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FHS Student Handbook 2021-2022
Posted On:
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Please use this document for all policies for students at FHS.

Table of Contents                  

A Note from the Principal 1

Table of Contents. 2

School History. 3

2018-2019 Calendar 6

Fall Semester  2021. 6

Spring Semester  2022. 6

General Information. 7

Frank Hughes School Mission  Statement. 7

Beliefs. 7

FHS Contact Information.. 7

Mascot:  Lion.. 7

School Colors:  Black and Gold.. 7

Bell Schedule. 8

Alma Mater. 8

Administration.. 8

School Policies. 8

Enrollment or Withdrawal from School. 9

School Day. 9

Breaks. 10

Checks. 10

Disaster Plan.. 10

Financial and Other Obligations. 11

Lockers, Mailing Fee, & Other Fees. 11

Lost and Found.. 11

Valuables. 11

Cell Phones and Similar Devices (Policy 6.312) 12

Messages for Students. 12

Medication.. 12

Solicitation and Sales. 13

Telephone. 13

Visitors. 13

Grading.. 13

Honor Roll/Principal’s List. 13

Reporting Progress to Parents. 14

Homework.. 14

Make-up Work.. 14

 End of Course Exams. 14

Textbooks. 14

Guidance. 15

Pass-Fail Policy. 15

Athletic Requirements. 15

Classification.. 15

Graduation Requirements. 15

Graduating with Honors or Distinction.. 16

Clubs  and Special Activities. 16

Junior/Senior Prom.. 17

School Sponsored Field Trips. 17

Wayne County Bank Academic Bowl. 17

Attendance Policies. 18

Absences. 18

Tardies.......................................................................................................................................................................19

Check-in & Check-out Procedures. 20

Parking Lot/Driving Privileges. 20

Leaving School Grounds Before Dismissal. 21

Student Conduct 21

Bus Regulations. 21

General Conduct on Campus. 22

Fighting.. 22

Drugs. 22

Drug Testing.. 22

Alternative Education Program (policy 6.319) 22

Out-of-School Suspension (policy 4.300) 23

Property Damage. 23

Tobacco.. 23

Weapons. 23

Hazing Policy (Policy 4.301) 24

Dress and Appearance. 24

       Cafeteria...................................................................................................................................................25

Computer Lab Policy......................................................................................................................................25

Special Notices. 26

Nondiscrimination Policy. 26

Registered Sex Offenders (Policy 1.808) 26

Filing Complaints & Grievances. 26

Rights of Children with Disabilities and Parent Responsibilities. 27

Tennessee Department of Education Contact Information.. 27

Child Advocacy Group Contact Information.. 29

FERPA (Federal Education Right to Privacy Act) 29

Military Recruiters Access to Student Information..

 

Appendix A - Wayne County SChools Opening Schools Plan 2021-2022

 

 

 

 

School History

Frank Hughes School has stood in the heart of Clifton for more than 100 years.  The school has seen many proud and happy days in its long history.  Originally named Frank Hughes College, it began as both a college and a grade school. Generations of students from Clifton and the surrounding areas have spent their formative years on the historic FHS campus. 

In a way, the story of Frank Hughes School began with a terrible tragedy that occurred on the afternoon of February 1, 1904.  On that day fourteen year-old Frank Hughes went hunting on the edge of town with his uncle and a few friends.  Frank, the son of prominent and well-loved parents, was fatally wounded when his shotgun accidently discharged as he crossed a barbed-wire fence. Cliftonians were shocked when they heard the terrible news, and the town mourned greatly for the loss of this promising young boy.

A few months later, in January of 1905, the people of Clifton gathered in Clifton's Presbyterian Church to discuss building a new school in town.  At that meeting local poet Charles Ricketts read a letter from his brother-in-law, a remarkable former Clifton resident named John A. Pitts.  In that letter the Judge Pitts and his wife Ellen offered to donate what was then considered the most desirable property in all of Clifton for the construction of a new school. In that same letter the Judge also proposed calling the new school "Frank Hughes College" to honor the many contributions to Clifton made by Frank's parents, TS and Betty Hughes.

Judge Pitts' proposal was met with great enthusiasm, and the money was quickly raised to construct the new building.  The original Frank Hughes building was built astonishingly fast. Tennessee Governor John Cox was the featured speaker when the school was dedicated with an impressive ceremony on September 13, 1905.  Classes at Frank Hughes College began the following year. 

In the beginning, Frank Hughes College offered educational opportunities for students in the first grade right on up through college.  Bachelors and Associates Degrees were awarded at Frank Hughes for several years.  In fact, out-of-town students used to come to Clifton and board in some of the large homes.  Students came from a surprising variety of locations.  According to the Frank Hughes College catalog of 1908-1909, students came from several states including Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

As the steamboat traffic on the Tennessee River declined and the major new highways bypassed Clifton, attendance at Frank Hughes College began to wane.  In the late 1920's the college section was phased out, and Frank Hughes School became a part of the Wayne County public school system.

 

Our campus has witnessed many changes since those early years:

·       In the 1930's the first gym was added to the FHS campus.  Before that, basketball games were played in a large room on the first floor of the school building.  Graduating seniors began wearing caps and gowns in 1934.

·       In the 1940's, many of our young men left FHS for the war, and some of them never returned.  This was the last decade that large trucks were used as buses.

·       In 1951 the first yearbook was published, and in 1952-53 a separate building was constructed for the elementary and junior high students.  

·       In the early 1960's a new gym was built, and a couple of years later the original gym was destroyed one night in a spectacular fire.  Frank Hughes School finally became a school for everyone when integration came in the mid 1960's.  Ann Churchwell became our first African-American graduate in 1966. 

·       The original building was demolished to make way for the present high school in 1976.  The original elementary building burned in 1977, and it was replaced in 1979. 

·       In the 1980's our girls' basketball team became state champions.  Sadly, the old tradition of spectacular senior trips ended with the Class of 1989's trip to Hawaii. 

·       In the 1990's extravagant elementary Christmas programs and the FHS dinner theater productions became extremely popular in Clifton. 

·       A new middle school wing and a new gymnasium were added to the campus in the early 2000's.

·       Recently, the "old gym" was renovated through donations and extensive work by alumni, community and school members.  It has been renamed "Alumni Gym" in honor of those who have graduated from Frank Hughes School.

·       We have also recently upgraded the playground facilities and have installed a walking track on the school grounds.  This is open to the community.

The buildings and faces have changed through the years, but the original purpose of Frank Hughes School has stood the test of time.  FHS still strives to prepare students from the Clifton area for a better life.  As the old cornerstone in the bell tower says, FHS remains "dedicated to the cause of education."

 


 

WAYNE COUNTY SCHOOL CALENDAR

FALL SEMESTER 2021

 

Tue.                 Aug. 3                          In-service at Individual Schools

Wed.               Aug. 4                          Administrative Day

Thur.               Aug. 5                          Abbreviated Day (Registration)

Fri.                   Aug. 6                          County-wide In-service

Mon.               Aug. 9                          In-service at Individual Schools        

Tue.                 Aug. 10                        Administrative Day

Wed.               Aug. 11                        First Full Day of School for Students

Mon.               Sept. 6                         Labor Day (No School)

Mon.               Sept.20                        Parent/Teacher Conference (10:00-5:00)

Fri.                   Oct. 8                          End of 1st 9 Weeks

Mon.               Oct. 11                        Professional Development Day (Columbus Day)

Tue.-Fri.          Oct. 12-15                   Fall Break

Thurs.              Oct. 21                          Grade Cards Issued for 1st 9 Weeks

Mon.               Nov. 22                       Professional Development Day

Tue.-Fri.          Nov. 23-26                  Thanksgiving Break (No School)

Fri.                   Dec. 17                        Last Student Day Before Christmas (Full Day)

 

                                                                                    (82 Student Days + 2 Prof. Dev.)

 

SPRING SEMESTER 2022

 

Mon.               Jan. 3                           Professional Development Day

Tue.                 Jan.4                            In-service at Individual Schools

Wed.               Jan. 5                           Students Return to School

Thur.               Jan. 13                         Grade Cards Issued for 2nd 9 Weeks

Mon.               Jan. 17                         Professional Development Day(Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

Mon.               Feb. 21                                    Parent/Teacher Conference (President’s Day) (10:00-5:00)

Fri.                   Mar. 4                         End of 3rd 9 Weeks

Thurs.              Mar. 10                       Grade Cards Issued for 3rd 9 Weeks

Mon.               Mar. 28                       Professional Development Day

Tue.-Fri.          Mar. 29-Apr 1             Spring Break

Fri.                   April 15                       Professional Development Day (Good Friday)                    

Mon.               May 23                        Last Full Day

Tue.                 May 24                        In-service at Individual Schools

Wed.               May 25                        Administrative Day

Thur.               May 26                        Last Day of School (Abbreviated Day) Grade Card

 

                                                                                    (92 Student Days + 4Prof. Dev.)

