Student Handbook

Chantilly’s Character Education Program 

With a focus on comprehensive character education in our school, Chantilly High School will create a more positive school environment for students and adults. Our goal is to teach strong academics, essential life skills and community responsibility to our students.  Character Education is a school-wide program where everyone learns the same concepts; every student has the opportunity to be rewarded for good behavior and fosters an overall positive atmosphere of respect and tolerance.

Learning Seminar

Chantilly High School has a split block. The first half of 3rd block is called the Learning Seminar or LS; the second half is called Charger Time. Learning Seminar will have a normal attendance policy. Students will report to a class based on a rotating schedule.  For example, students report to 1st block on Monday, second block on Wednesday, 4th block on Friday, and so on until all blocks have had LS and the rotation can begin anew.

Charger Time

Charger Time rewards students if they are doing well in all of their classes as a Charger in Good Standing (CIGS).  Students will be allowed to choose where in the school to spend their Charger Time. Students may go to study halls, meet with a teacher, work with clubs, and participate in enrichment activities which can include performances, speakers, and athletics. 

If a student has a D or F on an interim or report card, has SOL remediation, or a teacher makes a specific request the student will be assigned mandatory intervention. Students will be given a schedule by their sub-school that indicates where to report for CT.  Students who fail to report as assigned will have consequences from their administrator.  

Student Conduct

Chantilly High School is committed to providing a safe and orderly environment. At the beginning of the school year, each student will receive a copy of the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook (regulation 2601). The section on the rules of conduct and disciplinary procedures will be reviewed at length with the students during the first few weeks of school. It is the student’s and parent’s responsibility to be well informed about the policies that effect activities in school.  Substance use, weapons, gang-related issues, violence (fighting and assault), bullying, verbal abuse and disrespect—are a few infractions—that will not be tolerated and will carry serious consequences. 

Chantilly HS PTSA provides valuable programming, funding and support for the entire Chantilly community.

Leadership and Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association’s goal is to create a positive school environment for students, staff, and the community through promoting relationships, events, and services available to students at Chantilly High School. Members include all class board members, club representatives, members of the Leadership Class and sixth period representatives. Elected officers are voted upon by their peers each spring for the following school year. This process is open to all students who choose to go through the application and petition process. 

Grading and Reporting

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to consistent grading regulation and practices where grades are an accurate reflection of student learning. The current policies include the separation of achievement and work habits, guidance on providing students additional opportunities to demonstrate proficiency, and the importance of ongoing communication with students and parents.

Library

  • The library staff is available to help with any and all research needs. Contact the Library via email, telephone (703-222-8171) or stop in.
  • Library books are checked out for 3 weeks. A picture ID may be required at the time of checkout. Videos, DVD’s and AV equipment cannot be checked out by students.  Overdue materials will accrue fines.
  • Overnight reference and reserve books are due before the first period of the next school day.
  • A pass is required for admittance to the library during class time. We honor the universal school pass and office passes at any time during the school day. During lunch students do not need a pass if they enter the library before the bell rings; after the bell rings a signed pass is needed. A library lunch pass can be issued by an administrator in the cafeteria.
  • Only water is allowed in the library, no other food or drinks.

Attendance (current version of policy 2232)

Every student must attend school during prescribed hours.

Call the Sub-School / Academy lines:

Sub-School 1   703-222-8110        Sub-School 2   703-222-8120     Sub-School 3   703-222-8130        Sub-School 4   703-222-8140     Sub-School 5   703-222-7400        Chantilly Academy   703-222-7496    

Procedure for Absences

  • Parent calls or emails the student’s sub-school on the day of absence.  Student may bring a note from parent to the sub-school on the day of return. The absence note must include the student’s name, dates of absence, reason for absence, parent’s signature and phone number.
  • Keep In Touch: Phone calls and emails will be sent home through our Keep In Touch, KIT, phone system as follows:
    • A message for any unexcused/unverified absence to any class prior to 9:30 a.m. that day will go out that morning.
    • A message for any unexcused tardy to 1st block class or unexcused or unverified class absences other than 1st block will be sent after 5:30PM that day.
    • All absences must be cleared up within 48 hours otherwise they will be considered unexcused. 
  • Academy Student Absences: The Academy runs separate attendance from Chantilly HS. Please notify the Academy (703-222-7496) and the student’s sub-school when your student is absent.
  • Prearranged Absences: (family, college trips, medical reasons) Student must bring a note to their sub-school at least a week prior to the intended absence. The student will receive a prearranged absence   form for teachers to sign, list the missing assignments, and due dates.  This would include ending the school year early (within 15 days of the announced last day of school).

