• WELCOME 

    Dear Students and Parents,

    Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! At Cartersville Elementary School, WE BELIEVE in Character, rElationships, and Success. CES enjoys a history of providing students with a rich academic learning experience. With a dedicated teaching staff, rigorous academic expectations, and high quality programs, services, and support, I am confident that CES provides students with the knowledge and skills need for the world in which they will inherent. With parent and community support, we will ensure that the students of CES will be successful, productive members of society. Cartersville City School District prides itself on a long tradition of excellence in education and Cartersville Elementary School expects nothing less for our young Canes.

    Our system theme, “A Tradition of Excellence – Making it Personal” is our commitment to ensuring that the students of CES receive a quality education. The teachers and I are not only committed to our students’ academic success, but will also provide students with opportunities to demonstrate qualities of character. We believe in teaching the whole child to best prepare them for a prosperous future. Working together, we will accomplish great things for our students and community. We will prepare our students for the challenges of progress and change through development of the skills necessary to become lifelong learners in order that they may live successful and productive lives. We value your involvement in your child’s education. Please visit our school to experience the impact that CES is making towards your child’s academic success. We also invite you to join our wonderful PTC.

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns. Working together, we can make our school an even better place for students to grow and learn.

    Believe,

    Melissa Bates

    Principal, CES

    WE BELIEVE IN CES…

    CHARACTER

    RELATIONSHIPS

    SUCCESS

    INTRODUCTION

    Accreditation

    Cartersville Elementary School is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Cartersville City School System has “District SACS CASI Accreditation as a Quality School System.”

    APTT

    Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT) is a model of family engagement that is grounded in the notion that schools can thrive when families and teachers work together, as genuine partners, to maximize student learning inside and outside of school.

    CES Mission Statement

    The mission of Cartersville Elementary School is to educate students to become knowledgeable, emotionally stable, responsible students who are prepared to meet life’s challenges.

    CES Motto

    WE BELIEVE IN CES…

    CHARACTER

     RELATIONSHIPS

    SUCCESS

    CES Handbook Requirements

    Each student at Cartersville Elementary School will receive a copy, at no charge, of the Cartersville Elementary School Student-Parent Handbook. Students and parents are expected to be familiar with policies, rules, and regulations of Cartersville Elementary School, the Cartersville School System and to be supportive of and abide by all rules/policies. If lost or stolen, an additional copy of this handbook can be obtained in the Main Office for $5.00.

    Visit the System Website

    Students and parents are encouraged to visit the system and school websites on a regular basis to keep well informed of pertinent information, announcements and events. Links to all schools are on the system web site. Website information can also be translated into a variety of language on the web site with one click. www.cartersvilleschools.org.

    ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES

    In order to receive maximum benefit from instructional activities, students are expected to be in school each day on time unless excused as provided by Georgia law.

    To be considered present, a student must be in attendance for at least 4 hours of the school day. Students that do not meet this requirement will be absent for the day.

    A student is tardy when the student is not in the classroom ready to learn when the school day begins.

    A check-out occurs when a student leaves school before the end of the school day.

    The following constitute legally excused absences, tardies, or checkouts from school with proper documentation:

    1. Personal illness.
    2. A serious illness or death in a student’s immediate family.
    3. Religious holidays that require absence from school.
    4. Pre-induction physical examinations for military service.
    5. Court order, court subpoena or other required court appearance.
    6. Voter registration.
    7. Visitation with a parent or legal guardian in the armed services who is called to duty or is on leave from overseas deployment in accordance with (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-692.1)
    8. Conditions rendering school attendance impossible or hazardous to student’s health or safety.
    9. Or any other absence not explicitly defined herein but deemed by the school board to merit based on circumstances.

    An absence, tardy, or check-out for any other reason is unexcused. For example, family vacations, traffic, missing the bus, oversleeping, car trouble, personal convenience, or family emergencies without proper documentation are not valid reasons for absences, tardies or check-outs.

    Three (3) unexcused tardies, three (3) unexcused check-outs or any combination of the two shall constitute one (1) unexcused absence.

    Very Important – Please Review Carefully!!!!!

    If a student has more than five (5) unexcused absences in a school year, the parents are subject to the following penalties under Georgia’s Compulsory Attendance Law:

    • A fine between $25 and $100 for each unexcused absence over five (5);
    • up to 30 days of jail time for each unexcused absence over five (5);
    • community service; or
    • any combination of these penalties

    Documentation: In order for an absence, tardy or check-out to be excused, proper documentation must be submitted promptly and no more than three (3) days after the student returns to school. An example of proper documentation is a doctor note, dentist note, court order or subpoena, or an obituary.

    Parent Notes: A parent may submit parent notes to explain up to four (4) days of student absences each semester. Whether the absence is excused or unexcused will be determined based on this Attendance Procedure. If the student is out for more than two (2) consecutive days due to illness, a medical excuse will be required. All parent notes must be submitted promptly and no more than three (3) days after the student returns to school.

    Family Vacations: Family vacations are not excused absences, based upon State Board of Education Rules.

    Service as Page of the General Assembly: A student who serves as a Page of the General Assembly shall be counted present and not absent on the day of service.

    Children in Foster Care: A student who attends court proceedings related to his or her foster care shall be counted present and not absent for any day or portion of the day missed from school.

    Field Trips or Other Activities: A student who is participating in a school approved field trip, school approved event, or school approved program shall be counted present and not absent for any day or portion of the day missed from school.

    Driver’s Permit or License: A student under 18 who wishes to obtain a driver’s permit or license must be enrolled and not under suspension from school.

    Custodians and Guardians: In this Attendance Procedure, the word “parent” shall also include legal custodians, guardians, or anyone else who has control or charge of a child.

    Notification of Absences: When a student has three (3) unexcused absences for any reason and when a student has five (5) unexcused absences for any reason, the school will make reasonable attempts to notify the parents, which may include notification by first class mail or routine absence contact. 

    Consequences of More Than Five (5) Unexcused Absences: If a student has more than five (5) unexcused absences, the parent and/or student may be required to attend an Attendance Support Team meeting. The parent and/or student may also be subject to referrals to the School Social Worker, Juvenile Court, Magistrate Court and/or the Department of Family and Children Services for truancy and/or educational neglect.

    Acknowledgement of Receipt: All students 10 years or older by September 1 and all parents shall sign the Acknowledgement Form at the end of this handbook which verifies that they have received a copy of this Attendance Procedure and are aware of the possible consequences and penalties for violating the Georgia Compulsory Attendance Law.

    For Additional Information: If you have any questions about the Attendance Procedures, please contact your student’s school. You may also review O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690.1 through O.C.G.A. § 20-2-694, Georgia State Board of Education Rule 160-5-1-.10 and the Attendance Protocol adopted by the Cartersville-Bartow County Student Attendance Protocol Committee.

    Arrival To School

    School hours for Cartersville Elementary School are from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Children must not be dropped off prior to 7:00 a.m. All students arriving prior to 7:10 a.m. should report to designated areas. Students will be dismissed from the designated areas to proceed down the hallways in an orderly manner to their homeroom class. After 7:30 a.m. all students and parents must use the Main Entrance. 

    Car Riders Arrival

    Parents wishing to transport their children to and from school by automobile are asked to observe school hours of 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The school doors will not open before 7:00 a.m. and all children should be picked up by 2:50 p.m. Car riders must use the oval drive in front of the school, facing Old Mill Road, for arrival and departure. The side entrance is for bus loading only.

    DO NOT USE THE PARKING LOT TO DROP OFF STUDENTS; IT IS NOT SAFE FOR STUDENTS TO CROSS FROM THE PARKING LOT.

    Late Arrivals

    Students are expected to be in their classrooms at 7:30 a.m. and are considered tardy after that time. Students arriving to school after 7:30 a.m. should report to the center foyer to get a tardy note before going to his/her classroom. A student arriving late in the classroom is at risk of missing important information as the day is begun. Late arrivals are disruptive to the instructional program for all students

    Early Sign-Out

    If a student leaves before the end of the school day, a parent or guardian must come to the office and sign the student out. This should be done only in the case of emergencies or when the child is sick or has a doctor’s appointment. Parents should be prepared to show a picture ID. Instruction continues throughout the school day until dismissal at 2:30 p.m. Checking a student out prior to the end of the school day results in loss of instructional time. Students should not be signed out after 2:00 p.m.

    Student Departure From School

    If a child has any change in normal transportation routine, please notify the child’s teacher in writing on the morning of the change. If we do not receive written notification, the teacher will follow the normal procedure at the end of the school day.

    Upon dismissal from school, children are not to linger in the halls or remain on the school grounds. They must report to the holding area if parents have not arrived or if buses are late. Walking/bicycle riding students are expected to go directly home upon dismissal. Please refrain from calling the school office about dismissal plans unless there is an emergency that forces a change in plans. It is our policy to release children ONLY to parents or legal guardians unless otherwise notified in writing. Transportation changes WILL NOT be accepted by phone.

    CHILDREN SHOULD BE WARNED AND CAUTIONED AGAINST TALKING TO OR ACCEPTING GIFTS OR RIDES FROM STRANGERS.

    Car Riders Dismissal

    Parents who come to school to pick up children in the afternoons are asked to adhere strictly to the following safety guidelines:

    1. ONLY buses may use the side entrance that faces CPS.
    2. Students should be picked up by 2:50. Parents of all students not picked up by 2:50 p.m. will be subject to a daily fee for child care. Children left at CES after 2:50 will be enrolled at CPS after school program and the daily drop-in fees will be charged. 
    3. Use the three lanes provided in the oval drive in front of the school for loading students.
    4. Pull up as far as possible to allow for additional cars to enter from the street.
    5. DO NOT USE THE PARKING LOT TO PICK UP STUDENTS; IT IS NOT SAFE FOR STUDENTS TO CROSS.
    6. The pick-up area will be supervised. Please adhere to instructions from Cartersville Elementary School staff and supervisors.

    After School Care

    Parents may elect to enroll CES students in the after school program at CPS. Enrollment and payments are handled by the staff at CPS.

    Messages For Students

    The office staff appreciates parents limiting messages to students to a minimum. Emergencies arise, and we are happy to help out in such cases, but daily requests for messages about lunch, homework, keys, etc. are time consuming and disruptive to the other children in the classroom. Every child should know daily what the afternoon plans for his/her family are and whether he/she should ride the bus or be a car rider. Plans should be made in advance for contingencies such as bad weather.

    Outstanding Attendance

    Students who maintain outstanding attendance for the entire year will be recognized at the end of the year with a certificate. Students must meet the following criteria: Absent two (2) or less days for the entire year.

    Perfect Attendance

    Students who have perfect attendance for the school year will receive a Perfect Attendance Certificate. (No Absences)

    ACADEMICS

    Grading

    Teachers have the complete responsibility and authority to assign grades to each student based upon work done in the class or subject area and assessments given to measure mastery and understanding of content. Administrators and support personnel cannot change a student’s grade as assigned by a teacher.

    The following grading system will be in effect for all classes. Reading, language arts, math, social studies, science, music, art, health and physical education will be graded as follows:

    A 90 - 100 B 80-89 C 70 - 79 F 69 and below

    Grade 3-12 parents can log on to PowerSchool and see the most up-to-date grade progress of their student at any time.

    Honor Roll

    There will be two HONOR ROLLS:

    1. A’s in academics
    2. A’s or B’s in academics

    Homework Policy

    Homework is given on a regular basis Monday-Thursday. It may be assigned written work, work that needs to be completed from that day, or simply studying for an upcoming quiz or test. Except for projects, homework is usually not assigned on weekends.

