Internet access at school is available for all students only as an educational resource.
- I will never give my name, address, or telephone number to someone on-line, because the people on the Internet are strangers to me.
- I will not go into parts of the Internet that are not appropriate for my learning at school.
- I will only access the Internet with permission from a teacher.
- I will close any inappropriate sites or pop-ups immediately and tell my teacher right away if I come across anything that is not appropriate.
- I will not attempt to bypass the Internet filter to access a blocked website.
The computer, software, and network are available for all students only as an educational resource.
- I will treat the computers with respect and not cause damage to them.
- I will treat other people’s files with respect.
- I will not intentionally obtain or modify files, passwords, or data belonging to any other users.
- I will not copy things to include in my projects unless I give credit to the author and/or website.
- I will not plagiarize.
- I will not share my username and password with anyone nor will I use another student’s username and password.
- I understand that teachers and administrators will monitor all student activities on the network.
The computer is set-up and the software programs are selected for all students only as an educational resource.
- I will not change the way the computer is setup to run.
- I will not use technology for fraudulent copying, communications or modification of materials in violation of local, state, and federal laws.
- I will not use technology for destruction or theft of district hardware or software.
- I will not download software from the Internet nor install software that could damage the computer system.
- I will not download any media (pictures, songs, video clips, games, etc) unless a teacher grants permission.
- I will not use technology for illegal installation, distribution, reproduction or use of copyrighted software on district computers.
Online communication is available for all students only as an educational resource.
- I will only use email or instant messaging for school related communication.
- I will always use proper and appropriate language and my best writing skills when communicating online.
- I will not give out any personal information that tells who I am or where I live.
- I will only use a chat room or blog when a teacher grants permission.
- I will never use online communication to harass or bully anyone.
- I will never use technology to access obscene or pornographic material.
- I will never use technology to transmit material likely to be offensive or objectionable to recipients.
- I will never use technology to participate in inappropriate and/or objectionable discussions or newsgroups.
- I will never use technology to disseminate hate mail, harassment, discriminatory remarks, or other antisocial communication.
- I will never use technology to misrepresent other users on the network
- I will never use technology to facilitate any illegal activity.
- I will never use technology for commercial or for-profit purposes.
- I will never use technology for product advertisement or political lobbying.
- I will never use technology to read another's mail or files without their consent.
If I don’t follow these rules:
- I understand that if I break any of these rules, I may lose the privilege of using the computer and/or the Internet.
- I understand that if I am in violation of the rules and are subject to, but not limited to, the suspension and/or dismissal of all parties involved. In addition, the district and/or its designees reserve the right to pursue civil and/or criminal prosecution as the situation warrants.
Web Site Policy – Privacy Standards: Only those web pages maintained in accordance with Board policy and established procedures shall be recognized as the official representations of the district or individual schools.
- Because Internet publications are available to the entire world, special care shall be taken to protect the privacy of students and staff. Public web pages may not include personally identifying information regarding a student such as: telephone numbers, addresses, names of other family members, names of friends, e-mail addresses, specific location of a student at any given time, grades or any other academic information. No confidential information shall be published on or linked to the web site unless the site is password protected.
- Student work may be published on web pages only with written consent of the student's parent/guardian or the eligible student. The authoring student shall also sign a copyright consent form.
- Links to student e-mail accounts are prohibited.
- Pictures of students may be included only under the following conditions:
- Individual student pictures may be published on the web site only with written consent of the student's parent/guardian or eligible student.
- Pictures of groups of students involved in a school-related activity may be published without consent; however, the students shall only be identified by the group name.
- Students shall not be individually identified in pictures unless there is a special reason for doing so, such as recognition for receiving an award. In such cases, the student's parent/guardian or eligible student must give written consent.
- Sport team pictures should not list names and numbers.
Media Access to Students: School administrators shall be authorized to grant permission and set parameters for media access to students in their respective schools. Media representatives shall be required to report to the administration for prior approval before accessing students involved in instructional programs and activities not attended by the general public. The media may interview and photograph students involved in instructional programs and school activities including athletic events. Such media access shall not be unduly disruptive and shall comply with Board policies.
Each year parents/guardians will be given the option to withhold permission for public news media interviews or photographs of their child at school. Specific parental/guardian permission must be obtained if the story or photograph covers topics of sensitive nature.
