Spring Station Middle School Handbook
Spring Station is a vibrant community where students become independent, lifelong learners by developing their character, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills. Students, staff, parents, and community members value and support each other while holding all accountable as we challenge each student to reach his or her highest potential in academics, athletics, and the arts. We ask that all students and parents read through the content of this handbook to familiarize themselves with school policies and helpful information about Spring Station Middle School.
SSMS Policies and Procedures
Arrival and Dismissal
- Students may enter the building beginning at 6:45 AM for EARLY WCS bus routes and students report to the gym. (Unless being transported on an EARLY WCS bus route, the doors to the school will not open for students to enter before 7:10 AM.)
- 7:10 AM for car riders and walkers/bikers. Students will enter through the cafeteria doors. Students may then stay in the cafeteria to eat breakfast or report to the gym.
- 7:24 for REGULAR bus routes. Students will enter and go to breakfast or to lockers to prepare for the school day.
- Students cannot be dropped off at the car rider line or anywhere else on campus before 7:10 AM.
- THE PARKING LOT TO THE LEFT OF THE FRONT OFFICE IS FOR BUSES ONLY. PARENTS MAY NOT ENTER THIS AREA DURING ARRIVAL OR DISMISSAL.
Walkers and Bikers
- Students should not arrive on campus before 7:10 AM.
- There are bike racks available in the front near the car rider line where these students will enter.
- Students must provide their own lock.
- Students who normally walk or ride a bike to school must have a permission note from parents/guardians on file in the office.
Car Rider Drop Off
- The car rider drop off lane will be to the right of the front office for dismissal.
- Students will enter through the car rider doors.
- The unloading zone (beginning and end) will be clearly marked. We will not allow students to exit a car that is not within the parameters of the unloading zone.
- Parents should follow the directions of staff on car duty at all times.
- Student must have all belongings ready to exit the vehicle.
- Parents who need to come into the building, should utilize the front parking lot and enter through the main entrance.
- Car rider line closes at 7:38.
- Parents arriving into the car rider line area after 7:38 must park and come inside to sign the student in as tardy.
- This policy will not be strictly enforced during the first 2 weeks of school as students and families get back into a routine after summer break.
Car Rider Pick Up
- Dismissal begins at 2:45 on regularly scheduled days and 11:15 on half days
- All vehicles in the car rider pick up lane must have a SSMS car rider tag! This policy will be strictly enforced.
- Parents/Guardians without a tag will be asked to park in the parking lot, enter the front office, and show an id before students are dismissed.
- Please pull all the way down to the marked cone in the car rider lane when you arrive.
- Do not leave more than 2 feet between cars.
- For safety reasons, we will not dismiss cars until all cars are loaded with students.
- If a student is not outside in the car rider line when their vehicle arrives, we will ask the parent to pull around for the next load or park in the parking lot in order to keep traffic flowing.
- The loading zone (beginning and end) will be clearly marked. We will not allow students to get into a car that is not within the parameters of the loading zone.
- Students should be picked up from the car rider line no later than 3:15 PM.
Excused and Unexcused Absences:
Attendance is a key factor in student academic growth and achievement; therefore, students are expected to be present each day that school is in session.
- Parents/Guardians must provide a written/physical explanation for the student’s absence(s) from school.
- A phone call or voicemail will not be accepted as an excuse for an absence.
The principal is responsible for checking all reasons offered for excuses for absences. Conditions for which a student’s absence may be excused are:
- Illness of a student. (The principal may require a doctor’s note.)
- Illness in the immediate family that requires the absence of the student from school. (Prior approval from the principal is required and a doctor’s note may be requested.)
- Death in the immediate family.
- Absences for a family emergency related to a death or an unexpected medical crisis in the family will be excused for up to 3 days.
- Proof of memorial or medical services may be required for absences to be excused.
- Religious holidays – the principal may require a statement from the minister or other persons recognized by the given religious group.
- Absences for other reasons may be excused, if in the judgment of the principal, circumstances warrant. (For complete language see Board Policies).
- Requests should be sent via email to Patricia Pfaender.
After a student’s 8th absence, the student MUST have a doctor’s note for all days that are missed. A parent note is not sufficient to excuse the absence.
In accordance with Tennessee State attendance guidelines, Williamson County Schools follows a Progressive Truancy Intervention Plan to monitor student attendance. Parents will be notified as unexcused absences accumulate to proactively help with truancy concerns.
- 3 unexcused absences - Parents will receive a phone call regarding unexcused absences.
