Welcome to Page Middle School for the 2022-2023 school year! We are dedicated to providing all our students with an exemplary educational experience. We ask that all parents read through the content of this agenda to familiarize themselves with helpful information about Page Middle.
District Wide Middle School Student Handbook
Although every effort will be made to update the handbook on a regular basis, Williamson County Schools reserves the right to change this handbook and any content within, without notice, except as may be required by state and federal law. As a result, the online version of the handbook shall be the official version.
Version Date: July 19, 2022
Individual Needs of Students
If the inability to speak and understand the English language excludes a student from effective participation in the educational programs offered by WCS, WCS shall take reasonable actions to provide the student equal access to its programs. Students who are English learners (EL) shall be identified, assessed, and provided appropriate services. No student shall be admitted to or excluded from any program or extracurricular activity based on the student’s surname or EL status.
The Superintendent shall evaluate the effectiveness of the district’s language assistance programs to ensure EL students will acquire English proficiency and the ability to participate in the standard instructional program within a reasonable period of time.
Parents/guardians of EL students shall be given notice of, and information regarding, the instructional program within the first thirty (30) days of the school year or within the first two (2) weeks of a student being placed in a language instruction educational program.
For more information, refer to WCSB Policy 4.207.
The homebound instruction program is for students who because of a medical condition are unable to attend the regular instructional program. The homebound instruction program shall consist of three (3) hours of instruction per week while school is in session for a period of time determined, on a case-by-case basis, by WCS.
To qualify for this program, a student shall have a medical condition that will require the student to be absent for a minimum of ten (10) consecutive instructional days, or for an aggregate of at least ten (10) instructional days for a student who has a chronic medical condition. The student shall be certified by his/her treating physician as having a medical condition that prevents him/her from attending regular classes. The services provided to the homebound student shall reflect the student’s capabilities and be determined by the homebound instructor, after consultation with appropriate professional staff of the student’s assigned school.
For more information, refer to WCSB Policy 4.206.
Homeless students shall be immediately enrolled, even if the student is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment (i.e., academic records, immunization records, health records, proof of residency) or missed the district’s application or enrollment deadlines. Parent(s)/guardian(s) are required to submit contact information to the district’s homeless coordinator. The Superintendent shall ensure that each homeless student is provided services comparable to those offered to other students within WCS, including transportation, special education services, programs in career and technical education, programs for gifted and talented students, and school nutrition.
For more information, refer to WCSB Policy 6.503 or visit the WCS website.
The District shall:
- Identify migratory students and assess the educational and related health and social needs of each student;
- Provide a full range of services to qualifying migrant students including applicable Title I programs, special education, gifted education, vocational education, language programs, counseling programs, elective classes, ﬁne arts classes, etc.;
- Provide migratory students with the opportunity to meet the same statewide assessment standards that all students are expected to meet;
- To the extent feasible, provide advocacy and outreach programs to migratory students and their families and professional development for district staff; and
- Provide parent(s)/guardian(s) an opportunity to participate in the program.
For more information, refer to WCSB Policy 6.503 for more information.
Section 504 and ADA Grievance Procedures
WCS is committed to maintaining equitable employment and educational practices, services, programs, and activities that are accessible and usable by individuals with disabilities. To discuss concerns or seek resolutions related to Section 504 or the ADA, contact Student Support Services. SSS shall respond to all complaints within twenty (20) days with a written response as well as information on further grievance procedures that may be followed if the complaining party is not satisfied with the coordinator's proposed resolution.
For more information, refer to WCSB Policy 1.802 or visit the Student Support Services website here.
Students in Foster Care
Students in foster care, including those awaiting foster care placement, shall be immediately enrolled, even if the student is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment (i.e., academic records, immunization records, health records, proof of residency) or missed the district’s application or enrollment deadlines.
WCS and the child welfare agency shall determine whether placement in a particular school is in a student’s best interest. Other parties, including the student, foster parents/guardians, and biological parents/guardians (if appropriate), shall be consulted. If the child has an IEP or a Section 504 plan, then the relevant school staff members shall participate in the best interest decision process. This determination shall be made as quickly as possible to prevent educational disruption.
WCS shall collaborate with the local child welfare agency to develop and implement clear and written procedures governing how transportation to a student’s school of origin shall be provided, arranged, and funded. This transportation will be provided for the duration of the student’s time in foster care.
For more information, refer to WCSB Policy 6.505.
Students from Military Families
A student who does not currently reside within Williamson County shall be allowed to enroll if he/she is a dependent child of a service member who is being relocated to Tennessee on military orders. To be eligible for enrollment, the student will need to provide documentation that he/she will be a resident of the district on relocation. Within thirty (30) of enrollment, the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student shall provide proof of residency within the district.
Students with parent(s)/guardian(s) in the military may also be eligible for excused absences related to his/her deployment.
For more information, refer to WCSB Policy 6.506.
Students with Disabilities
Williamson County Schools, 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.
There are two types of screening. The first is a general screening of preschool age children throughout the school year. These screenings are on-going and serve preschool-aged children. The other kind of screening is only for school-aged children. A child can be referred for screening by school personnel, the family and/or individuals in the county (physicians, child care providers, etc.) This should be done any time it is suspected that a child has a disability.
Visit the Student Support Services tab on the WCS website (here) for more information.
Administration of Schools
All students participating in interscholastic athletics must have a current athletic physical form, concussion release form, and cardiac arrest form on file with the athletic department prior to participation in any tryout or practice. Forms may be submitted on Final Forms. Information regarding individual teams and expectations for student athletes may be found on the school’s website. See Williamson County Board of Education Policy 4.301 for additional information.
Custodial Issues/Parenting Plan
Custodial parents/guardians must inform the school immediately upon any changes in custody, especially court restraining orders. Non-custodial parents may contact the school regarding access to their student’s academic progress. All families with a parenting plan must have that plan on file with their child/children’s front office(s), along with any subsequent orders or changes to the parenting plan or court order establishing the primary residential parent. See Williamson County Board of Education policy 6.209.
