Student Handbook 2019-20

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Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

On behalf of the administration of Northeast High School, we would like to extend a very sincere welcome. Serving nearly 3,600 students representing many different racial and ethnic backgrounds, our students speak more than 50 languages and come from over 100 countries. We are the largest comprehensive high school in the city, and the second-largest in the state. We are the Northeast High School Vikings.

We believe that all children can learn. Our mission is to establish a robust educational program that ensures all students have a plethora of opportunities to achieve post-secondary success. Our students:

  • Develop habits of mind and scholarship that promote forward-thinking, self-reflection, and a lifelong pursuit and acquisition of knowledge and self-awareness.
  • Develop and demonstrate mutual respect for others of different races, sexual orientations, ethnicities, socioeconomic status, and gender preferences.
  • Establish themselves as productive members of our society who feel empowered to be their very best in the career of their choice.

Our Vision

Northeast High School is a diverse community that empowers students to explore and achieve within their own areas of interest. Our students will become contributive, socially responsible, goal-oriented, and productive members of a global society. Our faculty and staff are a community of lifelong learners who serve as trusted educational resources to the greater Philadelphia area and beyond.

We believe that:

  • Learning occurs when made relevant to the students’ lives
  • Students learn in a variety of ways
  • Students flourish when pushed to their highest intellectual capabilities
  • Teachers reach their students by forming trusting, safe relationships with them
  • Students excel when they have access to the newest technological innovations
  • A collaborative environment among teachers will foster higher student achievement and model positive group dynamics for our students
  • Families, mentors, and sponsors play integral roles in their children’s success
  • Communication skills are integral in assuring success in the 21st century
  • Student learning increases when students are given the opportunity to work with their peers in order to prepare them for team endeavors beyond high school
  • Literacy skills are cross-curricular and can be developed actively in all classrooms
  • Leadership and accountability are the keys to success
  • It takes the engagement of our entire community to ensure the success of Northeast High School

We are dedicated to our educational mission, and maintaining a safe learning environment for our students. It is our hope that you make the most out of this experience in order to become the best version of you.  We have clubs, sports, student government and most importantly student voice. We may be the largest school, but we are now your home away from home. We are so excited to welcome you to Northeast High School.

Have a productive and joyous year,

Your Administrative Team:

Mr. Omar Crowder, Principal

Mr. Alexis Greaves, Assistant Principal

Mr. Brad McDaniel, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Vanessa Mecca, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Stacey Mitchell-Precia, Assistant Principal

Mr. Michael Picardi, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Tasha Sanford-Spencer, Assistant Principal


The purpose of this handbook is to serve as a guide for NEHS students to be informed of our expectations. Students are expected to read this handbook independently in addition reviewing it in whole groups in advisory and Town Hall meetings. We reserve the right to amend the components of this handbook based exclusively on the severity of an incident and/or the level of compromised safety that occurred as a result of an incident. If we, or any member of the NEHS administration, can be of further assistance to you, please do not hesitate to ask.

Please review the full Philadelphia Student Code of Conduct at

Road To Graduation

Graduation Requirement: Minimum of 23.5 credits

23.5 credits: 4 English, 3 Math, 3 Science, 4 Social Studies, 2 World Languages, 1.5 Health and Physical Education, 2 Arts and Humanities, and 4 Electives. (One of the four electives must include one of the following: an additional math or science, International Baccalaureate or advanced placement course.)

CTE Program Requirements: Students in CTE programs (AVID, Sports Marketing) are required to do 1080 hours of CTE instruction in 10th through 12th grade to complete the CTE program. Completers earn a state certification and acknowledgment on their transcript.

Senior Project- As a requirement for graduation, all NEHS students must complete the Senior Project, which consists of a writing component to assess students’ ability to write a high level (SEE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT HEAD FOR SPECIFIC WORDING IN THIS SECTION)


Credit Attainment per Grade Level

9th Graders are all students who have earned between  0 – 4.9 credits

10th Graders are all students who have earned between 5.0 – 10.9 credits

11th Graders are all students who have earned between 11.0 – 17.4  credits

12th Graders are all students who have earned above 17.5 credits

Grade Composition per the School District of Philadelphia

Component Weight
Tests 40%
Performance Based Learning 30%
Classwork 20%
Homework 10%

Grading Scale: A = 100-93, A- = 92-90, B+ = 89-87, B = 86-83, B- = 82-80, C+ = 79-77,  C = 76-73, C- = 72-70,  D+ = 69-67, D = 66-63, D- = 62-60, F = 59 & Below

Course Selection: At NEHS our students select courses for the following school year in January and February of the current school year. Students are advised to review their selections with their parents and make a commitment for their coursework. Students who miss their advisory period without an excuse note during this process may forfeit the opportunity to select their courses.

Advisory starts each day at 7:42 A.M.  All students are required to attend advisory. The purpose of advisory is to prepare for the school-day, receive important information, attend tutoring sessions, complete coursework, receive transpasses and attend Town Hall meetings or SLC meetings. Students are to remain in their respective advisory until the first period bell. Students who attend seminar, promptly, each day will receive .25 credits towards graduation per school year. Students who have 4 or more unexcused absences or who are late 6 or more times in a marking period will be given a failing grade for advisory.

Identification Card (ID) and Roster: The ID card is School District property. It costs $5 to replace. The Northeast High School roster is a schedule of student classes. Students should carry both their roster and ID card with them at all times. Students will present his or her id upon request by any staff member at NEHS. Students get replacement cards  reporting to Deans office located in room 22A, providing their name and ID numbers to staff.

Class Dues: During your four-year enrollment at Northeast High School, the total amount of class dues for which you will be responsible is approximately $150 (subject to change). Class dues are required for all students as they help fund a number of necessary school-related materials and activities. Students who do not attend Northeast High School for four years are still required to pay class dues. Please contact the class sponsor for the proper payment breakdown. Students who attend Northeast High School for their senior year only are responsible for a portion of the class dues. Students who leave prior to graduation are responsible for the amounts listed for the years they were in attendance at NEHS toward class expenses. A receipt will be given to the student for all dues payments received and should be kept until graduation.

