Student Handbook

2018-2019

Table of Contents

Welcome
Mission Statement
Administration and Secretarial Staff
In Case of a Critical Emergency
School History
Attendance Policy
Compulsory Attendance Law
Perfect Attendance
Tardies
Early Dismissal
Late Arrivals
Closed Campus
Suspension Policy
Student Health
Medication Procedures
General School Regulations
Student Fees
Electronic Devices
Search and Seizure & Controlled Substances
Weapons Policy
Non-Instructional Articles
Dress and Grooming
Special Events
Graduation Requirements
Transfer of Credits
Promotion/Retention/Administrative Placement
Home Bound Instruction
AL /AP and Dual Enrollment Programs
Richard Bland College
John Tyler Community College
John Tyler Community College Through Rowanty Vocational Center
Southside Virginia Community Collegethrough Rowanty Vocational Center
Adding/Dropping Courses for Grades 9-12
Auditing for Grades 8-12
Grades and Transcripts
Repeating a Course
Credit Recovery
Courses Taken Prior to the Ninth Grade
Grading
Formula for Determining Final Grades
Courses Taken Prior to the Ninth Grade
Exams
Honor Roll
Honor Graduates
Class Rank (Through the Class of 2018)
National Honor Society
Discipline Record
Scholarships
Parking
Student Driving Regulations
Cheating Policy
Honor Policy
School Counseling Department
Hall and Classroom Procedures
Cafeteria and Lunch Hour
Telephone Procedures
Library Media Center
Dinwiddie County High School Library Media Center
Other Library Services Available
Textbooks/Calculators
Students Riding School Buses
Dinwiddie High School Assigned Work Policies
Instructional Staff
Homework Policy
Attendance Policy / Makeup Work
Class Work Policy
Military Recruiter Opt-Out
Student Cumulative Record Retention
Extra and Co-Curricular Activities
Bell Schedule

WELCOME
Dear Students:

The faculty, staff, and administration would like to welcome you to Dinwiddie High School.  You will have the opportunity to participate in multiple activities both in and out of the classroom this school year.

Your academic success is our primary mission, but how well you do is a direct result of your attitude, your attendance, and your willingness to always put forth your best effort.  The faculty will work diligently to help you achieve goals, but ultimately you will only be as successful as you choose to be.

We hope you have a successful and enjoyable school year!

Sincerely,

Randall W. Johnson
Principal

DISCLAIMER:  Dinwiddie County Code of Conduct will precede any and all decisions of misconduct.
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MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of the Dinwiddie County Public School system is to involve the total community in a commitment to an educational process which puts the needs of each child at the forefront and provides the necessary resources and structures to enable each individual to develop into a productive citizen prepared for higher education or to enter a vocational field.
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ADMINISTRATION AND SECRETARIAL STAFF

Mr. Randall Johnson, Principal

Mrs. Sharon Gibbs, Assistant Principal

Mr. Marseille Maxey, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Melissa von Poks, Assistant Principal

Mr. Jeff Walters, Activities Director

Mr. Dan Rapp, Director of School Counseling

Mr. Chad Hall, School Counselor

Ms. Sadie Madu, School Counselor

Mrs. Deborah McCollester, School Counselor

Mr. Shawn Winbush, School Counselor

Mr. Jordan Meadows, VCAC College Advisor

Mrs. Lelia Brieling, Secretary

Mrs. Faye Prosise, Attendance Secretary

Mrs. Kim McFalls, Registrar/Counseling Secretary

Mrs. Carolyn Walker, Bookkeeper

Ms. Brandi Lundy, Counseling Secretary

Mrs. Kristen Rowland, Clerical Aide

Mrs. Christie Reiter, Nurse
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IN CASE OF A CRITICAL EMERGENCY

Staying calm can be difficult, but is a must!  Problems can be solved much quicker when we stay calm.

In an emergency, do not rush to the school to pick up your child, as this adds to the traffic congestion and confusion.  Check your phone messages for the “Alert Now” System directions first.

  • Check the school Website for special instructions.
  • Listen for alternative dismissal sites such as gym, cafeteria, or another school.
  • Bring your photo identification with you whenever you come to pick up your child.
  • Do NOT pick up your child from school or a bus accident without permission of the person in charge.  We must account for all children to assure safety.
  • If you must pick up a child other than your own, be sure that you are listed on the emergency pick-up list or have a written authorization from the parent or guardian.
  • Be aware that in some emergencies (such as fire or criminal activity) the fire department or sheriff’s office may be in charge and may not allow you on the property.  Alternate dismissal sites will be designated in such instances.
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SCHOOL HISTORY

The “new” campus for Dinwiddie High opened in the 2008-2009 school year under the supervision of Dr. Charles Marazano, Superintendent of Schools. We are extremely proud and thankful to our community for funding this state-of-the-art facility. We hope to enjoy our new home for many years to come. A time capsule prepared by our students is set in the new building, and it will be opened in 2058.

The last Dinwiddie High School building was constructed in 1964-65, under the supervision of Mr. George M. Hodge, Superintendent. The High School opened its doors to students for the first time in the fall of 1965. County students came to the new high school from the former Dinwiddie High School, Midway High School, Sunnyside McKenney High School, and Southside High School to form the first student body of the new consolidated high school.

The student body consisted of students in grades 8-12 and Mr. Thomas W. Newsom, a former mathematics teacher, coach, and Director of Instruction for the school division, was appointed the first principal. In the spring 1966, 117 seniors became the first graduating class.

During the 1969-70 school year, the student bodies of Southside High School and Dinwiddie High School were combined to form one high school for the entire County for grades 10-12.  Southside High School became Dinwiddie Junior High School for students in grades 8-9.

In 1970, Mr. Newsom was appointed Superintendent of the Dinwiddie School Division, and Mr. Robert Churn became the second principal of DHS. Mr. Churn had been an outstanding teacher, baseball coach, and an administrator in the Petersburg Public School System before coming to Dinwiddie. Robert Churn left Dinwiddie in 1974 to become Dean of Students for Richard Bland College.

Mr. R. Beasley Jones, the Principal of Midway Elementary School, replaced Mr. Churn as principal of Dinwiddie High School. Beasley Jones remained principal of the high school until 1992 when he was appointed Coordinator for At-Risk Students for the School Division. Mr. Dan Ward, III, replaced Mr. Jones as principal, led the school for 8 years, and started many new traditions. Ms. Barbara T. Pittman has served as the Principal of Dinwiddie High School since 2001. She retired in 2010 and Randall Johnson is serving as the current principal.

Several buildings on the old campus were constructed by vocational students under the direction of former Building Trades Instructor, Oliver W. Rice. Mr. Rice and his students built the field house, the press box, the greenhouse, and numerous other smaller projects located on the school grounds.

