Community High School
Dr. Robert Ralston, Principal
Dr. Keith Williams, Vice Principal
100 Community Crossing
Unionville, TN 37180
COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL HANDBOOK
“The Best School………Period!”
Community High School has a proud tradition dating back to 1925, and with your help, we will work to make your high school years special.
Updates to this student handbook may be made periodically and will appear on the school website along with other school policies.
Community High School will endeavor to create a healthy learning environment where students develop their intellectual, artistic, and physical talents through faculty, student, family, and community collaboration to better become lifelong leaders and responsible citizens.
We believe in:
Promoting a high performing learning culture which includes all students and stakeholders.
The use of data-driven decision-making processes.
Promoting the use of shared decision-making processes.
Meeting the individual needs of students by striving for a quality education for all students.
Achieving proficiency and beyond for all students
Absences and Attendance
Attendance is a key factor in student achievement. All students are expected to be present each day school is in session. Regular attendance is essential to a student’s success in school. Persistent absenteeism creates a genuine hardship for a student and is regarded as a very serious problem. Absences are classified as excused, accounted, or unexcused. Seven (7) absences will be accepted as excused by parental note/communication during a school year. Excused absences include:
1. Personal illness documented by a licensed physician.
2. Religious observances with documentation.
3. Circumstances which create emergencies beyond the control of the student at the discretion of the principal.
4. A required court appearance with documentation.
Accounted absences include:
1. Personal or illness of immediate family member.
2. Death in the family with documentation.
3. Extreme weather conditions.
4. Absences initiated and known by parent.
An excused absence permits the student to make up work, at the teacher’s discretion, within five (5) days of returning to school (not 5 days upon the presentation of an excused note). An unexcused absence denies a student the privilege of credit on these assignments. It is the student’s responsibility to get any missed assignments from their teachers and to plan for any make-up tests and quizzes. Absentee notes are to be turned in to the office for documentation for all absences, check-ins and check-outs. Additional Bedford County Board attendance policies may be referenced at the central office.
Students from outside the Community bus zones who are classified as truant (5 or more unexcused absences), are chronically absent (absent 10% or more for any reason), experience failing grades, or have behavior issues may be reassigned to the Bedford County high school which provides bus services from the student’s residence.
Arrival and Dismissal
Students are allowed to enter the building at 7:15. All students arriving before 7:45 are to report to the cafeteria and be seated. Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria or brought to first period classrooms by the cafeteria staff. Upon arrival, students are to immediately enter the building and may not leave the building or the campus without check-out permission of a parent and the administration. Classes being at 8:00. Students are dismissed at 3:00. Staffed campus hours are from 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Driver’s License Law
In accordance with Tennessee Law, the Department of Safety will deny a license or permit to any person under the age of 18 who does not present a diploma or certificate of graduation, or documentation that the person is enrolled in school, a GED program, excused because of circumstances beyond his control, or is meeting educational requirements of the Bedford County Board of Education.
Students applying for a driver’s license or permit must be issued an Enrollment Certificate from the school office.
One day advance notice is required.
The school is required to notify the Department of Safety when a student withdraws from school or has more than 10 consecutive or 15 total unexcused absences during a semester.
Students must maintain state attendance requirements in the preceding semester to obtain and maintain a driver’s license. Students whose licenses are revoked must meet state attendance and academic requirements at the end of the next semester to have their license reinstated. TCA 49-6-3017.
Fire, tornado, bomb, earthquake, and intruder drills are conducted at regularly scheduled intervals. Detailed safety plans are posted inside each classroom. Safety presentations are made to the staff and student body at the beginning of each school year with reinforcements made throughout the year.
In case of emergency, each student is required to have an updated/current school database:
· Parent or guardian name and up-to-date address
· Home phone, parent daytime phone, emergency phone (friend or relative)
· Physician name and phone and medical alert information
The school charges a variety of fees for different services and materials. Some of these fees are for optional activities and some are required of all students. Fees should be paid promptly. If a student or their family has a financial problem, which affects the payment of school fees, the situation should be brought to the attention of the administration where suitable arrangements can be made. Students meeting federal free/reduced lunch guidelines are eligible to have fees waived according to Tennessee state law. Application for fee waiver must be made at the beginning of the school year.
Students are required to have permission to be in the hallways during class time. No open food or drinks are allowed in the hallways. No electronic audio devices which imped hearing and safety are allowed in the hallways. Caps, hats, and hoods are not allowed to be worn in the hallways or otherwise inside the building. Loud mischief and horseplay are prohibited in the hallways.
Leaving Campus (Checkout)
Only parents or legal guardians may authorize a student to leave school during the school day. If there is a question of legal custody, the school reserves the right to require proof of custody before releasing a student. Notes from parent or guardian will be required to checkout. The notes must contain the following:
· Student name and date.
· Reason for checkout and time.
· Parent/guardian signature.
· Daytime phone number of parent/guardian.
Students checking-out early are required to report to the office and sign out on the check-out book. Permanent work checkouts are available with parental and administrative permission. Students are not permitted to checkout for lunch. Students who are tardy to school will not be allowed to check out early for that day.
