School Information

2017 – 2018

Student Handbook

Charles England
Elementary School

111 Cornelia Street, Lexington, NC 27292

(336) 242 – 1552

Principal – Jackie Miller, jmiller@lexcs.org
Assistant Principal – Opie Stinson, ostinson@lexcs.org



Accidents / Allergies

In the event of an accident or emergency, we will contact the Davidson County
Ambulance Service to transport the student to the hospital and notify the parent or
guardian. It is imperative that you keep the school informed of any change in
address or telephone numbers so your child can be treated promptly. If your
child has any known allergies, please let us know.
Admission to School
For admission to school the following must be provided:
1. Birth Certificate
2. Physical examination
3. Immunization Record
4. 2 proofs of residency (ex. Rent receipt, electric bill, telephone bill, Medicaid card)
Students who do not meet these conditions within 30 days of enrollment will be
suspended until they are met.
Attendance/Absences
It is important that your child attends school each day possible. The school is required
to notify you when your child misses 3,6, and 10 days. Students must bring a written
excuse from their parent or guardian stating the reason for the absence. Failure to do
so will result in the absence being recorded as unexcused. When students have more
than 10 unexcused absences, it is a violation of state Mandatory Attendance Law and
parents can be taken to court. Attendance has been added to Lexington City Schools
Promotion/Retention Policy. Promotion/Retention Policy can be found in the School
Board Policy Section of this handbook. Also, the Tardy Policy makes 5 unexcused
tardies equal to 1 day absent from school. The absence then applies to the state
Mandatory Attendance Law and LCS Promotion/Retention Policy.

Behavior and Discipline
To maintain a safe and orderly environment, it is important that all students follow the
matrix below.

HALLWAYS CAFETERIA BATHROOMS ASSEMBLIES BUS/DISMISSAL PLAYGROUND CLASSROOM

Responsibility
Stay with your class and keep up
Keep hands and feet to self

Enter quietly and remain in a single file line
Keep hands and feet to self

Keep water in sink
Wash hands
Keep hands and feet to self

Follow all staff directions
Keep hands and feet to self and keep them still

Obey the bus driver.
Keep hands and feet to self

Use equipment appropriately
Walk around equipment
Wood chips stay on the ground
Keep hands and feet to self

Follow instructions immediately
Four on the floor
Keep hands and feet to self

Organization Walk to the right of gray line
Keep moving

Keep your place in line and wait your turn
Know your number or have your bar code

Wait your turn
Respect privacy
Flush after use

Enter and Exit orderly and quietly
Listen to presenters
Participate when asked to do so
Enter and exit the bus in a single file line
Seat to seat, back to back, hands and bookbag in your lap

Always walk as you enter and exit the playground
Stay in your designated area

Always be prepared
Follow rules of movement
Clean up after yourself

Character Be mindful of other classes
Quiet Zone

Stay seated while eating
Clean up your area
While music is on the cafeteria is quiet, when music goes off, talking quietly

Leave area better than you found it
Report any problems
Quiet Zone

Sit so that others can see
Applaud at appropriate times
Use whisper voices to the person beside you

Be a good sport
Allow others to join in
Use appropriate language

Wait your turn
Be kind
Use all materials appropriately

Knowledge Look at student work on the walls with your eyes only

Use good manners

Return to class promptly

Learn something new

Watch for your stop Watch/listen for teacher’s signal and line up promptly and quietly

Ask questions
Research and investigate
Learn something new everyday

Teacher Consequences for Misconduct Administrative Consequences for Misconduct
1. Lunch detention 1. Conference with student
2. Loss of privilege 2. Telephone call to parent
3. Time out in another room 3. Speak to parent
4. Conference with student 4. Leave message/ no working number (mail
5. Parent phone call/email/text referral
6. Individualized behavior plan 5. Time out in another class
6. Out of school suspension
7. Work detail
8. Afterschool detention (parent/guardian
responsible for transportation


Misbehavior on Bus

Penalty at discretion of principal or transportation director, depending on circumstances,
may include removal from bus for 1 to 10 days or permanent removal from bus.
****NO TRANSPORTATION CHANGES WILL BE MADE AFTER 1 P.M.****

Bathroom Procedures
Each student will receive 3 passes to go to the restroom throughout the day. If a
student has a medical reason to go to the restroom more often we will certainly work
closely with the parent/guardian and the medical professional in order to meet their
individual needs.

Birthday
If arranged with the classroom teacher, a parent may bring in items to celebrate a
student’s birthday. All food items must be store bought. Students are not allowed to
receive items such as balloons or presents at school.

Breakfast
Breakfast will be served to all students in the cafeteria from 7:00 – 7:40. Breakfast is
free to all students.

Calling the School
Telephones in the classrooms do not ring out until 2:30pm. This is done to reduce the
disruption of the teaching/learning process. When you call before 2:30 pm, your call will
be transferred directly to the teacher’s voice mail so you can leave a message. If you
are calling because of an emergency or to make a change in your child’s transportation
home, please call the school front office. Our Secretary will make the appropriate
contacts with the teacher. We encourage you to write notes or email the teacher when
possible since they can be handled more quickly and efficiently in most cases. Children
are not allowed to receive calls directly at school.

Car Riders
Morning: Morning car riders should enter Cornelia Street from Raleigh Rd. /W. Martin
Luther King Jr. Blvd. Students should remain in their cars until a staff member opens
the car door. Students will be admitted to the building through the cafeteria doors from
7:00 to 7:40. After this time, students must be driven around to the front entrance and
escorted in by a parent for a tardy pass.
Afternoon: Car riders will dismiss at 2:25. Please use the Raleigh Rd. /W. Martin
Luther King Jr. Blvd. to Cornelia Street entrance and stay in your car. We will give you
a sign with your child’s name on it to display in your window to assist us in a safe and
fast dismissal. You must have the car rider sign in order to pick up your child. Please
pull up close to the curb. Staff members will assist with loading students in vehicles.
Students not picked up by 2:45 must be signed out from the front office.