Pay Your Student Account: In order to graduate all students must pay the debts that they owe. Additionally, debts must be paid before a student can participate in senior activities. Debts include: damage to school property, temp IDs, lost textbooks, lost uniforms, ties, replacement IDs, borrowed clothing, and other outstanding obligations. No student will graduate or be withdrawn if there are any unsatisfied debts or obligations on the student’s account.

Dream Big

Honor Roll at Northeast High School consists of two categories:

  • Distinguished– all “A’s” on his/her report card
  • Meritorious– a combination of all “A’s” and “B’s” or all “B’s” on his/her report card
Northeast High School National Honor Society was established to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students attending Northeast High School. Membership is  granted  only  to those students selected by the faculty council on the basis of scholastic achievement, leadership, service and character. To be considered for membership in the NHS, a student must be in 10th, 11th or 12th grade, have a minimum cumulative average of 90 or GPA of 3.5,  and have been a student at NEHS for at least two consecutive report periods prior to consideration for eligibility. For further information, contact Mr. Christopher Frank.

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are available at Northeast High School in a variety of subjects. Each course offers a rigorous and challenging curriculum that may lead to college credit. These courses are “weighted” higher than regular, or Honors courses in the calculation of a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA). When considering taking an AP course, students should consult their SLC coordinator, counselor, and/or subject teacher. Students begin the process of being considered for an AP course through a request to their SLC coordinator. Students must have demonstrated academic ability and consistent attendance to be considered for an AP class. Seating for AP classes is competitive and limited. Students are chosen through a comprehensive selection process. If selected, both parent and student must sign the AP contract. In order to get the full “weight” of the AP class, students are required to take the College Board AP Exam in their class subject. Please see Mrs. Barnett if you have any questions.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is a demanding international program that meets the needs of highly motivated students and leads to a qualification that is recognized by leading universities around the world. Typically, diploma holders are ready to debate real-world issues from an international perspective and become leaders in the local and global communities. The IB Diploma Program is globally recognized for its high academic standards. Students will take the Theory of Knowledge course that investigates the nature of knowledge in various disciplines; participate in a Creativity, Action, Service project to achieve eight learning outcomes, undertake original research, and write an Extended Essay of 4,000 words. Students successfully completing the program earn a Northeast High School diploma in addition to the internationally recognized IB diploma.

*The IB program is a special admissions program. Code 802I.

Naviance is a college and career readiness tool that you can find on your student portal. You will be responsible for completing NAVIANCE grade specific  tasks throughout your high school experience to prepare you for graduation. See your counselor for more details.

College and Career Counselors assist students in making post secondary pathways achievable goals for all NEHS students. Available services include assistance in college selection, tours of college campuses, discussions with college recruitment officers, financial aid information and conducting workshops related to career and college topics. The best time to see these counselors is during your advisory or your lunch period.

School Counselors are to help our students maximize their abilities and achieve their full potential. This includes helping each student achieve maximum benefits from his/her high school experience, to make appropriate educational and career choices, and to develop the personal attributes needed for constructive participation in the school and the community. As such, students are encouraged to  see their respective counselors for help with any personal, social or academic concern. Counselors are available to assist students during advisory, during lunch and by appointment. School Counselors are assigned by Small Learning Communities, ask your advisor.

Homework Policy: Homework is an important part of every student’s personal learning time. Through homework, classroom instruction is reinforced, high expectations are developed while students engage in self-directed learning. It is a student’s responsibility to make up all missed work under the direction of the teacher. NEHS teachers use electronic platforms to communicate assignments and other course requirements.

Infinite Campus is The School District of Philadelphia’s online system to help students monitor their course to graduation and beyond. Its purpose is to empower students with their own information and resources to achieve success. Infinite Campus provides students with access to the following:

  • Academic records including grades, credit accumulation, attendance, grade point average, benchmark scores, and standardized test scores
  • Resources and tools including career and college planning, jobs and internship information, alternative pathways to graduation, and social support services

*Please see your counselor if you have any questions regarding Infinite Campus access and navigation.

Northeast High School Opportunities

Athletics, Extracurricular Student Groups, After-School Activities, Clubs, and more

Students are encouraged to participate in after-school activities. Our school has the full range of sports and clubs and other extracurricular activities.  The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) monitors student’s participation in athletics. Students should see the coach of the sport in which they are interested or the Athletic Director (Chris Riley). Eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities is dependent upon maintaining satisfactory academic progress, a good attendance record and a clean disciplinary record. Students leaving early for sports should receive a sportspass from their coaches. Students must remain with the adult sponsor during all afterschool activities.

Our extracurricular privileges include (more are created by student requests):


ASA (Asian Students


Association of Chinese Students



Black Success Academy

Boys and Girls Swimming

Boys Bowling Team

Boys JV Soccer

Boys Varsity Basketball

Boys Varsity Soccer

Cello & Bass Club


Chess club/team

Christian club

Clarinet Club

Competition Marching Band

Cross Country

Dance Club


Film Club


Girls Basketball

Girls JV Volleyball

Girls Soccer

Girls Varsity Badminton

Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Girls Varsity SoftballGirls Varsity Softball

Girls Varsity Volleyball

Girls Varsity Volleyball Team


Indoor Track

Indoor Track and Field

Indo-Pak Club

Interact Club

Italian Club / Program

Jazz Band

Junior Class Activities Committee

Latinos Unidos

Muslim Student Association

National Honor Society


Northeast Ally Club (GSA Gay

Straight Alliance)

Northeast College Application

Connection (CAC)

Northeast Debate and Mock

Trial Teams

Northeast Forensics Team

Northeast Players Drama Club

Northeast Stage Crew


Percussion Club

Red Cross Club

Saxophone Club

Science Fairs

Science Olympiad

Spanish Club

SPARC (Robotics)

String Ensemble

Students Run Philly Style!

