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Click the link below for the 2018-2019 Student Handbook

2018 – 2019

Porterville High School


559-793-3400                                                                                              www.









Staff Directory


Principal                                           Jose Valdez……………………………….….793-3497

Principal’s Secretary                       Norita Knutson………………………….…793-3498

Asst. Principal                                  Christine Amann……………….………...793-3487

Asst. Principal                                  Salma Aziz……….…………………………..793-3484

Asst. Principal                                  Tony Navarro….…………………………...793-3485

Asst. Principal Secretary                 Vanessa Almanza………………………...793-3495


Dean of Counseling                         Jeanni Buzzelli…………………….…...….793-3479

Guidance Secretary                         Dolores Cavazos…………………………..793-3483

Guidance Registrar                          Amanda Mendoza……………….…..….793-3482

Counselor                                         Evelia Alvarez……………………………….793-3432

Counselor                                         Maria Alvarez……………………………….793-3432

Counselor                                         Jonathan Dodson….……………………..793-3427

Counselor                                         Vanessa Salas……………………………...793-3486

Counselor                                         Teresa Zamarripa………………………..793-3474


Athletic Director                              Brian Hill……………………………..……….793-3492         

Student Council Advisor                 Erica Revheim………………………………793-6342

ASB Bookkeeper                              Celestine Zamora…………………………793-3494


Attendance Office                           Lucy Avila…………………………………….793-3490

Attendance Office                           Diana Maldonado………………………..793-3499



Special Project Director                  Larry Herrera……………………………….793-3478

Comp. Education Secretary            Monica Plata………………………………..793-3475


Library Media Specialist                 Sara Herrera…………………………………793-3456

Library Clerk                                    Maria Chavez………..……………………. 793-3454








Bell Schedule

Block Schedule



Period 0

7:15 - 8:05


Period 1

8:10 - 9:05


2/ 3

9:10 - 10:55



10:55 - 11:10



11:15 - 1:00



1:00 - 1:40



1:45 – 3:30







Period 0

7:15 - 8:05


Period 1

8:10 - 8:47


Period 2

8:52 - 9:29


Period 3

9:34 - 10:11



10:11 - 10:22


Period 4

10:27 - 11:04


Period 5

11:09 - 11:46



11:46 - 12:21


Period 6

12:26 - 1:03


Period 7

1:08 - 1:45


Period 7

1:08 - 1:45






Period 0

7:15 - 8:05


Period 1

8:10 - 9:10


Period 2

9:15 - 10:05


Period 3

10:10 - 11:00



11:00 - 11:15


Period 4

11:20 - 12:10




















Porterville High School will be continuing block schedule in 2018-2019 school year. We will be on a regular 7 period schedule on Thursday and Fridays. We will be on block schedule on Monday and Tuesday.  Every Wednesday will be an Early Release Day and school will be out at 1:45 pm. Mondays will be periods 1, 2, 4, 6 and Tuesdays will be periods 1,3,5,7. Certain weeks there will be no block schedule. The schedule is listed to the right. On “no block” schedule weeks, all classes meet every day.






Fall Semester

August 9 - 10 No block schedule

August 13 – Block schedule

August 20 – No Block schedule

August 27 – Block schedule

September 3 – No block schedule

September 10 – Block schedule

September 17 – Block schedule

September 24 – Block schedule

October 1 – Block schedule

October 8 – Block schedule

October 15 – Block Schedule

October 22 – Block schedule

October 29 – Block schedule

November 5 – Block schedule

November 12 –No block schedule

November 19 – No block schedule

November 26 – Block Schedule

December 3 – Block schedule

December 10 – Finals








Spring Semester

January 7 – Block schedule

January 14 – Block schedule

January 21 – No block schedule

January 28 – Block schedule

February 4 – Block schedule

February 11 – No block schedule

February 18 – No block schedule

February 25 – Block schedule

March 4 – Block schedule

March 11 – Block schedule

March 25 – Block schedule

April 1 – Block schedule

April 8 – Block schedule

April 15 – No block schedule

April 22 – No block schedule

April 29 – Block schedule

May 6 – Block schedule

May 13 – Block schedule

May 20 – Block schedule

May 27 – Finals









10 – 10 RULE

In an effort to reduce the number of interruptions PHS has adopted the 10-10 rule. The interruptions in class are to be during the first 10 minutes of class and the last 10 minutes of class only. All hall passes, phone calls, deliveries, all call bulletins, messages etc., fall under interruptions. We all need to insure all students have at least a 30 minute time block for teachers to teach and students to learn. Emergency situations will be considered on a case by case basis.


Electronic signaling devices including but not limited to cell phones, IPods, MP3's, CD players, cameras, etc. are illegal to possess on a school campus (E.C. 48901.5).   The use of electronic devices on campus is a privilege and if school rules are violated, students could permanently lose this privilege. Items confiscated will be returned at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday ONLY (parents as well as students).  No exceptions!!!  The school is not responsible for these items if they are lost or stolen on school campus.  STUDENTS SHOULD LEAVE THESE ITEMS AT HOME! Please see page 17 for further details and consequences regarding electronic devices violations.

Dress Code/Appearance

Porterville High School is a place where the best possible educational environment must be created and maintained.  Appropriate dress and grooming are necessary to maintain order, provide a safe school environment, and promote discipline.  The Board of Trustees encourages pupils to dress appropriately for school.  The Board believes that pupils should be neatly and cleanly dressed.  Dress or grooming that draws undue attention or detracts from the educational process is unacceptable. Please see page 18 for further details and consequences regarding dress code violations.

























There is a high correlation between positive attendance and success in school and work.  The school asks parents to give students the best opportunity to be successful by insisting that they attend regularly and by calling to clear absences immediately.


Auto Dialing System


Porterville High School utilizes an auto-dialing system to notify parents when a student has been marked absent by one or more teacher(s).  When parents receive a phone call indicating that the student has been marked absent, with an absence code of an “A” one or more periods, they should question the student.  If the student indicates that he/she was in class all day, then the parent should instruct him/her to report to the Attendance Office before school to verify which instructor reported him/ her absent.  He/She should then go to that teacher to clear the absence. Parents should contact school, or check ABI to verify absence was cleared. Parents do not receive a call for attendance code, including but not limited to, C, Z, I, R, V, or O.


Clearing Absences


When a students who has been absent returns to school, he/she shall present a satisfactory explanation verifying the reason for the absence. Absences shall be verified by the student's parent/guardian, other person having control of the minor, or the student if age 18 or older.  (Education Code 46012; 5 CCR 306)


The following methods may be used to verify student absences:


  1. Written note, fax, email, or voice mail from parent/guardian or parent representative.


  1. Conversation, in person or by telephone, between the verifying employee and the student's parent/guardian or parent representative. The employee shall subsequently record the following:


  1. Name of student


  1. Name of parent/guardian or parent representative


  1. Name of verifying employee


  1. Date(s) of absence


  1. Reason for absence


  1. Visit to the student's home by the verifying employee, or any other reasonable method which establishes the fact that the student was absent for the reasons stated. The employee shall document the verification and include the information specified in item #2 above.


  1. Physician's verification.


  1. When excusing students for confidential medical services or verifying such appointments, district staff shall not ask the purpose of such appointments but may contact a medical office to confirm the time of the appointment.


  1. When a student has had 14 absences in the school year for illness verified by methods listed in #1-3 above, any further absences for illness may be verified by a physician.



