Student Handbook 2016-17

TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Welcome....................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Beliefs & Mission Statement...................................................................................................................................................3
LC NGA Shared Vision...............................................................................................................................................................3
Annual Notice to Parents.........................................................................................................................................................4
II. Lincoln County Schools Medical Information.............................................................................................................. 5
Medication Guidelines.............................................................................................................................................................5
III. Student Attendance.................................................................................................................................................. 6
Absences..................................................................................................................................................................................6
Absence/Check-in Notes.....................................................................................................................................................7
Excused Absences....................................................................................................................................................................7
Checking Out During the School Day (Early Dismissal)...................................................................................................7
Procedures for Making up Work Missed Due to Absences...............................................................................................8
Tardy.........................................................................................................................................................................................8
Compulsory Attendance Law...............................................................................................................................9
IV. Student Behavior............................................................................................................................................................. 9
Respect.....................................................................................................................................................................................9
Zero-Tolerance Behavior.......................................................................................................................................................9
Alcohol, Tobacco, Electronic Devices and Cameras..........................................................................................................10
Cell Phone and Electronic Device Policy............................................................................................................................10
Videos..........................................................................................................................................................................11
Threats.....................................................................................................................................................................................11
Electronic Threats.........................................................................................................................................................12
Fights, Assaults, Verbal Conflicts, Inciting to Fight........................................................................................................12
Disrespectful Conduct, Bullying, Intimidation and Hazing............................................................................................12
Discrimination/Harassment (Sexual, Racial, Ethnic, Religious).......................................................................................12
Gang Activity or Association.............................................................................................................................................13
Graffiti.....................................................................................................................................................................................13
Care of School and Personal Property............................................................................................................................13
Conduct of Students at Extracurricular Activities.....................................................................................13
Habitual Student Misbehavior............................................................................................................................................13
Student "Hands-Off" Policy (Public Display of Affection)...............................................................................................14
Policy on Liquid Containers for Students.....................................................................................................14
Policy on Outside Food................................................................................................................................14
Inappropriate Language......................................................................................................................................................14
Substitute Teachers..............................................................................................................................................................14
Pornography or Obscene Literature.....................................................................................................................................14
Gambling............................................................................................................................................................................14
Cheating...................................................................................................................................................................................15
Book Bags........................................................................................................................................................................15
Break Detention (BD)........................................................................................................................................................15
After School Detention (ASD).......................................................................................................................................16
In-School Suspension (ISS)..................................................................................................................................................16
Probation...............................................................................................................................................................................17
Suspensions...........................................................................................................................................................................17
Overnight School Suspensions (OSS)...................................................................................................................17
Alternative School...........................................................................................................................................................18
Sexual Harassment.................................................................................................................................................18
Student Dress......................................................................................................................................................................18
V. Code of Conduct.............................................................................................................................................................19
VI. Points of Interest......................................................................................................................................20
Hallway Traffic....................................................................................................................................................20
Discipline Procedures...............................................................................................................................................20
Student Alcohol and Drug Testing (Notification).....................................................................................21
Searches by School Personnel.......................................................................................................................21
Break.......................................................................................................................................................................21
Bus Rules.............................................................................................................................................................21
Walkers.........................................................................................................................................................................22
Car Riders...............................................................................................................................................................................22
Drivers...............................................................................................................................................................22
Obtaining Driver's Permit/License Truancy Form........................................................................................................22
Lockers.....................................................................................................................................................................23
Backpacks..........................................................................................................................................................23
Student Fee......................................................................................................................................................................23
Auditorium Seats................................................................................................................................................................23
Textbook Policy................................................................................................................................................................23
School Lunch Charge Policy.............................................................................................................................23
Lunch Prices........................................................................................................................................................................23
Inclement Weather or Emergencies......................................................................................................................24
VII. Academics.................................................................................................................................................. 24
Report Cards and Progress Reports...........................................................................................................24
Honor Roll........................................................................................................................................................25
Extended School Studies........................................................................................................................................................25
Information NOW.......................................................................................................................25
Internet Access................................................................................................................................................25
Information of Interest to Parents and Students..........................................................................................25
Student Classifications...................................................................................................................................................26
Types of Diplomas.....................................................................................................................................26
Graduation with Distinction...................................................................................................................................26
Transfer Student Information............................................................................................................................................26
Tennessee HOPE Scholarship..........................................................................................................................................26
Grading and Reporting......................................................................................................................................27
TENNESSEE GRADING SCALE...............................................................................................................................27
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS....................................................................................................................27
2015-2016 Testing Dates....................................................................................................................................27
Semester Exam Make-Up Policy.................................................................................................................................28
EOC/AYP Make-Up Test Policy.......................................................................................................................................28
VIII. Daily Schedules..................................................................................................................................................28
IX. Lincoln County School System 2015-2016 Calendar.............................................................................29
X. Policies of Importance...............................................................................................................................................30
Policy Against Harassment and Sexual Harassment General Statement....................................................................30
Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Intimidation..........................................................33
Bus Conduct.............................................................................................................................................................................35
LCHS/NGA Cell Phone Policy.......................................................................................................................37
Asbestos Compliance Plan.........................................................................................................................38
XI. NGA Handbook Acknowledgement...............................................................................................................................39
XII. Media Access.................................................................................................................................................................39
XIII. Field Trips....................................................................................................................................................39
XIV. Lincoln County School System Home Language Survey...............................................................................................40
XV. Policy Change Notice...................................................................................................................................................40
XVI. RESPECT............................................................................................................................................................40

WELCOME TO NINTH GRADE ACADEMY

Welcome to your freshman year of school. As a ninth grader, you are beginning your first year of high school and planning for your future in the adult world. The staff of NGA is dedicated to nurturing and guiding you through this unique transition year.

It is important for you to remember that you are establishing records of achievement, attendance, behavior, and extra-curricular participation which institutions of higher learning and potential employers will want to access. You are also learning to respect those in authority and to practice self-discipline. Consider this to be your first step toward the "Gateway of Excellence" in your life.

BELIEFS
NGA believes:
• All students will learn.
• All students will understand that learning is a life-long process.
• All students will be guided by qualified teachers who follow curriculum standards.
• All students will learn skills needed to pass classes and to graduate.
• All students will develop skills needed to cope with changes in society.
• All students will understand the consequences of their decisions.
• All students will be prepared to make informed decisions and become productive citizens.
• Administration and faculty will provide a safe learning environment that will contribute to the academic, vocational, and social success of all students.
• Administration and faculty will abide by all system and school policies to ensure fairness to all students.

MISSION STATEMENT
Lincoln County Ninth Grade Academy is a transitional school, which in partnership with parents, teachers, school and community is committed to provide a secure, positive learning environment where students achieve skills necessary for responsible citizenship and lifelong learning in a global society.

LINCOLN COUNTY NINTH GRADE ACADEMY SHARED VISION
Our vision is that all Ninth Grade Academy students will transition into the high school environment with the ability to master the challenging curriculums presented by grades 10 through 12. In cooperation with the community, parents, and school leadership, students will be given an opportunity to improve learning experiences. Opportunities will be available to students that allow them to identify and develop their special interests and talents to better prepare them to make life changing social, educational, and professional decisions.

 

ANNUAL NOTICE TO PARENTS
In compliance with state and federal law, Lincoln County School System will provide to each protected student with a disability without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services or accommodations which are needed to provide equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program and extracurricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate to the student's abilities. In order to qualify as a protected student with a disability, the child must be of school age with a physical or mental disability, which substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program

These services and protections for "protected students who are disabled" are distinct from those applicable to all eligible or exceptional students enrolled (or seeking enrollment) in special education programs.

For further information on the evaluation, grievance, or appeals procedures and provision of services to protected handicapped students, contact the NGA Guidance Department.

Lincoln County Ninth Grade Academy does not discriminate in the admission of students due to race, sex, color, creed, national origin or handicapping conditions.


The following codes, rules, laws, and procedures should enable you to accomplish your goals for academic, social, emotional, and spiritual development in a safe and secure environment. Please read these carefully, along with your parents, and refer to them when extenuating questions arise.

It is impossible to include all policies and procedures in this handbook. The school administration, therefore, reserves the right to eliminate, change, or add to these policies following notification to students and teachers.

An addendum to this student handbook of items not available at the publisher's deadline or too large for the student agenda such as "No Child Left Behind" information; sporting event schedules; school map; daily schedules; car rider, bus rider, walker, and driver information; lunch prices; forms; etc. may be given to the student simultaneously to this agenda.
LINCOLN COUNTY SCHOOLS' MEDICAL INFORMATION

Medication Guidelines: All medication must be given according to the guidelines established by the state of Tennessee.
1. An adult other than the student must bring medications to school (parent or guardian).
2. Medications ordered by your doctor must be in the correct prescription bottle. The label must contain the following:
 Name of student
 Name of medication
 Amount of medication to be given (We will only give the amount on the bottle. If the amount changes, we must have a doctor's order).
 Time the medication is to be given
 Name of the prescribing pharmacy and their phone number
 Name of the prescribing physician
3. A parent must give prior written consent before a student begins taking medication at school. (Consent forms are available at the school office).
4. Students are not allowed to carry medications on their person with the exception of inhalers for asthma.
5. Parents must bring all non-prescription medications to the school office and fill out a prior written consent form for these. All medications must be brought in the original container. DO NOT bring medications into the school building in plastic bags or other such containers. The student's name must be written on the container.

NO STUDENT will be given prescription or non-prescription medications at school unless the above guidelines are followed.

In the event that your child requires emergency care, the school will contact emergency medical services. The school staff cannot designate a specific hospital. Emergency personnel must follow their own specific regulations and take the student to the nearest hospital.

It is the responsibility of the student's parent to inform the school of their child's health condition and phone numbers of persons to contact in the event of an illness or emergency. Any changes in a child's health or phone numbers should be immediately reported to our school. Parents must sign for consent for their child to receive basic first aid for minor injuries, insect bites, or small accidents that occur at school. A student health history form with a letter attached from NGA's school nurse is being sent home with your child's handbook. This form should be completed, signed by a parent or guardian, and returned to school personnel immediately.

