Student Handbook


Student Handbook

General Policies and Procedures

ID Cards

All students must have a current GW ID card at all times. Students will be issued a free photo ID at the start of the school year. Replacement ID’s are issued for a fee of $5.00. Students are expected to show a current ID to conduct school business such as check out library books, purchase tickets for school dances, and to ride the RTD. When asked, students are required to show their ID to teachers, security, and staff. Failure to carry a current GW ID card may result in disciplinary action.

Lunch and Off-Campus Privileges

George Washington High School has one lunch period. 9th and 10th graders are not allowed off campus during the school day, but are welcome to enjoy their lunch outside as long as they remain on GW property. Off-campus lunch privileges are granted to 11th and 12th graders. The George Washington High School administration supports the strict enforcement of the shoplifting, jaywalking, loitering, and other ordinances that are applicable to our students as they participate in the community. Failure to adhere to community rules such as loitering or trespassing may result in an issuance of a city citation by the Denver Police Department and the school reserves the right to revoke the privilege of off-campus lunch to any student who does not act in a mature and responsible fashion.

Student Parking

Student parking is designated by parking spots painted in white in the upper and lower lots. Anyone parking in areas designated for other use will be ticketed and/or towed. George Washington High School assumes no responsibility or liability for cars parked in the parking lots or in areas around the school.

20 reserved student parking spots for seniors will be available on a first come first serve basis. These reserved spots are $60 and can be decorated and personalized by the owner of the space. Decorations may not be inflammatory in nature, promote the use of drugs, alcohol or sexual behavior, contain gang affiliation or be in poor taste. Violators of these expectations will lose their parking lot privileges. A member of the GW Administration must approve parking lot designs.

5-Minute Hall Passes

Students in the halls during class periods must have the Classroom ID visible. Only one student will be allowed out of a class during any given time. Students will only be allowed out of their classroom during the Hall Pass Window. Hall passses are not be used to conduct school business. Students in the hallway without a Classroom ID will be escorted back to class. Repeated defiance will result in disciplinary measures.

Off Periods

Off periods are reserved for upperclassmen who are on track to graduate. Off periods are considered study periods and should be treated accordingly. Acceptable off-period locations are the library and Pikes Peak Lobby.

Field Trips

Field trips are a privilege for students who are passing all classes, have at least 90% attendance, and have no behavior referrals. Students must turn in a parent permission form and a teacher permission form. This form includes a report from your teachers that includes attendance, grades, and behavior.

Library Usage

Students with a valid pass from their teacher are welcome to use the Library Media Center from 7:30am – 3:30pm. Students need a valid student ID to check out books or use any of the library equipment. Computers are available to students in the LMC for academic purposes only. Students are not allowed to bring food or drinks into the Library. Books are checked out for three weeks and can be renewed once.

Lost and Found

Lost and found items can be turned in or claimed in the Main Office. Valuable items can be turned in or claimed in the Treasurer’s Office. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity.


Students must request a locker from Ms. Cordova in the Athletics Office, otherwise students will not receive a locker assignment. A student’s locker or desk, while intended as a repository for some personal belongings of the student, shall remain the property of the District, and the District reserves the right to inspect both without notice to the student. The District prohibits the display of pornographic pictures or drug/alcohol promotions in the student lockers. A student’s locker, desk, or vehicle on school property may be opened, and the contents thereof inspected, only upon approval of the Principal or a designee. George Washington High School is not responsible for replacing stolen items. Money or expensive items should not be brought to school or left in lockers. Lockers must be cleaned out at the end of each school year. Any items left in lockers will be donated to charity.

Phone Calls

Messages from a parent or legal guardian can be left for a student by calling the Main Office 720-423-8600. Use of office telephones is restricted. Cell phones are not to be displayed or used during class time. A current GW ID is required to use the phone in any office.

Posters and Flyers

Before any poster or flyer may be hung or circulated anywhere on campus, they must be approved and initialed by the Activities Director.


