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 GPHS Student Handbook
2012-2013


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

General Information                                                3

Mission, Vision, and Beliefs                      3

Student Goals and Objectives                  3

Student Rights and Responsibilities         4

Important Notifications                           5

Faculty and Staff Directory                     8

Daily Scheduling                                    9

Class and Bell Schedules                         9

Student Behavior Code                            10

Hall and Classroom Procedures                                10

Lunch Period                                           10

Academic Advancement                        11

Guidance Services                                   11

Class Schedule Changes                         11

Parent/Teacher Communications                              12

Progress Reports                                     12

Grade Sheet Distribution                          12

Withdrawal and Transfer                           12

Student Transcripts                                  12

Course Failures                                        13

Uniform Grading Policy                             13

Graduating with Honors                            13

Graduating with Distinction                       13

Graduation Requirements                        14

Testing Calendar                                      15

Discipline                                                                15

Routine Discipline                                     15

Definitions of Disciplinary Actions              16

Dress and Grooming Code                       16

Zero Tolerance Offenses                          18

Nuisance Items                                        19

Use of Tobacco                                        19

Attendance                                              19

School Attendance                                  19

Release During School Hours                   20

Admittance Slips                                      20

Field Trips                                                                20

College Days                                            20

Vacation Requests                                   21

Semester Exam Exemption                      21

Make-up Work                                          21

Unexcused Tardies and Early Check-outs                21

Grading and Absences/Tardies                                21

Unexcused Tardy Discipline                      22

Unexcused Absence Discipline                 22

Truancy                                                    22

Student Driver’s License Information        22

School and Student Property                 23

Care of School Property                           23

Personal Property                                    23

Textbooks                                                                23

Lockers                                                    24

Library and Media Center                         24

Lost and Found                                       24

Security Searches                                    24

Visitors                                                     24

Student Communications                       24

Bulletins and Announcements                  24

Student Government                                                25

Sponsored and Non-sponsored Activities 25

GPHS Newsletter                                     25

Telephone                                                               25

Student Messages                                   25

Cell Phones                                             26

Network and Internet Policy                      26

Transportation                                        28

Transportation Regulations                      28

School Buses                                           28

Safety and Security                                                29

Accidents and Illness                                               29

Student Insurance                                   29

Fire/Tornado Drills                                    29

Directions for Fire Drills                             29

Use of Medicine by Students                    29

 

 



 

 

Gatlinburg-Pittman High School

150 Proffitt Road

Gatlinburg, TN 37738

www.gp.sevier.org

Administrative Office:  865-436-5637

School Fax:  865-436-2567

School Nurse:  865-436-0185

Cafeteria:  865-436-9793

Football Field House:  865-430-4732

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

Gatlinburg-Pittman High School embraces a tradition of excellence which fosters responsible, respectful, and academically motivated citizens.

 

VISION:

We envision Gatlinburg-Pitman High School as a place where all stakeholders will work collaboratively to provide academic, vocational, and healthy lifestyle opportunities relevant to each student.  Further, we will aggressively develop ethical standards, practical life skills, and personal goals to guide each student toward reaching his or her full potential as a productive member of society.

 

BELIEFS:

We believe that Gatlinburg-Pittman High School should be a place where students:

·         Enjoy a safe school environment

·         Are motivated in the latest technologies

·         Are motivated by highly qualified teachers to reach their full potential

·         Receive quality instruction that facilitates the use of resources beyond the classroom

·         Develop confidence and positive self-concepts through the collaboration of parents, staff, peers, and community members

·         Are introduced to a variety of learning experiences that support, fulfill, and perpetuate Gatlinburg-Pittman’s tradition of excellence

 

STUDENT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES (BP 601):

In order to establish an environment conducive to learning for each student, the Sevier County Board of Education established the following goals:

  1. To assure all students the same education opportunities regardless of race, color, creed, religion, ethnic origin, sex or disabilities;
  2. To protect and observe the legal rights of students;
  3. To promote a learning environment that provides opportunities for all students without regard to race, creed, ethnic origin, religion, sex, or disabilities;
  4. To enhance the self-image of each student by helping him/her feel respected and worthy, through a learning environment that provides positive encouragement from frequent success;
  5. To provide an environment of reality in which students can learn personal and civic responsibility for their actions through meaningful experiences as school citizens;
  6. To deal with students in matters of discipline in a fair and constructive manner;
  7. To provide for the safety, health, and welfare of students and

8.                                To promote faithful attendance and good work.

 

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES (BP 605):

The Sevier County Board of Education expects all school staff, students, and parents to assume the responsibilities for appropriate behavior in school.

Each student has the right to:

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 seizures;

3.        Expect that the school will be a safe place;

4.        Have an appropriate environment conducive to learning;

5.        Know that the Sevier County School System does not discriminate against on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, natural origin, handicap disabilities, or veteran status in provision of educational opportunities, programs, activities, or employment opportunities and benefits;

6.        Be informed of school rules and regulations.

Each student has the responsibility to:

1.        Know and adhere to reasonable rules and regulations established by the Board and School Administration;

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 programs;

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 behaviors which would lead to physical or emotional harm or disruption to the educational process;

9.        Respect the authority of school administrators, teachers, and other authorized persons in maintaining discipline in the school and at school-sponsored activities;

10.     Obey the law and school rules as to the possession or the use of alcohol, illegal drugs, and other unauthorized substances or materials and

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 or one’s car.

 

IMPORTANT NOTIFICATIONS

 

