Hayden Primary School Handbook
All students should attend school
regularly and be punctual for all classes in order to receive the
greatest benefit from the instructional program and develop habits
of punctuality, self-discipline, and individual
responsibility. There is a direct relationship between poor
attendance and academic failure. Students who have good
attendance generally achieve higher grades and enjoy school
more. Attendance at school shall be one of the factors
considered in determining the promotion of a student from one grade
to the next.
After an absence, it is the responsibility of the student and
the parent to follow these procedures:
1. The student must submit written documentation to
his/her teacher. This may be either a note written by a
parent or a doctor's excuse.
2. Absences are coded unexcused until the school
receives a note.
3. Students have three school days after an absence
to turn in an excuse.
4. After three days have passed, the absence will be
considered to be unexcused and will not be changed.
Blount County Attendance
Alabama law requires that all children between the ages of
(3) six and (2) seventeen be enrolled in and
attend school. In addition, new state law amendments (Ala.
code s. 16-28-16, as amended by Act 1999-705) provide that all
children who choose to enroll in school even if not of compulsory
school age, are subject to the school attendance and truancy laws
of the state. All students should attend school regularly and
be punctual for all classes in order to receive the greatest
benefit from the instructional program and develop habits of
punctuality, self-discipline, and individual responsibility.
There is a direct relationship between poor attendance and class
failure. Students who have good attendance generally achieve
higher grades and enjoy school more. Attendance at school
shall be one of the factors considered in determining the promotion
of a student from one grade to another or in any given course.
(3) Revised May 8, 2012
A. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
According to the Alabama State Department of Education, excused
absences are as follows:
(a) Student illness
(b) Death in the immediate family
(c) Emergency conditions as determined by the principal
(d) Legal quarantine
(e) Summons to court
(f) Prior permission of the principal as requested by parent or
All other absences are unexcused and will be marked accordingly
in the attendance register. If a student's absences exceed
five days in a nine week grading period and there is reason to
believe the student was not too ill to attend school, the student
may be required to submit a doctor's statement verifying the
illness in order for him/her to receive credit for the nine weeks
grading period. No passing grade for a nine weeks will be
given to a student whose unexcused absences exceed three
days. Additionally, no passing grade for a semester will be
given to any student whose unexcused absences exceed five days for
that semester. No passing grade will be given to any elementary
student whose unexcused absences exceed ten days in a year.
Ten absences per semester shall be considered the maximum number
of absences allowed for students to receive a passing grade in a
class or course. Any absences over ten will be coded unexcused
unless there is a verified medical condition or illness that
requires additional absences from school. Documentation on this
medical condition shall be on file in the school's main
office. Attendance in each individual class will be counted
to determine if the absence maximum has been exceeded for that
class. Elementary grades will determine absences in full day
Students may be exempt from semester exams if they have (a) an
85+ average in the class with no absences, or (b) a 90+ average in
the class with one absence.
(Added April 4, 2005)
Students, who are absent from school, must bring a written note,
specifying the reason for the absence, upon his/her return to
school (This includes checking out of school early or checking into
school late) (1) A parent/guardian or a physician must sign
the note. The dated and signed statement must contain
the student's name and a reason for the absence(s), date(s) of the
absence(s), and must provide a phone number where the
parent/guardian may be reached for verification purposes. The
written statement will be presented to a designated person in the
school, upon the student's return. This person will present
the student with an "ADMIT TO CLASS (ATC)" form. The original
excuse will be retained on file in the school office. The
"ATC" form will state the nature of the absence as excused or
unexcused. It will be the responsibility of the student to
show the "ATC" form to his/her classroom teacher(s). Each
classroom teacher will record the status of each absence in the
grade book. The student will be allowed to make up work only
for excused absences. At the time the "ATC" is submitted, the
student should inquire about any missed assignments and make
arrangements for make-up work. No assignments will be made up
for credit for unexcused absences. In the event that a
student fails to bring a written note upon his/her return to school
following an absence, a temporary "ATC" will be issued to the
student. This "ATC" will be coded
unexcused. Students have three school days from the last day
missed to bring in an excuse or the absence remains unexcused.
