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Welcome Back!

posted Aug 3, 2017, 9:12 AM by K. Lainhart   [ updated Aug 3, 2017, 9:13 AM ]
I hope this summer has been a relaxing one for you and that you are getting ready for the start of the school year. The administrative team and the rest of the staff are looking forward to another great year. Our first day of school for the 17-18 school year will be August 28th for all PV schools, although North Montco Technical Career Center (NMTCC) will begin on August 29th. There is additional information regarding NMTCC attached to this email.

I am hoping you will find the following information and the attached files informative as we begin the year. More detailed information can be found about these topics, and there is much more in our handbook located on the website.

You will find the following topics discussed in this email:
  • Upcoming dates
  • PA Law Regarding Vaccinations
  • Student Schedules
  • Student Parking
  • Bus Drop Off
  • Parent Drop Off
  • Student Dress Code
  • Student Absences
  • Hat/Hoods/Head Coverings
  • Cell Phone and Ear Bud Policy
  • Tobacco Policy/Vape Pens

Important Dates to Remember
  • Aug 14th Home Access Open to view schedules
  • Aug 28th First day of school for all students
  • Aug 29th First day of NMTCC
  • Sept 7th Meet the Teacher Night7 PM (see attachment)
  • Sept 7th Parent College Admission Process6-7 PM Auditorium
  • Sept 13th-14th Underclass picture day, all students grades 9-11 must have picture taken for ID purposes.
  • Sept 15th-19th Final sittings for Senior Portraits, contact Lifetouch at 1 (800) 687-9327 to set up an appointment for these days. Senior IDs will be made from the senior portraits. All seniors are to get their portrait taken for the yearbook and ID purposes but are under no obligation to purchase.

PA Law Regarding Vaccinations

Pennsylvania’s new School Vaccination Requirements take effect August, 2017. Students are required to comply with the PA immunization law or risk exclusion from school.

Grade 12 students (starting 2017 – 18) are required to receive:
1 or 2 doses of Meningococcal Vaccine:  If your student received their first dose of Meningococcal Vaccine at 11 – 15 years of age, then a second dose is required at age 16 or entry into 12th grade.  If your student received their first dose of Meningococcal Vaccine at 16 years of age or older, that shall count as the 12th grade dose.

4 Doses of Polio Vaccine:  A 4th dose is not necessary if the 3rd dose was administered at age 4 years or older and at least 6 months after the previous dose.

Schedules

Your schedule will be available to be viewed on the Home Access Center beginning August 14th. You will also receive a paper copy in homeroom on the first day. The building schedule and your schedule were both built based on the requests you made last school year. When it was impossible to give you your first elective choice, one of your alternate choices was substituted. While we attempt to accommodate each and every schedule request, sometimes it is not possible to give you exactly what you requested. Schedule changes will only be made if there is an error. Other schedule changes might be possible (if you did not get what you asked for), but there is no guarantee that this will be possible. The deadline to make changes in requested courses was June 30th,and we built the master schedule for the high school based on these choices. Schedule changes are only made in extreme cases. All changes to schedules must go through your counselor.

Parking Permits

Those juniors and seniors who have already applied for parking permits may pick them up beginning onAug 14th in the main office from Mrs. George. The permit must be displayed the first day of school, and you must park in your assigned space. Only students with valid permits are to park on campus. All other cars will be stickered and towed at the owner’s expense. We still do have spots available for the fall, and the application can be found on the website. There is at least a one day turn around to receive the permit so please do not drive to school before you have your permit in hand.

Bus Drop-Off

Busses will drop all students off in the bus circle by the cafeteria. Students who wish to purchase breakfast may enter the cafeteria. All other students are to remain outside until 7:40 AM. Students need to remember their bus number, location in the bus loop for the PM pickup and whether their PM bus is first or second run. Bus drivers will inform the students of this information on the first day.

Parent Drop-Off/Pick-up

The drop off and pick up area for those students who get a ride to school is in the faculty parking lot located across from the stadium. Agents will be available to assist parents with the traffic patterns. I ask that parents only drop off your student in this area. Cars are not permitted in the bus loop for student drop off or pick up at any time. Additionally, please do not drop off or pick up on campus drive or high school drive as it creates safety issues or the main office loop which is reserved for busses for some of our students.

HS Dress Code

Please be cognizant of the HS dress code. Tank tops, short shorts/skirts, any garment that is revealing, studded or spiked items are all examples of things that are prohibited by our dress code. For a more detailed explanation, please read the student handbook that will be online. Parents, please encourage your son/daughter to follow the dress code. Students who are in violation will be asked to change their clothing and repeat offenders will face school discipline.

Student Absences

If your son/daughter will be absent, we ask that you contact our attendance office prior to 8:15 AM. You will still be required to send in an absence note (or an email from a Home Access verified address) within three school days. Failure to do so will result in the absence being permanently unexcused and possible truancy procedures being implemented. Attendance notes and early dismissal notes are to be brought to the attendance desk prior to 8 AM. The attendance desk is located in the gym lobby. After 8 AM, notes should be brought to the main office.

Hats/Hoods/etc.

We ask that all students remove all hats, hoods and head covers upon entering the building and while in the building.

Cell Phones and Ear Buds

High school students may use their cell phone and ear buds in technology zones and as permitted by teachers in class. The technology zones are in the halls between class periods, in study hall, lunch and the library. For safety reasons, students may only wear one ear bud in the halls between classes. Students who violate the procedures will have their technology confiscated. Repeat offenders will have their technology confiscated and returned only to a parent. Parents, we ask that you reinforce these procedures with your student.

Tobacco Policy/Vape Pens

Per school board policy, tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, vape pens, etc., are not permitted on school property. Students found to be in possession or having used any of these products will receive a fine and school discipline. These materials will be confiscated and will not be returned.

If you have a question that you need answered prior to opening day (August 28th), please feel free to call (610) 489-1230 and speak to us. We are looking forward to the start of the new year.