  • Discrimination Policy: The Sevier County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, genetic background, age, disability, or veteran status in provision of educational opportunities, programs, activities, or employment opportunities and benefits.  Inquiries or completed grievance forms should be referred to Larry Stott, Title VI Coordinator; or Mike Helton, Title IX Coordinator; at 226 Cedar Street Sevierville, Tennessee 37862.
  • Visitors: The school system is committed to a safe campus without interruption of the instructional process.  Except on occasions such as school programs, athletic events, open house and similar events, all visitors will report to the school office when entering the school and will sign a guest log.  Authorization to visit elsewhere in the building or on the school campus will be determined by the principal and his/her designee.  Guest passes shall be issued for all persons other than students and employees of the school.
  • The current TENNESSEE REPORT CARD is available at the State Department of Education website (http://www.state.tn.us/education/) and on the school system’s website at www.sevier.org.  The Tennessee Report Card provides information about demographics, statistics, and performance indicators for both the system and school. 
  • PARENTS’ RIGHT TO KNOW: NCLB requires that all schools notify parents that they have a right to request and receive timely information on the professional qualifications of the teachers and paraprofessionals working with their children.
  • CHILD ADVOCACY GROUP contact information is available at http://www.slc.sevier.org/.The website lists organizations available to help with information, training, and advocacy.  Additional information is available on the Tennessee Disability Services-Disability Pathfinder Database:  http://kc.vanderbilt.edu/tennesseepathfinder/default.aspx.  Links on the websites are provided as a service to individuals seeking additional avenues for help and information.  The Sevier County School System does not intend this as an endorsement or recommendation for any individual, organization, or service represented on the pages.
  • SAFE SCHOOL CHOICE: Every public school shall annually notify parents that if their child is a victim of a violent crime at school, the child has the right to attend another grade-appropriate school in the district. 
  • CHAPTER 410 OF THE PUBLIC ACTS OF 2007: Smoking is not permitted in any form at any time inside any school building.  State law prohibits the use of tobacco in any form after regular school hours in any public seating areas, including, but not limited to, bleachers for sporting events, concession stands, or public restrooms.  Smoking may be permitted in designated areas at outdoor athletic events, but such smoking must be restricted to a place far enough away from the seating areas, restrooms, and concession stands so that the smoke will not drift back into these areas. 
  • CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT: School personnel are required by state law to watch for signs of child abuse and neglect.  They are also required by law to report any information or suspicions to the proper authorities.
  • SCHOOL SAFETY AND SECURITY ACT, SCHOOL DISCIPLINE ACT, TCA 49-6-2008: Parents please be aware of the following laws that relate to visitors on our campus:
    • Personal searches may be conducted if the principal has a reasonable suspicion that a student or visitor has in his possession drugs, drug paraphernalia, and dangerous weapons.
    • Vehicles parked on school property by students or visitors are subject to search for drugs, drug paraphernalia, or dangerous weapons.
    • A student may be subject to physical search because of the results of a locker search, or because of information received from a teacher, staff member, student, or other person, if such action is reasonable to the principal.
    • FELONY- State law prescribes a maximum penalty of six (6) years imprisonment and a fine not to exceed three thousand ($3,000.00) for carrying weapons onto school property.
    • No person shall enter onto the grounds or into the buildings of any school during the hours of student instruction, except students assigned to the school, the staff of the school, parents of the students, and other persons with lawful and valid business on the school premises.
  • FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT: In 1974, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (Buckley Amendment) Public Law 93-380, 438 was passed to ensure confidentiality of school records.  FERPA requires that the Sevier County School System with certain exceptions, obtain the written consent of parents prior to disclosure of personally identifiable information from a child's educational records.  Parents should be encouraged to carefully review the FERPA notice which is distributed for parent signature at each school annually.  The notice specifically deals with the access of military recruiters. 
  • HARASSMENT: Note the procedures for reporting sexual, racial, ethnic, and/or religious harassment including the name and phone number of the individual or individuals at your school who should be contacted in such cases.
  • CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN TRANSITION: The Sevier County School System will ensure that all children and youth receive a free appropriate public education and are given meaningful opportunities for success in school. The system will follow the requirements outlined in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.  A copy of the policies related to McKinney-Vento is available in the school office.
  • SEVERE WEATHER CLOSINGS: Announcements by Director of Schools Jack Parton concerning the closing of schools in Sevier County will be made on local radio and television stations as well as the school system’s website (http://www.sevier.org). In the event of an emergency or abrupt closing, the ParentLink messaging service will be utilized.  When the primary phone number for a student changes, the primary parent or guardian should contact school officials and request that the child’s phone numbers be updated on all enrollment information as well as in the ParentLink system. 
  • A Sevier County Board of Education website is available at http://www.sevier.org.  The website features a copy of the Sevier County Board of Education Policy Manual as well as other meaningful school related information. A link is available from the website to our school’s website.
  • Throughout the school year, there may be school sponsored programs and events where photographs or videos may be taken by the media or school district staff.  These photographs and/or videos may then be cablecast on the district’s educational access channel, or website, thereby making it available to anyone with local cable or internet access.   It is the policy of the Sevier County School System that neither students nor their works be identified by name when featured on the district’s educational access channel or the district website without prior consent.  Your consent to these types of group photographs or videos is assumed, UNLESS YOU NOTIFY YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL IN WRITING that you do NOT want your child included in such photographs or videos.

GATLINBURG-PITTMAN HIGH SCHOOL STAFF

 


ADMINISTRATION

Tony Ogle                Principal

Whit Helton              Assistant Principal

Reed Landry           Assistant Principal

 

GUIDANCE

Donald Bohanan     Guidance Counselor

Kristi Cantrell           Guidance Counselor

Yanci Williams          Guidance Counselor

 

SECRETARIES

Pat Cole                  Receptionist

Carolyn King            Bookkeeper

Rexene Shults         Attendance Secretary

Krissy Sims              Guidance Secretary

 

SUPPORT STAFF

Cindy Arp                Nurse

Sharon Atchley        S.R.O.

Dina Jester              Library Asst.

Cindy Maples           Instructional  Asst.

Janet Newman        Instructional Asst.

Zack Schrandt         In-school detention

Bobbie Tweed         Instructional Asst.

 

CAFETERIA

Carol King               Manager

Susan Mansfield      Anna Ogle

Michelle Ownby       Effie Shults

 

CUSTODIANS

Buddy McCarter      Carroll Ogle

Bryan Smelcer         Ruth Smelcer

 

WALTERS STATE INSTRUCTORS

Tim Holder              History

John Jessel              English

Aaron WIllmon         Mathematics

 

FACULTY

Bill Baker                 Science

John Barton             Mathematics

AJ Bennett               Social Studies

Tim Bohanan           CTE

Dyan Bryant            Foreign Language

Scott Byrd                PE/Wellness

Lara Carr                                Resource

Richard Cross         Social Studies

Neal Estes               PE/Wellness

Alice Fisher              Fine Arts

Jeff Ginn                  Fine Arts

Lavon Hale              Mathematics

Benny Hammonds   Drivers Training

Mark Harrell            Fine Arts

Joe Headrick           English

Molly Hicks               English

Ron Hicks                Fine Arts

Gale Houser            CTE

Conchita Johnson    Science

Ralph Kidd               Social Studies

Henry LaFollette      English

Laticia LaFollette     CTE

Ruth Lewis              English

Timothy Loan          Resource

Marie Maddox         Foreign Language

Bob Mason              Mathematics

Jennifer Milam         Science

Jennifer Miller          Science

Karen Myers            ELL

Isabella Navarrete   Foreign Language

John Oescher          Mathematics

Carol Pullium           Mathematics

Tracey Rains           English

Jim Risser                CTE

Kevin Solomon        Mathematics

John Terrell             Science

Tana Trentham       CTE

Diane Ward             English

Adrian Watson         CTE

Elaine Wilson           Science

Megan Wilson          English

Larry White              PE/Wellness

Phillip Wood             Foreign Language

Paige Yates             Social Studies


 

DAILY SCHEDULING

 

CLASS AND BELL SCHEDULES:

 

Regular Day

 

Homeroom

8:00

release from café

 

8:00

release from café

8:10

first bell

 

8:10

first bell

8:14

warning bell

 

8:14

warning bell

8:15

tardy bell

 

8:15

tardy bell

 

1st period

 

 

homeroom

9:45

release to break

 

8:35

release to 1st

9:55

call to 2nd

 

8:39

warning bell

9:59

warning bell

 

8:40

tardy bell

10:00

tardy bell

 

 

1st period

 

2nd period

 

10:00

release to break

11:30

release to 3rd

 

10:10

call to 2nd

11:34

warning bell

 

10:14

warning bell

11:35

tardy bell

 

10:15

tardy bell

 

3rd period

 

 

2nd period

1:40

release to 4th

 

11:30

release to 3rd

1:44

warning bell

 

11:34

warning bell

1:45

tardy bell

 

11:35

tardy bell

 

