General Information

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 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.

 

DETENTION

Learners assigned to detention are notified of the amount of time to be served and the reason for the detention. Learners are responsible for their attendance at detention without further notice. The learner will be given a minimum of a day notice prior to detention unless other arrangements are agreed to by learner, parent, and administration.

Any violation of the guidelines for detention or any learner failing to report to the detention when assigned, without written office approval, will result in the learner being assigned additional hours of detention and/or suspension. Daily detention will be 6:40 to 7:10 a.m.   Learners are responsible for their own transportation when detention times do not coincide with a regular school bus run.

 

EARLY DISMISSAL

Early dismissals have been tentatively scheduled for the following days:  October 30, November 25, December 23, and March 26. On these days, learner dismissal will be at 12:48 p.m.

 

LEARNER ACTIVITY FEE

An annual activity fee shall be applied to all learners in Grades 7 through 12.  The payment of the fee permits each learner to seek the opportunity to participate in any or all of the extracurricular, club or athletic programs offered by the School District.  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.

 

The non-refundable annual fee is $75 per participant in grades 9-12 and $50 per participant in grades 7 and 8.  Payment of the fee allows the learner to enroll in as many activities as they desire.  For families with multiple children participating in activities in these grades, there is a cap of $150 per family.  This annual fee must be paid by the date established by the building principal.  Learners enrolling in the school district after the beginning of the school year but before March 15th will be assessed the fee at the time of enrollment.  The fee must be paid prior to the first competition (scrimmage or game) for an athlete to be permitted to participate.  Payments not received within the previously defined timeframe will make the learner ineligible to participate.  Payment can be made via check or money order and made payable to the “Ligonier Valley School District.” The name and grade for each learner enrolled should be written on the check or money order.  Failure to pay this annual fee by the stated deadline will prevent a learner from participating in any extracurricular, club or athletic program until such fee has been paid.

 

There will be no refunds of the fee regardless of the level or length of learner participation except for learners who do not pass required physical examinations or learners who are cut from sports by coaches prior to the first game and that sport is the only activity in which the learner is participating.

 

LEARNER DRIVING PROCEDURE

Approval to drive will be issued by the office only under the guidelines of the Learners Rights and Responsibilities Policy. No learner is permitted to ride with an approved driver unless written permission is obtained from the principal's office. During the school day, no learner vehicle may leave the school area once it has entered the school grounds, unless permission is given by the office.  Any learner will need to sign out and into the building. Learners who park on school property during the school day without a permit will be subject to school disciplinary action and, if a persistent problem develops, their car may be towed at the owner’s expense.

 

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 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.

 

WORKING PAPERS

  1. Applications for Employment may be accessed on the LVHS website.
  2. The application must be completed and signed by a parent/guardian only.
  3. The minor must provide a copy of one of the following proof of age documents:
    1. Birth certificate
    2. Baptismal certificate
    3. Passport
    4. Any other documentary record of age, other than a school record or affidavit of age.
  4. Upon completion of the employment application by the parent and the proof of age document returned to the school, a work permit will be issued.