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Crisp County Middle School

1116 East 24th Avenue

Cordele, Georgia 31015

(229) 276 – 3460

 

Mrs. Jennifer Abercrombie, Principal

Mrs. Lisa Goodin, Assistant Principal

Mrs. LaChele Walker, Assistant Principal

Mr. Kevin Blampied, Assistant Principal

 

      

        “Student Achievement is our Focus”

 

 

STUDENT HANDBOOK

2019-2020

 

We are….C. C. M. S.

Cougars Consistently Maintaining Success

 

Accredited by:

AdvancED-SACS/CASI Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement

&

Georgia Accrediting Commission

 

 

This Agenda belongs to:

 

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School System Calendar

2019-2020

 

           Pre-Planning                                                                            July 29-Aug. 1

First Day of School                                                                   August 2

Labor Day Holiday                                                                   September 2

Mid-Term Progress Report                                                      September 11

Early Release (Parent-Teacher Conference)                          September 12

Early Release (Students and Staff)                                         September 13

End of First Nine Weeks                                                         October 3

Teacher Planning Day – Student Holiday                               October 11

Columbus Day Holiday                                                           October 14

First 9 Weeks Report Cards Issued                                        October 10

Mid-Term Progress Reports                                                    November 6

Thanksgiving Holidays                                                            November 25-29

End of Second Nine Weeks (Early Release)                          December 18

Christmas Holidays                                                                 December 19-31

New Year’s Holidays                                                               January 1-2

Teacher Planning Day (Student Holiday)                                January 3

2nd Semester Begins                                                               January 6

Second 9 Weeks Report Cards Issued                                   January 14

Martin Luther King Holiday                                                     January 20

Mid-Term Progress Report                                                     February 11

Early Release (Parent-Teacher Conference)                          February 13

Early Release (Students and Staff)                                         February 14

President’s Day Holiday                                                          February 17

End of Third Nine Weeks                                                        March 10

Teacher Planning Day/Student Holiday (Steer and Barrow)   March 11

Third 9 Weeks Report Cards Issued                                       March 19

Spring Break Holidays                                                            March 30-April 3

Teacher Planning Day (Student Holiday)                                April 6

            Mid-Term Progress Report                                                    April 22

Last Day of School (Early Release)                                        May 20

Post Planning                                                                          May 21-22

Final Report Card Issued, Pick Up at School                          May 28

 

 


 Crisp County Middle School

Student Handbook

 

The Crisp County Board of Education is a visionary and purposeful entity that embraces its capacity for improving the quality of life for the citizens of our community by preparing our youth to assume their roles as leaders in our community and within the greater global society. We share common values and seek common goals relative to our vision and mission as articulated herein.

 

Our Vision:

The vision of Crisp County Middle School is to prepare students to graduate and be successful in a global community.

 

Our Mission:

The mission of Crisp County Middle School is to provide our students with a quality educational environment where staff, students, parents, and the community work together to prepare our students to become life-long learners and productive members of society.

 

Our Purpose:

                The purpose of Crisp County Middle School is to provide a high quality educational environment where staff, students and stakeholders work together consistently to prepare students to be long-life learners and productive members of society.

 

Our Values: 

                *Accountability                                     *Leadership                                                       *Respect

                *Attendance                                            *Learning                                                           *Responsibility

                *Character                                               *Parent Involvement                                       *Safety/Security

                *High Expectations                               *Professionalism                                              *Success

                *Honesty                                                 *Relationships                                                  *Teamwork

                                                                                                                                                                *Work Ethic

Our Principles:

Application of Knowledge         Learning from Mistakes                             Student Achievement

Adapt and Overcome                 Maintain Respect                                        Student Centered Learning

Communication Skills                Peer Instruction                                            Student Engagement

Critical Thinking                        Perseverance                                  Technology Skills

Cultural Tolerance                     Student Accountability  

        

Our Creed:

       We are C.C.M.SCougars Consistently Maintaining Success!

 

Our Beliefs:

The Crisp County Board of Education believes that pursuing our vision and accomplishing our mission is predicated upon the following values:

 

  • All children are deserving of opportunities to acquire a quality education in schools that are safe and secure.
  • Recognizing the worth, dignity, and leadership capacity of every individual, all stakeholders including students, parents, community, faculty, and administrators shall have a voice in the education of our community’s youth.
  • All staff strive toward the educational, social, moral, vocational, and personal development of each child.
  • Highly qualified and effective teachers collectively represent the foundation of quality instruction and have the greatest impact on student achievement.
  • Diversified, differentiated, and accelerated learning opportunities are required to optimize each student’s unique potential.
  • Strong partnerships among home, school, and community reinforce the value of an education and increase student achievement.
  • Developing well-rounded students who are excited about learning requires us to supplement quality academic curricula and instruction with opportunities to develop students’ potential in the arts, athletics, and areas of vocational interest and to encourage public support of these endeavors.
  • A sense of authentic stewardship drives the effective and efficient use of resources including finances, personnel, facilities, transportation, and technology.
  • Respectful, collaborative relationships among all stakeholders at every level of the chain of command strengthen our organization.
  • Excellence shall be the goal of every endeavor at all levels of this organization, and we are intolerant of mediocrity.
  • Personal commitments to regular attendance and a strong sense of work ethic among staff and students powerfully enhance the educational experience and quality of life.

 

Our Goals:

                The Crisp County Board of Education believes that our vision is best realized, our mission is best accomplished, and our values are best honored when we establish long-range goals that offer direction to the school system. The following goals shall be reflected in the operations of the organization, be evidenced in the work of key personnel, and be regularly monitored for progress.

 

  • Providing safe and modern facilities and other critical infrastructure to support quality teaching and learning.
  • Increasing the graduation rate for our school system by mitigating factors that lead to students dropping out of school.
  • Developing quality programs that are academically rigorous for all students, including increased access to challenging coursework for upper-level students.
  • Hiring the best qualified faculty, staff, and leadership, and nurturing their professional development.
  • Facilitating data-driven decision making and promoting accountability by implementing a systematic way of monitoring and communicating student, school, and system progress.
  • Increasing opportunities for parent outreach, education, and participation.
  • Partnering with local industries and area technical schools to insure that graduates are work ready.
  • Developing a quality public relations program that keeps stakeholders informed of the accomplishments of our school system and promotes public participation in the decision-making process.
  • Minimizing the tax burden for the citizens of Crisp County.

 

Organization:

        Crisp County Middle School serves students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.  Grade levels are located in specific areas of the campus.  All grade levels are divided into teams whose teachers are highly qualified personnel and teach core academic subjects.  Teams are responsible for planning and organizing the student’s day.  There is also a Connections Team and an Administrative Team at the school.  Parents are encouraged to meet with teams to discuss their child’s progress or any other topics of concern.

 

Grading System:

        Grades are assigned according to the scale below.  Academic Benchmark exams are administered in all core classes and Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) are administered in assigned Connections classes.   

 

 

Grading Scale

A

90-100

B

80-89

C

73-79

D

70-72

F

0-69

 

Report Cards:

Students receive a report card at the end of each nine-week grading period.  Students should take their report cards home for parents or guardians to examine, sign, and return.  Parent-teacher conferences are encouraged, especially for students experiencing failure in one or more classes.  Interim progress reports are also sent home at mid-term.

 

Academic Honors:

Students’ names will appear on the Principal’s List or Honor Roll each grading period they meet the following criteria:

  • Principal’s List: 4.0 grade point average
  • Honor Roll: 3.5 grade point average or higher

Honor’s Day is sponsored by the CCMS Junior Beta Club each year.  At this time students are recognized for the following accomplishments: highest GPA on each team, perfect attendance, Teacher Choice Awards, Citizenship Awards, team academic awards in all subject areas, and Principal’s Awards.

 

Promotion Requirements:

                All of the following must be true for a student to be promoted to the next grade.  1) A student must pass ELA and Mathematics, plus two additional courses with an average of 70 or higher in each course; 2) A student in grade eight must also meet grade level standards on the state mandated assessment in ELA and Mathematics.  Note: the principal or designee may retain a student who performs satisfactorily on the state mandated assessment but who does not meet promotion standards and criteria established by the Crisp County Board of Education.  Students who do not meet grade level expectations will be recommended for retention and/or summer school.

              Summer school attendance will be required, if funds allow for students who do not meet promotion criteria or have excessive absences. Failure to successfully complete summer school may result in retention.

 

Attendance:

Regular attendance is necessary for success in school. Students who have excessive absences are placing themselves at risk academically and developing poor work habits for the future. A student who is absent must present written documentation from a parent/guardian or doctor stating the student’s name, the date(s) of absence(s), and the reason for the absence(s) within three days of the absences in order for them to be marked as excused. Acceptable reasons for excused absences include personal illness, death or serious illness in the immediate family, recognized religious holidays observed by the student’s faith, absences mandated by order of government agencies, weather conditions which render school attendance impossible or hazardous to the students' health or safety. In order to meet CCRPI standards, students should not miss more than ten percent of the enrollment days from school each year.

 

Excessive Absences:     

Students who are absent for an excessive number of days or who show a pattern of absences including early check-outs (ECO) will be handled as follows:

  • After 3 consecutive absences (excused or unexcused) the school will send a letter to the parent.
  • After five absences (excused or unexcused) the school will make a referral to the school system truancy officer.
  • An additional unexcused absence after the truancy officer makes contact with a parent will result in a referral to the Student Attendance Review Board.
  • Two additional unexcused absences following the SARB meeting could result in a complaint filed against the parent/guardian via the judicial system.
 
Make Up Work:
                Students have a responsibility to make up assignments missed when they are absent from school for reasons that are classified as excused.  Assignments missed due to excused absences must be made up upon returning to school unless a teacher offers an extended period of time in which to complete a task. 

