SOUTH GREENE STUDENT HANDBOOK / INFORMATION
MAJOR 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
WELCOME: 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 website.
2017-2018 System School Calendar:
August 3 Abbreviated Day - Freshmen only Jan. 2 Admin. Day (no
August 4 Professional Learning Day / no students Jan. 3 1st Day of
August 7 1st Full Day Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Sept. 1 School in-service flex/no students Feb. 19 President's
Sept. 4 Labor Day/no school Feb. 20 Professional Learning Day/no
Oct. 9-13 Fall Break/no school
Mar. 26-30 Spring Break
Nov. 22-24 Thanksgiving Break May 1 Professional Learning Day /
Dec. 15 Abbreviated Day
Dec. 18-Jan. 1 Winter Break May 18 Last Full Student Day
May 21 Professional Learning Day/no students
May 22 Administrative Day/no students
May 23 Abbrev. Day (mail or pick up grades/no buses)
Grade Cards: Oct. 19; Jan. 5; Mar.19; May 23 Interim Reports:
Sept. 13; Nov. 21; Feb. 13; April 26
MISSION STATEMENT: TO EMPOWER STUDENTS TO BE LIFELONG
VISION STATEMENT: TO FACILITATE A LEARNING COMMUNITY WHERE
STUDENTS BECOME PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS WHO ARE COLLEGE AND/OR CAREER
MOTTO: "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
ELECTIVE FOCUS: 3 CREDITS (from the one of the following areas:
Math and Science; Career and Technical Education, Fine Arts or
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: 23).
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
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 conduct.
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 requirements.
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 exam:
40% 1st or 3rd nine weeks
40% 2nd or 4th nine weeks
10% mid-term (9 weeks) test
10% final semester test
Classes with a state mandated exam:
40% 1st or 3rd nine weeks
40% 2nd or 4th nine weeks
10% mid-term (9 weeks) test
10% State test (which replaces the semester test) for the 2016-17
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.
GREENE TECHNOLOGY CENTER:
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
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS, CREDIT RECOVERY, AND TUTORING:
Students may make up an absence by staying either before school
from 7:05 till 7:55 am or after school from 3:00 till 4:30 pm.
Board policy states that any class periods that are missed more
than 5 times during the semester (whether the absences are
classified excused or unexcused, including 3 tardies which equal
one absence) must be made up time for time in one of the make-up
sessions or the student will not receive a passing grade for that
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 period.
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 credit recovery.
ATTENDANCE (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
To be excused, documentation must also be provided for students
checking in late or checking out early. Documentation should be
turned in to the office, where the office staff files this
documentation and gives a copy for the student to show to each of
the teachers. The student shall be responsible for obtaining and
making up work missed during excused or unexcused absences. PLEASE
NOTE THAT ALL DAYS AFTER FIVE MISSED PER SEMESTER, IN EACH CLASS,
(REGARDLESS IF EXCUSED OR UNEXCUSED) MUST BE MADE UP IN THE
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM, TIME FOR TIME, IN ORDER TO PASS THE CLASS. In
other words, a student must stay for four before or after school
sessions in order to make up one complete day missed.
All time for time must be made up before the end of the semester,
unless special circumstances require a few days extension.
A student who comes to class late (after the late bell) or leaves
early (prior to the dismissal bell) will be considered tardy. THREE
UNEXCUSED TARDIES WILL BE CONSIDERED AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE. All
tardies over three will be reported to the office. Tardies
accumulate throughout the semester, and are cumulative by all four
classes. For grading purposes, tardies that result in an absence
(3) should be made up in the after-school program. Discipline for
any tardies over three will result in assignment to after-school,
in-school suspension, out of school suspension, or referral to the
truancy board, depending on the circumstances and the number of
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. After FIVE
UNEXCUSED ABSENTEES OR TARDIES, a warning letter is sent, and after
TEN UNEXCUSED ABSENTEES OR TARDIES, the student will be referred to
the truancy board or juvenile court. Checking in late or checking
out early is unexcused time, unless documented by a physician's
statement or an obituary. Students with excessive tardies (checking
in late or checking out early) can be referred to the truancy
board, if deemed necessary by school authorities. IN ADDITION,
EXCESSIVE DOCTOR STATEMENTS AND EXCESSIVE EXCUSED ABSENTEES MAY BE
TAKEN TO THE TRUANCY BOARD, IF DEEMED NECESSARY.