Current version of regulation 2601

Whenever any student accumulates a total of five unexcused days of absence in a school year, the school will refer the student to the attendance officer, and a plan to resolve the nonattendance will be developed. If an additional unexcused absence occurs in the same school year, a conference will be scheduled. If a further unexcused absence occurs in the school year, the attendance officer will file a petition with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court as described in Section 22/1-258 of the Code of Virginia. The current version of regulation 2234 provides additional details.  

Lockers

Lockers are issued to students at the beginning of the school year.   Every student will have their own locker and are not to share their lockers or combinations. It is highly recommended that nothing of value be left in the lockers.  Defacing school lockers in any way is prohibited.  Lockers are the property of the school and thus the principal or designees may open lockers in the presence of a witness and examine the contents when there is reason to believe that the contents threaten the safety, health, or welfare of students or contains stolen property.

Lost and Found

Items believed to be lost or stolen should be reported immediately to Security.  You may contact Security at 703-222-7099.  

Career Center

The Career Center is designed to aid students with their post-high school plans, along with school counselors. Information is available on careers, colleges/universities, technical schools, apprenticeships, the military, gap year options and financial aid. Students may explore their interests and aptitudes in various occupational fields.  Both students and parents should also be discussing post-high school planning with their school counselor and joint meetings are available.  (For more information, call 703-222-8154.)  

FCPSon

  • Bring a fully charged laptop and charger every day to school with you.
  • Check your fcpsschools.net email regularly.
  • Store your files in your fcpsschools.net Google Drive.
  • Be responsible for your device. 
  • Build a positive digital footprint.

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices

Teachers and staff members will communicate with students when electronic devices are to be used for academic purposes.   All portable communication devices and electronic devices (MP3 player, iPod, radios, etc.) should be kept secure, off and out of sight unless authorized and or directed by the principal or designated staff when in class.  The school is not responsible for lost or stolen devices.                

Computer Use (current version of policy 2610)

Students are expected to use computers ethically whether at home or at school.   FCPS Regulation prohibits unauthorized or illegal use of, or access to, computers, software, telecommunications, and related technologies or any willful act that causes physical, financial, or other harm, or otherwise disrupts information technology or the educational process.  Violations of the school policy regarding telecommunications or networks, including the internet, will result in disciplinary actions and possible criminal charges. Students are also subject to the procedures established in individual computer labs.  

Blackboard Use

Students are to use FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) to access homework and classroom assignments, view class calendars, explore links to enrichment activities, and much more.  The user ID is the students ID number.  The password will be the same as the student's network, Google Suite for Education and SIS password.  Teachers can assist the student in resetting his or her password as needed.

 

Personal Property

Chantilly High School may provide locker storage for student’s personal property but does not insure or otherwise reimburse students for loss or damage to their belongings.   Students are encouraged not to bring any items of value to school as the school cannot be held responsible for them.

Dress Code (current version of policy 2613)

All students are expected to dress appropriately for a K-12 educational environment.  Any clothing that interferes with or disrupts the educational environment is unacceptable.  Clothing with language or images that are vulgar, discriminatory, obscene or clothing that promotes illegal or violent conduct, such as unlawful use of weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or drug paraphernalia, or clothing that contains threats such as gang symbols are prohibited.  Clothing should fit, be neat and clean, and conform to standards of safety, good taste, and decency.  Clothing that exposes cleavage, private parts, the midriff, or undergarments, or that is otherwise sexually provocative is prohibited.