 

Tardiness:

School begins at 8:05. Students who are not in their rooms, seated, and ready to begin work before the bell rings will be counted tardy.  Tardiness interferes with the success of the student who is tardy and is an imposition on others in the school.  Students will begin each nine-week grading period at the first offense level. Chronic tardiness will result in administrative intervention, which may include ISS.

 

Arrival Procedures:

Students may not enter the school building before 7:30 A.M. Students are expected to go directly to their assigned area after eating breakfast.  Parent drop-off points are behind the Annex (6th grade), in front of the school (7th grade), and behind Den 1 (8th grade). Drop your child off in the area located nearest his/her homeroom. Walking across campus is not allowed.  Buses unload at the bus ramp, and students are expected to move promptly to their assigned areas.  Students who walk to school are to enter the campus and move quickly to their assigned areas. Once students are on campus they may not leave for any reason without properly checking out in the office.  School personnel begin supervision at 7:30 A.M.

 

 

 

Dismissal Procedures:

           Parent transported students in sixth grade should exit the doors nearest the tennis courts.  Seventh grade students should exit the annex’s side door nearest the front of the building. Students in the eighth grade should exit the door nearest the back of their halls. Students should only enter cars that are parked in the designated pick-up area.  Students may not cross the street without a parent.  Parents may walk to the designated pick-up area and walk their child back to their car.  Students should wait in an orderly manner on the sidewalk until their transportation arrives in the designated area.  Walking students should exit the campus only where a crossing guard is posted.  Students should exit the campus quickly and walk directly home.  Bus transported students should line up on the bus ramp in the designated area for their buses and wait for a school official to permit boarding. Students who leave the bus ramp for any reason will be denied the privilege of riding the bus that day.  Participants in after school activities and athletics should go directly to their designated practice area/meeting area. Students who fail to follow these guidelines may risk being removed from their after-school activity.

 

Early Checkout:

Students are expected to remain in school the full day unless an emergency arises. A student may be dismissed before the school day officially ends only when a parent or guardian appears in person requesting the student's early dismissal or if the student’s dismissal is verified by communication with the parent.  Early dismissal is discouraged, as it has an adverse effect on the student who checks out and the other students in the class. Per board policy, no student may be checked out after 2:50 p.m.

 

Student Withdrawal:

Students who withdraw from CCMS to transfer to another school should obtain a withdrawal form from the guidance office.  Clearance from the media specialist, team leader, counselor, cafeteria, assistant principals, and final approval from the principal are necessary for withdrawal.  Students are expected to return all books and pay any outstanding fines before withdrawal.  Before a student may apply for permanent withdrawal from school, he/she must be at least 16 years of age and must have a conference with the counselor prior to the actual day of withdrawal.

 

Hospital/Homebound:

Applications for the hospital/homebound programs are available in the guidance office.  This form must be completed by a physician certifying that the student will be absent from school a minimum of ten (10) consecutive days and is physically unable to participate in instruction.  For chronic or recurring medical conditions (e.g. asthma, sickle cell, etc.) there is a slight variance for establishing eligibility.  The absences need not be consecutive but may be cumulative.  The key is that the condition be chronic and well-documented.

 

 

Textbooks:

All basic texts are loaned to students for their use during the school year and are to be kept clean and handled carefully.  Each student's name, grade, and school should be written on the book label in case the book is misplaced.  If textbooks are lost or damaged, the student to whom they are assigned will be required to pay the replacement cost (see below).

 

McDougal-Littell Math I, II, III      

$56.00

 

World Cultures Social Studies (6th-7th)

$46.00

McDougal-Littell Algebra I

$64.00

 

Clairmont Press Georgia Studies

$57.00

Glencoe Appyling Life Skills

$58.00

 

Gallopade Social Studies (7th)

$19.00

Exploring Agriscience        

$72.00

 

Georgia Active Learning Textbook

$16.00

Glencoe Science (6th-8th)

$68.00

 

Science Workbooks

$16.00

McDougal-Littell Language (6th-8th)

$53.00

 

Language Workbooks

$11.00

McDougal-Littell Literature (6th- 8th)

Reading Study Guide

  $55.00

    $7.00

 

Glencoe Social Studies Workbooks

$10.00

Georgia in the American Experience (8th)

$121.00

 

 

Georgia Voyager (8th)

  $50.00

Clairmont Social Studies Workbook (6-8)

$10.00

 

 

 

 

Agendas:

The CCMS Agenda (student day planner) represents a learning tool for students, a teaching tool for educators, and a communication tool for parents.  We believe this is a tool to help students maximize their learning potential.  The first agenda is provided free to all students.  Replacement cost is $10.00.  Parents are asked to sign their child’s agenda daily. Students must have their agendas with them at all times when traveling throughout the campus. Students will not be allowed to leave class for any reason without their agenda.

 

Physical Education:

Students assigned to P.E. must wear tennis shoes or athletic shoes (no cleats) during P.E. time and are expected to participate in physical education unless a written excuse from a parent or doctor is presented.  Students must dress appropriately for P.E. class.  Students do not dress-out; therefore, shorts or pants should be worn to school when appropriate.

 

Assemblies:

Students sit with their team during assembly programs. Assemblies are designed to provide educational opportunities and cultural exchanges for students.  Students will loose their privilege to attend when their teachers deem it necessary for academic or discipline reasons. They also afford students the opportunity to practice skills in proper etiquette.  During assemblies students will:

·         Enter the assembly area orderly and quietly.

·         Sit in designated areas and remain seated.

·         Talk quietly while waiting.

·         Stop talking when it is time for the program to begin.

·         Clap at appropriate times.

·         Never boo, yell, or make inappropriate comments.

 

Gifted Education Program:

In order to qualify for gifted education service in the State of Georgia, a student must show exceptional performance in the areas of mental ability, achievement, creativity, and/or motivation. In Crisp County students are screened for possible referral for gifted education services each year.  Teachers look for traits, attitudes, and behaviors of gifted students as well as review students’ achievement test scores, and grades.  Students demonstrating exceptional performance are referred to the school eligibility committee for further consideration.  Students may also be referred to the school eligibility committee by parents or by themselves.  Achievement test scores may constitute an automatic referral.

 

Beta Club:

The National Jr. Beta Club is based on academics, leadership, and service. Membership in Beta Club is not a right; it is a privilege. Criteria for an invitation to join Beta Club are:

 

  • A Grade Point Average of 3.50 at the end of a semester at Crisp County Middle School
  • An acceptable discipline and attendance record (not more than 3 office referrals at the end of the semester)
  • Complete an application process (to include an initiation period)

 

Beta Club Status (determined at the end of each grading period):

  • Active Status: Students may participate in all Beta Club activities on and off campus.
  • Probationary Status: Students remain members, but may not participate in any off - campus activities.
  • Inactive Status: Students remain members but may not participate in any Beta Club activity until they have been deemed active for one full 9 weeks grading period. Sponsors may make special provisions based upon present Beta Club participation.

 

                Criteria for each status category are determined by a student’s performance in several areas such as academics, leadership, service, and attendance.  These criteria are outlined below:

·         Active Status: Academics:         3.50 GPA (Not more than 2 B’s)

  Leadership:         Not more than 1 office referral per 9 weeks-grading period.

  Service:                Must complete a minimum of 4 hours of public service per 9 weeks grading period.

  Attendance:        Must attend 60% of all regularly scheduled Beta meetings and meet school attendance criteria as referenced on page 4.

·         Probationary Status: Failure to comply with the academic requirements for active status will result in a student being placed on probationary status.

·         Inactive Status: Failure to comply with academic, leadership, service, and attendance requirements from the active criteria. * A referral for a due process hearing will result in inactive status for two semesters.

 

Beta Club Fees: (subject to change)

  • New Member: Dues are $22.00. This is a one-time fee. ($15.00 will be for national membership and $7.00 will be for local membership)
  • Transient Member: Dues are $7.00 for local membership. This is a one-time fee.
  • Any Beta Club activity requiring additional funds are optional for member participation and do not effect membership status
  • Students must remain on an active status for 3 consecutive 9 weeks in order to be eligible for certain Beta awards
  • Membership in Beta Club is an honor that results from dedication, perseverance, and citizenship. The Beta Club sponsors reserve the right to determine the eligibility of members participating in Beta Club, activities and functions. The Beta Club’s motto is: “LET US LEAD BY SERVING OTHERS.”

 

Media Center:

  • Media Center hours are 7:30 A.M. to 3:15 P.M.
  • Students are required to have an Agenda when they visit the media center without a teacher.
  • Students will use a barcode strip in their Agenda to check out books. The first barcode strip is free, but replacements are $.50 each.
  • Books are checked out for a two-week period. Students may recheck a book for another two-week period if more time is needed.
  • Students are expected to pay for the damage or loss of any media materials they have checked out.
  • A fine of five cents (.05) per school day is charged for items that are past due; however, there is a three-day grace period before the fine begins.
  • Use of reference materials is limited to the media center, as is the use of magazines and other periodicals. Students may request materials to be copied if the materials are restricted to use in the media center.
  • Students have access to the Internet in the media center and in classrooms. Students are required to have a permission form in the Agenda signed before accessing the Internet.
  • Student use of the Ellison machine is reserved for those students who are trained in its use.
  • Lamination for students is limited to school projects.

 

Guidance and Counseling Services:

The purpose of the Counseling & Guidance Program is to help each individual student achieve his/her highest potential academically, emotionally, and socially. This is accomplished in the following ways:

  • by insuring that each student is as comfortable and secure in their learning environment as possible.
  • by providing students direction toward the appropriate resources which will enhance their academic success.
  • by providing individual counseling sessions upon referral of the student, a parent, or another staff member.
  • by providing group counseling sessions for students with similar developmental needs.
  • by providing consultative and collaborative services to parents, teachers, physicians, and community agencies.