Excused Absences


The Compulsory Education Act (Education Code 48200) states it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to insure that the pupil attends school regularly.  It is also the responsibility of the parent/ guardian to clear all absences that are excusable.  Excused absences as per Ed. Code 48205 are:


  1. Personal illness (Education Code 48205)


  1. Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer (Education Code 48205)

(cf. 5112.2 - Exclusions from Attendance)


  1. Medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic appointment (Education Code 48205)


  1. Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family, which shall be limited to one day if the service is conducted in California or three days if the service is conducted out of state (Education Code 48205)


Immediate family shall be defined as mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, spouse, son/son-in-law, daughter/daughter-in-law, brother, sister, or any relative living in the student's immediate household. (Education Code 45194, 48205)


  1. Jury duty in the manner provided by law (Education Code 48205)


  1. The illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child to whom the student is the custodial parent (Education Code 48205)

(cf.5146-Married/Pregnant/Parenting Students)
















  1. Upon advance written request by the parent/guardian and the approval of the principal or designee, justifiable personal reasons including, but not limited to: (Education Code 48205)


  1. Appearance in court


  1. Attendance at a funeral service


  1. Observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion


  1. Attendance at religious retreats not to exceed four hours per semester


  1. Attendance at an employment conference


  1. Attendance at an educational conference offered by a nonprofit organization on the legislative or judicial process                                                                   


  1. Service as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Elections Code 12302 (Education Code 48205)


(cf. 6142.3 - Civic Education)


  1. To spend time with his/her immediate family member who is an active duty member of the uniformed services, as defined in Education Code 49701, and has been called to duty for deployment to a combat zone or a combat support position or is on leave from or has immediately returned from such deployment (Education Code 48205)


(cf. 6173.2 - Education of Children of Military Families)


  1. Participation in religious exercises or to receive moral and religious instruction in accordance with district policy: (Education Code 46014)


  1. In such instances, the student shall attend at least the minimum school day.


  1. The student shall be excused for this purpose on no more than four days per school month.


(cf. 6141.2 - Recognition of Religious Beliefs and Customs)


Other Warranted Absences


As per Ed. Code 48205, a pupil shall be cleared (non-excused, non-truant) for justifiable personal reasons, including but not limited to, an appearance in court, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at a religious retreat, college visitation, or an employment conference.  A pupil absent from school under this section shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests, which can be reasonably provided for by his or her teachers.


Extended Leave of Absence


Students who have a need to be away from school for an extended length of time need to follow the guidelines listed below:


  1. Request in writing by parent/ guardian must be submitted to the Porterville Guidance Department 5 school days prior to leaving.  A Short Term Contract may be submitted.  All work is due to the counselor on the specified ending date of the contract.  Failure to turn work in on specified date will result in unexcused absence for the length of the contract.
  2. If planned leave is 20 school days or less, the students will enter into a short term independent study contract.  If planned leave exceeds 20 school days, the student is dropped from Porterville High School and encouraged to enroll at school of temporary residence.
  3. Students with special needs (i.e.:  Special Day Class or RSP) must have an IEP meeting to determine the appropriate short-term independent goals study and objectives.


Permits to Leave Campus


When it is necessary for a student to leave the campus during the school day, he/ she must submit a signed request or a parent must phone the Attendance Office at least two hours before coming into the office to pick up the student, and an off-campus permit will be issued.  Permits for medical and dental appointments will be issued in the Attendance Office.  If a student becomes ill during school hours, he/ she should go to the Attendance Office and leave only if excused and given an off-campus permit.  Students who leave without being excused or given a permit to leave will receive an unexcused absence and assigned detention. Students who must leave with an off campus permit, please park in the Science Parking lot.


Tardy Policy


  1. Students are expected to be in their assigned areas.
  2. A tardy will be given each time a student is not in his/her assigned area.
  3. Tardies are handled through tardy policy.



Students who are absent three (3) days unexcused will be considered truant and parents will be notified.  After the third notification, or the fifteenth (15) unexcused absences, a student will be considered a habitual truant and will be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) where the student's attendance and school records will be reviewed and recommendations to the court system for legal action may occur.


Clean Sweep

Clean Sweep is a program operated by the Porterville Police Department.  Students who are observed off campus without an off-campus permit are picked up, brought to campus by the officer.  Parents are notified and students are placed in the Responsibility Center.


Attendance Requirements for Graduation Ceremony


To participate in graduation ceremonies, a senior must have maintained 90% attendance of the day enrolled in the Porterville Unified School District.    The exceptions to the requirement are as follows:

  1. illness verified with doctor's note.  If the illness is long-term, a doctor's note must be renewed every quarter or upon request.
  2. quarantine directed by a county or city health officer.
  3. subpoena/ Jury Duty - would be on a daily basis.
  4. attending funeral services for a pupil's immediate family (parents, grandparents, siblings) is limited to 1 day in California and 3 days out of state.
  5. school activity absences.





A behavioral code is provided to each student because the students, the parents, and the staff expect and demand a safe, secure, and orderly campus.  These procedures comply with Porterville Unified School District Policy, as well as state and federal law, and are based on timely and consistent consequences for conduct which is disruptive to our campus.



The Porterville Unified School  District strives to teach students responsibility, self-discipline, and respect through defining student expectations and requiring acceptable standards of behavior.



Disciplinary Procedures


The following disciplinary procedures have been developed to insure that Porterville High School provides a proper learning environment for all students.  All rules will be enforced and appropriate penalties assessed for infractions.  Students who violate rules will be counseled, reprimanded, suspended, or expelled and/ or cited by the police.  It is the responsibility of every school employee to apply the rules consistently and equally for all students.


Porterville High School Assertive Discipline Program


  1. In order for students to learn and teachers to teach, student responsibilities are:


  1. to follow class rules and not disrupt the class.
  2. to respect other people and their property. (school and personal)


  1. Failure to comply will result in the following consequences:


   STEP   1:   verbal warning

   STEP 2: Instructor must make personal contact with parent.

   STEP 3:  A face to face Parent/ Teacher conference. A 2 period class suspension.  

   STEP 4:  Assistant Principal referral, parent notification and 2 period class suspension.

   STEP 5:  Assistant Principal referral resulting in student being dropped from the class and assigned RC for remainder of semester.  Teacher will provide and grade student assignments.  




All school rules will be enforced:

  1. while on school grounds
  2. while coming to or going from


  1. during school hours whether on

   or off campus

  1. during or while coming to or

   going from a school sponsored



Searches and Seizures


California Education Code 49050 and 49051 provides school officials with wide latitude to search students, their possessions, and automobiles, in the ongoing effort to maintain a safe and secure campus.  When a school official has a "reasonable suspicion" that a student may be in possession of contraband or dangerous objects, the students will be asked to empty all pockets and provide the official access or other personal items (backpack, locker, car) which may contain contraband or dangerous objects.  The school official will make every attempt to be unobtrusive and respectful of privacy.  Students should be aware that grounds for suspicion commonly include being "out of bounds."  Students should also be aware that any contraband or dangerous objects found in their possession would be assumed to belong to them.  Finally, if a student should discover contraband or dangerous objects on campus, he or she should go directly to an assistant principal or other staff member and turn it over without delay.






