Supplemental Student Expectations
Rider High School
Student Code of Conduct
Supplemental Student Expectations
Principal Cody Blair
Administrative Assistant Montie Carroll
Associate Principal (A-Com) TiAda Radtke
Assistant Principal (Con-Ji) Amanda Mann
Assistant Principal (Jo-Por) Troy Farris
Assistant Principal (Pos-Z) Sally Mroczkowski
Assistant Principal’s Clerk Tonya Ceballos
Counselor (A-Da) Brittany Bailey
Counselor (De-Grif) Wendy Risner
Counselor (Grim-Pap) Stephanie Schelter
Counselor (Par-Z) Jill Lauck
College and Career Counselor Julie Johnson
College and Career Clerk Stacey Longest
Counselor’s Clerk Pamela Penn
Registrar Paula Moore
Testing Coordinator Patrick Tempelmeyer
Diagnosticians Traci Gutierrez and Rana Ward
SPED Clerk Amy Coleman
Librarian Sydney Stockton
Nurses Kim Hagy and Angelia Tigrett
Attendance Ellen Rigsby
Attendance Clerks Lesa Burleson-Fletcher and Jessica Studer
Receptionist Jan Albin
Students are required to be in school each day. When a student is absent from school for any reason except a school sponsored function, he or she must bring a note, signed by a parent or guardian, giving the following information: The student’s full name, date, grade level, student ID#, reason for absence, parent signature and telephone number. This note is due within 72 hours of the absence in order for the absence to be excused. Teachers are not to collect notes. Students should deliver these notes directly to the attendance office. Only four absences may be excused with parent notes each semester. Notes from doctors and parents do not excuse you from finals or make up school if needed. (Exception is a doctor appointment during the day when the student returns with a doctor’s note before school is released.) Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. are considered absent for the class and MUST come into the office to sign in and get a pass BEFORE going to class.
For second through eighth period, students are marked absent if they are late 10 minutes (or more) or out of the classroom for more than 10 minutes.
No 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will be exempt from taking any finals.
Tentative dates for finals are scheduled for the following dates:
Wednesday (Dec. 18/May 19)
1st, 2nd, and 3rd period
Thursday (Dec. 19/May 20)
4th, 5th, and 6th period
Friday (Dec. 20/May 21)
7th and 8th period
Dates may be amended by the school board.
Change of Address
It is very important to notify the attendance office at 940-235-1077 ext. 31018 immediately if your address or phone number changes during the year. Parents are encouraged to notify that office of any change in employment numbers as well. It is imperative that the school has emergency contact information that is accurate.
Students that need to leave school early should bring a note to the attendance office the morning of the early dismissal. The dismissal will be verified by contacting the parent or guardian and the pass will be issued to the student at that time. When they are dismissed they must stop by the attendance office and sign out. Students who need to leave early may only be picked up by the parent/guardian or an individual listed in the emergency contacts. No person may pick up a student from school unless they are listed on the students’ contact sheet. When the parent arrives they must sign in at the Reception Office (Mrs. Albin’s) and the office will send for the student. All students must sign out in the attendance office when leaving campus. Students may not be sent for after 2:45. Parents must present their driver’s license to be signed in to the building.
Make Up Work
The responsibility for makeup work lies with the student. When the student returns to class from an absence, the teacher, at the student’s request, will make arrangements for the student to complete assignments or take missed tests. Students will be allowed a day for each day missed to complete make up work. Lengthy absences will be handled at the teacher’s discretion. Students with unexcused absences will be permitted to make up work at the discretion of the teacher. Parents may request make up work be gathered for students who miss more than 3 consecutive days of school. Contact Pamela Penn in the guidance office for this service.
Arrival and Departure from School
All students will enter the building through the front doors or the side door near the southwest corner of the cafeteria at all times.
Students who arrive earlier than the start of classes must report to the cafeteria or student center. Free breakfast will be served each morning in the cafeteria until 7:35 a.m. Classes begin promptly at 7:45 a.m. Supervision of students in the cafeteria does not begin until 7:00 a.m. Students must remain on campus upon arrival. Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. are considered absent for the class and MUST come into the attendance office to sign in and get a pass BEFORE going to class. Students arriving between 7:45 and 8:00 a.m. may go directly to class and will be marked as tardy and will be issued a d-hall.
