false fire alarm or unauthorized use of emergency/security telephones. (Code of Virginia
В§18.2-212 provides punishment as a misdemeanor offense.)
Causing a computer to malfunction or altering or erasing any computer data, computer programs or
computer software.
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Making or causing to be made an unauthorized or illegal copy, in any form of computer data, computer
programs, or computer software residing in, communicated by, or produced by a computer or computer
network.
Category VI – 20-30 Day Suspension from School
Repeated misconduct and/or offenses as defined by all of the items listed in Category III, A and B.
Category VII – 30-45 Day Suspension from School
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Third commission of a Category II offense.
The combined commission of either a Category II or III offense AND a Category IIIB offense.
Second commission of a Category IIIA or Category IIIB violation.
Failure to comply with the terms of a disciplinary penalty imposed as a suspension.
Persistent behavior that communicates directly or indirectly the threat of bodily harm, violence,
damage to property, or to the safety of the school environment (may include breaking and entering or
other unauthorized presence on school property or school grounds).
Category VIII – 90 Day Suspension from School
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Threat of harm or violence: Making direct or indirect threat (verbal, written, or behavior) to another
student or adult that implies or creates fear of bodily harm or violence that endangers life, limb, or
property.
Arson: deliberately setting a fire on school property which endangers life, limb or property.
Threat or false threat to bomb, burn, damage, or destroy in any manner a school building or school
property.
Bringing, carrying, possessing, or using a knife with a blade shorter than 3 inches in length while in or
on school property, including student-driven vehicles located on school property, and/or while
attending a school sponsored activity or event, except when the student has such a knife for specified
use in a class in which he/she is enrolled and the knife is a required instructional tool as designated by
the instructor.
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Selling, supplying, distributing to another person, or manufacturing alcoholic beverages, controlled,
dangerous or illegal drugs (including anabolic steroids) or illegal substances while on school property,
while in a school division vehicle, or while at a school-sponsored activity.
Second offense of possession, use, consumption and/or under the influence of alcohol, dangerous or
illegal drugs, including anabolic steroids, any controlled substance, including over-the-counter
medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, cough and cold medications, acetaminophen, herbal
supplements, and inhalants, consumed with the intent of altering the individual’s mood or perception.
This also includes possession, or use of drug paraphernalia which aids or promotes the use of drugs or
illegal substances.
Second offense of use or possession of imitation alcohol (including non-alcoholic malt beverages),
imitation controlled substance, or marijuana (as defined in Virginia Code В§18.2-247) while on school
property, in a school division vehicle, or while at a school sponsored activity.
Gross, willful disregard of School Board rules and regulations.
Assaulting any person, including a student, teacher, administrator, or any member of the school staff,
employee of Hanover County Public Schools or school visitor.
Bringing, carrying, possessing, and/or using a firearm or weapon while in or on school property,
including while in school-owned or –operated vehicles, in a student-driven vehicle located on school
property, and/or while attending a school sponsored activity or event.
Expulsion Related to Drugs and Alcohol
The School Board shall expel from school attendance any student whom the School Board has determined,
in accordance with the procedures set forth in this Code of Student Conduct, to have brought a controlled substance,
including anabolic steroids, imitation controlled substance, marijuana, or other prohibited substance as defined in
Virginia Code В§18.2-247, onto school property or to a school-sponsored activity. A school administrator, or the
school board, may determine, based on the facts of a particular situation, that special circumstances exist and no
disciplinary action or another disciplinary action or another term of expulsion is appropriate. In addition, the School
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Board may, by regulation, authorize the division superintendent or his designee to conduct a preliminary review of
such cases to determine whether a disciplinary action other than expulsion is appropriate. Such regulations shall
ensure that, if a determination is made that another disciplinary action is appropriate, any such subsequent
disciplinary action is to be taken in accordance with the procedures set forth in Title 22.1, Chapter 14, Article 3 of
the Code of Virginia. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to require a student’s expulsion regardless of the
facts of the particular situation.
Expulsion Related to Weapons and Destructive Devices
Carrying, bringing, using or possessing any firearm, destructive device, or weapon in any school building,
on school grounds, in any school-owned or -operated vehicle or at any school-sponsored event or activity without
the authorization of the school or the school division is prohibited, and grounds for disciplinary action. The
disciplinary sanction for bringing a weapon, firearm or destructive device to school, on a school-owned or -operated
vehicle or to a school sponsored event or activity is expulsion for at least one year. A school administrator, or the
school board, may determine, based on the facts of a particular situation, that special circumstances exist and no
disciplinary action or another disciplinary action or another term of expulsion is appropriate. The division
superintendent or his designee may conduct a preliminary review of such cases to determine whether a disciplinary
action other than expulsion is appropriate. If a determination is made that another disciplinary action is appropriate,
any such subsequent disciplinary action is to be taken in accordance with the procedures set for the in Title 22.1,
Chapter 14, Article 3 of the Code of Virginia. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to require a student’s
expulsion regardless of the facts of the particular situation. Violation of this policy shall require that proceedings for
the discipline of the student involved be initiated immediately by the principal.
The JROTC shall not be prohibited from conducting marksmanship training when such training is a normal
element of the program. The JROTC program may include training in the use of pneumatic guns. The
administration of a school operating a JROTC program shall cooperate with the JROTC staff in implementing such
marksmanship training.
Suspensions
A suspended student may not enter any school building or come onto any school property during the period
of suspension except with the prior permission of the principal. Any student who is suspended and who is also
enrolled in a technical or vocational school shall be deemed suspended from the technical or vocational school. A
student enrolled in a work cooperative program who is suspended also may be restricted from employment during
the suspension.
Short-Term Suspensions: Not More Than 10 days
A student may be suspended for not more than ten (10) school days by either the school principal, any
assistant principal, or, in their absence, any teacher. Upon suspension of any student, the principal, assistant
principal, or teacher responsible for such suspension shall report the facts of the case in writing to the school
division’s Disciplinary Hearing Review Officer and to the parent or guardian of the student suspended. A short term
suspension normally will take effect after the due process hearing for the misconduct. The principal, assistant
principal, or teacher may suspend the student after giving the student oral or written notice of the charges against
him/her, an explanation of the facts as known to school personnel, and an opportunity to present the student’s
version of what occurred. The school administrator shall make a reasonable effort to notify the student’s parent of
the suspension, inform the parent that a copy of the rules governing suspensions and procedures for appeal are being
sent home with the student, and make arrangements for the student’s return home. When the student’s presence
poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disruption, the principal shall attempt to
reach the student’s parents/guardian and request that they come to the school for the student on the day of the
offense. If a parent/guardian is unable to come to the school, the principal or his/her designee shall provide the
student transportation home. In the case of any student whose presence poses a continuing danger to persons or
property, or whose presence creates an ongoing threat of disruption, the student may be removed from school
immediately, and the notice, explanation of acts, and opportunity to present his/her version shall be given as soon as
practicable thereafter. Any oral or written notice to the parent/guardian of a student who is suspended from school
attendance for not more than ten days shall include notification of the length of the suspension, information
regarding the availability of community-based education programs, alternative education programs or other
educational options, and of the student’s right to return to regular school attendance upon the expiration of the
suspension. The costs of any community-based educational program or alternative education program or
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educational option, which is not a part of the education program offered by the Hanover County Public Schools,
shall be borne by the parent/guardian of the student. However, when such notice is given orally, the omission of any
required information will not automatically be grounds for the reversal of the suspension.
A student suspended for a period of 1 to 10 days shall make up his/her work within 10 school days,
beginning with and including the first day back at school. It shall be the responsibility of the student to initiate the
effort necessary for making up work, but teachers shall provide such students the opportunity to do so.
Short-Term Suspension: Appeal Process
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If the parent/guardian or student disagrees with a suspension action taken by the principal, assistant
principal or teacher, the parent/guardian and/or student may petition the Disciplinary Hearing Review
Officer to review such action.
The Disciplinary Hearing Review Officer will review forthwith the action taken by the principal,
assistant principal or teacher and confirm or disapprove such action based on an examination of the
record of the student.
The decision of the Disciplinary Hearing Review Officer will be final.
Long-Term Suspensions: More Than 10 Days
A student may be suspended from attendance at school for more than ten (10) days by a principal or
assistant principal after the student and his/her parent/guardian have been provided written notice of the length of the
suspension, the reasons for the suspension, the right to a hearing before the Superintendent’s designee (Disciplinary
Hearing Review Officer), the right to appeal the decision of the Superintendent’s designee to the full School Board,
the appeal process to be followed, information regarding the availability of community-based education programs,
alternative education programs or intervention programs, and the student’s right to return to regular school
attendance upon the expiration of the suspension. A student suspended from attendance at school for more than ten
(10) days shall be permitted to make up work missed during the suspension.
The School Board may permit or require students suspended to attend an alternative education program
approved/provided by the School Board for the term of the suspension. Before requiring a student to attend such a
program, the School Board will provide written notice to the student and parent(s)/guardian, stating that the student
will be required to attend an alternative education program and that the student or parent/guardian may request a
school-division disciplinary review hearing regarding the requirement to attend such a program. The decision
reached in the hearing process shall be final unless altered by the School Board upon the appeal by the student or
parent/guardian.
Written notice to the student and parent/guardian regarding the requirement to attend an alternative
program shall include information concerning the availability of community-based educational, alternative
education, or intervention programs. Such notice also shall state that the student is eligible to return to regular
school attendance upon the expiration of the suspension and/or is eligible to attend an appropriate alternative
education program approved/provided by the School Board during or upon the expiration of the suspension. The
costs of any community-based education, alternative education, or intervention program which is not part of the
education program offered by the Hanover County Public Schools and which the student may be required to attend
during his/her suspension shall be borne by the parent/guardian of the student.
Long-Term Suspension: Appeal Process
If after receiving written notification of the student’s suspension from school for more than ten (10) days,
the student/parent/guardian wish to appeal the suspension, the following appeal process must be followed:
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Student/parent/guardian will receive written notification of student’s suspension and terms of the
suspension, the availability of other educational options and of the student’s right to return upon expiration
of the suspension.
Student/parent/guardian may present a written request to the school principal to appeal the suspension.
Parent/guardian/student and the school principal will meet to consider the appeal. Principal will render
his/her final decision and give parent/guardian/student written notice of that decision.
If the student/parent/guardian wish to appeal the principal’s decision to the Disciplinary Hearing Review
Officer, who serves as the Superintendent’s Designee, the student/parent/guardian must present a written
request for a hearing to the Disciplinary Hearing Review Officer within five (5) school days of the receipt
of the Principal’s decision.
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Within five (5) school days of receiving the student’s/parent’s/guardian’s request for a hearing, the
Disciplinary Hearing Review Officer will notify the parent/guardian/student of the following:
time and place of the hearing;
statement of the student and parent(s) or guardian’s rights of access to the student’s school records for
inspection and copying, at a reasonable cost;
o student and parent(s) or guardian’s right to request a delay of the hearing of up to five (5) school days;
o student’s right to be represented by legal counsel at the hearing, the cost of which services shall be
borne by the parent(s) or guardian;
o student’s right to appear on his or her behalf and/or for the parent(s) or guardian to appear on behalf of
the student;
o student’s right to produce witnesses and present evidence at the hearing.
Disciplinary Hearing Review Officer will conduct a hearing consisting of a process in which he or she
receives evidence and hears testimony of witnesses presented by the student, parent/guardian, principal and
other necessary parties invited by the Disciplinary Hearing Review Officer to participate.
Within two (2) school days following the hearing, the parent/guardian/student will receive the written
decision reached by the Disciplinary Hearing Review Officer.
If student/parent/guardian do not agree with or is not satisfied with the decision reached in the hearing,
he/she/they may present a written request to the School Board, appealing that decision. The request must
be submitted to the School Board within five (5) school days following the date of the written decision of
the Disciplinary Hearing Review Officer.
The School Board shall issue its decision, either approving or altering the decision reached in the hearing
before the Disciplinary Hearing Review Officer, within thirty (30) days after the hearing.
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The student will remain suspended while the appeal is pending.
Expulsion
A student may be expelled from attendance at school after receiving written notice from the School Board
to the parent/guardian and student informing them of the following:
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length of the expulsion;
reason for the expulsion;
rights of the student to due process and a hearing by the School Board;
availability of community-based programs for education, training or behavioral intervention;
eligibility and/or requirement of student to attend an alternative education program sponsored by the
School Board or an adult education program offered by Hanover County Public Schools during or
following the expulsion. The parent/guardian of an expelled student is responsible for paying the costs
of any educational, training, or behavioral intervention programs not offered by the school division but
which the student is required to attend during the expulsion;
rights of student to petition School Board for readmission to be effective one (1) calendar year from
the date of expulsion and the conditions under which readmission may be granted. Such petition will
be reviewed by the division superintendent or the School Board. If the division superintendent denies
such petition, the student may petition the School Board for review of such denial.
Recommendations for expulsion shall be based on consideration of the following factors: (1) the nature and
seriousness of the violation; (2) the degree of danger to the school community; (3) the student’s disciplinary history,
including the seriousness and number of previous infractions; (4) the appropriateness and availability of an
alternative education placement or program; (5) the student’s age and grade level; (6) the results of any mental
health, substance abuse, or special education assessments; (7) the student’s attendance and academic records; and (8)
such other matters as the division superintendent or his designee deems appropriate. However, no decision to expel
a student shall be reversed on the grounds that such factors were not considered. The School Board may consider
any of these factors as “special circumstances” when considering disciplinary action pursuant to Virginia Code
В§22.1-277.07 and В§22.1-277.08.
An expelled student may not enter any school building or come onto any school property during the period
of expulsion except with the prior permission of the principal.
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Exclusion
A student may be excluded from attendance after (i) written notice to the student and his/her
parent(s)/guardian that the student may be subject to exclusion, including the reasons, and notice of the opportunity
for the student or his parent to participate in a hearing to be conducted by the division superintendent or his designee
regarding such exclusion; and (ii) a hearing of the case has been conducted by the division superintendent or his
designee, and the decision to exclude the student from attendance. The decision of the division superintendent or his
designee to exclude shall be final unless altered by the School Board, upon timely written petition, as established in
regulation, of the student so excluded or of his/her parent(s)/guardian, for the review of the record by the School
Board.
Upon the expiration of the exclusion period for an expulsion or a withdrawal of admission, which period
shall be established by the School Board, or division superintendent or his designee, as the case may be at the
relevant hearing, the student may re-petition the School Board for admission. If the petition for admission is
rejected, the School Board shall identify the length of the continuing exclusion period and the subsequent date upon
which such student may re-petition the School Board for admission.
The School Board may permit students excluded pursuant to this section of the Code of Student Conduct to
attend an alternative education program provided by the School Board for the term of such exclusion.
Admission of Students Suspended or Expelled from Another School Division or Private School
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A student who has been expelled or suspended for more than thirty (30) days from attendance at school
by a school board or a private school in the Commonwealth of Virginia or in another state, or for
whom admission has been withdrawn by a private school in this Commonwealth or in another state
may be excluded from attendance by the Hanover County School Board, regardless of whether such
student has been admitted to another school division or private school in Virginia or in another state
subsequent to such expulsion, suspension, or withdrawal of admission. Such a student may be
excluded after (i) written notice to the student and his/her parent(s)/guardian that the student may be
subject to exclusion, including the reasons therefore, and notice of the opportunity for the student and
his/her parent to participate in a hearing to be conducted by the division superintendent or his designee
regarding such exclusion; and (ii) a hearing of the case has been conducted by the division
superintendent or his designee and the decision has been made to exclude the student from attendance.
The decision of the division superintendent or his designee to exclude shall be final unless altered by
the School Board, upon written petition to the School Board, within ten (10) school days following the
decision, for a review of the record.
In the case of a suspension of more than thirty (30) days, the term of the exclusion may not exceed the
duration of such suspension.
In excluding any such expelled student from school attendance, the School Board may accept or waive
any or all of any conditions for readmission imposed upon such student by the expelling school board
pursuant to Virginia Code В§22.1-277.06. The School Board shall not impose additional conditions for
readmission to school.
The School Board may permit or require excluded students to attend the alternative education program
for the term of such exclusion.
Procedure for Teacher to Remove Student from Class
Prior to the removal of a student from class under this Policy, the following criteria must be met:
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The student’s behavior is disruptive as defined in this Code of Student Conduct and in Virginia Code
§22.1-276.2 as “conduct that interrupts or obstructs the learning environment.”
Removal of the student from the class is necessary to restore a learning environment free from
interruptions and obstructions caused by the student's behavior.
Teacher and/or administrative interventions have been attempted and failed to end the student's
disruptive behavior.
Notice of the student's disruptive behavior and the opportunity to meet with the teacher and/or school
administrators have been provided to the student's parents as described below.
When all the above criteria have been satisfied, teacher removal of a student from class shall be deemed
appropriate.
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Requirements for Incident Reports
No removal under this Policy shall occur unless two prior written incident reports have been filed with
school administrators. Upon removal, the teacher shall file a “Student Removal Form” (below) with school
administrators and any other documentation to support the removal including, but not limited to, the previous two
incident reports.
Procedures for Written Notification of Student and Parents
The teacher shall provide copies of any incident report and Student Removal Form to the student and his
parents and notify them of the opportunity to meet with the teacher and/or school administrators to discuss the
behavior and the possible consequences if the behavior continues. Such written notice shall be provided to the
parent/guardian within twenty-four (24) hours of each incident. The teacher shall document, in writing, his attempts
to request and encourage the parents to meet with school administrators and/or the teacher. Such notice and
documentation shall be required for each incident report and student removal.
Guidelines for Alternative Assessment and Instruction of Removed Students
The principal shall determine the appropriate placement of a student removed from class by a teacher, and
the principal shall establish the length of time (dates) the student shall remain removed from that class. The
principal has several options regarding the placement of a removed student including, but not limited to, the
following:
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assigning the student to an alternative program;
assigning the student to another class;
sending the student to the principal’s office or study hall. If the principal chooses this option, the
removing teacher shall provide and evaluate appropriate make-up work for the student;
suspending or expelling the student. If the principal chooses this option, alternative instruction and
assignment, if any, shall be provided according to School Board policy and, in the case of students
with disabilities, in accordance with federal law; and
returning the student to class. (See procedures below.)
In all cases, and with any of the options, the removing teacher shall provide assignments for the student and
evaluate the removed student’s work to ensure the student’s continued access to required curricula.
Procedure for the Student’s Return to Class
The principal shall determine, after consultation with the teacher, the duration of the student’s removal
from class. The principal shall notify the teacher of the decision to return the student to class. The following
procedure shall apply if the teacher disagrees with the principal’s decision to return a student to the class:
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The teacher and principal shall discuss the teacher’s objection to returning the student to class and the
principal's reason for returning the student.
The teacher, after meeting with the principal, may appeal the principal’s decision to the division
superintendent or his designee within one school day. The incident reports and removal form must
accompany the appeal. After discussion with the principal and teacher or receiving their written
comments, the decision of the division superintendent or his designee shall be final. The decision shall
be made within forty-eight (48) hours of the teacher's appeal. During the appeal process, the student
shall not be returned to class, and the principal will determine an appropriate placement for the student.
Once the decision has been made to return the student to class, the teacher and principal shall develop a
plan to address future disruptive behavior.
Other Provisions
The principal shall ensure that students removed from class under this Policy continue to receive an
education in accordance with School Board policies. Application of this Policy to students with disabilities shall be
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consistent with federal and state law and regulations as well as School Board policy regarding students with
disabilities.
Teacher deficiencies in classroom management shall be addressed in teacher evaluations pursuant to School
Board Policy.
This Policy does not limit or restrict the ability of School Board employees to apply other policies,
regulations or laws for maintaining order in the classroom.
Search and Seizure
To maintain order and discipline in the schools and to protect the health, safety and welfare of students and
school personnel, school authorities may search a student, a student’s locker, a student’s automobile, and electronic
devices a student possesses and/or uses and may seize any illegal, unauthorized, or contraband materials discovered
in the search, consistent with applicable law.
Lockers and other storage facilities made available to students for temporary storage of their personal
possessions remain under the joint control of students and the school administration. The school administration has
the right to search lockers, desks, and other storage facilities for items which violate law, school policies and
regulations, or which may be harmful to the school or its students. Lockers and other storage facilities are subject to
periodic searches for any reason at any time without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant.
To ensure a drug-and-alcohol-free learning environment for students and staff, school officials may, at their
discretion, request assistance from a variety of available resources, including the Hanover County School Resource
Officers and DARE Officers, the substance abuse counselors, the Hanover County Health Department, and the
active and passive canine teams coordinated by the Hanover Sheriff’s Office.
The school administration also has the right to search any student when there is reasonable basis to believe
that the student possesses an item which violates law, school policies and regulations, or which may be harmful to
the school or its students. In no event shall strip-searches of students be conducted.
At times, at the principal’s discretion and in accordance with School Board policy and all applicable law,
metal detectors may be used to assist school staff in ensuring the safety of students, school staff, and guests.
The student’s individual right to privacy and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure is balanced by
the school’s responsibility to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all persons within the school community.
Should illegal materials be found during a search, law enforcement officials will be notified.
Conduct Code: School Bus or Other School Vehicle
Hanover County Public Schools provides students transportation for a variety of reasons, including the
following:
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regular transportation to and from school;
field trips;
athletic trips and trips for other VHSL or preapproved school activities;
special after-school activities; and
transportation from base schools to locations where specialized educational programs are available.
The Code of Virginia, В§22.1-176, permits School Boards to provide transportation for students; however,
the law does not require that transportation be provided except as cited in В§22.1-221, transportation of handicapped
children. Riding a school bus is a privilege. Violations of standards set forth in the Code of Student Conduct for
students riding on a school bus or in any other type of school vehicle will be cause for a referral to a school
administrator and shall result in appropriate disciplinary penalties. School buses are considered School Board
property, and students who fail to meet the expectations of the Code of Student Conduct may have their riding
privileges revoked for a specified time or permanently.
Students who become a serious discipline problem on the school bus or vehicle or consistently demonstrate
inappropriate behavior shall have their riding privileges suspended by the principal. In such cases, the parents of the
suspended student shall be responsible for transporting their child to and from school. The drivers of school
vehicles have the authority and responsibility to maintain order and safe conditions while transporting students. The
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School Board or a principal may invoke disciplinary measures for any misconduct which by common understanding
would be considered detrimental to the safety of any passenger or driver of a school vehicle.
The following rules must be followed by all passengers on a school bus or in any school vehicle:
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Show respect for fellow students and the driver.
Respect the property rights of all passengers and driver of the vehicle.
Follow directions the first time they are given.
Keep all objects and themselves inside the bus.
Refrain from throwing objects.
Stay in their seats while the bus is in motion.
Refrain from cursing, swearing, talking loudly or teasing.
Refrain from pushing, shoving or fighting.
Refrain from littering or damaging the bus.
Refrain from eating or drinking.
Refrain from using any type of unauthorized electronic or mechanical device during regular school
hours and on school buses. Unauthorized electronic or mechanical devices shall include, but not be
limited to, pagers, cellular telephones, I-Pods, computer games, cameras, walkman radios, laser
pointers, and other portable electronic devices or the representation thereof. Students will be permitted
the appropriate use of cellular phones on school property at school-sponsored activities before and
after regular school hours. However, the use of any of the above mentioned devices may not interfere
with any school activity.
12. Meet all expectations stated in the Code of Student Conduct.
13. Bring on the bus no large objects such as athletic equipment, large musical instruments, or “projects”
for class. Small musical instruments such as a trumpet, violin, or French horn that can be held on the
lap are permissible.
NOTE: To enhance safety and security, some school buses may be equipped with video cameras. Video taping of
passengers in the school bus may be used at the discretion of the school administration. The School Board
and principals may add other expectations and consequences as needed to address situations in which the
safety, dignity, and welfare of passengers and the driver are involved.
Enforcement of Bus Rules
The driver is responsible for managing student behavior effectively and positively. Drivers are expected to
react to student misconduct by warning, conferencing, and assigning seats. Immediate suspension from the bus
occurs on the first offense for fighting or other serious infractions as determined by the school administrator.
First bus referral: Warning. Driver completes a written bus discipline referral form. An administrator in
each school is designated by the principal to address all discipline referrals from drivers of school buses and other
school vehicles. Drivers are required to use the standard discipline referral form. Once the referral is substantiated,
the school administrator informs parent(s)/guardian that further violations may result in the student’s suspension
from the bus. The parent/guardian is required to sign and return to the administrator a copy of the referral by the
next school day.
Second bus referral: 1-3 day suspension. Driver completes a written bus discipline referral. Once
substantiated, this violation may result in a one-, two-, or three-day suspension from the bus and a required parent
contact by an administrator.
Third bus referral: 3-5 day suspension. Driver completes a written bus discipline referral. Once
substantiated, this violation may result in a three-, four-, or five-day suspension from the bus and a required parent
contact by an administrator.
Subsequent bus referrals: Suspension of 5 days and up to remainder of school year. Driver completes a
written bus discipline referral. Once substantiated, this violation may result in a suspension from the bus for greater
than five (5) days, including the possibility for the remainder of the school year, and a required parent contact by an
administrator.
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Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities are those activities that supplement the regular school curriculum, do not carry
credit towards graduation, and are joined voluntarily by students. Extracurricular activities are generally developed
according to the needs and interests of students and may take the form of special interest groups, honor societies,
publications, athletic teams, and other extensions of classroom work. All extracurricular activities are designed to
promote character building qualities of participation and leadership. All school rules and regulations are in effect
during extracurricular activities, whether held on campus or away from school. (Certain other extracurricular
activities can be considered co-curricular and relate to a culminating activity directly related to classroom instruction
like choral or band concerts/presentations.) Co-curricular activities are included in the extracurricular regulations.
