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Hayden Primary School Handbook

 

 

Attendance

     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.

 

Absences

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 Policy:

 

5.4       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 legal guardian

 

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 increments.

 

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 activities.)

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 of Education.                                            

 

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 school."

 

 

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 following topics:

 

(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 child.

                                                          (Revised 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, 16-1-24.1)

 

C.  TRUANCY

 

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 delinquent child.                                                          

                        (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)

 

 

Arrival

A.  Students may not be dropped off before 7:40 AM

B.   Buses will unload at approximately 7:40 AM.  

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 to class.

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

      Backpacks that are excessive in size or that have wheels are prohibited.

 

Breakfast and Lunch Programs

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 school year.

B.   Breakfast is served from 7:40 until approximately 7:50.

C.    All students will have a Personal Identification Number (PIN) assigned to them by the Child Nutrition Program (CNP).

      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 envelope.

           CNP staff are not permitted to allow students to make charges                          

           to negative accounts.  Please be certain that your child has     

           money in his/her account or brings a lunch to school from home. 

 

Buses

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 followed:

1.   1st referral - Warning sent home for parent signature

2.   2nd referral - Warning sent home for parent signature

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 suspension

7.   Severe misconduct may result in a bus suspension at the first or second referral.

 

Cell Phones

* See: Technology

 

Character Education

     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 by law). 

 

Check-in Procedures

Students who arrive after 7:55 AM must be checked in at the office by a parent or another adult.

 

Check-out Procedures

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 documentation.  

 

Deliveries to Students

      We do not allow deliveries of flowers, balloons, or gifts to students during the school day.

 

Discipline

   Hayden Primary School students are held to high expectations for    

   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

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 School

A.  Information regarding a cancellation of school will be provided by:

1.      www.haydenprimary.net

2.      WCRL 95.3 FM

3.      WBRC  Fox 6

4.      ABC 33/40

5.      WVTM 13

6.      CBS 42

 

  1. 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.

 

Emergency Drills

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.

 

Grading Periods

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 students.

 

Gum

We ask that children do not chew gum at school.

 

Head Lice

Pediculosis checks will be conducted regularly as mandated by the Blount County Board of Education.

 

 

Medications at School

  1. 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.
  2. 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 parent/guardian.

2.   We ask that you give the morning dose at home if possible.

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.

  1. In the absence of complete documentation, medications will not be administered.  This documentation must be updated each year.

 

Messages for Students

      Messages from parents/guardians will only be delivered to students in emergency situations.

 

Physical Education

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.

 

Snacks

 

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 each.

 

 

Technology

 

 

The Blount County Technology Responsible Use Policy (RUP)

Introduction

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 Policy.

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 educational purposes.

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 Learning Environment.

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 way.

 

Definitions

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 BCS.

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 guests.

  • 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

"Users" include 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 products.

Network is wired and wireless technology networks, including school and district networks, cellular networks, commercial, community or home-based wireless networks accessible to students.

Equipment 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 storage devices.

Policy Statements

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

First Offense:

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 parent conference.

                                                                        (1) Revised July 1, 2010

Second Offense:

Take up the cell phone or other electronic device, hold for nine (9) weeks of school.  Automatic one-day suspension.

Third Offense:

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

 

Social Media

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.  

 

Unacceptable 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 communication.
  • 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

Prohibited 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 traffic.

Violation Consequences

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

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.

 

 

Traffic

Parent drop-off of students - 7:40 - 7:55

Busses unload - 7:40

Classes/Instruction begins - 7:55                      

Afternoon student pick-up - 2:55

Busses leave school - 3:10 (approximately)

 

Drop-Off:

 

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 line.

 

Please refrain from cell phone use of any kind during Student Drop-Off.

 

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 repeated. 

 

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.

 

Pick-Up:

 

Afternoon Parent Pick-Up will begin at 2:55. (We will begin at 2:45 the first two weeks of school.)

 

Please refrain from cell phone use of any kind during Student Pick-Up.

 

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 awning.

 

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. 

 

 

Video Surveillance

The Hayden Primary School campus is under video surveillance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

Visitors

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

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 staff  member.