February 10, 1988 – Revision of Graduation/Diploma Policy
1. It is the policy of Ringgold School District that only those students who have completed all of the requirements for graduation established by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education and the Ringgold Board of School Directors to be permitted to participate in senior high school graduation ceremonies.
2. The Ringgold School District will issue only one type of diploma at graduation ceremonies; viz., that which indicated successful completion of all required academic programs by the time of the annual graduation ceremony.
3. Students who have any financial obligations to the Ringgold Senior High School, Ringgold School sponsored organizations, or Mon Valley Vocational-Technical School, or who have failed courses required for graduation will not be issued a cap and gown. The senior high school principal, at his discretion, may issue a cap and gown to any student for his/her participation in a church baccalaureate service.
4. Students who have any financial obligations to the Ringgold Senior High School, Ringgold School sponsored organizations, or Mon Valley Vocational-Technical School will not be permitted to participate in graduation ceremonies even though they have satisfied all academic requirements for graduation.
5. Any student who is suspended from school at the time of the graduation ceremony will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony; however, the Superintendent of Schools may consider mitigating circumstances related to the suspension, waive the rule, and permit the student to participate in the graduation ceremony.
6. Students who have not participated in graduation ceremonies because of suspension or financial obligations but who have completed all academic requirements for graduation will be presented their diplomas by the senior high school principal at some time following the graduation ceremony.
7. The parent of a senior in jeopardy of graduation must be informed of the course(s) the student might possibly fail. This is to be accomplished by means of mid-term deficiency reports and end of nine weeks failure reports. The nine week failure reports must be sent by registered mail. The end of nine weeks failure reports will be followed up by the guidance counselors with telephone calls and/or parental conferences. All contacts or attempted contacts with parents must be thoroughly documented.
8. Before a senior can fail a course which will prevent him/her from graduating, the parents of the student must be afforded the opportunity to meet with the teacher of the course. The teacher is obligated to explain the reason(s) for the possible failure and outline a program by which the student can pass the course. If the parent(s) fail to attend this conference, the teacher must meet the student in conference, explain the reason(s) for possible failure, and outline a program by which the student can pass the course. Both the efforts to have the parents attend such a conference and the conference proceedings must be documented by school authorities. The above will take place when student receives a second “f” for the subject needed for graduation.
9. A senior with one failing grade in any course(s) at the end of the third grading period must be considered in jeopardy of graduation. The procedures outlined in paragraph 8 of this policy are to be implemented for such students.
10. Seniors must be afforded every reasonable opportunity to submit assignments, take or retake tests, and turn in make-up work until noon of the day of the graduation exercises.
11. Students who have earned sufficient credit for graduation will receive their diplomas and be permitted to participate in graduation ceremonies even though they have incomplete grades on their records. Students who have incomplete grades in required courses at the time of graduation will not receive diplomas or participate in graduation ceremonies.
12. It is the policy of the Ringgold School District not to permit egregious or disruptive behavior at any time immediately before or during graduation ceremonies. The principal may prohibit students from participating in graduation ceremonies if reasonable suspicion exists that the student(s) plan to engage in disruptive or inappropriate behavior.
13. Any extenuating circumstances that may affect the above regulations will be referred to a committee of the superintendent, assistant superintendent and high school principal for final disposition. The Board President and Education Chairperson will be informed of any cases considered by the Administration.
In accordance with the policy above, the District will provide a written graduation plan for any student in jeopardy of not graduating. Parents and/or senior students are encouraged to contact the high school guidance counselors for progress towards graduation.
The Ringgold School District is committed to insuring all students will receive a diploma.