 

Approved by the Board of Education February 11, 2021

 

 

 

General Information

 

Frank Hughes School Mission  Statement

 

The mission of Frank Hughes School is to enhance learning to allow students to meet or exceed academic standards while reaching his/her highest potential in a safe and caring environment so they may become productive citizens.

 

Beliefs

 

FHS is truly a unique place, with its history embedded in the community of Clifton, Tennessee.  We have been serving the Clifton area for more than 100 years.  We look forward to the coming years with high hopes and deep-rooted beliefs.

 

  1. We will prepare our students mentally, physically, and emotionally for all challenges.
  2. This school will provide students with knowledge necessary to become productive and contributing citizens to society.
  3. Our school has a responsibility to educate students in a safe, moral environment.
  4. We have a responsibility to cooperate with the community by working to meet its needs, instilling its values, and living up to its highest expectations.
  5. All individuals have unique strengths and personalities, and we will create an awareness of these to increase success.

 

FHS Contact Information

 

Frank Hughes School

444 Main Street - PO Box A

Clifton, TN  38425

 

Phone:      (931)  676-3325

Fax:          (931)  676-3903

Cafeteria:          (931)  676-3633

 

FHS Website: www.fhslions.com

FHS Face book Page - FHS Lions Pride

 

Mascot:  Lion

 

School Colors:  Black and Gold


Bell Schedule

 

7:40               Elementary and Middle School Dismissed from Cafeteria

7:45               Report to 1st Block

7:50                 1st Block Begins

9:10                 End of 1st Block (no bell)

9:10-10:00       Skinny Block (VOTECH students dismissed at 9:45)

10:00-10:10     Morning Break

10:10               2nd Block Begins

11:30               End of 2nd Block

11:35                3rd Block Begins  (VOTECH students dismissed at 11:45)

1:35                End of 3rd Block

1:40                 4th Block Begins

2:45                 End of 4th Block, School dismissed

 

Alma Mater

 

On old Clifton’s eastern border

Reared against the sky,

Proudly stands our Alma Mater

As the years go by.

 

“Forward ever” be our watchword,

Conquer and prevail.

Hail to thee, our Alma Mater…

Frank Hughes High, All Hail!

 

Administration

 

Principal:                          Mr. Greg Morris

Assistant Principal:          Mrs. Rhonda Beckham

Athletic Director:             Mr. Greg Morris

Counselor:                        Mrs. Ashley Morris

Secretary/Bookkeeper:     Mrs. Jackie Cobb

School Nurse                  Mrs. Julie Lineberry

 

School Policies

 

The Wayne County Board of Education wants every parent and student to fully understand the general rules and regulations regarding student conduct, which are in effect in the schools.  This handbook has been prepared to explain and clarify the procedures, policies and regulations at Frank Hughes School.  Students and parents are encouraged to contact the school administration if they have questions or concerns.  If this does not produce a satisfactory response, students and parents should then contact the Director of Schools.

 

The policies and procedures contained in this handbook are the result of a concerted effort on the part of the faculty and the administration.  This information has been carefully prepared and presented so that it will be of great value in helping you adjust to your school, and to become an integral part of it.

 

The ultimate purpose of education is to help each student become an effective citizen in a democracy.  Developing and accepting the responsibilities and obligations of good citizenship will help us to participate successfully in the world of tomorrow.  We hope that you will participate in our varied activities and thus find those things within your school that will prepare you to live a better life and finally take your place in this complex society.  Remember that your success in this school will be directly proportional to your efforts.

 

The administration will refrain from making any more rules than are absolutely necessary.  Students are expected to conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen, use sound judgment in their actions, and refrain from any disruptive behavior. Students are also expected to be courteous, show respect to all people, respect the authority of the teachers, and follow all rules and regulations set for them by the administration.

 

Students/Parents are expected to read the Student Handbook.

 

Enrollment or Withdrawal from School

 

When new students enroll in Frank Hughes School, they:

  1. Must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  2. Must have a completed health record and birth certificate and Social Security number.  Up to date immunization records on the “green card” from the Health Department. Any Documentation concerning custody rights.
  3. Must have a physical exam for students entering Kindergarten.  Students who went through the pre-K program will not be required to have another physical to enter Kindergarten.
  4. Must be able to verify attendance and proper withdrawal and grades from the previous school.  *  A schedule will not be developed until a transcript and records are received from the previous school.

 

When students withdraw from FHS they:

  1. Must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  2. Obtain and complete withdrawal form from the guidance office.
  3. Pay all fees and return all FHS books and materials.
  4. Provide the name of the new school and sign a waiver to release records.

 

Failure to complete a proper withdrawal could delay records being transferred to the new school.

 

School Day

 

The school day begins at 7:50 AM and ends at 2:45 PM.  Once you arrive on campus, you will not be permitted to leave without permission from the office.  Students in grades K-8 will go directly to the cafeteria upon arriving at school and remain there until 7:45 AM, when the bus duty teacher or the bell will dismiss them.  Students in grades 9-12 will be permitted to go to their first period classroom immediately upon arriving at school.  THE BUILDING WILL NOT BE OPEN UNTIL 7:20 AM.  Please do not drop off students prior to 7:20 AM.  The school day will end at 2:45 p.m.  All students should immediately leave the building and the campus, unless they have official school business under the supervision of a faculty or staff member.

 

Breaks

 

Breaks will be provided.  Students are to use this time to use the restroom, eat snacks, and take care of any personal school business as permitted by the teacher in charge.  Misuse of this privilege may result in breaks being eliminated.

 

Checks

 

The school is not allowed to accept checks made out to Cash.  Only checks written for the exact amount of the purchase and made to Frank Hughes School will be accepted.  A fee of $10.00 will be charged for returned checks.

 

Disaster Plan

 

Fire DrillsThe signal for this drill is ONE LONG, CONTINUOUS RING, with an announcement of “CODE RED”.  We will also use the “CODE RED” for other emergencies requiring evacuation of the building.

 

The purpose of a fire drill is to empty the building as quickly as possible.  The following regulations should be observed whenever a fire drill is conducted:

  • Each class will exit the building by way of the outside door in each room.  These exits are marked on a diagram posted in each classroom.
  • Teachers are to take their roll books and check the roll when outside the building and
  • keep their students together.
  • Students are not to re-enter the building until their teachers have received the proper signal.
  • Teachers will check the roll when all students have re-entered the building.

 

Tornado Drills ---The signal for a tornado is an announcement of “CODE GRAY”.

Upon the sound of a tornado drill, the students will move to the assigned area of the building where they may sit, kneel, or squat and cover their heads.  When danger of the tornado is past, students will move back to their respective rooms.  The teacher will then check roll.  “CODE GRAY” will be used for any emergency where students will be instructed to stay in the building and assume a weather related posture.

 

 

Lock-down procedures---The “CODE BLACK” signal will be given when the school is in lockdown.  Students are to stay in their assigned area, and listen to teachers directions.  Doors are to be locked and students are to move to an inside wall so as not to be visible by any intruder.

 

These emergency procedures will be practiced throughout the school year to assist in safety measures in the event of a crisis situation.

 

Financial and Other Obligations

 

No student will be allowed to receive a report card until all debts are paid, all library books returned, and all other obligations are met, such as payment for lost textbooks, book fines, charged lunches, damage to school property, etc. This policy will be strictly enforced and reviewed every nine weeks.

 

Lockers, Mailing Fee, & Other Fees

 

Elementary students will be charged a $10.00 mailing/technology fee.

 

Middle and High School students will be charged a $10.00 mailing/technology fee.

 

Students in grades 5-12 are issued a locker for personal use in keeping school supplies, coats, and etc.  Locks and lockers are provided as a part of the Mailing/Handbook fee.  School locks must be used on the assigned lockers.  Teachers will keep a log of locker assignments and combinations.  A copy of this log will be kept on file in the office.

 

Students should only use the locker that they have been issued.  They should keep their locker neat and in good condition.  Students are not to write on lockers or put any kind of decals or stickers on them.  They are not to give their combination to other students.  Lockers are school property that has been provided for the student to use, take care of, and respect.  A student should avoid putting various valuables and money in a locker.  Any problems experienced with lockers should be reported to the office.

 

If there is reason to believe that a locker contains items detrimental to the health and welfare to the student or stolen items, a search may be authorized. 

 

There also may be a science lab fee assessed to students that are taking those classes.

