Student Operational Procedures
- Administering Medicines To Students
- AIDS, HIV, HBV* Health Education
- Alternative School
- Assessment Programs
- Assignment Of Students To Classes
- Bilingual Education
- Breakfast/Lunch Programs
- Class Interruptions
- Communicable Diseases/Students with HIV, HBV, AIDS*
- Contests For Students
- Counseling and Guidance Program
- Dismissal Of Classes
- Drug And Alcohol Prevention, Health Education
- Emergency Drills
- Feature Films/Videos
- Field Trips and Special Events
- Gifted Programs
- Health Services Programs
- Homebound Instruction
- Library/Media Support Services
- Make-Up Work
- Media Access To Students
- Moving Class/Holding Classes Outdoors
- Non-School Sponsored Study And Athletic Tours/Trips/Competitions
- Pregnant/Parenting Student Programs
- Program Exemptions
- Psychological Testing Services
- Retention Of Students
- Special Education Services
- Speech And Language Program
- Student Activity Funds
- Student Conduct
- Student Detention
- Student Discipline
- Student Dismissal Precautions
- Student Independent Student Program
- Student/Parent Handbook
- Student Performances
- Student Transportation In Private Vehicles
- Student Withdrawal From School
- Student/Work Student Program
- Teacher/Student Advisor Program
- Title I Programs
Administering Medicines To Students
Students who must take prescription an/or over-the-counter medication at school, on a temporary or regular basis, must provide a written request to administer medication, signed by the parent.
All medication will be kept in locked storage in the office unless a student must carry medication on his/her person during the school day.
Generally, medication for students in grades K-8 will be administered by designated staff. Each time medication is administered a record noting date, time, amount and name of the staff member administering the medication must be made. In the event a student must carry an inhaler on his/her person during the school day, a statement signed by the physician and the parent must be provided to the office authorizing such use.
Teachers are expected to assist students in remembering when a medication is scheduled to be administered. If the student refuses to take medication, teachers or person in charge of administering medication shall notify the parent whenever possible. Attempts to contact parents must be documented
as to date and time.
The building principal, in consultation with a health care professional, may allow students to selfmedicate. All such decisions are based on the appropriateness of the student to self-medicate and the general safety of other students. Students in grades 9-12 are generally permitted to self-administer medications in accordance with the following procedures:
- Any prescription and/or over-the-counter medications required for use longer than two weeks may be permitted only upon written request from the parent.
- Self-administration of any controlled substance as defined by law and as may be prescribed by a physician may be permitted only upon written request from the parent.
- All medication must be in its original container. Prescription labels are to specify the name of the medication, dosage and frequency. The instruction "p.r.n." (as needed) must include information as to the maximum dosage.
- The student should only have the amount of medication needed for that school day.
- All medication is to be kept with the student or stored in his/her locked locker.
- Sharing or borrowing of medication is strictly prohibited.
The right to self-administer medication may be revoked by the building principal if there are any abuses of these procedures.
AIDS, HIV, HBV* Health Education
Parent, teachers, administration, local health department staff and others have developed an AIDS, HIV and HBV curriculum cooperatively. All teachers are expected to teach the age-appropriate curriculum annually in grades K-12 in accordance with established curriculum.
The purpose of the curriculum is to present current, accurate information to help students learn infection control procedures for preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS-causing virus and to assist them in making decisions about protecting their health and the health of others. The value of abstinence must be stressed.
Teachers are expected to notify parents of minor students in advance that the material regarding AIDS/HIV/HBV will be taught. Any parent may request his/her student be excused from the class.
- AIDS - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
- HIV - Human Immunodeficiency Virus
- HBV - Hepatitis B Virus
Students are required to attend all school assemblies. Those who refuse to attend are to be referred to the office.
All staff are assigned to specific supervision duties during assemblies and are expected to be in their assigned areas.
A staff member may remove students from an assembly as deemed necessary. Generally, all students should be dealt with directly and/or referred to the office in accordance with established building discipline procedures.
