After gathering feedback throughout the year from students, staff, and parents, the New School High Student Handbook and Code of Conduct was approved at the regular meeting of the Board of Directors in March. Together with the Board Policies and State codes, the NSH Student Handbook and Code of Conduct will help ensure that our learning community is safe, orderly, and humane. I would especially like to thank Mr. Allie Suffety for guiding the process of creating a straightforward and accessible handbook that is based on applicable law, our school’s values, and common sense.

We have begun the process of reviewing this important document with our students; a copy of the handbook is attached for your reference. I invite you and your student to spend time going over the handbook together. My guess is that in doing so the result will be rich and candid conversations. Since we plan to review and update the handbook annually, we welcome your feedback.

In keeping with the focus on school policies, I would like to take this opportunity to share additional information on how we support our most important priority: the health and safety of our students.  As spring and warmer weather approach, this is a good time to communicate our expectations.

  • Once students arrive at school in the morning, they must remain in the building until dismissal at the end of the day. This means students may not leave the campus in the car of another student to get breakfast or for any other reason. 
  • All students, staff, and visitors must enter the school only through the main doors that face McClumpha Road. These doors are locked throughout the day except during morning arrival from 7:30-8:30 am and at dismissal from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. After school, students are asked to exit by the main entrance doors or the rear doors on the north side of the building. 
  • From 8:30 am through 3:30 pm, only New School High staff may open an outside door. Students may not admit anyone, including parents, delivery people, and other visitors, even if the person at the door is familiar.
  • When the weather is warm and dry, students may go outside to eat lunch and socialize as long as they remain on the immediate school grounds on the north side of the building. Students may not sit in or on parked cars or gather near the church entrances. Climbing trees is prohibited.
  • Students are not allowed in the kitchen, the tech room, staff offices, or the church side of the building without specific permission and supervision.
  • For student safety, all medications require a signed parent permission form to use. Medications must be kept in the school office with the exception of certain inhalers and epipens.  This includes over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • For the health and well-being of all students and in accordance with Michigan law, smoking and vaping are strictly prohibited in the school building, on school property, and in vehicles. Students may not bring related paraphernalia, including lighters and matches, to school. 

-Cynthia