At the beginning of each year, students and parents are given a copy of the DES Handbook. The following pages are in the Handbook sent home.
- Parent and Student Confirmation Page
- School/Parent/ Student Compact
- DES Core Expectations
- Elementary and Middle School Attendance Policy
- Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
- Jefferson County SchoolsChronic Absenteeism and Truancy Parent Letter
- Building, Grounds and Property
- Inclement Weather
- Lost and Found
- Afternoon Sign-Outs
- Change in Transportation
- Student Zoning
- Closed Campus Policy
- Library Services
- Student School Deliveries
- Emergency Procedures
- Jefferson County School Notice of Non-discrimination
- Clinic Policy and Medical Guidelines
- Head Lice Policies and Procedures
- Payments to the School
- Student Enrollment - School Counseling Services Form
- Bus Conduct
- Field Trips
- Minimum Requirement For School Attendance
- Schoolwide Discipline Policy
- In-School Suspension
- Out-of-School Suspension
- Dandridge Elementary Dress Code Guidelines (K-5)
- Bully Procedures
- Notice of Schoolwide Title I Program Eligibility
- Annual Parent Notice Right to Request Teacher Qualifications
- Testing Schedule 2020-21
- The Bear Necessities
Please tear this page out and return it to school with your child. My signature below confirms I have received and reviewed a copy of the Dandridge Elementary School Handbook and understand it includes information concerning the following items:
Early and Regular Dismissal of Students
Lost and Found
Head Lice Policy and Procedures
School Fees ($15 per student)
Payment to Cafeteria and Policy
Weapons and Dangerous Instrument Policy
Due to Covid-19, I understand that policies in this handbook may be changed. We will let you know if that occurs.
Student’s Name: ______________________________________________________________ Grade: ______________
Teacher’s Name: ________________________________________
Parent’s Signature: ____________________________________________________________ Date: _______________________ 1
As staff and faculty, we will:
- provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment in order for students to meet academic achievement standards.
- hold parent-teacher conferences in both the fall and spring semesters.
- give families timely reports on student progress with report cards every nine weeks and mid-terms between each nine week reporting period.
- be accessible to parents/guardians and respond to their questions and concerns in a timely manner.
- provide parents with opportunities to participate in their child's class and/or classroom activities.
- set and enforce firm and fair safety, discipline, and drug/alcohol policies.
- provide a safe, caring environment that is conducive to learning.
As parents/guardians, we will:
- send children to school on time, appropriately dressed, and prepared to learn.
- monitor and supervise progress and completion of homework and offer assistance when needed.
- read at home together or encourage student to read at least twenty minutes a day.
- make an effort to attend school functions, including parent-teacher conferences. Show support to teachers at Dandridge Elementary School.
- review and sign report cards.
- send a note, email,call, or drop by the school if concerns arise.
- support the school's efforts to maintain good discipline and a safe environment.
As a student of Dandridge Elementary School, I will:
- attend school regularly, ready to learn and with any homework completed.
- talk to my family about problems and progress in school.
- seek assistance from teachers when there are problems with schoolwork.
- follow the discipline, safety, and all other school policies.
- treat adults and students with fairness and respect.
This is a one-page shortened school/parent/student compact for signatures. A copy of the more descriptive contract will be sent home. Please sign and return this sheet to your child's teacher.
___________________________ ______________________________________ ____________________________________
Jim Hodge Parent/Guardian Student
Expectation 1:Yes Ma'am, No Sir- When responding to any adult, you must answer by saying "Yes ma'am" or "No, sir." Just nodding your head or saying any other form of yes or no is not acceptable.
Expectation 2: Say Thank You- Always say thank you when you are given something.
Expectation 3: Transitions- When we are in transition from one subject or room to another, the change will be swift, quiet, and orderly.
Expectation 4: The Sub Clause- While you are with a substitute teacher, you will obey the same rules that you follow when the teacher is with you. Disrespect of a substitute teacher will be an automatic suspension from school.
Expectation 5: Clean up after yourself- After we eat and before we leave our classroom, we will clean up after ourselves. It is important to be responsible for your trash no matter where you are, and to be sure not to litter.
Expectation 6: The Bus- When we ride on a bus, we will always sit facing forward. We will use an appropriate volume. We will never tum around to talk to other students, stick anything out the windows, be get out of our seats. When we exit the bus, we will always thank the bus driver and tell him/her to have a good day.
Expectation 7: Field trips- We are on our best behavior and use our best manners.
