Welcome to Independence High School for the 2021-2022 school year! We are dedicated to providing all our students with an exemplary educational experience. We ask that all students and parents read through the content of this agenda to familiarize themselves with school policies and helpful information about IHS.
Independence Policies & Procedures
It is our expectation that all Independence High School students will attend school every day that school is in session. We expect parents to support us in reaching that goal. Regular, uninterrupted attendance is an essential ingredient in the learning process.
The purposes of the following policies are to establish guidelines for attendance, to clarify terms used in the process, to identify who is to assume the necessary responsibilities for attendance and, primarily, to foster regular attendance for all students.
- Be present and on time for all classes.
- Secure assignments whenever absent.
- Make sure your parents call Student Services by 9 a.m. on the day of the absence.
- Bring your parent note to Student Services the day following your absence.
- Make sure your child is in school every day unless there is a valid reason.
- Call Student Services by 8:30 a.m. on the day your child is absent OR by prearranged note prior to the absence.
- Send a note to school including the following information:
o Student Name
o Date of absence
o Reason for absence or tardy
o Parent signature and immediate contact information
- Keep accurate attendance records and report accurate information to Student Services.
- Notify Student Services of suspected skipping or other attendance irregularities.
- Give assignments to students in a timely manner whenever informed of any prearranged absence and to Student Services whenever requested by staff.
- Attempt to call parents who have not called Student Services by 10 AM.
- Monitor students with attendance problems.
- Send letters to parents at increments of 5
- Notify administration when juvenile referrals are needed.
- Assist teachers in enforcing attendance policy.
Parents are requested to contact Student Services by 8:30 a.m. on the day of the absence.
- Illness of the student. The principal may require a doctor’s statement. Although a doctor’s statement may be required at any time for an absence to be excused, it will be required after 8 absences of any kind.
- Illness in the immediate family which requires absence of the student. A doctor’s statement may be required.
- Medical Appointment A medical excuse note must be provided. The doctor’s office can fax a note to Student Services at 472-4624.
- Death in the immediate family (should not exceed 5 days).
- Religious holidays regularly observed by persons of the student’s faith. A statement from the minister or other person recognized by the given religious group may be required.
- College Visit An official letter from the college will be required in order to have the absence excused. (See additional requirements below.
- Absences for other reasons as approved by administration
Any student with an early dismissal note from their parent/guardian must submit it to Student Services before going to their first class of the day (by 7:40 AM on regular days). No phone in or emailed requests will be honored due to security issues. A parent or guardian must come to school to have a child released if the request is not submitted prior to the first class. In order for early dismissal to be excused, you must follow the guidelines listed for excused absences. Parents cannot check out students after 2:15 pm.
DISMISSAL DUE TO ILLNESS
Students who become ill during the school day must receive permission from the teacher to go to the school nurse. If it is recommended that the student check out, contact with a parent/guardian by the school nurse is required before the student is released. Students will not be dismissed through Student Services with a parent phone call. The School Nurse must be contacted directly or the parent must come into the school and check out the student.
- ALL STUDENTS WHO LEAVE FOR ANY OF THE ABOVE REASONS MUST SIGN OUT THROUGH STUDENT SERVICES. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY MEASURES BEING TAKEN.
- ALL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS ALSO PERTAIN TO EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD STUDENTS.
- STUDENTS MAY NOT EXCUSE THEMSELVES FROM SCHOOL.
Signing Out and Returning During the School Day
Students are not permitted to check out and return during the school day unless they have a medical appointment. Documentation from the physician will be required at the time the student signs back in. Students are not permitted to sign out for lunch, to pick up projects or books left at home, to change into uniforms or any other non-medical reason.
Athletic or Extracurricular Activities
Any student missing four or more periods will not be allowed to participate in that day’s activity. Students who are ill and unable to attend school on the day of an athletic or extracurricular activity will not be permitted to participate on that date. Students involved in extracurricular and athletic activities are expected to arrive at school on time and remain in school for the entire day. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by an administrator.
Absences for College Visits
Seniors may be allowed four visits per year; juniors may be allowed one visit per year. Excused college visits do not count as an absence toward senior exemption from semester exams. When the student returns to school, he/she must bring a statement from the college admission office on college letterhead to verify the visit. Parking passes, emails, schedules, brochures, and itineraries, etc. will not excuse the absence. Students are responsible for all work missed. Please note that an IHS administrator will use certain criteria when considering whether or not to approving/excuse a college visit.