 

 

Behavioral Procedures for Changing Classes:

Students are expected to go directly to their assigned classrooms and to stay within sight of an adult at all times. Students who do not abide by this rule may be required to walk with an adult during class changes. Team teachers will meet the students at designated places and Connections teachers will dismiss students by teams or by classes to meet their teachers.

 

Behavioral Procedures for Hallways:

  • Agenda passes are required any time a student leaves the classroom without adult supervision.
  • When traveling in large classroom groups, students must remain silent.
  • When traveling in small groups of two or three, students should whisper so as not to disturb classes.
  • Students must follow school-determined traffic patterns when moving from place to place.
  • Students must not touch walls or any items hanging in the hallways.
  • Students must walk in the halls. Running is not permitted due to safety concerns.
  • Students should walk on the right side of the hall.

 

Behavioral Procedures for School Grounds:

       To keep our campus orderly, students must:

  • Stay within assigned areas.
  • Stay within a teacher’s sight at all times.
  • Put all trash in the appropriate containers.
  • Respect the rights of others by not being too rough at any time.
  • Walk on the right side of the sidewalk when meeting someone coming in the opposite direction.
  • Keep hands, feet and objects to oneself.

 

Behavioral Procedures for the Cougar Café:

The Cougar Café must be kept neat and clean at all times. All persons must do their part to make breakfast and lunch pleasant experiences. The following expectations are to be observed:

  • Students will enter and exit orderly and quietly.
  • Breaking in line or saving places for other students is unfair and is not permitted.
  • Students must give their lunch numbers to the cashier as they receive their trays.
  • Students should clean up around their personal area after eating.
  • All students eat a breakfast and a lunch at no charge. A second lunch may be purchased for $1.50. Charging meals is not permitted!
  • Sodas are not permitted.
  • REMEMBER…excessive noise in the lunchroom creates an uncomfortable atmosphere for everyone. This will not be tolerated!
  • Public Law 108-265 states that all foods consumed on the school campus should promote student health and be nutrient-rich meals and snacks. Meals provided by the school lunch and breakfast program meet these criteria.  If you send lunch from home, it should be sent with the student in the morning and require no additional preparation.  Commercially prepared foods are not allowed.  Milk may be purchased to accompany a lunch brought from home.

 

Fire/Tornado Drills:

Fire and tornado drills are held at regular intervals throughout the school year. Remember these basic rules:

  • Follow the instructions posted in each classroom that indicate how to leave the building in case of fire or where to report and what to do in the event of severe weather.
  • No Talking. Move quickly and quietly to your designated area.

 

Bookbags:

Bookbags are not allowed in classrooms. They are to be kept in each student's locker during the school day. For extenuating circumstances, an administrator may approve for a student to use a bookbag during the school day when appropriate (this includes Section 504 and IEPs).

 

Items Not Permitted at School:

Students should not bring to school any unnecessary items that interfere with the normal school day. Any items deemed to interfere with the instructional program, or those prohibited, will be collected by the teacher and placed in the school vault and labeled with the student's name. Parents may retrieve the item(s) at their convenience.  Please note that this includes I-Pods, MP3 Players, tape/CD players, headphones, beepers, cell phones, games, etc.

 

 

Code of Conduct

All students’ behavior shall be based on respect and consideration for the rights and safety of others.  Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner that is consistent with maintaining and establishing a safe and orderly environment for all.  Each teacher and/or team will develop discipline plans to handle all minor offenses.  Severe or continuous behavioral problems will be handled by a school administrator through office referrals.  The discipline plan and management system at Crisp County Middle School will be implemented in a fair and consistent manner.  If students are referred to the office for a disciplinary purpose, one or more of the following actions may be taken: conference/warning, parent contact, parent suspension, peer mediation, guidance referral, In-School Suspension (ISS), Out-of School Suspension (OSS), S.T.A.R., Youth Services, school-based isolation, due process hearing referral, and/or any combination of these options.  In some instances, corporal punishment may be used as an option.  Prior to these measures, teachers and teams have several levels of disciplinary consequences that are used for minor offenses.  Any student who consistently disrupts classrooms or displays misbehavior may be reviewed by the Student Support Team (SST Committee).  This team is a building-based, problem-solving group made up of primarily regular education teachers.

Level one and level two offenses shall be handled by the teachers or team unless their interventions prove to be ineffective.  The team will develop a behavior intervention plan for those students that need continuous administrative attention.  The severity of punishments will be consistent with the progression of the offenses. 

 

Levels of Offenses:

  • Level I offenses include, but are not limited to, talking, not having materials, incomplete assignments, tardiness, chewing gum, eating, etc. These offenses will be handled by the classroom teacher within his/her classroom plan.
  • Level II offenses include, but are not limited to, disrespect, cheating, profanity (unless toward the teacher or other adult), leaving class, etc. These offenses will be managed at the classroom or team level utilizing all possible interventions. If the team interventions are ineffective, the student will be referred to the administration with documentation of previously tried interventions, meetings, etc.
  • Level III offenses include, but are not limited to, fighting, violence, bullying, extortion, possession of weapons (a knife is considered a weapon regardless of the size), threatening an adult verbally or physically, smoking, or possession or use of drugs or alcohol . These offenses would immediately be referred to the administration.

 

Customary Team-Assigned Consequences:

  • Isolation: Isolation involves the temporary relocation of a student to another classroom. A student in isolation must complete all assigned work and may not disrupt the operations of the host classroom in any way.
  • Working Lunch/Silent Lunch: When students do not complete work on time or students misbehave in class, teachers may assign them to a silent, working lunch period in an isolated portion of the lunchroom.
  • Detention: Teachers have the authority to detain students as a disciplinary consequence or when additional time is required for the completion of assigned tasks.

 

Customary Administrator-assigned Consequences:

·         Parent Suspension: In the event that parent suspension is recommended, a parent contact will be made.  Parents will be requested to pick up their child at the time of the contact.  The student may return to school the following day unless otherwise notified.  If the parent is not located when needed, the parent will be required to bring the student to school the following day.  Parent involvement and support in altering student behavior is the goal.

·         Disciplinary Conference: A conference will be required if a student is repeatedly referred to the office.  Administrators, counselor, and teachers will meet with the student to determine possible problems and solutions.

  • In-School Suspension (ISS): The purpose of the In-School Suspension program (ISS) is to assign disruptive students to an isolated, individually-oriented program rather than suspending them from school. Disruptive behavior is behavior that interferes with the student’s learning or the educational process of others and requires attention and assistance beyond that which the traditional program can provide.  A student may be assigned to In-School Suspension (ISS) for inappropriate behavior or for repeated tardies.  The students assigned to ISS will complete regular assignments and work on specific grade level objectives. Students who check out early will have to make up time missed upon return to school.
  • Out-Of-School Suspension (OSS): Out-Of-School Suspension is used with caution. Fighting, cases of violence, threat of violence, chronic disruptive behaviors, or other behaviors which have not been corrected by other means are subject to Out-of-School Suspension.  Possession of a weapon (a pocket knife is considered a weapon regardless of the size) and/or possession of drugs or alcohol will require automatic OSS pending a due process hearing. Students who are assigned to OSS may be given the option of STAR placement.
  • Paddling: Though rarely invoked as a consequence, students at Crisp County Middle School may be paddled. The administration requests that parents offer written permission before administrators paddle students.  All paddlings are to be administered by the principal or an assistant principal and witnessed by another professional.
  • Due Process Hearing: The final consequence level is a due process hearing. Due process hearings are required for some behaviors according to board policy.
  • Alternative School Placement: Students whose behaviors have not been corrected by OSS or other means may be assigned to an alternative setting through a due process hearing or other administrative process for alternative placement.
  • STAR Program: The STAR (Student Transition and Recovery) Program may be available for students who have committed offenses that warrant suspension from school or detention in a juvenile facility. STAR is a parent option, meaning that only students whose parents register them for STAR may be disciplined by STAR.

 

Off-campus Behavior:

Any off-campus behavior of a student which could result in the student being criminally charged with a felony or which makes the student’s continued presence at school a potential danger to persons or property, or which disrupts the educational process, may result in suspension from school.

 

Administrative Disciplinary Guidelines: The following table should serve as a guide and outlines the progressive nature of discipline. However, consequences assigned may be less severe or more severe as deemed warranted by the administration. The administration has the right to assign discipline consequences for inappropriate behavior regardless of whether or not the infraction is listed below

 

 

 

State of Georgia Definition of Bullying

 

20-2-751.4. Policies prohibiting bullying;

(a) As used in this Code section, the term "bullying" means an act which occurs on school property, on school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, or at school related functions or activities, or by use of data or software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, computer network, or other electronic technology of a local school system, that is:

(1) Any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent present ability to do so;

(2) Any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm; or

(3) Any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, which a reasonable person would perceive as being intended to threaten, harass, or intimidate, that:

(A) Causes another person substantial physical harm within the meaning of Code Section 16-5-23.1 or visible bodily harm as such term is defined in Code Section 16-5-23.1;

(B) Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education;

(C) Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or

(D) Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Infraction

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Fourth Offense

Academic Dishonesty

Teacher assigned consequences, parent notification,  warning

ISS: 1-3 days

OSS: 3 days or STAR option

OSS: 5 days or STAR option

Alcohol: Possession, Distribution, Consumption

OSS: up to 10 days with referral for hearing; arrest

 

 

Arson

OSS: up to 10 days with referral for hearing; arrest

 

Assault & Battery Upon a Student

OSS: 3 days; followed by ISS: 3 days; STAR option

OSS: 5 days; STAR option

OSS: up to 10 days; hearing referral; arrest

 

Fighting

 

Students involved in a fight, as well as anyone helping to incite or record a fight, are subject to suspension and/or arrest. If a student has been counseled or received mediation/conflict resolution skills and chooses to fight at school or a school event, charges may be filed with the Police Dept. at the administrators’ discretion.