If any student is to be filmed or videotaped and will be identified or a primary subject of the filming or videotaping, prior written consent/release/waiver will be obtained from the student's parent/guardian.
District employees may release student information to the media only in accordance with applicable provisions of the education records law and Board policies governing directory information and personally identifiable information.
Parents will be advised of the Board's Media Access to Students policy at the time of the enrollment and each fall in the district student/parent handbook.
Parental Involvement Policy: All LEA’s are required to have a system-wide Parent Involvement Policy and each of the schools must have a School Parental Involvement Plan that is developed jointly with parents, agreed on with parents, and distributed to all parents. Alcoa City Schools Parental Involvement Policy/Plan and Individual Schools Parental Involvement Plans may be accessed at http://www.alcoaschools.net.
Teacher Qualification: At the beginning of each school year, a district that received Title I funds must notify parents that they may request information about the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teacher(s). If a parent requests the information, it must include, at least, whether the teacher has met state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas taught; whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status; the baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification.
Paraprofessional Qualifications (Title I): If your child attends a Title I school and is provided services by instructional assistants, you can request information concerning their qualifications.
Military Recruiter Access to Student Information: Districts receiving federal education funds must notify parents of secondary school students that they have a right to request that their child’s name, address and telephone number not be released to a military recruiter without their prior written consent. Districts must comply with any such requests. Please indicate whether your child’s name/information can or cannot be released to military recruiters on the initial enrollment form or during the Returning Student Enrollment Verification.
Institution of Higher Learning Access: You have the right to request your child’s name, address and telephone number not be released to institutions of higher learning or colleges without prior written consent. Please indicate whether your child’s name/information can or cannot be released to the recruiters of institutes of higher learning or colleges on the initial enrollment form or during the Returning Student Enrollment Verification.
Title I - Schoolwide Programs: A district must inform eligible schools and parents of Title I schoolwide program authority under which such schools may consolidate funds from federal, state and local sources to upgrade the entire educational program of the school. The school must serve an eligible attendance area in which at least 40% of the children in the area or enrolled in the school are from low-income families. Please contact each school for their Title I status.
Individual Achievement On State Assessment: All schools must provide parents information on the achievement level of their child on each of the state academic assessments as soon as possible after the test is taken. These reports will be distributed annually from each school.
National Assessment of Education Progress: Districts, schools, and students may voluntarily participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Parents of children selected to participate in any NAEP assessment must be informed before the assessment is administered that their child may be excused from participation for any reason, is not required to finish any assessment and is not required to answer any test question. A district must make reasonable efforts to inform parents and the public about their right to access to all assessment data (except personally identifiable information), questions and current assessment instruments.
Access to Curriculum Standards: The Alcoa City Schools are committed to providing the finest education possible to our students. The information and links below are intended to help address questions about our curriculum, our instruction, and our statements. All curriculum information may be viewed at http://www.alcoaschools.net.
English Language (EL) Programs: A school district that uses federal funds to provide a language instruction education program for children with limited English proficiency must, no later than 30 days after the beginning of the school year, give the parent(s) of each child identified for participation or participating in such a program the following information: why the child is placed in the program; the child’s level of English proficiency, how that level was determined and the status of the child’s academic achievement; methods of instruction in the program in which their child is placed and those of other available programs; how the program will meet the educational needs of their child; how the program will help their child learn English and meet the educational needs of academic achievement standards for grade promotion and graduation; the specific exit requirements for the program; in the case of a child with a disability, how the program meets the child’s IEP objectives; and information about parental rights. For more information on the EL programs, please contact the individual school, or go to: http://www.alcoaschools.net.
Student Privacy: A district must develop and adopt policies regarding the rights of parents to inspect third party surveys before they are distributed to students; measures to protect student privacy when surveys ask for certain sensitive information; parental right to inspect any instructional materials; administration of physical examinations or screening of students; collection, disclosure or use of personal information from students for the purpose of marketing or selling that information; and the parental right to inspect any instrument used to collect personal information before it is distributed to students.
Districts must give parents annual notice of an adoption or continued use of such policies and within a reasonable period of time after any substantive change in such policies. Districts must give parents annual notice at the beginning of the school year of the specific or approximate dates during the school year when the following activities are scheduled or expected to be scheduled: activities involving the collection, disclosure or use of personal student information for the purpose of marketing or selling that information; administration of surveys containing requests for certain types of sensitive information; any non-emergency, invasive physical examination that is required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school, scheduled in advance and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of student. Refer to board policy at http://www.alcoaschools.net.