All students riding the RTD bus must have an RTD bus pass and a current GW ID. All students riding an RTD school bus are expected to follow the directions of the driver for the safety of all passengers. Students who are eligible for a free pass may not accumulate more than 12 unexcused period absences in a month during each semester to maintain eligibility. If the student has more than 12 unexcused period absences or tardies in a month, the student will lose their privilege of a monthly bus pass and be provided with bus ride booklets to get to and from school.

Emergency Procedures

Fire drills are done to ensure the practice of safe and expedient evacuation from the building. Routes for evacuation of the building are posted in every room. Follow emergency procedures for a safe and expedient exit from the building and stay with your class. Follow any additional directions from your teacher or staff members. Everyone must move at least 300 feet from the building. In the event of serious storms, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, severe air pollution, or other emergencies, an announcement over the PA system will be made with procedures for you to follow. If there is a power outage, students and faculty should remain in their classrooms. Emergency generators will provide lighting for stairwells and exits. Consequences will be assigned to students that interfere with emergency procedures and processes.

Financial Obligations

The school district will provide textbooks for use in the classroom for required courses. A student may be charged for the cost of textbooks, workbooks, and instructional or informational materials that have been lost, damaged, or destroyed. In some courses there may be a cost for materials used on projects or assignments that become the personal property of the student. These costs vary from course to course. In other courses, students are expected to purchase, with their own funds, paperback books, materials for projects, etc. All students are expected to pay their financial obligations by the 6th week of each semester.

Academic Policies and Procedures

Schedule Changes

Schedule change requests are conducted in the spring prior to the upcoming school year. There will be no schedule changes after June 1. There will be no schedule changes for teacher or period requests.

Academic Honesty

Students are expected to be honest in their work. This means no cheating and no plagiarizing. Students caught cheating or plagiarizing may receive a failing grade for that particular assignment and have their parents or guardians notified of possible progressive disciplinary action.

Google Account

Students are expected to activate their DPS Google Account by going to:

Students will have access to Google Apps, which includes Gmail, Google Docs and document storage on Google Drive. This is an excellent way for students to communicate with teachers and staff, receive updates and read important announcements.

Student Portal

Infinite Campus is the student information system that is used by Denver Public Schools. All parents and students are expected to apply for an account, which will enable them to see all information pertaining to the student. For more information contact Alma Rodriguez at 720-423-8672.

Credit Recovery

All Credit Recovery courses have a fee of $25. It is an expectation that students enrolled in Credit Recovery will self-monitor their progress. Because of the limited number of computers available, it is imperative that students enrolled in Credit Recovery stay on track. Failure to do so can result in students having to forfeit their spots in Credit Recovery.

Eligibility for Valedictorian or Salutatorian

A student must be enrolled GWHS for a minimum of six semesters to be considered a candidate for ranking as a salutatorian or valedictorian designee of each respective program.

Report Cards and Transcripts

Report cards are issued after each 6-week grading period. The official transcript grade is issued at each semester. Report Cards and unofficial transcripts may be obtained through the Student Portal. Only semester grades in the form of a transcript will be mailed home. The first two transcripts are free and $5.00 per transcript after that.

Behavior Policies and Expectations


Schools exist for educational purposes. Teachers have the right and responsibility to teach and students have the right and responsibility to learn. The discipline system is designed to provide prompt and effective consequences for students who choose to interfere with the rights of either the teacher or other students. Students, teachers, administrators, and parents/guardians must cooperate to maintain this atmosphere.

Students are expected to follow the policies, procedures and rules of each classroom teacher. Teachers are expected to follow the DPS Student Discipline Policy J-K.


Suspension, both in-school and out-of-school, is a disciplinary measure used to point out to a student the seriousness of his/her misconduct, to inform the student’s parent/guardian of the misconduct, and to ensure parental cooperation in dealing with the problem. Suspension is not a punishment in and of itself. It is a temporary measure for the purpose of protecting staff and students, school property, and the orderly functioning of the school. Students who break school and district policies are subject to out of school suspension for a period of up to 15 days. The length of suspension is determined by school authorities and reflects the seriousness of the offense committed. In addition, a parent/guardian conference is required to reinstate a suspended student. A suspended student may not loiter, be on school property, or attend any school-sponsored activities during the days of suspension.

