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2020 Student Handbook


MILLER COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL
996 PHILLIPSBURG RD.
COLQUITT, GA. 39837
PHONE (229)758-4131
STUDENT HANDBOOK
Cleve Roland, Principal
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This student/parent handbook outlines the major Miller County Board of Education policies, Miller County Middle School (MCMS) policies and school procedures which guide the daily and yearly operation of Miller County Middle School. The purpose of this handbook is to inform MCMS students and parents of the opportunities and expectations of the school's program and personnel. If you have questions that are not outlined in the handbook, please ask a teacher or an administrator.

Miller County Middle School Faculty and Staff
Administrator
Cleve Roland Principal
Faculty
Joan Broxton Teacher
Rebecca Conner Teacher
Kristan Houston Teacher
Terri Johnson Teacher
Melinda Miller Teacher
Jennifer Roland Teacher
Eric Thomas Teacher
Tammy Vann Teacher
Mike Sauls Teacher
Nate George Teacher
Lori Williams Teacher
April Powell Teacher
Staff
Vicki Simmons Counselor
Sarah Benefield Media Specialist
Melody Houston Media Clerk
Kathy Chesnut Secretary
Cindy Williams Academic Coach
Zach Calloway Custodian
Jill Moten Custodian
Lonnie Wade Resource Officer Michelle Siefker Nurse


MCSS Site/District Coordinators:
Federal Programs Robert Green
Special Education, 504 and Gifted: Jodi Collins
Title IX: Allen Martin
Sports Equity Coordinator: Allen Martin
Attendance/Truancy: Allen Martin
School Safety: Cleve Roland
Testing Coordinator: Jodi Collins
21 st Century Coordinator: LaTonya Cratic


Dear Students,
This handbook is supplied to you as a guide to the policies for students at Miller County Middle School. A careful study of this handbook will answer many of your questions concerning school policies. I suggest that you read over these regulations carefully and discuss them with your parents.
If there is any question about any given policy, feel free to contact me for an explanation. It is my sincere hope that each student will recognize the need for such procedures and will adhere to them throughout the school year. School telephone numbers are listed below:
Principal's Office
(229)758-4131
Guidance Counselor's Office
(229)758-4131
Lunchroom Manager's Office
(229)758-4131

I want to encourage you to become involved in your school and its many activities. As a member of the student body, you can make a difference. Utilize and expand your abilities to their fullest through participation in these activities
Cleve Roland, Principal
Miller County Middle School


TABLE OF CONTENTS
Faculty & Staff 4
MCSS Site/District Coordinators 5
Curriculum, Clubs, and Activities 9
Academic Course Offered/Exploratory Courses Offered 9
Miller County Grading System 9
Awarding Credit 9
Progress Reports/Report Cards 9
Promotion/Retention 10
Guidance and Counseling Services 10
Career Guidance Center 10
Out of County Students 10-11
Immunization 11
Activities 11
Athletics 12
Athletic Offerings 12
Band 12
Cheerleading 12
Clubs 12
Discipline 13
General Disciplinary Procedures 13
Bus Discipline 14
Bus Rules 15
Bus Discipline 15
In-School Suspension 17
Progressive Discipline for major Discipline 17
Out-of-School Suspension 18
Expulsion 18
Alternative Program 18
Fighting 18
General Reasons for Disciplinary Action 18-19
Threatening/Intimidating and/or Bullying another student 19-20
Corporal Punishment 20
Miller County Board of Education Drug and Alcohol Policy 21
Narcotics, Alcohol Beverages, and Stimulant Drugs 21
Weapons Policy 21-22
Procedures for Minor Classroom Referrals 23
Definition of Disciplinary Actions 24
Daily Procedures 25
Accidents 25
Address and Telephone Numbers 25
Arrival at School 25
Hall Traffic Procedures 25
Hall Passes 26
Hours of Operation 26
Late Arrival 26
Lockers 26
Lunches 27
Menus 27
Meal Prices: (Students) 27


Meal Hours• 27
Cafeteria Conduct Rules• 27
Restroom use during lunch• 28
Supervised area rules 28
Media Center 28-29
Medicine 29
Office Visits by Students 29
Phone Use 29
Restroom use 29
Cell Phones and other Electronic Devices 30
School Property and Textbooks 31
Student Searches 31
Visitors 31
MC Volunteer registration Process 31-32
Emergency Situations 32
Fine and Fees 32
Flowers and Gifts 33
Messages to Students 33
Dress Code 34-35
Attendance Protocol 36-43
Bell Schedule 44
Safety Codes 45
Withdrawal Procedures 46
Miller Co. BOE Medication Policy 47
Internet Policy 48-52
Safe Student Riding Instructions 53-55
Safe Riding/Transportation Signature Page 57
Handbook Receipt Signature Page 59
Attendance Policy Signature Page 61
Student Internet Acceptable Use Policy 63


Curriculum, Clubs and Activities
Miller County Middle School provides an educational opportunity that meets the guidelines set forth by the Quality Basic Education Act of the State of Georgia.
Academic Course Offered: Exploratory Courses Offered:
English/Language Arts Beginning Band
Math Marching/Concert Band
Science Physical Education
Social Studies
Miller County Grading System:
A = 90-100 B = 80-89 C = 70-79 F = Below 70 I = Incomplete
Conduct: S = Satisfactory N = Needs Improvement U = Unsatisfactory
Awarding Credit
Students will be awarded credit for work successfully completed at the end of each semester. Incomplete grades (I) will be awarded only in extenuating circumstances and must be cleared within the first six (6) weeks of the following semester.
Progress Reports/Report Cards
Report cards will be issued every nine (9) weeks. Report cards are sent home to be signed by a parent/guardian and required to be returned to the school.
Progress reports will be issued at the middle of each nine-week grading period to show the progress being made by the student. They are to be signed by a parent/guardian and returned.
Students will be given agenda books that consist of daily home/school communication of work, grades, teacher/parent notes & school policies. One agenda book will be supplied, if lost a new one must be purchased .
Parents are encouraged to schedule conferences to discuss their child's progress with the teachers. This may be done by calling the school secretary at 758-4131 to make an appointment during the teachers' planning period or after school from 3:10 until 3:30 Monday- Thursday.


Promotion/Retention
Students must have a yearly average of 70 or higher in all academic subjects to be promoted to the next grade level. Academic subjects include English/Language Arts, math, science, and social studies. Students in grades 6th - 8th must score:
at Developmental Learner or higher on the Georgia Milestones End of Grade Assessment (EOG)
at or above Developing Learner Achievement Level on the Mathematics
A procedure shall be established whereby a school level team will review a student's performance prior to any decision to retain the student.
Prior to a student's retention, the students' parents must be notified of the possibility of retention and given the opportunity at attend a meeting to discuss the matter.
School level promotion and retention decisions may be appealed to the Superintendent or designee(s), whose decision shall the final.
Guidance and Counseling Services A full-time counselor is available to assist students with guidance and counseling needs. Such needs include (but are not limited to) assistance with personal problems, crisis counseling, sending records and transcripts, parent conferences, and coordinating testing programs for students.
Any student who has a problem should feel free to consult the counselor. All students will be seen on a walk-in basis if possible; however, an appointment will allow better use of student and counselor time as well as prevent interruptions. Appointments can be made in the guidance office. All problems discussed with the counselor are confidential and will remain between student and counselor. The counselor will follow ethical and confidentiality requirements when counseling with a student.
Career Guidance Center
Information is housed in the guidance office to assist students in making career and educational choices. Examples are college catalogs, applications, financial aid forms, scholarship information, pamphlets and brochures on specific occupations.
Students are welcome to make an appointment to discuss future plans and to browse through the information of interest to them.
Out of County Students
It is the policy of the Miller County Board of Education to accept out of county students if they meet the criteria. There are standards students must meet and maintain while they attend Miller County Schools both academically and behaviorally. Any out of county students who fail to pass 4 of the 6 classes in high school or qualify to be retained while attending the Miller County School System may be asked to return to the school that services their county. Students who are


referred to the office more than 6 times in a year, fight or cause disruptions in the daily flow of school will also be required to return to their service area school. Due to attendance problems students who reach 14 excused or unexcused absences during the full year or accumulate 7 tardies to school in a semester will be withdrawn. The principal has the authority to require the student to return to their service area school at any time they become a discipline problem. No out of county students will be accepted if there are problems with discipline, attendance or any other good and sufficient reasons.
The following guidelines will be followed:
This does not apply to students who are currently enrolled as long as they are continuous in their enrollment. If there is a break in enrollment, then they will be treated as a first time enrollee.
This does apply to siblings that are to be enrolled for the first time.
This does not apply to the children of employees.
This does not apply to children living with a relative or guardian in Miller County.
Immunization
Students entering Georgia Public Schools for the first time, regardless of grade level, must have been immunized against diphtheria, measles, mumps, polio, rubella, tetanus, and whooping cough prior to admission to school. It takes approximately twelve (12) weeks to complete the entire series of shots. Students transferring from in-state schools have thirty (30) days to show proof of immunization and those transferring from out-of-state have ninety (90) days. Parents may be asked to verify that the immunization is underway prior to the ninety (90) days. Students must also have an eye, ear and dental certificate to enroll in school. This may be obtained from the local Health Department.
Beginning July 1, 2014, all children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade and new students who are newly enrolled in Georgia schools in grades 8-12, must have received one dose of TDAP vaccine and one dose of adolescent meningococcal (meningitis) disease vaccine. Proof must be documented on the Georgia Immunization Certificate (Form 3231)
Activities
The Georgia board of Education adopted a policy effective in July, 1987, which governs participation in extracurricular activities. The policy states that students participating in extracurricular activities must take six (6) subjects and pass (5) subjects in the semester immediately preceding participation. Students not meeting the requirements will not be eligible for one semester and until they pass five (5) subjects in a semester prior to participation. No pass / No play affects participation in all sports and band or music competitions. Questions of eligibility should be directed to the coach, director, sponsor, or guidance counselor.


