Frequently Asked Questions
Q&A: Attendance, Arrival, and Dismissal
What time does my child need to be at school in the morning? On Mondays and Tuesdays (when all teachers have PGT - Professional Growth Time), students need to be in their first period class by 8:18. On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday students need to be in their first period class by 7:50. Students who take the bus to school will arrive at the same time every day. Bus routes are available here. Before school, students may have breakfast in the cafeteria or do school work in the Learning Commons.
What time is dismissal? Class ends each day at 2:20pm. On early-release Wednesdays, students are dismissed at 12:00pm. After dismissal, students may walk home, get picked up, or take their school bus if eligible.
If students are walking home from school is there any notification system? The school must be able to make contact with an authorized guardian if a student is to be dismissed during the school day. If the student is walking home from school at the regular dismissal time, no guardian contact is required.
Are late busses available? The late bus leave RHS on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4:00pm; however, only students eligible to ride the school bus may take the late bus.
How can I check my child’s attendance record? Attendance is taken by teachers every period. Parents/guardians can check their student’s class attendance through PowerSchool Parent Portal. This link provides instructions on how to use the Parent Portal. Please contact your Family Liaison if you don’t know your access code - Sandra Figueroa [email protected] (Grades 9/11) or Marta Romero [email protected] (Grades 10/12)
What is the attendance policy for the high school? What happens if my child misses too many classes? Students absent from school MORE THAN FIVE (5) DAYS in a marking period (e.g., quarter/semester) will need to demonstrate their level of mastery or competency, in order to earn credit for that subject. Similarly, students not in attendance more than eighteen (18) days in a year-long course will also need to demonstrate competency to avoid academic implications (retention). Extenuating circumstances may be considered when presented to the administration on the return day. Whenever a student is absent, parents/caregivers must call the main office of their child’s school to report the absence. Students absent more than 9 days in a semester will not be allowed to take credit recovery if they were to fail the course; they would need to retake the course during the school day.
Where can I drop off/pick up my child? Before school, students may enter the school through the Main Lobby Entrance or the East Wing Entrance. After first period begins and until dismissal, the main lobby entrance is the only entrance that is accessible to students. Students are dismissed through the Main Lobby Door and the East Wing Door.
What if my child is going to be absent or tardy? Caregivers should contact their student's Grade Level Operations Assistant to report an absence as a verified absence. Holly Leyden is the Operations Assistant for Grades 10 & 12; Jessica Gonzalez is the Operations Assistant for Grades 9 & 11.
What if I have to pick up my child from school before dismissal? To dismiss your student, you should contact your student's Grade Level Operations Assistant.
Q&A: School Counseling
what students do in the classroom to their life goals, including finding colleges and careers
based on their personal skills and areas of interest. By the end of Grade 10, each student
receives his or her individual Naviance account, and is taught how to access and use it
during classroom lessons with the school counselors. Students and parents/guardians are
strongly encouraged to take advantage of this personalized resource.
Q&A: Health Services
What types of services are available through RHS for my student? Revere High School employs three dedicated, full-time school nurses and two full-time Health Aides that provide care for accidents, illnesses, and other medical situations. Students are assigned to a school nurse based on their last name. Students’ whose last name begins with the letters N-Z should see the nurse in the East Wing. All other students should see the nurse near the main lobby.
What if my child becomes sick during the school day? Students feeling ill should ask to visit the Medical Center. If, after meeting with the nurse, it becomes apparent that the student cannot remain in school for the rest of the day, medical staff will contact the parent or guardian.
What if my child needs to take medication while at school? Students are not to carry medicine with them during school hours. If your child needs to take medicine during the school day (prescription or over-the-counter, on either a long-term or temporary basis), you should check with the medical staff so that proper procedure is followed. Whenever possible, parents should arrange for medications to be given outside school hours. However, in our efforts to assure good attendance, students who require medications during the school day must see the school nurse, who will arrange safe storage and administration of all medications, including over-the-counter drugs. A description of the medication administration policy is available in the student handbook.
Does my student need to have a physical on file with the school nurse? Our Revere Public Schools (RHS) parents/caregivers have final responsibility for their children’s health, however our schools and registered nurses are responsible for the safety and well-being of students while they are in school. Under state law, students new to the school system must present results of a complete physical examination within one year prior to entrance to school, and up to 30 days upon entering school. If your child is new to the school, it is mandated to bring a copy of the immunizations and physical exam to the Parent Information Center nurse during registration. If your student is already enrolled, the documentation may be brought to the school nurse on the first day of school. This information is essential in providing the best healthcare to students during the school day. Every RPS student needs to present to the school nurse documentation of a physical examination prior to first school entry and at intervals of every three to four years thereafter.
Q&A: Extra-curricular Activities
What extracurricular opportunities are available to RHS students? This Student Activities Guidebook will help students and caregivers keep up to day on all the student organizations that run at RHS each year. This Guidebook is updated yearly.