- 5 unexcused absences - The principal/principal's designee will schedule a meeting with the student, parent(s), and school team members to provide needed supports while creating an attendance contract to monitor progress.
- If the student continues to accumulate unexcused absences, a school-based truancy board will evaluate progress and determine appropriate next steps which could include a truancy petition with juvenile court.
Returning From an Absence:
A student who has been absent must present a note to the SSMS office the day the student returns to school. Parents may also submit the excuse via email to the SSMS Attendance Secretary, Patricia Pfaender.
The note/email should include the student’s first and last name, the number of days the student has been absent (include dates), the explanation of the absence, and the signature of the parent or guardian. If a student visits a doctor for an absence, please bring a note from the doctor’s office to excuse the specific dates of absence.
Making Up Missed Work and Tests:
All missed class work and tests from absences are expected to be made up in a timely manner upon returning to school. Students are expected to make-up all tests and quizzes once all of the work related to the test or quiz has been completed. A teacher may indicate in the gradebook (weighting as a zero) that an assignment is missing until the assignment is completed and submitted.
All students are required to be in their assigned classroom by 7:40 a.m. Students arriving inside the building after 7:38 (not in their classroom by 7:40), must be signed in by a parent/guardian in the main office. He/she is to receive a tardy pass to enter class. Excused tardies require a doctor’s note to be excused although a parent note does not guarantee a tardy will be excused.
- Please note that “traffic” is not considered an excuse for being tardy. (Exceptions will be made at SSMS administrators’ discretion for a confirmed traffic incident within the SSMS school zone.)
- Additionally, “car trouble” or “missed the bus” are not accepted as excused tardies for a student arriving late for school.
- A regular pattern of morning tardies can become an attendance concern and will require a parent conference with administration. Parents are strongly urged to schedule dental and medical appointments outside of the school day.
Consequences for Unexcused Tardies to School:
- 5 tardies: Thursday afternoon detention (3:00-4:00 p.m.) in the library.
- 10 or more tardies: Wednesday afternoon detention (3:00-4:00 p.m.) in the library and parent conference with administration. More severe consequences may be given if tardies continue after the parent/administration conference.
- Tardies will reset each semester
Parents should try to contact the school office for early dismissal prior to student pick up. Students can only be signed out for early release by a parent, guardian, or other adult who is listed in Skyward as “Approved for Pick Up”.
- The adult picking the student up early must come into the office and show a valid picture ID before the student will be called to the office for dismissal.
- This policy will be strictly enforced, and students are not allowed to be dismissed from the office to a vehicle in the parking lot.
- Checking out and then returning to school on the same day will require a medical excuse. Students are not allowed to leave for lunch and then return to school.
- In order to have a safe and orderly dismissal, early dismissals are not permitted after 2:15 PM.
Late Start Days
Late Start Days, previously known as Power Mondays, result in a 45 minute late start for one day per week (a few weeks will be excluded because of vacation periods) for approximately 24 weeks during the school year. All district middle and high schools will be required to add seven extra minutes each day to implement the late start schedule. During this time, faculty and staff participate in Professional Learning sharing expertise and working together to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students. Buses operate on the regular schedule on these days. WCS 2021-2022 Late Start Days
Inclement Weather and Early School Closure:
The WCS central office will send out a phone call to notify all families that school will be dismissing early. Therefore, there is not a need to call the front office to inquire about school dismissing early. Every family should have a plan in place in case school should close early due to inclement weather.
The school’s phone system cannot handle the volume of last- minute phone calls to give students individual directions. Therefore, each SSMS student will have an emergency early dismissal plan on file in the office. This plan should be updated by parents as needed.
Generally, it is best for the student to ride the bus home on any day that school must close early. On such days, the buses are dismissed early enough to get the students home safely. All students should have a key or some other method of access to their homes in case of emergencies. All after school events are automatically cancelled if school closes early or there is no school.
Code of Conduct
School-Wide Student Expectations
S – Show respect every day to self and others.
A – Act responsibly; it is the right thing to do.
T – Take pride in the work you produce and how you present yourself.
S - Safe environment for all
- At SSMS we believe it is essential that we treat others the way we want to be treated.
- Students will respect all adults, students, and school property.
- Students will avoid language or actions that are inappropriate or hurtful to others.
- Profanity or negative conversations about others should not take place at SSMS.
- Students will use good manners in all settings related to school.
- Students will act responsibly and make choices that positively impact themselves and the people around them.
- Students will arrive at school on time and stay all day.