 

Lost and Found

Students who find lost items are asked to take them to the office where the owner can claim them.  Students are asked to place their name in or on personal property.  Students are expected to keep up with their own personal property and textbooks.  The school cannot assume responsibility for losses; however, if a student reports the loss of an item immediately, every effort will be made to locate the item.

 

Valuables

Students should not bring large sums of money, valuables, or expensive jewelry to school.  If it is necessary to bring such items, students should make arrangements with a teacher or the principal for safekeeping.  Do not bring any items to school that do not pertain to schoolwork.  Examples might include trading cards, cell phones, I-Pods, or any item the administration deems as interfering with the learning environment.


Cell Phones and Similar Devices (Policy 6.312)

In order to further ensure the safety of students while at school, school sponsored events and traveling to and from school, the Wayne County School System will allow students to possess cell phones, and other electronic communication devices provided they abide by the following school policies regarding their use:

·       The use of cell phones in the school building is strictly prohibited. 

·       The instructional school day is defined as the time period between a student’s arrival in the building and the final dismissal bell for all students.  The instructional day includes breakfast and lunch periods, breaks, rest room breaks, and class changes. 

·       Teachers can allow cell phones to be used within class to complete class assignments. It is the teacher's responsibility to monitor use of personal cell phones during their instructional time.

·       Cell phones/communication devices should be turned OFF during the instructional school day and should be stored in a locker, back pack, purse, pocket, or another place where it is not visible during the school day. 

·       At  no time should students carry an exposed cell phone.

Violation of the above rules will result in the following:

  • First Offense – Confiscation of device for one week
  • Second Offense – Confiscation of device for two weeks
  • Third Offense – Confiscation of device for three weeks
  • Following the Third Offense – At the discretion of the principal

 

Parents should call the school for any emergency situation.  School administrators will contact your son/daughter.   Parents are asked to refrain from contacting students by cell phone/text during the school day.

The school system is not responsible for lost or stolen electronic signaling devices. 

Messages for Students

Parents should make arrangements for how students will get home prior to the beginning of the school day.  In cases where a message must be delivered to a student during the school day, please make sure that you call before 2:15 PM.  It is very difficult to deliver messages at the end of the school day. Messages received after 2:30 may not be possible to deliver.  Please keep all messages to "Emergency Events Only".

 

Medication

If it becomes necessary for a student to take any form of medication at school, the following rules will apply:

  • A signed note from a parent/guardian must be presented to the office giving office personnel permission to give the medication to the student.
  • All medication will be kept and dispensed through the office.
  • All medication must be labeled with the student’s name and dosage instructions.
  • Only medication sent from home will be dispensed through the office.  We do not give out aspirin or Tylenol.  We do, however, treat cuts and abrasions.
  • No medication may be kept in lockers, purses, or pockets.  This includes aspirin and Tylenol.  These must be brought to the office as described above.

Solicitation and Sales

 

Students are not to engage in any type of buying, selling, or trading of articles on school property.  Any item brought to school for this purpose will be taken from the student and may be retrieved at the end of the school day.  No sales by individuals or non-school groups are permitted.

 

Telephone

 

The office telephone is for school business and may be used by students only in case of emergency.  Students may not use the office phone without first obtaining permission from office personnel (not student workers).  Messages and deliveries from home should be left in the office.  Students will not be called out of class for messages unless it is an emergency!  A principal or office personnel must approve calling parents to pick a student up at school.

 

Visitors

 

Although parents are welcome at Frank Hughes School, anyone coming to school will need to come to the office firstDo not go directly to the child’s room without checking in at the office.  It is very important for the safety of each student and to preserve the quality of instructional time that the office is aware of all persons on campus.  Students should not bring friends, brothers or sisters, etc. to school. 

 

Grading

Grades are determined by combining daily grades, test grades, and special project grades.  The grading scale is:

 

            A     =    93-100

            B     =    85-92

            C     =    75-84

            D     =    70-74

            F     =    69 or below

            I      =    Incomplete

 

Honor Roll/Principal’s List

Making the Honor Roll or Principal’s List is the ultimate success!  We are proud of the hard work that students exhibit while striving to earn this status. 

Requirements for the Honor Roll are:

·       Overall grade average of  85 with no grade below 85

·       Satisfactory mark in Physical Education

Requirements for the Principal’s List are:

·       Overall  grade average of 93 with no grade below 90

·       Satisfactory mark in Physical Education

The Honor Roll and Principal’s List will be posted in the office before they are sent to the paper.  It is the student’s responsibility to check the list if he/she believes he/she should be on the list.  If it is not included, please notify the office.

Reporting Progress to Parents

 

It is important that current telephone numbers and addresses of home, relatives, and workplace be kept on Student Information Forms in the office so that family members can be contacted as needed. If this information changes during the school year, please contact us with the correct information.

 

·       Letters or notes from teachers/principals are used to report progress and behavior to parents/guardians.

·       Report cards are issued at the end of each nine weeks period.

·       At the midpoint of each 9 weeks period, we will be sending out progress reports. These are not to be official grades, but are meant to inform parents of student progress before report cards are issued.

·       Formal parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled in the Fall on Monday, September 16, 2019 (10:00-5:00), and in the Spring on Monday, February 17, 2020 (10:00 – 5:00).

 

Homework

 

It is a policy at Frank Hughes School to regularly assign homework for the reinforcement of skills studied during class time.  Homework grades play an important part in the total grade at the end of the nine weeks’ period.  Students who need additional assistance with homework may contact the guidance counselor for after school tutoring opportunities.

 

Make-up Work (Wayne County Bd of Educ. Pol 6.200)

All missed class work or tests (excused or unexcused absence) may be made up provided the student makes the request immediately upon returning to school and provided instructional time not taken from other students.  A grade "Incomplete" will be received for any work missed until the work is completed.  A student may have up to three (3) days to make up work from a single absence and up to 5 days to make up work from an absence longer than a single day. It's the students responsibility to make arrangements for make-up work, and if not completed in the allotted time, a grade zero(0) will be recorded for the assignments.

TCAP and End of Course Exams

 

TCAP exams will be administered for grades 2-8 in the Spring Semester.  These tests will count as 15% of the students’ grade for the final semester.

 

End of course exams will be administered in some high school core classes in both the Fall and the Spring.  These tests will count as 15% of the students’ grade for the final half of the course.

 

 

Textbooks and Chromebooks

 

Textbooks are provided free of charge to the students.  Books assigned to students must be returned in reasonable condition.  Students will have to pay for any damaged or lost books.  Some classes may require students to purchase additional workbooks.  Chromebooks will be used in various classroom settings and are the property of the Wayne County School System.  Each student and parent must read and sign the Wayne County Schools Chromebook Check Out agreement when issued a school owned Chromebook.

 

 

 

Guidance

 

The school guidance counselor will be available to assist the students, parents, administration, faculty, and community during the school year.  Areas of involvement will include orientation or new students, scheduling, testing, individual and group counseling, career and technical education, and personal-social growth and development.     Counseling is available for any student who needs advice, help, or information.  The purpose of the counselor is to help students with problems of school studies, friendships, personal matters, and college requirements.  Parents may call the guidance counselor (Mrs. Ashley Morris) at 931- 676-3325.  Scholarship information, after-school tutoring opportunities and information on additional learning programs can be obtained through the guidance office.

 

Pass-Fail Policy

 

Students in grades K-5 must meet requirements for their grade level in order to be promoted to the next grade. Students in grades 6-8 must pass all four-core subjects (language arts, math, science, and social studies) in order to be promoted to the next grade level.

 

Athletic Requirements

 

All athletes, cheerleaders, etc. must maintain passing grades each semester to participate in such activities.  They must show their grade cards each nine weeks to their coach and advisor.  High School student/athletes must meet Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) requirements to be eligible to participate.  Junior High participants must be passing all subjects to participate.

 

Classification

 

High School classification will be as follows:

Freshmen—Promotion to 9th grade

Sophomores—4 credits

Juniors—10 credits

Seniors—18 credits

 

Graduation Requirements

 

In order to graduate, students in grades 9-12 must pass subjects known as the core curriculum for the State of Tennessee and accumulate 28 total credits.   Students will be required to take end of course exams in certain core classes.  All students will be required to pass Algebra I and Geometry as part of the three math credits required to graduate.

 

There is no guarantee there will be summer school next year.  The goal for each student should be to make every effort not to rely on summer school.  No more than two subjects may be repeated in summer school for promotion to the next grade level.  Each core subject failed is a three-hour class in summer school.