Lockers, Locks, Searches
A locker is issued to each student based upon availability. Students are to use only the locker assigned to them. Students are expected to keep their lockers clean and not abuse them in any way. The school cannot be responsible for valuables left in lockers. Students may obtain a school combination lock from the office. Students who wish to use their own keyed lock should supply the office with a spare key as the lock is subject to be cut off and destroyed in the event of a search. Students are responsible for any and all items in their locker. The sharing of your locker is highly discouraged. Lockers are school property and are subject to search at any time.
Lockers are subject to random inspection by school staff and police officers authorized by principal at any time, with or without the presence of the student to whom the locker is assigned and without advance notice.
Upon suspicion brought to the attention of principal of containing items not permitted lockers are subject to individual visual, canine, and electronic inspection by school staff and police officers authorized by a principal at any time, with or without presence of the student and without advance notice.
If a medication is brought to school, the following requirements must be met:
1. A parent/guardian authorization form must be completed and on file in the office.
2. Clearly identified as to name and type of medication and in original container.
3. Must carry a prescription label with student name, drug identity, dosage, doctor, and prescription date.
4. Must be left in school office.
1. Must be in original container (aspirin bottle, cough medicine bottle, etc.)
2. Must be clearly identified as to the name and type of medication and dosage.
3. Must be left in school office.
The school nurse may impose additional requirements.
School day pictures will be made in the fall and the spring. Pictures may also be made at events or other occasions such as Christmas, Homecoming, dances, graduation, etc.
There will be a $10.00 service charge for any returned checks.
Lockers, backpacks, notebooks, vehicles, students and their possessions are subject to search at the discretion of school staff and administrators.
Pets/animals are not allowed in school facilities or on campus unless with administrative permission for educational/ceremonial purposes. In accordance with the provision of the Americans with Disabilities Act, trained service animals are permitted for use by individuals with disabilities in accordance with Bedford County Board of Education Policy 3.218.
Students will be allowed to use the school parking lot as long as space is available. Students are to park only in the student parking lot. Students are not to park large commercial vehicles or trailers without specific administrative permission. Students must be licensed drivers. Students are to park only in a designated space and are not to park blocking drives or on grassy areas. STUDENTS WHO DRIVE IN AN UNSAFE MANNER WILL BE RESTRICTED FROM PARKING ON CAMPUS. A 20 MPH SPEED LIMIT IS TO BE OBSERVED AT ALL TIMES. Students are to leave their cars upon arriving and are not to loiter in the parking lot before or after school. Any student operating a motorcycle on campus must comply with all standard motor vehicle rules and be a licensed driver. Motorcycles are not to leave the paved area or parking lots to cross curbs, sidewalks, or yard areas. The school is not responsible for damages that occur due to a vehicle on its premises. Only official U.S. flags and official Tennessee state flags of a size which do not inhibit safety or cause disruption may be flown from vehicles or otherwise displayed by students on campus. Vehicles shall not display words or images that are profane, inciteful, or otherwise unsuitable in the school environment. Violations will result in disciplinary actions which may include denial of parking privilege and removal of vehicle by towing at the owner’s expense.
All vehicles parked on campus are subject to search for weapons, illegal drugs, and contraband. Searches may be conducted by canine and damage can occur to personal properties. The school is not responsible for such damages.
The office/school telephones are for school business and are not to be used by students without justifiable reason. In the event of an emergency, the office staff may make calls on the behalf of the student. Students may use the office phone only with permission of school officials. Students will not be allowed to use the phone to make personal arrangements (such as work schedules, team practices, appointments, forgotten assignments, etc.) Messages to students will only be delivered in an emergency. Arrangements for rides home should be made prior to coming to school.
Personal Communication Devices- Students may possess personal communication devices and personal electronic devices so long as such devices are turned off and stored in backpacks, purses, or personal carry-alls. Such devices include, but are not limited to: cell phones, wearable technology such as eyeglasses, rings, or watches that have the capability to record, live stream, or interact with wireless technology; laptops, tablets; and audio players/recorders. However, a teacher may grant permission for the use of these devices to assist with instruction in his/her classroom, and teachers are encouraged to integrate the devices into their course work. The principal or his/her designee may also grant a student permission to use such a device at his/her discretion.
Devices may be searched without student or parental consent upon reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.
A student in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action. Students must comply with internet usage guidelines as set forth in Policy 4.406.
Students must comply with a teacher’s request to store or turn off a device. Unauthorized use or improper storage of a device will result in confiscation until such time as it shall be released to the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s). Repeat offenses could result in suspension from school.
Any action deemed in violation of Policy 6.304 (Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, Intimidation) will be dealt with as prescribed in policy.
Possession of a cellular telephone under the circumstances set forth in this policy is a privilege which may be forfeited by a student who fails to abide by the terms of this policy.
The Bedford County Board of Education, its schools, and employees assume no responsibility or liability for the loss or damage to any student’s personal communication device, or for the unauthorized use of a student’s personal communication device.
Administrators may assign additional sanctions as deemed appropriate.