- Students will take pride in bringing all expected classroom materials, participate in all classroom activities, and complete all assignments to the best of their ability.
- If you make a mistake, admit it, and accept responsibility for it.
- Students will give their best effort and take pride in themselves and their school.
- Students will take pride by working to maintain a clean and well-presented school campus.
- Students will take pride in how they treat others, including guests to our campus.
Safe Environment for All
- All SSMS students should always feel safe (physically, mentally, and emotionally) while on our campus!
- Students should report any concerns, fears, or complaints to a staff member. If you see something, say something!
- Students’ words and actions will reflect a commitment to the safety of themselves and others.
Cafeteria Behavior Expectations
- While in the cafeteria, students are expected to follow the SSMS Code of Conduct and maintain a reasonable noise level just as they do in the classroom.
- In order to encourage appropriate social interaction, students are not allowed to bring or use electronic devices in the cafeteria.
- Students should always stay in their seats unless they are making a purchase.
- Students are expected to dispose of food/objects in the trash prior to leaving the cafeteria.
- If students do not follow these expectations as well as the SSMS Code of Conduct, referrals will be issued, silent lunches may be assigned, and students may be given a temporary seat in the cafeteria away from peers.
Descriptions of Consequences
- Lunch away from Peers: Students may be assigned lunch away from peers as a consequence for not meeting SSMS behavior expectations. Students assigned silent lunch should bring their lunch, or purchase their lunch, and report to the front office.
- Restorative Services/Practices: For certain infractions where specific harm has come to the classroom, building, or shared community space, a student may be asked to perform some amount of restorative service or practice. For situations where specific harm has occurred that damages a relationship between students, counselors or administrators may organize a restorative meeting with students when all involved parties are open for restorative conversations.
- After School Detention: After school detentions will take place on Thursday afternoons from 2:45 PM- 3:45 PM.
- Saturday School: Saturday School is held on an assigned Saturday from 7:00 – 9:00 AM.
- In-School Suspension: In-School Suspension (ISS) is another discipline alternative which the administration may assign. Students who are assigned ISS are required to comply with all instructions of supervising staff. Students will be required to complete class work and make-up tests and quizzes. Students in ISS should immediately (no locker or hallway visits) report to the office upon arriving at school.
- Students may bring lunch or will be permitted to purchase lunch from the cafeteria. Students must work on their class work the entire day.
- Each classroom teacher will assign the student work that needs to be completed while in ISS. Students will turn in all ISS work to the classroom teacher when the student returns to class.
- If students fail to complete their assignments while in ISS, additional time will be added to ISS for the work to be completed.
- Out of School Suspension: (WCS Board Policy 6.316)
- Chromebook Backpack:
- Students are expected to use the SSMS drawstring backpack provided for daily use of transitioning with Chromebooks from one classroom to another.
- No textbooks or notebooks/binders should be placed in the backpacks.
- SSMS will provide each student with a SSMS Chromebook backpack.
- If the backpack needs to be replaced in order to safely transport Chromebooks, students will be responsible for a replacement fee of $5.00.
- Personal Backpack:
Students are expected to leave personal backpacks in lockers after arriving at school until the end of the day at dismissal.
Communication between School and SSMS Families
Ongoing communication from school to home and from home to school is essential to working together as partners in providing excellence in education for all students. Your ideas, questions, and concerns are important to the entire SSMS Team. We welcome your notes, calls, and visits. Listed below are ways we work to communicate with parents:
- Student/Parent Handbook
- PTO meetings, PTO newsletter, and PTO Facebook Page
- Parent Open House Nights
- Twitter @wcsssms
- Weekly Classroom/Grade level Newsletters
- Newsletter from the Principal sent via email
- School Web Page – SSMS Website
- Phone callouts or texts from the Principal
- Email/Voicemail Policy:
- All teachers have published email and voicemail.
- Email addresses are listed on the school website.
- Voice mail extensions can be accessed on the school website.
- Please do not send time sensitive information by email/voicemail as teacher’s instructional schedules do not allow for immediate response.
- Teachers are encouraged to respond to emails/voicemails within a 24-hour period.
- If you do not get a response to an email/voicemail from a staff member within 24 hours, please call the school office and leave a message with the office staff.