Make Up Work:
a) For the first ten absences each semester, students will be
eligible for make-up work as long as the absence has been coded
excused according to guidelines of this policy, and the student
presents his/her "ATC" form to the teacher and makes arrangements
to make up the missed work.
b) After a tenth absence from school or class in any one
semester, no make-up work will be given without a doctor's medical
condition letter (1) or principal's permission.
Principal's permission is to be used primarily for events beyond a
student's control (i.e., extended illness, family death, etc.).
c) It is the student's responsibility to present the coded
excuse ("ATC" form) to each teacher. If the student is
eligible to make up missed work, he/she in cooperation with the
teacher, must make arrangements for make-up work or tests.
Such work or tests should be completed within a reasonable time as
determined by the teacher and/or school administrator.
(Note: This procedure shall also be followed for make-up work
missed due to time away from school for approved school-related
d) A grade of zero will be received for work or tests
missed on the day of any unexcused absence and for any absence past
the tenth per semester without a doctor's medical condition letter
(1) or principal's permission.
e) Homebound services may be provided for qualified
students (as determined by Board of Education) after a two (2) week
absence for high school students and after a three (3) week absence
for elementary students.
Students may use a parent/guardian note for a maximum of five
school days or (1) portions of days (late checkins or early
checkouts) per semester. Any additional
absences must be accompanied by a doctor's excuse or legal notice;
otherwise the absence is unexcused and the student is considered
truant. (Please note that unexcused absences accrue for the
entire school year and do not start over at the beginning of second
semester.) Upon the first unexcused absence, the
parent/guardian shall be notified by the school principal or
his/her designee that the student was truant and the date of the
truancy. After the third unexcused absence, students are
referred to the Blount County Board of Education Attendance Officer
and the parent/guardian will be contacted. If subsequent
unexcused absences occur, the Attendance Officer may file a
complaint with the Juvenile Probation Office. The
parent/guardian will then be contacted to participate in the Early
Warning Program provided by the juvenile court. If the
student continues to incur unexcused absences, the Attendance
Officer may file a petition against the child or a warrant against
the parent/guardian, if appropriate.(1)
(1) (Revised and Board Approved May 4, 2009)
(Revised and Board Approved March 3, 2003)
Once a student arrives on campus, he/she may not leave school
grounds during school hours without permission of the
principal. This includes going to his/her car for any
reason. In the case of illness of a child during the school
day, the principal or a designated person may take appropriate
measures as required.
B. COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE
The Board shall enroll in school all students residing within
the school district between the ages of (3) six (6) and
(2)seventeen (17) not otherwise receiving instruction in
a private school, church school, home school, or being taught by a
private tutor. Additionally, any child who is five (5) years
of age on or before September 1 of that school year and lives in
the school district and wishes to attend school may do so. An
accurate record of attendance for every student enrolled in school
shall be maintained. This record shall be kept by the
classroom or homeroom teacher or other designated person in the
school in the official register or through other officially
approved documentation provided or approved by the State Department
Parents and guardians are responsible for enrolling their
children in school and ensuring that the children attend school and
obey behavior policies adopted by the Board. Parents failing
to enroll students and ensuring their attendance and proper
behavior are subject to fines and imprisonment under state
law. State law also requires that all student suspensions
from school must be reported to the local district attorney.
Principals must report to the local superintendent any parent,
guardian, or other person having control or custody of a child who
fails to require the child to attend school or receive instruction
by a private tutor, or fails to properly conduct him/herself at
school. The Superintendent or designee is required to report
the violators to the district attorney within 10 days.
A portion of Act 94-782 is printed below for the purpose of
informing parents and others of the law as it relates to them.
"Act 94-782. Section 1. Section 16-28-12, Code of
Alabama 1975 is amended to read as follows:
(a) Each parent, guardian, or other person having control or
custody of any child required to attend school or receive regular
instruction by a private tutor who fails to have the child enrolled
in school or who fails to send the child to school, or have him or
her instructed by a private tutor during the time the child is
required to attend a public school, private school, church school,
denominational school, or parochial school, or be instructed by a
private tutor, or fails to require the child to regularly attend
the school or tutor, or fails to compel the child to properly
conduct himself or herself as a pupil in any public school in
accordance with the written policy on school behavior adopted by
the local board of education pursuant to this section and
documented by the appropriate school official which conduct may
result in the suspension of the pupil, shall be guilty of a
misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than one
hundred dollars ($100) and may also be sentenced to hard labor for
the county for not more than 90 days.
