SOUTH GREENE STUDENT HANDBOOK
TOPICS: WELCOME; MISSION STATEMENT; VISION
STATEMENT; MOTTO; GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS;
GRADING; AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS/CREDIT RECOVERY/TUTORING; ATTENDANCE
AND TARDY POLICY; TRUANCY; DISCIPLINE, INCLUDING ZERO TOLERANCE AND
DRESS CODE; OTHER PROGRAMS; HEALTH AND SAFETY; OTHER INFORMATION;
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES; NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY;
COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES POLICY; RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO PARENTS;
NUMBERS OF SPECIFIC BOARD POLICIES
POLICIES STATED IN THIS HANDBOOK WILL BE OF GREAT VALUE IN HELPING
YOU ADJUST AND BECOME AN INTEGRAL PART OF SGHS. ALL
PROCEDURES ARE TO BE FOLLOWED DURING THE REGULAR SCHOOL DAY AS WELL
AS DURING EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. Any policies that are
changed during the school year will be announced several times and
will be updated on the website. Complete board policies can be
obtained on the Greene County website.
The complete school
calendar is on both the SGHS and Greene County website.
Please note that the calendar lists dates for interim reports and
grade cards to be sent home with the students. Information on
the required state assessments/testing is also on the SGHS
2018-2019 System School Calendar:
Abbreviated Day - Freshmen
Admin. Day (No Students)
Professional Learning Day / No
1st Day of Second Semester
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Early Dismissal @
Early Dismissal @ 12:00
School in-service flex / No
Labor Day / No
Early Dismissal @ 12:00
Early Dismissal @
Fall Break / No
Early Dismissal @ 12:00
Early Dismissal @
Prof. Learning Day / No
Graduation @ 12:00
Last Full Student Day
Professional Learning Day/No Students
Dec. 20-Jan. 4 Winter
Professional Learning Day/No
Admin Day /
Abbrev. Day (mail or pick up grades/No Buses)
Grade Cards: Oct. 17; Jan. 9; Mar.18; May
Interim Reports: Sept. 13; Nov. 20;
Feb. 13; April 25
STATEMENT: TO EMPOWER STUDENTS TO BE
STATEMENT: TO FACILITATE A LEARNING COMMUNITY WHERE
STUDENTS BECOME PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS WHO ARE COLLEGE AND/OR CAREER
"RESPECT REAPS REWARDS"
To meet the requirements for graduation, a student shall have
attained an approved attendance, conduct, and subject matter
record, which covers a planned program of education, and this
record shall be kept on file at SGHS. The pattern of courses,
which shall be required of all students in grades 9 through 12
shall be in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the State
Board of Education and the Greene County Board of Education. The
daily program for students consists of four periods, a mini period,
plus lunch. Eight regular classes will be taken during the
school year. The first four classes end at the first semester
with four new classes starting at the beginning of the second
semester in January and ending in May. We also offer classes
at the Greene Technology Center, WSCC dual enrollment classes, AP
classes, distance learning and on-line classes.
28 state/county mandated credits are necessary to graduate, with
the following requirements:
MATH: 4 CREDITS ( including Algebra 1 (A and B), II (C),
Geometry, and a fourth higher level math course, with at least one
math course each year)
ENGLISH: 4 CREDITS (English 1, 2, 3, and 4)
SCIENCE: 3 CREDITS (Environmental or Physical Science,
Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
SOCIAL STUDIES: 3 CREDITS (World History, U. S. History, and
WELLNESS and PHYSICAL EDUCATION: 1 and 1/2 CREDITS (1 in
wellness and 1/2 credit in physical education, ROTC, Band, or
sports team will meet the physical education requirement)
PERSONAL FINANCE: 1 CREDIT
FOREIGN LANGUAGE: 2 CREDITS ( May be waived for students not
going to a university)
FINE ARTS: 1CREDIT (May be waived for students not
going to a university)
ELECTIVE FOCUS: 3 CREDITS (from the one of the following
areas: Math and Science; Career and Technical Education, Fine
Arts or Humanities.
All students must take state mandated TN Ready/EOC exams in the
core academic subjects. This exam counts as 25% of the final
To receive an Honor Diploma, a student must
have 30 credits; a 3.5 grade point average; and meet the ACT
benchmarks (English/English Composition: 18; Math/Algebra: 22;
Reading/Social Studies: 22; and Science/Biology:
To "Graduate with Distinction", a student must have a B average
and one of the following:
* earn a national recognized industry certification
* participate in one of the state's All State musical
* participate in one of the Governor's Schools
* be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
* attain a score of 31 composite score on the ACT
* attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two advanced placement
* complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
* earn 12 or more semester hours of transcript college credit
Please check individual college websites for ACT/SAT minimum
requirements and additional standards.