Middle school is an exciting time of growth and change and the school counseling department can help parents and students adjust to the transitions that take place during these years. The school counselors are dedicated to helping students succeed in middle school and make a seamless transition to high school. The following services are provided by our school counseling department:
- Individual Counseling
- Small Group Counseling
- Academic Support
- Classroom Guidance
- New Student Orientation
- 504 Plan Eligibility
Three school counselors are available to help and support students through their daily life at Spring Station Middle School. The school counselors are a part of the team effort in planning for the positive progress of all students.
Referrals by School Counselor:
The school counselor may refer or help facilitate a referral of a parent or legal guardian’s student to an outside counselor or therapist for mental health assessments or services. If a school counselor refers a student to a counselor or other mental health provider, the school nor the school counselor shall bear the expense of such services provided to the student.
Students Taking A Right Stand (S.T.A.R.S.):
S.T.A.R.S. is an organization that provides individual and group support for students in need at SSMS. The S.T.A.R.S. counselor assigned to our school, works with the SSMS counselors and faculty members to facilitate and co-facilitate the counseling program. Some of the issues discussed in counseling groups are alcohol and other drug abuse, tobacco, families in transition, grief, eating disorders, and bullying.
Food Services at SSMS:
- Breakfast & Lunch Program
- Information can be found at WCS Food Services.
- SSMS Cafeteria Expectations
- Carbonated drinks are not allowed in the cafeteria.
- Sharing of food is not allowed due to possible food allergies.
- Lunch Guests
- Parents/Special Guests are welcome to eat lunch with their child.
- All lunch visitors must be listed in Skyward as a student contact OR, parents must submit written permission for another adult to eat lunch with a SSMS student.
- To preserve instructional time, parents are asked to wait at the office to join their child for lunch and to say “goodbye” to their child in the cafeteria before leaving.
- Parents who bring outside food must sit in the front office to enjoy lunch with their child.
- Only the child of the parent/guest in attendance may eat lunch with a visitor.
- Parents/Guests may not sit at the class assigned lunchroom tables.
Outside Food Policy:
- All foods brought to school for scheduled school-wide celebrations must be pre-packaged with product ingredients listed. Food made at home may not be distributed during the school day or brought into the classroom.
- Parents/guardians will not be allowed to bring outside restaurant food into the school cafeteria. Where space is available, schools may designate an area outside the cafeteria for parents/guardians to bring lunch for their student.
Library Media Center:
Library hours are from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
The following regulations apply to the library:
- Chromebooks are considered school property and should be treated with care. Parents will be charged for damaged and/or lost Chromebooks and chargers.
- All library books are due two weeks after they are checked out. Students are given a printed receipt with the due date.
- A book may be renewed, if a student still wishes to continue reading the book. The student must bring the book to the library in order to renew.
- Students may check out no more than two books at a time.
- A fine of five cents per day will be charged for each overdue book. Students will not be fined more than $1.00. Fines will not accumulate over weekends or holidays.
- When a student checks out any materials from the library, the student and the parents automatically assume responsibility for payment of loss or damage to materials.
- If a student has an overdue book, the student may not check out another book until the overdue book is returned and the fine is paid.
- No phones allowed in the library.
- All technology usage must be in accordance with WCS and SSMS policies.
- Printing is only for school related materials.
Hall lockers are assigned to students at the beginning of the school year. Students can lose the privilege of using a locker for not following the expectations for appropriate use as follows:
- Lockers should always be locked.
- Students should not give their locker combinations to anyone, and they should not set their locker so that the locker opens automatically or by just turning the dial slightly. This is for student protection and safety since students are responsible for whatever is found in their lockers.
- It is important to keep the locker organized to prevent damage to the door and to avoid issues for the surrounding lockers.
- Water bottles and liquids are not allowed in lockers as they may leak and damage books for which students are responsible.
- The student is financially responsible for any damage done to the locker, WCS textbooks, or WCS Chromebooks.
- Magnets are acceptable on the inside, but stickers or any adhesives are not allowed and are considered vandalism.
- Students are responsible for all money and belongings brought to school.
- Any problems with locks or lockers should be reported to the SSMS administration.
- Lockers can be searched by school officials.
Lost and Found
The lost and found is in the cafeteria and is accessible before and after school and during lunch. Please label all jackets, lunchboxes, and personal items. We will make every effort to return an item labeled properly. At the end of the month, lost and found items not claimed or not labeled will be donated to a local charity.
Messages and Deliveries for SSMS students:
Messages and deliveries to students from parents need to be handled by the main office rather than texting your child or calling or emailing the classroom and interrupting learning. Parents should not text their child while at school as this disrupts the learning environment. If you absolutely must get something to your child, bring it to the SSMS front office by 10:15 so that it can be delivered to the student at lunch.