Students shall not unlawfully possess, handle, transmit, use, be under the influence of, share, or sell drugs or any controlled substances in any way in school buildings, on school grounds, or on other grounds used for school purposes, (including parking lots or athletic facilities), on school buses, or at any school sponsored activity (See WCSB Policy 6.307).
Parents/guardians of Williamson County Schools students will receive school closure notifications by phone, text, email, mobile app, and social media. Visit the App Store or Google Play to download our app for free. Search for Williamson County Schools.
The district aims to notify parents/guardians and staff members of delays and cancellations by 9:00 PM the night before. If not possible, the district will begin notifying families as early as 5:00 AM the morning of the day school is closed.
Parents/guardians will be notified only at the main number on file in the phone notification system. If school is dismissed during the day, parents/guardians will receive notification to all of the phone numbers on file.
Extracurricular Activities, Clubs, and Organizations
See school website for information about activities, club, and organizations.
Students may have the opportunity to participate in several field trips as extensions of classroom activities throughout the year. Teachers will notify parents/guardians concerning field trips and send home permission forms for parent/guardian's signature. The school must have on file written permission from the parent/guardian before a student may go on a field trip. If the written permission slip is not returned by the due date, the child will not be able to attend the field trip. Students will travel by bus to and from all off-campus trips. Any exceptions to this procedure must be approved by the principal. See the WCSB Policy 4.302 for more information.
Fire, Tornado, and Emergency Drills
See Williamson County Board of Education policy 3.202 for more information on emergency procedures.
Moment of Silence or Prayer
Tennessee State Law – (TCA 49-6-1004):
In order for all students and teachers to prepare themselves for the activities of the day, a period of silence of approximately one minute in duration shall be maintained in each grade in public schools at the beginning of each school day. The teacher shall not indicate or suggest to the students any action to be taken by them during this time but shall maintain silence for the full time. It is lawful for any teacher in any of the schools of the state to permit the voluntary participation by students or others in prayer. Nothing contained in this section shall authorize any teacher or other school authority to prescribe the form or content of any prayer.
Parent and Family Communication
Ongoing communication from school to home and from home to school is essential. Your ideas, questions, and concerns are important. Teachers, administrators, and some support staff have a WCS e-mail address. Although you may wish to communicate with your child’s teacher by e-mail, please be aware that e-mail is not always confidential. Please do not send time sensitive information by e-mail. It is our goal to return parent/guardian communication in all forms within 48 hours on Monday-Friday when school is in session.
Photography and Videography Guidelines
The WCS Communications Department has provided the following guidelines for parents regarding photography and videography in schools. The purpose of the guidelines is to address problems that have occurred at some schools when parents have taken pictures at school and posted them on online social media sites.
- Parents are advised not to post on social media any pictures taken at school that include any children other than their own.
- Picture-taking at non-public school events: These events occur before, during, and after school and include class parties, field trips, assemblies to which the public is not invited (ex. talent show during the day, etc.) Parents are encouraged to take photos/video of their own children but should not take photos/video of other children.
- Picture-taking at public school events: This includes events that are open to the public such as Back to School Bash, Family Fun Night, etc. Parents may take photos at public school events that include other people's children but should avoid posting these photos to social media.
School Nutrition Program
See the WCS website (here) for more information about the school nutrition program.
All new students will register online using their Family Access account login. If you choose not to use the online registration, paper packets can be picked up in the front office. Returning students should submit the intent to return documentation on Skyward each year. If you would prefer these forms on paper, you may contact your front office. See WCS website (here) for more information about open enrollment and other enrollment options.
Visit the Students Fees page on the WCS website for more information about student fees.
If a move or other circumstance requires a withdrawal from school, a withdrawal form must be completed, all WCS issued materials and devices must be turned in, and a student must be in good standing with the library and cafeteria. Once all requirements are met, a parent/guardian may withdraw a student from school. Contact your school for more information regarding withdrawal.
Parents and guardians shall accept full responsibility for the proper care, preservation, return, or replacement of textbooks and instructional materials, including Chromebooks. See Williamson County Board of Education Policy 4.401 for more information about textbooks and instructional materials.
Visit the Bus Routes & School Zones page on WCS website for information, policies, and practices regarding bus transportation.
Your school will communicate with you at the beginning of the school year regarding procedures for car riders.
Your school will communicate with you at the beginning of the school year regarding procedures for walkers and/or bikers.
Visitors to Schools
- All visitors must enter and exit through the main office doors.
- Parents/guardians, visitors, and volunteers must present photo identification to enter the building.
- All visitors must sign in and out in the office and wear a visitor or volunteer sticker/badge at all times.
- School personnel escort visitors touring the school.
See WCSB Policy 1.501 for additional information.
Student Academic Achievement
Three components play a critical role into every Williamson County Schools student’s educational program: a solid curriculum, effective instruction, and quality assessment. Curriculum, derived from state standards, defines what students need to know. Instruction is the practice of teaching each student that curriculum. Assessment is used to measure the student’s progress and mastery of what is being taught.
Please make every effort to have your student at school on time during assessment windows. No absences will be excused for family trips during these windows. You may view the district assessment resources here.
Consistent attendance and punctuality is a cornerstone of student progress and success. If students repeatedly miss school or are often tardy, it puts them at risk for misunderstanding concepts that are taught and reinforced while they are not present. Additionally, student attendance is one of the categories the federal and state governments use to evaluate schools and assess whether or not they are making adequate yearly progress. Consistent attendance is a priority for Williamson County Schools.
Tardies and Early Dismissals
Students arriving after the start of school are tardy. See WCS website here for start times and dates for Late Start Days.
Early dismissals are strongly discouraged within 30 minutes of the end of the school day due to the interruption of instructional time in classes and are a disruption to the regular dismissal process. Instructional time continues until dismissal. Office personnel must verify the identification of individuals when releasing a student. The parent/guardian must sign the student out in the office when the parent/guardian arrives to pick up the student, stating time and reason, and office personnel will call the student to the office when the parent/guardian arrives to pick up the student.