Athletics
Any student who participates in competitive interscholastic athletics and cheerleading must have an annual physical examination form that (1) indicates approval for participation; (2) is signed by a licensed physician before participation in any tryout, practice or conditioning; and (3) includes the date (month, day, and year) of the examination and the student's name. Students must also be eligible to participate according to the Georgia High School rules.
Students are encouraged to participate in the MCMS athletic program with its many sports offerings. The experiences and values gained through participation in athletics will be a lifelong reward. Whether on the field or off the playing field, MCMS students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that brings honor to themselves, to our school, and our community.
Athletic Offerings
Football Softball Cheerleading Golf
Basketball Baseball Track
* Students must have a physical and the parental consent form on file with the school before they will be allowed to tryout or practice. Students must have personal insurance coverage or purchase accidental coverage offered through the school.
Band
MCMS students may participate in the band program. Students are given an opportunity to learn musical skills as well as enhance their social and leadership ability. Students at MCMS may also participate in the Miller County High School Marching and Concert Bands upon approval of the director and upon the establishing of eligibility by the GHSA standards. Students participating in the band program must exhibit high moral character as well as good conduct.
Cheerleading
Cheerleaders are selected by ability. Tryouts are held during the school year, and they are open to all interested students who meet eligibility requirements. The students must have a good conduct record, good moral standing and approval by the faculty and administration.
Clubs
MCMS offers many opportunities for students to become more involved in clubs and their various activities. Club participation promotes character and the development of skills in academics, leadership, citizenship, cooperation, and service. The specific criteria for club membership may be obtained from the club sponsors.


Discipline
Miller County Middle School Discipline Philosophy
We believe...
The best discipline is self-discipline, which is a result of genuine concern for the needs
and rights of others.
Everyone is responsible for behaving in a way that allows teachers to teach and students
to learn
Individual responsibilities go hand-in-hand with individual rights.
Fairness, firmness, and consistency are the keys to discipline.
Care and concern for the students are the reasons for discipline.
The choice to break a rule is the choice to accept the consequences.
The above discipline philosophy reflects the feelings of the Miller County Middle School Faculty, Staff and Administration. Students who are motivated to learn and have teacher support usually have very few discipline problems. Students who are successful in their classroom and extra-curricular endeavors usually have a positive self-concept and contribute to their surroundings.
MCMS students have the full pledge and support of the faculty and administration. A part of this support will be the constant striving to present you with an educational climate that is safe, orderly, and positively oriented. We shall be diligent to recognize and reward the positive actions and accomplishments of our students, and we shall be prepared to address quickly, firmly, and fairly those negative actions, which may occur. MCMS will not allow bad behavior to interfere with teachers teaching and students learning.
The following is an outline of the discipline policies of the Miller County Board of Education and Miller County Middle School:
General Disciplinary Procedures
The teacher deals with minor classroom problems. Teachers may use measures such as conferences, parental contacts, morning or afternoon detention in the teacher's classroom, loss of privileges, disciplinary writing/copying of pages, isolation to enforce their classroom rules. If the student does not satisfactorily comply with these measures, they will be sent to the principal for more serious consequences. If misbehavior becomes chronic, and the teacher is unsuccessful in working with a student, a disciplinary referral will be made to the principal.
When students are referred to the administrator for disciplinary problems, consequences will be hierarchical. The student's discipline record and the nature of the offense will determine what the exact consequences will be.
The constant repetition of minor offences must be viewed as more serious than an isolated minor incident. When a student is guilty of frequent repetition of one or more minor offenses,


punishment may be applied as for a more serious offense. Any student with more than three (3) minor offense referrals may begin ISS. If this does not correct the misbehavior, the student will be suspended out-of-school.
Major offenses referred to the Principal may constitute ISS, OSS or Alternative School placement depending on the student's discipline record and/or the nature of the referral. Certain major offenses may result in expulsion from school.
All offenses referred to the principal will be recorded on the student's discipline record and a copy will be sent home for a parent's signature. The form is to be returned to the principal. Parents will be notified in writing and by phone, if possible, in the case of out-of-school suspensions.
Bus Discipline
Riding the bus is an opportunity afforded to students. In return, students are expected to behave in a manner which reflects respect for the driver, the other students, themselves, and the bus. They are expected to ride in a safe and proper manner and to cooperate at all times with the driver.
ALL DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS MUST BE RECORDED ON THE BUS CONDUCT REPORT FORM AND GIVEN TO THE APPROPRIATE PEOPLE.
Consequences of Bus Referrals
1 st Offense - Driver disciplines student. Possible actions include student conference, parent contact or seat reassignment.
Offense -
2 nd Building level administrator disciplines the student. Disciplinary action
will be taken at the administrator's discretion (1 day suspension/Corporal Punishment).
3 rd Offense - Building level administrator disciplines the student. Student will be suspended from riding the bus for one (1) day.
4 th Offense - Building level administrator disciplines the student. Student will be suspended from riding the bus for three (3) days.
5 th Offense - Building level administrator disciplines the student. Student will be suspended from riding the bus for five (5) days.
6 th Offense - Building level administrator disciplines student. Student will be suspended from riding the bus for ten (10) days.
7 th Offense - Building level administrator disciplines the student. A recommendation from the administrator for the student to be suspended from the bus for more than ten (10) days will be made to the school board.
The fight on the bus will result in 10 days off the bus. The fight on the bus will
1 st 2 nd
result in removal from the bus the rest of the school year.


Bus Rules
Observe the same conduct as in the classroom
Be courteous, use no profane language
Do not eat or drink on the bus
Keep the bus clean
Do not be destructive
Stay in your seat
Keep head, hands, and feet inside the bus
The bus driver is authorized to assign seats
Discipline:
NOTE : Any misconduct that threatens the health, safety or well-being of others may result in the immediate removal of the student from the school and/or school function and Out of School Suspension for up 10 days and possible expulsion from school. Miller County may choose to involve the Superintendent, the School Resource Officer, and other law enforcement agencies as deemed appropriate.
INTERROGATIONS : You are duly informed that the principal of each school in the Miller County School System, or his/her representative, possesses the authority to conduct reasonable interrogations of students in order to properly investigate and punish student misconduct. This includes the authority to conduct a search of students and their property, including their lockers, or personal vehicles parked on campus, when there is reason to believe that the search could prevent danger or disruption to the school or the continued violation of established laws.
In any school year, the first discipline referral will be 1 day ISS, 2nd will be 3 days ISS, 3rd will be 7 days ISS, 4th will be 10 days ISS or OSS then 5th discipline referral will be placement in the Alternative Program for the rest of the school year or up to a full year pending tribunal or waiver signed by guardian forgoing a tribunal. If the infraction occurs toward the end of the school year, the student may be required to continue in the Alternative Program the next school year. If a student receives OSS, at the administrator's discretion, this can be counted as a step in the discipline ladder. The student will be placed on a discipline plan or behavior plan after the 3rd referral.
There will be an after school detention program for minor discipline offenses. The student will be given a one day notice to report to detention. If the student does not show up for detention or does not follow the rules in detention, he or she will be placed in ISS. After 3 detention placements, the next infraction will result in ISS.


In any school year, the first fight may result in a hearing for possible expulsion from school. At the administrator's discretion, the student can be placed in the Alternative Program for up to a year. If the student is already in the Alternative Program, there will be a hearing for expulsion or up to a year will be added on to the stay in the Alternative Program. A second fight could result in a hearing for expulsion. A third fight will result in a hearing for expulsion from school.
If a student that is in the Alternative Program gets suspended he or she will have 45 days added in the Alternative Program, second suspension will be 90 days added. Third suspension will result in a hearing to be expelled from school.
In any school year, if a student returns to the main campus after having been in the Alternative Program for any reason, he/she will return to The Alternative Program for the rest of the year or up to a full year after receiving a 2nd discipline referral.
If a behavior is extreme as deemed by the administrator, the student will bypass the steps and report directly to the Alternative Program for the rest of the year or up to a full year. This includes, but is not limited to, loud threatening behavior, major disruptive behavior, or aggressive behavior while at school or a school function.
Drugs, alcohol, or weapons are not allowed at school or any school function. This includes prescription drugs. If a student violates the drug, alcohol or weapon policies, he/she will face a hearing for expulsion from school for a minimum of one year. At the administrator's discretion, the student can be placed in the Alternative Program for up to a year. Any violator of these policies will also face charges by law enforcement. If there is reason to believe a student has had a drink of alcohol, he or she will be required to take a breathalyzer test. If a student is caught with tobacco or tobacco products (including vapor E cigarettes), the first offense will be 10 days ISS. The 2 nd offense will be a minimum of 90 days in the Alternative program.
Any student that uses profanity toward a teacher or administrator will be subject to expulsion from school or a minimum of 90 days in Alternative School. Any student that acts in an aggressive manner toward a teacher or administrator, or pushes or hits a teacher or administrator will be subject to criminal charges and a hearing to be expelled for a minimum of one calendar year. At the administrator's discretion, the student may be required to attend the Alternative Program for a year.
No out-of-county student will be accepted if he/she has a discipline record, poor grades, or attendance problems. If an out-of-county student gets written up three times in any school year, he/she will have to return to the county-of-origin. For any extreme behavior, at the administrator's discretion, the student will return to the county-of-origin.
CHRONIC MISBEHAVIOR; Students who willfully and persistently violate the student code of conduct for the same or a variety of offenses may be recommended for alternative placement for the rest of the year or up to a full year.