Child Protective Services
State law requires any citizen who suspects a child is being abused or neglected to
make a report to Child Protective Services. Regardless of where a report is made,
social workers are permitted to come to the school to interview children about various
allegations. The school is not at liberty to discuss any reports made to Child Protective
Services since all calls are confidential and many are anonymous.

Conferences
Conferences are scheduled for October 30 th , April 12 th . Parents are encouraged to
make arrangements to attend these conferences. Conference times will be in 15
minute increments. Transportation and interpreters are available upon request. A third
conference will be scheduled if your child is experiencing difficulty after the second nine
weeks.

Contact Information
It is important that you give us several ways to reach you in case of an emergency. If
your phone number changes or is disconnected, please give us the number of a friend
or relative that we may contact. If we can’t reach you in case of a true emergency
(children left at school, medical emergencies, etc.), we will contact local law
enforcement officials or Child Protective Services for assistance.

Dismissal
Car riders and walkers will be dismissed at 2:25 pm. We will begin calling individual
buses as soon as car riders are out of the hall. For safety reasons, students will not be
dismissed from the bus lot area or from the bus line. You must come into the office,
present picture identification, and sign your child out. It will count as an early dismissal
if your child is signed out before 2:25.
 If you must call to make a change in how your child will go home, please
try to do so before 1:00 pm. This will allows us plenty of time to contact
the teacher prior to dismissal beginning.
 Parents/legal guardians must send a note to the teacher if there is to be a
change in the way a child is to go home. If a child does not have a note, he/she
will go home in the usual manner. We will not take the child’s word that there is a
change in the way they are to go home.

Dress Code:
Charles England Elementary School participates in the Lexington City Schools Standard
Mode of Dress policy. The board has adopted this policy and is stated below. If you
have any questions about the Standard Mode of Dress, please feel free to contact the
front office at (336) 242-1552.
5.19 - Standard Mode of Dress (SMOD)
Purpose
Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, all students in Lexington City Schools (LCS)
are required to wear Standard Mode of Dress (SMOD). The Lexington City School
Board of Education believes a safe and disciplined learning environment is essential to
maximize student achievement and to ensure that students reach their full potential.
The implementation of SMOD will promote respect for oneself and others, build school
spirit, decrease unhealthy competition involving fashion trends, reduce the strain on
parental clothing budgets, and allow for easy identification of intruders on campus.
Information Dissemination
School officials will communicate with parents/guardians information concerning the
uniform policy through newsletters, parent meetings, parent/student handbooks, media
(newspaper, TV, and/or radio), flyers, and posters.

Appearance
The principal will implement the SMOD policy in a manner that is developmentally
appropriate. Good judgment in considering age, developmental stages, and body type
are expected of all students, parents, and guardians in the selection of school attire and
overall appearance. SMOD must be neat, clean, properly fitted, age-appropriate and
suitable for the learning environment. In addition to being required to wear SMOD, all
students are expected to be groomed and dressed appropriately for school activities. A
student's dress and/or appearance will:
•(1) support, not disrupt, the learning environment;
•(2) constitute no threat to health or safety;
•(3) not be provocative or obscene; and
•(4) reflect practices of good hygiene and cleanliness.

Waiver/Opt-out Requests
Reasonable consideration will be given for students who request a waiver of a particular
guideline for dress or appearance because of a sincerely held religious belief or medical
issue. The parent or guardian must submit a waiver request in writing on the Waiver
Request Form to the school principal or the principal's designee on an annual basis.
In considering a waiver request, the principal and/or principal's designee have the right
to request additional documentation from medical officials and/or religious leaders.

Reasonable Accommodations
The principal or the principal's designee will make reasonable accommodation for
students involved in special duties, activities, or projects approved by the school. This
could include but not be limited to athletics, career and technical education, physical
education, special events, and other activities that require non-conforming dress on a
school campus during a school-sponsored event. Students may be excused from
wearing SMOD during special school events such as Homecoming, Spirit Day, Picture
Day, or others as named by the principal or designee. SMOD will be optional for
students who attend the South Lexington Developmental Center.

Financial Considerations
Parents and/or guardians who have concerns about the affordability of a school uniform
should contact the school guidance office. The guidance counselor will assist the family
with identifying community resources. Students who enroll in Lexington City Schools
during the school year will be given support during the enrollment process to assist with
immediate compliance to the SMOD Policy. The school system will not be responsible
for funding SMOD for students. Each school will maintain a SMOD Closet to provide
appropriate attire when students are not dressed in SMOD, to assist new students, and
to facilitate the recycling of SMOD garments within the school community.