Parents/guardians must communicate in writing the permission for someone to pick up a student other than the parent/guardian. Office personnel will ask for a state-issued photo ID when someone comes to school to check out a student. Students may not be picked up from car services such as Uber and Lyft. These companies prohibit minors from being transported alone.
Late arrival and early dismissal may be excused for the following reasons: (1) illness, (2) death in the family, (3) recognized religious holiday, (4) doctor or dentist appointment, or (5) principal approved emergency or exceptional circumstances.
As detailed in Williamson County Board of Education Policy 6.200, excused absences include: (1) illness, (2) death in the family, (3) recognized religious holiday, (4) doctor or dentist appointment, or (5) Principal approved emergency or exceptional circumstances.
The Williamson County School Board Policy 6.200 requires written parental or medical documentation for all absences, tardies, and early dismissals. This documentation ensures that school personnel are fully and accurately informed about your child. All absences are considered “unexcused” until a note is sent, preferably within 48 hours of the student’s return to school. When a student’s absences exceed 8 days, a doctor’s note will be required to excuse all future absences. Notes are kept on file for the school year. Parents/guardians may also send an email with all appropriate information to the school’s front office.
Notes should state:
- Child’s name
- Teacher’s name
- Date(s) of absence
- Reason for absence
- Doctor’s note attached (if applicable)
- Parent or guardian signature
When a student accumulates a total of 8 total absences, all other absences will be considered unexcused unless a doctor’s note is presented within 48 hours of returning to school.
In accordance with state guidelines for schools related to truancy, Williamson County Schools has implemented a three-tiered system to monitor attendance. Parents/guardians will be notified as unexcused absences accumulate (recorded) to proactively help with truancy concerns.
- 3 unexcused absences - parents/guardians will be notified via email or phone.
- 5 unexcused absences – Tier II truancy intervention begins, and a meeting will be held with family and school personnel. The team will create a contract to support the family and ensure subsequent school attendance. Follow-up meetings will be planned to monitor progress.
- If the student continues to accumulate absences, Tier III of truancy intervention may be triggered and additional interventions, including potential juvenile court referral, will be established.
The Tennessee Department of Education Accountability Regulations (ESSA) defines students as "chronically absent" after 18 absences per year, regardless of excused or unexcused. Students who accumulate 18 or more absences will be considered “Chronically Absent” and reported to the state.
See Williamson County Board of Education Policy 4.600 for information regarding the grading system.
Homework is defined as purposeful academic assignments given to students by teachers, which are to be completed outside of class time. See Williamson County Board of Education Policy 4.609 for more information on homework.
Response to Intervention (RTI)
A general education initiative, Response to Instruction and Intervention, or RTI, is a comprehensive framework for supporting students academically that focuses on high-quality instruction and evidence-based interventions. Instruction and intervention is tailored to meet the needs of the student through the use of initial screening data. Screening data come from assessments designed to identify student strengths and areas of need in reading, mathematics, and written expression.
Student performance may be accessed through Skyward Family Access for all students. Parents/guardians may request that a printed copy of their student’s report card be sent home each nine weeks. More information regarding student progress polices can be found in WCS Board of Education Policy 4.603.
No student shall be denied an education solely because of a communicable disease, and his/her educational program shall be restricted only to the extent necessary to minimize the risk of transmitting the disease.
When determining whether your child is well enough to attend school, please refer to the Williamson County Schools Illness Guidelines. Please note that your child should not be sent to school until he/she has been fever free for at least 24 hours without taking a fever reducing medication.
If the school nurse determines that your child needs to leave, we ask that you or an emergency contact pick up your child within the hour that you are called.
If you have any other questions regarding health services, policies or procedures, please visit the Williamson County Schools Health Services Site.
No students entering school, including those entering kindergarten or first grade, those from out-of-state, and those from nonpublic schools, will be permitted to enroll (or attend) without proof of immunization, as determined by the Tennessee Commissioner of Health. It is the responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s) to have their children immunized and to provide such proof to the school for which the student is to attend.
Exceptions, in the absence of an epidemic or immediate threat thereof, will be granted to any student whose parent/guardian files with school authorities the following:
- A signed, written statement that such immunization and other preventative measures conflict with the parent’s or guardian’s religious tenets and practices, affirmed under the penalties of perjury;
- A written statement from the student’s doctor excusing the student from immunization due to medical reasons;
- Any student determined to be homeless, pursuant to federal law, may not be denied admission because of the student’s lack of immunization records due to being homeless.
Proof of exceptions will be in writing and filed in the same manner as other immunization records.
The school nurse may only administer medications that are provided and authorized by the parent/guardian. Students should not have prescription or over-the-counter medicines on their person or stored in their locker. You can find the medication authorization form here.
Each student shall have a complete physical examination prior to:
- Entering public school for the first time
- Participation as a member of any interscholastic athletic team on an annual basis.
Cost of the examination shall be borne by the parent/guardian of the student. These records shall be on file in the student’s record.
Screening tests as required by the Tennessee Departments of Education and Health will be conducted. Parent(s)/guardian(s) will receive written notice of any screening result that indicates a condition that might interfere or tend to interfere with their student's progress.
In general, the school will not conduct physical examinations of a student without parental consent or by court order, unless the health or safety of the student or others is in question.
Student Discipline & Behavior
Corporal punishment may be defined as physical contact and is distinguished from a reprimand, a suspension, or an expulsion. Corporal punishment shall not be administered as a method of correcting inappropriate behavior in Williamson County Schools per WCSB Policy 6.314.
Discipline in Williamson County Schools is student centered, responsive, and timely. Students will be responsible for abiding by the district’s Student Code of Conduct, WCS Board of Education Policy 6.300. Consequences for inappropriate student conduct are stepped and may include, but are not limited to, detention such as Friday or Saturday School, In-School Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, and Alternative Learning Center placement.
Disciplinary Hearing Authority
A Disciplinary Hearing Authority (DHA) shall conduct appeals for students who have been suspended for more than ten (10) school days. Upon receiving notification of the request to appeal the suspension decision, the DHA shall provide written notification to the parent(s)/guardian(s)of the student, the student, and any other appropriate person of the time, place, and date of the hearing. The hearing shall be held no later than ten (10) days after the beginning of the suspension.