Dinwiddie High School is especially proud of its graduates. Many former “Dinwiddie Generals” are prominent citizens in the community where they are self-employed or working in skilled and professional occupations, and they are in positions of leadership. The school is also proud of its athletic program and the accomplishments of former athletes. Colleges and universities as well as professional sports organizations recruit athletes from Dinwiddie High School.

One of the most significant events in the school’s history occurred in September 1977 when Mr. Robert B. Pamplin established the current Abrahams Scholarship Fund. Mr. Pamplin, a native of the county and former Chief Executive Officer of the Georgia Pacific Corporation, established the fund in honor of Miss Evelyn Abrahams, his high school English teacher. The Abrahams Scholarship has assisted many Dinwiddie High School graduates with college tuition expenses and the fund remains one of the largest high school scholarship funds in the Commonwealth.

Dinwiddie High School has a rich history and the administration, faculty, student body, and community are proud of its heritage.
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ATTENDANCE POLICY

Students are expected to attend school every day. Any absence will be considered unexcused until appropriate verification is reviewed by the principal/designee. An absence shall be excused for the following reasons:

A.   Personal illness.

B.   Death in immediate family

C.   Professional or legal appointment (unlimited, unless there may be reason to suspect abuse)

D.   Extenuating circumstances with prior approval of the principal

Students will not be marked absent for participation in school-approved field trips and club meetings. It is the student’s responsibility to notify teachers prior to such absences. Students who miss class due to field trips, testing, etc., and who know in advance, should have assignments prepared for the following school day.

It is the student’s responsibility to request makeup work for days missed. Parents should contact the School Counseling Office to request makeup work.  Please be mindful that teachers will have 24 hours to submit makeup work to the School Counseling Office.  Parents should request make up work if their child will be absent from school more than 2 consecutive days.  The teacher will determine the time that is allotted for the return of makeup work. Generally work should be made up within 3 school days.
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COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE LAW

If the student surpasses the daily attendance limit during the 9-weeks, the student is still required to attend school under the Compulsory Attendance Law. Students in violation of the attendance policy will be referred to the visiting teacher and the Family Assessment Planning Team (FAPT). If student attendance does not improve, the student will be referred to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The parent/guardian will be notified of the referral.  A truancy officer will become involved with families if a student exhibits attendance issues.  Students are reminded that presenting a “forged note” will result in disciplinary action.
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PERFECT ATTENDANCE

Students who wish to be recognized for perfect attendance must be present in all classes to be considered for an award.
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TARDIES

Students will be marked tardy when entering class after the ringing of the tardy bell unless they have an approved student pass or other approved excuse for being late. Upon receiving the third tardy, in the same nine weeks grading period, the student will be required to sign a disciplinary form indicating his/her third tardy.  The instructor will hold the form and if the student is tardy again during the nine weeks (4th tardy), the student will be referred to the High School Administration for discipline.
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EARLY DISMISSAL

When early dismissal is necessary, written verification requesting such shall be presented to the Attendance secretary prior to attending first period class. Early dismissal shall be considered excused for reasons consistent with those for which an excused absence is granted. Students requesting early dismissal must be verified with a phone call to the Attendance office by a parent.  Students may not leave school early without a dismissal permit. Students who leave school early without a dismissal permit will be considered skipping and will be disciplined accordingly.  Students who are granted permanent early dismissal must leave the grounds at the designated time of the dismissal.
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LATE ARRIVALS

When tardiness is necessary, written verification stating reasons for such shall be presented upon arrival. Tardiness shall be considered excused for reasons consistent with those for which an excused absence is granted. Students are not considered tardy when the bus arrives late. In the event the school officials determine it necessary, steps shall be taken to verify an excuse for absence, late arrival, or early dismissal. A pattern of absences, late arrivals, or early dismissals may be questioned by school officials when there is reason to suspect forgery or a misrepresentation of facts.  Students may only have three parent notes per semester.
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CLOSED CAMPUS

Students must stay on the school grounds from the time they arrive at school until dismissal or until they board the school buses for home. Students are not allowed to stay after school without supervision. If a student is on school grounds without supervision after 3:00 p.m., he/she will be asked to call home for someone to come for him/her immediately. If a parent is unavailable, the student can be cited for trespassing. Parents can be asked to pick these students up at the sheriff’s office. After-school loitering is often the cause of other violations.
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SUSPENSION POLICY

Students who violate the school rules and regulations may be assigned in In-School Suspension, or, in some cases, students may be assigned Out-of-School Suspension. In-school suspensions are generally one (1) day for a minor offense, three (3) days for a major offense, and five (5) days for repeat offenders. The term for out-of-school suspension will depend on the severity of the disciplinary matter and will be determined by the school administration.
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STUDENT HEALTH

It is our goal to maintain a healthy environment for our students. When a student becomes ill or injured during school (i.e.; fever, vomiting, diarrhea, pain etc.) the parent/guardian or designee will be contacted to pick up the student as soon as possible. A student should not return to school with fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or pain.  If a child returns to school with any of the above, the parent/guardian or designee will be contacted to pick up the student as soon as possible.
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MEDICATION PROCEDURES

Students requiring prescription or nonprescription medication during school hours must secure a special form from the nurse’s office and have the parent/guardian and/or physician’s permission before taking any medication. All medication will remain in the nurse’s office and will be administered according to the procedures established by the school board. Parent or guardian must bring all medications to the nurse (do not send by student).
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GENERAL SCHOOL REGULATIONS

Every individual is entitled to courtesy and consideration in relationships with fellow students and with instructors. Students must earn this courtesy and consideration by extending the same respect to every person they meet during the course of the day. Actions which injure others, damage private or public property, or which impede or obstruct the learning process and/or the operation of the school are not characteristic of a mature, responsible citizen and will not be tolerated. Anyone who engages in the actions described above will be subject to either school disciplinary action, legal action, or both. Assaulting others and fighting could result in suspension (or expulsion) from school, fines, and/or legal charges.

The following situations are prohibited on school premises, in school vehicles, or at school-sponsored activities:

  1. Smoking or the possession of tobacco products; ie. matches, lighters or electronic cigarettes.
  2. Possessing, distributing, using, or being under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, illegal drugs, or chemical substances
  3. Possession of drug paraphernalia
  4. Possession of guns, knives, or other objects which are classified as dangerous weapons
  5. Gambling for money
  6. Playing cards or games of chance that are not of educational value
  7. Link chains carried or worn on articles of clothing or personal items; spiked belts and/or other accessories that would be used as a weapon
  8. Open containers of drink can be inspected by school authorities.