FERPA: (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) Notification of Parent/Student Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools. Parents have:
- The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access.
- The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading.
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
Grievance Policy: Decisions made by school personnel — such as aides, teachers, or assistant principals — which students believe are unfair or in violation of pertinent policies of the Board or individual school rules may be appealed to the school principal or a designated representative. To appeal, students will contact the principal's office in their school and provide their name, the issue and the reason for their appeal on a printed form available at the school office within two days. The appeal will usually be decided confidentially and promptly, preferably within 10 school days.
Homeless Children: To be eligible for federal funds for programs assisting the education of homeless children, a district must provide written notice to the parents of homeless children that they have the choice of schools, and that homeless children must be provided transportation services, educational services and meals through school meal programs comparable to those offered to other children in the school attended. The notice must also include contact information for the local liaison for homeless children and the state coordinator for education of homeless children. If the district sends a homeless child to a school other that the school of origin or the school requested by the parent, the district must provide the parents a written explanation for, including notice of the right to appeal, the decision. The information must also be provided whenever a dispute arises over school selection. For further information, contact ACS Homeless Liaison or the Director of Federal Programs at 865-984-0531.
Notice of Intent to Apply for Federal Funds: Alcoa City Schools will be submitting the ePlan for all federal programs including the Consolidated Application for Title I, Title II-A, Title III, IDEA Part B and IDEA PK, as well as General Purpose budget for special education purposes. This document will be available for public review each year during the month of July. If you have any questions please call Alcoa City Schools at 865-984-0531.
FAPE: Tennessee law guarantees the right to free and appropriate public education for all persons ages 3 to 21.
The Alcoa City School System is responsible for identification, evaluation and services to disabled students ages 3 to 21 who live within the city limits of Alcoa, TN. This includes, but is not limited to, children who attend private schools, home schools and daycare centers. Parents or guardians of children with disabilities not enrolled in school should contact Director of Federal Programs at 524 Faraday St., Alcoa, TN or phone 865-984-0531 to access these services.
Gifted Awareness/Child Find: Alcoa City Schools System is responsible for developing and implementing procedures for creating public awareness of special education programs in their jurisdiction. Alcoa City Schools will locate, identify, and evaluate all (including gifted) public and private school children, with disabilities, including religious-school children residing in the jurisdiction of the LEA in accordance with 300.125 and 300.220 of the Federal Register. In an effort to comply with this law, Alcoa City Schools requests that any individual or parent contact Mrs. Deborah Smith, Director of Special Education, at the Alcoa City Schools Central office. If you need additional information or want to make a referral, call 865-984-0531.
Special Education Child Find Statement: Alcoa City Schools provides a full range of special education services for students whose educational needs cannot be met in the general education program. Students who have disabilities that meet the criteria established by the Tennessee State Department of Education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) may be eligible for special education and related services if the following conditions significantly impact their educational performance: specific learning disability, speech and language impairment, emotional disturbance, intellectually gifted, autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, functional delay, hearing impairment, multiple disabilities, intellectual disability, other health impairment, orthopedic impairment, visual impairment, traumatic brain injury, or developmental delay. Students suspected of having any of these disabilities have the right to a comprehensive evaluation by a multidisciplinary team, a free, appropriate public education with typically developing peers to the maximum extent appropriate, and due process rights. All records and information regarding the psycho-educational evaluation and the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) are kept confidential and can be released with parental consent. Parents have the right to review records upon request. Anyone who has or knows of a child who is suspected of having a disability may contact the school for the child to make a referral. For more information or to make a referral you may also contact: Deborah Smith, Director of Special Education, ACS, [email protected] or 865-984-0531
Purging of Special Education Records: Alcoa City Schools will purge Special Education records annually. Please refer to the website at http://www.alcoaschools.net.
CODE OF BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE POLICY
The Director of Schools shall be responsible for the overall implementation and supervision of the Board’s Code of Behavior and Discipline and shall ensure that students at all schools are subject to a uniform and fair application of the Code.
The principal of each school shall be responsible for implementation and administration in his/her school and shall apply the Code uniformly and fairly to each student at the school without partiality and discrimination.
