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Mossy Creek Elementary
128 Horace Fitzpatrick Drive
Cleveland, GA 30528
Principal – Jennifer G. King
Assistant Principal –
Instructional Coach –
Counselor – Ellen Gann
“ Know, Value, Inspire Every
The White County School System does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, or disability in educational programs, activities, or employment. Vocational program offerings include agriculture, business education, health occupations, home economics, construction, transportation, metals, and cosmetology.
Dr Mary Kay Berry is the Title IX/SECTION 504Coordinator.
For compliance information, contact:
White County Board of Education
113 North Brooks St.
Cleveland, GA 30528
(706)865- 2315 ext 1306
mission of Mossy Creek Elementary School is Greatness for
Give 100% every day.
Respect yourself and others.
Excel in all you do.
Accept the challenge of
Take responsibility for
Never give up.
Strive for improvement.
Support one another.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
I will show respect for all people.
keep my hands, feet and other objects to myself.
I will be responsible for my choices and actions.
give 100% of myself in school and in all other activities!
I am responsible for all my
actions and behaviors today.
I will listen, do my work
I will be a person of good
character by doing what is right.
I will do these things, not
because I am being watched, or because I want a reward, but because it is the
right thing to do for myself and others.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
student shall be given the opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to
the flag of the United States of America during each school day. The White County Board of Education delegates
to each principal the authority to designate the time and manner in which this
ceremony shall be conducted in their school.
MOMENT OF QUIET REFLECTION
student shall have the opportunity to participate in a moment of quiet
reflection each school day, according to State of Georgia Law.
SCHOOL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Media Center 706-865-5002
SCHOOL BEGINS AT 7:50
4:00 School Office Hours
7:50 Student arrival
released to classrooms from gym
car riders & K-2 bus riders released
3-5 bus riders released
If students arrive before 7:15 am, a $3.00 charge
will be incurred for supervision by the Before School Staff.
Parents who bring their children to school after
7:50 am must escort them into the building to check them in for the day. Students who
leave before the end of the school day must be signed out in the school office. Students may not be checked out after 2:40 pm. If you
bring your child to school and wish for him/her to eat breakfast at school,
he/she must arrive no later than 7:40 am.
Rider Tags” are provided by the school with the School Logo and the student’s
name. These signs MUST be displayed in order for your child to be released
during afternoon pick-up time. If you do
not have Car Rider Tag, you will be asked to park and enter the building to
pick up your child. Please keep this sign displayed until your child is in your
If a student leaves before 11:30
a.m., he/she will be counted absent for that day. Students are accountable for any missed assignments
when checked out early or if tardy. For the safety of our students and your
children, anyone who comes into the school with the intention of picking up a
child should be prepared to show a picture ID.
Only those listed under EMERGENCY INFORMATION on the student’s
information sheet will be allowed to leave school grounds with the
student. Written permission from the
child’s parent/guardian will be required for all others. If changes need to be made to the list of
people authorized for pick-up, the parent/guardian must notify the school in
person so your child’s information can be updated.
CHANGES IN TRANSPORTATION
Parents are asked to make
after-school arrangements with students before they leave home. Students MUST
have written permission for any changes in afternoon transportation. For
safety reasons, bus changes will not be made over the phone. For
emergencies, please ask to speak to an administrator.
For safety reasons, anyone
entering the building for any reason must report to the office and sign in.
They must obtain a visitor’s pass to enter the student common areas. Parents
should make appointments with teachers to enter the classroom. Appointments may
be scheduled before or after school hours.
Volunteers are a vital part of
our school’s success and can be of great assistance in enhancing student
Parents who are interested in volunteering should
contact their child’s teacher to set up a volunteering schedule so the teacher
can always expect the volunteers at a certain time and have work planned for
When volunteers enter the building, they must
sign-in and wear a volunteer nametag.
volunteers and visitors must complete the online mandated reporter module.
Field trips are invaluable
learning experiences. They provide direct situations for learning and are an
extension of what is being taught in the classroom. A signed permission slip is required for all
field trips. Please
make yourself familiar with the new system policy regarding field trips and
REQUIRED mandatory training.
STUDENT TELEPHONE ACCESS
Students will not be called
to the telephone, nor will they be allowed to use the phone except in unusual,
emergency situations. Students are permitted to possess deactivated cell
phones in purses or book bags. Students are not permitted to use cell phones
during the school day or on school bus.
Homework is considered a part of
the total school program (K-5). Students
are expected to read every night, and other homework is a review and
reinforcement of skills taught in the classroom. The amount of homework is determined by the
age of the child, 10 minutes per grade.
Make-up work can only be picked up after school or the following
If inclement weather occurs, the School
Superintendent will contact parents using the Crisis Communication Line. PLEASE
ensure your Contact Information is ALWAYS current.
LOST AND FOUND
Please mark all jackets,
sweaters, sweatshirts, lunchboxes, book bags, etc. with your child’s name in
order to minimize problems of ownership.
Unclaimed articles will be stored in the Clothes Closet and discarded at
the end of the first semester and again at the end of the year.
We do not accept gift deliveries
at the school. If parents wish to celebrate a special occasion with their
child, we suggest coming to lunch with them instead of sending a gift. Outside
foods are discouraged.
Classroom parties with light
refreshments will be held several times throughout the school year. If parents
wish to acknowledge their child’s birthday at school, they may bring cakes or
cookies to be shared with the class during lunchtime.
ALL FOOD ITEMS MUST BE
COMMERCIAL OR COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED.
Students do not draw names or
exchange gifts at Christmas.
Party invitations cannot be
distributed at school unless all students in the class are invited to the
party. Single invitations cannot be distributed to students in other classrooms.
COMMUNICATION FROM SCHOOL
Progress reports are issued each nine (9) week
A lunch menu is sent home monthly.
Teachers will contact parents concerning conferences
at the beginning of school.
Take home papers are sent every Thursday
Additional meetings can be
arranged if the parent or teacher desire.
MEDIA CENTER: The media center is a multimedia facility that supports all
areas of the educational program. Various books and audio/visual items provide
teachers and students with a variety of reading levels and topics. Computers
are used for research, independent learning centers, circulation records, and
for on-line catalog.
Each student is issued a library
number to check out books. An overdue notice will be given to a student if a
due date is passed. Fines will be assessed on lost or damaged books.
PARENT RESOURCE CENTER
A parent resource center is
available in the media center. The
center is open from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm when school is in session.
student withdrawal form must be completed for any student transferring to
another school. A parental signature is
required before the permanent record and other student information will be
released to the new school. All
textbooks and other schools materials and fees must be cleared when the student
Ice cream may be purchased daily
after lunch. The price is $0.60.
A full-time nurse is on staff to
provide health services such as vision, hearing, growth screening, and maintenance
of health records and immunizations. Parents
will be notified of any deficiencies in vision and hearing exams. The school
nurse also performs routine classroom health checks and makes contact with
parents regarding any health issues. She also cares for students with injuries
and illnesses that occur at school. Although a full-time nurse is on staff, she
may not take responsibility for evaluating signs of illness or injury that have
occurred at home. These should be referred to your family doctor or an emergency
room. Only medications prescribed by a
physician for a particular student will be given in school. A note must
accompany the medication from the physician stating the name of the medication,
the dosage and the time it is to be given.
