If you have a question, the annual Student/Parent Handbook generally has all of the answers. Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions, and the related answer that will ensure student success on our campus.



If my student must be absent, what is the absence procedure?

Since absences do occur, we have procedures in place for parents to notify the school regarding student absences, and for students to make up the absences that exceed five in any class during any semester. Parents should call in, but please realize that a phone call does not absolve the student of the responsibility to make up the absence once the absences exceed five. Students are accountable for all absences.

 

Please refer to page 8 of the Student/Parent Handbook for further information.


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What is the school's tardy policy?

Yuma High School is now combining Tardy Sweep and Dress Code infractions. A student can have three infractions per semester. On the fourth infraction, the student will receive an out of school suspension pending a parent conference. Any time after this conference takes place the student will receive one day of suspension for each infraction.

 

Please refer to page 9 of the Student/Parent Handbook for further information.


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Can my student leave campus during the school day?

All Yuma Union High School District campuses are closed campuses. Any student leaving campus during the school day must check out through the attendance office. Permission from parents is usually necessary. Work-study situations, school activities, senior early-outs, or other previously approved departures from campus are exceptions.

 

Please refer to page 9 of the Student/Parent Handbook for further information.


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How often can I expect to receive a report card?

Students receive progress report cards at the end of each marking period so that parents and students may monitor grades, school attendance, and eligibility for extra-curricular activities.

 

Please refer to page 15 of the Student/Parent Handbook for further information.


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Is there a campus bookstore?

All students receive books without charge. Parent(s)/student(s) must pay for lost or damaged books. Campus bookstores have school supplies available for sale.

 

Students must pay all fees owed to the bookstore before they can participate in extra-curricular activities, dances, privilege activities, pre-registration or the graduation ceremony. Students who do not come in to claim books left in lockers before June 6th must pay a late fee of $5.00.

 

At the time of a schedule change, students must check with the bookstore to return/issue books and refund fees. We will not issue refunds to students who drop a class after two weeks.

 

Please refer to page 15 of the Student/Parent Handbook for further information.


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Are there any charges for class materials?

Course costs vary, depending on fees and materials used by students. Please refer to the District Website for the most current information. The costs of individual projects will be the responsibility of each student. Each school operates a non-profit bookstore for the convenience of the students and carries most instructional materials and supplies. Per state law, we furnish all pupils with the required textbooks and related printed subject matter. Students are responsible for replacement costs of lost or damaged textbooks/materials.

 

ID Cards and Athletic Passes require additional fees that we set at the beginning of each year.

 

Please refer to page 15 of the Student/Parent Handbook for further information.


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Are meals available to my student?

To help students start their day right, the District has chosen to serve Breakfast free of charge. The full price for Lunch is $2.00, reduced is $0.40. We encourage you to complete and return an application for reduced lunch prices. Applications mean more than just meals; they determine the amount of federal funding the schools receive. Applications are available at your school Cafeteria, District office, or Website.

 

The Cafeterias utilize a system that allows parents to pay for their students meals without the student needing to carry money. Just go to mymealtime.com and follow the instructions, or send a check made out to your school’s Cafeteria and we will place the amount into their debit account. To obtain a meal, the student passes their school ID card through the scanner at the register. Students must have a Student ID to use their debit accounts. If you have any questions, please call the school Cafeteria Manager or the District Food Service Office. Students must show an ID in order to receive a lunch.

 

Please refer to page 17 of the Student/Parent Handbook for further information.


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Is there bus service to the school?

Public school transportation services are a privilege, not an entitlement. Transportation service is contingent on student compliance with school bus rules. These rules are in place to promote the safety of all students granted the privilege of riding a Yuma Schools Transportation Department Bus. Failure on the part of the students to comply with these rules could result in permanent loss of riding privileges for the school year and disciplinary action from the school up through expulsion.

 

Please refer to page 18 of the Student/Parent Handbook for further information.


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Are student lockers provided?

Yes, locker are available. Student lockers are school property and remain under the control of the school. The school reserves the right to open any locker for reasonable cause. Students should protect their property by keeping the locker locked and guarding the combination. Under no circumstances should students keep money or valuables be kept in their locker. Students who share a locker with another student compromise the security of the locker. The school is not responsible for items stolen or damaged on campus. The owner assumes all risks for books and personal property brought to school.


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Can my student bring a cell phone to school?

Students may possess cell phones, iPods, CD players, and walkmans on school property and school-sponsored activities. Students may not turn on or use them on school grounds until the end of the official instructional day. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that they are off and out of sight during the instructional day. The campus is not responsible for items stolen, lost, or damaged. The owner assumes all risks for non-educational electronic items and personal property brought to school. The campus will not compensate for any item confiscated, lost, stolen, or damaged. Items confiscated by staff will be logged into the office and kept until Friday, or the last school day of the week. Students must have their current student ID card to retrieve their confiscated items on Fridays. A parent/guardian may also pick up the electronic device; however, they must be a contact on Esis.

 

Please refer to page 19 of the Student/Parent Handbook for further information.


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Is there a dress code?

Yuma High School has a standardized dress code consisting of navy blue or khaki bottoms, and navy blue, tan, or white polo shirts. On Fridays, students may wear jeans and school logo shirts.

 

Please refer to page 20 of the Student/Parent Handbook for further information.


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Are visitors allowed on campus?

For the safety of students and staff, district policy does not permit visitors to high school campuses during the school day under most circumstances.

 

Parents, of course, are always welcome on campus, but we encourage you to make appointments when attempting to visit teachers during the school day. All visitors, parents included, must report to the administrative offices to obtain a visitor pass before entering the campus area.

 

Please refer to page 20 of the Student/Parent Handbook for further information.


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What is required in order to graduate?

In order to earn a Yuma Union High School District diploma, regular education students must meet graduation requirements that include credit requirements and competency test requirements adopted by the State Board of Education. Students must meet all graduation requirements before they can participate in commencement exercises. Students with grade point averages of three point five (3.5) or higher shall be designated as graduating with honors.

 

Please refer to page 10 of the Student/Parent Handbook for further information.


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Where can I find information about other programs available to my student?

The Yuma Union High School District supports the comprehensive high school model. Cibola, Gila Ridge, Kofa, San Luis, and Yuma High Schools offer well-rounded programs designed to prepare the student for entry into college or university, for continued vocational training, and for productive citizenship. Students may also select training for entry-level jobs in business and industry.

 

Please refer to page 14 of the Student/Parent Handbook for further information.


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Is there any other way to earn high school credit?

Vista Alternative High School is an alternative education program designed to reach out to all students who seek to learn, grow, and succeed. The school is available to Yuma Union High School District students with special circumstances or needs on a self-selected basis. Vista Alternative High School offers all core subject area classes as well as limited electives. Vista Alternative School has limited enrollment divided equally between morning and afternoon sessions.

 

Students interested in attending Vista Alternative High School should visit with their high school counselor.

 

Please refer to page 15 of the Student/Parent Handbook for further information.


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How can I get involved with athletics?

Yuma High School offers Fall Sports (Cheer, Volleyball, Football, Chess, Swimming/Diving, Cross Country, and Golf) Winter Sports (Basketball, Soccer, and Wrestling) and Spring Sports (Tennis, Baseball, Softball, and Track).

 

If interested in joining a team, stop by the Athletics Office for an eligibility packet. The packet contains all the information you will need to be eligible to play your sport. Once you have gotten a physical, and have filled out the entire packet, bring the packet, proof of insurance, and a copy of your birth certificate to the Athletics Office. If you are transferring to Yuma High from another high school, you need to make an appointment with the Athletic Director to assess your eligibility status.


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