Studios Club

Technical Student Association

Track and Field

Tuba Club


Viking Pep Band

Viking Vocals

Wellness Club

WHYY Media Lab

Wilderness Club

Wrestling Team


Yu-Gi-Oh Club



Unpaid Accounts: Students with outstanding student account balances will be prohibited from participating in extracurricular activities and clubs.

Fundraising: All student fundraising projects must be approved by the administration and facilitated by a staff sponsor. During fundraising times, students are required to have with them authorized paperwork detailing the club/activity/SLC association, staff sponsor, and fundraising purpose obtained from Mr. Picardi. Students are strictly prohibited to conduct personal fundraising projects. The school reserves its right to confiscate all items related to personal or unauthorized fundraising including money collected. Failure to comply with this policy will result in disciplinary action.

The School Store will be open during lunch periods. A full line of school supplies, gym wear, school uniforms and “school spirit” items is offered, as well as a variety of snacks. Students are permitted to use the school store during their rostered lunch period. Students using the school store during a

non-rostered lunch period will be considered cutting and will face appropriate disciplinary measures.

School Dances at NEHS are primarily for NEHS students. In the event a dance includes outside guests, tickets for guests must be purchased prior to the dance. They will be subject to the same rules and regulations as NEHS students.

  • Students will not be admitted to the dance more than ninety minutes after the start time.
  • Students will not be readmitted to the dance after leaving.
  • In the event of student misbehavior, parents/guardians will be called and asked to come for the student.
  • Depending upon the nature of the disruptive behavior, police may be notified. disciplinary action will be taken, as appropriate.
  • The school will not be responsible for stolen articles.
  • The Code of Student Conduct will be in effect.
  • Upon arrival, all guests must provide a school ID to be admitted to the dance.


School Sponsored Activities, including but not limited to, Senior and Junior Prom, graduation ceremony, Senior and Junior Trip, Senior Picnic, school dances, SLC sponsored trips, team sports, and clubs are privileges for students at Northeast High School. Outstanding debts and other obligations, violation of student conduct codes, failure of 2 or more classes, chronic lateness, and poor attendance will deny a student his/her opportunity to enjoy these activities.

The Student Senate is one of the ways NEHS encourages STUDENT VOICE. This student advisory board is comprised of elected representatives of the student body. It conducts many activities of interest for students, as well as acting as a liaison between the student body and the administration.  Each advisory section elects a Senator in the Spring, elected members are subject to eligibility criteria.

The Alumni Vikings is the Northeast High School Alumni Association, established in 1894, exists for the purpose of providing support to our students, school and graduates. As part of the Northeast “Family”, we pledge our continued efforts in 2019-2020 to keep Northeast High School in the forefront of public education. For further information about the Alumni Association, please contact the school (215-400-3200).

Vikings’ 5 Steps To Success

Be To School On Time: Students are expected to report to school at approximately 7:30 A.M to pass through the security. Boys report to the lower level entry doors located on the Summerdale side. Girls report to the main lobby. All students are due in advisory by 7:42 A.M. Students who fail to report to advisory by 7:42 A.M. will be marked late to school.

Be Prepared for Excellence: All students are expected to come to school in uniform and be prepared with appropriate learning materials and completed assignments daily.

Be Present: We want you here EVERYDAY ATTENDANCE is CRUCIAL. Students who are absent for emergencies must submit an excuse note within 3 days of their return to school. This excuse note must be turned in to the advisory teacher. Religious absences should be verifiable by your religious institution. Vacations are not excused absences. An EARLY DISMISSAL is when a parent or guardian checks into the Main Office with official government identification and signs a student out of school for the day. The student leaves with the adult through the Main Entrance and is not marked cutting. Early dismissals should occur between 8:30am-2:30pm  This rule applies to all students regardless of age. Parents/Guardians MUST have a government-issued ID and be listed as the legal guardian or emergency contact on the Students Information System (SIS).

Be Punctual: Pass through the hallways quickly and respectfully. Use restrooms between classes.  Use conversational volume and tone when passing through the hallways. Attend only one lunch period each day. Clean your area in the lunchroom and return to class.

Be Supportive: It’s everyone’s job to keep everyone safe. We accept each other for who we are. We embrace our differences and celebrate one another. As members of a diverse community, it is most important that we provide a safe and secure learning environment for ALL of our students. Report concerns, and seek resolutions when problems occur. We are strong enough to protect each other ‘s dignity even when we have conflict.

Consequences For Not Meeting Expectations

Lateness to School: Arriving late for school are to enter the school building through the main lobby doors, only. Students are considered late for advisory at 7:43A.M. All students who arrive late to school must “scan-in” and obtain a late slip.  Each day we will gather late students in the auditorium for morning detention. During this detention, the student will complete a reflection paper as an exit ticket in order to attend class. All late students will receive a parent contact regarding the current weeks latenesses to school. Chronic Lateness: Chronic lateness is defined as having two latenesses in a 2-week period. *see more in ISS

Progressive Consequences:

  • Late Room Reflection Exit Ticket
  • Lunch Detention with no additional latenesses
  • For chronically late students, a parent conference will be issued.
  • After the parent conference, the student starts with a clean slate.

Uniforms: All students must wear the Northeast High School Uniform. Students who do not have a component of the uniform will  receive a uniform violation. 3 Uniform Violations will result in a Parent Conference.

Cell Phones, Cameras, Electronic, and Other Telephonic Devices may not be used in school unless given permission. Teachers have the discretion over cell phone use in the classroom. Students who inappropriately use electronic devices are subject to progressive discipline. Furthermore, two-way radios, scanners, video cameras and electronic games, electronic speakers are not permitted on school grounds.

