Student Handbook

  • Attendance

    Main Office Phone Number: 742-8900

    Good attendance and punctuality are two of the most important attributes to acquiring and maintaining a great career. Therefore both are extremely important to your success at King Technical High School.

    Please notify the KTHS front office about all student absences. You should also email your teacher directly prior to being absent.

    Courses at KTHS include a professionalism component that is 25 percent of the total grade. This component includes attendance, punctuality, general work habits, teamwork and attitude in completing assigned projects.

    A notification letter is given to students who have accumulated five (5) absences. Teachers will call parent/guardians regarding this notice.

    When ten (10) absences are accumulated, the student is placed on attendance probation after a conference with an administrator and parent notification.

    When fifteen (15) total absences are accumulated, excused or unexcused, the student is withdrawn from his/her KTHS class(es) and will not receive credit.

    Students with poor attendance will not receive preferential treatment for scheduling into future KTHS classes.

     

    Blue Passes

    Students who are issued blue passes to leave school are counted as an excused absence. This absence will count towards the maximum allowable before withdrawal (15 absences) for non-attendance. Please notify KTHS office to obtain a Blue Pass.

     

    Chronic medical illness

    Students who have recurring medical problems that prevent them from attending school can have more than 15 absences without being withdrawn. However, the following conditions apply:

    A Chronic Medical Illness Form must be obtained from the KTHS office, signed by a parent or guardian, completed and signed by a doctor, and kept on file at KTHS prior to the absences in question. The completed form should include a doctor’s statement that clearly describes the nature of the illness and the anticipated length of absence.

    The only exceptions to this are emergency situations, such as surgery, accident, etc. which cannot be anticipated ahead of time. In these circumstances, a Chronic Medical Illness form can be obtained, signed, and placed on file in the office after the fact.

     

    Perfect and Excellent Attendance Recognition

    Those students at KTHS who are able to complete the semester with fewer than five (5) absenses are honored with a certificate and recognized at the end of the semester. Attendance is a very important part of job performance, thus perfect attendance deserves commendation.

     

    Pre-Arranged Absences

    KTHS must receive notification of any Pre-Arranged Absences. The Pre-Arranged Absence Form must be signed by instructor and the Assistant Principal.

     

    Tardies

    Punctuality is one of the most important attributes in life. Since an important mission of KTHS is to assist students in getting entry-level positions in a wide variety of careers, punctuality and attendance are strongly reinforced at this building. Every one of the programs at KTHS includes a professionalism component in computing the student’s final grade in the class. Our punctuality motto comes from industry: If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. If you’re late, you’re fired. Let’s live by it.

    The professionalism component of each grade accounts for 25 percent of the total grade for the course. Punctuality is considered a critical job skill and will form a significant part of the professionalism score. That means grades will be adversely affected as tardies are accumulated.

    Accumulated tardies are defined as the combination of both unexcused and excused tardies.

    3 tardies—Teacher conferences (phone) with student and with parent/guardian. Referral notice documenting conference will be sent home with student and to the main office/administrator.

    6 tardies—Teacher conferences (phone) with student and sends referral notice to principal for conference. Principal will phone conference with parent/guardians and referral notice sent home with student. Student may be assigned detention or In-School Suspension.

    9 tardies—Teacher documents referral and submits to principal for conference. Student may be assigned detention or suspended until parent/guardian conference. This may include Out-of-School or In-School Suspension or Work Detail.

    12 tardies—Teacher documents referral and submits to the principal for further action. Sanctions may include assigning detention or Out-of-School or In-School Suspension. This may also result in student losing enrollment status at KTHS for the following semester.

    It is very important for students to be in class on time. Punctuality allows students to receive the maximum benefit of instruction at KTHS, to receive good grades in course work, and allows students to develop the skills and work habits to obtain and maintain a good job.

     

    Truancies

    A student is considered truant if he/she is away from the class without the school administration and teacher’s permission. Truancies may be dealt with according to the following sanctions:

    1st offense - Warning/parent notification

    2nd offense - 1-day work detail/suspension

    3rd offense - 1-day suspension

    4th offense - Loss of credit (W/F), withdrawal from KTHS.

     

    Discipline

    Please refer to the Anchorage School District High School Student Handbook regarding policies and sanctions for discipline problems. As an important part of the professionalism requirement at KTHS, any student behavior which would be considered unacceptable in the workplace is also unacceptable at KTHS. Such behaviors as rudeness or impoliteness, inappropriate grooming and apparel, poor attitude, and insubordination are unacceptable.