Other violations include insubordination, flagrant disrespect of faculty members or fellow students, theft, unauthorized use or possession of school property, vandalism, cursing or use of vulgar language, arguing, fighting or use of physical force, public display of affection, or disruptive or improper student behavior. Such violations of school regulations will result in disciplinary action.
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STUDENT FEES

All student fees/dues must be paid prior to participating in the Ring Dance, Prom, Graduation, some extra-curricular activities, or obtaining a parking sticker.  The bookkeeper can let students know if they have any outstanding balances.
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ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Cell phones, beepers, pagers and other electronic devices are permitted on school property under the following guidelines:

Not used at inappropriate times.

Recommended only during designated times.

Consequences for violation of these rules are:

1st offense – Confiscated and a PARENT must come in and sign for the item.

2nd offense – Confiscated, 1 day out-of-school suspension and PARENT must come in and sign for the item

3rd Offense – Confiscated for the remainder of the school year with 2 days out-of-school suspension for defiance.  PARENTS must come in and sign for the item after the current year ends.
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SEARCH AND SEIZURE & CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

REFER TO THE DINWIDDIE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT

WEAPONS POLICY

Students should not use or have in their possession or on their persons any type of weapon (operable or inoperable) or imitation weapon. The term weapon shall include, but not be limited to, guns, blank guns, pellet guns, firearms, knives, razors, slingshots, pepper spray, mace, brass or metal knuckles, numchucks (or similar instruments), box cutters, blackjacks, explosive devices, or other objects which are or may be used as weapons. Imitation weapons shall mean any item which, by its overall appearance, including color, shape, size, marking, or package, or by representations made, is intended to lead or would lead a reasonable person to believe that such item is a weapon.

REFER TO THE DINWIDDIE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT
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NON-INSTRUCTIONAL ARTICLES

Problems sometimes arise when students bring non-instructional articles to school. Such items include, but are not limited to, games, fireworks, tape players, radios, boom boxes, cellular telephones, telephone pagers, etc.  The below-mentioned items will be confiscated and violators will be subject to disciplinary action such as detention, suspension, and, in severe cases, expulsion. If student actions, behavior, dress, appearance, or presence disrupts or can reasonably be expected to disrupt the education process of the school, the student will be subject to disciplinary action.

The following are other infractions that may result in either in-or out-of-school suspension:

  1. Truancy
  2. Leaving the school grounds without permission
  3. Skipping class
  4. Tampering with school equipment
  5. Stealing (The school will protect student property when possible; however, the major responsibility lies with each student to keep his/her books and personal belongings with him/her or locked in his/her personal locker.)
  6. Fighting, threats, or harassment
  7. Violating school bus regulations
  8. Parking in the school parking lot without a proper decal
  9. Being in the hall during class time without a hall pass
  10. Visiting cars in the parking lot before dismissal without administrative approval
  11. Visiting the teacher’s lounge without authorization
  12. Being in an unauthorized area

PLEASE REFER TO THE DINWIDDIE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT FOR ADDITIONAL BEHAVIORS WARRANTING DISCIPLINARY ACTION.
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DRESS AND GROOMING

All students are expected to dress as ladies and gentlemen. If a student wears clothing that does not meet the dress code, or is interfering with the instructional process, the student will be referred to the administration.  Continued violations of the dress code will be considered defiance and may result in additional disciplinary actions to include out-of-school suspension.  Parents are requested to support these guidelines and set the example.

The following guidelines shall determine dress and grooming:

  1. Decency
  2. Neatness
  3. Cleanliness
  4. Suitability for school
  5. Interference of instruction

The following are not suitable or appropriate, and should not be part of a student’s attire or grooming:

  1. Hats, sunglasses, scarves, coats, hoods, gloves, headbands, or bandanas
  2. Hoods from hooded sweatshirts worn within the building
  3. Footies, slippers, unsafe, or inappropriate footwear
  4. Dark glasses (if prescribed, a doctor’s statement must be in file)
  5. Undergarments may not be visible at any time under any circumstances.  See through material is not appropriate for school.
  6. Tight and form-fitting apparel should be covered with appropriate outer garments.  Revealing necklines are not acceptable, and cleavage should not be visible or sexually provocative.
  7. Hair combs, hair nets, hair curlers, or wraps
  8. Gang paraphernalia, including but not limited to bead necklaces, bracelets, neck scarves, tattoos, trademark or any other attribute
  9. Clothing that advertises or endorses alcohol, tobacco, or drug products
  10. Inappropriate apparel with words or pictures that are offensive.
  11. Trousers, slacks, jeans, or shorts worn below the waist or that show undergarments
  12. Pajamas or sleepwear, blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, and/or similar bedroom accessories
  13. Shirts or blouses must be of sufficient length that they can be tucked into the waistband. Bare midriff must not be visible. Muscle tops, tank tops, spaghetti-strapped tops, and tube tops are not considered appropriate apparel for school for males and females.
  14. Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be no more than 4 inches above the top of the knee when standing. Shirt straps or dresses must be at least 2 inches wide.

NOTE: All rules and regulations are listed for the benefit of students. It is not intended to limit the school in establishing additional regulations as needed. Students are reminded to review the Dinwiddie County Public Schools Code of Conduct and listen to daily announcements for clarification or additions to the school regulations.
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SPECIAL EVENTS

For any special event that would require an escort (ex: Prom, Ring Dance, etc.), all non-Dinwiddie High School students may not be over the age of 20.  Potential escorts must have approval of administration prior to the event.  If allowed to participate, escorts must abide by all other rules and regulations of the school and event.
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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Graduation Requirements Class of 2019, 2020, and 2021 (entered ninth grade prior to 2018-2019 school year)

A.   Requirements for a student to earn a diploma

  1. 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 be awarded a diploma upon graduation from a Virginia high school.
  2. 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 are equivalent in content and academic rigor as those courses offered at the secondary level. To earn a verified unit of credit for these courses, students must meet the requirements of 8 VAC 20-131-110.
  3. The following requirements shall be the only requirements for a diploma, unless a local school board has prescribed additional requirements that have been approved by the Board of Education. All additional requirements prescribed by local school boards that have been approved by the Board of Education remain in effect until such time as the local school board submits a request to the board to amend or discontinue such requirements.