Scholarship information is available on the website or in the
guidance office and on individual college websites.
Special Education Options: An IEP
certificate or transitional certificate will be awarded to students
who have successfully completed an IEP (individualized education
program) and have satisfactory records of attendance and
The state now offers last dollar scholarships to qualifying
seniors. All seniors are encouraged to enroll.
Eligibility requirements are: be a TN resident, graduate from
an eligible TN high school with a regular high school diploma,
complete an application, apply to and enroll full-time at a
community college or TCAT, and meet all deadlines and
Senior Class Rank: Only full time students will be ranked for
honor purposes. All grades earned in grades 9, 10, 11, and
the first semester of the 12th grade will be counted for class
ranking. To be valedictorian or salutatorian, a student must
be an Honors Graduate and the final semester will not be used in
determining class ranking. Honor graduates will be ranked first
followed by students "Graduating with distinction" and then
followed by the rest of the senior class. High school students who
voluntarily complete at least ten hours of community service each
semester will be recognized during the graduation ceremony.
A: 93 -100
B: 85 - 92
C: 75 - 84
D: 70 - 74
F: Below 70
Dual Enrollment College Classes: college conversion:
College Grade High School Grade
Three points will be added to the final average in honor
courses. Five points will be added to the final average in
advanced placement courses. See Policy Procedures Manual
4.600 Exhibit A for more information on the grading system.
Each class gives a nine weeks exam and a semester exam, with the
final semester exam comprehensive for the semester. The state
mandated exam will count as the semester exam in the classes that
require the state tests.
Percentages used to average grades:
Classes without a state mandated
40% 1st or 3rd nine weeks
40% 2nd or 4th nine weeks
10% mid-term (9 weeks)
10% final semester test
The director of schools may exclude End of Course (EOC) scores
from students' final grades if scores are not received by the
district at least five instructional days before the end of the
For the 2017-18 school year, the End of Course Exam scores will
count for 15% of the student's final average.
For the 2018-19 school year, the End of Course Exam scores will
count for 20% of the student's final average.
Parents can assess questions and answers on their student's
state-required tests by going to the Tennessee Department of
Education website or contacting the South Greene guidance
Grades will be held and no transcript will be released
for any student who has financial obligations to South
Greene County School Board Policy requires that students ride
buses to the Technology Center and Educational Center unless
specifically granted permission for a special reason by the
principal and parent. Students driving or riding to these
locations without approval of the principal will face
suspension. All matters of attendance, conduct, and grading
for the Greene Technology Center classes are the responsibility of
that administration and staff.
PROGRAMS, CREDIT RECOVERY, AND TUTORING:
A credit recovery after-school program provides opportunity for
students to recover failed classes, for those who qualify. In
addition, there are opportunities on selected days for students who
need interventions and tutoring during the mini class
State law now provides that students can be reported to truancy
for missing after-school programs if required to participate in a
remedial instruction program outside the school day where there is
no cost to the student and the school provides bus
transportation. We will be providing afternoon bus
transportation at 4:30 on selected Tuesdays and Thursdays for
students to need to make up time, assignments, or participate in
(INCLUDING TARDY POLICY):
Each day, parents/guardians are to call the school
by 8:30 am on the day a student is absent. Absences
prearranged with the principal, death in the immediate family
accompanied by an obituary, or illness accompanied by a physician's
statement will be classified as excused absences. Without
documentation, the student's absence will be classified unexcused.
NO PHONE CALLS
AND/OR NOTES WILL BE ACCEPTED AS EXCUSED, UNLESS DOCUMENTATION
(OBITUARY OR PHYSICIAN'S STATEMENT) IS PROVIDED TO THE OFFICE ON
THE DAY THE STUDENT RETURNS TO SCHOOL.
Remember, it is the parent's responsibility to call in by 8:30 am
each and every day the student is absent or going to be late.
The school documents and keeps a record of parents who fail to
notify the school of the student's absence.
- Perfect attendance will be rewarded by a 100 on the semester
test. If you miss 2 days or less, then you would receive your
average on the semester test. However, if you miss 3 or more days
for any reason other than a field trip, you must take the semester
- If you miss 3 unexcused days or 5 days total, you may be
assigned community service and / or counseling.
- If you miss 10 days, you will be referred to an intervention
- If you miss over 10 days, you will go before the Truancy Board
and / or the juvenile Judge.