  1. Suspension/Expulsion


Suspension or expulsion will be imposed only when other means of correction fail to bring about proper conduct.  However, any pupil, including pupils with exceptional needs may be suspended - and possibly expelled - for any of the reasons enumerated in California Education Code section 48900, or if the school determines that the pupil's presence causes a danger to persons or property or threatens to disrupt the instructional process.  Suspensions remove a student from campus from one to five days, after which time the student may return.  Expulsion, by contrast, is a formal process, which entails suspension and a hearing at the District Office to determine if a student will be dismissed from his/her current educational setting.  Students who have been expelled by the Governing Board may not attend any school or program operated by the Porterville Unified School District until the Governing Board acts to lift the expulsion.  Suspended students must be home during school hours and are not to be on or near the school grounds, or any school activity until the suspension is lifted.


  1. In School Alternative (Responsibility Center)


The Responsibility Center is an alternative to home suspension.  Students will be completely separated from the student body for an entire day and may not participate in any extracurricular activities.  The class climate will be strictly business and students will be required to work the entire time they are in the Responsibility Center.  The rules are simple:  students will do assigned work without talking, sleeping, or leaving desks.  Lunch and breaks will be controlled, supervised and taken when other students are in class.  Failure to comply with RC rules will result in home suspension.


  1. School Attendance Review Board (SARB)


A School Attendance Review Board (SARB) has been established in accordance with state law.  Any pupil who is a habitual truant, irregular in attendance or habitual insubordinate or disorderly during school attendance shall be referred to SARB.  Upon referral, SARB will meet with all involved persons (including student and his/ her parents) to discuss alternative programs and/ or to sign a contract.  If the program developed by SARB is not effective, referrals are then made to the district attorney's office for prosecution.


  1. 4. Detention


Detention is held during lunch in A-1.  Students must bring reading material or schoolwork.  Talking, sleeping, playing radios, and causing other distractions are not allowed.  Students who are tardy will not be allowed to enter.  Failure to serve detention will result in assignment to the Responsibility Center and/ or home suspension.





Section (A) - (L) and 48900.2 - 48900.4 Covered in the district handbook as district policy. 



FIGHTING  48900 Section A: 

Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.

Consequences:  Students involved in fighting for the first offense within a four-year period while enrolled at Porterville High School:  Suspension for three days, and citation by Police into Thunderbolt. 

Consequence for a second offense while enrolled at Porterville High School:  The student will be suspended for five days, cited by Police into Thunderbolt and referred to alternative education. 


Students who commit an assault, battery or cause severe injury are subject to arrest and referral to the Governing Board for expulsion.


DANGEROUS OBJECTS : 48900 Section B: 

Possessed, sold or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object unless, in the case of possession of any such object of this type, the pupil had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, with concurrence by the Principal or the designee of the Principal.


Consequences: Five-day suspension, citation by Police into Thunderbolt, and referral to the Governing Board for expulsion on the first offense.




Students may not possess, use, sell, be under the influence of, or furnish any amount of controlled substance, alcohol, or intoxicant of any kind.  These include, but are not limited to all alcoholic beverages, narcotics, marijuana, methamphetamines, inhalants, and hallucinogens.  All prescription and over-the-counter medication must remain in the possession of the school nurse.  In addition, students may not offer, arrange or negotiate to sell any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant and then furnish a substitute item intended to represent the controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant.



Consequences:  Alcohol:  Students found in possession of alcohol or who use alcohol while under the school’s jurisdiction will be suspended for five days. 



Other Controlled Substances:           Students who possess, use, furnish, or sell, or are under the influence of any controlled substance will be suspended from school for five days and referred to the Governing Board for expulsion on the first offense. False Representation:              Students who provide other persons with an item intended to represent any alcoholic beverage; intoxicant or controlled substance will be suspended from school for five days







 The intent of this policy is to discourage students from engaging in the harmful use of alcohol, tobacco, or any other illegal substances.

  Any student participating in a school event shall not use, possess, buy, sell, or give away alcohol, tobacco, or any other substance defined by the law as a drug.

Consequences:  Any student in violation of this policy will be suspended from school for five days and will be suspended from the next three designated school dances and/or events.  An event suspension will continue through the next subsequent school year or until three designated scheduled dances and/or events have passed.

Designated Dances and Events:  Christmas Ball, (Spring Dance), Prom and Grad Nite.


ROBBERY:  48900 Section E: 

Students may not commit or attempt to commit robbery or extortion.  This includes the theft of any property not belonging to student or any attempt made to force or create fear in others while attempting to steal or while stealing another’s property.


Consequences:  The consequences for robbery or extortion will range from suspension to referral to the Governing Board for expulsion. In addition, law enforcement will be contacted.  The student and/or parent will be responsible for returning the stolen property or for full payment.


DAMAGE TO PROPERTY:  48900 Section F: 

Consequences:  The consequences for attempting to cause or causing damage to other’s property will range from one to five day suspension, to referral to the Governing Board for expulsion.  The student and/or parent will be responsible for payment for the damage.  In addition, law enforcement may be contacted.


THEFT:  48900 Section G: 

Consequences: The consequences for theft will range from suspension to referral to the Governing Board for expulsion.  The student and/or parent will be responsible for returning the stolen property or for full payment of the property.  In addition, law enforcement may be contacted.


TOBACCO:  48900 Section H: 

Students may not possess or use tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel.


Consequences:  Possession and/or use of tobacco on the Porterville campus is strictly forbidden.  Students found in possession or who use tobacco, or products containing tobacco or nicotine within a four-year period while enrolled at a Porterville High School will receive the following consequences: 

1st offense:       In-School suspension for the remainder of the day.

2nd offense:     three-day home suspension.

3rd offense and subsequent offense:  five-day home suspension.



Students may not engage in obscene acts or engage in habitual profanity or vulgarity, which includes:  writing, speaking, gesturing or acting in contempt of sacred or holy things, or using irreverent or coarse language.

Consequences:  Will range from detention to referral to the Governing Board for expulsion.


PARAPHERNALIA:  48900 Section J:

Students may not possess, offer, arrange, or negotiate to sell any drug paraphernalia as defined in Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code.  Examples of paraphernalia include, but are not limited to, pipes, bongs, roach clips, rolling papers, and any other devices used in conjunction with illicit substances.


Consequences:  Students who possess, offer, arrange or negotiate to sell drug paraphernalia will receive con-sequences ranging from suspension through referral to the Governing Board for expulsion.


DEFIANCE & DISRUPTION:  48900 Section K:

Students may not be defiant, disruptive, disrespectful, or deceptive.  These behaviors negatively impact the orderly operation of the classroom or general educational environment of the school.  This shall include racial slurs.


Consequences:  Students who defy the directions of a school employee or disrupt the orderly operation of any school-related activity will receive consequences ranging from a detention, suspension through referral to the Governing Board for expulsion.  In addition, students who run from or attempt to evade a school official may be referred to alternative education on the first offense.










Consequences:  Students who knowingly receive stolen property will be suspended and may be referred to the Governing Board for expulsion.  In addition, law enforcement will be contacted.



Sexual harassment is a violation of Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and California Education Code Sections 210 through 214, inclusive.  Porterville Unified School District Board Policy 5145.7(a)


Students may not engage in conduct constituting sexual harassment such as, but not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, severe enough to have a negative impact upon another student’s academic performance or to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.  Any student wishing to make a complaint of sexual harassment should immediately report it to an Administrator.



As used in this policy and regulation "sexual harassment" means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by anyone in or from the District, under any of the following conditions:


  1. Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term of a condition of an individual's employment, academic status, or progress.
  2. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis of employment or academic decision affecting the individual.
  3. The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual's work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.
  4. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the educational institution.


