TATE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT PARENT-STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015-2016

TATE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT  PARENT-STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015-2016
TATE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
PARENT-STUDENT HANDBOOK
2015-2016
DISTRICT VISION
Tate County School District will strive to become a top rated, student-centered district, through
excellence in instruction and leadership.
DISTRICT MISSION
Tate County School District exists to educate all students within a safe learning environment, to
be college and career ready, and to develop a lifelong love for learning.
TATE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Superintendent
107 Court St. Senatobia, MS 38668
662-562-5861
www.tatecountyschools.org
TATE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
PARENT-STUDENT-TEACHER-PRINCIPAL COMPACT
School Name:________________________________________________
Date:______________________
We believe all children can learn. We will educate all students so they can become competent contributing members of society.
As a teacher, I, ________________________________________________________will---1.
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Believe that each student can learn.
Show respect for each child and his/her family.
Come to class prepared to teach and be on time.
Provide an environment conducive to learning.
Help each child grow to his/her fullest potential.
Provide meaningful and appropriate homework activities.
Enforce school and classroom rules fairly and consistently.
Maintain open lines of communication with students and his/her parents.
Seek ways to involve parents.
Demonstrate professional behavior and a positive attitude.
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Always try to do my best in work and in my behavior.
Work cooperatively with my classmates.
Show respect for myself, my school, and other people.
Obey the school and the bus rules.
Take pride in my school.
Come to school prepared with my homework and my supplies.
Believe that I can learn and will learn.
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See that my child attends school regularly and on time.
Provide a home environment that encourages my child to learn.
Insist that all homework assignments be completed.
Communicate regularly with my child’s teachers.
Talk with my child about his/her school activities every day.
Encourage my child to read at home and to monitor his/her TV viewing.
Volunteer time at my child’s school.
Show respect and support for my child, the teacher and the school.
As a principal, I, ________________________________________________________will support this form of parent involvement.
Therefore I shall strive to do the following:
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Provide an environment that allows for positive communication between the teacher, parent and student.
Encourage teachers to regularly provide homework assignments that will reinforce classroom instruction.
Provide appropriate leadership and set the appropriate example for students and staff.
The school will provide each child with a compact which
must be signed and returned to the school.
Non-Discrimination
Policy
The Tate County School District adheres to a policy of nondiscrimination in educational programs/activities and employment,
and strives affirmatively to provide equal opportunity for students
and staff. Specifically, the district provides employment and
educational opportunity without discrimination and without regard
to gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability,
or any other legally protected status.
The following person has been designated as the discrimination
compliance officer and will handle inquiries regarding the district’s
nondiscrimination policies, the filing of grievances, and requests
for copies of grievance procedures covering discrimination in all
areas other than on the basis of disabilities.
Discrimination Compliance Officer:
Amy Williams, Federal Programs Director
Telephone: 662-562-5861
Fax: 662-562-8516
The following person has been designated as the Section
504/Americans with Disabilities Act compliance officer and will
handle inquiries regarding the district’s nondiscrimination policies,
the filing of grievances, and request for copies of grievance
procedures covering discrimination on the basis of disabilities.
Section 504 Coordinator:
Kristie Foster, Director of Special Services (See page 1)
Telephone: 662-562-5861
Fax: 662-562-8516
PREFACE
This student handbook has been prepared for the faculty, students, parents/guardians, and other constituents of the Tate County
School District to set forth the procedures, policies, services, and practices governing the operation of the district and each of its six
schools. The Handbook is subject to change as Tate County School District policies and procedures change.
The development and use of a unified handbook helps to assure consistency and uniformity in communication important rules, and
expectations throughout the district’s schools. Such consistency is important in guarding the high standards for a nurturing school
environment and academic excellence that Tate County parents have for their children.
The Tate County School District Board of Education, administration, faculty, and staff work closely together to establish sound and
reasonable goals for Tate County School, to anticipate district needs, to comply with policies governing Mississippi’s public schools,
to deliver a quality instructional program, and to provide a safe, orderly, environment conducive to learning. Every effort is made to
assure that each student’s school experience is successful and satisfying. This manual is just one measure of support for the
mission of the district.
The policies contained in this handbook apply to any student who is on school property, on the school bus, or at a school-sponsored
activity or event. It is the responsibility of parents/guardians and students to familiarized themselves with the handbook. In addition,
it is recommended that parents/guardians discuss the contents with their children and sign the parental notices, acknowledgments,
and consent agreements contained herein.
Note: Parent as used in this handbook is defined as the biological parent, stepparent, court appointed legal guardian or foster
parent, and any individual who is acting in loco parentis on behalf of a court of jurisdiction.
DISTRICT MISSION
The Tate County School District exists to educate all students within a safe learning environment, to be college and career ready to
develop a lifelong love for learning.
BELIEFS
We will respect the worth, value, and potential of all individuals.
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We believe that all students can learn.
We believe that the person most responsible for learning is the student; therefore, we will help students develop the
attributes of an effective learner.
We believe in partnerships between schools and community.
We believe safe, healthy schools with a positive climate conducive to learning.
We believe in effectively communicating with parents and students to improve student and achievement.
*New state law requires students to be in attendance 63% of the day in order to be counted present.
This percentage excludes break, class changes, lunch, or recess.
NOTICE OF DRUG FREE SCHOOLS
The Tate County School Board resolves to have the most Drug Free School environment possible. The District and School Board,
through its Administration, will vigorously seek out those who use, sell, or come to school under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Students who violate the School District Policies in regard to use, possession, or sale of drugs will be subject to the strongest
discipline to include alternative school placement and expulsion. The District will conduct drug searches at all of its schools on a
regular basis.
Title I No Child Left Behind Parents Right to Know Notice
A federal law known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) enacted in January 2002 requires every school receiving Title I
fund to notify parents of their rights to request and receive the following information from the school:
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Whether a teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in
which the teacher provides instruction.
Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state
qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the
teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
These qualifications apply to all instructional staff and not just those paid with Title I funds.
NCLB also requires that our schools notify parents:
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Of their child’s level of achievement in each of the state academic assessments (state tests).
If their child has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified
under NCLB criteria.
The Tate County School District is committed to satisfying all requirements of NCLB and involving parents in planning
and implementing our educational programs and services. Further, the district is committed to bringing qualified, fully
licensed teachers into its classrooms and to making sure that all children succeed in school and in life. Parents are
informed of decisions, conditions, procedures, and other factors affecting their children through school and district
publications and reports; personal conferences; individual student grade and progress reports; personal notes and
notices; planning committees; the news media, etc.
Maintaining high quality schools is a job for the entire community. We especially need the help of parents in order to
meet the accountability goals and expectations set for us at the state and federal levels. It is equally important for us
to work together as a learning community to set high standards for ourselves and our children. If you would like to get
involved in your child’s school or if you have questions about our NCLB status, please contact your child’s principal.
Table of Contents
SECTION 1
DISTRICT DIRECTORY ............................................................................................................................................................................................................
ADMINISTRATION ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................
BOARD OF EDUCATION..........................................................................................................................................................................................................
SCHOOLS .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
2015-2016 SCHOOL CALENDAR ............................................................................................................................................................................................
SECTION II
ACADEMICS .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................
CURRICULUM...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
INSTRUCTION ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
GRADING & GRADE REPORTING ..........................................................................................................................................................................................
PROMOTION & RETENTION ...................................................................................................................................................................................................
GRADE CLASSIFICATION .......................................................................................................................................................................................................
ACADEMIC HONORS ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................
SECTION III
ADMISSIONS ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................
ELIGIBILITY...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................
ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS ............................................................................................................................................................................................
STUDENT TRANSFER .............................................................................................................................................................................................................
REGISTRATION ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
DRIVER’S LICENSE SCHOOL ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENT ...........................................................................................................................................
SECTION IV
ATTENDANCE ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE ...............................................................................................................................................................................................
ABSENCES & EXCUSES GRADES K-12 ................................................................................................................................................................................
SECTION V
STUDENT CONDUCT & DISCIPLINE .....................................................................................................................................................................................
MISSISSIPPI SAFETY ACT OF 2001 .......................................................................................................................................................................................
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT .............................................................................................................................................................................................
PUNISHABLE OFFENSES .......................................................................................................................................................................................................
ASSERTIVE DISCIPLINE LADDER .........................................................................................................................................................................................
SEARCHES AND INTERROGATIONS ....................................................................................................................................................................................
DUE PROCESS ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Discipline Hearings & Appeals………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Weapons……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….....
Controlled Substance……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
DRESS AND GROOMNG .........................................................................................................................................................................................................
MANDATORY DRESS CODE POLICY ....................................................................................................................................................................................
GENERAL COURTESIES & SCHOOL DECORUM .................................................................................................................................................................
SECTION VI
SCHOOL RECORDS ................................................................................................................................................................................................................
STUDENT RECORDS & RELEASE .........................................................................................................................................................................................
STUDENT INTERVIEW.............................................................................................................................................................................................................
FIELD TRIPS .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................
DISTRIBUTION OF MATERIALS..............................................................................................................................................................................................
RECORDED MEETINGS ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................
SECTION VII
SAFETY & SECURITY..............................................................................................................................................................................................................
SAFE, NURTURING SCHOOLS ...............................................................................................................................................................................................
CRISIS CONTINGENCY ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................
DISASTER RESPONSE/DRILL PROCEDURES .....................................................................................................................................................................
SCHOOL SURVEILLANCE & SECURITY ................................................................................................................................................................................
SECTION VIII
SCHOOL DAY ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE ............................................................................................................................................................................................................
CLASS SCHEDULING ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................
VISITORS ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ..................................................................................................................................................................................................
INTERRUPTIONS .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................
SECTION IX
STUDENT ACTIVITIES .............................................................................................................................................................................................................
ELIGIBILITY...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................
ACTIVITIES CALENDER ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................
ACTIVITY FUNDS .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................
STUDENT DRUG TESTING: EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ..........................................................................................................................................
STUDENT DRUG TESTING: CAMPUS PARKING, DRIVERS EDUCATION, PARENTAL REQUEST ..................................................................................
ATHLETICS & CHEERLEADING ..............................................................................................................................................................................................
PERFORMING ARTS................................................................................................................................................................................................................
ELECTIONS ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................
CONTESTS ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................
PARTIES & PROMS ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................
STUDENT PUBLICATIONS ......................................................................................................................................................................................................
AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ..................................................................................................................................................................................................
SECTION X
SCHOOL SERVICES ................................................................................................................................................................................................................
FACILITIES & GROUNDS ........................................................................................................................................................................................................
HEALTH .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
FOOD SERVICES .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................
LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTERS ....................................................................................................................................................................................................
GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT ....................................................................................................................................................................................................
SPECIAL EDUCATION .............................................................................................................................................................................................................
TECHNOLOGY..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
TEXTBOOKS .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................
TRANSPORTATION .................................................................................................................................................................................................................
SECTION XI
HOME-COMMUNITY RELATIONS ..........................................................................................................................................................................................
COMMUNITY MEMBERS AS RESOURCES ...........................................................................................................................................................................
SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT .....................................................................................................................................................................................................
GRIEVANCES ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
PUBLIC INFORMATION/MEDIA RELATIONS .........................................................................................................................................................................
SECTION XII
APPENDIX
Discrimination Complaint and Grievance Procedures……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Sexual Harassment Reports…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………....
Graduation Requirements………………………….……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
CIVIL RESPONSIBILITIES & RIGHTS
NOTICES OF ASSURANCE AND COMPLIANCE
DRUG & ALCOHOL FREE SCHOOLS
It is the policy of the Tate County School District to maintain all sites as
drug and alcohol free schools and workplaces. This includes any school
building; any school premises; any school-owned vehicle or any schoolapproved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or school
activities; and off school property during school-sponsored or schoolapproved activity, event, or function, such as a field trip or athletic where
students are under the jurisdiction of the school district. Students who
violate this policy may be suspended or expelled. Non-school individuals
are subject to removal from district premises and arrest.
TOBACCO-FREE SCHOOLS
Consistent with the provisions of Public Law 103-227, 20USC 6083, the
Tate County School District Board of Education bans the use of all
tobacco products in all school buildings and school vehicles by all persons
at all times. This ban extends to employees, students, and patrons
attending school-sponsored events and meetings. Students who violate
this policy are subject to disciplinary measures as prescribed by the
student handbook. Non-school individuals are subject to removal from
district premises and/or arrest.
SAFE SCHOOLS
The Tate County School District believes that its schools and facilities
should be safe, orderly places of learning. The district maintains
procedures and safeguards for crisis management and response; building
and grounds security and maintenance; and codes of conduct for
students, staff, and patrons that promote the safety and well-being of all
concerned.
EFFECTIVE SCHOOLS
The Tate County School District believes that the schools of the district
should be operated in such a way that each child is given the opportunity
to reach his/her maximum potential. Concurrent with this responsibility is
the obligation of parents, guardians, families, and the general public to cooperate with, support, and contribute to the education process.
GUN-FREE SCHOOLS
The Tate County School District operates in compliance with the GunFree Schools Act, Title VIII of the Elementary and Secondary Education
Act of 1965. All policies and procedures adopted by the board that affect
the conduct and/or discipline of students are supplemented by the
requirements of this act. The act prohibits any student from bringing a
firearm on school property. The penalty for violating this law is expulsion
from school and all of its activities for the minimum period of one calendar
year, subject to due process required by law and district policy.
REPORTING GUNS/WEAPONS
The Tate County School District enforces all requirements of the
Prevention of School Violence Act, SB3349. Anyone who knows of or
suspects that a gun or dangerous weapon has been brought on campus
should report it immediately to the principal or another school official.
Sources of these reports will be kept confidential.
You do not have to give your name.
DISCRIMINATION
The Tate County School District does not discriminate on the basis of
race, religion, color, national origin, disability, marital status, or sex in
providing education or access to benefits of education services, activities,
or employment opportunities and benefits in accordance with Title VI, Title
VII, Title IX and other civil rights or discrimination issues, Section 504 or
the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and the Americans with
Disabilities Act. The following officials have been designated to coordinate
compliance with these legal requirements and may be contacted at the
Tate County School District office for additional information and/or
compliance issues;
Compliance Officers
Discrimination
Amy Williams, Federal Programs Director
Address: 107 Court St.
Senatobia, MS 38668
SECTION 504
Kristi Foster, Director of Special Services (See page 1)
Address: 107 Court St.
Senatobia, MS 38668
Phone: 662-562-5861
Fax: 662-562-8516
SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Students in the Tate County School District are protected from sexual
discrimination, including sexual harassment, by Title IX of the Education
Amendment of 1972 to the Civil Rights Act. It is the intent of the district to
maintain an environment free from sexual harassment of any kind.
Therefore, unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors and
other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature amounting to or
constituting harassment are prohibited.
Reports & Complaints
See Appendix.
ASBESTOS SURVEILLANCE
The Tate County School District maintains an asbestos management plan,
including documentation of any changes of asbestos containing materials
in school facilities. All asbestos containing materials (ACM) are inspected
every six months by the engineering firm Pickering Environmental. Any
changes in the ACM are recorded in a surveillance report as part of the
plan. A three-year re-inspection has been performed as required. A copy
of the re-inspection is filed with the Mississippi State Department of
Education.
A copy of the surveillance and re-inspection reports, along with a copy of
the management plan, is located for review by any interested party in the
principal’s office at each school. In addition, copies of all plans for the
district are maintained in the superintendent’s office at107 Court St.
Senatobia, MS 38668.
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HOME & SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITIES
Students, parents/guardians, and schools have significant rights in
assuring academic success;
PARENTS/GUARDIANS
Parents/Guardians have the right to expect:
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Their child is safe.
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Fair evaluations and treatment of their child
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An atmosphere conducive to learning.
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That their child be taught and treated in a competent and
professional manner.
Parents/Guardians have the following responsibilities:
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Realize the extent of their responsibility for the behavior of
their child. Parents are responsible for the behavior of the
children while at school, and to and from school.
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Prepare their children to assume the responsibility for their
own behavior.
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Foster in their children positive attitudes toward themselves,
others, school, and community.
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Communicate with school personnel about their child.
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Comply with state law on compulsory attendance, property
damage, suspension and expulsion procedures.
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Know and see that their child follows school rules.
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Attend individual or group training sessions and conferences
when requested.
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Recognize that the teacher acts as parent while the child is at
school.
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Safeguard the physical and mental health of their child and be
responsible for necessary health examinations and
immunizations.
Work with and support school personnel who are trying to help
their child.
STUDENTS
Students have the following rights within the provisions of constitutional,
federal, state and common laws:
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An atmosphere conducive to learning.
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Assembly.
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Participation in school program and activities.
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Freedom from discrimination.
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Due process.
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Participation in decision-making.
Students have the following responsibilities:
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Attend school and be on time.
Take seriously their responsibility to learn.
Assume responsibility for their personal growth and selfdiscipline.
Take care of their personal property.
Respect the rights and privacy of others.
Work cooperatively with school personnel and other students.
Study the school’s handbook.
Know and follow school rules.
Accept responsibility for their actions.
Not to disrupt educational process.
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DISTRICT DIRECTORY
ADMINISTRATION
107 Court St., MS 38668 PH: 662-562-5861, Fax: 662-562-8516
Superintendent ....................................................................Dr. Daryl Scoggin……………………………………………………… . [email protected]
Deputy Superintendent ........................................................Alee’ Dixon ............................................................................................ [email protected]
Federal Programs Director……………………………………Amy Williams…………………………………………………………… [email protected]
Director of Special Services…………………………………..Kristie Foster……………………………………………………………… . [email protected]
Business Manager ...............................................................Cassandra Patton ........................[email protected]tcsd.k12.ms.us
Director of Food Service ......................................................Amanda Meredith ............................................................................ [email protected]
Director of Operations…. .....................................................Jerome Martin……………………………………………………………… jma[email protected]
Director of Technology ........................................................Marcus Hall………………………………………………………………….. [email protected]
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Heather Ashe ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. President
Brandy Crockett…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ........... Vice President
Carolyn Shead ...................................................................................................................................................................................................Board Member
Martha Jefferies .................................................................................................................................................................................................Board Member
Malinda White..…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… .Board Member
John Lamar ....................................................................................................................................................................................................... Board Attorney
SCHOOLS
East Tate Elementary (GRADES K-8)
6832 East Tate Road, Coldwater, MS 38618…………………………………..…………….….. Timeka Thomas, Principal
Phone: 662-562-4688…………………………………………………………………………..Fax: 662-562-0881
Independence High School (Grades 9-12)
3184 HWY 305, Coldwater, MS 38618…………………...………………………..……….... Melody Carter, Principal
Phone: 662-233-4691………………………………………………………………………….Fax: 662-233-2214
Coldwater Attendance Center (GRADES K-12)
671 West Street, Coldwater, MS 38618…………………………………………..…………….Cedrick Von Jackson, Principal
Phone: 662-622-5511………………………………………………….……………………..Fax: 662-622-7061
Strayhorn Elementary School (GRADES K-6)
3402 HWY 4 W, Sarah, MS 38665………………………………..……………………Jim Bolen, Principal
Phone: 662-562-8637…………………………..…………………………………………….Fax: 662-562-8631
Strayhorn High School (GRADES 7-12)
86 Mustang Dr., Sarah, MS 38665………..…………………………………………, Aundrea Taylor, Principal
Phone: 662-562-9246………………………………..………………….…………………….Fax: 662-562-9249
Senatobia-Tate Career Technical Center
165 W Central Ave, Coldwater, MS 38618…………………………………...……………..……Richard Hartley, Director
Phone: 662-622-5142………………………………………………………………………..Fax: 662-622-7005
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2015-2016 Calendar
July
August
September
October
November
December
January
February
March
April
May
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7-May 12
11-29
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25-May 17
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9-13
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23-24
25-27
New Teachers
Professional Development (No Students)
Teacher Assistant Work Days
Open House 6pm
1st Day for Students
MKAS2 Universal Screener for Kindergarten
Labor Day
Progress Reports
SATP2 Retest
9-weeks Test
Fall Break
Report Cards & Parent Visitation 5-7
MWAP and SATP1 Retest
Progress Reports
3rd Grade Reading Summative Retest
Thanksgiving Holiday
SATP2 Retest
Semester Exams
60% Day- Bad Weather Day
Christmas Holidays
Christmas Holidays
Staff Development (No Students) Bad Weather Days
School Resumes for Students
MLK Holiday
Report Cards & Parent Visitation 5-7
Progress Reports
President’s Day Bad Weather Day
MWAP and SATP1 Retest
Inclement Weather Make up or Day 37
ELPT (English Language Proficiency)
MAAP (MS Alternate Assessment Program
9 Weeks Test
Spring Holidays*
SATP2 Retest
Report Cards & Parent Visitation 5-7
Good Friday
3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment
Inclement Weather Make-up or Day 55
MKAS2 Kindergarten Post-Test
MS-CAPS2
ACT
Questar Assessment
Inclement Weather Make-up or Day 74
MST 5th and 8th Science
ACT Makeup
SATP2
Final Exams
60% Day
Graduation
Professional Development Days
Bad Weather Days
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ACADEMICS
The Tate County School District is committed to meeting the general academic needs of all students and providing opportunities for individuals to
develop specific talents and interests. Therefore, students are given a sound foundation in "the basics:" reading, writing, arithmetic, and language
arts as well as experiences that embrace broader areas of knowledge that refine thinking skills and expand students' horizons, i.e., fine arts, healthy
physical and emotional development, vocational and social studies, foreign languages, advanced mathematics, science, etc.
A district-wide focus on reading is based on the philosophy that there is no single way to teach reading and that Grades K-3 are critical to a child's
learning to read. This balanced approach includes strategies and training to address the progressive and complex nature of reading from phonemic
awareness to comprehension, the "essence of reading." The district maintains a strict policy in Grades K-6 requiring students to read on grade level
before being promoted.
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, a student scoring at the lowest achievement level in reading on the established
state assessment for 3rd grade will not be promoted to 4th grade unless the student meets the good cause exemptions
for promotion. (As noted by the Mississippi Department of Education’s website)
Continuous improvement in Tate County schools is driven by a professional development program devised annually with extensive teacher input
and a comprehensive needs assessment. Topics typically include school safety, classroom management, instruction, curriculum, discipline,
technology, parent involvement, education reform, accountability, accreditation, and student assessment. A second instructional support strategy is
the Teacher Support Team (TST). TST committees serve as a resource for classroom teachers who need help with a student's behavior or
achievement. The quest for a highly qualified teaching staff is enhanced by recruitment, teacher support and training, and participation in the
decision-making process.
Eligible high school students may choose to enroll in College Board
CURRICULUM
Advanced Placement (AP) courses through IVN. AP courses are intense
The course offerings in the Tate County School District comply with the
courses taught on the college level AP courses offered at the high school
approved list of courses developed by the Mississippi Department of
include English III, IV; Calculus; U. S. History; U.S. Government; and
Education, and each course includes the skills included in the Mississippi
Economics. Students may opt to take exit exams at their own expense to
Curriculum Frameworks. The various instructional programs are
earn college credit for these courses. Standards for earning postdeveloped to maintain balanced, integrated, and sequentially articulated
secondary credit are determined by the institutions of higher learning.
curricula that serves the educational needs of all students. The
Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards are used for each
Dual Enrollment
subject for which grades are given. Specific objectives are designated
The Tate County School District will follow MS Code 37-15-37 and State
with material/resources and processes suggested for teaching the
Board Policy.
objectives. Tests based on the specified objectives are developed; each
student is expected to demonstrate mastery of the objectives. An analysis
ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION
of mastery/non-mastery of objectives serves as one means of evaluating
the curriculum. At all levels, provisions are made for a wide range of
The Tate County School District alternative education program is provided
individual differences.
for students who have been referred through district procedures for
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROGRAM
services and meet Mississippi Department of Education eligibility criteria.
The program of instruction in the elementary schools includes the
following areas: (1) language arts, reading, writing, spelling, and oral
and written expression; (2) mathematics, (3) science, (4) social studies,
(5) health, safety, and physical education, (6) music, and (7) arts and
crafts. Each of these subject matter fields embraces, insofar as is
practical, instruction in study and work habits, library usage,
conservation, health and hygiene, citizenship, drug abuse, occupational
and economic awareness, and development of character. MS Code
§37-1-3(2) The kindergarten program complies with Mississippi
Department of Education regulations.
JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM
The junior high school program provides experience in (1) language
arts-literature, reading, writing, spelling, and oral and written
expression, (2) mathematics, (3) science, (4) social studies, (5) health,
safety, and physical education, (6) fine arts, and (7) tech prep.
SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS
The Tate County School District provides appropriate educational and
related services within the least restrictive environment for all students
identified as having a disability in accordance with policies and
procedures established by the Mississippi Department of Education. The
district has effective student support/teacher support teams to assure that
appropriate accommodations are made to mitigate the need for referral to
more restrictive school services. Accommodations/interventions for
meeting the special needs of students within the regular education setting
include but are not limited to the following:
1.
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM
The state Board of Education and the Mississippi Commission on School
Accreditation set minimum requirements for the curriculum that must be
met by all students as a prerequisite for graduation. In addition to
required courses, a wide selection of additional courses is available to
prepare students for a variety of postsecondary options.
The basic high school curriculum consists of required and approved
courses that generate up to seven Carnegie units annually from the
current edition of Approved Courses for the Secondary Schools of
Mississippi published by the Office of Instructional Development. MS
Code §37-1-3(2)
Career/Technical Education
Vocational and technical programs in the Tate County School District
enable students to acquire needed skills and abilities and achieve their
occupational goals. Upon successful completion of vocational-technical
program area courses, students will possess marketable job skills.
Advanced Placement
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Classroom modifications to enhance attending, work
production, and social adjustment, i.e., extended time,
adaptations to learning styles, physical placement in the
classroom, classroom arrangement, use of technology, etc.
Behavioral management systems to reduce problems in areas
most likely to be affected by attention deficits, i.e., unstructured
situations, transition from one class to another or one school to
another, etc.
Instruction in study skills and social skills within the regular
classroom setting whenever possible to increase
generalization to all areas of school life.
Consultations/conferences with parents to assist in behavior
management, homework assignments, etc., to facilitate homeschool cooperation and collaboration.
Opportunities for professional development to enhance
appropriate instructional and other accommodations within the
regular classroom. Collaboration with community agencies
providing related services to students.
Collaboration with community agencies providing related
services to students.
Referral for a comprehensive assessment for special education
services when adaptations and modifications fail to address
student deficits adequately and place the student at risk for
school failure.
SPECIAL EDUCATION
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Special education programs are provided in the Tate County School
District in accordance with provisions of Title 37, Chapter 23 of the
Mississippi Code, and with applicable federal legislation and regulations,
including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of
2004, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the State Plan for Special
Education. Services are provided to students who are identified with
disabilities in any of the following areas. See Section X -School
Services.
GIFTED EDUCATION
Gifted education is provided for students who meet eligibility criteria in
Grades 2-6. The purpose of the program is to provide an enriched
curriculum for eligible students. Students who participate are not expected to do all work that is assigned in their regular classes in addition
to the activities and studies related to the gifted program. These
activities and studies may involve exploring topics discussed in the
regular classroom in greater depth or topics that may be developed in
upper grades. To qualify for the program, the student must meet criteria
set by Mississippi's State Department of Education in three areas:
teacher questionnaire, achievement test scores, and mental abilities test
scores. Participation is voluntary. Participating students are
recommended annually.
ELL
All students in the Tate County School District receive a home language
survey upon initial registration. Follow-up testing is provided for students
who indicate that a second language is spoken in the home to determine
the need for additional language support. District ELL services are
implemented according to the guidelines of the Mississippi Department
of Education for immersion language development.
TITLE I
The Tate County School District implements programs, including
remediation for disadvantaged students, in compliance with state and
federal guidelines set forth in the Improving America's Schools Act:
Titles I, II, IV, and VI, and successive reauthorization legislation. See
Section X-School Services.
RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION RTI/TEACHER SUPPORT
TEAM TST
See Section X-School Services
HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION
See Section IV-Attendance and Section X-School Services.
HEALTH/SEX/FAMILY EDUCATION
Abstinence education, as defined in House Bill 1304 (1998), is the state
standard for any sex related education taught in the Tate County School
District. Therefore, any course containing sex education must include
instruction in abstinence education. Each school providing instruction or
any other presentation on human sexuality in the classroom, assembly,
or other official setting is required to provide no less than one week's
written notice to the parents of children involved. The written notice
informs the parents of their right to request the exclusion of their child
from the instruction or presentation. The notice also informs the parents
of the right, and the appropriate process, to review the curriculum and all
materials to be used in the lesson or presentation. Upon the request of
any parent, the school excuses the parent's child from the instruction or
presentation, without detriment to the student. These restrictions do not
apply to any biological science course or curriculum.