For more information, refer to Williamson County Board of Education Policy 6.309.
Students should dress appropriately for comfort, weather and learning. Students will follow the guidelines set forth by Williamson County School Board policy 6.310.
- Tops of shoulders must have a minimum of a 1-inch strap unless otherwise covered by an opaque top garment;
- 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 on special occasion as permitted by administration;
- Appropriate shoes are required;
- Tennis shoes with non-marking soles are required for physical education.
- It is recommended that students wear tennis shoes for recess. Please do not send students in flip flops or shoes without a back as this can result in injury.
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).
Student uniforms related to student extra-curricular activities (band, cheerleading, dance, sports team, etc.) must be in compliance with this policy during the academic day.
Any apparel or dress that advertises or promotes products or activity prohibited by law or by the Williamson County Board of Education is prohibited (e.g., profanity, illustrations, or suggestive language, etc).
Administrators and teachers shall enforce the dress code policy. The principal or his/her designee shall be the final judge as to compliance with the dress code. Parents/guardians will be notified and asked to bring appropriate clothing if a student is in violation of the dress code.
Interrogation and Searches
See Williamson County Board of Education policy 6.303 for more information regarding interrogation and searches of personal belongings and lockers.
Williamson County Schools has determined that a safe, civil, and supportive environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. In order to maintain that environment, acts of bullying, cyber-bullying, discrimination, harassment, hazing, or any other victimization of students, based on any actual or perceived traits or characteristics, are prohibited.
Bullying is not tolerated. We ask all parents/guardians and students to report any bullying to a teacher or staff member in the building. The report will be investigated by administration within 48 hours. The investigation and required intervention will be implemented within 20 calendar days. Administration will notify the parent(s)/guardian(s) of all students involved. Administration will also provide information regarding any support services available. Administration will follow investigation procedures and definitions set forth in WCS Board Policy 6.304. Behavior that is found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to discipline, up to and including suspension as deemed by administration.
Definition: Bullying is defined by Tennessee law as any act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance. Bullying is: 1) repeated, 2) intentional harm, 3) against someone perceived with less power.
Bullying has the effect of:
- Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property.
- Knowingly placing the student or students in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property.
- Causing emotional distress to a student or students; or
- Creating a hostile educational environment.
If a student needs help with resolving a conflict or if a student feels that he/she is being bullied, he/she should communicate with a staff member such as a teacher, counselor, or administration.
If a student or parent/guardian does not feel comfortable reporting a bullying incident directly to a WCS teacher or administrator, he/she can submit a Bullying Report. The student can leave his/her name or submit the report anonymously. An incident can also be reported through the WCS App. Falsifying reports will not be tolerated, and consequences will be given if it is determined that a bullying report has been falsified.
See Williamson County Board of Education policy 6.316 for more information regarding suspensions.
Title IX & Sexual Harassment
In order to maintain a safe, civil, and supportive learning environment, all forms of sexual harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex are prohibited. This shall cover employees, employees' behaviors, students, and students' behaviors while on school property, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided equipment or transportation, or at any official school bus stop in accordance with federal law.
The Title IX Coordinator shall respond promptly to all general reports as well as formal complaints of sexual harassment and may be reached at any time by phone or email.
For additional information concerning Title IX and sexual harassment, see board policy 6.3401 or the Title IX website.
The following are zero-tolerance offenses that will result in a calendar year expulsion:
- Bringing to school or being in unauthorized possession of a firearm or any dangerous weapon on school property;
- Possession of drugs or alcohol, including any controlled substance, controlled substance analogue, or legend drug on school grounds or at a school-sponsored event;
- Aggravated assault; and
- Assault that results in bodily injury upon any teacher, principal, administrator, any other employee of the school, or school resource ofﬁcer.
For more information, refer to Williamson County School Board policy 6.309.
Page Middle School Information
Regular attendance is vital to the academic success of students; therefore, students are expected to be present each day when school is in session. Williamson County Schools has amended the current absentee/truancy policy for the district. As we began our 2017-2018 school year, the State of Tennessee has revisited the Truancy and Chronic Absenteeism Policy. 8 absences may be excused by a parent's note. Students exceeding 18 absences for the year will be deemed chronically absent. Due to this policy, we are asking families to bring in a formal doctor’s note after 8 absences. Medically-excused absences will not count towards truancy; however, they do count towards Chronic Absenteeism. It is our goal to work with families and ensure that students are given ample opportunity to succeed in the classroom. Williamson County Schools will no longer be using or accepting the Pre-Arranged Absence Form; you may still send in a note for absences.
Board Policy 6.200 states that conditions for which a student’s absence may be excused are as follows:
1. Illness of the student. The principal may require a doctor’s statement.
2. Illness in the immediate family requires the absence of the student from school. The principal may require a doctor’s statement.
3. Death in the immediate family of the student (may not exceed 5 days). The Principal may require a copy of the obituary.
4. Religious holidays are regularly observed by people of the student’s faith. The Principal may require a statement from the minister or other person recognized by the given religious group.
5. Absences for other reasons may be excused if, in the judgement of the Principal, the circumstances warrant.
Written documentation is required to excuse all absences. Excuse notes should be submitted to the front office no later than three days after the absence. The notice should include the student’s name and grade, the date of the absence, reason for the absence, and the name and contact number for the student’s parents or guardian. Absences reported by telephone will not be accepted as an excuse for the absence.
All absences are considered unexcused until a parent or guardian provides an acceptable written excuse to the attendance office. Students who accumulate five unexcused absences within a school year become subject to the truancy laws of the state of Tennessee.
