Report cards serve as a progress report to both parents and students grades K-12. Parents are asked to read report cards carefully, note teachers' comments, make any additional comments, sign and return the report card. If there are any concerns, parents are urged to request a conference with the teacher to discuss the student's performance.
Multi-Tiered System of Supports
Pitt County Schools will ensure that every student is provided a rigorous and personalized education that prepares them for the ever-changing challenges of the 21st century. We do this through our commitment of implementing and sustaining a layered system of support, Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), so that all students succeed academically, behaviorally, and emotionally. MTSS is a multi-tiered framework which promotes school improvement through engaging, research-based academic and behavioral practices.
We believe that all children have the capacity to grow and learn in an environment that fosters understanding and provides effective instruction tailored to meet the needs of each learner.
School based teams use various points of student data and a structured problem solving model to improve learning outcomes for all students. Schools provide educational support to all students at increasing levels of intensity based on their individual needs. The goal is to prevent problems and intervene early so that all students can be successful. Pitt County Schools layer different types of support into three tiers:
- Tier One includes high quality curriculum and instruction in the classroom that all children receive--Core Instruction.
- Tier Two includes additional targeted, supplemental instruction for small groups of students who need more support on a targeted skill.
- Tier Three includes intensive interventions that are customized to meet the individual needs of students.
For more information on the specific supports available at your child's school, please contact your child's teacher or school counselor.
Recognizing Student Excellence (Policy 3440)
The Pitt County Board of Education believes that outstanding academic achievement should be recognized. Each school shall have an honor roll and principal's list and shall recognize students in grades 3-12 using the following criteria:
- To qualify for the honor roll, students must have all A's on academic subjects (communication skills, social studies, math, science, and health) and all S's on non-academic subjects.
- To qualify for principal's list, students must have all B's or higher on academic subjects (communication skills, social studies, math, science, and health) and all S's on non-academic subjects.
- To qualify for the honor roll, students must have all A's on subjects.
- To qualify for the principal's list, students must have all B's or higher on subjects.
● Using Grade Point Average:
o To qualify for the honor roll, students must earn a grade point average of 4.0 or higher, and have no letter grade lower than B in an AP course or lower than A in any other course for the grading period.
o To qualify for the principal's list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and have no letter grade lower than C in an AP course or lower than B in any other course for the grading period.
Programs of Recognition (9th-12th grade)
Special recognition for student achievement in the academic, athletic, cultural arts, and the vocational areas shall be given according to guidelines established by the Pitt County Board of Education and the individual school.
Pitt County Schools have affiliated with national honor societies and follow the rules and regulations set forth by those organizations. The administrator of the school shall encourage establishment and maintenance of such organizations which recognize outstanding academic achievement. The principal shall appoint and approve sponsors for such organizations.
Promotion/Retention Standards (Policy 3420)
K-8 students must be in attendance at least 160 school days AND meet the following criteria to be promoted to the next grade:
- Demonstrate grade level proficiency in Reading and Mathematics.
- Demonstrate grade level proficiency in Reading and Mathematics by scoring Level III on the End-of-Grade test.
- Pass the following with a grade of at least 60:
English/Language Arts (including Reading and Writing)
Grade 3 only: In accordance with the Read to Achieve Law, a student in third grade must meet mastery on reading as set by the House Bill legislation 950/S.L. 2012-142 and the district plan.
To earn credit in a course, students must:
· Have a passing final average
· Have no more than ten absences in a course (per semester)
Promotion to Grade 10
· Earn 6 units of credit
Promotion to Grade 11
· Earn 13 units of credit – must include English I
Promotion to Grade 12
· Earn 20 units of credit – must include: English II
Further information regarding promotion at high school can be found here:
State graduation requirements can be found here: https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/Policy/ViewPolicy.aspx?S=10399&revid=htSZKlwt9Jou47jSaDCJ8A==&ptid=amIgTZiB9plushNjl6WXhfiOQ==&secid=sc8bjy4DPyDA4KHTJ9PnCA==&PG=6&IRP=0. Pitt County Schools requires 6 additional elective credits. Students or parents with questions regarding graduation requirements should contact their school counselor.
