Provo High students should conduct themselves in a respectful, safe, and appropriate manner at all times. Proper conduct varies from one activity to another. The conduct expected in the library varies form appropriate conduct during a pep assembly. Any conduct that is disruptive to the orderly process of education is not appropriate and may result in disciplinary action or suspension.
All students are responsible to check-in and checkout at the attendance office any time they enter or leave campus during the school day.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations during ANY MEETING at our school should notify Provo High School Administration at 373-6550, ext. 333, at least three working days prior to the meeting.
PHS students are required to have activity cards and should carry them at all times. Activity cards are needed for library use, attendance make-up and school activities. Students must complete and return the Parent Notification Form and the Student Computer Use Agreement Form to receive an activity card. A charge of $5.00 will be assessed for replacement cards. Students withdrawing from PHS must return their activity card before receiving their refunds. Students who violate school rules may lose their access to school activities. Using another person’s activity card to try to enter an event is attempted fraud. Misused activity cards will be confiscated.
Earning The Academic Letter
Provo High School recognizes excellence in all areas of student achievement. Letter awards are achievable in academic areas as well as some CTE (Career & Technical Education). These letters are awarded to students who have achieved certain criteria established by the faculty. Academic letter certificates will be awarded at the end of the school year at the senior Awards Night to be held on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Awards are available in the following areas: English, English as a Second Language (ESL), Fine Arts/Visual Arts (includes art, dance, drama, music, etc.), Foreign Language, Mathematics, Practical Arts/CTE (includes business, drafting, family & consumer education, etc.), Science, Social Studies.
Department chairman will be able to help you with specific requirements. (Students should be working on the requirements throughout the school year.) Applications for all academic lettering will be available March 1, 2013, from individual departments and in the College/Career Center. They will be due by May 1, 2013. You may get more information about academic lettering from Mrs. Patterson in the College/Career Center or by emailing her.
Parents are required by law to notify the school of address and phone number changes. In emergencies, contacting parents is essential.
When a student takes an AP class, the credit is listed on the regular transcript with the grade and credit issued by the teacher. When a student takes both an AP class and the AP test, only the AP class generates high school credit. When a student takes the AP test but NOT the AP class, they may receive 2 semesters of Provo High credit. A score of 3 or 4 will generate a “P” grade. A score of 5 will generate an “A” grade. The AP test credit will be listed on the transcript in an area separate from the regular classes and labeled “AP Test credit.”
Athletics and The NCAA
Students who anticipate participating in college athletics should contact their coach or counselor for current NCAA requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to track and meet NCAA guidelines.
Provo High Main Office hours are 7:00 am to 3:00 pm during school days. The Business and Attendance offices are open from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Counseling center also is open from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.
Some examples of cheating are copying work from another student, quoting another paper, the Internet, a book or an article without giving credit to the author, storing information in a calculator for a test, putting your name on a paper belonging to another, and passing information to others during a test. A first instance of cheating will receive an ‘F’ on the assignment and a counselor intervention to assist the student. Additional incidents will result in loss of credit for the class.
Schedule changes should be made before the start of each semester. Changes made after the close of registration cost $10.00 for each class affected. There is no fee for class changes that are beyond the student’s control. An “F” grade will be recorded for a student who drops a class after 40% of the term has been reached. There will be no schedule changes at the term break except those initiated by teacher or administrators, when an additional class is added AND when all teachers involved approve the change. No change is complete and official until the teachers receive official notification of the change from counseling. Students are responsible to see that their schedules are correct.
Students may NOT interrupt classes without an official note from the main office or counseling. If an emergency arises, the main office will phone a classroom, page a student, or deliver a message. Non-emergency messages cannot be delivered.
Organization of Clubs
Clubs at Provo High are many and varied. In addition to the clubs that emphasize a particular interest, there are clubs, which furnish service for the school. Somewhere, there is a club which will interest you and which needs your support. Clubs are approved each year based on student interest. To be recognized as an official Provo High Club, members must:
- Possess a club constitution
- Secure a faculty advisor
- Obtain administrative approval
- Obtain student government approval
- Appoint or elect Presidents and Vice Presidents of all clubs during the first few weeks of school or the according to the club’s approval.
Typical clubs at Provo High have included the following: Botany Club, Chess Club, DECA Club, Environmental Club, FBLA, FFA, FCCLA, French, German, Key Club, MESA Club, Mountaineering Club, NSSP, Ping Pong, Science, VICA and Youth Crime Watch. These clubs would meet regularly with each club pursuing the interest of their particular club. Visit the office or Mr. Smith for club information.
All money is collected at the business office. Delinquent bills are turned over to collection agencies for follow-up.
At Provo High School, students and staff members:
- Recognize that free speech is governed by appropriateness to time, place and manner.
