Excellence for Every Child

Knoxville Adaptive Education Center

 

Parent / Student handbook

2015 – 2016

Together we achieve

 

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KAEC

 

Vision Statement

 

The KAEC Community will support and prepare students for life in an ever changing world through a meaningful education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mission Statement

 

KAEC will provide individualized academic and emotional growth opportunities in order to assist students in becoming successful and fulfilled members of their community.


 The KAEC handbook is to be read by the student and the parent.  Questions or requests for further explanations should be directed to the KAEC administration at 909-9020.

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY

 

School safety is of paramount importance in every school.  In order to promote the safety of students, staff and visitors the following precautions are implemented daily at KAEC:

 

1.      School safety begins with effective relationships between students and staff.  We understand this and use various methods to increase student trust.  Staff is always available to talk with students about concerns and difficulties they experience during the school day. 

2.      Close home-school communication is the cornerstone of a safe school environment.  Teachers use the daily note or agenda book, email, phone calls as means of communication.  If staff has a concern about a student they will talk with the parent and the administration. 

3.      A KCS security officer is part of the school staff. 

4.      All outside doors will be locked during the school day.

 

KAEC utilizes a variety of strategies and interventions to increase the safety and security of students and staff within the school environment including:

·         Video monitoring of classrooms, hallways and time-away areas.

·         Metal detector wanding of middle and high school students.  Any elementary student who presents safety concerns may also be wanded at the authorization of the principal.

·         Limited use of cell phones and electronic equipment.  Students using electronic equipment inappropriately will be banned from use of such equipment during instructional hours or the school day as determined by the Principal.

·         The use of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention will be used when a student places them self or others in a dangerous or emergency situation.  Parents will be notified if their child had to be physically held or isolated.

·         Restraint or Isolation may be utilized in emergency or dangerous situations.

·         Utilization of KCS school security officer and Knoxville Police Department when necessary.

·         Staff and students familiarization and practice of emergency procedures.

 

 

Under the Tennessee State Board of Education's Unsafe School Choice Policy, any public school student who is the victim of a violent crime as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 40-38-11(g), or the attempt to committee one of these offenses as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 39-12-101, shall be provided an opportunity to transfer to another grade-level appropriate school within the district.

 Additional information regarding this option may be obtained by contacting Brian Hartsell at phone 594-1502.

 

BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS

KAEC has a school-wide positive behavior support plan to provide the foundation for its learning environment. In addition to the school wide plan each classroom will develop their behavior expectations at the beginning of each school year.  Each student will be held accountable to these expectations and their daily point sheet will reflect their attained level and privileges (elementary and middle school).  Respectful behavior is the fundamental expectation of all students at KAEC.  Behavior intervention plans will be developed to address chronic behavioral issues of individual students.  Parents, please take time to familiarize yourself with the behavior expectations set for your child.

 

School Dress Code

 

KAEC has a dress code in addition to the Knox County School Dress code. The following expectations for student dress have been established to promote a safe and optimum learning environment at KAEC.

 

The following standards will be observed:

1. Pants must be worn at the waist. No sagging allowed.

2. Self-colored non-patterned polo shirts will be worn unless the student is zoned to a school with a school uniform and the student may wear their zoned school attire.  In cooler weather a self-colored, non-patterned crew necked sweatshirt may be worn.  No logos, zips or hoods are allowed.

3. Head apparel, except for religious or medical purposes, must not be worn inside the school building.

4. Footwear is required and must be safe and appropriate for indoor and outdoor activity.

5. Clothing and accessories such as backpacks, patches, jewelry, and notebooks must not display (1)racial or ethnic slurs/symbols, (2) gang affiliations, (3) vulgar, subversive, or sexually suggestive language or images; nor, should they promote products which students may not legally buy; such as alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.

6. Skirts, dresses, and shorts must be beyond fingertip length.

7. Sleepwear, pajamas, and/or blankets cannot be worn in school.

8. Prohibited items include (1) large, long and/or heavy chains, (2) studded or chained accessories, (3) sunglasses, except for health purposes, (4) sleepwear, and (5) skin-tight outer materials such as spandex.

 

The school administration reserves the right to determine whether the student's attire is within the limits of decency and modesty.

The principal may allow exceptions in special circumstances or occasions such as holidays or special performances and may further prescribe dress in certain classes such as physical education, vocational classes, and science labs.

 

If the requirement of a polo shirt or sweatshirt places a financial burden on the parents a meeting should be set up with the principal to obtain school clothing for the student.  Students will be given the opportunity to borrow school approved clothing. 

 

Approximately every 10 days students can earn “dress down Friday.”  On this day students will have the opportunity to wear any clothing within KCS dress code.  Parents will receive written notice if their child earned this privilege.

 

  Knox County Schools -  STUDENT DRESS CODE

 

The following expectations for student dress have been established to promote a safe and optimum learning environment.  Apparel or appearance, which tends to draw attention to an individual rather than to a learning situation, must be avoided. In matters of opinion, the judgment of the principal/designee shall prevail.

1.   Pants must be worn at the waist. No sagging allowed.

2.   Shirts, blouses, and dresses must completely cover the abdomen, back, shoulders and must have sleeves. Shirts or tops must cover the waistband of pants, shorts or shirts with no midriff visible.  Low-cut blouses, shirts, or tops or extremely tight tops, tube tops, or any top that exposes cleavage are prohibited.

3.   Head apparel, except for religious or medical purposes, must not be worn inside the school building.

4.   Footwear is required and must be safe and appropriate for indoor and outdoor activity.

5.   Clothing and accessories such as backpacks, patches, jewelry and notebooks must not display: (1) racial or ethnic slurs/symbols, (2) gang affiliations, (3) vulgar, subversive, or sexually suggestive language or images; nor should they promote products which students may not legally buy: such as alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.

