Lawrence Adult High School

Lawrence County School System Adult High School Policy/Procedure Manual

2017 Edition Revised


Welcome and Overview

Welcome to the Lawrence County School System (LCSS) Adult High School! We are thrilled you are joining us. We have three primary missions at our school:

● Gaining needed credits towards high School graduation

● Getting the needed soft skills that will help you in life and in your future educational endeavors and career

● Helping you to develop a plan for your future education and/or career

We have three pathway options at our program:

● The Transition pathway in which students remain enrolled at Lawrence County High School, Loretto High School, or Summertown High School.

○ These students will have an individual graduation plan comprised of the following components:

■ A plan to finish 22 approved high credits in the required areas

■ A target date for completion

● The Summit pathway in which students are enrolled at the Adult High School and are 18 years old or younger.

○ These students will have an individual graduation plan comprised of the following components:

■ A plan to finish 22 approved high credits in the required areas, a target date for completion, and a signature component.

■ These students will have an individualized program which may allow them or work during a portion of the regular School day if they are making consistent progress as defined by their individual graduation plan.

● The Opportunity program in which students are 18 years of age or older and have dropped out of school at some point.

○ This is what used to be thought of as the "typical” Adult High School student. These students are creating a new opportunity for themselves and are a welcome component to the Adult High School.

Our School prides itself on allowing students to progress efficiently throughout coursework if the necessary effort and time is allotted. The different schedule and small numbers allow students to often make much more progress than is possible in a regular school setting.

School rules

● Stay on the educational software at all times.

○ Make progress in your coursework.

● No horseplay. Keep hands and feet to yourself.

○ Students should never touch others for any reason unless permission is granted and it is appropriate to the situation.

● No use of profanity or language or gestures which are degrading or insulting to another. One should also refrain from language or gestures which refer directly or indirectly to body parts or body functions or reproductive functions or activities.

● Show respect for others, for yourself, for school property, and the property of others. This includes a respect for each person's personal space.

● Follow directions the first time given.

● Stay seated at all times unless you raise a hand and receive both recognition and permission to do otherwise.

● No use of gang symbols/signs. No gang related colors, drawings, apparel or manner of grooming which implies affiliation with unauthorized Societies, clubs, or gangs either real or imagined.

● No sleeping in class or the appearance thereof (i.e. head on desk, eyes closed, etc.).

● No presence of illegal drugs in your body or paraphernalia on your person at any time.

● No discussion of illegal drug or alcohol use at any time.

● Sexual harassment is not allowed in any of its forms with either students or staff.

● Regular attendance. This means that one should follow the applicable state of Tennessee and Lawrence County attendance policies and procedures.

○ Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action to possibly include a court petition.

● All applicable Lawrence County Board of Education policies and procedures should be followed at all times.

Dress Code

● No camouflage clothing, BDU's (Battle Dress Uniforms), or any other clothing with numerous large pockets.

● No Sunglasses.

● No bandannas are allowed to be in the possession of a student at any time. Tissues will be provided if they are needed due to allergies or sinus problems.

● No hats, caps, or toboggans are to be worn at any time.

● Guidelines for tops

○ no questionable slogans, no holes, no midriffs, no sleeveless shirts, no tank tops. Collared shirts should be buttoned to the second button.

● Guidelines for pants

○ Pants should not sag. They should always be worn above the hip. Underwear should not be visible. No hole or questionable slogans.

● Guidelines for skirts/dresses

○ length must be at least as long as one's fingertips when one's hands are placed at one's side

● Haircuts that detract from the educational environment are not acceptable.

Discipline procedure

1 offense: Counseling session given, parent or guardian (and DCS worker and Probation Officer if applicable) are contacted by phone to advise of the situation.

2" offense: Counseling session given, parent or guardian (and DCS worker and Probation Officer if applicable) must attend a meeting to advise of the situation - and to develop a plan to address the behavior issue. The student is suspended from school for one day.

3" offense: Counseling session given, parent or guardian (and DCS worker and Probation Officer if applicable) must attend a meeting to advise of the situation and to revise the plan to address the behavior issue. The student is suspended from school for two days. The student may be petitioned to Juvenile Court for violation of school rules.