 

OSS: 3 days followed by ISS: 3 days or STAR option (two prevent days) or 2nd Chance Program (one time offer) with ISS 3 days

OSS: 5 days followed by ISS: 3 days or STAR option (30-day program) or hearing referral/alternative school placement.

OSS: up to 10 days and hearing referral or alternative school placement

 

(Any student who fails to stop fighting when told to do so is subject to arrest and additional suspension days)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assault and Battery

Upon a School Employee

Suspension pending investigation; OSS up to 10 days;hearing

referral; arrest

   

 

  

Bullying,

Cyber bullying

 

ISS: 3 days, counselor referral, and

Parent Notification or

2nd Chance Option.

OSS: 3 days; return with parent or STAR option

OSS: up to 10 days and hearing referral or long-term STAR or alt. placement

 

 

Harassment or Terroristic Threats to Staff or Students

Suspension pending investigation; parent notification; consequences at discretion of administration.

Tardiness to School

Students are considered tardy after the 8:05 bell and should check in at the office kiosk to receive a tardy slip.  Students are afforded five “free” tardies per grading period; a parent contact/conference is required at the fifth tardy; the sixth and all subsequent tardies in a grading period will result in assignment to lunch detention or ISS.

Tardiness to Class

Once on campus, a student who arrives late to any given class will be marked tardy.  Any student who is tardy to class four times, and all subsequent times, will be assigned to lunch detention or ISS. (Per Grading Period)

Chronic Behavior Problems

Team conference; drafting of a behavior intervention plan (BIP)

Parent Notification

OSS: 3 days or STAR option

OSS: 5 days or STAR option

OSS: up to 10 days and hearing referral or long-term STAR or alt. placement

Note: Any serious offenses may immediately result in arrest, suspension, and immediate referral for hearing.

 

Dangerous Objects: Possession or Use; Destruction or Vandalism of School Property

ISS; restitution; parent notification

OSS: 3 days or STAR option; restitution

OSS: 5 days or STAR option; restitution

OSS: up to 10 days and hearing referral or long-term STAR or alt. placement

Rude / Disrespectful conduct; Talking back.

ISS: 1 day or counselor referral & parent notification

ISS: 3 days or parent conference

OSS: 3 days or STAR option

OSS: 5 days or STAR option

Dress Code Violations

Call for change of clothes or ISS (if the change of clothes is not brought by 8:30

Call for change of clothes or ISS (if the change of clothes is not brought by 8:30

ISS and parent conference/contact

OSS or STAR option

 


 

Infraction

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Fourth Offense

Possession of  OTC /

Prescription Medicine

Administrative Warning

ISS: 1 Day

ISS: 2 Days

OSS: 1 – 2 Days

Misuse / Distribution of  OTC / Prescription Medicine

OSS: up to 10 days with referral for hearing; arrest

 

Drugs/Controlled Substances: Possession, Distribution, Consumption, and/or Under Influence

OSS: up to 10 Days

with referral for

hearing; arrest

 

Explosive Materials/ Fireworks: Possession, Distribution, Use

OSS: up to 10 days with referral for hearing; arrest

 

False Fire Alarms/ Bomb Threats

OSS: up to 10 days with referral for hearing; arrest

 

Gambling

ISS: 1 day

ISS: 3 days with parent notification

OSS: 3 days or STAR option

OSS: 5 days, plus 2 days for each additional offense or STAR option

Gang-Related

Activities

 

 

Any student who commits any breach of the code of conduct that is related to his or her affiliation with a gang will be suspended from school and referred for a hearing.  Consequences may further include long-term STAR or assignment to the alternative school.                                                                                                                

Hitting, Kicking, Biting, Pushing,

Throwing Objects

Up to 3 days ISS                     

Up to 5 days ISS

OSS 3 days or STAR option                          

OSS 5 days

 or STAR option                                                                  

Indecent Exposure,

Sexting of any type

ISS 3 days with parent

notification

ISS 3-5 days with parent notification

OSS 3 days or STAR option

OSS 5 days, plus 2 days for each additional offense or STAR option

Inappropriate Language/Gestures/ Profanity/ Obscenity Directed Towards Staff

OSS 3 days or 30-day STAR Option

OSS: up to 10 days with referral for hearing or long-term STAR or alternative placement

 

Inappropriate Language/Gestures/ Profanity/Obscenity Directed Towards Students; Possession of obscene materials

ISS: 1 day

ISS: 3 days

ISS: 5 days

OSS: 3 days, plus 2 days for each additional offense; STAR option

Interference With Instruction / Disruptive Behavior

ISS: 1 Day

ISS: 3 Days

OSS for subsequent

Offenses; STAR

Option

OSS for subsequent offenses; STAR

Off Campus Misconduct or Criminal Activity

Administrative discretion on a case-by-case basis, with consequences including long-term ISS, OSS, probationary contract, or referral for hearing.

Public Displays of Affection: Kissing, Fondling, etc.

 ISS: 1-3 days; parental notification

OSS: 1-3 days

OSS: 3-5 days

OSS: +2 days of per subsequent offense

               

 

 


     Infraction

    First Offense

  Second Offense

   Third Offense

   Fourth Offense

Refusal to Obey Directives

ISS: 1 day

ISS: 3 days

OSS: 3 days; STAR option

OSS: 5 days, plus 2 days for each additional offense; STAR option

Scuffling  & Horseplay

ISS: 1 day with parent contact.

ISS: 3 days

OSS: 3 days; STAR

option

OSS for subsequent offenses

Note: The severity of a charge may warrant more drastic interventions, including arrest

 

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Sexual Harassment & Misconduct

ISS: 1-3 days; counselor referral

OSS: 1-3 days; counselor referral

OSS: 3-5 days; counselor referral

OSS: up to 10 days and hearing referral; long-term STAR; alt. school

Note: Any serious offenses may immediately result in arrest, suspension, and immediate referral for hearing.

 

Stealing/Theft of School, Employee, or

Other’s Property

ISS; restitution; parent notification

OSS: 3 days; STAR option; restitution

OSS: 5 days; STAR option; restitution

OSS: up to 10 days; hearing referral; long-term STAR; alt. school; restitution

Technology Misuse, Fraud, Abuse

Administrative discretion on a case-by-case basis, with consequences including loss of technology privileges, ISS, OSS, restitution, or referral for hearing.

Tobacco: Possession, Distribution, Use

(including lighters, matches, E-cigarettes etc.)

ISS: 3 days

OSS 1-3 days with parent conference

OSS 3-5 days or STAR option

OSS: 5 days, plus 2 days for each additional offense or STAR option

Unauthorized Absences (Skipping), out of assigned area

ISS:1-3 days for unauthorized absences from classes; ISS: 3 days for unauthorized absences from school; one additional day for subsequent offenses; possible police notification.

Unauthorized Items on Campus (Toys, MP3 Players, I-pods, etc.)

Unauthorized items are to be confiscated and returned to a parent.  Confiscated items are not returned to students – parents must pick up the items from the office.

Weapons: Possession or Use

OSS: up to 10 days and hearing referral; arrest

 

           

 

Cell Phone Regulations:

    

Board policy revisions allow for the use of technology when used for prior-approved educational experiences in the classroom. Cell phones and other forms of electronic communication equipment (i.e. smart watches) are not permitted on the campus of Crisp County Middle School unless you have prior approval from a CCMS teacher/administrator.

 

Students who are found using or causing a disruption with the cell phone/electronic device during unauthorized times (8:00 AM – 3:20 PM) shall have their devices confiscated. Items confiscated will not be returned to the student. Parents will be allowed to pick up confiscated items by following these guidelines: (1) First offense:  phone will be returned to the parent after a contractual agreement has been signed assuring that the items will not be brought back to school. (2) Second offense: confiscated phones will be secured in the school’s vault until a parent pays a fine of $25.00 and retrieves the phone from office personnel. (3) Upon the third infraction in a given year, the phone will be impounded for the remainder of the school term. Further, the school reserves the right to inspect any and all information contained on a cell phone which has been in violation of these rules, including phone numbers, inappropriate pictures, voice and text messages.

 

Conduct During Extracurricular Activities:

               

Sponsors of extracurricular activities are volunteers whose extra effort should be reciprocated with appropriate conduct on behalf of the students who participate in their organizations.  Sponsors have agreed to the following progressive discipline plan as a guide for how to respond to instances of misconduct.  A sponsor will consider issues such as the severity and impact of an infraction and the frequency of prior offenses as students are disciplined.  Consequently, sanctions may be more or less severe than what appears in the guidelines.

 

Infraction

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Horseplay

Warning

Change of seating or group

A student may be dismissed for chronic misconduct.

Inappropriate Language

Warning

One-on-one conference

Parent notification; possible dismissal from organization

Harassment (non-sexual or intimidating)

Warning

Time-out from group

Follow harassment policy of school

Inappropriate Use of Equipment

Warning

Lost use privileges for designated time

Permanent loss of use privileges

Contraband (other than level III in discipline code)

Confiscation of items; returned at end of meeting.

Confiscation of items; parents must pick up items.

A student may be dismissed for chronic misconduct.

No Transportation or

Late Pick Up

Warning

Parent notification; dismissal from organization

Dismissal from organization

Out of Meeting Area

Warning

Parent contact

Dismissal

Disrespect/Refusal to Obey

Warning

Parent contact

Dismissal

ISS Referral

Students cannot attend meetings on days when they are assigned to ISS.

OSS Referral

Students cannot attend meetings on days when they are suspended from school.

All Level III Behaviors as Defined in Handbook

Level III offenses warrant immediate dismissal followed by referral to the administration.

