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HHS Student/Parent Handbook 2017-2018
Posted On:
Saturday, August 05, 2017



Headland High School

8 Sporman Street

Headland, AL 36345

(334) 585-7086 

(334) 585-7088 fax





Student/Parent Handbook





Alabama State Department of Education



Advancing Excellence in Education Worldwide



Jason Bradford, Principal

Tina Gibson, Assistant Principal


Superintendent of Henry County Schools

Chris Padget


Henry County Board of Education


Mrs. Jean Bush

Mr. Eddie L. Chambers, Sr.

Mrs. Mary Wiggins

Mr. John Cameron

Mr. Emmanuel Davis














This handbook belongs to:




The contents of this handbook should be read and understood by the above named student and

his/her parent(s) or guardian(s). This handbook should be kept for future reference.














Headland High School’s goal is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be competitive in college and/or a career.


Our mission at Headland High School is to empower students with the knowledge and skills to be successful in an ever-changing world. The mission is based on five guiding principles:

 We at HHS believe:

1.    The best teachers produce the best students;

2.    Technology will prepare our students for the digital age;

3.    Great schools require involved parents;

4.    We are in the business of building students one day at a time; and

5.    Nothing less than our best will do.



Learning Today…Leading Tomorrow



Navy, White, and Gold





We will sing for Headland High School

Wherever we may be.

May those happy days be cherished in our

Fondest memories.

Where the blue and white are flowing,

Flowing for our loyalty.

We will sing for Headland High School and our pride she’ll ever be.

Henry County Schools 2017-2018 School Calendar




HHS Prom – March 23, 2018

HHS Graduation – May 17, 2018



Headland High School Faculty and Staff




Administrative Staff


Bradford, Jason                                              Principal

Gibson, Tina                                                    Asst. Principal

Murphy, Krissi                                                Guidance Counselor


                                                            Teaching Staff


Banner, Amanda                                             Health Occupations

Bojonca, Jodie                                                English

Brackin, Tara                                                   Science

Carroll, Jeffery                                                Construction Science

Carter, Keith                                                   Graphic Arts

David, Kimberly                                             English

Davis,  Elbert                                                  ISS

Dempsey, Craig                                              History

Edwards, Adrinda                                          Family Consumer Science

Gilmer, Shawn                                                Science/Football/Baseball

Harris, Sharla                                                  Math/Department Chair

Henry, Mike                                                    History/Football/Basketball/Baseball

House, Christopher                                         PE

King, Paul                                                       Business Education

Penn, Donna                                                   Special Education

Phillips, Denise                                               Science/Department Chair

Raines, Danny                                                 PE/Athletic Director/Football

Richards, Wanda                                            History

Scott, Tracy                                                     Agriscience

Singleton, Amy                                               Library Media Specialist

Taylor, John                                                    Music/Band Director

Tidwell, Elizabeth                                           Math

Walker, Shannon                                             Science

Wilson, Stephanie                                           Special Education

Wright, Jennifer                                              JAG

                        Yance, Jana                                                     English




Support Staff



Baxley, Terri Lynn                                          Bookkeeper

Bower, Tricia                                                  VCI Instructor

Cunningham, Darlene                                     Lunchroom Manager

Dallas, Buck                                                    Custodian

Dixon, Charese                                               Nurse

Littlefield, Mandy                                          Lunchroom

Langlois, Malinda                                           Secretary

McKinney, Cherie                                           Lunchroom

Neal, Mark                                                      Custodian

Windham, Michelle                                         ACCESS

































Headland High School Bell Schedule



Advisement Academy –  7:40 -7:50


1st Block – 7:54 – 9:09


Break – 9:09 – 9:24


2nd Block – 9:28 – 10:43


3rd Block – 10:47 – 12:24


A Lunch – 10:47 – 11:11


B Lunch – 11:20 – 11:44


C Lunch – 11:53 – 12:17


Skinny – 12:21 – 1:21


4th Block – 1:25 – 2:40




Fees and Charges

All students must clear up unpaid fees, return textbooks, return uniforms, and return library books, etc. before they can be cleared by the school each semester.

School fees may be charged for all elective courses and some required courses.   All fees should be paid and cleared by Mrs. Baxley before credit can be given for the classes requiring a fee.

Lockers will cost $5 for all year, and parking will cost $20.00. 

A service charge of $10.00 is required on ALL returned checks. After first returned check only cash will be accepted.

































AP Biology


See Teacher

AP Calculus


See Teacher

AP Chemistry


See Teacher

AP English Literature & Comp


See Teacher

AP English Language & Comp


See Teacher

Art Expressions






Building Science


$20 (Skills USA dues)

Business Technology Essentials









Drivers Education



Environmental Management









Foods I



Health Occupations I



Health Occupations II


$20 (Insurance & Fee)




Law In Society



Multimedia Design









Personal Finance













You may help HHS better serve you son’s/daughters educational needs by:

1. Making a special effort to know your child’s teachers.

2. Studying each mid-term and nine (9) weeks grade report carefully and contacting the school if

    you have any questions. (Call the school if you do not receive these.)

3. Making an appointment, if needed, to discuss your child’s progress. Please call in advance to

    make appointments. A conference may be held with the Principal, Assistant Principal, the   

    Guidance Counselor, or any teacher. Conferences with teachers should be scheduled through     

    the Administrative Office and will be held during the teacher’s planning period, before school, 

    or after school.

4. Consistently monitor child’s progress on INOW Parent Portal. Parent passwords are available

    in the Administrative office.

5. Reading the information in this book is necessary to more fully understand the policies and

    operations of the school.




Principals/designee will be provided information and materials about ELL, immigrant, migrant, and homeless students, and they will sign-off when receiving such materials.  The principal and/or his designee will have the primary responsibility of explaining all information and materials to these students and their parents in a manner and form which they can understand.

