Selmer Elementary
SES Handbook



 533 E. Poplar Ave. Selmer, TN 38375

Phone: 731-645-3131

Fax: 731-645-9756

 McNairy County Website:

 Selmer Elementary Website:

Dear Parents & Students,

Welcome to Selmer Elementary School! We are looking forward to an exciting and successful school year. We have

prepared this handbook to bring about a better understanding between the school and parents/students. We ask for your

cooperation in order to provide your child with a rewarding and enriching educational experience. Please take time to read this

handbook thoroughly . Since your handbook is included in your child’s planner, you can always refer to the school calendar

for special dates .

On behalf of the faculty and staff, we extend an invitation for you to visit our school, attend your child’s programs, and

become an active member in our parent volunteer program. We are very happy to have you and your child with us at Selmer

Elementary School. We have an active parent volunteer program. Call us if you have time available for volunteer work.


Pam Killingsworth, Principal

Dr. Sondra Kiser, Assistant Principal

Selmer Elementary School Calendar


August 6 Parent/Student “Meet Your Teacher” for PK4 (5:00 P.M.) and Kindergarten (5:30 P.M.), in Gym

August 6 “Meet Your Teacher” for Kindergarten through 4th Grade 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. (unless notified by your teacher of a different time).

August 7 First Day of School for Grades 1,2,3,4

August 12-22 Special Kindergarten Schedule (Dates will be explained at kindergarten orientation.)

August 23 First day for all PK4/Kindergarten Students

August 26 Donation Drive – Kickoff Day

August 28, 29 Fall Pictures will be taken. (all students)

September (Date to be Determined) Family Fun Night Gr. K-4

September 2 Labor Day – School is Dismissed.

September 9 School dismissed at 11:16; Parent-Teacher Contact 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

September 13 Turn-In Day by 3:00 P.M. for Donation Drive.

September 27 Fall Picture Retake Day

October 21,22,23 Fall Break (School is dismissed.)

October 24 Parent-Teacher Conference, 12:00 to 6:00 P.M. Report Cards for 1st Quarter (School is dismissed for students.)

October 25 School is dismissed for students.

October (Date To Be Determined) Fall Carnival (watch for note)

November 22 Thanksgiving Lunch (PK, Gr.1 and Gr. 3 guests are invited.); Retired Teachers’ Luncheon

November 27,28,29 School is Dismissed for Thanksgiving holidays.

December 6 Christmas Lunch (K, Gr. 2, & Gr. 4 guests are invited.)

December 20 Early School Dismissal at 9:30 A.M., for Christmas Holidays. Dismissed through January 5th.

January 6 Classes resume at 8:00 A.M., for all students.

January 15 Report cards for second nine-week period will come home.

January 20 School is dismissed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

January 23 Class pictures will be taken in SES library (during school day)

February 6 School is dismissed for parent contact at 11:16 A.M.

February 14 School is dismissed for all students (Staff Development Day)

February 17 School is dismissed for Presidents’ Day

February 26 Kindergarten Cap & Gown Pictures will be taken

February 27, 28 Spring Pictures will be taken for PK4., Gr. 1-4.

March 3 PK4 & Kindergarten Registration (During school office hours).

Mid March Gr.3 & 4 ThinkLink Benchmark Assessments - Final Benchmark

March 4 School Dismissed for all students

March 21 Report cards for third quarter will come home.

March 24 - 28 Spring Break for all students in McNairy County

April (Date to Be Determined) Family Fun Night, Grades K-4 (5:30 - 7:30 P.M.)

April 18 Good Friday – School Dismissed for all students.

April 28 – May 2 Grade 3 & 4 TCAP Tests

End of April ThinkLink Benchmark Testing for Grades K-2 – Final Benchmark

May 5 Otis Lennon Tests are administered in Grade 1.

May 15 Spring Fling Field Day

May 16 School Dismissed for all students.

May 20 Grade Kindergarten & 4th Grade End of Year Celebration Day

May 22 Records and Reports Day for Teachers (Students are dismissed from school all day.)

May 23 Last Day of School – Students pick up report cards and are dismissed at 9:15 A.M.).

June 3 through June 26 Summer School for those students who have not met the academic requirement of their grade level. We also have a special

Kindergarten Program in June for those students needing a little help before entering Kindergarten in the Fall.



By creating and supporting a dynamic system of teaching and learning for all students, Selmer Elementary School will

instill a love for learning in the heart of every child so each one will grow to be a lifelong learner, as evidenced through

attendance records, academic performance and assessments, and teacher observation.

• Students will be actively involved in the learning process.

• Teachers will provide meaningful learning activities.

• Staff and administration will provide a safe, comfortable, and supportive learning environment.

• Parents will stress the importance of regular attendance and support and participate in the school’s programs.

• The community will support the school’s programs through provision of personal and financial resources.


When students exit Selmer Elementary School at the end of fourth grade, they will exhibit academic, social, and organizational

skills necessary to be successful in the middle school setting.


Our Staff Believes:

• All students can learn, achieve, and succeed in different ways.

• Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs.

• Student learning is the chief priority of the school.

• Students’ learning needs are the primary focus of all decisions impacting the work of the school.

• Education is a process involving students, school staff, parents, and community.

• Students learn best when they have appropriate opportunities for success and are actively involved in the learning


• Curriculum and instructional practices incorporate a variety of learning activities to accommodate differences in

learners’ needs.

• Curriculum and instructional practices incorporate research-based learning.

• Challenging expectations increase student performance.

• A student’s self-esteem is enhanced by positive relationships and mutual respect between peers and staff.

• The ability to think creatively and to make appropriate decisions is necessary in a changing society.

• A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.

• Recognition of cultural diversity fosters student understanding of different peoples and cultures.

• Learning is a lifelong process.



 01. Accelerated Reader

02. After-School Program

03. Annual Notice to Parents

04. Arrival/Departure of Students

05. Attendance

06. Bus Riding Procedures

07. Cafeteria Rules

08. Care of Property

09. Change of Address/Telephone

10. Delivery of Gifts to School

11. Discipline/School Discipline Policy

12. No Bullying Policy

13. Emergency Closings

14. Enrollment

15. General Rules

16. Head Lice Procedures

17. Homeless/Unaccompanied Youth

18. Ideas for Helping Your Child

19. Incomplete Assignments

20. Injuries, Illnesses – Emergency Friend

21. Interrogations and Searches

22. Leaving School During the School Day

23. McNairy County Internet/Electronic Media Acceptable Use Policy

24. Medical Conditions/Medication Policy

25. Money (Lunch, Milk Break, & Supplies)

26. Parent-Teacher Conference

27. Playground Rules

28. Promotion and Retention

29. Report Cards – Grading

30. School Safety Inspections and Safety Plans

31. Special Programs

32. Student Dress

33. Telephone Use, Cell Phones, Electronic Devices

34. Tick Removal Policy

35. Transportation Change

36. Visitors

37. Withdrawal and Transfer Procedure

38. Selmer Elementary Family Engagement Policy

39. Selmer Elementary School-Parent Compact

40. Unsafe School Choice Policy/Transfer Option for Students…

41. Parental Rights Under No Child Left Behind  Legislation

42. Disorderly Conduct, Weapons, Tobacco, and Alcohol and Drug Abuse

43. McNairy County Code of Behavior and Discipline (condensed)

44. Student Discrimination/Harassment and Bullying/Intimidation

45. Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary & Secondary Schools

46. FERPA: Notice of Directory Information

47. Parental Authorization and Release Agreement for Student Publicity

48. Notification of Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment



01. Accelerated Reader

At the beginning of each school year, each student is Grades 2-4 is given a STAR test to identify a child’s grade- equivalent

reading score and to identify a child’s “reading range”. First grade students are given this test a little later in the fall. When the

student goes to the library during flexible checkout, he/she knows to choose a book that falls in this reading range.