Any type of terroristic threat that is written, cyber space, verbal, etc. may result in a hearing for expulsion from school or placement in the Alternative Program for up to a year.
Any gang activity or promotion of gangs will not be tolerated and can result in expulsion of school.
OBSCENE MATERIALS: No student shall possess or distribute profane, vulgar, pornographic, obscene, or ethnically offensive materials. This will result in ISS, OSS, or Alternative Placement at the principal's discretion.
OTHER BEHAVIORS: No student shall participate in any activity not specifically addressed in any other sections of this handbook that is subversive to the good order and discipline of the school disposition. Disciplinary action is at the discretion of the administrator.
In-School Suspension
Students may be assigned to the In-School Suspension Program for up to ten (10) days according to the offense. Students spend the entire day in ISS. Students must report to the ISS upon arrival on the school campus. The ISS instructor will take them to breakfast and lunch. Students are not allowed to go to their lockers or inside the school building. Unexcused tardiness to ISS will result in a day being added to the ISS assignment. Students' classwork is sent to them from their teachers and the ISS instructor supervises the work. All assigned work must be completed before the student is released from ISS. ISS rules and regulations are explained to the student when ISS is assigned. Breaking any ISS rule results in a day being added to the ISS assignment or changing the ISS assignment to out-of-school suspension for up to ten (10) days per offense.
Progressive Discipline for Major Discipline:
1 St major offense - 1 day ISS *(OSS can take the place of ISS on the discipline ladder)
2 nd major offense - 3 days ISS
3 rd major offense - 5 days ISS
4 th major offense - 7 days ISS
5 th major offense ---- referral to tribunal or waiver signed for Alternative School Program
**This program runs for all school year**


Out-of-School Suspension
Out-of-School suspensions are reserved for serious and/or repeated offenses and can be from one (1) to ten (10) days at the administrator's discretion. Suspension may be longer than ten (10) days pending proper notification and the approval of the Miller County Board of Education. Out-of-School suspensions are unexcused absences. The work should be made up for learning purposes, but according to the Board policy, credit may be given only at the discretion of the teacher.
Expulsion
Students may be expelled from school following a hearing before a Board of Education Tribunal. Student misconduct, which is also a violation of state law, may result in the students being charged for violation of such laws. The Board of Education may expel a student for a semester, an academic year or permanently. Due process governs all expulsion decisions including notice to the student and parents and the right to a hearing before the Board of Education.
Alternative Program
Students who have been through the school's disciplinary procedures and have shown no improvement may be considered "chronically disruptive." As a result, these students may be assigned to the alternative program for a period of no less than one semester. Students will also be assigned to the alternative program after having been adjudicated through the Department of Juvenile Justice or after returning from a Juvenile Detention facility. All appointments to the Alternative School are made through the Middle School Principal.
*Students attending Alternative School may not attend any school functions. Fighting
In any school year, the first fight may result in a hearing for possible expulsion from school. At the administrator's discretion, the student may be assigned to the Alternative Program for up to a year. If the student is already in the Alternative Program, there will be a hearing for expulsion or up to a year will be added on to the stay in the Alternative Program. A second fight could result in a hearing for expulsion. A third fight will result in a hearing for expulsion from school. Same rules apply at school functions.
General Reasons for Disciplinary Action
Fighting or intending to fight
Unacceptable written or spoken language
Uncooperative/ disrespectful


Use of technology to record video/ take photographs
Unruly/disruptive behavior
Damage/destruction/theft of school or private property
Loitering in halls or restrooms
Leaving class/school without permission
Physical abuse or threats to another person
Use or possession of alcohol, drugs, tobacco or weapons
Public display of affection
Excessive tardiness to school or class
Bus referrals
Unruly behavior in the cafeteria. This includes being too loud, moving around, or throwing food.
Any other behavior deemed inappropriate or unacceptable by the administration, faculty,
or staff.
Disposition: Administrative Discretion
THREATENING/INTIMIDATING AND/OR BULLYING ANOTHER STUDENT
The Miller County Board of Education believes that all students can learn better in a safe school environment. Behavior that infringes on the safety of students will not be
tolerated. Bullying, as the term is defined in Georgia law, of a student by another student is strictly prohibited. Such prohibition shall be included in the Student Code of Conduct for all schools within the school system.
Bullying is defined as follows: An act which occurs on school property, on school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, or at school related functions or activities, or by use of data of software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, computer network, or other electronic technology of a local school system.
"Bullying" - this includes (1) any attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person when accompanied by an apparent present ability to do so or (2) any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear except immediate bodily harm. (3) Any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, which a reasonable person would perceive as being intended to threaten, harass, or intimidate, that: (A) causes another person substantial physical harm within the meaning of Code Section 16-5-23,1 or visible bodily harm as such term is defined in Code Section 16-5-23.1; (B) Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education (C) is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment. (D) Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
Acts of bullying shall be punished by a range of consequences through the progressive discipline process, as stated in the Code of Conduct. Such consequences shall include, at a minimum and without limitation, disciplinary action, or counseling, as appropriate under the circumstances. However, upon a finding that a student has committed the offense of bullying for


the third time in a school year, the minimum punishment shall be assignment to the alternative school.
Upon a finding by a school administrator that a student has committed an act of bullying or is a victim of bullying, the administrator or designee shall notify the parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of the student by telephone call or through written notice, which may be done electronically.
Students and parents will be notified of the prohibition against bullying and the penalties for violating the prohibition by posting information at each school and including such information in the student/parent handbooks.
Corporal Punishment
The Miller County Board of Education has adopted a policy, which outlines the requirements of administering corporal punishment as follows:
Reasonable discipline may include the administration of corporal punishment to a student subject to the following requirements.
The corporal punishment shall not be excessively or unduly severe.
Corporal punishment shall never be used as a first line of punishment for misbehavior unless the pupil was informed beforehand. Punishment may be employed as a first line of punishment in those acts of misconduct which are as antisocial or disruptive in nature as to shock the conscience.
Corporal punishment must be administered in the presence of a principal or a designee who must be informed beforehand and in the presence of the pupil the reason for punishment.
The principal or teacher who administered corporal punishment must provide the child's parent, upon request, a written explanation of the reason for the punishment and the name of the principal or designee who was present.
Corporal punishment shall not be administered to a child whose parent or legal guardian have upon the day of enrollment of the pupil filed with the principal of the school a statement from a medical doctor licensed in Georgia stating that it is detrimental to the child's mental or emotional stability.
O.C.G.A.. 20-2-730
****Teachers may administer corporal punishment if necessary. This will be done in the presence of another certified faculty member. Parents NOT wishing to have corporal punishment administered if necessary must sign a form in the principal's office. All forms are kept on file in the Principal's office until the end of the school year.


Miller County Board of Education Drug and Alcohol Policy
It is the policy of the Miller County Board of Education to take positive action through educational counseling, parent involvement, medical referral, and police referral in the handling of incidents in the schools involving the possession, sale, and/or use of behavior affecting substances. The substances shall include, but not be limited to, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, alcohol, barbiturates, and anabolic steroids. The use of or unlawful possession of illicit drugs and alcohol is wrong and harmful.
It shall further be the policy of the Miller County Board of Education to provide age appropriate, developmentally based drug and alcohol education and prevention programs which address the legal, social, and health consequences of drug and alcohol use and to provide information about the effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs or alcohol, for all students, kindergarten through twelfth grade. These programs shall also provide information about any drug and alcohol counseling rehabilitation and re-entry programs available to students.
Narcotics, Alcoholic Beverages, and Stimulant Drugs
A student or adult shall not possess, sell, use or transmit, or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, cocaine, marijuana, controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, anabolic steroids, or intoxicant of any kind:
On the school ground at any time
On the school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by any school group
Off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event
En-route to and from school
Compliance with these requirements is mandatory. Use of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a registered physician shall not be considered a violation of the regulation. All prescription drugs shall be kept in the original container.
Weapons Policy
It is unlawful for any persons to carry, possess or have under control any weapon at a school building, school function, or on school property, or on a bus, or other transportation furnished by the school.
The term "weapon" means and includes any pistol, revolver, or any weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind, or any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, any other kind of knife having a blade of three (3) or more inches, straight-edged razor, spring stick, metal knacks, blackjack, or any flailing instrument consisting of two (2) or more rigid parts connected in such a way to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a Nunchuck, or


fighting chain, throwing star or oriental dart or any weapon of like kind, any stun gun or laser. Also, includes any Explosive device.
Violation may result in expulsion from school for one (1) year and/or criminal prosecution.
[O.C.G.A. S16-11-127.1: 15-11-37: P.L. 103-227]
The Miller County Board of Education has an addendum to the weapons policy. The policy definition on weapons (JCDAR, page 2) states the following: any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife or other knife having a blade of three (3) or more inches. Students enrolled in the Miller county Schools are not allowed to have in their possession a "blade" of any kind while they are on the school campus. This includes blades shorter than 3 inches. Any student violating the MCBOE weapons policy will be subject to a hearing to be expelled from school or sent to Alternative Program for up to one year, upon the discretion of administration.


Procedures for Minor Classroom Referrals
DISCIPLINARY REFERRAL
MILLER COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL
TEACHER PERIOD
STUDENT CLASS
DATE:
DISCIPLINE PROBLEM:

ACTION TAKEN:


□ Sleeping □ Throwing
□ Disrespect □ Horseplay □ Other (Describe below)
□ Cheating
□ Disruption
1 st Offense-Verbal Warning
Student's Initials:


□ Sleeping □ Throwing
□ Disrespect □ Horseplay □ Other (Describe below)
□ Cheating
□ Disruption
2 nd Offense-Writing Assignment
Student's Initials:


□ Sleeping □ Throwing
□ Disrespect □ Horseplay □ Other (Describe below)
□ Cheating
□ Disruption
3 rd Offense-After School Detention
day)/Parent Contact
□ Phone □ Letter □ Meeting
Date to be served:
(one
Student's Initials:


□ Sleeping □ Throwing
□ Disrespect □ Horseplay □ Other (Describe below)
□ Cheating
□ Disruption
4 th Offense-After School Detention
days)/Parent Contact
□ Phone □ Letter □ Meeting
Dates to be served:
(two
Student's Initials:


□ Sleeping □ Throwing
□ Disrespect □ Horseplay □ Other (Describe below)
□ Cheating
□ Disruption
5 th Offense-Office Visit
□ ISS □ Corporal Punishment
Student's Initials:

Signature of Teacher Signature of Administrator


DEFINITION OF DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS
Bus Suspension - Bus Suspension is the removal of a student from all Miller County School System vehicles for a designated period of time either by the administration or the Miller County Board of Education.
Corporal Punishment - Corporal Punishment is a physical punishment by the principal or his designee. If administered, it must be in good faith and must not be excessive or unduly severe. It must be administered in conformity with the regulations set forth by the Miller County Board of Education and the State of Georgia.
Detention - Detention is a requirement that the student report to a specific school location and to a designated teacher or school official. A student that does not show up for detention will be subject to ISS or OSS.
Educational Writing - Students may be given a written assignment related to the subject area in violation of general school discipline, specific violation of school rules or may be required to submit a plan in writing of how the student may correct his or her behavior. A student that does not complete their writing will be subject to missing class instruction in order to complete the original writing including a possible ISS stay.
Expulsion - Expulsion is the removal of a student from the school system for an extended period of time or permanently by the decision of the Miller County Disciplinary Tribunal after a formal hearing.
In-School Suspension - ISS is the removal of the student from all classes and school-sponsored activities during the school day by the administration. The student will be in attendance in the ISS classroom for the full day. The student may not participate in any extracurricular activities on the day(s) of in-school suspension.
Isolation - Isolation is the removal of a student from the class for the remainder of the period or the remainder of the school day as deemed necessary by the principal.. Students may be assigned to the ISS classroom for the period of isolation.
Out-of-School Suspension - OSS is the removal of the student from the school campus and exclusion from all school sponsored activities for a designated period of time either by the administration or the Miller County Disciplinary Tribunal.