SMOD Requirements
A. Shirts, Sweaters, Sweatshirts, and Coats
•1. PK-5: Students must wear shirts with a collar and sleeves and may choose from the
following solid colors: white, gray, navy blue, royal blue, or orange.
6-12: Students must wear a solid color shirt with a collar and sleeves.
•2. With the exception of school insignia/logos, shirts may not have logos, labels, words,
or pictures larger than one square inch. Lexington Senior High School and Lexington
0Middle School T-shirts are permitted as long as they otherwise comply with the
requirements of this policy.
•3. Shirts must be appropriately sized and must hang no more than three inches below
the hip bone. Shirts with "tails" or uneven bottoms, or any shirt that hangs more than
three inches below the hip bone must be tucked in. Shirts must be long enough to cover
the midriff.
•4. Undergarments may not be visible at any time.
•5. PK-5: Students may wear a SMOD-colored T-shirt or SMOD-colored turtle neck
under the SMOD collared shirt. 6-12: Students may wear a solid colored T-shirt or solid
colored turtle neck under the collared shirt.
•6. No see-through or mesh clothing that will reveal the body or undergarments will be
allowed.
•7. Clothing will be worn appropriately (not inside-out or backwards, not partially on,
etc.).
•8. PK-5: Students may wear a SMOD colored sweater or SMOD colored sweatshirt
without pockets over the SMOD shirt.
6-12: Students may wear a solid colored sweater or solid colored sweatshirt without
pockets over the solid colored shirt.
•9. Coats may not be worn inside the classroom. Exceptions may be made by the
principal or designee in the case of heating malfunction.
•10. PK-5: Coats, SMOD colored sweaters, and SMOD colored sweatshirts with "hoods"
are acceptable, but the student is prohibited from wearing the hood on the head while
inside any school building. 6-12: Coats, solid colored sweaters, and solid colored
sweatshirts with hoods are acceptable, but the student is prohibited from wearing the
hood on the head while inside any school building.
B. Pants, Skirts, Skorts, Jumpers, Capri Length Pants, Shorts
•1. Colors: PK-5: solid khaki, navy blue, or black K-12: Pants, skirts, skorts, jumpers,
capri length pants and shorts must be of a solid color.
•2. With the exception of school approved logos, pants, skirts, jumpers, capris and
shorts may not have logos, labels, words, or pictures larger than one square inch.
•3. All must be free of graphics, laces, and embroidery.
•4. Shorts, skirts, skorts and jumpers must be of a length that comes to the student’s
fingertips when standing.
•5. No splits or slits in skirts or pants will be allowed.
•6. No jeans or overalls will be allowed.
•7. All pants are to be free of holes and tears and must be worn fitted on the waistline.
•8. Form fitting or skin tight material, bedroom pants, lounge pants, or exercise pants
will not be allowed. Students may wear leggings consistent with the color requirements
of this policy, accompanied by a shirt, sweater, sweatshirt or top that otherwise
complies with the requirements of this policy and the shirt, sweater, sweatshirt or top is
of such length that the top comes to the student’s fingertips when standing
•9. Clothing must be appropriately sized. No baggy or sagging pants or shorts are
allowed. No &"low rise" clothing is allowed. Pants with a waist below the hip bone must
not be worn.
•10. Pant bottoms cannot have ragged or torn edges and cannot drag on the floor.
•11. Clothing will be worn appropriately (not worn inside-out or backwards, no rolled up
pants legs, or no pants tucked into shoes or socks).
•12. No see-through or mesh clothing that will reveal the body or undergarments will be
allowed.
•13. If worn, belts must be appropriately sized, buckled and not hanging below belt
loops. Buckles should be plain and regular size, no larger than a credit card. Students
will be given a belt to wear during the school day if pants are not appropriately sized.
•14. Female students may wear dresses with sleeves that hang to the fingertips or
below when standing with no exposed cleavage.
C. Footwear
•1. Shoes that have laces must be laced and tied. Laces must match shoe color or be
black, brown, or white.
•2. No bedroom shoes, "Heelies," spike heels, or any shoes with heels greater than
three inches will be allowed.
•3. No flip flops for students in grades PK-5.
•4. Sock colors: black, brown, gray, navy blue, white, and SMOD colors
•5. Socks must match each other and, if worn, must be worn on both feet.
D. Accessories
•1. Jewelry cannot be a distraction to the learning environment or present a safety
hazard.
•2. Jelly bracelets are not permitted.
•3. No adornment is allowed that reasonably could be perceived as or used as a
weapon (such as chains or spikes).
•4. No headgear, including, but not limited to sweatbands, head wraps, hats, doo-rags,
skull caps, bandanas, picks, or combs will be worn inside school buildings.
•5. Students may wear neckties with solid colored dress shirts consistent with the
requirements of this policy. If worn, neckties may be any color or design as long as they
are not disruptive to the educational process.
•6. Leggings consistent with the color requirements of this policy may be worn only as
an accessory under skirts, skorts, dresses, shorts, pants, or capris that meet SMOD
requirements.
•7. No pins, buttons, stickers, or other items which are patently vulgar, lewd, offensive,
or which materially and substantially interfere with the education process are permitted
to be worn on a student's SMOD. Any allowable pins, buttons, stickers, or other items
shall be no more than 3 inches in diameter.
•8. Sunglasses may not be worn inside the building.
E. Hair
No "cut-ins" in hair or brows will be allowed.
F. Miscellaneous
No clothing may contain any offensive language or graphics, profanity, pictures or
depiction of drugs, alcohol, tobacco or any other product that may be deemed
inappropriate or otherwise not permitted to minors by law.

Consistent Enforcement
The principal or the principal's designee will ensure that the SMOD policy is enforced in
a consistent manner and require the student and the student's parent or guardian to
take appropriate action to remedy situations determined to be in conflict with this policy.
Disciplinary action will be taken for violation of the SMOD Policy in accordance with the
LCS Board of Education Code of Student Conduct.