All cases recommended for expulsion will be investigated and determined on specific articulated facts.



HATE VIOLENCE:  48900.3:

Students are expected to treat all members of the school community with respect.



Students may not cause, attempt to cause, threaten to cause, or participate in an act of hate violence.  This includes, but is not limited to, any violent behavior associated with anger towards other persons based upon race, gender, ethnicity, or religious preference.



Consequences:  The consequences for hate violence will range from suspension through referral to the Governing Board for expulsion.




  • Students are expected to treat all members of the school community with respect.

Students may not intentionally engage in harassment, threats, or intimidation directed against any other student(s), that is severe enough to disrupt class work, create disorder, and invade the rights of the other student(s) by creating  an intimidating or hostile educational environment.



The consequences for harassing,

threatening or intimidating behavior will range from suspension through referral to the Governing Board for expulsion.




The Governing Board recognizes the harmful effects of bullying on student learning and school attendance and desires to provide safe school environments that protect students from physical and emotional harm.  District employees shall establish student safety as a high priority and shall not tolerate bullying of any student.  No student or group of students shall, through physical, written, verbal, or other means, harass, sexually harass, threaten, intimidate cyber bully, cause bodily injury to, or commit hate violence against any other student or school personnel.   



Anti-Bullying Policy


Bullying shall be defined as repeated use of physical, verbal (including spoken and written language), and /or cyber forces in a negative manner toward or in regard to another person.  This may include, but is not limited to: actions of mal intent concerning age, color, creed, race, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, political beliefs, socioeconomic status, perceived reputation or family status.


Physical Bullying:  Anyone who repeatedly uses physical, verbal (including spoken and written language), and/or cyber forces in a negative manner toward or in regard to another person. 

Examples:  Hitting, punching, shoving, kicking, tripping, spitting, elbowing, shoulder checking, pinching, flicking, throwing objects, hair pulling, restraining, inappropriate touching, damaging physical property.

Verbal Bullying:  Repeatedly using negative and/or damaging words (including both spoken and written) toward or in regard to another person (with mal intent).

Examples:  Negative comments, name calling, lies, rumors, racial slurs, teasing, cussing, threats, fake compliments, using the “R” word, attacks on sexual orientation

Cyber Bullying: Repeatedly using social media, email, or electronic devices in a negative manner toward or in regard to another person.  It also includes breaking into another person’s electronic account and assuming that person’s identity in order to damage that person’s reputation. 

Examples:  Posting negative comments, fake profiles, sexting, making fun of photos, tagging photos, twitter fights, posting negative videos, or texting photos. 


Students are encouraged to notify school staff when they are being bullied or suspect that another student is being victimized.  Students may submit to a teacher or administrator a verbal or written complaint of conduct they consider to be bullying.  Complaints of bullying shall be investigated and resolved in accordance with site-level grievance procedures specified in AR 5145.7 – Sexual Harassment. 


Conflict Resolution


There is an established team of students trained to help other students with conflict resolution.  The PEER MEDIATION team helps students resolve their concerns in a peaceful and respectful manner.  For more information about Peer Mediation, contact Ms. Salas or any campus administrator.






For students to be eligible for participation in extra-curricular activities, they must meet the following district eligibility requirements which are in addition to C.I.F. standards and existing school regulations.




Any student who does not meet the academic requirements (passing 5 classes, no more than 2 F’s and earning at least a “C” – 2.0 grade point average) shall not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities during the next grading period.  Academic eligibility is determined by grades at the end of each grading period.  If a student fails to meet the academic requirement at Porterville High School, he or she will be placed on extracurricular probation until the end of the next grading period.  During this probationary period, the student will be allowed to participate in all extracurricular activities.  However, at the end of the probationary period if the student has failed to raise his or her grades to the level required by Porterville High School, he or she will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities.





Students shall be in school all periods of the day of the event or in attendance the day prior to the weekend event unless excused by the principal in advance.  If parent does not clear absences, there will be a five-day suspension from activities for the first violation and suspension for the remainder of the quarter for the second violation.


Cheerleading and Color Guard:  


Participation in cheerleading and color guard requires a two-tier process to participate.  First, a student must be academically eligible to try out.  Second, academically eligible students must then complete in a performance based screening process.


Guidance and Counseling  Information


Guidance and Counseling


Appointments can be made in the Guidance Office or by calling 793-3482 or 793-3483.


The counselors provide an important service to students.  Student and parents are encouraged to use their services, consult with them on matters pertaining to school, class choices, future plans, scholarship information, college applications, and personal problems.  Porterville High School welcomes parents to visit the school whenever they wish.  However, in accordance with state law, ALL visitors must stop at the office to make arrangements to enter school grounds.  Students are NOT allowed to bring visitors except parents or guardians on campus.  Counselors can also assist in referrals to Porterville Youth Services or to Turning Point substance abuse counselor.


Course Selection and Program Changes


Students are expected to make course choices based on career paths, college entrance requirements, job preparation recommendations, graduation requirements, and personal interest.  Information about courses is available from the Course Catalog, teachers, and counselors.  Elective course of study will be based on Career Path selection.  Students are given updated credit and course information each spring, so they can make careful choices of classes for the following year.  Students must follow through the entire semester with the courses they select.  Changes will not be made without administrative approval.


Schedule Changes


Students may not change classes based on teacher preference.


Program changes may be made only in the first two weeks of the semester for only the following reasons:

  1. Teacher-recommended level changes*
  2. Changes in a student’s career or college plans.
  3. Correction of errors.
  4. Completion of a course.
  5. Addition of a course needed for graduation.
  6. Administrative recommendation


*Level/program changes are not made after the 3rd week of the 1st and 3rd quarters.


Eligibility In The Local Content:  For more information see page 3 of the PUSD High School Course Catalog


Early Assessment Program:  For more information see page 4 of the PUSD High School Course Catalog


Advanced Placement and Honors Program


For more information see page 6 of the PUSD High School course catalog.





For more information see page 5 of the PUSD High School course catalog.


Criteria for Unscheduled Periods


  1. Must begin the Senior year with a minimum of 210 credits.
  2. For 12th grade only
  3. Minimum 2.0 GPA
  4. No F’s (or have made up the class and received a “C” or better) in core classes.
  5. Must have 90% attendance
  6. Must have passed the High School Exams in Math, Writing and Reading or CAHSEE
  7. Counselor Recommendation
  8. Administrative Approval
  9. Parent Approval



Early Assessment Program: For more information please see page 4 of the PUSD high school course catalog.


Eligibility in the local context, for more information please see your counselor.




University Entrance Requirement (CSU and UC    A-G Requirements)


All classes to meet the A-G requirement have to be college preparatory. College preparatory courses will have a “P” after the course title. CSU and UC does not accept “D” grades as passing a course. Students who receive a “D” in an A-G class will have to repeat the class. Check the High School Course Catalog for courses that are college preparatory.



Ceremony Requirements


  1. Maintained 90% attendance of the days enrolled in the Porterville Unified School District.
  2. Paid all bills or debts to the school district.
  3. No more than one out-of-school suspension (any length of time) during the senior year.
  4. No time on expulsion during the senior year.
  5. No transfer to or from any alternative program (alternative programs are those which also grant diplomas) during the second semester of the senior year.
  6. Earned 60 units in the senior year. (If mid-term graduate earned 30 units during the fall semester)
  7. Maintained enrollment in all (6 or more) classes in each semester attended during the senior year. (No unscheduled time while on campus).
  8. Must not be on restriction (due to citizenship or attendance reasons) from school activities at the time of the ceremony.