    It is the student’s responsibility to write down their assignments, get them completed and turn in the work the next day. Teachers will notify parents when students do not turn in assignments on a regular basis.

    If your child does not have much homework, it is always a good idea to spend 30 minutes reading or reviewing math facts!

    Make-Up Assignments

    If your child has an excused absence from school for just one day, he/she may complete all assignments upon return; please do not call for make-up work. If your child has an excused absence for more than one day, you may request assignments early. Please phone the school early in the day, and the teacher(s) will make a list of assignments and get the necessary books together. You may then pick up the work in the office after 2:30 p.m. Our policy is that children with absences have the same number of days they were out plus one to turn in all makeup work.

    Promotion and Retention

    The school principal has the final responsibility and authority to determine the promotion/retention/placement decisions regarding each student. Such decisions are based upon criteria established by the school. The Central Office, School Board, Superintendent, nor his/her staff has any authority to make or change grades, promotion, retention, or placement decisions of any student.

    Cartersville Elementary will employ a point system in determining promotion, placement, or retention of students. Student progress shall be evaluated using a system based primarily on points earned for achievement in course work. Also, Georgia Milestones Assessment System ELA and math scores and attendance will be considered. Teacher recommendation will be an important consideration in the promotion, retention, or placement of students as well.

    AWARDS

    Various awards are given to students throughout the school year.

    • Honor Roll
    • Attendance
    • Character Counts monthly awards based on the pillars of character.
    • The DARE Award is given to one 5th grade student who has exhibited outstanding citizenship, leadership and service. Fifth grade teachers vote to determine the recipient.
    • Various civic organizations offer awards in academic subjects to 5th grade students who have the highest average in those designated subject areas.
    • Various “in class” awards may be given at all grade levels at teacher discretion.
    • The Optimist Award is given to a 5th grade student based on teacher nomination and selection.
    • Star Student recognizes outstanding students who are nominated by the certified staff each nine weeks.
    • Positive Behavior Instructional Support (PBIS) awards are given throughout the year as positive recognition for appropriate behavior. Recognition for students who are infraction free all year will be given near the end of the school year.

    CLASSROOM PARTIES

    Class parties, with parent assistance, will be allowed based on school policy.

    Birthday parties will not be held. However should a parent want to bring a treat for their child’s birthday, these will be distributed during snack time or recess. Please bring enough for all students in a class.

    School-wide parties are limited to the following:

    • Fall Party
    • Friendship
    • Winter Holiday Party
    • End of the Year Party

    Party refreshments will consist of a beverage and cookie or cupcake. Extravagant parties are discouraged. Any deviations from the normal school day must be cleared with the principal’s office. This includes “surprise” parties/activities, etc.

    CHANGE OF ADDRESS

    It is critical that ALL parents keep the school abreast of any change of address and telephone number(s). Falsifying an address or using an address for the purpose of school enrollment or continued enrollment is illegal in Georgia (O.C.G.A. 16-10-20) and is subject to prosecution.

    CHILD CUSTODY

    Parents/guardians must indicate who can/cannot pick their child up from school. Official copies of custody papers must be on file in the office in those instances where one parent may not have legal permission to pick up or see a child at school. It is the parent’s responsibility to update/notify the school office of any changes in custody that may occur during the school year.

    COMMUNICATION

    Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT)

    Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT) is a model of family engagement that is grounded in the notion that schools can thrive when families and teachers work together, as genuine partners, to maximize student learning inside and outside of school. The model is research-based and aligns grade-level learning concepts, student performance data, and family-teacher communication and collaboration. The APTT model supplements and elevates the efforts of traditional parent conferences by expanding opportunities for families and teachers to collaborate. The format creates a systematic pathway for teachers to share grade-level information, tools, and strategies that families can apply at home and in the community to accelerate student learning. By implementing APTT, schools take responsibility for engaging in a collaborative process to build strong relationships with their students’ families and to empower those families to make concrete contributions to student growth and achievement.

    Parents are free to request a conference at any time during the school year when you have questions or concerns. You may request a conference by calling or e-mailing the teacher. We ask that you do not drop in unannounced as teachers may be unable to give you the time and attention you need. Our goal is to keep you informed about your child’s progress and to increase communication among parents, businesses, the school and the community.

    Email

    Website

    Powerschool

    Newsletter

    School Announcement System

    CURRENT PHONE NUMBER

    Parents must supply the school with current working phone numbers in case a situation arises at school in which the parent must be contacted. These numbers are kept confidential.

    DELIVERIES TO STUDENTS

    Deliveries of packages, flowers, balloons, cards, etc., may not be made to students during class hours.

    DRESS CODE

    All students are expected to be neat, clean, and appropriately dressed for all school activities. Clothing and appearance should not distract from the instructional program. Good judgment should be a key word. Please note the following guidelines:

    • Shoes must be worn at all times. Sandals are allowed; flip flops and high heels are discouraged.
    • Halter tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, see-through clothing, and clothing which shows the midriff are not permitted.
    • Shorts are acceptable provided they are not too short.
    • Jogging shorts, lycra-spandex cycling shorts and swim wear are not permitted.
    • Hats and other head coverings are not to be worn in the building.
    • Articles of clothing which advertise or display the symbols of drugs, tobacco products or alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
    • Clothing which displays obscene language or symbols is not permitted.
    • Emblems, insignia, badges or other symbols, which unreasonably distract students or disrupt the operation of the school, are prohibited.
    • Students should avoid extreme hairstyles and colors which may distract from learning.
    • All clothing must be worn in the manner in which it was intended to be worn.
    • Belts must be worn if pants/shorts are oversized.
    • Students should wear athletic shoes in P.E. (ex. tennis/running/sport shoes).
    • Shoes that contain roller devices are not permitted.

    Administration reserves the right to determine if items of clothing or student appearance are too casual, too revealing or too distracting. In the event of an infringement of the dress code, parents may be called to bring appropriate clothing.

    DOOR SAFETY

    For the safety of your child, all outside doors remain locked all day. All parents and visitors must enter through the main office.

    FIELD TRIPS

    Teachers will schedule field trips to enrich their curriculum. To attend, a student must have written permission from the parent or legal guardian prior to the trip. For field trips within Bartow County, a blanket/generic permission form will be completed at the beginning of the school year and will cover the child throughout the year for local trips. Each out-of-town field trip, however, will require a separate permission form signed by the parent or guardian prior to the trip. We may also request a donation to help cover the cost of the trip and admissions. No student is ever excluded from a field trip for financial reasons. However, field trips may be canceled if sufficient funds are not collected. At times, a teacher may request that a limited number of parents go along to help chaperone the trip. Please understand that these positions are very limited and every parent who wishes to go may not be able to do so. In addition, our students represent themselves and Cartersville Elementary School while on field trips. At all times, we expect all students to hold to a high standard of positive behavior on and off campus. Repeated behavior referrals that have resulted in referrals to the office may result in a student losing the privilege of attending a field trip. This may also include any issue that poses a safety risk or danger to others. Denial of field trips will be an administrative decision and parents will be notified if this loss of privilege occurs. Students affected by this decision will have an alternative assignment at school the day of the field trip.

    GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING PROGRAM

    Counseling is provided by the guidance counselors. The program is designed to help build good self-esteem for all students and a sense of responsibility for his/her own behavior and achievement. Students may refer themselves or may be referred by faculty members or parents to work with counselors. The counselors may be contacted by calling the school office.

    GIFTED EDUCATION PROGRAM

    The Board recognizes that there are identifiable students enrolled in the school system who demonstrate a high degree of intellectual, creative and/or artistic ability; possess exceptional leadership skills; or who excel in specific academic disciplines and who have exceptional learning needs.

    The Board shall provide gifted education services to students who have been identified as intellectually gifted as defined by Georgia Board of Education rules in grades K-12. The gifted program shall be staffed by highly qualified, certified gifted teachers.

    A student may be referred for consideration for gifted services by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, guardians, self, or other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities. In addition, teachers of gifted students shall review all standardized achievement and state assessment data annually as an automatic referral process.

    Students shall be tested and accepted into the gifted program based upon Georgia Department of Education guidelines, and shall be placed only upon written parental consent. Students eligible for gifted services in other Georgia schools are automatically eligible to receive services in the Cartersville City School System upon receipt of appropriate records. 

    Curricula shall be developed for gifted students that incorporate the state approved student competencies and standards. Curriculum objectives shall focus on developing academic skills using differentiated instructional strategies in one or more of the following content areas: mathematics, science, language arts, social studies, foreign language, and fine arts.

    Students identified as gifted and whose participation in the gifted program has received parental consent shall receive a minimum of five segments per week of gifted education services. 

    The Superintendent is directed to operate, in accordance with state guidelines, programs for gifted students in grades K-12. The system will establish procedural guidelines to carry out the intent of this policy and the program.

    LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER

    The CES Media Center serves as an extension of the classroom and is available for use by all. In addition to group check out time, teachers may send two students at time, at certain scheduled times during the day, to select books on an individual basis.

    Students are not allowed to check out another book when one is overdue. Overdue notices will be given to teachers for distribution. A replacement fee will be charged for any lost/damaged materials. Should a student find and return a book for which he has paid the cost in full, he is entitled to a refund.

    LOST AND FOUND

    Please mark your child’s clothing so that items lost at school can be returned to their owners. Any items found on the school grounds can be claimed across from the cafeteria. Parents are welcome to examine this area for lost and found items. Twice a year, unclaimed items are donated to charity. This includes electronic devices that have not been claimed.

    MEDICATION GIVEN AT SCHOOL

    To ensure the safety of all students in our school, the following guidelines should be followed when medications are to be sent to the school.

    All medications (prescription and non-prescription) must be taken directly to the clinic for safe storage. Students cannot keep any medication with them in their pockets, purses, book bags, etc

    All medications, both prescription and over the counter, must be brought to the school by the parent or guardian. Parent/Guardian must fill out a Request for Medication Administration form or a note of permission, which is dated and has complete directions (including time, dose, and name of medication).

    All medications must be in the ORIGINAL CONTAINER. Prescription medications must be in the labeled prescription bottle. Medications stored in envelopes, baggies, etc. WILL NOT be administered.

    Administration of prescription and over the counter medicine (even for a short period of time) is discouraged. Parents should check with their physician regarding the need for medications to be administered during school hours. Medication prescribed for three times daily often can be given before school, after school and at bedtime.

    MESSAGES FOR STUDENTS

    The office staff appreciates parents limiting messages to students to a minimum. Emergencies arise, and we are happy to help out in such cases, but daily requests for messages about lunch, homework, keys, etc. are time consuming and disruptive to the other children in the classroom. Every child should know daily what the afternoon plans for his/her family are and whether he/she should ride the bus or be a car rider. Plans should be made in advance for contingencies such as bad weather.

    PARENT RESOURCES

    Parent resources containing educational pamphlets, parenting materials, and homework strategies are available for parents. Parent resources are located in the front office and are available to parents during normal school hours.

    PARENT TEACHER COOPERATIVE (PTC)

    The Cartersville Elementary Parent Teacher Cooperative (PTC) was formed to provide parents an opportunity to assist in incentive programs for CES students, appreciation programs for CES teachers and community service projects. Parents may join at any time but are encouraged to sign up during Open House. The PTC coordinates such fundraiser as: Gift Wrap Sales, Book Fairs, Star Student breakfasts, etc. To communicate with parents, newsletters are sent home four times a year and school-wide PTC meetings are held monthly. Dynamic parent support is the key to a successful school, so please join the PTC and attend all PTC events! Call the school office for contact information.