4th period

 

 

3rd period

3:15

end of day

 

1:40

release to 4th

 

 

 

1:44

warning bell

 

 

 

1:45

tardy bell

 

 

 

 

4th period

 

 

 

3:15

end of day

 

1 Hour Delay

 

2 Hour Delay

9:00

release from café

 

10:00

release from café

9:10

first bell

 

10:10

first bell

9:14

warning bell

 

10:14

warning bell

9:15

tardy bell

 

10:15

tardy bell

 

1st period

 

 

1st period

10:20

release to 2nd

 

11:30

release to 3rd

10:24

warning bell

 

11:34

warning bell

10:25

tardy bell

 

11:35

tardy bell

 

2nd period

 

 

3rd period

11:30

release to 3rd

 

1:05

release to 2nd

11:34

warning bell

 

1:09

warning bell

11:35

tardy bell

 

1:10

tardy bell

 

3rd period

 

 

2nd period

1:40

release to 4th

 

2:10

release to 4th

1:44

warning bell

 

2:14

warning bell

1:45

tardy bell

 

2:15

tardy bell

 

4th period

 

 

4th period

3:15

end of day

 

3:15

end of day

 

STUDENT BEHAVIOR CODE:

Students are responsible to abide by the school rules from the time they arrive on school property (or school bus) in the morning until the time they exit school property in the evening.  Also, school rules are in effect at all school related activities, home or away.

In the morning, students must come into (and remain inside) the building as soon as they arrive on school property.  Leaving school grounds after arrival, even when a student has not entered the building, is considered leaving campus without permission and will carry a penalty of time at the ALC.  Tardy students, as they arrive, must report immediately to the tardy table or office.  During morning break students must remain inside the building until the end-of-break bell.  During lunch, students are to remain in the cafeteria until the end-of-lunch bell.

                Students may go outside for teacher-planned and supervised classroom activities and for direct movement to classes not accessible through the main building.

 

HALL AND CLASSROOM PROCEDURES:

  1. Be prompt to class.  You must be in your seat when the bell rings.
  2. The teacher, NOT the bell, dismisses the class.
  3. All nonessential materials should be left in your locker.
  4. Students are not to leave the classroom without a pass from the teacher.
  5. There shall be no running, scuffling, or distractions in the halls or restrooms.
  6. Classes in session are not to be disturbed.  If it is necessary to contact someone, go through the office.
  7. Students may NOT use the office phone during class.

 

LUNCH PERIOD:

Children need healthy meals to learn.  Sevier County Schools offer healthy meals every school day.  Breakfast costs $1.70; lunch costs $2.30.  Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals.  Reduced price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch.

Lunch period is treated as a regular class.  You must report to the cafeteria during your scheduled lunch period.  Student behavior in the cafeteria should be based on courtesy and cleanliness.  This means leaving the area in a condition in which you would like to live or eat. 

Students will go through the cafeteria line and pay for their choice of food.  Students are to remain in the cafeteria until their end-of-lunch bell rings.  At no time are pupils allowed to take food or drink outside the cafeteria.  Students may use the restrooms, water fountain and machines next to the cafeteria, and go to the guidance or front office (for school business), but must have permission and a hall pass to go anywhere else during lunch.

 

ACADEMIC ADVANCEMENT

 

GUIDANCE SERVICES:

                Upon entering Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, each student has access to three guidance counselors.  The counselors have one major goal – to help you to derive the most possible benefits from your years at G.P.H.S.  To do this, the counselors will offer assistance to you as you make decisions about such matters as programs of study, specific courses, and further education after high school or job training.  An important part of your experience at G.P.H.S. will involve relations with people, friends, teachers, administrators, and parents.  The counselors will help you as you live with these people on a daily basis and handle some of the issues that arise naturally in human relations.

                Meeting with the counselors is easy.  Stop by the Guidance Office before school, during break, during lunch, after school or with your assigned classroom teacher’s permission and a pass.  You can make an appointment for a specific time you know you are free, or you can just drop in during your free time.  If your parents wish to see a counselor, it is best to make an appointment.

                The counselors also have a number of other resources that will be of help to you.  There is information on occupations and careers, on colleges and technical training programs.  Most of the material can be taken home; however, some must be used in the Guidance Office Resources Area.  The counselors also post dates of important examinations and meetings on the Guidance bulletin board.  Information on colleges and scholarships are also posted.  Make a habit of checking the bulletin board to make sure you are aware of what is going on that might be important to you or your future plans.  Information on these items is also sent through the school’s email newsletter.  Please call or come by the school to sign up for the newsletter.

 

SCHEDULE CHANGES AND/OR DROPS:

                Courses selected during registration should be considered as final.  Books and supplies are ordered and teachers are assigned on the basis of your selection.  Only changes necessitated by course cancellation or irresolvable conflicts will be considered after the first (1st) day of school.

                Class withdrawals or transfers will be considered only after the request has been initiated by the parent or guardian.  The request will be reviewed by the guidance counselor and forwarded to the principal for acceptance or rejection.  He will also decide if the student is to be withdrawn with or without penalty.  Changes of this type will have instructor, counselor, and administrator approval.  No schedule changes will be approved after the fifth (5th) day of school.

 

PARENT/TEACHER COMMUNICATION:

Teachers believe that parent-teacher communication is very essential in the education process of children.  Parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled during the school year.  These conferences are at the close of the first, second, fourth, and fifth six weeks’ grading periods.  Parents are encouraged to contact the school whenever the need arises.  If you call during the school day, the office will give the teacher a message to return your call.  Many teachers also communicate regularly with email.  Please feel free to ask your child’s teacher(s) if that is possible if you prefer that means of communication.

 

2012-13 Grade Card Distribution and Conferencing Dates

Six Weeks End

Grade Sheets

Conference

Canference

Date

Distributed

Dates

Times

Sept. 26, 2012

Oct. 4, 2012

Sept. 10, 2012

3:15- 6:15 PM

Nov. 5, 2012

Nov. 15, 2012

Oct. 18, 2012

3:15- 6:15 PM

Dec. 21, 2012

Jan. 15, 2013

 

Feb. 22, 2013

Mar. 4, 2013

Jan. 31, 2013

3:15 - 6:15 PM

Apr. 18, 2013

Apr. 24, 2013

Mar. 19, 2013

3:15- 6:15 PM

Jun. 3, 2013

Jun. 3, 2013

 

 

PROGRESS REPORTS:

                Student’s progress reports may be sent at any time between marking periods to parents of students who need some type of special attention.  These reports do not necessarily mean that a student is failing.  Parents are encouraged to notify the teachers in acknowledgement of receiving such notices.

 

GRADE SHEETS:

                Grade sheets will be sent on the sixth (6th) instructional day following the end of the six weeks grading period.  The grade sheet must be signed by the parent or guardian and returned to the school as soon as possible.  Grade sheets may be held if the student has an obligation (such as library fine, lost or damaged textbooks, lunch charges, etc.) which has not been paid.  Also, records/transcripts will not be sent to another school unless all student obligations are met.

 

WITHDRAWAL AND TRANSFER:

The procedure for withdrawal or transfer is as follows:

  1. Secure authorization note from your parent or guardian.
  2. Obtain appropriate forms filled out by teachers.
  3. Return all school books/property and make sure all fees are paid.
  4. Take the completed forms to the Guidance Office for final clearance.