For more information regarding attendance, review the board policy at https://www.wcs.edu/school-board/policies/ (Section 6.200)
Students are considered tardy if they are not present in the classroom when the bell rings. Each tardy will be noted on the student’s attendance record. A student must be in attendance for more than 3.25 hours of the day to be marked present for the day. Tardies can only be excused due to illness or extreme circumstances as deemed by the Principal. Car trouble or traffic are not excusable reasons for being tardy to school. Consequences for unexcused tardies accrue by semester and are noted as follows:
1st – 5th unexcused tardy: No consequences 6th unexcused tardy: Before School Detention 7th – 8th unexcused tardy: No consequences 9th unexcused tardy: Saturday School
All unexcused tardies after the first nine will be considered excessive tardiness and will be addressed by School Administration.
Students must be in attendance at least half of the school day to be marked present. If a student leaves school within the first 3.25 hours of the day, they will be marked absent. All individuals checking a student out for early dismissal must provide a valid driver’s license as proof of identification. If anyone other than a parent/guardian is checking a student out for early dismissal, written permission must be provided in advance by the parent/guardian. In order to have a safe and orderly dismissal, early dismissals will not be allowed after 2:00 p.m.
Absences not defined by the county policy, such as travel, are not advised. Williamson County Schools will no longer be using or accepting the Pre-Arranged Absence Form. If absences due to trips/travel/etc. are necessary, please submit a request in writing to the Attendance Office for referral to the Principal for review. Any requests that fall during the three weeks prior to TN Ready testing or semester/final exams will not be approved. 8th grade Exams cannot be taken in advance in accordance with Board Policy. These types of absences are discouraged due to new Tennessee Board of Education accountability measures. Attendance is now part of a school’s Report Card.
The student must take responsibility for getting assignments when absent. It is recommended that the student go to his/her teacher before or after school if the student cannot obtain adequate information from classmates. For excused absences of 1 to 3 days, the student will have three days to complete all the makeup work. For absences of four or more days, as a minimum, the student will have the number of days missed plus (+1). The student must meet with the teacher upon returning to develop a plan for completing the assigned work. If a student misses one day and returns on test day, then the student should have an extra day to make up the work. However, if the test was announced prior to the absence and the student returns on test day, the student should take the test on the scheduled day. Likewise, any work assigned before the absence is due on the day of return to school.
WCS Truancy Policy
Tennessee Board of Education Rule 0520-01-17-.01 requires student attendance to be recorded daily when students are participating in remote instruction. Williamson County Schools will consider students who are interacting and responding to remote instruction as “in attendance”. Student's attendance will be recorded daily, beginning with daily Zoom sessions. Additional attendance will be taken by class period. This may include, but is not limited to, any of the following: Student submission of an assignment, Student completion of an online assessment, Student participation in synchronous learning in an online classroom, Student submittal of work via hard-copy or virtual formats, Student-initiated phone call, email, and/or other digital communication or responses to teacher email, Other evidence of participation as determined by the principal or designee • Attendance is not based solely on assignment completion. Teachers will be responsible for monitoring student participation in remote learning and reporting attendance to principals daily. • Williamson County Schools Board Policy 6.200 defines excused and unexcused absences. These definitions will also apply during Remote Learning. To receive an excused absence from remote learning, the parent/guardian or student is responsible for submitting the appropriate documentation for those categories defined in Policy 6.200, which includes: Personal illness/injury (The Principal may require a doctor’s statement), Illness of immediate family member which requires absence of the student from school (The Principal may require a doctor’s statement), Death in the immediate family of the student (should not exceed 5 days), Extreme weather conditions, Religious holidays regularly observed by persons of the student’s faith (The Principal may require a statement from the minister or other person recognized by the given religious group), Pregnancy, School-endorsed activities, Summons, subpoena, or court order, Circumstances which in the judgment of the principal warrant absence from school and over which the student has no control • Williamson County Schools will utilize the Progressive Truancy Intervention Plan during remote learning. One additional step added to this plan as a direct result of remote learning will be to identify students that may have issues preventing them from learning and accumulating unexcused absences. • After three unexcused absences, the Attendance Secretary or school designee will inform parents/guardians of the three accrued unexcused absences. If additional unexcused absences accrue, Williamson County Schools will implement a Three-Tier System to remove attendance barriers and improve student/school attendance.
Tier 1 -When a student accumulates five unexcused absences, the Progressive Truancy Intervention Plan will be implemented and include the following: ▪ Attendance Secretary sends letter signed by administrator to parent/guardian notifying the home of student’s 5 unexcused absences and cc’s the school designee. ▪ School designee contacts parent/guardian to set up date and time of attendance conference. ▪ School-based Truancy Team meets with parent/guardian to discuss strategies to reduce absences using the WCS Attendance Contract. The student, parent/guardian, and school administrator or school designee sign an attendance contract based on conference. The contract shall include the following: • A specific description of the school’s attendance expectations for the student • The period for which the contract is effective • Penalties for additional absences and alleged school offensives including additional disciplinary action and potential referral to juvenile court ▪ Administrator/school designee schedules follow-up meetings to discuss the student’s progress and collects documentation from Tier 1.
Tier 2 -When a student accumulates seven unexcused absences and is in violation of the attendance contract, the student will be subject to Tier 2. ▪ School designee conducts and documents an individualized assessment to share with administrators and makes referrals, as determined by the Truancy Team, to the Truancy Interventionist. ▪ If needed, adjustments to the attendance contract are made with input from the student, parent(s)/guardian(s), and administration.
▪ The Truancy Team determines next steps i.e. additional site-based support, referral for counseling, community-based services, or other services to address student attendance. ▪ All Tier 1 and Tier 2 documentation is provided to the Truancy Interventionist.
Tier 3 -Continued Accumulation of Unexcused Absences and/or Non-compliance with Tier 2 Mandates Administrator & Truancy Interventionist. ▪ Attendance Secretary sends a letter signed by administrator notifying the parent/guardian of student’s unexcused absences (at 10, 15, AND 20) and cc’s school designee/administrator.
▪ Ten unexcused absences will prompt school administration to contact the Truancy Interventionist in consideration of filing a truancy petition with Williamson County Juvenile Court, following the implementation of all three tiers listed above.
Cell Phone Policy
Students should put devices in their lockers and should not be using them unless under the direction of a teacher in their classroom.
Level 1 consequence (Classroom violation – Log with teacher) per nine-week period.
