Student and Parent Handbook
KIPP BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HIGH STUDENT AND FAMILY HANDBOOK
LETTER FROM THE SCHOOL LEADER
Dear BTW Parents & Families,
KIPP Booker T. Washington High School
WHO TO CONTACT AT KIPP BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
FRONT OFFICE: Contact with general questions about the school, how to enroll, daily schedule, attendance, and/or afterschool activities.
- Vervian Jackson, Office Manager, (504) 609-2283
DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL OPERATIONS: Contact with questions about school operations, food services, or transportation.
- Aron Walker III, Director of School Operations
DEAN OF STUDENTS: Contact with questions about school discipline.
- Daniel Meekins, Dean of Students
BULLYING POINT OF CONTACT: Contact with questions or concerns about incidents of bullying.
- Daniel Meekins, Dean of Students
SPECIAL EDUCATION COORDINATOR: Contact with questions about services for students with disabilities including IEPs and evaluations.
- Brantley Minor, Special Education Coordinator
NURSE: Contact for information about health services or with specific questions about dietary requirements, allergies and/or medication
- Ruth Polk, School Nurse
SOCIAL WORKER: Contact with questions about counseling and support services.
- Cantrell Larkins
- Robert Corvo, School Leader
KIPP BOOKER T. WASHINGTON SCHOOL POLICIES
MISSION, VISION AND VALUES
KIPP Booker T. Washington High School will prove that strong relationships, frequent exposure to real world experiences, and rigorous college and career preparatory curricula are three mutually supporting ingredients in educating our students to be best prepared for success and contribution to their communities.
HOURS OF OPERATION
7:50 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Arrival and Dismissal Procedure
Students arrive by bus, walking to school, or by car drop-off. When students arrive, they report immediately to their homeroom classes. If students arrive late to school, they must report to the Main Office to check-in and receive a hall pass that he/she hands to his current period’s teacher.
DRESS CODE & UNIFORM EXPECTATIONS
- Boys: Khaki pants or shorts (no cargo pants or shorts though)
- Girls: Khaki pants, shorts, or skorts; BTW Plaid pants, shorts, or skorts (no cargo pants or shorts though)
- Boys & Girls: Polo or Oxford shirts
- BTW pullovers and cardigans
- Any color tennis shoes or sneakers
- No KCCA apparel (tops, outerwear, or bottoms)
- No boots
- No hats or hoods on in the building
- No bonnets/ sleeping caps
- No jeans (except for on free dress days or an earned birthday privilege)
- No leggings/tights worn as pants
1 Demerit per occurrence
3 Demerits = Detention (Lunch or After-School)
Obscene or Inappropriate Violation = Call Home to Change Clothing, Sit in Main Office or Administrator’s Office (removed from class), Clothing Change must happen before returning to class
*Obscene or Inappropriate = Showing cleavage, excessive exposure of skin, shorts or skorts that are too short (above 4-6 inches above the knee), bottoms (pants, shorts, or skorts) that are too tight or considered “skin tight”
As a member of Booker T. Washington High School, we honor academic and personal integrity. We uphold the values of honesty, integrity, respect, and responsibility, and our mission to instill excellence in academics.
Cheating is defined as giving or receiving, in any form, information relating to a gradable experience including the use of sources of information other than those specifically approved by the teacher, either during or outside of the class.
Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to, visual exchanges (cheat sheets, copying, open books or notes, writing on hands, shoes, or desks, calculators, etc.) and verbal, electronic or coded exchanges. Other examples include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, discussing tests with students who have not taken the test, copying homework assignments, not citing sources, etc.
When a students is found to be cheating, the teacher may issue a grade of zero for the assignment. This assignment may not be made up nor will the student be eligible for recovery. It is the responsibility of each teacher to adhere to this policy and may also contact the parent/guardian to inform them of the incident.
KIPP Booker T. Washington High School students are eligible for the following academic awards during the course of the school year: A Honor Roll, A/B Honor Roll, BTW Principal’s List, Salutatorian (Senior Year), Valedictorian (Senior Year), Cum Laude (Senior Year), Magna Cum Laude (Senior Year), Summa Cum Laude (Senior Year).
Upon successfully passing the End of Course exams (EOCs), as well as any Advanced Placement (AP) course exams, students will be recognized by having their names listed on exclusive and lavish school banners that will be posted in view of all students, staff, families, and visitors to our KIPP Booker T. Washington High School
CELL PHONE POLICY
Student cellphones are not to be seen or heard within classes, although students may have them on their person. Students may only have use cellphones during school if it is an earned privilege from a teacher or administrator. If students do no adhere to the cellphone policy, they will lose access to their phones for the remainder of the day. The phone will be collected and held by one of the administrators until the end of the school day. Excessive violation of this policy will result in confiscation of the phone until parent/guardian retrieves it from the school.
SCHOOL-WIDE BEHAVIOR SYSTEM
Our PBIS system (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) is a schoolwide system of support that includes proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting positive student behaviors to create an environment in which our students can be successful academically, socially, and emotionally. During the course of the year, the above continuum of opportunities will take place – in addition to opportunities are strategies led by individual teachers within their own respective classrooms – are provided either daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually. While some opportunities are earned automatically (for example, birthday shout-outs) and some are earned by large numbers of students (for example, free dress), other opportunities are highly selective based on consistently strong behavior/conduct and/or an application process (for example, the BTW Fall Weekend Trip).
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