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GCHS Handbook



24970 SR 108

Coalmont, Tennessee  37313

Phone (931) 692-5400

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TABLE OF CONTENTS                                   Page


Administration of Medicine                               31

Athletics                                                        37

Attendance Grade Policy                                   7

Belief Statements                                            6

Bus Rules and Regulations                               26

Cell Phones/Personal Communication Devices   23

Class Changes                                               44

Discipline Plan                                               13

Disclosure of Directory Information                 32

Dress Code                                                   11

Driving Privileges                                           29       

Field Trip                                                      44

Fire Drills                                                      45

General Guidelines for Student behavior          49

Grades and Grading                                       40

Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2017 and beyond       38

Grundy County Board of Education unsafe school choice policy 48

Extracurricular Activities                                32

Homebound                                                 10       

Honor Roll                                                    41

Internet Use Policy                                       25

Lunchroom Program/Meals                            45

Media Center (Library)                                  43       

Mission statement of Grundy County High School        6

National Honor Society                                 32

Notice of Nondiscrimination                          48

Parking                                                       29

Privacy Statement                                       31

Procedures for students drop off/pickup by personal passenger vehicles   29

Clubs and Student Organizations                  33

Report Card hold/debts to the school            42

School Day Absences (SDA’s)                      10

Searches                                                     5

/Sign-out policy                               10

Threats/Intimidation/ Extortion /Bullying      18

Tornado Drills                                            45

Use of Police at Grundy County High School  48

Vision statement of Grundy County High School  6

Vaccination Information                              50

Visitors                                                       5

2017-2018 Calendar for Grundy County High School                  


TBD - Technology In-service                         

County-wide In-service                                                 August  1-2, 2017    

Building-level In-service                                               August 3, 2017                       

Orientation (8:00 - 11:30)                                            August 4, 2017                                

First Full Day of School                                                 August 7, 2017

Professional Development (No students)                        September 1, 2017

Labor Day – No School                                                 September 4, 2017

End of First Nine Weeks                                               October 6, 2017

GCHS Report Cards                                                     October 10, 2017

Early Dismissal for students  @ 2:00                              October 12, 2017

Parent-Teacher Conference: (County-wide) 2:00-8:00    October 12, 2017

Fall Break – No School                                                   October 13–20, 2017

Professional Development (No students)                        November 1, 2017

Thanksgiving Holidays                                                  November 22-24, 2017

Early Student Dismissal 8:00 – 10:00 (NO BUSES)        December 15, 2017

Christmas Vacation                                                      December 18, 2017 – January 2, 2018

In-service                                                                     January 3, 2018                       

Students Return to School                                              January 4, 2018

End of Second Nine Weeks                                           January 8, 2018

Martin Luther King Day No School                               January 15, 2018

GCHS Report Cards                                                     January 17, 2018

Professional Development (No students)                        February 16, 2018

Presidents’ Day – No School                                           February 19, 2018

End of Third Nine Weeks                                              March 12, 2018

GCHS Report Cards                                                      March 16, 2018

Spring Break – No School                                             March 19 – March 23, 2018

Professional Development (No students)                        March 29, 2018

Good Friday (No school)                                               March 30, 2018

State Testing                                                                TBA

Administrative  Day 1/2- (8:00-11:30) No students          May 24, 2018

GCHS Graduation                                                          May 24, 2018

End of Fourth Nine Weeks and Semester                         May 25, 2018

Last Day (8:00-10:00)                                                   May 25, 2018


Make-up Days:  January 15, February 19, March 30, May 29, and May 30                                           

The School Calendar is set by the administration each year.  Changes will be announced as soon as possible.

Dear Parents and Students of Grundy County High School,


Welcome to another year at Grundy County High School!


The administration, faculty, and staff have been working to establish an environment conducive to learning: an environment in which expectations are clearly stated and enforced, an environment in which students strive to reach their potential, and an environment in which all students are afforded academic, social, cultural and athletic opportunities.


This handbook outlines the policies and procedures of Grundy County High School. Decisions that affect the students of GCHS are largely based on these procedures, so please pay close attention, especially to the sections regarding dress code, attendance, and discipline plan.


We appreciate the trust in us to provide for students an education which will prepare them for college and/or the workforce, and we hope to work with all parents/guardians as partners in their students’ education.


We look forward to an exciting and productive year, and we hope we have your full support!



Ms. Deidre Helton             Principal

Mr. Adam Floyd                Assistant Principal


Title 49 Education


Chapter 6 Elementary and Secondary Education

Part 42 School Security Act of 1981

49-6-4204. Search of lockers, vehicles, and other property.

(a) When individual circumstances in a school dictate, a principal may order that vehicles parked on school property by students or visitors, containers, packages, lockers or other enclosures used for storage by students or visitors, and other areas accessible to students or visitors be searched in the principal's presence or in the presence of other members of the principal's staff.

(b) Individual circumstances requiring a search may include incidents on school property, including school buses, involving, but not limited to, the use of dangerous weapons, drugs or drug paraphernalia by students that are known to the principal or other staff members, information received from law enforcement, juvenile or other authorities indicating a pattern of drug dealing or drug use by students of that school, any assault or attempted assault on school property with dangerous weapons or any other actions or incidents known by the principal that give rise to reasonable suspicion that dangerous weapons, drugs or drug paraphernalia are held on school property by one (1) or more students.

Acts 1981, ch. 368, § 2; 1983, ch. 397, §§ 3, 4; T.C.A., § 49-9-404; Acts 1988, ch. 727, §§ 3-5; 1994, ch. 636, §§ 1-4.




All visitors must report to the main office and check in before being allowed to enter any part of the campus.  All visitors must sign a visitor's log and wear a name tag.  Once a visit is over the visitor must check out in the main office. Friends or relatives will not be permitted to visit students during school hours.  If necessary, the parent/guardian can leave a message to be delivered to the student during hall breaks.  Students cannot be called out of class to receive a phone call. A message can be taken and delivered to the student. No food or drink may be brought or delivered to students during school hours. This will prevent classroom interruptions.  



The mission of Grundy County High School, in cooperation with parents, faculty, staff and the local business community, is to empower students to complete a rigorous course of study successfully and to become responsible, productive citizens.




The vision of Grundy County High School is that each student will develop the tools to

become a responsible, contributing member of society and a lifelong learner.




  • All children deserve a quality education in which individual needs are met, exceeded and supported
  • Students must learn that their efforts and their attendance directly affect their successful completion of coursework.
  • Multiple opportunities should be provided to insure student success.
  • Success should be measured by various strategies, not solely by standardized tests.
  • Students and parents should take active roles in lifelong learning.
  • Students should be empowered to become responsible, productive, contributing members of society.
  • It is vital to provide a challenging, safe, and positive environment for all students.
  • We support student learning by providing diverse opportunities determined by data analysis, rigorous curricula, and collaboration.
  • Students are held accountable for personal success.
  • All students have equal opportunity for success.
  • Rigorous curriculum challenges students to excel and become lifelong learners.
  • All students can be successful when policies, procedures and practices are designed to address student needs and are applied consistently.
  • Parental support is conducive to optimum student success...


Attendance is a key factor in a student’s success; therefore, students are expected to be present each day that school is in session.   


Management of an absence:

·        Send a note or doctor’s excuse to school when your child returns to school

·        Excuses for absences must be received at the school no later than three (3) days after the student returns to school.  The excuse will not be accepted later than three (3) days after the student returns to school.  This policy will be strictly enforced.  All doctor’s excuses and parent notes will be dated and signed by the school when received and parents are encouraged to request a copy of the dated excuse from the school office for their personal records.

·        All excuse notes must be signed by the parent(s)/guardian(s).  The note should clearly state the name of the student, the reason for absence, and a phone number so that the school official can confirm the excuse with the parent or guardian.

·        All excuses must be presented before school starts in the morning.  Notes from professionals should clearly state the period of time that was required to be absentfrom school and not simply that the student was seen in the office.

·        In the event the student has an excused absence, he/she will make up any class work or test missed on the day of the excused absence within three (3) days after returning to school.  It is the student’s responsibility to ask for the make-up work.  Example:  A student who is absent on Monday and returns to class on Tuesday may make up work that will be due no later than Friday.

·        No call in excuses will be permitted

·        No faxed doctor/dentist excuses will be permitted


Unexcused absence is defined as an absence without:

·        A doctor/dental excuse signed by the doctor/dentist

·        A parent note (3 parent notes are allowed per semester)

                        Semester 1 is August - December

                        Semester 2 is January - May

·        Any work missed from an unexcused absence will be counted as zeros. Students will not be permitted to complete makeup work due to unexcused absences.


Excused absence is defined as:

·        Doctor/dental visit, (signed by the doctor/dentist) must be turned in within three (3) days of the student’s return to school

·        A parent note (3 per semester) can be used to excuse a day absent, early dismissal or tardy.  It must be turned in within three (3) days.

·        Notification of a death in the immediate family (parent/guardian, sibling, or grandparent), three (3) days

·        Child with head lice, one (1) day


Tardies or Early Dismissals:

·        Unexcused tardy or early dismissal will count as 1/3 of a school day

(The combination of three (3) tardies or early dismissals count as an absence of one (1) day of school.)




Tennessee State Law states that a student's driver’s license will be suspended if they fail to pass at least 2 of 4 classes if the system is on the block schedule of 4 of 7 classes if on the traditional schedule.  Driver license may be reinstated only when the student demonstrates satisfactory academic progress.  In addition, a student's driver’s license will be suspended if they are absent from school for 10 consecutive unexcused days or have accumulated a total of 15 unexcused absences from school.  Parents and/or students must contact the attendance clerk at the school or Ms. Val Sitz at 692-3467 ext. 126 in order to receive a proof of attendance letter. To establish a means of better communication with parents and guardians concerning their child’s academic progress and attendance, the Grundy County Department of Education (GCDE) is requiring that the parent/ guardian of each student maintain a current phone number and email address on file with GCDE.