1st offense: a device will be taken by a teacher and given to a grade level administrator. Returned at the end of the day. Logged by Administration. Pickup from the office at the end of the day. Letter home to parents.
2nd offense: a device will be taken by a teacher and given to a grade level administrator. After being logged by the Administration, the parents will be contacted and must pick up the device from the office at the end of the day. The student will be issued a late start day detention.
3rd offense: A before school detention will be assigned. The device will be taken by a teacher and given to a grade level administrator. The administration will contact the parents and the phone will be kept in the office until a parent has picked up the device.
4th offense: Loss of device for the remainder of the semester. Parents must pick up. Parent conference.
5th offense: Loss of device for the rest of the year. Parents must pick up.
Level 2 consequence (Other networks (i.e. 3G, 4G, etc.)/Picture taking/Picture taking (malicious intent)/Video/tape recording/Cyber bullying/Cheating/Sexting)
1st Offense: Suspend use of device for 9 weeks (parent call/conference)
2nd Offense: Late Start Day Detention and suspend device for rest of Semester (18 weeks)
3rd Offense: Before school detention and loss of device for the rest of the year.
Chromebooks are issued to every student at Sunset. It is the expectation that students properly maintain Chromebook care and keep it charged prior to arriving at school each day. ALL CHARGERS ARE TO BE LEFT AT HOME. All school and WCS rules apply to student Chromebook use. Please remember that everything you do on the Chromebook is monitored and archived; please do what is right and what is expected. Any violation of the Acceptable Use Policy (inappropriate websites, images, videos, language, content, etc.) will be addressed with appropriate disciplinary action based on the infraction.
In order to receive your Chromebook, the Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Agreement must be signed, as well as the Authorization for Distribution of District Digital Devices to Students acknowledged, prior to issuing the Chromebooks. Both of these documents can be found in Skyward.
The Technology Department will maintain a student help desk system via email and telephone to assist with any problems. Help Desk contact procedures will be distributed with the Chromebooks. Additionally, there is a help desk link on the homepage of the Sunset Middle School website.
Chromebooks may be cleaned only with a moist microfiber cloth with a mixture of 70% isopropyl alcohol / 30% water. The cloth should be damp, but not dripping wet. Excess moisture should be removed if the cloth is wet before wiping the product. Using any material other than a microfiber cloth could cause damage to your product.
In order for WCS to maintain a safe learning environment that minimizes distractions, the minimum standards for acceptable clothing during the school day are as follows.
1) Tops of shoulders must have a minimum of a 1-inch strap unless otherwise covered by an opaque top garment.
2) 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.
3) All pants, trousers, shorts and skirts must be held at the waist.
4) Leggings and other compression-style garments may be worn so long as an opaque top garment covers the private body parts.
5) Hats may be worn in buildings with the permission of building administration.
6) Appropriate shoes are required.
7) 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.
8) Any apparel or dress that advertises or promotes products or activity prohibited by law or by the Board of Education is prohibited (e.g., profanity, illustrations, or suggestive language, etc).
9) Student uniforms related to student extra-curricular activities (band, cheerleading, dance, sports team, etc.) must be in compliance with this policy during the academic day.
10) Any apparel or dress that is potentially disruptive to the learning environment or educational process is not permitted.
11) Any apparel or dress that is dangerous to the health or safety of students or the lawful, peaceful operation of the school is not permitted.
12) Administrators and teachers shall enforce the dress code policy. The principal or his/her designee shall be the final judge as to compliance with the dress code.
The Dress Code applies to all after-school events, field trips and other extra-curricular activities. When the dress code is not followed, the student will be sent to the office to call home for a change of clothes. Persistent dress code violators will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
Students in 8th grade will take mid-term and final exams. 6th and 7th grade students will take nine-week tests at the end of each nine weeks in lieu of exams. Williamson County School District policy does not allow teachers to give semester finals early. Therefore, exams should be given on the scheduled day. Any missed exams that need to be made up will need to be arranged with the Principal. Students who do not take an exam will be given an incomplete for the grading period. No credit will be given in any class with an incomplete class. End of course tests will count 25% of the second semester grade and as the final exam in Algebra 1 and Spanish. All absences on exam days will be unexcused pending a doctor's note.
Students will use their locker under the conditions outlined below. Never share your locker with anyone. Never trade lockers with anyone. Students are responsible for their money and other belongings brought to school. Problems with lockers should be reported immediately to the front office. Any change in locker assignment should also be reported to the front office.
Student backpacks are to be kept in lockers. As classroom space is limited, backpacks are to be left in lockers and not carried to class. All lockers should be locked when the student is not present. Failure to keep your belongings neatly in your locker with the door shut and locked will result in the loss of your locker privileges. An appropriate consequence will be assigned for failure to comply with locker rules (door shut and locked). No student books, notebooks, or Chromebooks should be in the hallways, on window ledges, on the counter at the concession booth, or anywhere but either in your locker or on your person.
Lost & Found
Please label all jackets, coats, and personal items. We will make every effort to return all items. Lost and Found is located in the school cafeteria. At the end of each semester, all articles are given to charity.
Classes will not be interrupted for deliveries to students. Uniforms and such deliveries will remain in the office for student pickup. Lunches will be taken to the cafeteria. Any homework assignments or class materials brought to school will be given to the student during their lunch period
Outside Food Policy
We want the school lunch period to be an enjoyable time for students. The cafeteria operates under three basic guidelines: remain seated, follow instructions, and clean your area.
Students who take food from the cafeteria without paying will be considered stealing and will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
No outside food is allowed in the cafeteria. Parents may not bring students lunch from Sonic, Pizza Hut, etc.
Any food brought from home for celebrations must have a food label and be pre-packaged. Food must not be homemade but purchased from a grocery or bakery.
Student Behavior Expectations
Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS)
Our student body participates in schoolwide incentives for being prompt (timely), prepared (materials available and charged when needed), and polite. Students receive digital tickets that can accrue and be spent to purchase real prizes in what we call "Little Panther Dens" and "Big Panther Dens." We provide a range of items that can be purchased with digital tickets. Additionally, students can participate in raffles for opportunities during the school day for fun and recreation.