TCS assessment program has been developed to meet state requirements and local TCS needs. Assessment results are used to identify individual student's learning strengths and weaknesses and as a basis for planning learning activities.
Results are used as a factor in determining the educational progress of students and the success of school programs for program improvement planning purposes.
Dates for TCS and state assessments will be announced by the building principal as appropriate.
Assignment Of Students To Classes
The assignment of students and classes to teachers is the responsibility of the building principal. Parents have the right to discuss student class assignments with the counselor and/or the building principal. Any request to change a student's assignment to a particular class by a student, parent or teacher should be referred to the principal in K-8, the counselor 9-12.
Students are to be added or dropped from teacher class rosters only when the student presents an add/drop slip from the appropriate office or when otherwise notified by the principal.
Any student with the proper add slip or who has otherwise been added to a particular class is to be admitted to class. Teachers with questions regarding a student's placement should contact the counseling office or principal.
Students whose primary languages are languages other than English are provided appropriate assistance through TCS English-as-a-Second Language Program (ESL) until they are able to use English in a manner that allows effective, relevant participation in regular classroom instruction.
Parents who are not able to use English in a manner that allows effective, relevant participation in educational planning for their student will be provided with relevant written, verbal or signed communication in a language they can understand.
Staff in need of assistance in translation, materials selection, special curriculum development, or other needs., should contact the office.
Communicable Diseases/Students with HIV, HBV, AIDS*
Protection from communicable disease is generally provided through immunization, exclusion or other measures provided for in the Minimum Rules and Regulations of the Tennessee State Board of Education and rules of the county health department. Services generally will not be provided students excluded unless otherwise required by law.
In those cases where a communicable disease is diagnosed and confirmed and the student would not be excluded from school, TCS will inform the appropriate staff member to protect against the risk of exposure.
Students infected with HIV shall not be denied enrollment in school. If a student's parents/guardians choose to disclose the child's HIV status, all matters pertaining to that student will be under the direct supervision of the superintendent.
No information concerning an HIV infected student shall be divulged, directly or indirectly, to any other individual or group without the written consent of the parent/guardian. Staff members will be informed of a student's HIV infection on a "Need to Know" basis, as decided by the evaluation team with the written consent of the parent/guardian.
Under no circumstances shall information identifying a student with AIDS be released to the public.
*HIV - Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HBV - Hepatitis B Virus, AIDS - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Contests For Students
TCS cooperates with individuals, community organizations and agencies desiring to sponsor contests for students, when such activities can be integrated into the school program without disruption or loss of instructional time for the student and without imposing an unreasonable workload on staff. All such contests must be approved by the building principal and be consistent with the purposes and educational aims of TCS.
Teachers sponsoring such activities are responsible for the preparation and circulation of all informational materials and for other administrative work required in the grading, judging or evaluation of the participant's work.
The school may not be used to promote private or commercial interests. Nor may the school be used for the direct sales promotion of individual competitive goods or services.
Materials or activities initiated by private sources are to be referred to the building principal for approval and will be judged on grounds of their direct contribution to educational values, factual accuracy and good taste.
Counseling and Guidance Program
TCS counseling and guidance program is designed to involve all staff and parents in the educational, personal/social and career development of students.
Counselors may provide such services as academic counseling for students and parents, including assistance and information in the area of scheduling, forecasting, assessments, alternative educational programs, progress towards meeting local and state graduation requirements, scholarship and college
entrance requirements and identification of TCS, community and state-wide resources for students with academic, personal/social or other needs.
Counselors are also available to assist students with academic, social and personal problems and define and arrive at positive solutions through a variety of conference settings.
Students generally schedule appointments to see a counselor through the counseling office. Prior notice to a teacher that a student will be missing class may not always be possible because of the emergency nature of many of the appointments.
Teachers may refer a student to a counselor by contacting the counselor. Teachers interested in arranging a conference with a counselor and a particular student and/or parent should contact the counseling office.
Counselors and teachers with counseling responsibilities are expected to respect fully the right of privacy of those with whom they enter counseling relationships. Confidential matters are not to be discussed over the telephone.