Examinations (Policy 3410)
HIGH SCHOOL FINAL EXAMS AND END-OF-COURSE TESTING
High school students must take the exam for any course in which the exam is a state requirement. Examples include the end-of-course (EOC) tests and Career and Technical Education State Assessments (CTE Post-Assessments). The results of EOC tests and CTE Post-Assessments will count a percentage of a student’s final grade. This percentage will be determined and set forth in Board Policy 3410. This requirement does not apply to EOC tests for students following the Occupational Course of Study. Further, CTE students who earn a credential will not be required to take the CTE Post-Assessment in the course.
A system of open enrollment through "parent-student informed choice" is used throughout Pitt County high schools. The following criteria are used to inform and counsel students and parents regarding selecting the appropriate level of course difficulty:
- Standardized achievement test scores
- Grades / Performance
More information and a detailed listing of available courses can be found in the Pitt County Schools High School Registration Guide at www.pitt.k12.nc.us.
Quality Points and Descriptions of Course Levels 9th-12th Grade
Students in the high schools will have the opportunity to enroll in several different academic pathways. Enrolling in the proper pathway should make it possible for students to work at their individual level of ability.
The following are the approved quality points for Pitt County Schools:
Standard Level Courses
If an A Equals 4 Quality Points:
GRADE QUALITY POINTS
A 100-90 4
B 89-80 3
C 79-70 2
D 69-60 1
F 59 and below 0
Honors Level Courses
If an A Equals 4.5 Quality Points:
GRADE QUALITY POINTS
A 100-90 4.5
B 89-80 3.5
C 79-70 2.5
D 69-60 1.5
F 59 and below 0
Advanced Placement and College Courses*
If an A Equals 5 Quality Points:
GRADE QUALITY POINTS
A 100-90 5
B 89-80 4
C 79-70 3
D 69-60 2
F 59 and below 0
*The state weighting system adds the equivalent of one (1) quality point to the grade earned in community college courses included on the most recent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Transfer List, and for courses taught at four-year universities and colleges. Please be advised not all courses taught at the community college level earn 5 quality points.
Students taking Advanced Placement courses in Pitt County Schools will be required to take the Advanced Placement exam. Participating universities may grant university credit and appropriate college-level placement to students who satisfy university requirements relative to AP exam scores.
Registration determines which courses are available in each high school on an annual basis. Registration in an Honors or Advanced Placement course is an academic commitment. It is very difficult to drop an Honors or Advanced Placement class and transfer to a standard section of the same course. Because Honors and Advanced Placement require additional work, the decision to enroll in them should be made with care. Standard sections of courses are geared to meet college requirements.
NC High School Diploma Endorsement Seals Guide
Students enrolled in North Carolina high schools shall have the opportunity to earn Endorsements to their High School Diploma that identify a particular area of focused study. Criteria for the earning of endorsements can be found at:
Post-Secondary Admission Requirements
Minimum Course Requirements for Admission to the Sixteen Campuses of The University of North Carolina:
EACH UNIVERSITY MAY REQUIRE OTHER COURSES IN ADDITION TO THESE REQUIREMENTS. Therefore, prospective students should refer to the catalogs and contact the admission offices of any universities to which they plan to apply. In determining the admissibility of each applicant, institutions also consider factors other than courses completed, such as high school grades, rank in class, and scores on college entrance examinations, recommendations, and essays.
Student Email and Digital Resource Accounts
Your child will be given a Pitt County Schools email account. Additionally, teachers may have students create accounts for digital resources that are directly related to instructional needs in the classroom. Teachers may also provide instruction through video conferencing tools to support at home and anytime learning. If you want your child to opt out of this email or digital resource account access, contact the Media Coordinator at your school.
Network / Internet Use By Students (Policies 3220, 3225/4312/7320, 3226/4205, 3227/7322, and 3230/7330)
Rules for Use
- Internet access at school is intended to be used for class participation, educational or career-development research, and other access that has been approved by school personnel and does not violate the other provisions of this policy, in accordance with local and state educational objectives. Other uses of school access are to be considered inappropriate and are not allowed.
- Student-created websites relating to the school curriculum must have a faculty member sponsoring them. The faculty member is responsible for monitoring the content of the site and helping the student to update the site regularly. Pitt County Schools is not responsible for any student-created and student-maintained websites that are not related to the classroom curriculum.