Examples of prohibited clothing include, but are not limited to:  sagging or low-cut pants, low-cut necklines that show cleavage, tube tops, halter tops, backless blouses or blouses with only ties in the back, studded belts, chain belts, clothing constructed of see-through materials, and head coverings unless required for religious or medical purposes.

Parents of students requiring accommodation for religious beliefs, disability, or other good cause should contact their student’s sub-school assistant principal.

Students not complying with this code will be asked to cover the non-complying clothing, change clothes or go home. Repeated infractions will result in further disciplinary action.

Automobiles & Parking

Current school board regulation 2630 requires students to purchase a school parking permit to park on school grounds. Student parking spaces are limited.  Parking applications are given out in the month of May prior to the new school year and are due at the end of May.

Students should only park in their assigned parking space with their Chantilly High School parking permit clearly displayed from the rear-view mirror. Students should not park in visitors parking unless directed to do so by the Security staff.  Students are not permitted to go to their cars during the school day without permission from administration.

Students with parking privileges who leave school grounds without permission will lose such privileges for 15 school days on the 1st offense and will have their pass permanently revoked for the remainder of the school year on the 2nd offense.  There is no refund of any parking fees that are revoked. Additional parking information (fines and towing in particular) is available on the Chantilly High School web site or the security office at 703-222-7099/8176.

Students without parking permits should not drive to school. They are not to park in the Greenbrier Shopping Center, Shenandoah Crossing apartments, or the Fairfax County library as these locations either ticket or tow.  

Leaving School Grounds

Students are not permitted to leave school grounds unless they have properly checked out through their sub-school. Students who violate this rule face serious consequences including suspension from school, in- school suspension, Saturday detention or suspension of their parking privileges.

Buses

Bus transportation is coordinated through the transportation office (703-249-7000). The local school does not operate or control the buses, determine the bus stops or routes, or schedule pick up times.  The schedule for late buses will be released in the beginning of the school year. Late busses will be provided on Mondays at Door 11 as a service to students who remain at school for extra class help, to make-up work, or for supervised activities. A pass written by the supervising staff member is required to ride the late bus. Unsupervised students must leave the building promptly after the final dismissal bell unless given specific permission to remain. •    Monday Late Buses – First Call: 4:30PM •    Monday Late Buses – Departure: 4:40PM

Publications

  • Odyssey, the school yearbook, is published annually by Chantilly students who are members of the photojournalism classes. The 386 page publication is a record of the school year from March of the previous school year to April of the current school year. It has won numerous national awards for writing, photography, and design.
  • The Purple Tide, the award-winning student newspaper, is published once a month by Journalism 2-4 students as an open forum for student expression. Each paper includes news, features, editorials and entertainment stories to inform and entertain the Chantilly community. 
  • The online publication, ChantillyNews.org, is updated daily with news and feature stories, photos and videos created by the journalism students. 
  • The Knightly News is the daily broadcast news show created by the Broadcast Journalism students. It airs every morning on Channel 11. 
  • Andromeda, the annual literary arts magazine is designed by a student staff.  Submissions are solicited from the entire student body.

 

Clinic

Phone: 703-222-8106 Location: Room 147, first floor, north side of the building.

Clinic Visit:  

  • The clinic is open during regular school hours: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. 
  • Students are required to have a CHS HALL PASS signed by a teacher to visit the clinic.  This same pass will be signed by the clinic for the student to return to class.
  • If the clinic is closed for any reason, students should report to their sub school office.

Clinic Check-Out:

  • Students leaving school grounds for illness or injury will checkout through the clinic.
  • Ill or injured students will be picked up by parents/guardian or emergency contacts only.
  • Clinic must talk directly with parent by phone, for permission to release student to drive home or wait for parent pickup at front office entrance.
  • Medication:  
  • We do not keep stock medications on hand.
  • All medications (prescription and over-the-counter) are for individual students and require a Medication Authorization Form.
  • Forms are available in the clinic or on-line at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms
  • Medications will only be given in the clinic. 
  • Parents/guardians must transport prescription medications to and from the school. With parent approval, high school students may carry over-the-counter medication to and from the school clinic.