Scopes of Authority
This handbook is a guide for the students, parents, faculty, and stakeholders of Hickman County High School. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive fact book for your experience at H.C.H.S. Many programs will have additional requirements. This handbook is based upon the guidance provided by the Policy Manual of the Hickman County Board of Education which is available online at www.hickmank12.org. If this handbook varies from Board Policy in any way, Board Policy takes precedence.
The Mission of HCHS is to inspire students to become life-long learners and productive citizens
7:30-7:55 Arrival, Breakfast
8:00-9:05 1st Period
9:10-10:15 2nd Period
10:20-11:00 3rd Period
11:05-12:40 4th Period
1st lunch 11:05-11:35
2nd lunch 11:37-12:07
3rd lunch 12:09-12:40
12:45-1:50 6th Period
1:55-3:00 7th Period
28 credits must be earned.
To meet the requirements for graduation, a student shall have attained an
approved academic, attendance, and conduct record which covers a planned
program of instruction. This record shall be kept on file. Students shall refer to the
HCHS Curriculum Guide for specific course requirements, instructions for
six-year plans, and course descriptions.
All students must also meet the requirements of the Tennessee Diploma Project
to receive a Tennessee high school diploma.
Only those students who have completed all requirements for a diploma may
participate in graduation ceremonies. Students who are up to two credits short
may participate if they pay for summer school before graduation.
Students who choose early graduation are not eligible to participate in graduation
Dual Enrollment Agreements
Students at HCHS have the opportunity to earn college credit while in high
school. Students should discuss their options with a guidance counselor for
details about this opportunity.
To earn course credit, a student must
1. Fulfill the course requirements as established by the teacher. A minimum
grade of 70 is required.
2. Excessive absences may affect course credit. If absences are a factor in
determining course credit, the student must appear before the school
attendance committee for review.
A= 93-100, B= 85-92, C= 75-84, D= 70-74, F= Below 70
At HCHS, we believe that excellence in academic achievement should be recognized. At
each grading period, students who excel in academics will be honored in the following
Highest Honors All grades are 93 or above
Distinctive Honors All grades are 90 or above
Honor Roll All grades are 85 or above
Students must also display good citizenship and attendance by not earning any
disciplinary action during the grading period to be eligible for academic honors. This
includes Detention, ISS, or Alternative School Placement.
Students who achieve college readiness benchmarks on the ACT in accordance with the
Tennessee Diploma Project will receive an Honors Diploma.
Honor Diplomas are awarded to students achieving the following scores on the ACT:
English- 18, Math- 22, Reading- 22, and Science- 23
Honor Roll Trips
To encourage good academic achievement throughout the year, HCHS is committed to
offering reward opportunities to worthy students. At the end of the Q1, Q2, and Q3 grading periods, students listed on the Honor Roll or a higher academic list will have the opportunity to attend a reward trip or other activity.
Students must demonstrate good citizenship and attendance to be eligible for the rewards.
Students will be ineligible for a reward trip if they have any disciplinary action or
unexcused absences/late arrivals/early dismissals during that grading period.
Students who score 85 or above in the following classes will have three points added to
their final grade for each quarter.
Honors English (Grades 9-12), Honors Biology I, Honors Physical Science,
Honors Chemistry, Chemistry II, Honors Physics, Anatomy, Biology II,
Trigonometry, Honors Algebra II, Honors Geometry, Dual Enrollment College
Courses, Honors American History, Honors Algebra I, Precalculus, Calculus,
Statistics, Scientific Research
Tennessee Diploma Project
All Tennessee high school students must meet the requirements of the Tennessee
Diploma Project (TDP) to receive a high school diploma.
4 Credits in English
4 Credits in Math
3 Credits in Science
3 Credits in Social Studies
1.5 Credits in P.E. and Wellness
.5 Credit in Personal Finance
1 Credit in Fine Arts
2 Credits in Foreign Language
3 Credits in an Elective Focus
End of Course Exams in: English 1,2, & 3, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, US History,
Biology 1, and Chemistry. EOC exams count for 25% of a student’s
Q2 or Q4 grade.
GRADES NINE - TWELVE GRADING SCALE AND LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIPS
Schools teaching grades nine through twelve shall use the uniform grading system
established by the State Board of Education. Using the uniform grading system, students’
grades shall be reported for the purposes of application for post secondary financial
assistance administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation.
Each school counselor shall provide incoming freshman with information on college core
courses required for lottery scholarships as well as necessary criteria (grade point average,
ACT, and SAT score, etc.) that must be met in order to receive a scholarship.
Seniors may apply for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship by completing the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available at the guidance
office or on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The priority date for FAFSA completion is May 1.