If your child has a health condition that could develop into a potential problem at school, a health plan will be completed by the school nurse in order for our staff to provide the student with the best possible care. Please contact the principal about any major health concerns of your child. Do not depend on paperwork alone if your child has a major health issue; request a conference with his or her teachers, guidance, and the administration. You must make us aware of the things we need to know and do. If your child is sent home by the school nurse for illness, in order for the absence to be excused, the note must be signed by you and brought to the attendance clerk when your child returns to school. Students must see the nurse before going home sick in order to be excused unless they get a doctor's note.


STUDENT ATTENDANCE

Lincoln County Ninth Grade Academy Attendance Policy
In accordance with Lincoln County Board of Education policy:

Absences
1. Absences will be classified as excused or unexcused as determined by the principal or her designee. School-sponsored field trips approved by the administration and that have a teacher present on the trip are not defined as absences.
2. Students may have three (3) days of *excused absences per semester with notes signed by parents. Excused absences are listed on the following page. Notes must be turned in within two (2) days of returning to school. Dentist's note and driver's permit or license test will excuse a student for only ½ day. Students may bring a parent note for the other ½ day.
3. Students with fifteen (15) absences (excused or unexcused) in a calendar school year may lose credit for the class. An appeal may be made to the school attendance committee.
4. In the event that a student receives an unexcused absence, the student and parent/guardian may first appeal to the school attendance committee, and ultimately, to the director of schools and the Board of Education.
5. Out of school suspension absences are unexcused.
6. After three (3) unexcused absences parents must come in for an attendance meeting with an administrator.
7. Students with five (5) unexcused absences will be referred to the Lincoln County Attendance Review Board. Suspensions will be included.
8. Students with ten (10) unexcused absences will be referred to court.
9. Missed work cannot be made up for unexcused absences.
10. Students with ten (10) tardies (check-in or out) between 7:50 A.M. and 2:50 P.M. will be sent to the truancy board.
11. Students must get a re-admit slip before returning to class after an absence or a check-out.
12. Notes that appear to have been altered will not be accepted.
13. Students skipping school will be placed in ISS.
14. Students who are sick are required to see the nurse before calling home or the checkout will be unexcused without a doctor's note.
15. Students must bring a doctor's note to the office for exemption from physical activity in P.E./Wellness Class.
16. Educational trips or vacations may or may not be excused. Arrangements must be made ahead of time with administration.
Absence/Check-in Notes
Notes for any absence must be turned in to attendance personnel stationed outside the gym door on the day a student returns to school. This should be the first thing that the student does upon arrival. If a student forgets and must report to the office to get a readmit slip during the school day the student will be issued a break detention. (A lost re-admit slip will have a penalty of one break detention or $1.00 to replace.) If a student checks in during the day, a note should be turned in at that time and a readmit slip will be issued. Notes should be from the parent/guardian and must have the following information:

1. Student's name (first and last)
2. Date of absence
3. Reason for absence
4. Phone number at which the parent can be reached
5. Parent or guardian signature

*Excused absences shall include:
1. Personal illness or doctor's appointment of student
2. Illness of an immediate family member
3. Death of an immediate family member
4. Extreme weather conditions
5. Religious observance
6. 4-H Club events
7. Administration's approval (emergency circumstances beyond the child's control) (should be pre-approved by Principal or Assistant Principal)
8. Driver's permit or license examination - ½ day
9. Dentist appointment- ½ day
10. Court appearance

Checking Out During the School Day (Early Dismissal)
During the school day, students are always expected to be in class. Appointments and other business should be scheduled beyond the school day. If a student becomes sick at school and needs to check out, the student must report to the nurse in the clinic or front office personnel to contact parents or guardians. (If a student does not go to the nurse and calls from a cell phone they have not followed the proper procedure and this will result in an unexcused absence without a doctor's note.) If the parent feels there is an unavoidable reason for their child to check out of school, the parent must come to school and check out their child. Students leaving school without checking out through the proper procedures will be subject to disciplinary action. Students must bring notes after checkouts or absences. Notes must remain on file in the office. A school day is 6 ½ hours; a half day is 3 hours and 16 minutes.

*****************A photo ID is required to check a student out.***************************
Procedures for Making up Work Missed Due to Absences
Students are responsible for consulting with the teachers whose classes they have missed to determine what make-up work is necessary. The teacher is NOT responsible for asking a student for such work. Failure of the student to initiate a request for make-up work will result in a lost opportunity for credit for the missed work. Students must request make-up work assignments the day they return to school.

The number of days missed is the number of days the student will be given to complete the assignment. A pre-scheduled activity or assignment in the classroom (test, report, or project), however, which is missed by the student, is due the first day back at school. A student missing the day before a pre-scheduled test or pre-scheduled report will still be required to complete the work on the scheduled day. Work missed due to out-of-school suspensions and willful violation of attendance policies will NOT be made up. Arrangements should be made with the teacher to make up missed tests.

Homework assignments may be requested by calling the office for absences of two (2) or more days. Students whose illness/accident would require him/her to have excessive absences should apply for a homebound teacher by calling 433-7860.
Tardy
Students, who are not seated in their desks when the late bell rings each period, are considered tardy. Students who arrive at school after 7:50 A.M. are to report immediately to the office to check in. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action by the administration. Students should present a note, and a parent should call to explain the reason for the late arrival. Students late to school will be disciplined with the tardy policy listed below.
• First tardy = Attendance personnel gives student a warning
• Second tardy = Attendance personnel issues one break detention
• Third tardy = Attendance personnel issues two break detentions
• Fourth tardy = Attendance personnel assigns student to Over Night School Suspension-OSS. A parent or guardian must come in and meet with Assistant Principal in charge of attendance before the student may return to school.
• Fifth tardy= ISS

Students who are tardy after class changes will be kept in class rather than sent to the office. The classroom teacher will take the appropriate action listed below and record the information in the grade book.
• First tardy = Teacher gives student a warning
• Second tardy = Teacher issues one break detention
• Third tardy = Teacher issues two break detentions
• Fourth tardy = Teacher sends Discipline Form to office for After School Detention (ASD) or isolated lunch.
• Tardies after #4 may warrant ISS.
• Ten (10) tardies warrant a visit to truancy court.

At the time of the second and third tardies, teachers will assign Break Detention (BD). Students assigned to BD will be called to the auditorium before break to begin their detention. A BD list will be sent to each teacher during first period. Students who fail to attend detention will be handled by the administration. For the fourth tardy, teachers will complete the Discipline Form and immediately notify the office. A member of administration will call the student to the office for the appropriate discipline.

Tardies start over second semester.

Compulsory Attendance Law
Section 78 and 79 of Chapter 535 of the Public Acts of 1992 changed the compulsory attendance law in Tennessee from age sixteen inclusive (the day before the seventeenth birthday) to age seventeen inclusive (the day before the eighteenth birthday).
49-6-3001. School age- Entrance - Attendance - Withdrawal
(c) (1) Every parent, guardian, or other person residing within this state having control or charge of any child or children between the ages of seven (7) and seventeen (17) years, both inclusive, shall cause such child or children to attend public or non-public school, and in event of failure to do so, shall be subject to the penalties hereinafter provided.


STUDENT BEHAVIOR

*School rules apply for all school events and activities and on school buses.

Respect
One of the most important lessons students can learn in school is to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner for any given situation. Your education involves learning to respect those in authority, your peers as well as yourself and learning to practice self-discipline. Students at Lincoln County Ninth Grade Academy are expected to conduct themselves at all times at school and at school-sponsored activities in a manner that fosters self-respect and respect for the rights of others. In particular, students should respond in a respectful manner to all instructions given by any faculty or staff member.
Impudence, profanity, dishonesty, disorderly conduct, and disregard for authority, etc. will not be tolerated. Violations of good conduct may result in the student receiving detention, in or out of school suspension, or placement in the Alternative School.
The first instance of disrespect to any school personnel may result in out of school suspension and/or possible recommendations for indefinite suspension or expulsion.
Zero-Tolerance Behavior
In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment free of drugs, violence, and dangerous weapons, any student who engages in the following behavior will be subject to suspension for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The Director of Schools shall have the authority to modify this suspension requirement on a case-by-case basis. Zero-tolerance acts are as follows:
1. The transport, unlawful possession, or use of a drug or dangerous weapon on a school bus, on school property, or at any school event or activity by any student.
2. Any student who while on a school bus, on school property, or while attending any school event or activity:
 Unlawfully possesses a drug or dangerous weapon
 Commits battery on a teacher or other employee of the school
3. Any student holding contraband for another student is considered in possession of said contraband.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Electronic Tobacco Devices
Student use or possession of alcohol or tobacco on any school bus or school grounds, and/or the distribution or sale of alcohol or tobacco is strictly prohibited. Violation of this policy may result in suspension from school with a referral to the Disciplinary Hearing Authority, court, etc. Possession of tobacco requires the principal to cite the student to court that will result in a minimum fine of $50.00.

Electronic cigarettes are not allowed. Administration will adhere to our tobacco policy when dealing with disciplinary measures for electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes will be confiscated and placed in the front office. Parents may pick up after the last day of school for the year.

Consequences for tobacco and E-cigarettes.
1st offense - 1 day ISS
2nd offense - 2 days ISS
3rd offense - 3 days ISS
4th + offense - Alternative School

Cell Phone and Electronic Device Policy
Students are permitted the possession of cell phones during the hours that school is in session with the following restrictions:
1. Cell phones and other authorized devices shall be in the "off" mode at all times while in a classroom or at a scheduled activity during the hours that school is in session unless a teacher gives permission for device use during instructional activities.
2. Cell phones or authorized electronic devices may be in the "on" mode and used during class changes, break, and lunch.