    SCHOOL CRISIS PLAN

    In the event of a crisis situation such as a tornado, chemical spill, etc. certain procedures shall be followed. Students will be kept at school or the emergency evacuation site until the crisis/lockdown is determined to be over. Students will not be released during a lockdown. At the conclusion of the crisis/lockdown, students will be released to parents who come to get them. Do not phone the school and tie up lines needed for emergency use. When a person other the parent comes to get a student, school personnel will first check the student record and then a record will be kept of the person who picked up the student. If there is any doubt the parents want the student released, the student will be kept at school. The school is one of the safest places that students may be located during most crises or natural disasters.

    SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

    Parents are asked to encourage their child to eat breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria. The school meals are both nutritious and delicious. We encourage parents to visit the school cafeteria and have lunch with their child. Due to certain student allergies, birthday treats must be store bought and contain an ingredients label.  Please let your child’s teacher know the day you plan to come. The cost of an adult visitor’s lunch is $ 3.75

    Breakfast and lunch are served daily. Meals may be purchased on a daily basis (student breakfast - $1.25 & lunch - $2.25). Prepayment may be made on a weekly or monthly basis. A free /reduced payment program is available to those students who qualify. The necessary forms are available at the school. A new Free/Reduced form must be filled out eachyear.

    SCHOOL GOVERNANCE COUNCIL

    Recognizing the importance of communication and participation of parents and the community in the efforts to educate our children, the Council establishes as its purpose the support of Cartersville Elementary School. The Council shall work to support educational efforts of the school by working in a spirit of cooperation with school staff to improve student achievement and performance, provide support for teachers and administrators, and bring parents into the school-based decision-making process by working on education issues. The Council shall endeavor to bring parents and the community together with teachers and school administrators to create a better understanding of and mutual respect for each other’s concerns and role, and share ideas for continuous school improvement. The Council shall provide advice, recommendations, endorsements, and assistance; and represent the community of parents and local businesses in support of continuous school improvement.

    SCHOOL SOCIAL SERVICES

    Cartersville City Schools is dedicated to the goal of helping every student experience success in the school setting. In keeping with this goal, the school social workers provide non-instructional services to students and their families. The primary role of the School Social Workers is to enhance the district’s ability to meet its academic mission by serving as a liaison between the school, the home, and the community. Parents are encouraged to assume an active role in their child’s education.

    The School Social Workers are available to meet with parents and students within the school or at home to provide support, crisis intervention counseling and referral services. The School Social Workers collaborate with all concerned parties to determine the cause of school-related problems and assist in meeting the student and parent needs.

    The school social workers are the designated persons to enforce the Compulsory School Attendance Law. The Cartersville City Schools firmly believes that school attendance and performance are closely related. It is extremely important that your children come to school everyday.

    The School Social Workers may also be contacted for child needs such as dental/medical care, eyeglasses, shoes, clothing, food and shelter.

    Please feel free to contact the School Social Workers at 770.387.4722, 770.387.4723, email pwomack@cartersvilleschools.org , mhoffman@cartersvilleschools.org or The School Social Workers’ office is located at 15 Nelson Street, Cartersville, GA 30120.

    SCHOOL-WIDE EXPECTATIONS FOR BEHAVIOR

    The goal of Cartersville Elementary School is to establish a positive atmosphere, in which students have an environment conductive to growing academically and socially. We believe in educating the whole child.

    At Cartersville Elementary, we live by the school’s expectation…THE CANES CODE

    Because I come to school every day to learn and do my best, I will honor the Canes Code. 

    I will…

    • Commit to Excellence
    • Own My Behavior
    • Demonstrate Respect
    • Exhibit a Positive Attitude

    Character Education Program

    The program covers topics on a monthly basis which help students develop positive qualities of character to include: Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Citizenship, Caring, Fairness, and Respects

    PBIS

    Cartersville Elementary School uses the Positive Behavior Instructional Support (PBIS) program to encourage and recognize appropriate choices made by students. Students have expectations for behavior in the classroom, cafeteria, hallway, bathroom, playground, bus. Students will receive recognition, such as Canes Case, for following the School-Wide Expectation - THE CANES CODE

    In order to maintain a safe and orderly environment both at school and on the bus, there are rules and procedures which students are expected to follow and observe. The conduct rules contained in this handbook are not inclusive and a student may be subject to discipline for other circumstances not specifically listed if in the professional judgment of the administration such action is necessary. Furthermore, the language and expectation for student behavior in this handbook supersede all previous school handbooks.

    Students not meeting expectations will receive discipline slips. Placement in a supervised isolation room (ISS) will be used as our major method of discipline. Corporal Punishment is not used in the Cartersville City School System. When sent to the office with a discipline slip, students may be given a warning, placed in ISS for portions of the day / the full day, or parents may be contacted to pick the child up. Offenses which may result in a discipline referral include but are not limited to: hitting, kicking, fighting, biting, foul language, inappropriate touching, disruption of class, vandalism, disrespect.

    We believe that a clearly stated and thorough discipline plan will teach our children to be responsible for their actions and make school a positive experience. We ask for your cooperation. We have also included a copy of the Cartersville School System’s Student Code of Conduct and Discipline Procedures in the policy section. Students must adhere to and abide by all of the provisions contained there within. General school rules and expectations are also provided below. Please discuss these guidelines with your child and express the importance of obeying school rules.

    STUDENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

    Cartersville Elementary School offers the following clubs and organizations in which students may participate:

    • 4-H
    • Text Club
    • Student Council members are elected by the student body.
    • 5th grade students may be nominated to serve on the CES Safety Patrol by faculty selection.
    • Jump Rope Team and Orffestra hold yearly try-outs to determine membership.
    • The National Elementary Honor Society is by invitation based on outstanding achievement.

    STUDENT USE OF SCHOOL TELEPHONE

    Students will not be permitted to use the telephone unless it is an emergency. Forgotten school supplies or homework will not be considered an emergency. Students will not be allowed to use the phone to make plans for after-school activities. These plans should be made before coming to school.

    TOBACCO

    No tobacco is allowed on campus by anyone, including adults. We thank you for your compliance with this policy which ensures a “smoke-free” environment for the children.

    VISITORS

    All visitors to the school are to report to the office immediately upon entering the building and sign in. Parents are considered visitors. Under no circumstances are parents to go to the classrooms without first signing in at the office through Lobby Guard. A picture ID is required for sign in purposes. This is for protection of all students. Once you sign in, you will receive a visitor’s pass. This must be worn while in the building.

    VOLUNTEERS

    We encourage all parents to visit and take an active part in their child’s education. To ensure the safety of our students and provide uninterrupted instructional time, we ask all parents and visitors to check in at the office before going to a classroom.

    If you are interested in helping make your school a better place, please talk to your child’s teacher, the school counselor or a PTC officer about being a parent volunteer.

    2019-2020 System Calendar

    July 31, Aug 1, 2, 5, 6

    Teacher Pre-Planning

    August 7

    First Day of School

    September 2

    Labor Day Holiday

    October 11

    Teacher In-Service, Student Holiday

    October 14 & 15

    Fall Break

    November 25-29

    Thanksgiving Holiday

    December 20

    End of 1st Semester

    Dec 23 - Jan 3

    Winter Holiday

    January 6, 2020

    Teacher In-Service, Student Holiday

    January 7

    School Resumes

    January 20

    MLK Jr. Holiday

    February 14

    Early Release Day

    February 17 & 18

    Winter Break

    April 6 – 10

    Spring Break

    May 22

    Last Day of School/Graduation

    May 26,27,28

    Post-Planning

    CARTERSVILLE CITY SCHOOL BOARD

    Vision Statement

    “A Tradition of Excellence-Making It Personal

    Mission Statement

    “A Tradition…

    In preparing students for the challenges of progress and change; through development of the skills necessary to become lifelong learners; in order that they may live successful and productive lives.”

    POLICY MANUAL

    The Cartersville School Board policy manual is available during normal school hours to all parents who have the need to reference a policy. Parents and students are welcome and encouraged to review these policies. A copy of this manual can be found in the office at Cartersville Elementary School. From time to time the School Board revises policies due to change in state regulations and for other purposes. These policies are also for viewing on the school system’s webpage; www.cartersvilleschools.org

    ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES

    In order to receive maximum benefit from instructional activities, students are expected to be in school each day on time unless excused as provided by Georgia law. To be considered present, a student must be in attendance for at least 4 hours of the school day. Students that do not meet this requirement will be absent for the day. A student is tardy when the student is not in the classroom ready to learn when the school day begins. A check-out occurs when a student leaves school before the end of the school day.

    The following constitute legally excused absences, tardies, or checkouts from school with proper documentation:

    1. Personal illness.
    2. A serious illness or death in a student’s immediate family.
    3. Religious holidays that require absence from school.
    4. Pre-induction physical examinations for military service.
    5. Court order, court subpoena or other required court appearance.
    6. Voter registration.
    7. Visitation with a parent or legal guardian in the armed services who is called to duty or is on leave from overseas deployment in accordance with (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-692.1)
    8. Conditions rendering school attendance impossible or hazardous to student’s health or safety.
    9. Or any other absence not explicitly defined herein but deemed by the school board to merit based on circumstances.

    An absence, tardy, or check-out for any other reason is unexcused. For example, family vacations, traffic, missing the bus, oversleeping, car trouble, personal convenience, or family emergencies without proper documentation are not valid reasons for absences, tardies or check-outs.

    Three (3) unexcused tardies, three (3) unexcused check-outs or any combination of the two shall constitute one (1) unexcused absence.

    Very Important – Please Review Carefully!!!!!

    If a student has more than five (5) unexcused absences in a school year, the parents are subject to the following penalties under Georgia’s Compulsory Attendance Law:

    • A fine between $25 and $100 for each unexcused absence over five (5);
    • up to 30 days of jail time for each unexcused absence over five (5);
    • community service; or
    • any combination of these penalties

    Documentation: In order for an absence, tardy or check-out to be excused, proper documentation must be submitted promptly and no more than three (3) days after the student returns to school. An example of proper documentation is a doctor note, dentist note, court order or subpoena, or an obituary.

    Parent Notes: A parent may submit parent notes to explain up to four (4) days of student absences each semester. Whether the absence is excused or unexcused will be determined based on this Attendance Procedure. If the student is out for more than two (2) consecutive days due to illness, a medical excuse will be required. All parent notes must be submitted promptly and no more than three (3) days after the student returns to school.

    Family Vacations: Family vacations are not excused absences, based upon State Board of Education Rules.

    Service as Page of the General Assembly: A student who serves as a Page of the General Assembly shall be counted present and not absent on the day of service.

    Children in Foster Care: A student who attends court proceedings related to his or her foster care shall be counted present and not absent for any day or portion of the day missed from school.

    Field Trips or Other Activities: A student who is participating in a school approved field trip, school approved event, or school approved program shall be counted present and not absent for any day or portion of the day missed from school.

    Driver’s Permit or License: A student under 18 who wishes to obtain a driver’s permit or license must be enrolled and not under suspension from school.

    Custodians and Guardians: In this Attendance Procedure, the word “parent” shall also include legal custodians, guardians, or anyone else who has control or charge of a child.

    Notification of Absences: When a student has three (3) unexcused absences for any reason and when a student has five (5) unexcused absences for any reason, the school will make reasonable attempts to notify the parents, which may include notification by first class mail or routine absence contact. 