When a child finishes reading an Accelerated Reader book, he/she takes an A.R. test on the computer. In order for the child to

be eligible for Accelerated Reader incentives, a test score average of 80% must be maintained. Below are the goals for each

grade level and accuracy that a student must achieve by the year’s end: Kindergarten – 25 points, with 80% average, Grade 1 –

50 points, with 80% average; Grade 2 – 75 points, with 80% average; grades 3-4 – 100 points, with 80% average. Students and

teachers set point goals to be attained at various points during the school year. The date that A.R. stops is designated on the

school’s calendar. Students who reach their point goals and test averages of 80% are rewarded throughout the year.

02. After-School Program

The After-School Program meets each day that school is in session for the full day (8:00 to 3:00). Parents are

encouraged to share interesting experiences and talents and to volunteer as schedules permit.

The After-School Program goes from 3:15 to 5:00, with a snack provided free to all after-school students. Students

receive homework help until 4:15. Students who are not picked up then participate in a second class from 4:15 to 5:00.

Parents who do not pick their children up by 5:15 incur a charge of $5.00 for each five minutes they are late. There is no

charge for students attending Monday through Thursday, but there is a $5.00 charge to stay in afterschool on Fridays.

03. Annual Notice to Parents

In compliance with state and federal law, the McNairy County School district will provide to each protected student with

a disability without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services or accommodations which are

needed to provide equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program and extracurricular activities to

the maximum extent appropriate to the student’s abilities. In order to qualify as a protected student with a disability, the child

must be of school age with a physical or mental disability which substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an

aspect of the school program.

These services and protections for “protected students who are disabled” are distinct from those applicable to all eligible

or exceptional students enrolled (or seeking enrollment) in special educational programs.

For further information on the evaluation procedures and provisions of services to protected handicapped students,

contact Dr. Sue Prather at 731-645-6010.

04. Arrival/Departure of Students

All students being transported in cars must be in their classrooms, unpacked, and ready to begin classes at 8:00 A.M.

Students who are picked up by parents must remain in the classroom until 3:00 P.M.

Students arriving before 7:50 must go to cafeteria (if eating breakfast) or to the gym. Students may not arrive before 7:15 A.M.

Students and parents may not go into classrooms prior to 7:50 A.M.

Students arriving in cars may unload at the walkways at the east side of the campus or at the walkway beside the gym.

All vehicles unloading at the east gate must observe the one-way flow of traffic around the campus. Vehicles unloading at the

gym gate may enter from Poplar or the street at the old fire department building, and must also observe the one-way flow of

traffic. Drivers are required to observe the “Yield” and “Stop” signs. Drivers must pull cars to the end of the covered walkway in

order for cars arriving after them to have adequate space for unloading at the walkways.

No cars may unload in front of the office before 8:00 A.M.; this area is reserved for buses. Special education buses are

unloading until 8:00 A.M.

Cars arriving on the East End of campus must not use or block the parking lot between the gym and Unit F. (Parent

parking area is located in the lower lot adjacent to the ballpark)

The school day begins promptly at 8:00 A.M. If for any reason, a student arrives after 8:00, the parent must sign the

student in at the school office. The student will be given a tardy note to give to his/her teacher.

The regular school day goes until 3:00 P.M. Parents are asked to leave children in class until their designated grade level

pick up time, unless there is an appointment which cannot be scheduled outside the school day. Students who are car-riders

will be dismissed at their designated times per grade level: 2:40 P.M. Kindergarten (dismissed at Gym Gate), 2:40 P.M. 1st &

4th Grade (Dismissed at East End Gate), 2:50 P.M. 3rd Grade (Dismissed at East End Gate), and 2:55 P.M. 2nd Grade

(Dismissed at Gym Gate). Parents/Guardians will be issued a student pick up car rider tag for use in their vehicles. NO

STUDENT will be allowed to leave the SES premises in the car rider line unless you have a student pick up car tag. If you

need to make a change in your child’s pick up, please contact the SES office and a note will be issued for your child.

Students who are not picked by 3:05 P.M. will be sent to the gym for late car rider pick up. Parents are required to sign their

child out at pick up in the gym. Parents may not go into the classroom hallways – all car rider students are to be picked up

and dropped off at the designated drop off zones. Note in the “Attendance” section, parents will be held accountable for

excessive tardies and absences. Any change in departure of students must have a note or telephone call from parent.


05. Attendance

Regular attendance is required by law. Attendance records are online and may be monitored daily by the District Attendance

Officer, as well as the Tennessee Department of Education. State funding to our schools is based on student attendance.

Also, if our school maintains 95% attendance, we will receive an “A” on the State Report Card.

Selmer Elementary will implement the attendance policy described in the following paragraphs.

Absences shall be classified as either  Excused or  Unexcused, as determined by the principal or his/her designee.

 Excused absences shall include:

• 1. Student who is sick, with a note or phone call to the school from a parent on the first day of sickness. There will be a

limit of 12 day per year that a parent excuse will be accepted without a doctor’s statement. Additional days require a

doctor’s statement.

• 2. Student who is sick, with a doctor’s statement.

• 3. Student who has a medical appointment and provides the school office with a statement from the doctor/dentist.

• 4. Student who has a death in his/her family (notify the school office).

• 5. Student who has contracted a communicable disease (notify the school office).

• 6. Student whose attendance is required for court appearance (statement required).

• 7. Student with head lice infestation. ( Excused two days for first occurrence only).

• 8. Other: Must be approved by the principal, assistant principal, or their designee.

Excused absences must be validated with a phone call, note, or doctor’s statement  within three (3) days of the absence.

It is the parent’s responsibility to request make-up work for excused absences. Parents who pick up their child’s missed

assignments must do so no earlier than 3:00 P.M. Call the school office during the day if you want the work left in the school

office. Work left in the school office may be picked up between 3:00 and 5:00 P.M. The student will be allowed one day for each

day absent to turn in makeup work. Failure to do so may result in a “zero” for the missed assignment(s).

Students who are absent for five  (5) unexcused days, or who are habitually absent, will be referred to the McNairy County

truancy officer. Such a referral may result in a hearing in Juvenile Court. Parents should remember also that checking in late,

tardy, or checking out early will add up to additional days of absence and will be counted in the five (5) days.

Success in school depends greatly on the student’s attendance. Many times absences are unavoidable, and the school will

work with any parent whose child is sick or misses because of a family emergency. Occasional absences cause some learning

disruptions, but frequent absences can reduce a student’s academic achievement. Perfect Attendance certificates are only

awarded to students who do not miss any part of a day during the school year.

• Students must be in their classrooms at 8:00 (8:15 for PK4) and remain at school until designated dismissal time,

(2:30 PK4), to avoid the penalties of late check-ins and early checkouts. When students arrive at school late, or

leave school early, they are counted absent for the “periods” missed.

• A student may accumulate four (4) unexcused tardies without penalty. Any student who exceeds four (4) unexcused

tardies will be referred to the truancy officer.

• Students who are habitually tardy, or those students whose parents are frequently checking them out early, may

receive no credit for the instruction missed. Classroom teachers are authorized to give “zeros” for assignments

missed due to excessive and unexcused tardies or early checkouts.

• In order for a tardy or early-checkout to be excused, it must follow the eight (8) guidelines for excused absences.

06. Bus Riding Procedures

McNairy County Code of Discipline: Pupil Transportation

The school bus is an extension of school activity; therefore, the Board expects students to conduct themselves on the bus

in a manner consistent with the established standards for safety and classroom behavior. School bus transportation is authorized

only for students regularly enrolled in public school in grades K-12. This is a privilege to enjoy rather than a right.

