Online Student Handbook

Red Bank High School
2017-2018 STUDENT HANDBOOK
School Office: (423) 874-1900

www.redbankhigh.com

Elaine Harper - Principal
ext. 1010, harper_elaine@hcde.org

Monica Gordon- Assistant Principal
ext. 1330, gordon_mon@hcde.org

Wendell Weathers - Assistant Principal
ext. 2450, weathers_wendell@hcde.org

Stefan Hunt - Dean of Students
ext. 1024, hunt_john@hcde.org

Table of Contents

RBHS Purpose Statement and Vision    2
School Calendar    2
Bell Schedules    3
Grading Periods    3
Grading Components    4
Tardy Policy    5
Hall Passes    6
Attendance Policy    6
Dismissals    7
Make-up Work Policy    7
Withholding of Grades for Debts Owed    8
Transportation Policy    8
Cell Phones and Electronic Devices    8
Activity and Eligibility Guidelines    9
Dress Code    11
Zero Tolerance Policy    13
Student Discrimination/Harassment/Hazing and Bullying/Intimidation    14
Discipline Policy    14
Searches    15
School Closings    15
Elevator Policy    15
Fire, Tornado and Safety Drills    15
Driving and Parking Policies    16
County Contact Information for Registration    17
School Lunch Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)    17
School Board Policy, TCA, Code of Acceptable Behavior    17

RBHS Purpose Statement

The purpose of Red Bank High School is to enable all students to graduate at their highest academic achievement and with the social preparation needed to be globally competitive and responsible citizens.

RBHS Vision
The Red Bank High School community will empower all students to become collaborators, critical thinkers, and digitally literate problem solvers.
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2017-2018 School Calendar


August 7        Registration Day
August 10        First Full Day of School
September 4        Labor Day
October 6        End of 1st Quarter (No Students)          
October 9-13        Fall Break
October 20        Report Cards
November 22-24        Thanksgiving Holiday
December 19        Last Day of School before Holidays - End of 2nd Quarter - Half-Day for Students
Dec 21 - Jan 3    Winter Break

January 8        School Reopens
January 12        Report Cards
January 15        Martin Luther King Day
February 19        Presidents' Day
March 16        End of 3rd Quarter (No Students)
March 23        Report Cards
March 30        Spring Holiday
April 2 - April 6    Spring Break
May 25    Last Day of School - Report Cards - End of 4th Quarter (No Buses)


2017-2018 Bell Schedule
1st Block    7:20  -   8:40

2nd Block    8:45  -  10:05

Movement    10:05 - 10:20

3rd Block (Skinny)    10:20 - 11:05

4th Block    11:10 - 12:55        
    A Lunch - 11:05-11:30
    B Lunch - 12:30-12:55

5th Block    1:00   -  2:20
                                    

(MANE News 1:00-1:15 - FRIDAYS Only)



Grading Periods

Report Cards
Report Cards will be issued at the end of each nine-week grading period.
    Quarter 1 Report Card............October 20, 2017
    Semester 1 Report Card..........January 12, 2018
    Quarter 3 Report Card.............March 23, 2018
    Semester 2 Report Card...........May 25, 2018

Progress Reports
Parents and students can monitor student progress through the parent portal on PowerSchool at any time during the school year.  We will not be distributing progress reports unless a parent requests one through the student's 3rd block teacher.
Grade Calculations for Block Schools

Grade Calculations for High School Courses without State End-of-Course Tests
Semester 1 (1st 9 weeks) and semester 2 (2nd 9 weeks) each 9-weeks grade counts 40% and the exam counts 20%.
Grade Calculations for High School Courses with State End-of-Course Tests
For semester 1 (1st 9 weeks) grade counts 42.5%
For semester 2 (2nd 9 weeks) grade counts 42.5%
End-of-Course test counts 15%

Components of the Quarter Grade

The grading formula for each nine-week's grade is as follows:

a. Instructional Tasks------50% Teaching Assessment Tasks. These may include instructional tasks such as daily work, quizzes, teaching tasks, and problem/project based learning activities. Homework assignments should count no more than 10%.
b. Assessment Tasks----- 50% Performance and/or Assessment Tasks. Assessments may include summative unit tests, essays, performance assessments, constructed response tasks and problem/project based learning activities.
Hall Passes