A field trip will not count as an absence, but students will be responsible for making up all work. The student will return all permission forms to designated teacher on the due date. Teachers will send a field trip roster to the faculty and student services prior to the day of the field trip. If a student does not have a 70 average in all classes, he/she will not be allowed to go on the field trip.
CHECKING IN AFTER AN ABSENCE
Upon returning to school after an absence, a note from a parent/guardian must be presented to the Student Services Office before school. The note should include: student name, date of absence, reason for absence, parent/guardian signature, and a phone number where a parent/guardian can be reached during the day.
LATE ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL
All doors other than the main entrance doors will be locked at the beginning of the school day. Any student who arrives late to school will enter through the main entrance and MUST REPORT TO THE STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE. (This includes arrival during the passing period. All students must check in at Student Services when arriving to school late.)
He/she should have a note from a parent/guardian and present it to the Student Services Office. The student will sign in and will be given a note to enter class. A student may not enter class without a note from the Student Services Office.
If the absence is unexcused and the arrival is during first period, the student will be issued a detention. If it is during second through seventh periods, an unexcused note will be issued.
The administration reserves the right to deem a student as skipping if they arrive late to school and do not check in at Student Services. When arriving late a student must supply documentation as to why they are late to school. If the student is deemed to be skipping school the administration may provide further disciplinary action which can include but is not limited to a Detention, Opportunity School, In-School Suspension, and/or a petition to appear in Juvenile Court.
For each class period a student is tardy, they will receive a detention. The teacher will provide the student with a detention slip and the student must schedule their detention within one (1) week of the date they were tardy to class.
***Excessive tardies will result in further disciplinary actions taken which could include but not limited to, a Detention, Opportunity School, In-School Suspension, and/or a petition to appear in Juvenile Court.
MAKE UP WORK GUIDELINES
- It is the student’s responsibility to secure assignments when absent.
- When absent, students should check the teacher’s web site to secure missed assignments. Student Services can request work only after a student has been absent 3 days.
- For absences shorter than three days, a student will have three days after returning to school to make up any work that was assigned and completed during the absence.
- For absences three days or longer, the student will have the number of days missed plus one day to make up any work that was assigned and completed on the day he/she was absent.
- Any assignment, test, or quiz assigned prior to an absence must be turned in or taken upon the day of student’s return to school.
- If a student is absent for a review day before a test is given and returns to school on the test day, he/she must take the test on the day he/she returns as long as the test was announced in advance.
School Board Policy 6.200: Any student whose absence is unexcused will be expected to make up the work missed or due on dates of absence. All missed class work or tests from absences may be made up provided the student makes the request immediately upon returning to school, and provided class time is not taken from other students.
Skipping School – Any student who is absent from class for an unacceptable reason for more than 10 minutes is considered to be skipping and the absence is unexcused. Lunch and directed studies are considered class periods. The penalty for skipping will result in disciplinary action such as ISS and/or loss of parking privileges if a car in involved. Skipping during exam week will bring about an ISS assignment at the beginning of the next semester. Repeated violators may be referred to Juvenile Court and the ALC. Seniors are reminded that any type of suspension means a loss of exam exemptions.
After the first class of the school day, tardiness to class of more than 10 minutes is considered skipping and an unexcused absence for that period.
Code of Conduct
The Board of Education, and we at IHS, believe that discipline in the school setting provides each student with the most favorable atmosphere for learning. It recognizes that the incorporation of limits and controls by individual students is an important part of the learning process. It believes that limits on the individual are necessary for the orderly function of any society.
While an effort has been made to write a complete code, the following rules are not considered to be a complete list. Faculty and administration acting as en loco parentis may discipline students for unforeseen inappropriate behavior.
Where a range of consequences are possible, the administrator will determine the appropriate punishment based upon the severity of the incident, and the consequences listed in the handbook.
The principal is charged with the proper enforcement of discipline in the total school setting. He/she has the discretionary authority to use or authorize other certified personnel to use the following disciplinary measures to correct pupil behavior:
- Assign Out-of-School Suspension (OSS)
- Prescribe other acceptable disciplinary measures
- Suspend driving and parking privileges on school property
- Call Juvenile authorities and/or notify police
- Arrange student and/or parent conference
- Refer to Juvenile Court
- Assign Alternative Learning Center Placement (ALC)
- Assign In-School Suspension (ISS)
- Assign Opportunity School
- Restrict privileges
- Assign detention, including school service hours
Rules for ISS, detention, but are not limited to the following:
- Students who are in ISS or OSS may not attend or participate in any school activities including weekend school activities.