Consequences Policy Violations:
1st offense: Parent/ Guardian must pick up phone after 2:45pm and sign notice of future
consequences.
2nd offense: The student will be placed in ISS for 1 day. Parent/Guardian must pick up
phone after 2:45pm and sign notice of future consequences.
3rd offense: The student will be suspended from school for one full day.
Parent/Guardian must pick up phone after 2:45pm and sign notice of future
consequences.
4th offense: The student will be suspended from school for one full day.
Parent/Guardian must pick up phone after 2:45pm and sign notice of future
consequences.
5th offense: The student will be suspended from school for one full day. Citation
to Court. Parent/Guardian must pick up phone after 2:45pm and sign notice of
future consequences.
6th offense: Alternative School
*Parents should retrieve phone within 5 days.

Note: The NGA cell phone policy is a privilege designed to teach students proper cell phone etiquette. If the presence of cell phones becomes a distraction to the educational process, NGA reserves the right to modify this policy as necessary and with proper notice. The privilege to use cell phones must be earned by the student body as a whole.

Videos
Cameras, camera phones, and other electronic recording devices are prohibited in locker rooms at all times.
Cameras, camera phones and other electronic recording devices owned or operated by individuals may not be used to photograph, video, or record any student or staff without permission from the individual(s) being photographed, videoed, or recorded. School security cameras are not included in this restriction.
Any student who violates the restrictions of this policy may have the device confiscated and may be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the principal.
Any student who disseminates in any manner an unauthorized or misrepresented photograph, video, or recording for the purpose of embarrassing, demeaning, or discrediting the reputation of any student or staff, or that results in the embarrassment, demeaning, or discrediting of any student or staff, or results in any action or activity disruptive to the educational process shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion at the discretion of the principal.
Students are not allowed to trade or sell any type of electronic device on school property.
Threats
ALL THREATS (WRITTEN OR VERBAL) WILL BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY! Students making threats will be dealt with appropriately which could include suspension, referral to the Disciplinary Hearing Authority, expulsion, and/or legal action.

 

Electronic Threats
In accordance with state law, any student who transmits by an electronic device any communication containing a credible threat to cause bodily injury or death to another student or school employee and the transmission of such threat creates actual disruptive activity at the school that requires administrative intervention shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The director of schools shall have the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.

Fights, Assaults, Verbal Conflicts, Inciting to Fight
Fights- Disciplinary action for students involved in fighting or inciting, promoting or encouraging others to fight
a. First Offense - will warrant being sent home and suspended for 5 days.
b. Second Offense - will warrant 5 days suspension and a juvenile petition to court.
c. Third Offense - will warrant arrest, suspension, court, and placement in Alternative School.

Assaults - Assault will result in suspension and arrest with parent picking up student from jail.

Verbal Conflicts - Verbal conflicts will be dealt with appropriately by the administration as the conflicts warrant. Conflict Resolution is a key program at NGA. The administration realizes that others prod most students into fighting. If students will allow us to work with the parties involved, we can resolve the conflict very quickly. When student conflicts develop, it is the responsibility of the student, or a friend, to inform the appropriate personnel of the problem. The conflict can then be resolved quickly. Disorderly, unruly, disruptive behavior may result in student referral to court.

Disrespectful Conduct, Bullying, Intimidation and Hazing
Disrespectful conduct, bullying and hazing is defined as creating an atmosphere in which a student, staff member, or other person's wellbeing is hindered by undue pressure, behavior, intimidation, overt gesture, or threat of violence and will not be tolerated. The principal will take appropriate corrective and disciplinary action. No form of bullying or harassment is accepted at NGA; and any incident confirmed by the administration will come to an immediate end. NGA will comply in full with Lincoln County Board of Education policy, Student Discrimination/Harassment and Bullying/Intimidation. (This policy can be viewed in the Appendix of this handbook or online at www.lcdoe.org)

Discrimination/Harassment (Sexual, Racial, Ethnic, Religious)
Students shall be provided a learning environment free from sexual, racial, ethnic, and religious discrimination/harassment. It shall be a violation of this policy for any employee or any student to discriminate against or harass a student through disparaging conduct or communication that is sexual, racial, ethnic, or religious in nature. NGA will comply in full with Lincoln County Board of Education Policy Against Harassment and Sexual Harassment General Statement. (This policy can be viewed in the Appendix of this handbook.)

Gang Activity or Association
The type of dress, apparel, activities, acts, gestures, behavior, or manner of grooming displayed, reflected, or participated in by the student shall not:
1. Lead school officials to reasonably believe that such behavior, apparel, activities, acts, or other attributes are gang-related and would disrupt or interfere with the school environment or activity and/or educational objectives.
2. Present a physical safety hazard to self, students, staff, and other employees.
3. Create an atmosphere in which a student, staff member, or other person's wellbeing is hindered by undue pressure, behavior, intimidation, overt gesture, or threat of violence.
4. Imply gang membership or affiliation by written communication, mask, drawing, painting, design, and emblem upon any school or personal property or on one's person.

Graffiti
No graffiti of any kind is allowed on school property (walls, lockers, bathrooms, etc.). In addition, students should refrain from having graffiti on notebooks, papers turned in to teachers, etc. Students will be required to pay for any damage. The principal will take appropriate corrective and disciplinary action.

Care of School and Personal Property
Students are encouraged to cooperate in helping to keep the building and grounds free from damage and litter. Only by careful use and continued awareness on the part of all, can our facility be preserved in its present condition for future students. This is your school. Take pride in the way it looks.

Students are responsible for the proper care of all books, supplies, and furniture supplied by the school. Students who disfigure property, break windows, or do other damage to school or personal property or equipment will be disciplined appropriately and will be required to pay for the damage which is done. Students should limit items brought to school to those necessary for school activities. Valuables should be left at home or kept with the student.

Conduct of Students at Extracurricular Activities
All students who attend school-sponsored activities of any nature (athletic contests included) at their home school or as visitors attending other school events shall be expected to conduct themselves properly. Students are subject to disciplinary measures for improper conduct at school related events.

Habitual Student Misbehavior
Students who continually and habitually disrupt class and/or do not follow school policies may be removed from school.

Student "Hands-Off" Policy (Public Display of Affection)
Student relationships should be private. Teachers are expected to encourage their students to behave in a manner that is not distasteful to other students and adults. Therefore, our policy will be "HANDS-OFF". This means NO kissing, hugging, holding hands, touching, or physical contact of any nature. Students who need to be reprimanded for this by teachers and hall monitors will be sent to the administration for discipline and counseling in proper public conduct. Parents will be given notification of this inappropriate conduct for repeat offenses. This policy includes horseplay. This policy also applies to buses and all extra-curricular activities.

Policy on Liquid Containers for Students
1. Students may bring a maximum of three (3) sealed/unopened beverages into the building daily. These beverages are to be consumed in their entirety during break or lunch and are to be stored in lockers until designated times.
2. No unsealed/opened cans or bottles of liquid cola-type drinks, juice, or water are to be brought into the school building. The item, if found, will be confiscated and disposed of immediately.
3. Students may not bring an energy drink of any type into the school building.
4. Drinks and snacks will be sold during break in the cafeteria and concessions' stand.
5. No unsealed/opened liquid containers are to be carried on buses, kept in school lockers, or carried on the student.
6. No carbonated beverages are allowed in the cafeteria.
7. Cologne, after shave, etc. is not allowed in school or on buses.
Policy on Outside Food
Due to Coordinated School Health requirements, student's lunches must be packaged in "home packaging". No fast food packages.
Inappropriate Language
Inappropriate language will not be tolerated and will be dealt with by teachers or the administration. This includes racial slang and sexual innuendos.

Substitute Teachers
Courtesy to substitute teachers is one of the most vital ways in which we may build good school-community relationships. Treat your substitute teacher with respect. The school feels obligated to take severe action against students who persist in being uncooperative and disruptive in the substitute teacher's classroom.

Pornography or Obscene Literature
Possession or distribution of obscene literature or pornography is prohibited. The administration's opinion will rule over the students as to what is undesirable literature.

Gambling
Gambling of any kind is prohibited at school.


Cheating
The minimum punishment for students caught cheating will be a grade of zero. Teachers have the right to refer to administration for additional discipline.

Book bags
Students are welcome to use book bags during the day. However, any bags taken into classrooms should be of a size that will fit under the desks. The aisles should be kept clear at all times.

Break Detention (BD)
For minor disciplinary offenses, a teacher may assign a student BD. When the teacher assigns break detention they will verbally notify the student at the time the detention is issued. It is the student's responsibility to check the school wide break detention list to see when they have been assigned to detention. The list is published and posted in every teacher's classroom each morning. The student will be dismissed to break detention five minutes before break begins on the day of his or her detention. Any student not serving an assigned break detention or that is late to break detention will be issued an additional period of break detention and is subject to further disciplinary action. Students should go to their lockers and get books for their next class and to the bathroom before entering break detention. Break detention rules are as follows:

1. Students must be absolutely silent from the minute they walk into BD until they leave.
2. Students must be seated and stay seated, with backside against the seat and hands in your lap. (No slumping, sleeping, feet on the seat, etc.)
3. Students cannot be late.
4. No gum in the auditorium. (Must be thrown away before you enter)
5. Eyes straight ahead. No turning around.
6. The only materials you can read are school related and homework.
7. Students are to sit one behind the other.
8. When students are dismissed they are to leave in a single file, orderly fashion.
9. Do not raise your hand you will not be recognized to speak.
10. If you do not show up for BD, we will call you to the auditorium and another day will be added.
11. If rules are broken days will be added.
12. Students cannot give money to anyone else to purchase break food, nor can the student purchase it after BD.
13. Fifteen BD's will result in one day of ISS, thirty will result in two days of ISS.
14. If you purposely miss more than one BD, you may be placed in ISS.
15. BD's can be given for late to class, chewing gum, paperwork not turned in, talking in class, leaving to go to the bathroom, etc.

Students are dismissed two minutes before break/class change is over and are to go straight to class. Restroom and locker stops are not permitted since they will have gone prior to entering break detention.

