In the event of a school closing or early dismissal, an official from the Office of the Superintendent of the Jackson County School System will notify the media to broadcast or televise details of the situation. Please DO NOT CALL the Central Office, individual schools, or radio or television stations. Necessary details will be broadcast or televised as information is available.
WAAY – 31
WZCT – 1330 AM
WHNT – 19
WKEA – 98.3 FM
WAFF – 48
WWIC – 1050 AM
WTVC – 9
WRCB – 3
WDEF – 12
Supervision will be available for students AFTER 7:15 a.m. each school day, and will continue until fifteen (15) minutes after the last class period each day. School personnel will be on duty and available to supervise and care for students transported via school system-owned buses.
Therefore, parents/guardians are expected to take responsibility to ensure that their child complies with the supervised time periods. If, for any reason, parents are not able to comply with the times noted, a conference should be scheduled with the principal to discuss the matter.
All visitors in any school building, or on any part of the school campus, must report directly to the school office for written permission to visit said campus. A visitor is any person who is not a student, employee or local official of the school. School visitors who fail to follow this policy will be considered trespassers and may be subject to prosecution.
Students enrolled in the Jackson County School System are not permitted to bring student visitors to school during regular school hours without prior approval by the principal.
Children entering Kindergarten must be FIVE years old on or before SEPTEMBER 1. *
Children entering First Grade must be SIX years old on or before SEPTEMBER 1. *
*This means that a child’s birthday may be no later than September 2
A child enrolling in school for the first time in either kindergarten or first grade must present the following documents prior to enrollment:
- an official birth certificate
- valid social security number
- current immunization form
- proof of residence (such as utility billing with an address)
- guardianship papers (When circumstances dictate, the parent/guardian must also provide proof of custody in the form of court documents. In addition, the parent/guardian will sign a statement certifying legal custody. Power of Attorney is not proof of legal guardianship.)
students who seek to transfer to a
- proof of residence
- recent report card or release from last school attended
- current immunization form
- guardianship papers, if applicable
Once residence and custody are established, the student may be temporarily enrolled pending receipt of student records from the previous school(s), a copy of a certified birth certificate, and a valid social security card.
certificates, required by
Only students presenting a Certificate of Medical Exemption or a Certificate of Religious Exemption are excused from this requirement.
If it is necessary for your child to take medication at school, the following requirements must be met:
Over-the-counter medications (those which do not require prescriptions such as Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Tums, etc.) may only be given in the following circumstances:
- Medication must be taken to the school office immediately upon arrival.
- Parent/guardian must provide written instructions on amount of dosage and time to be given. These instructions must be signed and dated.
- Medication must be brought to school in the original, UNOPENED container.
ASPIRIN MAY BE GIVEN ONLY IF THE DOCTOR COMPLETES A MEDICATION FORM AS IS REQUIRED FOR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION.
At this time, your child’s doctor does not have to provide a medication form for over-the-counter medications other than aspirin.
The following requirements are necessary to ensure that prescription medications are properly administered:
o the name of the student
o the name of the student
o the name of the medication with dosage and route (orally, injection, etc.)
o frequency and time to be given
o date to start and stop medication (if applicable)
o permission to self-medicate (if applicable-students with severe health problems*)
o information concerning adverse reactions, possible side effects, etc.
The first dose of any new medication should be given at home.
STUDENTS WITH SEVERE HEALTH PROBLEMS
Students who suffer from anaphylactic conditions (*severe allergy to insect bites, stings, or foods, asthma, cardiac disorders, diabetes, seizures, hemophilia, or other life threatening conditions) must complete a physician’s form which defines the condition and any limitations placed on the student. A Medical Alert Card must also be completed to easily identify these students. These documents will be kept on file in the school office.
Students who have had a severe reaction to certain foods, bee stings, etc., should have EpiPen or EpiPen, Jr. with him/her at all times. Students with asthma should have emergency medication with them at all times, also. Medication forms must be completed for emergency medication as stated under Prescription Medication.
NEW FORMS FOR EACH MEDICATION MUST BE PROVIDED AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH SCHOOL YEAR. If there is a change in the medication or the dosage during the school year, a new form will be required.
HEAD LICE (Pediculosis)
head lice are discovered, the student must be sent home as soon as
possible. Following treatment and removal
of all nits (eggs), the student must be brought to school by a parent/guardian
(cannot ride the bus or be dropped off) where he/she will be checked by the
principal designee to determine if all lice and nits have been removed. If lice or nits are present, the student
cannot remain at school. The school
personnel will only check one time following treatment to determine if the
student is free of lice and nits. It
then becomes the responsibility of the parent/guardian to have the student
checked at a
Any student with a suspicious rash will be sent home immediately. A physician should check the rash. If diagnosed as Scabies or another communicable condition, the student must be treated and permission to return to school given by the physician. If diagnosed as a non-contagious condition, this written information should be presented to the principal upon the student’s return to school. Without the physician’s statement, the student’s condition must be clear before he/she is allowed to re-enter school.