- Recognize that communication and school productions are governed by the same ethical standards which regulate all other aspects of education and which must meet our community’s standards.
- Take care that communication/productions do not disrupt or negatively affect the school setting.
- Understand that communication enhances understanding, helps to alleviate concerns, builds relationships and works to increase our effectiveness.
- Are under obligation to practice scrutiny. Communications/Productions should not be dishonest or careless. Appropriate communication means respect for individuals.
- Avoid communication that may involve defamation of character, harassment, or infringe on privacy rights.
- Students are models for one another; profanity, vulgarity or slang does not meet Provo High School standards.
- Understand that student information is confidential. PHS abides by state guidelines for confidentiality.
- Understand that conflict resolution is best done in privacy with those involved and not in public forums.
- Use the communications equipment (computers, PA system, radios, etc.) in a professional manner, recognizing that the software and equipment are owned by Provo School District. All communications using school equipment are subject to administrative review and prior restraint.
Students who violate the communications policy will be subject to the safe schools policy.
- Acceptable Computer System Use Policy, Adopted by Provo City School Board May 19, 1997
- Provo City School District provides Network Services to its students and employees. Network services include all computer hardware, network and Internet services and associated software.
- The Internet is a very effective tool to introduce students to the global nature of information and to share information in a variety of ways. With increased access to computers and people all over the world, there is also increased access to controversial material that may not be of educational value in the context of the school setting.
- Provo School District reserves the right to:
- Monitor and track the use of Network Services
- Suspend or revoke privileges and take appropriate disciplinary action for unacceptable use of Network Services
- Implement filtering software on the network to monitor Internet use and access
- The District firmly believes that the valuable information and interaction available on the Internet far outweigh the risks of users obtaining material that is not consistent with the educational goals of the district.
- Access to Network Services will be provided to students and staff who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner.
- General school rules for behavior and communications apply, as does Provo School District’s Character Development statement.
- The use of Network Services is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use will result in cancellation of those privileges and possibly other disciplinary or legal actions including criminal prosecution, suspension, expulsion or termination of employment. The following activities are not permitted:
- Sending, displaying, or accessing offensive messages or graphics
- Using obscene or vulgar language
- Harassing, insulting or attacking others
- Damaging computers, computer systems or computer networks.
- Violating copyright laws
- Using another person’s password
- Trespassing in others’ folders, work or files (School officials may monitor student or staff folders, work or files without permission or notice).
- Disrupting the system or wasting resources in any way (such as disk space or printing capacity).
- Using the Network Services for illegal or commercial purposes.
- Using the equipment in any way that is inconsistent with individual school policies.
- Students using the equipment without staff permission and supervision.
- Provo High also requires that students NOT access store or use games, hacking files, FTPS, Telnet, MUDS, or network administrator files on the computer system without the written permission of the system administrator.
- Allowable student disk space is limited in size and may contain only school-related items.
- Students who allow others to use their account or password will lose access to the computers.
- Students should change passwords at least once a term.
Computer Usage and Fraud
Computers are used at PHS to assist in the educational process. Students may have access to the computers if they follow the posted technology policies and the teachers’ disclosure statements. Students who violate computer policies will lose their computer use privileges. Accessing or altering private computer information is illegal and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The cost of restoring the computer hardware, software, or data will be charged to the student.
The PHS Student Constitution contains information concerning student policies, organizations, elections and student government activities. Copies are available in the Main Office or from Mr. Smith.
Credit Recovery using packets from IHS or PHS is only for classes that have already been failed, not for classes, which are in progress. Credit can also be recovered through accredited coursework such as Electronic High School (EHS), A+ courses approved by Provo School District, Provo School District’s eSchool, or BYU Independent Study.
The Provo High Administration strives to maintain a safe and orderly campus. Report all criminal activity immediately at the office. The Provo District Safe School Policy covers issues regarding student misbehavior. Students involved in criminal activity will be referred to the police.
- • Provo School District has secured a 24 hour Weapons Hotline at 801-375-5433 (801-375-LIFE). You may call this number and leave an anonymous message regarding weapons or school safety. We will ask for your name, school, grade, and concern.
Only Provo High students are invited to non-date dances. Non-PHS students may attend date dances if their date is a Provo High student and if they are not currently under an educational suspension. Activity cards are required for entry at all dances. School Dances begin at 8:30 pm and conclude at 11:30 pm. The school will be locked at 11:45 pm.
The administration may refuse admission to any student. The Safe School policy is in effect at extracurricular events. Clothing worn at dances must be clean, modest, and appropriate for the activity. Dress requirements are posted for the Prom, Senior Dinner Dance, Valentines Dance, etc. Lewd, sexually suggestive dancing is not permitted. To decrease the chances of student accidents, dances will be held in Utah Valley except when approved by the administration and PTSA.