- Students will only read or study teacher approved materials pertaining to one of their classes or alternate material assigned by the ISS teacher
- Students will not communicate with any other student
- Students will sit up straight in their desks
- Students will not sleep, eat, or drink anything other than water
Students are reminded that these rules are applicable at any time the student is on any school grounds, en route to and from school, during all school activities on or off campus, and at all times the student is under the supervision of the school or school officials.
It is considered a fundamental understanding by each student and his/her parents that any teacher or school official has not only the right, but also the duty to insist on good behavior. The right of discipline extends to all areas of the school program.
It is a fundamental requirement of an orderly school that student respect for the faculty and administration will be accompanied by an equal respect for the students on the part of the faculty and administration.
The primary purpose of Independence High School is teaching and learning. For this purpose to be accomplished, every person—student and staff—must accept the responsibility for contributing to an appropriate teaching and learning climate:
- Respect the worth and dignity of each individual and respect the rights of fellow students.
- Exhibit good behavior and manners, dress appropriately, and use appropriate language.
- Come to school with the attitude that the purpose for being in school is to learn.
- Come to all classes with proper tools (books, pencils, etc.) and with all assignments completed.
- Be familiar with and adhere to all school policies and rules, and be willing to accept the responsibilities that accompany rights and privileges.
- Attend school regularly and be on time to all classes.
- Turn in all assignments by their due date.
- Treat others in a manner that builds them up rather than puts them down.
- Seek to make the school better for everyone by positive contributions.
- Represent the school with pride and quality behavior, both on and off campus.
- Exhibit a sense of pride toward the school and exercise proper use and care of equipment and facilities.
All students are expected to produce their own, original work. Violations of this concept include, but are not limited to the following:
- Taking information of any form into a test situation for the purpose of responding to test items.
- Plagiarism. The submission of another person’s published words or ideas as one’s own. This includes not just verbatim copying of an author’s work but also paraphrasing from that work without giving appropriate reference to the original source.
- Copying the work of others when the copied material is to count as a grade. This includes electronic copying.
- Providing test information to others in or out of class.
- Taking test questions (complete test, answer key, teacher’s edition) to provide assistance in later test situations.
- Selling or buying papers.
- Forging of notes
- Sharing of information by the use of calculators is not allowed. This is a form of cheating.
Students will not be given credit for work submitted under dishonest circumstances. The teacher will contact the student’s parent or guardian and refer to the administration.
Dishonesty and misrepresentation of student work will not be accepted.
Recommended Disciplinary Actions could include:
Zero on assignment, parent notification by teacher, administration notified, and/or 1-3 Days of ISS
No student will throw or drop objects, pretend to throw or drop objects, pretend to throw individuals, pour liquid, pretend to pour liquid, spit over the balcony or otherwise participate in dangerous or disruptive balcony behavior.
No glass containers or balloons are allowed on buses. The Director of Schools or the principal may suspend the right and privilege of transportation from any student attending the Williamson County Schools to whom transportation is provided due to misconduct or misbehavior of each student en-route to or from school. Any students who interfere with the safe operation of a school bus will be held accountable.
CAFETERIA/eating area RULES
All students are expected to eat and remain in the cafeteria or other designated eating areas during their lunch times. Students are expected to dispose of all trash and clean up after themselves. Proper manners are expected in the cafeteria. Use of improper manners will face disciplinary action.
COMPUTER USE and Bring your own technology (BYOT)
All students must comply with the Williamson County Board of Education Policy IFBDA, the Student Acceptable Use, Media Release, and Internet Safety Procedures Contract, and the Williamson County Schools Computer Guidelines. A written parental request shall be required prior to the student being granted independent access to electronic telecommunications including the Internet involving district technological resources. The required permission/agreement form, which shall specify acceptable uses, rules of on-line behavior, access privileges and penalties for policy/procedural violations, must be signed by the parent/legal guardian on minor students (those under 18 years of age) and also by the student. This document shall be kept on file as a legal, binding document. In order to modify or rescind the agreement, the student’s parent/legal guardian (or the student who is at least 18 years old) must provide the Director of Schools with a written request.