Drugs and Alcohol

The use or possession of alcohol, tobacco or any other harmful substances, or the illegal use of prescription medication is forbidden. Disciplinary and/or court action will be taken against any student involved in the use, possession, distribution, or sale of drugs or alcohol. DPS Policy JK applies in these situations.


Students, staff, and visitors are not permitted to use tobacco in any form in the school building, on the school grounds, at school activities, in school vehicles, or within 1000 feet of the school campus. GW will treat the use of tobacco the same as the use of alcohol or drugs. Students found violating this policy will be subject to similar disciplinary action. GWHS is a smoke-free environment.

Student Behavior at Activities

School sponsored activities include any situation where students are under direct supervision of a coach, teacher, or sponsor and are representing GWHS in some capacity. The administration and staff at GW will not tolerate behavior that is adverse to the welfare, safety, and morals of other people. Any unlawful act taking place on or off school grounds or excursions not only makes the students subject to penalties which the courts may prescribe, but also will result in disciplinary action by GWHS. All school activities, games, etc., both home and away are subject to school policy. This includes all students, not just participants.


Theft, larceny, or breaking and entering will result in disciplinary action, restitution, and citation by police.GW is not responsible for the loss of personal property.


Toys, such as water guns and skateboards, that are disruptive to the educational environment or become a potential safety hazard will be confiscated and will not be returned.

Gangs - Zero Tolerance

Both the laws of Colorado and DPS School Board prohibit students from belonging to ANY fraternity, sorority, club, society, or gang. School Board policy defines “gang” as a group of individuals with a common interest, bond or activity characterized by criminal, delinquent or disruptive conduct. No activities associated with these organizations, including pledging, hazing, initiations, or any other acts disruptive to school operation, are permitted on school grounds or at school activities. Gang membership and gang-related activity will not be tolerated in the schools, on the school grounds, in school district vehicles, or at school activities or events.

Public Displays of Affection

Gestures of congratulations such as embraces and handshakes are examples of appropriate behavior. Sitting on lap, kissing, and embracing of an intimate nature between students is not acceptable behavior on GW’s campus.


Any person not a GWHS student or a member of the staff found loitering on school grounds will be cited by the police and removed from the premises. In addition, students at George Washington High School are not permitted to loiter on campus after the school day. Students need to vacate the building 15 minutes after the end of the school day unless they are being actively supervised by a sponsor. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in progressive disciplinary action that can include a city citation by the Denver Police Department and loss of after school and extracurricular privileges.

Dress Code

The purpose of the dress code is to help provide a safe and respectful atmosphere for education. The following outlines clothing that are not appropriate for school:

Outfits that are predominately the same color are not acceptable. Please be aware that a show of predominant color by a student may be interpreted as gang affiliation and the student will be asked to change. The Denver Public School District has a zero tolerance policy for gang activity of any kind, which applies to attire.

  • Clothing that promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, marijuana or violence
  • Clothing with profanity or obscenities, or of a sexual nature
  • Hats, scarves, knitted hair nets, or other head gear
  • Sunglasses worn inside the building
  • Trench coats
  • Clothing that is excessively revealing, too short or intended as undergarments, i.e. short skirts and shorts, backless tops, midriff tops, halter tops, exposed underwear, undershirt tank tops, or spaghetti straps.
  • Pajamas and slippers

Students who choose to ignore the dress code will be asked if they have a change of clothes. If the student does not have a change of clothes, they will be provided a change of clothes (depending on availability) by the Dean’s Office. If they refuse to change, a phone call will be made to a parent to request a change of clothing be brought to the school.

