School Rules & Policy

2022-23 Student Code of Conduct

2022-23 Student Handbook

2022-23 Student Progression Plan

Port St. Joe High School Rules


Research has clearly shown a link between attendance and academic achievement. To ensure our students are given every opportunity to reach their fullest potential The Gulf County School Board has adopted the following attendance policy:

  • The first three (3) absences in each 9-week period are excused as we know there are times that students do not need to go to a doctor but may not feel well.
  • After the first three absences in each 9-week period, a doctor’s note will be required for an absence to be considered excused.
  • If a student’s absence is marked unexcused, the highest score they may  attain on any assignment for that day is 59/F.
  • Under certain circumstances, absences may be excused when receiving approval from administration.  The parent/guardian must contact the school administrator to make such arrangements.


  • The student is responsible for regular and punctual class attendance. Students must be inside the classroom by the end of the ringing of the tardy bell in order not to be considered tardy. The teacher/office staff will determine if a tardy is excused or unexcused.
  • Students who arrive five (5) minutes after the beginning of the school day must sign in at the front office and receive a pass before going to class. 
  • Please note that students who are late to 1st period must sign in through the front office and receive a tardy pass to class. Excused tardies for 1st period are doctor’s appt., court, DMV appt., and bus related tardies. All other tardies must be approved by school administration.
  • Tardy reports are run weekly through the front office. Once a student accumulates 5 tardies, the referral process will begin. 

Dress Code

  • HOODIES of any kind may not be worn on the head at any time during the school day.
  • Students may wear jeans with holes or tears, but no flesh may show 5 inches or more above the knee in the front and back. 
  • Shorts worn must be no shorter than 5 inches above the knee in the front and back-this applies also to boys.
  • Girls may wear leggings as long as they have a shirt that hangs below buttocks.
  • Crop Tops will not be permitted. Shirts must fall below the waistband.
  • Dresses worn may be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee in the front and back. Necklines may not expose cleavage.
  • Girls may wear sleeveless tops having a minimum two (2) inch wide shoulder strap.
  • Boys are not allowed to wear tank tops.
  • Pajamas must not be worn except on designated days.
  • Blouses made of sheer fabric may be worn only as an over blouse to tops that meet previously stated guidelines.
  • Pants must be worn at the waistline. Low riding, sagging pants are not permitted and undergarments must not be visible. If belts are worn, they must be buckled.
  • Hats, caps, head stockings, hair rollers, sunglasses, bandanas, combs, headbands, and other types of headwear shall not be worn except on designated days.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times. Bedroom slippers or shower shoes are not permitted. All students must wear soft soled athletic shoes in PE classes. Hard soled shoes are not permitted in gymnasiums.
  • Clothing or accessories bearing profane, suggestive, offensive, obscene or gang related language, symbols, slogans or advertising alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or unlawfully controlled substances are not permitted.
  • Appropriate undergarments must be worn at all times and must not be seen.
  • Beach attire is not to be worn at school.
  • Wallet chains, dog collars, or other inappropriate chains or accessories will not be allowed on campus.
  • Trench coats and other distracting oversized clothing will not be allowed on campus.

Friday is Tiger-Shark Pride day and PSJHS Headgear may be worn.

The school administration is the final authority regarding the appropriateness of dress and grooming. The student code of conduct will be applied to violations of the dress code.

Ear Devices

  • For safety reasons, ear devices are NOT permitted at school and may be taken up if visible to school Staff. If listening devices are needed for instruction, teachers will provide those. 

1st offense: Surrendered and the student can pick it up after school.  2nd offense: Surrendered, with a referral, and the parent must pick them up at school.

3rd offense: Referral

Cell Phones

  • Cell phones may be used before the morning bell, between classes, during lunch, and after school.
  • During class time, students must follow classroom protocol for housing cell phones in teacher designated locations.  Students are NOT to have a cell phone at their desk or workstation.
  • At any time school personnel feel the presence of a cell phone to be detrimental to the learning/teaching environment, the student will be required to surrender the phone. Refusal to surrender the phone will be considered an act of defiance punishable according to the Code of Conduct.
  • No photos or videos should be taken without administrative approval.
  • Emergency calls will be allowed with approval.
  • In the event of theft, the school will accept no responsibility and no investigation will occur.
  • Students may not be in possession of a cell phone during standardized testing. Failure to comply will result in the invalidation of the test. Similarly, cell phones are not permitted during other testing situations or in dual enrollment. Violation of this policy will result in serious disciplinary consequences.

1st offense: Phone surrendered, and the student can pick it up after school.

2nd offense: Phone surrendered, with a referral, and the parent must pick up the phone at school.

3rd offense: Referral  

Distance Learning

All students will attend a Brick & Mortar traditional school.  For options regarding full-time virtual school, please contact Joni Mock at the GCSD Office of Instructional Services at 850.229.6940.