MORNING ARRIVAL PROCEDURES
School is in session from 7:50a.m until 4:00p.m. When parents find it necessary to bring their children to school early, students are to wait in the cafeteria until the bell rings. During inclement weather students may be allowed in the common area only. No student should be in any other area of the building. On occasions when students are allowed into the school prior to 7:50, students are required to sit at the lunchroom tables. Students must stay seated at the tables until they are given permission to get up. If a student needs to use the restroom or has an emergency or a question, they are to raise their hand and a lunchroom monitor will attend to their needs. Any student who is out of his or her seat without permission prior to being by a staff member will receive a detention. Once a student receives 5 detentions for this reason they will not be allowed to enter the school beyond the foyer prior to 7:50.
Horizon Science Academy does not offer summer school. HSA will not accept summer school from other districts if more than 2 courses are required. We will take grades for up to 2 core classes.
Each teacher has his/her own homework policy. Please visit our Student Information System to check your child’s homework.
TEXTBOOK AND SUPPLIES
HSA will provide students with the textbooks for each of their classes. HSA will hold each student responsible for the condition of the textbook issued to him or her. Each student should take care to see that these books are not lost, stolen, damaged, or defaced. Students will have to pay to replace any books that are damaged or not returned. When textbooks are distributed, make sure you write your name in the appropriate place. Students may use class set textbooks that can be signed out by the student for study or homework. Teachers will write down the number of the textbook you have and the condition of the book.
Many of the classes will use consumable supplies – from materials to workbooks. Students will be required to pay for these consumable materials. If there is a special circumstance, families should meet with the administration
Each student will be assigned a locker for his/her use. Due to the availability of lockers, students may be required to share lockers. Students must give their locker combinations to the office.
Locker combinations are not to be shared with any other student (except the partner). Each student should take care that no other student obtains another lock combination by secretly observing a student open his/her lock. If a student claims that his/her locker has been broken into, but there is no physical evidence of forced entry, it will be assumed that he/she has given his/her locker combination to another student, “set” his/her lock to open easily, or otherwise compromised the integrity of the lock/locker security. In that case, no locker or personal searches will be made for items reported stolen.
- Each student is responsible for cleaning and maintaining his or her own locker.
- The school is not responsible for any items stored in lockers.
- Inappropriate pictures or displays are not permitted in or on lockers.
- No food or beverages are to remain in lockers overnight.
- Lockers are the property of HSA and are subject to search by school personnel at any time.
- All materials left unclaimed at the end of the school year or when a student withdraws become the property of the HSA and will be dealt with accordingly.
- Report any damaged or nonfunctional lockers to school administration. Unreported damage will be considered the responsibility of the student assigned to that locker, and will fall under the provisions of the school discipline policy for damage to school property.
SCHOOL’S RIGHT TO SEARCH
Lockers, desks or storage places provided for student use are, and remain at all times, property of the Horizon Science Academy. These areas and the contents, therefore, are subject to a random search at any time. Administrators are authorized to conduct reasonable inspection of school property or of students and items brought upon school grounds, including book bags, and other packages, when there is reasonable cause to believe that a student may be in possession of evidence that a law or a school rule has been violated.
LOST AND FOUND
There will be a lost and found box in the office. If you find books, clothing or personal items on the school grounds, please bring these items to the office. If you lose something, check the lost and found. Every month the lost and found will be sent to a charity and the school is no longer responsible for the missing items.
Teachers will not be allowing students to make phone calls during class time. If a student comes down to the main office to use the phone for any other reason beyond sickness or emergency, they will be told to return to class. Students who need to use the phone will do so from room 105 after school.
Parents calling the school during normal school hours to speak with their child is restricted unless it is an emergency. Messages will not be taken for any student, and if one is taken the message will be delivered 8th period. Messages taken after school hours will be given to the child by paging the child to the main office to pick it up.
CELL PHONE POLICY-If a parent would like their student to bring a cell phone to school, the student will have to turn their cell phone in at the when they get to school. At the end of the day the student will get their cell phone back. Students who turn in cell phones to the office must have their names on them.
VISITORS PARENT OR GUARDIAN VISITORS
Parent or guardian visitors are welcome at the Academy. Parents or guardians must sign in at the office before they visit a student’s classroom or move throughout the building and/or campus, and sign out upon leaving the building and/or campus. It is convenient, though not required, that a parent or guardian notify the school 1 day before a planned visit. Parents or guardians who visit without notice may or may not be able to meet with individual teachers, due to their class schedules, etc.
Parents or guardians who visit and wish to observe their child in classes may do so. Again, it is convenient, though not required, that a parent or guardian notify the school 1 day before a planned visit. When observing classes, please follow these guidelines:
- Be on time to the classes you plan to visit.
- Observe quietly, and do not comment or attempt to add into lessons or conversations, unless invited to do so by the teacher of the class.
- Request a meeting with a teacher at a time other than immediately after the class(es) observed.
Parents or guardians who wish to speak with an administrator should call the school to set an appointment to do so, and then check in at the office when arriving for their appointment. Parents who arrive at school wishing to speak with an administrator without an appointment may or may not be able to do so at that time, due to availability and/or other duties.
Student visitors are welcome at the Academy. Students enrolled in a school in the State of Ohio at the time of their visit must have a note of permission from their home school, signed by their principal or other school official. If the student visitor is home schooled, or enrolled in a school outside of the State of Ohio, he/she must have a note of permission signed by his/her parent/guardian.
Students of the Academy who wish to bring a visitor with them when school is in session may do so by following these guidelines:
- The student visitor must have the applicable note of permission, as indicated above.
- The host student must fill out and submit a Shadowing Form at least two school days in advance of the school visit. The student must have written permission with confirmation telephone number from their school administrator giving permission for the visit.
- The host student must receive permission for the visiting student to attend the Academy 2 day in advance of the planned visit.
No student visitors are allowed duringü the last two weeks of a semester, or during the week preceding a school holiday.
No student visitors may visit who have been expelled from theü Academy or any other school, who are habitually truant or who have voluntarily withdrawn after disciplinary actions.
VISITORS FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Visitors from the general public are always welcome at the Academy. It is convenient, though not required, that a visitor make an appointment to visit the school 1 day before a desired visit. This way the Academy can assure that a member of the school staff is available to speak with the visitor, give a tour of the school, etc. Visitors who arrive unannounced are welcome, but may need to await the availability of a school staff member. All visitors must sign in at the office upon arrival, and sign out when leaving the school premises. All visitors must sign in at the front desk and get a visitor past leaving a photo ID.
UNLESS OTHERWISE AUTHORIZED BY LAW, PURSUANT TO OHIO REVISED CODE SECTION 2923.122, NO PERSON SHALL KNOWINGLY POSSESS, HAVE UNDER THE PERSON’S CONTROL, CONVEY, OR ATTEMPT TO CONVEY A DEADLY WEAPON OR DANGEROUS ORDNANCE INTO A SCHOOL SAFETY ZONE.