Additionally, any disruption of a Senior Activity will result in out-of-school suspension and loss of Graduation Ceremony privileges.


Exceptions to the requirement:


  1. Illness verified with a doctor’s note.
  2. If the illness is of a long-term nature, a doctor’s excuse must be renewed each quarter, or upon request.
  3. Quarantine directed by a county or city health officer.
  4. Subpoena/Jury Duty – would be on a daily basis.
  5. Attending funeral service of a member of the pupil’s immediate family, (parents, grandparents, and/or siblings).
  6. One (1) day in California
  7. Three (3) days out of state.
  8. School activity absences, limited to 10 day/periods per class, per semester.
  9. Area/State or National competition shall not count in the total.
  10. A student must miss more than 50% of the class period to be considered an absence.


Valedictorian Requirements :


These valedictorian requirements become effective with the class of 2014.   


Any student who attains an overall grade point average of 4.0 or higher based on the criteria below will be acknowledged as a Valedictorian.


  1. Valedictorian(s) will receive no less than an “A” grade (4.0 scale) in all non-weighted coursework taken during high school enrollment.
  2. Valedictorian(s) will receive no less than a “B” grade (5.0 scale) in all weighted courses (Honors/AP) taken during high school enrollment.
  3. Valedictorian(s) must qualify to be recognized as CSF Seal Bearers.
  4. Valedictorian(s) must meet all A-G requirements for CSU/UC entrance.
  5. Valedictorian(s) must qualify as a Golden State Seal Merit Diploma recipient..



California Scholarship

Federation Inc. (CSF)


CSF Semester Membership


  1. To qualify for CSF membership this semester, follow these guidelines:


  1. You must earn a minimum of 10 points from last semester's grades. a. The first 4 points must be from LIST I (unless you are a senior applying for membership in February or June) b. The first 7 points (including the four points described in "a") must be from LISTS I and II. c. The remaining points may come from any LIST (I, II or III). d. See your campus CSF advisor for these lists.


  1. You must use no more than 5 courses to qualify.


  1. No CSF points are given for physical education, courses taken in lieu of physical education, subjects repeated to improve a grade, courses involving clerking and office/teaching assisting, and courses taken on a pass/fail basis.


  1. CSF points are granted as follows: A grade of A = 3 CSF points. A grade of B = 1 CSF point. (Note: a grade of B in an AP, IB, or Honors course earns 2 CSF points) A grade of C = 0 CSF points. A grade of D or F in any course, even in one you cannot use to qualify, disqualifies you from membership at this time. NOTE: More points are given for courses taken under the auspices of a college. Check with your advisor for the exact number.


  1. Also remember:



  1. Semester membership is based on work done in the previous semester. (Under very limited circumstances summer school may also be used; you should check with your advisor before listing any summer school work.)


  1. You must reapply each semester.



Seal Bearer Requirements


A student must qualify for 4 of last 6 semesters as a member of CSF in good standing.  One semester must be in their senior year.



State Seal of Bi-literacy

Proficiency in English demonstrated by both:

  • Completion of all English language arts graduation requirements with an overall grade point average 2.0 or above in those classes.

Proficiency in one or more languages other than English, demonstrated by one of the following methods:

  • Passing at least one foreign language AP examination with a score of 3 or higher
  • Successful completion of a four-year high school course of study in a foreign language and attaining an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above in that course of study.**
  • Passing the SAT II foreign language examination with a score of 600 or higher






In an effort to improve student academic achievement and put more emphasis on grades Porterville High School has a 2.0 GPA requirement for extra-curricular involvement.  This policy prohibits students that have a GPA of less than 2.0 from participating in any activity/field trip that requires them to be out of class during the school day.  It also prohibits students from attending the two formal dances Porterville High School hosts during the year (Christmas Ball, Prom).  Other examples include, but not limited to:  Athletics, Cheerleading, Club Activities, Agricultural Judging Teams & Fair Projects, Academy Trips, Choir Performances, Band Performances, Class Trips, etc.


Students must pass 25 credits of work with a 2.0 GPA or better each grading period.  Eligibility is to be determined at the end of the first and third quarters and at the end of the first and second semesters.  Students with a GPA of less than 2.0 will be placed on academic probation for nine weeks.  If their GPA does not come up to the 2.0 minimum standard they will be declared ineligible for the following grading period, prohibiting them from the aforementioned.





Art and shop classes are unique in that the learning process is based on hands-on activities.  Basic supplies are provided to each student in these classes.  Projects constructed in these classes that become the property of the student are subject to material fees.

Refer to the Course Catalog for additional information.





Every Porterville High student will be required to carry a 3-ring binder clean of all graffiti, with a pencil pouch, two pencils, two black or blue pens, six dividers, lined paper and calendar (provided by the school) and required, as part of the study skills program.  Students are expected to have these items in their binder at all times.




Porterville High School activities are supported by the Porterville High Booster Club.  This club provides financial and physical support.  Persons interested in joining to support the activities of students should contact Mr. Aziz at 793-3484.




School bus infractions will be referred to the Assistant Principal.  Penalties can range from a warning to a temporary or permanent denial of transportation privileges.



Bus Conduct Rules:

  1. Obey bus driver's directions at all times.
  2. Practice good bus conduct and safety rules both on and off the bus

(includes bus stops).

  1. Use no abusive verbal or physical contact.
  2. Do not deface or damage school or personal property.
  3. Upon request, provide proper identification.





Bus drivers will resolve minor infractions using assertive discipline techniques and a conference.  When they have exhausted their resources, they will submit a bus referral.  The referral is a five-step system that starts with a verbal warning by a bus driver and may ultimately result in the loss of bus privileges for the student.




Students receiving benefits under Cal Works are required to maintain attendance requirements of 90%.  Assembly Bill 1542 requires the school to notify the county Health and Human Services of any student not meeting these requirements.  Notification will occur on a quarterly basis.




The Porterville Public School District makes every effort to provide a safe educational environment.  Campus Supervisors are also incorporated to maintain campus order.





Students may not leave campus during the school day without an off campus permit.  The administration feels the safest place for all students during the school day is the campus.  Attendance at rallies and assemblies scheduled during class time is mandatory.  Leaving campus without an off-campus permit is a disciplinary offense.






On the school network and on the Internet, students participate in a variety of activities that support learning.  With access to other networks and people around the world, students might have access to information that may not be appropriate.  The Porterville Unified School District has taken measures to prevent access to inappropriate information.  However, staff cannot control all the information available on the Internet.  The district is not responsible for other people's actions or the quality and content of information available through this service.  Porterville High School trusts its students to know what is appropriate and inappropriate.


Students must have a signed Users Agreement and Training verification on file before access to Internet is given.




All computers on campus (classrooms and labs) shall be used for educational purposes only (class assignments/projects).  Any other use will constitute an infraction of school policy and will result in punitive measures.  Students will not be allowed to add personalized backgrounds/wallpapers to the desktop, to engage in "chat room" environments, to use email for personal use, or to visit inappropriate Internet sites.  Students' network folders shall contain their work only.


Minor offenses will result in steps being assigned or a Behavioral Report to the appropriate administrator.  Major offenses that harm or interfere with the security and/or operation of our computer network system or that require extensive time and/or money to repair will result in removal of the student from the class with an "F" for the semester and disabling the student from any computer privileges on campus for the remainder of the school year.  Fines may be assessed for damage and/or repairs to computer equipment.