Confidentiality is not to be abridged except:
- Where there is clear and present danger to the student or others;
- To consult with other professional persons when this is in the student's interest; or
- When the student waives this privilege in writing
Dismissal Of Classes
Teachers should never dismiss a class before the established dismissal time. Detaining the entire class after dismissal time is also discouraged. Whenever individual students are detained after class, the teacher is expected to provide the student a note for the student's next class teacher. This will help reduce unnecessary hall traffic as students reporting to class late will need to account for their tardiness.
Drug And Alcohol Prevention, Health Education
TCS will not tolerate the possession, sale, use or influence of alcohol, tobacco and other illegal and harmful drugs (illicit drugs, non-therapeutic use of prescribed drugs, misuse of solvents and other dangerous substances) in the schools, on school property, on a school bus or while participating in any school-sponsored activity, whether on school property or at sites off school property.
Given the extensive use and the formal and informal promotion of alcohol, tobacco and drug use in society, the school has an obligation to provide drug education that emphasizes prevention, describes intervention and referral procedures and outlines consequences.
An age-appropriate alcohol/drug prevention curriculum is provided for all students in grades K-12 as a part of the health education curriculum. For students in grades 9-12 not enrolled in health education classes, a program of activities that meet the requirements of the alcohol/drug prevention rules have been developed. At least annually, senior high school students will receive age-appropriate instruction
The principal shall be responsible for ensuring that a sufficient number of drills is conducted in order to give instruction and practice in proper actions by staff and students. One fire drill requiring full evacuation shall be given every month during the school year, with an additional fire drill to be conducted within the first thirty (30) days of operations. Three (3) additional safety drills shall be given during the school year. These drills may include inclement weather, earthquake, intruder or other emergency drills that do not require full evacuation.
A map/diagram of the fire escape route to be followed should be posted near the classroom doorways and reviewed with students.
The warning signal for a fire alarm/drill will be posted in each building handbook. Upon the sounding of a fire alarm, teachers are required to:
- Immediately direct all students to orderly exit the building using the evacuation route posted. Students may not stop at lockers, drinking fountains, restrooms, etc. along the way;
- Close windows turn off lights and close door;
- Take roll book;
- Escort class to at least 50 feet from the building and take roll. Report any unaccounted student to the building principal,
- Upon "all clear' signal, escort students directly back to class. Check roll.
Upon the sounding of a tornado alarm, teachers are required to:
- Each teacher is to direct students to the designated safe area.
- The proper positions that students may take in shelter areas are listed and explained. One of the following positions should be used.
- Rest on knees, lean forward, cover face by crossing arms above face.
- Sit on the floor, cross legs, cover face with folded arms.
- If space does not permit use of the first or second suggested position, stand and cover face with crossed arms. Wraps or coats, when readily available, should be used as a covering in case of a tornado.
- Students and teachers shall remain in the assigned safety area until the all-clear signal or recall signal is given.
In the event of an earthquake, teachers are required to:
- Immediately direct all students to "duck, cover and hold". Students should drop to a crouched position with head bent to knees, hands clasped behind the neck, arms against ears, eyes closed and backs towards the windows. Safest areas, if indoors, would be under desks or tables as appropriate, along inside walls, in doorways or other protected areas and away from cabinets, bookshelves, light fixtures or other such suspended objects;
- Wait until shaking stops;
- Evacuate building following established evacuation procedures;
- Take roll and report any unaccounted students to the administration;
- Upon "all clear signal, escort students back to class;
- If outdoors during an earthquake, direct students to move away from buildings and other overhead objects such as power lines. Crouch low to the ground and protect head and neck.
A Google Apps for Education (GAFE) account including an email address is provided to every Tullahoma High School student upon enrollment in Tullahoma City Schools (TCS). When a student graduates or withdraws from TCS for any reason, please make note of the following information regarding your tcsedu.net email address and GAFE account.