Students are not permitted to participate in organizations and engage in related activities to the detriment of their
classroom work. All student organizations and extracurricular activities are under the supervision of the school
principal or his designee and are officially recognized and sanctioned by the Hanover County School Board.
Code of Student Conduct Governing Participation in Extracurricular Activities
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Students may not participate in extracurricular activities if they are under suspension for violations of
Hanover County School Board policies pertaining to student discipline. Students on short-term
suspensions (less than 11 days) are not eligible to participate in extracurricular activities during the
specified period of the suspension, and they may not attend extracurricular activities during that period.
The principal, the coach, and/or the sponsor shall have the discretion to determine if a student is
permitted to participate in the next scrimmage/game/activity following the completion of a suspension.
Students on long-term suspensions (more than 10 days) for such violations as the use and/or possession
of alcohol and/or illegal drugs are not allowed to participate nor attend extracurricular activities for the
period of the suspension and for a period of 45 days from the time of the infraction (including the
period of suspension). Suspensions for longer periods of time such as 30 and 90 days cause the student
to lose participation privileges during that period as well.
Each coach/sponsor will establish team/club rules which will be distributed and discussed with
participants prior to the beginning of the activity. Students are expected to comply with team/club
rules and could forfeit their eligibility through noncompliance.
Students must attend all scheduled classes or an approved school activity on the day of
competition/activity to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities on that day. The principal
or his designee may make exceptions to this standard for students with extenuating and/or unusual
circumstances.
Students assigned detention by teachers and/or administrators must report the detention to the coach or
sponsor. The coach or sponsor will determine if any additional action is to be taken concerning the
student's participation in the scheduled activity.
Students assigned to the In-School Suspension and/or Saturday School Programs may lose the right to
participate in the next scrimmage/game/activity following the assignment to the program. The student
must report the disciplinary action to the coach/sponsor. The administration and the coach/sponsor
will make a determination as to participation.
Compliance with Virginia High School League and Henrico-Hanover Middle School League Rules
1. Students in grades 9-12 participating in interscholastic competition in any and all activities governed
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by VHSL rules shall meet the eligibility requirements of the Virginia High School League.
A public school student athlete who uses anabolic steroids not prescribed by a licensed physician shall
be ineligible to participate for two (2) years in interscholastic sports.
Students in grades 6-8 participating in interscholastic competition shall meet the eligibility
requirements and regulations of the Henrico-Hanover Middle School League Rules.
Eligibility Relative to Court Disciplinary Action(s)
1. School officials may suspend a student from participation in extracurricular activities who has been
2.
charged with a misdemeanor or felony involving violence, assaults on other individuals, use or
possession of a weapon(s), possession/use and/or distribution of alcohol, and/or illegal drugs until
disposition of the charges by the court.
The student must report the incident to the coach/sponsor who will present the facts as known to the
school administration to determine eligibility for participation.
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School officials may deny participation in all extracurricular activities to any student convicted or
found "not innocent" of a misdemeanor involving violence, assault on other individuals, use or
possession of weapons, use/possession and/or distribution of alcohol and/or illegal drugs. The student
may appeal to the principal for reinstatement in other activities the semester following the incident.
Students found guilty or “not innocent” of any felony charges may be denied participation in
extracurricular activities.
Consequences for Violating Code of Student Conduct for Extracurricular Activities
1.
Consequences for violating the Code of Student Conduct for participation in extracurricular activities
are separate and apart from the consequences for violating the Code of Student Conduct for
participation in school-related activities and programs.
a. Suspension from athletic events:
Minimum Penalty - Loss of participation for the next two games/events or 20% of all scheduled
games/events, whichever is less.
Maximum Penalty - Loss of participation for the remainder of the sport’s season and suspension
from participation and attendance at all school extracurricular activities for 45 school days.
b. Suspension from activities:
Minimum Penalty - Loss of participation for remainder of current grading period and next grading
period.
Maximum Penalty - Loss of participation for remainder of school year and suspension from
participation and/or attendance at all school extracurricular activities for 45 school days.
2.
The administration may decide that the minimum forty-five (45) school day suspension from all school
extracurricular activities does not include the try-out period for another school sponsored
sport/activity. Summer vacation and school holiday/vacation days do not count towards the 45-day
suspension.
Administrative Procedures
A student’s privilege to participate in all or certain extracurricular activities and/or school sponsored
activities may be suspended for a fixed period of time or until certain specified conditions have been fulfilled.
Suspension from extracurricular activities may be imposed in conjunction with other penalties. Parents/guardians
and students shall be notified in writing of such suspension from extracurricular activities.
1.
The coach/sponsor of the activity, in consultation with the appropriate administrator in charge of
clubs/activities/teams or athletic directors, may suspend students from activities after having given
them the right to be heard.
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Students and/or their parents/guardians may appeal any actions taken pursuant to these regulations
to the school principal. Parent/guardian/student may present a written request within three (3)
school days after notification of the suspension, to the school principal to arrange for an
appointment or phone conference to appeal the extracurricular suspension. The school
administration will send a written decision to the parent/guardian/student participant within five
(5) school days of the appeal hearing.
Disciplinary Authority of School Board
1.
The School Board may, in accordance with the procedures set forth in Title 22.1, Chapter 14, Article 3
of the Code of Virginia, require any student to attend an alternative education program, if the student is
identified for any of the following criteria:
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charged with an offense relating to the Commonwealth’s laws, or with a violation of School Board
policies, on weapons, alcohol or drugs, or intentional injury to another person, or with an offense
that is required to be disclosed to the division superintendent pursuant to subsection G of Virginia
Code В§16.1-260;
found guilty or not innocent of an offense relating to the Commonwealth’s laws on weapons,
alcohol, or drugs, or of a crime that resulted in or could have resulted in injury to others, or of an
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offense that is required to be disclosed to the division superintendent pursuant to subsection G of
Virginia Code В§16.1-260;
found to have committed a serious offense or repeated offenses in violation of school board
policies; and,
suspended pursuant to Virginia Code В§22.1-277.05 (long-term suspension), or expelled pursuant
to Virginia Code В§22.1-277.06 (expulsion, generally) or В§22.1-277.07 (Gun-Free Schools Act) or
subsection B of 22.1-277.
The School Board may require such student to attend such programs regardless of where the crime
occurred.
2.
Whenever any student commits any reportable incident as set forth in Virginia Code В§22.1-279.3, such
student shall be required to participate in such prevention and intervention activities as deemed
appropriate by the division superintendent or his designee. Prevention and intervention activities shall
be identified in the school division’s drug and violence prevention plans developed pursuant to the
federal Improving America’s Schools Acts of 1994. (Title IV- Safe and Drug Free Schools and
Communities Act)
3.
The School Board may require any student who has been found, in accordance with the procedures set
forth in Title 22.1, Chapter 14, Article 3, to have been in possession of, or under the influence of, drugs
or alcohol on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity in violation of school
board policies, to undergo evaluation for drug or alcohol abuse, or both, and, if recommended by the
evaluator and with the consent of the student’s parent, to participate in a treatment program.
4.
The division superintendent or his designee may require students to attend an alternative education
program consistent with the provisions above after the following notices have been delivered:
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written notice to the student and his parent that the student will be required to attend an alternative
education program and
notice of the opportunity for the student or his parent to participate in a hearing to be conducted by
the division superintendent or his designee regarding such placement. The decision of the division
superintendent or his designee regarding such alternative education placement shall be final unless
altered by the School Board, upon written petition by the student or his parent within five (5) days
of the date of the written notice, for a review of the record by the School Board.
Any student for whom the division superintendent has received a report pursuant to Virginia Code В§16.1305.1 of an adjudication of delinquency or a conviction for an offense listed in subsection G of В§16.1-260 may be
suspended or expelled from school attendance pursuant to Virginia Code В§22.1-277.
Written Notification of Violation of School Policies by Students in Alternative Education Programs
Written notification of an offense shall be provided to the parent, guardian, or other person having charge
or control of a student in an alternative education program as described in Va. Code В§ 22.1-209.1:2 when:
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a student commits an offense in violation of School Board policies, and school officials determine the
offense was committed without the willful intent to violate such policies, or
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when the offense did not endanger the health and safety of the individual or other persons.
The notification shall be made no later than two (2) school days following the incident. The principal of the
school the student attends, or other appropriate school personnel, shall develop appropriate measures, in conjunction
with the student’s parent or guardian, for correcting such behavior.
Reporting Duties of the Principal and Superintendent
Except as may be prohibited by federal law, regulation, or jurisprudence, the principal will immediately
report any act enumerated above that may constitute a criminal offense to the parents of any minor student who is
the specific object of such act. Further, the principal will report that the incident has been reported to local law
enforcement as required by law and that the parents may contact local law enforcement for further information, if
they so desire.
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The principal or his designee shall also notify the parent of any student involved in an incident listed in the
paragraphs of this section of the Code of Student Conduct, regardless of whether disciplinary action is taken against
such student or the nature of the disciplinary action. Such notice shall relate to only the relevant student's
involvement and shall not include information concerning other students.
Except as may otherwise be required by federal law, regulation, or jurisprudence, the principal shall
immediately report to the local law enforcement agency any act that may constitute a criminal offense committed by
a student or school division employee on any school property or at any school-sponsored activity, including but not
limited to the following:
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the assault or assault and battery, without bodily injury, of any person on a school bus, on school
property, or at a school-sponsored activity;
the assault and battery, which results in bodily injury, sexual assault, death, shooting, stabbing, cutting,
or wounding of any person, or stalking of any person as described in Virginia Code В§18.2-60.3, on a
school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity;
any conduct involving alcohol, marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids, a controlled substance, imitation
controlled substance, or an anabolic steroid on a school bus, on school property, or at a schoolsponsored activity, including the theft or attempted theft of student prescription medications;
any threats against school personnel while on a school bus, on school property, or at a schoolsponsored activity;
the illegal carrying of a firearm (as defined in Virginia Code В§22.1-277.07) onto school property;
any illegal conduct involving firebombs, explosive materials or devices, or hoax explosive devices, as
defined in Virginia Code В§18.2-85, or explosive or incendiary devices, as defined in Virginia Code
В§18.2-433.1, or chemical bombs, as described in Virginia Code В§18.2-87.1, on a school bus, on school
property, or at a school-sponsored activity;
any threats or false threats to bomb, as described in Virginia Code В§18.2-83, made against school
personnel or involving school property or school buses;
the arrest of any student for an incident occurring on a school bus, on school property, or at a schoolsponsored activity, including the charge made against a student for such an incident; or
any illegal possession of weapons, alcohol, drugs, or tobacco products.
NOTE: Any hazing incident that results in injury to a student must be reported by the school or school
division to the locality’s Commonwealth Attorney pursuant to the Code of Virginia §18.2-56.
Prevention and Intervention Activities
Whenever any student commits any reportable incident as set forth in this policy, such student shall be
required to participate in such prevention and intervention activities as deemed appropriate by the superintendent or
his designee.
Purpose
The purpose of reporting acts of violence and substance abuse shall be to develop a program of prevention
activities to provide a safe environment conducive to learning.
Destruction of Property
The School Board may take action against a student for any actual breakage or destruction of or failure to
return property, owned or under control of the School Board, caused or committed by such student.
Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities will be disciplined consistent with all applicable law.
Communicating Code of Student Conduct to Students, Parents, and School Staffs
Faculty and staff will be provided a copy of this student conduct Policy annually and receive an annual inservice regarding its content.
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All students and parents/guardians will receive a copy of this Code of Student Conduct annually. Students
and parents will be required to sign and return to the principal or his designee a statement indicating that they are
aware of the Policy guidelines and sanctions for misconduct. The signed statement will be kept on file in the school
office. Students will receive information about this Policy from teachers and/or other school personnel during
student assemblies scheduled for that purpose.
This Policy will be reviewed at least annually and revised as necessary. The review should be completed
no later than June of each year.
LEGAL REFERENCE: Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, §§ 18.2-248.1:1, 18.2-308, 18.2-308.1, 18.2-371.1,
22.1-209.1:2(D); 22.1-253.13:7(C)(3); 22.1-276.01, 22.1-276.2, 22.1-277, 22.1-277.04, 22.1-277.05, 22.1-277.06,
22.1-277.07, 22.1-277.07:1; 22.1-277.08, 22.1-277.2. 22.1-277.2:1, 22.1-279.1, 22.1-279.3; 22.1-279.3:1, 22.1279.6, 22.1-279.7, 22.1-280.4; 46.2-323; 20 U.S.C В§1415 (e)(3)(B)(i).
Recodified: August 2000
Amended: June 12, 2001, June 11, 2002, June 10, 2003, June 24, 2004, July 12, 2005, July 10, 2006, July 10, 2007,
July 8, 2008, October 14, 2008, July 14, 2009, July 13, 2010, June 14, 2011, June 12, 2012,
January 8, 2013, June 11, 2013, July 8, 2014
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ACCOMPANYING REGULATIONS
7-3.1 (A)
7-3.1 (B)
7-3.1 (C)
7-3.1 (D)
7-3.1 (E)
REPORTING DATA
STUDENT DRESS
PROCEDURES FOR QUESTIONING OF STUDENTS BY THIRD PARTIES
USE OF METAL DETECTORS
EXPULSION OF STUDENTS FOR CERTAIN DRUG OFFENSES
REGULATION 7-3.1(A) REPORTING DATA
Generally
Virginia Code §§22.1-65 and 22.1-280.1 require that the Virginia Department of Education
collect information on crime, violence and substance abuse that takes place on public school
property, on school buses or at school-sponsored events.
Reporting Procedures
As required by Virginia Code §§22.1-65 and 22.1-280.1, the principal of each school shall
collect and maintain information on the events which occur on school property, on a school
bus, or at a school-sponsored activity, and shall report the information semiannually to the
division superintendent on dates established by the division superintendent. The division
superintendent shall submit annually to the Virginia Department of Education, on forms provided
by the Department, an aggregate report of such incidences by the last day of October or at
other times as prescribed by the Department.
Amended: June 24, 2004
REGULATION 7-3.1(B) STUDENT DRESS
Student dress should not interfere with the orderly operation of the classrooms or school.
The following are general guidelines for dress:
1. Messages on clothing, jewelry and other personal belongings that relate to drugs,
alcohol, tobacco, sex, vulgarity or that reflect adversely upon persons because of
race, sex, color, creed, national origin or ancestry are not permitted.
2. Dress, clothing or accessories that interfere with the orderly operation of the school
by attracting excessive attention will not be permitted; this includes clothing that
reveals parts of the body in a sexually suggestive manner.
3. For health and safety reasons, appropriate footwear must be worn at all times – bare
feet are not permitted.
4. Clothing symbolic of gangs or disruptive groups associated with threatening
behavior, harassment or discrimination and which cause or are likely to cause a
disruption with the school’s environment is not permitted.
Symbols of gang
membership are expressly prohibited (i.e., wearing or distributing any clothing,
jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign, or other thing that is evidence of membership
or affiliation in any gang, committing any act or omission, or using speech, either
verbal or non-verbal such as gestures or hand shakes).
Decisions regarding the appropriateness of clothing, footwear, and accessories will be
made by the building principal.
Amended: June 24, 2004, July 23, 2007, June 14, 2011
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REGULATION 7-3.1 (C) PROCEDURES FOR QUESTIONING OF STUDENTS BY THIRD PARTIES
Principals are to allow a child protective services worker with proper identification to
interview a student who is an alleged victim of abuse and/or neglect. A private setting should
be provided. Parental notification is the responsibility of the Department of Social Services and
should not be done by school personnel.
Law enforcement officers may question students who are witnesses to a crime or victims
of a crime during the school day, on school grounds, without the permission of the parents or
guardian, provided that the law enforcement officer ascertains that the student is capable of
consenting to, and the student does consent to, the interview. Student consent is not necessary
when a law enforcement officer has a warrant for the arrest of a student. When a law
enforcement officer makes contact with, or is contacted by, the school principal or his designee
concerning the questioning of a student as a witness or victim, the following procedures should
be followed:
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The principal shall make an attempt to contact the parent or guardian of the
student.
The student shall be called or escorted to the office by the principal. Under
dangerous circumstances, the principal may ask the law enforcement officer to
accompany him to the classroom to escort the student to the office.
A private place shall be provided for the conference/interview. The parent, child,
and/or law enforcement officer may request that a staff member be present as an
observer while the student is being questioned.
If the law enforcement officer removes the student from the school grounds, the
principal shall contact the parent or guardian of the student and the division
superintendent's office immediately.
When an incident occurs on school grounds during the school day that is potentially a
crime under the law of Virginia, the principal should contact either the resource officer or the
Hanover County Sheriff's Office immediately. The Sheriff's Office will follow all appropriate legal
procedures in terms of advising students of their rights and conducting a thorough investigation.
The principal should follow applicable School Board policy according to the Code of Student
Conduct in determining the involvement of a student or students in the incident and the type of
disciplinary action to be taken on the part of the school.
Principals are authorized by the School Board to recognize that certain misconduct that
may constitute just cause for suspension or expulsion may also constitute probable cause that a
state or federal law has been violated. A principal shall impose penalties provided by School
Board policy for misconduct and shall seek through the appropriate legal means criminal
adjudication of the misconduct.
School administration and law enforcement officials will make every effort to work
cooperatively with the least possible disruption to either the schools or the Sheriff's Office.
Amended: June 24, 2004, July 12, 2005, July 10, 2006, June 14, 2011
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REGULATION 7-3.1 (D) USE OF METAL DETECTORS
Weapons or explosives of any kind are prohibited on school property including school
buses or vehicles and at school bus stops, in school buildings or at school-related functions.
Possession of weapons or explosives is a violation of School Board policy, federal and state law
and will subject an individual to disciplinary action and possible criminal penalties. The
administration possesses the authority to take all reasonable, necessary and proper steps,
including but not limited to the use of stationary or mobile metal detectors provided by law and
School Board policy and regulation to safeguard students, employees and property of the
Hanover County School Board. The purpose of the metal detector scan is to prevent and deter
individuals from carrying weapons and explosive devices onto School Board property or into
school-sponsored events/activities. At all times, the degree and nature of the inspection are not
to exceed that which is necessary to allow staff to discharge their responsibility in ensuring the
safety of persons and property.
1. The division superintendent or building principal in a non-delegable duty shall
approve the use of metal detectors in school, on school property or in preparation for
or during specific school activities at sites other than school division property.
2. Only personnel trained in the use of metal detectors shall be authorized to conduct
metal detector screenings. Training for personnel shall be arranged through the
division superintendent's office.
3. Signs shall be posted to notify all persons that, as a condition of entrance to the
school or school-related activity, they will be required to pass through or submit to a
metal detector screening.
4. When a metal detector is being used, all individuals who wish to enter the school or
school-related activity shall use only the facility entrances designated.
5. School officials may search a particular individual(s) when there is a reasonable
assumption to believe that the individual(s) is in possession of weapons or explosives.
6. If a metal detector activates on an individual, the individual will have the option of
removing the item which caused the alarm and being scanned with a hand-held
wand, or receiving a refund and exiting the premises. Individuals failing to comply
with the safety procedures prescribed for Hanover County Public Schools athletic
events will be refused entry.
7. Any briefcase, knapsack, purse, parcel or other package causing the activation of a
metal detector shall be subject to inspection.
8. All property removed from a person as a result of this procedure and not defined as
contraband shall be returned to the person.
Property which is defined as
contraband, even though it may not have been capable of activating the metal
detector, shall be confiscated and turned over to the Hanover County Sheriff's Office
or other appropriate agency for proper handling. Any contraband seized by school
personnel pursuant to this regulation may be admissible in any subsequent criminal
proceeding. The student or employee in violation of the policies, rules and
regulations of the Hanover County School Board shall be disciplined in accordance
with the rules of the regulations of the School Board, regardless of whether criminal
proceedings are pursued.
Any student or employee who refuses to cooperate with personnel performing their duties under
this regulation may be subject to discipline in accordance with School Board policy and
regulation and required to leave school property. Any person who refuses to cooperate with
personnel performing their duties under this regulation shall be required to leave school property.
Adopted: September 11, 2001
Amended: June 24, 2004, June 14, 2011
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REGULATION 7-3.1 (E) EXPULSION OF STUDENTS FOR CERTAIN DRUG OFFENSES
The Superintendent or his designee is authorized to conduct a preliminary review of any
case in which a student has been charged for the first time with possession of a controlled
substance, imitation controlled substance, or marijuana, as defined in В§18.2-247 of the Code of
Virginia, on school property or at a school-sponsored activity, to determine whether a
disciplinary action other than expulsion is appropriate. If a determination is made that a
disciplinary action other than expulsion is appropriate, any subsequent disciplinary action
against the student shall be taken in accordance with Title 22.1, Chapter 14, Article 3 of the
Code of Virginia, as amended.
Adopted: July 14, 2009
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HANOVER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
TEACHER’S REMOVAL OF STUDENT FROM CLASS FORM
School Name:
Student:
Teacher:
Class:
Date:
Description of Behavior:
Administrative and/or
Teacher Interventions
Attempted Prior to Removal
And Results
Date of Prior Incident
Reports:
(Note: Prior incident
reports must be attached.)
Signature of Teacher:
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Student Evaluation and Graduation Requirements
STANDARDS OF LEARNING
As required by the Virginia General Assembly, all public school students in the Commonwealth of Virginia shall be
expected to take Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and to achieve passing scores on end-of-course SOL tests to be
awarded a verified unit of credit toward graduation requirements. Tests currently required at grades 3 through 8
assess content in the four core areas of English/reading and writing, mathematics, science, and/or social studies. High
school end-of-course tests include Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science (AP
Environmental Science), World History I, World History II, World Geography, U.S. History, English (grade 11), and
Writing (grade 11). SOL tests are administered in the spring beginning with the writing tests in March and the other
tests in May. Also, end-of-course SOL tests are administered under certain conditions during the fall and high school
summer school (August).
The following chart shows the SOL tests students must take at each grade level.
STANDARDS OF LEARNING
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
MIDDLE SCHOOL
END-OF-COURSE TESTS
Grade 3 Math
Grade 6 Math
EOC English: RLR (Reading)
Grade 3 Reading
Grade 6 Reading
EOC English: Writing
Grade 3 Science
Grade 6 United States History I
EOC Algebra I
Grade 3 Social Studies
Grade 7 Math
EOC Geometry
Grade 4 Math
Grade 7 Reading
EOC Algebra II
Grade 4 Reading
Grade 7 United States History II
EOC VA and US History
Grade 4 Virginia Studies
Grade 8 Math
EOC World History I
Grade 5 Math
Grade 8 Writing
EOC World History II
Grade 5 Writing
Grade 8 Reading
EOC World Geography
Grade 5 Reading
Grade 8 Science
EOC Biology
Grade 5 Science
Grade 8 Civics & Economics
EOC Earth Science
EOC Chemistry
Any elementary or middle school student who does not achieve passing scores on all grade-level specific core
Standards of Learning tests, which include English/writing, mathematics, science, and/or social studies, shall be
required to participate in a remediation option. Elementary and middle school students may participate in summer
school or tutorial programs offered during the school year at the school which may include before, during, or after
school sessions. Remediation also will be provided for high school students who do not achieve passing scores on
required SOL tests. High school students may participate in tutorial programs offered before and after school, at
designated times during certain school days, and in summer school. Parents may opt to have the student participate
in an accredited private tutorial program approved by the school principal. Tuition and/or other costs for private
programs must be assumed by the parent/guardian.
Any student who does not achieve a passing score on one of the Standards of Learning tests is eligible to participate
in the remediation options available at the school and/or summer school. A Student Educational Plan (SEP) designed
to address the student’s needs in gaining the necessary skills for success will be developed.
Students who are enrolled in a middle or high school Carnegie credit course for which a final examination and an
SOL test are required may be exempted from taking the final examination by receiving a passing score on the SOL
test contingent on availability of test results to the school division. If End-of-Course SOL test results are not available
to the school division prior to the first day of final examination review, any student who has a year end average of B
or above in any class in which an End-of-Course SOL test is required will be exempt from his/her final examination in
that class. The principal of the school will notify parents and students of the exemption process if the exam
exemption is available as an option.
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PROMOTION AND RETENTION
Secondary
When evaluating secondary students for possible retention, educators should at minimum consider the following
factors: the student’s performance on state and local SOL assessments; classroom tests and assignments; course
grades; age; physical growth and development, and mental maturity. (Policy 6-4.3)
Middle School
6th to 7th Grade - Students shall be eligible for promotion into the seventh grade if they receive passing yearly
averages in at least four of the following required subjects: reading/language arts, mathematics, science, social
studies, and health/physical education.
7th to 8th Grade - Students shall be eligible for promotion into the eighth grade if they receive passing yearly
averages in at least four of the following required subjects: reading/language arts, mathematics, science, social
studies, and health/physical education AND if they receive a passing grade in the equivalent of one full year of
elective offering(s).
8th to 9th Grade - Students shall be eligible for promotion into the ninth grade if they receive passing yearly
averages in the following: reading/language arts and mathematics, AND any two of science, social studies,
health/physical education; AND/OR if they receive a passing grade in the equivalent of one full year of an elective
offering(s).
At any grade level, failure to receive a passing grade in any required subject (reading/language arts, mathematics,
science, social studies, health/physical education) may result in the student being required to repeat the subject even
though promoted to the next grade. Principals and staff shall consider each student on an individual basis.
High School
Promotion shall be based on the following:
Grade 9 to 10
5 Credits
Grade 10 to 11
10 Credits
Grade 11 to 12
Candidate for June Graduation
Students shall not be permitted to enroll in two required English courses simultaneously. Exceptions to the above
requirements shall be determined by the principal.