Appropriate disciplinary actions for violations will include the following:
First Offense: Students will be informed that they have violated the policy. They will be
given the opportunity to change into acceptable clothing by using available clothes at
school or by calling a parent/guardian to bring clothes. If the student refuses, he/she
may be placed in in-school suspension for the remainder of the day.
Second Offense: A second infraction of the policy will be considered defiance. In
addition to the disciplinary actions available for a first offense, a parent/guardian
conference will be held.
Third (and additional) Offenses: A third or additional infraction of the policy will be
addressed according to Board Policy 5.3.3.1 entitled "Disruption of School" and
disciplinary action may be imposed by the principal pursuant to Board Policy 5.3.4
entitled "Consequences of Serious Student Misconduct."
Adopted 4/15/09
Revised 6/6/17

Early Dismissal
There will be 6 early dismissal days for students during the 2017-2018 school year,
October 3, December 21, March 29, April 12, May 4, June 8. Students in grades 1-5
will dismiss at 11:30 on those days.

Early Sign Out
Students who must leave school before 2:25 pm have to be signed out in the office by
an adult. Signing students out of school early is a disruption of the instructional day, so
please do so only when absolutely necessary. Also, leaving early for an unexcused
reason will count toward the tardy policy. Five early sign outs and/or tardies equal to
one absence.

Electronic Devices
5.3.4.7.     Radios, CD/DVD Players, Ipods, Beepers, Cell Phones or Other Electronic
Communication Devices
The board recognizes that cellular phones and other similar wireless communication
devices have become an important tool through which parents communicate with their
children.  Therefore, students are permitted to possess cell phones and other similar
wireless communication devices on school property as long as such devices are not “in
use” (turned on, beeping, sounding, etc.) displayed, or visible during the instructional
day or as otherwise directed by local school rules or school personnel. These devices
and accessories are not to be visible or activated in any manner during the school day. 
The school is not responsible for the loss or theft of any such items and advises that
these items should be secured by students during the school day.
Classroom use of these devices is strictly prohibited.  Parents should not call or text
students during the day.  Parents should call the front office to leave messages in the
event of an emergency.  The penalty for violation of this policy is as follows:
First offense - the student will be warned and the device is to be turned off and put
away immediately.
Second offense - the item will be confiscated and a parent can pick up the device at
the end of the school day. 
Third offense - the item will be confiscated and a parent can pick up the device at the
end of the semester.
In the event the device is confiscated school administrators may conduct reasonable
searches and seize materials subject to the provisions of Section 5.2.3 of this policy.
The scope of such searches must be reasonably related to the objectives of the search
and not excessively intrusive in light of the nature of the suspected infraction.
Any student who refuses to give a staff member the electronic device when requested
results in an automatic three (3) day out of school suspension.
Aggregating factors may subject a student to more stringent disciplinary consequences,
up to and including expulsion.   The following factors should be considered when
determining appropriate consequences, whether the wireless communication device
was  used:
1.  to reproduce images of tests, to access unauthorized school information, or assist
students in any aspect of their instructional program in a manner that violates any
school board policy, administrative regulation, or school rule;
2. to take illicit photographs; 
3. to bully or harass other students; or
4. in any other manner that would make more severe disciplinary consequences
appropriate

Grade Placement
According to NC state law, the principal is responsible for grade placement.
Health Problems
If your child has allergies, asthma, or other chronic medical problems that require
special care, please provide the teacher with this important information. If medication is
required, make sure to have a doctor fill out the long term medication form (available in
the front office) and bring the medication to the front office. Do not send medication
with students to schools.

Health Services
A Health Department nurse will be in our school on designated days. During the year,
we will give routine vision and hearing screenings to students. The nurse will contact
the home if she feels medical attention is needed. Medical care is the responsibility of
the parent/legal guardian.
School Nurse: Penny Thompson, RN BSN
Email: pthompson@lexcs.org

Homework
Please help your child with homework assignments each night as assigned by the
teacher. All students will be given a notebook that they must bring to school each day.
The notebook will have all assignments on a weekly homework sheet. You can help
your child with homework by establishing a consistent homework time in a quiet place.
Be helpful, but please do not do the work for your child. Students will be expected to do
all assigned homework as well as read each night. (Monday –Thursday).
If your child forgets his/her homework, it can be accessed by visiting the LCS website
at www.lexcs.org 

Insurance
If you wish to purchase school insurance for your child, please contact the school office
for more information.

Lice
Lice are parasites that live in the hair of human beings. They can be transmitted
between children through direct contact with hair or clothing of an infested child. When
a child is found to have head lice, parents are called and the child must be sent home
for treatment. Students cannot return to school until they have been treated and are nit
free. This is the only way to prevent a child from passing the lice to another child.
Students are excused for one day to be treated. Absences after that point are
unexcused.
 Regular shampoos have no effect on head lice. The commercial products, such
as Nix or Quell, must be used to shampoo the head. This kills the lice; however
lice leave behind egg sacks called nits. The nits are attached to the hair shaft
and may hatch into more lice even if the child’s hair has been treated. Nits must
be combed from the head with special combs. Some lice have become resistant
to treatment. You can also use vegetable oil on the hair for 5 hours and then
wash the hair with Dawn dish soap. The Health Department can also assist in
ridding resistant lice.
 The day after a child has been treated for lice, the child must be brought to
the office by a parent/legal guardian to be checked before they can go to
their classroom. If all nits have not been removed, the child will be sent home
again. This is done for the protection of all children.

School Board Policy:
To eliminate repetitive outbreaks and epidemics of head lice and constant reinfestations
in our schools, Lexington City Schools has adopted a "NO-NIT" regulation.
A student, when found to have head lice, must receive treatment with an appropriate
lice (pediculosis) shampoo and ALL NITS (eggs) must be removed before he or she
returns to school. The child's head will be screened upon his or her return to school. If
nits are found, parents will be expected to pick up the child and keep him or her at home
until ALL NITS are removed.
It is recommended that parents bring the child to school on the day of reentry and that
they be present when their child's hair is rechecked. If nits are detected, the parent can
see the nits that need to be removed. Parents are not required to be present at the
recheck, it is only recommended.