Daily Procedures
Accidents
All injuries to a student during the school day, at a school function or on a school bus shall be reported to the person in charge. The office will be notified if medical attention is needed as will the student's parents or guardians. Miller County has a school nurse to help when there is an accident or injury to a student.
It is very important that parents provide the school with up-to-date information on all students, especially an emergency contact name and number that may be reached should the school not be able to contact a parent in the event of an emergency. It is also very important that the school be notified of any medical problems (asthma, diabetes, etc.), so that the proper action may be taken in an emergency. This information will be kept confidential.
Address and Telephone Numbers
The guidance office should be notified immediately if there is a change in a student's address, telephone number, or the person to contact in an emergency.
Arrival at School
The opening bell rings at 7:35 A.M. - Tardy at 7:55 each morning. Students are let off the bus at 7:35. Students should not arrive at school before 7:30.
Students eating breakfast will go to the or 2 nd
1 st hall where breakfast will be served from 7:35
until 7:50. They should report directly to their period class to eat breakfast.
1 st
Students who are not eating breakfast will report straight to their first period class. Students are not to be anywhere, but their first period class.
Hall Traffic Procedures
Students are not to loiter in the hallways as the halls are passageways for traffic.
Students should go directly to their next class period. Teachers will establish supervised visits
to the restroom or locker. The following rules in the hall will be adhered to by all:
Always walk on the right side of the hallway.
Always walk single file or no more than two people side by side so as to allow traffic to flow on both sides of the hall when in the hall.
No running, playing or talking loud in the hall. No disruption in the hallway or arguing.
No loitering - this will prevent overcrowding and accidents.
Middle school students should only use the first hall unless going to exploratory classes or other assigned classes on the second, third and fourth halls.


Hall Passes
Unless students are changing classes or are accompanied by a teacher, they must have a valid hall pass. Students must present the pass when requested by a teacher, administrator, or other school staff. Any student not having a valid pass will be subject to disciplinary action.
Hours of Operation
The school is open from 7:30 A.M. until 3:15 p.m. each school day. The faculty and staff are at
school between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:15 P.M.
Late Arrival
Students who arrive after 7:55 A.M. are considered tardy and should report to the office for a late pass. A pass will be given indicating whether the tardy is excused or unexcused.
According to Board policy, every third (3 rd) tardy constitutes an absence. Tardiness will be dealt with as follows:
● unexcused for the semester - 1 day After School Detention
3 rd
4 th unexcused for the semester - 2 days After School Detention
5 th unexcused for the semester - 3 days After School Detention
6 th unexcused for the semester - 4 days After School Detention
Additional unexcused tardies will be handled at the Principal's discretion and
may result in parent conference, Detention, ISS, Writing Assignment, etc.
Lockers
Students will be assigned lockers during the first week of school. There will be a $8.00 non-refundable deposit for each locker. All lockers for middle school will be on the first and second halls and will be issued on a first come first serve basis. THERE WILL BE NO SHARING OF LOCKERS. Any locker found to have more than one occupant will be reclaimed by the office and no refunds given. Students should avoid sharing their combinations with others, as the school is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. Lockers are property of the Board of Education and, with just cause, may be searched if believed to house materials which are illegal and/or detrimental to the health and safety of others. Students are encouraged to maintain a clean locker.


Lunches:
Students are encouraged to participate in our school nutrition program. For more information concerning meals, please call the school Nutrition Director's office at 758-4145.
Menus:
Our food services staff plans and provides well-balanced meals every day. Monthly menus for MCMS are posted in the classrooms; weekly menus are printed in the Miller County Liberal, and daily menus are posted in the lunchroom.
Meal prices: (Students)
Breakfast: Free
Lunch: Free
All adult lunches are $3.75 and adult breakfast is $1.50
Meal Hours:
Breakfast - 7:35 Students should pick up breakfast on the hall of the student's 1 st period class from 7:35 to 7:50. They need to go straight to the classroom with their breakfast. The students' who are not eating breakfast must go straight to 1 st period when arriving on campus.
Cafeteria Conduct Rules:
Demonstrate acceptable behavior
"Breaking" in line will not be allowed
Use good table manners
No sharing food
Talk in a quiet tone of voice and only to those at your table
No loud talking or yelling in the cafeteria
Dispose of trays properly
The moving of chairs and tables is not permitted without permission
Square tables are limited to four (4) people; all others seat five (5)
Stay seated until finished with your meal and are instructed to leave
Absolutely no food throwing
Any student throwing food will be sent to the principal's office where he or she will receive corporal punishment, ISS or OSS.


Restroom use during lunch:
During lunch if a student needs to use the restroom, he or she will get permission from the adult on duty. Only one student can go at a time. There will not be groups of students unsupervised in the restroom.
Supervised area rules
While in the supervised area, students should follow the general conduct rules of "hands-off," no rough play and no throwing of objects (pine cones, rocks, cans, etc.). Students should not go behind the building or around the cars. Any problems that occur during this time should be reported immediately to the adult on duty. Students are not allowed to leave the supervised area without permission.
All students are expected to properly dispose of their trash on the campus. Anyone found guilty of littering the campus will be disciplined by the principal. Help us keep MCMS clean, as the cleanliness of our school is a personal reflection on our families, our school and ourselves.
Media Center
The Media Center is open from 7:30 A.M.until 3:30 P.M. Students in grades 2 - 5 may check out two books at a time for a period of two weeks. First grade students may check out one book at a time and Kindergarten students may do so after Christmas break.
Damage:
Keeping our library books in great shape is a priority for our media center. In order to keep books in the best shape possible, we have a damage policy. You will be charged for any damages that your child does to the library book while in his or her possession. We check each book for damage before checking it out. We also check each book when it is returned. Students are not allowed to check out another book until damage fees are paid.
Damage fees:
Water Damage - students will need to pay the full cost of the book. Water damage ruins the book!
Coloring - $2.00
Tearing pages - $2.00 if 1-2 pages; the full price of the book if it must be replaced due to torn pages
Removing barcode - $1.00
Tearing spine or book cover - $2.00


Here are a few tips to make sure the books stay safe, clean, and dry!
Do not put water bottles in your book bag - this could ruin homework and textbooks also
Wash your hands before reading books
Keep books away from food and drinks
Carefully turn the pages a the corners and do not turn the corner down to mark a page - ask for a bookmark if you need one.
We do not charge overdue fees. If a book has been lost, you will be responsible for paying the full original price of the book. Students are not allowed to check out a book until the misplaced book is returned or the fine is paid. Holds will be placed on report cards for overdue books.
Media Center Rules:
Absolutely No food or drinks allowed in the library.
Students must remain orderly in the library. At times, there are classes on both sides of the library, we need to be respectful of other students.
Medicine
All medication must be brought to the nurse's station office and will be dispensed by the nurse or principal. MCMS will not administer any medication without the written permission of the parent or guardian.
Office Visits by Students
Students should only come to the office if they are given a pass from a teacher unless in the case
of an emergency.
Phone Use
Use of the office phone by students will be restricted to illness or emergency situations. Students and parents should plan ahead to avoid the need to call home during the school day. Students will not be allowed to use the phone without a note from the teacher.
Restroom use
Every effort is made to keep the restrooms at MCMS clean and safe for everyone's use.
Students are expected to assist by properly disposing of paper products and not vandalizing the restrooms. Restrooms will be monitored and those who are found guilty of not properly taking care of the restroom will be referred to the principal. Please help MCMS to keep our restrooms clean. This is our "home" during the school day, and we must treat it as such.


CELL PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Cell phones and other electronic devices pose a risk for significant disruptions in an education setting. Therefore, Miller County students are not allowed to have these items out in the building during regular school hours unless instructed by the teacher (7:30 A.M. - 3:10 P.M.). These items are also prohibited on school buses. In the event a student violates this rule, the following consequences will be applied without exception:
1 st Offense - Device will be confiscated and returned that afternoon.
2 nd Offense - Device will be confiscated and returned to a parent or guardian.
3 rd Offense - Device will be confiscated and returned to a parent/guardian and the student will receive (3) days ISS.
If a student is found to be using a cell phone or other technology to video, take photographs, or use any other means of capturing events which violate school policy they will be subject to a major discipline referral.
In the event that a student refuses to submit an electronic device upon first request by a Miller County Board of Education employee, the student will receive two (2) days of out-of-school suspension (OSS). If the student further refuses to submit the device to school administration, the student will receive ten (10) days of out-of-school suspension and will be recommended for a hearing for possible placement in alternative school/expulsion.
Notes:
Confiscated devices are subject to search by school administration.
The Miller County Schools faculty, staff and administration are not responsible for any item that is prohibited on campus. School personnel lack the resources to search for prohibited items that may become lost or stolen.
The student in possession of a cell phone or other electronic device, and/or the owner of such device, will be disciplined regardless of who actually owns the device. The device will be confiscated regardless of the person in possession of it. Thus, it is extremely important that students do not "loan" their electronic devices or other valuables to their friends. These items must be left at home.
Any student who disrupts standardized testing due to their possession/use of a cell phone or other electronic device during the testing period will have their test voided, which may jeopardize the student's academic standing. The student will also be disciplined according to the procedures stated above.


