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Imran Abbasi, Principal
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High school Policies

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Below are just a few of the policies the apply to students at Schalmont High School. For additional policies, please refer to the high school student handbook, which all students receive at the start of the school year, and the district policies webpage.

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Dress Code


Dress guidelines are based on the premise that student attire should be appropriate for the business of the school.

1. Any style of appearance that presents a realistic, potential health or safety threat to others or that is disruptive to the learning process is not allowed.

2. Apparel with a depiction of illegal violence against a human or animal, indecent exposure, or lewd acts is not allowed.

3. Apparel with words that are libelous, encourage readers to break a law, promote violence, contain tobacco or alcohol advertisements, are vulgar, are sexually oriented or advocate prejudice is not allowed, including bandannas and gang affiliated clothing.

4. Any tattoo that violates the above two conditions must be covered while the student is on school grounds.

5. Apparel that is determined revealing or inappropriate, including those that expose one’s midriff or otherwise potentially expose private parts of the body (such as tube tops, crop tops, half shirts, net tops, short shorts, short skirts or dresses, rompers, see through garments, bathing suits, under-garments, pajamas, sleep or lounge wear or articles of a similar nature, certain athletic clothing, no spaghetti straps, no halter tops, no plunging necklines (front and/or back), muscle tank tops, etc.) is not allowed.

6. Students must wear clothing that fully covers all undergarments.

7. No bare feet.

8. Hats, bandanas and coats are not to be worn in the classroom.

*Students not complying with the dress code will be asked to make clothing alterations in school or their parents will be notified so that arrangements can be made to correct the situation. Disciplinary action may be taken.


View dress code section of the Code of Conduct.

Attendance Policy

Education law requires that students enrolled in Schalmont Central School District attend school on every school day unless legally excused. The following attendance policy Q&A is provided to help students and parents understand the policy.

Q: What is a legal absence/tardy?

A legal absence or tardy includes absence or tardiness due to personal illness, death or illness in the family, court appearance, religious observance, approved college visits, quarantine, approved cooperative work program, attendance at health clinic, driving tests, or military obligation. Absences from school which are considered legal included the previously mentioned examples as well as medical and dental appointments, impassable roads, bad weather, music lessons, emergency situations with administrative approval, an educational trip, and planned evidence of an acceptable educational experience.

Q: What is an illegal absence/tardy or unlawful detention?

An illegal absence or tardy is when the parent or guardian is aware of the reason for the students' tardiness or absence, and the reason is not one of those listed as legal. For example, this includes visiting, getting a haircut, over sleeping, babysitting, being "needed" at home, and hunting.

Vacations taken by families at times other than those regularly scheduled by the school district are considered as unlawful detention and an illegal absence.

Q: What is truancy/cutting school?

Truancy/cutting school is when the parent or guardian sends the student to school, attempts to get the student to school, and expects the student to be in school, but the student misses all or part of the school day. Any student not in his or her assigned first period or first period class within five minutes after the start of the scheduled school day is considered either absent or tardy.

If a student arrives at school after first period has begun, he/she should report immediately to the front desk to sign in. A written excuse is required explaining why the student is late. The written excuse from the parent or guardian is due when the student returns to school or on the following day.

Occasionally students get together and organize a day or part of a day off from school. Schalmont Central School District does not condone these activities. Students participating in such activities will be subject to truancy regulations as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

Q: What must parents do if their child will be/is absent from school?

Parents are required to contact the school by 8:30 am in the event their child is absent. If a call is not received by this time, the school will call home to notify the parent regarding their child's absence. Parents may choose to leave a message via voice mail with the attendance desk the evening before the absence if they realize their student will be out the following day. If a call from the student's parent was received by the attendance desk stating that he or she would be absent, the attendance desk secretary will document the absence as legal.

Parents are required to send in a note on the day the student returns to school after the absence stating the student's name, date, day(s) of absence and the reason for the absence. A written note is still required even if a parent called the school to report the absence. The attendance desk secretary will check the first period attendance roster using eSchool Data to determine who is absent, document all calls that came in from parents, and make calls to parents of absent students who did not call in.

Q: What must a student do if he or she is absent from school?

Students absent from school must account for that absence by:

  • Producing a note from the parent or guardian stating the student's name, date, day(s) of absence, and the reason for the absence;
  • Assuming responsibility for making up work missed with each teacher in a manner consistent with school and department guidelines.