Headland High School has a website In addition, Headland High School also has a HHS Facebook Page, HHS Counselor Corner Facebook Page, and a HHS PTO Facebook Page. Also, the Principal, Counselor, and many teachers have a Remind Account set up to communicate with students and parents.

All Headland High School employees have an email address. See the website for specific email addresses. The Headland High School phone number is (334) 585-7086 and the fax number is (334) 585-7088. Henry County Board of Education’s website is

The HHS monthly Calendar and the Breakfast/Lunch menu will be posted on the school website.




PTO is a valuable partnership to the education of Headland High students. We encourage you to join the PTO. There are numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the year. The PTO sponsors fundraisers throughout the year. Income generated from these fundraisers is given back to the school. Please visit the Headland High PTO Facebook page for more information.





Response to Instruction is a process of core classroom tiered support for all students in Henry County Schools. The Response to Instruction process at each school is designed around the Henry County RTI Framework which consist of Universal Screening, Tiered Instruction, Intervention Expectations, and Professional Development. The goal is success for ALL students through tiered support!


Statement of Equal Opportunities
It is the policy of Headland High School that no student will be denied access to programs of service, or treated differently on the basis of race, sex, religion, belief, national origin, ethnic group, limited English-speaking ability, handicapping condition, or economic condition.






Alabama Student Assessment (State Testing)

All students must take all state required assessments.


Alabama State Department of Education Policy Cell Phone/Digital Device in a Testing setting by Students

The possession of digital devices (including but not limited to cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, mobile entertainment, social connections, navigation devices, or other telecommunication devices) is strictly prohibited in the testing setting. 


Local education agency (LEA) school personnel will collect such devices before students can enter the testing room. If a student is observed in possession of a digital device during the administration of a secure test then the device will be confiscated.


If a student is observed using a digital device during the administration of a secure test, testing for the student will cease, the device will be confiscated and is subject to search, the student will be dismissed from testing, and the student’s test will be invalidated.  Additional disciplinary action will be taken by the LEA.




The following includes important items included in board policy but is not an inclusive listing. You are encouraged to refer to the entire Henry County Board Policy and Code of Conduct for more information or details – – click “District Forms and Policies”




It is the desire of the administration and staff to make the environment of Headland High School comfortable and safe for everyone. The following actions have been taken in order to make the school a better place.


School Safety Plan:

All teachers have a copy of the school safety plan, and it will be reviewed with all students at the

beginning of the year.



Students are not to arrive on campus before 7:00 a.m. and must report to the cafeteria upon arrival. Students must leave the campus by 3:00 p.m. unless directly supervised by a faculty member. Persons picking students up should park and meet them in front of the school; this is the only authorized drop-off or pick-up area for high school students. (Failure to comply with traffic safety protocol presents safety issues for our students.)



Early Dismissal:

Safety procedures in the event of a FIRE OR EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS will be conducted regularly. We encourage parents to listen to the television and radio stations should weather conditions threaten THE EARLY CLOSING OF SCHOOL.


Please be advised that the school communication device known as SchoolCast will be used to contact each parent individually in the event of an early dismissal due to weather; therefore, it is very important that telephone numbers are kept current.


Filed Trips                                                                                                                                                                                Field trip information will come home with your child as needed. Please be aware that Headland High School will not be able to give refunds in the event your child is unable to attend.




Each visitor must check in through the Administrative Office where he/she may be issued a visitor’s pass. The visitor must sign in upon arrival and sign out before leaving the campus. Students may not bring visitors or small children (brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, cousins, etc.) on campus for school functions during normal school hours.


Visitors looking to visit with teachers must have legitimate business and schedule a meeting with

the teacher during their planning period, before school, or after school. Requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Request can be made through the Administrative Office.





Unauthorized persons on school property are trespassers and will be subject to legal prosecution.



Campus Supervision:

Staff members are assigned specific areas of the campus to supervise when students are not in class.


Break Area:

Students are to remain in the Break Area during break unless going to or from class.


Emergency Drills:

Building evacuation and emergency drills will be held at intervals throughout the school year.


Remember these basic rules:

1.      Check the instructions posted in each area indicating how to leave the building in case of

            building evacuation or where to go during a weather drill.

      2.   Listen for additional instructions given by school personnel.

      3.   Walk quickly and quietly to the designated area.



The front doors along Sporman Street will remain locked at all times and can only be used by

authorized personnel. Students and visitors may gain entrance to the Administrative Office through the double doors under the clock. All classrooms will remain locked throughout the

school day.


School Property:

Desks and lockers are public property and school authorities may make regulations regarding their use.

Police Department Check:

The HHS Administration in conjunction with the Henry County Sherriff’s Office and Headland  Police Department will periodically check the campus, lockers, vehicles, and personal property for illegal substances or items not permitted on school campus. Police dogs may also be used in random searches for illegal substances. The administration of HHS reserves the right to search students and personal property upon reasonable suspicion. Including searches for contraband.


Asbestos Notification

The Henry County Board of Education has removed all friable asbestos from its facilities; however, there are areas within the school system that contain suspected non-friable asbestos materials.  Such areas may include floor tile, attic/roofing material, and thermal insulation beneath crawl spaces and in attics.  For more information contact the school office for the school’s Asbestos Management Plan.



Sexual Harassment
Employees and student shall not engage in conduct constituting is sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment is illegal and will not be tolerated.  The Henry County School Board shall investigate all allegations of sexual harassment and take appropriate action against employees or students who engage in sexual harassment. 



1. Lunches purchased at restaurants are allowed to be brought into the lunchroom provided they are in a plastic container. The restaurant’s name cannot appear anywhere.

