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        Student / Parent
           Handbook
            2018-2019

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School Calendar

                                                    2018-­‐2019	
  

       July	
                               2	
  days	
  of	
  Teacher	
  Prep	
  

       August	
  1-­‐6	
                    Professional	
  Development	
  (No	
  School)	
  

       August	
  7	
                        Registration/Early	
  Dismissal	
  for	
  Students	
  

       August	
  8	
                        Teacher	
  prep	
  Day	
  (No	
  School)	
  

       August	
  9-­‐August	
  31	
         Students	
  Present	
  

       September	
  3	
                     Labor	
  Day	
  (No	
  School)	
  

       September	
  4-­‐October	
  10	
     Students	
  Present	
  

       October	
  10=12	
                   Fall	
  Break	
  (No	
  School)	
  

       October	
  15-­‐November	
  20	
   Students	
  Present	
  

       November	
  21-­‐24	
                Thanksgiving	
  (No	
  School)	
  

       November	
  26-­‐December	
          Students	
  Present	
  Early	
  Dismissal	
  on	
  December	
  
       14	
                                 14*	
  

       December	
  15-­‐January	
  2	
      Christmas/New	
  Year’s	
  Holidays	
  (No	
  School)	
  

       January	
  2	
                       Professional	
  Development	
  (No	
  School)	
  

       January	
  3-­‐January	
  18	
       Students	
  Present	
  

       January	
  21	
                      MLK	
  Day	
  (No	
  School)	
  

       January	
  22-­‐February	
  15	
     Students	
  Present	
  

       February	
  18	
                     Presidents'	
  Day	
  (No	
  School)	
  

       February	
  19-­‐March	
  29	
       Students	
  Present	
  

       April	
  1-­‐5	
                     Spring	
  Break	
  (No	
  School)	
  

       April	
  8-­‐18	
                    Students	
  Present	
  

       April	
  19	
                        Good	
  Friday	
  (No	
  School)	
  

       April	
  22-­‐May	
  24	
            Students	
  Present	
  (Early	
  Dismissal	
  on	
  May	
  24)	
  
                                                            	
  
                                                            	
                                       	
  

	
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               Alma Mater

       Here’s to our Purple and Gold,

             Long may it wave,

        Over our dear old school,

            Colors never fade,

       Purple and Gold for loyalty,

           And for faithfulness

       Here’s to our dear old school,

                UCHS!	
                 	
  

	
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                                                                                          Index

Academic Intervention ................................................. 33                         Medication Administration Guidelines ........................ 23
Accident or Sickness ..................................................... 33                      Newspaper, Media, Etc. ................................................ 26
After School Care ....................................................... 33                       Elementary and Secondary Education Act .................... 26
Alma Mater                  ......................................................... 3            Parent Conferences ........................................................ 7
Athletic Participation .................................................... 38                     PowerSchool ................................................................. 10
Athletics                   ....................................................... 43             Parking Lot and Cars ..................................................... 47
Attendance/Absences Procedures .................................. 7                                Parties and Gifts ........................................................... 34
Attendance Policy ......................................................... 8                      Perfect Attendance ....................................................... 34
Bell Schedule (UCMS) .................................................. 38                         Personnel (UCES) ......................................................... 32
                    (UCHS) ................................................... 43                             (UCMS) ........................................................ 37
Bicycles ......................................................................... 33                         (UCHS) ......................................................... 42
Board Beliefs/Goals & Mission Statement ...................... 5                                   Physical Education (UCES) ............................................ 34
Bus Conduct Policy ................................................. 19,44                                                 (UCMS) .......................................... 39
Care of Valuables .......................................................... 13                    Procedure for Student Suspension ............................... 20
Cafeteria ....................................................................... 14               Procedure for Student Transfer ..................................... 27
Code of Behavior & Discipline ...................................... 15                            Promotion and Retention ............................................. 47
Code of Conduct ........................................................... 15                     School Assemblies ........................................................ 10
Contact Information (Public Chapter 585) ................... 27                                    School Functions and Activities .................................... 10
Coordinated School Health .......................................... 24                            School Lockers .............................................................. 39
Detentions (UCMS) ....................................................... 39                       School Lunches ............................................................. 14
                (UCHS) ....................................................... 45                  School Traffic ................................................................ 34
Director’s Message ......................................................... 5                     Search & Seizure ........................................................... 14
Disciplinary Hearing Authority ..................................... 23                            Section 504 Procedures ............................................... 21
Discipline Procedures ................................................... 15                       Special Education ......................................................... 10
Dress ............................................................................. 10             Student Council ............................................................ 48
Driver’s License Attendance Compliance...................... 45                                    Student Criteria for Advanced Classes (UCES) .............. 35
Emergency Closing of School ....................................... 14                                                                                   (UCMS) ............. 39
Evacuation Procedures ................................................. 13                         Student Excel ................................................................ 41
Expectations ................................................................... 6                 Student Records Privacy Rights .................................... 20
General Objectives ......................................................... 6                     Suspension of Pupils by Principal ................................ 19
General School Rules ................................................... 21                        Tardies (UCMS/UCHS) .................................................... 7
Grading Scale ........................................................... 6,44                              (UCES) ................................................................ 7
Graduation Rules & Procedures.................................... 46                               Technology ................................................................... 24
Guidance Services ........................................................ 10                      Tennessee Scholars ...................................................... 47
Honor Roll ...................................................................... 6                Time Schedule (UCES) .................................................. 36
In School Suspension ................................................... 47                        Tornado Warning Procedure ........................................ 13
iPad/Tablet Pledge ....................................................... 29                      UCES Parent-Teacher Contract ...................................... 31
iPad/Tablet Policy ......................................................... 27                    UCHS School Improvement
Junior Beta Club (UCMS) ............................................. 38                              Mission Statement & Beliefs .................................... 42
Leaving Campus During School Time........................... 14                                    Union City College Preparatory Magnet School
Library........................................................................... 13                 Procedures & Guidelines .......................................... 44
Lunch with Children (UCES) ......................................... 33                            Withdrawal from School ............................................... 13
Make-up Work .............................................................. 33                     Zero-Tolerance Behavior ............................................... 23