Special Education
Determinations regarding promotion of special education students shall be made consistent with applicable law and
relevant individualized education plans.
ACCELERATION (Regulation 6-4.3)
The curriculum and schedule of elementary, middle, and high schools shall provide flexibility in placing certain
students in programs or subjects normally considered above their grade level. Scheduling eighth grade students into
subjects above the normal grade level should be done with counseling based on evidence of ability, past scholastic
achievement, and cooperation of the individual student and his parents or guardian.
When students below the ninth grade successfully complete courses offered for credit in grades 9 through 12, credit
shall be counted toward meeting the standard units required for graduation, provided the courses meet the
requirements of the Standards of Learning or are equivalent in content and academic rigor as those courses offered
at the secondary level for verified units of credit, and provided the students achieve a passing score on the end-ofcourse Standards of Learning tests.
In any high school credit-bearing course taken in middle school, a parent may request at the end of the school year
that the final grade be omitted from the student’s transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course.
Qualified students may choose the acceleration option of obtaining Carnegie credit(s) and verified credit(s) in
designated courses without completing the requirement of 140-clock hours of instruction. Designated courses will
include all courses in English, mathematics, science, and social studies for which an end-of-course SOL test exists.
Students may request approval of the acceleration option for certain electives. To qualify for this option, students in
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grades 6-11 must demonstrate mastery of the course content and objectives in the manner prescribed by the division
and have the recommendation of the division superintendent or his designee.
Having demonstrated mastery of course content, the students shall be permitted to sit for the relevant Standards of
Learning assessment(s), and upon receiving a passing score, shall earn Carnegie and verified credit(s).
The process of applying for accelerated credit is outlined below. Students should contact their school counselor for
the necessary Application for Accelerated Credit. Students and parents may request permission to qualify for
accelerated credit in the following courses:
Algebra I
Algebra II
Geometry
Biology
Earth Science
Chemistry
World History I
World History II
U.S. History
Modern Global Studies
English: Reading, Literature, and Research
English: Writing
Elective
Action
Student and parent/guardian submit application to principal.
Principal sends all applications to Coordinator of Gifted Services.
Coordinator of Gifted Services notifies principal, and lead teacher
specialists of division-level testing schedule.
Principal notifies students of date/location of division-level testing.
Students demonstrate mastery of course content as required by divisionlevel committee and receive grade of “Pass” or “Fail.”
Division-level committee sends principal written documentation of each
student’s “Pass” or “Fail” status on each assessment.
* “Pass” grade will be recorded on student’s academic transcript.
* “Fail” grade will not be recorded on student’s academic transcript
nor will it affect student’s GPA.
* “Pass” grade is required for student to be eligible to take the SOL
test for a given course and to receive a Carnegie credit for the
course.
Principal notifies each student of “Pass/Fail” status on assessments
necessary to receive Carnegie credit in the accelerated option.
Student who achieves “Pass” grade on required division-level assessment
tasks for designated course(s) must take the Standards of Learning (SOL)
end-of-course test in the course(s) to receive Carnegie unit and verified
credit.
Principal reviews SOL test results and notifies student/parent and student’s
school counselor that the student achieved or did not achieve the Carnegie
credit or verified credit.
Deadlines
January 15 for SOL Writing &
February 15 for other SOL courses
January 25 for SOL Writing &
February 25 for other SOL courses
February 1 for SOL Writing &
March 1 for other SOL courses
February 5 for SOL Writing &
April 1 for other SOL courses
February (for SOL Writing) & April
February 15 for SOL Writing
April 30 for other SOL courses
February 20 for SOL Writing &
May 1 for other SOL courses
March for SOL Writing &
May for other SOL courses
By September 1
GRADUATION AND SOL REQUIREMENTS
SOL Tests and Verified Units of Credit
Each Hanover County Public Schools student at grades 3 through 8 shall take the SOL assessment(s) for the student’s
respective grade, and the test results shall be part of a multiple set of criteria used to determine whether students in
those grades proceed or are retained. In addition, each student in middle and secondary school shall take all
applicable end-of-course SOL tests. Students who achieve a passing score on an end-of-course SOL test and achieve
a passing grade in the course shall be awarded a verified unit of credit in that course. Students may earn verified
credit in any course for which end-of-course SOL tests are available. Middle and secondary schools may consider the
student’s end-of-course SOL test score in determining the student’s final course grade. (Policy 6-4.4)
Limited English proficient students, as identified by a committee designated to make such determinations, may be
exempted from the SOL tests in science and social studies for one grade level only in grades 3 through 8. Students
with disabilities for whom participation in the SOL testing program is deemed inappropriate according to their IEP or
504 plan shall be expected to demonstrate proficiency on an alternative assessment prescribed by the Virginia
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Board of Education in accordance with federal laws and regulations. Parents and students, please contact your
school’s test coordinator if you have questions.
Transfers
The Hanover County secondary schools shall accept credits for transfer students in accordance with regulations
promulgated by the Virginia Board of Education and relevant School Board policies. (8VAC 20-131-60)
Verified Credits
Students receiving a Standard or Advanced Studies diploma shall have earned the required number of standard and
verified credits as set forth in the Standards of Accreditation.
Locally Awarded Verified Credits
Students who do not pass Standards of Learning tests in science or history and social science may receive locally
awarded verified credits from the local school board in accordance with criteria established in guidelines adopted
by the Board of Education.
Diplomas
The requirements for a student to earn a diploma and graduate from a Virginia high school shall be those in effect
when that student enters the ninth grade for the first time. Students shall earn the required standard and verified
units of credit as described in the Program of Studies.
DIPLOMA SEALS
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Students who complete the requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma with an average grade of “B” or
better, and successfully complete at least one advanced placement course (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB),
or one college-level course for credit will receive the Governor’s Seal on the diploma.
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Students who complete the requirements for a Standard Diploma with an average grade of “A” will receive a
Board of Education Seal on the diploma.
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The Board of Education’s Career and Technical Education Seal is awarded to students who earn a Standard or
Advanced Studies Diploma and complete a prescribed sequence of courses in a career and technical education
concentration or specialization that they choose and maintain a “B” or better average in those courses; or (i) pass
an examination in a career and technical education concentration or specialization that confers certification from
a recognized industry, trade or professional association; or (ii) acquire a professional license in that career and
technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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The Board of Education’s Seal of Advanced Mathematics and Technology is awarded to students who earn either
a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma and (i) satisfy all of the mathematics requirements for the Advanced
Studies Diploma (four units of credit including Algebra II); two verified units of credit with a “B” average or
better; and (ii)either (a) pass an examination in a career and technical education field that confers certification
from a recognized industry, or trade or professional association; (b) acquire a professional license in a career
and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia; or (c) pass an examination approved by the
Board of Education that confers college-level credit in a technology or computer science area.
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To earn a Board of Education Diploma Seal for Excellence in Civics Education a student must meet each of the
following four criteria: 1) Satisfy the requirement to earn a Standard Diploma or an Advanced Studies Diploma;
AND 2) Complete Virginia and United States History and Virginia and United States Government courses with a
grade of “B” or higher; AND 3) Complete 50 hours of voluntary participation in community service or
extracurricular activities. Activities that would count include: a) Volunteering for a charitable or religious
organization that provides services to the poor, sick, or less fortunate; b) Participating in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts
or similar youth organizations; c) Participating in JROTC; d) Participating in political campaigns or government
internships, or Boys State, Girls State, or Model General Assembly; and, e) Participating in school-sponsored
extracurricular activities that have a civics focus. Any student who enlists in the United States military prior to
graduation will be deemed to have met this community service requirement. AND 4) Have good attendance and
no disciplinary infractions as determined by local school board policies.
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Students may receive other seals or awards for exceptional academic, career and technical, citizenship, or other
exemplary performance in accordance with criteria defined by the local school board.
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STUDENT EVALUATION AND GRADING
Teachers shall be responsible for the grading and evaluation of student achievement. The following guidelines shall
be used in the evaluation: (Policy 6-6.2)
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A student’s grade shall be based solely on achievement.
A student’s grade shall not be penalized for any personal action or for any excused absence except as
indicated in regulation (Policy 7-2.4).
Factors Used to Determine Grade - The classroom teacher shall inform students of the factors used to determine
the grade for each reporting interval and the relative value of each e.g., classwork, written assignments, tests,
special projects, etc. This information shall be provided to students in written form at the beginning of each
course (syllabus). (Regulation 6-6.2B)
Procedures Used to Average Grades - The classroom teacher has the flexibility to determine procedures for
assigning student grades; however, the classroom teacher shall inform students, through the course syllabus, of the
procedures to assign grades, e.g., a) averaging of numerical grades; b) averaging of letter grades; c) another
system which is communicated through the course syllabus, e.g., basing grades upon a specific number of points
to be obtained within a reporting interval. The selected procedure shall remain consistent throughout the year.
(Regulation 6-6.B)
When teachers average numerical grades, the numerical span for each letter grade shall be communicated to
students through the course syllabus, and it shall be the span outlined in Policy and Regulation 6-6.2 as listed below.
All teachers in grades 6-12 must use this numerical scale for all courses, including Advanced Placement courses. In
dual-enrollment college courses the grading practices and regulations of the college will be followed to calculate and
report high school students’ grades.
A = Excellent
B = Above Average
C = Average
D = Below Average
F = Failure
93 - 100
85 - 92
77 - 84
70 - 76
69 and below
When teachers average letter grades, the point value assigned each letter grade and the mathematical procedures
for rounding shall be communicated through the course syllabus. The point value of letter grades and the meaning of
each letter grade shall be those outlined in this regulation.
When assigning a student's grades, the teacher should consider the impact of isolated, low numerical grades upon the
grade for the reporting interval. In reporting students’ grades for interim, nine-weeks, and final grade reporting
procedures, any point system used by the teacher to calculate students’ grades must be converted to the numerical
and letter values outlined above in this regulation.
Examinations
Secondary (Grades 8-12)
These guidelines shall be followed when administering exams at the secondary level:
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For high school students, two exams shall be scheduled on each of three days and one on a fourth day; for
middle school students, two exams shall be scheduled on each of four days.
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Exams shall be scheduled for a minimum of one (1) hour and forty-five (45) minutes and a maximum of two (2)
hours. (Where block scheduling is utilized, the examination may be scheduled within one regular class period or
within the previously described time limits, as approved by the principal.)
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To accommodate students having itinerant teachers, morning class exams shall be scheduled in the morning and
afternoon class exams shall be scheduled in the afternoon, whenever possible.
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Eighth graders shall be required to take exams in English, mathematics, science, and social studies and in courses
for which Carnegie Units are granted.
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Sixth or seventh graders enrolled in courses for which Carnegie units are granted shall be required to take
exams in these courses.
Once examinations are scheduled, no exceptions may be made for the convenience of individual students. Students
shall not be permitted to take examinations out of schedule. To receive credit for a course, a student must take the
exam. The only exception to this is the senior student who meets exemption requirements as outlined below.
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Special Education Students
It is strongly recommended that coordination between regular and special education teachers take place prior to
examinations to determine if accommodations should be made for students with disabilities. The purpose of modifications
is to ensure, insofar as possible, that each disabled child receives maximum individual consideration of his disability
without changing the nature or integrity of the test. Based on the disabling condition and individual needs of a special
education student as outlined in his Individualized Education Plan, the special education teacher should make recommendations as to appropriate modifications in the test or testing situation. Such modifications may include, but not be limited
to:
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schedule modifications - time of day, length of testing time;
setting modifications - in special education classroom, administered by special education teacher;
modality modifications - oral administration; and,
recording modifications - oral responses.
Exemptions
Exemptions from examinations will be allowed for certain seniors meeting the following exemption requirements:
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A senior (a student who is a candidate for June graduation) who makes grades of not less than "B" on each
nine-week report period in a given subject during a current semester shall be eligible for exemption in that particular
subject that semester. (No nine-week report grade, as recorded on the report card for a given semester, may be
less than "B" in the subject for which exemption is sought.)
Additionally, the following conditions apply:
A student must not have two office referrals for misconduct.
A student must not have received a suspension from school in the current semester.
A student must not be absent in excess of seven days (or four days when block scheduling is utilized) during the
current semester.
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Teachers of seniors reserve the right to require all seniors to take exams. Examination requirements shall be clarified
at the beginning of the course. Seniors eligible for exemption may, if they choose, take any of their examinations.
It is hoped that this examination policy will provide incentive for seniors to apply themselves to their full capacity in order
that they may become eligible for this exemption privilege.
Mid-Term and Final Examination Grade Values
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Mid-term and final examinations administered in the secondary schools normally should be valued as one-seventh of
the semester grade. Semester grades are computed as follows:
each nine-week's grade is counted three times;
the exam grade is counted once;
divide the sum of the above grades by seven.
Final course grades are computed by adding the two (2) semester grades and dividing by two (2).
There may be circumstances whereby the examination may include an assigned project or a demonstration of
mastery skills.
Non-Attendance During Examinations
Attendance policies shall be in effect during exams. Students shall not be excused from an examination except for
emergencies. Students absent for an exam who do not follow the prescribed procedure for missing an exam due to an
excusable circumstance shall be subject to the same disciplinary action as if a regular school day were missed, and a
grade of incomplete (I) issued until the disciplinary action is satisfied. Students absent for a portion of an examination
period who do not follow the prescribed procedure for missing a portion of a class due to an excusable circumstance shall
be subject to the same disciplinary action as if a class were skipped and a grade of incomplete (I) issued until the
disciplinary action is satisfied.
Re-Examinations
Only seniors may be permitted to take re-examinations. They may be permitted to take only one re-examination per
semester. A senior may be permitted to take a re-examination at the end of the first semester only if it is a one-semester
course. When a subject is passed by re-examination, the final subject grade shall be recorded at a minimum passing of
“D.” (Regulation 6-6.2A)
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REPORTING GRADES TO PARENTS
Report cards shall be prepared and issued to students at the end of each nine-weeks reporting period.
Computerized report cards are provided for this purpose. After reports are examined by parents or guardians of
students in designated grades, they should be properly signed and returned to the respective school.
Progress reports shall be prepared and issued to all students/parents four times per year, at the midpoint of each
nine-week grading period. Progress and report cards shall reflect the standard of work the student has achieved, his
attitudes and his work habits. The teacher shall make the evaluation of the student's work, including the assignment of
grades as is further described in Policy 6-6.2.
In cases where a student is in danger of failing a course or subject, sufficient notice shall be sent to the parents in order
that they may be aware of the possibility of failure so that appropriate corrective measures may be taken. At least once
per semester written notification shall be sent to parents or guardians of every senior who is in danger of failing to meet
requirements for graduating with his/her class. (Regulation 6-6.2B)
If a senior is in danger of failing to meet the requirements for graduating with his class, the student and his parent or
guardian shall be notified of such danger at the earliest possible time, and assistance should be provided, where possible,
to help the student satisfy the requirements. The responsibility for informing the student and parent shall rest upon the
teachers, school counselors, and principal. Students shall have justification for appealing administrative decisions
regarding graduation should appropriate instructional personnel fail to provide notice to seniors and their parents as
required by this policy. (Policy 6-6.1)
Regulations for Grades and Report Cards (K-12)
All grades recorded on the report card shall be letter grades and should not be supplemented with plus or minus
signs. Secondary (Grades 6-12, in middle schools, high schools) letter grades A, B, C, D, and F will be used in
grading secondary students. Comments related to the grade will be entered on the report card.
CLASS RANK
The School Board authorizes a weighted grading system for determining class rank. The division superintendent or his
designee shall develop regulations for computing class rank.
Class rank computations include all grades in all subjects taken in grades 9-11, all grades in all subjects taken below
the ninth grade and identified by the Virginia Department of Education as eligible for high school credit, and all first
semester grades for subjects taken by seniors. Final year grades for identified full-year courses and semester
grades for identified one-semester courses taken below grade twelve must be recorded and used in computing class
rank. First semester grades will be included when computing class rank for seniors.
Numerical Values Assigned to Grades
The grade-point average is determined by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the number of
courses included in the transcript. Students with the same grade-point average are numbered identically in rank. The
pass grade of pass/fail courses is not included in the computation of class rank; the fail grade is.
If a student takes the same course twice and passes both times, both grades will be used in calculating GPA and
establishing class rank. Credit for the course will be awarded ONLY for the first time the student takes the class.
The grade(s) earned by a student who does not receive academic credit because of violation of Regulations 7-2.4 A
or B (Truancy and Student Absences) shall not be calculated into the grade point average.
Courses that have been designated as advanced are identified in the Program of Studies. The following point system
is to be used in computing class rank for each student:
All Other Classes
A=4
B=3
C=2
D=1
F=0
Advanced Classes
A=5
B=4
C=3
D=2
F=0
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Dropping Courses
There will be no record made on the permanent record form of courses dropped during the first fourteen (14) weeks
of a full year course and during the first seven (7) weeks for a semester course. After this period, withdrawal from a
course with a passing grade will be considered a WP and will not be calculated into the grade point average;
withdrawal with a failing grade will be considered as a WF and a failure (F) figured into the grade point average.
Exceptions to this may be made by the principal in the case of hardship on the part of the student.
Procedures for Adding Academic Courses
Students may add courses within the first three weeks of a full year course or within the first two weeks of a semester
course. Exceptions to this rule may be made by the principal, including in cases of hardship on the part of students.
The principal may require a contract signed by the student, teacher, and parent which stipulates the conditions for
enrollment after a course begins.
Transfer Students
Transfer students shall receive additional numerical points only for those courses which have been designated
advanced in accordance with the Hanover County procedure for computing class rank. If the advanced option is
available in Hanover for a course that an incoming transfer student has taken elsewhere, written verification that the
course was taken on the advanced level shall be required from the sending school division. (Regulation 6-4.7A)
HOMEWORK
The purpose of homework is to benefit the student. Homework will supplement and reinforce the skills taught during
the school day while assisting the student in becoming an independent and responsible learner. The following
homework guidelines were developed cooperatively by parents, teachers, and administrators. The guidelines point
out that teachers, students, and parents share in the responsibilities for successful completion of student homework.
(Regulation 6-5.4A)
Teacher Responsibilities
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Communicate the assignment in an appropriate manner for the individuals in the class and thoroughly explain the
homework.
Assign homework that supplements and reinforces a well-planned lesson.
Individualize assignments when appropriate based on needs, achievement levels, and/or interests of the students.
Focus on quality of homework instead of quantity. Homework for the sake of homework is discouraged.
Provide written instructions, including a statement of the project's objectives, when making long-term assignments.
Advise students of the grade value of an assignment at the time the assignment is made when the grade value for the
specific assignment exceeds the usual grade value for homework assignments.
Use discretion in making homework assignments over weekends and holidays, in order to leave time for family
activities and long-term projects. Homework shall not be due on the school day immediately following a holiday.
Never assign homework as a punishment.
Assign homework at regular and consistent intervals.
Student Responsibilities
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Each student is expected to exert his best effort to complete the assignments as directed.
It is the student's responsibility to inform the teacher if he does not understand the assignment at the time the
assignment is made.
Secondary students should complete their homework assignments independently. (Please observe Code of Student
Conduct.)
Parent Responsibilities
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Make available appropriate materials and resources, e.g., a quiet well-lighted workspace and a regularly
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Evaluation and Follow-up of Homework Assignments
Teacher Responsibilities
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Determine why a student fails to complete assignments and initiate communication between the school and the
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Frequency and Duration of Homework Assignments
The following average time frame is suggested:
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Three to four times per week
Three to four times per week
Four to five times per week
Four to five times per week
Four to five times per week
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(20 minutes per subject or 40 minutes per block)
2 hours 55 minutes
(25 minutes per subject or 50 minutes per block)
Average time suggested does not include time for long-term projects. Teachers and administrators shall work
collaboratively to coordinate long-term assignments among the various departments. (Regulation 6-5.4A)
MAKE-UP OF SCHOOL WORK AND/OR TESTS
If a student has an excused absence from school, it is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with the
teachers for doing the necessary make-up work. The teacher should inform students of required assignments. All
make-up work, including tests, should be made up in accordance with the number of days missed. For example, if a
student is absent from four class sessions, all make-up work should be completed within the next four scheduled class
sessions. Make-up work is to be completed at a mutually agreed-upon time between teacher and student such as
before school, after school, during study hall, or other arranged times. An extension may be granted by the teacher
and/or principal. The request for an extension shall be made prior to the original due-date for make-up work.
(Regulation 6-5.4B)
ALTERNATIVE METHOD FOR GRANTING CARNEGIE UNITS OF CREDIT
Policy 6-4.5 Alternative Methods for Granting Credit
The Hanover County School Board shall delegate to the division superintendent the development of methods and procedures for
granting alternative credit for courses approved by the School Board in accordance with all applicable law and the
standards/regulations of the Southern Association for Schools and Colleges and the Virginia Standards for Accreditation of Schools.
LEGAL REFERENCE: Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, §§ 22.1-70, 22.1-78, 22.1-253.13:4; Regulations Establishing
Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia, 8 VAC 20-131-10, et seq.
Recodified: August 2000
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Regulation 6-4.5 Alternative Methods for Granting Credit
Generally
The standard unit of credit for graduation is based upon one hundred forty (140) clock hours of instruction.
To meet the diverse needs of students, alternative means for obtaining credit through emerging technologies are
desirable. Students may enroll in and receive a standard and, when applicable, a verified unit of credit for
supervised correspondence courses with prior approval of the principal. A written request for approval of an
alternative method of earning credit may be submitted to the school principal by a student and his parents or legal
guardian. Elective and specialty courses which require custom designed labs, technology, software, hands-on
instructional strategies, and other performance oriented learning are not deemed appropriate for requests to have
alternative methods for granting credit.
Application
The student and his parent(s) or legal guardians shall submit a written request to the school principal, asking
permission to pursue an alternative method for obtaining credit. The written request shall include: a) the name,
provider, and curriculum access for the course for which alternative credit is requested, b) the time duration of the
instruction, and c) the type and location of the instruction. Following review by the appropriate division curriculum
specialist of the course curriculum for equivalence to that offered in the regular school program, the principal shall
present a written response to the requestor. Generally the response will be within 10 school days of receipt, unless
there is a delay in obtaining the full curriculum for review of comparability. In granting approval, the principal will
consider: a) the scope and sequence of the course curriculum as compared with local/state instructional guides for the
course, b) prior academic performance of the student, c) teacher recommendations, and d) extenuating circumstances.
Review and approval of distance and online courses will be documented on the Distance Learning/Online Course
Student Enrollment Request Form attached with this regulation. The completed form will be submitted to the Director
of Secondary Education so that an appropriate course number may be issued to enroll the student.
Pursuit of Alternative Credit
All course work for which credit is desired must be equivalent to that offered in the regular school program
and the work supervised by a licensed teacher or administrator, or a person eligible to hold a Virginia License,
approved by the local school board. A written contract, signed by the parent(s), legal guardians, student, supervisor,
and principal shall outline the provisions under which credit will be granted. Among the provisions are: a) attendance,
b) specific title/location of course, c) length of time allowed for completion of course, d) documentation of satisfactory
achievement of specific course and Standards of Learning objectives, as evidenced by specified assessment items, e)
the minimum scores(s) which the student must achieve to indicate satisfactory achievement of course and Standards of
Learning objectives, and f) the teacher or administrator designated by the principal to supervise the student for the
alternative credit option. The contract will specify the conditions under which the student will be required to
demonstrate through specified assessment instruments his/her achievement of learning objectives, and this
demonstration will be witnessed by the teacher or administrator assigned to supervise the student under the provisions
of this Regulation.
Awarding of Credit
Standard unit(s) of credit shall be awarded for successful completion of such courses when all condition(s) of
the contract are met. Verified units of credit may be earned when the student has passed the SOL test associated
with the correspondence course completed. The principal will provide written notification of the awarded credit to
the student and his parent(s) or legal guardians. A copy of this notification shall be placed in the student’s
permanent, academic file.
Amended: September 9, 2003, November 9, 2004, October 26, 2010
ALTERNATIVE TO A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA FOR STUDENTS AND ADULTS
General Educational Development (GED) Credential
The general educational development program is a standardized program designed to allow adults to earn a high
school equivalency credential. This qualifies such persons to satisfy the diploma requirement for admission to colleges
or technical schools and the educational requirements for induction into specified branches of the armed forces of the
United States. This program offers a series of courses in preparation for a general education development test, and
test performance is the basis for awarding the GED credential. Course enrollment is not a prerequisite for taking the
test or receiving the credential.
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Students who are enrolled in standard secondary school programs are not eligible to take the GED test or to qualify
for the GED credential. Students enrolled in certain secondary alternative school programs like the ISAEP
(Individualized Student Alternative Education Plan), approved home schooled students, and students with a court
order may pursue a GED credential program rather than the standard graduation diploma program. In these cases,
a total developmental program precedes the testing, and test administration will be closely managed by personnel
involved with the alternative program. ISAEP students must be enrolled in coursework resulting in the attainment of a
VDOE approved career and technical education credential and must successfully complete a course in Economics and
Personal Finance. Students for whom an Individual Student Alternative Education Plan has been granted pursuant to
Section 22.1-254 (D) may participate in the GED testing program and earn a high school equivalency credential. No
student of school age meeting the residency requirements in Section 22.1-3 may be charged tuition for enrollment in
any GED program offered by the School Board as a regional or division-wide initiative.
Under no circumstances may an individual under 16 qualify for testing or for eligibility for the GED credential. Other
special entry and testing eligibility stipulations are required for individuals under the age of 18. Those seeking
further information are referred to the Principal of The Georgetown School.