Elementary school counselors should explain the HOPE Scholarship and its requirements
to their students and impress upon them the benefits of making good grades.
LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP DAY
Each school year, prior to scheduling courses for the following school year, schools
teaching students 13 in grades 8-11 shall conduct a lottery scholarship day for students
and their parents.7
State Mandated Exams/Tests:
End of course exams will count twenty-five (25%) of the second semester grade.
Student Absent for State Mandated Exams:
If a student taking high school assessed subjects is absent, the student will receive a
zero or incomplete. If the student is allowed to make up the exam, he or she will do so
during the next scheduled administration. A locally-created exam cannot be administered
in lieu of a state exam.
Attendance is a key factor in student achievement and academic success. Therefore students
and parents/guardians are expected to assume the responsibility of attending each day that
school is in session. The school day begins at 8:00 am and concludes at 2:55 pm unless otherwise noted on the school calendar.
High school attendance is counted differently from the lower grades. Students are counted
absent in each class they miss. Simply staying at school until 11:00 am does not result in being
present for the entire day. Should a student miss more than the allowable number of class
periods in one course, they may become ineligible to receive credit in that course. Any student
who misses more than ½ of a class period will be counted absent for that period. This type of
absence could also affect perfect attendance.
If a student is absent from class, a parent or guardian must provide the principal’s office
staff with a written explanation within three days of the student’s absence. all absences
will be unexcused until such written notice is given.
Absences shall be classified as either excused or unexcused as determined by the
principal or his designee.
Verification is required to justify absences. After a total of eight parent notes in the whole
year, subsequent absences will require documentation from an official
of professional source, such as a doctor or dentist.
Personal illness, serious illness or death of an immediate family member, doctor
or dental appointment, family emergency (must state nature of emergency),
Extreme weather conditions, religious observances, driver license
examination(one time only, must provide documentation), required court
appearances (must provide documentation), college visits, pregnancy, unusual situations approved by the principal.
Truancy, shopping, recreational activities, birthday or similar celebration,
personal transportation problems, oversleeping, job or job interview, forgotten
item at home, errands, change clothes, “helping” parents, etc.
Students receiving unexcused absences will be given the grade of
“incomplete” for all assignments missed. See “Make-up Work” for further details.
Course credit may be withheld when six or more absences are accumulated in
a nine-week period.
Students are subject to appearing before the attendance committee with a
parent/guardian when six absences are accumulated in a nine-week period.
The Attendance Committee or a student’s Multidisciplinary Team may determine extenuating circumstances which would make students eligible for credit.
Students may be required to complete courses in summer school if necessary.
Student Driver’s Licenses may be revoked in the following circumstances:
More than ten consecutive absences or more than 15 total absences in a
Students qualify for reclaiming their driver’s license by earning a passing grade in at least three full unit courses at the end of the next grading period.
All administrative decisions concerning attendance may be appealed by
parents/guardians to the Attendance Committee. All appeals must be made in writing
within five days of the administrative decision.
The Attendance Committee is appointed by the principal and approved by the Director of
Schools and the Board of Education.
At a parent’s/guardian’s request, the Attendance Committee has authority to conduct
hearings in the case of disputed absences.
All appeals must be made in writing within five days of the administrative decision being
Students are not permitted to leave school grounds during the school day without the
request of a parent/guardian and the approval of an administrator. Early dismissals
may be either excused or unexcused according to the same guidelines and penalties
listed in the “Absences” section.
It is the student’s responsibility to notify his teachers that he will absent from class.
Students are required to obtain their teachers’ signatures on an Early Dismissal Form
before they leave for the day. Any class assignments must also be obtained.
Students will not be excused for sickness unless they are experiencing one or more of
the following symptoms: fever, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, seizure or serious injury.
All early dismissals must sign out through the Front Office.
All students should be picked up at, or leave through the Front Office. There is
ample parking reserved for visitors in the front of the building.
Scheduled Early Dismissals- Students should present parent notes to the Front
Office staff no later than 7:55. The absence will be classified as excused or
unexcused at this time. Students will be given an Early Dismissal Form which
should be signed by every teacher whose class will be missed. Early Dismissal
Forms are to be returned to the office staff before the student leaves the building.
Unscheduled/Emergency Early Dismissals- Students may only leave school
early at the request of the student’s parent/guardian and the approval of an
administrator. Such requests must be made to the office staff in person or
by verified phone contact. Requests to leave made by phone contact will
only be honored in extreme circumstances and on a case-by-case basis as
determined by an administrator. The absence will be classified as excused or
unexcused at this time. Students will be given an Early Dismissal Form which
should be signed by every teacher whose class will be missed. Early Dismissal
Forms are to be returned to the Front Office staff before the student leaves the
building. If a student is too ill to complete the Early Dismissal From, an office
worker may be used.