	
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Director’s Message
Union City School System is one of the best school systems in the state and nation because of great people like yourself. We are one of the
best because we have extraordinary students, teachers, administrators, staff members, parents, Board of Education members, and
community members. It is an honor for us to serve you, the student, as you prepare for your future, and you, the parent, by helping you give
your child the opportunity to be successful. Our mission is to prepare students to live, work, contribute, and excel in an ever-changing world.
This mission is one that every administrator, teacher, and staff member takes very seriously and is resolved to see it through. I am honored
that you have chosen Union City Schools. Go Tornadoes!!
Wesley Kennedy
Director of Schools

Union City Board of Education Members
Karl Ullrich, Chair (Ward 2)
Cathy Waggoner, Vice Chair (Ward 4)
John Clendenin, M.D. (At-Large)
Scott Gilliam (Ward 5)
Tim James (Ward 1)
Wright Jernigan, M.D. (At-Large)
Curtis McClendon (Ward 3)

Director’s Office / Central Office Personnel
Wesley Kennedy, Director of Schools                      Michael Paul Miller, Student Services/CTE Director/Federal Projects/504 Coordinator
Cindy Davis, Bookkeeper                                  Camille Mobbs, Administrative Assistant to the Director
Carol Flood, Finance Director/Office Manager             Ashley Phillips, Instructional Secretary/Special Projects
Jerod Howell, IT Specialist                              Chuck Reedy, Maintenance/Bus Supervisor/Safety Director
Mike Hutchens, Communications Director                   Laney Rogers, Special Education Coordinator/Preschool
Annette Lafever, Food Service Bookkeeper                 Nan Tilghman, Payroll
Lora Linder, Food Service Coordinator                    Vicki Wilkinson, Classroom/Curriculum Coordinator
Kristen Miles, School Health Coordinator

Board Beliefs / Mission Statement / Goals
Adopted December 14, 2009

    We Believe That:
    §   Student learning should be our primary focus for all decisions. Learning encompasses academics, character, and personal
         development.
    §   High expectations for all students is our standard for success.
    §   A safe, secure, and inviting learning environment is necessary for a school to be effective.
    §   Technology is an essential component of a successful educational program.
    §   An effective school must have a Highly Qualified, enthusiastic, and involved staff, who fosters mutual respect and positive
         relationships with students and families. All stakeholders (students, teachers, administrators, school board members, families, and
         community) should be accountable for achieving our mission. A well-rounded education provides learning opportunities in the core
         academic subjects, fine arts, career and technical education, and extra-curricular activities.
    §   Diversity in the school population strengthens the system.

    Mission Statement:
    The mission of the Union City School System is to prepare students to live, work, contribute, and excel in an ever-changing
    world.
Goals:
       1.     To utilize and expand parental and community involvement.
       2.     To provide highly qualified and effective personnel.
       3.     To exceed the benchmarks of both state and federal education requirements.
       4.     To provide a safe, secure, and inviting learning environment.
       5.     To provide a curriculum (traditional as well as advanced) that challenges students at every level.

Expectations
Expectations for ALL students attending Union City Schools:
    1.   Follow directions of ALL adults
    2.   Show kindness and be courteous and respectful to everyone
    3.   Be prepared and on time
    4.   Move about quietly and orderly in this school and on this campus
    5.   Dress appropriately
    6.   Do what is right
    7.   No excuses

General Objectives
Education should lead the individual to the development of the following:
   1.   Disciplined self-reliance
   2.   Constructive thinking in all learning situations
   3.   A sense of responsibility toward work (Work is the basis of the American way of life.)
   4.   The ability to adjust to social progress
   5.   High moral and spiritual values
   6.   Worthy use of leisure time
   7.   Deep sense of loyalty and patriotism
   8.   Competency in using the fundamentals of learning
   9.   Adequate physical and mental health

Grading Scale
      Grade                        Percentage Range
        A                               93-100
        B                                85-92
        C                                75-84
        D                                70-74
        F                                0-69

Honor Roll
  §   To make FIRST HONOR ROLL, a student must have an “A” in all subjects.
  §   To make SECOND HONOR ROLL, a student must have either an “A” or “B” in all subjects.
  §   Students with incompletes will not qualify for HONOR ROLL.

	
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Parent Conferences
  §   Conferences between parents and teachers are an ideal way for both to better understand students’ problems and to
       help them with their learning tasks. School-wide parent-teacher conferences are scheduled at all schools during the first
       and second semester.
  §   Conferences may be requested by the teachers or can be arranged upon request of the parent. Arrangements should be
       made through the principal’s office.
  §   At no time is a parent to presumptuously enter the building and confer with a teacher in the hall or classroom. Clearance
       must be obtained in the school office.

Tardies (UCMS / UCHS)
  §   School begins at 7:40 (UCHS) and 7:55 (UCMS). Students should plan to be here at that time.
  §   A student is tardy for school if he arrives after 7:40 am (UCHS) or 7:55 am (UCMS).
  §   Students who arrive after the tardy bell (7:40 (UCHS); 7:55 (UCMS) are required to get an admit slip in the cafeteria
       (UCMS).
  §   After the third tardy, he will be assigned a detention.
  §   Students arriving tardy after 8:00 am (UCMS); 8:15 (UCHS) will be considered unexcused and will receive a detention.
  §   Failure to obtain a tardy/admit slip before homeroom or 1st period (see bell schedule) will result in a detention.