Truancy is defined as an absence for an entire school day, a major portion of the school day or the major portion of any class, study hall or activity during the school day for which the student is scheduled.


Students who are absent five (5) days without adequate excuse shall be reported to the director of schools/designee who will, in turn, provide written notice to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student's absence. The director of schools/designee shall also comply with state law regarding the reporting of truant students to the proper authorities.  In addition, the principal/designee shall initiate meaningful communications with the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) in order to determine the underlying cause(s) of the unexcused absences.  The principal/designee shall then develop an attendance plan and coordinate additional services designed to improve the student's attendance.


Upon notification that a student has been absent ten (10) days without adequate excuse, the principal/designee shall attempt to meet in person with the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) to determine the appropriate services needed to improve the student attendance.  The principal/designee shall document all communication attempts and refine the attendance plan as needed.


If a student is required to participate in a remedial instruction program outside of the regular school day where there is no cost to the parent(s) and the school system provides transportation, unexcused absences from these programs shall be reported in the same manner.

The Board shall determine annually and include in the school calendar a plan for using three (3) abbreviated school days and the procedures for making up missed instructional days.  In addition, the Board shall determine annually whether to use flexible scheduling for kindergarten students



More than ten (10) consecutive or 15 reported unexcused absences by a student during any semester renders a student ineligible to retain a driver's permit or license. In order to qualify for reclaiming a driver's permit or license, the student must have no more than one failing grade at the conclusion of a grading period. Students seeking a driver’s permit must have no more than (5) unexcused absences and must have no more than one failing grade to obtain     



Students with excessive (more than 5) unexcused absences or those in danger of credit/promotion denial shall have the opportunity to appeal to an attendance hearing committee appointed by the principal. If the student chooses to appeal, the student or their parent/guardian shall be provided written or actual 1 notice of the appeal hearing and shall be given the opportunity to address the committee. The committee will conduct a hearing to determine if any extenuating circumstances exist or to determine if the student has met attendance requirements that will allow him/her to pass the course or be promoted. Upon notification of the attendance committee decision, the principal shall send written notification to the director of schools/designee and the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student of any action taken regarding the excessive unexcused absences. The notification shall advise parents/guardian(s) of their right to appeal such action within two (2) school days to the director of schools/designee. The appeal shall be heard no later than ten (10) school days after the request for appeal is received. Within five (5) school days of the director of schools/designee rendering a decision, the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) may request a hearing by the Board, and the Board shall review the record.  Following the review, the Board may affirm or overturn the decision of the director of schools/designee.  The action of the Board shall be final.  The director of schools/designee shall ensure that this policy is posted in each school building and disseminated to all students, parents, teachers and administrative staff


Homebound Services


·        Any student who has a medical condition that will require him/her to miss ten (10) or more consecutive days should request homebound services by contacting the Grundy County Central Office at (931) 692-3467 and speak to the Attendance Supervisor.

·        Homebound contract must be signed before services begin.

·        Copy of contract can be found on page 57 -58  




An SDA is considered to be any curriculum related non-competition activity including field trips in which a student is away from school.  School competitions, both academic and athletic, and Youth Leadership. meetings will not count as an SDA.  All SDAs must be pre-approved by the school administration. Approval must be obtained by the supervising teacher and student from each of his/her teachers with appropriate forms/documents completed prior to any approved trip.  All academic teachers of the courses in which the student is enrolled must approve and sign the appropriate form granting permission for the student to attend the activity. Students are allowed two (2) SDA’s per semester.  Any SDA after two (2) will result in an excused absence and will count toward a student’s absentee record. All seniors will be allowed two (2) college/career-technical or military days (1 Fall semester and 1 Spring semester).  They must provide proof of their visit to the GCHS guidance counselor.  Furthermore, seniors will be approved only to visit institutions that they are academically eligible for acceptance.  Juniors are allowed one (1) college day in the spring semester.



Sign-In:  Any student who arrives late to school must sign-in at the front office before going to class.  No teacher will allow a student into their 1st block class, who is tardy, without a tardy slip from the office.


Sign-Out:  Under no circumstances shall a student be dismissed from school prior to the end of the school day or into any person’s custody without permission from the student’s legal parent(s) or guardian(s) regardless if the student is 18 year old. Students must have a note and a working contact number in order to receive permission for early dismissal.  Students will be given a student data form in which five additional names can be given authority to pick a student up, other than the student’s legal parent(s) or guardian(s).

2017-2018 GCHS Dress Code

Any dress or hairstyle that is considered contrary to good hygiene, distractive or disruptive in appearance, detrimental to the educational environment or to the public image of the school shall not be allowed. The administration of the school reserves the right to determine whether a student’s attire is within the limits of appropriateness for school, decency, and modesty. In matters of opinion, the judgment of the principal/designee shall prevail.


1.     Below the waist attire shall not have holes above the knees.

2.     Any item bearing the logo of any school other than a Grundy County school is strictly forbidden. College, military or professional sports team logos are acceptable. Co-op teams will be the only exception to the rule.


3.               All below the waist attire must be knee length when the student is standing erect and be worn above the hip bone at the normal waistline. Slits in dresses or skirts shall not exceed three inches above the front and/or back of the knee.  


4.               Form fitting clothing such as spandex, tights, leggings etc. with or without a seam will not be  permitted. Tights or leggings may be worn under clothing that touches the knee cap while standing erect


5.               All above the waist attire must completely cover cleavage, abdomen, back, shoulders, and 

            midriffs.  See through outfits, low-cut tops, bare midriffs, open backs, tank tops, halter tops, crop shirts, etc. are not allowed.  


6.               Footwear is required and must be worn; footwear must be safe and appropriate for indoor and outdoor activities.


7.     Clothing and accessories including, but not limited to, headphones, book bags, backpacks, belt buckles, patches, jewelry, and notebooks must not contain or have printed on them racial/ethnic slurs or symbols, gang symbols/affiliations, or vulgar, obscene, subversive, sexually suggestive language, symbols, or images.  Clothing and accessories shall not be derogatory to any individual or group, nor be disruptive to the normal school environment.  Clothing and accessories shall not promote violence or products such as alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, and controlled substances.  Clothing and accessories shall not promote violation of school rules.


8.     Visible body piercing jewelry must not pose a threat to the student’s safety nor be disruptive to the peace and good order of the school.  


9.     Items which are prohibited include, but are not be limited to:

A.              Sunglasses inside the school building, except for health purpose – doctor’s verification of need is required.

B.              Chains (including billfold chains);

C.              Sleepwear (pajamas or house slippers)


The administration reserves the right to prohibit certain clothing and/or accessories if in their judgment it is deemed a distraction to the daily operation of the school day.


Consequences: Failing to follow the dress will be considered insubordination.


1st Offense:                  The student will be sent to ISS for the remainder of the day.

2nd Offense:                 The student will be sent to ISS for the remainder of the day plus a 1 additional day will be added.

3rd Offense:                  The student will be sent to ISS Phase II for the remainder of the day plus a 2 additional days will be added.

4th offense:                   The student will be sent to Alternative School for 9 weeks. Students who are assigned to alternative school will be required to wear a school uniform for the remainder of their assigned time (school uniform is standard blue, black, or khaki slacks, (no denim) worn with a belt and a polo shirt which must be tucked in.)





Tennessee State law mandates that school administrators protect the safety and educational environment of all students.  Therefore, the principal or assistant principal reserve the right and authority to declare the rules outlined here null and void should a severely disruptive incident occur that mandates immediate action.


It is the purpose of the discipline plan to establish a safe and orderly school environment in which the rights of all students are protected and the efforts of the teachers to maintain order and teach students are supported.  It is the philosophy of the faculty and administration that although expulsion from school is a matter with serious and often lasting implications for the student and his/her family, it is a step which circumstances necessarily dictate either because of the severe nature of the offense(s) committed or because of habitual nature of the violations committed by the student.




Demerits – A demerit will be given for a violation of classroom rules.  Each violation will be handled by the teacher until there are five (5) demerits. After administering the consequences on the fifth demerit, the teacher must call the parent/guardian to discuss the student’s discipline report, explain the next level of consequences (Detention) and to inform the parent/guardian that the student and the record will be referred to the administration.  


Detention – Detention will be supervision outside of the normal classroom setting. Detention may be served before, after or during the school day and will be assigned at the administration’s discretion. Detention may be given as a consequence for being tardy to any class.  A discipline notice will be sent home explaining the violation and consequences, which must be signed and returned the next school day.


ISS Phase 1 – In School Suspension Phase 1 will be in a supervised setting outside of the normal classroom setting. During the duration of the suspension students will work on written assignments assigned by the classroom teacher or the ISS staff member. Students will be given three days after the last day served to make up any classroom assignments that were missed due to being assigned ISS Phase I.  It is the student’s responsibility to get the makeup work from their teachers.  Students may be transported to school as they would on a normal school day, but must report promptly to ISS.A discipline notice will be sent home explaining the violation and consequence, which must be signed and returned the next school day.  


ISS Phase 2 – In School Suspension Phase 2 will be five consecutive days served in the Alternative School. No transportation will be provided. During the duration of the suspension students will work on written assignments assigned by the classroom teacher or the ISS Phase II staff member.  Students will be given three days after the last day served to make up any assignments that were missed due to being assigned ISS Phase II. It is the student’s responsibility to get the makeup work from their teachers. The parent/guardian will be contacted and a discipline notice sent home explaining the violation and consequence, which must be signed and returned the next school day.  


