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Pikeville Independent School District


Superintendent, S. David Trimble
148 Second Street

Pikeville, KY 41501
606 432-8161 

Pikeville Independent Schools

S. David Trimble, Superintendent

148 Second Street, Pikeville, KY 41501

Phone 606-432-8161

Fax 606-432-2119

        Joe Ray Thornbury, Board Chairman        Brittany Ratliff, Vice Chairman

Ashley Brown, Board Member                Dr. Kevin Pugh, Board Member        

Bill Staggs, Board Member

Panther Families:

We are very excited for the start of another great school year in Pikeville Independent Schools. While we know this year will look very different than previous years, we are also confident that we have a great team and great students who will make this year awesome! Building upon the excellence that has always been present in this district is a consistent priority of this team, and will continue to be the case, especially in these difficult times. I am honored to begin this new role with Pikeville Independent, and look forward to seeing the great success that happens within our walls and throughout our district each and every day.

The safety of our students is always a top priority for Pikeville Independent. One of the ways we assure this safety is through our Code of Conduct, which is revisited yearly. We work hard as a district to put in place expectations that are both necessary and obtainable for our students. It is the goal of every member of our team to assure that we
are consistent in following these expectations, and that we use each situation as a learning opportunity for all students involved. You will find a copy of the 2022-2023 Code of Conduct on our district website. We thank you for taking the time to review this information to assure that we all have a collective understanding of these expectations and the related consequences.

We are thankful for the opportunity to invest in the kids of Pikeville and the surrounding area by providing them an education that is second to none. If at any time you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school or my office. We are thankful to live in a community that values education and the success of everyone, and we appreciate the teamwork that goes into the success of every single child in this community. We are confident that the 2022-2023 school year will be an awesome year for our students, our team members and our community!


S. David Trimble





District/School Personnel        6


Attendance        7

Tardies        8

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures        9

Parent Pick-up and Drop-off        9

CarRiderPro        10

Transportation Changes        10

Change of Address, Phone Number, and/or Email Address        10

Visitors        10

Food Policy        11

Health Services        12

Volunteer Policy        12

Programs and Extracurricular Activities        13

Exit Criteria Policy        15

School Communications        21


Discipline, Classroom Management, and School Safety Policy        26

Dress Code Policy        31

Homework Policy        33

2022-2023 PES Grid of Disciplinary Consequences        35

Behavior Policy        37

Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation        39

Telecommunication/Electronic Devices        40



Educational Enhancement Opportunity (EHO)        51

Check-out Policy        52


Acceptable Use of Technology Access to Electronic Media        60

Notification of FERPA Rights        68



District Mission and Beliefs Statement

The mission of the Pikeville Independent School District is to provide a meaningful, integrated education in a positive, nurturing environment to develop each student as a lifelong learner and responsible citizen in a global community.

We believe:

  1. All students can learn and achieve in a positive, safe, disciplined environment in which they feel trusted, supported and have a sense of belonging.
  2. A positive partnership among students, families, school and community is essential to promote student growth and development.
  3. All students should be given every opportunity for growth academically, socially and emotionally.
  4. That instruction should have differentiation to meet all students’ needs.
  5. Students should be given many opportunities to engage in academic discourse, writing and projects that help them to deepen their knowledge and understanding of content.
  6. Students should be given opportunities to think critically, create, communicate, collaborate and write to deepen their knowledge and share their knowledge locally and globally in all subject areas daily.
  7. High expectations should be set for all students, and students should be given opportunities to become accountable for their learning.
  8. Teachers should create/design challenging and engaging activities for students.
  9. Teachers should continually read, study, learn, and grow so that students are taught with the most recent research-based practices.
  10. Teachers should work collaboratively with one another to plan and implement curriculum, analyze student work, determine student needs and develop strategies to meet these needs.


PES Mission and Beliefs Statement

The mission of Pikeville Elementary School, working in the best interest of children, is to ensure that we teach all students to our fullest potential and develop lifelong learners through a competent and professional staff using innovative teaching strategies and an involved community working together.

Pikeville Elementary School (PES) is located in the Pikeville Independent School District. We are dedicated in preparing and motivating our students for a rapidly changing world by instilling in them critical thinking skills, a global perspective, and a respect for core values of kindness, honesty, respectfulness, responsibility, and determination.

Our guideline for success both in and out of the classroom is the Panther Creed.

Panther Creed

We are KIND







Pikeville Independent Board of Education

The Pikeville Independent Board of Education meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Board Room of the John Waddell Administration Building.

148 Second Street

Pikeville, KY 41501

Phone: (606) 432-8161

Fax: (606) 432-2119

Board Members

Brittany Carter Ratliff

Joe Ray Thornbury

Ashley Brown

Dr. Kevin Pugh

Bill Staggs

School-Based Decision Making Council (SBDM)

2022-2023 SBDM MEMBERS

Glenda Adkins - Principal/Chair

Raquel Goodman - Primary Representative

Markayla Stevens - Primary Representative

Kim Fields - Intermediate Representative

Kristen Potter - Intermediate Representative

Chazzlynn Fleming - Special / Resource Teachers

Johnny Cole - Parent Representative

Courtney Justice - Parent Representative

Dr. Fadi Al Akhrass - Parent Representative

SBDM Committees

  1. School Climate Committee (PRIDE Committee) - responsible for reviewing and developing policies relating to discipline, classroom management, and school safety.
  2. Curriculum Committee - responsible for reviewing and developing policies pertaining to improvement planning and instructional practices in the school.
  3. Budget Committee - responsible for assisting the principal in developing school budgets from various perspectives.

District/School Personnel




David Trimble

148 2nd Street

606 - 432-8161

Instructional Supervisors

Kim Clevinger

Shawne Wells

148 2nd Street

606 - 432-8161

Director of Pupil Personnel

Frosty Davis

148 2nd Street

606 - 432-8161

Special Education Director

Ashla VanHoose

120 Championship Drive


Transportation Director

Chris McNamee


Technology Coordinator

Neil Arnett


PJHS/PHS Principal

Brandon K. Blackburn

120 Championship Drive


PJHS/PHS Assistant Principal

Brad Allen

120 Championship Drive


PJHS/PHS Athletic Director

Kristy Orem

120 Championship Drive


PHS Guidance Counselor

Dawn Stewart

120 Championship Drive


PES Principal

Glenda Adkins

105 Bailey Boulevard


PES Assistant Principal

Tyler Branham

105 Bailey Boulevard


PES Guidance Counselor

Lara Keene

105 Bailey Boulevard


FRYSC Director

Amanda Hartsock

105 Bailey Boulevard

Youth Advocate

Elisha Justice

120 Championship Drive





Regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success both in school and in life. When school attendance is a priority, students get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior, and have a better chance of graduating from high school. Students who attend regularly develop important social skills and friendships setting them up for a strong future. Being absent for an average of just two days of school per month even when the absences are excused can have a negative impact even as early as Kindergarten.


All students returning from an absence must bring a note to their homeroom teacher indicating the reason for absence. If a student is absent due to a communicable disease, he/she is required to bring a doctor’s note before being readmitted to class.


State regulations allow 5 valid reasons for excused absences for which work may be made up. They include the following:

  1. Illness of the student
  2. Death or severe illness in the immediate family
  3. Religious holiday (to be approved by the principal or designee prior to absence)
  4. Medical or dental appointments which cannot be scheduled before or beyond the regular school day
  5. Special cases excused by the principal or designee


The Kentucky Department of Education defines TARDY as “missed instruction time.” Tardies will be accumulated by a student being late to school, signing in and out during the school day or leaving school before the regular school dismissal. Any student receiving more than 6 unexcused tardies may be subject to a 30 minute after-school detention in the principal’s office. If a student reaches 15 unexcused tardies, the student will receive a one hour after-school detention and the Director of Pupil Personnel Services will be notified.

Parents or guardians who allow their children to be excessively absent or tardy without a valid excuse will be in violation of local board policy 09.123 and KRS 159.150 and may be subject to both academic and legal penalties.

Consequences of Excessive Tardiness

When a student is tardy without excuse on four (4) occasions, a Saturday School session will be assigned. Notification of the Saturday School will be given to the student and parent/guardian no later than the Thursday afternoon before the Saturday School session. It is the responsibility of the student to bring study material to the session. Failure to attend Saturday School will result in one (1) day of in-school detention.

Perfect Attendance

A student will be considered to have perfect attendance if he/she has not accumulated .5 (one half day) of an absence. Also, he/she must have four (4) or less tardies to be considered perfect attendance. Any student who has used EHO days will not be considered as having perfect attendance.

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures



These procedures are in place to assure each student is properly supervised at all times.

Please accompany your student into the school building if picking up forgotten items after dismissal.

Parent Pick-up and Drop-off

Parents are to pick-up and drop-off students in the circle area only. Any other areas endanger your child as well as others. For this reason, parents are not to park in the bus parking lot. Please use Bruce Elliott Drive or park on Chloe Road. No parents are allowed to be in the bus lane during arrival and dismissal. (Arrival 7:30-8:30 a.m. Dismissal 2:30-3:30 p.m.)


Students assigned to parent pickup will remain in their assigned classroom until their car tag appears on the CarRider screen. When a substitute teacher is present a fellow teacher of the grade level should login for that classroom and change the classroom displayed.

New students will be assigned two car tags for CarRider, third, fourth or replacement tags can be purchased through the front office.  The online tag request form will be published with the office at .  

Transportation Changes

All transportation changes MUST be made by 2:00 p.m. Any changes made after 2:00 p.m. must be approved by a school administrator (i.e., Principal, Assistant Principal, or School Counselor). Due to safety concerns, all transportation changes will only be accepted in writing via email or in person from parent/guardian.

If you would like to email your request, please email:

Please do not assume your request was delivered until you receive a confirmation email back from office staff.

Change of Address, Phone Number, and/or Email Address

Please notify the office in writing immediately if any contact information changes. We need current information at all times in order to keep the lines of communication open.

Office Hours

Our school office hours are 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on all school days. Hours may vary during non-school days.


In order to visit, everyone must report to the office to receive a badge that must be visible during the visit. This will ensure the instructional program is not interrupted unnecessarily and both students and staff are protected.

