General Information

Student Working Papers:

Working papers are issued in the Main Office to students who wish to take part in part-time employment.Labor and education laws govern the issuance of working papers. The labor laws are enforced by the State and Federal Labor Agencies.Before working papers are issued, application forms must be secured and completed by parents, and the school.A certificate of physical fitness must be secured.No child can work at any time when his attendance in school is required.

There are several types of working papers:

  1. FARM WORK PERMITS- For minors, 12 and 13 year olds may pick berries, fruit, etc; 14 and 15 year olds must have these when working away from home. Not needed over age 16

  2. STUDENT NON-FACTORY PERMITS- issued to 14 or 15 year olds during vacation, before and after school and on Saturdays, for jobs other than factory or farm work.

  3. STANDARD EMPLOYMENT CERTIFICATES-Two types, issued to 16 and 17 year olds, those attending school and those not in school.

  4. NEWSPAPER PERMITS-required between ages 12 and 18.

  5. BABYSITTERS do not need working papers. Children under 14 are not permitted to be babysitters under the Child Labor or Education Laws of New York State.

Student Driving Rules:

Portville Central School allows students the privilege to drive to and from school, providing they obtain a permit and abide by the rules listed below.Keep in mind that any violation of school regulations on school grounds will be cause for the suspension and possibly revocation of driving and parking privileges.Furthermore, the school is not liable for any loss or damage to student vehicles.These regulations apply to all motorized vehicles.

  1. Each student who drives a vehicle to school and parks on school grounds must register that vehicle with the main office.Registration will consist of the name and driver’s license number of the student, license plate number and a brief description of the vehicle (make, model, year and color.)

  2. Student parking is restricted to areas noted on application. Students will be warned for parking in unauthorized areas.Repeat offenders are subject to suspension or revocation of driving privileges as well as towing of the vehicle for severe abusers.

  3. Students are to leave their vehicles parked and locked throughout the day and are not to return to them during the school day.

  4. Reckless driving, excessive speed or any unauthorized use of the vehicle will not be tolerated.
  5. Violations may result in suspension of driving privileges.

  6. Parents will be notified when privileges have been suspended or revoked.

  7. Students having vehicles on school property during the time of suspension or revocation may be subject to legal action.

  8. Stickers are to be placed on the driver’s side rear window or the lower left side of the rear window.


Lockers are furnished to the students in grades 7-12.The lockers are to be kept locked at all times.It is the student's responsibility to report any "locker problem" to the office. Students are not to share or exchange lockers. Students should not leave money or valuables in their lockers.No locker is 100% safe and the school cannot be responsible.Students will be held responsible for the overall condition of their locker.Students who purposely damage their locker will be held responsible for damage and repair costs.Student lockers, desks and other such storage spaces remain the exclusive property of the school, and the students have no expectation of privacy with respect to these areas and therefore the Administration has the right to examine or search any or all such spaces.

Dance Rules:

  1. Dances are for Portville Students in grades 7-12. Formal and Semi-formal dances will be limited to students in grades 9-12. One guest or date will be allowed.

  2. Students on academic ineligibility will not be allowed to attend unless they are attending Study Center on a regular basis.

  3. Guests must be registered in the HS office before the close of school the day of or preceding the dance. Portville students are responsible for the conduct of their guests.

  4. School rules, along with those listed, apply to all dances.

  5. Students are to display proper conduct and are to remain in the designated area or areas.
  6. Students suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be admitted. Parents will be called to take the student home and police will be notified.

  7. Students leaving will not be allowed to re-enter.

  8. The dance committee will determine criteria for the “royal court” prior to the event.

  9. Chaperones will include three faculty members, one police officer, along with two other staff members and/or community members over 21 years of age.

  10. Activities with open admission, e.g. Battle of the Bands, require additional chaperone coverage as listed on the Activity Plan Form.

Student Dress Code:

All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions.Student and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance.Teachers and all other district personnel should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting.

A student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, make-up, and nails, shall:

  1. Be safe, appropriate and not disruptive or interfere with the educational process.

  2. Recognize that extremely brief garments such as tube, net, and halter tops, spaghetti straps, plunging necklines (front or back), and see through garments are not appropriate.In short, shoulders and midriff should be covered.

