Student Handbook 2017-2018

 

HARPETH HIGH SCHOOL
2017-18 Student Handbook

Principal: Dr. Lee Rector

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Shannon Schliwa

Contents

Welcome Harpeth Students 4
Mission Statement 4
The Harpeth Way 4
Vision Statement 5
Harpeth High School Honor Code 6
Expectations 7
Arrival at school 7
Dismissal from school 7
Early Dismissals 7
Activities 7
Textbooks 8
Locks and Lockers 8
Grading Scale 8
Report Cards and Progress Reports 8
Skyward 8
Visitors 9
Make up work 9
Student Driving/Parking on Campus 9
Student Consequences 10
Cafeteria Prices 12
Policies 12
Attendance Policy 12
Exam Exemption 14
No Cheating Policy 14
Bullying: Policy # 6.304 15
"Bullying" 15
"Harassment" 15
"Cyberbullying" 16
Cell Phones: Use of Personal Communication Devices in School: Policy # 6.312 16
Tardy Policy 18
Alcohol and Drug Use 20
Student Alcohol and Drug Testing 20
Possession of Tobacco Products/E-Cigarettes/Vaping Materials 21
Procedures 22
Leaving Campus 22
Wicked Wednesday 22
Discipline Points 23
Discipline Points Accumulation 24
Police Action-Fighting, Drugs, Weapons 24
Searches 25
Student Dress 25
School Dress Code 25
Parent Conferences 26
School Counseling Center 26
Corrections to Student Schedules 26
Testing (Policy # 6.200) 26
Bell Schedules 28
District Policy Handbook 28


Welcome Harpeth Students
We are extremely proud that you are a part of Harpeth High School, a school with a long tradition of academic excellence. Your teachers and your counselors along with administrators and support staff are dedicated to helping you be successful in your academic and personal growth.

This handbook has been prepared to help you and your parents know what you can expect from us and what we expect of you. It is our expectation that you read it carefully and keep it as reference for this school year.

Please be aware that changing circumstances and school board decisions could cause some information presented in this handbook to change. Because we cannot anticipate every situation, the school reserves the right to make changes if they become necessary.

Again, we look forward to having you continue the rich history of Harpeth High School.

Mission Statement

Harpeth High School provides a safe learning community which challenges its students academically, artistically, and athletically. We empower our students to become life-long learners who possess integrity and wisdom.


The Harpeth Way
A way of thinking and effort embraced by every member of the Harpeth Family. The Harpeth Way demands that what was given yesterday can be improved upon, and that our best is the minimum that can be given.

Vision Statement
At Harpeth High School, we are dedicated to the highest levels of teaching and learning, where
Students:

• are engaged, motivated, and focused in the classroom.
• take responsibility for grades, choices, and actions.
• are involved in school activities that promote pride in themselves, our school, and the community
• are respectful of teachers, themselves, and their peers.

Teachers:
• will make timely grading a priority so Skyward can effectively be used by students and other stakeholders.
• will make an effort to truly "know" their students and cultivate a healthy rapport.
• will engage all learners in a variety of ways.
• will show such an enthusiasm for teaching that it will encourage students' enthusiasm for learning.
Parents:
• help build their child's resiliency by helping his/her child work through situations that come with failure/disappointment instead of trying to fix everything for his/her child.
• are involved with the school by accessing Skyward, attending parent-teacher conferences and other meetings.
• hold their child accountable for his/her school work and motivate him/her to do his/her best.
• will respectfully work with teachers in the best interest of the child.
School Structures:
• foster community relationships that would allow for cooperative partnerships between businesses, shared interest groups, and our young adults to explore vocational paths, career options, and other real life experiences.
• utilize a program designed to prepare students for the demands of a technology driven society.
• maintain a secure environment that is clean, inviting, and safe that promotes school pride by highlighting classrooms that are conducive for learning and teachers as mentors for young adults.
• identify diverse class options and club activities by offering flexible scheduling to protect class sizes and the interest of all students.

This is THE HARPETH WAY!

Harpeth High School Honor Code

All Harpeth students shall embrace the courage to conduct themselves with INTEGRITY and HONESTY in every circumstance. We will treat all individuals with RESPECT and DIGNITY, celebrating the differences that make us unique.

Expectations

Arrival at school
Harpeth High School will open each day at 7:15 am. Breakfast will be served between 7:15 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. Students will not be permitted to remove trays or food from the cafeteria. All students are to be in first period by 7:45 am. Please remember, cars are not allowed in the bus loading/unloading lanes in front of the school between 7:00 a.m. and 7:40 a.m.

Dismissal from school
Dismissal for all students will be at 2:45 p.m. Bus riders will dismiss to the front of the building, while car riders will dismiss to the back of the building. Cars are not allowed in the bus loading/unloading zone in front of the school between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. All students who are not supervised should be out of the building and off campus by 3:15 p.m.


Early Dismissals
In order to be dismissed early, the student must bring a note to the attendance secretary before 8:00AM with the following information: reason for dismissal, time of dismissal, and a valid telephone number where a parent/guardian can be reached. Please list the student's grade at the top of the dismissal request. Students will not be dismissed from school via phone call from a parent nor shall they be allowed to call home to leave school unless they are ill or there is an emergency. Leaving and returning to school for lunch or running errands is not an emergency. If a note or email is not received by 8:00AM, the parent/guardian will have to physically sign the student out. Students who miss any part of a period are considered absent from that period regarding exam exemption and attendance. .

Activities
HHS offers a wide variety of activities. Among these are clubs, performance groups, and athletics. Participating in extracurricular activities is a privilege. Students participating in extracurricular activities are expected to behave as model citizens, as they are representing not only themselves, but also our school. Any student who chooses to act in an unsatisfactory manner during participation in extracurricular activities may be subject to disciplinary action.

Textbooks
Textbooks provided by the Board of Education and/or school are on loan to you. Because students are responsible for these items, the student will be held financially responsible for any lost or damaged textbooks during the time period these materials are assigned to them. Textbooks are very expensive, should be taken care of accordingly, and should not be loaned out to others. Teachers will keep track of textbooks issued to students; it is the student's responsibility for the textbook assigned to him or her.

Locks and Lockers
Each student will be assigned a locker and a HHS combination lock. Students should only use the lock and locker assigned to them and should keep it locked at all times. Students should not share lockers, as they are fully responsible for the contents of their locker at all times. Locks will be issued to students at a charge of $5.00.

Grading Scale
A- 93-100
B- 85-92
C- 75-84
D- 70-74
F-Below 70
Many factors are used to determine grades. Some of these factors include test scores, homework assignments, and participation.

Report Cards and Progress Reports
Progress reports and report cards will be distributed on a regular basis. Please call or e-mail the guidance department if you have questions concerning the progress reports.