Because the GED program is considered a substitute program for the standard secondary school program, completion
of the GED credential is interpreted as a general program parallel to the completion of the graduation diploma.
Instructional Programs and Student Recognition
ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION
Alternative education consists of a variety of educational services available to Hanover students and adults who have
diverse learning needs. The services are provided for middle and high school students, as well as for adults, in The
Georgetown School at 10000 Learning Lane, Mechanicsville, Virginia (Phone: 804-723-3460).
Students
participating in alternative education may include those referred for disciplinary infractions, those lacking academic
success and in need of credit recovery, those over sixteen years of age seeking a General Education Development
(GED) credential, and others identified as at risk of not graduating and in need of individualized services. A
recommendation to return to regular classes will be based on a student’s progress and demonstrated willingness to
obey all school rules and regulations. The school principal and school counselors can provide additional information
about alternative education to parents and students.
AWARDS
The Hanover County School Board approves of awards for students who achieve high academic standing, outstanding
citizenship, physical expertise, and other characteristics that contribute to good citizenship. The School Board,
however, does not approve of giving awards to students where the basic purpose is commercialism. Awards donated
by non-school agencies which are recognized nationally and approved by the School Board may be awarded to
students at appropriate ceremonies and times.
Scholar and Honor Lists
Students should be encouraged to reach their maximum potential in academic programs. Students in grades five
through twelve (5-12) who do outstanding work shall be recognized through a scholar and/or honor list.
Regulations for Scholar List and Honor List: Periodic listing of scholar and honor list students is optional. However,
when such lists are compiled by schools, basic requirements should be standard for all Hanover County schools.
Principals shall exercise their own judgment in requiring scholar and honor lists. When scholar and honor lists are
compiled, they shall conform with the following regulations:
Scholar and honor lists may be compiled and released at the end of each nine-week report period or at the end of
the semester, and shall be based on grades and conduct earned during a specific period. A single unexcused
absence in a given report period shall render the student in question ineligible for honor roll listing for that period.
Scholar List: The following minimum grades must be earned for a scholars list: any student maintaining a "B"
average is eligible to be on a scholar list provided he has a "B" or better in all subjects.
General Music and Art in Elementary Grades 4-7 shall be (S) satisfactory. Conduct grades
shall be (S) satisfactory.
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Honor List:
The following minimum grades must be earned for an honors list: Any student maintaining a
"B" average is eligible to be on an honor list provided he has no more than one "C". General
Music and Art in Elementary Grades 4-7 shall be (S) satisfactory. Conduct grades shall be (S)
satisfactory.
Valedictorian/Salutatorian: Schools shall choose a valedictorian/salutatorian based on the school division’s
procedures for computing class rank.
Honor Organizations
A number of honor organizations are included in the many extracurricular activities available to high school students
in Hanover. Eligibility criteria and application processes will be distributed by the principal or his/her designee to
students for honor organizations including the following:
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National Honor Society
International Thespian Society (Drama)
National Art Honor Society
Tri-M (Music Honor Society)
Quill and Scroll
Sociedad Honoraria
American Technology Honor Society
French Honor Society
German Honor Society
Spanish Honor Society
Citizenship Award
An annual Citizenship Award will be presented in each high school. Middle school students receive recognition for
citizenship at team and grade-level assemblies throughout the school year. This recognition of outstanding citizenship
affirms the value which the school division places on students’ learning and demonstrating the behaviors of
responsible and productive citizens.
Each high school will present annually a citizenship award, to be called the Hanover County Public Schools Citizenship
Award, to one student per grade level. Presentation of the Citizenship Award will be made to students during the
annual Academic Awards Assembly conducted in the spring at each school. Each principal will designate a
Citizenship Award Coordinator who will be responsible for conducting the nomination, application, and selection
procedures and for coordinating with the principal the presentation of the awards during the annual Academic
Awards Assembly.
Criteria for receiving the Citizenship Award and the process for nominating/selecting students are summarized below.
Nomination forms and application forms will be available from the Citizenship Award Coordinator.
Criteria: A student must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Hanover County Public Schools Citizenship
Award.
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academic success as demonstrated by working to his or her full potential
no disciplinary record or referrals during the school year
contribution to the school community
contribution to the local community
good attendance
positive attitude
good moral character
respect for others
honesty
loyalty
dependability
ability to interact positively and effectively with others
initiative
strong sense of responsibility
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Procedures: The following procedures must be followed in order for a student to be eligible for receiving the
Hanover County Public Schools Citizenship Award.
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entire academic year in which the Citizenship Award is being awarded.
A faculty member or school staff member may submit written nomination for one or more students
to receive the Citizenship Award. The Citizenship Award Coordinator will supply nomination forms.
Nominations shall be due to the Coordinator on or before the date indicated at each school.
The Coordinator will notify the students who have been nominated and instruct them in the
necessary procedures for submitting application forms for the award. The Coordinator will
prepare and distribute all forms necessary in the application and selection processes.
The student shall complete and return an application form to the Citizenship Award Coordinator on
or before the due date indicated at each school. This application form includes recommendations
from five individuals, including at least three teachers, and one adult from the community.
The principal will appoint a selection committee consisting of three teachers, one administrator, and
one business/community member. The Citizenship Award Coordinator will convene the selection
committee and conduct the process of assessing each student’s application for the award. The
selection committee will choose one student per grade level as the recipients of the annual
Citizenship Award. The Coordinator will inform the principal which students have been selected
and ensure that the Citizenship Award presentations occur during the annual Academic Awards
Assembly.
The principal will make the presentation of Hanover County Public Schools Citizenship Awards to
students and will inform the Superintendent or his designee of the recipients’ names/grade levels.
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
The Hanover County School Board believes that career education is a vital component of the school division’s curriculum.
Career education is the totality of experiences infused into the division's curriculum (K-12) through which students learn
about work as a part of their way of life, and through which they relate work skills and values to academic and other life
choices.
The School Board intends that career education components of the curriculum should satisfy the following
objectives:
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to include career awareness activities in all elementary classrooms;
to include career exploration, planning, and development in the middle and high school curricula; and,
to provide comprehensive career resource centers in each high school.
Hanover County Public Schools offer students a variety of opportunities to explore and to experience learning
related to careers. The following descriptions present the identifying characteristics of a number of the career
education programs available.
Co-operative Education:
The Virginia Department of Education defines co-operative education as “an arrangement that allows
students to alternate between classroom instruction and actual work experiences, receiving school credit for
both.” The work experience must be related directly to the cooperative education class. Cooperative
education involves close coordination of the work experience between the classroom teacher and the
student’s employer. Students may receive a Carnegie unit of credit for successful completion of 560 hours of
work experience through an approved co-operative education class. Students must have reached their
sixteenth birthday and hold a valid Virginia driver’s permit to participate.
Shadowing:
Shadowing is a short term work-based experience which provides the student an opportunity to explore a
career, specific job, or general operation of a business. Teachers are encouraged to identify and to
facilitate for students shadowing experiences which will offer means of connecting classroom learning with
career exploration and preparation. Middle school and high school students may participate in approved
shadowing experiences coordinated by the school with businesses and industries. School bus transportation
may be provided for some group shadowing experiences.
Mentorship:
Eleventh and twelfth grade students have the opportunity to apply for the Mentorship Program which offers
one-half Carnegie unit of credit for one semester of study. Students are paired with community
professionals in a one-to-one relationship with the intent of providing direct experience in a career field of
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the student’s choice. Seminar sessions are required for successful completion of the program. Career
counselors can develop non-credit mentorship experiences for individual students or small groups of students.
Youth Apprenticeship:
Youth Apprenticeship is a system in which a student learns a skilled craft or trade by working in an approved
work site and completing the required classroom instruction. To be an apprentice the student/employee
must be registered with the Virginia Apprenticeship Council through the through the Department of Labor.
Students must have reached their sixteenth birthday and hold a valid Virginia driver’s permit to participate
in Youth Apprenticeship. Youth Apprenticeship is a direct link between school, skilled employment, and post
secondary training. Application forms for all apprenticeships are available in the high school counseling
office.
Work Experience:
Students are encouraged to experience work and gain skill in a work setting prior to graduation. The
integration of students’ academic and technical learning is a goal in the school division. Partnerships with
area businesses and industries provide students many opportunities to work and thereby to explore career
interests.
Students participating in off-campus career education programs are expected to follow regulations concerning
student conduct as specified in the Code of Student Conduct. Additional rules may be specified by the employer
and/or school relevant to co-operative education, shadowing, mentorship, or apprenticeship and will be enforced by
the school principal.
CURRICULUM GUIDES/COURSE SYLLABUS
Curriculum guides are developed and revised in a five-phase cyclical process outlined in the Five-Phase Curriculum
Development Plan for Hanover County Public Schools. The guides correlate with the Virginia Standards of Learning.
Teachers use curriculum guides as the basis for the instructional program. A syllabus for each middle and high school
course is distributed by the teacher at the beginning of the course and communicates what is expected of the students.
The syllabus shall include: a) an overview of general content and/or major objectives; b) procedures for assessing
students, including type of assignments and their relative value in deriving nine weeks grades; c) information on
long-term projects (e.g., term papers) including grade value, time of year, availability of library materials, and cost
of materials; d) other information pertinent to the course (e.g., safety requirements and performance requirements).
Teachers should make certain that materials and resources are available before requiring projects.
DRIVER EDUCATION
The Hanover County School Board shall offer in all division high schools a program of driver education in the safe
operation of motor vehicles and knowledge of rules, regulations and laws. The program shall consist of classroom
training, driving simulation, and behind-the-wheel training. The School Board shall establish fees that do not exceed
the limit established by the Virginia Department of Education for the behind-the-wheel portion of the program. The
classroom and in-car driver education standards focus on safe driving attitudes; time, space, and distance-perception
skill development; and the recognition of and appropriate response to hazards in the ever-changing driving
environment.
No student shall be permitted to operate a motor vehicle without a learner’s permit or a license. Necessary
certification of students' academic standing and compliance with compulsory attendance laws shall be provided by
the school administration to the Department of Motor Vehicles upon request, in accordance with Virginia law.
At the beginning of each school year and thereafter as necessary, the division superintendent shall report to the
Department of Motor Vehicles the name and driver’s license number of all persons providing instruction in driver
education for the school.
The driver education program shall be designated for and available to all eligible students and shall consist of classroom
training and behind-the-wheel training. The program shall be in compliance with the provisions of Virginia law and the
regulations of the Virginia Board of Education. The behind-the-wheel phase of the program will be offered at all high
schools under the direction and supervision of certified driver education teachers.
Obtaining a Virginia Learner’s Permit
If the applicant is at least fifteen years and six months old and under the age of 18, he/she may obtain a learner’s
permit at a DMV customer service center after fulfilling the following requirements:
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Complete the Virginia Driver’s License Application Form (DL 1P). A parent/guardian over the age of 18 must
sign the revised DL 1P form to grant DMV permission to issue the student a learner’s permit and a driver’s
license.
Furnish proof of a social security number.
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Furnish proof of residency. Parent or legal guardians of applicants under the age of 19 may certify Virginia
residency.
Furnish proof of legal presence in the USA by using one of the acceptable documents listed on the DMV website.
Pass a multiple-choice sign and knowledge test. Students who fail either section of the DMV knowledge test will
not be eligible for re-testing for at least 15 days, and they are required to re-take both tests. If a student fails
the DMV knowledge test three times, the student must provide evidence of successful completion of a classroom
driver education course before the student can take the test a fourth time.
Pass vision test. If the student needs to wear glasses or contact lenses to pass the test, his or her license will show
the restriction.
Organ donor information is collected by DMV on the learner’s permit/driver’s license application form.
A learner’s permit will remain valid until the applicant is issued a provisional driver’s license by DMV.
Have a digitized photo taken at DMV.
A learner’s permit allows the student to operate a motor vehicle when accompanied by a driver 21 years of age or older
who is lawfully permitted to operate a motor vehicle.
Obtaining a Virginia Driver’s License
Students must be at least sixteen years and three months old to apply for a provisional driver’s license. In compliance
with state regulations, the following guidelines must be followed in applying for a driver’s license if the applicant is
under the age of eighteen and was issued an instructional permit:
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nine months and successfully complete a state-approved classroom and behind-the-wheel driver education
program.
Student must complete successfully a state-approved driver education program. Classroom completion
certificates (DEC-1) must be issued to students who successfully complete the classroom phase at one school and
enroll in the in-car phase at a different public or private driving school.
Students who transfer to Virginia from another state or U.S. Territory must have documentation of at least 30
hours of classroom instruction from a state-approved program to be eligible for in-car instruction.
No driver’s license shall be issued to a student who is less than eighteen years old unless, while holding a
learner’s permit, the student has driven a motor vehicle for at least fifty hours, fifteen of which must be after
sunset, as certified by parent or legal guardian.
Parent, guardian, legal custodian, or other person standing in loco parentis must provide written authorization on
the parent permission form (PPF-08) for a minor less than eighteen years old to receive a 180-day provisional
license. The PPF-08 form also provides certification that the parents understand the Commonwealth’s interest in
good academic standing and regular school attendance, completion of the 50 hours of guided practice, and that
the minor is mentally, physically and otherwise able to operate a motor vehicle. The parents will certify that
their child is properly insured and has driven a motor vehicle for 50 hours, at least 15 of which were after sunset.
After receipt of the parental permission form (PPF-08), the school providing the behind-the-wheel instruction will
issue to the parent of an eligible student a 180-day temporary drivers license (TDL-180).
Schools will mail DMV’s copy of the 180-day temporary license (TDL-180) to the Image Retrieval Center in
Richmond, using a DMV postage paid label. Students and parents should make sure all information on the TDL180 is accurate before signing it.
DMV will send the student’s provisional license to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court that serves the
student’s zip code.
Student will receive notification from the court to attend a licensing ceremony.
If the student received his/her driver’s license at age 16 or 17, it will expire on his/her 20th birthday.
DUAL ENROLLMENT
Dual Enrollment is a plan, authorized by legislation and the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia, which allows
high school students to meet the requirements for graduation while simultaneously earning college credit. Juniors and
seniors may consult the Program of Studies about specific Dual Enrollment courses which are available through
Reynolds Community College. The process for enrolling is described in the Program of Studies and requires approval
by the principal. Some of the courses offered are available only at Hanover High School because they are specialty
programs requiring instructional facilities designed specifically for them. These include practical nursing, medical lab
technology, dental lab technology, optical lab technology, and pharmacy. Students are responsible for all
requirements associated with the course. Students enrolled in Dual Enrollment courses will pay the tuition fees
associated with each course. There is no reimbursements for Dual Enrollment (DE) tuition.
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COLLEGE PRVIEW
College preview programs are available through Randolph-Macon College (Fee – Free) and Virginia Commonwealth
University (Fee - $900.00)
EARLY COLLEGE SCHOLARS
The Early College Scholars program provides eligible high school seniors the opportunity to complete their high school
diploma while earning at least 15 credit hours toward a college degree. Eligibility criteria include the following:
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completing or have completed college course work (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual
enrollment or Cambridge) that will earn at least 15 college credits.
Students and parents should contact the senior-year school counselor to obtain and complete the “Early College Scholars
Agreement” form. Counselors also can provide students the list of colleges in Virginia that will accept the 15 credit hours
earned in high school as transfer credits toward the college degree.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Advanced Placement (AP) tests are administered at each high school on dates established by the College Board. Students
enrolled in AP courses will pay the fee associated with each exam. Students who enroll in AP courses are not required to
take the AP examination.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
Students who enroll in one or more International Baccalaureate (IB) courses as 11th or 12th graders are required by IBO to
take the IB exam(s) for the course(s) in which they are enrolled. Students enrolled in IB courses will pay the fee associated
with each exam.
ESL (ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE)
The overall goal of the ESL program is to provide English Language Learners (ELLs) with intensive instruction to
develop proficiency in the English language, to promote academic achievement in all content areas, and to meet the
challenges of a global society. This intensive instruction will focus on skill development in listening, speaking, writing
and reading comprehension to enable the ELLs to achieve academically, communicate effectively in social settings,
and to become productive members in a global society.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Student activities are extracurricular and supplement the regular school curriculum. Student activities are voluntary
and do not carry credit towards graduation. Clubs and organizations are developed according to the needs and
interests of students. They take the form of special interest groups, honor societies, publications, athletic teams, and
other extensions of classroom work. All extracurricular activities are designed to promote character-building qualities
of participation and leadership. Students are not permitted to participate in organizations and engage in related
activities to the detriment of their classroom work. All student organizations and activities are under the supervision
of the school principal or his/her designee. The administration appoints members of the faculty to serve as sponsors
for each activity. The faculty sponsor is responsible for the guidance and general supervision of the activity and
ensures that all activities conform to school policies and regulations.
The activities of each organization must be approved by the school principal. All school rules and regulations are in
effect during extracurricular activities, whether held on campus or away from school. Written parental permission is
required for students to participate in activities away from school.
Fraternities, sororities, or any clandestine organizations are not permitted in the Hanover County Public Schools.
Activities associated with such organizations are prohibited at school. Furthermore, student membership in
organizations of this nature outside of school is strongly discouraged.
All students, grades 9-12, participating in any interscholastic competition sanctioned by the Virginia High School
League (VHSL) including athletics, band, cheerleading, color guard, debate, drama/theatre, forensics, public
speaking, and school publications shall meet the eligibility requirements of the Virginia High School League.
All students, grades 6-8, participating in interscholastic competition shall meet the eligibility requirements and
regulations found in the Hanover-Henrico Middle School League Rules.
For details about student participation in extracurricular activities see the Code of Student Conduct in this booklet.
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FIELD TRIPS
The Hanover County School Board supports the use of field trips to extend the learning opportunities provided in the
regular instructional program and to provide opportunities for competition for students in extracurricular programs.
Trips shall be approved by the division superintendent or his designee. Principals are expected to consider the
educational value of the trip, the availability of the learning opportunities and the distance, time and expense
involved in the trip. Principals are also responsible for following all procedures for requesting approval of field trips.
Only properly insured modes of transportation are to be used for school trips. Principals should ensure that no
student is denied participation on a field trip because of the expense of the trip.
The following guidelines (Regulation 6-5.8) apply when the United States of America and/or a specified area
including Hanover County, VA are under an Imminent or Elevated condition as established by the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security.
Field/Recreational/Class Trips
Approval: All school-sponsored trips must be approved by the division superintendent or his designee.
Chaperones:
Guidelines:
All school-approved trips must include an adequate number of adult chaperones (1 per 10 students).
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the trip to the regular classroom work of the students, the objectives of the trip, and plans for
evaluation and follow-up activities. Such plans must be approved before discussing them with the
students or parents. It is suggested that the subject teacher discuss the trip with the department head.
The principal shall approve or disapprove any such plans or trips before requesting permission from
the director of instructional support services.
The principal must request and be granted permission by the division superintendent’s office before
any field trips are scheduled.
Completion of plans and notification of parents shall be made following approval from the
central office.
Written permission from each student must be received by the principal and filed prior to the
date of the proposed field trip. Parental permission slips must be kept on file for at least two
months.
Primary grades, grades K, 1, 2, 3, should usually be limited to not more than two (2) trips per
grade, per year. These trips should be limited to within the boundary of Hanover County or
immediate surrounding areas.
Grades 4, 5, 6, and 7 should usually be limited to not more than two (2) trips per grade. One of
these trips may be outside Hanover County or the immediate surrounding area.
Children in grades 4 through 12 should be permitted to attend not more than one (1) musical
concert a year in the Richmond area, in addition to any field trips that may be taken.
Permission Form
No Hanover County Public School student shall be permitted to participate in a school-sponsored field trip without
returning a permission slip signed by his parent(s). Instructional staff should use the Transportation & Field Trip
Authorization form.
Privately Sponsored Trips
The School Board does not endorse any privately sponsored trips for students or any student trips that are not a part of
the instructional program. The faculty shall not be permitted to solicit students for such trips during the school day. The
division superintendent shall emphasize to any interested students and/or parents that trips of this nature are strictly
private enterprises.
Transportation
Transportation requests for use of Hanover County Public Schools’ buses shall be completed in triplicate, submitted to the
division superintendent’s office one week prior to the date of requested travel, and approved by the division
superintendent.
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Normally school buses shall not be used for travel except in the boundary of Hanover County and reasonable area.
(School bus transportation requests shall be made by the principal using the forms provided.) Commercial vehicles shall
be used for trips beyond the limitations placed on school bus transportation.
Where commercial transportation is being utilized, a letter of explanation and intent shall be submitted to the division
superintendent’s office thirty (30) days prior to the date of requested travel. Arrangements for commercial transportation
shall be the responsibility of each respective principal and a written certificate of insurance shall be on file in the
principal’s office. When a Hanover County Public Schools bus is used on field trips as a part of the established program,
normally there shall be no fees for transportation.
Private vehicles may be used to transport students on field trips only with prior approval of the division superintendent or
his designee and with the assurance that all insurance requirements have been met. No student should be denied the
privilege of going on a school-sponsored field trip because of a lack of funds.
Overnight Trips
The School Board generally discourages student trips out-of-state and/or requiring overnight accommodations. However,
in those circumstances when such trips present unique educational or extracurricular opportunities, the division
superintendent or his designee shall give requests for such trips special consideration. (Policy 6-5.8)
Any approval for field trips is contingent upon the existence of a safe climate for travel at the time of departure for
the trip. The School Board reserves the right to cancel any trip if there are concerns about the safety of the students
and staff. Additionally, refunds will not be provided by the School Board if the trip is cancelled.
GIFTED SERVICES
Gifted students are defined as those whose abilities and potential for accomplishment are so outstanding that
alternative provisions must be made for their education. Screening to identify gifted and talented students is
conducted each semester. Initial referral forms are available from the teacher for gifted students in each school.
Parents, school personnel, peers, other persons in the community, or the student may initiate referrals. Referrals for
fall semester must be received by October 15 and referrals for spring semester must be received by January 31.
The screening committee for each school and the committee for student identification have the responsibility for
identifying eligible students and recommending appropriate services.
A transfer student who has been identified eligible for gifted services by another school division may be provisionally
identified for gifted services until which time assessment data can be gathered. Eligibility for continued identification
will be determined by the committee for Identification/Placement utilizing the criteria for identification used by
Hanover County.
Middle School Level
Identified gifted students and students on monitor status are cluster grouped with age-level peers in a regular mixed
ability (heterogeneous) classroom at each grade level. Gifted and/or monitored students should make up between
one-third and one-half of a given core class. Academically gifted students are encouraged to enroll in the most
challenging courses available to them. Talented students in art and music are encouraged to enroll in elective courses
in their talent area.
Gifted students will have the opportunity to participate in the Gifted Resource elective course, which utilizes high
interest topics on process skills such as creative problem solving, critical thinking, and research skills.
High-ability students are encouraged to take advanced coursework in mathematics and may begin a foreign
language. These last two choices will result in their grades being Carnegie Credits, which will carry forward as a
part of their high school transcript.
As the need is made apparent, the student may take part in an independent study in a particular area of interest or
concern. This may be especially beneficial in the visual/performing arts.
Qualified students may choose to obtain credits in designated courses without completing the requirement of 140
clock hours of instruction. The process for the Accelerated Credit Option is located in the Program of Studies booklet.
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High School Level
Opportunities for acceleration and advanced coursework are available. Academically gifted students are
encouraged to enroll in the most challenging courses available to them. Talented students in art and music are
encouraged to enroll in elective courses in their talent area. Cluster grouping students in courses in grades 9-12 is
encouraged.
Challenging and advanced curriculum, including Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and
advanced classes are offered for gifted and high-ability students.
In partnership with the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies, Hanover County offers the innovative
Emerging Leaders program. This program is through application only. If accepted, they will take part in the Summer
Leadership Institute at University of Richmond, and the Academic Year Continuation as a part of their senior year
coursework.
Dual enrollment allows high school students to meet requirements for graduation while simultaneously earning college
credits. These enrollment options cover specific courses at Reynolds Community College.
As the need is made apparent, the student may take part in an independent study in a particular area of interest or
concern. This may be especially beneficial in the visual/performing arts.
Qualified students may choose to obtain Carnegie credits/verified credits in designated courses without completing
the requirement of 140 clock hours of instruction. The process for the Accelerated Credit Option is located in the
Program of Studies booklet.
GRADUATE WARRANTY PROGRAM
The Hanover County School Board warrants the basic skills included in the instructional program of every graduate.
If an employer or post-secondary education institution determines that an employee or student who has graduated
from Hanover County Public Schools within the past two years does not demonstrate competence in certain
communication, computation, or career skills, the Principal of The Georgetown School may be contacted regarding the
School Board’s Graduate Warranty Program.
The employer or representative of the educational institution should complete an evaluation and application form
(GWP-1) on the candidate, indicating those specific skills which are judged to be deficient. After completing the
GWP-1, the employer or representative should hold a conference with the employee or student to review
expectations for improvement (i.e., each area checked as a weakness). An Employer/Employee Agreement Form
(GWP-2) should be completed during this conference. The employer/representative may list those efforts taken to
assist, teach, or train the candidate in his area(s) of weakness on the GWP-2 form.
On the Employer/Employee Agreement Form (GWP-2), the employer/representative may indicate to the
employee/student whether or not he will be compensated for the hours of classroom participation in the program.
(Classes will be offered in the evenings and on Saturdays.)
The employee/student will be required to make an appointment with the Principal of The Georgetown School, who
will invite the appropriate principal and the candidate's past school counselor, if available, to participate in planning
an instructional program for the candidate, which will include development of an individual improvement plan.
Before an individual improvement plan is completed, a battery of written tests will be administered to each
candidate to determine specific weaknesses in identified areas and to assess career aptitude, job compatibility,
and/or post-secondary instructional needs.