    

General Core Courses                                                      Credits

 

English (honors level, if offered).  ..........................................................   4

Math (Algebra 1 or Math for Technology II), Algebra II,

         and Geometry and Advanced Math, Bridge Math, or SAILS)  ......   4

Science (Biology I, Chemistry & or Physics,

         One other lab science)  ....................................................................   3

Social Studies (United States History, Economics, 

         Government and 1 additional unit  .................................................   3

Health Education  .....................................................................................   1

Physical Education  ...............................................................................   1/2

Personal Finance  ..................................................................................   1/2

 

General Education                 or                 Vocational Education

Foreign Language       2                     Vocational Education Focus               3   

Fine Arts                     1                     Electives                                              3

Elective Focus            3                                                                       

 

Total                  22                            Total                                                  22

 

A total of 28 credits are required for graduation.

 

Graduating with Honors or Distinction

 

Students may graduate with honors if they score at or above all of the ACT Benchmarks.  The benchmarks are:

 English-18, Math-22, Reading-21, Science-24 and a composite of 21.1.

 

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

  • Earn a nationally recognized industry certification
  • Participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools
  • Participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations
  • Be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
  • Attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT
  • Earn 12 or more semester hours of postsecondary credit

 

Clubs  and Special Activities

 

Frank Hughes School is a firm believer in developing a well-rounded student, thus we encourage all students to take part in extracurricular activities.  These activities include athletics, band, academic clubs, service clubs and any activity sponsored by FHS as a student activity.  Students who do not meet attendance requirements for school will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activity.  Students must also be passing all subjects to be allowed to participate.

 

 

Some of the clubs at Frank Hughes are:  Band, Beta Club, 4-H, FCA, Math Club and Yearbook Staff.

 

No student will be forced to participate in any club or special activity.

 

Junior/Senior Prom

Students who attend the prom must abide by the following rules:

1.      No middle school students will be permitted to attend the prom.

2.      No more than 9 unexcused absences for the entire year.

3.      Age limit is 22 years and all non-FHS students must be approved by the administration.

4.      No previous prom incident.

5.      Any senior that is caught with alcohol/drugs or is under the influence of alcohol/drugs will be placed in AEP for the remainder of the school year and could not participate in graduation.

6.      Any junior that is caught with alcohol/drugs and/or is under the influence of alcohol/drugs will be                             placed in AEP for at least the remainder of the school year and will not be allowed to attend their senior prom.

7. Prom Activities will be held on campus.

 

School Sponsored Field Trips

 

No student will be permitted to participate in school sponsored fieldtrips with more than 9 unexcused absences for the entire school year.   

 

Wayne County Bank Academic Bowl

 

Students with a total of three tardies or one unexcused absence will not be permitted to attend the Wayne County Academic Bowl.

 

 

 

Attendance/Truancy Policies (W.C. BoE 6.200)

 

Regular attendance and punctuality are essential in any vocation chosen in life.  It is also essential to student success, enjoyment, and achievement in schoolwork.  State law also requires it.  Every student should make attendance one of his/her priorities each year.

Absences

    - please refer to COVID guidelines for any questions concerning absences during

      distance learning.

 

Absences shall be classified as either excused or unexcused as determined by the principals or their designee.  Excused absences shall include:

 

  • Personal illness
  • Illness of immediate family member
  • Death in the family
  • Funerals, with parental consent
  • Religious observation
  • Circumstances which, in the judgment of the principals, create emergencies over which the student has no control
  • Extreme weather conditions

 

After being absent from one or more classes, a student must bring a written note from his/her parent/guardian to receive an admission slip.  All students must check in with the school office before school begins.  Failure to bring a note will result in an unexcused absence.  This unexcused absence can be removed only by bringing the proper note to school on the next day.  Documentation for an excuse must be provided to school office within 3 days of the last absence.  The note should contain:

 

  • The student’s full name
  • The date of absence
  • Reason for absence
  • Parent/guardian signature

 

Parents are accountable under state law to see that students attend school.  When a student has 4 “sick” notes (per semester), the 5th excuse must be a written statement from a licensed physician.  Notes marked “personal” will be monitored.  Nine unexcused absences will result in a referral to the Attendance Officer/Truancy Board of the Wayne County Board of EducationStudents with 5 unexcused absences will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities( including sports). Also, students who have 9 unexcused absences during the school year will NOT be allowed to attend the prom. Excessive absences and continued non-compliance with attendance laws will result in subpoenas to juvenile court.

 

Wayne County Schools Truancy Intervention Plan

 

3 Unexcused absences- Formal letter from school will be sent to Parent/Legal Guardian, making them aware of absences including compulsory attendance law and board policy.

 

 

Tier I - 5 Unexcused absences

·       Conference with student, parent\legal guardian, Principal/Asst. Principal, and School Counselor.

·       A Resulting attendance contract to be signed by student, Parent/Guardian, Principal/Asst. Principal, and School Counselor.

1.     Description of school's  attendance expectations for student.

2.     Period for which it is effective

3.     Penalties for additional absences and alleged school offenses, including additional disciplinary action and potential referral to juvenile court.

·       Individualized assessment by school counselor of reasons student has been absent from school. This assessment may result in referral to counseling, community-based services or other services to address attendance problems.

·       If student accumulates additional unexcused absences in violation of Tier I attendance contract, student will be subject to Tier II interventions.

Tier II - 6 Unexcused Absences

·       Formal letter from District will be sent to Parent/Legal Guardian, making them aware of absences including compulsory attendance law and board policy.

·       School Counselor shall conduct an individualized assessment detailing reasons student has been absent. May include individual counseling time, collaborate with community-based services to address attendance problems.

Tier III - 9 Unexcused Absences

When student accumulates 9 unexcused absences, the attendance supervisor/Principal will notify Parent/Legal Guardian of their requirement to attend a scheduled Truancy Board meeting as established by Truancy Board.  Failure to appear before the Truancy Board will warrant an automatic petition to Wayne County Juvenile Court.

·       Tier III interventions are to be implemented if truancy interventions under Tier II are unsuccessful.

·       These interventions shall be determined by a team made up of mental/medical health professionals, case management agencies, youth service officer, and school representatives.

 

Tardiness

A “little late” is too late---class time is important!

 

What are the results of allowing tardiness?  When we think of an isolated incident, it seems to be no big deal.  However, a lax attitude toward tardiness encourages the delay of starting class.  If each class were delayed only five minutes, the end result would be a loss of 20 minutes daily, 1 hour and 40 minutes weekly or a total of 60 hours of instruction over the course of a school term.  Therefore, we will not accommodate tardiness.  Students who are late to school must check in through the office.  Being late to class during the school day will result in the teacher issuing an unexcused tardy to the student.  Students with 3 unexcused tardies per semester will result in one unexcused absence, be assigned 5 AM break detentions at which time they will be copying the student handbook. Excessive tardiness may result in alternative school. 

 

 

 

Elementary (Grades K-5)

Homeroom begins at 7:50 a.m.  Students arriving after this time are counted tardy.  They will need to go to the office and sign in.  A student should bring a written note from home to the office stating why he/she is late and must be signed by parent or guardian.  A tardy note will be issued and the student is to take the tardy slip to their teacher.

 

After 4 unexcused tardies your child will make up time during break or PE.  You will be notified on the 4th tardy to make you aware of this situation.  If this continues to be a problem, after school detention, before school detention, or in-school suspension will be assigned. 

       

Grades 6-12

Excused Tardies

 

A tardy will be excused if the student has a written note signed by his/her parent/guardian.  Only 4 excused tardies will be granted per semester.  After the student’s 4th tardy, excuses must be Dr/Dentist note, death in family, or court appearance to be excused. 5 unexcused tardies will result in 5 days AM break detention.  VOTECH students who reach 6 unexcused tardies will spend 1 day in ISS.

 

Unexcused Tardies

 

Each time that a student is tardy to class the teacher will request that the student sign a tardy form which will be turned into the office.  Upon receiving the 5th unexcused tardy, the student will receive 5 days AM break detention.  Each time a student reaches the 5 unexcused tardies level, they will serve 5 days AM break detention, or an alternative form of discipline will be determined by the administration.  VOTECH students who reach 6 unexcused tardies will spend 1 day in ISS.

 

Further abuse of this policy will result in the Administration taking additional action.  Example:  After school detention, Alternative School, or driving privileges taken away.           

 

Driver's License Revocation (Board Policy 6.200)

 

More than ten consecutive or fifteen unexcused absences by a student during any semester render a student ineligible to retain a driver's permit or license, or to obtain such if of age.  In order to qualify for reclaiming a driver’s permit or license, the student must make a passing grade in at least three full unit subjects or their equivalency at the conclusion of a grading period.

 

Check-in & Check-out Procedures

 

Students coming to school after the 7:50 tardy bell will need to check in the office to receive an admission note to class.  Please refer to the tardy policy for excused admission to school.