Access to your tcsedu.net GAFE account, which includes your email address, google drive, calendar, and any other Google products you are using ends and your tcsedu.net GAFE account is permanently closed the last day of TCS enrollment. ex. For 2020 graduating seniors, the account will close end of day May 15, 2020.
Building principal approval is required prior to showing a feature film/video to students in TCS classrooms. Only age-appropriate films/videos rated [G, PG or PG-13] may be authorized for classroom use. All films/videos must be checked out or ordered through the school media center.
Requests are to be submitted to the building principal at least five days prior to the proposed showing. The following information should be included:
- Title and brief description;
- Purpose for the showing;
- Match with course objectives;
- Proposed date of showing;
- When and how parents will be notified, or if necessary grant consent;
- Audience rating.
The showing of all feature films/videos with a G rating requires prior parent notification from the staff member. Feature films/videos with a PG or PG-13 rating must have prior parental consent.
Parents should be provided the opportunity to preview a feature film/video, whenever possible.
Field Trips and Special Events
Field trips and other student activities involving travel may be authorized by the building principal when such trips or activities contribute to the achievement of desirable educational goals.
Requests should be submitted to the building principal well in advance of the proposed activity. All such requests will be considered based on such factors as availability of funds, the educational value derived, the safety and welfare of the students involved, impact on the regular school program and availability of appropriate supervision, either from within school staff or from volunteers.
Written parental permission must be obtained for each approved trip. Teachers are expected to submit the signed forms showing parental approval and acknowledgment of the student conduct guidelines to the office prior to departure for the scheduled activity.
Staff members should contact the office for appropriate substitute and vehicle arrangements and related field trip procedures and forms.
Overnight trips must have written approval from the Director of Schools.
The Board must approve any out-of-state travel.
The evaluation of student progress is a primary responsibility of all teachers. The highest possible level of student achievement is a common goal of both TCS and the home. As a close working relationship between TCS and the home is essential to the accomplishment of this goal, regular communications with parents is essential.
Teachers should use a variety of communication devices including telephone and personal conferences as well as written grade reports to keep parents well informed. At the beginning of the grading period, students and parents are to be informed regarding the basis of the grades and the methods to be used in determining grades.
Letter grades will be assigned according to the practices of each school.
Grading will be on a nine-week basis.
Student attendance may be considered in grading and awarding credit for work, however student attendance may not be used as a sole criteria for grade reduction or credit denial. Prior to a grade reduction or credit denial, teachers are required to provide notice to the student, parents or guardian that includes the following information:
- Identification of how the attendance and class participation is related to the instructional goals of the subject or course;
- Procedures in due process are available to the student when the grade is reduced or credit denied for attendance rather than academic reasons.
- Reasons for non-attendance are considered and the grade is not reduced or credit denied based upon absences due to:
- Religious reasons;
- A student's disability; or
- An excused absence, as determined by TCS policy.
Due process procedures will be provided to all students whose grade is reduced or credit denied for attendance rather than academic reasons. Such notice is to be included in each teacher's syllabus and distributed to students at the beginning of the grading period.
Special education students are to receive grades based on progress toward goals stated in the Individual Education Program (IEP).
Health Services Programs
TCS has an established health services program that provides:
- Pertinent health information on students, as required by Tennessee statutes and regulations;
- Health appraisal services, including screening for possible vision or hearing problems and also scoliosis;
- Health counseling for students and parents when appropriate;
- Health care and first-aid assistance that is appropriately supervised and isolates the sick or injured child from the student body;
- Control and prevention of communicable diseases as required by the State Health Division and the county health department;
- Assistance for students in taking medication according to established TCS procedures;
- Services for students who are medically fragile or have special health care needs;
- Integration of school health services with school health education programs.
The school nurse is available as a resource to teachers in securing appropriate information and materials on health-related topics.
All staff will be informed of their responsibilities in these areas.
Homebound instruction may be provided to any student whose health or impairment causes him/her to be absent from school for at least 10 days. A physician’s statement substantiating such absence is required in order for TCS to authorize homebound instruction.
