Grace King Policies & Procedures



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    According to state guidelines and our school system calendar, in order to be eligible to receive grades and earn credit in a full unit course taken in either semester, a student is not allowed more than five (5) unexcused absences throughout the entire semester in which that full unit course is taken.

    A note is required for an excused absence of two (2) consecutive days incurred due to personal illness or serious illness in the family. If a student is absent for three (3) consecutive days he/she must produce a note verifying such absences from a “physician or dentist licensed in the state”. The assistant principal in charge of attendance will be responsible for determining all other excused absences.

    Students with an excused absence of five (5) or more consecutive days are to be given a maximum of ten (10) school days to complete make-up work. For excused absences of less than five (5) consecutive days, the allotted time for make-up work is left up to the teacher. All doctor notes must be submitted within 5 days upon returning to school.

    Students who will be out of school for an extended period of time due to illness or other medical reasons should have their parents contact their counselor concerning enrollment in a homebound program. The homebound program may limit students to 2 subjects maximum. Students absent for an extended period of time may not receive credit for courses they were enrolled in. All pregnant students must notify the principal’s office as soon as they find out they are pregnant. Pregnant students must also turn in a monthly statement from their doctor that they are able to attend school.

    Parish policy clearly states that it is the responsibility of the student to initiate and complete make-up work. If the make-up is not completed by the time specified, the incomplete grade will become an “F”.

    A student who is absent the day before a pre-scheduled test can be required to take the test on the day that he/she returns to school provided that no new work was given on the day that the student was absent. It is the responsibility of the classroom teacher to inform students of his/her policy for make-up work.

    Absences are not excused for court appearances except if a student has been subpoenaed as a witness. A copy of the subpoena is required.

    Students who miss school because of an out of school suspension are allowed to make-up work missed, and the absence(s) is exempted – it is the student’s responsibility to coordinate make-up work with teachers.


    Grace King High School Electronic Device Policy: Cell phones may NOT be used on campus.

    1. All electronic devices are to be TURNED to the OFF position and not visible on campus.
    1. If a student is caught using his/her cell phone on campus, the phone will be confiscated.
    1. If the phone is confiscated, it will be held until after school on Friday. (Phones confiscated ON Friday, will be held until the following Friday.)
    1.  If a student refuses to turn in the cell phone to the teacher, but turns it into administration, a one day In-School Suspension will go into effect for refusing the teacher.
    1. If a student refuses to turn in the cell phone to administration, the parent will be notified and an Out of School Suspension will go into effect. (The days of Out of School Suspension will commensurate with the offense.) Student will spend the remainder of the day in academic intervention.
    1. Students, please note that if someone else’s phone is in YOUR possession, you will receive consequences (see below) as if it were your phone.
    1. Ear buds/headphones are NOT permitted anywhere on campus and if seen can and will be confiscated and not returned.


    • Confiscation (if turned into the teacher)
    • In-School Suspension (if turned into administration but refused to turn into the teacher)
    • Out of School Suspension (Refusal to allow the cell phone to be confiscated and held until the appropriate Friday after school.)

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    Students who are injured during the school day must report the injury to the teacher who is supervising the class or to the duty teacher who is in the vicinity of the accident. You may not leave school without following the normal sign-out procedures.


    Grace King High School is accredited by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Louisiana State Department of Education.



    1. To be eligible to participate during the current school year, a student must have passed 3 of 4 classes per semester or 6 of 8 subjects taken for academic credit during the prior school year and have attained a 2.0 GPA


    3. A student at an 4×4 high school may retain his/her eligibility by passing 3 of 4 classes per semester.

    4. If a student is promoted according to the above rules, but does not have a 2.0 G.P.A. for their final average, he/she may begin in the first semester on probation if the G.P.A. is 1.5 or higher. TO BE REMOVED FROM PROBATION A STUDENT MUST PASS ALL CLASSES SCHEDULED WITH A 2.0 MINIMUM G.P.A.

    5. Students may not be on probation for two consecutive semesters.

    6. Student athletes who are academically eligible to participate during the current year, but are currently ineligible during the first semester may participate in organized team practices provided said student can regain their eligibility during the current school year.


