Parent & Student Resources
On this page you will find a number of resources to help you navigate the RCS school system as well as important forms, enrollment information, and student programs. Click on a thumbnail below for more information.
Links and Resources
Rockingham County Schools utilizes the Alert Now: Connect 5 Phone Notification Service.
Your child’s school will be utilizing the Alert Now: Connect 5 service for:
Back to School
End of Grade Testing Dates
Report Card Distribution
Make Up School Day Reminder
Attendance / Absence Notification
The district will be utilizing the Alert Now:Connect 5 service for:
Weather Related Information
Other Important Information
To update your primary and emergency contact information, please call your child’s school.
To receive a replay of school and district messages sent to your phone, call 1-855-4-REPLAY or 1-855-473-7529.
Anyone who accidentally opted out of their RCS/school automated phone calls can easily opt back in. Call 855-502-7867 and select option 2. The call MUST be made from the opt-in phone number, which means schools cannot add a phone number for families. We don't want you to miss any important messages!
Below is a list of frequently requested info as well as link to helpful resources for students.
What is the Career and College Promise Program?
Career and College Promise Program at Rockingham Community College provides an opportunity for high school students to earn college credits while attending high school. These credits are transferable to any of the UNC system's institutions and many other North Carolina colleges.
For more information, please see your School Guidance Counselor or contact Chandra Caple at Rockingham Community College (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In order to provide more efficient and secure service, effective March 24, 2016, all 3rd Party Requests for Student Records, education verifications, corporate verifications, or related student records MUST be made using our secure online request system.
The online request form can be found here.
The work permit form may be printed from the NC Department of Labor website. Follow these instructions to complete the process correctly:
Students should complete the first section of the form to provide information about themselves: name, address, etc.
The employer completes the section about the job, business name and address, etc. and the employer signs the form.
The parent or guardian signs the form.
The student takes the form to either the Rockingham County Department of Social Services (in the Governmental Center in Wentworth) or to the Employment Security Commission office (across from Rockingham High School in Wentworth).
The student must provide proof of age (a photo id with birth date or a birth certificate) and the student must sign the form in the presence of the issuing officer. Do not sign the form until the issuing officer at the agency directs you to do so!
College Entrance Exams
The SAT is given at McMichael High School each October and May. Students may also take the exam at nearby locations in Guilford County in November, December, January, March or June. The College Board website provides excellent information to help students prepare for the test, in addition to online registration.
College Preparation Links
Parents’ Guide to Student Success (listed below in English and Spanish) was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 40 states have adopted.
Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.
The National PTA® created the guides for grades K-8 and two for grades 9-12 (one for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics).
The Guide includes:
Key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully implemented.
Activities that parents can do at home to support their child's learning.
Methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child's teacher.
Tips for planning for college and career (high school only).
Parent Guides - English
This guide provides an overview of what your child will learn during high school in English.
This guide provides an overview of what your child will learn during high school in mathematics.
Guía Para Padres Para Fomentar El Éxito Escolar
Esta guía presenta un panorama general de lo que aprenderá su hijo en artes lingüísticas de inglés en la escuela preparatoria.
Esta guía presenta un panorama general de lo que aprenderá su hijo en matemática en la escuela preparatoria.
Below are a number of resources for both students and parents.
You can also visit our Parent Resources Website for additional links and assistance.
PARENT RESOURCES AND SUPPORT - EXTENDED ABSENCE DUE TO COVID-19 - HERE
PARENT CANVAS ACCESS
Students in grades 6 - 12 may access Canvas, our district Learning Management System, to receive daily announcements, assignments, class resources, and grades from their chromebook. Students (and parent/guardian) can access their Canvas classes from any device 24/7 with single sign-in district log in the NCEDCloud HERE.
Student can also download the Student Canvas App to their phones. Look for the Student Canvas App in your app store.
Parents can monitor their student’s class activities, assignment due dates and grades. Parents can download the Parent Canvas App to their phones. Look for the Parent Canvas App in your app store and follow the directions above to pair with your student(s).