The amount of instructional service provided will be three hours of instruction per week, unless differently mandated by a special education IEP.
Teachers are expected to cooperate with counselors, students and parents to provide such assignments/homework as may be necessary to help students maintain satisfactory progress during the student's temporary absence from school. The homebound teacher is responsible for the instruction provided and the grade for the student during the absence.
Teachers at all grade levels are encouraged to consistently assign homework, which is expected to increase in complexity with the maturity or grade level of the student.
Homework may refer to an assignment prepared during a period of supervised study in class or outside of class or which requires individual work in the home.
Homework is expected to be designed to improve learning, to aid in the mastery of skills and to stimulate interest on the part of the student.
The information for any homework assignment should be clear and specific so that the student can complete the assignment. Homework should not require the use of reference materials not readily available in most homes, school libraries or the public library. Homework should require the use of those materials only when the student has had instruction in such use.
Library/Media Support Services
Teachers should contact library/media staff for assistance in obtaining audiovisual materials and equipment, computer software, videotapes, laser disks, sound filmstrips and other instructional media materials maintained by TCS.
Additional supplemental materials may also be available through the local education service district and/or state library system.
A professional collection of books and current periodicals is also available for staff use in the library/media center. Materials may be checked out through library/media staff.
Teachers may schedule with staff to bring entire classes to the library/media center for project work, as appropriate. Individual students may be admitted for specific project work during class time with a note from the student's teacher.
- A student who has an excused absence from class shall be permitted to make up those assignments that he/she has missed. The student is expected to make arrangements with the teacher on his/her first day back in class for the work missed due to absence.
- Any student truant from school will be permitted to make up missed work at the discretion of the teacher.
- A student suspended from school will not be allowed to make up daily assignments, laboratory experiments, class discussions or presentations missed while under suspension/expulsion. If the suspension/expulsion occurs during the last ten (10) days of any term or semester, the student shall bepermitted to take such final examinations or submit such required work as necessary to complete the course of instruction for that semester, subject to conditions prescribed by the principal.
Media Access To Students
The media may interview and photograph students involved in instructional programs and school activities including athletic events. Such media access may not be unduly disruptive and must comply with Board policies and TCS goals.
Media representatives are required to report to the building principal for prior approval before accessing students involved in instructional programs and activities not attended by the general public.
Information obtained by media representatives directly from students does not require parental approval prior to publication by the media. Parents who do not want their student interviewed or photographed by the media may direct their student accordingly.
Staff may release student information to the media only in accordance with applicable provisions of the education records law and Board policies governing directory information and personally identifiable information.
Moving Class/Holding Classes Outdoors
From time to time, teachers may find it necessary to temporarily move a class from their scheduled room or teaching area. Teachers are responsible for ensuring that both the office and students are informed of the change.
As holding classes outdoors often presents a distraction to students in the class as well as to staff and students in other classrooms, teachers are expected to conduct their classes in their scheduled rooms unless otherwise assigned by the building principal. From time to time, certain class assignments may be more appropriately conducted outdoors. Prior building principal approval is required for all such activities.
Non-School Sponsored Study And Athletic Tours/Trips/Competitions
TCS does not sponsor, endorse or financially contribute to the variety of outside-sponsored study and athletic tours/trips/competitions available to students.
Students who raise funds for their personal participation in such activities may not raise monies for travel and other activity expenses as a representative of the school. Students may not use school supplies, materials or facilities in conjunction with such trips or their related fund raising.
Staff members are prohibited from using their contact with students to advertise or recruit for summer or other holiday travel activities not sponsored by TCS that involve their supervision of students. Staff may not advise parents regarding selection of such trips or tours for their students.
The counseling center may contain pamphlets that will assist parents who have questions about selection of such activities.
Pregnant/Parenting Student Programs
TCS advocates the right to continued public education for all pregnant and parenting students. A pregnant and parenting student should be encouraged to continue with their educational program and to participate in all school-sponsored activities unless physically unable.