Skyward
Parents/students can access grades and monitor academic progress via the Skyward portal found on the Cheatham County School Board website at http://cheathamcountyschools.net . Access codes can be obtained through the Harpeth High School guidance department. You are strongly encouraged to access Skyward on a regular basis to keep up-to-date on your student's success in school. This will help keep you from being surprised when progress reports and report cards come out.

Visitors
Parents or other adults who have business at the school must report to the office. All visitors are required to sign in, wear a visitor's sticker, and are expected to leave promptly when their business is completed. No school age children are allowed to visit at any time during the school hours, unless the principal authorizes special permission. Additionally, students are not permitted to bring their children to school. ALL visitors are subject to search of person, belongings and vehicle.
Students are not allowed to have visitors during lunch without permission from the principal.

Make up work
Remember that it is the student's responsibility to ask for any work missed during the absence. The time for completion of the makeup work shall be at the discretion of the teacher.

Student Driving/Parking on Campus
Students will be given the privilege of driving on campus. The cost of an annual parking permit will be $25.00. Permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Driving on campus is a privilege that can be revoked for disciplinary/academic reasons. Students must be passing 5 of 7 classes (4 of 5 rising sophomores) to retain or receive a parking permit. If a student is in academic distress they will be placed on an academic contract that includes tutoring to retain or receive a parking permit. A valid driver's license and verification of automobile liability insurance are required to purchase a parking permit. Students driving a car other than the one registered with the office should inform the office of the change. Students should park only in their designated parking space. Students should never park in the teachers' parking area unless given explicit permission from administration. Parking/Driving offenses will result in a fine being placed on the student's account and possible loss of parking privileges. Students and parents should read and understand the Student Parking Permit Application.
Consequences:

1. First Parking Offense - warning issued to student
2. Second Parking Offense - $25 fine issued to student & parent/guardian contact.
3. Third Parking Offense - $25 fine issued to student, loss of parking privileges for the quarter, & student will not be reissued parking pass without parent/guardian meeting.
Subsequent Offense - $50 fine issued to student, loss of parking privileges for the academic year, & parent/guardian contact.

Student Consequences
Harpeth High School has high expectations for student conduct any time the student is on campus or at a school activity. These, along with the individual expectations of each teacher for his/her classroom contribute to the orderly learning situation. Every teacher and adult is expected to help maintain a safe and productive learning environment for you and all students. In order for this to occur, you should consider all teachers and adults "your authority" and respond accordingly when they ask you to comply with school rules.
Students will:
1. Students will be respectful of all adults.
2. Students will use appropriate language. They will not use profanity; express derogatory and inflammatory statements to others, including fellow students and staff; nor raise their voices to a level that is disruptive. Racial or ethnic slurs or other words or material generally perceived to be demeaning, offensive, or inflammatory to a particular race ethnic group or gender.
3. Gang alphabet, insignia or symbols deemed inappropriate by the administration will not be tolerated either in spoken form, printed on clothes, or in writing on notebooks, etc.
4. Students will remain on campus and stay out of restricted areas. Examples of restricted areas include, but are not limited to:
• The hallway without a hall pass.
• At lunchtime, you are to report to the cafeteria immediately and stay there until the lunch period is over. You may not use the restrooms in the back lobby during the lunch sessions.
• The gym, locker room or field house when you are not in classes or under the direct supervision of a teacher.
• The teacher workroom or mailbox area.
• The parking areas or in your car. Students are to report to the building upon arrival on campus. Students who drive are not permitted to leave campus once they have driven on school property. Students who drive are not permitted to take any other students off campus during the school day. If you have a need to return to your car during the day you must obtain a pass from the principal.
• The front office unless you have legitimate business. The phones are for business calls, emergency calls only, and need to be kept open. Students who consistently abuse the courtesy of using the office phones will have their access denied.
• No student should be in the building after 3:15 unless he/she is under the supervision of a teacher. Students should not arrive at or be dropped off at school before 7:15 a.m.
5. The only display of affection that is appropriate at school is holding hands.
6. Students should not loiter in the hallways but should move from one class to another in a timely manner. The gymnasium should not be used as a hallway. Students should use the hallways on either side of the gym when moving to or from the theater or back of the school.
7. Appropriate student conduct includes not only having pride in personal conduct but also pride in the appearance of HHS. Do not litter in the building or on campus.
8. Food purchased in the cafeteria may not be brought out of the cafeteria. Food purchased outside of the building may be dropped off at the front office and the student can pick it up on their way to lunch - food may not be delivered to the student during class time.
9. Students may not take food or drinks into the theater, library, or any classroom without the teacher's permission.
10. Students will dress according to the guidelines listed under "Student Dress."
11. Students will not abuse or destroy school property.
12. Skateboards are not allowed on campus or in the building, and skateboarding is not allowed on campus at any time during or after school hours.
13. Fighting will not be tolerated. Fighting will result in a minimum of 3 days OSS or possible placement in the Riverside Academy.
14. Students may not incur monetary expenses on behalf of their class or the school without first gaining permission from the principal or head class/club sponsor and bookkeeper. A $20.00 fee will be charged for any personal check that is returned to HHS for insufficient funds.

Cafeteria Prices
Breakfast: $2.00
Reduced Price Breakfast $0.30
Lunch: $3.00
Reduced Price Lunch: $0.40
Breakfast and À la Carte items cannot be charged.
Free and Reduced Applications for School Meals are available at each school and on the Board of Education website. If you have any questions, you may call the School Nutrition Department at 792-6885, Ext. 211.

Policies
Attendance Policy
Principals and/or their designees may excuse students' absences for up to three (3) days per semester, if students' parents or guardians provide written notification to the school administration for any reasons listed below. Students are considered to be truant if they are absent from any class, study hall, or any school-related activity during the school day for which students are scheduled. Parents or guardians may use any of the following reasons to ask that their children's absences be excused for up to three (3) times each semester:
1. Students are ill or injured;
2. Students have someone in their immediate family who is ill or injured, and whose illness or injury requires the students to remain at home;
3. Students are needed to work;
4. Students are being interviewed for a job;
5. Students are visiting a college campus;
6. Students are taking a driver's license examination; and
7. Students are on a trip with their family.

Other absences will be excused with appropriate documentation for the following reasons only:
1. Illness, injury, hospitalization, surgery, or medical appointment, verified by a licensed physician, dentist, or health agency;
2. Special recognized religious holiday regularly observed by members of a particular religious group;
3. Court appearance;
4. Death or serious illness or injury in the family;
5. Students are attending a funeral.
After three (3) unexcused absences, it is possible that student and parent will be required to meet with school administration.
After five (5) unexcused absences, it is possible that a student will be required to attend a truancy hearing.