Every effort must be made to minimize interruption of instructional time. However, in the event that a student is required to leave the classroom during class, the student MUST:

Have a current SCHOOL ID in his/her possession, once these have been issued
Sign out using the online hall pass
Wear an orange vest or have a valid office pass
No electronic devices to be used while on a pass from class
Comply with the "20/20 Rule," which states that no passes are valid during the first and/or the last twenty minutes of class


Hamilton County Department of Education Board
Attendance Policy (6.200)

Regular attendance is essential for academic achievement.  Recognizing that, the following procedures govern attendance:
 
Absences are recorded daily by period.

Automated calls will be made to the parents of each absent student two times per day, one after 1st Block and one at the end of the day.

Written excuses stating the reason for absences must be signed by a parent or guardian and filed with the attendance clerk in the main office the first day the student returns to school.

* By law students are allowed 5 unexcused absences per school year. HCDE will allow parent excuses to serve as documentation for 3 additional personal illness days. **After the 5 unexcused days and the 3 additional personal illness days, parents must provide medical services documentation.**  To avoid student absences being recorded as unexcused, a written statement signed and dated by the parent or guardian and any medical documentation should be presented to the school within 5 days of the student returning to school.


The following are legal reasons for excusing a student from school:

Personal Illness - A physician's statement may be required.
Death in Immediate Family - Students may be excused for three days in the event of a death in their immediate families including parents, step-parents, siblings, or grandparents.
Family Illness - Students having an illness in the family which requires them to give temporary help will be excused from attendance after receipt of a physician's statement concerning the necessity of the student's assistance.
Religious Holiday - Students shall be excused on religious holidays regularly observed by their faith. Prior approval may be required.
Personal - Students who are absent for a good cause - doctor, dental, or court appointment may be excused upon proof of appointment. Prior by administration is required.
Approved School Sponsored Activities - Students shall be marked present when participating in a school sponsored activity away from the school building.
Excessive absences are governed by Tennessee State Law, which requires that school officials report to the court and parent, guardian, or other person in a parental relationship with a child who is unlawfully absent from school for any five days during the school year without adequate excuse. When a student reaches 5 unexcused absences, the school is responsible for sending the Attendance Notification Letter. The school will keep a copy of this letter. When the student reaches 10 unexcused absences, the student may be referred to the School Social Worker. If absences continue after the signed referral, the Social Worker may initiate interventions and/or court procedures. If court procedures are necessary, a Legal Notice is mailed by the social worker notifying parent/guardian of impending court action. If after 5 days the child continues to miss school or there is no response from the parent/guardian, a petition may be filed with juvenile court. TCA 49-6-3007

Dismissal Policy and Approval

Students must always receive office approval before leaving, regardless of the reason. Valid reasons for an excused checkout from school:
Illness of the student
Illness in the home
Death in family
Appointment with health care professional
Court order

The administrative staff must approve other non-listed reasons for dismissal. The logbook must be signed if dismissal is approved. The school secretary may ask to see your license to verify permission has been granted for you to check out student. In order for a student driver to be dismissed, a handwritten note (including a valid phone number) from a parent is required. Emails will only be accepted from the parent email address on the registration form. Notes and emails will be verified by school personnel. Students dismissed by note or email may not return to school without a court or health care documentation. Please do not call and ask that your child wait on you in the front office. All students need to remain in class until you arrive in order to minimize lost class time.