Custodial and Parental Rights

PES abides by the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 1974 (FERPA). When parents of a student are separated, involved in divorce proceedings, or are divorced, the administration will respect the rights of both the custodial and non-custodial parents. For the school’s purposes, the parent with whom the child legally resides is known as the custodial parent. A copy of the court orders must be provided to the school. Court orders concerning special restriction will be respected and followed by the school administration. In the absence of a court order to the contrary, Pikeville Elementary will provide the non-custodial parent with access to the academic records and to other school-related information regarding the student. If there is a court order specifying that there is to be no information given, it is the responsibility of the custodial parent to provide the school with an official copy of the court order. Parent rights include access to student records and school mailings, attendance at parent/teacher conferences, as well as the authority to request that the student be released early or to be absent from school for a legitimate reason. It is not the responsibility of school officials to notify the other parent or keep up with visitation schedules. However, only the custodial parent has the right to withdraw the student from school.


During the 2022-2023 school year, PES is not allowing parents or other family members of our students to eat lunch with them except on special events announced by the school.

Outside Lunches

Lunch purchased from outside vendors can no longer be left in the office, nor can deliveries from outside vendors be signed for or accepted in the office.

Food Policy

Although Pikeville Elementary appreciates our parent's support of their children's activity, it has become necessary to change our food policy.

Playground and Gym Safety Guidelines

Gift Policy

Pikeville Elementary no longer accepts individual deliveries to students. State law, disruptions to the school day, student health issues as well as other specific student issues prohibit PES from accepting individual deliveries to students.

Health Services

The Pike County Health Department partners with the Pikeville Independent Board of Education to provide preventive health services to PES. The services provided are performed by highly trained medical professionals. The school nurse adheres to the guidelines set forth by the Kentucky Department Public Health’s Core Clinical Service Guide ensuring that our students receive nursing care that is provided at the highest professional standard. Parents must complete a consent form each year and return it to the school nurse before any services can be administered.


The school health program offers many services and programs for students that include, but are not limited to:

Student medications guidelines are provided by the school nurse. Please contact her for procedures and form for school administration.

Lost and Found

Students are expected to assume responsibility for their own belongings. A table is maintained in a prominent place in the office area. Students are expected to check there for lost or misplaced items. We strongly recommend that all personal belongings be labeled. Lost eyeglasses or other valuables, such as electronics, dental appliances, etc., will be turned into the office.

Volunteer Policy

Until further notice, due to our current pandemic situation, volunteers will not be permitted to work in the PES building.

In an effort to provide students with safe and secure conditions, the council adopts the following measures for (parent, guardian, or community member) who work with or supervise students.

All volunteers that work with students must attend a school volunteer training. Documentation of this training must be on file with the school.

Under KY State Law (KRS 17.160), all volunteers who work with or supervise students must undergo a criminal records background check. Any parent/guardian/community member who has a criminal record of abuses such as: drug, alcohol, weapons, or violence, or theft offenses will not be permitted to work with or supervise students. This includes, but not limited to such offenses as possession or use of drugs or drug paraphernalia, drunken or disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, assault and/or battery, domestic violence, child abuse or sexual offenses, threatening conduct, etc.

Any classroom or activities volunteer who displays inappropriate conduct, fails to follow the directions of authorized school personnel or otherwise behaves in a manner that could endanger the safety or well-being of students will not have the opportunity to work with or supervise students in the future.


“Volunteer” Definition

Volunteers are people who are contacted by the school to regularly assist with activities that directly place you in contact with students. Some of these activities include: book fair, health screens, clerical work, lunchroom assistance, reading programs, etc.

From time to time parents/guardians may be invited into the school for programs or activities. School visitors who are NOT working regularly or directly with children are not considered volunteers. Some of these activities/programs include: school dinners, concerts, project based fairs, etc.

Volunteer Training

ALL volunteers must attend confidentiality training yearly. You must attend training if you plan to volunteer during ANY school sponsored events including daytime activities at the school, extra-curricular activities, chaperoning school sponsored field trips, coaching, or PTO activities.

If you have already been fingerprinted through the volunteer program and have volunteered in the last year you WILL NOT need to be fingerprinted again. However, you MUST attend the confidentiality training to continue to volunteer.

Programs and Extracurricular Activities

Little League at Pikeville Elementary is designed as an intramural athletic learning activity.

Student Participation

Students in grades two through six (2-6) are eligible to participate in these activities and must meet the following criteria.

Any student participating in PES athletics must be enrolled in Pikeville Elementary School or Sr. Francis Elementary School.

Coaches and Sponsors

Each extracurricular activity will be led by an adult coach or sponsor who meets any applicable requirements set in law, or by sponsoring or governing organizations. The coach or sponsor will be responsible for personally supervising or ensuring that all students are supervised by an adult while they are participating in an activity, including practice time and travel time where applicable.

The principal will assign coaches from our school's current staff following our policy on Instructional and Non-Instructional Staff Time Assignment. If it is necessary to consider applicants who do not currently work at our school, our policy on Consultation will be followed.

Pikeville Elementary/Junior High Athletics Participation Policy 

A policy pertaining to Pikeville Elementary students participating in Junior High Athletics:

Students from Pikeville Elementary School in grades 4-6 may participate in Junior High Athletics under the following conditions:

  1. The Junior High Coach/Sponsor extends and invitation, approved by the Junior High
  2. Athletic Director, in writing to the Pikeville Elementary Principal.
  3. A formal parent request is presented to the Junior High Athletic Director agreeing to the request by the coach/sponsor.
  4. The Principals of Pikeville High School and Pikeville Elementary School approve the move.
  5. Students who play on "C" and "D" elementary teams are eligible for "A" and "B" at the coaches' discretion.

Pikeville Elementary 4th-6th grade students participating in Junior High Athletics will be subject to all academic and eligibility guidelines established by Pikeville Junior High/High School and the KHSAA.

Exit Criteria Policy

Specific skills must be mastered in order for students to be successful at each grade level. To be promoted to the next grade level, students are expected to meet the established exit criteria. Parents will be informed of their child’s progress following the fall, winter, and spring benchmark. An acceleration plan will be developed for all students at risk of not meeting grade level standards. School and parent responsibilities will be documented and shared with parents throughout the school year.

Students are expected to meet the grade level criteria as listed in Appendix A to be eligible for promotion.

School Responsibilities 

The school will implement the following plan to ensure ALL students are making continuous progress throughout the school year in order to meet grade level exit criteria standards:

Parent Responsibilities 


Open House

During the First Three Weeks

During the First Nine Weeks (Following Fall Benchmark) 

End of Second Nine Weeks (Winter Benchmark)


During the last month of school

All placement decisions will take into consideration the following:

Final decisions as to promotion or retention rests with school authorities as set forth in KRS 158.140; however, no student may be retained without prior consultation with the parents.

Students with Disabilities

In cases which involve students with disabilities, the procedures mandated by federal and state law for students with disabilities shall be followed.1 


1P. L. 105-17

KRS 158.031; KRS 158.645; KRS 158.6451; KRS 158.6453

KRS 158.860; KRS 160.1592; KRS 160.345

OAG 82-473


08.113, 08.222, 08.5, 09.121

Appendix A 

Grade Level Exit Criteria 

Exit Criteria for Kindergarten: 

Mastery of the skills listed below (minimum skills required):

Reading Skills

Math Skills

Exit Criteria for First Grade:

Mastery of the skills listed below (minimum skills required):

Reading Skills

Math Skills

Exit Criteria for Second Grade: 

Mastery of the skills listed below (minimum skills required):

Reading Skills

Math Skills

Exit Criteria for Third Grade: 

Mastery of the skills listed below (minimum skills required):

Reading Skills 

Math Skills

Exit Criteria for Fourth Grade:

Mastery of the skills listed below (minimum skills required):

Reading Skills

Math Skills

Exit Criteria for Fifth Grade: 

Mastery of the skills listed below (minimum skills required):

Reading Skills

Math Skills

Exit Criteria for Sixth Grade:

Mastery of the skills listed below (minimum skills required):

Reading Skills

Math Skills

School Communications

  1. District & School Website - 
  2. School Facebook Page - 
  3. School Twitter Account - @PikevilleES -  
  4. PES Little League Athletics Facebook Page - 
  5. Infinite Campus Parent - 
  6. Remind App - 

Virtual Learning

All students are responsible for proper behavior and will be expected to abide by the existing Pikeville Elementary Student Code of Conduct during virtual learning (Edgenuity). This will help to ensure a positive, productive and enjoyable learning experience for all faculty, staff, and students. The virtual class is an extension of the school, just as the bus and any other school related activity.


Students should follow the provisions identified in the Pikeville Elementary Handbook (Applicable policies include but may not be limited to):

Daily Participation and Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI)

In order to document the engagement of students for the 2022-2023 school year, Kentucky school districts will record daily participation in Infinite Campus (IC) for all students in lieu of recording regular attendance.


Daily participation is the measure of the interactions between teachers and students. Interactions vary based on learning in person or participating remotely. It is a measure of a student’s engagement in instruction and not a measure of the quality of work. The quality of work is reflected in the grading process.


In-Person Participation

Students who are learning in person will be considered “participating” by their presence in the classroom. The existing requirements for recording attendance as found in 701 KAR 7:125E still remain in effect.


NTI Participation

Participation through NTI may be in real time during the school day or at times outside of normal school hours. The measurement of daily participation shall include at least one of the following:

  1. One-on-One video communication or phone calls between teacher and student (or teacher and parent with smaller children or students with special needs);
  2. Group video communication or phone calls between the teacher and a whole class or between a teacher and smaller groups of students within a class;
  3. Student time logged into a learning management software system completing assignments;
  4. Submission of paper-based assignments for students in a non-digital, non-traditional setting.

Compulsory Attendance and Truancy

Truancy is set out in KRS 159.150. A student subject to compulsory attendance is considered truant if “absent from school” without valid excuse for three or more days or tardy without valid excuse on three or more days. A student that has been reported truant two or more times is a habitual truant.

Development of the Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline

This Code was developed by a committee representing schools, the Central Office, the Board of Education, students, parents, and the community. The Attorney for the Board of Education has reviewed it, and the Board of Education adopted it in July 2017.

Each year schools shall distribute copies of the Code to all students and employees of the district and to parents/guardians of the students, including those who enroll after the beginning of the school year. The Superintendent has directed that the Code be posted in each school, with the Principal being responsible for seeing that school counselors and other personnel discuss its contents with students in a timely and age-appropriate manner. In addition, each school will reference the Code in the school's handbook(s). On request, the Principal shall provide help for non-English speaking, blind, deaf, or non-reading students and parents so that they can have access to the information contained in the Code.

Each year, the Code Committee will review the Code in preparation for the upcoming school year. It welcomes suggestions as to how to improve this document. Individuals may send written comments to the Superintendent who will forward them to the Code Committee. Information should be submitted by April 1.