ABSTINENCE-ONLY SEX EDUCATION
The Tate County School District believes that every student has the right
to accurate information concerning the prevention of pregnancy and
sexually transmitted infections. The School Board is committed to
fostering community partnerships that educate both students and parents
about this important topic.
The Tate County School District seeks to affirm commitment to creating
healthy and responsible teens in the Tate County School District by fully
complying with the Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated, Section 37-13171, and by:
• Adopting educational programs designed to help students
and parents take action to reduce rates of teen birth and
sexually transmitted infections and integrating such
programs into already established classes, and
• Establishing principles, guidelines, and strategies for
implementing effective sex education programs, referred to
in state law as “Abstinence-Only” education programs.
The district shall utilize an age-appropriate, evidenced based, medically
accurate, Abstinence-Only curriculum from the list of curricula approved
and recommended by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE),
including as one choice the curricula of Abstinence-Only developed by
the Mississippi Department of Human Services and the Mississippi
Department of Health, if such curricula are on the MDE’s approved
Curriculum list.
CLASS TIME
It is the responsibility of each school principal to see that a satisfactory
instructional program is scheduled for each student. This schedule
should provide for the best use of the students' time. Each day provides,
as a minimum, 330 minutes of academic instruction exclusive of time for
change of classes, lunch, breaks, etc. Instructional time is protected
from undue interruptions and delays.
At the elementary level, Grades K-6, time spent in basic skills (reading,
language arts, and math) instruction meets or exceeds the requirements
specified in Mississippi Public Schools Accountability Standards (2013).
See Curriculum and Section VI/-School Day.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
The Tate County School District Board of Education encourages
persons from outside the school with special knowledge, talent, or
interesting vocation to address students. The time given by a resource
person and the limitations imposed by the necessity to schedule the
regular program of studies must be considered when arranging for
speakers. The building principal must approve each visit or program.
See Section XI Home-Community Relations.
FIELD EXPERIENCE
Students may be taken on field trips as part of the educational program of
a school or the district. Trips are made only with the permission of the
child's parent. When field trips are being planned, permission slips are
sent home to be signed by the parent. All field trips must be approved by
district administration and supervised by regular classroom teachers.
Teachers serving as supervisors are required to submit all forms-field trip
requests, school business leave requests, and requisitions-at the same
time.
Field trip requests must be submitted to the superintendent's office two
weeks prior to the trip. See Section VI-Records and Release, Section XI
School-Home-Community Relations, and Appendix.
MATERIALS FEES
The district is authorized to charge reasonable fees, but not more
than the actual cost, for the following:
Supplemental instructional materials and supplies,
excluding textbooks;
2.
Other fees designated as fees related to a valid curriculum
educational objective, including transportation;
3.
Extracurricular activities and any other educational activities of
the school district that are not designated by the superintendent
as valid curriculum educational objectives.
All fees authorized to be charged under this policy, except those
authorized under 3 above, are charged only upon the condition that a
financial hardship waiver may be granted upon request pursuant to the
following.
1.
FINANCIAL HARDSHIP WAIVER (JS)
All fees charged under the fee policy above shall be assessed only
upon the following conditions:
1.
Applications for hardship waivers shall be kept in the strictest of
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2.
3.
4.
confidence with all files and personal disclosures restricted from
review by the general public.
Pupils eligible to have any such fee waived as a result of an
inability to pay, shall not be discriminated against nor shall there
be any overt identification of any pupil who has received a
financial hardship waiver by use of special tokens or tickets,
announcements, posting or publication of names, physical
separation, choice of materials or by any other means.
In no case shall any of these procedures expose any pupil
receiving a hardship waiver to any type stigma or ridicule by
other pupils or school district personnel.
The confidentiality provisions of this policy shall apply equally to
any students who have an inability to pay any fees authorized
by this policy.
In no case does the inability to pay the assessment of fees authorized
under the provisions of this fee policy result in a pupil being denied or
deprived of any academic awards or standards, any class selection,
grade, diploma, transcript or the right to participate in any activity
related to educational advancement. A parent who wishes to apply for a
hardship waiver may do so by contacting the child's teacher.
REFUNDS
See Transfer and Withdrawal of Students.
PARENTAL REVIEW OF PROGRESS
The report card should not be regarded as the only method of being
informed of a child's progress. Parents are encouraged to keep up with
their child's accomplishments and to schedule conferences to meet with
their child's teacher in order to follow his/her academic progress. Grades
may be monitored at any time on Active Parent.
GRADING & GRADE REPORTING GRADING (IHA)
The academic standard of the Tate County School District for Grades
K-12 is as follows:
K-6th Grades
A 93-100
B 85-92
C 76-84
D 70-75
F Below 70
7th-12th Grades
A 90 - 100
B 80 - 89
C 70 - 79
D 65 - 69
F Below 65
1.
2.
3.
4.
A minimum of ten daily grades, 4 major test, and one nine
weeks assessment/exam is required to determine a student's
nine-week average.
In determining nine-week averages, the nine-weeks test should be
recorded as 2 major test grades for the grading period. A
minimum of 10 daily grades (including daily test, class
participation, homework, etc.) should be recorded during the
grading period. Determine the MAJOR TEST AVERAGE and the
DAILY AVERAGE by totaling each category and dividing by the
number of grades in each specific category. Add the MAJOR
TEST AVERAGE twice along with the DAILY AVERAGE once and
divide by three to arrive a the student’s NINE-WEEK AVERAGE.
The semester averages are an average of the two preceding nineweeks.
The yearly average is an average of the two semester
averages.
CHEATING
Consequences for cheating are as follows:
1.
2.
3.
A zero for the work is given.
Parents are notified by the teacher.
Other disciplinary measures for recurrences are assessed at
the discretion of the teacher and/or principal.
Numerical Average/RANK IN CLASS (IHC)
The students’ Numerical Average for rank in class is figured at the end of
the third nine weeks of the senior year. See Graduation Requirements.
WEIGHTED GRADES (IHC)
Weighted averages for advanced level courses are computed as
follows:
1.
1.05 x the earned grade for advanced courses (A&P
Physics, Alg III)
2.
1.10x the earned grade for Dual Credit and AP courses
3.
Courses bearing 1 credit will count two times
4.
Courses bearing ½ credit will count one time.
5.
Courses bearing 2 credits will count four times.
6.
Physical education, chorus, and band or any class repeating
will only be included once .
PROGRESS REPORTS
The school year consists of four terms of nine weeks each. Progress
reports are sent home midway during the term to let parents know how
their child is progressing. Reports should be signed and returned to the
teacher. Additional progress reports may be given to the students at
other times than those mentioned above. The individual situation will
determine when these reports are issued. Parents are urged to talk with
their child's teacher(s) anytime they have questions or concerns
regarding their child's progress.
GRADE REPORTS
Report cards are issued at the end of the nine week period. Parents are
to review the report, sign it, and return it to the teacher.
TESTING
A variety of student assessments-both formal and informal-is used in Tate
County schools to satisfy state testing requirements, assess student
progress toward mastery of skills, help determine program placement,
help personalize instruction, help educators design instructional
strategies, and assist in the development of the curriculum.
SPECIAL EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
The Tate County School District ensures that children with disabilities
are included in general state and district-wide assessment programs,
with accommodations and modifications in administration in accordance
with the policies and procedures established by the Mississippi State
Department of Education, the district, and the child's IEP. Children with
disabilities who cannot participate in general state and district-wide
assessment programs are provided an alternate assessment in
accordance with policies and procedures established by the Mississippi
Department of Education, the district, and the child's IEP.
PROMOTION & RETENTION
GENERAL POLICIES
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, a student scoring
at the lowest achievement level in reading on the
established state assessment for 3rd grade will not be
promoted to 4th grade unless the student meets the good
cause exemptions for promotion. (As noted by the
Mississippi Department of Education’s website)
Decisions on pupil progression or placement are made to serve the best
interests of the student after information has been collected from all
possible sources. The primary responsibility for determining each pupil's
level of performance and ability to function academically, socially, and
emotionally at the next level is that of the classroom teacher, subject to
review and approval by the principal. The superintendent or a designee
also has the responsibility to review individual cases to ensure that they
are in accordance with applicable state and federal policies.
Policies on pupil progression are designed to assure that each student
in the Tate County School District is placed in an instructional program
that provides appropriate opportunities for success in school. A
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complete set of records is maintained on each student for
documentation. These records must contain the progression record that
identifies mastery of basic skills and state benchmarks. Other
considerations for promotion and retention are as follows:
1.
Mastery of the minimum skills and learning objectives is
required for each course or grade. Criteria for this purpose
include that the basic skills and benchmarks be reflected in
the grade issued by the teacher.
2.
Course mastery is defined as the demonstration of the
minimum standards for passing each grade/subject/course.
3.
School principals are responsible for ensuring that the school
is appropriately disseminating information to the parents. This
information is to include data such as student progress and
minimum skills required before assignment can be made to
the next grade or course level.
4.
Parents are notified of deficiencies in academic progress.
5.
Pupil retention is regarded as an administrative procedure to
provide pupils with additional time to master skills required for
success at higher levels.
6.
Students are not retained for the sole purpose of
participation in school-sponsored extracurricular activities.
7.
Students in Grade 1 through 4 must pass Math and
Reading.
8.
Students in grades 5 through 8 must pass Math, Science,
Social Studies, and Language Arts.
For all entering 8th Graders in 2011-2012 and thereafter:
College normally request information regarding the rank of perspective
students in their graduating class. The following procedure will be used to
determine a student’s rank.
1.
The final grade for each credit-bearing course will be the basis
for the calculation.
2.
The final grades will be totaled and divided using the following
formula:
a.
Courses bearing 1 credit will count two times
b.
Courses bearing ½ credit will count one time.
c.
Course bearing 2 credits will count four times.
d.
Advanced course grades will be multiplied by 1.05
during calculation.
e.
Advanced placement (AP) course grades will be
multiplied by 1.10 during calculation. Students
must take the Advanced Placement assessment to
earn the weighted grade.
GRADE CLASSIFICATION
f.
Grades 1-9……………………………………….Passed previous grade level
Grade 10 ………………………………………………….. 6 Carnegie Units
Grade 11 ………………………………………………… 12 Carnegie Units
Grade 12 …………………………………………………….18 Carnegie Units
Graduation …………………………………………………..24 Carnegie Units
Dual credit course grades will be multiplied by 1.10
during calculation.
g.
Physical education, chorus, and band or any
class repeating will only be included once .
3.
The average will be calculated to the nearest one-hundredth.
(For example – 89.59) The final average of each course will
be used to calculate final averages/ranks as printed on
permanent records with the exception of Advanced Courses.
Advanced Courses will be calculated at the rate of 1.05 times
the final grade.
4.
The final class ranking will determined after the 3rd 9 Weeks.
Promotion Standard (IHE)
1.
2.
3.
4.
Students are classified as seniors if they are within seven credits
of the number required for graduation.
Students in Grades 9-12 are awarded Carnegie Units credit
upon demonstrated mastery of the exit skills and a final
average of D (65) or higher based on course/class
requirements in each course.
Students in Grades 9-12 must comply with student proficiency
standards for promotion to grade levels leading to graduation as
established by the State Board of Education.
Graduates must satisfy all state and district requirements
for graduation. See Graduation Requirements.
SPECIAL EDUCATION
When necessary to calculate a grade point average (GPA), the following
procedure will be used.
1.
The final grade from each credit-bearing course will be the
basis for the calculation.
2.
Four quality points will be awarded for an A, three for a B, two
for a C, and one for a D.
3.
GPA’s will be totaled and divided using the following formula:
Students who are enrolled in a self-contained special education program
are required to complete successfully the Individual Education Plan
(IEP) for grade-level promotion.
ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION
Students enrolled in any of the district's alternative school programs
must demonstrate competency on district skills for promotion.
Decisions concerning re-entry into the regular school program are
made on an individual basis by the alternative education committee.
Students enrolled in Alternative Education are not allowed to
participate or attend any extracurricular activities or events until
they return to the Regular Education program.
Graduation Requirements (IHF)
Each student graduating from the Tate County School District must
complete 24 Carnegie units offered in Grades 8-12 and earn a passing
score on state exit exams. Contents of each required and elective course
must include the core objectives identified in the Mississippi Curriculum
Frameworks. All courses offered in a sequence (I, II, III, IV) must be
successfully completed in that sequence. Credit for all courses is based
on the student's yearly average or, in the case of a 9 weeks class, 9
weeks average for the course. Some students may qualify for other
Pathway Diplomas. Please check with the high school counselor.
HONORS(IHC)
4.
a.
Courses bearing 1 credit will count two times
b.
Courses bearing ½ credit will count one time.
c.
Course bearing 2 credits will count four times.
The quality point average will be calculated to the nearest onehundredth.
Advanced course are as follows: A&P Physics, Alg III
The number one ranked student as result of this calculation will be
recognized as the Valedictorian and the number two ranked student will
be recognized as the Salutatorian. To be considered for Valedictorian and
Salutatorian, credits for three semesters prior to ranking must be earned
at the graduating school beginning 2012-2013. Students’ course work
must be aligned to IHL requirements.
Students who earn an overall high school average of 90 or above will
graduate with "HONORS" and those who earn a 93 or higher high school
average will graduate with "SPECIAL HONORS." Only traditional diploma
students will be ranked or recognized as honor graduates. All Honors
students must have passed all state tests by December of their graduating
year.
SPECIAL EDUCATION
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A student who has exceptions for special education, in accordance with
rules established by the state board, is not required to meet all
requirements of MS Code §3716-7, and will, upon meeting all applicable
requirements prescribed by the Tate County School District, be awarded
a special diploma, if the special graduation requirements include the
minimum graduation requirements of the state board.
Any student who meets all special requirements of the district for his/her
exceptionality but is unable to meet the appropriate special state
minimum requirements is awarded a special certificate of completion in a
form prescribed by the state board. These provisions do not limit or
restrict the right of an exceptional student solely to a special diploma. Any
student may, upon request, be given the opportunity to meet all
requirements of MS Code §37-16-7 through the standard procedures and
thereby qualify for a standard diploma upon graduation.
Self-contained special education students may, upon completion of the I
EP, be awarded a certificate of life skills that reads, in part, "Has
completed the district's special education program as outlined in the
Individual Education Plan."
Students having a disability as defined by the federal Individuals with
Disabilities Act, may, upon proper request, be afforded the opportunity to
fully meet the requirements for a Mississippi Occupational Diploma upon
graduation. The occupational diploma option is designed primarily for
students with mild to moderate disabilities that, in the opinion of the IEP
committee, are appropriate candidates. The option will provide the
meaningful inclusion of students with disabilities in the community and
the workplace, thereby achieving increased independence, citizenship,
and post-school employment. The Mississippi Occupational Diploma
offers an exit avenue that prepares students with disabilities for a
productive and contributing adulthood.
SUMMER, INDEPENDENT STUDY
No more than two units of independent study work may be counted
toward graduation. Enrollment in independent study courses (on-line and
correspondence) must have prior approval granted by the principal. All
work must be completed during the summer session and taken through
an approved university program.
A maximum of one unit of work per summer and a total of four Carnegie
units of credit earned in summer school may be counted toward
graduation.
Credit/Course Recovery (IDCAB)
SAR Program [Student Academic Recovery]: Students in grades 5 and
higher who fail a course can recover the credit or course by receiving
targeted instruction facilitated by a licensed teacher in a direct
method/independent study format. The SAR program operates on the
principle that in a standards based environment, success should be
measured by the proficiency of students on the essential skills of the
course. The SAR program is a course-specific, skill-based learning
opportunity for students who have previously been unsuccessful in
mastering content/skills required to earn credit or earn promotion. This
program will operate with independent and guided practice as the primary
instructional delivery method. Upon completion, students are to show
proficiency on a standards based assessment in the form of a written,
online, or performance-based assessment.
student priority list for academic recovery for each academic
term.
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The parent and student will be contacted with SAR placement
information, and the student will be enrolled in the SAR
program.
Once the needed objectives have been met that were lacking
which led to the student's "F" grade, the documentation of the
credit recovery will be forwarded to the teacher for whom the
child made the failing score. After considering the
documentation available the original teacher may award the
student the minimum passing score for the course and thus
the student may then be awarded credit for the course.
Students will not be allowed to utilize Credit/Promotion
recovery with more than 2 courses per semester.
Approval must be obtained by the teacher, parent, and
principal before a student can be enrolled in the SAR program.
All documentation of the student's work must be maintained
and relevant to the Mississippi Curriculum for the course and
grade in question.
A test may be required covering the specific skills the child
was targeted to master and show proficiency. This test should
be commensurate with the level of support provided to the
child in the child's attempt to show proficiency on the skills
needed for the passing score.
Students not meeting the expectations set forth in the code of
conduct/or for attendance will not be eligible or may be
removed from the SAR program at the discretion of the
principal.
**The only way a student may be allowed credit recovery for a
Subject Area Tested course that requires an end of course test is
for the student to have already taken the State Test and passed
the exam with the required score.
Credit/Promotion Recovery will be focused on the four major
subjects of Math, English, Science, and Social Studies, but other
subjects may be considered by the committee.
TRANSFER STUDENTS
A student who transfers from a non-accredited (i.e., not accredited by
either the state or regional accreditation agency) school or home
schooling program must demonstrate proficiency as measured by a
district-administered subject-area, criterion-referenced, or normreferenced test in each subject-prior to recognition of the course and
credit being awarded. Seniors who transfer from other public schools into
the Tate County School District are required to meet all graduation
requirements set forth by the Tate County School District. See also
Admissions.
GRADUATION CEREMONY
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The program is designed for credit recovery once the course
has been completed and an "F" within 3 points of a passing
score has been earned for the course.
Seat time for credit or course has been satisfied.
SAR is an individualized, standards-based curriculum program
facilitated by a licensed teacher through guided practice and
independent study. This can be provided through STRIDE
Academy, Compass Learning, ELS, or Khan Academy and/or
any other online instructional modality that aligns to state
curriculum expectations.
A Credit Recovery Day will be conducted at the end of each
semester by the academic counselor and the principal or
Designee. The purpose of this meeting will be to prepare a
As established by state accreditation standards, only students who have
completed the requirements in the regular program or special education
students who have completed the IEP are permitted to participate in the
graduation program. Students are required to participate in the
graduation ceremony rehearsal in order to participate in the graduation
ceremony.
ACADEMIC HONORS
HONOR ROLL
Honor roll students are recognized throughout the district. Students
receiving all A’s receive the Principal’s List Award. Students receiving
A’s and B’s receive the Honor Roll Award.
GRADUATION HONORS
See Graduation Requirements.
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AWARDS
Outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, and participation in
extracurricular activities are recognized during awards ceremonies at the
end of each school year.
SCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarships for college are available to deserving students. High school
students are advised to study college and university catalogs to be
familiar with opportunities for institutional, service, and foundation
scholarships that are offered. Most are available by completing a single
application provided by the college or university. Applications for college
scholarship are available in the high school guidance office. Students
are advised to check the file frequently. Additional information is
available in the school's career center. See Section X-Guidance and
Support and Appendix
ADMISSIONS
ELIGIBILITY
Tate County School District admits into its schools all eligible resident and legally transferred minor children who are at least five years old and not
over 21 years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year. The legal definition of residence for school attendance requires that a
student physically reside full time within the school district boundaries. Each minor child must attend school in the school district of his/her residence
unless legally transferred to another school district by the school board pursuant to MS Code §37-15-29 (1992). Except for students who have been
legally transferred, each minor child seeking to enroll also must be a resident of the school zone in which the child is enrolling. All students must
register at the school they are assigned to attend. Out-of-district transfer students and those living with a legally appointed guardian must furnish
appropriate documentation at registration.
Any new student enrolling in the district or any continuing student whose residence has changed must be accompanied to enrollment by his/her
parent/guardian who will register the minor child for admission, except students who have been legally transferred. The student's parent or legal
guardian is required to verify his/her residence as part of the registration process. In the case of separated or divorced parents, court orders and
decrees involving custody of children are controlling. All students presented for admission must submit or have on file a birth certificate, immunization
records, and verification of residency.
COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE
"Compulsory school-age child" means a child that1.
2.
3.
Has attained or will attain the age of 5 years on or before
September 1 and has enrolled in a full day public school
kindergarten program. Note: Five-year-olds who enroll in public
school kindergarten are subject to compulsory attendance laws.
However, parents may un-enroll a child once.
Has attained or will attain the age of 6 years on or before
September 1 of the calendar year, beginning in the school year
that commences during the year the child attains the age of 6
years.
Has not attained the age of 17 years on or before September 1
of the calendar year.
A parent, guardian or custodian of a compulsory school-age child in
Mississippi must enroll a child to attend a public school or legitimate
non-public school for the period of time that the child is of compulsory
school age, except under the following circumstances:
1.
2.
3.
When a compulsory school-age child is physically, mentally or
emotionally incapable of attending school as determined by the
appropriate school official based upon sufficient medical
documentation.
When a compulsory school-age child is enrolled in and
pursuing a course of special education, remedial education or
education for disabled or physically or mentally
disadvantaged children.
When a compulsory school-age child is being educated in
a legitimate home instruction program.
provide to the school administration a copy of at least two of the
following items of verification of residence.
These items must reflect a street address or designated road address. A
post office box address is not acceptable. Documents must be for current
school year residence only; documents for rental or other commercial
property are not acceptable. Motel/hotel addresses are not acceptable.
1.
Filed Homestead Exemption application form
2.
Mortgage documents or property deed
3.
Apartment or home lease
4.
Utility bills (power/gas)
5.
Driver's license listing present address
6.
Current voter precinct registration
7.
Automobile registration
8.
Affidavit of residence “and” personal visit by designated
school district official at district option
A shared residency form must be completed with an affidavit
attached. Providing falsified information will lead to student
being removed from school and possible charges filed against
parent/guardian and the homeowner listed on the affidavit.
9.
Any other documentation that will objectively and
unequivocally establish that the parent or guardian resides
within the school district.
10.
Certified copy of filed petition for guardianship if pending and
final decree when granted
Anyone appointed as a legal guardian of a student must also
provide a copy of the court order signed by a judge. Legal
guardianships formed for the purpose of establishing residency for
school district purposes are not recognized. MS Code Ann. §37-1531, 1989 Supplement. An affidavit is not a legal document allowing
transfer of custody or guardianship.
Compulsory school-age children must be enrolled in school within 15
calendar days after the first day of the school year of the public school
that such child is eligible to attend. Parent(s) of school-age children are
legally responsible for seeing that their children attend school. MS Code
§97 -5-39 and §37 -13-91. See Late Enrollment and Section IV-Attendance.
IMMUNIZATIONS & VACCINATIONS
A student enrolling in school must present from a doctor or the Tate
County Health Department a Certificate of Compliance for
immunization. The school is not allowed to enroll or register a student
without this certificate.
ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS (JBC)
Starting with the 2012- 2013 school year, the Mississippi Department of
Health requires the Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) for
all students entering 7th grade before they may attend school.
BIRTH CERTIFICATE
Any child enrolling in kindergarten or Grade 1 must present a certified
birth certificate upon admission. The birth certificate must be from the
Bureau of Vital Statistics or from the U.S. State Department for students
born overseas. Hospital records, baptismal records, etc., are not
acceptable. No other birth certificate is acceptable. The principal or
his/her designee must verify the birth certificate.
VERIFICATION OF RESIDENCY
As a result of the Residency Verification Procedure adopted as a policy
of the Mississippi Board of Education on April 20, 1990, each parent or
legal guardian or other adult with whom a student legally resides must
HOMELESS CHILDREN
When a child is determined to be homeless as defined by the Stewart B.
McKinney Act 42 USC §11431(1), 11432(e)(4) and 11302(a), the Tate
County School district considers and takes enrollment action that is in
the best interest of the child, pursuant to 42 USC II 432(e)(3).
1.
2.
The requirements of Section 11 are minimum requirements,
and the district may require additional documentation and
verification at any time:
At the minimum, the district maintains in a file a written
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3.
instrument identifying the types of documents used to verify
each student's residency and copies of any relevant
guardianship petition or decree.
The provisions of this policy do not apply to students who
reside outside the school district but who have legally
transferred into the school district.
Any court-ordered procedure shall take precedent over any procedure
contained herein.
matters related to transferring students should be directed to the
superintendent or assistant superintendent.
TRANSFER REQUIREMENTS
1.
2.
STUDENT TRANSFER
TUITION TRANSFER
Except for special provisions for school district employees, residents of
adjacent school districts may be legally transferred into the Tate County
School District by the mutual consent of the school boards of the districts
concerned. Consent is to be given in writing and entered into the
minutes of the school boards.
If approved, the parent/guardian of the student so approved must
complete a tuition contract with the district. This contract is available in
the superintendent's office. If the Tate County School District's board
accepts an out-of-district student properly released from the resident
district, approval is based on the stipulation that the parent/guardian is
responsible for transportation of the student to and from the school of
attendance in Tate County.
The Tate County School District shall apply a uniform tuition policy for
any student who lives out of district. The tuition is $2500.00 per year per
child, due in full prior to enrollment. The procedure for applying this
policy is as follows:
The out-of-district student must be released by his/her home district.
The parent or guardian would request acceptance of the student by
the Tate County Board of Education at the next scheduled board
meeting.
All students would be accepted unless:
a) the student is being disciplined by his/her home district through
Any child transferring to any school in the Tate County School
District must have a valid immunization certificate, birth
certificate, report card, and name and address of the former
school attended.
No transfer student is to be permanently enrolled until all
admissions criteria are met.
Any child who transfers from an out-of-state public or private school in
which the state's law provides for a first grade or kindergarten
enrollment date subsequent to September 1, is allowed to enroll in the
district at the same grade level as their prior out-of-state enrollment, if1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
The parent, legal guardian or established custodian of the child
was a legal resident of the state from which the child is
transferring.
The out-of-state school from which the child is transferring
is duly accredited by that state's appropriate accrediting
authority.
The child was legally enrolled in a public or private school for a
minimum of four weeks in the previous state.
The superintendent or a designee determines that the child was
making satisfactory educational progress in the previous state.
The family meets district residency requirements. See
Residency.
TRANSFER & ENROLLMENT
ACCREDITED SCHOOLS
An official transcript mailed directly from the office of the school
previously attended is required for students transferring into a Tate
County school from a school accredited by a state or regional
accrediting agency. A report card or transfer papers from the previous
school attended may be used for temporary class placement.
OLC or expulsion
b) Tate County School District cannot provide any special services
that the student may require
c) Space availability (not to exceed 25 students per academic class
period).
The parent or guardian would be charged $2500.00 per year per child
for their student to attend school in the district. This tuition would be
payable prior to enrollment after acceptance by the Tate County Board
of Education. The student will not be permitted to enroll in Tate County
Schools until tuition is paid in its entirety. The tuition is not prorated if the
student begins the year late in the semester. The tuition is nonrefundable if the student withdraws from school or is expelled. The
student will not be reconsidered for acceptance if he/she withdraws or is
expelled. If rejected by the Tate County Board of Education or voided
for any reasons, no appeal or reapplication to the district will be allowed.
Students accepted prior to the 2009-2010 school year will not be
grandfathered in; thus all must apply according to this policy.
There should be no waivers of tuition granted for any reason. There
should be no consideration given to the failure of the student’s home
district to provide services or transportation in taking into account the
tuition charged for the privilege of attending school in the district. The
tuition is intended to help cover the costs of that student’s education
when the parent or guardian’s school taxes are paid to another district.
This policy cancels and/or supersedes any reciprocity agreements that
the district may have had with any other school district, whether written
or verbal.
The district does not recognize any legal guardianship formed for the
purpose of establishing residency for school district attendance
purposes. Only court approved guardianships stipulating a full-time living
arrangement are viewed as appropriate to result in an exemption of the
tuition requirement.
Questions regarding student transfers, tuition arrangements, and other
NON-ACCREDITED SCHOOLS
Students entering a school in the Tate County School District from
non-accredited public, private, parochial, or home schools are
placed initially at the discretion of the principal, pending observation
by classroom teachers, guidance personnel, and the principal.
Criteria for placement may include any of the following:
1.
Scores on achievement tests, which may be administered
by appropriate district personnel.
2.
Recommendation of the sending school.
3.