6.   Skirts, dresses and shorts must be beyond fingertip length.

7.   Sleepwear, pajamas, and/or blankets cannot be worn in school.

8.   Prohibited items include (1) large, long and/or heavy chains, (2) studded or chained accessories, (3) sunglasses except for health purposes, and (4) skin-tight outer materials such as spandex.

 

·      The school administration reserves the right to determine whether the student’s attire is within the limits of decency and modesty.

·      The principal may allow exceptions in special circumstances or occasions such as holidays or special performances and may further prescribe dress in certain classes such as physical education, vocational classes and science labs.

·      Any student not attired in accordance with the foregoing policy shall be subject to the following consequences:

1.Correct the violation or spend the remainder of the day in in-school suspension

2.Repeat offenders shall be subject to additional measures that include parent conferences, in-school suspension and out-of-school suspensions as described in the county-wide discipline policy.

To view this policy (JCBF) in its entirety visit:  www.knoxschools.org

 

 

 

CAMERA SYSTEM

 

Each classroom at KAEC is equipped with a security camera.  These areas are video-recorded 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  This surveillance system is there for everyone’s protection.  Please be aware that if a video is viewed for a specific purpose it may become part of the child’s educational records.  If the video is relied upon for the purpose of discipline, the parent will be notified and may request to view the video.  Other viewing of the video by non-Knox County School staff may require a court document.

 

 

CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT

 

State law and Board policy require employees to immediately report cases of verified or suspected child abuse or neglect.  If a student reports an issue to a staff member or a staff members queries an injury or neglect issue they have the responsibility to report the issue.  Parents often become upset that a staff member has made the call to DCS, but the school employee has no choice in the matter as they are required by law to make the call.   Calling DCS does not necessarily imply the staff has made a judgment about the situation; rather, they are following their obligation as a KCS employee.  In the same way, if a student reports that they were injured by a KAEC staff member the principal or staff involved will call DCS and “self-report” to prompt an investigation.  

 

 

VISITORS IN THE BUILDING

All visitors must report to the office, sign in and receive a visitor’s badge.  If a staff member observes someone at KAEC that is not a KCS employee, they are required to walk with them back to the office to sign in and ensure that person has signed in and is provided a visitor’s badge.  Any volunteer in KAEC will be subject to KCS board policies and procedures related to volunteers in a school building.  The KCS policy includes;

To protect the KCS students and staff, the Knox County Schools reserves to right to collect certain information about volunteers who enter the school building and may potentially be in contact with students. Knox County Schools Volunteer Procedure will be followed.

 

 

COMMUNICATION WITH OUTSIDE AGENCIES

 

1.      KAEC must always have a release of information to talk with people outside of the school system.  Requests may come in person, over the phone, but always should be verified in writing prior to the release of information.

2.      If a parent requests that a representative of Knox County Schools to provide information to an outside agency a release of information will need to be signed.  The exception to this rule is directory information and requests from DCS.      

3.      Only certified personnel are permitted to provide an assessment of student progress to outside agencies.

4.      Any release can be rescinded at any time by a written request from the parent.

5.      Outside agencies may only have access to students (with parent permission) during not academic time.

 

 

 

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The majority of students are transported to KAEC by a KCS bus.  All rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the school setting are applicable while the student is on the bus or at the bus stop. Additional rules governing Knox County school buses are posted inside the bus.  Violations will be documented by the bus driver and/or bus aide and disciplinary action will be according to the procedures described on the bus incident report.  Bus drivers, contactors, bus aides, or principals may assign seats on the bus, but only the principal/designee has the authority to suspend a student from the bus.  Students and their parents/guardians are responsible for any damage caused to the bus or equipment on the bus.  See page   for additional transportation information.

Any transportation questions should be directed to KCS transportation office 594-1550

Students who travel to KAEC on the bus will be taken back to the pick-up point at the end of the day.  Changes to the pick-up or drop-off areas need prior approval by KAEC principal  and the Central Office transportation department.

From the time a student boards the bus in the morning until they are dropped off in the afternoon, they are under the supervision of the school system.    The majority of KAEC buses have a special education staff member ride to provide additional supervision and support.  The following rules should be observed by the student:

  • Obey the staff at all times;
  • Refrain from making excessive noise on the bus;
  • Do not place head, hands or feet outside the windows;
  • Do not throw objects out the bus window;
  • Do not bring articles aboard the bus that are injurious or objectionable in nature (water guns, rubber bands etc.);
  • Do not damage or otherwise deface the bus;
  • Do not smoke, chew tobacco, use profane language, eat, or drink on the bus; and
  • Remain seated at all times.
  • Do not engage inappropriate behavior with other students on the bus.

Students must cooperate with the driver and bus aide at all times.  They should follow directions promptly and with due respect.

 

The Knox County Schools Transportation office phone # 865-594-1550

 

 

                                  SCHOOL DAY

The KAEC school day is from 8:30am to 3:30pm.  Students are required to attend school for 3 hours and 15 minutes per day in order to be considered present. Students are expected to arrive at school on time.  Students arriving late (after 8:30) must be signed in at the office by a parent or another authorized adult. Students will be considered tardy after 8:30.   Excessive tardiness will be addressed through a parent conference or IEP meeting.  On days when the school is in session for only half a day, KAEC will release at 12:00 noon.  When school is closed early for bad weather, KAEC will release students with the elementary release due to the long bus routes.  

 

 

Release during the school day

Release during school hours - Students should be in school for the full day. Release during school hours will be permitted only in exceptional cases which meet the standards outlined in this policy. Under no circumstances may a student leave school without the approval of the principal. Neither may the student leave in the company of any person other than a parent, legal guardian, school employee, or a person designated by the parent or guardian, except by written request of the parent or guardian.