Students must park and exit vehicles immediately upon arrival and report to a designated area. Students who are not in designated areas during arrival times are subject to disciplinary action. This could include the loss of off campus lunch, late arrival, and early dismissal privileges.
School is dismissed at 3:05 p.m. All students upon dismissal are to proceed directly to pick up areas. Buses will load and depart on Lindale. Students will wait on the south side of the building near Lindale to load buses. Those students walking home or driving home should leave campus immediately upon dismissal.
Students who are waiting for a ride must wait in front of the building near the main entrance (flag poles). No students will be allowed to loiter on campus or in the building after school is dismissed. Students riding home should be picked up by 3:20 p.m.
Students who are not in the designated areas after school will be subject to disciplinary action. Absolutely no students will be allowed to remain in the building unsupervised after school.
For security reasons, students will not be allowed in the building after the dismissal bell. All students should be out of the building by 3:15 p.m. unless they:
● Are with a supervising teacher
● Have after-school class or detention
● Have a school-sponsored activity
Students may not return to the locker room or a classroom unless supervised by an adult. Parents must make arrangements for students to have transportation home prior to the student arriving at school. Fax, E-mail and/or telephone messages will not be given to students regarding PM transportation unless in the event of an emergency. Students may not wait on campus for parents to get off of work in order to be picked up from school. This is not safe and supervision outside the building is not available after 3:20 p.m. Parents who leave children on campus after hours will be required to meet with the administration to formulate an after school transportation plan for their child.
Athletic and Extracurricular Events
Student participants in a contest are expected to display good behavior and conduct before, during, and after the event. Student spectators are expected to follow the dress code (all variations in dress code regarding school spirit wear must be approved by administration), display good sportsmanship, and follow all rules of the Code of Student Conduct, which applies, to all school events. While observing games on our campus, all students are required to sit in the bleachers in their “home” section. Students are not to wander around, throw items, horseplay, or use inappropriate language. Students who fail to follow the rules will not be permitted to attend future events. Student spectators must not remain on campus at the conclusion of the regular school day, waiting for the activity to start. Students must be picked up immediately after the conclusion of all school activities. Failure to leave school activities may result in disciplinary action (including being banned from after-hours school activities).
Students are to park in their assigned parking spaces or lots. Students must display the correct parking tag which is assigned to their specific parking space. Students parking without parking tags may be disciplined accordingly or the car may be towed at the owner’s expense. Students that did not purchase a parking spot must park in the Ag lot in the non-reserved area. Students are not allowed to sell, lend, or give spots to other students. The consequence of these actions will result in the forfeiture of the parking permit. Students may not loiter on campus property at any time. In the mornings students need to exit their car and move toward the school building to wait in designated areas for school to start.
Free breakfast is served for all students each morning. Breakfast will be served from 7:00 – 7:35 each morning.
Students will be assigned a 31 minute lunch period. Those juniors and seniors who are in good standing will be allowed to leave campus for lunch. All other students are to remain on campus unless an administrator issues a special pass. Students who eat lunch on campus must be in the cafeteria or student center. Students are not allowed to be in the hallways, classrooms, or locker rooms at lunch without a pass. Students who need to use the restrooms during lunch will be allowed to use the restrooms in the art wing across from room 156.
● Food and drink purchased in the cafeteria must be consumed in the cafeteria (State of Texas Nutrition Laws). Food and drink purchased in the student center may be consumed in the student center.
● Return your tray to the receiving window and put all trash in the trash cans provided.
● Be sure to clean up your eating area.
● RHS has no keys to the vending machines and can accept no responsibility for lost money. Students use these machines at their own risk.
● Students may not bring outside food or drinks on campus. All such items must be disposed of before entering the school in a trash can.
● Visitors at Lunchtime: Only parents or approved district volunteers are allowed to eat with a student on campus during lunchtime. There will be no outside lunches delivered to students. Parents may bring their child a lunch to eat, but will need to stay and eat with their student. No other students may be provided lunch by the parent. The parent and student will sit at the designated table in the student center.
Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
Students are allowed to use their electronic devices ONLY in common areas and during transition times throughout the school day. Students may only send messages; no calls may be placed. Students are allowed to listen to music using the one in/one out earbud practice. Large “ear cans”, headphones, and speakers will be prohibited. The one in/one out earbud practice is designed for safety allowing the student to still be able to hear directions from teachers or other staff members. At any point sound from an electronic device is heard, the student will be asked to lower the volume and may run the risk of the device being confiscated.