B.   Requirements for a Standard Diploma with a Dinwiddie Seal

Students shall earn the required standard and verified units of credit described below. The requirements to graduate from Dinwiddie High School with a Standard Diploma are:

Discipline Area Standard Credits: effective w/ First-time 9th  graders in 2011-2012 & beyond Verified Credits:
*pass class and Standard of Learning (SOL) test
Additional Requirements First-time 9th graders
2013-2014
Additional Requirements:  First-time 9th grades
2016-2017
English 5  2
Mathematics1 3  1
Laboratory Science 2,6 3  1
History and Social Sciences3, 6 3  1
Health and Physical Education 2  *Pass CPR/AED Certification
Foreign Language, Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education7 2 *Pass CTE Credential
Economics and Personal Finance 1 *Complete a virtual (on-line) course
Additional CTE Course 1
Electives4 8
Student Selected Test5  1
Total 28  6
  1. Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least two different course selections from among: Algebra I; Geometry; Algebra, Functions and Data Analysis; Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II. The Board shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.
  2. Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least two different science disciplines: earth sciences, biology, chemistry or physics or completion of the sequence of science courses required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The Board shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.
  3. Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and one course in either world history or geography or both.  The Board shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.
  4. Courses to satisfy this requirement shall include at least two sequential electives as required by the Standards of Quality.
  5. A student may utilize additional tests for earning verified credit in computer science, technology, career and technical education, economics or other areas as prescribed by the Board in 8 VAC 20-131-110.
  6. Students who complete a career and technical education program sequence and pass an examination or occupational competency assessment in a career and technical education field that confers certification or an occupational competency credential from a recognized industry, or trade or professional association or acquires a professional license in a career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia may substitute the certification, competency credential or license for (1) the student selected verified credit and (2) either a science or history and social science verified credit when the certification, license or credential confers more than one verified credit. The examination or occupational competency assessment must be approved by the Board of Education as an additional test to verify student achievement.
  7. Students completing the requirements for the Standard Diploma may be eligible to receive an honor deemed appropriate by the local school board as described in subsection I of this section.

C.   Requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma with a Dinwiddie Seal

The requirements to graduate from Dinwiddie High School with an Advanced Studies Diploma are:

Discipline Area Standard Credits: effective w/ First-time 9th graders in 2011-2012 & beyond Verified Credits:
*pass class and Standard of Learning (SOL) test
Additional Requirements First-time 9th graders
2013-2014
Additional Requirements:  First-time 9th grades
2016-2017
English 5  2
Mathematics1 4  2
Laboratory Science 2,6 4  2
History and Social Sciences3, 6 4  2
Foreign Languages 3
Health and Physical Education 2  *Pass CPR/AED Certification
Fine Arts or CTE course 1
Economics and Personal Finance 1 *Complete a virtual (on-line) course
CTE Course 1
Electives4 5
Student Selected Test5  1
Total 30  9

Students completing the requirements for the Advanced Studies Diploma may be eligible to receive an honor deemed appropriate by the local school board as described in subsection I of this section.

Graduation Requirements Class of 2022 and beyond (first time ninth graders 2018-2019 school year)

Listed below are graduation requirements for students who entered the ninth grade during or after the 18-19 school year.  These graduation requirements begin with the graduating Class of 2022.  Below are charts detailing the diploma requirements for students graduating with a Dinwiddie seal.

Standard Diploma:
(FT) = First Time

Discipline Area Standard Credits:
(FT) 9th graders 2018-2019
Verified Credits:
*pass class and Standard of Learning test
Additional Requirements:
(FT) 9th graders
2018-2019
English 5  2
Mathematics 3   1
Laboratory Science 3  1
History and Social Sciences 3  1
Health and Physical Ed. 2  *Pass CPR/AED Certification
World Language, Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education (CTE) Course 2  *Pass CTE credential; or honors or Advanced Placement course
Economics and Personal Finance 1  *complete a virtual (online) course
CTE Credit 1
Electives (2 sequential) 8
TOTAL 28 5

Mathematics:  Approved courses at or above the level of algebra.
Laboratory Science:  Approved courses from two different science disciplines.
Social Science:  Must include US History, US Government, World History (I, II) or World Geography

Advanced Studies Diploma:
(FT) = First Time

Discipline Area Standard Credits:
(FT) 9th graders 2018-2019 and beyond
Verified Credits:
*pass class and Standard of Learning test
Additional Requirements:
(FT) 9th graders
2018-2019
English 5  2
Mathematics 4   1
Laboratory Science 4  1
History and Social Sciences 4  1
World Language 3
Health and Physical Ed. 2 *Pass CPR/AED Certification
Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education (CTE) course 1  *Pass CTE credential; or honors or Advanced Placement course
Economics and Personal Finance 1  *complete a virtual (online) course
CTE Credit 1
Electives 5
TOTAL 30 5

Mathematics:  Approved courses at or above the level of algebra.
Laboratory Science:  Approved courses from two different science disciplines.
Social Science:  Must include US History, US Government, World History (I or II) or World Geography
Foreign Languages:  Three years of one language or two years of two languages.

E.  I accordance with the requirements of the Standards of Quality, students with disabilities who complete the requirements of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) and do not meet the requirements for other diplomas shall be awarded Special Diplomas.

F.   In accordance with the requirements of the Standards of Quality, students who complete prescribed programs of studies defined by the local school board but do not qualify for Standard, Advanced Studies, Modified Standard, Special, or General Achievement diplomas shall be awarded Certificates of Program Completion.  The requirements for Certificates of Program Completion are developed by local school boards in accordance with the Standards of Quality. Students receiving a general achievement diploma shall comply with 8 VAC 20-680, Regulations Governing the General Achievement Diploma.

G.  In accordance with the provisions of the compulsory attendance law and 8 VAC 20-360, Regulations Governing General Education Development Certificates, students who do not qualify for diplomas may earn a high school equivalency credential.

H.   At a student’s request, the local school board shall communicate or otherwise make known to institutions of higher education, potential employers, or other applicable third parties, in a manner that the local school board deems appropriate, that a student has attained the state’s academic expectations by earning a Virginia diploma and that the value of such a diploma is not affected in any way by the accreditation status of the student’s school.

I.   Students meeting specific requirements for graduation and demonstrating exemplary performance may receive diploma seals for recognition.  Visit the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to obtain additional information concerning seals.  Dinwiddie High Schools students who fulfill the Dinwiddie Seal requirements will receive a Dinwiddie seal on their diploma.

J.   Students completing graduation requirements in a summer school program shall be eligible for a diploma. The last school attended by the student during the regular session shall award the diploma unless otherwise agreed upon by the principals of the two schools.

K.   Students who complete Advanced Placement courses, college-level courses, or courses required for an International Baccalaureate Diploma shall be deemed to have completed the requirements for graduation under these standards provided they have earned the standard units of credit and earned verified units of credit in accordance with the requirements of subsections B and C of this section.

L.   Students shall be counseled annually regarding the opportunities for using additional tests for earning verified credits as provided in accordance with the provisions of 8 VAC 20-131-110, and the consequences of failing to fulfill the obligations to complete the requirements for verified units of credit.
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TRANSFER OF CREDIT

Visit the VDOE to see guidelines set forth by the Virginia Department of Education for students transferring into a Virginia public high school.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Visit the VDOE to see guidelines set forth by the Virginia Department of Education for students graduating from a Virginia public school.