Absenteeism and Tardiness: The law, Act 29 provides for a $300 fine and allows the court to require parent education classes and community service sentences for the parents of a truant child who do not show that they took reasonable steps to ensure their child’s school attendance. It provides that the parent and child must appear at a hearing before the district magistrate. Act 29 also provides that truant students lose their driver’s license for 90 days for a first offense, 6 months for a second offense.

Cutting class will result in the following:

  • The teacher calls home
  • The teacher inputs a cut slip and a no hall pass restriction for a week
  • Students with a cut slip will automatically receive a call from Climate detailing all class cuts within one week of the date the cut slip was submitted. A warning for any additional cuts will be communicated.
  • One additional cut slip will result in a CORE Meeting with your AP, Counselor, SLC Leader, Teacher(s), A Success Plan will be developed.
  • If the terms of the plan are not met, the student will receive half day ISS until cutting discontinues.

**Students in the hallway s without a pass will be escorted to ISS for a half day. Hall Passes are not given 10 minutes before or after the bell**

In School Suspension (ISS): Each day a student is assigned ISS, the student forfeits that day or the next day of practice and or participation in a school activity.

Restorative Practices: Our first response to all non-violent conflict will be restorative. We will attempt to restore the conflicts by remaining impartial, and listening to all perspectives of the event. We will then allow our students the space  to come to an appropriate resolution using restorative circles. We promise to investigate all issues for which we are made aware. It is your job to talk to us about anything that concerns you big or small. We are here to support you. You will not be in trouble. The purpose of the restorative response is to allow our students the choice to make the right decisions after wrongdoing. At this stage, it is likely that the offense stays in house, which means, we will only contact parents when necessary. We believe in you, you are Northeast High School Vikings.

In the event restorative practices does not resolve the conflict and  you compromise the safety of our school community you will be held accountable with progressive and equitable discipline. Our goal will always be to restore even when implementing progressive discipline.

Progressive Discipline

Parent Contacts will be made by teachers and climate staff to help inform parents of student’s behavior and academic progress. The administration will provide follow-up calls as necessary. All parents will be contacted when a student violates the Code of Conduct or the components of this Student Handbook.

Reparations: the making of amends for a wrong one has done, acknowledging wrong-doing and by helping those who have been wronged and restoring the relationship. May include: Public Apology, Written Apology, Community Service, etc.

Detentions are held before school, during a student’s lunch, after-school, and Saturdays may be assigned for minor discipline infractions or tardiness. Students will participate in restorative practice activities during detention. Students who fail to serve assigned detentions will be subject to further disciplinary action.

Parent Conferences are issued when a student’s misbehavior does not change after several attempts to address the behavior. Once a student is given a parent conference letter, students must be brought back to school by a parent or legal guardian. The climate team will schedule a parent conference within two days of the infraction.

In-School Suspension (ISS): Issued for both half and whole days. Students are expected to report to the Climate Manager at the assigned time who will escort the group to ISS. Students will exit ISS at the designed time if  all academic assignments and restoration work are completed. Students who are chronically or egregiously late will be issued ISS for the remainder of the day. Egregiously late is when the student arrives at or afternoon without a note. This student will remain in ISS in addition to serving at minimal a half-day on the following day of lateness.

Out-of-School Suspension (OSS): Issued when an infraction is so severe it requires an individual(s) to have time to think about the misbehavior and for the school to create a plan of resolution. It is our hope that our student’s use this time to be reflective and for families to be supportive of the student’s personal growth. This is our last response to misbehavior, we want our student’s in a safe school EVERYDAY! If suspended, a student will only be reinstated after his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) meets with the appropriate climate team member or administrator in person. Students who are suspended are not permitted in the building or on school grounds. They may not participate in any school activities during the suspension. Students who are suspended and are found on school grounds are considered trespassing.

The 21 Process: Students who have violated the school code of conduct will have their files placed in the disciplinary transfer process.  Student and guardian will be given a hearing where they will have to report before a hearing officer at the school district main office located at 440 N Broad St, Philadelphia PA 19130.  A final decision will be made within 7 business days from the hearing date.

Police Arrest: Any person entering Northeast High School and disrupting the normal educational process of the school is subject to arrest for disorderly conduct and other offenses, as deemed appropriate. Students who engage in a fight or encourage others to fight, are subject to arrest for disorderly conduct, simple to aggravated assault, including terroristic threats, and other serious crimes. Other disciplinary actions may include moving the student to a more appropriate/restrictive educational setting and/or scheduling a hearing before the appropriate authorities for an expulsion.

Bullying and Harassment

Bullying is a pattern of aggressive, intentional or deliberately hostile behavior that occurs repeatedly and over time. Bullying behaviors normally fall into three categories, physical, verbal (direct and indirect), and electronic (email, websites, and other electronic mediums) and may include, but are not limited to, intimidation, assault; extortion; oral or written threats; teasing; putdowns; name-calling; threatening looks; gestures, or actions; rumors; false accusations; hazing, social isolation, and cyber-bullying.

Northeast High School is committed and obligated to create a safe, caring, respectful learning environment for all students. Bullying is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. All students shall be informed of their right to protection against bullying behaviors and the right to file a complaint if they believe they have been the victims of bullying behavior. Reports of bullying are taken seriously and will be dealt with quickly and effectively. If a student is found guilty of bullying behavior the consequences shall depend on both the results of the investigation and the severity of the incident. Consequences may include but are not limited to mediation, a parent conference, counseling, out-of-school suspension, lateral transfer, and disciplinary school assignment.

Cyber Bullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.