 

1. Senior Out-of-School Credit Program … Early dismissal may be granted to students in their senior year for the purpose of earning a maximum of two units of credit in approved out-of-school experiences. The principal's permission shall be contingent upon the following conditions and such additional conditions as may be imposed by the Senior Out-of-School Credit Program. The student must:

a) Continue to carry three units of regular (not correspondence) course work per term;

b) Continue satisfactory progress toward graduation; and

c) Maintain an acceptable pattern of scholarship, attendance and conduct in all classes.

2. Hardship … Early dismissal may be granted only in highly selective cases of extreme family hardship, confirmed by the school social worker, recommended by the principal, and approved by the Superintendent. The student must satisfy all conditions listed in item (1) above and in addition must meet the following three conditions of hardship:

a) Family income which would qualify the student for free or reduced-priced lunch (whether ornot the application is made);

b) Satisfactory evidence that the student's income is necessary to prevent family destitution, that is, suffering from severe lack of food, clothing and shelter; and

c) Satisfactory evidence that the student is unable to obtain adequate employment outside regular school hours.

3. Work-Based Learning Programs Students approved for early release for co-operative employment programs as part of regular school courses shall leave school daily according to procedures established for those programs under work-based learning guidelines.

4. Private lessons should be scheduled outside of school hours. When such is impossible, and when the time of the lesson would not conflict with the student's regular school schedule, the principal may, upon written request from the parent, permit the student's release of a period not to exceed thirty minutes for instruction and fifteen minutes for travel.

5. Errands ...  No person may be sent from the school during school hours to perform an errand or to act as messenger except with the written consent of the pupil's parent or guardian and the approval of the principal.

6. Interview at the School … No person other than officials of the Knox County Schools shall be allowed to interview a student at the school except with the approval of the principal. The principal shall give such approval when it is determined that the interview is in the best interest of the pupil and/or justice. When a police or court officer requests to interview a pupil, the principal or some member of the professional staff designated by the principal shall be present for the interview. Officials from the Department of Children Services requests to interview a pupil shall be granted with proper review of credentials. DCS may interview a student without the presence of the principal or other school staff.

 

Students who drive to school.

Driving is a privilege that may be revoked when school rules are not followed.  Keys must be turned into the office on arrival and picked up at the end of the school day.  Students are to park their cars in their designated area and immediately come into the KAEC building.  Loitering in the parking lot is prohibited. Students who drive to school must have a written note, which will be verified by a staff call to parent, in order to leave school early.  Safe driving is a prerequisite for driving privileges.  Both the driver and any rider must have parental permission on file in the office to transport or ride with another student to and from school.  The administration has the right to inspect any vehicle on campus at any time.

 

STUDENT MEALS

 

We are pleased to share with you that KAEC will be implementing a new option available to schools participating in National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for School Year 2015-2016.

What is Community Eligibility Provision?

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a new, innovative program that makes it easier for schools to serve free meals - both breakfast and lunch - to all students by removing the need for schools to collect paper applications. Community eligibility is a nationwide program for the 2015-16 school year. Community eligibility has a number of benefits to students and schools.  It helps schools reduce administrative costs related to collecting and processing applications and tracking students based on meal eligibility status.  Participating schools no longer have to collect payments or use swipe cards or other systems during the meal service. 

All students enrolled at KAEC are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household each day of the 2015-2016 school year.  Parents will not be required to complete any additional paperwork.  This applies to ALL students.

 

 

 

 

 

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

1.      Students must provide a written excuse for absences to be changed from unexcused to excuse.  The written excuse should be turned in within 5 days of the absences.  The attendance officer will determine whether an absence is excused. 

 

2.      All student work from absences should be made up whether the day is excused or unexcused.

 

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Student records

Cumulative records shall be kept for each student enrolled in school.  Student records are confidential.  Parents or eligible students have a right to inspect and review the student’s   records, but such a request shall be made in writing and in advance.  An appointment will be made to allow sufficient time to review the record with a designated staff member.  A duplication fee will be assessed for copies of the records.

 

Grades

Progress reports, grade cards and IEP updates will be sent to parents by way of the student every 4 1/2 weeks.  Parents are encouraged to contact the school if they have questions about their student’s progress.  Grades can be viewed online via the KCS schools website.

Homework

Homework is an important educational strategy to increase student’s skill levels.  Most students should have homework most school nights.  Homework provides reinforcement and enrichment for the extended learning process.  Homework grades contribute to overall grades.

 

STUDENT SCHEDULE CHANGES

 

Any request for a change in schedule has to be presented to the guidance counselor and high school facilitator and then approved by the principal.   

 

STUDENT ASSESSMENTS

 

KAEC participates in all state mandated and county required assessments.  See testing schedule provided later in this handbook. 

 

TEXT BOOKS

Each student will be assigned a specific text book.  Each text book has to be accounted for at the end of the school year.  If a student damages or destroys their text book they will be required to replace it.  Replacements for lost and damaged texts will be purchased with monies collected from students who had responsibilities for them. Students exempt from fees are not exempt from this responsibility.

 

FIELD TRIPS

No students may participate in a field trip without the proper permission paperwork being completed.  Parental authorization over the phone is not sufficient to allow a student to participate.

MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION

 

KAEC abides by the KNOX COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POLICY, which reads:

No medication of any kind shall be administered to student by the school nurse or by school personnel except when medication must be given on a long-term basis and is necessary to be given during school hours in order for the child to remain in school.  Medications such as Tylenol, aspirin, and other over the counter medications are included in these regulations.  Any pupil who is required to take medications during the regular school day must comply with school regulations.

1.      Written by a Physician, Dentist, or Nurse Practitioner (Health Care Provider) must provide orders, that have the legal right to write a prescription, detailing the name of the drug, dosage, and time interval medication is to be given.

2.      The parent or guardian of the pupil requesting that the school comply with the Health Care Provider’s order must give written permission.

3.      Medication must be brought to the school by a responsible adult and in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or Health Care Provider.

