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Wondering about school guidelines and policies? We’re removing the guesswork by providing answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below. If you need additional information, you are welcome to review our student handbook, which you can find in the quick links on our Home page. You can also contact our office, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

I would like to take a tour of your school. Do I need to make an appointment?

We are happy to show our school to anyone interested in a tour, but we do ask that you make an appointment. Students wishing to tour the school before enrolling should seek prior approval from the administration and should make an appointment with Dawn Buck, our enrollment coordinator, by calling (218) 722.7574, ext. 225. Please note that all visitors and guests must sign in at the main office upon entering the building.

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What options does my student have with regard to transportation to and from school?

Students may use the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) or may drive to the school. We will provide DTA passes for all students who intend to use DTA services and we also make mileage reimbursement available to students living outside the DTA system. Students who wish to drive may apply to use their bus pass money for a parking stipend. If you are interested in one of these options, please fill out the Transportation Options form located in the quick links on our Home page.

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What is your attendance policy at HCIS?

We believe that regular school attendance is directly related to success in academic work. Furthermore, the State Department of Education and the Minnesota Mandatory Attendance Law require students to attend all classes and/or study halls every day school is in session. Students, parents, and schools share the responsibility for attendance. We realize, however, that on occasion it will be necessary for a student to be absent from school. In order for an absence to be excused, a parent must notify the school within 24 hours of an absence, and the absence must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Sickness of the student;
  • Sickness in the student’s immediate family;
  • Danger of imminent exposure to illness;
  • Medical or dental treatment;
  • Important events requiring student participation (with advance notification/approval);
  • Temporary absence from the city (with advance approval upon personal request of a parent/guardian, unless the situation is an emergency);
  • Other reasons verified by a parent/guardian and mutually acceptable to both parent/guardian and school administration.

For students to receive full credit for work missed in a class due to absence from the city, students must have their teacher sign an advance absence form and must turn it in to the main office before leaving. In the case of emergency, students must make arrangements with their teachers upon returning to school.

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Does Harbor City International have a dress code?

We expect our students to dress in a manner that is respectful and appropriate for school. Students’ attire should not disrupt the learning process or pose a health or safety issue. Our students should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Jackets, coats, and other outerwear must be in lockers or on hangers during school hours.
  • Caps, hats, hoods, do-rags, bandannas, and all other headwear (excluding religious headwear) must be in lockers during regular school hours. The exception to this rule is Wednesday Hat Day, when students may choose to wear caps or hats (but no hoods or bandannas).
  • Skirts, shorts, and dresses (including slits) must extend at least to the mid-thigh.
  • Clothing should be hygienically clean.

Specifically, we do not allow students to wear the following:

  • Spaghetti straps, halter tops, or see-through or low-cut tops;
  • Clothing that exposes the underwear or exposes the skin between the pants/skirt/shorts and top/shirt;
  • Clothing, accessories, or other items that communicate derogatory messages, evidence gang membership or affiliation, or approve/provoke any form of harassment or violence against others;
  • Clothing, accessories, or other items that include words or pictures that are obscene, contain sexual messages (explicit or innuendo), or promote any substance that is illegal for use by minors and/or illegal on school property;
  • Jewelry or accessories that we consider to be a safety concern;
  • Face coverings such as masks or sunglasses.

If a student comes to school wearing an item that violates the dress code, he or she must put on an article of clothing to replace the inappropriate item. The student may use an item from our clothes closet or may call home. In the event a student must go home and change, we will contact a parent. Our administration and staff reserve the right to have the final word regarding the appropriateness of a student’s attire.

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What is your food and drink policy?

We encourage our students to use water bottles; and students may also consume other beverages or food during school hours as long as they do not bring open drinks or food onto carpeted areas or near computers. (We consider coffee cups from local coffee shops to be open drinks unless the cups are spill-proof.) Students may be subject to cleaning, charges, or fines for damaging equipment due to irresponsible snacking or drinking. The executive director will make the final decision regarding acceptable types and sizes of beverages and beverage containers in the building.

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Are students allowed to leave campus during school hours?

Students in 9th and 10th grades are not allowed to leave campus during school hours; however, we do allow 11th and 12th graders to leave during lunch and on school-related business during the day (provided that they have teacher permission). We expect our students to exemplify the HCIS core values of Respect, Responsibility, Relationships, and Reach while they are off campus; and we will revoke or suspend off-campus privileges for students if they violate the 4 Rs while at school or in the community or if they return late to class after being off campus. We encourage you to review the details regarding our off-campus expectations for students, which you can find in our student handbook in the quick links on the Home page.

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How can I keep track of my child's grades and find out how he’s doing on assignments?

We use the PowerSchool online management system in order to help students coordinate assigned work and to allow parents to access information about grades and assignments. We highly encourage parents to access and review this information weekly with their students. You can access PowerSchool through the quick links on our Home page; and if you have any questions regarding passwords or other PowerSchool issues, please contact the main office.

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