Terms and Conditions for the Internet:
- Acceptable Use: The use of electronic media must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the school district. Use of other organization’s network or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by a trade secret. Use for commercial activities is not acceptable. Use for product advertising or political lobbying is also prohibited.
- Privileges: The use of Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in cancellation of these privileges. The system administrators will deem what is inappropriate use, and their decision is final.
- Network Use: All students have a personal login for access to computers and a personal account for storage of files related to school work. The account is accessible only on computers located at Independence High School. Students must save all documents to this network account.
- Student email is provided by Williamson County Schools at http://mail.myplace.wcs.edu
- Students are not permitted use of other online email accounts at school.
- Students are to use their personal login to access only their own account and files.
- Do not allow anyone to use a computer while you are logged in. All students should logoff from the network before leaving their computer.
- Use of software designed to gain passwords or access beyond the rights assigned to a user or computer are strictly prohibited. Use of such programs risk the security of the network and is considered “hacking”. Violators will be prosecuted.
- No user shall encrypt files or folders or attempt to hide files or folders stored on a network server or local workstation. Any encrypted or hidden files will be deleted. Encrypted and hidden files are a security risk since they cannot be managed by IT administrators.
- Students are prohibited from installing any software on any computer. Illegal downloads or use of copyrighted software, music, videos, pictures or other files is strictly prohibited.
- Use of a broadcast messenger service such as “net send” to send messages over the network is prohibited except in the case of an emergency and then only with approval of a teacher or administrator.
- Student use of online games is prohibited.
- Students taking pictures or video of fellow students is prohibited.
- Vandalism: Vandalism will result in a cancellation of privileges and/or further disciplinary actions. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the Internet, or other networks that are connected to the Internet backbone. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.
- Security: Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. Never share your password or account number with anyone. You will have full responsibility for the use of your account, and can be held responsible for any policy violations that are traced to your account.
- Violations: Any violation of the regulations above is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. Students who violate the above terms and conditions will receive a minimum of 1 Day of ISS. Should a person commit any violation, his/her access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action may be taken and/or appropriate legal action.
- Items kept on the P drive or on the U drive that are not pertinent to academic achievement will be deleted and the student will face disciplinary action.
CELL PHONES/ELECTRONIC DEVICES (BYOT)
All schools in WCS are a part of the Bring Your Own Technology initiative. Students will have opportunities to bring digital devices to schools, and they themselves will be asked to help identify the tools and strategies that will help them the most in their own learning. Teachers and administrators will work together to increase their capacity to differentiate instruction, teach students good communication skills, and extend the learning beyond the classroom walls.
The use of personal electronic devices during instructional time is at the discretion of the teacher. Approved devices include smartphones, tablets, iPads, iPods, e-readers, and laptops. If the teacher feels that use of a digital device is inappropriate for a particular activity or time period the student will be expected to comply with all teacher directions regarding the digital device. If the device is confiscated it will only be returned after the student serves a detention.
1st Offense Detention—returned once detention is completed
2nd Offense Detention—returned only to parent once detention is completed
3rd Offense Opportunity School—returned once Opportunity School is completed
Refusal to give up cell phone will result in 1 Day ISS and confiscation of the device.
IHS and WCS does not assume any responsibility should any of these items be lost, damaged, or stolen. Keeping track of the device’s serial number, model, and type at home is a good idea. Many vendors of digital devices offer insurance against theft or breakage, and tracking features can be installed in many of the devices as well. Theft or vandalism of any kind should be reported to the school administrator so he or she can take appropriate steps.
All students are to use the WCS Guest login to access the internet, as required by the Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Agreement. Students should not access the internet through a cellular provider while on campus.
Disrespect Toward Staff Personnel
Students are expected to treat each other and IHS staff members with respect at all times.
Part A - A student shall not be verbally disrespectful toward any staff member. The use of an obscenity directed toward a staff member would be a severe form of disrespect.
Part B – A student shall not assault a staff member, either verbally or in writing.
All Offenses – Zero Tolerance (see policy)
Part C – A student shall not physically assault a staff member.
All Offenses – Zero Tolerance (see policy)
Disrespect Toward Another Student
Students are expected to treat each other with the utmost respect. Forms of disrespect include, but are not limited to: Graffiti, notes, cartoons containing discriminatory language, name calling, bullying, jokes, or rumors, racial, sexual, and ethnic remarks.
Disruption of the Normal School Day
A student shall not continuously and/or intentionally do anything that will interfere with the normal operation of the school.