Code of Conduct Philosophy

Pikeville Elementary is committed to providing all students with an environment that fosters a love of learning, enhances student achievement, cultivates respect for individual diversity, and prepares students for making sound personal choices.


Discipline is the creation of a learning environment, which fosters a sense of fairness and respect for people and property. Discipline encourages children to make positive choices based on an awareness of consequences and feelings theirs as well as the feelings of others.


Discipline is the cooperative effort and responsibility of students, parents/guardians, teachers, and administration. If followed by all parties, this will create an environment for all students to learn to their fullest potential.


In order to provide an appropriate learning environment PES has adopted this discipline code. The object of this code is to provide for a safe environment, to protect individual rights and to teach students to be responsible citizens. This code seeks to be consistent with the tradition of high standards which has been characteristic of the Pikeville Independent Schools.

We continue this focus by providing a responsive culture and climate for our students and staff conducive to high levels of productivity and outstanding academic performance through the use of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS).

PBIS is a school-wide systemic approach to embed evidence-based practices and data-driven decision-making to:

  1. Improve school climate and culture in order to achieve improved academic and social outcomes;
  2. Increase learning for all students, including those with the most complex and intensive behavior needs;
  3. Encompass a range of systemic and individualized positive strategies to reinforce desired behaviors;
  4. Diminish reoccurrence of inappropriate or dangerous behaviors, and
  5. Teach appropriate behaviors to students.


Effective Discipline Strategies

Appropriate disciplinary response procedures will be determined by grade level, seriousness, and frequency of offenses. Students who violate policies and rules are subject to the following disciplinary alternatives:

  1. Restatement of expectations - school staff remind students of expected behavior.
  2. Positive practice - staff will ask students to practice expected behavior.
  3. Verbal Reprimand - warning given by any staff member designated by

the principal.

  1. Verbal apology and/or handshake - may be requested by teacher or


  1. Restitution - the student will remedy the situation physically or financially.
  2. Student Responsibility Homework Report - written notice to parent that child has not completed a homework assignment.
  3. Special assignment - appropriate assignments during a time a child is present in school, deemed beneficial to correct behavior.
  4. Phone call to parent - teacher or administrator may make verbal contact with parent over a discipline problem.
  5. Conference with parent and/or student - teachers and/or administrators may request a meeting to discuss the student's behavior.
  6. Behavior contract - contract for specific behavior between teacher, student, and/or administrator/ counselor/ parent.
  7. Withdrawal of privileges - special events (such as but not limited to end of the year picnic or field trips), extracurricular activities or otherwise appropriate to grade level by teacher or administrator.
  8. Temporary removal from class - the immediate temporary removal of

a student from a classroom by teacher or administrator.

  1. Benched room - placement of a student in a classroom under the supervision of certified personnel.
  2. Office referral - student will be sent to the principal and/or assistant principal.
  3. Detention - a 60-minute study time after school or a specified time during the school day may be used for a single disciplinary problem, tardy issues, or for multiple disciplinary offenses.
  4. Shadowing - for a child to remain in class a parent may be requested

to attend school with their child for a specific time. The teacher's and

the administrator will make this determination and set parameters for the visit.

  1. Schedule change - with agreement of teacher and administrator placing a child in another class.
  2. Counselor referral - for a child whose behavior may be modified with one-to-one counseling. Initial contact with the student referred will occur within three school days of referral. If the counselor is not at school, the principal or assistant principal will handle the initial meeting.
  3. Time out - assigning a child a special place in the room, lunchroom, and anywhere else to prevent interaction with other students by a teacher or administrator.
  4. Student Conduct Report - see separate statement explaining this report.
  5. Saturday School - see separate statement on Saturday School.
  6. Referral to outside agencies - this may include Social Services, Mountain Comprehensive Care or District Court Worker.
  7. In-School Suspension (ISS) - see separate statement on In-School Suspension.
  8. Out-of-School Suspension - see separate statement on Out-of-School Suspension.
  9. Expulsion - see separate statement on Expulsion.
  10. Any appropriate action necessary to insure the safety and security of students, staff and faculty.

Discipline, Classroom Management, and School Safety Policy

District Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline

  1. Distribution to Students
  1. Pikeville Elementary School will follow the Pikeville Independent Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline in the School Code Book.
  1. During the first week of school, the principal (or principal’s designee) will:
  1. Provide each student with a copy of the District Code of Conduct
  2. Require each student to return a signed Acknowledgement Form from his or her parent or guardian showing that the parent or guardian has seen and reviewed the Code.
  3. Follow-up as needed with any student who has not returned the signed acceptance, or assign other staff members to do so.
  1. The principal (or principal’s designee) will follow steps 1-3 above for all students new to the school during the year.
  1. Communication with Stakeholders
  1. At the beginning of the school year, the Pikeville Independent Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline will be provided to all school employees, parents, and legal guardians, or other persons exercising custodial control or supervision of students including those students who enroll during the school year.
  2. At the beginning of each school year, the principal (or designee) will work with the district to develop a process to train anyone exercising custodial control over students, when necessary, in the use of the Code and/or to provide updated information to the staff, students, and parents.

Discipline Code (School Safety Plan)

Our school will maintain a School Safety Plan addressing procedures to provide a supportive, safe, healthy, orderly, and equitable learning environment for both students and staff. This plan will also address any issues identified by our stakeholders and issues required by state law. A hard copy of our current plan is available in our school Code of Conduct book.


  1. Student Behavior

                In order to prevent the disruption of the educational process and the ability of all                 students to take advantage of the educational opportunities offered at Pikeville                         Elementary School, the following student behaviors as defined by law will not be                 tolerated:

                This policy extends to any/all student language or behavior including, but not limited                 to, the use of electronic methods.

                These provisions should not be interpreted to prohibit civil exchange of opinions or                 debate protected under the state or federal constitutions where the opinion                         expressed does not otherwise materially or substantially disrupt the education                         process or intrude upon the rights of others.

  1. Violations and Reporting

                Students who violate this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action as                 outlined in the District Code.

                Students wishing to report a violation or who believe they are victims may report it to                 any staff member of Pikeville Elementary School who will take appropriate action as                 defined by the Code. Staff will refer the report to the principal (or designee) for                         further action when the report involves an offense that may warrant suspension or                 expulsion of a student, any felony offense, or a report that may be required by law,                 including reports to law enforcement.

  1. Retaliation

                Other students and employees shall not retaliate against a student because he/she                 reports violation of the Code or assists or participates in any investigation,                         proceedings, or hearing regarding the violation. The Superintendent (or designee)                 shall take measures needed to protect students from such retaliation.

                As provided in the Code, students who believe they are victims of these behaviors                 will be provided with a process to enable them to report such incidents to personnel                 for appropriate action.

Description of Expected Behavior

Our school is composed of a diverse community that recognizes that individuals have different thoughts, feelings, and needs. Every person in the school community has:

Bully Behavior:  Consequences and Interventions (This is not an exhaustive list)

Level I

Level II

Level III

  • Restatement of expectation
  • Verbal reprimand
  • Withdrawal of privileges
  • Strict, supervised study
  • Phone call or note home

  • Continuation of Level I responses
  • Office Referral
  • After-school Detention Schedule change
  • Referral to Counselor
  • Continuation of Level II responses
  • In-school Suspension
  • Assignment of Saturday School
  • Suspension
  • Suspension with recommendation for expulsion
  • Contact local authorities, if applicable

Procedures for Reporting

When an act of bullying occurs in school that a student needs help with, he or she may tell his or her teacher or another trusted individual in the school. This may include the following:

Procedures for Investigation

The principal or his or her designee will be responsible for the prompt investigation of reported acts of bullying.

School Response

Pikeville Elementary School will respond to acts of bullying with one or more of the following:

Prohibition of Reprisal or Retaliation

A person who reports false accusations of bullying, or retaliates against those who report incidents of bullying, will be subject to appropriate consequences and interventions as outlined in the school/district handbook.


Principals and assistant principals are responsible for:

  1. Disseminating and interpreting the behavioral and discipline standards and guidelines of the district and school.
  2. Ensuring that all staff and students adhere to the District Code of Conduct.
  3. Providing support and guidance to teachers in the implementation of the district and school behavioral and discipline standards and guidelines.
  4. Working with parents and guardians when issues arise that involve behavior and/or discipline of a student.

Teachers are responsible for:

  1. Clearly establishing classroom standards of conduct that:
  1. Include clearly defined consequences when standards are not met,
  2. Are communicated to parents,
  3. Are posted in plain view of the students in the classroom, and
  4. Are taught to students during the first two weeks of school and explained to students who join the class during the year.
  1. Ensuring that:
  1. Teacher-student interactions demonstrate general caring and respect.
  2. Interactions among students are generally polite and respectful.
  3. Disrespectful behavior among students is responded to successfully in a polite and respectful but impersonal way.
  4. Students are engaged during small-group work.
  5. Classroom routines work efficiently and function smoothly including smooth transitions between large and small-group activities.
  6. Students are held to the classroom standards and appropriate consequences are issued when the standards are not met.
  1. Frequently monitoring student behavior including effective responses to student misbehavior as well as acknowledgment of good behavior.
  2. Making sure the classroom is safe, that all students can see and hear, and that the room is arranged to support learning/instructional goals and activities.

Counselors are responsible for:

  1. Providing support and guidance to help students and parents understand, correctly interpret, accept, and follow the behavioral standards and guidelines of the district, school, and classrooms.
  2. Providing support and guidance to teachers in the implementation of classroom management techniques and strategies.

Students are responsible for:

  1. Exhibiting respect for the teacher.
  2. Interacting with peers in a polite and respectful way.
  3. Expending effort to complete work or high quality.
  4. Accepting and following the behavioral standards of conduct expected by the district, school, and each classroom.
  5. Asking for help when they do not understand the behavioral expectations or feel that they are unable to comply.

Parents and Guardians are asked to:

  1. Become familiar with documents related to district and school standards of behavior and discipline and ask the school questions when they do not understand language or details in these documents.
  2. Work with the school when issues arise involving their child’s behavior or consequences given to their child by the school or teacher.

COVID-19 Guidance and Safety Expectations

Full implementation of all layers of protection will be recommended for the 2022-2023 school year when sustained evidence of COVID-19 in a community is high. This decision will be made collaboratively by local public health officials and school administrators. Proper notification will be sent to all stakeholders. (This guidance is subject to change).