Students will be excluded during a period of contagion as follows:
- Chickenpox: Students will be excluded for seven calendar days including the day of onset of the disease. Students may return on the eighth day.
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye): Students will be excluded until the infected eye is clear of inflammation.
- Impetigo: Students will be excluded until the formation of pustules has been terminated and healing has begun.
- Ringworm: Students will be excluded until a physician’s note indicates that the condition has been treated satisfactorily.
- Hepatitis, Meningitis, or Tuberculosis: Students will be excluded until a physician’s note indicates that the student is no longer contagious.
- Other infections or contagious diseases: In situations not covered above, the student’s physician will determine the periods of exclusion.
COMMUNICABLE DISEASES KNOWN NOT TO BE SPREAD BY CASUAL CONTACT
A student with a blood-borne pathogen such as Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) or Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) poses no risk of transmission through casual contact to other persons in a school setting. Students infected with one of these viruses will be allowed to attend school without any restrictions, which are based solely on the infection. The Board cannot require any medical evaluations for such diseases.
The Superintendent or his/her designee will consult with the student’s parent/guardian and the primary care provider to determine whether the infected student has a secondary infection (such as active tuberculosis) that constitutes a recognized risk of transmission in the school setting.
There are certain specific types of behaviors (e.g., biting, scratching, fighting, and students committing sexual offenses) or conditions (e.g., frequent bleeding episodes or uncoverable, oozing skin lesions) which could potentially be associated with transmission of both blood-borne and non-blood-borne pathogens. No student, regardless of whether he/she is known to be infected with such pathogens, should be allowed to attend school unless these behaviors or conditions are either absent or appropriately controlled in a way that avoids unnecessary exposure.
STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE PROGRAMS
The Board will contract each year with a reputable insurance company to provide low-cost voluntary student accident insurance for students.
All students participating in school athletics must be insured under a catastrophic school accident policy. Junior High and High School athletic participants are required to participate in the school accident insurance program or file with the school official a statement from the student’s parent/guardian that states the student is adequately protected against accidents that may occur while participating in said activity.
THE CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM
Breakfast and lunch will be served in ALL elementary schools and secondary schools. Free and reduced price meals will be available for qualifying students in accordance with the policy adopted by the Board of Education and regulations of the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
Cashiers will accept payment by the day, week, month, or semester. Parents may select the method of payment that best suits their needs.
ALL STUDENTS ARE OFFERED A VARIETY OF MILK CHOICES. All students second grade and above may purchase a non-carbonated beverage at a cost of .75 cents.
BREAKFAST PRICES LUNCH PRICES
Student Price $ .75 Student Price $1.50
Student Reduced Price $ .30 Student Reduced Price $ .40
Visiting Adults $1.25 Visiting Adults $2.00
will be furnished to
Students who lose or destroy textbooks will be assessed a prorated cost of such books, and students with unpaid accounts resulting from lost or unduly damaged books will not be allowed continued participation in the state furnished textbooks program.
Where unusual or excessive damage to a textbook is evident, charges may be assessed up to, but not to exceed the original cost.
Report cards are for the purpose of transmitting an evaluation of student progress to the student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s). Grade reports will be issued at the end of the nine-week grading period, and a progress report issued at the midpoint of this period. Kindergarten progress reports will be issued every 12 weeks.
Students and parents/guardians are responsible for returning non-computerized report cards to school personnel within five (5) school days after they are issued. Students are not required to return computerized report cards. If a non-computerized report card is lost or damaged beyond use, an initial replacement report card will be completed and re-issued for a $2.00 fee with subsequent replacement cards at $5.00 each. Computerized report cards will be replaced for a $2.00 fee.
The Jackson County Board of Education is committed to provide an academic program that will encourage students to progress from kindergarten to graduation within a span of thirteen years. Most students will follow this progression without interruption. Yet, some students will not meet criteria for promotion from one grade to the next.
Therefore, each teacher in grades K-12 will notify the principal of all proposed retention prior to the final decision. The principal, teacher(s), and other staff members who have knowledge of the student will meet to determine what is best for the student. This team will review report card grades, scores on standardized tests, age and maturity, special education eligibility, and other factors that may be pertinent to the retention or promotion of the student. Promotion or retention will be a team decision.