User Agreement


The use of school and district networks must be in support of education, research, and the educational goals and objectives of the Porterville High School District.  Students are personally responsible for this provision at all times when using building and district networks.


  1. The use of another organization's networks or computing resources must comply with rules appropriate to that network.
  2. Transmission of any material in violation of any United States statutes is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene materials, or material protected by trade secret.


Students should be familiar with these rules and how to use the Internet before getting on-line.  If they have any questions about these rules, they should ask their teacher so they can understand.  The inappropriate use of electronic information resources can be a violation of school rules, local, state and federal laws and students can be prosecuted for violating those laws.


Violation of Acceptable Use Policy


  1. First Offense:  Student will lose Internet privileges for the current semester and the following one.
  2. Second Offense:  Student will lose Internet privileges for the remainder of enrollment in the Porterville Public Schools.




Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to physically deface, disable, or destroy computers, peripherals, or other network hardware or to harm or destroy data of another user or any other agency or network that is connected to the system.  This includes, but is not limited to, the creation of transmission of computer viruses.  Any vandalism will result in loss of network privileges, disciplinary action, or possible legal referral.



Computer Lab ID Card Policy


All students must have ID card in order to use computer. 














Porterville High School holds a variety of dances throughout the year.  Students must have a current student body card to be admitted to these dances.  Anyone smoking, drinking, or causing trouble at a dance will be subject to disciplinary action.  District dress code will be enforced at all dances.


Guest Passes for Dances


******Guest passes will only be made available to formal dances******


Guest passes may be obtained at the activities window prior to the dance.  A guest pass is required for students from another district and/or who are currently in college or employed.  Only those 20 years or under will be permitted to enter as a guest.  All guest passes must be completed and delivered to the activities window two days before the event.  A student or guest who leaves an activity may not return.

Drinking, smoking, or use of illegal drugs will not be allowed. If any student or his/her guest is

suspected of being under the influence of a controlled substance, parents will be notified and/or

the student or guest may be referred to law enforcement and taken into custody. 


Designated Dances: Christmas Ball, Spring Dance & Prom


 All students must present their student body card at the door.  No exceptions!!!



Students and guests are expected to dance in a respectable manner.  Dancing that is inappropriate, overly sexual in nature, or creates unsafe conditions is not allowed.  No slam dancing, grinding or other sexually provocative dancing is allowed.  Couples should be face to face when dancing.  School Officials reserve the right to make decisions on suitable dancing and individuals who engage in the above mentioned behaviors will be removed from the dance and parents/guardians will be notified.  




Porterville High School DOES NOT ACCEPT OR ALLOW DELIVERY of balloons, flowers or gifts for students during school hours.


Parents are advised that personal items including lunch money, books, etc. are not to be delivered during class time and are not to be left with office staff. The office staff is not responsible for calling your student out of class to take care of personal matters.  This causes class disruptions.  Please take care of such matters before school begins.




A teacher can assign teacher detention for infractions of classroom conduct rules to be served in the classroom at the teacher's discretion.  Failure to serve teacher detention will result in administrative detention.  Administrative detention is assigned by the Assistant Principal's office and is held Monday through Friday during lunch in A-1.  Failure to serve administrator's detention will result in the following:

  1. Failure to serve on 1st assigned date = Responsibility Center 1 day
  2. Failure to serve that Responsibility Center = Home Suspension





Porterville High School is a place where the best possible educational environment must be created and maintained.  Appropriate dress and grooming are necessary to maintain order, provide a safe school environment, and promote discipline.  The Board of Trustees encourages pupils to dress appropriately for school.  The Board believes that pupils should be neatly and cleanly dressed.  Dress or grooming that draws undue attention or detracts from the educational process is unacceptable.

This dress code applies to both genders and will be enforced at school sites, at school functions, and on school buses.  The dress code is adopted to promote standards of dress and grooming that promote a safe school setting conducive to a positive learning environment.


  1. Students must dress safely. For example, shoes must be worn at all times at school or during school activities.


  1. Students must dress appropriately for educational activities in which they will participate so as not to endanger their health, safety, or welfare.


  1. Clothing, tattoos, and jewelry shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignias, which are crude, vulgar, profane, obscene, libelous, or sexually suggestive.  Clothing or jewelry that advocates racial, ethnic, or religious prejudice, or other unlawful acts, or the use of tobacco, drugs, or alcohol is prohibited.


  1. Dark glasses shall not be worn in classrooms or offices unless a documented health related problem exists.


  1. Clothes shall be clean so as not to promote unhealthy or unsanitary conditions. 


  1. Undergarments shall be covered at all times.


  1. There shall be no bare midriffs; tube tops, halter tops, etc. shall not be permitted.  Blouses or shirts shall be long enough to cover the midriff area at all times.  Dresses, skirts and shorts shall be at least mid-thigh length (to fingertips when arms are extended at one’s side).  Underwear-type sleeveless shirts, see-through or fishnet fabrics, or other attire, which exposes the body in a sexually suggestive manner, shall not be permitted.  Straps must be at least 1”wide and cover all under garments.


  1. Porterville High School permits students to wear school sanctioned hats/head coverings only. All students are required to adhere to the following when wearing hats or head coverings on campus. Hats/head coverings may only be worn outside of school buildings.  Hats worn inside school buildings, including classrooms, will be considered a violation of the dress code.  Site approved school hats* sold by the student store, furnished by a school athletic team or otherwise approved by site administration. School approved hats/head coverings shall not be altered.  Students may not wear any other hats/head coverings that are not site approved.  Any students that need assistance in acquiring an approved hat/head coverings for medical, religious or other special circumstances must see an administrator for approval.

The hat policy is considered dress code and all existing policies will be strictly enforced.


*At PHS this means hats will be orange, green or white with the PHS “P” in either orange, green or white


  1. Clothing shall be fitted and worn as its design was traditionally intended.  Pants, shorts, skirts and overalls shall be worn with the waistline around the wearer’s waist.  “Waist” is defined as the area at or above the top of the hips.  Pants, shorts and overalls shall be considered too baggy when the two pant side seams of an individual pant leg are brought to the front of the mid-thigh and the side seams touch.  Overall straps must be fastened.


  1. Earrings and other body piercing items shall be worn in ears only.


  1. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed. Haircuts or hairstyles that draw undue attention to the wearer or detracts from the educational process shall not be acceptable.


  1. Attire that may be used as a weapon shall not be worn (e.g., steel-toed boots, chains, items with spikes or studs, etc.).


  1. Students shall not display any material or paraphernalia, which incites a disruption of the school process or creates a clear and present danger of either the commission of unlawful acts on school premises or the violation of District or school-site policies or rules.

  2. Gang-related apparel or paraphernalia, including symbols, emblems, insignia, or other gang identifiers, shall not be worn or displayed. This rule prohibits the presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, notebook, or manner of grooming which, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, or other attribute, denotes membership in or affiliation with gangs.  No Double Red or Double Blue.  Example, NO Red Shoes Laces, No Red Belts.  In case of doubt as to whether an item is gang related, the Principal or designee will consult with local law enforcement or other school personnel with expertise in gangs.*


*Such items confiscated may be turned over to the local law enforcement agencies for appropriate action.  Confiscated items will not be returned to the student.  Parents may request return of items from the appropriate agency.  Items will be kept for one month and then soon thereafter will be discarded.