    A. “I” Incomplete grades are considered non-passing for determining eligibility (until the “I” is removed)

    B. “X” grade is the same as an “F”

    C. Students will be declared eligible or ineligible on the seventh “7th” calendar day following the end of a semester marking period. (see official school calendar.) No student’s grade may be changed after a semester period ends as a result of re-testing or additional work being assigned.

    D. Special education students must meet 80% of their IEP to receive a “C” average.

    E. All new registrants fall under our academic eligibility policy.


    G. Students may participate in organized team practices provided said student(s) can regain their eligibility during the current school year.

    H. The final average for a class should be used to determine the student’s G.P.A.



    Misuse of software and accessing of inappropriate internet material are not allowed and will result in serious disciplinary action.


    Students must follow the dress code of the particular dance/activity. The administration reserves the right to deny admittance to anyone who is dressed inappropriately. Grace King students must have their current school ID. Only one guest per student with a picture ID. Students must be picked up within 15 minutes after the end of the dance/activity. If not, the student will receive a disciplinary action.


    Policies, procedures, rules, and regulations can change at the discretion of the principal to enhance the school’s climate and culture. All students are required to comply with the policies, rules, and procedures established both Grace King High School and the Jefferson Parish School Board. All Grace King High School students are held accountable for their own individual choices and behaviors. Listed below are the rules we would like to call to your attention for added emphasis. This list is not meant to be exhaustive.

    1.  School opens at 7:50 a.m. and closes at 4:00. When students report to school in the morning before Block 1, they must immediately report to the their first period class or to the cafeteria of they wish to eat breakfast. Students are not allowed to loiter (morning or afternoon) outside school fences, at the businesses across the street, in our neighborhood, on the front porch or back porch, courtyard, school buildings, upstairs in the gym, or in cars.

    2. Students are not allowed to bring food or drinks from off-campus into school.

    3. Students arriving after 8:25 a.m. must immediately report to the gym foyer for a tardy pass.

    Operation S.T.A.R.T. on Time

    Instruction begins immediately when the bell ring and it is imperative that students arrive on time. When students are late to class they are to report to the designated sweep area to receive a pass to class. Students who are habitually tardy will receive discipline consequences. Failure to serve assigned consequences will result in more severe consequences being imposed which may include suspension from school.

    4. Grace King is a closed campus. Students may not leave for lunch or any other time without following the regular check-out procedure

    5. Games of any type which are considered dangerous because of the limited space during lunch are not allowed, ex: running, horseplay, etc. Playing cards are not allowed on campus.

    6. Use of cell phones is not allowed on campus and should be in the off position at all times. Cell phones and other electronic devices will be confiscated as per our school, district and state policies. Radios, tape/CD players, iPod, MP3 type devices, beepers, laser pointers, any other type of audio/visual equipment, and any type of electronic or mechanical devices are not allowed on campus and will be confiscated as per our school, district, and state policies. Once confiscated, cell phones and other devices will be returned at the end of the day on the following Friday from consiscation.

    7. Only administrative approved announcements or bulletins may be posted on campus.

    8. Smoking, tobacco chewing, and spitting or any form of spitting is forbidden by school board policy and state law.

    9. Due to Covid-19 safety precautions, students will be assigned to designated, static sections to eat. The cafeteria and courtyard have each been divided into 4 quadrants of 10 zones. Announcements  will be made to release students according to their zone and lunch group.  After getting their meal, students must report to their designated area. Students must remain in their assigned area for the duration of lunch in order to maintain static grouping and social distancing. Masks should be worn unless the student is eating or drinking. 

    10. Only approved school fund raising will be permitted on campus in the designated areas. Fundraising sales can only take place before school, at lunch, and after school – never during class time.

    11. Because of the size of our campus there are many areas which are considered “OFF-LIMITS” to students. These areas are the parking lot and cars (during class and lunchtime); the front and back porch; the upstairs gym area and gym foyer; hallways (before school and during lunch); restrooms in the gym foyer; and the other areas that are not supervised and announced as off-limits. Any student in an off-limits area shall be subject to suspension.

    12. Students who submit altered/forged notes/signatures are subject to suspension.

    13. Students who provide written/verbal false information to school employees are subject to suspension.

    14. We expect every staff member to be treated with respect and dignity. The teacher is the instructional supervisor in the classroom. A show of disrespect toward faculty members or staff members or insubordination on the part of student will not be tolerated under any circumstances and will be subject to suspension or expulsion. Staff members include the clerical staff, teacher’s assistants, cafeteria workers, custodial staff, substitute teachers, and bus drivers.