     

    General Information

    Apparel

    Students will be expected to dress neatly in a manner appropriate for the career fields associated with the class in which they are enrolled. Instructors will limit clothing that can become a safety concern when working in proximity to machinery. Hats, caps and other head coverings are prohibited at KTHS unless it is a safety requirement approved by the instructor.

    Each Wednesday is Professional Dress Day at KTHS. Professional attire appropriate to the career field and/or suitable for job interviews is required. Students will follow instructor’s lead for Professional Dress Day.

    Any clothing which, in the opinion of the teacher or school administration is substantially disrupting to the school or work environment is prohibited.

     

    Lunch

    Lunch time is from 10 to 11:10 a.m. each day and a variety of options will be utilized including KTHS’s Culinary program, ASD’s Food Service Program, and contracted catering. Students will be able to leave campus for lunch provided they return punctually.


    Fines

    All fines must be paid by the end of the semester.

     

    Grading

    As in all courses, you will be graded according to the skills you are able to obtain and demonstrate. Test scores, quizzes and the quality of the work and projects you complete in your KTHS course are included in your grade. In addition, you will be graded on your degree of professionalism. Employers indicate that they look for employees who are punctual, reliable in terms of attendance, have a positive attitude, and exhibit good general work habits. These characteristics are often more important than the skill level of entry-level applicants according to most businesses and industries that hire our graduates. Therefore, all courses include a professionalism component as 25 percent of the total grade. This component includes punctuality, attendance, general work habits, and attitude in completing projects assigned whether students work by themselves, with a supervisor or with fellow students on a team.

     

    Hall passes

    During class time, students must secure a pass from their instructor if they are to be outside of the classroom for any reason. Students without a pass or abusing the pass privilege (e. g., visiting friends in another classroom, socializing in the halls) will be considered truant and subject to the sanctions listed under truancies in this handbook.

     

    Personal Electronic Devices

    Development of teamwork, interpersonal, and communication skills take priority over “screen time.” All personal devices are to be turned off during instructional time, from 7:55 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 11:10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In the event of an emergency, parents may call our main office (742-8900) and we will deliver messages to students.

     

    Visitors

    Occasional guests will be welcomed provided they receive prior permission from the instructor of the class they intend to visit as well as approval of KCC administration. No visitors will be allowed if they are not currently enrolled in another high school. Failure to follow the above procedures may result in the guest being sent away, a trespass notice issued, and disciplinary action being taken against the KTHS student.

     

    Transportation

    School Buses

    School bus transportation is provided from each of the home high schools. Please be aware of the latest bus schedule (or come into the office to obtain one). If you miss your bus because you remained in class or for other reasons, you will have to make your own arrangements to get back to your home school. Riding a school bus is a privilege and can be revoked for improper or dangerous behavior. In the event of a late bus, students will not be penalized.

    Municipal Buses

    As classes and/or certifications after normal school hours are regularly offered, students are encouraged to utilize city buses or make other arrangements in order to take advantage of the many opportunities. Municipal bus passes are sometimes offered free of charge to high school students. Inquire at the main office.

    Parking/driving

    Driving to and parking at King Technical High School is a privilege. Student parking is located on the south and west sides of the building. Faculty parking only is allowed on the north side of the building.

    No parking is allowed at the east entrance as this is preschool drop-off. Student parking is also prohibited within the fenced area on the south side of the building near the construction trades and transportation shops. Cars that are parked in no parking areas, loading zones, handicapped areas without a permit, or access lanes will be ticketed or subject to a $25 fine. Cars taking more than one parking space will also be subject to ticketing or a $25 fine.

    On the first parking violation, a car will be ticketed. On the second and all subsequent violations, a car will be ticketed and subject to being towed at the owners expense. The owner or driver will need to pay a $25 fine before the office will release the car.

    Students who drive cars need to be aware that speeding or dangerous driving will result in loss of parking privileges at KTHS as well as the possibility of additional discipline sanctions including school suspension. The speed limit on school property is five (5) miles per hour. On Career Center Drive the limit is 20 miles per hour.

    All cars should be locked. Students are not allowed to be in the parking lots during class hours. Please note: The Anchorage School District and KTHS accept no responsibility for damage to or thefts from vehicles while on school grounds.