TENNESSEE COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE LAW
Every parent, guardian, or other person residing within the State of Tennessee, having control or charge of any child or children between the ages of six (6) and seventeen (17) years, both inclusive, shall cause such child or children to attend public or non-public school, and in the event of failure to do so, shall be subject to the penalties hereinafter provided. The meaning of the word, "inclusive," is that children must attend school from six (6) until eighteen (18) years of age.
Any parent, guardian, or other person who has control of a child or children, and who shall violate the provisions of this part, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fi ne and court costs, as provided by law, at the discretion of the court. Each day's unlawful absence shall constitute a separate misdemeanor.
If you are not present during first period attendance, your first period teacher will document your absence in Skyward. From this information, the attendance secretary makes the daily absentee list. All absences are reported to the County Attendance Supervisor's office. Students who are frequently absent run the risk of having to account to the Truancy Board for excessive absences.
If you arrive late to school you are required to sign in with attendance secretary and receive an "admit slip" to class. This keeps you from being marked absent for the state attendance, but does not exempt you from being counted tardy to class.
After you return from an absence, you will need to give the office a note from your parent/guardian on the day that you return.

 

Exam Exemption
The current policy is under review and may change.

Policy 4.6001 Final Examinations

Any student with a 95% average or higher at the completion of each semester with no more than five absences or tardies, whether excused or unexcused, shall be exempt from final exams. Any student with a 77% average or higher at the completion of each semester with no more than three absences or tardies, whether excused or unexcused, shall be exempt from exams.


No Cheating Policy
Students need to understand that cheating is a serious offense. Any student who is caught cheating will be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the principal or assistant principal. In addition, any student who is caught cheating will forfeit any honors awarded to them for academic performance.
Any student found in possession of tests, quizzes, or any material that aids them in any form of cheating will be held accountable for cheating and will be suspended from school and subject to forfeiting any honors awarded to them for academic performance.
Students need to understand that using material from the Internet without citing sources is a form of cheating. Teachers will instruct students on how to appropriately use information from the Internet and will explain plagiarism. It is the student's responsibility to seek assistance from the teacher when the student is unsure regarding the use of information found on the Internet.


Bullying: Policy # 6.304
Social Cruelty or bullying is not acceptable in Cheatham County Schools and will not be tolerated. All allegations of bullying will be taken seriously and will be investigated. Students involved in allegations of bullying will be counseled. Those found by administration to be involved will face disciplinary action at the discretion of the principal.
"Bullying" is conduct that meets one or more of the following criteria: is an act directed at one or more students that is intended to harm or embarrass; is repeated over time; a one-time event where a "hostile" learning environment is created; involves an imbalance of physical, emotional, or social power; or adversely affects the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the school district's educational programs or activities by placing the student in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing emotional distress.
Confidential reporting for bullying is available on the school website.

"Harassment" is conduct that meets one or more of the following criteria: is an act directed at one or more students that is received as harmful or embarrassing; substantially interferes with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of one or more students; substantially affects the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the school district's educational programs or activities by placing the student in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing emotional distress; is repeated over time - is severe, persistent, and pervasive; or causes mental duress, or psychological trauma to the victim.
This policy does not deny the right of any individual to pursue other avenues of recourse, which may include filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights within the Tennessee Department of Education or the United States Department of Education, or initiating a civil action in state or federal court.
"Cyberbullying" is defined as the use of information and communication technologies, - such as e-mail, cell phone text or picture messages, instant messaging, and defamatory personal Web sites, social networking sites, and online personal polling sites - to support deliberate, hostile behavior intended to frighten or harm others.

Call or text the tip line or complete form at "website" to share information on
- bullying
- safety
- Comments about peers or adults

 

Cell Phones: Use of Personal Communication Devices in School: Policy # 6.312
Students may possess personal communication devices and personal electronic devices so long as such devices are turned off and stored in backpacks, purses, or personal carry-alls. Such devices
include, but are not limited to, wearable technology such as eyeglasses, rings, or watches that have the capability to record, live stream, or interact with wireless technology; cell phones; laptops; tablets; and mp3 players.

However, a teacher may grant permission for the use of these devices to assist with instruction in his/her classroom, and teachers are encouraged to integrate the devices into their course work. The principal or his/her designee may also grant a student permission to use such a device at his/her discretion.

Students and employees may only use electronic devices to photograph or record in an approved manner.

Unauthorized use or improper storage of a device will result in confiscation until it may be released to the student's parents or guardian. A student in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action.

These are the expectations for Students by HHS Staff regarding electronic devices:

• All students will adhere to Board Policy 6.312.
• Upon entering the school building, students must silence the electronic device for the duration of the school day.
• Use of electronic devices IS NOT allowed in the classroom UNLESS such devices are used under the direct supervision of the teacher and incorporated into a lesson plan. If the teacher does not want electronic devices to be used, then students must put them away, out of sight.
• Students may silently use electronic devices during lunchtime and outside of class as long as such use does not disrupt the safe school environment. If electronic use at these times becomes a disruption or distraction, then students will be considered in violation of appropriate use. Examples of inappropriate use include but are not limited to
o Texting students who are in classes
o Walking and texting, using device while ignoring your surroundings, etc.
o Talking aloud (e.g. phone calls, skype, etc.)
o Taking pictures of and/or recording students or staff
o Bullying, intimidating, and/or harassing students or staff
o Live streaming that shows any adults or students other than yourself
• The student who possesses an electronic device shall assume responsibility for the use and care of the device. At no time shall the school be responsible for preventing theft, loss, or damage to any electronic devices, which are brought on school property.

Students in violation of this policy are subject to disciplinary action.

Students assigned to ISS for any disciplinary reason will be required to submit all electronic devices to the principal/designee at 7:45am. Devices will be returned to students at the end of the day.

 

Tardy Policy
TO SCHOOL (1st Period)
A student who arrives tardy to campus and is unexcused will receive an unexcused tardy in their attendance record. Accumulation of these marks will result in the following consequences:

3 Unexcused Tardies - Wicked Wednesday/ call to parent
4 Unexcused Tardies - Wicked Wednesday and/or Cell phone confiscated for minimum of one school day.
5 Unexcused Tardies - Wicked Wednesday, Cell phone confiscated (minimum of one school day) and/or loss of parking privileges for rest of quarter and cannot return to campus without a parent or guardian meeting with administration. Additionally, a Plan of Action (POA) may be created for the student.
Continued tardies beyond this number may result in student driving privileges revoked for the remainder of the school year, continued cell phone privileges revoked, and/or parent/guardian being referred to Student Attendance Board Meeting (CBOE BP #6.200)
DURING SCHOOL (2nd-7th Period)
Students arriving late to class will receive a tardy. Teachers should record the date of the tardy in their Skyward Gradebook. Students continually tardy will be subject to the consequences above.
Behaviors That May Have Legal Consequences:
The following acts/violations will have serious consequences and could have legal ramifications:

1. Materials advocating or supporting school sabotage or illegal activities are prohibited.
2. Threatening to do harm to or generally harassing other individuals is prohibited.
3. Students are prohibited from the use and possession of drugs, including rolling papers, smokeless tobacco, or other imitation tobacco products. State law requires that the principal file a citation when he/she sees evidence of a student under the age of 18 possessing or using tobacco products. This means that the student will have to go before the juvenile judge if caught with tobacco products. (See Cheatham County Student Handbook for BOE policy)
4. Students may not possess firearms, ammunition for firearms, cross bows, knives, pellet guns, paint guns, or fireworks.
5. State law prohibits anyone from pulling a fire alarm when there is no emergency. Students who are caught pulling the fire alarm will face prosecution.