The process of making a decision to place kindergarten students in first grade should take into consideration a variety of factors including age, maturity, motor coordination, verbal skills and readiness for learning. The determination process should involve the principal, teacher(s) and parents.
Promotion in grades one through three is dependent upon sixty- percent mastery of the grade level objectives in reading, language, and mathematics.
Promotion in grades four through eight is dependent upon an overall average of sixty- percent mastery of the grade level objectives in reading, language, mathematics, social studies, and science. The team should emphasize performance in reading, language, and mathematics when deciding to promote or retain the student.
Promotion from one grade to the next is dependent upon earning Carnegie units with sixty- percent mastery as follows:
Grade 9 to 10 Earn at least 7 units
Grade 10 to 11 Earn at least 14 units
Grade 11 to 12 Earn at least 21 units
Graduation Earn at least 28 units
INTERVENTION GRADES 1-8
Students who fail to meet the minimum standards in two or more areas (reading, math, or language) during the first semester of school should be referred to the building based support team for intervention strategies. If local intervention is unsuccessful after nine weeks, the student may be referred for evaluation for possible special services.
Promotion of any student in a special education program must be based on the student's accomplishments of goals stated in the IEP (Individualized Education Plan) in conjunction with all other regular program requirements. However, a special education student may not be placed at any grade level unless the student has attended school for a commensurate number of years equal to the proposed grade placement, i.e., for a special education student to be placed at the sixth-grade level, he/she must have been enrolled in school for at least five (5) years.
The Jackson County Board of Education believes that the fundamental right to attend public schools places upon students the responsibility to be faithful in attendance. Regular attendance is essential for a student's successful progress in the instructional program.
In accordance with state law, only the following absences will be considered excused absences, provided that in each instance parental confirmation has been received stating the reason for the absence:
- death in immediate family
- inclement weather which would be dangerous to the life or health of the pupil as determined by the principal
- legal quarantine or emergency condition as determined by the Superintendent or principal
- prior permission of principal upon request of parent/guardian (i.e. participation in school sponsored activities).
Parents will be required to explain in writing all absences within two (2) days following the absence. Failure to do so will result in the absence being classified as unexcused.
Absence for reasons other than those defined above will be considered as unexcused.
If a student is absent for any excused reason as defined above, the student will be allowed to make up all major assignments and other work missed during said absence(s) at a time agreeable to the teacher(s). Teachers will not be required to reteach lessons, but students will be given a reasonable opportunity to learn the lessons missed due to excused absences.
At the secondary level: The student will be responsible for contacting the teacher(s) to make arrangements to complete missed assignments.
At the elementary level: The parent/guardian will be responsible for arranging to acquire the necessary missed assignments.
Time limit: Arrangements to acquire missed assignments must be made within five (5) days after the student returns to school from an excused absence.
Teachers will NOT provide make-up work or examinations for students absent for unexcused reasons. Teachers, at their discretion, may require students absent for unexcused reasons to make up homework, classwork, etc., on a non-credit basis in order to help such students maintain academic pace. Teachers will not assign zeroes to students absent for unexcused reasons on an automatic basis; zeroes may be assigned to such students only when other classmates receive grades for homework, examinations, recitation, etc.
Truancy is the unlawful absence from school. In accordance with the Jackson County Board of Education Policy Handbook, the parent/guardian is responsible for requiring any student under his/her control or charge to attend school.
If students do not attend school, the following guidelines will be implemented:
1st Unexcused Absence – (Warning)
· Parent/Guardian will be notified.
· Parent/Guardian will be sent a copy of
3rd Unexcused Absence – (Conference)
· Parent/Guardian will attend a conference with the attendance officer and the principal (or his/her designee) at the individual school and/or the student will participate in the early warning program provided by the juvenile court.
* Attendance at one of these conferences shall be mandatory.
* Failure to appear at the school conference and/or to appear at the early warning program shall result in the filing of a complaint/petition against the parent/guardian.
5th Unexcused Absence – (Court)
· A complaint/petition will be filed against the student and/or parent/guardian.
10th Questionable Excused Absence – (Court)
· A complaint/petition will be filed against the student and/or parent/guardian.
Parent notes will be accepted five (5) times per semester. After the 5th parent note, verification will be required from a professional for absences to be excused.
Five (5) unexcused tardies or five (5) unexcused checkouts will result in the student being referred to Saturday school. Students that fail to appear at Saturday school will be referred to juvenile court.
Students with head lice may be excused up to three (3) days per year (not per occurrence). If a student is not free of lice within the 3 day period, the student will be considered truant and the parent/guardian will be subject to prosecution.