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
OTHER 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 cafeteria.
If parents are dropping off or picking up students in the
morning or afternoon, please drop off or pick up at the back
entrance. If student is being picked up in the afternoon, please
pick up out back. If the student is not being picked up until after
3:30, these students should be picked up in the front of the
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
EARLY 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 have
DISCIPLINE: 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 condoned.
STUDENT 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.
BULLYING/INTIMIDATION/HARASSMENT 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
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 assessed.
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 law.
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
4. Battery/aggravated assault: It is a violation of board policy
and state law for any student to commit battery or aggravated
5. Bomb threat: It is a violation of board policy for any student
to make a bomb threat, written and/ or electronic or oral.
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 basis.
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
SGHS STUDENT DRESS CODE
School administrators will be responsible for enforcing the dress
code. A partial list of guidelines includes:
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 during regular school hours.
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 be 2 inches longer that the longest fingertip when
hands are extended down to the side.
7. Holes in pants are prohibited.
8. Skirts and dresses cannot be any shorter than two (2) inches
above the knee. Sleeves of dresses
and shirts must be at least the width of a credit card and cover
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 times.
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,
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 prohibited.
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 skin tight
outer materials such as spandex are
14. For the safety of the school population, trench coats and
dusters will not be allowed. Facial jewelry
and accessories (rings/spacers) shall be limited to the ears
15. Leggings will not be worn as pants, and must be worn under
shirts/skirts that are at least two inches
below the fingertips in Grades 3-12.
16. Excessive or visible body art that is deemed by the building
principal to be a distraction to the
17. Tattoos with vulgar language and/or obscene images are
TOBACCO USE OR 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 will also result in suspension.
CELL PHONE POLICY:
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.
INTERROGATIONS AND SEARCHES:
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 announced.
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 curricular activities.
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 recruiters.
RELEASE OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION: The school may disclose
appropriately designated "directory information" (information that
is generally not considered harmful or a 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 school year.
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
GOOGLE/OFFICE 365 APPS EMAIL PERMISSION FORM: Parents may sign a
form to give student's permission to access these educational
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 overdue materials.
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.
HEALTH AND SAFETY:
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 officials.
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 curricular
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 custody.
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 time.
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 discovered.
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 made.
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 paid.
Messages will be delivered to students at the end of each class
period. The phone in the office can be used for emergencies.
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.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
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 learning.
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 following:
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 program.
6. Dress and groom in a manner that meets reasonable standards of
health, cleanliness, modesty and safety.
7. Maintain and/or improve the school environment, preserve school
and private property, and exercise care while using school
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.
COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES POLICY:
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
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 6.305.
RESOURCES 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
Phone: 865-594-5691 Fax: 865-594-8909
Additional resources for persons with disabilities in
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 Advocacy (TP&A)
416 21st Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37212 Phone: 1-800-287-9636
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship Program
Department of Children's Services Child Abuse Hotline number to
report suspected child abuse and neglect:
1-877-237-0004 or dial 911 if there is a life-threatening
Department of Children's Services website: tn.gov/dcs
Numbers to specific policies that are presented to students at
the start of the school year:
Student Discrimination/Harassment and Bullying/Intimidation,
Board Policy 6.304
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 6.3071
Bus Conduct, Board Policy 6.308 and 6.308 Exhibits A and B
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 Exhibit A
(see the section under discipline printed earlier in this handbook
for the SGHS dress code)
Gang Activity or Association, Board Policy 6.3101
Discipline Procedures, Board Policy 6.313 Exhibit A
High School Attendance Policy 6.200 Exhibit A
Note: A paper copy of this student handbook is given to each
student at the start of the school year. Attached to the handbook
are the following: the high school attendance policy, the bus
conduct rules, and the Skyward Family/Student Access (for grades