Prior academic record.
4.
Chronological age and social and emotional development
of the student.
5.
District-developed assessment instruments.
Elementary (Grades K-8)
1.
The student will not be placed more than three grades below the
grade or class that the pupil would have been assigned to had the
pupil enrolled during the year the child reached his/her sixth
birthday on or before September 1 .
2.
The enrollment is not considered official until a test has been
given.
3.
Principals determine the final grade placement on the basis of
these observations and the achievement test scores.
High School (Grades 9-12)
The district validates high school credit for courses of transfer students
from non-accredited public, private, or parochial schools by testing or by
other evidence that the courses meet state requirements and standards.
1.
2.
3.
The student is not placed above the grade that he/she would have
attained had the pupil enrolled during the year his/her sixth
birthday on or before September 1.
The student is required to take a test deemed appropriate by the
Tate County School District. This test is used to ensure the
student has the ability to perform on a high school level.
The student is required to complete all state and local
requirements for graduation. The set of requirements that the
student must meet will be determined as follows:
a.
If the student is placed above the ninth grade level, the
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4.
student must meet requirements for entering the ninth
grade based on his/her chronological age as set forth
above,
b.
If the student is placed in the ninth grade, the pupil
must meet requirements of the ninth grade class in
which he/she is enrolled,
The Carnegie Unit system is the primary factor in determining
grade level placement of the high school student. The awarding of
Carnegie units for non-accredited public, private, or parochial
schools, or home school courses is at the discretion of the school
principal. As a minimum, formal documentation for each course
for which a Carnegie unit is requested must be presented to the
principal as follows.
a.
A set of objectives for the courses that are significantly
similar to the objectives used in the Tate County School
District instructional plan.
Extensive samples of work that reflect an extended
period of study and practice/application of each
objective presented in Item a.
c.
Assessment measures used to determine that objectives
have been met at a minimum of 70% mastery level.
The number of Carnegie units awarded by the principal
determines the grade placement of the pupil in accordance with
the graduation requirements and state/local mandates.
No authority is given or is to be implied regarding the waiver of
any state or local graduation requirements for a student who
transfers from non-accredited public, private, parochial, or home
schools.
A permanent record for the student is made upon enrollment. The
record will contain all pertinent information and will show that the
student entered from a non-accredited public, private, parochial,
or home school.
Any Carnegie units awarded by the principal are listed on the
cumulative records and will be reflected as non-accredited public,
private, parochial, or home school. (Home school credit may be
recorded as pass/ fail and will not count toward GPA.) See Section
II-Academics: Graduation Requirements.
b.
5.
6.
7.
8.
WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
Out-of-District Transfers
All students who move outside the district at any time during the
school year must withdraw from the school system using the following
method of withdrawal.
1.
School officials/teachers should be notified a least one-day prior
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
to the withdrawal of a student.
The student's parent must come to the principal's office and
officially withdraw his/her child. All books and fines must be
cleared before official withdrawal is completed and the student's
academic record is cleared.
Any student who moves during the school year must record the
change of address with the principal.
The principal is authorized to release reports or records when an
official written request is received from the school district to which
the student is transferred. (A parent or legal guardian has the right
to review his/her child's school records.)
A student leaving the district may obtain a record of the
student's work to date for the current term, Reports may be
held if the student has any indebtedness to the school i.e.
lunchroom, workbooks, library, text books, restitution damages, etc.).
If a student withdraws during the last two weeks of the school
year and moves out of the district, the student receives grades in
progress to be presented to his/her new school. The school to
which the student transfers has the option of accepting the
grades in progress as the student's final grade or-for students in
In-District Transfers
A student who moves from one school zone to another in the Tate
County School District is permitted to continue attendance in his/her
present school if the move is made after the fourth term begins, and
he/she may remain in the school only until the end of the current school
year.
If a move occurs within the last three weeks of Term 1 (first nine weeks),
or Term 2 (second nine weeks), or Term 3 (third nine weeks), the
student is permitted to complete the term at his/her present school but
will be required to move to his/her new school at the end of that term.
REGISTRATION
Appropriate registration forms must be completed or updated annually
and signed by the student's parent, legal guardian, or other person
having lawful control.
DRIVER'S LICENSE SCHOOL ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENT
In accordance with MS Code §63-1-10, 1972, as amended, any applicant
for a driver's license less than 18 years of age must submit documentation
from the appropriate school authority that the applicant is a full-time
student in the Tate County Schools. These forms can be obtained in the
principal’s office.
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COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE (JBA)
The Procedures in this section shall constitute a good-faith effort by the Tate County School District to comply with state law, to foster
academic growth, and to establish expectation of each student of the Tate County School District to attend classes on a regular basis.
STATE LAW
The Mississippi Compulsory School Attendance Law (37-13-91) requires all children who have attained or will attain the age of 6 years on
or before September 1 of the calendar year and who have not attained the age of 17 on or before September 1st of the calendar year to be
in regular attendance at school. The law also requires that the Superintendent report immediately to the local school attendance officer
any compulsory school-age child who has not enrolled within 15 calendar days after the first day of the school year. In addition, the
Superintendent will report any child with 5 unexcused absences to the School Attendance officer for appropriate consultation between the
officer and parents/guardians. An additional report is submitted when the student has 10 unexcused absences. Once the child has 12
unexcused absences, the law provides that charges of “Education Child Neglect” may be brought against the parent/guardian. Potential
punishment for Education Child Neglect is a fine up to $1000 and/or 1 year in jail. The School Attendance Officer is available to assist
parents in having the children understand the importance of getting an education through our public school system.
ATTENDANCE
COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE
The law of Mississippi requires that all children between the ages of 6
and 17 attend school on a regular basis. In addition, five-year olds who
are enrolled in public school kindergarten are subject to compulsory
attendance laws. See Section III-Admissions. This law requires the
school to:
1.
2.
Report to the Tate County attendance officer any child not
enrolled within the first 15 days of the school year.
Report to the Tate County attendance officer any child who
has:
a.
5 accumulated unexcused absences
b.
10 accumulated unexcused absences
c.
12 accumulated unexcused absences.
d.
Been suspended or expelled.
(No more than 12 absences may be documented through parent
letters; no more than 5 per semester. Absences from school for
school-sponsored activities under the direct supervision of a certified
school employee are not considered an absence.
All absences other than those accompanied by a doctor’s excuse,
or those due to out of school suspension are counted in the total
number of absences allowed.
Students/Parents/Legal Guardians are responsible for keeping up
with the student's absences.
Students with excessive absences must get principal
approval before being allowed to participate in field
trips or activities that will remove the student from
class.
After making the report, it is the duty of the court to determine if the
parent/guardian is guilty of contributing to the neglect of a child and thus
punishable in accordance with the provisions of MS Code §97-5-39
(1972).
ATTENDANCE: GRADES 7-12
All students attending a Tate County School must attend a minimum of
168 days out of a total 180 days scheduled in order to be eligible to
receive academic credit for the school year.
STATE LAW: The Mississippi Compulsory attendance Law (37-13-91)
requires all children who have attained or will attain the age of 6 on or
before September 1 of the calendar year and who have not attained the
age of 17 on or before September of the calendar year to be in regular
attendance at school. The law also requires that the superintendent
report immediately to the local school attendance officer any compulsory
school age child who has not enrolled within 15 calendar days after the
first day of the school year. In addition the superintendent will report
any child with five unexcused absences to the School Attendance officer
for appropriate consultation between the office, and parent/guardians.
An additional report is submitted when the child has 10 unexcused
absences. Once the child has 12 unexcused absences, the law provides
that “Educational Child Neglect” may be brought against the
parent/guardian. Potential punishment for Education Child Neglect is a
fine up to $1000 and/or 1 year in jail. The School Attendance Officer is
available to assist parents in having the children understand the
importance of getting an education through our public school system.
1. Straight 7-period Schedule
*New state law requires students to be in
attendance 63% of the day in order to be counted
present. This percentage excludes break, class
changes, lunch, or recess.
ATTENDANCE: GRADES K-6
Tate County requires that each student attend a minimum of 168
class days during the school year. No more than 12 absences are
allowed in order to receive official academic credit for that year.
a. 6 days missed in semester course
b. 12 days for year courses
3. Two-unit Vocational Classes
a. 12 days in 2 unit classes
A student may be absent no more than 6 times in a semester course (a
course that meets for one semester and is completed at the end of the
semester) and may be absent no more than 12 times in a yearly course
during the academic year. Any student enrolled in a half semester course
may only have 3 absences. The parents/guardians of students who are
absent for 6 days in a semester course or 12 days in a yearly course are
notified by the school. This notification is documented by the principal or
assistant principal. No more than 12 absences (6 per semester) may be
documented through parent letters. Absences from school for schoolsponsored activities under the direct supervision of a certified school
employee are not considered an absence.
All absences other than those accompanied by a doctor’s excuse, or
those due to out of school suspension are counted in the total number
of absences allowed.
EXCESSIVE ABSENCES
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A student who exceeds these limits above in any one course for any
reason-excused or unexcused-is not granted credit for the course unless
all missed work, seat time is made up, and the student has a passing
grade in the course..
principal that the purpose of the absence is to take
advantage of a valid educational opportunity such as
travel. Approval must be gained from the principal prior
to the absence but approval is not unreasonably
withheld.
Opportunities to make up seat time will be made available throughout
the year at the discretion of the principal.
Students with excessive absences may be given the option of attending a
summer school at the parent/guardians expense in order to receive
credit.
Excessive/Appeal for Absences
Once the student exceeds the allowable days the principal shall be
responsible for timely written notification to the student/parent/legal
guardian that the student has excessive absences and has lost academic
credit. Even after such notification, the student/parent/guardian will
continue to be responsible for presenting the required notes for any further
absences incurred and such notes will be placed on file to be considered
by the District Review Committee should the student/parent/guardian seek
a ruling (exception) from the committee.
At the time the principal notifies the student/parent/guardian that the
student has excessive absences, the principal shall also provide the
proper form explaining procedures for requesting review by the
attendance hearing committee. This form must be completed and returned
to the principal within five (5) days.
If the student/parent/guardian requests a review by the attendance
hearing committee, the principal shall immediately forward a copy of the
request and all available information, including the principal's
recommendation, to the committee chairman. The chairman will be
responsible for notifying the student/parent/guardian of the time and date
of the review.
Failure to appear at the scheduled time without prior notification to the
Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent will represent a forfeiture of the
review.
The review committee will review all statements, both written and oral,
from both the school administrator and the student/parent/guardian and in
a closed session will make their determination. In most cases, the
committee will present its ruling on the day it hears the individual case. In
some situations, the committee may feel it needs additional information
and may, in its discretion, continue the matter to a special meeting by
arrangement.
The decision of the review committee shall be final.
ABSENCES & EXCUSES GRADES K-12
UNLAWFUL ABSENCES
An "unlawful absence" is an absence during the school day which is not
due to a valid excuse for temporary nonattendance.
MS Code §37-13-91
EXCUSED ABSENCES
1.
An absence is excuseda.
When the absence results from the attendance at an
authorized school activity with the prior approval of
the principal.
b.
When the absence results from illness or injury of the
student confirmed by a doctor's excuse; by the
parents/guardians or school officials.
c.
When isolation is required by a doctor, health
department or school.
d.
When it results from the death or serious illness of a
member of the immediate family of a student confirmed
by parents or guardians.
e.
When it results from a medical or dental
appointment making absence necessary.
f.
When it results from the attendance of a student in
a court proceeding.
2.
An absence may be excuseda.
If the religion of the student or the parents require or
suggest the observance of a religious event. Approval
is at the discretion of the principal, but approval should
be granted unless it would interfere with the student's
education.
b.
When it is demonstrated to the satisfaction of the
PROCEDURE: SUBMITTING AN EXCUSE TO VALIDATE AN
ABSENCE
Absences are to be reported to the principal or his designee by written
note within two days of the student’s return to school following the
absence. Excuses received beyond this date are considered
“unexcused” and will be reported as such unless there is just cause
and approval by the principal.
Only five (5) parent notes for days missed are allowed during a school
semester. The note should include: the date(s), the specific reason for
the absence, and student’s name.
After the 5 parent notes are exceeded, the student must have a
verifiable legitimate medical excuse for the absence to be considered
excused. A medical doctor’s excuse which covers multiple days is
considered “1 excuse”.
Any absence exceeding three consecutive days will require a medical
excuse to be considered excused, even if the allotted five parent notes
have not been exceeded.
CHRONIC ILLNESS
Chronic health problems may or may not interfere with attendance at
school. Chronic illness may include by not be limited to: diabetes,
asthma, and severe allergies. It is the parent’s responsibility to meet
with a school administrator, teacher(s), and the school nurse to
formulate an individual student plan to address absences, make-up
work, and a school health care plan, if needed. Verification of the
illness must be provided, in writing to the principal by a medical doctor.
EXCEPTIONS
The principal shall have the right to use his/her professional judgment
to make exceptions to the attendance limit for excused absences.
ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Students may not participate in extracurricular activities on the days they
are absent or suspended from school.
DISMISSAL FROM SCHOOL
All requests for early dismissal should be turned in to the attendance
office by 9 A. M. except for dismissals that are due to emergencies.
Students dismissed from school because of illness are sent directly home
or to a doctor after the parents have been contacted.
Any written request for early dismissal must have a date, reason, and
parent's signature on the request. Permission must be secured from the
principal or assistant principal before any student can check out or leave
the school grounds. Unauthorized checkouts are treated as leaving
school without permission.
NOTIFICATION
When a student is absent the parents/guardians are notified by
telephone, letter, or in person by the principal or designee of the student's
absentee. This notification is documented by the principal (or designee).
Absences are most commonly communicated to parents/guardians
through the School Messenger Phone System, Progress Reports and
Report Cards.
MAKEUP WORK (EXCUSED/UNEXCUSED) (IHBA)
Students are allowed to make up work missed following an absence by
contacting their teachers. The makeup work may be done under the
following provisions:
Classroom Tests
Students who miss tests on days during excused absences will be
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allowed to make up the tests. Make-up tests are not given during regular
class time so as not to cause the student to miss on-going instruction.
The student should check with his/her teacher to get the exact time for
make-up tests. When a student misses a test because of truancy, out-ofschool suspension, or for other unexcused absences, he will be allowed
to take a make-up test on the day the student returns.
classroom, not just the one that is tardy or being checked out. Students
who have been absent for any part of the school day must report to the
principal’s office to sign in. Parents of students in grades K-6 are required
to accompany their child to sign in. The following guidelines will be used
for tardiness or checking out early:
Nine-Week, Semester, or Final Exams
1.
Unexcused tardies/checkouts will be determined in the same
manner as unexcused absences.
2.
No more than six medically related tardies will be excused
in a nine-week school term through parent documentation.
Students who are absent for a nine-weeks exam, a semester exam, or a
final exam will be allowed to take the exams whether their absence was
ruled excused or unexcused. The student will receive the grade earned
on the exam. The teacher and principal will arrange a time for the student
to make-up the exam.
Homework and Daily Work
Students must take the initiative to consult with each teacher about makeup work. Principals may specify a longer period of make-up time for
students who experience an extended period of excused absences.
Students makeup work will be a two days to make up for a day
missed for all work and tests missed.
Negative consequences for four or more unexcused tardies will be
enforced as follows:
•
•
•
•
•
•
Warning to student
Notification to parent
Phone call to parent
Conference with parent
Written notification
Negative consequences (such as ISS, OSS, and loss of driving
privileges)
ABSENCES FROM CLASS
A student who is in school cannot be absent from a class without the
permission of the principal or assistant principal.
REQUESTS FOR ASSIGNMENTS
Any parent or guardian desiring homework assignments for students
who are not in school should call the principal's office of the school by
noon. Assignments may be picked up at the end of the school day.
TARDINESS (GRADES K-12)
The Tate County School District Board of Education regards promptness
as a virtue that becomes a habit. Therefore, the board encourages
students to develop the habit of punctuality. Tardiness and checking out of
class early interrupt the education process for all children in the
Late arrivals that exceeds a specified time for each campus may be
considered check-in and result in absences from impacted classes’.
HOMEBOUND SERVICES
See Section II-Academics and Section X-School Services.
CHECKING IN - OUT
See Section VIII-School Day.
Admission Slips
Students who have been absent for any part of the school day must report
to the principal's office to sign in. Parents of students in K-6 are requried
to accompany their child to sign in.
PERFECT ATTENDANCE
Perfect attendance is perfect and shall be defined and observed as no
absences, no tardies, no check in, no check outs, or early dismissals from
school. Exceptions shall be school bus tardies and school sponsored
activities.
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STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE
Civility is a critical factor in establishing an environment conducive to learning and to the protection of the safety and well-being of students. Parents,
guardians, staff, and students must assume responsibility for their own behavior and are expected to conduct themselves in an agreeable, acceptable
manner that promotes kindness and understanding among people.
The philosophy of student conduct and discipline in Tate County Schools is rooted in the belief that every child is entitled to a safe, orderly learning
environment in which to learn and that students, parents, and staff share in the responsibility for creating and supporting a positive school climate.
Discipline policies are built around clearly defined rules and consequences, both positive and negative, applicable in the classrooms, in corridors, on
campus, on school buses, and at school functions both on and off campus. Discipline policies and practice have the qualities of understanding,
consistency, fairness, and firmness. When students choose to break rules, disciplinary action is taken at the discretion of the school principal and the
guidelines and steps prescribed in a district-wide code of conduct. Consideration is given to the cause, nature, condition, and frequency of
misconduct.
Recognizing the need to support the professional personnel of the Tate County schools, the district encourages the development of harmonious and
cooperative relationships between students and faculty members based on mutual respect and understanding as a fundamental principle of school
discipline. Significant interruptions of the educational process resulting from overt disrespect shown by students to faculty members, unruly student
behavior, and vulgar or otherwise discourteous actions are not permitted. The basic objectives of discipline policies in Tate County are fourfold:
1.
2.
3.
4.
To establish conditions which do not prevent any teacher from teaching or any student from learning.
To establish and maintain study conditions that are conducive to learning.
To develop, on the part of each student, the habits and skills that make him/her self-directive and to help him/her realize that he/she is
responsible for his/her own behavior.
To guide students in learning how to make better choices based on decision-making skills that enable them to become selfdisciplined.
MISSISSIPPI SAFETY ACT OF 2001
Giving principals full authority under the law to establish and
maintain discipline on school campuses, the Mississippi School
Safety Act of 2001 affords school administrators and teachers the
right to administer discipline. This includes the right of the teacher to
remove from the classroom any student who disrupts the learning
environment to the office of the principal or assistant principal. The
principal or assistant principal determines the proper placement for
the student, who may not be returned to the classroom until a
conference has been held with the parent, guardian or custodian
during which the disrupting behavior is discussed and agreements
are reached that no further disruption will be tolerated. The following
terms and conditions are set forth in the act:
The term "disruptive behavior' means conduct of a student that is
so unruly, disruptive or abusive that it seriously interferes with a
school teacher's or school administrator's ability to communicate
with the students in a classroom, with a student's ability to learn, or
with the operation of a school or school-related activity, and which is
not covered by other laws related to violence or possession of
weapons or controlled substances on school property, school
vehicles or at school-related activities. Such behaviors include, but
are not limited to: foul, profane, obscene, threatening, defiant or
abusive language or action toward teachers or other school
employees; defiance, ridicule or verbal attack of a teacher; and
willful, deliberate and overt acts of disobedience of the directions of
a teacher.
The term "habitually disruptive" refers to such actions of a student
which cause disruption in a classroom, on school property or in
vehicles or at a school-related activity on more than two occasions
during a school year, and to disruptive behavior that was initiated,
willful and overt on the part of the student and which required the
attention of school personnel to deal with the disruption. However, no
student may be considered to be habitually disruptive before the
development of a behavior modification plan for the student in accordance with the code of student conduct and discipline plans of the
school district.
PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
age child enrolled in the district may be requested to appear
at school by the school attendance officer or an appropriate
school official for a conference regarding acts of the child, or
for any other discipline conference regarding the acts of the
child.
Any parent, guardian or custodian of a compulsory schoolage child enrolled in a school district who refuses or willfully
fails to attend such discipline conference specified in this
section may be summoned by proper notification by the
superintendent or the school attendance officer and be
required to attend such discipline conference.
Any parent, guardian or custodian of a compulsory schoolage child enrolled in the district is responsible for any
criminal fines brought against such student for unlawful
activity occurring on school grounds or buses.
Any parent, guardian or custodian of a compulsory schoolage child who (a) fails to attend a discipline conference to
which such parent, guardian or custodian has been
summoned or (b) refuses or willfully fails to perform any
other duties imposed upon him or her, is guilty of a
misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not to
exceed $250.
The district is entitled to recover damages in an amount not
to exceed $20,000, plus necessary court costs, from the
parents of any minor under the age of 18 years and over the
age of six years, who maliciously and willfully damages or
destroys property belonging to such school district. This does
not apply to parents whose parental control of such child has
been removed by court order or decree. The action is in
addition to all other actions that the district is entitled to
maintain. This does not preclude recovery in a greater
amount from the minor or from a person, including the
parents, for damages to which such minor or other person
would otherwise be liable.
A student may remain in school by having the parent,
guardian or custodian, with the consent of the student's
teacher or teachers, attend class with the student for a
period of time specifically agreed upon by the reporting
teacher and school principal. If the parent, guardian or
custodian does not agree to attend class with the student or
fails to attend class with the student, the student shall be
suspended in accordance with the code of student conduct
and discipline policies of the school district
The parent, guardian or custodian of each student is
required to sign a statement verifying that they have been
given notice of the discipline policies of the school district.
Any parent, guardian or custodian of a compulsory schoolage child enrolled in the district is responsible financially for
a minor child's destructive acts against school property or
persons.
Any parent, guardian or custodian of a compulsory school-
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STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Administrators and teachers hold students accountable for their
conduct in school, on the way to and from school when transported
on school buses, at any school-sponsored event in or out of town,
and while riding any school owned vehicle or at any school related
activity or event. Also included is conduct occurring on property
other than school property or other than at a school-related activity
or event when conduct by a pupil, in the determination of the school
superintendent or principal, renders that pupil's presence in the
classroom a disruption to the educational environment of the school
or a detriment to the best interest and welfare of the pupils and
teacher of such class as a whole. MS Code §37-7-301.
Any school official may correct any type of student misconduct.
The failure of any student to recognize and adhere to verbal
statements of correction by school officials is cause for discipline.
Teachers are expected to handle most of the disciplinary problems.
If, however, a student does not adhere to the corrections and
warnings of a teacher, counselor, bus driver, etc., the student may
be referred to the assistant principal and/or principal for disciplinary
action. In each instance when this is done, a written and signed
referral form is submitted by the referring teacher explaining the
problem.
Each student referred to the assistant principal and/or principal for
disciplinary reasons is given a fair and prompt hearing, when
requested, before any action is taken.
Acts of violence and other illegal actions by students at school or
school activities are reported to appropriate parents/guardians and
law enforcement and/or court authorities as required by the
Mississippi School Violence Act of 1994.
cause serious bodily injury to another, or causes such injury
purposely, knowingly or recklessly under circumstances manifesting
extreme indifference to the value of human life; or (b) attempts to
cause or purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury to another with
a deadly weapon or other means likely to produce death or serious
bodily harm. (MS Code 97-3-7)
BATTERY
Battery is physical aggression perpetrated against another student
or school employee.
BREAKING LAWS AT SCHOOL
Any act in violation of federal, state, or local law done on the
campus of a public school is punishable by the appropriate
agency.
CHEATING
Cheating involves scholastic dishonesty: giving or receiving
information by any means in a testing situation, classroom work, or
homework. This includes giving answers to a test and/or quiz to other
persons, copying another student's work, securing tests or test
answers, using unauthorized materials during a test, collaborating
with other students taking a test, substituting for another student, or
soliciting a substitute for a test. It also includes plagiarizing
information in reports or papers. Penalties range from receiving zero
on the work and the teacher contacting the students' parents to being
discipline.
COUPLE'S INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
Inappropriate display of affection by students, such as petting,
fondling, kissing, holding hands, hugging, feeling another's body, or
engaging in sexual misconduct is prohibited on school properties or
at school sponsored activities.
THREAT ASSESSMENT
DISRUPTION OF SCHOOL OPERATIONS, PROGRAMS, OR
ACTIVITIES
Threat Assessment Procedure
Any action or conduct which disrupts any school function
including classroom, cafeteria, school bus, activity events,
student assemblies, or class changes is prohibited.
Whenever there is a threat of violence against a student, faculty
member, or staff member, extreme caution must be taken to ensure
the safety of all concerned. Due to the increased violence in schools,
threats of any kind cannot be tolerated or overlooked. If a student
threatens another student, teacher, school staff or self with bodily
harm, immediate disciplinary action will be taken by the school, as
well as notification to appropriate district level personnel. If the
threat’s severity is moderate to severe, the parent or guardian will be
responsible for seeking further assessment from a state approved
mental health agency; such as the ones listed below before he/she
will be allowed to return to regularly scheduled classes.
Assessments from these agencies are free of charge. A written and
signed document must be presented to the principal from one of the
following outside agencies: St. Francis, 1-800-292-7707, 5959 Park
Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119; Parkwood Behavioral Health System
1-800-477-3422, 8136 Goodman Rd, Olive Branch, MS 38654.
After further assessment has been completed from an agency, a
recommendation is given for either outpatient services, or additional
treatment for the child. If the agency used recommends outpatient or
inpatient services it is the parent or guardian responsibility to follow
the recommendations given. A student will not be allowed to return to
regularly scheduled classes until a written and signed document is
obtained by the district from the agency, stating that the student is
safe and is not a threat to themselves, other students, faculty, or staff.
PUNISHABLE OFFENSES
ASSAULT
A person is guilty of simple assault if he/she (a) attempts to cause or
purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or
(b) negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon
or other means likely to produce death or serious bodily harm; or (c)
attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent
serious bodily harm.
A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he/she (a) attempts to
DISREGARD OF DRESS & GROOMING CODE
A chronic disregard of the district dress, accessories, and/or
grooming codes. See Dress Code.
DISRESPECT/INSOLENCE TOWARD EMPLOYEES/OTHER
STUDENTS
These terms indicate a lack of respect shown through insultingly
contemptuous speech, body language, or conduct toward school
employees, visitors, or other students.
FIGHTING OR PROVOKING A FIGHT
Striking or grabbing a fellow student; starting a fight by same or
verbally or in some other way encouraging people to fight and play
fighting constitute this offense. These may be considered violent
acts. Students who are involved in assaults, who engage in fighting
or who are responsible in any way for fighting while under the
jurisdiction of the school are subject to arrest, removal and/or
expulsion from school in accordance with statutes and/or district
policy. This includes fighting while on a bus, bus stops, or at any
activity/event sponsored by the Tate County School District.
FORGERY
Forgery means writing or using the signature of another person.
GAMBLING
This term includes involvement in any game of chance, i.e. cards,
dice, coin flipping, betting (e.g. sports, fights, and academic success
or failure), etc.
HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, OR VERBAL ASSAULT
These terms indicate bothering another student or teacher, extorting
money, food or objects, damage to personal property, and threats.
They also include verbal assaults. These may be considered violent
acts.
STUDENT BULLYING (JDDA)
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The Tate County School District does not condone and will not
tolerate bullying or harassing behavior. Bullying or harassing
behavior is any pattern of gestures or written, electronic or
verbal communications, or any physical act or any threatening
communication, or any act reasonably perceived as being
motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating
characteristic that (a) places a student or school employee in
actual and reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or
damage to his or her property, or (b) creates or is certain to
create a hostile environment by substantially interfering with or
impairing a student’s educational performance, opportunities or
benefits. The School Board directs the superintendent or
designee to design and implement procedures for reporting,
investigating, and addressing bullying and harassing behaviors.
*Refer to Policy JDDA: Student Bullying, Student Complaints of
Bullying or Harassing Behavior & Bullying Harassment Reporting
Form in the Appendix
2.
3.
4.
5.
INDECENT EXPOSURE
Indecent exposure is the intentional or careless exposure of
various private body parts. This may result from a dress code
infraction.
INSUBORDINATION
Insubordination is the failure to submit to authority, disobedience or
refusing or failing to obey a direct request, either privately or
publicly (in the presence of others). Insubordination includes such
action to any school district employee.
PROHIBITED ORGANIZATIONS
No student may actively participate or wear clothing or other
indications of membership in an organization that advocates
violence or hatred toward any group of students and other
individuals, or an organization which either intends to or does
disrupt the educational process through its purpose or actions.