Student Technology Acceptable Use Policy - Students will use technology, including internet access, in an appropriate, responsible, and ethical manner. Personal technology devices must follow the guidelines of the Board of Education's Student Personal Device Acceptable Use Policy. The following actions are not permitted while using the school network, technology equipment, or internet access:
- Send, display, or download offensive communication or media.
- Use obscene language.
- Harass, insult, attack, or defame others.
- Intentionally damage school technology equipment or network infrastructure.
- Attempt to enter network areas not related to specific classrooms.
- Violate copyright laws.
- Use other users' passwords or identifiers without authorization.
- Trespass in other users' files, folders, or work.
- Intentionally misuse resources.
- Install or download software.
- Illegally duplicate software, music, or video media.
- Attempt to bypass system protection including the creation or use of proxy servers or websites.
- Utilize the network for commercial use.
- Reveal personal addresses or phone numbers.
- Intentionally introduce a virus to technology equipment or network.
- Access personal email for non-educational purposes.
- Access and use social networking or media for non-educational purposes.
- Perform any action which violates existing board policy or public law.
- Attach a personal technology device to the Bedford County Schools' network without authorization by the BOE Technology Department.
Any violation of this student technology acceptable use policy and any additional school or classroom guidelines may result in disciplinary action.
Community High School cannot be responsible for valuables that students bring to school. It is recommended that students leave all valuables and large sums of money at home.
Because of the possibility of school and classroom disturbances, students are not allowed to have visitors during the school day. Exceptions to this policy must be cleared in advance through the principal’s office. Any parent or other visitors must report to the office upon entering the school. Students are not permitted to bring their children to school. All visitors must be visibly identified by a staff member either in person or by camera before being allowed entrance. Individuals without appropriate prior clearance are subject to trespassing charges.
Students withdrawing from school during the school term for any reason must withdraw properly with a withdrawal form which may be obtained from the guidance office. All fees must be paid and library books and textbooks returned. All obligations must be met before student records will be released.
Accelerated/Honors and College/Dual Enrollment Classes
To be eligible for an honors class, students must have prior teacher’s recommendation. Students in an honors class must meet the teacher’s expectations in regard to academics and behavior or face removal from the class. Students will receive three bonus points on each grading period (mid-term and final exams are included). Students may earn up to 103 points each grading period. For dual enrollment college classes, students must meet the eligibility requirements of the providing college. Students will receive four bonus points for their high school grade and may earn up to 104 total points.
Academic cheating is a serious compromise of a student’s integrity and will not be tolerated. If cheating is discovered, a zero will be given on the test or assignment. A second offense may result in suspension.
Students will register for class prior to the school year before classes begin. Schedules will not be changed without prior approval from the guidance counselor and principal.
Class Ranking All grades earned in 9, 10, 11, and the first semester of grade 12 (and 8th grade Algebra if credit is earned) will be counted toward numerical average and rank in class. Semester grades are averaged to the nearest one-thousandth point on a 103 point scale to determine class rank. To become Valedictorian, Salutatorian, or receive Top Ten recognition, a student must be enrolled in Community High at least four of the seven semesters preceding the final semester AND a minimum of 12 classes of the student’s cumulative academic credits must consist of Honors courses.
Parent-teacher conferences occur periodically. These conference times are very valuable to the overall education program. Some parents may be hesitant about participating in conferences, but our teachers can do a much better job with students if they can share their understanding of the student directly with the parent. It is not necessary to wait for the regular conference time if a parent has a concern. Parent conferences are encouraged and can be arranged at any time during the school year. Conferences during school hours should be scheduled within the teacher's planning time when they are not responsible for other students. Teachers will not be called out of class to meet with parents during a school day. Parents and teachers are encouraged to utilize electronic correspondence to maximize convenience. Staff members may be emailed directly from the school staff directory of the school website.
Semester and final exams are required in all high school. Exams count 20% of the semester grade.
No early exams may be given. If a student has a legitimate reason for being absent during exams, makeups will be given after that specific exam has been given during its scheduled time.
Final Exam Exemption Policy
There are no exemptions from any course where 1/2 credit is earned or from any course that has a state end-of-course test (EOC). In courses that have state EOC tests: Algebra I & II, English I, II, & III, Biology, U.S. History, the EOC serves as the final exam grade. The state EOC score shall count twenty percent of the student's grade in the second semester: 3rd quarter = 40%, 4th quarter = 40%, EOC = 20%. If state EOC test results are late reporting, see the policy below.
Exemption status is determined by averaging the first three quarter grades and the mid-term exam. Absences of any type other than field trips count against the exam exemption policy. Students are exempt from the final exam in an eligible course if they have:
A average (90 or above) in the course and have no more than five absences from the course.
B average (80 - 89) in the course and have no more than three absences from the course.
C average (70 -79) and have no absences from the course.
The EOC score shall count twenty percent of the student's grade in the semester in which the test was administered.
Final exam = 20% of the second semester grade. Third quarter grade = 40%. Fourth quarter grade = 40%.
Juniors and seniors who score a 21 or above on their ACT test are also exempt from final exams.