Lunch
Lunch at no cost 
We encourage you to allow your child to eat a hot lunch in our cafeteria daily. Your
child may bring his/her lunch if you so choose. Lunch and breakfast will be provided to
all children at no cost. Adults or family members who wish to eat with their children will
pay regular lunch charges. If students wish to purchase extra milk or snack they may
do so with a charge.

Medications
When necessary, students can take prescription medication at school. All medications
must be brought to the school and picked up from school by an adult. All medication
must be brought to the front office to be stored in a locked cabinet. Children are not
allowed to carry medications. Prescription medications must have a complete label on
the bottle. A copy of a medication form is in the back of this handbook and must be
filled out and returned to the office with any medication to be administered at school.
Medication must be prescribed by a physician and provided by the parent.
*Parents/legal guardians must provide written consent with detailed directions for
administration of non-prescription medicine. *School staff will not give any
medications based on consent given over the telephone.

Personal Property
Please label all personal items (clothing, lunch boxes, etc) with your child’s name. Lost items
labeled with a name will be returned promptly. Unclaimed items will be kept in the office lost
and found. At the end of the school year, unclaimed items will be donated to charity or
discarded.

Positive Behavior Referrals/Be Somebody
Students may be referred to the office for exhibiting outstanding behavior, character or
manners. These students will be recognized by having their names announced over the
intercom and will receive a certificate. Students are frequently referred for their outstanding
behavior for the BE SOMEBODY AWARD throughout our system and they are recognized at
our monthly board meeting.

Progress Reports
Progress reports are mailed home at midpoint of each grading period. We ask that
parents call the school for a conference if we can answer any questions.

PTO
We are fortunate to have a Parent Teacher Organization to work on behalf of our
students. PTO will meet monthly. We encourage you to be actively involved in the PTO
and your child’s education.

Quarterly Assessments
Students will be formally assessed at the end of first, second, and third quarters in order
to monitor their academic success.

Report Cards
Report cards are completed at the end of every nine weeks of school. The first and
third quarter report cards will be given to parents during conferences and will be mailed
the second and fourth quarters.

Safety Drills
As required by law, we will have a minimum of one fire drill per month to make sure
students are prepared to exit the building quickly and safely in the case of a true
emergency. We will also have several severe weather drills to assume a safe position
inside the building. In addition to these drills, we will rehearse procedures for other
emergency situations. We will also rehearse an Intruder Lockdown Drill monthly. We
take each of these drills very seriously and we expect the students to do so as well. If
you have any questions about these drills, please contact the office.

School Day
The school day officially begins at 7:40 am and ends at 2:25 pm. Students may enter
the building at 7:00 am. Breakfast will be served free to all students. Students arriving
after 7:40 must be accompanied to the school office by an adult.

School Property
School Board Policy states that students have a responsibility for proper care of all
school property and buildings. Books, equipment, furniture, and supplies destroyed or
damaged must be paid for by the person responsible for the damage.

Special Education Services
If you believe your child is struggling and may qualify for some help through special
education services, please contact your child’s teacher or the principal. The referral
process will be explained and pursued if appropriate. Services for qualified students
can include small class time, work on individual goals, speech/language therapy,
occupational therapy, physical therapy, and other specific services as specified in an
individual education plan.

Tardy
Students are marked tardy when they arrive at or after the 7:40 bell. They must be
inside the building. Students who are late don’t have a chance to put up their
belongings, or begin their morning work. *Every 5 unexcused tardies and Early Sign-
outs will equal one unexcused absence. The absence will be added to other absences
and will count toward the Mandatory Attendance Law and LCS Promotion Policy.

Telephones
Students are not permitted to make telephone calls. In emergency situations, parents
will be contacted by the school office.

Toys
Students are not permitted to bring toys of any kind to school. Any items brought
to school will be taken and kept in the office until a parent is able to pick item(s) up
.
Visitors
Parents and other visitors are always welcome to our school. All guests are required to
ring the front bell to gain entrance to school. Visitors must report to the front office to
sign in and receive a visitor’s sticker. Any guest in the building without a sticker will be
escorted to the office by a staff member to sign in properly. Conferences, classroom
observations, and volunteering must be scheduled in advance through the teacher or
office staff.

Volunteers
Volunteers are always welcome at school. Lexington City School’s first priority is to
provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. All volunteers will be
asked to have a criminal background check completed prior to any volunteer activity,
including, but not limited to, individual and/or small group tutoring, chaperoning field
trips, etc. The fee for criminal background check is not to exceed $55.00 and will be the
responsibility of the applicant. If you are interested in volunteering at our school, please
contact Mrs. Kathy Barker and the Lexington City School’s central office located at 1010
Fair Street. For more information, please call Mrs. Barker at (336) 242-1527.

Web Site
Please check the Lexington City Schools website at www.lexcs.org frequently. There
will be current system news as well as school news posted. Teachers will also have
their own class web page that can be accessed through the system website.