    As it would be impossible to predict every disciplinary infraction, the administration reserves the right to discipline students in a manner that provides a safe and orderly campus.

    Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS)

    Grace King High School has a Positive Behavior Intervention Support program that is comprehensive and campus wide. We have the following expectations of our entire student body:

    • Be Respectful
    • Be Responsible
    • Be Safe

    These expectations are accompanied by school rules that are posted throughout the campus. All students are held responsible for abiding by these rules.


    When a student is issued a detention by the discipline office, the detention form must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned the day of detention. If a parent/guardian determines the child is unable to attend on the assigned day, the parent/guardian must note this on the detention form in the appropriate area and return it to the discipline office prior to the detention. Students are not allowed to arrive late to detention. Failure to follow this procedure may result in the student receiving a suspension.


    A conference must be held with a parent/legal guardian and an administrator concerning all suspensions. Parent/legal guardian identification must be verified at all conferences. Administrators are available after 9:00 a.m.

    Causes for suspension/expulsion can be found in the JPPSS Procedures and Policies for Parents and student handbook.

    In-School Suspension (ISS): In-school suspension students must serve ISS from 7:30am to 3:40pm for the number of days suspended.

    A parent must appear with the student on the first day of an in-school suspension to attend a conference with an administrator and to sign an ISS agreement. If the parent/guardian does not appear, the student will be placed in ISS, dismissed at regular school time (2:40). The student will not receive credit for serving that day of ISS, and be required to make up the assigned day of ISS.

    In order for the student to officially serve the ISS, they must be present from 7:30am – 3:40pm

    Out-of-School Suspension (OS): A parent/guardian must appear with the student prior to the student returning to school from an out-of-school suspension. A student receiving a 3rd suspension may be referred to Juvenile Court through Family in Need of Services (FINS).


    It is the obligation of Grace King High School to provide an educational atmosphere conducive to the learning process. Students, teachers, and administrators have the right to be free from distractive clothing, which hinders the learning process. To promote campus safety and to limit distractions, students will wear a school uniform, which may be purchased, from designated shops.

    The students will wear a standard uniform every day which will include trousers or skirt, shirt, belt, socks, shoes, and ID. Students may not alter the uniform and may not wear any garments that are not approved by the administration. The Uniform Policy is in effect when the students enter campus and until students leave campus. Students who violate the uniform policy will be directed to call a parent to correct the problem, sent to ISS until problem is rectified, and/or assigned other consequences which may include after-school detention, ISS, or out of school suspension.


    • The only official school shirt is the designated grade level polo short with the school logo. 9th grade: yellow polo 10th grade: green polo shirt  11th grade: green polo shirt 12th grade: green polo short or grey polo shirt
    • Only a plain white shirt may be worn under the uniform shirt.
    • All shirts MUST be tucked neatly inside pants/skirt.


    • Only khaki uniform Dickie pants are allowed. No jean/denim fabric allowed. Pants cannot have cell phone pockets.
    • Pants must be hemmed and NOT be frayed, rolled up, have cuts, holes or slits.
    • All pants must be correct waist size and worn at the waist…no low riding/hip hugger fit allowed.  Big, baggy pants or skintight pants ARE NOT ALLOWED.


    • A khaki military style belt with a military buckle is the ONLY acceptable style belt. Belts may be purchased at school.


    • Only the Grace King plaid kilt uniform skirt is allowed.
    • The uniform skirt may be no shorter than TWO inches above the crease at the back of the knee.
    • Skirts must be worn at the waist and not rolled.
    • Only black tights with FEET may be worn under skirts.


    • Only shoes with LACES may be worn, and shoes must be securely tied.
    • Shoes without backs, shoes with rollers, shoes with high heels or platforms, or shoes that by their construction may pose a safety risk are NOT ALLOWED.
    • Slippers, ballet shoes, boots, high tops, or mid tops, are NOT ALLOWED.
    • Shoes must be all black and enclosed; no secondary or additional colors on black are allowed.


    • Must be solid white, solid black, solid gray, or solid green and must cover the whole foot.