6.
7.
other sharp-pointed or edged instrument except
instructional supplies.
FIREWORKS
ILLEGAL OR STOLEN PROPERTY
TOBACCO/ALL TYPES/ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES
Tate County School District Board of Education bans the
use of all tobacco products to include but is not limited
to, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, smokeless and
electronic cigarettes, and matches, lighters, rolling
papers, cigars and pipes. This ban includes all school
buildings in the district and in all school vehicles by all
persons at all times. This ban extends to all employees,
students, and patrons attending school-sponsored
events and meetings and in school-owned or operated
vehicles and facilities.
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
The Tate County School District prohibits the unlawful
possession, use or distribution of alcoholic beverages,
prescription drugs used improperly, marijuana, or other
controlled substances by students and employees on
school campuses or as part of any of its activities. This
ban includes being under the influence of these
controlled substances. Disciplinary sanctions on
students and employees are consistent with local, state,
and federal laws. See also Introduction-Civil
Responsibilities and Appendix.
LASER ITEMS
This ban includes laser pointers, laser key chains, or
any other laser items.
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES
Electronic devices are not allowed anywhere on campus
at any time with the exception of in the classroom with
teacher permission for educational purposes. No ear
buds, Bluetooth, over-the-ear headphones, or any other
accessories, may be visible.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Sororities, Fraternities, & Secret Organizations
State laws specifically prohibit the existence of any sorority,
fraternity, or secret society as a part of any high school in Mississippi.
The Tate County School District expressly prohibits use of any
school in the district as a part of the name of any of these groups,
raising funds in the name of any school in the district, conducting any
part of their initiation at any district in the school (including wearing of
unusual dress, signs, and directions or instructions given to initiates
by members), and the use of any school facility-grounds or buildingsfor the purpose of meeting or holding any type of program or
exhibition. The above regulations are not inclusive; other conduct in
connection with these groups is forbidden at or in the schools.
Students who violate the position of the Tate County School District
in this matter are subject to suspension, with a parental conference
required before reinstatement.
The Tate County School District is committed to providing for its
students an educational environment that is respectful of human
dignity and free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is
defined as derogatory or objectionable conduct including, but not
limited to, unsolicited, unwanted or offensive touching, rubbing,
bumping against another's body or other physical contact, and
making unsolicited, suggestive sexual verbal comments or
innuendoes, including but not limited to sexist slurs, sexually
oriented obscene, lewd, vulgar, unwanted, offensive, or indecent
language. In addition, pressure for dates or sexual activity is not
tolerated. Students guilty of threatening or sexually harassing other
students or school employees are subject to appropriate disciplinary
action. See also Introduction-Civil Responsibilities: Sexual Harassment.
Gang Activity or Association
Gangs that initiate, advocate, or promote activities which threaten the
safety or well-being of persons or property on school grounds or
which disrupt the environment are harmful to the educational
process. The use of hand signals, graffiti, or the presence of any
apparel, jewelry, accessory, or manner of grooming which, by virtue
of its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol, or any other attribute
that indicates or implies membership or affiliation with such a group,
presents a clear and present danger and is prohibited. This creates
an atmosphere where unlawful acts or violations of school
regulations may occur. Incidents involving initiations, hazing,
intimidations, and/or related activities of affiliations which are likely to
cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or
disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to students are
prohibited.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
POSSESSION, TRANSFER, OR USE OF PROHIBITED ITEMS
TRESPASSING
1.
GUNS/WEAPONS
The Tate County School District bans the possession,
transfer, use, or attempted use of any gun, rifle, pistol or
other firearm; any dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade,
mine or powerful explosive; or a Bowie knife, dirk,
dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife,
blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades and
Sexual misconduct is defined as rape, sexual intercourse, sexual
battery, and "heavy" petting. Sexual misconduct also includes sexual
harassment, and verbal sexual assault.
THEFT
Stealing in any form, taking something under any circumstances
that does not belong to you is prohibited. This includes stealing of
any school district property and/or stealing from school district
personnel, visitors, or other students.
Trespassing is unauthorized presence on school property. Students
who are assigned to parent care or out-of-school suspension,
recommended for expulsion, or expelled but are on campus
unaccompanied by a parent/guardian are considered to be
trespassing.
VANDALISM/GRAFFITI
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Vandalism is intentional damage to school property, or to the
property of others which is located on school property. Restitution
for damage to school property is required.
VULGARITY
Profanity or inappropriate language for the school environment
whether it is oral, written, or indicated is classified as vulgar.
Examples include dirty notes/ letters, "shooting the bird", or other
indications of vulgarity.
ASSERTIVE DISCIPLINE LADDER
The discipline program, which governs student behavior, includes
behaviors and consequences that result in a student being placed on
a discipline ladder. All disruptions/discipline problems and
consequences are applicable to all students during all periods of time
they are under and subject to the jurisdiction of the Tate County
School District as defined by the laws of the State of Mississippi
and/or while they are participating in or going to or from any activity
sponsored by the district and/or while under the supervision and
direction of any teacher, principal, or other authority of the district.
student is enrolled. A suspended student may return to school
following the expiration of the suspension period without application
for readmission but is required to be accompanied by a parent, legal
guardian or custodian before being readmitted to class. A suspension
includes the denial of the privilege of participating in or attending any
school related activity for the period of the suspension. Further,
suspended students may not trespass upon any school campus or
enter into any school building except for a prearranged conference
with a principal. Occasionally a student is suspended immediately, if
it is determined to be in the general welfare of the student, other
students, and/or school personnel. Students assigned to OSS are
reported absent from school while under home suspension. Parents
are notified of the suspension by telephone or letter. If a parent is not
contacted by phone, a letter is mailed to notify them of the
suspension.
Referral to Teacher Support Team (TST)
The teacher making the referral requests a meeting with the TST to
discuss the student's behavior at school. The TST then makes
recommendations including but not limited to interventions. Parent
notification of TST referral is sent to parent/guardian at the initial Tier
2/3 placement. The parent may request to be present at this
meeting. The meetings are scheduled as needed.
CONSEQUENCES
Warning
A student may receive any of the following types of warnings in order
to correct the inappropriate behavior: a simple stated warning,
noticeable eye contact or gesture. When a student's behavior
becomes such that the teacher must stop teaching to reprimand
him/her, then the teacher issues demerits or fills out a discipline
report.
Detention
Detention is one method for handling student misbehavior. The
student is required to report to detention for short periods of time.
Detentions are completed on a daily basis either during school, in
the classroom, before school, or after school. Truancy, student
misbehavior, or being uncooperative during detention results in
referral to a school administrator for further discipline. Classroom
detention is managed by the individual classroom teacher. Other
detentions may involve larger groups assigned by teachers and/or
administrators.
In-school Detention (ISD)
ISD is the removal of a student by an administrator from a class or
classes for a specified period of time to remain at school during
class periods in a specified area. The student may complete
assignments and receive counseling and/or behavior modification
assistance. In-school detention may also entail the denial of certain
privileges, i.e., recess outside the classroom. In addition, students
may be required to complete tasks on campus such as picking up
paper.
After-school Detention (ASD)
After-school detention is maintained during the first hour following
dismissal from school. Parents/Guardians must come to school to
sign a child out of ASD. Any parent/guardian who does not comply
with the guidelines must be required to meet with the principal
before the student is allowed to return to school.
Suspension
In-School Suspension (ISS)
In the ISS program a student is isolated from his/her classmates. The
student is counted present for the day, required to complete school
work for credit, and complete all work assigned by the ISS teacher or
district designee. To remain in the ISS for the specified time, the
student must display a cooperative attitude, willingness to work, and
excellent behavior. An uncooperative attitude may result in additional
disciplinary actions. If a student receives ISS, participation in
extracurricular activities is at the discretion of the principal.
Out of School Suspension (OSS)
Out-of-school suspension is the denial of the privilege of attending
school in the district imposed after due process upon any student of
the district at the direction of the principal of the school in which the
Corporal Punishment
Corporal punishment is an option in the disciplinary program of the
Tate County School District. The principal or assistant principal may
administer corporal punishment. In all cases, another certified person
must be present when the punishment is administered. Corporal
punishment may not be administered in anger or in the presence of
the other students. Suspension is mandatory in instances where
corporal punishment is refused.
In all cases where corporal punishment is administered, a discipline
form is completed immediately and must contain the following
information:
1.
Student's Name
2.
Date
3.
Details of specific incident for
which punishment was
administered
4.
5.
Signature of person administering punishment
Signature of witness
The office copy of the discipline form is filed in the principal's office.
The parent's copy is sent home by the student or through the mail.
Alternative Placement
A district disciplinary committee composed of Tate County School
District personnel reviews the academic and conduct record of a
student recommended for alternative placement. Alternative environments typically have a low pupil teacher ratio and a variety of
intervention strategies. A certified teacher is assigned to each
alternative class. Students are given instruction and assignments at
the appropriate level. Periodically, the alternative placement
committee reviews the student's progress for the purpose of
determining future placement. Students alternately placed are not
allowed to attend any Tate County School District functions.
Expulsion
The student is not allowed to attend any school in the district for the
term of the expulsion. Admittance to school the upcoming year is
determined by a discipline review committee prior to school starting.
It is the parent/guardian's responsibility to request this meeting.
Students expelled from school are not allowed to attend any Tate
County School District functions.
Automatic Expulsion
The superintendent or principal has authority to recommend
automatic expulsion of any student who possesses any controlled
substance in violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Law, a
knife, handgun, other firearm, or other instrument considered to be
dangerous and capable of causing bodily harm or who commits a
violent act on school property. The expulsion takes effect
immediately subject to constitutional due process rights. See
Appendix.
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BEHAVIOR LEVELS
Level I
Classroom management is the responsibility of the instructor.
Classroom rules are developed by each teacher. These rules
ensure safety, respect, and responsibility for all students.
Each teacher enacts disciplinary actions according to the
severity of the student's Level l misbehavior. The following is
a sample of Level I behaviors but is not all-inclusive.
1.
Unacceptable talking or loud noises
2.
Displays of verbal or physical disrespect to other
students
3.
Distractive items
4.
Eating or chewing gum in class without permission
5.
Unauthorized movement in the classroom
6.
Unacceptable contact with others, including public
displays of affection
7.
Running
8.
Unauthorized use of a computer or any school
equipment
9.
Fussing
10. Tattling
11. Hitting
12. Throwing objects
13. Unnecessary comments
14. Poor cafeteria manners
15. Littering
16. Disregarding instructions/Insubordination
17. Writing on desks or walls
18. Argumentative
19. Lying
20. Stealing or borrowing without permission
21. Copying homework or test
22. Cheat sheets
23. Threats
24. Promoting and instigating a fight
25. Out of area
26. Forgery (grades K-6)
27. Rest room misbehavior
28. Use of profanity
29. Dress Code Violation
30. Tardy to class/school
Consequences for Level l behaviors may include reprimand,
issuance of demerits, discipline form completion, detention, parent
contact, referral to Teacher Support Team.
DEMERIT SYSTEM CONSEQUENCES
When Merit/Demerit Systems are used, the following are possible
repercussions for incurring demerit points. Other disciplinary action
may be assessed at the discretion of the principal or his designee.
•
Any student who incurs seven demerits will receive
parental contact.
•
Any student who incurs ten demerits will be referred to
the office and a parent conference will be required before
the student is allowed to return to school.
•
Any student who incurs fifteen demerits will move to step
3 on the disciplinary ladder.
•
Any student who incurs twenty five demerits will move to
step 4 on the disciplinary ladder.
•
Any student who incurs demerits beyond thirty will move
to step 5 – 7 on the disciplinary ladder.
LEVEL II
Level II Behaviors are those resulting in action by the principal and/or
assistant principal. The principal or designee administers discipline
according to the severity of the student's Level II misbehavior. The
following is a sample of Level II behaviors. This list is not allinclusive. Consequences are based on previous conduct.
BEHAVIOR
STEP
1.
Continued Level 1 Misbehavior
1-6
(after TST referral and intervention)
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
25.
26.
Assault on a student
3-7
Bullying
2-6
Extortion
2-6
Possession/Use/Transferring of
7
Firearms and Ammunition (firearms only)
Fighting or Instigating
1-7
Gang related activity
2-7
Any death that occurs on
7
school property caused by student
Without lawful authority to
3-7
cease confine or imprison a person against their will
Disfigurement of a person
7
Slicing, cutting with a razor or the intentional
disfigurement of a person
Introduction by a student of
5-7
a hazardous substance to food or water supply with
the intent to kill or injure
Sexual relations by a person
7
18 or older with a child under the age of 14, any
person who forcibly attempts to have sexual
relations with a female regardless of age.
Robbery: To take property
2-4
from the possession of another by violence or threat
of
Assault on teachers or other
5-7
school personnel (physical or verbal) property
To harass or credibly
7
threaten another with the intent to instill fear of
death or injury that results in prosecution
Actual sexual penetration
7
without consent; or of a mental defective ; or child
greater than 14 but less than 18; or sex between
staff and student
Possession of a knife,
2-7
box cutter, chain, mace, pepper spray, or any
weapon or act in concert with any students who
have such items in their possession or constructive
control
Alcohol: Liquor, beer or
5-7
other alcohol beverage
Bomb Threat
7
Disorderly Conduct
5-7
Possession/sale/
2-7
transferring /use of unauthorized substances
including, tobacco, drugs, drug paraphernalia
Theft
2-7
Entering school property without 2-7
authorization or not pursuant to school business
Destruction of school property 1-6
on campus
Any incident which is a
1-4
violation of school policy which is not a violation of
the law
Possession of a cell phone/unauthorized use of a
cell phone.1-7
Note: The cell phone will be retained in the
principal’s office as follows: first offense – parent
may pick up device, second offense – five calendar days
confiscation, third offense – confiscation for a minimum of
10 days and 3 days suspension from school. If a student
refuses to give their electronic device to a school
official, they will be written up for insubordination
and suspended for 3 days.
27.
Skipping class and/or leaving campus 1-6
*To promote a safe campus, students are given eight seconds to
remove themselves from an area in which a fight is in progress.
Failure to do so results in disciplinary action deemed appropriate by
the principal or designee.
Consequences for Level II Behaviors
STEP
CONSEQUENCE
1
A. Contact parents*
B. Detention - 3 days
C. In-School suspension -1 day
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3
D. Corporal punishment
Step 1:
Student given a warning by the driver
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
Step 2:
Student sent to the principal's office
A.
Warning may be given and notice sent to
parents about future consequences.
B.
Corporal punishment may be administered
by the principal or assistant principal.
Step 3:
A.
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
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Contact parents
Detention - 5 days
In-School suspension - 2 days
Home suspension - 1 day
Corporal punishment
No participation in or attendance at any
school activities during the home
suspension
period
Contact parents*
In-School suspension - 3 days
Home suspension – 2-4 days
No participation in or attendance at
any school activities during the home
suspension period
Parent conference with principal at
school
A. Contact parents*
B. Combination of in-school and home
suspension for 3 - 5 days
C. Home suspension for 4 - 6 days
D. No participation in or attendance at any
school
activities during the home suspension
period
5
A. Contact parents*
B. Combination of in-school and home
suspension for 5 - 9 Days
C. Home suspension for 5 - 9 Days
D. No participation in or attendance at any
school
activities during the home suspension
period
6
A. Contact Parents*
B. Home suspension - 9 days
C. Student may be recommended for
alternative
education for up to 45 days
D. Student may be recommended for
expulsion
E. No participation in any school activity for
the remainder of the school year and no
attendance at any school activity for nine
weeks
7.
A. Contact parents*
B. Home suspension – 9 days
C. Recommended for expulsion
D. No participation or attendance at any
school activity for the remainder of the school
Year.
*Mandatory consequence
BUS CONDUCT/DISCIPLINE LADDER
The privilege of riding a school bus carries with it certain
responsibilities on the part of the student. Drivers are expected to
keep order and discipline on the bus, but their major responsibility is
to drive the bus. The bus is an extension of the classroom. Violations of school rules while on the bus are handled as if the students
were in school.
Riding the school bus is a privilege that can be lost if proper
conduct is not followed. Students jeopardize this privilege by
failing to conduct themselves in a proper way. Therefore, students
are expected to cooperate with all disciplinary and safety
regulations. When a student fails to observe bus safety rules, the
driver will complete a bus discipline report that will be sent to the
principal at the student's campus. The principal will confer with the
student and assign an appropriate disciplinary action based upon
the infraction.
Student may be removed from the bus
For 1-3 days
B.
Student may be removed from the bus for 510 days.
C.
Student may be removed from bus for a
length of time up to the remainder of the
semester.
D.
Student may be removed from the bus for
the remainder of the school year.
Severe Clause: If an incident occurs that is deemed severe
enough, the steps may be bypassed and the student removed
from transportation services for a length of time deemed
appropriate by the principal.
Fighting is not tolerated. Anyone fighting on a bus will be
suspended from the bus and/or school for a period of time to
be determined by the principal.
Actions that result in disciplinary action include, but are not limited
to, the following.
1.
At no time are students to touch the outside of the bus or
hang heads, arms, legs, bodies, or hands out of the windows
of the bus.
2.
Immediately upon entering the bus, students are to be
seated and remain seated until they arrive at their
destination.
3.
Students are to board the bus and leave the bus according
to the instructions of the bus driver.
4.
Students may not leave the bus on its way to or from the
school except at their designated stop.
5.
Students are not to throw or in any way sail/shoot/ pitch
objects on or out of the bus.
6.
Drivers have the option of delegating students to an assigned
seat.
7.
The bus must come to a complete stop before
students may enter or exit the bus.
8.
Loud talking and other loud noises are not
permitted on the bus.
9.
Students are held financially responsible for
defacing or vandalizing the bus.
10.
No beverages, chewing gum, or food may be
consumed on the bus.
11.
Intentional littering of the bus is prohibited.
12.
Students must identify themselves properly when
requested to do so by school bus personnel.
13.
Vulgar language is prohibited on the school bus.
14.
Students are not to harass, intimidate, or threaten other
students while waiting for or riding a bus.
15.
Students are not to fight on the bus or at the bus stop.
(Incidents are reported to law enforcement.)
16.
Use or possession of dangerous objects on the school
bus or at the bus stop is forbidden. (Reported to law
enforcement.)
17.
Students are not to use, sell, possess, or be under the
influence of drugs or alcohol on the school bus or at the
bus stop. (Reported to law enforcement.)
18.
Stealing is prohibited.
19.
Tobacco products are not permitted on the bus or at bus
stops.
20.
Open defiance or open displays of disrespect or
insolence toward a bus driver are not tolerated.
21.
Other misbehavior as determined by the administration,
including a pattern of repeated bus misbehavior, is not
permitted.
22.
Weapons on the school bus or at bus stops are
forbidden. (Reported to law enforcement.)
23.
Disruption of the bus.
24.
Standing or changing seats while the bus is in motion.
25.
Instigating or participating in fights. Engaging in destruction
of public, personal, or private property.
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26.
27.
28.
29.
30.
Violation of safety regulations.
Committing any act that, in the opinion of school personnel,
is detrimental, to decency of decorum.
Misbehavior that causes injury (bodily or psychological) to
another student or self.
Students are expected to abide by the school district's
dress code and other school rules while riding school
buses.
No balloons, glass, pets, etc. are allowed on the bus.
Bus drivers submit misconduct reports in writing. When possible the
driver delivers reports to the principal/or designee in person. Only
the school principal/or designee may suspend a student. Bus
suspension usually refers to the school bus only and the number of
days applies to school days only. Weekends and holidays do not
count. When students are suspended from riding a school bus they
are not allowed to ride any bus. The responsibility for transporting
the child is left to the parent. The principal/or designee notifies the
student at least one day in advance of the date on which his/her
suspension is to take effect.
A record of all suspensions giving the name of the student involved,
dates of the suspension, and reason/ reasons for the suspension
are kept on file in the principal's office. Copies of the suspension
report are sent to the student parent/guardian, to the central office,
and to the bus driver. See Section VII-Safety and Security: Bus
Safety and Section X-School Services: Transportation.
SEARCHES AND INTERROGATIONS (JCDA)
School administrators, teachers, and school resource officers have
the right to question students regarding their conduct and/or the
conduct of others. In regard to students' alleged actions, except
where the alleged action would constitute a criminal offense, the
right against self-incrimination does not exist.
SEARCHES
The Tate County School District must maintain an atmosphere
conducive to the pursuit of its educational goals, including a right to
search students' personal belongings when it is in the interest of
the overall welfare of other students or is necessary to preserve
the good order and discipline of the school. Lockers may be
opened or other searches conducted in the presence of two
members of the professional staff.
BOOK BAGS, PURSES, ETC.
A student's personal effects may be searched whenever a school
authority has reasonable suspicion to believe the student is in
possession of illegal or unauthorized materials or contraband.
PERSONAL SEARCH
A student's person and/or personal effects may be searched
whenever a school authority has reasonable suspicion to believe that
the student is in possession of illegal or unauthorized materials or
contraband. A pat-down search of a student's person, if required,
must be conducted in private by a school official of the same sex with
at least one adult witness present. Only extremely rare situations
require a more intrusive search of a student's person than a patdown. If extreme emergency conditions exist, and only upon prior
approval by the central office, is a more intrusive search to be
considered. If such a search is necessary, it is conducted in private
by a school official of the same sex with an adult witness of the same
sex present.
METAL DETECTORS/VIDEO SURVEILLANCE
Metal detectors are used at selected school events at the discretion
of the school administration. Metal detectors are used in the schools
as deemed appropriate. Inspections/searches of personal property at
public events are conducted by school administrators and/or law
enforcement personnel. Inspections/searches of personal property at
school sites may be conducted by school administrators in
accordance with established procedures. Refusal to pass through the
metal detectors is considered sufficient cause to deny entrance to the
event or to school until a personal search is completed. Video
cameras may also be used on buses or on school property to ensure
safety and/or to record student discipline problems.
DUE PROCESS
A student who has been suspended or expelled or otherwise denied
admission to attend school has the right to due process. All aspects,
circumstances and records of the student's case shall be confidential
and available only to authorized school officials dealing directly with
the student or to the student's parents, legal guardians or attorneys
for the student or for the Board. The following procedures provide
notice and opportunity to be heard in such matters.
STEP ONE: INITIAL INFORMAL HEARING
Applies to: Suspensions of 10 days or less
Suspensions of 11 days or more
Recommendations of Expulsions
VEHICLES
Denials of admission
The school retains authority to inspect student vehicles used as
transportation to school whether on or off school property. When a
school authority has reasonable suspicion to believe that illegal or
unauthorized materials are contained inside a student vehicle, the
student may be required to open the vehicle, including the trunk, for
further inspection.
1.
CANINE
The district may at any time utilize trained police dogs to search
vehicles, desks, lockers, school property, except possessions on a
student's person, with reasonable suspicion of a violation following
written notification to the superintendent. A canine response indicating the presence of contraband constitutes reasonable suspicion and
a more intrusive search may be conducted at the direction of the
principal, school resource officer, and responding law enforcement
personnel.
An initial informal hearing is required in each case where
disciplinary action may be taken against a student and
where an expelled student makes application of
readmission following the conclusion of the expulsion
period. After an initial investigation appropriate under the
circumstances, the principal, superintendent or designee
shall:
a.
Advise the student of the charges against him or
reasons for nonadmission;
b.
Afford the student a full opportunity to respond;
and
c.
If the student denies the charges or contests the
reasons for nonadmission, explain the evidence in
support thereof.
DESKS & LOCKERS
Desks and lockers are school property and remain at all times under
the control of the school. However, students are responsible for
whatever is contained in desks or lockers issued to them by the
school. School authorities may conduct periodic general inspections
at any time for any reason related to school administration.
Inspection of individual desks or lockers may occur when there is a
reasonable basis to do so, or for health and safety reasons. In those
cases, the student or a third party may be present. Items which may
be placed or kept in a desk or locker include, but are not limited to,
school issued books, pencils, pens, paper, clothing apparel. Items
that may NOT be placed or kept in a desk or locker include, but are
not limited to, items not directly connected with school requirements
such as weapons, explosive devices, illegal contraband, and other
items in violation of school policy.
2.
After the informal hearing, the principal may take the following
actions:
a.
SUSPENSION OF 10 DAYS OR LESS: The
principal may issue to the student and legal
guardian a notice of suspension not longer than 10
consecutive school days.
b.
IMMEDIATE REMOVAL: The principal may
immediately dismiss the student from school for the
day when such is necessary to restore order, to
protect the safety of the student or others, and/or to
resume normal school functions but when an
immediate suspension is not or may not be
appropriate. A student sent home under these
circumstances shall be instructed to return the
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at any appropriate time without application of the
10-day limitation.
following day with his legal guardian. Should the
student not return as instructed, the principal shall
mail a "Notice of Suspension" for 10 days or less,
as appropriate.
c.
d.
e.
STEP TWO:
Applies to:
c.
The hearing will be before the Tate County School
District Disciplinary Hearing Committee:
IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION AND
RECOMMENDATION OF EXPULSION: The
principal or superintendent shall immediately
suspend a student for 10 days or less and
recommend expulsion when there is reason to
believe that the student committed an unlawful or
violent act, as defined or otherwise provided by
District policy. The suspension shall be effective
immediately, pending conclusion of due process on
the recommendation of expulsion.
IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION AND
RECOMMENDATION OF SUSPENSION OF 11
DAYS OR MORE/EXPULSION: The principal or
the superintendent may immediately suspend a
student for 10 days or less and recommend a
suspension of 11 days or more or expulsion, as
appropriate under the circumstances. The
suspension shall be effective immediately, pending
the conclusion of due process on the
recommendation of long-term suspension or
expulsion.
d.
i.
The Tate County School District
Disciplinary Hearing Committee shall be
composed of three or more school
administrators, none of whom may be
on the staff of the school from which the
student is enrolled.
ii.
The superintendent's designee will
serve as the investigator, convene and
administrative officer of the Committee
but shall not vote.
The Tate County School District Disciplinary
Hearing Committee shall hear and consider all
cases presented and is authorized to:
DENIAL OF ADMISSION: The principal or
superintendent may recommend a denial of
admission which shall be effective immediately,
pending the conclusion of due process.
i.
To concur or not concur in the
suspension, expulsion or nonadmission
recommendation;
ii.
To confirm or specify the duration of a
suspension of eleven days or more, to
remove the suspension or expulsion or
to recommend admission; and
iii.
Subject to review and approval of the
superintendent, to recommend limited or
unlimited expulsion or nonadmission to
the board.
iv.
The Tate County School District
Disciplinary Hearing Committee shall
prepare a written summary of each
case.
APPEAL
Suspensions of 11 days or more
Expulsions
Denials of admission
If after the initial hearing the principal or superintendent determines
that a recommendation of suspension for 11 days or more, expulsion
or other denial of admission is the appropriate disciplinary action:
1.
The principal or superintendent shall give the student a
written "Notice of Suspension and Recommendation of
Expulsion/Nonadmission and Statement of Rights" in a
form provided by the superintendent for such purposes.
2.
The notice shall contain a statement of the
charges/reasons, advise the student of his rights to legal
counsel, to present witnesses and to cross-examine
witnesses presented against him and state the date, time
and place for hearing. A copy of the notice will be handdelivered to the student when possible and the original
hand-delivered or mailed to the legal guardian.
3.
4.
A hearing before the Tate County School District
Disciplinary Hearing Committee shall automatically be
scheduled no later than the tenth school day following the
date of notice.
b.
The student may be offered temporary placement in
the alternative school program when the counselor
verifies the student's suitability for such program
and, in such case, the hearing before the Tate
County School District Disciplinary Hearing
Committee may be held at any appropriate time
without application of the 10-day limitation.
However, the District may not offer temporary
placement when the offense upon which the action
is based is gang or group-related fighting, violation
of prohibitions against weapons or controlled
substances, assault of a staff member or other
unlawful or violent act.
The student may be allowed to remain in school if
the principal or, in the case of nonadmission, the
superintendent determines that his continued
presence is not detrimental to the normal
functioning of the school program and, in such
case, the hearing before the Tate County School
District Disciplinary Hearing Committee may be held
All expulsion and nonadmission recommendations
shall be subject to review by the superintendent and
by the board.
f.
After completing this appeal step, a parent, legal
guardian or custodian aggrieved by a decision to
suspend his child may request review of the
decision by the board. A request for review must be
submitted to the board within 2 days after receiving
a decision at this appeal step.