Expectation 8: Doors- If you approach a door and someone is following you, hold the door. If the door opens by pulling, pull it open, stand to the side, and allow the other person to pass through first, then you can walk through. If the door opens by pushing, hold the door after you pass through.
Expectation 9: Silent Entry- We will enter the building so quietly that no one will even notice we are there. This rule applies to entering any place where people are gathered, whether it be the gym, the cafeteria, a classroom, or any other venue. It also applies to returning from recess ·and on field trips.
Expectation 10: Assemblies- During an assembly, do not speak and do not look around and try to get the attention of your friends in another class. We must uphold an image that shows we have our act together. Look at someone who is talking to you.
Expectation 11:Cutting Line- Never cut in line! If someone cuts in front of you, do not say or do anything to the student. Let it happen, but let someone know about it. We will handle the situation.·
Expectation 12: Other Students- I if any child in this school is bothering you, let someone know. We are here to look after you and protect you. We are not going to let anyone in this school bully you or make you feel uncomfortable. In return, we ask that you not take matters into your own hands; let us deal with the student.
Expectation 13:Be Positive- Be positive and enjoy life. Some things just aren't worth getting upset over. Keep everything in perspective and focus on the good in your life.
Expectation 14: Be Honest- No matter what the circumstances, always be honest. Even if you have done something -wrong, it is best to admit it! Honesty will be respected, and oftentimes we will forget any disciplinary measures because of your honesty.
Expectation 15:Be the Best- Be the best person you can be. By being the best you can be, we will be the best class and school we can be.
Attendance is critical to student achievement; therefore, students are expected to be present each day school is in session. Our attendance goal is 95% each day!
When a total of five (5) days absence without excuse has been reached, the principal will send the parents written notice that attendance is required.
If the parent fails to comply with attendance laws within three (3) days after receiving notice and / or total absences multiply to as many as ten (10), the principal shall mail to the parents a legal notice of non-compliance with the Compulsory School Attendance Law.
The principal shall immediately implement the procedural steps outlined by the school system for reporting truancy cases to the attendance officer.
Absence is defined as in attendance for an entire day, a major portion of the school day, or seventy-five percent (75%) of any class the student is scheduled. Absences shall be classified as either excused or unexcused as determined by the principal or his/her designee. Excused absences shall include:
Personal illness with a doctor's excuse
Death in the family
Circumstances which in the judgement of the principal create contingencies over which the student has no control
Absence of a student participating in school-sponsored activities, whether on-or-off campus, shall be excused. In order to qualify as "school-sponsored" the activity must be school-planned, school-directed, and teacher-supervised.
Early dismissals disrupt the learning day and are strongly discouraged. Such dismissals shall be allowed only:
1. In case of emergency
With a valid doctor or dentist appointment card
With validated attendance at funeral of immediate family, including
spouse, child, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, uncle or aunt.
Our day at Dandridge Elementary begins at 8:00 a.m. We expect all students to be in the building and ready to begin the day by that time. Students are considered tardy at 8:00 a.m.
In light of recent tragedies across our state and nation, we are taking additional measures to keep our students safe.
Morning Drop Off Procedures
Students doors open at 7;15 a.m. Students should not be dropped off at school until 7:15 a.m. each morning. Car riders must be dropped off in the front of the school. Upon arrival, students must wait in the car until student's temperature is taken. If student's temperature is below 99, the student may enter the building. Since we only have one drop-off point at our school, it is very important that cars pull to the far end of the building to drop off students, otherwise , it will cause our traffic to back up even further.
Parent/guardians will no longer be allowed to walk students into the building. If a student is walked to the front of the school entrance, they must enter the building without a parent or guardian. This safety measure will make it easier for school faculty and staff to identify possible threats to our students and school. Teachers are posted in halls and cafeteria each morning. Teachers are on duty outside to make sure all students are checked and enter the building safely. As always, administrators will be monitoring the building at car drop off and bus drop off.
Students will be allowed to go to breakfast at 7:30. All breakfast and lunch are free until December 31, 2020. Students who plan to eat must be here by 7:45.
Parents scheduled to work in a teacher's room will be able to enter the building at 8:10a.m. Parents must be buzzed in at the main entrance. By that time, all students will be in a secured area with their teacher. Any parent/guardian who needs to speak with a teacher must schedule a meeting during the teacher's planning period. For immediate attention, please call the school to meet with an administrator.