2. Canned drinks are not permitted in the school lunchroom.

3. Student lunches and snacks brought from home cannot be stored in the lunchroom refrigerators.

4. Charged meals-The Board does not permit students or adults to charge meals from the Child Nutrition Program. Uncollected charged meals are in actuality bad debts and are not an allowable expenditure for the Child Nutrition Program.

5. If your child was a student at Headland High School last school year and received free or reduced meals, then they will receive the same for the first week of this school year. However, you must fill out a new application each year.

6. If your child is new to Headland High School this year, the parent is responsible for paying for breakfast and lunch until the application has been either approved or denied. The school system is given 10 days to make this determination.

7. Parents are urged to purchase meals weekly or monthly. You can monitor your child’s balance through the online payment system.

Breakfast will be served from 7:00-7:35 a.m. daily.

Full-Price Lunch $2.25
Reduced-Price Lunch $ .40

Teacher Lunch $2.90

Visitor’s Lunch $3.50 (adult or child)

Full-Price Breakfast $1.50
Reduced-Price Breakfast $ .30
Visitor’s Breakfast $2.25 (adult or child)



It is the intent of the Henry County Board of Education to provide an opportunity for each child to eat a nutritious breakfast and/or lunch during the school day. It is also the policy of the Henry County Board of Education to comply with all federal program regulations pertaining to the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. The National School Breakfast and Lunch Program regulations do not allow for meal charges. Students and staff are encouraged to deposit money into their meal accounts regularly, whereby a draft of the account may be made on a daily basis as the meal is purchased. Students will receive a verbal reminder that their balance is approaching zero.



If funds are not available in the student’s account at the time a meal is received, an elementary or middle school student will not be allowed to exceed the amount equal to 3 days in meal charges for breakfast and/or lunch. This service does not provide a line of credit for continuous meal charges. If an elementary or middle school student has reached the maximum 3 day limit, the student will be referred to the office. Meal charges will not be allowed at the high school level, and no adult meal charges are allowed. No extra purchases are allowed if there are outstanding meal charges. A la carte items may not be charged.



The Cafeteria Bookkeeper will send home charge notices at least twice per week. The cafeteria bookkeeper will make every attempt to collect unpaid meal charges. The school principal will be notified in writing of outstanding charges on a weekly basis. At the end of the month the school principal is responsible for collecting any unpaid charges to the Child Nutrition Program. If the principal is unable to collect the outstanding charges from the student’s parent/guardian, funds will be recovered from a nonpublic local fund.



Checks returned to the school CNP for insufficient funds shall be processed according to Policy 7.42 Insufficient Funds and Worthless Checks.



Parents may use the Online Payment System to view the student’s balance and to make a payment.




16-8-8, 16-12-3


REVISED: JULY 18, 2013; _REVISED: FEBRUARY 12, 2015______










How to use the Online School Meal Payment & Account Summary System

Go to:    (Phone App available from Apple, Google Play, Windows Phone Store)

Set-up account by clicking on Sign-Up Today.

-Select State: Alabama

-Select District: Henry County BOE

-Enter Parent’s First Name

-Enter Parent’s Last Name

-Enter Email Address (this will be your username)

-Enter a Password

-Re-Type Password

-Answer two Security Questions

-Check box if you would like to receive updates, news, etc.

-Click Create Account


To add student(s):                                                     Teachers follow same instructions, except:

-Click add student                                     use your lunch number in student # blank; do not enter DOB

-Select School student attends

-Enter First Name (if student is a Jr, Enter First Name, Jr)

-Enter Last Name

-Enter Birthdate (do not use student #)

-Click Find Student

-Check box & enter amount id you would like to receive an email/text when the account reaches or falls below the  entered amount.

-Click Add Student

-Continue to add students following the same steps until finished.

-Click Finish


Payment Options

-Enter your debit, credit or checking account information (it will be stored for future payments)

-Auto payment – can set an automatic payment that includes the amount and how often you would like it applied to the account.

-Repeat Last Payment – will apply the exact same payment as the last.

-Top Up Balances – it will bring all accounts to a set balance.

-Add Money – Allows you to choose which student(s) and how much money you would like to pay.



-There is a fee of $1.95 per transaction.  You can apply money to multiple accounts in one transaction.  No minimum amount to pay per transaction.  Maximum of $120 per transaction.  There is no charge to set-up and view your student(s’) account.     Student(s) can be on multiple accounts. 


Home Tab

-Click home to see a list of your student(s).

-Click the student’s name to see specific information about their purchases and payments.

-Click the cafeteria purchases tab to see the list (‘view all’ will show up to 90 days)

-Click my order history to see a list of payments.

-Click Links to access school website.




































Philosophical Basis

School administrators are required under state law to enforce compulsory school attendance laws for students 6 – 17 years of age. Regular attendance by students facilitates the development of the skills and knowledge necessary to function in a modern democratic society.



Student Responsibilities

·         To take advantage of educational opportunities by attending all classes daily and on time.

·         To provide the school with an adequate explanation and appropriate documentation indicating the reason for any absences.

·         To promptly request make-up assignments for each excused absence.


Student Rights

·         To be informed of Board of Education policies.

·         To appeal a decision pertaining to an absence.

·         To make up class work within a specified length of time after an excused absence.


It is the belief of the Henry County School System that there is a direct relationship between attendance and the performance of students in the school system.  All students should attend school regularly and should be on time for all classes in order to receive the greatest benefit from the instructional program and to develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and individual responsibility.  Students who have good attendance generally achieve higher grades, enjoy school more, and continue to successfully complete high school.