Students riding a bus are under the supervision and control of the bus driver while on the bus, and all reasonable directions

given by the driver shall be followed.

Any student may be denied the privilege of riding the bus if it is determined by the principal or his designee that the student’s

behavior is such as to cause disruption on the bus or that the student has disobeyed state or local rules and regulations pertaining

to student transportation and/or behavior. Students suspended from one bus in the system are suspended from all buses. Any

student who earns a suspension during the last part of the school year will be subject to serving the remainder of the suspension

the following year. If a student’s transportation assignment is to be changed, adequate notice shall be given to the student and/or

his parent(s).

Discipline procedures have been adopted to both instill and maintain acceptable behavior at its optimum while students are

riding our school buses. While it is the desire of the Board that no student lose transportation privileges, it is, nevertheless, the

responsibility of each student riding a school bus to be aware of and obey effective behavior guidelines and safety procedures.

Safety Procedures: Boarding/Leaving a Bus:

1. Expect to walk some distance to a bus stop as required by local board regulations.

2. Arrive at the bus stop shortly before the bus arrives. Be on time at all designated stops. Buses cannot wait for tardy


3. Form an orderly line well back from the roadway.


4. Avoid “horseplay” and making excessive noise.

5. Wait in a safe place, clear of traffic, and away from where the bus stops.

6. Do not damage property such as flowers, shrubbery, windows, fences, and other items.

7. Do not place books, clothing, or other articles in the roadway.

8. Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before attempting to enter or leave the bus.

9. Enter the bus in an orderly manner and go directly to an available or assigned seat.

10. Enter and leave the bus only at the front door, except in case of an emergency.

11. Students who must cross a street at a bus stop shall not do so until they receive a signal from the bus driver. When

crossing a street is necessary, it shall always be done in front of the bus far enough ahead of the bus so that the driver

may adequately observe the rider. This means that students shall be able to se the face of the bus driver. The driver

shall hold his bus with warning lights flashing until the crossing has been completed. Never cross in back of the bus.

12. Students are permitted to leave the bus only at their assigned stop at home or at school. Leaving the bus at other stops

shall require proper authorization as stated in the Board Policy. No unauthorized stops will be made.

While Riding the Bus:

1. Remain seated until the destination is reached and the bus has stopped. If it is necessary to stand, be sure to hold onto

the back of the seat.

2. Keep the aisles and exits clear (athletic equipment, books, musical instruments, etc.).

3. Hazardous materials and objects (glass, etc.), nuisance items, balloons, and animals are not permitted on the bus.

4. Jam boxes, radios, etc. are not allowed on the bus.

5. Never extend arms, legs, head, or objects out of the bus.

6. Never throw or pass objects on or from the bus or onto another bus.

7. Fighting, pushing, shoving, or other rowdy behavior will not be tolerated on buses.

8. Help to keep the bus clean.

9. Do not tamper with the emergency door, fire extinguisher, or other equipment on the bus.

General Information:

1. Inform the driver when student’s absence is expected from school. The number for the bus garage is 645-7975.

2. All students are to obey the principals and teachers at each school that their bus serves. Any student, who in any manner

of conduct, disobeys any school official on any school ground or shows disrespect for school property or equipment shall

be subject to disciplinary action.

Pupil Transportation – Appeals Process

In most cases, it is desirable for a student and/or his parent or guardian and the involved bus driver to resolve problems

through free and informal communication. If, however, the informal process is not chosen or fails to satisfy either party, that

party shall proceed immediately with the complaint by adhering to the following steps in the appeals process:

Step 1: Principal

Step 2: Supervisor of Transportation

Step 3: Superintendent

Step 4: Board of Education

07. Cafeteria Rules

Nutritious meals are essential for the physical well-being and the learning ability of each child. Wholesome “Type A”

lunches and breakfasts are served. Applications for free or reduced meals are sent home at the beginning of the school year and

are available in the school office during the year. Menus are published in the local newspaper.

“Ala Carte” food items may be purchased with the school lunch, e.g. fruit juice, ice cream, etc. No student is permitted to

purchase more than two ala carte items with his/her lunch. Ala carte items must be purchased when the student is in line getting

his/her meal.

Every effort will be made to insure that an atmosphere exists in the cafeteria for all students to enjoy a wholesome and tasty

meal. The following rules must be followed to maintain that positive atmosphere:

 Students will enter the cafeteria in a single line.

 Students will choose items that make a “Type A” meal; a cafeteria staff member will assist students in making their


 Students should know their “Meal Number” when they reach the register and be prepared to enter those numbers.

 Students may not return to the serving line once they are seated. If the student forgets a napkin, utensil, or milk, the

student will raise his/her hand and ask the assistant to provide the items.

 Students sit at assigned tables.

 Students talk in an “inside voice” to other students at the table. When the noise level is excessive, and students are

warned, the assistant may ask for students at a table to have “silent lunch” for five minutes, and then to continue “silent

lunch” for the remainder of the meal if excessive noise continues.

 Students will raise his/her hand if he/she needs help from the assistants.

 Students remain seated until dismissed by their teacher or the assistant.

 Students are responsible for leaving their seating areas ready for the next group. Food, milk cartons, and napkins should

not be left on the table or floor.

 Students will be charged for damage to cafeteria utensils that are intentionally damaged.


 Drinks in glass bottles are not permitted. Students are encouraged to drink milk. Drinks may be brought in plastic

bottles but parents are encouraged to send drinks in containers no larger than eight ounces.

 Students should leave the cafeteria quietly.

 In accordance with McNairy County Policy, students can charge no more than five days.

08. Care of Property

Parents, please label all coats, book bags, lunchboxes, and personal items with your child’s name. Writing the child’s name on

his/her belongings will allow us to promptly return the item if it is lost.

Please discourage your child from bringing more money than he/she needs to spend at school.

There will be no charge for textbooks except for math workbooks in kindergarten, grade one, and grade two. All parents

should understand that their children are responsible for the care and safekeeping of textbooks and library books which are

provided for their use. Students will be required to pay for lost and/or damaged items issued by the school.

Respect and pride in the school’s appearance should be instilled in each child. Students should keep their desks and the area

around them neat. Marking on desks, walls, restrooms, etc. will be considered vandalism of school property.

09. Change of Address/Telephone

Parents are required to furnish the school office with a current phone number for an emergency. Your child’s teacher should

be notified immediately when there is a change in your address or telephone number. When students move, the office must be

provided two-proofs of residence.

The McNairy County Board of education has implemented a calling system that notifies parents when school is dismissed or

there is a county-wide change in our schedule; however, all phone numbers must be current and any phone number change must

be reported to the SES office. The call can only be delivered if someone answers the phone or if the phone line has an answering


10. Delivery of Gifts to School

Delivery of personal gifts to students at school shall comply with the following criteria:

 Containers of gifts (flowers, etc.) shall be made of rubberized plastic or paper. Glass containers and balloons are not


 Size of gifts shall not exceed eighteen inches (18”) in height or width.

 Deliveries shall not be made earlier than 1:00 P.M., nor later than 2:00 P.M.

 Persons making the delivery are responsible for tagging the gift with the child’s name and classroom teacher.

 Subject to the wishes of the principal, the person making the delivery, or his representative, may be required to remain at

the school to assist in sorting, delivery, etc. of the gifts until all deliveries to the students have been completed.