Any adult entering our building must wear a mask and expect to have temperature taken.
Afternoon Dismissal Procedures
Dismissal time for Kindergarten, First and Second Car Riders is 3:00. Third, Fourth and Fifth Car Riders will be dismissed at 3:15. Older siblings with younger siblings will be dismissed at 3:00. Please adhere to these times. If you are picking up an older student only before 3:15, you will be asked to pull around. We will not be able to call for your student to be dismissed after the dismissal process has started. Please know that we do not allow parents to walk up to get their child or children. Please be patient as traffic does back up during car rider pickup time. For our student's safety, please stay n line, pull to the pickup area, and display the assigned car tag. Anyone picking up a student without a car tag will need to park. A staff member will come to the vehicle, check photo ID, and the list of people that parents have approved to pick up the child. If the individual is not on the list, we will call the parents for approval. Only then will the child be dismissed. This process may take a little time, but know that this if for the child's safety. Students must be picked up no later than 3:40. If you will be delayed longer than 3:40, please make arrangements with someone else to pick up.
Dear Parent(s)/Guardian: Truancy:
Beginning July 2018,Tennessee Public Schools will be following a new TN law (TCA 49-6-3007) regarding truancy which requires schools to implement progressive truancy interventions for students who violate compulsory attendance requirements. These school-based interventions will be designed to address student conduct related to truancy in hopes of minimizing referrals to juvenile court. Per TCA 49-6- 3007,if the student is absent from school for a total of 5 days during the school year without adequate excuse per Jefferson County Schools Board Policy 6.200, then the student is subject to Juvenile Court.
We are asking for your help from the beginning of this school year so you are informed early of the TN expectations and are aware of the importance of excused vs unexcused absences.
Although truancy has become a major concern across TN, in Jefferson County our parents have made great improvements in truancy violations over the past years. Jefferson County Juvenile Court worked with 300 families in 2001. By 2017 this number had been reduced to less than 100 families attending court. We are proud of our Jefferson County truancy reduction rates.
Chronic Absentee is defined as a student missing 10 percent or 18 total days for the entire school year. Any absence from school is included in the definition of Chronic Absenteeism: excused days, unexcused days and out of school suspensions.
New state requirements asking schools to track Chronic Absenteeism and support students who are absent for any reason are also beginning July 2018. Your child must be present 195 or more minutes in a school day for it to be counted as a full attendance day. Attending less than 195 minutes in a school day will count as an absence. If your child's absences are excessive, the school will contact you and begin student supports and interventions after 9 total absences.
In Jefferson County, 1 in 8 school age children are involved in Juvenile Court for numerous reasons
including delinquency, dependent/neglect and other offenses. Truancy is one of the leading indicators of low reading abilities, failing grades and later dropping out of school. Please help us keep your children in school every day.
To help your student stay in good standing with attendance, avoiding truancy or chronic absenteeism, we are providing you with the following recommendations;
- Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day and make that the expectation.
Schedule medical and dental appointments after school.
Follow the school calendar posted on the Jefferson County Schools' website to plan vacation days.
Set a regular bed time and morning routine. Lay out clothing and supplies the night before school days.
Set your alarm, leaving extra time for unexpected delays.
Notify the school if your child misses or is going to miss school.
A school building is not a school until it is occupied by students. It then takes on a character and meaning and expresses itself to the student body and visitors in relation to the respect it is given by the students and staff in its appearance and daily care. At DES, we feel it is a matter of personal and school pride that each and every student and staff member make a commitment to do everything possible so that the appearance of the school and grounds expresses a positive message to everyone. This commitment includes using the common sense approach. Trash belongs in trash cans, food in the cafeteria, gum and graffiti have no place on the floors or walls, and the furniture and equipment in the school are for our use and not abuse. Students are responsible for the proper care of all books, supplies ,and furniture supplied by the school. Students who disfigure property, or do other damage to school or personal property or equipment will be required to pay for the damage or replace the item, as well as be charged with a severe offense under our discipline policy.
The Director of Schools will notify area radio and television stations if school is cancelled or delayed because of bad weather or if early dismissal is necessary. Parents should listen to one of these stations for information. Please have a plan already in place so that your child will know what to do in each of these situations.
Your child's teacher should always know the current plan if we are dismissed early.
A phone message will also be sent to your child's main contact number. Please keep us updated as phone numbers change. We must have working numbers.
In the event of a delay (1or 2 hours), breakfast will not be served.