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PROMOTION/RETENTION/ADMINISTRATIVE PLACEMENT

In order to qualify for grade level placement, students must have the number of credits indicated below

  • Grade 9 – Students have met the requirements for 9th grade placement
  • Grade 10 – Student must have completed at least 6 units of credits and passed English 9.
  • Grade 11 – Students must have completed at least 12 units of credits and passed English 9 and   English 10.
  • Grade 12 – Student must have completed at least 18 units of credits and passed English 9, 10, and 11.
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HOME BOUND INSTRUCTION

Students on homebound instruction who miss 20 percent (18 days) of a predominantly laboratory class may not be eligible for credit. Some classes of a “hands on nature” (i.e., drama, science labs, typing, or courses in which the homebound teacher is unable to replicate the appropriate work environment) may have to be adjusted or changed during the homebound period. A review of the situation will be made by School Counseling Office and the Administration.
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AL/AP AND DUAL ENROLLMENT PROGRAMS

Students whose past performance and test scores meet certain criteria will be invited to participate in Advanced Level (AL), Advanced Placement (AP), and Dual Enrollment (DE) courses.  These courses require more rigorous standards.  To continue taking AL, AP, and DE courses, student must pass a previous AL, AP, or DE course with a grade of “C” or higher (unweighted), to continue with the next sequential course (i.e.  English 10 AL to English 11 AL).

DUAL ENROLLMENT CREDIT

Dual Enrollment Guidelines:  This Dual Enrollment Policy shall be implemented beginning with the 8th grade class of 2014-2015.

1.   Students are afforded opportunities to take college courses simultaneously for high school graduation and college degree credit.  The following conditions must be met:

a.   Prior written approval of the high school principal for the cross-registration must be obtained;

b.   The college must accept the student for admission to the course(s); and

c.   The course(s) must be given by the college for degree credit(s) (hence, no remedial courses will be accepted).

2.   Dual credit will only be awarded for courses which are required to fulfill a student’s diploma requirements. Dual credit will only be awarded when students complete a sequence course (i.e., Government 201 & Government 202).  Progression  from one course to another will be subject to the policies set forth by the individual colleges.

Both courses must be passed to earn a high school credit and no grade averaging will take place.

3.   Weighted credit (when calculating GPA and class rank) will only be awarded for dual enrollment courses which are the equivalent of weighted courses listed in Dinwiddie High School’s Planning Guide.

4.   Dual enrollment courses taken over the summer will transfer back to Dinwiddie High School as a non-weighted credit.

5.   Students who are dually enrolled may participate in any and all high school activities for which they are eligible.

6.   Students may enroll in college courses in which dual credit will not be awarded.

7.   Dual enrollment courses must be approved by the principal or his/her designee prior to enrollment.

8.   It is the student’s responsibility to return an official transcript to the High School School Counseling Office.

9.   All questions regarding dual enrollment should be referred to the Dinwiddie High School School Counseling Office.

A.   Dual Enrollment opportunities offered through Dinwiddie High School:

1.   Requirements:

a.   To qualify for dual enrollment courses, certain testing and GPA requirements must be met.  School counselors will advise students of the individual course requirements.

b.   When enrolled in a dual enrollment course certain criteria must be maintained in regards to class average and daily attendance to maintain dual enrollment status.  Instructors will discuss these requirements further when reviewing course syllabi the first day of class.

c.   If a student breaks the Dinwiddie County honor policy while in a Dual Enrollment course, the following may be applied:

i.    May not be allowed to enroll in another dual enrollment course during his high school career.

ii.    The credit issuing university’s honor policy will be implemented.

B.   Examples of dual enrollment opportunities through Dinwiddie High:

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RICHARD BLAND COLLEGE

US Government – 201-202
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JOHN TYLER COMMUNITY COLLEGE

English 111D-College Composition 1

English 112D-College Composition 2

English 241D-American Literature 1

English 242D-American Literature 2

English 243D-British Literature 1

English 244D-British Literature 2

6630D-Advanced Design Multimedia & Web Technology

SDV 110 Teachers for Tomorrow

SDV 195 Teacher for Tomorrow

MTH 163 Pre-Calculus 1

MTH 164 Pre-Calculus 2

BIO 101 Gen Bio 1

BIO 102 Gen Bio 2
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JOHN TYLER COMMUNITY COLLEGE THROUGH ROWANTY VOCATIONAL CENTER

8702D-Criminal Justice 1

ELE 131-Electricity 1

ELE 150-Electricity 1

ELE 138-Electricity 2

ELE 151-Electricity 2
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ADDING/DROPPING COURSES FOR GRADES 9-12

Changes will be made after the last day of school if an error is found on the students schedule or if the student did not pass a required course in the previous school year.  Scheduling errors are as follows:

  • Students being scheduled for a class they have previously passed
  • Core subject class(es) scheduled that is not required for their diploma
  • Omitting a class required for graduation

Students will be contacted if a scheduling conflict occurs and will be able to make another course request.

Dinwiddie High School understands that students may have extenuating circumstances which necessitate a schedule change after the last day of school.  Appeals shall be made to the principal in writing requesting a schedule change; accompanied by written permission from the parent(s) within 6 days of the start of the semester.  All schedule changes are subject to course availability.

If a student fails a course in the 1st semester, he or she will need permission from the principal to repeat that course in the 2nd semester.  Seniors who fail a course necessary for graduation during the 1st semester are not guaranteed a position in that class for the 2nd semester.  Positions in the 2nd semester classes are open only if space is available.  An alternative plan will be presented to the senior if this case occurs.

Students will be allowed to add and drop courses under the following circumstances:

1.   A class may be dropped only within the first six weeks of a semester. After the first six weeks, if a class is dropped an “F” will be recorded on the student’s transcript for the dropped class.  A grade of “F” cannot be removed from a child’s transcript.  Dinwiddie High understands that students may have extenuating circumstances which require them to drop a course after the first six weeks of a semester.  Appeals shall be made to the principal in writing requesting that a withdrawal grade of an “F” be removed from a child’s transcript.  If an appeal is granted by the principal, the WF or WP classification will be changed to AW.  The following classifications will be used when dropping a course after the first six weeks of a semester:

WF –withdrew failing the course; student receives a grade of “F” for the course

WP –withdrew passing the course; student receives a grade of “F” for the course

AW –withdrew with administrative approval; student does not receive a grade of “F” for the course

2.   Written permission from the parent(s) is required for any schedule change. All schedule changes are subject to the availability of classes.

3.   Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the principal or his/her designee.
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AUDITING FOR GRADES 8-12

Course auditing will only be allowed for students who transfer to Dinwiddie High School and are unable to obtain the number of seat hours needed to earn a Carnegie unit of credit.  Auditing a course involves a student being enrolled in a course in which credit will not be received.  An audited course will not be computed into a student’s grade point average.  Students auditing a course are required to complete all assignments including, but not limited, to homework, quizzes, tests, and projects, etc.  Students are not allowed to audit dual enrollment or Advanced Placement courses.  Administrative approval is required for a student to audit a course.