After School Detention (ASD)
Hours: 3:00 - 4:00PM (Tuesday and Thursday)
Students may be detained after the school day as a means of disciplinary action. The following guidelines shall be followed:
1. A teacher may refer a student to ASD for discipline or missing work according to their published classroom discipline procedures and make up work policy. The referral is made to administration and administration will review and assign actual detention.
2. Once a student is assigned ASD they must complete the detention requirement even if the work is turned in before the detention is served.
3. The student will be given at least one (1) day of notice before detention
4. The student may not serve ASD until their name is placed on the ASD list.
5. The Student will receive a copy and administration will notify parents via phone using the automated school call out system.
6. Detention will not exceed one hour after the official closing of school and students should be picked up promptly at 4:00.
7. Students in detention will be under the supervision of school staff members until 4:00 and the location for the week will be announced at the time detention students are called.
8. All detention referrals must have proper documentation from the teacher making the referral.
9. Students must be quiet and working or reading while in detention. If students are attempting to sleep, talking or being disruptive they will be dismissed from detention and assigned an additional day.
10. Students will have (2) detention days in which to complete after school detention.
11. Failure to serve detention will result in assignment to ISS.
When reporting to detention, students must have assignments to work on or a book to read. These must be shown to detention personnel before entering detention. Students without an assignment or a book to read will be denied admission to detention on that day and must make it up. If their allotted time to serve has expired they will be assigned to ISS.

In-School Suspension (ISS)
In-School Suspension is designed to isolate a student for violation of school rules.
1. A student assigned to In-School Suspension (ISS) will fully cooperate with the supervisor during the time they are in the room. Noncompliance will result in suspension, citation to court, or referral to Alternative School.
2. The student will bring textbooks and materials to the ISS room. The ISS supervisor will make necessary arrangements to obtain all other materials the student needs.
3. Credit will be given for all assigned classwork completed during the period of in-school suspension. This material is to be given to the ISS supervisor, who will return it to the classroom teacher. The student may also make up any test or quiz given during his suspension. Homework will be done at home and returned to the teacher the next day by the student.
4. Lunch will be eaten in the ISS lunchroom area.
5. A student assigned to ISS will not be allowed to sleep, talk, waste time, write notes, or get out of his or her seat without permission.
6. A student assigned to ISS must be present and on time to the ISS room or the student may be assigned make-up time.
7. A student absent on a day assigned to ISS must make up that time before returning to regular classes.
8. A student who fails or refuses to go to ISS can be sent home (out-of-school suspension) for the same number of days. More days may be added if the administration deems it appropriate. Such failure or refusal may also result in referral to juvenile court for unruly or disruptive behavior. Upon returning to school, the student will go to ISS.
9. A student assigned to ISS understands that the student's failure to obey any of the above rules may result in out-of-school suspension, parental conference, and/or recommendation for placement in Alternative School. A student assigned to ISS further understands that any suspension resulting from the student's failure to obey the rules in the ISS room will be considered a separate suspension. The student may also be referred to juvenile court for unruly or disruptive behavior.
10. Tests that are being given in the classroom may be administered in the ISS room by the ISS supervisor. The ISS supervisor and the classroom teacher must coordinate testing.
11. It is the student's responsibility to turn all homework in to the classroom teacher upon returning to class. The ISS supervisor will return classwork done in ISS.
12. The ISS supervisor will notify parents in writing of a student's assignment to ISS.
13. Repeat offenders will be referred to Alternative School.
14. Students misbehaving or disrupting class will be sent to ISS.

Probation
A student may be placed on probation if his/her behavior is not appropriate. Probation means that any misbehavior on the part of a student when brought to the attention of the administration will result in suspension. Probation time lengths may vary. A student will be placed on probation after several discipline reports!

Suspensions
The principal has the authority to suspend a student from school for persistent wrongdoing or conduct detrimental to the school. Only the principal may reinstate a suspended student after a personal conference between the principal and at least one of the student's parents or guardians. If the infraction dictates, the principal will refer the case to the Director of Schools and the School Board and could result in the student being expelled from school. A student who is suspended may not be on the school grounds during the suspension period and may not attend or participate in extracurricular activities. Work missed during a suspension may NOT be made up. Students will be suspended if they constantly disrupt classroom activities.

Overnight School Suspension (OSS)
A parent must return to school with the student by 8:30 the following morning or suspension will ensue.
Alternative School
A student whose behavior becomes too disruptive to be solved through the regular school program may be assigned to Alternative School. During an Alternative School placement, a student may not be on any school grounds and may not attend or participate in extracurricular activities.

Sexual Harassment
The Lincoln County Board of Education is committed to safeguarding the rights of all students within the school system to learn in an environment that is free from all forms of harassment and/or sexual harassment. The Board prohibits any form of sexual harassment or harassment based upon age, religion, disability, or race/national origin. The administration has the right to cite these students to court. For more information please see the "Policy Against Harassment and Sexual Harassment General Statement" located in the Appendix of this handbook.

Student Dress
Student dress shall be modest, decent, and shall not interfere with the educational process of the school. Girls and boys are required to maintain good personal cleanliness and hygiene. In matters of opinion, the judgment of the administration will prevail. In general, any garment, apparel, and/or grooming which is so spectacular as to attract undue attention to the wearer and which would tend to hamper the school in carrying on its regular schedule of activities, distract or disturb classes, interfere with the health of students, or disrupt the learning atmosphere in any way is not considered permissible. Students not in compliance with the dress code will be provided clean school issued scrubs to either put on in place of or over the inappropriate attire. The student will report to the office at 2:40 to return the school issued scrubs. Habitual violation of the dress code will result in disciplinary action. If an outfit is questionable, don't wear it.
1st Violation- Changing into scrubs for immediate correction of violation and Warning
2nd Violation- Changing into scrubs for immediate correction of violation and After
School Detention
3rd Violation- Changing into scrubs for immediate correction of violation and 1day In
School Suspension
4th Violation- Changing into scrubs for immediate correction of violation OSS, possible
Referral to Court

All students should observe the following:
ALLOWED NOT ALLOWED
SHORTS/PANTS • 3 inches or less above the knee
• at waistline • more than 3 inches above the knee
• biking shorts, spandex, sleepwear
• slacking or have to be held in order to walk
• No visible skin 3 inches above the knee (this includes holes)
SKIRTS & DRESSES • 3 inches or less above the knee
• slit 3 inches or less above the knee • more than 3 inches above the knee
• slit more than 3 inches above the knee
LEGGINGS, STRETCH PANTS, YOGA PANTS, ETC. • top no shorter than extended fingertips
• Must not be see through • Tops shorter than extended fingertips
• See through
VISIBLE PIERCINGS • ears only • other body parts
• nose, eyebrow, lips, etc.
SYMBOLS • patriotic, if worn appropriately • promote/suggest drugs, tobacco, alcohol, sex, obscenities, violence, racial discord, gang activity, or any disturbing influence


HAIR
• natural colors only
• unnatural colors

HEAD COVERINGS • none • hats, caps, bandanas, other head coverings
ACCESSORIES • none • spikes, bandanas, chains, sunglasses
SHIRTS & TOPS • sleeveless that cover neck to shoulder • see-through, tank tops, halter tops
• clothing revealing chest, midriff, or back
• the "no-bra" look
• muscle shirt
SHOES • worn at all times • no shoes
• house shoes

CODE OF CONDUCT
The Tennessee State Legislature has passed bills in reference to the behavior of students in public schools in the State of Tennessee. In compliance with these bills, the principal is given the authority to act upon the following rules and regulations.
Violations, which could result in suspension from school or court action:
1. Possession of barbital or legend drugs
2. Possession of firearms, guns, pistols, or knives on the school campus
3. Marking, defacing, willfully or maliciously damaging school property or property of personnel attending or assigned to NGA
4. Actual theft of property belonging to students or personnel assigned to or attending NGA
5. Actual or known activity in inciting, advising, or counseling of others to engage in any act disruptive to regular school activities on or off campus
6. Disorderly school bus conduct such as boisterous talk, smoking, obscene or vulgar language or gesture, disrespect to the bus driver
7. Disrespectful attitude or behavior toward personnel assigned or attending NGA
8. Possessing, handling, and/or under the influence of alcoholic beverages on campus, or at any school function
9. Leaving campus without permission from the office
10. Not attending assigned classes
11. Habitual lateness to school or class
12. Creating a disturbance in the classroom, lunchroom, hallway, and other places
13. Improper parking or operation of vehicle in parking lot or on school grounds
14. Disrespect to a teacher, administrator, or support staff
15. Direct refusal to obey an administrator, a teacher, or a rule
16. Any other conduct prejudicial to good order or discipline at NGA
17. The Administration supports NGA's faculty in implementing this code of conduct 100% of the time.
18. Students are not to have money out in the classrooms or hallways. Students should not bring large amounts of money to school. Do not loan money. Do not sell or trade items.
19. Skipping school will warrant ISS.
20. Students are responsible for placing money and personal property in secured lockers during PE.


POINTS OF INTEREST
Hallway Traffic
Students are not allowed to run in the hallways of NGA. Students are required to walk on the right side of the corridor in a single file manner whenever possible to make traffic flow easier. NGA's blue corridor lines make this feasible. Students are not to stand at lockers and talk in groups. This causes congestion in the already crowded hallways. To create a positive school climate, boisterous behavior will not be allowed in hallways. Students in the hallway without a pass will be issued a break detention.

Discipline Procedures
1. A student may be assigned break detention for minor disciplinary problems.
2. Students will be referred to the office for after-school detention for more serious infractions.
3. The administration will call the ASD student to the office to discuss the offense, date, procedures and other information. ASD is held from 3:00-4:00 Tuesday and Thursday.
4. If a student fails to go to ASD, ISS or OSS will be assigned.
5. Teachers may refer a student to the office for discipline but only the administration will assign ISS. Misbehavior in ISS can result in suspension, alternative school, or court referral.
6. Repeat offenders for any disciplinary problems may be assigned ISS.
7. A student misbehaving in any way for a substitute teacher will be sent to the office. The student may be assigned ISS or sent home.
8. Students serving BD are not allowed to have another student purchase break concessions for them.
9. Students disrupting class will be sent to ISS or suspended.
10. Students may be assigned ASD to make up the work missed when sent out of class.