Please label your child's coat, jacket, lunchbox, etc. This will help the school return lost items to their rightful owner. Lost items should be turned into the office. Lost clothing will be held for a short period. Unclaimed items will be donated to a worthy organization. Students should not bring large amounts of money, playing cards, digital music players, hand held games, laser lights, collectible cards or toys to school.
Parents will not be able to sign their child out after 2:50 p.m. If you need your child for an appointment, please make plans to sign them out prior to 2:50 p.m. After that time, we are in the process of making final arrangements to get children home and many students are not in their regular classroom
If any change must be made for a child's transportation needs,(ride a bus, pickup by a grandparent or neighbor,ride home with a friend, etc...) a parent note must be sent to the student's teacher to inform him/her of such change.
This is also for the safety of our students. A phone call may also be placed to the office (865-397-3127) to change a child's transportation mode. It needs to be placed prior to 2:50 p.m. to guarantee the change. If no note or phone call is received, we will go with the usual dismissal plan.
Breakfast and Lunch are free until December 31, 2020!!!! If your student has a bill from before the grant was approved, please pay as soon as possible.
Breakfast and lunch are served in the cafeteria at a small cost. Breakfast will be served between 7:30 a.m. and 7:55 a.m.
Students may prepay for their meals by the week or by the month. Checks should be made out to Dandridge Elementary Cafeteria and given to the class room teacher. School board policy does not permit the charging of meals for more than five (5) days. Applications for free/reduced lunch are available in the school office or at Central Office and must be resubmitted every year. To ensure that you do not have any past due lunch/breakfast charges, please fill out and return these forms on or before your child’s first day of school. All food and drinks must be consumed in the cafeteria. Please do not send canned or bottled carbonated sodas in your child’s lunch. Parents and grandparents are more than welcome to eat with students. Also, students who bring their own lunch from home need to have food that is ready to eat. Students will not be permitted to use microwave ovens to heat up food. We do not ask much, simply that each student be responsible in the lunchroom. No food is to be taken outside of the cafeteria. Everyone has the right to eat lunch in a clean, safe environment. Students will be encouraged to use and demonstrate acceptable social manners while using the lunchroom facilities. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.
All basic texts are loaned to students for their use during the school year. Textbooks are to be kept clean and handled carefully. Your child's name should be written on the appropriate space inside the book in order to identify it in case the book is misplaced. It is the responsibility of the student/ family to pay for lost or damaged textbooks.
In case of an emergency, if the school is unable to reach anyone at the telephone numbers on a child's student information sheet, or or more of the following steps may be necessary:
l. Call 911 (Parents will be expected to pay any accompanying charges.)
Report to the Department of Children Services
Report to law enforcement agency.
The following notice of non-discrimination meets the minimum requirements of the regulations enforced by Jefferson County School System.
The Jefferson County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race,color,national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies
Director of Student Support Services Jefferson County Schools
Dandridge, TN 37725
Inquiries may also be made to the Office of Civil Rights. The address of the regional office which covers Tennessee is:
United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights
Atlanta Office, Southern Division 61 Forsyth St. S.W.
Suite 19T70 Atlanta, GA 30303
The school clinic's goal is to protect the school community from the spread of communicable diseases. A student should not attend school if they have an illness that prevents them from participating comfortably in school activities and/or could be spread to others. In order for a student to return to school following an illness, please note the following criteria:
- Must be fever free for 24 hours without taking Tylenol, ibuprofen, or Asprin-type medication.
- If vomiting and/or diarrhea is an issue, a student must be home 24 hours following the last episode. A normal diet should have already been resumed at home.
- With any bacterial infections, (strep throat, impetigo or pinkeye), a student is to be home 24 hours following the beginning of antibiotics prescribed by a doctor.
- Failure to follow these guidelines will mean the student must be sent home until recovery is complete. If parents have questions or concerns, please contact the nurse.
For minor injuries, medical supplies are located n the clinic. These would include Bactine, Peroxide, Neosporin, Calamine lotion, and Band-Aides. If a child is running a fever, the nurse is responsible for contacting parents to pick the child up.
Prescription medication must be brought to school by the parent in the original pharmacy labeled container. The container shall display:
Medication name, dosage, and time
Administration route or other directions
Licensed prescriber’s name, phone number, fax number
Medication form requires physician’s signature and parent signature
- Doctor’s orders must be done yearly.
- No medication can be transported by student.
Changes in prescription medications shall have written authorization from the licensed prescriber.