The information on the following pages in the
handbook was taken from LCS School Board Policy
as of July 1, 2002. Any modifications to the policy
since then have been made to the Policy Manual on
the Lexington City Schools web site. You can view
the updated policy at www.lexcs.org .
ATTENDANCE POLICY

North Carolina Compulsory Attendance Law: Class attendance and participation are
critical elements in the educational process. In accordance with North Carolina Public
School Law General Statute (G.S.) 115-C- 378, every parent, guardian or other person in
North Carolina having charge or control of a child between the ages of 7 and 16 years (or)
under age 7 who is enrolled in grades K-2 shall cause such child to attend school
continuously for a period equal to the time which the public school to which the child is
assigned shall be in session. No person shall encourage, entice, or counsel any such
student to be unlawfully absent from school…The principal will notify parents and take all
steps required by G.S. 115-C- 378 for excessive absences.
Lawful and Unlawful Absences
Lawful Absences: An absence that occurs due to any of the following circumstances shall
be coded as lawful:
 An illness or injury occurs which prevents the student from being physically able to
attend school.
 Quarantine is ordered by the local health officer or the State Board of Health to
isolate a student from the general population.
 A death in the immediate family (including, but not limited to, the grandparents,
parents, brothers and sisters) of a student.
 Absence due to a medical or dental appointment
 The student is parent of a court proceeding or administrative tribunal if the student is
a party to the action or under a subpoena as a witness.
 The student participates in a religious or cultural tradition in accordance with local
board policy and has prior approval from the principal/designee.
 The student is involved in a valid educational opportunity. The absence and activity
must have prior approval from the principal/designee.
Unlawful Absences: Unlawful absences are defined as:
 A student’s willful absence from school with or without the knowledge of a parent: or
 A student’s absence from school for any reason other than those listed above under
“Lawful Absences”
Procedures for Returning after an Absence
The student shall, within three days of his/her return to school, submit appropriate
documentation as to the reason for the absences(s). This documentation may include written
notes/verification from parents, medical professionals, court officials or other such persons
related to the absence. School officials may further specify documentation that they require.
Failure to submit appropriate documentation will result in the absence being coded as unlawful.

Make-Up Work
Students are permitted to make up all work missed during an absence(s). All work must be
made up within one day for each day absent following the student’s return to school unless the
principal/designee determines that extenuating circumstances support an extension of this
restriction.

Please note the following clarifiers:

 Students who are absent for lawful absences will be allowed to make up these
absences.
 Students who are absent for unlawful absences will not be allowed to make up the time
missed for attendance policy purpose.
 Absences due to suspensions will not be counted in the total for maximum number of
absences.
Maximum Number of Absences
There will be a maximum of sixteen (16) absences allowed for students participating in year-
long programs (all elementary and middle schools) and eight (8) absences allowed for students
participating in semester length programs (high school). School imposed absences
(suspensions) will not be counted in this total. Students who exceed these absence limits for
any reason shall not receive grade/course credit or be promoted (if applicable) to the next grade
level unless they:
 Are granted a waiver from attendance policy by the principal for an absence(s) that falls
outside the previously stated guidelines
-OR-

 Attend and successfully complete a program to make-up time hour for hour and work
missed due to absences in Grades 4-12. In grades K-3, each school will devise and
make available for parents a plan for students to make up time for lawful absences.
Waiver Procedure
A student/parent/guardian may apply to the principal for a waiver for lawful absences (excluding
suspension-type absences) due to extenuating circumstances. This request may be submitted
only after the student has reached twelve (12) absences for yearlong courses/programs and six
(6) absences for semester-long courses/programs.
The principal/designee will review waiver requests on a monthly basis and provide written
notification to the parent/guardian of the decision. Although the principal may appoint a waiver
committee to review waiver requests and make recommendations for consideration, the
principal or designee will make the final determination as to the appropriateness of the waiver
request.

Promotion/Retention
Promotion of students in each grade K-12 shall be directly linked to the student’s attendance
records. Students exceeding the maximum allowance of 16 days absent from school/class will
not be promoted to the next grade in Grades K-8 or receive a unit of credit for the course in
Grades 9-12. Waivers and the make-up of seat time for lawful absences will be the only
allowable exceptions. Absences due to suspension do not count toward the maximum
allowable absences.

Excessive Tardies/Early Sign-Outs
Students are expected to arrive on time and remain in school the full day. Tardies and early
dismissals cause students to miss important information and are strongly discouraged. Five
unexcused tardies or five unexcused early dismissals, or any combination of five
unexcused tardies or unexcused early dismissals will be equated to one day of absence
for the purpose of this policy. All schools shall allow three tardies and/or early sign-outs each
semester before denying a Perfect Attendance Award. The school principal is expected to deal
appropriately with those students who are chronically tardy or who leave early. (Lawful tardies
and lawful early dismissals will be for the same reasons as listed under Lawful and unlawful
absences) Parents must realize that class time missed due to tardies and early sign-outs
shall be considered as a factor in decisions regarding promotion and retention.
Head Lice – No Pediculosis (No-Nit) Regulation
To eliminate repetitive outbreaks and epidemics of head lice and constant reinfestations in our
schools, Lexington City Schools has adopted a “NO – NIT” regulation.
A student, when found to have head lice, must receive treatment with an appropriate lice
(pediculosis) shampoo and AL NITS (eggs) must be removed before he or she returns to
school. The child’s head will be screened upon his or her return to school. If nits are
found, parents will be expected to pick up the child and keep him or her at home until
ALL NITS are removed. It is recommended that parents bring the child to school on the
day of reentry and that they be present when their child’s hair is rechecked. If nits are
detected, the parent can see the nits that need to be removed. Parents are not required to be
present at the recheck, it is only recommended.

