General Information

After-School Tutoring

Beginning in October, several of our teachers will offer after-school tutoring sessions. Details will become available when we finalize the schedule.

 

Backpacks/Book Bags/Gym Bags/Purses
All learners attending Ligonier Valley School District will be required to store their book bags, backpacks, gym bags, and large purses, or the like, in their lockers/coat closets upon arrival of school. These bags shall remain in their assigned locker during the course of the school day. Learners will be permitted to retrieve all bags at the end of the day for the trip home. All bags will be considered part of the locker and subject to the LVSD policy on locker searches.
Gym clothes will be permitted to be carried only to class in a separate bag. The purpose of the bag is to carry gym clothes only. No other objects are permitted to be carried in the bag.
Purses will be permitted to be carried throughout the school day provided they are of a reasonable size. The administration reserves the right to limit the size, in its sole discretion. Violations will be subject to disciplinary guidelines.

Detentions
Detention will be held in the morning before the start of school.  The detention period will begin promptly at 6:40 a.m. and will end at the start of school at 7:10 a.m.   If a learner arrives in school after the starting time (6:40 a.m.) additional disciplinary measures will be taken.  Parents are responsible for providing transportation to LVHS for the morning activity.  If necessary during the course of the year, we will institute an extended detention for repeat offenders.  This longer period will begin at 6:00 a.m. and will end at 7:10 a.m.  Please urge your children to follow all school rules and avoid the entire disciplinary process.

We will also offer an afternoon detention from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.  Parents are responsible for transportation from school.

Early Dismissals
Early dismissals have been tentatively scheduled for the following days: September 27, November 1 and 27, December 20, March 27, and April 8. On these days, learner dismissal will be at 12:28 p.m.

Learner Activity Fee
The non-refundable annual fee is $75 per participant in grades 9-12.  The fee allows the learner to enroll in as many activities as he or she desires.  For families with multiple children participating in activities in these grades, there is a cap of $150.

Activity Fee payments will be accepted beginning August 1, 2019 at the high school office. Failure to pay this annual fee by the deadline will prevent a learner from participating in any extracurricular club or athletic program until such fee has been paid. For programs that require competitive processes among learners for final selection, payment of this fee only guarantees a learner the opportunity to participate in the selection process.

 
Learner Parking
Seniors and juniors will be eligible to apply for a parking pass. A new pass must be obtained for each of the three seasons during the year. Once issued a parking pass, each learner will be assigned a numbered parking space. This will allow us to know exactly who is parked in each space and if someone is driving without permission.

Pass sales will start Monday, August 12th, 2019 for the Fall season

SEASONAL: FALL, WINTER, SPRING
COST: $40 PER SEASON
The seasons will be defined as the following:
FALL: August 26, 2019 through November 15, 2019
WINTER: November 18, 2019 through February 28, 2020
SPRING: March 2, 2020 through May 29, 2020

DAILY
COST: $3 PER DAY
Description: Learners who need to drive to school on any given school day but do not have a parking permit may purchase a daily permit. This permit allows learners to park on school grounds for one day only. This permit must be purchased in the office at least one day prior to the day needed to park on campus.
 
Schedule
This year the school day will start with homeroom at 7:18 a.m. and dismissal at 2:28 p.m. We will continue to offer a one hour Lunch and Learn period. During this time, learners will eat lunch and have the opportunity to participate in interest-based seminars, study halls, club meetings, and remediation and Keystone prep courses. During the first semester, freshman will be trained during this period on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. We have also implemented additional study hall periods throughout the school day to allow learners an opportunity to complete homework or study.
 
*** Learner personal schedule changes will not be done prior to the first day of school.
 

Standardized Testing: Keystone Exams
In accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s guidelines, learners are required to demonstrate proficiency of state standards through the Algebra, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams or the LVSD local assessments.  LVHS learners who are not proficient on the a Keystone Exam may be required to participate in coursework to prepare them for the assessment, unless exempted through an appropriate IEP.  Additionally,  Learners who are not proficient on the Algebra and Literature Keystone exams will be required to demonstrate proficiency on the LVSD local assessment in order to receive a diploma.

 

The purpose of this assessment is to provide a direct performance measure of the learners’ proficiency in attaining the Algebra, Literature, and Biology standards.  Learners who are absent will be scheduled to complete any portion of the test that they miss upon their return to school per the guidelines set forth by the Department of Education.

 

In Chapter 4 of the PA Code, provisions permit parents/guardians who, upon inspection of the testing materials, find the assessment to be in conflict with their religious beliefs to request that their child(ren) be excused from the assessment.  This written request from the parents/guardians must be addressed to the district superintendent.  To inspect testing materials, parents/guardians are required to appear in person, review the assessment in the presence of school personnel, and sign a state approved confidentiality agreement (no notes may be taken and electronic devices may not be used).  We ask that this request be made at least two weeks prior to the first day of the testing window.

 

If a learner in anyway violates test security, there are consequences at the local and state level.  This is mandated by the PA Department of Education.  In an era of cell phones, smartphones, and other electronic devices which can easily photograph and instantly share photographs, confidential and secure test materials can be easily compromised.  Not only is it expensive to replace a compromised test item, the material contained in the Keystone Exams is copyrighted property of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Copying or duplicating the material from the assessment, including the taking of a photograph of secure assessment material, is a violation of the federal Copyright Act.  Penalties for violation of the Copyright Act may include the cost of replacing the compromised test item(s) or fines of no less than $750 up to $30,000 for a single violation (17 U.S.C. 101 et. seq).

 

If you would like additional information, please contact Alyssa Piemme, School Assessment Coordinator, at 724-238-9531, during office hours, 7:15 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.

 

Vacations
A learner may be granted one vacation not to exceed five days during the school year. The learner must be in good academic standing and meet attendance requirements - a learner may not have missed more than 5% of the school year at the time of the vacation request. Requests for exceptions may be reviewed by the school principal.