Harassment: A Federal court decisions and federal law aim to promote inclusion, and a reduction of harassment and violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students. Further, in Board Policy #102, The School District of Philadelphia affirms its commitment to MultiracialMulticultural-Gender Education. This policy is designed to foster knowledge about and respect for those of all races, ethnic groups, social classes, genders, religions, disabilities, and sexual orientation. Its purpose is to ensure equity and justice for all members of the school community and society as a whole, and to give those members the skills and knowledge they need to understand and overcome individual biases and institutional barriers to full equality.In keeping with the above, NEHS is committed to maintaining a positive learning and working environment that is free from any form of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and is a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or sex. Sexual harassment shall consist of unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, inappropriate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, or display of materials, which evoke responses not in keeping with the atmosphere intended for the classroom or the work place. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Sexual flirtation, touching, advances or propositions
  2. Verbal or written comments of a sexual nature, including sexually suggestive or degrading language

Any victim of a crime committed by a member of the school community has the right to pursue criminal charges through the Criminal Justice or Juvenile Court Systems. To do so, a victim may initiate charges with the Philadelphia Police or file a private criminal complaint. To file a private criminal complaint, if the alleged offender is an adult, the victim should call 215-686-9863, 215-686-9864 or 215-686-9865, or if the alleged offender is a juvenile, the victim should call 215-686-7430. A victim may also contact the Department of Education’s Safe Schools Advocate at 215-644-1277 or the District’s Safety Hotline at 215-400-SAFE (7233). Finally, a victim may also file a grievance in accordance with the District’s student grievance procedure.

Transgender and gender non-conforming students are afforded certain rights under School Board Policy 252, which are:

  1. The right to privacy, and this includes the right to keep one’s transgender identity private at school.
  2. School personnel should not disclose information that may reveal a student’s transgender identity or gender nonconformity to others, including parents and other school personnel, unless the student has authorized such disclosure.
  3. The right to be included in the group that corresponds to their gender identity.
  4. The right to have access to the restroom or locker room that corresponds to their gender identity.

Report Bullying- It’s everyone’s job to keep everyone safe.

Report Bullying on the school district website:

Dress Code

Northeast High School adopted a uniform policy, implemented in November 2009. Students must wear their uniforms starting the first day of school, September 3, 2019. The mandatory dress code is as follow


  • A student arriving without a tie will be issued a new tie and a charge will be assessed to his or her account.
  • Ties are NOT returnable once issued. Students will not be permitted to borrow a tie from school, retrieve ties from lockers, or have friends already in the building bring them a tie.
  • Ties may be purchased at the school store, in the main office, or in Mr. Picardi’s office.


  • Solid white, button-down, oxford collar shirts, long or short sleeves.
  • All students, of all faiths, must wear the school uniform colors of khaki and white.
  • We encourage parents to purchase official school sweaters directly from Northeast High School. The students of parents who opt not to purchase a school sweater may only wear a plain, black cardigan.
  • NO OUTTER WEAR- Students may not wear hoodies, fleeces, pullover sweaters, or sweatshirts. These items will be confiscated


  • Tan khaki pants (cargo pants, work pants, “skinny leg” pants, and pants with elastic waistbands and ankle bands are unacceptable).
  • Pants must be secured at the waist preferably with a belt.
  • Tan skirts or skorts.
  • Pants and skirts must be of appropriate length. Skirts must be NO MORE than three inches above the knee.


  • Dark-colored shoes are preferred.
  • Open-toed shoes are not permitted.
  • Slippers, flip-flops, sandals, etc, are not permitted.
  • Socks or stockings should reflect the uniform color

Items Not Permitted to be Worn Inside of the Building

  • All coats, jackets, and hooded sweatshirts must remain in lockers. Failure to comply will result in confiscation of items.
  • Hats, scarves and bandanas are not to be worn inside. Failure to comply will result in confiscation of items. Religious headwear is an expect
  • Clothing with slits/holes is not permitted.
  • Clothing with profanity, drug/alcohol messages, or inappropriate and offensive images are not permitted and will be confiscated.

*Uniform violations will result in further disciplinary action

Physical Education Uniform: Students are required to attend and participate in their physical education class in full uniform. Northeast physical education uniforms consist of:

  • Red Northeast gym t-shirt or plain (logo/message free) red t-shirt
  • Black athletic shorts or black athletic pants
  • Athletic footwear
ID Cards and Temporary IDs (Temps): In order to provide a safe and secure environment for all NEHS students and staff, photo ID cards must be in your possession at all times. ID cards must be presented for entry into the lunchroom, activity tickets, and other school-related situations. Failure to carry your ID card/Temp or produce it upon request by any staff member may result in disciplinary action. Lost ID cards can be replaced in room in the dean’s office Room 22 during advisory, at a charge of $5.00. Temps cost $1.00 each. If you do not have cash, the school will bill your student account.

Common Areas

Hallway Etiquette- Use inside voices to communicate. Ask for the help of the hallway staff. Move as quickly and respectfully as possible. No music or yelling.

Assembly Etiquette- Give respect to the speaker. Raise your hand when wanting to participate or be excused. Pay attention to the assembly activities.

Lunchroom Etiquette- Students may use the lunchroom, prior to advisory, for breakfast and during their scheduled lunch periods. Students must scan in when reporting to the cafeteria for lunch. Students are not permitted to leave the school or school grounds during their assigned lunch period. Eating takes place in the cafeteria, only.

  1. Students may attend only assigned lunch period.
  2. Students must wait their turn in the food line, in an orderly fashion (students may not jump ahead of others already waiting in the lunch line).
  3. Students are required to clean up after themselves; students will keep tables and surrounding area clean. When finished with lunch, students will place all bottles, containers, papers etc. in the receptacles.
  4. Students must be seated during lunch.
  5. Absolutely NO food or beverage is allowed to be taken out of the cafeteria.
  6. The central walkway between the two entrances must be clear at all times.
  7. Students using the restroom must leave their IDs with the scanner support-staff.
  8. Students are not to leave the cafeteria area until their lunch period is over unless they have permission from the teacher on duty.
  9. Any kind of cafeteria disruption, unruly conduct, or failure to observe the above rules and regulation will result in disciplinary action.
  10. Misappropriation of student’s identification number (PIN) is forbidden.
  11. All students MUST adhere to the Northeast High School dress code policy while in the cafeteria.
  12. Students with 7th period lunch are prohibited to leave school premises without a work roster.