Over-the-counter medication will not be administered unless accompanied
by a note from the parent/guardian. If your child must be given medication at
school, please contact the nurse. Please
do not send medications via students on the bus.
All medication should be
brought to the school by the parent in the original pharmacy container with the
following information on it:
ü Child’s Name,
ü Name of Medication
ü Strength of Medication
ü Physician’s Name
ü Date Prescribed
The parent/guardian will be asked
to sign consent forms giving permission for the nurse to administer the prescribed
medication. If your child is excused
from P.E. for medical reasons, he/she may not participate in recess.
CONTROL OF COMMUNICABLE AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Children having any contagious or
infectious disease, including those shown in the list below, should not return
to school unless cleared by a physician:
Cough Chicken Pox Poliomyelitis Pink-eye Scarlet Fever Strep Throat Hepatitis Ringworm
Mononucleosis Scabies Worms/Parasites Measles
Staph Infection Mumps
If a child affected by any
illness will be out for 3 days or more, please contact the school for makeup of
Lice outbreaks are common among
school children, and even the cleanest child can easily become infested. It is important that parents act IMMEDIATELY
to prevent the spread of lice to other family members or classmates.
Parents may either use one of
several non-prescription products from the local drug store, or contact a
physician or the health department to prescribe a product. As soon as parents
have used the shampoo on the child’s head and removed ALL the nits, it is safe
for the child to return to school. Parents should also wash their child’s
coats, clothes, and bed linens as part of the total treatment. Repeated occurrences will be referred to the
school social worker. White County School System
has a “No Nits” policy.
DISTRICT STUDENT DRESS CODE
following expectations for student dress have been established to promote a
safe and optimal learning environment:
1. No clothing with logos, graphics, or words
relating to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, violence or profanity.
2. No clothing with logos, graphics or words
relating to sexual acts or with sexual connotations.
3. No clothing that relates to or depicts gang
4. Undergarments must not be exposed.
5. No see-through or torn clothing shall be permitted
unless used as an outer garment, and all clothing beneath the see-through article
must conform to the dress code.
6. No hats, headbands, or other head coverings
are to be worn in the school building.
7. Long coats are not permitted in classrooms
or common areas.
8. Chains or studded accessories (necklaces,
bracelets, etc.) are prohibited.
9. Shoes must be worn at all times to protect
10. Pants, skirts or shorts must extend to midway
between the knee and top of the leg.
11. Pants, skirts or shorts must be worn at the
12. Pants may not be excessively baggy or so long
that they drag the ground and create a hazard of falling.
Leggings, bike shorts, and skintight or spandex pants may not be worn as outer
14. Shirts for men must have sleeves. If designed
to be worn outside the pants or shorts, the shirt must extend three inches
below the waist so normal movement does not expose the abdomen or back.
Shirts for women may not expose any part of the breast. Sleeveless tops for
women are acceptable if they are not see-through and if they cover the entire
shoulder. If designed to be worn outside the pants, shorts, or skirts, the top
must extend three inches below the waist so that normal movement does not expose
the midriff or back.
MCES STUDENT DRESS CODE
The dress code is designed to
maintain a positive educational environment at our school. Students who fail to
comply with the dress code will be provided appropriate clothing from the
school clothes closet.
Shorts, skirts, dresses, etc., must be finger-tip
length when measured from the side.
Girls and boys tank tops (straps less than 2 inches
in width) must be worn with an additional sleeved shirt.
Shoes must be worn at all times. Any type
of athletic shoe with closed heel and toe is required for PE.
Girls should not wear shoes with heels more
than one inch high. Shoes with high heels are not safe at school.
Students are not allowed to wear shoes with
wheels inside the soles.
Any apparel which the principal deems unacceptable
in light of community standards.
The privileged confidentiality
between students and counselors, school nurses and other school employees will
be respected. Confidential communication
made to school employees shall not be revealed without consent unless the
student’s best interests are served or the safety of the individual or others
is in jeopardy. It is also recognized
that a student has a reasonable expectation of privacy on school grounds.
However, a student’s cubby and desk are school property and are subject to
inspection in accordance with this policy in the interest of the health,
safety, and welfare of the school community. A student’s personal possessions
may be subject to search with reasonable suspicion.
Students are not to bring toys to school as they
distract from learning.
items may include family or vacation photos, drawings and artwork, hobby information,
etc. If students break this rule, the
toys will be turned in to the office where parents may pick them up.
Students will be allowed to
participate in any club, curricular and non curricular, and these clubs shall
be allowed to meet and use school resources.
State law requires that parents have the right to withhold permission
for their children to participate in any school sponsored club or organization
designated by them. You, as the
parent/guardian, have the right to withhold your permission for your child’s
participation in any club or organization. This must be done in writing. If a club is added during the school year,
you will be provided information on the club, and your written permission will be
required prior to your child’s participation.
Superintendent and appropriate staff shall develop and implement administrative
regulations, which shall allow curriculum related and non-curriculum related
clubs to meet and use school resources on the same terms and conditions.
Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 7:15
a.m. to 7:50 a.m. Parents who plan for their child to eat breakfast at school must
have the student in the school building before 7:40 a.m.
Cafeteria Visitors: Parents who wish to eat in
the cafeteria with their child must check in at the front office.
Free and Reduced Meals: Free and reduced price lunches are served for students who qualify. Applications are issued to each student upon
enrollment. Application may be made
throughout the year if family circumstances change. The School
Nutrition Director verifies all applications for free and reduced price meals,
and the automated system is updated with the child’s status, which remains
student will utilize their student identification number assigned to them upon
enrollment to access their lunch account and all records are computerized. Students may pay for meals daily, weekly or
monthly. It is important students give
their lunch and/or breakfast money for the month or week to the cafeteria cashier
(first thing in the morning) in a prepared envelope with the following information:
Name and Teacher Name
included in the envelope
breakfast and/or lunch
If necessary, a lunch may be charged; however, students may
not charge any meals during the last week of school. Parents are notified of charges weekly
through the mailing of charge letters.
Parents may prepay for lunch and breakfast for the year, by the month or
by the week. Parents are encouraged to
pay for any charges on a weekly basis. An
online payment processing service is available to facilitate payments for
breakfast and/or lunch. This program can
be accessed by going to the school website and clicking on the red apple.
Drink and Fast Food Information: If a student has a medical excuse from a doctor
stating he/she has diet restrictions, every
effort will be made to accommodate substitution recommendations. In addition, no cola drinks (cans
or bottles) are allowed in the cafeteria. Fast food meals are also
not permitted in the cafeteria.
Family Lunch: Parents and grandparents will be
invited to have lunch with their children/grandchildren on a designated day to
be announced. Because of our large
enrollment, these will be scheduled throughout the school year. Parents and grandparents will be notified of
the date and time for their child/grandchild’s lunch.
Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd
to recognize students who demonstrate good citizenship and demonstrate extra
effort, each teacher will select 3 students to receive the P.A.W.S. (Positive
Attitude While at School) and 3 students to receive the Leaping Lion (Extra
Mile Award) each nine weeks. Teachers
will encourage students to work toward these awards. A student may receive either award more than
once. If no student has the listed characteristics,
the award is not given.
(Positive Attitude While at School) The student displays a positive attitude,
follows directions and school rules, and is cooperative and helpful to fellow
students and the teacher.
