HS – Policies
Click here to view Harmony High School’s policies as a PDF file.
- Harmony encourages its students to participate in the democratic governance of the school and many of the policies in this document were initiated and voted upon by the students. However, before a student is considered a full member of the community and is able to vote on school policies, she must receive her first citizenship vote in Family Meeting.
- New students receive their citizenship voteafter they have attended school for six weeks. Students must also receive a second citizenship vote after they present their senior project in order to graduate.
- Social Dynamics Credit is based on a set of criteria designed by the students including:
- Community service and cleanup
- One-on-one interactions
- Class participation
- Participation in Family Meeting
- Teachers decide whether or not each student has earned their Social Dynamics credit at the end of each academic year. Failure to receive a Social Dynamics Credit means that the student will be on probation in the fall. Conditions of probation are individually tailored to the student.
- The student’s compliance with probation is evaluated before Thanksgiving break. Successful compliance results in the student gaining his Social Dynamics Credit and going off probation. A failure to comply is addressed either by the Student Advisory committee, the staff or in Family Meeting.
Conduct and Conflict Resolution
- At the beginning of each year, students are required to pledge and sign a drug oath – promising to refrain from using or possessing illicit drugs, alcohol or tobacco on school property or during school time. Failure to uphold this pledge will be dealt with by the program coordinators and the head of school and can result in probation, loss of privileges, or expulsion from the school.
- All Harmony students are expected to accept and follow the Harmony Ethos. Click here to learn more about it.
- Failing to follow the ethos and other behavior deemed disrespectful to the community can result in the student being required to meet with the Student Advisory committee. Such behavior can also result in probation and/or the loss of a social dynamics credit. The resolutions of Student Advisory and the conditions of a probation are created on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to the specific needs and issues of the individuals involved.
- Students are required to attend school each day with the only excused exceptions being illness, injury, transportation emergency, family crisis, or a pre-approved appointment or educational event (birthdays, work, fatigue, moodiness, histrionics and laziness are not acceptable reasons for tardiness or absence).
- If a student finds out that she must be late or absent at a future date, she should inform her teachers ahead of time.
- If a students knows he must be late or absent in a future week, he should also inform the other students of this during the next Family Meeting.
- Students who unexpectedly realize they will be late or absent must call the high school number before 8:50 am (or as soon as possible) and explain what happened.
- Students arriving late to school must sign in when they arrive.
- If a student accumulates more than seven tardies or absences during a semester, or more than three tardies or absences during any two week period, that student may be required to attend Student Advisory committee to address their absenteeism.
- Students who experience fever, nausea, diarrhea, chronic coughing or other flu-like symptoms during school will be isolated and sent home.
- Students should not come to school until they have been free of fever or other flu-like symptoms for at least 24 hours.
- Whenever Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) calls off school due to snow or other inclement weather, Harmony School is also closed. However, we start and end school on time even if MCCSC starts school late or ends early due to the weather.
- Students who live in other counties are excused from school if the public schools of their county have been closed or delayed due to weather.
- There are a number of community-building events scheduled throughout the year including the McCormick’s Creek camping trip, rolling skating events, ice skating events, all-school meetings, the Halloween party, the Christmas party, the Holiday Follies, the Spring Trip, and all-school picnic.
- We strongly encourage all students to attend and participate as they form a vital part of what gives Harmony its strength and uniqueness.
- A Harmony student may invite someone from another school system to shadow at Harmony provided that the following requirements are met:
- the Harmony student asks and receives permission from all of his teachers; and
- the Harmony student asks and receives permission from the of students during Family Meeting.
- No one other than shadowing students, parents and alumni in good standing may visit between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.
- All visitors must sign in at the office when they arrive.