Students with illness or hospitalization that will exceed ten school days may request
homebound instruction from the Director of Special Programs (729-3391, ext. 2231).
All missed class work or tests (whether from excused or unexcused absence) may be
made up provided the student makes the request immediately upon returning to
school and provided instruction time is not taken from other students.
Make-up work, make-up tests, and re-tests can be completed during Focus Time.
A grade of “incomplete” will be received for any work missed until the work is completed.
It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements for makeup work, and if not
completed in the allotted time, a grade of zero will be recorded for the assignments.
For school-sponsored activities, the student will be required to make up all work missed
and will receive full credit for the assignment or test. The student will not be counted
absent for a school sponsored event (school planned, school-directed, and teacher
Proof of Attendance Letters
Those needing proof of attendance letters for driver’s licenses or other purposes should
contact the Office of Accountability at the Central Office (729-3391, ext. 2225). a five-day
notice must be given. You may pick up the letter from the Central Office, or it may be
mailed to you. attendance letters cannot be faxed.
Tennessee Compulsory School Attendance Law
Tennessee law (T.C.A. 49-6-3001) requires that a child must attend school from 6 years
old until 17 years old (both inclusive).
Truancy/ Truancy Council
Truancy is defined as an absence without adequate excuse for an entire school day, a
major portion of the day, or a major portion of any class or activity for which a student is
Students who accumulate five unexcused absences will be reported to the Director of
Accountability. Parents/Guardians will then receive a written notice regarding the
Tennessee Compulsory Attendance Law and must appear before the Truancy Council.
Failure to comply with the written notice within three days of receiving such notice will
result in the filing of a petition in Juvenile Court. A written notice will be issued each time
a student accumulates five unexcused absences.
The Truancy Council will convene weekly to hear truancy issues with students and
parents/guardians.The council will establish a plan of recommendations for improving
attendance and establish consequences should absenteeism continue to be an issue.
Code of Conduct
The school is a community, and school rules are the law of that community. Each member
enjoying the rights of citizenship in a community must also accept the responsibilities of
citizenship. School staff, students, and parents/guardians must assume the responsibility
for appropriate behavior in the school. school should be seen as a symbol of opportunity
where rights and responsibilities are emphasized equally and human dignity is protected.
HCHS has a Code of Conduct that all members of the student body are expected to
follow. Failure to follow the Code of Conduct will result in a student being subject to
The HCHS Code of Conduct applies to all school-sponsored events, before, during, or
after school hours.
Students shall be provided a learning environment free from sexual, racial, ethnic and
Student discrimination/harassment will not be tolerated. It shall be a violation of this policy
for any student to bully, intimidate or create a hostile educational environment for another
Bullying and intimidation are defined as either physically harming a student or damaging
his/her property, or knowingly placing the student in reasonable fear of such, or creating a
hostile educational environment. This policy addresses conduct taking place on school
grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided transportation, or at any
official school bus stop immediately before boarding and immediately following unloading.
Alleged victims of the above-referenced offenses shall report these incidents
immediately to a teacher, counselor, or building administrator. any allegations shall
be fully investigated by a complaint manager (as set forth in Student
Concerns,Complaints and Grievances HCBOE Policy 6.305).
For further information on this policy, see Hickman County Board Policy 6.304.
According to school board policy, all school rules apply on the bus. Riding a school bus is
a privilege that can be revoked. Behavior which is dangerous, defiant, or disrespectful to
others will not be tolerated. School administrators will work closely with the Director of
Transportation to ensure that all buses are operated in a safe manner. Those who by their
behavior place others in danger will not be allowed to ride a bus. Students who are
suspended from the bus are required to beat school on time.
In order to more closely monitor student behavior, a demerit system will be utilized.
Teachers and staff may issue Level 1 demerits to students for a variety of classroom
behaviors. Some of these are: general classroom disruptions, chronically tardy to class (three to a class), disrespect to teachers or other students, sleeping in class, profanity.
Students may also be issued demerits for other violations of the Code of Conduct.
Demerits are not punishment. Demerits are documentation of unresolved student behaviors in violation of the Code of Conduct.
Student demerits will be reviewed daily by the administrative team.
Consequences include (in no certain order): warning, parent contact, loss of privilege, detention, ISS, alternative school, and suspension.