GRADES AND TRANSCRIPTS

A transfer student’s numerical average will be used when transferring into a comparable course at Dinwiddie High.  If a numerical average cannot be obtained, but a letter grade is available which matches the descriptors used by Dinwiddie County High School, the student will be assigned a numerical grade based on the middle numerical value in the descriptor category.  Letter grades assigned for earned credits on a transfer student’s transcript will be matched to the corresponding quality point scale used by Dinwiddie High School.  If a transfer student’s transcript only includes numerical grades, the same procedure will be used as with letter grades.  Transfer courses taken prior to the fall of 2014 will transfer in based on the previous quality point scale used by Dinwiddie High School.
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REPEATING A COURSE

Students in grades 9 – 12 who wish to repeat a course in order to strengthen their grade in a course will be allowed only if the previous grade was a B+ or lower.  Both grades will appear on the student’s transcript, but the student will not receive duplicate credit.  The higher grade will be used in the calculation of the student’s overall grade point average.  Note:  A grade of “F” cannot be removed from a student’s transcript.
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CREDIT RECOVERY

Credit recovery will be allowed for students who are repeating a course that was previously failed.  The improved grade will be included on the student’s transcript and used in the calculation of grade point average.  Note:  A grade of “F” cannot be removed from a student’s transcript.  Prior written approval is required from the principal or his/her designee before the student can enroll in an off campus course for credit recovery.
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COURSES TAKEN PRIOR TO THE NINTH GRADE

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, or verified units of credit provided the students achieve a passing score on the end-of-course Standards of Learning tests.

Carnegie Credit  courses taken as a middle school student in which the student did not achieve the anticipated grade can be removed from the transcript.  A parent must request this change in writing prior to July 15th of the year in which the course was completed. (A parental request form can be obtained from the middle school school counselor.)
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GRADING

Teachers will be responsible for grading their pupils’ progress using the letter grades of A, B, C, D, or F.  The value of each grade is as follows:

Letter and

Numerical Value

Standard Advanced Advanced Placement /

Dual Enrollment

Unweighted GPA
Excellent
A+ 98-100 4.25 5.00 5.50  4.0
A 93-97 4.00 4.75 5.25  4.0
A- 90-92 3.75 4.50 5.00  3.75
 Very Good
 B+  87-89  3.25  4.00 4.50  3.0
 B  83-86  3.00 3.75  4.25  3.0
 B-  80-82  2.75  3.50  4.00  2.75
 Satisfactory
 C+  77-79  2.25 3.00 3.50  2.0
 C  73-76  2.00  2.75  3.25  2.0
 C-  70-72  1.75  2.50  3.00 1.75
 Needs Improvement
 D+  67-69  1.25  2.00  2.50  1.0
 D  63-66  1.00  1.75  2.25  1.0
 D-  60-62  0.75  1.50  2.00  .75
 Unsatisfactory/Failing
 F  59-Below  0 0  0

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FORMULA FOR DETERMINING FINAL GRADES

Grades will be issued to students at approximately every nine-week grading period.   A student’s final grade determines credit in a course.  The final grade is determined by counting the numerical average of each of the nine weeks three times, the final exam once, and dividing the total by seven.

EXAMPLE:

1st 9 weeks numerical average X 3

+ 2nd 9 weeks numerical average X 3

+ Final cumulative assessment

Total divided by 7 = Final grade (a student exempted from final cumulative assesment would divide by 6)

The 1st semester final letter grade and 2nd semester final letter grade will be entered on the student’s school transcript. Individual grading periods will not show on school transcripts.
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HONOR ROLL

Principal’s Scholar:  Students obtaining an overall weighted nine-weeks grade point average of 3.875 and higher.  Students cannot have a letter grade lower than a B letter grade (students receiving a B- or below will be excluded).

Honor Roll:  Students obtaining an overall weighted nine-weeks grade point average of a 2.875 or higher.  Students cannot have a letter grade lower than a C letter grade (students receiving a C- or below will be excluded).

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IS GIVEN TO STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT IN VIOLATION OF THE SCHOOL HONOR POLICY.
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HONOR GRADUATES

Students who have attained a weighted numerical grade point average of 4.0 or higher at the end of their senior year will be recognized as Honor Graduates.
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CLASS RANK

The class rank policy below shall be implemented beginning with the 8th grade class of 2014-15.

A student’s overall weighted numerical grade point average will be based on courses for which a Carnegie unit of credit is earned.  Class rank will be decided based on a student’s overall weighted grade point average.  A student’s class rank will be calculated at the end of the junior year, end of the first semester of the senior year, and the end of second semester of the senior year.  A student’s overall weighted numerical grade point average will be computed to the thousandths place.  Note:  Only students earning verified credits will be included in class ranking.
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NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

To be selected as a member of the society is one of the highest honors that can be paid to a high school student. Its purpose is to recognize those students who exhibit a high degree of character, leadership, scholarship, and service. Sophomores are tapped after making application and being evaluated by a faculty committee for leadership, service, and character. Students who transfer to Dinwiddie High School must attend for at least one full semester to be eligible to be considered for membership. Students may be placed on probation for a drop in GPA or for discipline issues.
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DISCIPLINE RECORD

Dinwiddie High School will not release discipline to post-secondary institutions without written permission from a parent or from a student who has reached the age of 18.
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SCHOLARSHIPS

Each year a large number of senior students are recipients of scholarships awarded for outstanding academic achievement and athletic performance. Funds for scholarships are made available through civic and community organizations, private individuals, foundations, and colleges and universities. The school division is especially proud of the Evelyn Abrahams Scholarship Fund established by Mr. Robert B. Pamplin, a philanthropist, corporate executive, and native of Dinwiddie County. All eligible seniors are encouraged to apply for the available scholarships.  Specific guidelines for each scholarship are listed in the School Counseling Office.  Available scholarships can be found on DHS School Counseling Office webpage.
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PARKING

Parking at Dinwiddie High School is a privilege extended to students. The administration has found it necessary to modify the parking regulations due to student safety, liability, and insurance regulations.

Students must pay all fees and money owed to the school before a parking permit may be issued. The vehicle must be a properly licensed vehicle of Dinwiddie County. We are compelled to have the following new regulations and restrictions:

1.   A parking permit is required to park on school property. Parking permits may be purchased in the Bookkeeper’s office.