School Property and Textbooks
Students who damage school property or equipment in any way will be held responsible and are subject to prosecution by law enforcement. Textbooks, which are lost, stolen or damaged, must be replaced. Replacement cost will be charged although the book may be old. The school will be required to pay the current cost to replace the book. All student records including report cards will be held until all fines and debts are cleared.
Student Searches
When reasonable cause exists, students and/or their belongings, the principal or other administrators may search lockers or other property.
Visitors
Parents and guests are always welcome at MCMS at any time. We ask that for the safety of our student body and staff that all visitors check in with the office before entering the building or any other location on campus. If a visitor arrives at a classroom without a pass, the teacher will ask that they return to the school office to check in.
Visitors violating these procedures will be treated as trespassers. This includes persons who enter the campus walking, or in cars, or other forms of transportation, and in any way attempt to talk with students at any time during the school day.
Miller County Volunteer Registration Process
Procedure:
Each school will determine the level of the volunteer's planned activities based on the attached guidelines.
If the volunteer's activities will include level 3 activities (unsupervised interaction with students), a designated school employee will contact Personnel to arrange for fingerprinting/background check. Payment for the background check may be provided by the volunteer or funds designated by the local school or parent teacher organization. Volunteers may not participate in level 3 activities until they have been cleared by Personnel. Volunteer background check must be repeated once every five (5) years.
Each school will advise the volunteer to complete a volunteer release form.
Designated school personnel will make a copy of the volunteer's state-issued photo identification.
For level 2 volunteers, school personnel will go to the Georgia and federal sex offender registry websites, search for the individual and complete the bottom portion of the volunteer release form . (See front office)


If the prospective volunteer is a registered sex offender or fails the background check, volunteer is disqualified from all volunteer activities. The school will keep volunteer release forms , for disqualified volunteers, on file in the main office.
Once approved, the school will keep all volunteer release forms (including copy of photo ID) on file in the main office. The school will ensure that level 2 volunteers and the staff members, that volunteers will be assisting, are aware that a Miller County School employee or at least two (2) other adult volunteers must be present with them at all times.
Emergency Situations
Fire Drills will be held throughout the year. The fire alarms will sound, and the following procedures are followed:
Classes will leave the rooms at the command of the teacher. Students will walk in single file to the designated exit. A map of the fire escape plan is posted in each classroom. Teachers will also review this information with the students.
Order must be maintained to ensure safety for everyone. Students must WALK QUIETLY. They are not to push, run, scream, or create any disturbance while leaving the building or while in the safety zone.
The last person to leave the room should close the door.
Teachers will take their class roll books to the safety zone and call roll to insure that all students have exited the building safely.
Students will remain in single file formation while in the safety zone.
Everyone is to remain in the safety zone until a signal to return to the building is given.
Tornado Drills are also performed on a regular basis because our area is often in danger of severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes. If there is a threat of a tornado, an announcement will be given over the intercom to alert everyone. The following safety measures will be taken:
Move away from the windows, doors, and outside walls
Teachers should have all students move to the inside wall and assume a crouched position with hands over heads facing the wall.
Order is very important. Students should remain quiet and attentive to any instructions that may be given.
An announcement will be made when it is safe to resume classes.
If a School bus is caught in an open area during the threat of a tornado, the driver will help the students take cover in a shelter, ditch or ravine.
Fines and Fees
No instructional fees are charged at MCMS. All basic educational opportunities are free. Optional field trips may require students to pay their portion of the cost. Students must pay


replacement or repair costs of lost or damaged textbooks, library books, school property or school owned materials loaned to or used by the students.
Flowers and Gifts
The delivery of flowers and gifts to students is permitted; however, delivers should be made after 1:00 p.m. and should be marked with the student's name and grade. Students will be called to receive them at the end of the school day.
Messages to Students
We understand that situations may arise during the school day that may require you to send a message to a student. Due to difficulty of getting these messages to students, especially at the very end of the day, we ask that you contact the office before 2:00 P.M. No messages will be taken after this time. No messages will be taken by phone unless it is an emergency, approved by the principal.


DRESS CODE
The faculty, students, parents, and administrators of the Miller County High School community believe that being well groomed is one of the key factors in creating a positive, significant, and respectful learning environment. One of the expectations of our education system is to prepare students for the world of work. To that end, some clothes that are suitable for wear outside the school are not suitable for wear in school. We believe students should dress for success.
The faculty and administration of the Miller County Schools know that, in order for the dress code to be effective, parents and students must attend to the students' clothing before he or she leaves for school in the morning. We request and appreciate the cooperation of the students and parents in this matter.
If a student has to be sent to the office because of a dress code infraction, instruction time is interrupted for the student, the teacher, and the class. Time lost from class, if the student is referred, is unexcused. The dress code is in effect while the student is on campus on any day school is in session and during any function that is held on the campuses of the Miller County School System. The dress code remains in effect during school programs and events.
Shorts may be worn by all students. Shorts must pass the fingertip test to determine if they are too short.
Sleeveless outer garments may be worn as long as undergarments are not visible. Halter tops, backless blouses, spaghetti straps, T-shirts with sleeves/cut off or muscle shirts may not be worn. No tank tops are to be worn unless with a covering.
Leggings or jeggings may be worn with a top, or covering that comes below the fingertips.
Pants are defined as garments that have pockets, zippers, or buttons and belt loops.
Students are prohibited from wearing shirts or tops that expose their midriff. Midriff must be covered at all times including standing and sitting.
Females are prohibited from wearing tops, dresses, or shirts that reveal cleavage. Dresses and skirts must be knee length. Slits in dresses and skirts cannot be above the knee.
All pants and skirts must be worn above the hips. No "sagging" or undergarments showing. No pants or shorts with writing across the seat. Use of a belt for pants if necessary.
Sweatpants, wind suits, pajama pants, gym shorts and boxer style pants are not allowed.


9. Clothes may not have holes, tears, rips that expose skin or under garments. Tape on holes
is prohibited. No see through clothing will be allowed. Any ripped or distressed pants must not
show any skin above the knee.
All headgear is prohibited in the building. The following items are prohibited from the campus of the Miller County School System: wave caps, hoods, doo-rags, bandanas,
sweatbands, headbands, headsets, or any other head covering. Clothes must be worn properly, not backwards or inside out.
Earrings: for males- studs are allowed but should be no larger than the lobe with NO hanging embellishments. All students: no nose hoops, lip, tongue, or eyebrow rings are allowed. Gauges are not allowed! Any other jewelry deemed inappropriate by the administration will not be allowed.
Any jewelry or accessory that may be used as a weapon will not be allowed to be worn at school. NO combs with sharp metal ends, rakes or picks.
Clothing that displays words, symbols that advocate or depict violence, racism, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex or other illegal activity expressed or implied are prohibited. No students clothing should be disruptive to the smooth operation of the school.
Students will wear shoes at all times. No bedroom shoes, flip flops, or backless sandals will be permitted.
Any attire that is deemed inappropriate by the faculty or Administrator will not be allowed.
THE ADMINISTRATION WILL MAKE THE FINAL DETERMINATION OF WHAT IS APPROPRIATE FOR SCHOOL WEAR.


Miller County Schools Attendance Protocol
2019-2020
The Miller County Board of Education recognizes the value of regular attendance in enabling pupils to profit from the school program. Not only is each day's lesson important to the individual student, but his/her presence as a class participant contributes to the education of others.
In accordance with state law, all children between the ages of 6 and 16 are expected to be in regular attendance in some bona fide school unless their mental and physical condition justifies their being excused. Children enrolled in the public schools prior to their sixth birthday are subject to this law and the rules of the State Board of Education governing compulsory attendance, even though they have not attained six years of age. The Truancy Officer shall verify the enrollment of students attending private schools and be informed by principals, using methods designated by the Superintendent, of those enrolled in the system's schools. The Truancy Officer shall also investigate all cases of failure to enroll or habitual absence by children of school age who are residents of Miller County, and shall recommend appropriate action in accordance with state laws and State Board policies governing attendance.
GEORGIA COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE LAW: State of Georgia: Georgia Code: 20-2-690.1.
(a)Mandatory attendance in a public school, private school, or home school program shall be required for children between their sixth and sixteenth birthdays. Such mandatory attendance shall not be required where the child has successfully completed all requirements for a high school diploma.
(b)Every parent, guardian, or other person residing within this state having control or charge of any child or children during the ages of mandatory attendance as required in subsection (a) of this Code section shall enroll and send such child or children to a public school, a private school, or a home study program that meets the requirements for a public school, a private school, or a home study program; and such child shall be responsible for enrolling in and attending a public school, a private school, or a home study program that meets the requirements for a public school, a private school, or a home study program under such penalty for noncompliance with this subsection as is provided in Chapter 11 of Title 15, unless the child's failure to enroll and attend is caused by the child's parent, guardian, or other person, in which case the parent, guardian, or other person alone shall be responsible; provided, however, that tests and physical exams for military service and the National Guard and such other approved absences shall be excused absences. The requirements of this subsection shall apply to a child during the ages of mandatory attendance as required in subsection (a) of this Code section who has been assigned by a local board of education or its delegate to attend an alternative public school program established by that local board of education, including an alternative public school program provided for in Code Section 20-2-154.1 , regardless of whether such child has been suspended or expelled from another public school program by that local board of education or its delegate, and to the parent, guardian, or other person residing in this state who has control or charge of


such child. Nothing in this Code section shall be construed to require a local board of education or its delegate to assign a child to attend an alternative public school program rather than suspending or expelling the child.
(c) Any parent, guardian, or other person residing in this state who has control or charge of a child or children and who shall violate this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine not less than $25.00 and not greater than $100.00, imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, community service, or any combination of such penalties, at the discretion of the court having jurisdiction. Each day's absence from school in violation of this part after the child's school system notifies the parent, guardian, or other person who has control or charge of a child of five unexcused days of absence for a child shall constitute a separate offense. After two reasonable attempts to notify the parent, guardian, or other person who has control or charge of a child of five unexcused days of absence without response, the school system shall send a notice to such parent, guardian, or other person by certified mail, return receipt requested. Public schools shall provide to the parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of each child enrolled in public school a written summary of possible consequences and penalties for failing to comply with compulsory attendance under this Code section for children and their parents, guardians, or other persons having control or charge of children. The parent, guardian, or other person who has control or charge of a child or children shall sign a statement indicating receipt of such written statement of possible consequences and penalties; children who are age ten years or older by September 1 shall sign a statement indicating receipt of such written statement of possible consequences and penalties. After two reasonable attempts by the school to secure such signature or signatures, the school shall be considered to be in compliance with this subsection if it sends a copy of the statement, via certified mail, return receipt requested, to such parent, guardian, other person who has control or charge of a child, or children. Public schools shall retain signed copies of statements through the end of the school year.
(d)Local school superintendents in the case of private schools or home study programs and visiting teachers and attendance officers in the case of public schools shall have authority and it shall be their duty to file proceedings in court to enforce this subpart.
(e)An unemancipated minor who is older than the age of mandatory attendance as required in subsection (a) of this Code section who has not completed all requirements for a high school diploma who wishes to withdraw from school shall have the written permission of his or her parent or legal guardian prior to withdrawing. Prior to accepting such permission, the school principal or designee shall convene a conference with the child and parent or legal guardian within two school days of receiving notice of the intent of the child to withdraw from school. The principal or designee shall make a reasonable attempt to share with the student and parent or guardian the educational options available, including the opportunity to pursue a general educational development (GED) diploma and the consequences of not having earned a high school diploma, including lower lifetime earnings, fewer jobs for which the student will be qualified, and the inability to avail oneself of higher educational opportunities. Every local board of education shall adopt a policy on the process of voluntary withdrawal of unemancipated