Make-up Work Policy

Student make-up work incurred for assignments missed during absences shall be accepted according to the following:
Make-up work for excused absences is required and shall receive full credit.
Make-up work for unexcused absences is required and may result in reduced credit.
Make-up work resulting from any absence is the responsibility of the student and shall be arranged at the teacher's convenience.
Make-up work must be completed within five school days of the absence.  Teachers may provide additional time at their discretion.
Withholding of Grades for Debts Owed

State Board of Education Rule #0520-1-3-.10a
Red Bank High School is authorized to withhold all grade cards, diplomas, certificates of progress, or transcripts of a student who has taken property which belongs to the school, or has incurred a debt to RBHS, until paid in full.
*Examples include library fees, textbooks, technology, parking fines, and costs for extracurricular activities occurring outside the regular school day (including sports, optional trips, clubs or social events).
*Fees will follow students from year to year if not paid.
Transportation Policy

Any student who interferes with the safe operation of a school bus will be held accountable. The Superintendent of HCDE or the principal may suspend the right and privilege of transportation from any student due to misconduct or misbehavior while on the bus.

If a student plans to ride a bus different from his/her regular bus, a note signed by the parent giving permission must be brought to school and must contain a phone number where the parent may be reached during the day. The note should be turned in to the front office prior to 9:00 a.m. Upon verification, the student will be given a school form to give to the bus driver. Students may not board without this form. Permission will not be granted for those students who wait until the end of the day. 

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices

As a 1:1 Technology Environment, Red Bank High School encourages the use of devices as a means of instruction under staff supervision. Only under the consent and the direct supervision of a classroom teacher, for the purposes of enhancing educational instruction, may an electronic device be used in an academic setting during instructional time. Any classroom use of an electronic device is at teacher discretion.

Red Bank High School will allow students to use their cell phones or electronic devices in non-instructional areas before school, lunch, hallways during passing periods, after school, or at teacher discretion within the classroom. Cell phones and devices must remain on silent mode at all times so that no audible ring tones or noises are heard. Recreational usage, in non-instructional areas and times, is restricted to activities such as checking the time, texting, or utilizing apps and general features on the phone/device such as calculators, notes, etc. Listening to music in non-instructional areas is also allowed, but limited to the use with single ear bud only. Over the ear or on the ear headphones are not allowed.

Students are restricted at all times within the building and on campus from using their cell phone or electronic device, in the following manner:
Making or receiving phone calls
Using any recording feature to include the phone/device cameras, video camera, or voice recorders (unless under teacher supervision for an instructional purpose)
Using real-time audio/video, i.e. Skyping, FaceTime, etc. (unless under teacher supervision for an instructional purpose)
Use of the phone/device's internal speaker or external speakers for music, or any other reason.

This policy is designed to protect the educational program of all students. The use of student cell phones or other electronic devices on campus is a privilege, not a right. Students found by staff members to be in violation of any of the above stated rules or restrictions are subject to administrative discipline, which may result in confiscation of the cell phone/device. Students using cell phones or electronic devices in any manner that violates our school rules of conduct, or using their device for unlawful purposes will be subject to more severe discipline action, up to and including extended suspension and/or expulsion.
Notice to parents: Please do not contact or communicate with students during instructional time via cell phones. All emergency contact to the student must go through the main office, attendance office, or nurse's office when necessary. In most cases, a student may be given permission to use a classroom or administrative telephone to contact a parent/guardian.
Students bringing cellular phones or electronic devices to school, do so at their own risk. Neither the Hamilton County Department of Education, nor Red Bank High School will assume any liability for any lost, stolen or damaged cell phones or electronic devices in school, or any school related activity.


Outside Food/Drinks
Due to several factors, including discipline, academic distraction, food allergies, and campus cleanliness, outside restaurant food or drinks are not allowed to be brought onto the school campus (including parent deliveries). The only food or drinks allowed on campus will be those purchased from vending machines on campus or in the cafeteria. This does NOT pertain to bringing a healthy snack or bringing your lunch from home in a lunchbox/bag. Students who violate this rule will be required to throw away the product and be subject to disciplinary action.

Activity and Eligibility Guidelines

National Honor Society
Scholarship - To be selected students have to be enrolled in academic honors classes in all core subjects and have an overall numeric average of 93 through the first semester of the present school year.
Character - Students must exhibit the 'Six Pillars of Character': respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. They must have good conduct and be approved by the faculty.
Service - Candidates must be actively involved in at least two co-curricular or extra-curricular activities since entering RBHS.
Underclassman awards go to the student with the highest average in a subject, across all classes.
Leadership - Examples of opportunities for leadership are offices held in organizations, positive influences exerted on peers, academic initiative, and classroom leadership.
(Students must be a Junior or Senior.)