Tardies (UCES)
  §   A student is tardy for school if he arrives in his classroom after 7:55 am.
  §   After the fifth tardy, he will be assigned ISS during his specials, unless he has a doctor’s note.
  §   Specials will be 50 minutes for Kindergarten and 55 minutes for Grades 1-4.
  §   The classroom doors will be open at 7:05 am.

Attendance / Absences Procedures
Students returning to school following an absence of any duration must follow this procedure:
     1.   When you return to school following an absence, you must check in to the Attendance Person as follows:
               a.   UCES: Secretary
               b.   UCMS: Gym until 8:15
               c.   UCHS: Office: If students arrive at school after 7:40 am, then they must obtain both an admit slip AND a tardy
                    slip
     2.   In order to get an excused absence, a student must have one of the following:
               a.   A written note, signed by their parents. The administration will determine whether the absence is excused or
                    unexcused. Students without a note upon returning to school will receive a note, pending status. The student
                    will have three days from the date of the absence to bring a note or the absence will become unexcused.
               b.   A conditional absence form signed by the principal or his appointed designee prior to the absence. If the
                    conditional absence is for a senior to visit a post-secondary institution, the student must bring a letter from said
                    institution verifying the visit.
               c.   For medical appointments, the student must present a slip from the office of the doctor or dentist.
A student must remain in school until his 18th birthday or until he has graduated from the twelfth grade. The parent(s) of a
student absent for more than five (5) days without an acceptable excuse may be cited before the juvenile judge and is subject to a
fine each day the student is absent.
	
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Attendance Policy
  §   Attendance is a key factor in student achievement and therefore, students are expected to be present each day school is
       in session.
  §   Truancy is defined as an absence for an entire school day, a major portion of the school day, or the major portion of any
       class, study hall, or activity during the school day for which the student is scheduled.
  §   Absences shall be classified as either excused, conditional, or unexcused as determined by the principal or his/her
       designee. A note from a parent or verification from the doctor or the courts is required within three (3) days of absence or
       it becomes unexcused.
  §   Excused absences shall include:
       1.   Family or personal illness (physician’s statement may be required);
       2.   Medical appointments verified by a doctor;
       3.   Death in the family;
       4.   Religious holidays regularly observed by persons of their faith; and,
       5.   Any situation absolutely beyond the control of the student and family that is verified.

        Conditional Absence
           §   A conditional absence is one that does not meet the guidelines for an excused absence but may be approved by
                the principal or his designee when it is determined that it has educational value or is a significant family event.
           §   The parent or guardian must make a request for a conditional absence prior to that absence. The student or
                parents must make arrangements for makeup work in advance of the absence. The makeup arrangements will
                be made in writing and will be signed by the teacher and parent in grades K-5 and by the teacher, the parent,
                and student in grade 6-12. Failure of the student to meet the written arrangements will result in the absence
                being classified as unexcused. Documentation of the activity is required upon the students return.
           §   Note: Consideration for the conditional absence will be given to the value of the absence, the pattern of the
                student’s attendance, discipline, and overall grades of the student.

        Unexcused Absence
           §   Students who are absent for reasons not covered in the provisions as described under “Excused Absences” are
                considered “unexcused.” Daily class work may not be made up and will earn a grade of “0.” Upon request, the
                student may make up tests or projects due on the day of the absence. The request must be made on the day of
                return from the absence. A grade no higher than 84 (c) shall be used for credit purposed on an unexcused
                make-up test or project. *This includes mid-term and final exams.
           §   A student who is absent five (5) days without adequate excuse shall be reported to the Director of
                Schools/designee who will, in turn, provide written notice to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student’s absence.
                If a parent does not provide documentation within an adequate time excusing those absences, or request an
                attendance hearing, then the Director of Schools/designee shall implement the Progressive Truancy
                Intervention Plan prior to referral to juvenile court.
           §   All external suspensions will be classified as an unexcused absence.
           §   Excuse notes from the parent should be sent to the principal and clearly state the reason the student has been
                absent.
           §   Excessive absences are defined as:
                1. More than 18 absences per year for students in grades K-12 in full year classes and more than 9 absences in
                      high school semester classes.
	
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2. Absent more than 10% of the days enrolled in Union City Schools.
              The penalty for excessive absences is failure to be promoted or receive credits earned.
       §     When a student has an unfavorable attendance patters (e.g. missing every Monday) or has 5 absences per
              semester course; 9 absences per full year course, a referral will be made to the attendance supervisor and notice
              given to the parents.
       §     After a student establishes a pattern of excessive illness-related absences, the principal/designee may require
              verification from the student’s physician for future absences to be excused.
       §     Makeup opportunity will exist for all absences except unexcused absences. (See Unexcused Absences).
              Following an absence, the student and/or parents will have the responsibility of making the initial inquiry into
              their makeup requirements. At the time of the inquiry, the teacher will be responsible for establishing the
              makeup requirements. Students will be given a reasonable length of time to make up work missed. Timing will
              be determined by the length of absence and type of assignment.
       §     Each teacher may develop a personal plan for makeup, but it must include the above mentioned characteristics.
              It will need to be approved by the principal, then posted in the classroom.
       §     The Board of Education recognizes that exceptional circumstances beyond the student’s control may arise which
              will result in failure to meet the minimum attendance standards. Therefore, provisions are made for an appeal
              process for students with passing grades but who could be denied promotion or credit earned because of
              excessive absences.
              1. For students with passing grades, but who had more than 18 absences (more than 9 in semester classes) –
                   all of which are excused – the principal will: (1) grant the promotion and approve the credits or (2) refer the
                   student’s case to the hearing Committee without parental involvement. The Committee will consider the
                   student’s case and recommend the principal to either approve the earned grades, or notify the parents of
                   the student’s failure and of their right to a full hearing before the Hearing Committee, if they request it.
              2. For students with passing grades, but who had more than 18 absences (more than 9 in semester classes) –
                   at least one being an unexcused absence – the principal shall notify the parents that the student has failed
                   to gain promotion or earn credit. He must also advise them that they can appeal the failure to the Hearing
                   Committee.
       §     An attendance committee appointed by the principal will conduct a hearing to determine if any extenuating
              circumstances exist or to determine if the student has met attendance requirement that will allow him/her to
              pass the course or be promoted. Upon notification of the attendance committee decision, the principal shall
              send written notification to the Director of Schools/designee and the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student of any
              action taken regarding the excessive unexcused absences. The notification shall advise parent(s)/guardian(s) of
              their right to appeal such action within two (2) school days to the Director of Schools/designee.
       §     The appeal shall be heard no later than ten (10) school days after the request for appeal is received.
       §     Within five (5) school days of the Director of Schools/designee rending a decision, the student’s
              parent(s)/guardian(s) may request by the Board, and the Board shall review the record. Following the review,
              the Board may affirm or overturn the decision of the Director of Schools/designee. The action of the Board shall
              be final.
       §     The Director of Schools/designee shall ensure that this policy is posted in each school building and
              disseminated to all students, parents, teachers, and administrative staff.
       §     The address of Mr. Wesley Kennedy, Director of Schools and the Board of Education is PO Box 749, Union City,
              TN 38281.