Will my student get a chance to explore different Student Activities? In mid-September, RHS will host a Student Activities Fair during Patriot Block, which will enable all student to explore the different organizations, meet with student leaders and ask questions of faculty advisors.
I understand that there are class officers and class activities. What does this mean for my student? Every grade level has its own Student Council and officers, beginning in 9th grade. Led by four class officers, elected early in the first term, and a faculty advisor, the Student Council serves as a core group to communicate the varied interests of class members to the entire grade. Activities are focused on building class solidarity and spirit, and raising funds for senior year activities. All students are encouraged to participate in the Student Council Meetings, and students interested in running for class office should make an effort to become active members. It is important to note that the Student Council provides members—not just elected class officers—with many opportunities to develop leadership skills. Information about meetings and elections will be published early in the school year.
Can my child play a sport, a club and other activities? Students may participate in a variety of athletic and extracurricular activities, but must be mindful of over-extending themselves. Membership in some groups (notably athletic teams, dramatic productions, and class activities) requires a significant time commitment, and may make involvement in certain others either difficult or impossible. Students should speak with coaches and activity advisors in advance to avoid conflicts. School work should take a priority!
Do all extracurricular activities meet immediately after school? Many do, but some do not.
Students should check with the faculty advisor if they have questions about meeting times.
Please keep in mind that after-school activities require students to arrange their own transportation from school, if they do not qualify for a bus. This year, we will work to incorporate Student Activities into the "opt-in" weeks during Patriot Block, our Advisory Period at RHS.
What do I need to know if my student chooses to play a sport next year? Revere High School offers twenty-six varsity programs and an additional fifteen sub-varsity programs. Our programs are broken into three seasons, fall, winter and spring. If you wish to participate in any of our programs, here are some key criteria that you must meet:
- You must register for all sports on Final Forms – revere-ma.finalforms.com
- You must have a valid physical examination (within 13 months) on file with the high school nurse’s office and athletic trainer along with having it uploaded to Final Forms.
- You must attend a tryout where a coach will place you on a particular team.
- If you are trying out for a winter or spring sport, you must have passed at least 2/4 of your courses for the previous marking period.
- Student-athletes must be in school by 10 AM to participate in practice or a game that day. If the game is held over the weekend, then that student must be in by 10AM on Friday morning. If a student is absent on Friday they will not be allowed to play over the weekend.
- Student-athletes will not be allowed to participate in practice or a game that day if they/them is dismissed prior to 11:00 AM from school.
- If a student is suspended from school for any reason, they/them will be ineligible to participate in sports from the end of school on the day the suspension is given until the day they/them returns to school from their suspension. This also includes In-House suspensions.
- If a teacher or administrator issues a session to a student-athlete, serving that session takes precedence over any practice or game.
- Students are excused for being late to practice if they have been receiving extra help from a teacher or are making up work. Each student should bring a note from the teacher to their coach.
- No student-athlete will be required to attend practice on Sundays or religious holy days.
How can my child contact a coach if he or she has questions before tryouts? This list provides the community with the names of each coach. Please reach out to the Athletic Department for individual coach contact information.
How do I know where and when athletic competitions are held? The Athletic Department actively maintains this calendar, which is located on their website.
When does each athletic season begin? When are tryouts? Our fall sports tryouts begin in August. Football and golf begin on August 18th, and all other fall sports begin on August 21st. Fall cheerleading is an exception, and tryouts have already taken place in June. Tryouts for winter season will be announced in November, and tryouts for Spring Season will be announced in February.
How are student athletes recognized? Each team recognizes graduating seniors at their team's "senior night," which coaches will communicate to caregivers. Additionally, the Athletic Department hosts an Athletic Awards Ceremony at the end of the school year to honor our graduating seniors, celebrate accomplishments of each team and bring the RHS Student-Athlete Community together. This event will be announced in the Spring.
Q&A: School Safety and School Climate
school day, except during lunch. If parents or guardians need to get a message to a student, they should call the student’s Grade Office.
in place each day at RHS:
- IDs for all students, faculty, and staff. Students must present their ID when entering the school. A student who arrives without an ID will be given a replacement ID and a $3 fee will be added to their student account.
- All entry doors locked from start until end of day. Students who open locked doors to let classmates into school will face disciplinary action.
- Entry to school monitored at front door by trained, full-time screener
- Regular practice of lockdown drills
- 30+ cameras monitoring high-volume areas of the school and campus
- Full-time, uniformed, armed Revere Police Department School Resource Officer Joe Singer on site every day
- 10 full-time Campus Supervisors to monitor common space, restroom access and movement through the building.
students in Grades 9–11 to be photographed by Lifetouch. This happens during the school
day in June, in preparation for the next year's student IDs. These images are used for the
school’s student database. They are also available for purchase from Lifetouch; students receive a packet of information about this, so ask them to make sure they pass it along to you. A makeup day is offered for students who missed the original session or weren’t satisfied with their photos.
Senior photographs are taken by Jenn Cimino during the summer and early fall. Informational packets are emailed to the rising seniors at the start of the summer. Please direct questions to Jenn via e-mail: [email protected].