minors who are older than the mandatory attendance age. The policy shall be filed with the Department of Education no later than January 1, 2007. The Department of Education shall provide annually to all local school superintendents model forms for the parent or guardian signature requirement contained in this subsection and updated information from reliable sources relating to the consequences of withdrawing from school without completing all requirements for a high school diploma. Such form shall include information relating to the opportunity to pursue a general educational development (GED) diploma and the consequences of not having earned a high school diploma, including lower lifetime earnings, fewer jobs for which the student will be qualified, and the inability to avail oneself of higher educational opportunities. Each local school superintendent shall provide such forms and information to all of its principals of schools serving grades six through twelve for the principals to use during the required conference with the child and parent or legal guardian.
Rules Governing All Students:
1. Students who are absent may be temporarily excused from school when:
Personally ill and when attendance in school would endanger their health and the health of others.
A serious illness or death in their immediate family necessitates absence from school.
Mandated by order of governmental agencies, including pre-induction physical examinations for service in the armed forces, or by a court order.
Celebrating religious holidays observed by their faith.
Conditions render attendance impossible or hazardous to their health or safety.
Registering to vote or voting, for a period not to exceed one day.
Absences are deemed educational in nature by the building level administrator.
A student whose parent or legal guardian is in military service in the armed forces of the United States or the National Guard, and such parent or legal guardian has been called to duty for or is on leave from overseas deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting, shall be granted excused absences, up to a maximum of five school days per school year, for the day or days missed from school to visit with his or her parent or legal guardian prior to such parent's or legal guardian's deployment or during such parent's or legal guardian's leave.
2. Students are to be counted present for homeroom record keeping purposes when:
a They are in attendance at least one-half of the instructional day. K-5 only
( 6-8 and High School must present 1/2 of the period to be counted present. Athletes must be at school 1/2 of the school day in order to participate in a scheduled game on the day of the game.)
They are serving as pages of the Georgia General Assembly.
They are attending activities under sponsorship of the school.


d. They are foster care students who are attending court proceedings relating to their foster
care.
A pupil, on returning to school after an absence, must give to the school a written excuse from the parent/guardian/ doctor stating the reason for the pupil's absence. Failure to bring in an excuse within three days after returning to school shall constitute an unexcused absence. No more than 5 parent excuses will be accepted for excused absences.
A student who has an absence is permitted to make up work that has been assigned while the student was absent with no penalty attached. On the day that the student returns after an
absence, the student must make arrangements for making up the work. The student must make up the work within the number of days that he/she was absent with a three day minimum. This does not apply to assignments that had been pre-assigned. The teacher, with administrative approval, may allow extra time to complete make-up work if extenuating circumstances exist. If the student fails to make up the work consequences developed by the grade/school configuration will be imposed.
Students placed in in-school suspension programs are considered in attendance at school; students otherwise suspended from school will receive an unexcused absence.
When extended absenteeism is a result of major illness or injury or other extenuating circumstances, the student may receive academic credit through the use of the homebound services.
When there is cause necessitating an individual student to be excused from school for a portion of the school day, the student shall be released from school only to parent/legal guardian or upon written request from parent/legal guardian . No student shall leave the school campus at any time between arrival at school and the time of dismissal from school without written parental consent. The student/parent must sign out in the office before departing the school campus. Absences without permission will be subject to disciplinary action. This applies to any student who leaves during the school day without permission.
Students who become ill at school shall see the school nurse or designee. The nurse or designee shall notify a parent or guardian of the illness. Students will be required to bring a written excuse from their parents or guardian on the first day back at school. The excuse will not be taken after 3 days . No more than 5 parent excuses will be accepted for excused absences.
A student who is tardy should present a note from his/her parent(s)/legal guardian(s) explaining the reason. The school will verify the excuse. Unexcused tardies will be subject to grade level/school sanctions.
An administrative review of all cases involving excessive absences will be conducted by the school administrative staff. Following this review, students may appeal hardship cases to the


School Level Attendance Committee. Note: Cases involving unexcused absences are not considered hardship cases.
The Attendance Committee will be set up by the principal or designee.
The student or parent/guardian has the right to appeal any decision of the Attendance Committee to the Superintendent or designee. Said appeal must be filed within ten (10) working days after rendering of the decision by the Attendance Committee.
Students who accumulate more than 10 days absent in any one semester in any or all classes due to full day absences from school, checking out early or arriving late to school may be denied credit for the course. Any student who has been denied credit, must continue to attend the class in order to qualify for an appeal to the School Level Attendance Committee. Courses in which credit was denied due to excessive absences will not be included on student transcripts or in GPA/HOPE calculations.
Miller County Schools shall not release students to individuals other than custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) without written permission from the custodial parent(s)/guardian(s). It is the responsibility of the custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) to notify the school when their child will be picked up by anyone other than those filed in the child's record.
The Miller County School System will comply with the requirements contained in Code Section 40-5-22, as amended by Senate Bill 100 . 40-5-22 (TAADRA) states that a minor's instruction permit or driver's license is suspended subject to review when such minor:
Senate Bill 100 SECTION 4-8:
Said title is further amended in Code Section 40-5-22, relating to persons not to be licensed and school attendance requirements, by revising subsections (a.1) and (c) and by adding a new subsection to read as follows:
(1) The department shall not issue an instruction permit or driver's license to a
person who is younger than 18 years of age unless at the time such minor submits an
application for an instruction permit or driver's license the applicant presents acceptable
proof that he or she has received a high school diploma, a general educational
development (GED) diploma, a special diploma, or a certificate of high school
completion or has terminated his or her secondary education and is enrolled in a postsecondary
school, is pursuing a general educational development (GED) diploma, or the records of the
department indicate that said applicant:
Is enrolled in and not under expulsion from a public or private school
Is enrolled in a home education program that satisfies the reporting requirements of all state laws governing such program


The department shall notify such minor of his or her ineligibility for an instruction permit or driver's license at the time of such application.
The State Board of Education and the commissioner of driver services are
authorized to promulgate rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this subsection.
The Technical College System of Georgia shall be responsible for compliance and noncompliance data for students pursuing a general educational development (GED) diploma."
Absences and Consequence: Ages under 16
Three (3) absences
A letter from the school will be sent notifying the parent (s)/guardian (s) of the absences.
Five (5) absences
A letter will be mailed to the parent(s)/guardian (s) of all students who have 5 absences, requesting a meeting with the school level attendance committee or principal.
Parent (s)/guardian (s) and student may be asked to enter into an attendance contract or agreement with the school at this time.
Eight (8) absences (High School)
1. Students who accumulate more than 10 days absent in any one semester in any or all classes due to full day absences from school, checking out early or arriving late to school will be denied credit for the course. Any student who has been denied credit, must
continue to attend the class in order to qualify for an appeal to the School Level Attendance
Committee. Courses in which credit was denied due to excessive absences will not be included on student transcripts or in GPA/HOPE calculations.
Ten (10) unexcused absences
1. Ten unexcused absences could be referred to either Juvenile Justice or State Court if the parents have failed to comply with the requested meeting at the school level.


Absences and Consequence: Ages 16 and Over
Three (3) absences
A student could lose his/her on campus parking permit.
offense: Parking Pass Suspended for 2 weeks
1 st
offense: Parking Pass Suspended for 1 month
2 nd
offense: Parking Pass Suspended for the year
3 rd
A reinstatement fee of $20.00 will be required for the parking permit to be re-issued
once the permit has been revoked.
Continuing to park on the Miller County School Property once the permit is pulled or after notice
to purchase a permit has been given will result in the following consequences or failure to have a
valid HS Parking permit will result in the following:
1st Offense: $25.00 Ticket
2nd Offense: $35.00 Ticket
3rd Offense: Tire Boot Placement on Vehicle Parked Illegally
Meeting with Student
Parent called by School Administration
$50.00 to remove Tire Boot
Miller County School Resource Officer will only tire boot a vehicle two times during a school year.
After the second time, the car will be towed at the owner's expense and parking privileges will
be suspended for the remainder of that school year.
Three (3) absences
A letter from the school will be sent notifying the parent (s)/guardian (s) of the absences.
Five (5) absences
1. A letter will be mailed to the parent(s)/guardian (s) of all students who have 5 absences, requesting a meeting with the school level attendance committee or principal.


Eight (8) absences
Students who accumulate more than 10 days absent in any one semester in any or all classes due to full day absences from school, checking out early or arriving late to school may be denied credit for the course. . Any student who has been denied credit, must continue to attend the class in order to qualify for an appeal to the School Level Attendance Committee. Courses in which credit was denied due to excessive absences will not be included on student transcripts or in GPA/HOPE calculations.
2. When 10 days of being absent has accumulated, the student will be deemed truant. The truancy officer will take action at this time.
Documentation for Absences
A student, on returning to school after an absence, must present a written and signed excuse to their homeroom from the parent or guardian / doctor stating the reason for the student's absence. No more than 5 parent excuses will be accepted for excused absences. Failure to furnish this excuse within three (3) days after returning to school will constitute an unexcused absence. These excuses will be filed as documentation for absences should an appeal meeting become necessary. This policy will be strictly adhered to by the Attendance Appeals Committee.
Tardies: Grades K-5
Students are expected to be on time for school. Instructional time is very important and begins each day at 8:00. Excessive tardies will require a meeting with the school level attendance committee.
Tardies: Grades 6-12
Tardies and early dismissal will be calculated for each class . A student who misses more than fifteen (15) minutes of a class period (excluding administrative and/or guidance mandates),
either through leaving a class early or tardy to class will be counted absent for that period.