At the beginning of the day in first period, teachers will check their students for appropriate dress. Those students not in compliance with the rules will be sent to the administration, will be required to change into appropriate clothing provided by the school, and will be subject to further disciplinary action which may include but is not limited to a Detention, Opportunity School, or In-School Suspension.
Below is the Williamson County Board of Education dress code policy: (6.310)
- Tops of shoulders must have a minimum of a 1-inch strap unless otherwise covered by an opaque top garmet.
- Skin and undergarments must be covered with opaque clothing from the underarm to mid-thigh. Mid-thigh is defined as the mid-point between the waist and mid-knee.
- All pants, trousers, shorts, and skirts must be held at the waist.
- Leggings and other compression-style garments may be worn so long as an opaque top garment covers the private body parts.
- Hats may be worn in buildings with the permission of building administration.
- Appropriate shoes are required.
- Any type of clothing, apparel or accessory, including that which denotes such students’ membership in or affiliation with any gang associated with criminal activities is not permitted (TCA 49-6-4215).
With dress code, one general rule always prevails:
If you have any doubts about the appropriateness of any article of clothing…DON’T WEAR IT!
The elevator is off limits to all students unless given specific permission by Student Services and are issued an elevator pass. Students who are given permission for legitimate reasons must abide by all rules given to him or her at the time. At times, a student with elevator permission may be allowed to have a classmate assist them with books. In these cases, only one other person may ride the elevator with the student having permission to ride. Failure to abide by this policy may result in disciplinary action.
Students involved in a fight will be suspended, referred to the ALC, and are subject to a petition being filed in Juvenile Court. Students are encouraged to seek conflict resolution from school principals, school counselors, the STARS counselor, or teachers in an effort to resolve the problem prior to an outbreak of fighting. Students found to be inciting, setting up, or causing a fight will be subject to the same or similar disciplinary action.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
Because of the fragile nature of glass bottles and the danger of broken glass to students, glass bottles are not to be brought on campus by students. Glass bottles are also not permitted in the parking lot area. The consumption of any food or beverage is restricted to the common areas or the cafeteria area. Water will be allowed in classrooms with the individual teacher’s permission ONLY, provided the water is in a clear and spill-proof container. Students are not allowed to “order in” unless it is an organization-sponsored event and approved by the Administration.
Falsifying records including, but not limited to, a parent signature, staff signature, misrepresentation on the phone, etc., will be treated as forgery. Any student presenting a forged document or note, or participating in a forgery, will be subject to disciplinary action.
Students involved in gambling at Independence High School will be subject to disciplinary action.
Students leaving their classroom must have a school approved pass. A student seen in the hall should be expected to show his/her pass.
Harassing behavior or harassment because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, height, and/or weight of students by other students of this school is unlawful under both Tennessee and Federal law, and is contrary to the commitment of Independence High School to provide a stable learning environment. Independence High School will not tolerate any harassment of students. It is the practice of Independence High School that all contact between students, teachers, and other employees of Independence High School be in keeping with respect for the individual, be of a nature which does not make a person feel uncomfortable, and be conducive to a stable learning environment. Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Under certain circumstances, sexual harassment may constitute sexual abuse and will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
Insubordination includes but is not limited to: a refusal by the student to follow a directive from an authority figure, failing to identify one’s self when requested by any staff member, failing to follow directions or instructions, and being dishonest to any IHS staff member. Any acts of insubordination will be immediately directed to administration and appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken.
Each student will be issued an individual locker so he/she will have a secure place to store school supplies and personal items needed at school. Do not store valuables or money in your locker and do not give out your locker combination. If your locker is not working properly or you feel someone has tampered with it, inform Student Services. The following rules apply to lockers:
- Do not deface or damage any part of your locker (only put items inside doors that are easily removed).
- Do not switch lockers without administrative approval, which will be given only for a good reason.
- Do not leave food, pop cans, etc. in lockers for extended periods of time.
- The administration retains the right to periodically inspect lockers for cleanliness.
- The student assigned a locker will be held responsible for all contents of that locker.
- Students are required to clean their locker at the year’s end.
- Students are not allowed to share lockers.
- Students are reminded that lockers are the property of the school. Student lockers may be searched if there exists a “reasonable suspicion” that the locker contains any item that is either illegal or inappropriate.
Failure to comply with locker policy will result in the loss of locker use.