Students shall dress and groom in a clean, neat and modest manner so as not to distract
or interfere with the operation of the school
Any clothing or manner of grooming which is disruptive to classroom routine is
inappropriate for school wear. Included, but not exclusively considered, as
disruptive are the following:
Clothing not size appropriate (no sagging, bagging, or revealed undergarments)
Excessively tight clothing (this includes “leggings” as outerwear)
Clothing or visible tattoos bearing obscene words or pictures.
Clothing bearing endorsements for alcohol, tobacco, or any other inappropriate
Undergarments worn as outergarments (boxer shorts, long-johns, etc.)
Clothing denoting students’ membership in, or affiliation with, any gang associated with criminal activities
The wearing of jewelry in pierced locations other than the ear
The trunk of the body should be entirely covered from the shoulders to the point on the legs three inches above the knee. Covering the trunk of the body includes making sure that:
-There shall be no holes in pants above the knee. Holes in the pants
above the knee shall be patched with similar or like material of the pants.
Simply wearing an item of clothing under the hole is not acceptable.
-Underclothing is not exposed by slits or holes
-No part of the body between shoulders and three inches above the knee
is exposed. This includes “scooped” or “plunging” necklines.
Hats, Caps, and sunglasses (This includes hoods over the head) are not allowed
Shoes that have skates or rollers attached
Dog collars, chains, safety pins on clothing, etc.
Colors of hair that do not occur naturally (blue, pink, green, etc.)
Hair styles which obscure the eyes
Any questionable attire is left to the discretion of the principal.
The principal may modify parts of the dress code for special occasions.
Dress Code Penalties
Students who come to school in violation of the dress code are subject to disciplinary
action. Parents will be contacted when there is a dress code violation. Parents may bring
a change of clothing for students not meeting dress code. Students will remain in ISS
until suitable clothing is obtained.
1st and 2nd Offense-Change clothing and/or one day ISS
Each additional offense-2 days ISS
Coaches and other employees of the school district shall not encourage, permit, condone
or tolerate hazing activities.
The nature of any initiation shall be outlined and presented in writing to the club sponsor
and the principal of the school for approval prior to the actual initiation. Hazing by
students acting alone or with others is strictly prohibited. Any organization which permits
an initiation to go beyond the scope of activities planned and previously approved will be
suspended until reinstated by the principal.
Public Display of Affection
Hand holding is acceptable. all other displays of affection (hugging, kissing, arms around
waists, etc.) are a violation of the code of conduct and are subject to disciplinary action.
Tardy to Class/School
Each teacher will keep a record of students who are tardy to class.
When a student is tardy to class 3 times, a demerit will be issued.
Students with chronic tardy issues (2 or more demerits for tardiness) may face additional
disciplinary action at the discretion of school administrators.
In addition, students who drive and are late to school will be assigned Driver’s Detention each day they are late to school. See “Disciplinary Actions” section for details.
Code of Conduct with Board Mandated Disciplinary Action
Mandatory 1 year expulsion
Drugs: Unlawfully possessing, acquiring, attempting to acquire, using, being
under the influence of, selling or attempting to sell, distributing or transmitting any narcotic, stimulant drug, prescription drug, barbital or
legend drug, inhalants, or any other controlled substance. Principals are authorized to order drug tests for individual students. Refer to board policy 6.3071 for details on reasonable cause and steps to be taken.
Weapons: Bringing a firearm to school or being in possession of a firearm at
school or knowingly possessing, handling, transmitting, or using a
Weapon or knowingly possessing an object with the intent of going
armed, or use
of any object in a threatening or assaultive manner. Weapons include,
but are not limited to, firearms, BB guns, pellet guns, ammunition,
explosives, knives with blades of 2 ½ inches or more in length,
switchblades, razor blades, box cutters, bowie knife, or other like
instruments utilizing a razor blade and ice packs, daggers, slingshots,
leaded canes, blackjacks and knuckles.
Battery on Employees: Causing or attempting to cause physical injury, or
behavior in such a way as could reasonably be expected to cause
physical injury, to a school employee or any person acting in an official
capacity on behalf of the school.
Up to and including a 1 year expulsion
Conduct by a student that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably
interfering with another student’s academic development or that creates
an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning environment.
Harassment (Discrimination): Any conduct that:
1.Unreasonably interferes with student work or educational opportunities;
2.Creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment,
where such conduct is based on a person’s sex, race, ethnicity or
5 day suspension
Drug Look-A-Likes or Drug Paraphernalia: drug look-a-likes or paraphernalia
shall include pills, powder or any substance which gives the appearance
of prohibited drugs. Drug paraphernalia shall include roach clips, rolling
papers, pot pipes, pagers or any other device or materials used with
Representation of any Substance as an Illegal Drug or Controlled Substance
Tobacco: The use or possession of tobacco by any student.