Please put your child’s name on the item or lunch. Each child is responsible for checking the cart in the cafeteria for items to be picked up during lunch. Parents are not allowed to bring their child a lunch from an outside restaurant unless the parent is staying to have lunch with the student in the office.
For messages or items received after 11:30, students will have the opportunity to come to the front office to receive the message or pick up the item at the end of the school day. SSMS staff cannot guarantee that items left at the office will be picked up by the student as it is always the student’s responsibility to bring necessary materials and equipment to school each day. Deliveries of flowers, balloons, cupcakes, etc. are not allowed.
Protecting Instructional Time
Uninterrupted instructional time in the classroom is vital to an environment conducive to teaching and learning. Please help us to ensure that this valuable time is protected and honored as a time free of distractions and interruptions. The following are ways parents can help protect and honor instructional time:
- Ensure that student Chromebooks are fully charged each night and sent to school with students each day.
- Check to be sure students have all academic and extracurricular items needed for school each day.
- Ensure that students arrive at school in time to be in their classrooms before 7:40.
- Do not schedule appointments for students during the school day, if possible.
- Plan family vacations when school is not in session.
- Avoid early dismissal whenever possible.
- Keep all electronic games/devices and toys at home.
Toys, Electronics, and Items from Home
Students are not allowed to bring computer games, electronic games, CD players, Tech Decks, iPods, toys, virtual pets, trading cards, etc. to school. Our goal is to keep students focused on learning. Any exceptions to this policy will be communicated to the parents from the teacher. Any of the above listed items that are brought to school will be taken up by the teacher and will be given to the office. They will remain in the possession of school administration until a parent comes to retrieve them. Please note that SSMS faculty is not liable or responsible for any lost or stolen cell phones, electronics, or other nonacademic related items; thus, we ask students to leave them at home.
Car Riders: Students must be picked up no later than 3:15 PM. Parents of students left after 3:15 PM will be notified that they are in violation of school policy and their child may be required to ride the bus home for the remainder of the school year.
Afternoon Transportation Changes: Changes in afternoon transportation should be made before 2:15 PM. Phone calls will NOT be accepted except in case of emergency. Parents must send an email to SSMS office staff.
Riding Home on a Different Bus:
A student should only ride the bus to which he or she has been assigned by the WCS Transportation Department. Any student who needs to ride home with another student should follow the following steps:
- Students must have a note written and signed by the parent or guardian.
- This note must be brought to the office each day the student plans on riding another bus.
- The office will issue a SSMS bus pass.
- The student must present the bus pass to the driver upon getting on the bus.
A bus driver is not allowed to accept a bus pass that is not issued by the SSMS front office. A bus pass is only good for the day it is issued by the SSMS office. Phone calls and emails are not sufficient for receiving a bus pass, because it would be a violation of the state law concerning this issue.
All visitors are required to present a valid photo ID, (driver’s license or work ID), sign in at the SSMS main office, and receive a Visitor’s badge before entering the building. Student visitors from other schools are not allowed at SSMS.
We welcome and appreciate parent volunteers at SSMS! We ask that parents adhere to the following procedures in order to protect our students and classroom instructional time. Williamson County has a three-tiered volunteer guideline to protect children and to continue to maintain the high levels of volunteerism that we enjoy in our district. The three tiers include:
- Tier 1-Someone who volunteers occasionally and in a highly public setting with little or no contact with students and who is under constant supervision by Williamson County Schools personnel will not be required to complete a volunteer application or a criminal background check. A volunteer fitting this example might be someone working at a school field day or fundraising or making an occasional classroom visit.
- Tier 2-Regular volunteers with student contact under constant supervision of Williamson County personnel must complete a volunteer application and a confidentiality agreement acknowledging FERPA (student confidentiality) requirements. A volunteer fitting this example might include a room parent, class readers, and front door reception. A new application must be completed each new school year.
- Tier 3-Volunteers who have unsupervised contact with students on or off campus will be required to complete a volunteer application and confidentiality agreement and have a criminal background.
Procedures for Volunteers
- Please complete the volunteer application and turn in to the office.
- If you intend to go on field trips or volunteer in a Tier 3 capacity, please get your background check completed early.
- When you volunteer, please sign in with the main office and obtain a volunteer badge.
- SSMS PTO is responsible for scheduling parent volunteers for our workroom.
- Please visit the PTO website for more information.
- Please observe rules of confidentiality. If you work with or notice a student’s work, you are bound by rules of confidentiality.