- Users are expected to abide by the common rules of Network etiquette, as follows:
- Students should use appropriate language and be polite in communications across the PCS network or Internet.
- Students should not disrupt or attempt to disrupt the functioning of the PCS network communications or equipment in any manner, nor should they gain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to the PCS network or any electronic records maintained by any other organization (hacking).
- Students should not reveal last names, ages, telephone numbers, or other personal identifying information about themselves or someone else to another person across the Internet or network.
- Students should not use another person’s PCS network password or give their password to another student for that person’s use.
- Students should not access, publish, save, send, or display illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, obscene, harmful, or profane images or text.
- Students should not violate copyright laws by copying files, programs, or other materials protected by copyright or by failing to give credit to Internet sources used in their research.
- The following activities and/or materials are specifically not permitted:
- Using offensive or harassing statements or language including profanity, vulgarity, and/or disparagement of others based on their race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, and religious or political beliefs.
- Using threatening or obscene material.
- Vandalizing or attempting to vandalize hardware or software including the creation or spread of viruses and hacking.
- Spamming (i.e. sending junk mail), political lobbying, advertising or any commercial uses of the network.
- Wasting limited network resources, including excessive use of the PCS network, downloading files, and loading programs or games to the local workstation or the PCS network without the prior approval of a teacher or administrator.
- Arranging/agreeing online to meet someone in person who is a stranger or non-school district personnel.
- Demonstrating security problems such as distributing someone else’s password, personal information, or access to restricted network software to others or failure to notify a teacher and/or staff member when a violation has occurred.
- Distributing material protected by trade secret.
- Social Media Use
The board recognizes the importance of incorporating current technology tools, including new methods of electronic communication, into the classroom to enhance student learning. It further recognizes the importance of employees, students, and parents engaging, learning, collaborating, and sharing in digital environments as part of 21st Century learning. The board strives to ensure that electronic communication tools incorporated into the school curriculum are used responsibly and safely. As practicable, the board will provide access to secure social media tools and board-approved technologies for use during instructional time and for school-sponsored activities.
Personal Computing Devices
- Use of student-owned personal devices is a site-based decision at the discretion of the site administrator.
- Student use of personal devices to access the Internet while on Pitt County Schools property must be limited to the Pitt County Schools public wireless network. Use of any other network connection is prohibited.
- When the site administrator has allowed students to bring personal devices to school, the decision to bring that device remains with the parent/guardian and student. Students will not be required to bring their own personal electronic devices to school to do school work. Pitt County Schools does not accept liability for personal devices damaged or stolen on school property. Any damage or loss will be the responsibility of the owner of the device.
- Students and parents should be aware that any files stored in home directories, mobile devices or on the local hard drive(s) and any Internet activity may be screened, supervised, or viewed by school and system staff, and parents will be given access to their child’s files on request. Students should not expect any privacy in these files.
- Students must immediately notify a teacher or staff member when they see or receive a message or materials that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable. Failure to notify a teacher immediately will constitute culpability on the student’s part for any actions they have taken or take thereafter.
- Pitt County Schools does not warrant the service it is providing, including delays, loss of data or connections, service interruptions, and e-mail deliveries. Pitt County Schools does not control the material available on the Internet, and cannot be responsible for inaccurate data or offensive material encountered on the World Wide Web.
Student Device Agreement
Pitt County Schools (“PCS”) will provide a device to students to support both in-person and remote teaching and learning. These devices will allow students to access digital tools, communicate with teachers and other learners, build college and career readiness, and receive a personalized educational experience. As a condition of borrowing a device from PCS, Student and Student’s Parent/Guardian acknowledge and agree that they are bound to the terms of this Student Device Agreement and that this Student Device Agreement applies regardless of whether such use occurs on or off school district property.
Pitt County Schools will cooperate with law enforcement agencies on the investigation of any illegal activities involving internet/network use.
Athletic Eligibility (Middle School)
Students participating in athletics will be governed by local, county and state athletic regulations.
- Legal Birth and Age Limits: The principal must have evidence of the legal birth date of a student. A student shall not participate on a seventh or eighth grade team if he/she becomes 15 years of age on or before August 31 of said school year. A middle school student who is over age for middle school play shall be eligible for high school participation.