 

STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS:

                A transcript is a cumulative record of a student’s academic achievement which

 By state law must be retained after the individual concerned would normally have graduated from high school.  It will include all work undertaken and completed, whether passed or failed, by semester and year.  Normally, two transcripts are provided to the graduate free of charge.  Beyond two, transcripts cost fifty (50) cents per page.

 

COURSE FAILURES:

                Courses that are failed first term may be repeated second term on a space-available basis.

 

HIGH SCHOOL UNIFORM GRADING POLICY (BP 630):

The uniform grading policy within the high schools is as follows:

 

UNIFORM GRADING SYSTEM

Grade/QP

Percent Range

Honors Courses

AP and IB Courses

A - 4.0

93  -   100

Average + 3 points

Average + 5 points

B - 3.0

85  -     92

C - 2.0

75  -     84

D - 1.0

70  -     74

F - 0.0

 0   -     69

 

P (0.0):    Indicates that the student passed unit for credit in the eighth grade and is not included in grade point averages.

I (0.0):     Indicates and incomplete for the unit.  The student has two terms to complete the work before an F is assigned.

NCA:       Credit is not received because of excessive absences.  Grade is counted as an F when computing grade point averages.

 

*Only Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses that have end of course national examinations qualify for addition of 5 points.

 

GRADUATING WITH HONORS:

Students who score at or above all of the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with honors.

 

GRADUATION WITH DISTINCTION:

Students will be recognized as graduating with “distinction” by attaining a B average and completing at least one of the following:

  • earn a nationally recognized industry certification
  • participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools
  • participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations
  • be selected as a National Merit Finalist of Semi-Finalist
  • attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT
  • attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two advanced placement exams
  • successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • earn 12 or more semester hours of transcripted postsecondary credit

                In Honors and Category one classes, three points will be added to the six weeks averages and semester test scores.  Category 1 classes are defined to be Chemistry I & II, Biology II, Anatomy/Physiology, Statistics, Pre-calculus, and any foreign language III & IV.

                Student schedule changes must be completed within five (5) days after the start of each semester.  No schedule changes should be made after this 5 day period unless initiated by the classroom teacher and/or principal.

                Courses may be repeated, however, only one unit of credit is allowed.  The higher of the two grades will be used to compute grade point averages

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (BP 634):

                The graduation requirements for high schools in the Sevier County School System include all units required by state law and the State Board of Education regulations and additional requirements by the local Board of Education.  Secondary schools in Sevier County operate on a block scheduling format.  All classes will be issued one credit.  Students will be enrolled in four credit courses each term.  A maximum of six (6) units of physical education may be used toward meeting graduation requirements.

 

Graduation Requirements

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED:  28 

MATH:   4 Credits

Including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and a  fourth higher level math course

SCIENCE:  3 Credits

Includes Biology I, Chemistry or Physics and a third lab course

ENGLISH:  4 Credits

SOCIAL STUDIES:  4 Credits

U.S. History

U.S. Government

Economics/Personal Finance

Ancient History, Modern History, or World Geography

WELLNESS & PHYSICAL EDUCATION:  2 Credits

FINE ARTS:  1 Credit

FOREIGN LANGUAGE:  2 Credits

May be waived for students not going to a university to expand and enhance the elective focus

ELECTIVES:  4 Credits

ELECTIVE FOCUS/PROGRAM STUDY:  3 Credits

Chosen from one of the following categories:

Math and Science

Career and Technical Education

Fine Arts

Humanities

 

TESTING CALENDAR:

 

SEVIER COUNTY TESTING CALENDAR 2012-2013

Assessment

Date

Make-up

PLAN

10/24/2012

10/25/2012

Fall EOC

Algebra I

12/4/2012

12/7/2012

Algebra II

12/4/2012

12/7/2012

Biology I

12/6/2012

12/7/2012

English I & III

12/5/2012

12/7/2012

English II

12/5/2012

12/7/2012

U S History

12/6/2012

12/7/2012

TCAP Writing (Grade 11)

2/5/2013

2/6/2013

ACT (Grade 11)

3/19/2013

4/2/2013

Spring EOC

Algebra I

5/7/2013

5/10/2013

Algebra II

5/7/2013

5/10/2013

Biology I

5/9/2013

5/10/2013

Engish II

5/8/2013

5/10/2013

English I & III

5/8/2013

5/10/2013

U S History

5/9/2013

5/10/2013

Sum.

Math

7/9-11/13

7/12/2013

Language Arts

7/9-11/13

7/12/2013

Science

7/9-11/13

7/12/2013

 

DISCIPLINE

 

ROUTINE DISCIPLINE:

                One of the most important lessons in education is discipline.  Discipline underlies the entire educational structure.  It is the training that develops self-control, character, orderliness, and efficiency.  It is the key to good conduct and proper consideration of other people.  With an understanding of the purposes of discipline in school, you may form a correct attitude toward it, and not only do your part in making G.P.H.S. an effective place to learn, but also develop the habit of self-restraint which will make you a better person.

                Discipline files are maintained by the administrators on every student enrolled at G.P.H.S.  Should a student run afoul of school rules, some form of discipline or punishment will become necessary.  Infractions are divided into 4 levels by the nature and seriousness of the offense.  Level 1 includes disrespect, disruption, horseplay, lying, cheating, profanity, inappropriate displays of affections, and tardies.  Level 2 infractions are more serious, including bus misbehavior, cell phone violations, serious disruption, insubordination, defiance, dress code violations, leaving campus without permission, skipping class, and being out of bounds.  Level 3 infractions are more serious still, including driving violations, possession of tobacco, theft, possession of combustibles, vandalism, threats, bullying, harassment, and fighting.  Level 4 infractions are comprised of the most serious offenses involving drugs, alcohol, weapons, assault, and the endangerment of others.  These types of infractions usually warrant police referral. 

Teachers and members of the administration may employ a variety of consequences depending on the nature and severity of the offense.  Such consequences are listed in the next section.  The administration will strive to make parents aware of student behavioral issues via direct phone contact, through referral notices, or in scheduled meetings.

 

DEFINITIONS OF DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS (BP 632):

  1. (ISD) In-school detention:  A requirement that a student report to a specified school location, at a specified time, to a designated school official.
  2. (CP) Corporal Punishment:   A spanking or paddling with the School Board approved instrument under the guidelines specified by the School Board Policy.
  3. (ALC):  A placement at the ALC for up to 20 days will usually be made rather than an out-of-school suspension.   Parents may refuse placement at the ALC, which will result in out-of-school suspension.  The placement at the ALC results in the exclusion for the student from all school sponsored activities including, but not limited to, athletics and marching band during the time of the placement.  These students may not attend any school function and will be on campus only for transportation to and from ALC.  This does not refer to students placed at the ALC for reasons other than disciplinary actions.
  4. (OSS) Out-of-school suspension:  A student may be suspended out of school which means the removal of the student from all school campuses in the system and exclusion from school sponsored activities during the time of suspension.
  5. (LDP) Loss of driving privilege:  When a student drives to school, the loss of that privilege may be utilized when appropriate.
  6. Expulsion:  Removal of a student from the school system for an extended period of time by the student disciplinary committee, superintendent’s hearing, or by official Board action.