EOC/FINAL EXAM POLICY IF STATE EOC TESTS REPORT LATE:
If the state is late reporting EOC test results prior to the scheduled final exams, online TN Ready End-Of-Course test results will not be utilized for student final exam grades in the tested EOC courses (Algebra I and II; English I, II, and III; Biology; U.S. History). For these EOC impacted classes, a final exam in lieu of the missing EOC grade will not be required. The quarter three (50%) and quarter four (50%) grades will be averaged for the final semester two grade. However, students may choose to take a teacher-produced final exam during the established final exam schedule in an effort to raise their final grade. If this option is chosen, semester grades will be calculated: quarter three (40%), quarter four (40%), and final exam (20%).
Attendance will be documented daily. Any make-up exams will be administered at the discretion of the teacher. Students may checkout at the conclusion of their last exam period of the day with written parental permission as outlined below:
The issuance of grades serves to promote continuous evaluation of student performance, to inform the student and parents of student progress, and to provide a basis for bringing about needed improvement in student performance.
The basic grading system for subject-area grades is expressed by a numerical value. The numerical values are equivalent to the following letter grades:
· F...............................Below 60
Half (1/2) course credit may be earned if a semester average is 60 or above. Full course credit may be earned if the average of two semesters of a course is 60 or above.
Grades given at the end of each nine-week (quarter) period will be determined from daily work, oral and written assignments, and tests. The teacher will weigh the value of grades given for various assignments within the nine-week period in computing the grade.
Semester grades will be determined by an average of grades for each of the nine-week periods and the semester exam. Semester and final exams count 20% of the semester grade and final grade. The final grade will be determined by averaging the two semester grades.
When a student has failed to complete required work or meet other class obligations, his/her grade will be recorded as incomplete (I). If the incomplete is not removed within one grading period, a grade will be issued using zeroes for missing tasks. It is the responsibility of the student to see that all incompletes are removed.
Conduct grades are based on behavior and are not deducted from academic grades.
Graduation Requirements and Grade Placement
Core Curriculum Units
English Language Arts..........................……4
Additional Credit Requirements
For students in the 2025 graduating class, an additional two elective credits are required for a Bedford County Schools diploma. For students in the 2026 graduating class, an additional four elective credits are required. Students graduating in 2027 and beyond are required to have an additional six elective credits for a BCS diploma.
Homework is important and students are expected to complete homework and classwork to the best of their ability. Students who consistently refuse to complete homework and classwork assignments will be dealt with as disciplinary cases.
The Honor Roll is a special recognition for academic achievement. It is published by this school at the end of each grading period to recognize those students who have maintained high academic averages during that period. Students who maintain the Honor Roll during the year receive special recognition at Honors Day ceremonies.
Requirements for the Honor Roll are as follows:
Students must be enrolled full time at the home base school to be eligible for ranking among the top high school seniors. Transfer student grades shall be incorporated into the local high school grading scale as determined by the school principal. All grades earned in grades 9, 10, 11 and the first semester of grade 12 will be counted toward the grade point average and the rank in class.
At the end of each grading period, students who have maintained high academic averages are recognized as:
Principal’s List – Grades must be all A’s.
Honor Roll – Grades must be all A’s and/or B’s.
Students who meet these standards, and who do not request otherwise, will have their names submitted to the principal for release to the news media.
Prior to a school department or club presenting honors or awards, or conducting contests, the principal shall approve such honor, award, or contest. Following approval, the principal shall keep on file the name of the honor, award, or contest; the basis for selection of the award or honor; the method of participation; and the reason for the contest.
To become valedictorian or salutatorian, a student must be enrolled in the high school at least four (4) of the seven (7) semesters preceding the final semester. The final semester will not be used in determining class standing.
To be recognized as a Top Ten student, a student must be enrolled in the high school at least four (4) of the seven (7) semesters preceding the final semester. Students must complete a minimum of twelve (12) honors courses during these seven (7) semesters. The final semester will not be used in determining class standing. Top Ten student rank is determined by the calculated numerical average to the thousandths place for each credit bearing class of the first seven (7) semesters of high school and any 8th grade credit bearing classes if credit is earned.
Report cards are issued following the completion of each nine-week grading period. It is the responsibility of the student to see that the parent or guardian receives the report card. Additionally, grades may be reviewed anytime utilizing the Skyward database.
Students may register for no more than one study hall without administrative permission. Students in study hall are assigned to specific teachers throughout the building. Students are expected to bring materials to study during their study hall time and are not allowed to leave the room or interrupt the teacher of that class.
Textbooks/laptop computers/other equipment may be issued to students for use during the school year. Consumable workbooks and other supplies are paid for by the student. Issued items are to be kept clean and handled carefully. Student will be required to pay for lost, stolen, or damaged school property.
The following reimbursement schedule shall be used as a guide for collecting fines for lost or damaged books/equipment. Specific replacement costs shall be determined by the administration.
Age of Item Amount Due
1-6 years 100% of replacement cost
7 or more years 50% of replacement cost
Upon presentation of a lost item in good condition, a refund will be given.
Bedford County Board of Education Policy 6.300 addresses disciplinary actions and consequences. Based on the discipline identified actions can include infractions identified as Zero Tolerance offenses. These offenses include assault on school personnel, aggravated assault, possession/use/transfer/sale of unauthorized substances, bringing to school or being in unauthorized possession of a firearm on school property, and threatening mass violence on school property or at a school related activity pursuant to TCA 49-6-3401. Zero Tolerance offenses will result in expulsion from school for one calendar year. Suspensions, remandments or expulsions that are greater than 10 days can be appeal to a Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority per BCS Board Policy 6.317.