*Tardies are defined as arriving after school has started, or arriving late to any class.
**Checkouts are defined as leaving school and/or class any time during the school day.
When checking out a student, the parent or guardian should come to the office and follow the school’s approved checkout plan. Parents should not interrupt a class session by going directly to the classroom. Office personnel will locate the student.
If school officials can make a positive identification that the parent is giving permission for a student to leave, the student may check out. Students must be given permission in the office to check out and permission must be shown to teachers of his/her remaining classes. Students should not be checked out early during last period just to avoid traffic.
It is the belief of the Jackson County School System that a uniform code of conduct for students is important to academic excellence because it provides an environment that is free from the distractions caused by disruptive behavior.
Creating such an environment requires the cooperation of the parents/guardians, students, the Board of Education, and all employees of the school system. It is important that each person connected with the school understands the importance of a consistent set of behavior standards in order to establish and maintain a positive environment.
As students progress in our school system, it is reasonable to assume that an increase in age and maturity will result in the students assuming greater responsibility for their actions. It is recognized that differences in age and maturity require different types of disciplinary action; however, the procedures identified will apply to all students in Grades K-12.
JURISDICTION OF THE SCHOOL BOARD
Students enrolled in the Jackson County School System are subject to the policies of the Jackson County Board of Education and to the rules and regulations of the schools. This authority applies to all school-sponsored activities, including but not necessarily limited to:
- regular school activities
- transportation on school buses
- field trips
- athletic functions
- activities during which appropriate school personnel have supervisory responsibility for students
All school regulations and prohibitions pertain to motorized vehicles driven or parked on school property. In addition to the foregoing, jurisdictional control over the student may be extended to the immediate vicinity of the school when the conduct of the student is deemed to have a detrimental effect on the health, safety, and welfare of the school.
No items (radios, tape players, electronic games, etc.) which may distract students from learning or disrupt the educational progress should be brought to school unless specifically requested by school officials.
School officials cannot be responsible for the loss of items brought to school or damage that may occur to such items. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that expensive or cherished items not be brought to school.
The Board has the responsibility to maintain an appropriate atmosphere conducive to learning. All students are expected to dress in a manner that is appropriate for school and reflects self-respect and decency. Students are expected also to be clean and neat in appearance and dress. Any articles of clothing, manner of hair style, make-up or body piercing (to include eye rings, nose rings or other piercing that draws undue attention) determined by the teachers and/or principal to be disruptive to the learning environment, hazardous to the health and safety of the child and/or teacher, or contradictory to the rudiments of decency will not be allowed.
The primary guide in determining what is not appropriate is the extent to which dress or grooming attracts undue attention in the classroom or schools. If the principal determines that the student’s dress or grooming is unacceptable, adequate time will be allowed the student to make proper adjustments. However, when a student continues to ignore the required changes, he/she will be subject to disciplinary action.
Transportation to and from school will be provided by the Jackson County Board of Education to eligible students of the Jackson County School System. The transportation program will be operated in accordance with the provisions of the Code of Alabama and State Board of Education rules and regulations. The primary consideration of the transportation program will be the safety and welfare of students.
Promptness is a vital ingredient to efficiency. School buses must keep a schedule and therefore students are to be on time. Students who are tardy cannot expect the bus schedule to be altered.
Office permission is necessary for a student to ride a bus other than the assigned bus. Permission will be given only if the student has a note from the parent/guardian stating the reason.
Misbehavior on the bus creates a danger for many lives and will not be tolerated. Student bus behavior is subject to being monitored by video camera, although any information obtained through the use of surveillance equipment will be used only for school disciplinary or law enforcement purposes. The following actions are strictly prohibited:
- Exchanging seats while bus is in motion
- Throwing objects (inside or out)
- Profanity, shouting, or loud noises
- Use of tobacco in any form
- Striking any device that could start a fire
- Extending body parts from the bus
- Defacing or damaging bus in any manner
- Possession of weapons on bus
- Possession of drugs, alcohol or any harmful substances
- Use of emergency door except in case of emergency
- Leaving bus at any stop other than a regular stop except upon written consent of a school official
- Refusing to obey the driver
- Eating or drinking on the bus (including extra-curricular activities)
- Bringing non-educational items on the bus (i.e. balloons)
- Any other actions not considered proper conduct
1st Infraction: Conference with bus driver and student. Parent report sent home and a copy
filed in the office.
2nd Infraction: Conference with the principal or other school official, bus driver, and student.
