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School Policy Reminders

*No exceptions will be made for these policies, procedures, expectations, and guidelines. 
Missing school will lead to a failing grade without a documented medical excuse. There will be no exceptions or replacements for in-person learning. Submitting assignments on Google Classroom cannot take the place of synchronous instruction. 
  • Vaux is NOT a virtual program. We do NOT offer virtual schooling. However, we do offer asynchronous instruction if and when a student has to quarantine. We are a Real World Learning School and internships are required.  
  • Students will fail their internship elective if they do not attend internships and their Project Block (core) classes may decrease by 10 points. Grades may also increase by 10 points if students attend and make adequate progress. 
Cell phones are required to be secured during the school day. Students have the option of placing their phones in their personal secured Yondr pouch or leaving it at home. If a student/parent does not want the phone to be secured in a Yondr pouch, the student should not bring the phone into the building.
  • Students who have earned their 250 dojo points for cell phone privileges can use their cellphone during lunch and Advisory only with the approval of the Advisor.
  • Students may be sent home to return with a parent for violating the Yondr cell phone policy. 
The Vaux Big Picture High School student dress code is for Real World Learning and Internship days only.
  • On top: Navy blue polos or a school-approved Vaux Big Picture High School shirt. Shirts should be worn on top of whatever the student is wearing. *Students may not tie uniform shirts at the waist. 
  • On bottom: Black, khaki, or tan pants. *Pants must be appropriately sized (fitting at the waist) and free of writing, large slits, and holes.
  • Footwear: Students may wear any enclosed shoe of their choice. *Sandals, slippers, sling-backs, Crocs, or open-toed shoes of any kind are not permitted.
  • Students may also dress in business attire based on their Real World Learning or Internship experience.
On days when students are not attending Real World Learning or Internships, students must abide by the following dress code:
  • Ripped jeans with opaque undergarments are prohibited (ripped jeans with dark tights underneath are permitted).
  • Form-fitting garments such as spandex, tights, leggings, etc. may only be worn with another layer of clothing over top which meets the dress code.
  • Open-toed shoes are prohibited.
  • Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be knee-length.
  • Print with offensive language is prohibited.
  • Exposure of undergarments is prohibited.
  • No outside coats may be worn during the school day, except during dismissal.
DETENTIONS ARE BEING HELD MONDAY-THURSDAY. Any DIRT infraction that is logged prior to 1:30PM will result in a detention on that day. If logged after that time, it will be held on the next detention day. A call will be made to the families and the list will be announced at the end of the day. Detentions will be held in the cafeteria from dismissal-3:45pm.
If a student is experiencing COVID-19 or new symptoms, PLEASE do not come to school and get tested at one of the testing facilities. See below:
Symptomatic Testing
In partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), we are providing the opportunity for all staff--including those working remotely--to be tested for COVID-19 across the city if they become symptomatic. Mobile units are set up in the parking lot at each of the following locations and are open Monday-Friday 9 AM to 6PM:
  • Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Avenue Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19138
  • South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (in the parking lot at the corner of Jackson and S Broad)
  • Samuel Fels High School, 5500 Langdon Street, Philadelphia PA 19124
  • Overbrook High School, 5898 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia PA 19130
  • Thomas Edison High School, 151 West Luzerne Street, Philadelphia PA 19140
Students and staff can register for testing at these locations in two different ways:
*In the registration process you will be able to select the time and date for testing. If someone is unable to sign up for an appointment, these sites do accept walk-ins though priority is given to those who have pre-registered.
*This service is provided for convenience but is solely optional. All District staff and students, including those who are participating in 100% virtual learning, can be tested here at no cost.
We are so pleased to introduce My School Menus by Health-e Pro, an interactive menu and mobile app that allows easy access to view our nutrition meals and menus--anytime and anywhere.
Let's Get Started 
Here's the current link to the new My School Menus for Big Picture Philadelphia Schools:
  • This is where parents and students can select their school, Big Picture Philadelphia CS-El Centro or Big Picture Philadelphia CS-Vaux, from the listed options and view the available menus from the drop down menu.
  • You will find the breakfast and lunch menus for each month.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint FormOpens In A New Window, (AD-3027) found online at: In A New Window, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.

To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) Email: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.