All non-prescription drugs given in school must be brought to the school in the manufacturer’s original label with ingredients listed and the child’s name affixed to the container. In order to be given at school, a written parental/guardian request must include:
Name and signature of parent/guardian
Name of medication, dosage, route, and time of administration
Parent/guardian’s phone number in case of emergency
Medication form requires parent signature.
- Any medication that can - should be given at home.
Transfer Options for Students Victimized by Violent Crime at School Under the Tennessee State Board of Education’s Unsafe School Choice Policy, any public school student who is the victim of a violent crime as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 40-38-111(g), or the attempt to commit one of these offenses as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 39-12-101, shall be provided an opportunity to transfer to another grade-level appropriate school within the district. Additional information
regarding this option may be obtained by contacting 865-397-3194.
1. Parents/ guardians will be called if a student is infested with nits or has live lice. Per board policy, if a parent or guardian is unable to pick up, the student is allowed to stay at school and ride the bus home.
Parents or guardians who pick up students who have been identified with lice or nits will be shown the infestation evidence and given appropriate information regarding treatment of the child, other family members, and the home environment.
Students returning to school after treatment of an infestation shall be segregated until checked for treatment and the absence of all lice and nits.
Principals are authorized to provide excused absences for students who have lice infestations. However,no student shall miss more than two (2) school days due to infestation of lice or nits. Repeat problems will not be excused.
A parent or another adult must bring student in to be re-checked. He/ she may not return to school on the bus until checked for absence of lice or nits.
Recurring problems will be referred to Family Resource for additional support.
Student fees are $15 for each student.
If you feel you qualify for a fee waiver, please return appropriate paper work to the office as soon as possible. Please note that separate checks should be made for lunch, fees,pictures, field trips, etc. We ask that you write your child's name on the check and what the money is for to ensure that the money is credited to the correct account. During the last two weeks of school only cash will be accepted for any payments.
Student Name:Date: Grade:
Parent / Guardian Name: Home Address:
Telephone numbers: HomeCell Work
The following information is confidential, not a part of the permanent record and for use by the school counselor only.
School Counseling services are available for all students through school-wide, classroom and individual activities. In order to best serve your child, please answer the following questions:
Are there any needs of your child which need to be addressed by the school counsel- or at this time? (medical, social,emotional concerns, other) If so, please describe:
What, if any, are your child’s current medical and/or behavorial diagnoses?
Who is the doctor or therapist and location that is currently providing physical or mental health or counseling services for your child?
If you would like for the school counselor to collaborate with the doctor, therapist, or other health providers, please complete a Release of Records Form. Please speak with Mrs. Nix regarding this at 865-397-3127.
Is there any other information you would like the school counselor to know about your child?
The school bus is an extension of school activity; therefore, students shall conduct themselves on the bus ina manner consistent with the established standards for safety and classroom behavior. Students are under the supervision and control of the bus driver while on his/ her bus and all reasonable directions given by him/ her shall be followed. The bus driver shall inform the principal of any serious discipline problems. A student may be denied the privilege of riding the bus if the principal determines that his/ her behavior is such as
to cause disruption on the bus or if he/ she disobeys state or local rules and regulations pertaining to student transportation. Any student wishing to ride a bus other than his or her
designated bus must have written parental permission and the approval of the principal or his/ her designee. Below is a copy of the form used by bus drivers to report misconduct of students on buses. The sequential control measures will be followed.
Field trips are a vital and enjoyable part of our students’ school experience. We, as an administration, feel that it is very important to provide field trips designed as an extension to our student’s learning experience. Therefore, all of our field trips are of educational value in nature. Attendance on field trips enhances the learning experience.
Money and permission slips must be turned in by the deadline on the permission slip. Money for field trips cannot be accepted after the deadline as the school will have already written the final check for tickets or payment. Refunds can only be given if the school is refunded. No refunds will be given if the request is past the field trip date. Bus costs cannot be refunded at any time.
It is our intention for all students to have the opportunity to attend scheduled grade level field trips. However, sometimes behaviors interfere with these opportunities. The administration may find it necessary to not allow a student to attend a field trip due to inappropriate behavior.
The following are requirements for all children entering school:
Certified Birth Certificate
Record of current immunizations
Recorded on the Tennessee Official Immunization Certificate which is available at the Health Department.
DTP/TdFour (4) doses, one of which was given on or after the fourth birthday.
If age seven or older, three doses are required.