 

Progressive Discipline Plan for Athletes:

                CCMS students involved in extracurricular athletic activities should be role models for the other students in the school.  Students are expected to have good classroom behavior and must complete all assigned class work.  Students will not be permitted to practice or attend games on days that they have been assigned ISS or OSS.  Athletes assigned to Star Prevent must complete Star prevent prior to being allowed to participate in athletic events. Attendance at school is also a prerequisite for participating in practice or competition.  Students must be present at least half of the day in order to participate.  Each coach shall discipline students with regard to severity and impact of disciplinary infractions as well as the frequency of disciplinary infractions.  Beyond the school’s discipline plan, the athletic department also imposes the following consequences when athletes are involved in misconduct during the school day:

 

Infraction

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Level I Offenses

Warning

One game suspension*

Dismissal from team

Level II or III Offenses

One game suspension*

Dismissal from team

 

Students who choose STAR for a one-day “prevent” must serve their time before they can play in games.  Students in long-term STAR must have STAR approval to participate in after-school athletics.

 

Dress Code (Grades 6-8)

 

The Crisp County Board of Education’s Dress Code is designed to ensure the health and safety of the students and to avoid disruptions to the educational process. While the school recognizes the individuality of each student and does not wish to stifle individual taste, our primary mission is to educate within a safe and orderly environment. Clothing and adornments that attract undue attention and detract from the academic climate of the classroom cannot be allowed. Time spent out of class because of inappropriate dress is unexcused.

 

The principal or designee has the authority to take any action deemed necessary to enforce the school guidelines regarding the dress and appearance of students including, but not limited to, sending a student home. The principal has the authority to change the dress code on special event days.

 

Dress Code Guidelines:

  • All shirts and blouses must be buttoned.
  • Pants, skirts, etc. should be fitted at the waist and worn fastened at the waistline. Pants that sag below the hips are not appropriate in the school setting. (One day of ISS shall be assigned to students any time pants are worn so low as to expose one’s undergarments, including shorts.)

 

  • No student is permitted to wear the following:

- Tops or shirts with less than a three (3) inch strap

- Bedroom attire (includes clothing and footwear)

- Bare midriff clothing (no skin may be showing in the middle)

- Gang-related/associated colors, symbols, clothing or paraphernalia, including bandanas

- Gloves, hats, caps, bandanas, hoods, and “do-rags”; bandanas and “do-rags” also are prohibited at extracurricular   

   school functions, including athletic events

- Sunglasses inside buildings

- Clothing advertising alcoholic beverages, tobacco, sex, controlled substances or with words or symbols that are

   offensive or demeaning to others, or clothing advertising or advocating criminal behavior, weapons, or gangs

- Chains attached to pants, wallets, etc.

- Visible tracking or monitoring devices

- Athletic-type sweat pants (lined wind suits are acceptable)

All apparel worn over bare legs or tights must not be higher than 2 inches above the knee, including skirts, shorts, and dresses. (Splits in dresses or skirts may not expose any skin higher than 2 inches above the knee.)

  • All students must wear adequate and appropriate undergarments for all outfits. Underwear must not be visible at any time.
  • Tights must be covered by a skirt, dress, or shorts of appropriate length (see #4). Tights cannot be worn with only a top covering them. Leggings or yoga pants must be covered by a top, skirt, dress, or shorts covering both the front and rear of the trunk area even with the lowest portion of the posterior. Jeggings without pockets and/or that are deemed too tight are not allowed without proper coverage as outlined for leggings.
  • Torn or cut clothing may not be worn if skin higher than 2 inches above the knee is visible. (Patches or permanent alterations to clothing will be allowed.)
  • All buckles, belts, suspenders, and other clothes fasteners shall be buckled, fastened, etc.
  • Neither male nor female students may wear ornaments (jewelry) which pierce the skin such as the nose, lips, tongue, eyebrow, etc.
  • Pointed hair picks/combs or combs with metal prongs are not allowed.
  • Interlocking rings that cover more than one finger or any ring/jewelry that can be construed as a weapon are not allowed.
  • Any other clothing fad (i.e., pajama pants), article of clothing, or non-traditional manner of wearing clothing that attracts undue attention and/or is a distraction of the instructional process and/or the routine operation of the school is not allowed.
  • Any excessive hair style that draws unnecessary attention and thus compromises the integrity of the learning environment is not allowed. (Examples of excessive hairstyles that are not allowed include but are not limited to: inappropriate words/symbols cut in hair and excessive length spiked hair.)
  • Book bags, backpacks, purses worn as backpacks, large purses, or other similar items must be placed in the student’s locker. These items cannot be worn or carried during the school day. Students have no right to bring book bags to school and thus, particularly where notice is given, school officials can require the search of book bags and similar items at any time. Only an administrator, based on verified medical reasons, can authorize a student to carry a book bag during the instructional day.
  • Any other extremes in dress or hair that are deemed inappropriate by the administration are not allowed.

       All clothing must be worn as designed.

 

Bus Regulations

Crisp County School System provides transportation to all pupils who live more than 1½ miles from their school. This service is a privilege and may be suspended if a student refuses to follow the set behavioral guidelines. Students must obey bus drivers at all times. Students who come to school on a bus should return home on the same bus. In order to ride a different bus, the student must have a note from the parent signed by their homeroom teacher and an administrator.

 

 Bus Rules: Follow any and all directions of the driver.

  1. Take your seat when you board the bus and remain there with feet out of the aisle until you have permission from the driver to move.
  2. Keep all parts of your body and all personal belongings to yourself and inside the bus.
  3. Speak softly when talking.
  4. Be silent at railroad crossings.
  5. No threats, obscene or abusive language, or fighting at bus stops.
  6. All school rules must be followed.

 

Severe Misconduct that May Result in Immediate Suspension: Suspension may be short term or permanent.

 

  1. Defiance of driver/administrator/teacher
  2. Vandalism
  3. Fighting / assault / battery
  4. Obscene / abusive language
  5. Smoking
  6. Possession of pornography
  7. Possession or under the influence of alcohol/drugs
  8. Lewd/suggestive behavior
  9. Possession of weapons
  10. Racial remarks
  11. Theft of property
  12. Sexual harassment
  13. Other disruptive behavior(s) not listed

 

Customary Consequences:

1st  offense            Warning by the administrator

2nd offense            3 days suspension from bus

3rd  offense            5 days suspension from bus

4th  offense            10 days suspension from bus

5th  offense            Long term bus suspension/ possible remainder of the school term

 

Fighting on the Bus/Bus Stop:

1st Offense-3 days OSS/3 days ISS and 6 days OFF BUS     3rd Offense-Same as 1st offense with 20 days OFF BUS

2nd Offense-Same as 1st offense with 10 days OFF BUS       4th Offense- Same as 1st offense with 40 days OFF BUS

 

(STAR may be substituted for OSS/ISS days)

 

 

 

 


Visitors:

When entering the school, please report to the receptionist in the office so we may assist in finding your destination. Visitor badges will be issued to all guests. We want everyone to feel welcomed, but we also want to keep our students and staff safe and preserve the integrity of the instructional program.  Students are not allowed to bring student visitors to school. This creates hardships on teachers and detracts from the instructional focus.

 

School Insurance:

                Parents wishing to purchase student accident insurance will have to enroll electronically. Please visit the school system website at www.crispschools.org and click on the link to the Markel Company. Also, a link will be posted on the Infinite Campus website.

 

Locks/Lockers:

Locks and lockers are provided by the school for students use for a rental fee of $5.00.  Only school issued locks may be used and lockers may not be shared.  Failure to return a lock at the end of the year will result in the assessment of a $5.00 fine.

 

Lost and Found:

Articles found anywhere on campus will be turned in to the main office where the owners may claim their property by identifying it.  Unclaimed clothes will be donated to a charitable organization at the end of the school year.

 

Fund Raising:

All fund-raising activities, on campus and off, must have approval of the group’s sponsor, the principal, and the Board of Education.

 

Telephone:

Students may not make general use of phones for personal calls.  All calls made during the school day will be made by school personnel or with permission.  Students are expected to take care of personal matters before arrival.  Possession and/or use of personal cell phones is prohibited.

 

 

 

 

After School Hours:

No student or visitor will be allowed in the school buildings after hours without supervision by school personnel.  Students who are waiting for transportation or who are participating in an after school activity should be in their designated area.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

 

Closing of School:

If school is unexpectedly closed for any reason, the local radio and television stations will broadcast this news as soon as such decisions are made.

 

Floral Deliveries:

It is always fun to receive flowers, balloons, or gifts at school on one’s birthday, and we want to continue that tradition at CCMS. In order to promote the safety of students and not interfere with the instructional program, the following guidelines should be followed:

  • Valentine’s Day deliveries will not be allowed five days prior to Valentine's Day, on Valentine's Day, and five days after Valentine's Day.
  • School affiliated organizations will not be permitted to sell or distribute balloons, floral products, gifts or other items common to the floral industry in regards to Valentine's Day. This does not include student card exchanges or administrative student recognition.
  • If birthdays are celebrated on or around Valentine's Day, the delivery must be related to the birthday and not to Valentine's Day.
  • For safety reasons, there will be no glass containers or balloons allowed on the buses.
  • All balloon bouquets must be bagged and tied securely.
  • Every day deliveries will be accepted under the same guidelines as previously stated. Deliveries must be brought to the school's office and will be given to the student at the end of the school day.

 

Medication & Injuries:

It is the desire of the school to be responsive to the needs of all students in order for them to have a more profitable school experience.  However, no school employee can accept the responsibility for administering any medication to a student except as provided by the Crisp County Board of Education policy and administrative procedure.  Our procedures are as follows:

  • A parent or guardian must sign a release form before school personnel administer any medication. These forms are available in the Guidance Office.
  • Prescription medications must be in the original prescription bottle with a clear label. These medications will be stored in a secure area and will only be administered by designated personnel.
  • Non-prescription medications require a standard release form to be signed by parent. These medications will be administered only by designated school personnel.
  • Treatment of minor injuries requiring first-aid will be provided by school staff.
  • Parents will be notified of all other injuries, fever, or any sickness that causes the child not to be able to participate in school activities. In this case, students should be picked up from school.
  • Students will not be given aspirin or Tylenol at school unless a parent has filed a release form and provided the medication.
  • Pain relievers and fever reducers such as Tylenol, Goody powders, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, etc. are considered over-the-counter drugs.