A student who comes to class late (after the late bell) or
leaves early (prior to the dismissal bell) will be considered
UNEXCUSED TARDIES IN A NINE WEEKS WILL BE CONSIDERED AN UNEXCUSED
ABSENCE. The same rules for classifying
absences excused or unexcused will apply to tardiness.
The law requires that school officials report to the court any
parent, guardian, or other person in a parental relationship with a
child who is unlawfully absent from school for five days during the
school year without documentation/adequate excuse.
Students who are
absent five (5) days without adequate excuse shall be reported to
the director of schools / designee who will, in turn, provide
written notice to the parent(s) / guardian(s) of the student's
absence. If a parent does not provide documentation within
adequate time excusing those absences, or request an attendance
hearing, then the Director of Schools shall implement the
progressive truancy intervention plan described below prior to
referral to juvenile court.
Truancy Intervention Plan
- 1. A conference with the student and the student's parent /
- 2. An attendance contract, based on the conference, signed by
the student, the parent / guardian, and an attendance supervisor or
designee. The contract shall include:
- a. A specific description of the school's attendance
expectations for the student;
- b. The period for which the contract is effective; and
- c. Penalties for additional absences and alleged school
offenses, including additional disciplinary action and potential
referral to juvenile court; and
- 3. Regularly scheduled follow-up meetings to discuss the
If a student accumulates additional unexcused absences in
violation of the attendance contract in Tier 1, the student will be
subject to Tier II.
Under this tier, a principal or designee shall conduct an
individualized assessment detailing the reasons a student has been
absent from school. The Principal or designee may refer the
student to counseling, community-based services, or other services
to address the student's attendance problems
The student who has failed to improve attendance and has
accumulated ten (10) unexcused or fifteen (15) total absences shall
be referred to the school system truancy board. The system
truancy board will assign additional intervention steps.
Finalized plans shall be approved by the Director of Schools /
Failure to improve attendance after these steps or failure to
adhere to the steps prescribed by the truancy board will result in
referral to juvenile court.
If a student is required to participate in a remedial
instruction program outside of the regular school day where there
is no cost to the parent(s) and the school provides bus
transportation, unexcused absences from these programs shall be
reported. (TCA 49-6-302, state law). Failure to attend
an assigned after school program will result in one unexcused class
period and will count toward truancy.
INFORMATION ON THE SCHOOL DAY: The school day
begins when you get on the bus in the morning or enter the campus
via private transportation and ends when you get off the bus in the
afternoon or your vehicle leaves campus. The exception to
this is at school sponsored events. Those who are in the building
prior to dismissal to first period should report to the
parents are dropping off or picking up students, care should be
used not to mix vehicles with school busses. We encourage you
to find an empty parking space in the lot, and have your child to
come to you. However, if you feel the need to pull up to the
front of the school, do not pass a school bus or block the bus lane
for an extended period of time. Busses have the priority
until they have left the parking lot. Busses will be loaded
and gone from SGHS at approximately 3:05 unless there is a
problem. Please wait until after busses have left to pick up
a student after school. Upon arrival to the school,
students are not to leave campus unless you have signed out at the
office with parental and administrative permission. Students
wishing to go home with another student are required to have
written parental permission from all parties involved.
ARRIVAL/EARLY DISMISSAL/LATE TO SCHOOL/PERMANENT LATE ARRIVAL OR
EARLY DISMISSAL: Upon arrival before school starts,
students are to report to the cafeteria. If driving to
school, students must enter the building and not remain in their
cars. A student needing to leave early should bring a note to the
office before 1st period begins. The note must state the
following: name of student, specific reason for requesting
early dismissal, time student is to leave, and signature and phone
number of parent/guardian. The student's name and time
leaving will then be placed on the absentee report for that
day. Students are considered absent from those classes
missed. Students should report to the office and sign out before
leaving campus early. If you arrive late to school, report
directly to the office and sign the late arrival sheet. Being
late to school, checking out early, as well as absences are
recorded daily on the attendance records of each student.
Arriving late to school, without excuse, may result in disciplinary
action. If students drive to school late, driving privileges
to South Greene may be suspended.
To be excused,
documentation (obituary, physician's statement, or prearranged
trip) must also be provided for students checking in late or
leaving school early. Due to the fact that
many students have dual enrollment college classes, some students
may have approval to permanently arrive at school later or leave
earlier. These students should check the bulletin board next
to guidance or check with the office for any announcements they may
All students of SGHS shall be required to conduct themselves in a
manner consistent with school policy. Student conduct, which
in any manner, disrupts class work, creates disorder, threatens the
safety, or invades the rights of others, shall be the basis for
disciplinary action and possible expulsion. Student behavior
that interferes with the educational process will not be
CONDUCT: The staff of SGHS is authorized to
take reasonable measures to establish appropriate school behavior.