Polio (OPV/IPV) Four (4) doses. If the third dose was given on or after the fourth birthday, the fourth dose is not required. If a combination of OBV/ IPV is given, four doses are required regardless of age.
MMR Two (2) doses are required for all students in grades K through 12. One dose must be given on or after the first birthday. The second dose should be administered at least 30 days after the first dose.
Hepatitis B Effective beginning year 1999, all students entering kindergarten will be required to be immunized against Hepatitis B. This is a series of three shots given at the appropriate times.
Record of current physical
Copy of Social Security Card
The staff and administration of Dandridge Elementary School are excited about the opportunity to work with your child for the coming school year. It is our philosophy that school is a place where teachers have a right to teach and students have a right to learn. To assist us in placing this philosophy into action, we have adopted a school wide discipline plan to guide student behavior and assist teachers in setting limits and in giving positive feedback to students.
We have three primary behavioral expectations. They are: to be polite, safe, and responsible. Our expectations follow from these three. These expectations will be taught and modeled in the classroom. Each offense will be dealt with on an individual basis. It is our intent to work with students, parents, and staff to provide appropriate discipline for each individual child. The following are administrative options that may be used in place of or in addition to classroom consequences depending on the situation and parental request: guidance referral, detention, behavioral contracting, and/or parent/teacher/administrator conference.
Administration reserves the right and authority as outlined in TN Code Annotated to respond appropriately should a severely disruptive behavior problem occur that mandates immediate action.
Students who abide by the rules will be rewarded with verbal praise, recognition, notes home, special activities, and events as deemed appropriate by the teacher and/or administration.
Our school has an in-school suspension that is provided for students who choose not to comply with school-wide and/or classroom rules. Students may be placed in this alternative learning environment only at the discretion of administration. When a student has been placed in ISS, administration will contact the student’s classroom teacher and the ISS teacher. The classroom teacher is responsible for providing any classroom work which the student will miss during his/her stay in ISS. ISS will begin at 12:30 p.m. daily and last until 3:00 p.m. At this time, the student will be brought back into the regular classroom. All students will be expected to sit quietly and work on his/her daily assignments. Failure to comply could result in further consequences that may include out-of-school suspension.
It is the goal of Dandridge Elementary to provide a quality education for students in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Itis our belief that a learning atmosphere is maintained when students wear clothing that is neat, modest, moderate, and decent, and that does not draw attention to the individual rather than the learning environment. Therefore, the following are guidelines to be followed concerning student dress, along with the JCBOE Dress Code (K-5).
Slacks, Blue Jeans. Pants
Pants will be hemmed and worn at the waist.
Skirts and dresses will be a minimum length of mid-thigh.
Shorts will be a minimum length of mid-thigh and will be worn at the waist.
Tank tops, halter tops and spaghetti straps will not be permitted.
For All Apparel
Clothing must be neat.
No holes, rips or tears will be allowed.
Clothing will fit properly and will not be unreasonably tight or umeasonably baggy.
Students will wear appropriate undergarments, and undergarments will not be visible.
No soft soled flip-flops or shoes with wheels.
On days when students will be participating in gym, they will be expected to wear tennis shoes.
Hats will not be permitted unless on a special occasion set aside by administration.
Hair will be worn in a manner that does not disrupt the educational process and does not call attention to the individual.
Hair will not be dyed an unnatural color without prior approval from school administration.
Facial jewelry will be limited to the ear.
Two earrings per ear will be permitted. No dangling or hoop earrings bigger than 1/2 inch will be permitted.
The board prohibits the display of any symbol on school property or any object (such as a book bag, school locker, etc.) that promotes racial discord or is related to gang activity.
Jefferson County Board of Education
Review: Annually, in May
Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyber-bullying and Intimidation
Descripto r Code:
1The Jefferson County Board of Education has determined that a safe, civil, and supportive environment
2in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. In order to maintain
that environment, acts of bullying, cyber-bullying, discrimination, harassment, hazing or any other
victimization of students, based on any actual or perceived traits or characteristics, are prohibited .1
This policy shall be disseminated annually to all school staff, students, and parents. This policy shall
cover employees, employees' behaviors, students and students' behaviors while on school property, at
7any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided equipment or transportation, or at any official school
Bbus stop. If the act takes place off school property or outside of a school-sponsored activity, this policy
9is in effect if the conduct is directed specifically at a student or students and has the effect of creating a 10hostile educational environment or otherwise creating a substantial disruption to the education
11environment or learning process.