 

Clubs & Activities:

Students are encouraged to participate in school activities.  Research indicates that students who are involved in school activities achieve at a higher level and are more likely to stay in school.

  • Beta Club: See page 9 for details.
  • Art Club: Art Club meets once a week to provide students opportunities to work with different art mediums and to increase their knowledge and skill by working together. Students who enjoy art activities are encouraged to participate.
  • FBLA: Future Business Leaders of America meets twice a month, and anyone interested in computers and business are encouraged to participate.
  • Yearbook: Selected students are given the opportunity to work on the design of a school yearbook. Photographers, typists, and layout personnel are encouraged to become members of the annual staff.
  • Band: Band is offered in grades six, seven, and eight. Students attend band class every day during one connections period.  In addition, students participate in band festivals and perform for the student body and for community functions.  Students become proficient at reading music and playing one or more instruments.  Students should have their instruments by mid-term of the first nine weeks in order to remain in band.
  • Chorus: Chorus is offered to students in grades six, seven, and eight. Chorus students attend classes daily during one connection class period.  Chorus is designed to teach students proper choral tone and vocal techniques and to instruct singers in the reading and performance of choral music. Also, students are instructed in interpretive movement as related to music literature. In addition, chorus students give three concerts a year, participate in Georgia Music Educators large group performance evaluation, perform for students and community groups and are given the opportunity to audition for statewide choral ensembles.
  • Athletics: Crisp County Middle School offers cheerleading, football, basketball, track, softball, tennis, soccer, and baseball to its students. Students must meet academic eligibility criteria and have a physician-completed physical form to participate in competitive athletics.
  • Math Team: Students having a talent for math and who are interested in competitive mathematics activities are encourage to participate on the math team.
  • 4-H: Georgia 4-H meets once a month at school and offers activities and competitive events, while promoting an educational program. Special programs include livestock shows, consumer judging, and shooting sports. CCMS 4-H’ers get the chance to go on different trips in Georgia and to attend 4-H Camp in the summer.
  • Apple Dumpling Bunch: A young ladies’ organization committed to mentoring and community service.
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes: FCA is a faith-based organization that promotes ethics, sportsmanship, and community service.
  • FFA: The National FFA Organization (Future Farmers of America) is the largest youth organization with over 500,000 members in all 50 states. The organization is available for middle and high school students. The club meets once a month at school and participates in Career Development events, camps, conferences, and conventions. FFA is open to everyone, even if you do not have a background in agriculture.
  • Y-Club: Y-Club provide students in grades 6-8 a structured environment to develop leadership skills, understand civic responsibly, and enhance their community. The Y-Club purpose is to create, maintain and extend throughout the home, school and community high standards of Christian character.

 

 

 

School Sponsored Clubs / Parental Rights:

School sponsored clubs (excluding competitive interscholastic activities or events) are those under the sponsorship, direction, and control of the school that organize and meet for common goals, objectives, and purposes. State law requires that parents have the right to withhold permission for their students to participate in any school sponsored club or organization designated by them. The above-mentioned school sponsored clubs will be in operation during the school year. A list of club sponsors, planned activities, and club descriptions is available from the school office. You, as the parent/guardian, have the right to withhold in writing your permission for your student’s participation in any club or organization. If a club is added during the school year, you will be provided information on the club and your written permission will be required prior to your student’s participation.

 

Dances:

  • All school sponsored dances must be approved in advance by the administration.
  • Only students of Crisp County Middle School may attend dances.
  • Dances must conclude by 7:00 p.m., with exception of the Cougar Cotillion concluding at 8:00 p.m.
  • The standards of CCMS’s dress code must be followed at a minimum. The dress code may be stricter, as may be the case for the Cougar Cotillion.
  • Only students enrolled in the regular school program may purchase a dance ticket.
  • Students with chronic attendance (see page 4) and/or discipline issues (more than 1 per semester) are not eligible to attend the dance. Administrative discretion will be used after reviewing the severity of discipline infractions and attendance.
  • Tickets may be sold by school personnel only. Tickets may be sold in the main office before school and/or at some other designated area after school. Tickets will not be sold during regular school instructional hours.

 

Drug-Free Schools Policy:

Rationale: The foremost priority of the Crisp County School System is to provide a safe and secure environment for all students with deliberate consideration for the well-being and health of each individual. An appropriate learning climate must be established and maintained to ensure such an environment. Since alcohol and other drug use is illegal, addictive, and interferes with both effective learning and the healthy development of children and adolescents, the school has a fundamental legal and ethical obligation to prohibit drug use and to maintain a drug-free educational environment.

 

Requirements for Drug Curricula & Teacher Training:

The Crisp County School System offers students instructionally sound drug education units that are progressively reinforced from kindergarten through high school.  An appropriate grade level curriculum is measured by the following criteria:

  • Is well integrated with the traditional curricula;
  • Builds awareness of the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, and other mind altering drugs;
  • Contains a strong no-use image;
  • Sets positive standards of behavior for youth;
  • Contains current, accurate information;
  • Reveals health consequences from latest research;
  • Provides students multiple opportunities to build decision making and peer refusal skills;
  • Projects parents, teachers, and other authority figures as reasonable and supportive allies in the decision to remain drug free.

All teachers responsible for students’ instruction in the selected drug education curriculum shall be exposed to in-service training to include: a) essential information about drugs and their effects on physical growth development and emotional maturation, b) hands-on work with various exercises initially presented by a qualified resource person.

 

Definition of Illegal Drug Activity & Reporting Procedures:

A student shall not possess, sell, use, distribute, or be under the influence of any prohibited drug to include: alcohol, narcotic, depressant, stimulants, hallucinogens, amphetamines, barbiturates, or any intoxicants of any kind. Proper use of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a licensed physician shall not be considered a violation of this rule. This rule applies for all students when;

  1. on the school grounds before, during, and after school hours, or at any other time when the school is being used;
  2. off the school grounds while in attendance at a school activity or any event:
  3. off the school grounds while in attendance at school, and school sponsored function, or is otherwise subject to jurisdiction of school officials; or
  4. engaged in travel to and from school.

 

Procedures for Reporting Drug-Related Activity:

  1. Report the information to the school principal or his/her designated representative.
  2. Notify the student's parents or guardian.
  3. Notify police, if appropriate.
  4. School officials confer with student and parents to inform them of prescribed penalties.

 

Search and Seizure:

The school principal or his/her authorized representative may initiate a search if there is reasonable suspicion to believe that the search will reveal evidence that the student is in violation of the law or the rules of the school.  Searches based on reasonable grounds may proceed without hindrance or delay, but shall be conducted in a manner that is not excessively intrusive in light of the age and gender of the student. Random weapons searches and drug dog searches will be conducted throughout the year without prior announcement.

 

Procedures for Handling Drug Abuse Violations:

Student violators will be subject to penalties as prescribed by policy (see student suspension and due process).

 

Categorization of Drug Offenses:

Category I

Category II

Category III

smoking, dipping, chewing

Possession / use of counterfeit drugs, misuse of prescription drugs, controlled substances or paraphernalia (pipes, papers, etc.).

Distribution, sale, or attempted sale of alcohol, controlled substance (drugs, marijuana, etc.) or counterfeit drugs, or the distribution, sale, or attempted sale of controlled paraphernalia (pipes, papers, etc.), or possession or use of alcohol/controlled substance.

 

 

Restraint and Seclusion

      All Crisp County Schools support a positive approach with proactive strategies to address students with behavioral needs. Therefore, restraint and seclusion shall be used only when there seems to be an imminent risk of danger to the individual student or others. Restraint and seclusion shall be used as a last resort as an intervention choice. In the event that restraint or seclusion is used, the dignity, privacy, and safety of individuals shall be preserved. Restraint and seclusion shall be initiated only in situations that are identified as an emergency and shall be implemented only in a competent and responsible manner.

 

Non-Discrimination Policy:

It is the policy of the Crisp County Board of Education not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, marital status, age, native language, religion, creed, or handicap in educational programs and activities, admission to facilities or employment practices.  Inquiries regarding compliance with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and Title II of the Vocational Educational Amendments of 1976 may be directed to Dr. David Mims, Superintendent, of Crisp County Schools, P.O. Box 729, Cordele, GA 31010.  Injuries regarding compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 may be directed to Kristen Stokes, Director of Special Education, Crisp County Schools, P.O. Box 729, Cordele, GA.  31010.  Inquiries regarding compliance with the American Disabilities Act of 1990 may be directed to Kristen Stokes, Director of Special Education, Crisp County Schools, P. O. Box 729, Cordele, GA 31010.

 

Title I Family Engagement Policy Revised May 24, 2018

Purpose:

The Crisp County Board of Education affirms and assures the rights of parents and of children being served in activities funded by Title I the opportunity to participate in the design and implementation of these activities as prescribed in the 2001 re-authorization of ESEA.  Collaborative input into the design of Title I funded programs shall be solicited from parents, school councils, and school improvement steering committees on an annual basis.

Crisp County Middle School is dedicated to providing quality education for every student in our district. To accomplish this objective, the district will develop and maintain partnerships with parents/guardians and community members in Crisp County, Georgia.  By establishing and maintaining open lines of communication, we will expand and enhance learning opportunities for every child.

What is Parental Involvement?

Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities.  Parental Involvement supports the fact that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning by encouraging parents to actively be involved as full partners in their children’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision making and on advisory committees.