    Consequences of More Than Five (5) Unexcused Absences: If a student has more than five (5) unexcused absences, the parent and/or student may be required to attend an Attendance Support Team meeting. The parent and/or student may also be subject to referrals to the School Social Worker, Juvenile Court, Magistrate Court and/or the Department of Family and Children Services for truancy and/or educational neglect.

    Acknowledgement of Receipt: All students 10 years or older by September 1 and all parents shall sign the Acknowledgement Form at the end of this handbook which verifies that they have received a copy of this Attendance Procedure and are aware of the possible consequences and penalties for violating the Georgia Compulsory Attendance Law.

    For Additional Information: If you have any questions about the Attendance Procedures, please contact your student’s school. You may also review O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690.1 through O.C.G.A. § 20-2-694, Georgia State Board of Education Rule 160-5-1-.10 and the Attendance Protocol adopted by the Cartersville-Bartow County Student Attendance Protocol Committee.

    ACCEPTABLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY

    The School Board believes that using technology resources should be a productive educational experience. Therefore, the school system provides certain technology resources and access to for acceptable educational activities. This policy mandates responsible behavior by individuals given access to these tools and resources. Authorized personnel reserve the right to retrieve and read any data composed, transmitted, received or stored through connections using system property, or accessed through the system network by any means, including personal devices. Failure to comply with the provisions of Board policy and its intent may result in disciplinary action.

    In addition to Board policy, the Georgia Computer Systems Protection Act provides definitions, criminal liability and penalties for crimes related to computer theft, computer trespass, computer invasion of privacy, computer forgery, and computer password disclosure. Commission of a computer crime carries the possible penalty of a fine not exceeding $50,000 and/or incarceration for a period not to exceed one year. Property laws covering theft, vandalism, destruction and copyright also apply to computing resources. The Cartersville City School District complies with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

    Technology resources include, but are not limited to, mainframe, servers, switches, portable and desktop computers/devices, electronic devices used to access system data, peripherals, networks, software, data, labs, computer-related supplies, computer programs, stand-alone and web-based applications, and the Internet. 

    General Computing Policies

    1. Abuse of technology resources; interference with operations; interference with the work of other users; violation of confidentiality, copyrights or license agreements; and intentional wasting of computer resources is prohibited.
    2. Actions which attempt to circumvent prescribed channels of obtaining technology privileges, access or resources are prohibited.
    3. Changing wiring, connections, or placement of technology resources is prohibited.
    4. Modifying any system configuration, startup files or applications, without the explicit permission of the Technology Department is prohibited.
    5. Students shall immediately inform the lab supervisor, Instructional Technology Specialist, Media Clerk, System Media Specialist, or the Technology Department of improperly working equipment, program or software.
    6. Using computing resources for commercial purposes or personal gain is prohibited.
    7. Students may not use or download privately owned computer software on system technology resources.
    8. Under no circumstance shall students or staff exhibit, disseminate or transmit obscene materials, including but not limited to, pornography.
    9. When Internet access or the system network is allowed via personal devices, students shall adhere to the intents and requirements of this policy as well as any other rules, regulations, procedures or directions established by the system or school related to their use.
    10. Students may not copy software from system or school technology for personal use.
    11. Students may not create or cause to create unauthorized accounts for themselves or others, or share or allow to be shared personally identifiable information.
    12. Unauthorized disclosure, use and/or dissemination of personally identifiable information on any student or staff member is prohibited.

    Internet Usage

    Internet access is made available to students for appropriate educational use. The goal of providing this service is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, production, innovation and communication. Internet users are personally responsible for and expected to restrict access to only those materials and resources that have justified educational value in the PK-12 setting. The appropriate operation of the Internet relies upon the proper conduct of the end user who must adhere to strict guidelines. Those guidelines are provided so that users are aware of their responsibilities. This responsibility requires efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of technology resources. If a user violates any of these provisions, access to the Internet may be terminated and future access jeopardized.

    Terms and Conditions

    1) Acceptable use - The purpose of Internet is to support legitimate research and education. Access is provided to resources as well as the opportunity for collaborative work. Internet use must be consistent with the objectives of the school system. Transmission of any material in violation of any federal or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, illegal material, or material protected by trade secret. Use for commercial activities, product advertisement or political lobbying is prohibited.

    2) Privileges - The use of Internet is a privilege, not a right. Any inappropriate use may result in a termination of those privileges. The school administration and Technology Department will deem what is inappropriate use. 

    3) Netiquette - This includes but is not limited to:

    1. a) Abusive, harassing, obscene, or threatening messages to or about others will not be tolerated.
    2. b) Appropriate language is required; do not use profanity or vulgarities.
    3. c) Illegal activities are strictly forbidden. Communications relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to proper authorities.
    4. d) All communications and information accessible via the network should be respected as belonging to the school system.

    4) The district makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the Internet service it provides. The district is not responsible for any damages suffered by users. This includes the loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, wrong deliveries, or service interruptions caused for any reason. Use of information obtained is at the users’ risk. The district specifically denies responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its Internet services.

    5) Users are individually liable for any incurred costs or obligations when accessing commercial services via the Internet.

    6) If any security problem is identified, the user must immediately notify the supervisor/teacher, Instructional Technology Specialist, Media Clerk, administrator, and Technology Department. The problem should not be demonstrated to other users. Any user identified as a security risk or as having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to Internet.

    7) Teachers cannot assume the responsibility for monitoring every documents or site to which a student may gain access. However, appropriate supervision and monitoring is expected.

    8) Attempts, whether successful or not, to access unauthorized areas of the school district’s information or the Internet, including “hacking,” is prohibited.

    9) Users are expected to immediately inform their supervisor/teacher if any inappropriate action such as an improper advance or request is encountered form a local or remote user.

    10) The school system shall implement appropriate and necessary safety measures to protect students from inappropriate use and communications on the Internet. Such security measures shall include, but not be limited to, the use of filtering devices, thereby blocking entry to inappropriate areas which may be considered harmful. Although such filtering devices are useful and work well, it shall not be assumed that they are 100% infallible. Students must accept responsibility for their use of the Internet. Disabling of filtering may be allowed for authorized use for bona fide research or other lawful and educational purposes.

    11) Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is any attempt to harm or destroy data of another user or intentionally interfering with the Internet network service, including uploading or creating a virus or malware.

    Student E-mail

    The school system may elect to provide students with a system email account for legitimate school and educational communication. If provided, all rules and guidance included in this policy are applicable to the account. Additionally,

    • The student may not provide access to the account or share their password with other students or anyone except a parent/guardian.
    • The student should use the account only for its intended purpose.
    • Student email will not be archived.
    • System sponsored email cannot be used to solicit, advertise, or promote businesses that the student has or is associated with, or any business product or service.
    • Accounts will be terminated upon:
      1. Withdraw from the school
      2. Graduation
      3. Abuse
      4. Any other good and sufficient reason as determined by the school administration.

    Enforcement

    Violating any of the guidelines above may result in:

    1. Restricted access to computing facilities.
    2. Temporary or permanent loss of access to technology resources.
    3. Disciplinary or legal action including, but not limited to, suspension and/or criminal prosecution under appropriate state and federal laws. Violations of state law will be reported to proper enforcement authorities.
    4. Cartersville City Schools’ internal procedures for enforcement of its policies are independent of possible prosecution under the law.
    5. Users who damage technology resources shall be responsible for the full replacement cost.

    Bringing Your Own Device (BYOD)

    In cases where the system allows students to bring personal devices and allows access to the system network, adherence to all rules, regulations, and procedures is expected. Violation of this privilege may result in consequences as though the device belongs to the system.

    ASBESTOS REPORT

    The Asbestos Management Plan and Inspection Report is available for viewing during normal business hours in the school office.

    BUS ELIGIBILTY

    Bus transportation is provided for Cartersville city resident students living beyond a certain distance from the school. The system uses the eligibility guideline of one-half mile (.5) for PK-Grade 5 students and one (1) mile for Grade 6-12 students (state funding requires 2 mile minimum for transportation). Distance is measured “as the crow flies” and not via road routes. Students are also to be picked up and dropped off at bus stops assigned to their actual residence address (where they actually live) and not at businesses, relatives, or stops not assigned to them.

    Out-of-district students may not ride a school bus to or from school. Out-of-district students may not be dropped off at any bus stop for the purpose of riding a bus to or from school. Out-of-district students who violate the provision of this rule may forfeit the opportunity to attend Cartersville City Schools and be immediately withdrawn from the Cartersville City Schools.

    COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES

    It is the purpose of this policy to provide a process and define procedures for resolving complaints and grievances at the lowest level possible. However, nothing in this policy is to be construed as restricting the ability of the Board to constitute a tribunal or hearing and determining any matter of local controversy in reference to the construction or administration of the school law. Such hearings must be specifically requested.

    A complaint or grievance shall be defined as a claim allegedly caused by misinterpretation, violation, or inequitable application of school rules, School Board policies, applicable state law, federal law or applicable Georgia Board of Education policies. As a Charter school system in the state of Georgia, Cartersville City has waived certain state education laws and state Board of Education policies which are not applicable. An administrator’s or a teacher’s professional judgment is not grieveable under this policy provided such judgment does not constitute a misinterpretation, violation, or inequitable application of school rules, School Board policies, applicable state law, federal law or applicable state Board of Education rules and regulations.

    “Days” shall be designated as school days only. School holidays, weekends and days when school is not in session for students are not considered applicable in this policy.

    General Conditions

    1. Any disciplinary matter involving punishment of five (5) days out-of-school suspension or less, or a punishment less severe (e.g., In-School suspension, detention, loss of privilege, etc.) is not grieveable beyond the school principal (Level One). Any disciplinary matter involving punishment of six (6) to ten (10) days out-of-school suspension, or impacts graduation status or graduation ceremony participation in the current year, is not grieveable beyond the Superintendent (Level Two).
    1. The procedures described herein do not limit the right of any student and/or student’s parent/guardian having a problem to discuss it with the principal or any appropriate administrator.
    1. Initially, the student or student’s parent/guardian must file an appeal with the school principal, their complaint or grievance within two (2) days following the event or occurrence which is the basis for the complaint/grievance. A sample form is included in this policy (Exhibit A) for initiating the process. Although this exact form is not necessary, the information requested therein should be included in any appeal. Any complaint/grievance not filed within the time frame shall be considered null and void.
    1. Failure of a principal or the Superintendent or his/her designee to render and communicate a decision within the specified time limits specified in this policy shall permit the aggrieved student or parent to take said complaint/grievance to the next level of this procedure. The administrator Principal or the Superintendent shall make a good faith effort to communicate a decision immediately by phone, in person, or via email to the student and/or parent/guardian. Failure by the student or student’s parent/guardian to appeal their complaint or grievance to the next level within the specified time limit shall constitute acceptance of the decision rendered at that level.
    1. Since it is important that complaints/grievances be processed as rapidly as possible, the number of days indicated at each level shall be the maximum allowed, and every reasonable effort shall be made by the administrator to expedite the process. The time limits specified may be extended by mutual written agreement of the parties involved.
    1. An administrator or teacher’s professional judgment is not grieveable.
    1. A copy of this policy shall be included in school parent-student handbooks.
    1. Any disciplinary action which might prevent a student from participating in graduation exercises may be subject to immediate appeal upon written request of the student or parent/guardian regardless of the length of suspension or other punishment. In this case because of the necessary timeliness of a resolution, the student or parent/guardian may waive Level One and/or Level Two processes in this policy.