The authority shall extend to all activities of the school,
including all games and public performances of athletic teams and
other school groups, trips, excursions, and all other activities
under school sponsorship and direction. A student shall not use
violence, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance
or any other conduct which causes disruption, interference, or
obstruction of any school purpose while on school property, in
school vehicles or buses, or at any school-sponsored activity,
function or event, whether on or off campus. Neither shall a
student urge others to engage in such activity. Students
found guilty of misbehavior may receive punishment ranging from a
verbal reprimand to suspension and/or expulsion dependent on the
severity of the offense and the offender's prior record.
Students leaving campus without permission and failing to sign out
will face suspension. Students driving or riding to the
vocational school or educational center without approval of the
principal will also face suspension. Public displays of affection
should be limited to simple hand holding only. Close physical
contact will result in discipline.
is an act that substantially interferes with a student's
educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, and the act
has the effect of: physically harming a student or damaging a
student's property; knowingly placing a student or students in
reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the
student's property; causing emotional distress to a student or
students; or creating a hostile educational environment.
Bullying, intimidation, hazing, or harassment may also be
unwelcome conduct based on a protected class (race, national
origin, color, gender, age, disability, or religion) that is
severe, pervasive, or persistent and creates a hostile
These acts can take place by cyber-bullying through the use
electronic means. Alleged victims of these offenses shall report
these incidents immediately to a staff person. There will be no
retaliation against any person who reports harassment or
participates in an investigation. However, the filing of a false
report will itself be considered harassment and will be treated as
Administrators are responsible for educating staff and students
as to the definition and recognition of discrimination/harassment.
Specific Greene County Board Policies on discipline can be
referenced on the Greene County website, in particular Board Policy
The principal/designee of each school shall be responsible for
investigating and resolving complaints. The principal shall
investigate the complaint within 48 hours or provide appropriate
documentation as to why the investigation was not initiated within
the required period. The principal shall notify the
parent/guardian when a student is involved in an act of
discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or
cyber-bullying and provide information on district counseling and
support services and referred to the appropriate school counselor
when deemed necessary. All investigations shall be completed
and appropriate intervention taken within 20 days or provide the
director of schools appropriate documentation why the investigation
has not been completed.
Any student wearing, carrying or displaying gang paraphernalia, or
gestures which symbolize gang membership, or causing and/or
practicing in activities which intimidate or affect the attendance
of another student shall be subject to disciplinary action.
Tennessee law states that
a person commits a Class A misdemeanor if he/she intentionally
communicates with another person or transmits or displays an image
without legitimate purpose with the intent that the image is viewed
by the victim by telephone, in writing or by electronic
communication, including text messaging, fax, electronic mail or
Internet services; he/she maliciously intends the communication to
be a threat of harm to the victim and a reasonable person would
perceive the communication to be a threat of harm.
Intimidation/harassment by cyber-bullying which takes place off
school property and causes reasonable fear of harm or emotional
distress to a student can result in school discipline, if the
bullying creates a hostile educational environment or
otherwise creates a disruption to the educational learning
process. Students shall not cause, attempt to cause or
threaten to cause injury to another person or participate in an act
of violence. Students who instigate fights will also face
discipline and can be charged with assault, if deemed
necessary. Stealing or vandalism may result in possible legal
action as well as disciplinary action, including paying the damages
Acts of zero tolerance, include, but are not limited to, the
1. Weapons and dangerous instruments: Students shall
not possess, handle, transmit, use or attempt to use any dangerous
weapon in school buildings or on school grounds at any time, or in
school vehicles and/or buses off the school grounds at a school
sponsored activity, function, or event. Dangerous weapons for the
purposes of this policy shall include, but are not limited to, a
firearm or anything manifestly designed, made, or adapted for the
purpose of inflicting death or serious bodily injury or anything
that in the manner of its use or intended use is capable of causing
death or serious bodily injury.
2. Firearms: Possession, transfer, or use of a firearm
on school property is in violation of board policy and state
3. Drugs and alcohol: It is a violation of board policy
and state law for any student to possess, use, sell, or
transfer unauthorized and/or unlawful substances, including
drugs (controlled substances, legend drugs, or illegal drugs), drug
paraphernalia, and alcohol.
4. Battery/aggravated assault: It is a violation of
board policy and state law for any student to commit battery or
5. Bomb threat: It is a violation of board policy for
any student to make a bomb threat, written and/ or electronic or
6. Electronic threats: It is violation of state law for
any student to transmit a communication containing a credible
threat to cause bodily injury or death and the transmission creates
actual disruptive activity to the school.