2.   Parking violations may result in vehicles being towed at the owner’s expense.

3.   The school reserves the right to limit the number of parking permits issued.
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STUDENT DRIVING REGULATIONS

Violations of driving regulations listed below will result in the loss of driving privileges or other disciplinary action:

1.   Driving in a reckless manner or at excessive speeds will not be tolerated.

2.   Vehicles on school grounds are subject to search.

3.   Cleanliness of the parking lot is the responsibility of student users.

4.   Students are not permitted to be tardy to school as a result of having a driving privilege; violators will lose their driving privilege.
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CHEATING POLICY

Students are expected to perform honestly on schoolwork and tests.  The following actions are prohibited:

– cheating on a test or assigned work by giving, receiving, offering and/or soliciting information

– plagiarizing by copying the language, structure, idea and/or thoughts of another

– falsifying statements on any assigned schoolwork, tests, or other school documents
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HONOR POLICY

All students are expected to submit work (homework, class work, quizzes, tests, and papers, etc.) that is their own. Plagiarism is the use of another’s work as his own and will be referred to the discipline process as violations of the cheating and honor policies. Students will receive a zero on any work in violation of the honor policy
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SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

The purpose of the school counseling department is to assist students in developing a high school program that will prepare them for their post secondary goals as well to assist students with personal/social needs.  Counselors are available at for individual consultation to assist students with academic, personal/social and career development.  The School Counseling Department has five school counselors, a VCAC College Adviser, a Registrar, and an Administrative Assistant.  The department also benefits from services provided by a John Tyler Career Coach, a representative from Educational Opportunities, and a Therapeutic Day Treatment school-based counselor provided through the National Counseling Group.
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HALL AND CLASSROOM PROCEDURES

1.   Be prompt to class.

2.   All non-essential materials should be left in the student’s locker.

3.   Students are not to leave the classroom without a pass from the teacher.
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CAFETERIA AND LUNCH HOUR

Student behavior in the cafeteria should be based on courtesy and cleanliness. This means leaving the area in a neat and clean condition. Students will go through the cafeteria line and pay for their choices of food. Students are to remain in the cafeteria until they have finished eating. Food from the cafeteria will not be allowed outside the cafeteria during breakfast or lunch. Students are responsible for removing the lunch tray from the table and also depositing trash in the trash container.

Student breakfast cost $1.35

Student lunch cost $2.65

Adult breakfast cost $1.65

Adult lunch cost $3.25
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TELEPHONE PROCEDURES

Students are not allowed to use the office telephone for personal calls except in an emergency and with staff permission. In the event a student receives a call, he/she will be given the message after class, unless there is an emergency.
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LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

The library media center features networked computers and almost 14,000 books for leisure reading and research. The Internet, Microsoft Office Suite, and the online catalog Destiny are available. The network provides a word processing program, database, spreadsheet, presentations software and numerous online resources. Refer to the library’s website for a list of exact titles of these and other research sources available.
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DINWIDDIE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

Library Policies & Procedures

Visit the DHS Library on the web.

1.   The library is open 7:15 a.m. until 2:50 p.m. each school day.  Additional library time may be scheduled in advance by appointment.

2.   Students must have a pass from a credit-course teacher to visit the library at any time during the school day, unless they are with a class and accompanied by a teacher.  Students must sign in at the Circulation desk and present their agenda/passbooks upon entering the library.   An adult library staff member must sign a student’s pass before a student may leave the library.

3.   Students may check out a maximum of 3 books at a time.  The loan period for nonfiction books is one week.  Fiction books may be checked out for two weeks.  Library books may be renewed.   A fine of $.10 per day will be charged for each overdue library book.  Overdue fine notices will be distributed to students.

4.   Reference books may not be checked out.

5.   Reserve books or overnight books (one book per student) may be checked out one night only.  It must be returned before the tardy bell for 1st period the next school day.  There will be a fine of $1.00 each class period it is overdue.

6.   All library materials must be properly checked out before leaving the library.  Theft or willful damage of library property will be referred to the administration.

7.   A student who has outstanding library obligations, i.e., overdue books and or unpaid fines, may not check out library materials or renew books.

8.   Students are responsible for library materials checked out.  The replacement cost of the book will be charged for a lost or damaged book.

9.   Students are expected to use the library, its resources, and computers for school assignments and educational purposes only.  Students are expected to obey the Dinwiddie County Acceptable Use Policy at all times when using the Internet.  Students’ school Internet accounts are to be used for school assignments only.  Failure to use the library, its resources, and the Internet responsibly may result in referral to the administration.  Failure to comply with the Dinwiddie County Acceptable Use Policy may result in the loss of the student’s school Internet account.

10. Cell phones and ear buds for listening devices are prohibited in the library.

11. Students are not allowed to eat or drink in the library or library computer labs.

12. Students who do not behave appropriately may be asked to return to their regular class.

13. Students are not allowed to bring book bags into the main room of the library.  Students may leave their book bags in the library foyer; however, the library staff is not responsible for book bags or their contents.
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OTHER LIBRARY SERVICES AVAILABLE

Coin operated copy machine – $.15 per page

FAX machine – Interlibrary use

Some school computer supplies for sale
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TEXTBOOKS/CALCULATORS

The school division has adopted textbooks/calculators for student use and all students will be issued textbooks free of charge. The following procedures must be followed regarding the issuance and use of textbooks/calculators.

1.   Students will be responsible for paying the replacement cost of textbooks that are lost or stolen.

2.   Students are responsible for the return of textbooks at the end of the semester or school year.

3.   Students will be charged for textbooks not returned.

4.   Students will be charged for damage to textbooks other than normal wear (students are encouraged to use book covers on books to prevent damage).

5.   Students are responsible for furnishing batteries for their school-issued calculator.

6.   Students must pay for the cost of a lost or damaged calculator.
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LOCKERS AND GYM SUITS

1.   Lockers will be assigned at the beginning of the year. Students are advised not to give locker combinations to others or to share lockers with others. STUDENTS ARE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENTS OF THEIR LOCKER AT ALL TIMES.

2.   Instructions for operating lockers are as follows:

a.   Turn right two or more whole turns and stop at____.

b.   Then turn left one whole turn past above number and stop at ____.

c.   Now turn right to No. ____and open locker.

3.   Students may visit their locker immediately before class and before or after school.

4.   All students enrolled in H.P.E. classes are required to wear suitable attire. New gym suits cost $13.00. Individually, gym shirts and gym shorts are $6.50 each. These may be paid for in the bookkeeper’s office.
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STUDENTS RIDING SCHOOL BUSES

The Code of Virginia states in part that “School Boards may provide for the transportation of pupils; but nothing herein contained shall be construed as requiring such transportation.” The School Board is responsible for the safety of pupils transported in buses. The Superintendent is responsible for establishing rules and regulations for the safety of pupils riding in school buses. It is his/her duty to see that the school division complies with State Law and Regulations of the State Board of Education relative to school buses and the transportation of pupils. Listed below are the rules and regulations pertaining to students riding school buses.

Students must:

*Be on time. Be at their bus stop at least five minutes before the regular pickup time, but no earlier than ten minutes before. Remain at the stop until the bus arrives.