Profanity, Obscenity, and Vulgarity
The use of profane language (swearing), obscene gestures, or vulgar behavior will not be tolerated.
PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION
Students should not, under any circumstances, show affection to one another that creates a scene or draws undue attention to them. This behavior creates a poor image of the school and of the student body.
Display of Flags on Campus
ONLY 3 FLAGS ARE PERMITTED TO BE FLOWN/displayed ON SCHOOL GROUNDS. THOSE Flags are as follows:
- American Flag
- Tennessee State Flag
- Independence high school Flag.
Any student or faculty member flying a flag on school grounds that is not one of the 3 permitted will be asked to remove the flag from display. Failure to comply shall result in disciplinary action.
SEARCH AND SEIZURE
Students possess the right of privacy of person as well as freedom from unreasonable search and seizure of property. This individual right, however, is balanced by the school’s responsibility to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all its students. Although school authorities will respect the rights of students in their lockers and property, it should be made clear to all that lockers are the property of the school, and a student’s locker or other possessions may be searched in the event “reasonable suspicion” dictates the administration take such action.
In addition, students who drive to school and park on school property agree to the search of their vehicles by administrators who have “reasonable suspicion” that the student’s car contains drugs, alcohol, weapons, or other items not permissible at school.
The use of skateboards and roller blades on high school property, day or night, seven days a week, is strictly prohibited due to the potential danger to the users and pedestrians.
Skipping is missing part of a class, all of a class, or multiple classes without the prior approval of parents and/or the office staff of individual teacher whose class is being missed. Arriving more than 10 minutes late to a class will be considered skipping. Anytime a student leaves school without prior permission from the office staff he/she is skipping.
If a car is involved, the driver of the car will lose parking privileges for determined period of time.
TOBACCO and Electronic cigarettes
Students shall not be allowed to possess, smoke, or use tobacco products or electronic cigarette products in any form while on school property or while participating in a school-sponsored event, or while on school buses to and from school, or on school buses to and from school sponsored events. Possession of tobacco products or electronic cigarette products in any form anywhere by a juvenile is prohibited by law and will result in a citation to Juvenile Court with a subsequent fine and other punitive consequences.
No student will intentionally damage or deface any school building, school-owned property, or personal property located at the school. A police report may be filed plus full restitution will be required. Students who commit or are involved in vandalism may be suspended from school, placed in the ALC, and/or subject to a petition being filed in the Williamson County Juvenile Court. Discharging a fire extinguisher falls under the category of vandalism.
All visitors must check in to the front office. Only parents/guardians are allowed to visit students during the lunch period. All alumni or other guests must visit teachers or students before/after school hours.
WRITTEN, VERBAL, AND SYMBOLIC EXPRESSION
The school retains a responsibility to maintain an appropriate educational environment. As such, posting or distribution of any written material, but not limited to, advertising, community events, etc., must receive administrative approval prior to its dissemination. Signs may only be posted at approved locations. Failure to obtain permission will necessitate removal of the signs.
Medication procedures are consistent with the State of Tennessee Law STATE LAW 49-5-415 and are implemented in our schools countrywide.
- Authorization forms: Authorization to Assist Competent Students with Self-Administration of Medication must be completed for each school year. A separate form must be completed for each medication. There are separate forms for Epi-pens and Non-Competent Students.
- Parents or legal guardians must bring their child’s medication to school and check in through the school nurse. Students are not allowed to bring their own medication. This includes prescription as well as non-prescription medication.
- The first dose of medication must always be given at home in case of an adverse reaction.
Prescription medication can be self-administered in school while being supervised by the school nurse or designee by following these guidelines:
- The school must have an authorization form completed by both the parent or legal guardian and the physician.
- The medication must be in the original container, match the physician’s orders exactly and must be labeled by the pharmacy.
- If the prescription is to be given for less than one week at school (as with some antibiotics) the physician’s signature is not required. The medication must be in an original container properly labeled by the pharmacy and an authorization form completed.
- If your child is taking an antibiotic that is prescribed three times a day, this should be administered before school, after school and at bedtime. Do not send this medication to school.
Parents or legal guardians must bring the medication to school. Empty prescription bottles will be given to the student to bring home unless you inform the school otherwise.
- Competent students are allowed to keep inhalers on their person as long as that is specified on the authorization form and signed by both parent and physician.
Violation of the prescription medication policy may result in a zero-tolerance offense and students are subject to the zero-tolerance policy.