When it is determined that a student has violated this policy, the
principal of the school shall notify the student's parent or
guardian and the criminal justice or juvenile court system as
required by law. For a zero tolerance offense, the student
shall be expelled from school for a period of not less than one
calendar year. The director of schools shall have the
authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case
In addition to the above listed items, other prohibited items
include, but are not limited to, such things as knives, daggers,
stars or razors, ice picks, slingshots, blackjacks, knuckles,
explosive or dangerous objects, and replicas of a firearm, that
would lead a reasonable person to believe it was real.
Students shall dress and groom in a clean, neat and modest
manner so as not to distract or interfere with the operation of the
school. The dress code is established to teach hygiene, instill
discipline, prevent disruption, avoid safety hazards and provide a
positive learning environment. The administration has the
discretion in determining the appropriateness of dress. If it
is determined that the dress or grooming of a student is
inappropriate, the student will be sent home or removed to an
alternate setting. Any class time missed during the time the
student has gone home to change will be unexcused. Students
will face suspensions for violations of the dress code
policy. The principal will have the final determination with
regard to dress code.
will be responsible for enforcing the dress code. A partial
list of guidelines include:
- 1. Shirts, blouses or sweaters, pants/dresses and shoes must be
worn at all times.
- 2. The practice of "sagging" is considered to be gang related
symbolism and will not be tolerated.
- 3. No head apparel, including caps, hats, sweatbands,
bandannas, toboggans, or hair stockings will be worn in the
- 4. Clothing shall fit properly and shall not be unreasonably
tight or unreasonably baggy.
- 5. Pants must be worn at the waist. No sagging allowed.
- 6. Shorts must have a 5" inseam or more.
- 7. Holes in pants must be at knee or below.
- 8. Skirts and dresses cannot be any shorter than two (2) inches
above the knee. Sleeves of dresses must be at least the width of a
- 9. No spaghetti straps, tank tops or muscle shirts are
permitted. Bare midriffs, bare shoulders or backs, and excessively
low cut clothing, along with clothing made of see-through material
is prohibited. The midriff area must be fully covered at all
- 10. Hairstyles, sideburns, and mustaches must be in good taste,
clean and well groomed. No unusual hair color will be permitted
(for example, neon colors, green, purple, etc.).
- 11. Clothing that exhibits written, pictorial or implied
references to illegal substances, drugs or alcohol, negative
slogans, vulgarities, or that which attracts undue attention is
- 12. Prohibited items include: (1) long, large and/or heavy
chains (2) studded or chained accessories and (3) sunglasses,
except for health purposes.
- 13. Leotards, body suits, biking or jogging shorts, and
skintight outer materials such as spandex are not appropriate.
- 14. For the safety of the school population, trench coats and
dusters will not be allowed.
- 15. Facial jewelry and accessories (rings/spacers) shall be
limited to the ears only.
- 16. Leggings will not be worn as pants, and must be worn under
shirts/skirts that are at least (1) inch below the fingertips in
- 17. Excessive or visible body art,
including tattoos with vulgar language and/or obscene images, that
is deemed by the principal to be a distraction to the instructional
setting is not allowed.
USEOR POSSESSION ON SCHOOL
PROPERTY, including buses, during the school day,
or while participating in school sponsored or school board
sponsored events, or while in practice or preparation for a school
event is prohibited.
If under 18, a juvenile court citation is issued for any student
who possesses tobacco products, with the student appearing in
court, paying a fine, and completing community service, and
suspension is used for students who are over 18 years of age.
Electronic cigarettes, including Vapes, Jules, etc. will also
result in suspension.
Phones are to be off, or permission granted to use for
educational or other purposes; if violated, phones are taken up
until the end of the school day. If student refuses to give
up a phone or turns in a "dummy" phone, this insubordination will
result in a level 2 offense. Use of phone cameras to record
altercations on school grounds or at school events is prohibited
and phones may be confiscated. Taking photos or videos where
privacy is expected can result in a harassment violation.
If a student is suspected or accused of misconduct or infraction
of the student code of conduct, the principal may interrogate the
student, without the presence of parents/guardians/legal custodians
and without giving the student constitutional warnings. If the
principal has requested assistance by the police department or if
the police deem the circumstances of sufficient urgency, the police
have permission to interrogate a student during school hours.