You can submit a HELP ticket directly from Canvas for support in addition to contacting your teacher, school or the RCS Help Desk.
Homework Assistance Line (336) 623-3689
Rockingham County Schools’ Homework Assistance Line (“HAL”) is served by licensed teachers for students in grades
K-12. Students or parents may call and have a teacher help them work out problems or explain assignments in core and advanced subject areas.
Days / Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, beginning in September after Labor Day and ending one week before End-of-Grade Tests.
The Homework Assistance Line is closed every teacher workday, holiday, day before a holiday and when schools are closed or released early due to bad weather.
Parent & Booster Organizations
Parents are invited to join us in volunteering with many of our school projects.
A list of volunteer opportunities is listed below.
Boosters: Each of our athletic teams has a Boosters Club. If you are interested in assisting in helping with a particular sport, donating to the sport, or raising money for the sport, please contact the team coach or Morehead's Athletic Director, Coach John Blackwell at email@example.com
School Improvement Team: Contact Dr. Moody (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in membership on the School Improvement Team.
Academic Challenge Competition: See Mr. Everett (email@example.com) if you are interested in assisting with the Academic Challenge Competitions.
Guest Speakers: See Dr. Moody (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in being a guest speaker for Morehead.
National Honor Society: See Ms. Leonard (email@example.com) if you are interested in working with students to help prepare them for interviews.
Special Olympics: See Mrs. Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in helping out with Special Olympics activities.
Student Service Project: See Dr. Moody (email@example.com) if you are interested in coordinating student service projects with outside community organizations.
Join the Parent/Teacher/Student Organization (P.T.S.O.)
Below is a list of policies followed at our school.
Rockingham County Schools believes that regular school attendance is of crucial importance to the educational achievement of each student. Further, the board affirms that the primary responsibility for regular attendance resides with the parents/guardians and the individual student. It is the responsibility of all school personnel to promote and encourage regular school attendance and to create and maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning.
To be considered in attendance, a student must be present for one-half school day or at a place other than school with the approval of the appropriate school official for the purpose of attending an authorized school activity.
The following are excused reasons to be absent when satisfactory evidence for the excuse is provided to school officials: (1) Illness or Injury (2) Quarantine (3) Death in the Immediate Family-Includes grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters but is not limited to these family members (4) Medical or Dental Appointments (5) Court or Administrative Proceedings (6) Religious Observance (7) Educational Opportunity-Prior approval must be granted by Principal Procedures for Attendance.
The parent shall furnish written verification of absence upon the student’s return to school. The principal may require a note from the student’s physician after five (5) consecutive or ten (10) accumulated absences in a semester. When a student has a passing grade in a course but receives no credit because of attendance, the grade will be averaged as 59 for that semester. Forfeiture of Promotion or Course Credit Grades 9-12: Students with more than 10 absences in a semester or 20 absences in a year, including out-of-school suspension, will not receive credit for that course. Appeal Procedure Parents or students who believe excessive absences causing retention or loss of credit are due to extenuating circumstances may appeal the decision to the principal or his designee. Board Policy Reference: Policy #4400
MHS Tardy Procedures:
Students who do not arrive in their classroom after the first 5 minutes of first period are to go to the check in desk outside of the main office.
Students without a pass to first period (after 5 minutes will not be permitted into the classroom).
Tardy students will be documented at the check-in desk and be given a pass to class.
Students inside of the 5 minute window (Only for 1st Block) should be noted as a Tardy to class and be permitted to enter class. Teachers must document the number of tardies to class.
Students arriving to school after 11:30 a.m. shall be counted absent for daily attendance.
Car trouble or lack of transportation is an unexcused absence.
Students tardy to school or to any class during the day will be assigned disciplinary consequences by the teacher/administration.
Work missed because of tardies (excused or unexcused) can be made up. Work not made up will result in the loss of credit. It is the student's responsibility to ask for any work missed.
Students failing to stay for the teacher assigned detention time will be referred to the office and will be assigned to ISS.
Students must be present for 45 minutes of the class period in order to be counted present.