  3. Ensure that underwear is completely covered with outer clothing.

  4. Include footwear at all times.Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed.

  5. Not include wearing hats in the school except for medical or religious purpose.

  6. Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous, or denigrate others on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

  7. Not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities.

  8. Not possess or wear clothing, chains, jewelry or other items which could cause damage to school property or cause harm to oneself or others.This includes studs, pins, etc.

Students who violate the student dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item and, if necessary or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item.Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including in-school suspension for the day.Any student who repeatedly fails to comply with the dress code shall be subject to further discipline, up to and including out of school suspension.


The school telephones are not for the personal use of students.Students should use the pay telephone for such calls.However, a student may obtain permission to use a school phone only in cases of emergency.Students are reminded that the use of cell phones during the school day is prohibited.

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Students will not be allowed to use walkmans, beepers, pagers, cell phones, or any other external listening device or personal entertainment device in the building.These items must be stored in the student’s locker during the school day.Squirt guns and lasers are also not to be brought to school.Hats are not to be worn in the building.A hat is defined as any material which is worn on or covers the head.A bandanna is considered a hat.Coats and book bags are to be placed in the student’s locker upon arrival to school and are not be worn or carried to classes.Chains, collars, bracelets or any other object which could damage school property or cause harm to one self or to others will not be allowed.Roller blades, skateboards, and scooters are not to be used on school grounds at any time.

Bicycle Rack:

A bicycle rack is available for student use. All bicycles should be parked and secured at this location throughout the school day.The District will not be responsible for thefts or damages that may occur.

Senior Skip Day:

The so called ‘skip day’ is not authorized by the school district.The school does not recognize such a day and will not be responsible for or sponsor any activity that may be carried out illegally by students.Students participating in such a skip day are subject to consequences as described in the Code of Conduct.

Use of the Internet/computer:

Internet and computer use is for educational use only.As agreed to, students will not misuse the computer by playing games or using computer programs for non-academic activities, nor waste or take supplies such as paper, printer ribbons or diskettes.Students will respect the privacy of others by not using others files, nor gaining unauthorized access to system programs or computer equipment.The student will not disturb or harass other computer users or send unwanted e-mail. Students will not download information onto the hard drives nor attempt to load computer programs onto the hard drives.The student will not violate the property rights and copyrights in data and computer programs.The student will not use the network to send unsolicited, non-educational messages which are offensive.The student will not use the network for slanderous, abusive, intimidating, or otherwise offensive messages.The student will not be able to use the Internet without proper instruction and parental permission.

Study Hall Rules:

  1. Students are expected to arrive prepared with the necessary materials to occupy their time in study halls. Locker passes will be given at the discretion of the monitor.

  2. Students should use their study hall time constructively.

  3. Students should allow those around them the opportunity to work without disruption.

  4. Students to be excused to another location in the building should come to study hall, on time, with a pass from that teacher.

  5. Student restroom passes will be limited to one person with a limit of five minutes.

  6. 6.Students are to follow the direction of the study hall monitor.

Admission to School Functions:

Athletic Events:Excluding tournaments and Sectional contests.Admission to regularly scheduled home contests is $1.00 for students and $2.00 for adults.Year long family passes are available in the High School office at a cost of $25.00

A. All BOE members, teachers and staff members will be admitted free of charge.This also allows for the free admission of one guest.

B. All students of the school will be admitted at student prices.

C. All servicemen in uniform will be admitted free.

D. Senior Citizens (65 or older) will be admitted free of charge.

E. Visiting chaperones, bus drivers and team personnel will be admitted free of charge.

F. All other people must pay full price.

Passes will be accepted from Sections V and VI, the Expressway Conference, The Big 30 Committee, the Cattaraugus County Athletic Association, along with passes associated with league affiliation in a particular sport.

School Activities and Functions:

All school functions are chaperoned by teachers and/or parents.The advisor of the class or club is ultimately responsible for the activity. Normal ending time for an activity is 11:00 pm. Exceptions include Homecoming, Winter Weekend, the Prom and other activities approved by the administration.

Each class in grades 9-12 is limited to two activities decided by seniority.The Administration may deviate from this policy.

All funds raised by class or club activities remain in the class or club treasury and all bills must be paid by check.Tickets must be used and receipts accounted for.