      Only the current and official Grace King sweatshirt is allowed and can be purchased on campus.
    • Only the current and official Grace King v-neck sweater or cardigan is allowed and can be purchased at area uniform shops.
    • Only the current and official Grace King knit cap is allowed and can be purchased on campus.
    • In very cold weather, students should layer their clothing…a white undershirt, Grace King uniform shirt, Grace Kingsweatshirt, Grace King knit cap, etc.
    • heavy winter coat (no jackets) when temperature dictates may be worn to school but must be removed upon entering the building. Students may wear either a current and official Grace Jacket or jacket that has a full zipper and is within the designated color scheme (black, grey, green, yellow, or white) and has a Grace King patch, which may be purchased from the Office of Operations and Student Services.


    • ID’s must be worn on the chest area and be clearly visible at all times.
    • Book bags must be see-through (i.e clear, plastic, or mesh)-school bags only, no tote bags. Students may not write or paint on school bags (name may be written inside the strap.)
    • Purses may not be larger than 8 1/2″ x 11″ (the size of a piece of loose leaf paper).
    • Student’s hair must be clean and combed. Hairstyles must not impair vision. Only one natural color or shade is permitted. Highlights of only one naturally occurring color are allowed. No stripes or other outrageous styles that bring attention or cause disruption are allowed.
    • Hats shall not be brought to school. During extremely cold weather, a Grace King knit pull on cap may be worn.
    • No hoop or dangling earrings are allowed. Only stud earrings no larger than a dime are allowed. No other pierced body jewelry is allowed.
    • A student may not write on or deface any part of the school uniform, shoes, bodies, IDs, or book bags. Any decoration or accessory must be in good taste and NOT be offensive, insulting, promote hatred, or incite inappropriate behaviors.
    • No excessive accessories are allowed.
    • Only Grace King P.E shorts and Grace King P.E shirts are allowed.
    • Tattoos must not be visible; they must be covered at all times.

    It is also the obligation of the school to enforce the attributes of personal hygiene, neatness, and safety. Therefore, all students must maintain a physical appearance in keeping with stated policy. Students violating stated dress code policy will be subject to disciplinary action. Parents or guardians will be called to provide a proper uniform for the student or to pick up the student from school until a proper uniform can be attained.



    In accordance with R.S. 17:416.1 (D), the principal or headmaster of a school, public or private, must notify the Department of Public Safety and Corrections Office of Motor Vehicles of any student between the ages of fourteen (14) and eighteen (18) who has been subjected to a disciplinary action as defined in this statute, so they may process the request for suspensive action (suspension of driving privileges) in accordance with R.S. 32:431. As per the Legislative act 732 of the 2003 legislative session, a student who is expelled or suspended from school for ten or more consecutive days for committing the following infractions or who withdraws from school under certain circumstances will have his or her name submitted to the Office of Motor Vehicles: the sale or possession of drugs, alcohol, or any other illegal substance, possession of a firearm, or an infraction involving assault or battery on a member of the school faculty or staff.

    Students and parents are not allowed to park in the faculty areas in the front or rear of school, driveways in front of school marked by reserved signs, and the handicapped parking areas. Sitting in parked vehicles before and after school is not allowed. Reckless operations of a motor vehicle in the parking lots or on the streets near school will result in sever disciplinary action. All students parking on campus must have a parking decal, which costs $10.00. Students must have their driver’s license, insurance card, and the auto’s license number when purchasing a parking decal. Parking decals may be purchased in discipline office during lunch. The parking permit must be affixed to the lower driver’s side of the windshield. Neither Grace King High School nor the Jefferson Parish School Board is responsible for any loss or damages to students’ cars while parked on our campus.

     DRUG TESING (JP Schools Policy)

    The drug-testing program will require mandatory drug testing with hair of 100% of all high school students in Jefferson Parish engaged in athletics, physically strenuous extracurricular or co-curricular activities and other extracurricular activities.


    We are hopeful that field trips will be allowed this year, pending CDC and JPS guidelines. Field trips are a valuable part of the school curriculum and arrangement for such trips are made by teacher’s well an advance. Parents will receive a permission form to sign and return to school by a specific date. If the field trip permission slip is not signed and returned to the classroom teacher, the student will not be allowed to attend a field trip. Parents will be given a specific date on which any charges for admission fees, transportation, lunch, etc. must be paid. In the event the student has paid to attend a field trip and for some reason cannot attend, money may be refunded only if the school has not yet paid for the cost of the activity.