Students are restricted at all times within the building and on campus from using any recording feature to include the phone/device camera or video camera unless approved by a supervising teacher.
Students who have their cell phone or electronic device out without permission during class time will have it confiscated by the teacher and handed to administration. If any device is confiscated and turned into administration there will be a $15 fee associated with the return of the device (per board policy). Confiscated items may be picked up after the student is dismissed from school in the attendance office from Jessica Studer before 3:10. The third and subsequent times ONLY a parent may pay for and retrieve the phone.
Administrators may require students to put away cell phones or other electronic devices at any given time while on campus, including the hallways and common areas. Student use of cell phone or other electronic devices is a privilege, not a right. Any student who violates the district’s cell phone and electronic device limitations may face restrictions and disciplinary consequences.
Cell phones or electronic devices must be set to vibrate or silent mode at all times in the building. The District’s Acceptable Use Policy will apply to any and all devices. As always, any violation of district or campus limitations will be disciplined in accordance with the student code of conduct.
School officials will remove items that may be distracting or interfere with the educational program from the student’s possession. Appropriate discipline may be applied. All contraband items will be held in the office area and ONLY a parent/guardian may pick them up. Students assume full responsibility for contraband items. If an item cannot be located – although rare and unfortunate – WFISD assumes NO responsibility or liability (either before or after administrative seizure). There is a 24-hour processing period for all confiscated items.
Fighting is considered a serious offense. All fights will be investigated by the Principal or designee. Fighting may result in a minimum consequence of 3 days suspension and a minimum of 5 days in ISS. Students who have more than the minimum number of demerits will have consequences in keeping with the progressive discipline plan. Any students with videos on their phones of these situations will be subjected to disciplinary actions.
1. Active student participation
2. Chromebooks are only used for instruction purposes
3. Dress code monitored and enforced upon arrival to school and in every class
4. Cooperative behavior in the classroom in accordance to teacher’s classroom
5. Respectful student behavior
Students are expected to be in class on time. This keeps our campus safe and the focus on learning. Each tardy will earn a lunch detention. For the 5th tardy (and every 5 tardies thereafter) in a class, students will be assigned Gold Catch Up or subjected to other discipline (following the demerit system). Additionally, random tardy checks will be conducted and students not in class on time will be rounded up. Those with 3 or more tardies (total from all classes), will be assigned Gold Catch Up. For those who have 7 or more tardies (total from all classes) will be assigned a day of ISS. Rider will adhere to the district tardy policy as well.
Students may be denied the ability to leave class at certain times if they have excessive tardies, class cuts, possessing or using e-cigs/vapes, or fighting (or any other offense administration deems appropriate). Students may work with administrators to restore these privileges.
September 25th--Pizza Party during lunch
For Freshmen who have
Less than 3 tardies
No discipline referrals
Passed all classes 1st 6 weeks
November 6th--Pizza Party during lunch For Freshmen who have
Less than 5 tardies
No discipline referrals 2nd 6 weeks
Passed all classes 2nd 6 weeks
For Freshmen who have
Less than 3 tardies 4th 6 weeks
No discipline referrals 4th 6 weeks
Passed all classes 4th 6 weeks
Rider Demerit System
Detention and Referral Procedure
Listed below are the steps teachers will follow to place a student in detention or write an office referral.
The four step process for referrals will include LEVEL 1 offenses only.
Levels II, III, and IV offenses still require the teacher to make immediate office referrals.
In order to document the referral process for LEVEL 1 offenses, teachers will maintain a “discipline record sheet” for students. This discipline sheet will record each Level I offense. Demerits accumulate across both semesters for the entire school year.
The first time a student misbehaves a warning is issued to the student. If misbehavior persists, a conference with the student (after class or privately in the hall) is suggested. During this conference a parent’s number is collected. If the misbehavior continues, the teacher may assign the student detention: however, a parent will be contacted. Finally, if actions to this point have not improved the misbehaviors, an office referral is warranted.
Step 1- Warning
Step 2- Conference with student (parent phone # secured)
Step 3- Assign detention and contact parent
Step 4- Office referral
Notice: For each level I offense these steps must be followed. If student continues to misbehave then demerit points will accumulate.
Students will have 24 hour notice of detention assignments unless waived.
1. Students are required to bring homework to detention. If they do not bring work, an extra day of detention may be assigned to the student.