Parent report sent home and filed in the office. Discipline as follows at the principal’s discretion:
- Corporal punishment
- Work detail
- Assigned seat
- In-school suspension
- Alternative school
3rd Infraction: Parent conference with suspension of bus privileges.
Other sanctions may include permanent removal from bus pending Board hearing.
School officials have the right to search a student, a student's car, or school property, including desks and lockers if there is reasonable belief that illicit substances, dangerous weapons, stolen property, etc., are being harbored. Such searches may be conducted without student consent or the consent of his/her parent. Any search of a student's person will be conducted privately by a teacher of the same sex as the student being searched. At least one witness who is an administrator or teacher of the same sex as the student will be present throughout the search.
School officials have the right to interrogate a student if they feel the student possesses information necessary for the school to run smoothly.
If a student commits an offense that school officials deem will jeopardize the safety and well being of the student body or be detrimental to the learning process by his/her continued presence, they may suspend a student to the Alternative School.
If a student commits an offense that school officials deem will jeopardize the safety and well being of the student body or be detrimental to the learning process by his/her continued presence, they may recommend expulsion to the Superintendent and Board of Education.
The following, but not limited to, is a list of offenses that could warrant expulsion:
- use or possession of drugs
- robbery, stealing, or burglary of school property
- possession of firearms or other weapons
- sexual misconduct
- indecent exposure or obscene behavior
- trespassing on and/or defacing school property
- inciting or participating in major student disorder
- any other offense which the principal may reasonably deem to fall within these categories.
Class I Violations
1.01 Distraction of other students
1.02 Intimidation of a student
1.03 Unauthorized organizations
1.05 Non-direct use of profane language or obscene manifestation
1.06 Nonconformity to dress code
1.08 Inappropriate public display of affection
1.09 Dishonesty and/or cheating
1.10 Refusal to complete class assignments
1.11 Failure to follow appropriate directives from a local Board employee
1.12 Unauthorized use of school or personal property
1.13 Littering of school property
1.14 Any other violation which the principal may deem reasonable to fall within this category after investigation and consideration of extenuating circumstances
Class I Sanctions
1. Conference with the student
2. Verbal reprimand
3. Withdrawal of privilege(s)
4. Parent conference
5. Corporal punishment
6. Temporary removal from class
8. In-school suspension/Alternative Education Program
9. Other sanctions as approved by the Board
Class II Violations
2.01 Refusal to follow appropriate directive from a Board employee
2.02 Vandalism and/or property damage
2.03 Theft of property
2.04 Possession of stolen property with the knowledge that it is stolen
2.05 Threats and/or extortion
2.07 Direct use of profane language or obscene manifestation (verbal, written or gesture directed toward another person) (See 1.05)
2.08 Repeated direct or non-direct use of profane language or obscene manifestations
2.09 Unauthorized absence from school or class
2.10 Written or verbal proposition to engage in sexual acts
2.11 Inappropriate touching of another person
2.12 Possession of and/or use of matches or lighters
2.13 Possession of and/or use of electronic pager or communication devices (such as cell phones, laser pointers, etc.)
2.14 Providing false information to a Board employee
2.15 Any other violation which the principal may deem reasonable to fall within this category after investigation and consideration of extenuating circumstances
Class II Sanctions
1. Temporary removal from class
3. In-school suspension
4. Alternative education program
5. Out-of-school suspension
6. Corporal punishment
7. Referral to outside agency
9. Any sanction(s) included in Class I and other sanctions as approved by the Board
Class III Violations
3.03 Theft of property
3.04 Burglary of school property
3.05 Criminal mischief
3.06 Bomb threat
3.07 Sexual offense
3.09 Inciting or participating in major student disorder
3.10 Unjustified activation of fire alarm system or fire extinguisher
3.11 Assault on another person (student, teacher, staff member, visitor, etc.)
3.12 Possession of a weapon
3.13 Preparing, possessing and/or igniting an explosive device
3.14 Possession, sale and/or use of a tobacco product
3.15 Unlawful sale, purchase, furnishing or giving, or possession of illegal drug, drug paraphernalia or alcoholic beverage
3.16 Accessing or changing information in school computers
3.17 Any other offense which the principal may deem reasonable to fall within this
category after investigation and consideration of extenuating circumstances
3.18 Crimes as defined under the laws of the city,
Class III Sanctions
1. Out-of-school suspension
2. Corporal punishment
3. Alternative education program
4. Referral to outside agency, including the criminal justice system
6. Restitution of property and damages where appropriate
7. Any sanction(s) included in Classes I and II and other sanctions as approved by the Board
** Information on this page was taken from the Jackson County School’s Student Handbook. **