    Students are required to have each course instructor sign the permission form. If according to the permission form, a student is failing and course, the student will not be allowed to participate in the field trip.

    If, while attending a field trip, a student displays unacceptable behavior, he/she may not be allowed to attend future field trips. In addition, disciplinary action, including suspension will be taken. Students are required to make-up any work missed while attending a field trip. Students are required to wear the proper Grace King uniform unless otherwise approved by the administration.


    Students receive report cards each nine weeks. Nine weeks grades are a combination of daily class grades, which include class participation, quizzes, test scores, exams, homework, and reports. During the fifth week of each nine weeks period students are issued an “Interim Report Card” which tells parents and students how the student is doing in each class. If a student is doing satisfactory work at the time the interim report is issued, but begins to fail, the teacher will than issue an individual interim report to the student.

    Quality Points

    A = 4 points (honors course-5 points)
    B = 3 points (honors course-4 points)
    C = 2 points (honors course-3 points)
    D = 1 points (honors course-2 points)
    F = 0 points (honors course-0 points)

    Numerical equivalents of letter grades are:

    A 93-100
    B 85-92
    C 75-84
    D 67-74
    F 0-66


    In order to graduate, students must

    1. earn 24 Carnegie units: 4 units in English, 4 units in Mathematics, 4 units in Science, 4 units in Social Studies, 2 units in Health and Physical Education, and 10 units in elective (as determined by the year the student enters the 9th grade);
    2. pass required EOC Course Examinations
    3. Meet all local and state attendance requirements.
    4. In order to progress to the next grade, a student must pass 6 of 8 Carnegie Unit Courses each year.

    Exact requirements are available from the student’s counselor. The above requirements apply also to special education students who are working on a diploma. The above requirements apply also to special education students who are working on a diploma.


    To qualify as an Honor Grad, you must acquire an overall grade point of 3.5 or above. Special recognition is extended to Honor Grads at commencement exercises.


    If you become ill while at school you are to report to class and fill out a request to call home. This will be sent to the office, and you will be notified when someone is reached. You may not leave school without following sign-out procedures.


    A student may check in without a parent until 9:00 AM each school day. If a student presents a doctor’s note, they may check in until 1:00 PM.

    Students must check-in at the Front Office with one of the office staff upon arrival to campus.


    The Grace King library is the center for learning for the entire student body, and can be accessed through the Internet at The library will open at lunch time and remain open until 3:00 pm each day. Students must have their student I.D. when entering or using the library facilities. During regular class periods students must have an assignment from their teacher and a signed agenda pass to access the library. This agenda pass is to be submitted the librarian on duty at the circulation desk upon your arrival and signed by the librarian before you leave.

    Students may check out three (3) books (unless there is a demand for a particular topic) with a total of two weeks with one renewal period. A fine of 10 cents per school day is charged for overdue books. When a student has over-due books, his/her library privileges will be suspended until the obligation is cleared. Reference books and encyclopedias are to be used in the library. Overnight checkouts may be made at the end of the school day. Food, candy, drinks, playing cards, games, earbuds and radios are not allowed in the library.

    Students are responsible for the books checked out. Lost or damaged books must be paid in full. Students will be referred for disciplinary action if library obligations are not cleared before the end of each nine weeks.


    1. You must obtain the following forms from the Office of Operations: School Medication Order (S.S.35) and Parent/Guardian Written Consent for Medication Administration (S.S.36).
    2. Have your physician complete and sign the School Medication Order Form (S.S.35). The order must agree with the pharmacy label on your child’s medication.
    3. Take the above completed forms, along with the medication in its container to Riverdale High School, 240 Riverdale Dr., Jefferson, LA 70121
    4. After the forms and medication have been reviewed/approved, please take them back to the discipline office.
    5. Over-the-counter medication will require the same procedures.
    6. All medication containers, EVEN over-the-counter medications, are to be labeled by a Louisiana pharmacist.
    7. Ask your pharmacist to provide separate medicine containers for school and home use.
    8. A maximum 25-day supply of medication can be stored at school.
    9. Medication must be delivered to school by an ADULT.
    10. Violation of this policy will result in a suspension from school.


