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17-18 Handbook 9/7/2017

Cheatham County High School

Student Handbook

2017-2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cheatham County Central High School

1 Cub Circle

Ashland City, TN 37015

(615) 792-5641

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents

 

 

Bell Schedule                                                               3

 

School Information                                                     3

Activities                                                                    

Arrival

Attendance (and makeup work)

Cafeteria                                                                     

Dismissal

Duty to Report                                                            

Grading

Honor Code                                                                

            Lockers                                                                                   

Medication                                                                  

PowerSchool                                                               

Textbooks                                                                   

Students Driving/ Parking on Campus

Visitors                                                                                               

Board Policies                                                             9

            Access to All Policies

Bullying

            Electronic Usage

           

Student Discipline                                                       10       

Alcohol and Drug Use and Testing

Behaviors/Legal Consequences

Discipline                                                                   

Discipline Points

Discipline Points Accumulation          

Interrogations

Possession of Tobacco                                                

Searches

Tardiness                                                                                            

Zero Tolerance                                                           

                                               

Student Dress Code                                                    14                               

School Counseling Center                                          15       

Conferences

Grade Level Classification

Students Schedules                                         

Testing                                                                        

            Year by Year view of High School                                         

Notifications                                                                    16

Annual Notice to Parents- Section 504

Child Find Notification                                                           

Civil Rights Policies

Non-Discrimination Policy

Parental Rights- Special Education                                          

Title VI/Civil Rights Policies

Regular Bell Schedule

Breakfast – 7:15 – 7:40

1st            7:45 – 8:35

2nd           8:40 – 9:30

3rd           9:35 – 10:25

4th            10:30 – 11:20

5th            11:25 – 12:55

                A Lunch 11:25 – 11:55 (Lunch, class )

                B Lunch 11:55 – 12:25 (Class, Lunch, Class)               

                C Lunch 12:25 – 12:55 (Class, Lunch)

6th            1:00 – 1:50

7th            1:55 – 2:45

 

# Subject to change

 

 

School Information

Admissions:  Policy #6.203

Any student entering school for the first time must provide specific documents in order to register. A list of requirements may be found on the school board policy online, within the Cheatham County Board of Education website.

 

Activities:

CCCHS offers a wide variety of activities. Among these are clubs, performance groups, and athletics. Participating in extracurricular activities is a privilege. Any student who chooses to act in an unsatisfactory manner may be removed from extracurricular activities with which he/she is associated, including sports teams, clubs, homecoming court, sweethearts, superlatives, etc. This could also include removal for behavior, attendance, and academic issues at the administrations discretion.

Prom

1.      Any student that is credit deficient or currently failing a required course will not be able to attend prom.

  1. Any student who is assigned to the alternative school for any reason will lose the right to attend prom during that school year.

3.      Prom is intended for students in their junior and senior year of high school.  Any guests these students should choose to bring should be between the ages of 15 and 20.

4.      Any guest of a CCCHS student that is not a CCCHS student, must show a photo id in order to enter the venue.

5.      All non –CCCHS guests must have a signed form from the guest’s school administrator demonstrating good behavior and grades.

 

Arrival at school:

Cheatham County High School will open each day at 6:45. Students who arrive before 7:15 must remain in the Cafeteria or be under the supervision of an employee.

 

Breakfast will be served between 7:15 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. 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.

 

 

 

Attendance:  policy 6.200

Students who are not present or are more than 10 minutes late during first period will be added to the daily absentee list and the absence will be sent through School Reach messaging.  All absences are reported to the County Attendance Supervisor’s office.  Students who are frequently absent or tardy will be sent to the Truancy Board.

 

If a student is late to school they are required to sign in with attendance secretary and receive an “admit slip” to class.  This does not exempt you from being counted tardy to class.

 

Attendance Policy:

  Attendance policy may be found in Board policy online, located on the Cheatham County Schools website.

 

Cafeteria

Nutritious breakfast and lunches are available from the cafeteria. If meals have been charged, you should make financial arrangements to repay the amount quickly. No student will be allowed to charge over the amount of $10. 

 

Students may bring their lunches from home, but glass bottles are not allowed in the building. NO food is to be removed from the cafeteriaThe cafeteria supervisor prohibits outside food to be brought in to the cafeteria. (Does not include sack lunches.)  If food is brought in from outside it may be picked up at the end of the school day, however, it will not be refrigerated and will not be delivered during lunch or class time.