4.      The initial dose must be administered by the School Nurse or persons specifically approved by the School Nurse, providing the opportunity for the Nurse to discuss and instruct the appropriate school personnel in the proper administration, the potential benefits and side effects of the medication.

5.      A secure location must be provided for the storage of medications.

6.      The school system retains the right to reject requests for administering medication.

School Procedures

  1. Medicine will be brought to school by the parent.  Students or bus staff should not transport medication,
  2. Staff members who will be assisting in the administration of student medication will be trained annually by the school nurse.
  3. Medication will be kept in the nurse’s office. 
  4. Students will come to the nurse’s office at the required time of administration. 
  5. Verify the dosage, type and time of medication administration each time medication is administered. 
  6. Appropriate documentation must be made each time medication is administered.
  7. Any discrepancies with mediation administration must be documented on an incident report, the nurse called and the parent notified.

 

STUDENT HEALTH INITIATIVE

 

KCS has implemented a student health initiative within the schools which provides nutritional foods for both breakfast and lunch.  KCS has also provided an approved list of snacks that teachers are allowed to provide the students in the classroom.  For a complete list of the approved foods go to https://www.knoxschools.org, then by accessing the School Nutrition – Food Services page, a link to the approved foods may be found.  It is also requested that parents do not bring snacks or party items for the classroom unless provided for on the approved snack list.  Items may also be provided through the cafeteria if planned for ahead of time.

 

STUDENT HEALTH EMERGENCIES/PROBLEMS

 

If your child has a health condition that may require special attention please let the teacher know.  This staff member will then be responsible for communicating the concern to the school nurse, therapist, mental health case manager and administration.

 

 

STUDENT INJURY

 

Any student injured while on KCS property will be checked out by the school nurse and an accident report will be completed.  Parents will be notified by the nurse of any injuries that are more than routine bump, bruises or scratches.

PET POLICY

 

The use of therapeutic animals must abide by the Knox County Schools Policy.   All animals have to be trained and certified by an approved agency and carry insurance prior to being allowed into the school.  Written permission should be obtained from every student prior to the animals being allowed in the building.

 

STUDENT PHONE USE

 

Elementary and Middle school students are not permitted to have a phone in their possession during the school day.  They are required to turn their phone in to the security officer on arrival at school. Students attending KAEC High School may have a cell phone with them while in the KAEC building proving they follow the cell phone use expectations..  High School students with a cell phone at school must adhere to the following procedures:

 

  • The use of a cell phone during class-time is forbidden unless approved for an academic activity by the principal or the principal’s designee.
  • The cell phone may be used before and after school.  At all other times the cell phone must be in the off mode.
  • The principal or the principal’s designee may grant a student permission to use his/her cell phone during class time for a specific academic purpose or at other times for other purposes that the principal deems appropriate.
  • Cell phone use outside these parameters may result in confiscation of the cell phone until it can be released directly to the student's parent or guardian.  Continued violation of this policy may result in loss of cell phone privileges and will be treated as insubordination.

·         If there is an emergency school phones maybe used to contact parents.

·         See below regarding use of phones

 

 

Knox County Law Department

“Students are prohibited from taking unauthorized photographs or making unauthorized recordings of others at school, on school transportation or school sponsored events.”

 

STUDENT LOCKERS

 

1.      Students will be allocated a locker.

2.      Lockers are property of KCS and can be searched by administration at any time.

 

ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC MEDIA

Computer Usage

 

Parents/guardians wishing to deny independent access to electronic media involving district technological

resources may do so by returning a signed right of refusal form supplied by the school. This document

shall be kept on file as a legal, binding document. (In order to modify or rescind the agreement, the user's

parent/guardian must provide the Principal with a written request.)

 

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE – SIGNING THIS SHEET MEANS THAT YOU DENY THE RIGHT OF YOUR STUDENT TO HAVE INDEPENDENT ACCESS TO A COMPUTER.

 

Students may only utilize authorized sites while on the computer.  Repeated misuse of the internet may result in the student only having access to restricted supervised computer usage.

 

In the 2015-16 school year state testing will be administered via computer. 

 

Individual Educational Plan Meetings

 

1.      All members of the IEP Team should be notified in advance of meetings.

2.      Parents should be provided notification in writing of all IEP meetings.

3.      A meeting cannot occur if all required parties are not present or have documented consent for the meeting to occur without IEP members. See Procedural Safeguards for specifics.

4.      IEPs, evaluations, and behavior plans must be completed according to federal requirements and best practices.

5.      Supporting data must be available at meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

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Parents are encouraged to become actively involved in their student’s school program.  The success of each student is partially the responsibility of the parents.  KAEC staff will actively solicit the involvement of parents and guardians.  Daily notes will be sent home to communicate progress and issues with the parents.  Parents are requested to sign the home note and send it back to school with the student the next day. If you have any questions about your student’s education please call 909-9020.  Parents are encouraged to attend IEP meetings and parent conferences as necessary to make appropriate educational planning for their student.  Parents are encouraged to check the school web page for additional information about school events.  

 

 

 

 

PARENT SIGN LANGUAGE/INTERPRETERS

If parents require aids for communication in meetings Knox County Schools will provide translators or a person to utilize sign language.  Please contact the administrator to arrange for this service.  KCS website can be translated in different languages by clicking on the flag of the language at the bottom of the screen.  The special education rights booklet is also available in different languages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following pages are System-wide information.  KAEC adheres to these procedures hand in hand with the specific requirements of IDEIA.

 


 

Disciplinary Terms and

Definitions

 

Confiscation: Items that are prohibited on school grounds or are a distraction will be labeled as to ownership and turned over to the office. These items may be returned to the student or parents at the Administrator’s discretion. (Note: beepers, cell phones, etc. may be turned over to Knox County Security.)

 

Hazing: Name-calling, inflammatory or disrespectful remarks, harassment (verbal or physical) is prohibited at all times and is subject to disciplinary consequences.

 

In School Suspension (I.S.S.): I.S.S. is a consequence sometimes given for inappropriate behavior. This consequence involves placement of the student in a special class for at least one-half day with a designated staff member. Students are expected to complete regular academic assignments, participate in some form of school service, and follow the schedule and guidelines outlined by the staff member in charge.

 

Out of School Suspension (O.S.S.): This is a consequence given for persistent misbehaviors of such a serious nature as to warrant being prohibited from school attendance. Students who receive O.S.S. are subject to the following rules:

·   The student is not allowed on campus at any time.

·   The student is not allowed to attend any school function, including, but not limited to, athletic events, dances, or school performances.

 

Long Term Suspension: Any out-of-school suspension that is longer than four consecutive days is considered “long term.” A disciplinary hearing will be held before any long-term suspension has been given.

 

Initial Hearing/Disciplinary Hearing: When information is received by the Administration indicating that a student has committed a violation that could result in a suspension of more than four days, meetings will be scheduled for the following purposes in the order given below:

 

Hearing Notification (Includes Administrator and Student + Parent/Guardian)

·      To present information concerning the violation.

·      To hear the student’s statement or statements of others who may have information relative to the violation.

I.E.P. Team

·      To determine if violation is a manifestation of the Special Ed certification.

·      To determine if placement/programming is needed.

Disciplinary Hearing (For Special Ed. if not manifestation and all regular Ed.)

·      To determine guilt or innocence.

·      To determine the appropriate consequences for the violation.

 

Search and Seizure: According to Knox County Board Policy Handbook (JCAB), school lockers, backpacks, pocketbooks, etc. are subject to search. (Guidelines concerning such searches are outlined in the Knox County Policy Handbook available in the school office.) Parents will be contacted after the student is searched.

                                                                              

 

              Zero Tolerance Policy

    According to Knox County Board Policy Handbook JCCC2:

    In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment free of drugs, violence and dangerous weapons, any student who engages in the following behaviors shall be removed from the base school for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year.1 The Director of Schools has the authority to modify this suspension requirement on a case-by-case basis. Zero tolerance acts are as follows:

   Any student who while on a school bus, on school property or while attending any school event or activity:

a. unlawfully possesses a legend drug or any other controlled substance; or   

b.knowingly possesses a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921; orc.

c. commits aggravated assault on a teacher, a School Resource Officer (SRO), an officer of the law assigned to patrol a Knox County School property or other employee of the school system.

It is the Board’s intent that the Director of Schools exercise his power to modify and ensure that no student shall be out of school for more than two semesters for a zero tolerance offense.  The Director of Schools shall consider each zero tolerance case for placement in the alternative school program.

Restricted Areas

 

    Students are not allowed in the following areas:

·   Parking lots during school hours without administrative permission.

·   Rooms or areas designated “Staff Only.”

·   Any unsupervised area during classes w/o   permission.

·   In the building after 4:00 without staff supervision for a school activity.  .

 

Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying or Cyber-bullying

    Knox County Schools prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyber-bullying.1,2 Harassment, intimidation, or bullying is conduct that disrupts both a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate students in a safe and orderly environment. All Knox County School’s staff is responsible for ensuring this is faithfully implemented in all areas under their purview or direct supervision.

    “Cyber-bullying” means bullying undertaken through the use of electronic devices;

    “Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance, and:

    If the act takes place on school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided equipment or transportation or at any official school bus stop, the act has the effect of:

·   Physically harming a child or damaging a student’s property;

·   Knowingly placing a student or students in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property;

·   Causing emotional distress to a student or students; or

·   Creating a hostile educational environment; or

If the act takes place off school property or outside of a school-sponsored activity, it is directed specifically at a student or students and has the effect of creating a hostile educational environment or otherwise creating a substantial disruption to the education environment or learning process.

Students who feel they are being harassed, bullied or intimidated may report this concern to any teacher or school administrator or the office of the Superintendent using any means of communication with which they feel comfortable.

 

Consequences and appropriate remedial action for students who commit acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying may range from behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion. The appropriate action will be consistent with established Board Policy, case law, Federal and State statutes.

To view this policy (JCADA) in its entirety visit: www.knoxschools.org

 

       Guidelines for Medication

No medication of any kind shall be self-administered by students, even with the assistance from school nurses or other school personnel, except when medication must be given on a long-term basis and is necessary to be given during school hours in order for the student to remain in school.  Over the counter (O.T.C.) medications are included in these regulations.  Any student who is required to take medications must comply with the following regulations: 

 

·         The school system has the final decision-making authority with respect to the administration of medications and to reject requests for administering medications.

·         Written orders must be provided by a medical health care provider who has the legal right to write a prescription. The order must include the name of the drug, dosage, frequency or time interval, route or method of administration, time to be administered, possible side effects, and method of storage.

·         One medication per form is allowed on the Physician Forms and the forms must be renewed each school year. If the medication is changed, a new Physicians Form is required.

·         A parent/guardian signature is required on the Physician Form for administration of self-medication before a student can be assisted with self-medication.

·         All medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, must be brought to school by a responsible adult.  Students may not carry medications of any kind on their person with the exception of asthma inhalers, Epi-pens, or insulin delivery systems with the written permission from a parent and authorization by a medical care provider. 

·         All medication must be in appropriate containers which are properly labeled by a medical care provider or pharmacy.  An over-the-counter medication prescribed for a student must be provided in its original, unopened, unexpired container with the original label and have the student’s name written on the container.

·   Upon receiving medication at school, the quantity of medication received must be confirmed and documented.

·   All medications self-administered must be documented.

·    School Nurses will monitor the administration,    documentation, and storage of all medications.

·   The parent/guardian is responsible for picking up an unused medication at the end of the treatment or of the school year.

To view this policy (JGCB) in its entirety visit: www.knoxschools.org

Failure to follow the medication policy may result in a Zero Tolerance offense.

 

                   Attendance

The Board recognizes that good attendance at school is basic to student learning. Attendance is a key factor in student achievement; therefore, students are expected to be present each day that school is in session. Parents have both a legal obligation and a moral responsibility to see that children are present every day that school is in session.

For these reasons, the Knox County Board of Education has adopted the following policy on student absences.

Acceptable (excusable) conditions for students being absent from school include:

        1. Personal illness;

2. Illness in family temporarily requiring help from

    the child;

3. Death in family;

4. Recognized religious holidays regularly

    observed by persons of the student’s faith;1

5. Verifiable family emergency

6. For students with a parent or guardian who is deployed as a member of the US Armed Forces, the following excused absences shall apply provided the student furnishes appropriate documentation of the service member’s deployment:

   

    An excused absence for one day when the member is deployed, an excused absence when the service member returns from deployment, and excused absences for 10 days for visitation when the member is granted rest and relaxation leave and is stationed out of the country.

 

In order to be counted present on any and all accounting attendance records, students shall attend school for a time period of three (3) hours and fifteen (15) minutes per school day. Students participating in school-sponsored activities whether on or off campus shall not be counted absent. In order to qualify as “school sponsored,” the activity must be school-planned, school-directed, and teacher-supervised.

To view this policy (JB) in its entirety visit: www.knoxschools.org

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                               


 

 


                                                                                  

                                           Bus Conduct and Expectations

Bus transportation is provided for Knox County students who live outside the Parental Responsibility Zones (PRZ) for each school. A map of these zones, as well as a listing of bus stops and pick-up times, is available in the Guidance Office or the Knox County Transportation Office.

Discipline on our school buses is a priority in order to insure the safety of all children. Bus transportation provided by the Knox County School System is considered to be an extension of the school day. Therefore, just as appropriate behavior is expected in the classroom, it is expected on the bus. Knox County bus rules are posted on each bus; failure to cooperate with driver may result in removal of student riding privileges and/or suspension from the bus.

BUS DISCIPLINE CODE

(Handled by Administration)



 

 

 

      LEVEL I VIOLATIONS

 

·      Eating or drinking on the bus

·      Failure to remain seated

·      Improper boarding/departing procedures

·      Refusing to obey driver

·      Loud, rude, or abusive behavior

·      Profane language/obscene gestures

·      Any behavior jeopardizing safety

·      Other

 

 

 

 

 

         LEVEL II VIOLATIONS

 

·        Third violation of Level I behavior

·        Tampering with bus equipment

·        Fighting/pushing/tripping

·        Bringing articles aboard the bus of injurious or objectionable nature

·        Destruction of property (Principal to determine if parent/guardian is responsible for damages and the appropriate amount.)

·        Possession and/or use of tobacco products

·        Profane language/obscene gestures

·        Throwing objects in or out of bus

·        Hanging out bus window

·        Other

 

 

          LEVEL III VIOLATIONS

 

·      Third violation of Level II behavior

·      Physical assault/verbal threat directed to bus driver

·      Attempting to set fire to seat, hair, clothing, etc.

·      Possession and/or use of alcohol, drugs, or drug paraphernalia

·      Possession of weapon

·      Use of chemical substance with intent to do bodily harm

·      Unapproved use of emergency exits on bus

·      Other

 

    

       CONSEQUENCES –

     LEVEL I VIOLATIONS

 

·      Written reprimand (maximum 1 warning)

·      Bus riding suspension (3 to 5 days)

·      Out-of-school suspension

·      Assigned seating

          

            CONSEQUENCES –

         LEVEL II VIOLATIONS

 

·        Bus riding suspension (minimum 5 school days)

·        Repeat occurrence of Level II violation (minimum 15 school days bus riding suspension)

·        Out-of-school suspension

 

          

           CONSEQUENCES –

         LEVEL III VIOLATIONS

 

·      Bus riding suspension (minimum 30-maximum 180 school days)

·      Out-of-school suspension

·      Action by the Board of Education (up to and including expulsion)

·      Appropriate legal action

 



 



                                                                 

 

      

         Relationships

·         No pushing, scuffling, or horseplay

·         No harassing, or name-calling

·         No P.D.A (public display of affection)

·         No Fighting (unacceptable)

 

Guidelines for Student Messages,

Packages, Flowers, Balloons, Etc.

To avoid excessive announcements, interruptions, and the overloading of office personnel, only emergency messages or packages (such as forgotten lunches, lunch money, etc.) from parents or guardians will be accepted for distribution to students during school hours. Students will be called to the office between classes only. Deliveries such as flowers, balloons, etc. will be distributed to students at the end of the school day. The school will not accept deliveries on high volume days – i.e. Valentine’s Day.

 

 

Cafeteria Guidelines and Rules for Food and Drink

·                  All food and drinks must be consumed in DESIGNATED AREAS only, unless by special permission.

·                  Eating areas are to be left clean and trash-free and trays properly returned to designed area.

·                  Visitors are not permitted in the cafeteria during lunch periods without administrative approval.

·                  Each student is to use his/her personal cafeteria number only. This number is not to be used by any other student, with or without the permission of the owner.

·                  Students must present all food and drink items to a cashier for payment. Food or drink not presented and paid for will be considered stolen, and appropriate disciplinary actions will be assigned.

·                  All school behavior guidelines should be followed during lunch.

·                  No food and drink (except water) is permitted in classrooms or other instructional areas except by special permission.

 

    Personal Communication Devices and/or Electronic Devices

 

Personal Communication Devices (PCD) and personal electronic devices including, but not limited to, cell phones, camera, recorder, CD players, iPods, MP3 players, netbooks, laptop or notebook computers or iPads may be stored in backpacks, purses, or personal carryalls. However, the use of the devices during class-time is forbidden unless approved for an academic activity by the principal or the principal’s designee. This is not intended to discourage the use of these devices for instructional purposes, but to establish parameters and appropriate oversight for their use. Improper use or storage of PCDs and electronic devices may result in confiscation of the device until it can be released directly to a student’s parents and/or guardians. A student in violation of this policy is subject to related disciplinary action.

 

Students may possess PCDs while on school property. The devices may be used before and after school. At all other times the PCD must be in the off mode. The principal or the principal’s designee may grant a student permission to use a PCD during class time for a specific academic purpose or at other times for other purposes that the principal deems appropriate.

 

Students are prohibited from taking unauthorized photographs or making unauthorized recordings of others at school, on school transportation or at school sponsored events.

 

WARNING: The taking, disseminating, transferring, or   sharing of obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfer or otherwise (commonly called texting, sexting, emailing, etc.) may constitute a CRIME under state and or/federal law.  Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs will be reported to law enforcement and/or other appropriate state or federal agencies, which may result in arrest, criminal prosecution, and LIFETIME inclusion on sexual offender registries.

To view this policy (JCBEA) in its entirety visit: www.knoxschools.org

 

Grade Reporting and Grading  Scale

All class grades are cumulative, representing all class work from beginning of the course to the date of the report.  Each successive report is not the average of previous grade reports; rather, it represents the compiled scores of all daily lessons, homework, projects, quizzes, examinations and other classroom assignments during the entire 22, 45, 67, or 90 days covered by the report. Progress reports and report cards will be distributed within 5 days of the end of the grading period.

 

                               Grade Percentage Range      

                                    A                  93 - 100               

                                    B                  85 -  92

                                    C                  75 -  84

                                    D                  70 - 74   

                                     F                    0 -  69          

 

The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment (TCAP) results will compose 15% of second semester grades in math, reading/language arts, science and social studies for students in grades 3 - 8.

 

Equal Opportunity Notice

The Knox County School System affirms that it will comply with Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Age Discrimination Act in Employment Act of 1967.

No person shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or veteran status, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance or be subjected to discrimination in employment opportunities or benefits.

 

Anyone who believes that Knox County Schools has discriminated against them or another individual may file a complaint. Knox County Schools has designated the following people to handle such grievances to comply with the law. Student complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability should be directed to the Section 504 Compliance Coordinator, Room 909 of the Andrew Johnson Building at (865) 594-1540. Complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or veteran status should be directed to the Title VI, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Room 1517 of the Andrew Johnson Building at (865) 594-1918 and/or the following:

Title VI Coordinator

Tennessee Department of Education

and/or

The Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

P.O. Box 2048, 04-3010

Atlanta, Georgia 30301-2048

Unsafe School Choice Notice

 

Under the Tennessee State Board of Education Unsafe School Choice Policy, any public school student who is the victim of a violent crime as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 40-38-11(g), or the attempt to commit one of these offenses as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 39-12-101, shall be provided an opportunity to transfer to another grade-level appropriate school within the district.

Additional information regarding this option may be obtained by contacting Brian Hartsell at 594-1502

To view this policy (JCCF) in its entirety visit: www.knoxschools.org

 

Knox Schools Statement

Of Compliance

Knox County Schools (KCS) is an equal opportunity provider of services and employment. KCS respects, celebrates and encourages diversity that positively contributes to the community. KCS believes diversity encompasses but is not limited to: ethnicity, race, gender, economic circumstances, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, education level, philosophy and geographic location.  KCS  will not discriminate or limit access to any educator, principal, student, or community member on the basis of gender, race, national origin, religion, color, disability, or age.  The participants of this proposal are reflective of the above commitment to compliance.  The resources of the Knox County Schools (TN) and their grant partners are broad in their support of the various needs of the students and families and ensure equitable access.  At a minimum, reasonable accommodations are offered as defined by federal law.  KCS will also meet the needs of participants if/when unique situations and circumstances occur.  Support services include but are not limited to hearing, speech and vision services, physical access management, health related support for various limitations, curricular differentiation and advisement for multiple skill levels and learning sites, academic mentorship, and broadly focused guidance for students.  The Knox County Schools (TN) continue to be committed in its support of all equity statues as required by Federal law and actively pursues compliance on an ongoing basis.  A formal grievance process that is open and accessible has been established for monitoring compliance and addressing concerns.  Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be made to the Knox County Schools, director of Human Resources, 912 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN  37902.

                                                                                                

 

    

Knox County Board of Education

Civility Code    BK 4/11

PHILOSOPHY OF PERSONAL CONDUCT

 

It is the intent of the Board to promote mutual respect, civility and orderly conduct among district employees, parents and the general public. This policy provides rules of conduct that both permit and encourage participation in school activities and communication between parents, community members and school district personnel. This policy also identifies those behaviors that are considered inappropriate and disruptive to the operation of a school or other school district facilities.  It is not the intent of the Board to deprive any person of his or her right to freedom of expression.

EXPECTATIONS:

Students, faculty, staff, parents, guardians and all other members of the community shall:

1.   Treat one another with courtesy and respect at all times.

2.   Take responsibility for one’s actions.

3.   Be cooperative, to the greatest extent possible, toward one another and in solving problems based on what is in the best interest of students.

4.   Refrain from behavior that threatens or attempts to disrupt school or school district operations; physically harms someone; intentionally causes damage; employs loud or offensive language, gestures, or profanity; or inappropriately shows a display of temper.

 

RESPONSE TO UNCIVIL BEHAVIOR

The Board does not condone a lack of civility by anyone, and recognizes the following appropriate administrative avenues for aggrieved parties to seek action or redress.

1.  A student who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should report such behavior to the appropriate building level administrator.

2.  A parent, guardian or community member who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should report such behavior to the staff member’s immediate supervisor or the student’s appropriate building level administrator.

3.  An employee who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should address the concern through the appropriate supervisory chain. If personal harm is threatened, the employee shall notify their supervisor and may also contact law enforcement. If a communication such as voice mail or e-mail or any type of written communication is demeaning, abusive, threatening or obscene the employee is not obligated to respond.

4.  Any visitor on school district property who has breached this Civility Code may be directed to leave the premises by an administrator or security officer. If such person does not immediately and willingly leave, law enforcement may be called.

                                                                                                     

Knox County Schools

2015 – 2016 Calendar

 

Aug. 10                   First Day for Students (1/2 day)

Sept.   7                  Labor Day Holiday – no school

Sept.   9                 End 4 ½ weeks grading period

Sept. 17                  Constitution Day

Sept. 28                  Student Holiday-Inservice Day

Oct.    9                   End first 9-week grading period

Oct. 12-13               Fall Break

Nov.  13                  End 4 ½ weeks grading period

Nov. 25-27              Thanksgiving Holidays

Dec.   18                 End second 9-week grading period (1/2 day for students)

Dec. 21-Jan. 1        Winter Holidays

Jan.   4                    Student Holiday – Administrative Day    

Jan.   5                    First Day for Students

Jan. 18                    Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Holiday

Feb.   5                    End 4 ½ weeks grading period

Feb. 15                    Student Holiday- Inservice

Mar.   1                    Student Holiday- Inservice

Mar.  11                   End of third 9-week grading period

Mar. 13                    Student Holiday – Inservice

Mar. 14-18              Spring Break

Mar.  25                   Good Friday – Holiday

April 20                   End 4 ½ weeks grading period

May  19                   Last Day for Students (1/2 day)

End fourth 9-week grading period

May  20                   Administrative Day

 

 

 

 

KCS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TESTING DATES 2015-2016

 

 

STAR – Universal Screener Assessment #1

                    

 

8/31-9/18/2015 (window)

 

STAR – Universal Screener Assessment #2

 

 

1/5-22/2016 (window)

 

TN Ready RLA and Math Part I               (3rd-5th)

 

2/8-3/4/2016 (window)

 

Social Studies Part I                                   (3rd-5th)

 

 

2/8-3/4/2016 (window)

 

ACCESS for ELL (WIDA)        (K-5th ELL Students)

 

 

3/7-4/8/2016 (window)

 

TN Ready RLA and Math Part II              (3rd-5th)

 

4/18-5/13/2016 (window)

 

Social Studies Part II                                 (3rd5th)

 

 

4/18-5/13/2016 (window)

 

Science  (paper)                                   (3rd-5th)

5/4/2016

5/5/2016 (makeup)

 

STAR – Universal Screener Assessment #3

 

 

5/2-18/2016

 


 

KCS MIDDLE SCHOOL TESTING DATES 2015-2016

 

STAR – Universal Screener Assessment #1

                    

 

8/31-9/18/2015 (window)

 

ACT EXPLORE

(School chooses any one day in window)                    

 

10/5-9/2015

 

 

MS Honors Midterms

 

 12/15-16/2015

 

STAR – Universal Screener Assessment #2

 

 

1/5-22/2016 (window)

 

TN Ready RLA and Math Part I             (6th-8th)

 

2/8-3/4/2016 (window)

 

Social Studies Part I                           (6th-8th)

 

 

2/8-3/4/2016 (window)

 

ACCESS for ELL (WIDA)   (6th-8th ELL Students)

 

 

3/7-4/8/2016 (window)

 

TN Ready RLA and Math Part II            (6th-8th)

 

4/18-5/13/2016 (window)

 

Social Studies Part II                                (6th-8th)

 

 

4/18-5/13/2016 (window)

Science (paper)                                         (6th-8th)

5/4/2016

5/5/2016 (makeup)

 

STAR – Universal Screener Assessment #3

 

 

5/2-18/2016

 

MS Finals for HS Credit Courses

 

5/3-13/2016

 

*EOC subjects will follow the same Math and Science timelines above

KCS HIGH SCHOOL TESTING DATES 2015-2016

 

ACT PLAN

(School chooses any one day in window)

 

9/14-18/2015

 

PSAT (for participating students/schools)

 

 

10/14 or 28/2015

TN Ready Part I                 Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra 2,          

 Fall Block                                  English 9, English 10, English 11

11/2-20/2015 (window)        

Social Studies Part I                                 US History

Fall Block                                 

 

11/2-20/2015 (window)        

TN Ready Part II                Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra 2,          

 Fall Block                          English 9, English 10, English 11

11/30-12/18/2015 (window)       

Social Studies Part II                              US History

Fall Block                                 

 

11/30-12/18/2015 (window)       

Biology and Chemistry EOC

Fall Block

12/9/2015

12/10/2015 (makeup)

Fall Term Local EOC

12/16-17/2015

TN Ready Part I                 Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra 2,          

 Year Long                         English 9, English 10, English 11

2/8-3/4/2016 (window)        

Social Studies Part I                               US History

Year Long and Spring Block                                 

 

2/8-3/4/2016 (window)        

ACCESS for ELL (WIDA)          (9th-12th ELL Students)

3/7-4/8/2016 (window)

TN Ready Part I                Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra 2,          

 Spring Block                   English 9, English 10, English 11

4/11-29/2016 (window)       

TN Ready Part II                Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra 2,          

 Year Long                        English 9, English 10, English 11

4/18-5/13/2016 (window)        

Social Studies Part II                             US History

Year Long and Spring Block                                 

 

4/18-5/13/2016 (window)       

 

ACT – Statewide Date      (11th grade- voucher only)

 

 

4/19/2016

TN Ready Part II                Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra 2,          

 Spring Block                  English 9, English 10, English 11

4/25-5/13/2016 (window)       

AP Testing (for participating students)

5/2-13/2016

Biology and Chemistry

Spring Block and Year Long

5/4/2016

5/5/2016 (makeup)

Spring Term Local EOC

5/17-18/2016

 

 

 

 

 

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