LION (Extra Mile Award) The student works diligently to complete class and
homework assignments. The student may performs
well academically or be a student who has put forth great effort.
3rd, 4th and 5th
The student has maintained a cumulative average of 90 or above in all classes
The student has maintained a cumulative average of 80 or above (with at least
one A) in classes
Awards for the Year
with 100% attendance (Perfect Attendance) will be recognized.
essential that students attend school regularly. When students miss any part of the school
day, they miss valuable learning experiences; therefore, we encourage students
to be at school every day and to stay at school the entire day. Students are
counted present after 11:30am.
WHITE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM ATTENDANCE
White County School System encourages students to participate in their
educational experience by attending school regularly and participating in class
activities on a daily basis. Regular and punctual attendance is a desirable
work habit in school and in all career choices; therefore, we expect students
to be at school and on time for all classes unless circumstances arise which
make it unsafe to do so.
Present: Attendance will be monitored each school day.
Students shall be counted present for the school day when they are present for
at least half of the instructional time required (11:30 am). Students will also
be counted present if they are attending a school sponsored event (S-day).
Excused and Unexcused Absences: Attendance will be evaluated based on the reason for
any absence. Reasons are divided into two categories—excused and unexcused.
Excused absences result from one or more of the following reasons:
1. Personal illness or attendance in school endangering
a student’s health or the health of others. This includes appointments with
health professionals, i.e. doctors and dentists.
2. A serious illness or death in a student’s immediate
family—father, mother, grandparent, brother, sister, husband, wife, child, or
relative residing permanently and continuously in the student’s home.
3. A court order or an order by a governmental agency,
including pre-induction physical examinations for service in the armed forces,
mandating absence from school.
4. Special and recognized religious holidays observed
by the student’s faith.
5. Conditions rendering attendance impossible or
hazardous to student health or safety.
6. A period not to exceed one day is allowed, at the
discretion of the local unit of administration, for registering to vote or
voting in a public election.
7. Excused status can be obtained for special
circumstances at the discretion of the principal. Such approval should be
obtained prior to the date of the absence.
8. Out-of-School Suspensions— for truancy purposes but
not for course credit or obtaining a driver’s license.
9. A student whose parent or legal guardian is in
military service in the U.S. armed forces or National Guard, and such parent
has been called to duty for or is on leave from overseas deployment to a combat
zone or combat support posting will be granted up to 5 days of excused absences
year to visit with his or her parent prior to the parent’s deployment or
during the parent’s leave.
absences are those resulting from any reason or combination of reasons not included
in the above list. Specifically,
parental approved trips during the school year will be considered unexcused absences
at all White County Schools.
Process for Excusing an Absence
In order for an absence to be excused, the school
must receive written notice from a parent/guardian or a doctor’s office as to
why the student was absent. This written
notice must be received within three days of the student’s absence.
Doctor Excused Absences
· There is no limit on the number of doctor excused
absences that a student is allowed to have in a school year. However, additional documentation may be
required for student absences exceeding 10 days.
Parent Excused Absences
· Students are allowed 5 days each school year to be
excused by a parent note. After the
fifth absence excused by a parent note, each subsequent absence will be
considered unexcused unless the school receives a doctor’s excuse.
· The school will contact the parent/guardian by
letter when a student has reached the limit for parent excused absences.
White County School System Attendance Procedures
and regular attendance is important and expected. Regular attendance in school is the joint
responsibility of the student and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s). While the following procedures indicate the
required contacts on behalf of the school, the Principal or his/her designee
may at his/her discretion, contact parents/guardians by phone, mail, or in
person, at any time school attendance is a concern.
When a student has 3
absences, the school will contact the parent(s)/guardian(s) by phone.
When a student has 5
absences, the school will send a letter to the parent(s)/guardian(s).
When a student has 5
unexcused absences, the school will contact the parent/guardian by letter to
notify them of the law, attendance procedures, and possible consequences and
penalties of absences. As the law
instructs, after 2 reasonable attempts have been made to contact the
parent/guardian with no response, a letter will be sent via certified return
receipt mail. Documentation of attempts
and contacts will be kept by the school.
When a student has 6
unexcused absences, a referral will be made to the school social worker. The school social worker will contact the
parent/guardian by phone, letter, or home visit to discuss the absences and
what steps need to be taken to improve the student’s attendance.
The school and school
social worker will monitor the student’s attendance after contacting the parent/guardian. If the student has further unexcused absences
after the parent has been contacted, a meeting may be requested with the
parent(s)/guardian(s) to discuss attendance concerns. The meeting will be held at the discretion of
the principal and will involve at least one school personnel and the school
social worker. The parent(s)/guardian(s)
and student may be asked to sign an attendance contract.
The school and the school
social worker will continue to monitor the student’s attendance. If the student has further unexcused absences
following the attendance meeting, the school social worker may file a complaint
with the appropriate court after discussion with the principal.
When a student has 10
absences, the school will send a letter or call the parent/guardian.
Consequences and Penalties
of Excessive Absences:
· Charges can be filed against parents if their child
is under age 16 and has an excessive number of absences.
· A judge can invoke the following consequences:
- a $25 - $100 fine
- imprisonment not to exceed 30 days
- community service
- any combination of the above
· If juvenile charges are filed against the student,
the parent can be placed under protective order and must abide by the rules of
the court set forth by the Juvenile Judge.
· Charges filed in Juvenile Court which can result in
-24 months probation
-maintenance of an 80 average or above in all
-participation in an extracurricular activity
- referral to Mental Health when deemed
the policy of White County Board of Education that accurate and complete
student academic and discipline records shall be maintained for each student
enrolled in the White County School System. Confidentiality of student records
shall be preserved while access is provided to parents, eligible students
(those over eighteen years of age or enrolled in post secondary educational institutions), professional educators
with legitimate educational interest, and those federal or state officials
whose access is authorized in connection with an audit or evaluation of federal
or state supported education programs or for the enforcement or compliance with
federal legal requirements related to those programs. The superintendent shall
direct the publication of procedures through which parents or eligible students
may request the correction of errors in student records.
superintendent shall ensure that every principal develop a means to notify, on
an annual basis, students and parents, including non-English-speaking parents,
of their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act either by
letter or through a student handbook distributed to each student in the school.
County Board of Education designates the following information as “directory
information.” Unless a parent or eligible student makes a timely request to the
principal of the school where the student is enrolled that such information not
be designated directory information on the individual student, such information
will not be considered confidential and will be disclosed upon request.
name, address, and
(b) student’s date and place of birth;
(c) student’s participation in clubs and
and height of student if he or she is a member of an athletic team;
(e) dates of
attendance at White County Schools;
received during the time enrolled in White County School System.
records will be forwarded to schools within or outside the White County School
System upon request of the school where a student in enrolling.
FOR OBTAINING ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS
person whose parental rights have not been specifically revoked by court order,
any guardian, or any individual acting as a parent in the absence of the parent
or guardian may inspect the education records of his or her child during the
hours of 8:30 - 4:00 Monday through Friday
while school is in session.
a parent will be permitted to obtain a copy of the education records of his/her
child upon reasonable notice and payment of reasonable copying costs. Education records are maintained at the
school where a student is enrolled and are in the custody of the principal or
the designee. Personally identifiable
information will not be released by the school system from an education record
without prior written consent of the parent or eligible student except under
the following circumstances:
(1) Disclosures will be made to school administrators, teachers or
other professionals employed or associated by the school system who have some
role in evaluating or educating the student.