Expectations for Parents/Guardians:

  1. Health Assessment: Parents agree to perform the following health assessment

on a daily basis before allowing their child to attend school in-person, small group instruction, or to board the bus for transportation to school:

  1. Temperature greater than 100.4
  2. New, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing
  3. GI (vomiting/diarrhea/nausea)
  4. Sore throat
  5. New rash
  6. New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
  7. Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19
  1. Support Student Learning: Parents/Guardians are partners in supporting their child’s learning. Therefore, you are encouraged to:
  1. Encourage your child daily.
  2. Ensure they log in to their learning platform and complete their assignments every day.
  3. Ensure your child’s work is authentic and original.
  4. Contact your child’s teacher about any concerns you may have.
  5. Supervise and monitor your child’s progress on Infinite Campus.



Faculty, staff, and any student enrolled at PES may be asked to adhere to wearing a mask during the 2022-2023 school year (unless there is a medical waiver) during an increasing COVID-19 transmission rate of the surrounding community or school. This decision will be made collaboratively by local public health officials and school administrators. Proper notification will be sent to all stakeholders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that when used consistently and correctly, cloth face coverings are important to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, all faculty, staff, and any student enrolled at PES must adhere to wearing a mask unless you have a medical waiver. This includes wearing the mask on all school grounds, including the bus. Gaiter face coverings will not be allowed to be worn by any student. Students who are enrolled in preschool and kindergarten are only required to wear a cloth face covering while traveling throughout the building (unless medically waived). Students shall maintain masks in a hygienic condition. Decorations, symbols, mottoes, or designs imprinted or attached to the mask which are offensive to good taste or the maintenance of good decorum shall not be worn to school or to school functions.

Disciplinary Action for willful disobedience regarding masking:

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

Warning and parent contact by teacher

Benchroom and parent contact by administrator (to explain enrollment into the virtual academy up the next occurrence)

Benchroom and administrative parent conference (enrollment in virtual academy)

Dress Code Policy

The goal of the PES dress code is to ensure a high-quality learning experience for all students.


The following is prohibited:



Bottoms (Preschool through 4th grade students)*

Bottoms (5th/6th grade students)*

Hats and Accessories  


Disciplinary Action for Dress Code Violations

Students will be required to become compliant with the dress code policy. Administration will determine the disciplinary action.

*To better accommodate our growing Panthers, the dress code is separated by age group  for bottom garments and adopts the PHS dress code for our fifth and sixth grade students.

Homework Policy

Homework is an important element of the PES's educational program. To be effective, learning requires an integrated approach among teachers, parents, and students.


Homework is defined as assignments to be completed outside the regular school day that reinforce instruction, increase understanding and retention, prepare a student for class discussion, and provide curriculum enrichment opportunities. Not all homework will be in the form of written assignments. Some homework, especially in the primary level, may involve students reading to their parents, as well as parents reading to

their children and students involved in creating a project.

Please note: Long-term assignments could take longer, but would be assigned so that the student could work over a period of several days, therefore not exceeding the daily maximum.

Kindergarten            10 minutes

First Grade             10 minutes

Second Grade            20 minutes

Third Grade            30 minutes

Fourth Grade            40 minutes

Fifth Grade             50 minutes

Sixth Grade            60 minutes


Regular homework will not be assigned during fall break, Thanksgiving vacation, Christmas vacation, or spring break.

 2022-2023 PES Grid of Disciplinary Consequences

Behavior (with examples but not an exhaustive list)

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense


See pages 26-30  (PES Code Book)

  • Parent Contact (SCR)
  • Benchroom
  • Parent Contact (SCR)
  • Detention
  • Office Referral
  • Parent Contacted by School Administration
  • Saturday School        


Language, Tone, Attitude, Not following acceptable personal space, Bothering another person’s belongings, Cutting line, Making a mess in the school common areas and/or writing, carving, or marking on school walls, furniture, and non-personal belongings

See Required Standards p. 43-46 (PES Code Book)

  • Parent Contact (SCR)
  • Benchroom

*Restitution as appropriate

  • Parent Contact (SCR)
  • Benchroom

*Restitution as appropriate

  • Office Referral
  • Parent Contacted by School Administration
  • Detention

*Restitution as appropriate

Disobedience, Defiant, Uncooperative

Refusal to complete work or to comply with reasonable request from school personnel as guided by school guidelines and expectations

See Required Standards p. 43-46 (PES Code Book)

  • Parent Contact (SCR)
  • Benchroom
  • Parent Contact (SCR)
  • Benchroom
  • Office Referral
  • Parent Contacted by School Administration
  • Detention

Use of inappropriate language/gestures

See p. 41-42 (PES Code Book)

  • Parent Contact (SCR)
  • Benchroom
  • Office Referral
  • Parent Contacted by School Administration
  • Detention
  • Office Referral
  • Parent Contacted by School Administration
  • Saturday School

Disruptive Behavior

Play fighting, horseplaying, throwing materials at lunch or in class, lack of expected  voice control, playing in the restroom, etc.

  • Parent Contact (SCR)
  • Benchroom
  • Parent Contact (SCR)
  • Benchroom
  • Office Referral
  • Parent Contacted by School Administration
  • Detention


Physical aggression (hitting, punching, slapping, kicking, pushing, etc.)

See p. 44 (PES Code Book)

  • Immediate Office Referral
  • Parent Contacted by School Administration
  • Consequences determined by School Administration
  • Immediate Office Referral
  • Parent Contacted by School Administration
  • Consequences determined by School Administration
  • Immediate Office Referral
  • Parent Contacted by School Administration
  • Consequences determined by School Administration

Fighting, Striking Faculty/Staff Members

  • Immediate Office Referral
  • Parent Contacted by School Administration
  • Consequences determined by School Administration
  • 1-5 Days Suspension
  • Immediate Office Referral
  • Consequences determined by School Administration
  • Possible legal action
  • Immediate Office Referral
  • Consequences determined by School Administration  
  • Possible legal action


See Required Standards p. 43-46 (PES Code Book)

  • Parent Contact (SCR)
  • Benchroom (K-2)
  • Detention (3-6)
  • Office Referral
  • Parent Contacted by School Administration
  • Detention (grades K-2)
  • In School Suspension ( 3-6)
  • Office Referral
  • Parent Contacted by School Administration
  • In School Suspension (K-2)
  • Out of School Suspension (3-6)

Possession of Dangerous Weapon

See p. 44, 47 (PES Code Book)

  • Law enforcement contacted
  • 6-10 day out of school suspension



Threats to self, other student(s) and/or teacher(s)

See p. 37-46  (PES Code Book)

  • Threat assessment by School Counselor and next steps will be determined.
  • Possible proper authorities contacted.
  • Threat assessment by School Counselor and next steps will be determined.
  • Possible proper authorities contacted.
  • Threat assessment by School Counselor and next steps will be determined.
  • Possible proper authorities contacted.

Use of cell phone during school day

See p. 39  (PES Code Book)

  • Device taken and returned at the end of the day
  • Parent Contacted (SCR)
  • Device taken
  • Parent Contacted by School Administration
  • Parent required to pick it up at school

  • Device taken
  • Parent Contacted by School Administration
  • Student possession of device no longer permitted for the remainder of school year


  • Parent Contact (SCR)
  • Benchroom (grades K-2)
  • Detention (grades 3-6)
  • Parent Contact (SCR)
  • Detention
  • Parent Contact (SCR)
  • Detention
  • Saturday School

School Bus Violations

See p. 56  (PES Code Book)

  • Refer to School Bus Guidelines in District Code Book




See p. 32 (PES Code Book)

*Grade levels will communicate additional homework expectations and consequences.

  • Warning
  • Student Responsibility Homework Report
  • If during the same quarter as the 1st offense:
  • Warning
  • Student Responsibility Homework Report
  • If during the same quarter as the 2nd offense:
  • Office Referral
  • Detention

*SCR = Student Conduct Report (prepared by teacher)

*After 3rd offense, other responses deemed necessary by school personnel will be implemented, if necessary.

Certain acts listed are federal and/or state offenses.  School officials will notify the proper authorities in resolving such problems.

Behavior Policy

Our Behavior Policy is in place so that we may provide an atmosphere of open communication, fairness, and safety.

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

A Student Conduct Report (SCR) will be completed by the teacher for their record and a copy sent to the office. Parents will receive a copy of the form.

With a student’s second (2nd) inappropriate behavior in a nine (9) weeks grading period, the teacher will follow the procedures outlined in 1st offense.

With a student’s third (3rd) inappropriate behavior in a nine (9) weeks grading period, the teacher will send the student to the principal or the assistant principal with a detention slip.

***If documentation returns from parent/guardian unsigned, the teacher or administrator  will make contact with the parent/guardian.***

In-School Suspension/Detention (ISS/ISD)

An ISS/ISD is not intended to be a program to only punish the child, but as an alternative educational environment for temporary placement. The highly structured environment and the counseling component will begin the process of helping a student recognize the need for and to develop skills for behavior changes while continuing

academic progress.

After a parent or child has chosen for the child to miss two consecutive detentions without prior administrative approval, the detention shall automatically change into a one day ISS/ISD.

Saturday School

Saturday School will be used as a response to unmodified behavior, the result of three disciplinary reports, (i.e. detentions, In- School Suspensions, Out of School Suspensions) or a serious violation of school rules and/or regulations. Students will be assigned to Saturday School by the principal or assistant principal. A student will be assigned a Saturday School upon committing a violation that results in receiving three disciplinary report forms. After receiving three such forms the student will be assigned to the next scheduled Saturday School.

Saturday School may be assigned to any student on a first offense deemed serious by the Principal/Assistant Principal. Saturday School will be held on Saturday from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. for students in grades 3-6. Saturday School will be held on Saturday from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. for students in grades K-2. The only exception to Saturday School not being held on Saturday and being held on an evening after school will be the end of the year when scheduling is hindered due to so many other scheduled activities. Saturday School will be held at Pikeville Elementary School and it is the sole responsibility of the parent to provide transportation to and from the elementary school. Students will work on grade level academic activities. Students assigned to Saturday School will not be allowed to participate in any school-sponsored extra-

curricular activities that day. Parents will be notified when a student has been assigned a Saturday School with a written notice and/or telephone contact by Principal/Assistant Principal.

Failure to attend Saturday School will result in an additional Saturday School being assigned. Failure to attend a second Saturday School will/may result in court action.

Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation

Kentucky defines harassment, intimidation, or bullying as any intentionally written message or image, verbal or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics. Such as:

Parents should contact the Principal, Assistant Principal, or School Counselor immediately if your child reports any bullying allegations. These allegations are taken seriously by being investigated and by taking appropriate corrective actions when necessary. Please keep in mind that due to privacy laws, you may not be aware of how the school is handling the harassment, intimidation, or bullying.