Alternative School – Alternative School will be used to house students for an indefinite number of days as a consequence for cumulative offenses a student may earn or level IV offenses. During the duration of the suspension students will work on class work and/or written assignments assigned by the classroom teacher or the Alternative School staff. The parent/guardian will be contacted and a meeting will be scheduled explaining the violation and consequence. The meeting must occur before the student is allowed to return to school. Students assigned to Alternative School will not have the privilege of bus service, and the parent/guardian will have the responsibility of transporting the student to alternative school. A contract must be signed by both the guardian and student. See pages 59-60.


Any student who is still serving time from the previous school year or receives the consequence of being sent to ISS Phase II or Alternative School any time throughout the current school year will not be allowed the privilege of attending the Junior/Senior Prom nor the privilege of attending any type of field trip.


These students will also not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activity during the duration of their time in Alternative School. This includes but is not limited to any type of practice and/or competition.


If a student is assigned ISS phase II five days prior to graduation or is in ISS phase II or Alternative at the time of graduation, he or she will not have the privilege of participating in the graduation ceremonies.




LEVEL I OFFENSES: Violation of classroom rules.


Demerits:                                                                    Consequences:


1 to 5……………………………………………………Classroom Teacher’s Consequences

6 ……………………………………………………… Detention two (2) hours

7……………………………………..…………………1 day/1 class  ISS Phase 1

8………………………………………………………..3 days/3 classes ISS Phase 1

9………………………………………………………...5 days ISS Phase 2

10……………………………………………………….Indefinite Alternative School




  1. Spreading rumors that will cause a conflict between two or more individuals.
  2. Arguing with another student that results in staff intervention.
  3. Unlawful assembly or organization of any group(s) which disrupts normal operations.
  4. Leaving class without permission.
  5. Misuse of hall pass
  6. Skipping class, homeroom, or a directive study.
  7. Any display of affection.
  8. Horseplay and/or minor altercation that results in staff intervention.
  9. Use of profane, obscene, inappropriate or slang language or gestures either written or spoken towards students.
  10. Inappropriate and/or disrespectful attitude toward a staff member.
  11. Any behavior that disrupts instruction.
  12. Personal communication device disruptions. (see page 23)
  13. Solicitation of items not approved as a school fundraiser.




1st Offense …………………………………………………………. 2 Hours Detention

2nd Offense …………………………………………………………1 day ISS

3rd Offense ………………………………………………………….3 days ISS

4th Offense ………………………………………………………….5 days ISS Phase 2

5th Offense…………………………………………………………..Indefinite Alternative School



  1. Fighting: Any physical conflict between two or more individuals.
  2. Insubordination – Defiance of any school personnel.
  3. Abuse, marring, defacing or willful destruction of personal and/or school property.
  4. Any threat of violence or instigation of a conflict between other individuals.
  5. Possession and/or use of any tobacco or tobacco like products including electronic cigarettes (Student is cited to court, TCA 39-17-1505).
  6. Leaving campus without permission.
  7. Use of profane, obscene, inappropriate or slang language or gestures either written or spoken towards or in the presence of a staff member.
  8. Submission of falsified documents as if signed by authorized persons.
  9. Violation of the Internet Use Policy (pg. 25)
  10. Possession of Obscene or pornographic material   
  11. Possession of fireworks or igniting material (lighters, matches, etc.)
  12. Gambling
  13. Activation of fire equipment
  14. Any verbal threat of violence towards a staff member.
  15. Theft or possession of stolen property.
  16. Bullying, harassment, cyber-bullying, intimidation, and hazing as defined by the Grundy County Board of Education Policy 6.304




1st Offense …………………………………………………..... 3 days ISS Phase I

2nd Offense……………………………………………………..5 days ISS Phase II

3rd Offense ……………………………………………………..Indefinite Alternative School




  1. Physically attacking another student who does not attempt to and/or have the ability to defend himself/herself.
  2. Intentionally causing bodily harm to another student that requires the attention of an ambulance or other EMS personnel.
  3. Any act of a sexual nature including, indecent exposure or inappropriate personal contact.
  4. Arson
  5. Bomb threat.
  6. Any violation in which the administration may deem as reasonable to fall within this category.




Any Level IV Offense will result in being assigned Alternative School for up to one year, or indefinite suspension from school and/or referral to the Grundy County School Board for expulsion.  




  1. Possession, use, transfer, or sale of alcohol, drugs, and/or related paraphernalia.
  2. Battery upon school personnel.
  3. Sexual battery, attempted rape or rape.
  4. Possession or use of any dangerous weapon at any time on school property. Including, but not limited to any firearm, explosive, sharp and/or pointed blade, slingshot, stun guns, brass knuckles, etc.




Any student who commits any act listed as a Level V Offense will be expelled immediately for a period of not less than one calendar year (ZERO TOLERANCE).  

Grundy County Schools Policy on Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyber-bullying, and Intimidation

(Issued 02/11/16)


To report incidences of student discrimination, harassment, bullying, cyber-bullying, and intimidation individuals may call the hotline number and anonymously report at 931-954-9057


The Grundy County 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.


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 definition and recognition of discrimination/ harassment.




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.


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 international 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 or other employees of the school district shall not encourage, permit, condone, or tolerate hazing activities.


“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.




Alleged victims of the above-referenced offenses shall report these incidents immediately to a teacher, counselor, or building administrator. All school employees are required to report alleged violations of this policy to the principal or 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. Once a complaint is received, the principal/ designee shall initiate an investigation within forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of the report. 4  If a report is not initiated within forty-eight (48) hours, the principal/ designee shall provide the director of schools with appropriate documentation detailing the reasons why the investigation was not initiated within the required timeframe.4

The principal/ designee shall notify the parent/ legal guardian when a student is involved in an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying. The principal/ designee shall provide information on district counseling and support services. Students involved in an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying shall be referred to the appropriate school counselor by the principal/ designee when deemed necessary. 1,4

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. All investigations shall be completed and appropriate intervention taken within twenty (20) calendar days from the receipt of the initial report. 4 If the investigation is not complete or intervention has not taken place within twenty (20) calendar days, the principal/ designee shall provide the director of schools with appropriate documentation detailing the reasons why the investigation has not been completed or the appropriate intervention has not taken place. 4   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.




School administrators shall consider the nature and circumstances of the incident, the age of the violator, the degree of harm, previous incidents 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 a physical harm or the threat of physical harm to a student or a student’s property, the principal/ designee of each middle school, junior high school, or high school shall report findings and any disciplinary actions taken to the director of schools and the chair of the board of education.


By July of each year, the director of schools/ designee shall prepare a report of all 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 49-6-4503.




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.




A student who possesses a weapon on school property, a school bus or at a school sponsored event or activity (an exception exists for school-sanctioned instructional or ceremonial purposes) shall be reported to local law enforcement officials and shall be suspended immediately.

A weapon is any device capable of inflicting injury to or disabling another individual.

Possession shall mean actual physical control of the weapon or the ability to exercise control over the weapon.

*The punishment for this offense shall be suspension up to One (1) year, but may include expulsion. (Same as above)

ZERO TOLERANCE OFFENSE – If the weapon is a firearm or an explosive, incendiary or poison gas device, any student who is found to have violated this policy shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year.


ZERO TOLERANCE OFFENSE – A student having unlawful possession, using or selling a narcotic or stimulant drug or drug paraphernalia on school property, a school bus or at a school sponsored event or activity shall be reported to local law enforcement officials and will be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year.*


ZERO TOLERANCE OFFENSE – A student who commits battery upon any teacher, principal, administrator, or any other school system employee shall be reported to local law enforcement officials and shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year.*


*The Director of Schools has the authority to modify this expulsion on a case-by-case basis.



Grundy County High School will not be responsible for lost or stolen cell phones or other electronic devices.


It is against state law to use beepers during the school day. TCA Title 49 education 49-6-4214.


A “personal communication device” is a device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message, or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to the possessor.


A teacher may request permission from the administration to use personal communication devices as part of their educational curriculum.


Cell phones may be used before and after school, in between classes, and during the student’s lunch period.

Cell phone use is not allowed in academic areas, restrooms or locker rooms.

During the school day, while students are in class, cell phones and other allowable electronic communication devices must remain in the “off” position, unless the instructor authorizes such use in the classroom.


Cell phones must be set to the silent or vibrate mode and at no time shall the cell phone have a ring tone turned on.


Students will not take any picture or video in any restroom or locker room, nor will any picture or video be uploaded to any social media site or web site.


During testing, use of a cell phone or recording device is strictly prohibited and subjects
the device to confiscation and search. Students are subject to discipline for use of these
devices during testing. Further, use of cellphones during testing could result in the invalidation of student test scores.


Any electronic communication device used to create a hostile situation such as cyberbullying   or "sexting" or any other type of inappropriate communication conduct may merit the confiscation of a cell phone/device and be used/held as evidence for an extended period of time pending the alleged misuse of the device and appropriate disciplinary action.


When a device is in use in the classroom, students WILL NOT:

  • Answer an incoming SMS (text) message or phone call
  • Be on any social media site (Facebook, Twitter, etc...)
  • Access or play any game or access any entertainment site on their device
  • Access or use any application (app) on their device unless expressly instructed to by the instructor
  • Take any picture or video that the instructor has not expressly asked you to take
  • Upload any picture or video taken in any class to any social media site or website
  • SMS (text) message or email any picture of video taken in class to any person, including themselves
  • Access any type of mobile web browsing for any reason unless directed by the instructor
  • Take any picture, video or text any class assignments or assessments without permission

Due to the evolving nature of emerging technologies, additional rules and regulations may be added throughout the school year.   

If a student fails to relinquish his/her cell phone to the staff member it will be considered insubordination in addition to receiving the consequence of breaking the personal communication device rule. This will be two offenses and result in automatic ISS phase II if this is the first offense. If this is the second personal communication device violation then failing to relinquish his/her cell phone will result in 9 weeks alternative school.