2. Talking and cell phones are not allowed.
3. Detention may be assigned for failure to complete assignments as well as other disciplinary infractions.
The following are not intended as an exhaustive description of all infractions of the WFISD Student Code of Conduct. Consequences for infractions that are not specifically referenced below will be assigned at the discretion of school administration.
Level I Offenses (minimum 1 Demerit Point)
Level I acts of misconduct include repeated infractions of classroom management procedure or rules, or other misconduct that disrupts the educational process to the extent that the classroom teacher needs administrative support to correct the problem. Examples include but are not limited to the following:
Refusing to follow classroom rules
Refusing to participate in classroom activities or fulﬁll assignments, or failure to bring appropriate materials to class
Possessing and/or using nuisance items: electronic devices, noise makers, etc.
No food or drink in an undesignated area
Minor disruption of the orderly classroom process
Running, making excessive noise, or other disruption in halls, buildings, classrooms, or other supervised settings. Violating dress and grooming standards as communicated in the student handbook.
Cheating or copying the work of another (refer to English academic dishonesty policy).
Possessing or using a laser pointer for any resason other than approved use
Tardy to class
Level II Offenses (minimum 2 Demerit Points)
When a student’s behavior does not change as a result of action taken on Level I, the student is moved to Level II or above for discipline purposes. If an assistant principal is contacted to remove a student from class, the student will receive a minimum of 3 days detention.
Level Ill Offenses (minimum 5 Demerit Points)
Level III acts of misconduct include those student infractions that are somewhat more serious than those in Level I and II in their effect on the orderly process of the school program. Examples of misconduct include but are not limited to the following:
Using profanity or vulgar language, racial slurs, or making obscene gestures
Falsifying records, passes, or other school-related documents
Referral from a substitute teacher.
Vandalism to or defacing or damaging school property or another student's’ property including chromebooks, textbooks, lockers, furniture, projects/assignments and other equipment with graffiti or by other means.
Excessively absent or tardy
Throwing objects that can cause bodily injury or property damage
Refusing to accept discipline management techniques assigned by a teacher or principal
Disobeying rules for conduct on school buses
Damaging or vandalizing property owned by others (For felony criminal mischief see DAEP Placement or Expulsion)
Possessing or using matches or a lighter
Violating computer use policies, rules, or agreements signed by the student, and/or agreements signed by the student’s parent.
Leaving school grounds, class, or school-sponsored events without permission.
Public display of affection.
Level IV Offenses (minimum 10 Demerit Points)
Level IV offenses include those acts of misconduct that seriously disrupt the educational process, endanger or seriously affect other students, and perhaps violate the law. Examples include but are not limited to the following:
Any repeated offense of Level III, or a new violation while being disciplined for a Level III offense.
Repeated acts of disobedience or disorderly behavior that may prove to be detrimental to the school, harmful to health and safety, or inhibiting the rights of others.
Failing to comply with directives given by school personnel (insubordination)
Threats, oral or written, to do bodily harm to another, or to the property or reputation of another.
Causing or forcing an individual to act through the use of force or threat of force (coercion).
Threatening a District employee.
Engaging in bullying, hazing, and harassment.
Engaging in conduct that constitutes sexual harassment or sexual abuse, whether by word, gesture, or any other conduct, including requests for sexual favors directed toward another student or District employee.
Committing extortion or blackmail (obtaining money or an object of value from an unwilling person)
Engaging in inappropriate verbal, physical, or sexual conduct directed toward another student or District employee
Stealing from students, staff or the school
Committing or assisting in a robbery or theft even if it does not constitute a felony according to the Texas Penal Code (For felony robbery and theft see DAEP Placement and Expulsion)
Fireworks of any kind smoke or stink bombs, or any pyrotechnic device;
A razor, box cutter, chain, or any other object that could be used in a way that threatens or inﬂicts bodily injury to another person;
A “look-a-like” weapon
An air gun or BB gun
A stun gun
A pocket knife
Tobacco products, e-cigs, and liquid vapors
13. Any articles not generally considered to be weapons, including school supplies, when the principal or designee determines that a danger exists (For weapons and ﬁrearms see DAEP Placement and Expulsion)
14. Possessing or selling seeds or pieces of marijuana in less than a usable amount (For illegal drugs, alcohol and inhalants see DAEP Placement and Expulsion)
15. Possessing, using, giving, or selling paraphernalia related to any prohibited substance
16. Possessing or selling look-alike drugs or items attempted to be passed off as drugs or contraband
17. Having or taking prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs at school other than as provided by District policy.