12Building administrators are responsible for educating and training their respective staff and students as
13to the definition and recognition of discrimination/harassment.
15Bullying/Intimidation/Harassment - An act that substantially interferes with a student's educational
benefits, opportunities, or performance, and the act has the effect of:
Physically harming a student or damaging a student's property ;
Knowingly placing a student or students in reasonable fear of physical harm to the
20or damage to the student's property ;
21Causing emotional distress to a student or students; or
22Creating a hostile educational environment.
23Bullying, intimidation, or harassment may also be unwelcome conduct based on a protected class
24(race, nationality, origin, color, gender, age, disability, religion) that is severe, pervasive, or persistent
25and creates a hostile environment.
Cyber-bullying - A form of bullying undertaken through the use of electronic devices. Electronic devices
include, but are not limited to, telephones, cellular phones or other wireless telecommunication devices,
text messaging, emails, social networking sites, instant messaging, videos, web sites or fake profiles.
Hazing - An intentional or reckless act by a student or group of students that is directed against any other
5student(s) that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of the student(s) or that induces or
coerces a student to endanger his/her mental or physical health or safety. Coaches and other employees
of the school district shall not encourage, permit, condone or tolerate hazing activities.2
"Hazing"does not include customary athletic events or similar contest or competitions and is limited to
9 those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any
11 COMPLAINTS AND INVESTIGATIONS
Alleged victims of the above-referenced offenses shall report these incidents immediately to a teacher,
counselor or building administrator.2 All school employees are required to report alleged violations of 14 this policy to the principal/designee. All other members of the school community, including students, 15 parents, volunteers, and visitors, are encouraged to report any act that may be a violation of this policy.
16 While reports may be made anonymously, an individual's need for confidentiality must be balanced with 17 obligations to cooperate with police investigations or legal proceedings, to provide due process to the 18 accused, to conduct a thorough investigation or to take necessary actions to resolve a complaint, and the 19 identity of parties and witnesses may be disclosed in appropriate circumstances to individuals with a
need to know.
The principal/designee at each school shall be responsible for investigating and resolving complaints.
Once a complaint is received, the principal/designee shall initiate and investigation within forty-eight
(48) hours of receipt of the report.4 If a report is not initiated within forty-eight (48) hours, the
24 principal/designee shall provide the director of schools with appropriate documentation detailing the
reasons why the investigation was not initiated within the required timeframe.4
The principal/designee shall notify the parent/legal guardian when a student is involved in an act of
discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying. The principal/designee shall
28 provide information on district counseling and support services. Students involved in an act of
discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying shall be referred to the appropriate
school counselor by the principal/designee when deemed necessary. t, 4
The principal/designee is responsible for determining whether an alleged act constitutes a violation of
this policy, and such act shall be held to violate this policy when it meets one of the following conditions:
• Itplaces the student in reasonable fear or harm for the student's person or property;
35• Ithas a substantially detrimental effect on the student's physical or mental health;
37• It has the effect of substantially interfering with the student's academic performance; or
1• It has the effect of substantially interfering with the student's ability to participate in or benefit
2from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
3Upon the determination of a violation, the principal/designee shall conduct a prompt, thorough, and
complete investigation of each alleged incident. All investigations shall be completed and appropriate
intervention taken within twenty (20) calendar days from the receipt of the initial report.4 If the
investigation is not complete or intervention has not taken place within twenty (20) calendar days, the
7principal/designee shall provide the director of schools with appropriate documentation detailing the
8 reasons why the investigation has not been completed or the appropriate intervention has not taken
place.4 Within the parameters of the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) at 20
U.S.C. § 1232g, a written report on the investigation will be delivered to the parents of the complainant,
parents of the accused students and to the Director of Schools.5
12 RESPONSE AND PREVENTION
13 School administrators shall consider the nature and circumstances of the incident, the age of the violator, 14 the degree of harm, previous incidences or patterns of behavior, or any other factors, as appropriate to 15 properly respond to each situation.
16 A substantiated charge against an employee shall result in disciplinary action up to and including 17 termination. A substantiated charge against a student may result in corrective or disciplinary action up 18 to and including suspension.
An employee disciplined for violation of this policy may appeal the decision by contacting the Federal
Rights Coordinator. Any student disciplined for violation of this policy may appeal the decision in
accordance with disciplinary policies and procedures.