Free or Reduced Price Lunches: Daily breakfast and lunch meals will be provided to all students at NO charge. All students can eat at no cost and there is no application required.

Event Etiquette: The behavior expectations for the inside of the building are the same for outside events.

Bathroom: Clean behind yourself. Wash your hands. Groom quickly and get back to your assigned area.

Gym Lockers/Locker Rooms: Students are responsible for the purchase of gym locks for their gym lockers. Students are required at all times to secure all items in a locked locker. Never leave a gym locker unlocked. The lock and contents must be emptied after each gym period. School District policies and procedures that apply to hallway lockers also apply to gym lockers. Northeast High School is not responsible for any items lost or stolen from all locker rooms.

Lockers and Storage Areas (Use and Searches): Students will be assigned a locker with a lock when they come to NEHS. If there is a problem with your locker or if your lock is lost or stolen, the locker office is to be notified immediately.. Replacement cost of a lock is $5.00. Locks other than those issued by the school may not be placed on lockers. Unauthorized locks will be cut off without notice. Students are not to give their locker combination to anyone!

The school cannot be responsible for theft. If theft should occur, immediately report the theft to the School Police Office and the incident will be investigated promptly. Northeast High School is not responsible for any items lost or stolen from all lockers.

Lockers, locks, and/or storage compartments, which are provided for student use, remain the property of the School District. As such, students shall have no expectation of privacy. Students should also be aware that the use of all School District equipment and/or facilities is extended to students for legitimate school purposes only. To protect the health, safety, and general welfare of everyone in the school community, school district personnel have the right to randomly and/or periodically inspect lockers, desks and other storage areas at anytime. Students do not have the right to be present during such searches. Therefore, lockers are only to be used for the storage of the following items: books, school supplies, clothing, items of personal hygiene, food, pocket books/purses, and/or any other personal items, which are not in violation of Board policy, school regulations and/or any local, state or federal statute. Coats, hoodies, hats, and all outerwear are to be kept in your hallway locker. They are not permitted to be worn inside of the building.

The student to whom a locker is assigned is responsible for any and all items found in the locker, regardless of whether the student claims or admits to be the owner or custodian thereof. If any illegal materials are found, these materials may be used against the student in disciplinary proceedings and/or may be turned over to law enforcement agencies.

Locker Clean Out: It is mandatory that students clean out their lockers and return all school property and books at the end of the school year by a designated date. Students will be given plenty of notice to comply. After the designated date, all lockers will be opened and inspected. All items left in lockers will be discarded. Neither the school nor the School District of Philadelphia is responsible for any losses or for items left in lockers at the end of the school year.

Assemblies/Auditorium: Special assemblies in the auditorium are scheduled during seminar. Students are to report, promptly, and be seated in their assigned seats. Students are expected to maintain appropriate behavior during the program. Students are not permitted to eat or drink. Students are to remain in their assigned seats until dismissed and may not leave the auditorium without authorization. Students who fail to follow these rules will be subject to progressive disciplinary action.

Town Hall Meetings: These are meetings with other students in your small learning community. The purpose of the town hall is to distribute information and gather information. The community giving back to the community. Your SLC leaders and climate managers will run these meetings until student volunteers take over.  Our first meetings will include reviewing this handbook, teaching restorative practices, reviewing grades and behavior data. Towne Halls could also include rewards and celebrations for students caught doing right. These meetings are scheduled to occur at least twice per month.

Parking: Student parking is restricted to the lot on Glendale Ave., designated for student use, and on the street where permitted. Any student using the student parking lot must register their car in RM# 22 and receive a student-parking sticker. Stickers must be displayed on the rear driver side window. Cars, which are illegally parked or do not have a student- parking sticker, will be ticketed by the police or towed. Students who park vehicles in designated staff parking lots; will be subject to severe discipline, including the loss of any and all student privileges for any extra-curricular activity for the school year. The school reserves its right to revoke a student’s parking privilege.

Wall Postings: All postings must have administrative approval prior to posting. Any posted material lacking administrative approval will be removed. NO POSTINGS ARE TO BE PLACED ON PAINTED SURFACES. Northeast High School is not responsible for the condition of posted materials and will not return materials that are removed.

School Publications and Website Information: All information contained in any school publication (school newspaper, yearbook, etc.) and/or posted on the school’s website must be submitted to the sponsor of such activity for review in accordance with District guidelines and the AUP prior to publication and/or posting. Any material, which the administration finds objectionable in accordance with District guidelines, may be removed by the administration in accordance with District procedures. NOTE: Since it is possible that a student’s picture may be included as part of any school publication and/or posting on the school’s website, if you do not wish your photograph to be included as part of any school-sponsored publication or activity, intentionally or otherwise, you must complete the form on pages 39-40, specifically requesting that your photograph not be used.

Drills: All of NEHS drills are pre-planned. They are all scheduled according to state mandates. For lockdown drills, parents will be notified of the approximate time frame. All are welcome to view the school safety plan online and or in the main office. In short we conduct shelter in place, fire, lockdown and other best practice drills to prepare in the event of an actual emergency.

Student Support

Restorative Practices – Our staff is trained to implement Restorative practices with fidelity

Elect– A resource for teenage parents in room 164

WES– A resource for mental health needs located in room

MTSS The School District’s Multi-Tiered Student Support (MTSS), is a tiered, collaborative process by which schools identify barriers to learning and remove them by accessing internal (school-based) and external (community-based) resources.

Health Services and Medication: The Nurse’s Office 145, is located next to the Main Office, and is open from 7:42 A.M. – 2:46 P.M. One school nurse is on duty all day in room 145. For non-emergency visits, which are only seen during the last 10 minutes of each period, a note from the teacher is mandatory.  True emergencies will be seen at any time.