Cyberbullying is a form of bullying committed by transmission of a communication including, but not limited to, a message, text, sound or image by means of an electronic device including, but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone or other wireless communication device, computer or pager. The district has jurisdiction over cyberbullying that uses the district's technology resources or that originates on district property, at a district activity or on district transportation. Even when cyberbullying does not involve district property, activities or technology resources, the district will impose consequences and discipline for those who engage in cyberbullying if there is a sufficient connection to the educational environment, the behavior materially and substantially disrupts the educational environment, the communication involves a threat as defined by law, or the district is otherwise allowed by law to address the behavior.

Bullying vs. Conflict

There is a difference between selfish actions or thoughtlessness and true bullying among kids. In most incidents at school, two children aren’t able to get along or sort out their issues. It may be one “mean moment” or some conflict between them that needs to be resolved. Some kids need guidance on conflict resolution in middle and high school.

Most experts agree that a child crosses the threshold into bullying if actions are intentional, one-sided, and occur repeatedly. If there is an issue, talk to the teacher, who may know if something is going on or can watch for issues at school. If the issue does not get resolved, the teacher will know the next steps to follow.

Telecommunication/Electronic Devices

Students are not to carry a device on them throughout the day but are to leave them in the designated area in each classroom.

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

  • Device taken and returned at the end of the day
  • Possible grade level consequence
  • Device taken
  • Parent required to pick it up at school
  • Possible grade level consequence
  • Student possession of device no longer permitted for the remainder of school year
  • Possible grade level consequence

Any other consequences will be determined by school administration.

Removal of Students from Class Setting

School administrators may immediately remove or cause to be removed threatening or violent students from a classroom setting. Threatening or violent behavior includes, but not limited to:

  1. Verbal or written statements or gestures by students indicating intent to harm themselves, others, or property.
  2. Physical attacks by students so as to intentionally inflict harm to themselves, others, or property.

A threat assessment will be completed and submitted to document the removal and the causes, if known. School administrators will review the removal as soon as possible to determine if further disciplinary action is warranted or if the students can return to the classroom.




The Board of Education requires high standards of personal conduct from each student to promote respect for the rights of others and to accomplish the purposes of the schools. The Board also requires compliance with established standards and rules of the district and the laws of the community, state and nation.

The central purpose of the school system is to educate each student to the highest level possible. To support the success of the educational program, the Board directs employees to hold each student accountable to the Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline standards in a fair manner. Compliance with the standards is necessary to provide:

This Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline applies to all students in the District while at school, on their way to and from school while on the bus or other District vehicle, and while they are attending school-sponsored trips and activities. The Superintendent or designee is responsible for its implementation and application throughout the District.

The Principal of each school is responsible for administration and implementation of this Code in a uniform and fair manner without partiality or discrimination. Each school/council must select and implement appropriate discipline and classroom management techniques necessary to carry out this Code and shall provide a list of the school's rules and discipline procedures in the school handbook.

Teachers and other instructional personnel are responsible for administering Code standards in the classroom, halls, and other duty assignment locations.

This Code establishes minimum behavior standards. Recognizing that each school, grade or class may require special provisions, school councils, administrators, and teachers have full authority to make rules to enforce these standards in keeping with their areas of responsibility.

District Mission

The mission of the Pikeville Independent School District is to provide a rigorous, relevant education in a positive, nurturing environment to develop each student as a life-long learner and responsible citizen in a global community. (Spring 2006)

District Beliefs

Statement of Nondiscrimination

The Board of Education, as required by federal law, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetic information, disability, age, or limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions in its programs and activities and provides equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Individuals who have questions concerning compliance with this requirement should contact the Superintendent at the Board of Education's Central Office.



Harassment/Discrimination is unlawful behavior based on race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex or disability that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or objectively offensive that it adversely affects a student’s education or creates a hostile or abusive educational environment and further defined by board policy 09.42811.

Intimidation by threats of or actual physical violence: the creation, by whatever means, of a climate of hostility or intimidation, or the use of language, conduct, or symbols in such manner as to be commonly understood to convey hatred, contempt, or prejudice or to have the effect of insulting or stigmatizing an individual.

Conduct and/or actions prohibited under this policy include but are not

limited to:


Students who believe they or any other student, employee, or visitor is being or has been subjected to harassment/discrimination shall, as soon as reasonably practicable, report it. Reports are to be made to the Principal and may be made directly to the Superintendent. Additionally, if sexual discrimination or harassment is being alleged, reports may be made directly to the District Title IX Coordinator. Additional information regarding reporting procedures and forms can be found in board policy 09.42811 and 09.42811 AP.2.


This Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline is to be kept on file in the Superintendent's office along with other documents pertaining to the operation of Pikeville Independent Schools. These include Board Policy and Procedures, District Safety Plan, Kentucky Revised Statutes and Administrative Regulations, District Special Education Policies and Procedures, School Council Policies, School Handbooks, and all other pertinent student records information that may be applicable.

Revision to this code may be necessary after its distribution to comply with newly-revised statutes and regulations and case law. A complete copy of the Board Policy and Procedure Manual is available for inspection at each Principal's office or at the Central Office.

Rights and Responsibilities

As citizens of the United States of America, students may participate  in activities that do not (1) materially or substantially disrupt the  education process, (2) present a clear and present danger to the  health and safety of self, others or property, or (3) infringe on the  rights of others.

Specifically, students have the right to:

Students have the responsibility to:

Required Standards

The Board expects employees, students, parents, guardians and others associated with the schools to apply the following standards in a reasonable and fair manner.

These behaviors include but are not limited to:


To understand that regular and punctual attendance at school is both a privilege and a responsibility of the student. Good attendance is necessary for satisfactory progress and high academic achievement.

Examples of attendance violations include but are not limited to:

To exercise self-control as required by the particular situation and in keeping with school and district rules, or be subject to removal from the regular classroom setting or transportation system. In addition a student may be barred from participation in extracurricular activities, pending investigation that he/she has violated the District's behavior standards or the school council's criteria for such participation.

To understand that certain behaviors are not only violations of school policies, but also may be illegal and may carry other penalties prescribed by criminal and civil law. Such behaviors include but are not limited to:


To understand that students must work cooperatively and productively with each other and with school personnel in a manner that is consistent with standards of respect and courtesy. Examples of prohibited behaviors that detract from a safe and orderly learning environment include, but are not limited to:


The Pikeville Independent Schools Board of Education has included samples of prohibited behaviors to help the reader understand how the behavior standard will be enforced. Other behaviors not included in the examples may also be prohibited.

Consequences of Violations

Behavioral violations of a minor nature should be handled by the classroom teacher, who may choose from a variety of response options to include, but not be limited to:


For repeated or more serious violations, administrators may also use these options:


NOTICE: Any pupil who threatens, assaults, batters or abuses another pupil shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion. However, students may also be subject to prosecution or juvenile justice interventions for  assaults, threats or other abusive conduct. Potential penalties exist under KRS 532.060 (Imprisonment) and KRS 534.030 (Fines) by the provisions of KRS 508.078 (Terroristic Threatening in the Second Degree).

NOTICE: A more detailed chart of violations and corresponding responses will be included in each school's handbook. State and federal law requires special consideration and possible designation of alternative consequences when dealing with behavior and disciplinary issues involving students with disabilities.

Search and Seizure

Students have the right to be secure from unreasonable searches of their person and property. However, school authorities are authorized to search a student if they have reasonable suspicion that the search will reveal evidence that the student has violated or is violating this Code or a school rule or the law. Also, school authorities may conduct general inspections of jointly held property on a regular basis. All searches will be conducted in accordance with Board policy. Students cannot expect to have complete privacy in their use of school property assigned for their use, such as desks and lockers.

Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion

Use of physical restraint or seclusion by school personnel is subject to 704 KAR 007:160. However, nothing in this policy prohibits the exercise of law enforcement duties by sworn law enforcement officers.


Physical Restraint means a personal restriction that immobilizes or reduces the ability of a student to move the student’s torso, arms, legs, or head freely.


Seclusion means the involuntary confinement of a student alone in a room or area from which the student is prevented from leaving, but does not mean classroom timeouts, supervised in-school detentions, or out-of-school suspensions. Employees are authorized by law to physically restrain students as necessary for the following reasons: to protect themselves, students, or others from physical injury; to get possession of a weapon or other dangerous objects; or to protect property from serious harm.

The Board has established policy 09.2212 and related procedures to address the use of physical restraint and seclusion that are designed to promote the safety of all students, school personnel, and visitors. As required by 704 KAR 7:160 this policy and related procedures can be accessed through our District Web Page Board of Education/Board policies or you may access a hard copy of this policy and related procedures at the main office of either Pikeville Elementary, Pikeville High School, or at the Board of Education located on 148 2nd Street, Pikeville KY 41501.

Reports to Law Enforcement Officials

When principals have reasonable belief that certain violations have taken place, they are required by law to immediately report them to law enforcement officials. Violations on school property or at a school-sponsored function requiring a report to law enforcement officials include:

Employee Duty to Report

KRS 158.156 and Pikeville Independent Board policy 09.2211 require any employee of a school or a local board of education who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that a school student has been a victim of a violation of any felony offense specified in KRS Chapter 508 committed by another while on school premises, on school sponsored transportation, or at a school sponsored event shall immediately cause an oral or written report to be made to the Principal of the school attended by the victim. The Principal shall notify the parents, legal guardians, or other persons exercising custodial control or supervision of the student when the student is involved in an incident reportable under this section. The Principal shall file a written report with the local school board and the local law enforcement agency or the Department of Kentucky State Police or the county attorney within forty-eight (48) hours of the original report.” An example of some felony offenses included in KRS Chapter 508 are listed below:


Employee Reports of Criminal Activity

Any person who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that a child is dependent, neglected, or abused shall immediately cause an oral or written report to be made to a local law enforcement agency or the Department of Kentucky State Police; the cabinet or its designated representative; the Commonwealth's Attorney or the County Attorney; by telephone or otherwise. Any supervisor who receives from an employee a report of suspected dependency, neglect, or abuse shall promptly make a report to the proper authorities for investigation. KRS 620.030



Students are never allowed to bring a weapon to school. The Board urges parents and other citizens to make sure that students do not have inappropriate access to weapons. Both Board policy and the law prohibit the carrying, bringing, using, or possessing of any weapon or dangerous instrument in any school building, on school grounds, in any school vehicle or at any school-sponsored activity. Except for authorized law enforcement officials, the Board policy and federal law specifically prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons on school property.