 

Alcohol and Drug Use
• Students will not possess, distribute, or be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages in school buildings or on school grounds, school vehicles, or at any school-sponsored activity at any time whether on or off school campus.
• Students will not market or distribute any substance that is represented to be or is substantially similar in color, shape, size, or markings to a controlled substance.
• Upon information that a student is suspected of violating this policy, the principal/designee shall be notified immediately. If it is determined that the policy has been violated, the principal/designee shall notify the parent and appropriate law enforcement officials. The student shall be subject to the Zero Tolerance Policy and be subject to a one calendar year suspension.

Student Alcohol and Drug Testing
Principals or their designees are authorized to order drug tests for individual students when there is a reasonable suspicion to believe:
• The school board policy on alcohol and drug use has been violated.
• A search of lockers, vehicles, persons, and/or containers produced evidence of the presence of drugs and/or alcohol.
• Through observation and or other reasonable information reported by a teacher, staff member or other student that a student is using drugs and/or alcohol on school property.
Upon reasonable suspicion based on the criteria referenced above, the principal shall take the following steps:
1. Call the student into the principal's office or other private place;
2. Notify the parent or guardian of the students' impending test;
3. Summon a school health professional to the proceeding and to assist in furtherance of the proceeding;
4. Inform the student of the substance of the information which is the basis for the determination that a test is necessary;
5. Inform the student of the procedures which are followed in administering the test;
6. Give the student an opportunity to decline the test and inform the student that if the test is not taken, the penalty is suspension and a hearing before the Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority;
Upon receiving a written certified copy of the analysis from the laboratory, the principal shall do one of the following:
1. If the results of the analysis are negative, all evidence of the individual test, including all records in the school that was ordered and the reasons therefore, shall be destroyed.
2. If the results of the analysis are positive, the student and parents or guardian shall be given the written notice of the result. In addition, they shall receive referral information, which shall include in-patient, outpatient, and community-based drug and alcohol treatment programs. The principal shall recommend/take whatever disciplinary action he/she deems necessary under the circumstances and that complies with state law and board policy.
3. The principal will notify law enforcement officials only after consultation with the Director of Schools.

Possession of Tobacco Products/E-Cigarettes/Vaping Materials
Students shall not use or possess any tobacco product nor smoking/vaping devices at school or any school function where they officially represent the school. Possession or use of any form of tobacco is in violation of Board policy.
1st offense: Violators will receive points. Parents will be notified.
2nd offense: Violators will receive points, will be placed in ISS for up to three days, and lose their driving privileges for the remainder of the semester. Parents will be notified.
3rd offense: Violators will receive points, be suspended from school for three days, and will have their parking privileges revoked for the remainder of the year. Parents will be called in for a conference with an administrator.
4th offense: Violators will be given points and will be referred to the Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority.

Any student who possesses tobacco products shall be issued a citation.

Procedures

Leaving Campus
A student who leaves campus without permission is subject to the following:
• Loss of driving parking privileges.
• Placement in ISS
• Suspended out of school.
Students who leave campus without signing out will receive twenty consequence points added to their behavior record and have a parent or guardian contacted. On the second incident, the student will receive one full day of ISS, twenty consequence points added to record, lose parking privileges for the semester, and a parent or guardian will be contacted. On the third incident, the student will receive two days out of school suspension and a phone call to parent or guardian. The student cannot return to school without a parent or guardian. On the fourth incident, the student will be referred to the Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority for willful and persistent violation of school rules.
Students that violate this procedure are subject to the consequences in the Student Driving/Parking on Campus section.
Leaving and returning to school for lunch or running errands is not an emergency. If a note or email is not received by 8:00AM, the parent/guardian will have to physically sign the student out. A student who misses any part of a period (including lunch) will be marked absent from that period regarding exam exemption and attendance. .

Wicked Wednesday

Wicked Wednesday is after school detention after school for one hour 3:00-4:00. Students are required to attend Wicked Wednesday if they accumulate 3 tardies in a semester. The 3 tardies are cumulative, meaning any total 3 tardies regardless of class period throughout the entire semester. Students will be given 2 weeks to satisfy their requirements before receiving further consequences.

Discipline Points
At the discretion of the principal, the School Resource Officer (SRO) will be notified about student behaviors that warrant intervention and/or assistance. Based upon principal discretion, students will be assigned 5-25 discipline points for the below listed disciplinary infractions. Please note: This list is not a comprehensive list of all disciplinary infractions.

5 Points

Dress Code
Inappropriate Language
Tardiness
Violation of Electronic Device Policy
Personal Display of Affection (PDA)
Failure to do assignments
Failure to do optional sanctions


10-25 Points

Repeated Violations of 5 point infractions
Bullying
Damage to Property
Defiance
Insubordination
Dishonesty
Disorderly Conduct
Disrespect
Disruption
Forgery
Harassment/Threats
Lewd/Lascivious Conduct
Misuse of Property
Parking Lot/Driving Violations
Physical Contact (Horseplay, PDA, etc.)
Possession of Prohibited Items
Sexual Harassment
Skipping Class/Out of Pocket
Theft
Tobacco/Lighters/Matches
Vandalism
25-50 Points
Fighting/Physical Aggression

Zero Tolerance Weapons
Drugs
Assault
Electronic Threats

Discipline Points Accumulation
Disciplinary infractions may/will result in an accumulation of disciplinary points, which will be cleared at the end of the year. Below are disciplinary measures that may/will be issued to students based upon point accumulation.

30 points minimum of 1 day In School Suspension (ISS)
40 points minimum of 2 days In School Suspension (ISS)
(Student will be placed on a Behavior plan/contract)
50 points minimum of 3 days In School Suspension (ISS)
(Student will be referred to Centerstone)
60 points minimum of 4 days In School Suspension (ISS)
70 points minimum of 5 days In School Suspension (ISS)
80 points minimum of 1 days Out of School Suspension (OSS)
90 points minimum of 3 days Out of School suspension (OSS)
100 points minimum of 5 days Out of School Suspension (OSS)
Disciplinary points in excess of 100 in a semester or 150 in a school year may result in referral to Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority (SDHA).
*At the discretion of the principal, Out of School Suspension (OSS) may be assigned in lieu of the above disciplinary actions.
*If a student refuses ISS or leaves school at the time he/she is scheduled to serve ISS he/she will have to serve the time when he/she returns to school.
*At the discretion of the principal, Out of School Suspension (OSS) may be assigned in lieu of the above disciplinary actions.

