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Welcome Back! The start of a new school year is an exciting and nervous time for all our students. For our seniors, it is the beginning of the end of one chapter in their lives. For the freshmen it is just the start. For our sophomores it means that you are no longer freshmen.


A few things to keep in mind as we beginning the new school year.....

Attendance

Parents are required to notify the school anytime your student will be absent from school. The attendance line (729-5951) is manned from 7:15 – 9:00 a.m. and voice mail is available 24/7. Requests to leave school early for appointments etc. should be made at least 24 hours in advance in order to assure that the proper passes are issued. Any time your child needs to leave school or arrive late he/she must go through the attendance office. Please provide a doctor’s note when your child visits a medical professional during the school day. A parent can not excuse a child for medical reasons. Students will be referred to the Geauga County attendance officer if they are absent five or more consecutive days, seven or more days in a one school month, or twelve or more school days in a year without a legitimate excuse. Your cooperation with the attendance procedures will assist us in recording and reporting accurate attendance. 

 Attendance Law changes for the 2017 -2018 School Year

In December 2016, the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 410 to encourage and support a preventative approach to excessive absences and truancy. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, several changes take effect. The State will now look at the accumulations of hours of school missed rather than the number of days missed according to the following guidelines:

Habitual Truant is defined by:

  • 30 or more consecutive hours without a legitimate excuse.

  • Absent 42 or more hours in one school month without a legitimate excuse.

  • Absent 72 or more hours in one school year without a legitimate excuse.

When a student is habitually truant, the district will do the following:

  • Select members of the absence intervention team and assign the student to it.

  • Make three meaningful attempts to secure the participation of the student’s parent or guardian on the absence intervention team.

  • The student will be assigned to the selected absence intervention team.

  • The district will develop the student’s absence intervention plan.

Excessive Truant is defined by:

  • Absent 38 or more hours in one school month with or without a legitimate excuse.

  • Absent 65 or more hours in one school year with or without a legitimate excuse.

When a student is excessively truant, the district will do the following:

  • Notify the student’s parents in writing.

  • The student will follow the district’s plan for absence intervention.

  • The student and family may be referred to community resources.

Important to note:

  • You will receive notification when your student meets any of the the thresholds above.

  • Any time missed from school will accumulate - (Tardy arrivals and early dismissals do add up quickly)

  • Even absences that are medically excused are NOT exempt from this law and count toward the accumulation of time a student is absent.

Cell Phones

If you need to contact your child throughout the day, it is imperative that you contact the school’s attendance office at 440-729-5958. The school will locate your child and deliver the message. Please do not call your child on his/her cell phone. Teachers discourage students from carrying their cell phone throughout the day. Phone calls and text messages during instructional time disrupt the education process.

Dress Code

A student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, make-up and nails, must be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process. Recognize that brief garments are inappropriate and unacceptable. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: backless tops, single-shoulder tops, tube tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, see-through, sheer or transparent shirts/pants, exposed midriffs, plunging necklines (front and/or back), skirts/shorts above mid-thigh length, shorts that are excessively revealing and net/mesh garments. Tank tops should not have spaghetti straps, plunging necklines or expose the midriff or undergarments

Lockers

All students are provided with lockers to store personal belongings and school-related materials. Students should not share the locker combination with anyone. Lockers should be kept closed at all times. Students should not leave the locker “preset” to open and valuables should never be brought to school. All assigned lockers remain the property of the school district and the school reserves the right to inspect any locker at any time.

Anytime you have questions or need clarification concerning attendance procedures, parking permits, or discipline issues, please contact me. I am looking forward to making this year a successful one for each of your children.

Parking Applications

2017-2018 Parking Permits will be handled in a similar manner as last year. The application is available online. Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores will be permitted to apply for a parking permit. The link to the application can be found online under the West Geauga High School’s forms link and will be available at the beginning of August. Parking applications will not be mailed home. Students may not drive to school the first day without purchasing a permit from the school’s main office. Once the application is completed online, permits can be picked up beginning August 11 through August 21 from 7:00AM to 2:00PM. A valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and $30 will be due when the permits are picked up. Please make checks out to the student’s graduating class (ie: Class of 2019).

Students will need to be logged into their West Geauga Google accounts in order to complete the application. Please contact me at ron.dahlhofer@westg.org or 440-729-5957 if you have any questions.

Anytime you have questions or need clarification concerning attendance procedures, parking permits, or discipline issues, please contact me. I am looking forward to making this year a successful one for each of your children.



 

 

Ron Dahlhofer

Assistant Principal/Director of Data and Assessment
West Geauga High School
(440) 729-5957
ron.dahlhofer@westg.org 
 
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