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Student Handbook Policies
Below are a few of GCCTC Student Handbook Policies. For more information see the student handbook in the guidance section of this website or contact the school:

Bullying
The Greene County Career & Technology Center takes bullying issues very seriously.  They are not tolerated in any respect.  In order to assist students, parents, and guardians with reporting bullying concerns, the District has created a confidential e-mail address.  The address is antibullying@grvt.org.  Students, parents, and guardians can report issues of bullying directly to this account.  The incidents being reported will be investigated and dealt with accordingly. 

In addition, the Joint Operating Committee (JOC) of the GCCTC prohibits all forms of bullying behavior on school property, in school vehicles, at school-sponsored events, or during travel to and from school. Any violation of this policy shall be considered an infraction of the Student Code of Conduct, with discipline implemented accordingly. All bullying behavior that is a violation of the PA Crimes Code will be reported to the police.

The GCCTC strives to provide a safe, positive learning climate for students and recognizes that bullying of students has a negative effect on the educational environment of its schools. Students who are bullied, intimidated, or fearful of other students may not be able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered by the school. Every student has the right to an education and to be safe in and around the school and at school activities. Therefore, GCCTC strives to offer all students an educational environment free from bullying. Bullying shall mean a pattern of repeated harmful behavior by a person with more physical or social power toward a less powerful person. This may include a wide variety of behaviors, with deliberate intent to hurt, embarrass, or humiliate the other person. Researchers have identified four (4) forms of bullying:

  1. Physical – the most commonly known form; includes hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing and taking personal belongings.
  2. Verbal – includes taunting, malicious teasing, name-calling, and making threats.
  3. Psychological or Relational – involves spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, and engaging in social exclusion or intimidation.
  4. Cyber-Bullying – forms of verbal and psychological bullying may also occur on the Internet through e-mail, instant messaging, or personal profile and social network web sites such as My-Space. Facebook, etc. Cyber-bullying includes, but is not limited to, the following misuses of technology: harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another student, teacher or employee of the district by sending or posting inappropriate or derogatory e-mail messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images, or web site postings (including blogs). All forms of cyber-bullying are unacceptable and, to the extent that such actions are disruptive of the educational process of the district, offenders shall be the subjects of appropriate discipline.

Bullying shall mean unwelcome verbal, written or physical conduct directed at a student by another student that has the intent of or effect of:

  1. Physically, emotionally or mentally harming a student.
  2. Damaging, extorting or taking a student’s personal property.
  3. Placing a student in reasonable fear of physical, emotional or mental harm.
  4. Placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to or loss of personal property.
  5. Creating an intimidating or hostile environment that substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities.

Please go to the following web site to learn how you can assist in the fight against bullying! http://www.stopbullying.gov/

Physical/Sexual Abuse
Physical, sexual or verbal assault by a student against another student or staff member is strictly forbidden.
  • Incidents, which are clearly "fighting," involving at least two (2) combatants in mutual physical force, will be considered serious offenses. Police may be called.
  • Incidents, where one party is clearly physically assaulted or attacked by another without provocation, will be handled as serious violations. Police may be called.
While no physical altercations, verbal assault, or sexual assault are condoned, there are varying degrees of severity associated with the extent of force used. Facts leading to the incident and the depth of involvement of the parties engaged in the situation will be investigated, and in any situation where the instigator of the altercation can be clearly determined, that party will receive a more severe punishment than the other party.

Drugs and Alcohol
In the interest of creating a healthy environment the following rules will be strictly enforced:

  • Being under the influence, using, or in the possession of narcotics, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, "look-alike drugs”, intoxicants, mood altering substances, controlled substances, look-alike substances, alcohol or any substance which is conveyed or implied as a drug, while on school property, transportation, or during school related activities is strictly forbidden.
  • If a student must take either a prescribed or “over-the-counter” drug, the student must notify the school authority regarding the drug's use. A note from a parent or legal guardian explaining the specifics of the drug's use is necessary. In addition, the school may request that the school authority's delegated person (school nurse) keep the substance during school hours. If a student secures authorization to use a prescribed drug or “over-the-counter” drug during school hours, he/she is strictly forbidden from dispensing the drug to another person.
Tobacco Use
Smoking, possession, or use of tobacco in any form is not permitted anywhere on school grounds. Students who violate this regulation will receive three (3) OSS days and will be reported to the magistrate (Crime Code Citation: §6306.1a).
Weapons
No student, secondary or adult, is permitted to bring any firearm or other form of weapon onto school property. A weapon includes but is not limited to any knife, cutting instrument, cutting tool, nunchaku, firearm, shotgun, rifle, look-alike gun, and/or any other tool, instrument or implement with the intent of inflicting serious bodily injury.
Cell Phone
Cell phones must be turned off and are not to be used during class time or while in the school. Cell phones may be taken to the office upon arrival and may be picked up at the end of class. If a student is caught using their cell phone on school campus, it will be confiscated and kept for 24 hours and a parent/guardian must come to the school to retreive it.