The absence of a child without the consent of the principal or
teacher of the public school he or she attends or should attend, or
of the tutor who instructs the child, shall be prima facie evidence
of the violation of this section.
(b) Each local public board of education shall adopt a written
policy for its standards on school behavior. Each local
public school superintendent shall provide at the commencement of
each academic year a copy of the written policy on school behavior
to each parent, guardian, or other person having care or control of
a child who is enrolled. Included in the written policy shall
be a copy of this section. The signature of the student and
the parent, guardian, or other person having control or custody of
the child shall document receipt of the policy.
(c) Any parent, guardian, or other person having control
or custody of any child enrolled in public school who fails to
require the child to regularly attend the school or tutor, or fails
to compel the child to properly conduct himself or herself as a
pupil in accordance with the written policy on school behavior
adopted by the local board of education and documented by the
appropriate school official which conduct may result in the
suspension of the pupil, shall be reported by the principal to the
Superintendent of Education of the school system in which the
suspected violation occurred. The Superintendent of Education
or his or her designee shall report suspected violations to the
district attorney within 10 days. Any principal or
Superintendent of Education or his or her designee intentionally
failing to report a suspected violation
shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. The district
attorney shall vigorously enforce this section to ensure proper
conduct and required attendance by any child enrolled in public
The Board, pursuant to guidelines established by the State Board
of Education, shall establish educational programs to inform
parents of school children of their education-related
responsibilities to their children. The programs shall
include, but shall not be limited to, coverage of each of the
(1) The criminal liability and criminal sanctions parents may be
subject to under Section 16-28-12 of the Code of Alabama 1975, for
failing to compel their child to properly conduct himself or
herself as a pupil, or failing to ensure that their child attends
school or enrolls in school.
(2) The necessity for a parent to monitor and supervise the
schoolwork and educational activities of the child.
(3) An explanation of the responsibilities of teachers and the
school system to a child, and an enumeration of those matters that
are strictly the responsibility of the parent.
(4) Techniques and suggestions to enable a parent to best
supervise the schoolwork and educational activities of the
May 1, 1995)
(5) An explanation of the interrelationship of the family life
of a child and the educational achievement of the child.
The State Board of Education and the Board shall develop
strategies to ensure that parents of school children receive this
information. These strategies may include provisions for
weekend meetings, one-to-one conferences, telephone communications,
and neighborhood meetings.
Local district attorneys and law enforcement officials shall, at
the request of the Board, assist in the implementation and
operations of these regulations.
(Ref: Ala. Code 16-28-2.2, 16-28-12, 16-28-3,
All children enrolled in Blount County Schools, whether
compulsory school age or not, are subject to school attendance and
truancy laws of the State of Alabama. All cases of
non-enrollment or non-attendance will be investigated by the Blount
County Board of Education Attendance Officer. In cases where
there is no valid reason for absence, the attendance officer will
give written notice to the parent, guardian, or other person having
control of the child to require attendance of the child within
three days of the date of the notice. If the absence is found
to be without valid excuse or reason and
intentional, the attendance officer shall be
required to bring criminal prosecution against the parent,
guardian, or other person having control of the child.
(16-28-16 Code of Alabama Effective July 1, 2000.)
The Board shall not tolerate truancy or the habitual and
unlawful absence from school. In accordance with state
attendance laws, habitual absences shall be investigated and dealt
with by the principal or attendance officer. The parent or
legal guardian is responsible for requiring any student under his
or her control or charge and under (2)seventeen (17)
years of age to attend school regularly except for legal absences
as defined by Alabama School Law and State Board of Education rules
and regulations. When students have at least three unexcused
absences from school per school year, they must be reported by a
designated school official to the school system attendance officer
as directed by the Superintendent of Education. If a student
becomes truant, the parent or legal guardian of said student may be
guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to punishment by law.
Students will be counted present in attendance at school on all
days for which they are present at least one-half of the school day
regardless of whether they are late to school, leave school early,
or leave and return to school during the same school day.