Regular attendance is the actual attendance of a pupil during the school day as defined by law and regulations of the State Board of Education.  A student who is absent or tardy without the principal's/designee's approval shall have his/her parent(s)/legal guardian report such absences or tardies to the school in the manner prescribed by the Henry County School System Attendance Policy

A.                  A parent, guardian, or other person having charge of any child officially enrolled in Alabama public schools (K-12) shall explain in writing the cause of any and every absence of the child no later than five (5) school days following return to school.  A failure to furnish such explanation shall be evidence of the child being truant each day he/she is absent.  The child shall also be deemed truant for any absence determined by the principal to be unexcused based upon the State Department of Education’s current School Attendance Manual. 


B.                  Seven (7) unexcused absences within a school year constitute a student being truant for the purpose of filing a petition with the Court.  The Interagency Committee on Youth Truancy Task Force recommendations known as the Early Warning Truancy prevention Program timeline for reporting truancy shall define the truancy status of any student as follows:


1.                   First truancy/unexcused absence (warning):

a.                 Parent/guardian shall be notified by the school principal or his/her designee that the student was truant and the date of the truancy.

b.                At the beginning of each school year, every parent/guardian shall be provided with a copy of Alabama’s compulsory school attendance laws and advised of the penalties that can be applied and the procedure that shall be followed in the event that other unexcused absences occur.


2.                   No earlier than the third (3rd) unexcused absence:

a.                 The parent, guardian, or person having control of the child shall attend a conference with the attendance officer and principal.

b.                Attendance at this conference is mandatory except where prior arrangements have been made or an emergency exists.

c.                 Failure to appear at the school conference may result in the filing of a complaint/petition against the parent under Code of Alabama (1975) Section 16-28-12-C (failure to cooperate), or a truancy petition against the child, whichever is appropriate.


3.                   No earlier than the fifth (5th) unexcused absence:

a.                 The parent, guardian, or person having control of the child shall participate in the early warning program provided by the juvenile court.

b.                Attendance at the early warning program is mandatory except where prior arrangements have been made or an emergency exists.

c.                 Failure to appear at the school conference may result in the filing of a complaint/petition against the parent under Code of Alabama (1975) Section 16-28-12-C (failure to cooperate), or a truancy petition against the child, whichever is appropriate.


4.                   No earlier than the seventh (7th) unexcused absence, but within ten (10) school days a court complaint/petition against the child and/or the parent/guardian, if appropriate shall be filed by the school principal.


5.                   For a child under probation, the following procedures shall be implemented:

a.                 The school attendance officer should be notified by the juvenile probation officer of all children in the school system under probation supervision by the juvenile court as consistent with state statute, Code of Alabama (1975) Sections 12-15-100 and 105.

b.                Where a child under probation is truant, the school attendance officer should immediately notify the juvenile probation officer.


C.                  Lack of attendance shall result in loss of credit or school failure  as follows:

1.                   A student must be in attendance in each class 170 days or more of the total school year.

2.                   Attendance policies for grades K-8 are based on the entire school year.  Students may be failed (retained) whenever unexcused absences exceed ten (10) days per school year.  Students in grades K-8 who miss more than ten (10) unexcused days in one school year will be given a grade of “F” unless extenuating circumstances exist as determined by the principal.

3.                   Grades 9-12 operate on a semester basis.  During either the first or second semester, a student may be failed (retained) whenever the total unexcused  absences exceed five (5) unexcused days per semester or three (3) unexcused days for all 9-weeks’ courses.  Students in grades 9-12 who miss more than five (5) unexcused days or three unexcused(3) days for all 9-weeks’ courses will be given a grade FA (Failure due to absences) unless extenuating circumstances exist as determined by the principal.

4.                   A kindergarten student who accumulates more than ten (10) unexcused absences in one school year may be withdrawn from the roll for the remainder of the school year.


II.                 A written excuse will be required of all students, grade K-12) after each absence to be presented upon the day of return of the student to school. 


A.                  The principal of the school or his/her designee will determine the excused or unexcused status of an absence.  If an acceptable reason for excusing an absence is not presented with five (5) days of the return of the student to school, the absence will be coded unexcused.


B.                  Absences beyond ten (10) days per year will be excused only with the documentation of a physician, except as specified by Board policy.


C.                  The parent/legal guardian of a student in grades K-12 may submit written documentation of absence up to ten days per year. This would be five days per semester.  Absences beyond ten days will be excused only with the documentation of a physician, except as specified by Board policy.


III.               Student attendance for driver’s license purposes shall be processed as prescribed by law. (See Policy 5.42 Revocation of Driver’s License/Permit.)


IV.              Each Henry County school and the Henry County School System shall take appropriate action as required by Alabama statutes when a student has excessive absences or is truant.


V.                 Any Henry County Student whose parents are employed by the military may be granted up to five (5) days of excused absence if either parent is experiencing a deployment of active duty.  The conditions under which these absences may be excused are: (1) the absence is pre-approved; (2) the student is in good standing; (3) the student has had a prior record of good attendance; (4) missed work is completed and returned in a timely fashion; and, (5) the absence is not during standardized testing dates.


VI.              The enrollment and attendance of a child in a church or private school shall be filed with the Henry County Superintendent by the parent or legal guardian of the child on a form provided by the Superintendent.  This form shall be countersigned by the administrator of the church or private school and returned to the Superintendent by the parent/legal guardian.  When the child no longer attends the church or private school, the parents or legal guardian will direct the church/private school to notify the Henry County Superintendent that the child is no longer in attendance.



references:                                                                                       Code of alabama

                                                                                     16-8-8, 16-28-3, 16-28-4, 16-28-6, 16-28-12,

                                                                                            16-28-16, 16-28-40, AAC §290-1-4-.01

HISTORY:                                                                              ADOPTED:  January 16, 1997

                                                           REVISED: OCTOBER 11, 2007; december 10 2009;

                                                                        august 12, 2010; JULY 18, 2013; May 8,2014

                                                                                                          FORMERLY: JBD, JB, JBE













Excused Absences

If a student is absent for any excused reason, the student shall be allowed to make up school work and/or examinations missed during said absence or absences.