Medication may be taken in school ONLY if:

  • Parents who wish to have a prescription medication given to their child during school hours ask the nurse for a “Request for Administration of Medication” (Form MED-1), and
  • The form is filled out, signed by the student’s doctor and parent /legal guardian, and returned to the nurse.

Students MAY NOT bring medications to school for their personal use, nor may students take any medication in school unless administered by the school’s nurse. Students should see the nurse for any health related questions that they may have. Parents: If your child has any health concerns or is taking prescription medication for any reason, even if it does not have to be taken in school, it is important that you inform the nurse immediately.

SLC Assistant Principal Counselor SLC Leader
ALP Ms. Precia – Room 215 A. Dunakin – Room 222A S. Salandy


Health & Medical

Fitness & Wellness

Ms. Precia – Room 215

Mr. Picardi – Room 103A

12th Grade

N. Rhodes – Room 100A M. Michaels
Arts & Education Ms. Mecca – Main Office V. Sylva – Room 123A K. Klimaytis
Special Education Mr. Picardi – Room 103A M. Gradl
9th Grade  Academy Mr. McDaniel – Room 25 K. Kinning – Room 21 D. Davis
Magnet, AP, & IB Ms. Mecca – Main Office

H. Morton – Room 103B

S. Tailie – Room 103D

C. Frank

B. Taylor


Sports Marketing Management

Mr. Greaves – Main Office C. Bonner – Room 18A

C. Yaremko

M. Courtin


Immigrant Resources

NEHS Home and School Association: Northeast High School’s Home and School, with its proud tradition of dedicated and caring parents, continues to support NEHS students each and every year, and looks forward to 2019-2020 with high expectations for a productive and successful year.  Family dues are $5.00 per year or $15.00 for four years. Dues are collected at the meetings or can be sent to the office with your child. Proceeds from all Home & School fundraising events are used exclusively to fund H&S programs and services that benefit the students, staff, and parents of Northeast High School.

In September, we will be distributing a form that will require you to sign- up and commit to two Home and School meetings. Unless otherwise specified, the Home and School Association meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 P.M. in the school library on the 2nd floor.

Information for Parents

Early Dismissal: No student will be permitted to leave the building early unless a parent/guardian comes to the main office to sign out the student. This rule applies for all students regardless of age. Parents/Guardians MUST have a government issued ID and be listed the legal guardian or emergency contact on the School Computer Network.

Medical and dental appointments should be scheduled after school hours. However, for those that must be made during school hours, a parent/guardian must come into the building and sign out the student in the main office. No student is allowed to leave the building on his/her own. This rule applies for all students regardless of age. For medical emergencies, students must see the nurse. All students, regardless of age, who are being dismissed early due to illness, must have a parent or guardian pick them up. For school approved athletic events, all students requiring early dismissals must provide teachers with early dismissal slips prior to leaving the building so they are not marked cutting.

Teacher Contact: If you would like to meet with a teacher, an appointment is necessary. Call the school office at 215-400-3200 ext: 1100 and ask to leave a message for the teacher. Please be aware that teachers are unable to speak with parents when they are in class instructing students. Please leave your phone number and email address.

After Dismissal: No student is permitted in the school building, or upon school grounds after dismissal without staff supervision. Any student found in the building without supervision is considered trespassing and may be subject to disciplinary action.

Students who are coming back to the school building after sporting activities/events are not permitted to reenter the school building unless a staff member accompanies them. The staff member must escort the students to their destination(s) and ensure the students have exited the building safely. Students are not permitted to re-enter the building once they have left without staff accompaniment.

Physical and Dental Exam Requirement: Please note that all 9th grade students and new admissions are required by PA law to have to have a physical and dental exam on file with the school within thirty days of admission.

The Parent Involvement Policy and Parent Compact can be found on our website.

Student Records: Federal and state laws provide safeguards to the privacy of vital records and guarantee access to these records by parents or guardians and students. A parent or guardian who wishes to review the records of a student for whom he/she is responsible, should contact the student’s counselor for an appointment or present a written request to the counselor for such an inspection. Such requests will be granted as soon as possible, but not later than 14 days from the date of the request.

Emergency Closing of Schools Announcements will be made over the radio and local TV beginning at 5:30 A.M. You may also check the District’s website  at If for any emergency, school must be closed during the school day, the administration will make the announcement.  Follow radio and local TV for updates regarding any District-mandated early dismissal.

Emergency Contact Form: Each year students are required to update their “Emergency Contact Forms.” These forms are given to the students by their advisor and are to be returned with the updated information.

Visitors: All visitors must report to the main lobby, sign-in, state their purpose for visiting, secure a visitor’s pass, proceed through scanning, and then report to the main office. It is recommended that an appointment be scheduled in advance when requesting to meet with a teacher, or counselor to ensure that he/she will be available. Administrators will be available by appointment for parent meetings. Visitation privileges will not be granted to:

  1. non-students wishing to attend class with a friend or relative,
  2. non-students who wish to see a former teacher/staff member without an appointment, or
  3. students wishing to bring young children to school with them.
Non Discrimination Statements: The School District of Philadelphia, an equal opportunity employer, will not discriminate in employment or education programs or activities, based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, gender, sexual orientation, union membership or limited proficiency. This policy of non-discrimination extends to all other legally protected classifications. Publication of this policy in this document is in accordance with state and federal laws including Title IX of the education amendments of 1972 and sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Inquiries should be directed to Sterlin C. Daniel, Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer, 734 Schuylkill Avenue, 1st floor, Philadelphia, PA 19146, (215) 875-3815.

Security Scans For security purposes, students and visitors must pass through a scanning process as they enter the school. The scans will detect weapons, drugs, electronic devices, etc. Boys are to report to the “F” door by the gym office. Girls are to report to the main lobby. All other persons coming into NEHS to visit or conduct business must go through the scan process in the main lobby before proceeding to the main office.