Interrogations by School Personnel:
At the discretion of the principal, the School Resource Officer (SRO) will be notified about student behaviors that warrant his intervention and/or assistance (examples: fighting, tobacco, theft, etc.). Students may be questioned by principals/teachers about any matter pertaining to the operation of a school. Questioning will be conducted in the following manner:
• Questioning will be conducted discretely and under circumstances that will avoid unnecessary embarrassment to the student.
• If a student is suspected or accused of any offense committed at school or during any school activity or on school property at any time, the principal may interrogate the student without the presence of parent(s) and without giving the student constitutional warnings. If a student is a suspect or is accused of a crime not involving the operation of a school or if interrogation of a particular student is police-instigated, a parent shall be notified and constitutional warnings shall be given to the student by police before the interrogation begins.

Police Action-Fighting, Drugs, Weapons

Fights, threats, possession of drugs, weapons, or other serious matters are subject to investigation and reported to our School Resource Officer (SRO). Under laws that went into effect in 2008, schools may turn investigations and possible prosecutions over to the police. We will attempt to let parents know that the police are going to talk to their child, but according to the law a parent does not have to be present when the authorities interview students. Your child may be arrested and carried to juvenile. Students are subject to searches when drugs and other prohibited items are suspected. Please refer to school board policy 6.303

Searches

To maintain a safe school climate administration, or individual selected to represent administration, has the right to search student and school/student property with reasonable suspicion.

Authority over physical plant-
Legal right to search

Students, their lockers, desks, vehicle, and belongings (backpacks, bags, coats, purses, etc.) may be searched when the principal or her designee deems there is just cause. Students are also subject to random searches at any time. Students are to be searched in the presence of an administrator or their designee. Parents will be notified of searches conducted involving their student.

Student Dress

Based on the need to address a standard and focus on academic learning, students' safety, and the workplace, Harpeth High School will enforce the following dress code. This dress code applies to all genders.


School Dress Code
1. For health and safety purposes, shoes must be worn at all times. This excludes shoes with spikes, cleats, or shoes to be worn as house slippers.
2. For security purposes, sunglasses are not permitted to be worn in the building, unless prescribed by a doctor.
To prevent distractions and indecency:
3. Hats or head gear may be worn in the hallways but in classrooms only at the teacher's discretion.
4. Undergarments are required and should not be visible. Cleavage and/or skin at the waist should not be visible at any time. (Strapless tops or dresses are not permitted.)
5. Sleeveless shirts and tank tops may be worn as long as they cover all undergarments and the opening does not expose the area between the armpits and hips.
6. Pants must fit around the waist and shall not be excessively baggy or allow undergarments to be exposed (Tennessee State Law).
7. Holes or visible frays in pants revealing skin that are in violation of the length requirement for shorts (see number 11 indicated below) are not permitted. Students must have appropriate undergarments under the pants, such as leggings or tights. (Duct tape, paper in the hole, etc. is not allowed.)
8. Leggings, yoga pants, and tight-fitting spandex pants are not permitted unless the skirt or top worn over them clearly covers the posterior and must be the same length in the back, front, and sides. Such pants should not be transparent or semi-transparent.
9. Blankets, pajama bottoms, and house slippers are not permitted.
10. Shorts, skirts and dresses must be no shorter than three inches above the knee. This is the length from the front, side, and back.
11. Clothing should have no inappropriate messages or graphics. (Included but not limited to: Hooters, Playboy, Confederate Flag, sexual graphics or innuendo, images or references to drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, etc.)
12. Students are not allowed to wear gang, or racially/ethnically inflammatory style, or sexually explicit clothing, colors, symbols, jewelry, chains, etc.
13. Costumes or face paintings will not be permitted unless Principal-approved and then must conform to the dress code.

It is understood that the final decision will be at the discretion of the administration or designee.

Students will be asked to fix the dress code infraction. Refusal to do so or subsequent infractions will result in disciplinary action.

Parent Conferences
Your parent/guardian may leave a message for a teacher by contacting the front office or your school counselor. While teachers will not be able to take calls during class time, calls may be returned during planning time, before school, or after school. E-mail is often an effective tool for maintaining communication with faculty members. E-mail addresses can be found on the school web site.
Because teachers will not be taken out of class, all parent/teacher meetings will be held during the teacher's planning period, before, or after school. Please allow at least twenty-four hours advance notice for requested meetings.

School Counseling Center
It is important that you stay informed of what you must do to earn a diploma from HHS. Trained school counselors are your best resource for reliable information. Your counselor will assist you in choosing classes for next year, advise you on vocational and academic concerns after you leave HHS, and counsel with you about any other problems you may have. Counselors for this school year are:
Mrs. Chase.................................................9th and 11th grade
Mrs. Holley................................................10th and 12th grade
In order to give your problems their undivided attention and to ensure your privacy, counselors ask that you make an appointment to see them if the situation is not an emergency.

Corrections to Student Schedules
Students desiring to make changes to their schedules should make an appointment with the counseling center and continue attending class until called. Necessary changes will be made to schedules that are found to have mistakes. Other change requests may or may not be granted at the discretion of the counselors or administration. Students should attend the classes listed on their schedules until a change is approved by the guidance office and should not miss class waiting on a counselor. Failure to report to assigned classes will cause the student to be marked absent. (Only students who were not given a class for a particular period should report to the counseling center without an appointment.)

Testing (Policy # 6.200)
State Mandated Tests:
Students who are absent the day of the scheduled End-of-Course (EOC) tests must present a signed doctor's excuse or must have been given an excused release by the principal prior to testing to receive an excused absence. Excused students who do not take the EOC test will receive an incomplete in the course until they have taken the EOC test. All students who miss a scheduled EOC Test must the test at the next administration in order to meet their diploma requirements.
Additionally, all juniors are required to take the ACT, at school, on the state appointed day in the spring semester.

Grade Level Classification
If you maintain satisfactory grade and attendance records, you may earn as many as seven credits a year. Your grade-level classification, freshmen, sophomore, etc., is determined by the following schedule--- not by how many years you have been in high school.


Sophomore 5 credits English 1
Junior 13 credits English 1 and 2
Senior 18 credits English 1, 2, and 3

Information for Students Qualifying for Valedictorian/Salutatorian
Students should refer to policies established by the Cheatham County Board of Education for information regarding class ranking and/or Valedictorian or Salutatorian.
Senior Transcripts
Seniors will be given three free transcript requests. Any additional transcripts will cost $2.00. Students should request transcripts from the guidance office.

 

High School Year by Year
9th grade
• Monitor academic progress.
• Learn the requirements for the type pf diploma you wish to pursue.
• Get involved in a wide variety of activities.
• Do your best to pass every course and get help if you begin to struggle.
• Begin keeping a portfolio of high school accomplishment or honors.
• Get to know your guidance counselor.
• Select 10th grade courses carefully.
• Start a college savings account.