The principal will attempt to notify parents/guardians of the
intended interrogation unless circumstances require otherwise. The
interrogation may proceed without attendance of the
parents/guardians. The principal or designee shall be present
during this interrogation. A student using a locker on school
property does not have the right to privacy in that locker or its
contents. Officials may ask students to reveal the contents
of their pockets, lockers, back packs or book bags, or to reveal
items carried elsewhere on their person where there is reasonable
cause to believe that the student has items that are prohibited by
law or Board policy. See Board Policy 6.303.
CLUBS/ACTIVITIES: A wide variety of clubs and
activities are available, along with educational field trips and
academic competitions. Extra curricular activities are encouraged
at SG, but all extra curricular activities associated with a class,
club, sports team, or academic and/or other activities are
voluntary. Approval for fund raising and field trips must be
granted by the administration. Club meeting dates will be
PARTICIPATION IN EXTRA CURRICULAR
ACTIVITIES: Parents have the right to notify the
school if you do not want your child to participate in any extra
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY is open to any
sophomore, junior, or senior who has attended SGHS for at least one
semester and has a grade point average of 3.4 or better, with no
major discipline problems on record. Applications for
membership may be picked up from the sponsor shortly after the
second semester starts in January. The induction ceremony is
held in the Spring.
STUDENT COUNCIL sponsors several service
projects in the school and community. Students must be
willing to take an active part in the activities, attend meetings,
and demonstrate welfare for the student body. Scholarship and
citizenship must be demonstrated by each student in order to
qualify for elected class officer or student council positions.
PARENT/STUDENT/COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS include
the Athletic Booster Club, Academic Booster Club and the Band
Booster Club. Information on these organizations can be found
on the home page of the SG website.
All students participating in sports must comply
with TSSAA rules and regulations and show proof of insurance.
MILITARY RECRUITER LISTS: Parents should
notify the school in writing if they do not want their child's
name, address, and phone number released to military
RELEASE OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION: The
school may disclose appropriately designated "directory
information" (information that is generally not considered harmful
or an invasion of privacy if released), without written consent of
parents, unless the parent advises the school district to the
contrary. If a parent does not want the school to disclose
directory information without prior written consent, the parent
should notify the principal in writing within two weeks of the
student's enrollment and clearly identify the information that the
parent does not want released.
See Policy Procedures Manual 6.601 Exhibit A.
MEDIA ACCESS TO STUDENTS: Each year
parents/guardians shall be given the option to withhold permission
for public news media interviews or photographs of their child at
school. If any student is to be filmed or videotaped and will
be identified or a primary subject of the filming or videotaping,
prior written consent/release/waiver shall be obtained from the
student's parent/guardian. Forms to withhold this permission
will be included in packets given to students at the first of the
TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE PROCEDURES/INTERNET
FORM: A required permission/agreement form, which
shall specify acceptable uses, rules of on-line behavior, access
privileges and penalties for policy/procedural violations, must be
signed by the parent or legal guardian of minor children and also
signed by the student in order to be granted usage of electronic
media. Any student who violates this agreement will be denied
internet usage for a period of time to be determined by the
administration and may also face suspension, depending on the
severity of the violation. This form has a section to sign to grant
or deny your child's image/information to be used on
school/district website and/or publications.
GOOGLE/OFFICE 365 APPS EMAIL PERMISSION
FORM: Parents may sign a form to give student's
permission to access these educational computer programs.
LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER: Students may use
the library for study, research, and enrichment. Books may be
checked out for a period of two weeks, magazines for one week, and
videos for five days. Renewal of materials is at the
discretion of the librarian and a daily fine is charged for all
GUIDANCE: Guidance services are available to
all students. Services include assistance with educational
planning, interpretation of test scores, career and college
information, guidance with school, home, and/or social concerns
and/or questions. ACT information, college admission
requirements and scholarship information is available in the
guidance office. Phone number is 423-636-3797. Before
or after school and during lunch can be used to visit the guidance
office, and students must have permission from a teacher to leave
class for guidance services.
Fire, tornado, and lock-down drills, including drills with armed
intruder are conducted periodically at SG. Charts are in the
classrooms directing students out of the building. In the
event of a bomb threat, the building will be evacuated and
searched. Students who become ill during the school day may
report to the clinic with a hall pass from their
teacher. Tennessee law requires students to have up-to-date
immunizations. Students who need to take medication must have a
form signed from the parent and all medications must be left in the
office, and medications must be in the original container. School
insurance is available during the start of the first
semester. Purchase is optional; however, students who
participate in inter-scholastic sports are required to carry this
insurance or the equivalent. Students taking shop or lab
classes are strongly encouraged to have accident insurance.
"eMD Anywhere" School Based Telemedicine
Program: In partnership with Greene County Schools, eMD
will provide a limited range of medical services for students and
staff through an off-site eMD Nurse Practitioner via a Telemedicine
Station, which can provide medical services for your child similar
to a regular office visit, accepting most insurance types.
