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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 students)
August 4 Professional Learning Day / no students Jan. 3 1st Day of Second Semester
August 7 1st Full Day Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Sept. 1 School in-service flex/no students Feb. 19 President's Day
Sept. 4 Labor Day/no school Feb. 20 Professional Learning Day/no students
Oct. 9-13 Fall Break/no school
Mar. 26-30 Spring Break
Nov. 22-24 Thanksgiving Break May 1 Professional Learning Day / Exchange
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 LEARNERS.
VISION STATEMENT: TO FACILITATE A LEARNING COMMUNITY WHERE STUDENTS BECOME PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS WHO ARE COLLEGE AND/OR CAREER READY.
MOTTO: "RESPECT REAPS REWARDS"

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:
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 Government/Economics)
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 grade.

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 organizations
* 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 exams
* 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 conduct.

TN PROMISE:
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.

GRADING:
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.

Grading Scale:
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
A 98
B 93
C 85
D 75
F 60

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 school year

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 course.
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 department.
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 staff.

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 class.
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 absence.

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.

TARDY POLICY:
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 tardies.

TRUANCY:
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 truancy.

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 parties involved.

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 missed.

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 hostile environment.
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 such.
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 6.304.

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.

ZERO TOLERANCE:
Acts of zero tolerance, include, but are not limited to, the following:
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 alcohol.
4. Battery/aggravated assault: It is a violation of board policy and state law for any student to commit battery or aggravated assault.
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.

DRESS CODE:
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.

 

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 the shoulders.
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, 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 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
not appropriate.
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 only.
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
instructional setting.
17. Tattoos with vulgar language and/or obscene images are prohibited.

 

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.

OTHER PROGRAMS:

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 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 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 stations.

OTHER INFORMATION:

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 activities.

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 individual.
3. Refrain from libel, slanderous remarks, and obscenity in verbal and written expression.
4. Study and maintain the best possible level of academic achievement.
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 facilities.
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 materials.
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.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY:

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 or actividades.

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 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 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/
Address:
Legal Services Division
Division of Special Education, TN Dept. of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway
Andrew Johnson Tower, 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243-0380
Phone: 615-741-2851
East TN Regional Resource Center
Phone: 865-594-5691 Fax: 865-594-8909

Additional resources for persons with disabilities in Tennessee
The ARC of Tennessee
44 Vantage Way, Suite 550
Nashville, Tennessee 37228
Phone: 615-248-5878
Internet: http://www.thearctn.org/

Support and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP)
712 Professional Plaza
Greeneville, Tennessee 37745
Internet: http://www.tnstep.org/
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
http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco

Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship Program
http://www.tn.gov/collegepays/mon_college/lottery_scholars.htm

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 emergency
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 6.305
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 and attendance).