*Not stand on the traveled portion of the roadway while waiting for the bus.

*Not engage in play or other activities that will endanger themselves or their companions while waiting beside the road.

*Not run alongside a moving bus, but wait until it has stopped, then walk to the front door.

*Board bus in an orderly fashion.

*Report immediately to the driver, any illness or injury sustained on or around the bus.

*Follow the directions of the Safety Patrol. Members who are assigned to the bus stop/ or a bus. Safety Patrols assist bus drivers and work under the direction of the school administrator and the bus driver.

*Recognize the bus driver as the authority on the bus, obey the bus driver, and be courteous to him or her and to fellow students. Students are to follow the conduct rules stated by the department of transportation as they are listed in the pamphlet, “Regulations for Pupils Riding School Buses,” that will be handed out during the first week of school.

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DINWIDDIE HIGH SCHOOL ASSIGNED WORK POLICIES

INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF

All administrators, school counselors, and teachers at Dinwiddie High School are dedicated to helping all students achieve and will work collectively to encourage the completion of all assigned work. Teachers and school counselors will work with parents and guardians to ensure that students make every effort to complete assignments in a timely fashion so that students do not fall behind the pacing schedule established by the Dinwiddie County Public Schools.
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HOMEWORK POLICY

Students shall be responsible for completing homework assignments.  Parents should encourage appropriate study habits and the completion of homework assignments on a prompt and regular basis.  Homework will be a factor in the student evaluation process.  Homework should be the student’s own work.  To receive full credit, homework is to be turned in on the day that it is due. Teachers may accept a late assignment the next school day for partial credit.  Upon a student’s first offense, the teacher will make a reasonable effort to contact the parent /guardian, encouraging the parent/guardian to monitor their student’s progress through Infinite Campus. If parents/guardians cannot be contacted by email or phone, they are encouraged to contact their student’s teacher to establish an alternate means of communication. If a student fails to turn in homework within the allotted time, a zero (0) may be given for that assignment. Students who develop a pattern of not handing in work will be referred to their school counselor for assistance.
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ATTENDANCE POLICY/MAKEUP WORK

It is the student’s responsibility to request makeup work for classes that are missed. Parents should contact the School Counseling Office to request makeup work if their student will be absent from school more than two consecutive days.  Please be mindful that teachers will have 24 hours to submit makeup work to the School Counseling Office.  Students will be given three school days for the return of makeup work and the completion of all makeup tests and quizzes. Alternate assessments may be given to students who were absent, at the teacher’s discretion.
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CLASSWORK POLICY

Students shall be responsible for completing class work assignments.  Class work will be a factor in the student evaluation process.  Failure to complete class work may result in the teacher completing a disciplinary form indicating the student’s refusal to complete class work, and the student will be referred to an administrator.
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MILITARY RECRUITER OPT_OUT

Federal law requires secondary schools to release the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of secondary school students to military recruiters who request this information. You or the student (even if the student is not 18 or emancipated) may prohibit the release of this information to military recruiters. You or the student may opt out by contacting the Dinwiddie School Counseling office at 804-469-4295 to request a copy of the opt-out form.
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STUDENT CUMULATIVE RECORD RETENTION

The Library of Virginia issues the Records Retention and Disposition General Schedule No. 21, which sets rules regarding how long schools must retain certain types of student records. The retention schedule varies depending on the type of record. Cumulative files of students who graduate or withdraw from Dinwiddie County Public Schools will be purged five years after the student’s last date of attendance based on the Library of Virginia Records Retention and Disposition Schedule. Students requesting purged records must contact the School Counseling Office prior to the beginning of the fifth year of the student’s last date of attendance. Requested records not obtained within 30 days of notification of pickup by the School Counseling Office will be destroyed based on the Library of Virginia Records Retention and Disposition General Schedule.

Special education records are kept for five years after the student exits (graduates, withdraws, or completes a program) from Dinwiddie County Public Schools. After five years, these records are destroyed in compliance with the Library of Virginia Records Retention and Disposition Schedule.

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EXTRA AND CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Activity: Coach/Sponsor

ACT: Sharon Gibbs

Baseball: Jason Burton

Basketball-Boys: Bradley Atkins

Basketball-Girls: Sherelle Green

Cheerleading: Breanna Glass

Color Guard: Andrea Sims

Competition Chorus: Lauren Coble

Cross Country: Bob Weaver

DECA: Natonya Robinson-Williams/June Pate

Drama: Jamie Loving

FBLA: Pinkie Hall

Fellowship of Christian Athletes: Samoa Allen

FFA: Cindy Blaha/Lauren Bishop

Forensics: Jamie Loving

Football: Billy Mills

Golf: Rick Beville

International Thespian Society: Jamie Loving

JROTC: Duncan Robinson/Darold Harper

Marching Band: Ryan Gregory

National Honor Society: Latrice Johnson/Susan Wilson

Robotics: Kristin Buyalos

Ruriteen Club: Scott Watts

SCA: Sharon Gibbs/Rick Beville

Scholastics Bowl: Jeanne Minetree

Soccer-Girls: Valeria Rivas-Cruz

Soccer-Boys: Casey Dooley

SODA: S. Brockwell, K. Buyalos, L. Johnson, J. Loving, T. Ranson

Softball: Rick Beville

Special Olympics: Nellie Kee

Sponsor—9th grade: Krystal Bailey

Sponsor—10th grade: Jerry Jones

Sponsor—11th grade: Diane Hawkins

Sponsor—12th grade: Jennifer Parks

Tennis-Girls: Archie Tortorice

Tennis-Boys: William Nicholas

Track: Les Young/ Sydney Gibson

Tri-M: Lauren Coble

TSA: Sam Porter/Randy Bullock

VHSL Creative Writing: Scott Brockwell

Volleyball-Boys: Jerry Perkinson

Volleyball-Girls: Katrina Harrison

Wrestling: Chad Hall

Yearbook: Josh Rowland

100 Milers: Jennifer Wegman
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BELL SCHEDULE

Time Description
7:05 Teachers due in school
7:15 Group A buses unload-Breakfast begins
7:25 Group B buses unload-Breakfast continues
7:35 1st Period Bell
7:40 Tardy Bell – 1st Block
9:00 Dismissal – 1st Block
9:05 Tardy Bell – 2nd Block
10:25 Dismissal Bell – 2nd Block
10:30 Tardy Bell – IE Block
11:10 Dismissal – IE Block
11:15 3rd Block – Begin Lunch A
11:39 End Lunch A
11:42 Begin Lunch B
12:06 End Lunch B
12:09 Begin Lunch C
12:33 End Lunch C
12:36 Begin Lunch D
1:00 End Lunch D – Dismissal – 3rd Block
1:05 Tardy Bell – 4th Block
2:25 Dismissal – 4th Block
2:45 End of Compulsory time for teachers

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