Class Ranking
Valedictorian - must have the highest numerical average, rounded to the nearest hundredth. Course selection for the 4 years of high school must include core courses from the highest level (any combination of Honors, dual enrollment, and AP) offered in English, math, social studies, and science. He/She must be enrolled in RBHS at the beginning of junior year.
Salutatorian - must have the second highest numerical average, rounded to the nearest hundredth. Course selection for the 4 years of high school must include core courses from the highest level (any combination of Honors, dual enrollment, and AP) offered in English, math, social studies, and science. He/She must be enrolled in RBHS at the beginning of junior year.

For determining valedictorian and salutatorian, courses may not be repeated to improve average. The highest grade earned in a course that has been repeated will be used in determining a student's GPA and class rank for all other purposes than determining rank.

Tennessee Diploma Project
Details about Graduation with Honors and Graduating with Distinction can be found at http://www.tn.gov/education/TDP/MoreonReadyCore.shtml

Mr. and Miss Red Bank High Court
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
Minimum 3.0 GPA through the first semester of the senior year. In good standing academically without failing grades for both all quarters and first semester of senior year.
Must have been enrolled at Red Bank High School for at least the past three semesters including the current semester.
Participation in at least three different extra-curricular school activities (clubs, sports, academics, competitions, etc.)
Serves as a role model and exhibits good citizenship both in school and in the community-no serious infractions on the school disciplinary record.
Selections will be made by the RBHS faculty and administration.


Class Representative
Eligibility requirements are the same as above.  The faculty elects a suitable Faculty Representative.


Homecoming Court
In order to be eligible for court, senior girls must have a 2.5 GPA, no major discipline issues while at RBHS, no failing grades within the last year, and must have been at RBHS for at least 2 semesters.
Eligible homecoming court senior females who meet the criteria are to be listed and chosen by school administration.
These females will then be voted on by the senior football players.
The top 7 girls will be selected as candidates.
Dress Code 2017-2018
School dress and grooming shall be modest, moderate, and decent.  Apparel or appearance that tends to draw attention to an individual rather than to a learning situation must be avoided.  In matters of opinion, the judgment of administrators will prevail.  Please keep in mind that every unique dress situation cannot be addressed.
All book bags must be in lockers during school hours.
Headphones/Earbuds (see Electronics Policy)
No hats or head coverings, except for religious purposes, should be worn. These items must be kept in cars or placed in lockers by 7:20 a.m. NO hats are to be out during school hours.
Apparel may not be worn advertising another school unless that particular school is on the college level.
Administration reserves the right to address any clothing or accessory deemed inappropriate. The dress code may be adjusted for individual students due to ongoing dress code violations.
Acceptable Shirts                                                                    
Polo-style                                                                      
T-shirts
Crew-neck
Blouses
Button-down
Any color or pattern
Writing and pictures must be appropriate
Size appropriate
Unacceptable Shirts
Any shirt with writing, pictures or advertisements that depict drug, alcohol, tobacco, sex, or gangs
Sleeveless shirts, tank tops, spaghetti straps, and muscle shirts
Revealing (no cleavage or bare midriff, off the shoulder, etc.)
No part of shirts may be sheer or see through
Under-sized shirts or crop tops (Shirts must be able to be tucked-in.)
Acceptable Pants or Shorts
Khaki-style pants, jeans/denim, or sweats/joggers
Knee-length shorts and capris
Leggings and Yoga Pants are allowed if the shirt/top reaches the mid-thigh
Size appropriate
Unacceptable Pants
Any pants with small holes, rips, or tears that expose skin
Any pants with excessive holes, rips, tears
Cutoffs
Pajama pants
Jeggings, Spandex; stretch pants; leggings (unless the shirt/top reaches to the mid-thigh)
Skirts or dresses
Rompers
Sagging/oversized pants
Outerwear Inside the Building
Acceptable Outerwear
Hoodies
Sweaters
Fleeces
Size appropriate
 Unacceptable Outerwear
Heavy coats or jackets between 7:20-2:20 in hallways or classrooms
If outerwear is removed what is underneath must meet dress code.       
Acceptable Footwear
Tennis shoes
Sandals and flip-flops
Boots (no steel toe)
Dress shoes
Shoes must have outdoor sole
 Unacceptable Footwear