STEP THREE:
Applies to:
REVIEW BY THE SUPERINTENDENT
Expulsions
Denials of admission
The superintendent shall review all recommendations by the Tate
County School District Disciplinary Hearing Committee for expulsions
or denials of admission:
1.
If the superintendent concurs in the decision of the Tate
County School District Disciplinary Hearing Committee,
he shall submit the recommendation to the Board for final
action.
2.
If the superintendent does not concur in the decision of
the Tate County School District Disciplinary Hearing
Committee, he may remove expulsion, assign an
appropriate duration of suspension or recommend
expulsion or, in the case of other denial of admission,
recommend admission.
3.
All recommendations by the superintendent of expulsions
or denials of admission shall be subject to review by the
board.
Pending the outcome of the hearing before the Tate
County School District Disciplinary Hearing Committee:
a.
e.
STEP FOUR: REVIEW BY THE BOARD Applies
to:
Suspensions (only upon request by parents)
Expulsions
Denials of admission
The board shall, at its next regular or special meeting following the
recommendation, review and take final action on all
recommendations for expulsions, denial of admission and any
requests for review of suspensions. All consideration of student
disciplinary actions shall be conducted in accordance with standard
board procedure. All decisions by the board shall be final.
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According to a 1998 Attorney General Opinion, automatic fail
provision of an absences policy may not apply against legal, excused
absences. Such absences policies may not be applied against
absences resulting from disciplinary suspensions if absences policies
are applied to truant children who are otherwise passing, the district
must afford the child procedural due process. (Attorney General
Opinion, Carter, 1-9-98) (#183) (97-0817)
1.
It is the resolute policy of the school district to recommend
expulsion only as a last resort. As a general rule, no
student shall be expelled without clear proof that:
A.
He/She poses a threat to the orderly operation
of school programs and activities or are a
danger to the physical well being of other
students or faculty, or to school property or
the safe operations of the school bus.
B.
The student’s parent or guardian has been
notified of the student’s misconduct and the
possibility of expulsion, and has been offered
opportunities to confer with the principal or the
relevant faculty members regarding the
student’s misconduct.
WEAPONS
MS Code §97-37-17
1.
5.
It shall be a misdemeanor for any person to cause, encourage
or aid a minor who is less than 18 years old to possess or carry,
whether openly or concealed, any BB gun, air rifle, air pistol,
Bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade
knife, knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor
blades (except solely for personal shaving) and any sharppointed or edged instrument except instructional supplies,
unaltered nail files and clips and tool used solely for preparation
of food, instruction and maintenance on educational property.
Any person violation this subsection shall be guilty of a
misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not
more than $1,000, or be imprisoned not exceeding 6 months, or
both.
6.
It shall not be a violation for any person to possess or carry,
whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol or other
firearm of any kind on school property if--A.
The person is not a student attending school on any
educational property;
B.
The firearm is within a motor vehicle; and
C.
The person does not brandish, exhibit or display the
firearm in any careless angry or threatening manner
The following definitions apply to this section:
A.
B.
C.
D.
“Educational property” means any public or
private school building or bus, public or private
school campus, grounds, recreational area,
athletic field, or other property owned, used or
operated by any local school board, school,
college or university board of trustees, or
directors for the administration of any public or
private educational institution or during a
school related activity; provided however, that
the term “educational property” shall not
include any sixteenth section school land or
lieu land on which is not located at a school
building, school campus, recreational area or
athletic field.
“Student” means a person enrolled in a public
or private school, college or university, or a
person who has been suspended or expelled
within the last 5 years from a public or private
school, college or university, whether the
person is an adult or a minor.
“Switchblade knife” means a knife containing
a blade or blades that open automatically by
the release of a spring or a similar
contrivance.
“Weapon” means any device enumerated in
#2 and #4 below.
2.
It is a felony for any person to possess or carry, whether openly
or concealed any gun, rifle, pistol or other firearm of any kind,
or any dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine or powerful
explosive on educational property. However, this definition does
not apply to a BB gun, air rifle or air pistol. Any person violating
this policy is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, will
be fined not more than $5,000, or committed to the custody of
the State Department of Corrections for not more than three
years, or both.
3.
It is a felony for any person to cause, encourage or aid a minor
who is less than 18 years old to possess or carry, whether
openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol or other firearm of any
kind, or any dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine or
powerful explosive on educational property. However, this does
not apply to a BB gun, air rifle, or air pistol. Any person violating
this policy is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, will be fined
not more than $5,000, or committed to the custody of the State
Department of Corrections for not more than three years, or
both.
4.
Bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade
knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades
(except solely for personal shaving), and any sharp-pointed or
edged instrument except instructional supplies, unaltered nail
files and clips and tools used solely for preparation of food,
instruction and maintenance on educational property. Any
person violating this subsection shall be guilty of a
misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not
more than $1,000, or be imprisoned not exceeding 6 months, or
both.
It shall be a misdemeanor for any person to possess or carry,
whether openly or concealed, any BB gun, air rifle, air pistol,
*Recommend that school districts institute a policy prohibiting school
employees from possessing firearms on their person, within their
vehicles, or in any other manner on school properties. The only
exception should be for school employees, e.g., school resource
officers, school police and school security personnel, who are
certified law enforcement personnel by the State of Mississippi and
are working part-time or full-time for their school district.
7.
This section shall not apply to:
A.
A weapon used solely for educational or schoolsanctioned ceremonial purposes, or used in a schoolapproved program conducted under the supervision of an
adult whose supervision has been approved by the school
authority;
B.
Armed forces personnel of the United Sates, officers and
soldiers of the militia and National Guard, law
enforcement personnel, any private police employed by
an educational institution, State Militia or Emergence
Management corps and any guard or patrolman in a state
or municipal institution, when acting in the discharge of
their official duties;
C.
Home school as defined in the compulsory school
attendance law, §37-12-91;
D.
Competitor while participating in organized shooting
events;
E.
Any person as authorized in §while in the performance of
his/her official duties;
F.
Any mail carrier while in the performance of his/her official
duties; or
G.
Any weapon not prescribed by §97-37-1 which is in a
motor vehicle under the control of a parent, guardian, or
custodian, as defined in §43-21-105, which is used to
bring or pick up a student at a school building, school
property, or school function.
8.
All school shall post in public view a copy of the provisions of
this section.
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
Students possessing or using alcohol, tobacco in any form, illegal
drugs or “look alike” drugs on school campus or at a school event will
be suspended and reported to the police. The same consequence will
apply to students who are under the influence of any of the above,
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exemplified by breath, conduct, or other observable behavior. (MS
Code §97-32-25, §32-27, and §97-32-29)
authority to respond to fads that are not covered through
district policy but, without a doubt, are disruptive to the
learning environment and peace and dignity of the school.
§97-32-25
GENERAL DRESS STANDARDS
This act shall be known and cited as Mississippi Adult Tobacco Use
on Educational Property Act of 2000.
1.
No see-through apparel is permitted.
2.
3.
All apparel must be hemmed.
Shoes must be worn and appropriately fastened at all
times.
4.
5.
Hair must be neat, clean, and well-groomed.
Military shirts or jackets with insignias are not
permitted. Gang insignia are not permitted.
No student is permitted to wear clothing that has on it
writing which is indecent, suggestive of indecency, or
advertising of alcoholic beverages or tobacco.
§97-32-27
□
□
□
□
“Adult means any natural person at least 18 years old.
“Minor” means any natural person under the age 18
years.
“Tobacco product” means any substance that contains
tobacco including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars,
pipes, snuff, smoking tobacco or smokeless tobacco.
“Educational property” means any public school building
or bus, public school campus grounds, recreational area,
athletic field, or other property owned, used or operated
by any local school board, school, or directors for the
administration of any public educational institution or
during a school-related activity; provided, however, that
the term “education property” shall not include any 16th
section school land or lieu land on which is not located at
a public school building, public school field. Educational
property shall not include property owned or operated by
the state institutions of higher learning, the public
community and junior colleges, or vocational-technical
complexes where only adult students are in attendance.
6.
7.
8.
A student's midriff must be covered.
Sunglasses or shades are not permitted in the
classroom.
9.
Only earrings that are of nongauge type are acceptable.
Neither male nor female students will be permitted to wear
rings and/or studs in their noses, tongues, or other exposed
body parts other than ears. Rings on fingers are acceptable.
10.
All pants or shorts must be worn at the appropriate waist
position. No sagging pants or shorts are allowed.
Only dress shorts are acceptable. No gym shorts.
11.
12.
Elementary students (grades K-6) are not allowed to wear
makeup.
§97-32-29
MANDATORY DRESS CODE STANDARDS POLICY
No person shall use any tobacco product to include but is not limited
to, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, smokeless and electronic
cigarettes, matches, lighters, rolling papers, cigars and pipes on any
educational property as defined in Section 2 of this act. Any adult who
violates this section shall be subject to a fine and shall be liable as
follows:
A.
B.
C.
For a first conviction, a warning;
For a second conviction, a fine of $75.00; and
For all subsequent convictions, a fine not to exceed
$150.00 shall be imposed.
Any adult found in violation of this section shall be issued a citation by
a law enforcement officer, which the citation shall include notice of
the date, time and location for hearing before the justice court having
jurisdiction where the violation is alleged to have occurred. For the
purposes of this section, “subsequent convictions” are for violations
committed on any educational property within the State of Mississippi.
The Board of Trustees for the Tate County School District has
mandated a mandatory dress policy for all students.
Mandatory Dress Code
1.
The mandatory dress code outlines the acceptable form
of attire approved to be worn by students in this district.
Any deviations, however slight, are disallowed.
2.
Every component of the mandatory dress code should be
appropriate in length and size. All clothing must fit
properly. Appropriate is defined as that which properly
covers the body and is in good taste.
3.
The principal shall have the final decision about the
appropriateness of the length/size of clothing. Shorts or skirts
must be to the top of the kneecap.
4.
5.
6.
Anyone convicted under this act shall be recorded as being fined for
a civil violation of the act and not for violating a criminal statute.
It is the responsibility of all law enforcement officers and law
enforcement agencies of this state to ensure that the provisions of
this act are enforced.
7.
8.
9.
DRESS AND GROOMING
Students are expected to come to school appropriately dressed.
Cleanliness, neatness, and appropriateness are standards that can
be observed by all students in their personal dress and grooming
regardless of personal taste and circumstances. No student dress
or grooming should cause a disruption to the learning environment
or cause safety concerns. Students violating the dress code are not
allowed to attend class until they are in compliance.
Note: Principals have the authority to apply discretion in the
enforcement/interpretation of district guidelines within the
parameters of propriety and decency for the age group or
groups and extenuating individual situations represented at
their school. In addition, school administrators have the
10.
11.
12.
Undergarments should never be visible.
All teachers will monitor student dress and send students
who are dressed inappropriately to the principal.
Students are prohibited from wearing additional patches,
pins, tattoos, earrings, jewelry, or any other item that may be
considered lewd, profane, obscene, vulgar, suggestive, or
any item that may distract from the educational process.
Chains are not allowed.
Pierced earrings for students are acceptable. Other visible
body piercing is not allowed, including tongue rings. Nose
pins may not be worn by students
Head coverings including but not limited to caps, visors,
hats, bandannas, doo-rags are prohibited.
Toboggans with no inappropriate markings may be worn in
winter conditions outside.
Clothing must fit properly. Extremely tight-fitting clothing
is not acceptable (no skinny jeans, leggings, etc.).
Oversized clothing, "sagging" and/or "hip huggers" are
not acceptable. Jogging pants, yoga, etc. are not
acceptable.
Underclothing shall be worn.
New students to the district enrolling on or after the first
day of school shall have five (5) days to comply with the
dress code policy.
Belts
Belts should be worn with all pants/shorts/skirts that have belt
loops. If belts loops are removed, the article of clothing is not
permissible.
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Shoes and Socks
Any shoe appropriate for school. All shoes must be
fastened properly. No flip-flops, platform, high heel shoes
or any shoe promoting any illegal substance or action that
disrupts the learning process.
RESTROOMS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Jackets/Coats/ Vests
•
Any jacket/coat appropriate for school. Jacket/Coat must be
of proper fit. No hooded sweatshirts (hoodies) or jacket/coat
promoting any illegal substance or action that disrupts the
learning process.
•
Hooded Jackets/Coats allowed. Hoods are not
to be worn inside buildings.
School Sold Items
Any school sponsored sale of shirts or sweat shirts require
permission from the principal for color, emblems, and style. Items
must be in compliance with standard dress policy. Polo shirts and
sweat shirts sold can be used as school approved items.
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS
Gym/PE Clothes (Grades 7-12)
Dress should be modest and appropriate for students taking
PE/gym/sports activities. No short-shorts, exposed midriffs, seethrough shirts, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, muscle shirts or jerseys
with large armholes will be allowed.
GENERAL COURTESIES & SCHOOL DECORUM
Students and staff are expected to abide by and respect the
following commonly held core values: learning, freedom,
responsibility, honesty, cooperation, services to others, and civility.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL AREAS
1.
2.
3.
Wait in designated areas in an orderly manner.
Do not block doors.
Keep your hands and feet to yourself. Do not push
or shove. Be patient, polite, and courteous.
HALLWAYS & CAMPUS
1.
In passing through corridors to classes, or in entering or
leaving the building, always move by the nearest route
with the least possible confusion.
2.
Keep to the right and do not block the corridors by
stopping to talk or play.
Sitting on outside rails or staircase railings is not
permitted.
Radios, toys, pets, headsets, beepers, and other
electronic devices not needed for class work are not
allowed on campus.
Treat school property and other people with respect.
Use all equipment and materials appropriately.
Follow directives by school personnel.
Take care of all personal belongings.
Dispose of trash in trash cans provided.
Reserve running, jumping, and exercising for playgrounds
or athletic fields.
Report abuse (verbal or physical) to a teacher or other
adult. Do not try to resolve serious conflicts alone.
Be courteous to others.
Hold doors for those behind you.
Speak in a quiet voice. Loud talk and whistling are not
appropriate.
Obtain hall passes for moving about the campus during
class.
Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
Public displays of affection are prohibited in all parts of the
school campus and on school buses.
No open food or drinks are permitted in the school building
expect water.
Chewing gum is not allowed at school. Repeated disregard
for this ban will result in disciplinary action.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
Put towels in trash cans.
Flush toilet.
Do not splash water.
Help keep restroom facilities clean and in good
working order. Restroom vandalism is classified as
a serious offense.
Report inoperable equipment or water leaks.
SCHOOL ASSEMBLY
1.
Enter auditorium/gym quickly and remain quiet
Any person displaying inappropriate conduct or
discourtesy during assemblies are removed
immediately.
2.
Pay attention to speaker or program.
3.
Do not make comments and disturb those around
you.
4.
Applaud courteously.
5.
Never boo, whistle, or stomp your feet, regardless
of your opinion of the program.
6.
Do not read or do homework during a program.
7.
Sit in your designated areas as required.
8.
Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
CAFETERIA
See also Section X-School Services: Food Service.
1.
Observe wait areas and service area boundaries.
2.
Display courtesy and good table manners. Sit with
feet on floor and facing the table.
3.
Get your tray promptly, without delaying the line.
Pick up what you need so you do not have to return
to the line.
4.
Respect the place of others; never crowd or try to
get ahead.
5.
Leave your table clean and neat.
6.
Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
CLASSROOM
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
Be punctual. Students are expected to be in their room and
seated when the bell rings. High school and junior high
students are expected to begin pre-bell assignments as soon
as they come into the classroom.
Be prepared. Students are expected to report to class with
books, pencils, paper, and materials.
Be quiet, but not silent. Take a positive role as an important
member of the learning community.
Be an active thinker and a good listener.
Keep your voice in a conversational tone.
Do not talk when someone else is talking.
Cooperate with the teacher and other students.
Complete all assignments.
No eating is permitted in the classroom, except for schoolapproved parties.
Contribute to the class daily.
Follow each teacher's classroom rules.
Respect the opinions of others and individual differences in
skills and abilities.
Follow directions.
Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
Students are to remain seated at the end of a class period
and/or school day until they are dismissed by the teacher.
SCHOOL- SPONSORED TRIPS
Students who are involved in school-sponsored events and/or
activities are expected to abide by all school rules, regulations, and
curfews and represent the school and school district in a positive, civil
manner. Students with excessive absences must have prior approval
from principal.
ATHLETIC EVENTS
Interscholastic athletics allows for the opportunity to engage in
friendly competition with member schools. In order for the Tate
County School District to abide by the regulations set forth by the
Mississippi High School Activities Association, high standards of
conduct must be maintained at all sporting events. Sportsman-like
conduct must be displayed by players and spectators alike. See
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Section IX-Student Activities.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Remain in stands during the game. Spectators are not
allowed on athletic playing fields, courts, or tracks.
Don't loiter, run or play in or around concession/restroom
areas.
No tobacco products, includes, but is not limited to,
cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, smokeless and electronic
cigarettes, matches, lighters, rolling papers, cigars, pipes,
alcoholic beverages, or controlled substances are allowed.
No bottles, cans, or glass containers are allowed.
9.
10.
Do not use profane, vulgar or obscene language.
Do not throw objects or use artificial noisemakers.
If you leave a game, you must pay to return.
All school rules and regulations apply during athletic
events.
Violations may result in suspension from school and/or
arrest.
Do not harass competitors, fans, or officials.
Students placed in Alternative Education are not allowed to attend
extracurricular events
STUDENT RECORDS & RELEASE
SCHOOL RECORDS
Permanent records and cumulative folders for individual students contain
all required data and are collected, maintained, and disseminated in
compliance with state law. the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
of 1974, district policy, and the Confidentiality Section of P. L. 94-142. All
references to students' disciplinary actions in the minutes of the Tate
County School District Board of Education are indicated by reference
number to the student disciplinary file maintained in the superintendent's
office.
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS & PRIVACY
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. §
1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of
student education records. These rights transfer to the student when he
or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school
level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."
The school gives full rights under the act to either parent, unless evidence
that there is a court order or other legally binding document relating to
such matters as divorce, separation, or custody that specifically revokes
these rights.
Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the
student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not
required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great
distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the
records. Schools may charge a fee for copies. Parents or eligible
students have the right to request that a school correct records that
they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to
amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a
formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to
amend the record, the parent or eligible student may place a statement
with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested
information. Generally, schools must have written permission from the
parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a
student's education record. However, schools may disclose those
records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following
conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
School officials with legitimate educational
interest.
Other schools to which a student is
transferring.
Specified officials for audit or evaluation
purposes.
Appropriate parties in connection with
financial aid to a student.
Organizations conducting certain studies
for or on behalf of the school.
Accrediting organizations.
To comply with a judicial order or lawfully
issued subpoena.
Appropriate officials in cases of health and
safety emergencies.
State and local authorities, within a juvenile
justice system, pursuant to specific state
law.
Record of Review
A record of individuals requesting access to the educational record of
each student is maintained in each school building. Parents/guardians
are entitled to have access to this list. The record contains the
signature, the date, and the reasons for needing access and is available
for parents' review upon request. The law, however, allows school
officials, including a child's teachers, to have access to school records
without signature.
RELEASE OF INFORMATION
Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a
student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth,
honors and awards, and dates of attendance unless a parent submits a
request to principal not to do so. This request must be submitted in
writing within 30 days of the first official school day of the year stating that
identifiable information regarding the student be deleted from school
publications. Requests from colleges, military organizations, prospective
employers, and other legitimate groups may be honored when it is determined to be in the child's best interest. See also Student Interview.
EMERGENCY INFORMATION
For the protection of their child, parents are asked to keep the
following information up-to-date on their child's school record:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Emergency information/contacts: Names, address, telephone
numbers, relationship to student
Current address
Phone number
Special conditions (medical, release of information, pertinent
custodial arrangements or court decrees affecting the child,
etc.)
Change of Address or Telephone Number
Parents must notify the school immediately upon any change of home
address and telephone number affecting the student.
STUDENT INTERVIEW
With the exception of youth court jurisdiction and the Department of
Human Services, no student may be interviewed by outside agencies
without permission of a parent or guardian. See Release of Information.
FIELD TRIPS
See Section /I-Academics and Appendix.
DELIVERIES
See Section VIII-School Day
POSTING SIGNS
All advertising or promotions are prohibited on school grounds or in
school buildings by outside groups or organizations without the
permission of the superintendent. Unauthorized signs or posters placed
in the corridors, school buildings or on school property are removed.
Only the principal may authorize posting signs by students and/or
student organizations. Organizations or individuals authorized to place
signs are responsible for removing them within the specified time.
PA ANNOUNCEMENTS
All intercom announcements must be approved by the school principal.
RECORDED MEETINGS
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The Tate County School District reserves the right to audio and/or
videotape board meetings and other board meetings conducted by school
personnel. Meetings may be recorded using audio and/or video recording
equipment whenever the administrator in charge of the meeting deems
the recording necessary to ensure an accurate record of the meeting and
that the meeting is conducted in a professional manner. Any recordings
will be handled consistent with all applicable privacy laws and
requirements. The types of meetings that may be audio and/or video
taped include but are not limited to the following: board meetings,
meetings with district personnel, discipline hearings, parent conferences,
IEP meetings, etc
SAFETY & SECURITY
SAFE, NURTURING SCHOOLS
Safety is a school's first job. Neither teaching nor learning can occur in a
chaotic, unstructured, unprotected environment. Emergencies do occur
on school campuses. Schools are neither immune to naturally occurring
conditions like earthquakes nor can they prevent completely unwanted
disturbances or intrusions; however, school personnel can prevent
unnecessary confusion and turmoil. In times of a crisis, schools need to
respond immediately to prevent tragedy and reduce the possibility of
escalation. The Tate County School District's safety program follows two
major strands: prevention and intervention. To provide for the most
effective tactics, the district's safety network features numerous
collaborations, including close ties with law enforcement, youth court,
local mental health clinics, and other agencies; the school nurse;
behavioral intervention plans; and tutorial programs.
PREVENTION
Planning is key to prevention. In Tate County schools, preventative plans
include facility audits, well maintained school campuses, crisis response
plans including evacuation drills, and first aid/CPR training.
INTERVENTION
Consistent, fair discipline policies and consequences for student offenses
are the primary intervention responses to school safety and security. See
Section V-Student Conduct and Discipline. Other tactics include filing
charges against anyone who violates a law at school or at a school event,
restrictive program placement, and recognizing and reporting suspicious
behavior.
building, and (3) lockdown. Drills are conducted on a monthly basis to
keep students and teachers safety conscious.
Shelter-In-Place
Shelter-in-place may be ordered for severe weather or to provide
emergency protection in the event of a hazardous materials accident or
other airborne threat.
Evacuation
In the event of an emergency requiring an evacuation, school staff are
directed to follow procedures for evacuation and/or sheltering until the
crisis is over. Teachers are universally required to maintain an accurate
attendance list, account for all students in their care, and keep
necessary records (grade book) with them at all times.
Lockdown
Lockdown is used in situations that may result in harm to persons inside
the school. This includes a shooting, hostage incident, intruder,
trespassing, disturbance, or at the discretion of administrators.
Bus Evacuation
Students are to follow the procedures below in the event an emergency
occurs requiring that a school bus be evacuated: See also Bus Safety and
Section VI-School Services: Transportation.
1.
Students should leave the bus as directed in an
orderly, safe manner.
2.
Older students should help the younger elementary
students.
3.
Students should move away from the bus and as far off
the road as conditions will permit.
All students must stay in the area where the bus is
and remain quiet so instructions of the bus driver can
be heard.
Students must not leave the area and attempt to walk
home from a disabled bus.
CRISIS CONTINGENCY
The Tate County School District recognizes its duty to provide due care
to staff and students in any emergency event. It is important for
educators and families to manage the response to the emergency
appropriately to help children cope with their feelings, fears, and needs
during and after an emergency. Respecting the child's feelings and
involving them where possible in recovery activities can reduce stress
and anxiety.
Written emergency response plans and procedures setting forth specific
steps to be followed are used in all Tate County schools to heighten
response to emergencies that threaten the safety and well-being of
schools. The intent of the plan is to assist in the response as well as
provide information to family members concerning crisis response.
Every effort is made to dispense accurate information to parents and
media during and after a crisis. However, it must be noted that the
immediate safety of students is the first consideration for a school
administrator in responding to and containing an emergency.
FACILITY SITE PLAN
The facility site plan charts the evacuation routes, exits, and fire
extinguishers. It also indicates emergency assembly areas and routes to
these areas. These plans are posted in each classroom and office.
COMMUNICATIONS
Initial reaction to a crisis follows these universally applicable
steps:
1.
2.
3.
Notify emergency agencies (police, fire, ambulance).
Take action to protect children, staff, and property.
Initiate other crisis management as prescribed in the crisis
response plans.
EVACUATING & SHELTERING
The procedures for evacuating and sheltering the occupants of the
school building include (1) shelter-in-place in designated safe areas
inside the school and (2) evacuation to an outside area away from the
4.
5.
PRIMARY & BACKUP WARNING
The alarm signals for evacuation or drill include sounding the school bell,
using the intercom, and issuing verbal warnings.
SCHOOL CLOSURE/EARLY DISMISSAL
The superintendent makes decisions about emergency closures of
schools. The announcements are communicated via automated phone
notification and local broadcast media (TV and radio.) Emergency closings
are also posted on the district Web site. Factors to be considered in
closing and reopening are advisories by emergency management
authorities; condition of the facility; condition of area roads, bridges; and
access to the locations.
DISASTER RESPONSE/DRILL PROCEDURES
Most severe weather may be predicted several days in advance in the
case of hurricanes and winter storms or within a few hours or less for
tornado and other wind, rain, or ice storms. Listening to weather forecasts
and storm watch or warnings is critical to being prepared. The National
Weather Service issues storm watch and warnings through commercial
television, radio, cable (Weather Channel) and NOAA weather alert
radios.
TORNADO
Tornadoes typically occur in Mississippi during early spring. Sudden
weather shifts present conditions where tornadoes can form. Weather
fronts that can produce tornadoes may also generate severe rain, wind
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and hail that can cause serious damage. When severe weather warnings
or watches are issued by the United States Weather Bureau, local civil
defense officials issue alerts through the emergency response radio
network maintained at the center and clinic. School personnel monitor the
weather alerts and, if indicated, retain children in tornado (severe weather)
drill until the danger passes.
Shelter-in-Place areas designated by emergency management officials
are used in cases of weather-related emergencies. Approved areas
include interior hallways on the ground floor that are not parallel with the
usual southwestern path of a tornado. Rooms with windows and other
glassed areas and wide-span roofs are not used.
A tornado watch is issued when weather conditions are prime for the
formation of a tornado, but none have been spotted in the area.
Procedures are as follows:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Monitor Emergency Management advisories.
Bring all persons inside the building. Keep children, staff,
and visitors inside the building.
Close windows and blinds.
Review tornado drill procedures and the location of the closest
safe areas.
Review "drop and tuck" procedures.
A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has developed and has been
spotted in the area. Response includes the following:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Students and teachers will evacuate unsafe classrooms
and offices. Teachers will take class rosters and close
but not lock classroom doors. Students do not have to
take their books with them; however, they should take
any valuables, (i.e., wallets, purses, calculators) that
they have with them.
Students will move along inside walls to the safest areas
of the building.
Students will sit in the tornado position
Teachers are to account for all students and staff.
Students are asked to remain calm and quiet in the safe
area in the tuck position until the warning expires or
emergency response personnel issue an all-clear signal.
Students are not allowed to leave the area until an allclear signal is issued. In addition, students are not
allowed to use the telephone during severe weather
alerts except in cases of extreme emergency with the
permission of the principal.
FREEZING WEATHER
Custodians and maintenance personnel take preventative measures to
diminish damage to the facility when freezing weather is predicted.
Severe snow and ice storms can result in. the shutdown of facilities,
closed roads, and damage to power lines and structures. School closure
or early dismissals are responses to freezing weather.
EARTHQUAKE
Precautions taken against earthquake damage include the
following:
1.
2.
3.
Ongoing assessments of facility to reduce the potential for
shelving, fixtures, or heavy equipment to cause injury.
Knowing where and how to shut off electricity, gas, and
water service.
Identifying the safest locations in each room away from windows
and potential falling objects.
FLOOD
Floods may result from heavy precipitation and build over several days
or occur rapidly in the form of flash floods. Schools are monitored for
flash flooding when conditions indicate.
PERSONAL SAFETY
Procedures are in place for responding to the following threats to personal
safety of students and teachers: assault/physical altercations,
intruders/hostage situations, shootings, bomb threats.