The goal is to provide immediate access to medical care similar to
that of an urgent care clinic. This program is not intended
to replace your primary physician and should be considered a
supplemental medical care service. Only students who are
enrolled in the program will be eligible to receive services. Forms
to enroll for this program are given out at the start of the year
or may be filled out later with our school nurse. For
students enrolled in this program, when the school nurse identifies
an illness that requires medical attention, the nurse will offer
the option of arranging a telemedicine visit with the nurse
practitioner after contacting the parent.
SCHOOL MESSENGER NOTIFICATION SYSTEM: This
telephone system allows the school to contact parents by phone and
text message in a matter of minutes for crisis situations, weather
emergencies, and for upcoming events.
An accurate contact phone number is vital to the success of this
communication system. Also, school closings or delays due to the
weather will be announced over the local radio and television
REGISTRATION/INFORMATION FORM: Each year,
the parent must complete a new registration form that reflects
current information concerning such things as address, contacts,
phone numbers, bus numbers, and medical information. State law now
makes it a criminal offense to give a wrong address to school
SCHOOL FEES, authorized by the board, should be
paid to the office. Tennessee law states that he school shall
not require any student to pay a fee to the school for any purpose,
except as authorized by the board of education, and no fees shall
be required of any student to attending the public school, or using
its equipment while receiving educational training. Also, by law,
costs for extra curricular activities that occur outside the school
day, including sports, optional trips, clubs, and social events are
not defined as school fees. Parents have the right to notify
the school if they do not want their child to participate in extra
FAMILY/STUDENT ACCESS TO SKYWARD: Parents
may sign up to request access to grades and attendance of their
student through this computer system. In order to access this
program, a parent must show photo identification and have
PARENT/STUDENT SCHOOL COMPACT: We
encourage our parents and students to sign and commit to a
parent/student school compact in order to help improve
communication. This Compact Between Home and
School can be found on this website.
PARKING PERMITS must be obtained by all
students who drive to school. The parking tag should be
displayed on the front mirror. Students are not to sit in cars at
any time during the school day. Driving to the vocational
school without permission from the principal will result in
suspension and not being allowed to drive to SG. Operating a
vehicle or parking illegally on school grounds may result in
permanent suspension of driving on school grounds. The school
has the right to inspect and search any vehicles on campus at any
LOCKERS are assigned to students and it is
suggested that a lock should be placed on the locker. The
school assumes no responsibility for losses due to theft other than
the normal effort to prevent such loss or punish a student if
All lockers are the property of the school and are subject to
search and inspection by school personnel at any time.
Lockers are to be kept clean, and free of stickers or graffiti.
To obtain and keep a driver's license, each
student must maintain passing grades and have acceptable
attendance. A form must be signed from the school when
students obtain a driver's license, if under 18 years of age.
Driver's license will be revoked or denied if attendance is not
satisfactory or for failing grades, according to state law.
Announcements are made each day, with some
current information/announcements placed on the school website.
Visitors must sign in at the office and sign
out when they leave and pick up a visitor's name badge in the
office. Conferences with teachers should be made during the
teacher's plan period, if possible, and with an appointment being
Textbooks are free and are available to
students on loan from the board of education. If lost or damaged, students
must pay the cost of any textbook, library book, or any other
materials or equipment issued and credit for classes and
transcripts will be withheld until all obligations to SG are
Messages will be delivered to students at the
end of each class period. The phone in the office can be used
Withdrawal from School: Parents must
notify guidance in person when students withdraw from school.
If all accounts are not clear, students who transfer to another
school will be unable to get a transcript of credits from SG.
The Greene County Board of Education expects all school staff,
students, and parents to assume the responsibility for appropriate
behaviors in the school. (Board Policy 6.301)
Each student has a right to the following:
1. Have the opportunity for a free education in the most
appropriate learning environment.
2. Be secure in his/her person, papers, and effects against
unreasonable searches and seizure.
3. Expect that the school will be a safe place.
4. Have an appropriate environment conductive to
5. Not be discriminated against on the basis of sex, race,
color, creed, religion, national origin or disabilities.
6. Be fully informed of school rules and regulations.
7. Have the right to participate in two- way, open
communication with teachers and administrators.
Each student has the responsibility to do the
1. Know and adhere to the reasonable rules and regulations
established by the board.
2. Respect the human dignity and worth of every other
3. Refrain from libel, slanderous remarks, and obscenity in
verbal and written expression.
