Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom School

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General School Policies



The fundamental aim of Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School is to teach students to use their minds well and prepare them to live productive, socially useful, and personally satisfying lives. The school's academic program stresses intellectual development and political and social involvement in our society. 




Hall Pass Policy


Only those students with an official pass to a specified location are permitted in the hallway. An official pass includes the date, time, destination, and the signature of a school official. While in route, any staff member may request to see the students pass. Students will be held accountable to the reason stated on the pass.




Electronic Devices


Cell phones, headphones, or speakers are not to be seen at any time, anywhere in the building. Electronic devices must be powered off while in the school building. The sighting will result in an electronic violation. 


FLHFHS uses Yondr, which employs a simple, easy-to-use case that stores a cell phone and requires an unlocking base to open. When students arrive at school, they will place their phone in a Yondr case which is then locked. Students maintain possession of their phones but will not be able to use them until they are unlocked at the end of the day. Should a teacher decide to use phones for an educational purpose, he/she will be able to for pre-approved lessons in the curriculum.


The school administration and staff are not responsible for lost or stolen devices.




Dress Code including Head Gear


At Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School, we do not require a uniform, but instead, we encourage students to make professional and appropriate choices from their wardrobes. Students who come to school improperly dressed will be asked to put on something from our gently used clothing bin that is more suitable.


No FLAGGING of any kind is permitted in the building; (This means no wearing of any bandanas anywhere on your head, body or clothing).


No Du Rags of any type or color are permitted in the building or at your community outreach site. No T-shirts or scarves may be worn on the head, however, girls may wear scarves, but no red, yellow or blue scarves are permitted.


Hats are ok.


Tops- No tank tops, tube tops, halter tops, strapless tops that expose the ladies’ undergarments must be covered by the top or blouse worn. For young men, jerseys and sleeveless shirts are allowed, provided a shirt with sleeves is worn under them. 


Shorts- Shorts that fall within 4 inches of the knee are ok. Short-shorts are not permitted. 


Skirts- Skirts that fall to within 4 inches of the knee are ok. Mini-skirts are not acceptable 


Jeans and Pants- Jeans and pants must be free of tears and holes, especially in hip area. Pants must be worn at waist level and cover the midriff and undergarments. 


Hoodies - Hoodies are allowed, but the hood must be down at all times. 


Pajamas, Slippers, etc.- No bedroom attire of any kind is permitted in school. NO PAJAMAS may be worn. 


Students who come to school improperly dressed will be asked to put on something from our gently-used clothing bin that is more suitable. Repeated infractions result in more serious consequences!




Physical Conflicts


A physical fight is defined as an exchange of blows or one student assaulting another student. Play fighting, hitting back or hitting becauseshall be treated as a fight. Students involved in physical fights shall be removed from the classroom or another school area for an immediate conference with a member of the school staff (teacher, social worker, support person or administrator).


All parties involved in a fight (fighters, instigators, conspirators, and provokers) must write or dictate a statement describing the events that led up to the fight on official Department of Education Statement Form.


All students involved in the fight must participate in conflict mediation before they may return to class. Conflict mediation should not occur until all parties are ready to speak calmly.


Parents must be contacted before the end of the day on the day of the fight. In addition, a letter must be mailed to the home.


Depending on the circumstances surrounding the fight and taking into consideration the history of the students involved, parents may or may not be asked to come to the school for a conference before the student may return to class.

Consequences for fighting will be determined by Administration, Social Work/Guidance staff, and Teachers. 


Only the Principal may suspend students involved in fighting.


Fights that result in a suspension require an accompanying online occurrence report to be filed with the Department of Education. Suspensions become part of the student's Permanent Record.





PSAL Spectator Policy


Only students on the official PSAL roster of the opposing school will be admitted into an event.  No student spectators from an opposing school at all
Parents from opposing school will be allowed into an event with the administration’s approval
All students from Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School must be approved by administration 
All Spectators must follow PSAL Official’ and Athletic Director’s instructions at all times. 
Only coaches, players, and managers are allowed on or near the team bench or timekeeper table
Spectators are not to approach referees, coaches, or player before, during or after a game or match
All spectators leave through Boone Ave. exit in the gym immediately at the end of the game.
Opposing teams and coaches are escorted to changing rooms before, during, and after the game.  
Teams are released from the building on a staggered schedule. 
Opposing teams are not allowed in the building until their coach is present to sign them in with School Safety after reviewing the official PSAL roster
There is no food or drink allowed in the gym
Inappropriate language and behavior will not be permitted. 
Positive cheers and praise are allowed and encouraged.