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School Policy Reminders

 
CELL PHONE POLICY
All cell phones MUST be away during classes! This is a non-negotiable. Failure to comply with the policy will result in the student being sent home and:
  • For dependent students, ONLY returning with a parent/guardian for a conference.
  • For our independent students, your conference will be the next day at 8am.
 
TRUANCY POLICY
Did you know that missing 1 day of school per month means that a student is considered to be truant and missing 2 days means that the student is chronically absent? When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects, chances for graduating from high school, and completing a post-secondary program. School attendance is linked to financial freedom. What is keeping you/your child from coming to school today? Please discuss attendance challenges with your Advisor. Let's find a solution together.
 
 
LUNCH PASSES
Students will receive LUNCH PASSES Tuesday, 2/1 to go out for lunch. This pass is based on grades and attendance (C+ average and 85% present--no more than 3 absences/month.)  Mr. @Stephen Schaeffer will generate a list and distribute the passes.
 
 
D.I.R.T. REFERRALS
The following infractions will result in D.I.R.T. Referrals:
  • Cell Phone Violations
  • Cutting Class
  • Lateness
  • Dress Code Violations
 
SCHEDULE REMINDER
*Please make sure you are following the schedule. The only students able to leave early on Tuesdays and Thursdays are students that have internships/cohorts. LTI Cohort/Internship = Early Dismissal.  
 
 
COVID POLICIES
Weekly Assurance COVID-19 testing will begin soon. Please notify the school if you DO NOT want your student testing.
 
Symptomatic Testing
In partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), we are providing the opportunity for all staff--including those working remotely--to be tested for COVID-19 across the city if they become symptomatic. Mobile units are set up in the parking lot at each of the following locations and are open Monday-Friday 9 AM to 6PM:
  • Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Avenue Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19138
  • South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (in the parking lot at the corner of Jackson and S Broad)
  • Samuel Fels High School, 5500 Langdon Street, Philadelphia PA 19124
  • Overbrook High School, 5898 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia PA 19130
  • Thomas Edison High School, 151 West Luzerne Street, Philadelphia PA 19140
Students and staff can register for testing at these locations in two different ways:
*In the registration process you will be able to select the time and date for testing. If someone is unable to sign up for an appointment, these sites do accept walk-ins though priority is given to those who have pre-registered.
 
*This service is provided for convenience but is solely optional. All District staff and students, including those who are participating in 100% virtual learning, can be tested here at no cost.If you are experiencing COVID or new symptoms, PLEASE STAY HOME and get tested at one of the testing facilities.
 
 
SCHOOL MENUS INFO
We are so pleased to introduce My School Menus by Health-e Pro, an interactive menu and mobile app that allows easy access to view our nutrition meals and menus--anytime and anywhere.
 
Let's Get started 
Here's the current link to the new My School Menus for Big Picture Philadelphia Schools:
  • This is where parents and students can select their school, Big Picture Philadelphia CS-El Centro or Big Picture Philadelphia CS-Vaux, from the listed options and view the available menus from the drop down menu.
  • You will find the breakfast and lunch menus for each month.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
 
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
 
Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint FormOpens In A New Window, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.htmlOpens In A New Window, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.

To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) Email: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.