The Board delegates to the Director of Schools the responsibility of developing more specific codes of behavior and discipline which are appropriate for each level of school, namely, elementary, intermediate, middle, and high. The development of each code shall involve principals and faculty members of each level of school and shall be consistent with the content of the Board’s Code.
A copy of the Code shall be posted at each school and school counselors shall be supplied copies for discussion with students. The Code shall be referenced in all school handbooks. All teachers, administrative staff and parents shall be provided copies of the Code.
Code of Conduct: Individual school discipline policies are posted in each school and distributed to parents.
Zero Tolerance Policy: Refer to school board policies at http://www.alcoaschools.net.
Tobacco Free Schools Policy – Gun Free Schools Act: All uses of tobacco and tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, are prohibited in all of the school district’s buildings.1 Smoking shall be prohibited in any public seating areas, including but not limited to, bleachers used for sporting events, or public restrooms.2
The use of tobacco or tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, will be prohibited in all vehicles, owned, leased or operated by the district. District employees and students enrolled in the district’s schools will not be permitted to use tobacco or tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, while they are participants in any class or activity in which they represent the school district.
Any student who possesses tobacco products shall be issued a citation by the school principal/resource officer.3 The Director of Schools, in cooperation with the juvenile court and the local (police/sheriff’s department), is responsible for developing procedures for issuance of the citations which shall include the form and content of citations and methods of handling completed citations.
This statement serves as the required notification of this citation requirement at the beginning of each school year.
- Section 1042 of the Environmental Tobacco Smoke/Pro-Children Act of 1994
- TCA 39-17-1604(6)(10); TCA 39-17-1605; TCA 39-17-1606
- TCA 39-17-1505
Unsafe School Choice Policy: As required by the Tennessee State Board of Education’s Unsafe School Choice Policy, parents shall be notified immediately if their child is the victim of a violent crime, as defined in TCA 40-38-111(g). Any child that is a victim of such crime has the right to attend another grade-appropriate public school in the district. In the situations where only one school is available, the system will attempt to facilitate a transfer to a school in another school district; however, such transfer shall not be required. All Alcoa City Schools are considered “Safe Schools.”
Definition of a Violent Crime: The following applicable offenses are listed as identified and defined in TCA 40-38-111(g):
● Aggravated arson
● Aggravated assault
● Aggravated child abuse and neglect
● Aggravated kidnapping
● Aggravated rape
● Aggravated robbery
● Aggravated sexual battery
● Aggravated spousal rape
● Spousal rape
● Spousal sexual battery
● Aggravated vehicular homicide
● Criminally negligent homicide
● Especially aggravated burglary
● Especially aggravated kidnapping
● Especially aggravated robbery
● First degree murder
● Rape of a child
● Reckless homicide
● Second degree murder
● Sexual battery by an authority figure
● Sexual battery
● Statutory rape
● Vehicular homicide
● Voluntary manslaughter
Refer to Board Policy at http://www.alcoaschools.net for guidelines on the following:
- DRUG FREE SCHOOLS POLICY
- SCHOOL/SYSTEM SAFETY PLAN
- CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN – Please refer to individual schools for plans.
Student Discrimination/Harassment/Bullying/Intimidation/Cyberbullying Policy: The Alcoa City Schools Board of Education has determined that a safe, civil, and supportive environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. In order to maintain that environment, acts of bullying, cyber-bullying, discrimination, harassment, hazing or any other victimization of students, based on any actual or perceived traits or characteristics, are prohibited.1
This policy shall be disseminated annually to all school staff, students, and parents. This policy shall cover employees, employees' behaviors, students and students' behaviors while on school property, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided equipment or transportation, or at any official school bus stop. If the act takes place off school property or outside of a school-sponsored activity, this policy is in effect if the conduct is directed specifically at a student or students and has the effect of creating a hostile educational environment or otherwise creating a substantial disruption to the education environment or learning process.
Building administrators are responsible for educating and training their respective staff and students as to the definition and recognition of violations of this policy.
Bullying/Intimidation/Harassment - An act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, and the act has the effect of:
- Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property;
- Knowingly placing a student or students in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property;
- Causing emotional distress to a student or students; or
- Creating a hostile educational environment.