VIOLENCE OR CRIME: ASSAULT/PHYSICAL
ALTERCATION/INTRUDER/HOSTAGE/SHOOTING
Teachers and other school employees are expected to question and/or
report unauthorized visitors as well as take appropriate steps as outlined
in the district crisis management plan in all cases of violence or crime on
campus and in the school facility. Students have 8 seconds to move
away from a fight or risk disciplinary action themselves. See Section VStudent Conduct and Discipline.
BOMB THREAT
Any bomb threat is considered to be of extreme importance. Phones are
equipped with caller identification devices as a means of deterring and
identifying pranks or bomb threats. Personnel are trained in handling
threatening calls. All personnel have instructions for carrying out their
responsibilities in the event of a bomb threat. Criminal charges are filed
for prank bomb threats.
MISSING CHILD
The possibility of a missing child is one of a school's most serious
threats. Policies for supervision, strict dismissal procedures, and careful
record keeping greatly reduce the likelihood of a missing child. Specific
procedures for responding immediately and thoroughly to locate a
missing child include searching the building and grounds, checking the
child's pickup list, contacting transportation or appropriate law
enforcement authorities. See Attendance Section IV-Attendance.
TECHNICAL HAZARDS
FIRE/EXPLOSION
Fire is perhaps the most common hazard. Fire can occur for many
reasons, including as a result of damage from an earthquake, damaging
wind or water, damage to electrical equipment, etc. The crisis response
plan includes evacuation procedures, marked exits, fire extinguishers,
safe storage and use of flammable materials, and fire drills.
When the fire alarm is sounded, students and teachers are to clear the
building by at least 50 yards using evacuation routes established and
posted for the area in which they are located. Students should not
attempt to take books with them. However they should take any
valuables that they have with them, i.e., wallets, purses, calculators, etc.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
Hazardous materials are substances that are either flammable,
combustible, explosive, toxic, noxious, corrosive, oxidizable, an irritant
or radioactive. Hazardous materials accidents that could occur in a
school include natural gas leaks, spilling of a solvent, or spills on a
roadway, factory, or processor in the immediate area. If a hazardous
materials accident occurs personnel follow these steps:
1.
2.
3.
Notify the fire department and follow safety directions.
Be prepared to isolate the immediate area, evacuate,
or shelter-in-place.
Seal windows, doorways and shut off air intake systems to
provide protection from airborne hazardous materials.
ASBESTOS
Asbestos is not considered hazardous until it is airborne as dust
fibers. The district's asbestos management plan is available for
review in each school principal's office and the superintendent's
office.
CHEMICAL ACCIDENT OR CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL TERRORISM
If a major chemical accident or chemical or biological act of terrorism
makes it necessary to evacuate the center, the fire department is called
in to take command of the situation.
MEDICAL EMERGENCIES
The risk of injury is directly related to the physical environment, student's
behaviors, and how these are managed. Injuries can be divided into two
categories: unintentional and intentional. Unintentional injuries may
result from choking, falls, burns, swallowing toxic or other materials, cuts
from sharp objects, exposure to environmental hazards such as
chemicals, radon, or lead, animal bites, or other accidents. Intentional
injuries are usually due to bites, fights, or abuse. School officials guard
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against injury by closely supervising students, monitoring the physical
environment, and employing consistent discipline techniques. Schools
are not financially responsible for accidents on school campuses or at
school-sponsored events. Proof of insurance is required for participation
in athletics. See Section X-School Services: Health.
STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE
An accident insurance policy for students is available on an optional
basis. Cost for coverage is minimal. Information regarding the
insurance is provided to each student at the beginning of the school
year.
badges, random drug dog visits, security systems, random drug
screening, and employee background checks. See Section V-Student
Conduct and Discipline: Search and Seizure.
Prior to a personal crisis there are many pre-indicator signs that often go
without notice. For example, people often write, draw, and verbalize
feelings well in advance of acting the feelings out in the real world. Tate
County educators take all such threats as serious and are proactive in
identifying signs of distress or threat. Response to clear and present
danger of threats such as suicide or homicide includes the following:
1.
ACCIDENT, INJURY, ILLNESS
Any student who becomes injured or ill should report to or be taken to
the school office. Every effort is made to have CPR/AED certified
individuals on each campus. However, school personnel may not
exceed the practice of first aid or CPR/AED in dealing with the injury or
illness of a student. When a student becomes too ill to remain at school,
parents are called to pick them up. If the parent or guardian cannot be
reached, school personnel act to safeguard the student in every reasonable way.
MEDICAL RELEASE
Students exempt from PE/Athletics due to a doctor’s recommendation
must be cleared/released by the doctor prior to returning to school
activities. The doctor’s release must be on file in the school office.
FIRST AID
First aid kits containing sterilization compounds and bandages are
located in each school office. The immediate needs of the student are
considered according to protocols established by the district crisis management plan. Emergency medical treatment is secured and parents are
notified as appropriate. Responsibility for emergency treatment is to be
assumed by the student's parents/guardian.
MEDICATION
Board policy does not allow for medication to be provided to a student
by school employees. However, the district recognizes that some
children require treatment for chronic disabilities or illnesses. All
medications taken at school during school hours are administered
according to district policies by an authorized employee, with the
exception of approved self-administration of asthma medications. See
also Section X--School Services: Health and Appendix.
DRUG-RELATED
A drug-related medical emergency is handled as a medical emergency.
The student receives medical treatment. Once the student is stable, an
investigation is made to determine the cause of the emergency. See also
Introduction - Civil Responsibilities and Rights and Section V-Student
Conduct & Discipline.
Death or Suicide
Every year school-age children experience the death of a teacher or
other adult role model, a classmate, relative, or friend. One of every
seven children loses a parent to death before the age of 10. The role of
the school is especially important when children experience grief. The
goal in helping children deal with death is (1) to acknowledge the death
honestly, (2) to allow children to vent their feelings, and (3) to offer an
outlet for the children's desire to help. Most importantly, educators and
parents should remember that grief work takes a long time as they help
children cope with a death in their lives.
GRIEF COUNSELING
The Tate County School District maintains a close, interactive
relationship with local mental health clinics and personnel. The mental
health counseling and training offered by these clinics are available in
the event of a traumatic event that adversely affects the emotions of
staff and children, I.e., death of a child or caregiver and other
catastrophic events.
SCHOOL SURVEILLANCE & SECURITY
The primary deterrent to any threat to the safety of children is the
diligent, thoughtful, watchful care of the adults charged with their care.
An alert staff is perhaps the best, most effective method for maintaining a
safe, nurturing school environment. This technique includes supervising
classrooms and school campuses and maintaining a close watch via
strategic duty posts and "walkabouts." Other surveillance strategies
designed to deter problems include hand-held metal detectors, ID
2.
3.
4.
5.
Suspending the child from school and informing parents the
student cannot return without clearance from a mental health
care professional. A letter stating the child is not a perceived
threat to self or others must be presented to the principal prior
to re-admittance.
Filing violence reports with local authorities.
Filing reports with superintendent.
Reviewing student's past discipline records to determine if
expulsion is an appropriate response.
Filing criminal charges if applicable.
ATTENDANCE CHECKS & NOTICES
Attendance is checked, monitored, and reported at the beginning of each
class session. Absentee reports are prepared so that teachers may cross
reference absentees throughout the day. Parents are notified of truancy
and unauthorized absences. See also Section IV-Attendance: Absence
from Class, Truancy, Dismissal.
Dismissal/Release
All students must gain permission from the principal's office to check out
of school and/or leave school grounds. See also Section IV-Attendance:
Dismissal. No child is released into the custody of a third party without
prior arrangements certified by the parents or legal guardian during
registration. No exceptions to this policy are granted. Children are not
released to a parent or guardian who is obviously intoxicated or
otherwise incapable of transporting the child safely. Parents who are
divorced are expected to disclose custody arrangements and terms as a
part of the registration process.
Tardiness/Pickup
Parents/guardians are responsible for the timely arrival and pickup of
children who do not ride school buses. Parents/guardians must notify the
school of hardships or emergencies that would result in delayed pickup of
a child, so that arrangements can be made in the best interest of the
safety and welfare of the child. Child abandonment/neglect reports are
filed in instances where parents habitually or willfully disregard school
hours.
CHILD ABUSE/NEGLECT REPORTS
School employees have a legal and ethical responsibility to report
immediately to their supervisor and the local authorities any reasonable
cause to suspect that a child is being neglected, abandoned, exploited,
or abused. Reports and the identity of the reporter are confidential except
when the court in its discretion determines the testimony of the person
reporting is material to a judicial proceeding. Any employee who
participates in making a required report pursuant to Mississippi law is
presumed to be acting in good faith and is therefore immune from civil or
criminal liability.
VISITORS
See Section VIII-Visitors.
SAFETY LEGISLATION
See Introduction-Civil Responsibilities and Rights; Section V-Student
Conduct & Discipline; and Appendix.
BUS SAFETY
Students should be familiar with the following regulations to assure
safety on school buses. See also Section X-School Services:
Transportation.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Be at your assigned loading zone on time.
If you must walk to the bus stop and there are no sidewalks,
walk facing the traffic so that drivers can see you and you can
see them.
Do not play on or near the road while waiting for the bus.
If you must cross the road, do not cross until the bus arrives and
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5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
you are given a signal to cross. Look both ways before crossing.
When crossing the road, always cross at least six feet in front of
the bus.
Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop
before trying to load or unload.
Use handrail while loading or unloading.
Never get under a bus for any reason.
When leaving the bus, move away from the loading zone as
soon as possible, but do not run.
There will be no loading or unloading at any other place than the
school or the student's regular bus stop, except for parental
requests that have been approved by the principal.
While on the bus:
1.
Do not talk to the driver or distract the driver's
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
attention except in an emergency.
Do not make unnecessary noise.
Keep head, hands, and articles inside the bus.
Do not bring unauthorized articles on the bus.
This includes balloons, glass objects, noise devices, laser
lights, animals, or any other items that are hazardous to the
health, safety, and welfare of others.
Be courteous to the driver and fellow passengers.
Follow instructions.
PERSONAL PROPERTY
The Tate County School District does not assume responsibility for
the theft of or damage to personal property brought onto school
property.
SCHOOL DAY
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE
See Section /V-Attendance and Section V-Student Discipline and
Conduct.
All students not participating in the school bus transportation program
must register with the school office. This registration must designate the
mode of transportation-parent, car pool, student driver, walker, etc.-and
must be updated when arrangements change. Parents who wish to
transport students to and from school must drop their children off and pick
them up in the designated areas. While students are expected to arrive in
time for the beginning of the school day, they should not arrive on campus
prior to 7:20 a.m. Students should be picked up no later than 3:10 p.m.
On designated early dismissal days, students should be picked up no
later than 2:30 p.m. See Section IV-Attendance; Section VII-Safety and
Security; and Section XII-School Regulations.
It is the responsibility of each principal to see that a satisfactory
instructional program is scheduled for each student. This schedule
provides for the best use of the students' time and academic goals. Each
day provides, as a minimum, 330 minutes of academic instruction as
specified in Mississippi Public Schools Accountability Standards (2013).
PARKING
All students in Grades 7-12 are issued a daily schedule. Parents are
asked to keep this schedule on file for reference throughout the school
year. Parents are notified of schedule changes. Instructional time is
protected from undue interruptions and delays.
See Section X-School Services: Transportation.
CHECKING IN/OUT
Schools in the Tate County School district are operated as closed
campuses. Students must remain on campus from the time they arrive
each morning until the end of the school day, unless they are authorized
by their parents or guardians through the principal's office to be
dismissed early. Parents are asked to sign students in Grades K-6 in and
out personally. ID must be presented when checking students out.
See also Section IV-Attendance and Section VII-Safety and Security.
Dismissal
No student may leave the school grounds without permission from the
principal or assistant principal. Unauthorized checkouts are treated as
leaving school without permission. All written requests for early dismissal
should be in the attendance office by 9 A.M. except for emergencies.
Written requests for early dismissal must state the date, reason, and
bear the parent's signature. All pupils dismissed from school because of
illness are sent directly home or to a doctor after the parents have been
contacted. Students are not approved for dismissal by or to any
unauthorized person. See also Section IV-Attendance and Section VIISafety and Security.
CLASS SCHEDULING
INSTRUCTIONAL SCHEDULES
Elementary
At the elementary level, Grades K-6, time spent in basic skills (reading,
language arts, and math) instruction meets or exceeds the requirements
specified in Mississippi Public Schools Accountability Standards (2001).
See Section II-Academics.
High School/Junior High
At the secondary level, Grades 7-12, each class period consists of a
minimum of 50 minutes of instruction. See Section IV-Attendance and
Section II-Academics.
SCHEDULE CHANGES
Adding or dropping classes in Grades 7-12 is only allowed for valid
educational purposes at the beginning of the school year. The opportunity
to make course selections and adjustments is between April and May of
each school year. Students are not allowed to try a class for a time then
drop the class.
Admission Slips See Section IV-Attendance.
VISITORS
Early Release
Seniors who are released before the end of the day must follow the
procedure below. See Section II-Academics.
1.
2.
3.
File with the office a written permission statement from parents or
legal guardians requesting that the student be released at a
specified time each day.
This document must include a statement that the parents/legal
guardians are responsible for the student from the time he/she
leaves school.
Students who are released early must leave the campus
immediately. Students who do not have transportation
available for early release must enroll in a full seven period
schedule.
Truancy - Absence from Class
No one other than regular school employees is allowed on campus
without clearance from the principal's office. All visitors, including parents,
district employees, community members, consultants, and other officials,
must check in and out of the principal's office upon arriving on campus.
Visitors must leave a photo ID/Driver’s License or car keys in the office
before receiving a visitor pass. Visitors must receive a visitor's pass/ID
from the school office before seeing any student or staff member during
the school day. Visitors are asked to park in designated areas as an
added precaution for the safety of students. See Classroom Observations
and Section VII-Safety and Security. Visitors who fail to secure written
permission from the principal's office to be on campus may be
referred to police officials.
Preschool children or friends of students are not allowed to visit schools
during the school day. Students leaving school to go home with another
student must have a written note from their parent on file in the office.
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School principals must approve all bus permits for visitation. No large
groups are approved.
permitted to use them. In case of emergency or illness, calls for students
are made through the office.
CLASSROOM OBSERVATIONS
Parents/guardians are welcome to observe their child's class(es). School
officials, professional visitors, or community members may also arrange
for school tours and class visitations. All arrangements for these visits
must be made through the office. Observations and visits must not be
disruptive to the class. Please notify the principal’s office in advance of the
requested visit.
Visitors are asked to enter and exit the rooms as quietly as possible.
Parents should follow up classroom observations with a conference with
the teacher during the teacher's planning/conference time.
AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Students who are on campus for other after-hours events such as
concerts, dances, athletic events, etc. are not permitted to loiter
outside of the building, stadium, gym, auditorium, or in the parking lot.
INTERRUPTIONS
PHONE CALLS/MESSAGES
DELIVERIES
No deliveries of flowers, balloons or other gifts are made to students. For
safety reasons, balloons, glass, and other items are banned from school
buses.
DISTRIBUTION OF MATERIALS
Only educational materials or materials approved by the superintendent
and/or the school board may be distributed by organized groups. In
order to protect the time of the schools, students, and parents,
distribution of outside materials and communications for nonschool
purposes to the homes through the pupils is kept to a minimum in Tate
County schools. See Section VI-Student Records and Release.
PA ANNOUNCEMENTS
All intercom announcements must be approved by the school principal.
School groups who wish to make an announcement should submit the
announcement with the signature of an advisor, teacher, or coach one day
in advance. Announcements should be kept as brief as possible.
School telephones are for school business only, and students are not
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STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Extracurricular activities are activities presently governed by the Mississippi High School Activities Association. "Extracurricular activity" is defined
as "organization-sponsored student activities that require administrative provision and student involvement outside the time allocation for
instruction." This definition and associated requirements specifically apply to organized practice or competition that requires additional input of
students' time outside the normal school day. When required, students participating in extra- and co-curricular activities must have on file at the
school written parental consent and liability waiver forms.
ELIGIBILITY
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
In order to participate in any extra- or co-curricular activity, the student must attend school for at least 60 percent of the day on the day of the
scheduled activity. See Section IV-Attendance.
GRADE REQUIREMENTS
Based on the MHSAA guidelines
WAIVERS & CONDITIONS
When required, students participating in extra- and co-curricular activities must have on file at the school written parental consent and liability waiver
forms. In addition students in Grades 7-12 participating in district activities must:
1.
Pass and file report on a physician's physical.
2.
File a signed parent permission form.
3.
Provide evidence of medical insurance.
The Tate County School District and individual schools are not responsible for insuring students. This responsibility is that of the parent/guardian of
the student. An accident insurance policy for students is available on an optional basis. Cost for school-day coverage is minimal. Information
regarding the insurance is provided to each student at the beginning of the school year. See Section VII-Safety and Security: Insurance.
FUNDRAISING
The Tate County School District recognizes the need for limited student fundraising activities. The type of and extent of these activities, however, are
restricted and limited to activities that have recognized educational value.
The school board approves or denies fundraising projects. No students representing groups outside school are permitted to conduct fundraising
activities in the school. Students possessing candy or other items at school for sale to other students, other than for approved school-sponsored and
approved activities, are subject to disciplinary action. Fundraising activities, as governed by district policy, do not include routine duties such as
collecting lunch money, fees, book fines, etc.
MEDICAL RELEASE
Students exempt from PE/Athletics due to a doctor’s recommendation must be cleared/released by the doctor prior to returning to school activities.
The doctor’s release must be on file in the school office.
STUDENT DRUG TESTING (JCDAB)
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The Tate County School District School Board, in an effort to protect the health and safety of its students from illegal and/or performance-enhancing
drug use and abuse, thereby setting an example for all other students of this school district, has adopted the following policy for drug testing of
students participating in extracurricular activities.
Participation in school-sponsored extracurricular activities is a privilege. Illegal drug use of any kind is incompatible with participation in any
extracurricular activities on behalf of the school district.
This policy is intended to complement all other policies, rules and regulations of the Tate County School District regarding possession or use of illegal
drugs. This policy is not intended to be disciplinary or punitive in nature. The sanctions of this policy relate solely to limiting the opportunity of any
student found to be in violation of the policy to participate in any extracurricular activities. There will be no academic sanction for violation of this policy.
This policy shall apply to all participant students in Grades 7-12.
Procedures
The drug-testing program shall be implemented in accordance with the established Tate County School Board Policy, and with the advice and
assistance of representatives from the medical profession. The contracting biomedical laboratory shall be approved by the Tate County Board of
Education and conduct testing according to national accepted standards and procedures. The testing shall be implemented only after written consent
from the student and the parent legal guardian. If any student and/or parent/legal guardian refuses to sign the drug testing informational release form
or permission for the student to take the drug test, the student will immediately be suspended from participation in the extracurricular activity.
ATHLETICS & CHEERLEADING
All students participating in athletics are required to have on file written parental consent, proof of insurance, liability waiver, and medical screening by
a licensed physician. Eligibility for competitive activities is determined according to the rules of the Mississippi High School Activities Association.
Students must meet all requirements established by the MHSAA. Among the requirements are the following:
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1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
To meet all residency verification requirements as established by the MHSAA.
To acquire credits in major courses during the year prior to participation in accordance with MHSAA requirements.
To be under 19 years of age prior to September 1.
To be limited to six consecutive years of competitive athletics from the time the student enters the seventh grade.
Students must meet MHSAA academic requirements before tryouts occur in the spring of the year.
To be eligible for athletics and activities, a student must be a bona fide resident of the Tate County School District and/or have a parent who is a
member of the instructional staff in the district.
CHEERLEADER TRYOUTS
Students in Grades 6-11 who wish to participate in cheerleader tryouts are required to try out before a panel of qualified judges. Tryouts occur in the
spring of the year. Students must register with the sponsor during the time period announced. Cheerleaders are required to purchase or rent their
own uniforms.
All cheerleader candidates must meet the following grade and citizenship requirements:
•
No semester average failing grades in any subject the semester before elections.
•
Requirements set forth by the MHSAA.
PERFORMING ARTS
BAND
Instruction in band is offered to students at designated schools in the Tate County School District in Grades 6 -12. Membership in the school's
marching and performing bands at the junior and senior high school levels is based upon the recommendation of the director of bands. Students who
fail to show maturity through a lack of discipline are not be allowed to enroll in the class. Band camp is held for one week during the summer and is a
prerequisite for participation. Students must attend all scheduled rehearsals and performances. Students are required to meet with the director prior to
enrolling in the class.
PERFORMING CHOIR
Choirs furnish music for many school and community activities, both as a concert choir and small ensembles. Members of these groups are selected
by the director. Members of select ensembles must purchase their uniforms. Auditioning for choir may be a prerequisite to selection as a member of
the choir or ensembles.
ELECTIONS
ELIGIBILITY
At the time of elections the student has to have an overall C average or better in classes. In addition, they must meet all eligibility requirements
as well as meet the standard listed below.ie, (Class Officer, Student Council, Who’s Who, etc….)
1.
No disciplinary infractions resulting in out-of-school suspension or expulsion during the previous and current school year. In addition, a person
cannot run for an office or position if he or she has been arrested on school grounds or at any school event during the current or previous
STUDENT SOCIAL EVENTS
Elementary Schools
In elementary schools, K-6, parties are permitted with the approval of the principal. Priority will be taken that these parties will not detract from student
instructional time.
Secondary Schools
Parties are permitted in the secondary schools, Grades 7-12, during the school day with the approval of the principal. Priority will be taken that these
parties will not detract from student instructional time.
All evening parties and dances shall be scheduled with the administration in accordance with district policy and shall end no later than 10 p.m. for
junior high school and 11:30 p.m. for senior high.
Dances will not be held on an evening during the school week, but may be held on a day in which school will not be in session the next day. All junior
high school dances will be limited to events that do not permit students to rent or wear formal attire.
Students who indulge in or have possession of alcoholic beverages or drugs will be subject to disciplinary action as required under board policy
regarding use and/or possession of alcohol or controlled substances on school grounds or at school events.
Students who leave will not be allowed to return to the event.
Parties or dances are given only for members of the sponsoring student body.
There will be no spontaneous parties or dances. Plans must be made by the sponsor of each activity and submitted in writing to the principal at least
10 school days before the activity.
All chaperones (parties, field trips, dances, etc.) shall be approved by the principal.
Any student group making a field trip of any kind will be required to have approval as required under board policy and the sponsor of that group must
accompany.
The sponsoring club of any social event occurring after school hours will be required to provide for the hiring of at least two security officers (Private
Security [licensed and bonded] or Tate County Sherriff deputies) for the event.
School Board Policy EBH in regard to facility use and rental shall govern the securing of facilities to be used in conjunction with the social events
discussed here.
Tate County School District does not recognize this policy as establishing school sponsored dances, any such activities will be sponsored by clubs or
organizations and not considered school or district sponsored events.
CLASS TRIPS
Criteria for school or class trips are available from school principals.
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SCHOOL SERVICES
FACILITIES AND GROUNDS
School buildings, grounds, materials, furnishings, and equipment are
provided at the expense of the taxpayers of Tate County. Students are
expected to participate in the care of school properties. Defacing and
damaging school property are punishable offenses with restitution
required. See Section V--Student Discipline and Conduct.
Students must not use school buildings and school facilities
unless permission has been granted by the school principal. Any
student use of facilities must be supervised by a responsible
adult.
HEALTH
If a student becomes ill anytime during the school day, he/she should
report to the office immediately. If in class the student should notify the
teacher. If an emergency situation arises that necessitates, in the
opinion of school officials, transporting a student to the hospital in an
ambulance, the parent is notified if possible and an ambulance called at
no cost to the school district or administration of the school. A student
who is ill or injured is not sent or taken home unless it is known that
someone is there to receive him/her. The school office does not supply
medication of any kind to students.
ACCIDENTS/FIRST AID
In the case of an accident, minimum first aid is administered and 911
contacted for emergency transport to a medical facility if further
treatment is needed. In all cases where the nature of the accident or
injury appears serious, every effort is made to contact the parent(s) or
other persons listed on the student's emergency information file. See
Section VII-Safety and Security.
IMMUNIZATIONS & VACCINATIONS
It is unlawful for any child to attend school without first being
vaccinated with at least one dose of diphtheria, whooping cough,
tetanus, red measles, rubella, and polio vaccine and completing
the entire series within 90 days. Every student in Kindergarten
through Grade 12 must present or have on file an up-to-date
certificate of immunization compliance from his/her doctor or from
the health department. See Section 111- Admissions.
Self-Administration of Asthma Medication
In accordance with H. B. 1072 (2003) the Tate County School District
permits self-administration of asthma medications by a student if the
student's parent or guardian provides written authorization to the
school and a written statement from the student's doctor confirming
that the student has asthma and has been instructed in selfadministration asthma medications.
Upon fulfilling the requirements of the district policy for selfadministration of asthma medication and approval by the principal or
designee, a student with asthma may possess and use asthma
medications when at school, at a school-sponsored activity under the
supervision of school personnel, or before and after normal school
activities.
EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL
A student who has an infectious or contagious disease known to be
spread through casual contact is excluded from school until the
danger of transmitting the infection or disease to other students has
passed. The principal may require a written note from the student's
family doctor or public health department for a student returning to
school after having a communicable or infectious disease. Below is a
list of diseases or conditions for which a child should not attend school
until danger of communicability has passed.
Disease
Chicken Pox
German Measles
Red Measles
Mumps
Hepatitis
Mononucleosis
Conjunctivitis
Impetigo
Pediculosis (Lice)
Ringworm
Scabies
Exclusion from school
7 days after eruption appears or until vesicles
become dry
4 days after onset of rash
7 to 10 days after onset of rash
9 days after glands swell
Clearance by physician
Clearance by physician
Until receiving proper treatment
Until receiving proper treatment
Until nits are gone
Until receiving proper treatment
Until receiving proper treatment
HEAD LICE
A student suspected of having head lice is inspected by the school nurse
or other school personnel. If found to have head lice, the student's
parent(s) are contacted by telephone to pick the student up from school
for treatment. If school officials are unable to contact a parent by
telephone, the student may remain in school for the remainder of that
school day only, and a letter is sent home with the student notifying the
parent of the infestation.
Written instructions for treatment of head lice are given to the
parents/guardians. The student may return to school the following day
but must bring proof of treatment such as a label or box top from
shampoo.
If a student in a self-contained classroom is found to have head lice, all
of the students in that classroom are checked for head lice.
If a student is re-infected within four weeks after the first diagnosis and
treatment, the student is not allowed to return to school until his/her hair
is free of all nits. In these cases, a school nurse or other official inspects
the student's hair before he/she is readmitted to school. Readmission is
based on a parent conference regarding special requirements for care.
MS Code §41-79-21 requires that the principal or administrator notify
the county health department after the third incident of head lice for a
student during a school year and that the student obtain proof of treatment from the county health department in order to return to school.
ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATIONS
To assure school attendance for children who must use medication in
the treatment of chronic disabilities or illnesses, a designated school
employee administers the medication at school. Any student who is
required to take medication during the school day must have a
medications form completed and signed by a parent on file with the
school office. See Section VII-Safety and Security and Appendix.
PREGNANCY
When it becomes known that a student is pregnant, the student or
parent of the student is responsible for submitting to the school a
statement from a medical doctor concerning any precautions that
should be taken to secure the health, safety and well-being of the
student and child.
In emergency situations, the school makes every effort to contact the
parent or spouse of the student so the student may be picked up
immediately. If the parent or spouse is not available at the phone number
on file in the office, or if they are not able to pick the student up
immediately, the administration will, at no cost to the district or
administration of the school, secure the services of an ambulance to
transport the student to the hospital. School administrators may not
attempt to make any determination concerning the severity of any
situation involving a pregnant student and will seek medical attention
immediately for the student. A pregnant student must receive permission
from the principal before being allowed to attend any type of field trip.
See also Section I-Academics and Section VI-Records and Release.
HOMEBOUND SERVICE
The Tate County School District offers homebound services for students
who, because of severe disabilities or chronic illnesses, are unable to
attend school for extended, long-term periods or for other reasons as
approved by the board for the education of students not in the normal
academic program. The school district's administration, in cooperation
with the instructional staff, determine the student's eligibility for
homebound services. No principal or teacher or any other staff person
has the authority to place a student in the Homebound Program.
Applications for homebound services are in the principal's office. See
Section IV--Attendance.
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PE Exemptions
2.