The device will be confiscated for the remainder of the day and is considered a Level II offense.


Students who use the camera component of the cell phone are subject to additional disciplinary measures, as well as reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency, if deemed appropriate.



Student may not sell any item or product on school property unless it is an approved school fundraiser. Consequences for violation of the rule fall into the Level II category.




We are pleased to offer to the students of Grundy County High School access to the school’s computer network and access to the Internet.  To gain access to the Internet, all students under the age of 18 must obtain parental permission and must sign and return this form to the designated school Technology Coordinator.  Students 18 and over may sign their own forms.


Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as they are in a classroom or school or school hallway.  Communications on the network are often public in nature.  General school rules for behavior and communications apply.  The network is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others.  Access to network services is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner.  Parent permission is required.  Access is a privilege, not a right.  Access entails responsibility.  Individual users of Grundy County High School computer networks are responsible for their behavior and communication over those networks.  It is presumed that users will comply with district and school standards and will honor the agreements they have signed.  Beyond clarification of such standards, the school is not responsible for restricting, monitoring, or controlling the communications of individuals utilizing the network.


Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers.  Network administrators, school administrators, and teachers may review files, bookmarks, and communications to maintain system integrity and insure that users are using the system responsibly.  Users should not expect that files stored on the school servers would always be private.

Within reason, freedom of speech and access to information will be honored.  During school, teachers will guide students toward appropriate materials.  Outside school and with independent home access, families bear the same responsibility for such guidance as they exercise with information sources such as television, movies, radio, and other potentially offensive media.  


The following behavior is not permitted by students using the Grundy County High School network and Internet access:


Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures

Using obscene language

Harassing, insulting or attacking others

Damaging computers, computer systems or computer networks

Violating copyright laws

Using another person’s password

Trespassing in the property of other individuals including folders, work, or files

Intentionally wasting limited resources

Employing the network for commercial purposes

Any action that violates existing school policy, Board policy, or Public Law

Sharing personal information such as street addresses or telephone numbers

The use of any type of multi-media outlet, such as but not limited to Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, etc., while present at school.  Using software or any other method to circumvent the Educational Network Association (ENA offensive web site blocking system).  


Consequences for violation of the Internet Use Policy is a Level III Offense and will result in the appropriate level III consequences and a loss of Internet privileges.  In addition, a student who circumvents the ENA blocking system or interferes with the educational process using a computer will be prosecuted under State and Federal Laws.


Bus: Transportation Safety and Discipline


School bus transportation plays a vital role in the education process for the students we serve. Our number one goal is to provide safe, efficient transportation for students to and from school and/ or school events. Drivers will make every effort to provide students a safe and comfortable journey to and from school.


Appropriate student conduct on school buses is expected at all times. Disruptions on the bus pose potentially serious safety concerns that put students, drivers, and other drivers at risk. Whenever a bus driver’s attention is diverted, a serious safety hazard can arise in a matter of seconds.


Education is required by Tennessee state law, school transportation is not. Because the bus is an extension of a student’s school day, school rules/ code of conduct also apply to behavior on the bus. Eligibility to ride the bus may be revoked if students violate school bus rules and regulations.




1.     The bus driver has the right to assign seats, and may be directed so as a matter of policy.

2.     Students are to be at their bus stop at least 5 minutes before normal bus arrival time.

3.     If it is necessary to cross the street or roadway students must wait until the driver signals them to cross, and cross the street or roadway 10-15 feet in front of the bus.

4.     Bus seats must be shared with other students on a daily basis with a limit of 3 students per seat.

5.     Students should always use the handrail when boarding or exiting the bus.

6.     Students must observe classroom conduct. Ordinary conversation is permitted at the driver’s discretion.

7.     Students must provide written permission from a custodial parent/ guardian to ride a different bus other than the one assigned. Written permission is also required for a student to get off at a different bus stop than the one assigned (such as work, place of business, etc.). Students should provide the note to the school office/ administrator and to the bus driver. All notes must go thru the school office and have an administrator’s signature to be honored. Otherwise students will be taken to their normal destination.

8.     If a student does not ride the bus for three consecutive days, bus service will be discontinued until the Grundy County Schools Transportation Department is notified that bus services are still needed.


School Bus Rules and Regulations


Level I Offenses


1.     All books, book bags, backpacks, and other items must be kept out of the aisles/ walkway. Carry-on items will not occupy another student’s seat, nor extend above the seat back.

2.     Animals, oversized objects, balloons are prohibited.

3.     No windows or doors will be opened or closed without the permission of the bus driver.

4.     Chewing gum, eating, or drinking any beverage is prohibited.

5.     The use of electronic devices or other items in a manner that interfere with the safe operation of the bus or distract the driver is prohibited. This may include (but is not limited to) radios, cell phones, cd/tape/mp3 players, mirrors, lasers, flash cameras or other reflective devices, and camera.

6.     Students will not extend hands, arms, heads, and objects from the bus at any time.

7.     Students must remain seated and facing forward with feet on the floor in front of them.


Level II Offenses


1.     Once students board the bus, he/she will not be permitted to exit the bus while in transit. High school students will not be permitted to exit the bus except to board the transit bus at the elementary schools. This applies to both morning and evening routes.

2.     Incidents involving students throwing items from the bus pose serious safety issues to other drivers and will be reported to the Sheriff’s Office and office administration.

3.     Horseplay will not be tolerated. Students will refrain from teasing, scuffing, tripping, holding, hitting, throwing items, or any activities that the driver may interpret as horseplay or deem unsafe.

4.     Loud, boisterous, profane language, obscene gestures, inappropriate displays of affection, and conduct deemed indecent will not be tolerated.

5.     The rear door and escape hatch trigger an alarm when opened. They are only to be used to exit the bus in an emergency situation or a drill conducted by the driver.

Level III Offenses


1.     Defiance of a school bus driver is considered insubordination.

2.     Fighting will not be tolerated. Students fighting on a school bus are subject to be transported by the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department, to the local Police Department, or Tennessee Highway Patrol. Parents will be notified. Students who instigate fighting, but may not be actively involved may be subject to the same penalty or suspension as students involved in a fight.

3.     Bullying will not be tolerated. Students who are intimidated, harassed, or coerced by another should immediately report the incident to the driver and/ or a school administrator.

4.     Students should avoid any behavior that may damage the bus in any way. Any damage to seats, windows, or equipment will be charged to the student(s) or parent(s)/ guardian(s) of the responsible student(s). Bus service will be suspended until full payment is made.

5.     Possession of matches, lighters, and glass objects are prohibited.

6.     Possession of tobacco, e-cigarettes, or paraphernalia will be reported to proper authorities and cited to court, TCA 39-17-1505.


Zero Tolerance


1.     Possession, use, transfer, or sale of alcohol, illegal drugs, possession of weapons (firearms, knives, explosives, etc.) or related paraphernalia.

2.     Battery upon a bus driver.


Consequences for violating a Level I Offense


1st Offense       Written Warning/ Contact Parents

2nd Offense       1 day bus suspension

3rd Offense       3 days bus suspension

4th Offense       3 Days ISS Phase I and 5 days bus suspension

5th Offense       No bus service for the rest of the year.


Consequences for violating a Level II Offense


1st Offense       5 days bus suspension

2nd Offense       5 days ISS Phase II and no bus service

3rd Offense       Alternative School (No bus service for the remainder of the year.)


Consequences for violating a Level III Offense


1st Offense        5 days ISS Phase II and no bus service

2nd Offense    Alternative School (No bus service for the remainder of the year.)





In compliance with the State Fire Marshall Codes, all students transported by personal passenger vehicles will be required to be dropped off and picked up students behind the gym in the large student parking area during regular school times for arrival and departure. No student will be dropped off or picked up in front of the school, unless late arrival or early dismissal.  Other exceptions would be due to medical reasons, which will require proper documentation and administrative approval.



1st Offense – Warning

2nd Offense – Consultation with SRO officer

Driving and Parking Privileges


Students need to understand that driving and parking on school property is a privilege, not a right.  Certain conditions are attached to privileges.  Students who fail to uphold those conditions will be subject to loss of driving and parking privileges, monetary fines, and disciplinary actions.  The conditions for driving and parking are as follows:


1.     All Students who drive on school grounds must possess a valid Tennessee driver’s license and show physical proof of insurance.

2.     All debts to the school and all holds must be cleared before a parking permit is issued.

3.      Students will register any vehicle they intend to drive to school with school authorities.  Upon registering at any time during the semester a $10.00 maintenance fee is required, and a parking permit will be issued.  Students may purchase a replacement permit for $5.00.  This permit is to be hung on the rear view mirror.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  A $5.00 fee will be assessed if called to the office in violation of any parking rule.  The second offense will be a $10 fee and any third offense will result in the parking permit being revoked for the remainder of the semester.

4.      Vehicles without visible (hung on rearview mirror) parking permits are subject to tow at owner’s expense.

5.      Vehicles parked in NO PARKING spaces or in any space that is not assigned are subject to tow at owner’s expense.

6.      All students should lock and secure their vehicles.

7.      Students are not to allow anyone to borrow, sell or transfer their permit.  Permits must be used on the registered vehicle only. Violations will result in forfeiture of that permit and the driver must then purchase a new permit.

8.      Any unauthorized vehicle parked in a fire lane or handicapped space is subject to tow at the owner’s expense and the loss of parking permit.

9.      Students using tobacco or permitting smoking in their cars on school grounds will be subject to losing their permit permanently.