11. Discipline/School Discipline Policy

One of the most important lessons education should teach our students is self-discipline. The McNairy County Board of

Education believes that acceptable behavior is an essential ingredient of effective educational programs. The Board expects

students to conduct themselves in such a manner as to reflect favorably upon themselves, their families, their community and their

school. School staff, students, and parents must all assume the responsibility to support the following school rules:

 The school will not tolerate fighting, disrespect or aggression toward others, obscene language, or destruction of school

property. Parents will be notified when students break rules. Students who do not follow school rules will be placed in

in-school detention or will be suspended to appear before the disciplinary board.

 A copy of the classroom discipline plan will be sent home. Please read the behavior expectations and consequences

carefully. Positive reinforcement will be used to reward appropriate behavior. When any student fails to follow the

steps in the classroom discipline plan, that student will be referred to the school office. The following discipline options

will be used:

 Corporal Punishment will be administered in compliance with Board Policy. Any principal, assistant principal, or

teacher may use corporal punishment in a reasonable manner against any student for good cause in order to maintain

discipline and order within the school. Corporal punishment will be administered with a wooden paddle and will not

exceed three (3) licks. Any paddling is administered in the presence of a professional witness and a form is completed

for that incident. At Selmer Elementary, the parent may mark on the student’s registration form if corporal punishment

is not acceptable to that parent and the student will be administered another disciplinary measure that the teacher or

principal/assistant principal deems appropriate.

 In-School Detention: A student will be removed from his/her classroom and assigned to the detention area, where he/she

will remain for a part of a day up to five days (depending on the offense). A discipline referral form is completed prior

to assignment of a student to in-school detention. A copy of the discipline report is sent home with student and must be

signed by parent

 Parents will be informed through telephone calls, notes, and conferences. Parents are encouraged to schedule a

conference with the teacher.

 Alternative School: When a student has five (5) office referrals, or if a student commits an offense for which he/she

must be removed from school, the student may be placed in the off-campus alternative school.


 Suspension: A student may be suspended from school for one to ten days without appearing before the disciplinary

hearing authority. Assault of another student or staff member or possession of a knife, gun, or weapon can result in an

automatic school suspension and referral to a juvenile authority or crisis team.

 Referral to a Disciplinary Hearing Authority: When the above measures have been tried, and when that student’s

disruptive behavior continues, the student will be suspended to appear before the Disciplinary Hearing Authority (DHA).

The DHA will be conducted in such a manner that insures a fair opportunity for all parties to be heard. The DHA may

order the removal of a suspension unconditionally; order removal of suspension upon such terms and conditions as it

deems reasonable; assign the student to an alternative program; suspend the student for a specified period of time.

 Good and sufficient reasons for Suspensions may include, but are not limited to:

Willful and persistent violation of the rules of the school or truancy.

Immoral or disreputable conduct or vulgar or profane language.

Willful or malicious damage to real or personal property of the school, or the property of any person attending or

assigned to the school.

Violence or threatened violence against the person of any personnel attending or assigned to the school.

Inciting, advising, or counseling of others to engage in any of the acts hereinbefore described.

Marking, defacing, or destroying of school property.

Possession of a pistol, gun, or firearm on school property.

Possession of a knife, etc., as defined in TCA 30-6-1701, on school property. (“Knife” means any bladed instrument that

is capable of inflicting bodily injury or death by cutting or stabbing a person with this instrument.)

Assaulting of a principal or teacher with vulgar, obscene, or threatening language.

Unlawful use or possession of barbiturates or legend drugs or drug paraphernalia as described in TCA 53-10-101.

Any other conduct prejudicial to good order or discipline of any school.

12. No Bullying Policy at Selmer Elementary Schoo l:

A compact among school staff, students, and parents has been accepted to insure that Selmer Elementary School is a “no

bullying” zone. No bullying rules are posted throughout the school. Weekly classroom meetings are held to allow students

opportunities to be aware of expected behaviors and also allow students to devise solutions to prevent bullying behaviors.

SES Pledge: If someone bullies me…;If someone bullies you…;If someone bullies anyone…This is what to do: TELL a trusted

adult. SES Rules against Bullying: We will not bully others. We will try to help students who are bullied. We will make it a

point to include students who are easily left out. When we know somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an

adult at home. Any student is encouraged to tell an adult at school or at home if he/she is bullied anywhere: bus, classroom,

walkway, cafeteria, playground, etc. Our school has developed a plan to consistently enforce the consequences when a bullying

behavior is reported. .

13. Emergency Closings

In making the decision to close schools, the director of schools considers many factors which relate to the fundamental

concern for safety and health of students.

A county-wide calling system is in place to notify all students’ parents when school is closed or delayed. It is the parent’s

responsibility to notify the school if a telephone number is changed. Local radio stations will broadcast school closings, as well

as Jackson and Memphis television stations.

If the weather becomes severe during the school day, and school is dismissed early, an announcement will be made regarding

dismissal time. A telephone call from the director of schools will go out to parents via the calling system. The teacher will refer

to the directions given by parents as to whether the child will ride the bus or be picked up. Parents are asked to complete the

registration form and promptly return it to the child’s teacher; this form has detailed questions regarding early dismissal of school.

14. Enrollment

Selmer Elementary’s enrollment consists of pre-kindergarten through grade four and a county-wide LRE special education

program for students. All kindergarten students must be five years of age by August 30th. Kindergarten is a mandatory

requirement in the State of Tennessee. Any student entering Selmer Elementary for the first time must provide: a certified birth

certificate; a physical examination signed by a physician; a copy of the social security card; and an updated TN immunization

record from the health department. In addition, parents must provide a signed media release form and permission form for student

to access internet at school.

Upon registering a student at Selmer Elementary School, parents must also provide two proofs of residence (property tax

receipt, utility bill, etc. no junk mail). No student will be permitted to enroll until such proof of residence is provided. (Board of

Education Policy). Any student registering at Selmer Elementary who lives outside McNairy County is required to pay $250.00

tuition, with one-half of the amount being required prior to student being enrolled. Any student residing in McNairy County, but

registering at Selmer Elementary will be accepted only when overcrowding in that grade is not occurring, and when a

commitment is made by parent/guardian who transports the child to guarantee regular attendance and prompt arrival each school



15. General Rules

1. Good manners are emphasized at all times. The words  please, thank-you, excuse me, sorry, yes, no, etc. make a good


2. Be courteous and respectful. Proper titles for adults are to be used – Mr., Mrs., Miss.

3. Don’t be a litterbug. Work to keep your school looking neat and attractive. Books, coats, etc. should be neatly placed in

desks or in coatrooms. Paper should never be found on the floor or on school grounds.

4. The Golden Rule is a safe, considerate, and commendable rule to live by: Do unto others as you would have others to

do unto you.

5. Lost items should be turned in to the school office.

6. Use good judgment when playing on playground equipment.

7. Notes are required when students are to be excused from any physical activity.

8. Knives are not permitted at school.

9. Money brought to school should have an intended purpose and labeled in envelope by parent.

16. Head Lice Procedures

1. If a teacher or staff member suspects or detects head lice infestation of a student, that student shall be referred to the

school office.

2. Upon reasonable confirmation, the student’s parents and/or guardian shall be notified.

3. The student shall be isolated, under the direction of the principal, until he/she is picked up by the parent and/or guardian.

4. The parent and/or guardian shall be given copies of the Lice Packet and be instructed to refrain from sending the student

back to school until the lice have been properly treated. Treatment procedures should take no more than two (2) school

days. All black nits shall be removed.

5. Treatment includes the use of an over-the-counter treatment. (Oil, “Rid”, or “Nix” brand head lice treatments are


6. The student may return to school upon verification of treatment, (medication box top is acceptable), as well as signed

completion of Exhibit D from the lice packet. If proof of treatment is not made, the student will not be readmitted to


7. Parent must transport student back to the school office to be re-examined. The student may not ride the bus until cleared

by the school’s administrative personnel. If the examination is not acceptable, parent must take student back home for

further treatment.