Discipline Reports
NGA does not call home for minor or occasional infractions or discipline incidents, After School Detention or Break Detention with the exception of After School Detention due to missing assignments. Parents will receive a call from our automated call system if their student is assigned After School Detention for missing work. To see your student's up to date disciplinary record you will need to log into your student's iNow account. This information is provided to parents and students in print at the beginning of the school year. If you have questions, have lost your password, or need help please call or come by the NGA office.

Student Alcohol and Drug Testing (Notification)
In accordance with Lincoln County Board of Education Policy 6.3071: Students will be notified in writing at the beginning of each school year or at the time of enrollment that they shall be subject to testing for drugs and alcohol during the school year (Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-4213). Principals are authorized to order drug tests for individual students when there is a reasonable cause to believe that:
1. The school board policy on alcohol and drug use has been violated;
2. A search of lockers produced evidence of the presence of drugs and/or alcohol;
3. A search of persons and containers produced evidence of a presence of drug and/or alcohol;
4. A search of vehicles produced evidence of the presence of drugs and/or alcohol; or
5. Through observation or other reasonable information reported by a teacher, staff member, or other student that a student is using drugs and/or alcohol on school property.

Searches By School Personnel
Lockers are subject to being searched at any time.
A student may be subject to physical search or a student's pockets, purse, car, book bag or other container may be required to be emptied because of a locker search or because of information received by school personnel.
Vehicles on school property are subject to being searched for alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, and weapons and any other items deemed detrimental to the school.
Students who are tardy and/or in the hall without a hall pass are subject to being searched.

Break
Students are given a fifteen-minute break following second period. It is a privilege - ABUSE IT/LOSE IT! Extended break may be given for positive behavior.

Bus Rules
Bus rules for all students are designed for safety. A bus rider must always remain seated, facing the front, with feet on the floor at all times. Students are considered "in school" while riding the bus and all school rules apply. Students are subject to bus removal and a $500 fine for throwing any object from a school bus. Students are required to pay for any bus damage they cause. No food or drinks allowed on buses.
1. Shuttle buses to Blanche, South, Flintville, and Unity load and unload at the south end of the school building near the gym on the 1st dismissal bell.
2. All other buses will load and unload at the south end of the building near the gym on the 2nd dismissal bell.
3. Students are to report to the gym each morning after unloading from buses.
4. Loss of bus riding privileges because of disciplinary action means that a student is off of ALL Lincoln County buses.
5. Students riding a bus they normally do not ride will need a parent note signed by the Administration.
6. Students missing the bus in the afternoon should come to the office immediately to call for a ride.
7. Disciplinary bus action includes: warning, off bus for one week, off bus for two (2) weeks, or off bus for the remainder of the year. Serious bus infractions may cause students to be removed for the rest of the year. (i.e.: fighting, sexual misconduct, harassment)

Walkers
All walkers are to enter and exit the building at the front entrance. Walkers will be dismissed on the 2nd bell. All walkers should have a parent note on file. If a student walks to the Patrick, the parent must provide a note.

Car Riders
All car riders are to be dropped off and picked up on NGA property. Students are not allowed to walk across the road to their rides. All car riders should be picked up by 3:00 P.M. There is no supervision after this time. Should an unavoidable incident delay you in picking up your child, please make arrangements to have a person on your child's data sheet "permission to pick-up list" transport your child home. Car riders will leave on the 2nd dismissal bell. High school students are responsible for knowing who they have permission to ride with in the afternoon.

Drivers
All drivers must meet with the administration before driving their own vehicles to school. A parking permit must be purchased and a form must be completed by student and parent. Proof of driver's license, automobile registration, and liability insurance is required. A student will lose the privilege to drive on campus if this privilege is abused. Student vehicles are subject to reasonable search at any time. In order to receive a permit form, students must pick up the permission slip first; they must be passing all subjects and have no unexcused absence within the past 30 days. Drivers are released on the 2nd bell.

Obtaining Driver's Permit/License Truancy Form
1. Student must pick up the Permission to Receive Truancy Form from the office and return it signed by their parent or guardian at least one week before planning to go get their permit.
2. Students must have passing grades and no unexcused absences within the past 30 days.
3. Students should check back with the office personnel to retrieve their truancy letter.

Lockers
Lockers are subject to a reasonable search at any time. Students are to use their own lockers - NO SHARING OF LOCKERS! DO NOT!! - Jam a locker. DO NOT!! - Store opened food or drink in a locker. DO NOT!! - Store electronic devices, contraband, or illegal or banned materials, supplies, or substances in a locker. Stolen cell phones and other contraband ARE NOT the responsibility of the Administration. Refer to cell phone policy. Lockers broken due to jamming must be paid for by the student.

Backpacks
Students are limited to one backpack in the classrooms at NGA. All other items are to be stored in the student's locker. Students are allowed 5 minutes between classes to go to lockers and to the restroom. They will not be able to go back to lockers after class begins to retrieve objects. Sports' bags for students involved in NGA or LCHS sports will be carried to the coach's closet when students are dismissed from the gym and picked up before leaving school. Students will not leave 7th period early to pick up these objects.

Student Fee
A student fee of $25.00 should be paid during the first two weeks of school. This is applied toward lockers, workbooks, science fee, computer peripherals, etc.

Auditorium Seats
Each student is assigned an auditorium seat through their Freshman Focus Class and is expected to sit in this seat at all school assemblies.

Textbook Policy
It is the student's responsibility to properly maintain their issued textbooks throughout the year. Textbooks must be covered immediately after issuance. All lost or damaged books must be paid for before final grades are issued or records transferred. Money will be returned for any books found and returned to the school undamaged before June 30 of any academic year.

School Lunch Charge Policy
1. Students should bring a check or cash to place in their lunch account or visit their nutrikids account to make an electronic deposit.
2. Students may pay daily, but it slows down the line.
3. Students may charge up to three meals with their signature on the charge notebook.
4. After the third charge students must see an administrator to charge. Parents will be called to approve the charge.
5. Charged lunch will be a nutritionally approved sack alternative lunch.

Lunch Prices
LUNCH - $2.50 BREAKFAST- $1.25
Reduced Rates for Students Who Qualify
LUNCH - $0.40 BREAKFAST- $.30

Inclement Weather or Emergencies
If inclement weather or another emergency necessitates an early dismissal of school, all students will be sent home according to their usual modes of transportation. Students who normally ride a bus will be sent home by bus. Those who are normally car riders will be kept at school until the arrival of their usual ride. Walkers and drivers will be allowed to leave as soon as all buses have departed. If the weather appears threatening, please keep informed through the media. Our phone lines are very busy during such times and often cell phones do not work at all. It is advisable for parents to designate a relative or neighbor to watch for and check upon students walking or riding a bus during these times if the parent is at work. You may also wish to designate alternates to pick up car riders, but these designees must be listed as such on the child's data sheet. Please complete and return the inclement weather form being sent home with your child, immediately. We will follow the information on the form unless a parent calls.


ACADEMICS

Testing
End of Course/TN Ready
Ninth Grade Academy will administer the required TNReady End of Course Assessment in English I and Algebra I. It will be administered in accordance with T.C.A §49-1-602 pertaining to district and school accountability. The purpose of this test is to help measure how much a student grows academically over the course of a school year. The test will be administered over two test administrations. Part I will be administered in the fall and Part II in the spring. The exact dates will be communicated once they are set. Results will be communicated to parents and students once they are processed.

Semester Exams
Semester exams are administered in the last 5 days of both the fall and spring semester for each class. Exams are cumulative for each course and are used to measure the student's progress and retention of knowledge. Grades on the exams account for 15% of the student's semester grade. Grades on semester exams will be printed on the student's report card.

*Additional testing/assessment information will be provided in print and sent home with students as an addendum. All details regarding state testing are not complete at the time of printing.

Report Cards and Progress Reports
Report cards and Progress Reports will be issued through Freshman Focus. Lost or destroyed cards will be replaced for a charge of $1.00. Students altering grades will be assigned ISS and parents will be notified. The principal or her designee will check each student's report every grading period. Students with failing grades will be called in for a conference. Parents may be called for help in establishing a remediation process.

Honor Roll
NGA publishes an honor roll list following each nine-weeks grading period. All courses are included in the averaging. Gold Honor Roll students have a nine-week overall average of 93-100. An overall average of 85-92 qualifies a student for Silver Honor Roll. An "F" in any subject disqualifies a student from honor roll consideration. Names of students earning honor roll status will be published in the local media only if a parent or guardian has signed the permission statement.

Extended School Studies (ESS)
After Labor Day, students will be offered extended studies in math and language arts. Students must be referred by a teacher. (Students may request teacher referral.) Students in this program must be working on remediation or enrichment in these subjects. Failure to follow school rules or refusal to participate in the academic studies of the program will result in dismissal from ESS. Students attending the after-school program MUST be picked up by 4:00 P.M.

InformationNow
During the first week of school user names and passwords for InformationNow will be sent home with students for both the student and parent. This program will provide both the student and parent access to student's grades and discipline report 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Both parents and students are encouraged to check these on a regular basis. If you do not get your password or need assistance please call or visit the NGA front office.

Internet Access
All students will have access to the Internet for class work and research. The Lincoln County Schools Acceptable Use Policy is located in the appendix of this handbook. Please review it carefully with your student.

Each student at NGA will be issued a laptop computer for educational purposes. More information regarding student laptops will be distributed when student computers are handed out.