When a student violates the prohibition on weapons, the Principal shall immediately make a report to the Superintendent, who shall determine if charges for expulsion are to be brought before the Board. Unless the Board chooses to consider charges on a case-by-case basis, the penalty for students bringing a firearm or other deadly weapon, destructive device, or booby trap device to school or onto the school property under jurisdiction of the District shall be expulsion for a minimum of twelve (12) months. (The Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994 and KRS 158.150) District employees must also report to law enforcement officials if they know or have reasonable cause to believe that conduct has occurred that constitutes the carrying, possession, or use of a deadly weapon on the school premises, on a school bus, or at a school sponsored or sanctioned event.

Suspension Expulsion and Due Process

For certain violations, administrators, such as the Superintendent and Principal, may remove (suspend) a student from school for up to ten (10) days per incident. Unless immediate suspension is necessary to protect persons or property or to avoid disruption of the educational process, the student shall not be suspended until he/she has been given due process (required by law). Due process must be given before educational benefits are taken away and shall include:

  1. Oral or written notice of the charge(s) against the student.
  2. An explanation of the evidence, if the student denies the charge(s).
  3. An opportunity to present the student's own version of the facts concerning the charge(s).

A report of the suspension shall be made in writing to the Superintendent, the Director of Pupil Personnel and to the parent/guardian of the student being suspended. Suspension of a primary school student shall be considered only in exceptional cases where there are safety issues for the child or others.

Following legally required due process, the Board may expel any pupil from the regular school setting for misconduct as defined by law for periods longer than ten (10) days. In cases of expulsion, provision of educational services will be required unless the Board determines, on the record and supported by clear and convincing evidence, that the expelled student poses a threat to the safety of other students or school staff and cannot be placed in a state-funded agency program. Action to expel a pupil shall not be taken until the parent of the pupil has had an opportunity for a hearing before the Board.


Students and parents wishing to express an educational concern or grievance shall observe the following order of appeal, as described in board policy 09.4281:

  1. Teacher
  2. Principal
  3. School council (where appropriate)
  4. Superintendent
  5. Board

However, when the grievance is of such a personal and private nature the grievant shall give his/her communication directly to the Principal and/or Superintendent as outlined in board policy 09.4281 AP.1.

Extracurricular Activity Grievances

Any student who wishes to express an extracurricular concern or grievance shall observe the above order of appeal, whereby the coach or sponsor replaces the teacher as the first contact. Extracurricular grievances shall not be heard by the Superintendent or the Board of Education, but instead may be heard by the Site-Based Council, whereby the decision of the Council shall be final as outlined by board policies 09.4281 and 09.4281 AP.1.

Student Records

Records containing student information shall be made available to the parent of the student/guardian, or eligible student on written request. Eligible students include those 18 years of age or older or those enrolled in a postsecondary school program. For information concerning access or corrections to student records, contact the Principal or the Superintendent at the Central Office address and telephone number listed on the front cover.



Definition of Absence

An absence shall be defined as a student who is not present and accounted for during a day when school is in session.

Students returning to school after being absent must check in at the front office with written documentation for their absence. It shall be the responsibility of the student to present the admittance slip from the front office to the homeroom teacher and all other teachers from whose classes the student was absent. Teachers shall not admit any student to class or homeroom without an admittance slip. Three absences and tardies, per semester, may be marked excused when the student presents a note from the parent/guardian stating a valid reason for the absence. Any other absence or tardy will be excused only when the student presents original documentation that a doctor has been consulted and in the opinion of the physician, the student should not have attended school. Absences due to other extenuating circumstances beyond the student's control must be appealed to the Attendance Committee and/or school principal for approval. All absences shall be considered unexcused unless the student brings a note from the parent or original documentation for an approved school absence (see below) upon returning to school. It is the sole responsibility of the student and parent to present this documentation to the front office attendance clerk at each school.

Examples of Excused Absences

  1. Absences may be excused for the following reasons:
  2. Personal illness of the student
  3. Serious illness in the immediate family
  4. Death in the family
  5. Local medical or dental appointments (only a portion of the day may be used)
  6. To take driver's permit test (only a portion of the day may be used)
  7. To take driver's test (only a portion of the day may be used)
  8. Appearance in court as witness or one that is under subpoena to appear for circumstances that are not of the student's own offense.
  9. Extenuating circumstances that have been reviewed by the Principal, DPP or approved by the Attendance Committee.
  10. Other valid reasons as determined by the principal, including trips qualifying as educational enhancement opportunities. (Note: An Educational Enhancement Request Form must be completed and returned to the Principal at least five (5) days prior to the absence).
  11. Visitation to a college by a graduating senior when such visitation cannot be done other than during a school day. An Educational Enhancement Statement must be completed by the student and approved by the Principal at least five (5) days prior to the absence.
  12. Participation as part of a school sponsored interscholastic athletic team, who compete in a regional or state tournament sanctioned by the Kentucky Board of Education or the KHSAA.

Local Board Policy

09.123 Local board policy states, unless otherwise noted in the school’s approved SBDM policy, that any student who has an unexcused absence shall not be allowed to make up tests, class projects, or homework. The student will be given zeros for all work assigned on the day the absence occurs. Written documentation as to the cause of the absence will need to be presented in order to make arrangements for the work to be made up.

09.122 Compulsory Attendance - All children in the district who have entered Kindergarten or who are between the ages of six (6) as of August 1 and eighteen (18), except those specifically exempted by statute, shall enroll and be in regular attendance in the schools in which they are assigned.


Students who are excessively absent or tardy without valid excuse may be subject to both academic and legal penalties.

KRS 159.150 states that any student who has been absent from school without valid excuse for three (3) or more days, or tardy without valid excuse for three (3) or more days during a one (1) year period is declared a truant. The Director of Pupil Personnel (DPP) may cite a parent to the Court Designated Worker (CDW) under this statute for failure to send a child to school. Any child who has been reported as truant two (2) or more times during a one (1) year period is declared a habitual truant. Habitual truants will be cited by the DPP to appear before the CDW to answer the charge of failure to send a child to school. An assessment will be done by the CDW to determine if court action should follow. Parents may be fined for failing to send their child to school in either case as the law makes no differentiation between penalties for truants and habitual truants. (KRS 600.020)

Examples of Unexcused Absences

Absences will be considered unexcused when:

  1. The absence is not accompanied by a note from a parent-guardian or physician.
  2. The absence is a result of suspension by the school. (The student is still required to obtain an admittance slip upon return to school after the suspension period has been served.)
  3. The absence is a result of appearance in court due to unlawful activity on the part of the student. (The absence may be appealed if the court finds the student innocent of the charges.)

Educational Enhancement Opportunity (EHO)

To request an absence to attend or participate in an educational activity, please complete an Educational Enhancement Opportunity (EHO) application form and return it to school at least five (5) days prior to the absence. Such an absence as requested by application and approved by the Principal, will be considered an excused absence. The major intent of the activity must be educational in order for the student to be granted this type of absence. The proposed activity must have significant educational value and be composed of an intensive program related to the core curriculum (e.g. art programs, dance programs, State Fair activities, workshops that are educational in nature, college visits, etc.) The Principal will use his/her good judgment to determine if the activity meets guidelines. A student may be approved for up to ten (10) days of absence per year for this purpose. Students who are granted an absence under this law will be allowed to make up all school work. Student grades cannot be affected by lack of attendance or participation in classes for approved days. This type of absence cannot occur during the school’s state assessment or the District-Wide assessments, unless there are extenuating circumstances that are approved by the Principal and/or Building Assessment Coordinator. Decisions may be appealed to the Superintendent and then to the Board of Education. (09.123 AP.2)

Check-out Policy

Students who must leave before the school day ends must check out through the office as part of the safety policy, it is also required that a parent or guardian must come to the school to check the student out. Upon returning to school, the student must obtain an admittance slip from the office before returning to classes. The student will be counted tardy if he/she misses from 1 minute to 60 minutes of instructional time, even if the student is checked out in the afternoon. Students leaving school during any part of the day without checking out will be considered “skipping” school and will be reported to the DPP.

Consequences of Excessive Tardiness

When a student is tardy without excuse on four (4) occasions, a Saturday School session will be assigned. Notification of the Saturday School will be given to the student and parent/guardian no later than the Thursday afternoon before the Saturday School session. It is the responsibility of the student to bring study material to the session. Failure to attend Saturday School will result in one (1) day of in-school detention.

School Closing

In the event of severely inclement weather or mechanical breakdown, school may be closed or the starting time delayed. The same conditions may also necessitate early dismissal. School closing, delayed starting time or early dismissal will be announced through the media and posted on the district webpage. School closing or snow schedules will be announced. If no announcement is made, it can be assumed that school will be in regular session. Please do not call the school or the radio stations. Telephone lines must be kept open for emergencies.


Student Rights and Responsibilities

Specifically, students have the right to:

All students have the responsibility to:


Parent/Guardian Rights and Responsibilities

Parents and guardians have legal rights in the education of their children from kindergarten through high school. These rights are of two kinds, both equally important: the rights that parents have on their own, as parents, and the rights they have as agents for their children.

All parents and guardians have the right to:


All parents and guardians have the responsibility to:

Abuse of Teacher Prohibited

Whenever a teacher or school administrator is functioning in his capacity as an employee of a school board of education of a public school system, it shall be unlawful for any person to direct speech or conduct toward the teacher or school administrator when such person knows or should know that the speech or conduct will disrupt or interfere with normal school activities or will nullify or undermine the good order and discipline of the School. KRS 161.190


The mission of Pikeville Independent Schools is to provide a rigorous, relevant education in a positive, nurturing environment to develop each student as a lifelong learner and responsible citizen in a global community. A positive, nurturing environment implies a climate of safety and civility for the school community.

As referenced in board policy 09.422 the use of lewd, profane or vulgar language is prohibited. In addition, students shall not engage in behaviors such as hazing, bullying, menacing, taunting, intimidating, verbal or physical abuse of others, or other threatening behavior. This policy extends to any/all student language or behavior including, but not limited to, the use of electronic or online methods. Such behavior is disruptive to the educational process and interferes with the ability of other students to take advantage of the educational opportunities offered.

Bullying means any unwanted verbal, physical, or social behavior among students that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and is repeated or has the potential to be repeated:

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. This definition shall not be interpreted to prohibit civil exchange of opinions or debate or cultural practices protected under state or federal Constitution where the opinion expressed does not otherwise materially or substantially disrupt the education process.

Students who believe them or any other student, employee, or visitor is being or has been subjected to harassment, discrimination and/ or bullying shall, as soon as reasonably practicable, report it. Students wishing to report the act of bullying/hazing or any violation, stated above, of the Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline may report it to any classroom teacher at their school, who shall take appropriate action as defined by board policy 9.422. The teacher shall refer the report to the principal/designee for further action when the report involves an offense that may warrant suspension or expulsion of a student, any felony offense, or a report that may be required by law, including reports to law enforcement.