Student Conduct
Students shall be responsible for conducting themselves in a socially acceptable manner.
Rules Governing Student Behavior
Rules governing student behavior will be set out in the student handbook of each school. The
student handbook shall be developed by the school principal in accordance with the Policies of
the Board of Education of the Lexington City Schools and is subject to the approval of the
superintendent.
Appropriate Behavior in the Elementary Grades
The K-5 educators shall attempt to teach our students appropriate ways to interact with peers.
When inappropriate interactions occur between students, the teacher or principal will work with
students and parents to help students understand the consequences of such behaviors. Due
consideration shall be given to the age and maturity of the students involved, the circumstances
surrounding the incident, and the past behavior of the students. The Lexington City Board of
Education student-to- student sexual harassment policy shall not be applied in the case of young
students unless it clearly appears that there is intent on the part of the students to engage in
harassment of a sexual nature. In the absence of such intent, rules which forbid other forms of
personal contact or interference should be considered and applied if appropriate.
Serious Student Misconduct
The following are the policies which prohibit certain types of student conduct that constitute
major offenses.

Disruption of School
A student shall not by use of violence, force, noise, or coercion, threat, intimidation, fear,
passive resistance, defiance, or any other conduct willfully cause the substantial and material
disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission, process or function of the school.
Neither shall a student engage in such conduct for the purpose of causing the substantial and
material disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission, process, or function of the school if such a disruption or obstruction is reasonably certain to result.
Neither shall a student urge other students to engage in such conduct for the purpose of
causing the substantial and material disruption, or obstruction of any lawful mission, process, or
function of the school if a substantial and material disruption or obstruction is reasonably certain
to result from this urging. While this list is not intended to be exclusive, the following
acts—when done for the purpose of causing a substantial and material disruption or obstruction
of any lawful mission, process, or function of the school—illustrate the kinds of offenses
encompassed here:

 Occupying any school building, school grounds, or part thereof with intent to deprive
others of its use
 Blocking the entrance or exit of any school building or corridor or room therein with intent
to deprive others of lawful access to or from or use of the building or corridor or room.
 Setting fire to or willfully damaging any school building or property.
 Communicating or causing to be communicated to school personnel any threat or false
report that school property may be damaged by an explosive or incendiary device or by
any other means regardless or whether the communication originate on or away from
school property.
 Prevention of or attempting to prevent by physical act the convening or continued
functioning of any school, class, or activity or of any lawful meeting or assembly on the
school campus.
 Preventing students from attending a class or school activity.
 Except under the direct instruction of the principal, blocking normal pedestrian or
vehicular traffic on a school campus.
 Continually and willfully making noise or acting in any manner so as to interfere seriously
with the teacher’s ability to conduct his/her class.

Damage, Destruction, or Theft of School Property A student shall not willfully cause or
attempt to cause damage to school property or steal or attempt to steal school property.
Damage, Destruction, or Theft of Private Property A student shall not willfully cause or
attempt to cause damage to private property or steal private property either on school grounds
or during a school activity, function, or event off school campus.
Assault on a School Employee
A student shall not willfully cause or attempt to cause physical injury or behave in such a way as
could reasonably cause physical injury to a school employee:
 On the school grounds at any time,
 Off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event
Interference with a School Employee
A student shall not willfully interfere with a school employee who is attempting to perform his or
her duties.
Physical Abuse of a Student or Other Person Not Employed by the School
A student shall not willfully cause or attempt to cause bodily harm to any person:
 On the school grounds at any time,
 Off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event

Consequences of Serious Student Misconduct
A student found to be in violation of any of the policies governing serious student misconduct
may receive punishment as severe as a long-term suspension. The student shall be
guaranteed the right to due process when alleged misconduct is being investigated that could
result in corporal punishment, short-term suspension, in-school suspension, long-term
suspension, or expulsion. Repeated violations of minor rues are equivalent to the violation of a
single major rule or regulation.

In-School or Short-Term Suspensions
 The principal has the authority to suspend for a period of ten(10) school days or less,
any student who willfully violates the rules of conduct established or in accordance with
the policies of the Board of Education. A student who is suspended shall be given an
opportunity to take any quarterly, semester or grading period examinations missed
during a short-term suspension and to make up his or her work under guidelines
established by the principle.
 The student shall have been informed previously, either verbally or in writing, that the act
of misconduct could result in suspension
 The student shall be told of the alleged misconduct and the evidence against him or her.
 The student shall be given the opportunity to present informally his/her knowledge of the
facts and defense, if any, to the accusations.
 If the principal or designee finds that the accusation(s) is/are true and that a suspension
is warranted under the facts and circumstances, the student, parents and/or guardians
shall be notified in writing, of the reason for the suspension, the type of suspension (in-
school or out-of- school) and the length of the suspension. In the event parents cannot
be reached to arrange transportation home, the student may be given transportation or
keep on school grounds until the end of the school day.
 The parents or guardians shall also be notified that they may request a conference with
the principal to discuss the suspension.
 If more than ten (10) students are suspended at the same time for the same act(s) of
misconduct, the principal shall notify the superintendent immediately.

Long-Term Suspension
 The principal may recommend to the superintendent the suspension, for a period in
excess of ten (10) school days but not exceeding the time remaining in the school year,
of any student who will fully violates the rules of conduct established by or in accordance
with the policies of the Board of Education. IF A STUDENT VIOLATES POLICY AND
BRINGS A WEAPON ONTO SCOOL PROPERTY, THE STUDETNS WILL BE
SUSPENDED FOR 365 DAYS.
 The student shall have been informed previously, either verbally or in writing that the act
of misconduct could result in suspension.
 Before submitting a recommendation to the superintendent, the principal shall complete
beginning procedures for short-term suspension.
 If the principal or designee finds that the accusation(s) is/are true and that a suspension
is warranted under the facts and circumstances, the student, parents, and/or guardians
shall be notified, in writing, either by personal delivery or by certified mail. The letter will
include the following:
o That the principal is recommending a long-term suspension
o That the student and his or her parents or guardians may request a hearing
within ten (10) school days of the principal’s recommendation before the
superintendent
o The procedures for requesting a hearing

Prior to the hearing, the student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) shall have the right to
examine any exhibits or other evidence against the student. The hearing will be private and
informal and the legal rules of evidence will not apply. The student may be represented by an
attorney or a person of his or her choice. The school officials and the student shall have the
right to present evidence and cross-examine any witnesses presented.
Within twenty-four hours of the hearing, the superintendent shall render a decision on all factual
issues based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing. The superintendent shall notify
the student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) within a reasonable time of the decision
concerning the factual issues and the superintendent’s decision concerning the suspension.
The student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) may appeal the decision of the
superintendent to the Board of Education and have a new hearing.
Services will not be provided to a student who is placed on long-term suspension.