10th grade
• Continue to monitor academic progress.
• Continue to be involved in a variety of activities and develop leadership skills.
• Take the PLAN when it is offered at HHS.
• Consider taking dual-credit courses for next year.
• Carefully select courses for the 11th grade.
• Explore and discuss college options.
• Update your portfolio of accomplishments or honors.
• Plan summer activities that relate to a career you might be interested in.
• Add money to your college savings account.

11th grade (The junior year is when students begin to finalize their decisions regarding the college they plan to attend. Juniors should take college tests, make college visits, and start searching for scholarships)
• Continue to monitor academic progress.
• Continue to be involved and develop leadership skills.
• Consider taking the PSAT in September.
• Explore college options.
• Make sure you register for the ACT and/or SAT early in the spring.
• Make college visits.
• Carefully select 12th grade courses. Colleges look to see if students took challenging courses in their senior year.
• Look for scholarships.
• Update your portfolio of accomplishments or honors.
• Meet with the high school counselor to review your transcript and to discuss college planning.
• Plan summer activities that provide volunteer work in the field related to your intended major.
• Narrow the list of college choices.
• Establish a permanent e-mail address to use when communicating with colleges.
• Continue to save money in your college account.

12th grade
• Continue to monitor academic progress.
• Set up a calendar for the year. Meeting deadlines is crucial at this point in the progress.
• Sign up for the ACT or SAT, if necessary.
• Complete college applications are sent in well before the deadlines.
• Comprise a resume to give to teachers, guidance counselors, coach, or administrators when asking for a letter of reference.
• Complete financial aid and scholarship application forms.
• Complete FAFSA and apply for Hope Scholarship.
Make the decision.

Bell Schedules

Regular Bell Schedule
PERIOD Schedule Time (minutes)
Breakfast 7:15 - 7:45 30
1st 7:45 - 8:38 53*
2nd 8:43 - 9:33 50
3rd 9:38 - 10:28 50
4th 10:33 - 11:23 50
5th (includes lunches) 11:28 - 12:52
• Lunch A 11:28-11:56
• Lunch B 11:56-12:24
• Lunch C 12:24-12:52 84 (56 class/28 lunch)
• Lunch/class
• Class/lunch/class
• Class/lunch
6th 12:57 - 1:47 50
7th 1:52 - 2:45 53*

Assembly Bell Schedule
PERIOD Schedule Time (minutes)
Breakfast 7:15 - 7:45 30
1st 7:45-8:30 45
2nd 8:35-9:20 45
3rd 9:25-10:05 45
4th 10:10-10:55 45
5th (includes lunches) 11:00 - 12:15
• 11:00-11:25
• 11:25-11:50
• 11:50-12:15 50-class/25/lunch
• Lunch/class
• Class/lunch/class
• Class/lunch
6th 12:20-1:05 45
7th 1:10-1:55 45
Assembly 2:00 - 2:45 45

HHS 10:45 Dismissal
PERIOD Schedule Time (minutes)
Breakfast 30
1st 7:45-8:10 25
2nd 8:15-8:35 20
3rd 8:40-9:00 20
4th 9:05-9:25 20
5th 9:30-9:50 20
6th 9:55-10:15 20
7th 10:20-10:45 25

HHS 11:45 Dismissal
PERIOD Schedule Time (minutes)
Breakfast
1st 7:45-8:15 30
2nd 8:20-8:45 25
3rd 8:50-9:15 25
4th 9:20-9:45 25
6th 9:50-10:15 25
7th 10:20-10:45 25
5th (includes lunches) 10:50-11:45
- 10:50-11:08
- 11:08-11:26
- 11:26-11:45 18/18/19
• Lunch/class
• Class/lunch/class
• Class/lunch

District Policy Handbook
Below are several board policies briefly described, for full policy and complete information please visit the county website where all policies can be found online in their entirety. http://www.boardpolicy.net/?DivisionID=19395&ToggleSideNav=

ZERO‐TOLERANCE VIOLATIONS
Policy# 6.309
In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment, the following offenses shall not be tolerated:
Zero tolerance offenses include 20 U.S.C. § 8921; TCA49-6-4216(b); TCA 49-6-3401(g)
1. Unauthorized possession on school property of a firearm, or anything designed, made or adapted for the purpose of inflicting death or serious bodily injury
2. Battery upon a teacher, principal, administrator, any other employee of a local education agency or school resource officer;
3. Unlawful possession, use, influence of, sale, distribution, or delivery of any drug including any controlled substance as defined in TCA 39‐17‐403 through 39‐17‐415, or legend drug as defined by TCA 53‐10‐101.
4. Any student who transmits by an electronic device any communication containing a credible threat to cause bodily injury or death to another student or school employee and the transmission of such threat creates actual disruptive activity at the school that requires administrative intervention TCA49-6-4216(a)(2)(C)

DUTY TO REPORT
Policy #5.106
In accordance with state law, a student already enrolled or one who enrolls in a Cheatham County School who has been convicted of a felony offense must report that offense to the principal at the time of enrollment or at the beginning of the school year. The parent has the same obligation if the child is under the age of 18.
It is a felony for any adult who has knowledge of a student having a firearm on campus not to report that fact to an administrator, a teacher, or other responsible adult.
Any student who becomes aware of a developing situation that can reasonably be expected to result in injury or harm to another person, student or adult, has a duty to report such knowledge to a teacher, administrator or responsible adult.

SMOKING AND TOBACCO FREE SCHOOLS
Policy# 1.803
Students shall not use or possess any tobacco product nor smoking devices at school or any school function where they officially represent the school. Possession or use of any form of tobacco is in violation of Board policy. All uses of tobacco and tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and associated paraphernalia are prohibited in all of the school districts' buildings and in all vehicles that are owned, leased, or operated by the district. Smoking shall be prohibited in any public seating areas including, but not limited to, bleachers used for sporting events or public restrooms. Any student who possesses tobacco products shall be issued a citation by the school principal/resource officer.

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS
Policy #6.301
The Board expects all employees, students, and parents to assume the responsibility for appropriate behaviors in the school.
Each student has the right to:
1. Have the opportunity for a free education in the most appropriate learning environment;
2. Be secure in his/her person, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizure;
3. Be educated in a safe and secure environment;
4. Have appropriate resources and opportunities for learning;
5. Not be discriminated against on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin or disabilities1; and
6. Be fully informed of school rules and regulations.

Each student has the responsibility to:
1. Know and adhere to reasonable rules and regulations established by the Board and school officials
2. Respect the human dignity and worth of every other individual;
3. Refrain from libel, slanderous remarks, and obscenity in verbal and written expression;
4. Study and maintain the best possible level of academic achievement;
5. Be punctual and present in the regular school program;
6. Dress and groom in a manner that meets reasonable standards of health, cleanliness, modesty and safety;
7. Maintain and/or improve the school environment, preserve school and private property, and exercise care while using school facilities;
8. Refrain from behavior, which would lead to physical or emotional harm or disrupts the educational process;
9. Respect the authority of school administrators, teachers and other authorized personnel in maintaining discipline in the school and at school-sponsored activities;
10. Obey the law and school rules as to the possession or the use of alcohol, illegal drugs and other unauthorized substances or materials; and
11. Possess on school grounds only those materials, which are acceptable under the law and accept the consequences for articles stored in one's locker.

VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
Policy #1.501
Except on occasions, such as school programs, athletic events, open house and similar public events; all visitors will report to the school office when entering the school and will sign a log book. Authorization to visit elsewhere in the building or on the school campus will be determined by the principal or designee. Guest passes shall be issued for all persons other than students and employees of the school.

ENGLISH LEARNERS
Policy #4.207
If the inability to speak and understand the English language excludes a student from effective participation in the educational programs offered by the district, the district shall take reasonable actions to provide the student equal access to its programs. Students who are English learners ("EL") shall be identified, assessed, and provided appropriate services. No child shall be admitted to or excluded from any program or extra-curricular activity based on the student's surname or EL status. Paperwork can be found in the school office.

STUDENT DISCRIMINATION/HARRASMENT/ BULLYING/INTIMIDATION
Policy # 6.304
The Cheatham County Board of Education has determined that a safe, civil, and supportive environment in 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.

Bullying/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 student
or damage to the student's property;
• Causing emotional distress to a student or students; or
• Creating a hostile educational environment.
Bullying, intimidation, or harassment may also be unwelcome conduct based on a protected class (race, nationality, origin, color, gender, age, disability, religion) that is severe, pervasive, or persistent and creates a hostile environment.
Cyber-bullying - A form of bullying undertaken using 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 student(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 1 encourage, permit, condone or tolerate hazing activities "Hazing" does not include customary athletic events or similar contest or competitions and is limited to those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any organization.

COMPLAINTS AND INVESTIGATIONS
Alleged victims of the above-referenced offenses shall report these incidents immediately to a teacher, counselor or building administrator. All school employees are required to report alleged violations of this policy to the principal/designee. All other members of the school community, including students, parents, volunteers, and visitors, are encouraged to report any act that may be a violation of this policy.
While reports may be made anonymously, an individual's need for confidentiality must be balanced with obligations to cooperate with police investigations or legal proceedings, to provide due process to the accused, to conduct a thorough investigation or to take necessary actions to resolve a complaint, and the 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. If a report is not initiated within forty-eight (48) hours, the principal/designee shall provide the director of schools with appropriate documentation detailing the reasons why the investigation was not initiated within the required timeframe. 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 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. 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:
It places the student in reasonable fear or harm for the student's person or property
It has a substantially detrimental effect on the student's physical or mental health
It has the effect of substantially interfering with the student's academic performance; or
It has the effect of substantially interfering with the student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
Upon 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. If the investigation is not complete or intervention has not taken place within twenty (20) calendar days, the principal/designee shall provide the director of schools with appropriate documentation detailing the reasons why the investigation has not been completed or the appropriate intervention has not taken place. Within the parameters of the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) at 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.

REPORTS
When a complaint is filed alleging a violation of this policy where there is physical harm or the threat of physical 12 harm to a student or a student's property, the principal/designee of each middle school, junior high school, or high 13 school shall report the findings and any disciplinary actions taken to the director of schools and the chair of the 14 board of education. 15
By July 1 of each year, the director of schools/designee shall prepare a report of all of the bullying cases brought 16 to the attention of school officials during the prior academic year. The report shall also indicate how the cases 17 were resolved and/or the reasons they are still pending. This report shall be presented to the board of education 18 at its regular July meeting, and it shall be submitted to the state department of education by August 1. 19
The director of schools shall develop forms and procedures to ensure compliance with the requirements of this 20 policy and TCA 49-6-4503. 21
Complaint forms may be found in the school office.

USE OF PERSONAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES IN SCHOOL
Policy# 6.312
Students may possess personal communication devices and personal electronic devices so long as such devices are turned off and stored in backpacks, purses or personal carryall's. Such devices include, but are not limited to, wearable technology such as eyeglasses, rings, or watches that have the capability to record, live stream, or interact with wireless technology; cell phones; laptops; tablets; and mp3 players. However, a teacher may grant permission for the use of these devices to assist with instruction in his/her classroom, and teachers are encouraged to integrate the devices into their course work. The principal or his/her designee may also grant a student permission to use such a device at his/her discretion.
Students and employees may only use electronic devices to photograph or record in an approved manner.
Unauthorized use or improper storage of a device will result in confiscation until the end of the school day. A student in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action.

Policies and Notices Related to the Administration of Schools

ATTENDANCE
Policy # 6.200
TENNESSEE COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE LAW
Every parent, guardian, or other person residing within the State of Tennessee, having control or charge of any child or children between the ages of six (6) and seventeen (17) years, both inclusive, shall cause such child or children to attend public or non-public school, and in the event of failure to do so, shall be subject to the penalties hereinafter provided. The meaning of the word, "inclusive," is that children must attend school from six (6) until eighteen (18) years of age.
Any parent, guardian, or other person who has control of a child or children, and who shall violate the provisions of this part, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fi ne and court costs, as provided by law, at the discretion of the court. Each day's unlawful absence shall constitute a separate misdemeanor.

MEDICINES
Policy # 6.405
If under exceptional circumstances, a child is required to take non-prescription or prescription medication during school hours and the parent cannot be at school to administer the medication, only the principal or the principal's designee will assist in self-administration of the medication if the student is competent to self-administer medicine with assistance in compliance with the following regulations:

Written instructions signed by the parent or legal guardian will be required and will include:
1. Child's name;
2. Name of medication;
3. Name of physician;
4. Time to be self-administered;
5. Dosage and directions for self-administration (non-prescription medicines must have label direction);
6. Possible side effects, if known; and
7. Termination date for self-administration of the medication.
The medication must be delivered to the principal's office in person by the parent or legal guardian of the student unless the medication must be retained by the student for immediate self-administration. (i.e. students with asthma).
Volunteer personnel, trained by a registered nurse, may administer glucagon in emergency situations to a student based on that student's Individual Health Plan (IHP).
The administrator/designee will:
1. Inform appropriate school personnel of the medication to be self-administered;
2. Keep written instructions from parent or legal guardian in student's record;
3. Keep an accurate record of the self-administration of the medication;
4. Keep all medication in a locked cabinet except medication retained by a student per physician's order;
5. Return unused prescription to the parent or legal guardian only; and
6. Ensure that all guidelines developed by the Department of Health and the Department of Education are followed.
The parent or legal guardian is responsible for informing the designated official of any change in the student's health or change in medication.

A copy of this policy shall be provided to a parent or guardian upon receipt of a request for long-term administration of medication.