Make Up Work Procedure

Students may make up work missed only if the tardy or absence is excused. Students who missed work because of an unexcused absence or tardy may not make up the work. A student must personally contact each teacher within two (2) days of returning to school to make arrangements for the work missed.


A zero will be entered at the time work is missed. When the work is made up, the 0 will be removed and the grade entered. The students shall be responsible for contacting the teacher or teachers immediately upon return to school to arrange make up work and/or examinations.


Students with an excused absence will have two days to make up assignments for each day they were absent. Teachers shall not be required to re-teach lessons, but students shall be given a reasonable opportunity to learn lessons missed due to excused absences.


Parents who call, requesting that teachers send make up work home when a student has an extended absence, may obtain the assignments from the office the following day.


Unexcused Absences

Teachers shall not be obligated to provide make-up work and/or examinations for students absent for inexcusable reasons.



Students are required to report to their individual schools no later than the beginning of the school day and to be punctual to all classes during the day. Tardiness is excused for the same reasons that absence is excused. Tardiness for any other reason is unexcused. Excessive tardiness will result in disciplinary action.






A tardy is defined as being late to school / class. Students are expected to plan their time effectively; therefore, it is important that students arrive at the school and each class on time. Punctuality is extremely important in school, college, and the work place.


Students are required to sign in at the office when they are tardy or late to school or when they return to school after checking out. Failure to sign in will result in disciplinary action.




General Policy:

1. Tardy to school / Class:

·         First – Third Tardy: Any student who comes on campus after the tardy bell rings must check in through the office to receive a tardy pass.

·         Fourth – Fifth Tardy – 1 Day of Early Morning Detention for each offense.

·         Sixth Tardy – 3 Days of ISS

·         Seventh Tardy – 5 Days of ISS

·         Eight Tardy – 3 Days of Alternative School

·         Ninth Tardy – 5 Days of Alternative School

·         Tenth and EACH subsequent Tardy- 9 Days of Alternative School





Check outs and late check-ins should not be permitted for any reason unless authorized by the principal or his/her designee upon written request by the parent or legal guardian. The school must be notified in writing of other individuals who may perform this act in the absence of the parent or legal guardian. Under emergency conditions, school officials may grant permission for students to leave school and notify parents as soon as possible.

Students and/or parents or legal guardians must make arrangements at least one day in advance either by written note when a student needs to leave school for personal reasons. Students will not be allowed to check out if previous arrangements have not been made. The office cannot make or accept phone calls from parents for check outs. Parents must come check students out in person.

Students must sign out in the office before leaving the school campus for any reason. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary procedures being enforced in accordance with the Henry County Code of Conduct.





Every effort should be made to schedule medical or dental appointments outside of school hours. However, if a student must check out, he/she should report back to school with a statement from the doctor or dentist stating the time spent in the office. This statement should be given to the person writing the admit slip for the student to return to class.









Student School Attendance Standards and Operation of a Motor Vehicle

(Pertaining to a Driver’s License)


It is the policy of the Board to comply with Act 93-368 as adopted by the Alabama Legislature which provides for school attendance standards and the operation of motor vehicles. Any person under the age of 19 at the time of application for, or renewal or reinstatement of a driver’s license or a learner’s license must present documentation of graduation or school attendance or qualify for one or more of the following expectations:

1. Is enrolled and making satisfactory progress in a course leading to a general education

    development test (GED) from a state approved institution or organization or has obtained the  


2. Is enrolled in a secondary school of this state or any other state.

3. Is participating in a job-training program approved by the State Superintendent of Education.

4. Is gainfully and substantially employed.

5. Is a parent with the care and custody of a minor or unborn child.

6. Has a physician certify that the parents of the person depend on him/her as their sole source of


7. Is exempted from this requirement due to circumstances beyond his/her control as provided   

    commencing with


Section 16-28-1 Title 16 Code of Alabama 1975 as amended




Students may not ride any bus other than their assigned bus.  For special circumstances, a written note must be approved by the principal/designee prior to the transportation change.  Please include contact numbers in the event the change cannot be approved.  If proper written documentation is not received and approved, the child will have to go home on their regular bus.  PLEASE BE SURE TO KEEP THE SCHOOL INFORMED OF ANY CHANGES IN TRANSPORTATION.

Bus Rules

The school bus driver is in authority when transporting children to and from school.  All students are expected to follow the school bus rules in accordance with the code of conduct, which are as follows:

1.  Remain seated and keep hands, arms and head inside the bus.

2.  Be kind to other riders; no fighting, pushing, name calling or horse-playing

3.  Talk quietly; no yelling or loud talking is permitted

4.  Show respect for the bus driver and obey the driver at all times

5.  No eating on the bus


Students failing to follow the above rules may be given a bus referral from the driver.  The principal or his/her designee will be responsible for assigning disciplinary actions.  Depending on circumstances and frequency of misbehavior, students may be removed from the bus for 1 to 10 days.  Continuous misbehaviors will require a hearing with the Transportation Supervisor.





In case of an emergency, students should report to their teacher or the Administrative Office immediately for assistance. A school nurse is on duty at the Elementary School. Parents or emergency services will be contacted in serious cases. Each student should see that a family doctor is listed on his/her medical form that is kept by the nurse and the guidance office.

The school nurse can administer prescription medications only. Over the counter medications should not be brought to school. Over the counter medications cannot be administered by either the nurse or faculty members. The school nurse can contact a parent to come and administer medications to a student if necessary.

