Corporal Punishment
The board prohibits corporal punishment, believing that other consequences are more
appropriate and effective for teaching self-control. No employee, student teacher, or volunteer
may use corporal punishment with any student. Reasonable force necessary to protect oneself
or others is not considered corporal punishment.

Effect of Suspension on Student Upon Extra-curricular Participation
Any student who is suspended from school as punishment for violation of any rule or policy shall not be eligible to participate in any extracurricular activity for a period of seven consecutive days following the beginning of the period of suspension. Any student who is placed in in-school suspension as punishment for violation of any rule or policy shall not be eligible to participate in any extracurricular activity during the period they are in in-school suspension. For the purpose of this policy, extracurricular activity is defined as any school sponsored activity or event other than normal classroom instruction.

Grades K-5
A student in elementary grades found to be in violation of this section of the policy will be
subject to the following for selling, distributing, possession, use, or being under the influence of
prohibited substances: A conference with the parents/guardians, building administrator,
counselor, and teacher shall occur. A plan of action will be developed for the student. A
recommendation to the CARE team and the Davidson County InterAgency Children’s Council
may be made. Further actions that may be taken contingent upon the plan may include:
o Individual counseling through the school counseling service or a private counselor
o A recommendation for family counseling
o A referral to Social Services

ATTENDANCE AREA TRANSFER OF STUDENTS
Any parent or guardian my request a transfer for his/her child to another school zone for
the following school year by filing the appropriate request form with the superintendent
between January 15 and May 1. Available spaces in schools will be filled according to the
order in which the request forms are received in the superintendent’s office. If the
parent/guardian is an employee of Lexington City Schools and requests to have his/her child
release to a school outside his/her attendance zone, the transfer will be granted if space is
available.
Any parent or guardian who requests a transfer to another school zone for his/her child
during the school year must file the appropriate request form with the superintendent.
The superintendent will consider the request and make a determination based upon the
best interest of the child, the orderly and efficient administration of the public schools,
the proper administration of the school to which assignment is requested, and the
instruction, health, and safety of the pupils there enrolled. Transportation will be provided
only if existing transportation schedules will accommodate the request. Otherwise, the parent or
guardian must provide transportation to the school outside the attendance zone for the
remainder of the school year.
Any parent or guardian who wishes for his/her child to remain in a school outside the
attendance zone for the following school year must annually notify the superintendent in writing
between January 1 and January 15. Priority will be given to those students when filling
available spaces. Failure to meet the January 15 deadline will not prevent any parent or
guardian from requesting a transfer for his/her child pursuant to the preceding paragraphs of
this policy.

ACCEPTABLE INTERNET USE
The Lexington City Schools is please to provide Internet access to its students and staff.
Internet services are consistent with the educational objectives of the State of North Carolina
and the Lexington City Schools. Via the Internet, students and staff can explore thousands of
libraries, databases, and bulletin boards while exchanging messages with people throughout the world. The Lexington City Schools supports the Library Bill of Rights and promotes intellectual freedom. Materials are selected for schools based on the age and educational level of the students as well as the curriculum. On a global network it is impossible to control all materials; however, Lexington City Schools’ personnel will make every effort to ensure appropriate materials are accessed.

Clientele
School personnel shall have full access to the Internet. Students may use Internet resources
independently if they are authorized to do so by teachers or administrators, and their parents or
guardians have not requested in writing that the student not be permitted access to Internet.

Responsibilities of Users
Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and such use may be revoked at any time if the
guidelines are not observed. Students are to sign a statement declaring that they will abide by
the Internet policy. Therefore, the parents’ signature states they have read and understand the
Internet policy and that the parents have the option of having their child not participate by written notification to the school principal. These include (but not limited to) the following:
Privacy: Never trespass into another’s computer folders or files. Respect others; privacy. Note
that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. Those who operate email systems
have access to all mail and may report unethical or illegal activities to authorities.
Safety: Do not reveal your school name and address, your personal address, or phone number
to others while using Internet services.
Plagiarism: Observe copyright laws when downloading information. Appropriate bibliographic
citations must be given for all information obtained via the Internet.
Vandalism: Vandalism is prohibited, e.g., deliberately damaging networks, computers, software,
or data. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user,
Internet, or others. This includes the uploading or creation of computer viruses or distribution
onto any network or any stand-alone computer.
Expected Behavior: Be polite. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or
any other inappropriate language. Do not send or display messages or pictures that may be
offensive to others.
Resource Utilization: School-provided Internet services may not be used for commercial or
political purposes. Users are not to use school-owned Internet accounts from any site other
than the school campus.
Targeted Areas of Internet: Students are to limit their pursuit of information through electronic
sources to curriculum-related activities.
Remedies and Recourse: Violations may result in a loss of access. Additional disciplinary
action may be determined at the building level in line with existing practice regarding
inappropriate use of resources or behavior. The system administrators will deem what is
inappropriate use. Any illegal activity may result in permanent revocation of Internet privileges
as well as legal action.