First offense: 2 days ISS
Second offense: 3 days ISS
Third offense: 5 days ISS
Fourth of more offense: Suspension
In addition to the foregoing, when a student is found to be in possession of
tobacco, a court petition must be filed.
Alcohol: Possessing, acquiring, attempting to acquire, consuming, being under the influence of, selling or attempting to sell, distributing or transmitting alcoholic beverages.
30 days suspension or alternative school placement
Other Weapon Offenses: A student shall not knowingly possess, handle, or transmit oleoresin capsicum (pepper spray), a knife, with blade less than 2 ½ inches in length or a weapon replica.
First Offense: 5 day suspension or alternative school placement
Second Offense: 10 day suspension or alternative school placement
Code of Conduct Violations that are also Crimes
Any code of conduct violation that is also a crime will be reported to law enforcement officials.
Safe Harbor Provision
1.A student may approach a school official and voluntarily surrender an object, the
possession of which is prohibited by these rules, provided the object is one that the
student could lawfully possess off school grounds and is not a firearm. This safe harbor
provision does not apply if a search is ongoing in the school. If a student approaches a
school official and voluntarily surrenders such an object, then the student will not be
subject to discipline under these rules. The principal will make arrangements to return the
object to the student’s parents or legal guardian.
2.If a student discovers an illegal item such as drugs, a weapon or other contraband (e.g.
tobacco, alcohol) on school property, including on a school bus, the student may
approach a school official and report the discovery. A student shall not be in violation of
the rules solely by making such a report. School officials shall use discretion in
determining whether the circumstances surrounding the report warrant further
investigation of the reporting student.
Director’s Right to Modify
The Director of Schools has the right to modify disciplinary sanctions. Such modification
may only be done on a case-by-case basis considering the specific circumstances
surrounding the disciplinary sanction.
Loss of Privileges
Detention is held each day during Focus Time. Students who do not attend assigned detentions
may face additional disciplinary action at the discretion of school administrators.
Students who drive and are late to school for an unexcused reason may be assigned Driver’s
Detention. Students may be required to turn in their keys at the Front Office. They will be kept in a
secure location and returned to the student at the end of the detention period. Driver’s Detention
is from 3:00-3:30 pm. Work and athletic practice/games are not valid excuses for missing driver’s
detention. Failure to attend assigned detention will result in further disciplinary action and may
result in loss of driving privilege.
In-School Suspension (ISS)
Students wishing to appeal disciplinary actions should do so in writing to the Director of
Cell Phone Violations
First Violation- Phone confiscated
Parent may collect phone after 3 pm of the same day
Second Violation- Phone confiscated
Parent may collect phone after 3 pm on the last day of the
Third Violation- Phone confiscated
Parent may collect phone on the last Report Card Day of the
Cell phones will be confiscated if they are seen or heard at school. This includes if they
are sticking out of pockets, or if students are “checking the time.” In each case, phones
will be kept clearly labeled in a secure place until a parent signs for the phone.
Athletic teams and club organizations each have their own set of rules, guidelines and criteria for
membership. Please check with a coach or sponsor to determine which team or club is right for
you. According to board policy 6.3071 students involved in any voluntary extracurricular activities
shall be subject to random drug tests.
HCHS offers a wide variety of athletic teams in which our students can participate. These
include: Football, Soccer, Golf, Volleyball, Basketball, Track, Baseball, Softball, Tennis,
Cross country, and Cheerleading.
Students wishing to participate in athletics at HCHS must meet all TSSAA eligibility rules.
TSSAA rules state that a student must earn six credits in the previous school year to be
eligible for the current school year.
HCHS offers a wide variety of extracurricular clubs and organizations in which students
can participate. These include: Art Club, Auto Mechanics, Band, Beta Club, Building Tech
Construction, Cosmetology, Choir, FBLA, FCA, FCCLA, FFA, Hickmanite, HOSA, Pride
and Spirit, Science Club, Skills USA, Spanish Club, STAR Teens, Student Council,
Theatre Arts, Welding, Yearbook, and 4-H.
Students who are involved in extracurricular activities are more likely to have better
attendance, better grades, and better performance on standardized testing.
Students should notify the office immediately if they have been involved in an accident.
School personnel will make every effort to inform families of accidents involving students
and we will act in the best interest of student safety and well-being.
students may eat breakfast at school from 7:30 to 7:55 each day. The breakfast line will
close promptly at 7:55. Car riders should arrive in time to eat breakfast before 7:55.
Drop-Off Procedure- Students should be dropped off at HCHS in the rear unloading zone
no earlier than 7:30. Late arrivals are dropped off at the front entrance.
