5 Scheduling Students generally choose their courses for the following year in the spring. Before choosing their courses, students need to carefully consider all of their course options. To help your child choose his/her courses for the following year, look over the list of available courses and read the course descriptions. Make sure your child signs up for all of the required courses, and help him/her choose the best and most appropriate electives. If you have any questions, call your child’s counselor. Do not just assume that you can change a class later. Once a student’s schedule is set, it may be difficult to change a class. “We often focus too much on the subjects that need work. Help your child look for courses that will further develop his/her strengths, talents, and interests.” Andy Royer, counselor School Rules / Code of Conduct In order to provide students with a safe environment that encourages learn- ing, schools need to have rules regarding student conduct and behavior. Most students understand that rules are necessary and they follow them. For the students who don’t follow the rules, there are consequences. Consequences can range anywhere from detention to expulsion. The severity of the consequence generally depends on the seriousness of the offense and the past history of the student involved. While rules vary from school to school, no school will allow weapons, smoking, alcohol, drugs, intimidation, or harassment. Bullying Bullying is sometimes a problem in high school. If your child ever com- plains about being bullied or harassed, find out exactly what’s happened. Then talk to your child’s counselor or principal. Sometimes students are reluctant to tell their parents they’re being bul- lied. If your child suddenly doesn’t want to go to school, ask your child if someone is causing problems for him/her at school or online.