18. Using the Internet or other electronic messages to threaten or harass students or employees or cause disruption to the educational program.
19. Sending, or posting electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal.
20. Using e-mail or websites at school to encourage illegal behavior or threaten school safety.
21. Possessing published or electronic material that is designed to promote or encourage illegal behavior or fights, or that could threaten school safety.
22. Engaging in verbal (oral or written) exchanges that threaten the safety of another student, a school employee, or school property.
23. Making false accusations or perpetrating hoaxes regarding school safety
24. Engaging in any conduct that school officials might reasonably believe will substantially disrupt the school programs or incite violence
25. Discharging a ﬁre extinguisher without valid cause
26. Engaging in actions or demonstrations that substantially disrupt or materially interfere with school activities
27. Abusing the student’s own prescription drug, possessing or being under the inﬂuence of another person’s prescription drug on school property or at a school event.
28. Repeatedly violating other communicated campus or classroom standards of conduct
31. Display of gang affiliation to include dress, graffiti, and behavior or gang related activity
32. General misconduct
Level V Offenses - Mandatory DAEP Placement or Expulsion (20 Demerit Points)
Please refer to the WFISD Student Code of Conduct
Offenses that may result in a DAEP placement, expulsion, or an extended placement in ISS are the most serious of offenses. Administration may assign up to 3 days of out of school suspension in order to conduct a thorough investigation into such offenses. Students should share all available information regarding an offense at the initial due process hearing.
Disciplinary consequences may be issued at the time of the initial due process hearing. When the investigation is complete, students and parents will be notified by school administration if the investigation yields information that would change or negate the initial disciplinary placement. Students receiving special education services may also be provided an MDR ARD meeting as indicated by policy.
Serious offenses may incur consequences beyond established cumulative demerit points.
These offenses include those acts of misconduct that seriously disrupt the educational process, endanger or negatively affect the well-being of students or staff, or violate federal or state law.
Campus administrators reserve the right to determine consequences to include extended placements in ISS or DAEP for serious offenses to include mandatory and discretionary placements in DAEP, expulsion, and extended placement in ISS. Offenses include, but are not limited, to those acts of misconduct that seriously disrupt the educational process, endanger or negatively affect the well-being of students or staff, violations of federal or state law, and chronic misconduct.
The District's Student Code of Conduct lists several offenses and specifies possible consequences by level of offense. With this in mind, we will use the following procedure to determine disciplinary consequences for those students who disobey school rules. A numerical value (demerits) will be placed on each level of offense. In most instances, BOTH the numerical value of a particular offense and the combined total of demerits that a student has accumulated throughout the school year will determine a student's disciplinary consequence. See the student Code of Conduct for more information.
Offense Level Number of Demerits *Minimum Consequence
I 1 1 day detention
II 2 3 days detention
III 5 1 day ISS
IV 10 3 days ISS
V 20 AEP
A student’s cumulative demerit total will be considered when making placements.
Accumulated Demerits Minimum Placement
10-19 1 day ISS
20-29 2 days ISS
30-39 3-5 days ISS
40-49 Extended ISS or Out of School Suspension
50-59 AEP placement, extended ISS, or Out of School Suspension
An elevator is available for students who cannot use stairways due to medical conditions. A doctor’s note is required to be given to the school nurse who will make the necessary arrangements.
Facilities and Grounds
The school and its furnishings are entrusted to the students. It is each student’s responsibility to see that classrooms, halls, cafeteria, gym, restrooms, lockers, and school grounds are clean and undamaged. If a student observes anything being done to mar the beauty or cleanliness of the school, it is his/her civic responsibility to report such actions. Any student who damages or loses school property to include textbooks and technology will be required to pay damages or replacement costs and may be subject to disciplinary action.
Dress and Grooming Standards
Rules regarding dress and grooming are in effect from the first day of school from the time the student arrives on the school campus until the student departs the school campus through the last day of school. The dress code also applies to students who are representing Rider as a part of a school group or organization outside the regular school day. The dress code is established to protect the learning environment from distractions and to minimize safety hazards.
Appropriate undergarments must be worn and appropriately covered.