Q: What must a student do if he or she is tardy due to a medical appointment?

Students tardy to school due to a medical appointment must account for that absence by:

  • Producing a note from the medical practitioner stating the student’s name, date, and reason for tardiness (e.g., doctor or dentist appointment);
  • Assuming responsibility for making up work missed with any teacher in a manner consistent with school and department guidelines.

Q: When a student is absent, what is the policy for make-up work?

Any student who misses a class is expected immediately upon his or her return to make up all work that was missed. Except for those intentional absences whereby the student sought to gain an unfair academic advantage (e.g., the student is absent to allow for more time to study for an exam), make-up opportunities will be provided for all students absent from class.

The student will have the opportunity to make up the classes and work missed in accordance with procedures established by the classroom teacher. Upon completion of the assigned make-up work, the student will be given credit for classroom work as well as classroom participation. If a student feels that this regulation has been misapplied by a teacher, the student has the right to appeal the decision to the department head or school administration, whichever is appropriate.

Q: What if a student is absent for a school sponsored activity (e.g., field trip, athletic event)?

Students who are absent from class due to their participation in a school sponsored activity are to arrange with their teachers to make up any work missed in a timely manner as determined by the student's teacher.

Q: What if a student is absent for an extended illness?

Students who have an extended illness (10 days or more) may be placed on home-tutoring and will not be counted as absent during the extended illness. A doctor's statement indicating the need for as well as the dates and length of the home tutoring required must be submitted to the HS Guidance Office by the parent or guardian. The request for home tutoring will be forwarded to the HS principal for approval, who will request that the guidance counselor make the arrangements for home tutoring.

Under the directions of the tutor, the student will complete all missed assignments and continue assigned course work. When the assignments are satisfactorily completed and approved by the teacher, the student will then be marked in attendance on home tutoring for the days missed due to illness.

Q: What is the maximum number of absences?

Any student with more than 36 absences in a full year (or 18 absences in a half year) in a course for any reason, including legal and illegal absences, may not receive credit for the course.

Student use of personal technology/Bring Your Own Device 'BYOD' Policy

In April 2015, the Schalmont Board of Education approved a policy regarding the use of personal technology during instructional and non-instructional time. All use, regardless of its purpose, must follow guidelines outlined in the students Required Use Policy RUP #7315 and the district's Code of conduct, and the Dignity for All Students Act. For the purposes of BYOD, "device" means a privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic handheld equipment that includes but is not limited to: existing and emerging mobile communication systems and smart technologies, such as cellular phones, blackberries, SMART phones, iPhones and iPods, portable internet devices and such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), MP3 players, laptops, iPads, tablets, Kindle, Nook, netbooks and portable storage devices as well as any device with similar capabilities. Personal technology includes all existing and emerging technology devices that can take photographs, record or play audio or video, input text, upload and download media, connect to or receive information from the Internet, and transmit or receive messages, telephone calls or images. Download the student Acceptable Use Form [PDF] Click here to view the full Schalmont Board of Education policy.

New York State Testing Security Policies: Cell Phones & Other Electronic Devices

In addition, New York State has enacted new testing security policies that were put into place in August 2012. One significant change is that students cannot bring a cell phone, iPod or other electronic device into the testing room, and if a proctor sees that a student has one of these devices during the exam or during any breaks (such as a restroom visit), the student will get a zero on that exam.
Read the full text of the State Education Department’s January 2013 Regents administration directives

Student Driving/Parking Policy

Schalmont Central School District provides bus transportation for all students and encourages all students to make use of the service. During their junior and senior years, students have the opportunity to request driving and parking privileges at Schalmont High School. These privileges are awarded only with parents’ consent and as space is available.

Q: How do parents provide consent for students to park at the high school?

Juniors and seniors must first pick up a Student Use of Vehicle Contract packet, which is available in the HS main office. This packet explains all of the rules that students must abide by to park on HS grounds. The contract must be completed and signed by both the student driver and a parent/guardian, who is providing consent, before being returned to the HS resource officer, Rich Kranick. Students must bring their insurance card, registration and license in order to receive Officer Kranick's signature. The form will need to be signed by the associate principal before student-drivers are issued a parking sticker, which must be displayed on the rearview mirror of the vehicle that will be parked on school property.

Click here to view additional driving and parking rules for students on the Schalmont High School campus.

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