    Level One

    The student or student’s parent/guardian shall file a complaint/grievance with the principal within two (2) school days following the event or occurrence which is the basis for the complaint/grievance. If the complaint/grievance is not filed within the allotted time period, the complaint/grievance shall be considered null and void. The Principal or his/her designee shall investigate the matter and render a decision within three (3) days of receiving the appeal. Upon request by the student or student’s parent/guardian, the Principal may, at his/her discretion, delay any complained/aggrieved discipline until the appeal process at this level is completed. Upon granting such a delay, the Principal, at his/her discretion, may temporarily place the student in the In-School Suspension Program until the appeal at this level is completed and a decision rendered. Any disciplinary matter involving punishment of five (5) days out-of-school suspension or less, or any punishment less severe (e.g., In-School suspension, detention, loss of privilege, etc.) is not grieveable beyond Level One.

    Level Two

    A student or student’s parent/guardian may appeal a Level One decision to suspend a student out-of-school more than five (5) days to the Superintendent or his/her representative within two (2) days of the date the Level One decision was communicated. Upon request by the student or student’s parent/ guardian, the Superintendent may, at his/her discretion, delay any remaining complained/ aggrieved student discipline assigned by the school until the appeal process at this level is completed and a decision rendered. Upon granting such a delay, the Superintendent may, at his/her discretion, direct the school to temporarily place the student in the In-School Suspension Program until the appeal process at this level is completed. The Superintendent or his/her designee will investigate the complaint/grievance. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall render a decision within two (2) days of receiving the appeal.

    Level Three

    A student or student’s parent/guardian may waive a Level One or Level Two appeal if the aggrieved punishment impacts the ability of a student to graduate or to participate in graduation exercises and have the matter considered by the School Board by presenting the Superintendent a written appeal within two (2) days of the date of the initiation of the punishment. Upon written request by the student or student’s parent/guardian, the Superintendent may, at his/her discretion, delay any complained/aggrieved student discipline assigned by the school until the appeal process at this level is completed and a decision rendered. The appeal shall be placed on the agenda of the next board meeting for consideration. All involved parties shall be notified of the meeting and should be prepared to discuss the complaint/grievance with the Board. Following the discussion and consideration of the appeal, the Board shall render a decision to all parties involved as soon as possible but within two (2) days of the decision.

    DIRECTORY INFORMATION

    The school system recognizes the importance and legal obligation to protect personally identifiable information. However, from time to time the school/school system may develop and/or participate in presentations and events for positive educational purposes concerning the various instructional and extracurricular activities that take place during the course of the school year. These activities may include the use of photos, slides, tapes, videos, articles and news releases. These may be utilized in faculty in-services and staff development, parent and student programs, and in community relations (newspapers, articles, TV and video presentations, brochures, web sites, etc.). The school/school system may also share certain information with outsourced agencies which perform a function that would otherwise be performed by employees. The Cartersville City School System has designated the following as directory information which may be shared with qualifying agencies/organizations:

    1. Student’s name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number;
    2. Student’s photograph or digital likeness;
    3. Student’s date and place of birth;
    4. Grade level
    5. Student’s participation in school clubs, organizations, activities, and sports;
    6. Weight and height if student is a member of an athletic team;
    7. Dates of attendance in the Cartersville City School System;
    8. Honors and awards received during the time enrolled in the Cartersville City Schools; and
    9. Last school attended.

    As required by law, military recruiters are entitled to receive the name, address, and telephone listing of high school juniors and seniors. This information may be used specifically for armed services recruiting purposes and for informing young people of scholarship opportunities. Additionally, institutions of higher education will be entitled to the names, addresses and telephone listings of high school students.

    If you do not wish your child to participate in these activities, please notify the school administration in writing no later than ten (10) days after the first day the child is enrolled for the current school year.

    EMERGENCY CLOSING INFORMATION

    Any changes in the regularly scheduled day will be reported to regional and local media outlets as soon as feasible. Additionally, the system will post the information on the system website and utilize the automated telephone message system about any changes in the school day. It is important that parents keep the school informed of any changes in telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, mailing address, and contact information.

    In the case where there is an extreme emergency situation which causes the school system to transport students off campus for parent pick up, a primary family reunification site has been established at the Cartersville Civic Center, 435 West Main Street, Cartersville. If for some reason the Civic Center is not available, the secondary site Tabernacle Baptist Church, 112 East Church Street, Cartersville.

    [FERPA]

    NOTICE TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS AND ELIGIBLE STUDENTS OF RIGHTS UNDER THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT

    Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. 1232g) (the “Act”), you have the right to:

    • Inspect and review, within 45 days of request, the educational records of a student who is your child, or in case of a student who is eighteen years of age (18) or older, your own education records. A written request to review records should be made to the principal or his/her designee who will make arrangements for access.
    • Request the amendment of the student’s education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights. Such request should be made to the principal. If the district decides not to amend the record, it will notify the parent/eligible student of the decision and inform them of their right to a hearing.
    • Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA and its implementing regulations authorize disclosure without consent. One exemption that permits disclosure without consent is to school officials with legitimate educational interest. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review a record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility.
    • FERPA requires the school district, with certain exceptions, to obtain written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the student’s education records. However, the district may disclose appropriate designated “directory information” without written consent, unless the parent/eligible student has advised the district to the contrary in accordance with district procedures (see Directory Information).
    • File with the U. S. Department of Education a complaint concerning the alleged failure by the school district to comply with the requirements of FERPA or the regulations promulgated there under. [Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202.

    FOOD ALLERGIES & SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS

    Our Food Service Department prides itself on providing quality school meals within federal and state regulations and guidelines. A wide variety of selection is available for children daily. Food substitutions or modifications in school meals for children whose disabilities restrict their diets will be made. A child with a disability must be provided substitutions in foods when that need is support by documentation by a Georgia licensed physician. The physician’s document must identify:

    • The child’s disability
    • An explanation of why the disability restricts the child’s diet
    • The major life activity affected by the disability
    • The food(s) to be omitted from the child’s diet, and the food or choice of foods that must be substituted

    In the case of a food allergy, children are generally not considered to have a disability. However, when supported by written documentation by a Georgia licensed physician that an allergy may result in severe, life-threatening (anaphylactic) reactions, the child’s condition would meet the definition of “disability,” and the food substitution prescribed by the physician will be made.

    The school food service may make food substitution, at their discretion, for individual children who do not have a disability, but who are medically certified as having a special medical or dietary need. Such determinations are made on a case-by-case basis. This provision covers those children who have food intolerances or allergies but do not have life-threatening reactions when exposed to the food(s) to which they have problems.

    GRADES, PROMOTION/RETENTION/PLACEMENT OF STUDENTS

    Teachers have the complete responsibility and authority to assign grades to each student based upon work done in the class or subject area and assessments given to measure mastery and understanding of content. Administrators and support personnel cannot change a student’s grade as assigned by a teacher.

    Similarly, the school principal has the final responsibility and authority to determine the promotion/retention/placement decisions regarding each student. Such decisions are based upon criteria established by the school. The School Board, Superintendent, nor his/her staff has any authority to make or change grades, promotion, retention, or placement decisions of any student.

    HEALTHY STUDENTS

    The Cartersville School Board, the Bartow County Health Department, and/or the Georgia Department of Human Resources have the authority to require immunizations or other preventive measures including quarantine, isolation and segregation of persons with communicable diseases or conditions likely to endanger the health of others. These agencies may require quarantine or surveillance of carriers of diseases and persons exposed to or suspected of being infected with infectious disease during such period until they are found free of the infectious agent or disease. It is the School Nurse’s function to help determine the immediate health of a student and assess the impact and effect on the student’s attendance at school.

    As a general rule of thumb, it is not appropriate for students to attend or remain at school under the following circumstances:

    • A student who has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher as determined by the school nurse. Students should be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to school.
    • A student who has diarrhea/watery stools in excess of two times during the school day.
    • A student who is vomiting. If a student is sent home, they should not return for 24 hours or the next school day.
    • A student with a draining or weeping lesion that cannot be contained with a dressing.
    • A student with a diagnosed communicable illness until released by a physician.

    HOMELESS STUDENTS

    A “homeless” student is one who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes:

    --children who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;

    --children who have primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

    --children who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and

    --migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes because they are living in circumstances in the clauses listed above.

    The McKinney-Vento Act protects the educational rights of students experiencing homelessness. It provides grants and legal protections so children in these situations can enroll, attend, and succeed in school and preschool programs. Students in homeless situations have the right to:

    • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.
    • Get help enrolling and succeeding in school from the school district’s liaison for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.
    • Stay in the school they went to before becoming homeless or whatever school they were enrolled in last, even if they move out of the district, if that is feasible. Students can also finish the school year in their school if they find permanent housing during the year.
    • Get transportation to their school of origin, provided or arranged by the school district, or a joint effort among school districts.
    • Go to the local school in the area where they are living.
    • Get a written explanation from the school district if the district refuses to send students to the school they choose, and have the liaison settle such disagreements.
    • Have disagreements settled quickly and go to the school they choose while disagreements are settled.
    • Receive preschool services, free or reduced school meals, services for English language learners, special education, Title I services, vocational/technical education, gifted and talented services, and before- and after-school care, as needed.
    • Go to school with children who are not homeless. Students cannot be separated from the regular school program because they are homeless.
    • Get information and referrals from liaisons, including information about all available educational programs and how parents can participate, public notice about their rights, and referrals to health, mental health, dental, and other services.
    • Have the opportunity to meet the same high academic achievement standards as all students.

    INTERNET FILTERING

    The Cartersville School System has implemented appropriate and necessary safety measures to protect students from inappropriate use and communications on the Internet. Such security measures shall include but not be limited to the use of filtering devices, thereby blocking entry to inappropriate areas which may be considered harmful. Although such filtering devices are useful and work well, it shall not be assumed that they are 100% infallible. The student must accept responsibility for his or her use of the Internet. 

    The school system utilizes technology protection measures that block or filter Internet access to visual depictions that are: obscene, child pornography, harmful to minors, or other material deemed to be inappropriate for minors. Safety and security measures with Internet usage and access is also employed for Internet activities including but not limited to: e-mail, chat rooms, hacking, other direct electronic communication (immediate messaging), and unauthorized disclosure of personal identifying information on minors. Disabling of filtering is allowed for authorized use for bona fide research or other lawful purposes. 

    INTERVIEWS AND SEARCHES

    The principal or his/her authorized representative shall be responsible for conducting reasonable interviews and questioning of students in order to properly investigate matters and punish student misconduct. The system endeavors to provide a safe and secure environment for all students and to that end school officials are authorized to conduct reasonable searches of students. Searches based on reasonable suspicion should proceed without hindrance or delay, but shall be conducted in a manner which insures that students are not arbitrarily stripped of personal privacy.

    The principal or his/her authorized representative, shall be responsible for conducting inspections of students’ school lockers, articles carried upon their persons, personal possessions, book bags, and/or vehicles driven on or parked on campus. Such searches shall be based on a reasonable suspicion of the presence of harmful, distracting, illegal, or prohibited items. 

    In the event a search of a student’s person, personal possessions, or locker reveals the student is concealing material prohibited by federal, state or local law, then law enforcement authorities shall be notified.

    Although school lockers may be rented and/or issued to students by the school, the school lockers remain the sole possession of the Cartersville School System and are subject to unannounced searches by school personnel. 

    By bringing a cell phone or other electronic device to school, the student and their parent/guardian consent to the search of the device when there is reasonable suspicion that such a search will reveal a violation of law or school rule.