House shoes
Zero Tolerance Policy (Board Policy 6.309)
In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment, the following offenses will not be tolerated:

WEAPONS & DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTS
Students shall not possess, handle, transmit, use or attempt to use any dangerous weapon in school buildings or on school grounds at any time, or in school vehicles and/or buses or off the school grounds at a school-sponsored activity, function or event.

Dangerous weapons for the purposes of this policy shall include, but are not limited to a fi rearm or anything manifestly designed, made or adapted for the purpose of inflicting death or serious bodily injury or anything that in the manner of its use or intended use is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury.

Violators of this section shall be subject to suspension and/or expulsion from school.

FIREARMS (as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921)3
In accordance with state law, any student who brings or possesses a fi rearm on school property shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The director of schools shall have the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.

DRUGS
In accordance with state law, any student who unlawfully possesses or is under the influence of any drug including any controlled substance or legend drug shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The director of schools shall have the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.5

BATTERY
In accordance with state law, any student who commits battery upon any teacher, principal, administrator, any other employee of the school, or school resource officer, shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The director of schools shall have the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.

THREAT BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE
In accordance with state law, any student who transmits by an electronic device a credible threat to cause bodily injury or death to another student or school employee and the threat causes actual disruptive activity at the school shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The director of schools shall have the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.

NOTIFICATION When it is determined that a student has violated this policy, the principal of the school shall notify the student's parent or guardian and the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system as required by law.
Student Discrimination/Harassment/Hazing and Bullying/Intimidation
(Board Policy 6.304)

Red Bank High School will comply with HCDE Board Policy 6.304 with regards to discrimination, harassment, hazing, bullying and intimidation. RBHS is fully committed to providing a safe and orderly learning environment for all students in order for them to achieve academic success. This environment shall be free from discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, hazing, bullying or cyber-bullying.

It shall be a violation of this policy for any employee or any student to discriminate against or harass another student on the basis of sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, disability, or religion. It shall be a violation of this policy for any student to bully or haze another student whether directly, through a third party, or through the use of electronic devices such as text messages or posts on social media sites.

Victims of or witnesses to discrimination, harassment, bullying, cyber-bullying, or hazing shall report these incidents immediately to a teacher, counselor, building administrator, or anonymously on the Quick Tip link located on the Hamilton County Department of Education website

Discipline Policy

Students who neglect or refuse to abide by the educational standards of the school or whose conduct is detrimental to the school may expect to receive such consequences as, but not limited to the following:
Parent Notification / Conference
Suspension from extra-curricular activities as determined by the teachers, coaches, or administrators
Detention / Community Service
Removal from class
In School Suspension
Suspension from school
Expulsion from school by the HCDE
Extended Evening School
Alternative School
The Administration reserves the right to modify, change or add to the disciplinary actions. Please refer to the Hamilton County School Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline for more detailed information.
Searches

All students and visitors are subject to being searched for drugs, drug paraphernalia, dangerous weapons, and other property not properly in their possession.
Search of Lockers
In accordance with Tennessee state law, students are notified that lockers and other storage areas are school property and are subject to search. TCA 49-6-4204
Search of Persons
A student may be subject to physical search because of the results of a locker search, or because of information received from a teacher, staff member, student or other person if such action is reasonable to the principal. TCA 49-6-4205
Search of Vehicles
Vehicles located on school property are subject to search in accordance to: TCA 49-6-4206.

Animals may be used to facilitate a search on school property in accordance with TCA 49-6-4208.