(2) Records will be sent to a school where the student has enrolled
upon request of the institution within a period of no more than 15 calendar
days as specified in GBOE rule 160-5-1-. 14.
(3) Disclosures will be made to federal or state officials in
connection with the audit of educational programs.
(4) Disclosures will be made in connection with financial aid
applications of the student to determine the eligibility for and amount of aid
as well enforcement of the terms and conditions of financial aid.
(5) Disclosures will be made
to comply with state law, Internal Revenue Services laws and regulations, judicial
orders or lawfully issued subpoenas. A reasonable effort will be made to notify
parents or students in advance of such disclosures.
(6) Disclosures will be made to organizations conducting studies on
behalf of or by educational institutions specified in 34 C.F.R., 99, 3 1(A) (6)
(7) Disclosure may be made in connection with a health or safety emergency.
(8) Information the Board of Education has designated “directory
information” will be disclosed upon request unless a parent objects in writing
to the principal of the school where his child is enrolled within a reasonable
time after receipt of the notice as contained in the Student Handbook of the
child’s school. Directory information about former students will be disclosed
records custodian in White County School System shall maintain as part of each
student’s file a log of those persons to whom access to the educational records
has been provided. A parent or eligible
student who believes his record contains an error may request its correction by
submitting a written explanation of the error and the basis for believing it to
be an error to the principal or his or her designee, who shall investigate and
determine whether or not to amend the record. If the matter cannot be thus
resolved, a parent or eligible student may request a hearing pursuant to
federal regulations at 34 C.F.R. 99, 2 1-99.22 as well as applicable state regulations.
If the hearing results in a determination that a record contained erroneous
information, it shall be corrected and the parent or eligible student shall be
informed in writing of the correction; if the information contained in the
record is determined not to be erroneous, the parent may place a statement in
the record commenting upon the contested information and stating the basis for
disagreement. The statement shall
thereafter be disclosed whenever the portion to which it relates is disclosed.
Grades K -
2 Standards based grading
Grades 3 -
5 (Grades are cumulative)
- 90-100 Excellent Progress
- 80-89 Average Progress
- 70-79 Fair Progress
Below 70 Unsatisfactory
STUDENT BEHAVIOR: Positive
student behavior is expected at all times.
Students are notified if they ignore their responsibilities, or their
behaviors are in violation of school rules and policies.
Misbehavior on the part of the
student is any conduct that interferes with classroom instruction or procedures
and can usually be handled by an individual staff member. Sometimes the intervention
of other school support personnel will be required.
Our progressive discipline
process is designed to create the expectation that the degree of discipline
imposed by the school will be in proportion to the severity of the behavior of
a particular student, the previous discipline history of the student and other
relevant factors, while ensuring that the student receives the due process mandated
by federal and state law.
A teacher shall have the
authority, consistent with board policy, to manage their classroom, discipline
students, and refer a student to the principal or the principal’s designee to
maintain discipline in the classroom.
Any teacher, who has knowledge that a student has exhibited behavior
which violates the student code of conduct and repeatedly and substantially
interferes with the teacher’s ability to communicate effectively with students
in their class, or with the ability of such student’s classmates to learn,
shall file a report of such behavior with the principal or designee. The principal and teacher shall thereafter
follow procedures set forth in Georgia law.
The following offenses are
referred to as “zero-tolerance offences” and will result in suspension:
or any intent to hurt another person.
2. Use of/or
possession of illegal drugs or alcohol. These substances include but are not
limited to: alcohol, alcoholic beverages, drugs, narcotics and/or other health
endangering compounds, tranquilizers, amphetamines, synthetic opiates, LSD and
other hallucinogens, glue solvent-containing substances, tobacco products, and
3. Having a
weapon at a school building, school function, on school property, or on a bus
or other transportation furnished by the school (O.C.G.A. 10-11-127.1). A
weapon shall include, but not be limited to any knife, cutting instrument,
cutting tool, nunchaku, firearm, shotgun, rifle, and any other tool, instrument
or implement capable of inflicting bodily harm.
Students who commit a
zero-tolerance offence will be sent to the office immediately so parents can be
contacted and suspension can be enforced.
CODE OF CONDUCT
the purpose of the White County School District to operate each school in a
manner that will provide an orderly process of education and that will provide
for the welfare and safety of all students who attend the schools within the district. In accordance with that purpose, the Board of
Education has adopted a policy which requires all schools to adopt codes of
conduct which requires students to conduct themselves at all times in order to
facilitate a learning environment for themselves and other students. These standards for behavior require students to
respect each other and school district employees, to obey student behavior
policies adopted by the Board and to obey student
behavior rules established at each school
within the district.
school's primary goal is to educate, not to punish; however, when the behavior
of an individual student comes in conflict with rights of others, corrective
actions may be necessary for the benefit of that individual and the school as a
whole. Accordingly, students shall be
governed by policies, regulations and rules set forth in the Code of Conduct.
Code of Conduct is effective during the following times and in the following places:
· At school or on school property at any time;
· Off school grounds at any school activity, function
or event and while traveling to and from such events;
· On vehicles provided for student transportation by
the school system.
students may be disciplined for conduct off campus which could result in the
student being criminally charged with a felony and which makes the student’s
continued presence at school a potential danger to persons or property at the
school or which disrupts the educational process.
The White County Board of Education in compliance
with the law (20-2-751.2) is authorized to refuse to enroll a student under a
disciplinary order from private schools in Georgia and public schools in and
outside of Georgia in which the student was previously enrolled.
The Board of Education, superintendent and
principal fully support the authority of a teacher to remove from his or her
class a student who repeatedly or substantially interferes with the
teacher’s ability to communicate effectively with the students in the class or
with the ability of the student’s classmates to learn. The school administration will follow the procedures
outlined by state law and local Board of Education policy in determining the consequences and/or placement of the student.
are encouraged to become familiar with the Code of Conduct and to be supportive
of it in their daily communication with their children and others in the
The White County School System will distribute
a student code of conduct and parent will be provided with a form on which the
student’s parent or guardian may acknowledge their receipt
of the code and the local school shall request that the form be signed
and returned to the school. Major
offenses including, but not limited to, drug and weapon offenses can lead to
schools being named as an unsafe school according to the provisions of State Board Rule 160-4-.16, Unsafe School Choice Options.