Information of Interest to Parents and Students
1. Students entering and withdrawing from NGA must go through the guidance office to complete paperwork.
2. NGA will not deliver messages to students to change transportation from school due to security risks. Students will be called to the telephone between classes to call home to receive the message; this must be done before 2:00 P.M.
3. English I and Algebra I are not offered at LCHS; therefore, a student not successfully completing this course at NGA must attend summer school or credit recovery.
4. Cheating - zero on assignment or test - teacher discretion.
5. Schedule changes - not allowed in order to get a "different" teacher. Schedule changes will be allowed during the 1st nine weeks for adjustment in math and English placement per principal recommendation.
6. Lincoln County Ninth Grade Academy provides equal educational opportunities for all children regardless of ability, race, color, sex, creed, national origin, or handicapping condition in compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
7. Lincoln County Ninth Grade Academy follows all requirements of Section 504, which falls under the provision of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Student Classifications
Sophomore 4 Credits
(Must include Eng. 9 and Algebra 1)
Junior 10 Credits
Senior 18 Credits

Types of Diplomas
Graduation with Honors
Students who meet at least one of the following requirements will graduate with honors.
• score at or above all of the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT.

Graduation with Distinction
Students who attain a B average and complete at least one of the following requirements will graduate with distinction.
• 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
• are selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
• attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT
• attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two advanced placement exams.
• successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs
• earn 12 or more semester hours of transcripted postsecondary credit

Transfer Student Information
Pupils transferring from schools which are not accredited by the Tennessee State Board of Education or by comparable state agencies shall be allowed credit only when they have passed comprehensive written examinations approved, administered, and graded by the principal or her designated representative. No transfer course will be awarded Honors or Advanced Placement credit unless so designated on the transcript. Honors and Advanced Placement transfer credit will be accepted only from schools accredited by the State Department of Education or those accredited by agencies approved by the State Department of Education.

Tennessee HOPE Scholarship
Eligibility requires a minimum ACT score of 21 OR a final cumulative GPA of 3.0 for entering college freshmen graduating from eligible public high schools. For additional information on the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program, visit to www.TN.gov/collegepays.

Grading and Reporting
Grades will be reported officially to parents and students after each 45 days of instruction (9 weeks). The 45-day marking periods will stand alone. Progress Reports will be sent home to parents at mid-point (23rd day) of each 45-day marking period.

TENNESSEE GRADING SCALE GPA
A 93-100 4 points
B 85-92 3 points
C 75-84 2 points
D 70-74 1 point
F 0-69 0 points
GPA (Grade Point Average) is figured on semester grades 9-12 using the scale above.


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Credits Courses
4 English English 9, 10, 11, 12
4 Math Must include Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, or its equivalent and a fourth higher-level course. A math class must be taken each school year.
3 Science Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and a third lab course
3 Social Studies World History and Geography, U.S. History and Geography, U.S. Government and Civics, & Economics (1/2
1.5 P.E. & Wellness
0.5 Personal Finance
2* Foreign Language 2 in same foreign language
1* Fine Arts May include Visual Art, Instrumental Music (Band) or Vocal Music (Chorus or Show Choir)
3 Elective Focus
4 Elective Credits Do not have to be in focus area
26 TOTAL CREDITS

*The foreign language and fine arts credits may be waived for students not planning to attend college,
however the credits must be used to explore their elective focus of study.


2016-2017 Testing Dates

TN Ready Performance Assessment, English I and Algebra I- Fall Semester
TN Ready End-of-Course Exams, English I and Algebra I- Part I, Fall Semester/Part
II, Spring Semester
1st Semester Exams- December 13-15, 2016
2nd Semester Exams- May 15-17, 2017

All TN Ready exams count a state mandated percentage of the student's second semester grade in the course tested. Semester exams will count 15% of the student's semester grade. School-wide remediation is offered for TN Ready tests during Freshman Focus classes.

Semester Exam Make-up Policy
Fall and Spring semester make-up exams must be made up at the appointed time by the administration.

EOC/AYP Make-up Test Policy
Plans should be made to allow all students to make up any tests not attempted during the regular test session. All make-ups (Algebra I and II; English I, II, and III; Biology I; U.S. History) should be administered within the test date window and completed by Day 5 of testing. Any make-ups done outside of Day 5 must receive prior approval from the TDOE. Any student who does not make-up a missed test during the testing cycle will receive a 0 for the state mandated percentage of their second semester grade.


Daily Schedule
(50 minutes in each class)

1st period 7:50-8:40
2nd period 8:45-9:35
Break 9:35-9:50 Warning bell 9:45
3rd period (Freshman Focus) 9:50-10:20
4th period 10:25-11:15
5th period (Lunch) 11:20-12:55
1st Lunch
Released to lunch 11:22 (Leave books with 5th period teacher, 1st lunch teachers
supervise halls)
Lunch 11:22-11:52
Return to Class 11:52-11:57 (1st Lunch teachers at doors to supervise by 11:50)

2nd Lunch
Released to lunch 12:17-12:22 (Leave books in 5th period, 2nd lunch teachers supervise
halls)
Lunch 12:22-12:52 (2nd lunch teachers back at doors by 12:50)
Return to 5th to get items/entire school released 12:52

*****NO LOCKER VISITS 11:20-12:55**********

6th period 1:00-1:50
7th period 1:55-2:45
Shuttle Buses 2:45
All Other Departures 2:50


Before School
Upon arrival at school, students must report directly to the gym. Students cannot go anywhere else in the building without a hall pass signed by an administrator or faculty member. All students MUST be seated in their first period classes by 7:50 A.M. Upon entering the building, students needing a readmit slip for checking out or for an absence, must go to the readmit table in the gym hallway.


Lincoln County School System
2016-2017 Calendar

August 1 In-Service
August 2 In-Service (Individual Schools)
August 3 Registration All Schools ½ day
August 4 Students attend full day
September 5 Labor Day Holiday
September 8 School Day (Parent Conference LCHS 4 - 7 pm)
October 10 Staff Development Day (All Staff/All Schools)
October 10-14 Fall Break
October 20 School Day (Parent Conference NGA 4 - 7 pm)
October 27 School Day (Parent Conference Elem 4 - 7 pm)
November 21-25 Thanksgiving Break
December 16 Students attend ½ day
January 3 Students Return for Full day
January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Holiday)
February 2 School Day (Parent Conference Elem 4 - 7 pm)
February 9 School Day (Parent Conference LCHS 4 - 7 pm)
February 16 School Day (Parent Conference NGA 4 - 7 pm)
February 20 President's Day (Holiday)
March 13 Staff Development (All Staff/All Schools)
March 13-17 Spring Break
April 14 Good Friday (Holiday)
May 19 Last Day of School for Students (½ day) Graduation
May 22-24* Teacher In-service

Grading Periods - Nine Weeks
Beginning Date Ending Date Progress Report Report Card
1st Aug 3 Oct 4 Sept 2 Oct 18
2nd Oct 5 Dec 16 Nov 9 Jan 6
3rd Jan 3 Mar 9 Feb 6 Mar 23
4th Mar 10 May 19 Apr 19 May 19


POLICIES OF IMPORTANCE

POLICY AGAINST HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT GENERAL STATEMENT
The Lincoln County Board of Education is committed to safeguarding the right of all students and employees within the school system to learn and work in an environment that is free from all forms of harassment and/or sexual harassment.
It is the policy of the Lincoln County Ninth Grade Academy to maintain a learning and working
environment that is free from harassment of any type. The school system prohibits any form of sexual harassment or harassment based upon age, religion, disability or race/national origin.
It shall be a violation of this policy for any student or employee of the school system to
harass a student or an employee through conduct or communication in any form as defined by this policy.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,
and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require school districts to have officially adopted policy statements of nondiscrimination on the basis of sex, disability, national origin or race.

II. HARASSMENT DEFINED AND PROHIBITED
It is the policy of the Lincoln County Board of Education not to discriminate on the basis
of sex, race, national origin, creed, religion, age, marital status, or disability in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies as required by the herein-referenced federal statutes. Any employee or student of this school system shall be punished for infractions of this policy as provided for herein.

III. SEXUAL HARASSMENT DEFINED AND PROHIBITED
A. Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual
favors, sexually motivated physical conduct, or other verbal or physical conduct, or communication of a sexual nature when:
1. submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or condition, either explicitly or implicitly, of obtaining or retaining employment, or of obtaining and education; or
2. submission to or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting that individual's employment or educational opportunities; or
3. that conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual's employment or education, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment or educational environment. Any sexual harassment, as defined, when perpetrated on any student or employee by any student or employee will be treated as sexual harassment under this policy.
B. Sexual harassment may include but is not limited to:
1. sexual advances;
2. verbal harassment or abuse;
3. subtle pressure for sexual activity:
4. touching of a sexual nature including inappropriate patting or pinching;
5. intentional brushing against a student's or an employee's body;
6. demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning an individual's employment or educational status;
7. demanding sexual favors especially when accompanied by implied or overt promises of preferential treatments with regard to an individual's employment educational status;
8. graffiti of a sexual nature;
9. displaying or distributing sexually-explicit drawings, pictures or other written materials including making and playing sexually explicit audio/video tapes;
10. sexual gestures including touching oneself sexually or talking about one's sexual activities in front of others;
11. sexual or "dirty" jokes; or
12. spreading rumors about or rating other students as to sexual activity or performance


IV. REPORTING PROCEDURES
Any person who believes that he or she has been the victim of harassment or sexual harassment by a student or an employee of the school system, or any third person with knowledge or belief of conduct which may constitute harassment or sexual harassment should report the alleged acts immediately to an appropriate school system official as designated by this policy. The school system encourages the reporting party or complainant to use the report form available from the principal of each school or available from the school system central office.
A. In Each School - The school principal is the person responsible for receiving oral or written reports of harassment or sexual harassment at the school level. A written report will be forwarded simultaneously to the Complaint Coordinator and the Director of Schools or his/her designee. If the report was given verbally, the principal shall reduce it to written form within twenty-four (24) hours. Failure to forward any harassment or sexual harassment report or complaint as provided herein shall result in disciplinary action. If the complaint involves the school principal, the complaint shall be filed directly with the Complaint Coordinator of the Director of Schools or his/her designee.
B. System-Wide - The school board hereby designates Carman Smith as the Complaint Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator to receive reports or complaints of sexual harassment from any individual, employee, or victim of harassment or sexual harassment or discrimination and also from the school principals as outlined above. If the complaint involves the Complaint Coordinator, the complaint shall be filled directly with the Director of Schools. The school system shall conspicuously post the name of the Complaint Coordinator, including a mailing address and telephone number.
C. Submission of a complaint or report of harassment or sexual harassment will not affect the reporting individual's present or future employment, grades, or work assignments.
D. Use of formal reporting forms is not mandatory; however, a sample of the reporting form currently used in this system is attached to this policy.