23 When a complaint is filed alleging a violation of this policy where there is physical harm or the threat
of physical harm to a student or a student's property, the principal/designee of each middle school,
junior high school, or high school shall report the findings and any disciplinary actions taken to the
director of schools and the chair of the board of education.
By July 1 of each year,the director of schools/designee shall prepare a report of all of the bullying cases
28 brought to the attention of school officials during the prior academic year. The report shall also indicate
29 how the cases were resolved and/or the reasons they are still pending. This report shall be presented to
the board of education at its regular July meeting, and it shall be submitted to the state department of
education by August 1.
32 The director of schools shall develop forms and procedures to ensure compliance with the
requirements of this policy and TCA 49-6-4503.6
RETALIATION AND FALSE ACCUSATIONS
Retaliation against any person who reports or assists in any investigation of an act alleged in this policy
is prohibited. The consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in retaliation
1shall be determined by the administrator after consideration of the nature, severity, and circumstances of
False accusations accusing another person of having committed an act prohibited under this policy are
prohibited. The consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person found to have falsely
accused another may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension and
I. TCA 49-6-4503
2. TCA 49-2-120
3. 20 USCA §§ 1681 to 1686
4. TCA 49-6-4503(c)(2)(B)
5. 20 USCA § 1232g
6. TCA 49-6-4503
Appeals to and Appearances Before the Board 1.404 Section 504 and ADA Grievance Procedures 1.802 Staff-Student Relations 5.610
Student Goals 6.100 Code of Conduct 6.300
Student Complaints and Grievances 6.305 Child Abuse and Neglect 6.409
Student Suicide Prevention 6.415
Version Date: June 10, 2019
We have been notified that our school qualifies to receive federal funds under the Every Child Succeeds Act of 2015, Title I, Part A, for the above indicated school year.
Our school is eligible for the following:
Schoolwide Title I Program: Schools may consolidate and use funds under Title I, together with other federal, state, and local funds, in order to upgrade the entire educational program in schools in which not less than 40% of the children enrolled are from low-income families.
We look forward to your involvement in school activities and your child's education. You will receive notices and information throughout
the school year to keep you informed about the progress of your child and the status of the school in making progress toward helping all children meet high academic standards. We also look forward to your attendance at school meetings when we will discuss the development, revision, and implementation of our Schoolwide Program Plan.
You are an important partner in our effort to provide the best education possible for your child. Please call the school if you have any questions or would like additional information.
Our school receives federal funds for Title I programs that are part of the Every Child Succeeds Act of 2015, Title I, Part A. Throughout the school year, we will continue to provide you with important information about this law and your child's education.
You have the right to request information regarding the professional
qualifications of your child's classroom teacher(s). lf you request this information, the district or school will provide you with the following as soon as possible:
if the teacher has met state licensing requirements for the grade level and subjects in which the teacher is providing instruction;
if state licensing requirements have been waived for the teacher on a temporary basis;
the type of college degree and major of the teacher and the field of discipline for any graduate degree or certificate;
if your child is receiving Title Iservices from paraprofessionals and, if so, his/her qualifications.
If you would like to request this information, please contact your child's school. Thank you for your interest and involvement in your child's education.
As required by Public Chapter 892,this is a listing of state mandated assessments for the 2019-2020 school year. The purpose of these tests is to measure how much a student grows academically over the course of a school year. Quick score reports will be used to help
calculate final grades for report cards when they are available. Individual student performance reports will be sent to parents when available. Specific test dates will be found on our school www.jc-tn.net when they are known.
State Mandated Assessments: TCAP (Grades 3-5)
Administration Window: April 12-May6
TCAP (Grade 2)
Administration Window: April 12-May 6
ACCESS- English Language Learner Assessment
Purpose and Use: Administered to English earners to evaluate English proficiency Administration Window: February 17- April 3,2020 (Tentative)
Special Education Assessment-MSAA Alternative Assessment
Purpose and Use: Administered to students with the most severe cognitive disabilities to measure academic achievement against modified, more accessible academic
Administration Window: February 16-April 30
TNReady Universal Screener- Grades K-8 Literacy and Math Screener/ Benchmark- administered 3 times per year for RTI2
Fall Screener - August 7-21 Winter Screener - November 30-December 11 Spring Screener- May 3-14
Nine Weeks common Assessments - Measures quarterly progress regarding state standards taught in each nine weeks and used for planning instruction and remediation.
October 19-31 January 11-22 March 22-April 1