 

Parents who wish to check their children out of school must come into the office and sign their child out.  Parents who cannot come to the school themselves, may call the school and designate a responsible adult who will be allowed to check the student out of school.  The designated adult must be at least 18 years of age, must present a valid driver’s license and must come in to the office and sign the student check out form.  This practice is designed to prevent such abuses as individuals posing as parents and checking students out of school without the actual parent’s knowledge.  We hope we can eliminate a dangerous situation without causing an undue hardship on the parents.  In cases where someone poses as a parent and designates a person to check a student out without the real parent’s knowledge, we will have the driver’s license number of the person responsible and that person will be prosecuted.  In addition, the student will be punished here at school.

 

Even students who are 18 must have a valid excuse to check out of school.  The Principal or his designee must agree that the excuse is valid.  Unexcused absences will result in a zero being given for all class work missed and subject to other disciplinary measures.

 

 

Parking Lot/Driving Privileges

 

Students will use the parking area between the gyms or the areas around the gyms.  Students are not to park on the sides of the school, in front of the old gym, or in front of the building; these areas are for faculty, visitors, and bus parking.  Under no circumstances are students to go to the parking lot unless given permission by the principal/designee.

 

The speed limit on campus is 15 M.P.H. as required by state law.  The following violations may result in the privileges of driving or riding with someone to school being revoked.

 

  • Excessive tardiness
  • Illegal parking
  • Sitting in cars during school hours
  • Bringing unauthorized people or items to school
  • Going to cars during the day without permission from the principal  

 

Leaving School Grounds Before Dismissal 

 

After students arrive on school property at the beginning of the school day, they must remain on the campus until dismissed that afternoon unless they are properly checked out of school by their parent/guardian.  Students who ride buses are not to leave the bus after boarding until they reach school in the mornings and their home in the afternoons.  Any temporary change in a student’s schedule must be made in writing to the principal’s office, and the student will take a signed note to the bus driver.  In order for a student to leave in any other manner, the student’s parent/guardian must check the student out through the office.  Students caught leaving campus will be subject to:

*1st Offense - 3 days AEP       *2nd Offense - 5 days AEP      *Recurring offenses- Administrative decision

 

Student Conduct

 

Bus Regulations

     Bus drivers are to have control of all students conveyed between the homes of students and the school.  The bus driver shall keep order, maintain discipline among the students in a civil manner, see that no student is imposed upon or mistreated while in his/her charge, and shall take every precaution to ensure the safety of the students.

 

The bus driver has the same rights and authority as a classroom teacher.  The driver may assign any student who presents problems a permanent seat.  Bus problems will be referred to the principal.

 

Students who present problems, which jeopardize the safety of others, may have their privileges of riding a bus withdrawn by the administration.  All students riding a bus will be given a copy of the transportation policies the first week of school.

 

General Conduct on Campus

 

  1. No running in the buildings
  2. No fighting
  3. No loud or abusive language
  4. Dress in appropriate manner
  5. No smoking or possession of tobacco products
  6. No gambling
  7. Sunglasses and hats are not to be worn in building
  8. No public displays of affection
  9. Show respect to others
  10. Headphones and ear buds, etc, may not be worn in the hallways.

 

Each teacher and staff member at FHS has the authority to correct any misbehavior anywhere on campus or at any school sponsored activities.  This includes all ballgames, club meetings, trips, etc.

Fighting

The general disciplinary policy for fighting in all Wayne County High Schools is 5 days AEP for the first offense.  Consequences will increase for subsequent for offenses.

 

Drugs

Possession or use of alcohol, drugs, or related equipment will result in immediate suspension. This includes any prescription drug that isn't properly checked in to the school nurse.   The student’s parent/guardian will be notified.  The case will also immediately be referred to the proper legal authorities and to the Wayne County School Board.

 

Drug Testing

 Students suspected of drug use may legally be required to submit to drug testing.  Refusing to submit to testing could result in the student being removed from school.

The drug testing policy is located at 6.3072 in the Wayne County School Board Policy Manual.

 

Alternative Education Program (policy 6.319)

Students will attend W.C.A.E.P. from 8:00 AM to 2:41 PM for the amount of time specified by the student’s assigning principal.  Students must leave campus when dismissed from A.E.P.—you are not allowed on the campus of your home school.

 

Students will come to A.E.P. fully prepared to work on current or tardy assignments. Work will be sent to each teacher daily.

 

All tardiness or absences will be unexcused unless a doctor’s written excuse is presented.  Five (5) unexcused absences or tardies will be reported to the Attendance Supervisor.

 

Grooming and dress will follow Wayne County dress code policies.  Absolutely no suggestive clothing or materials will be permitted.

 

Students attending A.E.P. shall provide their own transportation according to school board policy 6.319—in other words, no school bus privileges will be provided.

 

Students who choose to be uncooperative will face expulsion from school, based on the decision of the A.E.P. instructors per TCA  49-6-3402 (State Law).

 

Out-of-School Suspension (policy 4.300)

A student in out-of-school suspension or attending alternative school shall not be permitted to attend and/or participate in Wayne County school-sponsored activities or be present on any school property. 

 

Property Damage

Students are expected to maintain order in the school environment, preserve school property, and exercise care while using school facilities.  Students who destroy, damage, or lose school property shall be subject to disciplinary action and shall be responsible for the cost of replacing or repairing such materials and equipment.  School property is defined as buildings, buses, books, equipment, water fountains, records, instructional materials, or any other item under the jurisdiction of the Board of Education.

 

Tobacco

Students shall neither use, nor have in their possession, tobacco products or lighters in any form on school premises or on school buses during school hours. Vapor cartridges/pods, Juuls, and similar devices are also strictly prohibited.  A LAW PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE REQUIRES LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AND SCHOOL PRINCIPALS TO ISSUE A JUVENILE CITATION FOR STUDENTS WHO UNLAWFULLY POSSESS TOBACCO PRODUCTS.

The following policy is now in effect:

  • 1st Offense – Citation to juvenile court
  • 2nd Offense – Citation to juvenile court and 3 days AEP
  • 3rd Offense – Citation to juvenile court and 5 days AEP

Weapons

 The General Assembly of the State of Tennessee has passed the following legislation concerning weapons at school.  It reads as follows:

 

“It shall be unlawful for any person to possess, or carry openly or concealed, any gun, shotgun, rifle, pistol, dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine explosive device, Bowie knife, dagger, sling-shot, leaded cane, switchblade, blackjack, metallic knuckles, or any other weapon of like kind, not used solely for instructional or school sanctioned ceremonial purposes, on any public or private school building or bus, on any public or private campus, grounds, recreation area, athletic field, college, or university board of trustees, regents, or directors for the administration of any public or private education institution. Each school must display the following sign:

                        Felony:  State law prescribes a maximum penalty of

                        Five (5) years’ imprisonment and fine not to exceed $2,500

                        for carrying weapons on school property.”

 

This act became effective July 1, 1982.

 

Hazing Policy (Policy 4.301)

Coaches and other employees of the school district shall not encourage, permit, condone, or tolerate hazing activities.

Dress and Appearance

Proper dress and appearance promote a positive learning atmosphere and wholesome attitude for the school as a whole.  Therefore, the guidelines for student dress and appearance are best expressed by briefly saying "Use Common Sense”.  Students shall dress and groom in a clean, neat, and modest manner so as not to distract or interfere with the operation of the school.  The following guidelines have been set by the Wayne County Board of Education:

  • Blouses or tops must have some type of sleeve (long, short, or cap sleeve) therefore, no tank tops, muscle shirts or spaghetti straps.
  • No midriff, cleavage or bare backs showing.
  • Shorts or skirts must be no more than 2 inches above the knee or no more than 4 inches from the floor in a kneeling position. This is in effect for boys and girls.
  • All holes in pants/jeans must be patched.
  • Leggings under jeans are considered patches.
  • Leggings worn as pants must be covered with clothing that is no shorter than mid-thigh.
  • No body piercing (ornamentation) except in ears.
  • No trench coats.
  • Hair Color must be in a natural range of colors.  Traditional haircuts, hair styles, hair colors only.
  • No sagging pants, pants must be worn at the waist.
  • No excessively baggy pants.
  • No see-through attire.
  • No extremely tight clothing (such as biker pants).
  • Clothing or jewelry advertising alcoholic beverages, tobacco, displaying inappropriate words or comments should not be worn.
  • No printed slogans on the seat of pants.
  • No pajama pants.
  • Tennis shoes are required for the gym floor and cleats are not allowed in the building.
  • No flip flops in any vocational trade classes.
  • No underclothing worn as an outer garment.
  • Hats-caps-sunglasses should be removed when in the building.
  • Backpacks must be kept in a safe place in classroom, organized and neat.
  • No chains, spiked wrist bands, collars, etc.
  • No safety pins.
  • Any item that can be used a weapon.
  • No Head-coverings.