 

DRESS AND GROOMING CODE (BP 628 A):

The Sevier County School System recognizes the effect which student dress and grooming have upon student behavior and commitment to learning.  Attire considered disruptive to health or safety is not appropriate.  The following rules concerning dress and grooming are mandatory in grades 6-12.

  • BOTTOM WEAR:  (waist and below—pants, skirts, shorts, skorts).  Bottom wear must be size appropriate for the wearer with no sagging or bagging, and must be worn securely at and around the waist so as not to reveal undergarments and to prevent pant legs from touching the floor.  Large bell bottoms which expose less than one forth of the top of the foot, large pockets, cargo pockets, spandex or leggings shall NOT be allowed.
  • BELTS:  belts are required if pants have belt loops.  Belts must be fabric or leather only.
  • TOP WEAR:  (waist and above) shirts must be size appropriate for the wearer having sleeves which cover the deltoid muscle, and be worn either tucked in or more than three inches below the top of the waistband but in no event shall the bottom of the shirt cover any portion of a pocket opening.  Bare midriffs shall not be allowed.  Size appropriate pullovers, light jackets, long sleeve crewneck, v-neck, or cardigan sweater vests, or sweatshirts may be worn over an approved shirt.
  • DRESSES;  girls may wear dresses appropriately sized for the wearer with the length no shorter than two inches above the knee in grades 9-12 and no shorter than four inches above the knee in grades 6-8.  Dresses may either have sleeves or be a sleeveless dress as long as no undergarments are visible.  Dresses will not have strings or spaghetti straps but will have straps that come to the edge of the shoulder.
  • SHOES:  shoes must be worn at all times.
  • COATS:  coats, heavy jackets, or raincoats shall not be worn inside the building unless otherwise directed by the school principal or his/her designee in an unusual situation.
  • ALL APPAREL:  clothing shall be neat, clean, hemmed, and shall not have holes, cuts, frayed edges.  Articles of clothing shall not be worn which imply or promote alcohol, sex, drugs, tobacco, violence, gangs, racial slurs, or offensive language.
  • HEAD:  no headgear or sunglasses will be worn in the building (except those worn for obvious medical reasons and the results therefore).
  • ACCESSORIES:  any accessory that is studded, spiked, contains chains or can tabs, or in any way presents a potential danger or harm to self or others is prohibited.
  • OTHER:  tattoos, whether permanent or temporary, will be covered if possible.  Visible body piercing jewelry (except ears) is prohibited.  Hair is not to be sprayed or dyed in unnatural colors (such as red, blue, pink, green, orange, yellow, etc.), spiked or mohawked.
  • SPECIAL DAYS:  schools may develop special dress days for special occasions at the direction of the principal.
  • SPECIAL SITUATIONS:  if a student cannot comply with the standardized dress code based on special conditions or religious beliefs, his or her parent or guardian may write a letter explaining the situation to the superintendent of schools or his/her designee, with a copy to the school principal or his/her designee.  Each case will be dealt with on an individual basis.  To insure the health and safety of students, the school principal or his/her designee is allowed to further restrict manner of dress or style of hair in specific curriculum areas (shop, chemistry lab, etc.)
  • BOOKBAGS:  book bags must be constructed from material which allows the contents of the book bag to be visible.  Any band instrument or necessary sports bag must be dropped off at an area designated by the building level principal.  Any student not attired in accordance with the foregoing policy shall be subject to disciplinary consequences as per board policy.  In addition to the foregoing, when a student is attired in a manner that is likely to cause disruption or interference with the operation of the school, the principal shall take appropriate action.

 

ZERO TOLERANCE OFFENSES (BP 611 A):

In order to ensure a safe and secure leaning environment, the following offenses will not be tolerated:

·         Students will 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 or off the school grounds at a school-sponsored activity, function, or event.  Dangerous weapons shall include, but are not limited to any firearm, explosive device, explosive weapon, bowie knife, hawk bill knife, ice pick, dagger, slingshot, switch-blade knife, blackjack, or brass (metal) knuckles.  Violators will be subject to suspension and/or expulsion from school for periods up to one calendar year.

·         In accordance with law (18 USC 921), any student who brings or possesses a firearm on school property shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year.  The director of schools has the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis (TCA 49-6-4018).

·         In accordance with state law, any student who unlawfully possesses any drug including any controlled substance or legend drug will be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year.  The director of schools has the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis (TCA 49-6-4018).

·         In accordance with state law, any student who commits battery upon any teacher, principal, administrator, any other employee of the school system or school resource officer will be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year.  The director of schools has the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis (TCA 49-6-4018).

·         When it is determined that a student has violated this policy, the principal of the school will notify the student’s parent or guardian and the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system as required by law.

NUISANCE ITEMS:

Cell phones, beepers, pagers, laser lights, CD players, MP-3 players, IPods, all electronic games and devices, roller shoes/heelies, and other items mentioned in this handbook are NOT allowed.  The school system assumes no responsibility for the theft, loss, or damage of such items.

 

USE OF TOBACCO (BP 609):

Federal and state laws do not permit the use of tobacco in any form indoors in school facilities or while present for normal school activities.  Therefore, employees, students, and other persons may not use tobacco in any form inside school facilities when student are present.  Employees may not use tobacco when directing student’s activities even though these activities may be held after school hours.  This includes field trips and athletic events at locations away from school.  Adult staff members may be permitted to use tobacco outdoors but not limited but not within fifty (50) feet of any entrance to any building when not supervising students.  In addition, state law prohibits the use of tobacco in any form after regular school hours in any public seating areas, including but not limited to:  bleachers for sporting events or public restrooms.  Persons may be permitted to use tobacco in designated areas after school hours outside of buildings and away from public restrooms and bleachers for sporting events.

                Student use of or possession of tobacco in any form is prohibited on school premises (inside and outside; including parking lot, before and after hours) and school buses during transportation to and from school and school activities.

 

ATTENDANCE

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE:

Attendance is a key factor in student achievement and therefore students are expected to be present and on time each day that school is in session.  In the event a student would require an absence from school, the principal will accept parental excuses on five occasions per semester.  Each parental note may cover up to three days, whether they be used for tardies to school, absences all day, or early check-outs.  A medical or professional excuse from a doctor, dentist, court, etc. will be required to excuse an absence after the student has exhausted their parental notes.

All absences and tardies are considered unexcused until written verification is presented.   Students must bring notes to the attendance office within 2 days of an absence or the absence will remain unexcused.  Parent telephone call to report a child’s absence or checking a student out must be followed up with a written excuse.  Principals may require a conference with the student’s parents if there is a question to the authenticity of a note.

                Examples of excused absences are as follows: personal illness, illness of an immediate family member, death in the family, extreme weather conditions, religious observances, school bus failures, or circumstances which create emergencies over which the student had no control.  All other absences and tardies will be unexcused.  A record of class attendance will be kept by each teacher.  Students that miss more than 20 minutes of the class period are considered absent for that class and will require a written excuse.