10.    Priority parking will be provided for seniors on a first come first serve basis.

11.    Parking privileges are limited to seniors, juniors, and sophomores.  

12.    No car is to be parked on any curb or in an unmarked space unless allowed by the administration.

13.    No students are to park their cars in the spaces reserved for teachers.

14.    Students are to observe 10-MPH speed limit while on campus.

15.    Students are not to litter parking lots.

16.    Parking lots are off-limits during the school day unless permission is granted by the administration.

17.    No loitering in the parking lot before or after school. Each student should enter the building promptly after arrival.

18.    Students should park in their assigned space that corresponds to the number on their parking permit.

19.  Grundy County High School is not responsible for theft or damage to automobiles or possessions in automobiles that are parked on the Grundy County High School campus.

20.  A student who is classified as a freshman will not be allowed to drive or register a vehicle at GCHS.

21.  Spinning tires (i.e. burning rubber) is not permitted on school property.

22.  Driving over the concrete obstacles in the parking lot is not permitted.

23.  All above rules apply to students parking at other Grundy County Schools





SECOND OFFENSE:  Loss of Permit for 9 weeks

THIRD OFFENSE:  Loss of Permit for remainder of year




1.     Speeding and/or reckless driving (including entering and exiting campus).

2.     Allowing students to ride on exterior of vehicle.

3.     Skipping in vehicle.

4.     Five (5) tardies in one grading period.

5.     Infractions of parking regulations.

6.     Refusal to follow school official’s directions.

7.     Allowing another student to borrow permit.

8.     Using tobacco or permitting smoking in your car on school grounds.

9.     Repeated violations of school policies




It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to bring any medication, prescription and/or over the counter medicine, to school as soon as one enters the building and to also remove any unused medication when treatment is complete.  All prescription medication must be brought to school in the original container.  The pharmacy label must have the following information:


  • Name of Student
  • Prescription Number
  • Name of Medication and Dosage
  • Administration Route or other Directions
  • Date
  • Licensed Prescriber’s Name
  • Pharmacy Name, Address, and Phone Number


All non-prescription medication must be brought to school in the original manufacturer’s labeled container with the ingredients listed and the child’s name affixed to the container.


The school nurse will discard any unused medication that is not picked up by the parent or guardian.  Only medications brought from home, prescribed for the identified student, and accompanied by a signed permission sheet from the parent or guardian will be administered to that student.




Tennessee Code Annotated has established protection of privacy for students.  It is the policy of GCHS to also protect the privacy of the student within the framework of law; therefore, information including but not limited to the student’s permanent records and academic standing, attendance, discipline, and psychological and standardized tests will only be released with specific written request from students who are eighteen (18) years or older and by written request from the parents of students who are under eighteen (18).



“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 listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended.




9th GRADE STUDENTS PLEASE NOTE:  You are advised to study these requirements closely, and if you are interested in becoming a member of the National Honor Society or National Beta Club, then plan your high school experiences accordingly.  You cannot guarantee your selection as a member of the NHS or Beta Club, but you can put yourself in a more favorable position.  Academic achievement alone will not get you into the National Honor Society or the National Beta Club.





1.     Students must be nominated by faculty members.  Nominees are students enrolled from the second term of the sophomore year through April of the senior year.

2.     Nominees must have at least a 90 overall average.

3.     Students who meet these criteria must complete a form describing their involvement in clubs and service activities both in and outside of school.  Students who have either three clubs and two services or two clubs and three services, and who submit the application by stated deadline, will be offered membership in the National Honor Society.  Induction takes place in the spring of the year.

ACADEMIC CLUBS                                  FINE ARTS ORGANIZATIONS


National Honor Society                                                 Chorus

National Technical Honor Society                                 Drama                         

Visual Arts




In order to hold an office in any club or class, the student must meet the following requirements:


  • Class officers and representatives must have at least an eighty-five (85) average or 3.0 GPA or higher in the preceding year with no more than one (1) failed subject.
  • No second year freshman is eligible to hold an office.  No student will be eligible who has spent more than eight (8) semesters in high school.
  • No student who has been in Alternative School, ISS Phase I, or ISS Phase II for the previous semester or during the current school year will be eligible for election to an office or as a representative.  Any student who becomes an officer or representative and who receives the punishment of Alternative School, ISS Phase I, or ISS Phase II is subject to removal from such office at the time punishment is delivered.
  • No student who has accumulated any unexcused days or more than two days of tardiness during the current school year will be eligible for election to an office or as a representative.  




National Technical Honor Society: An organization of CTE students. Students will be inducted by nomination only from a Career & Technical Education Faculty. Students must have taken at least 2 CTE courses and will graduate with 3 or more CTE courses. Members must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and cannot have any current discipline and attendance problems. Members are expected to be active in community service. Members who have accumulated a certain number of community service hours are eligible for graduation cords and stoles.


Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA): an association of marketing students, is an organization for students preparing for careers in marketing or business.  Students may compete in regional competition held at Middle Tennessee State University and then advance to state and national competition thereafter.  DECA members develop skills in public speaking, interviewing, and business etiquette.  Students discuss topics such as world economies, advertising, promotion, sports and entertainment marketing, and management.  DECA also participates in several philanthropic projects such as the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, various food drives, and other local community service.


Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA): is the organization for students preparing for careers in business.  Any student in grades 9 through 12 can join.  Local, state, and national competition is held each year.  Some of the event categories in which members can compete include:  web page design, parliamentary procedure, public speaking, job interviews, keyboarding, desktop publishing, and others.


Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA): seeks to promote personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer science education.  Focus is on the multiple roles of family members including the wage earner and community leader. Members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and vocational preparation.


Future Farmers of America (FFA): seeks to accomplish many goals and strategies including developing competent and assertive agricultural leadership as well as interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications, human relations and social interaction, strengthening the confidence of agricultural students in themselves and their work, and promoting healthy lifestyles. The FFA motto gives members

twelve short words to live by as they experience the opportunities in the organization. Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.


Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA): is the organization for students preparing for careers in health care.  Members may compete in various events at the regional and state levels.  Events include Parliamentary Procedure, First Aid/Rescue Breathing, Personal Care, Interview Skills, Speaking Skills, Care Plan, Career Health Display, etc.


Skills USA: is an organization for trade and industry vocational class students who are enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations including Automotive Technology, Drafting, Cosmetology, Welding, and Carpentry courses.


Tennessee Career Association (TCA):is a student-led organization for career-minded students who are interested in preparing themselves to enter the workforce and are enrolled in a program that is affiliated with the Jobs for America's Graduates National Network.



*All clubs subject to student participation


Renaissance Club: The GCHS Renaissance Program is an incentive program aimed at rewarding students who have earned good grades, no unexcused absences, and no discipline issues at the end of each semester.  


Purple Card earned by receiving a 4.0 GPA the previous semester, no unexcused absences/tardies and no discipline issues.


Gold Card earned by receiving 3.0 GPA or higher during the previous semester, no unexcused absences/tardies and no discipline issues.


Silver Card earned by improving GPA between semesters by .5, or by maintaining a 4.0 GPA.  They will also have to have no unexcused absences or tardies and no discipline issues.


FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes):  Students in grades 9-12 who participate in any sport including managers, photographers, and statisticians are eligible for membership and are encouraged to be good leaders and role models on and off the playing court or field.


Big Brothers/ Big Sisters Program: Sophomore and Junior students become siblings to incoming ninth grade students and help ease the transition from elementary to high school.  Big Brothers and Big Sisters write to their siblings over the summer, give tours of the school, and make the new students feel welcome.


4-H Club: The purpose of the 4-H Club is to help youth develop “life skills” by participation in different projects ranging from arts and crafts to veterinary science.  It offers students an opportunity to be on a judging team, to complete projects, and to compete with other students across the state.


Future Teachers of America: FTA is a nationally recognized organization whose purpose is to promote an interest in careers in education while teaching leadership.  FTA members at our school are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities, including working with other students, recognizing teachers in our school for their efforts, and promoting our school in the community.  FTA members are eligible for scholarships offered through the Organization of Retired Teachers in Grundy County as well as several offered through our local and state chapters.


Interact Club:  The purpose of the Interact Club is to develop leadership skills and personal integrity, to demonstrate helpfulness and respect for others, to understand the value of individual responsibility and hard work, and to advance international understanding and goodwill.


Quill & Scroll:  Is an International Honorary Society for High School journalists. Candidates must be of junior or senior classification, be recommended by the publication advisor or publications governing committee, and must meet all of the qualifications for membership.


Spanish Club:  Students who are interested or are enrolled in Spanish I or II are eligible for membership.  Activities include taking cultural field trips, observing teacher appreciation events, and making Mexican folk art.


Student Council: Is the student governing body for student led activities including homecoming events, intramural games, and community service events.  Membership requirements include an 85 overall average.  Anyone who wants to become a member but was not elected can work 6 hours on service projects and become a merit member.


*Club meetings will not be held during the school day. Clubs will schedule their meetings before or after school.




Only GCHS Juniors and Seniors may purchase prom tickets.  Prom guests of GCHS Juniors and Seniors  must be at least 14 years old and less than 21 years of age on the date of the prom.  GCHS students who have been in ISS Phase II or Alternative School during the current school year, cannot attend prom. Guests of GCHS students who are not enrolled at GCHS must be approved by administration.


Participation in athletics is a privilege, not a right for students.  Students can lose this privilege if they are not in good standing.  "Good Standing" includes academics, discipline, and attendance.

Grundy County High School is a TSSAA school and follows all TSSAA eligibility requirements.  Your student’s coach or the school’s athletic director can answer any questions concerning eligibility.  