Conflict Resolution

Disputes between members of the school community should be settled through Restorative Justice, mediation or support from staff. Students involved in conflict before, after, or during school hours on school property, at school activities, bus stops, or off campus areas that endanger other students, will be suspended. Additionally, students will receive a public fighting citation from the Denver Police Department and will lose after-school and extracurricular privileges. If you have a problem with another student, it is expected that you proactively see your counselor, dean or an administrator to resolve it.


Bullying will not be tolerated. Bullying includes but is not limited to actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. This includes Facebook, Twitter or any other form of social media both during and not during school hours.

If you or someone you know is a victim of bullying, please reach out to any school official. If you do not feel comfortable identifying yourself, please contact Safe2Tell at 1-877-542-7233.

We recognize that bullying is a reality in today’s world. We have counseling and restorative justice programs in place to make sure that George is a safe space for every student.


Gambling and possession of gambling materials (dice, cards when used for gambling) are not permitted at GW school activities, events, or on school transportation. Violation may lead to suspension and citation by police.

Search and Seizure

Searches within the school or on school grounds will be authorized by the Principal when there are circumstances which would cause a reasonable person to believe that there is a concern for school safety. The Principal or a designee may request the assistance of a law enforcement officer to:

  • Search any area of the school premises, any student, or any motor vehicle on the school premises.
  • Identify or dispose of contraband found in the course of a search conducted in accordance with this policy.

All searches conducted of student(s), lockers, automobiles, etc. will be done at the discretion of the Administrator based on reasonable suspicion, as stated earlier in this section.

Sexual Harrassment

The District has an obligation to discipline those who engage in sexually harassing behavior. Students who are determined to have engaged in sexual harassment of one or more students will be subject to suspension and/or expulsion as defined by Board of Education Policy JB. Students who believe that they have been sexually harassed need to report the harassment to a teacher, counselor, student advisor, or administrator.

Use of Personal Technology

Students are permitted to use cell phones, and listen to MP3 players or iPods during lunch, before and after school. Students who are using any electronic device including cell phones during instructional time will be subject to confiscation and disciplinary action. After the first incident, the item will be returned at the end of the day with a current student ID. If electronic devices are confiscated a second time, it will be returned ONLY to a parent/guardian at the end of the school week. If electronic devices are confiscated a third time, they will be returned to a parent/guardian at the end of the semester. The school is not liable for personal items that are confiscated, lost, or stolen.


Safety is the right of every student and Denver Public Schools is clear in its resolve to have a weapon free environment. Pursuant to the provisions of DPS Policy JK-R, the possession or use of any weapon will result in immediate proceedings for the suspension and expulsion of the student(s). This “weapon” definition is not limited to the obvious list of guns and knives, but also includes any item that can be construed as a weapon. DPS students have been expelled for possession of such items as Ninja stars, screw drivers, ball bats, mace, water and toy guns, items used in a fight against another person, starter pistols, firecrackers, chains and more. The incident will result in the appropriate law enforcement authorities being notified and charges being filed. (This policy shall not be construed to prohibit the supervised activities of students involved in authorized training in the JROTC Program.)

Attendance and Tardy Policies


Regular attendance has a direct effect on student progress and achievement. The George Washington High School attendance goal, as part of the Unified Improvement Plan, is to reach a 95% school-wide attendance rate; students may not be absent more than one day per month.

Any student with more than 20 unexcused period absences, tardies or a combination of both per semester could lose the privilege to participate in extracurricular activities, including athletics, dances or after-school functions.

Full Day Excused Absences

An absence is defined as non-attendance in class. A student attending any portion of a class period will be considered present in class. An absence will either be “excused” or “unexcused” as outlined below. Individual teachers may also have additional tardy policies of which students will be made aware.

Please have your parent/guardian fax, email, or send a note to the attendance office within TWO days of your return to school. Phone calls, even though a courtesy, are not considered official documentation.