Part 2 of Article 16 of Chapter 2 of Title 20
of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to discipline of students
in elementary and secondary education, is amended by revising subsection (a) of
Code Section 20-2-751.5, relating to student codes of conduct, as follows:
"(a) Each student code of conduct shall
contain provisions that address the following conduct of students during school
hours, at school related functions, and on the school bus, in a manner that is
appropriate to the age of the student:
(1) Verbal assault, including threatened violence,
of teachers, administrators, and other school personnel;
(2) Physical assault or battery of teachers,
administrators, and other school personnel;
(3) Disrespectful conduct toward teachers,
administrators, and other school personnel, including use of vulgar or profane
(4) Verbal assault of other students,
including threatened violence or sexual harassment as defined pursuant to Title
IX of the Education Amendments of 1972;
(5) Physical assault or battery of other
students, including sexual harassment as defined pursuant to Title IX of the Education
Amendments of 1972;
(6) Disrespectful conduct toward other
students, including use of vulgar or profane language;
(7) Verbal assault of, physical assault or
battery of, and disrespectful conduct, including use of vulgar or profane
language, toward persons attending school related functions;
(8) Failure to comply with compulsory
attendance as required under Code Section 20-2-690.1;
(9) Willful or malicious damage to real or
personal property of the school or to personal property of any person legitimately
at the school;
(10) Inciting, advising, or counseling of
others to engage in prohibited acts;
(11) Marking, defacing, or destroying school
(12) Possession of a weapon, as provided for
in Code Section 16-11-127.1;
(13) Unlawful use or possession of illegal
drugs or alcohol;
(14) Willful and persistent violation of the
student code of conduct;
(15) Bullying as defined by Code Section
(16) Marking, defacing, or destroying the property
of another student; and
(17) Falsifying, misrepresenting, omitting,
or erroneously reporting information regarding instances of alleged
inappropriate behavior by a teacher, administrator, or other school employee
toward a student.
AUTHORITY OF THE PRINCIPAL
principal is the designated leader of the school and, in concert with the
staff, is responsible for the orderly operation of the school. In cases of disruptive, disorderly or
dangerous conduct not covered in the Code, the principal may undertake
corrective measures which he or she believes to be in the best interest of the
student and the school provided any such action does not violate school board
policy or procedures.
PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES
is necessary to impose discipline, school administrators and teachers will
follow a progressive discipline process.
The degree of discipline to be imposed by each school official will be
in proportion to the severity of the behavior or a particular student and will
take into account the student's discipline history, the age of the student and
other relevant factors.
Code of Conduct provides a systematic process of behavioral correction in which
inappropriate behaviors are followed by consequences. Disciplinary actions are designed to teach students
self-discipline and to help them substitute inappropriate behaviors with those
that are consistent with the character traits from Georgia's Character
following disciplinary actions may be imposed for any violation of this Code of
· Warning and/or Counseling with a School
Administrator or Counselor
· Loss of Privileges
· In School
· Time Out
· Temporary Removal from Class or Activity
· Notification of Parents
· Parent Conference
· Temporary Placement in an Alternative Education
· Short-term Suspension
· Referral to a Tribunal for Long-term Suspension or
· Suspension or Expulsion from the School Bus
· Referral to Law Enforcement or Juvenile Court
Officials: Georgia law requires that certain acts of misconduct be
referred to the appropriate law enforcement officials. The school will refer any act of misconduct
to law enforcement officials when school officials determine such referral to
be necessary or appropriate.
maximum punishments for an offense include long-term suspension or expulsion,
including permanent expulsion, but those punishments will be determined only by
a disciplinary tribunal as outlined in the White County Board of Education
or students may elect not to contest whether a student has violated the Code of
Conduct or the appropriate discipline, and in such cases, an agreement may be
negotiated which would include the parents or students waiving a right to a
hearing before a disciplinary tribunal.
Such an agreement and waiver must be approved also by the disciplinary
tribunal or hearing officer in accordance with local board policy.
a student is suspended for ten days or less, the principal or designee will
inform the student of the offense for which the student is charged and allow
the student to explain his or her behavior.
If the student is suspended, the student's parents will be notified if
officials may involve law enforcement officials when evidence surrounding a
situation necessitates their involvement or when there is a legal requirement that an incident be
This code shall not infringe on the rights
provided to students with Individualized Educational Programs pursuant to the
federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the federal
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
officials may search a student if there is reasonable suspicion the student is
in possession of an item that is illegal or against school rules. Student vehicles brought on campus, student
book bags, school lockers, desks and other school properties are subject to
inspection and search by school authorities at any time without
further notice to students or parents.
Students are required to cooperate if asked to open book bag, lockers or
any vehicle brought on campus. Metal
detectors and drug or weapon sniffing dogs may be utilized at school or at any
school function, including activities that occur outside
normal school hours or off the school campus at the discretion of
BEHAVIOR THAT WILL RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
degree of discipline imposed will be in accordance with the progressive
discipline process unless otherwise stated.
Possession, sale, use in any amount, distribution, or being under the
influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturates,
marijuana, drug paraphernalia or alcoholic beverage or other intoxicant. Possession, distribution, attempted sale or
sale of substances represented as drug or alcohol. Sale, attempted sale, distribution, or being
under the influences of a prescription or over the counter drug. Possession or use of a weapon or dangerous
instrument: A student shall not possess,
use, handle or transmit any object that reasonably can be considered a
weapon. Students who possess firearms on
campus will be subject to a minimum of a one calendar year suspension and will
be referred to law enforcement officials,
including those provided for in Code Section 16-11-127.1.
assault, including threats of violence or
bodily harm and/or sexual assault, of teachers, administrators, other
school personnel, other students, or persons attending school-related functions: Immediate suspension and automatic referral
to a disciplinary tribunal if a student is alleged to have committed an assault
upon a teacher or other school personnel: possible referral to a disciplinary
tribunal if a student is alleged to have committed an assault upon another student
or a person attending a school-related function.
Physical assault or battery, including sexual battery, of teachers,
administrators, other school personnel, other students, or persons attending
school-related functions: Immediate
suspension and automatic referral to the disciplinary tribunal if a student is
alleged to have committed battery upon a teacher or other school personnel; possible
referral to the disciplinary
tribunal if a student is alleged to have committed battery upon another student
or a person attending
a school-related function.
Physical violence against a teacher, school
bus driver, or other school personnel:
(1) Immediate suspension and
automatic referral to the disciplinary tribunal if a student is alleged to have
committed an act of physical violence against a teacher or other school
personnel: Expulsion for the remainder
of the student’s eligibility to attend public schools for acts of physical
violence found by a tribunal to have caused physical harm unless such physical
contact or physical harm was in defense of himself or herself, as provided in
Code Section 16-3-21; or the student may be authorized to attend alternative school for
the period of the expulsion; if such student is in kindergarten through grade
8, the student may be permitted to reenroll in regular programs for grades 9
through 12; if the student is in kindergarten through grade 5, the student may
be permitted to reenroll in the regular program of the school system at the
point determined through the hearing.
The student shall be referred to juvenile court with a request for a
petition alleging delinquent behavior.
(2) Possible punishments may
include expulsion, long-term suspension, or short-term suspension for students
found by a tribunal to have intentionally made physical contact of an insulting
or provoking nature with the person of another.
Disrespectful conduct, including use of vulgar or profane language, toward teachers,
administrators, other school personnel, other students, or persons attending
behavior based on a student's race, national origin, sex, including sexual
orientation, or disability that is unwelcome, unwanted, and/or uninvited by the
recipient is prohibited, including verbal or non-verbal taunting, physical
contact, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other
verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature, including sexual harassment as used in connection with Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972.
-Possession or use of tobacco in any form
-Damaging or defacing personal property or
school property (vandalism)
-Extortion or attempted extortion
-Possession and/or use of fireworks or any explosive
-Activating a fire alarm under false pretenses
or making a bomb threat
-Insubordination, disorderly conduct,
disobeying school rules, regulations, or directives; disobeying directives
given by teachers, administrators, or other school staff.
-Classroom and school disturbances
-Violation of school dress code
-Use of profane, vulgar, or obscene words or
-Possession of activated pocket pager, cell phone or electronic communication device,
except for health or other unusual reasons approved by the Board of Education.