8. The student is expected to have met all readmission requirements and return to school not later than two (2) days

following exclusion for lice. All days missed in excess of this deadline will be “unexcused” and referred to the

attendance supervisor.

9. Cases of repeated infestation and failure to follow instructions for readmittance to school shall be reported to the

McNairy County school nurse.

10. Chronic or continual head lice cases that result in excessive absences will result in referral to a truancy hearing with the

county attendance officer.

11. Please call Ms. Carol Ann Woods, school nurse, at 646-1418, if you have any questions.

17. Homeless/Unaccompanied Youth

The McKinney-Vento Act as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 defines homeless students as children and

youth who “lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence .” Any student meeting this definition should be reported

to the school system’s Homeless Coordinator, Dr. Sue Prather, at 645-6010.

18. Ideas for Helping Your Child

1. Visit interesting places together, like museums, libraries, a zoo, parks, etc. Discuss/explain their importance.

2. Play games with educational value, such as number games, word games, and guessing games.

3. Encourage your child to play with other children.

4. Listen to your child – encourage him/her to ask questions, recite nursery rhymes, discuss ideas, and tell stories.

5. Set a good example. If you read, your child will probably like to read also. Visit the local public library often.

6. Attend parent-teacher conferences and family involvement programs at school. Stay in close contact with your child’s

teacher – be aware of any problems or potential problems that your child may experience.

7. Ask your child each day about his/her experiences at school.

8. See that your child follows rules and attends school regularly.

9. Limit T.V watching, videos games, and internet use and agree on a regular scheduled “homework” study time.

10. Become a school volunteer, if your schedule permits.

19. Incomplete Assignments

The student is responsible for completing all work missed during absences. The student is allowed one (1) day per each day

of excused absence to turn in makeup work. The work of a student whose grades are satisfactory, but are withheld because of


failure to complete the required work shall be reported as “Incomplete”. If the “Incomplete” is not removed within the current

nine-week grading period, it will then become an “F” or Failing. Teachers are not responsible for allowing students to make up

assignments or tests missed due to excessive and unexcused tardies and early-checkouts.

20. Injuries, Illnesses – Emergency Friend

Parents or guardians will be notified when a child becomes ill or sustains any injury that will prevent him/her from

participating in regular planned activities. When parent/guardian is notified of child’s injury or illness, the parent is expected to

pick up the child if so advised by the school office personnel. According to local physicians, students must be fever free for 24

hours without the assistance of medication before they can return to school.

The student registration form which is completed annually contains accurate information on how to contact parents,

neighbors, or friends to be called in case of an accident or emergency. This information must be kept up-to-date and on file in the

school office. Parents should notify the child’s teacher immediately whenever there is a change in the child’s address or

telephone number, both at home and at parent’s place of employment.

21. Interrogations and Searches

It is the intent of this policy to aid in securing a safe environment in which the education of the students of McNairy County

may occur. The Board recognizes the position of the school’s “in loco parentis” and the responsibility this places on school

personnel in each school to secure order and to protect students from harm while in their custody. The Board also finds that

individual circumstances and local particularities require that principals must be relied on to exercise their professionally trained

judgment in determining what action is appropriate within the provision of this policy.

Students may be questioned by any teacher or administrator about any matter pertaining to the operation of the school and/or

enforcement of its rules. Questioning should be conducted discreetly and under circumstances which avoid unnecessary

embarrassment to the person being questioned.

If a student is suspected or accused of any matter or incident committed in a school during school hours or on school property

at any time, the principal/designee may interrogate the student without the presence of parent(s) of the student and without giving

the student constitutional warnings.

If the principal has requested assistance by the police department to investigate a crime involving the school, the police shall

have the permission to interrogate a student suspect in school during school hours. The principal shall attempt to notify the

parent(s) of the student of the intended interrogation, but the interrogation may proceed if the parent is unavailable or unwilling to

attend. The principal or his designee shall be present during the interrogation.

22. Leaving School During the School Day

No student is permitted to leave the school grounds without prior permission from the principal’s office. When a student

needs to leave school before 3:00 P.M., parents are asked to send a note to the child’s teacher, or to call the school office.

Parents must come through the school office to sign out the child and to obtain a dismissal pass if picking up a child prior to

3:00 P.M. Parents are encouraged to schedule appointments with the doctor or dentist during time other than the school day.

When this is not possible, try to schedule appointments early or late in the school day in order for your child to attend the majority

of the school day.

If there is a custody issue, parents must provide proof of custody in the school office and name those persons who can have

contact with their child. Students are not permitted to leave school with undesignated persons.

23. McNairy County Internet/Electronic Media

Acceptable Use Policy

Internet access is available to students and teachers in the McNairy County School System. Our goal in providing this service

to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in McNairy County Schools by facilitating resource sharing,

innovation and communication. The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and

millions of individual subscribers. Students and teachers have access to, among other things:

 Electronic mail communication with people all over the world.

 Information and news from research institutions.

 Public domain and software of all types.

 Discussion groups on a variety of topics.

 Access to many University Library Catalogs, the Library of Congress, CARL, and ERIC.

With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to

be of educational value in the context of the school setting. Available precautions will be taken to restrict access to controversial

materials. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover

controversial information, but the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the

possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of this project. Ultimately, parents and

guardians are responsible for getting and conveying the standards that their children should follow on the use of the Internet, just

as they do on the use of all media information services. Use of the Internet must be in support of education and research and

consistent with the educational objectives of the school district. Use of other organization’s network or computing resources must


comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation is

prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by a

trade secret. Use for private purposes or commercial activities is not acceptable. Any illegal use for product advertising or

political lobbying is also prohibited. Any use which violates existing Board Policy or public law is prohibited.

Use of Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in cancellation of these privileges, and could result

in disciplinary action against the user. The system administrators will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final.

Also, the administration may deny access at any time, as required.

Classroom teachers will familiarize their students with this acceptable use policy. Each parent, student, and teacher will sign

a form which details terms and conditions of Internet use prior to students’ use of the Internet in classrooms/labs. Teachers are

required to provide students training regarding safe and appropriate use of Internet. Parents are required to participate in Internet

Safety Training provided by the school and/or school system.

24. Medical Conditions/Medication Policy

Special medical conditions (allergies, physical handicaps, medications, etc.) must be reported to the child’s teacher and to the

school office. Such conditions must also be explained on the student registration form.

Law prohibits the school from dispensing any kind of medicine, including aspirin or topical ointment. If a student is required

to take medication prescribed by a physician, a doctor’s authorization notice must be brought to the school nurse by a

parent/guardian with the medicine, with specific directions for administering the medicine.

Medication shall be administered only when the student’s health requires that it be given during school hours. It is the

parent’s responsibility to bring the medication to school and to remove any unused medication when the treatment is completed.

All prescription medication must be brought to school in the original container. The pharmacy label must include the

following information:

Name of Student; Prescription Number; Name of Medication and Dosage; Administration route or other directions;

Possible side effects; Date; Licensed prescriber’s name; and Pharmacy name, address, and phone number.

All non-prescription medication must be brought to the school office by a parent in an unopened original manufacturer’s

labeled container with the ingredients listed and the child’s name affixed to the container. Parents must complete a consent form

at the office.

No more than one month’s supply of any medication should be brought to school. No student is permitted to transport

medicine to and from school.