Cafeteria Prices:

To be determined

*Breakfast and À la Carte items cannot be charged.      

*Students may not leave for lunch.

*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.

 

Dismissal from school:

Dismissal for students will be at 2:45 p.m. unless the school is operating on an adjusted schedule.  Bus riders will dismiss to the front of the building.  Cars are not allowed in the bus loading/unloading zone in front of the school between 2:30 p.m. and 3:10 p.m.  All students who are not supervised should be out of the building and off campus by 3:15 p.m.

 

In order to be dismissed early the student must bring a note to the attendance secretary before first period indicating:

·         reason for dismissal

·         time of dismissal

·         And a valid telephone number where a parent/guardian can be reached. Students will not be dismissed over the phone

 

Duty to Report:

  • 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 duty to report such knowledge to a teacher, administrator or responsible adult.
  • In accordance with state law, a student already enrolled or one who enrolls at CCCHS 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.

 

Grading

Grade Scale is as follows:

A- 93-100                                                                   

B- 85-92

C- 75-84

D- 70-74

F-69 or Below

 

Progress reports and report cards will be distributed approximately every four (4) weeks.  Please call or e-mail the guidance department if you have questions concerning the progress reports.

 

Honor Policy:

Cheating is a serious offense. Any student who is caught cheating, aids another in cheating, and/or is found to be in possession of tests, quizzes, or any material that aids them in cheating will have their parent contacted and be subject to zero or alternate assessment (at the discretion of the school). The incident will be reported in PowerSchool and will be subject to forfeiting any honors awarded them for academic performance. Using material from the Internet or other sources without citing is plagiarism.  Teachers will instruct students on how to appropriately use information from the Internet and will explain plagiarism.

 

All Cheatham High 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.

Locks and Lockers:

Each student will be assigned a locker.  Students may rent a CCHS combination lock for the year at a cost of $3. Students should only use the locker assigned to them and should keep it locked at all times. Students are fully responsible for the contents of their locker. If access to a student locker is required, a student’s lock may be cut or removed.

 

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: Parents must have form completed and signed by the doctor.

 

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.

 

 

Skyward:

Parents/students can access grades and monitor academic progress via the Skyward portal found on the Cheatham County School Board website at http://cheatham.k12tn.net/.  Access codes can be obtained through the Cheatham County High School guidance department or from the front office.

 

Student Driving/Parking on Campus:

Driving on campus is a privilege. Beginning in the student’s sophomore year, students will be given the privilege of driving on campus. Seniors will be given the first opportunity to buy a permit, followed by juniors and then sophomores. Permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Each student parking on campus must abide by Cheatham County High School driving policy, regulations, and guidelines.

 

Parking Permit Guidelines:

1.      An annual permit will cost $20. After Spring Break, the cost of a permit will be $15 for the remainder of the year.

2.      All student vehicles parked on campus must be registered with the SRO and/or office.

3.      Parking permits must be displayed at all times. Vehicles without a permit may be towed at the owner’s expense.

4.      Parking permits are valid only for those students and vehicles listed on the parking permit application. If you need an emergency pass, see the front desk secretary.

5.      Excessive Tardiness as defined by the administration will be grounds for permanent revocation of parking permit.

Driving Privileges:

1.      The students must come into the building immediately after parking.

2.      The student must not transport another student under the age of 18 without the knowledge and consent of that student’s parents. Students must always sign out at the front office.

3.      The student must abide by the parking regulations listed on the parking permit.

4.      The student must park only in the assigned parking spot.

5.      Because parking on campus is a privilege, students are expected to maintain minimum standards in grades, behavior, and attendance. If a student is not meeting these standards the administration reserves the right to revoke parking privileges without a refund of the fees.

6.      Vehicles parked on campus without a pass or permission may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Fines/Violations:

Any violation of state law is subject to citation or other consequences.

Repeated violations, moving violations, and/or failure to pay violation fees in a timely manner may result in suspension or revocation of a parking permit.