Participation in the Graduate Warranty Program is contingent upon the student’s/employee's cooperation,
attendance, and compliance with the rules and regulations of the Hanover County School Board.
Courses will consist of six (6) to eight (8) sessions and will conclude with an evaluation of current performance.
As stated on the Employer/Employee Agreement Form (GWP-2), evaluation results will be reported to the
employee/student and the employer/representative.
At that time, the employer/representative and
employee/student may complete another Agreement Form, if necessary.
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HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION
The Hanover County School Board shall maintain a program of homebound instruction for students who are confined
for periods that would prevent normal school attendance based upon certification of need by a licensed physician or
licensed clinical psychologist.
Upon request of the student's parent or guardian, and provided such request is prescribed a physician or licensed
clinical psychologist, the School Board shall furnish a teacher to instruct the student at home. Any credits earned shall
be considered a part of the student's regular school work and recorded as such on the cumulative record. Credit for
the work shall be awarded when it is done under the supervision of a licensed teacher.
Students who are prescribed homebound instruction shall be approved by the division superintendent or his designee.
Medical forms must be maintained on file. During such period of instruction the student shall be carried on the school
register as present.
PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
The Hanover County School Board shall establish a program of services for students with disabilities as required by
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all applicable state
and federal law. The program shall include a child-find process designed to identify, locate and evaluate those
children from 2 to 21 inclusive who may have disabilities and may need special education and related services. The
School Board shall ensure that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) will be available for all children and youth
with disabilities, ages 2 through 21, who are residents of Hanover County.
The School Board shall ensure that students with disabilities and their parents or guardians are guaranteed the
appropriate procedural safeguards in the process of identification, evaluation, placement, and provision of an
appropriate education program. To the maximum extent appropriate, students with disabilities will be educated with
children who are not disabled. Prior to the identification, evaluation, placement, or provision of a free appropriate
public education to a disabled student, a full explanation of all procedural safeguards shall be made available to
parents.
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) shall be designed and maintained for each child eligible for special
education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The program will be developed in a meeting with the
child's teachers, parent(s), the student (when appropriate), a school division representative qualified to provide or
supervise the provision of special education services and other individuals at the discretion of the parents or school
division in accordance with state and federal law. This IEP shall be reviewed at least annually.
The IEP shall be inclusive of areas specified by state and federal statutes and regulations.
Definitions
The term "children with disabilities" includes those children who are autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, developmental
delay, emotional disability, hearing impairment, intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other
health impairment, specific learning disability, speech-language impairment, traumatic brain injury and visual impairment
including blindness, who, because of these impairments, need special education and related services.
PARENT RESOURCE CENTER
The Parent Resource Center (PRC), located at John M. Gandy Elementary School (365-4596), serves as a source for
information, support, and training for parents, students, teachers, staff, and community members. The center promotes
a working relationship among parents, educators, and the community. The goal is to help parents become
comfortable with and knowledgeable about the special education process. This will allow parents to become more
involved in the planning and decision making for their child’s educational plan. The center has a lending library of
books and videos about many subjects, including understanding special education, inclusion, learning disabilities,
autism, intellectual disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and early intervention. The center is also the referral center
for children age 2-5 years old that may benefit from special education services. You may find information about the
PRC under quick links on the division’s main webpage or you may contact the coordinator via email at
[email protected] or at 365-4596.
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PROGRAM OF STUDIES
In accordance with Virginia law, students’ programs of study must be planned to prepare them for post-secondary
education and employment. To assist in this planning, each secondary school provides students and parents with a
booklet entitled Program of Studies which contains descriptions of the course options available to students during the
next school year.
Students should use the Program of Studies to select courses and to prepare for course registration in mid-winter. This
planning will ensure that the registration process is more meaningful and efficient. Selecting a course of study is a
cooperative venture which involves parents, teachers, counselors, and the student. The student must give serious
consideration to program planning and course selection. The student benefits from a well-planned schedule which
addresses his/her needs and which averts later adjustments that might disrupt the learning process. Students and
parents may seek the assistance of school counselors and teachers to choose courses which will maximize their
educational and career opportunities. Progress in school, test scores, personal interests, preliminary career plans, and
teachers' recommendations are considered in helping students select courses and plan for the future.
Course offerings for the upcoming school session have been designed to meet the needs of students in Hanover
County Public Schools in planning their programs of study. Changes in the course offerings may occur when an
insufficient number of students has requested a course or when the appropriate teachers and/or facilities are not
available. When this occurs, students will be given an opportunity to make alternative choices.
REMEDIAL INSTRUCTION PROGRAM
The Hanover County School Board shall provide remedial programs that supplement the regular classroom programs
and will serve to strengthen students in need of remediation. These programs are contingent on annual
appropriations.
Criteria for Admission
To be eligible for placement, a student must meet at least one of the following criteria:
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required course(s) because of limited ability;
be below average in achievement in the required course(s) and need remediation and/or supplemental work to
function successfully in required course(s); (A general rule of at least one year below grade level should apply.)
score in the bottom national quartile on Stanford 10 TA;
fail an End-of-Course SOL test, but pass the course.
Standard of Learning Assessment Tests
Programs of prevention, intervention or remediation are available for students who are educationally at risk,
including those who score in the bottom national quartile on the Stanford 10 TA, or who fail to pass any Standards of
Learning assessment.
Instruction
Within the context of this program, material shall be presented in such a way as to be motivational for the student
and within a time frame which is most conducive to maximizing the student's ability to learn.
Compulsory Attendance
When a student is required to participate in a remediation program pursuant to this policy, the division superintendent
may seek immediate compliance with the compulsory school attendance laws if reasonable efforts to seek the
student’s attendance, including direct notification of the parents or guardian, have failed.
Summer School
The summer school program shall be equal in quality to that offered during the regular school term and shall meet
Virginia Board of Education requirements for an accredited summer school.
When a student is required to participate in a program of remediation pursuant to this policy, the division
superintendent may seek immediate compliance with the compulsory school attendance laws if reasonable efforts to
seek the student's attendance, including direct notification of the parents or guardians of such student, have failed.
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Summer school instruction which is provided as part of a remedial program shall be designed to improve specific
identified student deficiencies.
Credit for repeated work will be granted on the same basis as that for new work. A student may receive a unit
credit for a course only once.
Eligibility
The division superintendent may require students who are educationally at risk to take special programs of
prevention, intervention, or remediation in summer school. Such remediation may include, but is not limited to,
improving a student’s poor academic performance, achieving a passing score on a Standards of Learning assessment,
or providing credit recovery or skill development as related to promotion.
Fees
Summer school programs shall be financed by fees as approved by the School Board.
STANDARDIZED TESTING
The assessment program prescribed by the Virginia Department of Education shall be administered and analyzed in
all Hanover County Public Schools in accordance with state regulations. The data shall be used as one means of
monitoring and evaluating the quality of the instructional program. The Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests
are administered in spring at grades 3 through 8 in English, mathematics, science, and social science. End-of-Course
tests are taken upon completing the course rather than at a designated grade level. End-of-Course tests include
Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science (AP Environmental Science), World History I,
World History II, U.S. History, World Geography, English (Grade 11), and Writing (Grade 11). Testing dates
established by the Virginia Department of Education are in the spring prior to the end of the school year.
Students who do not pass End-of-Course (EOC) SOL tests may retake the tests during the summer school testing
schedule which usually occurs during the first two weeks in August. Remediation and review sessions are offered at
each high school during July to assist students who are preparing to retake SOL tests.
In addition to the Virginia testing program, Hanover County school personnel may test to meet specific needs within a
school. This testing should be submitted to the division superintendent or his designee for approval.
The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is administered to all tenth grade students. The Armed Services
Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is available to students in grades ten through twelve who have an interest in the
military. Selected career inventories are administered at grades 6-12.
VIRGINIA STATE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM PARTICIPATION
It is the intent of the Commonwealth of Virginia to include all students with disabilities in the assessment component of
Virginia’s accountability system. The federal regulations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as
amended, and state regulations under the Virginians with Disabilities Act Section 51.5-40 et.seq. of the Code of
Virginia require that individuals with disabilities be given equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the
policies and procedures customarily granted to all individuals. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA),
P.L. 105-17, regulations require that all students with disabilities participate in the state’s accountability system.
For all students with disabilities identified under IDEA, the individualized education program (IEP) team determines
how the student will participate in the Virginia Assessment Program. For students identified under Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, the 504 committee determines how the student will participate. A student’s
IEP or 504 plan must specify the student’s participation in either the Standards of Learning Assessments or the
Virginia Alternate Assessment Program, according to the set criteria for participation.
For all students identified to receive instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) performance on the screening
assessment upon entry into the program and subsequently each fall will determine if the student is eligible for a
proxy test for the SOL test in English/Reading.
STUDENT EDUCATION PLAN
Each principal is responsible for ensuring that Student Education Plans are developed to meet the individual needs of
each identified student. Potential vehicles, which the principal may use to assist students in overcoming skill
deficiencies and to succeed in the regular curriculum, include:
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Tutorial classes staffed by certified English, science, social studies, and/or mathematics teacher – Instruction
equivalent to two days per week in reading and two days per week in mathematics, science or social studies
may be provided.
(Note: These are non-credit classes designed to assist students in overcoming specific skill deficiencies.)
Tutorial assistance – Instruction may be provided by paid tutors, community volunteers, and/or students equivalent
to two days per week in reading and two days per week in mathematics, science, or social studies.
1. (Note: Tutorial assistance is non-credit and designed to assist students in overcoming specific skill
deficiencies.)
Integrated assistance – Instruction may be provided through on-going assistance within regular classroom work.
The classroom teacher may provide this instruction in collaboration with reading/math resource teachers and/or
other specialists as specified in the student’s SEP.
Computer assisted instruction – Computer assisted instruction and/or laser-disk technology may be used as
alternative strategies in the classroom and vehicles for independent student work.
Summer School – Instruction may be provided through appropriate summer classes as specified in the SEP. This
option is especially important to prepare for testing students who have failed to pass one or more portions of the
SOL.
SUMMER SCHOOL
The purpose of Summer School is to enrich the education of students and to permit students to earn credits needed for
graduation or promotion. Specifically, Summer School programs afford student the opportunity to take repeat
courses to meet deficiencies, to enroll in required courses for advancement, and to enroll in elective courses for
enrichment.
The general guidelines for Summer School are as follows:
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Credit for repeated work will be granted on the same basis as that for new work. A student may receive a unit
credit for a course only once.
Courses which students are studying for the first time shall be structured to require completion of all course
requirements normally taught over a minimum of 140 clock hours of classroom instruction per unit of credit.
With approval of the principal, students may be allowed to enroll in up to two repeat or online subjects, or
combination thereof.
Priority will be given to students who are enrolling in subjects required for graduation or promotion.
Hanover eLearning
Hanover eLearning is available to resident and non-resident students during the summer session in the form of Fully
Online and Blended Learning courses as defined below:
• Fully Online courses provide students an opportunity to learn in an environment where the instruction is
delivered solely online.
• Blended Learning courses provide students an opportunity to learn in an environment where the instruction is
delivered both online and via face-to-face class sessions.
Students enrolled in Hanover eLearning courses (Fully Online and Blended Learning) are required to attend the
mandatory face-to-face meetings for orientation, midterm and final exams, and standardized testing. Additional
expectations for face- to-face meetings may be required for some Hanover eLearning courses and are posted
below.
Additionally, students are required to use the Hanover Schools’ Blackboard, e-mail, other appropriate web resources,
and are subject to all policies and regulations as stated in the Code of Student Conduct and HCPS Policy Manual.
Teachers provide a wide range of activities, projects, assignments, and assessments that may produce an
individualized learning environment for students. Furthermore, Hanover eLearning classes may provide a unique
opportunity for learners to acquire skills in computer use and literacy while receiving high school credit.
Students should discuss eLearning with their school counselor and parents to ensure that their personality and work
habits translate to success in the eLearning environment. Students interested in eLearning learning should consider the
following questions before registering for a Hanover eLearning course
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1. Am I self-motivated and disciplined? Successful eLearning students are self-directed learners, actively
participate in all online activities, and effectively manage their time to meet all class requirements. Students should be
prepared to devote as much time to the eLearning course as would be expected in a face-to-face classroom course.
2. Am I receptive to information through written or visual context as opposed to spoken communication with
an instructor? Successful eLearning students are independent learners, have strong reading comprehension skills, and
are proficient with the use of technology.
The general guidelines for Hanover eLearning courses are as follows:
1. Students are expected to follow the Hanover Acceptable Use Policy (6-3.15) and the Code of Student Conduct at
all times while using the course website.
2. Students are required to attend an orientation session.
3. Students are required to take all assessments (SOL tests, course exams) on the scheduled testing dates.
4. Students must attend all scheduled face-to-face and virtual sessions.
5. Students are required to have regular access to a computer with high-speed internet.
6. Students are expected to complete daily assignments and to follow the daily pacing guide established by the
teacher.
Fees
Summer school programs shall be financed by fees as approved by the School Board.
TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS
HAN (Hanover Academic Network)
The responsible use of computers and computer networks is a powerful tool in support of the instructional program.
Policy 6-3.15 and Regulation 6-3.15A outline acceptable and unacceptable use of the HAN, a wide area network
linking the schools, administrative office, and the Internet. As used in this policy and any accompanying regulations,
HAN shall include but not be limited to, hardware, software, software data, communication lines and devices,
terminals, printers, CD-ROM devices, tape drives, servers, main frames, personal computers, the Internet, and other
internal or external networks.
Liability
The School Board makes no warranties for the computer system it provides. The School Board shall not be
responsible for any damages to the user from use of the computer system including loss of data, non-delivery or
missed delivery of information, or service interruptions. The school division denies any responsibility for the accuracy
or quality of information obtained through the computer system. The user agrees to indemnify the School Board for
any losses, costs or damages incurred by the School Board relating to or arising out of any violation of these
procedures.
HAN – Acceptable Use Policy
This regulation governs the use of the Hanover Academic Network (HAN). In support of the Hanover County Public
Schools' educational mission, Internet access will provide connections to worldwide resources and will facilitate local,
regional, and worldwide communications.
Acceptable Use
The HAN is established solely for educational purposes and other legitimate Hanover County Public Schools business.
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The HAN is a shared resource that will fulfill its mission only when used appropriately.
Each HAN account owner is responsible for all activities under his account. The School Board is not responsible
for any unauthorized charges or fees resulting from access to the HAN.
Any HAN user's traffic which traverses another network may be subject to that network's acceptable use policy.
Approved photographs of students may be included in World Wide Web documents provided no identifying
personal information is included. The unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of any personal
identification information regarding students is prohibited.
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Unacceptable Use
The HAN is not a public forum.
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Any use of the HAN that is in violation of the Hanover County Public Schools Code of Student Conduct is
prohibited.
Any use of the HAN for commercial purposes or for political lobbying is prohibited.
Any use of the HAN for illegal, inappropriate, or sexually explicit materials/activities, or in support of such
activities, is prohibited. Illegal activities shall be defined as a violation of local, state, or federal laws.
Inappropriate use shall be defined as a violation of the intended use of the network, including the intentional
introduction of viruses, and the corruption of systems, files, and resources. The term "sexually explicit" shall
include obscene, pornographic, of a sexual nature and not age appropriate material. Sexually explicit material
will be determined by the staff of each school based on acceptable community standards.
Any use of the HAN for purposes in conflict with approved School Board policies and procedures is prohibited.
(School Board Policy prohibits the illegal copying of documents, software, and other materials.)
Unauthorized downloading of software is prohibited.
Wastefully using resources, such as file space is prohibited.
Posting material authorized or created by another without his consent is prohibited.
Violations
HAN users shall have no expectation of privacy in their accounts. The network is solely the property of the School
Board. The School Board retains the right to audit, inspect, and/or monitor the user's Internet/intranet access at any
time. The online activities of students will be monitored by the School Board. Software has been installed on the
HAN to filter or block Internet access through such computers to child pornography, obscenity or material that is
harmful to or otherwise inappropriate for minors. This technology protection measure will be enforced during any
student’s use of the HAN. HAN users who violate any provisions of this Acceptable Use Policy shall be subject to
discipline including loss of HAN privileges, appropriate discipline under the Code of Student Conduct, and termination
of employment, and appropriate legal action; however, all students, educators, and parents have the responsibility to
contact the school administrator as they become aware of unacceptable usage.
From time to time, Hanover County Public Schools will make decisions on whether specific uses of the HAN are
consistent with this Policy. Hanover County Public Schools shall remain the final authority on use of the network and
the issuance of user accounts.
Guidelines for HAN Access and Accounts
Access to the HAN is considered a privilege and is permitted to the extent that resources are available.
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All Hanover County Public Schools personnel are eligible for a HAN account.
Students in grades 6-12 will have access to the HAN through a classroom account managed by school personnel.
Each student may also be granted an individual email account held jointly by the student and parent/guardian.
ONLINE INSTRUCTION
Online classes provide an opportunity to learn in a virtual rather than in a traditional classroom. Students enrolled in
online courses in Hanover County Public Schools are subject to all policies, regulations, and expectations for student
conduct and academic performance as in non online courses. Students are expected to use the Hanover Schools’
Blackboard, e-mail, and other appropriate web resources.
Teachers provide a wide range of activities, projects, assignments, and assessments that may produce an
individualized learning environment for students. Furthermore, online classes may provide a unique opportunity for
learners to acquire skills in computer use and literacy while receiving high school credit.
Students should discuss online learning with their school counselor and parents to ensure that their personality and
work habits translate to success in the online environment. Students interested in online learning should consider the
following questions before registering for an online course:
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Am I self-motivated and disciplined? Successful online students are self-directed learners, actively
participate in all online activities, and effectively manage their time to meet all class requirements. Students
should be prepared to devote as much time to the online course as would be expected in a face-to-face
classroom setting.
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Am I receptive to information through written or visual context as opposed to spoken communication with an
instructor? Successful online students are independent learners, have strong reading comprehension skills, and
are proficient with the use of technology.
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The general guidelines for online courses are as follows:
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Students are expected to follow the Hanover Acceptable Use Policy (6-3.15) and the Code of Student
Conduct at all times while using the course website.
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Students are required to attend one face-to-face orientation session that will be scheduled prior to the
beginning of a course.
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Students are required to take all assessments (SOL tests, course exams) on the scheduled testing dates.
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Students must attend all scheduled face-to-face and virtual sessions.
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Students are required to have regular access to a computer with high-speed internet.
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Students are expected to complete daily assignments and to follow the daily pacing guide established by
the teacher.
Consequences
A student who violates the school division’s expectations for student behavior in any online course will be removed
from the course and may be suspended from school for one or more days or up to a year for serious or repeated
violations. The school principal will make final recommendations and decisions regarding discipline of students in online courses.
Performance
Students are expected to maintain a “C” at all times during the duration of the course. Students who are not
maintaining a passing grade at the end of the first unit of instruction in the course syllabus will receive an
administrative review to determine their eligibility to continue in the course. Students unable to improve to a
passing grade by the end of the next instructional unit will not be allowed to continue in that online course. A
student removed from an online course must enroll in a non-online course to maintain his/her enrollment in the
required number of classes.
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Extenuating circumstances must be preapproved by administration.
Students must follow the guidelines for each online class in which they are enrolled.
VIRTUAL ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are provided through online formats by the Virginia Department of Education.
Course information can be located on the Internet at www.virtualvirginia.org.
If a Hanover student does not have access to the desired AP course because Hanover County Public Schools does not
offer the course or because of other extenuating and problematic circumstances, school counselors should advise the
affected student of the procedures necessary to register for the Virtual Advanced Placement School. The registration
process will occur at the school level under the direction of a school counselor. Enrollment forms are available on the
Internet at www.virtualvirginia.org.
Student Procedures and Services
ATTENDANCE
Virginia State Code: Compulsory Attendance
В§ 22.1-254. Compulsory attendance required; excuses and waivers; alternative education program attendance;
exemptions from article.
A. Except as otherwise provided in this article, every parent, guardian, or other person in the Commonwealth
having control or charge of any child who will have reached the fifth birthday on or before September 30 of
any school year and who has not passed the eighteenth birthday shall, during the period of each year the public
schools are in session and for the same number of days and hours per day as the public schools, send such child
to a public school or to a private, denominational or parochial school or have such child taught by a tutor or
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teacher of qualifications prescribed by the Board of Education and approved by the division superintendent or
provide for home instruction of such child as described in В§ 22.1-254.1.
As prescribed in the regulations of the Board of Education, the requirements of this section may also be satisfied
by sending a child to an alternative program of study or work/study offered by a public, private,
denominational or parochial school or by a public or private degree-granting institution of higher education.
Further, in the case of any five-year-old child who is subject to the provisions of this subsection, the requirements
of this section may be alternatively satisfied by sending the child to any public educational prekindergarten
program, including a Head Start program, or in a private, denominational or parochial educational
prekindergarten program.
Instruction in the home of a child or children by the parent, guardian or other person having control or charge of
such child or children shall not be classified or defined as a private, denominational or parochial school.
The requirements of this section shall apply to (i) any child in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice or
the Department of Corrections who has not passed his eighteenth birthday and (ii) any child whom the division
superintendent has required to take a special program of prevention, intervention, or remediation as provided in
subsection C of В§ 22.1-253.13:1 and in В§ 22.1-254.01. However, the requirements of this section shall not apply
to any child who has obtained a high school diploma, its equivalent, or a certificate of completion or who has
otherwise complied with compulsory school attendance requirements as set forth in this article.
B.
A school board shall excuse from attendance at school:
1.
Any pupil who, together with his parents, by reason of bona fide religious training or belief is conscientiously
opposed to attendance at school. For purposes of this subdivision, “bona fide religious training or belief”
does not include essentially political, sociological or philosophical views or a merely personal moral code;
and,
2.
On the recommendation of the juvenile and domestic relations district court of the county or city in which the
pupil resides and for such period of time as the court deems appropriate, any pupil who, together with his
parents, is opposed to attendance at a school by reason of concern for such pupil’s health, as verified by
competent medical evidence, or by reason of such pupil’s specific case is determined by the court, upon
consideration of the recommendation of the principal and division superintendent, to be justified.
C. A school board may excuse from attendance at school:
1.
On recommendation of the principal and the division superintendent and with the written consent of the
parent or guardian, any pupil who the school board determines, in accordance with regulations of the Board
of Education, cannot benefit from education at such school; and,
2.
On recommendation of the juvenile and domestic relations district court of the county or city in which the
pupil resides, any pupil who, in the judgment of such court, cannot benefit from education at such school.
D. Local school boards may allow the requirements of subsection A of this section to be met under the following
conditions:
For a student who is at least sixteen years of age, there shall be a meeting of the student, the student’s parents,
and the principal or his designee of the school in which the student is reenrolled in which an individual student
alternative education plan shall be developed in conformity with guidelines prescribed by the Board, which plan
must include:
a.
b.
c.
d.
Career counseling;
Mandatory enrollment and attendance in a general educational development preparatory program or
other alternative education program approved by the local school board with attendance requirements that
provide for reporting of student attendance by the chief administrator of such GED preparatory program or
approved alternative education program to such principal or his designee;
Counseling on the economic impact of failing to complete high school; and,
Procedures for reenrollment to comply with the requirements of subsection A of this section.
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A student for whom an individual student alternative education plan has been granted pursuant to this subsection
and who fails to comply with the conditions of such plan shall be in violation of the compulsory school attendance
law, and the division superintendent or attendance officer of the school division in which such student was last
enrolled shall seek immediate compliance with the compulsory school attendance law as set forth in this article.
Students enrolled with an individual student alternative education plan shall be counted in the average daily
membership of the school division.
E.
A school board may, in accordance with the procedures set forth in Article 3 (В§ 22.1-276.01 et seq.) of Chapter
14 of this title and upon a finding that a school-age child has been (i) charged with an offense relating to the
Commonwealth’s laws, or with a violation of school board policies, on weapons, alcohol or drugs, or intentional
injury to another person; (ii) found guilty or not innocent of a crime that resulted in or could have resulted in injury
to others, or for which the disposition ordered by a court is required to be disclosed to the superintendent of the
school division pursuant to В§ 16.1-305.1; (iii) suspended pursuant to В§ 22.1-277.06 or В§ 22.1-277.07 or
subsection B of В§ 22.1-277, require the child to attend an alternative education program as provided in В§ 22.1209.1:2 or В§ 22.1-277.2:1.
F.
Whenever a court orders any pupil into an alternative education program offered in the public schools, the local
school board of the school division in which the program is offered shall determine the appropriate alternative
education placement of the pupil, regardless of whether the pupil attends the public schools it supervises or
resides within its school division.
The juvenile and domestic relations district court of the county or city in which a pupil resides or in which charges
are pending against a pupil, or any court in which charges are pending against a pupil, may require the pupil
who has been charged with (i) a crime which resulted in or could have resulted in injury to others, (ii) a violation
of Article 1 (В§ 18.2-77 et seq.) of Chapter 5 of title 18.2, or (iii) any offense related to possession or distribution
of any Schedule I, II, or III controlled substances to attend an alternative education program, including, but not
limited to, night school, adult education, or any other education program designed to offer instruction to students
for whom the regular program of instruction may be inappropriate.
This subsection shall not be construed to limit the authority of school boards to expel, suspend, or exclude
students, as provided in §§ 22.1-277.04, 22.1-277.05, 22.1-277.06, 22.1-277.07, and 22.1-277.2. As used in
this subsection, the term “charged” means that a petition or warrant has been filed or is pending against a pupil.
G. Within one calendar month of the opening of school, each school board shall send to the parents or guardian of
each student enrolled in the division a copy of the compulsory school attendance law and the enforcement
procedures and policies established by the school board.