BEHAVIOR TOWARDS FACULTY/ STAFF
Maintaining a school environment that is conducive to learning is important to everyone. Students are expected to treat faculty and staff with respect.
The following misconduct is unacceptable and will be referred for disciplinary action:
1. Disrespectful, argumentative, or insubordinate language or behavior toward any member of the faculty/staff.
2. Refusing to identify oneself or giving a false name to a staff member.
3. Failure to cooperate with requests or exhibiting an uncooperative attitude toward faculty/staff members.
BEHAVIOR TOWARDS OTHER STUDENTS
Students are expected to treat each other with mutual respect and consideration. Aggressive behavior between students jeopardizes the safety of others and is disruptive to the learning environment. The following behavior will be referred to an administrator for disciplinary action:
1. Fighting will not be tolerated. Students are expected to take every opportunity to walk away from a fight. Fighting may warrant suspension. Some cases may be referred to local authorities for prosecution. If any student is involved in a situation which he/she feels may lead to a fight, the student is strongly encouraged to discuss the situation with a teacher, counselor, or administrator to help avoid physical confrontation. Parents are urged to contact an administrator if they have any concerns regarding their student.
2. Confrontations between students, including loud arguments, yelling, or verbal threats.
3. Intimidation or harassment (physical or verbal) of another student.
4. Horseplay, which includes seemingly playful physical contact with another student (i.e. pushing, shoving, slapping) which is disruptive in the classroom, hallway or cafeteria, and on busses.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. The Right to Due Process:
Each student has the right to an education. Any disciplinary measure which deprives the student of this right must be applied only after careful review. The student has responsibilities that are inseparable from and inherent in these rights. One such responsibility is obedience to school procedures, rights, and regulations. In-school suspensions, home suspensions and expulsions are measures that may be used when a student fails to meet responsibilities or denies others of their rights.
2. The Right to Free and Appropriate Program:
All students are entitled to a free and public education. When the school program is not appropriate, the school system will notify the parents/guardians of special service needs.
3. The Right to Privacy of Records
Records are maintained for each student from his/her entrance into school through exit from the school system. Privacy rights concerning these records are guaranteed by Board of Education Policy.
4. The Right to Personal Property
Students have the right to be secure in themselves, their papers, and effects. However, the principal or his/her designee is authorized to conduct a reasonable search of a student if there is reasonable suspicion to believe that the student has in his/her possession any item which is against school rules or state laws.
5. The Right to Nondiscrimination
The Williamson County School System will not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, or national origin nor on the basis of handicap (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) in the educational programs and activities of Page Middle School. No student will be denied the benefits derived from the various programs and activities conducted by the system. It shall be the practice of the system to maintain separate comparable athletic programs for males and females. The system will be in compliance with implementing Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Office of Education. Complaints should be directed to the principal.
6. The Right to Free Speech and Expression
Students who have facts and opinions on topics should be allowed to express them in print as well as through conversation. However, student editors and writers must observe the same legal responsibilities as those imposed upon conventional newspapers and news media. No students shall distribute any publication that is:
a. Obscene to minors according to current legal definition
b. Libelous, according to current legal definitions, or
c. It creates a material and substantial disruption of normal school activity.
7. Responsibilities for Academic Work, Attendance and Behavior
Students absent from school are expected to make up all the work. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the teacher for making up work. (See make-up work policy)
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
Parents/guardians have the legal responsibility for the behavior of their children as determined by the law and community practice. Parents/guardians are expected to exercise the responsibility so that the student’s behavior will be conducive to the development of self-discipline and will not be disruptive. Parents have the responsibility to encourage students to follow the Code of Conduct, abide by all school rules, and cooperate with teachers and administrators in the reasonable enforcement of all school rules, board policies, and laws affecting the school. Cooperation between parents/guardians and school is essential in assisting students to work to the best of their ability and to have positive school experiences. Parents/guardians have the responsibility to help maintain communication with the school by participating in school community activities such as Parent Teacher Student Organization meetings, checking all progress report cards, attending individual conferences and bringing matters to the attention of the principal or faculty.
The Williamson County School System endeavors to provide a safe and secure environment for all students. The Board authorizes reasonable searches of students directed to that end by authorized school officials. Searches based on reasonable suspicion may proceed without hindrance or delay, but they shall be conducted in a manner that ensures that students are not arbitrarily stripped of all personal privacy. The principal of each school or his authorized representative possesses the authority to conduct inspection of student’s lockers and articles carried upon their persons. Such a search shall be based on a reasonable suspicion of the presence of harmful items but not limited to bombs, handguns, or other dangerous weapons, contraband drugs, alcohol, tobacco, stink/smoke bombs, secreted noise makers, and water guns.
In the event the search of a student’s person, personal possessions, his locker, or vehicle, reveals the student is concealing material, the possession of which is prohibited by federal, state, or local law, local law enforcement authorities shall be notified so they may take appropriate action. (T.C.A. 49-6-4201)
DISCIPLINARY MEASURES FOR GENERAL MISCONDUCT
Disciplinary actions taken for misconduct are progressive in nature and will be determined by the appropriate administrator based on the circumstances of the specific infraction and the student’s previous disciplinary conduct. A general guideline for disciplinary actions follows. With the exception of a zero-tolerance offense, administrative discretion in assigning disciplinary action for any given situation may be used at any time.
DETENTION/IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION DEFINED
1. Teacher detention shall constitute a feasible means of discipline or punishment by any teacher provided the following procedures and instructions are observed:
A. If detention is to be administered, the student must have a maximum of three school days in which to advise his parents (or guardian) so that they shall be responsible for the student’s transportation. The principal shall assure that the parent has been contacted, either by phone or email.
B. Detention shall not exceed one (1) hour after the official closing of the school day or beginning of the school day but may be administered any number of days in succession. This shall be at the discretion of the administering teacher or principal.
C. If a student fails to meet the detention measures, the principal may, at his discretion, initiate the procedures for ISS or OSS as necessary.