Parents/guardians are responsible for enrolling their children
in school and assuring their children attend school and obey
behavior policies set by the Board. Parents/guardians who
fail to enroll or assure attendance and proper behavior of their
children may be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a
minor and fined up to $500 or sentenced to hard labor for the
county for a period not to exceed 12 months or both. If a
parent/guardian files a written statement in court to the effect
that he/she is unable to control his/her child, that student may
then be subject to action of the juvenile court, which will
determine whether said student is a dependent, neglected, or
(2) Revised May 18, 2009)
(Revised and Approved by the Board June 10, 2002)
(Revised June 14, 2001)
(Items B and C added July 5, 1994)
A. Students may not be dropped off before 7:40 AM
B. Buses will unload at approximately 7:40
C. Classes begin at 7:55 AM. Students who arrive
after 7:55 AM are tardy and must check in at the office for a pass
D. Bus students and car riders who will eat breakfast at
school should go directly to the lunchroom. Breakfast is served
beginning at 7:40 AM.
Backpacks that are
excessive in size or that have wheels are prohibited.
Breakfast and Lunch
A. Federal Law requires that each student be
provided with an application for free or reduced-price lunches.
These forms are distributed to all students at the start of the
B. Breakfast is served from 7:40 until approximately
C. All students will have a Personal
Identification Number (PIN) assigned to them by the Child Nutrition
Payments to the lunchroom may be
for the week, month, or in any increment. Payments should be turned
in to the student's homeroom teacher in an envelope with the
teacher's name, student's name, and student's PIN labeled on the
staff are not permitted to allow students to make
negative accounts. Please be certain that your child
money in his/her account or brings a lunch to school from
A. Public transportation is a privilege and is conditioned
upon proper behavior. A pupil who is willfully disobedient,
fights, uses inappropriate language or destroys property while on a
school bus may lose transportation privileges.
B. The following management program will be
1. 1st referral - Warning sent home for parent
2. 2nd referral - Warning sent home for parent
3. 3rd referral - Three day bus suspension
4. 4th referral - Five day bus suspension
5. 5th referral - Ten day bus suspension
6. 6th and subsequent referrals - Thirty day bus
7. Severe misconduct may result in a bus suspension
at the first or second referral.
* See: Technology
As mandated by the State Department of
Education, Hayden Primary School will devote the beginning of each
school day to character education. Students will also have
the opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and use sixty
seconds for silent prayer, reflection, or meditation (as required
Students who arrive after 7:55 AM must be checked in at
the office by a parent or another adult.
If a student should be dismissed early from school (before
2:55), a parent or guardian should come to the office, present
photo identification, and sign appropriate
Deliveries to Students
not allow deliveries of flowers, balloons, or gifts to students
during the school day.
Hayden Primary School students are held to high
appropriate behavior. These expected behaviors and
habits will be
taught and modeled daily by those afforded the
privilege of this
responsibility. Students will avoid actions
that disrupt learning, hurt
themselves or others, or damage property.
Donations from parents, individuals and businesses are greatly
appreciated. Teachers are required to appropriately document
all monetary donations through school bookkeeping procedures.
Dress Code and Decorum
Hayden Primary School will follow the guidelines outlined in
section 5.7 of the Blount County Parent-Student Handbook and
Student Code of Conduct.
It is recommended that all outerwear be labeled on the tag with
the student's name.
Emergency Closing of
A. Information regarding a cancellation of school will be
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- Parents should have a plan in place for the care of your
children in the event school closes early for any reason.
Students and parents should have a "Home Alone" plan to
deal with an unexpected early dismissal of school.
Fire, tornado, and lockdown drills are conducted regularly
during the school year in compliance with Blount County and Alabama
Department of Education requirements and recommendations.
Drill routes are posted in each classroom. School bus
evacuation drills are also conducted during the school year.
Hayden Primary School operates on the grading schedule
established by the Blount County Board of Education. Report
cards will be issued every nine weeks. Progress reports will
be sent home at the middle of the grading period for all
We ask that children do not chew gum at school.
Pediculosis checks will be conducted regularly as mandated by
the Blount County Board of Education.
Medications at School
- Prescription medication will not be administered at school
unless a completed Medication Prescriber/Parent
Authorization form that specifically addresses the medication
to be administered is on file in the school office. This
form must be signed by both the parent/guardian and the physician
that prescribed the medication.