H. The provisions of this article shall not apply to:
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2.
3.
4.
5.
Children suffering from contagious or infectious diseases while suffering from such diseases;
Children whose immunizations against communicable diseases have not been completed as provided in В§2.1271.2;
Children under ten years of age who live more than two miles from a public school unless public
transportation is provided within one mile of the place where such children live;
Children between the ages of ten and seventeen, inclusive, who live more than 2.5 miles from a public school
unless public transportation is provided within 1.5 miles of the place where such children live; and,
Children excused pursuant to subsections B and C of this section.
Further, any child who will not have reached his sixth birthday on or before September 30 of each school year
whose parent or guardian notifies the appropriate school board that he does not wish the child to attend school
until the following year because the child, in the opinion of the parent or guardian, is not mentally, physically or
emotionally prepared to attend school, may delay the child’s attendance for one year.
The distances specified in subdivisions 3 and 4 of this subsection shall be measured or determined from the child’s
residence to the entrance to the school grounds or to the school bus stop nearest the entrance to the residence of
such children by the nearest practical routes which are usable for walking or riding. Disease shall be established
by the certificate of a reputable practicing physician in accordance with regulations adopted by the Board of
Education.
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Students of school age shall attend their assigned schools during school days and hours in accordance with the
compulsory attendance laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Section 22.1-254 et seq of the Code of Virginia.
Parents or guardian(s) having control of a child must comply with these laws, and violation of the law will subject
the parent or guardian to prosecution. The superintendent, designees and the principal of each school shall be
responsible for maintaining accurate records of attendance and for monitoring all absences.
Students with the support from their parents are expected to accept responsibility for good attendance. School
attendance is related directly to academic achievement and the development of good habits which are
important in all post secondary educational/training settings, college, and employment. Student attendance is a
cooperative effort involving the school, parents, and student. Hanover County Public Schools recognizes that
there are circumstances which may necessitate a student’s absence from school. Among these are unexpected,
prolonged illness; religious observances; and bereavement. Other circumstances which may necessitate a
student’s absence from school may be reviewed by the building level administrator or his/her designee.
A student who has been granted an alternative education plan and who fails to comply with the conditions of the
plan shall be in violation of the compulsory school attendance law.
Perfect Attendance Recognition
All schools will recognize students for Perfect Attendance who meet the following criteria:
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2.
3.
An elementary student who has been present to school every day and who has been tardy no more than three
(3) times
A middle or high school student who has been present every day, every block and who has been tardy to school
no more than two (2) days
Any student (elementary, middle or high school) whose only absences are necessitated by holidays for which
observance is prescribed by the student’s faith*
*Parents must notify the school in writing and in advance of the absence for those student absences which occur as a
result of a religious holiday.
Outstanding Attendance Recognition
To recognize students who must be absent from school a minimal number of days but who otherwise have a strong
record of attendance, all schools will recognize students who achieve Outstanding Attendance who meet the following
criteria:
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2.
3.
An elementary school student who has missed no more than three (3) days from school and who has been tardy
no more than five (5) days during the academic year
A middle or high school student who has missed no more than three (3) blocks of instruction in any one alternate
day schedule class
A middle or high school student who has missed no more than five (5) blocks of instruction overall
Student Attendance and Absences/Truancy
Students shall attend school for a full day unless otherwise excused. Secondary students shall be scheduled for a full
school day unless they are enrolled in a cooperative work-study program. All other exceptions to a full-day schedule
must be approved on an individual basis by the superintendent or his designee.
In the course of one school year, students shall not be absent for more than twenty (20) school days for elementary
(grades K-5) or twenty (20) single class periods of any one class or ten (10) blocks of any one alternate day
schedule class for secondary (grades 6-12) with the exception of those days, class periods or blocks missed due to
scheduled school activities. Students who do not meet attendance requirements may not receive academic credit.
A reasonable effort shall be made to contact a parent/guardian of each absent student every day, and to obtain an
explanation of the student’s absence when there is no indication that the student’s parent is aware of and supports the
absence. A log will be kept of attempts to call those parents/guardians. Students who are absent must have a valid
communication from a parent/guardian stating the reason for the absence. Absences shall be handled according to
regulation issued by the superintendent. Student attendance shall be monitored and reported as required by state
law and regulations.
If (1) a student fails to report to school for a total of five scheduled school days for the school year and, (2) there is
no indication that the student’s parent is aware of and supports the absence; and (3) reasonable efforts to notify the
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parent of the absences have failed, then the principal or designee shall make a reasonable effort to ensure that
direct contact is made with the parent, either in person or through telephone conversation, by the attendance officer
to obtain an explanation of the pupil’s absence and to explain to the parent the consequence of continued
nonattendance. The attendance officer, the pupil, and the pupil’s parent shall jointly develop a plan to resolve the
pupil’s nonattendance. Such plan shall include documentation of the reasons for the pupil’s nonattendance. If the
student’s parents have joint physical custody of the student and the school has notice of the custody arrangement, then
both parents shall be notified at their last known addresses. If the parent(s) fail to comply with the principal’s or
designee’s request within three school days, the principal or designee shall notify the attendance officer or
superintendent who shall enforce the school compulsory attendance rules.
Upon Sixth Absence Without Parental Awareness and Support
If the pupil is absent an additional day after direct contact with the pupil’s parent and the attendance officer has
received no indication that the pupil’s parent is aware of and supports the pupil’s absence, the attendance officer
shall schedule a conference within ten school days, which must take place no later than the fifteenth school day after
the sixth absence. At the conference, the pupil, his parent, and school personnel, shall meet to resolve issues related
to the pupil’s nonattendance. Other community service providers may also be included in the conference.
Upon Additional Absence Without Parental Awareness and Support
Upon the next absence after the conference without indication to the attendance officer that the pupil’s parent is
aware of and supports the pupil’s absence, the principal or designee shall notify the attendance officer or division
superintendent who shall enforce the compulsory attendance rules by either or both of the following: (i) filing a
complaint with the juvenile and domestic relations and domestic relations court alleging the pupil is a child in need of
supervision as defined in Section 16.1-228 or (ii) instituting proceedings against the parent pursuant to Section 18.2371 or 22.1-262. In filing a complaint against the student, the attendance officer shall provide written
documentation of the efforts already undertaken to resolve the pupil’s absence. If the student’s parents have joint
physical custody of the student and the school has notice of the custody arrangement, then both parents shall be
notified at their last known addresses.
Parental Cooperation in Remedying Excessive Absences
It is expected that parents will cooperate with the attendance officer and other school officials to remedy the
student’s attendance problem. Where direct contact with a parent cannot be made, despite reasonable efforts, or
where parents otherwise fail to cooperate in remedying the student’s attendance problem, the division superintendent
or his designee may seek immediate compliance with the compulsory school attendance laws. The attendance officer,
with the knowledge of the division superintendent, shall institute proceedings against any parent who fails to comply
with the requirements of the compulsory attendance laws. Where the complaint arises out of the parent’s failure to
comply with the requirements of Section 22.1-258, the attendance officer shall document the school division’s
compliance with this Code section.
Credit for make-up work will be granted only for absences which are preapproved in writing, or with a written note
from the parent when the student returns to school. Medical documentation may be required at the principal’s
discretion. Under certain conditions a waiver of these attendance policies may be considered by the superintendent.
(See Regulation 7-2.4 (B))
Attendance Records/Pupil Accounting Records
One of the most important records that teachers are required to keep is the teacher’s register, otherwise known as
the daily attendance register. The purposes of the register are for proper pupil accounting in the instructional
program, for school administration, and for the distribution of major state school funds. Hanover County Public
Schools teachers shall maintain attendance registers in accordance with state law. At the end of each school year,
each public school principal shall report to the division superintendent the number of pupils by grade level for whom
a conference was scheduled pursuant to this policy. The division superintendent shall compile this information and
provide it annually to the superintendent of public instruction.
Further, Hanover County Public Schools shall maintain an accurate record of each child with a disability attending a
school in the division who is not a resident of the school division. This record shall be certified to the state following
the end of the school year.
Dismissal Precautions
Principals shall not release a student during the school day to any person not authorized by the student’s
parent/guardian to assume responsibility for the pupil. Students shall be released only on request and authorization
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of the parent or guardian. The burden of proof on the authority of the person to receive the student is on the
requesting party. A formal check-out system shall be maintained in each Hanover County public school.
Absences resulting from out-of-school suspension may not be counted as part of the twenty (20) days for elementary,
twenty (20) single class periods or ten (10) blocks for secondary; however, the student may be required to make-up
work missed during the period. (Regulation 7-2.4(B))
Students who transfer from other school divisions are not penalized for absences prior to the day of enrollment in a
Hanover County public school; however, the transfer student may not be absent for more than the pro-rated share of
the twenty (20) days for elementary or twenty (20) single class periods for any one class or ten (10) blocks of an
alternate day schedule class. For example, if a student enters on day 90, he/she may not be absent for more than
ten (10) days for elementary, ten (10) single class periods or five (5) blocks for secondary. When a student transfers
within the county, the number of absences is transferred and applied toward the maximum allowable number.
Residents of Hanover County who enter school late may be required to make up school work/time or to have the
days counted toward the maximum allowable of twenty (20) days for elementary or twenty (20) single class periods
or ten (10) blocks for secondary. (Regulation 7-2.4(B))
Under certain conditions a waiver of these attendance policies may be considered by the superintendent.
(Regulation 7-2.4(B))
Conditions for a Waiver
The student and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian may request a waiver in writing at any time during the school
year during which the attendance violation occurs or up to the first day of school for students of the next school year.
The correspondence shall be directed to the division superintendent or his designee and shall include: a) the total
number of student absences, b) the reason(s) for the absences, and c) the conditions under which a waiver is being
sought e.g. medical hardship, extenuating education circumstances, transfer situation.
A waiver may be granted by the division superintendent or his designee for the following reason(s): a) medical
hardship; condition whereby a student could not attend as certified by a licensed physician, b) extenuating
educational circumstances as determined by a committee appointed by the division superintendent or his designee or
a special education eligibility committee, c) transfer situations as approved by a committee appointed by the division
superintendent or his designee. The provisions for the waiver may include submission of missed work as outlined in a
contract signed by the student, parent(s) and/or legal guardian, committee chairman, and school principal.
Notification of Parents
All middle schools, with grades 6-8, shall monitor student attendance and shall report absences both by day and by
individual class periods or blocks to students and parents/legal guardians. Attendance reports may accompany
deficiency notices and/or report cards.
All high schools, with grades 9-12, shall monitor student attendance and shall report absences both by day and by
individual class periods or blocks to students and parents/legal guardians. Attendance reports may accompany
deficiency notices and/or report cards.
When a student reaches the maximum of twenty (20) days absence from elementary school, or twenty (20) single
class periods of any one class or ten (10) blocks of any one alternate day schedule class for secondary schools, the
school shall notify the student and parent(s)/legal guardian. Initial notification may be verbal; however, it shall be
followed by written notification within three (3) school days. A copy of the letter shall be placed in the student's file.
Provisions for Students Who Exceed the Maximum of Twenty (20) Days for Elementary School or Twenty (20) Single
Class Periods for Any One Class or Ten (10) Blocks of Any One Alternate Day Schedule Class for Secondary School.
The following options may be utilized with students who have failed because of attendance prior to the completion of
the school year:
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enroll the student in a semester course(s);
allow the student to take the equivalent of one semester of summer school if he/she successfully completes the
requirements for credit for one semester (academic and attendance);
develop an alternative education plan which includes a) description of the program, b) maximum number of
credits that can be awarded, c) maximum number of absences, and d) conduct conditions. The alternative plan
must be approved by the principal and the division superintendent or his designee. A contract signed by the
principal, parent(s) or guardian(s), student and superintendent or his designee shall govern the program.
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Grading Middle/High School Students Who Exceed the Maximum of Twenty (20) Single Class Periods for Any One
Class or Ten (10) Blocks of Any One Alternate Day Schedule Class
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Report Cards: The actual grade(s) made by the student shall be entered on the report card. A credit of "0"
shall be recorded. Comment Eleven (11) must be entered on the report card. *The student has violated
Attendance Regulation 7-2.4(B). Although grades will continue to be recorded, the student is not eligible to
receive credit. Under certain conditions, a waiver may be granted. Contact the school principal for details.
Permanent Records: The actual grade(s) made by the student shall be entered on the permanent record. The
course will carry no Carnegie unit of credit; a credit of "0" shall be recorded. The course(s) will not be included
in the calculation of grade point average. The following statement shall be placed on the permanent record:
*The student has violated Attendance Regulation 7-2.4(B). Although grades were recorded, the student is not
eligible to receive a unit of credit or any fractional part thereof.
Class Rank: The grade(s) earned by a student who does not receive academic credit (a Carnegie unit) because of
violation of Regulation 7-2.4 (B) shall not be calculated into the grade point average.
Late Arrivals
Students who are late to school are expected to report to the office/attendance office and to present a note stating
the student's full name, date of tardiness, reason for tardiness and the signature of a parent/guardian. (This includes
students who have early morning classes.)
All tardy students are expected to go from the office to their regularly scheduled classes. Each student entering class
late is expected to make up all work missed. Further, it is the student's responsibility to contact the teacher at a
mutually convenient time to receive work or assignments missed.
Truancy Referrals
Truancy is defined as the absence of a student for which neither the parent nor the school had prior knowledge and
consent. The principal may exercise discretion in identifying an absence as a truancy, although the absence occurs
with parental knowledge or consent. When the student is truant, the school authorities shall notify parents or
guardian(s) of this truancy. Corrective action will be taken by the school authorities when truancy occurs.
(Regulation 7-2.4(B))
For a student absent from school for five (5) days without parental awareness and support of the absence, the
principal or attendance secretary shall make reasonable effort to make direct contact with the parent(s) (either in
person or through telephone conversation) to obtain an explanation for the student’s nonattendance. The attendance
secretary, in addition to the daily telephone calls made by the county automated telephone system, will mail a letter
to the parent(s). The principal and/or attendance secretary, parent(s) and student shall develop a plan to resolve
nonattendance. Such plan shall include documentation of the reason(s) for the pupil’s nonattendance. If the parent(s)
fails to comply with the principal’s or attendance secretary’s request within three (3) school days, the case shall be
referred to the school social worker for enforcement of compulsory attendance rules. (Regulation 7-2.4(B))
The Attendance and Support Coordinator will receive documentation of all truancy referrals and all school
interventions regarding the student, including: contacts made with the student or parent, list of absences, copies of
excuse notes, disciplinary history, and eligibility status and accommodations. Truancy referral documentation will
follow flowchart procedures to satisfy guidelines of the Court Services Unit. Truancy referrals with incomplete
documentation will be returned to the school social worker for monitoring.
The Attendance and Support Coordinator shall enforce compulsory attendance requirements (Virginia Code Section
22.1-254) by either or both of the following: (i) filing a complaint with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
alleging the student is a child in need of supervision as defined in Section 16.1-228 or (ii) instituting proceedings
against the parent pursuant to Section 18.2-371 or 22.1-262. In filing the complaint against the student, the
attendance coordinator shall provide written documentation of the efforts already undertaken to resolve the pupil’s
nonattendance. Such filings occur after review and approval by the Director of Special Education, where
appropriate.
After initiating court intervention, the Attendance and Support Coordinator shall monitor active cases and report to
the referring school, in an effort to support a plan for improved attendance and academic success.
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The County automated system will be activated and utilized for the high schools and middle schools.
Elementary school personnel will continue to make direct phone calls for daily absences.
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General Procedures
The principal shall submit to the Director of Instructional Support Services the names of those students for whom no
follow-up information can be obtained on the ten-day non-enrollment report.
The Director of Instructional Support Services shall forward the ten-day non-enrollment reports to the appropriate
school social worker who shall review the ten-day principal’s report of non-enrolled children and identify
potential truants.
At the end of the first semester, a list of all students absent for fifteen cumulative days shall be submitted to the
Director of Special Education for review with the school social workers. Each secondary school shall be visited by the
school social workers on a regularly scheduled basis. Any student may be referred to a school social worker for nonattendance at any time.
CHILD STUDY PROCESS
Parents’ Role
Parents often wonder what to do when their student has a problem in school. Almost all students, at one point or
another, have problems at school. These may be serious or minor, temporary or long-term. When your student has a
problem at school, the first thing to do is talk with your student’s teacher. Many times, good communication between
school and home can resolve problems. Contact the school and find out when the teacher will be available to talk
with you, either by telephone or in person. Do this as soon as you become concerned.
You and your student’s teacher, working together, may be successful in resolving the problem. However, it is good to
know that there are several other people at school who can offer suggestions and help.
The principal is responsible for all the instructional activities that take place at school. Therefore, the principal or
assistant principal may be able to offer possible solutions and help.
School counselors may be particularly helpful when the problem involves a child’s social and/or emotional
development or educational and career plans. Additional resources include: speech therapists, special education
teachers, school psychologists, and social workers. Your student’s teacher may want to consult informally with any of
these individuals.
Child Study – The Child Study Committee
The Child Study Committee is a standing committee in each school which uses problem-solving strategies to assist a
student. The first goal is to help teachers provide the most effective instruction within the regular classroom for
students with behavioral and/or academic needs. The committee is composed of at least three of the school staff
principal or designee, at least one teacher, at least one specialist and any other staff who may be knowledgeable
about alternative interventions and procedures.
Referrals
Referrals are made to the committee by teachers, other school staff, parents or guardians, and sometimes by students
themselves. A Referral To Child Study Form may be obtained through each school office.
After receiving a referral, either in writing, electronic, or oral form to the principal or designee of the school, the
committee must meet within ten (10) working days. Before the meeting, information is gathered from all staff who
work with the student.
Parents will receive a letter inviting them to attend a meeting of the Child Study Committee and informing them of
who will be there.
Responsibility of Child Study Committee
It is the responsibility of the Child Study Committee to review records and performance documentation of each
student referred to the committee. The committee:
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identifies the student’s learning style and the types of learning activities that either enhance or inhibit the
student’s success in the classroom;
identifies the student’s strengths and areas needing improvement; and,
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identifies appropriate instructional modifications and/or services.
The committee also identifies the regular education alternatives within the school system that may assist the student in
classroom performance. If appropriate, an intervention plan is developed that identifies the student’s strengths and
weaknesses. This plan will indicate strategies, modifications, and/or services to be implemented to help the student
improve classroom performance. Suggested strategies may include, but are not limited to the following:
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changes in the teaching methods;
plans for behavior management (or change);
changes in the class requirements;
changes in the class setting;
help with basic skills; and/or,
student-teacher conferences.
The Child Study Committee may suspect that the student has an educational disability. When this occurs, a referral to
the special education administrator must be made within five working days. The Child Study Committee ensures that
evaluation components are chosen in all areas related to the suspected disability. The parent has the opportunity to
participate in the consideration of the areas to be assessed. The parents will receive prior notice regarding the
areas to be assessed. Formal assessment will begin after written consent is given by the parent.
What if the parent is not satisfied? If parents are not satisfied with the Child Study Committee’s recommendation
regarding assessment, they may express their concerns by writing or calling the principal. The principal may schedule
an additional Child Study Committee meeting to review the parent’s concern. If parents are still not satisfied, they
may appeal the decision of the Child Study Committee by writing or calling the Director of Special Education,
Hanover County Public Schools, 365-4535.
Suggestions to Help Parents Work with the School
The following are suggestions to help parents as they work with the schools to meet their child’s needs.
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Try to build a good working relationship with your child’s teacher. Communication is a key factor in helping your
child progress in school.
Keep a notebook recording all communication with the teacher and other school personnel. Record time, date,
with whom you talked or met, and what was discussed in all phone calls, conferences and meetings.
Make a list of concerns, ideas, and points you wish to discuss before placing phone calls, or attending
conferences and meetings.
Share what you see as your child’s strengths and areas needing improvement, areas of concern, and ideas.
Remember that you know your child better than anyone else. Your observations can provide valuable
information to the school.
Keep a copy of all reports, meeting notes, tests, and evaluations. You have the right to review your child’s
records. You also have the right to have a copy of anything in the records. You may do this by contacting the
school and setting up an appointment.
You are a part of the decision-making team.
Check your child’s progress. If you feel your child is not progressing, request a conference.
CONSENT FOR SURVEYS, ANALYSES OR EVALUATIONS RELATED TO STUDENT INFORMATION:
(Regulation 5-4.8, 6-2.6(B))
Parents/legal guardians and emancipated minors and students over 18 years old must receive notification and
provide active informed consent prior to the administration of any student survey, analysis, or evaluation that
concerns one of the following eight areas of protected information:
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Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parents;
Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
Sexual behavior or attitudes;
Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
Legally recognizable privileged relationship, such as with lawyers, doctors or ministers;
Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or,
Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
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This requirement also applies to the collection, disclosure or use of student information for marketing purposes or for
selling or otherwise distributing/providing the information to others. Active informed consent may be required as
determined by the Research Review Committee for surveys, analysis or evaluation of students not included above.
DIRECTORY INFORMATION
In accordance with local, state, and federal policies on release of student records, the Freedom of Information Act,
and the Family Rights and Privacy Act, no personal or confidential information concerning students will be released
without written consent of a parent or guardian. The categories below are directory information and may be
disclosed by the school if the parent has not filed a non-disclosure request:
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name of student in attendance or no longer in attendance, including a student’s age, gender, and date(s) of
attendance;
participation in officially recognized activities and sports including a student’s academic field of study;
height and weight of student, if he or she is a member of an athletic team;
awards and honors or degrees received by a student;
yearbook photograph of the student;
names, addresses, and telephone numbers of students may be released to military recruiters as permitted by
law;
names, addresses, and telephone numbers of students may be released to institutions of higher learning as
permitted by law; and,
names, addresses and honors received may be released to members of the Virginia General Assembly on
request for the purposes of congratulatory communication only.
Parents have ten (10) school days from the receipt of annual written and public notice to notify Hanover County
Public Schools in writing that any part of or all of said directory information about their child shall not be released
without prior consent. The Directory Information Non-Disclosure Request Form in the front of this 2012-2013
Secondary Parent-Student Handbook is the form parents should complete and submit to the school principal to prevent
release of directory information. The schools will follow the procedures outlined here in releasing any type of news
or information regarding students.
DRUG-FREE SCHOOL ZONES
Section 18.2-255.2 of the Code of Virginia prohibits the sale or distribution of any controlled substance, imitation
controlled substance, or marijuana at any time on or within 1,000 feet of school property.
EARLY DISMISSAL
Students needing to leave school early for any reason must have permission from the parent or guardian and the
principal. Leaving school grounds before the designated closing of the school day without obtaining permission from
the principal is prohibited. If a student leaves school early with permission from parent/guardian and principal, the
student must sign out in the principal’s office before leaving school grounds.
If a student needs to leave school for emergency reasons, the student must come to the principal’s office and obtain
permission from the parent/guardian and principal before leaving school grounds. A telephone call to the
parent/guardian should be made and documented before seeking the principal’s permission to leave for the
emergency reason.
EARLY SCHOOL CLOSINGS
When it becomes necessary to close schools because of inclement weather or an emergency, a decision will be made
at the earliest possible time. Radio and television stations including Hanover’s TV99 will be notified to broadcast an
announcement of school closings. If there is no announcement of closings, parents and students should assume that
schools will be open on schedule. Parents and students are asked not to call the school or the School Board office, the
highway department, or the sheriff’s department regarding school closings because the volume of calls may impair
the ability to make public announcements as quickly as possible.
FIRE DRILLS, EMERGENCY EVACUATION AND INTRUDER DRILLS
Emergency drills are held periodically throughout the school year. When the emergency signal or announcement is
given, students should exit the building quietly and/or remain in the pre-designated location for further instructions.
Emergency exit routes and directions are posted on classroom bulletin boards and in other conspicuous locations.
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Like fire, tornado and lockdown drills, earthquake drills have been added to school emergency management plans.
These drills allow students and staff members to practice effective responses to emergency situations.
HEALTH SERVICES
The primary purpose of School Health Services is to facilitate and promote optimal learning for students. School
Health Services strives to enhance the education of all students by supporting the educational goals and objectives of
the division. In keeping with the division goal of optimal physical and mental health for all students, the school nurses
share in helping each student reach full educational growth and maximum potential in physical, mental, and social
growth. Through early identification and remediation of health problems and needs, and by assisting students to
assume responsibility for their own health and to develop healthful attitudes and practices, school nurses encourage
improvement of the physical health and health knowledge of our students.
Nurses, along with other school personnel, provide a health services program for the assessment, evaluation,
maintenance, and improvement of the health of students. Routine health screenings for health issues regarding vision,
hearing, throat, speech, language, fine motor skills and gross motor skills are conducted in kindergarten, third, seventh
and tenth grades during the first three months of school. Students will not be screened for scoliosis. Please refer to
the fact sheet below.
SCOLIOSIS FACT SHEET
What is scoliosis?
Everyone’s spine has natural curves. These curves round our shoulders and make our lower back curve slightly inward.
But some people have spines that also curve from side to side. Unlike poor posture, these curves cannot be corrected
simply by learning to stand up straight.
This condition of side-to-side spinal curves is called scoliosis. On an X-ray, the spine of an individual with scoliosis
looks more like an “S” or a “C” than a straight line. Some of the bones in a scoliotic spine also may have rotated
slightly, making the person’s waist or shoulders appear uneven.
Who gets scoliosis?
Scoliosis affects a small percentage of the population, approximately 2%. However, scoliosis runs in families. If
someone in a family has scoliosis, the likelihood of an incidence is much higher – approximately 20%.