The behavior expected from students at Community High School is a combination of courtesy and safety considerations. Naturally, it is not practical to list all codes of conduct. Students who conduct themselves in a courteous manner and put others before themselves usually have a good record of behavior. Some other information concerning student conduct includes:
Fighting is strictly forbidden in the school, on campus, or at school sponsored events. Breaking this rule will result in severe consequences that may include suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to law enforcement authorities. Students should refer problems with other students to a staff member.
Disrespect and Defiance of School Staff or Procedure
Students are expected to comply with instructions of staff members at all times. The safety and educational well-being of students is the responsibility of this school. This can only be accomplished with the full cooperation of our students. Disrespectful and defiant conduct will not be tolerated.
Use of Profanity, Vulgarity or Gestures
Our students are expected to conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen at all times. The use of profanity is never acceptable by any student, staff member, parent, or visitor at Community High School. Vehicles shall not display words or images that are profane, inciteful, or otherwise unsuitable in the school environment
Public Displays of Affection
Physical romantic/sexual expression is not permitted at school or school events. Students who display affection publicly are subject to discipline by the administration.
Students should ideally address restroom needs between classes during hall changes. Communication with the supervising teacher is vital should needs arise during class time. Restrooms are not to be utilized for primping, socializing, loitering, vaping, pranking, fighting or other non-biological purposes. Students are not to occupy a private restroom stall with anyone else for any reason. Students who violate restroom policy are subject to search and sanctions.
Refusal to Prepare Assignments or Participate in Class
It is an honor and a privilege to receive an education at Community High School. Every student is expected to give their best on every assignment. Consistent refusal to do homework or classwork will not be tolerated. Parents will be notified and students who chronically refuse to complete homework or assignments will be subject to appropriate discipline.
Weapons, Dangerous Objects, Contraband Items
Students are not allowed to possess, use, or attempt to use weapons, dangerous objects, or contraband items in school buildings on school grounds, on school buses, or at any other school sponsored function or event. Students who violate this policy, or are suspected of violating this policy, are subject to sanctions including “no bags” or “clear backpack-only status”. Students who violate this policy are subject to suspension and/or expulsion for up to one year and criminal charges. It is a zero tolerance offense to “Threatens mass violence on school property or at a school related activity” (TCA 49-6-3401, 39-16-517).
Students who engage in sexual harassment on school premises on or off school premises at a school-sponsored activity will be subject to appropriate discipline, including suspension or expulsion and referral to law enforcement authorities. Sexual harassment is any activity of a sexual nature that is unwanted or unwelcome, including, but not limited to, unwanted touching, pinching, patting, verbal comments of a sexual nature, sexual name-calling, pressure to engage in sexual activity, repeated propositions, and unwanted body contact.
Harassment or disrespect toward others due to race, culture, religious beliefs, or any other area deemed a civil right will not be tolerated. Derogatory remarks or intimidating behaviors are never acceptable. Only official U.S. flags and official Tennessee state flags of a size which do not inhibit safety or cause disruption may be displayed by students on campus. Students shall not display words or images that are profane, inciteful, or otherwise unsuitable in the school environment. The vice principal serves as the anti-bullying compliance coordinator. Violators of this policy will be dealt with severely. BCBOE 6.304
Students are prohibited from the use or possession of tobacco in any form on school property, while participating in any school-related event, and on school buses at any time. Electronic/vapes/vapor smoking devices/products are considered tobacco devices/products. Coffee grinds/dips/pouches are also considered contraband. Contraband items will be confiscated without return to students or parents. Students participating in such use or possession will be punished and referred to juvenile authorities. Guidelines of consequences, with administrative discretion, include notification to parents, 3 days ISS first offense; 2 days OSS second offense; 3 days OSS third offense. BCBOE 1.803
Students are prohibited from the use, possession, or distribution of illegal and non-prescribed drugs, paraphernalia, pseudo products such as oils, hemps, vapes, etc., or alcohol in school buildings, school grounds, school buses, or any school-related event. Students who violate this policy are subject to suspension and/or expulsion for up to one year and criminal charges. (ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY)
Contraband Foods & Drinks
Consumables that have a history of causing student/staff distress and disruption are banned from Community High School. Hot chili peppers, high caffeine energy drinks, and other consumables which serve to cause illness or disruption in the educational environment are considered contraband at school. Violators are subject to administrative disciplinary action.
Gambling of any type is prohibited.
Students who have pride in themselves will also display pride in our building and facilities. At Community High School we work very hard to provide our students with the best equipment and facilities possible. Willful destruction or defacing of school property or facilities will be dealt with severely. Accidental damage should be reported to a teacher immediately so that damage is not misconstrued as vandalism.