- Parents/guardians must personally deliver the medication to the
school nurse in the current labeled bottle in which the
prescription was originally dispensed. It is preferred that a
four week supply be turned in at a time.
1. The medication will be counted in the presence of
a parent/guardian and the count initialed by both the nurse and the
2. We ask that you give the morning dose at home if
3. Medications will only be dispensed at school at
the time prescribed.
C. The County School Nurse recommends that any medications
prescribed for "three times a day" be taken at home. The
middle dosage can be given at home as soon as the child arrives
home from school.
D. With proper documentation signed by a physician and the
parent, students will be allowed to possess and self-administer
asthma inhalers. See the nurse for more information.
E. Non-prescription medications will not be
administered at school if a nurse is not available.
- In the absence of complete documentation, medications will not
be administered. This documentation must be updated each
Messages for Students
from parents/guardians will only be delivered to students in
All students are required to participate in Physical Education
unless documentation from a physician has been provided stating
that a student is unable to participate in physical activities.
Students will have a 10-15 minute snack break daily. They may
bring a snack from home or purchase a snack at school from the
vending machines. Fruit juice, water, and flavored water are
available for $.75 and snacks are available for $.75 and $.95
The Blount County Technology
Responsible Use Policy (RUP)
Blount County Schools relies on its computer network to enhance
education outcomes. To ensure that BCS' computer resources are used
properly by its employees, students, independent contractors,
agents, vendors, and other computer users, the Blount County Board
of Education has drafted and approved the following Responsible Use
The rules and obligations described in this policy apply to all
users of BCS' computer network or computer resources, wherever they
may be located in BCS' policies. Specific policies against
discrimination and harassment (sexual or otherwise) apply fully to
BCS' computer resources, and any violation of these policies serves
as grounds for discipline up to and including termination. Students
who violate these policies are subject to disciplinary action
consistent with Board policy and the Student Handbook. Vendors,
consultants, and all other third party guest users must adhere to
these policies and are subject to losing their right to access BCS'
computer resources for violations of these policies.
By complying with the provisions in this Responsible Use Policy,
users consent to monitoring as a condition of access under the
Electronic Communications Privacy Act (1986). All users should be
aware that BCS' computer resource uses including all its components
are subject to monitoring in order to comply with the Alabama
Supercomputer Authority and Family Educational Rights and Privacy
Act (FERPA), as well as the Children's Internet Protection Act
(CIPA). Employees, students, and other users should not have
any expectation of privacy in anything they create, store, send or
receive using the BCS' computer resources. The main goal of
this aspect of the Responsible Use Policy is to ensure our
children's safety and protection while using technology for
This Responsible Use Policy is crafted in the spirit of the
Purpose and Direction for Blount County Schools, which includes our
Mission "to create life-long learners by providing quality
education and meeting the needs of all students" and our Vision to
collaborate with all "stakeholders to prepare responsible citizens
ready to succeed in an ever-changing global society." This policy
also fully represents our Beliefs as a school system and is
undergirded by the three tenets framing the Purpose and Direction:
College and Career Readiness for Every Student; Commitment to
Continuous Improvement; and a Positive, Collaborative, and Safe
All technology resource use will be governed by the requirement
that it must add to the standards-based educational experience and
growth of the user and not disrupt the educational process in any
The term "computer
resources" as used herein refers to BCS' entire computer,
electronic and communications network. Specifically, the term
"computer resources" includes, but is not limited to computers,
host computers, file servers, application servers, communication
servers, mail servers, fax servers, Web servers, workstations,
stand-alone computers, laptops, tablets such as IPADs, telephones,
facsimile machines, scanners, software, data files, peripherals
such as printers, and all internal and external computer and
communications networks (for example, Internet, commercial online
services, value-added networks, e-mail systems) that may be
accessed directly or indirectly via remote access (including access
by students, vendors, consultants and all other third party guests
using personally owned computer hardware as authorized by BCS) from
our computer network or that are owned or have been purchased by
Bring your own device
(BYOD) refers to technology models where students bring a
personally owned device to school for the purpose of learning. A
personally owned device is any technology device brought into the
school and owned by a student (or the student's family), staff, or
- Laptop computers are portable computers that can be used with
or without the Internet.