Sunglasses, combs, hats, bandanas, hoods, and other head coverings will not be worn in the building.
Tattoos must be covered at all times.
Clothing or accessories with lettering, symbols or decorations that detract from the learning process or illustrate or promote alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, drugs, sex, vulgarity or violence either explicitly or by innuendo will not be allowed.
Articles of clothing bearing words, symbols, color combinations, or any other recognized gang insignia, articles of clothing or uniforms will not be allowed.
Shoes are to be worn at all times. Shoes designed for strings or buckles must be fully laced/fastened. Students must not wear shoes that pose a safety hazard. House shoes, or slippers will not be permitted.
Students will not attend school with their hair rolled up nor will they apply makeup in the classroom. Hair is to be neat, clean, well groomed, of a natural color, and styled so that vision will not be obstructed. Hairstyles and hair color that create a distraction or are outlandish will not be allowed.
Beards and mustaches must be kept clean and neatly trimmed
Male students may wear stud earrings. Female students are permitted to wear earrings in their ears only. All other body piercing objects are NOT allowed for males or females.
Skirts or dresses (or slits on the side of skirts or dresses) may not be shorter than 6 inches (with or without tights) from the floor when kneeling. Sun dresses, and miniskirts are not permitted.
Short-shorts, athletic shorts (such as wind shorts), Soffe shorts, Nike Tempo Shorts or bicycle shorts will not be allowed. No side slits on shorts or shorts that curve up on the sides will be allowed. Shorts must be hemmed to be the same length on all sides. Shorts must be 6 inches from the floor when kneeling.
Tops must be at least 3 inches in width at the shoulder. Open back or partially open back shirts are not permitted. No undergarments may be visible. No racerback tops, bare midriffs (half tops), halter tops, tank tops, see-through tops (such as loose woven, fishnet, or sheer materials), are allowed. No low cut tops that allow cleavage to be visible.
Clothing with lace, sheet material, or see through panels may only be worn if the under layers of clothing are in keeping with other dress code rules. Any undershirt visible must meet the 3 inch rule for shirts.
Ripped or torn jeans must not allow skin above the knee to show through. The ripped areas may be no larger than the students’ hand (when fingers are not spread out). Pajama pants will not be permitted.
Jeggings, leggings, yoga pants, or tight/form fitting workout clothing, or warm-up/jogging suits must be covered by a skirt, dress, shirt or shorts that are 6” from the knee when kneeling.
Sagging pants are not permitted. All pants and jeans must be worn at the waist. When belts are worn, they must be buckled. If there is no buckle, the belt must be tied.
Male student shirts must have sleeves. No cutoffs, sleeveless, or tank tops allowed.
Students may not wear tails, ears, or other costume accessories.
Students may not bring blankets to school.
Administrator’s decision on all dress code matters is final.
Dress code infractions cannot be covered up (with jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, etc.).
Failure to follow the dress code will result in a disciplinary referral. Students will be permitted to call a parent for a change of clothes ONLY on the first offense. After that, students who are not in compliance with dress code standards will be subjected to disciplinary action that may include being placed in ISS for the day. The campus will not provide alternate clothing. Demerits will be assigned in keeping with the student code of conduct.
Lockout Signal: (over PA system)
All students return inside the main building. Business as usual. Lock all perimeter doors. Take attendance.
Lockdown! Locks, Lights, Out of Sight Signal: (over PA system)
Students move away from sight and maintain silence. Do NOT open the door. Lock interior doors. Turn out lights. Take attendance.
Evacuate Signal: (over PA system, to announced location)
Bring phones but leave all other belongings to evacuation location. Follow instructions. Take attendance. Notify administrators or officials of missing, extra, or injured students.
Building Evacuation Signal: Fire Alarm (siren and flashing lights) or Building Evacuation (over PA)
Do the following: Take your personal items and class roster. Move safely and quickly to your pre- assigned location outside the building. Do not lock your door. Check roll and account for missing students. Notify administration of missing students immediately.
Shelter Signal: Hazard and Safety Strategy (disaster siren via PA system)
Tornado: Evacuate to shelter area.
Hazmat: Seal the room
Earthquake: Drop, cover, and hold
Tsunami: Get to high ground
Emergency Closing of Schools
The Superintendent makes the decision to close school. Any information about a school closing will be on TV and radio stations as well as the district website.