    Scanners and hand wands will be used during the school day and at school related activities including dances, athletic events, etc. Entering the property constitutes your consent to pass through the scanners.


    Students must have their pass whenever they leave a classroom. Misuse of a pass will result in loss of the pass privilege and disciplinary action. Possession of a pass which is not properly documented with name, date, time, and destination will constitute misuse of pass.

    Students are not allowed to stop in the counselors’ office during the change of classes. Students must have a pass signed by teacher, except students at lunch.

    Students are not allowed in faculty restrooms and/or the teacher’s lounge. If an emergency arises while the student the restrooms are closed, the student should report to Office of Operations and Student Services.



    All buses arrive and depart from the Division Street parking area of school. Check with your bus driver to find out exactly where your bus loads and unloads. Students must remain on the sidewalk or under the covered area when waiting for the buses to arrive.



    Entering this property constitutes your consent to a possible search of both person and property, including vehicles, lockers, book bags, etc. This procedure may be instituted to help assure the safety of the students and the employees of the Jefferson Parish Public School System. Random classroom searches are routinely enacted throughout the school year.



    1.  Only the phone numbers listed on the computer will be used for parent/guardian contact. **
    2. The student’s parent/guardian must come to the front office to sign the student out properly, regardless of the student’s age. The student will then be called from their class.
    3. Doctor appointments should be scheduled after school. If such an appointment is scheduled during school time, such an excuse does not excuse the student for the entire day unless such appointment lasts all day.

    **Note: If any parent/guardian information changes during the school year, it is important to change this information at school immediately; otherwise, students will not be able to check-out. Changes are only accepted in writing from a parent/guardian.


    Students who are in yearbook, newspaper, teaching academy, and student council MUST follow regular sign-in and out procedures even if going on an errand, covering a story, etc. NO EXCEPTIONS. These students will need a signed note from their teacher/sponsor before they will be allowed to check out.





    Every student is required to have an official Grace King Identification Card. This card must be worn around the student’s neck in the chest area or clipped to a collar at all times while on campus. Students who do not have an ID in their possession, or who refuse to surrender it to a teacher, staff member, or administrator when requested to do so, are subject to suspension.Students who refuse to give their name to any Jefferson Parish School Board employee, or give a false name when requested to identify him/herself, are also subject to serious disciplinary action, including suspension from school for the remainder of the school year.

    Possession of an ID defaced by stickers, marking, pins, etc. will result in disciplinary action. Administrators reserve the right to require the purchase of a new ID when the ID is deemed unacceptable.

    The first ID is issued to each student is included in the student registration fee. If a student does not have an ID on their person or defaces his/her ID, a student can purchase a temporary ID in the discipline office for $1 which is good for the date indicated ONLY. A student can purchase a new ID for $5. If student loses his/her ID, a new one must be purchased before school in the attendance office. If a student fails to get their ID or checks in to school without an ID, the student will receive a one hour detention and must purchase an ID.



    Excessive tardies will result in suspension from school and referral to the juvenile court system and FINS (Families In Need of Services).



    Only EMERGENCY messages from parents, after stating the nature of the emergency, will be accepted and given to students. The school does not have the facilities or personnel to handle any other type of messages. Please coordinate with your child before school any transportation arrangements necessary to get home or to work after school dismisses at 2:40. Students are allowed to use the telephone in discipline office for emergency purposes. STUDENTS ARE NOT TO RECEIVE OR MAKE CALLS TO AND FROM HOME USING THEIR CELL PHONES.  DISCIPLINARY ACTION WILL BE TAKEN.



    Grace King is a secured campus. Visitors are not allowed on campus during our regular school hours without checking in at the front office and securing a visitor’s ID. This includes before school and both lunches. A driver’s license must be surrendered for a campus pass and only allowed on campus with a school escort.



    Possession of weapons or any implements that can be used as a weapon will result in suspension and possible expulsion. Examples: knives, scissors, guns, gun facsimile, mace, fingernail clipper with a knife, pepper spray. This list is not all encompassing.

    Random checks of  classrooms and persons will be done throughout the school year at the discretion of the school principal.



    Students may obtain a work permit from the Front Office. Requirements include an Intent to Employ form that must be issued by the employer, a birth certificate, and a driver’s license or state I.D.