Dress Code
We are concerned about the personal appearance of our students and expect our students to look and act the part of young professionals. Students are required to wear certain types of career clothing (uniform) while participating in their career and technical program to ensure their health and safety and to prepare them for entry into the workforce. Required career clothing can be purchased at GCCTC.

Students have the responsibility to keep themselves, their clothes and hair clean and neat. GCCTC reinforces professional, safety-related and work-appropriate clothing. The following attire is not work-appropriate and not allowed or acceptable to be worn in the school:

• dresses, skirts or shorts may be no shorter than fingertip length; tights, leggings, yoga pants or other types of hosiery must be accompanied by a fingertip length or longer top or dress

• halter-tops, bare midriff, see-through apparel; dresses and tops must have sleeves and backs; breast cleavage must be covered; any garment that overexposes the body, including exposing upper and/or lower cleavage

• visible undergarments/pajamas/sleeping attire

• clothing with drug/alcohol/sex related wordings or designs, obscenities or profanities

• hats, bandannas, visors, sweatbands, sunglasses or any type of head wear

• slippers, flip-flops, sandals or other open-toed shoes

• baggy pants worn below the normal waistline without a belt or suspenders; visible undergarments

• coats are only permitted when entering or exiting the school building and must be placed in lockers upon arrival; students are advised to wear sweaters or sweatshirts if they feel the need for additional warmth; blankets are not permitted in school

• chains, belt-loop chains or any jewelry that may cause injury or constitute a hazard; pieces of jewelry that are inappropriate (spiked necklaces, bracelets, chains etc.); no piercings below the nose

If there is a question as to whether or not any student’s apparel or appearance is not appropriate for school, school administration will make the final judgment on the appropriateness of any student’s dress and reserves the right to prohibit students from wearing any article of clothing or accessory which may result in the disruption of the school environment.

If any of the above is worn, a change of clothing will be needed. In addition, the daily work grade may be affected.

NOTE: administration will make the final judgment on the appropriateness of any student's dress and reserves the right to prohibit students from wearing any article of clothing or accessory which may result in the disruption of the school environment.

Safety
All students will be advised of the safety procedures to be followed in each program. The following regulations are to be observed by each student:

Complete and return an Emergency Information/Parental Consent form provided to all students at the beginning of each school year. Students will not be permitted to operate power equipment until the form is returned. A telephone number of a parent, relative, or neighbor must be listed for every student in case of illness, accident, or other emergency.

  1. It is recommended to leave book bags, knapsacks, etc. at the sending school or on the bus. If brought to GCCTC, then they must be left in the front office.
  2. Wear the proper type clothing and footwear as specified by your instructor; clothing that is loose, ragged or with holes is not allowed.
  3. Wear eye and ear protection devices as specified by your instructor. Eye protective devices will be provided and must be worn.
  4. Wear pants at the normal waistline using a belt or suspenders if necessary.
  5. Remove rings, wrist watches, bracelets, dangle earrings, and other jewelry which is prohibited when working in shops with power machinery.
  6. Conform hair styles to safety regulations. Long hair must be secured away from the face.
  7. "Horseplay" and practical jokes in any form will not be tolerated.
  8. Any form of harassment or discrimination will not be tolerated, including sexual harassment.
  9. Use tools properly as instructed; operate only the machinery and tools upon which you were given previous proper instruction.
  10. Walk in hallways. Do not run.
  11. Report all damaged tools and equipment to your instructor.
  12. Report all accidents to your instructor immediately.
Nondiscrimination Policy
The Greene County Career & Technology Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or ages in its programs or activities. Career and Technical Education program offerings include: Automotive Collision and Body Repair, Automotive Technology, Building and Construction Occupations, Computer Networking Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Electrical Occupations, Emergency and Protective Services, Health Assistant, Precision Machining, Sports Medicine and Rehab Therapy, Welding and Licensed Practical Nursing (adults only). Admission to the programs depends upon availability and class size and sending school districts criteria. Inquires may be directed to the Greene County Career and Technology’s Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504 Coordinator at 60 Zimmerman Drive, Waynesburg, PA or call 724-627-3106.
Greene County Career & Technology Center • 60 Zimmerman Drive • Waynesburg, PA 15370 • 724-627-3106
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