OVER-THE-COUNTER (NON-PRESCRIPTION) MEDICATION:
Over-the-counter medication can be self-administered in school while being supervised by the school nurse or designee by following these guidelines:
- The parent or legal guardian must complete the authorization form.
- The medication must be in the manufacturer’s original bottle, sealed, with the student’s name on the bottle/box. No opened containers can be accepted.
- No medication can be given past the expiration date.
All students who are ill, or feeling ill, are encouraged to see the school nurse. In order to do so, students must see their teacher first to obtain a nurse’s clinic pass. The student is responsible for filling out the pass prior to bringing to the clinic. The medication policy also requires the Nurse’s supervision and students must obtain a pass from their teacher prior to going to the clinic.
END OF YEAR PROCEDURES:
Only empty prescription bottles will be sent home with a student. At the end of the school year, if a parent does not pick up their child’s medication, two designated school personnel will dispose of the leftover medication per IHS policy procedure and document the disposal.
Any student with a serious medical condition requiring an Epi-pen or other emergency medication must have an emergency care plan. These are updated/revised each school year.
Failure to follow the medication policy may result in violation of the zero tolerance policy for drugs and controlled substances.
Parking & Driving Privileges
Parking on school property is a privilege, not a right that may be afforded to high school students. Permission for students to park private motor vehicles in school parking lots during the school day must be secured from the school principal
- All students must register their cars with Student Services. Students must complete a vehicle registration form and pay the appropriate parking fee. Replacement permits will be issued at an additional charge.
- Prior to obtaining a parking pass, all current drivers and their parents must sign the Student/Parent Safe Driving Agreement or participate in a district approved driver safety program.
- The current year’s permit must be located on the rear view mirror so that the number is visible from the outside.
- Sale or transfer of permits between students or to any other car is prohibited.
- Cars may be parked only in the designated student parking lot.
- Students are not allowed to go to their cars during school hours without permission from a principal.
- Students who leave campus without the school’s permission will be subject to the loss of parking privileges, whether driving a vehicle or not.
- Parking violations, such as parking in the faculty lot, parking in a prohibited area, speeding, or going the wrong way on a one-way street, will result in the loss of the parking permit.
- Students who drive to school and park on school property agree to the search of their vehicles by administrators who have “reasonable suspicion” that the student’s car contains drugs, alcohol, weapons, or other items not permissible at school.
- All cars (students/parents) should be parked in a designated parking space for all events.
DRUG FREE YOUTH ACT
(JUVENILE OFFENDER ACT)
Denial of driving privileges by court:
- When a person, younger than 18 years of age, but 13 years of age or older, commits any offense or engages in any prohibited conduct described in this subsection, then at the time the person is convicted of the offense, or adjudicated a delinquent child, unruly child or status offender, the court in which the conviction or adjudication occurs shall prepare and send to the Tennessee Department of Safety, Driver control Division, within 24 hours of the confiscation or adjudication, an order of denial of driving privileges for the offender. This section applies to any criminal offense, status offense, violation, infraction or other prohibited conduct involving the possession, use, sale, or consumption of any alcoholic beverage, wine or beer or any controlled substance as defined by law, or involving the possession or carrying of a weapon on school property. The denial of driving privileges authorized by this section applies when the prohibited conduct occurs before the offender attains the age of 18, regardless of when a conviction or determination occurs. The department of safety shall promulgate an “order of denial” for use by the courts.
- If a court has issued an order of denial of driving privileges, the court, may review the order and may withdraw the order at any time the court deems appropriate, except as provided in the following:
- A court may not withdraw an order for a period of 90 days after the issuance of the order if it is the first such order issued by any court with respect to the petitioning person: and
- A court may not withdraw an order for a period of 1 year after the issuance of the order if it is the second or subsequent such order issued by the court with respect to the petitioning person.
- For a motion for withdrawal to be properly before the court for consideration, the local district attorney general must have received at least 10 days’ prior notice of the motion along with the time and place where it will be considered. The motion must be joined in by a custodial parent or legal guardian of the offender, if the offender is an unemancipated juvenile at the time the motion is made. A custodial parent or legal guardian must appear in court with the offender if the offender is an unemancipated juvenile at the time the motion is made. The motion shall state whether any prior orders of denial have been issued by any court and shall include as exhibits any prior orders of denial so issued.
- The local district attorney general or assistant district attorney general shall have the right to appear, present evidence and be heard at proceedings under this section.
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.