Working Students


PLHS requires students to meet a minimum criteria before they are given the opportunity to work. The ability to have a job is a privilege and not a right... students & parents need to realize that we, their high school staff, must first make sure that students are making adequate progress toward graduation before we allow a work permit to be granted.

Work permits are issued from the counseling office, before or after school and during lunch.

PLHS requires that a freshman student concentrate on high school; becoming successful in the classroom as well as taking the opportunity to participate in extracuricular activities such as athletics, band, drama, clubs and community service. We feel that becoming a well-grounded and well-rounded high school student is the first step toward success in the workplace as well as life after high school. Thus freshmen students are denied work permits until May of their freshman year (for summertime work). Of course, if a parent wishes their student to work the administration will work with the family to come up with a plan for such an exception.

The rest of the criteria to obtain a work permit is:

  • Academic GPA of 2.0 or higher (cumulative as well as each progress report)
  • Citizenship GPA of 2.0 or higher each progress/grading report period - NO "U"
  • Satisfactory attendance - demostrated by few tardies and absences
  • 10th grade or higher
  • Adequate progress toward graduation - meaning correct number of credits earned for courses taken and years enrolled in high school.

PLHS staff reserves the right to revoke a work permit at any time that the student falls below these minimum standards during each progress report once the work permit has been issued. Site staff and district staff will contact the student, parent and employer in the event that the work permit must be revoked.

WORK PERMITS expire the first week of each new school year (September) or when the student chooses to leave the particular employer who signed the work permit. Students are required to obtain work permits even during the summer months.

Child Labor Laws are highlighted on the back of the work permit application. Students and parents should familiarize themselves with the restrictions on hours and times for the particular age of the student.

Check out our district website for those laws and additional laws and rules governing student workers at:

Below is a sample resume for students to mimic... no paid experience but still quite full!

Sample Resume no paid experience

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