The principal may make limited written exceptions to this policy for special days, special events or other unusual circumstances.




Student violations of these regulations are deemed willful defiance of the valid authority of the school principal and the following administrative guidelines are a range of penalties to be utilized with each classification of student misconduct.  The guide-lines are designed to provide for variations in the circumstances associated with individual students involved in each episode of dress code violation.  The circumstances associated with an aggravated case may result in the omission of the preliminary steps in the guidelines and the application of the last steps.

  1. Verbal warning and student asked to immediately correct the dress code violation.  Student will remain in office until the inappropriate dress is corrected.
  2. Student may change into acceptable clothing that is already at school.
  3. Student may call parent to bring appropriate clothing.
  4. Student may be temporarily supplied with suitable clothing for the day and is expected to be returned laundered in order to receive their property back.  Any left items will be donated to charity. 


  1. If a student refuses to immediately correct the dress code violation, the student will be in defiance of school authorities and placed in RC all day and parent will be notified.  Parent and student will review the dress code regulations with an administrator.  Suspension may be assigned for defiance. 


  1. A second failure to comply with the dress code will result in 1 day in-school suspension.


  1. Continued defiance of school authority or violation, which threaten a safe and secure educational environment, may result in 3 day suspension.



Legal Reference:

Education Code


Sections 35183, 35291.5, 48900, 48907, and 48950

Administrative Code


Title 5  302

Regulation Approved:  3/26/98 High School



Electronic signaling devices such as cell phones, IPOD’s, MP3’s, CD players, etc. are illegal to possess on a school campus (E.C. 48901.5).   The use of electronic devices on campus is a privilege and if school rules are violated, students could permanently lose this privilege.    The following policy will be followed for violations:


1st offense – Item will be confiscated & picked up by student.

2nd offense – Item confiscated & parent/guardian must pick up

3rd offense – Same as 2nd offense.  1 day In-School Suspension to Responsibility Center.   

4th offense – Item confiscated & 3 day In-School Suspension to Responsibility Center.









Hot lunches are served daily in the cafeteria.  There are also numerous snack bars and vendors on campus.  The snack bars serve hamburgers, pizza, tacos, salad bar, potato bar, sandwiches, drinks, etc.  Snack bars are open before school, brunch and lunch.  On average, most students spend around $3.00 for lunch.

No sodas are allowed on campus. Parents should not bring fast food for students or pass it through the fence.




During class time, no student (including aides) shall be out of the classroom without a valid hall pass.  Students without hall passes will be assigned detention.




Homework is an essential ingredient in improving student learning.   This meaningful after-school activity reinforces and supports students in their efforts to achieve successful completion of rigorous academic standards. 




Porterville High students and staff are committed to the promotion of academic honesty.  The following policy will be enforced.


  1. Cheating defined: obtaining or providing any help on an assignment that is to be completed solely by an individual student.    


This definition applied to:

  1. Tests or projects
  2. Individual projects and/ or research
  3. Individual homework when so designated
  4. Other teacher designated work


  1. Suspicion of cheating may result in the decision by the teacher to have the student retake the test or redo the assignment.


  1. Penalties for Cheating:


  1. First Offense
  2. Parent notification by instructor
  3. Report filed with counselor and administration
  4. Grade of "0" on the work
  5. Student counseled as to seriousness of offense


  1. Second Offense
  2. Parent notification by instructor
  3. Report filed with counselor and administration
  4. Grade of "0" on the work
  5. Conference with parent, student, counselor and administration
  6. Student assigned to the Responsibility Center for 1 day


  1. Third Offense
  2. Parent notification by administration
  3. Grade of "0"
  4. Referral to administration and parent conference
  5. Student removed from the class with a semester grade of "F"
  6. Student may not attend or participate in any school activity for the remainder of the grading period.


Circumstances may occur to cause the administration to bypass steps for the first and/ or second offense, i.e. final exams.




Porterville High School provides language assistance to both students and parents.  If parents do not speak English, translators are available to assist parents during conferences with administration, counselors and/ or teachers.  English as a Second Language classes and sheltered instruction are available to students who are not proficient in English.  For additional information students and parents should contact counselors or the Compensatory Education office.




The library is available to students from 7:45 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Many of the materials in the library may be checked out for two weeks.  A student coming to the library from any classroom requires a hall pass.  A student is required to pay the list price for books and other library materials which are not returned and/ or those which are damaged beyond normal wear.  Payment can be made at the student activities window or in the library for library fines.  All bills must be paid before grades or diplomas are issued.


The PHS Library provides research computers connected to the Internet and Library Databases.  Students must be user and Internet certified before usage is allowed. 


Certification can be done in the library or if you have successfully completed the Computer Applications I class.  Adult and student assistants are available to assist students with research and computer use at all times.


Textbook Fines and Fees

Report cards and transcripts may be withheld if a student owes a fine for overdue or damaged materials.


Fines for repair or replacement of library or textbook materials are assessed when materials are abused during the time the student was responsible for the materials.  Fines are assessed when a book is water or liquid damaged, the binding is damaged, a barcode or picture has been cut from the book, or damage due to ink, highlighter, or writing has occurred inside the book.  If your student signs a contract for an Ipad or electronic device, please be aware of the following procedures.   If the device is accidentally damaged, screen is cracked, etc. Apple care covers the damages with a $50 deductible.  Fees will be payable to PHS ASB.  If electronic device is stolen, please follow up with a police report and submit a copy to the school for verification.  Due to the nature of this pilot program, any of these procedures are subject to change during the school year and will be posted on our web site. 




Due to the congestion that occurs in the faculty parking lot and on Olive Ave., parents should use the area north of the science building, the band parking lot, or the student parking lot for dropping off or picking up students.  Olive Avenue is marked "no parking" and some curbs are red.  Stopping, even briefly, to unload passengers on Olive can result in a traffic violation. Administration parking lot is not a loading zone; students dropped off there risk an administrative detention.





Lost and found items should be turned in to the Student Activity Window.  Students should report in writing a description of any stolen or lost property to an Assistant Principal.






P.E. lockers are issued to students during the first week of school.  However, due to the current size of the student body, not all students will receive lockers.  Lockers should always be LOCKED.  Students are cautioned not to give their combination to anyone.  Students are encouraged to bring a lock which locks with a key for their P.E. locker.  They should not leave valuables or money in student's lockers.  They should use only assigned lockers.  The school is not responsible for theft.  Students should report any thefts from P.E. lockers to the student activity window as soon as possible.

Lockers are the property of the school and must be clean and free of graffiti at the end of the year.




"Outstanding bill" means money owed the school for lost or damaged books, lost or broken equipment, uniforms, or class materials.  The money should be promptly paid when due.  Students will not be able to attend major dances or move on to the next sport until all bills are paid.  Seniors DO NOT receive their graduation tickets, diplomas or transcripts until all money due is paid.





Proper conduct is expected of all students.  Unacceptable behavior includes but is not limited to wandering hands, sitting on boyfriend/girlfriends lap and excessively lengthy kissing.  Failure to comply with these expectations will result in a referral to an assistant principal.