The school system will respect the confidentiality of the complainant and the individual/s against whom the complaint is filed, as much as possible, consistent with the school system's legal obligations and the necessity to investigate allegations of harassment and to take disciplinary action when the conduct has occurred.

V. INVESTIGATION AND RECOMMENDATION
Upon receipt of a report or complaint alleging harassment, sexual harassment, or discrimination, the Complaint Coordinator shall immediately undertake an investigation. The investigation shall be conducted by the Complaint Coordinator who shall be assisted by the school principal, if such complaint originates at a school site.
In determining whether alleged conduct constitutes harassment, sexual harassment, or discrimination, the school system shall consider all relevant circumstances, the nature of the sexual advances is sexual harassment is alleged, relationships between the parties involved, and the context in which the alleged incident occurred.
The investigation shall consist of, but is not limited to, personal interviews with the complainant, the individual/s against whom the complaint is filed, and others who may have knowledge of the alleged incident/s or circumstance/s giving rise to the complaint. The investigation shall also consist of any other methods and documents deemed relevant by the Complaint Coordinator.
In addition, the school system shall take immediate steps to protect the complainant, students, and employees pending completion of an investigation of alleged harassment, sexual harassment, or discrimination.
The Complaint Coordinator shall make a final report including findings and recommendations for disciplinary actions, if any, to the Superintendent/Director of Schools or his/her designee upon completion of the investigation.

VI. SCHOOL DISTRICT ACTION
A. Upon receipt of a recommendation that the complaint is valid, the school system shall take such action as appropriate based on the results of the investigation.
B. The result of the investigation of each complaint filed under these procedures shall be reported in writing to the complainant by the school system. The report shall document any disciplinary action taken as well as a result of the complaint.
C. The school system shall take such other steps as are necessary to prevent recurrence of the harassment.
D. The school system shall keep the complainant informed of the status of complaint.

VII. REPRISAL
The school system shall discipline any individual who retaliates against any person who reports alleged incidents of harassment, sexual harassment, or discrimination, as well as any individual who retaliates against any person who testifies, assists, or participates in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing relating to a harassment, sexual harassment, or discrimination complaint. Retaliation included, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment that creates a hostile environment.

VIII. NON-HARASSMENT/FALSE ACCUSATIONS
The school system recognizes that not every reported incident, advance, or consent containing sexual content constitutes harassment. Whether a particular action or incident constitutes a personal or social relationship having a discriminatory effect requires a determination based on all the facts and surrounding circumstances.
False accusations of harassment, sexual harassment, or discrimination can have serious detrimental effects on innocent parties. Any person who knowingly and intentionally makes a false accusation, for any reason that would be contrary to the spirit and intent of this policy shall be subject to immediate and appropriate disciplinary action.

XII. RIGHT TO ALTERNATIVE COMPLAINT PROCEDURES
These proceedings do not deny the right of any individual to pursue other avenues of recourse which may include filing charges with the Tennessee Department of Human Right, initiating the civil action, filing a complaint with the Office of the Civil Rights of the United States Department of Education, or in certain instances, seeking redress under state statutes.

X. SEXUAL HARASSMENT AS SEXUAL ABUSE
Under certain circumstances, sexual harassment may constitute sexual abuse under Tennessee Law. In such situations, the school system shall comply with Tennessee statutory requirements regarding the reporting of suspected abuse to the appropriate authorities.

XI. DISCIPLINE
Any school system action taken pursuant to this policy shall be consistent with requirements of federal law, Tennessee statutes and other school system policies. The school system shall take such disciplinary action it deems necessary and appropriate, including warning, suspension, or immediate discharge to end harassment, sexual harassment, or discrimination and prevent its recurrence.

XII. POLICY DISTRIBUTION
A copy of the foregoing policy and reporting procedure shall be published in the school system policy manual, shall be included in each student handbook published by the school system, and shall be posted in a conspicuous place in each school building. Postings of the policy shall include the name/s of the person/s to whom reports should be directed.

HARASSMENT, SEXUAL HARASSMENT OR DISCRIMINATION REPORT FORM INFORMATION
1. Date
2. Time
3. Name of person making complaint
4. Name of person to whom initial complaint was reported
5. Nature of the complaint (provide a very detailed account of the harassing or discriminatory activity including an exact recitation of words used, details regarding offensive touching, and/or the nature of other discriminatory activity)
6. Other persons outside the school district who may have knowledge of the facts alleged
7. Names of other staff members with knowledge of the facts alleged
8. Date that the report was forwarded to Complaint Coordinator.
9. Time of report to the Complaint Coordinator
10. Date and time of report to the Department of Children' Services (if applicable)

Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Intimidation
Lincoln County Board of Education Policy 6.304
The Lincoln County Board of Education 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.1

This policy shall be disseminated annually to all school staff, students, and parents. This policy 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. If the act takes place off school property or outside of a school-sponsored activity, this policy is in effect if the conduct is directed specifically at a student or students and has the effect of creating a hostile educational environment or otherwise creating a substantial disruption to the education environment or learning process.

Building administrators are responsible for educating and training their respective staff and students as to the definition and recognition of discrimination/harassment.

DEFINITIONS
Bullying/Intimidation/Harassment - An act that substantially interferes with a student's educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, and the act has the effect of:
• Physically harming a student or damaging a student's property;
• Knowingly placing a 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.
Bullying, intimidation, or harassment may also be unwelcome conduct based on a protected class (race, nationality, origin, color, gender, age, disability, religion) that is severe, pervasive, or persistent and creates a hostile environment.

Cyber-bullying - A form of bullying undertaken through the use of electronic devices. Electronic devices include, but are not limited to, telephones, cellular phones or other wireless telecommunication devices, text messaging, emails, social networking sites, instant messaging, videos, web sites or fake profiles.

Hazing - An intentional or reckless act by a student or group of students that is directed against any other student(s) that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of the student(s) or that induces or coerces a student to endanger his/her mental or physical health or safety. Coaches and other employees of the school district shall not encourage, permit, condone or tolerate hazing activities.3

"Hazing" does not include customary athletic events or similar contest or competitions and is limited to those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any organization.

COMPLAINTS AND INVESTIGATIONS
Alleged victims of the above-referenced offenses shall report these incidents immediately to a teacher, counselor or building administrator. All school employees are required to report alleged violations of this policy to the principal/designee. All other members of the school community, including students, parents, volunteers, and visitors, are encouraged to report any act that may be a violation of this policy. While reports may be made anonymously, an individual's need for confidentiality must be balanced with obligations to cooperate with police investigations or legal proceedings, to provide due process to the accused, to conduct a thorough investigation or to take necessary actions to resolve a complaint, and the identity of parties and witnesses may be disclosed in appropriate circumstances to individuals with a need to know.

The principal/designee at each school shall be responsible for investigating and resolving complaints.
The principal/designee is responsible for determining whether an alleged act constitutes a violation of this policy, and such act shall be held to violate this policy when it meets one of the following conditions:
• It places the student in reasonable fear or harm for the student's person or property;
• It has a substantially detrimental effect on the student's physical or mental health;
• It has the effect of substantially interfering with the student's academic performance; or
• It has the effect of substantially interfering with the student's ability to participate in or benefit from the
services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

Upon the determination of a violation, the principal/designee shall conduct a prompt, thorough, and complete investigation of each alleged incident. Within the parameters of the federal Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) at 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, a written report on the investigation will be delivered to the parents of the complainant, parents of the accused students and to the Director of Schools.

RESPONSE AND PREVENTION
School administrators shall consider the nature and circumstances of the incident, the age of the violator, the degree of harm, previous incidences or patterns of behavior, or any other factors, as appropriate to properly respond to each situation.

A substantiated charge against an employee shall result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
A substantiated charge against a student may result in corrective or disciplinary action up to and including suspension.

An employee disciplined for violation of this policy may appeal the decision by contacting the Federal
Rights Coordinator or the Personnel Hearing Authority Committee. Any student disciplined for violation of this policy may appeal the decision in accordance with disciplinary policies and procedures.

REPORTS
When a complaint is fi led alleging a violation of this policy where there is physical harm or the threat of physical harm to a student or a student's property, the principal/designee of each middle school, junior high school, or high school shall report the findings and any disciplinary actions taken to the director of schools and the chair of the board of education.

By July 1 of each year, the director of schools/designee shall prepare a report of all of the bullying cases brought to the attention of school officials during the prior academic year. The report shall also indicate how the cases were resolved and/or the reasons they are still pending. This report shall be presented to the board of education at its regular July meeting, and it shall be submitted to the state department of education by August 1.
The director of schools shall develop forms and procedures to ensure compliance with the requirements of this policy and TCA 49-6-1016.

RETALIATION AND FALSE ACCUSATIONS
Retaliation against any person who reports or assists in any investigation of an act alleged in this policy is prohibited. The consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in retaliation shall be determined by the administrator after consideration of the nature, severity, and circumstances of the act.

False accusations accusing another person of having committed an act prohibited under this policy are prohibited. The consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person found to have falsely accused another may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension and expulsion.