	
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PowerSchool
Parents can check grades online by using the Parent Portal access to PowerSchool, which is our student management system.
Parents will be issued an access code by contacting the appropriate school.

Special Education
All special education experiences must be supported and evaluated by the Multi-Disciplinary Team (M-Team). Evaluation for
credit earned or promotion/grade placement will be based on the written Individualized Education Plan (IEP), which has been
approved by the M-Team.

Guidance Services
The guidance office is committed to helping each child reach their mental, physical, social, and emotional potential. The
guidance counselor welcomes calls and visits by parents. A major goal of the guidance office is to form a valuable link between
the home and schools.

School Assemblies
Our assemblies, an extension of the instructional program, are provided for all to emphasize the following functions:
    1.   To unify the school;
    2.   To emphasize correct audience habits;
    3.   To recognize publicly worthwhile achievements;
    4.   To promote school spirit and patriotism;
    5.   To correlate school and community interests; and,
    6.   To provide educational entertainment.
Students are required to attend all assemblies and to be on time. Students may be excused from assembly ONLY BY AN
ADMINISTRATOR.
Students are to conduct themselves in a proper manner at all times. Courtesy is to be shown to the speaker or entertainers.
Misconduct will result in ISS.

School Functions and Activities
It is necessary to secure approval from the principals’ office in order to hold a function in the name of the school outside regular
school hours. The sponsor of the group or organizations must approve, be present, and assume responsibility for the general
success of the activity. (A member of the faculty must be present and assume responsibility of care of the building and see that
the policies of the Union City Board of Education and school rules are observed.) Permission to hold these activities should be
secured several days in advance. All school rules and policies are in effect at every school sponsored activity.

Dress
Union City Schools Standard Dress Code
Union City Schools must be an environment in which work can be accomplished by adults and students. Students’ dress will fall
within the following guidelines in order to create an orderly setting in which teaching and learning can occur without distraction.
The school administrator will make the final decision about whether an article or style of dress falls outside these guidelines.
Shirts:
     •   Solid color with a collar and sleeves (polo shirt is an example but not the only alternative) will be allowed. Shirts should
         be designed to be buttoned to the neck. Only the top button may remain unfastened. Turtleneck or mock turtleneck
         shirts cannot be worn alone but may be worn as an undergarment.
	
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•   Shirts should be tucked in at all times.
    •   Shirts should be sized to fit, neither skintight nor oversized.
    •   Shirts should have no design or printing other than a small manufacturer or school logo that can be covered with a 3/5” x
        2” business card. (The logo of UC School is exempted from this size requirement.)
    •   Shirts should have no holes or tears.
Pants: (Pre K-Grade 2)
    •   Pants should be sized to fit, neither skintight, oversized, sagging, nor dragging the ground or floor.
    •   Pants should have no embroidery, sequins, beads, appliqués, patches, or other decorations.
    •   Pants should have no holes, tears, or shredded hemlines.
    •   Pants should be a solid color (khaki, navy, brown, black, olive, gray, or blue or black denim).
    •   Shorts of the above listed colors that touch the top of the knee when standing are allowed.
    •   Capris are acceptable in the above listed colors.
    •   No sweatpants, wind pants, or pajama pants are allowed. No overalls.
Pants: (Grades 3-5)
    •   Pants should be sized to fit, neither skintight, oversized, sagging, nor dragging the ground or floor.
    •   Pants should have no embroidery, sequins, beads, appliqués, patches, or other decorations.
    •   Pants should have no holes, tears, or shredded hemlines.
    •   Pants should be a solid color (khaki, navy, brown, black, olive, gray, or blue or black denim).
    •   Shorts of the above listed colors that touch the top of the knee when standing are allowed.
    •   Capris are acceptable in the above listed colors.
    •   No sweatpants, wind, pants, or pajama pants are allowed. No overalls.
    •   Belts must be worn on pants with belt loops in grades 3-5.
Pants: (Grades 6-12)
    •   Pants should be sized to fit, neither skintight, oversized, sagging, nor dragging the ground or floor.
    •   Pants should have no embroidery, sequins, beads, appliqués, patches, or other decorations.
    •   Pants should have no holes, tears, or shredded hemlines.
    •   Pants should be a solid color (khaki, navy, brown, black, olive, gray, or blue or black denim).
    •   Shorts of the above listed colors that touch the top of the knee when standing are allowed.
    •   Capris are acceptable in the above listed colors.
    •   No sweatpants, wind, pants, or pajama pants are allowed. No overalls.
    •   Pants must have belt loops and belt must be worn.
    •   No ties or bands on pant legs.
Skirts, Dresses, Jumpers:
    •   Dresses must conform to the shirt standards and be solid color, with collar and sleeves.
    •   Skirts or skorts must be sold solid colors (khaki, navy, brown, black, olive, gray, or black). Hemlines must at least touch
        the top of the knee when standing.
    •   Leggings/tights will be allowed, but the skirt which is worn over the leggings must at least touch the top of the knee
        when standing.
Outer Garments:
    •   UC “Spirit Wear” sweatshirts without hoods are allowed. They are not required to be tucked in, but must
        be no longer than hip level. A solid colored, collared shirt or solid colored turtleneck must be worn
        under the sweatshirt. Vests are not allowed.