  1. A student must pass at least six (6) subjects per year.
  2. A student who drops out of school before the end of the term shall be ineligible until he/she has been in school a term and all TSSAA requirements.
  3. A student shall be ineligible after he/she has attended high school for eight (8) terms.
  4. A student cannot participate in athletics if he/she becomes 19 years of age on or before August 1.
  5. To be able to play or practice a student at GCHS must be present at least half a day unless he/she has received permission from the principal or principal designee.
  6. A student cannot participate in practice or a game while in ISS Phase I.
  7. A student cannot participate in practice or a game while in ISS Phase II or Alternative School.
  8. Other eligibility requirements are listed at www.tssaa.org.
  9. Adhere to THE CODE OF CONDUCT



Football                                     Golf (Boys)                    

Volleyball                                  Golf (Girls) 

Basketball (Boys)                      Baseball

Basketball (Girls)                       Softball

Cross Country (Boys)                Cheerleading         

Cross Country (Girls)                Bass Fishing

Co-op Swimming with Coffee County Central High School

Co-op Soccer with Coffee County Central High School



Grundy County High School students will be classified at the end of each Spring Semester.  In addition they will be classified in grade by using the following criteria:


  1.   A student must have six (6) credits and must have passed Freshman English to be classified as a sophomore.
  2. A student must have thirteen (12) credits and must have passed Freshman and Sophomore English to be classified as a junior.
  3. A student must have nineteen (18) credits and must have passed Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior English to be classified as a senior.




Credit Units                              Course


4          English I, II, III, IV (Grammar, composition and literature)


4          Mathematics must include Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and one additional math (Trigonometry/Adv Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Statistics, Calculus or Bridge Math)


3          Science (must include Biology I, Chemistry I or Physics plus one other lab science)


3          Social Studies (must include World History or World Geography, US  

                       History, US Government (.5), and Economics (.5) or Marketing I)


3          Elective Focus - Program of Study (Students completing a CTE elective focus must complete three (3) CTE program area or an elective focus in Science and Math, Humanities, Fine Arts, or other school board approved programs of study.


            *2        Foreign Language (same foreign language)


            1.5       PE (0.5) and Wellness (1.0)


            . 5        Personal Finance


            *1        Fine Arts (Music, Art or Theater)


             1         Business Technology - Computer Application or other upper level course


**  Additional Electives - Students will obtain the additional electives needed to meet the total number of credits required per their graduating class listed below:     

·        26 - Total number of credits required for graduation for the classes of 2018 and 2019

·        28 - Total number of credits required for graduation for the class of 2020 and 2021


Civics Test:  Beginning in 2016-17, state law (T.C.A. § 49-6-408) requires that all students in grade 12 pass a United States Civics test with at least 70 percent accuracy. Questions will consist of 25 to 50 questions taken from a civics test administered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Students will have unlimited opportunities to pass the test.


Honors Diploma:  Students who score at or above all of the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with honors.


Diploma of Distinction:  Attaining a 3.0 GPA and completing at least one of the following: earn a nationally recognized industry certification; participate in at least one of the TN Governor's Schools; participate in one of the ALL State Musical Organization; be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist; attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT test; attain a score a 3 or higher on at least two Advanced Placement Exams; earn 12 or more transcript postsecondary credits.


By virtue of the Academic Honors Scholars replacing the Top Ten Percent all students (regardless of the number) will be allowed to participate and will be ranked based upon GPA* in the following order

  1. Those who meet the requirements for a Diploma of Distinction
  2. Those who meet the requirements for an Honors Diploma
  3. All graduates


*GPA will be calculated based upon the grades up to and including the fall semester grades of the class’s senior year.  If a tie occurs based upon GPA, then the cumulative grade average will be used to determine rank.


**12 or more postsecondary credits must be earned by the fall semester of the senior year in order to qualify for Diploma of Distinction (if applicable).  


***There will be only one valedictorian and salutatorian recognized for the graduating class. If

necessary, due to a tie, quality point average will be used to rank students.




Teachers will give a Nine-Week exam, Mid-Term, and a Final exam at the designated times.  See School Calendar for exact dates of Exams and issue of Report Cards.


The semester grade is the final grade and is recorded on the permanent record.  The following grading scale is used at Grundy County High School:






            A         Excellent         93 -      100

            B         Very Good                                      85 -   92

            C         Average          75 -      84

            D         Below Average           70 -      74

            F          Failure 0 -        69


No quality points are awarded for those numerical grades below 70.


Exemption from Finals Policy


If a student misses more than six days in a semester, he/she will lose parking privileges for the remainder of the semester. [Note: Three tardies constitutes one absence.]


If the student has six or fewer absences and a class average of A, he/she will be exempt from the final exam.

If a student has four or fewer absences and a class average of B or higher, he/she will be exempt from the final exam.

If a student has two or fewer absences and a class average of C or higher, he/she will be exempt from the final exam.

If a student has zero absences and a class average that is passing, he/she will be exempt from the final exam.



To qualify for the All-Star Honor Roll, a student must have 93 or higher in each course.  The student must be registered for at least three (3) classes to qualify for the All-Star Honor Roll.


To qualify for the Honor Roll, a student must have 93 or higher in at least one course and 85 or higher in all other courses.  The student must be registered in at least three (3) classes to qualify for the Honor Roll.




Grundy County High School is an institution in which learning for a purpose takes place.  Useful and lasting learning does not occur unless the process which students go through to learn is an honest process that reflects their true abilities as measured by their own efforts.  Progress, which is based on unsound learning, as is the case with cheating, is not genuine process.  Cheating prepares a student for failure, not for success.  In an academic institution, dishonesty serves to undermine the academic and intellectual integrity of the school.  By establishing this honor code, the faculty and administration of Grundy County High School indicate their commitment to work to eliminate such acts as cheating and to deal with offenses in a firm and decisive manner.





Cheating is to deprive of something valuable by the use of deceit or fraud, to violate rules dishonestly, to get something by dishonest or deceitful means or assisting in any such acts.


Cheating may involve one or more of the following actions:


  1. To use the work of another person as your own or provide yours for someone else.
  2. To copy information from another student's test, examination, theme, book report, term paper or any other teacher assigned project, or to allow these to be copied by another person.
  3. To plagiarize (use another person's idea, expression or words without giving the original author credit.).
  4. To prepare for cheating in advance.  Such action might involve having in your possession a copy of a test that has been given or is going to be given or answers to a test that has been given or is going to be given, or using the test or notes during a test or examination, or talking while quizzes or examinations are taking place.
  5. To fail to follow test procedures or instructions announced by the teacher (such as no talking, no turning around in your seat, raise hand to ask questions, etc.).


Cheating will be determined by the administration based upon the evidence presented by the teacher and the following action will take place.


First offense:  Three (3) Days ISS Phase I, and a zero for the assignment in question.


Second Offense:  Three (3) Days ISS Phase II and possible loss of credit for coursework as determined by the administration.


Report cards, diplomas, transcripts, etc. may be held by Grundy County High School for those students who owe debts to the school.  Public Chapter 1074-Senate Bill 2109, House Bill 1808 prescribe that local schools may withhold all grade cards, diplomas, certificates or progress reports or transcripts of a student who has incurred a debt to the school or a student who has taken property (textbooks, library books, and athletic equipment) which belongs to a local school or any agency thereof until the student makes restitution.  All textbooks must be turned in at the end of each semester.  Library books are to be returned by their due date.  All athletic equipment is school property and must be turned in at the end of the respective sport season.



The Grundy County High School Educational Media Center exists to support and carry out the school’s curriculum.  For you, the student, it provides opportunities for your personal intellectual growth as well as creating an appreciation of the values of human achievement that are represented within its walls.


The media center provides the following services:


1.         Materials to meet specific classroom needs and individual needs.

2.         Up-to-date reference collection for research.

3.         Catalogs: print and non-print materials in one card catalog.

4.         Space to meet individually or in small or large groups.

5.         Opportunities to browse in both print and nonprint materials.

6.         Assistance in the production of materials.

7.         An area for displaying projects.

8.         Reading guidance.

9.         Teaching of reference skills.

10.       Instruction in the use of materials and equipment.

11.  Computer lab with assistance.

12.  Internet access


Regular circulating materials may be checked out for a period of three (3) weeks at a time.  If you have not finished with the materials in the allotted time, you should bring the materials back to the media center for the purpose of rechecking it out for another three weeks.  Materials not returned on time are fined $.05 for each day they are overdue.


You are encouraged to use reference materials as much as possible within the media center.  Non print materials and vertical file materials are treated the same as reference materials.





1.  Transcripts – The counseling office provides a transcript service for seniors.  There is a charge of $2.00 for transcripts made for former students and graduates.

2.  Counseling – Conferences with students regarding educational, vocational, and personal problems.

3.  Informational Services – Information pertaining to schools, colleges, occupations/careers, financial aid, etc.

4.  Individual Program Planning – Assistance in selecting appropriate high school courses so that the student may accomplish his/her career and educational goals.

5.  Consultation – Conferences with parents, teachers, administrators, in-service training for teachers.

6.  Other – Coordinate Big Brother/Big Sister Program, Junior and Senior Career/College Day, financial aid workshop, organizes Awards Day.


To make an appointment for consultation please call the Guidance Office at 692-5411.




Students should plan their schedules very carefully, as it is very difficult to change.  State law limits the number of students that may be in a class.  A request for a class change will be granted case by case based on graduation requirements and availability.  There will be no class changes after the sixth day from registration date.  Requests for change due to personal preferences will not be honored.



Field trips are privilege students must earn.  The requirements for earning this privilege are good grades, good attendance, good discipline record, and written approval by all current teachers.  The administration reserves the right to allow departments to request specific requirement standards for departmental field trips. All overnight field trips require the approval of the Director of Schools and the Grundy County School Board.