- Chromebook Backpack:
Family Access / Skyward:
Parents and students are expected to set up a Family Access account to monitor students’ academic performance as grades are entered in the teachers’ grade books. Through Family Access triggers can be set so that an email is sent when your child’s grade drops below a designated numerical average. To set up a Family Access account, please visit our Spring Station homepage, look in the top grey bar and select Skyward. You will need a WCS-issued username and password to activate your account. Please bring a photo ID to SSMS during regular office hours to pick up this information.
Academic Intervention Detention (A.I.D.):
It is the expectation of SSMS that all students diligently complete all academic assignments. If a teacher assigns the work, then the student should complete the work. To this end, SSMS has designed an Academic Intervention Detention (A.I.D.) in order to support students in completing all assignments. Students can be assigned to A.I.D. for either of the following two reasons:
- The student is missing multiple (2 or more) assignments.
- The student is failing a class due to a missing assignment.
Students will receive an A.I.D. form from their teacher assigning them to the intervention time. Parents will be contacted by the teacher to confirm the scheduled date of the detention.
- Parents will be contacted to confirm the date A.I.D. should be served.
- A.I.D. is from 2:45-3:45 on Thursday afternoons in the library.
- After a student attends A.I.D., the work is expected to be turned in by Friday morning (the next day).
A student has the opportunity to retake one failing assessment per course each quarter.
In grades 6-8, students must pass with an average of 70% in language arts, math, science, and social studies. Principals may require students who are failing coursework to attend remediation after school, during study hall, or in summer school as a condition for promotion. The final decision for promotion/retention rests with the principal.
*For more detailed grading information please see the WCS district wide polices below.
Positive Behavior Intervention Support – PBIS
SSMS is a PBIS school that focuses on positively reinforcing students for making good choices and having good behavior. We expect every SSMS student to show respect, act responsibly, and take pride. To help with achieving the optimal learning environment, Spring Station Middle School implements a schoolwide program that includes proactive strategies for teaching and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment. A range of positive behavior supports for all students will be implemented in both classroom and non-classroom settings. Students will receive multiple orientations and reinforcements from teachers and administrators throughout the year about behavior expectations and how to be recognized for meeting expectations.
SSMS believes in positively reinforcing students when they make great choices, particularly when they exceed the school’s expectations. Students can earn PBIS Points throughout the year when going above and beyond in the areas of showing respect, acting responsibility and taking pride. Students can redeem their PBIS Points for various classroom rewards or privileges throughout the school year.
PBIS Reward Celebrations:
Students also have the opportunity, through making good choices, to attend quarterly reward celebrations. While they will vary in format, these celebrations are designed to celebrate students for making good choices, as evidenced by NOT:
- Being assigned a suspension by administration
- Missing multiple assignments or assessments
- Owing for lost/damaged books or Chromebooks
Imperatives at SSMS:
In order to provide an exemplary educational experience at Spring Station Middle School, we expect students to abide by the following rules.
- Students are expected to use the SSMS provided drawstring backpack for daily use of transitioning with Chromebooks from one classroom to another.
- No textbooks or notebooks/binders should be placed in the backpacks.
- Students are expected to keep hands and feet safely to themselves and refrain from any aggressive or playful physical contact.
- Students are expected to utilize an agenda in class every day.
- Students are expected to have permission and a pass to be allowed into the hallway during instructional time.
- Students are expected to follow directions given by staff the first time given.
Just as we have a proactive plan for when students make good choices, we also have a reactive discipline plan for when students make negative choices. In addition to what is detailed below, each teacher may have further subject/academic related expectations for their individual classrooms.
District Wide Policies
Technology and Chromebooks
Interscholastic activities in Williamson County Schools are an important part of the overall educational process. The athletic programs offer students expanded learning opportunities including self-discipline, self-esteem and teamwork. Students who participate in extracurricular activities tend to get higher grades, have better attendance and pose fewer discipline problems.
Annual Public Notices
Annual Public Notices including FERPA, Child Advocacy Groups Contact Information, Homeless Education, Rights of Children with Disabilities and Parent Responsibilities, Section 504 Notice, State Statutory Rights of Parents and Students, Teacher Information, and the Williamson County Schools Statement of Non-Discrimination can be found on the Annual Public Notices posted to the WCS website.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
Williamson County, in compliance with federal and state law, performs a countywide Child Find. Child Find uses screening to find students in both public school or private school located in the geographic region who may need special education services and supports.