	
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Sweaters and Pullovers:
    •   Solid colored sweaters and pullover with no offensive writing or symbols may be worn and do not have to be tucked in to
        the waist band.
    •   A solid colored collared shirt must be worn under the sweater or pullover.
    •   Long-sleeved T-shirts, flannel shirts, and full-zip jackets are not considered a pullover or sweater and are not allowed.
Shoes:
    •   For safety reasons, shoes must be laced, tied, strapped, or hooked, if intended.
    •   Sandals, loafers, and boots are permitted. House shoes are not permitted.
    •   For safety reasons, heel height is limited to 1.5” in grades K-5.
    •   Socks do not have to be a solid color.
“Spirit Wear”:
    •   The building principal may designate days as “School Spirit Days.” During these days, allowances for standard dress may
        be amended. However, the guidelines regarding neatness, safety, and modes of apparel will be adhered to on these
        days. In grades K-5, cheerleading uniforms with matching trunks will be allowed.
The following clothing items are considered to be inappropriate:
    •   Clothing with low-cut neckline or clothing that exposes midriffs or backs cannot be worn in the school building.
    •   See-through clothing cannot be worn in the school building.
    •   Sleepwear cannot be worn in the school building.
    •   Coats, jackets, hooded clothing, shawls, ponchos, and raincoats cannot be worn inside the school
        building.
    •   Hats, bandanas, head scarves, neck scarves, sweatbands, stocking caps, hair racks/combs, hair rollers, rakes, “do-rags”,
        grills, sunglasses, and other distracting apparel cannot be worn in the school building.
While not considered student dress, the following can cause distraction to the normal educational process and
will not be allowed:
    •   Body piercing, except for traditional pierced earlobes for ornamental earrings, will not be allowed.
    •   Haircuts, hairstyles, or hair colors which are non-traditional to the point of causing distraction are not allowed.
    •   Fingernails that are excessively long are not allowed.

The principal or designee has the authority to determine if any attire is improper and interferes with the teaching-learning process
or is prejudicial to good order at school.
          A religious exemption can be based on the religion of the parent or the religion of the student, but the parent must
          apply for the exemption in either case.
          A medical exemption can be based on the medical needs of the students, but the parent must apply for the exemption.

COMPLIANCE
First violation: The school shall attempt to call the student’s parent or guardian to determine whether the student has
standard clothing. If the student has standard clothing, the school should request that the parent bring the standard
clothing to the school. If the parent cannot be reached or cannot provide standard clothing, the student will be
placed in in-school suspension for the remainder of the day.

Second violation: The student shall receive detention/in-school suspension, depending upon the severity of the infraction.

	
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Third violation: The student shall receive in-school suspension.

Fourth and Subsequent violation: The student shall receive out-of-school suspension. The parent must meet with the
principal before the student will be given permission to re-enter.
Library
Every student has the privilege of checking books out of the school library. These are usually checked out for one week, and care
should be given that they be returned properly. Student must pay the cost of lost/damaged library books.

Withdrawal from School
  •   Students who withdraw from school for any reason shall first notify the counselor when it is known they will withdraw.
  •   On the day of withdrawal, the student shall return his/her books to the teachers. All responsibilities must be finalized
      before any information will be released to another school.

Care of Valuables
The school cannot be responsible for valuables that are lost or stolen. All students who carry large sums of money or who are
careless with their books, coats, etc., cannot expect the school to act as guard for these. No more money should be brought to
school than is needed for that day. No effort will be made to locate items that are in violation of school rules (cell phone, iPods,
etc.).

Evacuation Procedures
Each classroom has posted the emergency evacuation route to be followed by the students in case of a fire or during a fire drill.
During the emergency or drill, each teacher is in complete charge of his class. The alarm will be a long blast of the fire alarm.
When the alarm sounds:
    1.   Stop all work and stand. Close all windows as you leave the room;
    2.   Follow evacuation route in single file;
    3.   Do not run, push, or talk;
    4.   Do not carry books;
    5.   Teachers shall follow their class, being certain all students are evacuated;
    6.   Once outside, move far enough from building to be out of danger;
    7.   Teachers will check the class roll;
    8.   Maintain strict order at all times, and;
    9.   After a fire drill, return to classes using the evacuation route. The signal to re-enter the building will be the class change
         tone.

Tornado Warning Procedure
Each classroom has posted the tornado shelter area and the route to be taken to the area in case of a tornado warning. In case of a
warning or drill, each teacher is in complete charge of his class.
    1.   Proceed in a single file to the shelter area designated for that class, leaving all windows and doors open behind
    2.   Upon arriving at the shelter area, sit on the floor with back to the wall, heads between knees, and hands over the backs
         of head, and;
    3.   Remain in that position until the all clear signal is given. That signal is one long blast on the class change tone.