25. Money (Lunch, Milk Break, & Supplies)

Students pay their breakfast and lunch money as they go through the lunch line in the cafeteria. Each student keys in his/her

assigned “meal number”.. In accordance with McNairy County Board policy, students may have no more then five consecutive

charges for meals. Milk money for milk break is collected by the child’s teacher. It is preferred that your child bring lunch and

breakfast money, as well as milk money, for the entire week, rather than one day at a time. When sending money for different

items, such as meals, milk, supplies, etc., please send the amount of money or the check for each item separately – preferably in

an envelope, with child’s name, amount of money enclosed, and what the money is intended to purchase. When all money is

combined, the teacher must take time from the teaching schedule to make change and to separate lunch/breakfast, milk, and

supply money.

Supplies, such as tablets, notebook paper, folders, pencils, and erasers, may be purchased from the school office each

morning following the morning announcements.

26. Parent-Teacher Conference

A “Parent-Teacher Contact” is scheduled in the school calendar in September when either the parent or the teacher sees a

need. Another Parent-Teacher Conference is scheduled in the school calendar in October of each year, and other conferences are

encouraged as either the parent or teacher sees the need. Communication between the parent and teacher is extremely useful in

providing information to assist in the overall development of the child. A conference may be scheduled by calling the school

office or sending a note to your child’s teacher. When a student is moved from Tier I (making adequate progress) to Tier II

(having strategic needs) or to Tier III (having some intensive needs), the parent is invited to an “S-Team” (support team) meeting

where the parent and teachers discuss the student’s academic needs and plan interventions to meet academic concerns for that


27. Playground Rules

Students are scheduled for thirty minutes physical education each day. When weather does not permit students to go to

the playground, the gym is used for indoor organized activities. The following playground rules are necessary in order to insure

the safety of each child:

 Students walk quietly in a line to and from physical education.

 Students use playground equipment properly.

 Students take turns on playground equipment.

 Students must not climb on the fence.

 Students stay within the fenced area unless otherwise directed and supervised by P.E. teachers.


 If unsure about an activity or someone’s behavior, make the P.E. teacher aware. Immediately report to P.E. teacher any

unsafe student behavior.

 Students line up quietly at the end of P.E. class and wait for a teacher to escort classes back to the classrooms.

 Remember, classes are going on in rooms all along walkway. Show respect by going quietly to and from physical

education classes.

 If a child is unable to participate in P.E. classes, he/she must have a signed note from parent or doctor.

28. Promotion and Retention

In accordance with the McNairy County Board of Education policy, the professional staff at Selmer Elementary is

expected to place students at the grade level best suited to the student’s academic, social, and emotional development. Students

will normally progress from grade to grade. Retentions will be made when, in the judgment of the teacher and principal, such

retentions are in the best educational interest of the students involved. Retentions will be made only after prior notification to

each student’s parent or guardian.

Students in Kindergarten through fourth grade are administered benchmark assessments three times during the school

year. Although not directed to do so by the McNairy County Board of Education, the administration and faculty at Selmer

Elementary School will include consideration of benchmark test results when making a determination of a student’s academic

readiness for promotion to the next grade level.

For students to be promoted to the next grade level they must satisfactorily complete the following subject requirements:

Kindergarten through Grade Four – Students must demonstrate satisfactory knowledge and skills in grades K-2 and score a

minimum of at least 70 in grades 3-4 in Reading, Mathematics, and Language (Spelling, grammar, writing, vocabulary, etc.)

Failure to benchmark expectations will result in students being retained or attending the summer academy. The student’s

classroom teacher or teachers will make the recommendation for retention to the school administration. The school

administration will make the final decision. Parents that disagree with the decision may appeal as follows:

Step 1: Promotion committee (3-member committee consisting of a county supervisor, teacher, and guidance counselor.

Step 2: Director of Schools

Step 3: Board of Education

Tuition for summer academy will be charged per Selmer Elementary student at a rate of $50.00 for the month. Students who

receive free/reduced meals may ask that tuition be waived,

Student transportation to and from the summer academy will be the responsibility of the parents/guardian.

Rules for successful completion of the summer academy will be completed by the summer academy committee and

communicated to all students that attend. Regular attendance is required.

29. Report Cards – Grading

Report cards are issued four times each year. These evaluations will indicate the student’s progress and performance

levels for each grading period. The report card must be signed by the parent/guardian and returned promptly to school.

The Board of Education believes that the issuance of grades serves to promote continuous evaluation of student

performance, to inform the student and his/her parents of the student’s performance, and to provide a basis for bringing about a

change, when necessary, in student performance.

The basic grading system for Grade K shall be:

+ Knowledge and skills are well-developed and can be applied independently.

Knowledge and skills are developing satisfactorily; additional practice needed.

Basic knowledge and skills have not been developed satisfactorily.

The basic grading system for Grade 1 and Grade 2 shall be:

E Exemplary

S Satisfactory

N Performance in Need of Improvement

U Unsatisfactory

A percentage grading system shall not be used in K-2.

Conduct for K-2 shall be marked as follows:

E Exemplary

S Satisfactory

N Performance in Need of Improvement

U Unsatisfactory

The grading system for Grade 3 is as follows:

The basic grading system for Grade 3 in reading, English, spelling, and math are the same as grade 4.

The basic grading system for Grade 3 in science, social studies, and health and safety, handwriting, music, art,

and physical education shall be the same as grade 2.

Citizenship grades are based on behavior and should not be deducted from scholastic grades. Citizenship

grades shall be marked : Good, Fair, Poor.


The grading scale for letter/numerical grades used in grades 3 & 4 conforms to the scale adopted by the State

Department of Education, which supports consistent grading in all Tennessee public schools:

A 93 – 100

B 85 - 92

C 75 - 84

D 70 - 74

F Below 70

The promotion/retention policy adopted by the board of education states that a student in K-4 who does not have satisfactory

performance will be required to attend a summer academy during the month of June. Benchmark testing results will also be

considered when determining if a student is recommended or required to attend summer school.

30. School Safety Inspections and Safety Plans

Your child’s safety is a priority. The school has carefully formulated safety, earthquake, fire and tornado plans and conducts

drills regularly. Selmer Elementary is inspected annually by the State Fire Marshall. Students practice fire drills. All staff has a

plan of action in the event a fire should occur. A tornado plan is practiced in the classrooms, and all staff members are aware of

their responsibilities in the event of a tornado watch or warning.

A Health Inspector regularly inspects the cafeteria and all buildings and walkways throughout the school. An inspection

report is on file in the school office and is posted in the cafeteria.

The school has a detailed plan in the event a disgruntled or armed person enters the campus. The plan is outlined in the

Faculty Handbook and has been discussed frequently during faculty meetings.

In the event of a bomb threat, students will be evacuated using the fire evacuation routes. All teachers are informed to take

students as far away from buildings as possible.

Signs are posted to inform persons of weapons’ laws – state law prescribes a maximum penalty of six years imprisonment and

a fine not to exceed $3000.00 for carrying weapons on school property.

Selmer Elementary is a smoke-free campus. Adults may not use tobacco within fifty feet of any building.

Cameras have been installed to monitor the campus. Visitors are required to enter through the school office. Gates will not

open prior to 7:15 A.M.

31. Special Programs

A special education resource program is available for a student who is determined to have a learning disability. A Response

to Intervention program is implemented to identify students with strategic and intensive needs. When a student has completed

the Tier III intervention process and is not making academic progress on benchmark assessments and classroom performance, a

meeting is scheduled with the parents, teachers, and county-wide RTI coordinator. The Support Team determines if a referral for

additional interventions or a referral for testing is necessary. With permission by parents and with consensus by members on the

support team, further testing may be administered by a licensed psychological examiner.

Speech and language therapy is available for those students who have identified speech and language problems. Referrals

may be made by teachers or parents.

