2018-2019 STUDENT POLICIES & EXPECTATIONS
You are expected to know and follow the rules of Taft High School and understand all of your rights and responsibilities outlined in Chicago Public Schools’ Student Code of Conduct: http://www.cps.edu/Pages/StudentCodeofConduct.aspx. Specifically, we ask that you conduct yourself and represent Taft, and the entire Taft community, while on and off campus, in a manner that reflects our culture of Respect, Responsibility and Rigor:
Each student must accept responsibility for his or her personal conduct in both social and academic endeavors. Academic honesty means that students produce work that is their own. Academic dishonesty, in contrast, is a student’s attempt to claim someone else’s work as theirs, or to claim academic knowledge that they do not possess. Academic dishonesty can take many different forms and all are subject to disciplinary action. See the Taft Academic Honesty policy for more information.
You are required to keep your Taft ID on your person AT ALL TIMES. You are required to show it every time you enter the school.
Staff will NOT confiscate your ID (although there are times when they may hold it temporarily while you are present, i.e. in the Library, Deans' Office, etc). However, you must show it to any staff member upon request.
If you do not have your ID card when you enter the building, you must purchase a temporary ID that is good for one day; a fee will be charged to your account. Defaced, altered, lost, stolen or misplaced ID cards are replaced at your own expense. Color replacement ID cards are $10. Prices are subject to change. You are not charged when you have a program change that requires your ID card to be replaced. New ID cards can be ordered at the Security Desk (Door 1).
Research tells us that good school attendance is the foundation for a student’s success. You are required to attend school and all your programmed classes and to be prompt.
Students who are absent for any other reason are considered truant.
When a student is to be or has been absent from school, there is no need for the parent to phone the school in advance to report that absence.
To Report an Excused Absence:
Parents must submit a note (NOT an email) explaining the absence IMMEDIATELY UPON THE STUDENT'S RETURN. Any notes submitted after two weeks from the date of the absence will not be accepted and the absence will remain unexcused. The note should include the student's name and homeroom (division), the date(s) of absence, the reason for the absence, and the parent's name and contact information. This is the only one way to report an absence. Absence notes from parents may be submitted to the Attendance Office (room 171) by the student upon his/her return to school. The absence notes will be verified by Attendance Office staff as needed. Also, please feel free to contact us by phone at (773) 534-1005 with any attendance related questions.
To Arrange an Early Dismissal
Additional Notes on Attendance
You may enter the Bryn Mawr entrance (Door 1) or the Hurlbut entrance (Door 4). After 9:00 AM, you must enter via the Bryn Mawr entrance. Visitors, generally, must use the Bryn Mawr entrance. For your safety and security, no other doors are to be used for building entry. To that end, do NOT prop open any exterior doors or open any door for anyone trying to enter the building.
You are permitted to use your electronic devices in the building and on campus before and after school, during your lunch period and between classes. You are NOT permitted to use electronic devices during assemblies or any classes/periods of instruction unless an instructor permits you to use it.
If you use your electronic device in a classroom without permission it may be confiscated until the end of that class.
Note: Students are responsible for their personal belongings. Taft is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
We encourage individuality and self-expression among students. We are also in an educational setting with parameters that require students to come to school dressed appropriately and ready to learn. The Deans or Administration will determine the appropriateness of clothing worn by students.
Students not adhering to the dress code will be sent to the Deans’ Office and will be required to change into a Taft shirt or pants until the end of the day. At that time, they can return the Taft item(s) in exchange for their own clothing. Students returning damaged Taft clothing will be charged a fee.
On Halloween students are encouraged to wear costumes to school. The dress code should still be followed. Additionally…
You may not leave campus at any time during the school day. If you have an illness or family emergency, you must obtain an Early Dismissal in the Attendance Office. You will be released into the custody of a parent/guardian or emergency contact person ONLY.
To create a safe, clean, and pleasant lunchroom, students are required to abide by the following guidelines:
You may use the library before school, during your lunch period and/or after school.
Students may not have in their possession any item or device prohibited by CPS and Taft while in the building or in attendance at any event under Taft auspices. All banned items will be confiscated; those which are legal will be returned to parents of minors or student owners who are at least 18. Banned items include but are not limited to: Any product associated with the application of graffiti such as magic markers, shoe polish daubers, spray paint, gambling paraphernalia, mace/pepper spray, pocket knives, etc. Possession or use of alcohol or tobacco/nicotine products, any device used to inhale substances, and/or any other drugs in school, on the campus, or at any event under Taft auspices is not permitted.
LOST AND FOUND
Located just west of the Main Entrance under the stairs. Electronics/expensive items are kept in the Main Office or ast the Security Desk.
Parking lots are reserved for Taft staff. Street parking is available for all others. Unauthorized vehicles in parking lots will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.
Students who are suspended from school are prohibited from entering the school building and may not attend or participate in any activities during that time.
Lockers are the property of Taft High School and are subject to search without notice.
Any students in the hallway during class time are required to have an official Taft hallway pass.
Except for those participating in school sanctioned events, students are to leave the grounds at the end of their scheduled day. Those participating in post school activities must take all belongings with them and will be dismissed from the activity by their coach/sponsor via the nearest exit. Students may not remain in the building, including the gyms, without adult supervision.
All visitors are required to enter through the Bryn Mawr entrance (Door 1), present a photo ID and sign in at the security desk. The visitor must wear a Visitor’s Badge in the building and will be directed or escorted to their destination. Parent conferences with teachers are by appointment only. CPS wanting to speak with a teacher must have principal approval.
REPORT CARD PICKUP
CPS policy stipulates release of 1st and 3rd quarter grades to a parent or guardian only. Those unable to pick up grades on the designated days may do so during regular school hours.
Students whose parents picked up 1st and 3rd quarter grades and who are passing all subjects will receive their semester grades from their division teachers. All others will be released to the parent or guardian only.
If, at any time during your career at Taft, you are feeling overwhelmed academically or socially/emotionally, please let a trusted adult in the school know. We have numerous resources at our disposal and can help link you to them, e.g. after school tutoring, support groups (grief, coping, anger, trauma, substance abuse) and individual counseling.
Please direct any questions or comments to Kat Hindmand, Taft's Director of Climate and Culture. You may email Ms. Hindmand via the Staff link at right.