Teachers are expected to work cooperatively with counselors, parents and students in the development of individualized educational programs or services, or both, to address the needs of pregnant and parenting students when their educational needs cannot be met by the regularly provided school program.
Students may be excused from a state-required program or learning activity for reasons of religion, disability or other reasons deemed appropriate by TCS, upon the written request of the parent.
An alternative program of credit may be provided. Teachers are expected to work cooperatively with students, parents, counselors and other TCS staff in the development of such alternative learning activities as needed.
No such absences shall be counted against a student in determining failure or reduction of grades. Any tests and assignments a student misses because of such absences are to be given to the student upon his/her return to school or at such other times as may be deemed appropriate by the teacher.
Psychological Testing Services
Psychological tests, excluding intelligence tests, may be administered to student only by licensed psychologists/psychometrists employed for this purpose or by interns under their supervision.
Psychological evaluations may be made only with the informed and written consent of parents.
All student records, including psychological records of students are confidential. Written parental consent is required prior to the release of any such data
No staff member may comply with any directive from parents or others, written or verbal, that lifesustaining emergency care be withheld from a student in need of such care while under the control and
supervision of TCS staff.
Life-sustaining emergency care means any procedure or intervention applied by appropriately trained TCS staff that may prevent a student from dying who, without such procedure or intervention, faces a risk of imminent death. Examples of life-sustaining emergency care may include: efforts to stop bleeding, unblocking airways, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In a life-threatening situation, staff members are expected to dial 911 for paramedic assistance and provide life-sustaining emergency care to any student requiring it in order to sustain life until relieved by paramedics or other appropriate medical personnel.
Retention Of Students
A student may be retained when such retention is in the best interest of the student. However, a student 14 shall not be retained more than once in any grade.
If a student is retained, the Director of Schools/designee shall develop an individualized academic remediation plan prior to the start of the next school year. A copy of the plan shall be provided to the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) within ten (10) calendar days of its development. This plan shall include at least one of the following strategies:
- Adjustment to the current instructional strategies or materials;
- Additional instructional time;
- Individual tutoring outside of school hours;
- Modification to the student’s classroom assignment to ensure the student receives instruction from a teacher with a level of overall effectiveness of above expectations (level 4) or significantly above expectations (level 5); or
- Attendance or truancy interventions.
The Director of Schools shall develop procedures to ensure appropriate recordkeeping of students who are retained.
For the purpose of determining the effectiveness of retention toward improving student achievement, the progress of retained students shall be closely monitored and reported to parent(s)/guardian(s) at least three (3) times during the school year in which the student is retained.
Special Education Services
Students ages 3 through 21 living in the district who have been evaluated and found eligible for services or programs for students with disabilities are served by TCS special education department.
The related services and educational programs provided are designed to meet the needs as specified by the student's Individualized Educational Program (IEP).
Students with disabilities are to be educated with students without disabilities to the maximum extent possible. Special placements or separate schooling are provided only when the nature of the disability is such that education in the regular classroom with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily or affects the health or safety of the student or others.
Placements are made by the child's IEP team, which consists of special education staff, the student's teacher, or if the student does not have a regular teacher, a teacher qualified to teach a student the same age, the student's parents, the student when appropriate and other individuals at the discretion of the parent or TCS.
Teachers with questions regarding the referral and placement process should contact a special education staff member.
All teachers are expected to work cooperatively with special education staff to modify curriculum, instructional strategies and grading as necessary to meet the needs of a student's IEP.
Speech And Language Program
Student Activity Funds
All monies raised or collected by and/or for school-approved student groups are to be receipted and deposited into a checking account administered by the business office. The building principal must approve all student activity fund expenditures.
All expenditures from a specific account of student activity funds related to other school-recognized student groups must be approved by the members of that organization and their staff adviser. Funds derived from authorized clubs and organizations shall be expended to benefit the specific club or organization and, to the extent possible, to benefit those students currently in school who have contributed to the accumulation of the funds.