- Netbook computers are portable computers that gain most of
their functionality through the Internet.
- Smartphones/handhelds, some of which blur the lines between the
Internet and cellular networks (e.g., Blackberry, Android, iPhone,
personal digital assistants, iPod Touch).
- Tablet computers fall along a continuum from laptop-like to
large size smartphones (e.g., iPad, Android tablet, etc.).
- E-book readers (e.g., Kindle, Nook, Kobo)
- Audio MP3 Players (iPod, etc.)
- Smart Watches
employees, substitutes, students, and guests, using technology,
including, but not limited to computers, networks, Internet, email,
chat rooms, and other forms of technology services and
wired and wireless technology networks, including school and
district networks, cellular networks, commercial, community or
home-based wireless networks accessible to students.
includes cellular phones, smart phones, PDAs, MP3 players, iPod
type devices, and portable computers such as laptops, iPads, Nooks,
Chromebooks, desktops, tablets and netbooks, as well as portable
Protection of Users
The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law
that addresses concerns about access in schools and libraries to
the Internet and other information. Under CIPA, schools and
libraries are required to certify that they have certain Internet
safety measures in place. These include measures to block or filter
pictures that: (a) are obscene, (b) contain child pornography, or
(c) when computers with Internet access are used by minors, are
harmful to minors. Schools subject to CIPA are required to
adopt a policy to monitor online activities of minors i.e.
(a) access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet
and the Web; (b) the safety and security of minors when using
electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic
communications, including but not limited to social networking
sites; (c) unauthorized access, including so-called "hacking," and
other unlawful activities by minors online; (d) unauthorized
disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information
regarding minors; and (e) restricting minors' access to materials
harmful to them.
Schools will annually provide for the educating of minors about
appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other
individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms,
cyberbullying awareness, and response.
Bring Your Own Device
Effective at the beginning of 2015-2016 school year, the Blount
County Board of Education will implement a Bring Your Own Device
Policy (BYOD). Students may have electronic communication devices
and other digital devices in their possession such as iOS devices
(MacBooks, iPhones/smart phones, iPads, iWatches/smart watches,
iPods), Kindles, Nooks, tablets, Androids, Blackberrys, MP3
players, and laptops to be used for instructional purposes. They
must be turned off, charged, and only in use with permission.
Students will not be allowed to bring chargers to charge devices.
The principal, teacher, or supervising employee may approve the use
of personal electronic devices for instructional purposes, after
regular school hours, during medical emergencies, natural
disasters, or under circumstances in which the use of the devices
serves safety and convenience without disrupting academic or school
operations. The principal, teacher, or supervising employee
will also have the authority to further restrict the use of
personal electronic devices by any student to prevent the misuse,
abuse, or violation of school rules regarding the use of such
devices. Electronic communication devices and other digital
devices will not be allowed to be present in standardized testing
situations based on State Department of Education Policy.
Students and parents must sign a technology contract that
outlines the terms of the policy prior to bringing any device.
Neither the Blount County Board of Education nor local
schools are responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items as this
is a voluntary program. If students and parents do
not agree to the terms, those students will not be allowed to
participate in BYOD. Students will have basic technology
available at school necessary to complete lessons and assignments
as directed by the teacher.
The purpose of the BYOD initiative is to enhance instruction and
assist students in developing communication, problem-solving, and
critical thinking skills necessary to meet the College and Career
Readiness Standards. All devices must use the Blount County
Schools' guest network through Wi-Fi enabled airplane mode rather
than a cellular data plan in order to meet Child Internet
Protection Act (CIPA) compliance. Appropriate authorized use may
include the following: research, organization of information into
tables and graphs, organization of tasks using calendars, sharing
information documents, and making calculations. Examples of
unauthorized use or misuse, for the purpose of this policy, may
include (but are not limited to) any of the following: having the
device out in class, hallways, restrooms, or lunchrooms, texting,
playing games, using apps, visiting websites, taking, posting,
and/or sharing photographs and/or video on school campus or on the
bus, without the supervising adult's permission. The consequences
for unauthorized use or misuse are outlined below:
Board Approved: April 6, 2015
Take up cell phone or other electronic device, hold for seven
(7) school days, parents must pick up cell phone or other
electronic device from administration. (1)
Administration may assign Saturday School/Detention/or conduct a
(1) Revised July 1, 2010
Take up the cell phone or other electronic device, hold for nine
(9) weeks of school. Automatic one-day suspension.