Understanding that the use of technology, including cell phone/electronic device usage has become an integral part of today’s society, possession of these devices shall be permitted at school.  However, students shall be held accountable for and taught appropriate cell phone use. Inappropriate cell phone /device use shall include but will not be limited to:

  • using the device to cheat on tests,
  • “sexting”,
  • using the device to invoke student/parent unrest, (i.e. harassment/bullying/threats/intimidation)
  • using the device to take or transmit pornographic or lewd photos/videos,
  • using the device for personal reasons during class,
  • other situations deemed reasonable by the local school principal. 

No earbuds, Bluetooth or anything that covers the ears in the classrooms or the hallways.

Students may only use phones/devices (ipods, blackberries, etc.) under the direct supervision of the teacher or during approved times throughout the day. Exceptions may be made by the teacher who opts to utilize the device as a teaching tool/class activity. The use of electronic devices is prohibited in the classroom without the request and permission of the classroom teacher. Students shall place devices in the OFF position before entering classroom unless otherwise directed by the teacher.


Student Consequences for violating the policy:

1st offense – Warning – Parents must pick up the phone from school.

2nd offense – School holds the phone for 5 SCHOOL DAYS – Parents must pick up the phone from the office.

3rd offense – School holds the phone for the remainder of the school year – Parents must pick up phone from the office.

4rd offense – Hearing before the Board of Education.

*Students whose actions violate State and/or Federal laws (threats, harassments, sexting, pornography, etc) shall be turned over to law enforcement agencies and shall be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law in addition to school punishment.

** Students who are caught using a device to cheat will also receive a zero on the assignment and shall not be given an opportunity for make-up.

*** Absolutely no cell phones/electronic devices (student or teacher) will be allowed in testing rooms where state assessments are being administered. Violators will enter consequences at the 4th offense level.

***Sexting” - is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily between cell phones




The policy of the Henry County Board of Education is that good grooming and personal appearance are essential elements in the teaching and learning process.  Therefore, it is expected that learners dress in such a manner that will ensure health and safety and not detract from the learning environment.  Furthermore, dress and personal appearance are not to be disruptive or interfere with the educational interest and welfare of the learners or the purpose of public school education. Learners should comply with the following guidelines.


Health and Safety

            a.         Shoes must be worn. Tennis shoes must be worn in Physical Education classes.

            b.         Shoelaces must be tied.

            c.         Jewelry (including piercings) that creates a hazardous condition (studded bracelets, necklaces, oversized earrings, etc.) should not be worn to school.

            d.          Learners can only have open containers in the lunchroom or break area unless                      directed by a physician.


Common Courtesy and Dress vs. Costume

            a.         No hats, caps, do rags, bandanas, or stocking caps may be worn in the building by  males or females.

            b.         No halter-tops, tank tops, togas, hospital gowns, pajamas, or boxer shorts shall be


            c.         No costumes allowed (exceptions may be made by local school principal for Homecoming  Activities, etc., but specific decency guidelines should be established prior to making this exception).


Decency and Modesty

a.       Shorts are allowed.  Shorts must be worn at the waist and length must be fingertip length when standing. 

b.      No see-through clothing or holes above the knee in clothing are to be worn. Sheer shirts must have solid shirts worn underneath.

c.       No decals, slogans, or sayings on clothes that contain references that are illegal/              immoral or display references to sex, drugs, alcohol, or that may create student unrest are to be worn.

d.      No lewd or vulgar sayings on clothing will be allowed.

e.       Dress/Skirts must be knee length or longer.

f.       Pants must be worn at the waist at all times and must fit properly.


h.      Shirts should not show middrift when arms are raised above head.

i.        ALL shirts and dresses must have a sleeve.

j.        Tights, yoga pants, and jeggings without long shirts or dresses that completely     cover will not be allowed.

P.E. Attire

Appropriate tennis shoes should be worn to participate in physical fitness activities.  Students should not wear flip flops, Crocks, or open toe shoes to PE.  This is for student safety. Shorts must be at least fingertip length. Lack of participation due to inappropriate shoes may lower their PE grade.

Disruptive Dress

Any appearance that the principal or his designee considers disruptive to the educational process, and results in a loss of educational time, is not allowed.


Any learner violating the dress code will be sent home to change clothes, or be sent to ISS for the duration of the day. Any time missed from school will be counted as an unexcused tardy.


The principal and his designee have the authority to determine inappropriate dress.  Repeat offenders are subject to further disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the principal/designee. 



Individual pictures are taken in the fall. Class and Individual pictures are taken in the spring.





























The purpose of the guidance program is to help each individual student achieve his/her highest growth mentally, emotionally, and socially.


This is done by:

1. Helping new students feel at home in a new school environment.

2. Setting up individual conferences whenever a student, parent, teacher, or counselor deems it


3. Providing a testing program designed to help students learn as much as possible about his/her


4. Counseling with students, parents, or teachers. Parents may call a counselor any time during

    the school day to schedule a conference.

5. Being available during the school day for all students to come by and talk.

6. Assisting students with career plans.

7. Assisting students who are applying to colleges, junior colleges, or technical schools with

    applications and financial aid forms


Many materials about different schools, the military, occupations, tests, and ACT or SAT registration forms are available in the counselor’s area for students to use along with applications for most in-state colleges. The counselor’s offices are located in the Administrative Offices.









A parent/guardian must accompany and register a new student.


The following items must be brought at the time of registration:

1. A social security number (Optional)

2. Proof of residence with a legal guardian within the Headland High School area.

3. A valid Certificate of Immunization

4. A copy of the student’s birth certificate

5. A withdrawal form from student’s previous school indicating the school’s name, address,

    phone number, grade level of student, current academic grades, reason for withdrawal, and

    student status.

6. Guardianship paperwork (if applicable)








Students, who are planning to withdraw to attend other schools, need to notify teachers and counselors at least one day in advance of intended withdrawal.