Parent Involvement in Developing Policy:

Crisp County Middle School will invite all parents and committee members, such as the School Council, which is comprised of parents, community members, educators, and the principal, in the joint development and revision of the parental involvement plan. This meeting is held annually, and the participants discuss the design and implementation of the Parent and Family Engagement Policy.

Annual Title I Meeting

Crisp County Middle School will hold an annual meeting to provide parents and community information about Title I, Parent and Family Engagement Policy, Home/School Compacts, Parent Involvement budget, and school-wide plan.  All parents will be provided a copy of the Parent and Family Engagement Policy, Home/School Compact, and a parent involvement survey. Additionally, information presented at the annual meeting will be posted on the school webpage. Parents are encouraged to visit the school to gain information, actively volunteer, and attend other parent meetings and events. The school will welcome parent ideas and suggestions.

Home/School Compacts

In accordance with Title I regulations, and on an annual basis, Crisp County Middle School will work jointly with parents and teachers to develop and revise a Home/School Compact. The compact outlines how parents, students, and staff share responsibility for promoting high student achievement. The compact is designed so that the student, his/her parent, and school representative can sign the document. Teachers will review this compact with parent/guardian at their annual conference.

Building Capacity for Parent Involvement

Crisp County Middle School will build the capacity for strong parental involvement by providing assistance to parents in understanding such topics as:

  • Georgia Milestones·Georgia Standards of Excellence and Georgia Performance Standards·The requirements of Title I Part A·How to monitor their child’s progress·How to work with educators to improve the achievement of their child

 

Crisp County Middle School will foster parental involvement by providing materials and training such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to help parents to improve their student’s academic achievement. Crisp County Middle School will educate teachers, staff, and principals on the value and utility of the contributions of parents. Ideas for reaching out to and communicating with parents as equal partners will be explored. Crisp County Middle School will coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs that teach parents how to help their child/children at home. The school will provide resources that encourage and support parents in fully participating in the education of their student(s). Crisp County Middle School will ensure that information related to school and parent programs is provided in a format and language understandable to all parent/guardians.

Accessibility to Parent Involvement Opportunities

Crisp County Middle School shall provide full opportunities for the participation of parents of children with limited English proficiency, parents of children with disabilities, and parents of migrant children. Information and reports will be provided in a format, to the extent practical, in a language that parents can understand.

Shared Responsibility for High Student Achievement

Crisp County Middle School parents will support their child’s learning by adhering to the Home/School Compact.  Students will share responsibility for improving their academic achievement by following the Home/School Compact.

Crisp County Middle School will provide high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet Georgia academic standards.

¨Curriculum alignment through Georgia Standards of Excellence/GPS¨Student Progress Monitoring¨Technological support of student achievement through SRI, portable and stationary computer labs, Extended Learning Time, and more.

Crisp County Middle School will hold annual parent/teacher conferences:

¨Staff will be available for parent conferencing¨Staff will schedule face to face meetings with the parents of each student at least annually¨Staff will discuss the roles and responsibilities of students, teachers, and parents as addressed in the Home/School Compact when conferencing with parents¨Teachers will regularly communicate by email, progress reports, report cards, and/or phone calls

Crisp County Middle School will provide parents with frequent reports on their child’s progress. Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:

¨Progress Reports at 4 week intervals¨Report Cards each nine weeks¨Parent Portal Access to all grades, assignments, and EOG assessments¨Results of RI Assessments¨Results of all Standardized Tests

Parent Involvement Opportunities

Crisp County Middle School will support varied ways of parental involvement as it strives to develop and maintain an optimum learning environment for all students. Parents may contribute through volunteer programs including:

¨Open House¨Parent/Teacher Conferences¨School Council Meetings¨Parent Workshops/Meetings¨School Fundraisers¨Holiday Food Drive¨Fine Arts Programs¨Field Trips¨Family Nights in Each Academic Area

School/Parent Communication

Crisp County Middle School will communicate with parents through available sources, such as:

¨Agendas¨School Website¨District Website¨Email¨Phone Calls¨Parent Portal¨Notices sent home with student¨Cordele Dispatch Newspaper¨WSST-TV Announcements

Annual Evaluation

Crisp County Middle School will evaluate the success of the Parent and Family Engagement Policy annually through the following methods:

¨Parent surveys¨Student surveys¨Sign-in sheets for committee meetings¨Feedback from parent meetings

Revision

The Crisp County Middle School Parent and Family Engagement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed upon with, parents of children participating in the Title I program as evidenced by meeting minutes.

The Parent and Family Engagement Policy will be distributed, to all parents of participating Title I students and community stakeholders by Crisp County Middle School, in a variety of ways, including:

¨School’s website¨Front Office of Main Building¨Front Office of Den One¨Guidance Office¨Resource Center

 

School Council:

School councils have been established for all public schools in Crisp County. School councils are comprised of two parent representatives, two business representatives, two teacher representatives and the school principal. School councils are designed to serve in an advisory capacity to the school’s administration.

 

Parents Right to Know Notification:

                As a parent of a student at Crisp County Middle School, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child.  Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teachers, and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it.  Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:

  • Whether the Georgia Department of Education has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches.
  • Whether the Georgia Department of Education has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified 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’ aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child, and, if they do, their qualifications.

 

Directory Information:

Crisp County School System has determined the following information to be “Directory Information” and may be distributed to military recruiters, post secondary institutions, potential employers, and printed in booklets/ brochures regarding awards and or student recognition: Student’s name, address, and telephone listing

  • Date and place of birth
  • Dates of attendance, previous school attended
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Awards received, diplomas awarded
  • Participation in activities and sports

A parent or guardian who desires that the school district not release any or all of the directory information about a student without prior written consent must notify the school district to that effect in writing no later than the fourth Monday after school begins, or the fourth Monday after the student registers for school.  The request should be addressed to:

Crisp County Middle School - 1116 East 24th Avenue - Cordele, GA 31015

 

Student Internet Appropriate Use Regulations:

The Crisp County School System provides technology and Internet access for students and faculty to use for educational purposes only.  Site restricting software and procedures compliant with the "Child Internet Protection Act of 2000" (CIPA) are in place to reduce access to inappropriate web sites and ensure the safety of our users, but the ultimate responsibility for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources belongs to parents. To that end, the Crisp County School System supports and respects each family’s right to decide whether or not to allow their child's access to these resources.  Please review the following guidelines with your child. 

·         Acceptable Use: Access to the school’s Internet is provided for educational purposes and research consistent with the school system’s educational mission and goals.

·         Privileges: The use of the school system’s Internet is a privilege, not a right.  Inappropriate use may result in the cancellation of those privileges.

  • Unacceptable Use: The user is responsible for all his/her actions and activities involving the network. Examples of prohibited conduct include but are not limited to the following:
  1. Accessing, sending, or posting materials or communications that are damaging to another’s reputation
  2. Abusive
  3. Obscene
  4. Sexually oriented
  1. Threatening
  2. Illegal;
  3. Harassing , or
  1. Contrary to the school’s policy on harassment using the network for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other contracts or transmitting any material in violation of U.S. and State regulation;
  2. Copying or downloading copyrighted material on any system connected to the School System’s hardware/software without the owner’s permission;
  3. Copying or downloading copyrighted material for the student’s own use without the owner’s permission;
  4. Using the network for private financial or commercial gain;
  5. Wastefully using resources;
  6. Utilizing any software having the purpose of damaging the school unit’s system or other user’s system;
  7. Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities;
  8. Invading the privacy of individuals;
  9. Using another user’s account or password;
  10. Posting material authorized or created by another without his/her consent;
  11. Posting anonymous messages;
  12. Using the network for commercial or private advertising;
  13. Forging of electronic mail messages;
  14. Attempting to read, delete, copy or modify the electronic mail of other system users and deliberately interfering with the ability of other system users to send/receive electronic mail;
  15. Using the network while access privileges are suspended or revoked; and
  16. Using the network in a fashion inconsistent with directions from teachers and other staff and generally accepted network etiquette.

       Staff Supervision: When in the course of their duties staff members become aware of student violation of this policy, they should correct the student and address the matter in accordance with this procedure and the Board of Education’s general disciplinary policies and procedures.

      Compensation: The student and or the student’s parents/legal guardian shall be responsible for compensating the school system for any losses, costs, or damages incurred by the school system relating to or arising out of any student violation of these procedures.

      Security: Network security is a high priority.  If the student identifies or perceives a security problem or a breech of these responsibilities on the Internet, the user must notify the teacher or appropriate staff.  The student must not demonstrate the problem to other student users.

      Vandalism: Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges and other disciplinary action.  Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy the school unit’s equipment or materials, data of another student, the Internet network, or agency.  This includes but is not limited to the uploading or creation of computer viruses. Students may commit a criminal or system offense. Accountability: Students must understand and abide by the above terms and conditions for Internet use.  Any violation of the regulations above is unethical and should a violation be committed, access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action may be taken, and appropriate legal action may be taken.

 

Translation Services:
                The Crisp County Board of Education has a Spanish interpreter available for translation services.  For more information, please contact the Crisp County Board of Education by calling (229) 276-3400.

 

Servicios de Traducción:

El tablero quebradizo del condado de la educación tiene un intérprete español disponible para los servicios de traducción.  Para más información, entre en contacto con por favor el tablero quebradizo del condado de la educación llamando (229) 276-3400.

 

 

Notice of Rights of Students and Parents Under Section 504

 

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, commonly referred to as “section 504,” is a nondiscrimination statute enacted by the United States Congress. The purpose of Section 504 is to prohibit discrimination and to ensure that disabled students have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to non-disabled students.

