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Every fall I give a Student Handbook presentation to all 7-12 students that attend MAHS. The purpose of the presentation is to assist students in understanding the procedures and rules at Morris Area High School. I meet with the classes individually because what applies to seniors doesn't necessarily apply to 7th grade students and vice-versa. This presentation highlights some of the rules and procedures that need to be reiterated or reinforced as we swing into the first half of the school year. I spent the past week talking to each class and I thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of the rules that I emphasized with the students.

Cafeteria - the main points of emphasis is that the cafeteria should be kept clean and that they must listen to the lunch supervisors.

Damage to School Property - we talk about the difference between willful damage to school property versus accidental damage to school property. Students who damage school property will be held responsible for the satisfactory repair or replacement of whatever was damaged.

Dress Code - There are certain clothes items are not permitted to be worn. These include tank-tops, spaghetti strap tops, and shirts that advertise alcohol or tobacco products. Short-shorts are also not permitted to be worn. Short-shorts are defined as shorts that rise above the fingertips when the arms are straight at your sides.

Cell Phones - Cell phones are allowed to be used before school, during lunch, and after school. Students who have their cell phone taken away will get it back at the end of the day for the first offense. Students who have it taken away a second time will have to have one of their parents pick it up from the school. A third violation results in the cell phone remaining in the principal's office for five days.

Lockers - Every locker in school (hallway locker and gym locker) have a combination lock on them. It is important that the students keep their lockers locked and do not give out their locker combination.

Attendance - Regular attendance maximizes the school experience. Our attendance policy is very strict and I talk to the students about tardies, excused absences, and unexcused absences.Our student handbook can be found on the school's website and as always, if you have any questions please contact me at the school.