All students are to comply with TCS policy, written building and classroom rules, pursue the prescribed course of study, submit to the lawful authority of teachers and school officials and conduct themselves in an orderly manner at school during the school day and during school-sponsored activities.
In addition to adopted Board policies governing student conduct, administrative procedures specifying student conduct expectations have been established. These rules apply to actions which occur on TCS property; at any TCS-sponsored activity regardless of location; or when traveling to or from school for
TCS-sponsored activities. Disregard of these rules constitutes grounds for suspension, expulsion or other reasonable disciplinary action.
All teachers are expected to review the student conduct rules contained in the Student/Parent Handbook with their students during the first week of the school year. A schedule developed by the building principal including particular areas to be emphasized will be provided to all staff.
Teachers may also develop student conduct rules unique to individual classrooms. All such rules must be consistent with TCS policy and local building administrative procedures governing student conduct and discipline. Classroom rules and consequences are to be reviewed with students, posted in classrooms and made available to parents.
Classroom rules and consequences are to be submitted to the building principal for review and approval.
Student discipline, whether in the classroom, building, TCS grounds or at TCS-sponsored activities regardless of location, is the responsibility of all staff. Student conduct infractions have been divided into levels of categories, severe violations and minor violations. These are listed in the Student/Parent Handbook. The following levels of misbehavior and disciplinary procedures and options are designed to protect all members of the educational community in the exercise of their rights and duties.
MISBEHAVIORS: Level I
Minor misbehavior on the part of the student which impedes orderly classroom procedures or interferes with the orderly operation of the school, but which can usually be handled by an individual staff member. Examples (not an exclusive listing):
- Classroom disturbances
- Classroom tardiness
- Cheating and lying
- Abusive language
- Non-defiant failure to do assignments or carry out directions
- Immediate intervention by the staff member.
- Determine what offense was committed and its severity.
- Identify offender and determine that he/she understands the nature of the offense.
- Employ appropriate disciplinary options.
- Record of the offense and disciplinary action maintained by staff member.
- Verbal reprimand
- Special Assignment
- Restricting activities
- Assigning work details
- Withdrawal of privileges
- Issuance of demerits that might affect citizenship or deportment grades
- Strict supervised study
- Conference with parent
- In-school suspension
MISBEHAVIORS: Level II
Misbehavior whose frequency or seriousness tends to disrupt the learning climate of the school. Included in this level are misbehaviors which do not represent a direct threat to the health and safety of others but whose educational consequences are serious enough to require corrective action on the part of administrative personnel.
Examples (not an exclusive listing):
- Continuation of unmodified Level I behaviors
- School or class tardiness
- School or class truancy
- Use of tobacco in unauthorized areas
- Using forged notes or excuses
- Disruptive classroom behavior
- Harassment (Sexual, Racial, Ethnic, Religious)
- Student is referred to principal for appropriate disciplinary action.
- Principal meets with student and teacher.
- Principal hears accusation made by teacher, permits student the opportunity of explaining his/her conduct, denying it or explaining any mitigating circumstances.
- Principal takes appropriate disciplinary action and notifies teacher of action.
- Record of offense and disciplinary action maintained by principal.
- Conference with parent
- Teacher/schedule change
- Modified probation
- Behavior modification
- Social probation
- Peer counseling
- Referral to outside agency
- In-school suspension
- Suspension from school-sponsored activities or from riding school bus
- Restricting school related honors student is otherwise due
- Out-of-school suspension (not to exceed ten (10) days) without a hearing.
MISBEHAVIORS: Level III
Acts directly against persons or property but whose consequences do not seriously endanger the health or safety of others in the school.
Examples (not an exclusive listing):
- Continuation of unmodified Level I and II behaviors
- Fighting (simple)
- Vandalism (minor)
- Threats to others
- Harassment (Sexual, Racial, Ethnic, Religious)
- Student is referred to principal for appropriate disciplinary action.
- Principal meets with student and teacher.
- Principal hears accusation by accusing party and permits offender the opportunity of explaining conduct.
- Principal takes appropriate disciplinary action.
- Principal may refer student for an administrative hearing.