A student who should not participate in the physical education program
must bring a note from the parent/guardian. Prolonged or permanent
exemptions are granted only by the principal upon the recommendation
of a physician. All other participation remains at the discretion of the
teacher.
Offers an organized program of service to students and staff
by providing access to the materials and equipment, by
providing training/instruction in the use of the
materials/equipment, and by working with teachers and other
staff members to design/provide learning activities for the
students.
All students are entitled to and encouraged to use the library/media
centers regularly. The following standards apply to library usage:
FOOD SERVICE
Well-balanced meals and healthy eating habits are an important part of
every student's growth and development. The Tate County School
District encourages students to enjoy nutritious meals in school
cafeterias. The school meal program makes it possible for every pupil to
have an adequate well-balanced breakfast and lunch and sufficient time
in which to eat. The following rules apply to cafeterias in Tate County
schools:
1.
Non-nutritious drinks cannot be brought into the cafeteria by
students or teachers in original container.
2.
In accordance with Federal (USDA) guidelines, commercially
prepared competitive food and drink items may not be distributed
or sold one hour prior to or during the lunch or breakfast period
and may not be taken into the cafeteria during lunch. Groups
wishing to furnish food should do so after the end of the lunch
period.
3.
Students may purchase milk, or water without purchasing a
meal. No other single items may be purchased.
4.
A variety of choices are offered at mealtime. Students make
their choice as they go through the line. Students are not
allowed to go back through the line for additional items or
things they forgot.
5.
Children not enrolled in the Tate County School District
approved to visit and eat meals in TCSD cafeterias must pay
the adult price.
The school meal program is closely supervised and meets the
requirements established by the state and federal regulators.
Students are expected to exercise proper table manners at all times.
Throwing or playing with food and loud talking are prohibited.
Students are allowed to talk quietly. If the noise becomes a problem,
students are asked not to talk during meals.
Federal regulations prevent schools from allowing students to charge
meals. Students and adults are allowed to pay in advance, eliminating
the problem of forgetting money for their meals. Adults are not allowed to
charge meals.
Students may pay for meals on a weekly or monthly basis. Money is to
be taken to the cashier in the cafeteria before school. Students may also
pay on a daily basis as they go through the line. Form of payments are
cash, checks, or electronic payments. All returned checks will be chared
a $10.00 fee.
Electronic payments to your child’s account may be done at
MyPaymnetsPlus.com.
Free and reduced meal applications are available to students at each
school and the Central Office. Students must be directly certified by an
assistance program or have an approved application on file in order to
receive a free or reduced price meal.
MEAL PRICES
Reference books such as encyclopedias and dictionaries are
to be used only in the media center.
2.
Books on reserve may be checked out for one period or after
school, in which case they must be returned the next
morning before school starts.
3.
Other books may be checked out for a period of two weeks.
Books may be returned and re· checked once.
4.
The student must have the book with him/her when he/she
wishes to renew it.
5.
Students will pay for lost books and fines on books that have
been damaged.
6.
No book may be taken from the media center unless it is
checked out to the borrower.
7.
Students studying in the library media center are subject to
book checks.
COPYRIGHT
In compliance with PL 94-553, the copyright laws of the United States
(Title 17, United States Code), copyrighted materials may not be
duplicated in violation of the exclusive rights of the holders of the
copyright. The building librarian/media specialist is available as a
resource person to offer advice and support regarding guidelines
pertaining to copyright laws and uses that may be made of materials
without violating the law.
GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT
It is the aim of the Tate County School District to help students profit as
much as possible from their school program experiences and to assist
them in planning for employment or further educational study. Principals
and teachers are available to discuss with students and/or their parents
any problems or questions that arise relative to student life. Teachers
are available after school most days for conferences with students or
parents. Teachers can be reached by contacting the principal's office.
See Section X-Home-Community Relations.
HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELING
Guidance counselors are available for students in Grades 9-12. The
counseling office is open before or after school Monday through Friday.
Students desiring a conference with the counselor need to make an
appointment in advance. Students may be referred to the counselor by
teachers or advisors as the need arises. Students who plan to withdraw
from school or transfer to another school should report to the guidance
counselor to obtain the proper withdrawal forms.
The counselor is available to:
1.
Select and outline a program of study
Participate fully in the school program
•
Breakfast
$1.00
2.
•
Lunch
$2.50
3.
Identify abilities, interests, and special aptitudes
4.
Improve social and academic adjustments
•
Reduced Price
Breakfast .30
Lunch
.40
LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTERS
Use of the school library is important for students to form valuable habits
in reading for pleasure and utilizing library resources for academic
research. Libraries are open before and after school to give pupils
opportunity to make use of its facilities where scheduling permits. The
Tate County School District maintains a library/ media center at each
school site in compliance with state accreditation standards. Each
library/media center1.
1.
Provides an organized collection of materials and equipment
that represents a broad range of current learning media,
including instructional technology.
5.
Maintain good attendance at school
6.
Explore employment opportunities
7.
Obtain information on college entrance requirements,
scholarships, grants, loans, and other financial aid for
college. See Appendix
K-8 SCHOOL-BASED COUNSELOR
Elementary/Jr. High school-based counseling is provided for all
students. Each school is made aware of the counselor’s schedule.
Students may be referred by self, teachers, administrators, or
parents/guardian. If a student needs to see the counselor on a regular
basis, a permission form will be sent home with the student for parent’s
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signature. Any class time missed must be made up.
TITLE 1
The Tate County School District implements programs, including
remediation for disadvantaged students, in compliance with state and
federal guidelines set forth in the Improving America’s Schools Act: Title
1, 2, 4, and 6, and successive reauthorization legislation. The goal of the
Title 1 program is to help every child attain a high-quality education. This
help is provided through smaller classes, additional teachers, and
tutoring, more training for school staff, extra instructional time in key
subject areas, and a variety of teaching methods, materials, and the
latest cutting-edge technology. See Section II—Academics and
Appendix.
RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RTI)
TEACHER SUPPORT TEAM (TST)
As required by the Mississippi Department of Education an instructional
model designed to meet the needs of every student will be implemented
in the Tate County School District. The model shall consist of three tiers
of instruction.
PROTECTION IN EVALUATION
Following a referral by the Teacher Support Team, a comprehensive
assessment is completed at no cost to the parent(s). The district
conducts a full and individual initial evaluation in accordance with the
procedures contained in the state rules and regulations before the initial
provision of special education and related services to a child with a
disability. A reevaluation is conducted of each child with a disability every
three years in accordance with the procedures specified in state rules
and regulations.
All testing and evaluation materials and procedures used by district
personnel for assessment and placement are, to the maximum extent
possible (with the current state of the art), selected and administered so
as not to be racially or culturally discriminatory.
CHILD FIND
The Tate County School District participates in the effort to identify and
evaluate children age birth to 21 who have disabilities. Anyone who
knows a child who may have a physical, mental, language, and/or emotional disability, may contact the Director of Special Services, Kristie
Foster, 107 Court St. Senatobia, MS, 38668, 662-562-5861.
TECHNOLOGY
Tier 1: Quality classroom instruction based on MS Curriculum
Frameworks
Tier 2: Focused supplemental instruction
Tier 3: Intensive interventions specifically designed to meet the individual
needs of students
Advances in technology are bringing about changes that have an
increasing impact on the way information is obtained, processed,
evaluated and used. All students are entitled to have equitable
opportunities to employ a variety of technological tools that will enhance
the learning process and assist them in attaining educational and
employability goals.
SPECIAL EDUCATION
Special education services are offered based on identified and
approved student needs. Classes are provided for children with
disabilities who have been evaluated and determined eligible for
placement in a program. Services are provided in the Tate County
School District under the direction of trained and certified teachers of
exceptional children. See Section I/-Academics.
FREE APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION (FAPE)
Free appropriate public education is offered for students with disabilities
ages 3-21 who are residing within the jurisdiction and enrolled in the
district, excluding those in private or home schools.
FULL SERVICES GOAL FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Students with disabilities are defined as students with a disability who, by
reason thereof, need special education and related services as defined
by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 2004,
Part B (IDEA) and state regulations. These services are provided at no
cost to the parents and in conformity with an individualized education
program (IEP) that meets the requirements of state rules and regulations.
LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT
The school district, to the maximum extent appropriate, educates each
child with a disability with their nondisabled peers, including children in
public or private institutions or other care facilities. No special classes,
separate schools, or other removal of children with disabilities from the
regular educational environment occurs unless the nature of severity of
the disability is such that education in regular classes with the use of
supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.
Children with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity to participate
in nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities. The IEP
committee determines the placement of each child with a disability.
Decisions regarding children's educational placements in their least
restrictive environment will be made in conformity with this policy and the
procedures contained in the state regulations.
INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM (IEP)
The school district initiates and conducts meetings to develop and review
annually the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) of a child with a disability
residing within its jurisdiction and is provided special education and
related services (excluding students placed by parents in private schools
or home schooled children). Procedures for developing, implementing,
reviewing, maintaining, and revising an IEP are implemented in accordance with the procedures contained in state rules and regulations.
Educational placement decisions are determined by the IEP committee in
accordance with the procedures contained in state regulations.
INSTRUCTIONAL TELEVISION
The Tate County School District instructional staff may show programs
listed in the ETV (MPB) guide or programs that have been purchased for
use with the curriculum. The viewing of any other materials live or taped
must be approved by the principal or his/her designee. The television is
not used for entertainment purposes unless approved by the principal.
Grades 9-12 utilize IVN classes.
INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE
The Tate County School District is pleased to be able to offer its students
access to computers and the Internet. It is important to consider,
however, that the Internet is a fluid, global environment in which information is constantly changing, thereby making it impossible to predict with
certainty what information students might locate. Availability of
information to students on the Internet does not imply endorsement by
the school district. Access to the Internet and E-mail enables students to
explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards while
exchanging messages with Internet users throughout the world. The Tate
County School District believes that the benefits to students from access
to the Internet, in the form of information resources, and opportunities for
collaboration, exceed any disadvantages. Ultimately, however, parents
and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the
standards that their children should follow when using media and
information sources. To that end, the district supports and respects each
family's right to decide whether or not to apply for access by reading and
signing the Internet Acceptable Use Policy.
TELEPHONE
Office telephones are for business use only. Students are not allowed
to use the office phone. School secretaries are authorized to make
phone calls for students in cases of emergency. Students are not
called from class for telephone calls.
See Section V-Student Conduct and Discipline.
TEXTBOOKS
Teachers issue district-owned textbooks to students each year. The
school, pursuant to MS Code §37-7301, assesses the condition of the
book issued to a student at the beginning of the school year and again at
the close of session. Fines are assessed for unnecessary wear.
If a textbook is lost, the list price of the book must be paid. The number
of years the book has been in service is used to determine the list price.
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DAMAGE
FINE
Writing/drawing/scribbling in book
$1.00 per page
Excess wear/damage but still usable
book
10% of cost of the
Cover of book damaged
book
25% of cost of the
Spine damaged
book
25% of cost of the
Water damaged but still usable
book
25% of cost of the
Water damaged, not usable
Cost of the book
Pages missing, not usable
Cost of the book
Obscene writing or drawing on or in the book
Non-returned book
Written instructions from a student's parent must be presented to the
principal before a student is permitted to ride a bus other than his/her
regular bus. The note may be sent with the student but must be received
in the office by 9 A.M. to provide time for verification. Please note that
while emergencies do arise, all buses are usually full, allowing for little or
no courtesy rides. No large groups are approved. See Section VStudent Conduct & Discipline, Section VI-Student Records & Release,
and Section VII-Safety & Security.
INTERFERENCE WITH SCHOOL BUSES
It is unlawful for any individual other than a member of the public school
administration or faculty or a law enforcement official to interfere in any
way with the operation of a school bus. State law prohibits unauthorized
boarding of school buses or interference with passenger boarding or
leaving, under penalties of fine and/or imprisonment.
Cost of the book
Cost of the book
Students and parents assume full responsibility for the books and their
proper care until they have been returned to the school.
TEXTBOOK SELECTION
Selection of all instructional materials is completed through a process
involving the professional staff. The principal is responsible for the
administration and supervision of the curriculum within his/her school,
including the coordination, selection, and distribution of textbooks.
TRANSPORTATION
Tate County School District provides transportation for all students. In
addition, parents may provide transportation.
SCHOOL BUS/DISTRICT VEHICLES
School bus drivers are required by law to observe state laws and
regulations to safeguard the lives of their passengers. Schools have the
right to refuse to transport any student who is guilty of misconduct.
Parents are encouraged to support the safe transport of all students by:
1.
Cooperating with school officials and bus drivers in
promoting safe and efficient pupil transportation. See
Section V-Student Conduct and Discipline and Section VIISafety and Security.
2.
Understanding that buses cannot operate on roads that are
not properly maintained or on roads where adequate places
for turning around are not provided.
3.
Making sure that children are ready at the bus stop at the
time designated for the bus to arrive.
4.
Helping monitor bus stops and encouraging students not to
play in the road or cross the road until the bus arrives.
5.
Making sure that their children cooperate with bus drivers
6.
Understanding that all passengers on a school bus must obey
all regulations and that consequences for misbehavior include
being suspended or expelled from the transportation program
(bus)
PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLES (JGFF)
Student Parking
Students who provide their own transportation to and from school
must observe the same regulations as students who ride a bus.
Bringing an automobile or other motorized vehicle on campus is a
privilege that may be revoked. Students who bring a vehicle to school
must adhere to these regulations:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
Students are picked up and left off at approved stops. Bus students are
expected to be ready and waiting for the bus when it arrives. Seats on a
bus are assigned for safety purposes. On rainy days, drivers pick up and
drop students as close to their homes as possible. Buses operate on a
strict schedule. However, it can be expected that occasionally buses may
be late picking up students or getting them home due to mechanical or
other problems.
All students are required to conduct themselves properly at all times
while on the school bus or at a bus stop. The district discipline plan and
all its rules and regulations are in effect and enforced on school buses.
Students are disciplined according to the nature and frequency of
infractions according the district discipline ladder. Students suspended
from riding a bus are not allowed to ride another bus with the exception
of the bus to ISS or OLC. See Section V-Student Conduct & Discipline
and Section VII-Safety & Security.
The driver must have a valid driver's license.
The driver is required to purchase a parking decal from the school.
Failure to purchase a parking decal will result in forfeiting the
student's privilege to park and drive on campus.
The driver must observe all safety rules on campus, including the
speed limit in school zones and on campus. Quick starts and/or
speeding are not tolerated in school zones or in school parking
areas. Violations of these regulations result in severe disciplinary
action and possible loss of privileges to drive a motor vehicle to
school.
Other students are not permitted to ride on the outside of the
vehicle.
Students are not allowed to sit in school buses or vehicles during
the school day. Upon arriving at school, students are to park their
vehicles, lock them, and leave the parking lot immediately. Students
are not to loiter in the parking lot before or during the school day.
When a student is ready to leave school for the day, he/she is to go
directly to the car and leave school grounds.
Students must have permission from the principal, or designee, to
go to their cars during the school day.
Once on campus, the student may not leave without permission
from the principal or designee.
Each vehicle must have a current valid car tag.
Parents must certify that liability insurance is and will be
maintained on the vehicle during the school year.
Parking is to be in designated areas on the school campus only. No
off-campus parking is permitted for student drivers. Students are not
permitted to park in the faculty/visitor parking areas.
Vehicles must enter and exit the school grounds in the manner
prescribed by the traffic flow diagrams issued to student drivers.
Tate County School District is not responsible for automobiles or
contents damaged or lost while on school campus.
Student Drop Off & Pick Up
Each school establishes times for drop off and pick up. Students who do
not ride a bus should be let out and picked up in designated areas. See
Section VII-Safety and Security: Visitors and Section VII/-School Day.
Visitor/Employee Parking
Visitors and employees are asked to park in designated areas as an extra
measure of safety. See Section VI/Safety & Security: Visitors, and
Section VIII-School Day.
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HOME-COMMUNITY RELATIONS
COMMUNITY MEMBERS AS RESOURCES
The use of resource persons from the community in the classroom can
be a valuable educational instrument. All requests to use resource persons must be cleared with the principal of the school. See Section /IAcademics.
Community participation in the affairs of the schools is an important
facet of achieving improved quality of education for the students.
Therefore, the Tate County School District makes every effort to identify
the concerns, needs, and desires of the community in its decision
making and to be responsive to those expressions. The advice of the
public is carefully considered and evaluated with the total educational
program as it affects students as its primary concern. Citizens of the
district are encouraged to express their ideas, concerns, and judgments
about the schools through the following avenues:
PTO/PTA
The Tate County District recognizes the constructive role that parentteacher groups play in the school system. The effective leadership
provided by these organizations is valuable to the improvement of educational programs and community support of the schools. The parentteacher groups in Tate County schools are regarded as partners who are
sincerely interested in and staunch supporters of public education. Much
is accomplished for the students through its efforts. All parents are
encouraged to become active members. School employees are also
encouraged to join PTO and to participate actively in their programs.
Notices of meetings and activities are sent home by students. The district
endorses the following purposes of the PTO:
1.
1. Dialog with teachers, principals, and other administrators
2. Written suggestions or proposals
2.
3.
4.
3. Presentations and comments at hearings, PTO meetings, etc.
4. Responses to surveys made through interviews, written
instruments
5.
To promote the welfare of children and youth in home,
school, church and community.
To raise the standards of home life.
To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children
and youth.
To bring into close relation the home and the school, that
parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the training
of the child.
To develop between educators and the general public such
united efforts as will secure for every child the highest
advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.
5. Service on advisory committees
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT
The Tate County School District believes many benefits come from a
strong partnership between home and school and that the partnership
between home and school is strengthened by recognizing that parents of
students have special rights and responsibilities to be informed as to the
day-to-day operation of the schools and to participate in improving the
educational system. The district is committed to keeping parents and the
community informed about and seeking input into its operation.
In accordance with the Tate County School District Board of
Education belief that parental involvement is vital to the success of
the school system, the district's Title 1 program will include, but not be
limited to, the following components:
1.
2.
3.
Jointly develop with, and distribute to, parents of participating
students a written parental involvement policy, agreed upon by
the parents.
Schedule annual public meetings to be held at individual
schools. All parents of eligible children will be invited. The
purposes of these meetings are to discuss with parents the
programs and activities carried out with Title 1 funds, inform
parents of their right to consult in the design and implementation
of the project, solicit parental input, and provide parents an
opportunity to establish mechanisms for maintaining on-going
communication.
Notify parents that their child has been selected to participate in
Title 1 programs.
4.
Schedule conferences between individual parents and
teachers to discuss student's progress.
5.
Assist parents to promote the education of their child at
home.
6.
7.
Provide parents with a school performance profile, inform
them about the state system of standards and assessment,
and inform them about the National Education Goals.
Develop a school-parent compact, setting out the respective
responsibilities of the children, the school, and the parents
regarding their child's education.
PARENT CENTERS
To promote a high level of interest and participation among its parents,
the district provides parent centers in each school. The centers offer
parents information, consultations, checkout materials and equipment,
and other resources that will help them help their children.
PRESCHOOL TRANSITION
The Tate County School District engages in a partnership with
preschool programs to make the transition from preschool to school
attendance as comprehensive and as comfortable as possible for
students and parents. The partnership provides the foundation for
dialog as well as workshops, preschool roundups, and other activities
that help preschoolers make a successful transition into school, socially,
academically, and emotionally.
PARENT CONFERENCES
Parents are encouraged to maintain close contact with classroom
teachers throughout the school term. The parents or the classroom
teacher may initiate parent conferences. Conferences should be well
planned and nonthreatening for all parties involved. Much of the
responsibility for the productivity of parent-teacher conferences rests with
the expectation and agreement between teachers and parents for a
positive, professional, productive conference. This can be achieved by
making a list of things to be discussed and materials to be shared.
Parents are encouraged to share things that will help the teacher
understand the child better--special problems, interests, feelings,
relationships.
Conferences should be arranged by appointment during the time set
aside each day following the close of school, during the teacher's
planning period, or during other mutually agreeable times when the
teacher is not involved in supervision or instructional duties.
GRIEVANCES
Constructive criticism of the school system is welcome whenever it is
motivated by a sincere desire to improve the quality of the educational
program or to equip the schools to accomplish their tasks more
effectively. Complaints and grievances shall be resolved, whenever
possible, as close to their origin as possible. The district advises the
public that the proper channeling of complaints involving instruction,
discipline, or learning materials should observe the following tier:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Teacher
Principal and/or program director/coordinator
Assistant superintendent
Superintendent
School board
Complaints about school personnel are investigated by the administration
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The school board does not consider nor act on complaints that have not
been explored at the appropriate administrative level. Matters referred to
the board must be in writing and the complaint should be specifically
stated.
Publications issued by and in the name of the school district are
required to be of high quality; address the issues squarely and simply,
avoiding education jargon; and include a complete address and
telephone number, the appropriate school contacts, and the date of the
publication.
PUBLIC INFORMATION/ MEDIA RELATIONS
The Tate County School District encourages a policy of
sound, responsive relations with the press and other
communication media. The superintendent and/or his/ her
designee is the official spokesperson for the district. As the
district spokesperson, the superintendent or designee is
responsible for informing the public about the school system
through periodic releases to the communication media.
Representatives of the radio and television stations and the athletics
director make arrangements for broadcasting and/or filming of games.
The district adheres to regulations set forth by the Mississippi High School
Activities Association for coverage by broadcasting and/or filming of
games and/or practices.
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Appendix A
STUDENTS COMPLAINTS OF SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION/HARASSMENT -- TITLE IX PROCEDURES
Students in the Tate County School District are protected from sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment, by Title IX of the Education
Amendment of 1972 to the Civil Rights Act. It is the intent of the Board to maintain an environment free from sexual harassment of any kind. Therefore,
unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature amounting to or constituting harassment
are prohibited.
This complaint procedure shall provide a process for filing, processing and resolving complaints on such matters. Adherence to these procedures is
mandatory. The failure of any person to follow these procedures will constitute a waiver of the right to pursue a complaint at any level, including review
by the Board.
I.
DEFINITIONS
A.
"Sexual harassment" exists when unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
meets one of the following criteria:
1.
QUID PRO QUO HARASSMENT: Submission to such conduct is made, either implicitly or explicitly, a term or condition for a
student's assignment of grades, promotion or other school-related benefit.
2.
QUID PRO QUO HARASSMENT: Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for decisions
affecting that individual.
3.
HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT HARASSMENT: Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the student's
work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive teaching or learning environment.
B.
A "complaint" is a report by any student, a parent, legal guardian or custodian of a student or any employee which alleges that a policy or practice of
the District or a practice or act of any of its employees or students has discriminated against a student on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment.
C.
The "complainant" is the student or parent, legal guardian or custodian of a student or employee who submits a complaint.
D.
The "respondent" is the person alleged to be responsible for the violation alleged in a complaint. The term may be used to designate persons with
responsibility for a particular action or those persons with supervisory responsibility for procedures and policies in those areas covered in the complaint.
E.
The "Title IX Coordinator" is the person(s) designated to coordinate the District's efforts to comply with and carry out responsibilities under Title
IX and other state and federal laws addressing equal educational opportunity.
F.
A "day" means a working day and does not include holidays and/or weekends.
II.
GENERAL RULES
A.
Since it is important that complaints be filed and processed as rapidly as possible, the number of days indicated at each step are considered to be
maximum and every effort will be made to expedite the process. At any step in the complaint procedure, the time limits may be extended only when
necessary under the circumstances. In no event shall these procedures be extended for more than a 90 day period.
B.
If a review is not requested at any step within the time allotted and if the decision at the prior step found a reasonable basis to believe that an
employee has engaged in any sexual misconduct or involvement with any student under the age of 18, the Title IX Coordinator shall, immediately upon the
expiration of the allotted time, submit such information to the superintendent. The superintendent shall make such information available to the appropriate
District Attorney as required by District policy and Mississippi law.
C.
Facts elicited during the complaint procedure are confidential and do not become part of a student's permanent record. A copy of documents,
communications and records dealing with the processing of a complaint will be filed in a separate file as designated by the superintendent.
D.
Facts elicited during the complaint procedure that result in adverse disciplinary action against an employee become part of that employee's
personnel file.
E.
The failure of a complainant to proceed from one step to the next within the set time limits, without being granted an extension of time by the Title
IX Coordinator, shall be deemed to be an acceptance of the decision previously rendered and shall eliminate any future review concerning that particular
complaint.
F.
The failure of the reviewing officer(s) to communicate his decision to the complainant or respondent within the time limits shall permit the
complainant or respondent to proceed to the next step.
G.
The complainant may withdraw his complaint at any step without reprisal. However, a complainant shall not be permitted to refile the same
complaint once withdrawn unless it is within the initial time period.
H.
No reprisal shall be invoked against the complainant for filing a complaint or against any person for participation in any way in this procedure.
I.
If the complaint is against the student's principal, the complainant may go directly to the Title IX Coordinator.
III.
PROCEDURES FOR PROCESSING A COMPLAINT
Party/Parties Involved
Action Required
A. Complainant
Within 5 days from the time a complaint becomes known, the complainant must complete and
submit to the Title IX Coordinator a written "Title IX Report" form. The report must state the
respondent's name, the nature and date of the alleged violation, the names of any witnesses to such alleged violation and
requested action. Forms shall be available from all principals' offices and from the Title IX Coordinator.
Within 2 days from receipt of the written complaint, the Title IX Coordinator shall notify the
respondent.
Within 5 days, the respondent shall be required to respond in writing to the Title IX Coordinator, as
follows:
1.
Confirm or deny the facts as alleged;
2.
Indicate acceptance or rejection of the complainant's requested action; or
3.
Outline alternative actions.
Within 5 days from receipt of the respondent's response, the Title IX Coordinator shall provide an
B. Title IX Coordinator
C. Respondent
D. Title IX Coordinator
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E. Complainant or
Respondent
F. Title IX Coordinator
G. Title IX Coordinator,
Grievant, Respondent,
Title IX Hearing Panel
H. Title IX Hearing Panel
I. Title IX Coordinator
J. Complainant or
Respondent
K.Title IX Coordinator
L. Superintendent
M. Complainant or
Respondent
N. Title IX Coordinator
O. School Board, Title IX
Coordinator,
Complainant, Respondent
P. School Board
initial response to the complainant and respondent, stating initial conclusions of fact and proposed
action, if any.
Within 5 days of receiving the initial response, the complainant or respondent may request,
complainant or respondent may request, in writing, a hearing on the matter.
Upon receipt of a written request for hearing, the Title IX Coordinator shall schedule a hearing to
be held within 5-10 days before an unbiased panel of 3-5 district employees. The Title IX Coordinator shall give written
notice of such hearing to the complainant, respondent, student's principal or employee's supervisor, superintendent and
other appropriate witnesses, if applicable.
Within 5-10 days of the receipt of the written request for a hearing by the Title IX Coordinator,
a hearing shall be before an unbiased panel of 3-5 District employees. The Title IX
Coordinator shall facilitate the hearing, at which the following rules shall apply:
1.
The hearing shall be informal and the legal rules of evidence and procedure shall not
apply.
2.
The complainant and respondent shall be permitted to submit written evidence and to bring
witnesses before the panel.
3.
The Title IX Hearing Panel members may question any witnesses brought before them.
4.
The complainant and respondent shall be permitted to make a statement before the panel
and may be permitted to examine their witnesses and to cross-examine witnesses actually presented by the
other parties.
5.
Representation of the complainant or respondent by other individuals shall not be permitted.
6.
The Title IX Coordinator shall create and maintain a record of the hearing which shall
include the names of all witnesses, all investigation reports, a summary of all witness testimony and all
documentary evidence.
Within 5 days after the hearing, the Title IX Hearing Panel shall issue a written decision which
shall include findings of fact and recommended action.
Upon receipt of the decision of the Title IX Hearing Panel, the Title IX Coordinator shall provide a
copy of such decision to the complainant, respondent, principal or supervisor and superintendent.
If the complainant or respondent is not satisfied with the decision, he/she may request a review by
the superintendent. The request for such review must be made in writing to the Title IX Coordinator
within 5 days of receipt of the Panel's decision.
Upon receipt of a request for review by the superintendent, the Title IX Coordinator shall notify
the superintendent of such request and submit to the superintendent the record of the hearing, the Panel decision and all
related documents.
Within 10 days of notice of request for review, the superintendent shall review the record and
Panel decision and shall issue a decision. The superintendent may concur in the findings and recommendations of the
Panel or may make alternate findings and recommendations. The superintendent shall have his decision provided to the
Title IX Coordinator, complainant, respondent and the principal or supervisor within the 10 day period.