Pick-up Procedure- Parents/guardians may pick up their students in the rear parking lot
at 2:55. There are plenty of parking spaces available.
Please exercise caution in the parking lot during these very busy times.
Dismissal from School
The first dismissal bell rings at 2:55. All car riders and west-bound bus riders are
dismissed from school at this time. Students may visit their lockers and then proceed
directly to their cars or buses.
East-bound bus riders will leave on the second bell. These students may visit their
lockers and then proceed directly to the cafeteria until the second bell rings. Students
may not leave the area until the bell rings.
Driving to school
Driving to school is a privilege, not a right. Student drivers are subject to guidelines
established in this handbook.
All students wishing to drive to school must purchase and clearly display a
Parking permits will be available throughout the school year.
Parking is permitted only in assigned spaces.
Students must provide a valid Tennessee Driver License and Proof of Insurance
to purchase a parking permit.
Students and their passengers must enter the school building immediately upon
arrival. There is no loitering in the parking lot.
Students are not allowed to return to their vehicles, unless escorted by a HCHS
staff member, until school is dismissed.
All vehicles are subject to search at any time.
Cars parked inappropriately may be towed at the owner’s expense.
Vehicles adorned with content which would be considered disruptive in the
classroom are not allowed on campus. Examples include, but are not limited to:
profanity, logos for tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, obscene pictures, and
HCHS is not responsible for damaged vehicles or items stolen from vehicles
while on campus.
Student drivers and their passengers are expected to arrive at school on time.
Late arrival will not be tolerated. Student drivers who arrive late are subject to
disciplinary action. See “Driver’s Detention” under Disciplinary Actions section for
Cell Phones/Electronic Devices
In accordance with HCBOE policy 6.312, cell phones and other personal communication
devices are not to be visibly displayed on school grounds.
See “Disciplinary Actions” for a list of consequences.
Student records are confidential. only authorized school officials with legitimate
educational purposes may access student information without the consent of the student
or a parent/guardian.
Electronic devices not related to instruction are not permitted. Students may have
personal laptops and tablet computers if they are system-approved and related to
Earphones, headphones, earbuds, etc. are not permitted. (unless authorized for testing
or classroom purposes)
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
FERPA is a federal law that requires the school district, with certain exceptions, to obtain
your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your
child’s records. However, the school may disclose some student information without
written consent when the information is designated “Directory Information” unless you
have advised the district to the contrary in accordance with district procedures.
Statistical information not identified with a particular student may be released to any
person, agency, or the public.
The primary use for Directory Information by the district is to include this type of
information in certain school publications.
“Directory Information” relating to a student includes the following: name, address,
telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially
recognized activities or sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of
attendance, degrees, and awards received, and the most recent or previous educational
agency or institution attended by the student. Within the first three weeks of each school
year, the school district will notify parents and eligible students of the items it proposes to
designate as “directory information.” For students enrolling after this notice is published, a
list of the items will be given to the student’s parent(s) or eligible student at the time and
place of enrollment. After the parent(s) or eligible student have been notified, They will
have two weeks to advise the school system in writing (a letter to the director of schools’
office) of any or all of the items they refuse to permit the school system to designate as
directory information about that student. At the end of the two-week period, each
student’s records will be appropriately marked by the record’s custodian to indicate the
items the school system will designate as directory information about that student. The
designation will remain in effect until it is modified by the written direction of the student’s
the eligible student. Student directory information for 11th and 12th graders shall be
made available upon request to persons or groups which make students aware of
occupational and educational options, including official recruiting representatives of the
military forces of the State and the United States.
Students are required to meet all financial obligations before grades and/or other records
will be released. Students may also be subject to loss of privileges. If for some reason,
debts cannot immediately be paid in full, due consideration will be given.
Each student is assigned a Focus Group. Focus groups meet each day from 1:10-1:50.
The purpose of Focus Time is to allow students a chance to receive extra academic
instruction, make-up missed tests and assignments, participate in academic intervention
groups, hold club meetings, and complete class assignments.
Teachers have first claim on students’ time during Focus. If a teacher assigns a student
to return to them for remediation, then the student is obligated to do so. Failure to comply
may result in loss of privileges or disciplinary action.
One day a week will be set aside for club meetings.
Students or parents wishing to appeal administrative decisions must do so in accordance
with Hickman County School Board Policy 6.305.
Many students will be assigned to academic intervention groups. These groups will meet
during Focus Time each day on a regular schedule. Intervention groups will be created
for Algebra I & II, and English I, II, & III. Students will be placed in intervention groups
based upon their TVAAS projections, TCAP and EOC results, and DiscoveryEd
benchmark test results.
