2020-2021 Pre-K Handbook

 Grundy County Schools 


Student/Parent Handbook 



Mission Statement 

We will provide a safe and healthy environment for all children. Pre-K will emphasize developing essential skills through hands-on activities that provide variety and meaningful experiences by being positive and supportive. 

Developing Hearts, Minds and Lives for the Future 



Pre-K welcomes you and your child. We hope the information in this parent handbook will be helpful in having a successful year. 


Entrance Requirements 

Four-year-old children living in the Grundy County area are eligible to enter Pre-K. Children need to be four on or before August 15th, 2020. Identification documents such as a birth certificate and a social security card will be requested of all pupils entering Grundy County Schools; however, students not able to provide such documents may use alternate forms of identification. If any student needs assistance in obtaining documentation, please contact Val Sitz Nunley, the Attendance Supervisor, or Cindy Blevins, the Federal Programs Supervisor at 931-692-3467. The Grundy County School System provides a public, free, and equal education to all students; therefore, enrollment will not be denied to those students unable to provide identification documents. 

An immunization record (from the health department or physician’s office, must include Hib, Hep B, Hep A, and PCV vaccine). Each student will also need to complete an income verification form. Each student is required to have a complete up-to-date address (both a mailing address and a physical address), home phone number, parent’s work number and/or emergency phone number of a relative or friend, medical alert information and name(s) of authorized person(s) to pick up the child. 


Enrollment Priority Requirements 

1st Priority - Pursuant to state law 49-6-101: students identified as economically disadvantaged. This identification is based on income levels set each year by the Department of Health and Human Services and used during the application process to determine income eligibility for enrollment. 

2nd Priority - Students with disabilities, students identified as English Language Learners (ELL), in state custody, or those identified as educationally at-risk for failure due to circumstances of abuse or neglect. 

3rd Priority - If space for enrollment remains after identifying children who meet Tier 1 or 2, the LEA may enroll any child that meets the age requirement and the requirements set forth by the Community Pre-K Advisory Council (C-PAC). These students are considered unserved or underserved and may be enrolled by the process established by the C-PAC. 


Child’s Adjustment to a New Routine 

Children need time to adapt to change and need constant positive reinforcement to help them adjust. Some children go through separation symptoms. Children should be given three weeks to settle into a routine comfortably. Separation symptoms may also occur after breaks (Fall Break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, and illnesses). 



Elementary School

Student Calendar of Events 



Meet and Greet (5:00-7:00) August 6, 2020


Orientation Grades K-9th   (8:00-11:00)                              August 7, 2020                                    


First Full Day of School August 10, 2020


Student Dismiss at 11:00 (PD for teachers 12-3) September 4, 2020


Labor Day – No School September 7, 2020


1st Six Weeks Ends                                 September 18, 2020


Fall Break – No School October 19-23, 2020


2nd Six Weeks Ends                              November 6, 2020  


 Student Dismiss at 11:00 (PD for teachers 12-3) November 6, 2020


Thanksgiving Holidays November 25-27, 2020


Early Student Dismissal 8:00 – 10:00 (NO BUSES) December 18, 2020


Christmas Vacation December 21, 2020 – January 4, 2021


Students Return to School                                                    January 5, 2021


3rd Six Weeks Ends                                                             January 7, 2021


 Early Dismissal for students  @ 2:00                                 January 14, 2021


Parent-Teacher Conference: (County-wide) 2:00-8:00       January 14, 2021


No school due to extended PTC January  15, 2021


Martin Luther King Day – No School January 18, 2021


Student Dismiss at 11:00 (PD for teachers 12-3)                February 5, 2021


Presidents’ Day – No School February 15, 2021


4th Six Weeks Ends                                February 22, 2021


Student Dismiss at 11:00 (PD for teachers 12-3)                March 26, 2021


Spring Break – No School March 29 – April 1, 2021


Good Friday (No school)                                                     April 2, 2021


5th Six Weeks Ends                              April 12, 2021


State Testing   April 12-23, 2021


Admin Day 1/2- (8:00-11:30) No students                           May 13, 2021


Last Day (8:00-10:00) (No Buses)                                        May 25, 2021            


Make-up Days: May 14th, May 21st, and May 24th 

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

Preparation for School 

Helping children become self-sufficient in putting on and taking off coats and putting away their belongings in their cubby are ways in which parents can help prepare young children for school. The more a child can do for him/herself, the more his/her self-esteem is enhanced. Please make an effort to help your child become independent in taking care of these matters in the mornings. 