The principal and/or his designee will be responsible for investigation, reporting and appropriate disciplinary action if required.

Pikeville Independent Schools

702 KAR 5:050


At Bus Stops

  1. Be on time. The bus cannot wait beyond its regular schedule for those who are tardy. Be at the bus stop five (5) minutes before your bus is scheduled to arrive.
  2. Always cross in front of the bus at a safe distance (minimum 10-15 feet) in order to be seen by the bus driver. Cross only on the driver's signal.
  3. Do not run toward or run across the street in front of a school bus while it is in motion.
  4. Never stand in the road while waiting for the bus. Wait in an orderly line off the highway or street. Wait until the bus stops and then walk to the door and board the bus in an orderly manner. Do not push and shove.
  5. Pupils shall board the bus and immediately take a seat without disturbing the other passengers. Do not exchange seats unless given permission by the driver.
  6. Pupils shall not try to get on, off, or move about within the bus while it is in motion.
  7. Pupils shall not wear clothing or backpacks with long strings that could become entangled in the bus handrail.
  8. Avoid making excessive noise.
  9. Remember that fighting at bus stops and on the way to and from school bus stops is subject to disciplinary action (to be reported to the school principal or assistant principal).

Riding the Bus

  1. The driver is in charge of the bus and passengers.
  2. Pupils shall ride their assigned bus and no other bus. A student needing to ride a bus different from their regularly assigned bus or get off the bus at a location different from their regularly assigned stop must present a signed note, from the school office approved by either the principal/assistant principal, to the bus driver.
  3. No person other than those assigned to the bus shall be allowed to ride the school bus. If a student who is not regularly transported by the school bus needs to ride the bus they must present a signed note, from the school office approved by either the principal/assistant principal, to the bus driver.
  4. Report promptly to the driver any damage done to the bus. Persons causing damage can be expected to pay the full cost of repairs before riding privileges are restored.
  5. Pupils shall not engage in any activity which might divert the driver's attention away from driving the bus and cause an accident, such as but not limited to:

  1. Violations of the rules and regulations for riding a school bus shall result in the following actions: Each offense will be written up by the bus driver and given to the Principal/Assistant Principal. After a student receives (3) three BUS CONDUCT REPORT write-ups, the student will be suspended from riding the bus for (5) five school days. A meeting with the bus driver, Principal and/or Assistant Principal, parent, and bus monitor (if applicable) will be held prior to the student’s bus privileges being reinstated. In the event of (3) additional BUS CONDUCT REPORT write-ups, the student will lose bus privileges for the rest of the school year.
  2. Some offenses are of such a serious nature that they can be deemed to warrant suspension of bus riding privileges without following the procedures outlined above. These offenses include, but are not limited to:

On the Trip Home

  1. Passengers are permitted to leave the bus only at the regular, designated stop. Any change must be made with the parent's request in writing and approved by the signature of the principal/assistant principal.
  2. If a pupil lives on the opposite side of the road from the bus stop, the pupil should go to the front of the bus and wait until the bus driver gives the signal to cross the road. Never cross the road in the rear of a stopped school bus.

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

Any complaints of drivers, pupils or parents/guardians shall be reported promptly to the principal/assistant principal or the transportation director. Parents/guardians should:

  1. Report any misconduct on school buses to the principal/assistant principal
  2. Report all traffic hazards and the bus number of all buses being operated carelessly to the transportation director;
  3. Encourage students to observe all safety and conduct regulations established for the safe and efficient operation of the school buses;
  4. Help observe extreme caution when approaching bus stops, moving or stopped buses;
  5. Help supervise large numbers of children at bus stops; and
  6. See that their children are at the stops five (5) minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  7. Preschool, 1st and 2nd grade students shall not be left unattended at the time of delivery. If a parent, guardian, or person pre-authorized by the parent is not present at the bus stop location at the time of delivery the bus driver shall return the child to school administration.

All traffic should stop in all directions when a school bus activates its lights and stop arm, except on a multi-lane divided highway.

In the interest of pupil safety, the Pikeville Independent Board of Education approved board order #219. June 12, 1989, which states "no student is permitted to cross Hambley Blvd, at any time while loading or unloading school buses." We make every effort to have as few students as possible cross any street or road to load or unload a school bus.

We would like to warn everyone, one more time. Please be extremely careful of drawstrings, toggles, backpacks, or loose fitting clothing being caught in the handrails or doors of school buses. The two most deadly things concerning students and transportation are handrails and loading and unloading.

Students shall comply with any additional rules developed by the school concerning appropriate use of telecommunication devices.


Security Cameras

Pikeville Elementary uses security camera systems enabled for the recording of video and audio to promote a safe, orderly learning environment.

Acceptable Use of Technology Access to Electronic Media

The Board supports reasonable access to various information formats for students, employees and the community and believes it is incumbent upon users to utilize this privilege in an appropriate and responsible manner as required by this policy and related procedures, which apply to all parties who use District technology.

Certified employees are required to follow Board policy and administrative procedures and guidelines designed to provide guidance for access to electronic media. In addition, all staff members are required to sign a written agreement prior to being granted independent access to electronic media involving District technological resources. Individuals who refuse to sign required acceptable use documents or who violate District rules governing the use of District technology shall be subject to loss or restriction of the privilege of using equipment, software, information access systems or other computing and telecommunications technologies.

Because access to the Internet may expose users to items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive, we require all students under the age of eighteen (18) to submit a completed Parent Permission/User Agreement Form to the Principal/designee prior to access/use of District telecommunications and electronic information resources. All other users will be required to complete and submit a User Agreement Form prior to access/use.

Rules and Regulations

Access is a privilege—not a right. Users are responsible for appropriate behavior on school computer networks. Independent access to network service is given to individuals who agree to use resources in a responsible manner. Users are required to comply with District standards and to honor the access/usage agreements they have signed. Beyond clarification of user standards, the District is not responsible for restricting, monitoring, or controlling the communications of individuals utilizing the network independently.

Supervision of Student Computer Use

Internet safety measures, which shall apply to all District-owned devices with Internet access or personal devices that are permitted to access the District’s network, shall be implemented that effectively address the following:

Teachers shall supervise all student computer use to ensure it is used for educational purposes and non-approved software, programs, and resources are not utilized.

Students shall be provided instruction about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking sites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.

Employee Use

Employees are encouraged to use electronic mail and other District technology resources to promote student learning and communication with the home and education-related entities. If those resources are used, they shall be used for purposes directly related to work-related activities.

Technology-based materials, activities and communication tools shall be appropriate for and within the range of the knowledge, understanding, age and maturity of students with whom they are used.

District employees and activity sponsors may set up blogs and other social networking accounts using District resources and following District guidelines to promote communications with students, parents, and the community concerning school-related activities and for the purpose of supplementing classroom instruction.

Networking, communication and other options offering instructional benefits may be used for the purpose of supplementing classroom instruction and to promote communications with students and parents concerning school-related activities.

In order for District employees and activity sponsors to utilize a social networking site for instructional, administrative or other work-related communication purposes, they shall comply with the following:

1.         They shall request prior permission from the Superintendent/designee.

2.         If permission is granted, staff members will set up the site following any District guidelines developed by the Superintendent’s designee.

3.         Guidelines may specify whether access to the site must be given to school/District technology staff.

4.         If written parental consent is not otherwise granted through AUP forms provided by the District, staff shall notify parents of the site and obtain written permission for students to become “friends” prior to the students being granted access. This permission shall be kept on file at the school as determined by the Principal.

5.         Once the site has been created, the sponsoring staff member is responsible for the following:

a. Monitoring and managing the site to promote safe and acceptable use; and

b. Observing confidentiality restrictions concerning release of student information under state and federal law.

Staff members are discouraged from creating personal social networking sites to which they invite students to be friends. Employees taking such action do so at their own risk.

All employees shall be subject to disciplinary action if their conduct relating to use of technology or online resources violates this policy or other applicable policy, statutory or regulatory provisions governing employee conduct. The Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Certified Personnel requires certified staff to protect the health, safety, and emotional well-being of students and confidentiality of student information. Conduct in violation of this Code, including, but not limited to, such conduct relating to the use of technology or online resources, must be reported to Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) as required by law and may form the basis for disciplinary action up to and including termination.

The Network

The Pikeville Independent School District provides students and staff with a service called the Network. The Network is a computer service, which includes the use of computers, servers, software, Internet and e-mail. These procedures also address the use of stand-alone computers, peripherals, telephone usage and other instructional technology equipment.

In addition to providing students and staff with the understanding and skills needed to use technology resources and telephone services in an appropriate manner, the Pikeville Independent School District:

The standards for student and staff access to the Pikeville Independent School District Network are as follows:

Telephone Usage

All guidelines governing inappropriate language apply to telephone usage and procedures governing telephone usage also apply to District cellular phones and other wireless telecommunication systems.

Computer Use Guidelines

When a student, teacher, or staff member at a Pikeville school accesses computers, computer systems, and computer networks owned or operated by the Pikeville Independent Schools, he or she assumes certain responsibilities and obligations. All access of this type is subject to school policies and to local, state, and federal laws. The school administration expects that student, faculty, and staff use of computers provided by the school will be ethical and will reflect academic honesty. Students, faculty and staff must demonstrate respect for intellectual property, ownership of data, system security mechanisms, and rights to privacy.

As a computer operator, you are expected to make appropriate use of computer resources provided by the Pikeville Independent Schools. You must:

Computer operators must not make inappropriate use of computer resources provided by the Pikeville Independent Schools. Inappropriate actions include but are not limited to:

The Pikeville Independent Schools considers any violation of appropriate use principles or guidelines to be a serious offense and reserves the right to copy and examine any files or information that may suggest that a person is using school computer systems inappropriately. Violators are subject to disciplinary action by school officials that may include loss of computer privileges and in- or out- of school suspension. Offenders may also be prosecuted under laws including, but not limited to, the Privacy Protection Act of 1974, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986, the Computer Virus Eradication Act of 1989, and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

Specific expectations for appropriate Internet use shall be reflected in the District’s code of acceptable behavior and discipline including appropriate orientation for staff and students.

Internet/Email Access

The Pikeville Independent School District provides access to the Internet for all students, faculty, and staff that is obtained through Kentucky’s Public Education Network. Students must have permission from at least one of their parents or guardians to access the Internet at school.

The Pikeville Independent School District also provides email access to all faculty, staff, and students in grades 4-12. Students under the age of 18 must have parental permission to obtain an email account.

