Electronic Device Policy
Students will be able to use their cell phones during key times of the school day, as long as they have the ClassMode app on their phone. ClassMode is an app that helps students use cell phones appropriately.
***View information about the ClassMode change that’s coming for the start of Term 2.***
By having ClassMode on their phone, a student has the ability to keep their phone on their person, and use their phone during transitions between classes and during their lunch period. Students may also use their phone when directed to do so by a teacher. Teachers will determine how cell phones will be permitted to be used in their classrooms.
Students who do not download the app (instructions available here), show excessively high usage in class, or continue to use their cell phone after being instructed not to use their phone by Eastern staff, will face consequences. If you are having difficulty with ClassMode, please review our FAQ document.
Under the Eastern High School Cell Phone User Agreement, Eastern and Eastern’s staff are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged cell phones.
Computer Use Policy
Students may use the Eastern school computers only with the express permission of a faculty or staff member. Computers are to be used for academics only. Students who abuse the computer use policy may lose the privilege to access school computers at Eastern.
We expect students to demonstrate why they are the pride of Capitol Hill at all times, including when we all gather together. When reporting to assemblies, students should file in with their classroom teacher. We will fill up the auditorium with the front rows first, leaving a chair at the end of each row empty for teachers and staff. Any speaker is a guest of Eastern and deserves our utmost respect. Any and all disruptions will be subject to serious disciplinary actions.
Regular school attendance is critical to academic success. Absences impact the number of instructional hours that students receive and may result in poor test scores, failing grades, disengagement from the school environment, and, ultimately, students dropping out of school.
School attendance is required by law for all students who reach five years of age on or before Sept. 20 of the current school year. Students must attend school daily until they meet high school graduation requirements or reach their 18th birthday. If students are skipping school, parents should talk to the attendance counselor at Eastern or Attendance Specialists with the DCPS Office of Youth Engagement.
Attendance Expectations for Students
- Arrive on time to school and to class each day.
- Bring your books and materials to class.
- Ask your teacher for missed work or make-up assignments for days you were absent.
- Ask school staff for help if you have academic or other concerns (e.g. safety or lack of transportation) preventing you from coming to school.
Harassment and Bullying Policy
Bullying and harassment create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, rob people of their dignity, detract from the safe environment necessary to promote student learning, and will not be tolerated by Eastern Senior High School. Students who bully or harass others will be held accountable for their actions whether they occur on the school grounds, off school grounds at a school sponsored or approved function, activity, or event, or on the way to or from school or a school activity.
Bullying is any pattern of behavior by a student, or a group of students, that is intended to harass, intimidate, ridicule, humiliate, or instill fear in another child or group of children. Bullying behavior can be verbal abuse, actual physical harm, or the threat of physical harm. Bullying is a series of recurring actions committed over a period of time directed toward one student, or successive, separate actions directed against multiple students.
Examples of bullying and harassment may include, but are not limited to, a pattern of behavior involving one or more of the following:
- Sarcastic “compliments” about another student’s personal appearance
- Pointed questions intended to embarrass or humiliate
- Mocking, taunting, or belittling
- Non-verbal threats and/or intimidation such as “fronting” or “chesting” a person
- Demeaning humor relating to a student’s race, gender, ethnicity, or personal characteristics
- Blackmail, extortion, demands for protection money, or other involuntary donations or loans
- Stealing or hiding books or belongings
- Deliberate physical contact or injury to person or property
- Uninvited pressure to participate in illegal or unethical activities
- Public display of explicitly offensive or demeaning materials
- Comments or actions demeaning to race, religion, ethnic origin, gender, or sexual orientation
- Threats of harm to student(s), possessions, or others
- False accusations of harassment
- Retaliation toward someone making a complaint about harassment
- Blocking access to school property or facilities
Sexual harassment is also prohibited by Eastern Senior High School. Sexual harassment refers to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other personally offensive verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone under any of the following conditions:
- Submission to the conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s education
- Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting that individual
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic environment
Students are encouraged to report behavior they consider to be bullying or harassment to a teacher or the principal. The report may be made anonymously. Teachers and other school employees who have witnessed or are reliably informed that a student has been a victim of behavior they consider to be bullying or harassment will report the incident(s) to the principal. Parents or legal guardians may submit written reports of incidents they feel constitute bullying to the principal. The principal is responsible for investigating the incident(s) to determine if disciplinary action is warranted.
To the extent possible, complaints will be treated in a confidential manner. Limited disclosure may be necessary in order to complete a thorough investigation. Students who file a complaint of bullying and/or sexual or other harassment will not be subject to retaliation or reprisal in any form.
Students found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. In determining the appropriate disciplinary action, consideration may be given to other violations of the school rules as outlined in this handbook.
Violence will in no way be tolerated at Eastern Senior High School. Violent offenses will be punished to the fullest extent allowed by the DC Municipal Regulations up to and including expulsion. Violent threats will be taken seriously and punished accordingly as will mock or “play” fighting and other actions that create a disturbance.
Those who encourage fighting or prevent/delay a response from adults by crowding around an incidence of violence will be subject to disciplinary measures.
It is our collective responsibility to inform an adult when we know a member of our community is planning to place him or herself or someone else in danger.