-Inappropriate public displays of affection
-Gambling or possession of gambling devices
-Moving and non-moving driving violations
-Giving false information to school officials
-Cheating on school assignments
absence, chronic tardiness, skipping class, leaving campus without permission, failure to comply with compulsory attendance
-Willful and persistent violation of the student
code of conduct
-Inciting, advising or counseling of others
to engage in prohibited acts
law violations/Off-campus misconduct: A student whose conduct off-campus could result in the student being criminally charged with a felony and which makes the
student’s continued presence at school a potential danger to persons or
property at the school which disrupts the educational process may be subject to
disciplinary action, including in-school
suspension, short-term suspension and referral to a disciplinary tribunal.
· All provisions of the
Student Code of Conduct apply to behavior on the school bus, including but not
limited to, acts of physical violence as defined by Code Section 20-2-751.6,
bullying as defined by subsection (a) of the Code Section 20-2-751.4, physical
assault or battery of other persons on the school bus, verbal assault of other
persons on the school bus, disrespectful conduct toward the school bus driver
or other persons on the school bus, and other unruly behavior.
· A meeting of the parent or guardian of the student
and appropriate school district officials must be held to form a
school bus behavior contract whenever:
§ A student is found to have engaged in bullying; or
A student is found to have
engaged in physical assault or battery of another person on the school bus
The school bus behavior
contract shall provide for age-appropriate discipline, penalties, and
restrictions for student misconduct on the bus.
Provisions may include, but are not limited to, assigned seating,
ongoing parental involvement, and suspension from riding the bus.
provisions regarding use of a bus behavior contract are not to be construed to
limit the instances when other code of conduct violations may require use of a
student bus behavior contract.
· Students shall be prohibited from using any
electronic devices during the operation of a school bus, including but not
limited to cell phones; pagers; audible radios, tape or compact disc players
without headphones; or any other electronic device in a manner that might interfere
with the school bus communication equipment or the school bus driver’s
operation of the school bus; and
Students shall be
prohibited from using mirrors, lasers, flash cameras, or any other lights or
reflective devices in a manner that might interfere with the school bus
driver’s operation of the school bus.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
Assault: Any threat or attempt to physically harm
another person or any act which reasonably places another person in fear of
physical harm. (Example: threatening language or swinging at someone
in an attempt to strike).
Battery: Intentionally making physical contact with
another person in an insulting, offensive, or provoking manner or in a way that
physically harms the other person. (Example: fighting)
Bullying: In accordance with Georgia law, bullying is defined as (1) Any willful
attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an
apparent present ability to do so; or (2) Any intentional display of force such
as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm.
Disciplinary Problem Student: a student
who exhibits a pattern of behavioral characteristics which interfere with the
learning process of students around him or her and which are likely to recur.
Detention: A requirement that the student report to a
specified school location and to a designated teacher or school official to
make up work missed. Detention may
require the student's attendance before school or after school. Students are given one day's warning so that
arrangements for transportation and be made by the parents or guardians.
Tribunal: School officials appointed by
the Board of Education to sit as fact finder and judge with respect to student
Code: The current dress code is explained
in the student handbook.
Drug: The term drug does not include prescriptions
issued to the individual, aspirin or similar medications and/or cold
medications that are taken according to product use recommendations and board
policy. Caffeine pills are considered
The term weapon is defined as any object which is or may be used to inflict
bodily injury or to place another in fear for personal safety or well being. The following things may be defined as
dangerous weapons: any pistol, revolver, or any weapon designed or intended to propel a missile
of any kind, or any dirk, any bat, club, or other bludgeon-type weapon, any
stun gun or taser, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, any other
knife, straight-edge razor or razor blade, spring sticks, metal knucks, chains,
blackjack, or any flailing
instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a way as to allow them to
swing freely, which may be known as a nunchaku, or fighting chain, throwing star or oriental
dart, or any weapon of like kind.
BUS CODE OF CONDUCT
The bus stop and the school bus
are extensions of the classroom. All rules, policies and procedures outlined in
the Board of Education Code of Conduct, which is included in this handbook, are
enforced while boarding the bus at school, while riding the bus to or from
school, on a field trip, or traveling to or from an athletic or
extra-curricular activity, and while waiting at a designated school bus stop. Riding a bus is a privilege that can be lost
if a student’s behavior is disruptive or dangerous.
The School Counselor
implements a well-planned Developmental Guidance and Counseling program which
is available for all students. This program provides proactive and
preventive activities to help children learn the skills needed to face the
challenges of coping with everyday problems. These
activities include but are not limited to:
- Individual counseling with students as needed.
- Group counseling with small groups of children
that have similar concerns such as new siblings in the family, new
students, and other topics as needed.
- Classroom guidance lessons on a variety of
topics including conflict resolution, making choices, personal safety, responsibility,
study skills, and others topics that relate to getting along at school.
- Consultation with parents and teachers to
assist in meeting the individual needs of students.
- Coordinating referrals to school and community
- Maintaining resource materials in the Media
Center and/or the Counselor’s Office for families and teachers.
School Counseling programs
promote and enhance student learning in three broad content areas.
1. Academic development includes
strategies and activities to support and maximize each student’s ability to
2. Career development provides
the foundation for the acquisition of skills, attitudes, and knowledge that enables
students to make a successful transition from school to the world of work.
3. Personal/social development provides the foundation for personal and
social growth as students’ progress through school and into adulthood.
Guidance activities and other programs are used to address the competency areas
provided by the State Department of Education. These topics may change
according to national, community, or school related events that occur.
Additional topics may also be added at teacher request. Monthly newsletters
will be provided with listings of scheduled activities, programs, and information
related to these competencies.
Please contact our Counselor
if you have questions about the Guidance and Counseling programs or if you
would like to make an appointment to discuss other concerns.
PROMOTION AND RETENTION OF WHITE COUNTY STUDENTS IN GRADES K-6
The mission of the White County School System
is to provide quality instruction and support services to each student. The
White County School System will accomplish this mission by providing a
challenging curriculum responsive to individual needs, a quality staff, a safe
and positive learning environment, and a strong community partnership.
It is the belief that students who meet grade-level
requirements have a better chance of being successful at the next grade. While
the prerequisite requirements are important, evaluation of individual student
progress may also be helpful. Based on this belief, the following should
provide guidelines for making promotion, placement, or retention decisions.
The Board of
Education (“the Board”) shall require all schools governed by its authority to
abide by the State Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.11, which specifies how the
state-adopted assessments administered in grades 3, 5, and 8 will be used in
making promotion, placement and retention decisions for students once the
Georgia Milestones Assessment Program is fully implemented by the State Board
The Board hereby authorizes each school to develop procedures or regulations
that specify how the state-adopted assessments and what local promotion criteria
will be used in making decisions concerning promotion, placement or retention
of students in Grades 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7, (and for students in grades 3, 5, and
8 in years when reliance on state-adopted assessments has been waived). Such
procedures or regulations must be approved by the Superintendent or designee(s)
and shall provide for the following:
Each teacher shall be responsible for
determining through a variety of assessments whether a student appears to be on
grade level or achieving at a level which, with accelerated, differentiated, or
additional instruction or interventions, would allow the student to perform at
grade level by the conclusion of the subsequent school year.