MIDDLE SCHOOL
DAILY SCHEDULE
7:55 - 8:50 homeroom and 1 st period (tardy 7:55)
8:50 - 9:45 2 nd period
9:45 - 10:40 3 rd period
10:40 - 11:35 4 th period
11:35 - 12:05 lunch
12:05 - 1:05 5 th period
1:05 - 2:05 6 th period
2:05 - 3:10 7 th period

 

Code Red
Stay Put
Lock Doors
Account
Wait
Code Yellow
Stay Alert
Contain Students
Account
Wait
Code Green
All Clear
Account
Safe to Move
Code Orange
Evacuate
Account


STUDENT WITHDRAWALS (LIMITATIONS)
The Miller County School System is authorized to withdraw a student who has missed more than ten (10) consecutive days of unexcused absences and is not subject to compulsory school attendance and is not receiving instructional services from the local school system through homebound instruction or instructional services required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).
PARENTS NOTIFICATION OF STUDENT WITHDRAWAL
The Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee shall use his or her best efforts to notify the parents, guardians, or other persons who have charge of a student if the school system plans to withdraw such student who is younger than 18 years of age and is not subject to compulsory school attendance.
The Miller County School System is authorized to withdraw a student subject to compulsory attendance only if the local Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee has determined that the student is no longer a resident of the local school system or is enrolled in a private school or home study program.


BOARD POLICY Description Code: JGCD Medication
All medications other than the exceptions listed in this policy, whether prescription or over-the-counter, may be administered only in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the principal of each school. All medications must be taken by the student, parent or guardian to the school office (nurse's office) immediately upon arrival at school and must be in original pharmaceutical containers, clearly labeled as to the name of the student, the name of the medication, the appropriate dosage, and the times for dosage. Any student possessing prescription or over-the-counter medication not in accordance with these guidelines will be considered in violation of the School District's drug policy and shall be subject to the discipline set forth in the student code of conduct and/or the student/parent handbook.
A student for whom the school has on file supporting medical documentation may carry at all times with parental/guardian permission: inhalers for asthma, auto-injectable epinephrine (epi pens) for allergic reactions, and medical needs for diabetes. Students authorized to self-administer such medications shall be instructed not to permit any other student to handle, possess, or otherwise attempt to use his/her medication and shall be informed that violations of such instructions will be dealt with in accordance with the student code of conduct.
In order for the student to carry and self-administer such medications, or in order for the school to store and administer the medication for students who are unable to self-administer because of age or any other reason, parents must provide a written statement from a licensed physician confirming that the student is able to self-administer the medication, if applicable, and written permission from the parent for the nurse or designated employee to consult with the doctor regarding any questions that may arise concerning the medication. Such permission shall release the school district and its employee and agents from civil liability for administering such medication to students, or if the self-administering student suffers an adverse reaction as a result of self-administration of such medication. Parents are encouraged to provide to the schools duplicate medication and supplies in the event a student is unable to self-administer or fails to bring the medication or equipment to school.
Nurses or other school employees are authorized to administer an epipen, if available, to a student who is having an actual or perceived anaphylactic adverse (allergic) reaction, regardless of whether the student has a prescription for epinephrine. Any school employee who in good faith administers or chooses not to administer an epipen to a student in such circumstances shall be immune from civil liability.


Miller County School System Student Internet
Acceptable Use Policy
Terms and Conditions
INTERNET
The Internet is often referred to as the "information superhighway." This superhighway consists of a vast network of computers connecting people and resources around the world. The
Internet is accessible to anyone with a computer and a modem.
PROCEDURES FOR USAGE
Parent(s) will be invited to attend a Miller County School System Internet Policies Class.
Parent(s) must sign the Miller County School System Student Internet Acceptable Use Policy Agreement.
Students will be instructed on Internet policy and usage.
Students must sign the Miller County School System Student Internet Acceptable Use Policy Agreement.
NETIQUETTE
Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as they are in a classroom or a school hallway. Communications on the Internet are often public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply (See Student Handbook). The Internet is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others related to instructional and academic needs. Access to Internet services will be provided to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Students are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of Internet etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:
Be polite. Do not get abusive in your messages to others.
Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.
Illegal activities are strictly forbidden
Do not reveal anyone's personal address or phone number.
Note that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail.
Do not use the Internet in such a way that you would disrupt its use by others.
All communications and information accessible through the Internet should be assumed to be private property.


Remember, the fact that a user CAN perform a particular action does not imply that they SHOULD take that action.
UNACCEPTABLE MATERIAL AND/OR USAGE
Just as certain print materials offend some people, certain materials available on the Internet may also offend. Some sites accessible through the Internet may contain material that is illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive to some people. However, the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with educational goals.
Examples of unacceptable use are (this list is not all inclusive):
Using the Internet for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other contracts, use of pornographic and/or terrorist intent
Using the Internet for financial or commercial gain
Degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance
Vandalizing the data of another user
Wastefully using time and resources
Gaining unauthorized access to Internet sites
Invading the privacy of individuals
Using an account owned by another user
Posting personal communications without the author's consent
Posting anonymous messages
Allowing someone else to use your Internet log in or using someone else's log in
Uploading/downloading from the Internet
Surfing the Internet
Using non-school owned diskettes
Any other use deemed inappropriate by administration
ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES
It is not acceptable to use this Internet access for any purposes which violate the laws of the State of Georgia and the United States of America. Users must adhere to all copyright laws.
PENALTIES AND REPERCUSSIONS
Unacceptable uses of the Internet will result in revoking of these privileges for 30 school days for the first offense. On the second offense, privileges will be revoked for the remainder of the semester, and the third offense privileges will be revoked for the remainder of the school year. In order for the student to regain Internet access, he/she must repeat the application process the following school year. Any violations will be documented in the student's permanent record.


Repeated Internet policy violations may result in the Internet privileges being permanently revoked.
Staff and Parents of the Miller County School System support good practice on Social
Networking Sites
The Miller County Board of Education, faculty and staff have agreed an approach to the use of Social Networking sites that include the items below. We are now inviting parents to join us in setting a good example for our children.
All parents are invited to join staff in setting a good example for our children by:
Demonstrating courtesy and respect for staff, other parents and pupils when comments are placed on social networking sites.
Using appropriate language when discussing school.
Addressing any issues or concerns regarding school, directly with the teacher and / or principal rather than posting them on social media.
All parents are invited to join staff in setting a good example for our children by not:
Using social network sites to make derogatory comments or posting photographs which could bring staff into disrepute, including making comments about students, parents, faculty and staff members, the board of education or the wider community.
Posting photographs of other people's children on social network sites without their permission.
Our promise to school is:
We will meet with you and use the Miller County Board of Education policies and procedures to resolve concerns.


We will work hard to resolve any concerns in the best interest of the whole community.
We will act in the best interest of the whole community and honor our duty of care to our children.
The staff and faculty of the Miller County School System's agreement for using social
Networking sites.
All staff agree to:
Demonstrate courtesy and respect for staff, parents and students when comments are placed on social networking sites.
Ensure appropriate language is used in any comments placed on social network sites.
Ensure that any comments and/or images could not be deemed as defamatory or in breach of any relevant legislation set out in GA or school policies and handbooks.
Review and adjust their privacy settings to give them the appropriate level of privacy and confidentiality.
We agree not to:
Use social network sites to make derogatory comments which could bring staff into disrepute, including making comments about students, parents, faculty and staff members, the board of education or the wider community.
Use social networking sites to communicate with any pupil in the school.
Post information or opinions about the Miller County School System
Use social networking sites within lesson times (for personal use).


Our promise to parents is:
We will meet with them and use the Miller County Board of Education policies and procedures to resolve concerns.
We will work hard to resolve any concerns in the best interest of the whole community.
We will act in the best interest of the whole community and honor our duty of care to our pupils.
Cyberbullying
The Miller County School System is committed to ensuring that all of its faculty and staff, parents and students are treated with dignity and respect. Bullying and harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. Cyber-bullying methods could include text messages, emails, phone calls, instant messenger services, circulating photos or video clips or by posting comments on web sites, blogs or in chat rooms.


Safe Student Riding Instructions
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. We look forward to transporting your child this year. To insure that your child will have a safe riding experience this year, we ask that you review the safe riding instructions with your child now and periodically during the school year.
Statistics shows children riding a school bus are much safer than in their parent's personal vehicle or any other type of transportation on the roadways. The Miller County Board of Education believes the school bus is an extension of the classroom; therefore the same rules of "Respect to Self", "Respect for Others", and "Respect for Others Property" will apply in route to the bus stop, departing from the bus stop and while on the bus.
Safe riding begins before your child ever leaves the house or arrives at the designated bus stop. In order to keep your child safe, your child needs to arrive at the bus stop five minutes before the scheduled pick up time, not before. These few minutes allow your child to arrive at the bus stop without the need to hurry. These five minutes will also limit your child's time near roadways and keep them out of a variety of weather conditions.
While Waiting for the Bus:
Students should wait away from the roadway at their designated stop. There should be no horse playing, pushing or shoving while coming to the bus stop or while at the bus stop. Students that do not live on the same side of the road as the bus pick up, must wait on their side of the road until the bus arrives. If your child has to cross the road, they must wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and then wait for the driver to give instructions for when it is safe for them to cross.
While Loading the Bus at the Designated Stop (same side of road)
Students must wait for the bus to come to a complete stop, wait for the entrance door to open and look to be sure the red stop lights are flashing before ever approaching the bus to load. When more than one student loads at the same stop, they must line up in a single file line just prior to the buses arrival. There should be no pushing, shoving or horse playing while loading the bus. Students should always use the handrail when stepping up on the bus. Students should get seated in their seat as carefully, but as promptly as possible and remain there until they reach their school or destination.
While Loading the Bus at the Designated Stop (opposite side of road)
When a student has to cross the road to board the bus, they must stand on their side of the road. Students must wait for the bus to come to a complete stop, wait for the entrance door to open and look to be sure the red stop lights are flashing before ever approaching the bus load. Students must wait for the driver to give a verbal or physical sign that it is ok to cross the road. Even after all the above, students must quickly look both ways to be sure the road is still clear and all other vehicles have stopped. Students must always cross in front of the bus and should always use the handrail when stepping up on the bus. There should be no pushing, shoving or horse playing while loading the bus. Students should get seated in their seats as carefully, but as promptly as possible and remain there until they reach their school or destination.