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
It is the policy of the Cheatham County School System not to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, creed, age, marital status or disability in its educational programs, activities or employment policies as required by Title VI and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Inquiries about compliance may be directed to: Beth Batson (615)792-5664
The Cheatham County Board of Education acknowledges that it is desirable to resolve all allegations of discrimination through free and informal communications. A request for an informal conference must be made by the grievant within 10 calendar days after an alleged violation has occurred. A conference must be convened within five calendar days after receipt of the request.

PARENTAL/FAMILY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMS
Policy # 4.502
The school district shall annually work with parents in evaluating and potentially revising the provisions of this policy in improving the quality of schools. Such an evaluation shall strive to identify any barriers to greater participation by parents (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background).

MIGRANT STUDENTS
Policy# 6.504
The Board directs the administration to identify migratory students as required by law, and to develop written administrative procedures for ensuring that migrant students receive services for which they are eligible.

NOTIFICATION OF FERPA RIGHTS
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. One of these is the right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the System receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the System as an administrator, supervisor, instructor or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the System has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. If there are any additional questions relative to student records, they should be directed to the Director of Student Services or the Director of Schools.

CHILD FIND PROGRAM
In compliance with state and federal law Cheatham County School District states any disabled child ages 3 through 21 years of age must be served in an appropriate program to meet the needs of the child. The Cheatham County School District will provide 504 and Special Education services to any student with a disability without discrimination or cost to the student or family. If you know a child who may need special services, please contact the Director of Special Education at 615‐792-5664 22

PARENTAL RIGHTS - SPECIAL EDUCATION
https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/education/attachments/331816_notice_proc_safeguards.pdf
Parents of children who are suspected to need or identified as needing special education services have certain rights, which are guaranteed by state and federal law. Those rights and responsibilities are briefly outlined below. If you would like a full explanation of any of the items, please contact the Special Education Supervisor, at 15-792-2070 or the Tennessee Department of Education district office.
Consent: You have the right to give or refuse consent for any actions initiated by the local school agency.
Notice: You have the right to a written notice within a reasonable time prior to any action requiring your consent.
Evaluation: You have the right to have a full evaluation of your child's individual educational needs to be administered by trained personnel.
Least Restrictive Environment: Your child has the right to be educated with his/her peers in the least restrictive environment appropriate for the student.
Student Records: Your child's records are confidential and may only be reviewed by you and other authorized persons.
Administrative Complaint: You have a right to file an administrative complaint with the Tennessee Department of Education, Division of Special Education, when you believe the LEA has failed to comply with state and federal regulations governing the education of children with disabilities.

ASBESTOS NOTIFICATION
An environmental engineering firm has completed a study to determine the presence and location of friable and non-friable asbestos materials in all buildings of the Cheatham County School District. All buildings were inspected in accordance with Environment Protection Agency guidelines for asbestos-containing materials. (i.e., 40 CFR PART 763). In most of the schools, the asbestos fibers are primarily confined to boiler rooms and pipe insulations to which students do not have access. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Maintenance Supervisor at 615-792-5664

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY
It is the policy of the Cheatham County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational programs or employment policies as required by Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1973, Title IX (Sexual Harassment), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VI should be directed to:
Dr. Beth Batson of the Cheatham County School System, 102 Elizabeth Street, Ashland City, TN or to the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX should be directed to:
Dr. Beth Batson of the Cheatham County School System, 102 Elizabeth Street, Ashland City, TN or to the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
Inquiries regarding compliance with 504 should be directed to:
Stacy Brinkley of the Cheatham County School System, 102 Elizabeth Street, Ashland City, TN or to the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 23

HOMELESS STUDENTS
Policy #6.503
A homeless student shall have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youths.
Homeless students are individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Homeless students include:

1. Students sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason; students living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; students living in emergency or transitional shelters; or students abandoned in hospitals;
2. Students who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodations for human beings;
3. Students living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or trains stations, or similar settings; and
4. Migratory students who are living in circumstances described above.

MEDIA ACCESS TO STUDENTS
Policy #6.604
School administrators shall be authorized to grant permission and set parameters for media access to students in their respective schools. Media representatives shall be required to report to the administration for prior approval before accessing students involved in instructional programs and activities not attended by the general public. The media may interview and photograph students involved in instructional programs and school activities including athletic events, but such media access shall not be unduly disruptive.

Each year parents/guardians shall be given the option to withhold permission for public news media interviews or photographs of their child at school.

SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS
Policy #4.501
All volunteers must be approved by the principal and shall serve under the supervision and direction of the professional personnel of the school to which they are assigned. Volunteers shall assist professional personnel in the performance of their teaching and administrative responsibilities. They may not teach, but they may reinforce skills taught by the professional staff.
The director of schools shall develop procedures to require the appropriate background checks for volunteers who may work closely with students without much or any supervision of district employees.
Refer to school volunteer application procedures for specifics of process.

SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
Policy #6.203
The Cheatham County School District requires three (3) current proofs of residence in the assigned school zone in the school district. The proofs should be on the following list of acceptable proofs:
Mortgage document or property deed
Apartment or home lease
Driver's license
Voter registration card
Automobile registration
Checking account
Any other documentation that will objectively and unequivocally establish that the parent or guardian resides in the assigned zone in the school district.
Additionally, any student entering school for the first time must present all of the following documents:
Birth Certificate or officially acceptable evidence of a date of birth at the time of registration.
Evidence of a current medical examination including evidence of state-required immunization.


DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS
Policy #6.307
Students shall not consume, possess, use, sell, distribute or be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages in school buildings, on school grounds, in school vehicles or buses, or at any school- sponsored activity, function or event whether on or off school grounds This includes but is not limited to abuse of inhalants and prescription drugs.
Disciplinary sanctions shall be imposed on students who violate standards of conduct required by this policy. Such sanctions shall be consistent with local, state and federal laws, up to and including suspension/expulsion as well as referral for prosecution Completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program may also be recommended. Information about drug and counseling and rehabilitation programs shall be made available through the school office.


PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LAW
The General Assembly recently approved legislation updating the physical activity law that was changed last legislative session. The new physical activity law requires 90 minutes of physical activity each full school week for middle and high school students. Physical activity may include walking, jumping rope, playing volleyball or other forms of physical activity that promote fitness and well-being. Recess and free-play activates may be used to meet the requirements. Physical Education may count towards meeting the physical activity law, but the physical activity law shall not replace the current Physical Education program.

CONCERNS, COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES
Policy #6.305
SCHOOL LEVEL CONCERNS AND COMPLAINTS:
Decisions made by school personnel - such as aides, teachers, or assistant principals - which parents or student believe are unfair or in violation of pertinent policies of the Board or individual school rules may be appealed to the school principal or a designated representative. To appeal, the parent or student will contact the principal's office of their student's school and provide their name, the issue and the reason for their appeal on a printed form available at the school office within two (2) school days. The appeal will usually be decided confidentially and promptly, preferably within ten (10) school days. A complaint form may be found in the school office.

 

 

 

 

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