• Academic Policies

    Parent/Guardian Contact Information: The Skyward messaging center will be used to send out important information to students and their parents/guardians.  In order to receive these messages, via both e-mails and phone calls, please make sure the school has the most current contact information for your student(s) and family.


    Student Code of Conduct: The MCPS code of conduct and school-wide policies will be enforced.  The school will give all students a hard copy of the Student Code of Conduct. In addition, The Student Code of Conduct is located on the Marion County Public School’s website. (https://www.marionschools.net/). Please, review the Student Code of Conduct for information on the following topics: Electronic/Wireless Devices; Disciplinary Response Codes; Tardy Policy; Absences/Make-up work; Truancy; Cheating/Plagiarism.   


    VHS Student Handbook:  VHS policies will be enforced.  The school will give you a hard copy of the Vanguard High School Student Handbook.   In addition, the Student Handbook is located on the VHS website. (https://www.marionschools.net/domain/21043).  Please, review the information contained within the handbook.  In addition, make sure that you fill out the required forms and return them to the school.


    Students Expectations: Students are expected to obey school rules; demonstrate well-mannered, positive behaviors; avoid classroom disruptions; attend class; complete assignments; study; and possess the necessary supplies.


    Classroom Disruptions:  The primary objective within the classroom is to provide an environment that is conducive to learning, develops the students' potential for learning, and fosters positive interpersonal relationships.  In order to accomplish this, students refrain from and the classroom must be free from any action that interferes with the teaching and learning process.  While it is a priority to keep each student in the classroom, there is an obligation to the students who are not a discipline problem and their right to learn and participate.  Therefore, students who choose to violate the school/class rule or choose to behave in a manner that is disruptive and/or inconsiderate of others will be subject to disciplinary action.


    Behavioral Interventions: May include, but are NOT limited to, the following examples:

    • Non-verbal warning/reprimand
    • Verbal warning/reprimand
    • Re-direct student towards the task
    • Re-teach expectations
    • Seat change
    • Time out in another classroom
    • Student/teacher conference 
    • Parent Contact Attempted
    • Discipline referral generated


    Cell Phones/Electronic devices: Students may not be in physical possession (holding it in hand or carrying it on the person) of cell phones or similar electronic devices (ones that directly uses electrical energy to perform a task) within the classroom.  Electronic devices will be turned off and stored in bookbags. 


    Book Bag Storage: Upon entering the class, students will remove the required course supplies and place his/her bookbag in the designated storage area.  Only the required supplies will be taken to the students' desks.   


    Tardy Policy: Students are expected to be in their seats, silently working, when the bell rings.  Students who are late for the fourth time, and every time after, during a semester will receive a discipline referral.


    Skipping Policy: Students are required to report immediately to their designated teacher and to secure the teacher's permission before missing class.  Students who do NOT report to class within 10 minutes of the class start time are considered skipping and a discipline referral will be generated.   


    Restroom Breaks: Vanguard's 10/10 Rule will be enforced.  The 10/10 Rule states that students are to remain in class during the first 10 and last 10 minutes of the class period.  Students may leave to use the restroom during the remaining class time as necessary.  Students are expected to follow the sign out/in procedures as posted in the classroom.  Only one student may leave the room at a time. 


    Restricted Areas: Restricted areas are visually marked in the room.  Students are NOT permitted to enter those areas without the teacher's permission.  Students who choose to do so will be subject to disciplinary action.    


    Personal Grooming: Students who need to take care of their body or appearance are required to sign-out and address those issues privately in the restroom.  Personal grooming may include but is not limited to: picking one's nose, flossing or picking one's teeth, applying make-up, applying deodorant, applying lotion, brushing or styling one's hair, applying perfume or cologne. 


    Sprays: Students are NOT permitted to spray any type of fragrance while in the classroom.  


    Eating/Drinking/Gum Chewing: Students are NOT permitted to eat, drink, or chew gum in the classroom. 


    Classroom Response to COVID-19

    According to the CDC and medical experts, having full-sized, enclosed, in-person classes where students are not spaced apart and mix between classes puts both the student and the staff members at the highest risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19.  In an attempt to lower that risk, we will adhere to the safety guidelines as outlined by the CDC as closely as we are allowed.


    The CDD and medical experts recommend avoiding the three Cs: closed spaces, crowded places, and close contact.


    The fact is that with a traditional face-to-face setting, we will not be able to avoid the three Cs.  Students will be in close contact (sitting less than 2 ft apart), students will be mixing with crowds between classes, and students will be sitting in a closed space for the duration of the class.  That doesn't mean that all hope is lost.  That means we all need to do our part and actively participate in wearing face coverings (masks).  With all students and the teacher wearing a face covering (no shield), the chances of spreading the virus is reduced to less than 1%.  The teacher will wear her mask to protect her students.  Each student will wear his/her mask to protect the other students.    


    Face Coverings will be worn at all times.  A “face covering” is a material that covers the nose and mouth and that fits snugly against the sides of the face so there are no gaps. Cloth face coverings protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms. 


    Face coverings with respirators are prohibited.   The respirator releases the wear’s respiratory droplets into the air deeming them ineffective at protecting others from the spread.


    A face shield may be worn in addition to a face covering.


    Sanitary Supplies are limited and at times may not be immediately available.  Students are encouraged to bring his/her own personal supply.


    Sharing of School Supplies will be strictly prohibited.  Students are required to arrive with the necessary supplies.  Please, contact guidance or the teacher if assistance is needed in obtaining supplies.