RELEASE DURING SCHOOL HOURS:

The following procedures will be observed with regard to dismissal of students:

  • No student will leave school prior to regular dismissal hours, except with the approval of the attendance office and the parent.
  • No student will be sent from the school during school hours to perform errands or act as a personal messenger for a staff member.
  • When a dental or medical appointment occurs during school hours, parent(s) should call to request early dismissal or call for the student in person.  Notes are not accepted for early dismissal.
  • Children will be released only upon the request of the parent whom court holds directly responsible for the child, or whose is the parent or guardian registered on the school record.
  • No principal or teacher will permit a change in the physical custody of the child at school unless the person seeking custody of the child presents the school official with a certified copy of a valid court order from Tennessee court designating the person who has custody of the child and the person seeking custody gives the school official reasonable advance notice of his/her intent to take custody of the child at school.
  • High school students may be released for jobs only if the student is enrolled in marketing co-op classes.
  • Students 18 and over must also have parent approval unless the parent communicates personally to the office and follows with a written form to exempt.  The principal makes the final decision, case-by-case.

ADMITTANCE SLIPS:

Any student who is absent from school for any portion of the day must get an admittance pass in the attendance office prior to entering class.  Admittance slips should be obtained before the 8:15 a.m. bell rings.  Any student who arrives late to school must check-in through the attendance office and obtain an admittance slip.

FIELD TRIPS:

Students participating in school sponsored activities whether on or off campus will not be counted absent.  In order to be school sponsored, the activity must be school planned, school oriented, and/or teacher supervised.  Students are responsible for all missed assignments.

COLLEGE DAYS:

It is recognized that seniors may need to visit colleges or universities during the school year to discuss scholarships and other such items with college or university officials.  These visits will normally be limited to two school days and will be considered school related activities.  For such visits, the following requirements must be met: the student must schedule the activity in advance through the school counselor, the student should be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult, and upon return the student must present documentation that the visit did in fact occur. Failure to adhere to the requirement will cause the absence to become unexcused.

VACATION REQUESTS:

The Sevier County Board of Education recognizes that families may request vacations.  Parents should make such requests directly to the school principal in writing.  A vacation request form is available in the attendance office.  The Board allows the principal to approve one family vacation per year for a student up to five days.  If more than five days are requested, the principal will refer the request to the Central Office with a recommendation of approval or denial.  If the request is denied, parents may appeal the decision to the Board of Education.

SEMESTER EXAM EXEMPTION POLICY:

High School students with no more than one excused absence in a class will be allowed to exempt the semester exam.  A total of two end of term exams excluding state required exiting tests are allowed per semester.  Students will have the option to take the designated exempt exam(s) with the exam grade counting only if it improves the student’s final course grade.  Students with an unexcused absence are required to take all semester exams and are excluded from the exam exemption policy.

MAKE-UP WORK:

Students who receive an excused absence are required to make-up work missed in each class.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain all make-up work from teachers immediately upon returning to school.  Students have at least the same number of days to complete the make-up work as days missed.  Teachers and principals may extend this make-up time if the situation warrants an extension.

 

UNXCUSED TARDIES AND EARLY CHECK-OUTS:

A student with a total of four cumulative unexcused tardies during a semester grading period will receive lunch detention and parent notification.  Each additional tardy will result in additional consequences.  When a student arrives late to school, he/she must immediately report to the attendance office to get an admittance form to take to class.  The number of tardies during each semester is combined with unexcused early (before 3:15 p.m.) check-outs.  Reminder:  If a student checks in late, or out before 3:15 p.m., they must provide a medical note or use one of their (5 per semester) parent notes for the absent time to be excused.

GRADING IN REGARD TO UNEXCUSED ABSENCES AND TARDIES:

When a student’s absence or tardy is unexcused, the student will be allowed to make up tests missed.  Regular class work will not be made up and the student will receive a zero for that work.  If there is no grade assignment taken for the unexcused absence, the student will receive a negative three (3) points from his/her daily grade.  An unexcused tardy will result in a one (1) point deduction from the student’s grade for that class period.

UNEXCUSED TARDY DISCIPLINE:

Students not inside the classroom by the tardy bell are considered late for class.  Excessive tardies result in lost learning time for the students.  Tardies are cumulative throughout the semester and are considered on a class by class basis.  The following consequences will be employed when unexcused tardies accrue:

1st – 3rd tardy:          warning/teacher assigned consequence

4th tardy:                  1-3 days lunch detention

5th tardy:                  1 day ISD

6th tardy:                  up to 3 days ISD

7th tardy:                  3-5 days ISD

8th tardy:                  ALC placement

UNEXCUSED ABSENCE DISCIPLINE:

Unexcused absences do not start over at the semester change; they are cumulative throughout the entire year.

2 unexcused absences:           warning

3 unexcused absences:           parents are notified with a letter from the Sevier County School System, student receives 1 day

In-School Suspension

4 unexcused absences:           student receives 3 day placement at the Alternative Learning Center

5 unexcused absences:           student receives 5 day placement at the Alternative Learning Center/Truancy meeting with parents

6 unexcused absences:           truancy petition with Juvenile Court

TRUANCY:

A student absent without the consent of his/her parents or in violation of Sevier County Board of Education policy is truant.  Truancy is cause for disciplinary action including permanent assignment to ALC, suspension, expulsion, and/or legal action.  Students are considered truant in the following situations:

  • Absent from school for five or more days unexcused
  • Leaving school without permission and/or failing to sign out in school office
  • Failing to report to school without parent consent
  • Continued unexcused absences

 

STUDENT DRIVER”S LICENSE INFORMATION:

State Law requires students to maintain passing grades in at least half of their classes to get and/or keep the certificate for their learner permit and driver license.

According to the compulsory attendance policy, students between 15 and 18 must obtain a certificate from the school stating that they have satisfactory attendance in order to get driver license or a learner permit.  Students who drop out of school, or accumulate 10 consecutive unexcused absences, or 15 unexcused absences in a semester will not be allowed to get a driver license or learner permit, or will lose their license if they have already had one.  Students may request a certificate of attendance from the attendance office.

The Department of Safety in Nashville will send notice to any student not meeting the requirements.  To get a driver license reinstated, a student must attend school for 30 consecutive days and be passing half of his/her classes when the next six weeks’ grades are issued.

 

SCHOOL AND STUDENT PROPERTY

 

CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY (BP 612):

School property is your property.  Take care of it.  Treat such property with the same consideration you have for your own home.  Take pride in keeping the halls and grounds clean.  Throw waste materials into the containers provided for this purpose.  Do not mark up desk, lockers, etc.  Such equipment is expensive.  Help keep costs down for your parents by keeping the furniture in use for a long period of time.

Lockers should be kept clean and orderly at all times.  No books or other items shall be kept on top of the lockers.  The construction, purchase, and maintenance of school buildings and equipment cost the taxpayers.  Students who destroy or vandalize school property will be required to pay for losses or damages.  If students willfully destroy school property, suspension and subsequent expulsion may be necessary.  If you should happen to damage something accidentally, you should report it to a staff member or to the school office immediately.

 

PERSONAL PROPERTY:

The responsibility for your personal property is your own.  Large sums of money, watches, jewelry, etc. should be left at home.  If you lose an article, check to see if it has been turned in to the school office.