Threatening or Intimidating Other Students or Staff Members
Students have the right to attend this school without being threatened or intimidated by other students and such conduct will not be tolerated. Words or images that are profane, inciteful, or otherwise unsuitable in the school environment shall not be utilized or displayed. Only official U.S. flags and official Tennessee state flags of a size which do not inhibit safety or cause disruption may be displayed/flown by students on campus. It is a zero tolerance offense to “Threatens mass violence on school property or at a school related activity” (TCA 39-16-517).
Students shall conform to the following rules of bus behavior:
1. Enter the bus in an orderly manner and go directly to a seat and remain seated until the destination is reached.
2. Observe the same conduct as in the classroom.
3. Sit in seats assigned by the bus driver or principal.
4. Wait for a signal from the bus driver before crossing the street at a bus stop. When crossing a street is necessary, students shall always do so far enough ahead of the bus so that they are able to see the face of the bus driver and he may adequately observe them.
Bus drivers are encouraged to work with parents/guardian and students concerning minor problems when possible. However, the following procedures may be used when necessary:
1. 1st incident: warning to student and parent/guardian notified.
2. 2nd incident: 5 days suspension of bus riding privileges
3. 3rd incident: 10 days suspension of bus riding privileges
4. 4th incident: suspension of bus riding privileges remainder of year.
5. Major offenses such as but not limited to abusive or obscene language can result in automatic suspension of bus riding privileges when determined to be severe by the principal or his designee.
6. Students suspended from bus riding privileges on one bus are prohibited from riding any buses to include field trips and/or any school related activities during the suspended time.
7. Other appropriate disciplinary actions may be taken by the school administration.
Basic classroom rules will be posted in each classroom. Students are expected to follow school rules and the specific verbal and written rules of each classroom teacher.
Children need healthy meals to learn. The school nutrition department strives to help your child be the best student they can be by offering nutritious meals through our breakfast and lunch programs. These programs are USDA subsidized, meet all USDA regulations for child feeding programs, and are offered to all students in Bedford County. Bedford County qualifies for the "Community Eligibility Provision" of the Federal Nutrition Program meaning that all Bedford County students will be offered a daily federally reimbursable breakfast and lunch meal at no charge to the student. Food and drink items additional to the standard school meal are at the student's expense. Breakfast is served before morning classes. Lunch is served during fifth block.
Our school counselors are available to assist students with questions regarding class scheduling, career choices, college admissions assistance, social problems, and class situations. Guidance services are confidential and students are welcome to make an appointment to see our counselor during times with permission from their teacher. Parents may also make appointments to examine or discuss student’s records.
The library is designed to make supplementary resources available to students. Use of the library is encouraged within the rules and guidelines established by the librarian. Overdue library book fines are currently $.10 per school day.
Assemblies are planned periodically. Student attendance is a requirement, not an option. Special attention to etiquette and good citizenship is expected of all students.
Athletic Eligibility and Participation
To be eligible to try out in high school athletics and cheerleading, a student must pass five subjects during the preceding school year. The student must adhere to all rules and regulations of the team. Decisions on each team are at the discretion of the coach of that sport. Each student must have a complete physical examination each year after April 15, prior to participating as a member of any athletic team or cheerleader squad. Cost of the examination shall be borne by the parent or guardian of the student. Each student must present a “Personal Affidavit in Lieu of School Insurance” signed by a parent or guardian which assures the school that the parent/guardian has personal insurance or is willing to accept all financial responsibilities related to participation and travel. An interscholastic Athletic participation Agreement, a Consent to Perform Urinalysis for Drug Testing form, a Emergency Treatment & Parent’s Consent and TSSAA Pre-participation Evaluation form are to completed prior to participation.
The faculty, staff, and administration of Community High School believes that student athletic participation is a privilege, not a right. Student athletes must earn this privilege through dedication, desire, discipline and commitment. In order to avoid unnecessary conflicts concerning expectations and responsibilities as well as to achieve a determined course of action for the pursuit of athletic achievement and character training the following items are understood and agreed to between the student athlete, parents, and school.
Athletes will attend all scheduled practices, games, and/or matches after school hours, weekends, and during school vacations as determined necessary by the coaching staff. Bus transportation is under the jurisdiction of the school administration which will determine when bus transportation will be provided. Private transportation to and from practices, contests, and events is the responsibility/liability of the parent(s).
An athlete is constantly in the eye of the public and thereby serves as a representative of the school. It is essential for a student athlete to exhibit an appropriate personal appearance as well as to conduct themselves with integrity and by accepted codes of behavior. Therefore, legal and/or school-based disciplinary actions will affect athletic eligibility. Poor personal appearance and behavior reflect the standards of parents and school administration and will not be tolerated.
Student athletes are required to meet all academic and attendance eligibility requirements. Grades may be monitored, and tutoring made available if deemed necessary by the coaching staff and/or school administration. All high school athletes must meet the TSSAA grade requirement of earning five full credits the previous academic year or earn five half-credits in the fall semester of the current academic year for spring sport eligibility. In addition, upon enrollment at Community High School, athletes must continually progress toward graduation by passing a minimum of three classes, or by passing all classes if enrolled in less than three classes due to varying graduation requirements, each grade reporting period. Students who do not meet this standard will be placed on probation and suspended from playing one week of contests - defined by TSSAA as one game for football and two games for other sports. Grades are official as posted on the report card date listed on the school calendar. Suspensions will be served the contest(s) immediately following official grade reporting. Students must meet the minimum requirement the next grading period to remain eligible. Students who fail one half or more of their classes will become immediately ineligible without a probation period. Once ineligible, students remain ineligible to participate in any sport until the standard is met. A student may be restored to the current team inseason only at the discretion of the coach and the administration. Unless approved by the principal, students must attend at least one-half of the day's academic schedule to be eligible for game/contest participation after school.