The signal for these drills is a continuous blast of the alarm or notification over the public address system.  If there should be a power failure, emergency power will keep our systems functioning. Walk quietly and quickly upon the direction of the teacher in charge.  Maintain single lines and follow instructions designated for the room being evacuated.  Instructions for such procedures will depend upon the circumstances at the time.  Follow the instructions of your teacher or those on the public address system.  Students are to remain at least one hundred (100) feet from the building until the signal is given to re-enter.  No one is to return to the building until the principal or his authorized representative gives the all-clear signal.  Roadways are to be kept clear at all times.




The signals for this drill will be prolonged ringing of the alarm and/or a public address announcement.  Students will accompany their teachers to the designated shelter area.  If outside, please report to the gym locker rooms or if a tornado is in sight, lie down in the nearest low area or ditch.




Grundy County Schools operates on a closed lunch period.  Students are not permitted to leave campus for lunch.  Students will return trays and utensils to the proper rack and dispose of trash in appropriate containers.  Students who litter the cafeteria will be assigned clean up duty in those areas at the discretion of the administration.  Only school lunches and sack lunches from home will be eaten in the cafeteria. Grundy County Schools participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. We are pleased to announce that Grundy County has implementing a new option available to schools in Tennessee that participate in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. It is called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).


Offer versus Serve (OVS): Grundy County Schools participate in an Offer vs. Serve Program which allows students to choose what they would like to eat. An offer versus serve breakfast and lunch meal plan is available to all students PreK-12 with the exception of sack lunches or lunches transported off site.


A school breakfast eligible for federal reimbursement shall offer 3 food components (fruits, milk, and grains) that consist of a minimum of four (4) food items. Students are allowed to decline one (1) food item. The student’s decision to accept all four items or to decline one item shall not affect the price charged for the meal. The breakfast is priced as a unit.


A school lunch eligible for federal reimbursement shall offer 5 food components (fruit, grains, meat/meat alternatives, milk, and vegetables) in  the appropriate amounts per grade groupings. Students are allowed to decline two of the five required food components, but must select at least ½ cup of a fruit (or fruit combination) or a vegetable (or a vegetable combination) or ½ cup fruit/vegetable combination. After selecting the ½ cup fruit or vegetable requirement, students must select at least two additional full components in the full amounts (per age/grade grouping required amounts) to count toward a reimbursable offer versus serve meal. The student’s decision to accept all five components or to decline two components shall not affect the price charged for the meal. The lunch is priced as a unit.


Student Account: Each student is given an account with a Personal Identification Number (PIN). This number will remain the same throughout their time at Grundy County Schools.  To access their account, the students will be asked by the cashier type in their PIN number. They will do this on a Point of Service (POS) device located at the cashier.


Depositing Monies on Student Account: A student can deposit money on his or her account via a check or cash in the cafeteria. If paying with a check, please include the student’s name and PIN number on the check.


Meal/ A la Carte Fees: Money will be accepted any day during the week but it is preferable that the student pay a week at a time. A la Carte items cannot be charged.


Staff Breakfast: $2.00 Visitor Breakfast: $2.50

Staff Lunch: $3.50      Visitor Lunch: $4.50

Extra Milk: $0.50       Extra Juice: $0.50


School Nutrition Program (SNP) Charge Policy: Due to the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), Grundy County Schools has a no charge policy.  


In order to promote the National School Lunch Program and to insure that each child receives a nutritious meal, deliveries from commercial restaurants will not be allowed in our schools. Students are not allowed to leave school for the purpose of obtaining lunch.


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communications for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

            Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

            1400 Independence Avenue, SW

            Washington, D.C. 20250-9410


2.               Fax: (202) 690-7442; or


3.               Email: program.intake@usda.gov


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

The Grundy County school district's wellness policy plan.

The wellness plan may accessed on the web at www.grundycoschools.com. Furthermore, the plan may be picked up at the schools, by contacting the principals.





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 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 the Grundy County Department of Education at 931 692-3467.




It is Grundy County School Board policy that the School Resource Officers are notified for Zero Tolerance violations, fighting, and theft.  It is the philosophy and belief of the administration at Grundy County High School that the responsibility for dealing with student discipline violations rest with us.  Thus, we will make every effort to handle such problems in-house, according to the policies and procedures established by the district and the school.  However, when violations of state laws or municipal ordinances occur, when students or parents refuse to work within the established policies of the district and school, or where security of person or property appears to be in jeopardy, we will not hesitate to call the SROs and initiate arrest and prosecution proceedings.




The Grundy County Department of Education affirms that it complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


It is the policy of the Grundy County Board of Education not to discriminate on the basis of handicap, race, color, national origin, sex, age, or religion in any of the programs or practices in the school system.  A complaint may be filed by anyone who has a grievance regarding discrimination as set forth in one of the following statutes:  (1) The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, (2) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, or Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.


It is the policy of Grundy County High School not to discriminate against any otherwise qualified individual with a disability, solely by reason of his/her disability, in admission or access to, or treatment in, education and program or activities sponsored by Grundy County High School.


Anyone who believes he/she has been discriminated against may file a complaint with:


Title VI Coordinator for the Grundy County Department of Education

Tonya Garner

PO Box 97

Altamont, Tennessee  37301




1.         Students should not congregate in the halls preventing flow of traffic.

2.      All students must park in the area provided for student parking & only with the appropriate permit.

3.      Students will not be permitted to leave campus without permission from the office.

4.      Students must return cafeteria trays to the appropriate tray return area.  Any litter from the student lunch is to be taken to a trash container.

5.      All books must be kept in lockers.  Any books found out of lockers will be turned in to lost and found.

6.      No student will be permitted to go into the parking lot without authorization from the office.

7.      Grades 9th-12th students must remain in the cafeteria during their lunch period.

8.      Students should not enter the hall without a HALL PASS from the immediate supervising teacher. Only one student allowed per one hall pass. Groups shall not share the same hall pass.

9.         No student is allowed to purchase drinks from the Teacher Work Areas’ vending machines.      “Student” includes children of faculty members


Meningococcal Vaccines

What You Need to Know

Many Vaccine Information Statements are available in Spanish and other languages. See www.immunize.org/vis

Hojas de información sobre vacunas están disponibles en español y en muchos otros idiomas. Visite www.immunize.org/vis

1 What is meningococcal disease?

Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness. It is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children 2 through 18 years old in the United States. Meningitis is an infection of the covering of the brain and the spinal cord.

Meningococcal disease also causes blood infections.

About 1,000–1,200 people get meningococcal disease each year in the U.S. Even when they are treated with antibiotics, 10–15% of these people die. Of those who live, another 11%–19% lose their arms or legs, have problems with their nervous systems, become deaf, or suffer seizures or strokes.

Anyone can get meningococcal disease. But it is most common in infants less than one year of age and people 16–21 years. Children with certain medical conditions, such as lack of a spleen, have an increased risk of getting meningococcal disease. College freshmen living in dorms are also at increased risk.

Meningococcal infections can be treated with drugs such as penicillin. Still, many people who get the disease die from it, and many others are affected for life. This is why preventing the disease through use of meningococcal vaccine is important for people at highest risk.

2 Meningococcal vaccine

There are two kinds of meningococcal vaccine in the U.S.:

1.     Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) is the preferred vaccine for people 55 years of age and younger.

2.     Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (MPSV4) has been available since the 1970s. It is the only meningococcal vaccine licensed for people older than 55.


Both vaccines can prevent 4 types of meningococcal disease, including 2 of the 3 types most common in the United States and a type that causes epidemics in Africa. There are other types of meningococcal disease; the vaccines do not protect against these.

3 Who should get meningococcal vaccine and when?

Routine vaccination

Two doses of MCV4 are recommended for adolescents 11 through 18 years of age: the first dose at 11 or 12 years of age, with a booster dose at age 16.

Adolescents in this age group with HIV infection should get three doses: 2 doses 2 months apart at 11 or 12 years, plus a booster at age 16.

If the first dose (or series) is given between 13 and 15 years of age, the booster should be given between 16 and 18. If the first dose (or series) is given after the 16th birthday, a booster is not needed.

Other people at increased risk

1.     College freshmen living in dormitories.

2.     Laboratory personnel who are routinely exposed to meningococcal bacteria.

3.     U.S. military recruits.

4.     Anyone traveling to, or living in, a part of the world where meningococcal disease is common, such as parts of Africa.

5.     Anyone who has a damaged spleen, or whose spleen has been removed.

6.     Anyone who has persistent complement component deficiency (an immune system disorder).

7.     People who might have been exposed to meningitis during an outbreak.


Children between 9 and 23 months of age, and anyone else with certain medical conditions need 2 doses for adequate protection. Ask your doctor about the number and timing of doses, and the need for booster doses.

MCV4 is the preferred vaccine for people in these groups who are 9 months through 55 years of age. MPSV4 can be used for adults older than 55.

4 Some people should not get meningococcal vaccine or should wait.

1.     Anyone who has ever had a severe (life-threatening) allergic reaction to a previous dose of MCV4 or MPSV4 vaccine should not get another dose of either vaccine.

2.     Anyone who has a severe (life threatening) allergy to any vaccine component should not get the vaccine. Tell your doctor if you have any severe allergies.

3.     Anyone who is moderately or severely ill at the time the shot is scheduled should probably wait until they recover. Ask your doctor. People with a mild illness can usually get the vaccine.

4.     Meningococcal vaccines may be given to pregnant women. MCV4 is a fairly new vaccine and has not been studied in pregnant women as much as MPSV4 has. It should be used only if clearly needed. The manufacturers of MCV4 maintain pregnancy registries for women who are vaccinated while pregnant.


Except for children with sickle cell disease or without a working spleen, meningococcal vaccines may be given at the same time as other vaccines.

5 What are the risks from meningococcal vaccines?

A vaccine, like any medicine, could possibly cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. The risk of meningococcal vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small.