Intervention personnel provide assistance to those students with intensive needs who have not successfully met grade-level

benchmarks. Interventions are provided by school interventionists and/or classroom teachers to those students with strategic or

intensive needs. These interventions are provided in addition to ninety minutes language arts instruction and sixty minutes math


A TACS class is available for those students who excel academically and who meet requirements set forth by the State

Department of Education.

The Project BASIC class is available for students who are experiencing emotional and social problems, with the provision of

classroom, individual, and small-group counseling.

A guidance program is implemented at Selmer Elementary School. Students receive group counseling one day each week,

and referrals for individual counseling may be made by parents, teachers, and students.

A Student Assistance Program (SAP) is available to identify, intervene, and assist students whose problems

affect performance in academics and behavior in the school environment.

32. Student Dress

Although Selmer Elementary has no formal dress code and leaves the responsibility to parents for dressing and grooming their

children, the cooperation of parents is expected.

Students will be expected to keep themselves well-groomed and neatly dressed at all times. Any form of dress which is

considered contrary to good hygiene, or which is disruptive in appearance and detrimental to the purpose or conduct of the

school, will not be permitted. Shorts of appropriate size and length are acceptable for all grades. Bare midriff tops and halter

tops are not permitted. Hats, caps, and bandanas cannot be worn at school. Apparel which depicts violence is not permitted.

Shirts with offensive language or pictures are not acceptable. Muscle tank shirts and mesh shirts are not permitted.

Parents are also asked to refrain from coming onto the school campus with t-shirts, caps, etc., which exhibit violence and/or

offensive language.


33. Telephone, Cell Phones, Electronic Devices

Students may only use the telephone when given permission by the school office personnel. Permission will be granted for

illness, emergency situations, or with written request by the child’s parent or teacher.

Students cannot possess cell phones and electronic devices at school. A cell phone or electronic game/device taken up will

only be returned to the parent, and any future student possession of a cell phone or electronic game/device may result in that

device being kept in the school office for a reasonable period of time.

34. Tick Removal Policy

School staff members do not remove embedded ticks. If a tick is embedded into the skin, then it will be covered with a

bandage and the office personnel will attempt to notify the parent/guardian. The parent/guardian may come to school to remove

the tick. If the parent cannot be reached, then a note will be sent home with the student, documenting where the tick is embedded

and what was done at school.

35. Transportation Change

Parents must call the office before 2:30 P.M. or send a note that day to the child’s teacher when there is any transportation

change; specifically if a student is to ride a different bus. If no notification is received, you child will follow his/her regular

method of getting home.

Parents are required also to send a note if a person other than the parent is picking up the child. Parents cannot drop off car

riders earlier than 7:15 A.M., or leave car-riding students in the gym later than 3:40 P.M.

36. Visitors

All visitors on the Selmer Elementary campus must report first to the school office.

Visitors, including parents and volunteers, will sign in at the school office. Upon leaving the campus, the visitor will sign

out. Visitors are welcome, but an appointment with teachers keeps interruptions to instruction at a minimum.

Brothers, sisters, and friends are not permitted to visit with the student during the school day. Parents may bring younger

children to assembly programs and special events (Book Fair, Fall Carnival, Spring Fling).

A forgotten item, such as a lunchbox, an assignment, or a book should be brought to the school office. Classes may not be

interrupted after 8:00 A.M. The item will be placed in the teacher’s mailbox to be picked up when the teacher comes to the


37. Withdrawal and Transfer Procedure

The procedure for withdrawal and transfer of students is as follows:

 Obtain appropriate forms at the school office.

 Have forms completed by the classroom teacher, return all books and school property, and be sure all fees are paid.

 Make sure all debts are cleared in the cafeteria.

 Take completed forms back to the school office for final clearance.

 If all textbooks and library books are returned, and all debts are paid, records can be sent immediately to your child’s

new school.



This school parent involvement policy has been developed and agreed upon with parents of SES students. It will be reviewed and updated

annually as needed to meet the changing needs of parents and our school. Names of individuals involved in the development of this policy are

on file in the principal’s office. A copy of this policy will be given to parents each year.


Comments by parents of participating children concerning dissatisfaction with the LEA plan shall be attached to the LEA plan

when submitted to the State.


Two annual meetings, to which all parents shall be invited and encouraged to attend, will be held each year. The meetings will

be held at a time convenient to parents. At these meetings this policy, the availability of information concerning teachers’

credentials, legal requirements, and the parents’ rights to involved will be explained. In addition to the annual meetings, a

flexible number (minimum of two) of meetings for parents will be offered throughout the year (Parent Visitation, Open House,

four meetings of the Parent-Teacher Organization).

Parents are involved in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of the Title I

School-wide Program, including the school parental involvement policy through such means as meetings, conferences,

written/oral communications, needs assessments, and parent meetings.

Through such means as the Open House, Parent Teacher Conferences, monthly newsletter, parent meetings, formal and

informal contacts, publications in local newspaper, local report cards, STAR reports, and State reports, parents of participating

children are provided:

…timely information about the title I School-wide Program;

…information about and interpretation of the school’s and child’s performance;

…a description and explanation of the curriculum, assessment measures, and


proficiency expectations for students;

…opportunities to share experiences, offer suggestions, and, as appropriate, participate

in decisions relating to the education of their children; and

…timely responses to their suggestions.


Selmer Elementary School has jointly developed with parents of students a School-parent Compact that outlines how

parents, the school staff, and students share the responsibility for improved student achievement and the means by which the

school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State’s high standards.

The compact describes the school’s responsibility to provide high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and

effective learning environment that enables students to meet the State’s student performance standards, and the ways in which

each parent will be responsible for supporting his/her children’s learning.

The importance of communication between teachers and parents on an ongoing basis is stressed in the compact through

such means as urging parents to attend parent-teacher conferences during which the compact will be discussed as it relates to each

child’s achievement and urging teachers to send parents frequent reports on their children’s progress. At Selmer Elementary

School, parents are given reasonable access to staff, provided opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class and

observe classroom activities.


To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community

to improve student achievement, Selmer Elementary School through such means as meetings, conferences, Partners in Education,

workshops and written and oral communications:

…provides assistance to parents in such areas as understanding the National Education Goals, the State’s content

standards and State student performance standards, State and local assessments, parent involvement requirements, and how to

monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the performance of their children, as well as information on how

to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children;

…provides materials coordinating necessary literacy training from other sources and provides training to help parents

work with their children to improve their children’s achievement;

…educates teachers, pupil services personnel, the principal and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value

and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners,

implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between home an school;

…coordinates and integrates parent involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Even Start, and other programs

to the extent feasible and appropriate;

…develops appropriate roles for community-bases organizations and businesses in parent involvement activities

including providing information about opportunities for organizations and businesses to work with parent and schools, and

encouraging the formation of partnerships between schools, and local businesses that include a role for parents;

…conducts other activities, as appropriate and feasible, that are designed to help parents become full partners in the

educations of their children such as a parent resource center and providing opportunities for parents to learn about child

development and child rearing issues;

…ensures, to the extent possible, that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is

sent to the homes of students in the language used in such homes (translations;) and

…provides such other reasonable support (timely response) for parental involvement activities as parents may request.


In carrying out parental involvement requirements, Selmer Elementary School, to the extent practicable, provides full

opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency or with disabilities, including providing information

and school profiles in a language and form such parents understand.


SCHOOL MISSION: The mission of Selmer Elementary School is to instill a love for learning in the heart of every child we

touch so that each one will grow to be a life-long learner.

SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY: At Selmer Elementary School, we are committed to provide experiences for students that enable them

to develop the skills and attitudes that are necessary for becoming productive, responsible citizens in an ever-changing society.