Dishonesty will not be tolerated. Examples of this include, but are not limited to, cheating (giving or receiving work), lying, forgery (signing a parent’s or anyone else’s name), plagiarism (using another person’s original ideas or writing as one’s own), making false allegations, etc. Any student caught cheating may receive a grade of “0” on that assignment or test. Parent contact must be made prior to assigning a grade of “0” for cheating. Plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and will be addressed by English department campus policy: 1st violation-grade of zero, parent/guardian notification, coach/sponsor notification (if applicable), 2 demerit points. 2nd violation-grade of zero, parent teacher conference, coach/sponsor notification (if applicable), 5 demerit points, office referral.
Homework can be counted as part of a student’s final six-week average. For this reason, it is very important that all homework assignments be completed and turned in promptly. When a student receives a zero for a homework assignment (daily/major) this can drastically impact his/her final grade.
Late work penalties are at the teacher’s discretion. Below is a recommended example.
1st day late - 10 pt reduction
2nd day late - 20 pt reduction
3rd day late - 30 pt reduction
Grading Policy on Retesting - Local Policy EIA
Rider follows all district grading policies. See WFISD policy for specific guidelines.
Except between classes, students may not be in the halls for any reason without official Rider Hall Passes unless accompanied by school personnel. Teachers or other school officials may issue corridor passes. Students without passes will be referred to the office for disciplinary action. Students will not be dismissed from class early. Students will not be allowed to go to the vending machines during class periods. Students are allowed four minutes between each period for changing classrooms, using the restroom and water fountain, etc. While in the hallways, students should walk to the right side of the hall. Students are not to block the flow of traffic by standing in the hallway in groups or walking the halls in group fashion.
For safety reasons, students are not permitted to bring aerosol cans, fireworks, lighters, stink bombs, incendiary devices, or matches to school. Possession of such items may result in administrative disciplinary action and may also result in a police citation.
Students may request an assigned locker. Mrs. Ceballos in the Administration Office will issue the lockers. Pictures, drawings, or marking on lockers will not be allowed. Students defacing the interior and/or exterior of a locker will be subject to disciplinary action. Lockers remain under the jurisdiction of the school even when assigned to an individual student. The school reserves the right to inspect all lockers. A student has full responsibility for the security of the locker and is responsible to make certain it is locked and that the combination is not available to others. The school is not responsible for items lost or stolen from student lockers. Locker searches may be conducted at any time, whether or not a student is present. Students will not share lockers.
P.E. & Athletic Lockers
Students will have a secure area in which to place their personal belongings during the time they are in P.E. class. If an item is lost/stolen, although rare and unfortunate –WFISD assumes no responsibility or liability. Students are expected to lock or secure all items in the area, as specified by the coach, during class and workouts. Athletic lockers must remain locked at all times.
Students are not permitted to loiter in the street, yards, or parking lots near the campus. Upon dismissal from school, all students should leave the campus promptly.
Lost and Found
Articles, books, and clothing that are found should be placed in the lost and found in the student center. Every effort will be made to find the owners, provided the items are tagged with a student’s name. Items that are not claimed will be disposed of at the end of the 6 weeks. If an item cannot be located (although rare and unfortunate), WFISD assumes no responsibility or liability even if taken up by a WFISD employee.
Student or Parent Concerns
Students or parents who have a concern should first address the concern with the teacher. If the outcome of the discussion is not satisfactory, a conference with a counselor and an administrator may be requested.
Our school is fortunate to have capable people to help us whenever our regular teachers are ill. A substitute teacher is an important visitor whose impressions of our school will be carried into the community. Let us be certain that these are good impressions. Be polite, helpful, and considerate, as you would be to your regular teacher. Any referral from a substitute is a Level III offense resulting in ISS.
Technology Rules (Acceptable Use Policy- A.U.P.)
Students are responsible for damages to or misuse of computers.
● ·Due to potential viruses, personal disks and flash drives from home are discouraged for use on the network as well as disks transferred from school to home.
● ·Students will work in the application the teacher assigns.
● ·Written profanity, inappropriate slang, inappropriate sites, and symbols while using the computer will not be allowed.
● ·Printing is only allowed with teacher permission.
● ·Students should never share login or password information with other students. Only WFISD student logins are allowed!