In children, the vast majority of scoliosis is “idiopathic”, meaning its cause is unknown. It usually develops in middle or
late childhood, before puberty, and is seen more often in girls than boys. Most scoliosis is found in otherwise healthy
youngsters.
The importance of early detection – tips for parents
Idiopathic scoliosis can go unnoticed in a child because it is rarely painful in the formative years. Therefore, parents
should watch for the following “tip-offs” to scoliosis beginning when their child is about 8 years old:
*Uneven shoulders
*Prominent shoulder blade or shoulder blades
*Uneven waist
*Elevated Hips
*Leaning to one side
If any of these signs are observed, an appointment should be made with the child’s family doctor, pediatrician, or
orthopedic doctor for a comprehensive physical exam and possibly spinal x-rays.
Treatment
In planning treatment for each child, the doctor will carefully consider a variety of factors, including the history of
scoliosis in the family, the age at which the curve began, the curve’s location and severity of the curve.
Most spine curves in children with scoliosis will remain small and need only to be watched by a doctor for any sign of
progression. If a curve does progress, an orthopedic brace can be used to prevent it from getting worse. Children
undergoing treatment with orthopedic braces can continue to participate in the full range of physical and social
activities.
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If a scoliosis curve is severe when it is first seen, or if treatment with a brace does not control the curve, surgery may
be necessary. In these cases, surgery has been found to be a highly effective and safe treatment.
Summary
Scoliosis is a common problem that usually requires only observation with repeated examination in the growing years.
Early detection is important to make sure the curve does not progress. In the relatively small number of cases that
need medical intervention, advances in modern orthopedic techniques have made scoliosis a highly manageable
condition.
Reference: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Online Service Patient Education Brochure: Scoliosis
Registered nurses or clinic attendants are available in each school to provide health services and first aid for students.
They maintain a liaison with healthcare providers and community health programs/agencies to protect the health of
students and staff by preventing spread of communicable diseases through enforcement of health laws and school
policies. Health services staff serve as a resource for health related questions and situations.
Emergencies
School health services staff will develop an individualized health care plan, including emergency procedures for any
life-threatening condition, for a student who informs the principal or school nurse of a diagnosis or condition requiring
such a plan.
In case of an emergency, serious illness or accident, the school will make arrangements, including transportation to a
medical facility via rescue squad, to obtain medical assistance. All attempts will be made to contact the
parents/guardians, but in an emergency, medical care will not be delayed. If the school is unable to contact
parents/guardians, the other persons listed as adult contacts on the student’s emergency information sheet will be
contacted.
Communicable Diseases
Many contagious diseases start like the common cold. Parents/guardians are encouraged to keep their child home if
he/she seems to be sick. Children should be free of fever, below 100В°F without fever medications for 24 hours,
before returning to school. Children will be sent home from school by the nurse for having a fever of 100В° or higher.
In cases of communicable diseases parents are asked to report illness to the school as soon as the physician makes the
diagnosis. (Policy 7-5.3)
Students found to be infested with head lice by the school nurse will be subject to the following regulations:
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Students will be excluded from school at the time an infestation is discovered. An infestation will be defined
as live lice or nits. Following treatment, and after being cleared by the nurse, the student will be allowed to
return to school.
A parent must accompany the child to the clinic to have the nurse check the status. If the child still has nits,
the parent will be asked to take the child back home until the child is free of nits and live lice.
If a student had been excluded earlier in the day for lice but is able to be treated, returns to be checked
prior to the evening’s event and is cleared by the nurse, he/she may participate in extracurricular activities.
Inspection of the Classroom:
All students in the class will be inspected. A letter will be sent home informing parents of this inspection.
Administration of Legal Medication: Prescription and Non-prescription Medications
Parents are encouraged to give medications at home whenever possible. When students must take medications at
school, prescription medication requires a prescriber’s order and a parent’s authorization. Non-prescription
medications require a parent’s authorization for the student to receive the medicine at school.
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A prescriber’s order from the student’s physician, dentist, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant must include the
following information:
1. student’s full name;
2. licensed prescriber’s name, telephone number, and signature;
3. date prescription is written;
4. name of medication;
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5. dosage;
6. route of administration;
7. time of day for taking the medicine;
8. anticipated length of treatment;
9. diagnosis or reason the medication is needed;
10. any serious reactions that may occur if the medication is not administered; and,
11. special handling instructions.
Prescriber’s orders, parent’s authorization and the medication label must contain identical information.
When a medication, prescription or non-prescription is to be given less than ten (10) consecutive days, the label
on the bottle may be accepted as the prescriber’s order. Parent’s authorization and the medication label must
contain identical information.
The medication must be brought to school by the parent or legal guardian in the properly labeled original
container. Many pharmacies will provide a “school bottle” for prescription medications when medications are
going to be given during the school day. Ask your pharmacist.
Nurses will administer current medications only. Nurses cannot administer expired prescriptions or over the
counter medications.
The “Authorization and Permission for Administration of Medication” form must be completed by the parent and
returned to the school nurse.
Changes in medications require a new written prescriber’s order, a new parental authorization, and a
corresponding change in the prescription label. Faxed authorizations from prescribers are acceptable as long as
the school nurse has on file a signed parental authorization.
The parent or legal guardian should pick up unused medications in the school clinic.
Exceptions to these regulations may be necessary depending on individual circumstances. Only the principal or
designee may authorize exceptions.
Student Self-Administering of Medications
Students will be allowed to self-administer legal medications and medications/treatments required for certain
diagnoses. In this situation the following rules must be followed:
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The prescriber’s orders must contain all the information listed above, plus a statement regarding the student’s
competency in self-administering the intended medications.
The “Authorization and Permission for Administration of Medication” form must be completed by the parent and
returned to the school nurse.
The school nurse will assess the student’s competency, and a building administrator will sign an authorization for
the student to self-administer the medicine.
If the medication is needed, the student will self-administer the medication. The student will report the medication
to the school nurse if he/she needs to self-administer the medication the third time in the same day.
For self-administration of emergency medications the student must report the emergency to a teacher,
administrator or nurse as soon as possible.
Students diagnosed with asthma or anaphylaxis, or both, may self-administer inhaled asthma medications or selfinjected epinephrine. Permission will be granted for 1 calendar year (365 calendar days) and must be renewed
annually. Immunity is provided by Code of Virginia (В§8.01-226.5:1) for any school staff who supervise the selfadministration of medications for asthma and/or anaphylaxis.
If a student behaves in an irresponsible way in self-administering medication, the student may not be permitted
to continue this process. The parent will be asked to come to school for a conference.
Self-Care for Students Who are Diagnosed with Diabetes
Hanover County Public Schools students with a diagnosis of diabetes, with parental consent and written approval from the
prescriber (as that term is defined in Virginia Code В§54.1-3401) may (i) carry with him/her and use supplies, including a
reasonable and appropriate short-term supply of carbohydrates, an insulin pump, and equipment for immediate treatment
of high and low blood glucose levels, and (ii) self-check his/her own blood glucose levels on a school bus, on school
property, and at a school-sponsored activity.
Eating Disorder Information
What are eating disorders?
Eating disorders are serious health problems that usually start in childhood or adolescence and affect both girls and
boys. They are not a fad, phase or lifestyle choice. They can be potentially life-threatening conditions affecting every
aspect of the person’s functioning, including school performance, brain development, emotional, social, and physical
well-being.
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How to identify a possible eating disorder?
Eating disorders can be diagnosed on weight changes but weight is not the only indicator, as people of all sizes may
be suffering. Eating disorders may also be identified based on behaviors, attitudes and mindset. Often, a young
person with an eating disorder may not be aware that he/she has a problem or keeps the issues secret.
Parents/guardians and family members are in a unique position to notice symptoms or behaviors that cause concern.
Key things to look for around food:
o Eating a lot of food that seems out of control (large amounts of food may disappear, you find a lot of
empty wrappers and containers hidden)
o Develops food rules-may eat only a particular food or food group, cuts food into very small pieces, or
spreads food out on the plate
o Talks a lot about, or focuses often, on weight, food, calories, fat grams, and dieting
o Often says that they are not hungry
o Skips meals or takes small portions of food at regular meals
o Cooks meals or treats for others but won’t eat them
o Avoids mealtimes or situations involving food
o Goes to the bathroom after meals often
o Uses a lot of mouthwash, mints, and / or gum
o Starts cutting out foods that he or she used to enjoy.
Key things to look for around activity:
o Exercises all the time, more than what is healthy or recommended-despite weather, fatigue, illness, or injury
o Stops doing their regular activities, spends more time alone (can be spending more time exercising)
Physical Risk Factors:
o Feels cold all the time or complains of being tired all the time. Likely to become more irritable and /or
nervous
o Any vomiting after eating (or see signs in the bathroom of vomiting-smell, clogged shower drain)
o Any use of laxatives or diuretics (or you find empty packages)
Other Risk Factors:
o Believes that they are too big or too fat (regardless of reality)
o Asks often to be assured about how they look
o Stops hanging out with their friends
o Not able to talk about how they are feeling
o Reports others are newly judgmental or “not connecting”
The importance of early detection
Early detection and treatment of eating disorders offer the best opportunity for positive outcomes and minimal longterm consequences. If your child shows signs of a possible eating disorder seek assistance from a medical
professional as soon as possible; because they are so complex, eating disorders should be assessed by someone
who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment,
the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery.
How to communicate with your child:
o Understanding that eating disorder sufferers often deny that there is a problem.
o Educate yourself on eating disorders
o Ask what you can do to help
o Listen openly and reflectively
o Be patient and nonjudgmental
o Talk with your child in a kind way when you are calm and not angry, frustrated, or upset.
o Let him/her know you only want the best for him/her
o Remind your child that he/she has people who care and support him/her
o Be flexible and open with your support
o Be honest
o Show care, concern, and understanding
o Ask how he/she is feeling
o Try to be a good role model-don’t engage in “fat talk” about yourself
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Understand that your child is not looking for attention or pity
Seek professional help on behalf of your child if you have any concerns
For more information about eating disorders please contact your health care provider, school nurse, or one of the
resources listed below.
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/information/help-overcome-eating-disorders/non-profits-organizations/aed
Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T)
www.feast-ed.org
National Eating Disorders Association
www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
Toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237
Additional resources may be found at:
Virginia Department of Education
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/index.shtml under the section titled, Eating Disorders
IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION
In-school suspension is an alternative to, but not a replacement of, out-of-school suspension. In-school suspension
provides students with an opportunity to work on classroom assignments under the direction of the in-school suspension
teacher/supervisor.
During the time a student is in the program, he/she is isolated from other students and is required to complete
classwork sent by the regular teachers. The in-school suspension staff continues to work with the regular teachers
upon the student’s return to class to ensure that the student has completed assignments and tests to meet grading
requirements for that marking period.
The school principal makes the decision regarding placement in the program and the return to regular class
attendance.
LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
The school library is an integral part of the instructional program, functioning as the information center of the school
and providing equitable information access for every student. A wide variety of resources housed in or provided
through remote access by these centers, support and enrich the curriculum and help students develop independence in
learning as well as a desire for life-long reading and learning. These resources are selected to enable students to
complete assignments and to pursue academic research in a number of disciplines. Library materials housed on site
may be borrowed in accordance with each school’s circulation policy.
Librarians provide special instruction to all sixth and ninth graders to familiarize these students with their new school
library’s resources, policies, and procedures. In partnership with all classroom content teachers, librarians also teach
the effective use of technology and promote media literacy so that the library’s resources are used properly and
efficiently. In addition to supplementing classroom instruction, secondary school libraries offer access to individual
students during the school day and beyond regular school hours as posted.
PARENTS’ RIGHTS TO REVIEW STUDENT RECORDS
Hanover County School Board Policy 7-1.4 defines the procedures for maintaining student records and parental
access to these records. Procedures for dissemination of student records and parental requests for corrections to
student records are fully described within this policy. The principal of the school shall provide a copy of Policy 7-1.4
on request to a parent or eligible student.
The scholastic record is limited to data needed by the school to assist the student in his personal, social, educational,
and vocational development and placement and is maintained in accordance with Regulations Governing
Management of the Student’s Scholastic Record in the Public Schools of Virginia.
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When parents of a Hanover County public school student are estranged, separated, or divorced, building personnel
will uphold the parental rights of both parents to participate in their children’s education. Unless there is a court
order to the contrary, both parents have the right to do the following things.
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View the child’s school records, in accordance with School Board policies.
Receive school progress reports, the school calendar, and notices of major school events.
Visit the school in accordance with School Board policies.
Participate in parent-teacher conferences; in the case of the non-custodial parent, after a timely request is made.
Receive all notification in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Receive notice of the student’s extended absence, as defined in and pursuant to School Board policy, if both
parents have joint physical custody.
Parent Responsibilities
The custodial parent has responsibility to do the following things:
1. Keep the school office informed as to the address of residence and how he or she may be contacted at all times.
2. On the Hanover County Public Schools registration form, list the current address and phone number of the noncustodial parent, unless such address is unknown and the parent signs a statement to that effect, or unless a court
order restricts the educational or contact rights of the non-custodial parent.
3. Provide a copy of any legal document which restricts the educational and/or contact rights of the non-custodial
parent.
4. Assist the school in enforcing the standards of student conduct and attendance in order that education may be
conducted in an atmosphere free of disruption and threat to persons or property, and supportive of individual
rights.
In addition, the principal may request a student’s parent or parents, if both parents have legal and physical custody
of such student, to meet with the principal or his designee to review the School Board’s standards of student conduct
and the parent’s or parents’ responsibility to participate with the school in disciplining the student and maintaining
order and to discuss improvement of the child’s behavior and educational process.
The non-custodial parent has the responsibility to keep the school office apprised of changes in his current phone
number and address. Further, the non-custodial parent may make timely requests to participate in parent-teacher
conferences. (Policy 2-3.8)
Dissemination of Information About Court Proceedings
The division superintendent or his designee will disseminate the notice or information about an adjudication or
conviction received pursuant to В§ 16.1-305.1 of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, to the principal of the
school in which the student is enrolled. The principal will disseminate such information to licensed instructional
personnel and other school personnel who (1) provide direct educational and support services to the student and (2)
have a legitimate educational interest in such information.
In addition, the division superintendent or his designee and principal may disseminate information about court
proceedings related to a student following notice by the court pursuant to В§ 16.1-305.2 of the Code of Virginia,
1950, as amended, in the following circumstances:
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Prior to receipt of the notice of disposition, the division superintendent will disclose the fact of the filing of the
petition and the nature of the offense to the principal of the school in which the student is enrolled if the division
superintendent believes that disclosure to school personnel is necessary to ensure the physical safety of the
student, other students or school personnel within the division.
After the student has been taken into custody, whether or not the student has been released, the principal may
further disseminate the information only to those students and school personnel having direct contact with the
student and need of the information to ensure physical safety, appropriate educational placement or other
educational services.
When the division superintendent receives notice regarding a student who is not enrolled, he shall promptly notify the
juvenile court and not disclose this information to anyone within the school division.
Procedure to Inspect Education Records
Parents of students or eligible students may inspect and review the education records relating to their children without
unnecessary delay and before any meeting regarding an IEP or hearing involving a student with a disability. Further,
parents shall have the right to a response from the school division to reasonable requests for explanations and
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interpretations of the education record. Neither parent, regardless of whether such parent has custody, shall be
denied access to educational records of that parent’s minor child unless ordered by the court for good cause shown.
The principal (or appropriate school official) will make the needed arrangements for access as promptly as possible
and notify the parents or eligible students of the time and place where the records may be inspected. Access to
records will be arranged within five (5) days from the receipt of the request.
When a record contains information about students other than a parent's child or the eligible student, the parent or
eligible student may not inspect and review the portion of the record which pertains to other students.
When disciplinary action is taken by the school division in regard to an incident upon which an adjudication of
delinquency or a conviction of acts specified in В§ 16.1-305.1 of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, has been
made, the parent or guardian will be notified of the reasons for the action and his right to review and to request
amendment of the student's education records.
Fees for Copies of Records
The fee for copies will be .25 per page. The actual cost of copying time and postage will be charged. The school
division will not charge for search and retrieval of the records. The school division will not charge a fee for copying
an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or for a copy of the verbatim record of a hearing conducted in accordance
with the State Board of Education's Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in
Virginia.
Types, Locations, and Custodians of Education Records
Hanover County Public Schools will provide parents, on request, a list of the types and locations of education records
collected, maintained, or used by the school division. Persons interested in obtaining information about the types of
records maintained by the Hanover County Public Schools, their location and custodian, may contact the school
division’s records manager.
Disclosure of Education Records
Hanover County Public Schools will disclose information from a student's education records only with the written
consent of the parent or eligible student, except for the following requests:
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School officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the records
Officials of another school, upon request, in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. Hanover County Public
Schools shall provide written notice of the transfer including the identity of the requester to the parent, guardian
or other person having control or charge of the student or to a student who is 18 years of age or older within
five days of the date on which the record was transferred. This notice requirement applies to the transfer of
records to education programs in jails and detention centers.
Certain officials of the U.S. Department of Education, the Comptroller General, and state and local educational
authorities, in connection with certain state or federally supported education programs
In connection with a student's request for or receipt of financial aid as necessary to determine the eligibility,
amount, or conditions of the financial aid, or to enforce the terms and conditions of the aid
State and local officials or authorities to whom such information is specifically allowed to be reported or
disclosed pursuant to state law adopted
Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school division
Accrediting organizations to carry out their functions
Parents of an eligible student who claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes
The entities or persons designated in judicial orders or subpoenas as specified in FERPA
Appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency
Directory information so designated by the school division
Record of Requests for Disclosure
Hanover County Public Schools shall maintain a record of all requests for and/or disclosure of information from a
student's education records. The record will indicate the name of the party making the request, any additional party
to whom it may be disclosed, and the legitimate interest the party had in requesting or obtaining the information.
The parents or eligible student may review the record.
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Correction of Education Records
Parents or eligible students have the right to challenge the content of student records and to ask to have records
corrected (including expungement) that they believe are inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of their privacy rights.
Parents must present written request for changes in records. The procedures for the correction of records are outlined
fully in Policy 7-1.4 and can be obtained at any school or on the Hanover County Public Schools website.
Confidentiality of HIV and Drug and Alcohol Treatment Records
The school division shall comply with the confidentiality requirements of В§ 32.1-36.1 of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as
amended, providing for the confidentiality of records related to any test for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In
addition, the school division shall maintain confidentiality of drug and alcohol treatment records as required by
federal and state law.
Destruction of Protocol
When individual standardized tests or rating scales are used to evaluate a child as part of the special education
assessment process, it is the practice of the school division to destroy the test protocols at the end of three full school
years following the school year the test/scale was administered. A parent or guardian has the right to review and
inspect the records but must make this request prior to their destruction. A parent or guardian may also challenge in
a hearing the decision to destroy the records. Any such requests should be directed to the Director of Special
Education.
PARKING AND AUTOMOBILES
The school division’s regulations for student parking and use of vehicles are listed below. Each high school will issue
additional information for procedures specific to the school.
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Students must register and pay the School Board approved parking fee in order to obtain a parking permit for
all motor vehicles. The School Board approved parking fee is not prorated through the school year. Only
students with a valid driver's license are eligible to apply. Parking permits will be issued on a space-available
basis in a priority order established at each high school by the principal and communicated to students/parents.
As a condition for obtaining a permit to park a vehicle on the school grounds, a student and the student's
parent(s), if they are the owners of the vehicle, must agree, in writing, to allow school officials to search his or her
vehicle if a school official has reasonable cause to believe that the student has a prohibited substance, a
weapon, or any other dangerous or illegal item in his or her vehicle.
Student motor vehicles are not to be moved or otherwise used during the school day without permission from the
school office.
Students shall not sit in motor vehicles, nor shall they congregate around same at any time during the school day.
Upon request of the principal or his/her designee, motor vehicle keys may be required to be turned into the
principal's office each day upon arrival at school.
Principals will have the right to revoke the student's parking permit.
Students parking their vehicles on school grounds shall park in designated parking areas only.
All motor vehicles parked on school grounds shall have a valid registration as required by the State of Virginia.
Additional regulations for the control of the use of motor vehicles by students may be made by the principals as
deemed necessary to maintain proper control.
All students are expected to ride the school bus to and from The Hanover Center for Trades and Technology
each school day. Any exceptions must be approved by the Principal of The Hanover Center for Trades and
Technology and the home school Principal.
All students are expected to ride the school bus to and from the Hanover High School Specialty Center each
school day. Any exceptions must be approved by the Principal of the Hanover High School Specialty Center and
the home school Principal.
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PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES
The emphasis of pupil personnel is on providing service that will allow optimum development of students. The school
social workers, school counselors, school psychologists, and school nurses work directly with teachers, school
administrators, parents, and pupils to ensure that school programs are meeting the needs and abilities of individual
students.
Social Workers: The school social workers serve as a liaison between home, school, and community in an attempt to
achieve long-lasting effects on a student’s educational, psychological, and social development.
The school social workers provide understanding and help for the child who is experiencing
difficulty in making satisfactory school adjustment. These services include direct casework (child or
family), prevention, collaboration (school or community), and consultation.
Psychologists:
School psychologists serve to foster an understanding of intellectual strengths as well as limitations
of individual students. The primary role of the psychologist is to conduct psychological evaluations
for children experiencing significant academic or emotional difficulties and to assist in the
determination of eligibility for special education placement. The school psychologist may make
recommendations for teaching approaches, behavior management strategies, or referral to
appropriate related agencies.
Substance Abuse Counselor: A substance abuse counselor is available to consult with students and parents and to
provide the substance abuse prevention education (Beginnings) for students and
parents as stipulated in the Code of Student Conduct.
Liaison Officer:
A school liaison officer serves as a link between Hanover County Public Schools and the Hanover
County Sheriff's Office. The school liaison officers are employed to enforce Hanover County School
Board rules and the Hanover County Public Schools Code of Student Conduct, as well as those
sections of the Code of Virginia which pertain to public schools and the students attending these
schools. School liaison officers are available to counsel and advise students as appropriate.
Homebound instruction is provided for any students who are unable to attend school because of a temporary
disability. Students and/or parents requesting homebound instruction should contact the school principal to request
forms to apply for services.
A variety of health services is provided including program management, nursing
education, community health planning, and professional practice. Health services
immunizations, health screening records, and referrals for possible health problems.
conducted at specific grade levels in the areas of scoliosis, height, weight, vision,
language, and fine and gross motor skills.
services, collaboration, health
staff review medical records,
Routine health screenings are
hearing, teeth, throat, speech,
Special services are available for students with disabilities (mentally disabled, learning disabled, emotionally
disabled, hearing impaired, visually impaired, speech/language impaired, autistic, orthopedically impaired, other
health impaired, and/or traumatic brain injury) and/or gifted/talented. Students suspected of being disabled should
be referred to the school's Child Study Committee. (See Hanover County Public Schools “Effective Partners in the
Child Study Process” brochure for further information.)
SCHOOL COUNSELING SERVICES
In collaboration with parents, school and the community, Hanover County Public Schools counselors provide all students
educational services that foster academic, career, and personal/social growth toward lifelong success and effective,
responsible citizenship for a diverse and changing world.
School counselors serve to assist students with course selections, to meet with and counsel individuals or groups of
students to help them overcome obstacles to learning and personal growth, to provide career information, and to
guide in the planning for a prospective career and further education. School counselors also serve as a liaison
between the school and the home, and provide parents with information on the student's progress in school.
The Hanover School Counseling Program is based on the Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public
Schools and organized by grade level under the following goals:
Academic Development: Students will acquire the academic preparation essential to choose from a
variety of educational, training, and employment options upon completion of secondary school.
Career Development: Students will investigate the world of work in order to make informed career
decisions. In addition the Hanover School Counseling Program assures that students will maintain a
record of their investigation and planning in an individual Career and Educational Planning Folder.
Personal/Social Development: Students will acquire an understanding of, and respect for, self and
others, and the skills to be responsible citizens.
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For a more detailed description of objectives and activities, please go to the Hanover County Public Schools website.
Parent(s)/guardian(s) also may review materials to be used in classroom and school counseling programs at their
child’s school. Information about the procedure by which parents may limit their child’s participation in such programs
is available on request to your school principal. Parent(s)/guardian(s) may elect in writing to have their child not
participate in classroom counseling lessons or any counseling activity to which they object. (Policy 6-5.1)
If you have questions regarding specific activities and resources, please contact your school counselor.
SCHOOL FOOD SERVICES
Middle School:
School Food Services offers nutritious breakfasts and lunches, providing both value and convenience
for busy families. The menus meet the Federal National School Breakfast and Lunch Program
standards. Each day, choices of menu items are available, including freshly made chef salads or
vegetarian options with hummus or yogurt as part of the meal. Visit the department’s website
(www.hcps.us/finance/food) for menus nutrition/allergen information, online payment options, the
application for free or reduced price meal benefits, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Interactive breakfast and lunch menus can be found at www.hanover.nutrislice.com. A parent
brochure with detailed information about offer vs. serve, the reimbursable meal components, and a
la carte purchasing policies can also be downloaded from the department wesite.
Middle schools in Hanover participate in the federally funded National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. Prices
for the 2014-2015 school year are as follows:
Breakfast – full price - $1.55; reduced price - $0.30
Lunch – full price - $2.65; reduced price - $0.40
Free and Reduced Price Meal Eligibility
Families may apply for free and reduced meal benefits by filling out one application per household for elementary
and middle school students only. (High school students will need to complete a different application.) Applications
are available on the school division website or from each school office and are accepted for processing throughout
the school year. The application can be returned to the school from which it was obtained or sent directly to the Food
Services Department at the Hanover County School Board Office, 200 Berkley Street, Ashland VA 23005. Parents
will be notified in writing if the application has been approved or denied. Important Note: Families approved for
benefits in previous years must reapply each new school year by September 30th if they want their benefits to
continue. Benefits are good from the approval date through the remainder of the school year and are not
retroactive.