- Any change in school assignment is appealable to the Board.
- Record of offense and disciplinary action maintained by principal and director of personnel.
- In-school suspension
- Restitution from loss, damage or stolen property
- Out-of-school suspension not to exceed ten (10) days without an administrative hearing
- Social adjustment classes
MISBEHAVIORS: Level IV
Acts which result in violence to another’s person or property or which pose a threat to the safety of others in the school. These acts are so serious that they usually require administrative actions that result in the immediate removal of the student from the school, the intervention of law enforcement authorities and action by administrative hearing or the Board.
Examples (not an exclusive listing):
- Unmodified Level I, II and III behaviors
- Death threat (hit list)
- Bomb threat
- Possession/use/transfer of dangerous weapons (firearms)*
- Battery *
- Theft/possession/sale of stolen property
- Possession of unauthorized substances *
- Use/transfer of unauthorized substances
- Harassment (Sexual, Racial, Ethnic, Religious)
- Principal confers with appropriate staff members and with the student.
- Principal hears accusation by accusing party and permits offender opportunity of explaining conduct.
- Parents are notified.
- Law enforcement officials are contacted.
- Incident is reported and recommendations made to the director of schools.
- Complete and accurate reports are submitted to the director of schools.
- Student is given administrative hearing.
- Alternative schools
- Other hearing authority or Board action that results in appropriate placement
- * Expulsion/Remand for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year subject to modification by the director of schools on a case-by-case basis.
Students with disabilities shall be expected to comply with all rules. Discipline of students with disabilities for misconduct shall be administered in accordance with IDEA.
Student Dismissal Precautions
Student Independent Student Program
The student/parent handbook is located under the Parents & Students Tab on your child's school website.
All staff are expected to familiarize themselves with the general information, administrative rules and procedures pertaining to students as set forth in the student/parent handbook and in Board policy.
Teachers are expected to review the handbook with students during the days/times designated by the building principal.
Teachers are encouraged to arrange for individual student and group public performances when such performances contribute to the educational process and are consistent with TCS and course goals.
All performances involving student must be approved by the building principal and may not interfere with other scheduled activities or classes within the school.
The extended use of one particular group of students is generally discouraged. Teachers are expected to enforce all student conduct and discipline rules when engaged in such activities.
Student Transportation In Private Vehicles
Tullahoma City Schools does not provide transportation of students to and from school. The only exceptions are for special education students when required by the IEP. Transportation for curricular and extracurricular activities sponsored by TCS shall be provided by TCS transportation system in accordance with TCS policy.
Parents, employees and other designated adults may be permitted to use private vehicles to transport students other than their own on field trips or other school activities only with prior building principal approval. TCS assumes no liability for any driver of a private vehicle.
No student is to be permitted to perform TCS business with his/her own vehicle, a staff member's vehicle or a TCS-owned vehicle.
Student Withdrawal From School
Upon notification by the office of a student's withdrawal from school, teachers are expected to complete the student withdrawal form, including grade earned to date.
Teachers are expected to make a complete accounting of any unreturned or damaged books, locks, materials, supplies, equipment or other TCS property including replacement costs, if known, and submit the list to the office.
In accordance with law and TCS policy, certain education records may be withheld if fees and fines are not paid.
Student/Work Student Program
Teacher/Student Advisor Program
Title I Programs
In order to help meet the needs of disadvantaged students, TCS participates in Title I, federally funded programs that provide basic instructional services for educationally disadvantaged students in grades K-5 and who live in targeted low-income areas.
Students identified in need of Title I services are provided instruction on a daily schedule as appropriate.
Title I staff will meet with individual teachers regarding scheduled instruction. Students eligible for special education services are not eligible for the Title I program.
Teachers with questions or concerns regarding student placement or scheduling in this program should contact the building Title I staff.
All visitors must report to the office and sign in. ID badges will be issued to all visitors.
Students are not permitted to bring visitors to school without prior approval of the building principal.
Staff members are expected to report any unauthorized person on school property to the building principal.