The use of an Internet account is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in disciplinary action by school officials and/or cancellation of those privileges. A person’s activities while using the Internet in any school must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the Pikeville Independent Schools. In addition, anyone accessing the Internet from a school site is responsible for all on-line activities that take place through the use of his or her account.

The following is a nonexhaustive list of activities that constitute unacceptable use of the Internet/Email:

Disciplinary Action for Inappropriate Use

All students and staff are required to sign the Acceptable Use Agreement Form. By signing the user agreement and/or parent permission form, the student or staff member has agreed to abide by Board policy governing access to technology resources. Employees and students shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination (employees) and expulsion (students) for violating this policy and acceptable use rules and regulations established by the school or District.

Responsibility for Damages

Students or staff members who deface a District web site or otherwise make unauthorized changes to a web site shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion and termination, as appropriate.

Retention of Records for E-Rate Participants

Following initial adoption, this policy and documentation of implementation shall be retained for at least ten (10) years after the last day of service in a particular funding year.


KRS 156.675; KRS 365.732; KRS 365.734

701 KAR 005:120

16 KAR 1:020 KAR 001:020 (Code of Ethics (Code of Ethics); 47 U.S.C. 254/Children’s Internet Protection Act;

47 C.F.R. 54.520 Kentucky Education Technology System (KETS)

47 C.F.R. 54.516


Related Policies:


03.1325/03.2325; 03.17/03.27

08.1353; 08.2322; 09.14; 09.421; 09.422; 09.425; 09.426; 09.4261


Please see the last section for the Acceptable Use Agreement Form to be signed and returned to school.

Telecommunication Devices

While on school property or while attending school-sponsored or school related activities, whether on or off school property, students shall be permitted to possess and use personal telecommunication devices as defined by law, and other related electronic devices provided they observe conditions as set forth in board policy 9.4261: Telecommunication devices are defined as any device that emit an audible signal, vibrate, display a message, or otherwise summons or deliver a communication to the processor. This includes any and all forms of wireless devices such as cellphones, tablets, or watches.


Possession and Use

While on school property or while attending school-sponsored or school-related activities whether on or off school property, students shall be permitted to possess and use personal communication devices as defined by law, provided they observe the following conditions:

  1. Devices shall not be used in a manner that disrupts the educational process. Unless an emergency situation exists that involves imminent physical danger or a certified employee authorizes the student to do otherwise, devices shall be turned on and operated only before and after the regular school day.
  2. When students violate this prohibition, they shall be subject to disciplinary action including losing the privilege of bringing the device onto school property. In addition, an administrator may confiscate the device, which shall be returned to the student's parent/guardian only.
  3. Students are responsible for keeping up with devices they bring to school. The District shall not be responsible for loss, theft, or destruction of devices brought onto school property.
  4. Students shall comply with any additional rules developed by the school concerning appropriate use of telecommunication devices and as referenced in Board Policy #09.4261.

Notification of FERPA Rights

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and “eligible students” (students over 18 years of age or students who are attending a postsecondary institution) 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 forty-five (45) days of the day the District receives a request for access.

Parents or eligible students should submit to the school Principal/designee a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the record(s) may be inspected.

  1. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights.

Parents or eligible students may ask the District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of privacy or other rights. They should write to the school Principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of their privacy or other rights.

If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise him\her of the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  1. 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.

Exceptions that permit disclosure without consent include:

  1. Disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A “school official” is a person employed by the District as an  administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and  law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an  attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his/her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility to the District.
  2. Upon request, disclosure of education records without parent/eligible student notice or consent to officials of another school district or post-secondary institution in which a student seeks or intends to enroll or is already enrolled or to other entities authorized by law so long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer.
  3. Disclosure of information to those whose knowledge of such information is necessary to respond to an actual, impending, or imminent articulable and significant health/safety threat.

  1. The right to notify the District in writing to withhold information the Board has designated as directory information as listed in the annual directory information notice the District provides to parents/eligible students. 

To exercise this right, parents/eligible students shall notify the District by the deadline designated by the District.

  1. The right to prohibit the disclosure of personally identifiable information concerning the student to recruiting representatives of the U. S. Armed Forces and its service academies, the Kentucky Air National Guard, and the Kentucky Army National Guard. 

Unless the parent or secondary school student requests in writing that the District not release information, the students’ name, address, and telephone number (if listed) shall be released to Armed Forces recruiters upon their request.

  1. 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 name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-8520

Student Directory Information Notification

Per P.L. 107-110 (No Child Left Behind Act of 2001) a district may designate within FERPA guidelines what it considers "Directory Information." Most districts already have directory information via means of yearbooks or photos of athletes or athletic events²that is, students are identified by photo, name, and grade level. From time to time, the school, classroom, or individual students are recognized by school personnel, local or state government, and/or the media for noteworthy performance, achievement, and/or participation in co-curricular or extra-curricular activities. This may require the release of some types of "directory information." As mentioned above, school publications such as the yearbooks, sports programs, graduation programs, and honor roll are considered to contain directory information. Following is a list of items that the Pikeville Independent District considers student directory information (Board Policy/Procedure 09.14 AP.12):


Per P.L. 107-110 (No Child Left Behind Act of 2001) if the District provides access to its campus or its student directory information concerning occupational or educational options, the Board shall provide access on the same basis to official recruiting representatives of the U.S. Armed Forces and its service academies, the Kentucky Air National Guard and the Kentucky Army National Guard.

Consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), parents (or eligible students) may direct the District not to disclose directory information listed above. We are required to disclose a student’s name, address, and telephone listing at the request of Armed Forces recruiters, unless a parent or high school student, regardless of age, requests that this information not be disclosed.


 If you wish the Pikeville Independent School District to withhold student directory information please contact the main office in writing within thirty (30) days from the receipt of this notification. Remember that by withholding the student's name, grade level, or photograph, your child's information will not be documented in the above-mentioned publications, including school yearbook, program events, or other such publications.

Notification of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) Rights

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) affords parents and eligible students (those who are 18 or older or who are emancipated minors) certain rights regarding conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical examinations. These include the right to:

  1. Consent before minor students are required to submit to a survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one (1) or more of the following protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education:
  1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;
  2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or Student’s family;
  3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
  4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
  5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
  6. Legally recognized privileged relationships such as with lawyers, physicians, or ministers;
  7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student Or the student’s parents; or
  8. Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).

  1. Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of:
  1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
  2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student (except for any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law); and
  3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal  information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others. NOTE: If the parent/eligible student has indicated no directory information is to be provided to third parties or if the marketing activity involves provision of social security numbers, consent form 09.14 AP.122 should be used.

  1. Inspect, upon request and before administration or use:
  1. Protected information surveys to be used with students;
  2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and
  3. Instructional material used as part of the educational Curriculum.

The District shall annually provide parents and eligible students notice of these rights under law in the Student Handbook, the District Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline, or other avenue designated by the Superintendent/designee.

The District shall also notify parents and eligible students at least annually at the start of each school year of the specific or approximate dates of the activities listed above. A new or supplemental notice shall be given as necessary to provide the opportunity to consent or opt out under the standards set forth above. Parents/eligible students who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

 400 Maryland Ave.,

SW Washington, D. C. 20202-8520

Information about Teacher Qualifications

Parents may request and receive information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers and/or paraprofessionals, including; (a) whether the teacher is state certified; (b) whether a teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status; and (c) the baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate degree or major certification of the teacher or paraprofessional. This information may be obtained by contacting the Pikeville Independent Board Office at (606) 432-8161.



Acceptable Use Agreement Form        08.2323 AP.21

The following agreement forms are to be distributed to all Pikeville Independent students and staff. A signed agreement form must be on file at the school for each student who wishes to use the Network or Internet and must be signed by a parent or guardian. Any District staff member must also sign a form to utilize the Network, Internet or e-mail.

By signing the user agreement and/or parent permission form the student or staff member has agreed to abide by Board policy governing access to technology resources.

Student Users: Please sign and return.

I understand and will abide by the Pikeville Independent School District’s Acceptable Use Procedures for the Network, Internet and Telephone Usage. I further understand that any violation of the regulations stated in these procedures is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. Should I commit any violation, my access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action may be taken, and/or appropriate legal action may be pursued. This document shall be valid until revisions are made to the District Acceptable Use Policy or until the student, parent, or guardian makes a written request to change the access.

Student Name (Please print):


(Last)                          (First)                                    (Middle Initial)

Signature: ________________________________________   Graduation Year: __________

Parent Signature Required: Please sign and return.

I, the parent/guardian of ___________________________ have read and discussed the District Acceptable Use Procedures for the Network, Internet and Telephone Usage with my child. I understand that access to the Network and Internet is designed for educational purposes. The District has taken precautions to eliminate controversial materials; however, I recognize it is impossible to restrict access to all controversial materials. I will not hold the District/school responsible for materials my child acquires on the Network or Internet. Further, I accept full responsibility for supervision when my child’s use is not in a school setting. I hereby give permission to issue an account for my child and certify that the information contained on this form is correct.

Consent for Use

By signing this form, you hereby accept and agree that your child’s rights to use the electronic resources provided by the District and/or the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) are subject to the terms and conditions set forth in District policy/procedure. Please also be advised that data stored in relation to such services is managed by the District pursuant to policy 08.2323 and accompanying procedures. You also understand that the e-mail address provided to your child can also be used to access other electronic services or technologies that may or may not be sponsored by the District, which provide features such as online storage, online communications and collaborations, and instant messaging. Use of those services is subject to either standard consumer terms of use or a standard consent model. Data stored in those systems, where applicable, may be managed pursuant to the agreement between KDE and designated service providers or between the end user and the service provider. Before your child can use online services, he/she must accept the service agreement and, in certain cases, obtain your consent.

Parent or Guardian Name (Please print):


Signature: _________________________________________________ Date: ____________

I have received a copy of the District Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline, the Attendance Policy, and the Acceptable Use Policy and a copy of the Pikeville Elementary School Code of Conduct.

My child and I have read, understand, and agree to abide with the contents in this Code book.

____________________________           _____________________

Print parent name                Social Security Number

 ____________________________           _____________________

Parent Signature                 Date



Print Student Name


 Optional Permission Forms

Authorization to Post Student's Picture/Photo

I give permission for this student's picture to appear on district/school websites.

Signature: ________________________________________________________


Authorization to Post Student Work

I give permission to display the product of this student's school-related academic, athletic, musical and/or art work on the district websites.

Signature: ________________________________________________________




_________________________________________________Date received by school