Computerized Point of Sale System and Pre-Paid Meals
All schools operate with a computerized point of sale system in their cafeterias. The system is designed to set up
debit accounts for each user. Parents may send in checks or cash up front which is credited to their child’s account for
pre-paid meals and a la carte purchases. Checks may be sent in any amount and on any day of the week for
posting to their child’s account. Funds may also be placed on an account via a web-based payment site
(www.myschoolbucks.com). See the food service website for details. The Food Services Department will assess a fee
and deduct money from an account for checks that returned for insufficient funds. Students access their money
through the use of their student ID number. We ask that you provide the following information when sending in funds
for your child’s account: the student’s name, ID number, and if the money is for meals only, open account (can
purchase meals, milk, and a la carte items at their discretion), or a combination of prepaid meals and open account.
The system does allow for a minimum number of charged meals if a student runs out of funds. However, a child
who gets behind in paying for meals may be given an alternate lunch of a cheese sandwich, with milk, at no
charge until the account is brought up to date. Also, students who have a negative balance will not be allowed
to purchase snack or dessert items. Cashiers will verbally remind students to bring in money. Of course, students
may also bring cash in hand if you just wish to pay for meals on a daily basis. Please contact the food service
manager at your child’s school if you have any questions regarding the use of the computer system, the status of your
child’s account, or if you would like restrictions or dietary notes placed on the account.
High School:
The high schools in the county do not participate in the National School Breakfast or Lunch Programs,
but they offer an a la carte food service program which allows students to select individual food and
beverage items of their choice, along with daily meal specials. Items are priced individually and the
total cost of the meals depends upon items selected. Daily specials are priced between $3.00 and
$5.00. There are no free or reduced price meal benefits, but a meal credit of $1.40 for breakfast
and $2.70 for lunch is available to students whose households receive food stamps or Temporary Aid
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to Needy Families (TANF) benefits. More information and applications for the meal credit program
are available through each high school office.
High school students have debit accounts available through the computerized point of sale system in each cafeteria.
Payments can be made by cash, check, or through the www.myschoolbucks.com website that is used at all the county
schools. Students who travel from one high school to another for classes can use their student ID number at any
location to make purchases. There is a strict $5.00 total limit for high school student accounts.
Please note that at all school levels, refunds from accounts are not made for any purpose other than a student
withdrawing from the Hanover county school system. Graduating seniors should plan on depleting their accounts to
zero before leaving in June; and no refunds are made after July 15th for funds on account from the previous school
year.
STUDENT FEES
Only those fees approved by the School Board may be collected. The School Board will approve fees that are
consistent with Virginia State law and the regulations of the State Board of Education.
School Board approved fees for the 2014-2015 school year are as follows:
Regular Instructional Fees
Music
Band Uniforms
Chorus Uniforms
Band & String Instrument Rental
$20.00
$15.00
$40.00
Art
Grades 6, 7, & 8 (semester)
Grade 8-12 (year)
Graphic Arts I & II
$8.00
$12.00/Middle - $15.00/High
$15.00
Photography
$25.00
Physical Education
Gym Suit (Grades 6-8)
Gym Suit (Grades 9-12)
XXXL (Grades 6-12)
Lost Lock Fee
$10.00
$10.00
$14.00
Replacement Cost
Business and Vocational Courses
Vocational Agriculture, Horticulture, Technology, Work & Family Studies
36 Week Program (Grades 8 – 12)
$12.00
Exploratory – Grade 7 & 8 (semester)
$6.00
Exploratory – Grade 6
$2.00
Consumable Materials at The Hanover Center
$26.00
All Marketing
$12.00
(Except Introduction to Marketing & Business)
Accounting I & II
$12.00
Driver Education
Mass Communications: TV Production II, III, and IV
$200.00
$10.00
Tuition
Occupational Child Care Preschool Tuition (per semester)
$300.00
Dual Credit Tuition
Fee Determined Annually by the Virginia Community College System.
Students should talk with their school counselor about the application process. The college delivering the
course sets the tuition rate.
Nonresident Tuition
Regular
School Division Employee
$5,690.00
$1,488.00
Summer School Tuition – Daily Rate (Total Tuition depends upon length of Session)
Resident
$8.50 (Middle School)
$10.70 (High School)
Nonresident
$12.75
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Adult Education
Microsoft Office Introduction
Adult Basic Education/General Education Diploma
(Preparatory Class)
English as a Second Language
Tuition for evening classes at the Georgetown
School (per course)
$100.00
$20.00 plus book
$20.00 plus books
$175.00
Other Fees:
Student Parking Permits
$75.00
AP Examination Fee (per subject)
IB Examination Fee (per subject)
Fees Determined Annually by the College Board
Fees Determined Annually by the International
Baccalaureate Organization
STUDENT INSURANCE
Parents or guardians are encouraged to obtain accident insurance for student members of the family. For those
students not covered by a family policy, the parent may wish to consider a policy available through the approved
agent of the school system. For students covered by a family policy, additional coverage is available through the
approved agent of the school system. The insurance is a service to the students and is voluntary. The parent/student
must pay the premium. The school system does not receive any financial or other benefits from the approved
insurance agent. Four insurance options are available: school time, 24-hour, voluntary football, and optional dental.
Insurance application forms are available in the school office. (Policy 7-5.2)
STUDENT OWNED ELECTRONIC DEVICES
REGULATION 6-3.15(C) STUDENT-OWNED ELECTRONIC DEVICE ACCEPTABLE USE
Students in Grades 4 – 12 may bring personally-owned electronic devices (“Device”) to school to be used
solely for educational purposes. No student is required to bring a Device to school; nor will a student’s grade be
negatively affected by not having a Device. Prior to bringing a Device to school, both the student and his/her
parent/guardian must sign and submit a Student-Owned Electronic Device Acceptable Use form to the student’s school,
which will maintain the form. Students who bring a Device to school are subject to the following requirements and
conditions:
1. The Device will be used only for school assignments acceptable to and approved by the teacher and will not
be used for other purposes, such as text messaging, social networking, or downloading non-educational
material, such as gaming, music, and videos, from the Internet.
2. A student must use the Hanover County Public Schools (HCPS) Guest Internet service provider and filters to
access the Internet with his/her Device. Students are prohibited from accessing the Internet using any external
Internet service.
3. The Device must only be used at appropriate times, as allowed by the teacher or school administrator. The
use of a Device during classroom time must be for educational purposes and not for personal use. Students
must turn off and put away a Device when requested by the teacher.
4. The presence or use of a Device must not be a distraction for students.
5. General school rules for behavior and communication apply to the use of Devices. Guidelines found in the
Code of Student Conduct will be supported as related to Search and Seizure of a Device. A teacher or school
administrator may examine Devices and search their contents if there is reason to believe that a student has
violated school policies, regulations or rules through the use of a Device. Students are responsible for
reporting to a teacher or school administrator any inappropriate material received on the student’s Device.
6. HCPS will not provide technical support to any Device. Students are responsible for maintaining and
securing their Devices with virus protection.
7. HCPS will accept no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged Devices. A Device remains the sole
responsibility of the student while it is at school.
8. School administration and teachers will take disciplinary action against any student who violates any HCPS
policies and regulations or any state or federal laws while using a Device on the HCPS wireless network,
and/or report such violations to appropriate law enforcement authorities.
9. A student should immediately reset his/her password using a school division computer if the student believes
his/her password has been compromised.
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The following are not allowed when using a Device on HCPS property:
1. Using a Device during class time without teacher consent
2. Using a Device to take photographs or videos without teacher consent
3. Sending text, images, sound or video files on a Device for the purpose of cheating
4. Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures on a Device
5. Revealing personal information (last name, home address, phone number, etc.) on a Device
6. Using obscene language on a Device
7. Using a Device for commercial purposes, which means using a Device to offer, provide, or purchase products or
services
via the HCPS network
8. Using a Device to harass, discriminate against, or attack others, or to engage in an illegal act
9. Using a Device to knowingly post false or defamatory information about an individual, business or organization
10. Using a Device to post private information about another individual
11. Using a Device to damage another electronic device, computer system or computer network
12. Using a Device to violate copyright laws
13. Using another individual’s password
14. Using a Device to trespass in another individual’s folders, work, or files
15. Using a Device to access the HCPS network for any non-educational purpose
Adopted: August 2, 2012
STUDENT SAFETY
A primary consideration in all classes and student activities is the safety of students. All provisions of state law and
regulations of the State Board of Education concerning student safety are fully implemented in all the schools in
Hanover County. The Virginia General Assembly has defined school property as any school owned or leased real
property or vehicle and any vehicle operated by or on behalf of the School Board. This definition would apply, for
example, to possession of weapons on school property, school buses, school bus stops, and during school activities
including those occurring off the school site.
Each school has a written plan for school safety and crisis management. The principal will utilize a variety of methods
to communicate information to students and parents regarding safety and crisis management. School safety audits
are conducted on a regular basis to ensure continued inspection and attention to safety issues.
Students are instructed properly in accident prevention including proper conduct on streets and highways, the
operation of motor vehicles, and fire prevention. Students are carefully supervised at all times, and extreme caution
is exercised in those classes where machinery or chemicals are used. Protective eye devices are required to be worn
in instances where any danger to the eyes of the student might be present. Extreme care is taken that all equipment
and grounds used by the students are free from hazardous conditions. Anyone discovering an unsafe or hazardous
situation or suspecting an unsafe or hazardous situation should report it immediately to the principal’s office.
The following safety regulations are designed for the students’ protection and are particularly of concern in the art,
science, and technical education laboratories. Students must observe the following procedures and practices:
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Read and complete all pre-laboratory assignments.
Learn the names and uses of standard art, science, and technical education equipment.
Use only tools, equipment and materials that were assigned to you. Never lend or borrow.
Know the use and location of safety equipment, i.e., fire extinguisher, fire blanket, safety goggles, first aid kit
and protective clothing.
Always follow prescribed regulations for the wearing of safety goggles.
Remove all unnecessary materials (purses, notebooks, books, etc.) from the work area. Keep only required
materials, directions, data sheets in the work area.
Work quietly and remain in your assigned area. Do not engage in disruptive behavior or horseplay. Always
conduct yourself safely.
Perform only activities or experiments that have been authorized by the teacher.
Follow all written and verbal instructions carefully. Ask questions about instructions you do not understand.
Reread chemical labels and equipment instructions until understood. Be certain that you are using the proper
items and that you know how to use them correctly before you begin an activity.
Keep hands and other items away from your mouth, eyes, and body when conducting a laboratory exercise.
Wash hands thoroughly at the conclusion of each laboratory session.
Clean and return all materials, tools, and equipment to the proper place.
Report all accidents and spills to the teacher immediately.
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Never handle broken glass with bare hands. Use a brush and dust pan or wet cotton wads to pick up materials.
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never remove tools, equipment, materials, or chemicals from the classroom or laboratory;
never use laboratory tools, materials and equipment, such as gas, water, electricity, and chemicals unless
directed to do so;
never enter storage areas;
never take food or beverages into the laboratory;
never leave power equipment running while unattended;
never leave heat sources unattended;
never leave chemical containers uncovered;
never handle electrical equipment with wet hands;
never apply substances directly to any part of the body. (Regulation 7-5.1(A))
SUBSTANCE ABUSE EDUCATION
Each Hanover County Public Schools student shall receive instruction in drug education in accordance with the
guidelines set forth by the Virginia Board of Education, which shall include appropriate first aid instruction for
substance abuse.
TEXTBOOKS
Free textbooks shall be provided for students in Hanover County Public Schools. A complete set of books must be
returned by each student who has been in attendance in Hanover County Schools or, in the case of unreturned
book(s), the student shall make full payment for the missing book(s).
Students enrolled in dual-enrollment college courses are required to purchase all textbooks necessary for successfully
completing those courses.
A textbook transfer form will be used to transact the transfer between schools when students move from one public
school to another within the county.
Consumable books assigned to a student shall accompany the pupil transferred to another public school within the
county.
Whenever a book is lost by a student at any point during the year, the student shall pay replacement cost of the
book at the following rates:
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VISITING AND CONTACTING THE SCHOOLS
Immediately upon entering the school, all visitors must report to the school office and obtain a visitor's pass. All
visitors must understand that they are under the same regulations as the student body. Students are not permitted to
bring visitors to school without prior approval from the school administration.
A Hanover student is not permitted to visit other schools (within or outside the county) without obtaining prior written
permission and approval from his/her principal and the principal of the school to be visited.
Parents who wish to confer with a teacher or staff member are requested to call the main office and schedule an
appointment to meet with the individual or a group. It is recommended that appointments be scheduled before or
after daily classes in an effort to ensure that teachers are not pulled away from their students during instructional
time. Also, parents may call the school principal’s secretary to request that a teacher or staff member return their
call.
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ADULT EDUCATION
Adult education is a significant part of public education, and individuals are encouraged to continue their education
throughout adulthood. The Hanover County School Board is committed to life-long learning. Courses of interest to
adults are offered upon the recommendation of the division superintendent and at the discretion of the School Board.
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The general objectives of adult education are the same as those of other levels of public education, namely, to
prepare individuals for full democratic citizenship, to provide them with means for economic improvement and cultural
development, and to enrich their personal and family lives.
Adult course offerings are determined by community needs and the availability of monetary resources. Students in
the adult program are required to pay tuition.
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Adult Basic Education Program (ABE) is a special program designed to meet the needs of adults who have less
than a ninth grade education, who have trouble finding or holding a job because of limited education, or who want to
improve their basic skills of reading, writing, English, mathematics and history.
Any adult who is 18 years of age or over, and who is functioning at a proficiency level below the ninth grade is
eligible to enroll in the program. The Virginia Department of Education, the federal government, and the Hanover
School Board provide funding for the program.
ADULT GENERAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT (GED) PROGRAM
The General Education Development Program (GED) provides an opportunity for recognition of educational
development for persons who did not complete requirements for high school graduation. Preparation courses for the
GED examinations are offered at The Georgetown School and at satellites sites in the community. Adults are issued a
high school equivalency credential upon achieving satisfactory scores on GED tests.
Applicants must meet the requirements as set forth by the Virginia State Board of Education before they are allowed
to test. Adult applicants must register by providing the proper identification and required fees to the official testing
center of their choice. For information about GED testing requirements or the application process call 804-723-3460
during regular business hours.
ADULT/PARENT VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers can make a valuable contribution to the educational program. Some activities in which volunteers might
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serving on advisory committees;
assisting in activities such as drama and musical productions, athletic events, school dances, spring festivals, open
house, and back-to-school night;
assisting clerical staff;
serving as resource persons in an area of particular specialty; and,
working as library assistants.
The secondary schools have a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) or a Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and
various parent booster organizations which are involved in strengthening the interactions among home, school, and
community. Parents are encouraged to join and support the activities of these organizations.
Information and guidelines for working as a school volunteer will be provided by the principal.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: ADVISORY COMMITTEES, BOOSTER GROUPS, VOLUNTEERS
The School Board intends to involve as many citizens as may be practical in the activities of the schools. The School
Board, upon recommendation of the division superintendent, shall from time to time appoint such advisory committees
of citizens of Hanover County as it deems necessary or as may be required by law. The School Board shall provide
such committees specific instructions regarding their deliberations. Unless extended, citizen committees shall expire
upon rendering their reports, the completion of their assignment or at the end of their appointment.
Parents and patrons in the community are invited to serve on county-wide advisory committees and school-based
booster groups. Such committees include, but are not limited to, those listed below:
• Alternative & Adult Education Advisory Committee
• Athletic Boosters
• Band Boosters
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Bus Safety Committee
Career & Technical Education Advisory Committee
Choral Boosters
Drama Boosters
Family Life Education Advisory Committee
Fine Arts Advisory Committee
Curriculum Development Committees
Gifted Advisory Committee
Governor’s School for International Relations Advisory Committee
Hanover Education Foundation
Head Start Policy Council
Health Advisory Committee
Interagency Transition Committee
JROTC Boosters
Long Range Planning Team
Orchestra Boosters
Parent Teacher Association
Parent Teacher Student Association
Recreation Advisory Committee
Special Education Advisory Committee
Substance Abuse Prevention/SODA Advisory Committee
Textbook Adoption Committees
The School Board encourages the use by individual schools and the administration of the talents and skills of all
members of the community who wish to contribute their abilities toward the enrichment of the educational program.
The School Board endorses the concept of assistance by parents in the classroom, the library and in other programs
designated by school administrators.
Local schools have various parent advisory committees and school improvement teams. Patrons interested in serving
on these are encouraged to contact the school principal.
COMMUNITY USE OF FACILITIES
The primary purpose of school facilities is to house the instructional program. However, the School Board encourages
the use of these facilities by the public when such use will not interfere with the basic purpose of the educational
program.
Expenses which occur (heating, lights, water and custodial services, as well as protection of school property and
security of the buildings) when various groups use school facilities make it necessary to have specific regulations and
fees. Application forms for use of school facilities can be found on the Hanover County Public Schools website. If you
have any questions, contact Sabrina Robinson at (804) 365-4526 or Tom Vaughan at (804) 365-4570. Such requests
for use of facilities should be made no more than 6 months or less than 14 days prior to the event.
COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS
In addition to flyers, telephone calls, letters, etc., the school division uses technology that provides the ability to
communicate quickly with large numbers of individuals and families. While in-person communication is always most
effective for individual concerns and problem-solving, tools of mass communication can deliver information efficiently
to groups, as well as relay critical information in the event of an emergency or crisis that affects our schools.
Descriptions of our communication tools and how each may be used are below.
Web
The division website (www.hcps.us) provides comprehensive school division information to patrons and the community.
From the home page, patrons can access links to individual school websites, central administration, school calendars,
school closing information, important documents and other valuable information.
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Blackboard Connectв„ў
The school division uses Blackboard Connectв„ў, an electronic notification system, to communicate by phone and/or email to share emergency and community outreach information with parents. It is important for parents to notify the
school when there are changes in contact information so that messages are sent to the correct telephone number and
e-mail address.
e-mail connection
Each year, parents and other patrons who wish to receive information from their child’s school may subscribe to the email connection to learn about student activities and school events and to receive information about school closings
and/or changes to activity schedules. Parents may subscribe to the service by going to the division website at
www.hcps.us, clicking on the e-mail connection icon and following the instructions. The school division will respond with
an e-mail message to confirm the subscription.
PowerSchool
PowerSchool is a student information system that provides a comprehensive set of tools to manage student data.
Teachers manage gradebooks, attendance, interims, report cards, class layouts and more from this easy-to-use web
program. Parents/guardians are able to gain access to their child’s vital school information through this specially
designed portal by entering a unique user name and password that is assigned to each student.
Publications
The Superintendent’s Annual Report is published each year. It contains general information about the school division
and recaps the accomplishments of the previous school year. The Superintendent’s Annual Report may be accessed
online on the division website at www.hcps.us.
TV99
Comcast cable subscribers can tune into Hanover’s TV99 for award-winning division news and sports coverage,
informative interview programs and student performances. TV99 programming recognizes outstanding students and
teachers, alerts parents to upcoming events and informs the community about division activities. When inclement
weather or other emergencies require schools to close, the information is immediately posted on TV99.
Transportation Hotline
Hanover County Public Schools offers a telephone service to provide the latest information on school closings or
delays. Citizens can call (804) 277-4960 to hear information that may affect the regular school schedule due to
inclement weather. This option greatly benefits those parents, guardians and students that may not have internet
access or other means to obtain school information via television or radio.
In addition, Hanover County Public Schools has a telephone number that provides daily school bus notifications. From
changes in bus numbers and bus driver substitutes to school bus delays, if regular bus information is altered, the latest
details are available by calling the Hanover County Public Schools bus transportation hotline by calling (804) 4418274. Elementary school bus information is available by pressing 1. Secondary school bus changes can be accessed
by pressing 2 and any last minute variations, primarily in bus numbers, will be announced by pressing 3.
Situations occur every day that can warrant changes in the regular bus or school schedule. The telephone information
lines enable Hanover County Public Schools to effectively communicate any adjustments that may impact the regular
school day or transportation schedule.
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INDEX
Acceleration....................................................................... 30
Administration of Medication......................................... 66
Adult Basic Education Program ..................................... 78
Adult Education ................................................................. 77
Adult General Education Development
(GED) Program ............................................................ 78
Adult/Parent Volunteers ................................................. 78
Advisory Committees ....................................................... 78
Alternative Education....................................................... 39
Alternative Method for Granting Carnegie
Units of Credit .............................................................. 37
Attendance......................................................................... 54
Awards for Achievement................................................. 39
Booster Groups ................................................................. 78
Channel 99 ........................................................................ 79
Child Study Process.......................................................... 61
Citizenship Award ............................................................ 40
Class Rank .......................................................................... 35
Code of Student Conduct ..................................................2
Community Involvement ................................................... 78
Community Use of Facilities............................................ 79
Curriculum Guides/Course Syllabus ............................. 42
Directory Information/Non-Disclosure Form .............. 63
Division Communication ................................................... 79
Driver Education................................................................ 42
Drug-Free School Zones .................................................. 63
Drugs and Alcohol ................................................ 6, 11, 27
Dual Enrollment ................................................................. 43
Early Dismissal................................................................... 63
Early School Closings ....................................................... 63
E-mail Connection ............................................................. 79
ESL (English As A Second Language)............................ 44
Exclusion.............................................................................. 15
Expulsion............................................................................. 15
Extracurricular Activities.................................................. 19
Field Trips........................................................................... 45
Fire Drills, Emergency Evacuation and
Intruder Drills ................................................................. 63
Gifted Services ................................................................. 46
Graduate Warranty Program ...................................... 47
Graduation and SOL Requirements ..............................31
Health Services...................................................................64
Homebound Instruction......................................................48
Homework........................................................................... 36
In-School Suspension......................................................... 68
Library Media Center ...................................................... 68
Make-Up of School Work and/or Tests ...................... 37
Online Instruction ............................................................... 53
Parent’s Rights to Review Student Records.................. 68
Parking and Automobiles ................................................ 71
Program of Studies........................................................... 49
Promotion and Retention ................................................. 30
Pupil Personnel Services .................................................. 72
Regulations:
Student Dress............................................................... 26
Questioning of Students ............................................26
Use of Metal Detectors.............................................. 27
Certain Drug Offenses .............................................. 28
Remedial Instruction Program......................................... 49
Report Cards/Reporting Grades to Parents .............. 35
Reporting Duties of the Principal and
Superintendent ............................................................ 21
Reports from Law Enforcement ...................................... 21
School Counseling Services ............................................. 72
School Food Services........................................................ 73
School Health Services ..................................................... 64
Standardized Testing....................................................... 50
Standards of Learning ..................................................... 29
Student Absences .............................................................. 54
Student Dress ..................................................................... 26
Student Education Plan .................................................... 50
Student Evaluation and Grading................................... 33
Student Fees....................................................................... 74
Student Insurance .............................................................. 75
Student Safety................................................................... 76
Students with Disabilities ................................................. 34
Substance Abuse Education ............................................ 77
Summer School................................................................... 51
Suspensions............................................................................9
Technology Programs....................................................... 52
Textbooks ........................................................................... 77
Truancy Referrals.............................................................. 57
Virtual Advanced Placement .......................................... 54
Visiting and Contacting Schools ........................................7
Weapons, Destructive Devices ....................................4,12
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MISSION
Hanover County Public Schools is a student-centered,
community-driven organization that
provides a quality education for lifelong success.
VISION
To be recognized as a leader in education by
building on our Tradition of Excellence.
BELIEFS
We believe a quality education encourages each child and
challenges him or her to develop an individual path to success.
We believe a safe, supportive and collaborative environment
is essential to student development and achievement.
We believe highly qualified staff, and dedicated parents and volunteers,
make the greatest positive impact on student learning.
We believe in preparing all children to be contributing, productive members
of our diverse, global society.
We believe that excellence is the standard
for continuous improvement in teaching and learning.
We believe the continued success of the school system
is dependent upon strong community partnerships.
We believe learning is a lifelong process.
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HANOVER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Atlee High School
9414 Atlee Station Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
723-2100
Dr. John Wheeler, Principal
Chickahominy Middle School
9450 Atlee Station Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
723-2160
Mark Beckett, Principal
Hanover High School
10307 Chamberlayne Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
723-3700
Dr. Dana Gresham, Principal
Liberty Middle School
13496 Liberty School Road
Ashland, VA 23005
365-8060
Donald Latham, Principal
Lee-Davis High School
7052 Mechanicsville Pike
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
723-2200
Charles Stevens, Principal
Oak Knoll Middle School
10295 Chamberlayne Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
365-4740
Caroline Harris, Principal
Patrick Henry High School
12449 W. Patrick Henry Road
Ashland, VA 23005
365-8000
Dr. Wanda Bibb, Principal
Stonewall Jackson Middle School
8021 Lee Davis Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
723-2260
Nancy Disharoon, Principal
The Hanover Center for Trades & Technology
10002 Learning Lane
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
723-2020
Justin Roerink, Principal
The Georgetown School
10000 Learning Lane
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
723-3460
TBA
All school and instructional department websites can be accessed by using
Hanover County Public Schools’ address (www.hcps.us).
The Hanover County School Board does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, disability or national
origin in its employment practices or educational programs and activities. The director of special education is designated as coordinator for nondiscrimination for access to
and implementation of programs under Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The assistant superintendent of human resources is designated as coordinator
for nondiscrimination regarding personnel matters. To contact Hanover County Public Schools by telephone, please call 804-365-4500.
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