Where the teacher believes the student
is not performing at such level, the teacher must implement remediation efforts
as set forth in regulations or procedures.
A mechanism shall be established whereby
a school level team will review a student’s performance prior to any decision
to retain the student.
Prior to a student’s retention, the student’s
parents must be notified of the possibility of retention and given the
opportunity to attend a meeting to discuss the matter.
School level promotion and retention decisions
may be appealed to a district level committee, whose decision shall be final.
It is the policy of this school district to prohibit
any act of harassment of students or employees by other students or employees
based upon race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age or disability at
all times and during all occasions while at school, in the workplace or at any
school event or activity. Any such act by a student or employee shall
result in prompt and appropriate discipline, including the possible termination
of employment or suspension or expulsion of the student.
Sexual harassment may include conduct or speech
which entails unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, taunts,
threats, comments of a vulgar or demeaning nature, demands or physical contact
which creates a hostile environment for a student or employee. Sexual
harassment may also include such conduct or speech related to sexual
orientation or gender identity and applies regardless of the sexual orientation
or perceived orientation of the individual doing the harassing or the victim of
the harassment. There may be other speech or conduct which employees or
students experience as inappropriate or illegal harassment which should also be
reported; harassment can take many forms and it is not possible to itemize
every aspect of the harassment forbidden by this policy.
Any student, employee, applicant for employment,
parent or other individual who believes he or she has been subjected to
harassment or discrimination by other students or employees of the school
district as prohibited by this policy should promptly report the same to the
principal of their school or to the appropriate coordinator designated in
policy GAAA, who will implement the board's discriminatory complaints
procedures as specified in that policy. Students may also report
harassment or discrimination to their school counselor or any
administrator. Students and employees will not be subjected to
retaliation for reporting such harassment or discrimination. If at any
point in the investigation of reported sexual harassment of a student, the
coordinator or designee determines that the reported harassment should more
properly be termed abuse, the reported incident or situation shall be referred
pursuant to the established protocol for child abuse investigation.
is the duty of all employees to promptly report harassment forbidden by this
policy. All supervisors will instruct their subordinates as to the
content of this policy and, through appropriate staff development, enlighten
employees as to the varied forms or expression of prohibited harassment.
The principals of all schools shall ensure that students and parents are
informed through student handbooks and verbally that such harassment is
strictly forbidden, how it is to be reported and the consequences for violating
STUDENT SUPPORT PROCESSES
White County Board of Education provides a variety of resources available at
every school within the district to help address student behavioral
problems. The school discipline process
will include appropriate consideration of support processes to help students
resolve such problems. These resources
include Student Support Teams, school counselors and chronic disciplinary problem
Code of Conduct is based on the expectation that parents, guardians, teachers
and school administrators will work together to improve and enhance student
behavior and academic performance and will communicate freely their concerns about, and actions
in response to, student behavior that detracts from the learning environment. School administrators recognize that two-way
communication through personal contacts is extremely valuable; therefore, they
provide information to parents and as well as on-going opportunities for school
personnel to hear parents' concerns and comments.
and students should contact the principal of the school if specific questions
arise related to the Code of Conduct. The
Code of Conduct specifies within its standards of behavior various violations
of the Code, which may result in a school staff member's request that a parent
or guardian come to the school for a conference. Parents are encouraged to visit the schools
regularly and are expected to be actively involved in the behavior support processes
designed to promote positive choices and behavior.
law mandates that any time a teacher or principal identifies a student as a
chronic disciplinary problem student, the principal shall notify by telephone call and by mail the student's parent or
guardian of the disciplinary problem, invite the parent or guardian to observe
the student in a classroom situation, and request at least one parent or
guardian to attend a conference to devise a disciplinary and behavioral
law also states that before any chronic disciplinary problem student is
permitted to return to school from a suspension or expulsion, the school shall
request by telephone call and by mail at least one parent or guardian to
schedule and attend a conference to devise a disciplinary and behavioral correction
allows a local board of education to petition the juvenile court to require a
parent to attend a school conference. If
the court finds that the parent or guardian has willfully and unreasonably
failed to attend a conference requested by the principal pursuant to the laws
cited above, the court may order the parent or guardian to attend such a
conference, order the parent or guardian to participate in such programs or such treatment
as the court deems appropriate to improve the student's behavior, or both. After notice and opportunity for hearing,
the court may impose
a fine, not to exceed $500.00, on a parent or guardian who willfully disobeys
an order of the court under this law.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C.1232g) (the “Act”), you
have a right to:
Inspect and review, within 45 days of a request, the education records of a
student who is your child, or in the case of a student who is eighteen (18) or
older, your own education records, Parents or eligible students should submit
to the Superintendent a written request identifying the record(s) they wish to
inspect. The Superintendent will make
arrangements for access and provide notice of such arrangements.
Request the amendment of the student’s education records to ensure that they
are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s
privacy or other rights. To request the
school district to amend a record, parents or eligible students should write
the school principal, specify the part of the record they want changed, and
specify why it is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the
student’s privacy or other rights. If
the district decides not to amend the record, it will notify the parents or
eligible students of the decision and inform them of their right to a
hearing. Additional information regarding
the hearing procedure will be provided with the notification of the right to a
Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the
student’s education records, except to the extent that the Act and the
regulations promulgated pursuant to the Act authorize disclosure without
consent. One exception which permits
disclosure without consent is to school officials with legitimate educational
interest. A school official is a person
employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or
support staff member, a member of the school board; a person with whom the
district has contracted to perform a specific task (such as attorney, auditor,
or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee (such as
a disciplinary or grievance committee.)
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official
needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his/her professional
responsibility. Upon request, the school
district forwards educational records without prior consent to another school
in which 6the student seeks or intends to enroll.
White County School District has designated the following information as
Student’s name, address and
Student’s date and place of
Student’s participation in
official school club and sports;
Weight and height of
student if he/she is a member of an athletic team;
Dates of attendance at
schools within the district;
Honors and awards received
during the time enrolled in the district’s schools;
Video, audio or film images
you, as a parent/guardian or eligible student, request otherwise, this
information may be disclosed to the public upon request. In addition, two federal laws require school
systems receiving federal financial assistance to provide military recruiters
or institutions of higher learning, upon request, with the name, address, and
telephone numbers unless parents have advised the school system that they do
not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written
consent. You have the right to refuse to
allow all or any part of the above information to be designated as directory
information and to refuse to allow it to be disclosed to the public upon
request without your prior written consent.
If you wish to exercise this right, you must notify the principal of the
school at which the student is enrolled in writing within 15 days after officially
enrolling in school or within 15 days of the date of the release of this
with the United States Department of Education a complaint under 20 C.F.R.99.64
concerning the alleged failures by the White County Board of Education to
comply with the requirements of the Act or the regulations promulgated there under. The name and address of the Office that
administers FERPA is: Family Policy
Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington,
are also notified that from time to time students may be photographed, video
taped, or interviewed by the news media at school or some school activity or
event; unless you, as a parent/guardian object in writing to your student being
photographed, video taped or interviewed to the principal of the school where
your student is enrolled. You must notify the principal of your objection by
the date specified above. The principal
will take reasonable steps to control the media’s access to students. However, your submission of a written
objection does not constitute a guarantee that your student will not be interviewed
in circumstances which are not within the knowledge or control of the
Mail/Electronic Resources Acceptable Use Policy
White County School System is pleased to provide our students with electronic
resources for the purpose of supporting the school system and its educational
mission. To gain access to the Internet,
all students under the age of 18 must obtain parental permission by signing and
returning an Acceptable Use form to the school.