Principal/Administration has final decision in determining what is appropriate in clothing and appearance for the school day.

Students who consistently violate the dress code policy will be asked to go home and change clothing before returning to school. Further issues could result in Alternative School placement.

 

Cafeteria

    Prices for breakfast and lunch are as follows:

Breakfast                                            Lunch                                     

Students-- $1.00                                 PreK-8th grade                        $2.00  

Faculty-- $1.00                                   High School                $2.25

Visitor -- $1.50                                   Faculty                                    $2.75

                                                            Visitor                        $3.50

 

Each student must eat in the cafeteria where they will remain for the 30 minutes scheduled for lunchtime.  Lunch may be purchased at school or be brought from homeNolunches/food will be allowed to be brought in from outside agencies or restaurants.  Extra items can’t be charged to student’s account.  All extra items must be purchased or money can be deposited into the account beforehand.  Appropriate manners should be exhibited in the cafeteria as follows:

 

  • Stay in line to be served.        
  • Do not push or shove.            
  • Do not yell.
  • Clean the area after eating.
  • Do not take food out of the cafeteria.

 

Computer Lab Policy

Students are to use computers for educational purposes only.  Chat rooms and social networking sites are not to be opened on school grounds.  Up-loading files from home are not permitted.  Students are not allowed to use the lab or any teacher computers without teacher supervision.  No food, drinks or gum allowed in the computer labs.  Students should close any working files before leaving the lab.  The last class of the day should shut down all computers to protect them from overnight power surges.

 

Students will abide by the rules and ethics for Internet use outlined in Board Policy 4.406. 


Special Notices

 

Nondiscrimination Policy

 

It is the policy of the Frank Hughes School not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, age, color, sex, handicap, or national origin in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies as required by Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  If you are unable to speak English, an interpreter will be provided upon your request.

 

La Política de No Descriminación Del Condado De Wayne

Es la política del Sistema Escolar de Condado de Wayne de no discriminar a base de raza, religión, credo, edad, color, sexo, desvantaja ni a base del origin nacional en sus programas educativos, sus actividades ni en sus políticas del empleo como requerido pro el Título IV del Acto Civil de Derechos de 1964, el Titulo IX de las Enmiendas Educativas de 1972, y la Sección 504 del Acto Federal de Rehabilitación de 1973.

Si usted es incapaz de hablar ingles, un intérprete sera proveido para usted a pedido.

 

Registered Sex Offenders (Policy 1.808)

 

Individuals registered as sex offenders in Tennessee or any other state are prohibited from the premises of any school in this district, except for the limited instances outlined in board policy 1.808

Toll free number for DCS is 1-877-542-2873

 

 

Filing Complaints & Grievances

 

Wayne County Board of Education Policy 6.305 states:

Any student of this school district who wishes to file a discrimination/harassment grievance against another student or an employee of the district may file a written or oral (recorded, if possible) complaint with a complaint manager.  Students may also report an allegation of discrimination/harassment to any teacher or other adult employed in the school who shall inform a complaint manager of the allegation.  The complaint should include the following information:

 

  • Identity of the alleged victim and person accused;
  • Location, date, time and circumstances surrounding the alleged incident;
  • Description of what happened;
  • Identity of witnesses and any other evidence available.

 

Complaints may be filed in writing or orally.  Complaint Administrators at the school level are:

 

                             Ashley Morris, Guidance Counselor or           

                              Greg Morris, Principal

 

 


Grievance Procedures at the District Level:

 

Should you have reason to believe you have been treated unfairly, you should take the following steps:

 

A complaint may be filed by a student or employee who believes discrimination or unfair treatment has been practiced against him/her.  Complaints may be filed in writing or orally.

 

Efforts must first be made by the complainant to resolve the differences with the person or persons responsible for such alleged discrimination or mistreatment.

 

In the event a complaint cannot be resolved as provided above, the complaint must be submitted to the Board of Education. All complaints must be in writing and include specific evidence of discrimination or mistreatment; be signed by the complainant; and filed within three (3) working days after a solution has been attempted and failed or seven (7) working days after the alleged discrimination or mistreatment.

 

The Superintendent shall conduct an investigation and present findings and recommendations to the Board of Education within three working days.

 

The Superintendent may render judgment on the validity of the complaint or may refer to the Board of Education for an informal hearing of the allegation. The Superintendent shall notify the complainant within three working days either that no hearing is warranted or notification of the scheduling of a hearing. In the event of a hearing, members of the Board of Education, those accused of discrimination or unfair practices, and any witnesses of the alleged discrimination or practice are also notified of the scheduled hearing.

 

The Board of Education shall meet within 3 working days after notice of referral to hear testimony and study all evidence. Their written recommendation will be presented to the Superintendent of his designated representative(s) within 5 working days of the hearing.

 

The complainant and/or person accused of discrimination or mistreatment may bring legal counsel or an advisor to the hearing. Legal counsel will not be permitted to speak for their client and may act in an advisory capacity.

 

If the complainant is not satisfied with the action, he/she may appeal the decision to the following:

 

Wayne County Board of Education

419 South Main Street

Waynesboro, TN  38485

 

Or

 

Director of the Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education
Washington, D.C.

 


Compliance Administrators

 

Compliance Administrators for Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 (Race, gender, color, or national origin) are:

Mr. Marlon Davis

Mr. Walter Butler

Wayne County Board of Education

419 South Main Street

Waynesboro, TN  38485

931 722-3316

 

Rights of Children with Disabilities and Parent Responsibilities

 

In addition to the state and local resources available to parents and children, there are many agencies and organizations that offer support, information, training, and help in advocating for persons with disabilities in Tennessee.

 

Tennessee Department of Education Contact Information

 

Answers to many questions and much helpful information may be obtained from the State Department of Education by calling 1-888-212-3161 or visiting http://www.state.tn.us/education/speced/index.htm.

 

Legal Services Division

Division of Special Education,

Tennessee Department of Education

710 James Robertson Parkway

Andrew Johnson Tower, 5th Floor

Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0380

Phone: 615.741.2851

Fax: 615.253.5567 or 615.532.9412

 

West Tennessee Regional Resource Center

100 Berryhill Drive

Jackson, Tennessee 38301

Phone: 731.421.5074

Fax: 731.421.5077

 

East Tennessee Regional Resource Center

2763 Island Home Blvd.

Knoxville, Tennessee 37290

Phone: 865.594.5691

Fax: 865.594.8909

 


Child Advocacy Group Contact Information

 

In addition to the state and local resources available to parents and children, there are many agencies and organizations that offer support, information, training, and help in advocating for persons with disabilities in Tennessee.

A few of these organizations are listed below:

The ARC of Tennessee is on the Internet at http://www.thearctn.org.

 

ARC of Tennessee

44 Vantage Way, Suite 550

Nashville, Tennessee 37228

Phone: 615.248.5878    Toll-Free: 1.800.835.7077

Fax:  615.248.5879    E-mail: pcooper@thearctn.org

 

Support and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP) is on the Internet at http://www.tnstep.org.

Support and Training for Exceptional Parents

712 Professional Plaza

Greenville, Tennessee 37745

 

Middle Tennessee

615.463.2310

information@tnste.org

 

FERPA (Federal Education Right to Privacy Act)

 

Wayne County Schools follows rules and guidelines as outlined through FERPA.

 

Military Recruiters Access to Student Information

 

Districts receiving federal education funds must notify parents of secondary school students that they have a right to request their child’s name, address, and telephone number not be released to a military recruiter without their prior written consent.

 

A district receiving Title I funds and each school served under Tile I must develop and distribute a written parental involvement policy.  A copy of the Wayne County Parent Involvement Policy is located on the Wayne County School District website at waynetn.net and the FHS website.

 

Addendums or handbook supplements may be added during the school year after this document has gone to print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix A

 

WAYNE COUNTY SCHOOLS

Opening Schools Plan

2021-2022

 

Marlon J. Davis, Director of Schools


 

Opening Schools Team

 

 

 

 

Governance/School Operations        Marlon Davis, Director of Schools

 

  Instruction                                         Ricky Inman, Supervisor of Instruction

 

Special Populations                           Kristy Prince, Special Education Supervisor

 

Transportation/Facilities                   Tracy Love, Transportation Supervisor, Attendance

 

Early Childhood                                 Walter Butler, Federal Projects Supervisor

                                                            Cindy Davis, Federal Projects Coordinator                                                                                                                           Julia Bevis, PreK & Early Literacy

 

Technology                                         Ryan Keaton

 

Nutrition                                             Leigh Ann Sinclair, Nutrition Director

 

Wellness                                             Sherry Daniel, Nursing Director        

Dawn Skelton, CSH

 

Virtual Learning                                  LaDonna Edwards

 

Principals                                            Greg Pigg

                                                            Rob Vandiver

                                                            Brian Crews

                                                            Greg Morris

                                                            Brad Stooksberry

                                                            Bart Littrell

                                                            Ryan Franks

                                                            Lisa Thompson

 


District Goal: To provide students the maximum possible direct teacher instruction within State Guidelines and ensure a healthy learning environment for students and staff.