 

Examples of violations and resulting penalties (which are at the discretion of the principal or designee) include but are not limited to the following:

$5.00 fine:       Failure to display permit or having an invalid permit

$10.00 fine:       Parking in an unauthorized area or space

$20.00 fine:       Moving violations including, but not limited to

§  Squealing tires

§  Speeding or driving too fast for conditions as determined by staff

§  Passing on campus

§  Failure to yield

§  Failure to follow directions

§  Having passengers in a pick-up truck bed

§  Using vehicle to leave campus without permission or for transporting skippers

§  Violations on campus reported by bus drivers

$30.00 fine              Failure to purchase a permit.

 

Revocation      Excessive Tardiness as defined by administration

 

Please note:

* A student can lose his/her parking privilege as a result of truancy and/or disciplinary action. Driving on campus is a privilege not a right. If you lose your parking privilege and continue to drive on campus, your car will be towed at your expense.

*Vehicles parked on school property by student or visitors are subject to search. If you drive a vehicle on campus without permission, it may be towed at the owner’s expense.

 

 

Textbooks:

Textbooks provided by the Board of Education and/or school are on loan to you. Students are responsible for these items and will be held financially responsible for any lost or damaged textbooks.

Visitors:  Policy #1.501

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 pass, 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 special permission is authorized by the principal.  Additionally, students are not permitted to bring their children to school.

The cafeteria supervisor prohibits outside food to be brought in to the cafeteria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board Policies

Bullying: Policy # 6.304)

Social cruelty or bullying is not acceptable at Cheatham County High School 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.  Examples of bullying are, but not limited to, the following:

  • Threatening physical harm to students
  • Name calling
  • Destruction of personal property
  • Slander
  • Creating a hostile or uncomfortable learning environment for another student

 

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-all’s. Such devices

include, but are not limited to, wearable technology such as eye glasses, 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 such time as 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 CCCHS 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 lunch time 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
    • Texting students who are in classes
    • Walking and texting, using device while ignoring your surroundings, etc.
    • Talking aloud (e.g. phone calls, skype, etc.)
    • Taking pictures of and/or recording students or staff
    • Bullying, intimidating, and/or harassing students or staff
  • 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.

 

 

Students Discipline

v  Under No Circumstances are Students to be in the building without permission and supervision.

 

Alcohol and Drug Use/Testing: Policy 6.307

  • 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.

ZEROTOLERANCE 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 3917403 through 3917415, or legend drug as defined by TCA 5310101.

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)

Drug Testing     policy #6.307

Principals or their designee 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, out-patient, 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 is in compliance with state law and board policy.
  3. The principal will notify law enforcement officials only after consultation with the Director of Schools.

Behaviors That May Have Legal Consequences:

The following acts/violations will have serious consequences and could also 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.

Discipline:  (Policy #’s 6.316, 6.317)

Cheatham County High School has high expectations for student conduct any time the student is on campus or at a school activity. 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 are expected to abide by all school rules and board policies.

2.      Fighting will not be tolerated.  Fighting will result in a minimum of 3 days OSS and possible legal action.

3.      Students will use appropriate language. They will not use profanity; express derogatory and inflammatory statements to others; 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 is not permitted.

4.      Students will remain on campus and stay out of restricted areas.  Students may only be in areas where adults are present and they are under adult supervision.

5.      The only appropriate display of affection at school is holding hands and/or a brief hug.  Other behaviors may be deemed as PDA.

6.      Students should take care of their learning environment and should not litter.

7.      Students may not take food or drinks in to the computer lab, theater, or library.

8.      Students will dress according to the guidelines listed under “Student Dress.”

9.      Students will not abuse or destroy school property.

 

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 violation                                                   Inappropriate Language

Violation of Electronic Device Policy

 

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 & Major Offenses   

  Weapons, Drugs, Electronic Threats, and assault on an employee

           

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).

 

*If a student refuses ISS or leaves school at the time he/she is scheduled to serve ISS he/she must 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:

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.

 

 

Smoking and Possession or Use of Tobacco       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. This includes the possession or use of electronic smoking devices.  Possession or use of any form of tobacco is in violation of Board policy.

 

The following guidelines shall apply to all students:

 

1st offense:  Violators will receive points. Student will receive ISS for 1 day.  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.

 

Tardiness

Tardiness is dealt with in the following manner.  If a student is tardy to classes three times they will be assigned an after school detention.  If this is not served ISS will be assigned.

 

If a student is tardy three times in a single day they will be assigned one day of ISS.

Tough Tuesday

·         3 Tardies = 1 Tough Tuesday

·         Student have two consecutive Tuesday in order to serve a Tough Tuesday.