If is necessary for you to bring a large sum of money to school, it is strongly advised that you take it to the school office for safe keeping during the school day.  All students are advised to leave their valuables with the physical education teacher for safe keeping during their gym class.  The school cannot accept responsibility for any valuables left in the PE dressing rooms or in school lockers.  Locks placed on school lockers must be approved by the principal.

 

TEXTBOOKS:

Each student is responsible for the textbooks issued.  Accurate records will be kept of all books and their conditions when issued.  All books must be returned or paid for before the student can take the final exam.

 

 

LOCKERS:

Lockers are assigned by homeroom teachers at the opening of the school year.  When necessary, two students will be assigned to a locker.  If a student enters school after the official opening, a locker will be assigned by the principal.  You may provide your own lock.  However, a key or the combination must be given to the principal.  Each student is responsible for everything in the assigned locker.  It is strongly encouraged that you place a lock on your locker.  There will be occasional announced and unannounced locker inspections.

 

LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER:

                The G-P library serves as a media center with a variety of print and non-print resources available to students.  Computer, CD and database resources are available for student research and use in preparing multimedia presentations of their work.  Internet access is available for student use under certain conditions (see Internet Acceptable Use policy attachment).  Copier services are available for ten cents per page (b & w) and fifty cents per page (color).  The media center is open 8am until 3:30pm, with extended hours available upon advance request (a minimum of two days in advance). 

 

LOST AND FOUND:

Articles found in and around the school should be turned in to the school office where the owner may claim their property.

 

SECURITY SEARCHES (BP 607):

Under law, personal searches may be conducted if the principal has a reasonable suspicion that the student has in his/her possession a prohibited item or substance.  Please see the important notices section for more information.  The search law applies to visitors to the campus as well as to students.  It authorizes searches of vehicles and containers or packages on school grounds.  Students and visitors may be subject to search by metal detectors.  Trained dogs may be used to search places and things, but not people.

 

VISITORS

                Only those parties specified on a student’s emergency card will have access to students during the school day.  No other adults, family friends, former students, or other individuals will be granted access to a student without the written permission of the parent or guardian of the child in question.

                Alumni and others wishing to visit with faculty members during the school day may do so by appointment only with the pre-arranged approval of the faculty member to prevent the disruption of the educational process.

 

STUDENT COMMUNICATIONS

 

BULLETINS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Daily announcements are made to faculty and students via the CCTV system.  Students responsible for putting notices on the CCTV must have their notices approved and in the principal’s office the day preceding the event.  Special notices will be posted on the bulletin boards outside the school office and the guidance office.  The PA will be used for general morning announcements during first period and only as a matter of last resort during the remainder of the day.  Anything posted on the bulletin boards, doors, and walls must be approved by the principal.

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT:

                Student government is an essential element in school communication.  Student government is an organization through which the students may express their opinions, assist in the administration of the school, and participate in the management of school enterprises.  Student government tries to promote leadership, initiative, and self- control among its members.

                Each fall a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer are elected to carry on the work for the school year.  In addition, two representatives are chosen from each homeroom.  It is the duty of the representative to bring to the student government’s attention suggestions from their classmates and to report to their classmates the action of the student government.

 

SCHOOL SPONSORED AND NON-SPONSORED ACTIVITIES:

                A complete listing of school sponsored activities (sports and extra-curricular clubs) as well as those which are non-school sponsored is available either by request in our main office or on the school website.  Students MUST have written parental permission on file to participate in ANY activity regardless of school affiliation.

 

GPHS NEWSLETTER:

Gatlinburg-Pittman maintains a periodical electronic newsletter to keep parents and community members abreast of school news and events.  Please notify the office of the following information concerning receiving the GPHS Newsletter:

·         E-mail changes

·         Students leaving the school or graduating

·         You no longer wish to receive the newsletter

·         Addresses you would like to add to the mailing list

 

TELEPHONE:

Students will not use the office phone for personal calls, except in an emergency and with staff permission.  In the event a student receives a call, he/she will be called out of class only in an emergency.  Phone calls are normally handled between classes, during lunch, or after school.

 

STUDENT MESSAGES:

We will be unable to deliver messages to students, except in cases of emergency.  We understand that parents may feel the need to get in touch with students during the school day, but we cannot stop the instruction of the other students in the class for any reason other than an emergency.  The nature of the emergency must be specified to a school official before classroom activities will be interrupted.  Under normal circumstances, emergencies exist when conditions arise that make it impossible or impractical to delay the message later.  After-school arrangements, meeting places, pick-up times, etc. should be made between the student and the parent before the student arrives at school in the morning.

 

CELL PHONES (BP 632 adopted SCBE February 2008):

Students in the Sevier County System are prohibited from having cell phones turned on or visible during the school day.  Cell phones that are used during the school day disrupt or interfere with the stated purpose of the school.  School faculty members are to confiscate the cell phone of any student violating this policy and turn the phone into the office.  The phone will be kept in the office until the end of the day when a parent or guardian may pick up the phone.  The Sevier County School System will not accept responsibility for student cell phones that are lost or stolen.

Students who violate the cell phone policy are subject to the following consequences:

·         First Violation:  1 day of lunch detention (failure to report results in 1 day In School Detention)

·         Second Violation:  1 day In School Detention (failure to report results in an additional day of In School Detention)

·         Third Violation:  3-5 days ALC or 1 day Out of School Suspension

 

NETWORK & INTERNET USE (BP519 adopted May 14, 2012)

General Purpose

The Sevier County Board of Education remains committed to providing staff members and students with access to both a system-wide network and the Internet.   However, use of the Board’s network is a privilege, not a right.  Therefore, any and all network users are responsible for knowing, understanding and abiding by this Network & Internet Use policy.

Authorized Users

Only current staff members employed by and students enrolled in the Sevier County School System may access and utilize the Board’s network and Internet service.  However, students may only access the network and Internet service while under the direct supervision of a staff member(s).

Internet Access

The Board’s Internet service should be used for educational purposes or other school-related activities.  As such, prohibited activities include but are not limited to:

(A)           Uploading and/or downloading files without permission from an administrator;

(B)           Accessing pornographic and/or offensive material;

(C)           Utilizing the Internet for personal or commercial financial gain or fraud;

(D)           Participating in any form of harassment; and

(E)           Introducing or attempting to introduce viruses into the Internet.

The Board retains full ownership and control of its computers.  As such, using those computers to access the Internet should be accomplished with the full knowledge that said access is not private.  In fact Internet access to school computers remains subject to monitoring and review.

Internet Filtering

Access to the Internet via the Sevier County School System’s network shall be filtered to block access to visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic, inappropriate for students, or harmful to minors, as defined by the Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act.

Internet Safety Instruction

Students will be given appropriate instruction in internet safety annually as a part of curriculum instruction either through the guidance counseling services and/or school resource officers (SROs).  This instruction will include education of students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking web sites and in chat rooms and cyber bullying awareness and response.  School System personnel will be given appropriate professional development opportunities during the school year.  Parents, students, caregivers, and community stakeholders will be provided with material to raise awareness of the dangers posted on the internet and ways in which the internet may be used safely.