    Additionally, school administrators may ask a student to show his/her social media site(s) if there is reasonable suspicion it contains violation of school policy or rules.

    NON-DISCRIMINATION

    Federal Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964); sex (Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) in educational programs or activities receiving federal funds. Employees, students, and the general public are hereby notified that it is the policy of the Cartersville City Board of Education not to discriminate in any educational programs or activities or in employment policies and provides equal opportunities without regard to on race, marital status, age, religion, national origin, disability or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies.

    Contact Information:

    504, ADA, Title IV, Title VI – Dr. Susan Tolbert, 770-382-5880 or stolbert@cartersvilleschools.org

    Title IX – Darrell Demastus, 770-382-3200 or ddemastus@cartersvilleschools.org

    Title II-A – Ken Clouse, 770-382-5880 or kclouse@cartersvilleschools.org

    Perkins Act – Marc Collier, 770-382-3200 or mcollier@cartervilleschools.org

    PARENT AND STUDENT CELL PHONE USE

    Cartersville City Schools respectfully asks that both parents and students refrain from using cell phones while driving, being parked, or waiting in the transportation lines on all school campuses. This is for the safety of all students, staff, parents and visitors.

    [PPRA]

    NOTICE TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS AND ELIGIBLE STUDENTS OF RIGHTS UNDER PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

    PPRA affords parents and eligible students (18 or older or emancipated minors) certain rights regarding the conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to:

    • Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education –
      • Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;
      • Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
      • Sex behavior or attitudes;
      • Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
      • Critical appraisals of others with who respondents have close family relationships;
      • Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
      • Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
    • Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of –
      • Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
      • Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law; and
      • Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.
    • Inspect, upon request and before administration or use –
      • Protected information surveys of students;
      • Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and
      • Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.

    Parents and eligible students shall be provided reasonable notification of planned activities and surveys and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of such activities and surveys. Parents who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. 20202.

    REPORTING INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR

    The school system takes very seriously the professional conduct of all employees. Any person who alleges inappropriate behavior by a staff member may complain directly to a principal, assistant principal, or guidance counselor. Filing of a complaint or otherwise reporting inappropriate behavior will not reflect upon the individual’s status nor will it affect a student’s grades.

    The right to confidentiality, both of the complainant and of the accused, will be respected consistent with the Board’s legal obligations, and with the necessity to investigate allegations of misconduct and take corrective action when this conduct has occurred. All allegations of inappropriate behavior shall be investigated and immediate and appropriate corrective or disciplinary action shall be initiated, if necessary. 

    Students who falsely report with malice inappropriate behavior by a teacher or school personnel may be punished by suspension or expulsion from the school system and/or court ordered community service or other court sanction.

    RESIDENCY and ADDRESSES

    The school system accepts resident students living within the Cartersville city limits. A limited number of out-of-district students who meet specific criteria may be accepted for enrollment if there is space availability. It is critical that ALL parents keep the school abreast of any change of address and telephone number(s). Falsifying an address or using an address for the purpose of school enrollment, continued enrollment, or avoiding out-of-district tuition is illegal (O.C.G.A. 16-10-20) and is subject to prosecution.

    SECTION 504 NOTICE OF RIGHTS OF STUDENTS AND PARENTS

    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 assure 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 Section 504 Coordinator at the following address:

    Dr. Susan Tolbert

    P.O. Box 3310

    15 Nelson Street

    Cartersville, GA 30120

    770-382-5880

    stolbert@cartersvilleschools.org

    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 104.34.
    5. Your child has a right to an evaluation prior to a 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 and achievement 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 104.35.
    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 104.36.
    13. You have the right to an impartial hearing with respect to the school 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.
    15. 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.
    16. You have the right to, at any time, file a complaint with the United States Department of Education’s

    Office for Civil Rights.

    A copy of the Section 504 Procedural Safeguards may be obtained by contacting the system coordinator listed above and are also located on the system website www.cartersvilleschools.org.

    SEX EDUCATION/AIDS PREVENTION EDUCATION

    Age/grade level sex education and AIDS prevention objectives are covered in our Health curriculum according to guidelines from the state of Georgia. Materials used are available for preview by parents by contacting the school. If parents do not wish their child to participate in specific sex education/AIDS prevention, the parent may opt out by coming to the school and completing the appropriate request.

    SEXUAL HARASSMENT

    It is the policy of the Board to maintain a learning environment free from all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment. It shall be a violation for any staff member of the school system to harass a student through conduct or communications of a sexual nature as defined below. It shall also be a violation for students to harass other students through conduct or communication of a sexual nature as defined below.

    Sexual harassment may include conduct or speech which entails unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors, taunts, threats, comments of a vulgar or demeaning nature, demands or physical contact which creates a hostile environment. Sexual harassment may be in the form of:

    • Verbal harassment or abuse;
    • Pressure for sexual activity;
    • Repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications;
    • Unwelcome touching; and/or
    • Suggesting or demanding sexual involvement accompanied by implied or explicit threats.

    Any person who alleges sexual harassment by a staff member or student in the school may complain directly to a principal, assistant principal or guidance counselor. Filing of a complaint or otherwise reporting sexual harassment will not reflect upon the individual’s status nor will it affect a student’s grades.

    The right to confidentiality, both of the complainant and of the accused, will be respected consistent with the Board’s legal obligations, and with the necessity to investigate allegations of misconduct and take corrective action when this conduct has occurred.

    All allegations of sexual harassment shall be investigated and immediate and appropriate corrective or disciplinary action shall be initiated. A substantial charge against a student shall subject that student to disciplinary action, including discharge, termination, and/or reporting to authorities. A substantial charge against a student shall subject that student to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion.

    SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

    The State of Georgia requires the Social Security number of each student enrolling. This number is used for student identification in state records. Confidentiality of the number will be kept in accordance with applicable state and federal law. 

    If a parent decides not to give the school a child’s Social Security number, the parent must sign a waiver stating they decline to give this information. The parent does not have to state on the waiver a reason for refusing to give the number. The parent does not need to tell the school whether the child has a Social Security number or not.

    The school will only use the student’s Social Security number for the stated purpose in this notice. Neither the school nor the system will use the information for any other purpose without expressed permission. If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact the Assistant Superintendent or the building principal.

    SOLICITATIONS

    All school-related fund raising activities involving students must have the prior approval of the Principal. Students are not to be involved in selling merchandise for the benefit of individuals or outside-school organizations while on campus or on the bus. In order to safeguard their health and safety, students are prohibited from selling items or soliciting contributions, pledges, or orders door-to-door for the school or any school-related organization.

    STUDENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

    Cartersville Elementary School offers the following clubs and organizations in which students may elect to participate. Parents/guardians have the option to withhold permission for their child to join or participate in extra-curricular clubs and organizations (“opt out”). Any club started after the opening of the school year will require written parental permission for students to participate (“opt in”). Parents/guardians may “opt out” by completing the appropriate section of the Acknowledgment Form included in or accompanying this handbook.

    • Tech Club 
    • Student Council members are elected by the student body. 
    • 5th grade students may be nominated to serve on the CES Safety Patrol by faculty selection. 
    • Jump Rope Team and Orffestra hold yearly try-outs to determine membership.
    • The National Elementary Honor Society is by invitation based on outstanding achievement.

    STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES 

    It is the purpose of the Board of Education to operate the schools in a manner that will provide an orderly process of education and will provide for the welfare and safety of all students. The school's primary goal is to educate, not to discipline. However, when the behavior of student conflicts with the rights and education of others, disciplinary actions may be necessary for the benefit of that individual and the school as a whole.

    Students shall be governed by the policies, regulations, and rules that are applicable in the school; on the school grounds; at a school activity whether on campus or away from school; on a school bus or other transportation provided by the school; or any other location covered by these procedures. The Superintendent shall provide for the establishment and administration of procedures necessary expected student conduct and discipline. The policies governing discipline are designed to be age-appropriate, in proportion to the severity of the behavior leading to consequences, and considered with prior discipline history and other relevant factors. 

    Such governing rules shall be published and disseminated to school personnel, students and parents. Parents and students are encouraged to be familiar with the policies, rules and regulations of this school system and their individual schools and to be supportive of them.

    Important Information

    1. Students who attend or participate in any activity conducted for the benefit of students, whether school-sponsored or supported by private organizations such as booster clubs, sports organizations or similar groups, without regard to whether the event takes place on or off school property, are subject to this student discipline code and school rules.Students under out-of-school suspension or expulsion are not allowed on school campuses or at school functions.
    1. School administrators and School Resource Officers have the authority to conduct a reasonable search of students, their possessions, their lockers, and their automobiles when on school property. 
    1. Corporal punishment is not permitted in the Cartersville City School System.
    2. Disciplinary cases involving possible criminal conduct may be reported to appropriate law enforcement agencies.
    1. Students are to notify an administrator or staff member when illegal items are found in the school or on the school campus. Students are not to pick up or handle illegal or suspicious items.
    1. When a Pre-K to Grade 5 student is in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, the disposition will be left to the discretion of the school administrator, unless otherwise specified in law or policy.
    1. Individual schools may establish additional conduct rules and disciplinary procedures beyond those in this Code of Conduct.

    OFFENSES AND DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

    Offense #1: Weapons and Dangerous Instruments

    A student shall not possess, handle, or transmit weapons or dangerous instruments including firearms; knives; any object that can be reasonably considered a weapon; or any object which may be used in such a manner as to inflict bodily injury, or place another person in fear of his/her safety. This includes having items in vehicles, lockers, backpacks, etc. [See: O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1 Weapons Law; 20-2-751.1]

    Disposition:

    Ten-day suspension with recommendation for expulsion of one calendar year minimum.

    Penalty for possession of a knife with blade less than two (2) inches:

    Grades 6-12: 1st offense: Discretion of administration

    2nd offense: Suspension

    3rd offense: 10-day suspension with possible recommendation for expulsion

    Grades PK-5: Discretion of administration

    Offense #2: Activating Any Fire Alarms/Bomb Threats Under False Pretense

    Disposition:

    Grades 6-12: 1st Offense: Suspension

    2nd Offense: 10-day suspension with recommendation for expulsion

    Grades PK-5: Discretion of school administration

    Offense #3: Narcotics, Alcoholic Beverages, Stimulant and Synthetic Drugs

    1. A student shall not possess, sell, use, transmit, or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind; including artificial or synthetic drugs.
    1. A student shall not pretend to violate any of the above.
    2. Students shall follow school procedures for prescription and over-the-counter medications.

    Disposition:

    1. Grades 6-12: Suspension with possible recommendation for expulsion

    Grades PK-5: 1st offense: Suspension

    2nd offense: 10-day suspension with possible recommendation for expulsion

    1. Discretion of school administration
    2. Discretion of school administration

    Offense #4: Assault or Battery on a School Employee, Classmate, or Others; Fighting; Threats

    1. A student shall not cause, attempt to cause, threaten to cause physical injury or behave in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to a school employee, other studentor to any person attending school related functions.

    b Fighting, threatening and/or intimidating another student with violence is prohibited.

    1. Hazing, in any form, of any student is prohibited.
    2. Writings (including e-mails) of threat, harm or hurt to or about another student or employee

    of the school system are prohibited.

    Disposition:

    1. Grades 6-12: 10-day suspension with possible recommendation for expulsion

    Grades PK-5: Discretion of school administration

    1. Range from suspension to expulsion
    1. Discretion of school administration

    Offense #5: Property Damage / Theft

    1. Theft of any school property, the property school employees, or the property of another

    student is prohibited.