Classroom sets of textbooks will be issued to classes as deemed necessary per the teacher. Individuals requests for a copy of textbooks may be presented to Mrs. Stockton (Please be advised that each student and his parent or guardian shall be responsible to the school for all books not returned by the student. Books that have been defaced in any way are subject to fines. Any student failing to return all books shall forfeit his/her right to any textbooks until the previously issued and unreturned books are paid for or returned by the parent or guardian. Education Code 31.104(c) (d). Failure to return books may also result in the loss of extra-curricular privileges, transcript requests, or requests for any other official school document such as a VOE.)
No items may be sold on the bus/school grounds by any individual. Only recognized group-sponsored sales approved by the RHS Principal will be permitted. All fundraising or sales that generate supplemental funds MUST have principal approval prior to the designated date. Students will be subject to disciplinary action and/or having items confiscated.
Students are not to bring large amounts of cash or expensive items, such as jewelry, electronics, bluetooth speakers etc., to school. Students are responsible for the safekeeping of all personal items brought on campus. Recovery of lost or stolen items is rare. The best prevention is not to bring them on campus. The school is not responsible for items lost or stolen at school. If item cannot be located, although rare and unfortunate, WFISD assumes no responsibility or liability.
ALL persons visiting the campus must register in the Reception Office (Mrs. Albin’s) and obtain a “Visitors Pass” - a driver’s license is required. The visitor is to go only to the area designated upon his/her arrival. The visitor will be asked to return the pass and log out prior to leaving the building.
Parents are welcome to visit the school. Parents with prior notification to and agreement from the classroom teacher (and/or administrator) may observe any class in which his/her child is in attendance. No visit will interfere with the delivery of instruction or disrupt the school environment. All visits are limited to one forty-five minute visit per teacher per day. Parents wishing to conference with a teacher must schedule the appointment with the individual teacher in advance. Teachers are responsible for instruction during school hours and will arrange the scheduled conference individually. Parents wishing to conference with a teacher may contact the office and leave a message for the teacher to return the call and schedule a conference. Parents may also contact teachers via email. Teachers have designated times to meet and will arrange conferences as quickly as the schedule permits. During instructional time, teachers are unable to return calls to parents.
If the conference period is already scheduled, the teacher may not be able to return the call the same day. Allow 24 hours (week-days) for a call to be returned.
Students are not allowed to have other student visitors during the day. Visits by ex-students and others who live or spend most of their time in the area is not permitted. Teachers have been instructed that all people without proper visitor badges are to be referred back to the receptionist and notify the principal’s office. Trespassers will be referred to the campus police officer.
Rider does not accept deliveries (food, flowers, balloons, etc.) to be sent to school for students. The delivery will be refused and returned to the business from which it was purchased.
Student Club Proposal Form--Use this form and procedure to propose a new club.
**This is a working document and may include revisions throughout the school year as deemed fit by administration.**
RHS Bell Schedule
1st period 7:45 – 8:32
2nd period 8:36 – 9:23
3rd period 9:27 – 10:14
4th period 10:18 – 11:10
Announcements 11:05 – 11:10
5th period (lunch) 11:14 - 12:32
1st lunch 11:14 - 11:45
2nd lunch 12:01 – 12:32
6th period 12:36 - 1:23
7th period 1:27 - 2:14
8th period 2:18 – 3:05
Pep Rally Schedule
1st period 7:45 – 8:32
2nd period 8:36 – 9:23
3rd period 9:27– 10:14
4th period 10:18 – 11:05
Announcements 11:05 – 11:10
5th period (lunch) 11:14 - 12:32
1st lunch 11:14 - 11:45
2nd lunch 12:01 - 12:32
6th period 12:36 - 1:11
7th period 1:15 - 1:50
8th period 1:54 - 2:29
Pep Rally 2:29-3:05
Inclement Weather Schedule
1st period 9:45 – 10:17
2nd period 10:21 – 10:53
3rd period 10:57 – 11:29
4th period 11:33-11:55
Announcements 11:55 – 12:00
5th period (lunch) 12:04 – 1:17
1st lunch 12:04 – 12:39
2nd lunch 12:42 – 1:17
6th period 1:21 - 1:53
7th period 1:57– 2:29
8th period 2:33 - 3:05
The following are not considered unexcused absences:
● OA= detention center
● OD=Denver or other off campus
● OS=on campus suspension
● CC=co-curricular activities
● EC=extra-curricular activities
● CV=college visit (Jr. or Sr.- 2 total days or less)
● DR=doctor visit during the school day when the student returns to school