Schools are an important part of the infrastructure of communities, as they provide safe and supportive learning environments for students, employ teachers and other staff, and enable parents, guardians, and caregivers to work. Many students, staff, and caregivers have had interruptions in services due to school building closures and virtual and hybrid learning. Evidence suggests that many K–12 schools that have strictly implemented prevention strategies have been able to safely open for in-person instruction and remain open.  Public schools provide hope, are a central source of community and prepare students for productive work and fulfilling lives.

In preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, our district and school leaders continue to press decisions against the established core values for Wayne County Schools:

      an environment of high expectations where all decisions are student-centered

      passionate, caring, and focused employees who model leadership from where they serve

      effective partnerships with family and community

      a respectful, safe, and supportive learning environment

      an environment where all students, staff, and school board members continuously learn and grow

      honesty, integrity, and accountability for all

As we plan for next year, we are looking through a lens focused on the following:

      promoting healthy behaviors

      maintaining healthy environments

      maintaining healthy operations

      preparing for when someone gets sick

Wayne County Schools (WCS) will use this framework to guide decision-making within our school district related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This framework will be used to determine protocols for operation, but the framework can also be used for other decisions. For example, WCS may consider decisions related to transportation options through the use of this framework.

 These are not static decisions. As health information in our community changes and as the district readiness changes, the decision-making may also adjust accordingly.

 

 

Please note that within each of our buildings, our academic focus remains on high-quality grade level assignments; strong instruction from our professional staff; deep engagement for our students; and high expectations for all. As we work to define and develop plans for 2021-22, we remain committed to focusing on the whole child, both in academics and other support programs. 

The negative effects of the closure of schools in March of 2020 and the alternative schedules of instruction during the 2020-21 school year were evident when analyzing our student data.  While some students and families were capable of continuing learning paths with guidance from school staff, the vast majority of our students were negatively affected by the pandemic closures and alternate schedules.  Teaching and learning happen when teachers have direct contact with students in a structured learning environment.  The effectiveness of a teacher was even more evident when we compared our data to the increased direct instructional days that occurred during the spring semester of 2021.  This evidence proves that it is critical that students are in the classroom with their teacher on a regular school schedule.  Fortunately, summer school, additional tutoring opportunities, and a return to a normal school schedule will provide support to students in regaining any learning loss that may have occurred during the pandemic.

 

 

 

 

Wayne County Schools will open the school year under normal operating conditions, providing 5 days per week direct instruction.  There will be no distance learning option for students, except for those during isolation due to COVID sickness.

In the event of continued incidents of COVID-19, protocols are provided for various areas of operation for Wayne County Schools. Please note additional guidance will be added as more information is available and more protocols are created.

It is recommended that staff and students receive the COVID vaccine before school begins. This may reduce possible disruptions to educational services.

COVID-19 will continue to be monitored as we begin the school year.  Identification of Low or High virus spread will be determined by the current health conditions compared to our prior data from the 2020-21 school year and recommendations from the Tennessee Department of Health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We will respond to COVID cases in this manner:

1)  We will open schools with sanitation measures in place

2)  We will socially distance when possible

3)  Positive cases of COVID-19 will be reported to the health department

4)  Positive cases will isolate according to the health department guidelines

               **Distance educational services will continue until the isolation is complete and the student can return to school. 

5)We will notify parents of close contacts with students or staff with a positive COVID test. (within 6 ft. for 15 minutes with a 24 hour period, or within 3 ft. if individuals are wearing masks).  The school nurse or school designee will notify parents. Close contacts will not be required to quarantine, but the health department or primary care physicians may identify quarantine cases.  Individuals that are considered close contacts to a positive case should wear a mask and be tested within 3-5 days of exposure.

6) If staff or students are absent due to COVID, they will need to provide a physician's note or health department note stating the reason for the absence.

7)  FFCRA Act ended Dec. 2020, but our school board approved payment of leave due to COVID until June 30, 2021.  Employees will utilize employee sick days for all absences related to COVID-19 after June 30, 2021.

 

When students return to school August 11, face coverings will be encouraged, but not required, for students, staff and visitors. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended masks for everyone in schools above age two, regardless of vaccination status. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also recommended that masks be worn indoors by everyone age two and older who are not fully vaccinated. However, both institutions recognize that school districts might not need to utilize all their recommended prevention strategies based on local conditions. The CDC stated that localities may utilize fewer COVID-19 prevention strategies based on community transmission levels, vaccination coverage and local policies.

The district's Health and Wellness staff prepared the following guidelines based on information available at this time:

       Masks for students, staff and visitors are not required but are encouraged for those who would prefer to use one.

       Students under the age of 12 are advised to wear masks since they have not been eligible to receive the vaccine.

       Quarantines are the responsibility of the health department.

 

What will COVID response, contact tracing, and quarantining look like this year?

       Positive case individuals with COVID-19 will be excluded from school per board policy.  They can return when the health department or healthcare provider determines that it is safe for them to return.  (Note required)

  • Official quarantines are the responsibility of the local health department.

       Individuals who are fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine if they are determined to be a close contact of a positive case by the health department.

  • A notice will be sent by the school to those individuals/parents/guardians at risk of exposure (close contact) when a positive case has been reported to the school.

 

What will school classrooms, sporting events, arts events, and other special events look like in the schools?

  • The seating capacity in stadiums, gymnasiums, auditoriums, and classrooms will be based on the facilities’ original design capacities.  Spectator attendance and class size will not be reduced. 
  • As always, WCS will be subject to TSSAA rules for sporting events.

 

Will these guidelines be changed during the school year?

  • WCS will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 in our community and will constantly review the data to see if any adjustments to protocols and guidelines are warranted during the school year.

 

 

 


 

Central Office Operations

Low Virus Spread

      Normal office operations can resume

      Maintain social distancing

      Limit visitors in office spaces

      Follow TN Dept. of Health guidelines for group meetings/ assemblies

      Practice hand washing, sanitization, and cleaning procedures

High Virus Spread

Office Building/Space Cleaning

      The Central Office Building will be cleaned and sanitized daily

      Central office employees will periodically clean his/her desk and commonly used items in their office space

      Proper hand washing and sneezing/coughing procedures will be posted around the building

      Frequently used entrance/exit doors will be cleaned throughout the day

Employees

      Staff will use hand sanitizer upon entering the central office building at any time of the day.

      Staff will have their temperature checked and logged for the day.

      Any staff that has a temperature of 99.5 or higher will return home for the day.

      Staff will wear cloth masks when working with coworkers or other individuals.

Visitors

      Visitors to the central office building will be required to sanitize their hands and have their temperature checked upon entering the building. Any visitor with a temperature of 99.5 or higher will not be allowed to remain in the building.

      Visitors will be required to wear a mask while visiting the building.

Mail/Package Delivery

      Normal mail and package delivery procedures will be followed. If this requires the delivery man/woman to enter the building he/she will follow visitor protocol.

      When possible, packages and deliveries may be left on the front entrance porch.


Isolation Room

Room

      An isolation room will be designated at each school building. Signage on the door will designate

location of room.

      The isolation room will be located near the nurse's office or office area, designated by each school.

      Isolation room door will be left open for monitoring.

      Only essential easy to clean furniture will be allowed in the isolation room.

Isolation Procedure

      Students/staff presenting a temperature of 99.5 or higher will be immediately escorted to the designated isolation room.

      Students/staff will be given a face mask, if tolerated, as he/she is being escorted to the isolation room. If a face mask is not tolerated or not available, a tissue should be used to cover the individual’s mouth and nose.

      Parents are to be notified of a student's condition and sent a request to pick up the student immediately.

      Parents will be instructed where to pick up and sign out the student to limit exposure.

      Students/staff in isolation will be monitored at all times.

      The school nurse will utilize the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when caring for anyone in isolation.

      A log will be kept at each school with the name of anyone admitted to the isolation room, date, time entered, and time exited.

Cleaning & Disinfecting

      Once students/staff vacate the isolation room, the room should be ventilated prior to cleaning and disinfection. This process should be followed for each case of isolation.