·         Notifications are regularly delivered to the first period teacher, usually on a Monday.

·         Student who fail to attend Tough Tuesday will receive one day of ISS and 10 discipline points.

·         Students who are tardy to class 3 or more times in one day automatically will receive one day of ISS and 10 points on their discipline record.

*As a student accumulates points for tardiness he/she will be subject to disciplinary measures.

 

 

Searches:

Students, lockers, vehicles and all belongings may be searched when the principal or 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.

 

Zero Tolerance Policy: Policy #6.309

In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment free of drugs, drug paraphernalia, violence and dangerous weapons; any student who engages in the following behaviors will be subject to a suspension for a period of not less than one calendar year.  The Director of Schools shall have the authority to modify the suspension requirement on a case-by-case basis. 

 

Zero Tolerance acts as defined by Law or Board of Education Policy:

  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm as defined by 18 USC921;
  • Possession/use/transfer of dangerous weapons;
  • Possession/use/transfer of illegal substances, including marijuana, stimulant drugs, or drug paraphernalia;
  • Assault, threatening to assault, or committing battery upon any teacher, employee, student, or other person;
  • Bomb threat made to school.

 

Student Dress:  Policy #6.310

Based on the need to address a standard and focus on academic learning, students’ safety, and the workplace, CCCHS will enforce the following dress code.

 

*It is understood the final decision will be at the discretion of the  

   Administration.

* Students will be asked to fix the dress code infraction. Refusal to do so or subsequent infractions will result in disciplinary action. Students who cannot fix the dress code issue will be assigned to ISS for the day.

 

1.      Hats or other head-gear may only be worn in the classroom at the teacher’s discretion. 

2.      The hem of shorts, skirts, dresses etc. must reach at least 3 inches above the crease of the knee, (the width of a standard index card when placed against the leg). This is the length from the front, side, and back.

3.      Leggings, yoga pants, and tight fitting spandex pants are not permitted unless the dress, skirt, or shirt worn over them clearly covers the posterior, additionally should not be transparent or semi-transparent.

4.      Holes or visible worn spots on pants in violation of the length requirement for shorts, skirts, and dresses (see number 2 indicated above) 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.)

5.      Sleeveless shirts may be worn as long as it covers the entire shoulder, covers the undergarments, and the opening does not expose the area between the armpits and hips.

6.      Clothing should have no inappropriate messages or graphics. (Included but not limited to: Hooters, Playboy, Confederate Flag, images or references to drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, etc.)

7.      Undergarments are required and should not be visible. Cleavage and/or skin at the waist (should not be visible at any time.

8.      Pants must fit around the waist and shall not be excessively baggy or allow undergarments to be exposed. (Tennessee State Law.)

9.      Pajama bottoms and house slippers, and blankets are not permitted.

10.  Facial piercings will be permitted as long as they do not create a safety issue or cause distraction. Large piercings, large studs, and sharp objects will not be permitted as they may cause a safety issue.

11.  Long/oversized coats or blankets should not be worn during the school day. These items should be placed in the locker.

12.  Costumes or face paintings will not be permitted unless part of a school sponsored activity and then must conform to the dress code.

13.  Students are not allowed to wear gang, or racially/ethnically inflammatory style, or sexually oriented clothing, colors, symbols, jewelry, etc. Chains attached to clothing are not permitted.

 

 

School Counseling Center:

It is important that you keep informed of what you must do to earn a diploma from CCCHS. 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 CCCHS, and counsel with you about any other problems you may have.

 

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.

 

Please see your counselor for information about courses, qualifying for Valedictorian/Salutatorian and/or Top of the Class ranking.

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 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.

 

 

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.

 

To be a                     you must have at least       and have passed

Sophomore                  5 credits                           English 1

Junior                         13 credits                                English 1 and 2

Senior                         18 credits                               English 1, 2, and 3

Student Schedules

Since Administrators and Counselors provided you information and counseling last spring, we feel that you have made good, informed choices. As a result, few, if any, schedule changes will be necessary. Unfortunately, some of you, freshman and sophomores especially, may not have been assigned a class you wanted. This was likely because the class was filled quickly by upperclassmen, or in some cases, a class did not make because not enough students signed up or a teacher was not available. Changes in schedules will not be made for frivolous reasons such as wanting to be a class with your friends or changing to an “easier” teacher.