	
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Emergency Closing of School
In situations where the weather is of such unusual severity as to prevent normal operations of schools, the Director of Schools
may decide to close down the school for this period of time. At such time, students are urged to tune in to either of the local radio
stations for news relative to school closing. Parents will be notified with the School notification system. Please keep your phone
number updated at the school.
School Lunches
     •   Each student who has a need for free/reduced lunch should complete the application for assistance. These will be
          provided on the first day of school.
     •   No notice will be made on the fact that you eat free. If you or your family have a real need, you are encouraged to apply
          to the principal.
          Breakfast Prices                                              Lunch Prices
          PK - 12 ......................................... $1.75       PK-5 ..................................... $2.25
          Staff/Guests ................................. $2.00          6-12 ..................................... $2.50
                                                                        Staff...................................... $3.40
                                                                        Guests .................................. $3.90
                                           In compliance with the National Student Lunch Program,
                                        students are not allowed to use any vending machines from:
                                                      7:00 am – 8:30 am AND 10:00 am – 12:45 pm

Cafeteria
Students are expected to go to the lunch area in an orderly fashion. Students enter the line designated where lunch is served
even for small orders such as ice cream, milk, etc. and exit at the line by the cashier. Good order is expected at all times. No
deliveries from outside vendors are allowed except by prior approval of the principal.

Search and Seizure
  •   The US Supreme Court has ruled that schools have the authority to conduct searches without a warrant when the school
      authorities have “reasonable suspicion” that the student is in violation of school rules. Lockers and desks can be searched
      for any good reason on the basis that this equipment is school property and students should have no expectation of
      privacy for things stored in it. Under the court ruling, automobiles parked on school property may be searched without a
      warrant when in the view of school authorities there is “reasonable suspicion” that school rules have been violated or the
      student is concealing materials that are illegal for students to possess.
  •   Trained dogs for the detection of controlled substances may be used during the search. Visitors’ automobiles are subject
      to be searched. The principal or his/her designee shall accompany the police during the search.

Leaving Campus During School Time
As the school is responsible for students during regular school hours, no student is to leave campus at anytime without first
clearing it with office. If a student must leave school early, he must have a note from his parents or guardian or he must have his
parent or guardian notify the office by telephone. Students are to sign out in the office prior to leaving campus. For medical
appointments, the student must present a note from the office of the doctor with whom the appointment was made.

	
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Code of Conduct
Students and teachers will respect self, fellow pupils, teachers, and other adults; respect their own and other people’s property;
be courteous, well-mannered, and well-behaved; be honest, trusting, and hard-working; take responsibility for words and
actions; be friendly and cooperative; show tolerance toward others.

Code of Behavior and Discipline
  •   The Director of Schools shall be responsible for the overall implementation and supervision of the Board’s Code of
      Behavior and Discipline. He shall ensure that students at all schools are subject to a uniform and fair application of the
      Code.
  •   The Principal of each school shall be responsible for implementation and administration in his/her school. He/she shall
      apply the Code uniformly and fairly to each student at the school without partiality and discrimination.
  •   The Board delegates to the Director of Schools the responsibility of developing more specific codes of behavior and
      discipline which are appropriate for each type of school, such as elementary, middle, and senior high school. The
      development of each Code shall involve principals and faculty members of each type of school and shall be consistent
      with the content of the Board’s Code.
  •   A copy of the Code and each applicable school code shall be placed in the library and principal’s office at each school as a
      notice to the students, teachers, and administrative staff of their duties and responsibilities.
      1. The Principal is responsible for establishing and maintain effective discipline within the school.
      2. It is the responsibility of all teachers to assist in the discipline of the total school.
      3. The teacher is recognized as the person responsible for maintaining appropriate classroom management.
      4. The authority of school administrators and teachers to control student conduct will extend to all activities of the
           school including, but not limited to, athletic events, public performances, and school trips.

Discipline Procedures
RESPONSIBILITY AND AUTHORITY
The Board of Education delegates to school administrators and teachers the responsibility and authority to enforce regulations
regarding conduct of students and supports them in their efforts to maintain orderliness. The Board authorizes disciplinary or
punitive measures as seem necessary including counseling, detention, in-school suspension, suspensions, and corporal
punishment. The authority relationship and responsibility that exists in the school is as follows:
    1.   The Principal is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective discipline within the school.
    2.   It is the responsibility of all teachers to assist in the discipline of the total school.
    3.   The teacher is recognized as the person responsible for maintaining appropriate classroom management.
    4.   The authority of school administrators and teachers to control student conduct will extend to all activities of the school
         including, but not limited to, athletic events, public performances, and school trips.

The following levels of misbehavior and disciplinary procedures and options are designed to protect all members of the
educational community in the exercise of their rights and duties.1
MISBEHAVIORS: Level I
Minor misbehavior on the part of the student which impedes orderly classroom procedures or interferes with the orderly
operation of the school, but which can usually be handled by an individual staff member.
         Examples (not an exclusive listing):
         Classroom disturbances
         Classroom tardiness
	
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Cheating and lying
        Abusive language
        Non-defiant failure to do assignments or carry out directions
        Chewing gum

        Disciplinary Procedures
        Immediate intervention by the staff member
        Determine what offense was committed and its severity
        Determine offender and that he/she understands the nature of the offense
        Employ appropriate disciplinary options
        Record of the offense and disciplinary action maintained by staff member

        Disciplinary Options
        Verbal reprimand
        Special assignment
        Restricting activities
        Assigning work details
        Counseling
        Withdrawal of privileges
        Issuance of demerits which might affect citizenships or deportment grades
        Strict supervised study
        Detention
        Corporal punishment
        In-school suspension
        Out-of-school suspension

MISBEHAVIORS: Level II
Misbehavior whose frequency or seriousness tends to disrupt the learning climate of the school. Included in this level are
misbehaviors which do not represent a direct threat to the health and safety of others but whose educational consequences are
serious enough to require corrective action on the part of administrative personnel.
         Examples (not an exclusive listing)
         Continuation of unmodified Level I behaviors
         School or class tardiness
         School or class truancy
         Possession or use of tobacco products
         Using forged notes or excuses
         Disruptive classroom behavior

        Disciplinary Procedures
        Student is referred to Principal for appropriate disciplinary action
        Principal meets with student and teacher
        Principal hears accusation made by teacher, permits student the opportunity of explaining his/her conduct, denying it or
                 explaining any mitigating circumstances.
	