School Operations

Low Virus Spread

      Normal school operations can resume

      Maintain social distancing when possible

      Limit visitors in office spaces

      Follow TN Dept. of Health guidelines for group meetings/ assemblies

      During low virus spread, staff and students should stay home if sick, tested positive for Covid-19, have a 99.5 fever or above.

      Drinking fountains are not to be used, but water bottle fill stations are acceptable for use.  Staff and students will be encouraged to bring their own water to minimize use and touching of water sources

High Virus Spread

Staying Home when Appropriate

      Staff and students should stay home if they are sick, tested positive for COVID-19, or run a fever of 99.5 or greater.

Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette

      School personnel (teachers, nurses, counselors, and staff) will teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and increase monitoring to ensure adherence among students and staff. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol will be used

      Staff and students will be encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Used tissues will be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used

Cloth Face Coverings

      Face coverings (cloth) should be worn by staff and students (particularly older students) as feasible, and are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult. Students are to provide their own masks. Each school will have on hand respiratory disease approved masks for students and staff with medical issues

      Information will be provided to staff, students, and student- families on proper use of cloth face coverings. Proper use will be taught and reinforced in schools

      Cloth face coverings should NOT be placed on: 1) children younger than 2 years old, 2) anyone who has trouble breathing, 3) anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance

      Masks may be removed in certain situations (in classrooms, outside, etc.)

 

Adequate Supplies

      Healthy hygiene behaviors will be supported by providing adequate supplies, including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer), paper towels, tissues, disinfectant wipes, cloth face coverings, as feasible


Signs and Messages

      Signs will be posted in highly visible locations (e.g., school entrances, restrooms) that promote everyday protective measures and describe how to stop the spread of germs (such as by properly washing hands and properly wearing a cloth face covering)

      Regular announcements will be made on reducing the spread of COVID-19 on the intercom (PA) system in schools

      Video recordings will be shared with staff, students, and families that include proper hand washing technique, sneezing and coughing technique, cloth face covering use, and other behaviors that prevent the spread of COVID-19

Cleaning and Disinfection

      A daily cleaning schedule will be followed for increased, routine cleaning and disinfection of all school buildings/classrooms

      School staff will clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door handles, sink handles, drinking fountains) within the school at least daily or between use as much as possible

       Use of shared objects (e.g., gym or physical education equipment, art supplies, toys, games) will be limited when possible, or cleaned between use

Shared Objects

      Staff will discourage sharing of items that are difficult to clean or disinfect

      Each child's belongings will be separated from others' and kept in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or areas

      Staff will ensure there are adequate supplies to minimize sharing of high touch materials to the extent possible (e.g., assigning each student their own art supplies, equipment) or limit use of supplies and equipment by one group of children at a time and clean and disinfect between use

      Staff will avoid sharing electronic devices, toys, books, and other games or learning aids as much as possible. If these items are shared, they will be cleaned between use with disinfectant wipes

Water Systems

      Drinking fountains are not to be used, but water bottle fill stations are acceptable for use.  Staff and students will be encouraged to bring their own water to minimize use and touching of water sources

 

Modified Layouts

      Seating/desks will be spaced to encourage social distancing when feasible

      Desks will be turned to face in the same direction (rather than facing each other), or students will sit on only one side of tables, spaced apart, when feasible

Physical Barriers and Guides

      Physical barriers will be installed, such as sneeze guards and partitions, particularly in areas where it is difficult for individuals to remain at least 3 feet apart (e.g., reception desks)

      Physical guides will be posted at schools, such as tape on floors or sidewalks and signs on walls, to ensure that staff and children maintain social distancing in lines and at other times (e.g. guides for creating "one-way routes" in hallways, spacing marks)

Communal Spaces

      Communal use of shared spaces such as dining halls and playgrounds with shared playground equipment will be staggered, cleaned, and disinfected between use, as much as possible

 

 

Foodservice

      Meals served by food services will be individually plated meals and served in a communal dining hall or cafeteria, while practicing social distancing as much as possible

      Disposable food service items will be used (e.g., utensils, dishes). If any non-disposable items are used, they will be handled with gloves and washed with dish soap and hot water or in a dishwasher. Food service personnel will wash their hands after removing their gloves or after directly handling used food service items

      No buffet or family style meals will be offered at events hosted on school grounds. Single serve, boxed, or bagged meals only

      Self-service and sharing of food or utensils are prohibited

 

Visitors and Field Trips

      Nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations will be limited

      Virtual activities and events will be pursued in lieu of field trips

Student and Staff Groups

      Student and staff groupings will be as static as possible by having the same group of children stay with the same staff (all day for young children, and as much as possible for older children)

Staggered Scheduling

      Staggered arrival and drop-off times will be utilized to limit contact between cohorts and direct contact with parents as much as possible

Designated COVID-19 Point of Contact

      The Office of Coordinated School Health at the Wayne County Board of Education will serve as a point of contact (931-722-3548 Ext. 124) for Covid -19 concerns.  Contact designees at each school are as follows:

CES: Michelle Franks, LPN, School Nurse, (931-724-9118)

CMS: Holly Baskins, LPN, School Nurse, (931-724-9510)

CHS: Krystale Andrews, LPN, School Nurse, (931-724-4316)

FHS: Julie Lineberry, RN, School Nurse, (931-676-3325)

WES: Katie Hunt, RN, School Nurse, (931-722-5580)

WMS: Karren Marshall, LPN, School Nurse (931-722-5545)

WCHS Jennifer Morris, Asst. Principal (931-722-3238)

WCTC: Lisa Thompson, Director (931-722-5495)

 

Sick Staff or Students

      Testing centers for Covid -19 include the local Health Department (9-11 am), local primary care providers, clinics and local pharmacy

      Staff and families of sick students will be advised to follow the CDC's criteria and guidance when to discontinue home isolation

      Staff and families of students should notify school officials if they or students test positive for COVID-19, or have a confirmed or suspected case in the home.

      Staff or students that have COVID-19 symptoms will be separated from other staff and students immediately. They will be taken to an isolation room within the building. School nurses will care for them using Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions. These individuals will be sent home or to a healthcare facility, following established procedures for safely transporting anyone who is sick, depending on the severity of their symptoms

      In accordance with state and local laws and regulations, school administrators will work with staff and families immediately in any case of COVID-19, while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

      School officials will work to educate those diagnosed with COVID-19.  Individuals should stay home, self-monitor for symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop

 

Transportation Operations

Low Virus Spread

      School busing operations proceed normally

      No changes to schedules or seating patterns on the buses are required

      Buses will be cleaned and sanitized before running a bus route

High Virus Spread

Pre-Trip Cleaning/Preparation

      Buses will be cleaned and sanitized before running a bus route the next day

      Buses will be equipped with cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, student rosters, and any other essential supplies before each bus route

Bus Personnel

      Bus drivers will have their temperature taken each day before bus routes are run. (Temperature must be below 99.5) Drivers must contact the Bus Supervisor if temperature is above 99.5

      Bus drivers must wear a cloth mask when students are on the bus

      Bus drivers must sanitize their hands before the bus route begins

Loading Students on the Bus

      Hand sanitizer will be available upon loading the bus

      Students will load the bus one student at a time

      Students will sit one student per seat, if possible

      Once seated the student should sit next to the window

      Siblings should sit together on the same seat when possible

Procedure for Loading a Student Who Needs Assistance

      The bus driver should wear a cloth mask

      The bus driver should clean and sanitize their hands before and after assisting the student on to the bus

      All other safety precautions that are listed for "loading students on the bus" should be followed as well

Bus Ride

      Students should stay seated for the duration of the bus route and keep their hands/feet to themselves

      The bus driver should make sure the bus is well ventilated. (Air conditioning system, windows down, etc.)

 

Unloading Students from the Bus in the Morning (School)

      Students should unload the bus one student at a time starting at the front of the bus and continuing to the back

      Students will have their temperature taken after unloading the bus at each school

      Students will be given hand sanitizer as they enter the building and will report to a designated area

Unloading Students from the Bus in the Afternoon (Home)

      Students should unload the bus one student at a time starting at the front of the bus and continuing to the back

Cleaning After Routes

      All buses will be cleaned and sanitized after morning and evening routes and after any extracurricular activity routes

Transportation Operations
Car Riders

Low Virus Spread

      Car riding operations proceed normally

High Virus Spread

Drop Off

      Students should be dropped off in the designated area

      Trained staff will take student temperatures and greet students as they arrive at the designated drop off area. Temperature must be below 99.5

      If a student has a temperature that is 99.5 or above the parent will be asked to take the student back home

      Any student that has a temperature and has been sent home will be documented for attendance purposes

Students will be given hand sanitizer as they enter the building and will report to a designated area

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