Breakfast, Lunch and Snack 

All meals will be provided by the lunch room. All students will be eating a cafeteria meal in the lunchroom accompanied by their teachers. A nutritious breakfast and lunch are served daily from the lunchroom.  

Children will be served breakfast and lunch everyday. 

Visitor Breakfast - $3.00 

Visitor Lunch - $4.50 


School Hours Arrival and Dismissal 

Pre-K will follow the school calendar of the Grundy County Schools as well as closings for snow or sleet during the winter. Listen to the local media or television stations for closings, call the school hotline, or sign up for computer call notifications. 


During the 2020-2021 school year, the Pre-K hours of operation will be from: 

Arrival Time: 7:55 -8:00 a.m. 

Dismissal Time: 2:15 - 2:30 p.m. 


Sign In / Sign Out 

Parents should walk children to their class each morning. Children must be signed in and out each day by an adult that is authorized to pick up the child (parents will need to let the Pre-K know who is authorized at the beginning of the school year). The sign in and out procedure is mandated by Tennessee Law, and we must have the time and initials documented by an adult. In the afternoon, parents must come into the classroom to initial and document the time when you pick your child up from school. Parents/caregivers will be instructed where to park by the Pre-K staff. Parents are asked to park in designated areas. Please do not park in bus lanes and/or staff parking lots. 


Car Pools 

Parents who have arranged car pools should indicate names of children in the carpool at registration or on the day’s arrangements have been made. If a child is to go home with someone else, the parent should notify the teacher. 


Telephone Calls 

Each Pre-K has a telephone in the classroom. Please reserve calling only in the case of an emergency. Frequent interruptions will affect important instructional time with your child. If the teacher does not answer, call the main school number to leave a message and a telephone number with the secretary. The teacher can call you back as soon as possible. 


Parent / Teacher Conferences 

If a parent has questions about his/her child or the child’s classes during the year, he/she is urged to call the teacher to discuss the matter. Parents are welcome to visit the school. Arrangements can be made with the individual teacher. There is one scheduled parent-teacher conference offered in the year when parents meet privately with teachers to discuss their child’s progress. The date is January 14th. The conference is scheduled from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. on the designated date. 


Staff Requirements 

Teachers are required to hold at least a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Educational Assistants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and completed at least two years of higher education or have passed the PRAXIS Paraprofessional Assessment. The teachers and assistants are required to have a background check. All staff members are trained and certified in First Aid and CPR. Teachers and educational assistants are required to participate in 30 hours of professional development per year. Six of these hours must be literacy training.  



The curriculum that will be used is called Big Day for Pre-K and other state approved curriculum as needed. We will be studying a thematic unit weekly during the year. Pre-K strives to provide a well-planned environment rich in learning opportunities that promotes growth, and helps prepare students for Kindergarten. Our curriculum is built around the theory that children are active learners. Pre-K also teaches personal safety. The curriculum used is called Talking about Touching. This curriculum gives children a foundation of fundamental skills for dealing with dangerous situations and supports families and teachers in discussing sensitive but critical issues with children. The curriculum begins with common safety rules for cars, traffic, fire and guns, then moves on to the “always ask first rule” and lessons about abusive situations and touching safety. Parents have the opportunity to view this teaching material. 



Assessments will be given to all students at the beginning and end of the Pre-K school year. These assessments are used to identify your child’s development level. 



Regular attendance is expected. Pre-K is a five day a week, six and a half hour program. Unless your child is ill, please make every effort to have your child attend school. Children need schedules and routines. If your child misses three consecutive days, you will be called, unless we know why your child is absent. A child who has more than five unexcused days per month, or 10 unexcused days in a year, may be terminated from the program for failure to follow the attendance policy. We must serve another child if your child can not attend on a regular basis because of the great demand of the four-year-old program. Your child will be dropped from the program and put on the bottom of the waiting list. 