Adhere to the following procedures when withdrawing:

1. Get a withdrawal form from the guidance counselor.

2. Obtain parental/guardian consent.

3. Complete the student section of the withdrawal form. Include the name and address of the new


4. Secure current academic averages from all teachers and return all textbooks and materials.

5. Clear all fees and fines. These must be cleared before the withdrawal process is complete.

6. Return all completed forms to a guidance counselor.

7. All withdrawals must include a conference with the Principal or his/her designee.


*For more information for enrollment/withdrawal procedures contact the HHS Guidance Office*
















Curriculum & Instruction



Grading Scale

A= 100-90; B= 89-80; C= 79-70; D= 69-60; F= 59 and below


Advanced Diploma Requirements (26 credits)

English                                                                                                                        4  Units

(Pre-AP English 9, Pre-AP English 10, AP English Comp (11),

AP Lit (12) Or dual enrollment equivalent)


Mathematics                                                                                                                4  Units

(Includes the equivalent of Algebra I, Geometry,

and Algebra II with Trig. and Pre-Cal)


Social Studies                                                                                                             4  Units

(Includes World History, US History 10, AP History (11)

and ½ units each of Government and Economics)

Science                                                                                                                        4  Units

(Includes one unit of Biology and one unit of Physical Science

and most demanding classes offered)

Health Education                                                                                                        ½ Unit


Career Preparedness                                                                                                    1  Unit


Career Tech and/or Art                                                                                               1  Unit


Physical Education                                                                                                     1  Unit


Foreign Language                                                                                                       2  Units          


Electives                                                                                                                      5.5 Units


Total                                                                                                                           26 Units


Regular Diploma Requirements (24 credits)

The regular diploma option has the same requirements as the Advanced Diploma with the exception of Algebra II with Trig. and two Foreign Languages.





The grades earned in all core courses from the ninth (9th) grade through 1st semester of the (12th) twelfth grade are used for determining valedictorian, salutatorian, and honor students. GPA calculations of senior candidates for valedictorian, salutatorian, and honor graduates shall be calculated to the second decimals place. (See Policy 5.22 Class Rankings and Weighted Credit.) The following criteria shall be used in determining valedictorian, salutatorian, and honor graduates at each Henry County high school:


1. Valedictorian, salutatorian, and honor graduates shall be selected from students pursuing the

     highest available diploma endorsement.

2. The student with the highest numerical grade average will be valedictorian.

3. The student with the second highest numerical grade average will be salutatorian.

4. In case of a tie, there will be a co-valedictorians or co-salutatorians. Numerical grade averages

    which have a differential of .25 or less will be considered a tie.

5. Honor graduates are those students who maintain an overall GPA is 4.0 or above in grades 9-

    12 in all core courses and who are graduating with an Advanced Diploma.

6. Core course credits/grades in the following subjects shall be used when calculating numerical

    grade averages for the selection of valedictorian and salutatorian:

4 English credits

4 Social Studies credits

3 math credits including Algebra II with Trigonometry

3 science credits


Core course credits/grades in the following subjects shall be used when calculating grade point

averages (GPA) for the selection of honor graduates:

4 English credits

4 Social Studies credits

3 math credits including Algebra II with Trigonometry

3 science credits


7. A transfer student must have transferred in by his/her junior year to be considered for

    valedictorian or salutatorian unless the transfer was a result of a move into the school’s

    attendance zone by the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student. When the student transfers due

    to a bona fide move of the parent/guardian, the transfer student could share the honor with

    the non-transfer valedictorian or salutatorian. Honor graduates may be students who transfer in

    at any time.


8. Grade point averages shall be computed at the end of the 1st semester of the senior year.

    Calculations shall be done immediately after grades are po0sted to the grade sheets. Grade

    point average (GPA) and numerical averages shall be expressed in numbers calculated to the

    second decimal place.





REVISED: JULY 18, 2013; _______  FORMERLY: IHCA, JFF



Class rankings shall be determined by and in accordance with a standard procedure developed by the Superintendent and appropriate school personnel. Grade point average (GPA), numerical averages and class rankings are calculated at the end of each academic year.


Numerical grade averages shall be calculated to the second decimal point using the numeric grading scale:


A = 90-100


B = 80- 89


C = 70- 79


D = 60- 69


F = 59 and below


Weighted credit shall be awarded for grades earned in honors, advanced, Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses according to the chart below. The weighted credit shall be calculated by the student information management software at the end of each grading period.


When computing grade point averages (GPA), course grades earn the following points:


Regular courses         Honors and Pre AP courses             AP and Advanced courses


A = 4.0                                    A = 4.5                                                A = 5.0

B = 3.0                                    B = 3.5                                                B = 4.0

C = 2.0                                    C = 2.5                                                C = 3.0

D = 1.0                                    D = 1.5                                                D = 2.0


Transfer students may be awarded weighted points on a transcript grade when the receiving Henry County high school offers the same course.


No course grade may earn “double” weighted points.





REVISED: JUNE 6, 2009; NOVEMBER 10, 2011; JULY 18, 2013; _______




If letter grades are present on a candidate’s transcript, the candidate must have the respective school(s) attended submit the grades in numerical form. If school officials of the school the student attended cannot or will not convert the letter grades to numerical grades, the letter grades will be transposed to numerical grades as follows:

A+ = 99           B+ = 89           C+ = 79           D+ = 69           F = 59 and below

A = 95             B = 85            C = 75             D = 60

A- = 90            B- = 80            C- = 70            F = 59


Any extraordinary situations or circumstances that may arise will be resolved by the school principal in consultation with central office supervisors.



Each class shall have a minimum of six test and nine daily grades with the exception of AP classes.


Exempting Exams

Any student who has ALL A’s or Perfect Attendance may exempt all exams with the exception on one core class during the 2nd and 4th Nine Weeks.

Students may be checked out at the end of the period.