 

If a serious error, such as being assigned Algebra II when you have not had Algebra I occur, complete a “Change of Class Form” in the counseling center.  You must go to the classes on your schedule until you are called to the counseling center for the correction. Failure to report to assigned classes will cause you to be marked absent. (Only if you were not given a class for a particular period, should you report to the counseling center without waiting.)

 

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 take 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.  It is recommended that underclassmen take the ACT as well to prepare for and be aware of the areas they most need to strengthen academically.

 

 

Testing Dates 2017-2018 school year

To Be Determined:  Will be posted on school website when known.

 

STUDENT CONCERNS AND COMPLAINTS: policy #6.305

Decisions made by school personnel — such as aides, teachers, or assistant principals — which students 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, students will contact the principal's office in their school and provide their name, the issue and the reason for their appeal on a

Printed form available at the school office within two days. The appeal will

usually be decided confidentially and promptly, preferably within five (5) school days.

 

However, if the principal does not make a decision within five (5) school days following the date of

complaint, students or parents may appeal at that time by contacting the director of schools/designee at the central office. The information provided should include the student's name, the school and a description of the problem.

 

An investigation and decision will be made within five (5) school days and communicated to the school principal and student. A written copy of the decision also will be sent to the student and the principal.

 

 

Notifications:

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.  

 

 

Annual Notice to Parents-Section 504:

In compliance with state and federal law, the Cheatham County School System will provide to each protected student with a disability without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services or accommodations which are needed to provide equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program and extracurricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate to the student’s abilities. In order to qualify as a protected student with a disability, the child must be of school age with a physical or mental disability which substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program.

 

These services and protections for “protected students who are disabled” are distinct from those applicable to all eligible or exceptional students enrolled (or seeking enrollment) in special education programs.

 

For further information on the evaluation procedures and provision of services to protected handicapped students, contact your building level 504 coordinator.

 

Child Find Notification:

The Cheatham County School System provides special education and related services and special accommodations to children who are disabled. Under state and federal laws, public schools are required to provide a free and appropriate public education to all children who are disabled between the ages of three and twenty-two, and may not, on the basis of disability, discriminate against these children.

The Tennessee State Department of Education recognizes “Intellectually Gifted” as a category under special education. A child whose intellectual capabilities and potential for achievement are so outstanding that the child’s educational performance is adversely affected may qualify for services. Eligibility for services is based upon evaluation in each of the following component areas: educational performance, creativity/characteristics of intellectual giftedness, and cognition/intelligence.

Anyone, including the parent(s), guardian, or community professional may refer a child for possible evaluation in any of the disability categories. Contact the C.A.R.E.S Team Coordinator in the building the child attends for more information.

 

Civil Rights Policies:

No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

 

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION 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.

 

 

 

PARENTAL RIGHTS – SPECIAL EDUCATION (Policy #4.202)

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 Supervisor of Special Education at 615-746-1420 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.

 

https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/education/attachments/331816_notice_proc_safeguards.pdf

 

Title VI/Civil Rights Policies for Cheatham County Schools:

The Cheatham County Board of Education has adopted policies which insure that the Board and/or schools they govern shall not discriminate in either its educational programs or employment policies.

 

 

 

STUDENT DISCRIMINATION/HARRASMENT /BULLYING/INTIMIDATION 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.

 

“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.

 

 

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.

 

 

PARENTAL/FAMILY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMS      Policy #   4.502

The Board recognizes the need to provide equal educational opportunities for all students in the district. Therefore, if the inability to speak and understand the English language excludes a student from effectively participation in the educational programs offered by the district, the system shall take appropriate action to rectify the English language deficiency in order to provide the student equal access to its programs. Students who are language minority (LM) or who have limited English proficiency (LEP) will be identified, assessed and provided appropriate services. No student will be admitted to or excluded from the program based solely on such status.

 

The school district shall be governed by the statutory definition of parent involvement as cited in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and shall carry out programs, activities and procedures in accordance with this definition.

 

HOMELESS STUDENTS       Policy #   6.503

In order to ensure that homeless students have equal access to the same free appropriate public education as provided to other students, the following shall apply: Homeless students are individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.