Participation in assigned intervention groups is designed to increase student
achievement and proficiency in these very important subjects. We share a desire with
parents for students to achieve at the highest level possible. We also recognize that not
are at the same level of proficiency when they enter high school. As such, attendance
and participation in assigned intervention groups is mandatory. Failure to report to
interventions may result in loss of privilege and/or disciplinary action.
Students may earn their way out of participation in intervention groups by demonstrating
mastery of the skills taught in each group. In other words, once students are caught up,
they no longer have to report to interventions. If their performance begins to slip, students
may be reassigned to intervention groups.
Late Arrival Procedure
Students who arrive after 8:00 must enter through the front entrance and sign in at the
front office. The late arrival will be determined excused or unexcused at this time.
The doors to the rear entrance will be locked from 8:00-2:55.
Student drivers and riders must walk from the parking lot to the front entrance.
Please be on time to school.
Library Media Center
Hours: Open 7:30am - Close 3:30pm
Students are encouraged to visit the library and make use of its resources whether it be for school work or for personal leisure. The library houses 36 laptop computers for student use. In order to gain computer access, all students must return an “ Application for Account and Terms and Conditions for Use of the Internet and Network” form. This form must be accepted and activated by the technology department. Computer privileges are subject to being taken away if technology is used in an inappropriate manner.
Students must have teacher-signed pass to use the library during any school period except before school. This includes Focus time. Passes should be given to Library Media Specialist upon entering the Media Center. Your pass will be stamped and timed when you arrive and when you depart.
Fines of $0.10 per day will be charged on overdue items. Excused absences will not be fined. It is the responsibility of the student to alert the library staff to days which were counted as excused absences. All overdues and fines must be cleared, or student will be restricted from checking out other items.
Lost books should be reported as soon as possible. The student will be responsible for paying the cost of the book so that a replacement can be purchased. If the book is later found in good condition, money will be refunded.
Students transferring to another school must be cleared through the library. No report cards or transcripts will be forwarded until cleared. Seniors should take care of all library business well in advance of graduation.
Students are encouraged to request items they would like to have placed in the library. These requests may be honored as funding permits.
Each student is assigned a locker at the beginning of the school year. Students are
responsible for the contents of their lockers.
Sharing lockers is forbidden. It is assumed that the contents of a students’ locker belong
to that student alone.
Lockers are subject to search at any time.
All lockers have a school-owned combination lock. Students with disabilities may request
a padlock if it is required by their IEP.
Students are responsible for keeping their locks closed at all times. Lost or damaged
locks are the financial responsibility of the student. Students will be charged $10.00 for
each lost or damaged lock.
Lost and Found Items
Lost items should be reported to the front office.
Found items should be brought to the front office.
Every effort will be made by the school administration to reunite lost articles with their
owners; however, items will be disposed of at the end of each school year after report
Students have 25 minutes for eating lunch. Students may bring lunch from home or
purchase lunch from the school lunch program. Students are only allowed to eat lunch
during their assigned lunch period.
Students are expected to behave responsibly during lunch. Raucous behavior and
littering may result in disciplinary action.
Students are expected to report to lunch on time and remain in the cafeteria for the
duration of their assigned lunch period.
If under exceptional circumstances a child is required to take non-prescription or
prescription medication during school hours and the parent cannot be at school to
administer the medication, only the principal or the principal’s designee will assist in
self-administration of the medication. The student must be competent to self-administer
medicine with assistance in compliance with the following regulations:
Written instructions signed by the parent will be required and will include:
2.Name of medication
3.name of physician
4.Time to be self-administered
5.Dosage and directions for self-administration (non-prescription medicines must
have label direction)
6.Possible side effects, if known
7.Termination date for self-administration of the medication
The medication must be delivered to the Front Office in person by the parent or guardian of the student unless the medication must be retained by the student for immediate self-administration (i.e. students with asthma). Medication cannot be transported on a school bus.
All medication must be administered through the Front Office.
Under no circumstance may a HCHS staff person provide medication of any type to a student.
All drinks consumed at school must be purchased at school. Outside drinks are not
permitted and should be finished before entering the building. Students will be required to
dispose of any drinks brought into the building.
Students needing to use the telephone must have a note from a teacher authorizing such
use. Telephone use is only authorized for student sickness, cancelled extracurricular
activities, club activities, and other uses approved by an administrator.
Textbooks are the property of the Hickman County Board of Education. Students have
free use of these books provided certain conditions are met.
Textbooks are issued to students by the classroom teachers.
Textbooks are identified by an inventory number. Students may not exchange books with
another student or alter the inventory number in any way.