Within 5 days of the receipt of the superintendent’s decision, if dissatisfied with the decision, the complainant or
respondent must submit written request for review by the school board to the Title IX Coordinator.
Upon receipt of the request for review, the Title IX Coordinator must schedule a review before the
governing school board to be held at the Board's next regular or special meeting, but in no event more than 30 days from
such request. The Title IX Coordinator shall provide the board members with copies of the hearing record, all investigation reports, the Panel decision, the superintendent's decision and all related documents.
Within 30 days of the request for review, the board shall review the hearing record, all investigation, all reports,
the Panel decision, the superintendent's decision and all related records. The review is not a hearing no
party has the right to present further witnesses or other evidence or to examine any witness or party. However,
the board may, in its discretion, permit statements of limited duration from the complainant or his
representative and the respondent or his representative. All usual rules of board procedure shall apply. Furthermore, the
board may, in its discretion, require that the review be conducted in closed or executive session.
Within 10 days of the review, the board shall issue a final written decision. The board may concur in the
findings of the superintendent and direct that the recommended actions be taken or may make
alternate findings and direct appropriate actions be taken by the superintendent or other appropriate administrator. The
decision of the board is final.
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Appendix B
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
STANDARD 14
DISTRICT OPTION
Note: This option may be offered by districts, but it is not required.
Each student graduating from a secondary school in an accredited school district will have earned the required
Carnegie units as specified in the following table. Contents of each required and elective course must inclu de the
core objectives identified in the Mississippi Curriculum Frameworks. Course titles and identification numbers
must appear in the current edition of the Approved Courses for Secondary Schools of Mississippi. (See SB Policies
2902 and 2903.) Enrollment in online and correspondence courses must have prior approval granted by the
principal. No more than one (1) of the minimum required number of units may be earned through completion of
an approved correspondence course.
Any student who completes the minimum graduation requirements as specified below and has achieved a passing
score on each of the required high school exit examinations is eligible to receive a high school diploma. The local
school district may establish additional local requirements approved by the local school board as authorized under
MS Code 37-16-7.
CURRICULUM AREA
ENGLISH
MATHEMATICS
SCIENCE
SOCIAL STUDIES
CARNEGIE UNITS
41
42
33
3
HEALTH
BUSINESS and TECHNOLOGY
½6&7
18
THE ARTS
1
ELECTIVES
4½9
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED
21
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English I
English II
Algebra I or Integrated Math I
Biology I
1 World History4
1 U.S. History4
½ U.S. Government
½ Mississippi Studies5
Contemporary Health10
1 Information and Communication Technology
(ICT) II or 1 Science, Technology, Engineering &
Mathematics (STEM) or 1 Technology Foundations
or ½ Keyboarding and
½ Computer Applications11
Any approved 500.000 course
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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
STANDARD 14
DISTRICT OPTION
1
Compensatory English, Compensatory Reading, and Compensatory Writing may not be included in the
four (4) English courses required for graduation; however, these courses may be included in the four and
one-half (4½) general electives required for graduation. Beginning school year 2014-2015, Compensatory
English may only be taken if a credit-bearing English course is taken in the same school year. MYP-English I
and MYP English II are accepted in lieu of the English I and English II requirem ents for students enrolled in
the IB program.
2
Compensatory Mathematics and any developmental mathematics course may not be included in the
four (4) mathematics courses required for graduation; however, these courses may be included in the four
and one-half (4½) general electives required for graduation.
Beginning school year 2014-2015,
Compensatory Mathematics may only be taken if a credit-bearing Math course is taken in the same school
year. Beginning school year 2004-2005 for all entering eighth graders, at least one (1) of the four (4)
required mathematics courses must be higher than Algebra I or Integrated Math I. The allowable
mathematics courses that can be taken which are higher than Algebra I are: Geometry, Integrated Math II,
Algebra II, Integrated Math III, CCSS Advanced Math Plus, Algebra III, SREB Math Ready, Calculus, AP
Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and AP Statistics. Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Discrete
Mathematics, and Statistics meet this requirement if taken prior to the 2015-2016 school year. One (1) of
the four (4) required mathematics units may be in Architecture & Drafting if the student completes the twocourse sequence for Architecture & Drafting I & II. Effective with the eighth graders of 2004-2005, PreAlgebra, Transition to Algebra, and Algebra I, may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit. PreAlgebra and Transition to Algebra are no longer available after the 2013-2014 school year. Carnegie units
may be earned by seventh and eighth graders effective with school year 2014-2015 for the following
courses: CCSS Compacted Math Grade 7, CCSS Math Grade 8, CCSS Compacted Math Grade 8 (with
Integrated Math I), and CCSS Math Grade 8 (with Algebra I/Traditional). MYP Geometry, MYP Algebra II, IBDP Mathematics I, IB-DP Mathematics II, IB-DP Mathematical Studies I, IB-DP Mathematical Studies II are
allowable mathematics courses higher than Algebra I for IB students.
3
One (1) unit may be in Concepts of Agriscience or Introduction to Agriscience, and a second unit may
be earned by completing two (2) of the following three (3) courses: Science of Agricultural Plants, Science
of Agricultural Animals, or Science of Agricultural Environment. Two (2) units may be in the following
courses if the student completes the required course sequence ending with Healthcare & Clinical Services
II, Aquaculture II, Forestry II, Robotics/Engineering II, Polymer Science II or Careers in Polymer Science,
Horticulture II or Horticulture Landscape and Turf grass, Engineering II or Applied Engineering Concepts,
Health Sciences II or Workplace and Employment Skills in Health Sciences. The allowable lab-based physical
science courses are Physical Science, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics B, AP Physics C –
Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics C – Mechanics, Polymer Science II, and Robotics/Engineering II. IBDP Physics I, IB-DP Physics II, MYP Chemistry, and IB-DP Chemistry may be accepted as allowable lab-based
physical science courses for students enrolled in the IB program. MYP Biology and IB-DP Biology I may be
accepted in lieu of the Biology I requirement for students enrolled in an IB program. Effective with school
year 2013-14, up to two (2) of the three (3) required science units (excluding Biology I) may be earned by
completing Agriculture and Natural Resources I & II. One (1) credit allowed shall be awarded for Biology II,
and one-half (½) credit shall be awarded for Botany, and one-half (½) credit shall be awarded for Field
Experiences in Science. Effective with eighth graders of school year 2013-14, Introduction to Agriscience
may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit.
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4
Based on the 2011 Mississippi Social Studies Framework, A.P. World History can be accepted in lieu
of the required World History from the Age of Enlightenment to Present course. A.P. United States History
can be accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History from Post-reconstruction to Present course. A.P.
Government and Politics: United States can be accepted in lieu of the required United States Government
course. IB-DP History of the Americas I is accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History course for students
enrolled in the IB program. IB-DP History of the Americas II is accepted in lieu of the required Mississippi
Studies, Economics, and/or U.S. Government courses for students enrolled in the IB program. MYP U.S.
Government is accepted in lieu of the required Government course for students enrolled in the IB program.
5
The credit earned for a State/Local Government course in any other state by an out-of-state transfer
student who enters after the sophomore year can stand in lieu of Mississippi Studies or Mississippi State
and Local Government. If the transfer student took a State/Local Government course in a grade level that
did not award Carnegie unit credit, then any other one-half (½) unit social studies course may be accepted.
An out-of-state student who transfers after the junior year may substitute any other one-half (½) unit social
studies course. Effective with eighth graders of school year 2013-14, Mississippi Studies and Geography
may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit.
6
Credit earned in Healthcare & Clinical Services I/Health Science I may be accepted in lieu of
Contemporary Health to meet the graduation requirement for one-half (½) Carnegie unit in Health.
7
Successful completion of JROTC I and JROTC II may be accepted in lieu of Contemporary Health to
meet the graduation requirement for one-half (½) Carnegie unit in Health beginning in the 2010-2011 school
year and thereafter, when instruction includes all health components in the JROTC curriculum.
8
Evidence of proficiency in Keyboarding and Computer Applications is accepted in lieu of the required
courses if the student earns one (1) unit in any of the courses listed in the Business and Technology
Framework (academic and vocational). Information & Computer Technology (ICT) II may be accepted in
lieu of Computer Discovery. A Carnegie unit earned for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
(STEM) in the 8th or 9th grade meets this graduation requirement. Technology Foundations replaces
Computer Discovery, Keyboarding and Computer Applications and meets this graduation requirement
when taken in grades 8-12. MYP Computer Discovery may be accepted in lieu of Computer Discovery for
students enrolled in an IB program.
9
Elective units in physical education include participation in interscholastic athletic activities, band,
performance choral, dance and JROTC that meet the instructional requirements specified in the Fitness
through Physical Education Framework and that are sanctioned by the Mississippi High School Activities
Association.
10
Comprehensive Health or Family and Individual Health meet this requirement if taken prior to the
2014-2015 school year.
11
Computer Discovery meets this requirement if taken prior to the 2012-2013 school year.
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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
STANDARD 14
SENIORS OF SCHOOL YEAR 2011-2012 (and thereafter)
(Entering ninth graders in 2008-2009 and thereafter)
Each student graduating from a secondary school in an accredited school district will have earned the required
Carnegie units as specified in the following table. Contents of each required and elective course must include the
core objectives identified in the Mississippi Curriculum Frameworks. Course titles and identification numbers must
appear in the current edition of the Approved Courses for Secondary Schools of Mississippi. (See SB Policies 2902
and 2903) Enrollment in online and correspondence courses must have prior approval granted by the principal. No
more than one (1) of the minimum required number of units may be earned through completion of an a pproved
correspondence course.
Any student who completes the minimum graduation requirements as specified below and has achieved a passing
score on each of the required high school exit examinations is eligible to receive a high school diploma. The local
school district may establish additional local requirements approved by the local school board as authorized under
MS Code 37-16-7.
Beginning school year 2008-2009 and thereafter, all entering ninth graders (seniors of school year 2011-2012 and
later) will be required to have a minimum of 24 Carnegie units as specified below, unless their parent/guar dian
requests to opt the student out of Appendix A-2 requirements in accordance with local school board policy. Any
student who is taken out of these requirements of Appendix A-2 will be required to complete the graduation
requirements as specified in Appendix A-1 (District Option). The local school district may establish additional local
requirements approved by the local school board as authorized under MS Code 37-16-7.
CURRICULUM AREA
CARNEGIE UNITS
ENGLISH
41
MATHEMATICS
42
43
4
SCIENCE
SOCIAL STUDIES
HEALTH and PHYSICAL EDUCATION
17&8
BUSINESS and TECHNOLOGY
110
THE ARTS
ELECTIVES
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED
1
REQUIRED SUBJECTS
English I
English II
Algebra I or Integrated Math I
Biology I
1 World History4
1 U.S. History4
½ Geography4
½ U.S. Government
½ Economics5
½ Mississippi Studies4
½ Contemporary Health and
½ Physical Education9&11
1 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
II or 1 Science, Technology, Engineering &
Mathematics (STEM) or 1 Technology Foundations
or ½ Keyboarding and ½ Computer Applications10
Any approved 500.000 course
511
24
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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
STANDARD 14
SENIORS OF SCHOOL YEAR 2011-2012 (Entering ninth
graders in 2008-2009 and thereafter)
1
Compensatory English, Compensatory Reading, and Compensatory Writing may not be included in the four (4)
English courses required for graduation; however, these courses may be included in the five (5) general electives
required for graduation. Beginning school year 2014-2015, Compensatory English may only be taken if a creditbearing English course is taken in the same school year. Accelerated English 9 can be accepted in lieu of English I.
Accelerated English 10 and AP English Language Composition can be accepted in lieu of English II. Beginning school
year 2010-2011 for all entering ninth graders, English I is a required prerequisite course for English II. English I may
not be taken after a student completes English II.
2
Compensatory Mathematics, Introduction to Engineering, and any developmental mathematics course may not be
included in the four (4) mathematics courses required for graduation; however, these courses may be included in
the five (5) general electives required for graduation. Beginning school year 2014-2015, Compensatory Mathematics
may only be taken if a credit-bearing Math course is taken in the same school year. Math 8 cannot be taken after
Algebra I or Integrated Math I. Beginning school year 2007-2008 for all entering eighth graders, at least two (2) of
the four (4) required mathematics courses must be higher than Algebra I or Integrated Math I. Effective with ninth
graders of 2010-2011, Survey of Mathematical Topics may not be included in the two (2) math courses higher than
Algebra I. The allowable mathematics courses that can be taken which are higher than Algebra I or Integrated Math I
are: Geometry, Integrated Math II, Algebra II, Integrated Math III, CCSS Advanced Math Plus, Algebra III, SREB Math
Ready, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and AP Statistics. Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre -Calculus,
Discrete Mathematics, and Statistics meet this requirement if taken prior to the 2015-2016 school year. MYP
Geometry, MYP Algebra II, IB-DP Mathematics I, IB-DP Mathematics II, IB-DP Mathematical Studies I, and IB-DP
Mathematical Studies II are allowable mathematics courses higher than Algebra I for IB students. One (1) of the four
(4) required mathematics units may be in Architecture & Drafting if the student completes the two-course sequence
for Architecture & Drafting I & II. One (1) of the four (4) required mathematics units may be in Survey of
Mathematical Topics; however, this course does not meet the mathematics requirement for admission to
institutions of higher learning. Effective with the eighth graders of 2004-2005, Pre-Algebra, Transition to Algebra,
and Algebra I may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit. Pre-Algebra, Transition to Algebra, and
Survey of Mathematical Topics are no longer available after the 2013-2014 school year. Carnegie units may be
earned by seventh and eighth graders effective with school year 2014-2015 for the following courses: CCSS
Compacted Math Grade 7, CCSS Math Grade 8, CCSS Compacted Math Grade 8 (with Integrated Math I), and CCSS
Math Grade 8(with Algebra I/Traditional). Effective with the eighth graders of 2008-2009, Geometry may be taken
in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit. Effective with 7th graders of 2012-13, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Biology I,
ICT II (Information & Communication Technology), and first-year Foreign Language may be taken in the 7th grade for
Carnegie unit credit provided the course content is the same as the high school course. Effective with 8th graders of
2012-2013, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) and second-year Foreign Language may be
taken in the 8th grade for Carnegie unit credit provided the course content is the same as the high school course.
Effective with 8th graders of 2013-2014, Introduction to Agriscience may be taken for Carnegie unit credit provided
the course content is the same as the high school course.
3
One (1) unit may be in Concepts of Agriscience or Introduction to Agriscience, and a second unit may be earned by
completing two (2) of the following three (3) courses: Science of Agriculture Plants, Science of Agriculture Animals,
and Science of Agricultural Environment. Two (2) units may be in the following courses if the student completes the
required course sequence ending with Healthcare & Clinical Services II, Aquaculture II, Forestry II,
Robotics/Engineering II, Polymer Science II or Careers in Polymer Science, Horticulture II or Horticulture Landscape
and Turf grass, Engineering II or Applied Engineering Concepts, Health Sciences II or Workplace and Employment
Skills in Health Sciences. Beginning school year 2008-2009 for all entering eighth graders, one (1) unit must be a lab-
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based physical science. The allowable lab-based physical science courses are Physical Science, Chemistry, AP
Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics B, AP Physics C – Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics C – Mechanics, Polymer
Science II, and Robotics/Engineering II. IB-DP Physics I, IB-DP Physics II, MYP Chemistry, and IB-DP Chemistry may
be accepted as allowable lab-based physical science courses for students enrolled in the IB program. MYP Biology
and IB-DP Biology I may be accepted in lieu of the Biology I requirement for students enrolled in an IB program.
Effective with school year 2013-14, up to two (2) of the four (4) required science units (excluding Biology I) may be
earned by completing Agriculture and Natural Resources I & II. One (1) credit allowed shall be awarded for Biology
II, one-half (½) credit shall be awarded for Botany, and one-half (½) credit shall be awarded for Field Experiences in
Science. Effective with eighth graders of school year 2013-14, Introduction to Agriscience may be taken in the eighth
grade for Carnegie unit credit.
4
Based on the 2011 Mississippi Social Studies Framework, A.P. World History can be accepted in lieu of the required
World History from the Age of Enlightenment to Present course. A.P. United States History can be accepted in lieu
of the required U.S. History from Post-reconstruction to Present course. A.P Government and Politics: United States
can be accepted in lieu of the required United States Government course. A.P. Macroeconomics or A.P.
Microeconomics can be taken in lieu of the required Economics course. A.P. Human Geography can be accepted in
lieu of the required Geography course. MYP World Geography is accepted in lieu of the required Geography course
for students enrolled in the IB program. IB-DP History of the Americas I is accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History
course for students enrolled in the IB program. IB-DP History of the Americas II is accepted in lieu of the required
Mississippi Studies, Economics, and/or U.S. Government courses for students enrolled in the IB program. MYP U.S.
Government is accepted in lieu of the required Government course for students enrolled in the IB program. Effective
with eighth graders of school year 2013-14, Mississippi Studies and Geography may be taken in the eighth grade for
Carnegie unit credit.
5
Credit earned for Business Fundamentals or Business Fundamentals II may be accepted in lieu of one-half (½) unit
in Economics.
6
The credit earned for a State/Local Government course in any other state by an out-of-state transfer student who
enters after the sophomore year can stand in lieu of Mississippi Studies or Mississippi State and Local Government.
If the transfer student took a State/Local Government course in a grade level that did not award Carnegie unit credit,
then any other one-half (½) unit social studies course may be accepted. An out-of-state student who transfers after
the junior year may substitute any other one-half (½) unit social studies course.
7
Credit earned in Healthcare & Clinical Services I, Health Sciences I, or Theory and Application of Health Sciences I
may be accepted in lieu of Contemporary Health to meet the graduation requirement for one-half (½) Carnegie unit
in Health.
8
Successful completion of JROTC I and JROTC II may be accepted in lieu of Contemporary Health to meet the
graduation requirement for one-half (½) Carnegie unit in Health beginning in the 2010-2011 school year and
thereafter.
9
Comprehensive Health or Family and Individual Health meet the health requirement if taken prior to the 2014-2015
school year. The graduation requirement for one-half (½) unit in physical education may include participation in
interscholastic athletic activities, band, dance and JROTC that meet the instructional requirements specified in the
Fitness through Physical Education Framework and that are sanctioned by the Mississippi High School Activities
Association.
10
Evidence of proficiency in technology is accepted in lieu of the required courses if the student earns one (1) unit in
a technology-rich academic or career technical course related to their program of study. Effective with school year
2012-2013, a Carnegie unit credit for ICT II (Information & Communication Technology) may be awarded to 7 th grade
students. Effective with school year 2012-2013, a Carnegie unit credit for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering,
& Mathematics) may be awarded to 8th grade students. ICT II may be accepted in lieu of Computer Discovery. A
Carnegie unit earned for STEM in the 8th or 9th grade meets this graduation requirement. Technology Foundations
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replaces Computer Discovery, Keyboarding, and Computer Applications, and meets this graduation requirement
when taken in grades 8-12. MYP Computer Discovery may be accepted in lieu of Computer Discovery for students
enrolled in an IB program. Computer Discovery meets this requirement if taken prior to the 2012-2013 school year.
11
Only one (1) elective unit in physical education including participation in interscholastic athletic activities, band,
performance choral, dance or JROTC that meet the instructional requirements specified in the Fitness through
Physical Education Framework and that are sanctioned by the Mississippi High School Activities Association may be
applied each year to the minimum 24 required state units. If a local district has graduation requirements above the
state requirements, they may award additional credits as outlined in the local Board policy.
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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
STANDARD 14
CAREER PATHWAY OPTION
SENIORS OF SCHOOL YEAR 2011-2012(and thereafter)
(Entering eleventh graders in 2010-2011 and thereafter)
In 2010, Mississippi state policymakers passed legislation to create multiple pathways to a standard diploma.
The 2010 legislative actions created a career pathway to a standard diploma, with the goal of improving
Mississippi graduation rates and providing students with career and technical training that prepares students
for postsecondary credential or certification programs and employable workplace skills. This legislative
change created Section 37-16-17, Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, to provide for high school career
option programs and career track curricula for students not wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree.
Enrollment in online and correspondence courses must have prior approval granted by the principal. No more
than one (1) of the minimum required number of units may be earned through completion of an approved
correspondence course.
CURRICULUM AREA
CARNEGIE UNITS
REQUIRED SUBJECTS
ENGLISH
41
MATHEMATICS
32
English I
English II
Algebra I or Integrated Math I
SCIENCE
33
Biology I
SOCIAL STUDIES
34, 5
HEALTH or PHYSICAL
EDUCATION
CAREER and
TECHNICAL
BUSINESS and
TECHNOLOGY
½6
1 U.S. History
½ U.S. Government
½ Mississippi Studies
½ Contemporary Health or ½ Physical
Education10
(Selected from Student’s Program of Study)
ELECTIVES
2½9
TOTAL UNITS
REQUIRED
21
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18
Technology Foundations, Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) II, Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
(STEM), or Computer Applications and
Keyboarding
Courses selected from the student’s approved
program of study
NOTE: Mississippi’s Institutions of Higher Learning requirements differ from minimum graduation
requirements for this diploma pathway.
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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
STANDARD 14
CAREER PATHWAY OPTION
SENIORS OF SCHOOL YEAR 2011-2012 (and thereafter)
(Entering eleventh graders 2010-2011 and thereafter)
1
Compensatory English, Compensatory Reading, and Compensatory Writing shall not be included in the four
(4) English courses required for graduation. Beginning school year 2014-2015, Compensatory English may
only be taken if a credit-bearing English course is taken in the same school year. The two (2) additional English
credits must be from the student’s program of study which includes Technical Writing, Creative Writing,
English III, English IV, or any college-level dual credit courses.
2
Compensatory Mathematics may not be included in the three (3) mathematics courses required for
graduation. Beginning school year 2014-2015, Compensatory Mathematics may only be taken if a creditbearing Math course is taken in the same school year. Math 8 cannot be taken after Algebra I or Integrated
Math I. For students pursuing the Career Pathway Graduation Option, at least one (1) of the required
mathematics courses must be above Algebra I or Integrated Math I and selected from the student’s program
of study. The allowable mathematics courses that can be taken which are higher than Algebra I or Integrated
Math I are: Geometry, Integrated Math II, Algebra II, Integrated Math III, CCSS Advanced Math Plus, Algebra
III, SREB Math Ready, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and AP Statistics, or any college-level dual
credit courses. Survey of Mathematical Topics, Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Discrete
Mathematics, and Statistics meet this requirement if taken prior to the 2015-2016 school year. Effective with
the eighth graders of 2004-2005, Pre-Algebra, Transition to Algebra, and Algebra I may be taken in the eighth
grade for Carnegie unit credit. Effective with the eighth graders of 2008-2009, Geometry may be taken in the
eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit. Pre-Algebra and Transition to Algebra are no longer available after the
2013-2014 school year. Carnegie units may be earned by seventh and eighth graders effective with school
year 2014-2015 for the following courses: CCSS Compacted Math Grade 7, CCSS Math Grade 8, CCSS
Compacted Math Grade 8(with Integrated Math I), and CCSS Math Grade 8(with Algebra I/Traditional).
3
For students pursuing the Career Pathway Graduation Option, at least one (1) of the required science courses
must be above Biology I and selected from the student’s program of study. If a student’s program of study
allows, one (1) unit may be in Concepts of Agriscience (AEST). A second science unit may be earned by
completing a two-course sequence selected from the following options: Science of Agricultural Animals,
Science of Agricultural Plants, or Science of Agricultural Environment. Two (2) units may be in the following
courses if the student completes the two-course sequence: Healthcare & Clinical Services I & II, Health Science I
& II; Aquaculture I & II; Forestry I & II; Horticulture I & II; Polymer Science I & II; and Engineering I & II.
Effective with school year 2013-14, up to two (2) of the three (3) required science units (excluding Biology I)
may be earned by completing Agriculture and Natural Resources I & II. One (1) credit allowed shall be
awarded for Biology II, and one-half (½) credit shall be awarded for Botany, and one-half (½) credit shall be
awarded for Field Experiences in Science. Effective with eighth graders of school year 2013-14, Introduction
to Agriscience may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit.
4
AP U.S. History is accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History Post-reconstruction to Present. The third social
studies credit should be selected based on the student’s program of study.
5
The credit earned for a State/Local Government course in any other state by an out-of-state transfer student
who enters after the sophomore year can stand in lieu of Mississippi Studies or Mississippi State and Local
Government. If the transfer student took a State/Local Government course in a grade level that did not award
Carnegie unit credit, then any other one-half (½) unit social studies course may be accepted. An out-of-state
student who transfers after the junior year may substitute any other one-half (½) unit social studies course.
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Credit earned for Business Fundamentals or Business Fundamentals II may be accepted in lieu of one-half (½)
unit in Economics. Effective with eighth graders of school year 2013-14, Mississippi Studies, Geography and
Introduction to Agriscience may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit.
6
Credit earned in Healthcare & Clinical Services I/Health Science I may be accepted in lieu of Contemporary
Health to meet the graduation requirement for one-half (½) Carnegie unit in Health. Interscholastic athletic
activities, band, and ROTC, if they meet the instructional requirements specified in the Fitness through
Physical Education Framework, may also be accepted.
7
Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses must be based on the student’s program of study and should
include dual credit/dual enrollment options as found in Section 37-15-38 of the Mississippi Code of 1972.
8
Evidence of proficiency in technology is accepted in lieu of the required courses if the student earns one (1)
unit in a technology-rich academic or career technical course related to their program of study.
9
Electives must be selected from courses related to the student’s program of study. Credits earned not
approved for that student’s program of study will not be counted toward graduation requirements.
10
Comprehensive Health or Family and Individual Health meet the health requirement if taken prior to the
2014-2015 school year.
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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
STANDARD 14
MISSISSIPPI EARLY EXIT DIPLOMA
SENIORS OF SCHOOL YEAR 2013-2014 (and thereafter)
(Entering ninth graders in 2011-2012 and thereafter)
Qualification for a Mississippi Early Exit Diploma signifies to students that they are ready to do
college-level work without remediation and opens up a variety of education and career pathways
within and beyond high school.
In order to qualify for a Mississippi Early Exit Diploma, in addition to earning the Carnegie units listed
below, students must meet college and career qualification scores in all core content areas on a
series of end-of- course exams and/or the required benchmarks for college readiness on the ACT (18
in English Composition;
22 in Mathematics; 22 in Reading; 23 in Science) or Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) approved
college entrance exam.
Enrollment in online and correspondence courses must have prior approval granted by the principal.
No more than one (1) of the minimum required number of units may be earned through completion
of an approved correspondence course.
CURRICULUM AREA
CARNEGIE UNITS
REQUIRED SUBJECTS
ENGLISH
2
English II (equivalent Course)
MATHEMATICS
3
Algebra I (Equivalent Course)
SCIENCE
2
Biology I (Equivalent Course)
SOCIAL STUDIES
2½
1 World History
1 U.S. History (Equivalent Courses)
½ Mississippi Studies
Any combination of Health and Physical Education
HEALTH and PHYSICAL
EDUCATION
1
BUSINESS and TECHNOLOGY
1
Technology Foundations; Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) II; or Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
THE ARTS
1
Any approved 500.000 course
ELECTIVES
5
(Should focus on college admission or national
certification requirements)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED
17½
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TATE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
PARENT-STUDENT POLICY & PROCEDURES AGREEMENT
Student’s Name_______________________________________School________________________________
By my signature below, I attest that I have been given the opportunity to review all rules and regulations published in this edition of
the Tate County School District Parent-Student Handbook.
I understand and consent to the responsibilities rules, regulations, and procedures presented. I also understand and agree that my
child will be held accountable for the behavior and consequences set forth at school during the regular school day, at any schoolrelated activity regardless of time or location, and while being transported on district provided transportation.
I further understand that should my child violate the Student Code of Conduct contained herein, he/she shall be subject to
disciplinary action, including restitution where applicable, and up to and including expulsion from school and/or referral to law
enforcement officials for violations of the law.
ANY PARENT OR STUDENT WHO HAS QUESTIONS REGARDING DISTRICT AND SCHOOL POLICIES, RULES,
PROCEDURES, AND REGULATIONS MAY CONTACT THE SCHOOL OFFICE.
STUDENT
Signed: __________________________________________________
Date_________________________
PARENT/GUARDIAN
Signed: ___________________________________________________
Date_________________________
Required
Please Sign And Return To School
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