Student Expression (Guidelines): Students have the right to express themselves verbally and in writing, unless the expression interferes with the educational program, threatens immediate harm to the welfare of the school or community, encourages unlawful activity, takes away another individual’s lawful rights or undermine the school’s basic educational mission. The wearing of buttons, badges or arm bands bearing slogans or sayings shall be permitted as another form of expression, unless the message contains obscene, defamatory or offensive language, encourages illegal actions, contains any signs/symbols of gang affiliation, undermines the basic educational mission of the school or results in interference with the educational program.

NOTE: The distribution of any materials must be approved by the administration and the information contained in any such material must be in conformance with the provisions applicable to those for student expression. Further, the administration may determine the time and place of distribution of such materials so that distribution shall not interfere with the operation of the school.

Student Rights & Responsibilities

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Transgender and Gender Non-Confirming Student Rights



Internet Acceptable Use Policy

The School District of Philadelphia is providing its employees and students (“users”) with access to computing equipment, systems and local network functions such as School District email and the Internet.

  1. Purpose
    1. This access has a limited educational purpose for students and is to facilitate employees’ work productivity.
  2. Access rights and privileges.
  3. The School District has the right to place reasonable restrictions on the use of equipment, resources and material students and employees access or post through the system. Students and employees are also expected to follow the rules set forth in the District’s rules and regulations governing conduct, disciplinary code, and the law in their use of the district’s equipment and network. This access has not been established as a public access service or a public forum. All access and rights are privileges granted by the District, and users should expect no privacy rights.
  4. All District employees and students will have access to the Internet through the district’s private network. Parents may specifically request that their children not be provided such access by notifying the District in writing.
  5. No student will be given or have access to District-provided Internet e-mail.
  6. Students may be permitted to access an external Internet e-mail service or their personal email account for the purpose of legitimate instructional or school-based needs. This is a local decision.
  7. Guests/contractors are not automatically eligible for a District email account. E-mail or network access accounts may be granted if directly sponsored by a District administrator.
  8. Unacceptable Uses
    1. Users may not use the District’s private network to access material that is profane or obscene (pornography of any kind), that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (hate literature).
    2. Users may not post personal information on the Internet about themselves or other people. Personal contact information includes address, telephone, school address, work address, pictures or video bites, clips, etc.
    3. Students may not agree to meet with someone they have met on the Internet without their parent’s approval and participation.
    4. Users may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any other computer system. This includes attempting to log in through another person’s account or access another person’s files. These actions are illegal, even if only for the purposes of “browsing”, “snooping”, or “electronic discovery”.
    5. Users may not deliberately disrupt or harm hardware or systems, interfere with computer or network performance, interfere with another’s ability to use equipment and systems, or destroy data.
    6. Users may not use the District’s private network to engage in illegal acts, such as arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the safety of person, accessing or sharing unauthorized copyrighted music, movies, and other intellectual property, etc.
    7. Users may not utilize peer-to-peer file-sharing applications or execute programs to facilitate the downloading or exchange of copyrighted or unauthorized music, movies, and other materials.
    8. Users may not use the District’s private network to solicit information with the intent of using such information to cause personal harm or bodily injury to another or others.
    9. Users may not post information that could endanger an individual, cause personal damage or a danger of service disruption.
    10. Users may not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.
    11. Users may not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, other data, or passwords belonging to other users.
    12. Users may not indirectly or directly make connections that create “backdoors” to the District, other organizations, community groups, etc. that allow unauthorized access to the District’s network.
    13. Users may not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, hateful, threatening, or disrespectful language.
    14. Users may not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.
    15. Users may not harass another person. Harassment is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person.
    16. Users may not re-post a message that was sent to them privately without permission of the person who sent them the message.
    17. Users may not forward or post chain letters or engage in “spamming”. Spamming is sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people.
    18. Users will not install or reproduce unauthorized or unlicensed software on District resources.
    19. Users may not plagiarize works that they find on the Internet or other resources.
    20. Users may not use technology resources and Internet for private business activities or unreasonable personal use.
    21. Users may not use the District’s private network for political lobbying.
    22. Students will not download files unless approved by their teachers.
  9. System Security Obligations
    1. Users are responsible for the use of their individual access account(s) and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use their account(s), including coworkers, friends, or family. Under no conditions should a user provide his/her password to another person.
    2. Attempts to log on to the District’s private network or any other network as a system administrator is prohibited.
    3. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of violating this or any other Acceptable Use Policy may be denied access to the District’s private network.
    4. Users will avoid the inadvertent spread of computer viruses by following the School District virus protection procedures if they download software or share common file directory.
    5. Users should immediately notify a teacher or system administrator of any possible security problem.
    6. Students will promptly disclose to their teacher or other appropriate school employee any message received that is inappropriate.

D.     Filtering

  1. As required by law and in recognition of the need to establish a safe and appropriate computing environment, the District will use filtering technology to prohibit access, to the degree possible, to objectionable or unsuitable content that might otherwise be accessible via the Internet.

E.     Due Process

  1. The School District will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation concerning or relating to any illegal activities conducted through the district’s private network.
  2. In the event there is an allegation that a student has violated the District Acceptable Use Policy, the student will be provided with a written notice of the alleged violation and will be provided with notice and opportunity to be heard in the manner set forth in the Student Hearing Process Policy. Disciplinary actions may be taken.
  3. Employee violations of the District Acceptable Use Policy will be handled in accordance with the law, School Board Policy or collective bargaining agreement(s), as applicable.

F.     Administration

  1. The Chief Information Officer has the responsibility and authority for the development, publication, implementation and ongoing administration and enforcement of the processes and techniques required to protect the Philadelphia School District’s technology systems and services from unauthorized access, loss or misuse.
  2. School principals have the responsibility to establish a plan to ensure adequate supervision of students. They are also responsible for interpreting and enforcing this policy at the local level.
  3. Local management has the responsibility to interpret and enforce this policy.

Please review the full  policy on the School District Website. The address of the document is: