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RAS Tiger

Ralph Askins School

2017-2018 Handbook

 

Dear Parents and Families of Ralph Askins School,


Whether you are new to Ralph Askins or a veteran Tiger, we welcome you to a great year of learning together. It's a new beginning, a fresh start, and a chance to enjoy the challenges and successes of learning and growing together. In this document you will find information regarding school procedures and behavioral expectations. At Ralph Askins, we value and maintain high academic and behavioral expectations for our students. The learning that takes place by our students each day represents building blocks that ensure future successes. We take this responsibility very seriously and want you to know that we are committed to the success of every child. Our highly qualified staff strives each day to challenge every child to reach their educational and personal goals.


Understanding that educating our children is a team effort, we believe your participation is essential in order for each child to reach his/her fullest potential. Ways in which you can participate and show your child that you place a high value in their education include volunteering within the classroom and joining our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Your involvement also includes setting time aside for homework, open communication between parent, student, and teacher, and supporting the high behavior and academic standards set by our teachers and staff.


Our priority is to maintain a safe and healthy school environment for all students. In order to do this, we ask that you carefully read the handbook and clearly communicate the academic standards and behavior expectations with your child. For the success of all students, it is important that your child clearly understands expectations and potential consequences. The four pages in the back of the handbook need to be signed and returned to your child's teacher.


As always, I am available if you have any other questions or concerns. I welcome your visits, telephone calls, or e-mails. Feel free to contact me at 433-4319 or jonesb@fcsboe.org to make an appointment to meet with me. The staff and I look forward to a great year ahead with you and your family. Thank you again for choosing Ralph Askins School for your child's learning adventure!

Sincerely,

Bridgette Jones
Bridgette Jones, Ed.D.
Principal

 

Ralph Askins School 2017-2018 Calendar

August 7 First day of school
August 14 First full day for Pre-K & Kindergarden
September 4 Labor Day (Holiday)
September 21 Parent Teacher Conferences (3:30PM - 6:30PM)
October 9-13 Fall Break
October 16 Second 9 weeks begins
October 27 Fall Blast
November 20-24 Thanksgiving Holidays
December 20 Abbreviated Day - end of 2nd 9 weeks
December 21 - Jan. 4              Winter Break
January 5 Third 9 weeks begins
January 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 25 Parent Teacher Conferences (3:30PM - 6:30PM)
February 19 President's Day
March 12-16 Spring Break
March 19 Fourth 9 weeks begins
March 30 Good Friday
May 18 Tiger Tracks
May 23 Last day of school - abbreviated day

 

*Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten classes will be staggered the first five days of school.


*Buses will run at approximately 9:30 a.m. on abbreviated school days.


*Please remember that the Fayetteville City system operates separately from the Lincoln County School system.


*Remember to listen specifically for announcements concerning school closings because of inclement weather conditions for Fayetteville City Schools on WEKR AM and WYTM FM radio stations as well as the school website, school Facebook page, and school Twitter account.

Office Staff

Principal Dr. Bridgette Jones
Assistant Principal Sissy Parks
Assistant Principal Brett Spray
School Counselor Jennifer Hale
Bookkeeper Melodie Dye
Secretary Tara Painter
Attendance Secretary Rita Jobe
School Nurse Marijoan Croft
Computer Technician Tammy Williams
Ralph Askins School Office           931-433-5311 or 931-433-4319
Ralph Askins Fax 931-433-0513
F.A.S.T. Office 931-433-0513
Superintendent's Office 931-433-4473 or 931-433-5542

 

Ralph Askins Instructional Staff   2017-2018

Debra Barnes Pre-Kindergarten
Sarah Branch Pre-Kindergarten
Tami Darnell Pre-Kindergarten
Kelly King Pre-Kindergarten
Beverly Norman Pre-Kindergarten
Kayla Camp Kindergarten
Amanda Moses Kindergarten
Jean Netherland Kindergarten
Melanie Pitcock Kindergarten
Blake Smith Kindergarten
Sara Tyhuis Kindergarten
Brittany Barnett 1st Grade
Julie Higgins 1st Grade
Briana Mann 1st Grade
Tiffany McKee 1st Grade
Shana Smith 1st Grade
Tori Young 1st Grade
Marcia Cannon 2nd Grade
Ashlee Fugate 2nd Grade
Katie Henderson 2nd Grade
Janet Steelman 2nd Grade
Jenny Toon 2nd Grade
Amber Wright 2nd Grade
Linda Bryant 3rd Grade
Anna Buettner 3rd Grade
Hillary Lenoir 3rd Grade
Missy Pace 3rd Grade
Annette Wilkerson            3rd Grade
Carrie Bradford 4th Grade (Math)
Heather Bradley 4th Grade (Math)
Erinn Cunningham 4th Grade (ELA)
Daniel Henderson 4th Grade (Science/SS)
Tim Hobbs 4th Grade (Science/SS)
Debbie Lynch 4th Grade (ELA)
Karrie Pittenger Librarian/Media Specialist
Natalie Bolton Special Education Teacher
Laura Roland Special Education Teacher
Christine Tuten Special Education Teacher
Matt Camp P.E. Teacher
Chris Davis P.E. Teacher
Louis Steakley P.E. Tecaher
Constance Dulin RTI Teacher
Rhonda Harris RTI Teacher
Angela Hobbs RTI Teacher
Amber Mefford Speech Therapist
Susan Miller Speech Therapist
Rose Murray ESL Teacher
Lisa Adams Music Teacher
Lyguyia Lance Art Teacher

 

Ralph Askins Support Staff    2017-2018

Holly Blankstrom PreK Assistant
Gail Curtis PreK Assistant
Rosalind Lindsey PreK Assistant
Elizabeth Sloan PreK Assistant
Tina Sloan PreK Assistant
Kassidy Dangerfield Special Ed Assistant
Janet Hale Special Ed Assistant
Rachel Owen Special Ed Assistant
Donna Summers Special Ed Assistant
Stephanie Wagster Cafeteria Manager
Brandy Couch Cafeteria Staff
Ena Bradford Cafeteria Staff
Angelia Britton Cafeteria Staff
Teresa Dangerfield Cafeteria Staff
Heather Ragsdale Cafeteria Staff
Faye Welch Cafeteria Staff
Gladys Askins Educational Assistant
Laura Buchanan Educational Assistant
Leah Long Educational Assistant
Sharon McNeal Educational Assistant
Anthony Bailey Custodian
Cherry Kelley Custodian
Karen Springman Custodian
Dorinda Wilson Custodian


Dear Parents,


The Ralph Askins Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) would like to welcome you to our school. For those of you who are unfamiliar with us, we are a volunteer organization made up of parents, teachers, administrators, and support staff who are all dedicated to the successful education of our children. The RAS PTO works hard to help make the school year both enjoyable and exciting for students, teachers, and parents.


The purpose of the organization is to aid the students and staff by providing support and recreational needs. The PTO uses its resources, both manpower and monetary, to support all the efforts of the staff of our school. A large part of the PTO time is spent on fundraising so that we are able to expand teachers' resources in the classroom.

We are always looking for volunteers!

We are looking forward to meeting families, parents, and grandparents that would like to get involved with PTO this school year. We encourage you to get involved with the RAS PTO. Everything we do is based on volunteers and we are always looking for those of you to help make a difference in the lives of our children. Every positive imprint we make on our children can go a long, long way. If you are able to give some time, day or evenings, please join us! Many hands make the job easier.

You can participate and help us make 2017-18 a great school year. We will need as many volunteers as possible, and are very flexible. Our group meets approximately once a month to discuss events, plan fundraisers to enhance all programs, and share ideas for the year. This is a wonderful way to find out what is happening at school.


We look forward to getting to know you!

RAS PTO BOARD 2017-2018

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Fayetteville City Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employment Agency. This system conforms to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Equal Opportunities Act of 1974. This system assures under Title VI and Title IX that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, gender, or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. The Fayetteville City School Board's policy outlines the complaint/grievance procedure to assure that these rights are protected under State and Federal law. Any suggestions for the planning or implementation of these programs should be submitted to Dr. Janine Wilson, Director of Schools, at the following address:


Fayetteville City Schools
110A South Elk Avenue
Fayetteville, TN 37334
(931)433-5542 or (931)433-4473

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

The mission of Ralph Askins School is to teach all students to
believe in themselves and do their best at all times.


MOTTO STATEMENT:

Reaching All Students

 

SCHOOL REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES


7:00-7:50 MORNING DROP OFF
The front and rear main lobby entrances will be open and supervision will begin at 7:00 a.m. for all
students (PLEASE do not drop children off earlier. Parents are strongly encouraged to register for our
F.A.S.T. program if this is necessary.) ALL traffic should enter from either the Third Avenue entrance
OR the Kiwanis Park entrance in a single line and proceed in that line of traffic until reaching one of the
above named entrances. At that time, the student can exit the vehicle and safely enter the school.
PLEASE do NOT drop off any child at other parts of the parking lot and allow him/her to walk
through traffic to enter the building! No loitering in or outside the building before, during, or after
school hours to ensure the safety of our students and staff.


7:40-8:05 MORNING DROP OFF

•Parents of Pre-Kindergarten students will park on Second Avenue and enter the building from the
canopy entrance of the PreK hallway which is the second canopy if you are coming from Second
Avenue. Doors open at 7:40 a.m. Due to a state mandated adult sign-in requirement, ONLY parents of
Pre-Kindergarten students are allowed to enter the building without entering the main lobby. ALL
other parents wishing to enter the building should park in the designated visitor parking area and
enter through the main lobby.


•Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third grade car riders should be dropped off at either main lobby
entrance from 7:50-8:05.
•After 7:45, Fourth Grade car riders will enter from Second Avenue (the Kiwanis Park entrance) and
follow the line of traffic, proceeding to the rear of the annex parking lot. Your child may enter the
annex building when you arrive at the main entrance to the annex. PLEASE do not allow your child to
exit your vehicle prior to reaching this designated entrance.


AFTERNOON PICK-UP
•Pre-Kindergarten car riders will be dismissed at 2:15 from the first canopy as you enter from Third
Avenue and turn to the right. (Any student not picked up by 2:45 will be taken to F.A.S.T.)
•Kindergarten and First Grade car riders will be dismissed at 3:05 from the second canopy as you enter
from Third Avenue and turn to the right.
•Second and Third Grade car riders will be dismissed at 3:05 from the west "3 rd Grade" ramp. All of
this traffic should enter from Second Avenue (the Kiwanis Park entrance).
•Fourth Grade car riders (and all other annex car riders) will be dismissed at 3:05 from the main
entrance of the annex. This traffic should also enter from Second Avenue.
•We allow older siblings to go the the designated car rider line of their younger siblings and all children
can be picked up in that line.


The K-4 th Grade school day ends at 3:05 p.m. ALL students who are car riders, walkers, bus riders or
F.A.S.T. participants will be dismissed with the appropriate bells. Children habitually left at school
after 4:00 will be transferred to the F.A.S.T. program and parents will be charged accordingly. Please
be prompt in picking up students in the afternoon.

TRANSPORTATION
If a student wishes to take advantage of bus transportation, please contact the bus supervisor, Ron
Perrin at 931-433-4473 or 931-433-5542 to obtain the correct information on the schedule and bus
number for morning and afternoon. All bus riders are supervised each morning upon arrival and have
the opportunity to purchase a breakfast. They are then allowed to proceed to their classrooms at 7:50.
In the afternoon, each bus rider is dismissed to the main gym where he/she is supervised until their
specified bus arrives.


If your child will need to ride home with someone different or ride a different bus, YOU MUST SEND A NOTE with the following information: 1)Name of person making request, 2) Telephone number
where you can be reached, 3)Address where student will be going. We WILL NOT allow a child to
change his/her regular dismissal routine unless YOU notify the school in advance with a note or
phone call including the information above. Please call the school prior to 1:00pm if you need to
make a transportation change so we have time to notify the teacher and students of the change.
After this time, your request may be denied. We always need to have the most up to date contact
information including phone number and address so that we can reach you at all times. Please make sure that your contact information is kept current. We don't want to have an emergency with your child and not be able to reach you.


ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL - If a student is absent from school for any reason, it is necessary to give
notice to the school. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to call and let the school know the reason for
the absence. When the student returns, they MUST have a note from the parent or health care
professional to verify the absence within 3 days of that absence. An accumulation of more than 5
excused absences is considered excessive. A student who accumulates over 5 excused absences will be
required to bring a doctor's note each day that he/she is absent thereafter. Any absences beyond this
must be approved by the principal in order to be considered excused. If the student does not turn in a
doctor's note, the absence will be considered unexcused. When the student accumulates over 5
unexcused absences, an attendance referral will be filed.


Absences may be excused for the following reasons:
1. Personal illness
2. Illness of immediate family member
3. Death in the family
4. Extreme weather conditions
5. Religious observances
6. School activities
7. Other circumstances cleared in advance with the principal


LATE TO SCHOOL AND EARLY CHECK-OUTS
The school day begins promptly at 8:05 a.m. TARDINESS RESULTS IN THE LOSS OF VALUABLE
LEARNING TIME. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO HAVE YOUR CHILD AT SCHOOL ON TIME.
Any
student arriving after 8:05 A.M. MUST be signed in by an adult through the main office. Under no circumstances should a late student go directly to any classroom. After 5 unexcused tardy check-ins
or early check-outs a meeting with the principal will be requested. A student will NOT receive a
perfect attendance certificate unless ALL tardy issues are excused.
A doctor's note or principal
approval will be considered an excused tardy. A child that is late due to oversleeping or missing the
bus will NOT be considered excused.
Any student checking out for any reason must sign out through
the main office. Any student returning to school the same day must sign back in through the office.

ALL visitors MUST sign in through the main office and wear the appropriate identifying badge. (See
Fayetteville City Board Policy A 15)


F.A.S.T

F.A.S.T. provides early morning care from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m. and after school care from 3:00 to 6:00
p.m. Please contact the F.A.S.T. office at 931-433-0513 if you need these services.


HEALTH SERVICES
A Student Health History completed by the parent will be requested for each student upon initial
enrollment. Parents will be asked to make an appointment with the school nurse and principal to
discuss any specific or serious health conditions, or change in the child's health status or change in
medication.


Medication Guidelines
Any medication taken during school hours should be limited to that which is necessary to maintain a
child in school. No school official or teacher will routinely assist in the self-medication of a student
except in unique situations in which a child's health is dependent upon medical aid. To help ensure
safety and accountability, the child will be supervised during self-administration of medication and
written feedback will be forwarded to the parent/guardian regarding any problems.

If, under exceptional circumstances, a child is required to take medication during school hours and the
parent, guardian, or school nurse is not available to administer the medication, only the principal or
the principal's designee will assist in self-administration of the medication.

NO MEDICATION WILL BE SUPPLIED BY THE SCHOOL OR SCHOOL SYSTEM. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY
OF A STUDENT'S PARENT/GUARDIAN TO SUPPLY ANY MEDICATION TO BE TAKEN DURING SCHOOL
HOURS, FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES OF THIS POLICY.

A. Prescription Medication
All prescription drugs to be taken at school shall be prescribed by a licensed prescriber on an individual
basis and must comply with the following:
(a) must be delivered to the principal's office by the parent/guardian of the student at which
time the amount of medication will be recorded by school personnel
(b) must be brought in the original pharmacy-labeled container and shall display:

● Child's name
● Prescription number
● Medication name and dosage
● Administration route or other directions
● Date
● Licensed prescriber's name
● Pharmacy name, address and phone number
(c) A physician's order and consent form signed by the parent/guardian must be on file at the
school prior to any prescription medication being taken by the student. Also, any change in
prescription medication must be authorized in writing by the licensed prescriber and signed
by the parent/guardian.


All prescriptions for long-term medications shall be reviewed at least annually.

B. Over-the-Counter (OTC) or Non-prescription Medication
All non-prescription drugs taken at school shall comply with the following:
(a) must be delivered to the principal's office by the parent/guardian of the student at which
time the amount of medication will be recorded by school personnel
(b) must be brought in the manufacturer's original container with the ingredients listed and the
child's name affixed to the container
(c) require a signed parent/guardian request which shall include (refer to prescription meds.
Part B)
If the child is required to take non-prescription medication on a long-term basis, the parent/guardian
should indicate this in writing.

ALL UNUSED MEDICATION (PRESCRIPTION AND NON PRESCRIPTION) SHOULD BE PICKED UP BY THE
PARENT/GUARDIAN WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS OF NOTIFICATION OR IT WILL BE DESTROYED.

C. Short-term Medication
If a student is required to take prescription or non prescription medication on a short-term basis (for
example, 1-2 weeks), scheduling doses before and after school hours is recommended.

D. Medical Procedures/Treatment
All procedures/treatments require written orders by a licensed practitioner and signed parental
consent prior to the procedure being performed in the school setting by licensed personnel. If a
student self-performs a medical treatment or procedure, a designated area shall be provided to ensure
the student's privacy. All other healthcare procedures not performed by the student with or without
assistance must be performed by a licensed healthcare professional/school nurse.

E. Unauthorized Medication
A student's possession of any unauthorized medication with the exception of inhalers for asthmatic
conditions could be considered a zero tolerance offense.

F. Exemptions By Law
Tennessee law permits certain emergency procedures to be performed by school personnel with
appropriate training. Those laws include T.C.A. 68-140-510 training for epinephrine injections which
allows any lay person who has been trained to administer epinephrine and the amendment to T.C. A.
49-5-415 regarding Glucagon administration. It states that school personnel who volunteer and have
been properly trained may administer Glucagon in emergency situations. No school system is required
to have volunteer school staff trained. Fayetteville City Schools will not use volunteers. Each school
shall have a plan of action in case of such an emergency. The school nurse will be responsible for
handling any emergency of this nature and the plan of action will be used if the nurse is not in the
building.

Illness, Injury or Accident
If the child becomes sick, injured or involved in an accident while at school, the parent will be notified
of the extent of the illness, injury or accident. He/she will be admitted to the school health clinic for
assessment and evaluation. In cases of extreme emergency the following steps will be implemented,
unless otherwise instructed by parent/guardian:
● attempt to contact parent/guardian or emergency contact listed on school record
● if illness, injury or accident is life-threatening, emergency assistance (911) will be contacted and
child will be transferred to the nearest healthcare facility
● continued efforts will be made to contact parent/guardian, along with the child's physician, in
order that the child may receive the best possible care

Head Lice
In order to avoid an outbreak of head lice, each child will be checked periodically to determine the
presence or absence of lice. This procedure ensures that our school continues to provide a safe and
healthy environment. If a child should be found to be infested, the parent/guardian will be notified by
a school official and must pick up the child within two hours of notification.

In order for the child to return to school, the following steps must be completed:
1. proof of lice treatment must be presented to a school official
2. student must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to the school office to be checked
3. student must be lice and "nit" (lice eggs) free before returning to the classroom

Written instruction and verbal information about the treatment and prevention of future outbreaks of
head lice will be provided to the parent/guardian.

Other Contagious Diseases
Schools appear to be the perfect place for contagious childhood diseases such as chicken pox, pink eye,
flu, colds, rashes, strep throat, viral infections, etc. In order to minimize these health problems, we ask
that students do not attend school when contagious. The nurse or school official will determine if a
child needs to be dismissed from school because of illness. Parents will be called and will be required
to pick up their child within two hours of of the phone call. The student must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
Periodically the school holds emergency fire, tornado, bomb threat, earthquake and intruder drills. On
and off, repeated sounds from the alarm system will signal immediate evacuation of the building.
Continuous sounding of the bell is the signal for a shelter drill. All students take shelter inside as
directed by the teacher. A Crisis Plan is in place. (See Fayetteville City Board Policy F8A)

BOOKSTORE
Our bookstore is open each day for the students to purchase the special writing paper for first and
second grade. The students will come in the main office where someone will help them purchase the
paper. The price at this time is $1.25.

TELEPHONE
Students must have written permission from the teacher to use the telephone for outgoing calls.
Messages will be taken in the office and given to students on incoming calls.

PARENTS VISITING FOR LUNCH AND PARTIES
Parents are welcome and encouraged to come and eat lunch with their child. You may eat with your
child only.
Parents are welcome to purchase an adult meal in the cafeteria. Please notify the cafeteria
that morning at 433-4001 so that you will be included in the count.
Carbonated beverages are
prohibited during school hours. Birthday parties are limited to a maximum of one per month per
classroom. These will be coordinated by the teacher and approved by the principal. Any other party
must be approved by the principal. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in classrooms to assist
teachers, but are not allowed to stay in the classrooms as visitors as we do not want to distract
students from their work. If you need to speak with your child's teacher, please call the school or
message the teacher to make an appointment. Teachers are available before and after school and
during their planning period, but cannot be pulled out of class other times during the school day.

If you should send balloons or a large floral arrangement for your child's birthday or any other
occasion, for safety reasons, we will NOT be able to allow your child to carry these on the bus in the
afternoon. (Flowers must NOT be sent in glass containers.)

INVITATIONS
No invitations should be passed out in the classroom unless all children in that class are going to
receive one.

SNOW DAYS AND INCLEMENT WEATHER
If schools are closed due to inclement weather, the director of schools will have it announced over the
local radio stations (WEKR and WYTM-FM.) Please note that you will be listening for the Fayetteville
City Schools, not the Lincoln County Schools.
If bad weather develops during the day, parents should
listen to the radio for possible announcements of school closings. Our F.A.S.T. program will attempt to be in session on snow days from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or until every child has been signed out by
parents or guardian. We ask that you pick your child up as early as possible to ensure the safety of our
F.A.S.T. staff. We also provide the school messenger robocall to the custodial parent only when school
is releasing early due to weather. Phone numbers need to be kept current so parents will receive the
call. Also, check our school's Facebook and Twitter pages for information on school closings.

FEES
Ralph Askins is requesting parents of students in grades Kindergarten thru 4 th Grade pay $20.00 to
cover various classroom supplies. Teachers may have specific requests for materials which they feel
will make an impact on learning.

CAFETERIA
Ralph Askins has a breakfast and lunch program. A balanced breakfast is served from 7:25 to 7:50 a.m.
only. Lunch is served from 10:45 until 1:00. Daily meal costs are:


Regular       Reduced
Breakfast $1.25 $0.30
Lunch $2.50 $0.40
Breakfast/Lunch       $3.75 $0.70
Extra Milk $0.35
Extra Juice $0.50
Visitors $3.50

 

An automated computer system is used for the purchase of school breakfast and lunch. Advanced
purchase of breakfasts and lunches will be accepted on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday in the
cafeteria. Meals can be purchased weekly, monthly, or yearly through the computer program being
used. Any remaining money in your child's account will be refunded at the end of the school year.
(You will be receiving additional information about our online payment system.)

District Cafeteria Supervisor     Ron Perrin    931-433-4473 or 931-433-5542
Askins Cafeteria Manager Stephanie Wagster    931-433-4001 


Free and reduced breakfast and lunch forms are available for each child. If you wish to apply for free
or reduced meals any time during the school year, please complete an application and return it to the
school as soon as possible.

BOARD CAFETERIA CHARGE POLICY
All students are required to have advanced payment or cash for the day when coming through the
cafeteria line. If a student or staff member forgets his/her lunch money or a lunch payment runs out,
they will be allowed three (3) charges before they will not be allowed a lunch.
ANY CHARGE MUST
BE PAID IN FULL AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE!
(Report Cards will NOT be issued to students with
outstanding lunch debts.) A report of student and staff member charges will be sent out on a regular
basis.

REPORT CARDS
Report cards are issued every nine weeks. They are to be signed by a parent or guardian and returned.
This does not mean that the parent approves or disapproves of the report, only that he/she has seen it.
If your child's report card is lost, notify the school office in writing . A duplicate card will be sent home
for signing. A charge of $1.00 is made for lost cards.

GRADING POLICY
This school believes that the issuance of grades serves to promote continuous evaluation of student
performance, to inform the student and parents of student progress, and to provide a basis for causing
needed changes in student performance. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten use a report card
checklist. First Grade will use the a number grade for Reading, Math, and Spelling and letters G for
Good, S for Satisfactory, I for Improving, N for Needs improvement, and U for Unsatisfactory for other
subject areas. In addition, teachers will have averaged grades of individual work to substantiate the
letter assignment. Second, Third and Fourth Grades use the state grading system. Grades are
expressed by numerical values with corresponding letter grades according to Tennessee's uniform
grading policy. The numerical values are equivalent to the following letter grades:

A     (93-100)        D    (70-74)
B (85-92)     F

   (below 70)

C (75-84)     I    Incomplete

Fayetteville City School System's Honor Roll Requirements are the following:
95 - 100 is High Honors and 90 - 94 is Honors

CHILD CUSTODY/PARENTAL ACCESS - (See Fayetteville City Board Policy F 1 C)
No principal or teacher shall permit a change in the physical custody of a child at school unless:
The person seeking custody of the child presents the school official with a certified copy of a valid court
order from a Tennessee court designating the person who has custody of the child. The person seeking
custody gives the school official reasonable advance notice of his/her intent to take custody of the
child at school.

GUIDANCE
All students have regularly scheduled group guidance classes. Individual guidance and counseling is
available on a referral basis. Students are welcome to come by the Guidance Office during available
times. Parents may also make appointments to talk with the counselor.

TEXTBOOKS
Students are responsible for the care of books and will be charged for damage or loss of books. Lost
and found books should be reported or turned in to the office.

DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY
Students and their parents/guardians shall be held responsible for damage to equipment or school
property including textbooks, library books, buses, and supplies. The administration will assess a proper amount for such damages. A receipt will be issued when payment is made and money will be turned over to the bookkeeper for deposit in proper accounts.

ASBESTOS
According to regulations set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency 40-CFR 763 Subpart F
Asbestos in Schools Rule, all Fayetteville City Schools buildings are inspected regularly. Plans may be
found in the principal's office of each building upon your request.

STUDENT DRESS CODE
All students and employees are expected to dress appropriately for school. Dress should be modest
and shall in no way interfere with the learning process, safety, or well-being of self or others.

IN MATTERS OF OPINION REGARDING "APPROPRIATE" DRESS, THE JUDGEMENT OF THE
ADMINISTRATION SHALL PREVAIL .

Clothing
1. Shorts, dresses, skirts, etc. must be longer than where the students fingertips touch the skin when
the student is standing up.
2. If tank tops, mesh tops, sheer tops, or strap-type tops/dresses are worn, they must be worn over or
under shirts.
3. Pants, shorts, skirts, etc. must be worn at the waistline.
4. Clothing must be within approximately one size of the student's actual size.
5. No sagging or baggy pants may be worn.
6. No clothing or accessories that advertise alcohol, tobacco, drugs, violence, or that bear negative or
profane messages will be allowed.
7. No bare midriffs, low necklines, tube tops, tight-fitting or revealing apparel may be worn.
8. No caps, hats, hoods, bandannas, sunglasses, headbands, or head covering of any kind may be
worn in the building.

Accessories/Jewelry
1. All body piercing jewelry will be limited to the ear.
2. Large chains may not be worn.
3. Drug or weapon medallions may not be worn.
4. Any jewelry that distracts from the educational process may not be worn.

Coats/Jackets
1. Long topcoats, such as trench coats and dusters, may not be worn.
2. Coats must be put in lockers immediately upon entering the building.
3. ALL coats, jackets, sweaters, etc. MUST be clearly labeled.

Shoes
Shoes are to be worn at all times. Students should wear or have tennis shoes at school for days that they have PE in the gym.

Symbols
Bringing or wearing symbols which promote racial or social discord or which are related to gang activity
is specifically prohibited.

Administrative Discretion
The Administration reserves the right to address appearance which is deemed distracting to the
educational setting.

Consequences for failure to follow the system's dress code

First Offense: Parents will be notified and the child will be allowed to change clothes and remain in the
regular school setting.
Second Offense: The second offense will result in an administrative conference.

SCHOOL WIDE CONDUCT RULES
So that all teachers will be able to handle routine disciplinary problems consistently, we have
established a list of some conduct violations for which students will always be held accountable.
1. Unexcused absence
2. Being late to school, class, or activity and doing class work
3. Being out of class without permission
4. Failing to bring in class assignments
5. No toys are to be brought to school.
6. Running, pushing, or shoving in classrooms, halls, or on the way to the bus
7. Failing to sign in or to sign out when arriving late or when leaving before dismissal
8. Cheating or misrepresentation
9. Lack of cooperation with peers and school staff
10. Bathroom misbehavior
11. No harassment or bullying of any kind will be tolerated by Fayetteville City Schools
11. Students under the age of eighteen (18) shall not possess personal communication devices while on school property. If a student brings a phone to school, he/she may leave it in the office for
safekeeping and may pick up before they leave that afternoon.

Fighting will result in a very severe disciplinary action. The nature of punishment will be determined by
the degree of involvement of each individual. The one who makes the initial physical contact shall be
considered the one most responsible.

In cases involving more serious infractions of school rules and regulations, teachers have been
instructed to bring those students to the Principal or Assistant Principal for disciplinary action. An in
school suspension (ISS) program is available for students who are habitual offenders or commit an
infraction that requires isolation.

*Ralph Askins School is NOT responsible for lost or stolen cell phones
Students who are found with cell phones
1. First offense - student will be warned.
2. Second offense - parent or guardian will be asked to pick up phone.
3. Third offense - cell phone will be kept until the end of the school year.

BUS REGULATIONS
CONDUCT: You are expected to exercise good judgment and practice all rules of good citizenship and
safety while on the school bus. REMEMBER that the driver is in charge and students should obey all
instructions. Remember, too, the principal or principal designee has the option of not allowing you
to ride the bus if you cannot behave.

Riding the school bus is a privilege provided by the school system. Inappropriate behavior on the bus
or while waiting on the bus can lead to suspension from riding. The time of suspension will be
determined by the administrator.

Bus rules are as follows:
1. Stay in your seat.
2. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
3. Keep head, hands, and feet inside the bus.
4. Cooperate with the driver.
5. Be courteous and use no profane language.
6. Do not be destructive.*
7. Keep the bus clean.
8. No excessive loud noises.

*Any student causing damage to a seat will automatically be suspended for a minimum of 2 weeks AND be required to pay a $50 replacement fee before he/she is allowed to ride any bus.

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT
Corporal punishment may be used in a reasonable manner by the faculty in extreme cases of student
misconduct. A witness will be present during the administering of corporal punishment. A disciplinary
form will be completed by the person administering the corporal punishment.

SUSPENSION
State law authorizes any principal of a public school in Tennessee to suspend a pupil from attendance
at school, from any school activities, or from riding a school bus, for good and sufficient reasons. After
such suspension by the principal, the student may make application for readmission to school as
provided by Tennessee State School Law. (See Fayetteville City Guidelines for Behavior and Discipline)

FAYETTEVILLE CITY SCHOOLS GUIDELINES FOR BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE
In order to provide a school environment where students want to learn and teachers want to teach,
the Fayetteville City Board of Education has established Guidelines for Behavior and Discipline.
Teachers, administrators or any school personnel are authorized to take just and reasonable measures
to establish effective school discipline. The authority to control student behavior shall extend to buses and all activities of the school. Each school principal shall be responsible for implementation and
administration in his/her school. He/She shall apply the Guidelines for Behavior and Discipline
uniformly and fairly to each student at the school without partiality or discrimination.

STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE PUNISHMENT RANGING FROM A VERBAL REPRIMAND TO THE
ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY BEING APPLIED DEPENDING ON THE SEVERITY AND NATURE OF THE
MISBEHAVIOR. INFRACTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

1. Assaulting a principal, teacher, student or any school employee with vulgar, obscene or
threatening language;
2. The use of disrespectful, vulgar, obscene, or threatening language;
3. Immoral or disreputable conduct toward another student, a principal, teacher, or any school
employee;
4. Engaging in fighting;
5. Violence or threatened violence against the person or property of any personnel or
any student attending or assigned to any school;
6. Possession of a pistol, gun or firearm on school property;
7. Possession of a knife or other weapons, etc., on school property;
8. Willful or malicious damage to or the theft of real or personal property of the school
or the property of any person attending or assigned to the school;
9. Unlawful use or possession of barbital or legend drugs;
10. Unlawful use or possession of alcohol;
11. The sale or distribution of drugs and alcohol;
12. Engaging in behavior which disrupts a class or school-sponsored activity;
13. Assault or battery on school employees;
14. Willful and persistent violation of the rules of the school or truancy;
15. Off-campus criminal behavior resulting in felony charges or when such behavior poses a danger
to persons or property or disrupts the educational process;
16. Use of or the unlawful possession of tobacco;
17. Any other conduct prejudicial to good order or discipline in the school.

ZERO-TOLERANCE BEHAVIOR
In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment free of drugs, violence, and dangerous
weapons, any student who engages in the following behaviors will be expelled for a period of not less
than one (1) calendar year. Expelled means removed from the pupil's regular school or removed from
school attendance altogether. Zero-tolerance acts are as follows:
1. Students who bring or unlawfully possess a weapon on a school bus, on school
property, or at any school event or activity;
2. Students who bring or unlawfully possess drugs on a school bus, on school property,
or at any school event or activity;
3. Students who commit battery on a teacher or any employee of the school while on a
school bus, on school property, or at any school event or activity.

ELECTRONIC MEDIA - TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Internet access is available to students in the Fayetteville City School System as an educational tool.
Our goal in providing this service is to promote educational excellence in the Fayetteville City Schools
by resource sharing and gathering information and news from research institutions.
1. Students may use the Internet in support of education and research assigned and approved by the
instructional staff.
2. Prohibited or illegal activities, including, but not limited to:
● Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures
● Using obscene language
● Harassing, insulting or attacking others
● Damaging computers, computer systems, or computer network
● Violation of copyright laws
● Trespassing in another's folders, works, or files
● Intentional misuse of resources
● Using another's password
● Use of network for commercial purposes
● Revealing your personal address or phone number or that of another
3. E-Mail - Only 4th grade students will be permitted to use e-mail as authorized by their teachers and
used for academic purposes.

An offense that will qualify as zero tolerance occurs when a student who transmits by an electronic
device a credible threat to cause bodily injury or death to another student or school employee and it
creates actual disruptive activity at the school. This law also requires students, employees, and
volunteers to report to school officials any knowledge of such threats.

The Fayetteville City School System maintains high expectations that our students will conduct
themselves appropriately at all times. Students are expected to model positive behavior. The
following virtues are essential in order to meet the expectations of the school system and will be
emphasized throughout the year.

RESPECT - The recognition of the basic worth and value of all human beings, which results in an
individual relating to others in a manner, which reflects dignity and honors humanity.
SELF-DISCIPLINE - The ability to control one's self for the sake of improvement.
HONESTY - The conviction to say and/or do the morally right thing, regardless of public recognition.
COURTESY - The ability to display positive behaviors that may be interpreted as being kind,
considerate, respectful, generous, polite and mannerly in school, home and community.
SELF-ESTEEM - The ability to use a belief in self-worth to recognize that choices exist in all situations
and to resist negative peer pressure in making positive choices.
RESPONSIBILITY - The ability of a person to think, respond and be accountable for his/her actions and
behaviors in any given situation.
PERSEVERANCE - The courage to support convictions and pursue worthwhile goals in spite of obstacles
and distractions.

NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER FERPA FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents certain rights with respect to the
student's education records. They are:
1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the
District receives a written request for access.
2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parents
believe are inaccurate or misleading.
3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the
student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without
consent.
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures
by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
The Fayetteville City Schools participate in some federal programs which help fund educational
programs in our schools. This parent notification information will help you to better understand our
schools and programs.

Public Law 107-110, "No Child Left Behind Act" (NCLB) encourages parents to be actively involved and
knowledgeable about their schools and their children's education.

TESTING POLICIES
In accordance with the T.C.A. § 49-6-6007, Fayetteville City Schools will post all state
mandated testing information on the system website no later than July 31 st each year. This
will include name of test, purpose and use of test, grade/class in which test will be
administered, tentative date(s) test is to be administered, and time and manner in which
parents will be notified of the results of the test. The school will provide assessment
information to parents at parent and teacher meetings or by sending that information home
with the students.

PARENTAL NOTIFICATION under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) makes it clear that Congress expects Local
Educational Agencies (LEAs) and schools receiving federal funds to ensure that parents are actively
involved and knowledgeable about their schools and their children's education. The law requires
schools to give parents many different kinds of information and notices in a uniform and
understandable format and, to the extent practicable, in a language that the parents can understand.
Listed below are some of these required notices that must be made to parents by school districts or
individual public schools.

Written complaint procedures : LEAs disseminate free of charge to parents of students, and to
appropriate private school officials or representatives, adequate information about the State
Educational Agency's (SEA) written complaint procedures for resolving issues of violation(s) of a
Federal statute or regulation that applies to Title I, Part A programs. [34 CFR §200.11(d)]

Teacher qualifications : At the beginning of each school year, a district that receives Title I funds must
notify parents that they may request information regarding the professional qualifications of their
children's classroom teachers. If a parent requests the information, it must include at least:
● whether the teacher has met state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade
levels and subject areas taught;
● whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status;
● the baccalaureate degree major of the teacher; and
● any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher and the field of discipline
of the certification or degree.
The information must also disclose whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if
so, their qualifications. [20 U.S.C. §6311(h)(6)]

Title III requires that each eligible entity receiving a subgrant under §3114 shall include in its plan a
certification that all teachers in any language instruction educational program for limited English
proficient children that is, or will be, funded under this part are fluent in English and any other
language used for instruction, including having written and oral communication skills. [ESEA Title III,
Part A, §3116(c)]

Non-highly qualified teachers : A Title I school shall provide each individual parent timely notice that
the parent's child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks, by a
teacher who is not highly qualified. [20 U.S.C. §6311(h)(6)(B)] [ESEA Title I, Part A, §1111(h)(6)(A) and
(h)(6)(B)(ii)]

Student privacy : Districts must give parents annual notice at the beginning of the school year of the
specific or approximate dates during the school year when the following activities are scheduled or
expected to be scheduled:
● activities involving the collection, disclosure or use of personal student information
for the purpose of marketing or selling that information;
● administration of surveys containing request for certain types of sensitive
information;
● any non-emergency, invasive physical examination that is required as a condition of
attendance, administered by the school, scheduled in advance and not necessary to
protect the immediate health and safety of student.

A district must develop and adopt policies regarding the rights of parents to inspect:
● third party surveys before they are administered or distributed to students;
● measures to protect student privacy when surveys ask for certain sensitive information;
● parental right to inspect any instructional materials;
● administration of physical examinations or screening of students;
● collection, disclosure or use of personal information from students for the purpose of
marketing or selling that information; and the parental right to inspect any instrument used to collect personal information before
it is distributed to students.
Districts must give parents annual notice of an adoption or continued use of such policies and within a
reasonable period of time after any substantive change in such policies. [20 U.S.C. §1232h(c)(2)] [ESEA
Title II, Part F, §1061(c)]

Public release of student directory information : Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
(FERPA), an LEA must provide notice to parents of the types of student information that it releases
publicly. This type of student information, commonly referred to as "directory information," includes
such items as names, addresses and telephone numbers and is information generally not considered
harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. The notice must include an explanation of a parent's right
to request that the information not be disclosed without prior written consent.

Additionally, §9528 requires that parents be notified that the school routinely discloses names,
addresses and telephone numbers to military recruiters upon request, subject to a parent's request
not to disclose such information without written consent.

A single notice provided through a mailing, student handbook or other method that is reasonably
calculated to inform parents of the above information is sufficient to satisfy the parental notification
requirements of both FERPA and §9528 . The notification must advise the parent of how to opt out of
the public, nonconsensual disclosure of directory information and the method and timeline within
which to do so. [ESEA §9528]

Military recruiter access to student information : Districts receiving federal education funds must
notify parents of secondary school students that they have a right to request their child's name,
address and telephone number not be released to a military recruiter without their prior written
consent. Districts must comply with any such requests. [20 U.S.C. §7908(a)(2)] [ESEA §9528]

Parental involvement : A district receiving Title I funds and each school served under Title I must
develop jointly with, agree on with, and distribute to, parents of children participating in Title I
programs, a written parental involvement policy. If a school or district has a parental involvement
policy that applies to all parents, it may amend the policy to meet the requirements under the ESEA.
[ESEA Title I, Part A, §1118(a)(2)] [20 U.S.C. §6318(b); (c)]

Parents shall be notified of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent
practicable, provided in a language the parents can understand. Such policy shall be made available to
the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.
[ESEA Title I, Part A, §1118(b)(1)]

Schools must hold at least one annual meeting for Title I parents;
● offer a flexible number of meetings;● involve parents in an ongoing manner in the planning, review and improvement of Title I
programs;
● provide Title I parents with timely information about the programs, a description and
explanation of the curriculum, forms of academic assessment and expected levels of
student proficiency;
● if requested, provide opportunities for regular meetings to discuss decisions related to
the education of their children; and
● develop a school-parent compact that outlines the responsibilities of each party for
improved student academic achievement. [ESEA Title I, Part A, §1118(c)]

Title III requires that each eligible entity receiving a subgrant under §3114 submit a plan to the SEA
that describes how the eligible entity will promote parental and community participation in programs
for limited English proficient children. [ESEA Title III, Part A, §3116(b)(4)]

Title III-funded LEAs are required to implement an effective means of outreach to parents of limited
English proficient children to inform such parents of how they can be involved in the education of their
children and be active participants in assisting their children to learn English, achieve at high levels in
core academic subjects and meet the same State content and achievement standards all children are
expected to meet.
[ESEA Title III §3302(e)]

Report cards on statewide academic assessment : Each school district that receives Title I, Part A funds
must prepare and disseminate an annual report card. Generally, the state or district must include on its
report card information about public schools related to student achievement, accountability, teacher
qualifications and other required information, as well as any other information that the state or district
deems relevant.

These report cards must be concise and presented in an understandable and uniform format accessible
to persons with disabilities and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language that parents can
understand. In Tennessee, these requirements are met through our State's report card. [ESEA Title I,
Part A, §1111(h)(1) and (h)(2)]

Individual achievement on state assessment : A school that receives Title I funds must provide each
parent information on the achievement level of their child on each of the state academic assessments
as soon as is practicably possible after the test is taken. [20 U.S.C. §6312(c)(1)(N)] [ESEA Title I, Part A,
§1111(h)(6)(B)(i))]

All schools must provide to parents, teachers and principals the individual student interpretive,
descriptive and diagnostic reports, which allow specific academic needs to be understood and
addressed, and include information on the student's achievement on academic assessments aligned
with State academic achievement standards. [ESEA §1111(b)(3)(C)(xii)]

National Assessment of Education Progress : Districts, schools and students may voluntarily participate
in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Parents of children selected to participate
in any NAEP assessment must be informed before the assessment is administered that their child may
be excused from participation for any reason, is not required to finish any assessment and is not
required to answer any test question. A district must make reasonable efforts to inform parents and
the public about their right to access all assessment data (except personally identifiable information),
questions and current assessment instruments. [ESEA Title VI, Part C, §411(c)(1); (d)(1)-(2))]

School-wide programs : A district must inform eligible schools and parents of school-wide program
authority under which such schools may consolidate funds from federal, state and local sources to
upgrade the entire educational program of the school. The school must serve an eligible attendance
area in which at least 40% of the children in the area or enrolled in the school are from low-income
families. [20 U.S.C. §6312(c)(1)(A)] [ESEA Title I, Part A, §1114]

Progress review : Each LEA shall publicize the results of the annual progress review to parents,
teachers, principals, schools and the community so that the teachers, principals, other staff and
schools can continually refine, in an instructionally useful manner, the program of instruction to help
all children served under Title I to meet the challenging State student academic achievement
standards. [ESEA § 1116(a)(1)(C)]

Safe and drug-free schools programs : A district receiving safe and drug-free school program funds
must inform and involve parents in violence and drug prevention efforts. The district must make
reasonable efforts to inform parents of the content of safe and drug-free school programs and
activities other than classroom instruction. If a parent objects in writing, the district must withdraw the
student from the program or activity. [20 U.S.C. §7116(b); 20 U.S.C. §7163]

Limited English proficiency programs : A school district that uses federal funds to provide a language
instruction education program for children with limited English proficiency must no later than 30 days
after the beginning of the school year inform the parents of each child identified for participation or
participating in such a program:
● the reasons for the identification of the child as limited English proficient;
● the child's level of English proficiency;
● how that level was determined and the status of the child's academic achievement;
● methods of instruction used in the program in which their child is participating and
methods of instruction used in other available programs;
● how the program will meet the educational strengths and needs of their child;
● how the program will specifically help their child learn English and meet age-appropriate
academic achievement standards for grade promotion and graduation;
● the specific exit requirements for the program;
● in the case of a child with a disability, how the program meets the child's IEP objectives;
and
● information about parental rights detailing the right of parents to have their child
immediately removed from such program upon their request and the options that
parents have to decline to enroll their child in such program or to choose another
available program or method of instruction.

For a child not identified as limited English proficient prior to the beginning of the school year, the
district must notify parents within the first two weeks of the child being placed in such a program. [20
U.S.C.§6312(g); §7012(a)-(d)] [ESEA Title I, Part A, §1112(g)(1)-(4)]

Each eligible entity using Title III funds to provide a language instruction education program, and that
has failed to make progress on the annual measurable achievement objectives shall separately inform
the parents of children identified for participation in such program, or participating in such program, of
such failure not later than 30 days after such failure occurs. All required information shall be provided
in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language that the parent
can understand. [ESEA, Title III, Part C, §3302(b)(c)]

Homeless children : To be eligible for funds, the school must provide written notice, at the time any
child seeks enrollment in such school, and at least twice annually while the child is enrolled in such
school, to the parent or guardian or unaccompanied youth that, shall be signed by the parent or
guardian or unaccompanied youth; that sets forth the general rights provided; and specifically states:
● the choice of schools homeless children are eligible to attend;
● that no homeless child is required to attend a separate school for homeless children;
● that homeless children shall be provided comparable services, including transportation
services, educational services, and meals; and
● that homeless children should not be stigmatized by school personnel.

The school must also:
● provide contact information for the local liaison for homeless children and the State
Coordinator for Education of Homeless Children and Youths;
● provide assistance to the parent or guardian or unaccompanied youth to exercise the
right to attend their choice of schools as provided for in subsection (g)(3)(A) ; and
● if applicable, coordinate with the local education agency with jurisdiction for the school
selected, to provide transportation and other necessary services. [42 U.S.C.
§11432(e)(3)(C),(E)] [ESEA Title X, Part C, §722(e)(3)(C)(I)-(iv)]

If the district sends a homeless child to a school other than the school of origin or the school requested
by the parent or guardian, the district must provide the parents a written explanation for, including
notice of the right to appeal, the decision. The information must also be provided whenever a dispute
arises over school selection. [ESEA Title X, Part C, §722(g)(3)(B)]

Each LEA liaison for homeless children and youth shall ensure the parents or guardians of homeless
children and youth are informed of the educational and related opportunities available to their children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their
children. [ESEA Title X, Part C, §722(g)(6)(A)(iv)]

Public notice of the educational rights of homeless children and youths is disseminated where such
children and youths receive services under this Act, such as schools, family shelters and soup kitchens.
[ESEA Title X, Part C, §722(g)(6)(A)(v)]

21 st Century Community Learning Centers : A program or activity funded as part of a 21st Century
Community Learning Center providing before and after school activities to advance student academic
achievement must undergo periodic evaluation to assess its progress toward achieving its goal of
providing high quality opportunities for academic enrichment. The results of evaluations shall be made
available to the public upon request, with public notice of such availability provided. [ESEA
§4205(b)(2)]

Waiver request : If a school district requests the U.S. Secretary of Education to waive any provision or
regulation of the ESEA, it must provide notice and information about the waiver to the public in the
manner in which is customarily provides public notice. [20 U.S.C. §7861(b)(3)(B)] [ESEA Title IX, Part D,
§9401(b)(3)(B)(ii)]

RALPH ASKINS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY

Ralph Askins Elementary School encourages parent involvement (as advisors and resource
people) in accordance with the Fayetteville City Board of Education Policy Number D17:

Title I Parent Involvement
Under the Federal Projects Director, the school system shall provide the coordination and
technical assistance, plan and implement the Title I Program according to the guidelines set
forth in law which includes, but is not limited to, the following:
1. Parent input into the planning, design and implementation of the Title I Program;
2. Meaningful consultation of parents of participating children in the planning, design and
implementation of the Title I Program;
3. Organized, systematic, ongoing, informed and timely consultation in relation to decision
about the program; and
4. The involvement of parents through activities and procedures which are of sufficient size,
scope and quality to give reasonable promise of substantial progress toward achieving the
required goals.

To ensure that parents of participating children have an adequate opportunity to participate in
the planning, designing and implementing of the Title I program, Ralph Askins Elementary
School shall:
1. Convene an annual meeting, to which all parents of participating children, including
migrant students and limited English Proficiency students, must be invited, to explain the
programs, activities and curriculum available under Title I;
2. Provide parents of participating children, including migrant students and limited English
Proficiency students, with reports and explanations of their child's progress;
3. Make educational personnel under the Title I Program, including student services
personnel, readily accessible to parents;
4. Provide parents of participating children with a copy of the parental involvement policy as
well as timely information about the program;
5. Make parents aware of parental involvement requirements and other relevant provisions
of the program;
6. Annually assess, through consultation with parents, the effectiveness of the parental
involvement program and determine what action needs to be taken, if any, to increase
parental participation.
7. Provide parents of participating children with a copy of the parental involvement policy as
well as timely information about the program.

Fayetteville City Board of Education has always expended more funds for the schools in our system
than was necessary to meet minimum obligations under the law. The purpose of any fundraising in the
City School System is to generate additional funds to help meet each school's supplemental needs.
The fund raising events of Ralph Askins School are school pictures, a magazine sale, Fall Blast, and Tiger
Tracks in the spring. All money obtained from school fundraising is to be used strictly to supplement
current school activities and not replace Board funds.

STUDENT ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY 4.406-B

The Fayetteville City School System strives to provide exceptional education for our children.
Computer technology is one of the main instructional delivery methods employed by our teachers to
instruct our students. In order to better insure that computer technology is maintained for maximum
use by our students, it is necessary that all computer users follow certain procedures. These
procedures are intended to provide general guidelines and examples of prohibited uses, but do not
attempt to state all required or prohibited activities by users. Failure to comply with Fayetteville City
School System Board Policy and these rules may result in loss of computer and Internet access
privileges, disciplinary action and/or legal action.

COMPUTER USE IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT
Unacceptable use may result in suspension or cancellation of privileges, as well as additional
disciplinary and/or legal action. All costs incurred by the school because of the loss or damage to
computer technology equipment due to violation of board policy and/or to these rules will be the
responsibility of the student and/or the parent/guardian. Any fine or fees associated with the violation
of State and Federal laws will be the responsibility of the offending student and/or the
parent/guardian.

ACCEPTABLE USE
Student access to computers, the Network and the Internet are provided for educational purposes and
research consistent with the school's educational mission, curriculum and instructional goals. Students
will not use the computer to play games unless specifically authorized by the supervising teacher.
Students are allowed to "surf the net" as long as a learning objective is in place by the supervising
teacher. Sometime during the school year, students will attend Internet safety instruction. The same
rules and expectations govern student use of the computer as apply to other student conduct and
communications. Students must comply with all these rules and other specific instructions of the
supervising teacher while accessing the School's computers, Networks and the Internet.
❖ Web publishing/blogging/podcasting (including the use of the Wikis) in the classroom will be
treated like a school publication. All language and content restrictions must be followed.
❖ Video conferencing/Media recording equipment may be in use on occasion in the classroom
setting. If a parent/guardian does not want the display, distribution, publication, transmission,
or otherwise use of photographs, images and/or video taken of their child for use in materials
that include, but may not be limited to, printed materials such as brochures and newsletters,
videos and digital images such as those on the Fayetteville City Schools System website, then it
is the parent/guardian's responsibility to inform the school.

GOOGLE CLASSROOM (4th grade only)
❖ We are proud to announce the addition of Google Classroom to our fourth grade students.
This computer application will allow students to have a school email account that can be used
for school projects and homework. The students will be able to email each other and their
teachers only.
❖ This is a great tool for students to collaborate with other students as well as a great tool for
teachers to engage students using technology.
❖ You must sign this acceptable use form for your child to be able to use the Google classroom
email. Your child must also sign this form. If your child should misuse this program in any way,
they may have their computer privileges cancelled for an extended time and other disciplinary
action may be taken. The Acceptable Use Policy rules will continue to be enforced and
students must follow protocol according to the policy.

AUTOMATED COMMUNICATIONS
❖ Fayetteville City Schools (FCS) use an automated call system (robo calls) to notify
parents/guardians by telephone or sms text messaging. These communications are utilized for,
but not limited to the following: emergencies, school closings, weather and general
information. By signing this Acceptable Use Policy, you are agreeing to receive these automated
calls or sms text messages in accordance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).❖ If at any time parents/guardians would like to stop receiving these calls or sms txt from any or
all of the contact numbers you have made available to FCS, you must do so by contacting the
appropriate school.

PROHIBITED USE
❖ Personal software and/or personal music is not allowed to be brought from home and
installed/copied on any school computer. This includes purchased software,
shareware/freeware, as well as files downloaded from the Internet. Such software/music will
be confiscated from the student to become property of the school. INSTALLING AND/OR
COPYING SOFTWARE OR MUSIC WITHOUT A LICENSE IS A FEDERAL OFFENSE. Offenders may
be subject to civil damages, criminal penalties and even imprisonment.
❖ Students who knowingly infect a school computer with a "virus", "Trojan Horse virus" or
"worm", etc., will have all computing privileges revoked and may be subject to other
disciplinary actions which may include suspension from school and/or criminal prosecution.
Students may not use any diskette and/or flash/usb/thumb/jump drives in school devices
without the approval of the IT department.
❖ Any diskette and/or flash/usb/thumb/jump drive that has been used in a computer that has a
known virus must be checked and cleaned by antiviral software. All diskettes and/or
flash/usb/thumb/jump drives brought from home must be scanned by anti-viral software
before being used at school.
❖ Any malicious use, disruption or harm to the school's computers, Networks and or/Internet
services, which includes, but are not limited to hacking activities, will be considered a violation
of the Student Acceptable Use Policy. All computing privileges will be revoked. Other
disciplinary actions may follow. Use of the school's computers, Networks and/or Internet
services for illegal activity will be considered malicious use. Any user who attempts to cause a
breach of system security will have all privileges revoked and may be subject to other
disciplinary actions. If a security problem has been identified, it is the user's responsibility to
contact the supervising teacher, who will then contact the Technology Department.
❖ The school's computers, Network and/or Internet services will not be used to harass, defame,
intimidate, threaten or otherwise discriminate against other individuals. This includes
accessing, submitting, posting, forwarding, scanning or displaying any offensive and/or
inappropriate material by any method, including email.
This will be considered a violation of
the Student Acceptable Use Policy and may be prosecuted under Federal and State laws.
❖ Violation of copyright laws is expressly prohibited. This includes misrepresentation of created
material by students. When Internet sources are used in student's work, the author, website
and publisher must be identified.
❖ Although filtering software is in place, computer security cannot be made perfect and families
must know that some material accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal,
defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive. This includes material accessed through email.
The supervising teacher will monitor sites as much as possible, but it is the student's
responsibility to leave the offensive site immediately and contact the supervising teacher.
❖ A student shall not reveal his/her full name, address or telephone number on the Internet.
Students should never meet people they have contacted through the Internet without parental
permission. Students should inform their supervising teacher if they access information or
messages that are dangerous, inappropriate or make them uncomfortable in any way.
❖ Students are not allowed to participate in "chat rooms" or have access to newsgroups, nor
participate in "instant messaging".
❖ There should be no expectation of privacy in the use of the Internet. Student information will
NOT be released by the school system without parental consent. Otherwise, all stored email
and stored files will be considered a public record. The school reserves the right to monitor all
computer and Internet activity.
❖ Accessing MySpace, Facebook and/or any other social networking site that is currently blocked
by the filtering software is prohibited. Any student found to be on such a site will in violation of
this Student Acceptable Use Policy. This violation includes the use of proxy sites to access
prohibited sites.
❖ Use of the school's computer technology, Network and/or the Internet for non-school related
activities is prohibited. The school's computer technology is not to be used for private financial
gain, commercial advertising or solicitation purposes.
❖ Sharing passwords or using passwords without permission and/or accessing other user's
accounts or files is prohibited.
❖ Students must strive to take the best possible care of the computer equipment. Food or drinks
are not allowed near the computer. Do not remove components from the computer (the
mouse, headphones, etc.) Do not stick objects into any slots on the front or back of the
computer. Do not change any of the display or the mouse settings.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ, COMPLETE, AND SIGN
THE NEXT FOUR PAGES OF THIS HANDBOOK.

PLEASE RETURN THESE TO YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER AS SOON AS
POSSIBLE.

 

RALPH ASKINS SCHOOL

STUDENT HANDBOOK ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM

Please complete the form below and return the form to school.
I. I have read and reviewed the Ralph Askins School Student Handbook, discussed it with my
child, and have saved the handbook for future reference.

II. I have read and discussed with my child the guidelines for behavior and discipline, which
include the zero-tolerance policy. ( NOTE: If any parent wishes to read the entire
"Zero-Tolerance Policy", a copy is available in the school office.)

III. I have read the Notification of Rights under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act).

IV. I understand and will abide by the Terms and Conditions for use of electronic media. I further
understand that any violation of the regulations may revoke my access privileges.


______________________________________
Student's Signature


______________________________________
Parent/Guardian Signature


______________________________________
Teacher's Signature


NOTE: The student and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are to sign the statement above and
return this form to school. It will be filed at the school for future reference.

 


Ralph Askins School School-Parent-Student Compact

Dear Parent/Guardian:
We value your role in working to help your child achieve high academic standards. The following is an outline of
some of the ways you and school staff can build and maintain a partnership to share the responsibility for
supporting your child's learning.

School's responsibility:
● Provide high quality curriculum and learning materials that enable children to meet the state's student
academic achievement standards
● Provide you with assistance in understanding academic achievement standards and assessments and
how to monitor your child's progress
● Provide opportunities for ongoing communication between you and teachers through, at a minimum:
o Annual parent-teacher conferences
o Frequent reports regarding your child's progress
o Access to staff by appointment
o Opportunities to volunteer/participate in class and observe classroom activities

Teacher's Signature__________________________________________________

Parent's Responsibility:
● Encourage your child to attend school regularly
● Encourage your child to show positive school behavior
● Review your child's homework
● Monitor television/computer time and encourage positive use of your child's extracurricular activities
● Volunteer in your child's school and classroom if time or schedule permits
● Attend parent-teacher conferences and participate, when appropriate, decisions relating to education of
your child.

Parent/Guardian Signature: _____________________________________________

Student's Responsibility:
● Attend school regularly
● Complete and return homework/classwork
● Come to school prepared to work and with all needed supplies
● Be respectful

Student's Signature______________________________________________________


*Please sign and return to your child's teacher.

Newspaper, School System Website, Student Portfolio Media Release Forms

(Will be used for publication of honor roll, classroom photos, artwork, school events, student
portfolios, and other positive student recognition)

We at Ralph Askins School are proud of our students and their work, as we know you are, and we want
them to be recognized for their accomplishments. Most students enjoy seeing their pictures and
reading about themselves. It makes them feel like local celebrities. This being said, we would never
want to put a child in jeopardy through any newspaper or website exposure; therefore, we urge you to
read this entire page carefully before signing below.

I, __________________________, the parent/legal guardian of _______________________________,
do hereby understand and agree that the Fayetteville City School System and its individual schools will
be electronically publishing various students' schoolwork and photographs on the school system's and
or school's web pages for education purposes. Student portfolios will also be used in PreK,
Kindergarten, and First Grade. Students may be photographed or videoed to gain artifacts of their
classroom work to look at academic achievement and growth from the beginning to the end of the
school year. This portfolio media will not be released publicly. It will only be released to the Tennessee
Department of Education. I further understand that, in the event that my child's schoolwork and/or
photograph(s) are published on either of these Internet web pages, his/her schoolwork/and/or
photograph(s) may be potentially accessed and viewed publicly by persons all over the world. In
addition, students' names and photographs are occasionally released to the local newspaper
(Examples: honor rolls, artwork, etc.)

Having fully acknowledged and understood all of the foregoing, as well as the potential consequences
of such publication(s), I do hereby give my express consent and permission for my child's name,
photographs and/ or work to be posted in the local newspaper and/or on the school/system's web
page. Furthermore, in the event that my child's photograph or work is posted in the local newspaper or
is on the school system's and/or school web page in accordance with my express consent and
permission as indicated above, I hereby release the Fayetteville City Schools, including its employees
and agents, from any and all liability resulting from or connected with the publication of such work
and/or photographs.

___________________________________________ ___________________________
Parent/Guardian Signature Date


PLEASE CHECK ONE OF THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS, SIGN AND RETURN. FAILURE TO RETURN THIS FORM WILL BE CONSIDERED A NEGATIVE RESPONSE AND OUR CHILD WILL NOT BE ABLE TO UTILIZE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY.

AS THE PARENT/GUARDIAN OF:

_______________________________________
CHILD'S NAME

Ο   I have received a copy of and read the Student Acceptable Use Policy for Computer Technology
for use at the Fayetteville City School System. I understand that my child's computer use at school is
designed for educational purposes only. I understand that it is impossible to restrict access to all
controversial materials available on the Internet. I understand that computer usage is considered a
privilege. I have discussed the rules and regulations of computer use with my child. I have explained
to my child the possible consequences if all regulations are not followed. I do give my permission for
my child to use classroom computer technology, including access to the Internet and Google Mail for
4th graders only.

Ο   I have received a copy of and read the Student Acceptable Use Policy for Computer Technology
for computer technology use at the Fayetteville City School System. I do NOT wish to give my child
permission to use computer technology or access the Internet in school and Google Mail for 4th
graders only. I understand that in denying permission, my child will NOT be able to use the
educational software incorporated at the classroom level. I also understand that my denial will not
affect the use of teacher-led, pre-viewed curriculum using the Internet in the classroom.

_____________________________________ ____________________________________
Parent/Guardian Date

I have read and understand the terms and conditions of the student Acceptable Use Policy for
computer technology. I will abide by all of the rules and regulations of the Student Acceptable Use
Policy. I understand that disciplinary action will be taken if I am found abusing any of these
privileges.

______________________________________ ____________________________________
Student Date

 

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