Illness - Communicable Disease 

Daily attendance is very important, BUT NOT IF THE CHILD IS ILL. The best guideline is “Would I want my healthy child to sit next to a child like this all day?” Your child will be sent home if he/she has a temperature of 100 degrees. Please keep your child home if he/she has any of the following: 


1. If your child has had a fever, diarrhea, or has been vomiting within the last 24 hours, please keep them at home. Children should be fever free without medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school. 

2. If your child has symptoms of an illness (such as earache, bad cough, or wheezing) that would prevent him/her from participating comfortably in activities. 

3. If your child has head lice. Parents will be notified if your child has head lice. Prior to readmission, satisfactory evidence must be submitted to school personnel that the student has been treated for pediculosis (head lice). This evidence may include but not be limited to: (1) proof of treatment with a pediculicide product (head lice shampoo), or (2) satisfactory examination by a school health official. A student shall be expected to have met all requirements for treatment and return to school no later than two days following exclusion for head lice. 



Only properly labeled prescription medicines will be administered at school. A Medication Permission Form must be filled out by the parent for any medication to be given out at the center. The child’s parent must give the medication to a Pre-K staff member. The medication will be kept locked at the facility. If the medication dose changes, a new medication permission form will have to be filled out. 


Dress Code 

Children’s attitudes are affected by the clothes they wear. Children do better with clothes they can handle independently. Children are going to get dirty, so special clothes should be saved for less active occasions. Please let your child wear washable clothes because learning at Pre-K can be active and messy, and we want your child to be able to fully participate. Sturdy athletic shoes are required. You may desire to send velcro tennis shoes. Shoes should be closed with non-marking soles. Shoes that have slick soles, i.e. dress shoes, boots, sandals, and dressy shoes are inappropriate for Pre-K. Please do not send children to school with sandals, slides (i.e. Crocs) or open style shoes. Please send a jacket on chilly or windy days, since we go outside to play everyday we can. You will also need to send a change of clothing to be left at Pre-K in case of accidents. Every piece of clothing will need to be labeled with the child’s name in an obvious place. These clothes will be placed in a zipper bag and placed in the child’s cubby. 


Discipline at School 

We strive to prevent problems before they occur by redirecting children before a problem develops. Limits are set and clearly defined. Children are encouraged to seek an alternative behavior and talk about their feelings. If time out is used, it will be for one minute for every year of age the child is. 




Emergency Drills 

Pre-K children will be required to participate in fire, tornado and lockdown drills. These drills will make children aware of what to do in case of a real emergency. 


Field Trips  

Pre-K will take field trips that will enrich and reinforce what they have learned. Parents will be notified in advance of the field trips. Parents must sign a permission slip before the child will be allowed to attend a field trip. Parents are encouraged and welcomed on all field trips. No field trips will be taken before October 1. 


Toilet Training 

All participants in the four-year-old program must be able to completely take care of their bathroom needs. 



We have a wonderful assortment of toys for your child to use while at school, and we ask that children not bring toys from home. 



Pictures will be taken at Pre-K. Snapshots of your child will be taken while they are at school and may be placed in the local paper. Before school starts, parents are asked to sign a permission form. Parents have the opportunity to decline pictures being taken, including publicity pictures by indicating this on the general permission form. 



Parents may provide cupcakes or another simple treat for their child’s birthday. The teacher should be informed a day or two in advance in case of any food allergies or medical issues in the class. 


Party Invitations 

If party invitations are given out at school, there must be one for all children in the class. 


Policy Regarding Children with Special Needs 

The Pre-K program reserves the right to request withdrawal of a child if after a certain period it is determined that the child’s physical, emotional, mental and/or social development cannot be met within the facilities, or the child jeopardizes the ability of other children to benefit from the program. 





Please complete the following information with your child’s teacher: 


Teacher’s Name: ________________________________________________


Educational Assistant’s Name: ________________________________________ 


Principal’s Name: ________________________________________________


School Phone: ________________________________________________


School Information Hotline: _________________________________________ 


Pre-K Phone: ________________________________________________


School Colors: ________________________________________________


School Mascot: ________________________________________________


Please place this page where it will be of easy access for you this school year. 




Please read and keep the Parent Handbook for reference. 


Please sign to indicate you received the Parent Handbook. 


Signed:   ___________________________________


Date:   __________________________________



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