Brief fainting spells and related symptoms (such as jerking or seizure-like movements) can follow a vaccination. They happen most often with adolescents, and they can result in falls and injuries. Sitting or lying down for about 15 minutes after getting the shot—especially if you feel faint—can help prevent these injuries.

Mild problems

As many as half the people who get meningococcal vaccines have mild side effects, such as redness or pain where the shot was given.

If these problems occur, they usually last for 1 or 2 days. They are more common after MCV4 than after MPSV4.

A small percentage of people who receive the vaccine develop a mild fever.

Severe problems

Serious allergic reactions, within a few minutes to a few hours of the shot, are very rare.

6 What if there is a serious reaction?

What should I look for?

Look for anything that concerns you, such as signs of a severe allergic reaction, very high fever, or behavior changes.

Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include hives, swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, a fast heartbeat, dizziness, and weakness. These would start a few minutes to a few hours after the vaccination.

What should I do?

1.     If you think it is a severe allergic reaction or other emergency that can’t wait, call 9-1-1 or get the person to the nearest hospital. Otherwise, call your doctor.

2.     Afterward, the reaction should be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Your doctor might file this report, or you can do it yourself through the VAERS web site at www.vaers.hhs.gov, or by calling 1-800-822-7967.


VAERS is only for reporting reactions. They do not give medical advice.

7 The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal program that was created to compensate people who may have been injured by certain vaccines.

Persons who believe they may have been injured by a vaccine can learn about the program and about filing a claim by calling 1-800-338-2382 or visiting the VICP website at www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation.

8 How can I learn more?

1.     Ask your doctor.

2.     Call your local or state health department.

3.     Contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): - Call 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO) or - Visit CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/vaccines

Grundy County High School’s



Girded by encircling mountains

Glorious to view,

Stands our noble Alma Mater

Where we shall be true.


Cherished by thy sons and daughters,

Mem’ries sweet shall throng

‘Round our hearts, our Alma Mater

As we sing our song.


Forward ever be our watchword,

Conquer and prevail;

Hail to thee our Alma Mater!

G.H.S., all hail!



I have read and understand the Student Handbook and have discussed the rules with my son/daughter, _________________________________________(Student Name).

___________________________________  Date:  _________________

Parent Signature


___________________________________  Date:  _________________

Student Signature


Agreement for Receiving Homebound Services*


Parent and student must agree to the following conditions:

  1. The parent agrees to provide all necessary medical information/reports regarding the child’s medical condition. Updates may be necessary, and in some cases, a second opinion from a medical professional may be required.


2.               A return date from the doctor is required before the student can be placed on homebound.  If a student is going to be released early from medical care or needs an extension, proper paperwork must be submitted.


3.               Homebound services are only provided to students who are “house bound.” These students should be at their home, leaving only for doctors’ visits and other infrequent outings.


4.               Homebound students are not allowed to work at a job of any kind. They may not volunteer their services at a business place, nor may they regularly visit a parent or relative’s place of employment.


5.               Homebound students may not attend school functions (ball games, dances, school trips, prom, etc.)


6.               The student will be available and prepared for instruction on the day and time that is scheduled. Cancellations and rescheduling will occur only in cases of emergency. If the need does arise, the homebound teacher is to be notified immediately. Three hours of instruction equals five days of school. If a student cancels, is not available, or is not prepared for instruction (without a reasonable excuse) at the scheduled time and does not makeup the time, he/she will be reported as being absent for that number of days.


7.               A quiet area will be available to the teacher and student during visits for instruction.


8.               An adult must be home during instruction.


9.               All assignments must be completed by dates given by the homebound instructor. Failure to do so will result in a zero for the assignments not turned in on time.


I understand and I agree to adhere to the guidelines established for homebound instruction. I understand that violation of any guideline could result in homebound services being suspended.









GCHS Alternative School

Rules and Procedures


1. All students must wear khakis and a collared shirt each day of their placement. Other than this stipulation, the high school dress code is to be followed.


2. All students must be signed in at 7:55 by a parent/guardian and signed out at 3:00 by a parent/guardian.


3. Students are not allowed to bring in outside food or drink, except for a bottle of water. Students also are not allowed chewing gum or candy.


4. Students are not to sleep during the placement. Sleeping could result in the extension of the placement.


5. Students are to show their completed work to the staff to ensure that the work has been completed. If students do not complete their work in a timely manner, their placement could be extended.


6. Once the assigned work has been completed, the student may read a book that is found in the alternative school.


7. If a student is absent, is tardy, or leaves school early, they will have to make up that day.


8. Students will turn in their cell phones as they enter the building each day. The phones are to be turned off and will be returned at the end of the day.


9. Students are not allowed to bring in personal electronic devices nor headphones.


10. Any student caught committing a level II or III offense, will be turned over to the SRO and face expulsion from school and/or legal action as determined by the school system.


11. School breakfast and lunch will be made available. It will be brought to them each day. However, extra food will not be.


12. Each student is expected to do their due diligence in helping maintain the cleanliness of the classroom area and the bathroom. Any student found not doing so could face an extension of their placement.


13. There are to be no backpacks brought into the alternative school. They are not needed as the student will not be required to take books back and forth from home to school and the students will not be assigned any homework.  


14. There will be no 2nd or 3rd chances given at the alternative school. This is your last chance, please do what little you are asked and follow these simple rules and procedures to gain re entry into the regular education setting.


____________________________________            ___________________________________

Student Signature                               Date                Parent Signature                                 Date


____________________________________            ___________________________________

Principal Signature                             Date                Alternative School Teacher               Date






















Media Release Notification

In compliance with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html), Grundy County Schools notifies parents annually about release of student information (Parent/Student Handbooks, District Website, and/or this RUP). The following applies to release of information to the media or other publically available information sources:


1. GENERAL MEDIA RELEASE: The school or district may feature my child’s likeness (photograph, video, etc.) and/or work on Grundy County Schools’ online resources, in publications, or other public media. No last names or other personal demographic information will appear with any student likeness or work except as set forth below.  

2. EXCEPTION for HONORS and AWARDS and ATHLETICS: For the purpose of publically recognizing students for honor and awards, the school district will assume implied consent to release student information (including first and last name) unless a parent or guardian notifies Grundy County Schools within ten (10) calendar days after the first day of school (or the first day of enrollment). Student information related to honors and awards may
appear in broadcast, print or digital media, in both district and non-district information sources.


3. PARENTAL APPROVAL for UNIQUE SITUATIONS:   Should the school or school district wish to use a student’s full name, image or work for purposes other than as noted above, school officials will seek parental approval in advance. Your signature below signifies you have been notified of the administrative procedures outlined above.


Parent Signature: _____________________________________ Date: ____________


*Should a parent or guardian wish to go beyond the limits set above and further restrict use of a student’s first name, image or work, please provide a signed copy of the RESTRICTED MEDIA RELEASE form (found on the district website or available in the school office).







Grundy County School System

Student Data Form



Student’s Full Legal Name ____________________________________________________________  

                                                Last                                            First                                        Middle


Date of Birth __________________________ Grade __________   Student’s SS # _____________


_________________         _________________              __________________               _____________

Birth City                          Birth County                          Birth State                                Birth Country


If born outside the U.S.: Date entered U.S.__________     Date entered U.S. school:__________        From:   _________________


Mother’s Maiden Name:_____________________________

Student’s Sex:   Male _____    Female _____                                             Race:__________  

Student lives with:   Both: _____      Mother  _____    Father  _____          Other:__________  

Custody:          Both  _____     Mother _____    Father  _____    Other: _____        

Mother’s Name ________________________Cell Phone _______________ Email_________________________         


Mother’s Current Physical/911 Address:______________________________                                                           

                                                                 Street                        City                    State                    Zip


Mother’s Current Mailing Address: _______________________________________________________________                                                                       

       (If different than physical)                               Street                        City                    State                    Zip



Mother’s Home Phone (____) __________________ *Please contact school with address /phone changes, this will keep students record up to date.


Father’s Name ___________________ Cell Phone _________________ Email___________________________


Father’s Current Physical/911Address____________________________________________________________

                                                               Street                        City                    State                    Zip


Father’s Current Mailing Address ________________________________________________________________

       (If different than physical)                            Street                        City                    State                    Zip


Father’s Home Phone (____) __________________ *Please contact school with address /phone changes, this will keep students record up to date


Guardian Current Physical/911 Address___________________________________________________________  

                                                                      Street                        City                    State                    Zip


Guardian Current Mailing Address _______________________________________________________________

       (If different than physical)                                               Street                        City                    State                    Zip



Guardian’s Home Phone (____) ________________*Please contact school with address /phone changes, this will keep students record up to date.


Emergency Contact(s)           ________________               _________________            _____________                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                       Name                                    Relationship                              Phone


                                                    ________________               _________________            _____________

                                                       Name                                    Relationship                              Phone


                                                    ________________               _________________            _____________

                                                       Name                                    Relationship                              Phone


                                                    ________________               _________________             ____________

                                                       Name                                    Relationship                              Phone



Car Rider __________________    Walker _________   Bus #_________  Miles to School__________


Please list anyone that is allowed to pick up your child from school.

____________________________                   ________________________

____________________________                   ________________________

____________________________                   ________________________

____________________________                   _______________________


____________________________                   _______________________

           Parent / Guardian Signature                                               Date

Health problems we should be aware of (including any allergies)          


Is child on any medication?      

If yes, please fill out medication form with the School Nurse.


Circle ALL that you give school permission to do:  Call Doctor          Call Ambulance         Treat


In case of snow or weather what two numbers would you like us to contact?  

Any other pertinent information:



Thank you for helping keep your student’s information current.

**The Grundy County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap in the provision of educational opportunities, activities, or administered programs.

Updated January 23, 2017


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