While on the Bus:
Once students board the bus, the driver is in charge of the safety of your child. Students must follow the listed "Bus Regulations" found in "Code of Student Conduct" to insure a safe ride, whether it is from home, to school, or back home, or any school-sponsored trips.
While Unloading the Bus At The School Or Destination
Students should unload the bus in a single file from front to back with no pushing, shoving or horse play. Students should use the handrail as they depart the bus. Students should check for an approaching bus before stepping off the bus. Students should look both ways before crossing the traffic area and should clear this area as quickly and safely as possible. Students should never return to the bus without supervision of an administrator.
While Loading the Bus At The School
Students should wait for buses in a safe area designated by the school. The bus should come to a complete stop. Students must wait for the driver to open the entrance door before approaching the bus. Students should look both ways before leaving the curb and crossing the traffic area to approach the bus. Students must watch for other buses while loading the bus. Students should enter the bus in a single file. Students should use the handrail to assist in loading the bus. There should be no pushing, shoving, or horse playing while getting to their seat. Students should be seated as promptly as possible and remain there until they reach their designated stop.
While Unloading the Bus at the Designated Stop
Students should unload the bus in a single file from front to back with no pushing, shoving or horse playing. Students should use the handrail as they depart the bus. Students should exit the bus and clear the roadway and continue to move until they are safely away from the bus. Students who live on the opposite side of the road must cross in front of the bus while the bus is at their stop. When a student must cross the road, they should stop at the front of bus and look both ways before continuing to cross. When all is clear, students should clear the roadway as quickly as possible. Students should go directly home and never return to the bus for any reason. Students should never retrieve an item that is dropped and goes under the bus. Students who have permission from parents to check their mailbox must clear the roadway and wait for the bus to depart and traffic to clear before returning to the mailbox.
Railroad Crossing
History has shown that more lives are lost in school buses at railroad crossings than at any other location. Every time a school bus and a train collide; the train wins! This is why it is so important for the driver to have their full attention on the railroad crossing. There is no other time when a driver's distraction can cost the loss of so many lives. Please reinforce with your child the importance of being "Silent At All Railroad Crossings".
Bus Evacuation
Due to the unforeseen circumstances beyond the bus driver's control, your child may have to
evacuate a bus at some time during the year. The decision to evacuate may be solely because we


have the best interest of the students in mind. When evacuating a bus is necessary, students are placed in a safer location while waiting for assistance.
Most evacuations are due to a mechanical breakdown which may leave the bus in questionable surroundings. Not all breakdowns results in an evacuation; several factors are taken into consideration before the decision is made to evacuate a bus. The location of an inoperative bus is the greatest factor when making a decision to evacuate a bus. Locations in which evacuations may be necessary are as follows: next to high traffic roadways, high speed roadways, near a bridge, on a hill, on a curve, or near water.
When any type of evacuation occurs, students must follow the instruction of the driver to safely unload and relocate in a safe location away from the hazard. On a rare occasion, the driver may become incoherent so an older, mature student would assist in the evacuation and relocation of the students to a safe location. This type of evacuation is practiced with all students during each new school year so all students are aware of the safe evacuation practices with or without the driver's assistance. There are several reasons that a bus may have to unload from one bus to another bus without it being an emergency. We ask for you to periodically remind your child to stay calm whenever it is necessary to unload from one bus to another bus for any reason and to always use their "While Loading and Unloading the Bus" directions found above.
All buses are designed with several "Emergency Exits". These locations are, but not limited to the entrance/exit door, rear door, emergency exit windows and roof hatches. Students should always use the front entrance/exit door during all evacuations when possible. When the front entrance/exit door is not available, the second choice should be the back door. All other exits should be used only when the front entrance/exit door and the back door are not practical. When the back door is the chosen exit, selected older and mature size students are instructed to assist students to the ground. Students are instructed to leave all belongings on the bus.

 

 

MILLER COUNTY SCHOOLS TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT
P.O. BOX 188
COLQUITT, GEORGIA 39837
PHONE 229-758-5592
FAX 229-758-3255
I have read and understand the contents of the Safe Student Riding Instructions handout. Please keep the Safe Riding Instructions found on pages 49-50 for your future reference to go over with your child during the course of the school year.


Student Signature:
Parent Signature:
Date:
**Please sign and return this page**

 

 

Miller County Middle School
Handbook Receipt
August, 2019
Dear Parents/Guardians,
This student handbook is provided for you as a guide for a smooth, successful year. This book is also to be used to help your child stay organized as well as to let you know what is going on in the classroom regarding assignments and behavior. Expectations and rules are clearly stated; however, not every situation that can occur in school is covered in this handbook. School authorities reserve the right to take the necessary action to handle the situation.
In order to continue to provide a safe and appropriate learning environment for all students, the administration reserves the right to make changes in this handbook and request policy by the BOE as the need arises. Be assured that the school administration and teachers will make decisions that are in the best interest of all students. In the event that a policy is changed, students and parents will be informed prior to the implementation of the new policy.
Please complete this form and return it to school to indicate that you received, read and understand all policies and practices outlined in this handbook.
Cleve Roland, MCMS Principal
Student: Date:
Parent/Guardian Signature: Date:
Printed
Parent/Guardian Name:
Address:
Phone #: Cell #:

 

 

VERIFICATION OF RECEIPT FORM
My child and I have received a copy of the Miller County Board of Education Attendance Policy and the Georgia Compulsory Attendance Law. This law addresses the consequences for non-attendance
Student Name:
Student Signature
Date:
Parent Signature
Date:
Agencies involved in writing new attendance policy
Office of District Attorney
Miller County DFCS
Miller County Health Department
Colquitt Police Department
Miller County Mental Health
Office of Solicitor-General of State of Georgia
Miller County Department of Juvenile Justice
Miller County Collaborative

 

 

Student Internet
Acceptable Use Policy
PARENT - STUDENT AGREEMENT
STUDENT'S FULL NAME (please print)
Homeroom teacher:
Grade:
******************** ***** ******** ******* ******************************
Parent(s) or Guardian(s) Agreement: (If under 18 years of age.) Signature required for all student Internet Access Privileges
As the parent or guardian of this child, I have read the Miller County School System Student Internet Acceptable Use Policy Terms and Conditions. I understand that this access is designed for educational purposes and that the Miller County School System has taken some available precautions to eliminate controversial materials. I will not hold the Miller County School System responsible for materials acquired on the Internet. I hereby give permission to issue Internet privileges for my child and certify that the information contained on this form is correct. I may withdraw my permission at any time and my child's access privileges will be canceled within twenty-four hours (working days only). I understand that the Miller County School System may cancel my child's access privileges at any time for Internet policy violation.
Parent(s)/Guardian(s)
Signature Date:_______
******************************* ******************************************** Student Agreement:
I understand and will abide by the Miller County School System Student Internet Acceptable Use Policy Terms and Conditions. I further understand that any violation of the regulations above is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. Should I commit any violation, my access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action may be taken and/or appropriate legal action may be initiated.
Student Signature:
Date:
Miller County School SystemInternet Permission Form Colquitt, Georgia


GIFTED EDUCATION PROGRAM (GA BOE Rule 160-4-2-.31)

A student is eligible for placement in the Gifted Education Program (honors) if he/she meets eligibility requirements in three of the four areas listed below. Students must be screened in all four areas even if they have already met requirements in three of the areas.

Mental ability - 99% percentile or better (K-2) and 96% percentile or better (3-5), by age, on a composite/full scale score or appropriate component score of a standardized mental ability test.
Achievement - 90% percentile or better, by age or grade, on: Total Battery OR Total Reading OR Total Math of a standardized achievement test.
Creativity - 90% percentile on the Total Battery score of a standardized test of creative thinking. (The test must measure fluency, originality, and elaboration.)
Motivation - students must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale where a 4.0 = A and 3.0 = B, or a numeric grade point average (NGA) of 90 percent on a 100 point scale where 100 = A and a 89 = B or score at the 90th % percentile on a standardized motivational characteristics rating scale. Grades used to determine the GPA or NGA must be the previous full two-year average of regular school program core subject grades in mathematics, English/language arts, social studies, science, and full year world languages


GIFTED EDUCATION PROGRAM REFERRAL PROCESS


Category
Option A
Option B

Student must have a qualifying score in the mental ability AND achievement categories.
Student must qualify in three of the four categories
Mental Ability
Grades K-2 99th% percentile
composite score on a nationally age normed mental ability test
Grades 3-12 ≥96th percentile composite score on a nationally age normed mental ability test
Grades K- 12 ≥ 96th percentile composite on a nationally
age normed mental ability tests OR 96th percentile on a component score on a nationally age normed mental
ability
Achievement
Grades K-12 ≥ 90th percentile
Total Reading, Total Math, or Complete Battery on a nationally
normed achievement test
Grades K-12 ≥ 90th percentile Total Reading, Total
Math, or Complete Battery on a nationally normed achievement test
Grades K - 12 Superior product/performance with a score ≥ 90 on a scale of 1-100, as evaluated by a panel of three or more qualified evaluators
Creativity
Evaluation data required
Grades K-12 ≥ 90th percentile on composite score on a nationally normed creativity test
Grades K-12 Rating scales used to qualify student creativity must equate to the 90th percentile
Grades K-12 Superior product/performance with a score
≥ 90 on a scale of 1-100, as evaluated by a panel of three or more qualified evaluators
Motivation
Evaluation data required
Grades 6-12 Two-year average of a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale in regular core subject of mathematics, English/language arts, social studies, science, and full year world languages
Grades K-12 Rating scales used to qualify student motivation must equate to the 90th percentile
Grades K - 12 Superior product/performance with a score ≥ 90 on a scale of 1-100, as evaluated by a panel of three or more qualified evaluators

PROGRAMS FOR HOSPITAL/HOMEBOUND STUDENTS GA BOE Rule 160-4-4.14
A student who has a medical diagnosis, non-communicable condition that restricts him/her to home or hospital for ten or more school days may be or on an intermittent basis may be eligible for hospital/homebound support. Contact the Principal or the Board of Education office (758-5592).

 

 

 

Notification Required Under ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Sec. 1112:

Parent's Right to Request a Teacher's and a Paraprofessional's Qualifications

In compliance with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act, parents may request the following information:
Whether the student's teacher or paraprofessional:
has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and
is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher
notifications must occur within 30 calendar days from the start of school or upon enrollment
notification applies to children participating in any and all programs
responses to requests must be provided in a timely manner
records will be maintained that meet ESSA requirements