- Attendance: A student must have been in attendance for at least 85% of the previous semester at an approved school.
- Academic Requirements: A student must receive passing grades in five out of six courses the preceding semester. The student must also meet local promotion standards.
- Domicile: The student must meet the domicile criteria of NCGS 115C-366(a), which states “All students under the age of 21 years who are domiciled in a school administrative unit who have not been removed from school for cause, or who have not obtained a high school diploma, are entitled to all the privileges and advantages of the public schools to which they are assigned by local boards of education.” Out-of-district domicile fraud will result in the student being deemed ineligible for athletics for 365 days.
- Medical Examination: The student must receive a medical examination each year by a duly licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant. Medical examinations are valid for 395 days towards athletic eligibility.
- Special Needs: A special needs student will meet the same requirements as anyone else in all areas of eligibility except the academic eligibility, which will be identified through an IEP and the school-based committee.
- Discipline: Students assigned to In‑School Suspension for more than one day may not participate until required days are completed. If a student sits on the bench and is dressed out, he/she will be considered to be participating in that game.
Conduct at Athletic Events
While participating in or attending as representatives of the school any school-related activity held on the school grounds or at some other location, students are subject to the same rules and regulations concerning conduct which apply during the regular school day.
Athletic Eligibility (High School)
- Must be a properly enrolled student at the time he/she participates. That student must be enrolled no later than the 15th day of the present semester and meet local attendance policy.
- Any student subject to the NCHSAA eight semester rule who:
- is convicted of a crime classified as a felony under North Carolina or Federal law, or
- is adjudicated delinquent for an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult,is not eligible to participate in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association sports program. Such ineligibility shall be immediate and shall prohibit participation in the NCHSAA sports program from the date of conviction or adjudication of delinquency through the end of the student’s high school career. Appellate or other post-conviction or adjudication of delinquency does not affect the student’s immediate ineligibility. Note: “Convicted” and “conviction”, for the purpose of this policy, includes the entry of (a) a plea of guilty; or (b) a plea of no contest, nolo contendere, or the equivalent; or (c) a verdict or finding of guilty by a jury, judge, magistrate, or the other duly constituted, established, and recognized adjudicating body, tribunal or official, either civil or military. A person is “convicted” or “adjudicated delinquent” for the purposes of this policy, in North Carolina state courts, the courts of the United States, other states, the armed services of the United States, or other countries.
- Must not have graduated.
- Must be under 19 years of age on August 31 of the current school year.
- Must live with parents or legal custodian within the school administrative unit (exceptions must be approved by your principal and the NCHSAA). A student is eligible if he has attended school within that unit the previous two semesters (if eligible in all other respects).
- Must have passed a minimum load of work and have met local promotion standards during the previous semester. (This means that three courses must have been passed.)
- Must have received a medical examination each year by a duly licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant. If a student misses five or more days of practice due to illness or injury, he/she must undergo another medical examination before practicing or playing. Medical examinations are valid for 395 days towards athletic eligibility.
- Must not accept prizes, merchandise, money or anything that can be exchanged for money as a result of athletic participation. This includes being on a free list or loan list for equipment, etc.
- Must not have signed a professional contract or have played on a junior college team.Must not participate in unsanctioned all-star or bowl games.
- May not receive team instructions from your school's coaching staff during the school
- year outside your sport's season (from first practice through final game). Instruction is limited to coach and athletes in skill development sessions. These sessions may not be held during certain prescribed “dead periods” during the year.
- Must not be guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct or ejected from the previous contest.
- May not, usually, as an individual or on a team, practice or play during the school day (from first contest through conference tournament).
- May not play, practice or assemble as a team with his/her coach on SUNDAY.
- May not dress for a contest or sit on the bench or practice if he/she is not eligible to participate.
- Must not play more than three games in one sport per week, (exception softball and volleyball) and no more than one contest per day in the same sport (exception baseball, softball, and volleyball).
- May attend only those summer camps for which the student's parents/guardians paid the fees.
This summary of key athletic regulations is provided so that students can be made aware of rules which might affect their eligibility. The rules above are general statements only. See your principal, athletic director, or coach if you have any questions or need further explanation of details and exc