Each teacher issues a disclosure statement for his/her own class at the beginning of the course. Teachers determine grading and assignment procedures and policies to be used in their classes. All students are expected to abide by classroom standards and procedures as outlined in the disclosure statements.
Students may not possess disruptive electronic devices in the classroom such as electronic games, mp3 players or iPods, walkie-talkies, laser pointers, etc. PHS strongly discourages bringing these items to school and accepts no responsibility for lost items. Students may not leave class to answer phones or pagers. Students must turn phones off and put them away during class time.
No pornography may be on any electronic device. Criminal laws will be enforced. Disruptive electronic items brought on campus may be confiscated and returned to parents. Cell phones must not be used in class, for calls, text messaging or for taking photos.
- 1st violation-Taken by teacher
- 2nd violation-Parent retrieves from principal
- 3rd violation-Student suspension.
In the event of an emergency, students will evacuate the building under the direction of their current teacher for roll call and further instructions. If the emergency occurs during passing time, students should meet their previous period’s teacher. If the emergency occurs during lunch, students should meet their 6th period teacher. If the building cannot safely be occupied, the students will be released to go home.
Extracurricular excuses will only be given for off-campus state, region, district, or school approved events. These must be cleared with the administration and attendance office five days prior to the event. No extracurricular excuses will be given for experiences outside of those coordinated by PHS.
All fundraising activities associated with PHS or PHS organizations must be approved in advance by the administration.
Grade Changes and Replacement
All grade changes must be completed within 30 days after grade distribution. Grade changes must be made by the teacher unless covered by an attendance appeal. The administration will change grades only if a clerical error has occurred after the teacher submitted the grade. Grade replacements are only for classes taken/repeated at PHS and the most recent grade will always count. An R grade will not count in GPA calculation. Forms to request grade replacement are available in the counseling office.
Home and Hospital Instruction
Students with a doctor-verified, long-term need to be out of school need to have their parent or guardian contact the school for the student’s work. Further information is available from the student’s counselor.
Parents wishing to home school their students must make application through the Provo School District. Upon approval, the following policies currently apply:
- State or district truancy actions will not apply to students who are exempt from compulsory attendance. School attendance policies will be in effect for any classes that a student chooses to take at Provo High.
- Home school students who choose to take selected classes at Provo High may not be on campus during the regular day except during the actual time of their class.
- When a student enrolls in a PHS class, all the rules, regulations, fees and fee waivers apply.
- No PHS class may be taken for audit credit. All classes carry the regular earned grade and credit and will be entered on the student’s transcript.
Accident insurance will be available for purchase during the first month of school for those who desire it.
Students should not bring valuables (large amounts of cash, expensive jewelry, cameras, electronic devices, etc.) to school. All items brought to school (books, bikes, clothes, etc.) should be properly secured. Provo High assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to personal property brought on campus.
- Lockers are available when fees are paid.
- Locker privileges will be revoked if abused.
- Students who share or allow their locker to be shared will lose locker privileges.
- Lockers may be opened by school officials at any time for inspection.
- If your locker partner keeps anything illegal or inappropriate in the locker, notify the administration or a tracker immediately.
- You are responsible for the items in your assigned locker.
- All students (except Seniors) must share a locker with one other student.
- Do NOT leave valuable personal property in lockers.
- Valuables, which must be brought to campus, should be checked in with a teacher or administrator.
- Be sure that your locker is locked after each use. Spin the combination dial and check the door.
- Students may be charged for locker repairs.
Lost & Found
Lost and found articles will be held in the trackers’ office. Items must be correctly identified to be returned. Items left over 30 days or after the end of May will be given to charity.
To increase student safety the following rules are in effect:
- Purchased lunches from the school lunch program must remain in designated areas.
- Food is allowed only in the lunchrooms, halls, commons and courtyard.
- Students may socialize in the commons after eating.
- Classroom areas may be off limits during lunch.
It is the policy of the Provo City School District and its institutions not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap in any educational program, service or activity. Information regarding the grievance procedure to follow for addressing possible discriminatory concerns may be obtained from:
- Mr. Greg Hudnall, Compliance Officer, Provo City School District, 280 West 940 North, Provo, Utah 84604 374-4800, TDD: 374-4806
Over-night parties, hazing, initiations, etc. are not appropriate PHS activities. Regular curfew hours must be observed at all high school events with the exception of the Senior all-night party sponsored by the PTA.
The Provo High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) provides opportunities for youth, improves communication, and increases teamwork between PHS and parents. All parents of PHS students are encouraged to participate. At least one student shall represent students on the PTSA executive council.
