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Building Policies

Assemblies Cafeteria and Lunch Policy Counseling Center Hall Passes
Hallways and Passing Periods Library Media Center Lockers and Other School Property Non-Discrimination
School Hours Telephone Vending Machines SHMS Policy and Disclosure Menu

ASSEMBLIES: Behave respectfully and appropriately during assemblies. This includes: stand/show respect during the National Anthem/Pledge of Allegiance, sit with your teacher, pay attention to the presenter, participate in a manner appropriate for the assembly, and no electronic device use. Students failing to meet these expectations may be removed from the assembly and have additional consequences. Meeting citizenship requirements will be a pre-requisite for participating in non-mandatory assemblies.

CAFETERIA and LUNCH POLICY: Students may pay for lunches by putting money into their personal lunch account or may pay with cash as they go through the lunch line. When putting money into their account, students must fill out a lunch deposit slip and turn the money and slip in to the main office before 9:30 a.m. Money deposited after 9:30 a.m. will not be deposited until the next day.  Parents may add money into their student’s account via Skyward with a debit or credit card. Money deposited in this way is immediately available to the student to purchase food in the cafeteria. Cashiers cannot accept checks. Disrespectful behavior such as leaving trays, climbing over tables, throwing food, butting in line, or horseplay could result in lunch clean up, detention, or suspension. Vending machines are available to be used at students’ own risk. South Hills is unable to reimburse students for money lost in these machines.

COUNSELING CENTER: The Counseling Center is available to all students and can help with personal or school problems. Appointments need to be made in advance due to the heavy schedule in the Counseling Center.  Schedule changes will be made due to clerical error or incorrect class level. Other requests for class changes will only be considered under extreme circumstances. Each student will have a scheduled Planning for Career and College Readiness (PCCR) meeting with a parent and counselor. These meetings help set the educational direction and opportunities for each student.

HALL PASSES: Hall passes should be used minimally. During class time, students are permitted to use the hall pass with teacher permission. A lanyard must be worn in the hall while the student is out of the classroom. Students in the hall without a proper pass will be subject to disciplinary action. Teacher discretion will be used in the event of emergencies. Abuse of hall passes will result in loss of the privilege.

HALLWAYS and PASSING PERIODS: Students are expected to proceed from class to class in a respectful and timely manner. Running, pushing, shoving, throwing objects, public displays of affection, etc. is not permitted. Students should not congregate in hallways, intersections, and bathroom entryways. Students should walk and talk with their friends on their way to class. Students should interact respectfully with peers and adults in the hallways. Misbehavior in the hallways could be referred to administration and school consequences applied.

LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER (LMC): The Library Media Center is open on most school days from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A computer system is used to check in and out books at the circulation desk. Students are responsible to return books and materials to the Library Media Center on time. Fines will be assessed for late returns, and students will be charged replacement costs for lost or damaged items. Fine money is used to pay for library activities and contests throughout the year. All fine money directly benefits students. LIBRARY PASS: Students are welcome to come to the library during lunch. Students can pick up a pass before lunch, eat lunch in the cafeteria, and then come to the library for the remaining lunch time. No food, drink, or gum is allowed in the library.

LOCKERS and OTHER SCHOOL PROPERTY: Students are responsible for respecting and maintaining all school property including textbooks, equipment, desks, chairs, lockers, etc.  Students must not write on, scratch, carve, dent or in any way deface or mutilate any school property. Students who violate these regulations could lose privileges (locker, library) and will be required to make payment sufficient to cover damages or replacement cost for lost items.  School officials reserve the right to search any and all lockers. Illegal items found in student lockers will be confiscated and police will be involved.

NON-DISCRIMINATION: South Hills does not discriminate of the basis of race, color, beliefs, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity in any educational program or activity.

SCHOOL HOURS: School hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The building will be open for students from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.  On Fridays, school hours are from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The building will be open for students from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays.  Students are not allowed in the building before 7:30 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m. unless prior arrangements have been made with a member of South Hills’ faculty or staff. 

TELEPHONES: If a student needs to use the phone, they must obtain permission from a teacher or staff member and go to the attendance office. 

VENDING MACHINES: Vending machines are provided for student use before school, during lunch and after school. Individuals using vending machines do so at their own risk. The school is unable to provide a refund for money “lost” in machines or for products that do not dispense correctly. Students who tamper with or abuse the machines will be charged for any damage caused and may face fines, suspension, or a law enforcement referral.