Bullying, intimidation, or harassment may also be unwelcome conduct based on a protected class (race, nationality, origin, color, gender, age, disability, religion) that is severe, pervasive, or persistent and creates a hostile environment. Annual training is provided to all Alcoa Administrators, staff, and students on all issues pertaining to bullying, harassment, intimidation, and racial, sexual, and disability discrimination.
Cyber-bullying - A form of bullying undertaken through the use of electronic devices. Electronic devices include, but are not limited to, telephones, cellular phones or other wireless telecommunication devices, text messaging, emails, social networking sites, instant messaging, videos, websites or fake profiles.
Hazing - An intentional or reckless act by a student or group of students that is directed against any other student(s) that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of the student(s) or that induces or coerces a student to endanger his/her mental or physical health or safety. Coaches and other employees of the school district shall not encourage, permit, condone or tolerate hazing activities.3 “Hazing” does not include customary athletic events or similar contests or competitions and is limited to those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any organization.
Complaints and Investigations
Alleged victims of the above-referenced offenses shall report these incidents immediately to a teacher, counselor or building administrator.2 All school employees are required to report alleged violations of this policy to the principal/designee. All other members of the school community, including students, parents, volunteers, and visitors, are encouraged to report any act that may be a violation of this policy.
While reports may be made anonymously, an individual's need for confidentiality must be balanced with obligations to cooperate with police investigations or legal proceedings, to provide due process to the accused, to conduct a thorough investigation or to take necessary actions to resolve a complaint, and the identity of parties and witnesses may be disclosed in appropriate circumstances to individuals with a need to know.
The principal/designee at each school shall be responsible for investigating and resolving complaints. The principal/designee is responsible for determining whether an alleged act constitutes a violation of this policy, and such act shall be held to violate this policy when it meets one of the following conditions:
- It places the student in reasonable fear or harm for the student’s person or property;
- It has a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health;
- It has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance; or
- It has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
Upon the determination of a violation, the principal/designee shall conduct a prompt, thorough, and complete investigation of each alleged incident. Within the parameters of the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) at 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, a written report on the investigation will be delivered to the parents of the complainant, parents of the accused students and to the Director of Schools.
Response and Prevention
School administrators shall consider the nature and circumstances of the incident, the age of the violator, the degree of harm, previous incidences or patterns of behavior, or any other factors, as appropriate to properly respond to each situation.
A substantiated charge against an employee shall result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. A substantiated charge against a student may result in corrective or disciplinary action up to and including suspension.
An employee disciplined for violation of this policy may appeal the decision by contacting the Federal Rights Coordinator. Any student disciplined for violation of this policy may appeal the decision in accordance with disciplinary policies and procedures
When a complaint is filed alleging a violation of this policy where there is physical harm or the threat of physical harm to a student or a student's property, the principal/designee of each school shall report the findings and any disciplinary actions taken to the director of schools and the chair of the board of education.
By July 1 of each year, the director of schools/designee shall prepare a report of all of the bullying cases brought to the attention of school officials during the prior academic year. The report shall also indicate how the cases were resolved and/or the reasons they are still pending. This report shall be presented to the board of education at its regular July meeting, and it shall be submitted to the state department of education by August 1.
The director of schools shall develop forms and procedures to ensure compliance with the requirements of this policy and TCA 49-6-1016.
Retaliation and False Accusations
Retaliation against any person who reports or assists in any investigation of an act alleged in this policy is prohibited. The consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in retaliation shall be determined by the administrator after consideration of the nature, severity, and circumstances of the act.
False accusations accusing another person of having committed an act prohibited under this policy are prohibited. The consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person found to have falsely accused another may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension and expulsion.
Alcoa City Schools does not discriminate on the basis or race, color, national origin, gender, handicap or age in the educational programs and activities it operates, pursuant to the requirement of Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 (Public Law 92-318), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Public Law 92-112), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.
For more information on compliance with the statutes and regulations, contact Director of Federal Programs at 865-984-0531 at the Alcoa Educator Support Center on 524 Faraday St., Alcoa, TN 37701, or to http://www.alcoaschools.net. Tennessee law guarantees the right to free and appropriate public education for all persons ages 3 to 21.
ALCOA CITY SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
All Alcoa City School Board Policies may be viewed on our website at: http://www.alcoaschools.net.
Revised June 2021