THS School Handbook Changes 2008-09

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Trumann High School Assistant Principal Kevin Beaumont has announced changes to the Trumann High School student handbook for the 2008-09 school year.

"We want students and parents to be aware of these changes when classes start next week," Beaumont said. "Because the changes will be enforced when classes begin."

The first policy change involves the use of electronic devices, including cell phones, ipods, etc. This year no student will be allowed to possess any electronic device within the school building or during school hours.

"Last year the policy allowed these devices in the building before and after school hours," Beaumont continued. "This year they will not be allowed in the school building at all."

A second change in policy concerns doctor's excuses. This year students will be allowed only six doctor's excuses per semester under normal circumstances. Extenuating circumstances will be decided upon by the attendance committee.

Students will still be allowed six parents notes per semester in addition to the six doctor's excuses. Last year the policy allowed students an unlimited number of doctor's excuses.

A third area where changes have been made is in student dress code. The code has not been changed, but will be more consistently enforced. Beaumont says students should be aware of the following rules:

Backpacks and book bags must be clear or mesh. Students will be asked to store purses in lockers or in a designated area of the classroom.

No sleeveless shirts are allowed.

Shirt tails may be no longer than the fingertips extended down by the side.

Pants waistbands will be worn at the waist.

Shorts, skirts and holes in pants may not be above six inches from the knee.

The Trumann High School student handbook is for students grades 7-12. It is prepared by a handbook committee comprised of 10 members. Committee members are teachers, parents and students.

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  • Good Luck on that one, i will gladly give up the .....IPOD...BUT THE CELL PHONE IS A REAL PROBLEM FOR ME I DON'T THINK I CAN GIVE UP THE CELL PHONE ITS 2009 STAYING IN TOUCH WITH LOVE ONES ITS A MUST THE WAY THINGS ARE NOW DAYS GOOD LUCK ON THAT ISSUE.

    -- Posted by drittydog on Mon, Aug 18, 2008, at 2:09 PM
  • If school officials want to enforce these rules then they need to enforce them for EVERYONE. I'm a parent who picks my child up every afternoon and the outfits I saw some of the kids wearing last year really appalled me. Especially in the girls. Short skirts, holes in jeans on the seat, tight/tight shirts and tops with spaghetti straps. When I asked who those kids were, they were the "popular kids and cheerleaders." They should have to observe the rules too. Also, I have issue with the cell phone restriction. My child stays late for after-school practice. The cell phone is the ONLY way I can know what time practice is over so I can come get her. She tried using the "office phone" before but to reach me she has to call my cell phone (I don't have a home phone) and it is charged as long distance so they won't let her call. She never turns her phone on during school, only to call me to come get her. I can understand not letting them be turned on during school hours but if they keep them turned off and put up, what is the problem with that? If someone is using it during school hours, fine take it away from that particular person but don't make it hard on the ones that really need their phones.

    -- Posted by mtpdmama2 on Sun, Aug 24, 2008, at 12:14 AM
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