Take up cell phone or other electronic device, hold for the
remainder of the school year or up to one year. Automatic
two-day suspension or five to ten
day Alternative School assignment.
Revised and Board Approved: April 7, 2008
Blount County Schools recognizes the value of social media, both
for personal and professional use. However, there are some
guidelines that should be addressed when educators use social
media. The guidelines and reminders below have been developed to
better protect (and inform) BCS employees from charges of
inappropriate use. Teachers should not "friend" students on
personal social media. Teachers should also be judicious
about "friending" students' parents on social media.
Many teachers utilize learning management platforms such as
Edmodo to engage and assess 21st Century learners.
Social Media Use Includes:
- Updating social media or posting non-instructional content
during school hours. Stakeholders expect BCS' employees to be
working during the school day; posting on social media during this
time gives the impression that teachers are not fulfilling their
responsibilities to students.
- Posting pictures with students in them without permission of
parents or guardians.
- Using social media as the sole means of classroom
- Posting disruptive content which harms the goodwill and
reputation of the students, teachers, school, and system.
Communication between teachers, parents, and students should be
of an educational/extra-curricular nature and support the vision,
mission, and beliefs of BCS. Other types of personal
communication between teachers and students must be avoided.
Technology Acceptable Use
Adult-supervised, technology-enhanced activities which are
standards-based and educationally driven and which follow all
Blount County Board of Education policies should be deemed as
acceptable use by students and adults. Some examples of acceptable
and/or responsible use may include, but are not limited to the
following: visiting approved educational websites; research; online
practice quizzes; educational games; reading/writing website
programs; student-learning platforms such as Edmodo, Blackboard, or
Moodle; using video-enhanced learning, such as Khan Academy, Ted,
or YouTube for educational purposes; educational surveys or student
response websites; achievement or performance tracking websites; as
well as other educational uses.
Technology Unacceptable Use
Activities --The following activities, items, or materials
are prohibited: fraudulent, harassing, embarrassing, sexually
explicit, profane, obscene, intimidating, defamatory or otherwise
unlawful or inappropriate material may not be viewed, sent, posted,
or shared through any form of electronic communication (such as
bulletin board systems, newsgroups, chat groups), downloaded from
the Internet or displayed or stored on BCS' resources. This
includes "Spam" and other non-educational/business related matter.
Any user encountering or receiving materials that violate the
Blount County Schools' Responsible Use Policy should immediately
report the incident to their teacher or supervisor.
Computer resources may not be used for dissemination or storage
of commercial or personal advertisements, solicitations, political
material, promotions, religious material, or any other unauthorized
significant personal use. Additionally, users should not
attempt to circumvent network security or internet access
restrictions, torrent/P2P, or use destructive programs, such as
viruses/self-replicating codes. Users should not intentionally
damage computers, peripherals, or the network in any way.
Violation of a license
agreement or copyright, any state, federal or international law, or
waste of computer resources--Users may not deliberately
perform acts that waste computer resources or unfairly monopolize
resources to the exclusion of others. These acts include, but are
not limited to sending mass mailings or chain letters,
non-educational use of computer resources, playing games, engaging
in online chat groups, or otherwise creating unnecessary network
Any user who violates this policy may have computer/Internet
privileges revoked at any time and without prior notice.
Employee violations of this policy may also result in
administrative leave, suspension, and possible termination.
Student users are also subject to discipline according to the
Blount County Student Code of Conduct. Any illegal use will
also result in civil and/or criminal liability.
Textbooks are the property of the school system and are provided
at no cost. Students will be assessed a fee if books are lost
or damaged beyond normal wear. Students with unpaid fees for
lost or damaged books will not be issued new books.
Parent drop-off of students - 7:40 - 7:55
Busses unload - 7:40
Classes/Instruction begins -
Afternoon student pick-up - 2:55
Busses leave school - 3:10 (approximately)
Students may not be dropped off before 7:40.
