Student Handbook




This next two sections of this book contain the Capital High School’s Procedures (Section 1) and the Boise School District’s Policies and Procedures (Section 2).  The District’s Policies and Procedures always take precedence over the procedures that are specific to Capital High School.


COLLEGE VISITATIONS are not an activity absence.  They count in the 90% attendance policy.

TO EXCUSE AN ABSENCE:  a student must have a parent or guardian call the attendance office.  The attendance office phone number is 854-4493.  A message may be left if the call is being made after school hours.  The absence becomes a truancy if the parent or guardian does not call within 48 hours of the absence.

FAKE PHONE CALLS: All fake calls excusing students’ attendance are an automatic one (1) day in-house suspension.

PERMITS-TO-LEAVE: Once students report to first period classes, the only time they may leave campus without a permit-to-leave card is at lunch.  Students should not leave during break time or during assemblies without such a permit.  If a student leaves campus before obtaining one, they will be counted as truant.

Procedure for obtaining a permit-to-leave card:

  1. A parent/guardian must call the attendance office to request a permit-to-leave.

  2. The student must pick up this permit from the attendance office before s/he leave.  Thus the student’s location is traceable.

  1. When the student returns to the campus, s/he should return the permit-to-leave card to the attendance office where it will be stamped and signed.  Thus the school knows the student has returned to campus.  DON’T LEAVE SCHOOL WITHOUT A PERMIT,


A truancy will be issued if a student leaves school without a Permit-To-Leave or is absent without parental permission.  Truancy will also be issued if students are not in their assigned class and under the supervision of their assigned teacher.  Habitual truancy is defined as three (3) truancies in a single semester or four (4) total truancies for the three (3) years at Capital High School.


A student is warned, policies are explained, and a notification is sent home.


A parent conference could be held, policies are reviewed and a student may receive an in-house, Friday school or home suspension.  A notification is sent home.


A student may receive an in-house, Friday school or home suspension.  A notification is sent home.


A student may receive an in-house or home suspension.  A notification is sent home.


A student may be suspended for the remainder of a semester.


DISCIPLINE REFERRALS: This is a behavior referral filed by a teacher with the assistant principal.  Usually the teacher has made contact with the parent in order to apprise them of the student’s disruption.

  1. FIRST REFERRAL: The student will be issued appropriate consequences and a notification will be sent to parents/guardians.

  2. SECOND REFERRAL: A parent/student/teacher conference could be held.

  3. THIRD REFERRAL: The student’s credit may be withdrawn from the class and the student may be placed in a study hall.

FIGHTING:  “You throw, YOU GO!”  Any student who comes into any form of physical contact (i.e. pushing, shoving, hitting, slugging, punching) or plays in the role of instigating or encouraging physical contact with another student may be suspended from school for one (1) to five (5) days.  Be pro-active and inform an administrator if problems occur.

SCHOOL THREATS/VIOLENCE: Any student who makes threats of violence or infers violence in any way that disrupts the school environment may face suspension.

The school has the power and the duty to prohibit entrance/loitering and to provide for the removal from any school premises or any school activity any individuals who disrupt the educational process or whose presence is detrimental to the morals, health, safety, academic learning, and discipline of the pupils.

It is everyone’s obligation to report anyone with a weapon on campus or anyone that threatens to infer violence to the school.

Students, parents, and staff are encouraged to be responsible and to report any weapons, threats, or rumors of violence to school authorities or the police.

HALL PASSES: A student must carry either this tracker or a pass signed by a faculty member if it is necessary to leave a class.

LITTER: It is the responsibility of the entire school community to keep the building and its premises clean.  No food is permitted in the gym areas during the school day.

DRESS CODE: See Policy 3223

GRAFFITI: Any student responsible for any form of graffiti i.e. markings on lockers, bathroom walls, territorial gang markings on any surface, risks suspension from school and may be referred to law enforcement for prosecution.

IDENTIFICATION: Students are expected to identify themselves (name/class) to any staff member who requests it.  Students are considered insubordinate if an untruthful Identification is made.  Students should have ID or their ASB card with them at all times.

PARKING: All students who wish to park their vehicles in the school lot must buy a parking permit from the business office.  The speed limit in the lot is 5 M.P.H.  Restricted parking spaces are visibly marked.  Tickets will be issued for excessive speed or parking in restricted areas.  Drivers who frequently violate parking lot expectations may in addition to being ticketed lose parking lot privileges or may have their cars towed at their expense.  Fines costs are as follows: 1st ticket - $5.00, 2nd ticket – $10.00 and 3rd ticket - $15.00.

LOCKERS: The school is not responsible for any articles that might be stolen from the lockers.  They should not leave valuables in the lockers.  Students will be held responsible and addressed for any damage done to an issued locker.  Lockers are subject to search at any time by a school official if it is determined there is a reasonable suspicion. Students are not to share lockers

POSTERS AND ADVERTISEMENTS: All posters, announcements or advertisements must be stamped “APPROVED” by an administrator before they are hung or distributed in the school.

LANGUAGE:  Students are to use appropriate language at all times when on campus or at school activities.  In-House for use of profanity.

SCHOOL DANCE PRODCEDURES: Students may bring a guest to a high school dance.  Student must fill out a form for a guest and approval will be based on the following criteria.

  1. Guest must be grade appropriate (Grades 9-12)

  2. Guest must be under the age of 21.

  3. Guest must be in “good standing” at their home high school and/or place of employment.  *Our goal is to provide a safe and age appropriate environment.

PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION: Excessive physical contact and public displays of affection are not acceptable on school ground, school buses, or at school activities.


  • Find a faculty advisor.

  • Contact the ASB Office in Room 236, Mr. Rush’s room informing them of your intentions.