 

For more information regarding Section 504, or if you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact your local system’s 504 coordinator at the following address:

 

Kristen Stokes, 504 Director

Crisp County School System

201 South 7th Street

Cordele, Georgia 31015

 

The implementing regulations for Section 504 as set out in 34 CFR Part 104 provide parents and/or students with the following rights:

 

  1. Your child has the right to an appropriate education designed to meet his or her individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of non-disabled students. (34 CFR 104.33)
  2. Your child has the right to free educational services except for those fees that are imposed on non-disabled students or their parents. Insurers and similar third parties who provide services not operated by or provided by the recipient are not relieved from an otherwise valid obligation to provide or pay for services provided to a disabled student. (34 CFR 104.33)
  3. Your child has a right to participate in an educational setting (academic and nonacademic) with non-disabled students to the maximum extent appropriate to his or her needs. (34 CFR 104.34)
  4. Your child has a right to facilities, services, and activities that are comparable to those provided for non-disabled students. (34 CFR 140.34)
  5. Your child has a right to an evaluation prior to Section 504 determination of eligibility. (34 CFR 104.35)
  6. You have the right to not consent to the school system’s request to evaluate your child. (34 CFR 104.35)
  7. You have the right to ensure that evaluation procedures, which may include testing, conform to the requirements of 34 CFR 104.35.
  8. You have the right to ensure that the school system will consider information from a variety of sources as appropriate, which may include aptitude tests, grades, teacher recommendations and observations, physical conditions, social or cultural background, medical records, and parental recommendations. (34 CFR 104.35)
  9. You have the right to ensure that placement decisions are made by a group of persons, including persons knowledgeable about your child, the meaning of the evaluation data, the placement options, and the legal requirements for least restrictive environment and comparable facilities. (34 CFR 104.35)
  10. If your child is eligible under Section 504, your child has a right to periodic reevaluations, including prior to any subsequent significant change of placement. (34 CFR 103.35)
  11. You have the right to notice prior to any actions by the school system regarding the identification, evaluation, or placement of your child. (34 CFR 104.36)
  12. You have the right to examine your child’s educational records. (34 CFR 103.36)
  13. You have the right to an impartial hearing with respect to the schools system’s actions regarding your child’s identification, evaluation, or educational placement, with opportunity for parental participation in the hearing and representation by an attorney. (34 CFR 104.36)

14 You have the right to receive a copy of this notice and a copy of the school system’s impartial hearing procedure upon request. (34 CFR 104.36)

  1. If you disagree with the decision of the impartial hearing officer (school board members and other district employees are not considered impartial hearing officers), you have a right to a review of that decision according to the school system’s impartial hearing procedure. (34 CFR 104.36)
  2. You have the right to, at any time, file a complaint with the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

 

                                     

 

Section 504 Procedural Safeguards

 

  1. Overview: Any student or parent or guardian ("grievant") may request an impartial hearing due to the school system's actions or inactions regarding your child's identification, evaluation, or educational placement under Section 504. Requests for an impartial hearing must be in writing to the school system's Section 504 Coordinator; however, a grievant's failure to request a hearing in writing does not alleviate the school system's obligation to provide an impartial hearing if the grievant orally requests an impartial hearing through the school system's Section 504 Coordinator. The school system's Section 504 Coordinator will assist the grievant in completing the written Request for Hearing.
  2. Hearing Request: The Request for the Hearing must include the following:
  3. The name of the student.
  4. The address of the residence of the student.
  5. The name of the school the student is attending.
  6. The decision that is the subject of the hearing.
  7. The requested reasons for review.
  8. The proposed remedy sought by the grievant.
  9. The name and contact information of the grievant.

Within 10 business days from receiving the grievant's Request for Hearing, the Section 504 Coordinator will acknowledge the Request for Hearing in writing and schedule a time and place for a hearing. If the written Request for Hearing does not contain the necessary information noted above, the Section 504 Coordinator will inform the grievant of the specific information needed to complete the request. All timelines and processes will be stayed until the Request for Hearing contains the necessary information noted above.

  1. Mediation: The school system may offer mediation to resolve the issues detailed by the grievant in his or her Request for Hearing. Mediation is voluntary and both the grievant and school system must agree to participate. The grievant may terminate the mediation at any time. If the mediation is terminated without an agreement, the school system will follow the procedures for conducting an impartial hearing without an additional Request for Hearing.
  2. Hearing Procedures:
  3. The Section 504 Coordinator will obtain an impartial review official who will conduct a hearing within 45

      calendar days from the receipt of the grievant's Request for Hearing unless agreed to otherwise by the grievant

      or a continuance is granted by the impartial review official.

  1. Upon a showing of good cause by the grievant or school system, the impartial review official, at his or her

      discretion, may grant a continuance and set a new hearing date. The request for a continuance must be in writing  

      and copied to the other party.

  1. The grievant will have an opportunity to examine the child's educational records prior to the hearing.
  2. The grievant will have the opportunity to be represented by legal counsel at his or her own expense at the hearing

      and participate, speak, examine witnesses, and present information at the hearing. If the grievant is to be     

      represented by legal counsel at the hearing, he or she must inform the Section 504 Coordinator of that fact in

     writing at least 10 calendar days prior to the hearing. Failure to notify the Section 504 Coordinator in writing of

      representation by legal counsel shall constitute good cause for continuance of the hearing.

  1. The grievant will have the burden of proving any claims he or she may assert. When warranted by circumstances or law, the impartial hearing officer may require the recipient to defend its position/decision regarding the claims (i.e. A recipient shall place a disabled student in the regular educational environment operated by the recipient unless it is demonstrated by the recipient that the education of the person in the regular environment with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily. 34 C.F.R.§ 104.34). One or more representatives of the school system, who may be an attorney, will attend the hearing to present the evidence and witnesses, respond to the grievant testimony and answer questions posed by the review official.
  2. The impartial review official shall not have the power to subpoena witnesses, and the strict rules of evidence shall not apply to hearings. The impartial review official shall have the authority to issue pre-hearing instructions, which may include requiring the parties to exchange documents and names of witnesses to be present.
  3. The impartial review official shall determine the weight to be given any evidence based on its reliability and probative value.
  4. The hearing shall be closed to the public.
  5. The issues of the hearing will be limited to those raised in the written or oral request for the hearing.
  6. Witnesses will be questioned directly by the party who calls them. Cross-examination of witnesses will be allowed. The impartial review official, at his or her discretion, may allow further examination of witnesses or ask questions of the witnesses.
  7. Testimony shall be recorded by court reporting or audio recording at the expense of the recipient. All documentation related to the hearing shall be retained by the recipient.
  8. Unless otherwise required by law, the impartial review official shall uphold the action of school system unless the

        grievant can prove that a preponderance of the evidence supports his or her claim.

  1. Failure of the grievant to appear at a scheduled hearing unless prior notification of absence was provided and

       approved by the impartial review official or just cause is shown shall constitute a waiver of the right to a personal   

       appearance before the impartial review official.

  1. Decision: The impartial review official shall issue a written determination within 20 calendar days of the date the hearing concluded. The determination of the impartial review official shall not include any monetary damages or the award of any attorney's fees.
  2. Review: If not satisfied with the decision of the impartial review official, any party may pursue any right of review, appeal, cause of action or claim available to them under the law or existing state or federal rules or regulations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is the policy of Crisp County Board of Education not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, marital status, age, native language, religion, creed, or handicap in educational programs and activities, admission to facilities or employment practice

 

 

 

Affirmations – Agenda Copy

 

  • My child and I have read and understand Crisp County Middle School’s student handbook. We have discussed discipline, dress code, and Crisp County BOE policies regarding the maintenance of a learning environment free from weapons and drugs.
  • I give my permission for my child to be named and photographed and/or videotaped in connection with daily school activities for the purpose of news releases, reporting, professional development, and for publication on the school’s web-site.
  • I give my permission for qualified school personnel to administer vision and hearing screening tests and/or behavioral assessments to my child.
  • My child has my permission to participate in all field trips sponsored and organized by CCMS unless I send notification stating otherwise.
  • I have read and understand the school system’s policy concerning promotion and retention of students.
  • I have read and understand my rights to participate in the evaluation and revision of Title I activities/policies.
  • I have read and understand the school system’s policy concerning the release of directory information.
  • I have read and understand the school system’s “Acceptable Use Policy” concerning the appropriate and inappropriate uses of the school system’s technological resources and give my child permission to use Internet resources at school.
  • I have read and understand the school’s cell phone/electronic device policy.
  • I have read and understand the Title I Family Engagement Policy.

 

 

Students’ Name: __________________________

 

Students’ Signature: _______________________

 

Parent’s Signature: ________________________

 

Date: ___________________________________

 

 

This page must be signed and will remain in the student’s agenda.

 

 

 

Affirmations – Copy to be Filed by Homeroom Teacher

 


  • My child and I have read and understand Crisp County Middle School’s student handbook. We have discussed discipline and the dress code as well as Crisp County BOE policies regarding the maintenance of a learning environment free from weapons and drugs.
  • I give my permission for my child to be named and photographed and/or videotaped in connection with daily school activities for the purpose of news releases, reporting, professional development, and for publication on the school’s web-site.
  • I give my permission for qualified school personnel to administer vision and hearing screening tests and/or behavioral assessments to my child.
  • My child has my permission to participate in all field trips sponsored and organized by CCMS unless I send notification stating otherwise.
  • I have read and understand the school system’s policy concerning promotion and retention of students.
  • I have read and understand my rights to participate in the evaluation and revision of Title I activities/policies.
  • I have read and understand the school system’s policy concerning the release of directory information.
  • I have read and understand the school system’s “Acceptable Use Policy” concerning the appropriate and inappropriate uses of the school system’s technological resources and give my child permission to use Internet resources at school.
  • I have read and understand the school’s cell phone/electronic device policy.
  • I have read and understand the Title I Family Engagement Policy.

 

Students’ Name: __________________________

 

Students’ Signature: _______________________

 

Parent’s Signature: ________________________

 

Date: ___________________________________

 

This duplicate page should be signed and returned to homeroom teachers to keep on file.