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Principal takes appropriate disciplinary action and notifies teacher of action
        Record of offense and disciplinary action maintained by Principal

        Disciplinary Options
        Teacher/schedule change
        Modified probation
        Behavior modification
        Social probation
        Peer counseling
        Referral to outside agency
        In-school suspension
        Transfer
        Detention
        Suspension from school-sponsored activities or from riding school bus
        Corporal punishment
        Restricting school-related honors student is otherwise due
        Out-of-school suspension not to exceed ten (10) days

MISBEHAVIORS: Level III
Acts directly against persons or property but whose consequences do not seriously endanger the health or safety of others in the
school.
         Examples (not an exclusive listing)
         Continuation of unmodified Level I and II behaviors
         Fighting (simple)
         Vandalism (minor)
         Stealing
         Threats to others (bullying)
         Harassment (sexual, racial, ethnic, religious)
         Possession and/or use of alcohol

        Disciplinary Procedures
        Student is referred to Principal for appropriate disciplinary action
        Principal meets with student and teacher
        Principal hears accusation by accusing party and permits offender the opportunity of explaining conduct
        Principal takes appropriate disciplinary action
        Principal may refer incident to the Director of Schools and make recommendations for consequences
        If students’ program is to be changed, adequate notice shall be given to the student and his/her parents of the charges
                 against him, his/her right to appear at a hearing and to be represented by a person of his/her choosing
        Record of offense and disciplinary action maintained by Principal or Director of Schools

        Disciplinary Options
        In-school suspension
        Detention
	
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Corporal punishment
         Restitution for lost, damaged, or stolen property
         Out-of-school suspension not to exceed ten (10) days
         Social adjustment classes
         (cont’d)
         Transfer
         Long term out-of-school suspension

MISBEHAVIORS: Level IV
Acts which result in violence to another’s person or property or which post a threat to the safety of others in the school. These acts
are so serious that they usually require administrative actions which result in the immediate removal of the student from the
school, the intervention of law enforcement authorities and action by the Board.
         Examples (not an exclusive listing)
         Unmodified Level I, II, and II behaviors
         Death threat
         Extortion
         Bomb threat
         Possession/use/transfer of dangerous weapons*
         Assault
         Battery*
         Vandalism
         Theft/possession/sale of stolen property
         Arson
         Possession of unauthorized substances*
         Use/transfer of unauthorized substances

         Disciplinary Procedures
         Principal confers with appropriate staff members and with the student
         Principal hears accusation by accusing party and permits offender opportunity of explaining conduct
         Parents are notified
         Law enforcement officials are contacted
         Incident is reported and recommendations made to the Director of Schools
         Complete and accurate reports are submitted to the Director of Schools
         Student is given hearing before disciplinary hearing authority

         Disciplinary Options
         Expulsion
         Alternative schools
         Other hearing authority or Board action which result s in appropriate placement
*Expulsion/remand for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year subject to modification by the Director of Schools on a case-
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ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES
   1.   A student shall not be suspended solely because charges are pending against him/her in juvenile or other court, unless
        the student is charged with a felony and student’s continued presence in school poses a danger to persons or property or
        disrupts the educational process.
   2.   A Principal shall not impose successive short term suspensions that cumulatively exceed ten (10) days for the same
        offense.
   3.   A teacher or other school official shall not reduce or authorize the reduction of a student’s grade because of discipline
        problems except in deportment or citizenship.
   4.   A student shall not be denied the passing of a course or grade promotion solely on the basis of absences except as
        provided by board policy.
   5.   A student shall not be denied the passing of a course or grade promotion solely on the basis of failure to:
             a.   Pay any activity fee;
             b.   Pay a library or other school fine, or
             c.   Make a restitution for lost or damaged school property
   6.   When corporal punishment is administered, proper forms will be completed by the person administering the
        punishment and filed in the office of the principal on the day of disciplinary action.
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Legal Reference:
1. TCA 49-6-4001 through 49-6-4105; TCA 49-6-4018
2. TCA 49-6-3007(h)

Bus Conduct Policy
ALL SCHOOL RULES ARE IN EFFECT WHILE ON THE BUS UNTIL STUDENT EXITs THE BUS UPON ARRIVAL TO DROP-OFF.
       At the discretion of Principal, some misbehavior will result in immediate loss of bus privileges.
                                          Examples: fighting & defiance

