2023-24 HCS Student Policy Guide

Please see your school office for a printed version to sign and return.

A Message from the Superintendent Dora L. Stutler

What an extraordinary opportunity we have to touch the lives of children who will grow to serve our community and society as a whole. Our goal is, and will continue to be, preparing our children for the 21st century. All of our decisions will be made with that goal in mind.

Collaborative, technological, and leadership skills are necessary to thrive today. Traditional teaching methods alone no longer provide the skills necessary to acquire a career or advance into some form of post-secondary education or training. Our educators must be armed with the professional development, assessment data, and time necessary to make these skills a priority in our curriculum.

Unprecedented steps have been taken to ensure a decrease in “out of education” experiences for students in 2023-2024. Students thrive when in an environment of high expectations and support. The results of truancy, discipline, and dropouts pose significant challenges to us all. There is much that parents can do to solidify and grow collaborative relationships with our highly qualified staff to maximize the achievement of all students.

As we begin the 2023-2024 school year, I am so very grateful for the opportunity to share in your child’s impressionable years. I am hopeful that we can work together to continue to ensure that Harrison County Schools provides a quality education for all students.

Core Beliefs

  • All Students can succeed.

  • Education is the shared responsibility of the school, families, and community.

  • All schools should provide a healthy, safe, and drug free environment.

  • Everyone can be a lifelong learner and productive citizen.

  • Everyone should demonstrate positive character, civility and integrity.

School Phone Numbers

Emergency Codes

International Educational Travel and Exchange Programs

Harrison County secondary schools will strive to accept international exchange students each year. Guidelines pertaining to acceptance are outlined below:

Harrison County Schools Credit Recovery Protocol

All parts effective June 1, 2018

  • Students that fail a high school core graduation requirement are eligible to be enrolled in the equivalent Credit Recovery course prepared by Harrison County Schools.

  • In communication with the guidance counselor/principal, the student will need to be enrolled in the credit recovery software by the school-level credit recovery contact to begin work during the time designated by the school and outside of the student’s instructional day. Progress should be monitored to ensure that the student is completing the work in a timely manner.

  • Students should not attempt to recover multiple credits simultaneously. The student’s attention should be focused on recovering one credit at a time.

  • All components of the course, including Activity Quizzes, Lesson Quizzes, and Chapter Tests must be completed at a minimum rate of 65% (60% after July 1, 2018 due to changes to WVBE Policy 2510) in order to recover the credit for the course.

  • The school-level credit recovery contact will run the completed Student Progress Report and provide a copy to the principal and appropriate guidance counselor when the student has finished the course.

  • ½ credits can be obtained by completing ½ of the HCS created courses. The school-level credit recovery contact will copy the full course, and then edit the assignment to meet the first half or second half of the course requirements.

  • The principal/counselor will record a “P” on the student transcript if the course is completed at a rate of 65% (60% after July 1, 2018 due to changes to WVBE Policy 2510) or higher. Nothing is recorded on the transcript if the student does not complete all of the course requirements at a minimum of a 65% rate (60% after July 1, 2018 due to changes to WVBE Policy 2510). The “P” will have no bearing on the student’s GPA, but will serve as a record of credit toward graduation.

  • The principal/counselor will place an ”L” in the fifth position of the WVEIS Course Code to denote the course was a county-approved credit recovery course.

  • Schools may consider collecting a $50 fee from the student for each credit recovery course to be returned to the student in the event the credit is earned. This may help with attendance at after-school or summer credit

From the Harrison County Graduation Policy 5504: 5504.5.4 Credit Recovery –

Using a county-approved, individualized, computer-based program, monitored by school personnel, a student may recover a credit for a course in which he/she has been enrolled in the 8100 minutes of instruction yet failed to pass. This individualized, computer- based program permits a student to successfully complete an available course and receive credit toward graduation. No grade is issued for this recovery, and the previously earned failing grade remains on the student’s transcript and is factored into his/her GPA.