    1. Willful or malicious destruction of and/or threat to destroy school property or that of school employees, including such actions as the use or threat of bombs, explosives, setting fires, arson, and the deliberate destruction of school property
    1. Any offense listed above directed toward another student
    2. Damage of school property due to negligence or reckless conduct or acts

    Disposition:

    1. Restitution and consequences at the discretion of school administration
    2. Restitution for all damages, and suspension with possible recommendation for expulsion
    3. Restitution and consequences at the discretion of school administration
    4. Restitution and consequences at the discretion of school administration

    Offense #6: Use of Profane, Obscene, or Fighting Words or Gestures

    1. Directed toward staff
    2. Directed toward students

    Disposition:

    1. Grades 6-12: Suspension

    Grades PK-5: Discretion of school administration

    1. Discretion of school administration

     Offense #7: Gang-Related Display(s), Clothing or Communication [Board Policy JCDB]

    The displaying of unauthorized group, gang and /or any organizational symbols, colors and/or any identification markings or communications are prohibited.

    Disposition: Discretion of school administration

     Offense #8: Rude or Disrespectful Behavior and/or Refusal to Carry Out Instruction of Faculty or

    Staff*

    * Including being in an unauthorized area, or while being transported in a vehicle provided by or arranged by the school system

    Disposition: Discretion of school administration

     Offense #9: Classroom Interference* and School Disturbances

    1. Acts which disrupt the learning opportunities of others
    2. Acts which cause disruption of learning environment and/or threatening the safety of others; including: inciting, advising or counseling others to engage in prohibitive acts; sit-downs, walkouts, riots, picketing, trespassing, threats, throwing objects, or actual violence during periods of disruption
    1. Acts or behaviors which incite, promote, encourage, or otherwise promulgate other students

    to violate this Code of Conduct or other school rules or procedures.

    * Note: Interference includes, but is not limited to, noise making devices, toys, radios, cell phones

    1. Range from teacher discretion to office referral to detention to suspension
    2. Discretion of school administration
    3. Discretion of school administration

     Offense #10: Conduct on Bus [Board Policy JCDAD-R]

    1. Misbehavior
    2. Vandalism
    3. Any behavior or action that has the potential of interfering with the safe operations and/or the safety of bus occupants

    Disposition:

    1. Discretion of school administration as outlined in Board Policy JCDAD-R
    2. Restitution for damages and consequences at the discretion of school administration
    3. Discretion of school administration as outlined in Board Policy JCDAD-R

     Offense #11: Use or Possession of Tobacco Products or Similar Items

    Possession or use of tobacco products of any kind is prohibited at all school-sponsored or school-related activities on or off campus. This shall include any chemical delivery system such as nicotine, aerosol, E-cigarettes and/or other “vaping” equipment.

    Dispositions:

    1st Offense: 3 days in-school suspension

    2nd Offense: 3 days out-of-school suspension

    3rd & Subsequent Offenses: 5 days out-of-school suspension

     Offense #12: Inappropriate Public Displays of Affection

    Disposition: Discretion of school administrator

     Offense #13: Gambling, Betting, Wagering

    Gambling, betting or wagering activity on school property or while attending an activity under school supervision is prohibited.

    Disposition: Discretion of school administration

    Offense #14: Campus Parking and Traffic Violations

    1. Improper parking/Parking in faculty area/No parking permit
    2. Speeding and/or reckless driving
    3. Third or subsequent parking or traffic violation

    Disposition:

    1. 1st Offense: Warning

    2nd Offense: Traffic ticket

    3rd and subsequent offenses: Traffic ticket; Possible loss of driving privileges; &/or Vehicle may be towed at owner’s expense

    1. Traffic ticket; Possible loss of driving privileges 
    2. Possible loss of driving privileges; Possible notification to police

    Offense #15: Absences and/or Truancy

    A student shall not be absent from school or any class or other required school function during school hours except as permitted under school attendance policies and Georgia law.

    1. Determination of course credit shall be governed by Board policy and school rules & regulations
    2. A student shall not be tardy to school or to class
    3. A student may not leave school or class without permission of school officials

    Disposition:

    1. Disciplinary action for unexcused absences will be at the discretion of the school administrator. Action may include detention, ISS, out-of-school suspension and/or referral to authorities
    1. Discretion of school administration
    2. Discretion of school administration

    Offense #16: Conduct Outside of School [O.C.G.A. 20-2-751.5 (c)]

    Any conduct outside of school hours or away from school which may adversely affect the education process or endanger the health, safety, morals, or well being of other students, teachers, or employees within the school system may be punishable.

    Disposition: Penalty may range from immediate short-term suspension to a recommendation

    that student appear before a Disciplinary Hearing Tribunal, which may result in

    expulsion.

    Offense #17: Felony [O.C.G.A. 20-2-751.5 (c)]

    A student who has been arrested, charged, or convicted in a court with a felony or an offense

    which would be considered to be a felony if the student were an adult, or is charged with an

    assault upon another student, or a violation of the drug laws or sexual misconduct of a

    serious nature and whose presence at school is reasonably certain to endanger other students

    or staff or cause substantial disruption to the educational climate may be disciplined or

    excluded from school.

    Disposition: Range from suspension to expulsion

    Offense #18: Bullying [O.C.G.A. 20-2-751.4]

    For the purposes of this policy, the term "bullying" as defined by state law means: 

    • any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent present ability to do so; or
    • any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm; or
    • any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, which a reasonable person would perceive as being intended to threaten, harass, or intimidate; or
    • any occurrence of cyberbullying which occurs through the use of electronic communication which is directed specifically at students or school personnel, maliciously intended for the purpose of threatening the safety of those specified or substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school, and creates a reasonable fear of harm or has a high likelihood of succeeding in that purpose.

    Disposition:

    Grades PK-5: 1st offense: Discretion of school administration; Notification of parent.

    2nd offense: Suspension

    Grades 6-12: 1st offense: Discretion of administration; Notification of parent

    2nd offense: Suspension

    3rd offense: 10-day suspension with possible recommendation for expulsion

    Offense #19: False Accusation [O.C.G.A. 20-2-751.5 (a)]

    A student shall not falsify, misrepresent, omit or erroneously report information regarding

    instances of alleged inappropriate behavior by a teacher, administrator or other school employee

    toward a student. Such false accusation is prohibited both on and off school grounds and hours.

    Disposition: Discretion of school administration.

    Offense #20: Sexual Harassment

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate oral, written, or physical conduct of a sexual nature is prohibited. Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to:

    • Verbal harassment or abuse
    • Pressure for sexual activity
    • Repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications
    • Unwelcome touching

    Disposition: Discretion of school administration up to and including recommended expulsion.

    Offense #21: Aiding, Abetting, Accessory

    Students shall not aid, contribute, encourage, be an accessory, or otherwise support other students

    in the violation of the Code of Conduct. This provision may include, but is not limited to, the use

    of social media and other avenues to promote, incite, encourage, or provoke others to violate

    school rules or otherwise advocate for any disruption in the school or take away from the purpose

    of the school or its orderly operation.

    Disposition: Discretion of school administration

    Offense #22: Academic Honesty

    Students shall conduct themselves with honesty and integrity regarding all academic work. 

    Cheating, forgery, plagiarism, and/or doing work for other students is unacceptable at any level

    on any assignment or task.

    Disposition: Discretion of school administration

    Georgia’s Drug Law

    Georgia law mandates certain severe penalties against students and/or adults who engage in drug-related activities at or near school property. Violators face imprisonment and fines. It is unlawful for any person to manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance or marijuana in, on, or within 1,000 feet of any school property.

    Any person who violates or conspires to violate this law is guilty of a felony and upon a first conviction, imprisonment for not more than 20 years or a fine of not more than $20,000, or both. Students who plan to go to college, if convicted under this law, would be barred or denied from receiving state grants, scholarships, or any federal monies for college.

    Telecommunication Devices

    Students are not permitted to use an electronic communication device during school hours except for health or other emergency reasons approved by school administrators. School officials may confiscate electronic devices when rules governing those devices are violated. By bringing a cell phone or other electronic device to school, the student and their parent/guardian consent to the search of the device when there is reasonable suspicion that such a search will reveal a violation of law or school rules. Students shall not use telecommunication devices in a manner that poses a threat to academic integrity,

    disrupts the learning environment, or violates the privacy of others. Students are responsible for devices brought onto school property or to school events. Student use of telecommunication devices for learning purposes may be authorized by the school within the purpose of appropriate classroom instruction.

    Disposition: As listed under Offense #9 of this Code of Conduct.

    Weapons [O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1]

    It is unlawful for any person to carry, possess or have under their control any weapon or explosive compound within a school safety zone, in route to or from school, at school bus stops, or at a school building, school function or on school property or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the school.

    The term "weapon" means and includes any pistol, revolver, or any weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind, as defined in Section 921, Title 18, of the United States Code, or any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, any other knife having a blade of two or more inches,

    straight-edge razor, razor blade, spring stick, metal knucks, blackjack, club or other bludgeon-type weapon, or any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain, or any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart, or any weapon of like kind, and any stun gun or taser. 

    Disposition: Possible expulsion for up to one calendar year and referral to law enforcement.

    School Bus Rules and Regulations

    Rules of student behavior included elsewhere in this Code are applicable to school buses as well as:

    1. Students must be at their assigned bus stop at least two minutes before the scheduled pick-up time.
    2. Students are permitted to load and unload only at their assigned bus stops.
    3. Each driver should designate a seat on the bus for each student.
    4. Students are not to stand in or operate the door.
    5. Students must keep their heads, hands, bodies, and possessions inside the bus at all times.
    6. Students shall hold or place under the seat personal items such as book bags, purses, smaller band instruments, etc. Large items such as bigger musical instruments, are not to be transported on regular routes. Smaller instruments below the typical alto saxophone (approximately 25” x 11” x 7”) may be carried in the lap or under the seat, or in another place designated by the driver.
    7. Objects and other materials are not to be thrown or tossed inside the bus or out bus windows.
    8. Students are not permitted to get off the bus while it is in motion. 
    9. Students shall not write on, cut, scratch, deface or otherwise vandalize buses.
    10. Tobacco or tobacco-like use or products, including vaping devices are prohibited.
    11. While on a bus, students are prohibited from any of the following:
    12. a) profanity or vulgarities;
    13. b) acts of physical violence;
    14. c) bullying or threatening others;
    15. d) physical assault or battery;
    16. e) verbal assault;
    17. f) any other unruly or unsafe behavior.
    18. Students are prohibited from using any electronic device on the bus that might interfere with the bus equipment or the driver’s operation of the bus. Devices include, but are not limited to cell phones, pagers, radios or disc players without headphones, or any similar device.
    19. Students are prohibited from using mirrors, lasers, flashes or any other reflective devices.
    20. Students 2nd Grade and below are not to be dropped off if an adult is not at the bus stop to pick up the student. Students who do not have an adult present at the bus stop will be returned to the school and placed in the after-school program at cost, and parents notified.
    1. Drivers are to be respected and their instructions followed at all times.
    2. Students are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior at bus stop areas while waiting for their bus to arrive and/or after disembarking from the bus. Any misbehavior at bus stops may be subject to disciplinary consequences.
    1. Out-of-district students may not ride a school bus to or from school.
    2. Students shall not behave or act in any way that has the potential of causing unsafe conditions for

    the driver or other bus occupants.