Notification of Rights Under FERPA

The Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.  They are:

1.  The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the       district receives a request for access.
2.  The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parents or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading.
3.  The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the
student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.  (One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.)
4.  The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

The office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office, U. S. Department of Education, 600
Independence Avenue S. W., Washington, DC




Henry County Board of Education

Lori Beasley, Special Education Coordinator 334-585-2206


Help the Henry County System locate, identify, and evaluate individuals from birth to age 21 who have disabilities.  Children may be eligible for special education services in one or more of the following areas of disability:


Autism                                                Other Health Impaired

Deaf-Blind                                          Specific Learning Disabilities

Speech Language                                Emotional Disability

Hearing Impaired                                Traumatic Brain Injury

Intellectual Disabilities                       Visually Impaired

Multiple Disabilities                            Developmentally Delayed

Orthopedically Impaired


The Henry County Board of Education provides special education services to children ages 3-21 residing within Henry County. The Problem Solving Team, outside agencies, or parents/guardians may make a referral. Anyone wishing to make a referral may contact your child’s school or the office of Special Education Services at (334) 585-2206 ext 1230. The Henry County Board of Education prohibits discrimination against any student on the basis of race, ethnic group, gender, economic class, or nationality.





The Henry County School System implements the NCLB Parents Right-to-Know provision by providing parents with copies of all required notifications/forms.  These include both English and Spanish (and other languages as needed) versions of the required documents. TransACT is used as a resource for the documents.

The Henry County School System is committed to enrolling without barriers and providing fair and equitable services to students with limited English proficiency, children with disabilities, migratory children, neglected or delinquent youth, homeless children and youth, students in foster care, and immigrant children.  For further information see the LEA Title I Plan, EL Plan, Foster Care Plan, and Homeless Children and Youth Plan available in the school principal’s office, the superintendent’s office, or on the Henry County website (Departments + Federal Programs + Documents + Federal Programs Documents).



Henry County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:


Mrs. Lori Beasley, Title IX and 504 Coordinator

300 North Trawick Street

Abbeville, AL 36310



Henry County Gifted Program Services


Gifted students are those who perform at or who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.


Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities may refer a student. Additionally, all second grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist.


For each student referred, information is gathered in the areas of Aptitude, Characteristics, and Performance. The information is entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services.


The gifted acceleration process is in place in Henry County to address gifted acceleration. 

To make a referral for gifted, contact the Principal, Counselor, or Gifted Specialist at your child’s school.


Henry County Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was written to protect qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability. Individuals with disabilities are persons with a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.

This law covers persons who are perceived or have ever been perceived to have a major physical or mental impairment. Anyone wishing to make a referral may contact your child’s school or Lori Beasley at (334) 585-2206 ext. 1230. The Henry County Board of Education prohibits discrimination against any student on the basis of race, ethnic group, gender, economic class, or nationality.

Henry County Special Education Program

The Henry County Board of Education provides special education services to children ages 3-21 residing within Henry County. The Problem Solving Team, outside agencies, or parents/guardians may make a referral.

Anyone wishing to make a referral may contact your child’s school or the office of Special Education Services at (334) 585-2206 ext. 1230. The Henry County Board of Education prohibits discrimination against any student on the basis of race, ethnic group, gender, economic class, or nationality.


Migrant and Homeless

Migrant and homeless students who come into the system will be provided the same quality educational opportunities as all other students.

A student shall not be admitted to, or excluded from, and federally assisted education program on the basis of a surname of language-minority status. [No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  Title III- Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students, Part C, Section 3302 (f)]







Student Name:________________________________________




            The Henry County School System’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy is designed to provide guidelines for using Internet in the classrooms, school media center, and computer labs of your school this year.  Please take the time to read this policy located in the Henry County Board of Education Policy Manual, Policy 5.90.  If you have any questions about it, please be sure to contact principal or the office of the superintendent.


            This policy must be read and signed both by the student and a parent/guardian, and then returned to your child’s homeroom teacher.  Please return the signed form as soon as possible, since you will not be given access to the Internet until you have agreed to this policy.


            Please note that if you violate the terms of this policy, you may lose privileges or receive punishment as defined in the Henry County Board of Education Code of Conduct. It is your responsibility to read and ask questions about this policy.


            Your teacher is planning an in-class discussion of this policy after you have had a chance to become familiar with it.




I acknowledge that I have read, understand and agree to all terms as outlined in the Internet Acceptable Use Policy.  I further understand that this agreement will be kept on file at the school for the academic year in which it was signed.  (Please check one.)



_______          My child may use the Internet while at school according to the rules outlined.


_______          I would prefer that my child not use the Internet while at school.



___________________________________              ____________________________________

Student’s Name (printed)                                           Parent/Guardian’s Name (printed)



___________________________________              ____________________________________

Student’s Signature                Date                            Parent/Guardian’s Signature             Date










Headland High School Media Release Form



Student Name _____________________________________________________________________


Homeroom ________________________________________________________________________


Throughout the school year students attend programs, activities, field trips, and events along with normal classroom routines that support their education, promote community service or encourage positive behavior.


With the Principal’s approval, occasionally, staff, parents, and local media cover these events by taking photographs or video. This may include newspaper, television, websites or other media production. This also includes our school‘s website and classroom and club pages.


By signing below, you agree that you have been notified of the possibility of your son/daughter may be included in photographs or video and authorized the use for public print, display or broadcast.




__________    I give permission for my child’s name or photograph to be used for school-related public media and school’s website.


__________    I do not give permission for my child’s name or photograph to be used for school-related public media or the school’s website. (Student will be allowed to attend the activity or program.)





___________________________________              _______________

Parent Signature                                                           Date



This form will stay in effect for the current school year. If at any time you wish to make a change this form, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher. ~~Thank You


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