4. Study and maintain the best possible level of academic
5. Be punctual and present in the regular school
6. Dress and groom in a manner that meets reasonable
standards of health, cleanliness, modesty and safety.
7. Maintain and/or improve the school environment, preserve
school and private property, and exercise care while using school
8. Refrain from behavior which would lead to physical or
emotional harm or disrupts the educational process.
9. Respect the authority of school administrators, teachers,
and other authorized personnel in maintaining discipline in the
school and at school sponsored activities.
10. Obey the law and school rules as to the possession or use of
alcohol, illegal drugs and other unauthorized substances or
11. Possess on school grounds only those materials which are
acceptable under the law and accept the consequences for articles
stored in one's locker.
It is the policy of the Greene County School System and SGHS not
to discriminate on the basis of color, race, national origin, sex,
age, or disability in its educational programs, activities or
employment policies as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act
of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of
1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the
Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans
With Disabilities Act.
South Greene High School no discrimina en la basis de color,
origin de nacionalidad, sexo, disabilidad, o edad en sus programas
It is also the policy of this district that the curriculum
materials utilized reflect the cultural and racial diversity
present in the United States and the variety of careers, roles and
lifestyles open to women as well as men in our society. One
of the objectives of the total curriculum and teaching strategies
is to reduce stereotyping and to eliminate bias on the basis of
sex, race, ethnicity, religion, and disability.
Student complaints and grievances shall first be made to the
teacher, then to the principal. If not resolved, the matter
may then be appealed to the appropriate supervisor, the director of
schools and ultimately to the Board. Any student of this
school district who wishes to file a discrimination/harassment
grievance against another student or employee of the district may
file a complaint with the complaint coordinator. In general, any
student or employee who believes he or she has been discriminated
against, denied a benefit, harassed, or excluded, from
participation in any system education program or activity on the
basis of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion or
disability, in violation of this policy, may file an oral or
written complaint with the compliant coordinator.
The investigation and response will be completed within 30
school days. If the complainant is not in agreement with the
findings of fact as reported by the complaint manager, an
appeal may be made, within 5 work days to the director of
schools. The director will review the investigation, make any
corrective action deemed necessary and provide a written response.
If the complainant is not in agreement with the director's
findings, appeal may be made to the Board within 5 work days.
The Board shall, within 30 days from the date the appeal was
received, review the investigation and the actions of the director
of schools and may support, amend or overturn the actions based
upon review and report their decision to the complainant.
Building administrators are responsible for educating and training
their respective staff and students as to the definition and
recognition of discrimination/harassment. Complaint coordinators
are the Assistant Director of Schools and the Secondary Supervisor
for Greene County Schools, 910 W. Summer Street, Greeneville, TN
37743. Phone number is 423-639-4194. See Board Policy
AVAILABLE TO PARENTS: Helpful information for
parents may be obtained from the State Dept. of Education by
calling 1-888-212-3162 or at http://www.tn.gov/education/
Legal Services Division
Division of Special Education, TN Dept. of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway
Andrew Johnson Tower, 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243-0380
East TN Regional Resource Center
Additional resources for
persons with disabilities in Tennessee
The ARC of Tennessee
44 Vantage Way, Suite 550
Nashville, Tennessee 37228
Support and Training
for Exceptional Parents (STEP)
712 Professional Plaza
Greeneville, Tennessee 37745
Tennessee Protection and
416 21st Avenue South
The Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act
Lottery Scholarship Program
Department of Children's Services Child Abuse
Hotline number to report suspected child abuse and
1-877-237-0004 or dial 911 if there is a life-threatening
Department of Children's Services website:
specific policies that are presented to students at the start of
the school year:
Student Discrimination/Harassment and Bullying/Intimidation, Board
Student Concerns, Complaints and Grievances, Board Policy
Interference/Disruption of School Activities, Board Policy
6.306 and 6.306.1 Exhibit A
Drug-Free Schools, Board Policy 6.307
Student Alcohol and Drug Testing, Board Policy
Bus Conduct, Board Policy 6.308 and 6.308 Exhibits A and
Bus Disciplinary Report (offenses, consequences), Policy Procedures
Manual 6.308 Exhibit A
Bus Conduct (rules for bus behavior), Policy Procedures Manual
6.308 Exhibit B
Zero Tolerance Offenses, Board Policy 6.309
Dress Code, Board Policy 6.310 and 6.310 Exhibit A
Greene County Dress Code Guidelines, Policy Procedures Manual 6.310
(see the section under discipline printed earlier in this handbook
for the SGHS dress code)
Gang Activity or Association, Board Policy
Procedures, Board Policy 6.313 Exhibit A
Attendance Policy 6.200 Exhibit A