    Suspensions and Expulsions

    Suspension precludes a student from all school operations, activities, and functions for the time of the suspension. A student in In-School Suspension (ISS) is also suspended from all school-sponsored activities for the days he/she is in ISS. Short-term Suspension removes a student out-of-school for not more than 10 consecutive days. Long-term suspension is removing a student for more than 10 days but not beyond the current quarter or semester. Expulsion is suspension for more than 10 days that goes beyond the current term, and may be permanent.

    Students under suspension/expulsion may not attend any school-related activity on or off school grounds during the time of suspension/expulsion. An assignment of suspension ends on the morning of the next day after the suspension is completed or the morning after the last day of the school year if the suspension is at the end of the academic year. 

    For overall academic progress students are expected to do the work missed during a suspension. Students shall not be penalized in their academic grade for the first suspension of a full credit period (semester for grades 9-12 and year for grades 3-8) if the student makes up the work in the time allotted by policy and arrangements with the teacher. For subsequent suspensions in a full grading period, a student may receive a grade of no higher than “70” on graded work missed during an out-of-school suspension and made up within the time allotted by this policy and arrangements with the teacher(s) except for final examinations and long-term assignments. If the student fails to make up the work, the teacher may assign a grade of “0” for each assignment not completed. Long term assignments such as research projects and papers assigned before a suspension and due during the suspension may be turned in on the day the student returns from suspension without penalty. Long term assignments made during a suspension are due on the assigned due date.

    Parental Notice

    Parents and guardians are encouraged to inform their children on the consequences, including potential criminal penalties, of underage sexual conduct and crimes for which a minor can be tried as an adult.

    Discipline Appeals

    Any disciplinary matter involving punishment of five days out-of-school suspension or less, or any punishment less severe cannot be appealed beyond the school principal. Any disciplinary matter involving punishment of seven days out-of-school suspension or less cannot be appealed beyond the Superintendent. (Policy JCE)

    Authority of Principal

    The principal is the designated leader of the school and with the staff is responsible for its orderly operation. In cases of discipline violations not covered by prescribed disposition in this brochure, the principal may enact corrective measures which he or she believes are in the best interest of the school and student involved. 

    SUSPENSIONS

    School administrators have the authority to suspend a student from school for up to ten (10) school days. If less than the number of suspended days remain in the current school year, the suspension may continue into the next regular school year. Students under suspension may not participate in or attend any school activities on or off campus during the days of the suspension. An assignment of suspension ends on the morning of the next day after the suspension is completed or the last day of the school year if the suspension is at the end of the academic year.

    For overall academic progress, students are expected and shall be allowed to make up missed work during a suspension. The student shall have at least the number of days to make up the work plus one day as he/she was suspended subject to the schedule of the teacher. For example, if a student is suspended for 2 days, he/she would have the next 3 days beginning on the date of scheduled return to school to complete all make up work. It is the student’s responsibility to find out from the teacher(s) what he/she is responsible to make up and to make arrangements with the teacher(s). Individual teachers shall have the right to exempt a student from any assignment which may have limited bearing on the student’s final grade average.

    Students shall not be penalized in their academic grade for the first suspension of the academic year if the student makes up the work in the time allotted by this policy and arrangements with the teacher. For subsequent suspensions in the grading period, a student may receive a grade of no lower than “60” and no higher than “70” on graded work missed during an out-of-school suspension and made up within the time allotted by this policy and arrangements with the teacher. If the student fails to make up the work, the teacher may assign a grade of “0” for each assignment not completed.

    Long term assignments such as research projects and papers assigned before a suspension and due during the suspension may be turned in on the day the student returns from suspension without penalty. Long term assignments made during a suspension are due on the assigned due date.

    SYSTEM TESTING CALENDAR

    The Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) is a comprehensive summative assessment program spanning grades 3 through high school.

    Georgia Milestones measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards in English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

    Students in grades 3 through 8 take an end-of-grade assessment in English Language Arts and mathematics while students in grades 5 and 8 are also assessed in science and social studies.

    Students at Cartersville Elementary School will test April 23, 2019 – May 3, 2019.

    TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS

    In compliance with the requirements of the Every Students Succeeds Act, parents/guardians may request the following information:

    1. Whether the student’s teacher -
      • Has met State qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels ad subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
      • Is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and
      • Is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.
    2. Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

    We have assembled an excellent staff to provide a quality educational program for each student. Teacher and paraprofessional qualifications are available upon request from Ken Clouse, Assistant Superintendent, 770-382-5880 (kclouse@cartersvilleschools.org).

    TELEPHONE CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT [TCPA]

    In order to effectively communicate information in a timely manner, the school system routinely utilizes an automated telephone calling system. The FCC has issued a ruling related to this service (The Consumer Protections Act). We must have your consent to call/text information to any cell/mobile/pay telephone number. We hope you will provide us with that permission so we can continue to communicate with you when you provide us such a phone number. Permission is granted by signing the appropriate place on the Acknowledgment Form for this handbook. This permission may be revoke at any time by contacting the school office. Consent is not required for calls for “emergency purposes,” defined as a call necessary in any situation affecting the health and safety or students.

    TEXTBOOK/MATERIALS RESPONSIBILITY

    Once textbooks and instructional materials are issued to a student, the responsibility for the return of these materials to the school shall be on that of the student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s). When textbooks, media books or other instructional materials are not returned to the school in a form suitable for continued use, it shall be the responsibility of the student and his/her parent/ guardian to reimburse the Cartersville School System for the full replacement cost of the textbook, media book or other instructional materials.

    In cases involving damaged books or materials, such materials shall become the property of the student and his/her parent/guardian once replacement funds are received by the school. Students who do not pay for books issued to them which have been lost or damaged shall not be issued replacement books or materials until the debt is erased. Students who owe for damaged or lost materials shall be provided a textbook during specific class times. In no case shall a student be eligible to participate in graduation exercises or elective school activities of the Cartersville School System if debts related to lost or damaged books or materials remain unpaid.

    Students who meet graduation requirements but are ineligible for graduation exercises because of unpaid debts related to textbooks, media center books, or other instructional materials shall receive their official high school diploma by mail along with an official transcript.

    TEXTBOOK/MEDIA BOOK CHARGES

    Students issued textbooks must pay for any textbooks not returned in satisfactory, usable condition. Satisfactory condition means that the textbook may be reissued confidently to another student without any repairs.

    At the beginning of the school year or when a textbook is issued it is important for student to check their textbook(s) and report any damages. After all textbooks have been distributed, students have five (5) school days to report any damages to the teacher who issued the book so they will not be charged at the end of the term/year. Notification can be done via email to the teacher or orally to the teacher. If pre-existing damage is not documented by this date, the student is responsible for book fines assessed at the end of the term/year.

    All textbooks are due at the end of the class (semester/year). When students return their textbooks, the books are to be reviewed and assessed for any damages sustained. Listed below is the criteria to be used in determining what fees to charge for damaged books. Damage fees are used to pay for the repair or replacement of books. Students, parents and teachers should contact their school administrator if there are questions. In the case of a question on the assessment, the decision of the school administration is final.

    All textbooks/media center book debts are considered outstanding obligations and diplomas will be withheld until all outstanding fine obligations are cleared. Additionally, distribution of report cards may be withheld.

    Type of Damage

    Fine/Fee

    Lost book

    Full price of book

    100% full refund (depending on the condition) if the book is returned during the current school year

    Water/Liquid Damage (includes mold)

    Full price of book

    Missing Pages

    Full price of book

    Textbook Rebind

    A textbook must be rebound if the cover or spine is missing or is pulling away from the book.

    $20.00

    Spine Damage that can be repaired

    $5.00

    Replacement of System Barcode Label

    $5.00

    Writing in book

    If there are un-erasable obscenities or vulgarities, full price of book.

    $1.00 per page

    Torn Pages

    $1.00 per page

    Cover Damage (includes bent/worn corners)

    $5.00 up to Full price of book

    Gum, Food, Candy Damage

    $5.00 up to Full price of book

    Pet Damage

    $5.00 up to Full price of book

    Miscellaneous Damages

    Up to Full price of book

    TITLE I

    Cartersville Elementary School is a school-wide Title I school. School-wide is an alternative use of federal funds focusing on the learning needs of all students. The school-wide option enables schools to integrate programs, strategies, and resources to support high quality education for ALL students. The law specifically allows school-wide organization to use Title I funds to: 1) upgrade the school's entire educational programs; 2) serve any and all students at the school; 3) consolidate funds with other federal, state, and local resources to upgrade the entire school program and to help ALL students meet the state's challenging standards; and 4) focus on the needs of students by ensuring that every student succeeds.

    VIDEO SURVEILLANCE

    Having carefully weighed and balanced the rights of privacy of students and staff against a duty to maintain order, discipline, and a safe learning environment, the Cartersville City School System and its schools may employ the use of video surveillance equipment on school property and in school vehicles. Such use shall be subject to the other policies of the district including policies concerning the confidentiality of student and personnel records. Video surveillance is used to promote order, safety, and security of students, staff and property.

    WEBSITES and MOBILE APP SYSTEM/SCHOOL

    Students and parents are encouraged to visit the system and school websites on a regular basis to keep well informed of pertinent information, announcements and events. Links to all schools are on the system web site. Website information can also be translated into a variety of language on the web site with one click. www.cartersvilleschools.org

    Additionally, Cartersville Schools gives instant access to important information with the CCS mobile app. This free app is available to anyone in the community who wants to stay connected including timely updates and notifications, news and photos, district and school calendars, and lunch menus. Additional features for current CCS parents/guardians and students are available such as student academic performance and lunch and media center account balance information. Download the app onto your mobile device.

    WRITING CHECKS

    Your preprinted (not counter check) check is welcome at all Cartersville schools. We recognize that occasionally a parent may inadvertently overdraw a checking account and a check may be returned by your bank. In order to recover these funds in a private and professional manner, the district has contracted with CHECKredi for collection of returned checks.

    Each person writing a check to a school or the school system should write the check on a commercially printed check with your name, street address (not P.O. Box), and one phone number. When a person writes a check, the person writing the check agrees that, if the check is returned it may be represented electronically on the same account, and that the full face amount PLUS a fee may be debited from the same account.

    CHECKredi will contact you by mail and/or by telephone in order to make arrangements to pay before attempting to represent the check electronically. Payments may be made to CHECKredi’s office by mail to P.O. Box 3829 Huntsville, AL 35810. Payments of the check and fee may be made online at www.checkredi.com using a credit card, debit card or electronic check without additional fees. For a convenience fee, payments may be made over the telephone at (877-524-7334) by credit card, debit card or electronic check.

    Cartersville Elementary School Student Photo Release Form 

    Please fill in this form and return. 


    Student's 
    Name:_________________________________ Grade:_______________ 

    School:_______________________________ Homeroom:_____________________ 

    From time to time, photos will be taken of students, student activities, etc. The school reserves the right to use these photos for news releases, posting on the school's website, the yearbook, or school-related video and slide presentations. 

    I hereby grant permission for video recordings and digital photographs to be taken of my child or my child's work as part of his/her participation at Cartersville Elementary School. I understand that the recordings and images collected will be used only for non-profit educational purposes. 

    You have the right to refuse permission for images of your child to be used as well. 


    ______ Yes, I grant permission for Cartersville Elementary School to use my child's photo for the reasons listed above. 

    ______ No, please do not use my child's photo. 

    ____________________________________________________ 

    Print Parent/Guardian Name 

    ___________________________________________________ _______________ 

    Signature                                                                               Date 

    Cartersville Elementary School

    Acknowledgment Form