Every attempt will be made to work together harmoniously with student athletes and parents. However, it shall be understood that coaches make decisions using their best judgments based on established criteria, expertise, and experience. Student athletes will adhere to all guidelines and rules as set forth by the coaching staff with the understanding that such are made in the best interest of the individual athlete, team, and school.
Some athletic equipment and attire are the property of the school. Individual student athletes are responsible for the use and condition of school property and may be subject to replacement costs for damaged, lost, or stolen property.
Student athletes may be subject to participation and/or random drug testing as prescribed by Board of Education policy. Unless approved by the principal, students must attend at least one-half of the day's academic schedule to be eligible for game/contest participation after school.
Eligibility may be revoked at any time for failure to adhere to the above stated terms for student athletic participation.
Class Officer Elections
The following standards have been established for students who wish to run for a class office:
1. Must have and maintain a 2.0 overall average or above.
2. Students are subject to a faculty screening committee and must maintain an acceptable disciplinary record.
3. Students may appeal any decision to the administration if they feel special circumstances warrant such action. The decision of the administration is final.
Clubs are the cornerstone of extra-curricular activities at our school. All clubs must be officially recognized by the school in order to meet in the school building and enjoy the privilege of using school facilities. Official recognition requires a faculty advisor, purpose and by-laws, membership roll, and approval by the principal.
Any dance held in school facilities must be approved by the administration. A sponsor is required who will be responsible for preparations and clean-up. Dances other than prom must end by 11:00 P.M. Standards of behavior are the same as those for any other school activity.
All students who participate in varsity, junior varsity, freshman, or middle school teams involved in interscholastic competition in sports including members of cheerleading squads associated with these teams as well as any secondary students voluntarily participating in academic or service clubs, student councils, bands and choral groups, or any other voluntary student activity will be subject to testing for the use and/or abuse of illegal or controlled substances. BCBOE Policy 6.3071
Our school attempts to keep fundraising to a minimum. However, fundraising is often necessary to supplement school programs and activities. Selling will be voluntary and no minimum sales will be required of any student. Classroom or club fund-raising projects must be approved by the principal. The principal will only authorize companies to make their presentations to students after careful study of quality and cost.
National Honor Society
Membership in the National Honor Society is based on scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Candidates must have a 90 cumulative high school average. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities. A complete copy of the by-laws, requirements, and procedures of the National Honor Society is available from the Faculty Council.
Students are encouraged to attend sporting events. Parents and students are advised that students should plan for transportation prior to coming to the games. In the event a student remains after a game for an extended period of time they may be prohibited from attending future games. Students who exhibit inappropriate behavior or poor sportsmanship may be barred from games or required to attend only with parental supervision.
The Community High School Student Council provides student activities, serves as a training experience for both student leaders and followers, sponsors student activities, seeks to increase interest and participation in school affairs, and helps to solve problems which may arise. The Student Council provides a voice for all students to be heard. The administration encourages students to offer suggestions and concerns to the Student Council.
Members of the Community High Student Council are expected to follow a code of conduct in school and out of school. Members who fail to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects positively upon the school may be dismissed from Student Council. Students running for Student Council must have at least an 85 cumulative average and members must maintain at least a “B’ average.
All students who arrive before 7:45 are to report directly to the cafeteria, to an academic tutoring program, or to the scheduled meeting of their school organization. Staffed campus hours are from 7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
DAILY BELL SCHEDULE
8:00-9:25 1st Block (85 minutes)
9:30-10:55 2nd Block (85 minutes)
11:00-12:00 3rd Block Homeroom & Lunch (60 minutes)
11:00-11:28 Lunch #1 - 10th & 11th Lunch, 9th & 12th Homeroom
11:32-12:00 Lunch #2 - 9th & 12th Lunch, 10th & 11th Homeroom
12:05-1:30 4th Block (85 minutes)
1:35-3:00 5th Period (85 minutes)
SCHOOL COLORS, MASCOT, ALMA MATER
The Community High School mascot is a Viking/Viqueen and the school colors are purple and gold. We encourage our students to identify with these symbols as a representation of school pride and spirit! School color days are held periodically throughout the year and all students are encouraged to participate.
From our city's eastern border
Reared against the sky
Proudly stands our alma mater
As the years go by
Forward ever be our watchword
Conquer and prevail
Hail to thee our alma mater
C.H.S. all hail!
Cherished by our sons and daughters
Memories sweet shall throng
Round our hearts our alma mater
As we sing this song
And when death shall overtake us
May our memories be
Dear to those who us shall follow
C.H.S. to thee!