Morning Drop Off @ 7:40: All students K-2nd
will be dropped off and picked up in the back of the building and
on the west end of the building.
All vehicles should enter our campus from the road that runs
through the West Blount Park drive and beside Hayden Elementary
School. From Hwy 160, turn onto Bent Tree Drive by the west
end of our playground and Vera Vaughn Park and proceed through the
West Blount Park drive. Stay in the right lane and turn right onto
the road that runs behind our school. Please do not use the
drive in front of the school during morning drop-off. This zone
will be for unloading school busses.
Please form two lanes as you reach the back of our school and
proceed all the way around to the west end of our building (if you
are one of the first cars to arrive) or up to the next car in
from cell phone use of any kind during Student
Place your car in park or engage your emergency brake to prevent
your vehicle from moving. There will be a marked walking area
or a sidewalk next to the building where students will proceed
after they exit vehicles on the left side. There can be no
parking next to the building in the back of the school before 8:00.
Your car must pass the
courtyard gate before you unload your child.
All students K-2 should exit vehicles when the traffic monitors
hold up stop signs. Children should never get out of vehicles
if the monitors are not in place. Students will walk in the
walk areas to the closest school door and enter the building.
Monitors will be in place inside the school to guide children to
their classrooms as needed.
When all cars are unloaded and all students are safely in the
walk areas, the traffic monitors will signal vehicles to
move. Please do not take your car out of park until the
traffic monitors lower the stop signs and signal that it is safe to
move. The speed
limit on a school campus is 5 mph.
The drop-off area will be filled again as vehicles pull into the
unloading zone, and the process described above will be
During the first weeks of school, this process will take longer
that it will take once everyone is accustomed to the routine.
Please be patient with us and help us by not doing anything that
could jeopardize the safety of a child.
If you arrive at HPS after drop-off time with monitors has
ended, you must enter the school with your child through the front
door and sign him/her in to school that day.
Afternoon Parent Pick-Up will begin at 2:55. (We will begin at
2:45 the first two weeks of school.)
from cell phone use of any kind during Student
In the afternoons, please follow the same procedures for lining
up in the back of the building as in the mornings. All classes will
line up in designated locations in the walk area. K and
1st will be on the west end of the building, and
2nd will be in the back of the building. Teachers will
hold signs at the beginning of the school year until you learn
where your child's class will be located. You may choose to hold a
sign (a paper plate works) with your child's first and last name to
show as you pull toward the pick-up area to help teachers and your
child spot you.
Your vehicle must be in front of or under the gym crosswalk
awning in order to exit your car and pick up your child. The
designated afternoon pick-up area is different from the morning
drop-off area, so please make note. Parents are instructed not to
exit their vehicles if they are located past the gym crosswalk
When the bell rings and classes are in place, please walk to
your child's area. Identify yourself to the teacher, take
your child's hand, and walk immediately back to your car.
Please refrain from using this time to speak at length with
teachers or friends. Our desire is for pick-up to be
efficient for everyone. When all children and drivers are in
their vehicles, the signal will be given by the traffic monitors to
take your car out of park and proceed through the traffic line.
This process will be repeated until pick-up is complete.
Please do not park along the access
road in front of the football field parking lot or in the parking
lot in order to pick up your child. All parents must pick up their
children by entering the car line from Bent Tree Drive.
If your child is to be picked up in the car line and is
not picked up on time during the routine pick-up process, you will
need to sign your child out from the school office.
During the first weeks of school, this process will take longer
than usual. Please be patient with us and remember that your
child's safety is our priority.
The Hayden Primary School campus is under video surveillance 24
hours a day, seven days a week.
In order to assure a minimal interruption of instructional time
and to ensure the maximum security of students, all
visitors are required to enter the school building through
the front door and obtain a pass from the office before visiting
ANY area on the HPS campus.
Understanding that lunchtime is an important part of a child's
time with peers, visitors wishing to have lunch with a student may
do so no more than once per week. The lunch guest should sit
with the child to whom he/she is visiting at the "guest table" in
the lunchroom (apart from the class table).
Volunteers provide many services at Hayden Primary School. We
welcome your partnerships and appreciate your help. All volunteer
services should be scheduled and planned with a school faculty or