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School Frequently Asked Questions

What if my child must be absent?

Regular attendance and being on time is critical to the learning process and also helps students develop good attitudes toward school. Parents and guardians are strongly urged to make every possible attempt to schedule doctors, dentist, and other appointments for students at times outside the school day.When your child must be absent, a PARENT OR GUARDIAN must call in or send a note excusing his/her son /daughter for the absence. Calls to the high school should be made before 10:00 a.m. If we have not received a note or call from the parents, the student will receive an unexcused absence. The school's phone number is (480) 882-3540 (available 24 hours a day). Also, remember that students must be in attendance at least one-half of the school day to be eligible to participate in any extra-curricular activities held that day.

What if my child is tardy to school?

Any student, who arrives at school tardy, must go to the office for a pass. Excessive tardiness (more than three (3) per quarter) will be unexcused and will be sent to the sweep room.

Can my child make or receive phone calls at school?

Only in the case of an emergency, and with a pass from a teacher, may a student receive permission to use an office phone. Due to our busy days, ONLY EMERGENCY incoming telephone messages will be taken for a student. Messages will be given at a time when classes are not in session. Students may call from the classroom if they have full day.

What sports are offered at the High School?

Fall: Badminton, Cross Country, Football, Boys/Girls Golf, Boys/Girls Swimming, Girls Volleyball
Winter: Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling
Spring: Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Boys Volleyball

To start practice a student must have:
  1. Sports physical (good for one calendar year)
  2. Proof of insurance
  3. Bus permission with emergency phone numbers
  4. Code of Conduct signed by student and parent
All of this information should be turned in as soon as possible. Please do not wait until the start of the season to schedule a physical. For more information, please contact the Athletics Department at (480) 882-3548.

Are there items I should not allow my child to bring to school?

The following items are not allowed at school: knives, weapons of any kind, cigarettes, tobacco products, drugs, gum, water guns, toys, baseballs, roller blades, skateboards, portable radios, tape recorder/players, CD and MP3 players, game or video players, cameras, cell phones & pagers (cell phones are allowed to be in the possession of students, but must be turned off during school hours - no exceptions), CD's, and pornography . These items and anything else that may cause problems will be taken from the students. Students are not permitted to bring pets to school. Special permission may be granted ONLY with written approval from the parent and the teachers. (Animals are not permitted on the school bus).

What steps does the school take to help assure my child's safety?

Student safety and security is one of our primary responsibilities! The following steps will be followed when a student leaves prior to the end of the day:

A child will not be released from his/her classroom until the parent or guardian signs the student out in the office.
The adult must be known to the office staff or present proper identification.
Office staff will request that the student be sent to the office to be released.

Can my child leave campus?

No, we have a closed campus at Combs High School. This helps assure your child's safety. CHS opens at 6:45 a.m. Once your student arrives on campus, they may not leave until school is dismissed, or a parent or guardian signs them out. A student leaving campus without permission will be considered truant, and disciplinary action will be taken. In accordance with Arizona State Law, only a person listed on the registration papers may take a student from campus during school hours. All adult visitors must be authorized through the main office. Student visitors are not allowed on campus.

When is my child's lunchtime and what are the lunch prices?

The following is the CHS lunch schedule:
Monday – 11:02 - 11:34
Tuesday – 11:30 - 12:05
Wednesday - 11:38 - 12:09
Thurs, Fri - 11:33 - 12:06
Meal and drink prices are:
Reduced Breakfast - $.30*
Student Breakfast - $1.25*
Reduced Lunch - $ .40
Student Lunch - $3.40
*Breakfast served daily from 6:45-7:15

My child brought home a "planner" from school. How are these used?

Your student is issued a planner and they are expected to have their planner for each class. They are responsible for writing the daily assignment for each class in their planner. Your encouragement will help your child develop good work habits, stay on top of their assignments, and get the most out of the use of his/her planner.

Are visitors allowed on campus?

Adults are free to visit our campus, however, as a courtesy, you are expected to notify the Principal and the teacher before visiting. In addition, policy requires that all visitors check in and out of the office and wear a visitor's badge that is clearly visible at all times.
  • For the safety of our children, office personnel must be aware of the identity and the location of anyone on school grounds when classes are in session.
  • Children from other schools will not be allowed to visit with our students during school hours.
  • Volunteers are welcomed and encouraged.
  • High School students on school vacation may volunteer in our classrooms. Students must have prior written parent and teacher permission. Students must remain with an adult at all times. Students must sign in and out at the office and wear a visitor's badge.
Do we have a dress code for the High School?

The responsibility for student dress and grooming is that of the student and their parents. The following guidelines are recommended:
  1. Students shall not wear clothing or hairstyles that can be hazardous to them in school activities. Grooming and dress that are likely to create a disruption or disturbance of classroom order are discouraged. Hats are not permitted.
  2. There shall be adequate coverage of the body. Short shorts, bathing suits, halter tops, midriff tops, tube tops, spaghetti-straps, undershirts, mesh or sheer garments, etc., are not considered adequate coverage. Pictures and/or words on any garment and jewelry must be in good taste with nothing that is obscene, vulgar or promotes anything that is illegal or considered gang related. Also, jewelry shall not be worn if it presents a safety hazard.
  3. Clothes will fit...'sagging' clothes are not acceptable.
  4. Students may be sent home if dress or grooming is inappropriate or disruptive.
  5. Fridays are designated as "School Pride Day."
What are the school bus rules?

It is the student's responsibility to:
  1. Be on time for the bus both morning and afternoon.
  2. Stand a safe distance from the highway.
  3. Get in an orderly line when the school bus is approaching.
  4. Always use the steps and handrail when boarding and leaving the bus.
  5. Sit quietly in assigned seats.
  6. Talk in normal tones; using appropriate language and actions.
  7. Keep hands, arms, head, and objects inside the bus.
  8. Keep the aisle clear of obstructions.
  9. Open or close windows only with permission from the driver.
  10. Remain seated while the bus is in motion and until it comes to a complete s#top.
  11. Food, drinks, and gum are not allowed on the bus.
  12. Take pride in the school bus by helping to keep the bus clean. Also, do not damage the bus or any personal property.
  13. Provide written permission from parents when plans are different.
  14. Report potential problems to an adult.
What are the district's immunization requirements?

To help protect your child, state law requires an original copy of your child's immunization from the Doctor. The required immunizations include:
  • 4 DPT - 5 doses needed if 4th dose was given prior to 4th birthday
  • 3 OPV - 4 doses needed if 3rd dose was given prior to 4th birthday
  • 2 MMR
  • Hepatitis B – 3 shot series
Children May be Exempted:

If a physician certifies that one or more of the immunizations would endanger the child's life.
If the parents submit a signed statement that immunizations are contrary to their religious or personal beliefs.
The law allows exemptions, however, the County Health Department may request we exclude your child from school should there be an outbreak of any of these diseases.
Are dances scheduled for High School students?

Yes, they are. Attendance will be limited to students currently attending Combs High School. Prior approval from the High School teachers and the Principal is required for any exceptions. All school rules will be in effect during each dance. In addition, students must remain inside the gym at all times during the dance. Students who choose to leave prior to the conclusion of the dance must have their parents pick them up in the multi-purpose room. Discipline problems at a dance may result in the loss of school dance privileges. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from each dance. Additional details and expectations for each event will be shared with students during morning announcements or with a special bulletin that will be given to first period teachers.

Please refer to the Student Planner that was given to each student for complete answers to all of your questions.