This policy establishes the boundaries of “acceptable use” of these
limited electronic resources, including computer, networks, email and other
electronic information and services.
Authorized users of these electronic resources assume personal
responsibility for their appropriate use and agree to comply with this policy,
other related school policies, and state and federal laws and regulations. While our sole intent is to make Internet
access available as another means to further educational goals and objectives,
students may find ways to access other materials as well. We strongly believe that the benefits of the
Internet and the wealth of information that is accessible, exceeds any
Use: The purpose of the White County
Schools’ provision of access to the Internet is to support research and
education in and among the system’s academic institutions by providing access
to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. The use of your account must be in support of
education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of White
County School System. Transmission of
any materials in violation of any U.S. or state organization is
prohibited. This prohibition includes,
but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material,
or materials protected by trade secret.
Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is prohibited.
outlined in Board policy on student rights and responsibilities, copies of
which are available in school offices, the following are not permitted:
Students shall not send,
create post or access material that is:
another’s folders, work or files
A violation of
harassing, or insulting
another person’s reputation
demeaning to another person
downloading of music or streaming radio
resources to engage in “hacking” to bypass filters, run unapproved programs, to
gain access to unauthorized material or applications, using any form of DOS
commands or unauthorized scripting or written programs.
School level administration and classroom teachers
shall approve the use of cell phones and other electronic devices for
instructional purposes. Students using
cell phones or Internet enabled electronic devices not according to school
policy will be subject to disciplinary action.
Any violation of school system policy and procedures
may result in loss of our system access to the Internet. Additional
disciplinary action may be determined in keeping with existing procedures and
practices regarding inappropriate language or behavior. When and where applicable, law enforcement
agencies may be involved.
Expectations: The school system’s network resources are the property
of the school system. There is no
guarantee of privacy associated with the use of school technology
resources. These resources include
networking computer hardware and software, connection to the Internet, email,
telephone equipment, voice mail and other services.
Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Compliance:
It is the policy of White County
Schools to: (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or
transmission of, inappropriate material via the Internet; (b) prevent
unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent
unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification
information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection
Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].
5) Access to
Inappropriate Material: To the extent practical, technology protection
measures (or “Internet filters”) will be used to block or filter Internet
access to inappropriate information.
Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act,
blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or
child pornographic, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.
6) Security: Security
on any computer system is high priority, especially when the system involves
many users. If you feel you can identify
a security problem within the network, you must notify a system administrator. Do not use another individual’s account or
password. Attempts to access the system
as any other user may result in cancellation of user privileges. Network administrators may review files and
communication to maintain system integrity and insure that users are utilizing
the system responsibly.
7) Vandalism: Vandalism
may result in cancellation of privileges and/or criminal prosecution. This definition includes, but is not limited
to, contamination, deletion or reconfiguration of data or degradation of system
performance in any way.
PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW-10
August 2011 In compliance with the
requirements of the No Child Left Behind statute the White School
District informs parents that you may request information about the professional
qualifications of your student’s teacher(s). The following information may be
1) Whether the teacher has met the Georgia
Professional Standards Commission requirements for certification for the grade
level and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
2) Whether the teacher is teaching under an
emergency or other provisional status through which Georgia qualifications or
certification criteria have been waived;
3) The college major and any graduate certification
or degree held by the teacher;
4) Whether the student is provided services by
paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.
If you wish to request information concerning your
child’s teacher’s qualification, please contact the principal at 706-865-5000.
White County Board of Education recognizes the need to provide gifted education
services to students who have the potential for exceptional academic
achievement. Gifted education programs are provided for students who meet
grades kindergarten through twelve, in the White County School System who
demonstrate a high degree of intellectual, academic, and/or creative ability
are provided with special instructional services by the Program of Gifted and
Talented Students, Quest. Eligibility criteria for placement in this program
are determined by the State Board of Education. Referrals for
consideration for eligibility for gifted services may be made by teachers,
counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, and other
individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities. For further
information about White County School System’s Program for Gifted and Talented
Students, please contact the Gifted Education Chairperson at your child’s
school or the Gifted Coordinator at White County Curriculum Office. You may
also visit the Gifted Program website at: www.white.k12.ga.us/Gifted.html
Programs Available for White County
County School System provides service models for eligible gifted students that
meet the State of Georgia approved delivery model criteria. Service models used
in White County Schools include cluster grouping, collaborative model, advanced
content courses, honors courses, advanced placement courses and joint enrollment.
The White County School District
complies with state requirements related to restraint and seclusion as set out
in Georgia SBOE Rule 160-5-1-.35. Consistent with that rule, physical restraint
will be used only in situations in which the student is in immediate danger to
himself/herself or others and the student is not responsive to verbal
directives or other less intensive de-escalation techniques. A parent or
guardian will be notified in writing each time their student has been restrained.
The District maintains written policies and procedures governing the use of
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973
Any student or
parent or guardian (“grievant”) may request an impartial hearing due to the
school system’s actions or inactions regarding your child's identification,
evaluation, or educational placement under Section 504. Requests for an
impartial hearing must be in writing to the school system’s Section 504
Coordinator; however, a grievant’s failure to request a hearing in writing does
not alleviate the school
system’s obligation to provide an impartial hearing if the grievant orally
requests an impartial hearing through the school system’s Section 504
Coordinator. The school system’s Section 504 Coordinator will assist the
grievant in completing the written Request for Hearing. The Section 504
Coordinator may be contacted through the school system’s central office.
Copies of the 504 Procedural Safeguards and Notice of Rights of Students and
Parents under Section 504 may be found at the system website or may be picked
up at the central office or at any of the school offices.
Please read this page carefully, initial all
sign with your child and return to your child’s
User Agreement and Parent
As a user of the computer network
of the White County School System, I hereby agree to comply with the above
stated rules. I certify that I have read
and understand these regulations and understand that if I violate these rules,
my network/Internet access privileges will be revoked and I will be subject to
disciplinary action. I further understand
that a violation may subject me to criminal and/or civil liability.
_____________________________Student Name _________________Date
As a parent or legal guardian of
the minor student signing above, I grant permission for my son or daughter to
access a networked computer and the Internet.
(Please be aware that the White County School System does have an
Internet Filtering System in place as mandated by law.) I understand that some material on the
Internet may be objectionable, but I accept responsibility for guidance of Internet
use for my child.
I also give permission for my
child’s photograph, likeness, or voice to be used by the internal/external news
media and/or on the school or system’s web page in relation to any and all
coverage of the White County School System.
_____________________________Parent/Guardian Signature ______________Date
I hereby certify that I have read and
understand the rules stated above. I
further agree to indemnify and hold harmless the White County School District,
its employees and agents, from all claims arising from or related to my child’s
use or misuse of the network/Internet, and waive any and all claims I may have
against the District for such use or misuse.
____________________________Student Name ______________________Date
I have received a copy
of the MCES Student Handbook and WCSS attendance policy and procedures. I understand
all policies and requirements written within both.
______________________________Parent/Guardian Signature __________________Date