The choice regarding placement shall be made regardless of whether the student lives with the homeless parents or has been temporarily placed elsewhere. The school selected shall enroll the homeless student, even if the student is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment, such as previous academic records, immunization records, proof of residency or other documentation. However, the district may require a parent or guardian of the student to submit contact information. Questions should be directed to Judy Bell.

Migrant Students: Policy 6.504

The board directs the administration to identify migratory students in the district, as required by law, and to develop written administrative procedures for ensuring that migrant students receive services for which they are eligible.

 

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.

 

ANNUAL INFORMATION OF STUDENT RECORDS   Policy# 6.601

The Cheatham County School District provides annual notice of the right of students and guardians to:

1.        Inspect and review the student’s education records

2.        Seek correction of any items in the record which are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student’s rights

3.        File a complaint with the appropriate state or federal officials when the school system violates laws and regulations relative to student records

4.        Obtain a copy of this policy and a copy of the student’s educational records

Exercise control over other people’s access to the records expect when prior written consent is given from the guardian, when circumstances are provided by law, or when directory information is requested, or as needed for legitimate educational purposes by the principal/designee.

 

 

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

 

Specific Policies Accessible through board policy online.

                English Language Learners – policy 4.207

                Family Involvement – Policy 4.502

                Media Access to Students – policy 6.604

                School volunteer procedures – policy 4.501

                Bus Policies – 6.308

                Student Rights – 6.301

               

 

 

For all other policies and policy clarification please go to, http://www.cheathamcountyschools.net .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a student of Cheatham County Central High School, I acknowledge the following:

 

·         I have read and understand the student handbook for the 2017-2018 school year.

·         I have been given a copy.

I know I will be held to the expectations outlined in the book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT

2017-18

 

 

Cheatham County Central High School and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (participating children), agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.

This school-parent compact is in effect during the 2017-2018 school year.

School Responsibilities

 

The Cheatham County Central High School will:

 

1.                  Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards as follows:

a.       By teaching each subject according to the state standards.

b.      By utilizing the best resources we can access for your student.

c.       By preparing them for the mandated testing opportunities throughout the year.

 

2.                  Hold parent-teacher conferences during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement.

a.       August10th,  Beginning of the year open house

b.      October 19th, 5-7pm parent teacher conference

 

 

3.                  Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress.  Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:

a.       Through the academic access of Skyward which allows access to student progress at any time.

b.      Through progress reports and report cards, which are sent home every 4 ½ weeks.

c.       Through our school website

d.      Through phone reach and emails sent to parent provided contact information.

e.       Through classroom contacts.

 

 

4.                  Provide parents reasonable access to staff.  Specifically, staff will be available for consultation with parents as follows:

a.       Parents may email staff and expect a response within 24-48 hours.

b.      By phone leaving a voice mail for staff to return a call

c.       By appointment during the staff members planning time, in the mornings by appointment from 7:15am – 7:35am, or in the afternoon from 2:50p – 3:30pm.  (Other times may be available as needed)

5.                  Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class and to observe classroom activities, as follows:

 

Parents are always welcome at CCCHS.  Parent volunteers should follow board procedures and policies regarding school volunteerism.  However, we are always looking forward to your contribution to our community’s efforts to educate our children. 

 

Parent Responsibilities

We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:

  • Monitoring attendance.
  • Ensuring that homework is completed.
  • Monitoring amount of television children watch.
  • Volunteering in child’s classroom.
  • Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my child’s education.
  • Promoting positive use of my child’s extracurricular time.
  • Staying informed about my child’s education and communicating with the school by promptly reading all notices from the school or the school district either received by my child or by mail and responding, as appropriate.
  • Serving, to the extent possible, on policy advisory groups, such as being the Title I, Part A parent representative on the school’s School Improvement Team, the Title I Policy Advisory Committee, the District-wide Policy Advisory Council, the State’s Committee of Practitioners, the School Support Team or other school advisory or policy groups.

 

Student Responsibilities

We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the state’s high standards.  Specifically, we will:

·         Do my homework every day and ask for help when I need it.

·         Read at least 30 minutes every day outside of school time.

·         Give my parents or the adult who is responsible for my welfare all notices and information received by me from my school every day.

·         Be pro-active in making good choices to ensure a secure future.

·         To be engaged in every class every day

·         To be prepared and do my best on all assessments.

·         Be ready every day in each class with the needed materials

·         Listen to directions and follow them

            Follow all school rules

            Be respectful

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