 

*******ALL BUS RIDERS MUST COME INTO THE BUILDING WHEN THEY EXIT THE BUS EACH MORNING. DO NOT GO TO THE PARKING LOT OR LEAVE THE NGA CAMPUS*******

BUS CONDUCT
Lincoln County Board of Education Policy 6.308
When a student boards the bus he/she becomes the responsibility of the school system. Such responsibility shall end when the child is delivered to the regular bus stop at the close of the day.
The school bus is an extension of school activity; therefore, students shall conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with the established standard for safety and classroom behavior.
Students are under the supervision and control of the bus driver while on his bus and all reasonable directions given by him/her shall be followed.
The principal of the student transported shall be informed by the bus driver of any serious discipline problem and may be called upon to assist if necessary. A student may be denied the privilege of riding the bus if determined by the principal that his behavior is such as to cause disruption on the bus, or when he disobeys state or local rules and regulations pertaining to student transportation.
Bus drivers will observe the following disciplinary procedure in dealing with student misbehaviors. All bus riders will receive a group explanation of this procedure and a copy of this policy.
1. Group Warning: All students will receive group warning of the consequences of misbehavior.
2. 1st Incident: Warning issued to student and parent/guardian notified
3. 2nd Incident: Five (5) days suspension from bus privileges: parent/guardian notified
4. 3rd Incident: Ten (10) days suspension from bus privileges; parent/guardian notified
5. 4th Incident: Suspension from bus privileges for remainder of school year; parent/guardian notified
6. Anyone who throws objects or fights on the bus will receive an automatic five-day suspension of bus-riding privileges.
7. Any student who destroys seats or commits any other act of bus vandalism will be required to pay for actual damages, according to the payment schedule agreed upon by the principal and parent/guardian, before the student will be allowed to ride the bus again. Restitution for damages will be required in addition to other consequences that the student has incurred.
8. Special education students will have an M-Team meeting after the first warning.

The suspension of a student from riding the school bus shall follow the same procedures as for any other school suspension.
Any student who gets off the bus at any point between pick-up point and school must present the bus driver with a note of authorization from the parent or the principal of the school that the student attends.

Any student who wishes to ride a bus other than his/her designated bus must have written parental permission and the approval of the principal or his/her designee.

Students who transfer from bus to bus while in route to and from school shall be expected to abide by the discipline policies adopted by the Board and rules adopted by the staff of the terminal school.

Students shall conform to the following rules of bus behavior:
1. Must at all times take orders from the driver;
2. Must stand well off the road and clear of the bus until it comes to a complete stop;
3. Must load in an orderly manner and must not move around while bus is in motion;
4. When unloading, must get off the bus at the direction of the driver;
5. Must cross the road under the direction of the driver or bus patrol;
6. Must be careful in approaching the bus stop. Students should walk on the left side of the road, facing oncoming traffic. When getting off the bus students should cross the road only after the bus driver or bus patrol has signaled that it is safe;
7. Must be on time for the bus and help the driver keep his/her schedule;
8. Must reach assigned seat in bus without disturbing other; must remain seated while bus is in motion;
9. Must obey driver and patrols promptly and cheerfully;
10. Must treat driver and patrols, as well as other students, with courtesy;
11. Must not distract driver's attention with loud talking, laughing, or unnecessary confusion;
12. Must always keep head, arms, and hands inside the bus;
13. Must keep aisles reasonable clear;
14. Must treat bus equipment carefully and keep it clean;
15. Must never run when boarding or leaving the bus;
16. Must not open or close windows without the permission of the bus driver;
17. When departing from a bus and intending to cross the road to the left, must walk ten (10) feet forward in front of the bus before attempting to cross the highway, and then only when given the clear signal by the driver. Must never cross a highway to the rear of the bus;
18. Must never play on the bus;
19. Must never throw paper or trash on the floor of the bus;
20. Must never throw objects in and out of the bus;
21. Must never place coats or posters over rear windows of the bus; this could interfere with the driver's view;
22. If seats are assigned, must keep this seat throughout the year; seats may be assigned by the driver and/or the principal
23. Must know where the fire extinguisher is located on the bus and how to use it properly;
24. Must never light matches, spit, litter or use tobacco on the bus;
25. If students must stand on the bus due to lack of seats, they should stand in the step-well;
26. If a student must stand in the aisle for a short time, he/she should hold to the seat or other part of the bus to avoid falling if the bus makes a sudden stop;
27. Must always catch the bus at the same location each day; and
28. Must never ask the driver to stop at a store for food or merchandise.

USE OF VIDEO CAMERAS
Video cameras may be used to monitor student behavior on school vehicles transporting students to and from school or extra-curricular activities.
Students in violation of bus conduct rules shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with established Board Policy and Regulations governing student conduct and discipline.
The district shall comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to video recording when such recordings are considered for retention as part of the student's behavior record as determined by the district and in accordance with the law.
Video surveillance shall be used only to promote the order, safety, and security of students, staff, and property.
The director of schools is directed to develop procedures governing the use of video cameras in accordance with the provisions of the law 3 of 3 and established Board policies.

BUS PROBLEMS WILL BE DEALT WITH APPROPRIATELY BY A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR.

LCHS/NGA Cell Phone Policy
Students are permitted the possession of cell phones during the hours school is in session with the following restrictions:
Cell phones or other authorized or unauthorized electronic devices shall be in the "off" mode and put away at all times while in a classroom or at a scheduled activity during the hours school is in session. Cell phones may be used in classrooms for instructional purposes when directed by the teacher.
Cell phones or authorized electronic devices may be in the "on" mode and used during class changes and in authorized areas on school grounds before and after school and at lunch.
Consequences for violations:
1st offense: Parent/ Guardian must pick up phone after 2:45pm and sign notice of future
consequences.
2nd offense: The student will be placed in ISS for 1 day. Parent/Guardian must pick up phone
after 2:45pm and sign notice of future consequences.
3rd offense: The student will be suspended from school for one full day.
Parent/Guardian must pick up phone after 2:45pm and sign notice of future
consequences.
4th offense: The student will be suspended from school for one full day.
Parent/Guardian must pick up phone after 2:45pm and sign notice of future
consequences.
5th offense: The student will be suspended from school for one full day. Citation
to Court. Parent/Guardian must pick up phone after 2:45pm and sign notice of future
consequences.
6th offense: Alternative School
Note: The NGA cell phone policy is a privilege designed to teach students proper cell phone etiquette. If the presence of cell phones becomes a distraction to the educational process, LCHS reserves the right to modify this policy as necessary and with proper notice. The privilege to use cell phones must be earned by the student body as a whole.

VIDEOS
Cameras, camera phones and other electronic recording devices are prohibited in locker rooms at all times.
Cameras, camera phones and other electronic recording devices owned or operated by individuals may not be used to photograph, video, or record any student or staff without permission from the individual(s) being photographed, videoed, or recorded. School security cameras are not included in this restriction.
Any student who violates the restrictions of this policy may have the device confiscated and may be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the principal.
Any student who disseminates in any manner an unauthorized or misrepresented photograph, video, or recording for the purpose of embarrassing, demeaning, or discrediting the reputation of any student or staff, or that results in the embarrassment, demeaning, or discrediting of any student or staff, or results in any action or activity disruptive to the educational process shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion at the discretion of the principal.
Asbestos Compliance Plan
Asbestos Compliance Plan Available, Lincoln County Department of Education, 203 Davidson Drive, Fayetteville, Tennessee 37334, Contact: Ricky Bryant, 931-438-1486, 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM.


Character is the way you act when no one is watching
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

 

 

 

*This is a copy of the form that must be completed and returned in the forms packet at the beginning of the school year.

NGA HANDBOOK ACKNOWLEDGMENT

The following MUST be signed and returned to the school immediately within one calendar week. Students will be assigned break detention until this form is returned. Failure to serve assigned discipline will result in further action such as out-of-school suspension, referral to Disciplinary Hearing Committee, court system, or any other appropriate punishment.

I have received and read the school's handbook, addendum, and code of discipline and understand the required expectations for behavior/actions at NGA.

Student Signature Date
Parent Signature Date

Medication guidelines established by the State of Tennessee Departments of Education and Health must be followed in order for students to take medicine at school. This applies to both prescription and non-prescription medicines. The school nurse will distribute a health history form that must be completed, signed by parent, and returned to NGA immediately.


Media Access
I grant permission for public news media interviews, photographs, or videos of my child in school activities.
Parent Signature _____________________Date__________

I grant permission for my child's name to be published on the NGA and Lincoln County Department of Education websites.
Parent Signature ______________________Date_________

I grant permission for my child's photo to be published on the NGA and Lincoln County Department of Education websites.
Parent Signature ______________________Date_________

My child may be included in all awards' programs and published on the honor roll. Parent Signature ______________Date_________


Field Trips

My child may attend all school-sponsored field trips.
Parent Signature ________________________Date__________
*This is a copy of the form that must be completed and returned in the forms packet at the beginning of the school year.

 

Lincoln County School System
Home Language Survey

Dear Parents,
As communities become more multi-cultural/bilingual, language barriers can present problems for some students in school. In order for us to better identify students who need help to overcome such language barriers, please fill out this "Home Language Survey".

Child's Name Birth Date

1. What is the first language your child learned to speak?
2. What language does your child speak most often outside of school?
3. What language do people usually speak in your child's home?
Parent Signature

 


All policies and procedures cannot adequately be set down in writing. The school administration, therefore, reserves the right to eliminate, change, or add to these policies when notification is given to students and teachers.

A copy of the Lincoln County Board of Education Code of Behavior and Discipline shall be placed in the library and principal's office at each school. Parents are free to come by and look at the policy at any time.

 


RESPECT
One of the most important lessons students can learn in school is to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner for any given situation. Students at Lincoln County Ninth Grade Academy are expected to conduct themselves at all times at school and at school-sponsored activities in a manner that fosters self-respect and respect for the rights of others. In particular, students should respond in a respectful manner to all instructions given by any faculty or staff member. Impudence, profanity, dishonesty, disorderly conduct, and disregard for authority, etc. will not be tolerated. Violations of good conduct may result in the student receiving detention, out of school suspension, or placement in the Alternative School.
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