School Closings

The director of schools may close schools in the event of hazardous weather or any other emergency that presents a threat to the safety of students, staff members or school property. If school is not in session or is dismissed early due to snow or inclement weather, all scheduled activities in which students are involved will be postponed or canceled.


Elevator Policy

The elevator is off limits to all students unless given specific permission by an administrator and are issued an elevator pass.


Fire, Tornado and Safety Drills

Students are asked to follow procedures as directed by the teacher. Always move quickly and be award of directions provided to you during this time. There should be no running and no talking during these times. You will be notified when you may return to class.

Driving and Parking Policies

Driver's Permit and License SF1010 Form
Any student under the age of eighteen who is applying for a TN driving permit or license will be required to take form SF1010 to the driver license station. Students may obtain the form from the attendance clerk while school is in session.  Allow a minimum of one week for the form to be completed and returned to the student.

Tennessee State Law requires that students pass at least three full subjects for the prior semester to apply for the SF1010/Permit form. Also, students cannot miss more than 10 consecutive days or 15 days total of unexcused absences during a single semester.  When a student applies for the driver's license or permit, the SF1010 is only good for thirty (30) days from date of issue.

Driver's License Revocation
(State Law 49-6-3017) Any student 15-17 years of age who becomes academically deficient or deficient in attendance shall be reported to the Department of Safety for driver's license revocation. A student shall be deemed academically deficient if he/she has not received passing grades in at least three full unit subjects at the conclusion of any regular school semester.  A student shall be deemed deficient in attendance when he/she drops out of school or has excessive absences.  Suspensions count as unexcused absences (TN state law).
A student may not be considered to be in compliance until the student makes a passing grade in at least three full unit subjects at the conclusion of any semester.

Driving and Campus Parking
Students need to understand that parking on school property is a privilege, not a right afforded to students. Certain conditions are attached to privileges. Students who fail to uphold those conditions will be subject to loss of parking privileges with no refund of fees paid, and disciplinary actions.
The conditions for parking are as follows:
All students who drive on school grounds must possess a valid driver's license.
Students must register any vehicle they intend to drive to school with school authorities. All information requested must be given on the registration form. A $50 parking fee ($25 each semester) is to be paid prior to issue of the permit. This permit is to be hung on the rear view mirror - NO EXCEPTIONS.
Vehicles without visible parking permits are subject to towing at owner's expense.
No students are to park in the spaces which are reserved for faculty.
All students should lock and secure their vehicles.
Students are not to allow anyone to borrow their permit.
Permits must be used on the registered vehicle only.
Students conducting or allowing illegal activity in their cars on school grounds will be subject to losing their permit permanently, as well as normal disciplinary action in regard to the discipline policy.

Reasons for Loss of Driving Privileges
Speeding (15 mph speed limit) or reckless driving (including entering and exiting campus).
Entering parking area during the school day without permission from the office.
Excessive tardiness/absences - to be determined by administration.
Refusal to follow school official's directions.
Allowing another student to borrow permit.
Contact Information for Registration

HCDE Student Services/Office of Student Assignment:
Central Office: 3074 Hickory Valley Rd.
Regular Office Number:  209-8654

Hamilton County Health Department (Tennessee Immunization Form):
921 E. 3rd St., Chattanooga (2nd Floor) - One block west of Erlanger Hospital Main Campus
Parking behind building across from Erlanger Emergency Room. Phone Number: 209-8050

Hamilton County Schools Department of Transportation:
Transportation Hotline: 423-209-5555
Bus stop locator (to locate your nearest bus stop):   
http://96.4.230.161/edulog/webquery/
Bus stop request (if there is not a bus stop near your home):
     http://96.4.230.162/stoprequest/


School Lunch

RBHS will continue to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a pilot program made available by the federal government. All students will be provided meals at no cost. However, EVERY parent must complete and return to the school a Household Information Survey.


School Board Policy, Tennessee Code Annotated, Code of Acceptable Behavior

This handbook is intended to be a general guide for students and parents; however, it does not contain all student related topics that are covered by School Board Policy, Tennessee Code Annotated, HCDE Code of Acceptable Behavior, or other student related policies.