D. The principal of each school has the authority to organize detention hall, including Saturday detention, at his/her discretion and to make equitable assignments for the teachers.
2. Late Start Day detention starts at 7:25 a.m. and ends at 8:15 a.m. Students will be dismissed from homeroom.
A. Wednesday Detention starts at 6:45 a.m. and ends at 7:25 a.m. Students will be dismissed from homeroom.
B. Saturday School starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 10:00 a.m. The school system does not provide transportation to and from Saturday school.
3. In-School Suspension
A. Students given an in-school suspension in excess of one (1) day from classes shall attend either special classes attended only by students guilty of misconduct or be placed in an isolated area appropriate for study.
B. Students given in-school suspension shall be required to complete academic requirements and shall receive credit for work completed.
C. Students under in-school suspension shall be recorded as constituting a part of public-school attendance in the same manner as students who attend regular classes. (Board Policy 6.316)
4. Out of School Suspension (Short-Term Suspension), Students suspended out-of-school are not allowed on campus for any reason and may not participate in any sponsored activity. All class work missed will be made up. Students may be suspended out-of-school for ten days or less for good and sufficient cause as outlined in the Code of Conduct. Board Policy 6.316.
5. Long Term Suspensions: The principal (in accordance with Tennessee State Laws 49-1309 and 49-2501) shall have the right to suspend a student for longer terms (remainder of the year), for good and sufficient reasons under his/her discretion. Prior to any suspension, the principal shall require a hearing to determine the authority of the charge(s). The student shall have the right to an explanation of the evidence supporting the charge(s) and an opportunity to explain his/her side of the story. Following the hearing, the principal may suspend the student. Upon suspension, the principal must report his/her action in writing at once to the Director and the parent, guardian, or person en loco parents to the student. The notice must include notification of the rights/responsibilities for application for readmission (TCA 49-1309).
Expulsion: The decision to expel is the exclusive domain of the Board of Education. The decision to expel will be weighed in a public meeting of the Board. The student involved is entitled to representation by counsel and has the right to be present at the meeting.
Behavior that jeopardizes the health and safety of students and faculty (i.e. bomb threats, false fire alarms, smoke/stink bombs or possession/use of any combustible materials, calls to 911 when no emergency exists) is a serious violation of school policy and may result in out-of-school suspension/expulsion.
TOBACCO / VAPING
Students shall not be allowed to possess, smoke, or use tobacco 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. The school principal shall be responsible for administering appropriate punishment for possessing, smoking, vaping, or using tobacco products, which may include detention, in-school suspension, or suspension from school attendance. Possession of tobacco and vaping 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.
TENNESSEE LAW CONCERNING SUSPENSION
The administration of Page Middle School is authorized to carry out disciplinary and related procedures for the successful operation of the school under Tennessee law concerning suspension and disciplinary action. Tennessee law allows principals to suspend students for good and sufficient reason upon satisfaction of due process. (TCA 49-6-3401)
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
A student unlawfully possessing, handling, using, under the influence of, or selling alcohol, or any controlled substances in any way in the school building, on school grounds, on school busses, or at a school-sponsored activity shall be suspended/expelled for one calendar year.
a. The principal may recommend placement in the Alternative Learning Center.
b. The principal shall notify the local law enforcement agency and the Williamson County Juvenile Services Department.
c. All contraband shall be given to the local law enforcement agency for laboratory testing.
d. During any out-of-school suspension period, the student will not be permitted to attend or participate in extracurricular activities.
Case-By-Case Review: The Director of Schools may review any individual case and may reduce the suspension time to less than one calendar year.
Second Offense: Any second offense will result in immediate suspension for one calendar year by the principal. TCA 49-6-4202: TCA 49-6-4018
Drugs: Students shall not unlawfully possess, handle, use, be under the influence of, share or sell drugs or any controlled substances in any way in school buildings, on school grounds, or on other grounds used for school purposes, (including parking lots and athletic facilities), on school buses, or at any school sponsored activity. “Drug” means any narcotic or stimulant drug, prescription drug, or any other controlled substance. (TCA 49-6-4018)
Alcohol: The Board of Education will not tolerate any possession or use of alcoholic beverages by its students. A student unlawfully possessing, handling, using, under the influence of, sharing, or selling any alcoholic beverage in any way in a school building, on school grounds, or on other grounds used for school purposes, (including parking lots or athletic facilities), on school buses, or at any school sponsored activity shall be suspended for a calendar year.
Weapons: Students shall not possess, handle, transmit, use or attempt to use any dangerous weapons in the school building 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. Students shall not solicit another to bring a dangerous weapon onto school property. Students are further forbidden to use any instruments or substances such as chemicals, inhalants, pencils, scissors, razors or compasses with the intent to do harm to self or others or in a manner which renders the item dangerous. (WCBE/6.309)
Assault: Students shall not physically assault or verbally threaten a teacher or other school employee while on a school bus, on school property, or on other grounds used for school purposes, or while attending any school activity or event. (WCBE/6.309) Upon information that a student is suspected of violating this policy, the principal of the school shall notify the student’s parent or legal guardian and the appropriate law enforcement officials as required by law.
TCA 39-17-1309; 18 U.S.C. 921; TCA 49-6-4209; TCA 49-6-4204; TCA 49-6-4018
BUS CODE OF CONDUCT (Board Policy)
The Director of Schools or the principal may suspend from the right and privilege of transportation any student attending the Williamson County Public Schools for whom transportation is provided, due to misconduct or misbehavior of each student en-route to or from school.
Principals of schools served by buses are required to have at least one teacher on the grounds to look after early and late children. The driver of a school bus may assign each student a regular seat on the bus, and the student will remain in this seat until the driver gives permission for him to move or his destination is reached. A student shall be allowed to talk in a manner that would not disturb the driver or cause confusion among the students.
Adults must report directly to the office when entering the building, including parents arriving for conferences. All visitors must sign in and wear a visitor badge.
Students are not allowed to bring visitors to school.
School dances are organized for Page Middle students only. Non-student guests may not be invited to attend under any circumstances.