Network Use

The Board’s network should only be used for educational purposes or other school-related activities.  As such, prohibited activities include but are not limited to:

(A)           Accessing staff members/students’ private information for personal use;

(B)           Utilizing the network for personal or commercial financial gain or fraud;

(C)           Destroying network data without permission; and

(D)           Introducing or attempting to introduce viruses into the network.

The Board retains full ownership and control of its network.  As such, using the network should be accomplished with the full knowledge that said usage is not private.  In fact, network usage remains subject to monitoring and review.

E-mail Management

Electronic mail message (“e-mail”) addresses shall be provided to the Board’s current staff members.  However, staff members should only use their school e-mail addresses for education purposes or other school-related activities. 

Please understand that e-mails are records.  Therefore, school e-mail addresses should be used professionally and with the full knowledge that said e-mails are not private communications.  In fact, messages sent and received from school e-mail addresses remain subject to monitoring and review.

Available Penalties

Any violation of this policy may result in the termination of network, Internet, and/or e-mail privileges.  Penalties may also include but are not limited to:

(A)           School disciplinary action;

(B)           Restitution by a parent, guardian or staff member; and

(C)           Appropriate legal action.

System Warranties

The Board makes no warranties of any kind regarding network, Internet, and e-mail services.  As such, the Board is not responsible for any damages, including but not limited to, the loss of data.  Further, the Board is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of any information obtained by staff members or students via the Internet.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

TRANSPORTATION REGULATIONS (BP 617):

Driving a vehicle to school is a privilege, not a right.  Campus parking shall only be permitted in the designated student parking areas.  No student shall be permitted to park in the area behind the school.  Upon arrival to school, the student shall leave his/her vehicle and enter the school building.  Parking permits are mandatory.  Parking permits are to be hung on the rearview mirror.  If permit is not displayed properly, your vehicle may be considered to be in violation of parking procedures and may be towed at the owner’s personal expense.  The campus speed limit is 10 mph.  Any vehicle parked on school grounds without being registered, parked out of line, or in another student’s parking space is subject to being towed.  Violations of traffic law or school policy can result in temporary or permanent suspension of driving privileges.  The school is not responsible for any theft or damage which might occur while student vehicles are parked on school property.

NO STUDENT SHALL BE PERMITTED IN HIS/HER VEHICLE DURING THE SCHOOL DAY WITHOUT PERMISSION AND A PASS FROM AN ADMINISTRATOR.  This includes students going to the field house.  Students are not allowed in the field house until fourth period.

 

SCHOOL BUSES (BP 610):  

Riding the school bus is an extension of school activities; therefore, students must conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with the established standards for safety and classroom behavior.  Students are under the supervision and control of the bus driver while on his/her bus and all reasonable directions given by the driver will be followed.

The principal of the student transported will be informed by the bus driver of any serious discipline problems and may be called upon to assist if necessary.  A student may be denied the privilege of riding the bus if the principal determines that his/her behavior is such as to cause disruption on the bus, or if the student disobeys state or local rules and regulations pertaining to student transportation.

Any student who gets off the bus at any point between the pick-up point and the school must present the bus driver with a parent note of authorization, signed by the principal of the school that the student attends.  Any student wishing to ride a bus other than his/her designated bus must have written parental permission AND the approval of the principal.  You may get a bus pass form in the main office.  Students who transfer from bus to bus while en route to and from school are expected to abide by the county-wide school discipline policies adopted by the School Board and reasonable rules as designated by the various drivers.

 

 

 

 

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY

 

ACCIDENTS AND ILLNESSES:

Accidents or illnesses which occur during the school day should be reported immediately to the teacher in charge.  Office personnel should also be notified.  Temporary care will be provided by office personnel or the school nurse when available.  Parents will be notified at home or at work.  Names and phone numbers of a relative or a neighbor should be provided on the emergency card.  These people will be called if the parent cannot be reached.  If emergency medical attention is required, the student will be taken to the nearest medical facility.  Please sign the portion of the emergency card that allows us to care for your child and designate the medical doctor you prefer.  Calls concerning an accident or illness will be placed by the teacher or office personnel.  Upon a change of address and /or telephone, immediately notify the school office so the student’s information is always accurate.

 

STUDENT INSURANCE:

G.P.H.S. maintains a group accident insurance policy.  This is available to all members of the student body at normal cost and is sold soon after school starts in the fall.  All students participating in athletics are recommended to take school insurance.  It is recommended that all students taking physical education participate in the program.  Specific instructions will be given during the enrollment period in the fall.

 

FIRE DRILLS/TORNADO DRILLS:

Fire drills are required by state law and are an important safety precaution.  It is essential that when the first signal is given, everyone obeys orders promptly and clears the buildings by the prescribed route as quickly as possible.  During tornado drills, you are to go to the assigned area within the building.  The classroom teacher will give instructions.  Report all fires to the nearest staff member immediately.

 

DIRECTIONS FOR FIRE DRILLS:

  1. The signal is the school fire alarm and/or a verbal command via intercom.
  2. Students and teachers close all windows and doors as they move toward the designated exit.  (Exit instructions are posted on all exits from the classrooms.)  Do not run, but walk swiftly, and stay with your teacher.
  3. When outside, the students should move to a distance of at least 100 feet from the building.
  4. Students should return to the building when directed to do so.

 

USE OF MEDICINES BY STUDENTS (BP 627):

The Sevier County Board of Education acknowledges the fact that students occasionally must take medicine during school time as prescribed by a licensed physician or dentist.  When medications are prescribed and must be taken during school hours, the student must adhere to the following procedure:

  1. All medicines (prescribed and/or over the counter) MUST be checked in the school administrative office immediately upon arrival at school.
  2. A “Parental Authorization Form to Distribute / Administer Student Medication” must be filled out completely by the parent/guardian for each medication on file for each student.  Each medication must have a separate form concerning the instructions on how medication is to be distributed.  The back side of the form is the official disbursement log recording date and time medication has been given.  Each must have both pages on file per state regulations.  
  3. All medications will be dispensed through the school clinic.
  4. ALL MEDICATIONS MUST BE IN THEIR ORIGINAL CONTAINERS.   MEDICATIONS MUST BE IN THE CONTAINER FROM THE PHARMACY, AND OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS MUSTBE IN THE ORIGINAL BOX AS WHEN PURCHASED.  NO MEDICATION WILL BE ACCEPTED IN BAGGIES, ALUMINUM FOIL, OR ANY OTHER METHOD.  AGAIN, IT MUST BE IN THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER!
  5. All information relative to the medicine must be included with the medicine including directions for administering the medicine.  If non-prescription drugs (for example:  aspirin) are to be taken, the parent/guardian must supply written instructions with the drug.
  6. Students failing to follow these procedures will be considered for possible violation of the drug and alcohol abuse policy.
  7. All information pertaining to said medication will be handled in the strictest of confidence.
  8. You may send your child a bottle of aspirin over-the-counter medication at the beginning of the school year, and it will be available when needed.  Remember: a copy of the medication form must be completed for each medication sent.  You may get copies from the front office or clinic.
  9. If you should have any questions, concerning this section, please contact us at (865) 436-5637. 

Possession of medications (even of the over-the-counter variety) by a student at school is a serious offense that results in serious disciplinary consequences including suspension and alternative placement.  All incoming medication must be delivered to the school clinic or front office immediately upon entry into the building.

 

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