  • Draft a constitution

  • Secure the approval from the administration.

  • Present a proposal to the administration and the ASB Office at least one week in advance of the Student Council meeting at which the club will be addressed.  The proposal must include advisor, constitution, goals and purpose of the desired club.

  • Notify Student Council at least two (2) days prior to the Student Council meeting, so as to submit the proposal to the meeting’s agenda.

Obtain passage of the proposal through the Student Council with a two-thirds majority vote.

Cheating and Plagiarism

Capital High School holds intellectual honesty to be one of the most important qualities of an academic environment.  Academic dishonesty is defined as: any of the following, when committed by a student;

a. CHEATING: intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. Copying a friend’s work is a component of cheating.

b. FABRICATION: intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.

c. FACILITATING ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate any provision of Code #3243. This includes, but may not be limited to, Web sites, cell phones, or other electronic devices.

d. PLAGIARISM: intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in any academic exercise.

Academic dishonesty (cheating), in any form, will not be tolerated and will result in the following:

1st offense~ Loss of credit for the assignment, a disciplinary referral, and counselor notified.

If a second infraction occurs in the same class, an “F” will be stored on the transcript and the student will be placed in a study hall.

Important:  Infractions of this nature will likely have an impact on letters of recommendation, awards, and other commendations you may pursue while enrolled at Capital High School.

Students in Leadership Roles

Students in positions of leadership are expected to uphold principles of morality, ethics, and responsibility in the school and community. Violations of school or district policy will result in consequences identified in Academic Policies and Procedures, pp 5-7.  In the event that the infraction jeopardizes the student’s standing in a role or organization, he or she may be required to appear before a faculty panel to determine the appropriate intervention and whether the student may continue in the leadership role.


6:45 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Students are welcome to use the library during these hours.  This is your library, and we encourage you to make suggestions to improve services and recommendations for new titles.

Students may checkout books, magazines, CDs, audio books, and VHS and DVD films.  Books may be checked out for 20 schools days (and may be renewed if there is not be checked our for a week, and DVD and VHS films can be checked out for 2 days.  Overdue fines on books are assessed at 10 cents/day fine, and other overdue items are assessed at 25 cents/school day fine.

Online Databases

Using online databases, students may access full-text articles in books, magazines, and newspapers along with pictures, maps and radio/TV transcripts.  Capital High School Library, Boise School District, and the Idaho LiLI Project fund access of our databases.   All of the databases below are assessable from home.











World Book






Country Reports



From the library webpage, select; Research Databases and use the ID/Passwords on this card.

Other Services: Computer Printing: There is a charge of 5 cents per copy for personal printing..  Photocopies:  The library has a self-serve coin-operated copy machine that is 10 cents per page.


The following suggested criteria for essays comes from the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.  The MLA style is only one of several systems for formatting and documentation.  Check with your teacher to be sure of your assignment specifications.

I.  General Instructions for Format

1.  Use standard sized 8 ½ “ x 11” plain white paper when typing—not ruled, not onionskin, not torn from a spiral notebook, not pretty scrapbook paper.

2.  When typed, double space between lines for the entire paper, including the title and heading.  

3.  Leave 1” margins top, bottom and sides; use size 12 font Times New Roman or Arial.  

4.  Use one side of paper only.

5.  Number all pages consecutively in the upper right hand corner, ½ inch from the top, with your last name before the page number.  

6.  Center the title of the paper directly above the text.  The title should not be denoted in any way except the proper capitalization for a title.  Bolding, underlining, changing font or resizing font is unnecessary.

7.  The heading should be flush with the left margin, double spaced like the rest of the paper and in the following format:

Student’s name

Teacher’s name

Course and class period  (example: English 11-2)

Date  (example: 5 March 2012)


Commonly asked Questions:

Why do I have to document sources?

In the academic community, people’s ideas and research are equal to products that they create.  Just as you can’t take a product off the shelf in the grocery store without paying for it, you can’t take someone’s ideas and call them your own without giving that person proper credit.  This “payment” is in the form of a works cited list.  “Works Cited” means that the works (articles, essays, poems, books, quotes, interviews, films, websites, etc.) used to create your paper are cited within the document.  A citation is the note in the body of the paper that shows exactly where you got the information.  

How do I know when I should cite a source?

Whenever you get information from another source, whether you have put it in your own words or copied it exactly from the source, you must cite it.  If you take the information directly from the source, it must be in quotes.  When in doubt, check with your teacher.

The following sample Works Cited page uses the updated MLA format that went into effect in 2009.  The first entry, “Algeria” is from a professional website. The second entry is a book with one author.  (Carre). The third entry comes from an online periodical (Cohen). The fourth entry shows an online database article (Hutson). The fifth entry (Lubell) is an online periodical. The sixth entry models a book by an editor (Martin). The final entry is from an online database article (Stengel).  

Works Cited

“Algeria.” CIA The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. 18 Dec. 2008. Web. 20 Jan. 2009.

Carre, John le. The Tailor of Panama. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 20066. Print.

Cohen, Elizabeth.  “Five Ways to Avoid Germs While Traveling.” CNN. 27 Nov. 2008. Web.

28 Nov. 2008.

Hutson, James H.  “Adams, John.” World Book Student. 2009. World Book. Web. 22 Jan. 2009.

Lubell, Sam. Of the Sea and Air and Sky.” New York Times. New York Times. 26 Nov. 2008. Web.

1 Dec. 2008.

Martin, Richard C. ed.  “Dietary Laws.”  Islam and the Muslim World. Vol. 1. New York: Thompson

Gale, 2004. 180-181. Print.  

Stengel, Richard. “Democracy’s Big Day.” Time. 2 Feb. 2009. eLibrary. Pro-Quest K-12. Web. 22 Jan