The policies for parking and driving at PHS are as follows:
- Licensed student drivers may purchase parking decals at the business office for $5.00.
- Students may park in the north lot only.
- The issuance of a parking decal does not guarantee an available parking space.
- Cars should be locked at all times to avoid theft.
- Accidents must be reported immediately to the police or the front office.
- Loitering in the parking lot is not allowed.
- Improper parking will be cited.
- The parking violation fee is $5.00 same day.
- $10.00 within five school days
- $20.00 after five school days.
- Unpaid tickets are turned over to a collection agency (where additional fees may apply).
- Vehicles may be booted or towed (at owner’s expense) for serious or repeat violations (after three tickets).
- Parents may park in visitor parking on the east side of campus. All visitors must check in at the office.
- Unsafe driving on campus can result in a fine and referral to police.
9th Grade Core P.E. Waiver Option
The State requires all 9th grade students to enroll in the 9th grade core PE class. A waiver is available ONLY if the 9th grade student is selected for a team sport and is placed on the JV/Varsity team.
Personal and School Property
- Students will be charged for loss or damage of school property.
- Bike racks are provided for student use, but students assume all risk for the security of their bikes.
- Bikes are not allowed in the building.
- No skates, roller blades, or skateboards are to be used on any area of campus.
- Students are not allowed to have spray paint, glass cutters, permanent ink markers, or other graffiti tools.
- Items which are forbidden on campus by the Safe School Policy (drugs, alcohol, tobacco, weapons, lighters, etc.) will be confiscated and given to police.
- A theft or loss report should be completed if property is stolen or misplaced.
Students may not possess prescription drugs at school. If students need to access prescription drugs while at school, they must bring the container of medication to the front office, with a note from the doctor listing the medication, dosage, and storage instructions. The student will be able to access the medication, according to the doctor’s instruction, at their convenience.
Parents may obtain student progress reports from the phone or Internet. Parents will be notified by phone or letter of academic, attendance, or classroom behavior problems as needed. Formal Parent-Teacher Conferences will be scheduled twice a year. Parents may e-mail any teacher or request a regular electronic progress report through the PHS website
Public Displays of Affection
Public displays of affection are inappropriate at school. Holding hands, a quick hug, or an arm around the shoulder are allowed. Any more personal contact is inappropriate at school, school events, or school-related activities.
Scholarships are available for students who excel in academics and extracurricular activities. Scholarships offered will be posted on the Career Center bulletin board and identified in the monthly newsletter. For more information, contact the College and Career Center or your counselor.
Sexual harassment is unwanted, unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is any act or comment of a sexual nature, which makes another person feel uncomfortable. Schools are required by law to maintain an environment free from sexual harassment.
1. Sexual harassment takes many forms. Following are some examples:
- Displaying gender offensive items, photos, posters, etc.,
- Inappropriate gestures, touching, or grabbing,
- Sexual remarks, suggestions, or spreading rumors,
- Comments about a person’s body,
- Pressure for unwanted sexual activity.
2. There is a difference:
- Sexual Harassment
- feels bad
- is degrading
- feels powerless
- feels good
- is a compliment
- in control
- not always appropriate
- In a school or work environment, flirtation is most often inappropriate, but sexual harassment is always illegal.
- What can you do?
- Say Stop: Tell the harasser you do not like the behavior and you want it to stop.
- If it continues tell someone: Talk to a teacher, counselor or principal.
- Keep Records: If the behavior continues, write it down. Be sure to include dates, times, names, places and witnesses.
- Take Action: File a written complaint with the administration.
- Note: Sexual harassment is addressed in the Safe School Policy and will be handled as described therein. Written, signed statements are required. Federal Law prohibits sexual harassment of any kind by students or employees of Provo School District.
- Examples of sexual harassment include jokes, physical gestures, inappropriate physical contact, negative or offensive comments or any other written, expressed or visual material that is humiliating or derisive that creates an uncomfortable work or learning environment. Violations should be reported. Following an investigation, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.
Skates and Skate Boards
Because of past damage to PHS property, skates, roller blades, or skateboards are not to be used on any area of campus. Skateboards used on campus may be confiscated and returned to parents.
Injuries can and do occur as a result of snowballs. Throwing snowballs in a public place is against the law. Violators will be fined $20.00. Repeat offenders will be referred to the Provo City Police.
To qualify for unsupervised Study Hall in the Media Center, students must have 3 AP or IB classes. Provo High offers a variety of directed study options for credit. Unsupervised study hall does not bear credit and therefore does not count as a class for eligibility or High Honors.
Students may NOT bring friends, relatives, or siblings to class with them at any time. Parents are welcome at any time. For security purposes, all persons, including parents, who visit campus during the regular school day, must check in with the main office prior to visiting any area of the school.