Students are financially responsible for lost or damaged textbooks.
1st-2nd year of textbook adoption-100% of cost of book
3rd-4th year of textbook adoption-75% of cost of book
5th-6th year of textbook adoption-50% of cost of book
Students will not receive a replacement book, grades, transcripts, or be eligible for
participation in graduation until all textbook replacement fees are paid.
All visitors must enter the building through the Front Office and sign in.
All visitors must wear a visitor’s pass while they are in the building.
Students who wish to bring a visitor on campus must have prior approval from an
Administrator. Visitors are required to show photo identification.
Social Services Contact Information
Tennessee State Department of Education
Legal Services Division- 615-741-2851
Department of Children’s Services (DCS)
To report abuse or neglect: 877-237-0004
For questions about adopting Tennessee children: 877-DCSKids (327-5437)
If you are interested in becoming a Foster/Resource Parent for Tennessee children:
Toll-free Youth Telephone Line: 866-791-9222
In Tennessee, an estimated 850 men, women, and youth die by suicide each year- more
than the numbers who die from homicide, AIDS, or drunk driving. Suicide is the third
leading cause of death among youth and young adults ages 10-24 in Tennessee and
throughout the entire nation.
If you are thinking about suicide, or know someone who is, there is help available at this
number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Family Life Planning Curriculum
Tennessee requires schools residing in school districts with pregnancy rates above 19.5
per 1,000 females ages 15-17 to implement family life education. Because Hickman
County exceeds this threshold, an age-appropriate family life planning course that
emphasizes abstinence until marriage and includes instructions for the prevention of
HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases will be implemented. Parents and legal
guardians have a right to examine the grade level instructional materials and confer with
school leaders regarding any or all portions of family life. A parent or guardian who wishes
to excuse a student from any, or all, portions of family life shall submit a request, in
writing, to the student’s principal. A student who is excused from any or all portions of
family life shall not be penalized for grading purposes if the student satisfactorily performs
alternative health lessons. T.C.A. 49-6-1302
It is the policy of the Hickman County Board of Education not to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, national origin, creed, age, or religion in any of the programs, practices, or employment in the school system. A complaint may be filed by anyone who has a grievance regarding discrimination as set forth in one of the following statutes: (1) The Rehabilitation Act of 1972, Section 504: (2) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: or (3) Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.
Discrimination is Against the Law
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin in all programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance.
34C.F.R. Part 100
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance.
34 C.F.R. Part 106
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in all programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.
34 C.F.R. Part 104
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by public entities.
28 C.F.R. Part 35
Title VI & IX Complaints
Mike Elkins Misty Shelton
115 Murphree Ave. 115 Murphree Ave.
Centerville, TN 37137 Centerville, TN 37033
931-729-3391 Ext. 2255 931-729-3391 Ext. 2226
Section 504 Complaints ADA Complaints
Anthony Brown Julia Thomasson
115 Murphree Ave. 115 Murphree Ave.
Centerville, TN 37137 Centerville, TN 37033
931-729-7730 931-729-3391 Ext. 2234
Absences 3 General Information 11
Academic Requirements 1 Grading Scale 2
Accidents 11 Graduation 1
Athletics 11 Grievances 14
Attendance Appeals 4 Harassment 9
Attendance Committee 4 Hazing 8
Attendance Requirements 3 Honors 2
Board Mandated Discipline 9 Honors Diploma 2
Bullying 6 Intimidation 6
Bus Transportation 7 Library 14
Cell Phones 11 Lockers 15
Class Schedule Code of Conduct 1 Lost and Found 15
Confidentiality 13 Make-up Work 5
Course Credit 2 Medication 16
Criminal Acts 10 Mission Statement 1
Crisis Services 17 Non-Discrimination Policy 17
Dept. Children’s Services 17 Organizations 11
Dept. of Education (TN) 17 Proof of Attendance Letters 6
Director’s Right to Modify 10 Public Display of Affection 8
Disciplinary Actions 10 Safe Harbor Provision 10
Dress Code 7 Scope of Authority 1
Dress Code Penalties 8 Social Services Contact Info 17
Driving to School 12 Suicide Prevention 17
Driver’s Detention 10 Tardy to Class/School 8
Dual Enrollment 2 Telephone 16
Early Dismissals 5 Textbooks 16
Electronic Devices 13 TN Compulsory attend. Law 6
Extended Absences 5 Tennessee Diploma Project 3
Extracurricular Activities 11 Truancy/Truancy Council 6
FERPA 13 Visitors 17
Financial obligations 13 Weighted Grades 3
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ECHO OUR SONG.
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WE SHARE WITH THEE.
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