Student Handbook

This handbook has been developed for you so that you will understand what to expect at Pikeville Elementary School.


Visitors in the School
All people entering our school must first sign in at the office.  Visitors are not permitted to attend class without permission of the teacher and the principal.  All visitors are expected to leave promptly when their business is completed.  This ensures that the normal routine of each child’s education is interrupted as little as possible.


Parent Conferences
Arranging Parent Conferences
Parents are welcomed and encouraged to come and talk with the teachers.  Appointments must be made to coincide with the teachers’ schedules.  This should be done through the school office.  Call 447-2457 to set up the conference.


Promotion and Retention
Promotion and Retention
Promotion to the next grade will be based upon the student’s satisfactory completion of the current grade level and the welfare of the child.  Students shall have mastered essential skills sufficiently to ensure a likelihood of success at the next grade level.  Satisfactory attendance and satisfactory conduct are required for promotion.  Parents will be informed by the end of the third nine-week grading period if their child is in danger of failure.


Report Cards
Report Cards
Report cards are issued four times a year-after each nine-week grading period.  If the student’s grades are not satisfactory, parents or guardians are advised to arrange an appointment with the child’s teacher by calling the school.  Parents are asked to sign the report card and return it to the teacher within two school days.  The grading system is printed on the report card.  Lost textbooks, library books, overdue lunch charges, or any unpaid charges must be paid before report card is given at the end of each nine weeks.


Immunization Records
Immunization Records Requirements
Due to the ruling of the Tennessee State Health Department, it is mandatory that each child has an adequate certificate of immunization on file in the school office.  REMEMBER: NO SHOTS-NO SCHOOL!


Tardiness and Early Dismissals
Tardiness and Early Dismissals
Three tardies or early dismissals will result in one unexcused absence. 

        •Any student arriving after 7:50 in the morning is considered tardy.

        •Any student signed out before 2:35 is considered an early dismissal.

Doctor statements for appointments and other verifiable reasons, such as death in the immediate family, will still be excused.
Please help us by having your child in school.  Keeping interruptions down will not only help your child, but will help all the children in class.


Perfect Attendance
Perfect Attendance
Students must be present every day and have no tardies or early dismissals to be recognized with perfect attendance.


Leaving School
Leaving School
Leaving school without permission is strictly prohibited.  Students are not to leave the school grounds for any reason after arriving at the school unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other assigned person.  All students leaving school need to be signed out in the office.


Emergency Procedure Cards
Emergency Procedure Cards
At the beginning of the school year Emergency Procedure Cards need to be updated.  These cards are important in case of an emergency involving a child at school.  If at any time during the year a parent gets a new phone number, a new job, or a new address, please send this information to school.  We always need up-to-date information on the emergency card in case a child becomes ill or hurt.


If You Are Moving
If you are going to be moving out of this school area, please notify the school office as soon as you can.  This will help us gather all necessary records and information for you and will make the entry into a new school much easier.  Your records will be mailed to your new school after parents sign a permission slip there.  Make sure all textbooks, library books, and charges are turned in before you leave.


Study Skills
Study Skills
Learning to study is one of the most important skills you develop at school.  Here are a few things you can do to help with this:
1.  Bring to class pencil, paper, books, and any other materials your teacher requires.
2.  Take part in class discussions.
3.  Listen carefully.
4.  Know how to use the library.  The librarian will help.
5.  Ask questions if you don’t understand.
6.  Be sure you understand your assignment before beginning it or taking it home.
7.  Get a good night’s sleep so you will do your best.


Carrying Money
Carrying Money
Grade school children should be encouraged not to carry money to school unless there is a definite need for it.

Textbooks and School Property
Textbooks and School Property
Taxes pay for textbooks for all students.  These books are the responsibility of each student.  If textbooks are damaged or lost, the student is expected to pay for them.  Our taxes also pay for school buildings.  Take care of our school and everything in it.  Any student who damages school property, windows, books, and equipment is responsible for payment.


Make-up Work
Making Up Missed Work
Excused absences (those meeting state attendance rules) shall entitle students to make up missed work.  Unexcused absences may result in homework assignments receiving reduced credit.  Students must make-up work at the teacher’s convenience.  The student will be given the number of days he/she was absent plus one day to turn in make-up work.  If a child is expected to be absent for more than ten days, the school shall be contacted to arrange a homebound program.


Medicine At School Policy
No school official or teacher will routinely dispense medication to students except in unique situations in which a child’s health is dependent upon medical aid.  If under exceptional circumstances a child is required to take oral medication during school hours and the parent cannot be at school to administer the medication, only the principal or principal’s designee will administer the medication in compliance with the
following regulations:
Written instructions signed by the parent will be required and will include:
1.  Child’s name
2.  Name of medication
3.  Name of physician
4.  Time to be administered
5.  Dosage
6.  Possible side effects, if known; and
7.  Termination date for administering the medication.‚Äč


Dress Code
Dress Code
In grades PreK-5, there will be no bare midriffs, halter tops, fishnet tops, or jeans with holes.  Hats are not to be worn in school buildings.  Clothing with suggestive slogans or inappropriate pictures are not acceptable.  Some shorts and jeans are frequently too revealing to be worn.  The length of shorts must be such that when the arms are hanging straight down one’s side, the hem must at least reach the fully extended fingertips.  All students shall wear shoes at all times when on the school campus or being transported to or from school on a school bus.  Sandals may be worn, but must have a heel strap attached on the back.  If, in the opinion of the principal, dress is inappropriate, a student may be asked to call home for other clothing or to not wear the clothing in question to school in the future.