RCS HIGH SCHOOL TARDY POLICY:
Consequences start over at the beginning of each grading period
1-4 tardies – Warning / Call Home (AlertNow or Personal)
5-8 tardies – 1 period of ISS.
9-11 tardies – 1 day of ISS.
12 tardies and beyond – Up to 2 days OSS and involvement of school social worker; Behavior Contract after OSS
Excessive tardiness may result in loss of school privileges to include, but not limited to, the following: driving privileges on campus, attendance at athletic and extra-curricular events, club participation, exam exemptions, lunch detention, after school detention, and prom.
Schools will encourage students by creating incentives to promote attendance and promptness to class. Failure to comply with imposed consequences is a violation of Board policy and may result in additional consequences, including loss of privileges and OSS.
No students shall possess, smoke or otherwise use any tobacco product in any school building or school vehicle at any time, on the school premises during the school day, or during any period of time when students are subject to the authority of school personnel.
Students who are found to be in possession of tobacco products or are smoking/using tobacco product on the school grounds will face the following consequences:
1st offense: ISS and/or TAPS
2nd and subsequent offenses: 3-10 days of OSS
Students who are found to be smoking INSIDE ANY BUILDING on the campus or on any school bus will face the following consequences:
1st and subsequent offenses: 3-10 days of OSS
School Board policy allows the principal to assign students to corrective education and/or counseling in lieu of a long term suspension if special conditions are met.
PRIVILEGE OF USE
The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use of this privilege will result in the cancellation of that privilege. Students are responsible for the educational, ethical, and legal use of their own accounts and materials obtained through Internet and other electronic networks. The student exercising his/her privilege to use the Internet as an educational resource shall also accept the responsibility for all material received through his/her account.
All Internet access will be filtered. Network accounts are to be used only by the owner of the account. Students are required to keep ID/Password confidential.
Students should be aware that electronic mail is not guaranteed to be private. System operators have access to all mail. Student access to e-mail will be filtered accounts monitored by the instructor.
A student has the responsibility to report to his/her teacher all violations of security to his/her account. Messages relating to or in support of illegal or unethical activities will be reported to the authorities.
Approval is required from the student's instructor prior to subscribing to a newsgroup and/or list from the network.
Students are not to give out personal information such as a home address or phone number to anyone via electronic networks.
Any use of the network for commercial gain or profit is prohibited.
Students will accept responsibility for keeping copyrighted software of any kind from illegally entering the school over electronic networks.
Students will accept the responsibility for keeping all inappropriate files or files dangerous to the integrity of the network from entering the school through the Internet.
NETWORK ETIQUETTE AND CITING OF SOURCES
Students will use proper network etiquette. The use of inappropriate language or harassment is not acceptable. Appropriate bibliographic citations must be given for all information obtained through electronic networks. Students are to limit their pursuit of information through electronic sources to curriculum-related activities.
Vandalism will result in immediate cancellation of user privileges and possible restitution.
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
The Board of Education recognizes that electronic resources of all types are becoming a vital part of an up-to-date education for our students whom we are preparing to become technologically literate citizens. It is the goal of the schools to offer students the opportunity to examine a broad range of options and ideas in the educational process, including the privilege to locate, use and exchange information and ideas on the Internet and other electronic networks.
The ultimate responsibility for a student's actions in using the Internet and e-mail rests with the student and his/her parents(s)/legal guardians. Parents/legal guardians have the option of requesting that their child not be provided with access to the Internet. To exercise this option, parents must sign the Parental Request to Restrict Access, which is available in the student handbook.
Be There is a multimedia campaign designed to inspire families to become more involved in their children's education.
The Idea Behind the Be There Campaign –
Constant inspirational reminders to Be There for children that will change behaviors and make connecting with children the new norm throughout our nation.
Be There Goals:
• To improve student achievement through increased family involvement.
• To align parent activities with state/district goals.
• To support educators by making it easier for parents to become effective partners.
• To show families that simple, easy connections with children make a huge difference.
For more information about Be There, visit their website at www.bethere.org
PBIS = Positive Behavioral Intervention Support
Below is an overview of our PBIS Program