Suspension of Pupils by Principal
A.   Any Principal or Principal-Teacher of any public school in this state is authorized to suspend a pupil from attendance at such
     schools, including its sponsored activities, from riding a school bus, for good and sufficient reasons. Good and sufficient
     reasons for suspension may include, but shall not be limited to, (1) willful or persistent violation of the rules of the school or
     truancy; (2) immoral or disreputable conduct or vulgar or profane language; (3) violence or threatened violence against the
     person or any personnel attending or assigned to any public school; (4) willful or malicious damage to real or personal
     property of said school, or the property of any person attending or assigned to said school; (5) inciting, advising, or
     counseling of others to engage in any of the acts herein before enumerated; (6) marking, defacing, or destroying school
     property; (7) possession of a pistol, gun, or firearm on school property; (8) possession of a knife, etc. as defined in Section
     39-4901 on school property; (9) assaulting a Principal or teacher with vulgar, obscene, or threatening language; (1) unlawful
     use or possession of barbital or legend drugs, as defined in Section 52-1301; (11) any other conduct prejudicial to good
     order of discipline in any public school.
B.   Immediately upon the suspension of any pupil upon any grounds by the Principal or Principal-teacher of any public school,
     the said Principal shall report his action in writing at once to the Director of Schools, the attendance officer, or other persons
     authorized by the board, serving the county, municipality, or school district in which said school is located, and the parents or
     parent, guardian or person standing in loco parenting to him. The attendance officer, or other person authorized by the
     Board, shall immediately investigate the cause of said suspension and take any action required by law or rules of the school
     district.
	
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Procedure for Student Suspension
  •   The student will be given oral or written notice of the charges against him and, if he denies them, an explanation of
      evidence the authorities have.
  •   The student will be allowed to present his version of the incident, and the decision to suspend will be based on the facts
      developed at this conference, though the Principal may consider prior conduct if he so informs the student at this
      conference.
  •   There are recurring situation in which prior notice and hearing cannot be insisted on. Students whose presence poses a
      continuing danger to persons or property or are an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process will be
      immediately removed from school. In such cases, the necessary notice and rudimentary hearing will follow as soon as
      practicable.
  •   After suspending the student, the Principal will notify as soon as possible in writing the student’s parents, the
      attendance officer, and the Director of Schools of his action, as required by the local board of education.
  •   The above is in compliance with U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Goss versus Lopez – January 22, 1975.

Student Records Privacy Rights
     •   The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law, requires that the Union City School District, with
         certain exception, obtain parental written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the
         child’s education records. However, the Union City School District may disclose appropriately designated “directory
         information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District
         procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow our school district to include this type of information
         from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include:
              §   a playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production;
              §   the annual yearbook; honor roll or other recognition lists;
              §   graduation programs; and
              §   sports activity sheets, such as for football, showing weight and height of team members.
     •   Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released,
         can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include,
         but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws
         require local educational agencies (LEAs) receive assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965
         (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories – names, addresses, and
         telephone listing – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed
         without a prior written consent.1
     •   If you do not want The Union City School District to disclose directory information from your child’s education records
         without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by August 15, 2017. The Union City School
         District has designated the following information as directory information: [Note: an LEA may, but does not have to,
         include all the information listed below.]
              §   Student’s name
              §   Address
              §   Telephone listing
              §   Electronic mail address
              §   Photograph
              §   Date and place of birth
              §   Major field of study
	
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§   Dates of attendance
         §   Grade level
         §   Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
         §   Weight and height of members of athletic teams
         §   Degrees, honors, and awards received
         §   The most recent educational agency or institution attended
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1	
  
     These	
  laws	
  are:	
  Section	
  9528	
  of	
  the	
  ESEA	
  (20	
  U.S.C.	
  7908),	
  as	
  amended	
  by	
  the	
  No	
  Child	
  Left	
  Behind	
  Act	
  of	
  2001	
  (P.L.	
  107-­‐110),	
  the	
  education	
  bill,	
  and	
  10	
  U.S.C.	
  503,	
  
as	
  amended	
  by	
  section	
  544,	
  the	
  National	
  Defense	
  Authorization	
  Act	
  for	
  Fiscal	
  Year	
  2002	
  (P.L.	
  107-­‐107),	
  the	
  legislation	
  that	
  provides	
  funding	
  for	
  the	
  Nation’s	
  armed	
  
forces.	
  
	
  
Section 504 Procedures
     §   Union City Schools is committed to maintaining equitable employment/educational practices, services, programs, and
          activities that are accessible and usable by qualified individuals with disabilities.
     §   Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provides that: No otherwise qualified individual with handicaps in the
          United States, solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or
          be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
     §   Eligibility under Section 504: Section 504 covers qualified students with disabilities. To be protected, a student must be
          determined to: (a) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; (b)
          have a record of such impairment; or (c) be regarded as having such impairment.
Complaint Procedure
The coordinator will hear ADA/Section 504 complaints. Complaints shall be submitted orally or in writing to the coordinator who
will endeavor to accomplish prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action that would be prohibited by the
ADA/Section 504. The coordinator will respond to all complaints within twenty (20) days with a written response as well as
information on further grievance procedures that may be followed if the complaining party is not satisfied with the coordinator’s
proposed resolution.
     §   At any time, a complaining party may request a hearing before an impartial hearing officer designated by the LEA. The
          request for a hearing may be made in writing or orally to the 504 Coordinator. The request shall then be submitted or
          reduced to writing on a form provided by the LEA.
     §   The LEA shall ensure that no later than forty-five (45) calendar days after the receipt of a request for a hearing-
               o   A. final decision is reached in the hearing; and
               o   B. a copy of the decision is mailed to each of the parties.
     §   The hearing officer may grant specific extensions of the forty-five (45) day timeline at the request of either party.

                 Michael Paul Miller, Section 504 Coordinator
                 Union City Board of Education
                 408 Depot Street, Union City, Tennessee 731-885-3922

General School Rules
1.   NO FOOD AND DRINK IN HALLS AND CLASSROOM
2.   TOBACCO USAGE: The possession and/or use of any tobacco product will not be permitted in the school building or on the
     school property from the time students arrive at the school until they leave the school grounds at the end of the day. The use
     of any tobacco product will also be prohibited at school functions. (A violation of the tobacco usage rules will result in a
     citation into court for students under 18 years of age and for those 18 and older will result in school initiated discipline.)

	
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