Students who drive cars to school are to park and then exit them in the student parking lot at the north end of campus, the band parking lot, or the lot off Howland Street.  Students who have appointments must park in the science parking lot, as there is no one available to open student parking to exit. Cars parked in the bus loading zone will be towed at owners expense.  Cars must be correctly parked within the marked spaces.  Parking on side streets in residential areas is prohibited by city ordinance.  Students should be considerate of other people's property.  Bicycles should be placed in the racks next to the Administration Building.  Please LOCK your bicycle.  The school is not responsible for damage or theft.  The administration parking (in front of the Administration Building) lot is by permit only for faculty and staff.  Student vehicles parked in this lot will be towed and impounded at owner's expense.




Requirements for Physical Education


Students are required to:


  1. Dress in the proper uniform daily and be on time for class.
  2. Participate daily in class activities.
  3. Demonstrate respect for their teachers, other students, school and equipment. 
  4. Do their best at all times.


Proper Uniform


Students are required to wear the following uniform for Physical Education.  These uniforms may be purchased from the student store:


  1. Green, orange, or black shorts.  Elastic waistbands, shorts must be worn above knees.  No zippers or metal buttons.
  2. No sagging of shorts will be tolerated.
  3. White T-shirt (PHS logo okay)
  4. White Socks
  5. Tennis shoes, tie or Velcro, no slip-ons or tennis shoes with no heel.
  6. Sweats during the winter months only.  Instructors will inform students when sweats are allowed.
  7. No jewelry is to be worn in class. 


Clothes are to be worn in good condition.  NO holes, rags, sleeveless shirts or cut-off sweats.  Biking shorts are not allowed.  No athletic uniforms are to be worn in class.



Medical Excuses


Physical Education is a PARTICIPATION class; therefore we hope that excuses will only be taken when necessary in case of an illness or injury.  Students will remain in P.E. class but activities will be modified or excused depending on the seriousness of the illness or injury.  Students may be excused from class up to 3 consecutive days*.  A note must accompany the student from the parent or guardian and include the following:

  1. Date of Excuse
  2. Dates(s) student is to be excused.
  3. Reason for not participating.
  4. Signature of parent or guardian


*After 3 days a doctor’s note is required.


Make-up work for Absences


It is the student’s responsibility to complete make-up work for those days he/she has missed.  Make-up work will be to write a two-page report, in his/her own handwriting, on any sport for each day missed.  Make-up work may also be done by taking part in an activity that will be assigned by the teacher.  This may be done after school for approximately one half hour.  At that time the student will be required to dress out as if in a normal Physical Education class.





The Responsibility Center is an in-school suspension program.  Students are assigned to the Responsibility Center for disciplinary reasons.  Students will be required to complete assignments and may also bring regular class assignments to the center.






The Student Activity Window is located in the Administration Building and is open for the convenience of students before school, brunch, lunch, and after school.  The Student Activity Window handles payment of fees, athletic clearances, dance tickets, pictures, student body cards and all other student activity business.




All students will be given a free student body card in the beginning of the school year.  These MUST be carried by student at all times on campus.  If it is lost or misplaced one can be purchased for $5.00 at the activities window during regular window hours.  Student body card replacement orders will require a two-day turnaround.




Porterville High School welcomes parents to visit the school whenever they wish.  However, in accordance with state law, ALL visitors must stop at the office to make arrangements to enter school grounds.  Students are NOT allowed to bring visitors except parents or guardians on campus.

Visitors to classrooms must have prior permission of the teacher.




State laws require that minors must have a work permit issued by the school for a specific type of work before being employed.  Work permits may be obtained after school in the Guidance Office.  It is solely within the discretion of the school district who may obtain a work permit.











Successful Athletic Programs


Porterville High’s athletic program puts consideration of the student-athlete first.  We encourage our athletes to be first and foremost good citizens and good students.  We believe our athletes must adhere to high standards of ethical conduct and good sportsmanship.  We further believe that athletes should demonstrate trust-worthiness, teamwork, respect, responsibility, leadership, loyalty and fairness; and that our programs should help to develop those attributes.  Beyond that, we will strive to prepare our athletes to compete at the very highest level, stressing a strong work ethic and regular attendance at practice.



Eligibility Requirements


The student-athlete must maintain the following to be eligible for Interscholastic Athletics:


  1. Be in class all day, every day.  This is to practice or to play (unless for previously excused doctor's appointment).
  2. Maintain a 2.0 GPA (grade point average) at the end of each quarter and semester.  * A student becomes automatically ineligible if he or she earns 3 F’s.
  3. Be enrolled in and passing at least 25 units of classes.
  4. Have not reached 19th birthday prior to September 1.
  5. Have a physical exam.
  6. Sign and adhere to Athletic Contract.
  7. Have an insurance policy on file (injury-medical).




Students are expected to display satisfactory citizenship on campus and in the classroom.  Site administrators will notify athletic director and/or advisor, and parents immediately upon violation of rules that constitute loss of eligibility from an activity.


  1. First violation:  Loss of participation in sport/activity for 5 school days.
  2. Second violation:  Suspension of participation for remainder of season.




Students shall be in school all periods of the day of the event or in attendance the day prior to the weekend event unless excused by the principal in advance.  If parents do not clear absences, there will be a five-day suspension from activities for the first violation and suspension for the remainder of the quarter for the second violation.


Lettering Policy


Class of 2017:

You must participate and complete a varsity sport in order to receive your Varsity Letter.


Scholar/Athlete Award


Students must play two sports, any level, in the current school year, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 non-weighed. 


Students anticipating applying for NCAA scholarship or program, additional requirements above the A-G are needed. Students need to inform their counselor preferably sophomore year for their college planning. See the NCAA website for more information on additional requirements.



Travel to Sports & Activities


Members of an activity must go and return in school provided transportation, the only exception if a parent or guardian signs them out at the end of the activity.  Students will be only released to their own parent or guardian.


Start of Sport Seasons


  FALL SPORTS:  (Football; Volleyball; Girls Tennis; Boys & Girls Water Polo, Girls Golf & Boys & Girls Cross Country)

   WINTER SPORTS:  (Girls  & Boys Soccer; Wrestling; and Girls & Boys Basketball) begins the second Monday of November.

   SPRING SPORTS:  (Baseball, Softball, Girls & Boys Track, Boys Tennis; Girls & Boys Swimming, Boys Golf) begins the second Monday of February.


*** However, it is probably best to contact the head coach of each sport before the season begins.


Brian Hill–Athletic Director

Phone–793-3492 E-mail: [email protected]



A greeting from Erica Revheim & Lucas Cartagena


Pride, Honor, Strength  . . . this is our motto at Porterville High School.  One way you can make a difference is by getting involved in campus activities.  Your involvement in student council or campus clubs will help make Porterville High School a spirited, exciting and fun place to go to school.


You may be wondering, why should I get involved with student government or clubs at Porterville?  First of all, being an active student leader or club member looks good on a college or job application.  It shows others that you possess leadership skills, which is a very important quality in a student or an employee.  In fact, universities have discovered that how active a student is in high school relates to how successful that person will be in college.  Other benefits you will receive as an active member of student council or one of our campus clubs are the intangible

rewards.  You will make many fond memories, build some life-long friendships, and develop important character-building skills like the ability to cooperate, leadership, fortitude, goal setting, and responsibility.


Just remember that the more you do and the more positive you are will make Porterville High School a better school, one that you will be proud to attend.  In the end you will have a wonderful high school experience and so will your fellow students, the teachers, and the administrative staff.

I am sure that your involvement this year will be rewarding and appreciated.  Thank you in advance for the leadership, commitment, and dedication that you will be making at Porterville High School, where we celebrate Pride, Honor, Strength. 














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