Each student needs to achieve and to excel in some way in order to enhance a positive, worthwhile concept about himself/herself.

Parents, school and community must jointly share responsibility in the leaning and growing process of our children.



…believe that each student can learn


…show respect for each child and his/her family

…come to class prepared to teach

…provide an environment conducive to learning

…help each child grow to his/her fullest potential

…provide frequent information to parents on their child’s progress

…provide high quality curriculum and instruction

…enforce school and classroom rules fairly and consistently

…maintain open lines of communication with students and their parents

…seek ways to involve parents in the school program

…demonstrate professional behavior and a positive attitude


…attend school regularly

…always try to do my best in my work and in my behavior

…work cooperatively with my classmates

…show respect for myself, my school and other people

…obey the school rules

…take pride in my school


…see that my child attends school regularly and on time

…support the school in its efforts to maintain proper discipline

…provide a home environment that encourages my child to learn

…communicate often with my child’s teacher

…talk with my child about his/her school activities every day

…encourage my child to read at home and to monitor his/her TV viewing

…volunteer time at my child’s school

…attend parent-teacher conferences

…show respect and support for my child, the teachers and the school


…provide an environment that allows for positive communication between the teacher,

parent and student

…encourage teachers to provide information about student progress

Hand in Hand we will work together to carry out the agreement of this contract.

40. Unsafe School Choice Policy/Transfer Option for Students Victimized by Violent Crime at School

Under the Tennessee State Board of Education’s Unsafe School Choice Policy, any public school student who is the victim of a

violent crime as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 40-38-111(g) or the attempt to commit one of these offenses as defined

under Tennessee Code Annotated 39-12-101, shall be provided an opportunity to transfer to another grade level appropriate

school within the district.

41. Parental Rights under No Child Left Behind Legislation

As a parent of a student at a Title I school, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers

who instruct your child. Specifically, you have the right to know

• whether or not the teacher is licensed and highly qualified for the grades and subjects he or she teaches,

• whether or not the state department of education has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without

being licensed under state regulations because of special circumstances,

• the teacher’s college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees,

• whether any teachers’ assistants/paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their


If you would like to receive any of this information, please submit your written request to Director of Schools, 170 W. Court

Ave., Selmer, TN 38375.

42. Disorderly Conduct, Weapons, Tobacco, and Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Disruptive behavior WILL NOT be tolerated. Students shall not, at any time, possess any dangerous weapon on school property,

in school vehicles, or at any school sponsored activity. Violation of this policy or the possession, use, or attempt to sell drugs,

alcohol, or tobacco will result in appropriate disciplinary action. (See McNairy County Code of Behavior and Discipline Level I,

II, III, and IV Misbehaviors for further clarification.)

43. McNairy County Code of Behavior and Discipline (condensed)

1. Know and adhere to rules and regulations established by the Board of Education and the local schools and

implemented by school administrators and teachers.


2. Respect the human dignity and worth of every other individual.

3. Study diligently and maintain the best possible level of academic achievement.

4. Be punctual and present in the regular school program.

5. Help maintain and improve the school environment, preserve school and private property, and exercise care while

using school facilities.

6. Refrain from disobedience or misconduct or behavior which would lead to any physical or emotional harm or that

disrupts the educational process.

The McNairy County Code of Behavior and Discipline is available online at To request a printed copy,

submit your written request to Director of Schools, 170 W. Court Ave., Selmer, TN 38375.

44. Student Discrimination/Harassment and Bullying/Intimidation

Students shall be provided a learning environment free from sexual, racial, ethnic and religious discrimination/harassment. Likewise, students

shall be provided a safe learning environment, free from bullying, intimidation or hostility. The McNairy County Board of Education policy

regarding these matters is posted at, McNairy County Online Policy Manual, Section 6.304. To request a printed copy of

the policy, submit your written request to Director of Schools, 170 W. Court Ave., Selmer, TN 38375.

45. Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”)

certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are

(1) The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request

for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the

record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible

student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

(2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parents or eligible student believes are

inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. Parents or eligible

students who wish to ask the school to amend a record should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the

record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as

requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise

them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing

procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

(3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records,

except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure

without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person

employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical

staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the

school has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using its own employees or officials (such as an

attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or students serving on an official committee, such as a

disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official

has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her

professional responsibility. Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another

school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

(4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school district to

comply with the requirements of FERPA. The office that administers FERPA is Family Policy Compliance Office, U. S.

Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-5920.

46. FERPA: Notice of Directory Information

The McNairy County School System may disclose certain information, known as directory information, without consent, in

publications such as, but not limited to, the annual yearbook, honor roll/recognition lists, playbills, graduation programs, and

sports programs. Parents or eligible students may refuse to allow the school system/school to release this information. If you do

not want this information released, you must visit the school office annually and complete the Directory Information Opt Out

Form within 10 days of the start of the school year or within 10 days of your student’s enrollment in the school.

The System has designated the following information as directory information: student’s name; address; date and place of

birth; telephone listing/number; electronic mail address; photograph/visual image; enrollment information: major field of study,

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; most recent educational agency or institution attended; other similar

information that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.

In addition, two federal laws require local education agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and

Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories

– name, address, and telephone listing – unless parents have advised the School that they do not want their student’s information

disclosed without their prior written consent (by filling out a Military Recruitment Opt Out Form at the school office).


47. Parental Authorization and Release Agreement for Student Publicity

The McNairy County School System frequently publicizes student accomplishments, honors/awards, projects, etc. in local

and regional media. It is understood that parents grant the McNairy County School System permission to use the name,

photograph, image, voice, written work, academic product, and/or quote of the student in media publicity prepared/allowed by the

school system. The parent understands and agrees that the name, photograph, image, voice, written work, academic product,

and/or quote may appear in a media publication (including any print media, television broadcast, multimedia presentation or

website), which will be distributed to/viewed by various groups and/or persons.

The parent/guardian releases the Board, its agents and employees, including the Director of Schools, from any and all claims,

demands, damages, actions, causes of action, or suits of any kind or nature whatsoever, which may arise, or may in the future

arise, from the publication of the photograph, image, voice, and/or quote of the Child and/or the dissemination of the name,

photograph, image, voice, and/or quote by a media outlet or on a website.

To refuse to allow the McNairy County School System to disseminate such publicity in any print, broadcast, or electronic

media, the parent must annually complete and sign the Media/Publicity Opt Out Form in the school’s front office.

48. Notification of Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

PPRA affords parents certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing

purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to

Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one of more of the following protected areas

(“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education


1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;

2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;

3. Sex behavior or attitudes;

4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;

5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;

6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers

7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or

8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of

1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;

2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the

school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing,

vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law; and

3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to

sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.

Inspect, upon request and before administration or use

1. Protected information surveys of students;

2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other

distribution purposes; and

3. Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum

These rights transfer from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law.

The McNairy County School System has developed and adopted policies, in consultation with parents, regarding these rights

as well as arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected information surveys and the collection,

disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes. The School/System will directly

notify parents of these policies at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes. The

School/System will also directly notify, such as through U.S. Mail or email, parents of students who are scheduled to participate

in the specific activities or surveys noted below and will provide an opportunity for the parent to opt his or her child out of

participation in the specific activity or survey. The School/System will make this notification to parents at the beginning of the

school year if the System has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities or surveys at that time. For surveys and

activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents will be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and

surveys listed below and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of such activities and surveys. Following is a list of the

specific activities and surveys covered under this requirement:

• Collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales or other distribution

• Administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by ED

• Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as described above.

Parents who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U. S.

Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-5902