The Bedford County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap, or veteran status in the provision of education opportunities or employment opportunities and benefits. The Bedford County School System does not discriminate on the basis of sex or handicap in the education programs and activities, pursuant to the requirements of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Public Law 93-112, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Public Law 101-336, respective. This policy extends to both employment by and enrollment of the School System.
Inquiries concerning Title IX, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should be directed to the Supervisor of Exceptional Education, 500 Madison Street, Shelbyville, TN 37160, (615) 684-3284, ext. 217 or 215.
No Child Left Behind
Parents of students can request information regarding their child’s teacher, including (1) whether the teacher has met the State requirements for licensure and certification, (2) whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status or on a waiver, (3) the college major and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher and (4) whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and their qualifications.
“Directory information” means information contained in an education record of a student which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. It includes, but is not limited to the student’s name, address, telephone number, email address, photograph, date and place of birth, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, degrees, honors and awards received, and the most recent educational agency or institution attended.
Student directory information for 11th and 12th graders shall be made available upon request to persons or groups which make students aware of occupational and educational options, including official recruiting representatives of the military forces of the State and the United States. BCBOE 6.601
Board of Education Documents
A copy of Student Code of Discipline and Behavior is available for all students. A copy can be received from the office or can be reviewed in the library. Likewise, a copy of Bedford County Board of Education Policy and Procedure is available for review in the school office.
Transfer Option for Students Victimized by Violent Crime at School
Under the Tennessee State Board of Education’s Unsafe School Choice Policy, any public school student who is the victim of a violent crime as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 40-38-111(g), or the attempt to commit one of these offenses as defined under the Tennessee Code Annotated 39-12-101, shall be provided an opportunity to transfer to another grade-level appropriate school within the district.
Additional information regarding this option may be obtained by contacting Bedford County Board of Education’s Title 4 Director at 931-684-3284.
Photographs, video, and sound are a part of a school setting. Any published media will serve to educate students, promote the school or system, spotlight activities and/or reward student work. Published work may not be limited to, but will certainly include: school newspapers or newsletters, system calendars, yearbooks, and/or school and system websites. Safety will always be at the forefront of anything published. Care will be taken to exclude identifying student information in any published digital format. A parent has the right to request removal of any published media involving a child, and the media will be removed promptly.
Bedford County Board of Education Dress Code
The full Bedford County Student Dress Code 6.310 may be linked from the district website.
General Dress Summary
· The Student Dress Code will be in effect during both the school year and summer school program.
· Students’ dress and grooming will be clean and neat. Clothes and appearances must be safe and not disruptive to the educational process.
· Students will wear clothing of an appropriate size. Appropriate sizes are defined as being of a proportional size to the wearer (no more than one size smaller or larger).
· The school system will not require specific brands of clothing.
· Sleeveless shirts should have straps at least 2 inches wide.
· Chest and midriff must be covered.
· Lightweight outerwear garments and “hoodies” are permitted in the building.
· Heavy coats can be worn to school but must be stored in lockers after arrival.
· Pants, jeans, leggings, shorts, skirts, or dresses are permitted.
· Pants, jeans, leggings, shorts, skirts must be worn at the waist without “sagging”.
· Holes (4) inches from the top of the knee must have a patch under the hole.
· Shorts, dresses, skirts, and skorts should not be shorter than (4) inches from the top of the knee.
· Leggings may be worn if the shirt, shorts, skirt, pants, jeans, or skorts worn with them cover at least (4) inches from the top of the knee.
· Leisure pants, jogging pants, sweatpants, and athletic shorts are allowed. All of these must comply with the general requirements regarding to pants and shorts.
· Footwear must always be worn. Laces on shoes must be tied.
General Dress Code Prohibitions
· No see through/sheer clothing is allowed.
Logos or manufacturers’ trademarks and accessories with writing or images of substances that are illegal for teens (i.e., drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products) or are gang-related or constitute racial or ethnic slurs may not be worn. This prohibition applies to all school activitie.
Tattoos that display drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products, gang or sex-related words or images 12 must not be visible.
Chains and spiked accessories are not permissible.
Head coverings (hats, bandanas, toboggans, etc.) are not allowed.
Hoods on “hoodies” cannot be worn on the head inside the school building.
Sunglasses are not allowed inside the building.
The wearing of jewelry in any visible piercing other than the ear and nose is prohibited during school time or school functions.
Heavy outerwear may not be worn during the school day inside the building.
Shirts that expose a large area under the arms or expose undergarments are not allowed.
Halter tops and cut-off shirts are not allowed.
Skate shoes (with wheels) and house shoes are not allowed.
· A student whose clothing or accessories violate the Student Dress Code shall be referred to the office for remediation and/or punishment.
Repeated violations of the student dress code will be treated as disruptive behavior and/or defiance of school authority and may result in in-school suspension or out-of-school suspension as prescribed in the Student Code of Conduct, Disciplinary Due Process.
If school administration deems any clothing to be a disruption to the school environment, the student will have the opportunity to change the clothing causing the disruption. If the student cannot or refuses to change the clothing causing the 38 disruption, school administration will refer to the Compliance section of the dress code policy.
This handbook may be revised periodically by the Community High School administration with the current edition posted on this school website.