Mr. Striplin, Assistant Principal Administration/Discipline


Compulsory School Attendance-Florida law requires all children from six (6) to sixteen (16) years of age to attend school regularly during the entire school term. Please make sure your student(s) attends school daily.  Their success is heavily dependent on their presence at school. If your student is absent, please send a note to Mrs. V. Washington, the attendance secretary or the student can drop the note off to her in the front office. 

Absences are excused by LCS District for the following reasons:

  • Illness and/or medical care  (Note from the parent or the doctor’s office)
  • Death in the family
  • Legal reasons
  • Religious Holidays/Observances 

Pre-arranged absence(s) for educational purposes approved at least one week in advance of the absence. Documentation of educational experience must be provided before the absence is excused. 

Students and Parents:

Freshman and Sophomore students are not permitted to leave campus during the day.  Juniors and Seniors are only permitted with proper permission.  Students leaving campus without permission will have consequences.  

Please take time to review the Tardy Policy.

  • Students are allowed 5 tardies per 9-week grading period.
  • Administrative referral written on the 5th tardy.
  • Students will receive a full day of OFI on the 5th tardy and an additional day for each additional tardy.
  • Tardies will be documented via FOCUS (attendance and referral).
  • The policy applies to 1st – 7th periods only.

Please admonish your students to be on time for each class!  If you have any questions or concerns regarding student affairs, please contact Dean Sea or AP Striplin via phone or email. Thank you.

Please take time to review the JSRHS Student Code of Conduct 2023-24. The student code of conduct highlights important policies and procedures, such as the dress code, tardy policy and other disciplinary guidelines established at James S. Rickards High School for the 2023-24 school year. If you have any questions or concerns regarding student affairs, please contact Dean Thomas or AP Striplin via phone or email. Thank you.

Student Code of Conduct Handbook

Although the weather is cooler in the mornings, please remember that pajama pants and/or blankets are not permitted.  Please contact our School Social Worker, Mrs. Madinah Combs if you need assistance with clothing that is school-appropriate for cooler weather. 


Students are expected to be in class daily, on time.  The school bell schedule is attached for reference. Bell Schedule


A student who arrives unexcused to class up to 10 minutes after the bell scheduled beginning time shall be recorded tardy (District Policy).  

A student who arrives unexcused to class over 10 minutes after the scheduled beginning time shall be recorded as late (District Policy). 

Students who arrive to class past 15 minutes will be marked late (District Policy) and receive a referral as skipping (Rickards policy).

After 5 tardy/late in a 9-week period, students may receive an administrative referral for excessive tardiness.  Students will receive 1-day OFI (Opportunity for Improvement) after the 5th tardy and 1-day OFI for each additional tardy/late.

Parents, guardians, and students, 

The school’s dress code is designed to facilitate an environment where the school pursues its purpose of providing students an education based on academic excellence while limiting distractions and keeping the focus on learning.  Please review the attached dress code with your student. JSRHS Dress Code

James S. Rickards discipline plan is now active. Please review the RHS Student Code of Conduct posted on the school website.

You may also access the Student Code of Conduct here

If there are any questions regarding student affairs, please contact AP Striplin or Dean Sea.