The following reasons constitute an excused absence:

  • Illness
  • Medical/dental appointment
  • Court date
  • Funeral
  • Religious holiday
  • Personal reasons/Extenuating circumstances

All written emails and notes must include:

  • Student’s full name and Student ID#
  • Date(s) and reason for absence
  • A valid parent/guardian signature
  • A daytime phone number where the parent/guardian can be reached

Students have two days for each excused absence to make up the missed work. The student or family is responsible for initiating make up work.

An absence becomes unexcused after two days without an acceptable excuse from a parent. Work missed due to an unexcused absence will be marked as missing in Infinite Campus and make up work will be permitted only at teacher’s discretion.

Partial Absences

Please provide 24-hours notice. All partials must be confirmed by a parent/guardian before a student can be dismissed. If you will be returning from your partial, please remember to check back in with the attendance office.

All written notes must include:

  • Student’s full name
  • Time the student must leave
  • Reason for partial
  • A valid parent/guardian signature
  • A daytime phone number where the parent/guardian can be reached

The note will be confirmed by calling the parent/guardian. The attendance office personnel will enter the excused absence codes on the computer for the partial absence. It is the student’s responsibility to return to the attendance office to pick up the partial pass in order to leave the building.

Leaving school without checking out through the attendance office is considered an unexcused absence.

Bringing an excuse note one or two days later does not apply to excused tardies and partials. These must be excused on the day they occurred.

Tardy to Class

Students are expected to be on time! Students arriving after the bell has rung are considered tardy. Students arriving to class more than 10 minutes after the bell has rung will be marked absent. Any student arriving late to class will receive a classroom assigned consequence. Repeated defiance to the tardy policy will result in progressive disciplinary action.

Tardies to school will be excused with a note or phone call from the parent/guardian at the time of arrival. Please check in with the Attendance Office.

Absences for School Related Activities

School-related activities will include those items covered under Colorado law and district policy such as suspensions and school-sponsored activities. All will allow for credit from make-up work.

Absences for School Sponsored Activities

In any school-sponsored activity, a list of those students participating in the activity will be initiated by an administrator and given to the Attendance Secretary. Additionally, out-of-school activities require a School Excursion Notification form that is completed and signed by the sponsoring teacher. It becomes the student’s responsibility to obtain each of his/her teachers’ signatures and to return the School Excursion Notification form to the sponsoring teacher by that sponsor’s due date. The sponsoring teacher then turns this form to the Attendance Office. On this form, a classroom teacher has the option to recommend that a student not participate in the activity. It is the classroom teacher’s responsibility to notify the sponsoring teacher(s) of any students they feel should not participate in the activity. (Large groups, i.e. ROTC, instrumental/vocal music, etc., may be exempt from the School Excursion Notification Form)

Following any school-related/sponsored activity, the Attendance Secretary will be informed of students who were absent from the activity.

Participation in Graduation Ceremony

It is the responsibility of the student to continually monitor student progress, grades and graduation status. A student may only participate in the George Washington High School graduation ceremony if he/she has completed DPS graduation requirements and earned the minimum of 240 credit/24 unit hours including all required courses. Students must also meet the GWHS attendance requirement of a minimum of 92% and positive behavior expectations. Students are urged to stay in close contact with their Advisor for current progress and status information.

Emergency Procedures

Fire Drills

All staff and students should be aware of fire drill directions posted in each classroom and office areas. When the alarm sounds, evacuate immediately and follow your teacher’s instructions.

Tornado Warnings

All staff and students should be aware of the tornado warning directions posted in each classroom and office areas. When a tornado warning announcement is made, staff should move their classes immediately to their designated area. Teachers should assist getting the students seated against the walls away from any glass once they are in their designated areas.


A lockout means that there is a threat somewhere near our school building. If the school is in a lockout it means that school business proceeds as normal but no one may enter or exit the school building.


A lockdown means that there is a perceived threat inside the school building. When we are in a lockdown that means that all classroom doors are locked, lights are turned off, and students are moved out of sight and away from walls and doors. During a lockdown no one is permitted to enter or exit the building.